24 November, 2008

GOOD Morning!

Its Monday! What's good about Monday?!!!!! bleh!
I found out this weekend that I missed a great sale at Michael's on the Cuttlebug. Pooh on me!! Oh well, Maybe Santa will still bring me one!

The rubber stash challenge I put up not too long ago was met by a few and so, Card Kits will be in the mail shortly for those who participated! Mary, Kadie, Judy & Kelly! Yay! If you did the challenge, and haven't let me know yet, please post a message today and let me know so I can get a kit in the mail to you also! Don't forget to post a link to your creation, blog or SCS gallery, etc.

Yay! Thank you all for playing!!

20 November, 2008

Challenge Christmas Card

Let me start by apologizing for the poor photograph. Darn camera on the cell phone just doesn't take the greatest photos and my lighting at home is just terrible!

I received a package with a fabulous Riley bookmark, some very cute images and a fantastic Christmassy paperpack from my friend Mary over at SCS! Mary's posted a challenge and that is to create a card with the paperpack that she sent over and here's mine!

I couldn't wait, i got so excited to use this paper because its absolutely GORGEOUS! Forget the fact that I'm in love with all things Christmas, this rich colorful pack wont last in my craftroom! I'm dedicated to making cards with the whole thing!

The solid cardstock is all SU! I stamped the green with the flourish from Baroque Motifs (which by the way i'm LOVING). I had this set for a long time and never knew what to do with it. I recently broke it out to do some backgrounds on my calendar, and have been inking it up ever since! Its stamped with Versamark. I added a little gold ribbon, and layers of these rich beautiful colors!

The image and sentiment are both from Elzybells. I have embellished with yellow stickles for the hat & scarf, and Crystal effects for the ice and snow.

18 November, 2008

Romance is in the air....

I joined a wedded bliss mix up swap hosted by Rhondaleigh30 over on SCS.

It was my opportunity to use this adorable stamp from Elzybells, thanks to a free shipping sale my friend Michelle not too long ago!

I decided to use a simple layout and tones of pink. I also opted not to color the image, since, well, I suck at it, and also, i liked the simplistic look of this card.

Now hopefully you've all been rummaging through your un-inked piles? Hmm? Hmm? have you? hee hee.

I did stamper up a storm last night. I seem to have an addiction to swapping and have joined way too many!! A few more to get off my list and then I should really get started on working on my Christmas stamping. Can you believe its only just over a month away?! I also need to get my tree up! I love Christmastime... Now if only my renovations were done.... =P

16 November, 2008

challenge update

Rules are loose ladies - yes, non-SU! stamps and stamp sets are part of the challenge too!
I really just want to get some of that un-inked rubber on the move!

14 November, 2008



I REALLY don't want to work today... bleh.
Its cloudy and cold today which would be a perfect day to sit at home at my dining room table and craft away..... I have swaps to get done! Darn WORK getting in the way! yucko!

So I took inventory last night of the stamps I have accumulated since I re-started papercrafting and holy sh*t! If it weren't for the wonderful gals I've made friends with on SCS, the sensible side of me would be telling me to STOP! Its costing too much!! At least dbf doesn't REALLY know the cost total!

So I suppose since I'm not posting a new card for you all to take a look see at, I should post something interesting. So, I'm posting a challenge for you all.

During my inventory last night, I realized that I had a good number of stamps and stamp sets that I have NOT even trimmed & mounted - let alone inked up! So here's my challenge to all of you.

Step 1: Gather all stamps and/or stamp sets that you have either NEVER used, or have not used for a very long time. A very long time being months or years, depending on how long you've been stamping for. If you use all your stamps on a regular basis, I bow to you!

Step 2: CLOSE YOUR EYES and reach into that pile & pick out a random set. DON"T LOOK!!!!!!!!

Now of course I could just say "make a card" but that would be too easy! There has to be rules!!

Step 3: Create a card using
a) a minimum of 3 layers
b) a minimum of 2 colors EXCLUDING black & white (if you choose to use black or white, you must incorporate at least 2 other colors)
c) use at least 1 embellishment (ribbon, button, brad, eyelet, card candy, etc.)

Step 4: Post a comment here with a link to your blog (with photo and info on your card).

********** If you don't have a blog, post a photo with details in your gallery on SCS and again, post a comment and link here.

Well, I guess as some encouragement to get your on you way, I should give something away... so... post by Next Friday, November 28th, '08 and everyone who completes the challenge will receive a card kit from me.


11 November, 2008

Kadie's Contest

head on over to Kadie's page and check out her contest to win a free Hanna set!

