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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Geek Girls Rule - My Anya!


Hi folks, if you are stopping by for my PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Blog hop post, you can find it a few posts down, here. If you haven't checked it out, I encourage you to do so as there are prizes to be won on the hop!

So, some of you may or may not know that I am a bit of a geek girl - by day (and half of my nights every other week) I am a database administrator. I could only be geekier if I was a sysadmin. I'm SO geeky that on Friday night I was delighted to go on a date with my dearly beloved to see Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm as his opening act. I've never seen so many geeky t-shirts in one place -- or so many people who are ALMOST as pale as me - a chronic condition of the geeky.

Since I am rather proud of my own "geek girl" status, I HAD to create my own little Geek Girl Anya for the "Design your Anya" contest over at The Greeting Farm. Since the galleria sometimes has issues, I thought I would post my little geek girl drawing here. I'm not much of an artist - I'm more a concept and ideas person.

Shall I explain my concept? Well, Geek Girl Anya is proud to be a geek and her t-shirt says so! I actually picture her having inter-changeable geeky t-shirts ...some of my favourites, beside the one she is wearing would be "I PWN Boys", "meh", "PWN", "Geek". I have a few in my own collection as well but the text is too long for Anya's little shirt (to be readable).

She, of course, wears glasses and has a laptop for an accessory. I had wanted to give her a little smartphone as well but thought it kind of cluttered up the image.....but nothing from APPLE! No iPod, no iPhone and no iPad!!!! Evil Apple. Actually, that would have been cute....if her t-shirt had an apple inside a No circle! with Android written below. Now THAT would be geeky (but most people probably would not get it)!

Anyways, she may be geek but she is a girl and that is why Anya is wearing her little plaid skirt. I had a hard time deciding on her hair - a cute pixie cut, a pony-tail or piggy-tails. All "practical" dos as that's what us geek girls tend to favour. I eventually went with the piggy-tails.

Now, not sure if my idea will make it into the final five selected by the TGF DT for the actual voting, but I thought I would share my little Geek Girl Anya with you all the same. I had a few other ideas for the contest but you are only allowed to enter one so....I went with my favourite.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend -- I should get ready and actually DO something today. I still have gardening things that need to be done and the groceries don't bring themselves home!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bigfoot meets the May PaperCard Kit


Hi folks, if you are stopping by for my PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Blog hop post, you can find it a few posts down, here. If you haven't checked it out, I encourage you to do so as there are prizes to be won on the hop!

Well I finally had a chance to make a card with the May PaperCard Kit  from PaperWorksCo featuring Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride Collection.

If you haven't snapped it up yet, you have until May 31st to do so - and then the June kit will be available.

I FINALLY had a reason to make a card - a co-worker has a birthday on Monday so I just had to use these papers - specifically the one with all the numbers and the big splashy circles. Oh and the yumm-o Prism Prismatic papers. The brads are also from the kit - the buttons are from my stash.

The stamped image is Elbo from the Doodlefactory Creatures II Collection from StarvingArtistamps and is coloured with Copic Markers (E31, E35, RV11, W1, W3 and W5). The sentiment is computer generated.

I had to use Elbo because we jokingly call my co-worker Bigfoot...he even does it himself - he is after all 6'4" tall. One of his pet sayings is "Bigfoot hungry!" right before he checks out your desk for any snacks you might have....or as he stops at the grocery store on our morning break (my office tower is attached to a shopping mall). And since my coworker is rather grey and is known for walking around barefoot....well, Elbo seemed like a natural for his card.

I used Spellbinders Classic Rectangles and Petite Circles for the image and sentiment panels (as well as the patterned paper panel).

The layout is from this week's sketch at the Sweet Stop, one of my favourite sketch sites for inspiration.

Hope you are having a terrific weekend!

A Surprise Cheer for Mojo Monday


Hi there, if you came by for my post for the PaperWorksCo Friends and Family hop, you can find it below - right here at this post. I encourage you to check it out as it has the list of everyone who participated in the hop and there were some amazing projects I must say!

for those of you who have already seen my post for the hop, this image and collection of papers might look a little familiar!

Believe it or not, I made this card first. But after I finished the other card, I decided that IT was better and it was the one I featured in the blog hop.

All the same, I think this is a perfectly okay card so I figured I would post it up and get your opinion. The card from the hop or this one? I prefer the OTHER one. I know, picky picky.

