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Tomorrow is Canada Day meaning that I have a day off (yay me!).  It also means I might get to make some cards (unless the weather is condusive to staining my front steps…that’s a bit of a priority).

No matter what I’ll be doing tomorrow, I certainly have had a pleasant evening so far.  We stopped and bought some amazing cupcakes on the way home from work and I made lemon pepper salmon, paprika scallops, and butternut squash for supper.  We also bought a movie while we were shopping so we opened a bottle of wine and ate supper while watching the movie.  Once we had enough space, we made coffee and had our cupcakes.

I then spent an hour puttering in my craft room and made a card for Mercy’s sketch challenge (it’s my first time participating – you can find the challenge and the sketch HERE. )

It didn’t turn out quite the way I’d envisioned but I’m going to blame it on the wine! (and I’m also going to make an effort to do the sketch challenge again next Tuesday)

Here’s the card:

I think I tried too hard to put my own spin on the sketch. (hence the um, interesting ribbon treatment.  I was trying to make the ribbon look a little more like the bird was sitting on a branch.) 

On the bright side, I did use some Cosmo Cricket paper that’s been staring at me for a while.

I’ll be back with something tomorrow…I’m just not sure what it will be yet!

Gearing Up…

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Finally!  A chance to make a card just for fun!

I’ve been a busy bee lately – which is nice because I’m feeling the card makin’ love.  However, it’s nice to just have some time to play in my craft room.

I whipped this little guy (girl!) up tonight in no time at all.  I love it when that happens.  This is a bit of a go-to layout for me.  I just need to work on adding an embellishment somewhere or other to take it to the next level (next time).

I watercoloured this cute little robot image from PaperWorks Co (Peppy Tinheart) and added a little glitter to the flower, heart and grass for some bling factor (and I’m thrilled you can see the glitter in my picture).  I also decided to use some eyelets on this card as I had them out for the invitations I made over the weekend.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a whole collection of neglected eyelets hiding in their craft room…don’t even get me started on shaped brads…geez!)

The paper is Kioshi by Basic Grey and some Pumpkin Pie cardstock to go with my orange robot.  I know this is mean but I coloured the robot orange because Peggy at PaperWorks hates orange…kind of an inside joke the design team runs with from time to time.

I also took a minute to run the panel through my sewing machine before adding it to the card.  Love that Pixie! 

On a different note, I ordered some Hug Snug seam binding to take a crack at making some wrinkle ribbon…I only have one batch done but I’m hoping to get a few more yards of ribbon coloured in the next day or two…I’ll let you know how it goes (just using SU dye ink for now).  

It’s almost bedtime in St. John’s so I’ll end here.

Spa-Licious

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ETA:  Ladies, I appreciate all the comments on these invitations but I made them so long ago and don’t have a prototype to even begin to give you detailed instructions.  – Kelly

Ah, the invitations are complete.  Like so many card makers, mass production is not my favourite thing.  I like to make a new card/creation every time I steal away to my craft room.

However, sometimes mass production is a necessary evil…like when you’re making invitations.

I was asked to make invitations for a young girl’s birthday party.   Her mom has hired a company called Spalicious to come to her house and give the girls mini spa treatments.  One of the things they are having done is a manicure. (in appropriate pale pink colours)  After mulling it over for an evening, I decided to make nail polish bottle shaped invitations – not sure if I quite pulled it off but the mom was happy with the proto-type.  Here’s the (almost) finished product:

Does it look like a nail-polish bottle? (or close?)

I added a layer of vellum over the wording of the invitations to make it look like the words are under glass.  I still have to add a little bit of bling to the “Shhhhh, it’s a surprise” tag but wanted to get this up on the blog before the weekend was over.  I’ll do that once I finish posting this and just leave them to dry over night before delivering them to the poor mother who will be entertaining 8 giggling girls at a spa party which is followed by a sleepover!

You might have noticed in my banner that one bottle has different ribbon than the others.  That’s an extra invitation for the birthday girl to keep as a memento.  She has no idea what type of party her mom is having for her so she won’t get to see the invitations.  Even if she did get to see them I usually do make one extra invitation so the birthday girl can keep one if she’d like.   Here’s a group shot:

Off to add some bling to the invites!

From The Big Top…

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Hello, hello, hello!  Happy Saturday!  I’ve been wanting to share this card all week and I’m glad I can finally post it on my blog. 

I created this little number for my Super Saturday post on the PaperWorks Co blog today.

