Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Spooky Nights!

This is my entry into the creative challenge on SoShelli.com. Shelli Gardner is the CEO of Stampin Up! and her blog is linked on my sidebar. Anyway the current challenge is to do a Halloween project. I have looked through all the entries so far and I have to admit that I am very intimidated. But what the hey, I might as well try. (but I digress) So this is supposed to be wall decor. I hope to frame it in one of my shadowboxes. The stampsets I used were Season of Friendship, Halloween Frights, and Holiday Blitz. First I started by punching out the scallop with my Big Shot in Summer Sun cardstock. Next I stamped it with the leaves in many shades of Earth Elements ink.
Most of the images were stamped in Versa Mark and Embossed with clear Embossing powder. I then cut them out with a pair of craft scissors. I assembled the scene on Elegant Eggplant textured cardstock and then trimmed and glued on Summer Sun cardstock and then again on Basic Black cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on Creamy Caramel cardstock and embossed in black. Then I punched it out with my new scallop square punch and brushed the edges with Creamy Caramel ink. The owl and the sentiment were popped up with stampin dimensionals. Other cardstock used was Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie. I love to use purple with Halloween.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Celebrate The Season

I made this card playing around with ideas to submit to this month's Stampin' Success magazine for Demonstrators. Then I reread the rules and realized that the stamp I used was retired and thus, inelligible. Oh well. I made this by stamping and clear embossing the image on glossy cardstock. Then I sponged around the image with Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery , and Chocolate Chip. Next I punched out the medallion with my Circle Scallop punch. The ribbon is chocolate chip 1/4 inch grosgrain. The striped paper is Green Tea DSP and the cardstock is Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou and Certainly Celery.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Holidays already?!?

Yeah, yeah, I know, Christmas is MONTHS away. But I had to show this card. It was thought up by my 2nd level upline Kari. She used it as her swap at Founder's Circle a few weeks ago (way to go Kari!) We did it as a make and take at her downline meeting right before she left for Founder's Circle and I've been waiting for the right time to post it. The Top Note Bigz die was used on Real Red, and Whisper white cardstock. Then we used craft scissors to trim back the white paper. Next we stamped the image and the sentiment in Basic Black on the Whiper White Die Cut. Then we used various stampin write markers to colour in the image. Then it was adhered on to another piece of whisper white cardstock with the striped grosgrain attached. I then took it home and used my corner punch on it and then adhered it to a card made from Close To Cocoa cardstock. This was fun, but really labour intensive. Congrats to Kari for taking all that time to make 135 of these. You can find her blog listed on my sidebar.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Little Bundle

Here's yet another baby card. I used Whisper White and Pirouette Pink cardstock and Pirouette Pink DSP. I used my fiskars edge punch to do the lace and I used my cuttlebug to emboss the sentiment and cut out the flowers. I assembled the flower and put a pink eyelet in the middle. The white grosbrain ribbon is from Michaels.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby Onsie

So here's a baby card that I cased off of several sources at Splitcoast Stampers. The Base is Pink 'Pirouette cardstock with some old DSP from last year glued on. I then used my circle and scallop punches to make the ruffles. The snaps are eyelets, and the ribbon is some old stuff from Michaels. The fold is on the top.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baby Card!

I just got my new stampset Holiday Blitz and I decided to test it out with perfect plum paper DSP and cardstock. I was inspired by visiting the new baby store in North Vancouver with all their exclusive baby stuff. I also used Very vanilla cardstock and ribbon. I punched the top and bottom borders with a fancy lace punch from Fiskars that I got at Zellers for $4. The image was stamped on very vanilla and punched with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch. I used Pink pirouette cardstock and punched it with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch and then finally used the circle scallop punch.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My First Workshop!

So yesterday I had my first workshop! It was tons of fun and I learned lots about how to teach a workshop. The bottom card I used as a demo, and the top card was the make and take. The stamp sets I used were Merry and Bright and Cute and Curly. Paper and inks were Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, and Certainly Celery. I used the Culy punch on both cards and also the 1 1/4 inch and 1 3/8 inch circle punches and the scallop circle. The images were coloured with blender pens. The top card used Riding Hood REd DSP and Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon. I also used the corner punchl. The bottom card has snow flakes stamped and clear embossed over the tree. And finally the sentiment on the bottom card is a sticker from the Season to Share sticker set. Oh yeah and the DSP on the bottom card is from the Green Tea collection.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's Pumpkin Time!

