Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kindergarten Snowman Soup

I know I made these last year for my husbands staff, but why dropped a good idea. This year they are for my daughters Junior Kindergarten class. I did change the design a bit and glued the labels onto the front of the bags. Made things very quick and easy. Gotta like that.

The snowman/puppy frame was found here, made by Barry Meyer. I removed the Merry Christmas and in it's place is Snowman Soup.

The poem reads:
Was told you've been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to war the spirit.
So here's a little snowman soup,
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow,
It's sure to do the trick.

Throw in a package of hot cocoa, some mini marshmallows and a mini candy cane or two and there you have it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ba Humbug - Cards!

I have not been in the Christmas spirit this season. To makes matter worse, every time I tried to do something for this years X-Mas card, I hit a major roadblock.

After much hard ship I gave up and didn't revisit it until last night. Ditching my original plans, I went online and grabbed a pre-made photo-card template from

You would think that printing your own photo cards would be cost effective - NOPE! My brand new ink cartridge is more then 3/4 gone, at $60 bucks a pop for a replacement cartridge, not cheap, not to mention the matte photo-paper which I already had on hand.

Oh well. Here it is, this beautiful template was created by Jen Wilson . Much nicer then what I have ended up making.

To make matters worse, when I dropped my cards off at the post office this morning, I checked and in order for the USA bound cards to make it to their destinations before Christmas Day, they needed to get into the mail YESTERDAY. Can you Say BA HUMBUG!

Oh and another kicker, posting this card was a hassle too. For some reason my newly installed Photoshop CS4 wouldn't allow me to save to web, even though I verified that the file was 32bits/channel and not 8 or 16. Had to email it to my hubby because his save to web feature wasn't greyed out. Apparently changing it to 8bits/channel was the solution - the exact opposite of what it said to do online.

Now I am off to make snowman soup packages for my daughters Kindergarten class, wonder what problems I will run into there.

Hope your Holiday preparations are going more smoothly then mine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fall Digi

Here is my submission for the layout challenge on ESS Enchanted Studio Scraps: November Build A Fairy Treehouse challenge #1 with Robyn Pali Designs and Jewelscraps. I really loved this layout and had started downloading portions of The Blog Train Blog's - October 2009 kit - Thankful, so thought it would make a perfect autumn leaves page.

Blog Train Blog - Thankful Kit Oct. 2009:
Designers used:
Captivated Visions Digital Designs: stitched circle, paper 04 (burlap),
Delicious Scraps: paper 2 (background)
JW-DigiScraps: tree,
Robyn Pali Designs: stitched leaf,
Scrappin' Page Designs: maple leaf,
Foxy Designs: leaf 1 & 2
Kevin and Amanda Fonts: digsmyheart,
Free Digital Scrapbooking: Hot Brass Alphabet (title)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

DGC051 Wiggly Concert

Today's Digital Scrapbooking Challenge DGC05 on Splitcoasstamper's was use the clone tool to remove something from a photo and then make a scrap page with that altered photo. I cheated slightly, I had already made this page on the weekend, but hadn't flattened it because I was unhappy with a few of the items. I retouched the items, as well as used the Marquee tool tricks my hubby showed me to hide the strings in and through some of the green frames. I am loving the Marquee Tool.

I also experimented with the Liquify Tool around the half circle striped paper.

As you can see from the original photo there are heads of people in front of us that extended just above the stage line.
I did use the Stamp Tool in Photoshop, but also used the Marquee Tool to cut out larger section of the photo such as the draping on the bottom of the stage and saved as new layer so that I could cover up section while repeating the pattern of the drape.

Wiggles Concert Brochure: Go Banana & Wiggles Logo
Fab D*zines - Basically kit: blue diamond paper, prongs
Free Digital Scrapbooking: Building Block Frame Set,
Kevin and Amanda Fonts: hisnameishoney
Ella Hippy Hoppy - IBDH Desperate Housewives:strings

Monday, November 2, 2009

My First Ribbon Knot

I made my very first every ribbon knot in Photoshop, with the help Stacy Carlson's Gotta Pixel tutorial found here. I first tried making a striped knot with very little success. The stripes seemed to throw off the realistic look of the knot.

