Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mystery Hostess Night!

I have had so many of you asking when you will be getting your new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogues that I decided to host a Mystery Hostess Night before my open house at the end of the month. For those of you that want to get your hands on a copy of the new catalogue as soon as possible this will be your chance and it will be so worth it! This is an awesome catalogue and I have spent a lot of time browsing through it these last few weeks. Every other page is already dog-eared!

You are all invited to an evening of appies and drinks at my place this Sunday, July 4th @ 7:30pm. It will be a get together to drool over the new cattie, gab with fellow crafters, enjoy some good food and get a chance to be the mystery hostess for the night and win some free merchandise from the new cattie! Every $25 order gets your name in the drawing. And let's not forget door prizes. Be the first one here and get 5 extra tickets. Bring a friend and receive 5 extra tickets. Sign up for a club and get 10 extra tickets.

Now if you want to keep the cattie, sign up for a monthly club or put in a $50 order. So come on out for a fun girls night out!

Please RSVP so I know how many to expect. 604 946-4994 or

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Little Sneek Peek

I fell in love with this paper from the new 2010-2011 catalogue from the moment I saw it. Me being a piano teacher I think you can understand why. Anyways it makes beautiful cards and I choose to use Stampin' 411's sketch #157 this week for this card.

I added a little basic grey to the mix of basic black and very vanilla. It helped to create a little shadow behind the notes and even behind my black satin ribbon. Pretty simple card and I don't think it took me more than 15 minutes to make but I love it!

I even put a few notes to the inside for a little added touch. I used to have a sentiment stamp that said "just a little note". That would have been the cherry on the top but I'll be if I could find it! So I choose to leave it without a sentiment and I kind of like it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Only 3 Days Left!

Have you got all you wanted from the Last Chance List??? This stamp set is one of my faves and it is set to be discontinued. I thought I'd get it inked up one more time before it is officially gone. This paper and brads are also set to say goodbye. If there is anything you still have not gotten, I am offering free shipping on any orders placed through me starting today until Wednesday 10pm. Lots of deals on paper and accessories. Check it all out.
Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #48
Last Chance Stamp Sets


Friday, June 25, 2010

Critter Tutorial

Meet my latest critter...the dragonfly!I have had so many people asking me how to make these little critters that I thought I would show you how. I am not going to go into the detail of each critter, (they all use Stampin' Up punches) but I will show you how to put it all together without ruining the critter each time.
Here we go...
To start you will need to punch two 1 3/4" circles and cut around them a half of an inch wide. (I used my circle cutter to cut around the punched out circle) Cut another solid circle the same size as the outside of the first 2 circles. You will need one tab punch and you will use one of the 1 3/4" circles you used to punch the first circles. Lastly you need one treat cup and a popsicle stick (not shown in the photo) or a shish kabob stick.

Take one of your outlined circles and glue the critter details on to the front or back as you desire. Glue the tab punch to the 1 3/4" circle just at the top and punch a 1 1/4" hole in the large solid circle. Put glue on the back and insert your treat cup.

Next you will remove the sticky from the treat cup and attach the other circle outline to the back.

Put glue on only the bottom half of the backside of the critter and attach the circle with the hole punched out.

Insert your 1 3/4" circle with tab attached and tuck the tip behind the head of the critter.

Glue on a popsicle stick and label the tab "pull here" so children don't start ripping it apart to get it open. Flip it over and you're all done!
Have fun crafting!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Too Much Fun!!!

I had so much fun playing with this card this morning. I have been dreaming it up for a few days now just not having the time to make it real. First we will start with Pals Paper Arts Challenge #47. It is a summer theme this week. Well my daughter has had this broken key chain on my window sill for a few weeks now and it struck me that it would make a great summer theme.

Then Paper Players Sketch this week had a sketch that suited my idea to a T! It would host my flip flops perfectly.

And of course the Island Oasis dsp from the Summer mini was just perfect. I changed the yellow to the new Daffodil Delight so I could use the new ribbon to match. The width of the ribbon was just perfect for these flip flops. I added a little grass with Old Olive 1/4" and 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon.

I love the way it turned out. It came together nicely. What a fun summer card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

Stampin' Royalty #24 was asking for a masculine theme project this week This is the card I made for my husband for Father's Day. I wanted it to be very bold to make sure I got my point across and I think these colours did it for me. Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, and Marina Mist. These colours will be available to you July 1st unless you sign up to join my team for only $119. Then you can get them asap! Check the side bar on the left to see details.

Lots and lots of layers here. I doubled up my letters and offset them just a little to make them stand out even more.

Geometric shapes seems to be a great way to get a man friendly card. I went with stars to go with my bold sentiment. Inside I created some pockets to give him my yearly gift of scratch and wins and this year I added a lotto ticket. (It could be worth 50 million! I could not pass it up.)

Large Star Punch 110710
Star Punch 109045
Mat Pack 105826
Paper Piercer 116631
Vintage Brads 109109
All Holidays 114916

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Let's Melon Mambo!

For some reason Melon Mambo seemed to be the colour of my choosing for both projects for club this Monday. Don't know why!? And I definitely didn't plan it when I was working on them. I am writing this post now and it is just dawning on me now! lol! Anyways, maybe I will make other colours available for you if you are not a pink person.

The first technique we will work with is the reinker technique. This can really turn out anyway you like. I had fun playing and tried it out a couple of times.

