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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Copic Class for the local peeps!

Hi folks - third post for today so feel free to scroll down to check out my Verve cards and my WOYWW posts!

Just a quick reminder that a crafty pal of mine, the oh-so talented Tanya Rudd, is teaching a class at Heather's Stamping Haven in Nepean on Saturday, April 2. Tanya is on the DT for the Pixie Cottage and Heather now stocks those stamps at her store! So, Tanya is going to be giving us some tips and pointers on colouring those cute images. Here's a link to the calendar page at Heather's store so you can see the cards we will be making.

Best part? You will have two more cards to add to your stash by the time the class is over. AND....for those of you not familiar with taking classes at Heather's - you normally get 10% off any purchases you make while you are at the store for the class....so...you can pick up some new stamps after you finish the class!....or some Spellbinders, card-stock, ink, punches, glitter.....and so on.....

So if you haven't already signed up, I know there were only two spots available a few days ago. You might want to check it out sooner rather than later - note that you do need specific Copic Markers for the class.


BTW - I did finish the vacuuming. And one bathroom.

March Viva La Verve - Week 5

Hi folks!

Back again with my second post for today - feel free to scroll down to peek at my craft desk in my WOYWW post.

I was a bit tardy getting my week 4 card done so that put me a little behind for getting my card made for the week 5 sketch seen below.




But I have today (and the rest of the week) off from work so I knew I would get around to doing the last of the sketches before tomorrow night's deadline.


Once again, I made FOUR cards - April appears to be the month of masculine birthdays for me so I figured I best add to my stash - even though that won't last long since there are three guy birthdays in the first five days of the month!


Here they are:







Yes, I FINALLY cut into my 8x8 pad of Graphic 45s "A Perfect Gentleman" papers.  And I do mean cut. Those watches featured on the image/sentiment panel are all fussy cut out of one of the papers to match with the Verve sentiment I used on the papers. I probably could have searched through my stamps to see if I had any pocket watch/clock images but I don't think I do. Must remedy that. Actually, if anyone from Verve pays me a visit I WOULD LOVE to see a masculine set with watches/clocks/pocket watches. Hmmm...I follow Julee on Twitter so maybe I will tweet her a link to this post and mention it in the Viva La Verve challenge forum! Ha!


Anyways ... card details:
  • stamps: Verve Big Wish
  • patterned papers: Graphic 45 "A Perfect Gentleman"
  • Spellbinders: Small and Large Labels
  • Stampin' Up 1 3/8 inch circle punch
  • buttons and twill tape from my stash. Actually, the cream coloured twill tape is recycled - from the packaging for my fave dish towels.
  • layout: March Viva La Verve Week 5
additional challenges for these cards:
    And now to try to decide what to do with the rest of my day (before tonight's Booty Camp class)....more crafting or some household chores? Honestly, I feel like cleaning my three bathrooms and vacuuming so I may do just that!

    Enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by!

    WOYWW - March 30th

    Hi folks,

    well I missed playing along last week - by the time I remembered it was Wednesday I just didn't have the energy/time to do a post.

    So this week you get treated to both of the workdesks in my craft room (eep!)

    My usual workspace - as it was when I finished crafting on Sunday night.



    You can see the Verve sketch I used to make the cards that night (you can see them in this post if you are interested) and my quick and dirty setup to take the photos of them. On the right is my container of Easter cards I have so far made this year. Still quite a few to go and I have already made sixteen. The card in front isn't one of the Easter cards though - just an all occasion card for my stash. My handy dandy label maker is out and about (labelled some new Verve stamps) and my ever-present pink ATG.

    And now for the other desk....


    There is a very good reason why I work on the other one, huh? This one is always a mess - Spellbinders and paper cutter off to the left. Piles of scrap paper and new stamps waiting to be put away. My laptop (tuned in to Julia's WOYWW post if you take a closer peek at the photo!). I haven't yet turned on my tv (almost always tuned to SPACE - Canada's science fiction tv station) but you can bet it is on now that I am writing this post.

    I'm actually off work today, tomorrow and friday (and have the weekend too of course) as tomorrow is my birthday (the big 42 - which makes me think I should re-read "Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy" to celebrate) and I try VERY hard to avoid being at work around my birthday. I like to just veg at home and do whatever strikes me that day - it might be crafting, it might laundry, it might be house-cleaning. I know....exciting huh!

    Anyways, to see everyone else who is playing along this week, be sure to pop back to the Stamping Ground to find the master list. This is week #95 and on week #104 is the big Pay it Forward day (for those who want to play the PIF) - I'm already planning my project and may actually make it during my time off this week.

    See you again later with some cards - I'm planning on doing at least my card(s) for the last March Viva La Verve sketch challenge today. Maybe even a few more!

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    March Viva La Verve - Week 4

    Hi folks,

    well, I did get back to the craft room on Sunday night and tackled the Week 4 Sketch for the March Viva La Verve Challenge.

