Wednesday, January 31, 2007
And... to top it all off, I was able to make a whack of cards to share with you!
I had just a small piece of this gorgeous striped paper sitting in my craft space the other day. I just love this paper. I don't know what it is for sure... I do like stripes and I like the colours too. I started out with an Almost Amethyst card. I stamped one of the stamps from Big Pieces in Amethyst ink on the card. I cut a piece of the fancy paper and layered it on. I then stamped one of the Big Pieces images on to Whisper White cardstock. I used an Almost Amethyst and a Certainly Celery marker to colour the stamp. I then cut it out with my 1 1/4" circle punch, and layered it onto a 1 3/8" circle punched out of So Saffron. I added the So Saffron rectangle with the greeting stamped in Basic Black, and chopped the corners off with my small corner rounder.
Now, I guess I need to decide if I should buymore of this paper or move on....
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I gotta tell you... I don't like Bravo Burgundy. I liked the old SU Burgundy colour... more a reddish burgundy. This one is more brown and I find it dull and drab. In this photo, however, it looks a lot nicer LOL!
I started with a burgundy card. I made layers 1/4" smaller of the caramel and sage. I stamped the sage with Sage Shadow ink with the Linen background stamp. I don't have the corner notch punch so I simply used a portion of a small circle punch to create the corners. The main part of the card is a piece of burgundy cardstock with daisy Peel Off style stickers that I got at the dollar store. Gotta love the dollar store. I put the card together and felt it still needed something so I punched a couple of cirlces and hand wrote the word "inspire" using my black SU marker.
I like the other cards I saw in this colour combination more than mine... I might have to play with it some more.
WOW, I can't believe how many blog hits and new subscribers I had this weekend. And so many WONDERFUL comments to my blog candy post.
The most popular answers for what people wanted to be when they grew up (in no particular order) were a wife and mother, a nurse and a teacher. Of course princess was up there pretty high too!
A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Lori Thielen who won the draw for blog candy. Unfortunately she didn't tell us what she wanted to be when she grew up... but she did write
Hi Nancy, I am Steph's Mom and she is responsible for getting me stated on stamping and now into these blogs with all the wonderful ideas. You gals provide lots of inspiration.
Thanks a Bunch
Lori, please email me at
Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I'll be back later today with a new creation for you to look at!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
And then head over to Stephanie's blog for a chance to win a great assortment of things!
And then you should go see Emily's blog for another chance!
And then, (if you haven't exhausted yourself!) go on over to visit Dale Anne's blog for one more chance to win!
What will you win? Well, how does this look?
How do you win? That's easy! Post a comment on this post before midnight on Monday and I will pick a winner on Tuesday morning!!! In your comment, please tell me what it was you dreamed of being when you "grew up".... and did that dream ever come true!
Be sure that your name is in your comment!!
Good luck!!! and thank you for visiting!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Today is Denise's daughter's 9th birthday (Happy Birthday Jory!) and Matthew is going to her party tomorrow afternoon.... so I used Denise's challenge to make Jory a birthday card.
I started with the ribbon and tried matching some colours to it. I decided Rose Red and Green Galore matched the closest. I turned to my handy dandy Colour Coach and decided to add some Tempting Turquoise as well. I got this stamp set off a CST Garage Sale. I stamped it on Whisper White with black classic ink and coloured it with my SU! markers. I punched it out with my Marvy Giga Scallop square punch and added some doodles around the scallops with my Tempting Turquoise Marker. I did some layering on my three colours. The plain white card was a little too plain so I dug out my paint splatter jumbo wheel and my Rose Red ink cartridge and decorated the white card. I wrapped my new Michaels ribbon around the front of the card and Voila!
And you'll notice a new watermark... that's thanks again to Cindy! I've known Cindy for about 10 years now and we chat all the time. She's a good friend of mine... and she's currently using me as a Guinea Pig for her watermarks! Not that I mind, of course!!!! She knows I'm a daisy freak, so she made me this one. I also have one with a beautiful snowflake behind my name.... but you'll have to wait until I start making Christmas cards again for that one!! tee hee!
By the way... it's FriiiiiiiiiiiDayyyyyyyyyyy! Yahoo!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Todays card is another old Colour Challenge. The challenge was to use Cool Caribbean, Real Red and Whisper White. I don't use a lot of Cool Caribbean, so this was a bit of a challenge for me. But I must say, I really like these colours together!
I started with a Cool Caribbean card base, stamped with On the Spot in Cool Caribbean. I used my Marvy Giga Scallop Punch to punch a circle in Real Red. I then had to use to Fiskar's Shape Cutter (not my favourite tool) to cut a Cool Caribbean circle. I stamped the flower in Real Red on Whisper White and then used my shape cutter to cut the circle. I added the word "laugh" to a piece of Real Red cardstock and cut it out with an oval punch. I put the card together and added some white dots with my Stampin' Up white gel pen around the scallops of the large circle and at the ends of the oval.
And you'll notice my watermark is different from yesterday. Cindy was worried that her watermarks were all looking the same so she asked me about some of my favourite fonts and created a new one for me. I really liked the one I used yesterday, but I love this one!!! Contact Cindy if you're interested in a $5 watermark!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I started with white cardstock which I cut in half the long way. I prefer cards cut this way for some reason. I used the D'vine Swirls embossing folder for my Cuttlebug on just the front half of the card. I added a 2" strip of Pool Party (SU!) designer paper to the one side. I used my 1 3/8" circle punch to punch a hole in the front of my card. I used the same punch to punch a circle of the Pool Party Paper. I stamped the image with Brocade Blue ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched out the middle circle with the small circle punch and the entire design with the 1 1/4" circlepunch. I coloured the centre image (the present) with my Sakura Stardust Gel Pen for some sparkle. I attached the main part of the image to the Pool Party circle with glue and then added the present on a glue dot and adhered these circles to the inside of the card. I used a piece of Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon along the fold of the card to finish it off.
This was one of those cards that I had a vision in my head of kind of what I wanted to do and it took me literally 15 minutes to have it done. I like cards like that.
And do you see my great watermark on the left side of the card? Thanks to Cindy for that!!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
If you're interested in a watermark for the cards you upload to websites or blogs, get in touch with Cindy... for a small fee she'll make one for you too!
Monday, January 22, 2007
On Sunday night I tackled the toy area in the basement (which is adjacent to my craft area). I purged 2 green garbage bags of broken toys and junk. Amazing what the kids put back on the shelves. Monday morning I did Matthew's room (Alex's room doesn't really need it). And then I started on my craft room.
Why my craft room so early on? Well, I figured that I should have some place to retreat to while the rest of the house is in chaos while I organize. I purged a litted, re-arranged some shelves, took a shelf that was empty from the storage area.
And then I sat down and crafted! tee hee
This is another old Colour Challenge on Splitcoast. The colours are Chocolate Chip (even though it looks black), Sage Shadow and Almost Amethyst. I stamped a piece of Whisper White using Simply Said using the sage and amethyst and then I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I layered it on to amethyst and then on chocolate and then on to the card. I punched holes in the card to feed through some chocolate grosgrain ribbon and stamped my sentiment along the bottom in chocolate ink.
This card was kinda out there for me as I think I've used only one sheet of Chocolate Chip cardstock in my Stampin' Up! lifetime (which is coming up on 3 years)! I just don't think of myself as a brown type of person.
These colour challenges can be fun.... but they're also tough sometimes... it's hard to figure out how to use colours you have never thought to put together! But, it's helping me be creative so I'll go with it!
I started with the colours on this one... Vintage Violet, Cool Caribbean and Rose Red. The only reason I have it laid out this way is that I had a Vintage Violet half sheet and scraps of Cool Caribbean and Rose Red. I figured I should use my scraps instead of cutting in to full sheet.
The Cool Caribbean and Rose Red are the same size. I ran the Caribbean through the Cuttlebug with the D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I stamped the Rose Red with a circle background stamp in white craft ink and then the saying on top in black classic ink I punched two of the corners with the small corner rounder and added some Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware and a piece of stitched grosgrain ribbon. I thought it added some interest to use the two same sized pieces but to turn one the different way from the other.
This is another colour combination I don't think I would have put together on my own....but now I look forward to trying something different with it!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I decided that I should try some of the Colour Challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. I printed off all of the challenges and started skimming through them until something caught my eye.
This colour combination worked because I knew I had ribbon that would go with it. This is ribbon I bought at Scrapbookers Paradise a while back and have never used. The colours are Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and Bashful Blue.
I used my Cuttlebug and the Happy Birthday embossing Folder on the Regal Rose cardstock, placing it so that I had the text I wanted embossed on my smaller piece of cardstock. I took a piece of paper towel and some white craft ink and swiped it across the embossed piece to highlight the raised areas.
