The Stamps I Use

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Early morning visitors

My dearly beloved and I were greeted this morning to this sight as we got our coffees at 5:30am.

Three deer had wandered onto the farm behind the house. I snapped a few pictures through the patio door and then quickly ran upstairs to snap this one through the bedroom blind.

A lovely way to start the day.

No card post today as we are headed out shortly for family photos at my dearly beloved's Dad's place in Rideau Ferry.

But expect some in the next few days as I have FIVE WHOLE DAYS off!!! I am really hoping to finish the quilt I've had on the go for the last two years.....

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dad's Memory Book

The end of the weekend has arrived (quietly shedding tears) and I accomplished one thing craft-wise that I wanted to finish - a memory book for my Dad like I made for my Mom. I've tossed up a slide show on the left sidebar for now but will attempt to post the pages with some commentary throughout the week.

Some general bits of info about the memory book:

I used Close To My Heart products to make it - it is a 9x9 accordion book so there are 8 pages in total. The papers used are from the "It's a Guy Thing" Level 2 paper pack. Some of the layouts are CTMH Reflections layouts and some are of my own design. I made my OWN chipboard letters for "Our Dad" and "Grandpa" using my Cuttlebug.

I *THINK* you can see larger images of the pages if you click on the slideshow. I created the source on Picasa and set it as a public album. So, we shall see. The fact that I can see it ....well, it means nothing since I am the owner!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, crafting or not!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hello on a welcome weekend morning!

Hello blogosphere,

phew, my first Friday Night Stamping was thrown for a loop last night. A last minute call-in to work for the DM for the D&D bunch meant the guys wound up coming BACK to play Rockband while Chrissy and I continued with our craft night. So, we had some "musical" accompaniement wafting up to us from downstairs. I had taken my camera with me but totally forgot to take pictures of our first FNS. Darn it! And Amelia and Heidi are so cute - Amelia LOVES to stamp and really gets into the spirit of things. I treasure my hand-made cards she has given me...and yes, she is only THREE years old! You should see the card she made for her Auntie Jo for her birthday today. I'm sure Auntie Jo will cherish it!

Ahhhhh, I am very happy with what I accomplished last night - finished with the remounting of my sentiments from My Sentiments exactly. Found I had three duplicates so they joined Chrissy's collection of stamps. AND....I stamped out three whole sheets of images in preparation for the cards for my nieces and nephew. My Ketto's from Stamping Bella FINALLY saw ink, along with a bunch of my stamps from The Greeting Farm - Miss Anya's, Skater Ian, Dress Me Ian and Wild Things! Woo hoo! I know I won't use all of them this weekend but it is nice to have them already stamped and ready for colouring when then mood strikes.

And the other reason for my post today, one of the blog's I follow had a link to Dustin Pike's site. I have seen his images before and downloaded his freebies. Well, this week's freebie is just adorable for those of you who have or know kids who love ...PIRATES!!!

I'm not sharing the images here as they are HIS wonderful works of art - but if you follow the link you can download them if they are of interest. Even if YOU don't use them, I'm betting your kiddies would love having them for colouring pages.

I've downloaded them myself and once I run upstairs to put some cardstock into the printer, I'll be printing them for future card use!

I encourage you to explore his downloads (free and pay-for use). They are very reasonably priced, lovely images.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Verve Stamps Release Week

Verve Stamps is releasing their next lineup of stamps this week - Friday to be exact. You can see the challenges issued at this post on their blog. I was a little busy this week (the garden calls) and only found time to do one of the awesome sketches in time for the deadline. I have a bunch of cards to make this weekend though and you can bet that the rest of the sketches WILL be used on those cards.

This is my take on the VSJUN02 Sketch.

I think this one appealed to me as the one I HAD to make because it reminds me of quilt blocks (which reminds me must work on my brother's quilt on my days off next week). PLUS....the big panel in the middle was just perfecto for this little guy from the Doodlefactory line of stamps from StarvingArtistamps (did you know they are having a blog hop on July release!!!!!!). The cupcake (it is NOT a muffin my dearly beloved - it has FROSTING!!) is also a doodlefactory image.

