The Stamps I Use

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Growing old

Hi there! Are you enjoying your weekend yet...ready for the Trick or Treaters?

Today's card is one I made for one of my dearly beloved's friends. They have been friends since college (25 years plus) and still play D&D every other Friday. can probably guess why I chose this sentiment for the card....

I used the CPS 139 sketch for the card layout.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope this was a treat and not a trick!

Card Details:
finished size: 6x6 inches
papers: Basic Grey Cupcake, CTMH Twilight, Staples 110lb White cardstock
stamps: sentiment from the Little Paper Shop , Yapples and the Cupcake are from The Doodlefactory Collection by StarvingArtistamps.
Ink: CTMH Twilight, Memento Tuxedo Black
PrismaColor Pencils: 925, 1082, 1088, 997
tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Ovals, Ribbon Tag Trio 2
embellishments: ribbon, brads

Friday, October 30, 2009

Deck the halls - and your favourite book

So, are you keeping up? Only one more Christmas card to go for today featuring the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.

Yummy - Core'Dinations chocolate box! How can you resist the urge to emboss this paper? You can't so pull out your favourite embossing folders and crank those handles!

For this card, I used my Cuttlebug Ornaments Embossing Folder to create the detailed background for the front of this card - gave it a light sanding with an emery board to let the pretty colour peek through.

Did you notice that tab (yes, I have a new toy) on the fold-over on the right inside of the card? A detachable bookmark that proves you don't need another expensive tool in your craft room - a simple tracing wheel works wonders (especially when used on your scor-pal instead of a bone folder).

I'm sure I'll be giving this card to someone to whom I gift a book at Christmas this year.

I should mention that the stamped Christmas ornaments on the front of the card use the second generation stamping technique - the stamp is inked up, stamped off onto scrap paper and the residual ink is used to stamp the image you actually want to use.

Well, that is it for the details on the Christmas cards from today's post at PaperWorksCo. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a pleasant weekend!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, with a detachable 2.5 x 5.5 inch bookmark
papers and embellishments: October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.
stamps: CTMH Holiday Trinkets
ink: CTMH Tulip, Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Ornaments Folder, Scorpal, tracing wheel, Stampin Up Tab punch

A Jolly Fold - By Golly

Yes I know, if you frequent my blog you have seen this fold plenty of times before. But you've never seen it with such a fun mix of Christmas papers - all from the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo .

Even my dearly beloved commented that he REALLY liked the papers - the colours on the striped piece in particular appealed to him. Personally, I like the pinwheels I punched to decorate the revealed edge from inside the card. They just say "fun fun fun" to me.

This fold and layout comes from the December 2008 layout from Sheetload of Cards.

Thanks for stopping by - if you haven't snapped up your October PaperCard Kit - you only have until October 31st, what are you waiting for? Another card?....okay, check the next post!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers and embellishments: October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo
stamps: Verve Poinsettia Christmas (sentiment is inside the card and not visible in the above photo)
ink: CTMH Clover Meadow
Tools: EK Success Scalloped Scallop punch, Scor-Pal, compass, 3/4 inch Marvy Uchida Circle Punch

A Joyful Tree

Hi there, back again! As it turns out - my dear friend Jackie and I did not paper-craft tonight. We ate dinner, had some wine and caught up on our respective woes. Just as therapeutic as paper-crafting. So, it turns out that I do have some time now to write a little blurb or two about one of my cards for today's post at PaperWorksCo featuring the October PaperCard Kit.

This one is my take on Clean and Simple. I embossed the pale creamy Prism Cardstock with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. The christmas tree was stamped directly onto one of the patterned papers in the kit - the green side of the "Play Day" paper from Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly Collection. The trunk onto Core'Dinations paper.

And then I let my tree decorating proclivities get the better of me -- no sparkly gemstone was safe! My own Christmas tree, artificial for reasons that will soon be obvious, runs somewhere between 2500 and 3000 white lights. Seriously. You need sunglasses to actually look directly at the tree! So....I dipped pretty heavily into the gemstones from the kit to embellish my paper tree to give it the same sparkle as my own tree!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be posting the details for the rest of the cards over the next few days, as well as a birthday card for another of my dearly beloved's college pals (they are D&Ding tonight so he gets his card tonight).

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers and embellishments: from the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo
stamps: CTMH Annotations, Solos "J", Holiday Warmth
ink: CTMH Topiary, HollyHock
tools: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Xyron Create-a-Sticker 150
extras: foam squares

A Triple Play at PaperWorksCo

Hi there...just a quick post as I thought I should mention that I have not one, not two, but three cards posted today over at the PaperWorksCo blog .

