Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bridal Bliss

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I made this card for a friend who is getting married in just a couple of weeks! The card was based on this photo from Create with Connie & Mary:

The bride image is from the set "For the Bride", although not in the catalogue, is still available.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On My Desk...

Here we are again! It's been a week since I posted anything. Partly due to my lost crafting mojo. It seems to be failing me lately.

On My Desk

The desk...Creative chaos, as always. The project in view is a mini-album of Baby Z for his grandma. Something she can keep in her purse and show off.

Yup, the fabric panels are still in the same spot as last week...untouched. One day.

On My Desk

I decided to show you above the desk today. Here are my stamp sets. As a result of my yard sale during the summer, I was able to clear out quite a few items, so this is pretty good. Time for more shopping!

Baby Z visits Krispy Kreme

Baby Z went on his first road trip to the USA. We visited Washington state which is only a mere 45 minutes from Vancouver. He did quite well. And a visit to Krispy Kreme was necessary for Mommy & Daddy. Baby Z practiced his sitting skills.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On My Desk

I was away last week, but I'm back in full force now.

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I am getting started on Halloween. I broke out the candy wrapper die and the plan is to stuff the candy wrapper with treats for the trick-or-treaters.

As seen in the photo, I'm into making pansies using a butterfly punch. See the previous post for details. It's become somewhat obsessive. I started with purple and blue, but now I am branching out into orange, yellow and red.

Thank you all for your suggestions on where to get spray adhesive. I've found some, but I still haven't touched the fabric panels.

Some Baby Z:


Trying to get some 5-month old portraits.

Baby Z reads

He reads!! He must be a genious. LOL. The book ended up in his mouth immediately after I took the photo.

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Clean & Simple - A circular card

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I really enjoyed this week's circular card challenge at Clean & Simple Stamping! This type of card is out-of-the-box for a lot of cardmakers, but truly fun to make.

To create the pansy, I used the butterfly punch. Who knew?? To really get the colors to blend, I punched the butterflies out of watercolor paper, spritzed and saturated the paper with water, then used reinkers and the aquapainter to get the colors to blend. Attach the butterflies with a brad and arrange as you like.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Art Freckles Card Challenge

Art Freckles Sept card

Each month, Art Freckles has a card challenge based on a sketch. This cool sketch is from Page Maps.

I broke out the Marina Mist, Early Expresso, Cherry Cobler and Whisper White for this card. The cupcakes were colored using markers and an aquapainter. The image was stamped onto watercolor paper with Staz-On. I find using watercolor paper really helps with preventing "streakiness" when coloring with markers.

There are lots of birthdays coming up, so it's good to keep a stash of cards handy.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bird-day Greetings


I made this quick and cute card for my niece, Holle, who turned 5 yesterday!

The card was based on this sketch from Everything But the Kitchen Sink:

Sketches are always open to interpretation. This sketch was great as it was simple, but allowed for a lot of creativity if one wanted to go that direction. I kept this card simple as it was for a child.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hey Baby!

The stork has been busy around here. And so, I made another baby card.

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This card was based on this week's Cardabilities sketch and a stitching challenge for Stampin' Royalty.

Since I don't have any baby stamps, I had to create a pram using my punches. The pram turned out better than I expected. The stitching on the striped ribbon...not so well. I should have used thread that was not so thick, but when you're trying to use up stash... 

If you look closely, you can see the glimmer brad attached to the sentiment. The glimmer brads are new and I may end up hoarding them! I need to make more projects with them.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Three Images, One Layer

For this week's One-Layer Wednesday challenge, I broke out my forgotten Eastern Blooms set. This set has such a beautiful set of flowers.

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I stamped the three images in Chocolate Chip and the sentiment in Basic Black. This black ink isn't working for me right now as you can see from the slight smudge. Again, as in yesterday's post, perfection is not really my thing. It looks as though I will stick to using Staz-On for the time being.

A deep, brown, satin ribbon finished the look.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Floral Trio

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A fun card following a sketch from The Sweetest Thing:

The flowers were cut using the Island Floral die. I don't use this die enough and I really should. These flowers are super cute.

My color combo: Bravo Burgundy, Cherry Cobler with a hint of Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. The patterned paper is from the Playdate pack. I realize now that I glued the flower pattern upside-down. Oh well, can't get it perfect all the time. :)

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Taste of Fall

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This week's challenge at Raise the Bar is to use the colors orange, brown and green. Being a lover of orange, this challenge was calling my name. Thanks, Joni!

