Friday, January 30, 2009

I am heading to Florida tomorrow and won't be back home until about April 8. Can't wait to get out of the cold and snow.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

I have nothing to show this week. I have been busy getting ready for our trip to Florida (we leave on January 31) and although I have spent time in my craft room it has been trying to decide what I can bring with me and still have room to pack our clothes!

The new Stampin Up catalogue was released this week - see sidebar. Sale a bration begins on
February 1 and runs until March 31.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

None of these cards today are my own inspiration. I cannot even say that I saw an idea and adapted it - they are all pretty much direct copies of cards I have seen while visiting other blogs. Unfortunately, I remembered the ideas but the not the sources.

On this card I love the simplicity of the image from Pocket Silhouettes against the 'busier' pattern of the Urban Garden DSP. Could not find my black brads so I just punched some 1/8" circles from basic black and glued on clear dew drops. I am quite pleased with the effect. The card picks up colours from the DSP. Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray and Old Olive. The image and sentiment are both stamped on Whisper White using Not Quite Navy Craft Ink. I heat embossed them using clear embossing powder. The card was done in minutes.

Again, I used Pocket Silhouettes. This time I used my markers to colour directly to the stamp and then stamped the image onto my card stock. The focal image is raised up on dimensionals. I can't believe that when I first received the Raspberry Tart DSP that I was not sure I liked it.

Pocket Silhouettes Stamp Set
Regal Rose CS
Raspberry Tart DSP
Rose Red Ribbon
Regal Rose and Old Olive Markers

I love this card. The image was stamped using versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Inspired by Nature Stamp Set (not in the new catalogue, but still available - it is on the dormant list)
Kiwi Kiss Textured Card Stock
Not Quite Navy, Baha Breeze and Whisper CS
Not Quite Navy Ink, Versamark
White Embossing powder
Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, brad from Silver Hodgepodge
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Friday, January 9, 2009

I am still working on getting birthday cards done. I am going to need several over the next few months and although I will bring stamping supplies to Florida with me, I want to get the things that I 'have' to do before leaving.

It is amazing what a few scraps of paper can develop into. Thanks again to Ros Oakes for the inspiration. This card for our niece's son is a total CASE of hers. It is pretty busy, but fun. I really like it and look forward to giving it to him. His birthday is not until April so there is a bit of a wait.

These Sesame Street characters are so much fun to make.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I have been making cards for some upcoming birthdays. This first one is for our niece. I finally started using my nestabilities.

Recipe: Stamp - Crazy for Cupcakes, Baroque Motifs Wheel
Card Stock - Pink Pirouette, Bravo Burgundy, Watercolour Paper
Inks: Jet Black Stazon, Bravo Burgundy
Markers: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Real Red

Our nephew's birthday is in early February and I just received my Winds of Grace stamp set so I decided to make this card for him. My inspiration for this came from the card Marie Kirkwood made for her Masculine Manly card swap last fall. You can see all of the cards by clicking HERE

Stamp Set - Winds of Grace (retiring January 18)
Cardstock - Blue Bayou (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Basic Grey, Whisper White
Ink - Blue Bayou
Other - Word Window Punch, Twine - Natural, Brads (SU - retired),
Ribbon - Blue Bayou (retired)

This card uses the new Raspberry Tart DSP. The patterns are quite a bit bolder than I had anticipated and I am having some difficulty using it but it works pretty well on the following card. I ran out of Rose Red cardstock so I pulled out Purely Pomegranate. I think it turned out OK. I layered Purely Pomegrante Ribbon over the Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon. I used brads from the Silver Hodgepodge but put some tiny flat back pearls (non SU) in the centres. I am really loving the Echoes of Kindness stamp set.


Card Stock - Purely Pomegranate, Watercolour paper
DSP - Raspberry Tart
Ink - Black Stazon, Old Olive and Rose Red Markers

My husband and I have been going to Florida for the past several years and are quite intrigued by pelicans. I found this pelican stamp at Michael's last year and decided today was the day to ink it up. The card has a kind of nautical feel about it (I think so anyway). I used the natural twine as an embellishment behind the focal image, but can you see that I also used it on the post the pelican is standing on? Makes me want to get going for our trip to Florida. We leave on January 31 and will be back home around April 10.


Stamps - Pelican (non SU); Winds of Grace

Card Stock - Soft Sky (retired); Blue Bayou (retired), Basic Grey, Watercolour paper

Ink - Black Stazon and Blue Bayou. Close to Cocoa, Basic Grey, Really Rust, Barely Banana Markers. Non SU watercolour pencil (blue)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I made this card for our nephew's son who is turning 2 on Friday. I don't have the scallop circle die for the Big Shot yet, but I do have the scallop circle Nestabilities so I used the largest one. I had already folded the card stock and just made sure to position the die so that a few of the scallops overlapped the folded edge. I wanted the Elmo to be the card, but decided he needed to be mounted on a standard card size base. Here is the inside of the card.Recipe: Card Stock - Real Red, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
DSP - Summper Picnic
Ink - Real Red
Stamps - It's Your Birthday

Inspiration: Ros Oakes - click HERE

The next card is one I made as a birthday card for a friend's mother. I used squares cut from the new Raspberry Tart DSP. For the middle square I cut one of the flowers from the DSP and adhered it to a square of Rose Red CS.

Recipe: Card Stock - Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Rose Red
DSP - Raspberry Tart
Other - Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla ribbon, White Signo Gel Pen, Paper Piercer

Inspiration: Catherine Coté - Click HERE

I bought this Santa stamp many years ago (it was probably the first stamp I ever bought). I still love it and will never part with it. It is a perfect size for making coasters and when I was making Cards for the Troops it was perfect for making no layers cards (I had previously posted a photo). Here is a photo of one of the coasters I made using this stamp. Did you know that the IKEA thin cork coasters are a perfect fit for the 4 x 4 tumbled tiles (I got the tiles at Home Depot).

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!!

2009 came in very quietly at our home, but that is just the way we wanted it. We usually stay home and quite honestly for the past many year we have not even been awake to usher in the new year. This year we woke up at 11:57 and turned the TV on just in time to see the big ball fall at New York's Times Square.

We took it easy on New Year's Day as well. We made a lovely roast beef dinner and watched a few movies.

I signed up for a swap using stamps from the new catalogue. Although I will be away at the time the swap out is done, I wanted to participate. I had ordered a couple of new stamp sets from the demonstrator preorder so felt I would have time to get my 11 card fronts done before going away. Bonus - my order arrived today instead of Monday. I had already planned out my card so decided to get busy and get them done.

The idea of the swap is to make 11 identical card fronts and send them in to the organizer. She then sorts all the cards received and sends each participant 11 different card fronts.

This is my card

Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Echoes of Kindness (NEW - Level 2 Hostess Set)

Card Stock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White

DSP: Raspberry Tart (NEW)

Ink: Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery markers; Jet Black Stazon

Ribbon : Whisper White 1/4 inch grosgrain

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