Friday, October 31, 2008

Christmas Swap Cards

Remember I told you I went out with friends on Tuesday night to craft and we had a card exchange. I've finally had a chance to post them.
The first card is mine. I used the Swiss Dots and the Winter Scene folder from Cuttlebug. The rooftop on the houses has Diamond stickles on top. Gives just a bit of glitz. I embossed Seasons Greeting in gold. The remainder of the card was ivory cardstock and gold paper/cardstock. The ovals were cut with the Nestabilities.

The card was done by Kim P. The card base is actually white cardstock but she used a tea dyed ink. Okay, I don't know the exact name of it but it gives a lovely vintage look to it. My point was the ink really changed the look of the cardstock. The pattern background paper is from Basic Grey's new Christmas line "Wassailing",the snowflakes are a cuttlebug die and those lovely branches under the ribbon are a "Marth Stewart" punch, I think. The card is very adorable.

It is Happy Friday & Happy Halloween so have a spooktacular evening!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Page

Here's another scrapbook page. This will be the first one in the album.

I used the "Storybook" cartridge from Cricut to cut the Happily Every After. The roses were from Jolie, actually extras from another project, so that worked out well.
The paper is from Kimberley Poloson. I have a couple more pieces from the same line that are equally as beautiful. The ribbon up in the corner says "Our Wedding".

Last night I went to Julie's place as she was having a little stamping get together. It was fun to chit chat with everybody. I worked on some more of my Halloween treats. Made some of the spiders too! They really are cute. We had a Christmas card exchange. I will post the card I received tomorrow. It was by Kim P.

Julie made some wonderful pumpkin muffins for treats. All I can say is "YUM".

My car was making funny noises on the way home. Ugh. She's going to the doctor tomorrow. There appears to be something hanging down loose at the front of the car.

That's all for now. Have a nice evening.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Treat

A fun little project for today. It's best if the chocolate is already at your house to assemble the project immediately. You feel a little more guilty pulling apart the projects you already made to eat the candy rather than it just sitting there with easy access. You're getting the picture, right.

This project is made using SU's scallop punch, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punch. I also used their paper piercer. Punched out two scallop punches from Tangerine cardstock, two black circles and two white circles. One side has the word "Boo" and the other side has a Halloween related image. The stamp set is also SU but from a long time ago. Glue the circle together and place on the scallop circle. Cut about a 5" piece of ribbon and glue on the inside of each of the scallop punch. Now place a chocolate treat that came from a big bag of chocolate (many of the shapes were unusable in the project....there were eggs and ovals besides the circles)onto the scallop circles with some double-sided tape and make into a sandwich and you're done.

Another alternative to chocolate would be to use the York peppermint patties. Yum!
On another blog I also saw these adorable spiders with the same idea but used the photo corner punch for legs.

The above is a side view just so you get whole picture. Go ahead give them a try.
Tonight I'm going to go stamping with the girls. I'm supposed to take a Christmas card for an exchange. I spent last night playing with a new stamp set but I don't work well under pressure. These gals always have great cards, not just your standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size. So I may have something to show from the exchange tomorrow if I get one done. We'll see how long I have to work today and if I get some play time in this afternoon.



Sunday, October 26, 2008

The "Groom"

Finally the layout of the groom as promised. He looks so handsome...of course it is my son so I might be just a little biased. I was out with the bride and my daughter getting our hair done that I hardly have any pictures of my son getting ready.

These are groomsmen with Adam. Of course they ham it up for photos. They're all looking pretty good dressed up!

Pattern paper is from Stampin' UP. Cardstock is SU & Brazill. Lettering is with a Sizzix and the bush in the corner is done using the cricket cutter. The brads are Basic Grey.

Today we went for a drive down to Lunenburg. It was a warm day so had the roof down. When we left Lunenburg the GPS said 97 klms to home...after an hour of driving we were 102 klms from home. Should have listened to the GPS. We headed across country to Kentville...hmmm definitely not the shortcut.

I was also asked which cutter I was the 12" Tonic Tabletop Guillotine. I had thought about getting the 6" base one with the Guillotine blade but for the difference in price I went with the larger cause I cut a lot of 12 x 12 paper. So far I'm very pleased with it. It's also the cutter I've used at The Cutting Garden and have been pleased with the performance.

