The Stamps I Use

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cutting it close with the August SFYTT

Ummm.....ummm....exactly how did August get away from me? As you know, I've been very light on the card-making this month - I'm sure at some point I'll explain why but....just not now.

I almost missed doing the August SFYTT and only remembered because one of the blogs I follow reminded me of it earlier today.

Anyways, here's my go at it

card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
  • patterned papers: Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess
  • sentiment: Verve "Big Wish"
  • layout:  August SFYTT
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time is running out!

Hi folks,

just a reminder that you have until midnight August 31st to play along with at least two of the August challenges over at PaperWorksCo for a chance to win your choice of the August Paper Card Kit (featuring Basic Grey's Out of Print collection) or two of their super cute rubber stamps! Just remember that if you are using stamps on your project, they have to be from one of the many PaperWorksCo collections for you to qualify for the monthly prize. If you don't have any of their stamps in your collection yet, there is a freebie digi frame up on the blog that I am SURE you can incorporate into a couple of the challenges!

And just to make it easy for you, here is a list of the challenges so far this month!
Now, another sketch goes up tomorrow (being Wednesday and all), but I am not sure if it is considered part of the August challenge or September challenge. Anyways, you have lots to choose from in the list above! Who knows? Maybe you could be the next winner! I was the winner for the July challenges!

ETA - today's sketch challenge is counted for September!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Packet

Hi folks!

yesterday was our eldest cat's birthday. And yes, I got him a birthday present - a couple of cat toys, a couple of cans of tuna and five bags of dental treats - it was his fifth birthday after all.

He seems to know what it's all about....

getting into the prezzie....

and yes, Packet also had his own birthday card

my first time inking up some new to me Penny Black stamps I picked up at our Crop for the Cure in May from Tina's Scrapbooking Creations (from nearby Winchester).

feel free to call me crazy cat lady....haven't made any cards in what seems like forever and what do I make? A card for my cat. Off to the loonie bin for me I think!

card details:

  • 4.25 x 5.5 inch kraft card stock base
  • stamped image: Penny Black "In the Garden", copic markers W00, W0, W1, W2, R27
  • patterned papers: Graphic 45 "Domestic Goddess"
Anyways, hope you all had a fabulous weekend...back to work tomorrow with a long weekend coming!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A great freebie offer from Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Hi folks,

one of my crafty pals gave me the heads up to a great promo over at the store blog for Viva Las Vegas stamps. See that blinkie on my left sidebar? Just by putting it on YOUR blog and letting them know, they will send you a sampling of their unmounted rubber and sentiments. All of the details can be found on the store blog here.

I've come across their site before and have considered ordering some of their steam punk stamps (they have a MASSIVE collection). Even if there aren't any steampunk images in my freebie grab bag, this is at least a great way to try out their stamps and see if I am happy with the quality.

You should give it a whirl! And if you are interested in doing some actual shopping, they have free shipping on until the end of the month!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Crazy Stamper

Hi folks,

just wanted to give you all a heads up that Lora over at One Crazy Stamper is celebrating her new bricks and mortar store opening with one HECK of a blog candy.

if you want to know all the details, you HAVE to go over to the store blog to check it out...I don't want to spoil the BIG surprise for all of you!

You can BET your  piles of cardstock and patterned paper that  I'll be entering to win!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back in the craft room again

Hi folks,

long time, no crafty! My mojo seems to have gone off on summer vacation recently and is taking it's sweet time coming back from holiday.

I did FINALLY make it back into the craft room on Monday night to make four cards - two masculine, two feminine - with the Week 2 August Viva La Verve Sketch over on SCS.

Here they are:

The masculine version, using Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman"

The feminine version, using Graphic 45 "Domestic Goddess"

card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman" and "Domestic Goddess"
  • stamps: Verve Big Wish (note that Verve has it's annual anniversary sale on right now and this set is 20% off)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
  • Border Punches: Martha Stewart and EK Success
  • accessories: black gems for the feminine cards, black brads for the masculine cards
challenges for these cards:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WOYWW - August 17th

Hi folks,

it's time for What's on your Workdesk Wednesday. If you don't know what it is all about, be sure to stop by  Julia's blog, the Stamping Ground, to see everyone who is playing along (and maybe link up a peek into your crafty space).

Here's my usual desk, with some different supplies for me....

My younger sister has asked me to make a few decorative pieces for her youngest daughter's room (she will be a year old in September - my niece, not my sister!). I had previously given her a frame using the Safari friends from PaperWorksCo and she would like me to use those same stamps on these pieces. She sent me some inspiration photos of the sort of thing for which she is looking - little pictures with zoo animals and alphabet blocks sort of thing.

