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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mojo Monday #162

Happy Hallowe'en Everybody,

well, by the skin of my teeth I am ready for Hallowe'en. Friday night saw me packaging up the goodies - over 150 bags of goodies for the anticipated trick or treaters (plus five special goodie bags for the kids of friends and family).

Saturday afternoon saw me making some Hallowe'en cards for the five special kiddies and Saturday night was pumpkin gutting and carving time - all twelve of them! Over five hours later and they were all done.

Today I finished the last of the cards and now I am writing this as I wait for what I hope are HORDES of trick or treaters. But I'm thinking I may be disappointed - we had snow last night and so far the number of trick or treaters has been very few. Four of our "specials" have been here along with about sixteen neighbourhood kids. I'm hoping the pace picks up or there are going to be lots of leftovers taken in to work! And I was really hoping to show off my new contacts to tons of kiddies!

Anyways, my card today was for our first trick-or-treater of the day. She came by this morning after dance class looking very cute as a little Minnie Mouse.

- sketch: Mojo Monday #162
- patterned paper: CTMH Hooligans
- stamped image: CTMH Troublemaker
- sentiment: CTMH October Word Puzzle (retired)
- ink: CTMH Hydrangea, Orange
- Spellbinders: Petite Circles
- border punch: EK Success Diamond Scallop
- other challenges: Craft Creations #91 Hallowe'en, Heart 2 Heart Challenges: Hallowe'en

Hope you all have a terrific Hallowe'en!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Sketchers with Bo Bunny

Hi folks,

well I am now into Day Four of being at home .... sick. I am NOT enjoying it. Didn't get to wear my funky new hallowe'en contacts to work :(

Even the kitties seem to have gotten sick of cuddling with me on the couch. Newton is curled up on one end of the couch by himself, Packet followed me upstairs earlier and curled up in one of the pet beds outside my craft room and is still there.

I did drag myself into the craft room to make a card for a friend who has a birthday today. Dearly beloved will see him tonight at D&D so...HAD to make the card. I'm not feeling like colouring, being sick and all, so I did a scrappy instead of stampy card for him using my new Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi papers that I picked up at Multi-crafts last week.

I used this week's sketch from Friday Sketchers for the layout (of course I rotated it) and the sentiment stamp is one I got from My Sentiments Exactly. The card base is my new fave - CTMH Desert Sand. Since this IS a guy card, I kept it light on the embellishments with a handful of aged metal brads. I used my new Spellbinders Labels Seventeen for the sentiment panel.

When dearly beloved gets home from work today, I'm going to pop out quickly to pick up the birthday cake for him to take to D&D tonight to celebrate his friend's birthday. I think I am also going to bite the bullet and get some of that nasty Buckley's mixture to see if I can finally whip this terrible cough. If I can get it to stay down that is (I hate Buckley's - the camphor in it really makes it hard to swallow). I DID try some vaporub on my chest last night (Tanya's suggestion) and it seemed to give me a bit more relief from the cough overnight. I'm thinking that if I go at this cold with both the Buckley's and the Vaporub that I'll just scare it away! (ETA - I've got my Buckley's. It's tastes AWFUL. I may as well have swallowed some of the Vicks Vaporub.)

Anyways, hope you all have a happy hallowe'en weekend. I am so far behind with the hallowe'en prep because of being sick - I haven't even packaged up all the hallowe'en goodies for the trick or treaters yet! And you know I'll be doing bunches - we had 108 trick or treaters last year. AND we still have to carve our twelve pumpkins for the front door. Busy weekend ahead!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WOYWW - October 27th answer that question I would have to say "one heck of a mess!

I have come down with a nasty cold that has laid me low the last few days - have actually stayed home from work for two days - so I haven't been in the craft room since this weekend. I popped in this morning to take this picture.  And to think, I was recently bragging that I had only taken three sick days so far this year - that's what I get!

Yep, the Cappie card from my previous post is still where I tossed it after taking a photo of it - as well as the papers and buttons that were used on it. Actually, I just noticed that the stamp is still there on the acrylic block as well. My She-Devil Anya printouts are still sitting there waiting to be coloured - imagine that - too sick to even colour! There's a new toy in the back right - a hot knife that I plan to use for trimming my unmounted rubber stamps once they get put onto EZ-mount. Been too sick to play with it as well.

Bleh.....hope you are all having a better Wednesday than me! Be sure to check out Julia's post to see everyone else who is playing along this week.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge with Cappie

Hi folks,

I have another card today featuring Cappie from the StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II collection.

Cappie is coloured with Copic Markers (G20, G21, G24 and YR68).

What else is in it?
Hope you are all having a lovely day! Unfortunately, I am at home nursing another cold which seems well on its way to becoming bronchitis. No fun.

Monday, October 25, 2010

SFYTT with Cappie

Hi folks,

Today I have a little break from Christmas and Hallowe'en posts for a little birthday card featuring Cappie from StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II.

Cappie is coloured with Copic Markers (B91, B93, B95, B97, YR68).

