Friday, December 31, 2010

The Best of 2010

Over the past couple years I've done a little retrospective of my year in cards and I can't believe it's time for it again... Usually I see my tastes change, my techniques get more refined, design team's influence on my style and it's going to be interesting to see if that was the case this year. 













And that's it! Thank you everyone for reading and commenting on my blog this year, it's been a blast!! I am already looking forward to 2011 and all of the new products, techniques and adventures it will bring our way. 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

For You

For you: the cutest little cow image I've ever seen (Elzybells) paired with an ancient Making Memories tag with an SRM sentiment.. If you can believe that silver chain stuff is from Michael's and I picked it up in the Christmas ribbon aisle.. I was like, "Weird....." but I thought I could use it for cards and stuff.... 

Bye for now!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Getting on with life...

I think Santa stole my mojo. I've sat down in my "studio" a bunch of times since Christmas and nothing has come to me. I even tried to do a few challenges where I didn't have to think that much (it's never a good idea making me think too much..) and that didn't work out either. BUT!! Today I sat down and actually got something accomplished. Yay! I played along with today's sketch challenge at SCS, and this is what I came up with.

They're almost identical, I just flipped the image around. The image is comprised of two stamps, one is the branch (Hero Arts) and the other is the bird (Memory Box). I punched a circle out of some Mask-it Film (from i {heart} papers) and airbrushed the area with a Y21 Copic marker. I finished the card off with some dyed Tim Holtz ribbon, and some Zva Creative pearls. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

I hope you all are having a wonderful time with your friends and family. We enjoyed a very happy and humble Christmas giving each other gifts from the heart and cherishing the time we have together. Sounds cheesy, but this year we were determined to NOT go overboard and teach Phoenix about thankfulness and gratefulness, especially when so many people have less than we do. He was so amazing on Christmas morning, WE had to wake HIM up... AT 10:00 AM!!! I was like, "Phoenix. It's Christmas.. Time to open presents..." He yawned and said, "Okay, Mom. Merry Christmas." Weird kid. I love him.. lol

I'm sharing with you my last Christmas project. (She says with a tear in her eye) Does anyone else LOVE making Christmas projects more than anything else?? I was telling hubby that I'm not looking forward to putting the Christmas stamps and papers away. 

This is a little basket I put together for Phoenix's before-and-after-school caregiver. She's an absolute sweetheart and Phoenix LOVES her so I try to make her gifts a little extra special. 

Tucked inside this pocket is some specialty tea from David's Tea called Chocolate Chili Chai and let me tell you, it smells and tastes like the most delicious chocolate, but in tea-form!! I've recently become obsessed with tea (I'm starting to depart from my coffee addiction) and I know that Phoenix's caregiver loves Chai and she loves chocolate, so this was the perfect gift. I can't wait to talk to her after Christmas and ask her how she likes it! 

So that's it for Christmas stuff.. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!! Take care. 

Supplies of note: The pocket and snowflake was cut out of Making Memories patterned paper with the Silhouette digital cutter. I handmade the rosette using the Scor-pal to scor the paper every 1/4 inch. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nummy, Nummy Tubes

The tubes from SRM have been a real "blessing" this holiday season. It's been my go-to gift for people in my life, young and old!

I changed up how I did my Christmas tubes a little by die-cutting some words with the MM Slice and adding an SRM sticker to complete the sentiment, like this:

I finished off these guys by filling them with mint M&M's... If you've never tried them, TRY THEM.. They're awesome. 

So I am writing this post at exactly 1:40am in between completing hand-made gifts and wrapping presents, and checking my Facebook! lol.. I am starting to get droopy-eyed, though, so I may pack it in for the night, but like most of you I am trying to pack in relaxing and enjoying my time off, hanging out with my boy and hubby, Christmas errands and there aren't enough hours the day, darn-it!! 

Take care, and I'll talk to you one more time before the big day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What's Black and White and RED all over?

Today's card!

Paper: BoBunny, Bazzill
Accessories: PTI ribbon, BoBunny Pearl, Bazzill Just the Edge, sewing machine, SRM sticker, Prima Bling

Monday, December 20, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Old Stuff

Out with the old and in with the new! That's what the folks at Tech. Tuesday are doing pretty soon! Sign up for the newsletter to see the list of stamps retiring.. In the meantime, we've cooked up some designs using retiring sets here the SCS Technique Tuesday forum

My first card features Damask. A nice medium-sized beauty that allows for lots of different techniques such as: Emboss Resist/Emerging Color

My second card uses stamps from a beautiful Christmas set called Holiday Happenings that has been my go-to set this month. The font is lovely and the little images included in the set are so stylish.. 

I used some goodies from i {heart} papers like Divine Twine in Cherry, and Crate Paper Snow Day paper pad. 

So keep your eyes peeled for these sets retiring and possibly some sales! *wink* Take care!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Resolution Tube

Here's a peek of my project that's featured on the SRM blog today. Susan asked me to think of an idea centred around New Years, so I came up with the idea of a "Resolution Tube." It has about 15 resolutions written down on little strips of paper that will serve as a reminder of what my goals are throughout 2011. They are realistic and tangible goals like "be more active with Phoenix" and "walk to school on all sunny days." Totally do-able!  Here's a sneak:

Head over to the SRM blog to read the full article! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Well, we've only seen a little bit of winter around here, but here's hoping for some more! This is another card I made for my son's OTHER teacher so, again, it's super-huge: 6x6! I used a really great Whipper Snapper stamp (main "winter" image) then stamped some Technique Tuesday snowflakes (Good Cheer and Flurry) in brown in the background. It's really adds something to the image I think...

Thanks for looking! How are your Christmas preparations going, BTW?? It freaks me out that it's 10 days until Christmas... Like, WOW!! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

One of a Kind..

I had a chance to play along with today's Technique Challenge over at SCS today, and I used some gorgeous Webster's Pages paper and my Mint Motif What a Card and I've Got Your Number stamp sets to create the card (and sentiment).

Stamps: Mint Motif - What a Card and I've got your number.
Paper: webster's pages, pti
Ink: memento, versamagic - jumbo java
Accessories: prima flourish, tim holtz rose ribbon

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Go Big: Christmas Cheer!

I offered to make Christmas cards for my son's class to give to their teachers (they have two teachers that job-share the position) so I decided to GO BIG and make the cards super-sized so everyone in the class can sign it. This card measures 4x8.5!! It's a biggie!

I used the woodgrain stamp from this set available at i {heart} papers:

I played along with this week's Ways To Use it challenge at SCS and the challenge was a doozy: pick three past challenges, and make sure one of the challenges was something you've never done before. I stamped the 3 different coloured squares in a row; then I stamped them again. I cut out a star from one of each colour, glittered the edges and adhered them with dimensionals on top of their corresponding colours. The sentiment is SRM (of course) and the patterned paper is The Girl's Paperie.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Trendy Days of Christmas: Day 11

I had a chance to play along with Kimberly Crawford's 12 days challenge, and today it is "Trims." I had to think about it for a while, look at my stash, and finally settled on using some Tim Holtz ribbon that 's very expensive but very pretty! It comes stark white so you can alter/dye it any colour you want, and today I airbrushed it with a green Copic marker to coordinate perfectly with my papers.. Check it out:

In the centre of each rose I placed a red pearl (BoBunny) to match the paper. I used a funny Whipper Snapper image with an SRM sticker sentiment to finish it off! The papers are from "The Girl's Paperie" that were punched with a scalloped edge punch and curled slightly around a pencil!

Thanks for looking, and make sure you head over to Kimberly's blog to see what she cooked up!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gift Card Holder *shield your eyes*

Are those not the brightest colours you've ever seen? But I like it! The patterned paper is by Doodlebug and I found some coordinating cardstocks to match the bright and festive colours! If you couldn't tell by the title, this is a gift card holder and we are featuring various gift holders at the SRM blog today, so check it out!

The tiny card opens to reveal an insert that houses a pre-paid gift card. I actually have NO IDEA where I learned how to make this so I had to search for instructions.. You can find some directions here. The end product is slightly different from what I make, but it's essentially the same. 

I stuck a little piece of blue cardstock on the inside so I could have a place to write a greeting for the lucky recipient! I used an SRM sentiment from the "Happy Holidays" sticker sentiment sticker sheet, mounted it on white CS and cut it out with a punch. 

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Thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another "Circa" project, and an announcement!

Design Team Call!

It's true. My year on the SRM design team is nearing an end, but that means a great opportunity for all of you! SRM Stickers, a leading scrapbook and card making sticker manufacturer, is hosting a Design Team Call! Our current group of amazing Designers is leaving after their year term. We're looking for fresh faces and talent to embark on a 12 month term. If you love working with stickers, keep reading because we may love working with you! We're looking for card makers as well as layout team members and altered artists to join our Design Team as we head into 2011 on a mission to dazzle, inspire and create. Go to THIS BLOG POST if you are interested in applying. They are an amazing company to work for, and so insanely generous!! I've been spoiled, that's for sure. 

Why have I made so many tags lately? I don't know, but I hope I use them all this Christmas. (I better start shopping, eh?) I used Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 papers and made a paper rosette with a "medallion" centre with the perfect SRM sentiment that let's you know it's a HOLIDAY tag.. That's what's so cool about these papers: with the right combo they totally work in a vintagy-Christmas sort of way! Thanx for stopping by! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Focus on Family Blog Hop using Circa 1934

If you've come here randomly, we, the SRM design team were spoiled again by Cosmo Cricket and we were all gifted with the new Circa 1934 paper crafting kit. The design team was challenged with making projects that focus on family so I chose to make a layout featuring an awesome picture of my brother and my son, who are two peas in a pod. They are SO alike in so many ways it's actually scary... I love it when they spend time together, but their reckless, crazy, crude personalities feed off each other and sometimes it gets a little ridiculous. Like the day this picture was taken:

Oh yah... Both of them are horribly un-photogenic. This is a really good picture of them because I didn't ask them to smile.. trust me.  

I love mixing up hand-written journaling with stickers or stamps. I started doing it a long time ago, and I think because I hate my handwriting so much the stickers help to break it up. On this layout I used "Everyday Boy" and it's a great set of stickers for these two boys, for sure! 

SO!! This is a blog hop, so if you're just stumbling on this post, start at the beginning at Tania's Blog. Hop along from blog to blog, comment, and become a follower of their blog, and you could win a Cosmo Cricket Crafting kit AND an SRM Prize package. 

Next on the hop is the wonderfully talented: 

Have fun, and good luck! Thank you Cosmo Cricket for letting me play with your pretty paper!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Twelve Trendy Days: Day 1.

So, my friend and "boss" Kimberly Crawford (of Mint Motif stamps) approached the MM design team and asked us if we'd be interested in playing along with a little Christmas challenge.. I said YES, but not every day (the crazy life and schedule of a high school music teacher around Christmas time is starting to kick in) and I wanted to play this first day just so I could let you all know about it! Every day there's going to be a different challenge and lots of inspiration, so if I'm not posting, be sure to check Kimberly's blog to see who is... AND PLAY ALONG! 

So today's challenge is Mercury Glass: 

I own two mercury glass ornaments and they were a gift, and are very precious to me (and heavy!!) but sadly I don't have a lot of supplies that would mimic the look of it besides silver ink.. hehe.. Kimberly has a tutorial done up and I can't wait to see it, but I'll show you what I did:

I covered the back side of clear buttons with silver pigment ink (colorbox) then sprinkled some Ultra-thick embossing enamel (UTEE) on them and applied heat. 

I drew the lines around the card as well as the bauble wires with a Copic Multiliner pen (I copied the idea from a Papertrey Ink stamp) and stamped the sentiment with black ink. This card couldn't be easier, and SO quick to pull together. Do they look like Mercury Glass??? From a distance maybe?? haha.. I had fun anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Moxie Fab Trigger

What a yummy inspiration! I haven't played along with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge for a while, but this one just caught my eye. I am *so* loving the whole kraft/white/red thing right now and had to create something along those lines.

I used a bunch of random snowflakes stamped in white, then created my main sentiment with a Mint Motif set called, I've Got Your Number from i {heart} papers and a brown pen! Do you ever get nervous writing on a card-front? I do, and luckily I wasn't shaking when I wrote this:

Do you see my handwriting?? At first I just had "25th" but I thought it needed a little extra something. I used a brand-new purchase, the "Loopy Squares" Nestabilites die and doesn't it look awesome? I love it. I used a Copic marker (E53) to colour in the numbers, and isn't that a perfect match for kraft? I was pretty pleased. 

Have a great Monday!