I stamped the word 'celebrate' (Everyday Flexible Phrases) on to another piece of Regal Rose and cut it out with my 1 1/4" circle punch. I put the card together and finished it off with the ribbon.
This card was difficult for me as I had no preconceived idea in my head. I just started with the colour combination, thought of the ribbon, and then saw a scrap of Regal Rose that had been embossed with my Cuttlebug and .... I'm proud of myself for coming up with an idea that didn't come from someone else's creation, which happens a lot for me. Felt good to be creative.
I also really like this colour combination... very spring-like if you ask me!
I figured out that I can "watermark" my images using the software that came with our digital camera so I'll be adding that to all of my creations from here on in. If I was adventurous I'd do it to all of the creations I have posted on the web, but honestly, that just sounds like too much work!
Friday, January 19, 2007
A - Available or Taken:
B - Best Friend:
**Bruce is the one person who knows the most about me... but when I need to complain about Bruce, I go to Denise or Kelly
C -Cake or Pie:
**Cake, make it chocolate with LOT
D - Drink of Choice:
**non-alcoholic would be Diet Dr. Pepper.... alcoholic would be a Vodka Paralyzer (vodka, kahlua, coke and milk)
E - Essential item you use everyday:
**hmmmm, probably my computer
F - Favorite Color:
**I am drawn to shades of blue but don't wear a lot of that colour
G - Gummy Bears or Worms:
**if these were the only choices I'd say Bears
H - Hometown:
**Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I - Indulgence:
J - January or February:
**which one gets me closer to warm weather?
K - Kids & Names:
**Alex (almost 12) and Matthew (almost 10)
L - Life is incomplete without?:
**the love and companionship of family and good friends
M - Marriage Date:
**June 1, 1991
N - Number of Siblings:
**two older sisters... Heather and Sandra
O - Oranges or Apples:
**depends on my mood.... and if the oranges are good or not (you know how sometimes they are woody or just not flavourful??)
P - Phobias or Fears:
**I am VERY afraid of heights
Q - Fave Quote:
**"I don't think so Tim" from Home Improvement I use it all the time
R - Reason to Smile:
**my doggle makes me smile.... and my kidlets of course!
S - Season:
**SUMMER... with Spring as a close (very close) second)
T - Tag 3 or 4 People:
**Alison, Alora, Amy
U - Unknown fact about me:
V - Vegetable you don't like:
**how much time you got? hot peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes... to name a few
W - Worst Habit:
**I'm not the most positive person, especially about myself
X - X-rays:
**teeth, ankle, pinky finger, facial (sinus infection)
Y - Your Fav Food:
Z - Zodiac Sign:
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I cut the Almost Amethyst to 4" X 5 1/4" and then put it through my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder. I traced a half circle onto Rose Red cardstock and cut it out and then stamped it with Little Pieces in White Craft Ink. To speed up the drying time, I blasted it with my heat tool. I stamped a flower from Big Pieces on Whisper White cardstock with So Saffron ink. I added a small gem in the centre of the flower before putting all of the elements together on a top fold Rose Red Card.
I am so thrilled with how deeply embossed the cardstock is with my Cuttlebug. I love that little bug!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
But I thought I'd try.
I bought this scrapbooking paper from Scrapbookers Paradise. It is by Cloud 9 Design and it part of their Sparkle Cardstock line. It's thicker than most scrapbooking papers, but less thick than most cardstocks. I cut a piece of the decorated paper and then used my small corner rounder (Stampin' Up!) without the corner guide to create a scallop edge along the top. I then took a piece of Regal Rose cardstock longer than I needed it and did a scallop edge on it as well. I then lined up the Regal Rose so that it's hills were in the valleys of the patterned paper. I then stamped the circle image with Real Red ink on Whisper White paper and cut it out with my 1 1/4" circle punch. I then cut a 1 3/8" circle from Real Red Cardstock. I used my slot punch on the fold of the card to create a slot to put the Real Red ribbon through. I tied a knot near the fold and then adhered the stamped image to the card. I used my Sakura Stardust clear gel pen on the heart and in the thin rings of the stamped image, on the red circle and then on the hills of the Regal Rose scallops. To finish the card off I added some Swarovski Crystals to the stamped image.
I am really pleased with how this card turned out.
