Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween's a coming!

I love Halloween.  Not as much as Christmas but it's a close second.  I really miss having young children to get dressed up and get excited with!!!  For now I just love watching the little ones that come to the door.  So sweet.  Here's a little vintage image of a sweet witch. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Well hello, long time no see!

Believe it or not I have actually had requests to get the hell back and write on my blog.  Not one to turn down a violent request I figured it was high time I posted something.  I have been busy doing all sorts of things.  I've taken up sewing again with a newly developed interest in quilting along with it.  I'm loving it.  I'll post some of those things at another time.  Right now, I'm getting ready for thanksgiving and the very serious responsibility of bringing to pumpkin pie to my sister Kirsty's house.  (hehehhe, thanks Costco!)  I may re-plate it and claim it as my own if she doesn't read my blog before Sunday.  Hehheehehe, always the thanksgiving trickster I am.  Here's a card using one of Stampin' Up's stamp sets. We did this at our September club class. The girls liked it.  Edited to add:  Apparently I didn't teach this at any of my classes, hmmm. As the comments below show, I am a liar.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Yikes! I've been bad....

Yep, it's me.  Remember me, I write this blog.  Well not lately, but I have written.  Just dropping in to say sorry I've been absent from posting, I had a horrible farm machine accide nt and it chewed up both my hands. I'm actually using a voice recognition typing program. Cool eh?  Okay, I'm lying. You've broken me down.  What I have been , in fact, is lazy.  There it is. Lazy. On the upside though, at least I still have my hands.  Thanks for your good wishes.  I promise I will be posting a creation soon.  Soon, I said!  For now I leave you with a lovely parting shot of.....
Now that is one relaxed little lamby.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The happiest of anniversaries...

This was my anniversary card to my darling husband Jim. On Wednesday it was our 9th anniversary.  I can honestly say that they have been some of the happiest years of my life.  I made him a lovely dinner of steak, grilled asparagus w/sea salt and twice baked potatoes.  Then we had fresh homemade blueberry pie for dessert.  As I have been extremely mushy so far I will continue in that vein.  We are extremely blessed to have found each other and I thank God for it everyday.  Okay enough of the mush. I hate to say it but I cannot remember for the life of me who made this stamp.  Update:  The Stamp is by Magenta Hmph.  It's really nice though so if you know tell and I'll give them proper credit.  I coloured with copics and then over-sprayed with vanilla Smooch  Spritz.  It's in the new Stampin Up catalogue.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I scream, you scream, we all scream for.....

Kabobs!  Here's was supper.  Just sayin'.

Here's who wanted to join us for dinner.....

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Copic Journal

I found this super site called Copic Munkies. They showed how to make a copic journal. This little journal has printed charts which you can find on the site. They have charts for marker inventory, custom colours, etc. It's pretty cool.  I used my Bind it All to make the book and I printed the pages out on cardstock so I can colour right inside the book with the actual paper I use with my copics. The brand is called Hammermill.  I've had this Daisy D's paper that I used to cover my journal for ages. I was hoarding it. I'm a craft supply hoarder.  Isn't  there an anonymous group for that? Also check out this site Michelle's MBellishments She's got some great ideas for this copic journal too.

I got those rhinestone embellishments at the dollar store.  Dollar store!!!! I paid $7 for one of these on a scrapbooking site. Holy crap. Needless to say I now buy them from the dollar store. Oh yeah, the bird's name is Frank.

Friday, July 2, 2010

FWF Flair Flair Flair

Here is the birthday card I made for my husband Jim. He loves embossing so I embossed leaves on the background with silver EP.  They I rubbed inks onto the surface. I used pale plum, so saffron and old olive.  I used this stamp from the June KOTM. I love that stamp.  I embossed it as well and used the same technique and inks as I did on the background. I added stickles to the sun rays. I also used the new damask embossing folder from Stampin' Up. Wow does that thing emboss deeply. It's quite impressive. (no pun intended) (I'm lying, pun intended!)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Look at this...

