Friday, September 30, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #35*


It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog...
Merlie has challenged us to use a distressing technique in our creations this week....  As Merlie and I are good stamping friends, I asked if it was good enough that I found the challenge distressing LOL!  I don't do a lot of distressing in my creations... I prefer the clean and simple look.

But I came up with something... and it's OK...
Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Core'dinations
*Tools:  Big Shot; Crafts Too Daisy Swirl embossing folder; sanding tool
*Embellishments:  Thickers

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

*Use It Tuesday #16*

I had a tough time with the challenge for the 16th installment of Use It Tuesday....  we were supposed to use chocolate as an inspiration.

Many many years ago, I had a stamp of a chocolate bar... but since it never got used it got given away.  I wish I hadn't done that LOL!

I thought about doing a chocolate bar wrapper, but that would have required me to avoid eating the chocolate and that might have been difficult.

I thought about using a cupcake set I have and making the cupcake chocolate but I never have luck colouring that image so I passed on that.

So I decided to use some chocolate brown Bazzill Bling cardstock from my stash as my base.... and then I went digging even deeper in to my unused stash of crafting items to find more items to use on my card.... and I came up with this....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: Bazzill Bling
*Tools: brown marker
*Embellishments: Stampin' Up! stickers
*Challenges:  UseItTuesday#16



I have had the Stampin' Up stickers in my stash for so long I honestly don't know where they came from... I don't think I bought them.... I think they were a gift from something or other.  I had a lot of fun layering the strips of stickers together to create the horizontal stripe.... and I layered three flower stickers on top of each other and added some brown dots to the petals for some interest.

Not a lick of stamping on this card LOL

I hope you'll take some time to play along with us!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

*Fall To Layout #159*

I have had a busy but fun weekend, working at The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival here in Calgary... I was working at the MondayNightClass booth and got to visit with a lot of great paper crafters over the two day event.  I am happy to be sitting with my feet up today before a busy week of work and running around... and then another weekend of The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton!

If you live in the Edmonton area, check out the Canadian Scrapbooker Website for more information about this great event....  it's not only a crop for registered attendees but there's a great vendor mall that will be set up for your shopping pleasure!  And it's open to the public!

I made a few changes to the card I am sharing with you today before I was ready to show it to you....  I'm not totally happy with the card but I like it better than what I had before....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizazz, Pretty in Pink
*Images: Hero Arts Sending Smiles
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Embellishments: unknown buttons; Stampin' Up! grosgrain
*Challenges:  FTL159

Friday, September 23, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #34*


It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... This week was very very difficult for me... Tracy challenged us to be inspired by a book quote or the title of your favourite book.  I LOVE to read, but I don't get inspired by quotes etc.  In fact, I don't usually remember lines from books.
I was sitting at my stamp table, wondering what on earth I was going to do.... when it suddenly hit me.  Hidden in my stash was an image of little piggies in a bathtub... perfect for a book we read to our kids EVERY DAY from conception until the younger one was about 2.  This was many years ago, but I still remember that book.


We love "The Going To Bed Book" by Sandra Boynton (as well as many of her books) and it is always part of any new baby gift we give.


And to this day, I can still recite the entire book....  "The sun has set not long ago... now everybody goes below... to take a bath in one big tub... with soap all over, scrub scrub scrub....."


And thus was born my card, inspired by a book quote...

Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Island Indigo
*Images:  unknown
*Embellishments:  unknown ribbon; Baby Blue, Waterfall and Frosted Lace Stickles

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...
*Ally

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

*Mojo 206*

I've been busy over the last few days helping to get things together for MondayNightClass for the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival happening in Calgary this weekend and Edmonton next weekend.  I haven't been to this event before but I have heard great things about it.  Canadian Scrapbooker likes to have fun!

I am taking a small break from kitting class packages... bending over the table for 1.5 hours has made my back just a little sore.

I created this card a few weeks ago, playing with an old MojoMonday sketch...
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade
*Pattern Paper: MME Lime Twist
*Images: Hero Arts Lauderdale Floral
*Ink: Versamagic
*Tools: heat tool; white embossing powder; Copics; Big Shot; D'vine Swirl and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folders
*Embellishments: dark brown satin ribbon
*Challenges:  Mojo206


I absolutely LOVE this Hero Arts flower stamped on white and embossed in white and coloured.  Just love it!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

*Fall to Layout #158*

I hope you've all had a great weekend... mine has been very good with a nice balance of quiet and fun, work and play.

