The Stamps I Use

Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Review

Hi folks,

I thought it would be fun to review how many "crafty" things I did in 2010 and to try to choose one fave project from each month.

January - 76 cards, one gift box, a baby blanket, a birthday cake and 36 cupcakes! And started working on Ava's quilt! Fave card, bar none, was this one using a digital image from The Greeting Farm. I had these two 6x6 pieces of paper from a "Crop for the Cure" goodie bag and had been hoarding them for just the perfect occasion (good news - I FINALLY got my hands on a complete 12x12 pad of these papers just about a month or so ago).

Febuary - 19 cards, five gift boxes (still working on Ava's quilt). Fave card -- well it's a toss-up between King Pickle and King Weenie. They just make me smile. Kind of the same expression as me when I see a REALLY yummy cupcake!

March - 22 cards, 1 tag, 1 altered object, finished Ava's quilt. Of course, Ava's quilt wins hands down as the fave project for the month.

April - 15 cards, 2 trinket boxes. The trinket boxes were NOT my fave creation (I think I'm still a little sour about that experience but I did make some lovely crafting friends through the whole ordeal). My fave projects for April were these two step cards (I could not choose between them so you get to see both).

May - 15 cards. This was a hard month to choose a fave but I think this baby card with Gordie the Giraffe from PaperWorksCo was my personal fave. So much about this card was just "right".

June - 310 cards (okay, 300 of them were onesie baby shower invitations - but hell, they count!! My hands will never punch the same!) I won't say the onesies were my favourite creation of the month - but they were definitely an ... accomplishment of sorts.

July - 17 cards, one recipe book, two grad hat gift boxes. Fave project for this month were the grad hat boxes. I mean, how cute is this? This is from a template by Sunghee Chon.

August - 20 cards, 4 tags. Confession time - my favourite card I made in August didn't get given away until December. I was reluctant to give it away apparently.  I really like the papers, I LOVE the buttons and that border piece. Yummy.

September - 23 cards. My fave September card was for a bride-to-be (we will be on the wedding cruise next week!)

October - 33 cards. My fave card in October was a Thanksgiving card for my sweetie.

But this one came a close second (for his Dad and Step-Mom)

November - 24 cards. My fave in November was this one that was for my eldest niece for Christmas. Pretty papers, pretty flowers.

December - 65 cards, 1 snow globe. And, oddly enough, it was the LAST card of the year that was my fave from this month (although, to be fair, there were several that were close seconds).

That's 639 cards (I think). I don't think I can resolve to make THAT many cards in 2011....but who knows what the new year will bring? I will definitely try to be more timely with my Christmas cards this year - this mad rush AGAIN the last week or so before Christmas was VERY draining.

Hope you all have a lovely New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! I'm doing my best to make it to 10:30PM as my parents usually call at that time as it is midnight in Newfoundland (where I am originally from). I think Mom will be surprised this year when she isn't (for once) waking me from a deep sleep - only 8 minutes to go!

Lavender the Quilter

Hi folks,

well, this is card #639 for me for 2010 - not sure if I will be making any more before the New Year rolls over the dial. If not, I think this is a pretty good one with which to end the year.

A shot of the front panel....

because I find it hard to take a good picture of an easel card....see?

The card is for a co-worker and, as she is a quilter, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to finally pull out one of my Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Girls (yes, I do have the entire collection) - Lavender the Quilter. The grey hair might be a bit of a departure but my coworker has the most lovely grey hair (I'm envious - I have to dye mine because mine is still VERY salt and pepper) so I wanted to colour Lavender with the same colours.

The main panel of the card has a bit of a "quilty" look to it don't you think? Yup, I threaded up the sewing machine to stitch on the panels. Another bit of a departure for me as I rarely sew on my cards even though I have been known to quilt from time to time!

Card Details:
  • stamped image: coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, B02, B000, YR02, E53, E55, E57, G24, G28, C1, C3, C5, C7).
  • papers and buttons: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • layout: Oldie but a Goodie Challenge #9 (I omitted the sentiment from the sketch and, as it turns out, that might be a good thing. My coworker liked her card so much that she said she was going to put it on display in her sewing room! I'm quite flattered!)
Anyways, ta ta for now. I plan to do a little year in review recap post - probably tomorrow.

Hope you all have a lovely New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WOYWW - Dec 29

Hi folks,

It's Wednesday and, if you don't know what that means, then you must pop over to Julia's Blog - The Stamping Ground to find out!

Well I cheated again this week and took my photos on Tuesday instead of Wednesday as I will be back to work on Wednesday after our Christmas days off - so my craft room is as I left it on Tuesday night. I should warn you - this is a long post with lots of pics.

But I think you will all have a hoot looking at these photos - before and after shots of cleaning up my craft room on Tuesday afternoon. I know many of you are like me and were still churning out projects right up to Christmas Eve, if not Christmas Day. So I'm expecting at least some of you to understand the magnitude of this mess!

Are you ready? Take a deep breath and we will open the door (I think I am very grateful for this door - which I am considering replacing for a French door - which might be a mistake).

Are you SURE you are ready for this? Tread carefully!