My card reflects a “Ways to Use it” challenge on Splitcoast Stampers this week – Raving on Ribbon (WT275).  The idea is to use ribbon in your favourite way or an unusual way.  I talk about this at length over on the PWCO blog so I’m not going to totally repeat myself (and I’d love it if you’d visit that blog so if you have a spare minute scoot on over) but I will take a moment to share some details.  First, the card:

I think it turned out quite cute (and, yes, it is an actual card – it’s house-shaped – the fold is on the left).

So, I used my ribbon in my favourite way (ruffled – you HAVE to try this if you haven’t and I highly recommend Scor-Tape as your adhesive – I get mine at 7kidscollegefund.com) and I also used it in an unusual way by custom colouring some ribbon with copics and looping small strands to make Lucas’s mane (I used scor-tape for that too…you NEED some!)

You might not be able to tell in the picture but my ribbon is coloured in two different shades of yellow on Lucas.  It’s really fluffy and cute!  Well, full and cute…it’s not that fluffy as the copics made the ribbon a little stiffer than it was before I coloured it but still…

The tent top is a red triangle and I just glued a couple of pieces of white (strategically cut of course!) to the top to simulate the red and white stripes.  The scalloped edge was done by punching out red and white circles and cutting them in half.  The ruffle of blue ribbon hides the join between the scallops and the red triangle.

Another little element you might not see in the picture is that I ran some red cardstock through my paper crimper (remember those?) to give the side panels more of a “curtain” effect.

Here’s a little close up of Lucas on the 3-D stand that I made (using a square punch – just snip the square in half diagonally to make little triangles.)  You might be able to make out the different shades of yellow – they are a bit subtle:

After making this card I was struck with “circus fever”…if I didn’t already have a few projects in the works I would have made a matching popcorn holder and filled it with Crunch N Munch or crackerjacks…oh the possibilities!

Off to make some birthday invitations for a spa party…enjoy the rest of your day!

BIG Birthday!

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I am here people!  I’ve actually had more card orders than normal this past week plus I’ve got birthday invitations to mass-produce over the weekend so I’ve been very productive but haven’t had much time to blog about it – also, some of the projects are a bit “same old, same old” – in fact, today is just such a post.

Remember my “50” card in my last post?  It definitely needed some brightening up so I used the same layout for a “75” card but prettied up the papers and used a white background instead of the muted one from last time.  MUCH better.

Case in point:

As this card has brighter colours the glitter even came out in the picture!  I’m debating adding the pearls…my pearls are not that white and I am not sure if they’ll detract from the card or not…I think I’ll go do a dry run right now and see how it goes.

QUICK UPDATE:

I found some shinier flat back pearls (duh, I just used them on my Zach the golfer cards!) that go with the card nicely so I quickly glued them on (the glue is very fresh in this picture…)  The extra dash of bling works for me!

I hope to get to make something later tomorrow but if not I DEFINITELY have something cute to share on Saturday so don’t be a stranger!

50 Is Nifty

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Let me start by saying that the pictures will NOT do justice to this card.  Trying to take a picture of a glittery card is so difficult.

This is a totally different card for me.  I didn’t use any stamps to make this but I think it turned out okay.  It’s for a 50th birthday but would definitely work as an anniversay card too. (maybe using gold instead of green)

First the card, then the details:

There were a few steps to this so bear with me…

I glued some BG paper to a piece of chipboard and die cut the numbers using my cuttlebug.  I then put a thin coat of glue on the numbers and covered them in glamour dust.  It’s finer than regular glitter and is very sparkly.  I also think that every time I work with it I inhale more than I use on my project.  (okay, I’ve just admitted that I snort glamour dust)

While waiting for the glitter to dry, I die cut a rectangle of coordinating paper and a mat from cardstock.  I then embossed a piece of kraft cardstock and trimmed down the edges.  A few swipes of white craft ink to bring out the pattern and that was also put aside to dry for a bit.

I was having trouble with embellishments.  I didn’t really have any ribbon that coordinates with the colours in the patterned paper or the cardstock I used (it’s that Razzleberry SU stuff – very dark) so I dug around and found some prima roses in my stash.  They didn’t match either so I lightly coloured the tips of  a rose with a copic marker to make it match the papers I was using (I was impressed as I don’t have very many copics but managed to get a decent match!)  More roses would have been nice but these suckers are expensive so I kept it to one.

By this time, the white craft ink was dry so I ran the kraft panel through my sewing machine and adhered it to the card base (between embossing and inking, the panel warped quite a bit so I used LOTS of ATG tape.).  A few pearls on each corner of the patterned paper rectangle and I figured it was time to finish assembling the card.  I probably should have sewn on the patterned paper too but I’d already adhered the dimensionals to it so I left it alone.

