Some Bunny Loves You

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ETA:  The hearts ARE paper pieced.  I used some Basic Grey paper for the piecing as many of their paper pads have “plain” paper in them that I rarely use.  It’s great for adding some character to a solid image.

As mentioned yesterday, I’m sharing my first 2011 Valentine’s Day layout today.  I’m using a new (to me – I only just bought it) Penny Johnson stamp, some new MME Crush paper and cardstock and ribbon from my stash.  I even managed to use up 4 primas (I have lots) and some rhinestones.

Here’s the card:

…and here it is with slightly different patterned paper…

…and here’s what happens when you leave two bunnies alone for a minute…

They multiply!

Button, Button…

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…who’s got the button?

This is not the most original of layouts using Everyday Button Bits by PTI but it’s cute so I went with it.

I just received my first PTI (Papertrey Ink) order last week (one of my brothers gave me a gift certificate for my birthday in December) and I’m afraid to say I’ll probably place another order in the not too distant future.  I’m loving the colour palette (I bought 6 colours of cardstock plus their white) but I have so much SU cardstock that I’m hoping I can hold off while I whittle down my significant stash.  Don’t know if I’d switch completely over to PTI but it is really nice cardstock.

I’ll show you the card and then do a little mini review of PTI…if you’re interested:

Sorry, the picture is a little dark.  I was in a hurry as this card was needed right away and I didn’t have much spare time for taking the picture.  I used buttons from PTI and MME Fine and Dandy patterned paper.  The cardstock is actually SU on this card and the ink was chalk ink…cat’s eye, I believe.

Okay, on to the review – remember, this is just my opinion:

Cardstock – excellent quality.  The white is very thick and great for colouring with Copics.  The coloured cardstock is thicker than SU and the shades that I bought are very nice.  They match the ribbon and buttons perfectly.

Stamps – I bought several sets but two are Christmas themed so I won’t be breaking them out any time soon.  So far I’ve used Everyday Button Bits and the quality of the stamps is great.   They stamped cleanly the first time and there are LOTS of excellent sentiments in this set.  I also bought two alphabets and another set of sentiments so other than the button bits you won’t be seeing too many PTI images on my blog unless I cave and place another order

Buttons – meh.  The colours do match their other products but I was a bit disappointed in how many broken buttons and “ugly” buttons that were in some of the bags.  I was especially disappointed with Hibiscus Burst.  There are a LOT of one particular button in the bag that are not my personal taste.   The buttons I see on PTI DT blogs are much nicer so they must either get the pick of the crop or they dig out the couple of gems in the bag.  Here’s a picture of the buttons I don’t like (hey, maybe YOU might like them…this is just my opinion):

Ribbon – seems very nice.  A bit pricey but matches the cardstock perfectly.  I’m looking forward to incorporating some fancy bows on my cards in the near future.

Shipping to Canada – I admit that I’ve griped about the shipping costs on SCS a few times but my order was large enough to get a $20 discount on the shipping so I paid $25 after the discount.  It was about the same shipping as I’d pay for a Stamping Up order once the discount was applied.  If you can wait to place an order big enough to get the discount or if you go in on an order with a friend to get the discount, the shipping is not as bad as it seems.  I definitely would not place a small order and pay the regular shipping charges though.

I didn’ t buy any dies or packaging so I can’t review those but I hope the information I provided might be of some use if you’re thinking about throwing some of your craft dollars PTI’s way.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my first Valentine of the season…

Oliver Meets Oliver

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The cold is progressing nicely.  I should be feeling almost alive just in time to go to work on Monday.   The only benefit to having a cold is that my obliques are getting a workout every time I cough (okay, my theoretical obliques…not sure if they’re in there or not…hard to find them under all my natural insulation).  I am debating making a card today but the house has been neglected more than my blog so I’ll have to save some energy for a little laundry and mopping session later.

I do have a card to share because I made it last week.  I was playing with my expanded selection of Copic colours (did I mention that between my birthday and Christmas (both in December) I doubled my Copic collection?  That might sound really impressive – and it is to an extent – but I had less than 40 Copics prior to those events.  However, it does mean I have about 80 copics now so I can choose from more than one shade of green or blue, etc.

So, back to the card…I was playing with my new Copics and a new TGF (The Greeting Farm) stamp set I got for Christmas (I’m going to say it’s an Amelia and Oliver set or Oliver and Amelia set…).  I pulled out a couple of pads of 6X6 paper that I hadn’t used yet and decided to go with “Oliver” from Basic Grey.  Using the colours in the paper as a starting point, I came up with this:

I also managed to cut into another sheet of my older “In Color” cardstock.  I need the space these older colours are taking up so I might throw them all into my Inspiration Station in hopes that I reach for them more often.

I still need to dig into my newest stamp goodies so there might be a card tomorrow (needless to say, my 3 card a week goal will not be met this week…I need to add an illness clause.)

Enjoy your weekend.  Stay away from cold germs!

A Quick Review

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Here are just a few of the cards I never got to share over Christmas…I’m hoping to be a little better prepared next time Christmas rolls around:

This first card was inspired by an image I had already coloured…saved me some time making the card:

This little guy was made using some scraps…(plus the snowman is so quick to colour)

Quick layout…love this penguin!

A very specific request…a nautical Christmas card for a baby (remember my nautical baby cards a little while ago…same little boy).  I drew the elements free hand and pieced them together to make the ship.  I was inspired by the sail boat in an Anna Wight cling set…thanks once again Anna!

The layout for this card was CASEd…sorry…credit is due but I can’t remember where I saw it…

The picture does NOT do justice to the blingy-ness of this next card…simple really but lots of wow factor…

I think this one was my favourite Christmas card of the season:

I have others but you get the idea…shame I didn’t get to blog them.  Oh well – time to move on.

I am still suffering from a cold but I got some new goodies today so I’m hoping to play with them tomorrow or Sunday.

Back soon!

Ugh!

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 Since my last post I managed to get a cold (it’s been going around the office) and have been down for the count for 2 days.  As proof of my illness, I’ve only just checked my email for the first time since Tuesday morning and I also dropped by the blog purely to clean up all the spam comments awaiting approval.  I get about 50 per day so if I wait too long it takes forever to delete them all. 

After the last batch of clean up, I’ve decided to turn on the word verification for comments.  I know it’s a pain and I didn’t really want to do it but it’s too time consuming to delete all the spam.  I believe it’s only a 4-character verification so it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience.  If you reallly hate it, leave a comment and if the majority complain I’ll turn it off again.

I am crawling out of my death bed to go to work tomorrow so maybe I’ll feel up to sharing a card soon…

A New Year

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I hope to be back later today with a card to share – still lots of cards that I never had time to blog over the holidays.  I probably won’t bother sharing them all as it’s time to move on from Christmas but I hope to get another card or two up this week.

It’s the start of a new year – I don’t do resolutions but I do set goals for the year.  Last year was to use more of my stuff (I had a hoarding issue before but I think I’m cured) and this year my goal is to make at least 3 cards per week and to start my Christmas stuff earlier so I don’t put myself in the position I found myself in this year.  To help with that, my friend Karen and I are going planning to get together once a month to have a craft day. 

Do you have any crafting goals for 2011?

I also want to mention a new (to me – not sure how long they’ve been in business) Canadian vendor that I’ve placed a couple of orders from – www.onecrazystamper.com – their Copic prices (for Canada) are really good and they have a few other odds and ends that I like to buy.  It’s nice to see a Canadian source for some of the newer lines.

As a bonus, shipping over $100 is free and under $100 is a flat $10.  Pretty good for us Canadians.  Both of my orders were shipped the day after I placed the order which impressed me greatly.  The items in the first shipment were well packaged and arrived in perfect condition – I only placed the second order a couple of days ago but I’m sure I’ll be pleased with the packing of the shipment.

Back later (I hope!).  Happy New Year.



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