23 December, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas.........

Well, its almost Christmas Eve... i can't let the holiday go by without saying a Merry Christmas to you all! The next few days will be filled with some Christmas Cheer, some Turkey, some wine, and some sweets. I hope that for those of you who celebrate the holidays, that you have a fabulous and wonderful Christmas surrounded by love and joy. For those who don't, enjoy the few days to relax!

Happiness of the Season, from my family to yours.


17 December, 2009

Doggies on Bloggies Blog Hop!

Welcome to the very first Doggies on (ink) Bloggies Blog Hop! If you started with my blog, head on over to the very beginning with Kelly & her baby poochie!

Meet my vicious pooch................ ROCKSTAR!

Vicious looking thing huh? Yep, until you realize he's a miniature pinscher, about the size of a two bit brownie for a full sized doberman. What you can't see in this picture of course, is the photographer - me. I've got the camera in one hand, and a pink plastic garden flamingo in the other. As you can see from Rockstar's expression, he's NOT exactly too fond of the flamingos.....

Rockstar joined our family in the summer of 2008. June or July. Yes, i know, bad dog mommy, can't remember the adoption date! When Mike picked him up, and brought him to me, he was so very tiny. I could sit him in the palms of my hands! He was a goofy little baby pooch and his personality began to show very early on. He housebroke without TOO much difficulty, however, he still hasn't got the hang of pooping outside at the cottage.........

Being the holiday season, a few of us decided to dress up our mutts, and post a fun little holiday doggie blog hop. So here's the VICIOUS ROCKY in his Christmas Tee. When I saw this t-shirt hanging on the rack, I knew I had to put my pooch in it.

Here's a much more darling pic of him in it:

Now, you might be wondering why this is such a fitting tee for him. Sometimes, he has a little accident in the house. He always poops in the same spot when this happens. And he KNOWS it. So here's a little vid to brighten your day. We discovered the "gift" and asked him.... "did you poop in the house?" Just WATCH HIS EARS! LOL!

Rockstar has many nicknames. Poopster, poopie, Poopstar, dirty muttkin, rocky stinky puppy, stinky muttkin. The most common being Rocky stinky puppy....... Do you have a nickname for your pooch? Or kitty? Bird? Other pet? I'd love to know! Leave a comment and let me know what you call your fur (or feather?) baby!

Now HOP on over to visit with LORIE's canine friends!

And lastly.......... in case inquiring minds wanted to know......
He's a boy!

KAREN - you're here!

Thanks for stopping by..............!

11 December, 2009


I made this card a while back. I was testing out a fold that I wanted to try for a swap I joined, hosted by the wonderful Paola (SAMA on SCS).

For this card, i used a ribbon slide so that the card slides in and out of its "holder". The original tutorial called for a different size, but I tweaked it just a tad so that its closer to A2 size, with a bit of the inside card sticking out, so the recipient has an idea they should pull it.

I used a PTI set - Boards & Beams, which i JUST HAD to have after I saw a card made by the VERY talented Sandra. Her blog, appropriately named Paper Funtastics!

I used copics to color up theimage, SU! cardstock and ribbon, K&Co PP & cut out the house image and glued onto the base.

I also have a little holiday cheer for you - see the sidebar for a little puppy love.... that's our little ROCKSTAR!

09 December, 2009

Swappin' Postage Thingys

Yep, signed up for yet another swap. I need more of those like I need another hole in my head.
But it was for a cute idea so I had to get in on it too.

The swap is hosted by dhayes1 on Splitcoaststampers, and the idea is to make a little holder for your return postage. Its such a neat idea! The un-creative me, has always just stuck it in the envelope willy-nilly. Now what kind of a stamper am I?!

There's still plenty of time to join, so if you wanna.... HERE is the link.

I used some Pacific Point DSP from stampin' up & I didn't have any stamps that said "postage" or anything remotely related. So I opted not to stamp them up. I cut the PP into 6x6 inch squares and simply did a diaper fold. They were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy and they whipped up SOOOOOOOOOOOOO quickly! I finished them off with a giant Prima flower, tied some white 1/4" grosgrain ribbon around it, and accented it with a sparkly star secured with Crystal Effects.