Just a quick little post to show you some new organization in my office.  Inspired by Stephanie, purchased at Ikea, Jim put these little pots up for me today.  My desktop looks a little more organized. Funny how just moving things around a bit makes things look so much roomier.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Just a little note & Happy Birthday Big Jim!

First, I want to wish my darling husband Jim a very happy birthday.  We're going to go out and paint the town red tonight.  

Here is another preview of a stamp set due to be released tomorrow from Stampin' Up!  This set is called Apple Blossoms . it has 8 images in the set and there are some pretty cute and funky stamps in it.  I stamped the three stems in three of our new colours. Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight.  There are some really great new colours this year that i know you're going to love.  The background paper is from the patterned paper pack called Greeenhouse Gala.  All of the patterned paper we sell is double sided and really a good quality patterned paper.  No flimsy stuff here. It's strong enough to make boxes, etc. out of it. I used some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on top of the stems.  The little flower with the orange Stampin' Up button is from Ippity and uses Cosmo Cricket paper. I added a couple of photo corners using the Stampin' Up photo corners punch.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday in Paris

What could be better?  Well I guess it would be better if I were actually in Paris, but alas, I am not.  However, I do have a new stamp set ready to be released on July 1, 2010 from Stampin' Up!  Yes that's right, two more days and the new 2010-11 Stampin Up! Catalogue goes live!!! You're going to love it, I guarantee it.  The card is made the set Artistic Etchings.  The stamp set has 6 images in it including the Eiffel Tower, a crown, a filigree thingy (technical term, don't be afraid)  a fancy design circle, the word "amour" and a skeleton key.  You can do alot with it.  You can also see that I have used a guaranteed winner in new designer paper called Newsprint.  The border edge is Martha's wrought iron punch and I used a fleur de lis punch for the corners. I just used a copic marker to create a semi-sky around the tower and also to colour some of the grass. I distressed the edges with black ink and a sponge.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Look, It's a Picture of a Pitcher

Here is one of the new stamps sets that will be released on July 1, 2010 by Stampin' Up!.  The name of the set is Studio Sketches  and it has 4 images in it.  The gorgeous papers that are on this card are the new designer series papers called Greenhouse Gala.  These papers are amazingly beautiful.  You're going to love them. I coloured my images with Copics and distressed the edges with Stampin' Up's edge distressing tool found in the cutter kit.  The cardstock is one of our new colours called Marina Mist. So pretty. I stitched around the edges with brown thread to complete the card.  That little ribbon slide is from the Dollar Store. (I love that place!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What a day Dad had...

Here's the father's day card I made for my husband this year. He's such a wonderful guy! I used CTMH stamps, cosmo cricket papers and my cricut to cut out the wheelbarrow and the garden tools. He's the yard work guy around here.  So here it is:
I've resolved to start using my cricut more.  I have a million cartridges that are begging me use them so there's no time like the present.

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Ippity Blog Hop Monday

Well it's the beginning of a new week. I sure hope everyone has a fantastic week ahead.  Here's my card using Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety and the Ippity set Delightful Little Things.  I did lots of sewing on this card. I just kept going and going. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I'm so nuts about this Cosmo Cricket paper that I think I'll have to hide it so I don't use it for awhile.  Also used Nesties to cut out the label.

Friday, June 18, 2010

FWF - You can move mountains!

Happy Friday everyone. Here is my card for FWF. It uses the May KOTM stamps.  I also practiced using my copic air brushing system on the sky. I popped up the front hill and the tree.  I used the paper pad Garden Variety. I love it. I was debating whether or not to use this as my daughter's graduation card. I'm making another one tomorrow so I'll decide then. We're pretty proud of Lindsay. She just returned from Australia where she did her masters in teaching.  I'm so glad she's home, I missed her alot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm baaaacccccccckkk!

Hello all my fellow bloggers, I know that I have been absent for much too long, I hear your thousand of voices calling to me...... Insert insane laughter here.  Okay I heard maybe one or two voices but I wished it was thousands. I have had a very horrible cases of mojo missingitis.  Bad case.  I was in Toronto over the weekend and attended the Copic Certification course.  I passed!!!!! Cool eh?  Yeah cool.   So here is a couple of atc's  which has absolutely nothing to do with Copics but I wanted to post something so you didn't think I was dead. 

I absolutely love doing atc's and these were a few of my early one's.  It's another thing I need to get back to.  Have a wonderful week everyone.
PS  I'm in celebration mode because my dearest daughter is home from Australia!!! She's a bona fide teacher now!
Welcome home Lindsay!

Friday, June 4, 2010

I am a BRAVE Girl - FWF

Happy Friday! It's another FWF and I'm ready for it. Here's my card using Melody Ross's I'm a Brave Girl set. I love this set so much. It ignites so much passion in me. I think everyone is feeling pretty positve about this set. Take a look, I hope you like it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday and the Ippity hoppity

Forgive me I was unable to create a new card for this week's hop. It is Victoria Day here in Canada and thus I celebrated a little too much. LOL Here, then is a rerun instead. I just watched The Young Victoria so I feel like speaking all proper English and all that rot. Enough said, here is the card which I'm sure alot of you have never seen before and for those of you who have, act surprised.

Anyone see the connection here?  Victoria Day?  I just watched Young Victoria!  Crown?
Yeah, I guess you got it. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, May 21, 2010

FWF - I'm late but I'm here!

Sorry for the late start. I blame it on StephanieZ. Fun, merriement, enough said. Okay so here is my berry sweet card using a past KOTM. I sparkled, cuttled, bowed , sewed and trimmed. Paper is from K&Co.  Here's the rest of the FWF blog hopping madness! Go see  Unity FWF

this made me really think of spring

After me check out the fabulous Elisabeth

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ippity Blog Hop Monday

The  new releases are so awesome!  I was on my Ippity chick's doorstep at sunrise.  I bought the whole shebang!  Here is a cool card with a pretty neat techinique by Gina K. of Stamp TV. It's called cuttlebugged wax paper/  Check it out, pretty snazy technique. If you look really close you can see the wax paper resist pattern on the background. I totally stamped the background using Fall For You stamps and after do the technique thingy I wiped Haystack ink all over it. I really like this card alot. I hope you do too.

Friday, May 14, 2010

FWF Simple says it best...

Happy Friday! I love Fridays. I wish there was 7 days of Fridays. But then which one would I pick to be my favourite Friday? Too much thinking, ugh.

Here's my FWF card using the March KOTM. I also used the thought bubble from Simply Sweet for the clouds. The background paper is from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from the new Ippity release The Simple Things. (Oh my goodness, I love every single one of the stamp releases.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Ippity Time again - Let's hop!

Good Monday morning everyone! New releases  for Ippity just around the corner..... I'm excited to see them!  For now though I'm working with Regal Greetings.  It's such an elegant set. I made a sympathy card because, well you know, you should always have a few of those on hand.  Unfortuantely.  The patterned paper is Deja Views and the cardstock is Stampin' Up. (soft sky and elegant eggplant)  I threaded my lace with soft blue ribbon. I like that.  I embossed the frame with black ep and cut it out and then popped it up.  The butterflies are an SU embosslit called Beautiful Wings and the corners are with the SU corner punch.  Hey no kidding, you want some incredibly useful punches, take a look at Stampin Up.  You won't be disappointed.  So anyway, here it is:

Have a marvellous Monday hoppers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cupcake anyone?

This is the most fabulous project. I'm totally in love with it.  I followed the instructions from Tresa Black of Fabulously Artsy.  She is brilliant!  Brilliant I tell you!!!!  ... and funny, prepare to laugh your butt off.  I followed the directions for this cupcake on her You Tube video here.  She gives the best instructions.  In fact check out all her videos, you'll love her. 

