Monday, February 28, 2011

Quickie post!

Good Monday!  Just a quick post today with some really quick & easy to make cards!

 So as we have already established, I love to use the masked centre rectangle with blue and as a sky, so no surprise here! The clouds and sentiment are from PTI's "up, up and away" set, and the birds are from the "little bitty birds" set. 
This one is sort of just a different version of this one here. I like this one better because the mum looks better on the white than the vellum. Maybe I should have stamp brown on the vellum? I think I might try that now!

On a little side note, I had a derby bout this weekend against another city, Medicine Hat, and we WON!!! 150 to 122 was the final score. And I'm super excited because I didn't break anything this time. :)

I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop - Scallops

Well, this month I managed to post on the correct day!
It's the 25th which means PTI hosts their monthly blog hop.

The challenge:
"This month we decided to dedicate the Blog Hop to scallops!  We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project!  This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops,  scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look."

I went with something super simple, no thinking outside-the-box on this one. I LOVE the scallops that come in the Background Basics: Retro set, so for me it was an easy choice. 

 It was a bonus that I already had the limitless layers scalloped circle cut out. I had used one of the Text Style stamps on rustic cream cardstock and die cut the scalloped circle. The butterfly with leaves stamp is from the limited edition round & round set, as is the sentiment.

I'm off to bed for now, I wrote this before heading to bed after my night shift for fear I might forget when I got up! But I can't wait to tour through all of the fabulous projects I know are waiting on the hop.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ColourQ challenge #73

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I'm just squeaking this in before Tuesday is over. I haven't totally figured out the scheduled posting thing and I was enjoying a lovely girls "weekend" in banff. A little shopping, a little eating, a little cross-country skiing and a little movie watching!
Super fun!

So........I'm kinda late posting this week's ColourQ challenge card.

These colours are so pretty and just screamed outdoors to me. Plus I think I had Tanja's gorgeous card from last week in my head as inspiration.

I do love making cards with these blocks of colour in the center. I think I'm going to have to try a diffent colour other than blue next time though. But this layout always makes me think of the sky. Oh well!

The kites are from PTI's up, up and away set, as is the sentiment. The clouds are PTI dies cut using vintage cream felt. That adorable picket fence is actually a die cut from Taylored Expressions. I came across it and just HAD to have it. I know I'm not the only one out there who has experienced this phenomenon!

Hop on over to the ColourQ blog and explore the amazing creations in store for you and ink up those stamps and play along!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Make it Monday - glitter strips

I guess it's official I'm addicted to these Make it Monday's by PTI. This week the challenge is to use scor-tape to make glitter lines/strips.

I was inspired by my closet. Not for the colours but for the plaid. I have always wanted to try making my own plaid, why not start with glitter!

I used a combo of the 1/8" and 1/4" scor-tape to create the plaid. The pink & purple glitter are Martha Stewart and the black is Making Memories. I was actually amazed to see how much glitter I have considering I hardly ever use it. I know I am guilty of seeing a technique and having to have all of the supplies only to find that it doesn't really work with my "style".

Anyway I am off to nap after my weekend of crazy night shifts. Thankfully I have the best work partner ever to get me through them. Unfortunately last night was her last shift as she has headed off for her mat leave. :(

Oh well I guess a baby is an OK reason to take a year off!!!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 18, 2011

paper piecing galore!

I just got this paper in the mail by My Mind's Eye, Fine and Dandy True Blue collection by Jenn Allyson. Isn't it great?
I have a serious addiction to adorable papers, really all kinds, but I hardly ever use them. And not totally due to refusing to use them but mostly because I haven't figured out how to put them into my mostly clean and simple style. I must find multiple ways soon or my craft room will be overrun by 12x12 and 6x6 paper pads! Any suggestions and/or examples are more than welcome!!

I did stumble across Moxie Fab's paper piecing challenge and managed to make a couple of really simple cards.

This one was made using PTI's baby button bits. Looking at it now I think I'd like to add something to the sides of the sentiment or something. Hmmmmm.

Can you believe it? I finally used a cardbase other than white or kraft!
This one used the same paper pack and PTI's scattered showers.

Well I'm off to start a weekend of night shifts. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

one more for "Make it Monday"

I guess I just can't stop myself! Cardmaking is starting to completely take over my life. I had to make another card for PTI's Make it Monday series. It's just too much fun.

It's kinda hard to tell but I did the same thing as my last card, I stamped the flower in white on the back side of the vellum. It's really subtle. If I could figure out a way to pop up the vellum without seeing the foam squares I would have, the white flower stands out so much more when it's up off the kraft. The pearls have been coloured to match, as much as possible, with copics.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday It's ColourQ

Yay Tuesday! I guess I'm just happy cause today is like my Friday.
Arielle and the rest of the gang at ColourQ have another great colour scheme for you to play along with.

Isn't it great! I had a heck of a time trying to come up with a card this week, so I went back to basics, really basic!!   :)

The stamps are Hero Arts, the sentiment is from an older set and the branch with birds is from a set I recently picked up called "kiss from the sun" It's super cute.

Please head over to the Colour Q blog and check out all of the design inspiration and play along.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Make it Monday #2

Happy Valentine's to everyone! I would like to take a moment to thank you all and let you know how grateful I am for those of you that follow along with my sporadic posts and bits and pieces of my life. I really do appreciate all of your wonderful comments.

Papertrey Ink has put out their second Make it Monday videos. This week it was to use a vellum strip.

I stamped the vellum first with dots from the Background Basics: Polka dots set, then added the sentiment. Unfortunately I didn't wait long enough for the dots and sentiment to dry before adhering it to the yellow piece and got black everywhere. Oh well!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

32 looks good on you - Happy Valentine's Day!

This weekend went by in a flash!
I was lucky enough to host a baby shower for a good friend of mine on Saturday. I hope she liked it. It was super fun to do. The last guest left around 5ish and my hubby and I just crashed on the couch and rented RED. I was really impressed with this movie. Although, I do have a little crush on Bruce Willis so maybe I'm a tad biased.

Anyway, then Sunday was derby practice and a Fundraising committee meeting.
I have so much crafting to catch up on, life kinda gets in the way sometimes! :)

So for now I am posting some cards I made a little while ago. The first card is one I made for a friend of mine's birthday. She likes all things skulls.

The second card is another Valentine that I made for my co-worker to choose from for his wife. The first one is here.

He ended up choosing this one. I think I liked this one the best too.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Valentines! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I LOVE Kim Hughes' stamps! And I was so utterly ecstatic to discover that she has opened a store of her own and is producing new stamps.

Visit her store and check out the fabulousness, Papersmooches. She also has a blog here.

She has free digital images available and while I wait patiently for my stamps in the mail I thought I would create a little something quick using them.

I used photoshop elements to create this paper and printed out the sentiment. Super fast & easy but I love the versatility of the digital stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Make it Monday with PTI - 2 cards!

Words can't express how much i love this company! So innovative, generous, great product and just great people.

They have this new series callend "Make it Monday" where they will showcase a new technique, on Monday, and give you an opportunity to make something using this technique and posting it on their blog.

This week it was using multiple sentiments. I actually made 2 cards, mostly because the background on the first one faded too much once the ink dried and you couldn't even tell!.

 I used the image from the free anniversary download, where each designer created a tag. This one is by Alli Miles.

I used the same stamps to create the background on this mat stack as well but when the ink totally dried, it was way too subtle to tell. But I liked the card so i decided to try something else for my second attempt.

The birthday sentiments are from PTI's Birthday Basics, and the flowers in the second card are PTI's Year of Flowers: Larkspurs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CQC #71 Pink, Pink and more Pink!

For the many of you who don't know me, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret..... i HATE pink! :)
I don't wear it, i don't decorate with it, nothing. BUT....I do love crafting with it!

I know that pink is so typically a baby girl thing, but I couldn't help but make this cute little pink card. The pinks were screaming baby to me. Which is funny because I have about 5 or 6 pregnant friends right now and those that know what they are having are having boys!

Anyway, this weeks colours are just so pretty together, I love kraft with pink. They are just so soft and subtle.

This is just a close up of the elephant, I put some glossy accents (apparently my THING right now!) over it and the little heart.
Yet again Arielle and the fabulous ColourQ design team have come up with amazing inspiration for you. So head on over check it out and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

P.S. I have to admit I do have a tiny little bit of pink in my tattoo, but i try to forget that it is there!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snowed in!

We got the motherload of snow overnight last night, so much so that I was convinced on my way home from work I was going to have to park at our community grocery store and walk in to my house! We recently moved into a newer community where there is still a lot of empty lots and the snow drifts into HUGE piles. Last time we got this much snow I had to park a few blocks away and walk as I couldn't get into our section.
Luckily that was not the case this morning. The benefit is that the construction workers still need to get to the sites and therefore plow so they can get in, long before the city would!

So since I can't do my running around and really don't feel like cleaning I decided to work on some Valentine's Day cards I was asked to make.

Here's one of a few I plan to make to give my co-worker a choice, for his wife!
The stamps are all PTI, as well as the cloud die and felt. The patterned heart paper is SEI.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ColourQ Challenge #70

These weeks are just flying by. I can't believe it's already February. It seems like Christmas was just yesterday.

Anyway, it's Tuesday which means another fabulous colour combo from ColourQ.

I made the argyle panel using PTI's "a little argyle" background set. I stamped a draker pink onto pink cardstock then stamped the dotted argyle overtop with brown. The sentiment is from on of the year of flowers sets.

Check out the ever-fabulous creations from the rest of the design team then go get inky!
Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by! :)
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