I also played around with taking photos of my cards. Let me know if you prefer the black background or the white.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
For those who have asked, here is the update on my Father in Law. He is doing better. Still in a lot of pain. His Dr. told him on Friday that the drugs he is on will take the edge off the pain but that he should expect to still be in pain daily for the next several weeks. He is still sleeping in a chair in our family room and I am not sure when he is thinking he will head home. Part of the the problem is that his condo is a great candidate for "Clean Sweep" on TLC. Sigh.
I started the focal image for this card a few days ago and just finally got back downstairs today. I got inspired by a card on Tracy Durcan's Blog. You can see her most beautiful creation here. My card isn't nearly as wonderful as Tracy's is.... but here it is anyway.
I started with the Magenta Peel Offs sticker (in silver) put on to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I coloured it using pencil crayons (as I described here) only instead of multiple colours in each area, I used only a mid-shade blue for the flowers, orange and yellow for the centres and some greens for the leaves. I also used a very light blue for the background (but it looks white here). I layered the sticker on to Bashful Blue and Barely Banana. I put a piece of Bashful Blue through my Cuttlebug with the D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I then dabbed a paper towel into my white craft ink pad and rubbed it light across the raised image to make it look a little distressed. I added some Bashful Blue stitched ribbon and attached it all to a white card.
I think it needs something, but Bruce loves it the way he is (he's such a great guy LOL!)
I hope to find more creative energy soon.... don't give up on me!
Friday, January 12, 2007
This scan makes the colours look a little more bright than they really are. The colours are Whisper White, Barely Banana and Rose Red. I stamped the big flower from Looks Like Spring in Whisper White craft ink on Rose Red cardstock and embossed it with Iridescent Ice. I then punched it with my Marvy Giga Circle Scallop punch. I punched little holes in each of the scallops and added a line of white gel pen around each scallop as well. I stamped Print Pattern in Barely Banana on Barely Banana. I put it all on to a white card and stamped "Wonderful" in Basic Black ink.
I've started making most of my cards by cutting my cardstock in half the long way. For a side opening card, it just sits up so much nicer. I used to do this just once in a while, but lately many of my cards have been cut this way.
Thanks for looking... enjoy your Friday!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
In other news, it is FREAKIN' cold outside! Right now it is -25C (-13F).... but with the windchill it is more like -35 (-30F). I so don't want to go to the gym! The good news is that the scarf that Cindy gave me for Christmas (see it here) is wonderfully warm and cozy!!!! Thanks so much Cindy!
I hope to have something new soon!
Monday, January 08, 2007
Then, a few months ago, one of the Bloggers I read regularly posted an article about how she uses pencil crayons. I am so sorry to that Blogger as I have been unable to find the original post... if it was you, please pop me an email to let me know and I'll amend my post!
In this post I can find, the artist recommended a few things:
*use good pencil crayons (I received PrismaColor Professional Quality Pencils for Christmas two years ago)
*lay down a layer of white before any colour
*use a few shades of the same colour
*blend with your white pencil crayon
So, that's what I did!
I started with a Peels Offs Sticker by Magenta on Whisper White cardstock. (have you seen that DVD yet???OMG!!!). And then, as recommended, I laid down a layer of white coloured pencil over all of the white areas. I then started with my lightest shade and did some colouring... then my medium shade... and then my darkest shade. I then took my white pencil crayone and started blending. If it washed out the colour too much, I added more colour. If it was too dark, I kept blending with the white.
I am in awe that I was able to create such a beautiful coloured focal point for my card (yes, I'm patting myself on the back LOL!). I never thought I could do something like that! I am so glad I finally got brave enough to try it!
Anyway... after I was pleased with my colouring, I layered the piece on to Rose Red and Ballet Blue carstocks. I used the D'vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on a piece of Rose Red cardstock. I then wrapped cream grosgrain ribbon around the centre of the card. I stamped the word "imagine" (Stampin' Up! Everyday Flexible Phrases) in Rose Red ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it with the small oval punch. I attached it to the Rose Red with a gold brad. I then put all of this on to a white card.
If you have the good pencil crayons, I encourage you try this techinque. It worked so well! And really, it didn't take all that much time to lay the colour down and get it looking the way I wanted it to. I'm sure that with more practice it will be so much quicker and will have even better results!
I'd (still) really like to take a colouring class.... one that teaches how to use pencil crayons, watercolour pencils, watercolours, watercolour crayons and gives you techniques and tips on how to make them work (and look good!).
Thanks again for popping by!