Hope you are having a lovely day! Oh and don't forget that Peggy has a discount available until June 4th on the PaperWorksCo stamps! You can enjoy a 10% off your stamps from now till next friday!  simply put “ffhop” on the coupon code when you check out!  the offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is  valid for the stores rubber stamps only.

Card Details:
stamped image: "A Surprise Cheer" from the Rachelle Anne Miller Collection at PaperWorksCo
Sentiment: CMTH Holiday Jubilee
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Indian Summer
Card Stock: Prism Prismatics and Prism Simply Smooth Ivory
Buttons, Ribbon, Waxy Flax: CTMH
Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, Y15, YG11, YG17, RV11, RV10, RV13, E35, E31, E21, E11, E00
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders: Labels One
Sketch: Mojo Monday 140

Friday, May 28, 2010

PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Hop


Hi folks!

Welcome to my stop on the PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Blog Hop! If you came here from Bella's post then you are on the right track. If you just stumbled upon my post today, then you might want to head back to the beginning of the hop at the PaperWorksCo Blog so you don't miss out on all the deliciously cute creations today (and the chance to win some yummy stamps!). If you DO get lost, here is the entire list of hop participants:

Any of you who follow my blog know that I have each and every stamp ever released by PaperWorksCo and that made it ever so hard for me to choose just one to feature today. But choose I did! Any guesses which one?

Surprise! Yes, I  chose one of the latest releases "A Surprise Cheer" from the Rachelle Anne Miller Collection. I know - you were expecting my all time favourite Harriet the Hippo weren't you? I talked it over with Harriet and being the "hip"po gal that she is, she thought it was time I let one of the other PWCO lines have some ink. Wasn't that nice of her?

Thanks for taking the time to visit today! Oh, and before I forget, be sure to leave a comment as Peggy will be choosing five lucky winners from among the comments left on the posts along the hop today to win one of the following PWCO stamp sets!

One of these sets could be going home with you just for leaving a comment somewhere along the hop!

Now, enough chitter chatter from me! On to your next stop in the hop, the fabulously talented Stephanie S!

ETA: Peggy has a discount available until June 4th on the PaperWorksCo stamps!

enjoy a 10% off your stamps from now till next friday!  simply put “ffhop” on the coupon code when you check out!  the offer cannot be combined with any other offer, valid for our rubber stamps only.

Card Recipe:

Patterned paper: Basic Grey Indian Summer
Card Stock: Prism Prismatics and Prism Simply Smooth Ivory
Flowers: Primas from my stash
Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, Y15, YG11, YG17, RV11, RV10, RV13, E35, E31, E21, E11, E00
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders: Labels Two
Sketch: Sketch and Stash Challenge

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Find your red dress

One of the blogs I follow is written by "The Blogess". It's not for everyone, but it is definitely for me.

Today's post is one of the best. Be sure to click through to see all of the beautiful photos.

Now, go out and find your red dress.

Just a few more days


Hi all!

Did you notice the new blinkie in my sidebar? That's right, on Friday May 28, PaperWorksCo is hosting a Friends and Family Blog hop!

The current DT and those of us who are huge fans of the cute stamps from PaperWorksCo will be posting projects using the various stamp collections from our beloved PWCO.

And to pique your interest - Peggy is going to choose five lucky winners from among those who comment on the posts. You could be a lucky winner of one of these sets of stamps!

Jungle Jesters (set of 4)

How awesome is that?

So, be sure to set yourself a reminder to check out the post from each of these hop participants (starting at 11am Eastern - 9am MT):


Hope to hear from you on Friday!

Monday, May 24, 2010

At long last


I have a card to share! Well, it really is just me FINISHING a card started back at the beginning of May.

Look familiar? Yippers. This is the other card I had waiting to be finished from when I made my Mother's Day cards - totally inspired by this card over at Chris Olson's blog.

This one uses the same Basic Grey Euphoria papers as the Mother's day cards. The sentiment is Verve and is mounted on the Spellbinders Lotus Pendant die. The bottom border is from the Lattice Petite Borderabilities.

Now, I DID create a few more cards today but I can't share them just yet. Be sure to stop by on Friday at 11am Eastern (9am MT) for the PaperWorksCo Friends and Family blog hop - one of the cards I made today is for the hop - want to try to guess which image I used?

