Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eat Cake

I don't know what it is about Kim Hughes' stamps, but when I use them, I just FEEL trendy.. Her stamps are SO cool. WOW..

Okay, I'm done gushing for the mo'. I played this week's sketch challenge on SCS, something I haven't done in a while, and here's my card:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage farms (birthday bash)
Paper: SU! (kraft, pacific point, kiwi kiss) papertrey white, MM Noteworthy Paper
Ink: espresso (ranger), bamboo leaves (momento)
Accessories: slice, buttons, edge scraper, paper piercing tools
Techniques: paper piercing

Monday, December 29, 2008

*Gasp* a Layout!

Since I've become obsessed with cardmaking I've kinda let scrapbooking fall by the wayside. It is my personal goal to:
  1. get more pictures developed over the next year instead of letting them take up space on my hard-drive
  2. USE the pictures from aformentioned point to make more layouts
  3. Get as good at scrapbooking as I am at cardmaking
  4. Use cardmaking supplies on my layouts (stamps!)
Some lofty goals, I realize, but there it is.. And here's a layout. Took me about 1 hour of actual time.. that wasn't counting the 2 hours of blog-surfing I did while I was supposed to be completing it..

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Slice Card and some others...

I am SO happy with how this card turned out. All elements are cut with the Slice machine using the Falala cartridge. Buttons are Basic Grey and the stamp is Amuse. 
The next three cards are for a class I'm teaching on paper piecing at Precious Memories in January (on the 15th and 29th). Paper piecing has to be one of my favourite techniques so I thought I would showcase it in this class. I am teaching 2 other cards not shown...

This last card is my favourite. It's a simple one-layer-card but it really pops.. 
Bye for now.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Elzybells Challenge 10

I had a great time with my family. I love looking at the faces of my loved ones as they open their carefully selected treasures! I was spoiled by Ian and I have just settled in (and organized my area) to play with my SLICE! I am so excited to make some cards with this cool new toy. Stay tuned, for sure!
For the latest Elzybells challenge we did a sketch challenge (my favourite!) and this is the sketch:

And here's what I did. A REALLY sparkly card!

Post your card with the sketch over at the Elzybells blog on THIS POST

Enjoy the rest of the week! I hope to be busy doing NOTHING and hopefully doing some craft stuff while trying to fit in all the nothingness... lol

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Hubby has a strange and disturbing hobby.

I think I've mentioned this before, but my fiance, Ian, has an odd hobby. When we first started dating I had a hard time seeing him do it, but over time I've gotten used to it. I forgot how freaky he looks doing it until my brother came over the other night and Ian pulled it out while we were watching a movie, and started doing it right in front of us. My brother stared at him in shock, disgust, and embarrasment. I was like, "Oh yah, my fiance is a freak, I forgot..."

What am I talking about?

Cross-stitching.. If you were thinking something DIRTY then it's just your sick mind playing with you.. But this is what Ian looks like most nights. He listens to books on his laptop, or watches sports, and cross-stitches.. He's currently working on a Mirabilia piece for his sister's wedding 3 years ago.. So he's right on time! Here's a close-up. It's not my thing, but it's nice.

P.S. no offense to any other males that do this, it was just NEW for me, and I guess I had prejudices regarding those who cross-stitch.. Sorry!!!!

P.P.S. This is all in jest.. I love him dearly and love that he has a hobby that is so unique!!!

Kinkade: My Way

Read my last post for thoughts on this stamp. I will most likely sell this stamp because I don't see getting a lot of use out of it, but I thought I would try doing the monochromatic thing that I've seen people do with his stamps.Sure makes it a hell of a lot easier, that's for sure!!  I added a punch of colour to the lighthouse to make it stand out more as the focus of the painting using Koh-I-Noor pencils and odourless mineral spirits. I could have left it all brown, but C'est La Vie.. 
  Supplies: Paper: Bazzil, PapertreyInk; Stamps: Light of Peace Thomas Kinkade by Cornish Heritage Farms, Polka Dot Basics by PapertreyInk: Ink: Nick Bantock by Ranger in Lamp Black, New Canvas by Palette; Koh-I-Noor Pencils, Odourless Mineral Spirits, Nestabilities, Ribbon.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Not Sold....

There was a coupon at my LSS for 40% off so I decided to bite the bullet and buy a Thomas Kinkade stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms... It was hard! The first ink i used was not good because I could barely make out all the dots, and then once I found the right ink (my trusty Nick Bantock by Ranger in Lamp Black) I didn't know where to start... I don't like this style of stamp, if you've noticed I'm kind of a "trendy" or "modern" stamper, not traditional, but like I said, I just had to try...

