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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Stacey's Stamping Stage Curtain Call Act 62Two-Step Owl - What a HOOT!

Happy Holidays everyone. Now that the New Year is approaching, I have made my first non-Christmas card! It felt great! I eyed this cute little owl, for a long time. Finally, I purchased him last month and this is the first time I've used him. I just love his look. He is a little finnicky to work with, but I am sure with time I will get faster. I needed a Thank You card for our friends who looked after Phat Cat while we were away in Florida. So I cased this card. I also drew some inspiration from Curtain Call Act 62 . I added my own little twist of Megness - the lettering is from a sizzlets die I bought a while ago and had yet to use. The branch on the inside is another sizzlets die that I got at Joann's while I was in Florida - I love the prices at that store - I bought this die for $7.99 and I got a set of nesties (classic scallop circles small) for 17.49 - they are 29.99 here! Using dies is so easy and always adds that extra detail that makes people say: "Wow!". Gotta love it.  TFL.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's been sooooooooooooooooo long!

HI Everyone,
I have been negligent for a long time - my apologies. Since the new school year started, I have not had the same time or motivation to keep posting. This is an early New Year's Resolution - to post three times a week or more. I mean really - in the end, it takes about fifteen minutes and I think it is time well-spent. So today I am posting a card for the PPA72: Winter White. Winter is my favourite season; having been born and raised in Ottawa - our wonderful snowy capital - you learn very early on to embrace winter. So for this card I layered white on white with a little gold and a little glitteriness thrown in! The snowflake is a sizzix die, and I used the Petals a Plenty EF to add a bit of texture. The snowflake is embossed with irridescent ice EP and is very sparkly in real life. The sentiment is from the retired SU set Peaceful Wishes - I sold a lot of my retired sets, but this one I wanted to hang onto. TFL


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Peaceful WIshes (retired)
Ink: Versamark, Gold EP, Irridescent Ice EP
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Accessories: Gold bead, Sizzix snowflake sizzlet, Petals a Plenty EF

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mug Card

Hello Everybody,
I have seen these mug cards quite a bit on the internet and decided to try my hand at it. I thought it would make a great project for my technique club. So I downloaded this template and was off and running. I had seen this card on splitcoast and knew that I had to case it, so I married the two ideas and love how it turned out. I also realized I have another entry for the Paper Players colour challenge this week! Gotta love that.

Happy Stamping,

Stamps: Christmas Punch
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper WHite
Accessories: Cropadile, scallop edge punch, mug template, scallop square punch

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas is coming...

I know it is still a ways away, but it is never too early to start stamping Christmas cards. This year I am really trying to keep my cards simple and easy to produce. I cased this card by Teneale Williams - I just loved the soft vintage look of it. Lovely as a  Tree is probably my favourite stamp set. Each year SU! comes out with a new cattie, I am worried Lovely as a Tree will retire - it is the one set, retired or not - I will never part with. My other card, I cased from somewhere, but I can't remember where. I tried to look for it in the blogosphere, but to no avail. The original had used a different sentiment and a different bird image, but the basic layout is the same. Very easy to make. TFL.


Card One
Stamp: Lovely as a Tree, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Iridescent Ice EP, Versamark and White EP
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon

Card Two:
Stamps: Peaceful Season
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Vintage Wallpaper EF, XL Two-step Bird Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Black mini brad

I found the card I used to case the second card:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Paper Players Challenge: Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White!

Hi Everyone,
The school is off to a very busy start, and as a result I have been a little negligent with posting! So, I am back in action with an entry for this week's Paper Players challenge. I made this card a while ago, but never posted it here. I used this colour combo in an attempt to belnd a non-traditional Christmas colour with a traditional one. I love the way it turned out. TFL.


Stamps: Holiday Line-Up, Short and Sweet
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red ink and Stmapin' Write Markers, White gel pen
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Snowflake EF, small oval, large oval and scallop oval punches, black and white ribbon from Michaels

Friday, September 3, 2010

PPA 58: Pearls, Pearls, Pearls (and a few rhinestones too)!

Happy Friday Everyone,
When I saw that the challenge at Pals Paper Arts was to use pearls, I knew I would have no problem meeting this challenge. I am making a box set of cards for my sister's birthday and this is one of them. Of course, I couldn't just use pearls - I had to add some rhinestones too! The seed pearls on the Eiffel Tower are hard to see, but if you click on the picture, you can see them. I love Chic Boutique stamp set, there is something fun and feminine about it. Thanks for looking and stop by anytime!


