Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today is my husband's birthday. I used to love making cards for him until he started being so critical of the male cards I put out. He tells me no ribbons or buttons and is very picky about the accessories I use. It makes it difficult to pull something together then. I love ribbon and to make a card without using a stitch of it makes me second guess myself.

So I saw Just Add Ink's Challenge #28 this week to make a male card using Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze and thought perfect! I can use my favourite retired dsp that was great for male cards! Plus no ribbons, buttons and in fact I didn't use any accessories. Everything on this card is paper. Hope he likes it!
The card is cut out using the Scallop Square Die Cut (115950) and all the corners are rounded using the 3/16" Corner Rounder (119871). I stamped the branch from Cheep Talk (113204) and then cut it out, minus the leaves. I punched a few leaves with the Two-Step Bird Punch (117191) and of course the owls are from the hottest new punch, the Two-Step Owl Punch (118074). Love this punch! It was one of the first things on my list to purchase from this catalogue.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Keeping It Simple

Stampin' Royalty #30 asked for a KISS card this week. I love this challenge. It gives me a chance to make a card that doesn't require hours of work. And like yesterday I actually got into the groove and made 3 in less than an hour! And that includes design time. The first is my favourite.

The stamps from the 3 cards are from Tart and Tangy. here I used the Polka Dots Embossing folder on my Naturals White cardstock. This paper gives it a bit more of a homemade feel. I got the idea for my curlies on the strawberries from LeAnne's blog here.

What could be more fun than buttons! Real Red from the Brights Collection. My sentiment is from the hostess set It's The Thought.

For this one I used the rock and roll technique. I inked up the orange with Apricot Appeal and the rolled it on Pumpkin Pie to ink up all the edges. This sentiment comes from Messages For Mom.

Naturals White Cardstock 102316
Tart & Tangy 111514
Messages For Mom (w) 117016 (c) 118580
Polka Dot Embossing Folder 117335
Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon 117289
Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon 109030
Designer Buttons Brights 119747

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just Add Ink

In my blog travels this morning I happened to come across 2 cards that used this sketch from Just Add Ink #27. I loved it so much that as soon as I got time away from kids I snuck downstairs to get started on my entry. I decided to use Colour Throwdown #103. I have yet to play with them as well and decided might as well make it 2 for 1. Besides I have not inked up my River Rock and thought this would be a good time to do it!

I am trying to get this in before Mr Linky closes so if you want any know how or ingredients for this card, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday LeAnne!

Happy Birthday LeAnne!

I hope you have a great day!

It's LeAnne's birthday today and some of us got together to make a birthday blog hop for her. Hope you come along and join us!

For this card I tried out Stampin' Celebration's Inspiration Challenge #12. What great photos for inspiration. If that doesn't get you going I don't know what will! And I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #79 to get it all started. I love the colours from the inspiration photos and Sunny Garden Dsp totally did the trick.

I did a little extra to this card and turned it into a slider card of sorts. I'm not sure what the technical name for this kind of card is but I thought it was fun and something special to do for a great person like LeAnne!

Have fun checking out the rest of the ladies' creations!

Hostess Promotion!

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Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010

Hostesses will receive an additional $35 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $450 or more!
Things to Remember:
*Orders must be $450 or more to qualify.
*Online orders do not qualify.
*Hostesses may use their additional $35 in hostess free merchandise on any regular catalogue/mini catalogue merchandise.
*Orders larger than $450 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $900 workshop does not receive $70 in additional dollars. All orders over $450 always receive $35 in additional free hostess dollars.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vintage 411

I used Stampin' 411's sketch #161 to play with all the great new vintage accessories from the new cattie.
Vintage Brads and Chantilly Lace. Love these! I also used my sponges and rubbed the whole card with Crumb Cake. I love this colour! I know I have said it before but I am so thrilled to have this colour in ink. It is so handy! It is especially a great colour for the vintage style. It is not as harsh as Soft Suede yet it still ages everything nicely.

I punched out 2 strips with the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and adhered them one under the other so it would be wide enough to see under the Chantilly Lace.

The paper I used was Elegant Soiree. It has both the colours Crumb Cake and Soft Suede which makes it a shoe-in for vintage style as well! My sentiment is from Elements of Style.
Thanks for stopping by.
Antique Brads 117273
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border 119275
Chantilly Lace 118480
Elements of Style (w)118611 (c) 120045

Always Playing With Paper Inspiration Challenge #8

Good morning! I'm here with another challenge from Always Playing With Paper. This morning it is an inspiration challenge. I took one look at this photo and thought, oh this is going to be easy. Look at those inspiring daisies! Wrong! This one caught me off guard. My first cards had lots going on but something was never right and I could not figure it out. Finally I had to stop. Go back to the daisy and think just about that.

That's when I decided to keep it real simple. I went with my original background of flowers from Baroque Motifs. (one of my faves!) I stamped the flower all over and then punched out 1/8" circles of Daffodil Delight and glued them to the center of each flower. Then I flipped my paper over and scored all four sides at 1", 1-1/16" and 1-1/8". Just a little hint of something else!

I punched out the corners of each layer with my Ticket Corner Punch. (love this punch.) For my main image I used my Daisies Die. Three daisies of each size. I sponged all the tips, curled them up with my bone folder and then stacked up the flowers so all the petals where showing. The finishing touch was 2 Daffodil Delight Button from the Brights collection. The new button sets are super. I have had a ton of fun playing with them. I cut a tiny strip of Night of Navy cardstock and strung it through my buttons and tied a knot to top it all off. In the end...a card that was not so busy. I decided to leave it without a sentiment. Not sure why. Just cause I guess. And I almost forgot. I spritzed wth daisy with Vanilla Smooch. This one is the best of the bunch. It gives my flower a look like it's been kissed by the morning dew! So pretty. Hope you like!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday Squared

I took some time today to make a card for my Father-in-law. Geometric shapes work well for men and so I made a go of this card with squares in mind. I built up by background with 1 1/4" squares, laying them down in a brick formation. The paper is from Elegant Soiree. These are great colours for a man's card. I am so glad that Baja Breeze is back.

My sentiment is from On Your Birthday. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp it straight a few times over, always shifting it down and a little to the right. When I was done, I turned over my background dsp and used it to fill in the holes to the left and right of the words.

I can't wait to use this paper again. Next time it will be for an elegant female card!
Elegant Soiree DSP 117163
On Your Birthday 111664
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig 101049

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Colour Q #42

Colour Q's colour combo this week is all about warm colours. I love how they work together.

First off I started with an odd size card. I am on a bit of a kick making different size cards. This one is 7" x 3". Then I took all the colours and layered them up and used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder on Tangerine Tango on the top and then just cut it out. The stamps are from Cottage Garden. This set is beautiful and is totally a take off from the very popular retired paper Cottage Wall.

I love it when a sentiment uses different fonts. It is perfect for changing up the colours instead of stamping the whole thing in one colour.

Cottage Garden (w) 117068 (c) 120003
Elegant Lines Embossing Folder 119277
Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon 117286
3/16" Corner Punch 119871

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Gotta Love Layers

I saw Sweet Sunday's Sketch Challenge #78 for this week and instantly thought of all the neat new coloured buttons I have in the new Bright Colours. The colours were so vibrant I couldn't decide which cardstock to use so I decided to use them all! Well almost all anyways. And due to all the colours I chose, it called for alot of layers and I love layers! I even layered my buttons!

I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder on the Melon Mambo, the Clear Large Scallop Square Die on the Pumpkin Pie, the Square Lattic Embossing Folder on the Tempting Turquoise and the Clearlits Scallop Rectangle Sizzlit on the Rich Razzleberry.