I hate it (My card, not the stamp...) lol.. Any of you just not like them? Or am I the only one??? Or do I just suck at it??

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ah-ahl ha-ave a Blooooooooo, Christmas without yoooooo.

The Limited Supply Challenge at Splitcoast today was to use mainly blue on your card... So here's my blue Christmas!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!! Teachers are JUST as excited (if not more) as students about Christmas break, I can assure you, and today is going to be awesome... Especially at 2:30 when the bell goes! hahaha...

Monday, December 15, 2008

CPS Sketch 95

Quick post. I wanted to share this cute little card that uses this week's CPS sketch 95:

and here's my take on it:

Paper: Basic Grey, PapertreyInk, Brown Felt Paper, Bazzill; Stamps: ElzybellsNA, Autumn Leaves; Ink: Ranger; Felt, Copic Markers, Marvy Punches, Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Ruler.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Elzybells Challenge: Red, Green and Gold

Elzybells Challenge #9
The next challenge that YOU are invited to play is: MAKE A CHRISTMAS CARD WITH TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS COLOURS: RED, GREEN, AND GOLD. Gold is a really hard colour for me to work with, but I think (hope) I was able to use it in my design, and not be too old-fashioned. 
I paper pieced her little outfit using American Crafts Christmas paper, and added liquid applique accents to fluffy parts of her accessories, and coat. LOVE that stuff.. The gold elements are Colorbox cat-eye ink in "Gold" and I used a gold-leafing pen to outline the image panel.I'm hoping to make about 20 of these to use as gift tags for Christmas gifts as the finished size is about 2.5x4.25. I had a lot of extra "tag bases" from cutting up 8.5x11 paper into 4.25 square cards, so I thought this would be a great way to recycle those scraps.. I don't like to waste paper if it's possible..
All stamps are by Elzybells Art Stamps. Paper: Bazzill, Papertrey, American Crafts; Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black), Colorbox (Gold); Copic Markers, SU! Scallop and Ticket Corner punches, Liquid Applique.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


FYI, this me, my son, and our puppy!!!!

If you're in Google reader, this is a funny/silly video if you're in the mood for Christmas cheer!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

new banner

Here's a sneak of my challenge card for the next Elzybells challenge in the form of my new banner! do you like it?

Stay tuned for the next challenge to be posted tomorrow!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Anatomy of a Card

Sorry I have been absent recently.. Concerts and performances coming out of the wazoo... I love being a performer, and conductor, but December makes me wonder why I am involved in so many things... This month I am busy 13 nights before Christmas.. I haven't even started my shopping yet. I'm getting scared.

So on to the reason I'm posting. I thought I would post my process in putting my Christmas card together.. I copied a card I did last year because I loved it so much, but I wanted to change up some elements, and here are the results...

1) Lay out stamps that I would like to use
2) Choose my colour scheme:
3) Make background paper. (I would skip this step if I was using patterned paper)
4) Decorate card base. (I used Papertrey's Polkadot Basics, and Elzybells snowflake)
5) Stamp image, and color.

6)Assemble card

7) Voila!! All of the cards will be different in subtle ways, but here are the two different images I used on the finished product.
Pretty soon I will own a little digital video recorder, and this will be easier to see, but I hope you enjoyed the process.. Take care!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Elzybells Advent Calender

You HAVE to go check out what Elizabeth has in store this month at her blog. If you want some Elzybells product, but are too scared to try, enter in her advent calender blog candy to win some great prizes...

I am still working like a mad woman on some school stuff, but I have a few personal photos to share.. I got Photoshop CS3 the other day, and I am astounded at its power! It's awesome.. My subject is my cute little puppy, Kitara, and man is she a ball of energy. When she's off-leash, she lets go, and was probably running 25 m/h when I took these! so here are some photos:
This last picture is one that I'm extatic about!! You may remember me getting engaged to my man, Ian on easter earlier this year, and he was sweet enough to put a ring on my finger that belonged to his grandmother until he could afford something more to our liking. (He was a student teacher, and very very broke, but I guess he wanted to secure his invesments aka ME.. lol) So this is the ring he picked out, and it's gorgeous! So sparkly in real life, and I can't stop looking at it!!
Photo credits: I used Photoshop CS3 and free actions from the lovely and hillarious Pioneer Woman. If you don't know of her blog, you're missing out on life!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Elzybells Challenges

I had to get my butt in gear to get these projects done for the Elzybells bi-weekly challenge, and that was a chore, because I'm doing report cards right now, for over 200 STUDENTS and it's just a TAD time-consuming.. hehehe..