All of them feature supplies from the October PaperCard Kit.

I hope to find time during the handing out of the Hallowe'en treats to update my own blog with some photos and details as I am currently awaiting the arrival of a friend to do some paper-crafting!

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Tweet Card for a real Tweetie

Hi today I am sharing with you the card I made for the fabulous Jenn for her birthday. Does anyone else out there have a difficult time making cards for fellow card-makers? Well, imagine my predicament! Making a card for the uber-talented Jenn....eep! What to do? What do do?

Well, I kept it simple. This is it.....

I pulled out one of my favourite sets - Verve's Birthday Surprise and made use of this week's Mojo Monday sketch (I know...I made the card AFTER Jenn's actual birthday...bad me...but you would not believe how much I hemmed and hawed over what to do before deciding I liked this sketch).

The patterned papers are again from the Basic Grey Cupcake line.....I think I'll be hitting up the store at PaperWorksCo to try to score another of these stacks of paper. Yummo! And yes, that is the Autumn Terracotta card stock from CTMH...again. What can I say, I love that colour! I may be running out of it though.....must check and restock if necessary!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Card Details:
finished size: 6x6 inches
papers: Basic Grey Cupcake, CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Staples White 110lb cardstock
stamps: Verve Birthday Surprise
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Autumn Terracotta
embellishments: ribbon (Stampin Up), Dew Drops
PrismaColor Pencils (Have to check....yes, misplaced my notes again).

Edited to add: found my notes: PrismaColor Pencils: 1033, 1025

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

change to the comments on my blog

First off...a big big thank you to Tanya for letting me know that I had some spammed comments on the post from earlier today.....grrrr....spam.....They have been removed. I hope no one out there followed any of the links. grrrr....spam.

Second .... because of the spammed comments I am now enabling comment moderation which means more work for me but less crap for readers to have to endure (and saves ME cleaning up). But at least now I will know that someone has commented when they leave a legitimate comment.

So....thank you Tanya!!!!

Happy Birthday - SSS27

Happy Birthday Alisha!

My niece, Alisha, is FIFTEEN today. To say that time flies is an understatement.

I thought that this funky Mismatch Ketto from Stamping Bella would be a good image for a birthday card for a teenage girl. Especially when combined with this funky paper from the Basic Grey Cupcake 6x6 stack. I love this stack - a great combination of papers that work for masculine or feminine cards. In case you are wondering, I got mine at PaperWorksCo .

I used the SSS27 Sketch from the Sweet Stop for the card layout.

Mismatch Ketto was stamped on Staples 110lb card stock and coloured with PrismaColor Pencils - notice her hair? I had to give her some fun hot pink highlights! And of course she has some sparkly gems on her crown. By the way, I have the coolest tool called a Grab-It that I got from Heather's Stamping Haven that is PERFECT for picking up itty-bitty gems and placing them on your cards. You would not believe how simple a tool it is -- a beeswax coated super long q-tip effectively. Works like a charm!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your week is going fabulously!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
sketch: The Sweet Stop SSS27
stamps: Stamping Bella Mismatch Ketto, Verve Birthday Surprise
papers: Basic Grey Cupcake, CTMH card stock (I think it is Indian Corn Blue but I will have to check), Staples 110lb white cardstock
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Holiday Red
Prismacolor Pencils: 927, 1026, 925, 916, 950, 940, 994
embellishments: Button and RickRack Ribbon from July PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo, gems and sparkly red ribbon from my stash.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering - this is a scheduled post - I am up....just getting ready for work.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Can't wait to meet you

Hi folks!

So tonight I finally got around to giving the little something we had picked up for our recently announced, soon to be arriving niece. This is the card I made to let the little one know that we are looking forward to meeting her - AND to being bad influences.

I used Sketch 25 from the Whimsy Stamps Challenges blog for the layout for this easel card. YES, I have a new favourite card style. They look pretty elaborate but trust me - so EASY PEASY to make! I think there is a tutorial over at SCS.

The stamped image and sentiment are from Verve - I love the sentiment. Thought it was perfect for an early baby card.

I love the Basic Grey Bittersweet papers I used on this card. Pink and brown - a favourite combination. Must check to see if Peggy still has these in stock at PaperWorksCo.

Card Details:
finished size 6x6 inches
papers: CTMH chocolate card stock, Basic Grey Bittersweet, Prism Prismatics Card Stock, Staples White 110lb card stock
stamps: Verve
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Prismacolor pencils (I'll have to update this later, I've misplaced my card notes but I think I know where they are hiding - Edited to add: 928, 1084, 1082)
embellishments: ribbon from my stash, Dark Vanilla Dew Drops
tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Circles and Scalloped Circles.

