Hurricane Igor – nasty stuff!

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Whew!  For those that are not aware, Hurricane Igor and Newfoundland were closely aquainted yesterday.  The damage on the Island is unbelievable.

St. John’s wasn’t as hard hit as some areas but we did have flooding, tree damage, property damage etc.  Our office closed a couple of hours early (a lot of other businesses had closed by this time) and we were out all day today as we didn’t have power.  We were on stand by in case the power did come back but by 2 pm it was fairly obvious that we wouldn’t be going to work.

Our house had some damage in the form of siding being torn from one area and we lost a tree but other than that we came out fairly unscathed.  Poor Jack was shaking all day and did NOT want to go outside to do his business.

I wasn’t crafting last night – I was trying to make supper and get some laundry done before the power went.  Since the lights were flickering on and off all night I didn’t want to turn on my computer as a power surge could do some damage.

Once it was clear that we weren’t going to work today I did get to make a card:

This is a shaker card.  I haven’t made one in a zillion years.  It’s for a baby shower and I used some fun Echo Park paper that I got from PaperWorks Co a couple of weeks ago.  It’s yummy and you need it (just sayin’).  I got all three lines that they had in the store and I’m hoping to see the new Christmas line there so I can snap that up too.

I used my nesties to cut out the circles and also used them to cut the foam that I used to make the shaker box.  Sadly, I didn’t have any matching beads for shaker stuffing – I thought I had some confetti in the shape of diaper pins but maybe I gave them away…everything else is fairly self-explanatory.  The stamp is by Whipper Snapper…I need to order new ones soon…love their stuff!

Notepad Tutorial

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This is not really a “step by step” tutorial but this is how I make the notepads I’ve been blogging about lately.  Though you can find better tutorials elsewhere I’ve had a couple of requests so here goes:

Gather up your supplies…I use the following for my 4X5.5″ notepads but you can easily adjust the dimensions to fit the notepads that you wish to use.  I also like to make 4 notepads at a time:

Cardstock – one sheet will make two notepads but you’ll need some scrap pieces to mat your image and to make the band across the centre of the front.

Patterned paper – generally I use a piece of double-sided paper – more on that in a minute

Scor-tape or other strong double-sided tape.

scoring tool (I use a scor-it)

matted image of your choice to embellish the front.

glue or other adhesive to stick the patterned paper to the front of the notepad

notepad in size of choice.

pens/beads if making matching pens…I’ll share instructions on another day…I haven’t made my pens as of this posting!

As mentioned, I do 4 pads at a time but my instructions will be for one pad.  I’m using dollarama scratch pads which most Canadians should be able to find. 

The first step is to adhere scor-tape to the back of the notepads.  I make sure that the top and bottom tape are as close to the edge of the backing as possible.  You don’t have to be as fussy with the middle piece of tape:

The next step is to make the cardstock cover.  If you don’t mind that your cardstock is not guaranteed to fit properly over the notepad you could just cut the cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 3/8″ and score 4″ from each end.  If you want a more custom fit, cut a piece of cardstock so it measures 5 1/2 X 8 1/2″ .  Score at just over 4 inches on the long side (about 4 1/16″) and then score just over 1/4 inch from that score mark (about 3/16″).  The cardstock will look like this:

Wrap the cardstock around the notepad (don’t attach the pad yet!) and you’ll  see that one side is just barely overlapping the notepad which is fine but the other side has a larger overlap that needs trimming.  Carefully trim the longer side – I usually do this about 1/16 of an inch at a time.  Usually I have to remove about 1/8 of an inch but the notepads are surprisingly non-uniform so it pays to have that extra cardstock to play with. 

Once you’re satisfied with the fit, remove the backing on the scor-tape and attach the notepad to the cardstock. 

Cut a piece of double-sided patterned paper at 3 7/8″ by 5 3/8″.  Then cut that piece of paper at 3 inches on the long side so you have two pieces of paper – one measures 3 7/8″ X 2 3/8″ and the other measures 3 7/8″ X 3″.   The larger piece is the bottom paper on the front of your notepad.  I usually choose the more colourful pattern for the bottom piece unless I don’t like it very much.

Adhere the paper to the front of your notepad:

Cut a strip of carstock that is 1 inch  1/2″ wide and 4 inches long.  (I usually cut mine at 4 1/16″ and trim the end if necessary – it’s rarely necessary)  This is your centre band.  If you wish to emboss the strip or add stitching do so now.