This card was for the sketch challenge that's been up at the Elzybells blog for the past two weeks. The next two projects are for the new challenge that you are invited to play along with:


For this challenge I made two projects. One was my little holiday tree with tiny shrink-dink Elzybells snowflakes adorning the "leaves."

This second project I took the opportunity to try making something out of one of the MANY wood blocks I have left over from un-mounting my stamps. I am tickled that I have this tiny easel that's PERFECT for displaying this little project. I know this sentiment doesn't really *fit* this penguin, but I only have a few Elzy sentiments, and it fit...physically. hehe.. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My little tree...

Do you remember this tree I made last year? Well I've barely seen it since I've posted it because this tree is in the current "Holiday Cards and More" issue from Papercrafts, and a couple days after I got it back from them they wanted it back because they were doing this TV piece.. My little blue tree is directly on the left of the featured tree in the segement. I'll be glad to have it home again!

Here's the segment:
*PS. If you're in a google reader you'll have to go to my blog to see the video!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two More VSN Cards

Here are a couple other cards I made for the challenges!!

Stamps: amuse, inkadinkado
Paper: heidi grace, SU!, Papertrey ink
Ink: palette (burnt umber), versamagic
Accessories: marvy punches, ribbon, SU! scallop punch, copic markers and airbrush system


* Sorry.. I forgot to add the supplies!!
Stamps: Stampendeous, Amuse, Memory Box (trees)
Paper: SU!, papertrey ink
Ink: versamagic (white), Palette (Burnt Umber)
Accessories: ghost snowflake (Heidi Swapp), chrystal effects, nesties, ribbon, beads

Virtual Stamp Night

Over at SCS they have a "Virtual Stamp Night" every 3 or 4 months, and usually I try to make a few cards.. I used to participate in EVERY challenge, but I found I ended up with a bunch of cards I would never use. So now I just play the challenges that I think I will enjoy!

Here's the card for a challenge to use the spotlight technique. I used my precious Elzybells stamp and a stamp from Inkadinkado for the sentiment.
The idea is that some of the stamp is left black and white, and the "spotlight" is where the color is.. It was hard to decide what part of the image to feature, but I went with the sleigh full of presents!!

I used the big end of the Copic marker to lightly go over the sky in the image.. The color is my home-made blend of Y21 and blender solution..

Paper: Bazzill, Papertrey Ink, Sassafrass Lass; Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black), Palette (Burnt Umber), Versamark; Stamps: Elzybells, Inkadinkado; Glitter, Chipboard (Basic Grey), Marvy Punch

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A whole lotta Basic Grey

The Elzybells current DT challenge is to make a card with paper piecing. Elizabeth did a tutorial on it here if you're not familiar with the technique.

I went OVERBOARD with this technique and because of that most of my image is paper pieced, but I love this technique so much that well, this is my own little homage to it.. Not really, it just appears that way.. I used the current CPS sketch for the layout too.

All of the papers are Basic Grey and I suppose they all go together, but I also like that every piece has a different look to it. I distressed all of the pieces with Burnt Umber (palette) to make them all look homogenous.

Funny story about the beads used on the snowflake... I have this green tank top that had pretty clear beads lining the collar. Well one day while trying to get it over my head and trying not to disturb my makeup I pulled on the collar a little too tightly and a bead or two came off.. I thought nothing of it.. A couple weeks later I went to put this tank top on again and noticed a little thread on the collar, I pulled it and all of a sudden clear beads flew off of my neck onto the bathroom floor. I'm thankful that my bathroom is small and the floor is tiled because I was able to pick most of them up, and use some of them on this card.. I still have a bunch hanging around on my table for another day, but here's a close-up of how I used them on this card:
Silly, I know, but that's how I think sometimes..
Here are the Copics I used on this card:
I also used:
Basic Grey Patterned Papers, Papertrey Ink (white); Stamps: Elzybells (image) and Inkadinkado (Sentiment); Ink: Palette (Burnt Umber, Noir), Nestabilities, Copic markers, beads from my shirt.
Anyway.. Check out the rest of the design team's cards at the Elzybells blog, and play along with the next challenge which is this sketch: