Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I’m Finally Finished!

With Easter quickly approaching, I am finally finished making Easter Cards for my mother. To put it mildly, I’m all “Eastered” out. lol I offered to make Easter Cards for my mother this year and had to come up with designs for 16 cards. I also tried to keep them fairly simple to help her save on postage.

As much as I love all the ribbon, embellishments & layers on cards, it does get expensive to mail them. A regular card without all the embellishments (it has to fit through the “mail slot”) costs 54 cents to mail….start adding ribbon & embellishments and that price more than doubles to $1.24. So if you have 16+ cards to mail out, that can get pretty pricey.

These first two cards were made with a free image that I found online. I love this cute little bunny image. You'd never know that it was a digital image and not a stamp. It's just too cute! I colored him with my Copic Markers and added some glitter to his ears and tummy. On both of these cards I used some Easter Tissue Paper that I’ve had for some time as the background.For this next card, I used the Digital Image Bunny again but this time I used some DCWV background paper that I have. I love this glitter paper, it is so pretty and the colors are perfect for Spring cards. Once again, I also colored the bunny with my Copic Markers and added glitter to his ears and tummy.I decided to do up another Happy Hopper card. This image is called “Hoppy Dreams”. This time I colored the image with my Copic Markers, matted it and popped it up on dimensionals then added a Cuttlebug Background. It’s still pretty flat and should easily go through the “mail slot” to save mom some money on postage.The last card that I made for her was a House Mouse image called “Mudpie Holds Jellybeans”. It’s such a cute little stamp. Once again I colored the image with my Copic Markers, I added Glossy Accents to his nose & the eggs, mounted it and placed it on a Cuttlebug and SU DSP card front. I did two of these cards for her.I managed to do 7 cards for mom on Sunday as well as adding inserts with verses to them all. I also gave her all 16 cards that I made on Sunday night. Now all she has to do is to sign her name, address them and pop them in the mail. Next I have to create a few Easter Cards for myself to give out. That should be fun! lol

Since I always get an Easter Card from my mother, I wonder if I’ll get one of these one’s? lol

Enjoy your day & thanks for looking!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to You!

Thursday was my BF Bonnie’s birthday. Since we weren’t able to get together on her birthday, I treated her to lunch on Friday so that I could give her a card & her prezzies.

Bonnie loves dogs & I fell in love with this Inkadinkado dog stamp. That I thought would be perfect for her. I also used my Fiskars “Paw Print” Squeeze punch to make the paw print. I added a brad so that it would swivel and added a greeting underneath. I’m pretty sure that she has this set also but I don’t think that she has “inked it up” yet.

Happy Birthday Bonnie!!

Have a great day & thanks for looking.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Special Gift for a Special Someone

My youngest niece Chantale is totally hooked on the Twilight book series as well as the movie. She had seen the movie back before Christmas & immediately started reading the books. I didn’t start reading the books until late January. I also didn’t know that she had been reading them until she emailed me after I posted about my reading the Twilight books on my blog.

I have a special relationship with my nieces Natasha & Chantale and have since they were born. Since I don’t have any girls of my own, the two of them have been like my own. DS (he’s 23) isn’t really into mini albums, cards or scrapbook pages. Although he appreciates the time & effort I put into them, right now he’s just not interested. This is where my “girls” luck out….they get the mini albums, cards, layouts, etc that DS doesn’t. I know that someday he’ll get out his scrapbooks and look at them but it’s just not now.

For Chantale’s birthday this year (March 1st), I decided to make her a 6x6 mini album based on the Twilight movie. This is actually my first 6x6 album & I love how this turned out. Since the Twilight series is a love story of sorts, I made the mini album so that one page has pictures from the movie and the corresponding page is where she can add pictures of her & her husband. I used the Cloud 9 Be Loved paper line and added lots of bling to this book.
There are 20 pages in this mini album. I've used my Cuttlebug Embossing folders for matting pictures in places, added rhinestones and pearls, primas, added pockets, mini envelopes, tags, quotes and pictures from the movie. I had to delay posting this as we weren’t able to get together this year on her birthday & I was finally able to give it to her on Monday. She was thrilled with it. I told her to gather together some pictures of her & her husband so that I can print them off for her and get them into the book. It’ll be nice to see the “finished” book.

