Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ColourQ #87

Yikes, Tuesday came fast! I have barely had time to unpack since returning from my fabulous trip Friday, then heading back to work again on Saturday. But I did find a little time to (quickly) create a card for this weeks ColourQ challenge.

Arielle always manages to find the most amazing inspiration pieces and this week's is no exception.
Is this owl not absolutely adorable? Oh my goodness, I love him! I decided to carry on the felt theme and produced this super simple card.
The dies are all Papertrey Ink, Seeing Stars, Heart Prints and Love Lives Here. The friends sentiment is Hero Arts, Thank You For Being My Friend set.

Please head over to the ColourQ blog to check out what the rest of the Design Team has made for you and then come play with us!

I have sooooooooo much catching up to do. I promise I will be out surfing all of your fabulous blogs soon. Thank you so much for the kind, thoughtful & uplifting comments you all left on my scheduled posts. It is heartwarming to know that you come and visit my little ol blog! :)

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by. :) 

Friday, May 27, 2011

creamscicle cool!

Well, I don't know if you remember me mentioning creamscicles at all but I have been thinking about them ever since. I just happened upon this adorable stamp at Michaels in the sale bin and couldn't resist!

Now, truth be told, these are not the best quality stamps, but they are super cute don't ya think? There was an ice cream cone and one other image (that I can not recall!) included in the little mini set. I may try another little card when I get back.

Thanks again for stopping by! I will be home soon to peruse all the loveliness I know I have missed! :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PTI may blog hop - sending sunshine

Almost home from the west coast! Boy it is so incredibly beautiful out here. The flowers, the trees, the gorgeous ocean! Hope you are all having a fabulous week. And I also wanted to add that I am impressed that all of my scheduled posts have worked so far. See you all on the weekend!

Woohoo! It's blog hop time! It's the 25th of the month and therefore Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop.

This month's challenge:
"May is the month when many flowers finally go into full bloom after a long winter's sleep. For the blog
hop this month we want to see your favorite take on flowers. You can stamp backgrounds, create
custom floral embellishments, showcase unique flower center additions (buttons, rhinestones, beads,
etc...), flowers die-cut from different materials (like fabric, felt, vellum, etc...) or anything else you can
dream up!"
Here is what I came up with.

I had so much fun making the flower for this card, that I had to make another. You can find the link to Mary Dawn's fabulous tutorial here.
I used PTI's harvest gold felt and cardstock, limitless layers scalloped circle, background basics: petal power, and tag it's 3.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait to get home and check out all of the fabulous creations on the hop. :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

cqc #86

Another Tuesday has come, man the weeks go by quickly huh? For those of you in Canada I hope you had a fantastic Victoria Day weekend! And those in the US a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

This week's ColourQ colours made me work for it! I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to combine these colours, until.........I came across my PTI Modern Basics stamp set. Then it all just came together so beautifully!

These colours are so bright and bold, I needed to have a lot of white space to work for me!

Head over to the ColourQ blog to check out all of the fabulous creations Arielle and the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire you this week. Then, play along!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

fruity goodness!

I found the most fabulous fruit felt puffies at Michaels the last time I was there and just HAD to make some super simple cards with them. I typed up the sentiments in Word and printed them out on white cardstock. Then I plopped those little cuties on and......Hello! a cute little set of cards.

Nothing fancy but they are kinda cute huh?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous weekend. :)

To my fabulous bloggie friends!

I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of my followers and blogland friends! You are all such amazing people and I am so grateful to know you and for sharing all of your incredible and inspirational talent!  I am also SO thankful for all of your sweet, encouraging comments. You have been so uplifting and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I am having an absolutely fabulous time at my bootcamp. I played in a intermediate/advanced bout and it was so much fun. I don't really consider myself to be at that level but it a lot of fun to be challenged! I can't belive I still have two more full days of this. :)

I want to apologize for my lack of blog visiting. Unfortunately I do not have portable internet capabilities and am staying at my friend's parents where I can get on quickly to check for important emails. I promise I will sit down and visit when I get home next weekend!

I hope everyone has a fabulous holiday weekend!

And Angela if you are reading this I hope your public scrimmage goes well! I know you will rock that NSOing! We wouldn't be able to play without you fabulous people!