10 November, 2008


Here it is!! I've been slaving over a hot paper trimmer since last week putting together a calendar for bf's gma. The family had a scare not too long ago and almost lost her. So for her 91st birthday, all sorts of family came to celebrate. The calendar was quite a hit! His cousins and mom and sister were very impressed with the work I'd put into it.... points for me!

Yes, I was taking photos in the car on the way to dinner.... and no, I wasn't driving =P
I'll have to apologize for the nasty glare from the plastic. Hmm.. i seem to do my best work under pressure. I'm sure there are several calendars that are much more impressive than mine, i'm pretty happy with how this one turned out!

January incorporates an image I recieved in the mail from my good friend MiamiKel from SCS.
Thanks Kelly! The image is from the Ski Bunny set from Hanna Stamps.

Ahh February! Image here is from Rubbernecker

The clover for March was done by tracing a Creative Memories heart shaped cutter from the Custom cutting system. I cut three out, and then freehanded the "stem" - I sure hope it looks like a clover to all of you! LOL

April, birthdays of bf and his dd.... and yes, that's a beach shot of bf and our little Rockstar... *tear*

The flowers here are from an image swap. Colored in with SU! markers. Stamps are from SU!'s Priceless set.

June, a hot hot month! Rubbernecker stamp in the bottom corner.

That's a penny black image, love this little piggy!

LilyKate paper I purchased from Scrappingreatdeals.com.

The swirls here are also from SU!'s priceless set. The leaves are from the Seasonal Icons set.

Pretty Typical halloween theme. Some House mouse stamps on here. The Lil' Pumpkin stamp was one of the many that I surprisingly got in the mail from three very special friends from SCS, Judy, Mary & Kadie.

I originally bought this background paper from Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Coquitlam, BC on a visit home, I thought it was perfect for November. The flowers are from Petaloo and purchased from My Favorite Things.

And finally December. I love the holidays and so I left this page to last. The background is stamped in Metallic Gold Ink using SU's Baroque Motifs set. I never knew what to do with this gorgeous stamp set until I started with this calendar. I think that particular large swirl will make great backgrounds for elegant Christmas cards this year. But, its debut got to be on this page.

I didn't list ALL the materials I used, but tried to get most of it in there. If you want to know what any of the sets are, or any of the colors used, let me know and i'll try to remember!

The calendar pages, Month Titles and Weekdays Titles are all from Creative Memories. Papers and Cardstocks vary between store finds and Stampin' Up. The 12x12 sleeves are a bulk pack of 25 I bought at Micheal's with my 40% off cupon. perhaps granny should be happiest of all, I didn't use my 40% off cupon to buy a Cuttlebug for myself, I used it for her calendar! The pages ended up costing just over $11. For 25! What a deal! now i have enough leftover to make calendar #2......... dare I? LOL Maybe after a LONG rest!!

I hope you enjoyed my little calendar! Now I"m off to wash my dainties!!

01 November, 2008

Stampin' up a Storm!

I've been a busy little bee!
Recently I recived the orders that I'd been waiting for! Yay! The Whiff of Joy stamps I ordered came lightening fast! Faster than anything I've ordered from the US! I bought Melinda blowing kisses and some grassy knoll for her to stand on. So just for the sake of putting rubber to ink, I whipped up a little card with Melinda on it. Now, its not fancy, I'll warn you, I just wanted to break her in....

I also finally got to finishing up my cards for OhioMary's swap on SCS. I JUST finished putting them all in thier little plastic envelopes & they'll be postal next week! The cards are winter themed & must include a warm recipe for a soup or stew. I found a recipe online for a Portabello Mushrom Stew. I'm sure I'm going to try it out this winter, it just sounds so yummy!

I used chocolate chip and tempting turquoise cardstock from SU! and the Snow Burst set. I stamped with Versamark; chocolate chip and yes, even some Baja blue. The ribbon is some chocolate satin ribbon, and tempting turquoise ribbon from SU! on the recipe.

I'm on a bit of a coloring and Christmas Card kick for the last couple of days. And yep, I've been whipping up some holiday cards already! I love this new cocktail elf stamp I got from Whipper Snapper.... and thought I'd make something humorous. So here it is.

Hopefully the recipients of this card will have a good laugh!
I made two, opposite colors, as you can see. Green Galore, and Riding Hood red from SU! and I used a selection of square, circle and scallop punches, all from Stamin' Up.

One last thing! here's what my stamp space looks like.... yes, all i have is this little corner. Which is fine by me since a few months ago, all I had was the coffee table. What a disaster!
This room gets super hot when the sun shines. I have to get blinds up or I'm afraid all my inks and pens and markers will dry up! I share this space with an ungy stinky little lizard (its called a Bearded Dragon), named Frankie. Whom lives in a fish tank by the window. He watches me stamp, I ignore him. Its a great relationship. As long as he stays behind his glass, I'm happy!