How Exciting!!!

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I received the most wonderful email a couple of weeks ago – from my idol, Miss Anna Wight!!!  That, in itself, is exciting to me. (what can I say, I adore her work!!!)  Imagine how much my excitement multiplied when I realized the purpose of her email was to invite me to be a Whipper Snapper Guest Designer for her September/October releases!!!

Of course I said “is this a joke?” YES!!!

I’m so honoured and thrilled to have been asked to participate.  Anna (along with Whipper Snapper) has a wonderful design team concept in that you are invited to be a guest designer for two months and then a new group of designers is chosen for the next two months.  It’s a great way to showcase the work of many talented paper crafters (and there are LOTS of you out there!).

The other great thing about Anna’s team is that *she* comes to *you* so she knows she is choosing someone who ENJOYS working with Whipper Snapper’s wonderful images.  If you take a peek back through my blog you’ll constantly see references to how much I love Whipper Snapper stamps.  They are my favourite so it’s a double thrill to be working with my favourite designer AND using my favourite stamps.  It’s impossible not to be inspired!!!

May I present my first official guest designer project:

Here’s a solo shot of the card:

As two of my projects used glass, it was difficult to get a picture without a lot of glare.  I had to ask my husband to take a picture with his spiffy camera.  Thanks, babe!

The framed snowman is a shadowbox from Dollarama that I painted with blue paint and distressed with some Ranger Distress Ink.  The image was stamped on the OUTSIDE of the glass using Stazon and I coloured the INSIDE of the image with some Bic markers and then covered it all with white embossing power.  I ran my tracing wheel around the wood in true Anna style and couldn’t resist a signature Anna banner sentiment using a felt star and button.  Some MS glitter on the inside of the shadowbox gives it a little more interest.

The image on the ornament was coloured/embossed in the same manner as the shadowbox using a piece of acetate as the stamping surface.

I created the card with Anna in mind so I tried to give it just a touch of the country charm she is known for and I think I pulled it off.  Anna has shared so much of her time, talent and technique with the card-making world and I have learned so much from her.  When I discovered her blog, I learned to be comfortable with my clean style of cards.  I now embrace my simple cards and have learned some great tricks from Anna on how to give them more depth without bogging them down with “stuff”.  

The snowman image I used is just one from the Spirit of Christmas stamp set that Whipper Snapper is releasing today.  Anna is actually releasing 3 sets this month and I will be back in the days and weeks to come with a few more samples.  Here’s a picture of the set that this stamp came from:

 Please take a moment to visit the other talented members of the design team.  I’ve linked their blogs and their Splitcoast Stampers galleries here:

The Who’s Who of September/October Featured Designers:

Danielle Lounds
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/dlounds
Blog: http://fatcatstamper.blogspot.com

Jeanie Witmer
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/Jeanie_Witmer
Blog: http://thespottedchick.blogspot.com

Katarina (Kathy) Menzies
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/katarinam
Blog: http://thecreataholic.blogspot.com

Kelly Bee (that’s me!)
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: http://kellybee.ca

Stephanie Kraft
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/booga3
Blog:http://handkraftedbystephanie.blogspot.com

and last but not least  –  Anna Wight
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com

Be sure to check back all week…I’ve got more to share (plus blog candy at some point this week)

Fintastic

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I have been (im)patiently waiting to use my “Just Swimmin’ By” stamp set (by Anna Wight…have I mentioned that I adore Anna Wight?) and had a cute idea for a simple gift set.  It also helped that goldfish crackers were on sale last time we went grocery shopping.

I made the card last night and quickly decorated a small Ball jar (mason jar) this evening after filling it with crackers (filled my mouth with them too but that’s another story).  It’s simple but I think it turned out rather cute!

The ribbon embellishment was a happy accident.  There is a flaw in my roll of certainly celery grosgrain ribbon.  I was slightly annoyed at first as I consider SU ribbon a luxury item but I realized that I could still use the frayed section as a cool embellishment.  I even found a checkered button in my limited button stash – I have no idea where it came from – it’s one of a kind.

You can’t really see the jar very well in the picture so here’s an ever so slightly better shot:

…and here’s a slightly better shot of the card:

I used glossy accents on the bubbles and stamped the middle fish twice so I could pop it up on the card.  I resisted the urge to add ribbon as it makes a decent masculine card and I didn’t want to make it frilly.  Now I just need to figure out who gets the gift!

Work it, Girl!