As well a special thanks to my hubby for showing me how to use the Marquee tool in order to hide sections of layers under other layers such as the paper clip through the ribbon or the scissors blades under the cardstock.

The one thing that concerns me about the digital stamping pages I have made is that I don't know if I am sizing the embellishments correctly. My fear is that once they are printed the scale will be off. I won't know until I print them.


Layout borrowed from SU Stamping Technique booklet.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sweet Kid

I have seen many multi layer pages and wanted to give it a try. Still working on it, but I think I am improving.

As part of the online digital scrapbooking pool, you are obligated to give credit to the designer or distributor of the items used to create your page. I certainly hope I haven't forgotten anyone in the details. I'm nervous the Digital Scrapbooking Police will come and arrest me.

Free Digital Scrapbooking: Absolutely Autumn Mini kit - orange wavy ribbon, Beautiful Baby title, frame circle,
Kevin and Amanda Fonts: hisnameishoney
Aquarius Designs: SD Raved - SDRD paper #10, SDRD embelisment #2
Shabby Princess: Promise - papers stripes, swirlie stamp
Sharia Braxton: Sweetiepie kit - paper2
Ziggle Designs & Elephant and Lemonade: aliceBB2 - flower bracket frame

Friday, October 30, 2009

First Digital Layout

Literally last night - I decided I need to give digital scrapbooking a whirl. I am WAY behind in my kids books and always seem to be out of tape, ink or one embellishment or another.

I have created digital greeting cards before as well as digital baby announcements using an older purchased greeting card software, but have never tried to make a digital scrapbook page.

So I jumped on Google this morning and found Everything I needed to get started was right there, including some awesome video tutorials such as working with PhotoShop. I just watched one video, it was enough for me to get going. I already knew how to resize, rotate and flip images as well as adding text and such, but I didn't know about all of the saving options. Very helpful.

All in all I am very pleased. I can't wait to do some more. If any of you have any suggestions as to some good sites for Digital Scrapbooking, please let me know, I'd appreciate it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SC252 Halloween

I purchased 4 new digi stamps from Pink Cat Studio, specifically to use with my new Copic starter set which was an early Christmas present from my adorable hubby. Thanks hubby.

My markers bled a little, I wonder if I need to try my SU-Whisper White instead? Any thoughts, what paper works best for Copic colouring? I am stilling also learning the technique and need to get myself 2-3 markers of the same colour family - to do better blending. I also am not terribly impressed that that the starter kit comes with such dark values, when it seems that the light shades are the most important - at least that's my impression from all the tutorials I have watched on You Tube.

The layout was today's Sketch Challenge over at SplitCoastStampers, challenge # SC252.

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Digi stamp: Itty Bitty Betty - Yummy Frogs
Ink: Copics
Paper: Kelly Panacci: Halloween Stripes, Halloween Circles, Orange Mini Dots, Imaginisce spider border
Accessories: Spellbinders: scallop rectangle, Sandylion sticker sentiment

Monday, October 26, 2009

Trick or Treat Goodies

I made these little Halloween treats for my daughters JK class. Due to all the food allergies kids have now days, I didn't want to send in any food treats, but happened across these little Crazy Eights/Old Maid card-game sets sold in a package of 24. Her class is only 19 - hurray!

These were fairly easy to make, I stapled together a one inch strip of Halloween themed cardstock around each Game-set then mounted the scalloped edge image onto the stapled portion. I wanted to keep it easy for the kids to access the games or all my hard work would get demolished in the attempt to free the gift. Who am I kidding, they are going to get destroyed any way.

It would have been even easier to make this project if I had the right size punches. All in good time though. I have debated whether to purchase the one or two needed punches from SU or buy the Scallop & Circle Spellbinders individual sets. Can't make up my mind though. It's a money thing.

Stamps: SU - Batty for You
Ink: black, green, indigo, orange
Paper: left over Halloween scraps
Accessories: colluzle, scallop punch, stampler

The Wiggles in Toronto

We took our 4 year old and 2.5 year old to see the Wiggles in Concert this past weekend. It was such a fun time. The Wiggles were very funny and you could tell they really enjoy getting the kids involved. At one point they stopped and read out loud every single sign that was held up, Murray even came out into the audience to read all the far away ones.