So anyway this is the cutest way to give someone a gift card.  The gift card slides into the clip which slides down into the cupcake.  Hello, is this not the best idea? 

Go give it a try!  You'll like it (but don't try to eat it).

Monday, May 3, 2010

H(ippity) Hop Monday

Happy Hopping my friends.  Today I used the Music of My Heart set to create this card. I also used the DCWV All Dressed Up Stack for the side strip.  I embossed the bird with SU white embossing powder and then cut him out and popped him up. I made the little rose and put the Martha Stewart fronds coming out the sides.  I hope you like it

Have a wonderful Monday.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Unity/Mojo Monday Sketch

Hey Unity Stamp Company is celebrating it's 2nd birthday.  How about that?  I must say, I do love these stamps so.  This card is for the Birthday Celebration Day 2 challenge.  The challenge today was to use a bird or a tree on your card.  As you can see, I chose the bird. I used some Soft Sky cardstock, patterned paper by Anna Griffin, my new wrought iron punch by The Martha, nesties and some brown satin ribbon.  I'm also submitting this card for the Mojo Monday Sketch 136. 
Enjoy. Life. Right. Now.

Here's the Mojo Monday Sketch

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Butterflies will be here soon...

Right?  I mean the weather will improve (right?) and then the trees will sprout leaves (right?) and then flowers (uh huh) and then ..... butterflies.  Flying in from somewhere tropical right?  This is not a subject I know much about but I thought I should give some kind of intro to my card.  So, here it is.  This is that technique where you stamp your image on acetate using Staz On and then you drop some ink on it and then put tissue paper?  Dang it I can't remember.  Feel free to correct anything I've said. (except the part about the weather improving!)
I used some blingy rhinestones and the photo corners are from the Stampin Up photo corners punch and the image is from SU's Wonderful Wings.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cricut Paisley

Here is just a small sampling of what I did with the Cricut Paisley cartridge.  I love my Cricut Expression so much.  Thankfully alot of my friends also have Cricuts so the occassional Cricut playdate is always so much fun.  I used Stampin' Up cardstock (the best cardstock in the world IMHO) Anyway, take a look, this stuff is pretty cute.
Fun eh?

Monday, April 19, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday - Where you should be

Happy Monday everyone.  Yes, you have almost reached the end of the hop.  I just love these hops.  I wish I could consider them part of a 30 minute workout but I believe that's against the "fitness requirement" rules.  Ha, I've always been a rule-breaker anyway (not really, but didn't that sound pretty tough?).  So here's the hop card.  It uses the set Where You Should Be.  I stamped the patterned leaves border on the left, coloured them with copics and then overstamped with SU big canvas stamp. I love those big background stamps. I used a piece of Daisy D's flowered paper and nesties labels.  Got some bling, ribbon and tada, Bob's your uncle.  Without further ado.... the card.

Friday, April 16, 2010

FWF You rock my world

Here's the jukebox from the March KOTM. I love this kit, I really love it. It's my very first and if this is any indication of how it's gonna be, well I'm ecstatic. Now here's my card. My photo editing software has gone on the blinko so give this photo some sympathy, it's not the picture's fault.
So that's all folks.  Have a happy Friday and a fun weekend.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You've gotta see this...

I have to direct you to my sister's blog KC's Kards because she is doing some faboo work.  Her copic work is out of this world and check out her designs.  She's rockin' the blog world.  Go see her and leave her some love baby!

Here's Kirsty's card.  Go look!

