Monday, June 30, 2008

And the winner of the Sheetload Shortcuts is......

.....via the random number generator......poster number 7:

  • sandyh50 said...
    I love the way you decorated yours! Great idea for shortcuts!
    June 28, 2008 2:51 PM

Alicia from Sheetload will send out your prize shortly!

Thanks for commenting!!

Little People Collage card

I finally had the opportunity to try out the Little People collage stamp from the Rummage Bin collection (Cornish Heritage Farms). Although it's not the type of stamp I'd normally use, I love the vintage look. I paired up the stamp with a baby shoe stamp from the Shoe Boutique set (also Cornish).

The papers are Basic Grey Sweet Pea Jack collection (from deep in my stash LOL!). I coloured the shoes with Copic markers (thanks to Lesley for letting me try them out!!) and added some lace and buttons to finish it off.

I really like this stamp and would definitely like to try it out a few more times.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Shout, hoot and holler…..

In my spare time (not that I get much) I've been participating in the Summer of '69 challenges over at the Scrapping Nook. One of the challenges was to create a project using the word "Shout" on it and this is what I came up with.

The stamps are all from Cornish Heritage Farms (U R a Hoot set and Quirky alphabet all by Kim Hughes). I used my Cuttlebug numbers embossing folder for the backgrounder. Papers are all from K and Co.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Live, Love, Bloom

Basic Grey papers are just perfect for card making and are just so easy to throw together. This card was created by trimming a sheet of the 6 x 6 Basic Grey pads, a strip of striped paper from the same pad add a few stamps and some lace and voila....all done!

The stamps on this card are all from Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms II). The fancy mat for the sentiment is from K and Co.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Keep an eye out for the Sheetload "Short Cuts" products and a give away!

There is a new product (available July 1st) from the creator of the Sheetload of Cards blog. They are pre made gift card holders that you can decorate and embellish to your liking. They come in a variety of colours and are made of nice heavy weight cardstock. Be sure to check out the blog for them here.

A very quick and easy way to create your projects!

These are two holders that I have altered and there are lots more examples on the Sheetload Short Cuts blog.

Now the fun part….a give away.

Here's your chance to win a ShortCuts Gift Card Holder Folder Sampler Pack! This package contains one (1) of each of the four (4) colors we currently offer; white, cream, black & kraft. These handy blanks will allow you to create a wonderful presentation for a gift card (or other items, as you will see later this week) in a short amount of time. Spend your time decorating, not fabricating! Just leave a comment here for your chance to win. This contest is open until midnight Sunday June 29th.

*The sampler pack will be shipped with the product folded in half. This allows for lower shipping costs and does not affect the quality of the product.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Just Cruising along

Here's a very quick and easy summery/travel layout I did using some 3 Bugs in a Rug papers, American Crafts chipboard Thickers and of course my layouts aren't complete these days without using my Fiskars Threading Water border punch and Making Memories mini letters.

By the way, DH and I weren't *that* sunburnt. I had to pump up the contrast on the layout in Photoshop to fix my exposure...I really need to learn to shoot in manual mode LOL!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A whole bunch of Heidi Grace cards

Here's a bunch of cards I created with my scraps from the June Scraphoria kit. The papers are so perfect for card making!

I paired these cute papers with some stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms....a perfect combination for these whimsical papers.

Monday, June 23, 2008

You're Somebirdy Special

I was going for a vintage type look with a bit of bling on this friendship card. The papers are from Basic Grey. The bird stamps and sentiments are from my beloved Kim Hughes' Pretty Birds set from Cornish Heritage Farms. I added some black Stickles to the bird for a bit more sparkle. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thinking of you card

I don't make a whole lot of sympathy cards but this is one I recently made for my manager at work and I'm pleased with how it turned out. I saw a similar card design in my blog reader but I don't know who's entry it was so thanks for the inspiration.

Supplies: Basic Grey papers, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Cornish Heritage Farms silhouette stamps, Offray Ribbon, Nestabilities die

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Psssstttt....want to win an album to hold your dollar stamps?

This is one of my "must have" albums from Secret Scrapper. It is an 8.5 x 11 album that was designed to fit all those small Studio G acrylic stamps that sell for around $1 ($1.50 in Canada). The album comes with a total of 10 page protectors (5 hold the $1 clear stamps and the other 5 will fit other smaller stamp sets). Because the album is held together with rings, it is easy to add extra pages if you need to!

