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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'm in Total Shock!

To say I am shocked would be an understatement! Check out this post over at The Greeting Farm.

My little guy is in the poll for the next Sprout to be made into rubber!

I really wasn't expecting him to be in the list -- I drew him on the last day of submissions. I didn't even give him a name!

Check out the post - there's lots of cuteness over there. Vote for your favourite - it doesn't have to be......"Hubert"...yes, I finally named him. I had a hard time choosing my favourite! The submissions are all delightful and you will see that are a lot more artistic people out there than me. I'm more of an "ideas" person!

edited: Dearly beloved suggested "Spats" for his name...I like that better. So he has been renamed.

Be sure to check back after 11am Eastern on October 2nd to see my latest post for PaperWorksCo!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Busy day at PaperWorksCo

So it has been a busy day over at the PaperWorksCo blog - three posts in one day!

Post #1 - another card by me featuring the September PaperCard Kit. Tomorrow is the last day to order yours if you haven't done so already! On October 1st the new kit will be available.

Post #2 - there is a chance to win the newest line by Cosmo Cricket for you and your favourite paper supplier over at the Cosmo Cricket blog. Peggy hopes you will nominate PaperWorksCo - hint hint!

Post #3 - there is also a chance to win the newest line of stamps that will be premiered on October 9th by PaperWorksCo. Grab the blinkie, put it on your blog and see what happens!

As you can see, I have the blinkie ....

Cake Anyone?

Hi folks, back today with another card featuring the September PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.

For this card I used a template from the Everyday Celebrations card kit from CTMH. You might recognize it from the Boom-Di-Ada Card set I posted earlier this month.

For full details on this card, check out today's post over at the PaperWorksCo blog

PWCOSS3 - Monkeying Around

As promised (threatened), here is a card I made using the PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch #3 .

I think the Monkey the Monkey image works well with the CTMH Twitterpated paper I selected for the backing panels (both sides are from the same paper).

As it happens, Mikey also works for the Day 209 challenge over at 365 cards - to use a Jungle theme on your card.
Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
stamps: Mikey the Monkey and Sentiment from the Jungle Jesters collection by PaperWorksCo
papers: patterned paper CTMH TwitterPated Level 2 paper pack, Bazzill Basics(Capers), Jillibean Craft (card base)
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
PrismaColor Pencils: 928, 997, 941, 945
embellishments: copper photo anchors
tools: cuttlebug, spellbinders nestabilities long rectangles (small and large)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The latest sketch challenge on PaperWorksCo

Hi there....what a difference a day makes! Ugh!!!! What a dismal day outside - but I did get some time to play in the craft room with the new sketch posted today on the PaperWorksCo blog. You can see the sketch on my sidebar. Hope you find the time to play along with us! Now, I'm not QUITE finished my card - but almost! Had to take a break for some dinner and to free up some space on the PVR before we get set to record another week of our favourite shows.

I just have to do the sentiment and then the card will be finished - so I SHOULD get it finished tomorrow after work and posted tomorrow night.

I also did some SERIOUS stamping of images to colour for a set of cards I need to make for my sister. I think every one of my Anya and Ian stamps got inked this weekend. Believe me, that was a LOT of stamping on Friday night while dearly beloved was running lights at the show at the Kanata Theatre.

I also finally stamped all of the sentiments I got from My Sentiments Exactly a while back. I wanted to have some sample pages to insert into the binder so I would know exactly what was on each page (and where) to make it a little easier for me when I'm looking for a sentiment. Those didn't get finished up until today. It's surprising how long such a task takes - must make a mental note to scan those pages just in case I lose the original - wouldn't want to have to do THAT again.

Anyways, hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I should be back with a few posts this week as I work on my set of cards for my sister....and a few other September/October birthdays we have coming up.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

PaperworksCo UCC 2 and 3

Happy Weekend folks! I hope you are enjoying as fabulous a day in your neck of the woods as we are here in our nation's capital. A beautiful fall day. I'm headed out later to a BBQ with some friends - spent the morning making FOUR DOZEN cupcakes (yes, I overdid it - 5 couples and their six children..well, maybe only five children as I don't know if the oldest will be attending). I actually thought of making a cheesecake to bring as well...and then I realized THAT would be overdoing it!

