Monday, August 30, 2010

Sweet Birthday!

It's my daughter's birthday soon and after being away from paper crafty for a little while I wanted to sit down and make something really nice. Something sweet and feminine. Well Colour Throwdown #107 had the perfect colour combo for what I had in mind and PPA57's sketch fit the bill. Well almost. I'll explain later.

I made this a rather large card because I wanted to fit in all the layers of this flower. I put them through my big shot to cut them out and then again to add a paisley impression. Then I sponged the impression to bring out the pattern even more.

I wanted to make it look a little like grass behind the flower so I layered a bunch of strips of Pear Pizzaz cardstock that I punched with the scallop edge. I roughed them up just a tad and once again sponged the tips.

For the stem I pulled on a loose string at the end of the Pear Pizzaz ribbon to gather it. I thought this made a cute stem.

Last but not least comes my sentiment. Here is where I had to move away from the sketch a little. I had full intentions of following the sketch to a tee, but once I put the pieces together I realized that I had no room for the sentiment where it was supposed to be and I had a large hole in the bottom left corner. Well this card is a for a super special someone so I had to make it just right and went with the little change.

Polka Dots Embossing Folder 117335

Texture Plates Kit #4 114531

Flower Folds Die 115970

Scallop Edge Punch 119882

Pear Pizzaz 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon 119265

On Your Birthday 111664

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Paper Players #13 - Anything Goes!

I am so sad. It is my last week being a guest designer for Paper Players. I have had so much fun and the gals there are so talented and tons of fun to work with. Thank you Lesley and the rest of you at Paper Players. It's been a blast and you'll be seeing more of me as I continue to play along with you!

This week Lesley @ Paper Players gave us free reign for the challenge this week! Well what can you make when you have very limited supplies?? I saw these on the front cover of a magazine before I left for holidays and grabbed a few supplies so that I could pull these off while being away from home. Basically I had a small paper cutter/score tool, paper, scissors and circle punches.
This guy is my favourite. My husband thought he looked too cute for being Frankenstein. I told him it was "baby" Frankenstein! I know his nose should be green but I didn't have a green button that matched Wild Wasabi so I went with the next best thing and choose one that would compliment the green instead.

This guy was the most work. I sponged all the edges of the White Naturals Cardstock after I cut all the strips. Then I proceeded to glue all the strips around trying to cover any holes that appeared. It was like working a jigsaw puzzle as I got close to finishing. He was suppsoed to look mean but I the angles of his eyes are off and he wound up looking scared. lol.

This one stumped me! How do you get a square box to look as round as a pumpkin? I cut a few layers of Pumpkin Pie cardstock rounding the sides. Then I sponged them to give the layers depth. I think I sort of succeeded in making it look round!?!

Now hop on over to Paper Players to see what the other Designers came up with this week! Hope to see your creations!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ahhh RELAXING Holidays!

I love this place! We always have our usual holiday in Osoyoos, BC at the beginning of the Summer and we eagerly anticipate it all year long. It is a busy holiday because everyone and their dog is there. We love it but I usually come home not having had to much down time and everything is really dirty and sandy which means major clean up. However, at the end of the Summer we head back out to the Okanagan to Westbank. Here we camp again but this place takes real pride in their grounds. Our campsite actually has beautiful lush green grass and the playground about 20 feet away is meant for kids like mine. The wonderful trees (not willow trees!) provide an abundance of shade. Here my kids don't feel like we have to be at the beach all day and there is a ton of things to do and places to be, including feeding the llamas and alpacas at the very back of the campsite.

I, in the mean time have plenty of time to read and here I actually bring along a few things to craft with. My husband drew the line at the big shot but I managed to get a bag of paper, ribbon, buttons and a few punches together.

I thought I'd share a little something with you today. Check out these flowers. They are gorgeous and they belong to one of the owners here. They are probably 10-12 inches in diameter. No wonder they are called Gigantic Hibiscus!

These flowers reminded me of this bag. So bright and fresh!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Players #12

Jaydee of Paper Players has a refreshing inspiration photo for us today. These blackberries remind me of the ones I have growing in my backyard. My neighbors were in awe of how huge they are. I kid you not, they are the size of a toonie. One berry will fill your whole mouth. Funny thing is, I don't eat them. I just grow them for my husband and love sharing them with my neighbors. Perfect reason to say hi!

