Thursday, February 26, 2009

*Happy Birthday Jen!*

Happy Thursday everyone! Another cold day here in Calgary.... apparently it will be closer to freezing starting tomorrow afternoon.

I know it's only February, but in my mind, spring should be here already. I love my cozy scarf but I am so done with it this year!!

My blog-friend Jen is celebrating her birthday today... and this card is for her!

I created this card with my Cricut Expressions and the Wild Card cartridge. This is the most involved project I've done so far with my Cricut... I need to find more time to play!

I used Bazzill Bling cardstock for everyting but the candle and cupcake liner, added some Stickles to my candle and the cupcake liner, and then some gems as "sprinkles" to the top of the cupcake.

I love my Cricut LOL!

Go visit Jen and see the fun she's having to celebrate her birthday!
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Monday, February 23, 2009

*Being Creative*

What a great late afternoon/evening so far for me! I've just finished my second card of the day! The first will be shared in the order in which my cards were created, but I wanted to get my Mojo Monday Sketch (Mojo75) posted today.

I wasn't honestly sure about the sketch for this week when I first saw it, but I decided to go with it and see what happened. I found some pieces of the Fairest Of Them All collection by Imaginisce and decided to play with that.

And let me tell you... I love the card that I created with this paper and the sketch. Yes, I said love!

Isn't it pretty??!!??

I used, as I said, Imaginisce patterned papers with Regal Rose and Basic Black cardstocks. The sentiment/image is from the For a Friend set by Stampin' Up. I added an Imaginisce glittered brad, some bling and a flower from Michaels to finish it off.

Now, let's talk about the punch.... the black wave layer was done with one of my new EK Success border punches that I got from Michaels. They were just put out in the last week or so and they are gorgeous! I bough three this weekend. It not only punches the wave but also all of the little dots that look (at least in this photo) like white gel pen dots. These punches work so well... so easy to punch through the cardstock... easier than the scallop border punch by Stampin' Up.

Did I tell you that I love this card??!!!!!!
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Friday, February 20, 2009

*Ah, Friday!*

I love Fridays... I usually end up running a few errands on my day off, but I totally enjoy that there's no where I have to be at any given time. Sure, I went to tan this morning... then after Matthew got home (he gets off at noon every Friday) we went off to see the chiropractor... then a quick stop for lunch and then to Michaels.... I did a lot today... but I didn't have to get out of bed and get dressed. I didn't have to leave at a specific time. I got to enjoy my time.

I love my Fridays (thank you to Crystal for agreeing to my Princess Schedule at the store!)

I haven't done a lot of stamping this week... been busy sorting through my stash getting ready for the garage sale tomorrow. I find it interesting that I'm parting with a bunch of Stampin' Up sets, but very few single stamps. Not sure what is up with that.

I do know that I am outgrowing Stampin' Up... all I see buying from the current catalogue is cardstock... and even then, I end up buying more from work than I do from SU. I don't see me being a Demonstrator much longer.... but I'm OK with that.

I created this card last month for my February card class at the Pantry. I got inspriation for this card from some cards I saw over at Stamp Something back in November. I loved the idea of showing the girls how to make this great looking label using a scalloped Nestabilities square cut down with a craft knife and ruler. This is one of those little ideas that I've loved and loved.

We used patterned papers from Imaginisce, the Marvy Paper Trimming Buddy with the scallop blade to create the decorative border. The sentiment is by Hanna Stamps. And we added a few Dew Drops to finish it off.

I loved the clean lines and look of this card. I hope the girls in class liked it too!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

*Papercrafting Garage Sale*

Are you interested in getting some good stuff at a good price? I am hosting a paper crafting garage sale with a bunch of my friends on Saturday, February 21st from 1 until 4 pm. If you are in the Calgary area and are interested in shopping in my living room, please email me and I'll get back to you with details.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

*I Love Changito*

Hi Everyone.... I came down to my stamp space so many times over the long weekend but ended up keeping myself occupied with tv and blog surfing instead of stamping. I wanted to create, but didn't know where to start. It's been like that a lot lately. Not sure why. Just a lack of inspiration and drive I guess.

I really *want* to create... but I can talk myself out of it really easily!

I came down after dinner tonight and turned on the TV down here while Bruce was watching his shows upstairs. I sat for about an hour and wasted time as usual and then went upstairs, discouraged and bored. Bruce was still entertained by some shows I don't enjoy so I cam back down and made up my mind to do the MojoMonday sketch for this week.

I used patterned papers by Imaginisce, Core'dinations cardstock, some ribbon, a Changito (isn't he cute!) image by Stampendous and my Copic Markers. I also threw in a sentiment by Hanna... but now that I look at the finished product, the sentiment doesn't really fit the image... but it fit the circle LOL!

Thanks for visiting!
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

*Sparkly Birthday Butterfly*

Happy Sunday everyone... been a busy-ish weekend around here. We had a wonderful Valentine's evening with some of our good friends... it included beautifully BBQ'd steaks, garlic bread, asparagus and a lot of laughs. It was truly a perfect way to spend February 14th. No crowds and the food was cooked to perfection!

I created this card yesterday morning using the Mojo Monday Week 73 sketch. I'm not thrilled with the patterned papers that I used (Imaginisce) and the card is OK, but not spectacular. The papers on their own are great, but I just don't think that it worked out for this layout.