Anyways, did you get a chance to play along with the UCC2 challenge this week at PaperWorksCo? Peggy came up with a good one this week for sure. There are SEVERAL card carcasses on my craft table that just weren't up to snuff. Here's a sneaky peeky at the card I finally settled on:

There are more details, including a full picture of the card, over at this post over at the PaperWorksCo Blog.

I also reciprocated another challenge to Peggy and anyone else who would like to join in.

Any guesses about the elements for this week's challenges? They are all there in the sneaky peek but for full disclosure, check out this post over at PaperWorksCo. I hope you find time to play along this week!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Gift Box 2

Okay, I feel like I have been torturing you for the last week or so.....are you sick of the Boom-Di-Ada paper yet? I promise....we are almost at the end of the post for this set...just this one and whatever card I wind up making to go with it!

This is the second gift box that was made to hold the second set of cards.

Like the first one, the box is from Taylored Expressions, the flowers I picked up at DeSerres and I don't know the manufacturer. But they look lovely with the Boom-Di-Ada papers!

So, a word of warning -- my sister's birthday is coming October 7th and I have promised her a set of cards......I think there will be lots of Ian's and Anya's on those cards as she has expressed a fondness for those. We shall see how my colouring time goes.......after all, she can't want to keep them all for herself! She has to be able to give them away!

I don't know what I will be doing with the papers yet -- sticking with one collection or mixing things up from my stash. I asked her for a colour choice and she hasn't selected anything yet....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another fancy fold

Hi folks, back today with another card featuring the September PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.

This card uses the Joy Fold tutorial over at SplitCoastStampers. For full details on the card, check out today's post over at the PaperWorksCo blog .

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An anniversary card for my parents

Hi folks,

well, my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in early October. This is the card I made for them tonight using PWCO's Sunday Sketch #2 .

A perfect chance to use my Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendant. I hope they like it!

I layered two of the pendants on top of each other. The pendants were cut from Core'dinations Chocolate box paper (black cherry) and lightly sanded. The DP is from one of my favourite paper packs from CTMH - That's Amore.

Card Details:
Finished Size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
Papers: Staples 110lb ivory card stock, Core'dinations chocolate box (black cherry), CTMH That's Amore
Stamps: CTMH Think Pink Promo Set
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: Brads
Tools: Cuttlebug, Xyron Sticker Maker, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendant
Extras: foam tape

Boom-Di-Ada Gift Box 1 and a CPS134 Card

Ha Ha! Psyche!! You thought you had seen the last of the Boom-Di-Ada right? Not a chance - what's a set of gift cards without a pretty box to put them in?

I think this qualifies don't you? The box is from Taylored Expressions. I'm not sure who makes the flowers. I got them at DeSerres.

And this is the card for the birthday girl. I used the CPS 134 sketch for the week. The brads are scrumptious -- they are covered in corduroy! Even dearly beloved thought they were neat.

The centre panel was cut using Spellbinders Dahlia and Circle Nestabilities and is popped up on foam tape - as is the cake image. Notice how the Dahlia shape coordinates so nicely with the flowers on the paper?

Card Details:
finished size 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada Level 2 Paper Pack, card base 110lb ivory cardstock from staples, CTMH Buttercup and Barn Red Cardstock

I wonder what tomorrow's post will bring?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 8

Phew! We made - the final card in the Boom-Di-Ada card set - that makes it eight!

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Olive, Hollyhock, Buttercup
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads
Extras: foam tape

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 7

Hi folks...We're into the home stretch. This is card number seven of the eight I made for the set.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Olive, Autumn Terracotta
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Barn Red), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads, dew drops (included inside so the recipient can select the occasion when she gives away the card)
Extras: foam tape

PaperWorksCo Weekend Two Challenges

Hi folks,

so there's a fresh new batch of challenges up at PaperWorksCo this weekend!

Saturday's UCC #2 has been posted by Peggy: Make a multi-dimensional, one layer card with minimal embellishments.

Peggy's sample is gorgeous and this challenge will definitely BE a challenge for me. I'll be pondering on this one for a while for sure.

Sunday's Sketch challenge #2 has also been posted.

