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Saturday, February 27, 2010

A card for dearly beloved's step mom

Hi folks,

well, a third post for me today - with a card! This one is for dearly beloved's step mom's birthday tomorrow. I made the cake today and will be decorating it tomorrow morning before we head out to visit the family for a celebratory dinner.


I used the Week 3 sketch from the Viva la Verve challenges for February for the layout and took my colour inspirations from the inspiration photo #2. The papers are from the Pretty Please collection (I believe from My Mind's Eye). I know I picked them up at PaperWorksCo a while back. I distressed them to add a little interest to the papers and it just so happens that the challenge over at Paper Sundaes this past week was to distress your card. I used my handy dandy tool from CTMH which I recently picked up. Must say - I like it!

The stamped sentiment is from Verve's Wishing You stamp set.

I used a bunch of my Spellbinders on this card - on the front I used my circles and squares and inside I used the kaleidoscope borderabilities.

The ribbon and flower were from my stash.

Hope you are continuing to have a great weekend - feel free to scroll down to see my other two posts from today.

A Verve and CTMH Anniversary Card

Hi folks, well, I've been all over the place today in terms of activities and have still managed to squeeze in another card.

This one is an anniversary card for an Aunt and Uncle of mine (my Dad's older brother) who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary just four days after the same Uncle celebrates his 70th birthday.

I used the Week 1 sketch for the February 2010 Viva la Verve challenges. The stamps are all Verve as well and the papers are from the Veranda collection by CTMH. I must say, I really like these papers and am looking forward to playing with them again.

I also pulled out my Kaleidoscope Spellbinders Borderabilities that I got a while back from PaperWorksCo to add a fancy little edge to the centre strip. And since my sewing machine is still in place for baby quilt work, I added some stitching as one of the details for Challenge 72 at the Secret Craft Saturday Challenge blog.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

To a special friend

Hi folks,

finally had time to squeeze in a card this morning. This one goes with the set of cards I made last week with the February PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. You have until February 28th to snap yours up if you haven't already!

This card works for a couple of challenges this week:
  • the layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #57 
  • and the combination of three different designer papers and the addition of three flowers and three dew drops works is great for "Three's Company" challenge at Raise the Bar
Hope you are all having a fabulously crafty weekend!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Zach and Zoe Collection

Hi I finally got around to taking a photo of the cute (and practical) tin in which the Zach and Zoe Sports 1 Collection from PaperWorksCo comes.

How cute is that? And inside....

Zoe and Zach. It's like a little locker room of athletic cuteness. So, if you haven't got yours might want to snap up a set.

Oh....I don't know if I should mention it or not but last night, my google reader showed a post from Card Patterns a little earlier than it was supposed to (so the post is not live right now but should be later today). PWCO is sponsoring this week's sketch (Sketch #52) and if your submission is chosen, you win $$$ towards a purchase at PWCO - enough to buy this full set of cuteness in fact! How's that for goodness?

and....had to mention this....Michael's has 40% off their scrapbooking storage this week. Plus there is a coupon good only for saturday, Feb 20 where you get an additional 20% off your entire purchase including sale items. So....I picked up FOUR Cropper Hopper Value pack sets today. Regular price of $34.99 at Ms but I got them for way less than that....Somewhere along the  lines of $16.80 in fact. Now I get to organize my CTMH papers a little better! Yay! Thanks for the idea Jenn!

Now, back to tidying up my craft table so I can resume quilting! I get to meet little Miss Ava tomorrow! Yay! I wonder if I will be brave enough to try holding her?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

PaperWorksCo February PaperCard Kit

Hi folks...well, I decided to take a couple of hours this morning away from quilting to work on a card set for a friend who I hope to see next week for a lunch for her birthday that was actually on February 5th.  Well, that was nearly 5 hours ago but I am happy to say the card set is complete. Warning - this is a long post as I am including photos of all of the cards.

I made twelve cards in about four hours using the February PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo (plus card bases I made from Staples 110 lb 8.5 x 11 cardstock).

I used the same layout for all of the cards - this week's sketch from PaperWorksCo

I had a new stamp set - the January Stamp Of The Month from CTMH - True Friends, which was perfectly suited to this sketch - it has four fancy frames that I stamped in Memento Pure Cocoa. To these I added the sentiments in the stamp set as well as sentiments from CTMH Moments.

