Tuesday, May 26, 2009

a CPS Sketch

I feel like the gall bladder surgery has sucked the life out of me. Seriously, how long does it take for me to get my energy back?? I am tired all of the time. I managed to squeak a couple cards out today, though.

I am designing a class that's called "Inside Out" in which we will make cards that are ornately decorated on the outside AND the inside.I used this week's CPS sketch for the layout on the outside:

These adorable stamps are by Stampendous. SO fun to colour. Here's a shot of the outside and inside side-by-side. I made two. I'm so productive, I can hardly stand it..

The inside features this handsome fella:

I've mentioned this before, but don't you hate it when you show someone a card you made and they say WOW, that's SO nice, then look on the inside to see if there's anything else. Well, it's always a pleasant surprise when there is, right?

So there's my big accomplishment for today. Besides teaching since 7 this morning, getting home, teaching private lessons for 3 hours, but you get the idea!!

Supplies: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Bazzill; Stamps: Stampendous; Ink: Momento; Copic markers, Kaiser Jewels, Making Memories Slice (to make the little tag), Ribbon (American Crafts).

Thursday, May 21, 2009


That's right! The Elzybells shop is loaded with all of the new goodies, so hop on over and
take a look!

I also wanted to mention that for a couple of my sneak peek's I've been using Koh-I-Noor pencils that Elizabeth is now offering in her store, and so for today's final sneak peek I wanted to feature them.. I'm not as good as Paula is, but I'm really trying!!!

Elizabeth did a tutorial on her blog about how they work, and for the beginning pencil crayon-user it's a great resource. I just try to think of how I would use my copics, where I would add shading etc, and apply those skills to the pencils.. Here's a close-up of my work:

Ian said "that's a really simple card for you." And yes, it is, but I like no-layer cards sometimes!!!

So take care, look at everyone else's sneak peeks, and have fun shopping!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Elzybells May Sneak Peek Day 3

Here's a quick card created with stamps from two different clear sets, and here's a hint about one of them: I made the sentiment myself!!! Here's the card:

Very simple, very quick, and a perfect layout for a quick card. (I used today's sketch challenge at SCS).

Remember to check out the other ladie's creations!!!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Elzybells May Sneak Peek Day 2

Another sneak peek of cuteness... I'm still in the middle of my love affair with my Silhouette, and really enjoying making shaped cards.. I'm not totally comfortable decorating them, I kind of have a block, but I think if I keep trying I'm apt to have some good ideas soon... 

This one was really all about the image because the card base was really busy and bright, and didn't really need much else. I coloured the bears with Koh-I-Noor pencils and Gamsol with blending stumps. I am really trying to get better at colouring with this medium.

I added a thick piece of white on the inside to not only write on, but the patterned paper was a little flimsy, so it helped to add support.. I think this will make a really cute birthday card for someone!! 
Check out the other Elzybelles sneak peeks too:
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek time!!

If you've ever struggled to make "Man Cards" then you will LOVE this release.. Check out this daddy bear:

This stamp is so awesome because THIS IS MY DAD!!! He has a chair. It's HIS chair. And every day after work he comes home and catches some "ZZzzz's" before dinner. To make the background I stamped on the orange patterned paper, then the blue (it's actually a double-sided piece of My Mind's Eye paper) and cut the image out of the paper leaving the background.. I overlapped the blue over the orange and coloured in some brown "trim."

I used this week's CPS sketch for the layout. Isn't it perfect??

Make sure you check out the rest of the design team's creations for the next 4 days because we all get different stamps and that means TONNES of inspiration. See you tomorrow for day 2 of the sneaks!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Some Projects from the last few days

I was able to muster some energy to make a couple things between naps the last couple days, but only photographed them and uploaded them today..

This first project is a card I made for last week's CPS115 sketch:

The black circle pattern was cut with the Silhouette. I am LOVING this new machine. The large butterfly is an Inkadinado stamp that I cut out, and the smaller butterfly is a SU! die cut that I stamped with the Inkadinkado stamp. 
This next project is for my son in hopes that he will keep his pencils in one place instead of leaving them all over the house for the dog to chew!!! The can is cute enough that I think he will use it!

All stamps on the can from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Recovering with a little stamp-time

Every few months at SCS there is what's called a "Virtual Stamp Night" where there are challenges posted hourly and prizes to be won. You have to make a card in 45 minutes or less, and I find it a great way to get a lot of cards done quickly. I don't always like the results, but some interesting ideas always come out of me anyway..

Here was a card I made that had to be inspired by food or drink.. I made this coffee cup card with my Silhouette using a cup die-cut and creating a mirror image to make it into a card base! I'm glad it worked, but I really don't like this card. Maybe it's the colours... but whatever.. I saved the card template and I will cut it out in a more neutral card base next time.


This next challenge was to use the "grid technique" which simply means you score a grid onto a piece of CS and use it as a layer.. I used my scor-pal to make the grid.

Elizabeth sent me a cool new tool: gold and silver Koh-I-Noor pencils! I love how even after you blend with gamsol the pencil still retains its shimmer.

This challenge was to use the colours BLACK, WHITE, AND RED only. I use this colour combo often so it wasn't hard to put this card together in less than 10 minutes. This was the stamp set I used:

Here was an interesting challenge. Make a colourful wedding card! Most people associate weddings with soft pastels and such, but this is the kind of card I usually make for such happy occasions! The layout etc. isn't perfect, but again, I only had 45 minutes, so this is the final product:

I used the stamps Ian and I used on our invitations and some pretty bright colours!!!

