Thursday, February 26, 2009

Winter Card

I know, I know. We are trying to get away from winter and the blahness that it makes us feel. I just grabbed the first patterned paper that came to my mind, which happened to be Christmasy and used it to design a card following Mojo's Monday Sketch for this week. This is what I came up with. I think I might use this sketch again but making a card with more of a spring summer feel.

So for this card, I used Punch Pals and for the first time ever I used Liquid Applique. Man, this stuff is cool. It heat sets like embossing powder with the exception that this pops right up instead of just going shiny. This was a super quick card as I was hurrying to get back downstairs to spend time with Chris. Somedays I think he feels I am just a figment of his imagination.

Enjoy Page featuring the Crop-A-Dile

I have a fantastic group of women in my stamp club. One of the great things for me is being challenged to create. It helps me learn new things while being able to share what I have learned with others. So many of my group members own a Crop-A-Dile but were unsure of what you can do with it. So for our last get together we made two projects. One was an emergency tin and the other was this scrapbook page. In the top left square I showed them how to use the 3/16" hole punch and the large eyelet setter. In the square below it, I demonstrated how to use the eyelet setter to emboss dots on your paper. I also showed them how to use the backsop on the punches so that when you want to set a few eyelets in a row, they are all in line. We did this on the green square stamped with the word Enjoy.

In the bottom left corner we used chipboard and how easily the lean mean cropping machine punches through it. I mentioned that a great use for the crop-a-dile is when you don't have enough holes in your leather belt, you can cut punch a hole in it like butter. Last but not least we used it to simply punch holes around the lower center square. We used the mat pack to draw our holes, you don't want to hold it in place and punch the hole as you will end up punching your mat pack. The eyelet holes on the mat pack are just a great guide for keeping all your holes centered.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunflower Candles

Last year I donated quite a few stamped items I had made to a charity. These candles were my second attempt and much nicer I must say then the first time I had ever done it. Yep, that's right the wax ran and rippled on me the first time. Live and learn right?

These are fabulous. I love how sunny and vibrant they feel. To add a nice touch I stamped a sunflower label and wrapped it around the large candle. This set is a great gift idea and quite simple to make.

Joy Progressive Page

I started off in the paper world making cards but eventually I decided to expand my horizons by trying out scrapbooking as well. A friend of mine asked me if I would do a party for her and demonstrate a scrapbook page as she was looking to begin scrapbooking as well.

I realized that not all scrapbookers make 12 x12 pages, so to appeal to everyone I felt it would be a good idea to make a progressive page. I began with a 6 x 6 page and then turned it into an 8 1/2 x 11 page which finally turned into a 12 x 12 page. I used our great set Punch Pals for this page and a scrapbook kit that I'll be honest, I can't remember the name of. I also used the pretties kit to add some bling.

Key Holder

Wow - here is a project I did for a WOW swap a few years ago. Unlike most items I make, I still like my artwork on this item. I guess to me that is a sign that my stamping has improved.

This project was actually very easy. I picked up the plain unfinished keychain holder at the dollar store. I used regular craft paint to apply a base of color to the holder and then with the retired stamp set Roses In Winter, I stamped my image.

Say It With Scallops

Here is a bold and busy card I made using the Say it With Scallops stamp set from Stampin' Up!®. I used current In Colors Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze, along with some Bella Rose DP. I wanted this card to pop and I feel I accomplished that.

I have fallen in love with punches and used a few on this card. I topped it off with some Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon and a flower and pearl from the pretties kit.

20 Times Thankful

I don't normally enter contests but I had decided it would be fun and a good way to get myself playing for fun. I made this page for a 20 times ... something contest. I used chipboard for the 20 and instead of doing an X or writing out times, I used a picture of a clock. It was fall time when I made this page and I had so many beautiful fall pictures that I took that I thought it would be fitting to do a fall theme page. Hope you like it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Daughter's Class Christmas Card

So at Christmastime I had the honour of going to my daughters class to make a Christmas card with them. We wanted something fun for them to do. This is the design that my sweetheart Chris helped me with to do for the kids. They had a fantastic time making the cards and it was neat seeing some of the things that were done differently.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I love this set and yet when I pull it out, I struggle with what to make. I think this is the first and last card I made with this set. I guess this means I should try and make some more cards with it. I've only owned it since it first came out. Sigh!! Some ink got on my finger which in turn got on my cardstock so I covered it up by sponging some ink in the white spaces between the petals.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bride and Groom

I love weddings, which is probably why I make wedding invitations and custom stationary. I also like to make cards to send to my clients with the color staying with the theme color of their wedding. This card is one of them using the To Have and To Hold set from the current Stampin' Up!® catalogue. I love cards with texture so I just had to add some embossing. Well, this is my first post and I hope you like it.