I'm still playing with my Prismacolor Pencils so both images were coloured with them. I still haven't perfected "the Jenn" and don't think I ever will. I decided his little crown needed some sparkle and lucky me, I had stopped earlier this week at Michael's and picked up some little gems that were on clearance!

Anywhoooooos......ta ta for ta-night! Friday night looks like it will be a stamping night at Chrissy's while our dearly beloveds head out for an evening of D&D (this card is actually going to one of the other D&D players). I'll be thinking of the cards I need to make this weekend and probably do a few images for those - end of school year cards for my three nieces and nephew in Newfoundland, birthday cards for my dearly beloved's SIL and a friend of ours, an anniversary card for my cousin and his wife. And those are just the cards I need to have finished THIS weekend!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pink Cat Studio - For Ethan

Well folks, no card post for me today. But I do have something to share with a higher purpose. Pink Cat Studio today released a set of digital stamps in honour of a courageous little boy to raise funds for The Make-A-Wish foundation.

You can read all about it on the Pink Cat Studio Site.

This little clip below is directly from the Pink Cat Studio site to whet your appetite for this adorable stamp set! I hope they don't mind that I lifted this to post here to encourage you in this noble cause.

From Pink Cat Studio:

Want to win a Pink Cat Studio gift certificate or three??

Lauren Meader, Vicki Garrett and Heather Schlatter are all generously

offering the chance to win some moola to buy PCS stuff. Lauren's is

a card making challenge using the new digi stamps and

Vicki's and Heather's involve helping to spread the word

about our fundraiser.

Please visit Lauren's, Vicki's and Heather's blogs to read

about how you can win.

I've done my little part - the digi's are on my laptop now just waiting to be printed and made into cards. You might want to do the same.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Just Bee-cuze

Over at Stamps and Smiles, this week's Fresh Batch Sketch was a fun sketch with which to play.

As you can see below, I turned the sketch on its side.

I did a bunch of paper-piecing on this one. I stamped the pot onto terra cotta coloured DP and then glued coffee grounds for the dirt. Yes, coffee grounds. Although I realized too late that we grind our coffee super-fine so.....maybe oreo cookie crumbs would have been better...tee hee hee! I just realized, I technically allowed coffee back into my craft room. And it wasn't a disaster!

The stem and leaves were stamped onto a pale green cardstock with two leaves for dimension. The same is true of the flower. I stamped it twice onto watercolour paper, then coloured with prismacolor pencils.

Mr. Bee was stamped onto yellow cardstock and then his wings were Stickled.

Here are the details:

The card measures 4 x 5.5.
The papers are all CTMH
The stamped image and sentiment are from Stamps and Smiles.
The image panels were cut with nestabilities.

Graduation Times Two

My dear friend Dorothy has two twelve year old daughters who will have a graduation ceremony on Tuesday. I decided to make them cards to match their dresses that they chose for the day. I also was inspired by the card class yesterday to use the same pop-up style for their cards.

This purple card is for Grace. She is an amazing writer with an imagination and talent beyond her years.

With that in mind, I chose the sentiment "Soar High" from The Greeting Farm Wild Things set to go with Graduation Anya. I think if she lets her talents take wing, she will have a bright future ahead.

Marie has a teal dress so this is her card. Marie has a sparkling personality and she loves to please everyone around her.

With that in mind, I chose the "Lead" sentiment, again from The Greeting Farm Wild Things set. I guess I think that Marie needs to focus more on being the leader rather than the follower who tries to make everyone else happy. She has a great future ahead of her if she follows HER dreams and not those of her peers.

Our message to each of the girls is written on the back of the card.

Happy Graduation Day girls!

Tilda - a la Danielle - a la Moi!

As some of you may know, I was very excited to be spending my Saturday afternoon at Heather's Stamping Haven (see left sidebar for link) participating in a Tilda Card Workshop conducted by Danielle.

I follow Danielle's blog so I had seen the preview of the cards we would be making with the oh-so cute Tilda from Magnolia Stamps. I had reason to be excited. The cards were, of course, key-oot!

