30 Jan 2009

LSC205 Limited Supplies

Sorry about two posts in one day, but I am trying to get caught up on the challenges - which won't ever happen but I guess I have extra time today.

See, this is what happens when you don't shower or do your housework. Important things (like stamping) get DONE!!

The Limited Supply challenge is to make a quick clean card. I really didn't realize there was such a thing. My cards are never quick and depending on the ink I am using - not clean either! lol!

Thank goodness for Scrapblocks! This card came together rather quickly.

1. Lay Scrapblock stamp on your desktop

2. Ink up the rubber with your chosen ink.

3. Leaving the Scrapblock on the table, inky side up, lay your cardstock on top of inked image and press down and around and all over to get even coverage. I sometimes place a scrap piece of paper on top of that and run my hands over it. The scrap piece of paper prevents your hands from getting inky - I know - what fun is THAT!?.

2. Remove inked cardstock and cut it to the desired size.

3. Mount it on more cardstock.

4. Cut out a complimentary coloured tag and stamp a sentiment on it in complimentary coloured ink.

5. Adhered the sentiment to the card with a bow and a couple of embellishments.

Hey, maybe I CAN do a quick and clean card!

I really need my Jake and new grandbaby Robin fix, so I am heading out the door after I shower, make the beds, do some dishes, clean.............

Thank you so much for coming around and please, feel free to leave me a comment! I love hearing from you!!

Stamps: Fiery Floral Scrapblock, Wedding Day Centers
Cardstock: Prism
Ink: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate
Accessories: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream satin ribbon, Hero arts bling, Autumn Leaves button, Spellbinders Tag Die, twine

WT203, Bottoms Up!

Ways to Use it Challenge - was ways to use alcohol - alcohol inks or anything to do with alcohol!

I chose to use alcohol inks and inked up a Heidi Swapp ghost butterfly with Cranberry alcohol ink and the mixative pearl swirl to give it a little bit of shine.

I also traced around the butterfly with the Sakura Stardust glitter pen and the first part of the sentiment with the glitter pen to make it so nice and glittery!!

Snowcap Paint Dabber was applied around the edge of the card to brighten it up a bit.

Now don't look too close at the sewing - I had my bobbin in upside-backwards for part of it - but I won't tell you which part!

Stamps: Verve Stamps Plain Janes
Paper: Cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Designer Paper - Basic Grey Urban Prairie

Accessories: Heidi Swapp ghost shape butterfly, Ranger alcohol inks Basic Grey Brads, Nestabilities, Stamping Up scallop punch, snowcap paint dabber, popup dots

29 Jan 2009

The Sixth Photo!

I was tagged by Deanna from Dee's Paper Tree with this fun tag!! - no racking of the brain cells to try and remember my Grade 6 hop scotch partner or anything like that!!

Deanna and I found each other through various means - sort of through where we live and of course through blogland and Papertrey Ink and Scrapping Turtle. - Just lots of places that o
ur paths cross!!

Don'tcha just love blogging!!

Okay, these are the easy peasy rules of this tag:

1. navigate to where you keep your pictures, select the 6th folder, and the 6th picture in that folder.

2. Then post it on your blog with an explanation of the story behind the picture

3. tag 6 other people to do the same, and make sure you let them know about it.

This is how long I keep pictures around! This is our dog Queenie, from December 2005, when she had been rolling around in the mud and wanted in the house!

I really wanted my 6th picture of the 6th folder to be such a pretty photo - but alas - them's the rules!!

Okay, now to tag YOU!! and if you have already done this then okay - no worries!!

Jessica, and

Wait......and a sketch challenge!

Since I was so far behind on my Scripture Challenge I decided to combine Wednesday's sketch challenge with my Scripture word, which this week is Wait.

I covered my ATC blank card with Amuse notecard paper , which is so cute and just the right size with very little trimming!! and then used Crate Paper Blue Hill for the other components of the sketch.

The letters are rub-ons from Making Memories Rummage rub on pack.

I decorated the buttons with rub-ons also - they are so fun! These little swirls are from 7 gypsies rub on packs and then I high lighted the black rub-ons with white gel pen to make a little bit 'o pop!!

This idea is from one of the classes that Tania Willis is teaching in her Embellishment Class that I was lucky enough to win from Kimberly Kesti's blog - confused yet??!! lol!