Now back on track. I went with the colours Basic Black, Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla. All the dsp is from Love Letter. I used my new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch for the accordion flower behind the strawberries.

I punched a few Mini Tags and stamped a little sentiment from Tiny Tags on one of them. I added a little background to it with my Dot, Dot, Dot stamp. I pierced a whole in them using my Paper Piercer and put them all together on a little pin from the Vintage Trinkets. A little bit of 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon tops it all off.

Now head on over to Paper Players to see what the other designers have created to inspire you!

Friday, August 20, 2010

PPA56 & Just Add Ink #31

One of my favourite blog challenges, Pals Paper Arts, has undergone a "Divine Redesign" so I wanted to try it out and give it a go. The idea is to have a clean & simple "day" card and glitz it up for an "evening"card. My style is a little more to the glitz side so I actually had to do this in reverse. I started out with my glitzed up card and totally simplified it after I was done but I will show you them in the other order. Their photo was truly inspiring and went with Just Add Ink's colour challenge this week so I paired them up together on my card.

Here is my simple card. A few clean layers with the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral. I added a little Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon for accent.

Now here is my "evening" card all glitzed up. All my layers are doubled up including my ribbon. I added some sparkle with Rhinestones on the embossed cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds on the rose.

Fifth Avenue Floral 113734
Elegant Lines Embossing Folder 119277
Corner Rounder 119871
Rhinestones 119246
Dazzling Diamonds 102023
Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon 109052

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

2 Weeks Left For The Summer Mini

Ahhhhhh! Summer is very quickly coming to a close. It started off so nice and slow but has rapidly been picking up speed and now there is a only a little more than 2 weeks left. Thankfully we still have some holidays lined up so that we still get a little relaxing time in!
So being that the end of August is drawing nears means that there is only a little time left to order from the Summer mini. Thankfully some of my favourites are in the new 2010/2011 catalogue. However there are a few that are not, including Sweet Scoops (pg.10) and A Little Bit of Magic (pg.21). Oh, and don't forget that motorcycle stamp. Perfect for almost any guy.

I am offering now till the end of August, any order $100 or more will receive a free Satin Ribbon (value $13.95) of their choosing. Note that there is no Chocolate Chip or Basic Grey ribbon to be found in the new catalogue at all so that would be my choice. Plus I will also be giving you a class for free (value$10) where you can come and make 3 cards using some of my faves.

This offer is only valid through me directly and is only available till August 31st, 8:00pm. You can choose anything from the mini or from the new catalogue to make up your order. Don't delay! If you are like me and still like Chocolate Chip, this is your last chance possibly ever to get a ribbon to match. I look forward to hearing from you!

Diaper Template

Wow, I didn't know a card could make such a fuss. I have had an overwhelming response to this card I did for Paper Player's baby theme week. I am so thrilled that you liked my card so much that I decided to post the template for all to use.

This time I made it in blue and added polka dots for texture. I ran out of ribbon for the diaper as I addded a little more to the card so I only managed to get a knot on the actual diaper. It still looks cute but I like the full bow better that I had on my original.

I kept the card simple again but as you can see I used my ribbon in 3 different ways. Once to break up the dsp and cardstock, twice as a matte for the buttons and a third time as the water out of the whale's spout.

Hope you have fun with this template. You should be able to click on it and print it as full size on a piece of 8 1/2" x 11".

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Worth Another Take

Some cards turn out just great and are worth making another. This card was definitely one of them. I needed some cards this past weekend and loved how it turned out so much I decided to give it a go in another colour. This card was for Kari, my upline, to thank her for a wonderful weekend away and I made another for my parents for their anniversary.

Guess what? Still love it! But I can't tell you which one I like better. They both look smashing to me. Tell me, which one do you like?

Weekend Away!

This weekend was so very nice. It started off with a wonderful dinner at my uplines house with some fellow demonstrators. She had the tables all set up nice and fancy with decorations. So very pretty!

Then we crafted a little and soon she told 2 of us it was time to get our bags and go. Where too? I didn't know until we were halfway there. Whistler, in a new beautiful lodge right at the bottom of the gondolas for 2 nights. I even got to sleep in. Imagine my surprise when I rolled over to see the clock reading 9:22 am! I haven't slept past 7 in I don't even know how long. This was amazing. So breakfast was at 11 in the village at a lovely place out on the terrace and then some free time to do whatever we chose.