If you check out Danielle's blog you will see her originals. Smashing, of course. And, well, I had to post mine in homage. Warning: this is a long post. You might want to grab a bevvie or bathroom break first! And you will need a nap after you finally finish.

Our first card was this lovely little one with Swinging Tilda sitting on the gigantic muffin/cupcake.

I find the great thing about the Tildas (and Edwins), is that you don't have to stick with the sort of design suggested by the name. Tilda is sitting - period. So you can sit her on a muffin, on a wall, on her swing, on the edge of an aperture or all works! Just delightful.

And don't you just love the engineering of the pleated paper? I'm a little compulsive and obsessive about .... measuring shall we say. So I took WAY longer than I should have to fold my paper. I had to be VERY precise and use the markings on our craft mat to make sure they were all EXACTLY the same. I know....give it a rest....HANDMADE remember? It doesn't HAVE to be perfect...

So, as you might guess , those two stamps used on that card came home with me.

And on to card number two....where I managed to pick up the pace a little. Thanks to Danielle who cuttlebugged the embossed panel for me (aka Miss SlowPokey).

There is SOOOOOOO much to love about this card (hence the extra Os). Even dearly beloved commented that this was an awesome design - so that the card stands VERY nicely on its own for showing it off! Seriously, he said that.

So - the things to love:
  • Tilda, of course, goes without saying
  • the card style - what an eye-catcher
  • the Flowersoft for the lilacs she is holding. This was my first time using it although I had picked some up a couple of weeks ago. Love it.
  • the cuttlebugged panel
  • the detail of the rub-ons framing the cuttlebugged panel
  • the nestabilities panel for Tilda
And what came home with me because of this card?....mmmmm, the darker violet FlowerSoft and the Tilda stamp of course.

By now we were WAY past the ending time of the class. Danielle and Heather were troopers though and we finished up the remaining card. And what a delight this one turns out to be!

This is another lovely example of switching things up with a stamp. Tilda picking flowers was switched up a little to pick these fantastical mushrooms from the Enchanted Hollow line from Heather's. I FORGOT to see if Heather had this Tilda when I was picking up all my goodies! Doh! But I did remember to get the mushrooms...along with the house from Enchanted Hollow. I already HAVE Dewey the Dragon.....but I digress.

Just an adorable card. We sponged the background, stamped some stars and then placed some teeny tiny gemstones to accent the stars.

I think my colouring of Tilda actually improved over the course of the three cards. Her Denims definitely look better in this image. I wish you should see the cards made by the other ladies in the class. Boy, you could tell they were skilled and talented with the colouring style best suited to Tilda. Their cards were BEE-YOO-TEA-FULL!

I should mention that the Tildas were coloured with TomBow markers and simply blended out with water. Neat huh? And the absolute BESTEST thing learned about colouring Tilda at the class .......

HER FACE!....and other fleshy bits were all coloured with Tattered Rose Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. Yup, this baby came home with me you can bet. Even colouring challenged me can get Tilda's skin just right EVERY SINGLE TIME with this stuff. Just get out the brush, some water and colour away. SA-WEET! I think I will be stocking up on this stuff just so I can horde it in case of emergencies. I can see this being perfect for so many other stamps -- Whiff of Joy, Pink Cat Studio's Lily and Billy, The Greeting Farms Anya and Ian.....the list goes on...

So, go take a nap. You have earned it. If you ever get the chance to take a class at Heather's (this was my first), I would encourage you to do so. The schedule is on the website.

I'm afraid I am so in love with these cards that I won't be able to part with them - make copies, yes, but give these away to someone.....not happening. Well, maybe to dearly beloved. That way I technically did give them away but they are still in our house.

Hi, my name is Sheena, and I am a card horder.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another RAK from Steph

I am loving this cupcake booklet from Steph. Yesterday, saw me get a cute little tag notebook and today.....TA DA!!!!

A GIGANTIC cupcake. Isn't it cute. Cut with her Cricut, no doubt, and then bound with her new bind-it-all. She has definitely one-upped me on the to(ys)ols.

