Sunday, December 30, 2007

A brown and pink damask card

Here's a card I did this afternoon for Mary's December stitch and stamp challenge at Secret Scrapper. I used a pink and brown polka dot scheme. I embossed the damask Technique Tuesday in dark brown and added the Heidi Swapp corner stamps. I stitched around the outside and added some ribbon using my Basic Grey notch tool to tuck it in back. TFL!

Friday, December 28, 2007

With all the holiday hoopla I completely forgot....

I was selected as Sister of the Week over on the Sisterhood of Scrap blog! Thanks to the gang over there for selecting me for this honour.
If you've never visited this blog, you really should check it out.....lots of great challenges and just a whole lot of scrappy goodness.
I look forward to participating and posting over there in 2008!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas (finally!!)

The tree is up and most of the gifts are wrapped. The countdown is on!

I felt like sharing these CUTE Christmas decorations!

I was out finishing my Christmas shopping at the mall on Monday night and I saw some positively CUTE felt decorations at Carlton Cards. I picked up a few felt bags for wrapping gifts and a few ornaments to use as gift tags and for my tree which already is loaded with felt snowmen.

I hit the jackpot at the second Carlton I went to when I found this amazing birdie tree skirt and more designs of the ornaments. I must say I'm totally in LOVE with all this feltie cuteness! They also have some throw pillows that I'm debating on picking up today on my way home but I haven't decided yet.

Oh and the best part.....all the stuff is already 50% off!! I got the tree skirt for only $17 and the ornaments are only a $1 a piece!!

So RUN to your local Carleton Cards to pick up some of these today :)

Oh and excuse the poor photos but my beloved dSLR has decided it needs a visit to the repair shop (the flash isn't firing at all). What great timing huh?!?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Pure Beauty

Here's another layout I did with the Scrapbooker's Club House January kit. This was a nice quick and easy layout where I just added a strip of paper to the My Mind's Eye brown polka dot paper and matted my photos with another of the papers from the kit.

To finish it off I added a few felt swirls and flowers. To reduce the amount of "dead space" on the photo, I added a subtitle in my photo processing software.

The papers in this kit are just fantastic to work with and are so versatile. Check it out before they're gone!!

A few cards from the Jan SBCH kit

Here's a few cards I completed with the January Scrapbooker's Club House kit. I used the Uniball White Signo pen to create the borders on both cards. All the papers are from the kit and I cut the flower shape out of the papers with a sizzix die.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Reveal day! January's SBCH kit layouts.

Here's my first two layouts for January's Scrapbooker's Club House kit. The kit comes with a selection of My Mind's Eye papers and coordinating card stock.

The add on embellishment kit includes: Heidi Swapp acetate clocks, Flair number stickers, Scenic Route Rub on journalling boxes, a crocheted flower and some floral buttons. You can see and order the kit here.

Swing layout: All papers from the January kit. HS clocks, flower button, SR rubon and number stickers also from the kit. Additional products: Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters, Carolee's mini alpha stickers, dollerama rhinestone brad, Fancy Pants felt butterflies. Stamps are all Fancy Pants.

Sedona layout: All papers, number stickers and rub on from January kit.Add ons: letter stickers American Crafts, Fancy Pants felt trim, Fancy pants journalling stamp, MM letter mini letter stickers.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sheetload of Cards

Do you struggle with making cards? or are you just looking for more ideas on how to use up those scraps? or do you have a TON of cards to get done in one shot? Well, you really need to check out the blog: SheetLOAD of cards. Each month there is an instruction sheet with a sketch, full instructions and designer examples for you to follow.

Check it out!

Oh and rumour has it, I'll be doing some designing for them in the New Year so stayed tuned!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sisterhood of Scrap sketch challenge layout

Here's the layout I created for the Sisterhood of Scrap Dec 1 sketch challenge (found here). This month's sponsor is Scrapbooker's Club House. If you participate in any of the challenges in the month of December, you can win a great prize package. Check it out!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Whoooo just got back from Christmas shopping?