What else is in it?
  • patterned papers are CTMH You Rock
  • sentiment is from Verve's Birthday Surprise
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Classic Squares
  • Sketch: this week's Sketch for you to try
Hope you are all having a lovely day!

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    the last two cards

    Yep, we've made it to the last two cards from our annual Christmas Card Workshop with Jenn. It's her birthday today by the way - but I won't be showing her birthday card until after I give it to her.

    Card 11- I got a little blingy with it to say the least. Our sample card didn't have nearly as many pearls but I couldn't help myself, I just had to put pearls on EVERY snowflake.

    Card 12

    What's in it?
    There.....all done with our workshop cards!

    Thanks for stopping by - I'm hoping to get into the craft room today.  I haven't done any crafting yet this weekend - it was so nice yesterday that we decided to tackle the autumn yard cleanup. Happy to say we did get a lot accomplished in the couple of hours we were out there! We snapped some pictures so, if any of them turned out okay, I might pop a few up onto the old blog-arooni sometime in the next few days.

    Ta ta for now!

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    are we there yet?

    I'm sure you are wondering by now if I have finished with the posts from our annual Christmas Card Workshop with Jenn. Well.....not quite.

    card 9

    Card 10

    What's in it?
    Hope you are having a lovely day! Mine is off to a great start.

    A new Michael's store opened this morning in my neck of the woods (at 8am) and I was there to check it out. I figured what the heck, I'm up anyway, I'll drive by and if it isn't too crazy I'll pop in to take advantage of my 50% off coupon. Well, they were just opening the doors when I arrived so I joined the other "crafty crazies" who were out doing the same thing as me. There weren't too many of us really - Ms was giving away their reusable tote bags to the first 100 customers and I snagged one. Considering the size of the store, 100 customers are hardly noticeable in there!

    I did a little browsing around. Not too much as I plan to pop back throughout the week - they are having incredible giveaways all week that you can enter to win so, since it is only about 7 minutes from my house, no biggie to pop by. Plus, there are there usual coupons for saving on your purchases all week. ANYWAY, with the help of some very nice employees, I found what I was looking for, a hot craft knife from Walnut Hollow with lots of cool attachments. I plan to use it for trimming rubber stamps that come untrimmed or unmounted. The helpful staff also pointed out that they use it for carving craft pumpkins....hmmm, I'm wondering if I can use it to carve the twelve real pumpkins sitting on my front step?

    Anyways, if you are local, the store is beautiful, I would say the nicest one here in the NCR,  and worth a visit. I could easily have spent a few hours just wandering up and down all of the aisles.

    Ta Ta for now - a crafty weekend awaits!

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    The Perfect Pumpkin

    Hi folks,

    Lookie what I made! Another Hallowe'en Card featuring the adorable images from the Fall Release by Rachelle Anne Miller for PaperWorksCo - this time I'm using "The Pumpkin Patch".

    Again, it was coloured with PrismaColor Pencils (927, 1032, 944, 911, 941, 946, 929, 940, 925). The observant among you will notice that I didn't use the delightful sentiment that comes with the image ("You are my pick of the patch"), instead I used the CTMH October Word Puzzle (retired) to create my "Happy Hallowe'en" message to my niece. She's all of six years old and I think she will love getting this cute card from her Auntie.

    I'm using the same Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg papers as I used on the "Too Cute to Spook" card and CTMH Chocolate cardstock for the base. I am so glad that I snagged a little 6x6 deck of this paper when I visited Multi-Crafts this week. I love the fall colours in this pack - that chocolate paper with the coloured leaves is just yummy!

    The sketch is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge MTSC96 from earlier this week.

    Challenges for this card:

    Oh and you might have noticed the change in the way this card and the "too cute to spook" card were photographed - dearly beloved and his friend were playing guitar that night in the office where I normally have my photo tent and lights set up. I had to make do with a couple of pieces of white card-stock in my craft room so......there you have it.

    Hope you are all having a lovely day! I am personally cheering the arrival of the weekend.

    and another two cards from the workshop

    Yes, they just keep coming and coming. I'm back today with two more cards from our annual Christmas Card Workshop with Jenn.

    Card 7

    Card 8

    What's in it?
    Hope you are all having a lovely day!

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Too Cute To Spook!

    Hi folks,

    how about a break from the Christmas cards for something a little more fitting for the current season? I finally had a chance to ink up my new stamps from the Fall Collection by Rachelle Anne Miller for PaperWorksCo. Here's the first card I made with the "The Pumpkin Patch" image:

    I coloured the image (during my lunch break today) with my PrismaColor Pencils (927, 1032, 929, 911, 912, 1084, 1030) and then sponged CTMH Heavenly Blue and Desert Sand around the image for a bit of a background while it was still in the Spellbinders Classic Square die that I used to cut it out. I think that the R.A.M. images are very well suited to the softness of the pencils. I think that IS my preferred medium for colouring them.

    The patterned papers are Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg and the cardstock is CTMH Chocolate. I distressed the edges of all the papers with CTMH Chocolate ink.

    The layout is this week's sketch from the Papertake Weekly Challenge.

    I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:
    Hope you all had/have a lovely day! The weekend is ALMOST here! Dearly beloved is having friends over Friday night for poker,  I'll probably spend the time colouring and keeping people fed since I'm not interested in playing.

    at the half-way point

    Hi folks,

    I'm back with a continuation of the series of posts of the cards from our annual Christmas Card Workshop with Jenn.

    I REALLY like the Clean and Simple lines of these two cards. I popped up my panels making them a little thicker for mailing but not too thick. You could easily omit the foam squares for a flatter card for mailing.

    Card #5

    Card #6

    What's in it?
    Challenges for these cards:
    Hope you are all having a wonderful day! I'm bringing my Prismas and some PWCO Hallowe'en images to work with me today to colour at lunchtime (today and tomorrow probably) since my lunchtime walking buddy has other commitments today and is off tomorrow. Hope to have some new Hallowe'en cards to show you in the next few days!

    Ta Ta for now!

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    WOYWW - October 20th

    Hi folks,

    Here's my desk this week!

    I have still not gotten things back in to order after the crop I attended on Friday and the card-making party that was at my house on Saturday and I haven't managed to make any cards since this weekend.

    I did manage to sit down after work today and put my Copics back into their coffee tins. My box of acrylic blocks is still hiding somewhere in the box of stuff I have waiting to be put back from the card-making party.

    I also managed to take a few seconds to stamp a few Hallowe'en images from PaperWorksCo to colour at lunch time tomorrow. That's why the Prismacolor pencils and papers are sitting on the desk. My lunchtime walking partner has another commitment tomorrow and it is supposed to be raining so...I'm going to try to get some colouring done.

    Oh - and the phone is there because just before I took this picture I was talking to my brother back home in Newfoundland. He is headed out to sea for a month (yes, an entire month) and I have a fitness class tonight so by the time I get home and with the time difference, he might already be settled in for the night.

    So I thought I would answer some questions from previous WOYWW posts I have done.

    Yes, I do have two Cricuts - the original one and an Expression. Neither of them gets much use but I would say that I use the Expression more often because I usually use them to make bigger things - like boxes - and need the bigger cutting surface. When I do use them, they definitely get hooked up to the Jukebox because I always use the Cricut Design Software (yes, I was a Beta and bought the software when it was only available as a download - got my actual physical copy months later). I definitely prefer the flexibility of manipulating the images on a computer screen (after all, in real life I am a techie). Why two Cricuts? Well, when I got the Expression I did consider getting rid of the baby cricut - but sometimes, it's good to use the little one for the smaller cuts since the cutting mats are less expensive to replace for that one. What's that? A hint of frugality? From me?

    As for the Copics, I don't have anywhere near a full collection. I {think} I have somewhere around 130 or so. I do have all of the Vs now and almost all of the Es (only the E4s are missing). I am a bit obsessive/compulsive about "collections" so I do know it is only a matter of time before I get them all. One thing about taking them with you to a crop - it really SUCKS sorting them out and putting them back into the coffee tins in which I store them in the craft room. I think I will have to invest in those really cool Copic wallets in which to store them. I had a hard time picking out colours when I was colouring at the crop as they were all messed up in the shoebox. grrr......but I DID manage to colour up three cards that night.

    So that's it for my desk this week - I didn't take any additional pictures of the space because it is REALLY messy with my gear from the card-making party and crop strewn about -- along with some new crafty purchases from earlier this week.

    Be sure to check out Julia's post for the links to everyone else who is playing along this week.

    Two more cards from our workshop

    Hi folks

    Today I have another post for you featuring two more cards that we made at our annual Christmas Card Workshop.

    Card three

    Card four

    The details are much the same as the previous set of cards:
    What's in it?
    Challenges for these cards:
    Hope you are all having a wonderful day. If I find the time after work, I may be back with a WOYWW post.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    Rachelle Anne Miller Giveaway

    Hi folks,

    just popping in quickly to let you know about a fabulous giveaway over at Rachelle Anne Miller's blog. Yes, THAT Rachelle Anne Miller. If you are a fan of her stamps then you will LOVE the art prints she sells in her Etsy shop.  Right now she is giving away three prints - just pop on over to her blog to find out how you can enter to win!

    On a Christmas Card roll

    Hi Folks!

    Back again with, can you believe it, MORE Christmas cards! Yippers, I am on a roll these days. Today I am show-casing some of the cards we made at the {now annual} CTMH Christmas Card Workshop conducted by the fabulous Jenn at my house for me and some of my crafty friends.

    As usual, Jenn did not disappoint. We made some lovely, elegant cards with the new Christmas papers and embellishments from this season's CTMH Idea Book. I must admit, I fell in love with the yummy pearls and itty bitty gems and went a little crazy with the bling on some of my cards.

    So, do you want to see some of the cards we made? Well,  here are two of them....and I mostly behaved with the bling.

    What's in it?

