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.

If you leave a comment in my blog (just click right below here where it says "Comments"), I will give you a dollar.

JUST KIDDING! But leave a comment anyway.

Friday, October 20, 2006

{ birthday card }

I hope you're not reading this Amy, or you'll get a sneak peek of your birthday card!

Today I got a wonderful package in the mail from Wendy for the design work I do for her. I am so impressed with the goodies that I had to make a card immediately! She sent me a package of Basic Grey Undressed Monogram letters, a variety of velvet ribbons, a beautiful flower stamp and an assortment of luscious patterned papers. Thank you so much, Wendy!

To make this card I stamped the flower using the rock & roll technique with Cranberry Crisp and Bravo Burgundy inks, then I stippled So Saffron in the center. It wasn't quite yellow enough for me, so I stamped another flower in yellow and punched out the center with a circle punch. I then put a clear button with a hemp knot tied in it over that circle.

The chipboard "b" has been inked with Bravo Burgundy craft ink. The background is stamped on glossy white card stock. All of the edges have been distressed with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. Everything is adhered with pop dots to give it a nice 3D effect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

{ sarah's stampers seven }

Since I am no longer a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I decided to join Sarah Froese's monthly stampers club. Last week was our first class and these are the 2 projects we made. The first card is made using a set from the Holiday Mini called Ornamasortments... or something like that. To color the ornaments we scribbled on them with watercolor pencil crayons and then spread the color around with a blender pen. Then we added dazzling diamonds with a 2-way glue pen. To layer the circles nicely like that we first stamped & colored the images and then punched them out. You turn the punch over so you can center the image within the punch. Then we attached the white stamped circle to the dark blue paper and then punched the dark blue with the larger circle punch. I love this little tip for layering punches! My new SU demo is awesome. :-)

The second card we did was a new-to-me fold called a "Joy-fold"... I am guessing someone named Joy came up with this? Anyway, it was really fun to do! The technique we used for stamping the roses is misting, also known as impressionistic or expressionistic watercolor. I'd done this technique before, but it's one of my favorites so it was fun to do it again!

Next month I get the fun of being the hostess, which includes trying to collect outside orders so I can bump up my hostess benefits. Soooo.... if you're wanting any SU, let me know!! ;-)

Monday, October 16, 2006

{ birthday box }

I got this cute little wooden gift box from Michael's a couple weeks ago and covered it with Stampin' Up! Petal Patch paper using Modge Podge.

Most of the ribbon is from Stampin' Up! and a couple are from Michael's. I got the Prima flowers and ric rac from Lovebug Scrapbooking. The scallop punch is a Marvy Uchida Giga Scallop Oval. The stamps are Stampin' Up!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

{ happy fall }

Here's a cute little card I created tonight. I got these amazing punches the other day and I finally had a chance to use them! I got the Marvy Uchida Oval Giga and Square Giga.

When I was making this card I was wishing I had 2 sizes of the oval punch so I could layer... but then I thought I would punch out 2 of the pumpkin pie ovals and adhere them behind the white one to make a layer!

The stamps I used were all from Stampin' Up!... Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Little Layers 2, and Everyday Flexible Phrases. I also used the new Stampin' Up! tag corner punch. The ribbon is from Michael's.

The card is folded matchbook style. To open it you life the happy fall flap, which has been adhered at the bottom with temporary adhesive so you can open and close it.

The colors I used were Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White. To color the image I scribbled with markers on a stamp container and then picked up the color with a blender pen. The dots were made with a black gel pen that I bought from Starlit Studio's ebay store.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

{ pink fluff }

Here's my latest quick knitting project... an adorable pink fluffy hat and matching scarf for my youngest daughter.

{ quilt progress }

I'm so glad I got to go to my quilt class the other night! It was lots of fun. As you can see I'm coming right along with my quilt. Before the next class I have to put the border on, the batting, the backing and machine quilt it! At the last class we will put the binding on and then it'll be done.

I love this fabric and I can't wait until these designs come out in paper so I can make cards & scrapbook pages to match my quilt.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

{ cool hat for a cool cat }

I just started this hat late last night and finished it this morning. It was really quick to knit since the wool is so chunky and I used size 10 mm needles. The yarn is Ornaghi Filati from Italy and it's made of 50% Lana Wool, 10% Alpaca, and 40% acrylic.

Now I'm working on a scarf with the leftover yarn. My daughter wants a pom pom on the hat, so I'll get some yarn in a coordinating color to make the pom pom and also do the tassles on the scarf.

I found the hat pattern on Garn Studios.

Monday, October 09, 2006

{ christmas present }

Well... I didn't get any stamping done over the long weekend, but I did knit! Here's a scarf I made over the last couple days. It's a Christmas gift for a special friend. I picked up a couple balls of beautiful (expensive LOL) wool from my LYS and I must say it was a pleasure to knit. It's so incredibly soft and there were no tangles in the yarn. I hate it when I spend more time detangling than knitting. This yarn is "Trendsetter Yarns Tonalita", made in Italy. $10.99 per 100 yard ball. It is 52% wool, 48% acrylic. I used 2 balls for the scarf.

This pattern is something cool that the lady at the LYS taught me... it looks like knit 1, purl 1 rib stitch, but it's all knitting!

Here's the pattern for any knitters out there:

Cast on an odd number of stitches.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: *knit 1, knit 1 in stitch below next stitch, knit 1*. Repeat to end of row.
Row 3: knit 2, *knit 1 in stitch below next stitch, knit 1*. Repeat to last 2 stitches, knit 2.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until scarf is desired length.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

{ happy national card making day! }

What are you doing to celebrate national card making day today?! I hope to have a little time later to create a nice fall card... if I do I will upload it here!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

{ pink card }

Here's one of the cards I created today. The image is Dance of the Butterflies Collage by Paper Inspirations and the sentiment is by SU. It's a 6" x 6" piece of card stock folded in half.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

{ christmas joy}

I stamped again today... this is becoming a bit of a habit, and a good one at that! Here's one of the cards I made this morning. I got the idea from this card. I used the same colors & layout, but different stamps. I never would have used those colors together, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

I raised the J O Y letters with pop dots. The certainly celery card base has been stamped with linen, the always artichoke layer was stamped with fine lace, then I used the dot stamp from Little Pieces to do the dots.

Now I better get back to knitting. I started a cute little sweater in the summer and it's just about finished... just a few more inches to go on the hood and then sew it all together. Thanks for reading my blog today!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

{ knitting }

Here's a scarf & touque set that I whipped up for Sandra recently. It's made out of some fancy wool from Italy. I love how it is self-striping and how the wool is kind of bumpy, it makes a really neat texture when you knit it. I hope they keep you warm, Sand! Merry Christmas. :-)

Monday, October 02, 2006

{ I stamped today }

hello... today has been a nice & productive Monday. I baked sugar cookies shaped like pumpkins & leaves, baked buns and did some stamping.

I was inspired (again) by a card on Taylor's blog. Her card was Christmasy, but I used the same colors & similar layout to create a thank you card.

Please leave a comment, I thoroughly enjoy reading all of them!!

Have a great week.