Only a scrapbooker can appreciate how totally cute this owl Christmas ornament is that I found at Target on my long weekend getaway to Christmas shop in the States. Hubby and I got a lot of our Christmas shopping done and as you can see from the photo, I did manage to pick up a few scrap goodies for myself :) .

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A new Cuttlebug technique!

I learned a new technique using the Cuttlebug embossing folders this week from this blog.

You ink the embossing folder with chalk ink and then run your paper through the CB as you normally would. You end up with the pretty look of a chalked ink background with the embossed plain surface raised up.

This is the first card I made last night using this technique. I used the same colour ink for the stamps and sentiment to give a coherent look to the card. In order to avoid staining, I made sure to wash the ink off the embossing folder right away after embossing.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Christmas card making get together

Last weekend the super talented Lesley invited me over to have a little card making party. There were four of us and we each made piles of 4 or 8 cards and split them up at the end of the afternoon.

These are some of the cards I came home with. Aren't they all so great? These will make a significant dent in my Christmas card list even though I want to keep most of them for myself since they're all so nice :) Oh I should mention that *I* made the mustard cards (Thomas Kincaid stamp) and the green card with the snowflake flower.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Wood you like to see something cool?

On the weekend I went over to my friend house to make some Christmas tags. She's a rookie at the whole paper craft thing, but happened to have some really cool wood chips with her Christmas wrapping. We tried stamping on them and I really think they look super cool!! Chalk inks worked the best as some of the dye inks did bleed a little.

The chips are from Lee Valley. I'm definitely heading there to see if they still have any.

I made two cards with them. The first Noel card was made using Memory Block papers from my scrap bin, Doodlebug paper frills, Offray ribbon, BG Figgy Pudding stamps, MSE stamp and Unique Pages custom stamp.

On the second card I used the new Gel a Tins Christmas stamps and Figgy pudding paper.

The designs for these cards were lifts of some cards posted by April Hall on Secret Scrapper for her Dec. card challenge.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

TIME for a challenge!

This month over at Scrapbooker's Club House I'm hosting the altered item challenge.

I decided to go with a "time" theme, so the object is to alter something related to time such as a calendar or clock or whatever strikes your fancy.

I decided to jazz up a boring pocket calendar (with the plastic sleeve) since I typically carry one of these in my purse, I decided to make it a little prettier.

I went with my favourite current colour theme of blue and brown. The papers are from the Memory Stack (Costco), the ribbon is from Michaels and the clock stamps are Heidi Swapp. This would make a really quick and easy stocking stuffer or gift for a coworker. Give one a try and come show up your creations over at Scrapbooker's Club House!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A BIG toot for me!

Paper Crafts Magazine has requested one of my cards for an upcoming special stamping edition of their magazine. I'm so excited to be in one of my favourite mags and still a bit shocked!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Guess who's on the new DT at Scrapbooker's Club House?

That would be ME!

I'm thrilled to have been selected for a four month term over at Scrapbooker's Club House.

If you haven't checked out their web site and message boards, you should. There are lots of challenges each month, prizes and a bunch of great ladies.

I look forward to creating and inspiring everyone over the next several months!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Being together is the best gift of all

I recently saw a super cool layout posted on Vicki Boutin's blog and I knew I had to create my own version. I did this layout for the November quote challenge at Scrapbooker's Club House.

To make the tree I layered circles of paper from a few different Scenic Route collections. The bottom of the tree trunk was hand cut and I also cut the tree on the left out of the kraft paper sheet also from Scenic Route.

I added a chipboard bird from Maya Road (which was crackled using the new Tim Holtz/Ranger Inks crackle paint), some prima flowers and some Just Johanna stamps to finish off the layout.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Jazzing up a wine bottle

This was one of the make and take items demonstrated at the Scrapbooker's Club House on line crop this week. What a fun addition to add to a bottle of wine that you are giving as a gift or what about if you were giving bottles of wine out as a wedding favour; you could do a cute thank you tag!

I used some scraps of Bo Bunny paper, added a bow and some flowers and stamped Enjoy with a Heidi Swapp stamp.