Adhere the strip so it covers the join on the patterned paper:


Now the fun part!  Stamp and colour an image and then cut it out using nesties.  make a mat with the same colour cardstock you used to wrap the notebook and add the matted image with some dimensionals. 

That’s it!  If you’re still feeling crafty, make some matching beaded pens and package the notepad and pen up for an awesome handmade gift.

Leap Into Fall

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Whew!  What a week!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy but I don’t even know if I could tell you why!

I do have some projects to share in the next few days and I started a tutorial on my notepads this afternoon…of course, my notepads are just a variation of many that are on the internet – I am not the original creator of them.  The first ones that I made – the long, skinny ones – were inspired by the ones that I first saw on Michelle Wooderson’s blog.

I’m hoping to get my tutorial finished tomorrow but it’s for 4X5.5″ notepads.  Mine are from Dollarama – check back for more details.

Today’s project features one of the latest stamps from the new Fall collection by RAM.  You can buy these stamps exclusively from PaperWorks Co.  I’ve also packaged up a few treats for gift giving…check it out:

Other than the treats, the card is fairly self-explanatory – I used Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper and I made a little frame around my image by cutting out the inside of a Nestabilities circle.  A little stitching, a couple of buttons and a bit of ribbon and twine finish off the card:

To make the treat packages, I cut a 4X6″ piece of patterned paper, scored it for ease of wrapping (but you don’t have to score them and they look better if you don’t), used some double sided tape to close the ends an then ran each end through my crimper to give them a more finished look:

FYI, I did eat ONE peanut butter cup while I was making these.  I couldn’t resist.

Check back tomorrow…you’ll either be getting my tutorial or another RAM card.

RAM Chat release right now!

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If you’re dropping by my blog tonight (Friday) and it’s after 6 Mountain time you should head over to PaperWorksCo Blog to check out the new RAM release…there are prizes and previews of the new stamps:

Hope to see you there!  If you do drop by please say hello!

RAM Sneak Peek

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I just returned from Halifax and obviously haven’t had a chance to make anything to share just yet but I have the teeny tiniest snippet of a project I made using the new Fall Rachelle Ann Miller stamps that are going to be released at PaperWorks Co this Friday.

The stamps are ALL gorgeous and I can’t wait to share my projects with you as soon as I’m allowed – don’t want to spoil the surprise though so the above picture is all you get from me today.

If you’d like to see another sneak peek you can visit Steph’s blog at:

I’ll be posting some quick instructions on how to make the notepads I’ve been doing this week within the next day or two so come back for that (and thanks for asking!)…I just need to take a couple of pictures for the visual learners…


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No banner picture today as I’m writing from Halifax on my lunch break…

I’ve got a quick little Christmas project to show you today that didn’t even take 30 minutes to put together as I had a pre-chosen layout (PWCO Sunday Sketch #50) and I used the same layout on both items but did a landscape and a portait version using the same papers/cardstock. 

The creation on the left is a notepad – it’s done the same way as the ones I posted yesterday using a 4X5.5″ notepad covered in kraft cardstock.

I used elements from a diecut sheet from My Mind’s Eye – I used the colorful christmas line from last year – I waited for it to go on sale this year – that’s a money saving tip for you.  My stuff is usually one year behind as it tends to go on sale and believe it or not it’s okay if you aren’t using papers from this season’s collection.  It’s all gorgeous so just use what you like!

I pop dotted the die cuts to give them a little more dimension on the card and the notepad and I added a couple of buttons for a homespun feeling. 

When I get back to St. John’s I think I’m going to start some Halloween projects so stay tuned!   I’ve got the new K&Co paper pad and I’m itching to get started!

Off to Hali!

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Well, in just a couple of hours I have to catch a plane to go to Halifax for my annual visit to our Halifax (Dartmouth) office.  It’s just going to be for a few days but I do enjoy my visit to see the ladies (and gents) there.  It’s much nicer to deal with people face to face than over the phone plus the crew there is just as awesome as my peeps in our St. John’s office.  I am a lucky, lucky supervisor indeed!

The only sad part is that the manager in Halifax is going to be on holidays this week so we won’t get to do our usual trip to Pete’s Frootique and then go somewhere amazing for supper.  Our social evening is one of my favourite parts of the trip – she’s an excellent hostess!

Anyway, not much more time for chatting as I still have to pack!  Because the crew in Halifax is so wonderful to work with, I made some little gifts for them:

The shiny bag in the background is what they look like packaged up.  The foreground shows the contents of a bag (I made 6 of these and they are all personalized with the recipient’s first and last name – I’ve blurred the last names in the picture for privacy purposes).  There’s a personalized notepad, a beaded mini gel pen and a little chocolate treat packaged up.  If the package in the background looks weird it’s because the chocolate treat matches the paper on the bottom of the notepad and it is in front of the pad.

I have to go get my suitcase in order now…enjoy your week – I’ll be back in a couple of days with a sneak peek at the latest Rachelle Ann Miller stamps from PaperWorks Co…they’re absolutely adorable!  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve done with them!

Sailor Boy

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As mentioned previously, my pirate baby shower card got me another card making gig for the same shower…it was a bit tough to do another nautical card for the same recipient with the same theme and make the card different but here’s what I did:

1.  I made the card square instead of rectangular

2. I chose a different colour scheme – the pirate card was black, red and brown and the new card is blue, yellow and red.

3. I used a different stamp (duh!) – luckily I have a Hero Arts baby boy set with a sailboat in it.

4.  Well, there is no 4…

I saw a card on SCS (Speedy the Cat – is that Markie’s Mom?) that had a cool wheel using a fancy spellbinders die for the spokes but I didn’t have that die so I used a snowflake.  This scrap of Cosmo Cricket paper was on my desktop and it inspired me to use a sheet of yellow Bazzil cardstock as the base of the card.  A few eyelets (again, using older supplies – looooove it!) and a bit of sewing finished off the card.

I absolutely HAVE to tidy up my craft room tonight…I’m running out of work space! (working on too many things at one time)  I should try to take a picture when it’s tidy – but then you wouldn’t be able to understand how I can run out of work space.  I honestly think the whole room could be filled with countertops and I would use them all up!

Crab Bucket

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I’m super late blogging this card – I made it for the PWCO Ultimate Summer Challenge last month.

I worked on the inspiration challenge and had to make a card that was inspired by the PWCO stamp that I was using.

I love cute little Carlos the Crab and thought I could do a seashore themed card.  I started working on it and decided to make a sandbucket/pail shaped card and here’s how it turned out:

It’s pretty colourful!

My favourite part is the “water droplets” I made using UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) and my heatgun…here’s a closeup:

I’ll be back tomorrow with my nautical themed baby shower card.

P.S.  Jack is doing well for those that asked – he wouldn’t eat for the first two days but he’s eating now and he’s getting friskier and more comfortable with us and our house.

Ahoy, Baby Boy

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Before I share today’s card I’ll just mention what my two big “events” were this week:

1.  We purchased a car for me! (before we were a one-car family).  It’s used but it’s a 2009 and it’s awesome!  It’s a base model Honda Fit and it’s FUN to drive!

2. We are doing a trial adoption of a beagle – he’s 5 years old and his name is Jack.  We did a trial adoption a couple of years ago but took two stray 6 month old dogs and they were just too disruptive.  We’ve fostered in the past too but decided it was time to think about giving a dog a forever home.  Jack is doing well so far but I am not a very good sleeper at the best of times and was awake most of the night.  Thankfully it’s a long weekend (we planned ahead) so I should be able to stick it out until Jack settles down a bit.

I’ll share pics of Jack later.  He doesn’t like noises or foreign items so I’m going to let him settle in before sticking a camera in his face.

ETA: My husband couldn’t wait to take pictures any longer…here’s a shot of Jack:

Back to the card…

I had a request for a pirate-themed baby shower card (a first for me – that doesn’t happen too often).  Luckily, I remembered that I had a tiny little Rubber Soul stamp of a pirate ship…here’s what I came up with:

I was a bit worried that the customer wouldn’t like the skull and cross-bones but I felt it really brought home the pirate theme so I stuck it on there anyway.  The card was a hit! (whew!)…so much so that she needs another card for her mom with a “nautical” theme (I didn’t ask why the pirate/nautical theme…I’m just going to assume that the parents own a boat and leave it at that!)

You can’t tell in the picture but the image is framed with a circle that is pop-dotted so there’s more dimension on the card than the picture conveys.

The sentiment was done using a stamp from Hero Arts AND a computer generated word.  I printed Ahoy on red cardstock and then stamped Baby Boy underneath it.

I crumpled up some ancient map themed patterned paper that I had in my stash and ran the sewing machine along the edges.  I also distressed the edges before matting the paper to the black panel.  A couple of brads (I love using old supplies) and I called it a day.

Now, to work on the “nautical” card…see you soon!

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