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This is a little gift for a co-worker who has been on a diet for about a month and is seeing some progress.  I’m hoping this gives her a little boost of encouragement and lets her know that I am rooting for her. (as she was for me back when I was having some diet success)

This gift contains just over 100 calories but is packed with flavour – there’s a peanut flavoured “Sweet and Salty” granola bar, a bottle of water, a raspberry flavour packet for the water and a strawberries and cream lip balm.  It’s all packed in a cute little pocket I made and decorated with a (surprise!) Whipper Snapper stamp. (the pocket is a little slanted in the picture):

Here’s a shot of the complete set:

…and here’s a shot of the pocket (granola bar is not in the shot – the packaging is not that cute) – you can just make out the decorative strip of paper on the water and you can see that I covered the lip balm with patterned paper to match the gift. (the top of the water bottle lid is decorated too but you can’t see that in the shot):

This was fairly quick to make once I worked out where I wanted to score the cardstock for the pocket.  I think it turned out really cute and I can’t wait to see the recipient’s face when she spots this on her desk today.  I hope she likes it!

I wish she could package up some of her willpower and leave it on my desk!

Supplies used: Whipper Snapper stamp “Working It Out”, Nestabilities Labels dies (labels 2?), Cuttlebug, green textured cardstock, regal rose cardstock, SU markers, aquapainter, watercolouring paper.

Gift (W)Rap

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Arrrrgh!  I have tried to photograph today’s project but it’s coming out too dark for any of the detail to show up.  I altered a wooden box (heart-shaped) to package a birthday gift for my cousin (her birthday is today).  I also made a box-in-a-bag to wrap the gift and I was going to make a matching card but the box and the bag are kind of elegant and I was in the mood to make a fun card instead of a boring one!

Here’s the box and the bag but the colours are a little washed out in an effort to show you all the teeny, tiny rhinestones I individually placed on the top of the box (oh, and the ribbon on the bag is not tied yet because I still have to put the box in there):

Here’s a different shot of the bag and box but I can’t tell you what’s inside as my cousin sometimes visits my blog…

I’m going to post the card separately so here’s the babble on the box:

I painted a hinged, wooden box from M’s with black paint and then covered it with some felted paper.  I inked the edges of the paper with black ink so it would blend nicely once stuck to the box.  I simply used Mono Multi glue to adhere the paper.  The rhinestones are from a package I picked up at Dollarama – they’re intended for decorating a cell phone and I’ve gotten some mileage from them.  I only bought them because there were black rhinestones in the package and I haven’t seen any in my travels.  A Prima with a rhinestone centre was added to the lid for a little extra decoration.

In real life this is quite sparkly and the paper is very textured as the black stripes are felted.  I used my monogram stamper from JustRite to decorate the bag as I like to personalize my gifts.  I don’t have any cream ribbon so the black and white striped is going to have to do.  (I don’t have any plain black ribbon either though that surprises me a little)

I’ll post the card tomorrow just in case Shana checks my blog today.

Just Rite for Gift-making

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Just Rite is certainly making a name for itself in the stamping world.  Their monogrammed stampers have made a big splash in the last 6 months and are a great way to personalize just about any paper craft.

I received a monogram stamping kit for my birthday from my in-laws (thanks Phyl and Colin!) and also purchased some items during a sale that Just Rite had in December (went in on BOGO with my friend Karen).

I did play with the stamper a little bit when I first got my order but it was close to Christmas and I had too much going on with card-making and the usual hustle and bustle of the season.  Last week I finally made a small project using the 1 5/8″ monogram stamper and I’ll be sure to try it out again in the not-too-distant future.

When making the Valentine’s Day bundle that I raffled off for charity, a co-worker admired the mini-composition book in the set and I offered to make her one.  I’m sure she didn’t really think much of whether I would make it or not but I did sit down that very weekend and alter a notebook for her.  I just happen to know her middle name so I was armed with her correct initials for the monogram.  Here’s how it turned out:

The little black and clear rhinestone details are actually from a package of cellphone “bling”.  I had been looking for some black rhinestones and I got quite a few in this package for $1.00 at Dollarama. 

The paper is a DCWV Old World Stack.  Very vintage and distressed looking without doing any work!

A quick project with great results!

I don’t have time for the usual blah, blah, blah and supplies list tonight.  Spent most of the evening at the Emergency room with my husband (he’s fine – well, he’s not fine but he doesn’t have a collapsed lung like his doctor thought so I’m fairly happy about that)

Bear Hugs (and Kisses)

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If you know me at all, you know that I made a slight retching sound when typing the title of this post.  I am NOT a hugger (or a kisser!).  I don’t do hugs.  If I hug you voluntarily, it is not only a rarity but a huge gesture on my part.  I am not counting incidents where other people hug me and I have to hug back out of politeness.  If it’s someone I know and I know I won’t offend them, I dispense with polite and just let my arms dangle at my sides while I tolerate the contact. 

