Nice day for a surprise wedding…

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My friend Debbie got married on the “down-low” today so I made her a card to congratulate her.

There were no wedding colours etc. to go with (I usually use the wedding colours as my starting point) so I used my new SU DP that I got free for sell-a-bration (I say free but I had to buy X amount of stamps to get the free gift…ah, I was going to spend the money anyway!)  The colours are cute and spring-like and I know Debbie is dying for better weather to get here so here’s hoping the card brings so warmth to St. John’s (yeah, talk to me in July!)

Here’s the card:

Still slacking on the wedding stamps but these cute doodlebug stamps are getting me by until someone makes a set I like (is Kim Hughes listening???).  I also attached a flower I got in a Prima bundle I just ordered from eP.  The deal was too good to pass up – plus I’m addicted to Prima flowers even though I hardly ever use them.  I do try…

Congratulations Debbie and Reuben!

World’s Ugliest Paddy’s Day Card

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I’m REALLY behind with my blog…life has been busy.  I am still doing craft projects but I haven’t had time for photographing them, editing them, writing about them, etc.

This was a card I made for a co-worker who LOVES St. Patrick’s Day.  Unfortunately, she had a death in the family a couple of days before the 17th but I’d already started her card and figured it couldn’t hurt to still give it to her. (another co-worker gave her a card too…I think they did cheer her up a little)

Also, unfortunately, I don’t really have any St. Paddy’s Day stamps other than a freebie I got from High Hopes in my Birthday order.  The stamp is cute but the mojo was lacking…here’s what I ended up with:

I tried the faux stitching (it’s a stamp by Technique Tuesday) and went a little off track on the bottom but that hopefully added to the look. (um, sure it did…)  I finally used my slot punch or whatever that thing is called and threaded the ribbon through the image a little differently.  Another one of my “interesting” ribbon bows and some MS glitter on the image and I was done.  I tried…

Still have a few projects to post so don’t give up on me yet!

Enormously Wonderful

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If you know me personally, you know that I love elephants.  I have no idea why I like them so much but I’ve collected them since I was 8-9 years old.  I actually gave up collecting them around the time I got married as they were taking over my house.  This wasn’t a big problem before Rich and I lived together but when we got married I decided that MY stuff shouldn’t be the theme in every room.  I did give away lots of my “dust collectors” but kept anything that had great sentimental value.

Unfortunately, I tend to want every stamp that features an elephant.  I don’t buy every one I see but I am drawn to them and, consequently, own too many elephant stamps – not a practical choice if you sell cards.

I am learning to be more selective when purchasing elephant stamps but this set by Hero Arts could not be passed up:

I bought this back in early January but only inked up one of the stamps this weekend.  I am going to keep the set out on my desk in hopes that I make a few more cards to get my money’s worth out of the set. (not literally)

Here’s the card I made using this set. (anniversary card):

Again, I’m happy that I used some “neglected” items in my stash – a piece of patterned paper I bought about 4 months ago, some retired SU ribbon, and a piece of metal hardware (the ribbon is tied to it – I tend to hoard the metal stuff).  It’s a relatively simple card but it took me ages to decide where to put the ribbon and the “Love” sentiment. 

I inked this one up to give it a little more pop.  The inked edges of the red cardstock (Riding Hood Red by SU – I just got this colour) help the mat stand out more as portions of the edge would have blended with the red blocks in the background paper if the ink hadn’t created a visual line between the two reds.  The patterned paper is double sided – the back is solid green.  To get an exact colour match for the mat on the sentiment I flipped the paper over and used an oval of green instead of using cardstock from my stash that would have been a different shade of green.

My label nestabilities were used to cut the image and the mat for the image.  I find this die set to be well worth the money.  I flipped the mat like I did on the waterbottle treat I made a couple of weeks ago.  It just changes things up a little.  There are several different labels sets available to buy but I only bought the one I thought I’d get the most use of.  I’m sure it’s nice to own every set but how many different shapes do you really need? 

Back tomorrow with a boy birthday card. 

Supplies used: Elephants by Hero Arts, sixthavenue union square PP by American Arts, riding hood red and baja breeze cardstock by SU, nestabilities, cuttlebug, aquapainter, blue bayou stitched ribbon, metal hardware by We R Memory Keepers, brad by Making Memories, paper piercer, mat pack, oval punches.

Birthday Balloon

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It’s been a strange week in St. John’s.  There was a tragedy earlier this week that has left our province saddened and subdued.  I have thought about all the families that lost someone they knew in the crash and am very thankful that no immediate family work in the Offshore Oil industry.  I do try to keep my blog separate from non-craft related events but this was a significant event that had an impact on the frequency of my blog posts as the only cards I made this week were made purely out of necessity. 

The first card – which I’m posting today – came from a simple sketch I saw on Anna Wight’s blog but my translation is a little boring.  I’m pleased that I used some Basic Grey paper, a brad, ribbon, and a stamp I’ve never inked before but I think my pattern choice was a poor one.  However, the card does look masculine and it is for a man so I am popping it in the mail today.  Here’s the card:

In retrospect, a more playful pattern would be better suited to this balloon image.  I did get to play with my colour spritzer and managed to colour the balloon so that it matches the background paper so I’ll give myself a few points for that.  This is another of my “go to” masculine colour combinations – navy and cranberry.  It’s second to my olive/mustard/denim combo. 

The sketch is definitely worth taking another stab at during a more creative mood.  The image was quick to colour and the layout is not fussy so the card was very quick to pull together. 

Supplies used: Crazy For Cupcakes stamp set, Cranberry Crisp cardstock, Basic Grey PP, bordering blue SU marker, aquapainter, MM brad, SU grosgrain ribbon, colour spritzer tool.

Sweetest Day

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This card is fairly similar to the one I made for my cousin a couple of weeks ago.  I really like having the patterned paper on the top portion of the card instead of the bottom as is more traditional.

I really LOVED this cute stamp set in last year’s SU catalogue but this is the first time I’ve used it that I can think of (I did stamp off a couple of images and colour them but never actually made anything with them).  You’ll probably be seeing more of this set in the next few weeks – I’m leaving it out on my desk in hopes of getting some mileage out of my investment (plus I’m really trying not to buy any more stamps as I’ve just re-stocked my SU cardstock – big $$$$!).

The colours in this card were inspired by the Basic Grey PP on the card.  I have LOTS of 6X6 pads of BG paper as the print is scaled down to accomodate cards but I rarely use the paper.  I’m not sure if I just can’t stand cutting into it or if the paper is too funky for the cards I make.  My own personal taste in stamps and paper is vintage/shabby but I rarely make that style card for anyone.  I’ve placed myself on a Basic Grey embargo but there is a new pad of paper out that I’d love to own.  It’s called Marrakesh and there are ELEPHANTS on some of the paper (I love elephants!).  I’ve stopped myself from ordering the paper several times and hope I can continue to resist as I have soooo much paper already.  We’ll see how that goes…

Anyway, I managed to snag items from several neglected areas in my craft room – rub-ons were used for the stitching around the edges of the paper, my Marvy punches were dusted off (I’ve been using Nesties), some cute ribbon I bought over a year ago saw the light for the first time in months and the stamp set that I wanted so badly finally made it to my blog.

I tried to make the watering can look rusty when colouring the image.  I don’t think I achieved quite what I was looking for but it will do.

I’ve got to make a matching gift-card holder when I get a spare few minutes but I’ve got another few days before this needs to go in the mail so I’m putting that on hold so I can go play with the Wii.

Supplies used: SU stamp – A Flower For All Seasons, Basic Grey LilyKate PP, So Saffron cardstock, marvy circle punches, hole punch, SU markers, aquapainter, ribbon from M’s, K&Co stiches rub ons

Hannah-Picasso

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A co-worker asked me to make him a couple of sketchbooks for his budding artist daughter, Hannah (she’s 3 1/2).  Apparently, she is constantly drawing pictures and he thought it would be nice if she could keep them all in a book instead of just handing him individual sheets of her works of art.

Of course, a gift for a child should be personalized whenever possible (we all know how cool it was to get something with our names on it when we were younger – hell, it’s still cool!) so I made sure her name was featured on both books.

Book number one is the larger of the two so her name is the focal point on this one.  I asked what her favourite colour was and the response was, not suprisingly, “pink”, so here are Hannah’s pink sketchbooks:

The first sketchbook is not quite as blindingly bright as in my post but it is quite um, cheerful.  The patterned paper was from a Rob and Bob slab that I purchased when I first started making cards and it’s great paper when you’re looking for something “young”.  I’ve used it a lot on my projects and it’s probably a bit dated for cards but it’s perfect for journals and giftwrap. (yes, I use my 12X12 paper to wrap smaller gifts – why not?)

I also used my cricut create to do the letters on the first sketchbook.  It was a birthday gift from my husband and it hasn’t seen a lot of action yet but it’s great to have and I’m sure it will be showing up more often on my blog. (there’s a learning curve as to how to incorporate die cuts into my card-making – I used to use them all the time before I discovered stamps but I have to figure out how to use them without reverting to beginner style)

I added glitter to a couple of the letters in Hannah’s name (the “a”s) and popped the first H up on a tag with some ribbon and brads for extra decoration.  (side note:  I find Hannah’s name quite cool as it’s a palindrome – it’s also the name of our car but that’s another story!)  As this is a journal I didn’t want the front to be too bulky so some photo corners and small rhinestones make up the rest of the decoration on this book.

Journal number two actually took longer to make than the bigger one.  I wasn’t sure how to make another pink journal for the same person that didn’t look like the first one.  I decided to pretend it was a card and worry about how to personalize it afterwards.  Luckily, when searching for rub-ons small enough to spell her name (I didn’t have any) I stumbled across some forgotten letters that are meant to be stuck to Making Memories brads.  Perfect!   I paper-pieced the wings of the ladybug to match the glitter-paper background and flocked the flowers (bizarre alliteration) to make them stand out a little as the paper made them blend too much.  A few pieces of coordinating ribbon and the decorations were complete.  I cut as many sheets of paper as my largest plastic coils (16mm) could hold so this is a fairly thick notepad.  I also had some mini ballpoint pens from Staples in my stash that match the journals so I’m throwing those in as well.  Originally, I was going to bead a pen to match the larger journal but the pens are probably going to be lost within the first week so it seemed a bit of a waste.  These little guys are cheap and cheerful which sounds just about perfect to me.

Not bothering with a supply list today…the blah, blah, blah listed most of it.

MIA – Many Interesting Activities

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When I am away from my blog for a while it’s simply because I’m BUSY!!!  Sometimes I’m busy making cards etc. for clients and sometimes I’m just busy in a “life” sort of way.  Last week was a little of column A and a little of column B.  The life thing was in the fun catagory – we purchased a Wii last Friday and have been using it every day.  The novelty (for me, not so much for my husband) *might* have worn off by now but we bought a Fit to go with the Wii (after scouring the city for days and phoning stores daily until we finally got a positive answer!) and I am really enjoying playing with it.  The exercise thing is simply a bonus.

My favourite activity on the Wii is step aerobics.  I don’t know why but I find this segment of the workout very entertaining.  I’m also not that great with my balance so I’m enjoying this much more than the balance games my husband plays every chance he gets.

I knew last weekend that we would be getting the Fit to go with the Wii so I made an activity journal while my friend Karen was visiting (she made a journal for her daughter too) and I’ve been recording my Wii minutes in the journal.  It’s highly motivating and much needed as I’ve gained quite a bit of weight since my surgery last year and I really need to do something about it.

The journal doesn’t have much in the way of decoration because I don’t want to have anything bulky on the cover that would interfere with writing in the book and I keep it in our recroom where it’s bound to be tossed around so I went for sturdy instead of fussy.  Here’s the journal:

 

I used some new K&Co papers – they are heavyweight and durable so it was an obvious choice for me.  The barbell pattern was too cute to pass up and the paper is what dictated the colours of the journal.  I was going to add my name in chipboard letters (and still may!) but haven’t done so as of yet. 

I made a journal page in MS Word and printed it on some bond paper that was donated to me from work.  It’s actually A4 paper so that was a little trickier to cut into quarters as I was working in metric and there was a .5 cm measurement in there.  My paper cutter is not really designed for half cms.  Here’s a shot of a journal page:

I kept the journal page layout simple as I’m not sure what my needs will be for keeping track of exercise.  This was the most general layout I could think of.  I used a fun font and a simple “fill in the blank” format.  The notes space has been used every time I write in the journal so I’m glad I added that in.  I suppose a space for “weight” would have been a good idea but it’s not a blank I’d enjoy completing!

I used Karen’s Bind-It-All to make the journal.  I have a plastic spiral binding machine (Rubicoil) but was anxious to try the BIA.  I think Karen believes the Rubicoil is a better machine but I like the professional finish the BIA gives a book and I also think it’s great that between us we have both machines as we don’t mind sharing.

Speaking of my Rubicoil,  I have a couple of projects to share tomorrow that uses it so stay tuned!

Supplies used: Bind-It-All, 3/4 inch O-wires, A4 bond paper, K&Co patterned paper (Daydreams collection), Whipper Snapper “Working It Out” stamp, SU dye inks, aquapainter, watercolour paper, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities dies



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