The Stamps I Use

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy Birthday - Doodlefactory style

This card is for a co-worker who celebrates his birthday today. Tomorrow he gets this card:

along with some cupcakes and home-made peanut butter cups. Actually, a whole bunch of peanut cups were made - 6 dozen in fact. Mostly to be taken to his Mom in Nova Scotia (she's a fan of my pb cups). I made so much filling I actually have a whole cake decorating bag full left-over. My dearly beloved made a suggestion for a square I could make so.....I'll be in the kitchen again tomorrow night!

This card is for a few challenges on the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's site. The sketch is from the Little Paper Shop challenge. I decided to play it up a bit and make this a clear card for another of the challenges. I also attached the rectangular panels by sewing them on (for another of the challenges to included stitching on your card). And finally, I attached three buttons for an element of the sketch for another of the challenges.

My little guy is another Doodlefactory image. The cake and sentiment are from Stamps and Smiles. Links to both sources are on the left side of the blog.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Birthday from Cuppy!

So this is my first Stamps and Smiles card with my new stamps that arrived this week! Say Hello to Cuppy! Isn't she cute?

The card sketch is SASSC17 from Stamps and Smiles. The colour choice is from another challenge over at Stampin' Out Alzheimer's. This card is for the two by two challenge sponsored by Taylored Expressions - use pink and brown and only TWO types of embellishments. My DP is pink with white polka-dots. I matted everything with brown. The ribbon (embellie #1) is pink and brown and my dew drops (embellie #2) are brown.

I did two Cuppy images. One is popped up on dimensionals. Cuppy's frosting is paper-pieced from swirly pink paper. Then I masked Cuppy and sponged the background before adding her balloon.

I have to say I absolutely love these images from Stamps and Smiles.

It's Your Special Day

Last Sunday, I spent the morning and most of the afternoon at Jenn's with Tanya , stamping up a storm. We're all fans of the Doodlefactory and each have a different assortment so, we got together so we could each stamp up a bunch of images from each other's collections. Of course, this just adds fuel to the flames for having to get the images we DON'T have in our collection.

So, Jenn was a doll and I tried out her Prismas for colouring up this little guy from HER collection.

I still have a LONG ways to go before my talent begins to even approach her skill, but I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Prismas so I can start practising.

The sketch I used for this card is CPS117 from Card Positioning Systems.

The papers are from a digital paper pack offered as a freebie download on Stampin Out Alzheimer's . The download was offered by Libby Wiefenbach . Aren't they they cutest?

The sentiment is from the Today's Date CTMH stamp set.

Dreamy Tilda

So, I have a bunch of images from my new Magnolia stamps coloured up and waiting to be used on some cards. The opportunity presented itself this week with a couple of challenges. Over at Stampin Out Alzheimer's there is a challenge to use the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week. There is also a challenge to create a card using any winged thing.

This Dreamy Tilda fit the bill. See her glittery wings? Isn't she cute? I have five more of her all coloured and ready to go. Her outfit on each one is a different colour.

Cupcake Box

Time for another Stampin' Out Alzheimer's Challenge.

This cute little cupcake box was made using a free template generously donated to the cause by Kelleigh Ratzlaff (The Digichick). The link to her tutorial on using the template is here .

So, this was an amazingly simple little box to build. I simply cut my DP into 8.5x11 and put it into my laser printer facing down in order to print the template on the white back of the paper (so the lines wouldn't show on the dp side). Then I cut it out and voila! A cute little box to give to someone special.

Warmest Thanks

So, I took a few days off this week to tackle a terribly long to-do list. I did manage to squeeze in just a little paper-crafting to do one of the card sketch challenges over at Stampin' Out Alzheimer's .

Now, I'm not 100% sure I'm happy with this card. I fussed with it an awful lot and ...well, meh. Problem is, I REALLY wanted to use this funky paper. I loved the bleeding colours and how every inch of the paper was different. The piece with the scrollwork stamped on it? That's actually from the same piece of paper! I know, it looks ALMOST completely white in the photo but in real life there is just a hint of blue throughout it.

Anyways, I think I need to do another card with this sketch - maybe with some of my Magnolia images I coloured up last weekend that are lying on the table in the craft room screaming to be used!

As it happens, this card also ties in to the challenge over at Daring CardMaker's today. How cool is that? I had wanted to bring out some of the reds that were washed into the paper and had the ribbon in my stash but thought that my randomly stamped flowers needed a little something. So, out came the brad container and FIVE larger red brads to use as the flower centres. I think they make an okay accent with the CTMH Dutch Blue ink I used on the card.

