Thursday, February 28, 2008

Some CASES, no faces, and going to happy places...huh?!

Are you confused? :)
Well, today's cards are mostly CASED from other blogs out there, the "no faces" applies to the MFT 'headless' lady, and going to happy places...well, I work this afternoon at our local library and I'm one of those few people who really love their job and enjoy going to work!
The absolutely cute Serenity Now set from MFT was a set that I couldn't decide if I wanted or not...would I use it ever? But after seeing Kraftin' Kimmie's card using the set, I knew I would find a way to make it I bought it :) This card is an almost direct case of her amazing card.

I stamped the image in black and embossed with clear EP, colouring it in with my copics. I matted it on blue and black cardstock- the black being the coordinating solid colour from the back of the DP I used (although the black looks like dark green here). The rust coloured cardstock is from Bazzil, and I used my corner punch for the rounded corners; I also used my corner punch to create the scalloped border on the black cardstock. Sorry, the DP is from my scrap pile so I'm not sure WHERE it came from!! I added 3 Bella baubles, and some flowers from prima, the flower center being a black MM shimmer brad. Stamped the sentiment in black, and done!

This next card is cased from Nichole Heady, and was featured recently when Papertreyink was releasing their new line of stamps. This card features the "Women of Life" set designed by Melissa Bickford.

I pretty much did the exact same card as Nichole, using my own colours and not attaching brads. I cut the transparency to 3.75"x11" and scored at 5.5". I stamped my images on white Papertrey cardstock, and used sage Versacolor ink for the stems and flower centres. I used my glue pen to colour in the centres and added Making Memories clear glitter to the flower centres. I then used glue dots to secure my paper to the inside of the card. The border wrapped around the outside is a 11" long piece of Aqua mist cardstock, scored at 5.5" so that it wraps around the back and you don't see glue etc. on the inside of the card when you open it. I used the Friend and Happy Birthday sentiment and my ticket punch from SU for the corners, then sponged the sage ink around the edges. I mounted it on green cardstock from my stash, which I also used for the skinny center line through the Aqua Mist cardstock...done!

Next time I'll buy some stronger transparency sheets, as the ones I have are quite flimsy and it doesn't give the card the 'weight' it needs.

I also did another one in bright pink, saying Mom, Happy Mother's Day. I like it too!

My final card is done using a Hanna stamp set...Hanna is so cute and sassy looking! I cased this from one of my own I made a few months ago (not posted on here) using the same Hanna set, but I'm sure that original card was cased from someone else!!

The base is white Papertrey cardstock, layered with Garden Party dp from Making Memories. Hanna was stamped with black ink and embossed with clear EP. I coloured her in using my copics, and paper pieced her using more Garden Party dp. Her boots are covered in baby blue stickles- who wouldn't go out splashing in puddles if they had boots like that!?
I masked her to stamp the puddle and after colouring it in, added some crystal lacquer to give it a 'wet' look- I did that to the raindrops on top also. The brads are from my stash, the flowers are Primas with a yellow shimmer brad from MM for the center. I added some iridescent white ribbon from Walmart and done! The inside sentiment is from Hero Arts clear "April" set, and says "April showers bring May flowers". Awwww! SHOOT! I just noticed I forgot to colour in the handle of the umbrella....ack!! Oh well. :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bunnies multiplying

Here is another Easter card to attempt to get me in the "spring" mood- as I look out the window I see about 10 feet of snow :( Okay, not really that much, but seriously, is winter over YET??

This one uses my Hero Arts "April" set again.

I like this set because it has Easter images, springtime images, some nice sayings, and a whole lot more. I once again used the Garden Party Making Memories DP with coordinating velvet flower brads. The card base is white papertrey cardstock, and I used a sketch from SCS for my layout (I'll have to look up what particular sketch later). I stamped the bunny image 4 times and added some "grass" with my copic markers. I coloured the bunnies with my copics also. The sentiment was stamped with a sepia coloured ink from Memories dye, and I lightly brushed over it with a pale pink chalk. I inked the edges pink and matted it to white shimmery paper from Doodlebug Designs. And like I mentioned before the DP is Making Memories and so are the brads! Done!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Women of Life" and an Aqua Mist love affair