As you can see, I'm still very in love with the vintage wall embossing folder. The lovely fruits image is from a set called Studio Sketches. I colored the image with my aqua painter on watercolor paper. If you are a lover (or liker) of still life art, then this stamp set is for you. Really sophisticated and very cool.

I made another attempt at this card, but without so much green. My apologies for the poor picture quality.
Raise the Bar Challenge 35 (additional)

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Friday, September 10, 2010

A Spot of Color

Black & white with a spot of color. This is the One-Layer Wednesday challenge.

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My spot of color was the cake in marina mist (& the candle flame in yellow). I was trying to make this a manly card, but I guess that ric-rac isn't helping much.

I used one of my all-time favorite sets: On a Pedestal. I think it's the cake stand that sold me on this set.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday Floral

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I love the paper flowers from Stampin' Up!
I love that I can color them with re-inkers to match my project.
I love that the flowers come in different sizes.
I love that they can be layered or used as a single piece.
I love these flowers!

Enough of my poetry. This card is based on a sketch from The Sweetest Thing.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On My Desk...

Another Wednesday! My apologies for not making it to any desks last week. I will do better this week. The fair was a blast! We were exhausted.

Well, there isn't any improvement to the tidiness of my desk, but here's a glimpse.

The patterned paper is sitting untouched from a layout I thought about and have now abandoned. The ribbon is part of that abandoned layout. Plans are to revisit this layout in a few days.

The frame is something I hope to alter either by painting or adding rub-ons. A quick project. Of course, the photos will be all about Baby Z - my fave subject!


To the right of my desk: untouched fabric panels. I have a project in mind. I'm too lazy right now to cut the fabric. Also, I have the iron-on fabric adhesive, but using it seems to labor intensive. Really, I don't iron my clothes very often, so how can I be expected to iron on glue, not once, but twice? Once to the fabric and again to the project. Is there a spray fabric adhesive or something that is easier? Suggestions would be fabulous.

And my buddy....
Baby Z & Candy Corn

Taken at the fair last week. He's stunned by the size of that candy corn.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

For a New Baby

We are blessed to have several family and friends having babies this month! My Baby Z will have so many friends his age. It will be cute to see them all grow up together.

I made this card for a recent new arrival.

100% Baby

The card was based on this sketch from Create with Connie & Mary.

The base of the card, the embossed paper and the stamped image are all in Cherry Cobler. This is a beautiful new color joining the Regals collection. I also added some textured cardstock in Melon Mambo. Textured cardstock is never used enough for cards. It's such great paper.

Although the stamped image and the felt flower are retired product, I thought they went well with this card. Using your stash is good. Don't be afraid to play around with the different product you've accumulated. Like all paper crafters, I'm sure you have lots!

Thanks for looking today!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Like Your Smile

I Like Your Smile

I am so very behind on this layout for the Creative Scrappers challenge.

I loved the sketch, but it wasn't working with the photographs I had. What do you do? You flip the sketch around until it works for you!

Here I am still using that Playdate DSP. I love it! I also broke out the Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Who knew pears had pizzazz? The scallop circle patterned paper is one I have had in my stash since 2008! I was hoarding it...waiting for the perfect project...and, well, this was the layout.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free Craft Tote!

From September 1st through October 18th, receive a FREE craft tote when you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator.

This craft tote is a highly coveted item worth $49.95. Imagine sharing your love of Stampin' Up! and paper crafts with this stylish tote patterned after the very vogue Greenhouse Gala designer series paper. It is large enough to carry 12x12 card stock, a paper cutter, punches, ink pads and, of course, stamps!

There's never been a better time to join - whether you want to start your own business or for the discount - with two Starter Kits (standard or digital) at new lower prices.

Come join my team and play along with me!

Not at my desk...

Getting away from the desk today and enjoying what's left of summer.

PNE 2010

Baby Z and I are headed to the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) to enjoy all the deep-fried and sugary goodness it has to offer. Of course, there's the petting zoo, the market place (miracle shammy anyone?) and the Superdogs! We went last week and we're going again.

I tried to get to as many desks as possible last week. Don't know if I will be able to this time.

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