We had great seats. Murry stopped beside our seats at one point. And the kids were thrilled each time one of the Wiggles waved at them. We were close enough to tell when they were looking our at us specifically as opposed to our general direction.

Here is a video we took of Jeff's acrobatic skills. 1-2-3 Wake Up Jeff. Anthony said to YouTube it.

Here are some images of Dorothy the Dinosaur getting our daughters roses that a stage hand lifted her up to put on the stage. Her's are the pink roses in clear foil in the acrobats feet.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

CAS Baby

A friend of mine is expecting her first baby. I haven't decided yet if I am going to make a batch of Shower Thank You cards or Baby Announcements.

I used the layout or template found here on My Time, My Creations, My Stampendous. It's very simple and easy. The scoring and the brads was a very clever idea, thanks Lauren.

Stamps: Sandylion "Boy" Clear stamps, Studio G Clear stamps
Ink: SU - Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, dollar store blue pigment ink pad
Paper: SU - Delicate Dots, Kraft
Accessories: MM - pastel brads, colluzle

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hey, my little Clean & Crisp Christmas Tree card made it for one of the CAS (Clean & Simple) cards of the week over on SplitCoastStampers. What fun! Here's the link:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Simply Easy

I have used this layout before, but decided to give it another whirl.

I swiped the ink pad across the ink and then went back over the edges with a heavier hand. I still have trouble getting a solid ink impression from some stamps, even after using a rubber eraser on them to remove the machine oil.

Studio G Clear Stamps
SU - Urban Gardens, Not Quite Navy, Not Quite "Kiwi Kiss"
Ink: Not Quite Navy

Friday, October 2, 2009

FTL#56 Christmas

I made this card a few days ago, but thought I would save it for later in the week when I wouldn't have a post. It just would be like me to keep it going to too long ;)

I used the FTL#56 from Clean & Simple Stamping. They have some really great layouts, especially for me who is still learning to un-clutter some of my designs. It's fun to change it up a bit.

Again, I am trying to come up with an easy and inexpensive Christmas template to mass produce for my daughters charity bizarre.

Paper: KI Memories - Joyful Skinny Stripe, Riding Hood Red
Stamp: Hero Arts: Merriest Wishes, EK Success: sentiment wheel
Ink: Memento Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Green felt ribbon

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thanks Fishy

I kind of into CAS cards right now. Maybe because they are very easy to make and require less fiddling. I needed to do two Thank You cards for my kids swimming coaches.

I sponged Certainly Celery Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue onto my Cuddlebug emboss folder then ran a piece of paper on it through the machine. You can't tell in the photo, but the result was sort of a crackle tie die look. Embossing Polka Dots tutorial found here at

The image is a digitstamp by Dustin Pike called FishieBowl.

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Tombows
Stamp: Dustin Pike: FishieBowl
Paper: SU: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy
Embellishments: Stickles, scallop punch, circle punch, coluzzle, ebossing folder

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Triple Snowflake

I finally made a one layer card that doesn't look third rate. I have really struggled with one layered looks. I like the results so much and it was WAAAAY easy - this may just end up as this year's holiday card. How much easier can you get with no layers and no adhesive required, as well as cost affective.

I made a die cut template of the 3 windows or panels on a scrap piece of cardstock and laid it over my card in order to sponge. This will make it easy for mass production.

The ribbon photographed much darker then IRL.

This card was inspired by LaLatty's Stamp & Stuff September 20, 2009 post found here. I loved the sponging technique with the snowflakes and gave it a whirl, but used my Cuttlebug postage stamp die cut for the 3 panels sponged in Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze.

All that was needed to bling it up was some Stickles and a gemstone in the centre snowflake.

Here's my case of LaLatty's & tankgrl 's snowflake cards.

Ink: Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Hero Arts: Diamond & Crystal Snowflakes, Hot Fudge Studio sentiment
Accessories: ribbon, Stickles, gemstones

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Non Traditional Colours

Here is my take on the Hero Art: Merriest Wishes stamp I used in my previous post, but with non traditional Christmas colours - again my goal was clean and simple for possible mass production.
I really love the colours. It was a bit of a pain trying to get the individual colours on the stamp using stamping dots. I should invest in some SU markers. I have tried my Tombow markers on stamps without much success. This would be fairly easy with SU markers I think.

I also wish I had purchased the rhinestones I was eying at the craft store today. Oh well. Live and learn.

Stamp: Hero Arts: Merriest Wishes
Ink: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, pink
Paper: Pebbles:The Pathway
Embellishments: Stickles

Crisp & Clean Christmas

Again another photo where you can't quite see the glitter. There is red and green stickle dots in the Christmas tree as well as in the 3 stars at the bottom of the green mat.

I bought this stamp set a few years ago and never used this Christmas tree before. I really like it, I think I am going to play around with it and and try some different things maybe some different colours too (thinking pink brown and green).

Paper: Riding Hood Red & Garden Green
Ink: Memento Red & SU Garden Green
Stamps: Hero Arts: Merriest Wishes
Accessories: star stamp, red & green Stickles

Monday, September 28, 2009

'Not Quite Baja' Christmas

I've been thinking that I would like to make up a small Christmas card set to sell at my daughter's school Christmas bizarre (if they have one) so, I sat down today with intentions of making a simple and easy to replicate card.

*Wish the sparkle would show up better in the photo*

This card looked very crisp and clean without any background images, but I have been meaning to use these flourishes by Inkadinkado for some time now.

If this is the chosen cards to make as a package, I will definitely go without the flourishes to make the mass production easier.

Get prepared for an early X-mas. I have half a dozen ideas already planned, although admittedly some duplication of layout.

Paper: SU: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink: SU: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Stamps: SU: All Year Cheer II, Inkadinkado: Dot Flourishes, Hero Arts: Diamond Snowflake, Crystal Snowflake, All About Winter, Christmas Tree Trimmings
Accessories: Skittles

Monday, August 31, 2009

Hubby's Bento

This is another trial run for making Bento lunches, this time my hubby is the guinea pig.

The Bento Box was purchased at Pacific Mall in Markham for only $3.99. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find any of the kewl bento accessories at the mall, so I went ahead with my eBay purchases. The top tray full of fruit actually has 3 dividers which does not show up well in the photo. The pineapple section is half of the top layer and the melon portion is the other half of the layer split into two sections.

I cased this "Corn-dog" muffin recipe from Whats For Lunch at Our House. Recipe found here. These are corn muffins with added shredded marble cheese and hotdog pieces. This recipe can be tweeked to make pizza muffins, ham and swiss, cheeseburger, taco muffins etc.

I added a cheese string and one boiled egg to top off the protein and filled the bottom corner of the bottom layer with homemade trail mix comprised of: Shreddies, Cheerios, pumpkin seeds, raisin's and granola.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dry Run - Bento Box

My dd is staring Junior Kindergarten in a few weeks and I have been slightly panicked as to what to do for her lunches. She is NOT a sandwich child and is a bit fussy.

My husband and I purchased a Disney style lunch container for her and her brother from our local grocery store, with the expectation that I would try doing Bento Box style lunches. Without researching Bento lunches of course, my Disney purchase is rather deep for a Bento box use, but still do able with some fine tuning. I saw a few samples online and was flabbergasted how clever some mother's are. I am inspired. Imagine, star shaped watermellon chunks, pretty decorative skewer of cheese and meat, a veritable party.

Here is my first attempt. It is NOT a clever lunch, but it was a run through just to see how to make the Disney container work. I don't have any of the cute Bento accessories YET, so used some regular silicone muffin wrappers as dividers and a small round snap lid container from the dollar store. The dollar store container I thought would be good for cottage cheese, yogurt, applesauce or pudding.
It even passed the true Bento test. With the lid on I gave it a good shake and turned it all upside down and everything remained in place, even the two tiered muffin wrappers.

This isn't characteristic of a lunch for my daughter. She wouldn't eat a whole sandwich and would prefer more fruit options. She's pretty much a sampler kind of eater. As well it is a P B & J sandwich, they aren't allowed in our school district due to nut allergies. I should have used a cookie punch on it to dress it up, but again, this is a dry run to see how to best utilize this particular container.