Ahhhhhh. I'm soooo happy with all my new Papertreyink products! Yesterday was a fabulous day for me in the cardmaking world as I received/bought way too many yummy things.
One of those things is the new Women of Life stamp set released by Papertreyink, and their Aqua Mist collection, including paper, ribbon and ink. Oh yeah, AND their new patterned paper line. :)
This card features almost all Papertreyink products- everything except the green ink (sage by Versacolor) and the Crystal Lacquer on the flower centres.
I made the card out of the Aqua Mist cardstock and used a pretty patterned paper from the Everyday Blessing 6x6 pad for the top half. Wrapped around the middle of the two papers and secured around the back with glue dots is the Aqua Mist Luxe Satin ribbon. I also cut a piece for the bow and attached using glue dots. The flower stems were stamped in sage versacolor ink on papertrey white cardstock, and the flower tops were stamped separately with Aqua Mist ink. I stamped the flower centres in sage, and added crystal lacquer to them for a shiny finish. Across the bottom in Aqua Mist I stamped the sentiment, choosing not to add a title on top of it. (The set comes with many 'titles' like grandmother, mother, daughter, aunt, etc.) I sponged ink around the edges of the white cardstock and matted it on Aqua mist cardstock which I cut with my Purple Cow paper trimmer using one of the decorative blades. The inside of the card is stamped with the happy birthday sentiment, with Grandmother on top of it. I think I will use this card for my husband's grandma. She'll love it.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Going broke and Easter cards!

I think I've gone just a little too VISA was a GREAT mail day and I'm sooooo glad my husband was not home to see me cart in all the stuff. Phewf! :) My Stampin' Up AND Papertreyink stuff all came today, and I bought a little treat for myself, so needless to say, I'm going to be holed up in my craft corner for the next little while.

My mom and I drove to Petrolia to pick up our Stampin' Up stuff which Kraftin' Kimmie dropped off at the Town Scrapper for us...and of course I had to buy something from Phebe (the verrrry nice and helpful owner) while I was there! I mean, really!! I'm excited to say that I bought the MFT February released Serenity Now set which is so cute and I can't wait to try it out. Mom and I split on an order of SU paper and I also bought the photo corner punch for myself since I'm always borrowing hers.
THEN came Papertrey...ohhhhhh my goodness. I bought the Aqua Mist collection, so it came with 4 kinds of beautiful ribbon, an ink pad and 24 sheets of cardstock. I also bought the 6x6 patterned paper, and another stack of white cardstock because as I've said before- I'll never use another kind again! Toooo much fun!
This Easter card is all coordinated with the Making Memories Garden Party line. I bought some of their DP, velvet flower brads and a flower/button box that all works together. I used my Hero Arts "April" clear stamp set for the sentiment, which is stamped in pink and embossed with clear EP, and the eggs, which are different colours then embossed with clear EP. I stamped one, then masked it and stamped the other two. The blue one kinda turned out a little "dirty" (must not have cleaned my stamp well enough) but I was too lazy to start over. :) The edges are inked with pink ink, and it's matted on the coordinating solid colour of the DP. Finish off with the matching flowers and brads and done!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Scrapbook auction, the "eff" word, and more bella sketches!

Yesterday my mom and I went to a Scrapbooking AUCTION!! at Scrapbook Studio in Hyde, was it ever crazy. The store owner was auctioning off all the free stuff she brought back from CHA a few weeks ago. The rule was, whatever $$ you spent in the month prior at their store was converted into "memory money" and you received the equivalent to use at the pretty much it was a win/win situation for them... haha. They get money from selling their products in advance, lure us into the store for the auction (because ya KNOW we're gonna buy more stuff!), AND make their customers happy by giving us a preview of stuff from CHA.

