Sunday, June 28, 2009

A New Adventure

Even though I'm getting married in exactly one week, and even though I'm going on a month-long honeymoon, I thought it would be really smart to apply for a design team or two... Smart.... NOT!!!!!!!!! But I am super excited to announce that I was asked to be on the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Design team!!!

As I was purusing the other new member's blogs the other day I was humbled.... Look at this lineup. You are sure to add some more blogs to your reader (if you don't already read them...).

Kristine Breach ~ Ink Something
Dawn Easton ~ Treasure Oiler Designz
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~  Stamping & Shopping
Bethany Paull ~ It’s Not All Black & White
Michelle Phillipi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
They will be joining our current team of,
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Melissa Bove: Keepsakes By Melissa
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden
Heather Lee-Reppen: Ink on my Ear
JE Owner:
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished

I can't wait for all of the excitement that will come... I'M ALREADY EXCITED, CAN'T YOU TELL?!?!?

Well on an earlier note. I'm getting married in a week. I have SO MUCH TO DO (and apparently can't stop yelling) so I will catch up with you all later!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Surprise Baby Scrapbook

I don't know what lead me to do it (maybe the fact that I took over 300 pictures of the babe) but I made a scrapbook of my brand-new niece Georgia for my sister-in-law Tanya for her baby shower. I don't really like making scrapbooks for people because I actually MISS them when they are gone. Each page is so special and so unique and so much time went into it, but there's the flip side: I know that non-scrapbookers would NEVER make something like this for themselves, so it is up to us to make it for them.. And she was so happy when she looked through it. I will just have to visit my scrapbook when I visit Georgia.. So here it is from front to back:

 If you have any questions about the products I've used, please leave a comment. There are too many products to list, and frankly I don't have the time, but I will gladly divulge!!! 

Take care!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek day 3 - Release day!


I hope you've enjoyed the sneak peeks I've shown you the last couple of days. The stamps are available now in the Elzybells shop!

Now I will show you the last card I made using "Pamper Yourself" and "Thank You For."

Pamper yourself  is what Elizabeth calls a "Dinkie Set" that is unmounted rubber and comes with a variety of images and Thank You For is a clear set of images that have very unique and versatile sentiments. 

I pulled out the ol' sewing machine for this card at the last minute. I was just about to glue everything together when it just looked a little basic. I said to myself "what would make this card go to the next level?" and my answer to myself (it was 12:30 am okay!!) was sewing!!!

Check out the rest of the dt design's and be sure to head over to the Elzybells store.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Elzybells June Sneak Peek Day 2

This is a triple challenge!! CPS Sketch, SCS Colour challenge, and it's an Elzybells sneak peek!! It was an interesting colour combo, but I really like it!

I cut out the stars with my Making Memories Slice, and stamped on one using Park Avenue Patterns (Stampin' Up) and Fresh Snow ink (Papertreyink).

The Elzybells stamp was coloured with Copic markers. The orange panel was stamped in versamark with another new image being released Wednesday. Here's the whole card:

Check out the rest of the girls sneak peeks:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Some daddy cards using the Silhouette

This first card was make for Ian's dad and I used a die cut that I recently purchased from the Quickutz online store. It was fairly involved, paired with the fact that I don't really like the new cutting sheets for the Silhouette, but I got the job done. Ian's dad was impressed with all of the layers and asked if I cut it out by hand... Could you imagine??!!

So here's the final product.. It took no time at all (except for the cutting mishaps) and it turned out well, I think..

The next card was:
Coloured by Phoenix (my son who is 7 years old)
I chose yesterday to give him his first official colouring lesson (move your image around so the lines are on the left, drag the pen from top to bottom etc... ) Using a new Elzybells stamp that I absolutely love! we obviously didn't get into blending, but I was just so impressed by him staying in the lines by using my tips.. I think he did a good job.. 
   The background was cut out with the Silhouette with Making Memories paper. 
And I stamped the green panel with a perfectly coordinating stamp from Stampin' Up (Park Avenue Patterns) in Versamark Ink. 
I hope you had a great father's day. I know we did... take care!

Elzybells June Sneak Peek Day 1

Amongst wedding madness over here I was able to carve out some time to play. It's good to have a reason to stamp sometimes, because I think I would let busy-ness take over too often and I would forget to make time for what I love.

This next release has a bunch of "girly" stamps and I had a lot of fun colouring "Elzybell" again! Here's a look at a "multi" stamp that's being released:

It's stamped on kraft (obviously) and coloured in with Koh-I-Noor pencils. Here's the entire card with a new Elzy image:

I coloured her in with Copic markers. I actually did a version with Koh-I-noor pencils but didn't like it as much, so I went with my old faithful's.. Check out the other girls' work and I'll see you tomorrow with another peek!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You've gotta have friends...

