Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cupcake Fun

Stampin' Royalty had a great colour challenge this week. These are not colours I have on hand so I had to find a few scraps and make do with that.

I found that these colours scream for something fun, so I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 57.I chose to make this card non-symmetrical to add to the "fun" quality. Lots of stacked dimensionals and polka-dots make it pop right out at you.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Keep It Simple Sweetie! That is what kiss stands for. I missed the entry deadline for Pals Paper Arts this week but thought I'd share it with you anyways. I took the same colours from my last post, which are so "manly", and turned it into an elegant card. All it took was a "pretty" wheel, some layered butterflies, 6 inches of ribbon and glitter spray to do the job. I think the sparkle did the main job. Which girl doesn't like things that glitter?!?

And on that note...I am so excited to let you know that Stampin' Up is continuing to carry some things from the Holiday Mini that we all love so much including the Champagne, Frost White and Platinum Shimmer Paints. Yeah! That means I can continue to spray all my cards with Glitter!!!

These items will be available even into the next Idea Book & Catalogue!

116794 Ornament punch $22.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $8.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $8.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $8.95
116829 D├ęcor Elements Blocks $13.95
116824 Stampin' Up! Folder Petals-A-Plenty $10.95
116821 Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers $39.95
116819 Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $57.95
116820 Stampin' Up! Embosslits Merry die $15.95
116823 Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $7.50
116822 Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $57.95
118140 Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $7.50
118108 My Digital Studio $106.95
116519 Charming stamp set $26.95

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Manly Card.

Stampin' Royalty #7, A Masculine Card!

It was such a change making this card. I didn't have to worry about getting my images dirty with the ink on my fingers. (Oh, let me count the number of times I have had to redo something because I messed it up with my dirty fingers.) I made this card specifically with my man in mind. His hands are always black and dirty. Even after ha has washed them! Everything he touches is black and dirty. And so this card will be black and dirty when he touches it but you and I will never know because that is the way I made it to be!!! Instead of gently sponging the edges for a soft feel, I literally smeared them with black ink to be rough and dirty looking.

Plus a little metal is just the thing for my guy. I created the textured metal look by wrapping a piece of cardstock with tin foil and then sending it through my Big Shot on a texture plate. This is a fun technique.

Simply Adorned

I finally got my Simply Adorned chain and charm in the mail last week. However, it has taken me some time to get to creating something for the inside. Here is what I came up with to start. The great thing about these charms is that you can change the picture to whatever you create and it only takes a second to swap it. My sister put a picture of her 2 little boys in hers.

My second go came up with something kind of neat I thought. I started by stamping my flower from the Baroque set on a window sheet. Then I punched out a few squares of my latest favourite dsp's and used them to change up the background to this simple flower. Check it out!
Here are few different colours to give you an idea. Right now the window sheet is on the brown paper in the top left hand corner. Are you a pink, yellow or orange person? Simply customize it to your personal taste.
34" Chain 116853
1" x 1" Square Charm 116797

Feb. Technique Club

As requested by many we are going to learn the "reflection" technique this month. I'm not sure actually what the technique is called but that is your end result. I've cased this card from my upline, Kari Metzger, because it is so worth casing. Here is her tutorial.

I've been having a bit of a chuckle as I worked on this card this week because unlike the weather in this picture, we here in Vancouver have been having the finest weather ever. My crocus' are in full bloom. My rhodos and camilla tree are ready to open and everything else is sprouting new green leaves. I even spent 2 hours cutting my lawn this morning because it was so long. And it is only FEBRUARY. It is a bit crazy but I love it!
The other card we will be making is the favourite from my open house in January. You'll find the picture here. Again drop-ins are always welcome. The fee is $10. I just need to know by Saturday if you are coming.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Sweet Valentine For Husband

I bought wine gums for my husband, as they are his favourite, and thought I could do a little better then giving them to him in the original package. Bags and boxes are fun to make using window sheets. I dressed it up using the new satin ribbon and Scalloped Heart of Hearts from the Occasions Mini.

The sentiment is from the stamp set The Love Bandit also found in the mini.

A Bit of a Retro Valentine

Remember these?

We used to make these all the time in elementary school. Filled them with nice and not so nice little messages. (girls can be a little nasty at times!) My eldest daughter has been into making these and so I thought she'd get a kick out of one as a valentine! This is my valentine entry for Stampin' Royalty #6.