Digging it....


my garden that is. I know, those of you who read my blog from time to time are probably wondering "Did her craft room go up in flames? No cards?"

To be honest, there haven't been any reasons for cards the last little while and it is gardening time. So, while I had planned on having a VERY long weekend - five days, I actually only got to have four (sometimes I really HATE my job) so had to compress my gardening into the last three days. I think I deserve at least one day of not getting dirt under my nails - actually I DO still have things to plant but I am finding it hard to get moving today.

Anyways, on Friday I hit garden centres and nurseries and bought annuals, perennials, a couple of roses, a new shrub and all the veggies and annual herbs for my garden. After shopping for four hours, I came home and while dearly beloved exercised, I did a little planting in the spot I hate most - the flower bed next to our garage.

The heuchera and clematis are the only things that have continued to live in this bed - every year I attempt to plant new things here and they seem to up and die. It is a difficult spot - it faces north so it only gets sun late in the day but boy does it reflect heat and dry out. I'm trying another type of perennial this year and tossed in a few annual flowers for colour. We shall see how that goes.

I also planted a few annuals along the south side of the house, in the existing "lily bed" as I call it.

The annuals are the little plants at the front border - apparently this has become the "purple bed" - everything in here is purple (except the lilies - further down the side of the house, and the peony). So that was Friday evening planting.

Then came Saturday morning...

This bed had to be replanted this year as we dug out the hydrangeas last fall (Doug hated them as they were huge). So I added a new rose shrub, a potentilla and a bunch of perennials. We shall see if they like this bed as it faces East and only gets sun during the morning.

I also added a few annuals to the back yard rose bed on Saturday morning.....

They don't look like much but they should fill in and give some nice ground cover in front of the roses. Oh yeah, I had to plant a new rose this year as one did not over-winter very well.

Then I had to cut down the grass and bulbs (by manual hand clipper) that had grown up between these roses. Ughh...dearly beloved wants to remove the grass cover so I thought I should make it easier for him if he gets around to it.

And after all that....I barbequed lunch for the boys before they headed out on their motorcyles for a ride. Then it was break time until Sunday....veggie garden day!

It doesn't look like much but six and a half hours of toiling in 25 degree (Celsius) weather and the veggie and herb garden is planted. This is the fastest I have ever planted it - I actually had to prep the garden AND plant it in one day this year. It is mostly done - still have to plant beans/peas in the open area you see staked with the mesh fence stuff. And I do have a couple more blueberries to plant on the back wall, and a couple of grape plants. But I am mostly done.

And if the garden looks terribly neat and tidy - no dirt on the weed barrier - it's because dearly beloved INSISTED I SWEEP OFF the dirt from the planting through the barrier. SWEEP! I'm sure the neighbours are now thinking I have reached a new level of crazy. I've been known to take my metre stick (or yard stick if you prefer) into the garden to ensure very accurate spacing of plants (I'm better now - I just use my hand tools for spacing).

Anyways, that's what I've been up to the last three days. I'm hoping to spend the rest of my day in the craft room making a few cards. Father's day is coming after all...and I do have a couple of birthdays before the end of May that will need cards.

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

PaperWorksCo and Card Patterns!

Hi everybody,

just catching up on some blog reading while my poor aching muscles SCREAM at me because of the gardening I've been doing the last couple of days and I see that PaperWorksCo is this week's sponsor over at Card Patterns!

This week's sketch is just lovely - and one lucky entrant will win the Rachelle Anne Miller stamps from PaperWorksCo. So if you have not yet already added these stamps to your collection, now might be a chance for you to win them at Card Patterns!

hmmmm....maybe my aching muscles would appreciate a soak in a nice warm bath. I have not yet finished with the gardening though. I still have two more blueberry bushes and two more grape plants and my ENTIRE vegetable garden left to plant -- and the vegetable garden has not yet been prepped for planting.

I'm thinking prep will be done EARLY tomorrow morning (or maybe later tonight) and planting will happen on Monday. I'm regretting not asking for Tuesday off since I didn't get to take Thursday off as planned. Oh well, hindsight.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Aha! I remembered...


YES! That second set of Doodlefactory Creatures II stamps - I remembered for whom I got them! Now I just need to package them up and send them on their merry way!

tee hee hee....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More crafty goodness!