These are the cards from the set. I used the Spellbinders Small and Large Deckled rectangles for the panels behind the fancy frames. I thought the frame needed a little more punch so I used my white gel pen to outline the deckled rectangle mat.


I hope my friend likes the set. I think it has a very retro feel thanks to the papers - Simple Pleasures from 3 Bugs in a Rug. Of course, now I  have to make the birthday card that will be given with these and maybe a pretty tag.

I imagine I will try to do something with my leftovers from making these cards from the kit. I have twelve strips that are 2 x 6 and .75 x 4 from each of the DPs and six pieces that are 5 x 5.5 from the card fronts. Not to mention the three untouched pieces of cardstock....and ribbons, buttons, flowers and dew drops! Oh, in case you are wondering about the diecuts from My Mind's Eye that are in the pic of the kit -- my kit did not seem to have that included but I still did not even notice that they were missing until I wrote this post. That's how generous the REST of the embellishments are in the kit! (ETA -  how sweet is this? Peggy read my post and my diecuts are on their way - I told her to wait until my Spellbinders Pre-order comes in though. Did you remember to take advantage of the pre-order? You have until friday! Now I'll have to make even more cards with my kit!)

By the way, this is something I have wanted to do for a long time - take one of the PaperCard Kits and use it exclusively to make a card set for someone. I mean, you can't beat the economics of it. For $11.99 I made twelve cards - and still have leftovers! Try going to a card store and see what you get for that price!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Time out for a card

Hi folks,

so I am missing card making SO much and I needed a birthday card for a coworker's birthday this coming Friday that I took a couple of hours this morning to make a card - well two cards actually. I made basically the same card for dearly beloved's brother's birthday in early March. Apparently, March is the male birthday month for me -- my brother, dearly beloved's brother, my uncle and dearly beloved. All of them in the first half of March. No female birthdays!

Anyways, here are the cards:

This one goes to my co-worker (ETA - dearly beloved called this one King Hotdog)

And this one goes to dearly beloved's brother (ETA - dearly beloved called this one King Pickle):

I used sketch 29 from the Sketch and Stash Challenge blog for the layout. The papers are recent additions to my collection - CTMH You Rock. The buttons I used are very old - from my stash (they were found this weekend while I was looking for something while I was quilting -- it was like a treasure hunt!). I also added some dew drops and stickles to the cupcakes to give them a little bling. The ribbon is from my stash of little ribbon rounds that I picked up at Fabricland a little while back.

The stamped images are from StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Collection (a couple of different sets actually) - I guess the quilt has me in a Doodlefactory mood! Speaking of which....back to sewing for a few hours! Maybe I'll get to make another card tonight!

Monday, February 15, 2010

just checking in

still no cards....working on the baby quilt....and yes, baby arrived on time on February 11 so....I'm really late with the quilt!

But, had to do a quick post. I discovered yesterday that blogger limits you to 300 blogs to follow. So....since I have everything in my google reader, I am removing my "follow" for all the blogs to which I am subscribed. Don't be offended if I'm not on your list any more....I'm still getting your feed through my google reader. Although, when I need a break from quilting I'm going to clean up my google reader as well. My "crafty faves" will remain though....those blogs that truly give me inspiration on a regular basis.

I discovered TODAY that the bobbin you use in your sewing machine can be very important - it can be the source of hours of frustration when trying to satin stitch on applique. Switch to a METAL bobbin and the problem goes away. Would have been better for my hand if I figured this out BEFORE I lay a beating on my sewing machine yesterday as it is painful for me to type now. Note: I bought 100 metal bobbins tonight on ebay (less than $20 canadian!) and will be tossing ALL of my plastic bobbins if anyone wants any. Not that many....maybe 30 or so....just let me know.

I'm really missing my card making....especially since I got my latest order from PaperWorksCo today. Oh my goodness, when I get a chance I am going to have to photograph the neat storage tin containing the new stamp collection - the sporty  Zach and Zoe! And all the fab creations from the DT has me itching to crack open my February PaperCard's taunting me on the counter right now....

Included in my package was my blog candy I won as well - just for playing along with the weekly sketch (posted Sundays on the PaperWorksCo blog) and uploading a link to my card I won one of the new stamps. So I picked one that I will be giving to a crafty friend of mine....I'm sure she will enjoy creating with the little cutie! Thanks Peggy!

