Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Sweet Treat!

Happy Halloween everyone. To celebrate I am showcasing Stampin' Up's Sweet Treat Cups. (Item #116802 from the Holiday Mini Catalogue) This card was super easy to make. I used black craft ink on the Halloween stamp from the Sweet Centres Stamp set from the Holiday Mini (item #116521). They both coordinate nicely with the 1 3/4" circle punch (item #112004 from the Idea Book and Catalogue) The cardstock is Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Basic Black and the ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain in Pumpkin Pie.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


In case you were wondering why the pictures of my computer have been posted with no text today, it's because my poor computer is on it's last legs. It's probably time to put it out to pasture. :(

Above you see my wonderful, beautiful computer. Not only do I absolutely love the design printed on my computer but we've become very attached. I bought it right before I started blogging about a year and a half ago. But as my husband continues to remind me, I am not very gentle on the old girl. Let's just say that she now has 2 broken USB ports, 2 broken cordless mouses (mice??? mouses - mice?) a very tempermental DVD drive with no faceplate, a broken USB hub and extremely faulty wireless receiver, and a blackout incident that caused much drama, and was fixed with a bic pen. And the grand finale this week was when I tripped over the power cord and pulled her onto the floor where she landed right on the part where the power cord plugs into the computer. Below is the evidence.
So the next post you read will probably posted from my new, and not yet bought, computer.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FINALLY - blog candy

Well here we go, I finally got the Blog Candy posted. Would you like to enter for this fabulous collection of DSP from K&Co and stickers and Halloween ribbon. So here's the deal. You MUST sign up as a follower and post a comment to enter the draw. I will enter my current followers if you post a comment in the next few weeks (until Nov 11). I'm trying to reach a personal goal of 75 followers. I will keep this open until November 11th which is Remembrance Day here in Canada. I was planning to make this a Halloween event, but due to my camera 'issues' and my recent computer woes, I felt I needed to extend the date. So come on everyone and post a comment. I can't wait to discover more followers. Lately I have been exploring my followers blogs and I can say that I have been discovering a lot of new and fabulously interesting blogs. Thanks for signing up as a follower.

Hybrid Digi Christmas Card

I have copied this card from Me, My Stamps & I. Anyway, I started with a digital copy made on MDS (My Digital Studio). The original card uses Silver cardstock which was textured with the dots folder.
Then I split the images into two and printed out the layers.

Then I made them into cards. The card below is the digital image printed out and mounted on Whisper White cardstock.
The card below was assembled after I cut out the images that I had printed out above.

The bottom image was taken to show the layers. I think I need to add some glitter for a bit more bling!

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's coming...

It's coming agin soon...

BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!!!

Check back in a day or two and I'll let you in on the fabulous blog candy I've up for grabs!!! - I'm just having technical difficulties with my camera at the moment.

SPCC # 21

Time for another challenge over at SPCC. I found this colour combo a bit challenging. I know that initially they look like autumn colours, but the Bravo Burgundy really threw me. But then I found this DSP from my stash and it all fell into place. Paper and Ink Colours Ruby Red, Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla. Accessories: 2 step stamping, aquapainters, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, hodgepodge hardware.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SPCC again!

Here is yet another project I made for this week's DRS stamps celebration at SPCC. I can't wait to use these stamps in other colours to show you just how versatile they are. But anyway, this time I coloured in the butterflies again, but then I carefully cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.

MDS again

Oh yeah, you are probably getting tired of this, I know. But using MDS is sooooooooo easy. Below you will find 2 more pages from our family trip to the Richmond Speed Skating Oval - home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. I gave this little album to my Mother-In-Law as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mojo Birthday

This is my second post today so please scroll down for more.
It's been a while since I did a Mojo Monday challenge. I used this weeks sketch to make this birthday card for my nephew. This nephew love trains (especially Thomas the Tank Engine) so Choo Choo seemed the perfect stamp set to use. The bottom view shows you the sentiment in the card and all the layers that were popped up to give this card some depth. This card was inspired by a card made by the fabulous Jenn Picard.
Stamps: Look Who's Turning, Choo Choo, Train Track Wheel.
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Punches 1 3/4", 1 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches
Accessories: Crushed Curry 1/2" polka dot grosgrain, small silver brads, Small metal edge circle tag, stampin dimensionals.

