Spring Wishes Take One

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I picked up a couple of cute $1.50 stamps at Michael’s over a month ago and thought they’d be perfect for a few Easter cards that I needed to make.  I’ve already used the sheep for my co-worker’s Easter treats but I dusted the stamps off again this week for cards.  I’m loving the layout of today’s card – clean and simple but not boring…

I used some PTI cardstock along with a scrap of SU Pretty in Pink, PTI ribbon and Echo Park paper.  The sentiment is PTI and the tag is free cut with scissors.  I rounded the bottom corners and stitched a simple line around the edge of the patterned paper.

The image was a breeze to colour as I left most of it white with a few highlights from a pale blue Copic marker and some grey on the arms and legs. (I coloured the ears pink after I took the picture – an oversight on my part)

I used my Bow-Easy on the ribbon but I am doing something wrong because my tidy knot is always on the back of the bow.  Oh well, a white Basic Grey button from my stash hides the knot perfectly!

Up and Away

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I’m loving my latest Whipper Snapper stamps.  I only wish I could buy more in each order!

This little cutie is perfect for so many different cards – birthday, anniversary, just to say hi, get well, I think it’s very versatile.  Of course, birthday is probably the most obvious due to the balloon bouquet but I decided to use it for an anniversary card for its debut.

I used Ranger Glossy Accents on the balloons and the bear’s nose – it just gives the card that little extra touch.  My patterned paper is Basic Grey Olivia and I used the heart pattern to make this a little more anniversary like.  The balloons are not quite as matchy matchy as I’d like but that’s due to limitations of my Copic collection (I haven’t added to it in a while – maybe I need to get some new pinks and greens).

The sentiment is from PTI and I used an SU punch to shape it.  A few flat backed pearls give a little extra something to a very simple layout.

Now I just need to get a gift to put inside the card and shoot it off in the mail to my brother and his wife.

Doggy Redux

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Funny/Cool story.

Yesterday I posted my dog card to the Whipper Snapper fan page and it got picked up by Whipper Snapper so I had to make a replacement card really quickly.

I was tempted to make the exact same card except I didn’t have any of the yellow ribbon left so I decided that I’d keep the same layout and use the same stamp but use different paper/cardstock and ribbon.

There was a scrap of nice green Echo Park paper on my desk left from a card I made last week but it wasn’t big enough to make the same size card so I ended up changing the size of the card too!  Here’s the end result:

I won’t be posting this one one the Whipper Snapper fan page!  Hope Deb liked it.

Doggy Birthday Card

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It’s been a little while.  Busy life, sick husband, sick me…you know, “stuff”.

I got a fresh batch of Whipper Snapper stamps on Thursday and just finished mounting them on cling foam last night.  Half the order was for my friend Karen and she kindly let me borrow a few of her stamps before she gets to play with them.  Today’s card uses one of Karen’s stamps. (I think I need to borrow it again!)

I kept the layout simple as I’m just at the beginning stages of a cold and am not really in a crafting mood (I’m in a sleeping mood).  I do have a birthday get-together to attend tonight if I can fight off this cold long enough (don’t want to gross out the other attendees!) so I reserved just enough energy to make this card.

I used a Pet Stack paper pad (DCWV – it was a stocking stuffer from DH) and had a scrap of ribbon just large enough to make a bow on the card.

I need to find a green cardstock that goes well with the brighter greens in my copic collection (or buy more copics that match the greens I already have – or both!)  Nothing is quite right so I bailed on the green cardstock I would have preferred to use as the card base and went with some Crushed Curry from SU! (recipient likes curry!)

A button (basic grey, I believe) from my stash and a sentiment from PTI finish off the card.

Enjoy your weekend.  I must go boil the kettle for a hot drink…

Egg-spressly…

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It’s been a while…

I can’t really tell you why I haven’t had time to make cards or blog about them but I haven’t.  I just find that all my time is sucked up by the end of the evening and my craft room (and my computer) doesn’t get a visit from me.   If I couldn’t access my email on my lunch breaks I wouldn’t even get to clean out my inbox!

This week doesn’t look like it’s going to be a lot better –  I need to schedule a haircut, buy some birthday presents, and get something repaired in addition to all of life’s daily minutiae.  That might not sound like that much but for me adding these things to my schedule will suck up most of the time I have for crafting. (plus the energy to design a card even if I do get time to play!)