So....I have picked up some 8x10 artist canvas (10 of them but I will probably only use 4) and some Mod Podge. I have a rough idea of what I want to do but decided it would be a good idea to stamp out the images on some sticky notes first, cut them out and then draw out my actual design plan first. Then I'll choose my papers and cut them out for the backgrounds, stamp my images for real and colour them up and then mod podge it all onto the canvases. Hopefully I can actually implement what I have pictured in my mind. I'll be sure to post the project here if it turns out (heck, even if it doesn't)! If it works out well, I have some ideas for the other 6 canvases I will have left over (though I expect at least one will be lost to me figuring out how to do this mod podge stuff).

Oh, and the Cricut cartridges are out because she has also asked me to decorate some wooden letters that spell out her daughter's name using either the same PWCO images or the cricut animal cuts. I'll be playing with those as well over the next few weeks.

And yes, since my last post I have acquired the last of my Copic Sketch markers. I have them all now! Yay! If only my creativity would make a reappearance!

Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #37

Hi again folks,

here are the other two Christmas cards I made today...for the CURRENT challenge over at Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge Blog - #37 Christmas Cheer (now I need to catch up on #30 through #36!)

card details:

  • stamped image and sentiment: Lily Hot Cocoa from Pink Cat Studio, coloured with Copic Markers (R27, R24, R17, E35, E33, E37, E000, E00, E01, E93, G40, G82, YG00, Y00, W00). I used my white gel marker to draw in the faux stitches on the image panel
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey Jovial
  • layout: 365 Cards: Day 166 Super Sketchy Sunday (I flipped the sketch to fit my image)
Thanks for stopping by - hope you are having a great weekend!

Back to Christmas Cards...finally!

Hi folks,

well, I decided to try to ease myself back into making card today by getting back to making Christmas cards. The last time I posted a Christmas card was June 18th - so it would appear that I decided to take the summer off. I figured the best way to get my Christmas card mojo back would be to pop over to Sparkle's Christmas Card challenge blog to resume where I left off, with challenge #29. The challenge that week was to make a card using {Fabric}.

Even back when I first read that challenge, I knew what I wanted to do - use my Spellbinders Holiday Cheer die cut to make a christmas stocking out of some fabric from my stash.

Here's what I came up with:

Pretty fabric, huh? I was tempted to do the entire card front with fabric but I decided to just stick with stocking as it would have taken me hours to go through my fabric stash (it's not as bad as my paper but...there's a lot).
card details

  • Spellbinders: Holiday Cheer, Petite Circles. For those of you who might wonder, I have purchased almost all of my Spellbinders dies from PaperWorksCo (they are in the shop here). Peg has the most awesome everyday prices on her dies (plus you get 5% of the price into your emergency craft fund can't go wrong!)
  • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebration
  • patterned papers: DCWV Holiday Collection Christmas Stack
  • layout: Priscilla Styles: Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #116. I chose to use the simpler of the two sketches.
additional challenges for this card:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I have two more Christmas cards that I did today, I'll be sure to share them sometime this week.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday morning musings

Hi folks,

well, I STILL don't have anything crafty to show you. Dearly beloved and I have been thoroughly enjoying the new motorcycle and went for a ride yesterday to a pretty little town south of Ottawa called Merrickville.

It is one of my favourite little places to go for a little day trip. It is very picturesque, filled to overflowing with artisans of all sorts.

And, of course, places to eat. Yes, another motorcycle trip that involved food.

We ate here, at Gad's Hill Place

Every time we go to Merrickville, we eat here.

There's my sweetie, waiting for his "Pickwick Club Sandwich" and beer. I had a yummy-licious grilled veggie and goat cheese sandwich. Umm Yummm - any restaurant that can make a good grilled veggie sandwich gets my approval! And mine was perfect.

Then, of course, we set to shopping! Now, since we were on the motorcycle we were limited in what we could buy. No visit to the local glass-blowing artist's studio (too fragile) and no fudge (too frakkin' hot and humid with no ice packs to pack it on).

But we did get a few things at a couple of our favourite haunts and a new gallery we discovered.

At Rowland Leather, my dearly beloved got me another new bag.

This one isn't one of Michael Rowland's designs (I have every one of his designs that I DO like already so)...but this one will be another great sling it over your shoulder and go bag. With the bonus I won't have to scour the bag looking for my cellphone and keys with those convenient pockets,

Of course, no trip to Merrickville is complete without a stop as Mrs. McGarrigle's. Sadly, being on the bike, I had to behave with my nommy purchases.

Some granola that was being demo'd that day (we didn't taste test though because we were still full from lunch), star anise, dried kaffir lime leaves and a lime vinegar. Only one breakable and I was nervous about that!