However, I DO love letting people know that I appreciate them and I do that by either coming right out and telling them or I make them something.  When it comes to my place of employment, I like to let everyone know that I appreciate them (or that the company I work for appreciates them) by giving everyone in my department a little gift for every “holiday”.

There are 19 people on my floor – which means 18 treats (as I don’t make one for myself!).  I always make 20 though so I can give one to the company receptionist and one to our runner as they both assist us with our workload even though they are not in the same department. 

My husband and I went to Wal-mart last night and I found a 20 pack of Hershey “Hugs and Kisses” while scoping out the Valentine’s Day section.  The chocolate comes in a fairly ugly package with a silver heart in the centre of the bag with a “To/From” space.  The intention, obviously, is for children to personalize the silver heart and hand the treats out to their classmates.  While the treat count was perfect, the packaging left a lot to be desired.  Of course, if I had the time and inclination, I could make new packaging for each treat but that would turn a pleasure into a chore.

After mulling it over for a while I decided to just make a “belly band” to cover the offensive “To/From” area on the package.  I also used some foam bears and hearts that I purchased in a kit at M’s.  The kit is intended to make lollipop holders – which is what I was going to do at first but all the valentine’s themed lollipops I saw in stores (and I apologize in advance for the pun) sucked.  Here’s what I came up with instead…

…and here’s a shot of (most of) the whole batch:

Once I decided on the end product, assembly went quite quickly.  I simply handwrote the names of my coworkers on foam hearts and tucked the bears inside the belly bands.  I adhered the personalized hearts over the bears so that they partially stuck to the belly band which was an easy way to secure the bears to the package.  I used a variety of papers from my K&Co seasonal paper pad – it’s heavyweight, doublesided paper so it’s nice and sturdy for a project like this. 

Check back tomorrow as I still have some Valentine’s Day projects to share!

Supplies used: Darice Activity Bucket – Bear Lollipop Wrap, Hershey Hugs & Kisses, K&Co patterned paper, glue runner, pen.

Canadian Idle

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(not a typo!)

Well, germs have struck again!  I was barely over the bout of bronchitis I had in December when a nasty cold decided to visit.  It started on Monday with a sore throat and was a full blown COLD by Wednesday.  As a result, not much has been done in my craft room.  All I did each night when I got home from work was lounge around trying to store up enough energy to meet the next day.  I was so tired of napping and reading (pretty much all I had the energy for) that I started crocheting a blanket so I’d feel a little productive while lounging on the sofa.

Just before my cold took over, I started a Valentine’s Day project.  I worked on it for a couple of hours yesterday and finished it up today.  It’s for a little fundraiser for a very worthwhile cause.

I made a set of 4 tiny Valentine’s Day cards, altered a mailbox to package them in, altered a frame and stamped a decorative insert for the frame, covered a wooden tray and made a beaded pen and covered a mini composition book.  I also quickly decorated a heart shaped plastic box and made a beaded bracelet to tuck inside.  It was quite a bit of work but I think it turned out rather cute!

Here is a (bad) shot of the whole ensemble…you can scroll down for individual pictures…I’ll share the cards in a separate post tomorrow as 1. there are already way too many pictures in this post and B. It’s not fair that I made all this stuff and only have one post to show for it!:

The mailbox (my favorite part):

The frame:

The tray, pen and notebook:

The heart box and bracelet:

That’s it for now.  Stop by again tomorrow if you want to see the cards!

Supplies used: Season of Friendship stamp set by SU!, K&Co Seasonal paper, metal mailbox, beads and bracelet findings, foam hearts from Michael’s, composition book, wooden tray and heart shaped box from Dollarama, RSVP pen, primas, rhinestones, ribbons, various punches, microbeads, super tacky tape…

Neighbours – for the birds

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Just joking…my neighbour’s daughter dropped off some lovely homemade truffles today as a little Christmas gift.  This is a fairly new neighbour and we are still in the “getting to know you” phase of our relationship.  Luckily, I had already planned a little gift for her and had to quickly get it completed so I could reciprocate.

