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Monday, January 30, 2012

Shoebox Gathering #1

Hi folks,

as promised,  here are some photos from our first shoebox gathering at my house yesterday! Dearly beloved grabbed the camera and snapped a few pics of us getting our crafty on!

Intent on creating....

Me on the left, Chrissy on the right - we're working on the card that Dominique designed.

Dominique on the left, Tanya on the right....

The four cards we created....mine is by far the the simplest. Going to have to up my game for the next gathering!

And close-up photos of everyone's card design....

By Tanya.....Look at all the detail!  Pretty ribbon, pin, charm and brad. Not to mention the stamped and embossed bird! I'm really going to have to take out my embossing powders and use them more.

By Dominique.....oh my! Those hearts are hand-painted. Very cool with pewter metallics mixed into the red. And that little key charm.

By Chrissy.....isn't that heart-filled mini-envelope the cutest? I'm going to be using this idea again I think. I can see it with hearts, flowers, shamrocks, cupcakes.....

And mine..... looking kinda ho-hum after the other three I think.

oh and this photo made me realize that my sample card has the heart locks upside down - and I thought the paper was omni-directional. doh! This is going to drive me crazy so I am going to have to try to fix the other card. sigh.....

So the great thing about today's get-together? I'm heading to Newfoundland again in late February to spend a week with my Mom when my Dad goes back out to sea. If I have time, I like to have cards prepped ahead of time for my sweetie. So....after today's get-together I'm off to a running start with four  cards!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Shoebox Gathering Creation

Hi folks,

Before Christmas I asked some of my crafty pals if they would be interested in having a little "shoebox" get together from time to time. If you are familiar with the idea of a "shoebox" get together it goes something like this - everyone makes a sample card and brings enough supplies for everyone else who is attending to make the same card. Since I've never done this before, I suggested we keep it fairly simple since we are all of different skill levels and experience when it comes to making cards. Then there's me -- "Miss slower than cold molasses running uphill" when it comes to CERTAIN aspects of card-making (seriously,  I am the slowest person I know when it comes to colouring) and not everyone likes to colour or has the supplies for colouring.

Anyways, taking all of that into consideration, I came up with this fairly clean and simple card.

As you can see, I did two versions of it so the gals can choose for themselves which version they prefer. The papers are double-sided so it makes it easy to pick one or the other. The only thing I  had to cut extras of were the hearts since the die is not symmetrical and has a different orientation if you flip over the die cut. I'm also going to leave it up to the gals to decide which sentiment they want to put on their cards - I do have a LOT at my disposal so.....

I've even got the bows already tied and ready to be attached to the cards -thank goodness for my Bow Easy!

I'll share with you tomorrow what the other gals had for us to create - the other three cards were just fantastic and VERY creative. Mine was definitely the simplest of the lot. I'm going to have to up my game for the next gathering!

card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Martha Stewart Mat Stack
  • stamps: Verve Love Notes
  • die cut: Verve Jotted Heart
  • rhinestones: Stampin' Up 
  • brown satin ribbon from my stash (Fabricland). I finally used it ALL up for the shoebox supplies (I've had it for a year or so at least, so now I get to buy more!)
challenges for these cards:

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 2012 Viva La Verve Week 4

Hi folks,

below is the week 4 sketch for the January 2012 Viva La Verve challenge over at SCS.

With such a clean and simple layout, I decided to do something I've been wanting to do for a long time - do a background of 1/4 inch strips of papers. Now, I don't know if we're supposed to do vertical stripes like the sketch shows or if the big background is open for interpretation. I decided it was open for interpretation and went with a "quilted" background of strips. It's still a stripe pattern, just a bit skewed.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey Marjolaine
  • sentiment: Verve Amazing wishes
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, EK Success Scalloped scallops border punch
  • ribbon and floss from my stash
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

TGF Customer Challenge - Book turned Movie

Hi folks,

well, I really wanted to play along with this month's TGF customer challenge over at SCS and lucky for me there were actually three themes with which you could choose to play along.

  • favourite children's book
  • favourite book turned into a movie
  • favourite book
Well, I don't have kids so trying to come up with a kid's book was difficult for me (there's still time to play along so I MAY still come up with something).

