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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An Easter SSS49

Hi folks,

guess what I have for you today? .....ANOTHER EASTER CARD!!!! (insert evil laugh here)

I used this week's Sweet Stop SSS49 sketch for the layout. I will also be adding this card to the Papertake Weekly Challenge this week - the theme is open "just fill your boots" but how could I not submit an easter card? I've done so many!

And I know you must be sick of these Little Chick papers from 3BugsInARug by now but I am doing my best to use up my "seasonal" papers as I get them.

The cute little bunny is, once again, from the CTMH Bunny Love set.

The ribbon is an unopened spool I found in my stash that I thought matched this paper perfectly. Wow, wish I had noticed it before! Oh well, I still have paper left and more Easter cards to make so you might just see the ribbon pop up again as well.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up as planned!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Another Copic Certification class nearby

Hi folks,

I saw this post today over at Marianne Walker's blog with an update on the Copic Certification class schedule for the next couple of months.

I'm happy to see Ottawa isn't yet closed - I'm still hoping to get in as a regular crafty person. I did notice that there is a class in Toronto on June 13th. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that if I don't get into the Ottawa class I won't be able to try to get in to that one as my pager partner has already booked that weekend off for a fishing trip down east.

But, just passing along the word to anyone else that may be interested in taking the certification. There are lots of other cities listed......hmmmm.....Vancouver sounds nice for a weekend jaunt! I could get me some of Purdy's Hedgehogs and candied ginger!

Remember this Charlotte card?

Back in January I made a bunch of Valentine cards using the Freckle Love Collection from the Little Loud Stamps line from PaperWorksCo and Be Loved Papers from My Mind's Eye.

Well, my little dark haired Charlotte was among the cards using My Mind's Eye papers that I submitted to OhMyCrafts for their facebook contest yesterday. And I won some MME Lush goodies! Just for sending in the pics!

Isn't that awesome!

I wonder what good news tomorrow will bring? I'm hoping it's postie delivering me my i-top!

An Easter Card Patterns Sketch

Hi everybody,

hope your week is going well. Today, I have another of the Easter cards I made on Sunday.

For this card, I used this week's Sketch #57 over at Card Patterns.

Again, the papers are from the Little Chicks Collection from 3BugsInARug.

The image is from the Bunny Love set from CTMH and is mounted on a Labels Ten and Petite Oval Spellbinders die cut.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day! (This is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up as planned!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

A little toot for me!

Hi everybody,

I hope this isn't being immodest but lookie at what was in my email when I got home today! If you click on the article link, you will see one of my Easter Anya cards in the slide show!

How neat is that! Well, I think it is pretty there!



Hello! I write three columns for  -- a national Scrapbooking and Stamping column, a local DC Paper Craft column, and a local Arlington Scrapbooking column. 

I want to let you know that I published one of your beautiful Easter cards in an article in my national column:



Michelle Vocke
Scrapbooking and Stamping Examiner
Arlington Scrapbooking Examiner
DC Paper Craft Examiner


An Easter Unscripted Sketch

Hi everybody,

this is another of the Easter cards I made on Sunday.

For this one, I used this week's Unscripted Sketch #48.

I also used more of my Little Chicks paper from 3BugsInARug and a cute bunny from Pink Cat Studio.

Hope you all have a lovely day (this is a scheduled post so I hope it shows up as planned!)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

An Easter SFYTT card

Hi folks,

phew, I feel like I crammed in a lot of activities today - and I even managed to make FOUR yes FOUR more Easter cards somehow! Still have a few more to make - and I need to get started on a quilt for a baby that was expected to be born this weekend. I'm waiting to find out if it was a boy or girl though before I start on this quilt.

Anyways, back to one of the cards I made today (yes, I am saving the rest for scheduled posts throughout the rest of the week in case I used up all my mojo today!)

For this card I used this week's SFYTT sketch over at Jen Del Muro's blog. As you can see, I am working hard at using up my 3BugsInARug Little Chick Papers.

The image and sentiment are from Pink Cat Studio. I love this cute little bunny. He looks so happy.

Anyways, hope you all had a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

TGF - Royal Battle -- another team to support!

Hi folks,

if you haven't used all your votes (like I did ...I'm an idiot) then Jenny's team the Stamping Farmettes has a GORGEOUS card deserving of your votes!! You can find it right here!!!

I found it hard to just vote for three cards - there are just so many awesome creations. Honestly, if our team DOESN'T  make it through the first round  I won't be terribly upset because there are lots and lots of amazing cards posted. The fans of TGF  are truly a talented, creative bunch.


TGF - Royal Battle - Please Vote for US!!!

Hi folks,

not sure how many of you out there are familiar with the "Royal Battle" going on over at the Greeting  Farm but I am participating with a crafty group titled "Team International Ink".

Stephanie was nominated to do our first card and wow, she totally knocked MY socks off with her creativity. Show her (and our team) some love by checking out the Week 1 galleria here and using one of your three votes for her gorgeous card - Just look for the picture with our team name on it "Team International Ink".