When buying my wooden totes last month I noticed some sweet little wooden birdhouses that were on sale at M’s.  I’m not a bird fan myself but my neighbour definitely is and I’ve seen some amazing birds flying through the ‘hood since she moved in as she has plants and feeders that attract lots of interesting birds into her yard.  I knew that an altered birdhouse would be a perfect little gift so I bought one and have kind of been staring at it ever since wondering just how I was going to decorate it.

I started off with a beautiful sheet of Basic Grey paper from the Cupcake line.  I do actually have some BG Christmas paper but I wanted a non-traditional colour and this blue paper jumped out at me (make a wish).  I’d already decided that I was going to paint the roof black so I went ahead and coated the whole house in black and then cut out the paper for the sides of the house.  I had a “let it snow” oval left over from another project and thought I’d try to incorporate that along with some Anna Wight inspired snowflakes.  Have I mentioned lately that she is a card making goddess?  If I had half her artistic talent I would be pretty darn happy!  Here is the end result:

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I even used one of my precious jeweled SU brads (from a sampling my demo gave me with my last hostess order) on a snowflake.

Of course, I had to make a card to go with the gift.  I decided to use the birdhouse that came in the set that the little bird was in (Hero Arts) as the focal image and took another Anna Wight idea by using a banner on the card.  It turned out pretty well too…bonus for me as I was having a super busy day preparing for company and time was precious.  Here’s the card:

And, just because the picture came out decently, here’s the card and gift together:

Merry Christmas everyone!  I’m writing this late at night so I still can’t share what goodies Santa brought but I’m looking forward to playing with some new toys in the morning.

Supplies used:  Basic Grey patterned paper, black acrylic paint, foam brush, wooden birdhouse from Michael’s, ruby red and chocolate chip cardstock, Hero Arts stamps, dye ink, water brush, paper piercer, oval punches, nestabilities rectangles, snowflake punches, Martha Stewart Glitter, MS glittering glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, SU brad, “dew drop”, ribbon from M’s.

Personalized Ornaments

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I recently shared a tutorial on how to make stamped, glass ornaments so I won’t go into much detail with this post.

By special request, I made some personalized ornaments for some co-workers.  I never thought to take pictures until I did the last two and glass is not the easiest thing for me to photograph but here is a shot of Chrissy’s ornaments:

I had to do gold bows on both ornaments (one snowman has silver details and one has gold) as I don’t have any silver ribbon left in my stash.  I’m actually running out of several colours but I have too much ribbon and I don’t want to buy any more unless it’s spectacular in both looks and price.   The ribbon used on these ornaments was sent to me two Christmases ago by my mother-in-law from England.  There is still LOTS of ribbon in the bag but it’s gold, red and green – no silver at all. 

I used an acrylic alphabet to stamp the names and year.  The first few ornaments I personalized had each letter done individually.  I’m glad I thought to try this acrylic set as stamping on acetate is very tricky and doing each letter separately just invites more opportunity to ruin the acetate.

TIP:  When forming a name that has duplicate letters (e.g. the two “s”es in Chrissy) place a letter that is similar in size in the place where the duplicate letter should be, arrange the spacing of your letters exactly the way you want them and then remove the substitute letter before stamping.  Then go back and stamp the duplicate letter in the blank space.  Doing this will ensure you have left the perfect amount of space for your second letter.

I used some wonderful Martha Stewart snow glitter for the background of these ornaments.  It’s much nicer than the glitter I usually use and I will definitely be using it for future ornaments.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone.  Hope Santa is good to you tomorrow. 

Snowman

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No matter how hard I try, I cannot make the fancy, complex, multi-layered creations that so many other people manage to create on a daily basis.  My cards are simple.  I keep fighting it but the fact remains that I just don’t have the patience to make a 3 pound greeting card.

That, however, is not really the point of this post.  Sometimes – only sometimes (Depeche Mode!) a simple card that I make just turns out perfect.  Really, over-the-moon, I can’t believe it’s not butter, downright perfect.

Now you’re thinking I’ve created an amazing card.  It’s not amazing.  Nobody will ooh and ahhh over it but this was one of those rare moments when a card came out EXACTLY as I pictured it in my head.   There was no debate over where to add an embellishment or agonizing over the placement of the stamped image.  I cut out the paper and cardstock, stamped and coloured the image, blinged up some punched snowflakes (tips hat to Anna Wight), adhered it all to the card and voila!

I hope the recipient likes it.  This is a first time order for the customer and I wouldn’t mind expanding my client base! (there’s a notepad and ornament inside the tote box)

If I can take a decent pic before I go to bed I might even post the card on SCS.

Good night!



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