Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Wedding

Autumn is my favourite season here in South Western Ontario. The trees are now turning colours- changing from bright green to gorgeous shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. I love how the air is a little more crisp and cool. Harvest time has started and that brings tractors, combines and corn dust flying everywhere...oh it is just perfection!

What a beautiful time of year for a wedding...and that is what this card was made for. A friend needed a wedding card for a fall wedding and requested colours including brown, orange and purple. PURPLE!? Groan... Despite the challenge of including that colour (why do us crafters dislike using purple so much??) I knew that I wanted to use Waltzingmouse Stamps' Teeny Trees set. Purple leaves can happen right? In this case, yes. So there. :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps); congrats (Michael's); lace backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger); Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Other: ribbon, button, twine (Papertrey Ink); gems (Kaisercraft)
Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Bow Easy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wish Big!!

Wishing BIG calls for a bigger than usual card. I strayed from my usual A2 sized card and went 'tall' this time around. Do I love turquoise? Yes, I do. What colour could be brighter, cheerier or prettier than that? :) That specialty paper from my stash is unknown but I did buy it at my LSS The Paper Pickle. Have ya been there? Those ladies are faaaaaabulous! What else turquoise could I fit on this card...hmm...buttons? Ribbon? Bling? :) Check, check and check! Enjoy your day everyone!

Supplies:
Stamps: Big & Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black (StazOn)
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: turquoise patterned paper (unknown)
Other: Buttons (Papertrey Ink); ribbon (Webster's Pages); gems (Kaisercraft)

Monday, September 27, 2010

First birthday Baby!


This was a custom card for a friend; she needed a first birthday card for her little girl and I was happy to create one for her! I used my Making Memories SLICE machine along with the Think Pink cartridge for that wonderful flower. I cut it out 3 times, each time a bit smaller. The middle of flower is a sticker that came with my Delovely collection- WOW is that paper collection ever BRIGHT! Not normally my go-to kind of colours but they are so cherry and pretty I couldn't help myself this time around!

Supplies:
Stamps: Fresh Alphabet, Bitty Baby Blessings
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: White, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Delovely collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Scalloped Circle punch (Marvy); Crystal flourish (Zva); flower centre (Prima); sticker (Cosmo Cricket); Think Pink cartridge (Slice by Making Memories)


Friday, September 24, 2010

Bundle of Joy


All the supplies for this card are from Papertrey Ink. This was created for a sketch for the March/April issue of Papercrafts magazine. This one didn't get picked up, but I love the sketch so much that I'll probably use it a few more times! I stamped the Woodgrain background in Chamomile ink first, then layered all my other stamps over it. I did use a ruler and pencil to mark the spots where the labels should go before I stamped them, as to make sure they were even! (I do NOT judge well when it comes to placement...rulers are necessary!)

In fun/funny news, I FINALLY was accepted to be published in a magazine!!! The thing is...it was a PARENTING magazine and NOT a cardmaking one. :) :) Ironic, isn't it!? The November issue of Today's Parent magazine (a Canadian parenting mag) will feature my letter to the editor (along with others) concerning an article that was in their September issue. :) Exciting nonetheless!

Supplies:
Stamps: Vintage Labels, Limitless Labels, Bitty Baby Blessings; Background Basics: Woodgrain
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Duo inks
Cardstock: White Stamper's Select
Other: red Baker's twine, buttons

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chhhhallenge Day!!

I love challenge day at Some Odd Girl and this time around is no different! How cute is this Bu'Fly Tia and Friend?! She is part of the new Tinies release over at the store. Your mission should you choose to accept it, (and please do because it's oh so fun!) is to create a MONOCHROMATIC card. I chose to go with a lemony-limey green (except for that pop of red on Tia's ladybuggy friend) based on papers from the Pixie-liscious collection by Cosmo Cricket. I kept my layout pretty simple as to show off the Tinie as my focal point. That ribbon was ruffled using a LOT of Scor Tape (easy to do once you get the hang of it!).