Trick or Treat - PWCOSS#7

Hi again! So, are you all ready for Hallowe'en? As I write this, I'm not...quite.

Our pumpkins (eight of them so far) have been bought - and need to be carved and have their seeds roasted.

Our treats to hand out have been bought - but are not yet packaged up. We got about 100 kids last year so I'm guessing we will be about the same, or more, this year. So I have quite a few goodie bags to pack between now and Saturday night. I'm figuring I need to do at least 120 just to be safe.

Today I have another Hallowe'en card for you - this time using the PWCOSS#7 sketch from PaperWorksCo.

The card is for my five year old niece so I thought I would keep it fairly simple and fun. And what says fun? Felt, sparkly pumpkins that's what!

Yes, for this one I once again dug into my RAKked 3D Hallowe'en Stickers from Steph. I wish she had a blog so you could see her awesome cards and other papercrafting creations!

Again, I took a little liberty with the sketch and made the centre panel a little wider to accommodate the wider pumpkin.

Minimal stamping - just the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping in today - tomorrow will be a birthday card for my 15 year old niece!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
Sketch: PWCOSS#7 from PaperWorksCo
papers: Recollections Hallowe'en
Embellishments: Recollections 3D Hallowe'en Stickers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: CTMH October Word Puzzle, Solos O, Solos R

Monday, October 26, 2009

Boo to you - PWCOSS#6

Happy Monday - I know....Monday...not my favourite day of the week either.

As I mentioned on Sunday, I played catch up on the PWCO Sunday Sketches on the weekend. This is my take on PWCOSS#6 - another Hallowe'en card.

Can you believe it? No stamping! Steph (fellow crafty girlfriend of a coworker) RAKked me a bunch of 3D hallowe'en stickers last year and I decided it was time to put them to good use with this Hallowe'en paper from Recollections.

Did you notice my mistake on the card? My purple background paper is upside down - just look at the teeth. I'm hoping my nephew won't notice.

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches, tent fold
sketch: PWCOSS#6 from PaperWorksCo
papers: Recollections Hallowe'en Mat Stack
Embellishments: Recollections 3D stickers

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A boo-tiful weekend

Hi folks! Hope you are all winding up a weekend where you had plenty of opportunity to spend time with your loved ones - whether that be your dearly beloved, your children, your pets or your beloved crafting supplies.

I can honestly say that I did a little bit of everything this weekend (including the household chores of laundry and groceries)!

Yesterday, I worked on my brother's quilt. I am happy to report that the borders (except for the four corners) are now finished. All that remains is to do the corners and the binding....and trim ALL the little bits of thread. Barring another coffee incident - I should be ready to take it with me to Newfoundland in November. Then I made the filling for peanut butter cups.

Today, the peanut butter cups were completed. 72 to be exact. They will be traveling to Cape Breton on Tuesday for the Mom of a coworker of mine. She's a fan of my peanut butter cups.

Then, well.....I started playing catch up on the sketches over at PaperWorksCo . This card uses PWCOSS#5 .

I took a little liberty with the sketch by curving my bat ribbon - and using a slightly larger oval for the totally wicked Witchy Girl digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles .

I didn't use the sentiments that come with her (even though they are great) only because this card is going to my 15 year old niece. The image was perfect for her hallowe'en card as she also wears glasses! (It is SO hard to find images with glasses). I'm thinking of colouring her again for a card for a romantic/naughty hallowe'en card for my dearly beloved. I can't decide on the "Bewitched by you" or "Just a little wicked" sentiment....but I think it will be the bewitched sentiment.

WhimsieDoodles has some very cute digital freebies for download if you are interested in trying out digital stamps.

They really are quite easy to use. I typically insert a bunch of copies of the image in the size I want into a Word document so I can print as many as can fit on a single sheet. Then, I print my digital images using my Konica Minolta laser printer - directly onto Staples 110lb white card stock. VERY important to specify that it is CARDSTOCK to which you are printing otherwise, if your printer is like mine, it won't fuse the image to the paper properly and you ruin your first page (you can guess how I know - I do it every time!)

Since my colouring medium of choice is PrismaColor pencils, my images get blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits (aka Taltine, Gamsol). I have no problems with the computer printed image smudging. It remains crisp and clear.

Anyways, that's it for this evening. I'll be posting my other three cards that I made today throughout the week - two more hallowe'en and a birthday card for my niece. Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you find the time to visit again this week!