ETA - our team picture is there now! You can see it right here!

We aren't allowed to vote for our own team projects (which is a nice way to do it) but I am not above shamelessly asking you to vote for our projects as one of the three votes you are permitted to cast. Voting ends Tuesday evening. The top half of the vote getters move on to round two on Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blog layout changes

Hi there,

I'm going to try something new with my blog layout, so bear with me while I play. I am going to try to add a bar across the top with links to a few stand-alone pages that I am going to create, as time permits, that list my collections of stamps, Cuttlebug folders, Cricut cartridges, various major tools and anything else that you guys might be interested in borrowing or trying out.

I kind of dread doing it though as I think it will make me realize just HOW MUCH crafting stuff I have in my little craft room - my CTMH stamps sets alone are way too numerous for someone who ISN'T a consultant.

Where possible, I will list/link my favourite suppliers where I actually purchased the collection. It won't be specific to each one as that would take way too long, just that they are a source,  just in case you are interested in acquiring the item for yourself.

I think my little endeavor might actually inspire me to offer up for sale some of the stamps I no longer or never did use, might want to check out the lists as they go up.

Can you tell that I am avoiding going into the craft room? It's a disaster after working on Ava's quilt the last little while AND doing a bunch of Easter cards this past week.

Hope you have a crafty day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Easter from Yvette

Hi folks!

I'm back with my third post for today with the third (and final) card I made on Wednesday night.

Those of you who are fans of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps will recognize Yvette, who definitely has a spring in her step. The challenge this week over at Kraftin' Kimmie is to use eyelets - I added just a few (they are actually flower shaped eyelets). The sketch is a total CASE of Michele's card from that post. I just loved the layout so much that I had to use it on this card.

Again, I used my 3BugsInARug Little Chick papers I got at PaperWorksCo. I also cracked open my Spellbinders Fair Isle Petite Border to add a fancy schmancy border on the left - I think the holes complement the eyelets quite nicely. I also used my Spellbinders Labels Eleven for the image panel.

Thanks for stopping by -- feel free to check out my earlier posts if you want to see the other two cards I made Wednesday night!

ICS Sketch 59 with a bunny

Hi folks,

For my second post today I have another of the cards I made on Wednesday night - again featuring a bunny from the CTMH set "Bunny Love" and my 3BugsInARug Little Chick papers I got from PaperWorksCo.

I used this week's sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches (I flipped it though to suit the image).  I must say - it's a fairly clean card but I like it!

Hope you have a lovely weekend! I should be tidying up in my craft room tonight but think I'm just going to take the night off and cuddle with my kitties on the couch. They've been very clingy at bedtime this week as I have spent my evenings in the craft room. So....time for some mamma time!

A Mojo Monday Bunny for Easter

Hi folks. Well, I was able to sit down on Wednesday night and do three more of my Easter cards.

For this one, I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch, more of my 3BugsInARug Little Chick papers that I got from PaperWorksCo and a cute bunny image from the CTMH Set "Bunny Love".

The image panels were cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Petite ovals and, yes, I'm still practicing with my Copics. I have added more to my collection - following the advice I few of you left, I picked up the rest of the odd numbered Cool Greys and a few other colours. Only seven more were added - bringing my count up to 44 markers now. Still a long way to go. I'm hooked. And I want to start practicing on fabric.

Hope you all have a lovely day!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Unveiling Ava's Quilt

Hi folks,

Today, at long last, I finally delivered the quilt I made for Ava (Jenn's sweet little one).

When Jenn told me that she had been granted permission to use the Doodlefactory images from StarvingArtistamps to decorate Ava's nursery, I immediately volunteered my sewing skills, such as they are, to make a fun little quilt for her crib. I'm fond of saying I have too many hobbies and not enough time so, what better way to find some extra time than by combining two hobbies! Quilting and stamping!

So....are you ready? Here it is....

The finished pasture scene featuring Yoop (from the Doodlefactory Easter Collection), Basel (from the Doodlefactory Animals Collection) and the Countryside Backdrop (from the Set the Scene collection).

The quilt definitely turned out mostly as I had it envisioned and I think I managed to stay true to the actual rubber stamp images. Everything is appliqued on this quilt - I went through almost an entire 1000 metre spool of black thread doing the satin stitching to attach the applique as I wanted them to look like the stamped images. Yep, a full kilometre of black thread. And that's just the black thread! There is also lots of invisible thread, pink thread.....etc, etc, etc....

For anyone who doesn't know what applique is - in cardmaking terms it is kind of like paper-piecing - but with fabric and fusible interfacing to provide some stability.

And here are a bunch more pictures to show a little more of the detail on the quilt....

The "countryside backdrop"  with a few "Basel" clones.

The adorable "Yoop"

My favourite part of the quilt - my little black sheep "Basel" with one of the good clones...

The cluster of trees on the left of the quilt

The  cluster of trees on the right side of the quilt

Signed and dated....a one of a kind, never to be repeated baby quilt, ready to be spit up upon and whatever else little Ava decides is appropriate!

