Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What A Wunderful Holiday!

Well another christmas has come and gone....It was wonderful to get to see so many family members over the holidays this year. And of course it was fun to watch our nieces and nephews open up their presents. I loved our conversations about Santa Claus, etc. so much fun!! I'm not ready to take down our tree just yet and I'm justifying it because there are still a couple of gifts under the tree that haven't been opened yet:) No cards to share with you today although there should be a lot to come in the near future with all of the craft supplies I got! Wow I am a lucky girl:) But I did want to share a quick picture of the mondo egg we got from one of our chickens the other day:

It's massive! I definetly feel sorry for whoever laid that one! Poor girl. Jesse and I both have our guesses as to who did it (he picked Sophia and I picked Blanche). Can't wait to have a huge New Year's Day breakfast with our friends to use up all of the eggs that have stockpiled in the fridge!

I hope all of your holidays were wunderful too!:)

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Long time no post.....

Wow, I have been a bad blogger....It's been so long since my last post and trust me I've still been busy making cards:) 'Tis the season to spend so much time on your to-do lists that it doesn't leave a lot of time for fun (like updating your own blog or checking out other people's:) I managed to give everyone on my mailing list a home-made card this year and I had a lot of fun. I like to make different cards, but it can be a lot of work, maybe next year everyone will get the same one...who knows. All of my gifts are wrapped, the house and tree is decorated and my baking is ready to be enjoyed, now I can relax in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and take in my christmas tree in all of its Charlie Brown goodness:) (In my opinion, the uglier the better). Here are a couple of christmas cards that I've made recently. Both of these cards were scrap-lifted from some talented people over at splitcoaststampers.

-chocolate chip, very vanilla, and merry moments dsp
-real red, handsome hunter, and always artichoke ink
-Delightful Decorations stamp set from SU!

-real red, old olive, whisper white, and merry moments dsp
-real red, basic black ink
-Delightful Decorations and Warm Words stamp sets from SU!
-red satin ribbon

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Monday, November 30, 2009


wow...talk about a hiatus...I guess I'm due for a new post:) I recently finished quite a few scrapbooking pages, and it's about time that I post some:) I had to make some companion pages for my wedding scrapbook. I'm usually a 2-page scrapbooker and in the past have always done both pages at the same time, but lately I've been doing one page at a time with different sketches. I can't decide which routine I like better:) Anyways, here are some of my latest pages

I used sketch #35 from 52sketches52weeks for the above page (sorry for the blurriness, but I'm too lazy to take another pic). I paper pierced the green paper and connected the dots with a white gel pen for a faux stitched look. The butterflies were stamped first using my For all you do stamp set from SU! onto patterned paper and cut out. I used teeny white brads for the bodies of the butterflies (they look better in real life:) I love this grouping of photos! I made this to go along with this page I made a while back:

I made the next page as the LS to go along with this one:

I absolutely loved the rub on in the top right corner and had to use it's mirror image for this LS:
I included the vows that Jesse and I wrote for each other. I'm loving this one:) Only a few more pages until the wedding scrapbook is finally done:)

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Card Patterns Sketch #40

I'm getting back into the card making groove with some card sketch challenges. Here's a card I made using the most recent on from Card Patterns:

Oh how I love that Dasher stamp! I just can't get enough of him! I can't wait to start pulling out my red brads to make him Rudolph instead:) I really liked this sketch, I loved the clean lines and that I was able to use so many patterns on one card:) I didn't add any brads, buttons or eyelets in the bottom left corner because I thought it was cute the way it is:)

-Merry Moments dsp from SU!
-real red, and whisper white cs.
-real red ink
-red satin ribbon

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

loads of thanks

I've been making a lot of thank you cards lately to give to my hostesses and other people that order from me and here are a few that I made recently. I'm loving the orange stamp from my Tasty Sweet stamp set right now. I'm pretty sure I scraplifted all three of these ideas from other people over at split coast stampers and as always adjusted it slightly. Let me know what you think!