We also visited the Canal Gallery where they have added works by Jasmine Becket-Griffith. Again, being on the bike, we couldn't buy anything large so I satisfied myself with a few notecards of her prints.

Some Steampunky/Alice in Wonderland style images

and these two

Probably a little dark and disturbing for some people but I really like them. And no, I won't be giving them away to anyone - these are for me, just to have.

Then we discovered Anarchy Gallery. Again, good thing we were on the bike as I had to limit myself to these cards by the owner/artist Angelina Wrona.

Again, more slightly disturbing images (my fave is the autopsy Y-cut....I don't know why, it just is). And no, I'm not giving these away either so don't worry about them showing up in your mailbox!

As a cardmaker, I would LOVE to see rubber stamps by these artists. They would make for some pretty cool, dark cards!

Anyways, that's it for me today. Not sure if I will get crafty or not today. I STILL have to make the Ginger Lemon Marmalade I have been planning for a few weeks now. Dearly beloved is going to a local  winery with one of his pals - I was debating whether or not to go but I think I will stay at home and get a few things done.

Oh....and I am looking for suggestions. My sister would like me to make her some projects for her little one's bedroom using the Safari Friends and Jungle Jesters from PaperWorksCo. She already has the photo frame I did a while back using the Safari friends but she would like a few more pieces. Any ideas? I'm going to be scouring the PWCO Gallery for some inspiration but I am  open to more ...

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Craft Room Confessional

Hi folks,

So any of you who are regular readers may have seen my post for WOYWW where I bemoaned the fact that I could not find some quilting fabric for which I was searching. Well, I tackled the mess in front of my craft room closet door and found it wasn't there (where I THOUGHT it was). So that meant I was finally able to actually look inside the closet.

gah! nasty!.....all sorts of sundries in two shelves are packed with fabric (but not the fabric for which I was searching!). The other shelves are a mish-mash of all sorts of stuff. But guess what? That tidy canvas basket in the bottom right hand of the closet? Well, that's where I stashed the wool I bought last spring to resume knitting. And guess what else was in the basket?

Yep - the elusive fabric! Now it just needs to be washed, coordinating fabrics purchased and I can maybe get around to some quilting!

Oh, and while I was at it, I got a bee in my bonnet about finding my Christmas fabrics so that I could use some on some Christmas cards. You may have noticed I haven't made any Christmas cards since June. Well, ONE of the reasons for that was that the next challenge (after the last one I did) over at Sparkle's Christmas card challenge blog was to use fabric on your card. I knew I had some around and could not find it either. Well....the light bulb went on and guess what I found in my hallway linen closet?

Yep, hiding behind a mesh sweater drying rack - a box CLEARLY LABELLED as Christmas fabric.

Is this how those people on the tv show "Hoarders" get started?


so, anyone else got any craft room confessions to share tonight/today?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WOYWW - August 3rd

Hi folks!

well, it IS still Wednesday here in Ottawa. I debated whether or not to do a WOYWW post today ... aren't you all tired of seeing my messy desk by now?

But I offer up as proof that, during my week off, I did find my way into my craft room to add to the mess that was already there.

I did make cards (and bookmarks) and most of the papers that I used are still on the table. Growing the pile on the left. And if you could see my OTHER desk, growing the pile over there as well!

So, yes, the Copics that showed up LAST Wednesday have all been put into my NEW container. I'm missing only ONE of them now (RV63) as my usual supplier was out of stock when I placed my final order. I have a few other suppliers on my list so I'll be trying to hook myself up with that last errant marker on my next order from one of them.

Now, I do have yet another embarrassing confession about my craft room. Last week I had planned to make a baby quilt or two while I was off. Ummm....well, I couldn't find the fabric. It IS in my craft room - I just don't know where. It isn't in the closet with the rest of my fabric. I'm sure it is buried under a pile of .... something....somewhere.....but I'm afraid that if I move any of those piles and they fall over that I won't be found for days. Well, hours really. The cats would kick up a fuss if I missed their next feeding.

Anyways, if you would like to sneak a peek at any of the other desks playing along, be sure to drop by Julia's blog, the Stamping Ground for the full list!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Trio of Bookmarks

Hi folks!

Well, I'm very sad to say that my short week-long respite from work has come to an end. Tomorrow, it's back to the office for me.

I did squeeze in a little crafty time late this afternoon while my other half was napping to make these corner bookmarks that my brother's girlfriend requested after seeing the one I made for her daughter (my niece).

I simply followed the tutorial on SCS, made a few minor adjustments and there you go. Kept these fairly simple as I think too many layers would make these hard to stay put in your books.

The patterned papers I used are Cosmo Cricket "Pixie-Licious", the border punches are two from Martha Stewart and one from EK Success.

Hope you are all having a lovely week so far. Thanks for stopping by!