Most of the stuff up for auction was designer paper, which was a little disappointing considering I heard that last year there was some really cool tools and stuff up for auction- but hey, I've already spent my $$ there, I might as well bid on something.
Some ladies had $700 to work with!!
My mom and I ended up pooling our money and I bid on a stack of DP by SEI which was really pretty and mom and I are going to split it...since we rarely make any cards bigger than 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 we figured it wouldn't bother us to cut each sheet into a 12x6 piece.
Best of all- they offered a 30% discount for those who stuck around, so mom and I each bought a stack of DCVW Nana's Nursery glitter stacks- boy and girl and split those between us too!!!
I have to admit, there was a reason I bid on that particular SEI paper stack...a REALLY rude lady was standing behind me and kept bidding on stuff-- when she lost one particular bid, she actually got frustrated and said the "EFF" word!!!! (you know what I mean!) What the heck!!?? Some people are serious about their scrapping!! Well that just ticked me off (I figure that particular word is used by people who aren't smart or articulate enough to find something more appropriate to say) so I HAD to bid against her, and I won...hehe. A little personal victory for me. :)
Oh yeah, I DO have two bella cards to show you! This one is based on BSC15 and BCC16 over on SCS. I used all bazzil cardstock, except for the white (that's papertrey). The rust coloured circle was cut out using my Sizzix circle die, and run through my Ellison Big Shot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
All the corners were rounded with my corner punch.
Giftabella with hat was stamped with palette noir, and coloured with copics, and I added lilac stickles to the tassles on her hat and the bow and ribbon on the gift. I inked the edges with grape Versacolor ink. The sentiment is from Papertreyink's Limitless Labels set, and the "like swarovskis" are from Stamping Bella. The ribbon came from my stash, and I was so excited when I found it because it coordinates perfectly with the colours in the card!
This next one is from BSC16 on SCS. I used cosmobella and coloured her with copics, using a blue sakura glitter pen for her belt,and added lemon stickles to her sandals. In my opinion she's drinking an appletini with a cherry. :) Yum...
I punched the corners of the image and matted cardstock with my SU ticket punch and inked the edges with a soft blue ink. The background DP is DCVW, and the other coloured cardstock is bazzil. The staples are MM, and the crystals are from Stamping Bella. Ribbon is from Walmart, and the sentiment is also from Stamping Bella, and I received it in a swap from the bellaholicsanonymous group on Yahoo...haven't been there in awhile though so I might have to go check it out soon!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Another kittycatabella card- this one based on BSC14 on SCS. I really like this card! I stamped her and coloured her with my copics first, then had to find some matching DP. I always get so excited to colour those bellas, and forget that I should be basing my colours on some DP or else I'll be in trouble when I go to putting it all together later on...luckily I found this pretty sparkly paper from Die Cuts With a View to use for my background paper.
I used a margarine lid to make the half circle out of black cardstock- just traced it on the back with pencil, then cut out, and glued it to the DP.
The I wrapped some pretty silver ribbon from Offray (bought at Walmart!) around both papers and secured around the back with glue dots.
I doodled around the edges of the main image and used my ticket punch from SU on both the image and the dark grey cardstock it's matted on. Once I attached my main image I added silver rhinestones around the edges of the black circle. The "Kids with Fur" sentiment is from MFT and was stamped in red ink, and matted on red shiny paper which looks more like black in the picture.

Bella sketches

I'm catching up on some of the last few sketches over on the Stamping Bella forum at Splitcoast Stampers. I love the Bella sketches. They're simple and straightforward, always working perfectly with my bellas, and leaving lots of room for creativity. This card is BSC11.
I love kittycatabella ; I thinks she's too darn cute. I stamped her, then coloured her with copics, using my blending marker to give her jeans a more faded, distressed look. I punched the corners with my fiskars 3 way punch and sponged the edges with a soft blue ink, then pierced each corner once in the middle. I matted her on pink paper and punched the corners of that as well.
The blue and green cardstocks are from bazzil, and the green I ran through my Cuttlebug folder Divine Swirls. ( I LOVE that folder, and can't wait for my new ones to arrive!!) The DP is from Imaginisce and my mom left it accidently in my scrap drawer...oh well, it's mine now!! :) I stamped the sentiment from MFT on the blue, and added two shimmer brads from MM to the green cardstock. Done!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

So sweet of you!

I couldn't help myself...a few weeks ago I bought another grab bag from Pink Cat Studio. Their stamps are just so funky!
This ice cream sundae image was stamped in black and coloured with copics, and I added white liquid pearl accent to a few spots to make it look like whipped cream (I'm making myself drool with hunger here!) I sponged fresh green Versacolor ink around the edges, and matted it to brown cardstock. The sentiment I stamped in cyan Versacolor and also sponged its edges with fresh green ink, and then cut out each word and glued it directly to the dp which is Basic Grey Phoebe. I glued on my image and added a few green staples which are Making Memories. I punched two hole using my Cropodile, and threaded some iridescent white ribbon that I bought at Walmart through and tied it in a knot. It's all backed on brown bazzil cardstock, then glued to a papertrey white cardstock base.

Bellas, ohhhhh how I love my bellas!