I even managed to get some card making in this weekend... and created four cards!  Go me!!

I created this one a couple of days ago....  as soon as I saw the sketch this week on the Clean and Simple blog, I knew I wanted to do my main image white on black....  I also thought a nice burst of colour would be good... although I'm not sure how I feel about it in the finished card.  I do love love love the black and white trim I bought while my sister was visiting.
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Basic Black
*Images: PTI Mega Mixed Messages; Stampin' Up! Pocket Silhouettes
*Ink: Versamagic
*Tools: heat tool; Corner Chompter
*Embellishments: unknown trim; white embossing powder
*Challenges:  FTL158

Friday, September 16, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #33*


It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... This week, Angie has asked us to create a tag....

I had a lot of fun playing with the bandana technique for my tag....

Items Used: 
*Cardstock: Black; Stampin' Up! Island Indigo
*Images:  Hampton Art
*Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; white gel pen
*Embellishments:  unknown ribbon

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...
*Ally

Thursday, September 15, 2011

*Sweet Stop 119 and Colour Q 96*

Happy Thursday everyone....  been a quick week for me, which is a good thing.  I'm looking forward to a few days without the alarm clock again :-D

Not much to chit chat about so let's get on to the card...
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up!Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade, Basic Grey
*Images: Amuse; Stampin' Up! Best Yet
*Ink: Stampin Up! markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
*Tools: Big Shot;  Crafts Too polka dots embossing folder
*Embellishments: Kaiser pearl
*Challenges:  SSS119; ColourQ96

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

*Combining Challenges*

I'm finding myself lost for the second week in a row....   somehow I managed to miss Monday both weeks!  That means today feels like a Tuesday... but look at that!  It's Wednesday!

That's a good thing!

I had some fun playing with a ColourQ colour combination and a Sweet Stop Sketch...  turned out OK I think...
Items Used: *Cardstock:  PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pool Party
*Images: Inkadinkadoo Fancy That; Impress
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango; Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities
*Embellishments: unknown buttons; unknown ribbon
*Challenges:  ColourQ#97; SSS120

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

*Calgary and Area Crafters!!!*

So many people asked if they could rent a table at the August garage sale that Robin (the Scrapmobile) and Carole (Paper Pastimes) have decided to rent the Haysboro Community Hall so that others could participate!!

It's the Craft Supplies Intervention.... also known as the "I Thought I Needed It" Festival!!!

Gather up your new, gently used or left overs from your stamping, scrapping, stitching, beading, quilting, fibre work, metal work or any other craft or art projects.  Craft magazines, books and grab bags too!

Sort and price your collection, buddy up with a friend if you want!  Rent a table (or a parking tall near Robin and have a tailgate party in the parking lot!).  Bring a cash float, sell your treasures and KEEP YOUR CASH!!!!

DATE and TIME
Sunday, October 30th
11am to 2pm

LOCATION
Haysboro Community Hall
1204 89th Ave SW (one block west of Elbow Dr on 90th Ave SW)

FEES
$30 for at able in the main hall
$5 for one reserved parking stall near Robin... you will set up your table (bring your own) behind your vehicle

QUESTIONS?
Please call Robin at (403) 606-3470 or Carole at (403)255-8731

REGISTRATION
Registration begins at 10am on Thursday, September 15th.  Please call Paper Pastimes at (403)255-8731... have your credit card ready when you phone!!

THE FINE PRINT
*Fees are not refundable
*space is limited... if you're interested, book early to avoid disappointment!!!

DON'T WANT TO PART WITH YOUR STASH???  then bring your cash and come shopping!!

*Use It Tuesday #15*

It feels like forever since we did a Use it Tuesday challenge....  there was an extra week between the 4th Tuesday of August and the 2nd Tuesday of September.  The calendar can be crazy sometimes.

Challenge #15 is to use an uninked stamp....  and I chose to use some other items from my stash as well...
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black; Bazzill Bling
*Pattern Paper: Stamp It Australia
*Images: Inkadinkadoo Fancy That
*Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics *Embellishments: unknown grosgrain ribbon; Michael's Bridal flowers; Kaiser pearls; Frosted Lace Stickles
*Challenges:  Use It Tuesday #15; SSS123



The images were both uninked....  sad since I bought the set because I loved that butterfly image!  It has sat in my stash for years! The patterned paper is a beautiful shimmer paper that I bought when I was working at the scrapbook store.... and since I can't get it anymore I am always apprehensive about using it.  I just love it!

