Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A quickie post!!

I have to work all day tomorrow, so I better get my butt to bed! I just wanted to post a couple of cards I've made today. One I love, one is "meh..."

This is the one I love... I didn't do the best job on the rolling hills (they're more like lumps...) but I just love the colour scheme. This is a scene made with a few different Technique Tuesday stamps.

This is the "meh..." card:

It's not horrible, it's just plain... I like the clouds, though.. I think this will be a great card for a birthday my son's going to next week! I used a brand-new quick card sticker for the sentiment.. It's being flaunted at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association.. the best trade-show ever!!) and I get to play with them now! 
 Okay.. bed time! Have a great day!

Monday, July 26, 2010


No, not my husband, but cute none-the-less:

What did I tell you? Darling, isn't he? His name is Ian and he's from The Greeting Farm. And, if you think you spotted a new SRM Sticker, you're right! There's a new set of Express Yourself stickers for boys, (and one for the girls too.. I'll show that soon!) 
(click on the image to take you to the store)

Lots of great saying for cards and layouts for those men/boys in your life! Just too cute!

Stamps: the greeting farm
Paper: basic grey (purple), American Crafts (yellow trim), coredinations (green and yellow base), bazzill, pti
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: ribbon, srm sticker, copic markers, nestabilities

On a colour kick

While I was working at Clipper Street the other day I had a stack of Bazzill cardstock in my hand and I could not get the colour combo out of my head!! Three shades of a blue-green and three shades of olive swam around in my brain until I finally created....

And then I made a little notecard set with some Cutting Cafe goodies:

(just print the template out on cardstock, cut, score, voila!)

Then I made some cards with some long-neglected fish stamps:

Okay, I think the combo is out of my system, but MAN I love those colours together. Could they BE any prettier?? 

Stamps: whipper snapper, very punny, amuse (other fish) DRS designs (bubbles) PTI (fresh alphabet)
Paper: bazzill, pti
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: clear glass dew drops, ribbon, copic markers, nestabilities, srm stickers

Friday, July 23, 2010

Don't you just love summer??

Even though this is technically my "summer vacation" I am still working a lot. Almost every day... But I am able to steal away to do some great summer activities with the fam'. In the mean time, I have been crafting a little too... I've been trying out a few different styles, so stay tuned for some variety!!
Here are some projects that I've completed:

There you have it!

Cards 1&2:

Stamps: elzybells
Paper: melissa frances, MME, PT
Ink: melissa frances, MME, PT
Accessories: button (jenni bowlin), ribbon, copic markers, glitter, chipboard
Card 3:

Paper: crate paper, PTI
Accessories: tattered angels mist, MM Slice, eyelets, srm stickers
Card 4:

Paper: ep, bo bunny, pti
Accessories: ribbon, srm stickers
Card 5:

Stamps: whipper snapper, amuse
Paper: basic grey, pti
Ink: ranger
Accessories: flower soft card an accessory, flower soft, copic markers, MM Slice, button, ribbon

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prepare to be inspired.. and want to spend money

*thud... That's me on the floor. I want these soooooooooooooooooo bad! (I'm whining like my 8 year-old right now..) Aren't they gorgeous?? Click on the image to bring you to "Georgie Love." It's kinda like an Australian Etsy.. So awesome.. Anyway, I made this card based on the bangles:

Stamps: beautiful blooms (papertrey ink)
Paper: papertrey ink
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: srm sticker sentiment, buttons

Friday, July 16, 2010

A couple challenge cards..

A quickie post! I wanted to share a couple cards I've been working on...

Stamps: the cutting cafe
Paper: luxe designs, pti
Ink: (images printed on my printer)
Accessories: foam squares - a lot of them..
Techniques: colouring with copics

Stamps: elzybells, amuse
Paper: cosmo cricket
Ink: ranger - lamp black, memento - london fog
Accessories: glitter, pearls, copic markers, nestabilities

Christmas in July!! Phew!!! 

Take care!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Three Ways.... actually 5.

We're having a lot of fun this month as we dive into a Clean & Simple style. We challenge you to use stickers to create a card, layout, altered item (whatever you like!) with a Clean & Simple feel. Please provide your entry at the bottom of this post. The challenge winner will receive a SRM Stickers Prize Package along with an invitation to Design for SRM for the month of September. Please load up your creation(s) by the end of the month.

As a side-challenge, the DT were charged with the task of using the same sticker 3 ways.. This is how the story went:

So I was sitting at my craft table churning out some cards and I proudly sat back to show Ian (my husband) my same-sticker-three ways final product:

He said, "Oh yah! Those are cool, I like them!"

I told him, "We were supposed to use the same sticker three different ways!" 

Then he said. "Oh... well... You didn't really use the stickers 3 different ways, they kinda all look the same..."

After giving him the evil eye I said, "THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, THEY ARE DIFFERENT!!" and then looked at them again and realized they kinda do look the same.. hahaha.. 

So I made two more cards that make a totally different trio:

So now that I've used all of my Quick Cards "Love" stickers, I think I have proved a point: There are infinite uses for these darling little stickers...

*Check out today's blog post at the SRM Stickers Blog for a possible sneak peek of the new Quick Card stickers.. I've seen 'em, they're great! 

Library cards... so much fun. Really!!

I've been admiring some library card stamps lately and man was I thrilled that The Cutting Cafe came out with some in a variety of colours! Just open the PDF and print! Or, to do what I did: open the PDF in Photoshop, adjust the size and then print.

I printed the library card out on kraft cardstock, then stamped "Dad" with a couple letters from a Papertrey Ink alphabet set. My dear ol' Dad is turning 60 in a few days. My present for him is my talents as a chef and I will be "catering" his party. I cooked for his retirement party last year and all of his friends loved my food, so I hope to wow them again.. anyway..

Here's the card. I played along with today's Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers..

The "Happy Birthday" is also from The Cutting Cafe. It came in a set called "Birthday Fun." 
Have a great day!

Stamps: Park Avenue Patterns, Everyday Alphabet (PTI), the cutting cafe digi stamps (happy bday and library card)
Paper: pti
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: foam squares

Monday, July 12, 2010

OD-ing on Embossing

Trying new techniques is like adding new tools to your proverbial belt. The "Technique Lovers Challenge" at SCS today challenged us to do embossing twice, any kind of embossing. So I chose to heat emboss, then dry emboss. This is one that is a little cumbersome, but the final result has that "wow factor," for sure. Here's what I did:

  1. Stamp image on slightly patterned paper and colour with copic markers. 
  2. Go over coloured areas with versamark pen and cover with clear embossing powder. Heat to set. (for those of you that don't know what that is, it's the stuff that makes it shiny)
  3. Rub a little oatmeal coloured ink around stamped images. (Emboss resist technique)
  4. Dry emboss whole panel with a cuttlebug folder to give it that tile-like texture. 
  5. Heat embossing powder again to make it shiny. (it lost some of its luster when I dry embossed.. 

6. Finish it off with an SRM Sticker and you're done! 

Stamps: PTI "In Bloom"
Paper: crate paper, PTI
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: versamark pen, clear embossing powder, copic markers, PTI ribbon, SRM sticker

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Having a little fun...

Did I tell you that while I'm on "summer vacation" from teaching I am working at Clipper Street, the store I teach the occasional card class at! Besides being hard on the feet and back from standing for 8 hours straight, I am loving working there. The customers at Clipper Street are like no others! I get to help with projects and "talk shop" and the working environment is relaxed and fun... It's a huge change from teaching, but it's exactly what I need. It's inspiring to be around all the pretty papers and "stuff," so when I got home from work tonight I sat down and starting on this little image.

Onto tonight's card... Sometimes having fun and experimenting while colouring yields wonderful and unexpected results. Case in point: the card I made tonight.. This paper I've been trying to love (Neenah Solarcrest white in 80lb weight) is a little weird when you take the blender pen to it. (I'm talking Copic marker language right now..) The colour gets eaten up and leaves little waves behind. Well, to cover the inconsistencies I dotted some medium/dark green around the image and HELLO! I LOVE it!!

Then... to be totally serendipitous, it goes perfectly with the patterned paper I'm using! yay. (that was a sarcastic yay, but really, I'm glad it worked out because I could never PLAN for things to go this well...)

Thanx for stopping by! 

Stamps: pure innoncence (from digistampcharacters on etsy, and sentiment by pink cat studios
Paper: crate paper, PTI
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: copic markers, twine, sticker by crate paper

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Birthday - Lifesaver Box!

Regina is full of great gift ideas, and this Lifesaver box is just one example of her ingenuity! 

I printed out the templates (top and bottom) onto plain paper for the bottom, and the reverse side of the Basic Grey paper for the top. 

You cut on solid lines, fold on the dotted lines, and assemble. This project took me 5 minutes from beginning to end, and this will make a cute gift for someone! (as soon as I buy some lifesavers, that is..)

This is the coordinating card. I cut the letters out with my Slice cutting machine. 

The set. 

I drew some flourishes onto the projects with a glue pen then doused them in glitter.
I thought they needed a little *something.* 

Thanx for looking!! 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Using Yellow!

I played along with today's ways to use it challenge and it was to use yellow! I agree with Julia, it's a recent trend, and I am actually loving it. 