But, being short on time, this is the card I ended up with.

I realized just how little card making I have been doing in the new year... a whopping total of 18 cards. Sigh. I need to find more time... and more mojo when I do have the time.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

*Happy Friday the 13th*

Friday the 13th is feared by some, is nothing to others... and to Bruce and I, it is a day to celebrate! Bruce and I met on Friday, October 13, 1989 and got engaged six months later on Friday, April 13, 1990. We thought about getting married on a Friday the 13th as well but I wanted a summer wedding and there was no Friday the 13th in the summer of 1991. Five years after Bruce proposed, Alex was born.... on Thursday, April 13th.

Bruce and I have always celebrated Friday the 13th... and today has been no exception

It's Teachers' Convention here in Calgary so the kids had yesterday and today off. And so did I. Bruce got up without waking me this morning and came in to give me a kiss good-bye at 8. Little did I know he was heading off to the gym, not to work. He surprised the crap out of me by coming home at 10:30... a Purdy's bag in hand. After the gym, he went off to the mall to buy my favourite chocolate covered marshmallows and the book "Marly & Me" and a Valentine's card.

It took me about five minutes to notice that after his shower at the gym, the man shaved off his goatee!!! He's had facial hair for as long as I can think back in our relationship. Not the entire 19.5 years, but for a good chunk of it. He shaved it all off once about 10-12 years ago for a Halloween costume, but he grew it back right away.

I'm not sure how I feel about it... a non-prickly kiss felt pretty darn good, but I think I had gotten used to looking at him with a hairy face. I'm sure that after a few days I will be used to his nekkid face again.

I taught my February class at the Scrapbook Pantry over the last few days (Wednesday morning and Thursday evening). I think that the ladies had a good time at each class. I always enjoy seeing the regulars in my classes back each month and getting to know the new faces as well!

This is the last of the three cards we did this month in the class. I love the simplicity of this card. We were finally able to get some Blender Pens in at the store so we were able to play around with colouring with our ink pads and the blender pen for this class.

We will be enjoying a wonderful long weekend together.... like I mentioned, the kids and I had Thursday and Friday off.... and Monday is a provincial holiday. Five whole days!

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Monday, February 09, 2009

*I Am Tired*

It was one heck of an early morning, paired with a heck of a long day, after a long day on Sunday, after a hectic Saturday....

Saturday night I hosted a surprise party for my husband at a local pub. Back in July my husband turned 40... and we had a really difficult time trying to get friends together for a party so we ended up with just a family party. I felt bad. I thought his 40th birthday required something more. So I began to plan a surprise 40.5 birthday party! Saturday night I pulled off this big surprise.... and Bruce was floored. We had a great time on Saturday... a total of 30 people joined us to celebrate this big milestone.

Sunday morning we were up and at the Scrapbook Pantry by 10am to help do a huge re-organization of the entire store. Nothing is where it was other than the cash and the demo bar. It seemed overwhelming at 10am, but by 4pm we were seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. We left the shop around 7:30 on Sunday with the classroom still a mess, but the front of the store looking awesome.

And this morning I was back at the store at 6:30 as we were the "live on location" spot for CityTV Calgary Breakfast Television. We opened the store to customers at 6am and had a great time with the location crew. I was chosen to do a demo on-air using Copic Markers and while I was tired and nervous, I also had a good time... and apparently people thought I did a good job. Check out the store blog to see photos of our morning (I was taking the photos so there are none of me!)

Considering how long my day at work was, my day sure flew by!!!!

I created this card a few weeks ago for my January card class at the Pantry. I like to show the gals that a one layer card can be simple and good once in a a while. We used a white card, scored a 1/2" border on all four sides with the Scor-Pal. We then stamped the image (by Imaginisce) in the corner, coloured it with the Copic Spica pens, added some ribbon to the side and some DewDrops to the centres of the flowers. Poof, done. Quick and easy.

I teach my February class at the Pantry on Wednesday (morning) and Thursday (evening) later this week and am hoping to have my March classes designed and ready to take to class with me. I spent this afternoon and part of this evening cutting the kits for my February class and right now I think I am too tired to be creative... will see if I can come up with something after I am done this post.

Thanks again for popping by... I always love it when you come to visit!
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Monday, February 02, 2009

*I Stamped Tonight*

Now that I'm not doing TaeKwon Do (had to stop because of back issues), I have my Monday and Wednesday nights free. Bruce and Alex are still training, but Matthew and I are taking some time off. I am enjoying having some quiet time in my craft space more often now that I am home two more nights a week.

I was blog surfing this evening and decided I would work on the MojoMonday sketch for today... I started with the image (Verve) and then chose my patterned papers (Imaginisce)... matched some cardstock (Whisper White and a dark brown Bazzill) and my Copics and off I went. I also used my Nestabilities in my Cuttlebug as well as some flowers from Michaels (in the wedding section) and a little bling. I coloured the cream coloured flowers with my Copics... I love how the shimmer from the paper flowers shows through the Copic ink.

The only thing I would change would have been to stamp in dark brown instead of black.

I was back at work today for the first time since the 20th of January... was hard to get out of the house this morning but enjoyed being back in the swing of things. I'm really looking forward to all of the new items arriving in the Pantry over the next few months!

Thanks for popping by....
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