Favourite book? Hmmm....well, that might be a struggle as most of the books that appeal to me don't really have a TGF kind of image that I could use (I read a lot of horror, sci-fi, fantasy....)...or I don't have the stamp (I was thinking of The Help but I don't have the H&G Laundry image. THAT would have been awesome!) I do have Sassenach Anya and Laddie Ian so I may try to find the time to do an Outlander themed card.

But I did come up with a "favourite book turned into a movie" inspired card. If you know me in real life, you know that I LOVE to cook...and I have rather an extensive cookbook collection. I stopped counting years ago and have outgrown the special place in the kitchen that dearly beloved created for me in our island for all of my cookbooks. 

Anyways, since I chose Cupcake Anya as my digi for having my card spied on TGF Friday Spyday this week, I REALLY wanted to use her on my card. So I thought to myself ... "Julie & Julia"! I loved this movie and totally channel the great Julia Childs when I cook -- I'm a firm believer in heavy cream and butter (if you are a FB friend you may recall my butterhenge and great wall of butter photos...)

Here's my card -- with two of my Julia Childs of which is the book from which Julie was cooking in the movie/book.

and a close up of the card itself....

I THOUGHT I was closer on the colours of the books...but I missed it on the blue. grrr..

anyways, that's my card for the challenge!

card details:
additional challenges for this card:
thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

January 2012 Viva La Verve Week 3

Hi folks,

Below is the week 3 sketch for the Viva La Verve challenge over at SCS.

I made another Valentine's day/Love you card with this sketch. Here it is!

card details:

Hope you are all having a lovely day. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January 2012 Viva La Verve Week 2

Hi folks,

Below is the sketch for the January 2012 Week 2 Viva La Verve Challenge over on SCS.

After my failure to use the first sketch for a congratulations on your engagement card, I did meet with success on this one. Mind you, I don't have that particular sentiment in my rather vast collection of verve stamps. Can you imagine! Nothing for an engagement. So I settled for just congrats.

I find it looks a bit bold in the photo.....that tulip pink really stands out against the black and cream. Not to mention that paisley swirl paper. I hope they like it.  Originally I had thought to use one of my PWCO wedding or love images for their card but I wasn't in a colouring mood when I made the card so....just a sentiment. Plus, I was kind of excited by all the new Verve that showed up in the mailbox this week.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white cardstock base, CTMH Tulip cardstock for mats, etc
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey Bittersweet
  • stamps: Verve Swirling Hearts, Wordy Birds
  • dies/punches: Spellbinders Petite Circles, Verve Vintage Oval Die, corner rounder punch

additional challenges for this card

Thanks for stopping by today! I think I MAY actually take down the Christmas tree today....just as soon as I pop out to Michael's to take advantage of the 25% off your entire purchase coupon and the 40% off Martha Stewart Valentine's day stuff. I'm hoping to find a heart border 65% off that WOULD be a good thing.....

Friday, January 20, 2012

January 2012 Viva La Verve Week 1

Hi folks,

After what seemed like a long break (I know it was only one month), the Viva La Verve challenges are back on SCS. The week one sketch is shown below:

When I started making this card, my intention was to make a congratulations on your engagement card for my brother and his girlfriend. But it became a Valentine's day card for my sweetie instead. I'll have to come up with something different for the newly engaged couple.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, CTMH Chocolate card stock base
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny Crazy Love
  • sentiment: Verve Love Notes (coloured in the heart with Copic R29)
  • Jotted Heart Die from Verve. I cut out three chocolate hearts and used them to mat the wordy paper.
additional challenges for this card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out this week's Friday Spy Day!

Hi folks,

if you are a fan of The Greeting Farm and like to play along with their challenges over at the Farm Fresh Challenge Blog, then I invite you to check out this week's Friday Spy Day challenge! If you are a follower of this blog, then you might recognize this week's inspiration card!

The clock is ticking! Be sure to play along before Mr Linky closes!

Monday, January 16, 2012

SSS141 for Valentine's Day

Hi folks,

back with another of this year's Valentine's Day cards for one of our nieces. This time I'm using the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #141 for the layout.