-pumpkin pie, whisper white, raspberry lemonade dsp
-rich razzleberry and melon mambo ink
-pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon
-SU!'s For all you do stamp set
-scalloped edge punch

-rich razzleberry, whisper white, and melon mambo cardstock
-scalloped edge punch
-rich razzleberry and melon mambo ink
-Tasty Sweet stamp set from SU!
-embroidery floss in purple and pink

- Basic Black, very vanilla, dsp, and real red cardstock
-red gingham ribbon
-black brads
-basic black ink

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Couple More

Here are a couple more cards that I made at our craft weekend a little while ago. We got so much done that weekend, I need another one to get all my christmas cards done! Anyways.... here they are

- whisper white, real red, and some green cs that I had on hand
-scalloped edge punch from SU!
-clear button and twine from SU!
-green brads
-the reindeer image is from SU!'s Holiday Lineup
-the Jingle Jingle Jingle stamp was borrowed from my sister's stash:)

-always artichoke, and Bravo Burgandy cardstock
-Burgandy pp that I had on hand
-red dsp
-Dasher from SU!
-the sentiment "be merry" is from SU!'s Warm Words

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

snowglobes galore!

I found a snowglobe template online recently and fell in love with it! It makes the most adorable little cards! And they are the perfect way to use all of the snowflake stamps you have (or other people's!) Here are a couple that I've made recently with the template.....can't wait to make more:)

-whisper white and not quite navy cardstock
-white organza ribbon from SU!
-Let it snow stamp
-Snow Buddies, Wondrous Gift, and Snow Flurries stamp sets from SU!
-versamark and white embossing powder
-whisper white and Night of Navy cardstock
-white organza ribbon from SU!
-"Sparkle" from SU!'s Warm Words
-Dasher (my new fave stamp) and snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes
-versamark, white embossing powder and silver embossing powder
-oval punches from SU!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #18

I can never resist Dawn's colour challenges, but I was a bit nervous about this one. I wasn't quite sure about that green, but I think it looks good now that the card's done. Once I saw this colour combo I knew I wanted to use the colour to copy this flower card that Dana Grothaus had made. She has the dimensions for all the petals on her blog if you want to make one too:) I thought that I would use one of my fabric flowers in the center to incorporate the pink and then of course the "petals" would have to be leaves, thus the green (that I was afraid of:) I think it's pretty cute, I'm kind of loving cards without sentiments on the front right now. Maybe I could put something on one of the leaves....or maybe I'll leave it as is...what do you think?

Card Details:
-chocolate chip, old olive, soft suede, and very vanilla cardstock
-Bazill pink fabric flower
-old olive dsp
-Corner rounder punch
-Clear button and twine from SU!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Back From Hiatus

Well it's been awhile..... but I'm back:) I spent last weekend crafting with my sister and her friends in Chase and gots tons done!! Finally found my groove again!....Now I just have to keep it going. It was a ton of fun, and I loved playing with everyone else's stamp sets. I'm going to be posting the cards and pages that I made last weekend over the next few days. Here's a couple of the cards I made

I loved Card Patterns Sketch #33 so much the last time that I couldn't resist using it again:) I used Old olive, very vanilla and some tree pp scrap that I had on hand. The tree image was stamped in old olive using SU!'s Trim the Tree stamp set. The sentiment "warm winter wishes" is from SU!'s The More the Merrier. I put silver brads in as some of the dots on the tree and topped it off with some old olive striped grosgrain ribbon. I love the trees in this set....alas...it is retired....but that's what is fun about using other peoples' stuff!

The second card I made using Clean and Simple's Fall
to Layout #57. I think it's pretty cute, but it was a lot of work! I used chocolate chip, very vanilla, and soft suede. The deer images and the "Merry Christmas" sentiment were stamped in chocolate chip onto very vanilla. The Deers were from SU!'s Deer Friends and the sentiment was from Delightful Decorations. That much closer to having all of my christmas cards done!

