Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Be Mine

I'm just getting around to sharing a recently published card.  Have you all received your copy of the January/February Paper Crafts magazine yet? Flip to the section on quick and easy Valentine's Day cards and you will see the above card! :) This shows a set of three, but only one was used in the publication.  Simple and fun!
Enjoy your day everyone!

Monday, January 30, 2012


I am finally getting around to showing you my card for the January SFYTT!! What a great sketch with endless possibilities!

I chose to use it for a Valentine's Day card that is STAMP FREE; my focal point/sentiment is all together in one cute sticker.  I used papers and stickers from the Yours Truly collection by Echo Park. I popped the sticker up using foam dimensionals, and added a pearl flourish by Zva.  This sketch goes in the vault for future use, that's for sure!!  Did you play along with the SFYTT this month too?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy V-Day!

Yet another crappy picture, but I promise the rest of bright and beautiful from now on! Photo booth is fixed, and ready to go!!  I used a sticker from Pink Paislee as my focal point for this card, and even though they aren't traditional Valentine's Day colours, I think the pop of red in the sentiment really draws out that lovey dovey feel. :)  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Stamps: Celebrate Everyday (Hero Arts)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Head Over Heels collection (Lily Bee)
Other: Sticker  (Pink Paislee); border punch (EK Success); gems (Zva)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

All You Need

Today I'm showing a very simple Valentine's Day card to put together using a die cut, an impression plate and a punch....a little bit of everything! :)  I love the Mehndi Medallion impression plate and have had it for awhile but have not used it yet. It was time to rectify that!!  The impression plate used for textured, the doily die, circle punch and paper doily. all worked together for a bright and pretty Valentine's Day card. The only other detail is that I roughed the edges up a bit, and went over them with Aqua Mist ink for further definition. Anyone else getting cracking on their Valentine's?

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Tag-its #11
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: white, Aqua Mist
Other: Mehndi Medallion impression plate, Doily Details die; Doily (Martha Stewart); circle punch (EK Success)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pretty Princess Valentine

I think I'm 0/5 on picture taking these days. I dropped a light bulb from my photo booth (glass SMASHED everywhere!!) and what I replaced it with was far more yellow than I liked.  I now have another 'whiter' light that will hopefully correct the problem...In the meantime, the next few cards are kind of yellow-ish, but you get the idea right? :)

This pretty princess-y valentine uses one of my new favourite sets Little Princess from Papertrey Ink, designed by the talented Melissa Bickford.  I used the matching die cut to cut out the castle in Sweet Blush cardstock, then stamped the outline in black ink, used a Copic marker to colour in the little hearts and added some Stickles to the peaks.  Very pink, very girly and sweet!

Stamps: Little Princess (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukinko)
Paper: White, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Simple Valentine designer paper (PTI)
Other: gems (Basic Grey); doily (Martha Stewart); Little Princess die, heart border, Mat Stack 4 dies (PTI); Stickles (Ranger)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Project Life 2012

I jumped on to the Project Life bandwagon last year and created a 2011 album to celebrate our family and our wonderful life. I debated about whether to take it up again or not for 2012, but it turned out that it wasn't much of a debate afterall and so I purchased the Clementine core kit, binder, and page inserts. :)
I haven't received my kit yet, but have already started working away on my first few weeks without the binder, just to keep up.  I just lay everything out on 2 12x12 pieces of cardstock and once I have it arranged, take a picture of it and tuck it into a regular 12x12 page protector until the Project Life ones come.  I was able to properly do my title page as I one sheet leftover from the 2011 kit.  I can't wait until the big variety pack comes back in stock, as well as Design A because I ended up ordering not quite what I wanted in terms of page protectors, but maybe I'll surprise myself by how much I like the 'new' layouts.

I chose to use 2 small pictures of my family, and my Slice machine to cut the '2012' and other bold words in black cardstock.  The word 'enjoy' signifies my ONE LITTLE WORD for the year that I'm going to focus on.  Papers are Lily Bee Designs Head Over Heels collection.

Are any of you doing Project Life as well? I'm determined to make this year a little more "scrappy."  Last year when I started my album I wasn't really thinking outside the box, and kept it mostly to pictures and journalling- the bare bones.  This is GREAT for those who don't have time to scrapbook but still want to preserve their memories.  I however, am lucky to have some time to add extras and so this year that's what I'm going to do!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Butterfly birthday

I'm experimenting with my iPhone in taking pictures of my cards and I'm afraid it's not working out all that well... I think I'll keep practising though because my trusty phone is ever so handy within my reach at all times. :) I used the Adobe Photoshop app to take the picture and edit it, but I 'sharpened' it too much and it looks a bit grainy...trust me, if I make the picture any larger it will be a complete MESS.  I used October Afternoon Farmhouse papers and die cuts for the focal point of this card with a stamped sentiment from Enjoy the Ride by Papertrey Ink.  Thanks for looking and enjoy your day!

Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Attic Trunk, Porch Swing from Farmhouse collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Die cuts- circles, butterflies, heart (October Afternoon); gems (Prima); lace trim (misc.)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Are you addicted to Pinterest?

How many of you are on Pinterest?  Oh my goodness...it's been a few months since I've signed up and I admit- I'm addicted to it! I realize it's mostly me pinning things that I'll NEVER get around to making or trying, but hey, to see such beautiful inspiration rocks my world!! I decided to go out a limb last night and actually MAKE something that I saw on Pinterest!!! Can you believe it!? 

Psychedelic cupcakes!  Aren't they so cute...I'm thrilled with how they turned out.  The recipe was disgustingly simple, although a bit time consuming.  It uses a boxed white cake recipe, made just like the box says to.  Then you divide the batter into 6 (or however many colours you want to use) bowls, add food colouring gels to each bowl to get the desired colour, and layer them in the cupcake liners.  The gels work way better than regular food colouring drops as they are much brighter and bolder colours.  I'm going to ice them with simple white icing, and WOW, you should see what one looks like when you bite in to it!!!

Anyway, I'm proud of myself for finally putting my Pinterest skills to work!! :)  Click on my link on the right sidebar to 'follow' me there!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year thank you

Today is the first day back to school for my son and a daycare day for my daughter, so wouldn't you know it...I have the house to myself!!! BLISS! That Christmas holiday break was a long one I tell ya, but I'm using my day to create, create, and more, yes, CREATING! :)

Stamps: Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Life is Good collection (Echo Park); 5 & Dime collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Flower die cuts (Sassafrass); gem (Basic Grey); doily details die (Papertrey Ink); foam dimensionals

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Best of 2011

Here's a selection of some of my favourite cards that I created from 2011.  Blogger is giving me issues on labelling them, so they are mostly in order from the first of the year until the end.  There are 10 shown, using stamps, paper and other product from various companies.  I hope you enjoy looking at these cards as much as I enjoyed creating them, and I also hope you enjoy looking at all the new ones I create in 2012!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


My first card of 2012! It's been awhile since I've posted, but as many of you know, the holidays are for catching up with family and friends, and keeping VERY BUSY in general! We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, managed to avoid a nasty flu bug that everyone else got, received many delightful gifts, and in short, celebrated our butts off. :) :) I hope everyone else did too!!!  I'm currently catching up on blogging while drinking a delicious coffee from my new Keurig coffee maker (thanks to my mom and dad!).  Best gift!

Stamps: Congrats All Ways (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Picadilly collection (Basic Grey)
Other: Corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers); circle punch, scalloped circle punch (EK Success); flower (Basic Grey)