So, now I have another thank you card for my stash. One can never have enough cards to say thanks.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimer's

Jen Tapler has teamed up with Susanna Boyd of Papercraft Planet to once again organize a Stampin' Out Alzheimer's virtual paper-crafting week long event starting May 25.

All the deets can be found by clicking on any of the hyperlinks above.

I made a donation to the event because my paternal grandmother was afflicted with Alzheimer's. I was away at university and then moved away to Ottawa as she began and finally completed her downward spiral with this terrible disease. On the occasions when I was at home during university breaks or visiting from Ottawa, I saw how rapidly she went downhill.

It is truly devastating when the woman you remember as strong and vigorous and who lived next door to you for all of the first 18 years of your life no longer remembers talking to you just the night before for hours on end. When she looks at you in puzzlement, searching for a name and failing to find one. When she gets frustrated because she can't remember why she popped in to your parents house (her house was right in front of ours) or gets angry because your Dad says he will be out in 5 minutes to do a chore for her, not right away.

When you pop in to her house to check on her and see that the stove is on, burners blood red and Nan is nowhere in sight. Or, late at night, in the wee hours of the morning, you hear hammering coming from her house and see her silhouetted in her porch window, nailing her door shut because of the paranoia that has set in because she is forgetting where she put things and thinks people are coming into her house and moving them around.

Then the final stages come and not only does she not remember her grand-children, but also her own children. Finally, taken into care and slipping back even further, clinging to life through the "miracles" of modern medicine. My last memory of my grand-mother is very painful for me and I have to force myself to not think of her the last time I saw her.

Instead, I choose to remember her teaching me to make partridge berry pie as a little girl. I had my very own special pie pan - in reality a little tart pan - to make my own little girl sized pie, lattice top and all. Or making bread - with my own little pan so I could have my own small loaf. And of course, stopping at Nan's on the way home from school at lunchtime to discover she is cooking halibut - and having her dial the phone number to my parents next door to ask if I could stay for lunch, all the while sitting on the counter next to the electric frying pan nibbling on fish as it completed cooking. Listening to my Mom laugh as she said "Let me guess, Nanny is cooking halibut?"

If you have known or know someone afflicted with this terrible disease, check out the sites linked above. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Next Level

There's a new blog launching that might be of interest to my fellow paper-crafters. You can check it out here - The Next Level . Some of you really talented folks out there - you know who you are {Jenn and Danielle} - should consider applying to be part of their DT.

As part of their launch, they are offering up some pretty cool blog candy!

Monday, May 18, 2009


A card, finally! This is another cakeabella, this time I used Laura's Sketch 26 from 2 Sketches 4 You.

I experimented with my water-colour pencils this time. The bella panels were cut out with my nestabilities. The sentiment (CTMH) panel is a cuttlebug die cut. I coloured a few more bellas today but don't think I'll get to making them into cards tonight.

Yay me! .... and catch-up time!

Yay....I passed. And, not to toot my own horn or anything {well, not too loudly} but I passed my motorcycle test with a perfect score. And now that I am mostly rested, but still aching everywhere, I am catching up on all the paper-crafting blogs to which I subscribe.

Over at Danielle's blog she has a post for some awesome blog candy which is up until the end of May. I consider Danielle one of my many online enablers - she let us know that Heather's has Magnolia Stamps! Awesome for those of us that are local and just adore these sweet images. Check out Danielle's older posts for some of the sweet cards she has made using some of the Magnolia images.

I am feeling totally inspired by all the posts from the last few days and can't wait to hit the craft room today ... maybe there will be an ACTUAL card post later.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

hot bath and 'jamas required

To say I am exhausted does not begin to cover it. From 9am to 5pm on a college parking lot doing motorcycle drills, in the wind and rain. Did I mention a little thunder and lightning? And the course STARTS with "aerobics".....pushing someone else on their motorcycle...engine NOT engaged.

Yeah, hot bath, hot shower and pjs.....