This one should be easier for me -- I can use layers! Yay! I think this sketch calls for me to pull out some of my new Spellbinders Pendants and Core'dinations papers!

I hope you get a chance to play along and link to your creations on the challenge posts so we can all see what you came up with!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 6

Happy Saturday Everyone! This is my first weekend in a very long time without the on-call pager! Yay!!!!!

So this is my sixth card for the Boom-Di-Ada Card set - two more to go. Hope to finish them today as well as the boxes in which they will be gifted.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Olive, Barn Red
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Barn Red, Olive), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads, photo arrow
Extras: foam tape

Friday, September 18, 2009

My take on PWCO Sunday Sketch #01

Hi again! So I HAD to take the time tonight to finally put into a card the idea that has been bouncing around in my head ever since I first saw Peggy's Sketch for her new Sunday Sketch Challenge over at PaperWorksCo.

Here is Peggy's Sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Yes, I did rotate it 90 degrees but otherwise I was true to her concept. Can you guess my bouncy idea?....Yup -- candy corn! Yes, I confess to having a sweet candy corn, candy canes, neopolitan striped taffy, neopolitan ice-cream...they all went through my head.

Since Hallowe'en is coming soon, I figured I should go with a Hallowe'en theme. One of our nieces or nephews will probably get this card.

I think I'll be keeping this sketch printout close at hand on my desk though -- I think my candy cane idea would be nice for some quick make Christmas cards! Or a few more Hallowe'en cards!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 side fold
papers: Recollections Hallowe'en Mat Stack, white and black cardstock
stamps: Imaginisce Snag 'Ems Hallowhimsy Skull, CTMH October Word Puzzle
ink: CTMH Black, Autumn Terracotta
embellishments: dew drops, brad
tools: Martha Stewart "Goo" edge punch

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 5

Hi blogging buddies!

Here we go with Card 5 from the Boom-Di-Ada card set I am making.......

I think this one is very pretty. Must be the pink!

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Olive, Hollyhock
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Barn Red), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads
Extras: foam tape

Cricut Celebrates 100 cartridges - Week #2

Cricut is celebrating their 100th Cricut cartridge—Winter Woodland! That’s right, 100 cartridges. How many do you have?

They are giving away 100 cartridges to celebrate - 20 each week. This marks the start of week #2. I didn't win one in the first week's to week #2!

You should enter to see if you win one...then I can borrow it!'s the thread.... Cricut Celebrates Cartridge #100

I'm hoping to be back later with a post of some cards I made on Wednesday night - four more! It was a busy few hours in my craft room that night let me tell you!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tilda with Lilacs

Hi folks, back today with another card featuring the September PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.

For full details on the card, check out today's PaperWorksCo Blog post

If you are wondering about my Tilda with Lilacs and the FlowerSoft - I got them both at Heather's Stamping Haven here in Ottawa!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 4

I'm back with card #4 from the Boom-Di-Ada card set I am making!

I am going to find it so hard to give this set away. I am loving the papers and the layouts.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Autumn Terracotta
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Olive), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads, arrow photo clip
Extras: foam tape, glue dots

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 3

As promised/threatened - this is the third card for the set of Boom-Di-Ada cards I am making for a friend who celebrates her birthday this week.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations, Cottage Floral
Ink: CTMH Olive
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Olive), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads
Extras: foam tape

It's beginning to look a lot like.....


Yup, I know, you haven't even made your hallowe'en cards yet. But if you are like me you are already thinking of Christmas. So are a bunch of my friends - crafty and not-so crafty. So much so that I'm having a get-together at my house on Oct 3 - World Card-Making Day with said girls and we are going to take part in a Christmas Card workshop conducted by my honorary sister-in-law, Jenn-Jenn!

If you have EVER visited Jenn's blog Confessions of a Scrampaholic you know that the girls are in for a treat when they sit down to make some Jenn designed Christmas cards. We did this last year, had a blast, some other friends heard about it and now there will be TEN of us making cards!

Jenn is also hosting another workshop at her place on November 14th. All the details are on her calendar . I may actually attend this one as well - card-making AND scrapbooking!!! Woo hoo!! Plus, I am intrigued by the fact that the stamp set that you get in your workshop supplies is NOT a Christmas set. Awesome that you get a set of stamps that you can use all year round! I just have to decide if/when I am going to Newfoundland in November to see if I can arrange my schedule accordingly so I can attend.