I've gotten back into my bellas... I was kinda "over" them for awhile there (here's your turn to gasp and glare at me) but I've fallen in love all over again with them. My friend Elaine came over to stamp with me last night, and she was excited about her first order of Bellas that arrived that day, and she was eager to ink them. Well, her excitement was contagious, and I pulled mine out and started stamping!

This stamp is my mom's bella- savvyshopabella, and I paired her with my own handmade background using Adirondack alcohol inks by Tim Holtz. The card base is papertrey white paper and my alcohol ink background used denim and stonewash inks on glossy white paper, then was matted on black bazzil cardstock. I stamped my bella in palette noir ink and coloured her in using my copics (an earlier post said I bought them at Eclectic Paperie- whoops- it was My Favorite Things...sorry!) Her jacket has diamond stickles added to it, and black boots have clear glaze to give them a patent look. The sentiment "you rock" is from MFT, and is also stamped with palette noir ink, and matted on black cardstock. Both the bella and the sentiment were sponged around the edges with indigo Versa color ink. The chipboard star is from Scenic Route, and I covered it with red glitter paper from doodlebug designs. I punched a hole in the chipboard star and threaded sheer black ribbon through it, and around the backround paper to finish the card off. Done!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

And again...

Another sympathy card...

This one uses only one stamp set- Encouraging Words from Stampendous (the clear line of stamps). I stamped the branches and leaves in pinecone and olive Versa Color ink and embossed with clear EP. The base is papertreyink white cardstock. The sentiment is also pinecone ink, embossed with clear, and I sponged ink around the edges. It's cut out, and matted on brown cardstock, and popped out with my pop dots, or dimensionals, whatever you want to call them! I tied and sheer brown ribbon behind the image, and it was done!
Gotta run, I'm having a stamping night with my friend Elaine and I must go get my stamping "corner" organized!!

More Sympathy...

Phewf, today has been chaotic! My husband travels quite a bit for work, and it's always a long few days with just Jake and I kicking around, so the two of us decided hit the road this morning to do some errands and have a coffee date with a girlfriend and her son Lukas. We live in the middle of nowhere in rural Ontario, so pretty much going anywhere takes at least a 30 minute drive. :(

I did manage to get quite a few cards made last night though, after the little guy went to bed.! Some more sympathy once again, for no reason in particular. I think I'm going to focus on a week at a time, making sympathy one week, birthday the next, etc. etc. etc. It will help for next winter when my mom and I do our card sales at the local craft bazaars.
On this card I experimented with alcohol inks. I used white glossy paper, and three inks, denim, stonewash and pitch black, all by Tim Holtz. I tried the "smooshing" technique that the Lucky Clucker described a week or so ago, but my ink dried too fast, leaving "dots" instead. That's okay, I like the result anyway!
The butterfly is "Quiver" by Penny Black, and the sentiment is from Encouraging Words by Stampendous. I stamped the butterfly in black and embossed with clear EP, while the sentiment was stamped in indigo Versa Color and embossed with clear EP. It's matted on black cardstock, and popped out with dimensionals. A sheer black ribbon was tied around the front, and the alcohol ink background is matted on blue and black cardstock. An easy card layout in all.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

With Sympathy

This card is not for anyone in particular, but we all know that it's practical to have a sympathy card or two around for those sad occasions. I think it's always better to send one out right away, offering comfort to those we love.

I used my papertreyink white cardstock for the base, and layered over it a pretty matte gold paper. On top of that is a beautiful gold floral vellum paper for the main DP, and I used my ticket punch for the corners of the vellum.
The sentiment from Stampendous was stamped on white paper with Versamark and embossed with gold EP. The edges were inked with gold paint from Ranger, but I need to find another type of gold, as I thought this one was too "shiny". I'd love a gold paint pen but I haven't found one that I liked yet.
The sentiment is matted on the same gold paper as the background and was cut out using my rectangle nestabilities bought at Scrappin' Great Deals. Finished with 3 gold Bella baubles and the card was done! Oh yeah, and the inside was stamped with a matching sentiment (You're in my prayers) also from Stampendous and also embossed with gold EP.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary (to me!) and congrats on your baby girl (NOT to me!)

It's my 5 year wedding anniversary today! Yahoooooo! 5 years ago today I was in Varadero, Cuba at the Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort thinking "well, I have to go through with this, otherwise I'm stuck on this island with HIM for the rest of the week! AWKWARD!"
Just kidding of course...I was excited, nervous and delighted as I'm sure many of you were on your wedding day!