Please note, I can not stress how important it is that we did get PERMISSION from the owners of these images to use them for this purpose and that there were no profits from making this quilt.  It was a gift.

If anyone out there is inspired to do something similar (with these or other stamped images), be sure you do the same, PARTICULARLY if you intend to make it and sell it. Artists deserve to be given credit for their work. Be sure to verify the stamp company's angel policy before you undertake a project such as this.

So....what do you think? Was it worth the wait?

A Bildmalarna Bunny card

Hi folks....I'm back today with the third of the Bildmalarna/3BugsInARug cards I made on Tuesday night.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I get my Bildamalarna stamps from Jenny's store, Paper Jewels. I fell in love with the Spring Collection and must admit that I did get a few - some of them you have not seen on the blog yet as I was too busy quilting.

The 3BugsInARug papers came from PaperWorksCo (by the way, check out Peggy's awesome sale she has on right now to pick up some bargains!)

I used this week's Sweet Stop sketch with a spin (FUZZY WUZZY)  for the layout for this card with the cute bunny. I was practicing my colouring white things with my Copics on this one...adding a hint of grey to Mister Fuzzy Bunny so he wouldn't look flat on the card. I think I did okay for a beginner.

Oh, the image and sentiment panels are all cut out with my Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Deckled Rectangles. And the sentiment is actually from Pink Cat Studio.

Hope you have a crafty day! Thanks for visiting - I promise the quilt pictures are coming soon! The quilt will be delivered either Thursday or Friday afternoon (most likely) and THEN I can show you what it looks like! (I'm writing this post Tuesday night and scheduling it for Thursday morning so I don't really now what day I'll be delivering the quilt yet!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Another Mimosa Easter card

Hi folks,

I'm sharing with you today another of my Mimosa Easter Cards that  I made on Tuesday night.

Again, I used my 3BugsInARug Little Chick paper. I coloured Mimosa with my Copics - must practice you know! I actually coloured at least three of each of the images that have been on my Easter cards so far - so they may show up again on some additional Easter cards I have yet to make.

The sentiment panel is cut using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom die. The sketch for this card is this week's sketch from the Create4Fun Challenge blog.

Hope you have a lovely day - as I write this (Tuesday night) I am wondering what the first challenge over at the Greeting Farm will be for the TGF Royal Battle. I hope the post is up before I go to work at 6am, otherwise I won't get to see it until I get home AFTER work!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mimosa with her Easter Chicks

Hi folks!

Wow - did I have an awesome night crafting. Dearly beloved was at volleyball and I finished up three easter cards!

The one I am sharing tonight is this one with Mimosa feeding her chicks. In case anyone is wondering, the image is a Bildamalarna stamp I purchased from Paper Jewels.

I used this week's sketch (#56) from Card Patterns for the  layout - changing the wavy line to a layered strip of green ribbon and some lace - both of which I have had forever tucked into one of my sewing baskets. Hey, I think that qualifies this card for the Practical Scrappers challenge this week to use something you have had in your stash for more than a year! For that matter, those daisy buttons in the lower corner count for something  I've had for a year or more as well!

The papers though are brand new - more of my 3 Bugs In A Rug (Little Chick) papers that  I got from PaperWorksCo. Hope you aren't tired of them yet because the other two cards I made tonight used that collection as well!

Hope you are having a lovely evening! See you again tomorrow with another card!

Look what postie brought today!

My newest stamps from PaperWorksCo! So I had to take a picture of the pretty case in which they come

Isn't this a neat way to store a stamp set?

By the way, Peggy has announced a huge sale at the store. You can check out the clearance section here AND from now until Monday if you enter the code "moving" (without the quotes) in the coupon code at checkout, you will get an additional 15% off! All of the details for the clearance sale are on the main page for PaperWorksCo right here.

Have fun shopping! And don't forget about the call for the blog team coordinator for PaperWorksCo!

To those who have asked, I won't be applying due to the demanding nature of my day job. I am on-call 24/7 every other week (and for longer stretches when my pager partner is on vacation - like now for the next three weeks). Since serious problems do arise from time to time, I can't promise that my real life wouldn't intrude into my play time and, sadly, that does have to take priority. I really wish I could as I think it would be an awesome thing to try but.....I have resigned myself to the fact that I should be grateful that my real job allows me the luxury of indulging in this hobby, maybe not as much as I would like time-wise least when I can I can de-stress from a day of working on some fairly critical computer systems.

Anyways, must get back to making my Easter cards. There might be a card post later - I've been colouring with my copics and just have to make the cards!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blog Team Coordinator Call for PaperWorksCo

Hi folks....just wanted to pass along the latest news from PaperWorksCo.

Peggy has posted on the PaperWorksCo blog  a call for a blog team coordinator.

Check out the post for details - the deadline to apply is April 5 11:59 MST. The term starts June 1 2010 for 6 months.

I can vouch that Peggy is great to work with, as are the rest of the team members. A more enthusiastic and supportive bunch you would be hard pressed to find.