Again thank you so very much!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

birthday wishes part 2

Just wanted to share a quick card I made that may look a tad familiar. I used the cut out from this card and some similar embellishments to create this one.

Woodgrain will always have a special place in my heart, so I will forever turn to it when I need a quick card.
I am also loving felt butterflies with the button center and twine antennae!

Thanks for stopping by, as I continue on with my pre-scheduled posts! I am really hoping they are working.Have a great day! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

colourQ #85

Yay! It's Tuesday and the first of my scheduled posts!  I am probably in the car about now, starting the 13hr drive to Victoria.

I have a fabulous (seriously awesome) combination of colours to share with you from ColourQ.
I couldn't wait to make a card with these colours. I love the box in this inspiration photo, so retro and cute! The salt & pepper shakers are pretty cute too.
Here is what I came up with:

This is a tad smaller than the typical card size, so I find that flower a little overpowering, but isn't it fun? I found this fabulous blog by Mary Dawn, My Pink Mexico. She makes the most amazing cards, and is now an A Muse consultant. She posted this most fabulous tutorial on how to make these little chrysanthemums and I fell instantly in love. So I raced over to my felt pile and made one!

The birds are from PTI's love birds set, stamped in Sorbet, Chocolate and Grey Wool inks by Close To My Heart. The felt is PTI's melon berry.

Head over to the ColourQ blog to check out the delicious designs the Royal Court has come up with to inspire you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week. :)

Monday, May 16, 2011


I had to make one more card before I go off to bed, or rather off to finish the millions of things I have to do before I go to bed!

I recently have discovered Jay Gee's Nook. Judith has a fabulous (Australian) online store, a monthly challenge and if that wasn't enough, she creates some knock-out cards too.
I made this card for this month's photo inspiration challenge:

I took inspiration from the colours and the diner vibe from that record cover photo. There are so many other cards I would love to make based on this, but I have no time left before my vacation. Oh well, someday!

I hope that you can play along too, the challenge is open until the 28th.
Have a great day!

just playing around

I appologize for not explaining the end part of my post yesterday, I am a Derby girl! (Rollerderby, that is.)
I tried out last February and got on as "fresh meat", then had to practice for 3 months before we had our "benchmark" testing. In other words, a skills and written testing which we had to pass in order to be drafted onto a team. In August of last year I passed benchmarks and played my first Rookie game, during which I broke my wrist!
But all was well because after that game, I was drafted onto my favourite team, The Cut Throat Carhops. (as a side note, being an A&W carhop was my ultimate dream job as a kid! no joke!)

We all have to pick derby names, my husband came up with mine.
Anyway, that's my story, and I'm sure you will hear more about it as the season progresses. Next week I am off to Victoria, BC for a weekend-long bootcamp put on by the Canadian Women's Roller Derby Assocoation. There will be some coaches up from the US. It should be fun!

On to a card, which is really why you are here right? :)
More playing around with my Paper Smooches stamps. I just LOVE that squirrel. This one is kind of interactive.

I didn't have a stamp with Kim's writing that said "don't worry", so I used a font I got of her writing here, at ScrapNFonts. Fabulous right?

Well thanks for sticking around for such a long post! I hope everyone has a great week. Since I will be gone for a while I am going to try out the scheduled posting for a few posts. I guess we'll see. I've never done it for more than one post at a time. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

birthday stars

Howdy! I have a card to share, quickly, before I forget! I have been having some forgetfullness issues lately. Plus, too much to do with SO little time, ya know?

The latest CAS-ual Fridays challenge is buttons and twine, so here is what I am offering up:

I reverse masked the stars, then stamped with PTI's polka dot basics background. I then took matching twine and glued it around the edges. Much easier to come up with than to execute I must say! The button in the pic looks so green, but IRL it matches a little better. :)

Well, I am off to nap and nurse my whole body wounds from last night! My team may not have won but we played a great game. We were within 5 points the entire game until the very end. I must also add that the team we played has been undefeated for 2 years, and usually slaughters the competition. Not this time!!!

Have a great rest of the weekend. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

quick & easy paper smooches

I hope everyone faired OK with Blogger being down! And that nobody lost too many saved posts. Its amazing how much we use it huh?