So head on over to the challenge blog and get the deets (I love using that word) for this challenge and play along with us! Have a fantastic day folks!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bu'Fly Tia and Friend (Some Odd Girl)
Ink: Chamomile (Papertrey Ink); Copic markers, Spica glitter markers (Copic)
Cardstock: White, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Pixie-liscious papers (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Plain Circle, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); pearls (Kaisercraft); Stickles (Ranger); ribbon (misc.); Scor Tape; foam dimensionals

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Offset Scallop Gallop...Moxie Fab!

Do I love the Moxie Fab challenges? Yes, I do. :) Simple question, simple answer. This time around it is to use Offset Scallops on your creation. Officially, it's called the Offset Scallop Gallop Challenge in the Moxie Fab World...but we'll just call it the fish scales challenge okay? Shorter and funner (not a word, I know).

I cut the dinosaur out using my Slice machine (the Big Kids cartridge) and punched out all those circles, cut them in half and attempted to offset them. :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Aqua Mist, True Black, Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink); black marker (Zig)
Cardstock: New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Sun kissed Skies, Sun kissed Summer (Bo Bunny)
Other: 1/2" circle punch (Marvy); Dinosaur die cut from the Big Kids cartridge (Slice machine by Making Memories); Die-namics Sunshine die (My Favorite Things)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blessings

This card was so easy to make and came together very nicely! I used a sketch from the March/April call of Papercrafts magazine (boooo, the card didn't get picked up!) for my layout. I stamped the background with Polka Dot Basics and used the ever-lovely Signature Greetings for my sentiment (both sets from Papertrey Ink). That pearl flourish is just DIVINE!!! All in all, I think this is right up there with one of my favourite cards ever! :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Polka Dots Basics, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: "Making Plans" from the Togetherness collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: scalloped rectangle punch (Marvy); Labels Nine (Spellbinders); pearl flourish (Prima)


The long awaited Tinies release!

Yeah!!! It's finally here! Today is the day the "Tinies" are being released today over at Some Odd Girl.

These are the cutest, sweetest lil' lovies you have ever seen in digital format! Run on over to the shop and get your pick now...and here's a sneak of my challenge card which you can see in full on Thursday!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Gardening...

Gardening is NOT my area of expertise...I'm lucky if I remember to water my plants and I certainly don't find it relaxing to go out and pull weeds or dig in the dirt...BUT I do have several flower-fantastic neighbours and therefore felt this card would be appropriate for one of them. OR for my mother-in-law who always has such gorgeous flower beds and kind of does a *cough cough* around my house plants and waters them for me. :)

I used bits and pieces of a leftover Noel Mignon scrapbooking kit to put this card together. That's where the cool envelope came from...so sorry I can't tell you what company made it. I always see blogger Melissa Phillips using envelopes on her cards so I thought I'D give it a try this time.

Supplies:
Ink: Chai (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: papers from the Lemonade collection (Basic Grey)
Other: pink wrinkle ribbon (misc.); envelope (Noel Mignon kit); Garden Creative Scrap (Crafty Secrets)
Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Just a Note- out of my own ideas! :)

Michelle Wooderson of Mish Mash is my paper crafty gal to go to when I need inspiration. All her creations are so homey, mix-matchy and delightful. Her cards here gave me an easy out for cardmaking on a day that I wasn't feeling much original creativity. You can get all the measurements and instructions there. Isn't that what is nice about blogging and posting your creations? Knowing that someone out there will see it and say, "Hey! I can do that!" Thanks to Michelle for all her wonderful inspiration!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Take Note, Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); brown marker (Zig)
Cardstock: Kraft, Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Joy Ride collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Ocean Tides button, Terracotta Tile ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Scalloped Rectangle punch (Marvy)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Congrats on your new bundle!