So, what are you waiting for, go read the post and APPLY!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Easter from Anya

Hi folks,

To practice my colouring with Copics I decided to print and ink up a few Easter Anya images from The Greeting Farm to match with this 3BugsInARug paper that I got from PaperWorksco.

I actually wound up making two cards, using the same sketch from Club Anya.

I'm sure one of these will go to my sister's youngest daughter. Not sure about the other.

Over at Anyone for Anya, this week's challenge is titled "eggstra special" so I think I will be linking up this post to that challenge as well.

Well, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. See you again soon!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's finished! It's finished!

Woo hoo! I finished the baby quilt this afternoon!  Can't show any pictures yet though as it has not yet been gifted.

Now I have two more to make --- but they will NOT be anything like Ava's quilt. It was a one-time, never to be repeated piece specifically made to coordinate with the artwork in her nursery. I'm not sure how practical a quilt it is - given all the applique, but I think it turned out pretty much as I had it pictured and drafted on the drafting table.

Anyways, that's it for me.....time to relax on the couch with my sweeties.....

Copics and Magnolia Ink - for the locals

Warning - this post has been flagged with an ENABLER ALERT!!!!! (ba ha ha ha ha)

Hi folks...

I just got back from a two-hour shopping excursion around the city....bleh. But I thought I would pass along the following info for the locals here in Ottawa
  • Chapters (at least in Kanata Centrum) has the spring Magnolia Ink magazine for $10.99. I think they had three or four copies left after I got mine.

  • Wallacks (I went to the one in Bells Corners) has Copic Markers on sale. The sketch markers are $5.99 (they are usually $8.24). I had popped in to get some OMS and blending stumps so didn't go prepared with a list of Copic Colours I wanted so I picked up a Special  Black (110) only - they didn't have the 100 Black in Sketch. Now I have to go pull up some tutorials for hair and skin to see which others I will add to my collection. The sale at Wallack's in on until April 15th - I think so anyway, that's what their circular says.

So....that's my little bit of enabling for today.

Now, back to the craft room to finish the quilt -  I have one and a half sides of binding left to hand sew. That should take about an hour or so. And then trim off my dangling threads and the quilt is done!!!

Then .... easter cards to go with the prezzies I bought for my niece and nephew this morning. I was so excited - the clerk at Best Buy (Merivale) gave me one of the extra figurines they had come in for people who had pre-ordered the Nintendo DS Pokemon Soul Silver game. That was an AWESOME start to my shopping excursion. My nephew already thinks that Aunt Sheena is the greatest  - I think this will shoot me into the stratosphere of greatness!

Have a fabulously crafty day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The last of my Violin Tilda's

Hi folks,

back again with my second post of the day - finishing up cards with the Tilda with Violin images I coloured up on Wednesday night.

I used CTMH Bella papers for this one since they have some purple in them and I thought they would go well with the colour of Tilda's dress.

The layout is from this week's sketch over at Friday Sketchers. I decided to make this one into an easel card since the challenge this week over at Just Magnolia is to make an easel card.

And did you notice the paper flowers in the bottom right corner? I came across a tutorial for them over at the Classroom this week and just had to give them a try. Awesome way to make flowers that coordinate perfectly with your DP!

Hope you are all having a great day! Now to tidy up in the craft room and resume quilting.


My Blue Violin Tilda

Hi folks....First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday and left a comment on my Tilda cards. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a note.

This morning I have for you the third card made with the Tilda's with Violin that I coloured on Wednesday night to practice my colouring. This one uses the image where I made her gown blue.

The layout is from this week's Create4Fun Challenge Blog Sketch.

The papers are CTMH Topstitch, which I also used to back my clear craft button embellishments in the lower right corner.

I put a bunch of my Spellbinders dies to use on this one - Large Petite Ovals, Labels Eleven and the Kaleidoscope border.

My sentiment (StudioG) was punched using the Stampin' Up Word Window Punch (which I keep forgetting I have!)

The musical notes stamped in the corner of the image panel are from the CTMH April Word Puzzle stamp set.

I  hope you aren't all tired of seeing this image - I have one more to go with a purple dress!

Hope you all  have a wonderfully crafty day! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A second copic Tilda

Hi again folks,

this is my second card post for today so feel free to scroll down a bit to see the first one. This card features the same image as earlier today, Tilda playing the Violin (my newest Tilda), from last night's first try at colouring my Magnolia stamps with Copic markers.

The layout is from this week's Sketch and Stash Challenge . I flipped the sketch and moved the sentiment every so slightly to balance it with the flowers (from my stash) that I chose as an added embellishment.

The papers are CTMH Amore.

The image panel and sentiment panels were cut with my new Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten dies that I got from PaperWorksCo.

Stamps: Magnolia - Tilda with Violin, CTMH April Word Puzzle (musical notes), StudioG (just a note)

Hope you are having a lovely, I had better clean up from card-making and get to quilting!
I'll save my other two Tilda playing the Violin images for another day of card-making.

today's scrapbook steal

Hi there...just had to do a quick post

today's Scrapbook Steal is the i-top brad-maker with a bunch of accessories. I've been trying to find a good deal on this tool and wow...this one is awesome.