Card Details:
Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
Sketch: PWCOSS#5 from PaperWorksCo
Stamps: Whimsie Doodles Witchy Girl Digi, Studio G sentiment
Papers: Recollections
Embellishments: Bat Ribbon (Michael's - last year's hallowe'en stash)
PrismaColor Pencils: 931, 927, 989, 942, 941, 946)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Petite Ovals, Scorpal

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Stamps and Smiles Digi giveaway

Hi there, a quick post to let my fellow fans of Stamps and Smiles know about today's post in case you haven't seen it yet....I know I am terribly behind on the blogs I follow myself...Life getting in the way...and I finally decided to finish up to come when I OFFICIALLY finish it and deliver it to my brother -- in November!

anyways, enough about me....check out the post here ! Jennifer is offering up a digi if you email her this weekend and has also announced that the latest release is also available in digi format for those of us who like instant gratification!

You will soon be seeing some of the Cuppy's Winter Wonderland images showing up on my Christmas cards - I was lucky enough to win one during the last release and it is calling my name from my craft room ... "ink me".... but quilt-zilla needs to be finished.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a crafty weekend!

A special birthday for UCC7

Hi there, back again with today's UCC7 challenge card for PaperWorksCo . It also happens to be a card for one of my uncles who celebrates his birthday on October 28th - the same day as my eldest niece.

The details for the challenge and the card can be found at this post over at PaperWorksco.

So...I have a techie question for you - do you think the picture quality is any better or worse or the same? I finally got a new camera this week, a digital SLR, but haven't really sat down to figure out the best setting for taking my card photos. I think that the camera does make a bit of difference - but I really need to work on my lighting since I am usually taking my card photos around 9pm or later at night. Who knew that a hobby could become so involved!

By the way everyone --- SHHHH --- don't tell her I told you but today is the fabulous Jenn 's birthday! I can't show her birthday card until I see her in person , so you will just have to wait. But, maybe we could all stop by her blog or send her an email to wish her a happy birthday today! She's probably getting ready for her workshop tomorrow so I'm betting that the well wishes would make her day!

Dreaming of a white christmas

Well, not really. I HATE winter...with capital letters. Everyone always says to me "but you grew up in Newfoundland - isn't it colder there?"

NO! It is NOT! Until I moved to Ottawa in FEBRUARY (what was I thinking) of 1992, I had never experienced -40 Celsius WITHOUT windchill weather. BRRRRRR.

And, truthfully, we DID dream of having a white christmas - because ours were usually GREEN! How the heck was Santa going to deliver presents in his sleigh without snow?

Anyways, here is my card for this week's UCC6 challenge over at PaperWorksCo .

The challenge this week was to create your own background - without using the cuttlebug or nesties. I stamped my background snowflakes using Versmark and then heat embossed a sparkly white embossing powder.

If you are interested in the rest of the details and seeing what everyone else came up with this week, just check out this post at PaperWorksCo.

Weren't the other creations gorgeous? Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to pop back later to see what I have up my sleeves for UCC7!

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Merry and Bright Polar Bear

Hi there! Back today with another post featuring the papers from the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo .

All of the details can be found over at today's post at the PaperWorksCo blog .

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A thank you and a reminder

Hi card post for me today as I spent the day stamping with the girls at Jenn's. We have been planning this for a while now and today we stamped our little hearts out - in fact, my fingers and arm are actually sore from all the stamping! We get together from time to time to share our new stamps and tools since we all collect a bunch of different lines (we also have a LOT in common). So you will be seeing a variety of new images popping up on my cards in the next while.

From Jenn I stamped a bunch of TGF images that I don't have and from Tanya I have loads of Whiff of Joy, The Pixie Cottage, Sugar Nellie and the list goes on! I know I won't be as skillful as these two ladies in colouring up their shared images, but I will give it a shot. I'm sure I will be taking a lot of these on my trip in a couple of weeks to keep me busy.

So a big big THANK YOU to the girls for sharing!

And the reminder part of this post. Don't forget that the Design Team call for PaperWorksCo closes on October 21st. I'm sure Peggy would LOVE to be flooded with requests from those of you who would be interested! Don't be shy - make her blackberry buzz buzz buzz! Previous experience and exclusivity are not required - but a sense of fun and a love of paper-crafting are a must!!

Here are the details from the forum post by Amanda - the blog team lead:

Paperworks Co (PWCO) is an online stamp company and scrapbooking supplier based in Canada, that is looking to expand and grow the current stamp line. We currently have 5 amazing and wonderful members on our DT and we are seeking to expand this by 1-2 new members.