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Now, this stamp set isn't totally me. The flowers are great, but I've never used a paisley stamp in my life! But for some reason as I was stamping, I got a vision in my head of the paisley stamp in white on a red coloured ink. So I went with it.
This is the card I came up with. I started with a Whisper White Card. I took a piece of Rose Red cardstock cut 1/2" smaller than the front of the card and I randomly stamped the paisley stamp in Whisper White Craft Ink (next time I should remember I have the Opaque StazOn White... I think it would be more Opaque than this is). I made the drying time go by more quickly with my heat tool. I then took my piercing tool and poked holes on all the dots on the paisley. I wrapped a piece of cream coloured grosgrain ribbon around the red piece.
I stamped the flower from the same stamp set on a piece of white cardstock. To get the two colours on the stamp I inked the stamp with my SU! Markers in Rose Red and Garden Green. I then punched the image out using my Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval Punch. I sponged around the scallop with Garden Green ink.
I then stamped the greeting in black ink on Rose Red, layered it onto a slightly larger piece of Whisper White. I stuck everything together but thought it still needed something... enter two pieces of bling!
I don't think I have a thing for paisley, but I think this card turned out pretty good. I'm sure I'll use the set again!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I did this card using both the Colour Challenge and the Design Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I've not done any of the Colour Challenges before, but have played around with many of the layouts from the Design Challenges. What a great resource for stampers to get some new ideas! Not only is the information about the challenge on Splitcoast, but you'll also be able to find samples in the Splitcoast Gallery!
So, this card uses Cool Caribbean, Basic Black and Whisper White. The card base is black. The large Cool Caribbean Layer was put through my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder. I used a roll of double sided tape to create my large half circles in Basic Black and Cool Caribbean. The Cool Caribbean circle is embossed with the D'vine Swirl embossing folder.
I then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 2 1/4" square and stamped "it's your day" from All Year Cheer (Stampin' Up!) in Basic Black ink. I then used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (a stamp positioner) to use just portions or a swirl stamp I recently bought (it's a Hero Arts stamp) in Cool Caribbean. I covered the entire white piece with Versamark ink and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder (SU!). I punched a hole through the white and through a piece of ribbon that I got at Michaels and attached the ribbon with a silver brad. I layered the white onto a 2 1/2" square piece of Basic Black.
I stamped celebrate (Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set, SU!) in Basic Black on Cool Caribbean and punched it with the 1 1/4" circle punch so that the word was near the bottom of the circle. I used the 1 3/8" punch in black and layered them together and attached them behind the square piece before adhering it all to the card front.
The colours are a little dark as we've changed the light bulbs in the chandelier over our dining room table which is where I've been taking photos of my dimensional cards.... I don't think the glitter nor the dry embossing would show up quite so well in a scan.
I took my inspiration for this card from the card seen on Cathy's Blog (thanks for the inspiration!!)
Friday, January 05, 2007
This card involved absolutely no stamping at all. It is all done with my Cuttlebug! What is a Cuttlebug? Well, it's a product made by Provocraft, sold at Michaels ($109 in Canada, regular price) that does die-cuts and dry embossing. For this card, I used the D'vine Swirl Embossing Folder and one of the extras from the Olivia Alphabet. My colours are Whisper White, Basic Black and Cranberry Crisp. To attach the thanks to the Cranberry tag I used my new Sakura Quickie Glue Pen (seen at The Frantic Stamper but I bought mine at Paper Pastimes here in Calgary). What a great pen... like a gel pen, but it's glue! Very cool!
I added bling to the centres of each of the flowers (Swarovski Crystals from Outlines Rubberstamps). I punched out small circles from my black cardstock to layer behind the flowers. I also added my favourite Sakura Stardust clear gel pen to the thanks as well as the black outline behind the Cranberry layer.
I am very pleased with how my first card of 2007 turned out... I hope you like it too!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I was in bed by 9pm last night.... woke up several times during the night aching all over so I kept dosing myself with Advil. I woke up around 9 this morning and laid in bed with the TV on. The headache was so bad so closed my eyes just after 10 and woke up again around 2. At some point my lovely husband managed to come in, turn off the TV and close the blinds again. I laid in bed resting with the TV on until just before 6 this evening and now I am watching TV while lying on the couch.
My head is so heavy.... my neck aches.... my joints ache.... my sinuses are full....
Suffice it to say that there wasn't any stamping done today and the way I feel right now, there won't be any done tomorrow either.
Sorry guys... I'll post something creative as soon as I have the energy to do more than lay on the couch....