    I'll be sharing the rest of the cards over the next few days.

      Monday, October 18, 2010

      The third card I made at the crop and Tanya's blog candy!

      Hi folks!

      Back today to share the third card I made at the crop I attended on Friday night - a feat unheard of by me by the way - three cards WITH COPIC COLOURING in one night. This one features a sweet Tilda image from Magnolia Stamps.

      Tilda was coloured with Copics (E000, E00, E02, E31, E35, E37, E30, E34, R35, R37, R39, R93 and R85). I added Diamond Stickles to her bow to make it stand out a little against the red sleeves of her shirt. I cut her out and perched her on a frame made using the Petite Circles and Labels One (I think) Spellbinders dies.

      The papers are CTMH Evensong and the sentiment is from the CTMH December Word Puzzle set (now retired).

      The layout is this week's sketch from Just Magnolia.

      I will also be submitting this card for the following challenges:

      And, I just wanted to mention that the very talented Tanya has a blog candy posted that is open until October 31st. Be sure to stop by and say Hi! to her (and check out some of her beautiful colouring) and enter yourself to win the candy, which includes an adorable Hannah stamp from the Pixie Cottage. Being a spring baby, I am kind of partial to stamps with umbrellas in them, so you know I had to leave a comment for a chance to win myself!

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a lovely day!

      Sunday, October 17, 2010

      PaperWorksCo Christmas Release from Rachelle Anne Miller

      Hi folks,

      well, I didn't get to join in the fun at release party at PaperWorksCo on Friday night for the new Rachelle Anne Miller Christmas collection but I must say, now that I have had a chance to check out all the blog posts, I am totally in love with this collection! Take a peek (lifted from PaperWorksCo of course).

      How cute are these? You can find all of the stamps here in the PaperWorksCo store. Yes, I've already ordered my full collection.

      You can bet you will be seeing loads of cards made by me with these adorable images.

      The second card I made at the crop

      Hi folks,

      Well, today I am sharing the second card I made at Friday night's crop for the United Way - another Christmas card!

      The stamped image is from The Greeting Farm and is coloured with Copic Markers (E00, E000, E93, E31, Y63, Y67, R00, R02, E93, R89, YR23). The sentiment is from the CTMH December Word Puzzle (now retired). The papers are CTMH Evensong.

      The layout is from this week's Farm Fresh Friday Sketch challenge over at The Greeting Farm.

      Other challenges for which this card qualifies:
      Anyways, hope you all have a lovely day - mine is going to be a busy one! That's why I've scheduled this post!

      Saturday, October 16, 2010

      Finally - back to working on Christmas Cards!

      Hi folks,

      well, as those of you who read my blog already know, last night I attended a crop in support of the United Way. My goal was to work on some Christmas cards. And I did - I managed to finish three and got eight more started - they need a little "something" so they aren't quite finished yet.

      Anyways, this is the first card I made during the crop - for the card-making sketch challenge (which was won by the fabulous Jenn - her card was gorgeous and got my vote - I hope she shows it on her blog!)

      The stamped image is from Magnolia Stamps and is coloured with Copic Markers (B000, YR12, YR65, Y23, E55, E57, R000, Y18) with Diamond Stickles on his wings.

      The sentiment is from the CTMH January Word Puzzle (now retired). The papers are CTMH Aspen. The decorative border is a Martha Stewart Punch.

      The layout was a PageMaps sketch from September.

      Challenges for this card:
      Anyways, I am totally pooped. I spent the day prepping for the annual "Christmas Card-Making Workshop with Jenn" and taking care of the household chores today since I won't get to do them tomorrow. I have not even unpacked any of the gear that I took to the crop with me last night. I'll have to dig through it tomorrow to find my scissors and adhesive for the workshop!

      Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

      Friday, October 15, 2010

      Reminder - PaperWorksCo Release Night

      Hi folks!

      Just wanted to remind everyone that PaperWorksCo is launching the latest collection from the oh-so talented Rachelle Anne Miller tonight.

      The details can be found by clicking through the blinky on my side-bar. See it? Over there? to the left?

      I'm attending a crop to benefit the United Way tonight so I won't be able to stop in for all the release party chitter-chatter but I hope you all find the time to stop by and say "Hi!" to Peggy (be sure to ask if she has a Bux in hand and if she will be celebrating with noodles!), her talented Design Team and all their loyal fans.

      From the sneak peeks I've been seeing all week, it looks like this is going to be another must pick-up collection - just in time for the Winter card-making season!

      Ta Ta for now! Hopefully I will find the time tomorrow to post the projects that I plan to work on tonight at the crop - assuming I finish any of them that is!

      Thursday, October 14, 2010

      WOYWW - a day late

      Hi folks!

      well, I'm a day late posting this but, honestly, I could have taken my "What's on your Workdesk Wednesday" pictures any time since the last card I made since I haven't been in the craft room at all this week - until tonight because I had to pack up the gear I want to take to the crop I am attending tomorrow night.

      If you thought last week's pictures were scary - this week's are worse!