I've already placed my order for one and can't wait to get it.

Even with shipping the entire bundle is only $45.

feel free to scroll down to see my Tilda from earlier today!

My first Copic Magnolia

Hi folks,

hope you are having a lovely day - I'm taking my usual couple of days off when I'm not on call and I am playing in my craft room.

I made this card this morning with one of the Tilda's I coloured up last night to practice with my new Copic markers. Thank you Diana for including her in my order from Magnolia-licious!

I used the March Magnolia-licious DT Sketch for the layout - I moved the little sentiment panel ever so slightly so that it fit my card a little better - there was just too much white space next to sweet Tilda.

The lattice strip you see is cut with my Cuttlebug Floral 2x6 inch die and was adhered by first running it through my Xyron sticker maker. I love that tool - it works great for adhering finicky die cuts like this one. So, since I used a die cut on this card, I will be submitting this card for the Magnolia Stamp Lovers challenge #6 to use die cuts on your Magnolia card!

  • CTMH Emporium Collection
  • CTMH Colonial White and Indian Corn Blue
  • Memento Tuxedo Black 
  • CTMH Indian Corn Blue
  • Copic E00, E11, E13, E25, E39, YG63, YG67, BG10, C1
  • Prismacolor Pencil 935
  • Magnolia: Tilda playing Violin
  • CTMH: April Word Puzzle (musical notes)
  • Studio G Series 6 (just a note)
I may or may not be back later today with another card - I have my three other Tilda's I coloured just sitting on my desk waiting to be made into cards but I also have the baby quilt for Ava sitting on my other table in the sewing machine waiting to be finished!

I'll be sending this card off to my Mom's youngest sister today. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently awaiting surgery. I wanted to let her know that I was thinking of her. She's a big part of the reason of why, on the first weekend in May, I'm going to be attending a "Crop for the Cure" being held here in Kanata. It's on May 1st and if you would like the details, drop me a line and I will send you the information.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Playing with my copics

Hi folks....well, I played with my Copics today. I won't be sharing my lunch time tests as they did not turn out so well. I had grabbed some images that I had stamped on paper that was apparently NOT copic friendly - ick. Bleeding ink!

But I will share what I took an hour to colour tonight.

This Tilda was included as a freebie with my Copics from Magnolia-licious. I stamped her on two different types of paper to see what would happen - my trusty Staples 110 lb cardstock (the blue and the green) and Prism Simply Smooth (the purple and the pink).

I think the two lighter ones - the pink and the blue - look better for her gown. The purple and the green - in real life I think they look okay - almost velvety - but I struggled with the blending on the purple one. I think the darker colours will be a challenge for me!

I plan to make these into four cards tomorrow - probably with a "Just a note" sentiment unless I can find something "musical" in my selection of sentiments. If anyone has any suggestions for sentiments - let me know. I would also appreciate any critiques of the colouring - skin, hair, dresses, violin.....

A funny little story for you: when I was little, I remember having a green velvet dress that looked an AWFUL lot like the one Tilda is wearing -- only shorter - knee-length. So...I apparently coloured Tilda to look like me when I was little!

Let the Battle begin

Hi folks!

So how many of you have signed up for the "Battle of the Design Teams" at The Greeting Farm? I know some of you have as I have seen some familiar names on the sign-up post! I must say, seeing those names definitely has me shaking in my boots! But, it is all in good fun....get your pencils, ink and markers out and have a blast!

Stephanie asked me if I was interested in being on her team so, of course, I said yes...before we even knew what would be in store for us. After all, TGF always has some fun and interesting contests.

Our team is named Team International Ink (since we are comprised of both Canadians and Americans) and consists of:

Steph - (our fearless Team Leader)
Sunghee -
Corinne -
Tanya -

and me!

So...if you like our creations, be sure to vote for our project of the week when it appears in the galleria! The first challenge will be issued next Wednesday and we have until Saturday to submit it. Each week, only the top vote-getting half of the teams will move on to the next challenge. You can be sure that I will post an update when our project appears in the gallery !

I know there are lots of talented crafters out there who are big fans of TGF so the competition will be tough!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Going a little green

Hi folks! So.....what do you think? Feeling Irish? Despite my name and my birthplace, I have no Irish in me. Hard to be believe of a Newfoundlander named Sheena but nope, my family's roots are all English.

I did get brave after all and cracked open my Copics tonight but I took very tiny baby steps - I used just two markers - the YG63 and YG67 to practice blending two colours on a very small scale on these lucky shamrocks.

Even I can see the difference between the ones that were coloured first and the ones that were coloured last. I get the feeling that I'll be practicing on botanicals and critters first before I get brave enough to try any of my "people" stamps. I get the feeling skin and hair will be a challenge for me. But, I'm packing some goodies to take to work to colour at lunch time again tomorrow so.....maybe I'll have something for you to critique on Wednesday night!