Speaking of "The Cutting Garden" Catherine (the owner) has announced the store will close the end of November. Another company is taking over the lease...not scrapbook related. If somebody is looking to buy her inventory and set up their own shop give her a call otherwise drop by and see what you need for your own personal stash.

A Halloween treat tomorrow!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Standing Pop Up Card

A fancy fold card today. This card is easy and fun to make. The only drawback to this card is there really is no place to write unless you do it on the back of the pop up. Oh well, not everything is practical, sometimes CUTE is okay.
On this card I used the 2 step stamping method. It is so quick. The stamps are designed so the base color was stamped in Regal Rose and the second stamp is an outline of the first. I used Rose Red to overstamp. For the leaves, same idea but I used Certainly Celery and Garden Green. I really like those two together as I don't use Garden Green very often. All stamps used are from Stampin' UP. On the box the solid leaf stamp was inked in Versamark and then randomly stamped.

A side view of the card. You can see how there is a slit cut in the top so the pop up portion can slide into it. I've provided a link for the directions however I did adjust the size of the stand up piece.
There are great directions at Splitcoatstampers. This is the card folded down flat so it can be mailed. You'll notice the different colors of the paper. Same two taken with my camera and the last image scanned.
If you have any questions on the instructions drop me an e-mail.
Hope to get a little stamping in later today and it's also my TV night...ER, Survivor & Grey's Anatomy. Too bad they all fall on the same evening.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"The Bride"

Finally I was able to get the photos uploaded to the computer. Sharing pictures of the bride today and tomorrow will be the groom. Both of these pages are Stephanie getting ready just prior to the ceremony.

The photos beneath are of her, her sister Christine and her mother, Irene. Her dress was gorgeous and tied up the back. The veil she's wearing was the same one I was married in. There is also a lovely cape that she wore which was her moms. There will be pictures of that to follow.

I'm scrap booking the wedding album so I will be sharing plenty of pages with you. Hope you don't get bored.

I did do a little shopping today too....I bought a new cutter. It was either that or repair a window cause I was going to throw the one I had out the window. I cannot stand having my paper crooked. So I bought a guillotine cutter. My other one was a guillotine as well but it didn't have a paper holder on it so when you cut a longer piece the paper would slip towards the bottom.

I have made a couple of cards with it this afternoon and it worked great. Could even slice off just a teeny tiny piece of paper. I'm a happy crafter.:) One of my cards was a fancy fold so that one will show up tomorrow or the next day. Keep watching.

Have a nice evening!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christmas Ornament

This card was inspired from a sketch posted on the Canadian Cuttlebug Yahoo Group. I tried to save the sketch and then re-post it here but I couldn't get the image large enough and I can't link it for you to see as you have to be a member to the group for access. I changed the card from landscape to portrait but still incorporated all of the features to a degree.

The background is done using the ornaments cuttlebug folder on tinfoil and altered with the alcohol inks. The nestabilities were used for layering and the ornament stamp is from a retired SU set. Holiday Happiness is also a retired SU stamp. Looped grosgrain ribbon to look like a hanger and utilized dimensionals for depth on the card. If you look really close there are two eyelets in the background too.

I think I will make a few more of this card for my Christmas cards.

Spent part of today driving around Chester and Mahone Bay. The fall colors are so pretty but there is definitely a chill in the air. Especially with the top down on the car. Good thing the Miata has heated seats and a good heater.

I'm off to the movies tonight. Not sure what we are seeing yet.

Hope to check in with you tomorrow. I have to take pictures of my scrapbook pages. I got FOUR done this week-end. No housework though! Well you can't do everything.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Mouse Hello

Finally finished this card for my daughter. I started it probably a week ago. Now I just have to get it into the mail. I don't think she checks my blog so hopefully it will still be a surprise when she gets it in her mailbox.

Stamped the House Mouse in black stazon on watercolor paper. Watercolored it using Twinkling H2O's. The background is Cuttlebugged using the paisley folder and the ovals are done using the Nestabilities. Placed 3 little brads on the side for balance. The paper is Stampin' Up. Certainly Celery and Misty Mauve (retired color). The image is raised up with dimensionals.