      There's the desk - gah!  My order of Glue Glider Pro refills arrived this week - five packs of three refills are currently tossed in the middle of the mess of paper, spellbinder dies, punches, new stamps from PaperWorksCo, coloured images from The Greeting Farm and my "at hand" tools. I expect this mess will be here for a while as I won't be creating in the craft room this weekend.

      Another cabinet in the craft room (actually the handmade microwave cart dearly beloved had before we hooked up - it has been repurposed in my craft room after years of us storing it in the basement). 

      What's in it/on it?  Two Cricut machines, a Cricut jukebox, boxes of punches and paper, paper and more paper. Oh - and two projects I did for a team challenge at The Greeting Farm earlier this year.

      And here is the other desk in the craft room - sewing machine not yet put away, an overflowing box of Spellbinders dies and general overall mess. One of these days I'll surprise everyone with TIDY pictures of the craft space!

      And here's the reason I was in the craft room tonight - I had to organize the supplies for the crop I am attending after work tomorrow. Does anybody else have a hard time packing for a crop? I decided I would work on Christmas cards, figuring that would really limit what I would want to take. Yeah, fat chance of that.

       I am quite surprised I did get it down to JUST these supplies. Baby wipes for my inky fingers, some organza ribbon, shoeboxes full of Copics, CTMH Christmas stamps, a few ink pads and embellishments, adhesives and other miscellaneous small tools (acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner, etc).

      And my tote - filled with paper, my Cuttlebug, ink daubers, a few border punches.

      I mustn't forget to take my paper trimmer. I'm betting I will....I always forget something!

      So, are YOU playing along with WOYWW this week? I know Peggy is - and I'm jealous of her tidy desk with it's complete Copic collection. And she has a new stamp collection releasing on Friday and thinks her desk is messy! I think I showed her the REAL definition of messy don't you?

      Since I'll be attending the crop, I'm going to miss the release party over at PaperWorkCo so be sure to stop by and say hi to everyone for me! You can bet that first thing Saturday morning when I get up I'll be making time to check out all of the posts from release night - new Rachel Anne Miller stamps!

      Sunday, October 10, 2010

      Mojo Monday - Thanksgiving

      Hi folks,

      I sat down today and  made this card for my dearly beloved for Thanksgiving. I totally broke with tradition and cooked turkey on the Sunday instead of Monday which is REALLY Thanksgiving.

      The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday Sketch.

      The papers are Basic Grey Indian Summer. The leaves are Cuttlebugged from three different papers from the pad to coordinate with the base panel and then distressed on the edges with Memento Rich Cocoa. Making this perfect for this week's distressing challenge at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge.

      I think the fall colours I chose for the maple leaves a perfect for this week's challenge at Paper Sundaes - a change of season. The trees in my neighbourhood are all ablaze right now with the colours of fall. Actually - if you scroll down I have edited this post to show some photos of our big maple out front. I swear, I take these same pictures every year - the only difference is the size of our tree!

      The sentiment is from the CTMH November Word Puzzle set (now retired).

      The bottom edge was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

      As promised - here are the photos of our big maple tree, it really dwarfs our house. If you look closely at the top, you can see it has already started to drop the brilliant red leaves.

      And this is why the Canadian flag has a RED maple leaf on it.  The sun reflecting off this tree makes the second floor of our house glow pink inside. Isn't that cool?

      I did not stage this shot below - the bright red leaf was caught in the lower branches where the leaves have not completely changed colour.

      The trunk of the tree has been scarred quite a bit over the years. Most of these scars started out as small scratches from the local wildlife but as the tree has grown they look much bigger.

      Saturday, October 9, 2010

      A CAS Thanksgiving Card

      Hi folks

      this is the thanksgiving card I made for dearly beloved's Dad and Step-Mom.

      We won't be able to go to their place tomorrow for Thanksgiving dinner with the family due to my head-cold. Dearly Beloved's Dad had open heart surgery a while back and I don't want to risk passing along this cold to him. The sad thing is, not only can we visit with family this weekend, my cold also means we can't invite anyone over either. Translation - too many turkey leftovers will be in our refrigerator this week.

       Anyways, enough of my moaning and groaning. Details about the card:
      • I was TOTALLY inspired by this post by Susan Raihala over at the Simplicity blog. All of the cards in the post are just GORGEOUS! I had to scraplift/CASE call it what you will. I think I need to make a bunch more cards like this. Just because they are SO pretty.
      • card base is CTMH Colonial White and the patterned paper (just a 3 inch square, cut into quarters with the corners rounded) is Basic Grey Indian Summer.
      • I added a few extra self-adhesive rhinestones along the bottom (mostly to cover a little ink smudge from my inky fingers on the right side of the card but also to balance the layout since I think I put it a little too high on the card base).
      • the sentiment is from the CTMH November Word Puzzle (now retired)
      • I'll be entering this one into this week's challenge over at Totally Stampalicious - a thankful card. I think it is safe to say that we are all counting our blessings this weekend that dearly beloved's Dad is still with us as his need for heart surgery came as a surprise to all of us.
      There you go - a very simple card for Thanksgiving.