The class is very cool because every idea you are bonking yourself in the head thinking - "Well, of COURSE I can do that!!" but something I would never have thought of KWIM?!!

The butterfly is that beautiful Martha Stewart punch that you know you want - really, I use it quite often - you can probably tell that!!!

Off I go!! My new little granddaughter is home now, so I am going to trot across the field like a 6 year old girl running off to see her best friend! I can hardly wait!!

28 Jan 2009


Beauty is the next word in the Scripture Challenge that I am doing with Patter Cross.

I have chosen to make all of my Scripture words into ATC's so that I will have a beee-yoooo-tiful ATC holder like Patter's when done.

Already it is filling up with all these ATC's and I love it - a whole inspirational holder to sort through when I need a lift!!

The scripture I chose was 1 Peter: Chapter 3 Verse 4 and you can read it and see how it really applies to everyday life and should always apply to everyday life!

I used an Amuse Notecard to cover my blank ATC card, plus various scraps that have been lying on my desk plus 7 Gypsies Rub-ons and buttons for decoration!

27 Jan 2009

Slither, buzz, creep......

Yes, it is another Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday Sketch Challenge!!

For those of you new to Tuesday's posts, Madelynn is an eight year old girl who has her own design team, that I am most honoured to be on, and draws her own sketches for us to use for our cards!

This week is the 7th week for the challenge, and if you would like to join us, just make a card based on the sketch and when you upload it to your favourite site just use the keyword MTTSC7! and you can post it back here or on any of the design team's sites!!

Word has it that Madelynn will be getting her own blog and everyone will be able to link up there! Fabulous!

Well, today I decided to finally get out my inchie stamps and squares. And I am happy with how it turned out.

I stamped the itty bitty baby bee, itty bitty escargot and itty bitty inchie onto the inchie squares and coloured them with copics and sparkle Sakura pen! They are so fun to use!

I wrote the words slither, buzzz (yes, I know that buzzz has only 2 "z's"!) and creep along the edge of each inchie image to make them just that much cuter!!

I even got brave and finished the inside of the card with my favourite Amuse Art stamp!!

Thanks for looking! Off to go and see my brand new chubba wubba baby grandaughter!!

Stamps: Lockhart itty bitty's, AMuse Art Stamps
Paper: October Afternoon
Accessories: Prima hydrangeas, May Arts velvet ric rac, Stamping Bella baubles

26 Jan 2009

Baby Girl!

I am a new grandma - well not new - just again!!

No name as of yet but a beautiful baby girl! Beautiful BIG baby girl! 9 lb 13 oz and quite a chubba wubba cutie patootie!!

Sorry - no card today - have to go and buy bigger baby clothes hahaha!!

25 Jan 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop!

I feel like it has been forever, since I participated in the Papertrey Ink blog hop!! Ummmm.....well it HAS been forever! LOL!

This month's theme is Birthday's and here is what I did!

I love Pure Poppy and even though I used it a LOT at Christmas, I love the bright and cheeriness of this colour for birthday's!

I combined it with Lemon Tart and Stamper's Select White to make this bright birthday card!

The sentiment on the card is from Heartfelt Basics and the little Cuttlebug Tiny Tag sentiment on the jar full of chocolates is from Mixed Messages - my favorite "go to" stamp set!

Enjoy the pictures!! I usually don't post so many, but I love this HUGELY bright set, so there you go!!

Making Memories at CHA

Did you know that Making Memories has a live broadcast of their time at CHA 2009?

And they are giving away prizes on their blog!! Hop on over and see what happens!

Bitty Baby Card!

Papertrey Ink has fabulous designers and Niki Estes is one of them - but I'm sure you already knew that!

I found this tutorial of Niki's months ago and finally have had a chance (and a NEED-YAY!!) to create a couple of these sweet little carriage cards.

I did change my card up a bit - mainly because I don't own the stamp sets Niki uses and why you ask? - I really dunno - hubby thinks if I looked hard enough I would probably find said stamp sets......

I used Spring Moss and Berry Sorbet as the cardstock and Crate Paper Blue Hill line for the designer paper!

Instead of brads, I added pearls for the wheel hubs and the Stamp set sentiment is from Bitty Baby Blessings. I think it is so cute and Niki's tutorial is so to follow!