This card was created for a paper piecing technique call for Paper Crafts magazine. Since I'm showing it here you can guess that it DIDN'T get picked up. Lucky you- you get to see it now! :) I'm ever the optimist! Gorgeous 'Olivia' papers from Basic Grey paired with Papertrey Ink stamps make for a cute card...

Supplies:
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Signature Greetings
Ink: Chai, Chamomile, True Black (Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Soft Stone, Spring Moss, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Papers from the 'Olivia' collection (Basic Grey)
Other: border and heart sticker from 'Olivia' collection (Basic Grey); Labels Twelve (Spellbinders); pearls (Kaisercraft)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Operation Write Home birthday challenge- brought to you by Some Odd Girl

I'm taking part in an extra special bonus Some Odd Girl challenge today using the ULTRA cute Birthday Tia. The design team has created some fabulous birthday cards to send out to the troops for Operation Write Home in celebration of OWH's birthday! Don't know what OWH is? Check out the link here for more info.

Feel like playing along with us Odd Girls? Up to the challenge? Excited to partner your love of crafting with being a do-gooder?? :) Then skip on over to the Some Odd Girl challenge blog to get the details for playing along. Don't forget to make sure your birthday- themed card has the addressed envelope in the picture. This time around the time limits are a bit sooner than normal...make sure to follow the OWH guidelines in creating your card...it is EXTREMELY important to stick to their rules! The winner of the challenge will get to pick FOUR digis from the Tinies being released on September 21st! Entries are due September 22nd at midnight EST. Grab Birthday Tia here.
Supplies:
Stamps: Birthday Tia digi (Some Odd Girl); Simple Valentine, Star Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Plum Pudding, Chamomile, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Pixie-licious collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: 1 3/4"Circle punch (EK Success); 1/4" circle punch (SU!); foam dimensionals






Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gracious Hostess

My mother-in-law has us over for supper every Sunday night. Yes, every Sunday night, barring any unforseen circumstances, or invites elsewhere, or illnesses we pile in the car and drive oh, about 10 minutes, to her house where she slaves over a hot stove or barbecue for my family, and my brother-in-law's family. This folks, is the highlight of my week. I count the days until Sunday at 4 p.m. when we all get together for some family fun. We ARE a fun bunch- nobody can make me laugh as hard as my brother-in-law can, or make me smile like my darling nephew...or fill my belly like my mother-in-law can!! It's not a requirement that we attend ( a la Gilmore Girls Friday nights) but who wouldn't want to? We just love each other that much! :)

So every once in awhile I like to take her something to thank her for her hospitality and her love. This time around it was a set of fall-ish napkins and a decorative coaster with a cute saying about wine on it (don't tell her I told you this, but I have seen an empty bottle or two laying around...) :) See, nothing fancy, but a little "I love you" just the same.

I wrapped it up with twine and added a tag to it made from Nestabilities. Use your rectangle Nestabilities to cut out the cardstock, then run it through again with the Labels Four die- using only the top part of the die (it's hard to explain but I can't seem to find a tutorial anywhere that I can link up). After stamping my various backgrounds I added some wrinkle ribbon and a button and attached it using the twine. AND....drumroll please...she loved it! :)

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Turning A New Leaf, Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Chamomile and Chai Tea Dye Duo, Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Rustic Cream
Other: Terracotta Tile button, twine; wrinkle ribbon

Monday, September 13, 2010

Creating my own patterned paper

My mother-in-law was invited to a wedding this past Saturday and asked me to create a card for her that matched the invitation she received. Well, I thought I had the same patterned paper but alas, I used it all and had to come up with something on my own! Not a problem for this stamper...it's all fun!

I arranged a few of the flowers and leaves from In Bloom onto a large acrylic block and stamped them randomly in Vintage Cream ink onto Simply Chartreuse paper. Then I sprayed the cardstock with Pearl Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Lovely! It almost looks like the original paper- close enough that my dear MIL was happy with the result! That lovely decorative bracket comes from the Vintage Labels set, and I was so happy to find that it fit perfectly where I needed it!