Anyways, I did have fun doing this quickie St. Patty's day card for my dearly beloved. Some additional details of interest:
  • I used Kazan's Sketch 48 for the layout from 2 Sketches 4 You.
  • the supplies (designer papers, cardstock and ribbon) are all from the March PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. The kit has some very cute papers that would be great for baby or boy cards but, as you can see, you aren't limited to just those two themes!
  • the sentiment and shamrocks are all from the CTMH March Word Puzzle stamps set. Since the challenge this week at PaperWorksCo is to use Shamrocks on your card, you can bet I'll be submitting my card to that challenge. I went WAY overboard with the shamrocks!
  • the sentiment panels are Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
  • this week's challenge over at Raise the bar is to go green --- I think it is safe to say that I went green on this card - green shamrocks, green ribbon, green DP....
  • over at the Pixie Cottage, their challenge this week is to also use the colour green! Lucky for me (get it?) that I actually made a St Patrick's day card since I don't often use much green on my cards.
  • and finally, since this week's saturday challenge over at the Secret Crafter is Anything Goes - I think a card for an occasion other than the usual birthday, anniversary or baby is just perfect!
Anyways, hope everyone had a fabulous evening and if you are reading this on Wednesday - I hope you have a terrific St. Patrick's day!

Have you ever felt intimidated

and excited at the same time?

Guess what Mr Postman delivered to me today? My order from Magnolia-licious! This is the Copic Sketch Set #1 put together for Magnolia-licious specifically for colouring magnolia stamps. 35 sketch markers plus the colourless blender....and I got a freebie Magnolia stamp as well!!!

Mr Postman delivered them quite late - I was actually home from work. So when the doorbell rang I ran to the door with great excitement since I had already picked up two other packages I was expecting earlier today (new roomba battery AND a gorgeous photo book of the tools my dearly beloved inherited) and I KNEW this had to be my markers.

But now....I'm sitting here looking at them....too intimidated to put ink to paper. At least I printed the Copic Marker hand colouring chart from the Magnolia-licious yahoo group....I can start with colouring in the blocks for the markers I now have. That's a small step .... right?

Oh....and I had to show you this....

These itty bitty Betty's are digis from Pink Cat Studio and have been coloured with PrismaColour pencils at lunch time. My walking partner is off for March break so I figured I would do a little colouring instead. I've been getting teased.....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lookie what I HAD to get today

When I saw a post from Heather's Stamping Haven a couple of weeks ago that they had this die in stock I knew I had to have it - with my penchant for metal on my masculine cards and all.

And then when I saw (and then ordered) the Tinheart family (see them in the sidebar?)
from PaperWorksCo. Well, it was a done deal. Today was the first time I had a chance to swing by Heather's ... so we did so on the way home from work.

Now I just have to figure out the right sandwich for using a Sizzix Bigz die in my Cuttlebug...if anyone has any tips...I'd be happy to listen! You can expect that I'll be having some cards with gears on them very soon!

ETA - 2 B plates plus the die is apparently the combination to use.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

For my dearly beloved

Hi folks,

Finally have a chance to sit down today (did not even turn on my computer yesterday) and post the card I made  Friday night for my dearly beloved's birthday (it was yesterday).

The layout is from this week's Friday Sketchers. I made an acetate card base (ETA - this week's Saturday Spotlight challenge is "You're so slick" so the acetate base for this card is great for that challenge as well!) for this one and then used metal crafting mesh as my "DP", layered on plain black CTMH cardstock. Other than that, the card is pretty simple.

The sentiment panels were cut out using my brand new Labels Twelve die that I got from PaperWorksCo when Peggy did the big pre-order promo a few weeks back.

The sentiment stamps themselves are from CTMH and the hearts are from Verve and were stamped in CTMH Vineyard Berry.

The glimmery buttons are from my stash.

Anyways, hope you are all having a crafty weekend. I may not do much of anything crafty today other than tidy up my craft room. We entertained all day at our house yesterday and I am pretty pooped from being on my feet all day. Add to that the fact that I was paged at 3am this morning for work thanks to the daily savings time spring ahead and I am feeling pretty zonked today.

toodles for now!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Introducing the Tinheart family!

What another awesome release party from PaperWorksCo! The secret has been revealed and the Tinheart family has been introduced:

Check out this post at the PaperWorksCo blog to nab your deal on this entire family of cuties. If you get the entire set (with SENTIMENTS) they come in the cutest storage tin (you might remember my post of the Zach and Zoe sport collection) so you won't have to worry about misplacing any of them!

You know I'll be grabbing up this set lickety-split!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Zach shines

Hi folks. Well, I just realized that with the new release tomorrow from PaperWorksCo that I had yet to ink up any of my stamps from the last release! So, I had to sit down tonight and show at least one of them some love.

Now, if you can believe this, while I was doing the dinner dishes I remembered a sheet of paper I had from We R Memory Keepers. From the MVP collection actually -- appropriately named "Namath"! I cut into that one lonely sheet to make this cute card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch with Zach the football player.

I used CTMH Goldrush cardstock for the card base and embossed it with my Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder.