    This was the sketch for week 4:


    I wound up making these four Easter cards using the sketch. Each one is made different from the other simply by varying the pairing of four patterned papers and the two sentiment stamps.





    card details:
    • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
    • patterned papers: Basic Grey Euphoria
    • stamps: Verve "Happy Easter" plain jane, "Easter Joy" set
    • the Easter Egg wreath is coloured with Copic Markers (BV000, BV00, BV02, RV19, G00) so that it would match with all four of the patterned papers. I love being a lazy card maker. Just have to make sure that the four cards go to people who won't see them at each other's house!
    • EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch for the bottom edge.
    • ribbon from my stash.
    Hopefully I'll get to the Week 5 sketch before the challenge deadline!

    Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your week is already off to a good start!

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    A Pixie Cottage Easter Card

    Hi folks,

    back with my second post for today so feel free to scroll down to see the earlier post (my weekly Christmas Card post).

    I finally decided on the papers to go with the other image I coloured up at Tanya's yesterday and this is end result.



    This Easter card will be going to one of our nephews. I think it's pretty cute, without being too girlie or too childish.Those chicks have just the right amount of goofy in their expressions to appeal to our older nephew.

    Card details
    • finished size 5.5 x 5.5 inches
    • stamped image: Chickadee-da-dum by Artish for The Pixie Cottage Stamps Coloured with Copic Markers (Y11, Y13, Y15, YR18, YR23, E41, E41, B000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B05, B06). The centre chick was coloured a second time, cut out and popped up on dimensionals.
    • patterned papers: Echo Park Sweet Summer Time
    • Spellbinders Petite Circles
    • Layout: The Pixie Cottage #62 sketch  There's also an added element of "and/or sparkle" if you wish but since this card is intended for one of the nephews, I figured I would skip the sparkle. By the way, if you play along with the challenge and link up with GDT after you name, you  might get asked to be a guest DT for the Pixie Cottage!
    hmmm, I just looked at the clock and realized what time it is. Hmmm...wonder if I can squeeze in a little more crafting before making dinner?


    Hope you all had a lovely weekend! The coming week is a short one for me! I'm taking at least three days off work this week so there will hopefully be lots of crafty time ahead!

    Sticking with the Sunday Routine

    Hi all....it seems I have become quite used to my "Sunday Routine" of playing along with Sparkle's Weekly Christmas Card challenge. So much so that, when I got up this morning and saw that the post was not yet up on the challenge blog, I checked out all the DT blogs to see if any of them had their post up yet! My stalking paid off as Shaela had her post up already! So challenge #17 is a tough one for me - no stamping (as I write this the post still is not up on the challenge blog so I hope it is okay for me to link these cards up when the challenge goes live). Had to give this one some thought while I started the rest of my Sunday morning routine (shower, starting laundry, groceries, making breakfast....continuing laundry) before heading up to the craft room.

    Lucky for me, in my "box of Christmas stuff" I had some really old Christmas stickers from Karen Foster Designs. I pulled out last week's Card Positioning Systems Sketch (#210) and used it for the layout as it fit the big Christmas Tree tag sticker just perfectly.

    As usual, I made two cards - bringing my total for this year to 36 Christmas cards already made! These two are actually being counted for my April CCC11 cards over at SCS as I have already finished up my March CCC11 cards with the four I did last week.




    card details:
    • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
    • Karen Foster Designs "Stitched Christmas" Christmas Tree tag sticker (and no, I did NOT do the stitching - it's just the pattern on the sticker)
    • patterned papers: DCWV Holiday Collection "The Christmas Stack"
    Additional challenges for this card:

    Hope you all have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by!

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Bad Hare Day?

    Hi folks,

    Today I got together with my crafty-pal, Tanya, for a little stamping play-date. I am NOTORIOUSLY slow at colouring images so I only managed to finish up two of the images I stamped during our crafty time. I finished up one of the cards tonight and thought I would share it right away.



    Yep, another of this year's Easter cards! Once I figure out which papers I want to use with the OTHER image I finished colouring, I'll be back with that post.

    card details:
    • stamped image: Sugar Nellie Bad Hare Day. To see a really cute card that Tanya made with this image, just jump over to her blog here.
    • Copics: E000, E00, E01, E93, RV02, RV04, B24, R21, W1, W3, W5, E30, E31, E55, V12, V15, V09, V06, V04
    • stamped sentiment: CTMH Holiday Jubilee
    • patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious
    • layout is of my own design (now that's a rarity for me!)
    • ribbons from my stash
    • purple and green buttons are CTMH
    Challenges for this card:

    Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Lily LadyBug for Sketch Saturday

    Hi folks,

    Here's another card made with one of the Pink Cat Studio images I coloured up on Saturday. I did not get back to colouring the rest of the partially coloured images on Sunday as planned but I hope to get to them tonight maybe.

