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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thinking of you!



Basic Grey PP partnered with Soft Sky Cardstock...yummy. I love the colours together. I added a piece of River Rock that I cuttled using the snowflake folder.

Needed a comforting "Not Stuffy" thinking of you card for a special couple who just lost their father and wanted it to be cheerful and light. I also didn't want to minimize their grief by throwing a Christmas theme so I chose this snowflake paper. The card sparkles and the edges are distressed.

Materials used: Tree from Stampscapes, close as a Memory set, Salutations, Basic Grey PP fruitcake line, Soft Sky, River Rock CS, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss Inks,
Ice Blue Chalk ink. Cuttlebug Folder Snowflakes.

closeup


Different angle of this card...I think I decided I will have to make a photo/light
box for my cards when I take pictures of them. The lighting makes such a difference! As you can see, two photos taken from various light sources give a different look.
Frustrating...natural lighting is best. However, at midnight I will take my chances.

Anyway, from this view you can see the dimensional layers (at least imagine that you do) I also like that you can see the dazzling diamonds on the tree.

Thanks for looking. :=)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

SCS get together~Dec 1



Love how one hobby can lead to meeting many new people! Connections, I just love it!
These are some fine stampers I met over the weekend at a local community centre. We made three projects, swapped gifts (alot of fun and laughs) and enjoyed great food.

This photo was hindsight so we didn't catch everyone's smile. (Thanks to StampnQueen for the picture)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Wintergreen Trio



Love this gorgeous Designer Paper! Over the weekend I had a chance to make some cards for a penpal group I am a part of. These cards went together quickly!

Materials used: Snowflake Spot & So many Sayings sets, $1 stamp from Michaels, Wintergreen Designer Series Paper, Not quite Navy, Naturals white and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy Inks. Twinkling gel pen, Word Window punch

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Be Merry Penguin...



I scanned this little penguin in and he looks totally washed out...been through the mill, I guess! This little guy has been hibernating in my filing cabinet (a permanent cabinet member) for at least six years. You see, I ordered him years ago and lovingly filed him away for a rainy day...Yikes has it been that long??? Now he looks totally washed out. He and his bud the little bear have never seen ink or paper! That is a crime.

I coloured him in with Prisma coloured pencils, using gamsol technique! I love how it turned out!(IRL anyway!) I felt like colouring, even though there are multiple deadlines on the horizon. (...humming jeopardy tune...)

Materials used: Darcie's stamps, Rubberstamp Tapestry Snowflakes, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, White Naturals, Basic Black CardStocks, Patterned paper scrap, Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" circle punches. Not quite Navy, Bordering Blue and Night of Navy Inks.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tres' Elegant



N'est-ce pas? Totally love this background and you can combine it with any set you want! It also makes a quick and easy card. With the holidays coming, I love quick easy and elegant! I made two different versions using the same sets.

Materials used: Tres'Chic BG and Priceless sets, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Purely Pomagranate CS, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Black Brads, Scallop circle, 1 1/4" circle, ticket corner and horizontal punches.

Tres' Chic pomegranate



My new favourite background and Ink pad! Is that even possible? evidently...
StampinUP came up with Basic Gray this year and it stamps Gray! Not just a shadow of gray like the "going mousy" gray.

I love the taffeta gray ribbon too. Tie it with pomegranate and you have some delicious colours!

Materials used: Tres'Chic BG stamp, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate CS, Rose Red DSP, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, SU Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch,word window punch, brads from my collection (gasp)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!



We have so much to be thankful for! Holidays are times I enjoy cooking and preparing a homecooked dinner. Today, we enjoyed Jon's sister and her family, the day was perfect for playing in the park after dinner and enjoying dessert, following.

Thanking StampinUP!



Time well Spent is the name of this cute set! All current demos recieved this set from Shelli this year! How awesome is that?!?

I did manage to trim the set and have yet to ink these babies. LOL...here's wishing for the coming weekend.

Thank you Stampin UP for an awesome set! This set will be available in the upcoming catty as a third level hostess set. ;=)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Dazzling cool...