So, if you are local to the National Capital Region (aka...Ottawa, Canada), you might want to check out the details or drop Jenn a question or two.

Just saying.

I'm hoping to post again later with a photo of Card #3 from my Boom-Di-Ada card set. Made two of them last night but finished too late to take a photo. 5am comes early!

Cricut hits 100 cartridges!

Wow....only 100? No, that's not how many I own. I think my inventory stands somewhere around 30 (or so).

Cricut is launching cartridge 100 - Winter Woodland. You can check it out here . They also have a little contest running over at the forum might want to check it out.

And in case you didn't know, Michael's has the cartridges on sale this week here in Canada for $49.99....I've been eyeing the Everyday Paperdolls and might have to cave.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada Card Set - Card 2

Hi folks,

This is the second card in the set that I am currently making. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these papers from CTMH. Perfect for the fall of the year don't you think? The paper pack features primarily Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Olive and HollyHock. There is also a hint of Buttercup as well I do believe.

And I LOVE the big gem brad. I got them at Michael's yesterday (I believe they were 40% off). I might have to stop in and get some more. Love the colour for fall cards.

I don't know if you can see in the photo but the terracotta and buttercup papers (reverse sides of the patterned papers) were randomly stamped with two of the small floral images from the Cottage Floral stamp set from CTMH.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations, Cottage Floral
Ink: CTMH Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Barn Red), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, dew drops
Extras: foam tape

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Boom-Di-Ada card set - Card 1

Two of my friends celebrate their birthdays in September so I have decided to make them each a set of cards. Now, I am not sure how many cards will fit in the cute boxes I just got from Taylored Expressions (thanks Jenn for splitting an order with me!) so either both of these cards will go to one person or they will get one each in their box of cards.

See that pretty edge? Yes, I also just got my September CTMH order (thanks AGAIN for delivering it Jenn) and in it was the Everyday Celebrations card kit. Now, I did not cut into the papers yet as I wanted to use the Boom-Di-Ada papers for this set of cards. But I did like the die cut cards that came in the kit so....I took one and used it as the template to draw this decorative edge on these cards. Yes...that is tedious. It took me some time to draw the template on EIGHTEEN cards and then to CUT THEM OUT! So, if anyone out there wants a template...I have eighteen of the edges that are just perfect little templates.

Below are individual photos of each card. The inner strip is slightly different on each due to the pattern on the paper.

And I thought the dew drops made a perfect little accent. I'll be including an extra one already on a glue dot with each card so the person who gets the set can select the occasion on the front of the card.

Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
Card sketch and template: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Stamps: CTMH Everyday Celebrations
Ink: CTMH Olive, Barn Red
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada, CTMH Cardstock (Colonial White, Barn Red), Card Base from Staples 110 lb Ivory Card Stock
Embellishments: Ribbon, dew drops
Tools: 1 inch Marvy Uchida Circle Punch
Extras: foam tape, glue dots

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Flower and a tag

Hi all,

So are you interested in playing along with a little round of challenges between myself and Peggy over at PaperWorksCo?

The first challenge, from me to Peggy is in today's post .

The card needs to contain the following two elements:
  • a flower (any type will do: stamped, chipboard, get the idea)
  • a tag/slider (again, any type will do: die cut, chipboard, office supply, etc)

If you play along, be sure to post your card to the PaperWorksCo Gallery and leave a note via the post over at PaperWorksCo.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Whittling down the paper stash

Hi folks...tonight there WILL be papercrafting! Yay!

But I wanted to post about something I think I am going to try to do. I was poking around on SCS and came across this thread in the forums section regarding making cards for members of the CANADIAN military.

So, I think I'm going to give it a try. I contacted the organizer and got a few details from her and am thinking this is a good way to whittle down that HUGE stash of papers I keep hoarding.

Just thought I would pass along the idea in case anyone else out there is interested in doing the same. I'm betting Sheetload of Cards issues would come in handy for this!