I have been wanting to teach how to make easel cards and when I saw this on a few blogs I knew this would be the month to teach it. But we will learn it with an extra twist! An easel topper card! I love this and all you have to do to make just the plain card is increase the dimensions.
Anyone is free to drop in. I only ask that you rsvp by Sunday. Drop in fee is $10. We'd love to have you join us so give me a call! 604 946-4994

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Still Alot of Great Stuff Left

There are still 2 weeks left for you to get great items from the Last Chance Lists. Here are a few samples from a Simply Scrappin' Kit that is on the list to be discontinued. The kit is called Guest Book Simply Scrappin'. It has plain cardstock, textured cardstock, designer paper, and a ton of stickers. If you don't want to you don't even have to touch a stamp to create something with this kit.
Here are 2 cards I made. The first is a more involved card. The second is a 5 minute card and I only chose to stamp the sentiment.

Here I made another bouquet with the oragami flowers using the paper from the kit.

And one last project. I decorated this box and turned it into a keepsake box for a bride.

Make sure you check out all the lists to see what is still available. Lots of goodies still at discounted prices!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


For some reason Pals Paper Arts Colour Challenge #46 had me stumped this week. I've been pondering it all week. I even made 2 cards and decided I was not crazy about them so l let them be. However, last night I was looking through a craft book my daughter got through her Scholastic book order at school and saw something that gave me a bit of an idea.

This card reminds me of the little purses or cocktail dresses that have layered sequins. They are usually super sparkly and fun to look at it. I used plain cardstock, cardstock painted with Shimmer Paint, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP painted with Shimmer Paint for the "sequins". The layered ribbon is something fun I've tried and always love the effect it has.
This card is not as sparkly as I would have liked, but it still struck me as a fun card to give to a girlfriend.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Borrowed My Own Idea!

Paper Players #2 has a great colour combo challenge this week. These colours look great together. I instantly had an idea and when I thought about using Old Olive I knew I wanted to use a bit of this project.

I used Stampin' 411 Sketch #155 for this card. I used the Flower Daisies Die to make the flower. First I sponged the tips, curled up the edges and stacked the flowers up to create a Gerber daisy. Love it!

Being that this was a card for a friend's birthday that we went to today, I took the time to dress up the inside. I think I need to do it more often. It really finishes off a card right.

Flower, Daisies Die #2 Die Cut 114520
All Holidays Stamp Set 114916
Filigree Brads 112577
5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon 111368
Sponge Daubers 102892

Friday, June 11, 2010

Late Night Stamping

It's been a busy week. Thank goodness things are starting to wind down. The end is in sight. I finally found some time to do some late night stamping and have a long overdue phone call to a girlfriend at the same time. I made some mistakes but was able to salvage it in the end.

This one is for Stampin' Royalty's Picture Perfect Inspiration Challenge #23. The colours in this photo are so great. That is definitely something I took from the photo. I also love the bright vibrant flowers on the contrasting dark brown branches so I chose to try and recreate that as well.

I added depth to my image by stamping it twice in a row just a smidge off. I didn't want the shadow to be the same brightness so I didn't reink my stamp the second time I stamped. I originally wanted to cut out the flowers and stack them with dimensionals but discovered that they are a little too small to cut out and still look nice, so this was my second idea.

I stamped off one more time without inking up again to get a shadow in behind my sentiment. This has become one of my favourite things to do lately. It just seems to dress up a boring and dull sentiment.

Monday, June 7, 2010

If It Wasn't For Crafting...

Playing single mom for the weekend wasn't so great. I really give credit to single moms. Don't know how they do it. Weekends are normally my time to get some serious stuff done. But not when you are the only parent around. So thankfully I still require that 2 of my 3 girls nap! It is MY TIME! And I did not work but made sure I had a little "sweet Sunday" after all. Even if it was for only an hour and a half. I just have to recall it when I'm about to loose it.

Here is a card for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #72. Pairing up pinks is always fun. I used the Presto Patterns Paper from the Summer Mini and got to work with my sponge daubers. With this paper the possibilities are endless. Just pick your colours and get to work.
My sentiment is from Elements of Style along with the stamp behind it. That image reminds of Baroque Motifs (which is a real favourite of mine) but with even more stamps to work with. I used the solid side of the 1/2" Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon and made a few ruffles. Love that look!

Elements of Style (w) 119900 (c) 120099
Presto Patterns Paper 117175
Soft Seude 1/2" Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon 115612
Filigree 112577
Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads 109110
Curly Label Punch 112208
Sponge Daubers 102892

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Something For Dad

There is a new challenge blog in town with some really talented designers. Paper players is the name! I'm super excited for them and wish them much success.

This week the challenge called for a masculine or Father's Day paper project. Well I was up for the challenge and chose to use Stampin' 411 Sketch #154. I decided to flip the sketch on it's side to accommodate my main image from King of The Grill.

There are a lot of layers and I just kept on layering more. My kraft layer is dry embossed, although in the photo it is hard to tell, but checkers was my pick for a manly card. The orange dsp is from Kalideoscope and I double layered that with 1/2" strips.

I slipped the 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon through the layered dsp but chose to wind the Linen Thread around all the layers. I contemplated adding some metal hardware to the sentiment but opted for just cutting it up instead to step it up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

First Try @ ColourQ

I always love the colour combos that ColourQ Challenge puts together and thought I'd actually play along this morning. The colours this week are so fun and there is always a great little photo for inspiration. I took a little me time this morning while the kids watched a few morning cartoons and came up with this card. Only problem was that I was so excited about the colours that I forgot to use the sketch. Oops. I figured I'd share it anyways.

I used the scallop envelope die cut to hold the confetti. I inked up my texture plates with Crushed Curry ink for the background and added an itty bitty punch and button to step up my sentiment. A great card for a fun birthday wish for any age.

Happy Stamping!