    Since I have a bunch of birthdays coming up in April and May, this card is going to be set aside and may get used for one of those birthdays.



    card details:
    • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
    • stamped image and sentiment: Lily LadyBug from Pink Cat Studio, coloured with Copic Markers (C5, C7, C9, E000, E00, E01, E93, R24, R27, R29, R00, R01, Y23, YR23, E35)
    • patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket Togetherness
    • Kraft cardstock
    • Spellbinders: Classic Rectangles
    • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
    • layout: Sketch Saturday #147

    Hope you all have a lovely day!

      Monday, March 21, 2011

      A quartet of Christmas cards

      Hi folks,

      well, as usual I sat down on Sunday to do a few more Christmas cards. This week's challenge over at Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge Blog (#16) is a recipe challenge:  Use 1 designer paper, stars and rub-ons for your card.

      Well, I don't use rub-ons so it is a good thing the challenge is optional - as long as you make a Christmas card, it's good. However, I did try to stick with two out of the three parts of the recipe - 1 designer paper and stars.

      Here are the four cards I came up with, two of each design, using both sides of the patterned paper.







      So - not quite the recipe ingredients but pretty close! And these four cards get me to my 10 Christmas cards for the month of March for the Christmas Card challenge over on SplitCoastStampers. That's 34 Christmas cards already made for Christmas 2011. Woohoo! Next week I guess I'll be starting on my ten cards for April.

      card details:
      • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
      • patterned paper: CTMH Jingle
      • kraft card stock bases
      • stamps: CTMH Snow flurries and Holiday Jingle
      • sparkly gems for accents
      • Spellbinders Labels Eight die cuts for the sentiment panels
      additional challenges for these cards:
      Hope you all have a wonderful day!

      Sunday, March 20, 2011

      March Sketch For You To Try

      Hi folks,

      I pulled out some of my Pink Cat Studio rubber stamps on Saturday, inked them up and had a little fun colouring some images for Easter cards and for a few other cards for my stash. Here is one of the cards I wound up making for Easter.



      card details:
      • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
      • stamped image: Lily LadyBug from Pink Cat Studio coloured with Copic Markers (C5, C7, C9, R24, R27, R29, R00.R01, E000, E00, E01, E93, E34, E57, E47)
      • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
      • patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket Togetherness, edges inked with Memento Rich Cocoa
      • Kraft cardstock for base and image mat
      • Spellbinders: Small and Large Labels
      • Layout: March 2011 Sketch For You To Try 

      Hope you all have a lovely day! I'm hoping to spend more time in the craft room myself.

        Saturday, March 19, 2011

        Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate?

        Hi folks (second post for today - feel free to scroll down for the previous post),

        I got crafty this afternoon and coloured up a few images to use on my Easter cards. One of the images I coloured up was the digi image Easter Egg Cocoa from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I actually down-loaded four new (to me) Cocoa Mouse digis so you will be seeing them pop up on the blogarooni over the next little while.

        I could not decide if Cocoa should be popping out of a dark chocolate Easter Egg or a white chocolate Easter Egg, so I did both! Personally, I don't like white chocolate. I like a nice dark chocolate, about 85% or so is my fave. Dearly beloved actually likes 99% chocolate - blech. It's like eating a spoonful of cocoa.

        Here's the first - with a white chocolate egg, using somewhat more traditional Easter colours for the patterned papers.


        And here's the second, with a dark chocolate egg, with more boyish colours for the card.


        I figure the white egg card will go to one of our nieces and the dark chocolate egg can go to one of our nephews or to grown-ups.

        card details:
        • finished size: 5.25 x 5.25 inches
        • digi image: Easter Egg Cocoa from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, coloured with Copic Markers (Mouse - W1, W3, W5, R81, R83. White Egg - E50, E51, E53, YG17, V04, V06, V09. Brown Egg - E55, E57, E59, YG11, YG13, YG17)
        • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
        • patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious
        • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
        • Spellbinders: Petite Circles, Classic Squares
        • flowers from my stash
        • buttons: CTMH
        • layout: Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #100 with a "sweet" spin. I think my chocolate Easter egg counts as something sweet. Don't you?

        Anyways, I'll be back over the next few days with more cards using the images I coloured up today. And tomorrow I will likely have my weekly Christmas card post - once I see what the challenge is over at Sparkle's Christmas card challenge blog!

        Hope you are all having a lovely crafty weekend - or that you are outside enjoying some spring-like weather.

        Singing in the rain

        Hi folks,

        look who is stopping by again today!



        It's Abby - happily splashing in the spring puddles. And lookie - she's not coloured with BG Copics! She has a little green rain-coat this time!