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

In a funk

Sorry for the inactivity this week, I've been in a huge craft funk! I can't seem to get motivated to get anything done, so I had to go to my pile of scrapbook pages that I've pre-planned out. I had this one planned from 52sketches' sketch #12 for awhile. I already did a page using sketch #12, but I thought it would work well for this group of pics so I had to use it again:) Sorry the picture of my layout is not great, I took it late at night with no natural light. I made this page as a companion to one that I had already made using sketch #14.

I promise to get back into the groove this week.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day to all you crafters out there! I knew I wanted to save Dawn's colour challenge for today. Whenever I'm in a slump, her colour challenges are always the perfect thing to pull me out of it! I combined her colour challenge #17 with Clean & Simple's challenge Fall to Layout # 62.

When I saw this pp today I knew it would be the perfect choice for the colour challenge! Plus I'm a huge sucker for snowflake paper so it was a no-brainer! I used whisper white for my base and matted a piece of creamy caramel (I don't have any kraft) on top. I used my scalloped edge punch from SU! to make the scalloped border in real red. The "be merry" sentiment is from SU!'s Warm Words stamp set. I inked the sentiment in real red onto whisper white and put that directly onto the satin chocolate chip ribbon that I tied into a bow. Gotta love those clean & simple sketches! I love how clean my cards look when I use them for inspiration!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I did it!!

phew... I did it! 30 projects in 30 days. This was a great way to make a lot of samples for my workshop and I'm glad that I stuck it out:) Now I have lots of great samples to share. Thanks Anne for the challenge! Here are the last few projects to share. I mentioned that I had made some scrapbook pages on the craft weekend with my sisters and mom and here they are:

I made the following two pages about our chickens Laverne and Shirley using 52sketches52weeks sketch challenge #34 (I'm a little behind with these sketches, I've got some major catching up to do:) I haven't ever done any distressing on a page before, but I couldn't resist doing it for these pages. I love how it looks! And I think the twine from SU! works perfectly!!
I'm still not 100% happy with the bird on the RS, I think I might have to get some orange crackle paint to finish it off:)

I still have to add the journalling...I'm just not in the journalling mood....

I've had this next page planned out for quite awhile and I'm happy that I've finally made it! Thank you Picasa! I'm so happy I can finally print wallet size photos! Finally, no more taking photos from a distance away only to crop them smaller later:) Again...the journalling is missing (as is the case for a lot of my pages....better get on that)

Lazy Days

Sometimes, I'm tapped for creativity.... On these days when I'm not up for making a card off of a sketch or learning a technique, I steal other people's ideas! These two cards I got inspiration off of splitcoaststamper's gallery. I changed up the cards slightly but the basic outline is the same for both.

Supplies: -very vanilla, more mustard, always artichoke, autumn vine dsp, always artichoke dsp.
-scalloped edge punch, circle punches
-watercolour pencil crayons, blender pen
-green buttons
-green gingham ribbon
-Pun Fun stamp set

Supplies: -basic black, whisper white, pumpkin pie, summer sun cs
-basic black, versamark and dusty durango ink
-orange polka-dot ribbon
-Tasty Sweet stamp set

Death by Chocolate

MMMMM....what a way to go! It seems like everything I touch lately has to have some chocolate chip in it (including my banana loaf and pancakes:) It is actually a really versatile colour but I especially love to pair it up with pink tones! Here are a couple of cards I've made using this colour combo.

I had already made a let it snow card using this same pp and I loved it, but I thought it was a bit too busy with the punched snowflakes. I made this similar card and kept the white brads for the middle of the snowflakes, but added some chocolate chip satin ribbon instead. I used SU!'s word window punch on both cards around the sentiment.

