Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baby bib for a preemie!

This card is a CASE from Debbie Olsen. Have you checked out her blog? It has some wonderful ideas. Of course, I didn't follow instructions properly, and so mine looks a little less like a bib, and more like a blob :) Oh well. I've tried again, and when I post that card, you'll see my technique improved :)

I used the large scalloped oval Nestabilities for my card base, using white Stampers Select cardstock. The patterned paper is from the Bitty Baby Blessings 6x6 paper pack by Papertrey Ink and was cut out using plain oval Nestabilities. The sentiment is called Babies by Penny Black and is stamped in Lavender Moon ink, sponged with Summer Sunrise, and matted on Lavender Moon cardstock. Ribbon is satin Lavender Moon. All products EXCEPT for the sentiment and Nestabilities are from Papertrey Ink.
I made this card for my cousin who had her baby on Monday about 5 weeks early. My mom and I went up to visit them in the hospital and he's so small and cute and doing very well- keeping his own that's for sure. We're hoping he'll be home be the end of next week. :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

WSC53 and more stuff to play with!

Beate always has a great sketch- and last weeks was WSC53. This is my interpretation!
I used white Stampers Select cardstock from Papertrey Ink for my card base (they now have cream cardstock too!!) with patterned paper from the Bitty Baby Blessings 6x6 paper pack and Summer Sunrise cardstock matting it.
Ribbon is Summer Sunrise polka dot and the flower is Prima, and brad is from my stash. The sentiment comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink, and is one of my favourite fonts from that set.
As for happy news- yesterday I received my Papertrey Ink parcel finally and excitedly ripped open the box and tissue paper to find all the lovely stamps, ribbon and paper I ordered weeks ago. I'm SOOOO excited to try it all out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Sparkly engagement

Oh my gosh, I love this card! I found this one by Sparklegirl on SCS and knew immediately I wanted to CASE it! The original uses brown ribbon and cardstock, but since it's summertime now and I'm sending it for an engagement congratulations, I wanted to use a colour that was lighter, prettier and summery.

I wish the actual stamping showed up better in this picture, but the ink does not appear so light IRL.

I cut Aqua Mist cardstock to 5 1/4" square and used that as my card base. Then came Stampers Select white cardstock for the next layer. On the white I stamped one of the images from Kim Hughes' Nature Silhouettes set 4 times using Aqua Mist ink. I added Diamond Stickles to the stems of the image. Then I stamped one of the sentiments from the set in black. The ribbon is Aqua Mist from Papertrey Ink, and the brads are actually mint green but look aqua next to the paper and ribbon- they are from the Two Scoops brads by Basic Grey.

I'm sending this card to my friends Mike and Emily who were engaged this past week while attending a Pearl Jam concert! Cool!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

This is the card I made for my sister's birthday. She turned 25 and loves cats, so Kittycatabella suits her perfectly. I even coloured one of the cats to look like hers. :) She's not very original with her cat names though...her kitty is named..."Kitty". Well, at least she'll never forget it!!

I used the Diamond folder from Cuttlebug for the Lemon Tart cardstock and I really like the way it turned out. I bought the folder ages ago and this was the first time I used it. It doesn't seem to go with a lot of patterned papers, so I waited until I did a card that used only cardstock. Now that I can see how it really looks on a card, I like it! The Bella is coloured in with my Copic markers, and has Stickles on her hair band and belt. In all, the papers used were Lemon Tart, Kraft, Aqua Mist and Lavender Moon, all from Papertrey Ink. My Marvy punches were used for the ovals, and the ribbon is misc. from my stash. The gems are from Heidi Swapp, and the birthday sentiment is from Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Men have birthdays too!

This is a little bit of a masculine birthday card. I don't make them often, and really I should. I mean, men have birthdays too! :)
I used Papertrey Ink's kraft cardstock (from their May release), and paired it with Basic Grey's Boxer papers. The ribbon is from my stash (bought from the Paper Pickle). Sentiment comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink, and the brads are Boxer brads cooridinating with the designer paper. I used my Marvy punches for both rectangles (regular and scalloped).
That's it!! Very easy and quick, and quite 'manly' if I do say so! :)
On other news, having a little boy sure is an adventure...yes, he has called 911 accidentally in the past, and now this time, he drank hand sanitizer (not a lot, just a squirt or two). I called Poison Control (staying very calm the entire time) and they were very reassuring, telling me he didn't drink enough to be of any harm *phewf* I'm telling ya, my back wasn't even turned for a SECOND. Those little dudes are QUICK! Sigh, at least all is well now....only a few more grey hairs and I'm not even 27 yet!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A little Bella baby!