        I'd happily put on my own green rain-coat and join in the fun. Yes, I HAVE a green rain-coat. My Mom got it for me when I went off to university. Yep, it's that old and I still have it. Want to hear a funny story? It's reversible. Bright yellow on the inside. And my Mom wrote my name on it on the "inside" at the back of the collar. Yes. For her 18 year old daughter. Was she thinking I was going to get lost and forget my name? Oh, and REVERSIBLE? Not so much with my name written on it!!!!  Maybe the next rainy day (probably tomorrow!), I'll put it on and jump in the puddles in our back yard and get my sweetie to take pics.....mind you, I don't have any rain boots (I'm planning on picking up a pair though!)

        Anyways, here are the card details:
        Additional challenges for this card:
        • CCEEStampers: Challenge CCEE1111: to use a cutie patootie image (critter or person) wearing something GREEN (doesn't have to be the main color.)
        Hope you are all having a lovely day - thanks for stopping by!

        Friday, March 18, 2011

        A Day in the Life of Abigail C

        Hi folks (third post for today - feel free to scroll down to see my earlier posts!)

        if you have not yet checked out the PaperWorksCo Blog and DT members blogs yet today then I would like to encourage you to pop on by.

        The Get Well Series from the "A Day in the Life of Abigail C" Collection was released today and the stamps are adorable. I can actually see a few of these being used for not just "get well" cards. You will see what I mean when you check out the stamps.

        I lifted this group shot from the PaperWorksCo store. Aren't they cute? I'm particularly partial to the Abby with the heart balloon and flower bouquet....oh, and the huggy bear.....and cuddled with her blankie....and...okay, you get the idea. I'm loving them all. One thing my stamp collection is seriously missing are some cute stamps for get well cards and these definitely fit the bill.




        Of course, Peg has a great deal on until midnight Monday (the 21st). If you use the promo code PWCOABBY when checking out at the store, you will get 10% off your PWCO stamps....not just this collection but any of the previous ones as well.  And if you are purchasing the bundles, those are also discounted by 10%....so that's 20% off the stamp price. Not to "sh"abby a deal if I do say so myself (tee hee hee - I made a punny....tee hee hee). Hint hint..nudge nudge....the first Abby collection is working out GREAT for me for this year's Easter cards!!!

        And, don't forget, if you complete the blog hop, you can win one of these delightful images as well so.....get to hopping or get to shopping!!!

        See you tomorrow with...you guessed it, another of my Abby Easter Cards!

        Scrapbox Giveaway - For US residents only

        Hi folks,

        second post for the day...feel free to scroll down to see my card post.

        Just wanted to give a heads up to anyone from the continental United States who reads my blog.


        The Original Scrapbox is having another giveaway - for US residents only! Here is a direct link to the form you can complete to enter the contest. I was not the big winner in their Canadian giveaway (I did win one of the ribbon boxes though!!! big smiley here) but I wanted to give a shout-out for this contest so my US blogging buddies might have a chance.


        I believe the contest is tied to them reaching 10000 fans on Facebook so ... if you don't "like" them already on FB, you should! When I wrote this post they had already climbed up to 9372 fans. I saw the notice myself in Twitter......you can follow them there as well if you are a tweep like me! But make sure you fill out that form I linked above for you!

        Anyways, have fun and I REALLY truly hope to see a name I recognize as one of the winners of this AMAZING prize.

        ta ta for now - aren't you glad you popped by?

        Abby Gets Fresh in the Garden

        Hi folks,

        so I pulled out another of the images from the first release of the "A Day in the Life of Abigail C" collection from PaperWorksCo to make another of this year's Easter cards (I have a long list again - just like Valentine's day).



        And, SURPRISE, I coloured her with my BG series of Copics! I adore this image - it reminds me of when I was little and my grandfather would let me raid his veggie garden for a fresh carrot for a snack. He would let me pull out whichever one I wanted, wash it under the garden hose for me and then I would sit on the little fence around the garden and contentedly eat my carrot....and then ask for another......and another.....until he said that was enough. yummy.


        Anyways, here's the deets on the card:
        • finished size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches
        • stamped image: "Garden Fresh" from PaperWorksCo, coloured with Copic Markers (E13, E15, E19, E000, E00, E93, YG17, YR16, YR18, BG49, BG45, BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, E08, C3). I also sponged some Memento Rich Cocoa ink to simulate the earth in the veggie garden.
        • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
        • patterned papers: Echo Park Paper Co "Little Girl"
        • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
        • paper roses from my stash
        • layout: Card Patterns Sketch 106 (I omitted the little strip in the lower right corner as I didn't want to obscure the carrot patch in my image)

        Hope you all have a lovely day - the weekend will be starting early for me today. Dearly beloved is getting the pin removed from his "frankenfinger" today and, since we commute to work together, I'll be leaving work early to pick him up and drive him to and from his appointment.

        Thanks for stopping by!

        Thursday, March 17, 2011

        Sweet Stop Sketch 99

        Hi folks (second post for today, feel free to scroll down to see my St. Patty's day card for my sweetie!)