Have a great day & thanks for looking

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cards for My Mother

Lately I’ve been working on making cards for my mother. Between her church group, friends, lodge group & family, she sends out a lot of cards in the year. I on the other hand, even though I make cards actually have very few that I send out. Mainly the only cards that I do send out are to family and a few friends.

Yesterday I made up 4 (the same) sympathy cards for mom to have on hand. These are very simple cards without a lot of layers and embellishments. I find that the minute you add ribbon to a card, up goes the postage. (It doubles in cost). With the amount of cards my mom sends out, I am trying to keep the postage down to the bare minimum for her.

The black & white sympathy card was done using the Stampendous “Agapanthus Cluster” that I purchased last fall from ATRS (Addicted to Rubber Stamps). This card was cased from one that I saw on SCS. The flower is embossed with Stampin Up white craft ink on black cardstock and then popped up on dimensionals. The verse was from a clear acrylic stamp set that I have. I also made an insert for the insides of the cards and finished them off with a Martha Stewart border punch.
I also made another Easter Card for her. I have to make about 16 of them for her to send out. I’m almost half way there. For this card I used the Stampin Up “A Good Egg” stamp set and stamped the chick on some SU DSP paper from a paper pack. I then cut them out and popped up the egg shell. I also used my Cuttlebug “Swiss Dots” Embossing Folder on the top of the card and more of the SU DSP on the bottom (Pretty in Pink). I then cut a strip of white cardstock 1 ½” x 5 ½” and punched it with the Fiskars “Leave it to Weaver” border punch and the Martha Stewart “Arch Lattice” Border Punch. I then threaded a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock through the holes to give it a pop of color. Hopefully it will fit through the “mail slot” and not add to the postage.I managed to do 7 cards yesterday so at the rate that I’m going, I should have the rest of mom’s Easter cards done in a couple of days.

I hope that you have a great day! Thanks for looking!

More House Mouse Cards

One would think that the only stamps that I own are these House Mouse images. Right now I’d have to admit that I’m addicted to the House Mouse images. These images by Stampabilities are just too cute! How can one look at their faces and hilarious antics and not laugh. In my opinion they are one of the best “cheer me up” images.

To be honest, I must admit that in reality I really do HATE mice! I’m not too fond of hamsters, guinea pigs or gerbils although for a few years we had a hamster for a pet. Bats are another phobia of mine…they look too much like flying mice.

DS (he’s 23 now) when he was in grade 3 went through the hamster phase like most boys and just had to have one. Of course all he had to do was bat those big brown eyes at me and I of course caved. It didn’t seem to matter that I hated them and was petrified of them. Of course in the end it was me who had to provide all the care and clean the cage out. Yuck!! I was always so afraid that it would bite me but fortunately it never happened. “Hammy” our hamster had his own car and used to drive (well, roll really) around the living room while the cat chased after him.

The first card I used the “Birthday Cupcake” image. I colored it with my Prismacolor Pencils, I stamped the second image and cut out the mouse so that I could layer him on top of the first mouse using dimensionals to give it a 3D look. I also added Glossy Accents (I love Glossy Accents!) to the candles, noses & tongue. The paper is a DCWV glitter pad I got a few years ago and the verse is computer generated.
The second card was done using the “Splish Splash….A Citrus Bath”. I used the same paper as I did on the cupcake card only this time added a yellow ribbon that I picked up at Michael’s. Once again I used some Glossy Accents on his nose & on the flower petals. The verse is also a Stampabilities House Mouse stamp.Have a great day & thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

You're So Corny!

Whoo Hoo! I finally found another Fiskars Limited Edition Squeeze Punch to add to my growing punch collection. Recently while shopping online at Addicted to Rubber Stamps I spotted this "You're So Corny" Limited Edition Squeeze Punch. I love these Fiskars Limited Edition Squeeze punches but living in Canada, they are so hard to find. I think it would be easier to find a needle in a haystack then to find one in my area.
So far I have managed to find the "A Total Flake" (snowflake) Squeeze Punch at Scrappingreatdeals and now the Oh So Corny (candy corn) at Addicted To Rubberstamps. Lucky me, I won the “Scaredy Cat” squeeze punch in a naming contest.

Have you seen the new spring line??? They are just the cutest punches (All a Flutter (butterfly); Get Crackin (egg); Chicky Baby (chick) & Under Cover (umbrella)) and I am definitely on the HUNT for them all.

Check them out here http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/s_squeeze-punches.aspx?p=4 and here http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/s_squeeze-punches.aspx?p=5 and here too http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/s_squeeze-punches.aspx?p=6

I love these Fiskars Squeeze Punches and will continue my hunt for more. Wish me luck!!

Have a great day & thanks for looking!

Easter Chicky Clip

These little 3D clips have been around for awhile and I finally got around to making one. They are so easy to make & this would make a great name tag holder for our Easter dinner.

I used the large fold back clips from Dollarama, The Stampin Up “A Good Egg” stamp set, Pretty in Pink Cardstock & DSP. The little chick was colored with Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol. I also added glitter to give it some bling and a prima flower to finish it off.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

All Dressed Up & No Place To Go!

I came across this adorable dress card template while blog surfing and I knew that I had to try it. It’s such a pretty card & so easy. I used the DCWV glitter paper, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder & Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch.

Thank for looking & have a great day!

Birthday Celebration

I'm a little late in posting this but I just got around to taking a picture of the birthday cake that I bought for my son.

Thursday was my DS’s birthday & he turned 23. It’s hard to believe that he’s 23. He’s grown into a wonderful young man. I am so very proud of him, his accomplishments and the career choices he’s made. He amazes me with what he can do with a car engine and although he is now an apprentice mechanic, he’s been doing this since he was 16. He has a real special talent when it comes to cars.

Of course even at 23, DS has to have his Dairy Queen Ice Cream cake. He’s not a sweet eater and has never really been into cake. But when it comes to ice cream….that’s another story.

Happy Birthday Levi!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
I love this adorable little Happy Hopper playing baseball. I knew it would be perfect for making cards for all my adorable great nephews.I was in Hamilton the other day shopping at The Memory Keeper and I came across this baseball cardstock that was priced at 40 cents a sheet. I immediately thought of the Happy Hopper “Great Catch” stamp by Stampabilities. I knew it would be the perfect background paper for this image. The images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I also used Glossy Accents on the hats and baseballs to give them a 3 dimensional look. I love the way they turned out.For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

I Couldn’t Resist….Another Happy Hopper Card

I love this adorable Stampabilities Happy Hopper image. They are just too cute and so easy to color. I used my Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol on this image. I also stamped out an extra bunny that I cut out and popped up. This was mounted on blue cardstock and then onto the glittered background paper by DCWV.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Black and White Case

I love this Stampendous “Agapanthus Cluster” image that I picked up at Addicted to Rubber Stamps last year. I really haven’t done much with it and recently I came across a card on SCS where they used this image. So I had to case it. I’m not sure if they used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing plate or not but I felt that it needed that little extra.
The rest is pretty basic. The image was stamped using Memento black ink and then I added stickles to the center of the darker clusters. Then I mounted it on black first using the Stampin Up “Ticket Corner” punch on both the white and black layers. This was popped up with dimensionals on the Swiss Dot Embossed background.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Kelly Jo’s Second Chance Challenge

For the past six weeks Kelly Jo (one of the Lead Fiskateers) has been running a challenge a week on the Fiskateers blog. I really enjoyed her weekly challenges and managed to participate in all but one week. Somehow I missed the deadline. Well since there were several requests for a “second chance” to complete some of these challenges, Kelly Jo is giving us a second chance this week.

I just so happened to miss the second week challenge. You can create 2 new cards that You are going to give to those that You love for Valentine’s Day. You must have a ‘Love Note’ inside and there must be at least one heart on your card. We also had the choice of doing a layout too!
I chose to do two cards for this challenge as I wanted the chance to play with my new House Mouse stamps – “Take a Bite Out of Love” and “Love Confetti”. Both were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I also added Glossy Accents to the word “love” and to all the little hearts.The insides are finished by adding a white folded insert with the Wishing You a Happy Heart Stampin Up stamp that has that dandelion weed image beside the verse. As I kid we would pick them and then blow on them to make a wish. (I’m not sure what they are called.) I also finished off the bottom of the insert by adding the Martha Stewart “Valentine Lace” border punch.

I know I’m a little late for this years Valentine’s Day but I know have head start on next years.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Yard Sale Find!

