Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sympathy the Clean and Simple way

I needed to make some sympathy cards for the flower shop so I used the Slice cartridge that came FREE with the machine when I bought it. I played along with today's inspiration challenge, and i used this room and my inspiration.. One day, when I grow up, I will have a room like this....

I don't know why it's all about the butterflies lately, but it is... I think they're a nice image to accompany a sympathy verse. The butterflies were cut from the sheet of paper I used to make yesterday's card. Gee, I'm so thrifty I can't even stand it...

I get to go cake tasting tomorrow!!! I'll fill you in on all the "cakey" details (maybe with pics too!!)

Stamps: Technique Tuesday, papertrey ink - friends til the end and little lady

Paper: Papertrey Ink
Ink: versacolor, palette, ranger
Tools: Slice (seasons cartridge) 


Friday, February 27, 2009

Friends 'til the End

Another new stamp set by Papertrey Ink called Friends 'til the End. I made "patterned paper" with the stamps. It's actually why I purchased this set in the first place - to make cool backgrounds!

I don't like the little black alien thingies, but the rest of the paper I do!

Again I stamped the inside of the card for those people who only care about the insides.. I'm shallow. I like what's on the outside, but whatever....

Thanx for stoppin' by!

Stamps: Friends til the end (PTI)
Paper: PTI (white) Prism (black) Bazzil (raspberry)
Ink: Momento, Palette, Brilliance
Accessories: SU! scallop punch, amuse ribbon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I am lovin' all the damask stuff out there right now. I see it in magazines, in fashion, on billboards, it's everywhere, and I LOVE it in this set from PTI. I just received it today and had to make a card with it PRONTO.

I used today's sketch from the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I took it pretty literally, and as you can see I also did something I don't normally do, but wanted to start doing: stamping on the inside of the card...

Do you ever show someone your card that you just made and they'll look at it, then automatically look at the inside? That REALLY irks me, but at the same time, why not give them a little something to look at? lol

This wasn't a hard card to make, and I made some mistakes (it was my first time OK????) but I really like how it turned out. I like the splash of pink. Kind of like a pink sash on a really chic monochromatic dress....

Stamps: damask designs (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Spring Moss, White (PTI), Black (Prism), Coral (DCWV)
Ink: brilliance black, Spring Moss (Palette PTI)

Monday, February 23, 2009

It's RELEASE DAY at Elzybells!

Head over to the
to get the latest release now!
Here are a couple more cards I made with the newest stamps. This one is from the "Hey Cupcake" stamp set:
(I used this week's CPS sketch for the layout)
This is a card that uses stamps from the "Cool Beans" stamp set:
I used the same materials on both cards, and I actually bought the patterned paper a while ago for this release. I think the cupcakes in the paper look like one of the cupcake tops.. So cool!
I hope you've enjoyed all of my sneak peeks, and know that there are a bunch of other cool sets and individual stamps that I didn't sneak, so be sure to go to the online store and take a peek. Also....
on the Elzybells blog. Elizabeth is giving away the WHOLE RELEASE! Head over there now! lol 
Paper: Prism (white), PTI (white), blue CS, Cupcake Patterned paper (i can't remember!!)
Ink: Palette
Other: Nestabilities (Large Circle, and Large Scalloped Circle), Copic markers, SU! Scallop punch, foam squares, Stickles (ranger)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Elzybells February Sneak Peek Day 3

Day three of Elzybells sneak peeks and I told you I would show you why I am so excited about the coffee/tea sets in this release.. Keep in mind this is about half of what I own, and about 10 are in the dirty dishes:
I acutally think this cupboard was meant to house bowls and plates and maybe a few drinking glasses etc, but since I have so many coffee mugs and cups this was the only place they could all fit, they took centre stage in our kitchen!

on to the card. This is another mug from one of the VERY LARGE clear sets, and I used the matching mugs with handles on opposite sides to infer a couple.. SO CUTE!
I paper pieced the mugs, and the bottom of the kraft card base is embossed with the cuttlebug. Hope you're enjoying all others design team's sneak peeks! Check back tomorrow for one more card, AND, the stamps will be availble for purchase at that time!! yay!