        I decided to play along with this week's sketch from the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog for another of this year's Easter cards. And yes, I pulled out another of the new images from the "A Day in the Life of Abigail C" collection from PaperWorksCo for the card.





        I think Abby is just adorable - and I've noticed I seem to like colouring her with the BG series of Copics. Not sure why....

        Anyways, here's the deets.

        • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
        • stamped image: He Loves Me from the "A Day in the Life of Abigail C" collection from PaperWorksCo. Coloured with Copic Markers (BG49, BG45, BG15, E42, E43, E50, E000, E00, E93, R39, YG17, YG13)
        • patterned paper: Echo Park Paper "A Walk in the Park"
        • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
        • flowers and buttons from my stash
        • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch


        Oh, and don't forget - PaperWorksCo is releasing another six stamps featuring Abigail C tomorrow (Friday, March 18th). For details on that, just click the blinky in my left side-bar.

        Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon.

        Happy St. Patrick's Day!

        Hi folks,

        so if you stopped by yesterday and saw my WOYWW post you know I actually took to my craft room on Tuesday night to make a St. Patrick's Day card for my sweetie. Well, here it is!




        inside, I completed the sentiment with my hand-written greeting {to call you "my Doug"}.


        here are the deets!
        • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
        • stamps: CTMH March Word Puzzle (now retired)
        • papers: a mix from my stash. Pine textured cardstock from The Paper Company, Willow Simple Sponge Water Color from Making Memories (stamped with shamrocks from the stamp set) and another unknown paper on which I stamped the sentiment.
        • I used Copic G29 to colour my white ribbon to match the cardstock.
        • and I used my EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch for the scalloped edge.
        • layout: March 2011 Viva La Verve Week 3 Sketch. I flipped it on its side though.
        other challenges for this card:
        Hope you all have a lovely St. Patrick's Day!

        Wednesday, March 16, 2011

        WOYWW - March 16th

        Hi folks....

        well, I remembered to snap a pic as I finished up last night in my craft room so...here's what it looks like today!



        Yep, I was crafting in this mess! On the left you can see the door to one of my paper cabinets wide open and the drawers inside. I was looking for green papers for a St. Patty's day card.

        On the desk itself, the sundries I was using for making the card - sketch, paper, ink, ribbon, Copic marker and adhesive.  My little case of ink daubers is precariously perched on the edge of the table.

        There's also a pile of newly arrived stamps from The Greeting Farm that need to be cut out before I can use them.

        So, if you are a new visitor and don't know what WOYWW is all about - be sure to stop by Julia's blog "The Stamping Ground" to find out and to see who else is playing along this week. I'm going to try to get around to visit more folks this week - last week just seemed to get away from my and I was not good about getting around to visit.

        Hope you all have a lovely day - tomorrow I will have the card that I made in this mess posted. It's a St. Patty's day card for my sweetie!

        Monday, March 14, 2011

        PaperWorksCo new release on March 18th

        Hi folks,

        Just a little reminder ......PaperWorksCo is launching a new release this coming Friday. Looks like Abigail C might be having a "sick" day!

        Be sure to pop over to the PaperWorksCo Blog on Friday to see what's up!





        Sunday, March 13, 2011

        This week's Christmas card additions

        Hi folks, (second post for today - feel free to scroll down to see my earlier post)

        after making dearly beloved's birthday card this morning, I was able to get back into the craft room this afternoon before we headed out for the family get-together to celebrate two birthdays (dearly beloved's and his step-brother's). As is now an established tradition, I checked out this week's Christmas Card Challenge from Sparkle and got to work on two more Christmas cards.

        This week's challenge is ELVES! Now I HAVE a few elf stamps in my collection (surprise surprise) so I spent some time trying to decide which one to use. I decided on this Elf Anya from The Greeting Farm (sorry, I don't think she is available any more).





        card details:
        • finished size: 6x6 inches
        • stamped image: Elf Anya from The Greeting Farm. Coloured with Copic Markers (YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, R27, R29, E0000, E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, E13, E17, E18, E19)
        • stamped sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
        • patterned papers: CTMH Mistletoe
        • buttons and ribbon: CTMH Cranberry and New England Ivy
        • Martha Stewart Border Punch
        • Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles (Sm and Lg)
        additional challenges for this card:

        Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have had a lovely weekend!

        Happy Birthday Sweetie Pie

        Hi folks,

        well today is my dearly beloved's birthday and this is the card I made for him (I must confess that I made it just this morning).



        I know. You're thinking "Birthday card?" this doesn't have birthday on it anywhere! Well, truth be told  his birthday cards tend to be more "romantically" themed than birthday themed most of the time. And they tend to use somewhat less traditional materials. Once again, I have made him a transparent card (using report cover weight acetate I get at the office supply store - transparencies are too thin) with metal (this time some wire mesh). I swear I have used this stamp on a card for him sometime in the past but...what can I say, I like the sentiment and he's the only one I can use it for so.....