You’ll probably be seeing a lot of these posts over the next few months. I love yard sales and look forward to spending my Saturday mornings hitting all the sales in my area. My mother who is 84 also loves them and is firmly planted in the passenger seat bright & early on Saturday mornings. I can't go without her and if I did, she'd be pretty disappointed as she doesn't like to miss out on them. It was actually her that got me hooked on them many years ago.

Last summer I found a Kodak Easy Share digital camera at a yard sale for $3. It has 5.0 mega pixels and it also came with the original box, the docking station, cables and all the necessary software. The only thing that was missing was the 5 volt adapter for the docking station so that you could hook it up to the computer & recharge the batteries. Of course….that was what you needed to work the camera.

The camera was already fully charged when I bought it & I had taken pictures with it so that the card was full. Unfortunately it wasn't until I went to download the pictures when I realized that there wasn’t an adapter. So I was left with a full card & dead batteries.

I looked all over for a 5 volt adapter and sadly they aren’t that easy to find in my area. I could have ordered one online from Kodak but the shipping was outrageous.

Since I pretty much had given up on finding an adapter, I ended up buying an Olympus FE-20 8.0 mp digital camera last week that I found on sale. I already have an Olympus SLR digital camera but wanted something small that I can carry around in my purse. Normally I don't take my SLR with me until it's a family get together or I go someplace special.

So yesterday I stopped in a local store to see if I could get a picture card for my new Olympus camera and wouldn’t you know it, they had a universal 5 volt adapter. So of course I bought it too! I couldn’t wait to try it out and it works perfectly. I was able to recharge the battery on the Kodak camera and download my pictures from last summer.

So now I have TWO small cameras that will both fit in my purse. lol I probably could take the Olympus camera back but with all the running around that I did to find a picture card for it and a new camera bag for it, I’ve decided to keep it. Plus I like the quality of pictures from it. I’m not too concerned about having 2 small cameras as DS has been eyeballing the Kodak camera since I brought it home last summer. He has a camera on his cell phone but also wanted a small digital camera that he could carry around in his pocket. DS is thrilled that I’m giving him the Kodak camera. Since I've gotten the new picture card & adapter for it, all he has to do is take pictures. lol.

It’s still a little early for yard sales. The yard sales here in Ontario, Canada tend to start around April and run until about the end of September. I can’t wait for Yard Sale “season” to begin and for the next great find.

This picture is one of the reasons that I want a little camera to carry in my purse. I want to be able to capture moments like this. The little things that make me smile. This adorable dog was "smiling" at me from the vehicle next to mine in the parking lot yesterday. How can you not look at this face & smile. He sure looks like he was smiling at me. lol

I hope that you'll find something that makes you smile today. Have a great day & thanks for looking.

I’ve Been Bitten…..Again!!

I've been bitten.....again!!!

Yes, it's true! I've been bitten once again by the "vampire" bug. I found myself a new vampire series to read when I was in Walmart yesterday. I don't know what it is about these vampire series that has me wanting to read more. lol

This new series that I found is called "Night World" written by L.J. Smith. So far there are 6“novels” in the series. There are actually 2 books each with 3 different novels in them.

The first book is called Night World 1. The stories in it are: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness & Spellbinder. There are 729 pages in it not counting the first 2 chapters from the first story in the second Night World book.

The second book in the series is called Night World 2. The stories in it are: Dark Angel, The Chosen & Soul Mate and there are 662 pages in it. (not counting the first 2 chapters from the first story in the third Night World book).

The third book in the series is called Night World 3 and the stories in it are: Huntress, Black Dawn and Witchlight. It isn't out yet or if it is, Walmart didn't have it. I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it when I’m in Walmart.

My niece Chantale & I have both been bitten by the Vampire bug! She's still re-reading the Twilight series but I'm sure once she gets into The House of Night series, she'll be hooked on them too! Then of course she'll want to read this new series if I enjoy it. Being that I'm such a nice aunt (lol)....I'm loaning her my books to read.

I've been collecting books written by my favorite authors since my early 20's. It was always my dream to someday have a house where I could have a library. I'm still holding out for that dream.

Have a great day & thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Punch Book ..Finally!

I know I’ve talked a lot about the Punch Book that I have been working on in previous blog posts. Well, I finally finished the cover on it. I had started it several weeks ago and had half of the title done and never bothered to finish it.

Yesterday while sorting & organizing all my SU paper scraps, I decided to finish the title and ran the cardstock through my Cuttlebug for the remaining letters that I needed. I used my Sizzix Sizzlets “Lime Light” alphabet. I covered the cardstock letters with Glossy Accents to give them a raised 3D look. The boxing glove was clipart that I found online. I colored it with my Copic Red Marker. The pattern paper is one that I’ve had in my stash for sometime.

Now that the cover is finished, I just add my pages showing off my punch creations as I complete them. Each page has a sample of the punched creation and lists the various punches needed to create them. You can tell that I’m addicted to punch art as this book is really filling up fast. lol

Have a great day & thanks for looking!

Angela's Pajama Time Challenge

Yesterday Angela (one of the Lead Fiskateers) posted a Pajama Time Challenge and a RAK on the Fiskateer message board. I didn't notice it until this morning and since fortunately for me, she extended it I thought I'd take the challenge. For this challenge you had to create a project or layout that showed something about royalty or pajama's or slumber parties to enter.

What's more Royal than the Disney Princesses? For this challenge I decided to do a set of 4 Disney Princess cards. I have been blessed with lots of Great Nieces and Nephews and am always trying to come up with new & different card ideas for them. (hence the chicken pox cards)

I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the images, the cuttlebug embossing folders & a DCWV Glitter paper pack. I'm thrilled with how these turned out. I'll just add them to my kid's card collection and am thrilled to have a jump on their upcoming birthday's.

Thanks for looking & enjoy your day!

Kelly Jo's Weekly Challenges Week 6

For the past 6 weeks, Kelly Jo (one of the Lead Fiskateers) has been running weekly challenges on the Fiskateer blog. Well, her challenge for week 6 was to make a card, layout or project using your favorite product, tool or technique.

Everyone who knows me, knows I am addicted to punches. What better tool to use for Kelly Jo's Challenge 6. I used my punches to create this frog card (it's toadally cased) for my Great Nephew's 6th birthday in May.

Since St. Patrick's Day is coming up & I'm part Irish, I also used my punches to create this Leprechaun card (the Punched Leprechaun is cased - the card idea is mine). The stamps are from a Hero Art's Clear stamp set that I picked up some time ago. This stamp set is for the month of March.

Thanks for looking & enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's Here!!

Finally, the long awaited release of "Hunted" by PC Cast & Kristin Cast! The 5th book in The House of Night series about Vampyre (yes, that's how they spell it in the book) fledgling Zoey Redbird and her adventures at Vampyre Finishing School.

I went into Walmart on Wednesday & picked up this book. I've been anxiously awaiting it's release (March 10th) and couldn't wait to start reading it. I started re-reading the other books in the series (Marked, Betrayed, Chosen & Untamed)and just finished reading Untamed (Book 4). I now a quarter of the way through Hunted and I sure hope that they are planning to continue this series.

I understand that the rights for this book has been picked up & there is a chance it could be made into a movie. I hope so!!

I promised my niece Chantale that she can read this series when I'm done. She is hooked on the Twilight series and I'm sure she'll love this one too.

If you want to read a good Vampire series, I highly recommend this one!

What are you reading this week?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Achoo! I’m sure that’s something we’ve all heard a lot of lately. We’ve been fortunately this winter, both DS and I have managed to avoid catching a cold. Now days with my immune system being what it is, I try to avoid being around anyone with a cold. Any virus seems to hit me twice as hard and it takes twice as long to get rid of it.

When I saw this adorable House Mouse image at Addicted to Rubber Stamps, I knew that I had to add it to my collection. I really don’t have any many funny get-well type of stamps. I thought that this stamp would help to brighten up someone’s day when they are feeling under the weather.

There’s a lot of coloring on this stamp so it is a bit time consuming but I love how it turned out. I used my Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol to color this image for the first time. I think next time I’ll try using the Copics when my blender pen refill arrives.

I decided not to go with a lot of embellishments as I felt that this image didn’t really need them. I put a small slit in the top of the Kleenex box on the image and fed a small piece of Kleenex through it for a final touch.

I’ll definitely make a few more of these to have on hand.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, March 9, 2009

When Pigs Fly!!!

