The cutest fisherman EVER!

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I seriously can’t wait to get more Whipper Snapper stamps.  I’m just waiting for the next special to defray some of the cost.  As a bonus (to me!) my friend Karen is now anxious to get some WS Rubber so we can split the shipping cost (which is waaayyyyy too expensive).

This card is, self-evidentally, for a 70th birthday celebration and was whipped up in a hurry (I’d already water-coloured this cute little guy a couple of days ago) and I used my “go-to” masculine colours – buckaroo blue, chocolate chip and old olive.  I love this combination and probably use it a little too often but I’m not that imaginative when it comes to masculine cards.

I also made use of my rectangle nesties (which have been virtually abandoned since I got my labels dies) and my circle nesties (which were a birthday gift from dh).  I love using as many of my crafting tools as possible as it validates the purchase!  Here’s the latest:

NOTE: Today’s picture was taken with my husband’s camera.  It takes a much better picture than my camera! (or maybe he takes a better picture than I do…not sure which!)

I’m not sure if you can see it really clearly in the photo but when I made this card I felt it was a little unfinished so I cut a 1/8″ strip of old olive and glued it along the bottom edge of the card.  It really made a difference and makes the card look more layered than it really is.  You’ll be seeing that trick again soon!

Supplies used: Whipper Snapper “Fisherman”, buckaroo blue, old olive, chocolate chip cardstock by SU, dye inks by SU, aquapainter, watercolouring paper, nestabilities, cuttlebug, old olive grosgrain ribbon, basic grey patterned paper, paper piercer, mat pack.

Work it, Girl!

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This is a little gift for a co-worker who has been on a diet for about a month and is seeing some progress.  I’m hoping this gives her a little boost of encouragement and lets her know that I am rooting for her. (as she was for me back when I was having some diet success)

This gift contains just over 100 calories but is packed with flavour – there’s a peanut flavoured “Sweet and Salty” granola bar, a bottle of water, a raspberry flavour packet for the water and a strawberries and cream lip balm.  It’s all packed in a cute little pocket I made and decorated with a (surprise!) Whipper Snapper stamp. (the pocket is a little slanted in the picture):

Here’s a shot of the complete set:

…and here’s a shot of the pocket (granola bar is not in the shot – the packaging is not that cute) – you can just make out the decorative strip of paper on the water and you can see that I covered the lip balm with patterned paper to match the gift. (the top of the water bottle lid is decorated too but you can’t see that in the shot):

This was fairly quick to make once I worked out where I wanted to score the cardstock for the pocket.  I think it turned out really cute and I can’t wait to see the recipient’s face when she spots this on her desk today.  I hope she likes it!

I wish she could package up some of her willpower and leave it on my desk!

Supplies used: Whipper Snapper stamp “Working It Out”, Nestabilities Labels dies (labels 2?), Cuttlebug, green textured cardstock, regal rose cardstock, SU markers, aquapainter, watercolouring paper.


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From Wikipedia:

“Frenemy” (sometimes spelled “frienemy”) is a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy” which can refer to either an enemy disguised as a friend or to a partner who is simultaneously a competitor.

It’s probably not fair to use that title for my post today.  There’s no way that these two guys are enemies on any level but I’m running low on clever titles and it beats “card with a bird and a cat on it”.

Still love, love, loving the Whipper Snapper stamps.  There’s just so much “white space” on the images making them fun to colour.  That’s important to me as I actually never did like colouring at any point in my life but I’m finding it somewhat therapeutic these days and I’m having fun trying to figure out how to do it properly though I’ll probably never learn. (I’m not one for taking time to learn to do something the traditional or proper way…I just fake it and that’s good enough for me!).

Here are our friends the cat and the bird:

I used a few retired SU supplies on this card as well as a fun patterned paper I’d forgotten about from MAMBI (Me And My Big Ideas) – the retired items are blue bayou stitched ribbon and marigold morning cardstock.  These were purchased my first season of “in colours” and I bought too much.  Lesson learned though and now I only buy the assortment and will buy a pack of one or two of the colours after that if I really, really like them (kiwi kiss and pink pirouette are this year’s winners – last year I only bought 2 packs of the assorted and now I miss the wild wasabi cardstock big time)

Leaving the tail hanging over the edge of the image was a last-minute decision but I think it turned out fairly cute.  Stamping the sentiment sideways was a bit of a twist too.  I need to do that more often. (I tend to get in a rut)  I also inked the edges of the watercolour paper with black ink – something I used to do all the time and stopped doing but I think I will take it up again as it nicely defines the layers of the image and the mat.

I’ve got another cute Whipper Snapper project to show you tomorrow (it’s not a card but you could easily make one to match!).  It’s a little gift for a friend who is on a diet.  I’m hoping it gives her a little boost to stick with it.  I could use a little inspiration in that department myself as I have really given up on it since my surgery last year.   Check back tomorrow for this easy and super cute project!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Gift (W)Rap

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Arrrrgh!  I have tried to photograph today’s project but it’s coming out too dark for any of the detail to show up.  I altered a wooden box (heart-shaped) to package a birthday gift for my cousin (her birthday is today).  I also made a box-in-a-bag to wrap the gift and I was going to make a matching card but the box and the bag are kind of elegant and I was in the mood to make a fun card instead of a boring one!

Here’s the box and the bag but the colours are a little washed out in an effort to show you all the teeny, tiny rhinestones I individually placed on the top of the box (oh, and the ribbon on the bag is not tied yet because I still have to put the box in there):

Here’s a different shot of the bag and box but I can’t tell you what’s inside as my cousin sometimes visits my blog…

I’m going to post the card separately so here’s the babble on the box:

I painted a hinged, wooden box from M’s with black paint and then covered it with some felted paper.  I inked the edges of the paper with black ink so it would blend nicely once stuck to the box.  I simply used Mono Multi glue to adhere the paper.  The rhinestones are from a package I picked up at Dollarama – they’re intended for decorating a cell phone and I’ve gotten some mileage from them.  I only bought them because there were black rhinestones in the package and I haven’t seen any in my travels.  A Prima with a rhinestone centre was added to the lid for a little extra decoration.

In real life this is quite sparkly and the paper is very textured as the black stripes are felted.  I used my monogram stamper from JustRite to decorate the bag as I like to personalize my gifts.  I don’t have any cream ribbon so the black and white striped is going to have to do.  (I don’t have any plain black ribbon either though that surprises me a little)

I’ll post the card tomorrow just in case Shana checks my blog today.

Cracked Glass

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Have you ever noticed that I don’t make cards with floral stamps?  Flowers just don’t do it for me (unless they are uber cute Prima flowers in little glass bottles!) so I have hardly any and never break them out to use…

However, I had to come up with a card for an 85th birthday (which is a pretty cool age to live to be!) and the card had to be purple (or some shade thereof) so I came up with this:

Excuse the glare on the cracked glass part…but you get the idea.

I haven’t used this technique in about 2 years and I’m not really sure why.  I keep hopping around styles and trying different things so some techniques get buried under the huge list of things I want to try.

Not much to tell about this card – tons of distressing (Ranger Linen), I cracked open some metal numbers from my stash and used my labels nesties which I got at the same time as the scalloped hearts.  The cardstock is naturals and certainly celery and the flower image is an Inkadinkadoo set (I think!)

Must go – a sick husband awaits.

Snow Day!!!

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I have an “unexpected” day off work today due to the weather (I used quotes because we knew the storm was coming and that there was a high probability of having at least a half-day off today):

Winter storm warning in effect.

Day: Snow at times heavy mixed with freezing rain. Snowfall amount 10 to 15 cm. Blowing snow. Wind north 60 km/h gusting to 80 except gusting to 100 along parts of the coast. High zero.
Night: Snow mixed with freezing rain. Snowfall amount 5 to 10 cm. Blowing snow. Wind north 60 km/h gusting to 80 except gusting to 100 along parts of the coast this evening. Wind becoming northwest 70 gusting to 100 near midnight. Temperature steady near minus 1. 
If you didn’t bother to read the text above, let me summarize – we’re looking at 25 cm of snow and the sound of the wind blowing on our vinyl siding is driving me crazy!  It was soooooo noisy all last night with the wind lashing the side of the house.

Point being – I’m home today!  

I was sorting through (bad)pictures of my completed cards and noticed that I haven’t shared a Valentine’s Day card that I made using another cute High Hopes stamp.  Here’s the card:


You can also see a small stack of altered heart shaped tins (plastics?) I made too.  These were an insane bargain at Dollarama.  I only bought 2 packages as the quality looked questionable in the store (there are 4 in a pack) and there was one “dud” (the plastic has white spots in it that looked like creases in the plastic) and I wasn’t sure how well patterned paper would stick to the plastic lids.  My K&Co double-sided paper worked really well on these.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for Easter tins as they’d make great gift holders for my work peeps. (oh, they could have Easter Peeps inside – except I usually avoid giving anything that isn’t individually wrapped.  Must think about this…Peeps for my peeps is almost too good to pass up!)

Back to the card…

I watercoloured the HH image and added some glitter accents on the balloons (which you can actually see in the picture above!) and dry embossed the background cs with a cuttlebug folder.  I did DTP (direct to paper) inking on the embossing to accent the heart shapes and only used a small piece of yummy Basic Grey paper.  The sentiment was computer-generated and punched out with a circle punch.  This was a card for a man so I did use my nesties but avoided the scalloped edge dies.

That really was the last of the 2009 Valentine’s.   I fully intend to take advantage of a couple of hours of play time this afternoon (now that laundry is done and I know we’re closed for the afternoon too) and I hope to come up with something blog-worthy.  I might even finish a project I started on Saturday…

Happy Snow Day, St. John’s!

It’s NOT a Valentine

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It IS pink, it IS heart-shaped and this IS February however, this is NOT a Valentine, I promise!

After making my “best card ever” which featured a shaker card I was really in the mood to give shaker cards another shot.  At the risk of being a one-trick-pony, my next shaker card also uses a heart-shaped cut out.  This time it’s a Christening card.

My “client” requested that the baby’s name and Christening date be featured on the front of the card so I decided to make that the focal point rather than stamping an image inside the shaker box.  For simplicity I used MS Word and my printer for the name/date.

I only got my scallop heart nestabilities a few weeks ago but they are certainly getting some use!  I cut a large heart in pink pirouette (is that spelled correctly?) and then cut a second, smaller heart inside the first one to create the pink frame around my shaker box.  I then cut the smaller heart a second time on a 4.5X4.5 piece of white cardstock and ran it through my cuttlebug to emboss the dots on the paper. (TIP: When using the swiss dots embossing folder on a piece of cardstock that is larger than the folder emboss as much of the cardstock as possible, then line up the next row of dots and pass the cardstock through to emboss the other side.  The folder will crush one row of dots from the first pass but you can pop them back up by flipping the cardstock over and gently pushing each dot with a stylus.)

Here’s the finished card:

I used some Martha Stewart snow glitter inside the shaker and some neglected Making Memories snaps are attached to each corner.  Bet you can’t tell where the dots overlap on the white cardstock! 

It’s late, I’m tired and we might be getting 25 cm of snow in the morning so I’m headed off to sleep.  Pray for a snow day for me tomorrow!

To My Valentine

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Ah, the last Valentine of the season.  I love making cards for “holidays” but it gets a bit tiresome near the end.   I have a couple of non-Valentine’s projects coming up plus some new stamps that need to be inked and I’m anxious to get started on that.

This little guy is such a simple card yet it took me AGES to work out the layout.  Part of me feels it needs ribbon but I wasn’t sure so I left it off (less is more, right?).  I was trying to make one of the cats (dude on the left) a bit tabbyish but I’m not that up on my cats so it probably just looks like a bad colouring job.

Here we go:

The bow tie and hair ribbon are sparkly IRL.  Nesties were used to cut the hearts and the black and silver paper is from a DCWV glitter stack so this is a little more blingy in person.   The inside statement reads “You’re The Cat’s Meow”.  Maybe not the most original sentiment but it’s cute.

Not too chatty tonight – I’m on day 4 of a headache so it’s off to fold some laundry and then to hopefully catch some zzzzz’s.

Supplies used: Bazzil cardstock – maraschino, DCWV glitter stack, Fluffles In Love stamp, Nestabilities, buttons (mouse and fishbone), punches, spica glitter pen (clear)

Just Rite for Gift-making

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Just Rite is certainly making a name for itself in the stamping world.  Their monogrammed stampers have made a big splash in the last 6 months and are a great way to personalize just about any paper craft.

I received a monogram stamping kit for my birthday from my in-laws (thanks Phyl and Colin!) and also purchased some items during a sale that Just Rite had in December (went in on BOGO with my friend Karen).

I did play with the stamper a little bit when I first got my order but it was close to Christmas and I had too much going on with card-making and the usual hustle and bustle of the season.  Last week I finally made a small project using the 1 5/8″ monogram stamper and I’ll be sure to try it out again in the not-too-distant future.

When making the Valentine’s Day bundle that I raffled off for charity, a co-worker admired the mini-composition book in the set and I offered to make her one.  I’m sure she didn’t really think much of whether I would make it or not but I did sit down that very weekend and alter a notebook for her.  I just happen to know her middle name so I was armed with her correct initials for the monogram.  Here’s how it turned out:

The little black and clear rhinestone details are actually from a package of cellphone “bling”.  I had been looking for some black rhinestones and I got quite a few in this package for $1.00 at Dollarama. 

The paper is a DCWV Old World Stack.  Very vintage and distressed looking without doing any work!

A quick project with great results!

I don’t have time for the usual blah, blah, blah and supplies list tonight.  Spent most of the evening at the Emergency room with my husband (he’s fine – well, he’s not fine but he doesn’t have a collapsed lung like his doctor thought so I’m fairly happy about that)

Best Card Ever!

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That is, the best card *I’ve* ever made.  I think.  So far.

I love it when someone wants me to make a card but they just tell me to do whatever I want.  There are two reasons I love hearing that – 1. The person likes my cards and trusts that they’ll get something nice.  2.  I have no limitations on my creativity and I usually make an over the top card when time allows.

This Valentine for a little girl (it’s only her 2nd Valentine’s Day) is my most over the top card ever.  It’s got metal bling, it’s got shiny bling, it’s got ribbon, it’s a shaker card, it’s a Valentine, it’s a freakin’ work of art!

Without further ado, here is my masterpiece:

Neither expense nor brand name was spared in the creation of this card.  One of a kind (in my personal stash) items were used.  Basic Grey, Prima, Martha Stewart, and Spellbinders were some of the big names invited to this card party.  It took HOURS to make and I think I used just about every type of adhesive I own.  We’re talking pop dots, tape runner, Tombow mono multi, glossy accents, foam tape, glue dots AND scotch tape!

Initially, I wasn’t going to do a shaker card – I was just going to raise the outer border around the heart shape to give the card more dimension but I thought it would be fun to add an acetate cover and pour some beads inside. (thinking the young recipient would like to hear the shaking – but hoping mommy doesn’t hand the card over for her to eat)  While digging out the appropriate tube of beads I remembered some fantastic heart shaped confetti I had in my stash and swapped it for that.  I was going to use foam tape around the inside border of the shaker box but decided to cut some sticky foam with a heart shaped die.  Once I cut it I realized that the edges were a bit too sticky and I was going to abandon my idea but then I thought it would be fun to press some of the confetti around the inside edges and give the frame a little more colour.  Extra confetti was then poured inside the card for the shaker effect.  (in retrospect, I probably could have poured confetti inside the box and shook it to stick to the edges rather than taking the time to press it in by hand)

This was an especially difficult card to photograph because there was a glare on the acetate window.   I took a shot from the opposite angle and you could see the detail a little better but the glare was too much.  I did take a couple of close-up shots to show the flower detail and the bow.

Here’s the bow – I’ve had this “sugar and spice” charm in my stash for about 2 years.  I was going to use it on a baby card but used it here instead of adding a sentiment (which I feel would have detracted from the look of the card):

The charm had some pink enamel around the edges but it had a bit of a yellowish tone so I covered the edges with glossy accents and poured some Martha Stewart Carrara Marble glitter over it.  It turned out well.

And here’s a shot of the Primas – lots of Martha Stewart branch punch accents as well as rhinestones and a brad that I treated with more glossy accents/carrara marble as the shade of pink on the brad was too bright:

In the above shot you can see that I paper-pieced the dress on the image to match the Basic Grey Bittersweet paper used on the card.

If I sewed on cards (which I don’t – but I’d consider it if I could score a Janome Sew Mini) this would be a great card for it.  A line of white (or red!) stitching around the edges would really finish this off.  Maybe next Valentine’s Day.

Supplies used: just read above – way too much to list today!

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