        The front of the card is actually just the transparent layer, the mesh, the horizontal strip and the round sentiment panel. It looks like there is a black layer but that is actually from inside the card (which has the same pattern as the front but with a black panel replacing the mesh)

        anyways, here's the deets:
        • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
        • wire craft mesh (from the dollar store)
        • stamps: Verve 
        • Copic Markers: R39, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 (if you look closely, you will see that the grey colour in the row of hearts is graduated from dark to light as you go from left to right)
        • layout: Corrosive Challenge 107
        Additional challenges for this card:
        • Paper Sundaes #60: Keep it simple (hardly any colouring on this one for me, no patterned papers and an uncomplicated layout)
         Hope you all have a lovely day!

        Saturday, March 12, 2011

        check out Tanya's blog candy

        Hi folks,

        just thought  I would put the word out that Tanya has a lovely blog candy out there for anyone who might be looking to add some delicious papers, stamps, embellies and ..... COPICS to their collection!

        Please stop by and visit her blog, Random Acts of Krafting, to check out the photo and leave a comment for a chance to win. I'm not putting my name into the draw since I already have those Copics and WAY TOO MUCH stuff in general.

        Tanya is a dear sweet friend of mine who I met through this wonderful hobby of ours and, if I was to leave a comment on her post saying something for which I am grateful, it would be her friendship. She really is a sweetie. Be sure to stop by and say Hi!

        I don't have anything crafty to share today - I SHOULD have been making dearly beloved's birthday card but I woke up with a doozy of a headache today and it is just now starting to recede. I DID however get busy in the kitchen. This year I actually MADE his birthday cake myself. Not sure if we are having it tonight (friends of ours are bringing dinner) or tomorrow. As a backup in case we are all too full for a heavier dessert (maple cream cake from Lauren's Latest) , I also made caramel sauce and chocolate ganache so we could have a fresh fruit fondue instead. We MAY all be even too full for that but I thought we should have a healthier choice for their daughters in case they want a little something after dinner.

        ta ta for now.

        Wednesday, March 9, 2011

        So excited I could squeee!!!

        OH MY GOODNESS!!!

        I have been walking around all day on the proverbial cloud nine since reading this post over at Stephanie's blog, Pink Star Creations.

        I am one of the nine lucky preliminary winners in the Great Canadian Workbox Giveaway!

        'Scuse me while I do my little happy dance again, 'kay?

        dance dance dance    :)
        dance dance dance    :)

        Why so happy? Well, first of all I won one of their awesome Ribbon Boxes!


        This is just perfect timing. Just this past weekend I was in my craft room TRYING to sort out some of my embellies - I had gems, ribbons, stickers and all sort of other things messed up in the SAME containers. I did manage to get SOME of the stuff separated but my ribbons are still a mess. Within hours of sorting them out they were all in a tangle again....gah. This lovely container will go a long way toward solving THAT organization problem. Did you count the little holes in the front?  TWENTY-SEVEN!! yep, twenty-seven spools of ribbon can be neatly organized in this portable beauty!

        I TOTALLY promise to do a blog post showing the before mess that is my ribbon collection and the AFTER glory when this beauty arrives!


        And the REALLY COOL THING about being one of the nine preliminary winners (congrats to ALL the winners by the way)? I now have a chance to win the ultimate piece of crafting furniture, an actual WORKBOX!!!! Never seen one before? Take a lookie (I can pause while we both wipe the drool from our keyboards).





        Honestly, I'm no more deserving of winning this gorgeous piece of crafting heaven than any of the other lucky preliminary winners but.....oh dear, my heart is palpitating just dreaming of the possibility!!! Anyways, my fingers are crossed and my crafty little heart is a hoping!

        I'm hoping that my "good karma" bank still has enough in it for another withdrawal....maybe I should shovel a few more of the neighbour's driveways though just to top it up (grinning mischievously). We have a major winter storm warning over night so early morning is going to require some snow-clearing I'm sure and since I'm afraid of our snow-blower, I always use the shovel.

        ta ta for now! ... back to doing my happy dance!!!

        dance dance dance :)
        dance dance dance :)

        WOYWW - March 9th

        Hi folks,

        I missed playing WOYWW last  week - I can't remember why. But I did snap a pic last night when I finished up so I could write this up this morning before heading in to work.



        Last night, I decided to print a copy of the new Copic Marker chart and colour it up. Well.....I only got partially through the new chart before the Pancake Tuesday sleepies hit me (mmmm, pancakes, bacon, sausage and Cranberry/Black Cherry Mimosas for dinner).

        I will have to finish the G, BG, B, E and Greys tonight I guess.