If you come back at 5:00 pm tonight, I am participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, which this month, features birthday creations!!

24 Jan 2009

More handmade embellishments!!

Our next class at Debbie Hodge's Get it Scrapped site was a felt embellishment class!!

Tania had provided some templates and I also had my Cuttlebug flower dies, so together with the two of those things I made some flowers out of felt!

I found out that buying cheap felt is NOT a good thing LOL! It falls apart AND you can see through it because it is soooooo thin......of course I didn't realize that when I bought it (I did NOT!)

Tania had shown us some examples and so I had to copy and made a headband for Holly, which she thought was pretty cool......

There is always time to sign up for the class. Ten classes over 5 weeks and the best part is they are all downloadable so you can have them forever!!


23 Jan 2009

Sewing Challenge.....

ETA: For some reason Blogger is being a pig head today and I can't put in any links to any product. So basically, all the Basic Grey items you can buy on-line at Embellish-It Scrapbooking (which I can't link up grrrr) or locally, in Chatham at The Paper Pickle. ALL FIXED NOW!

Well, I have seen this challenge a lot in the last couple of days, but I promise, (right hand over my heart, left hand in the air) that this was thought up last August!

It is my turn to challenge the girls on Embellish-It Scrapbooking and I chose (last August by the way) to challenge the girls to some type of sewing whether it be real or fake or squiggly or straight - HEY! that almost rhymes!

Mine is faux sewing, sort of......

I didn't poke any holes, I just went along the edges with my Tombow marker and made stitches and I love it - love this whole altered notepad actually! What is it with me I am liking altering things lately - will someone
please feel my head!

This is - was - a dollar store heart shaped note pad and I covered it with Bittersweet paper by Basic Grey.

I added a chipboard flourish that I painted up with paint dabbers - watermelon first, then Pink Sherbert and finally Pearl to add a bit of sheen and to tone down that pink!

I used Prima leaves and hydrangea flowers to dress up the front. I added a Basic Grey Bittersweet glazed brad to the center of the flower.

It still needed something and I had received some gorgeous feathers in the Jenni Bowlin January kit, so I tucked them in behind the Prima flower.

The notebook from the $$$ store was originally bound together with wires - which I hated - ugly metally binder-y twine-y things - so I removed the ugly metally binder-y twine-y things and ran some very cool hemp cord through the holes - like it a lot better!

Hope you like it! This was my last challenge as a member of Embellish-It Scrapbooking - see this post - so thank goodness it was an easy one - I probably would have thrown in the towel - after using it to wipe up the messy tears (ugly crier, right here!)

22 Jan 2009

Button, Button, !!

The on-line class I am taking at get it scrapped! online classes and taught by the talented Tania Willis had a class all about making chipboard buttons!

It just happened to fit into the theme for the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers too, which was to be creative with Patterned Paper!

I used my 1" punch to punch out patterned paper and chipboard, as per Tania's easy to use instructions! - glue them together - add dazzling diamond glaze and VOILA!! you have buttons!!

Well, not quite that simple - but if you take the class you will see how "not simple but not hard" it is!!

Thanks for looking!

Just a Little Alteration..!

Just a little alteration personally (read on) and of my calendar for my purse!

I love this Basic Grey Ambrosia!! I have just become an orange fan and love all these bright colours that are so refreshing after the Christmas red and green.

Don't get me wrong.....I love the Christmas colours but I am kind of tired of them.

For some reason Valentine's Day red and Christmas red seem to be a different colour - make ANY sense!!??

Anyway - back to orange!

This is one of those calendar notebooks that the drug store gives out for free, and I just sparkled it up a bit for my own personal satisfaction - oh .......and the gallery at Embellish-It Scrapbooking for January!! LOL!

Take a look at all the wonderful creations in that gallery!

Sadly, January was the last reveal for me at Embellish-It Scrapbooking. My six month stint is up on the design team and although I had the option of staying on for the next four months, I decided to turn down the wonderful offer.

My daughter Marcie is expecting another baby on the 27th of January - YIKES!! only 5 days away - so she will NEED me - I keep telling her that anyway! LOL!

I just thought it best to step down from designing for a few weeks, rather than sloppily try to keep up with the design team work.

Thanks for stopping around today! Any questions, just leave them in the comment section or you can always e-mail me - I love to hear from you!