Wow! What a fantastic mail day! I received a wonderful RAK from Maria whom I met a few months ago when a bunch of us went for lunch at Actor's in Petrolia. A beeeautiful card (the one actually shown in the link above) with Bellas (my fave), some brads, ribbon, stamps, and of course, stamped images which I just love, love, love receiving. I can't wait to start colouring in the so cute Tilda's she sent- along with all the other wonderful images. Thanks so much Maria, and I'll be sure to pass the kindness along!

This card uses Baby Buttercup from Stamping Bella and the Congratulations sentiment from MFT's Essential Sentiments stamp set. The main image I stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured in with my Copic markers. I added Spica glitter to the petals and leaves, but it really doesn't show up on the picture. I doodled around the edges with a black fine tip marker and matted it on Crate paper dp and Sweet Blush cardstock. The patterned paper is also Crate paper, and the card base is the coordinating colour from the patterned paper- I love that by the way- it ensures your colours are matching exactly the way they should! :) Ribbon is misc. from my stash, and the clear baubles are from Stamping Bella. I stamped the sentiment 3 times and matted it to Sweet Blush cardstock, cut out using my Marvy scalloped rectangle punch. And done!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Out on a Limb for a Sweet Baby

I can't wait for tomorrow...it's Papertrey Ink's release day! Woohoo! I used all Papertrey Ink products on this card, in anticipation of buying up all their new goodies tomorrow. :)

This card uses Lavender Moon cardstock, Bitty Baby Blessings patterned paper, Lavender Moon polka dot satin ribbon, Lavender Moon ink, Polka Dot Basics stamp set, Mixed Messages stamp set (Sweet Baby sentiment) and the Out on a Limb stamp set. I also used Pinecone Versacolor ink, oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities, and my corner rounder.

To see my inspiration for this card, check out the Lucky Clucker's original on SCS.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Father Knows Best (just don't tell HIM that!)

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. My own dad is going away for Father's Day weekend to the Michigan Speedway...lucky guy! NASCAR is what makes him happy :) I haven't even gotten my own husband a gift yet- he can pick out his own. I never know what to get him!

This card is for my dad. I used the Father Knows Best stamp set by Papertrey Ink, paired with Basic Grey Boxer papers. I stamped the tree trunk in Pinecone Versacolor, and the open branches in black, colouring them in with my Copic markers, and using a dark green chalk to go over the rest lightly. The brads are from Making Memories, and the stitching I did with my paper piercer and a black marker.

Tag I'm it, again!

Okay, I was tagged by my SBS17 sister Ginger...so here are my answers:

Ten Years Ago: I was 16! :) Probably counting the days until school was over for the summer. 10 years ago this summer I went to Japan on a class trip and while I was there my house burnt down!

Five things in my "to do" list today: Well, I'm at work, so, let's see...get books started for our book exchange, start decorating the library for our Summer Reading Program, set out drop-in Father's Day card craft for children to do, call patrons to let them know their books are in, and maybe once I get home from work- make a card or two! :)

Snacks I enjoy: Popcorn, barbecue Ruffles chips (HAVE to be Ruffles), chocolate covered raisins, nuts n' bolts (my mom makes the BEST) AND of course Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter cups...YUM.

Things I would do if I was a millionaire: Build a new home with a state of the art craft room, buy a new vehicle, pay off the VISA, pay off the last amount of my student loan, save some for the kids education and save the rest (I'm much more frugal than my husband whom I sure would spend it all in a day)

Places I have lived: My childhood home here in South-western Ontario, Ottawa while I was in university, and then 3 homes with my husband- all within 2 miles of each other- small moves each time!

Okay, I'm NOT going to tag anyone because I reallllly don't like doing these things!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

This is my first Father's Day card yet. I made soooo many Mother's Day cards (despite having ONE mother) that I seemed to have lost my mojo for Father's Day! Oh well, I'm sure my dad and father-in-law won't really pay attention to their card anyway...they'll just oooo and ahhhh over the new tools we get them :)
It looks 'manly' doesn't it? I used the Classic Pickup Truck image from Little Paper Shop, paired with Basic Grey Boxer papers. Ribbon is misc. from my stash, and the brads are Making Memories. I stamped the image in black and coloured it in with my Copic markers. All edges are inked with Antique Linen distress ink by Tim Holtz. I can't decide what to get for my husband for Father's Day. Our little guy Jake is too young to pick out something himself so I'm going to have to pester my brother-in-law for some hints!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Swell news!!

Another baby themed card! This one for an expectant mother...I think I've mentioned there are babies coming out of the woodwork around here...5 friend I know are pregnant! I guess we can add one more to the count... ME!! :) Come end of January my little guy Jake will be a big brother...awww how exciting!