This is one of the inside pages. CUTE CUTE CUTE.....I know resistance is futile but I am trying to resist getting one of these for as long as I can....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Raspberry Road Designs - Another Great Freebie Site

Thanks to this week's issue of the Next Level, I have discovered Raspberry Road Designs . They have a section on their site with all sorts of digital freebie downloads. 105 to be exact. So guess what I did tonight?....yup, downloaded them all. There's some awesome paper packs that would be GREAT for card-making. Can't wait to actually look at all of them!

Wow....check this out

So, I happened across this post today on PaperCraftPleasures where the blog candy is... A BIND IT ALL....

Be sure to check it out.

RAK from Steph

In my Harriet the Hippo post from yesterday, I mentioned that Steph (co-worker's girlfriend) got her Bind-It-All from Heather's yesterday. Well look what I got today!

Isn't it a pretty little notebook? Now this next picture did not come out so nice but I wanted to show the inside. The pages are made with large shipping tags!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Uncle

My Mom's older brother has a birthday next week so I made a card tonight to send to him. After dearly beloved MOCKED my last Carl the Cupcake card --- I won't REPEAT what he said, I decided to use a different cupcake. This one is from the Doodlefactory. Jenn, the enabler, is responsible for this as I HAD to get this set after seeing some of the cute cards she has made with hers.

Dearly Beloved's comment on seeing this one is somewhat more repeatable this time ---"ooh...psychedelic cupcake -- or is it a mushroom?"....MEN!!!

Notice the background on this card? Same as the father's day card I made for my brother. Just did a little something different with the image.

card measures 5 x 5
panels: cut with nestabilities dies
stamped image: doodlefactory

Hello Friend!

One of my co-workers has a girlfriend who is very crafty - I blame her for making me get my first Cricut and then my Cuttlebug - and all the goodies that go with them! Including the SECOND Cricut. Anyhow, today she was all excited because Heather's had the Zutter Bind-it-All come in and she was on Heather's list of people to call! She got her call and DASHed off to pick it up!

So, I was telling my coworker that his girlfriend was going to need some thin chipboard to make some covers for all of her new projects she will be making. And since my dear SIL Jenn got me a bunch some time ago I would be happy to give him some for her.

I figured I would put in a cute card with the plain chipboard and found this one in my stash.

I actually made this card back in October of last year but can't seem to find it on my blog. isn't Harriet Cute? She's an image from PaperworksCo out in Alberta. There is a link to them on my sidebar. Love this little company. I got most of my nestabilities, my dewdrops and some of my cuttlebug folders from Peggy and am DEFINITELY a loyal customer.

I'm betting Steph will like this card - but not as much as her new Bind-It-All!

Happy Father's Day - Dad

For this card, I used this sketch from the Sketch and Stash Challenge blog.

When my dearly beloved saw it, a second one was requested - for his Dad, as this one is going to my Dad. Love this DP. The dark grey panel was embossed with the cuttlebug. The brads look like screw heads. The image was coloured with Prismacolour pencils and the image panel was cut with my small deckled rectangle nestabilities.

card measures 5x5
image: Fixafella from Stamping Bella
sentiment: CTMH

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Father's Day - To my brother

With Father's day a week away, I am just starting to make my cards. I am the queen of procrastination - and express post!

For this card for my kid brother, I used this sketch from Sketch Saturday.

And this is the inside of the card.

card measures 5x5
outside sentiment: Verve Stamps
inside sentiment: CTMH
stamped image: Doodlefactory
Papers: unknown brown pattern + Bazzil + Basic Grey

Happy Birthday Mom - CPS120

My Mom has a birthday this week. She will be a whopping 59 years old! The sad thing is, she looks younger every time I see her! People now mistake us for sisters instead of Mother and Daughter. I like to think it is because I haven't lived in my hometown for over twenty years so people FORGET my Mom has TWO daughters. That being said, I look just like her so if I look as good as she does when I'M 59... yay genetics!

This is the card I will have to express to her on Monday. My card making mojo was M.I.A. for a few days - focused on the garden at this time of year. To the rescue came the CPS 120 sketch for this week.

Nestabilities Small and Large Labels were used for the image panel. The Flower image was coloured twice with PrismaColour Pencils, with the second image cut out and popped up for dimension.

And this is the sentiment inside the card.