A Dressy Miss Anya For You

Hi folks,

So there is a funny story to tell about this card. I made it for today's September PaperCard Kit Post over at the PaperWorksCo blog

And the next day, I saw a challenge posted on one of the new challenge sites I follow and I went "Wow - who was spying on me in my craft room?" Yup -- take a look at the first challenge from Crazy4Challenges . Freaked me out I'm telling you!

Anyways, for full details on this card, head on over to the PaperWorksCo blog

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Two nights of no paper-crafting

Hi there folks!

I know, I know, I haven't posted for a couple of days now. The men of the house are conspiring against me - as I speak, Packet is nudging my arm to say he wants to cuddle on my lap...which is currently occupied by my laptop...just a he's being a little stand-offish now...sitting there looking at me now.

Anyways, last night the cats played revolving lap....they quite literally took turns occupying the lap.

Tonight, dearly beloved was playing the new "The Beatles" edition of Rockband....and the kitties were taking turns in the, I did not get up to the craft room...again.

ooops....kitty pause....or should I say paws?...Packet has now cuddled...laptop pushed aside.

Anyways....oh...there he goes again....silly cat.

Where was I? Oh yes, have you checked out ......I blame dearly beloved. Nearly 5000 free fonts.....some are UBER cool....I'm grabbing some now....lovely for card-making.

Just wanted to share....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Celebrating Mom

Well, technically, my dearly beloved's Mom. Her birthday was last week and I made this card using the September PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo .

For full details on the card, check out today's post over at the PaperWorksCo blog .

The Safari Friends Speak!

Shhhhh...if you listen carefully you can hear the animals ....

Yay! Not only did the Safari Friends find Zoie, they found their voices! PaperWorksCo has released coordinating sentiments for their stamp collections.

For the launch of the sentiments for the Safari friends, I decided to create a little set of cards with a matching box to showcase 5 of the new sentiments - trust me, though, there are more than that in the set!

This is the little box I made. I followed the 3x3 note card box tutorial on SplitcoastStampers to make this - I just adjusted it to fit slightly larger cards (mine were 4.25 x 4.25).

And these are the cards (yes there will be envelopes included in the box).

On the Lucas card, I used a Scor-Pal to create lines on the Core'dinations card stock to match up with the DP strip. I lightly sanded the score lines so the Pistachio green would show through. I do love the Core'dinations paper, must stop hoarding it.

And little Gordie. Awww....notice that all the Safari friends have their heads popped up? Love that dimensional foam tape!

For the Harriet card, I thought it would be appropriate to emboss the Core'dinations paper with my Birds and Swirls folder - ummm, yeah. Good idea. Then I was a bit of a dolt and covered the birds with the other panels. Oh well.

And then sweet, new Zoie. Zebra - stripes. Striped paper. Sentiment. Ummm...I know, too obvious. But I think still cute.


finished card size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches
finished box size: 4.5 x 4.5 inches
Stamps: PaperWorksCo Safari Friends and Coordinating Sentiments
Papers: Basic Grey Offbeat (Radical, EasyGoing), Core'dinations Chocolate Box (Pistachio Nut), White Cardstock, Bazzill Basics (Safari)
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black
PrismaColor Pencils:
  • Harriet: 916, 917, 1051, 1054, 930
  • Lucas: 917, 1034
  • Gordie: 940, 945
  • Zoie: 928, 1051, 1050, 1052
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Scor-Pal

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Zoie baby set

Good Morning once again!

As promised {threatened}, I am back with another post with more of my projects from the September Launch for PaperWorksCo . Warning - this is a long post!

It started out that I was going to do just a onesie featuring the new Safari friend, Zoie the Zebra. But, well, things got out of hand and I wound up making this:

The onesie is the reason I was testing out inks for their durability on fabric. Ultimately I preferred the ink that explicity stated it wasn't to be used on fabric! Black Stazon! I just found that the lines stayed finer. And since I was tracing over them with black fabric marker anyway - I stuck with the Stazon. I used Marvy Uchida Fashion Fabric Markers in Black, Grey, Strawberry, Magenta, Apple Green and Green to colour Zoie. I have to get my hands on a few more (checked out my closest M's yesterday and they did NOT have the others for which I was looking) to do the rest of the Safari friends. Well, I can do Harriet with the colours I already have - but not Gordie and Lucas or the Jungle Jesters.