Friday, May 15, 2009

Limited crafting this long weekend

I doubt that anything "crafty" will get posted here this weekend - I'm spending my may two-four doing a motorcycle training course. Tonight (friday) was classroom so I am up WAY past my usual bedtime. Saturday and Sunday is actual playing around in the parking lot and testing. Well, in my case, re-testing. I did this course ALMOST five years ago and got my M2 then. Since it is due to expire in June, I have to either do my exit exam or redo the test that got me my M2. Since I haven't BEEN a driver on a bike since the summer I got my M2, I figure it is smarter of me to redo the course and the test. Going to be a long couple of days though. Nine to five saturday and sunday. And Saturday's weather is supposed to be wet and windy. Not good. I enjoyed the course when I did it before and there is certainly an interesting mix of people on this one (full class of 25) compared to when I did it five years ago (nine people). There's five women and the rest are all guys. The usual young males who showed up on their sport bikes and who the teachers will no doubt put in their place, mid-life crisis guys AND gals and even a couple of retirees or near retirees.

Should make for an interesting couple of days. The advantage this time around is that there are six instructors, half of which are women. How neat is that?

I DID get some new Greeting Farm stamps today - but will have to wait to get to play with them!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

No crafting today

but boy am I tired. Took the day off work today to paint - not creatively paint - that is definitely NOT my forte. Nope, practical painting in the house. Windows to be exact. I have decided that painting windows is my LEAST favourite type of painting, particularly the windows we have on our main floor. They ALL have transoms above them and take screen inserts so there are lots of finicky bits to paint. One coat down, at least one maybe two more to go.

Going to work would have been an easier and shorter day. Oh well, it has to be done.

Update: So, it being guitar night at our house and all I thought I might get to do some stamping of images to colour at a later date. Nope. Believe it or not, my hand is too sore to stamp! It even looks bruised where I was resting the paint brush. mmmmm...methinks I need a new painting technique - or staff.

Time to mellow out and find something on the tube to watch that I am NOT already PVRing.

Monday, May 11, 2009

a productive weekend's funny what you can accomplish with a sick sweetie in the house. Because my dearly beloved has been ill the last several days, I did NOT feel guilty just sitting with him on the couch, catching up on our PVRed shows. While doing THAT, I FINALLY got around to mounting {most of} my doodlefactory stamps onto EZmount - still have sentiments to do but that's okay. Mounting those was put on hold until I got to Heather's today to get some more EZ mount storage pages on which to put the stamps. I'm getting ready for our doodlefactory-aholics {not so} anonymous day at Jenn's a couple of weekends from now. Tee hee - I also picked up another Magnolia stamp while I was at Heather's -- too cute. Now I just have to get around to using them!

Didn't actually make any cards this weekend - which is why this one that I made during the card workshop at the Crop for Cure comes in handy for tomorrow.

As soon as I made this card, I knew to whom it would be gifted - my neighbour's little boy who will be seven tomorrow. I just love all the little critters. I know this is a new paper from the CTMH Summer Catalogue.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

SASMR4 - For my chick flick pal

Ahhh...the final sketch challenge from Stamps and Smiles, SASMR4 .

This card will be going to my movie-going pal who celebrates her birthday this week.

The papers are CTMH - from the Key to my Heart paper pack. that I've cracked it open I can't seem to stop using those papers. I just love them!

Both sets of panels were cut with my nestabilities. The sentiment is from my favourite CTMH stamp set and look, what's that? Yup, another one of those flowers!

SASMR3 - For my Aunt

This card will be making it's way south of the border tomorrow to my Aunt who celebrates her birthday next week.

The sketch uses the SASMR3 sketch from the Stamps and Smiles challenges this week.

The papers are from the CTMH Key to My Heart package and the flower, vase and sentiment are from one of my favourite CTMH stamp sets (judging by how badly the stamps are stained!) The flower and vase are each stamped twice with the second image popped up on dimensionals. The colonial white panel was cuttlebugged with my swiss dots folder.

Hope she likes her card! I'll be seeing her in Newfoundland this August as she is planning a visit so I am going to go home at the same time to see her - for the first time in over twenty years! Maybe even 25......or possibly 30....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SASMR2 - Happy Anniversary

On May 7th my dearly beloved and I celebrate nine years of being together. So, the card I made for him had to be a little special. The SASMR2 sketch from Stamps and Smiles came to the rescue.

I decided that the sketch screamed APERTURE card to me so out came the nestabilities and the cuttlebug. As you can see, my photography skills on aperture cards are even worse than usual. This is the front of the card (yes, that's my finger on the left and a camera shadow on the right) held flat so you can see the sentiment clearly through the aperture.