        So, What's on my desk?
        • my old Copic Chart and my new Copic Chart
        • the container of Copics
        • my list of Easter Cards to be made
        • sentiment stamps from the last few cards I made
        • some paper scraps
        • and the big pink Scotch ATG
        If you would like to check out the desks of everyone else who is playing along this week, be sure to check out Julia's post over at her blog, the Stamping Ground!

        Have a great day! I hope to get around this week to visit at least some of the other desks!

        Monday, March 7, 2011

        Bunny Rabbit Tilda for Sketch Saturday 145

        Hi folks,

        well I did find myself with a couple of hours after dinner Sunday night to get crafty. I decided I wanted to get another Easter card out of the way and took out one of my previously un-inked Tilda stamps (still in the package!)



        card details:
        • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
        • stamped image: Bunny Rabbit Tilda from Magnolia Stamps  (2010 Hoppy Easter collection maybe?), coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E93, E34, E57, E47, W1, W3, W5, RV34, R37)
        • stamped sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations D1112
        • patterned papers: Basic Grey Euphoria
        • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
        • accessories: paper doily, paper roses, half-back pearls (three of which were coloured with R37 Copic)
        • layout: Sketch Saturday #145
        additional challenges for this card:
          Hope you all have a lovely week! It's back to work for me today after having a four-day weekend.

          Sunday, March 6, 2011

          Swinging into Spring

          Hi folks! (second post for today - feel free to scroll down to see a couple of new Christmas Cards!)

          It's kind of ironic that I sat down to make this card AFTER we had a significant snowfall - it was my crafty time reward for doing a little snow-clearing (this time I allowed dearly beloved to fire up the snow-blower).

          I used this week's Sunday Sketch (#72) from PaperWorksCo for the layout.



          And here's the card!



          Isn't this cute? Does it remind you of YOUR childhood - swinging on the park swing until you could almost touch the sky?

          card details:
          • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
          • stamped image: Spring Swing from the "A Day in the Life of Abigail C." collection from PaperWorksCo., coloured with Copic Markers (E31, E33, E34, E35, E37, E000, E00, E93, V04, V06, V12, G14, YG13, YG17, Y11, Y13, Y17)
          • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebration (D1112)
          • Patterned Paper: Echo Park "Little Girl"
          • Spellbinders: Lacey Squares
          • CTMH Sweet Leaf Buttons from my stash
          Additional challenges for this card:
          Hope you have all had a lovely weekend! See you again soon!

          Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge #14

          Hi folks,

          well it is beginning to look more and more like Sunday mornings are when I make my Christmas Cards for the coming year - probably, in part, because that is when Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge for the week gets posted. Challenge #14 is a lovely sketch (and you know I love a good sketch!)


          Once again, I made two cards. When I showed them to my other half, his comment was "Wow - that's a bit different for you. Simpler - very clean. I like!" and I have to agree. Instead of layering another patterned paper on my card base, I kept it simple with just the kraft card stock.



          First up: Caroling Josh



          And next, Holiday Emily!





          I made them both blond even though I don't know to whom the cards will be gifted (we have lots of blond nieces and nephews). I figure if I want to change the hair-colour, blond is easy to switch to a brunette or a red-head, maybe even black hair!

          Anyways, here are the details:
          • finished card size: 6x6 inches
          • patterned papers: Basic Grey Jovial
          • cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Recollections Black, Prism Simply Smooth (now Bazzill)
          • stamped images: Caroling Josh and Holiday Emily from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps
          • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebration (D1112)
          • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
          • Copic Colours for Josh (E50, E42, E43, E000, E00, E93, Y19, Y17, Y28, Y26, YG17, YG63, YG67, R27, E35, E34, E41, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9)
          • Copic Colours for Emily (E30, E31, E55, E000, E00, E93, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YR14, E19, R24, R27, R29, YG17, YG67). 
          • Sakura Gelly Roll "Clear Star" was used to add a bit of sparkle to Emily's shoes and dress trims. After I took the photo of the Josh card I also added a bit of sparkle to the musical notes.

          I'm now up to 28 Christmas cards for my 2011 Christmas Card stash - thanks to Sparkle's weekly Christmas Card Challenge!

          Additional challenges for these cards:
          Anyways, I'm in the craft room, thinking I may work on an Easter card or two.....I think I've done enough household chores the last few days to warrant some more crafty time!

          Hope you are all having a great weekend!

          Saturday, March 5, 2011

          March Viva La Verve - Week 2

          Hi folks,

          well, all I have to say is that my strategy of rewarding myself with craft time only if I put in some housework time first is apparently going to have to work on a "banking the time" system. With the household chores I tackled yesterday (vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and windows, a quick grocery run and then preparing dinner for the D&D crowd and tidying up AFTER dinner was finished), I was too POOPED to even think about walking upstairs to craft. So, I promised myself some guilt-free crafting today and tomorrow.

          First up, I tackled the Week 2 Sketch for the March Viva La Verve Challenge



          I decided to make two card using this sketch - one with the sketch as is and the other with it rotated and mirrored.

