Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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This is one variation of the cards I mailed out this year. I got my original idea from a colour combination I saw at work (the Scrapbook Pantry) and my original card was in shades of blues and greens. Unfortunately, by the time I had made my decision, there wasn't enough of that patterned paper left to make all of my cards. So I did what I could with that paper and then made the rest of my cards using other Christmas papers I had in my stash. The cards were the same except for the colours used (obviously I had to change the ribbons as well). And, silly me... I didn't take a photo of one of the green and blue ones before I mailed them all off.
The image is a great one from Impression Obsession. My family all loved the stamp and I knew I had to use it for my cards this year. We are all big Calvin and Hobbes fans and this reminded us of several of the cartoons where Calvin created his snow people. I stamped the image in black ink on white cardstock, coloured them with my Copics and then covered it all in VersaMark ink and then in Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
I had a lot of complements on my card this year.... they were a little more expensive to make because of their size, but I think it was worth it!
Our New Years Eve plans are pretty simple. We've invited friends of ours to join us for a night of cards. The kids will either watch movies or play video games and we'll hopefully finish off some of the Christmas baking that is left over. Pretty low key, but that's OK. I'm not feeling 100%, neither is my Mom and after my behaviour at the big party last year (at the house of the couple who are joining us tonight) I need to ring in 2009 in a more quiet way LOL!
I hope that 2009 brings you good health, much happiness, lots of laughter, and a whole year full of mojo and inspiration!
Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
But, I got it all done... with time to spare even! Shocking, I know. I had time in the days leading up to Christmas to actually enjoy the sights, sounds and smells.
We had a good Christmas this year... a little too cold, a lot of snow.... but good times with friends and family.
I created this card for a young friend who has a December 20th birthday. I wore the beautiful and soft scarf that Cindy made for me a few years ago to the TaeKwon Do testing night on the 17th and Tatianna loved it.... so I decided to make her one for her birthday (they go together really quick). I thought that a wintery card would be suitable for her birthday.... especially if it wasn't in typical winter/Christmas colours.
I used all Bazzill Bling cardstock on this card.... did a panel with the Cuttlebug and the Snowflakes embossing folder. The snowflakes are Marvy punches, held together with a small silver brad.
I could see this being an awesome Christmas card... although I'd probably do it in shades of blues and white instead.
One more Christmas card to share with you.... in a few days1
Friday, December 26, 2008
We had a wonderful Christmas.... I am so glad that my Mom, sister and niece were able to make the trip to see us (unfortunately, my other sister and her family were unable to come due to work). Chistmas Eve we all had a little running around to do so we went off in two separate cars to take care of that. We had an easy supper of pizza buns (a family favourite) and then went off to our friends' house for a few drinks and a visit (this was the group we went to Mexico with). We got home about 11 and sent the kids to bed. No pretending about Santa this year.... but of course Santa still comes. We set up Santa presents (a PS3 for the boys) and filled stockings and went to bed.
My Father in Law joined us for gift opening and brunch on Christmas Morning. There were some great presents under the tree for all of us.... I was lucky enough to receive a Cricut Expressions from my Mom and husband as well as a body pillow from one son and Mama Mia from the other. And some books and stuff from Bath and Bodyworks from my sister and niece (they have one where they live, but none near me). My Mom was thrilled with a scrapbook my sister did of their trip to Amsterdam this past October and was more than surprised when she opened the gift from all three of her girls.... at the bottom of the box was a piece of paper telling her that her three girls are treating her to a trip to Vegas in April to celebrate her 70th birthday.
My Mother in Law and her husband as well as Bruce's brother joined us later in the afternoon, had dinner with us and stayed to play Wii Bowling with the family. We had a great evening of fun!
One of my last Christmas posts for you today... I think I have two more to share after this....
I created this Christmas balls and cards for the ladies I work with for our Staff Christmas Party. I saw the video tutorials on Angie Kennedy Juda's blog and I just had to try them.... they sure went together quickly and easily! I used some of the scraps of paper left over from the majority of my Christmas cards and the two Marvy snowflake punches for the cards. For the ornaments, I used whatever double-sided patterned Christmas papers I could find in my stash.
I am off to go feed one friends' fish, another friends' cat and shovel a driveway (house #2). Good thing house #1 (the fish) is on the way to house #2 (the cat and driveway)!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
She came by the store last week to bring my a Christmas present since Thursday was my last day of work. She totally spoiled me by altering a container to hold my Copic Markers!!! I think that the girls had a hand in decorating it for me.