Above is a standing shot of the front. I layered CTMH paper from the Key to my heart package on top of colonial white cardstock which was layered on sorbet cardstock. Precision cutting with the nestabilities required some invisible tape to hold the dies in perfect position as each layer was cut, starting with the largest opening.

And this is the inside of the card. Frugal me used the offcuts from the DP and the colonial white for my sentiment panel on the inside. The sentiments by the way are from the friendship word puzzle stamp set from CTMH.

I think my dearly beloved will like it -- even if it has an awful lot of "pink" tones.

Shout Out to Sheetload

So have you had a chance to check out Sheetload of Cards yet? It is an ezine published monthly with truly awesome sketches, highlighted by the projects featured.

This is the cover of the May 2009 issue

You crafty folks out there who avidly follow "Markie's Mom" Faith will recognize her as the featured artist on the front cover. I have already used this awesome sketch for a couple of regular A4 size cards but have not yet done the little scrapling and card combo. As Jenn suggested when she saw this, the little scrapling would make a perfect bookmark (with a magnetic closure). So, I am sure I will be making a few of those. I'm thinking they would be great to mark favourite recipes in my vast collection of cookbooks!

If you check out the post Labels in my sidebar and look for sheetload, you will see the cards I have made using various of the sketches.

For My Mom

This is the card I made for my Mom for Mother's day. It uses CTMH paper and Verve sentiments. Another of those flowers from Zellers! The sketch is from Sheetload of Cards.

Anyhow, I seriously thought of making this a funny card instead. At some point in the future I still might - maybe for her birthday in June. See, everyone who sees me and my Mom ALWAYS comment how much I look like her. And the older I get, the more I hear that comment. Mind you, I tower over my shortie Mom. So, I had thought of crossing out hope and writing {KNOW} and crossing out little bit and writing {LOT}. I have some of the doodlefactory stamps in their larger sizes and smaller sizes and think I could play that up with using two of those identical stamps. Or maybe by playing around with some of my digi-Anyas. Anyways, I'll be toying with that idea.

Now, the other thing I made for my Mom is a memory book. It has both old and more recent photos of her with each of her children and grand-children and, of course, with my Dad. I'm going to TRY to add it to my blog (or this post) as a slideshow. We shall see how that goes momentarily.

Update - well, I was able to add the slideshow on the left sidebar. Alternatively, you can check it out on Picasa Web Albums here . I think.

If only I could figure out how to put the slideshow IN the post itself.

More Mother's Day

Two more mother's day cards - neither of which is for MY mom. That one will be in the next post.

The first one is for my dearly beloved's Mom. The sketch is from Sheetload of cards, just expanded to be a full size card. Paper is CTMH, stamped images are Verve. After taking the photo, I decided the flower image needed a little something so I outlined the flowers on the stem.

This second card went to my brother's girlfriend and I believe I used another sheetload of cards sketch here as well.

Papers are CTMH and the sentiment is Verve. Edged with my EK Success Diamond Scallop border punch. The panels are nestabilities die cuts done on my cuttlebug. See those Zellers flowers cropping up again? Speaking of crop - I made these two cards at the all day crop I attended on Saturday and just put the finishing touches on the 2nd one at home on Monday.

SASMR1 - Mother's Day

Over at Stamps and Smiles they are previewing their new release all week and are hosting sketch challenges each day as well.

For the SASMR1 sketch, I made these two VERY similar cards for two of the Mom's I know.
The first is for my sister.

This second one is for my dearly beloved's step-mother.

Both cards use the same papers from CTMH (from the Key to My Heart promo). The circles were cut with my nestabilities using my cuttlebug. One card has a slightly larger set of circles as I used two different Verve sentiment stamps and one was bigger than the other, requiring a bigger set of circles. The flowers I picked up at Zellers - $1 for 4 of them. Not too bad since they are two layer flowers, with a brad and a sticky dimensional on the back.

The cards also fit challenge 30 Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and Challenge 29 at the Cuttlebug Spot and the day 65 challenge over at 365 Cards.

Monday, May 4, 2009

update to the previous post

Tammy Stevenson was the talented CTMH consultant who conducted the card workshop - thanks Jenn for letting me know her name so I could give due credit where credit is due!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Crop for the Cure I exhausted from yesterday's AWESOME all day crop. In addition to some Mother's day projects I was working on (those will be posted later...when they are finished!), I took part in a couple of workshops - of course, card related.