Love this Designer Paper appropriately called Wintergreen. Love the patterns and cool colours! Made a matching Lunch tin to go with this card. See next post. :)

Supplies used: Wintergreen DSP, Wild Wasabi CS, Bashful Blue CS
Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Pretties Kit pearls, bashful blue ribbon,
ticket corner punch, dimensionals.

These are one of the papers you can get in StampinUP's paper promotion! Any three combination of paper packs and you get one FREE. How cool is that?

Wintergreen...



I cannot believe I am making Christmas & Winter projects! Didn't seem that long ago we were enjoying the poolside! Seems I missed Fall somewhere.

Speaking of Winter, this tin shouts Cool and Winterfresh!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Time to Celebrate!



A quick and easy card for a special birthday! Used a Chocolate Chip base and paired it with Basic Grey DP...you cannot go wrong there. Took a Heidi Swapp chipboard clock and added clock hands from my sizzix dies...I have a stash of cardstock words from Wild Asparagus and worked perfectly for a card that needed quick completion.

Procrastination,oish! here is a thought for you, an excerpt from:
The Procrastinator's Creed:

#9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

#10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

Thank you for bearing with me. :=)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Golden Anniversary...



I began with 9x12 CS and scored at 4" intervals. This created three panels to work with. I then painted the cream paper with Gold glaze.( b/c I didn't have gold paper) I picked out Basic Gray DP from the Scarlett line and cut it down to thirds. I inked the edges with dk. brown chalk inks. The front is layered with a Love sticker from Rusty Pickle.

The centre panel is stamped using Baroque Motif stamp from SU! and took the recipients early picture(from the invitation) and punched it out using the giga scallop punch. Layered it onto misc. sizzix scallops from a trade. :) Layered a sentiment also from Rusty Pickle.

The last panel is layered with DP and stickled with cinnamon!! I created a pocket on the bottom half using a note size envie and adhering flowers and ribbon.
The card is tied using Organdy ribbon.

So much fun to make. Click on the picture to view. :)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sweet Stripes



Love House Mouse stamps, a local shop advertised 50% off sale and I went in to check them out! I found these stamps on sale...who doesn't love a stamp on Sale???
Isn't the rubberstamping life sweet?

Details in the following post. Have a Great weekend!

Isn't Life Sweet...



love these little mice as long as they remain on rubberstamps :)
They were watercoloured pulling colour off the ink pad lids. Next time, I will use a finer grain paper because the watercolour paper grains were heavy for the fine lines in the image. If any of you have suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Materials Used: House Mouse Sweet Success, Isn't life Sweet?, Junkitz Paper pad Salsa, Stampin'UP ink pads - Pixie pink, green galore, lavendar lace, only orange, so saffron, bashful blue, going gray and close to cocoa. Stampendous class A peels stickers.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Bravo Angel



Love this stamp set! This is one of three images in the set...cool thing is, they are precut! Just affix to your block and stamp away :) The other two are the holy family and the wise men. On the fourth block you get a cool tag with a flourish...awesome with acetate!

There you have it, today's creation. The deets are in the next picture.
Have a super weekend.

Holiday Thyme Tryptic Angel



Unbelievably, I was stamping today!!! I cannot remember the last time I stamped for the sake of stamping. Usually it is because I have a project due or a workshop in the works.
Since there were no rules, I used last years Christmas DSP and combined it with a "Blast from the past" suede paper! GASP!!! It really turned out gorgeous IRL, especially after I cuttled it using some of my favourite folders.

Materials List: Holy Tryptic set, Hunter Green Suede paper, Holiday Thyme DSP, Gold Cording, Old Olive & Bravo Burgundy CS, Ticket corner punch. Used Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, So Saffron and Close to Cocoa inks for watercolouring. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Regional Swaps


Going to Regionals was such a highlight for me! Being a first-timer, I had no idea what to expect with swapping except what I had read on the forums I frequent!
I went with 25 cardfronts and 20 ATC's...wow! you should've seen what the other demo's brought with them!!!

Cardfront materials: Pick a Petal, Baroque Motif & Curvy Verses sets, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant & Naturals White CS, Elegant eggplant ink and White Stazon ink, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, acetate.
I stamped one of the petals on the acetate using Stazon ink and cut the image to creat a half flower. layered it onto my 1/2 circle and then layered the flower from the motif set onto the centre.