So now the long weekend can officially start! I just got the last of my much anticipated crafty packages today! Woo hoo! My latest order from Scrappin Great Deals arrived and in it.....a Copic airbrush system all for me, a few new Copic markers and the Glue Glider Pro that I have been anxious to try in my never-ending search for a refillable adhesive runner that I like.

And sweet, sweet Sheila included a very nice bonus in my package for me - a colorless blender refill! How nice was that? And all because this order took a little longer to fill because the ABS was back-ordered with Copic for a few days. Wow! I had tried to explain that it was totally okay -- you can't control how long a supplier takes to turn around on certain items right? I was actually expecting it to take much longer. Such a sweetie!

So, if you have never checked out Scrappin Great Deals I strongly encourage you to do is worth signing up for the weekly newsletter as Sheila runs a "12-hour" special that actually lasts two days and every week there are amazing deals on all your favourite stamps (TGF, Kraftin Kimmie, CC Designs, MFT, Stampavie and Whiff of Joy just to name a few), Copics, Embellishments, Spellbinders, Papers (Basic Grey!!!, Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket) etc.

There is a big overstock blow-out going on now until Midnight May 21st, with free adhesive for orders over $25 (I think I saw some Basic Grey Paper Pads in the promo and lots of yummy stamps!)....earlier this week there was a BIG Spellbinders promo....I behaved and did not pick up any new ones (how I resisted I don't know!)...I don't know if I can resist the overstock though....those Basic Grey paper pads are calling my is the Angel Anya stamp....doh!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So I am definitely losing it....


I was very excited to get my order from StarvingArtistamps today.....I picked up the new Doodlefactory Creatures II set......apparently I was VERY excited when I placed my order as I ordered TWO sets. Yep ... two sets.

Now, the reason I think I 'm losing it is that I know I got one set for me.....but I can't for the life of me remember why I ordered the second set! Usually when I order multiples I remember to whom I was planning to give them....there's an upcoming birthday....Christmas....planning a blog candy of some sort....

Nope....can't remember....and the closest crafty pal's birthday is still a few months away....maybe I was getting a really early start? Oh well....guess I'm ahead of the game on this one.....unless someone ASKED me to order the second set for them....and now I'm forgetting who it was...

yep, it's been a stressful couple of days at work and my planned days off aren't going as scheduled.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do you want to be famous?


Have you signed up yet to participate in the PaperWorksCo blog hop on May 28th? If you have not, then all of the details are on this post over at the PaperWorksCo blog.

I will, of course, be a part of the hop. My only dilemma? Which of the cute PaperWorksCo stamps to feature -- I have them all! hmmmm....I don't think I'll be able to limit myself to just one!

There's the new Rachelle Ann Miller series

the Tinheart Family of Robots...

Zach and Zoe....(and I just found a bunch of sports paper in my stash ... last night!!!)

The Jungle Jesters

The Aqua Amigos

The Safari Friends (you KNOW I love Harriet!)

Of course, it's never to early to start on Christmas cards with the Christmas Freckle Collection with my favourite Charlotte!

or to send a little love note to my dearly beloved with a little Freckle Love image

choices .... choices... choices! Which one will it be? Be sure to stop by on May 28th to find out!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

ABC Toys and Crafts Blog Candy Alert!

Hi all, just passing along the news that ABC Toys and Crafts has a new blog candy up and you could win a new Martha Stewart Punch around the page set of punches!

This particular one is just gorgeous called Modern Garland.....stop by the blog post to check it out and to enter!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm so excited!!!!


It's Friday! Yay!

I'm on call....Boo!

I got TWO crafty packages today! Yay!

I'm still waiting for two more to arrive....Boo!

My TGF Roll Call stamps arrived - THE DAY BEFORE THE OFFICIAL RELEASE! Double YAY!

I ONLY have a two day weekend....Boo!

My PaperWorksCo order arrived - with the yummy May PaperCard Kit, more Basic Grey Papers (Euphoria and Indian Summer) and lots of Prism Simply Smooth for stamping! TRIPLE YAY!!!

anyways....that's all I wanted to share. Hope you all have a terrific weekend....who knows...I might be back sometime this weekend with a new card using some new stamps and new papers!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Get Well - with Sewing!


Hi I said earlier this week that I might be back with another get well card. it is....

Again, going for a fairly Clean and Simple look using this week's sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. I only stamped a simple sentiment (from My Sentiment's Exactly). I thought it needed a little something so I thought I would TRY framing it with some off-kilter stitching.....ummmm....yeah, off-kilter, that's it....I'm thinking I should have lightly drawn in WHERE I wanted my stitching to go as I went a little off track in a couple of spots. I really don't understand how it is that I can sew a quilt -- a darn big one...geometric and PIECED and not get my stitching to go the way I want on an itty bitty card.

I used my EK Success Scalloped scallop border punch to create the decorative edges on the papers (from my brown scrap box) so I will be entering this card for this week's Practical Scrappers challenge to use punches.

Anyways, hope you are all having a lovely week.
Oh well....I'll try NOT to fret about my less than perfect stitched frame.

Monday, May 10, 2010

CASEing Sparkle


Hi Everybody,

I didn't think I would be back so soon with another card but I was reminded today while reading one of my favourite blogs, Sparkle Creations, that the "CASEing Critters" challenge was ending tonight over at The Greeting Farm. Since I needed a Get Well card, it was the perfect chance to ink up one of my new Critter Crew stamps!

Since I follow/stalk Sparkle's blog daily, I thought I would try my hand at CASEing her card for this Critter Crew Challenge. If I am not mistaken, the Critter Crew team member who gets the most CASEs of her card wins a little something from TGF. So, I hope Sparkle comes out on top!

I used one of my new Get Well Critter Crew images and sentiments on my version of Sparkle's card. I coloured it with PrismaColor Pencils and mounted it on a Spellbinders die (Labels Three maybe?). And, of course, in honour of Sparkle, I had to use Basic Grey papers - Bittersweet to be exact.

Now, I did not do any stitching on my card as Sparkle did with hers. Instead, I distressed the edges of my papers with Memento Rich Cocoa. I know....I quilt.... so why don't I sew on my cards? One day I will show isn't pretty.

This card will not be hoarded like so many of my recent cards. It is actually going in the post tomorrow to my Mom's younger sister who is now recovering from a second surgery for recently discovered stage three breast cancer. My Mom has been visiting and caring for her while she recuperates from her surgery and prepares to commence both radiation and chemo therapy.

I wish my dear Aunt only the best as this is the first instance of breast cancer in our family. I hope this little card brings a smile to her face when she receives it.

On a side note, I believe someone who enters this contest is eligible to be a Guest DT for the Critter Crew for the next couple of  months. I don't expect to have the winning entry - all of the cards in the gallery are pretty awesome. And, to be truthful, I really don't have the time to make such a commitment. I still have baby quilts looking at my guiltily -- or is that quiltily from the table in my craft room.

I may actually be back again soon....I need to make another get well card for another "almost" family member...but of the masculine persuasion. That might be hard.

ta ta for now!

The last of this year's Mother's Day cards


Happy Monday Everybody!

I promise, this is the last of my Mother's Day cards for this year. This is the one I made for Jenn, since this was her first Mother's Day.

A return to my favourite style of card - pretty papers with a simple sentiment.

The papers are more of my Basic Grey Euphoria papers and the sentiment is Verve (mounted on Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Oval die cuts).

The layout is from this week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

And since this week's challenge at Raise the Bar was for Mom I think I will be entering this - my last Mother's day card of the year which was made for a very recent, first time Mom.

Hope you all have a lovely week! Not sure how much creating there will be for me this week as I don't think I have many May occasions left for which I need cards.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Paper Sundaes Mother's Day Card


Hi folks,

today I have my second to last Mother's day card to show you. This one was for my dearly beloved's sister.

I used this week's sketch from Paper Sundaes for the layout.

The designer papers are Basic Grey Euphoria (again) and the card stock is CTMH Sweet Leaf and Vineyard Berry. The stamped flower is CTMH (coloured with just three Copic Markers) and the sentiment is Verve.

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight and Ten for the image and sentiment panels.

I raided my stash of half-back pearls for a few little embellishments.

Since this week's challenge over at CCEE Stampers is to create a Mother's Day card, I'll be entering this card into that challenge as well.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Back to work on Monday for me!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!


I know my Mom won't see this but I just had to share this old photo I put into my profile pic on Facebook this morning .....

How's this for an oldie? My Mom and me. I believe I am four months old in this photo which means my Mom is only NINETEEN! Yes, by the time my Mom was the age I am now, I had already finished university and was working here in Ottawa. Wow -- I can't imagine having a 22 year old daughter at my age! Two young cats is MORE than enough!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Welcome Baby featuring Gordie the Giraffe


Hi folks,

today I have a card for a new baby - dearly beloved's cousin had a baby boy this week so I made this card to go with the little something I picked up today for baby.

The image is Gordie the Giraffe from the Safari Friends collection by PaperWorksCo. He is coloured with PrismaColor Pencils and mounted on Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle die cuts. I have personally always felt that the characters in the Safari Friends (Gordie, Lucas, Harriet and their new friend Zoie) were perfect for baby cards.

The papers and flocked brads are from the March PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo. The March kit is no longer available but you can still get the Animal Stackers Collection from My Mind's Eye here at PaperWorksCo.

The layout for this card is from this week's Sketch for You To Try.

As it happens, this week's challenge over at Quixotic Paperie was to create something for baby. So, I'll be entering this card for that challenge!

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

Thursday, May 6, 2010

RSC Virtual Rubber Stamp Convention until May 10


Hi folks,

just a quick post to pass along news from the Rubber Stamp Chat forum. One of my favourite stamp companies, StarvingArtistamps, is a company member and have an amazing 25% off discount code. You KNOW I am going to be ordering some new stamps! And there are plenty of other names you will recognize (MFT, Bombshell, SweetPea). There are two pages of companies so be sure to check out BOTH pages.

I have not had a chance to check out all the vendors yet but I am sure you will find some of your own personal faves!

Here are the details:

You are invited to attend the Rubber Stamp Chat Spring Virtual Convention! 
The show runs from Thursday May 6th through Monday May 10th. 
We have over 20 vendors offering specials and discounts just for you.  Some companies are having pretty outrageous sales! 
Please spread the word and tell all of your stamping friends.  You can find our convention here:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

An Offbeat Grillafella Birthday


Hi Everybody! How about a break from Mother's day cards?

Well, I gingerly made my way into my disaster area of a craft room tonight and managed to whip up this card for a friend of my dearly beloved. His birthday was almost two weeks ago and they have not yet got together for a session of D&D so I have had a bit of leeway with getting this card assembled!

So, here is the card I came up with to celebrate his birthday - albeit a bit late. Lucky for me this month's challenge theme at SRM is to celebrate life so, this card will be entered for that challenge since it celebrates my dearly beloved's childhood friend's birthday.

I used another of the Stamping Bella GrillaFella images I had coloured up a few weeks ago (I still have one left and with Father's Day coming - you can bet SOMEONE is going to get a card featuring this fella). The sentiment is my one of my favourite Happy Birthday stamps from CTMH - yes, you have seen it before!

The image panels are die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles (Small and Large) and the sentiment panels are Petite Circles (Small and Large).

The DP is from Basic Grey's Offbeat Collection and the textured dark blue card stock is Prism Prismatics which I picked up from PaperWorksCo. Since this week's challenge over at Scrap-Creations is Anything Goes (as long as you use something from Basic Grey), I'll be submitting this card as my entry.

The layout is from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Hope you are all having a lovely week!

A few more Mother's Day cards


Hi everybody,

back with still more Mother's Day cards.

I was inspired by this card at Chris Olsen's blog to make four VERY similar cards - three of which became Mother's day cards.

On this one I used the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant and border (as well as the Nestabilities Squares).

This one uses the Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendant and Border (as well as the Nestabilities Squares).

And on this one I used the Spellbinders Contemporary Hearts Pendant and Border (with the Nestabilities Petite Circles).

The fourth card is not quite finished yet but will become a birthday card. I will post it when it finally gets completed.

The DP is Basic Grey Euphoria and has been matted on either Baby Pink or Lilac Mist CTMH Cardstock.

The ribbon was coloured with my Copic Markers to get a match to the lilac mist cardstock (kind of a bluey-lilac colour -- looks more blue in the photo however).

The first two cards have very tiny self-adhesive half pearls and rhinestones as accents. The last card has some baby pink flowers from my stash as accents.

Monday, May 3, 2010

For My Sister


Hi everybody,

back again with another of my Mother's day cards. This is one I made for my younger sister.

The designer papers and flowers are from a card kit I got at Scrappin Great Deals (so I'm not sure who makes the papers). The Taffy cardstock is from CTMH.