I think I might need to take part in some card-making therapy tomorrow night while dearly beloved goes to volleyball...even if it is a clean and simple. I NEED MY CARD-MAKING FIX!!!!

anyways....hope you all have a lovely evening. ta ta for now.....

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ribbon flowers at Fabricland

Hi folks...still no card post from me but I thought I would pass along this little tip. I just got back from Fabricland (picking up still more fabric for Jenn's baby quilt) and happened across what  I think was a good buy while there. Fabricland has their ribbon flowers on sale - buy one pack and get another four packs free. And they don't have to all be the same. I picked up five different packages of 10 ribbon flowers for just $1.99 (and I think I got my members discount on top of that as well). so....less than $2 for 50 ribbon flowers! I may need to go back and get more!

They are on the right hand side of the island at which you find the cash. Can't miss it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The coolest envelopes ever

Okay so I'm still not being crafty do to work and exhaustion but I have to share the coolest thing I saw on Lifehacker today -- envelopes made from google maps!

Go check out this post...where you will find the link....and you can see the cool envelope! The site to which you will ultimately be directed is MapEnvelope. I tried my work address and it was pretty neat.

Have a good evening!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

free digi on the motivet blog

Hi there...just letting you all know that there is a cute kitty digi freebie over at the Motivet blog for your crafting pleasure!

Monday, February 8, 2010

For a departing colleague

Hi folks,

well, when I returned to work today I found an email inviting me to lunch as a colleague of mine is leaving our research lab. She is exceptionally bright and we will definitely miss her input and valuable contributions on the project on which we both work. So, I decided to make this card to wish her all the best in whatever lies ahead.

The image is from Kraftin Kimmie stamps and is coloured with Prismacolor pencils. Papers are CTMH Bella.

I used Sketch 89 from Sketch Saturday for the layout. I hope she likes it. Dearly beloved thinks this totally looks like her.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I'm going into withdrawal

Eeeeep...I haven't made a card since Friday and I am going into withdrawal! I've also been neglecting my blog reading as I have been working on a couple of sewing projects. Finally sitting down to just do nothing (catch up on Dexter!) and did a little blog reading and saw this awesome candy over at Michelle's Scrapbooking and more.

Be sure to check it out - you can enter to win until St Patrick's Day! And check out her store as well!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Craft room update

Yay - my newly constructed shelves have been installed. A few pics of the installation for you viewing pleasure!

Dearly beloved measuring for placement - I wanted the shelves to be stepped and equidistant.

The little one supervising....

Okay...he's not so little....maybe a better name would be the younger one.

Getting it just right....

Nice new empty shelves - just waiting for a ton of supplies.

Newton taking a break from all the excitement.

Packet doing the same...

Fully stocked

  • Top shelf: cricut cartridges and 3D projects I have been gifted or made myself
  • Middle shelf: assorted embellishments (brads, buttons, etc) and reference books
  • Bottom Shelf: ribbon. Just ribbon. Dearly beloved thinks I have a lot.
  • One of my crafting tables, protected with two very large self-healing mats. Yes, there are TWO Cricuts in the back corner. The various and sundry organizers have my always used supplies - dew drops, foam squares, adhesives, punches, more ribbon and stuff from CTMH specifically in the wooden case, PrismaColors.....etc etc etc.....
And Packet's basket is back in its rightful spot so he can snooze while I craft.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Let the wheeling and dealing begin

Hi folks....well, I totally missed out on the release party fun at PaperWorksCo for the launch of their latest collection of cuties as I had dinner at my favourite local Italian eatery - PocoPazzo - with a dear friend and we then spent the rest of the evening stamping away.

I had fun with my friend but boy did I miss not attending the launch. Especially since I had no inkling of what the new images would be. Well, once again Peggy and Natalie, the new artist for PaperWorksCo did not disappoint. Take a lookie!

Aren't Zoe and Zach too cute? I've already placed my order as Peggy of course has a release bundle waiting to be snapped up by all us eager beavers! The details can be found at this post over at the blog.

What are you waiting for? Go check it out - as well as all of the posts from the launch featuring the adorable creations by the PaperWorksCo design team - the girls rocked the release!

Oh - and for you super-creative types. Peggy has another contest going where you can win all of the PaperWorksCo releases for an entire year. Just put on your thinking caps and think of the sort of stamps you would like to see released by PaperWorksCo.....all of the details can be found here at this post.

