The Stamps I Use

Monday, November 30, 2009

Masculine birthday - Card Patterns 43

I know, peeps, wonderfully creative blog post title, huh? Well, the idiots at work are sucking away all my energy so I can't even think of something creative to title my post.


Anyways, enough ranting about real work, here is some play. I made these two cards for two male birthdays this week using Card Patterns Sketch 43 .



I flipped the sketch but otherwise stayed fairly true to concept.




I may just use this same sketch for ANOTHER male birthday this week. I like it. Nice clean lines. And isn't the paper from the CTMH Sweet Home paper pack pretty?...but in a manly way.


Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers: CTMH Sweet Home
ink: CTMH Garnet, Indian Corn Blue
embellishments: dew drops, brad
stamp: Celebrate the Everyday

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tilda with Lilacs - CPS 144

Hi folks,

This is my take on the CPS144 sketch this week.



My Tilda replaces the square and I used ovals instead of a circle. My card is also not square. So...somewhat interpretative of the sketch this week. I felt my plain purple cardstock needed a little something so I did some faux stitiching with my white gel pen.

This card is going into the post tomorrow to my Aunt who celebrates her birthday tomorrow. I know...it will be arriving late. Bad niece.

Oh, Tilda is coloured with Prismacolor Pencils. I don't have the list right at my fingertips because this is an extra image I had coloured up from a previous card. When I find the list, I'll update the post.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers: white cardstock, dark purple cardstock, patterned paper is from September PaperCardkit from PaperworksCo that featured Basic Grey's Wisteria papers.
stamp: Tilda with Lilacs from Magnolia Stamps
embellisments: dew drops, flowersoft

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Spellbinders Rocks!

Woo Hoo!!!!

Did you all know that yesterday Spellbinders was giving away their new nesties via four draws throughout the day? Well....I am an EARLY BIRD to say the least (up at 4:55am at the latest) and off to work by 6:10am on weekdays. So....before we left for work, I HAD to enter both the ultra early bird AND early bird draws.

Well....my name was chosen as one of the Early Bird winners! You can see the entire list of winners here .

How awesome is that! I'm REALLY hoping that the Octagons show up in my mailbox....but if it is one of the other sets...well, I guess I am going to have to find a crafty friend in need of the dies in the sets.

Friday, November 27, 2009

throwing in the towel

okay so, as some of you know, I took a little vacation mid november. Well, without internet access I got so far behind on my blog reading ...well over 1000 posts. Tonight I am throwing in the towel and just marking everything still in unread status as read in my google reader and starting fresh.

So if you have not seen me comment on your blog in the last few weeks...well, I apologize - I was overwhelmed. Still hoping to visit some of my faves and show my appreciation for all the lovely work each one of you shares. But even if I don't leave a comment - it is very likely that I did at least see your beautiful work.

Anyways, a rough week at work has ended and I am planning some much needed crafting therapy this weekend.

Tonight, dearly beloved and I caught up on some of our PVRed episodes (three Dexter's!) and I trimmed some images I stamped while on vacation. Hopefully they make it onto cards this weekend!

Merry Christmas from Jacob and Rudolph

To the Twilight fans "No ... not THAT Jacob"..... Jacob from Little Loud Stamps over at PaperWorksCo. He may not be Jacob Black but he is still pretty darn cute in my books.




If you are interested in all the details about this uber-cute card - check out my post today over at PaperWorksCo - all the goodies you see on this card are from the November PaperCard Kit! The kit is only available until November 30th so if you haven't snapped yours up yet, then you better act soon!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cards from the Glitter Class

Hi there! Well, tonight I attended another card-making workshop at Heather's Stamping Haven . No stamping - but lots and lots of glittter! We made four cards in the two hour workshop.

We started with this one.


That is not pre-glittered paper. We did the glittering ourselves! Amazing what you can do with double-sided sticky tape, ultra-fine glitter and a punch!


Pretty neat, huh?

Now, isn't this Thomas Kinkade image lovely? Yup, glittered!


And what about this butterfly?



I was trying to remember in which country it is traditional for butterflies to be put on Christmas trees...but, maybe I got my traditions wrong? I think there might be a country that puts spiders?...Must google.

Anyways, that is it for me tonight. If you find the time, be sure to check in tomorrow to see my friday PaperWorksCo post featuring the November PaperCard Kit!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A return of the birthday card mojo

Ahhhh....I think the birthday card mojo is returning - thanks to this week's sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You .