Anyway, I have a couple of quick cards I made using the newest Paper Smooches releases. I had some ideas floating around in my head at first, then they started really wanting out! I kept going to my mailbox everyday, but no stamps. Canada Post (and customs) are so random it took almost 2 weeks for them to come this time. Weird! OK enough, on to the cards. :)

 Not very creative but cute! I had the braided twine already on my desk and knew the squirrel needed a friend so.....there you have it!

For this card, I looked at those boxes and had no idea what they were for so I issued myself a challenge to use them.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday and continues on to have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

happily ever after!

So I made this a while ago for the Unity Stamp Co monthly challenge and totally forgot to post it! Ooops!

I used two different KOM, July & August 2010. The rows of birds is actually 4 rows but I didn't want it to be that thick so I put a post-it over the section I didn't wat to be inked, then stamped it. The off kilter scallop happened by accident because I underestimated the size of the bird/text stamp and my scallop punch was then too small. But I really wanted it there so I tried a few things and this is what I ended up liking.

On a totally different note, I finally have some time to catch up on all of my blog reading and Blogger is down. Grrrrrr!! C'est la vie, i suppose. :)
I guess we'll see if it affects this post too.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

MIM mother's day

I know I am a little late posting this, but here is the card I made for my MIL this Mother's Day. (I was also a little late making it!)
I used a super simple technique I actually use fairly often, that they showcased this week on PTI's Make It Monday, selective inking.

I separately inked up the "happy mother's" section and stamped it, then inked up the "day" and stamped it.  It just fit better with in the circle that way.

Just a super quick post, I am off to bed, Yay!! It's my weekend now. I hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

colourQ #84

Good morning! It's Tuesday so I have a beautiful set of colours to share & challenge you with from ColourQ. Isn't that pillow fabulous?

My card today came about after many, many, many attempts to make the vision in my head come to life. Alas it did not, but from the rubble, this is the card that emerged! I had various scraps on my table from trimming, and resizing, and replacing. And somehow i managed to make it sort of work! 

Well I am off to bed, but please stop by the ColourQ blog to check out the truly fabulous inspiration that Arielle and the rest of the Royal Court have cooked up for you. I hope you will play along.

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by! :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

sew what's new?

I am SO missing being in my craft room! I got a small amount of time in yesterday and just had to make something for the new CAS-ual Fridays challenge, to use text.

I had all of these embellishments already cut out and decided to put them all together on this card. The dressform and the tiny little heart were cut out from, get this, duct tape! I picked up this FABULOUS duct tape from Michaels and thought it would make a great accent. Cool huh?

I thought the one strip from the PTI newstrip background worked perfectly with the rest of the card. Look at the ad on the far right, convenient!

I also really wanted to try some black & white with a pop of coulour, enter orange! (Goes along with my whole creamscicle trail of thought lately!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

birthday wishes ColourQ #83

Happy Tuesday!

Thanks for joining me for another fabulous set of ColourQ colours. They are just SO yummy this week! First thing I thought of actually, was a sunny day at the beach scarfing down a creamsicle.

Unfortunately I didn't have the stamps to create a card to represent that, so you get this one instead. But don't you just have the greatest feeling now?

I think for the first time I actually have one of the Stampin Up colours. See those ribbon tabs, yep, that is tangerine tango ribbon. :)
The leaves are Wplus9 stamps from the Woodgrain Silhouette Additions set. The sentiment is from PTI's Up, Up and away set.

Arielle and the rest of the amazing Royal Court have come up with some utterly fantastic creations for you, so head on over to the ColourQ blog, check 'em out, then get inky!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

so thrilled!

I have been wanting to do a card using the bat stamp for a while. I know he is supposed to hang upside down but for some reson when I look at him I see him throwing his hands up and cheering! Do you see it now? :)
Super simple I know, but I may try this again with a little more to the card. But for now this was just screaming to be made!

If you are wondering at all how I did the sentiment, don't cringe when I tell you but I cut apart the stamp to break it up into smaller chunks of words. I thought this way I can also use them with other sentiments. For example I cut it apart so that the "I am so", "thrilled", "that you" and "picked me" are all separate. That makes it easier to ink up small sections. They all still stamp perfectly. :)

Off to bed and on to another work day, and another election too. Jeez, I wish they would just agree to disagree and save us all some money! This is getting ridiculous.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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