Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I dare you!!

I have a lotta scraps on my table. It's starting to be a pile, really, so it was time for me to root through them and make some cards! I placed with my Slice to create the words and the labels. I used the Falala cartridge for all of the Slice cuts. Here's card #1:

I had a piece of kraft CS stamped with the woodgrain stamp (Hero Arts) and white ink. I know woodgrain and kraft aren't your traditional Christmas colours, but I thought it would funky! The paper in the background was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and I rubbed white ink over the raised spots.

Card #2:

Here's another scrap of the woodgrain that I cut out with a label shape. Joy was inked around the edges. Ribbon is from Papertrey Ink and it's delicious!!

Card #3:

This is my favourite. I used the reverse of the cut-out and saved the pieces from the word to fill in the gap. How much easier can you get design-wise, but I'm just loving this one!!

Dare: Use a non-traditional paper/background stamp/stamp to create some holiday cards! You might be pleasantly surprised!

Post a comment if you take my dare! I'd love to get some more non-traditional inspiration!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

There's nothing like stamping to get rid of the post-sickness funk. H1N1 seems to be a lingering bug, and although I'm not contagious anymore and am back at work. I still feel tired and not quite myself. It was nice, though, to have some purpose this evening when I set out to do this week's Jacksonbelle Challenge:

it's called1-2-3
1- stamp
2- embellishments
3- layers (maximum)

I used a new Kraftin' Kimmie stamp. Her name is Francesca and she's very quirky! So she was the 1 stamp, my 2 embellishments were the black ribbon (barely visible on top of the patterned paper), and the little gem in the corner, and lastly the card is 3 layers! I added some stickles to the strawberries and the sprinkles on the cupckake too! (i hope that's not an embellishment.. haha)

So take a peek at the rest of the DT's work, and remember that Martha Stewart and Inkadinkado stamps are still on sale at the store, so check it out!
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping  Bethany Paull ~ It’s Not All Black & White
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho  Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic   Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious  Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss  Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One layer cards please me to no end!

Krystie Lee has been making some really cute one layer cards with a rectangle stamp as the "background" and I've been loving the look. I don't have a rectangle stamp (WHY DON'T I HAVE A RECTANGLE STAMP????????) so I used post-its to block off an area to sponge my colour into.. I love how it turned out.

I used some old Buckaroo Blue paper from SU! and a new-to-me set called Pocket Silhouettes (also SU!). The sentiment is Whipper Snapper and the butterfly (my favourite part) is Amy Butler.

I have H1N1 (or just plain SWINE as we call it around here) and it's not fun, but it's not the worst I've felt either. I was afraid I'd die or something, and to my pleasant surprise it feels like the flu!! (it's not pleasant but you know what I mean....) But hopefully I will have some energy to craft tomorrow as I've been forced to take some time off from school. (I miss you guys!!!!)

So keep safe! Wash your hands! And don't jinx yourself by saying "I won't get swine!"

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge: Sketch!

This week's Jacksonbelle Challenge is a sketch, and if you'd like to play along, be sure to link your creation at the blog! When you upload your creation, use the keyword: JBE076

This week at JB we're featuring Inkadinkado and Martha Punches, and they are priced to clear!!! so I used some under-loved Inkadinkado stamps on this baby!

I used some Ranger Stickles on the butterfly to give it a little pizzaz. This colour-scheme is not
the most flattering for a butterfly, but considering the occasion, I think it works.
The background paper was made with a soft pink Prism cardstock and a stamp
from Papertrey Ink. I un-mounted the sentiment, and now I can't remember
who made it. I think it actually might be Inkadinkado as well, but don't quote me...

Check out the other ladies for their sketchy inspiration!
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss

Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Getting back to my roots: Scrapbooking

I was a scrapbooker first. I started when I was pregnant (late 2001) and I wasn't very good! LOL.. I guess we're never any good when we first start something, but I was constantly second quessing myself, agonizing over simple decisions for HOURS. It was painful to scrapbook back then.