Stamps: Chic Boutique
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Pink rhinestones, Elegant Bouquet EF, Corner Rounder punch

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back To School

Hi Everyone,
Today I head back for my first day of the school year. The students are not in until Tuesday next week, but we teachers have meetings and PD all day today. Each year I get myself a new notebook to record planning and ideas etc... This year was no different; I love my pilgrimage to Staples, I love wandering up and down the aisles, and I love looking at all the new designs of notebooks - I take my time choosing which one will hold my thoughts for the year. This time out I chose a plain black spiral book and altered the cover. Who can resist the delicious Elegant Soiree DSP from SU! I love the way my notebook turned out and I can't wait to put pen to paper!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Challenge 45

Here we are - it's time for another Curtain Call Colour Challange from Stacey's Stamping Stage. This week's colour combo is Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Crumb Cake and Whisper White. I decided to case my own card and change out the colours. I used the "direct to paper" technique on this card - you simply swipe your ink pad directly across the paper to create a background. TFL!


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Short and Sweet
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, and Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Same as paper
Accessories: basic pearls, Old Olive ribbon, small, large and scallop oval punches

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Curtain Call Act 44

Hi All,
I am once again taken with the colour challenge from Stacey's Stamping Stage: Curtain Call Act 44. The colour combo this week is tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, poppy parade, and whisper white. I saw this pyramid card over on Darlene McCallum's blog and that was my inspiration. I decided to use my Fresh Cuts stamp set - I love this set, but don't ink it up enough. I stamped the main image four times: twice in daffodil delight, once in turquoise, and once in poppy parade. I cut them all the same size (3.25x3); for each layer on top of the base I took off quarter inch increments; so, the turquoise layer was 2.75x2.5. I love the layered look of this effect. Neat little trick and it makes a cool-looking note card. TFL.

Friday, August 20, 2010

PPA 56: Day to Evening

Hi All,
You have to check out the newly redesigned Pals Paper Arts challenge blog. This week's challenge is a day to evening card. The "Day" version is simple and straightforward, while the "Evening" version can have layers and bling to jazz things up a bit. I chose a Christmas Card I made with the new "Bells and Boughs" set in the forthcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue. This was really fun. On the right we have my day card. Pretty simple and straight forward. On the left, is my evening card - jazzed up with satin ribbon, rhinestones, and chunky glitter! I loved this challenge.


Friday, August 13, 2010

PPA 55 Colour Challenge: Pop Art Pocket Silhouettes

This week over at Pals Paper Arts it is a colour challenge - melon mambo, tempting turquoise, and daffodil delight. I saw a similar card on Splitcoast eons ago and it reminded of Andy Warhol's work - I thought this would be perfect for this colour challenge. Thanks for looking!


Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Versamark, Black EP
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF

Vintage Christmas Collage

I am just loving this stamp from the new Holiday Mini Catalogue - this is a sneak peek - you will be able to order as of September first. I used two-tone embossing and sponged around the edges to give it a bit of a vintage feel. I like the way it turned out. I am thinking of using this card in an upcoming class. TFL!


Stamp: Christmas Collage, Bells and Boughs
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Silver EP, Gold EP

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Christmas Card Sneak Peek and PPA Surprise

Hello All,
I will start with the PPA surprise. When I got up this morning, I checked my email - as is my routine - and to my delight I had an email from the team at Pals Paper Arts! I was chosen as one of the picks of the week! Yahoo! I so admire their work, it is a real honour to be chosen by them. That is why I get the cool badge in my sidebar! Now on to my card.

I cased this card by the very talented SleepyinSeattle. I had a lot of fun with it. The stamp is larger than an A2 card front, so I trimmed it down a bit. It was very simple, but I think really effective. The sponging around the edge is done with So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie classic inks. TFL.


Stamps: Christmas Collage
Inks: Soft Suede, Real Red Stampin' Write marker, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker, Old Olive Stampin' Write marker, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write marker and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White

Friday, August 6, 2010

PPA54 - A Masculine KISS

At first this PPA Challenge had me a little stumped and then I thought of this card. I had purchased some roof flashing to make tea light holders and still had some leftover - I can't think of a more masculine material than roof flashing! Since the challenge is to keep it simple I tried not to embellish too much. One little tip - I put scor-tape on the back of the flashing before running it through the Big Shot so that the lattice would be self-adhesive. TFL.


Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Marina Mist
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Silver Bling, Roof Flashing

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Act 41

I love the Curtain Call Colour Challenges because the colour schemes are so great! I was not disappointed when I tuned in to see what the challenge would be this week. I bought the "Friends Never Fade" stamp set during the new cattie pre-order, but haven't really used it much even though I love the images. I cased this card, changed the colours and added some bling with the new rhinestones SU! is selling - I love the extra sparkle. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pals Paper Arts 53: Ode to Purple

I have always loved the colour purple, so when I saw that the PPA 53 was a purple colour challenge, I was excited. All kinds if ideas ran through my head, so I may have to make more than one entry. In the end I decided to case a card I made before. I cased the original from Jo-Anne Pullen's work. I did the original in Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla, but a change to Concord Crush and Whisper White makes a striking difference - I think I prefer the stranger colours, as they suit my colour palette more. The embossed background was done with a home-made texture plate. I first saw this idea on Splitcoast and was referred to Dawn Olchefsky's blog for the tutorial. TFL.
Stamps: Because I Care
Ink: Concord Crush Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Accessories: homemade lattice texture plate

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Challenge 40

Hello All,

Today I made this cute little 3x3 note and matchbook holder. I used the colour scheme in this week's Curtain Call Colour Challenge. I saw the tutorial for this matchbook holder and note card on Becky Roberts' blog. If you haven't been by to check out her work - go right now! She has some amazing tutorials and they are always easy to follow! She has this great tutorial for little purse gift boxes that are just adorable - I have made one, but will post later. TFL.
Stamps: All Holidays, Awash with Flowers
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Rhinestone and pearl stick-ons, white grosgrain ribbon, scallop edge punch, Boho Blossoms punch, itty bitty punch set

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mojo Monday 149

Happy Monday Everyone,

Well I got my workout, and chores done this morning, so I decided to spend the afternoon making cards. Here is my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch. I got Stampin' Up's lattice die recently and have been hanging onto all the little bits; they are great to use make a multi-patterned lattice card or in this case to make a flower! TFL!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Christmas in July

Yup, it is that time of year again! Last year by the time Holiday season was over, I was relieved to be making cards for birthdays etc... However, when the new SU! cattie came, the first thing I did was check out the new Christmas sets. There are a few I want, but haven't bitten the bullet yet; instead I surprised myself and got an "oldie but a goodie" - the adorable "Holiday Line-up". I don't know what it is about these goofy reindeer, snowmen, and elves, but they are too cute to resist. Here are the first two cards. Both were cased from Splitcoast. My reindeer card I cased directly from this card and my Elves were cased from this card.

Friday, July 23, 2010

PPA 52 Sketch with a twist of Megness

Hi Everyone,
I love to follow the Pals Paper Arts challenges - this week's is a sketch by the super-talented Margaret Moody; you should definitely check out her blog! I made this card and added a little twist of Megness to the sketch. I am putting together a card set using Chic Boutique for my sister, and this is one of the cards. TFL.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Challenge Act 39

Hi again,
I decided that this summer I would try to enter a different challenge each day; yesterday I did Mojo Monday and today I am entering the Curtain Call Colour Challenge. The challenge is to use whisper white, certainly celery, wild wasabi and crumb cake. This was a real challenge, as I don't use green a whole lot. This is what popped into my head; it is a 4x4 note for my mom. TFL.


My First Post!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog; it seems hard to believe that anyone will actually read this, but that certainly won't stop me. I will be posting my paper creations here and hope that you enjoy them. Please feel free to comment, as I love the feedback!
This is a card that I made yesterday for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges; this is my first entry into this challenge, and at first I was a little trepidatious! This is a popular challenge - there are so many entries that are totally amazing. At any rate, I bit the bullet, printed off the sketch design, and sat down to create.
I decided to keep the colour scheme simple as the sketch design is more elaborate than one I would create on my own. I love Tempting Turquoise and wanted to pair that with red - I decided to stay away from my go-to reds and chose the poppy parade - a red I am not loving just yet. I wanted to use my Playful Pieces stamp set and thought the Dragonfly pieces should work. It looks simple, but that little bug took me eight tries! The flowers were created with my Boho Blossoms punch; I used my large and small circle nesties for the circles. My square lattice embossing folder helped me add a bit of texture.
Overall I am pleased with the card - I hope you like it too! Have a wonderful day!