If it's something you might be interested in trying out, you can get a copy of the template here.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A couple of scrap paper cards for the Caardvarks rubon challenge

Here's a couple of cards I did using the scraps from my altered ink storage case I did a few weeks ago. I also used rub on sentiments which coincidently is a perfect fit for the new Caardvarks challenge.

The papers are from the Basic Grey Lilykate and Gypsy lines. The chipboard flowers were made using the Cuttlebug layered flowers dies.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A few cool altered items!

As part of the rainbow crop over at Scrapbooker's Club House this week, I learned how to make two very cool altered items. It's not too late to join in the fun as the challenges are all due Saturday night.
The first one is an altered binder clip that you can use a photo stand (put the photo between the two silver parts). The clips are available in the office supply section (or from you desk drawer at work LOL!!) The only recommendation I have is to pick papers that have black in them OR paint the clip before you start. I did a winter theme on mine. You could also use it as a magnet for the fridge by adding some magnetic strip on the back.

The second project was to create a small altered file folder pocket album that is made out of one regular office file folder. The folding directions and link to the original project can be found here at Taylored Expressions. I used some really thin Christmas papers that worked really well. Thicker papers may make folding difficult.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm feeling blue today

Scrapbooker's Club House is having an on-line crop this week and tonight I worked on this card. The challenge was to create a card using only blue and white.

I ran a DCWV card through my Cuttlebug. I stamped some snowflakes with white Staz On on a piece of transparency and attached to the bottom. I added some Queen and CO. felt snowflake trim and a large felt snowflake from Ms. I added some blue bling and a really old metal word from my stash that happened to match absolutely perfectly. TFL!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Scrapbooker's Clubhouse Sketch Challenge #4

Here's my take on the sketch challenge for the Scrapbooker's Clubhouse Blog contest. The challenge was to use the sketch for a Christmas themed page and use Non-Traditional Christmas colors.
The pink scallop paper is MM Noteworthy collection, the rest of the papers and the die cuts are Anna Griffin. Other materials: MM letters, HS ghost snowflakes, HS letters.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Welcome back Mr. Mojo :) !

I seem to have finally got my layout mojo back. I finished TWO layouts yesterday.

Both of these were for challenges over at Scrapbooker's Clubhouse. If you looking for a really friendly site with lots of great challenges each month, you really need to check them out.

The first layout was a challenge to create a layout using Christmas lyrics as a title. I found this great old photo of me from the 1970s with a snowman and went with "in the meadow we can build a snowman". The paper is Urban Lily. There's lots of other stuff on this page: chipboard letters from Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp ghost snowflakes, rhinestone brads, Queen and Co. felt, 7 Gypsies seal stamp, trim and lots and lots of Stickles.

The second layout was for the "So Thankful" challenge. I did this layout using Daisy D's papers from the Harvest collection. This is the first fall themed layout I've ever done and the colours are so wonderful to work with. For embellishments on this layout I used: Fancy Pants and Queen and Co. felt, flowers, die cuts from the Daisy D's paper line, buttons, MME journalling block stamped with Prima stamp, silk leaves and flowers, . The title was cut using QK Studio font and MM rubons.

Friday, November 9, 2007

My altered ink pad holder finally done!

Remember back in the summer time when I was so excited to find the mother of all thrift shop finds.....that solid wood cassette tape holder (click link to see the before photo)?

Well, I finally got around to scrapafying it for my room. I painted it white (which was no easy feat LOL!) and then use some Basic Grey papers from the Lily Kate (blue) and Gypsy (green) lines to alter it.

Because I have to insert and remove the ink pads I only added some pretty stuff to the sides. The chipboard swirls are Maya Road that I painted green and then created my own covered chipboard flowers with some Cuttlebug Dies. I also added some periwinkle ribbon to the front to pull it all together.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My first completely stamped card

When I was at the Creative Festival in Toronto a few weeks ago, I pick up this gorgeous new botanical background stamp from Chapel Road Art Stamps. I've never made a 100% stamped card before and I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. I definitely want to get some more large background stamps in the future!!

The other stamps on the card are Gel-a-Tins, Tin Box Creations (sentiment) and Technique Tuesday. I used green chalk ink and the cardstock actually is an identical match IRL to the ink (the scan is a bit off in colours).

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Wanted: One Arizona title page.

On Friday night, Mary, Angie and myself met at Holly's house for a little cropping. Of course there was more chatting going on than work but I did manage to complete this layout yesterday when I got home. This will be the title page for my Arizona layouts.

I've had these Cosmo Cricket Wanted papers for a while but some of my recent Arizona and Boston vacation photos go so well with these papers. The papers and chipboard are all Cosmo Cricket, the brads are Making Memories and I used the 7 gypsies journalling stamp.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My first set of glass ornaments

At the end of last Christmas I picked up some glass ornaments on clearance at Michaels and this week I was experimenting with them.

On the red ornament I used some alcohol ink to colour the glass and then used rubons and filled with fake snow.

The other ornaments I used some clear stamps and Staz On inks and stamped directly on the glass. I filled them with fake snow, curly ribbon and paper curls. I'm probably going to add some type of ribbon and maybe a tag to the top of the ornaments.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

My first Bella!

I went to the Creative Festival today with a friend of mine and finally decided to buy my first Bella stamp. I've been eyeing these cuties for a while now and I don't think it will be my last. I whipped up this quick card tonight out of some Prima scraps, some Michaels $1.50 stamps and my new Bella. I made her all bling-y with some Stickles. I need a bit more practise with my coloring techniques but not a bad first card I hope?

On the note of the Creative Festival, I also picked up some other stunning stamps that I'll share with you later once I've created with them.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Playing Tourist in Niagara Falls area

Last weekend my Mom and I took a day trip to Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls. I had the chance to play tourist with my camera and got some cool shots. Of course I didn't bring my tripod so only one shot of the falls at night turned out :(

Since I'm too lazy to clean up the shots in Photoshop you get to see them in their "raw" state. As you can tell I was practising my angled shots quite a bit LOL!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Now bring us some Figgy Pudding....

Even though I pre-ordered some of the new Basic Grey Figgy Pudding to ship with my November Scraptivity kit, I couldn't resist buying a few sheets yesterday when I took my mom to my LSS stores while she's visiting. The papers are GORGEOUS (as usual) and the new acrylic stamps are just beautiful too. Here's a few cards I whipped up last night using the new papers and the new stamps that I borrowed off my mom. If you want to see all the cards up close, they are posted in my 2peas gallery.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Scraptivity October Guest Designer projects

Right before vacation I got a really nice surprise when I found out I was selected to be the Guest Designer for the month of October for the Scraptivity monthly kit club!

This month's kit was right up my alley.....We got this super cool "Enveloper" tool which is just awesome. It makes so many cool sizes and shapes of envelopes. All you need to do is cut the paper to a certain size and score using the tool. It also creates some 3D envelopes. The kit also included some sentiment stamps which are great for cards and some really pretty papers from Prima and My Mind's Eye. I think this kit was MADE for me :)!.

So far I've created two layouts and about 5 cards. Here's a few of my favourite creations I made with my kit.

Oh yeah and on Friday I got a request for an altered CD I made for Scrapbook and Cards Today winter issue. I never would have imagined that when I starting submitting this year that I would have had so much success.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Lots of updates to come but a little toot for now

Cards magazine requested one of my "Wild Things" cards for their Feb. 2007 issue. I'm totally stoked about that.

AND oh yeah, I'm also the Guest Designer for Scraptivity for the month of October. I can't wait to see the kit and stamps. Based on the add ons for the month, it's going to be an amazing kit!!

I'm going to be super busy next week!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wild make my heart sing.

One of my recent purchases was a set of the Gel-a-Tins Wild Things stamps. I created this set of three cards using some papers from Pebbles Inc and some DCWV cardstock. I love the way the colours turned out and these stamps are just wonderful to work with.