Paper: PapertreyInk (Kraft and White), Paper Salon (dot patterned paper on mugs)
Stamps: Tea for Two (mugs), Cool Beans (sentiment) from Elzybells, and Oval by Amuse
Ink: Pallette (Sweet Blush PTI, and Noir)
Ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Elzybells February Sneak Peek Day 2

at Elzybells Art Stamps and I'm keeping it simple today.. Man I love how striking "Clean and Simple" cards are, and these cute little images are just begging to be alone on a page..

Recently I have heard people asking for a great cupcake set, well here it is.. Multiple images for cupcake tops AND bottoms, as well as super cute accessories and toppings! So many great sentiments too. Here's my first card:

I stamped the cupcake base on kraft cardstock, and the top on Making Memories paper, and the candle on white cardstock and coloured it with Copics. Card measures 3.5x4.25

The second card is from another coffee set (different from yesterday's set) and again, I'll tell you why I am so excited about this set later (when I have pictoral proof) but let's say that I'm quite literally obsessed with a chain of coffee shops -we'll call them FARbucks- and I may or may not have travel and coffee mugs that number over a hundred.. I'm not saying anything.

Again this card measures 3.5x4.25. I stamped the coffee cup on kraft and coloured with Koh-I-Noor pencils, and YES it was inspired by fellow Elzybelle Paula.
I realized that some little add-ons in the cupcake set would go in the centre of the "sleeve" on the cup, and that's where the heart comes from.

This sentiment makes me laugh because in my early 20's I managed a coffee shop called "C'Ya Latte." God I hated that place, but that's where I learned all my mad latte skillz. lol.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Elzybells February Sneak Peek Day 1

It's that time of the month when I try to WOW you with some cards featuring stamps that will be available in the Elzybells online store on Monday, February 23rd. (if you were thinking it was the other time of the month, well that's just wrong..... hehehe) When I first saw this set I nearly teared (as in crying, not ripping... english is so dumb sometimes..) up. Over the next couple days I will show you why I was moved to tears, but first, look what I did!!!
This set of clear stamps is so versatile, and HUGE. I was shocked at how many different images there were and everything is so customizable (is that a word? my English really sucks tonight...) For example, the cups I used have handles on the left, well there's a cup with the handle on the right too, and the wisps coming out of the top? There are 3 different ones! I could go on, but you'll have to wait. *insert evil laugh here*

Here's the whole card. I try to keep it a Clean and Simple card by not matting the layers and using my go-to layout. Be sure to check all of the other DT's sneak peeks out as well. The links are on the left.

Stamps: Elzybells
Paper: Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss), Bazzill, Basic Grey
Ink: Pallette (Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Noir) Versamagic (Jumbo Java)
Other: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), White Gel Pen (Signo), Ribbon (Amuse)

Elzybells Recipe Challenge!

This is my card for our "fortnightly" challenge at the Elzybells blog. You must include the following items on your project:

~3 brads
~2 ribbons
~a rectangle

I sought to use both copics AND koh-i-noor pencils with gamsol because I knew I wanted to add some white elements, as well as the baby blue sky and since I was working with kraft cardstock I needed a medium that was opaque! Pencils aren't my favourite colouring tool, but they sure are effective!

I used a sketch from this week's sketch challenge at SCS, as well as the recipe for the Elzy challenge and here's the whole card:

I distressed all of the edges with an edge scraper to make it look more "country" I guess because it cows... Cows... Country... Cows.. I don't know.. lol

Stamps: Elzybells
Paper: SU! kraft, Making Memories
Ink: ranger (lamp black)
Accessories: koh-i-noor pencils, copic markers, martha butterfly punch, amuse ribbon, making memories looking glass charms 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I love being a teacher

Why? Because every day there is a new adventure.
Here's a story:
I have a couple boys who are in Senior Concert Band (and one is also in all of my choirs) who like to comment on my blog, and make threats that they are going to crash one of my classes I teach at my LSS, and I always say that it would be *AWESOME* if they came out for one. Every couple of days they will come in to the band room and comment on something I've said, or did on my blog, and we'll laugh and that's it... WELL.. On friday (when as a school we celebrated Valentine's Day) my one student, we'll call him, "J" says, "Ms. Crawford, I have something for you after class, ok?" and I'm thinking it's another package of chocolates or something I'll have to give away (because I'm on Atkins)... After class the band is packing up their chairs and stands and I'm chatting with kids and "J" walks up with an envelope. It's a card. And suddenly it hits me, "J" posed as his mother commenting on my blog wanting to borrow the punch I made this card with:

I start opening the card and I'm saying to myself "no... no way did he make that. NO WAY," but ladies let me tell you, HE MADE THIS CARD:

Like, HUH?!?! I was so touched, and astounded that he would do this for me. And isn't it great?? I guess his mom went to Michaels and bought the MS punch for him after all. This is my favourite part:

Coke patterned paper!! What a guy... THANKYOU "J"!
Now if only you'd practice your trumpet... hahaha

Monday, February 9, 2009

200th Post! Thank You to ALL of my readers.

Wow... 200 posts.

For someone who HATES to write (ME!) I never thought I would be able to maintain a blog for this long. It's because of my readers both visible and invisible that I keep posting, making cards and projects, and really trying to make each post more interesting than the last. I don't have the most popular blog on the internet, but I feel like I'm starting to contribute to the amazing papercraft industry via my blog, and I've started to realize a little success along the way.

Here's your chance to give a little feedback. If I have done anything in the past that you have enjoyed, and wished I did again, or if you would like me to start including something (like a challenge, or a weekly tutorial for example) please let me know.

(Click here to be brought to the poll if you're using Google Reader or something similar)

Please leave a comment if you have more specific suggestions. I would really love to step my blogging up a notch, so anything would be a help. Thank you for reading what I have to say, and here's to another 200 posts!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Theme and Variations

That's what we musicians call it anyway... Here's this week's CPS sketch:
And here are my variations on the original theme:

I cut the hearts with scalloped and classic Nestabilities hearts with the Cuttlebug. All sentiments are Crate Paper rubons, and patterned paper is Basic Grey Sultry? (can't remember.. it's upstairs...)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

PTI Challenges

OOOwee do the prizes at PapertreyInk look good.. Have you seen them? Paper and ribbon, and stamps.. So I couldn't pass this opportunity up.

I have wanted to do this card for a while, but a) haven't had the punch, and b) was lazy. hehehe.. So I bought Martha punch the other day with a 40% off coupon at Michael's and set to work.. It's actually inspired by the cover of Martha's latest wedding magazine. I can't find a pic right now, but you know what I mean right? Here's my card for the "Over the Rainbow" challenge.. It's one of my fav. cards I've ever done...

I used a variety of patterned papers and solid carstock for the butterflies, AMuse jewels, and the sentiment from PTI's set called Beautiful Blooms, and the Martha Stewart punch shown.

The second card is for a chance to win a butt-load of ribbon. It was a sketch challenge, and you had to connect the dots to figure out the sketch.. Here's the post.

I used the Polka Dot basics stamp set and stamped on PTI kraft paper, punched out the hearts with an EK punch, and adhered the hearts to white with pop-dots.

The black patterned paper is also PTI from a 8x8 paper pack. I simply love this card. It's gonna be a hard one to give up, that's for sure.

Additional supplies: SU! Scallop punch, MM brads.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Elzybells No layer challenge!

Well if you've been keeping up with what I've been doing lately, you know that I've been doing CAS (clean and simple) cards, so this "challenge" was right up my alley this week. Here is what the other DT members came up with.. I made two cards based on the same idea and I like the first one WAY better... It's more pleasing graphically..

The hearts are from S-moo-ches clear set, and Hugs & Kisses is an individual rubber stamp! I used various inks for the images (Palette, Momento, Versafine) on Papertrey cardstock.

Copic Markers and Stamping Bella = Mojo

My "mojo" was flowin' with these stamps. The cards came together in about 2 hours total!! That's a record for me...
This is a Copic class I recently designed (as in finished last night) and the layouts are quick and easy, because you know the bulk of the time will be spent on colouring the images. All images are by Stamping Bella stamps. The children stamps are "Penelope" and "Elmer" and they are SO fun to colour. It's almost like colouring a Magnolia stamp. So many different ways you could go in respect to the colour choices and shading options etc.. The paper is Crate Paper, and the cardstock is the non-textured Bazzill (my preference).

I will be teaching this class twice in March at Precious Memories, in Langley, BC.