This is the anniversary card I made for my hubby- yes, there's a flower on it, but I still felt that it was not toooooo girly. :)

I used Papertrey white cardstock for the base, added some double sided designer paper (that I don't know the make of, once again) that I punched the corners of with a fancy corner punch and matted it on orange bazzil cardstock. Then I added a turquoise brad to each corner. The main image is Happy Everything from Clearly Wordsworth and was stamped in Mountain Lake ink by Versamark. I coloured the image in with my copics (have I mentioned I loooove my copics, and bought them at Eclectic Paperie?) and added lime green stickles to the "a". It's matted on the matching solid paper, and popped up with dimensionals, with a Heidi Swapp white flower (cut in half) behind it. Done!

This next card is for no one in particular--although I'm convinced one of my girlfriends who is due in June is having a girl...maybe I'll save this one for her!

Card base was made using Papertreyink white cardstock, while the DP is unknown, one of those gems I find every so often in my scrap drawer. The coloured cardstock is a pretty shade of Bazzil cardstock.

This was a very quick and simple card to make.

The image is from Stamping Bella, and was stamped, cut out, and coloured with copic markers and popped up with dimensionals. I used my Marvy punches for the white square and the scalloped pink square, and added some pink ink sponged around the edges of the white square. The sentiment stamped is from the Baby Collection set from Clearly Wordsworth, and the baubles are from Stamping Bella also. Like I said, quick and simple and pretty if I might say so myself! :)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

More, more, more cards!

Can you tell I'm at work where there is high-speed internet? :) Don't tell! Two more cards for you to check out.

The first is from this months Paper Pretties card in a box kit featuring Sweetiebellas. My mom gets the kits, and she was nice enough to let me make one of the six that the kit comes with....awww, she's a sweetiebella herself! You'll have to check out the deets on that site to see what the companies are for everything- all I know is the bellas!

I added the best friends sentiment at the bottom using the MFT set Essential Sentiments.

This card is for my little guy Jake's story hour buddy.
Adam will be 1 year old in a few months and I wanted to use this cute elephant stamp for his birthday card.
I stamped the image in black and embossed with clear EP. I coloured it in using my copics and added stickles to the flower. I sponged brick versamagic ink around the edges and mounted it on coordinating cardstock that backs the patterned paper (My Mind's Eye). The entire card just uses the DP from My Mind's Eye and it's matching solid colours...add a brad or two, stamped the sentiment in black and embossed with clear EP and done! Two cards to add to my growing pile!!

What do all of YOU do with your cards?? I have stacks and stacks that are just sitting... :(

Happy 50th birthday Auntie!

A birthday card for my Aunt Cindy who is celebrating her 50th birthday tomorrow!! Woohoo!! My uncle is having a party at their house tomorrow afternoon so that should be loads of fun mingling with family and friends- gotta love a party! :)
I based this card on MFTSC13 over at SCS. The card was made using papertreyink white cardstock which I ordered more of thank goodness! (Along with a few other things from their latest release...*ahem*) and layered with pink bazzil cardstock and patterned paper of which I'm not sure WHO it was made mom left it in my scrap drawer (thanks Lucky!) so when I pulled it out I thought "how pretty" but there was no name on it :(
The image is from Sunshine Designs - one of their cubes- and was coloured with my copics, and I added some stickles for extra 'prettiness'. I cut out the image using a Sizzix circle die cut, and paper pierced around the edge, then sponged pink ink around it. The flower are primas, and the shimmer brad is from Making Memories. The sentiment is from Papertreyink's Piece of Cake set, which I borrowed from my mom so much that I finally bought my own was about time! Hope Aunt Cindy likes it! :)

Awww...and YUMMY too!

Here's my heart-shaped pizza that Jared so lovingly bought us for dinner on Valentine's Day- it's so cute! Boston Pizza perogie pizza....oooooohhhhh you haven't lived until you've tried one!

Well, I'm working at the library this afternoon (where there is high speed internet of course!) so that's where I'll post my next cards because it's just tooooo slow this morning here on dial-up. We keep getting promised that high-speed will be here soon, but I'm not seeing it yet. :( I love working at our local library- it's small, friendly and best of all- full of books! :) I get to read, visit with patrons, create fun and happy story hour programs for kids, and help people find that 'perfect' book- it's a great job and I love it!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Friday!