I seem to make a lot of cards about friends.. I don't do it intentionally, it just seems that so many stamp sets I own (florals mostly) have friend-type sentiments that accompany them.. Anyway. These cards were made using some Scenic Route patterned papers and Papertrey Ink stamps..

All of the cards are already at the flower shop, (maybe they're already sold?) but they were so easy to do with just the minimal stamping and colouring in using a blender pen and ink from the stamp pad. I have a couple different papers from Scenic Route in the same style so I can't wait to make more. I have to make some wedding cards, so maybe I'll do it with this design/layout/style!
Thanx for lookin'

We have a winner!!

Danell you are the lucky winner of this stamp set:
Pop me an email (find it in my profile area) and I will send that out to you ASAP.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Teacher's Cards

Our "class Mom" emailed all of us parents a couple of weeks ago asking for donations to buy the teachers (my son's class has two teachers) a group gift. I was happy to help out but also volunteered to make cards for the kids to sign to go along with the gifts. Using DCWV papers (thanx for reminding me Laurie) I made these two cards:
I like the first card WAY better, but I like that the second card has that removable clipboard that I turned into a magnet for her. I hope the parents/kids/teachers like the cards because I had a lot of fun making them!
*Remember that I have an Elzybells clear set to
give away (on Thursday) so if you
want a chance to win it
go to

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer-time Happiness!

Well the last day of class was on Friday (YAY) so for the next two weeks I will be attempting to clean my office, do some inventory, maybe plan for next year a little, and then.................... GET MARRIED. The wedding is fast approaching and it's freaking me out, but luckily everything seems to be on-track.

Here is a card that is summer in flavour, and I just love it... It uses stamps by Stampendous and a whole lotta bling!

The background was sprayed with a BG11 copic marker with the airbrush system and then I dragged the chisel tip of the marker along the edge to "ink" it. Sometimes it's just as effective as matting when you ink the edge well.. I did the same thing to the sentiment layer. I added some BLING to the patterned paper that just happens to resemble bubbles. 
This is the inside:

I drew the bubbles and added some candy dots over the sentiment. The edge of the patterned paper was punched with a fiskars punch. Thanx for lookin' and don't forget the Elzybells BLOG CANDY that's still open on THIS POST!!

  • Paper: My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Bazzil, Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: Stampendous
  • Ink: Momento (tuxedo black)
  • Copic markers and airbrush system, Candy Dots (Pebbles Inc), Jewels (Kaiser), Fiskars punch,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Elzybells Flashbacks Day 2

Don't forget about the Elzybells BLOG CANDY I am giving away
on THIS POST! Check it out!!
Now for today's post! More of my favourite Elzybells cards.This card makes me sad because I have lost this stamp. A couple of my stamps have grown legs and taken off, it seems, and I haven't seen them since the move. I just love this stamp, and this card really made me happy, 'cause I don't usually make, or like making baby cards... 

I will keep looking, but I've searched high and low. I will just order another one I guess.. But I really did love this card...


And here's the last of the flashbacks, an old card I made when I first got on the Design Team. I love the colours and the paper peicing!

Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane, now go check out the other ladies' posts! 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Elzybells Flashback Weekend & Blog Candy!!!!

To celebrate Elzybell's 1st birthday, we (the design team) are showing you some of our favourite DT creations. It has almost been a year that we've been with Elizabeth (I think we started last August) and some of my favourite cards have been with her stamps.. They are just too cute! So here are a couple of my favourites:


I used the Tea for Two clear set, and it is truely one of my ALL TIME favourite sets.. The ideas just flowed when I sneaked this set. I gotta remember to use it more!!!!!!!


This was one of the more involved cards I have ever made, but man, I just love it.. And this stamp set?? SO CUTE!!! So guess what?

I am giving this stamp set (S-moo-ches) to a random blog commenter.  
All you have to do is search through all of my Elzybells cards and tell me which one is your favourite and comment in this post!!
Here's a link to all of my posts containing Elzybells! I will draw a winner in 5 days (on the 18th) so please check back to see if you're the lucky one!
Check in with the other DT members for similar flashbacks and blog candy. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Clean and Simple Wedding Cards

I hate making wedding cards and I don't know why. Maybe there's something Fruedian about it, I don't know... ANYWAY.. I have to start making a bunch for the flower shop I supply, and here are some clean and simple ones using some K&Co. border stickers.


  • Stamps: "Celebrate" by Stampin' Up, Wedding Bells by Inkadinkado
  • Paper: Stampin' Up (kraft), Papertrey Ink (white)
  • Ink: Momento
  • Copic markers, K&Co. Border stickers, EK Corner Rounder