Thursday, June 28, 2007

{ finally, a card }

Ok, this is my last post for today. Seriously. :-)

After seeing a card similar to this on Cambria's blog I had to buy the Au Chocolat paper and the 2 SU oval punches!

I made this card when stamping at Andrea's house the other night... which is what I made the chocolate banana cake for. (No, we did not eat the whole thing LOL). So, for a 3, or so, hour stamping night I accomplished one card - woohoo. I also rolled out a wack of chipboard pieces with my cuttlebug. See the flowers on the flower? They are chipboard covered in patterned paper. I love the dimension the chipboard die cuts give to a project.

{ what i'm working on }

Hi, it's me again...

Over the last few days I've slowly been cutting out the pieces for Laura's Heather Bailey Fresh Cut quilt! I love the fun patterns and colors and can't wait to start sewing it all together!

Yesterday I picked up the border, binding and backing fabric for R's quilt... so now I have everything I need to finish it! If you're in the Fraser Valley, A Country Folk in Abbotsford and Chilliwack have a huge selection of fabric for half price right now! These fabrics are permanently marked down... so the sale will last until it is all gone.

I'm also working on painting our kitchen chairs - finally! We bought these unfinished chairs from Ikea about a year ago! Yesterday I applied an undercoat and today I will paint them with a "linen" (who knew there were so many shades of white??) acrylic latex paint.

My next project for the chairs will be to sew some quilted chair pad thingies for them. I saw an adorable one on this blog and it totally inspired me to want to re-decorate my kitchen, eating area and stamp room (all of these 3 areas are basically in the same room).

This morning I lowered a few prices on my etsy shop... so please check it out!! Even if you don't buy, it totally makes my day if you add my etsy shop to your favorites. ;-)


{ i found my table... }

... I knew it was under there somewhere! See that lonely leaf stamp sitting on the table? Does anyone know what SU stamp set it is from?!

{ raks }

Good Morning,

See what I found in my mailbox over the last few days? The first card is a beautiful sparkley creation from JanTink. It's an SCS blogger rak. Thank you Jan!

The second card shown is a cheery card from Christine. It is also a SCS blogger rak. Thank you Christine!

And last, but certainly not least, is a beautifully ornate card from Nancy's mom, Bev! This one is a CST rak. Thank you so much Bev!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 25, 2007

{ mmm . . . }

Good Morning!

You can find the Summer Berry Trifle recipe by clicking HERE.

You can find the Banana Chocolate Cake recipe by clicking HERE. And then I filled it and topped it with chocolate pudding and put fresh raspberries on top.

It's our 13th anniversary today... in case anyone wants to say "Happy Anniversary". LOL :-)


Thursday, June 21, 2007

{ teacher gift }


Today was supposed to be the second to last day of school for my girls, but they both stayed home sick. :-( Rachel was so sad to miss her end of the year party today.

Here's a decorated lunch pail I made for Rachel's teacher. In it are 25 mini cards (the designs shown below) that she can use for her student's birthdays next year.


Monday, June 18, 2007

{ scallop celebration }

To celebrate my new arrival (scallop circle punch!) this morning I made this card and 3 others like it.


Card Recipe:
* all paper & cardstock: Stampin' Up!
* Ink & markers: cameo coral, certainly celery. I stamped off to get the lighter coral colour for the flower on the left.
* Tools: giga scallop circle punch, colour spritzer.
* stickles, black micron pigment pen, sponge
* green ribbon: SU (attached with a sewing machine)
* polka dot ribbon: unknown

{ please update your links }

Good Morning!

I just wanted to let you know that I won't be doing watermarks anymore so if you have a link to my watermark blog on your blog please remove it.



Saturday, June 16, 2007

{ happy father's day }

Here's a card hot off the sewing machine! I saw this cute origami shirt on Sarah's blog the other day and had to try it. One sleeve is longer than the other, but hopefully Scott won't notice or care. ;-)


Thursday, June 14, 2007

{ rachel's quilt progress }


Over the last couple days I've been working on Rachel's quilt. The flowers and leaves are all machine appliqu├ęd into place and I sewed the wide strips to the center piece (sorry can't remember all the proper quilt lingo LOL). The next step will be to buy fabric to make a 6" green border and matching binding and backing fabric. Oh yeah, I'll need some batting, too. It sounds like a trip to Joanne's is in order.

Meanwhile I would like to start on Laura's quilt since I already have the gorgeous Heather Bailey Fresh Cut fabric for that.

I would also like to find my stamp table. ;-) I know it's under there somewhere.

It's finally sunny here... not too hot, but a beautiful sunny day!


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

{ fun with photoshop }

Today I was reading Sarah's {kindred spirit} blog and she had posted a link to a photoshop tutorial that I just had to try! I am pretty inept when it comes to photoshop, but amazingly this tutorial was not too difficult to follow! Now I'm going to have to "grungify" all my photos!

{ thank you for the cards! }

Good Morning!

I've been blessed again with lots of beautiful cards made by friends - thank you Chris, Sarah, Dawn, and Melanie for your thoughtfulness!

{ isn't this amazing? }

Saturday, June 09, 2007

{ stampin' club finale }


Wow, I can't believe SU club is already over! Last night we had our finale at Sarah's and it was lots of fun. Sarah gave each of us a cello bag filled with the items to the left... inside the pouch is a creme caramel tea bag ...mmm... doesn't that sound good? The pouch is held together with magnets - great idea! I would've used velcro, but magnets work even better.

We had a card swap last night with all of the club members. Everyone did a beautiful job on their cards and I plan to display them on my card string (first I have to take down my christmas cards LOL). Lisa really outdid herself... she gave each of us THREE cards WITH envelopes... when the rest of us gave one card and no envelopes. Thank you so much Lisa, your cards are amazing!

These are the 2 projects we did. As you can see they both have a Father's Day theme.

I love the little album we made. For the pages we used the SU clear envelopes. Sarah had her sewing machine out so we stitched along the binding of the book. Then we did "faux stitching" on the card.

Thank you Sarah for a great evening last night and a fun club! I really appreciate all the little extras you've given us along the way as well. You're very generous. :-)

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


PS. If you'd like to come to my Stampin' Up Workshop on Thursday, July 5 please email me.

Friday, June 08, 2007

{ blog candy winner }

The winner of the card and clear birdie stamp is...

CrYsTaL said...

I like unmounted clear stamps. So nice to see exactly where you want them. As far as buying them in sets or singles...It all depends for me, if it's a really cute set then definetly. However sometimes singles can mix and match and have a more unique look!

CrYsTaL - please send me your mailing address by June 13 so I can get your prize off to you! :-)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

{ baby hoody }


I finally finished this baby hoody that I started last summer at the Gibsons Fibre Festival. Actually my mom was kind enough to sew it together for me since she knows I detest that part of knitting. I'm not sure why since I don't mind sewing fabric... I just don't enjoy assembling knit items!

This would look even cuter if I had a 12 month old baby girl to model it for me. :-)

The pattern I used for this was a Bee's Knee's Knits pattern by Holly Yeoh. I used Opal sock yarn to knit this. It's 75% wool.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

{ my su demo rocks }


Today in the mail I received the Stampin' Up! Fall - Winter Preview 2007 brochure from my awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sarah. Thank you Sarah! It's fun to get a glimpse of some of the great new stamp sets & stuff that will be in the new catalogue!

If you're in the Fraser Valley, BC area I highly recommend joining one of Sarah's monthly hostess clubs! She has card clubs where you get to learn new techniques for cards and the occasional 3D item and she also has a wonderful scrapbook club - this is the one I'm thinking about joining next time around. Each month you get to make TWO 12x12 layouts and they are BEAUTIFUL! She's been posting them on her blog. I wonder if she'd mind if I blog-napped her latest layout to show you here... There's even machine sewing on these pages and chipboard, hodge podge, brads, big clear button, hemp... these are deluxe!! To read more about these layouts you can go to Sarah's blog.

Also, just a reminder I am hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop at my home in Abbotsford, BC on July 5 at 7:30 pm. If you are in the area and would like to come please email me to confirm - I'd love to have you! The new SU catalogue will be here and you'll get to see some neat demonstrations by Sarah and also make a small stamped project!

Talk to you soon!


{ mad hatter spring tea }


Last night we had our Mad Hatter Spring Tea at church and it was lots of fun! Here are a few of the couple hundred cupcakes that Andrea and I baked & decorated... and you can also see the cards that Andrea, Jill & I made for the party favors.

The cupcakes weren't even eaten since there was a huge and lavish chocolate buffet as well! At the end of the evening we sold the cupcake stands full of cupcakes... so at least we didn't have 200 leftover. :-)

(Jill on the left, Andrea on the right)


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

{ poll & a prize }


I would like to poll all of my stampy & scrapbooky blog readers to find out which types of stamps you prefer and why. I will do a draw from all the comments (pls leave your answer here as a comment, not an email). The winner will receive the card I posted right below this post and a clear birdie stamp!

Do you prefer:
1) Wood mounted red or grey rubber stamps.
2) Un-mounted red or grey rubber stamps.
3) Un-mounted clear stamps.

If your preference is un-mounted stamps, what do you use to mount them on?

Also, another question... do you prefer to buy your stamps in sets or individually.

Winner will be drawn on Friday, June 8.

I'm looking forward to reading your opinions!


Friday, June 01, 2007

{ card contest }

Good Morning,

Here's a card I entered in the Page Maps card contest recently. Today they posted their winners and... drumroll please....
I didn't win! LOL

You can see all the fabulous winners here.

Have a great weekend! I'm off to stamp the day away with Jill & Andrea today. We need to finish up the 160 cards we started for the tea.


{ blog candy }

If anyone's curious about the blog candy I gave away on May 3, you can read about it here and see a picture! Thanks for posting it Christine.

Wow, is it really June 1 already! Only 16 school days left - the countdown is on! What do you have planned for the summer holidays?