This has to be one of my favourite new stamp sets. Word Play. There is a sentiment for every occassion and they are all so very different.
I just love the playfulness of this card.
Word Play (w) 120308 (c) 120651
Polka Dot Embossing Folder 117335
Square Lattice Embossing Folder 119976
Scallop Rectangle Clearlit 118872
Scallop Square Die 115950
Brights Buttons 119747
Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon 115618
Linen Thread 104199

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Big Oops!

This is what I get for trying to work while on holidays. I have made a big mistake. On my calender at home I have my open house set for Sunday, July 25th. And I had it set that way for a reason. But when I went to post it (while being on holidays) it seemed so close to our holidays so I checked the calender on my computer and Aug 1st looked better. Well on my computer it doesn't show that here in BC it is a Stat. Holiday. So I now have the pleasure of apologizing to you all. Sorry for my mistake. My Open House will be next Sunday, July 25th from 2-5 pm. Hope more of you can make it out! Please RSVP by Friday!

Paper Players Sketch Challenge #7

Leslie treated us to another great sketch for the Paper Players Challenge this week. I was on a role so I actually made two cards. Same background with a little different main image. I have had a rough sketch of these two images on my desk for over a year that I once jotted down while blog hopping. This sketch truly inspired me to use them finally.
I just love the vellum with the dsp trim. For the stem I used my paper piercing tool and drew over the dots with a white gel pen. I layered up Basic Black Satin Ribbon with 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon. I love these Jumbo Brads. They fit the bill perfectly for the size of this card.

For the butterfly I used Clear Crystal Brads for the body and drew in the antennae. On the wings I covered the vellum with glue from my 2-way glue pen and covered them in Dazzling Diamonds. For the sentiments I punched out the Modern Label Punch in Basic Black, Greenhouse Gala DSP and Baja Breeze. There are so many ways you can stack them up for a different look.
Greenhouse Gala DSP 117167
Teeny Tiny Wishes 115370
Vellum Cardstock 101856
Basic Black Satin Ribbon 117285
Basic Black 1/8 " Taffeta Ribbon 119261
Jumbo Neutral Brads 112534
Filigree Brads 112577
Clear Rhinestone Brads 113144
Scallop Oval Punch 119856
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch 119855
1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch 119863
Modern Label Punch 119849
Paper Piercer 116631
White Gel Pen 105021
2-way Glue Pen 100425

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oh Goody! Playtime!!!

It took so very long to get home today. Not a good trip that's for sure. And to top it off my husband had plans to go out with a friend who is only in town for today and tomorrow. So he left shortly after arriving home. So I ordered in pizza, bathed the girls and got them to bed at a decent hour and...wait a husband is not home! That means I can go and play and not feel guilty about abandoning him our first night home to tinker with my new toys that were left behind the moment they arrived! YES! Playtime! So I blog hopped a little and found out Pals Paper Arts #51 had a wedding theme challenge. That would go perfectly with some of the new things I wanted to play with.

Love Concord Crush! What a rich colour. Perfect for a wedding. And the new Elegant Lines Embossing Folder? The name says it all. Elegant! I actually embossed both sides of the envelope and the pull tag as well. And well what wedding would be without a little sparkle. Jewel Rhinestones and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon edged with silver! I had to try out the new Paper Daisies too. I chose to die them with Elegant Eggplant instead of Concord Crush to change it up a little. I used my Aqua Painter to pick up some ink from the ink pad and dropped it on the daisies, watching the colour spread. Neat!

My sentiment is from the Hostess Level 3 set called Occasional Quotes. I added a few more Rhinestones to dress up the inside card as well. Hope you like. I had fun playing tonight.

Elegant Lines Embossing Folder 119277
Paper Daisies 119243
Basic Rhinestones 119246
White Organza Ribbon 114319
Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 119261
Curly Label Punch 119851
Aqua Painter 103954

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time For Take-off

Just thought I'd share a little of what I'm actually up to this week. I'm the one on the left. This is mostly what we did all day today. What a blast! But let me tell you, my body is beginning to ache already. My husband figured there was about 4-5 feet of air to the bottom of the tube on my side!

By the way it was 39 degrees today. Which explains why we were on the water almost all day!