Again with the Nestabilities Labels.

card details:
card base measures 5 x 6.5
Papers: CTMH Perfect Day Paper Pack
Sentiments: Verve Because of You
Flower Image: The Greeting Farm For Someone

A reworked card

I need a birthday card this week for the son of a friend of mine. Out came this card that I made during the card workshop at the Crop for the Cure.

Now, I wasn't really happy with it. Seemed a little plain jane to me. So, I decided to tweak it a little. Off came the balloons and on went Carl.

I cut two panels, same size, from some CTMH textured card stock (used both sides to get the different colours) using my small deckled rectangle nestabilities. Turned one ninety degrees and ... ta da. Notice that Carl is identical to the previous post? I had coloured two of him as I wasn't sure if I was going to pop him up on my cousin's card or not. So, there you go. A reworked card.

card measures 4.25X5.5 inches
paper: CTMH
sentiment: CTMH
image: Stamps and Smiles

The Fresh Batch - SASSC19

This week's sketch over at Stamps and Smiles- The Fresh Batch was definitely a neat one to work with. I took inspiration from one of the cards that used a nestabilities labels die and came up with this birthday card for my cousin.

Carl has become a very popular subject with cards I am making for the men/boys in my life.

This is the inside of the card.

The card measures 6x6.

black cardstock base is CTMH
DP is "Namath" from the MVP line from patterned paper (got it at Desserres)
Nestabilities Labels Two was used for the panels.
The lower grey panel was embossed with my cuttlebug. I can never remember if that one is the herringbone or argyle. Whatever.
Outside sentiment panel was cut with my nestabilities small deckled rectangles...twice to make it smaller.
Stamped image and sentiment are Stamps and Smiles. Carl was coloured with -- my prismacolours!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How nerdy am I? to take your work home with you

Okay, so for those of you who don't know, I am a database administrator. And now it seems that my work life and my hobby life have to collide.

As I write this I am downloading OpenOffice (oops, just finished...must now install). Back in a sec....

okay, unpacking the install files...back to blog post.

See, my stamp collection and other crafting tools desperately need to be properly inventoried. I'm a little obsessive about organizing things. So, what better way than to create a database? Mmm hmmm. Like I need something else on my to-do list right? Anyways, I think it will be worthwhile. I already have data model in my mind's eye so....

yeah, I'm a nerd.

I'll be able to keep track of the manufacturer, website, image. I'll categorize them for easy searches...blah blah blah.

Oh I am SUCH a nerd.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Love - From the Crop for the Cure

This is another card that was made at the Crop for the cure in one of the card workshops in which I participated. The flower is three layers, popped up for dimension. I believe it was an example of Second Generation stamping - where you only ink the stamp once and stamp multiple, fading images from the same stamp. It has a soft, romantic, victorian feel to it I think.

The Veggies and Herbs of my labour

Ahhhh, toiling in the garden. This is me taking an early coffee break yesterday morning. At this point I don't think anything had actually been planted - or if it had there were just a couple of tomatoes in the ground.

Note the STYLISH attire -- guffaw. Dearly beloved's old denim shirts come in very handy since I am somewhat vampiric in nature and really don't tolerate the sun all that well. Must be covered head to toe when in the garden.

Speaking of which, here it is.

After six hours of digging, the plants I had purchased were in the ground. Yes, that does seem a bit long considering how much I planted but I insist on putting weed barrier over the entire garden and it takes longer to plant because of that.

I apparently underestimated how many plants I needed this year and will have to take another trip to the garden centre. I did have to leave space for the structures we are going to put in for the beans and peas on the right but I still need some more things down front and in the middle. Not sure what though as I planted everything I wanted. There's 11 tomato plants across the back row, ten basil (mixed varieties), ten peppers (5 sweet, 5 hot), tons more herbs (rosemary, lemon thyme, sage, cilantro, stevia, parsley...well there WAS parsley), eggplant, cantaloupe, zucchini.