I chose to paint my toes seeing how it was the perfect time with no kids needing my attention in the middle of it and no kids to step on them while they were still wet! Next hot tubing and out for a movie night.

I even had time to make it halfway through a new book. We were spoiled all weekend long from the jars of all our favourite treats (m&m's, wine gums and skittles) to gifts on our pillows each night.

If you want in on this free pampered weekend away, all expenses paid with no kids, why don't you join my team and sign up to demonstrate today. I'd love to share with you why this is one of the best jobs around! Contact me for more info or any questions you have.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Paper Players #11

I am a bit behind this week to start but trying to catch up. With home renos and being whisked away for an unknown weekend I have not gotten a chance to craft or to blog in a bit but I am hoping to remedy that this week a little.

Lesley of Paper Payers has a great sketch this week for you to play along with. The sketch is square, and I love square cards, but you can adapt any shape you'd like. I took one look at the other designer's cards and realized they all had Christmas cards. I thought I was missing something but apparently not. However I felt a little pressure to make a Christmas card, so here is my first Christmas card of the year.

I choose to go with Pretty in Pink to match my new ribbon that just arrived in the mail before the weekend. I paired it up with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. Every edge is sponged with Soft Suede and the top snowflake is done with Heat & Stick and then Dazzling Diamonds. I am into ruffled ribbons right now so I made that my strip across the bottom instead of paper or something. A few Antique Brads tied it all together.

Serene Snowflakes 115438
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder 120175
Snowflake Die Cut 113460
Pretty in Pink 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon 119775
Heat & Stick 100625
Dazzling Diamonds 102023

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stamping 411 Sketch #163 & Curtain Call Act 42

There are so many great challenges out there that I thought I'd throw my hat into another one I've never played with before. Stacey's Curtain Call had a great colour combo this week and I paired it up with Stamping 411's Sketch.

This sketch it a clean and simple one but I took it to another level with all my layers. I got the idea from the great 2010/2011 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalogue page 186. There are so many great samples in the SU catalogue that I love to have it around just for that purpose.

Once I added all those scalloped layers, I started layering my ribbons. I doubled up the Peach Parfait Ribbon and ruffled the Early Espresso Satin by gathering it with Linen Thread. To top it off I used images from Punch Potpourri. The name says it all for this set. There is a punch to match every stamp in this set. It is a hostess level 1 set, so get a few friends together for a min. $200 order and it's yours for free! Plus $20 free merchandise of your choosing!

On Your Birthday 111664
Early Espresso Satin Ribbon 119753
Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon 119264
Scallop Edge Punch 119882

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 9, 2010

PPA54 - Masculine KISS Card

It's gonna be another crazy week here due to house renos. Let's just hope it stops raining so we can actually paint the house. So what a great way to start my week but with a KISS card for Pals Paper Arts. "Keeping it simple" for the men.

I started with Chocolate Chip cardstock and pulled out my Woodgrain block stamp. I stamped the Chocolate Chip card base, the Crumb Cake circle and each letter of the sentiment.
This little owl is getting some good use. I inked up my texture plates with Crumb Cake to add a little feathery texture to his little chest and borrowed some branches from the Two-Step Bird Punch.

Woodgrain 117100
Naturally Serif Strip Die 113453
Texture Plates Kit #4 114531
Two-Step Owl Punch 118074
Two-Step Bird Punch 117191
1 3/4" Circle Punch 119850

Happy Stamping.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Paper Players Colour Challenge #10

LeAnne from Paper Players has put together a yummy colour combo for us this week. Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. Oh, they even sound yummy! I must be hungry or something but whose mouth wouldn't be watering after looking at this inspiring photo.

The ideas for this card came together easily. I love all these colours. They have very quickly become some of my favourites. I used alot of the stamps from Elements of Style for this card. I didn't do any mix 'n match today.

Both ribbons are Early Espresso, 1/8" Taffeta and 3/8" Taffeta. These ribbons are so soft. So very easy to work with.

For my butterfly I tried out the Cracked Glass Technique. Not perfect but still like the look of it. Next time I think I need to either add a few more layers of Clear Emboss or I need to leave it in the freezer longer.

Hope you come over to Paper Players and play along!