We are seeking someone with a fun personality and a passion for paper-crafting to assist with Stamp Launches and regular postings on their Blog & SCS. No previous experience is required but would be considered an asset. We are looking for those with a currently active blog (up to 3 x postings or more per week).

As part of the Paperworks Co. team, you will be required to:

• Make one project per week: card, scrapbook page or paper craft (i.e.: 3d) project utilizing the stamps that you are sent. You would be required to crop, edit and watermark these photos and post on your blog, SCS Galleries and the Paperworks Co Blog.

• During the week of Stamp Launches (typically once per month), you will be required to make three additional projects and upload to your Blog, SCS Galleries and Paperworks Co Blog as scheduled. (In a typical month, you could be required to create 7-8 different projects).

• Participate in, promote and advertise for Stamp Launches (usually one per month).

• Promote contents, challenges, and special events put on by PWCO.

• On a weekly basis, assist in the promotion of the PWCO store by posting on forums and your Blog when appropriate to do so.

• Add PWCO logo to your Blog.

• Encourage, inspire and provide enthusiasm to our target audience.

• You may be required to submit (mail) projects (only if required) for conventions, etc… but shipping costs will be reimbursed, others all projects are yours to keep.

• Commit to a 6 month term beginning November 15, 2009.

DT Members will receive the following:

• A welcome package
• Free stamps during your term on the PWCO team
• Discounts on PWCO store products
• Shipping discounts (to coincide with the DT material shipping)
• Other bonuses and incentives
Specifics will be further discussed upon contract agreement.

How to Apply:

Please submit via email to

A paragraph or two introducing yourself and explaining why you choose to join PWCO’s team, including:

• Provide full contact information including full name, address, email address and telephone number.
• Please provide the link to your active blog and SCS gallery.
• Please include your past and current DT commitments (we don’t require exclusivity).
• Please include two samples of your best work, including one with a stamped and colored image. (This does not need to be new projects but something that showcases your talents and would be a fair representation of your “regular” work).

This DT call will end on October 21, 2009 at 11:59 MST.

The successful candidate(s) will be chosen by October 27, 2009.

So what are you waiting for? Don't be shy - APPLY!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Doodlefactory new release

So how cool is it that the Doodlefactory is having another release? I'm prepping my next order to take advantage of the 25% discount before the end of October but I think I am going to have to wait until I see these new stamps!!!

Charlotte sending wishes and PaperWorksCo DT call

Hi there!

Today's card is another project featuring the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. I decided I had to use adorable Charlotte from Little Loud Stamps. PaperWorksCo is the exclusive distributor for these cuties and I must say I adore them!

I used this week's sketch from Our Creative Corner for this festive card. I think it works quite nicely with the bold papers and image.

Not sure if you have seen the DT call for PaperWorksCo over on SCS ... you haven't? Well, here is a link to the call in the forums section . Check it out....and APPLY! I know there are some VERY talented folks who have left comments here on my blog who would be a welcome addition to the team!!!!

This DT call will end on October 21, 2009 at 11:59 MST.

The successful candidate(s) will be chosen by October 27, 2009.

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wedding Wishes

Well it looks like I made it back tonight after all. I thought I was going to be busy making a get well card for Steph. She's the "other half" of one of my co-workers and a fellow paper-crafter. I WAS going to use my extra Tilda with Lilacs image I had coloured to make a card but as it happens, I had not yet given away the original card! YAY! I have a stash! So, all I had to do was stamp a get well message on the inside and Voila! I had time to sit down to write this post.

I don't very often get to make wedding cards. Most of my cousins are older than me and already hitched - but I do have a scattered one or two who are younger and believe in the institution of matrimony. One of my younger cousins got married this past weekend and I totally messed up on the date! I thought it was the 24th of October, not the 10th. So, this card will be arriving late to him and his new bride. But it still carries with it my heartfelt wishes to them for a long marriage filled with love and happiness.

Since this is a wedding card, I thought it only appropriate that I use the "Amore" paper from CTMH - accented with blush and chocolate cardstock. Notice, that I also FINALLY got around to using the Sunday sketch #4 from PaperWorksCo . I have to say - that free-hand "wave" is a B*TCH to draw by hand. In retrospect I should have used a flexible piece of acetate - or I bet I have a fiskars template hiding somewhere in my craft room! In fact, I KNOW I have one....

The sentiment is from Verve, the flowers are from my stash (got them at Zellers - four for a $1) and that's it for tonight!