As for the PARSLEY- thanks to the evil GROUNDHOG I need to buy more parsley. Seriously, the garden was finished at 3:00pm. A little after 4:30, dearly beloved and I were getting ready to leave for dinner at a friend's house when I saw the insolent cur in the backyard. When I chased him off I saw that he had eaten my parsley plant. Apparently the salad bar is open.
To say I am NOT impressed is an understatement. We hadn't seen him in about two weeks and today he makes his appearance. GRRRRRRRR

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Early morning shopping

Well, I am up and trying to wake up enough to dig out the supplies to repair my vegetable garden watering system. Did my veggie garden cleanup last night. This is the garden BEFORE the cleanup.

Well, before my cleanup. Dearly beloved had already done quite a bit of weeding on the right hand side and sorting out of the rocks the groundhogs had pushed in from the back wall. Unfortunately he also tilled. Mmm hmm. And created a few punctures in the headers for the in-ground watering. I'm just hoping I have enough repair materials on hand and DON'T have to go Lee Valley this morning. Really, how hard is it to stay away from where I ran the headers? Oh well, at least he did some of the prep-work for me.

It only took me two hours to go from what you see above to this....

So....enough meandering, the real reason for the post is that while I'm trying to wake up, I'm reading my email and see that My Sentiments Exactly has a promotion right now of 100 unmounted sentiment stamps (no duplicates) for just $24.99 plus $7.75 S&H (USD). So, I had to order. In CAD that's just $37.62 with the conversion this morning.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Shout Out To Sheetload

So if you haven't checked it out yet, the June issue of Sheetload of Cards has been posted.

If you regularly follow my blog, you will see that I have done bunches of cards using these lovely sketches since discovering this handy ezine.

Directions are included in the magazine to do just one of the monthly sketch - or a whole bunch! Great for building your stash -- or getting a head start on those Christmas cards!

Check it out. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dilemmas, Dilemmas, Dilemmas

What IS a person with too many hobbies to do?

FINALLY the weather here in the Nation's capital is going to cooperate and favour us gardeners with some REASONABLE planting weather. So, off to Richmond Nursery I went after work today and picked up a trunk FULL of veggies and herbs to plant in my veggie garden. I am ITCHING to get at it but first the garden has to be tidied up a bit more. Dearly beloved has already done a wonderful job on getting a lot of the detritus out of there but there is still a little bit left to go. That will be tomorrow night while dearly beloved is out playing D&D.

The first dilemma comes with what was in my mailbox today- my 120 pack of PrismaColor Premier pencils arrived today!!! YAYYYYYY EBAYYYYYY! But just in time for planting weekend. Boooooooooo...

The second dilemma has to do with my stop at Heather's on the way home today. Two more Tilda's (with balloons and with a present), a cute Stamp Barn stamp of two girls walking along (perfect for sisters, friends or mom and daughter cards) and some FLOWERSOFT have been added to the craft room.

And third dilemma? Well, Jenn is going to be stopping by on Saturday to drop off all my new Doodlefactory goodies she picked up for me on her Syracuse trip last week.

Good thing she won't be stopping by until LATE saturday. Incentive for me to start planting AS SOON as I get up saturday morning -- although I'm betting my neighbours would think I was REALLY nutty if I'm puttering around in the back yard at 4:30am. I'm betting the raccoons won't like me either.

So, looks like a busy weekend ahead for me. Hopefully by Sunday there will be some crafting time so I can post some new cards!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June Sheetload of Cards with Carl

Aren't social networks little tattle-tales? I saw something tonight that I am very happy to say spilled the beans on a co-worker's birthday tomorrow. Phew! The June issue of Sheetload of Cards came to my rescue for a quick card sketch to use.

And, lucky for me I had visited Deserres and Michael's yesterday and picked up some masculine looking papers. I stamped a couple of Carl the Cupcake (from Stamps and Smiles), coloured him with my watercolours (my prismas are on their way as of May 27th) and cut out and popped up the second image. I did the edge of the blue panel with one of my EK success border punches. Inside the card I stamped the sentiment "A little cupcake told's your birthday!". Said co-worker should not be eating REAL cupcakes as he is recovering from some cardiac episodes from the last year... and is only in his mid-forties!

So, I think I did pretty good for a quick masculine card. I really need to try to keep a few on-hand.