Dearly beloved was quite shocked when he saw this when he put that roll of kraft paper in my craft room on my work table. He could not get any further into the room!

The pile to the left of the above table...

A little further to the left -- one of my binders open to a Stamping Bella page (go back a few posts for some Ketto cards if you have the time!) big container of Christmas papers, a new desk lamp, my big case of PrismaColor Pencils, some Verve goodness....and more binders and binders of stamps....

Gah! the closet threw up! Actually, no, the closet door is open because I needed something inside a few days ago.

Let's see, light tent tossed into the craft room (with lights inside!), box of punches, more Christmas papers, ANOTHER lamp, a big ceramic tile with my heat knife on it....oh...and lots more stamps - boxes and binders FULL ....

My dear little Cuttlebug sitting on my wastecan - ran out of space on my table (hah! see above!) Yes, I was actually using it ON the wastecan. I had a minor avalanche at one point of a bunch of stuff so that's all over the place on the left. Topped off with a box containing my left-over Christmas cards from the last few years.

Oh....the surface of my other desk.....more Christmas papers scattered about (see back a few posts for the cards made with those). My sewing machine - still threaded with red thread.

The other corner of that desk - lots of green cardstock and a whole bunch of new Stamping Bella stamps. I think there are Cuttlebug plates, CTMH stamp sets and Spellbinders dies strewn about there as well. Oh, and some 6x6 paper pads stacked on my little stereo.

So what time did I start the cleanup? My cable box says it was 11:52 am.

And.....did this mess ever get cleaned up? You betcha! I even vacuumed! Lookie - you can WALK into the room!

My new magnifying lamp finally even made it onto my desk!

The floors are tidy (for me).

I'm not tripping over anything!

Okay, in my defense, THIS corner ALWAYS looks like this. It's my catch all. But the surface of my desk is good. My new toy is even plugged in - a new Android tablet! There's also a dead laptop power adapter in a state of disassembly - I plan to use the circuit board, resistors and capacitors on some cards.

In case you are wondering, that's "I, Robot" on the tv (Space channel, of course). A few stamped images in various stages of colouring in that little pile on the right.

And how long did this take me? Again, back to cable box! 3:33pm - yes on the SAME day.

And then what did I do? I sat right down and made a mess of course! But I did tidy up a bit after. See?

And those two cards bring my total number of cards made so far this year to 638! If you would like a closer look at them, you can find them in the two previous posts here and here

So if you made it this far - thanks for sticking with me. Be sure to go back to Julia's blog to see who else is playing along!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December Viva La Verve - Week 4

Hi folks,

back again with another card post - this time with the last of the December Viva La Verve sketch challenges.

I think it goes without saying who is getting THIS card and how old (or young) he will be on his birthday.

card details
  • papers: Basic Grey Granola, CTMH Outdoor Denim
  • stamp (not sure)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
  • more of my recycled twill tape
  • notice the stitching? Yep, got out my sewing machine for this one!
  • white adhesive chipboard numbers from ProvoCraft - AlphaLetterz (Madeleine Plain) inked with CTMH Outdoor Denim

December Viva La Verve - Week 2

Hi folks,

I managed a little crafty time today, after spending three hours tidying up my craft room (pics in tomorrow's WOYWW post).

This is one of the cards I made, using the Week 2 sketch from the December Viva La Verve challenges. It will go in the post tomorrow to an Uncle of mine who recently had knee surgery.

Card details:
  • stamps: Verve Wishing You
  • Papers: Basic Grey Granola, CTMH Desert Sand
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
  • accessories: brads, button, butcher twine and twill tape (recycled from the packaging on my fave kitchen towels)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ava's Rocking Horse

Hi folks, nothing crafty from me today but I do finally get to share a beautiful wood-working project from my other half.

Ava's rocking horse - made from wood that was left-over from building the basement stairs at Brooks and Jenn's house.

I think he did a good job.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Joy

Hi folks,

so this is the last of my Christmas cards this year. This one for my sweetie.

card details:
  • stamped sentiment: Verve
  • papers: DCWV
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • twine from The Twinery
  • ribbon, button and gem from my stash
I expect to be back over the next few days with a few birthday cards.

    Snowman with Cardinal

    Hi folks,

    here's a couple MORE Christmas cards - this time featuring an image from Mo Manning for Stamping Bella - Snowman with Cardinal.

    Card Details:
    • stamped image - Stamping Bella coloured with Copic Markers.
    • papers: DCWV
    • Spellbinders: Classic Squares

    Charlotte has lots of Christmas Trees!

    Hi folks,

    here's a couple more cards I made using the Charlotte's Christmas Tree image from PaperWorksCo

    card details:
    - stamped image: PaperWorksCo colored with PrismaColor Pencils. Her hat has been adorned with Fun flock to give it a little texture (not sure how well that comes across in the photos).
    - papers: DCWV (first card), My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas (second card)
    - Spellbinders: Labels Fifteen
    - Cuttlebug Snowflakes binder for embossing on the second card
    - twine from The Twinery
    - buttons from my stash

    additional challenges for these cards: