Sunday, December 31, 2006

{ happy new year }

Happy New Year! I hope you've been enjoying a nice, relaxing Christmas break like we have. We had a good Christmas with my parents & sister at our place. The girls were so excited to have them there. When I asked them what the best part of Christmas was I thought they would mention their gifts or whatever, but they said the best thing was having Grandma and Grandpa and Sushi-House (Auntie Tina) over. They wished their cousins could have come, too... hopefully next year!
Other than the fun of being with family for Christmas, I'd have to say the next best thing was receiving a Cuttlebug from my husband & daughters! Woohoo!! Now I know first hand what all the excitement was about! Oh WOW! This little toy is amazing. I have definitely been bit by cuttlebugitis and I hope there's no cure.
The girls gave me the hearts die and the swirls embossing folder and then on Boxing Day I went to Michael's with a 50% off coupon and picked up an alphabet and some more embossing folders, etc. I can't even remember what all I bought... but I will let you know when we get home tomorrow!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

{ and the winner is }

The winner of my Christmas Blog Treat is Steph! Congratulations. :-) I hope you enjoy the album!

"Cindy,
I must say you really do have an impressive and amazing blog. Constantly doing new neat things. You are so creative, inspiring & sweet....I am so lucky to have you as my friend!!! I have passed your blog on to a few people who I know will enjoy frequenting your blog as I do.
Steph"

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

{ one more day }

Hello! I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who left the wonderful comments on my Christmas Blog Treat post. I read and enjoyed each one of them.

Just a reminder that I will be doing the draw tomorrow afternoon and will announce the winner on my blog. Please check back to see if you've won... I will need the winner to email me with their address.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

{ christmas blog treat }

Enter here to win a beautiful brand new, still in package Stampin' Up! 6x6 Natural Linen Album, pictured to the left nestled amongst the Christmas village on our piano.

I've been planning a little blog treat for you all to thank you for visiting my blog regularly and for leaving your comments. I'm really enjoying sharing my creativity with you and I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs as well.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas season.

To be entered in the draw please...

1. Tell someone about this give away. (email a friend, post it on your blog, phone your mom, whatever you choose, LOL! I don't need proof).

2. Leave a comment on this post by clicking on "Comments" below. Be sure to put your name on the comment so I know who the winner is.

This will be my last blog post until I announce the winner of this draw on Christmas Eve. Please check back on Christmas Eve to see if you've won. The winner will need to email me with their mailing address so I can send their prize to them after Christmas.

Baking :: Ginger Snaps

Hello!

These cookies are so moist, soft and delicious. They taste almost as good as the ones Grandma makes. To dress these up for Christmas you can drizzle them with white or dark chocolate.

Ginger Snaps

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup real butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
Granulated sugar

Beat brown sugar, butter, molasses and egg on medium speed. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (I rarely do this).

Heat oven to 375°, spray cookie sheets (I prefer stoneware) with Pam.

Shape dough into balls, roll in granulated sugar. Place on pan and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.

Bake 9 to 12 minutes or just until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Tip: you can also roll this dough out (if you refrigerate it first) on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out gingerbread men or other cookie shapes.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

{ bohemian scarf }

Here's another scarf for a friend . . . I finally sewed the ends in! I love to knit, but I don't enjoy the sewing in part. Anyway, it does feel good to get this done in time to send it away to a good friend just in time for Christmas.

For this scarf I used 2 balls Patons Bohemian yarn and size 9 circular needles. I casted on about 160 stitches and knit about 14 rows. This scarf is so amazingly soft!!

I wonder what my Christmas Blog Treat is going to be . . . any ideas?

{ fun christmas present }

Every Christmas the Canadian Stamp Talk group has a gift exchange that I like to participate in. Two days ago I received my gift in the mail from Linda Jones. I just had to take a picture of this amazingly wonderful gift to show you!! Didn't she spoil me rotten?! Thank you so much Linda, I had so much fun opening this and I'll have even more fun playing with everything - especially the MARVY UCHIDA CLEVER LEVER MINI ENVELOPE PUNCH!! You have no idea how long I've wanted this baby!

My girls were quick to claim the stickers and candy canes and being the nice mom that I am, I didn't mind sharing.

If you want to take a better look at my gift you can click on the photo for a close up view.

Stay tuned for my "Christmas Blog Treat"... I have something really fun planned for a give away!


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

{ christmas cookie party }

Last night I made 8 of these cute little cards for my girls to invite their friends to their Christmas cookie party. We'll have ten girls here all together, and here's what we're planning to do.... make and decorate gingerbread cats (& other cookie shapes), make Christmas ornaments, play a gift exchange game and have lunch. It'll be lots of fun!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

{ just for jill }

Jill stopped in this afternoon for a lovely visit, peppermint tea and almond cookies (and to pick up her SU order!!). While she was here I thought I would give her her Christmas card, but alas I could not find it anywhere. So after she left I made this card for her. It was totally inspired by Jody's christmas cards.

Jill, your card is now addressed and waiting to be mailed, so you should receive it in a couple days! It was great to see you this afternoon. I can't wait til you get your blog up and running so I can see all your beautiful creations.

Have a great week everyone! Leave a comment and let me know how your Christmas preparations are coming along.

I'll be hosting some sort of give away on my blog before Christmas. You might want to sign up for email updates (on the right) to make sure you don't miss it!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

{ blog candy }

One of my favorite bloggers is giving away what she calls "blog candy"... FREE STAMPS! Be sure to check out her beautiful blog and leave a comment to be entered in the draw.

{ pretty in pink }

Here's a cute baby card that I just whipped up tonight. Hopefully Tracy has a girl so I can give her this card.

Remember awhile ago when I asked if anyone would like to trade punchies with me? Well, I used some that Denise sent me for this card. Thank you Denise!





So, here's what I used to make this:

  • Stampin' Up! Riveting stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! On the Spot stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! Noteworthy stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! Pink Gingham ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! circl punches in 3 different sizes
  • Stampin' Up! Pink brads
  • Michael's organza pink dotted ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! pretty in pink and pink passion inks & card stock, glossy white card stock, confetti white card stock, basic black ink.
  • Pop dots
  • Sponge
  • The circle punchies from Denise were made with the Marvy Uchida scallop circle in giga and mega sizes.
  • This card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

Thursday, December 07, 2006

{ contest winner }

Every year the Canadian Stamp Talk yahoogroup has a holiday card contest with fantastic prizes that are donated by vendors and other members of the community. This is the card I entered this year and I am excited to say that it was a winner!!

My prize is a $30 Stampin' Up! shopping spree... so I will get the stamp set called Bundle Up. Thank you Nancy for organizing this contest and for donating the prize that I won!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

{ free stamp set give away }

This evening Tracy told me about a free draw for a stamp set on one of her favorite blogs, so of course I had to check it out. If you'd like to enter this draw all you have to do is visit Terri's Blog and leave a comment saying you were referred by me (Cindy Keery). The stamp set she's giving away is by Stampin' Up! and it's called Paint Prints. I actually have this set already and love it!


Monday, December 04, 2006

{ more butterflies of happiness }

When I first saw the Butterflies of Happiness stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Winter Mini catalogue, I had absolutely no desire to get it. However, the moment I saw this card by JeanneS, all that changed! Isn't it funny how one card can totally make you fall in love with a stamp set that you otherwise wouldn't have given a second glance?

This morning I made this card, which is quite similar to the one JeanneS made, but not completely identical. I used the following colours: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Lavendar Lace, Cranberry Crisp, Certainly Celery. For stamps I used Linen and Butterflies of Happiness.

So, what are your "must haves" from the winter mini?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

{ 2 easy christmas treats to make }

Here's a couple of recipes that I enjoy making every year. In fact, I have just made the fudge and put it in the fridge and I have the popcorn popping away as I madly type this. ;-)

These treats are so simple to make and everyone absolutely loves them!

Chocolate Fudge

3 cups (750 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. (5 ml.) vanilla
nuts (optional - I never add them)

Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with waxed paper.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. Melt them together over low heat, stirring once in a while, until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the lined pan, spreading it evenly and smoothing the top. Put it in the fridge until it solidifies – about an hour.

This makes quite a lot of fudge – about 1½ lbs. (750 g).

Poppycock (otherwise known as caramel popcorn)

A big bowl of popped popcorn (I pop it on the stove in a little canola oil)
Toasted mixed nuts (I toast them for a few minutes on a hot frying pan, just until you can start to smell them)
1/2 cup real butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light Karo Syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Boil brown sugar, syrup, vanilla and salt for 5 min. Then add 1 tsp baking soda (it will foam). Quickly pour over popped corn. Bake on flat cookie sheets (I prefer to use a metal jelly roll pan because it has edges to prevent everything from falling into the oven) for 1 hr at 200 degrees, stirring corn every 15 to 20 minutes.

I'd love to see what your favorite Christmas treats are! Please leave a comment to let me know what treats you love to make and/or eat during the holidays.

Friday, December 01, 2006

{ butterflies in winter }

I just made 6 of these cards tonight. When I get a new stamp set it has to stay on my table until I use it... finally I have used all of my latest stamp sets. I guess that means it's time to buy more, eh? Good thing stampers club is coming up next week.

For this batch of 6 cards I used the new Stampin' Up! set called Butterfly of Happiness. The color combo was inspired by the ribbon... Cool Caribbean, Pink Passon and Gable Green. To make the ovals I used the Coluzzle nested ovals, the Coluzzle companion ovals and, of course, the marvy uchida giga scallop oval punch!! I spritzed the background with markers and the color spritzer. To finish it off I added some stickles to make the butterfly sparkle. The verse (that you can barely see in the lower right corner) is from Curvy Verses.













Have you seen my new ribbon holder? Awhile ago my friend Stephanie got her husband to make me this gorgeous holder! It's solid wood, that he even stained for me, and the rods are solid copper so they won't sway under the weight of all that ribbon!

Also, in the photo you can see that my prisma pencil crayons are now within reach in a big mug! I had been storing them safely in the box they came in, tucked away in a drawer - and, of course, not using them!! Now that they are out there I'm sure I will get a lot more use out of them.

{ card give away }

December 1 already, wow! This afternoon I wrote & addressed my Christmas cards and realized that I have an abundance of cards!! My solution is to give away a card similar to the one shown here to the first 10 people to leave a comment on this post.

Have a joyous December as you plan for an exciting Christmas holiday.

ETA: Wow, I have 10 comments already!! That didn't take long. Would the 10 of you please email me at creativecards@shaw.ca with your mailing address so I can get these cards sent out? Thanks!!


Thursday, November 30, 2006

{ free magazine to download }

Click here to download a brand new issue of the Scrapbook and Cards magazine - hot off the presses! It's a PDF so you'll need adobe acrobat to view it. Plus, if you're on dial up it may take awhile to download, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.

{ creating a photobucket slideshow }

Good Morning!

You may have noticed that I've installed a couple of little slideshows from photobucket.com on my blog. I'd love to know your feedback on them. Do they look OK on your computer? Do they make the blog load slower?

In case you're interested in putting one of these slideshows on your blog, here's the step by step instructions:

  1. Under one of my slideshows click "Get Your Own".
  2. Click "Join Now" and fill out the form with your info.
  3. Login to photobucket using the username and password that you just created.
  4. Upload images (click browse, it's in the middle of the screen, select a file from your computer and click upload). If you want to upload multiple files click on "Upload Options" and follow the instructions there.
  5. Once you have upload some images click "Slideshows" (near the middle on the left)
  6. Here is a very in depth tutorial on creating a slideshow: http://forums.photobucket.com/showthread.php?t=11410 (you have to first be logged in to photobucket to view this).
ETA: To install your photobucket slide show on blogspot you do this...

1. Login to photobucket.com
2. Click "My Albums"
3. Click "Slideshows"
4. Look where it says "TAG (Myspace, Ebay...):" then select and copy all of the code in the text box beside it.
5. Now sign in to your blogspot dash board.
6. Click on Template, Add Page Element, HTML/Javascript.
7. Paste the code from photobucket into the "content" box.
8. Click save
9. Click save again in your template area.

Hopefully that works for you! I just figured this out myself last night with the help of Stephanie.

I hope that helps!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

{a pair of hand-knit socks }

Last night while watching House (wasn't that a good show?!), I completed the second sock! I'm so pleased to have them done.

Now I want to find an easy sock pattern for kids. I have enough of this sock yarn left to do a couple pairs and my girls are both wanting some.

If you know of any good sites with free knitting patterns please post them in the comments. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

_____, I hope you're not looking 'cuz this is part of your Christmas present!

{ peaceful wishes for a quiet day }

Well, the girls are back to school today after being snowed in for the last few days. There is still snow everywhere... the streets are covered in compact snow and ice and it's still cold. But school is back in, so that's something to celebrate! LOL

This is a card I made last week with the intention of entering it in the CST card contest, but last night half an hour before the deadline I decided to submit a different one instead.

On this card I used:
  • Brocade Blue, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock from Stampin' Up!
  • Silver ribbon from Stampin' Up! (a product that is no longer sold by SU).
  • Peaceful Wishes stamp set
  • Night of Navy classic ink
  • Stickles
  • Silver cord from SU.
  • And of course, my marvy uchida scallop oval giga punch! As well as my coluzzle oval template.
I hope you'll have a quiet and peaceful day today... I know I will!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

{ stamping in the snow }

It's another snow day here in Abbotsford! The schools are closed due to the cold and dangerous road conditions. It's so beautiful out, though. The snow is glistening, the sun is shining.

I just stamped this card and decided I had to take a picture of it in the snow. The inspiration for this card came from one I saw on Debbie Olsen's blog this morning. She explained how to make a rectangle with a square scallop punch - neat idea, Debbie!

Hmm, I wonder what else I should make today...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

{ christmas is here? }

It sure looks Christmasy here today! I've been listening to Christmas songs and stamping this afternoon... while taking breaks to watch the crazy drivers trying to go up and down our street. It's SO snowy and slippery and the cars are sliding all over the place! I'm glad to be safe & warm in my house.

Here's a card I made... I saw one similar to it when I was browsing blogs and galleries earlier, but I can't remember who made it. If it was you, please let me know and I will give you credit here for the idea!

For this card I used my new Stampin' Up! Level 3 hostess set called "Basket of Fun" and "All Year Cheer" for the Merry & Bright stamp. I also used my favorite new toy... the Marvy Uchida Oval Scallop Giga Punch. And just a touch of Michael's ribbon held on with a black brad.

Let it snow!


Saturday, November 25, 2006

{ wild about you }

Here's a card I just made tonight while chatting on the phone to a lady about how to knit a sock.... multi-tasking at its finest, I tell ya!

I joined the splitcoaststampers.com RAK group recently and they have a thing where you can request items that you would like. I requested some scallop circle punchies and just received some last week. I used one of those punchies in this card.

I just got this Wild About You stamp set at stampers club last month for the sole purpose of kissing it with Paisley! Isn't that a cool effect? I think it goes so well with the green paisley ribbon I got from Michael's.

I made the green circle with the coluzzle nested circle template. All stamps are Stampin' Up!. I used a prima flower, and a little plastic flower and faux diamond from the Dollar Giant. The colors are pink passion, green galore, gable green and tempting turquoise.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

{ happy thanksgiving }

I just wanted to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American visitors. I hope you're having a nice day with your families and enjoying a good turkey dinner.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

{ free adhesive }

Here is another craft related freebie that I came across the other day! If you have a crafty blog you can get some free samples of UHU glue.

ETA: I got my free glue today in the mail (Nov. 23). That was quick! So, I encourage you to click that link above and get some for yourself. They sent me 2 different types: "Twist & Glue" and "Scrapbooker's Pen". I will give it a try and let you know how it works.

{ peaceful wishes }

Hello! Today I finally got my new stamp sets all trimmed, mounted and labeled. I know, it's a tough life! ;-)

One of my new sets is Peaceful Wishes. I didn't even know I wanted this set until I saw this card and this card recently.

In case you're curious how I made this card, here's a step-by-step...

1. Stamp Weathered background on Kraft card stock with Always Artichoke classic ink.

2. Stamp Print Patter background over this with Versamark.
3. Apply interference gold pearl ex with a stipple brush being careful to remove excess.

4. Edge this piece with a copper accent pen using a cork back ruler as a guide.

5. Stamp main image on Very Vanilla card stock in Always Artichoke ink.

6. Stamp "Be Merry" from the Warm Words stamp set with Bravo Burgundy classic ink.

7. Add a little sparkle to the berries with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen.

8. Sponge the edges with Close to Cocoa ink.

9. Using the DTP method, apply Always Artichoke ink to the edges as well.

10. Adhere to Bravo Burgundy card stock and trim with the Perfect Layers tool.

11. Use a Tim Holtz distressing tool to muck the edges a bit.

12. Adorn with some copper cord and some olive organdy ribbon.

Debbie Olsen and Marcia Froese, thank you very much for making me get this stamp set!! At least it was free (yayyyy for Hostess Benefits!).

Sunday, November 19, 2006

{ free card stock }

I just came across this survey... if you fill it out they will send you free card stock. It's valid in the US and Canada.

ETA: From what I understand this offer is no longer available.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

{ scrapbooking the day away }

Here's a beautiful 2 page scrapbook layout that I made over the last couple days of my daughter, Rachel. Most of the supplies I used on these pages were in my design team parcel from Stamp and Scrap Canada. Thanks Wendy!

The letters for "rachel" are chipboard letters that I've covered with patterned paper using modge podge. Please click on the photo if you'd like to see more detail.

I'm so happy with how this turned out. I wish I had some frames or something to hang these on the wall so I don't have to tuck them away into a scrapbook never to be seen again.

The large flowers are stamped and cut out, then I added some stickles to the centers to make them sparkle. I used a marvy uchida giga scallop oval punch and the coluzzle nested oval template to make peek-a-boo holes over the photos.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

{ hi }

Hello, sorry for not posting for a few days!! I've been busy with this & that... such as working, going to the Zoo with my daughter, etc. The Zoo day was cold, rainy, cold, wet... you get the idea, but the kids still had tons of fun! The moment we got there my daughter thought it would be fun to jump in a creek, so for the entire day she had wet jeans, but it didn't even phase her.

As far as things crafty, I am in the midst of working on a cool project for the design team work that I do on occasion. It involves chipboard letters, beautiful designer papers and modge podge!! I can't wait to see what it turns into. I'm thinking either a scrapbook page or a wall hanging... perhaps a scrapbook page that you can hang on the wall.

Let me know what you've been up to, crafty or otherwise. :-)

Monday, November 13, 2006

{ one sock wonder }

I just finished knitting my very first sock tonight while watching a movie. One down, one to go! I started this sock last weekend at the craft bee and overall it was very fun to knit. I did have some frustrations with the heel area... but after about 7 tries, I got it. ;-) Also, when it came to finishing the toe the instructions just said to "graft the toe". I had no idea what that meant, but thank goodness for Google, I was able to find the answer in two seconds.

I'm knitting these socks as a Christmas gift for someone who is always cold and loves purple. When these are done I want to make some for me! It's a very warm & toasty sock. The yarn I'm using is 75% wool and 25% nylon. It's washable and not itchy.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

{ stampers 9 }

Last night was stampers club at Sarah's and it was lots of fun! These are the projects we made... a mini card with copper heat embossing and a mini vintage violet card with very vanilla envelope. Then we made a little pouch out of 6"x6" designer paper. And finally, a cute little snowman card using the white crayon resist technique. She also gives us technique pages to make for each of the techniques we do and these are put onto a jump ring to make a technique booklet.





Do you want to know what I ordered and what I got free for being the hostess? :-)
  • mini cards & envies
  • a butterfly stamp set
  • happy everything stamp set
  • weathered
  • 1 3/8" circle punch to replace the one I had that was defective
Hostess Benefits (amazing to get this much free!!)
Edited because a friend (thanks Jill!!) added a great order to my workshop... so I qualified for even more freebies, if you can imagine! So this is what I am getting (I can't wait!!!)
  • Riveting - level 1 stamp set
  • Basket of Fun - level 3 stamp set
  • Small oval punch
  • Peaceful wishes stamp set
  • Wild about you stamp set
  • On the spot stamp set
  • Black hemp twine
  • ... plus Sarah gave me a pkg of clear envelopes as an extra gift! And she gave everyone a pkg of inspiration sheets and a magnet for the fridge with a schedule for the upcoming club nights. Thanks for everything Sarah!

Friday, November 10, 2006

{ cupcakes for stampers }

Tonight is stampers club at Sarah's and I'm the hostess, which means I had a perfect excuse to bake. Not that I need an excuse, mind you!

I had no idea what I was going to make, but it had to be something with cream cheese and something that I didn't have to run to the store to get extra ingredients for.

I did a search on Food Network and came across a recipe for pumpkin streusel cake. I used that recipe for the batter for my cupcakes, omitted the streusel and put cream cheese icing on the top.

When Rachel got home from school she immediately devoured one and absolutely loved it -- good thing I didn't tell her they were pumpkin cupcakes or she wouldn't have even tried one!




Wednesday, November 08, 2006

{ happy holidays }

Today I was reading on Splitcoast Stampers about the "$1 Stamps" you can get at Michael's... so, of course I had to check it out this afternoon after I picked up the girls from school. We had lots of fun digging through the bin of $1.50 stamps and the $1.29 ribbon!

The 4 stamps I used on this card were some of the ones I picked up today. The tree and the ornament have a greeting below the image, but I cut it off for this particular card. I stamped the images with Jet Black Stazon ink and colored them with the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder crayons and an aquapainter. I used my large SU square punch and then the perfect layers tool to layer the images.

For the background I used Stampin' Up Linen with Real Red ink on a confetti white card. The stitched ribbon is from the $1.29 bin at Michael's and the bits of velvet ribbon are from Stamp and Scrap Canada. I finished off the card with a Stampin' Up! yellow star eyelet, some Stickles and two faux gems.

If you live in the Abbotsford, BC area and need some Stampin' Up! products, please email me!! I'm hosting a catalogue party right now... the order will be going in on Friday, November 10.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

{ my quilt is done! }

Here is my completed quilt! I just finished hand stitching the binding tonight. I'm so pleased with how this turned out!

The idea for this quilt started when I saw a quilt at the Fibre Arts Festival in Gibsons this summer. I fell in love with the fabrics. After the festival I was kicking myself that I didn't buy the quilt kit... but I wasn't a quilter, so why would I buy a kit, right? ;-)

Well, when I got home I tried to order the kit online... but they were all sold out. So, finally I found these fabrics (not in a kit) at my local quilt store. While I was in the store drooling over them I decided I should sign up for a quilt class, which I did. Then I bought these delightful April Cornell Poetry Collection fabrics (Moda) and all the supplies I needed to get started with quilting.

The quilting class was 4 sessions and I was only able to make it to 2, but this past weekend I got some excellent tips from some experienced quilters so I could finish my quilt.

The quilt is 36" x 36"... it would be the perfect size for a baby, but since I don't have a baby (well, I have 2 but they are 6 and 8) , I will keep the quilt and either hang it on the wall or use it as a table decoration. I'm thinking it might be safer on the wall.




{ purple kick }

This morning it was my turn to bring baking to mom's group. Initially I had planned on swinging by the grocery store on my way there, but then I thought *hey, I have time, I'll bake some mini muffins*.

So, I started with the apple streusel muffin recipe from "Company's Coming" Muffins & More recipe book, but then I realized I didn't really have *that* much time, so I axed the apple idea and threw in some bits of frozen black berries instead.

Little did I know that the batter would turn a bright purple - ooops! I thought I might as well embrace their purple-ness by finishing them off with mauve glaze! The girls will be excited to have purple muffins for after school snack today LOL!

Monday, November 06, 2006

{ hi }

Hello! I don't have any crafts to show you today, but I have been busy. I was at a 12 hour craft bee on Saturday and was able to get some talented quilters to help me complete my quilt! Well, it's 99% done. All I need to do is hand stitch the binding and then I will post a photo of it. I'm so pleased with how it is turning out, I'd love to make a queen size one, but first I'll need to re-mortgage the house so I can afford the fabric I want -- oh ya, I forgot, we rent! LOL.

At the craft bee I also started knitting a pair of socks and worked a little bit on the baby sweater that I started in the summer.

As far as stamping related news, I did receive 2 beautiful cards in the mail today. One was from my friend Sandra. She sent a gorgeous birthday card - even though my birthday is in May. ;-) The other card was from Melissa. She sent me a prize package for winning a card contest on her Stampin Friends MSN Group.

