Monday, October 26, 2009

Times Goes so Quickly!

I'm in high pressure mode right now. I've got two crafts shows coming up, one is a two day sale so in reality I've got 3 days of craft sales, and I've still got tons of crafts that I need to make. At about this time I usually ask myself, why did I do this? But once the dust settles I get a huge feeling of accomplishment and that's what makes it worth while.

For those of you that are in the Steinbach area, why not plan to stop by and check out my stuff! I'll also be offering a really good party incentive (wink wink) so if you've been thinking about having a Stampin' Up! party, come on down and receive a little extra for your effort! The first sale is at the Mennonite Heritage Museum on November 7, the second one is at the Clearspring mall on November 13+14.

On to my page, I made another page using Stampin' Up!'s new digital scrapbooking. (I have a card that I also need to load, now I just need to find it again, lol) I am really enjoying MDS, and not just for digital scrapbooking. It has so many applications. I think I'm most excited about making my own cookbook! I share a food blog with my sister and once I've taken pictures of all my family recipes I plan on making my very own hard cover cookbook, one that I can pass on to my children.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Hello everyone, here's my second post for today. I made this card yesterday evening with one of my new stamp sets, Home for Christmas. I think the polka dot ribbon might be a bit busy for this card but I really love this ribbon and couldn't resist using it. I should also add that this card is a case once again from, love that place!

Stamps: Home for Christmas
Paper: Real Red, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red
Other: Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon

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Winter's Coming

It's gradually been getting colder these past few weeks. In fact I can see a dusting of snow on all the roof tops. I think I better go for a walk before it starts to snow again.
Yesterday I was so excited to see my SU! order arrive. In this order I had my new SU! Digital Scrapbooking program! Wohoo. I installed it, really easy and started right away. Love this program! My first couple of pages are very simple, and honestly I kind of prefer simple scrapbooking, Which is kind of funny when you see my cards usually have so many layers.

Check back later today and I should have another card or two to post!
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today's have been one of those days where you feel like you get nothing done! I'm busy getting ready for two craft sales next month and so I spent a good part of the morning scouring the net for ideas. Hopefully I'll get it all done in time.

I have two cards to share today, one a Christmas card and the other (gasp) a Thanksgiving card, lol. I am preparing to make some simple gifts for the kids to take to their teachers and so I need Thanksgiving cards.

The first one I'll post is the Christms card, I saw this simple design on SCS and thought it made for a very pretty but simple card. The dsp has a suede sort of feeling to the paper so irl it really adds a lot to the card.

Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black
Other: Old Olive 5/8" Ribbon

And now on to my Thanksgiving card. I'm not really fond of this card, somehow the colours are looking a little blah to me but maybe it's because my eyes are used to staring at bright Christmas colours, lol. I stamped the image in basic black and then watercoloured. To give the card a little bit of a rustic feel I used my fingernail to fray the edges. I also use Stampin' sponges to give the edges a soft inked look.

Stamps: Country Morning, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:Soft Suede, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Watercolour pp, DSP-Autumn Traditions
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Other: Photo Anchors

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Computer Bliss

Well I'm happy to say that I've retired our ancient computer and replaced it with an amazingly fast laptop. I still don't have photoshop installed so my photo might look a little wonky but I was just happy to post something, lol.

When I first made this card I wasn't sure wether I liked it or not but once I added the satin chocolate chip ribbon, it really seamed to bring it up a notch. For those of you that are wondering about the ribbon, you'll find it in the clearance rack at Stampin' Up!. If you're interested click on 'Shop with me 24/7' and you should be able to find it, unless it's already sold out.

I used my paper piercer and mat pack to create the faux stitching with the chocolate chip marker. It's a little hard to see in the picture but it looks really nice in chocolate chip. Normally I would use my white gel pen for the faux stitching but I thought this card would look better in chocolate chip.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tree Trimmings
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Real Red, DSP-Merry Moments
Ink: Real Red, Chocoalte Chip
Other: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Some of you Might be Wondering...

If I'm ever going to get off my Christmas kick, lol! I'm sure I will yet but for now I'm really enjoying Christmas cards.

I have two cards to share today and both are cases from some very talented cardmakers over at SCS. If you want to see the originals go and have a look at the Delightful Decorations gallery.

The first card is made using clear acetate (transparency paper). I love cards using this stuff and when I saw this card on SCS I knew I wanted to try it. The original was a square so I did change a few things. I used white StazOn ink to stamp the snowflakes on the acetate, while that was drying I stamped the ornaments and finished the rest of the card. I am thinking about doing this card at my October Techniques class so if you're in the Steinbach area, give me a shout and come join me!

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Clear Acetate
Ink: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, White StazOn
Other: Silver Cording

And this next card was also one I saw on SCS and wanted to try. I made some changes to suit my tastes but the idea is definitely not original. And once again I sprayed a mixture of champagne shimmer paint and alcohol on to the ornaments and also on the inside piece, so pretty. (Can you tell I love this stuff!)

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, All Holidays
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, DSP-Merry Moments
Ink: Old Olive
Other: Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Cording

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rain Makes for a Perfect Day...

To make cards! It started drizzling this morning and it hasn't let up since, I love those kind of days.

I have some more Chrismas to share this afternoon, two are made using the Merry Moments designer paper, very pretty paper.
The first card is made with the Just Beclause stamp set. I bought this set on a whim and so now I better make sure I get some use out of it, lol. First I randomly stamp the pine needle stamp from the Peaceful Wishes set (retired) and then stamped the ornaments, I used Old Olive to do some light shading around the outer edges of my circle. After I adhered all the layers together I used Crystal Effects on the ornaments, very pretty IRL.

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Just Beclause
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla, DSP-Merry Moments
Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black, Real Red, Brilliant Blue. Apricot Appeal
Other: Chococlate Chip Ribbon, Jumbo Brads, Snowflake Punch

This next card is made using the same paper, Merry Moments. This isn't my favorite style of card but it is a very simple card for those moments when you need a quick card. Again using the shimmer paint on the snowflake to give it some sparkle.

Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, DSP-Merry Moments
Other: Rhinestone Brad, Chocolate Chip Ribbon

And on to my last card. This is a colour combo that I've used on a lot of my Christmas cards so far this year, and I think I'm officially done with it, lol. The dimmensions on this card just don't feel quite right to me but it's done and I'm not changing it! That and it looks almost identical to some of my previous cards.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Vellum CS, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Champagne Shimmer Paint, Soft Suede Ribbon, Gold Brads, Snowflake Punch

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