So you can't make a onesie without a card to go with it. So, I came up with a cute {I think} card to go with. Honestly, I think the card was my favourite thing that I created for the launch. Yes, that's me expressing a preference.

I don't know why - it just is. I think it might be the Harmony alphabet font I used for the sentiment. It just feels so graceful.

I don't use my Cuttlebug alphabets nearly enough, which is a shame really. That little strip along the bottom? That is actually one of the stickers from the paper pack I used on all of my projects - Basic Grey Offbeat. I added a few brads to it for a little something extra.

Anyways, details for the card:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent-fold
Zoie is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with PrismaColor Pencils (928, 1051, 1050 and 1052)
Paper: brown cardstock, white cardstock, Basic Grey Offbeat Collection (Nonchalant)
Embellishments: Basic Grey Offbeat Element Stickers, ribbon, brads
Sentiment cut using Cuttlebug Harmony Alphabet attached using Xyron Sticker Maker
Image Panels cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Circles, Small Scalloped Circles
Image Panels popped up on foam tape.

So, I could not leave well enough alone. I had WANTED to make a little photo mat/frame using Zoie, but my mojo was saying "You need ALL of the Safari friends". Mojo was right and this was the end product.

So for anyone who is interested and a goober like me - Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight is GREAT for 4x6 photo sized apertures. The goober part comes in how I achieved the aperture on an 8x10 (and 7x9) piece of paper. Instead of pulling out my Cricut and Design Studio software and using my cartridge that has a similar cut on it (can't remember the name right now), I got inventive and used a rolling pin. Not just any rolling pin, mind you, my MARBLE rolling pin. Works pretty well. My sandwich? From the bottom up:
  • self-healing mat
  • paper
  • labels eight die taped to the paper so it doesn't slide
Then roll over it with as much force as possible with the rolling pin. A few times. Now, admittedly, I had to use a craft knife to cut in a few spots where my pressure was uneven and I didn't get all the way through the paper. But, overall, I was happy with the outcome.

Details for the frame:
finished size 8x10

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Prismacolor pencils: Harriet (916, 917, 1051, 1054, 930), Lucas (917, 1034), Gordie (940, 945), Zoie (928, 1051, 1050, 1052)

paper: brown cardstock, Basic Grey Offbeat Nonchalant
embellishments: Basic Grey Offbeat Element Stickers
sentiment: Cuttlebug Harmony Alphabet attached using Xyron Sticker Maker

Photo Aperture cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight.

Time to put on my techie hat

Morning all!

The second thing I read this morning (the first being an article about the Super Computer Centre building a machine that uses flash drives - cool) was about this one from WordPress dated Sept 5 2009. So yes, it is current.

It is a cautionary note to users of WordPress for their blogs that if they are not running the current version (2.8.4) or the immediately previous version, that they should upgrade because they are vulnerable to attack from a circulating worm. The worm breaks links in the blog. Upgrading BEFORE you are hit is easier than fixing your blog after the fact.

Just saying....

you might want to point this out to any bloggers you follow who use Wordpress.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wasn't that a party!

Boy am I pooped today - but it is a good kind of pooped! PaperWorksCo launched a whole bunch of new stamps last night.

One of my projects for the night was this card featuring Sammy the Snake from the new Jungle Jesters line.

I think Sammy gives snakes a good name. He is just ssssso darn cute.

You will notice that I used the Basic Grey Offbeat Collection papers on all of my paper projects for the night. For some reason, this paper has been calling my name for all sorts of projects. I guess I am getting caught up in all the "retro" I keep seeing out there in the blog-o-sphere. I think I {may} also be getting comfortable with the idea of stepping out of my comfort-zone and challenging myself to use funky patterns and combinations.

Over the course of this long weekend, I'll try to get posts up here on my blog with the details for each of my projects. Why I didn't prepare them when I finished the projects I don't know...I CAN be goober sometimes.

Mind you, I do have a lot of things on the go right getting ready to go get some food for my fur-babies. I hate the Kanata Centrum shopping district. Whoever "planned" that area should have their license/diploma/certification revoked and be forced to drive through there on a Saturday afternoon!

Hope you have a lovely long weekend!