I am looking for someone to trade punchies with... if you are interested, please send me an email. Here are the details of what I'm looking for and what I have to offer in trade...

Here's what I "need":

Marvy Uchida Mega Oval (non-scallop, smooth edge): white, cream,
confetti, neutral colored card stock
Marvy Uchida Mega Oval scallop: white, cream, confetti, neutral
colored card stock
Marvy Uchida Mega Circle (non-scallop, smooth edge): white,
cream, confetti, neutral colored card stock
Marvy Uchida Mega Circle scallop: white, cream, confetti, neutral
colored card stock
Marvy Uchida Giga Circle: white, cream, confetti, neutral colored
card stock
Marvy Uchida Mega Square (non-scallop, smooth edge): white,
cream, confetti, neutral colored card stock
Marvy Uchida Mega Square scallop: white, cream, confetti, neutral
colored card stock

Here's what I can punch out in trade:

Marvy Uchida Giga Oval Scallop: SU card stock in any colors.
Marvy Uchida Giga Square Scallop: SU card stock in any colors
SU Key tag: SU card stock in any colors.
SU designer label: SU card stock in any colors.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

{ scarf in progress }

Here's a purple scarf I started on the other night. It is just about finished! These scarves are so quick to knit up when you use jumbo needles and nice thick wool. I think it's turning out beautiful! I'm making it for my purple-loving friend.

{ coluzzle crazy }

So, today I went a little crazy with my coluzzle, but it was fun!

The supplies I used to make this cute flower shaped card are: flower coluzzle, circle coluzzle, circle punch, flower punch, clear button, blue gingham, paisley stamp, petal patch paper, basic background stamp set and certainly celery cardstock. Everything was from Stampin' Up! other than the flower coluzzle.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

{ fabriano medioevalis }

I finally took the plunge and actually used one of my new fabriano mediovalis notecards! I'd been admiring these cards on a few different blogs and on Splitcoast Stampers and I finally *had* to order some from Starlit Studio on ebay! They are even better in real life. These cards are the quality of watercolor paper, they have such a beautiful and elegant texture and they stamp up so nicely.

For this card I used the color combination that Lisa H. suggested last week in the { give away } thread.... Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke and Barely Banana. The stamps I used are all Stampin' Up!: Floral, Designer Label and Warm Words. To finish it off I made a one-hole-bow using Stampin' Up! Organdy ribbon and also a touch of Stampin' Up! gold cord.

I also used a couple of punches on this card... the Marvy Uchida Scallop Square, the Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner punch, as well as the Stampin' Up! Designer Label punch.

I recently bought the Warm Words set from Sarah's Stampers 9 club. Yesterday Sarah, my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator & friend started her own blog. You can see the beautiful home decor project she made using lots of SU papers & emellishments. It's just gorgeous!

In a couple of weeks I will be the host at our Stampers club. I can't wait! In the meantime, I am organizing a catalogue party, so if you live in the Abbotsford, BC area and *need* some wonderful stamps, card stock, ink, etc. please let me know and I will place that order for you.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

{ mini card }

Lately I've been making an effort to use up my scraps of card stock rather than cutting into a fresh new piece. I love to make mini cards with my scraps, they are just so stinkin' cute!

For this card I used Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp and Very Vanilla. Everything (other than the Marvy Uchida Giga Scallop punch) is Stampin' Up! Even though I'm not a demonstrator anymore, I still love the products. If you live in the Abbotsford, BC area and are in need of stamps, ink, card stock, ribbons, punches... please let me know and I can recommend an excellent Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

If you have a blog that you'd like me to link to, please let me know and I will add your link to my blog! Also, please feel free to add my link to your blog, if you like!

Happy Tuesday! And why might it be a happy Tuesday? Well, because House is on tonight! Woo hoo!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

{ cute little tin }

When we were on vacation this summer I picked up a bunch of Christmas cookie tins for .39 cents each. I thought I would paint the lids (which are shaped like a rooftop) and then cover the bottoms with paper.

Well, I did try painting them, but the paint wouldn't stick, so I scrapped the idea of using the lids at all! I'll just cover the bottoms with paper & ribbon and then put a gift wrapped in tissue paper inside.