The last of the WCMD Christmas Cards

So, I have reached the last four cards of the dozen we made at the card-making workshop conducted by Jenn. Yes, still MORE fabulous cards!

I love the pattern on this tree....and the button!

This fabulous tree.....I love the sentiment and the altered clear button.

This one is nice, clean and simple. I do believe I was supposed to add some sparkle to this but I was lagging behind everyone else. I'll add the sparkle before I give it away.

Another of the clear buttons, this time placed directly on the card on one of the stamped snowflakes. Pretty huh?

That's it for the workshop cards. Tomorrow I will have another PaperWorksCo October PaperCard Kit post for you - more Christmas goodness!!!

I may get back later tonight though with the card I made last night for my cousin's wedding. We shall see....have to pop out now to "wash that grey right out of my hair" so speak!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More of our WCMD Christmas Cards

Hi are you sick of leftover turkey yet? Well, I had my favourite part of the turkey - the turkey sandwich - today ..... yummm. You know what else is really tasty? Homemade cranberry sauce with sweetened plain yogurt. mmmmmm. Well, I find it tasty.

Today I thought I should show you four more of the cards we made at Jenn's workshop.

Don't you just love those stripes and that pretty, decorated clear button? What a way to dress up a button - with a matching DP!

Aren't the paper pieced trees on the above card just perfect mixed in with the stamped trees?

And I love this star on the card shown below:

And on this one I love the combination of the stamped ornament and the popped up ornament.

Kudos to Jenn for the designs she came up with for us for this workshop. I must say that I am NEVER disappointed with the projects she comes up with for me and my friends.

If you like what you see here, don't forget that you can purchase all the CTMH products we used on these cards via her site right here !

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Projects from WCMD

Hi folks,

Hope my fellow Canadians had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day weekend. I spent lots of time cleaning up the gardening, visiting my dearly beloved's family, vegging and a LITTLE time paper-crafting. Today's creations are not from this past weekend but from the PREVIOUS weekend.

As you may or may not know, we had quite the gathering at my house on WCMD - eight of us making Christmas cards designed by the fabulous Jenn .

This is the adorable box we decorated to hold the completed set of cards:

Isn't it just ADORABLE with gigantic capital letters? You might wonder why I say Jenn is fabulous. Simple enough - you see those felt embellies on the stocking? Yup THOSE - they totally MAKE the stocking. Well Jenn the Fabulous actually made all of them - for ALL of us (and the three others that couldn't make it that day) - hand cut and stitched. The girl is amazing!

And here are some of the cards:

Don't you just love the colours on these cards? The papers are all from the Jingle Paper Pack from CTMH. I have it on good authority that Jenn is hosting another workshop at her house on Nov 14 for anyone who might be interested - I do believe that in addition to cards, that the workshop will also involve some scrapbooking layouts.

Sadly, I won't be able to attend. I'll be visiting my family in Newfoundland.

Anyways, that's all for today. I may be back tomorrow with another post with four more of the card we made. But now, I have to get back to making snowflakes.....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Caution - Construction Zone

That's the name of the stamp set I used for this card for my dearly beloved's three year old nephew.

After all, what three year-old boy doesn't love construction toys? I got this stamp set from The Little Paper Shop some time ago and this was the first time I had the chance to ink it up. There are three different construction vehicles in the set, along with signs and some neat sentiments. I actually coloured up all three vehicles but decided only one was needed on the card.

Don't you love that sandpaper makes a neat and tidy substitute for real sand on a card. No mess to clean up!

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, tent fold
papers: Recollection Autumn Mat stack, Staples 110 lb card stock
stamps: Little Paper Shop " Caution - Construction Zone", Verve Birthday Surprise
ink: memento Tuxedo Black
prismacolor pencils: 917, 944
accessories: brads, sandpaper

Saturday, October 10, 2009

PaperWorksCo UCC5

Hi again!

Have you seen my UCC5 challenge over at PaperWorksCo yet? Well, my challenge to Peggy (and anyone else who would like to play) this week is to make a card using:
  • button(s): one or more and
  • a decorative border. You can create a pretty edge using decorative craft scissors, distressing, your spellbinders borderabilities, corner rounders (for scallops), your favourite template, cuttlebug embossing borders, ribbons, punches - whatever your creative mind decides upon!

I actually made two cards - same layout, same sentiment, but different images and papers.

This first one is featured over at the PaperWorksCo blog in the challenge post. You can find all the details over there.

The second one uses one of my left-over fairy images from a couple of cards I made earlier this summer. I thought the colours on this image would work quite nicely with the Bella papers from CTMH.

As you can see, both cards use buttons and both have a scalloped edge on the bottom patterned paper.

