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.
SU tag: SU card stock in any colors.
SU word window: SU card stock in any colors.

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.

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