I had originally made this card for last week's Monday Fun Day challenge over at TGF but I missed the deadline for linking it up. Oh well! Must start keeping track of those deadlines! But I think it qualifies for the monthly retro fresh challenge (lucky in love) so I'll submit it for that instead.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, CTMH Chocolate card stock base
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny "Crazy Love"
  • stamped image: Fairy Chloe from The Greeting Farm (I have the original rubber version of this stamp but she is now available as part of a clear set called Fairy Princess). Coloured with Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, R89, R000, R01, E0000, E000, E00, E93, E30, E31, E33, E34).
  • see that gorgeous crinkly ribbon? That was a yummy prezzie from my crafty pal Tanya and this is my first time using it.  I actually wove it through the paper with the help of a ribbon slot punch and then on the exposed paper spots I made little ribbon knot flowers and stuck them on with really big glue dots. Looks great in real life. Thanks T!
  • lace ribbon is from my stash
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January SFYTT - Let Christmas 2012 begin!

I know, I know. I'm starting my 2012 Christmas Cards and I haven't even taken down the Christmas tree yet. Yes, you ARE reading that correctly. It is January 15th and my Christmas tree is still up.

My rule is that it can't be taken down until after January 6th (old Christmas day)...but it has to be down before Valentine's day. Otherwise it becomes a Valentine's day tree.

I decided to use the January 2012 SFYTT layout for my first ten Christmas cards for 2012. Here's a pic of the sketch....

and here are my cards. All ten of them. All different - but using a mix of the same papers and four different polar bear images.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey Jovial
  • stamped images: by Sunshine Designs from The Stamp Barn (CRS057CU lg). I picked this set up some time ago from Heather's Stamping Haven here in Ottawa. The images are coloured with PrismaColor pencils (because the cream coloured card stock isn't Copic friendly). PC925, PC916, PC938, PC918, PC911, PC904.
  • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebrations
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
 additional challenges for these cards:
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sketch n Stash 78

Hi folks,

today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for a daughter of some dear friends of ours.

I wanted to use Tink for her card as she is one of the few little girl stamps I have with short hair (birthday girl has shorter hair). I also gave her a darker complexion and dark hair as the birthday girl has both thanks to her Mom and Dad.

card details:

  • finished size: 6x6, CTMH cardstock base
  • stamped image: Fairy Tink from The Greeting Farm. My Tink is the original rubber version but you can now get her as part of a clear set of all three fairies. Coloured with Copic Markers (E30. E31. E34. E04. W4, W5, W6, W7, W8, V12, V15, V17, G0000, G000, G00)
  • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebration
  • patterned papers: Pixielicious from Cosmo Cricket. This paper pad always seems to get pulled out of my stash whenever I use the TGF Fairies. I wonder why?
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles, Lacey Circles
  • layout: Sketch n Stash #78. You will notice I flipped the sketch a little as I felt the sentiment was better suited on the other side for this card.
additional challenges for this card:

Monday, January 9, 2012

First Valentine of 2012

Hi folks,

while I was making the birthday card for our youngest cat, I was inspired by something that I saw Kelly is  challenging herself to do - use up some stuff! Images that are already coloured, supplies that should be used or should find a new home...that sort of thing.

Now the papers are new to me but the image is one I had sitting in a pile on my desk and, though it is actually part of the Get Well Abby collection from PaperWorksCo, I think it is perfect for all sorts of occasions. With Valentine's Day coming up, I took the opportunity to whip up a quick Valentine's Day card for one of our nieces. No need to spend a couple of hours colouring, no need to ponder over papers. It matched wonderfully with the papers already on my table for Newton's card! I even used the same sketch!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, CTMH Chocolate cardstock base
  • stamped image: "Get Well Abby" from the PaperWorksCo "A Day in the life of Abigail C" collection, coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, BG000, BG01, BG45, BG49, Y04, R22, R21). Sadly, PWCO closed their doors on January 1st but if you are interested in getting this stamp, stop by the store site and drop an email to Peggy at the email contact left in the post on the main page. I'm sure if she has the stamp in her left-over stock she would be happy to hook you up.
  • sentiment: CTMH Seasonal Celebration
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye: Lime Twist - Life of the Party
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border punch
additional challenges for this card:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Birthday NewNew!!

Hi folks,

if you are a friend of mine on Facebook then you know that one of dearly beloved's D&D pals recently gave me a crazy cat lady mug. And this post kind of reveals why. Today is our youngest cat's fourth birthday. Did he get a special birthday meal? Yes - tuna. Did he get a birthday present? Yes - a bunch actually. Did he get a birthday card? Well OF COURSE!!!