The sketch I used is this week's sketch from 2 Sketches For You .

PaperworksCo UCC4

Hi there,

so did any of you find the time to take part in the UCC4 challenge over at PaperWorksCo this week?

I managed to get two cards made - both using the same simple layout but for different occasions.

This first one uses one of the new stamps that was launched last night.

For full details on the card, you can check out the blog post over at PaperWorksCo.

I also made this Thanksgiving card. I think this one will go to my dearly beloved for Thanksgiving.

You will notice I am using one of my extra horn of plenty images that I had used on a previous challenge. Hate to waste creative effort! By the way - the papers I used are from an Autumn Mat Stack from Recollections that I picked up at Michael's a couple of weeks back (on sale of course!).

You can probably guess from a lot of my recent projects that I REALLY like my Labels 8 die from Spellbinders. It has been getting quite the workout the last couple of weeks!

Thanks for stopping by. Check back in a little while for my UCC5 card!

Christmas Stamp Launch at PaperWorksCo

Phew-wee! So did you have a chance to check out the new stamp line launch over at PaperWorksCo last night?

I contributed projects for three of the six new images. You can see all of the projects over at the blog . Just scroll down through all of the posts from throughout the night.

My project for "Charlotte's Holiday Mail" was a journal in which you can keep track of the people to whom you have sent or from whom you have received Christmas cards. I based this on a section from a Holiday Planner I got a few years ago.

My second project uses "Jacob's Cookies for Santa" and is an altered take-out box guessed it....a gift of cookies from the kitchen!

I just had to play with my new poinsettia die cut from Spellbinders for a bit of a wow factor on the lid.

My final project was with the uber-cute "Under the Mistletoe" stamp. This was my first time making an easel card and I must say, I like the style.

So, be sure to stop by PaperWorksCo to check out the other three stamps - Charlotte's Christmas Tree, Jacob and the Reindeer, and the Snow Angel Duo. Peggy has created a "Want it all" bundle that includes all 6 stamps with their sentiments. I believe it is only available for the first week after the release so be sure to snap it up!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Holidays to you

Hi there.....are you ready for Thanksgiving Weekend? I know I am! Today's card is my latest project using the October PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo .

Check out this post over at PaperWorksCo for all the details!

I hope you can join us in a couple of hours for the release party!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy Birthday to my nephew

My sister's son has a birthday on October 18th, he will be nine years old. This is the card I made for him using one of the "My Guy Ian" stamps from The Greeting Farm .

This was my first time colouring up one of these cuties and I am quite pleased with how it came out. My nephew is a blond so you will notice that I tend to colour my Ian stamps as blonds. I only wish that TGF would put out an Ian with glasses as my nephew, like me, is optically challenged.

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch 107 for the layout and my new Basic Grey Cupcake papers. I think they worked well for a boy card.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget that Friday is another big PaperWorksCo day. My most recent October PaperCard Kit post will be up at 11am eastern on the PaperWorksCo blog and at 8pm eastern, the launch party for the newest stamp collection will commence. Did you RSVP? Hope to see you there!

Card Details:
finished size: 6x6 inches
stamps: My Guy Ian from The Greeting Farm, sentiment from Doodlebug Designs Inc
papers: Basic Grey Cupcake (patterned papers), Bazzill Basics Navel and Witch Hazel (card stock)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
PrismaColor Pencils: 1012, 942, 914, 1005, 988, 935
embellishments: brads
tools: cuttlebug, nestabilities petite ovals small and large

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

For my sister's youngest

So, not only does my sister have her birthday in October - her three kids all have their birthdays in October as well. First up, is my niece, Hayley. She recently started ballet classes so I had to get this Anya stamp so I could make her a ballerina card. Apparently, she loved her fairy card from earlier this year so.....another Anya it is....

Again, I used my new Basic Grey Bittersweet paper for this card as it had to be pink pink pink for the new ballerina.

I used the SASSept2 sketch from Stamps and Smiles for the layout. They are doing a Fall/Winter Release this week and this is for one of the challenges. The new winter stamps featuring Cuppy the Cupcake are super-cute. Be sure to check out the previews over at their blog !

I'm pretty sure she will like it - especially the sparkly tiara.

Card Details:
finished size: 6x6 inches, tent fold
stamps: The Greeting farm - Ballerina Anya, Doodlebug Designs Inc (sentiment)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
papers: patterned papers: Basic Grey BitterSweet, cardstock: CTMH (blush, chocolate) and Staples (white)
Prismacolor pencils: 927, 929, 928, 997, 941
tools: cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom
embellishments: CTMH Chocolate Ribbon and Superfine Glitter

For my sister

Today, October 7th , is my sister's birthday - she is the younger one.