I have done some eBay shopping and will have cute decorative cocktail sticks, cheese/meat/veggie cutters and dividers, condiment holders, to dress it all up and make it look pretty - even the sandwiches she occasionally has will be done up to the nines. Hopefully it will inspire my dd to eat her lunch for a change. Then again, maybe not.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Urban Silhouettes

Ever notice how the SU - Pocket Silhouette stamp set, lends itself to any occasion. I prefer the boldness of the Not Quite Navy card myself.

This layout is from FTL 49- Sketch found here @ Clean and Simple Stamping.

Stamps: SU - Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: SU - Urban Gardens, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, VersaMark
Accessories: Ribbon, clear EP, White EP

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

100% Purrr-fect

I recently saw a card with two front panels of DP and a centered scallop circle. Though the card I saw opened normally, it occurred to me that if the card stock was cut the right way, the opening of the card could easily be between the two panels, with the scallop circle adhered to only one side of the card. So I gave it a try.

The card stock was cut to 10" x 5" and scored at 2.5" on each side. I think I would like to try this at 8.5" x 4.25" then it might fit in a regular envelope.
I used clear EP on the balloons and the present, and stickles on the present, hat and on the background DP. The DP already had glitter, I added some more. Oh and the orange balloon and the present as well as the scallop circle and paper flowers are all raised with dimensional's.

Stamps: Penny Black - Bubbly, Penny Black - Alphazoo (flower pot), Studio G Clear Stamp - sentiment
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tombows, watercolour markers
Paper: DCWV - Pocket Full of Posies, SU card stock
Accessories: Scallop and circle punch, ribbon, rick rack, Stickles, Clear EP, Dew Drop Versa Magic - Hydrangea, Mat Pack punch, paper flowers, dimensionals

Sunday, June 21, 2009

CC223 Ruby Breeze Dragon

This cute adorable dragon is a free download available from Dustin Pike found here. Dustin's images are fantastic, I highly recommend a looksie if you have time.

Paper: Li'l Davis Designs - Endless Summer, Michaels brown and red
Ink: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Tombows
Stamp: Dustin Pike - Digital Image
Accessories: Label Buddy, buttons, scrapper floss, rickrack, paper hole punch, circle punch, scallop punch

Friday, June 19, 2009

Perfect Treats for Little Pilots

My daughters year end dance recital is coming up. Their dance routine is called The Pilots and they dance to a number that goes "... we're flying in an airplane looking out the window watching the clouds go by..."

I wanted to make a sweet inexpensive treat for all the girls in class for their last lesson next week. I had seen Sweet-tart rolls at the dollar store and thought I could wrap them in cloud themed DP - like their costumes.

I did a search on Splitcoaststampers for candy wrappers and found a cute example using life saver candy rolls and streamer out the top found here. Then I remembered that my friend Kerry J @ Cards by Kerry had done some sort of candy wrapper for her son's classmates for Valentine's, but couldn't quite remember what it was.

Kerry had made these adorable little airplanes using sticks of gum (like Juicy Fruit), life savers and rolled candies (like Rockets or US Smarties) held together with small rubber bands (Kerry's sample). I found the instructions for these treats here.

I don't advocate gum for kids my daughters age, but these darn treats were too cute to pass up.

You don't have to re-wrap these babies like I did either because all gum packages like this come with white paper all ready for your favorite stamp. Not a lot of work needed at all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This card was inspired by a sample I saw at my SU Demonstrator's house (Jennifer Tinline). I love that she used the Top Note die to create an evening bag and had to try one myself.

The purse was done by using the SU Top Note Die cut on double sided paper. However I used two cuts and merged the pieces together

I made this little purse quite some time ago, but never got around to assembling a card face until this evening.

Stamps: SU - Pocket Silhouette : sentiment
Paper: SU - Washington Apple, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun
Ink: SU - Ruby Red
Accessories: SU - scallop punch & top note die, dollar store looped ribbon & brad, SU - Bashful blue ribbon, Cuddlebug emboss folder

Monday, June 15, 2009

Scholastic Clip Art

Last week my daughter and I went to visit her Junior Kindergarten teacher for next September. I wanted to send a thank-you card for the tour and for the lovely goody bag they sent home with my daughter.