I got busy for a few years after Phoenix was born. I was a university student, single mom,
and I had a full-time job, so scrapbooking didn't really happen again till after I got my first degree in 2005.
Then, in 2006 I was introduced to stamping and card making, and I said to myself,
"I already have all the stuff, I wouldn't really need to
buy anything more to make a few cards here and there..." HA!

So I've been addicted to "carding" for 3 years now, and I don't really do much else. Read? Nope.
Watch TV? Not really. Compose/arrange music? Not unless I have to. It's sad really...
So I've decided that I am going to start scrapbooking again, and this time I have two
really great reasons: Wedding & Honeymoon! (I also have a couple of compositions
to get done so I should add those to the list).

So here are a two layouts I finished that are the beginnings of my Wedding scrapbook.

I played along with the Pencil Lines sketch. I picked up the Prima flower branch knowing that
it would coordinate with my wedding pictures, so all I had to do was find some papers.
The MME paper I chose was not an obvious choice, but I think it goes really well
with all of the elements!
(Additional supplies: SU! Scallop punch, PTI Fresh Alphabet, Memento ink, Elzybells Kraft cardstock)

and isn't that prima so cool?

Next, using the same supplies,
I used OLW's word: Gratitude as a jumping-off point for my layout:

 I wrote about being grateful that Phoenix was so involved in the wedding, that he loves
my hubby, and that together we made the day a day we'll remember forever.
(Additional supplies: American Crafts accents, Technique Tuesday stamps,
Spica Pen, chipboard die-cut letters) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quick Post: Sketch challenge at SCS

So I stole away for a few minutes this evening to make another card. I think I'm pretty much going to make Christmas cards from now on because I have so many places and people that I need to provide cards for. It's a good problem to have, but when you're too busy to sleep, not too much fun.

This layout was quick and easy, especially because I used punches to cut out the squares. After I cut out the squares I laid them on white cardstock, measured an 1/8 of an inch on all sides and cut the white. The finished card is 4x6. I hope you like it! I used Basic Grey patterned paper, and May Arts ribbon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge: Vellum

Yikes! Who likes using vellum? Not me! I just don't know what to do with it. So.. I did what I know best: Copic markers. lol! I stamped on one side with Staz-on ink, and coloured the reverse side with the markers (Staz-on and Copics don't mix). I then strategically cut out the image and border with Nestabilities dies, and dreamt up a layout. How do you like?

I used a super cute Stampavie Stamp, and did my best to colour him up!
I used some Cosmo Cricket Christmas papers underneath for some pizazz.
The sentiment is Amuse, and the ribbon is May Arts.

Here's a close-up

Check out the rest of the DT for more Vellum-y inspiration!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss

Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Canadian Thanksgiving... Yummo!

 So if you didn't know, I like to cook. I like it alot. When I watch TV I watch the Food Network, and that's it besides Friends episodes! I love experimenting with ingredients, and building up my repertoire of cooking techniques and styles. I recently decided that I would not be spending Thanksgiving with my family, but instead would host dinner at my house and invite my in-laws. It was a big undertaking for me because I've never cooked a turkey! Was I out of my mind??? YES! But it's all good. Here are some photos of the day:

So first, the table setting. (You can see my new scrapbook on the chair.. Ignore that. lol)
I purchased the linens to coordinate with my dishes.

I don't like matchy-matchy stuff, so I put some big black plates with small green
and vise versa.

 My centerpiece was a bowl of "mixed gourds." I may cook them, I may not..

Tobi's home-made cranberry sauce. Recipe:
2 cups of fresh cranberries
4 tbsp. Orange marmalade
4 tbsp. brown sugar
5 packs of Splenda
pinch of cinnamon
splash of white wine

Combine marmalade and 1 1/2 cups of cranberries in a food processor. Pulse until cranberries
are broken up, but not totally smooth. Transfer to a pot. Add to it the remaining cranberries, sugar, splenda
and cinnamon. (I used Splenda because I felt guilty using so much sugar. They're sour little things!!)
Heat until bubbly and add a splash of white wine if the mixture is too thick.
Remove from heat, put in a canning jar or two, and cool. 

Roasted Garlic butter.

The Turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I prepared it like Michael Smith did, (with a couple of my own touches) and it really turned
out well.. Actually, it was perfect. I was so pleased.
Here's his recipe. I had a 15 pound turkey so my measurements/changes were as follows:
1/2 cup of sea salt
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp peppercorns
2 tbsp. poultry seasoning
4 sage leaves, chopped
I heated these ingredients with approx. 3 cups of water, let it cool completely, then added the
mixture to a 2.5 gallon tub with the turkey in it (breast-side down) and filled to the top
with ice water. I left it in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking.

My dressing was made with sourdough and rye breads, apples, almonds
shallots, onions (3 varieties), raisins, celery, chicken stock, fresh rosemary, sage,
thyme, pepper and salt. It was awesome too!

So that was our dinner. I also crafted a little over the weekend and I actually started on my
wedding scrapbook. I will start showing you some layouts tomorrow. But for now....

I ordered a canvas from Photo-canvas a week ago and I was so impressed with the service I just had to tell you in a blog post!!
The company is in England, and don't let the prices scare you. I compared the prices, and including shipping, they're CHEAPER! Wow, right? I got a 16x20 canvas, and on their website including shipping it would be 75 pounds, which works out to $122. Well I looked up a Canadian website that provides the same service, and they sell them for $123 + $25 shipping. Here's the best part: it shipped in 2 days! Well, actually, that's not the best part, the best part is that Ian and I got this amazing canvas and we will enjoy it daily for the rest of our lives. I am so grateful! Thank you Photo-Canvas!!

So thankyou for letting me share my first Thanksgiving and I hope all of you Canadians out there had a special day like we did!! And to all of you Americans: good luck with your turkeys! Now I understand why the day is so stressful for the cooks!! It's great to see everyone chow down though, isn't it??

Monday, October 5, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

This week's challenge for Jacksonbelle Embellishments is:

Black, White, and one Color

Yep, I chose pink, HOT pink, in fact, and I chose to make a Christmas card,
despite the obvious NON-Christmas colour combo.To quote my husband: "Whatever!"

Now, I have wanted this guy for a LONG time. I love all the dots, and the
whimsy nature of the drawing... To mute the colours of the holly I used very pale shades
of the actual colours of holly, then covered them with a light grey (C1) to mute them.

  I used some Prima papers and *bling*.

Check the other ladies out, and note that the 25% off sale is running 'til Thursday!!
Stuff is sellin' out, so hurry up and take a look!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Sunday, October 4, 2009

World Card Making Day

For those of you that aren't in "the know," yesterday was World Card Making Day, and yes it's a real thing.

So my mission for this year's WCMD was simple: play along with a few challenges, get some mandatory design work done, and use up scraps on my table. And guess what? I actually accomplished all three of my goals, so here are a few cards that I made yesterday and today:

I made this card for a Flowersoft class I will be teaching next month
at my LSS. Hero Arts bird, Cosmo Cricket Paper.

I made this for an SCS challenge: use a quote for the main image.
Basic Grey Paper, Hero Arts stamp.

This was a funny challenge from SCS. It was to make a card that shows what
you and your girlfriends like to do for fun. Now, this may seem weird, but I have
NO GIRLFRIENDS! Is that strange? I have a gay best friend and his husband, does that count?
Actually, it was my BF that gave me this stamp, so I used it, and I love coffee, so I
figured if I DID have a girlfriend, we'd drink coffee together.
Cosmo Cricket paper, Inkadinkado stamp, and MM button and flower.

This starts the "using up scraps" portion of my cardmaking. I was playing around
with the new features on my MM Slice, and made a few cuts, and they were just laying there, so....
MM buttons, Martha rikrak, Amuse stamp.

I've held on to these scraps for a LONG time. I coloured this image (Unity) on my Honeymoon!!!
WOW! So again, scraps were hanging around, I picked them up, threw them on some cardstock, and glued.

The End...