Here's our Newton with his birthday card (he kept pawing at it, knocking it over so this was the only good shot we got).

And here's the card up nice and close.

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, CTMH chocolate card base
  • stamped images: The Greeting Farm - cat is from "Ginger Bell", cupcake and candle is from "Susie Surprise". If I am not mistaken, both sets are retired since I can't find them in the active product list. The cat is coloured with Copic Markers (Y0000, Y000, Y32, Y35, Y38, E93, Y17 for the candle tip) and I used a fave texturing technique I learned from my crafty pal Tanya for some added dimension to the fur. I dabbed a terry face cloth in Copic Colorless blender and then lightly held it to the image for a couple of seconds. I LOVE using this on animal fur. Best...copic...tip...EVER!!!! And I just paper pieced the cupcake.
  • sentiment: Verve Big Wish
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye: Lime Twist - Life of the Party
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
  • layout: Farm Fresh Friday Spyday #14 (I actually did two cards, one with a TGF image and one with a PaperWorksCo image. I'll share that card in a different post)
additional challenges for this card:

how I spent my saturday afternoon

Hi folks,

Time for another craft room confessional. Earlier today (okay, Saturday, it took a while to write this post) ..... I decided to tackle a little long overdue tidy-up/re-organization of some of my crafty supplies. Here's SOME of the outcome....

The top shelf used to hold my much neglected Cricut cartridges and some 3-D crafty stuff that I have either made myself or have been lucky to have been gifted by other crafty peeps. The Cricut cartridges have found a new home (still in MY craft room - I haven't sold them or given them away, I WILL get back to using it sometime - sooner rather than later I hope).

The 3-D crafty stuff is still up there, along with lesser used supplies of stickers, sheets of metal and bits and bobs. Some of this will probably get donated to friends for their own use or their kids crafting when we finally get around to doing our long-awaited shoebox get-together. I just have to set up a box in my craft room for tossing stuff into for that purpose.

The middle shelf has my cases of brads, some buttons and other miscellaneous bits. Shoeboxes of flowers and skeins of ribbon and fibres.

Lower shelf has MORE ribbon and my oversupply of ATG tapes. Yes, 48 rolls. But that's not the confessional part of this post. In sorting through the ribbon I realized I have ... A LOT!!! By my guess-timate there's at least 150 rolls of ribbon in my stash. See that pretty box in the middle of the bottom shelf? Ummm, there's another one behind it. Between the two of them there's 90 rolls. The ribbon box on the left has about another 50 inside. And the two shoeboxes round it out.....and that doesn't count the  skeins on the middle shelf.

See...Cricut cartridges are still in the craft room! I picked up these two organizers at Michael's during boxing week. I really should have bought three. Each case has slots for 16 cartridges but I honestly can't figure out how 16 overlays and books are supposed to fit into the spaces designed for them. I had to really squeeze my 29 into these two cases. So, next time there's a 50% off craft storage combined with a percent off your entire purchase coupon, I'll be picking up a third case.

Here's a peek into the ribbon box. It's meant to hold 27 rolls of ribbon but as I was sorting through I found multiples of some types so I just stuck them in together since the slots easily hold four ribbon spools. Then I decided I really wanted to keep the different types of the same colour together ....

So, some of the dispensing grommets have two ribbons coming out of them instead of just one.

Nice and easy to use.....thanks to the folks over at The Original Scrapbox. I won this last year during one of their blog hops and I am just now getting around to filling it up.

After tackling the supplies on those shelves, I also started putting away all the stamps I had lent to various friends over the last few months and those I had pulled out for making all the thank you cards I did a while back...and the birthday cards since Octoter. No photos of THAT adventure. While I was at it, I pulled out all my stamps I thought could be used for doing Valentine type cards. I have two shoeboxes OVERFLOWING with stamps for that upcoming occasion. I'm also now thinking I need to organize my stamps differently. I normally have them organized in binders by company but I think by theme might be more easy to make sure I get around to using all of them. How do you organize your stamps? I'm looking for ideas.....

And after all THAT -- I had a two hour nap from 5pm to 7pm. I was exhausted. Ready for card-making tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Another sad day, another store closing

Hi folks,

as some of you know, some time ago I was one of the design team members over at PaperWorksCo.

