Sunday, February 28, 2010

Women are like a fine wine...

....the older they get the better they are.  Hmph. I just made that up. Okay I'm lying, I didn't.  How about, A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou....  I made that up too.  Again, lying.  Pretty good eh?  Yeah well Omar Khayyam thought so too, that why he wrote it.  The point is that a good bottle of wine begs to be shared.  Okay I didn't make that up either.  However, I did make this card up.  The bottle of wine stamp is from Our Craft Lounge.  It's from a set called Going Gourmet. My buddies own this online store and they rock.  In fact, Marianne Walker  of Copic marker fame is the illustrator of these stamps.  Also if you go to Cambria Turnbow's blog you'll see some excellent examples using Our Craft Lounge stamps.  Hey if you go, tell her Darthy says hi.  The sentiment I used is from Close to My Heart Jenn, whom I will simply refer to from here on in as CTMH Jenn (sounds kind of hip hop eh?) from here on in. The inside of the card says "to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age."  Lucille Ball  Oh that crazy redhead!  Lucille Ball not Jenn.  Without further ado, may I present ...... the card.
Accessories to the crime:
Stamps: wine bottle (Going Gourmet-Our Craft Lounge), sentiment (CTMH -Say it in Style)
Ink: Black Memento
Paper: Wild Asparagus, SU DD Ridinghood Red,
Cardstock: SU old olive, ridinghood red
Acc's: brads, ribbon, pop dots, copics

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Family Planning - bird style.

How do folks?  It's Saturday night and I'm watching the Olympics.  Go Canada!!!  I spent the day working in my office.  I had a blast.  Create, create, create.
Here's the card for today.  I love this stamp, I mean I really love it.  Don't ask me why I love birds so much lately?  I even decorated my Christmas tree with birds.  I am ornothologically obsessed.  Think of these two little birds as Jasper and Candy.  Jasper and Candy are discussing whether or not they want to start a family.  Candy is thinking that Jasper is too involved in his career as a cardinal.  Jasper is thinking Candy is just plain sweet so he wants to start the family soon.  He wants to reassure Candy that he has quite a nest egg built up so she can feel safe and secure about this decision.  Candy wants to remind Jasper that they shouldn't put all their eggs in one basket. 

You know what I say? I say, a bird in the hand is worth two snakes on the ground.  It's a old cliche you probably don't know it.
Doesn't this card just look so peaceful?
Accessories to the Crime:
Stamps: Northridge Rubber Stamp Co. (birds) sentiment (for the life of me I can't remember, I just did this too, feel free to remind me if you know where this stamp comes from)
Papers:  SU patterned paper in old olive, chocolate chip (yum makes me hungry) Hammermill white
Accessories: twine, leaf punch (Punch Bunch), copics, distressing tool

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ippity Challenge Card and It's Friday!!!!

I guess it's a throwback to school days but Friday still elicits so much excitement for me.  I love Fridays.  I'm retired and I still love Fridays.  Go figure.  I decided to participate in my very first challenge.  It's the Ippity challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I had to use a sketch from the card sketches forum and unfortunately I made the card first and then had to find the sketch.  Umm, I won't do that again.  What can I say I'm backward. So here's the card.  I made the little flower out of an old book page and a scalloped circle punch.  Punch 'em out , crumple, flatten, stack, put a hole in the middle, pierce a hole and stick a brad in.  Easy peesy lemon squeezy.

Accessories to the crime:
Stamps: Ippity (Where You Should Be)
Ink:  Memento black
Paper: SU kraft, old olive, chocolate chip
Acc's:  copic markers, SU rich razzleberry ribbon, scallop punch SU, old book page

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New baby in the nest...

Well, not my nest.  My daughter's friend, Jennifer, just had a baby boy.  I think I'll send a card.  Hey, maybe I'll send this card! 

This is an adorable set from Close to My Heart.  My friend Jenn sells Close to My Heart.  The set is called Love you Forever.  It has a little saying in it that says, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."  This of course is taken from the story Love you Forever by Robert Munsch.  Have you ever read this book?  Well, if you have, you know that it will reduce you to tears instantly. Every mother knows the danger of reading Robert Munsch out loud.  I will give you that warning now.  Never, and I mean never, try to read this book aloud.  You will confuse and scare your children.  Teach them to read and then bring this book into the house.  Then nobody gets hurt and nobody has to go to a psychologist when they are an adult because their mother crumbled into a sniveling mess when she tried to read out loud.

Funny story about this little saying "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always" etc.  When my son, Adam, was in Grade 1 he made me a beautiful card for mother's day.  It had a delicate Renoir-like drawing (bwahahaha) on the front and on the inside there was a little poem.  It said, "Mommy - I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, your baby I''ll be".  Oh my word, my child was a brilliant poet, I thought.  I showed the card to my husband and sang Adam's praises as the new Keats.  A veritable Robert Browning if you will.  I basqued in the love of this card for weeks.  Weeks I tell you.  Then, one day, a friend came to visit me.  I call this day "Thanks for destroying my dreams day".  She was looking at the cards I had received for Mother's Day and came across the one Adam had made for me.  She read it and said, "Oh this is so sweet.  He used the poem from Robert Munsch's book I'll Love you Forever."  She smiled sweetly at me.  I had been beaming proudly standing at her side.  "Huh?" I said, my smiling drooping.  So, she explained that there was this book and it was really good, almost a classic in fact, and that I should get it and read it to the kids.  Well, in retrospect, I should have taken that as the first sign that she was an evil depraved woman.  I am in fact though, naive.  I read the card over and over again enjoying the poem still.  Then in a moment of clarity and in strong support of my brilliant child, I said "Oh my goodness, isn't that clever of him to plagiarize Robert Muncsh?"  That is my story and I'm sticking to it.

Accessories to the crime:
Stamps:  CTMH I'll Love you Forever, SU So Many Sayings (sentiment)
Paper: SU Taken with Teal, Chocolate chip, old olilve, PPaper unknown
Acc's: Copic markers, Martha Stewart eyelet edge punch, ribbon, stickles, sewing machine

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I know why the caged bird sings.....

He tweets not because he can sing, he tweets because he doesn't know the words.  (hahahaha, the old ones are the good ones eh?)   Today was a very productive day.  I dashed here and there, into Michael's (didn't have what I wanted, nerds!) then into Costco for vegetables and books.  Yes, books I say.  The lifeblood of my brain, the sugar in my coffee, the nit to my wit .... well you get what I'm saying.  I like books.  I read because I can.  I read to soothe the savage beast, I read to amaze and fascinate my dog with the knowledge I have accrued from said books.  Wow, now wasn't that deep? 

Tomorrow I plan to go into my office, sit at my "creative centre" and produce, produce, produce.  Look for more exciting posts from me in the days to come!!! That's my way of getting you to come back to my blog tomorrow and the next day.  Ha! Whose the clever one now?

Okay, so here's the card.  Two little love birds in a cage declaring their love.  I think this would make an awesome wedding card or an anniversary card for someone.  Maybe your husband, maybe your wife.  Maybe for the old boyfriend that dumped you in grade 9, with a note that says, this bird could have been you loser.  I used Ippity stamps, Stampin' Up paper and prima flowers.  Enjoy my friends, enjoy.  Sorry for the shadow on the bottom of the letters.  They spell out LOVE.

Accessories to the crime:
Stamps:  Ippity Because of You
Paper:  Anna Griffin, SU textured cardstock
Accs:  prima flowers, black embossing powder, liquid pearls, nestabilites, letter brads, ribbon, other misc. brads

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday's Tree of Love

Tree of love you say?  Pray tell what is that?  Well let me tell you a little story about the tree of love.  Once upon a time there was a tiny little sapling sitting all alone in a forest.  The little tree was sad and lonely.  Poor little tree eh?  Well it just so happens that this forest had been clearcut by some wicked lumberjacks who were building bunkbeds for a lumberjack camp two miles away.  They had overlooked the little sapling and it survived the slaughter.  All the animals in the forest would come to the little tree and bring their dates there for a romantic evening.  And that's how it became the tree of love.  Well now, wasn't that a nice story?  Maybe I will tell you another story one day. 