Now that I’m finished whining, on to a card!

I whipped up this little guy last week because I’m trying to get my Whipper Snapper stamps back into rotation.  With the influx of new products I got for my birthday and Christmas (both in December) I haven’t managed to get back to my older stamps for a little while (I try to use every new stamp and every pad of new paper at least once before I use anything else).  I did just place an order for a few new Whipper Snappers so there’ll be lots to see once they arrive.

I used Basic Grey Hopscotch paper for the background and paper pieced my egg for what I think is a cool effect.  I also managed to use one of my newer Nestability dies for the computer-generated sentiment.

The scalloped edge on my paper was created by using a rectangle Nestability.  You don’t ALWAYS have to run out and buy every new product that’s available.   In many cases you can make do with what you have on hand (though buying certainly is fun!)

I hope to be back tomorrow or the next day with an Easter card…we’ll see how the week goes!

Weapons of Mass Production

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I don’t have a project to share today – there was practically ZERO craft time this weekend.  On the bright side, I got the bathroom sorted out after the mini reno.  Nothing too exciting but DH installed a new vanity, sink and countertop – the house we live in was built for wheelchair accesibility and our main bath had a counter with a sink but no cupboards underneath so you could wheel a chair right up to the sink.  It was also a couple of inches shorter than a standard vanity so some plumbing work and a little tweaking of the location of the outlet was involved.  I’ve been waiting about 7 years for this little project to be done so DH scored major points by checking it off the list.

Once the new vanity was in, I had to rearrange/sort all the things I’d crammed in the linen tower plus all the stuff that lived in the space under the sink.  Once that was done, we decided to take the debris from the project plus all the stuff I purged straight to the “waste management facility” (read: dump) rather than drag it to the basement for later disposal.  That plus running a few errands and doing a little housework ate up my entire Saturday (and all my energy).

Today, I cleaned out the fridge (would have been a plan to do that before going to the dump!), washed the kitchen floor and altered a couple of pairs of pj’s for my mom.   I had a little tension issue with my sewing machine that I unfortunately didn’t notice until I’d hemmed one entire pant leg so I spent 30 minutes picking all the stitching out…it was a mess!  Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway) I wasn’t in the mood to spend any more time in my craft room this afternoon so I did some reading instead.

The only craft-related thing that happened today was that I prepped some materials to start working on a little Spring-themed project.  I’ll pick at this project on my lunch breaks at work over the next couple of days…here’s a preview:

I’m making some treats for the staff at the Tim’s (Tim Hortons) I go to on my break at work…they’re a pleasant bunch and it doesn’t hurt to let the people who make your morning jolt know that you appreciate them.

Once I’m done, I’ll be sure to post a picture or two.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Green Eyed Monster

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A really quick card tonight – possibly my nephew’s birthday card.  It will go in the card stash in any event.

I paper pieced the monster from a Recollections set, used a 2 inch wide strip of Basic Grey paper from the Oliver paper pad and matted it with black cardstock.  Some retired (assuming they didn’t bring it back…I’m a little out of the loop on the new SU colours) blue cardstock, a googlie eye from my ancient stash of craft supplies (seriously, this eye is probably 20 years old!) and a few flat backed “pearls” and you’ve got a super quick birthday card.

Tomorrow is Friday and  I could NOT be happier about that!  I hope to get some crafty time in but the house could use a good tidy and we (and when I say we, I mean DH) just did a mini reno in our main bathroom so I need to clean up the mess from that little project.  I could have started last night but why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? (unless it’s working on cards, of course!)

Whippin’ Out the Whipper Snapper

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I’ve been dreaming about placing an order for some new Whipper Snapper stamps and figured I’d better justify it by putting ink to my existing collection.  (Like I need to justify new stamps – ha!) 

I’m keeping this short tonight – I’m tired and I have a few “grown up” chores so let’s get straight to the card:

It’s a little prettier than I normally go for but I was in the mood for lighter colours.

I’m not listing supplies tonight…I’m seriously that short on time.  If you have questions, please leave a comment!

…and the winner is…

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…number 3!

Congratulations Melly Mac!  🙂

I hope you enjoy using your Bow Easy Mini.

I haven’t been in my craft room the last 2 days so I don’t have a card to show today but I’m hoping to get a little time in there tonight.



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