Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Love Snow Days!

Last night there was a heavy snow fall warning on all the weather stations, and their warnings were accurate! Wohoo! And it happened to be the first dump of snow this year too, the kids woke up at 8 and panicked because they slept in (I snuck in to shut their alarm off) and you'd think they would have settled down again but nope. At 8am they went straight for the snow suits, grabbed the dog and out they went. Without breakfast even, lol. My son said he prayed for a huge dump of snow and this morning I overheard them talking about what else they should ask God for, lol.

So it's only fitting that I post another Christmas card with our winter wonderland outside! I bought this stamp set last year and never used it, the shame! I stamped the ornament with versamark and then gold embossing powder. I used the matching Nestabilities Dies to cut out the ornament twice, once for the stamped image and another with some coordinating dsp. The sentiment was also cut out with a circle die, I spritzed it with gold shimmer paint from Stampin' Up!. You can barely see it in the photo but I cut a strip of lace in half and adhered to both edges of the embossed cardstock. The ribbon was sprayed to make it wet and than scrunched.

Stamps: Merry & Bright (Just Rite Stampers)
Paper: Soft Suede, Vanilla, DSP- My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad
Ink: Soft Suede (for the sponging), Early Espresso
Other: Seam Binding, Lace, Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bright Season

What a gorgeous Fall day today! The sun is shining and the air is crisp, just cool enough to warrant a sweater. But looking ahead we're supposed to get some snow/rain which is my favourite kind of day, perfect for stamping or anything else that involves staying warm inside!

I finally got around to using some of my Christmas stamps that I bought last year and never had a chance to use. This one is from Stampin' Up! and it's a complete case from someone at SCS. It's a very basic card, I switched up the colours to suite me a little more. I add dazzling diamonds to the berries to give it some great shimmer!

Stamps: Beautiful Season
Paper: Kraft, Bravo Burgundy, Vanilla
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Other, Burgundy ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Something a Little Different...

Hi everyone, fall has hit our corner of the world and it's just beautiful! Fall is not my favourite season but it is the most beautiful, agree?

I have something a little different to show you today, it still involves scrapbook paper so I thought it was ok to post here, lol. I've been trying to find ways to decorate my front entrance table for cheap and I think I managed the cheap part. Everything on it only cost me a grand total of under $20, that's a good deal!

I frequently do a walk through in our local thrift store looking for great finds that I can either paint or use in some way in the home. Frames is always big on my list and I found two of these for $3 each. I still haven't painted them because I can't decide on a colour, maybe you have a opinion?

But on to the project! I grabbed an old hymn book and ripped out 5 songs that felt were within the theme of being thankful, I then tore the edges and inked them with Crumb Cake ink, I wasn't careful with this step. Just play with it! I used a little glue and first glued on the back songs and then glued the top song, making sure no background was visible.

The banner was made with the cricut and a pennant SVG file (Oh how I love SVG files!). I also cut the letters out with my cricut and glued them to the circles. To hang them, I punched little holes on each side of the pennant and weaved the linen thread through. I used glue dots to mount them to the frame and covered the glue dots with antique brads (I removed the prongs).

And that's all there's to it, now I just have to decide on a paint colour. I was thinking maybe a mustard colour or a very muted yellow? If you're wondering how I got this for under $20: The window shutter was $1 at the thrift store, the ceramic vase with filler was $1.75, the candle holder has been in our home forever, and the lantern was roughly $12. The pumpkins were free thanks to my Father in Law! I plan on getting a few mini pumpkins for the table top and possible some berries to go in the vase.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My current obsession...

Pinterest. Yup, I admit, I'm addicted. Which is taking serious time away from my craft room. Since building our home I have become obsessed with decorating our home, on the cheap! So that's meant lots of DIY projects and some furniture refinishing. I'm hoping to get caught up soon.

So far I've painted a set of antique coffee tables, an old hutch (lime green, that was fun!), a large U-shaped office desk for my craft room, a shelving unit for my craft room,

I've also made; drapes for my daughter's room, a message centre for the mud room, chevron wall art for the living room, and some vinyl wall word projects for the kitchen and laundry room.