For now, let's look at the tree of love.

My partners in crime:

Stamps:  SU Season of Friendship
Paper:  SU Close to Cocoa, Real red, black
Ink:  SU Chocolate chip, old olive
Acc's:  heart punch

That's all for today folks.  The moral of the story is, whenever you're feeling sad and small and unimportant there's someone who needs you so they can have a good date.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Love actually.....

I know, Valentine's Day is over.  I just want to show you the card I made for Big Jim.  Here's how the whole thing went down.  I get out of bed on Valentine's morning, fabulously horrific bed head (I'm practically famous for it), and I saunter down the hall in my fluffy pink pj's scratching my right butt cheek.  The big guy is waiting for me in the living room with a coffee and a big glittery bag.  I jump up and down like a five year old.  Very becoming behaviour I must say.  So I open the bag which contains craft books, chocolates, more chocolates and a gorgeous card. (He favours Papyrus, so do I).  I go gaga over all of these tokens of his affections.  I present him with this card.  He says, "oh my God, I love your work."  Hmm, I think, well done.  He is most fascinated by the glittery pink paper and says, "wow, look at this paper, you're amazing" "how do you do it?".  I bite my lip and say "Oh, you know, it's just a thing I do".  Meanwhile I'm looking at the card and seeing that he is in fact loving a premade glittery patterned paper that I had absolutely no part in producing.  So I said, "Yeah, and look at those embossed hearts too."  He goes, "hmm, yeah but that paper you made, whoa, amazing!"  So then I say, "hhhaa, haa, yeah it is good eh?" and I decide to not reveal anything further.  Enough said, the day was a success.  The end.

Here are the accessories to the crime:

Stamps:  SU I (Heart) Hearts, CTMH sentiment
Paper: SU Sending love, SU Pretty in pink, basic black
Accessories: gingham ribbon (May Arts at, brads (who knows?), black embossing powder

I wil always do my best to tell you about the products I've used but heck, I just don't remember everything.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ippity's in da house!

  We've got new neighbours.  Lots of them actually.  I still have to deliver this card and a bottle of wine as a welcome to the neighbourhood kind of thing.  Hopefully I'll get that done before summer.... hey I'm busy ya know.  My pal Steph has started selling Ippity stamps (by Unity) and so I've indulged myself with a few new stamps. (I'm lying, I bought a whole bunch of stamps!)  I also bought the paper pack she was selling by My Mind's Eye - Be Loved.  It's cool baby.  Of course, I had to use my Big Shot on the heart punch by Stampin' Up!  I love that machine.  I'm a Stampin' Up! rep so I have to buy these things to demonstrate don't I?  Well, don't I?  Look I just want to provide a full service so that's why I buy so much.  (insert this in court transcript) So, enjoy this card.  Do something nice for your neighbour today.

Accessories to the crime:
Stamps: Ippity's Devoted and Simply Home (sentiment)
Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Be Loved, SU chocolate chip, riding hood red
Accs: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU copper cord, SU photo corners punch, pop dots, copic markers (oh yeah baby)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My first picture post! Exciting eh?

 stamped a little today.  I worked on the Mojo Monday sketch and I also used some of Ippity's new release stamps.  I love this colour combo, it speaks to me.  It says "don't cut us up we're too nice to use".  Sorry paper I couldn't help myself.  I embossed the crown with Black Sparkle embossing powder.  When you tilt the card you can see da glittah!

So the supplies I used were:
Stamps:  Ippity's Regal Greetings and Love in Return (sentiment)
Paper: DCWV All dressed up, Stampin' Up black and wild wasabi, SU baja breeze patterned paper
Accs: MS lace edge punch, SU scalloped and 1 3/8th circle, cell phone bling (dollar store yippeee), black sparkle embossing powder, green ribbon from SU

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's a new day

Well I'm gonna trying blogging. I'm in the process of trying to learn how to set things up and make it look pretty so it may take awhile to get to posting my creations. For now, good for me, I started a blog!