21 Jan 2009

Little Paper Shop

ETA: Here is a link to a tutorial that is similar to this called Poppin' Pastels - same type of thing I just used it as a background instead of focal point

Little Paper Shop Monday is getting later all the time! In my defence I would have posted this morning but my computer has been so cracked up today.

I couldn't get on to the sites I wanted and then when I did the links wouldn't work so I got up and gave it a rest. Reboot. Reboot. Smack. Reboot.

Now it seems to be okay, but I am going to post quickly..........

I used the embossing with chalk ink technique - I don't know if that is really a technique or! but that is what I am calling it!

I stamped the flowers from the Butterflies and Blossoms set in Versamark onto glossy paper.

Then I
took my sponge dabbers and dabbed them into various colours of Versamagic chalk inks and just sponged in a circular motion until the piece of glossy paper was full of colour!

I mounted that onto black cardstock and then onto Papertrey Ink Spring Moss cardstock.

The sentiment, from Cornish Heritage Farms and called Motivational Centers, was stamped on with Staz-on black.

The butterflies, from the same stamp set, are stamped with Versamark onto clear acrylic sheets.

Hampton Arts embossing powder was sprinkled onto them in two different colours and carefully heat embossed - you don't want to melt the poor things!

They were then cut out and gently folded a little. I rolled up a couple of glue dots into a cigar shape and attached them to the underside of the fold and then attachedthe whole butterfly to the card.

Thanks for looking today!!

20 Jan 2009

Twinkling Tuesday Sketch Challenge!

Wahoo! Today is the day that I get to post Madelynn's sketch! and if you would like to play along, please do!!

Just upload your card to your favourite gallery, ie Splitcoast Stampers, Paper Craft Planet, Two Peas and make sure you use the keyword MTTSC6. (Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday Sketch Challenge #6!) and we will track you down and find you know what I mean.

I took the liberty of turning the sketch sideways, because of this Stamping Bella image.

This card took me all weekend - in between the
card kit and the Scripture Challenge, it kept being shoved aside! But here it is in all it's glory!

I love this stamp from Stamping Bella!

It is called High Tops and it reminds me so much of the running shoes my older brother used to wear in school - although his were black high tops and they stunk to hiiighhhhhh heaven..... oooooweeeeeeiiii!!

I am sure my mom would agree with that!

I finally pulled out my Stamping UP paper which is the Manchester Designer Series Paper, and is perfect for a masculine card!

And I know that there is so much white space.....I have a hard time putting any type of embellishment onto a masculine looking card.

I have had this huge Memories brad laying around in my stash, for some time, that I finally was able to put to use today with this card - perfect for the memories that I have of my brother.

I coloured the image with my copics and that is about it! Except for the sewing. I wanted some stitching in the card being as the shoes had some stitching too.

Off to Sarnia today with Holly as she has Math class on Tuesday's. This is an ongoing class that she will be able to take until she is 102 or sick of it, whichever comes first!! Haha!

19 Jan 2009

Valentine Cards.

I managed to get some paper crafting done this weekend, even though I was hardly in my room at all this weekend!

I actually bought a cardmaking kit! I wanted to see what the cards were really like, and also wanted to do some crafting with my daughter Holly.

She really hates the time that stamping takes away from her, so I thought that if we could do it together, it might help. It really didn't change her thinking at all, but she enjoyed finishing a couple of projects with me just the same!

This is the Basic Grey Bittersweet Greeting Card Kit, that I bought at the Paper PIckle. Inside there is enough supplies to make eight cards, although I am only showing 4 of the cards we made.

You can buy it online at Embellish-It Scrapbooking and with the code word "Glitter", you can receive 20% off your order........just something to think about!!

The instructions included in this kit are so straight
forward and honestly, Holly and I managed to piece these together in an afternoon! I even heard from a reliable source, that if you are not feeling well, you can still put this baby together pretty easily!!

You don't even have to follow the instructions if you don't want to. You can alter the cards which ever way you want to. I did that on one of the cards. I'm not very adventurous sometimes!!

Off to town today to take Holly's computer BACK in to get serviced. We took it in last week to put more ram and disc space on it (do I actually sound like I KNOW what i am talking about?!) and they forgot to put the modem back in (I give up, I don't know what that is) so now we have to pack it back up and take it back in - what a pain.......

And Holly lives for and on her computer.