This is the stamp album I altered. I painted my letters with plain acrylic paint and then added Glossy Accents to make them shiny. The papers are from Scenic Route.
In addition, the same album comes with the title "ATC" for your ATC cards.

Be sure to check them out HERE.

And if you want to win one be sure to check out this entry at Sheetload of Cards. It also shows a photo of the inside too.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Smile card

Here's another card I created a while ago for a limited supply challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms.

As previously mentioned, the challenge was to use the colours orange, lime green, cream and brown as well as buttons, bows and Kim Hughes stamps. To create this card I first stamped one of the Kim Hughes Silhouette flower branch in Pumpkin coloured chalk ink onto the lime green paper. I moved the stamp up and down to fill in the entire top of the card. Then I used the same stamp and stamped in dark brown chalk ink.

The card was finished off with some ribbon some buttons and a sentiment from Kim Hughes Scripty Words set.

The papers for this card are all from My Mind's Eye.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

It's turtle Thursday (a card and a crop)!

This is a card I created for a limited supply challenge from Cornish Heritage Farms. The challenge was to use the colours orange, lime green, cream and brown as well as buttons, bows and Kim Hughes stamps.

Once again I used the Kim Hughes Tyson the Turtle stamp set from CHF and My Mind's Eye papers. The flowers are from Prima and the ribbon and buttons are both from the fabric store.

And speaking of Turtles.....this weekend the Scrapping Turtle is holding a weekend long "Jump Into Summer" crop. Be sure to drop by to see all the stuff we have in store!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I heart NY layout

Here's another 6 x 12 layout for my vacation album--I really like working with this size.

Most of the supplies for this layout are from the May Scraphoria kit. Papers are American Crafts, glitter thickers from American Crafts, and another appearance of my new Fiskars Punch :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hello again from Tyson the turtle

Here's a really quick card I made using some paper scraps and rubons from the June Scraphoria kit (all from Heidi Grace A Bird's Tale Collection).

I created the background for this card on a piece of Bazzill cardstock and stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms Lined Paper backgrounder stamp in mauve chalk ink. I used my Stamping Up notebook punch on the side to add to the look.

Kim Hughes' Tyson the Turtle stamp from CHF was stamped onto a scrap of green paper and cut out. I stamped the eyes onto a scrap of white cardstock and cut out and adhered over the green so the eyes were white. The card is finished off with a Kim Hughes Scripty Words sentiment and Heidi Grace rubons.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Scrapping Turtle DT projects

This month in my Scrapping Turtle design team kit I received papers from the SEI Jolie Chocolat collection, some Bazzill bling cardstock, some Bazzill chipboard keys and some American Crafts chipboard Thickers.

These are the three layouts that I created with the kit.

Additional information about the supplies used in the layouts can be found here. All the supplies are available in the Scrapping Turtle store.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Inque Boutique stamp storage!

I finally got my hands on some of Inque Boutique's 8.5 x 11 Stamp Keepers. For those of you not familiar with them, they are clam shell type packaging that have holes so you can store in a regular office binder. You can stick your stamps to both sides of the keeper so you can fit A LOT of the Inque stamps in one of the Stamp Keepers. I paid about $2.75 Canadian for each of the keepers at my LSS. They also come in 12 x 12 size which would be great for the bigger sets of stamps.
So after spending an evening of carefully arranging all my Inque stamps in the keepers, I decided to alter the office binder that I'm storing them in.

I used my June DT kit from the Scrapping Turtle for my project. All the papers are from the SEI Jolie Chocolat collection and I used Inque Boutique stamps for labeling and embellishing.

I'll also give you a bit of a review while I'm at it. Here's the pros and cons of this storage system.....

-You can fit a TON of sets of stamps in each clamshell with careful placement of the stamp
-With the Inque stamps you can easily see what the stamps are as you flip through your binder
-You can fit approximately 5 Stamp Keepers in a regular 1.5ish" office binder
-The Stamp Keepers snap closed so your stamps stay in one place (see below)
-The Keepers also work very well for other clear stamps (I used an extra one for some Gel-a-Tins as well as Basic Grey)

-When using both sides of the Stamp Keeper (e.g. sticking stamps to each side of the keeper) it's a tight fit and they don't necessarily snap closed
-If you only put one layer of stamps this would be a fairly costly storage system (however I used both sides so I'm happy with the cost based on the number of stamps I was able to fit)
-I found some of the Inque Stamps don't stick well to the Keepers and keep falling off. I have this problem with the really small sets

Overall I give this system 3 out of 4!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Owl always love you

Last week over at Cornish Heritage Farms they had a Kim Hughes Blitz week to celebrate release of a few new sets of stamps (both of which I *need* to get LOL!).