I haven't yet purchased any scholastic themed sets so I used a free clip art image and computer generated sentiment.

I had originally sponged red around the image frame, but didn't like the results so cut out the image and placed it on a new image window. I like this result much much better.

Stamps: free clip art image, computer generated sentiment
Paper: DCWV - Fall Matstack, Michaels blue and red cardstock
Ink: Tombows
Accessories: paper hole punch

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Home Sweet Freebie SC232

Yes another freebie this one from D.A.I.S.I.E. Company Digital scrapping site found here. It is a Christmas image, but I'm pretending it's not. The layout is for yesterday's sketch challenge at SplitCoastStampers SC232.

I was really enjoying this image the way it was coloured until I added the yellow on the roof, it's too over powering. Oh well, you need to learn when to edit I suppose.


Stamps: D.A.I.S.I.E Co. x-mas freebie, computer generated sentiment
Ink: Tombows, gray Copic
Paper: Minds Eye, SU: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Michaels pink cardstock
Accessories: Making Memories grommets, SU scallop punch, Cuttlebug emboss folder, skittles

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hambo Cutie

I found this adorable & free down-loadable image from Hambo Stamps by Tim Hunter, found here. Tim has some great inexpensive images for sale at his Etsy Shop. I also found some amazing and inexpensive images from Dustin Pike at Dragon Doodle Studio.

I love both Tim & Dustin's images, I can't decide which one I want to buy first, I want them all. I am leaning towards Dustin dragon in the inner tube. His new release with the monster is fabulous too.

I dug through my paper and found some of my old white card stock that works with my Tombows so was able to colour again. Ahh, I missed colouring, paper piecing was getting old.

Stamps: Tim Hunter- cat, computer generated sentiment
Ink: Tombows, Pumpkin Pie, gray copic
Paper: SU - retired paper, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, My Minds Eye
Accessories: skittles, nestabilities, frog punch, dollar store brad

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Home Made Geisha

The Geisha was hand drawn then scanned into Photoshop. My hubby helped make the eyes and eyebrows symmetrical, then the image was shrunk and printed onto cardstock. I thought my Copics might cause the printer ink to run, but it didn't.

I have an in-law that has an engraving business, he has mentioned before that he can turn my images into actual stamps. I am gonna give this one a try as well as some other images I have created.

As you can see I used the colours from this weeks SCS colour challenge CC220: Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.

Stamps: hand drawn geisha
Paper: SU - Washington Apple
Ink: Copics, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
Accessories: SU ribbon, Dollar store accessories and flower

TCP Hubby

I was struggling with a card for my hubby for Fathers Day, I knew the image and sentiment I wanted to use, but couldn't quite get the layout right. As well it didn't help that I was trying to use Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron from SCS latest colour challenge.

When I saw Jen's (I{heart}2stamp)samples for TCP Tuesday (The Cat's Pajama's), I saw the layout I had been looking for.

The old olive Rose I hoped would look like a Prize ribbon, thanks to Kerry J. for the link here for the instructions.

I excitedly ran to my local craft store looking for large chunky grommets, but couldn't find any except the standard size. :(


Stamps: Delta Creative, computer generated sentiment
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, SU Old Olive, Tombows, Copic
Paper: DCWV - Fall Matstack, SU - Old Olive & Riding Hood Red
Accessories: SU ribon and clip, Dollar Store metal baubles, Nestabilities, brad

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Copper Fathers Day

Lovely As a Tree was the one stamp set that I promised myself to purchase at my SU stamp club, and wouldn't you know it, I didn't bother ordering it until the last month. Perfect for Fathers Day though. Thanks goodness it arrived in time.

This card was super simple to make. Good to have those easy one's for when you are in a jam.

Stamps: SU - Lovely As A Tree, SU - All Year Cheer II
Ink: Versamark, Copper emboss powder, Color Box - Copper pigment
Paper: copper, black, Old Olive, Whisper White

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I really don't have very many masculine stamps, so I have been re-using the ones I do over and over again. I have WAY too many male cards to do for the month of June.