Technique Club Moved to Monday

Sorry I am posting this a little late. I have had it ready to go for over a week but am really enjoying my holidays and taking a break from being at the computer too much. I am only going to show you the 3-D project we will be making. I have our technique card ready to go but I am hoping to play with new products when I get home so that might change seeing how we will meet on Monday instead of Sunday. Drop-ins are always welcome. The fee is $10. Please RSVP by Sunday.

Here is the origami box we will be tackling. Looks harder than it is. Really! And just in time to give a little Summer gift to a special friend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Annual Garage Sale Open House

I have finally set a date for my annual Garage/Sale Open House! Sunday, August 1st from 2-5 pm everyone is welcome to come on over to my place to get your hands on the new catalogue if you have not already. There will be make and takes, door prizes, samples, and of course a BIG grand prize worth over $100. Save the date! You are going to want to be there!
Here are some ways to earn door prize tickets:
* Be the first one in my door at 2 pm sharp and get 10 tickets
* Bring a friend that has not stamped with me and get 5 tickets
* Every $5 spent on my retired stamps gets you another ticket

I have a ton of sets that are retired and I will be getting rid of. Whatever amount of retired sets you buy you will get a gift certificate for 1/3 of the amount towards a minimum $50 purchase from the 2010-2011 catalogue that day. (gift certificate will not cover tax or shipping)

Every $25 order gets you a draw in the grand prize.

The catalogue will be yours to keep with a $50 purchase or if you sign up for a club starting September.

I can't wait to share all the great new stuff with you. I took a quick photo of some of my favourites during my 5 minute peek into my box of goodies before I had to leave on holidays.

See you there. Please rsvp before Friday July 30th.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Paper Players Colour Challenge

Love the colour combo for Paper Players Colour Challenge #6 this week. Basic Grey, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla. I love square cards so I chose to go that route with this one. It gives you a little more space to play. However, I grabbed a regular card size envelope to match and only realized it later. lol. Oh well. I guess it was the thought that counts on this one.

The flowers are from Petal Pizazz with 5/16" Jumbo Brads. I used my pencil to curl up the tips a little and make them stand off the page. My polka dots are stamped with Dot, Dot, Dot. I had to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line it up because I had to stamp it 4 times. I wish this stamp was bigger. I could have used the Polka Dot Impression Folder but I wanted something with ink on the background.

I used one of the flower stamps to add a little to the sentiment from All Holidays behind the Vanilla Hodgepodge and added one more flower attached to the hardware.

Hope you come out and give this challenge a try. Anyone is welcome to enter.

Petal Pizazz 113417
Dot,Dot,Dot 115332
All Holidays 114916
Vanilla Hodgepodge 112454
5/16" Jumbo Neutral Brads 112534
1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon 109026

Friday, July 9, 2010

Oh Baby

I am still on a bit of the baby kick from Paper Players Challenge this week. The theme was "Oh Baby". I have seen these little baby booties a few times and have always wanted to make them. They are so very sweet and now that I have made them I can tell you how very easy it is to make them!

I love Diana Ball's little bootie using the old sweet pea paper and felt flowers but I had to come up with something a little different because I don't like to do a complete case. Also here is the link for the pattern if you'd like to give them a try yourself. In order to make a pair as I did, you will need to trace it once face up and once again face down.
For my flower bundles I punched five of the 5 Point Flower Punch and one from the Boho Blossoms Punch. Then I put a Square Crystal Brad through the middle and then scrunched them up. I also added a little Square Crystal Brad to the button on the side to dress it up as well. I wanted to use some new paper from the catalogue but sadly my order has yet to arrive. Boo hoo. I hope I don't have to wait much longer.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Because I Care

Here is a card I entered in Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 76. I used the hostess set Because I Care. This hydrangea is so beautiful it doesn't need much else. My colour combo is Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizazz.

