Thursday, April 30, 2009


There was a thread on splitcoast I was talking in that centred around storage of nestabilities. I saw this idea on the web somewhere, and stole it!!! It was kind of frustrating to put it together, and more expensive than I'd bargained, but I love having my dies out in the open so I can just walk over to the wall with my image I want to cut out and hold it up against all of my choices..  You can see I don't have a lot of nesties, but I am happy with my collection, and don't often find myself wishing for a different shape. Materials:

Bulleting Board. (It cost me about $35!!!) like this one

Magnetic Sheets (about $15)  like these

I used Zip Dry adhesive to glue the sheets to the dry erase board, and voila!

The second thing I want to show you is my CD rack I use to hold many of my unmounted and clear sets. I have two binders full of stamps, but I would love to move all of them to this kind of storage because I'm really liking, again, SEEING my stamps. I use things more when I can see them..

The rack is from Ikea. In Canada it's $16.99... Find it here. It hold 35 cds.. My problem right now is I don't have a lot of empty jewel cases.. That's what I need to buy when I go out next!!

Elzybells Challenge #19

And here's my card:

I used my Koh-I-Noor pencils and gamsol on this little guy in pretty unique colours, but I love how he turned out! All of the papers and the butterfly are Making Memories. I am just so drawn to the colours of the whole line. So funky!!

Supplies: Paper: Prism, Making Memories, Papertrey Ink; Stamp: Elzybells; Koh-I-Noor pencils and gamsol,  Ribbon from My Little Ribbon Shop.

Go to the Elzybells blog to submit your challenge card and view the other DT's efforts!

Friday, April 24, 2009

DRS Guest Designer

It was my pleasure and honour to be asked to be a guest designer at the  
They sent me the cutest little stamps to play with and this is what I came up with:
The bubble background was stamped in Versamark on the kraft cardstock. Isn't it so striking? I love versamark on kraft... The piggies were stamped in Brilliance and coloured with Koh-I-Noor pencils and Gamsol. Papers by: Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, Stampin' Up (and dot is unknown.. it was a scrap..).
The ladybugs were stamped in Momento (Tuxedo Black) and coloured in with Copic markers. I added some black bling to some of the dots with Kaiser jewels and white cheeks with a gel pen. Papers: Papertrey ink, felt ribbon by American Crafts.
I stamped the sentiment first, then decided to add the ladybug stamp in the background. I stamped it in black, stamped it off once (stamped it on a scrap) then stamped it in Versamark. I coloured in very subtle red highlights with copic markers. 
Papers by: Stampin' Up (kraft), and all others by Papertrey Ink. 
DRS Stamps used:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

a Special Sketch Challenge!

I love surprises!!! Today's sketch challenge (the biggest challenge at SCS) is a sketch by ME! Holy CRAP! lol
The sketch is based on this card:

Take a look and play along. I can't wait to get home later and do this sketch again.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Deepest Sympathy

I had a request from the flower shop I sell my cards at to make sympathy cards, it's something they get a lot of requests for.

I searched for a layout that is clean and simple, that would work well with a sympathy mood, and is easily replicatable. I found one, and do you think I bookmarked who made cards like this? No... Why? Because I'm stupid.. but if I copied YOU, please let me know..

Anyway. I used two brand-spankin' new stamps from Amuse to make the backgrounds. I experimented by using two white inks by Palette (Fresh Snow and New Canvas) because using pigment ink with both of the images made the ink spread a little, so I thought I would try the New Canvas. It wasn't as saturated, but it didn't pool as badly.. I will keep experimenting because I really like how these cards turned out.

This is the pigment ink (click for larger view)

and this is the hybrid ink (click for larger view)
And this card happened because I had a bunch of extra butterflies lying around as a result from playing with the Stampin' Up Sizzix die in my Cuttlebug.

Paper: Papertrey ink, Prism, Bazzill, Stampin' Up; Stamps: Technique Tuesday, AMuse; Ink: Palette (Fresh Snow, New Canvas), Momento (Tuxedo Black); Rik Rak (American Crafts), Jewels (AMuse and Kaiser), Butterfly Die Cut (Stampin' Up).

Monday, April 20, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

I love using parts of an image to make it something unique! I used the stamp called "Teddy Antics" found here, and this is the card I came up with:

I was thinking of a beany baby when I coloured this little guy. It's a sweet little card that will be perfect for a little boy's birthday, or some sort of happy occasion!! haha.. Enjoy!

Supplies: Stamps: Elzybells; Paper: AMuse notecard, papertrey Ink white CS; Copic markers, Scenic Route Rub-on, May Arts ribbon

FYI: It's release day at Elzybells!

Go to the Elzybells Store to
check out the new stamps!

Elizabeth also has some great giveaways on her blog if you want a change to WIN some stamps!!
P.S. thanx for the birthday wishes.. I had a wonderful day!!