      Thursday, October 7, 2010

      Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch 5

      Phew....did you make it through all four previous posts? Well congrats! You have reached the end of my posts for the cards I made using the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day/Fall Release Week Challenge Sketches.

      This is the card I made using the VSWCMD5 sketch:

      I think I like this one the most (it was the first one I made today actually).


      Cardstock: CTMH Desert Sand
      Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Wisteria
      Stamps: "Birthday Surprise" from Verve Stamps
      Spellbinders: Petite Circles (Sm and Lg)
      Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
      Chocolate Ribbon from my stash

      And more stitching!

      There you have it....all five cards  (feel free to scroll down for the other four if you missed them). Now, my only dilemma is do I keep these for myself to give away when the occasion arises or do I gift them as a set to someone? hmmmm, decisions, decisions.

      Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch 4

      Hi folks,

      as promised, I'm back with my fourth card from the set using the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day/Fall Release Week Challenge Sketches. This time, using the VSWCMD4 sketch.

      Supplies are:

      Cardstock: CTMH Desert Sand, Pansy Purple, Core'Dinations Chocolate (reverse with the mint colour) and (I think) Bazzill Basics in a pale lilac. Or it may be Prism. I'm not sure.
      Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Wisteria
      Stamps: "Great Friend" from Verve Stamps
      Spellbinders: Petite Circles (Sm and Lg), Fair Isle Borderabilities
      Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
      Chocolate Ribbon and Dew Drops from my stash

      And look at that -- did you see the stitching?......

      stay tuned for the fifth and final card!

      Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch 3

      Hi folks,

      back with the third installment (feel free to scroll down for the first two) of the cards I made using the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day/Fall Release Week Challenge Sketches.

      Now I know I have already made a card using the VSWCMD3 sketch (my sister's birthday card), but I wanted to do the full set of sketches as a coordinated set. So....there you go.

      Same supplies as the previous card (except for the stamp set)
      Cardstock: CTMH Desert Sand, Pansy Purple
      Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Wisteria
      Stamps: "Artful Elegance" from Verve Stamps
      Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
      Chocolate Ribbon from my stash

      And card #4 is on deck......

      Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch 2

      Hi folks, feel free to scroll down to see the first in this series of posts featuring the cards I made using the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day/Fall Release Week Challenge Sketches.

      This card uses the VSWCMD2 sketch for the layout:

      Same supplies as the previous card:
      Cardstock: CTMH Desert Sand, Pansy Purple
      Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Wisteria
      Stamps: "Kind Words" from Verve Stamps
      Spellbinders: Petite Ovals (Sm and Lg)
      Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
      Chocolate Ribbon from my stash

      card #3 is on its way!

      Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch 1

      Hi folks,

      well I spent the day in the craft room again - in fact, I kind of lost track of time and forgot to take a break for lunch. But, I did get a set of cards made using the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day/Fall Release Week Challenge Sketches. So this post and the four that follow will feature those cards.

      As I said, I made a set of cards using all five sketches. I decided I wanted to try something new for me - I pulled out CTMH Desert Sand cardstock to use as my base and what was left of my Basic Grey Wisteria papers from the September 2009 PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. I was DETERMINED to finally use up the last of those papers that had been languishing in my cabinet. Well....I will have you know that I did NOT use up all the papers - gah! There's still enough left to probably make at least a two, maybe even three or four more cards in this style of this set.

      Anyways, enough chatter, here is the first card using the VSWCMD1 sketch:

      This card uses the "Kind Words" set from Verve.

      stay tuned for card number two ..... coming up shortly!

      Wednesday, October 6, 2010

      TGF Maria for Mystery Monday CASE

      Hi again folks - yes, I am back with a fourth and final post for the day. This time featuring the birthday card I made for my niece who has a birthday this coming Tuesday, October 12th.

      This card features Maria from the Wild Sprouts Roll Call Collection by The Greeting Farm. Isn't she cute with those big flowers in her hair? She is coloured with Copics (E00, E000, E93, E31, E35, E55, E99, R83, R85, RV34).

      The patterned papers are from the Sweet Summertime collection from Echo Park Papers. If I am not mistaken, they are actually from one of the Papercard kits from PaperWorksCo.

      The layout is CASEd from this week's Mystery Monday Challenge over at Club Anya and Friends.

      Ta ta for now....I'll probably be back again tomorrow with some Verve cards since I want to finish playing along with their release week challenges before the deadline!

      Oliver Makes a Wish

      Hi folks,

      wow. Third post for the day! Feel free to scroll down if you would like to check out my earlier posts. There's a card featuring Miss Anya and a look into the creative chaos that is also known as my craft room tables!