Supplies:
Stamps: In Bloom, Big & Bold Wishes, Vintage Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Black (Staz On)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery pink, shimmery cream (The Paper Company)
Other: gems (Kaisercraft); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Pearl glimmer mist (Tattered Angels)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy 60th!

This soft and pretty card is for a 60th annivesary (hmmm, is it that obvious!?). The gorgeous patterned paper has a beautiful, subtle sparkle to it and is almost minty in colour. Sorry I don't know who made it! It came from a paper store that has all kinds of specialty 'stuff' and of course, there is no manufacturer on the back. :( Just the same- it adds beauty to the card! Of course, I added some of those fabulous American Crafts Thickers (the '60') which I love and my collection of every possible font and colour combination is rapidly growing...I use them so much on my scrapbooking pages, which I don't usually show here.


Supplies:
Stamps: Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Patterned Paper: unknown
Other: Vintage Cream ribbon, twine (PTI); Scalloped Circle punch (Marvy); letter stickers (American Crafts); tag punch, fancy border punch (Martha Stewart); Bow Easy





Saturday, September 11, 2010

Digi Day for Some Odd Girl at PCP

This was my morning yesterday...putting my darling little boy on the school bus for his first day of Junior Kindergarten...oh my heart be still!! How absolutely handsome, darling and precious he looked. (I AM a wee bit biased!) His day was fabulous, as I knew it would be. Jake is very outgoing, very lovable and a very smart, fun little boy (once again, biased) who already loves school. I hope it always stays that way.

In other news, Some Odd Girl is having their very FIRST EVER Digi Day over at Paper Craft Planet!! Head on over to the group there and participate in fun games and challenges from 10am EST until 3 pm EST. Don't forget that there is always an amazing freebie available to download at the main store site to use in our challenges for extra SOG points! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Some Odd Girl challenge day!!

Nope, this isn't my creation! Have you SEEN our fearless leader Kristy's sample for the newest Some Odd Girl challenge?? Amazing!! Team Stash has set the bar SO HIGH with their cards for this one- to use 3 or more digis on your creation!! I'm Team Style- so you'll see more from me in a week or two with our next one! Jump on over to the challenge blog and check to see if you won the last challenge, and secondly, take a look at the amazing design team samples and get the info for participating in this current challenge...you won't be sorry! :)

A new little someone...

Oooooh I have babies on the brain! No babies in this household mind you; we are done with that! It just seems like it's everyone elses turn now...and that's okay because it means I get to play around with all my stuff and get creative! This card was for an aunt-to-be who need something to give her almost-here nephew.

I found an old package of vellum baby sentiments in a drawer full of 'stuff' and decided it would be perfect. I used a clear adhesive to adhere it to the Rustic Cream cardstock so that it wouldn't blend right into the darker cardstock behind it. Those sweet Jack n' Jill papers from Prima worked wonderfully!

Supplies:
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Jack n' Jill 6x6 papers (Prima); Dark Brown cardstock (Bazzil)
Other: Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart); Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); pearl (Kaisercraft); Pearl flourish (Prima); Vellum sentiment (DCWV)




Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Whoooo is I??? Contest from Some Odd Girl

Are you ready for the latest (and greatest) challenge yet from Some Odd Girl?? This little MONKEE needs a name! You think you can come up with one? Well, you have until October 17th to submit your original name to Some Odd Girl for the chance to win some amazing prizes, such a $40 gift certificate to any of CSN's stores! What about a set of 8 Copic Ciao markers? AND the full set of Monkees digital images?! Check out the full contest details there, because you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to win these amazing prizes! :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's Your Day

Can you believe it's back to school time already? I know a lot of you have already sent your little ones off on the bus, but today is the day for many of us around here...

