Saturday, July 30, 2011

Simple Saturday #19

Welcome to Simple Saturday. I know I have missed a few but it's Summer and there is no schedule in this house during this season. Can you imagine I tried teaching piano during the Summer before I had children and there were many lessons when no one showed up. Now that I have kids I totally understand. Schedules are out the door when the sun is shining and the kids don't have to be school.

Anyways on to what I have to share with you today. I love it when you find another use for a punch other then it's original intended use. In this case it is the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. Now that is a mouth full. So this is a flower punch that can still be used in a ton of ways as far as flowers are concerned but when I first saw this punch used as a bow atop a gift, I fell in love with it and knew I wanted it. I've started out with a nice and simple and layout and then added a bit more as the cards go on. The first uses Crumb Cake, Indigo Island and Pool Party. The stamp behind the gift is Dot, Dot, Dot.For this card the colours are Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze and Early Espresso. The dsp is called Just Add Cake. I used the Perfect Polka Dots EF for some texture.
This last card I made for my sister for her birthday. She just loves primary colors so I used all of those from the Brights Collection as well as all the secondary colours too. Here I used the new Houndstooth EF. The sentiment is from Word Play.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Hope you get to play with your punches today but then again it's gorgeous outside here. Maybe just go do something fun outside! Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Manly Stripes

Finally an embossing folder that screams MAN! I love this folder (Stripes) and doesn't it just pop by inking it up?!
I need another card this week for the man in my life. Can't add buttons or ribbon for him so it had to be a little plain as far as embellishments go but that folder really jazzed up the whole card that it doesn't need anymore then that anyways. I used the sketch from Paper Players #56 for both cards. The colours I used are Early Espresso, Island Indigo and Pool Party. Totally Tool came in handy again. Almost as handy as my guy! The sentiment is from Perfect Words. Just another new great word set from the new cattie.
Any other questions regarding the cards, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Weekend To End Breast Cancer Fundraiser

For the last number of years my mom has walked the Weekend To End Breast Cancer with her girlfriend and last year my sister and my niece joined them. Such a worthy cause as we all know someone battling cancer or some one that has passed on due to cancer. This year I wanted to show a little more support. I'd love to join them in the walk but due to a bad knee I'm not sure I would make it. At least not at the speed at which my mom walks. So I came up with a little gift idea that any person we know can use.
My husband just loves this Pretty In Pink toilet paper! lol. Purex is already donating 25 cents from every package of TP sold but I will be donating half the cost of this class to the cause. The cost of the class is $6 for every set of TP roll and card. So I will donate $3 from every set to Weekend To End Breast Cancer. I know the card says "Save the hooters" but it can easily be changed to happy birthday or thank you so there is no excuse for not knowing who to give the gift to. Please come out and help me support a cause that I know we are all effected by. The class is Thursday, August 4th @ 7 pm at my place. Email me to reserve your spot and let me know how many sets you want to make.

Can't Get Enough

I just can't stop making these. I love these bookmarks and keep getting new ideas for making them. They make great little gifts! I also wanted to share an added feature I found works and and another idea brought to my attention by a very smart lady.

I went on a holiday a few weeks back (time flies) and brought my book to the beach to read. Sometimes my books get a little damaged being that I constantly have my 3 little ones splashing me and asking for help and the book gets dumped in the sand or better yet the lake! However, I never really mind seeing that I only buy second hand books that weren't perfect to start with. But...a bookmark with paper and water soluble ink is another story and I was trying to brain storm another idea to keep the image in my bookmark dry and safe.

First I tried covering the entire image with the crystal effects that I used to adhere it with in the first place but found the image blurs and FADES rather fast in the sun.

So I came up with the idea of layering a thin window sheet on both sides of my image. That works well, it just makes the piece inside the hodgepodge a little thick.
My other idea came from one of my club members, Shannon. I love having her around she is always coming up with ideas to better mine. Love it! Her idea was to clear emboss the entire image. That way there is no added layer and everything is sealed nicely.

I can't wait for our next camping trip to see how these new and improved bookmarks will stand the test of the beach and lake!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Last Artisan Entry

Here it is. My fave project from my artisan entries.
This one took the longest time to make. From cutting all those hundreds of flowers with my big shot, to layering them and pinning them on the styrofoam ball, to sitting and starring at it to decide how I should decorate the bucket, inside and out. It was also the first project I started to make and the last to finish. But it was worth my time and effort. I love everything about it. My biggest "ah ha" moment came when I finally brain stormed an idea to cover the oasis inside the tin that holds the stick in place. Those are 5 Petal Flower Punches! I pulled up all the petal, sponged them a little and put them in place with a glue gun. Love that fun effect of pokey grass!Hope you enjoyed my tour through all my artisan entries. After all is said and done now, I think I will enter next year again, just hopefully I will get my butt in gear and start working on it sooner then later :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Back in the saddle

Wow, I didn't realize how long it has been since I have actually stamped in my craft room. It's been a few weeks and no wonder I haven't gone there. What a mess. I've been wanting to stamp but was avoiding the huge mess. Love stamping...hate cleaning up when I'm done. Well, I needed a card for today as it is my FIL's 70th birthday today and we are heading on over for a bday BBQ. Yum, Yum! (love my MIL's potato salad. Best in the world, hands down! I think it's the pickle juice she adds.) Anyways, I saw this stamp Tool Shed in the new cattie and knew I needed it for some manly cards. I inked it up today and just love it! I used Pals Paper Arts sketch #103 and Paper Players colour combo #55 to get me going. I'll admit the colour combo threw me but I think I pulled it off in the end. Loved the stamp so much I decided it was worthy of being used on the outside and the inside. Adds a nice touch!The sentiment and measureing tape are from the set Totally Tools. Another super handy set for all the men in my life! Oh and don't forget those new tiny brads. Love 'em!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a sunny weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Almost Artisan 3-D Entry

Here is one of my 3-D artisan entries. A cupcake tray!

The bottom is a piece of chipboard covered with dsp. The rest of the holder is made of window sheets. The holes for the cupcakes are the 2 3/8" scallop circle.
The cupcakes are the perfect table settings die, clear embossed with a cupcake stamp and then topped with a half circle styrofoam ball covered with seam binding ribbon. I topped the cupcakes with some designer floral brads.The handle was made with 1 1/4" circles punched in a row. It's a perfect fit for your fingers and the tray was is miraculously balanced when you carry it.The cupcakes do open I just forgot to take a photo of them actually open.

Tomorrow I will have one last project to share with you. Hope you come back for another visit.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Almost Artisan Scraping

It must have been way too late when I photographed all my artisan projects before packing them up to ship out in the morning. My photos are so bad it's rather embarrasssing so I can't even share my last card or 2 of my scrapbook layouts with you. This one is alright but not the best photo. However, at least the photo is somewhat clear and there is no glare on the photos. Lucky for me this was my favourite scrapbook page.
Continue to stay tuned for my 3-d projects this week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Almost Artisan Card #4

This was a fun card. I had kids in mind for this one but I know a couple of girlfriends that would love to get a card with Gobstoppers on it.
The cool part is that the candy machine comes off and you can refill it and use it as a fridge magnet. I used the same technique for the treat cup as my critters tutorial. This card was made with a variety of colours from the Brights Collection. The magnet is from the Magnet Sheets. These are very cool and super easy to cut.
Stay tuned for more almost artisan projects!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Artisan Finalist!!!

Okay so we have already discovered that I didn't win the Artisan Award but I came home from holidays today to discover that I was actually a finalist!!! Very exciting for me to hear that. I'm sorry I wasn't at convention to hear it with my own ears.

I was hoping to share the rest of my projects this last week but internet wasn't working for us where we were at and I never got to blogging my posts ahead of time. (too busy packing) So I will continue to share with you starting today. Today is actually supposed to be Simple Saturday but this is pretty far from simple. However, when you start with a simple idea you can always lead to something like this.
Here is card number 3 that I made. It is a gate card. This was my card where I aimed for elegance. Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke! Couldn't get much more elegant then that.
This is a photo of the card opened.
Come back to check out the rest of my projects this next week!

Want to learn to make a gate card? Come check out my club night tomorrow. Email me and I'll save you a spot!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Simple Saturday #18

Welcome to Simple Saturday. This is my first card using this sweet Summer fun set called Summer Splash. I love that it has a wheel, Fish Frenzy, that works well with it. Today I wanted to share this card with you.
I love how wheels can give you a border background. It makes the theme carry across the card.
The dsp is called Cheerful Treat. Love this paper. The colors I used are Concord Crush, Pool Party and Island Indigo. The only embellishment is a silver Mini Library Clip.
Have a wonderful day.

Friday, July 8, 2011

More In-Color Art

Here is a fun project I haven't shared with you yet. At my daughter's school they had a fair and one of the games was called Pick-A-Jar. You spin the wheel and it tells you what level of jar you can choose from. Well, where did those hundreds of jars come from? The kids made them and brought them to school. We made some cool canning jars into rocket ships and filled them with Rocket Candies. Anyways, recently I was making a suite of projects for a contest and one of the things was to make an altered 3-d item. I left the projects to the last minute and was really stumped as to what item to decorate. Turns out I still had some jars sitting on my desk and here is what I came up with.
Hope you have a sweet day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In-Color Bookmarks

I created a collection of bookmarks using all the In-Colors and some retired Hodgepodge Hardware. These are quick and easy gift ideas. I've made dozens of these and each and every time I make an extra for myself and now I have so many personal bookmarks I don't even know what to do with them. I guess I should spend more time reading! That would require some time on the beach though, cause that seems to be the only place I ever get that done. Soon!!!
I used First Edition DSP that is in the new cattie! Yeah! So happy that it was carried over. The stamps are also ones that were carried over into the new cattie, Clearly For You and You're A Gem. I entered this in Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #74 for using buttons!

Hope you get a chance to look through my latest favourite book - The 2011-2012 SU! Catalogue. Tons of eye candy!

Monday, July 4, 2011

My Dear Kind & Wonderful Friend

It was high time I found my way back to my craft room. Too many things keeping me away and I really longed to go there this morning. So after running a few errands with the kids, feeding them lunch and then getting them tucked into beds for naptime, it was finally my time! I still hadn't touched my box of new things and they were calling my name!
I pulled out some new dsp. It's called Cheerful Treat and it's one of the new products you can get as a hostess. I LOVE this paper. The colours are so me! And then there is the new Lace Ribbon Border Punch. Amazing! Oh the things I will do with that baby. So now it was time to get going and I did so with a few challenges. Pals Paper Arts #100 is looking for you to share your favourite technique and if you know me I love, love, love to ink up my texture plates, so that is what I did. I used the sketch from Card Patterns #122 and I also played along with Just Add Ink #74 and turned this card into a Gate Card as my "fun fold". There is also a pic of my card without the belly band. Thanks for stopping by and drop me an email if you have any questions regarding this card or how you can get your hands on the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up Catalogue. Have a great day!

2011-2012 Catalogue is Live!!!

The new catalogue is live!!!

Click on the photo above to view it! Check out all the amazing new products and stunning art work. I haven't decided on a favourite yet but I'm working on it.

If you want a hard copy, place a $50 order with me this week and I will give you one for free! ($12 value)