      This card is for my nephew - his birthday isn't until October 18th but it went into the post today with the massive birthday package. This makes this card perfect for this week's Wednesday challenge over at All That Scraps to make a manly card (even if it is for a little man - my nephew is only going to be ten on his birthday)

      Isn't little Oliver from The Greeting Farm adorable as a blond? If you are a regular reader, you saw him a few days ago a brunette for dearly beloved's nephew's birthday card. He is coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, W1, W3, W5, W7, BG11, BG13, YR23, YR16, E08, B91, B93, B97, B95, E30, E31, E55, C3, C5, C7, R24). The mat for the image was cut using my Spellbinders Petite Circles (Small and Large).

      I used papers from my May 2010 PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo - featuring Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride.

      The layout for this card is from this week's Club Anya Saturday Sketch. (ETA - I am SO excited! My little Oliver was actually selected as the winner for the sketch challenge! How awesome is that? You can bet that I'll be posting a card VERY soon with digi I selected for my prize!)

      I kept the embellishments on this card fairly simple (since it is for a boy) - just a couple of buttons with a little bit of embroidery floss.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day!

      FFF - Oct 01 Colour Challenge

      Hi folks,

      well I spent the day in the craft room getting the birthday cards for my sister's kids finished so I could get the birthday package in the mail (again expresspost (ouch!) as one niece has a birthday on Tuesday). When will  I ever learn?

      This card is for my eldest niece, whose birthday is actually last in the chain - not until October 28th.

      I can't believe she is going to be sixteen on her birthday!

      Anyways, here are the details:

      • Stamped image is from The Greeting Farm (Miss Anya) coloured with Copics (E00, E000, E51, E55, E31, E57, E59, YG67, YG63).
      • Sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.
      • Papers are Echo Park - A Walk in The Park (Mother Nature and Playful Stripes) which I got at PaperWorksCo. I chose these Chocolate Brown and Olive coloured patterned paper and the CTMH Vanilla Cream Cardstock to play along with the Farm Fresh Colour Challenge this week at The Greeting Farm.
      • The layout of the front of this easel card is from this week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge - I flipped it and PART of it got covered with the flowers that I just had to add to give the card a little more OOMPH.
      • And did you see the stitching on the card? Uh-huh! I had my sewing machine out today and actually did a little sewing on TWO cards! Perfect for this week's Wild Orchid Challenge to stitch it up!
      • Spellbinders Dies used are my new Labels Fourteen (from PaperWorksCo) and Petite Ovals
      • The brown twine is from Jillibean Soup.
      Hope you are all having a lovely day. This is my second post for today - feel free to scroll down to see what was on my workdesk this Wednesday BEFORE I started making cards (trust me - it looks MUCH worse now....and the floor is covered as well!)

      What's on MY workdesk(s) this Wednesday

      Hi folks....

      YAY!!! I'm at home today - starting a SIX day long weekend (albeit with the beginnings of a head-cold - bleh!) before I do another stint of almost three weeks of on-call duty (double-bleh!). Really, I can't complain about the on-call - it's why I CAN take six day weekends!

      I am finally playing along with WOYWW (What's on your workdesk Wednesday). If you don't know what this is all about, check out Julia's blog here.

      Warning - I didn't do ANY tidying before taking these pictures, Okay, that's not quite true - I pushed in two drawers - one on the wooden box, one on the plastic organizer so you could SEE what was underneath them (chuckle!) Oh...and I have two workdesks in my craft room at the moment (recently down from three).

      So here is desk #1 (well really  it's a table)

      What's on it? ummmmm....residue from recent cards that's for sure. I see Basic Grey Pyrus, Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride, My Mind's Eye Home, and stamps and Spellbinders and inks that were all used on recent cards. Oh - my fave Glue Glider Pro and my Lee Valley Transfer Tape, my ink daubers (never far from reach). You can see my coffee tins that hold my Copics (running out of space in those!) - underneath those are my Prismacolor Pencils. My "whiteboard" from one of Jenn's workshops - where I keep track of the cards I need to make. Needs to be updated - September is over! And to think - I'm about to sit down and make a bunch of cards today in this mess.

      Desk #2 (dearly beloved made this one for me)

      I rarely "work" (i.e. stamp/colour/assemble) on this one as it usually has multiple paper trimmers and my laptop on the surface. This time my scanner is there as well (I'm trying to remember to scan my coloured images when I complete them and really like how they turned out but most of the time I forget). You can see my TV is faithfully tuned to the SPACE network (All sci-fi, all the time here in Canada). The wooden cabinet it is sitting on holds a small amount of my 8.5x11cardstock. The taller wooden cabinet next to it holds my CTMH inks and markers (and yes, it is full). Can't forget the Spellbinders in the CD cabinet and the white box on top of my stereo. Oh...and that mess behind the laptop has six new sets of Spellbinders, new PWCO RAM stamps and the Sept Papercard kit hiding under my sketch pad (somewhere). Did you notice the powerbar? Yup, the switches are labelled with what is plugged in to them (mind you my laptop is plugged in to the lamp switch but that's okay).

      The towers supporting the desk are filled with stamps, as are the white boxes underneath. You can just see my scrap tote underneath - full of CTMH 12x12 cardstock. JUST cardstock.