I'm headed into a busy weekend - no relaxing for me! Today is GROCERY day (yuck), tomorrow is more work at the library, Sunday is a bridal shower for a good friend, THEN a birthday party! Phewf- that means two cards I need to make! :)

Well, I have a nice picture of the birthday card I made, but unfortunately my computer does not want me to put pictures from the camera on the 'puter. For some reason, my computer has a nasty love/hate relationship with me. For instance, I can ALWAYS easily upload my pictures from my camera, while my printer is perpetually broken. Today for some reason, I can't upload, but I CAN print...*geeeeeez* Not to mention the viruses it so randomly likes to get!

Oh well, I'm making use of the printer while it works, by printing off a zillion copies of the family recipe book I'm making for my husband's side of the family- one down, three copies to go. It's a little bit of a scrapbook, with pictures and stamped images alongside the recipes. I really like the way the first one turned out, and so I'll show you all the finished product of the next one!

Next I'll print off some heart healthy recipes since my husband is trying to become a healthier eater (and has lost 16 pounds in the process!). Any recommendations for websites that have some great healthy eating recipes??

Last night was my husband's night to cook since I work during the supper hour on Thursdays, so when I got home I was expecting ham sandwiches or Kraft Dinner, but nope! I had a HEART-shaped pizza instead! was so cool! I have a picture of THAT once I can upload again!

I do have a picture I can show you though...this is my little guy Jake! Isn't he SOOOOO CUTE!? He is 16 months old...I almost didn't get him back after my mom (Lucky Clucker) and dad watched him for a week while my husband and I were in Hawaii on vacation...they were pretty sure they wanted to keep him! :) I think mom has some stories about that week over on her blog. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day to all!!!

Uuugh! I'm STILL full from my amazing Valentine's meal with my husband last night- good wine, good steak, GREAT apple blossom dessert.... YUM!

I made this card a week or so ago, but my husband liked it so much I knew I'd keep it to give to him...he bought me a beautiful card (obviously he can't ask his wife to make her own v-day card!) that made me *blush* and get teary eyed with sentimentality (is that a word??)

I used my papertrey paper to back the card, and this gorgeous white specialty paper I've had for awhile now (bought it at Stamp Art in London). I cut the white paper to size and tied around it a black lace ribbon that I bought at one of my fave local stores- the Paper Pickle. The image (Three Dancing Hearts by Hero Arts) is stamped in black ink, and embossed with sparkle EP. The edges were inked with black ink, and it's backed on black bazzil cardstock. Super easy, elegant, and appropriate for a man or woman!

I'm off to work this afternoon for my storyhour at the library with my 3-5 year olds...then 4 hours of regular library time. I can honestly say I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job- books and reading are my passion and I could spend hours lost in the stacks of paperbacks and best sellers :) Although- I could hardly get lost in my library- it's a little one room brick building that is quaint, cute, and serves our community well!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to youuuuu

Is it Wednesday already?! The week is flying by...tonight I'm going out for an early Valentine's Day supper with my husband, as I'm working tomorrow night. Thursdays are his night to make supper so usually I get Kraft Dinner or weiner wraps or take out :) I've requested something heart-shaped :)

Ooo my mom won one of Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenges over on her blog- it was challenge #2, a sketch! Yeah Lucky Clucker! Maybe she'll let me stamp her new stamp a few times?? :) Pretty please??

This card I made for a friend of mine who's birthday is in a few days.

I used my Basic Grey Phoebe DP (I just LOVE all basic grey dp- soooo pretty and colourful!), and as always, the card base is papertreyink white cardstock. The corners of the dp were punched with the SU ticket punch. Eyelets are from Making memories (MM) and were set using my cropadile- I'm still trying to get the hang of that thing!!!

The image I stamped with palette noir ink and embossed with clear EP then coloured with my copics. Her dress is paper pieced using Phoebe paper as well- the dress and polka dots were done seperately. The stamp and sentiment both come from MFT's You Take the Cake set. The cake and background were coloured using my copic markers and stickles were added to the icing on the cake.

I tied some ribbon from my stash around the DP, and finished it with some flowers from Queen & Co. put together with a shimmer brad from MM. A very simple card in all, with endless possibilities depending on the paper and accessories you use!

Well, I'm off to "beautify" myself for my night out with hubby...been saving up all day to order some rich, chocolately dessert tonight!!!! YUM!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I *Herd* that you love MFT...and so do I!