I had a lot of fun making this. Of course I filled it with nothing but sweet messages for her. You'll see the one message says "you are the bestest Isabelle I ever had." As a 3 year old she would always tell me "you are the bestest mommy I ever had." So now it is a bit of a sweet nothing we whisper to each other now and again.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Special Thanks

I needed to make a thank you card for someone special. I used PPA29 Sketch Challenge.
Once again using the paper from the Sweet Pea paper stack in the Occasions Mini, the possibilities are endless. I love this particular colour combo. Pretty in Pink, Taken With Teal and Old Olive.

I also added a little bling from the Easter egg kit also found in the Occasions Mini. I have yet to make an Easter egg using this kit but I have used it for plenty of other pretty things. It was definitely a well used purchase! Get yours while supplies last. Once they are all gone, that is it.
Can't wait to actually try an egg with these goodies!

Sheer Elegance

I just love how this card turned out. When I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch 125 I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use and how it was going to look! (It doesn't happen too often that I have it all worked out before I even start making the card.) I am just so thrilled that it turned out the way I wanted it to.

I used versa mark, heat and stick and dazzling diamonds to create the sparkly backdrop for behind the rose and curly tag. I wanted to use this white organza ribbon but obviously it wouldn't show up on white, so I slipped the new black satin ribbon in behind it. It all had the effect I was looking for!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Teacher's Valentines

I know I have already entered something for the Stampin' Royalty Challenge #5, anything but a card, but I so like this project better than my first entry. lol.

My sister is a teacher and she always tells me that all she gets from students is chocolate and coffee. Well I don't know a thing about coffee so I wouldn't go that route anyways, but because she can't ever seem to get rid of all the chocolate before the next occasion comes along I do my best to get something other than chocolate for my daughter's teachers. This occasion is no different.

I made ornaments similar to these for Christmas for our tree. I thought they would look beautiful as hearts in the Sending Love dsp and I was right! And check out that satin ribbon! Just gorgeous I would say. I have every intention of making more of these for myself and hanging them from my chandelier for our family valentines dinner.

Hmmm, I might these look as Easter eggs?!?

Something Other Than a Card

This is for Stampin' Royalty Challenge #5. I've seen a lot of these floating around. I think they are great. They are so easy to make and I think I have tried them at every inch increment. The first is a valentine for a friend. She is a candy addict like me, so there are 4 different little treat samplers inside.
The second was so cute I thought it would make a really sweet wedding favour. Especially with the beautiful Sending Love dsp and then wrapping it up in a little cellophane bag dresses it up quite a bit.

This not what I had planned for this challenge, however with all the sick kids in my house this week, time did not allow. Hopefully I will get a chance to share it with you next week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I have been working super hard with a piano student to take her grade 5 exam. We only started her grade 5 in September and the exam was at the end of January. She dragged her feet for far too long and at the end I'm sure she didn't like me too much due to what I was demanding from her in order to make sure she would pass. She most definitely was not looking forward to what was coming. In the end she had a great experience and she passed with First Class Honours! I am so very proud of her. She came for her lesson on Tuesday and proceeded to tell me she wants to do her grade 6 in June. LOL. Anyways this card is for her. I used the colour challenge from Pals Paper Arts 28.

I have been so busy using pink and brown I almost forgot how smashing pink and black are! I also love how the music notes turned out. By double stacking them with 2 different colours they seem to really float off the page.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tissue Flowers

This card is for the Mojo 124 Sketch.

I tried out these flowers made with tissue paper. Stamp a background image on your tissue, crumple it up, flatten it out and then fold it up so you will stamp through 4 layers adding cardstock as a base. I then sponged all the edges of each flower. After putting a brad through all layers you can crumple the petals once again. Julie Buhler has a great video tutorial here.

I haven't finished the inside of a card in awhile. I didn't want to overdo it yet I wanted to tie in the Baroque stamp I used on the front.

Monday, February 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Kristin Andersen is the lucky winner of the huge grand prize from Sunday's open house. Congratulations!

We had tons of fun. If you missed it, be sure to attend the next open house!

Thought I'd share one sample that was a favourite of many that attended yesterday.

Here is a bird's eye view to give you an idea of what makes this card so very neat and beautiful. DIMENSION! This may also give you a clue as to how it was made.