What I've been finding lately is that a lot of the simple little art/ craft ideas I used when teaching Kindergarten have been taken and jazzed up for adults with the help of Stampin' Up! This is a prime example of one of my favourite "buddy" activities. I found this on the SU demonstrator website in the Workshop Wizard. This one has been jazzed up with the Baroque wheel. The orange paper and ink is, of course, Pumpkin Pie. I used Kiwi Kiss/ Very Vanilla satin Ribbon and Kiwi Kiss cardstock. The leaves I discovered how to make through Pattystamps.com Isn't this adorable?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Few Old Cards

Here are a few cards that I made as gifts this past year. Most of the stamps are from Stampin' Up! and most of the paper and ribbon is from Michael's. And of course I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the flower and cut and emboss the birthday cake.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thomas the Tank

My sister-in-law asked me to make Thomas the Tank Engine birthday invites for my nephew's 2nd birthday next month. I found that Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red were perfect compliments to the Thomas colours. As I don't have a Thomas stampset, I used a Thomas sticker and created a card using the DSP from the Best Ever Simply Scrappin'. (and some grosgrain ribbon from Michael's. I used the Party Time stamp from the So Many Sayings set from last year's Sale-A-Bration. I inked it with Versa Mark and used clear embossing powder. I also used my curly label punch.

Just Like Her Mommy...

Here is my daughter Teagan. Doesn't she look like someone caught with their hands in the cookie jar? Don't worry, she'll learn to keep out of Mommy's Sacred Catalogue soon enough. I walked into the room and she was playing with the catalogue so I quickly grabbed my camera for a few shots..."No, Mommy, I wasn't doing anything that I wasn't supposed to."
"But seeing as you caught me red-handed, I'd like to mention that I really like the Bella Rosa Collection..."

"Oh yeah, and maybe Connor will like these little planes and cars and stuff..."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Online Ordering is Here

Stampin' Up! has added online ordering to their websites. Click on the title of this post to go to my Stampin'Up! website and click on Shop Now. This will take you to the online catalogue which displays all products. Just remember that if your order is under $100, the flat rate shipping of $9.95 applies. So if your order is smaller than that it's cheaper to order straight through me as I will combine orders to share the shipping costs. Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Please come and vote

This is my entry into the Scrapbooking Fair contest along with the So Very Sorry card that I posted last week. Please go to the Scrapbook Fair this weekend in Surrey and vote for me! Please please. The details are as follows: 2nd Annual Surrey Scrapbook Fair. Sunday, September 14th 11am-2:30pm, Sullivan Hall at 6306 152nd Street, Surrey, B.C.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Simply Sent?

How many cards can you make from one Simply Sent kit and a package of Whisper White cardstock? Well I got 20 so far and materials left for at least 6 more. (of course I've added a few embellishments etc that I had on hand, but if you're into cardmaking, you'll have some around to jazz things up.)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Birthday Whimsy

This card was made using the Birthday Whimsy set from this year's Sale-a-bration catalogue. I stamped the images on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut them out. The ink colours come form the soft subtles family. The DSP is some double sided cardstock that I'm trying to use up.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dreams for the future.

This is my beautiful daughter Teagan playing with my new stampsets as I assembled them last week. She's actually holding one of my favourite ones, Eastern Blooms. Silly as it may sound I hope that one day she will want to share in my obsession of paper crafting. She has actually "attended" several classes with me last year when she was a newborn..

So Very Missed

I made this card for one of my coworkers. It's quite a sad story, but she has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and she is one of the most active and healthy people I know. Unfortunately she won't be coming back to work this fall, but is undergoing treatment. I made this card for our staff to give to her and I wanted to use the Fall theme as a tribute to Back To School. The base of the card was Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I used glossy paper and stamped the leaf images with Brown Staz-On. The leaves are from the stampset With Gratitude which is in this current catalogue. I sponged on the colours. Most of the colours are from the Earth Elements set. I also used Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss from the current In Colours. The ribbon is 1/4 inch grosgrain in Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from the So Very stampset (retired) Inside the card I stamped "So Very Sorry".

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Trish's Overnight Bag

I love this backpack so much that last night I made one for my girlfriend Trish. I put a little gifty inside for Trish, thus I call it her overnight bag. This is made from Riding Hood Red cardstock and DSP. The Flower Brad is from SU and the other is from Michael's. This ribbon is from Michael's as well. (trying to use up my non-SU stuff).