Merlie, I absolutely LOVE it.... the only problem.... I don't think all of my Copics will fit!!!!!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I only have a few cards left in my stash to share with you... so posts will be few and far between until my family is gone again in the New Year. Please don't give up on me.... I promise I will be back!
My Mom arrived on Friday afternoon and we've been busy shopping, baking and getting the groceries bought. We think we are pretty much done, at least we will be once the cinnamon buns have risen and can be baked. My sister and niece arrive tomorrow morning, although I suspect their flight will be late because of bad weather out east.
It's still cold cold cold here in Calgary, but the long term forecast is showing some improvement by next Saturday. Right now it's -21C... was -29C when I got up this morning. And of course, since this is Calgary, there's always a wind to worry about!
I created this card for the each of the CalGals at the end of November. I found the tutorial for using the corner punches to make medallion on Becca's Blog and just had to give them a try. They are SO easy once you know what you're doing.
I used Bazill Bling cardstock for the entire card... the blue snowflake is actually just the bling cardstock turned over. I added a little bling crystal to the tip of each end of the blue snowflake as well as the centre of each of the corner punches and a dew drop to the centre of the snowflake.
I really like this card a lot!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We were supposed to go to Bruce's work Christmas Party last night but decided that it wasn't worth the risk on the roads. And wait times for cabs were huge thanks to the weather, Christmas Parties and a Flames Game. Instead, we enjoyed a quiet night in front of the TV catching up on shows we recorded but didn't have a chance to watch this past week.
This afternoon we do have to brave the cold and slippery conditions to go to Alex's piano recital. We're looking forward to the recital, but not being outside!!
So today we are taking a quick break from the Christmas cards.... instead I am sharing with you a card I made for a friend of Alex's for his birthday. I don't often make cards for the kids to take to parties, but I knew I wasn't going to get out to buy one.
The image (Stampendous) is stamped with Memento black ink on Papertrey cardstock and coloured with my Copic markers. I did some layering on some different blues and voila... card for a teenage boy. Sort of LOL
I hope everyone manages to stay warm and safe today!!!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Looking at the photo, I think I should have added some bling or something to the card. I have no idea what colours I used on this but I am pretty sure I used Brilliance inks. The sentiment is AMuse, the swirl is Stampin Up and I don't remember what snowflake I used.
Well, that's it for today.... I need to find some time to craft so I can share more with you!!!
Enjoy your day!
I was inspired by a card in this post by Dawn.... her execution of the technique is so much better so please go have a look at it. I stamped the swirls in green, the snowflakes in white and I embossed them in white as well... and then I sponged lighter green ink over it all. I don't recall which colours I used.
Maybe the biggest problem is the sentiment... not the right size or colour. Maybe I will have to play and make this one layer card into something else. If I find the time to do that, I promise I will share.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We have had a busy week... Monday night the four of us packed into the car and went to see Great Big Sea in concert at the Jubilee. This was my second time to see Great Big Sea and they did not disappoint. They are by far my favourite band and they put on a spectacular show. I sang along to every song they sang, as did the majority of the sold out audience. I would go to see them again in a heartbeat!
Last night we were out again. This time to Alex's school for the first band concert of the year. I assumed it would be a Christmas concert, however there were only a couple of Christmas songs played. I think they are working harder on performance pieces for the band trips they are doing this year. This was our first concert as band parents as Alex didn't join the band last year. All of the bands (grade 7 (first year), grade 8 & 9 and then the senior high band) were very good.
I am *this* close to being done my Christmas cards. I am waiting for snowflake brads to arrive from Scrappin Great Deals as well as Iridescent Ice embossing powder from Stampin' Up. I only had about 12 of the brads and couldn't find them locally and I ran out of the embossing powder with 15 cards left to do. I have done all that I can without these items... all of the cards are fully assembled except the last 15 waiting to be embossed... those 15 are stamped, coloured and all but the embossed layer are put together. All the holes are punched for the brads. The insides are all stamped. The envelopes are all addressed. If the items don't show up today, I will start writing the insides tonight while Bruce and Alex are out.
This card was in the running for "the" Christmas card this year. I really love how it turned out. The flowers were white ones from Petaloo... I just coloured them with my Copics, which the paper flowers absorbed beautifully.
I love how the very thin black layer sets off the white against the red so well.
And don't get me started on how much I love the Merry and bright stamp by Hero Arts.
I think I need to find a sweater to wear to work today.... enjoy your day!
Monday, December 01, 2008
I had a great time at the Festival of Crafts on Saturday with my friend Sam. I did a lot of my Christmas shopping while we were there. So many awesome ideas!!! I still have shopping to do, but I made a good dent in it.