I made this card for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge for July. The challenge was to use black cardstock and a black embellishment and I think I fulfilled both those requirements! The card itself is 5 1/4" square and uses Sweet Blush are the base. The black I ran through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and used my ticket punch on the corners. The image is from the She's Having a Baby set by MFT, as is the sentiment. I matted it on shimmery black cardstock and a pink scalloped rectangle cut out with my Nestabilities. It was actually too long of a die cut, so I cut it in half and glue it back together 'shorter' to fit the image. The ribbon is Sweet Blush (pink) and the black polka dot is misc. from my stash.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Where can I get a hat like that?

If only a gardening hat like that would look so cute on me!!

This is Gardenia Greenthumb from Stamping Bella. When I saw her on the Bella website I immediately thought of about 10 neighbours who reminded me of her...so of course I bought her! :)

I paired her with Crate paper designer paper and Sweet Blush cardstock from Papertrey Ink. The ribbon is misc. from my stash. The baubles are from Stamping Bella also, and she is coloured in with Copic markers. Her wings have a neat dusting of Stickles on them- an addition I did after looking at the card for awhile and deciding it needed something 'more'. Hope you get out in your gardens like I'm going to this weekend!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A message for SBS17

I just want to leave a quick note for my SBS17 sisters...at home I have "slow-as-mud" dial-up internet (yep, not in the high-speed age yet) so it's very hard some days to check all your blogs like I would love to. It's agonizingly slllllooooowwww. I do work at the local library twice a week and they have high speed, so on Thursdays and Saturdays I try my best to comment on all your lovely creations if I get a quick break. Our municipal government has promised us access to high-speed come July so it won't be long before I can comment so much that you'll get sick of me!! :)

Fun times...yesterday I helped my mom clean up her cardmaking room. Yes, a whole room (my old childhood bedroom in fact) devoted to cardmaking...and all it's CHAOS!! Oh my goodness. I think that woman has saved every single teeny tiny scrap of paper she has ever cut off something. What a HOARDER! :) She had THREE of some things!! So of course, I have NO qualms at all about organizing, purging, giving away and even keeping a little for myself :) I was merciless. She literally would pull things out of the garbage as soon as I threw it out!! I started LICKING things to gross her out so she wouldn't grab them back (yes, it was bad). I'm not silly though- anything salvageable went into piles of 'stuff to sell', and 'stuff to donate to the local library' and 'stuff for ME to sneak out'. Anyway, we had a lot of laughs, her room is now neat and tidy for the next 24 hours at least, and I"ll go back in 6 months to do it all over again! :)

This card was done using Bella Baby Bubble Bath and Nestabilities dies. Designer papers are from DCVW Nana's Nursery Baby Boy glitter stack. White cardstock is Papertrey Ink's white stampers select. I used my Copics to colour it in, and added Spica glitter to the bubbles. Add some shimmery ribbon from Offray and done!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A great mail day!

This was an extremely quick and easy sympathy card and I'm quite happy with it. The two shades of brown cardstock work together better than I thought they would. The lighter shade I ran through my Textile Textures Cuttlebug folder (by the way, my fave online store Scrappin' Great Deals, has preorders available of the newest Cuttlebug folders). I used my Marvy oval punch for the cream cardstock, and my Nestabilities scalloped oval for the dark brown. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and the ribbon is from my stash.

Today I received packages from both Little Paper Shop AND Stamping Bella! WAHOOOO! The Little Paper Shop sent me the Grandparents stamp set because I won their blog candy last week! Lucky me!! Coloured flock, fellas and bellas, and more!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mmm cake!

This card makes me hungry! That cake looks delicious...maybe it will inspire me to go bake a cake. Oooohhh that made me laugh right out loud! Me? Bake?!? Nuh uh.
I used MFTSC31 from SCS for this card. The image and sentiment just seemd to 'fit' with the sketch. First I cut my card base, using Lemon Tart cardstock to 5 1/4" square, and stamped the open circles from Polka Dot Basics by Papertrey Ink in Lemon Tart ink and then embossed with clear powder.
Next I added all my layers of cardstock, using papers from my stash (all yellow is Lemon Tart). The image I stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured in with Copics, using Diamond Stickles on the cake's icing. The sentiment I cut out using a Marvy scalloped punch. The sparkly brads are Making Memories and I love using them because they are so pretty! They are so shimmery and nice. The ribbon I picked up at my LSS, the Paper Pickle which has terribly tempting ribbon jars right on the checkout counter that make me drool when I see them...buy 20 strands and get 5 free! Well...I took advantage of that the last time I was there!!
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