Friday, October 31, 2008

Holiday Wishes

I'm really liking all these quick and easy Christmas cards!! It makes it easier for me with 2 upcoming craft sales to prepare for...

This one uses Papertrey Ink's Pure Poppy and White Stamper's Select cardstock. I ran the white through my Cuttlebug folder and tied around some misc. red ribbons from my stash before adhering it. The tag was made using my Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and the "Holiday Wishes" sentiment comes from the Holiday Tags set by Papertrey Ink. A quick hole punch, and a jump ring from Making Memories, and finished!!

Anyway...a nice Christmas card to celebrate Halloween! Haha...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Glittery snowflakes abound!

This card is pretty hard to appreciate unless you see it IRL. Transparencies will NOT take a good picture...for me at least. I used Cornish Heritage Farms transparency sheets as my card base, with a piece of Sweet Blush on the inside for writing on. The snowflake paper is tacked to the transparency with glue dots and you can't even see them from the inside which is good, otherwise it would kind of junk it up, ya know? Before tacking it down, I coated the entire snowflake paper with glue and sprinkled on Making Memories clear glitter. This card is SO glittery and sparkly- I might just have to set it aside for someone I really like! :) I added a few tiny flatbacked pearls to the center of some of the snowflakes and really like the finished result!

Luckily all the snowflakes missed us yesterday. The rest of South Western Ontario got wholloped pretty heavily but I woke up to sunny skies! Phewf...saved for another few weeks at least- then I'm sure winter will catch up with me! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Joy of the Christmas Season...

From the picture, this card looks a little more 'raggedy' than it does IRL. :) I like the way it turned out though...a little shabby chic.

I stamped my sentiment in Versamark on White Stamper's Select cardstock and embossed it with silver EP. All edges of the papers were distressed using my Heidi Swapp distressing tool. This sounds weird but, I've found that if you lick your finger and run it along the edges of the paper before you start distressing, it gives you a rougher edge.

The pale blue cardstock is from Bazzil, and the shimmery silver is from my LSS but I think it's made by The Paper Company. I ran it through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and tied around it some silver and white ribbon that are both from Papertrey Ink's September release. I also used my silver leafing pen to highlight around the edges. The snowflake I cut out from some patterned paper and covered in glitter. I then added a clear button and silver bauble to finish it off!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Minty Christmas

Another card using Imaginisce papers! The paper is double sided which makes coordinating so much easier...this particular piece of patterned paper is called Snowy Soiree.

I used BSC51 from the Bella forum on SCS for my layout, and the minty coffee image from Stamping Bella.

The white glitter paper is from a DCWV mat stack that I picked up from Joann's when I went cross border shopping last weekend. It's nice to live only 30 minutes from the border crossing- easy to pop over across and pick up some fun stuff we can't find easily over here in Ontario. If the Canadian $$ was doing better I'd go across more often!


I coloured the image with my Copic markers and stamped my sentiment from Hero Arts below. The edges are sponged with a teal ink very softly as I was trying to bring out some of the teal colours in the patterned paper. To finish it off, I used my new Bella dots- the mistletoe set...too pretty!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sparkly Season's Greetings!

I love these Christmas-y papers from Imaginisce. So sparkly and pretty! Easy card...I used the double sided papers for the background, and my Marvy punches for the sentiment and matting. Ink is a 'rusty color' from Versacolor. Sentiment comes from Sunshine Designs and the sheer white polka dot and silver ribbon is Papertrey Ink, while the sheer green is from my LSS. Silver charm is Making Memories..told ya' it was easy! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brand new and shiny blog banner!!

Check it out...Surprised!?

I am SOOOO excited to show off my wonderful, fantastic, updated blog banner and all the tweaks that went along with it!! Thanks soooo much to Sara at Tweaks and Designs for the FABULOUS work she did. Even though I felt like my description of what I wanted was confusing-- (uhhh, pretty, but not pink...clean, but chaotic...not really girly, but I like butterflies and flowers) Sara nailed it. And I'm SO happy with it! Hope you all like it too!

I promise to be back in a day or two with some new cards. I've been busy creating so I have a stack ready to take pictures of, and post in the next little while. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gossipy Stella goes high speed!

I'm having a hard time adjusting to my brand new HIGH SPEED internet!! Yaaaahoooo! I mean, things are so much...faster! :) I think this will leave me a lot more time to focus on housework.

Ohhhhh, man, I just hurt myself laughing at that one!!!
This card features Gossipy Stella. Isn't she cute?? Maybe she's calling all her friends to tell them they can now send picture files and videos since she finally has high speed?! I coloured her with Copics, and doodled around the edges. The sketch is one I've used before...I think I 'borrowed' the sketch a long time ago from The Lucky Clucker. Cardstock is Spring Moss and Sweet Blush (both from Papertrey Ink) and papers are K & Company I believe. The clear baubles are also from Stamping Bella, while the sentiment is Wonderful Wishes from Verve Visual.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

I love this sketch from Jen del Muro's blog. It made making this card much easier! :) The pumpkin image is from the $1 bin at Michael's but I masked it and stamped it 3 times, colouring it in with my Copics. I have forgotten who makes the patterned paper...sorry about that! The orange cardstock was run through my Cuttlebug folder- Swiss Dots.