Card Details:
Finished Size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches
Stamps: PaperWorksCo Sammy the Snake from the Jungle Jesters Collection and matching sentiments.
Papers: white cardstock, Coredinations Pistachio Nut, Basic Grey Offbeat Collection (Casual, Unordinary)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
PrismaColor Pencils: 923, 1012. 1033, 1032, 1004, 989
Additional colouring medium: orange/gold Gel Writer Glitter Pen
Embellishments: Basic Grey Element Stickers, big brads
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Deckled Rectangles

Friday, September 4, 2009

A little sneaky peek

....for a very special event.

Where: PaperWorksCo
When: Tonight, Sept 4, 2009 at 8PM ET (6PM MT)

Check out the PaperWorksCo blog today for all the details on how you can join in the rescue party!

Say Hi! to some old friends......and maybe meet a few new ones!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Getting Excited

Yay! The long weekend is almost here. I am so psyched!

Let's see
- I stopped by Heather's on the way home from work today and picked up my Michael Strong Christmas Tree stamp so I can make some more of those cards we did at the Make and Take. Of course, that wasn't the ONLY think I walked out with - a nice big set of Cornish Heritage Farms Christmas sentiments...perfect for those cards!

- at 6PM MST (that's 8PM for those of us in Ontario), the PaperWorksCo launch party starts! I can't wait to hear your comments about what everyone has created! Heck, I can't wait to see what everyone ELSE has created. If their creations are anything like the last release .... it should be a good one!

- and it's the long weekend...and the weather looks like it is going to be nice. Sadly, I can't go anywhere since I am STILL on call for another two weeks so, I have advised dearly beloved that if he wants to go motorcycling with his friends, he need not feel guilty. I have tons of new things to play with in the craft room and I REALLY REALLY want to work on my brother's quilt. ...and I am reading the last book in the Twilight series now so....that has to get finished this weekend as well. Plus, all my CTMH goodies should be arriving next week as well as some lovely little card boxes from Taylored Expressions. So....I REALLY REALLY should try to make some room for all my new goodies!

Anyways, that is all for tonight....see you tomorrow night for the big launch!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Still MORE new stamps releasing in September

Apparently ALL my favourite stamp companies decided to gang up on my pocketbook in September. I just read ANOTHER post about some new stamps....from the DOODLEFACTORY!!!!

If you check out this post from their blog you will find out how you can win the new release!

There's also a chance to win by participating in a sketch challenge they are sponsoring. All the details are in the above noted post....

Best of luck to everyone!

Pink Cat Studio - Hallowe'en Release is coming!

Did you see the news that Pink Cat Studio is releasing their Hallowe'en Stamps on September 16th?

You just know they will be cute, right?

Anyways, check out this post to find out the details about how you could win them!

Best of luck!

A few more things to round out the day...'s been a busy day. I finally had the chance to take some photos of the card I made at Heather's on Saturday - please forgive my goofs! this picture you can see that I did NOT pay attention to Heather's instructions to reinsert the slider BEFORE punching the hole for the ribbon. Yeah, and my eyeballing the centre was off. Grrr.....

But it is still a pretty card! Love those Smooch paints. I think they will get added to my colouring medium selection.....

And this is what the slider card looks like in action....Heather had us add a little levity to the gorgeous fall card with this cute little cow and the sentiment "cow's it going?"... tee hee hee....

Did you see my OTHER goof?....I didn't do such a good job stamping my cow. I missed his feet! So I coloured them in with a marker after.

I do like this card...very neat I think.

Let's see ... what else is up? Oh yes....I've been busy in the craft room making projects for the September 4th launch for PaperWorksCo. I'm sure Peggy will be teasing for the remainder of the week about what is coming! So, hopefully your long weekend plans will include tuning in to the launch on Friday night and checking out the surprises she has in store. I'm sure the rest of the team will have amazing projects for you to see. I won't brag about my OWN creations ... you can be the judge on release night.

Thanks for stopping by...hope to have some new creations for you soon!

September is here....

and so is the September Papercard Kit from PaperWorksCo. Ooooohhhh....aaaaaahhhh. Isn't it pretty?

Want to see the first card I made with it? It's over at this post over at the PaperWorksCo Blog! But here is a little sneaky peeky....

Can you guess what I used on this card?

Thanks for stopping by!