I didn’t know until recently that March 1st was National Pig Day! My poor niece Chantale won’t be too thrilled to learn that she celebrates her birthday on National Pig Day. I recently discovered this little fact while blog surfing. I came across a blog where the blogger not only celebrated it, she made cards for it. She had what she called her “Pig Ladies” who were women who were suffering from an illness or cancer survivors. She made pig cards for each year on National Pig Day for these friends. I loved her idea and thought that I’d create some cards to send to my own “Pig Ladies”.

My older sister is a breast cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed with it in her late twenties. After going through the treatments she was cancer free for 22 years when she was once again diagnosed with cancer last summer. Once again we are so thankful that she is cancer free. Recently my niece’s Mother in Law was diagnosed with Esophagus cancer and has since had surgery and is now undergoing treatments. I am keeping them both in my thoughts and prayers. I thought that a “Pig Card” might be just what the doctor ordered.

The pigs were created with various Stampin Up punches. For the card fronts I used Stampin Up cardstock, my “Swiss Dots” Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and once again my Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” border punch. The ribbon is from Dollarama.

The inside of the card has the verse:

Remember .....

A pig that has wings
Does impossible things!
Over clouds it can fly
In the wink of an eye.

She may tickle you pink
But she wants you to think
Of her message to each –
“Nothings out of your REACH!”

March 1st is National Pig Day

Snugs....that's hugs and snorts!!!

This card idea, verse & punched pig was totally cased. Although it’s late going out to my “Pig Ladies”, I hope that they like the card and the meaning behind it. I know that sometimes just knowing that someone is thinking of you helps to brighten your day. I hope that this card brightens their day.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

More Chicken Pox Pick Me Ups!!

Well, I sent off my Princess Chicken Pox card to my little great niece Jaden last week only to find out over the weekend that her big brother Jeremy has them too! Not only does Jeremy have them…my niece (their mother) has them too! My niece is also 6 months pregnant!!

Well, since I can’t make a card for one child and not the other….I started working on cards for Jeremy and my niece Natasha. No sooner did I get their cards done and I got word that Andrew, the youngest has them too! So once again I made another chicken pox card. Now I have all 3 cards done they are ready to go into the mail today. Hopefully they will cheer them up somewhat.

For the boy’s cards, I used a High Hopes image “Froggy Gift” colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. The cards are pretty much the same with the exception of Jeremy’s boy has a red shirt & Andrew’s a brown. I added glossy accents to the tongue & slingshot to give added dimension. The paper is Heidi Grace and Stampin Up cardstock too for mounting. Also their cards open differently and of course have different verses inside.

For Natasha’s card I used the “pregnabella” stamp by Stamping Bella. She sure looks cute covered in chicken pox! lol For this card I used Heidi Grace paper again, the blue cardstock is Stampin Up as is the ribbon. I used my Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” border punch, some “dew drops” (actually they are from dollarama), a flower & rhinestone brad.

I’m definitely not a poet but I thought it would be fun to add a cute little “chicken pox” verse inside the cards. This is what I came up with….corny yes!! But then again, I’m definitely no poet!

Natasha’s card has this verse inside:

Roses are red
Violets have dots
Look at poor mama
She’s covered with spots.

Jeremy’s card has this verse:

Ladybugs are red
and they have dots
Look at poor Jeremy
He’s covered in spots.

Last but not least, the verse in Andrew’s card is:

My brother and sister
sure are TOPS
Look what they’ve given me

I’m sending these out in today’s mail so hopefully they’ll have them by the end of the week. If your reading this Natasha (act surprised!), I hope that you all feel better soon and that these cards help to brighten your day.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

Cupcake & Bunny Basket

Awhile ago I stumbled across an idea to create a mini basket using a couple of stamps that I have. This seemed like such a cute idea that I had to try it.

I used my Stampin Up “Simple Birthday Thanks” stamp and stamped it three times – once on Pretty in Pink, then on Chocolate Chip and then Riding Hood Red. I cut out all the images and pieced them together. The basket was made using Chocolate Chip and the base measures 1 ½ x 2 ¾ inches (it is pretty small). I also used Stampin Pink Piroutte ribbon for the handle and bow on the front. I added a brad to help secure the ribbon. I added some Stickles for “bling” and it’s finished. This would be so cute filled with candies or a little gift.

The second basket was made with another Stampin Up image from the stamp set “A New Little Someone”. I also used my Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” border punch and some Glossy Accents on the bow & bottom’s of the feet for added dimension. The handle on this one is cardstock.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

New Stamps

Last week I received my order from Addicted to Rubber Stamps and I’ve been busy playing with my new stamps. I bought several House Mouse & Happy Hopper stamps from Stampabilites. They are just too cute and such fun to color.