I was at the Scrapbook Pantry on Friday night and all day Sunday to craft. Friday night the CalGals minus Allion and Tracy had our final gathering before Christmas. I managed to get 12 of my Christmas cards done. Yesterday we had our staff Christmas party at the store... we were there crafting from 10am until 5pm! We stopped long enough to wish Sharon a Happy Birthday (and eat some cake of course), do a fun gift exchange, and eat Chinese Food.
I am off to work today... for the month of December, the staff will be wearing Santa Hats at the store. I don't mind wearing them, but I do find my head gets itchy after a while!
This is another card created with that beautifl Stamp It Australia Christmas paper. These cards really do go together quickly and easily... and look so wonderful!
I used a Bazill Bling red card, accented the patterned paper with black cardstock and added some silver stickles in the blank spots.
With all of the work I have been doing on my Christmas cards (which I will share with you after they are mailed off), I haven't had a lot of time to stamp things to share.... I am slowly running out of my stash of cards to show you!
I gotta find some time!
Enjoy your day!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
My wish list isn't really for me - it's for peace and joy for alot of my friends who are struggling right now. I have enough stuff to play with - just want my friends to be happy so they have more time to play too.
DORIS, please email me at nancy at elrick dot ca and I will get your blog goodies out to you as soon as possible!
Call the Fashion Police.
Get me help.
I mixed stripes with polka dots!
Oh my heavens!
I absolutely love snowmen of any shape and size.... and this is one of my favourites. He's just so happy! I coloured him up with my Copics, added some Imaginisce Snowy Jo patterned papers and a few Dew Drops... et voila.... another Christmas Card!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
And they make cards quick and easy. I've shared a few with you already, and am sharing another today.
For this card I used some Bazill Bling cardstock in blue, a little white to frame the image, some white ribbon edged in silver and finally some stickles in the bottom corner (which is hidden behind my watermark signature).
Another quick and easy card that turned out better than I had hoped for.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Watch... we won't have time to do it next weekend LOL
This is another of the cards I created at the Calgary Classic last month. I believe Dianna had this stamp with her and as soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do.
I stamped and embossed the image in gold, added a scalloped oval in gold paper, a black band on a white card, accented with a few gold brads. Quick, easy, and elegant.
I wasn't sure how a black, white and gold Christmas card would look, but I ended up really being pleased with it.
Yesterday I went to Paper Root Studio in Market Mall (in case you want one of your own) and for $60 (Canadian), I got myself one.... can't wait for the Christmas Cards to start rolling in now!
The product is by Umbra. I have it sitting in my living room/dining room.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
To win, simply leave a comment on this post, telling me what is on your Christmas Wish List this year... whatever you want, papercrafting related or not!
I will draw a winner next week, on November 27th.
Today is a special day in my heart.... my Dad passed away in May 2006.... today would have been his 76th birthday. I will be enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich in Dad's honour at some point today. Dad loved a good grilled cheese sandwich and my sisters, Mom and I all take a moment to think about Dad with a grilled cheese on his birthday and on the anniversary of his death. Miss you Dad.... and I love you so much.
This is another of the cards I created at the Calgary Classic. This is a Great Impressions image that I just love... I have a real "thing" for snowmen. I coloured the image with my Copics. The patterned paper is something I had in my stash from years ago... I have no earthly clue where it's from or who makes it. I added some sage coloured cardstock that I put through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder and then put it all onto a red card.
I know that this was a sketch from somewhere, however I didn't take Post-It Notes to the Classic so I have no notes to tell me what the heck I was doing! It's on my list of what to take with me the next time I go to a crop!
Enjoy your Thursday!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And it isn't killing me to get out of bed each morning.
Have I mentioned I'm not a morning person?
I have almost gotten my life caught up after a week away. I worked hard on Sunday and a little more yesterday afternoon to get all of the kits cut up for the classes I am teaching at the Pantry this week (Christmas Cards #3). They are packed and ready for me to take to the store tomorrow morning. After work today I will pack up the other supplies I need. I have gotten through my 1000+ items in Google Reader although none of the posts got the attention they deserved. I got through a week's worth of snail mail and have it all filed away where it belongs.
What's left to do? Well, I have to compile all the documentation to take to the Accountant for our company Year End which was October 31st (and of course, we have a trial balance to work through). And of course there are the Christmas cards.... I want to come up with a great idea for a card that I will share closer to Christmas so that those who read my blog get a card they haven't seen before... those who don't read my blog will get a card I've already posted.
And then there's ALL of the Christmas shopping (I have done *none*) and doing at least a little Christmas baking since I am hosting my family for Christmas this year.