This is the card she received today (CanadaPost surprised me by getting it there in time!).

I bought the stamp months ago at Heather's Stamping Haven - it is an image from The Stamp Barn. I knew when I got it that it would wind up on a card for my sister and probably on some friendship cards. This is the first time it has actually seen ink.

I coloured the image with my Prismacolors and used this week's sketch from Friday Sketchers .

Don't you just love the papers? They are from a 6x6 Basic Grey BitterSweet pack that I ordered from PaperWorksCo .

Card Details:

finished size: 5.25 x 5.25 inches
Stamps: the Stamp Barn, Doodlebug Designs Inc
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
papers: patterned paper:Basic Grey BitterSweet, cardstock: CTMH and Staples
prismacolor pencils: 1084, 929, 994, 1005, 946, 941, 1018
tools: compass (for the circle)
embellishments: brads, flowers (CTMH)

Check out Tanya's Candy!

It's yummy and you might win......

You can find her candy post here ......want a sneaky peak?

Look at all those yummies! Be sure to drop by and show her some love!

And, in case you are wondering - YES I have been crafting up a storm but, time being what it is, I haven't had a chance to post pics of anything yet. We had the big Christmas card making day at my house on Saturday (on World Card Making Day) and I do have pics of us having fun and of all the cards I made AND the adorable box.

And, well, I can't forget the big release at PaperWorksCo on Friday night. You KNOW I have some projects for that -- I just can't show them to you yet....tee hee hee. You will just have to tune in to the release party on Friday night to see them!

So....I should go since I am supposed to be getting up in four hours. This is my second night of insomnia and I really should try to catch a few zzzzs since I didn't sleep last night and only had a 45 minute nap today. This IS NOT a scheduled post...I am actually sitting in the living room writing.....even the cats are asleep!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Gears of War

I know.....I know......Right now you are saying "What in the world kind of title is THAT for a post on a CARDMAKING blog?". Before you navigate away, let me explain. It is the name of the FONT that I used on this card.

You see, it is for the fifteen year old son of one of my dearly beloved's long-time buddies. They went to college together and STILL play D&D regularly (Dungeons and Dragons for those not in the know). Well, nerd generation 2.0 actually plays with them as well and had his fifteenth birthday a couple of weeks ago. Friday night was the first time they had gotten together for a D&D night in a while (due to theatre commitments on the part of my dearly beloved and the DM (dungeon master) who have been friends since GRADE school) so I finally sat down to make the birthday card. Nerd generation 1.0 AND 2.0 actually play video games together as well - one of them being Gears of War.

So, when dearly beloved saw the Gears of War font on a while back, he suggested I use it on the nerd generation 2.0 birthday card -- with some camo and metal.

So this is what I came up with. Now, forgive my feeble attempt at creating a "gear" - I had a "senior" moment and spent over an hour looking for my cuttlebug C plate, tearing apart my craft room in the process. I apparently dropped it AFTER I cut out the copper gear and BEFORE I cut out the dark green gear (which I did by hand using a hole punch since I couldn't find the plate!!!). I did eventually find it...But I am going to go buy a second C plate just in case I do that again.

I didn't photograph the inside of the card but it says "Hope it is a blast" with the GOW skull in one of the logo gears in dripping red. I'm hoping nerd 2.0 likes it and "gets" it without too much explanation.

card details:

finished size: 5 x 6.5 tent fold
papers: cardstock (staples white, bazzill basics capers)
patterned paper: from my stash (I think K&Co)
tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities circle and inverted scalloped circle, hole punch (grrrr)
embellishments: copper sheeting

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day

So how are YOU celebrating World Card Making Day? I'm going to be gathered around a table or two in my front room making christmas cards with some friends - that is why I am scheduling this post as I am busy getting ready for the event - making food, tidying up, that sort of thing.

Today's card is one I FINALLY got around to making yesterday - it goes with one of the boxes of cards I made earlier this month and was delivered to the birthday girl - somewhat belatedly, by dearly beloved yesterday.

I used the Scrapsketch Card Sketch #3 for the layout and omitted the sentiment on the front as I thought it was busy enough without tacking something else on there.

Card Details:
finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, side fold
papers: cardstock: CTMH Buttercup, Autumn TerraCotta
patterned paper: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada
embellishments: a flower I got a DeSerres, ribbon from American Crafts and a CTMH Ribbon Slider from the winter cozy mini embellishment set.