I used yellow as a predominant colour on this card (patterned paper, background of image, yellow pearl on the inside of the flower...)

I downloaded this image from digistampcharacters on Etsy and was able to print it out a little bigger than most stamps.. I like having larger images to colour, it shows it off more. 

Stamps: pure innoncence (from digistampcharacters on etsy)
Paper: october afternoon, PTI
Ink: ranger - lamp black
Accessories: yellow pearl, srm sticker, copic markers

Have an awesome day! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Splitcoast Challenge.. It's been a while.

Because of the budget I am now on (refer to previous post...) I haven't been able to subscribe to Splitcoast. What does that mean? It means I don't get instant downloads, and for a person who does a lot of crafting late at night and on sunday, it's pretty annoying to have to wait hours and hours to see the upload. So anyway, I saved my $$ and was able to subscribe again, so I played today's sketch challenge.

I pulled out a Stamping Bella stamp I haven't used in a long time (who knows why, 'cause I love it!!), dug out my Copic markers, and also used some Pink Paislee papers that I LOVE..

I also used an SRM sticker from this set:

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Well, it's been one year since this magical day:

Ian and I have grown a lot together this and have dealt with problems that we had not foreseen, but we have made some really good choices and have been pretty good at communicating. The best choice we made was to borrow this book from my sister-in-law:

Honestly, I regret not doing this 10 years ago. If you haven't seen her show " "Til debt Do us Part" you need to watch it to see what this book can do for you. We are living on a bare-bones budget that is divided up into weeks. Every week we take cash out of the bank and put it into jars: Groceries, Transportation, Entertainment (that's where my craft budget is), Clothing and gifts, and Other. Once the money is gone, we're done spending, but we usually have money left over at the end of the week. We are putting A LOT money towards debt and are able to live off of savings for the summer without worrying about running out of cash! (My hubby and I are both teachers so summers are a big concern for us...) 

Anyway... That's just one of the good things we did this year. I went beyond making a card for Ian by making him a mini-book/album that highlighted MY favourite parts of our 1st year together and what I love about him:

I used some SRM stickers here and there to help tell my story. 
The background papers were old Basic Grey (using my stash!!)

Have a wonderful day! 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Has the world gone mad??

I don't have a soap-box, so I rarely get up on one, but I just gotta say something: WHY ARE ALL OF MY FAVOURITE STAMP COMPANIES CLOSING? I found out about Elzybells (my first Design Team gig) the other day and was SO sad. I flipped through all of my well-loved stamps and felt sad that there was going to be no more new Elzybells in the world... Here's one of my favourite cards I did of with my stamps as part of the DT:

So run, don't walk to Elzybells to get stamps before they disappear!! 

Okay, sadness #2: Cornish Heritage Farms is closing!!  I've never been affiliated with them, I've just spent many precious hours creating with their SUPER high-quality stamps that are so awesome and fun. The company is for sale if you're in the market (too bad I'm not, HA!) but I am so scared that the company will just go away, or change.. Here's a card I was going to post tonight using CHF stamps that I use ALL the time:

That owl is my go-to guy for manly stamps. I paired him with some SEI papers and a sticker from SRM Stickers. 
So again, run to CHF to get those stamps because they are going to keep them on the website for a while, but not press any new stamps! I, myself, need to check my budget to see if I can afford to get some of those stamps I've wanted for a while... 

So this is it. *angry face* No more stamp companies closing, okay?? Do you promise??? 
Good... Have a good day. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

On July 1, 2010
Canada will celebrate it's 143rd year since Confederation.
Before 1982 Canada Day had been known as Dominion Day, First of July, Confederation Day, and July the First.
Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government. The BNA Act proclaimed "one Dominion under the name of Canada," hence the original title of the holiday, "Dominion Day." Dominion Day was officially renamed "Canada Day" by an Act of Parliament on October 27, 1982. This change reflected the policy of successive governments to down play Canada's colonial origins.
Canada's national celebration is always observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case it is observed the following day.

All Canadians are entitled to Canada Day off work - although some people have to work. (like Police, Fire and emergency service workers).
Canada Day is considered a Family Day with outings, picnics and celebrations of the birth of our nation. We wave flags, sing songs and enjoy the day!

I decided to make a Canadian "card" (it's not actually a card, it's a piece of art! lol) using a sticker from a sheet of 4th of July stickers!
Sneaky, eh?? The maple leaf and "Canada" were cut out with the Silhouette.

Here's my favourite Canadian joke:

The story goes that a bunch of men were sitting around trying to come up with a good, strong name for a country. After many hours of arguing, the men decided to draw letters at random out of a hat. The man drawing the letters was recorded as saying, "C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?"

hahahaha!!! Happy Canada Day, and have a great holiday, eh?