I love using Crystal effects to secure tiny things. You can squirt out a little bit, it dries quickly, and boy is it ever secure!!

yes, that is the same manicured thumb stuck inside the holder. And wouldn't ya believe it? yes, I broke that very nail! I tell ya, if something bad is gonna happen, I am the prime candidate for it to happen to! Oh well..... guess I just need to go pamper myself at the salon again, and get it fixed!

Always look on the bright siiiiide of life... do do.. do do do do do do.......

07 December, 2009

More Christmas Cards!

Well, its beginning to look ALOT like Christmas. I even had the classic Christmas carols playing at my place today.

Something I like to do, is make several different cards with the same images, elements and accents. So, here is the cutie from Whiff of Joy again - but wearing her Christmas red. Now looking at this photo has confirmed how much I love coloring with Copic markers. I don't have a red Copic yet, and had to use my SU! real red. I hate the streaks you get with regular markers. So i will have to keep my eye open for a sale for some more Copics!

I made her first into an easel card. The holly berries are done with red stickles, and I used irridescent stickles for the trim on her coat.

I like this fold because you can display your card just like art! Here is the inside. The accent is from SU! Its from the felt flurries pack, and a pearl from the pretties kit.

another simpler variation using the same paper pack and embellishements.
I have always admired other stampers who decorate the insides of thier cards. So I thought I'd keep on going with that habit. The sentiment here is from Elzybells. All PP and CS is from SU!
I recently took the time to go and get a set of UV nails. They use a biogel and a UV light, and its supposed to be better than acrylic. I almost never treat myself like this, but I thought, its the holidays, and I deserve a little pampering. The typing part is taking a bit to get used to. So enjoy the inclusion my one pretty nail.. haha you may never see it again! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!!

06 December, 2009

Melinda Blowing Wedding Kisses

I absolutely ADORE this image from Whiff of Joy, and I love to do it up in pinks. I was invited to a wedding, which I cannot attend, and was deciding what I wanted to do for a card. My intention was to make a few different ones and pick the most appropriate, but I decided to stick with this first card because I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

Its not a typical wedding image, but since I wont be there to wish them congratulation in person, I thought it was appropriate that i send my wedding kisses in the wind - just like Melinda!

The image is colored with Copic markers.... a skill I am constantly trying to perfect. I used a swirly embossing folder through my cuttlebug for the first layer. Have I mentioned how much I love embossing folders?! I just need to buy more of them since I only have a few! Melinda's wings are finished with some iridecent stickles.

I layered Melinda on some patterened paper (I *think* its basic grey), another layer of white, and more cardstock. I love this layered look. The whole thing was mounted on pop dots - another thing I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Finished off with some pink satin ribbon, and layered two giant Prima flowers, accented with a rhinestone centre.

I have only just begun to start decorating the insides of my cards, but since my gift will be monetary, I added a little pocket on the inside with patterned paper. I computer printed the message on vellum paper, and attached it to a white base with some pink square rhinestone brads and adhered to the inside of the card.

Some say that a message typed is not as personal.... but if you've seen my writing, you'd know why I chose to type it out!

I hope they like this card. I was quite pleased with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

04 December, 2009

Getting in the holiday spirit.....

................with cards!!!!!

yes, its been a while since I've posted anything card related! I have had the chance to put a dent in my Christmas cardmaking. I recently purchased the Whiff of Joy Winter Set. I love Whiff images!
And love just about anything by Elizabeth Bell.

This little girl is looking for what santa brought her!

I decided to use colors that were a little non-traditional & broke out my new snowflake die! Add a little sentiment to the inside and voila! christmas!

Image: Whiff of Joy; sentiment Elzybells
Die: SU! Snowflake Die
Colors: Baja Breeze & Pink Pirouette from SU
Colored with Copics and SU! markers