I still have until Friday before I send my big boy on the bus for the first time... :(

Onto the card...these great patterned papers are from the Sassafras 'Indie Girl' line- I know! I can't believe I made a masculine card out of that batch of sweet, pretty papers, but it just worked out that way! Other tidbits- I used my Vintage Labels set for the first time since buying in at CHA (yeah me!); and I am now totally in love with that red baker's twine.

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)

Stamps: Vintage Labels, Star Prints

Ink: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Chai; Antique Linen (Ranger)

Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Rustic Cream; Indie Girl (Sassafras)

Other: Enchanted Evening button, red baker's twine; foam dimensionals (misc.)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mr. and Mrs.

Once again, big, bold, pretty ribbon takes centre stage! Witha few crystals and a sentiment you can't miss, this card was easy AND fun to make!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Big & Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: True Black
Paper: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Wishful Thinking papers (Fancy Pants Designs)
Other: Ribbon (American Crafts); pink crystals (Zva)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Expecting...Love

This card was for Paper Crafts previous call for technique based magazine edition- for paper piecing. Clearly it didn't get picked up, but that's okay because now I can show it to you here!!! :)

The adorable MFT set, Baby Bump was stamped in Tuxedo Black on the Vintage Cream cardstock and again on patterned paper pieces from the Togetherness line by Cosmo Cricket. I used my Bow-Easy for the double bow (love that look!), and trimmed the edges of the sentiment tag myself. All in all, I think this could be used for anybody expecting a boy or girl.

Supplies:
Stamps: Baby Bump (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Chamomile (Papertrey Ink); Copic markers
Paper: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry (Papertrey Ink); Togetherness papers (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Border punch (Fiskars); Ocean Tides ribbon, Melon Berry button, twine (Papertrey Ink); pearls (Kaisercraft)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Teacher's Apple

Just one more week until my little buddy starts Junior Kindergarten...how am I ever going to survive that?! I can't imagine my sweet, smiley son getting on a big ol' school bus. I have a feeling his sister is going to be crying alongside me that day- only hers will be because SHE wants to go too! :) I have only heard fabulous, delightful things about his teacher though so that helps AND she sent Jake a letter in the mail this summer with a picture of herself, telling him all about their classroom and what to expect. Very nice! Of course, we had to send her a card back!

The focal point of the card uses an image from All Booked Up stamped in Summer Sunrise, and the coordinating Mat Stack 3 die. Both the apple and the teacher sentiment are from Teacher's Apple. That very cute alphabet pattern is from School Time and was stamped in Dark Chocolate. Harder to see, but still there is the 'back to school' stamped on the Kraft cardstock in Antique Linen ink. Glitter up that apple, ink all edges and done!

I realize that a LOT of my cards are Papertrey Ink 'heavy' lately, but honestly, I feel that the quality they offer is second to none, and when all my supplies coordinate like theirs do, why reach for anything else? :) Of course, unless I'm using the EVER adorable Some Odd Girl digi images. :)

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: School Time, Teacher's Apple, All Booked Up
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, tea dye duo inks, Pure Poppy, New Leaf; Antique Linen (Ranger)
Paper: Kraft, New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream
Other: Mat Stack 3 die; Stickles (Ranger); foam dimensionals

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Get BUSSIE...yes, you read that correctly... :)

Ooooooohhhh my goodness!! Have you SEEN Bussie- September's freebie over at Some Odd Girl!? Think 'back to school' and head on over there and download it NOW. I can't wait to see your creations using it! :) Doesn't having a monthly freebie make is way more fun to participate in their challenges with? Kristy sure makes it easy on us. :)

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Everytime I use this set, Up, Up & Away by Papertrey Ink, I feel like I'm channeling Mary Poppins and her Let's Go Fly a Kite song... :) One layer cards are always fun to make. The lack of "bulk" makes it easy to send in the mail and sometimes less IS more. Not to mention I can whip up 10 of these in 20 minutes and have my thank you stash complete for the next year!!!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Up, Up & Away
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, True Black; Black marker (Zig)
Paper: Stamper's Select White


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