The stamped image is "A lollipop for Susan" by Sarah Kay from Stampavie. It has been coloured with Prismacolor pencils in colours picked up from the two DPs I used.

The layout is courtesy of this week's challenge at the Pixie Cottage, which also included the theme of flowers. So, as you can see, one of my DPs has flowers and I used two very pretty flowers to embellish the card.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

For Mom


Hi folks,

back today with a  card I made during the Crop for The Cure for my Mom for Mother's day - making this a perfect card for this week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - A Celebration for Mom's.

The flower image is from the Stamp Barn (CHSH 363 M) and I picked it up at Heather's Stamping Haven.
I coloured it with my Copics (YG63, YG67, G12, Y11, R20, RV32 and RV34). Actually, I coloured two of these images and then cut out pieces of the second image to layer on the first with foamies, giving a multi-dimensional look to the flower. I am not sure if that comes across very well in the photo.

The sentiment is from Verve's "Because of You" set and is stamped on a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten die cut.

The papers are, yes, yet again, those Basic Grey Euphoria papers I picked up from PaperWorksCo.

The layout is from the Cheers and Challenges Eclectic Ensemble CCEE1017 sketch, but I flipped it to accommodate my sentiment (it just wasn't working upright).

Since this week's challenge at Totally Stampalicious is all about flowers and flowers are also the theme for this week's Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge - I think I might just have to submit this card as my entry.

Hope you are all having a lovely beginning to your week. See you again soon!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Jenn's Workshop at the Crop for the Cure


Hi folks,

hope you are all having a wonderful day. I'm having a difficult time getting moving today. I think I am still zonked from the Crop for the Cure yesterday. I took this picture of the project we made during Jenn's workshop and then promptly mimicked my cats by taking a nap in the middle of the floor. I only woke up when I heard my washing machine buzz that it had finished!

Isn't this a FABULOUSLY creative idea? Your own, customizable hand-made whiteboard from a 10x12 borderless frame! The spot that I have water-marked is intended to hold a 4x6 photo. The "notepaper" strip is intended to be your list area. The "ledger edged"  square at the bottom would hold important things to remember. Just use your everyday dry-erase markers on the glass to make your notes.

The cool thing is that this would be so easy to customize. You could make seasonal backgrounds, themed backgrounds, coordinate with your decorating style. Anything goes! I definitely envision any photos of people getting "doodled" upon though.

Now to choose a picture to put in my whiteboard! I'm planning on keeping mine in my craft room with my "need to make a card for" list written on it. I'm also betting that I have lots of friends and family who would love to have something like this.

Check out Sunghee's Designs at After Five


Hi Everybody,

Just had to give a little shout out to Sunghee, one of my super-talented team-mates in The Greeting Farm's Royal Battle.

Check out Designs By Sunghee for her absolutely amazing templates. Remember those adorable bumper cars that were a part of her AMAZING carnival candy display with which I absolutely fell in love? Well that template is available for purchase. And her template for the mini-album with the stand? Yup, it's there as well!

If you pay a visit to Sunghee's blog post announcing her store opening and leave her a comment, you might just win those templates! And there are a couple of codes up there as well for discounts at her favourite paper supplier - plus you could win a gift certificate to the same supplier!

Congrats Sunghee! And wishing you much success with your store!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Another long day


but boy was it fun!

It was our annual Crop for the Cure today and what a nice way to spend the first Saturday in March. I will have pictures over the next few days of what I made at the crop. I stuck to cards this year instead of scrap-booking and have a few finishing touches to make on some of the cards - after all it is impossible to remember to bring EVERYTHING you could possibly need.

I only managed to get signed up for one of the workshops this year - the sign up sheets filled so fast! But I did make one super duper cool project designed by the fabulous Jenn! It will be the star project from my Crop for the Cure posts.

I think the highlight of the day was a visit from Jenn's little Ava. She popped by late afternoon with her Daddy for a quick little visit and she was lighting up with smiles. Such a little doll.

Anyways....I am TOTALLY pooped and plan to relax tomorrow....put the finishing touches on those cards from today and try to put my craft room back together.

To everyone who is attending the Copic Certification here in Ottawa on Sunday - I know you will have a fabulous day - wish I was joining you but considering how tired I am right now, it is probably a good thing that I did not get in to the class.

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend - whether you get to be crafty or not.