I’ve been practicing with my new Copic Markers. There is definitely a “knack” to using them and mostly it takes practice. Unfortunately, I had to give up on the coloring as my Copic Blender Marker has dried up. Since there is no local retailer that carries copics or local scrapbook store, I have to order a refill online and wait for the order to come in. Fortunately the company I’m ordering from is in Ontario and not too far from me so I should have my order in a couple of days. Thank goodness as my BF Bonnie & I split an order to save on shipping from Addicted to Rubber Stamps during their 25% off sale and my new goodies should be in today or tomorrow. Of course among other things, I ordered more stamps to play with it.

This first card is a Happy Hopper image called “Fancy Pants”. This adorable image reminds me of my little great nieces who love to play dress up and walk around in heals. I colored it with my Copic Markers, added glossy accents to the purse, pearls and shoes for added dimension and also used my “Swiss Dots” Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” border punch. The paper is one that I've had forever!!

The second image is from a clear acrylic set I got earlier in the month from ATRS. This set is for Breast Cancer. My sister is a survivor of breast cancer and I thought that this would be a perfect set to use to creating cards for her as well as others. I used markers to color the flower stamp and misted it with water. Added some glitter and pearls.

I'll be back with more cards. Thanks for looking & have a great day!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Easy Cuttlebug Card

I love the Cuttlebug "Stylized Flowers" Embossing Folder and decided to use it to create a simple card.

There really isn't much to this card. After running the embossing folder through my Cuttlebug, I colored the flowers & stems with chalk. Then all I did was add a couple of "Dew Drops" (they aren't really Dew Drops but a similiar product sold by our local Dollarama) and a ribbon and the card is done.

This is a perfect card to send to someone for a birthday, thinking of you, etc.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

Chicken Pox Pick Me Up

My poor little Great Niece Jaden has Chicken Pox. When I heard this I knew that I had to create a card to cheer her up. She's only 3 years old and doesn't quit get the whole "spots" thing.

I used the Stampin Up "Pretty Princess" set which is retired. I didn't really have a girl stamp that I could add spots too and thought that this one would work out ok. I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol and used papers from a Stampin Up DSP pad. I also used the Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" border punch and added some stickles for some "bling". I really like how it turned out.

Right now Jaden is the only one in the family with chicken pox. So far her older brother & younger brother haven't come down with them. Chances are they will as that seems to be the way it is with Chicken Pox. (I might have to make a couple of boy Chicken Pox cards lol).

The inside of the card has a verse that I made up too. (cheesy I know) lol

Roses are red
Violets have dots
Poor little Jaden
Is covered in spots.

I'm going to send this off in today's mail for her. Hopefully this will cheer her up a bit. I know it'll bring a smile to her parents faces and will be a little keepsake to remember her having Chicken Pox.

Have a great day & thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Month End Update

It’s hard to believe that another month has flown by. I’m still trying to keep track of what I’ve accomplished each month. I definitely didn’t manage to complete the number of layouts in February that I did in January. But then in January we had the Fiskateer Online Crop that inspired me to do 10 layouts compared with only one layout in February. I’ve also spent a lot of time in February working on a “secret” project that I hope to be able to post in another week or two.

So here’s a list of the projects that I’ve done this month.

Cards Created – 19
Layouts Completed – 1
Mini Albums Completed – 1
3D Projects Completed – 6
Punch Art – 16

Year to Date Completed Projects

Cards Created – 48
Layouts Completed – 11
Mini Albums Completed – 3
3D Projects Completed – 12
Punch Art – 30

Addicted to Punch Art

A while ago Heather had posted a cute little frog on her blog and the other day I finally got around to trying it. It turned out so cute. Having 2 great nephews & 2 more on the way, these cute little frogs would look great on a card for them.

I also stumbled across a card that had a cute little punch art cat on it and decided to try that too. I love how it turned out.

Then if that wasn’t enough, I found a couple of cute little bugs to add to my Punch Book. How cute are they??

This is definitely addicting and I love creating these cute little punch art critters to add to my punch book. Eventually I’ll have to get really creative and turn some of them into card fronts. I know that the little kids would love them.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!