I will post my last Elzybells release card later today. I was in Vancouver from dawn till dusk yesterday and had way too much fun.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Last Day of Elzybells Sneak Peeks: Happy Birthday

It's my birthday today, so I thought I would make a birthday card
for the last day of Elzybells sneak peeks. All new stamps
go on sale tomorrow!
I'm going into Vancouver to do some serious shopping and have Korean BBQ for dinner. 
Have a great day!
Visit the rest of the DT to see their creations:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It's a "crazy" sneak peek

OK this card turned out awesome-ly. I used today's inspiration challenge at SCS as my muse, and I'm so glad I did. The match box to the left is the piece I chose, and isn't it gorgeous? Makes me want to by some matches.. for some reason... It is from Skeem if you want to check out similar products. It's a candle shop!

Visit the other Design Team's Blogs for more sneaks!
Stamps: Elzybells, gel-a-tins
Paper: papertrey ink, bazzill
Ink: brilliance black, true thyme
Accessories: copic markers and airbrush system, ribbon, marvy punches
Techniques: sponging

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek!

Yay. I love sneak peeks. I don't know why but it's so exciting to use a stamp no one else has seen yet! Over the next few days you are going to see some CUTE stamps. Get out those copic markers because this release is full of images begging to be coloured.

This girl is 07-019 Ballerina teddy and will be available on Monday at the Elzybells store. I coloured her with Copic markers and used the airbrush system to add a subtle pink background and masked the edges with a Nestabilities die. If you want to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to airbrush with Nestabilities, let me know. It's really easy, and there are probably a tonne of tutorials out there, but just let me know if you want to see one from me!!

This is on a Hero Arts clear base. I stamped a little Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics to add a little texture. I don't like leaving a clear card bare. Hope you like it!

Stamps: Elzybells, Technique Tuesday (sentiment), Papertrey Ink (Polka Dot Basics)
Paper: PapertreyInk, Bazzill, Hero Arts
Other: Ribbon (May Arts from My Little Ribbon Shop) Nestabilities, Amuse Jewel, Copic Markers

Check out the other DT creations:

And visit the Elzybells blog for more sneak peek fun!

Elzybells Challenge: Inside out!

This week's challenge, set by Elizabeth, was to not only decorate the front of a card, but give love to the inside, as well as a coordinating envelope. Here's the card I made with the envelope:

I used a lot of new Making Memories products. I love the colour scheme. Ribbon is from My Little Ribbon Shop. Here's the inside:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A native stamp

On our recent trip to Victoria I picked this stamp up at the Butterfly Gardens. It's called "Salish Butterfly" and it's made by

The Salish nation is in the Pacific Northwest. I am not usually a fan of native art, but this stamp is da bomb! haha.. Seriously though. I really like it, and am glad I bought it. haha.. 

I used the sketch from SCS for the layout, and the papers were all scraps. Love it when I can make a whole card from scraps. I'm so eco friendly. haha..

Stamps: upsy daisy, salish butterfly
Paper: bazzil
Ink: versamagic chalk inks
Accessories: felt rik rak (white), embossing powder
Techniques: sponging

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Okay so I don't bake...

In fact. When deciding to go on this quest to make cupcake lollipops like Bakarella I had to contemplate buying a mixer, cake pans, vegetable oil along with all of the other specialty ingredients I needed to purchase. Here's what happened:

Some of the sheep have some interesting hair-do's! And some of the sheep are just plain obese!!! And then some of the sheep aren't sheep at all.


Those white ball thingies on the first sheep are REALLY HARD, so I thought I would make some sheep without the balls, and then just some random lollipops that are easy on the teeth..

I would highly recommend making them. They are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good, and yet, SOOOOOOOOOOO bad....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

1 Year Later

It was Spring Break a couple of weeks ago and we went to Historic Fort Langley, just like we did last year, went to the hat shop, just like we did last year, and took a picture there, just like we did last year.

This is us now.

This was us a year ago. 
It was a big year for us. Since that picture we got engaged, bought a townhouse, I got my full-time teaching position, we planned our wedding, I found out I have gall stones and need a surgery, Ian had a special surgery that will ensure we don't have more children... hehe.. Too much info maybe, but it's been an exciting year!! 
Oh yah.. We also got a new baby:

I am trying to do more layouts, it just seems I always have deadlines with cardmaking that I have to fulfill. I used a "lollipop" that I made a couple weeks ago, and the colours were based around it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Elzybells Challenge 17

Wow. I can't believe it's been 17 challenges already. Time flies when you're on a great design team!! lol... This week it was a recipe challenge:

One piece of ribbon
a circle
an embellishment
I know we all love it when people play along with the challenge, so PLEASE, make a card and post it here on the Elzybells blog!  Here's my card:
I *love* Starbucks.. I think I've mentioned that before.. So it's hard not to use Starbucks colors when I'm using this coffee cup image. I coloured it using Koh-I-Noor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The embellishment called "flair" is from American crafts and it inspired the colour combination. 
Paper: Bazzill, Crate Paper, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Elzybells
Ink: Momento
Other: "Flair" (American Crafts), Ribbon (May Arts), Koh-I-Noor pencils, Odorless mineral spirits