I have to go design some birthday invitations…if they turn out okay I’ll show them off another time!

A little chick…

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Whew!  Yesterday’s blog hop was intense!  It was my first one and I was a little nervous posting my never-before-seen projects but I think things went well.

I’ll be back later to update my post with the winner of the blog candy. (want to give people a chance to enter)

UPDATE:  The winner is number 11 (using Random.Org) which is Natalie!  I’ll be sending Natalie an email asking for her snail mail address…thanks for taking the time to visit yesterday – I had a lot of fun!

I’ve been away from my craft room off and on lately due to a bad back but managed to make 2 cards over the weekend (which is not very productive for me) so I’ve got a couple of things to show you this week and hopefully my back is on the mend and I’ll be able to do more (sometimes what I’m doing is for an order and it’s quite repetative so I don’t bother blogging everything I do).

Today’s card is a birthday card that I made for absolutely no reason – which is nice.  I was just playing with some papers and came up with this layout.  The paper I chose dictated the stamp used.  I tend to choose my image first and then paper but this one is a little backwards from my usual methods:

I used lots of distress ink on all the papers – not sure why but I was in the mood to vintage up the paper today.

The stamp is from TAC – I ordered a bunch of their stuff when I first started stamping.  They were the first guys that I knew of that used cling mount for their stamps so I was impressed with the system and with how much more affordable their stamps were than the stamps from other companies.

Of course, lots of places offer cling mount now and I’m certainly glad about that.  I rarely use my wood-mounted stamps (which is a bit of a crime) as they are not right there in front of me like my cling mount and acrylic stamps.  I’m a very “out of sight, out of mind” person. 

I used Cosmo Cricket Garden Girl paper and garden green cardstock for this card.  You’ll probably be seeing some new paper soon as I caved and bought a 12X12 pad of paper at M’s over the weekend – I really try not to buy the larger paper but I’ve been eyeing it for months and had a 50% off coupon.  I might need to order some stamps to go with it!

Speaking of orders, I bought some seam tape online last week (don’t have it yet but it’s shipped) and I’m going to give the wrinkle ribbon thing a try.  Who knows?  If I like it I might make some vintage cards – it is wedding season so that would come in handy.

Visit me tomorrow – I’ll be back with a card that’s MUCH more elegant than my usual creations.

Thanks for dropping in!

Kelly

PWCO Sport Series 2 Blog Hop (blog candy!!!)

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UPDATE:  The winner of my blog candy was Natalie (comment number 11) – Natalie – keep an eye out for my email requesting your mailing address.

Welcome to my leg of the PaperWorksCo Sports Series 2 Blog Hop!  If you came here from Steph S’s post then you’re on the right track.  If you’re just dropping by to see what I’m up to, you might want to head back to the beginning of the hop at PaperWorksCo Blog so you can check out all the fabulousness that’s happening today.   PLUS there’s blog candy at every single stop PLUS there are bonus stamps for anyone who buys the complete Sport Series 2 set PLUS one lucky blog hop participant will win the entire set of 6 stamps AND the bonus stamps PLUS you can buy these adorable stamps (or any PWCO stamp) for 10% off this weekend! (the discount will automatically be deducted – you don’t need a promo code).  Whew!

Before I show you what I’ve been creating, if you DO get lost, here is the entire list of hop participants (in order):

Peggy

Cabio

Jenny

Steph J

Bella

Lisa T

Danielle

Silvia

Sunghee

Karen Lynn

Steph S

Kelly Bee  (YOU ARE HERE!!!)

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Let’s get on with the show!

I’ve got a bunch of samples to show you today using the cutest Zack the Golfer stamp from PaperWorks Co’s newest Sports Series 2 release (I’ve also got some blog candy to give away so make sure you read the whole post!)

My first project is a card made with my new stamp plus a neat packaging idea for the golfer in your life:

Isn’t this cute?  I made a little golf bag that holds 2 golf balls (the lid comes off so you can get at the golf balls) – you could easily make it taller so you can fit 3 golf balls inside but I think smaller is cuter!  Here’s a closer shot of the holder:

My card and golf ball holder are decorated with 3 Bugs in a Rug paper (it’s so cheerful and I love the weight of it – perfect for machine stitching)  and I also paper pieced Zach’s hat with the same paper so everything matches perfectly.  I used Copic markers to colour Zach.

The “grass” was cut freehand and I snipped the edges and messed them up by running my fingernails over them to give the blades more dimension.  The banner is a toothpick coloured with a marker and I threaded it through a scrap of cardstock.  The big golf ball circle in the background was created by using Nestabilities and a Cuttlebug Embossing folder.   I also adhered a flat-back pearl over the golf ball in the image just because I had some in my stash.  I finished up with a little machine stitching and some silver brads for decoration.

My second project is also a card/packaging set and it shows how versatile the Zach the Golfer stamp is…

Is the golfer in your life female?  Not a problem…

Believe it or not, this is the SAME stamp I used in the first set.  I simply drew some pigtails and a few eyelashes on Zach and voila – Zoe the Golfer!  Two for the price of one!  And if you’re thinking you can’t do this, I can’t draw (I could when I was young but lost the skill somehow!) and managed to alter this stamp no problem (tip: lightly draw the hair with a pencil and then trace over it with a black fine tip marker.)

I chose frillier papers for this set to play up the femininity of my golfer.  I also added some ruffled ribbon and a curled paper flower.  The item on the right is actually a book of golf tees.  Here’s a shot of it when it’s open:

I used doodlebug design “stick with it” adhesive transfers and flock to add “fore u” to the inside of the matchbook style tee holder so even though you can’t tell by the picture, the letters are very cute and fuzzy.

The papers are Basic Grey  (on sale!) and Prism cardstock.

Here’s a close up of the card so you can see the rosette I made from a spiral of Basic Grey paper:

Don’t forget – you can get this stamp for 10% off if you order this weekend (or you can get the whole set PLUS the bonus stamps – all PWCO stamps are 10% off this weekend!)

Now for your reward for reading through all that!  The BLOG CANDY!!!!

Peggy at PaperWorks Co has graciously donated a few items for me to give away today.  All you have to do is leave me a comment on the projects I made today.  There is no restriction on where you live – I’ll ship this prize anywhere in the world!  Make sure you add your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.  If you want to leave a comment but don’t want to be included in the blog candy giveaway, just notate that you are not entering the draw in your comment.  Here’s what’s up for grabs:

After you’ve left your comment, go HERE to complete the blog hop! 

Thanks for visiting – check back tomorrow for the winner of the blog candy.

Blondie

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I totally lied when I said I’d be back yesterday.  I just didn’t have the energy to write a post.  As it is, my back is bothering me again today and I’m just taking enough time to write this before I lie down again. (sitting is the worst when my back is acting up)

This is a cute little card that could be used for lots of different reasons but it happens to be a Father’s Day card from a young girl. (thus the lack of ruffled ribbon! )

It’s quite plain but I wouldn’t really call it a masculine card though if I switched out the image it would definitely fly as a “man card”. 

I used my paper piercer instead of sewing but couldn’t resist double stamping the flower and glittering the top layer.

Incidentally, I’m enjoying using the copic markers that I bought so I think it’s time to order a few more to expand my collection.  I’m having trouble finding the colours that I want in stock from my usual sources but I’ll keep trying and, while I know I won’t be able to buy every colour, someday I’ll have enough to go with more of my patterned paper.   For now I’ll combine what I do have with some paper piecing.

Gotta lie down…did I mention there’s a PWCO blog hop this Saturday?  Make sure you stop by because I’ve got a few awesome projects to share plus a giveaway (as does everyone participating in the hop!)

Deux Chats

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Whew!  Between filling Father’s Day orders, posting on the PWCO blog and creating this custom order, I have had a busy weekend in my craft room.  It looks like a bomb went off in here and I’m not even finished yet!

I’ve been having fun making cards in different sizes lately.   I’d do that more often but I try to stick to the standard sizes as it’s more economical – larger sizes waste cardstock and I only keep 2 sizes of envelope on hand (invitation size and 5″X5″).

However, I had a special request for a card and the only way I could make what they wanted was to combine two different Whipper Snapper stamps.   Once I’d successfully created and coloured my image, I knew it just wouldn’t look right on a quarter-fold card. (there was less than a half inch of wiggle room and that was before I matted the image!)

Enter the 4″X7″ card.   I chose this size because I had directions for making an envelope for this size on the packaging of my Enveloper (a birthday gift from MIL last year).   It was just the right size and I whipped up a card in no time.  Here’s what I ended up with:

Cute, n’est pas?  (the card is resting on the envelope that I made.) 

Well, I have to get back to filling orders and then I’m hoping to tidy up my room – I still haven’t shown you my newest work area (part of it needs to be painted but it will have to wait until I’m in the mood…) and if I tidy up I might remember to take a picture of it.

I’ll be back tomorrow!



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