This final card is one of my favourites.. Ever... Everything just worked out so well on it.

This challenge was to use the spotlight technique. Here's how the image looked separated:

I used Making Memories tag maker to cut out the circle and make it into a tag. Everytime I do this technique I LOVE the result.. *Tobi... don't forget to do this again soon!*

Well I am clearly recovering well. I have had some sizable naps today, but I was still happy with what I accomplished! Take care!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Update and an Elzybells Challenge

I had my gall bladder out yesterday. It was actually better than I expected. I usually prepare for the worst, then am pleasantly surprised when it's not as bad as I had thought.

This is me a little while after I woke up. Isn't it great how my skin actually matches my gown? hahaha... I took the picture with my Blackberry. I was SO thirsty and SO hungry because by the time I was allowed to eat food it had been 24 hours since my last meal.

So now I'm nursing 4 holes in my stomach, and am trying to drink as much water as humanly possible.

This week's challenge was to make a card with more than one fold. I have always loved pocket cards, so I chose to make one for this challenge. If you don't know how to make one, here is a tutorial at SCS

I used one of my favourite stamps from the last release called "Butterfly Ted" . He has so many useful applications: birthday, thankyou, get well etc. AND there are so many ways to colour him that he seems to be my go-to stamp lately.

I continue to use the papers from Making Memories called "Just Chillin'" and I also got some Crate Paper die cuts in the mail yesterday, and to my surprise they matched the paper perfectly. 
What I love about the pocket card is it's interactive, and self-contained. I've given these without an envelope as part of a gift basket or something, or I stick it in an envelope when I'm mailing it etc. 
Check out the rest of the design team's creations:
Check out the Elzybells Blog as well because Elizabeth has a little contest going on if you participate in this challenge. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Quick Challenge Card

I had a little time this evening to tidy up my craft area and make a quick card. I played the colour challenge at SCS and this is the card I made:

The colours are Garden Green, Ballet Blue, Cameo Coral. (Stampin' Up colours)

Monday, May 4, 2009

An *almost* ALL Silhouette Card

I had a heck of a weekend. It was frought with dress rehearsals, concerts, holding honour choir auditions and a few morsels of time here and there to play with my new toy. The one frustration with it is that it doesn't cut through Papertrey Ink paper (which is a very thick variety of cardstock PERFECT for card bases and gift items). Considering there are some templates in the Silhouette software for pillow boxes etc, I'm pretty bummed the paper won't cut... Oh well.. It cuts through Stampin' Up and Bazzill paper just fine, and I have a pretty good selection of that too, so onto the card at hand...

 I made this card for a lady in my choir who I've known for a long time. She's battled brain cancer for a couple years now, and just found out on Friday that she had two tumors return and because of the recent treatments there is nothing they can do. It's very sad because this always seems to happen to the nicest people, and Gayle is no exception. We had a concert yesterday and it was her birthday too. Knowing that it was her last concert with us made it an especially emotional performance, but I'm glad she could finish the season with us and still be able to perform. 

 Supplies: All paper by Stampin' Up; Card base and circle insert was cut with the Silhouette and it's a design by KWerner, the cake is a Quickutz design; Happy Birthday rubon (basic grey); white gel pen, SU! scallop punch.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kristina's 50th Colour Inspiration Challenge!

I have wanted to work on Kristina's 50th colour challenge (with prizes!) all week and finally, tonight, at 1:00 am I am done, and it's photographed and uploaded... Phew!!

I think you're gonna like this one. I used some extra special goodies on it. Wanna see??

After reading some tutorials and seeing Kristina's cutting kits, I decided I wanted a digital cutter. I have the Slice which is right on my table-top, which will remain on my table-top, and I have the cuttlebug that I will continue to use for embossing and nesties, but MAN, am I gonna love the Silhouette.. 
I won't tell you how many extra drivers and plug-ins and updates I had to load on my computer to get the software to function properly (I nearly smashed my computer against the wall I was getting so frustrated), but after Ian and I got the software figured out, I got right to work and cut out some stuff!! 
The circle card base as well as the turquoise piece are both from this kit. "Thanks" is from this kit. The butterflies are a Stampin' Up die (by Sizzix). (See I still use my Cuttlebug....) I stamped the background with a DRS Designs stamp in "Fresh Snow" by PTI. The patterned paper used for the butterfly is by WeR. Isn't it perfect?? 
Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Copic classes

I love Copic Markers
I love teaching about Copic markers because inevitably I will get at least a few "Ooooo's" and "Ahhhhh's."
I love that at the end of a class I can say things like "grab three markers in a series and colour in this image with shading around the perimeter" and they know what I mean. 
I love that the class members leave confident in their new-found colouring skills and that I've helped to shed a little light on the whole Copic marker mystery.
I love that after all my years of thinking I SUCK at art, that I've found something I'm good at and that I can share my skill with other people. 
These are the images we practiced colouring in. Each image I concentrated on a different skill (using the blender, shading, highlighting etc. And the best thing was that at the end of the class they could go home, cut out the image and slap it on a card. 

Here's a class member expertly colouring in an image after never having STAMPED or colored with Copics before. She didn't even know what they were, really.. How cool is that? 
Don't you love this sight? Hundreds of copics spread out over the tables.. Ladies laughing and talking and colouring together. 
It's a great thing our hobby, isn't it?