That and one of my favourite card pads - Basic Grey Bittersweet. This is another card for another Aunt of mine. This card - I like. Pinks, Browns, white....it is like Neopolitan ice cream on a card......yumm.

card details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
stamps: CTMH Celebrate the Everyday
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, CTMH Tulip
Papers: Basic Grey Bittersweet, Prism Prismatics Card Stock
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Circles
Embellishments: Ribbon, Dew Drops


note: this is a scheduled post - if blogger cooperates!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PWCOSS#10 - Charlotte Decorates her tree

Hi folks,

well, back to another Christmas card. This one uses the Sunday sketch #10 from PaperWorksCo and one of the Little Loud Stamps Christmas images I coloured while on vacation in Newfoundland.



This card came together so easily that I think the other five images that I have coloured just like this one are going to be made into very similar (if not identical) cards. I used the papers and embellishments from the PaperWorksCo November PaperCard kit but since I had stocked up on the My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas papers even before I knew Peggy would be featuring them....well, I can EASILY reproduce this card.

By the way, I just noticed that today's challenge over at 365 Cards is to use a knot on your card! Ta da! .... my ribbon is knotted!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you are having a crafty week!

card details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers and embellishments: November Papercard kit from PaperWorksCo featuring the My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas Collection
stamps: Little Loud Stamps - Christmas Freckles (exclusive to PaperWorksCo)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
PrismaColor Pencils: 908, 916, 922, 943, 929, 925, 919, 927
extras: foam tape to pop up the image, fun flock for Charlotte's hat, Yellow and Candy Cane stickles for the tree ornaments and stars.

Another challenged mojo card

Hi folks! Hope you are having a good week so far.

I thought I would share another of my "birthday mojo" challenged cards.



I made this the same night I did the masculine card posted yesterday. Again with the "Meh!" for this one. I think the Meh! comes from the fact that this card is for one of my Aunts and it just does not feel girlie enough to me. Now, there IS sparkly ribbon. There is a lovely brocade blue paper. But...I dunno. Adding the button helped me like it a bit more. Sad thing is, I made three of these with a different combo of papers and ribbon. I think I like those less even....I think the problem is with the ribbon on the other two cards. IF...I say IF I resolve my ribbon issue on the other two, I'll post them but....we shall see.

I WAS inspired by a card I saw in blog land but ... I don't think I did a very good interpretation. If I can find the inspiration, I'll update the post. But...I have over 1000 unread posts and tracking down the one that was the inspiration...that could be a problem.

ETA - found it here ! see....my interpretation...nothing like the original.


card details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers: Basic Grey Cupcake
Ink: CTMH Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry
stamps: CTMH Celebrate the Everyday
tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
embellishments: Ribbon, Button

note: this is a scheduled post. Let's hope blogger cooperates and posts it as planned!

ETA - as Tanya points out in her comment - wow....this does look an awful lot like PWCO SS#9...but I don't think that was my inspiration....



But gosh darn it.... holy moly it does look like it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Just a quick note about alota rubber stamps

Hi there...just a quick little note. While I was away, my recent order from Alota Rubber Stamps arrived. Wow! Superfast shipping from Washington state to Canada. I'm looking forward to creating with my new Galactic Friends stamps and ballerinas.

Anyhow...today I got this note from them regarding a sale they have on through November 28th

Hello Stamper,
All of us at www.alotarubberstamps.com would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving by offer you a 20% off everything in stock now through November 28th all you have to do is use this Coupon Code ALOTATHANKS in the check out process. Please feel free to pass the sale code on to your friends and any list you might want to share it with.

Happy Stampin'
------------
alota Rubber Stamps
Just thought I would share --- rubber stamps...sale....crafting heaven.

See you again soon!

Back to Birthdays

Hi All....so, this week I have to take a break from Christmas cards and get the last of my November birthday cards finished. I am finding it VERY hard to switch the mojo from Christmas to birthday - and to complicate matters.....there are upcoming MALE birthdays to deal with! No frills!



So, I tried my hand at paper-piecing this birthday cake for a friend who celebrates this week. I dunno. I'm feeling kind of "meh" about it....I'm missing all the fun from the MME Colorful Christmas paper I think. This one feels rather blah to me.

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
sketch: Cardmaking and PaperCraft a card for all seasons mini-mag (pg. 29)
papers: Recollection Autumn Mat Stack
tools: Martha Stewart Goo Punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Circles
Ink: memento rich cocoa
stamp: My Sentiment's Exactly
embellishments: dew drops

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Christmas Tilda a la Danielle

Hi there,

Just thought I would share the card I made in Danielle's Christmas Tilda Workshop at Heather's Stamping Haven.



All the credit for the layout and image selection goes to Danielle. My colouring attempt - well, I think it is passable since I find myself somewhat on the challenged side when water-colouring with Tombo Markers. I know I like how everything on the card turned out (patting myself on the back).