January's MFT release included the Punny Farm set which I promptly set out and bought...why wouldn't I?? - it's just toooo cute! Did you see February's release?? Ooooo lala- a little racy, but lots of fun!
This card was made using a MFT sketch from SCS, and the base is my ever handy Papertreyink white cardstock WHICH IS ALMOST RUNNING OUT!!!!! ACKKK! What will I do??!! Wait until the 15th of course, to see what their new releases are and included a stack of white paper in my order which is becoming a monthly habit on the 16th usually :)
ANYWAY- all the cardstock was Bazzil, and the image I stamped once, stamped again and cut out, and masked to create two more cows. I like the result. I coloured them in using my copics, and added grass for them to stand on. The edges are sponged with Mango Madness ink from Versa Magic and the DP I used is Scenic Route which is becoming an increasing favourite of mine.
I stamped the sentiment on the same DP and cut it out and rounded the end using my Word Window punch from SU (okay, it's my mom's punch but she knows I borrowed it!)- I just threaded it through one end - pretty easy. Ribbon is from my stash and flowers are primas, and the brad is MM. I like it, and I'm giving it to one of my girlfriends who lives on a dairy farm...she'll think it's cute I'm sure.
Well, my little guy is running around pantless- don't know how that happened but lately he's discovering all sorts of fun things, like how to take off his pants and his diaper, or climb the bookshelves....*sigh* it's a busy life being a mom! But I LOVE it and wouldn't have it any other way! :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Pretty Bird! Ohhhhh Pretty Bird!

I love this card! I'm so happy about the way it turned out, and it couldn't have been easier!

I used my Papertreyink white cardstock for the card base, layered black bazzil cardstock on top, ran pink bazzil cardstock through my cuttlebug embossing folder (the script one) and wrapped some pretty black lace ribbon around the pink and glued it behind. The image was stamped in black Palette noir ink on top of the Close to my Heart Romantic Background which was stamped in pink. I used my Marvy squared scalloped punch to cut it out, and backed it on black cardstock...and done! Easy peasy.

Off to make supper husband has recently started a diet and I'm feeling guilty for not joining in, so tonight I'm actually going to find a recipe that's healthy AND tastes it possible???

This is scary!

Whewf! I've entered the world of blogging and we'll see how it goes...

I'm definately not unfamiliar with this territory as I've read soooo many cardmaking blogs daily for the last 6 months or so. I just can't seem to fit all the info I want on my posts on Splitcoaststampers, so I figure the best option would be to venture in a blog of my own!

I can't guarantee that I'll post daily, but I'm going to try my best (cross my fingers) to keep this as updated as possible - afterall, I DO have a 16 month old little boy running around who demands my attention ALLLLL the time (and he deserves it because he's my little sweetie!), oh yeah, and a husband too! (he's my big sweetie!)

I can't say that I'm entirely original in my cardmaking ideas...most of my work comes from sketch challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, or CASed from blogs that I enjoy reading. I will always try my best to give credit where credit is due. If nothing else, always assume it's NOT my original idea. :) Happy reading to you all, and I hope you can get some card ideas from me, or at least, enjoy looking at my creations!

My first card is based on a sketch from the Stamping Bella forums over at Splitcoaststampers. It was their pajama party sketch challenge...lots of fun! SBPJ2 if you're searching the gallery on SCS. I go by "Disaster" over there. :) Not because of my cardmaking skills (although some may disagree) but because of my favourite song by the Tragically Hip "Nautical Disaster".
I started with my personal favourite of late, and a Valentine's one at that- well, since it's so close to Heart Day and all!

First of all, almost all of my card bases are made with Papertreyink's white cardstock which is PHENOMENAL! Holy moly, after I used it the first time, there is no way I'd try something else...I'm card snobby like that. :) DP (designer paper or patterned paper, whatever you prefer) is SEI and the solid coloured cardstock is Bazzil. I used my circle nestabilities to create the scalloped corners and paper pierced around the scallops. The main image is the Hearty Tree from Stamping Bella, and the corners are all punched using my SU ticket punch. The flowers are primas, and the beeeeautiful bauble is a pearl bauble from Stamping Bella. The Be Mine sentiment comes from my new Stampendous Valentine's set. Prima flowers of course, and a stick pin from Fancy Pants. Throw in a bit of clear EP and pink glitter and Voila! done.
Well, I guess that wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be! :)