          Here's the first one, keeping the original layout.


          And here's the second,



          Honestly, I love the look of these two cards. Yesterday, I did actually go to the craft room earlier in the day (before the dinner) and tried to work on this sketch but I just wasn't feeling it with the papers I originally had pulled out of my stash (something lighter, more spring-like and with a white paper doily for the circle - I REALLY wanted to do the doily thing).

          But this morning, after some sleep, I pulled out these papers and everything just fell together (okay - I'll admit at first that I thought of doing something Christmas-y with a snowflake die or spellbinders pendant for the circle part. But, I wasn't feeling that either).

          Card details:

          • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
          • patterned papers: CTMH Silhouette (I believe this is now retired and I have very little of it left)
          • card stock: CTMH Colonial White, Bamboo. Black cardstock from my stash.
          • stamps: Verve Beautiful You
          • black twill tape and brads from my stash
          Additional challenges for this card:
          My second crafty treat for the day was attending a Copic Marker Workshop at ArtMad taught by the wonderfully talented Danielle. I learned some lovely new colour combinations for hair and picked up a few tips for colouring skin as well. Thanks Danielle!

          Well, that's it for me for today. I'm planning on getting crafty tomorrow - Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge gets posted on Sunday's so I usually try to commit to doing my weekly Christmas cards on Sunday mornings. So far I have MOSTLY kept that promise. I may even squeeze in some Easter image colouring/card-making as well.

          Hope you are all finding the time to get crafty this weekend.

          Friday, March 4, 2011

          March Viva La Verve - Week 1

          Hi folks,

          As a reward for FINALLY tackling the accumulated ironing yesterday morning (4.5 hours spent ironing by the way as I decided to take a couple of days off from work this week), I let myself have a couple of hours in the craft room as a reward (new incentive for me to do the house-hold chores - I can only play if I first do something on my household chore list).

          As I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend who just lost her Dad, I pulled out the March Week 1 Viva La Verve Sketch for some inspiration.



          I actually liked the combo of the sketch and papers I chose (CTMH Veranda) so much that I made two cards - the sympathy card for our friend and an anniversary card for my Aunt and Uncle.




          I thought of paper-piecing the flowers with a contrasting colour (maybe with the Juniper or Creme Brulee coloured papers from the paper-pack but I thought the softer coloured paper from the sentiment panel was actually a better fit on the cards. One thing I do like about using patterned paper with large patterns, you can use the same sheet of paper for multiple cards but they will actually look a little different. The panels on the two cards above were cut from the same 4x12 section of the paper but have a different part of the pattern.


          card details:
          • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
          • patterned paper: CTMH Veranda
          • cardstock: Colorbök
          • stamps: Verve Kind Words (thinking of you), Verve Love Story (anniversary wishes and doves), Verve Great Friend (paper pieced flower layers)
          • Spellbinders: Labels Seven (thinking of you), Labels Seventeen (anniversary wishes)
          • brads from my stash
          Additional challenges for these cards:
            Anyways, I am itching to get back into the craft room today but first I need to tackle more items on my house-hold task list. I still haven't figured out how my little reward system will work - should the amount of time spent doing the house-hold task be directly translated to craft-room time? Or should one task = one card? I think it might have to be a mix of the two - since the time to do a task versus a card is often unequal. AND I can sometimes do a house-hold task while in the craft room (i.e. laundry!).

            hmmmmm.....what can I say, I am trying to be a better house-keeper and if this system works for me, then that's a good thing.

            have a great day! Off to drop these in the post.....

            Tuesday, March 1, 2011

            Original Scrapbox giveaway for Canadians only

            Hi folks,

            well, I was not selected to be one of the host blogs for the "Canada Workbox Giveaway" from The Original Scrapbox so that means I can do my best to win one!




            I mean, who wouldn't LOVE to add this quality piece of furniture to their crafting space? Whether you have a dedicated craft room or a corner of a bedroom or office or family room, this beautiful piece of craftsmanship would look lovely just about anywhere. Here's an even better photo of the one being given away.



            I've been eying the Knotty Alder Workbox for months myself and have been contemplating buying it for myself for my birthday! Although, I must admit that this Vanilla Raised Panel Workbox would look just as nice in my craft room.

            You can enter each of the nine preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the grand prize drawing at the following fellow crafty Canadian blogs:



            And, just to make it easy for you, the links above go directly to the blog post on each blog regarding the contest itself, not to the main blog page! All the details on all the extra things you can do to get yourself more entries into the draw are on each of the blog posts. 

            Reminder - this is ONLY open to Canadian addresses and you MUST submit all entries using the same name.


            Best of luck to all who enter between March 1st and March 8th!

            Note that you can only win in the preliminary rounds by commenting on one of the nine blogs listed above, my blog is not a host. This post is one of my entries into the contest....