Zach is coloured with my PrismaColor Pencils but his helmet has been embossed with clear embossing powder to give it that helmet-y shine...not sure if that comes through in the photo is glossy.

The sentiment is from the CTMH Dream Big set (D1399).

Now, if only I knew a little boy who plays football so I could give this card to him!

Are you ready? PWCOs latest release!!!!

tee hee.....not until Friday night!!! I'm getting pretty excited - dearly beloved has DnD on Friday night so I can check out the release party totally uninterrupted....except for the obligatory kitteh cuddles of course.

I've been gazing at the blinky on the left and  I think there might be a subliminal hint if you look REALLY closely about what this release is going to contain! sure to stop by the PaperWorksCo blog at 6PM MT (that's 8PM ET here in Ontario) to check out the new release.

If you swing by now there is a sticky post at the top of blog with all the yummy details.

I always plan to do a little image colouring during the release party but that never happens -- the chat is always so much fun that I always put aside whatever I THOUGHT I was going to work on and just have fun with all the crafty talk.

Monday, March 8, 2010

My last project for the Verve Spring Fling

So how is this for a busy night? Three posts!

The last challenge for the Verve Spring Fling was the Re-Cycle, Re-Use, Re-Purpose challenge. As it happens, I had this tube stashed away in the closet in my craft room waiting to be used for .... something...

It is really sturdy and has a pop-out plastic seal in the bottom. Since my Basic Grey Offbeat paper was just sitting there....well, I decided to use it, yet again! Just say "NO!" to hoarding! That's my new motto. And here is the tube transformed....


A funky little gift box ... maybe to be filled with candy? or chocolates? or crafting goodies? or maybe I'll keep it in my craft room (minus the shredded paper) and keep scissors or some such in it.

Okay....and I realized after the fact that I didn't actually stamp on this .... hmmm...if I was to gift it to someone I guess I would make a tag and stamp on that!

Anyways, hope you all have a crafty week. Don't know when next I will be back with something crafty. I'm thinking tomorrow I will attempt to quilt after work...not sure how well my old eyes will hold up for that though. We shall see.

Verve March Spring Fling Colour Challenge

Yes, I spell colour the Canadian way....that isn't a typo.

The third challenge for Verve's Spring Fling was to use the colours yellow, green and chocolate. All weekend these papers from Basic Grey's Offbeat collection were in my mind to use for this challenge - I just had to find the time to make a card!

I used this week's sketch from Unscripted Sketches for the layout. The sentiment is from Verve's Beautiful Kindness set. The yellow ribbon is from my stash.

What do you think? Pretty funky, huh? Wait until you see the next post if you want to see funky!

Verve March Spring Fling Sketch Challenge

Hi folks,

well, I got down and crafty tonight. This is the first of my three posts to wrap up my take on Verve March Spring Fling Challenges.

I made this card for the VSMARSF2 challenge which was a sketch:

For all three projects tonight I decided to dig into my stash and use my Basic Grey Offbeat papers that I got at PaperWorksCo.

The stamped sentiment is from Verve's Beautiful Kindness.

Thanks for stopping by tonight - be sure to check out my other projects which will be posted shortly!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Verve Tag

Hi again,

well, before I settle back into the couch with my sweetie and our kitties, I thought I would make up a quick tag to go with the card set I made a while back for a friend of mine. No, we STILL haven't been able to get together for lunch and her birthday was more than a month ago. I think I am going to have to kidnap her to get this lunch into her!

Anyways, the fourth challenge for the Verve March Release was to make a tag!

I used the Verve Wishful Elegance set for the sentiment and the papers are from my February PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. It will coordinate perfectly with the card set.

Okay, that's it for me for today! Off to the couch!

Clean and Simple - with Verve

Hi folks,

so I could not stay out of the craft room today after all. The Verve March Release Challenges were calling to me. So, I started with the first one - clean and simple, with flowers.

I must confess, though you rarely see them here on my blog, my favourite style of card is Clean and Simple. I think it is because there are just SO many beautiful sentiment stamps out there (and trust me I have quite the collection of stamps). This one is from Verve's Hundred Hearts Set.

When you combine a lovely sentiment with some gorgeous papers (love this burgundy dotted swiss from my February PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo) and a fancy embellie (a water lily flower from Martha Stewart and a glitzy button from my stash), you can make a fairly nice card, fairly quickly. Mind you, this card is about an inch thick so it won't be going in the post - I don't know if it will even go into an envelope when I give it to my sweetie. I think I will be saving it for our 10th anniversary of being together in May.

By the way, I took the Copic plunge. Not only am I on the wait-list for the class here in Ottawa, I decided to buy my first set of Copics. Since I had no idea what to get, I went to the Magnolia-licious site and bought the Magnolia Sketch Collection #1 - that's 35 markers plus a blender. I know, go big or go home. I figured that until I get used to picking my own colours, having someone else put together a set is a good idea. Plus, I would like to practice a bit with them BEFORE (fingers crossed) I take the class. Boy, it will be a real let-down if I don't get to take it. Anyways, I guess my markers and my class will be my birthday gift to me this year.