ATC (artist trading card) materials: while this is a rage in stamping circles, the SU! group at Regionals were not into these. Maybe it's one of those fads...
Office Accoutrement set, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green & Naturals Ivory CS, Pumpkin Pie & Garden green inks, Spiral and round tab punches. Crystal effects for added dimension.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

CASED Bonjour!



Bonjour! This card was totally cased from a talented stamper on SCS(TOY) Stamps and papers my choice.

Materials: Carte Postale stamp set, enchante'dsp, always artichoke and sahara sand CS, word window and oval punches, brads from HPH, chocolate chip ink, distressing tool for the edges.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bon Appetit!!



C'est magnifique...love this adorable little chef! reminds me of the animated chefs in Ratatouille :) Celeste & I stole some time away one day & took in this movie. It remained cute as long as I kept it in movie perspective...I shudder to think too far.

This card was designed by Nebin featuring the masking technique and adding texture to our chef's pants using the canvas BG. (I believe I need to give credit to one of the SCS stampers) We finished the card with watercolouring.

Materials list: Bon Appetit & Canvas BG sets, Really Rust, Old Olive and whisper White CS. Going Gray, Black Stazon inks, EE Watercolour crayons, mustard ribbon and brads.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Reflecting...



love this image from Summer by the Sea. This technique proved to be a WOW card factor in our monthly class!!! Love to hear the ahhhs and I can do that! We had fun making these cards and incorporated watercolouring and crystal effects to complete the wet look.

Materials: Summer by the Sea set, Chocolate Chip, Ballet Blue, So Saffron and Naturals White CS, Basic Brown and coordinating inks for watercolouring. HPH spiral clip, gingham ribbon, brads, crystal effects and ticket corner punch.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Certainly Happy...



Using the set we recieved at Philadelphia regionals, I took some time to create some fast and easy cards. So Very was on the top of my wish list when the new catalogue came out as I had been looking for a dotted circle for some time. Well, Stampin UP! came through with this set and included it on our fun day! So fun to use.

Materials used: So Very and warm words stamp sets, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Cool Caribbean (06 in-colour) cardstocks.
Chocolate Chip Ink, Designer Label & lg. oval punches, coluzzle circle cutter, ribbon and turquoise stickles from my collection. Distress tool for the edges and paper piercer from the tool kit.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Meet Shelli Gardner...



Imagine my surprise on Saturday at Regionals...The MC introduced Shelli Gardner and there she was onstage!!! Wow...my first ever SU! sponsered event and seeing the CEO of Stampin UP! I guess I assumed that she attends Convention and is much too busy for smaller events. (to me it was huge...LOL)
Very down to earth and with the grace and elegance of an ambassador she got us started with business and based her speech on our statement of the heart! Then we got right into stamping interspersed with fun ideas by the many onstage guests. Wow!!!
My very first recruit Tammy and I posed for a picture with Shelli to document this
moment...I love those moments! What a treat it was!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

totally transparent...



Well, jumped on the tutorial bandwagon for this one!!! alot of the fab stampers on SCS were making these and I had to join in...

Using the awesome Staz-on white ink pad and acetate to make this WOW card...It was so easy peasy and beautiful IRL.

Materials used: CS-SU! white Shimmery, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery.
Inks: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Cotton White Staz-on
Blue Gingham ribbon and "write-on" version transparency.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

LSS Stampscapes Class



To be on the recieving end of class was so much fun and relaxing!!! I finally took this class I have been eyeing for at least three years...Kris Hoffer who owns Rubberbuggy made the class fun and exciting! It was worth the money and time...These stamps are highly detailed and have alot of depth...gorgeous images. One of the images remind me of Ontario with the lakes, canoes and beautiful sunsets...

There you have it, my samples from Saturday :) Look up Rubberbuggy for their class listings...Kris has alot more classes lined up.

Dare 2BE Fabulous



Using the new Fabulous Flowers with the Outlaw designer series papers! You gotta love the Boho West look!!! These papers also coordinate with the Round Up SS kit.
I used the sage shadow textured cs from the SS kit.
Stamped my background with the large flower using first & second generation stamping, layered my DP with the scallop edged sage shadow and cut out two of the stamped flowers in varied sizes and layered my elements.