If you have never seen her blog before, be sure to check it out via the link above. She is an absolute artiste when it comes to any card she designs. She will be having another workshop at Heather's in December. I'm hoping I can make myself available to attend!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Quiltzilla

So, just a quick little break from the card posts to report that YES I did deliver "Quilt-Zilla" to my brother and his girlfriend during my visit to Newfoundland.

Here's the proof -- goober me sitting on the quilt in my Mom's living room.



Quilt-Zilla in all it's gargantuan glory. I think it finally measured 108 inches square. I think. I'd have to check to be sure. It might be more.




A close up detail of one of the 36 blocks that formed the centre of the quilt front.




My signature on the back of the quilt. I only put the year of completion in my sig and did not include the year I started (2007). Yes it took me 27 months from the time I purchased the fabric to the time I handed it over.



During that time, my brother and his family moved back to Newfoundland from Alberta. But, I'm picky about when I can work on a quilt and encountered a few setbacks while making it. Learned that I could not be trusted with coffee in the craft room. I can honestly say that blood, sweat, tears and COFFEE went into the making of this quilt.

But, it is finally finished. Now I have to make the matching pillow shams. Hopefully that won't take me two years.

PaperWorksCo UCC11

Hi there! So this week it is MY turn to throw down the details of the UCC. Are you ready for it? Wanna guess? Well....here is my card.....




Figured it out yet? Need a hint? Then check out this post over at the PaperWorksCo blog! I would love to see you play along with this week's challenge!

PS. this is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up as scheduled as I am at Heather's Stamping Haven right now taking one of Danielle's card-making classes! Yay!

PaperworksCo UCC10

Phewie! I completed my card for the UCC10 challenge over at Paperworks just under the wire thanks to my vacation to Newfoundland and lack of internet access! Yippers, I whipped this one together just last night using the November PaperCard Kit from PaperworksCo and one of the many images I coloured while on holiday!

And well, in my rush, my card may not be completely compliant with the UCC10 challenge.


Interested in finding out how I may have messed up on the challenge? Then check out this post over at PaperWorksCo for all the details! Maybe you can be one of the impartial judges!

PS. this is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up as scheduled as I am at Heather's Stamping Haven right now taking one of Danielle's card-making classes! Yay!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Happy Snowman

Hi there! Hope your week is going wonderfully.

Today I have another card featuring the November PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.


Isn't it a cutie? Be sure to check out this post over at PaperWorksCo for all the details!

Note: this is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up when scheduled.

I HAVE just returned from vacation and did not get to COMPLETE any projects while in Newfoundland. However, I hope I remember to take pictures of the dozens of images I coloured for Christmas cards. You can bet that ALL of my new Christmas Freckles stamps from the Little Loud Stamps line at PaperworksCo were put to good use. Oh, all my Christmas stamps from Pink Cat Studio. My youngest niece was in love with the cute little penguin and itty bitty Betty and Bobby!

So thanks for being patient while I've been away. There should be LOTS of creating this weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A "chip"per Friday

Hi there!

Just to let you know that this is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up when I planned.

I have a new project up at PaperWorksCo today featuring the November PaperCard Kit


Be sure to check out this link for all the details on this cute card!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Metal Queen

Uh huh...curious about the title for my second post for today? Well, it all has to do with this card I made for my dearly beloved's brother's birthday tomorrow...




and the UCC9 challenge I issued today over at PaperWorksCo. Check it out and play along!

And just a little note - I will be visiting my family in Newfoundland for the next little while so, except for my upcoming post on Friday for PaperWorksCo, you probably won't be seeing me around the blogiverse for the next couple of weeks....unless I hijack an unsecured wireless connection near my parents house or my brother or sister don't mind their nerd sister spending hours using THEIR respective internet connections instead of visiting with them and their families. That would probably be rude of me huh?

Well, I'll be trying to squeeze some crafting supplies into my suitcase so maybe I'll have some pics of some new cards for you when I get back. I'm thinking my November PaperCard kit, some pre-stamped Little Loud Stamp and Pink Cat Studio Christmas stamp images, my prismas, blending stumps and OMS will find their way into my bags. Oh, and the Jingle Papers from CTMH, my uber cool scissors from Heather's....oh, all the TGF images I have to colour for cards for my sister....hmmm...will my paper trimmer fit into my big suitcase I wonder? Let's see....my brother's quilt....ummm, I guess I'm BUYING clothes to wear when I get there huh? A girl has to have her priorities straight.....probably CAN'T squeeze in the Cuttlebug, folders and nestabilities though...

hope you all have a great couple of weeks!

Even I sparkle

Hi there! My first post for today is a card that encompasses two challenges!




Recognize the sketch? It is Melissa's Sketch #18 from Tuesday Morning Sketches . I've been a follower of her challenge blog since it started up - I wish I had more time to play along every week as her sketches are always fun and inspiring.

