Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Thanks!

Here is a sample of my baby thank-yous for when the time comes (only 4 more weeks!!).
I kept them very simple, mostly because I have card making burnout still from Christmastime, and wanted to be able to make more easily after the baby is here in case I need them.
Can't imagine I'll be feeling up to making anything fancy when I have a newborn at home!! :)

I used Sweet Blush cardstock with White Stamper's Select for the card base, and patterned papers from the Pink Patterns set. (All by Papertrey Ink) The onesie stamp is from the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set and was stamped using Graphite Black ink. The Thank You sentiment comes from the She's Having A Baby set by My Favorite Things. The bling is from my stash- I used a bunch of different colours from different product lines. I also used my Scor Pal to make two lines down the centre of the white cardstock before adhering it to the pink. That's it! Not very fancy, but I'm happy with them, considering I still have annoucements and a baby album to finish before January 27!! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Recovering from Christmas...!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!! I certainly did. This year was extra fun because our 2 year old Jake was right into Santa. He didn't quite "get it", but it was close enough...haha. Unfortunately Santa forgot to bring batteries for some of the toys, which is something he will have to try harder to remember next year...oh well! :)

I received LOTS of fun fun fun cardmaking stuff from my wonderful husband and my mom, so look out for lots of new creations coming soon! I'm so excited that mom got me the Top Note Sizzix die from Stampin' Up, AND that my husband went to my favourite LSS and bought me pretty much everything that was on my wish list!!! Wahooooo!!!
I"ll leave you with a picture of my fave little guy on Christmas morning and promise to have a card to show you soon! My baby thank-yous are almost finished so I'll those in the next day or two.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wedding Wishes

I'm just not happy with my wedding cards...it's one kind of card that I find difficult to do. I never can get them "pretty" enough and they never seem to convey what I'm trying to get across! ARGH! Luckily specialty papers and beautiful stamps make it easier for me! :)

This card uses a shimmery white cardstock and a beautiful silvery/white specialty paper which both came from the Paper Pickle a long time ago. Come to think of it- so did the stamp! I used silver embossing powder and ribbons from Papertrey Ink. It was easy to make, if not the greatest card in the world! :)

Have a VERY Merry Christmas everyone!! Stay safe, eat lots and have fun with your friends and family.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Season's Greetings for Stamp Simply #66

I made these cards for Stamp Simply #66- Beyond Quick!!

The rules were: "Create a Christmas card (or card for other event if you are done with Christmas cards) that is SO SIMPLE you could assume that someone CASING your card COULD MAKE 6 of them in 30 minutes or less — now that HAS to be a simple card!!!! No other rules."

I think I managed that! These were quick, easy and pretty elegant too, if I do say so myself!! I used Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock, paired with either Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado or Dark Chocolate. The stamped image from Inkadinkado was stamped using one of those inks as well. I added Diamond Stickles to the bird image and sponged the same colour ink around the edges before popping it up with dimensionals. The background cardstock was run through my Snowflake Cuttlebug folder.

These didn't take me long at all once I had the idea planned out in my head. I must have cranked out a dozen of them in a half hour...sooooooo easy to do! If I had stuck to one colour only I might have been able to do more, but I only needed about 12 more for my family this Christmas. Enjoy! Thanks for looking! *edited to add*-- Sharon Johnson's cards HERE gave me the inspiration for my own creation...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Naughty or Nice?

This card is almost identical to the one I posted here.

These were my Christmas cards this year, and I varied the papers used and the remaining colour scheme.

For this one I used last year's leftover Figgy Pudding paper by Basic Grey, with Vintage Cream as my background cardstock. The cute image is from My Favorite Things, as is the sentiment. I coloured the owls in with Copic markers and went crazy with my Stickles. :)

I'll leave you with a cute picture of my little guy!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fabulous Fuzzy Felt!

This was such an easy card to pull together.

I used Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink and rust and blue from Bazzil. The blue I ran through my Swiss Dots embossing folder, but the one that comes as a border strip- not the A2 sized folder. The rust cardstock I stamped with a swirly type stamp in rust coloured ink- it shows up very faint in the picture, but much more prominent IRL. The gorgeous felt is from K & Company Wild Saffron line and I love it! I picked up a package of it at the Grand Opening for Scrappin' Great Deals in Kilworth. Lots of good deals there last Saturday!!! The sentiment comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink and was stamped in Pinecone Versacolor.

