Friday, March 30, 2007

Happy Mail!

Don't you just love it when you go to the mailbox and get something other than bills?

I picked up a package yesterday from my Happy Mail partner Cammeron (well, it got here earlier in the week but couldn't pick it up since I was out of town----sorry Cam!!). For those of you who don't know what "Happy Mail" is, it was started by a girl over on 2 peas. We got a partner and the intent was to send cards and or small gifts over the month----Happy Mail.

My cool and generous partner sent me a beautiful altered container filled with chipboard, Heidi Swapp flowers, Heidi Swapp stamps and a set of Ric Rac stamps. I am overwelmed at the generousity of my on line "friends".

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Adventures in Jersey and travel chaos

I've been away in New Jersey for the last four days for a bunch of work meetings/workshops.

When I first started to travel for work, I thought it was super cool.....I mean what's not to love about having someone clean up after you, someone makes your bed, and of course eating out essentially for free in restaurants? Well, the first time it's cool but then as time goes on it's really not all it's cracked up to be.

It's lonely coming home to a hotel room, you feel like a bloated pig after eating three meals a day in restaurants and then there's the long travel days and the ordeal of airport travel.

I was up at 7 am yesterday for my meetings, headed directly to Newark for my evening flight. Sounds simple enough right??? Well when your flight gets delayed by 4 hours and you get home at 3:30 am only to have to go to work the next day, it totally sucks!!!

The only plus of going to Jersey this week is the proximity of my hotel to TWO A.C. Moore's and TWO Michael's LOL!! I was pretty busy with group dinners and such but I did get a chance to swing by the craft stores a couple of times. I was able to get some of the infamous $1 stamps from Ms and I also picked up a EK Success Curvy Cutter (the circles) with the 50% coupons.

Oh yeah, I had virtually NO internet access for four days *gasp*. I barely survived ;)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sitting and Surfing

If I spent as much time scrapping as I do surfing stuff about scrapping, or talking about scrapping, or reading about scrapping I'd be buried in finished projects!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I'm a Caardvark :)

I learned about this totally cool card making challenge site called Caardvarks on the 2 Peas boards and decided to give it a whirl. Totally cool name, totally cool cards. This week's challenge was buttons and staples. This is one of the two cards I completed.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I'm seeing Stars

I got to play with my Scraptivity March kit this weekend and I came up with this layout using a sketch I'd seen. The papers in this kit were a real challenge for me but I had the perfect photos of DH and I at the U.S Open from 2005. You may also recognize that this is the photo I use for my on line avatar :)
I made my own "Thickers" for the title in this layout using the QK Studio font and some fun foam. You really should give it a try sometime and save yourself some $$ from buying the AC ones.
I *think* I need to add something to the bottom left corner but I'm letting it settle for a while.

I also played with my Cuttlebug Embossing dies this weekend and finished a bunch of cards. I have to let them dry but I'll post later this week.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I'm letting out a big TOOT!

Today I got an e-mail from Scrapbooking and Cards Today magazine requesting one of my cards for the next edition of their magazine! It will be published in the summer 2007 magazine.

I am so excited....this is my first ever publication!! I just recently started sending in submissions to the various scrapbooking magazines, so the persistence is finally paying off.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Could spring be just around the corner? The melt is on!

Could the season of shovelling hell finally be done? Could flip flop season be just around the corner?

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day outstide. The temperature was a nice balmy 16 degrees C (60 ish for my American friends) and couldn't be nicer! Who would have thought we go from snowy and blowy to the big melt in less than a month!

Guess it's time to go for a pedicure since sandal season is obviously near.

Check out these photos (the one on the left taken 02/14 and the other one today):

The last couple of days have been great mail days. Yesterday I got a gorgeous card from my "Happy Mail" partner Cammeron from Two Peas. Today I got my March Scraptivity kit with lots of sparkly goodies and some cool new Cherry Arte papers.

On a sadder note.....Two Peas has been down all day today. What's a girl to do without her daily fix :( Guess I'll actually get some scrapping done tonight LOL!

Monday, March 12, 2007

More weekend designing

I had a very productive weekend and finished this layout using the rest of my Scrapalicious DT kit.

Papers are Basic Grey Stella Ruby. Lots of stitching on this layout and I cut the felt flower out on my Sizzix machine and hand stitched. The title was cut out using my QK Silhouette (MA Sexy font).

Sunday, March 11, 2007

A lazy Sunday just full of scrapping!

After running a few errands in the morning, I was able to spend the better part of the day scrapping.

I finished two layouts. This is one I did using the Scraptivity February kit. The stamps in this kit are just so fun. All of the hearts and wings on this layout are from the Gel-a-Tins Hearts a Flutter set.

Instructions: I cut 1/4 inch off both sides of the background paper (Daisy D's Modern Romance collection). I scalloped the edges of the paper using the small EK Success corner rounder punch and adhered to the red paper. The large hearts and wings were stamped and cut out. For the large heart on the photo, I added some rhinestones to the outside and some feathers to the wings. The flourish designs were cut out using my QK Silhouette and added the small hearts and wings. I altered the photo to balance out the colours. I added some Basic Grey white rub ons to the top and added some stamps using Staz On ink and Autumn Leaves swirl stamps.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Shopping Time and some pretty darn expensive glue!

DH and I decided to go shopping over in Buffalo today (o.k. maybe it was my persuasive ways LOL). I needed some Scotch glue (which is wayyy cheaper over there) and just to check out the newest scrapping stuff at Joanne's and A.C. Moore.

OMG, I *LOVE* shopping stateside! The prices are just so amazing and the selection is just WOW! Can you believe that EVERYTHING in the paper crafting department at Joanne's was 40% off. Yep, 40%!! Needless to say, I picked up lots and lots of goodies (thank you work bonus!!)

There are some new Fiskars Clear Stamps that are just awesome. They were on sale for about $8 and there are soooo many stamps on the sheet. The sheet is about 8 x 8 and is completely full of sentiments or themed stamps. Totally worth the money.

I was also able to pick up the Easy Patterns for Scrapbooking (by CK) for 40% off of the U.S. cover price of $14.95. Up here the cover price is $23.95----like seriously how can the price difference be so big?

On the way home, we had a bit of a fender bender on the Peace Bridge. Some old lady backed into us at a green light----yep REVERSED into us while the light was green. WTF? We called the Buffalo police to fill out a report because we wanted something in writing to show it was her fault. The entire front bumper of our CRV will need to be replaced and I'm sure we're looking at over $2K probably more. The lady admitted to the cop that she backed into us and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Let's just hope it doesn't affect our insurance! So basically the one hour drive to save $5 on glue is going to be a wee bit more expensive!!!

Here's some pics of my goodies...check out that awesome chipboard stack from Joannes (a bargain at $12.88) and all the great 40% off specials I got. Also got the DCWV Spring stack for only $8----I wanted some St.Patrick's day paper and the whole pad of 180 sheets costs less than if I bought a few at the LSS up here. The CB embossing plate was under $3 and the scissors were around $2 a pair! I can't wait to play with all my new goodies.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Two more cards from the Scrapalicious DT kit

I used the sewing/pattern inspiration from the Stella Ruby papers and created a laced up design on this card.

The laced designed was created by using an EK Success corner rounder and I punched holes in the middle of each round. I glued the two pieces to the card and laced up the middle with silk ribbon.

I stamped the Paper Salon Thank You stamp and punched out with a large circle punch before adhering to the center of two silk flowers.

I also created a purse card using Stella Ruby papers. The purse is created using the Coluzzle Purse template. After cutting out, I stamped the handle with Gel-a-Tins Build A Flourish Stamps. I added beaded trim, some ribbons and a flower with a Paper Salon sentiment stamped in the middle. I just *LOVE* creating these one of a kind purse cards with the Coluzzle template.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A few of my Scrapalicious DT Projects

This month's two main featured products are Paper Salon stamps (Tailored Tins--Small Talk) and Basic Grey Stella Papers.

For my first project, I was inspired by the sewing/pattern theme of the Stella Ruby papers and I created this altered Sewing Kit tin.

I covered a small lunch tin with Stella Ruby "Shopping with Dorothy" (1 sheet required). The felt flower embellishments were punched out of regular craft felt using the large Sizzix daisy die. I stitched the outside of the flowers with coloured embroidery floss and added a button and bows to the center.

The lettering was also created out of craft felt. I used the Quickutz Studio (Classic) alphabet for this title (remove the foam from the dies in order to cut the felt).

To complete the project in the sewing theme I added buttons to the handles and tied ric rac of various colours and sizes to the handle. On the sides I added some prima flowers with button centers on the side.

For my second project I created a baby card using the Paper Salon stamps and some printed ribbon provided by the store.

Instructions: Create a 6 x 6 square card using cardstock. Stamp baby sentiment stamp on complimentary cardstock, punch out using large circle punch and colour in stamp as desired. Add a coloured baby pin to the punched circle and loop printed ribbon through.

Adhere ribbon in a straight line to the card and add a bow. Create scalloped border using QK Lace die (RS-0380) by gluing two punched shapes together. Repeat until square is formed. Add rhinestones around the square and adhere frame to card. Cut welcome baby using cardstock and QK Abigail alphabet.

I have no idea what inspired me or even what motivated me to create this card but the idea came to me one night and I completed the card a few days later. That was in January of this year.Little did I know that in February my mom would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kinda freaky huh?

So as you look at this card today, I ask you to keep my mom in your thoughts as she undergoes surgery to remove the lump.

Materials: Chatterbox pp, Bazzill cardstock, Offray ribbon, MM brad, Heidi Swapp chipboard painted with MM paint, Paper glaze.

Instructions: Create a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card using Bazzill. Stitch pp to cardstock. Create mat for ribbon using CBX paper (reverse side and Bazzill). Create ribbon loop and secure with brad and Prima. Paint chipboard and when dry apply diamond glaze/paper glaze. After drying, glue letters to card.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Transparency Card

I was experimenting with my new L'il Davis Crillon stamps and I created my first transparent card. I just LOVE the way this turned out.

Instructions: Cut an 8.5 x 11 office transparency (I used one designed for laser printers) and cut in half (on long edge). Fold in half and crease using a bone folder to create a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card.

Stamp Crillon pattern on card using Staz-On Ink and allow to dry. Ink edges of card using dauber and Staz-On Ink.

Create the inside booklet by folding a piece of patterned paper in half and cutting to the desired size. For this card I used papers from the Memory Block (from Costco) in a nice rich orange colour. I attached the paper using the Xyron machine and removed the excess adhesive.

And so it begins....

I said I just didn't "get" blogging.....I said I'd never start my own blog....but here we are. Today begins my plunge into the world of blogging....and so it begins.

My biggest news of late is my selection to the design team at Scrapalicious (the most amazing LSS in the Toronto area!!). I am a member of their new "Icing Crew" DT!! I'm looking forward to sharing my creations with you.