This is also my card in response to Peggy's UCC8 challenge over at PaperWorksCo. I apparently took the statement "the blingy-er, the better" to heart because even I think I went a little bit crazy on this one!

Blingy paper.....blingy dew drops .... and I made Edward (from TGF) SPARKLE!!!!! Trust me, I was sparkling too from all the glitter!!! I have this REALLY super fine glitter I got from CTMH that was just perfect for this card. It is going to a friend tonight for her birthday - she's a fan of Twilight and we will be going to see New Moon when it hits the local cinema.

Anyways, if you are interested in the full details for this card, check out this post at PaperWorksCo today! It is the first of two posts from me today....

and don't forget that Peggy has some incredible promotions to celebrate the 2nd birthday of PaperWorksCo. The latest promo is good until Sunday Nov 8 at 10pm MT. You won't want to miss it!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Snow Angels

Hi folks.

Today I have a card featuring the November PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo and the Snow Angel Duo Stamp from Little Loud Stamps . Aren't these little freckle-faced cuties adorable?





The card is fitting given that we had some snowfall here it Ottawa around dinner time last night (la la la la - I can't hear you!).

Check out the PaperWorksCo blog for all of the details!

note: this is an auto-scheduled post so I hope it appears on my blog when scheduled!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November a busy month at PaperWorksCo

Hi there....just a quick note to pass on some birthday wishes to PaperWorksCo


Two years old! Wow! I couldn't believe it - if I am not mistaken, I think I placed my first order with Peggy's little school project back in January of 2008.

To celebrate, Peggy will be announcing all sorts of deals - via the store, blog, twitter and the newsletter. Hopefully you subscribe to all so you don't miss out on any of the bargains.

For example, until Nov 2 10PM MT (that's midnight ET), you can get double the credit to your craft fund! How is that for awesome?

The November PaperCard Kit is also out and believe me, you have to see it. When mine arrived in the mailbox I actually took the time to send Peggy an email to exclaim "Holy Moly" ... seriously, I did.


I don't know about you, but I find the kits are always very generous. Try as I might I can't seem to use up everything in just one month. I think this one is going to be a real challenge because there are just so many supplies. The Colorful Christmas Collection from MME was my choice of papers, you might remember, when the Little Loud Stamps debuted at PaperWorksCo - so you KNOW I love this kit! It may have to go to Newfoundland with me so I can craft while on vacation.

Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins...

Hi there! How was YOUR Hallowe'en? Well, I spent the day carving pumpkins - eight of them. Well, technically, I only did seven. Dearly beloved carved one of them (kudos to him though for helping me gut all of them - he has motives though...roasted pumpkin seeds today).

Since I didn't get to paper-craft and have no card-in-waiting to show you, I thought I would show you these daylight pics of the 'kins.

This is dearly beloved's "Eye of Sauron" (he wanted to do a D20 but none of the pumpkins was really suitable).



The thinned out parts look really cool with the glowing light inside.


This is my partner pumpkin "Mouth of Sauron".


This one is a little cheerier looking, with his gourd nose.


Again, the thinned out parts glow with the light inside.

A fairly plain, ordinary pumpkin. Not too scary.



This one is a little more ominous....


My Boo pumpkin...



This one has eyes that are somewhat cat-like - an homage to my poor fur-babies who had to spend the night locked in the bedroom so they would not run out through the door.



And we call this one the "redneck" pumpkin.....you can guess why....



Note: this post is scheduled. I am hoping the fur-babies let me take advantage of the extra hour of sleep but somehow, I think they will have me up at 4:00am anyway.

Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins

Okay so this REALLY is being written at the GAWD awful hour you see on this post. Kitties don't understand "fall back". I even explained it to them! Oh and I DID write a version of this while attending to the trick or treaters -- but it magically disappeared from my scheduled posts. I suspect I put some sort of wonky date on it and now it is in the archives somewhere and me unable to find it. So, if you see this twice.....apologies to you....but can you tell me the date on the other one?

I thought I would show you my pumpkins this year. I only did eight....

This one is fairly tame....with a gourd for a nose. The thinned out eyes glowed nicely when lit.




Also a fairly simple pumpkin...


Dearly beloved's nerd pumpkin - the Eye of Sauron. He wanted to do a D20 but ... well, that fell through. Maybe next year.


My nerd pumpkin - Mouth of Sauron. I wanted to do a Death Star but...well, I'll be getting a HUGE pumpkin to do that next year. Or maybe I can grow my own at Jenn's place.



My menacing pumpkin. I like to use the stems as noses.




A little Boo!


My homage to the cats. The eyes looked pretty neat when lit.



My redneck pumpkin....



And these are the pumpkins all aglow -- it is really hard to photograph them in the dark, without a flash so you can see the lights so I apologize for the worse than usual picture quality.







And yes, seeds will be roasted today.