For the sentiment I most definitely needed my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. When I first heard of this tool I have to admit it scared me. For some reason the name doesn't sound too user friendly to me. But I gave in and bought it because I was so sick of ruining all my cards when I was almost finished by putting my sentiment on crooked. is always sitting on my desk. It never gets put away. It is pretty close to being my best stamping friend. If you don't have one, I highly recommend it and trust me, it is a piece of cake to use. It comes with easy instructions and if that doesn't work, there are plenty of U tube tutorials. Don't let the name scare you like it did me! lol.
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Colour Q Birthday

I needed a fun birthday card and decided to use Colour Q's colour combo #40 this week. I didn't actually have Barely Banana so I used So Saffron instead. I thought it was a pretty close match.

For the background on the Bermuda Bay I used one of the builder wheels called Birthday and just rolled it over and over again. For the cupcake tree I used bits and pieces from the new Hostess Level 3 set Playful Pieces and the cupcakes themselves are from Itty Bitty Bits. My sentiment came from the set Something Sweet.

This is the first time I have tried ruffling a ribbon this way and I really like how it turned out. It is a fun way to step up a card. I took a needle threaded with Linen Thread and put it through my Melon Mambo ribbon every 1/2", tied a knot at each end and attached it to the card with glue dots. I like it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Birthday Builder Wheel 118619
Something Sweet (w) 117688 (c) 118589
Itty Bitty Bits (w) 117056 (c) 120060
Linen Thread 104199
3/16" Corner Rounder 119871

Monday, July 5, 2010

Seeing Doubles

Stampin' Royalty's challenge #26 this week was to make something show casing doubles. It took me a bit to think up something a little different but I think I got it. I made a card like this for Valentines but the steps were on the side. This time I put the steps in the middle in order to show case my "doubles" on either side! The flowers are from the stamp set Awash With Flowers and I only stamped the outside lines to keep it simple.

This sentiment is from All Holidays and I love it. It is one of my all-time favourites. It is so easy to dress it up. Simply take your Stampin' Write Markers and change the colour of a few of the descriptive words. Did I say "I love it" already? I love it!

On the front I doubled up my 1/8" Daffodil Delight Tafetta Ribbon and tied it up with a Pumpkin Pie Button and Linen Thread.

Thanks for stopping by.

Awash With Flowers (w) 117062 (c) 120549
All Holidays 114946
Greenhouse Gala DSP 117167
1/8" Daffodil Delight Tafetta Ribbon 119254
Linen Thread 104199

Mystery Hostess Revealed

We had a lot of fun last night gabbing and sharing favourites from the new catalogue.

Congratulations to our Mystery Hostess!
Jaimie W.
Contact me to claim your hostess benefits.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guest Designer For Paper Players

I am pretty excited!!! I've been asked to be the guest designer for Paper Players for the month of July. This is my first time being a part of a design team and I feel so honoured. The other designers are so talented and I am loving learning from them.

For Paper Player's first challenge of the month, the theme is "Oh baby"! If you recall I did a onsie card not too long ago. Click here to view it. This card was so very sweet and I received a lot of comments on it but I decided I should do something different. I went with a bit of the same theme in making a card that had an irregular shape to it. A diaper card!

It took a bit of time drawing up the correct shape with the right dimensions to hold a true card inside but it took no time at all dressing it up. A little sponging on the edges with Pretty in Pink and then a 5/8" Satin Pretty in Pink ribbon and that part was done.

I kept the card simple so as to not draw the attention away from the diaper too much. Pink Pirouette on Whisper White on Pretty in Pink. I used the new Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch with the Scallop Circle Punch and a 1 3/8" Circle Punch. For the sentiment I stamped "hello baby" from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched it out with the Word Window punch and layered it on the Modern Label Punch. Then I punched a 1/4" whole at each end and put 5/8" Satin Pretty in Pink ribbon through.

5/8" Satin Pretty in Pink Ribbon 117289
Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch 118874
Scallop Circle Punch 119854
1 3/8" Circle Punch 119860
Word Window Punch 119857
Modern Label Punch 119849
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder 117335