Friday, October 27, 2006

{ #12 is the lucky number! }

And the winner is....

A couple days ago I posted a little give away. There were 20 people in the "draw", so I asked my girls to pick a number between 1 and 20, they picked 12. The 12th comment was:

Lisa H said...

Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, and Barely Banana!

October 26, 2006 10:41 AM

So, Lisa H, please email me your mailing address and I will pop that card in the mail to you!! Thanks for playing everyone. Stay tuned for more give aways and watch for my cards using all the great color combos you suggested.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

{ merry & bright }

After I read Debbie Olsen's blog this morning, I decided to make a card using the same layout that she made. You can see her card here, if you like.

I used Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp and Kraft card stocks. The Cool Caribbean has been stamped with Paisley in matching ink. I find it really hard to take a good picture of anything stamped with this color! If you squint really hard you can see it. In real life it's lovely, you can take my word for it. ;-)

I love this Cranberry stitched ribbon from Stampin' Up! It adds such a nice finishing touch. And then there's little bit og bling to dot the "i" in bright. Oooh la la!

Don't forget to leave a comment on the post below this one if you want to be entered in my draw! Tomorrow I will announce the winner.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

{ give away }

Lately when I've gone to my corner to stamp I've just been using whatever scraps of card stock are laying on the table... which has resulted in lots of cards using Certainly Celery, Real Red and either Brocade Blue or Bashful Blue. So, the other day I sent out a plea asking for a new color combo! Thankfully TexasJodyLynn came through with a new color combo for me! It's only slightly different than my previously loved combo, but still, it IS different and that's all that counts!

My combo of the day is Old Olive, Real Red and Certainly Celery. The Mixed Bouquet image was stamped with Jet Black Stazon and colored with my aquapainter and water color wonder crayons. I'm quite pleased with how this card turned out!

What's your favorite color combo? Please leave a comment on this post telling me what color combo to try next... and I will do a draw on Friday for this card and will mail it out to the winner! Please check back on Friday to see if you've won!!

Monday, October 23, 2006

{ gift tags }

My girls were stamping last night so I decided to get creative with them. They were so excited to be given free reign of all my stamping stuff! It was cute.

I made these 2 Christmas gift tags. To make the bashful blue ovals I used my coluzzle. The white oval was made with a punch and then of course the scalloped oval & square were made with my Giga punches! I love those things, in case you hadn't noticed.

Do you see the little *bling* on the snowman? I bought some hideous cell phone stickers at the Dollar Giant the other day because my daughter pointed out that the cell phone buttons were "diamonds" and I could pick them off and use them on my cards! Isn't she brilliant?

I got a job today!

PS. Can someone please give me a new color combination? I am wearing this one out!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

{ scallop crazy }

So, I went a little crazy with scallops this afternoon... and I don't mean seafood. I started out by making the shaker portion of this card. First I punched the smaller straight edged square in my certainly celery card stock, then I lined that up in the middle of my scallop square punch and punched away. The white card stock is all glossy.

I wanted a big circle behind the square, but since I don't have a scallop circle punch (yet!), I had to get creative. I overlapped 2 oval punch outs to form a circle! Pretty cool, eh?

The bottom edge of the white background has been cut with my dollar store scallop scissors. I'm surprised I haven't found my old fiskars scallop scissors... usually when I buy something to replace something I've lost I immediately find the original missing item.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

{ shaker card }

I decided to try a shaker card tonight! I'm sure I've made one before, but I can't remember when... it's been years.

Can you see the sparkly snow on the edge of the Brocade Blue card stock? To get this effect I first distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and then dipped them in white craft ink and then dipped it into dazzling diamonds glitter.

At the dollar store I got some foam tape that works perfectly for a shaker card. It's pre-cut into very thin strips that you can curve around the edge of the oval window.

I never would have ordered this stamp set... but when I was a demonstrator Stampin' Up! accidently sent it to a customer when she hadn't ordered it. Instead of returning it, I thought it would be simpler to just buy it from SU... and then I thought I would sell it to a customer, but I had no bites so I am stuck with it. ;-) Oh well, I guess it'll be fun to use for Christmas gift tags.

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