Reminder - new release at PaperWorksCo March 12

Hi folks, just a reminder that PaperWorksCo will be releasing new stamps on March 12 (8 pm ET). Check out the blog post here for details on the sneak peeks, the blinkie and how you might win some new stamps!

I still don't have any new cards to show, I'm taking a bit of a break from all the crafting today. My neck is protesting all the quilting from the last three days - I did make incredible progress. I have actually begun quilting the top of the quilt now. Then it will be on to the binding  (the hardest part for me).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring cleaning at PaperWorksCo

Hi folks,

just thought I would pass along this bit of news from Peggy at PaperWorksCo.....

Once a year, I look at my inventory, and say to myself.. "WHAT HAVE I DONE!" haha
Normally its in the spring time, and as always, I have an dire need to clean and make space for more new goodies.

This year is no different. 
With our growing inventory, and smaller and smaller office space, I need to throw a weekend spring cleaning sale.

So from now till Sunday night, please enjoy an additional 20% off our order!  (this excludes the new nesties that just came in)

Simply put in "springclean" in the discount coupon box when you checkout to redeem your coupon.

As well, have you've checked out our new PaperCard kit for March?  its super cute, and all about kids!


(to check out the kits go here:

Finally, our march stamp release is taking place on our blog on March 12!  if you want to check out some sneak peaks and find out how you can win some stamps, go to our blog:
And don't worry, we will remind you of the launch next week!


So, you might want to spend some time browsing around the store. There have been lots of  yummy goodies added recently - beautiful papers, new stamps, yummy embellies. And don't forget that Peggy stocks Copic markers, inks and Spellbinders (the new release is excluded from the discount but there's still lots of others to choose from!).

By the way, I've been put on the wait list for the Copic Certification class being held here in Ottawa on May 2nd. I won't know until three weeks before hand if I get in or not so....fingers crossed. You know I'll be like a kid waiting for Christmas. It's going to be a long few weeks until then.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A new release from PaperWorksCo and Copic Certification in Ottawa

so I'm terribly excited that I got new goodies today...from CTMH and Pink Cat Studio.....and even more excited to read the post over at PaperWorksCo that there is a new release on March 12.

And I ALSO saw that there is going to be a Copic Certification class here in OTTAWA on May 2!!!!!! Finally!!!! Sadly, it is only open to stores and designers. But, that's probably a good thing or I would HAVE to jump onto the Copic bandwagon and take the class if it was open to the public.

So....for any of you who are local and associated with a store or are a designer .... here's your chance to get Copic Certified.....

by the way.....I had a VERY GOOD DAY quilting. Too good....I had to stop around 5:00pm because my arms and fingers were so sore....and I'm still sewing on the machine!!! I'm hoping my sore muscles and finger joints recover enough by tomorrow morning so I can resume. I have ALMOST finished the applique on the front of the quilt...ALMOST.

Card Patterns 53 and Quixotic 16

Hi folks,

I'm taking a couple of days off work this week - not on call! Yay! So I'll be hopefully making lots of progress on Ava's quilt. In fact, as soon as I finish writing this, I'll be clearing away the card-making paraphernalia, re-threading the correct thread in my sewing machine and gunning the motor!

But first I had to get this card made to pop into the mail for my uncle who has his 70th birthday on March 12th.

I used sketch #53 from Card Patterns for the layout. I layered two ribbons from my stash for the vertical stripes in the sketch.

The papers are from the CTMH Twitterpated collection and I thought they would be perfect for a masculine card.

The stamped leaves and sentiment are from Verve and work great for Quixotic Challenge #16: Leave it out! I first inked the leafy stamp with Sweet Leaf and then lightly inked just the edges with New England Ivy to give a little more depth to the image.

The sentiment is stamped with New England Ivy and cut out with Spellbinders Petite Circles (Small and Large).

Of course, I felt the image panel needed a little more oomph so I pulled out a few dew drops from my stash as well.

Well, that's my card-making therapy for today. Off to quilt and wait for dearly beloved to get home from work so I can go pick up a package at Purolator! I think it might be my February order from CTMH!!! yay! more goodies!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March PaperCard Kit now available at PaperWorksCo

Hi all....have you checked out PaperWorksCo since March came in like a lamb? Or maybe in your part of the world it came in like a lion?

That old saying ties in really well with the papers in this month's kit - from the Animal Stackers Collection from 3BugsInARug! I ordered mine today and can just see it working perfectly with the Safari Friends and Jungle Jesters stamp sets - PaperWorksCo's own collection of cute rubber stamps.

I can't wait for my order to arrive as my new Spellbinders from the recent release will be coming as well! I of course ordered all the new labels dies as well as the pendants and their matching borders. might want to jump quickly to snag any that Peggy still has left in stock. She did send out a newsletter yesterday though saying that she has already reordered some that moved very quickly. So...if you want a die that shows as out of stock, just drop her a line to see if it has already been reordered.

Hope you are having a fabulously crafty week!