In one of them, we made SIX cards. Can you believe that? Six cards! This is one of them. All CTMH papers. I did not put a sentiment on it at the crop as I wasn't quite sure for which occasion I would use it. I would like to give credit to the lady {update: Tammy Stephenson} who conducted the workshop for the design but I can't remember her name - just that it begins with a "T"(I think). Jenn can probably help me out there (so I can edit this post later).

Well, my cousin's wife/chick flick pal, Jackie, called me this morning to remind me that I had tentatively planned to visit them at their new house out in the boonies today. She was doing the CHEO walk this morning and was letting me know when she would be home.

First workshop card to the rescue!

The sentiment is CTMH and is layered on three oval nestabilities die cuts. Ta da! Instant card. I think I am going to have to make a few more of these with some assorted papers just to have on hand for quick cards in a flash.

I'll have to rave about the crop in another post. Jenn and Tash (who is also from "Da Rock") did an awesome job organizing and keeping 30 women entertained and well-fed for the day. Thanks Jenn and Tash!

I'll post more photos of the workshop items and my own projects when I get a chance.

Ta ta for now...


Yay, I can post this now!

So, I had the chance to use my new Cakeabella stamp from Stamping Bella .

Actually, I used her twice, but I wasn't REALLY creative. I decided to use the bellarific challenge for May 1st for the sketch.

I was so pleased with how my friend Chrissy's birthday card came out (above), that I had to use the same sketch for another friend.

Now before you say it is mean of me to point out that friend #2 is turning 40, we've known each other since we were five and my birthday is BEFORE hers. I am welcoming her to the club.

I think the black card bases and the black mats really make the colours in the DP pop. Other than bella, the other stamps used are Verve (Happy Birthday) and CTMH (wish and 40!).

Friday, May 1, 2009

Why are masculine cards so hard to make?

My dearly beloved has a friend from high school with whom he STILL plays DnD. He's been absent for several months now but is finally going to be there tonight. His birthday was a few days ago and this is the card I made for him. So instead of it going in the post, it gets delivered in person!

But boy, I do find masculine cards so very hard to make. What do you mean I can't use ribbon?

Anywho....this paper pack from CTMH comes to the rescue for masculine cards. I will definitely have to get some more on my next order. The Sketch is from the May 2009 issue of Sheetload of cards. I modded it a little to do a 4x5.25 inch card instead of a 4x4. The balloons and sentiment are Verve. The little tags were cut with my cuttlebug.

I know, kinda plain and ho-hum time, I swear I'm using duct tape!

Christmas Cards - CCC09 March

Ah yes, March was a quiet month for me for card-making so you would THINK that I would have got my 10 christmas cards for March for the SCS CCC09 challenge done in time. Nope. I just finished these beauties (if I do say so myself) on the weekend. The sketch is from Sheetload of Cards (link on the sidebar).

The papers are all CTMH, the poinsettias and sentiment are from Verve Stamps. This is the outside of one of the ten cards - I'm not doing single shots of all of them here on the blog as they are all very similar - some are duplicates. They use a mix of CTMH papers for a little variety.

See that cute scalloped border? EK-Success Diamond Scallop border punch. My new favourite. I have a few more (gotta love the Michael's 40% off coupon!).

Below you can see the inside of one of the cards. The different colour on the lighter poinsettias was achieved by stamping off the ink to scrap paper first then stamping the residual ink onto the actual image I wanted to use. As dearly beloved pointed out - I could have saved time and ink by stamping my darker poinsettia and then stamping the other poinsettias with the residual from that. Oh well, next time!

The sentiment reads - Merry Christmas From our house to yours.

And this is a shot of all ten cards. You can see that the papers were mixed amongst the cards.

Oh yeah, the ribbon is CTMH as well.

So enough dilly-dallying for today. I am attending my first ever all day crop tomorrow hosted by Jenn and have not done anything to prepare except print a few (well 30 or so) old photos of my parents. I really need to get my papers ready and choose from amongst all my toys what I will bring with me to the crop. That is going to be SOOOOOO hard. I love them all! I think I may have to stick with the basics though.

I am VERY tempted to just bring card-making stuff with me though. I'm behind and need to get the Mother's day cards done and saturday would be a perfect chance for that. hmmm....I wonder if there are any rules for what we are supposed to be doing at the crop? I think I may feel a little intimidated with all the other scrappers there as I really just toy with scrap-booking.