Swaps on Saturday - Punchy Pals

Isn't this the most adorable card? It was made by my sideline Sarah Newman. She stamped the background using Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo. The penguins were stamped in basic black dye ink and coloured in with stampin' write markers. She stuck down the penguins with snail and then lined up the large oval punch between the 2 outside penguins to punch out the oval for the greeting, which was stamped last. She mounted it onto basic grey cardstock. set and the current In Colours. She carefully sponged around the circles with Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Direct Copy of A True Original

Well I made several of these butterfly cards and here is yet another version of that card that I cased from the most amazing Mary Fish. This card is actually a direct copy of Mary's Card. In this card I used the Walk In The Park DSP which is now retired. :( The DSP was Walk In The Park, the Big Butterflies Bigz die was used for the butterflies and so was the Eyelet border punch. The cardstock is Pretty In Pink, Old Olive and Whisper White and the brads are the large round rhinestones. I also used Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


This week at SPCC we are using DRS stamps. To celebrate, we have been asked to make more than one sample for the challenge. This page was made using an old picture of my Mom, up on Seymour Mountain when she was a year old. The picture was coloured in by hand at some point as was the fashion in the 30's. The 2 DRS stamps used are the Butterfly stamp and the textured background stamp on the green cardstock. The ribbon is 1/2" polka dot grosgrain. I used the top note die and the labels 4 nesties to mount the butterflies on. The very vanilla cardstock was run through the big shot using the finial press textured impressions die. The butterflies were coloured in with an aquapainter. The tulip die from the big shot was used to make the rust coloured die cut. I also used hodgepodge Hardware and the pretties kit to finish things off. The DSP is from the Raspberry Lemonade set.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One of my Swaps

Here are a few of my swaps for a recent upline meeting. I used the Baroque Motifs and Christmas Punch stamp sets. I stamped them in versa mark and then heat embossed silver or gold embossing powder. The stamped ovals were carefully cut out with craft scissors, and then mounted on a punched oval. I used Basic Gray with the silver card and Soft Suede with the gold card. The ribbon is Whisper White wide satin ribbon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Shadowboxes

Aren't these little creatures adorable? I made this little layout for my 8x8 shadowboxes. This was sooooooooooo easy to make. The creatures were cut out of DSP by BoBunny and the background paper is from K&Co. The ribbons were from my stash. I took some patterned DSP and punched out the characters. Then I sponged the edges and mounted them on die cuts using my nesties.

Monday, October 19, 2009

SPCC #20

Yeah it's time for a new SPCC Color combo. This card uses stamps from DRS Stamps. All the other product is Stampin' Up! Paper & Ink Colours: Really Rust, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Whisper White. Accessories: 1/2" polka dot grosgrain in Crushed Curry. Stampin' Write Markers, and Aqua Painter.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hybrid Christmas Cards

I copied this layout from the fabulous Mary Fish. First I decided to try my hand at making a card with MDS. Here is the digital layout. Then I broke the card down into it's elements and printed them out as the two pictures below.
Next I took the full digital image, printed it out, and mounted it on Whisper White cardstock.
Then I printed out the other 2 pictures and cut out the images. I then layered them and mounted them on dimensionals. Then I added the white grosgrain and mounted it on Real Red cardstock.
This image was taken to show off the layers - sorry it's upside down. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I'm so excited. I entered Saturday Spotlight this week and...
I Won!!! Check out their challenge blog here.
And check out my winning post here!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Fun with MDS

I am having a blast with MDS!!!! Yesterday Stampin' Up! added a few more digital downloads to their catalogue. I really regretted not buying the Cast-a-Spell earlier but now, for half the price of the real paper, I was able to download the entire pack of DSP. And yes, that`s the Medalion stamp on this card as well. I decided to try entering a digital card to the OCC challenge this week. I mistakenly thought that I could whip this card up in a few minutes, well, it took much longer than that, but here we go. I think I`m going to print it out as large as I can and put it in one of my shadowboxes. I`ll try to post a photo of that tomorrow. Stamps: Eat Drink & Be Scary, Extreme Elements, Medallion. Paper: Cast a Spell. Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Basic Black. Accessories: Basic Black Eyelets, Round Pumpkin Pie Buttons, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain, Staple

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spotlighting Trees

I just found a challenge blog called Saturday Spotlight. I was immediately inspired by the challenge this week as I have been pondering over cards from Mary Fish and Andrea Walford using circle punches and the Season of Friendship stamp set. I wanted to redo my shadowboxes that I occasionally showcase on this blog. It's time for some autumn themed work. The challenge this week is to 'dress up a tree'. To make this tree I used Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and ink as well as Chocolate Chip Ink. I used Circle Circus and the aforementioned Season of Friendship stamp sets. First I stamped every image in the circle circus set on matching cardstock in the 3 colours and then punched them out with the 3/4", 1", and 1 1/4" circle punches. Then I layered them to make 9 circles. I then stamped the tree in chocolate chip and versamark and heat embossed clear embossing powder to make it pop. The citcles were attached at various levels using dimensionals and then I added the strip of paper and ribbon at the bottom to "ground" the image. The sentiemnt is from Season of Friendship and I backed it on a punch out from the Modern Label punch and then a strip of Riding Hood Red. I added a few brads on the corners and mounted it a few times on matching cardstock.
I apologize for the poor quality of the photo. I wanted to show the depth of the popped up circles and label, but the picture below shows the colours much better.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oh yeah, more butterflies

Well I made several of these butterfly cards when I was preparing last months BLOG CANDY. And I got a bit carried away as you can probably tell. Anyway, so here is yet another version of that card that I cased from the most amazing Mary Fish. In this card I used the Cottage Wall DSP which is most definitely my most favourite Stampin Up DSP ever!!! Purple and green are my most favourite colours in the whole world. In fact, my wedding invites were purple and green. But I digress... The DSP was Cottage Wall, the Big Butterflies Bigz die was used for the butterflies and so was the Eyelet border punch. The cardstock is Rich Razz, Old Olive and Whisper White and the brads are the large round rhinestones.

Monday, October 12, 2009

SPCC combo number 19

HAPPY TURKEY DAY CANADA!!! - I just have to throw that in here as today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Why is it not the same as the American Thanksgiving you might ask???? Well, seeing as we live a bit further North, our harvest is a bit sooner, and so we celebrate is a bit earlier. (Not that many of us actually harvest our own food anymore) - but I digress. Today is Monday and time for another wonderful colour challenge over at SPCC. Please check out the blog to see what wonderful prizes are up for grabs this week. I know that Samantha, the scrapmaster, works hard to secure awesome prizes for you every week.
Wow do I LOVE this colour combo. Purple and Green is my fav, I tell you. Samantha never ceases to AMAZE me with her talent at picking colour combos. For this card I used the Petal Pizzaz stamp set which is one of my fav's as well. I tried, I really tried to make this an all Stampin' UP! card, but until they come out with something as awesome as nestabilities, I have to use my nesties once in a while. So I used the scallop rectangle and the labels 4 dies. All the paper, all the stamps, all the ink is SU! I stamped the images and carefully cut around them and popped them all up on dimensionals. I used Stampin' Write markers to colour in the sentiment which is from the Full of Life stamp set.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Digi Scrappin' With MDS

Digi scrappin is FUN! Ok yeah, I'm getting a little crazy over this. And seriously, I have to say that I am actually really addicted to PAPER, so the Digi scrappin is only slightly fulfilling a need. But, this past week I have been horribly sick with a nasty flu. It started with the aches - so bad that I thought it was exercise from playing hockey that was making me sore. But it turns out that the Flu was the culprit. And I knew that I was truly sick when I decided that I was "TOO SICK TO SCRAP!" crazy eh? But in my misery, I was able to sit down with my laptop and play with MDS. (at least for an hour at a time). So yesterday's post was done with MDS. It's thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so I have a bit more time to sit around and play and so today I'm posting a few pages I whipped up on MDS with more free images I found on the net. If you are desperately trying to find them yourself, drop me a line by email and I'll give you the link.
In case you're not a Winter Sports follower, the Winter Olympics will be held here in Vancouver in February 2010. And because of this, we've been getting some excellent new facilities for the events. Last February, we went to the new Speed Skating Oval with my hubby's family and spent the evening trying out the venue. The following few pages are from that day. The Oval is in the suburb of Richmond, thus the title page.

In the middle of the oval they have a hardwood floor and basketball/ badminton courts set up. This will all be removed for the olympics, but for us it was a great way to entertain the non-skaters (like my 18 month old daughter)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hybrid Christmas?

This card was CASE'd from Jenny Moors over at Stamping Moments. This is a digital image that I created using MDS (My Digital Studio).
I printed out this card several times and decided to try my hand at hybrid cardmaking. First I printed it out on my wireless laser printer but the colour didn't look right (see the 2 cards at the front of the picture below) So then I printed it out on Whisper White cardstock (see the 2 cards at the back of the photo)
The picture below is a copy of the card printed out on Whisper White cardstock.
The card below is printed out on regular paper in a laser printer. I mounted the card front on whipser white cardstock. I drew in the strings by hand with a chocolate chip marker.Thc card below was printed out on regular paper in a laser printer twice. Then I mounted the background on whisper white cardstock and added an actual real red grosgrain ribbon. The centre rectangle was cut out, mounted on whisper white cardstock and then popped up on dimensionals.
The centre image on this card below was printed out with my bublejet and then cut out and mounted on Very Vanilla cardstock. I then used some old DSP to make the background and then popped up the rectangle and mounted it on dimensionals.
As you can see, there are many different takes on this card. I took a great design from a great designer and then put it into MDS in about 15 minutes. Next I printed it out on two printers and tried different ways of presenting it. This is an easy way to produce multiple copies of your cards.