I worked on several cards that focused on using my CHF stamps and I'll be sharing them over the next SEVERAL posts.

This is a card I created using the CHF wood backgrounder stamp on some plain paper. Then I used the UR a Hoot set to finish the card. I hand cut the hearts out of some scraps of red paper that I stamped on with the large polka dot backgrounder.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Vacation Time!

Have you heard of Secret Scrapper custom albums? The are CUSTOM manufactured albums that come in a variety of sizes and are all ready for you to alter. In addition to the big selection of pre-named albums available, you can even order ANY name or words you desire. Wouldn't it be neat to have an album with your family name on it, or perhaps your children's names? You should go check them out.

While you're over there, be sure to stop by the forums.....lots of inspiring challenges and a whole bunch of friendly ladies to welcome you.

This is a vacation album that I altered. The papers are from the Love Elsie collection. I painted the letters with acrylic paint and then added some Glossy accents to make them shiny. I finished off my album with some ribbon, a charm, some flowers and a bit of bling.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Need to save a little?

With the rising cost of gas and stuff these days we could all use a few extra pennies. So I created this altered piggy bank tin (which cannot be opened without a can opener LOL!) using supplies from the June Scraphoria kit.

I thought the bird theme to the kit lended itself well to making my piggy bank a "Nest Egg".
The stamps (letters and birdie on the button) are from the Kim Hughes collection by Cornish Heritage Farms.

So now to start saving all that pocket change (no pennies allowed in my tin LOL!). Actually I usually end up stealing DH's change and his loonies and toonies have been making their way into my tin :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bad blogger!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Well I have lots and lots of projects to share with you but with tennis season upon us I haven't had time to "power blog" as I usually do. I usually spend some time on the weekends or in the evenings creating blog posts to publish throughout the week but I just haven't had time to be on line lately.

Anyways, you'll be seeing lots more cards and a few projects in the upcoming days as soon as I get a chance to sit down and get busy with the uploads.

I finished a pile of stuff this weekend for the Kim Hughes Blitz week at Cornish Heritage Farms so stayed tuned!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A quick and simple card for Dad

With Father's day coming up I was inspired to create this simple card. The papers are My Mind's Eye.

I used the Dots and Circles backgrounder stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms on the plain paper. In order to bring out the colours in the patterned papers I stamped once with dark brown ink and once with pumpkin coloured ink using the fading technique (e.g. partially ink in varying intensities).

I finished off the card with some plain ribbon, buttons and a chipboard sentiment (Colorbok).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Scraphoria June reveal

A few days late on this but it's been pretty busy in my neck of the woods!!!

This month's Scraphoria kits contains some beautiful and whimsical products from the Heidi Grace A Bird's Tale collection. The kit comes with some of the regular double sided papers and some of the specialty papers which include foiled and flocked selections. So fun!
In addition to the cute papers, the kit is filled with some gorgeous velvet embellishments from Daisy Bucket, some coordinating rubons and ribbon from Heidi Grace and a little baggie of glitter flowers, buttons and brads.
I could definitely make cards out of this fun kit all day, but I did manage to finish some wonderful and cheery layouts with it too as well as an altered item. This is a photo of one layout I did from the kit. Lots more projects to post during the month....stay tuned.
In the mean time, get over to Scraphoria because I don't think this fabuluous kit will last very long!!
I'd also like to thank Tracey and the team for giving me the opportunity to be the Design Team apprentice for the last two months. You have all been very welcoming, helpful and full of inspiration. I'm sad my time has come to an end but I can't wait to see what the other two girls come up with and I know that they will love thier two month's of apprenticeship as much as I did!!!
Everything on this page with the exception of the chipboard letters (Heidi Swapp and Dollerama) is from the kit.
And sorry the text is all jammed together but blogger hates me :(

Sunday, June 1, 2008

June Sheetload is now available!

This month's Sheetload of Cards newsletter features $1 stamps (e.g the ones you can buy at the Big Box craft stores)---of course for us Canadians they are $1.50 but don't even get me going on that LOL!. These are the three cards I made using using the June pattern. For more details on the supplies for each card be sure to download the newsletter. As always it's FREE and full of great inspiration.

Also be sure to stop by the blog later this month because there will be a great give away as usual!!