      There you go....just a small sample of my craft room (you aren't seeing my 12x12 patterned paper cabinet, my shelves or my cart with the Cricuts and all my punches and MORE 12x12 patterned paper) and the MESS of stuff all over the floor!

      So, what's on YOUR workdesk this Wednesday?

      Sunday, October 3, 2010

      Another WCMD Weekend Card

      Hi folks,

      well I did make it back to work on another card tonight. This one is for my sister who has a birthday on October 7th (yes, Expresspost is my friend).

      I used my new Basic Grey Pyrus papers that I picked up from PaperWorksCo. The layout is the VSWCMD3 sketch from Verve Stamps for their World Card Making Day Release Week Challenges (I hope to play along with the rest before the deadline!). I combined the Verve "Because of You" and "Birthday Surprise" stamps sets for the sentiment and the flower. Believe it or not, I used Copics on this card! E04, E93 and E70 were used to colour the flower.

      I used a pleated strip of coordinating cardstock for the "ribbon" element of the sketch in order to play along with the EHWCMD3 trend-watching challenge over at the Classroom - Pleats!

      Hope my sister likes her card - I know she probably would have liked a TGF card for her birthday but none of the images were calling to me for her card this time around.

      Happy World Card Making Day (all weekend)

      Hi folks,

      well I WISH I could say that I made tons of cards on WCMD but, sadly, we had a few commitments and I only managed to spend a couple of hours yesterday (colouring) and today (finished the colouring and made ONE card with one of the four images I coloured).

      This one is for dearly beloved's newphew who turns four today - I figured we wouldn't see him until Thanksgiving weekend so it was okay that I got to his card a little late even though I DID get his birthday present earlier this week.

      This is his card:

      I used one of the Oliver images from "Happy Day" by The Greeting Farm. The sentiment is from Susie Surprise (also TGF). The papers are Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride from my stash of PaperCard Kits from PaperWorksCo (May 2010 actually - yes I hoard my papers). Since this week's challenge from Paper Sundaes is to use something from your stash, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge.

      Oliver is coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E33, E35, E37, E25, E31, W1, W3, W5, W7, BG11, Bg13, YR23, YR16, E08, B91, B93, B95, B97, Y18, C3, C5, C7) and popped up on foam dimensionals on circular panels cut with my Spellbinders Petite Circles (Small and Large).

      The layout is from the sketch challenge over at the Classroom (EHWCMD2) for World Card Making Day. Did you count how many layers are on this card? Well, not counting the card base (CTMH Colonial white that you can't see in this pic) - there are technically TEN layers on this card. TEN! That's what happens when you just HAVE to mat every piece of paper that you put on a card - and then add ribbon! So, I think this card DOUBLE qualifies for this week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - to layer it on with at least five layers on your card.

      Anyways, I HOPE I find the time to get back to make my sister's birthday card and a card for the new baby - yes she arrived a few days ago on September 28th - all 7lbs, 8oz. Not sure if I will have the time though.

      Hope you are all having a great weekend!

      Friday, October 1, 2010

      ICS85 with Simply Betty

      Hi folks,

      Well, my resolve to actually paper-craft on weeknights to catch-up/get-ahead of all the cards I need for October has not panned out. In fact, this post is for a card for a birthday that was actually LAST Friday. But, since I knew I wouldn't be seeing the birthday girl's Dad until THIS Friday, I procrastinated - DESPITE the fact I knew I wanted to use THIS stamp and the fluffy green embellishment on the card. Anybody else guilty of doing this?

      I love this collection from Simply Betty Stamps - in fact, I find it VERY hard to resist each new release that comes out. But.....I still haven't inked up the entire first collection so I am trying to stick to my guns and NOT buy more new stamps. Since I was colouring up this Betty for a teenager I TRIED to make her outfit a little less revealing by colouring in the shoulder area like it was a short sleeved shirt under the corset....with long fingerless gloves on her arms. But you could easily have her outfit a little more revealing by leaving her shoulders flesh coloured.

      Now I can't quite tell if her little companion is supposed to be a Chihuahua type dog or if it is a Siamese type cat....of course, I favour cat.

      Anyways, here are the details:

      Copic Markers: E000, E00, E01, E21, E25, E27, E29, E33, E35, C5, C7, C9, YG63, YG67, YR02, YR04, YR18

      Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Heavenly Blue

      Papers: My Mind's Eye Home. Not sure how well it comes across in the photo but these papers are all sparkly! I think you can see it on the plaid the best in the photo but all three are glittery, sparkly papers - very heavily embossed. Come to think of it - I think that qualifies this card for the Day 212 challenge over at 365 Cards - the Three G's : Girl, Green and Glisten!

      Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen (Just arrived with six other new nestie sets from PaperWorksCo)

      Sketch: Inspirational Card Sketches #85 (I flipped the sketch and instead of doing the ribbon treatment with a bow I did the plaid paper with the fluffy feather thingy - got it at Pritchard Packaging by the way)

      Hope you all have a lovely weekend!