Monday, April 12, 2010

H{Ippity} Hop Monday

Good Monday morning all and if you're reading this in the evening, good Lord!  You have to start getting up earlier.  I have to work really hard this week because I have a stamp club class on Thursday and I still have one project to design. I am brain dead.  For now however, when I should have been doing the "other" thing I designed this card.  It is from the set Because of You.  There are so many fantastic stamps in this set.  I stepped out of my usual "box" and created a card a little different for me.  Here it is:
An  interesting thing about this card is the ribbon.  Said ribbon started out looking like this:

only to have me colour in the white squares with a red copic.  Hmph! Who knew?  I didn't have matchy ribbon so tada, I did this.  There's a tip for ya.  Have a oodley good Monday.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy O'Friday!

Well I just got back from a terrific lunch with my son who is on holidays and is visiting.  Great kid.  I loved spending time with him this time around.  Today I'm showing you a card that I really think is pretty.  It uses a stamp from Crafty Secrets and Veranda paper from CTMH.  I love the lace trim on it and of course all da bling.  I used my copics to colour these rhinestones a turquoise shade.  It's just a hint of colour but it really makes a difference in real life.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yeah baby, Tim's in the house!

I got my Tim Holtz Alterations dies!!!!!  I love them.  I'm still waiting on a few of them but I thought I'd get to work with what I had right now.  I sure wish I hadn't already used the post title "I know why the caged bird sings" previously.  That would have been perfect.  Let's talk about Tim Holtz for a minute shall we?  Tim Holtz, handsome, sexy, creative, charming, all round adorable.  Yes that perfectly describes him.  One final thing;  I'd like to kiss Tim Holtz right on the lips.   Twice.  Enough said.  Tim, call me.  Here's the card.  I used CTMH Veranda PP, Stampin Up cardstock and some glitter (Martha) , cuttlebug embossing folder and some buttons and floss.  I embossed the die cut with white embossing powder (SU) and then distressed it a bit.  Oh yeah, rhinestones too.  Without further ado, I give you Spartacus, the caged bird.
P.S.  If someone wants to let Tim know that I have a desire to kiss him (twice) please direct him here and I will give him further instructions.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Polly ain't no April fool...

Happy April Fool's Day.  Guess what?  I just won the lottery which is going to come in really handy because I'm pregnat with triplets.  Whew at least I'll have finished building the igloo we're moving into in the Yukon Territory.  A three story igloo thank you very much.  With an elevator and central heating.  Hunh, yeah I've gotta a lot going on in my life.  But enough about me.  Let's talk about this card.  Again, I am using Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.  This one is called Polly the bar wench.  There is a whole line of pirate stamps. I love em all.  The paper I used was from the DCWV Taj Mahal stack and Stampin' Up's patterned paper.  I coloured the little wench with copics.  I also used my nesties to cut out the circles.  This is my entry for this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch 132.  Here is the sketch.
and here is my card

Happy April Fool's Day everyone.  Play a fun joke on someone.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Caffinated Cropper Blog Hop

It's the big day for the blog hop at Caffinated Cropper!!!  Here's my card using the Beeez Kneeez kit.  I'm very impressed with this kit I have to say.  There is tremendous variety in the supplies.  This kit can appeal to any style of scrapper or stamper.  My take today is kind of a grungy shabby chic thing.  I used lots of the kits elements.  The little die cut sentiment is by Cuttlebug.  I also embossed some of the little tiny sunflowers with copper embossing powder with the stamp set provided. I also sprayed one of the little doileys with chocolate glimmer mist.  Now jump on  over to Carole's blog


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arrrrrrrrr! Happy Birthday ya old seadog!