Heading back to the scrapbook room - I had a scrapbook page done but decided to change things - so back to the drawing board.

Happy Week-end,

Friday, October 17, 2008

Flying High

TGIF! Looking forward to 5:00. It's been a crazy week. Haven't been home at all except to sleep. Planning on actually cooking a supper tonight. Well, I might not be doing the cooking cause DH will get home before me and he said he'd cook supper. Even better.

Posted a couple scrapbook pages. These two were done a couple of years ago. We had gone on vacation to the Mexican Riveria. They are photos of us out on an excursion. Besides the zip line I repelled into an underwater cave,
climbed this huge ruin, which was the scariest of all the things I did. Even parasailing wasn't as scary. I do have scrapbook pages of those as well so may post a couple in the days to come.

I used Basic Grey pattern paper and my sizzix to create the flowers and the letters. I did a little sewing on the project too. Computer generated journalling on vellum.

Hope you all have a great week-end and maybe I'll get a post or two in on Sat & Sun. I'm way behind on number of posts for October.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Good Day! Can't believe the week is half gone already. Went to Antigonish on Monday for Thanksgiving. Adam & Stephanie cooked the turkey dinner and it was so good. I had a Cuttlebug class last night so didn't get home till 10:00. Lots of fun in the class though!

I did whip up a manly birthday card. Pretty simple. Made the card monochromatic. The base of the card was Creamy Carmel c/s from Stampin' Up as was the ink and the confetti vanilla c/s. The layered background was Cuttlebugged with the Houndstooth folder and sanded. This is one of those folders that if you want to do a larger background it's very easy. The pattern on the embossing folder repeats itself so you can do half of your piece of cardstock and then rotate your paper and do the other half (you are able to align up the previous embossed area in the folder). When you run it through the folder a second time it will flatten out some of the previous embossed area, however that is easy to fix. Take your cardstock and place in on a softer surface, such as a mouse pad, and then with a stylus just trace over the embossed area that has been flattened. It will pop back out very easily and you won't be able to tell that you had to run it through twice.

I should be posting some scrapbook pages soon. I've started to work on the wedding album. I'm on the hunt for a specific shade of green. Have a crafty day!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Post


I did post new pictures of the "Lotus Book". I had saved it as a draft a few days ago and published something after that to my site. Apparently it lists them by date when you first started working on it. So scroll down to see the article.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sympathy Card with Alcohol Inks

I just love playing with the alcohol inks and the Cuttlebug. I covered a piece of cardstock with regular household tinfoil and ran it through the embossing folder called bloom dots. Alcohol ink colors I may have used are Stream (that's a for sure), and possible lettuce and cranberry (or eggplant). I did this a couple of weeks ago but just got the background made into a card. Once again I used a stamp from "Garden Silhouettes" (retired SU set) and stamped in black craft ink and embossing using Iridescent Ice. The words are embossed in silver. The green cardstock is from the line called "Bling". It's textured but also has a bit of a sheen to it. I added a silver/grey organdy ribbon to the side just to finish it off.

That's all for today. Dig out those alcohol inks and let me see what you are doing with them.


Lotus Book

This is a book I taught at The Cutting Garden a couple of days ago. I'll be teaching it again in November. We call it the "Lotus Book". The size is approximately 6 x 6 and would make a great little gift. It can hold quite a few photos and would be ideal for featuring a special event. I just love how the pages seem to keep unfolding.

I'm still trying to get back on schedule with my crafting. Finally got the housework caught up yesterday and the laundry....well....the ironing is calling out to me.

Tomorrow we are driving to Antigonish to have turkey with my son and daughter-in-law. Can't believe no turkey to cook. This is so cool!

Today I might go out for a drive and see all the beautiful colors of fall. Perhaps take a drive down to the Valley.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Wow, what a week. We were so busy getting all the final details done for the wedding. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and warm for October. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Will post soon some pictures of the happy couple.

In the meantime the tree was stamped with versamark ink and then chalks pounced over the stamped image to give it the color. Core'dination paper was used for the background with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder and then sanded. I just happened to have ribbon with similiar dots. Finished the card with Happy Birthday embossed in gold. Heat embossing always adds an element of elegance to any card.

Short note as I'm still trying to get organized and back into a rountine. See you tomorrow.