Perhaps I'll relax on December 26th.
Anyway... enough of my babble....
I created this card at the Calgary Classic a month ago (for those who asked, the Calgary Classic was an event organized through Splitcoast Stampers... it was a weekend-long crop here in Calgary and we had a great time!
The lovely Shannon gave me these four Stampendous images that she bought while she was in the US recently as a thank you for me going over to feed her kitty for a week. Good deal for me!!!
I coloured the images with my beautiful Copics and added some patterned paper from the Michael's Christmas Stack from last year. I added a snowflake brad and some Dew Drops and called it a day!
Such cute little images!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Operator Error LOL
Anyway... we took off on Saturday morning for a week of fun in the sun in Puerto Vallarta. We tagged along with our TaeKwon Do instructor and his family. They head down there at this time every year with 13 family members. Usually they are a group of 17... this year the four of us and my sister from Ontario joined them making it a group of 22!
This was our first trip to Mexico and only our second tropical vacation. We had a wonderful time in the sun. We stayed at the brand new Riu Palace Pacifico. What a beautiful resort. The weather was hot and sunny.... absolutely perfect.
We arrived home around suppertime on Saturday and woke up on Sunday to snow... so this card kind of illustrates how I'm feeling these days. It's really tough to go from such wonderful hot weather to snow!
This image I took from Crystal at the Calgary Classic and coloured it up with my Copic markers. Nothing too exciting with the card, but it looks the way I feel LOL!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
While at the Calgary Classic a few weeks ago, I saw a card that another lady had made and loved how it looked.... so I used what I had to try to replicate her card. Mine didn't turn out nearly as nicely as hers did, but it's still OK. Not sure that I love it, but I don't hate it either.
Hope you have a good Monday!
Friday, November 07, 2008
It also doesn't help that I've been waking up with a headache almost every morning. A pain in my neck (I need a new pillow I think) that then goes into my head as a headache. Hopefully the chiropractor can help me this afternoon.
I have to work this morning, but only for a couple of hours. I am then off to have tea at Starbucks with a good friend of mine.
I had a call from the girls at work last night and it sounds like our sale went really well yesterday. Today and tomorrow specific items at the store are 50% off. We're trying to make some room to be able to bring in some new products. We started this sale the day Crystal left and have been upping the discount by 2.5% every day since then.
And I think it helped yesterday that our order from Impression-Obsession showed up.... what beautiful Christmas stamps! I came home with nine of them LOL! I can't wait to find some time to create!
I can't believe that the Calgary Classic was 3 weeks ago.... time sure has flown! This was the first card that I created on the Friday night. I ran into a problem when I realized that I didn't take along any gold paper... so I ended up using a gold gel pen to colour the edges of a piece of white cardstock.
Such a quick and easy card to create.... love it!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Yesterday she decided I wasn't giving her enough attention..... so this is where she hung out!
While we were chatting, we were talking about how we like to throw in a few non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. She had a stunning one that was black, white and red. Beautiful.
While I was blog surfing today, I was inspired by two things.... first, was this card of Stephanie's. Second was the colours in the Colour Throwdown Challenge.
And then I got to thinking about my conversation with Brenda this morning and thought to myself, "why not?".
So, I give to you, a very non-traditional coloured Christmas card! The colours are white, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Pale Plum. I used my Cuttlebug and the Snowflakes embossing folder and my square Nestabilities (to make the Chocolate Chip frames). I also used two punches by EK Success, some chocolate satin ribbon and some bling.
I am so thrilled with how this card turned out!
Thanks to everyone for the ideas and inspiration!
Let me know what you think of my new set up for taking photos. In the winter the window I usually use for natural light doesn't get nearly as much light, so I am trying a set up in my stamp space. Did it work out OK? I kind of like those beautiful markers as a backdrop!!
I absolutely *love* this card. It is so simple and elegant, at least to my eye. I used my snowflake Cuttlebug folder on some white cardstock and accented it all with navy blue cardstock, ribbon and ink. The image is a Longfellow quote, a stamp by PSX. I don't even know if PSX is still in business or not. This is one of my favourite Christmas sentiment stamps though. In case you can't read it, it says "Silent & Soft & Slow Descends the Snow".
A fitting card for today.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I used Bazill cardstockfor this one, and the new Fairest Of Them All line by Imaginisce.... stamp, papers, brads. I coloured the cute little froggie with my Copics.
I am toying with using this little guy in my January class at the Pantry.... for the gals who take my classes.... interested???
Have a wonderful Monday evening!