Sunday, November 29, 2009

A very Merry Christmas the Crafty Secrets way...

Man oh man, I just LOVE all these Crafty Secrets products!! This particular 'scrap' is from the Christmas Image and Journal Notes. All I had to do was trim it to fit, and add a little bit of Stickles for extra "oomph". Very vintage-y and heartwarming and I think many on the receiving end of my Christmas card list will love it!

Yesterday was the final craft sale of the season for my mom and I. It was a long day and I slept GREAT last night! I love meeting people who are interested in what we do/make and have lots of questions. If I can convince someone to pick up a stamp and get inky that always makes me happy!! :)

Stamps: Pretty Pattern backgrounder (CHF)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Chai (PTI)
Cardstock: Kraft, Scarlet Jewel (PTI); green (Bazzil)
Other: decorative corner punch (Fiskars); lace border punch (Martha Stewart); brads (unknown); ribbon (Making Memories) ; Stickles

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ohhhh Baby!

I have to admit, I am OVER baby cards now. While I was expecting my daughter, and for the few months after all I could do was make baby cards. I had BABIES on the BRAIN! :) Now, as I look at Robin who is 10 months old, I realize she is not much of a baby anymore and baby mojo has left. Hahaha!!

Stamps: baby carriage (unknown)
Ink: Spring Moss, Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Melon Berry, Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Green Tea Leaves dp (PTI)
Other: Spring Moss ribbon (PTI); pearls (Kaisercraft)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

This one involved just a little masking to get that red circle perfectly placed. I stamped the tree on a scrap piece of paper, cut it out and layered it over my already stamped tree so the circle would not show through the tree. Not hard, and you all know how to do it already I'm sure! :)

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio, Borders and Corners: Circle, Signature Christmas
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Chamomile; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Rustic Cream
Other: circle punch (SU!); decorative edge blade (Purple Cow); foam dimensionals

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More gingerbread and Christmas craftiness!

Are you sick of seeing Holiday Button Bits yet? I promise to give it a rest. :) This card was very simple to make (maybe TOO simple, it is just lacking something).

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Signature Christmas
Ink: Dark Chocolate; Red glitter marker (Spica)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, New Leaft
Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Pure Poppy buttons

We had our community craft bazaar yesterday and sold our cards and other paper crafting goods. It was lots of fun, and so good to see neighbours and others we haven't seen in a long time. Our cards sold very well, other stuff not so much which was surprising...I mean, with a banner like that who wouldn't be drawn to our table!? My mother made it...she's just a wee bit talented. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Merry and Bright

Yep- Holiday Button Bits again... :) Told ya I love it!

Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); New Leaf, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Stamper's Select, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: Nestabilities; buttons (Papertrey Ink); Scalloped border punch (SU!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Run, run as fast as you can!

You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!! That's what this little image reminds me of...a favourite childhood story that I now love telling to my children. Yep- Holiday Button Bits is right up there on my list of favourite Papertrey Ink stamp sets.
A detail- I used a strip of Scor Tape across the middle of the card and sprinkled clear glitter on it to break up that vast expanse of paper...I actually don't like the result and wish I would have thought of something else... :(

Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Tree Trimming Trio (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Spring Rain, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: Scalloped border punch (SU!); Nestabilities; Spring Rain buttons (Papertrey Ink); Scor Tape; glitter (Pink Paisley)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Let there be...peace on earth!

I found myself wanting to create something a little more traditional for a Christmas card today. I just love all those quirky, cute, and 'off' colour Christmas cards (think pink and frosty blue), but I found myself longing for something rich, red and religious- hahaha. These gorgeous stamps can be found at Cornish Heritage Farms here and here.

Stamps: Christmas Expressions, We Three Kings (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Chai (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Jolly by Golly collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Scalloped Border punch (SU!); sheer ribbon (misc.)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Simple Elegant Wedding

This card on SCS gave me the inspiration for my own version...alright, not so much inspiration as a direct CASE, but oh well. I used various Cuttlebug folders, with a Kaisercraft gem for added "bling." Lovely for a wedding card! I hope everyone else is having as sunshiny weekend as we are here in South Western Ontario!!

Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders (Provocraft); gem (Kaisercraft)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Teacher's Apple notebook

Another notebook to show you...this one uses Papertrey Ink's Teacher's Apple set. I have a lot of teacher friends so this will be a good Christmas gift for all of them!

You can see this post for an example of another notebook I did, and also the link to the tutorial on SCS.

Stamps: Teacher's Apple (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Chamomile (PTI); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select (PTI); Cherry Hill collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Ripe Avocado ribbon (PTI)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To the perfect couple...

Wedding season for us is over (for now anyway) so it seems. I'm at the age where almost all my good friends are recently married, or about to be married, so these wedding cards come in handy!! Now I'll just have to stock up on BABY cards :)

I love these Wedding Centres stamps by CHF. They are just *perfect* for the inside sentiment in your wedding card, and sometimes like on this card- good for the outside too!

Stamps: Wedding Centres (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Mushroom (Adirondack); Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Vintage cream (Papertrey Ink); cream shimmer, designer paper (unknown)
Other: punches (Marvy); ribbon (Papertrey Ink); gems (Kaisercraft)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Planner!

Who doesn't need a nice notebook dedicated solely to jotting down those lists and lists of things to do, things to buy and people to see during the holiday season? Splitcoaststampers has a great tutorial on how to make these lovelies, and even better, Papertrey Ink has a stamp set dedicated entirely to creating notebooks!!

Stamps: Take Note (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel
Paper: Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Other: punches (Marvy); Aqua Mist ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Timeless Templates- Around Town Tote

I love these templates by Lauren Meader (for Papertrey Ink). They are quick, easy and beautiful! This Around Town Tote I put together pretty quickly (a little head turned sideways here, tongue sticking out there) and was pleased with the result! I made quite a few of these to give presents in this holiday season- they fit so many things- CD, paperback book, lotion and soap combo, pretty much anything you can think of!!

Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Corner rounder, oval punch (Marvy); buttons (Papertrey Ink); Scor Tape

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another Crafty Christmas

This little boy jumper follows all the same principles as the little girl dress in the previous post. :) I used gorgeous Cosmo Cricket papers, and added a few touches with Scarlet Jewel buttons, Bella dots and a Martha Stewart punch.

My mom and I are off to a craft sale today to get ideas on how to decorate OUR table for the local Christmas Bazaar the end of November! Maybe I'll buy a few things while I'm there! :)

Ink: Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Chipboard jumper and hanger (Crafty Secrets); buttons (PTI), dots (Stamping Bella); leaf punch (Martha Stewart); twine (misc.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Crafty Secrets Christmas

I was so excited to enter the Crafty Secrets booth at this summer's CHA Supershow in Orlando. I'd heard about their products, seen them online, but never ventured into Crafty Secrets 'territory' before. That all changed the moment I walked into their beautifully decorated booth...I was in LOVE! :) I bought the cutest little chipboard dress and knew that I would decorate it Christmas-style. Here is the finished result. I also bought the vintage hanger there...a very neat finished touch.

I traced all the pieces onto the designer paper and cut it out as closely as possible. After gluing it on, I trimmed any overhanging edges, sanded them down and inked the edges with Chamomile ink. Then I painted the edges with the gold paint pen. When you untie the ribbon and open it up, it is covered with Vintage Cream paper inside.

Paper: Jolly by Golly designer paper (Cosmo Cricket); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chamomile (Papertrey Ink); gold paint pen (Krylon)
Other: Gold ribbon, Pure Poppy button (Papertrey Ink); gold baubles and gold dot (Stamping Bella); sanding block (Heidi Swapp); twine (misc.)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Oh Baby!

This was a sketch to be used for a card magazine submission call that I never did enter. I chickened out! Maybe next time... Enjoy!!

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Mixed Messages, Polka Dots Basics II (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides (PTI); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics, Spica marker
Paper: Breaking Free collection (My Mind's Eye); Ocean Tides, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select (PTI)
Other: Ocean Tides ribbon (PTI); Nestabilities; flower (Making Memories); button (Basic Grey); twine (misc.)