Materials used: Outlaw DP,Round UP SS kit,Naturals CS,Fabulous Flowers set, Sage Shadow & Really rust inks, ribbon.

Gone Awol???



Been slackin on the priorities lately...LOL
Well, what do you know, but summer is come to an end (for me) and school is underway! Cyber school is a new venture for us and we are learning a few things...just ask my loveable dogsitter...

Doing this LO was like puuulling teeth for me. Though my subject is fun to work with, it was a painful process! I wanted to use the new Creative License SS kit and limit myself to this fun hostess kit. In the end, I loved the page!

Materials used: Simply Scrappin Creative License,Naturals white CS, On the Spot & Canvas BG, Well-worn Alphabet, Stamp of Authenticity,Spiral Punch, Circle punch, Round tab punch. Not quite Navy, bordering blue, pumpkin pie inks

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Birthplace...land that I love.



We spent a week on the reservation...my home and birthplace. There is something special about reconnecting with my people and the place where life began! I love the stories my Elders tell me each time I return.

This visit was one of closure in many ways. My Aunt passed away a year ago and I got to help in settling her estate and also witnessed the placement of her tombstone. It was a special time and seemed fitting for a final farewell...even though due to her illness(alzheimer's) I have gone through many stages of farewell and grief.

ahhh...fresh air!!!



We have been travelling to Canada for the last Eighteen years and we have not grown tired of the Fresh winds that blow across the lakes, a far cry from the SE PA breezes. I must add that PA has its' own beauty and treasures but it is not Ontario...my childhood home and birthplace.

Jon and I enjoying the lake and the fresh air! It was gorgeous...

Beautiful Ontario Sunsets and Lakes...



Just one of my favourite pictures from our vacation...This has got to depict a small fragment of Beautiful Ontario...Land of many lakes, trees and sunsets!!! I love the idea of watching a sunset and basking in the evening rays (minus the mosquitos) Did I have to mention those pesky insects? I came home without the usual welts. Could it be I finally wised up with insect spray?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sisters



Made another quick gift! I just love this picture... In a moment of nostalgia I wanted to capture the times we spent together growing up in our Aunt's home.
Hope she likes it!

Materials used: Canvas from ACMoore, Making memories paints-cornflower, meadow, espresso.
My Minds Eye DP, SU! Baroque Motifs, junkitz Big flowers, Primas, Ribbon and brads from my stash, Rubon by Scenic Route.

Thanks for looking and hope to chat with you from Canada! eh?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

In memory...



Of my dear Aunt Nancy...approaching one year since she passed away. I made six of these altered canvas frames (they all look the same) These are gifts I made for the girls she helped raise and I made one for my mom & dad that says sister.

Making these and the six Scrapbooks I just completed was healing but also very emotional for me. My aunt was very special to me and I miss her greatly.

Materials: 8x10 canvas from AC Moore, Making memories paints - meadow, evergreen, craft wire.
SU! vanilla craft ink, SU! Ballet Blue CS, SU! Baroque Motif set, Discontinued sq. doily from SU!, Flowers from my stash, Ribbon from Michaels.
Letters were cut from fun foam using my newest alphabet CB Harmony :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Live in the moment



The sentiment on this card says it all! I made this for another homeschooled graduate:) My daughter and Melanie have been friends since they were 1st and 2nd grade. How time flies!!!

Materials used: K&Co Amy Butlers DP, SU! always artichoke & lovely lilac CS
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection sentiment, Big flower from $1 bin at Michael's and additional bazzil flower. Brad from my collection :)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Spa bucket gift ensemble




How delightful it is to have such awesome friends! My friend Debbie is such a one who is so deserving of much thanks and appreciation...of course I resort to paper crafting when I need a gift or a card. In this case, a card wouldn't do I needed some serious gift searching...

I found a cute gift set that soothed you into a realm of Spa...albeit, the packaging was horrific-ly(is that a word?) uglyyyy, but no worries! We, who live in the world of papercrafting have ways to fix the situation. :)

the solution? a clear *had to have it bucket that has been in my closet since June of last year!!! From Starbucks...no less!

embellished this plastic baby with paper, ribbon and flowers!!! gotta love those flowers and ribbons.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Ethereal...Falls



In my little world, which is actually part of a bigger perspective (need I remind myself that daily?) I get so consumed with life...it has a way of distracting me from what I would like to do. Really...

This picture is one of my own, Jon and I got up early one Sunday morning and trekked down to these falls so I could catch a kodak moment. And I love those moments :)

So if I don't have a scrappy creation for you today...Enjoy this beautiful scene, one that was created by Him who Creates life and declared IT good!

Monday, July 9, 2007

The Happy Couple!



What a fun weekend (and busy!) it was...my husband and I attended an Italian Garden Wedding! The handsome couple completed the setting of a picture perfect wedding! I was so disappointed I didn't have my SLR, which I normally carry all the time. The guests faced this fountain that had metal art sculptures and whenever the wind would blow we would get this refreshing mist, ever so gentle...sigh...

And then!!! We danced at the party...my husband has never danced in his life. It was too much fun!

Made this card from Junkitz DP that my friend Rachael gave me. Very timely! It worked perfectly into their colour scheme :)

Materials used: Junkitz designer paper, Bazzil CS, SU! black CS
XOXO ribbon, flower from Michael's, Basic Grey rub ons.
No stamping whatsoever (huh???) ;^0

On your Graduation



As schedules go...we were invited to three Graduation parties this past weekend! From Garden parties to BBQ's and bonfires, each graduate got their turn in the spotlight! What fun it is to create cards for each one...most of these are homeschooled so it was free picking choice of colours!

Materials used: Handsome Hunter, Mellow Moss & Naturals cardstock.
Very Vanilla & Handsome Hunter Inks.
SU! Tassel Time, SU! Canvas BG, CTMH Class Of stamp sets
Stitching and SU! dimensionals, brads from my stash.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Celebrating you!



Another card for a Special girl! This one created so brother and sister had one to present with their gift. :)

Materials used:
basic grey phresh&phunky, basic grey urban couture, coordinating teal dp scraps.
Taken with teal ink, dark moss chalk ink, Prima big flower, liquid beadz, organdy ribbon and mini ric rac.

I started by picking my papers, sewed the pieces I wanted and *built* my card from there. Used the giga scallop punch for the sentiment and layered it with graduated ovals using my new Coluzzle system!

Totally Special Day!



17 years ago a special little girl was born...We use to tell her that the fireworks were for her birthday. We quit telling her that when she told someone that the 4th of July fireworks were for her...ooops!

Made this card using:
Foofala scraps, SU! cool caribbean, SU! bashful blue, twill tape from my stash.
Cool caribbean and not quite navy inks, Autumn leaves messy dates and sentiment circles sets, cuttlebug embossing folder.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Golf Card :^o !!!



No stamps?!? Actually, I love these golf sticker images from K&Co. They were perfect for a dear retired gentleman who is an avid golfer. Going to a Birthday Party and thought this would be perfecto!

Materials: Crate Paper, K&Co stickers, K&Co designer mat pack, brads and SU!Chocolate Chip Ink

It's a party!



These invitations and party favours were made for a Housewarming party...Flip flop/ beach theme was chosen for our dear friend who loves the beach. :)

The invitation sports a Zip-E-mate flip flop die, cuttlebug embossing folder, SU! Balmy Breeze set, Ribbon from Michael's. I added liquid pearls to the strap for some added flair.

The favours were cuttlebugged before assembling, quickutz die, oval punch and prima flowers with stickles. Ribbon from AC Moore.

Genuine Article BIA


Another sample using the Bind-it-all.
Used scraps of Au Chocolat, Chipboard, ribbon from my stash,
SU Stamp of Authenticity.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bind-it-all project

Made this tag album using my new bind-it-all machine! This is definitely the coolest thing I have bought in the world of papercrafting.
I had these black tags laying in my drawer for ages and decided to use them for my test run :)

The stickers were leftovers from the SS kit Island Blossoms. The ribbon is from my personal collection. I added stickles to the hibiscus...

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