I just wanted to pass along the sad news that as of January 1st, Peggy and Mike have decided to close up shop. There is a post over at the shop's main page announcing the decision. I know it was a hard decision for them to make and I will certainly miss getting cute new stamps from PaperWorksCo. But just because the company is closing up shop, it doesn't mean that you will stop seeing PWCO stamps on my blog.

In fact, I went to the store site this morning (since it was easier than getting into my craft room at the moment!) to check out the R.A.M. wedding release as I need to make a congratulations on your wedding engagement card for my little bro and wanted to see which one I could use. So....yep, I'll still be using them you can bet! And you all know that Harriet the Hippo is still my all time fave PWCO stamp - way back from the first stamp release!

Anyways, please join me in wishing Peggy and Mike all the best in all their other endeavours (they've left a contact email on the main page of the store site at which they can be reached).

Now...where did I leave that box of kleenex? sniff sniff.

ETA - since the store is closed now, I've updated my sidebar links. The link on the alumni PWCO DT blinkie now goes to my PWCO gallery on SCS so you can see my past and future creations using my PaperWorksCo stamps.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

TGF Farm Fresh Challenge #13

Hi folks,

just popping in with a quick card (for me) that I made tonight. It only took me about an hour or so (because I already had the image coloured) - man I am SLOW!!!

This card is going in the post tomorrow for a friend for her birthday. It will likely arrive late as her birthday is on January 9th and it has to travel to Newfoundland. I hope she likes it!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • stamped image: Sweet Anya from The Greeting Farm, coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, W7, YG00, YG05, YG06, Y11, Y13, E34, E35, E37, B91, B93, B95), with accents on her outfit using my "clear star" gelly roll marker
  • sentiment: Verve Wordy Birds
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist (my first time cracking open this 6x6 pad I picked up at Emily's Crop)
  • spellbinders: Labels 17
  • some REALLY old paper prima flowers from my stash, as well as the button and floss.
  • layout: TGF Farm Fresh Friday Spy Day Challenge #13
additional challenges for this card:
hope you are all having a lovely day!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 149

Hi folks,

It was with a heavy heart that I made this card. A childhood friend of mine passed away on December 29th at the age of 42 (same age as me) after being diagnosed two weeks previously with stomach cancer. I wanted her Mom to know that I was thinking of her at this difficult time. My friend was an only child and her Dad committed suicide when we were teenagers. Her Mom does have the loving support of their extended family and dear friends but I am sure that this was devastating.

Though the last time I saw Nancy was at her cousin's wedding (I was the Maid of Honour and she was one of the bridesmaids), I remember her fondly, always smiling and ready to lift your spirits if you were feeling down.

card details:

additional challenges for this card:

Mojo Monday 222 - for my Dad

Hi folks,

My Dad celebrates his birthday on January 7th and, thankfully, this year he will be home. He missed Christmas and my Mom's last chemo treatment but he did get home in time for New Year's.

Here's the card I made for his birthday - the sentiment says it all.

My Dad REALLY IS some kind of wonderful and he is a big reason why I am the person I am today.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, black cardstock base
  • patterned papers and chipboard pieces: Bo Bunny Timepiece (distressed the edges with my scissors)
  • stamps: CTMH Wonderful Friend (perfect stamp set by the way for these papers)
  • watch gears from my stash (can you see them in the upper left of the photo, above the centre horizontal panel?)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • layout: Mojo Monday 222
additional challenges for this card:

Final 2011 Papertake Weekly Challenge

Hi folks,

I made it into my craft room today (after much dilly-dallying I must say) and made a few cards that I needed for this week.

Here's one I made for a co-worker who celebrated her birthday on December 31st. We'll be doing her birthday cake at work tomorrow (as if we haven't had ENOUGH sweets over Christmas).

card details:

additional challenges for this card:
Hope you are all having a lovely day.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year - Mojo 221

Hi folks,

just a quick little pop in to wish one and all a happy New Year!

This is the card I made for my sweetie today (hey, it IS still New Year's Day!)


  • finished size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches
  • patterned papers: CTMH Wonderland
  • stamps: CTMH January Word Puzzle (retired), Holiday Jubilee
  • ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, CTMH Twilight
  • Spellbinders: Create A Flake 2
  • techniques: die cutting, embossing, sponging
  • layout: Mojo Monday 221
additional challenges for this card: