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I was in the mood to whip up another card tonight and this one actually came together really quickly.

I saw this patterned paper in my stash (the banner strip) and thought that if I’d come across it yesterday I could have used it for the book challenge instead of using the lame novel I tore into to make my card (it was a mystery type novel and none of the pages were that suitable for a card background).

Anyway, that strip of paper inspired tonight’s card – made with an adorable Paper Smooches stamp (that I like more now that I have the matching dies):

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I know the card might be a little over the top with the orange hues but I like it.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it but it needs a good home since I also used 5 of my precious enamel dots on the card!

This is probably my last post until the weekend…busy tomorrow night and must do some laundry on Thursday.


Mojo Monday Challenge – Book Paper

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Playing along with my LSS’s challenge again this week.  I even did my card on day one!

This is the first time I’ve used book paper (a page from a printed book) on a card.  I can hardly handle the concept of tearing a page out of a book but I took a book from my donate pile (sorry, charity!) and found a page that wasn’t too weird (as I mostly read suspense thriller type novels)

I used a Whipper Snapper Designs stamp (’cause I haven’t given up on my own personal challenge to show those stamps some love) and here’s the card I made tonight:

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I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull this off but pairing the brighter purple paper with the book page really worked out!

I added a button and some twine for a little interest and the center of the flower is coloured with clear glaze though it doesn’t show up in the picture.

Must do a few chores before bedtime!

Bags of Tags

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I was feeling a little “blocked” in the mojo department today even though I had some time to spend in my craft room.  I really don’t like it when that happens.  It’s such as waste of my craft time!

Anyway, other than a reboot of the card I made yesterday, I just could not come up with inspiration to make another card.  I’m trying to use my Whipper Snapper stamps and most of them are quite large so maybe I’m just not in the mood to colour.

While flipping through my stamps in hopes of finding something I wanted to work with, I came across a PTI set that is great for baby cards.  I didn’t want to make a card so I made some tags instead (I do find it helpful to make notecards or tags when I have no mojo as the smaller design area is easier to fill).

Here are my tags:

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They are VERY colourful for me but we’ve had such a blah winter (and it’s not over yet!) that a little colour is not a bad thing.

I made three sets of these (three each of the four designs) and packaged them up in glassine bags with a cute mini clothespin that I covered with some patterned paper:

bag of tags packaged

I think they turned out pretty well considering I was mojo-less when I sat down to craft!

Oh, and here’s my card – I wanted to use up the paper I cut yesterday as the scrap pile is getting out of control:


I’m giving myself (meaningless) bonus points for:

1. using up the paper I cut yesterday

2. using 3 brads

3. using washi tape – I either have to start using it for something other than sealing glassine bags or stop buying the stuff!

Just for Fun

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Had a busy morning – Jill woke us up early as usual but we got her to settle down so we could have a short Saturday lie-in.

Some breakfast, housework (amazing how much messier two dogs are!), and a field trip with the beags to a pet store for some toys and doggie car harnesses ate up the morning.

After lunch, I decided to pop into my craft room to play with my neglected toys as I am definitely in a crafty mood.

I pulled out some Whipper Snapper stamps as they haven’t seen the light of day in a while and they are still my absolute favourite stamps.

Since my life seams to be revolving around beagles lately, Ramsay was the clear-cut winner in the stamp-choosing lottery.  Here’s the card:


I was going to do something a little fancier with the sentiment but I have a tendency to resort to cleaner card layouts.

I’m really in the mood to order more Whipper Snapper stamps now…however, I have to start spending more time in my craft room to justify the purchase.  Here’s hoping I can!

LSS Challenge 2 – Fussy Cutting

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This was my first chance to do anything in the craft room this week.  If you recall, last weekend I shared a picture of DH and the beags snuggling up on the sofa…DH wasn’t feeling well.  That was Saturday.  He continued to feel worse all weekend and I finally had to take him to the emergency room Sunday night (well, Monday morning as we arrived around 1 am).  We spent the whole night there waiting for him to be seen by a doctor.

He got a diagnosis around 5:30 am and was given a shot for the pain before I took him home. (He’s fine now, BTW)  We weren’t home 10 minutes when poor old Jack injured himself in the excitement of our return (the dogs were up all night waiting for us to come home – I saw the poor things stressing out when I checked in on them via our webcam).  He hit his eye off the corner of our footboard and I had to take him to the vet when they opened. (He’s fine now too)

Needless to say, it was a rough start to the week.

Fast forward to tonight and I managed to make a card for my LSS’s weekly challenge which is fussy-cutting.  Not a difficult challenge for me as I do it all the time.  Love all the stamps with matching dies you can get these days that take the work out of fussy-cutting but I didn’t cheat.  I used a fairly new Hero Arts stamp set and made this card:

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You may notice that I took another crack at embossing paste.  This time, I sponged some ink over the raised areas once the paste was dry.  I used two colours of ink and tried to do an ombré effect.  It’s not exactly what I’d pictured (I should have masked the sentiment and made a smaller banner) but it’s actually kind of cute!

I added a few sequins just to balance out the card.  They’re not quite dry yet but I wanted to get this posted ASAP in case this weekend turns out like the last one!

I’m hoping to get back in here again tomorrow.  I’m feeling inspired to craft!

LSS Challenge

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I carved out some crafty time yesterday and finally got to play with my embossing paste (which I bought with the generous birthday gift my younger brother and sister-in-law gave me!).  It’s the first time I’ve used it so be gentle when you see the card.

My LLS has challenges every Monday and I really try to find time to play them as I want to be more active in my local paper crafting community (most people active in the group seem to be scrapbookers but all are welcome so I try to throw my hat in the ring with my cards whenever possible).

This week’s challenge was to use the Olympic Rings as inspiration (I’m oversimplifying but that’s the basic idea).

Initially I was going to go a bit more literal but when I found time to crack open the embossing paste and spotted the circle stencil I have, my original plans were scrapped (pun intended).

Here’s what I made:

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I technically could have used this card for a Paper Smooches challenge as well but I had another option there as I’ve been using so many of my Paper Smooches products lately (incidentally, my LSS mentioned they’d be carrying Paper Smooches in the future so that will be cool).

Here’s hoping I get more crafty time soon…unfortunately, priority goes something like this: beagles, work, beagles, DH, beagles, groceries, beagles, cooking, beagles, housework, beagles, craft time…

Popping By…

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Quickly sharing this year’s Valentine’s Day treats for my co-workers.

I bought a 16-pack of kettle corn (yum – I have a few more treat options with the arrival of Target in NL) and packaged it up with some handmade tags using a cute PaperSmooches stamp.   The text is computer-generated.

The package of red bags I bought at Target was also supposed to contain 16 pieces but there were only 15 bags in the package so I used half red bags and half clear with hearts that I had in my stash.

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The tags were made from cutting 2X3″ rectangles of cardstock and trimming the corners as I was kind of tired of die-cutting once I’d made the 16 accent pieces.  The popcorn on the stamped image was coated in glossy accents and sprinkled with a small amount of Doodlebug glitter.  Here’s a close up:

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These were quite fun to make and the popcorn was a big hit judging by all the munching I observed on Friday!

Before I go, here’s a cute shot of Jack and Jill snuggling up with DH who was feeling a little under the weather today:

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Valentine Treats Part One

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I made a dozen treat bags to package up some chocolate/caramel hearts I’m bringing the personal care attendants at my Mom’s nursing home this week.  I needed something cute but quick so I went with solid stamps and dies instead of colouring a dozen images (it gets a bit old after the first 2 or 3).

The dies I used are from PTI…I mixed a heart die with a flower die (using the heart instead of the flower as the topper on the stem/leaves) and managed to use leftover patterned paper from other projects I’ve done the last few weeks for 10 of the 12 treat bags.  I also used smaller pieces of my heavyweight white cardstock to die cut the shapes so I’m happy to say my little scrap pile is slightly smaller (but only slightly).

Here’s  what they look like:

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I threw a few sequins on the tags to meet a sequin challenge at my LSS.  I don’t have a huge selection of sequins (most of what I have came from a dollar store) and I’m hoping not to go too crazy stockpiling them as I just can’t use up all that I buy (my washi tape collection continues to grow and I hardly use the stuff…sequins would fall in the same category).

On to less crafty news, our new dog Jill is proving to be quite the handful.  She’s destroyed a chair, a blanket, a treat jar, a pair of scissors, has eaten a plant and chewed up a roll of duct tape, munched on my good living room curtains and clawed the top of my living room coffee table and has also ruined the living room blind.  We had to borrow a crate to house her while we’re at work because the stress of wondering what piece of furniture will be ruined by the time we get home each day.

Hopefully, the crate will work out because I can’t take the path of destruction – I am quite particular about my house and the state it’s in now (all the curtains/furniture etc. pushed out of the way) really bothers me.  If she can’t tolerate the crate while we’re at work, she’ll have to find a new home. (we’re quite attached to her so this is a last resort – she’s a lovely dog when someone is home but she either has separation anxiety or is bored while we’re at work – we’ve tried all the usual stuff like tiring her out and giving her lots of toys to play with/chew on etc)

Must dash…I have a few things to do before bedtime and it’s back to the grind tomorrow.

Bunny Love

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Today’s card came together surprisingly quickly.  I actually made a mistake when cutting the cardstock the image was stamped on and had to revamp the layout I’d originally planned on.  As a result, the card was a lot less complex than intended and I think the cleaner layout works better so that’s a win!

I used a cute Penny Johnson (Stampavie) image I’ve had for a few years.  I purchased this one from One Crazy Stamper which is my favourite Canadian mail order source for card-making supplies.

The paper is from My Mind’s Eye and I got it as part of my birthday gift in an order from Simon Says Stamp (I like spreading the crafting dollar love…).

Here’s the card:

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I really wanted to add some enamel dots or hearts to the card (and I do have the matching enamel embellishments from MME) but there are so many hearts on the background paper that any additions would simply be lost.

This image coloured up quite quickly as there are lots of large areas making it less tricky to shade.  I was deliberately messy with the edges of the fur just to soften the colouring.  It’s a cheerful Valentine for sure!

Must tidy my work area before bedtime or I’ll have no place to craft next time I can spare a few moments to play!

Monster Hugs

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Are you in the mood for a few tips on how to stretch your stamp stash?

I had a request for a Valentine’s Day card with a “hug” theme for a little boy but I didn’t have an appropriate stamp to use for the card.

I dug around looking for an image with open arms and found one that might be suitable but the arms were a bit short so the hug wasn’t quite as obvious as I’d have liked.  Another search yielded a set of Recollections monster stamps.  There was one image with open arms but the arms were pointing downward.  I thought I could selectively stamp the image and then reverse the arms by stamping them separately but then I had a better (okay, easier) idea.

Here’s the stamp set:

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The image on the bottom right is the stamp I was originally going to alter but I thought it would be too difficult to work with the part of the arm that is inside the body portion of the image.  The monster on the far left, however, has no arms at all so I decided to use that image and then just stamp the hands from the other monster and use a fine black marker to draw the arms.  Here’s the end result:

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Not too bad, hey?  I’d also like to mention that you probably don’t need to buy more than one cute set of monster stamps.  It’s hard to resist (I really want the new Technique Tuesday set) but you simply don’t need a ton of monster stamps in your stash.

Since I was on a roll with my altered image, I decided to alter my patterned paper too.  I didn’t have the right shade of blue to match the blue colour on the patterned paper (Echo Park) so I used a copic to adjust the paper to match my monster…feeling quite pleased at the moment!

Must go feed the animals…enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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