Welcoming Jenn's Baby

Okay so if your name is Jenn McMillan you might want to NOT read this post -- if you would like this card for baby to be a surprise! So...the rest of you aren't Jenn....right?....

So those of you who know Jenn know that she is a member of the StarvingArtistamps design team and makes the wickedest cards with their images. Well, to welcome her new little one, StarvingArtistamps has put out a call for you to design a card to welcome the little princess (yes, Jenn and her hubby, Brooks, know that they are having a little girl) with the bonus of a pretty nice blog candy up for grabs - a full sheet of images AND a free set of sentiments.

Now, I originally planned to use one of my StarvingArtistamps sets to do a cute little farm scene card (I love the little baby chick in the farm set) but I got my new Bildmalarna stamps from Paper Jewels just a few days ago and one of the new stamps I got from them was this cute cute cute little baby stamp and I just had to use it with my Pretty Please papers from My Mind's Eye that I recently got from PaperWorksCo but had yet to use.

I coloured the image with Prismacolor Pencils - the perfectly coordinated buttons are clear buttons from CTMH that were glued to the papers and then cut out.

The layout is from this week's challenge over at the Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog.

Hope you are headed into a fantastic weekend!

A little toot!

Wowee! I was just reading some of the blogs I follow before heading upstairs to exercise this morning and guess what! This cute card I made for my niece was selected as the winner on Friday Sketchers this week! How neat is that! .... now to exercise!

What a nice way to start the day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentine Explosion Boxes

Hi's been a few days since I posted. hmmm...maybe I should have scheduled some of those multiple posts from the past weekend for this week!

Well, after finishing up the valentine cards for my nieces and nephew, I figured I would make them a little treat box or bag of some sort in which to put a few chocolates (they also get $$$ in their cards but a little sweet is always a nice treat!).

I really wanted to put a good dent into my Valentine papers I purchased this year from PaperWorksCo as I am really going to strive to reduce the amount of STUFF in my craft room. I am saying this after Jenn delivered a MASSIVE load of all the new CTMH papers and some extra card stock I wanted to go with them.

Anyways, back to my project. I decided to make some little explosion boxes like one I had been given last year. There is a great tutorial on SCS for these with one little caveat - the lid needs to be bigger! The instructions on SCS say to cut the lid paper 4 1/4 inches in size but I found that is too snug and buckles the side of the box. So, I increased my paper to 4 3/8 inches square and kept the scoring the same (at 7/8) and found that the lid fit just perfectly.

I made five explosion boxes using the Bo Bunny Love Bandit papers - mixing the bases and lids so they would all be different. I chose the Bo Bunny papers because they are very heavy weight and double sided so you get a pretty pattern on the inside of the box as well. The tags for the boxes are from the cut-out sheet that coordinates with the papers. You can get all of these here at PaperWorksCo - and the nice thing about these papers is that they can be used all year round. Think of nice love, anniversary, wedding or birthday cards. I'm pretty sure that my leftovers will be cropping up on cards all year round as some of the patterns are quite versatile. I think I will submit my little project to Verve's Challenge: Tags, Tins and Treats. There have been some very cute projects in their project parade - probably why I felt inspired to make these for my nieces and nephew.

And mark your calendars for tomorrow (Friday Feb 5) between 8pm and 10pm Eastern! PaperWorksCo is launching their next stamp set release on their blog - and I see from the sneaky peeks and Peggy's teasing that there are going to be a couple of new members for the PaperWorksCo family! I'm hoping I can stop in for the release party but I am planning on having dinner with a friend and then spending some time stamping/crafting with her.

Oh....and if you have any CC Designs Swiss Pixies in your collection, Danielle is hoping you wouldn't mind doing an image swap with her! Please check out her post here for the details! And that reminds me, if you ever see an image on one of my creations and would like for me to stamp you some if you don't have them yourself, you can always drop me a line via my email link on the sidebar and I would be happy to try to accomodate your request! Feel free to ask if I have others from that collection as odds are I do but haven't gotten around to inking them up yet! I think we all know about that!

Now, back to the craft room! I told dearly beloved I had been tidying up in there in the hopes of quilting today and he said if I wanted to do a little more tidying (i.e. get the tables out of his way), he would put up my new shelves he made for me --- tonight!!!

Now to move those two tables and everything that is ON and UNDER them!