Friday, May 20, 2011

In the Name of Love

I finally got around to scrapping those photos I took in December of Baby Z looking at a row of stop signs.

In the Name of Love

A border created using Stampin' Up!'s Decorative Label Punch:

In the Name of Love

I cut the punched pieces in half and glued them side-by-side to create the border.

A close-up of the various letter stickers and die-cut used to create the title. It's always nice to use up all those stickers.

In the Name of Love

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Basket Boy

Yay! I made a layout! About Baby Z, of course.

While this layout was not created for any particular challenge, I'd like to share some techniques with you.

Basket Boy

A close up of the left-hand side:

Basket Boy

I create a stamped border on the right-hand side with a clear word stamp. The stamp was inked in Versamark and stamped along the side lining up the phrase as I stamped (mostly eyeballing). The stamped image was heat embossed with red embossing powder.

Basket Boy

I punched out some circles in various sizes as well as a few glitter hearts. Yes, I'm still hoarding that glimmer paper.

The Story: We found that keeping our soon-to-be mobile little boy in a laundry basket kept him entertained for quite a long time. He loved it in there and looked for ways to make a great escape.

Textured cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: Stampin' Up!, Becky Higgins Project Life
Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Technique Tuesday

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On my desk...

It's been quite a while since I've played along with WOYWW. I've missed you! I'm back to full-time work, so my crafting has been sporadic lately.

A glimpse of the neater parts of my desk:


A mess of stamps, punches and scraps o' paper. I was planning a workshop the other day and this was the aftermath of my creativity.

My 13-month old Baby Z.

Asleep in the chair

A big boy with a new haircut. He fell asleep in his high chair during lunch! The photos were taken two minutes apart. Hilarious!

Off to be creative...or at least try.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

At the PNE

This month's second challenge at Scrap that Baby! is all about your baby's day out. I chose to create a layout about Baby Z's 1st adventure at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) - a Vancouver tradition.

At the PNE

The story: It was a hot August day in Vancouver and a perfect day to go to the PNE. Baby Z was only 4 and a half months old. We played games and ate so much food!

The method: For this layout, I kept it fast and simple. I printed the photos as 3x2's which allowed me to print two photos on one 4x6. I cut them out and laid them onto the cardstock with no particular pattern in mind. On the left side, I added a strip of Certainly Celery seam binding and on the right side, I stamped a repeating tree pattern with the large bushy tree from the Pendant Park set.
I cut out the letters using the Big Shot and a Quickutz alpha die set. Journalling strips were sponged and glued to the layout.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bottle Cap Magnets

My new obsession...because it's so easy.

I have quite a few bottle cap magnets stuck to metal surfaces around my house. I found that this was a great craft to use up scraps of patterned paper, buttons and ribbons.

Here's what you do:

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

1. Get some bottle caps. I got my bottle caps from drinking "soda pop". :)

Be sure to clean them and remove the liner. Linerless bottle caps are available online from various retailers.

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

2. Grab your one-inch punch and punch out images from patterned paper or photographs.

If you are using photographs, I would recommend punching out the images from the index prints, if your photo developer provides one.

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

3. Arrange and adhere the patterned paper and other small objects inside the bottle cap. I used a button and punched out a heart. Decorate the outer rim of the bottle cap with ribbon or whatever your heart desires.

Allow the paper and/or objects to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

4. Squeeze a generous amount of Crystal Effects into the bottle cap. Squeeze slowly and gently to avoid any air bubbles. Ensure that the Crystal Effects liquid covers the entire surface of your paper or object.

Leave the bottle caps to dry overnight on a flat surface.

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

5.  From a magnet sheet, punch out one-inch circles. Adhere these circles to the backs of the bottle caps.

Bottle Cap Magnet tutorial pics

6. You're done! Stick these cute babies all over your refrigerator or on a magnet board.

These magnets make great crafts projects for older children or party favors. There are endless possibilties!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Charm bracelet

Stampin' Up! has this very beautiful collection of charms and chains called Simply Adorned. Until recently, I never thought much about jewelery, but I am sooo in love with this collection.

Stampin' Up! Simply Adorned Charmbracelet

For my charm bracelet, I started with the following charms:

Stampin' Up! Simply Adorned Charmbracelet

And I created my own charm using the crochet flowers. I dyed the flowers with the Pumpkin Pie re-inker and attached the flower to the bracelet with a large rhinestone brad.

Stampin' Up! Simply Adorned Charmbracelet

The 5/8" charm comes with an insert to help you size your photo or patterned paper. On one side of the charm, I cut up a piece of Newsprint DSP and punched a small heart out of glimmer paper.

Stampin' Up! Simply Adorned Charmbracelet

On the other side, a picture of me and Baby Z, of course. :)

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

To mothers everywhere...Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your day.

To my mother & mother-in-law: I get it. Thanks for all you do.

Baby Z & Mommy

Check out Baby Z's haircut. He's a big boy now!

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cupcake & a cherry too

A quick card and a special one too.

It's for a dear friend who is celebrating her birthday this month.

Cupcake bday

The colors are waaaay off on this picture, but I used Cherry Cobbler again, the Create a Cupcake stamp set and coordinating punch to pull off this card. I also parted with some more of that yummy glimmer paper and punched out a whole lotta cherries with it.

Alas, this stamp set and punch are in the Occasions mini catalogue which retired at the end of April. There's the new summer mini catalogue out, but I've yet to crack that one open.

I'm hoping that I will get more time...but I think that's what all women hope for and need...more time. ;)

Have a great day! Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Building blossoms

So, I'm a little late on using the Build a Blossom punch. The Occasions mini has expired.

I needed a bridal shower card last weekend and I needed one fast! I don't have any wedding themed stamps or sentiments, but I sure do have a lot of stamps that would do in a pinch.

The neglected Build a Blossom stamp set and punch made its way onto paper.

Bridal Shower

I used Cherry Cobbler as the base of the card and for the ink; Certainly Celery for the leaves and the ribbon. The patterned paper is a mish-mash of paper stash starting with Newsprint DSP from Stampin' Up! and remnants from Scenic Route.

I love the colors. At first, I thought it might come out Christmasy, but it looks spring-like chic to me.

Thanks for stopping by and looking!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Crafting with a 12-month old

I have been MIA lately for a number of reasons.
  1. It's the NHL Playoff season and my team ~ the Vancouver Canucks ~ are still in the thick of things.
  2. It's tax season and that's just plain yucky.
  3. I've returned to my day job which leaves me exhausted at night. Thus, no scrapping or posting.
  4. I have an EXTREME lack of mojo. None at all.
So, until I can find some energy and create again, I will show you what happens when a 12-month old decides to craft with mommy:

Painting with a baby

DISASTER! CHAOS! MESS! Although the process was fun, getting the paint of that wriggly body was not. Baby Z had a blast, of course.

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