I made this card using Card Patterns sketch #34. The card base is ruby red, with whisper white on top. I used a piece of SU!'s Autumn Vine dsp to bring in both the chocolate chip colour as well as the pink. The stamp I used is from SU!'s Garden Silhouettes set. I stamped the image with rose red ink onto whisper white cs. I Finished the card off with some of the chocolate chip satin ribbon that I'm in love with.

Finally, here's a hostess gift I've made for my workshop this evening. Isn't the satin ribbon to die for? Apparently I can't stop using it! I love the colour, and I especially love how easy it is to tie a bow with! I put some white tissue paper on top of the jar of antipasto and tied the chocolate chip ribbon around it. The "thank you" sentiment is from SU!'s For All you Do stamp set and is stamped in soft suede onto whisper white cs. I punched out the image using SU!'s small tag punch and matted that onto a piece of soft suede. Finally, I set an eyelet into the tag using my cropodile and attached the tag to the ribbon using a small piece of twine.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Crazy for Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper!

I've got a few more cards today....Can you tell I'm in love with my new Autumn Vine dsp from SU!? The first card I made using Clean and Simple Stamping's FTL #61. I've been dying to use a pin-wheel in one of my projects and Frances' tutorial on 52sketches52weeks is perfect to learn how to make them! Pinwheels are perfect for showcasing your double sided pp, and I love this stuff! Plus isn't that satin chocolate chip ribbon delicious?

Supplies: -very vanilla, chocolate chip, more mustard, autumn vine dsp
-soft suede, versamark ink
-scallop edge punch
-mustard brad
-chocolate chip satin ribbon
-Warm Words, Garden Silhouettes stamp sets

The second card I made using the Criss Cross technique. I used the same Autumn Vine dsp as the previous card. I really like this card and I think it would be really cute for wedding invitations:)

Supplies: -more mustard, soft suede, very vanilla, autumn vine dsp
-soft suede, dusty durango ink
-Beachfront ribbon originals
-Warm Words, The More the Merrier, Garden Silhouettes stamp sets

I really enjoyed Card Patterns' sketch #33 and so I had to make another card using this sketch. I'm in love with this card, it's so little and cute! I used a square dimension for this card and a technique that I've never done with stamping before: Paper Piecing! I think it works really well with this stamp set!

Supplies: -Real Red, whisper white, soft suede and pp from the craft store
-Real Red grosgrain ribbon
-black brads

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

workshop door hanger

I'm getting ready for my first workshop this week and here's the third project. I'm stoked about this one! It's not very often that I'm able to come up with my own ideas (I steal other people's 99% of the time) but when I saw this stamp set I thought it would make the perfect door hanger! I'm in love with this stamp set from SU! I can't wait to make goodie bags using the candy stamps!

I used my top night die cut to cut out the basic black base as well as the inner pumpkin pie piece. I used my versamark and inked up the swirl from the Tasty Sweet stamp set from SU! and stamped that onto my pumpkin pie. The sentiment was stamped in basic black onto whisper white cs. I used my cropodile to include the eyelets and the cute Halloween ribbon is from a craft store. Super cute! I'm definetly going to be putting this on our front door this Halloween:)
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Big on Joy Fold cards!

I've been struggling with how to use my new Big on Christmas stamp set. That was until I saw Renae Wilson's cards on splitcoaststampers using the joy fold technique. Je'taime! They were so cute I just had to case them! I love the joy fold card as it's really simple and it just adds a little bit extra to the usual fare that comes out of my craft room:) Plus it lets you showcase some of that patterned paper we all love so much!

1:) -chocolate chip, rose red, whisper white cardstock from SU!
- autumn vine dsp, snowflake pp
-blender pen
-rose red ink spot
-snowflake punch
-paper piercer

2:) -rose red, old olive, whisper white cs from SU!
-christmas pp I had on hand
-real read marker
-paper piercer
-Merry Christmas stamp

3:) -old olive, ruby red, whisper white cs from SU!
-always artichoke ink spot
-blender pen
-paper piercer
-christmas double sided pp

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