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!