I had a little chuckle with myself thinking I could do up a computer generated sentiment "Your a #1 Tool", hehe. I'm not sure the receiver would appreciate the pun.

The hammer and tool box are a bit large for the Fella, but I wanted to a fella without golf clubs or beer, so used the tools from the Pink Cat Studio - Dress Up Billy set.

Stamps: Stamping Bella - Beerafella, Pink Cat Studio - Dress Up Billy, Studio G sentiment
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, AMM - Chocolate paper stain, Copics, Tombows
Paper: SU - Old Olive Designer Series & Chocolate Chip, DCWV Fall Mat stack - shorts
Accessories: SU - Chocolate Chip ribbon

Monday, May 25, 2009

Taylored Bubbles

I fell in love with Taylor's sample for her May 15th card challenge TECC68 on Taylored Expression. In particular I love the use of the top note die so gave it a try.

The paper is all scraps from my son's scrapbook Water Babies page. I'm still having watercolouring issues since changing my paper, I'm gonna have to go Copic shopping soon.

The ribbon was on one of the packages I received from my SU demonstrator.

Stamps: Penny Black - Bubbly
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tombows, Gray Copic
Paper: Studio Basics 101, My Minds Eye
Accessories: button, SU - Ribbon, SU - Top Note Die, Scrappers Floss

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Aligator Birthday

I am on a roll with masculine cards. I have to do 4 Father's Day cards plus two adult masculine birthday's all for the month of June, as well as the Get Well card that I posted yesterday.

I am having trouble water colouring my images with my Tombow markers since buying new white cardstock. I ran out of the plain white cardstock from Michaels and picked up some Whisper White from SU and some from the local office store. My Tombows won't blend on either paper. So I had to resort to paper piecing the alligator on green cardstock.

The sentiment is computer generated.

Stamps: Sandylion - Boy clear stamp
Ink: Tuxedo Black, gray copic
Paper: Fall Matstack, SU - Kraft paper, Michaels cardstock
Accesories: Su - ribbon, button, floss, SU - mat pack

Friday, May 22, 2009

SC229 - Get Well

I needed a masculine "get well" card for my nephew who was diagnosed this week with Kidney Disease. My heart goes out to him and my sister, I can't imagine how scared they must all be, they are in my thoughts constantly.

The layout is from Wednesday's sketch challenge over at SplitcoastStampsers (SC229). My colour inspiration came from a colour challenge I recently saw using any colour of blue and green, but can't I remember what the challenge was so can't give them props. I think it was Viva la Verve!, but now can't find the thread.

I didn't have a get well stamp, so thinking of you made the most sense. I masked the Monkey Paw Fern in order to stamp the Script around the leaf.

I tried to roughen up the edges of the white cardstock using scissors, but it doesn't really show in the photo.


Stamps: Rubber Stamped - Monkey Paw Fern, Inkadinkado - Script stamp, Studio G clear stamp sentiment
Ink: Memento- Cottage Ivy & Rich Cocoa, Vivid - Inky Blue
Paper: Michael's cardstock green and blue, SU - Pattern Pack II, The Fall Matstack
Accessories: SU - blue ribbon, silver brad, Cuddlebug label die cut

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fathers Day Shirts

This is my entry for the May 9th - Sketch for You To Try on I{heart}2tamp. I steered away from the sketch a bit because I really wanted to use my new SU - Top Note die. I couldn't decide which shirt I liked better. The blue shirt photographed better.

Stamp: Stampingbella - Fellashirt, Studio G Clear stamp sentiment
Paper: Su - Washington Apple, SU - bashful blue, pumpkin pie, whisper white
Ink: SU - pumpkin pie
Accessories: SU - top note die, hole punch, SU - riding hood red ribbon, Cuddlebug swiss dots emboss folder

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pink and Brown Sandylion

The flower was a last minute addition to hide a goof. I had used my Mat Pack, but managed a to make a very crooked line.
The ribbon also photographed much darker then it is IRL.

Stamps: Sandylion "Boy" Clear stamps, Studio G Clear stamps
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tombows, Copics
Paper: SU Patterns Pack II, Close to Cocoa, random pink cardstock
Accessories: SU flower punch, misc. paper punch, Bella baubles, dollarstore ribbon