Had another ultrasound yesterday...nope- they wouldn't tell me what we're having...grrr! The technician said SHE could easily tell, but wouldn't tell ME. I had a few choice words for her (in my head of course, because I'm always polite). I think I have an idea though, but I'm not sharing in case I'm wrong...I'll know for sure soon enough- and then I'll tell all of you! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Oh Baby! It's Thanksgiving!

I made this card for a girlfriend who was expecting, all of us friends 100% sure she was having another boy. Well...surprise! It was a girl, so it's back to the drawing board! Oh well, it will get used somehow I'm sure!

What a quick and easy card to do! I picked up these pretty chipboard letters from Walmart the other day (don't really like that place, but it certainly is cheap!) and decided to make them the focal point of a baby card.

The card base is White Stamper's Select, run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. Then I swiped some Adirondack Mushroom ink over the raised bumps and tied around the sheer brown polka-dot ribbon. The letters are from K & Company and already came distressed and inked, and were adhesive backed, so all I had to do was stick em' on! A final touch was a pale blue safety pin through the knot of the ribbon. I think it just gives it something 'extra'.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Canadians! Try not to each TOO much turkey and stuffing. :) I know I lucked out and don't have to cook for three nights in a row...I knew there was a bonus to buying a small house...no hosting duties for me! :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Sesame Street birthday...

Who doesn't love Sesame Street characters?! My little guy likes Elmo right now, so I found this card in the SCS gallery that incorporates ALL those fabulous creatures from every kid's favourite show. :) Thank goodness for other people's great ideas! :)

I used a SU! punch for the heads, with all cardstock being Bazzil. The eyes were the hard part- I don't have a punch big or small enough, so I had to cut them out by hand...ugh. The black pupils are from a hole punch though- easy to punch out, but hard to find when you drop them on the floor!! You can definitely tell I cut a lot of stuff out by hand, since everything is all lopsided. :)

The tag is from a Spellbinders Nestabilities tag set, and the Happy Birthday comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink. I used a metal charm from Making Memories and some ribbon from my stash to finish it off!
I'm sure Jake will love it- this is the second card I've made for him- he's my inspiration for little boy birthday cards.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My baby's birthday! *sigh*

My BABY is going to be TWO this Saturday... it's hard to believe. Time flies by so fast and now there is another one on the way in February! Ooooohhhh I'm gonna be busy! :)

I made this birthday card for Jake using the criss-cross card tutorial on SCS. Check it out-- super easy to do!

I used a Whipper Snapper image (bought from my LSS- The Town Scrapper) for the inside and coloured it in with my Copics, adding Diamond Stickles here and there. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment comes from Close to My Heart. The tab was done using the SU! tab punch, and I stapled it on with Making Memories decorative staples (afterwards I wished I hadn't done that...kinda looks junky). The orangey-coloured paper is Summer Sunrise cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

The outside of the card uses designer paper from DCWV and cardstock from Bazzil. The yellow band is Bazzil cardstock, with orange rickrack ribbon, and a #2 (for his birthday!!) from a Penny Black numbers collection (also coloured with Copics).

I like this card, but am going to (of course) make another one to see if I can do it better!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Isn't' this a wonderful day just for us crafters? :) I had planned on having some girlfriends over for a day of cardmaking but it seems like the cold weather/busy season is keeping everyone at home or elsewhere. I guess I'll have to find some other way to celebrate!

This card uses Papertrey Ink's vellum, which I've had in my stash for awhile but have not used yet...glad to say I finally have and am excited about the results! It is so thick that it scores and folds easily without yucky creases. And you can stamp on it perfectly! The white insert is stamper's select cardstock also from PTI. Flowers and sentiment are from the Garden of Life stamp set, and are stamped in Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss and Graphite Black, with Diamond Stickles added to the flower centres. Ribbon is Berry Sorbet stitched ribbon. Actually, all materials are from Papertrey Ink, except the Graphite Black ink! The white insert was attached to the vellum using a small amount of glue dots, and the ribbon conveniently covers it!

Have a GREAT crafting day everyone!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Grillafella is a little Offbeat...

This birthday card is for my brother-in-law's upcoming 31st b-day.

I stamped Grillafella with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured him using Copic markers. The edges of the image are sponged with Dark Chocolate ink and is matted on Summer Sunrise cardstock. The card base is Dark Chocolate, as is the satin polka dot ribbon. This was my first time using the Offbeat papers by Basic Grey- I bought the 6x6 pack last Saturday at the London Scrapbook Expo where I saw Kim and Linda- as well as lots of other cardmaking friends! Gems are from K & Company. Sentiment is from Mixed Messages set by Papertrey Ink.
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