This card is for the Eyelet Here, Eyelet There  challenge for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  I've used Captain Scurvy for my card.  I am so in love with these stamps.  The artist who draws these stamps is Annie Rodrigue.  She is amazing.  I'm telling you to go check out all of the stamps in her series.  They are under the heading Moonlight Whispers. 
I used paper from the DCWV stack called Taj Mahal.  Fabulous papers.  The red crinkley stuff I got years and years ago  but I don't know the name of it.  I used Stampin Up cardstock (brilliant blue), hemp and eyelets.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ippity Blog Hop Monday

Happy Hop Day!  I love blog hop Monday.  I used the Easter set fromIppity called Sweet Thoughts of Spring.  I thought I'd get a little funny about the rabbits, if ya know what I mean?  Ya, you know.  The border is made with a new Martha Stewart punch.  I'm in love with this punch.  The patterned paper is from a pack of prefolded cards from K & Company.  Those fuzzy little bunnies came from the dollar store.  I love the dollar store I must say.  Now notice that the first rabbit has a little black moustache denoting that he is in fact the male rabbit.  The second rabbit has a bow in her hair as well as some eyelashes, she's da girl.  I had to stamp the girl rabbit a couple of times before I got the eyelashes right.  The first time she looked like a homicidal maniac. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Just Bee-cause

I've had a busy little weekend.  I went out for dinner, breakfast, dinner again and um lunch once too.  On the up side I didn't have to run my dishwasher once.  Hey anything for the earth.  I do what I have to do.  Here is my card for the Card Patterns Sketch 57.  I used this sketch
and here's my version

For this card I used the kit called The Beeez Kneeeez from The Caffinated Cropper.  It's a fun kit to play with.  I can't wait for April's kit.  The big "bee cause" is from the rub-ons included with the kit.  You also get a bottle of cinnamon Stickles, ribbon, paper, oh just go look at this kit. You get alot of stuff.  I mean it, alot.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tea Time Wednesday - Mojo Monday Sketch 131

Here is my first submission for the  Mojo Monday sketch. (even though it's Wednesday)  I've always looked at that blog and said, hey nice sketch, I should try that sometime eh? (I'm Canadian so that's why I said "eh?")  Who doesn't love a good challenge right?  Well the day has come.  I'm doing the sketch.  In fact, I'm doing the sketch and maybe I'm gonna do it again because I had a really good time.    I used the Kraftin Kimmie tea pot, sugar bowl and tea cup from the spring tea party kit.  Now those are awesome stamps baby.  Check out Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  You'll fall in love.  I did. I also used Stampin Up pink cardstock, cuttlebug die and folder and copics.  So, tada! here it is, the Mojo Monday card.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's the Beeez Kneez

I recently purchased a kit called The Beeez Kneez by The Caffinated Cropper.  It's a pretty cool kit I must say.  Here's my first project with this kit.  I stamped on the little kraft cards by Jillibean then I coloured it in with copics.  I sparkled it up a bit with some Martha Stewart glitter.  And now, my ode to Monday. 

The first day of the week
Oh how I know it well
Some people call it Monday
But I just call it hell

Thank you and goodnight.  Oh crap, I just noticed the date at the top.  Oy, it's Tuesday.  Oh well don't read this until next Monday okay?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fabulous flower...

Happy Friday folks!  It's been a great week.  Should be a great weekend too. I'm going to Stephanie's (Zito) for an Ippity gathering.  I'm a gonna have some fun.  I had my Stampin' Up club meeting on Thursday night here at my house.  That is why no posties from me all week.  Too dang busy preparing for that class.  We had a ball anyway.  Here's my card for the day.  It uses a CTMH stamp set.  Sorry I'm too lazy to get up and try to find out what the name of it was.  Jenn if you're looking at this, what the heck is the name of this stamp set?  Now I'll sit back and relax with the gentle sounds of a poodle snoring beside me and the occassional waft of fresh poodle gas.  Does life get any better?

Stamps:  CTMH Simple Beauty
Paper: ?
Acc's:  cuttlebug die for corners, SU markers, glitter, may arts ribbon by Starlight Studios

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ippity Hippity Hop - March 15

Here is my card for the IHH today.  I unfortunately didn't get a sentiment put on it yet but the little butterflies look so sweet it almost stands alone with no saying.  This set is from the first Ippity release.   I embossed one of the butterflies.  I used specialty papers for two of them and I used stickles on all of them.  The designer paper is Amore by Close to My Heart.