Thanks for looking! Stay warm, cozy and happy these next few weeks during the holiday season!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hope your holidays are a hoot! :)

This was a version of my Christmas cards this year...something fast and cute that would lay flat in an envelop so I didn't have to spend a fortune mailing them!

I used the Christmas Owls set from MFT (bought at the Paper Pickle) and Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink with coordinating papers from a variety of lines. Each card used different patterned paper, and therefore a different colouring scheme, etc. The images are coloured in with Copics and have lots of glitter and/or Stickles added to it. They may not be the fanciest, but they didn't take long, which is great since I'm SICK of making Christmas cards!! :)

Sorry I haven't posted in so long...I have doctor's appointments like CRAZY for this baby!! She's keeping me running already. All is well- just extra precautions because of my Type I diabetes. Not to mention the usual Christmas hustle and bustle :) Anyway- I hope to be posting a little more often in the next few weeks before this baby comes along!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Get Well Soon!

Well now that I'm done my two craft sales this holiday season I can finally make some cards for myself and stock up! I sold out of everything!!! That's great except...now I'm busy making a whole bunch of Christmas cards for my own friends and family, not to mention the usual birthday, thank you, get well and sympathy!

I should have sent this card to myself this weekend...the 24 hour flu bug hit me hard on Saturday. I give credit to my delightful 2 year old Jake who probably passed it along from one his daycare friends. :) Oh well, I survived...although being diabetic, pregnant and sick with the flu is NOT fun!

This get well card was made using papers from Papertrey Ink- Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Remix patterned paper. I stamped the image in Versamark, embossed it in gold and cut it out, coloring in the flowers and stems with my Copic markers. I popped it up using dimensionals and matted it on cardstock that was cut using my Nestabilities. The bottom half of the card was dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder and I left room for the sentiment- "Get Well Soon" from the Garden of Life set by Papertrey Ink.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Big bella baby love!

Okay, I think I've about used up everyones tolerance for this sketch. But it's sooooo easy and quick (said in a very whiny tone)... :)

I used the Bella baby bubble bath stamp for this one, paired with a super cute sentiment from Hero Arts. Vintage Cream cardstock makes up the card base, while patterned paper from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy stack is the sparkly element. I coloured the image with my Copics and added more sparkly stuff- Stickles- to the bubbles. The circles were cut out using my Nestabilities.

As for my baby news- some of you commented that it seems like I've been pregnant forever...that made me laugh. YOU think that?? I definitely think that! :) I actually have a scheduled C-section on January 27th so I'll try and have a few posts to appear while I'm off for a week or two...until I'm back to blogging mode!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blog Candy from Claire!

OOooooo! Check out the fabulous Blog Candy that Claire (one my blogging sisters) is offering!! Don't forget to link her post on your blog to be eligible!

Is pregabella my twin?

This Bella sketch just jumped right out at me...don't you love it when that happens? :) I'd like to think that I look quite a bit like Pregabella right now, but I don't think I'm quite as "glowing" as she is...haha!

Check out SCS BSC53 for more cards created using this particular sketch.

I used Pregabella coloured in with Copics and matted on yellow Bazzil cardstock. I sponged Dark Chocolate ink around the edges of the image which was cut out using Nestabilities. Her shirt has some Diamond Stickles added to it. Other papers used...Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado and patterned paper from the Polka Dot Basics collection ALL by Papertrey Ink. Nestabilities also cut out the small circles on the right side of the card and the baubles are from Stamping Bella. A final touch? Aqua Mist ribbon! I love the way this one turned out!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out...it's so soft and sweet!

The image is from Impression Obsession and was coloured in with Copic markers, and Diamond Stickles were added to the stars. My good friend Tara gave me this stamp after she finished using for some baby shower invites. I guess she figures she won't need it again- all the more lucky for me!! She did mention though that she bought it at the Paper Pickle. I inked the edges with Sage Versacolor and matted it on a light blue cardstock. The designer paper is from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy pack, while the Vintage Cream cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. Buttons are misc. from my stash, and the ribbon came off of a package of Melissa Frances chipboard! You never know where you will find stuff to use on your cards! :)

My nephew- after 8 days of being nameless finally has a name!!! Benjamin Ryan- born the 22nd of November weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz. I'm a proud auntie!