I hope you'll be able to find some time to play along with us!  Click the picture at the top of the post to head to the Use It Tuesday blog to read the guidelines....  and be sure to take some time to check out what my fellow design team members have done with this challenge!

Monday, September 12, 2011

*Mojo 202*

Our streak of hot weather has ended and we are going to be either around seasonal or just below for at least the next 5 days.... sure feels chilly after the heat of the last week or so!  I was enjoying the sunshine and warmth.  Today it is overcast and cool.  Blech.

We had a good weekend.... got a little crafting done, spent time with friends, slept in, got back to our Sunday evening bowling league... yup, a good weekend.

Since the weather is icky, I am really hoping to get a little creative today... so far I've procrastinated it LOL.  What's up with that?  Fear of no mojo I'm thinking...

Speaking of Mojo, here's a card using an old MojoMonday sketch....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery
*Images: Hero Arts Lauderdale Floral
*Ink: Versamagic ink; Copics
*Tools: heat tool; Big Shot; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder
*Embellishments: white embossing powder; black marker; unknown ribbon
*Challenges:  Mojo202



I'm not in love with this card, but I like it enough LOL

Saturday, September 10, 2011

*Fall To Layout #157*

I decided to use the current ColourQ challenge along with the sketch from the Clean and Simple blog this week. I took a little liberty with the sketch (as did our sketch master Natasha) and moved the thin strip from the right side of the card to the left... it just looked more balanced to me....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
*Images: Impress
*Ink: Versamagic Perfect Plumeria, Spring Pansy
*Tools: Big Shot; Sizzix plaid embossing folder
*Embellishments: Doodlebug flocked brad; Petaloo flowers (coloured with the Versamagic inks)
*Challenges:  FTL157; ColourQ#101

Friday, September 09, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #32*

It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... 

Ally has challenged us to use the following picture as inspiration.....
I know I didn't use roses, but I took the layout and the colours into consideration for my creation...  I had a lot of fun playing with the placement of the flowers to make it look full without being too busy.
Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Images:  Hero Arts Sending Smiles
*Embellishments:  Michael's Bridal flowers (coloured with Copics); Kaiser Pearls

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...
*Ally
*Tracy

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

*All By Myself*

For the first time since June, I am alone in my house.... and I'm enjoying the quiet!  Of course, my day started with a bunch of errands and running around, but I'm enjoying the rest of my day to myself.

I love how this card turned out.... totally not my usual colours but I think they work well.... I hope you like it too!
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Island Indigo; Pool Party
*Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket
*Images: Hampton Art
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
*Embellishments: assorted buttons; unknown grosgrain; Frosted Lace Stickles
*Challenges:  Mojo201; ColourQ#95

Sunday, September 04, 2011

*Fall To Layout #156*

The weather is beautiful again in Calgary and supposed to stay that way for the entire week... yahoo!

We are marking the first anniversary of Mom's passing today... I can't believe how fast a year goes by.  I will admit to feeling pretty blue today and not wanting to do much of anything.  I will head out in a bit to buy myself a bouquet of flowers and tonight we will head out to dinner to celebrate my Mom.  I still find it so hard to believe that both of my parents are gone.  I miss them both so much.

I know from experience that each year gets a little easier.... but for now it feels like there is a brick on my chest and tears constantly waiting to tumble down my cheeks.

I might try to create today... it was Mom who got me started stamping so it would be a fitting way to celebrate her.... we'll see how it goes LOL

I am not too sure how much I love this sketch from the Clean and Simple blog....  I had a tough time getting it to look right for me...  not a horrible card, but not great either in my eye....
Items Used:
*Cardstock: PTI White, Black
*Images: AMuse
*Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
*Tools: Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilties
*Embellishments: Doodlbug sticker; Glitter Ritz, unknown printed ribbon
*Challenges:  FTL156

Friday, September 02, 2011

*Playing in Paradise #31*


It's time for another Playing in Paradise challenge over at the Scrapbookers Paradise Blog... 

It was my turn to come up with a challenge idea for this week... and I made it easy on myself LOL!  I decided to challenge everyone to play with flowers this week...

I absolutely LOVE playing with flowers!!!!!  It was a great reason to use a lot of flowers!


Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler
*Embellishments:  Prima Flowersassorted buttons; Frosted Lace Stickles

I invite you join us in playing this week... simply add your card to the links at the bottom of the challenge post before midnight on Thursday for your chance to win a prize from Scrapbookers Paradise as well as a chance to play along with the Design Team in a future challenge.

Take a few minutes to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to...
*Ally
*Tracy