On my to do list; paint two student desks for the kid's rooms, paint the boys' dresser, paint my daughter's bedroom set, paint my entrance table, make a headboard for my daughter's bedroom, reupholster our headboard, paint more fun art projects for the kids toy area and all around the house, and I bought another set of vintage coffee tables that I'll need to paint (they were only $5!). And when I'm feeling really ambitious, paint a huge piano that I got for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

So that gives you a bit of an idea of what I've been up to lately. My poor husband cringes when he opens our garage, lol. But he also knows that it's saving him money... did I mention that we bought a puppy in May? Yup, that's been fun. The kids love her and are really good about taking her out, but who gets to take care of her while they're in school? You guessed it, me. :)

But I did get into my craft room today and made another card using my current favourite colour combination! The butterflies are from Stampin' Up! as is the sentiment with matching die. The paper is from My Mind's Eye (I think). Sorry for the bad picture, I still haven't found the best spot to take pictures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

You Make me Smile

Most people love summer and for years I thought I did too. But as you get older you start to learn more about yourself and a few years ago I came to the realization that summer is really not my favourite season. In fact, it's Spring. Why? Because everything feels so fresh, the snow melts, the leaves bloom and the grass turns it's lovely shade of green again. Plus an added benefit, NO BUGS. Summer on the other hand, is just hot, hot, hot. And don't forget the massive blood suckers that come out and the flies that seem to find there way into your house no matter how obsessed you are about keeping the door closed. So yes, I have to say that Summer is one of my least favourite seasons.

On to something productive, lol. I found this image already colored and ready to go and figured today was a good day to just forget about my 'to do' list for a while and just stamp.  I used one of my 6"x6" paper pads and chose a color combination that is one of my favourites these days. I used a paper piercer and black marker to create the faux stitching.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having a great summer!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Little Rusty...

Ok, maybe VERY rusty, lol. My room is set up, not done yet, but set up!! It's so nice to have a space again. I've been painting a big U-shaped desk and shelving unit like a mad woman and finally the hard work is paying off. Now I just have to find the time to build wall units for all my ribbon, buttons, and punches. When that's done, I'll post pictures!

I hope I'm not the only one experiences "crafters block" after a long break of crafting. It's almost like your brain forgets what goes together and what doesn't. So with that in mind I went for a case. I'm not sure who to give the credit to as I saw a few of this style in the Splitcoaststampers gallery but it's definitely not my original creation.

I embossed the flower with white embossing powder, although it looks more like ivory in the image. Then I used my sponges and swirled Perfect Plum on top, the embossed area resists the colour leaving you with a beautiful image!

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, DSP-Sweet Surrender by Tina Higgins
Ink: Black, Perfect Plum
Other: Pearls, White Satin Ribbon

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hi everyone, I'm so happy that I have a card to share today! Life just seems to get in the way sometimes, doesn't it! I made this card right before we finished building but couldn't find my pearls to finish it off so it just kind of sat there, but I was able to find them hidden in my stash. Although I left the sentiment off just because I'm not sure what I want to use this card for and this way it's ready to go for the next time I need a card.

I'm also happy to report that I'm making an exciting trip to Ikea this weekend which means I'll be ready to completely set up my stamp room, YAY!!!! I guess you could say I was being stubborn but I really didn't want to make things work with plastic tables and improper storage so I left everything in boxes, but that is about to change. Now I'll just have to see how soon my DH can build me my ribbon/button/punch racks and my room will be ready to use.

Sorry, no info on materials.

Hope you're having a great day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Stress, I think I have given new definition to that word! We moved back to Alberta at the beginning of the summer and wanted to build a home instead of buying. It's been an interesting journey, one that I wouldn't want to take too often. We waited 2 months for our blueprints to be done, and then the building process began. We wanted to save where we could, so I volunteered to paint the walls. I think I've mentioned in the past that painting is like child birth, you forget just how bad it is, until you're going through it again, lol.

We spent the first few months in our camper, and while it's a large(ish) one, it's still never big enough for a family of five! From there we moved into a small 2 bedroom home, again not big enough for a family of five. I had all my stamp stash in our bedroom with great plans to continue stamping, but I finally threw my hands in the air and decided to just wait until I could have my space again.

Well I have a space, a whole room to be exact (wohoo!) and it should be up and functional in about 1-2 weeks, from there I should be back to posting again. I am so excited!! Once my room is done I'll post some images so you can see my hard work, ok maybe more like my husband's hard work. :)

So all of this, just to say: stay tuned. I'll be back soon! And thanks for not giving up on my blog!

Thanks for stopping by!