Sunday, February 27, 2011

Getting my craft on this week....

Been busy trying to craft this week with deadlines looming over my head for all creative stuff I needed to get done. Believe it or not I'm actually inspired.  My housework is suffering, but I'm having fun!

Here is a card I made for the Scrapbook Star online crop challenge.   Paper from Stampin' Up, cardstock Prism and stamp from CTMH ( I love this stamp set).
 And for the home decor challenge. This was something that was inspired by one I saw on Fleur's blog awhile back.  After taking this photo though, I did add adhesive pearls to the ribbon.  Birdcage from Michael's, flowers from Pointers Scrapbooking, ribbon from Making Memories Panaroma kit.
 I also did some work for Crop Chocolate, but can't post until Tuesday, I think. So stay tuned.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Happy dance - I found out today that I'm a winner over at the Ranger blog - seriously can't wait to see what I get!

A quick ATC I made for Scrapbook Star's Online Crop. Used DCWV pattered paper from the Mariposa Stack (so loving this paper - very different from other DCWV papers: this set is more collage/vintage feel), stamp set from Fiskars, edge punch from Martha Stewart Crafts and clip from Making Memories.

Here is a quick bracelet I made using the Pandora-type beads my dear friend Julia gave me for Christmas. Used leather for the bracelet and tied off the end with spacer beads.

Here are some bracelets I made for a customer recently.

And since I loved the combo of the first bracelets, I made one for moi!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Finally I can post now!

Been meaning to all week but my iPhone was not co-operating with me. All is Zen now with me and my phone. 

Wanted to first share this found great idea online which is a fabulous idea. Go check it out. 

Here is what DH got me for V-day. He knows me so well - jelly beans are the key to my heart!
 I made this mini-book based on Tim Holtz's idea that he posted on his blog. I've made this book in the past but I love the idea of using the tissue tape to seal the edges. I made this one for DH for v-day and filled it with the 10 Things I loved about him.

 And in the spirit of V-day - I love all the colourful flowers in all the shops around (right next to the no name tuna!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2 in one day?

Yup here is my second posting for technically today. I will say though that the last one was really early into the day, so for me it was yesterday.

Here are some cards I made recently to share with you bloggers.
A couple of male birthday cards. I find making male cards hard sometimes.  The key is to keep it pretty simple. I tried.   Both cards are using the Piggy tales paper and embellies. I then used the Making Memories letters to put the sentiment on.

Valentines day is the time when I can give my boys some frilly things (in my head anyways).  Here is one for DH. It's a tag I did awhile back revisited. I inked it with Brick Red Distress Ink, covered in Red Stickles.  I then found this creative kit from Dollarama of all places, that had the handmade paper, skeleton leaves and burlap in it.

Here is one for DS who is 3. It's a 3-D heart made out of doillies. Got the idea from Heidi Swapp's Ustream video she was doing
Finally, here is a fun and quick project I did using Tim Holtz's grunngeboard. Don't remember who posted the instructions first (might have been Tim?), but here is mine.  Basically you make a bracelet with grungeboard, paint it with whatever medium you want ( I used black paint for the base and top coat of Luminere paint and then sanded the embossing to release some of the black).  I added a Prima flower for my focal point and since I don't own any hitch fasteners, I used velcro for my closure.


So a couple of weeks ago I went on a weekend retreat to scrapbook with my GG pals.  I find that when I attend these things, I barely get anything done but I do love the social aspect of it all. Anyhow, after years of going to these things, I think I have my act together. I brought with me only kits from classes past - no thinking and I feel like I got something done.  So all of the LO's I did that weekend were designed by others - that's where I feel like I cheated. I did jazz them up if I felt like it,  and if scrapping partner in crime thought I should add something, I usually took her advice.  I find using kits sometimes gets me out the scrapping rut too, and I usually am opened up to ideas for future pages.

Anyhow, here is my line up from that weekend.

Here's a kit from NinaBrook Designs called Summer Days.  I usually love their kits and this one is no exception. I didn't change much except the journaling block and adding my own photos.
 Here is a kit from Gela-tins that I did many years ago at the Crop for Kids. I was fortunate enough to have a chipboard star from Chatterbox that fit in the patterned paper star on the left side. Crazy that the colour and everything went!  I also used Rangers Glossy Accents on the title. And Rangers Stickles to highlight all the stars.

 This was a class I took at CKC-Buffalo last year with Piggy Tales. Though the class was hugely disappointing, I did like this LO for it's elements. In this layout, I used a title of my own choosing, so the letters they gave us didn't have enough "h's", so I made one using a "n" and a "l" chopped, and at the junction I used some thread to hide it. Also added letters from making memories to complete the title.Very happy with the end result!

Here is another LO from that same class. It was intended to be used for baby boy photos but the genius of Diana thought it would go nicely with these photos. I had struggled with the photos because all the winter paper I had brought with me, didn't go. I would have never have thought to use this paper for a winter layout, and yet I think it works. Anyways, I added the title letters and button strip from Echo Park, the felt ribbon from Queen& Co., journaling block stamp from Autumn Leaves, buttons are an assortment from my stash.
Here is a layout I lifted from a CM catalougue. Well the round part and the paper used were from CM. I changed the title placement, added it to a 12x12 cardstock background, added in the clear sticker mounted on patterned paper and made the title using Quickkutz' License plate font and die with a topping of Ranger's Glossy Accents.  I added the brads and hammered them with Tim Holtz' textured hammer (love that thing!)
 This one here is a Technique Tuesday class. I love using these Technique Tiles and stamping and inking away.  I changed the placement and size of the orange "ribbon" but overall I kept to the class outline. I'm not such a rebel.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Still Recovering

Last weekend I went away to a scrapbooking retreat with fellow Girl Guide leaders at a GG camp. It was good fun but all week I have been operating on a deficit of sleep!  The theme was of course winter and silly me was too busy scrapbooking to actually take photos (which I deeply regret today). Anyhow, here is an example of the fun food we were given that weekend. I'm in love with them!

I will have to post my layouts I did later this weekend. Promise!

Also this week, us crazy beaders at work got together. Here was one of the recent projects we did using wire and pearl beads. The theme was pea pods, so we tried two methods. Both are my prototypes, but I'm like the more organic free-form one (one with just silver wire). So I'm thinking of making a few more.

This past Thursday is also the beginning of the Lunar New Year. I love this time of year simply for all the festive decor at Asian markets and for all the fabulous food my family makes. Gung Hay Fat Choi, Sun Nin Fi Look (Prosperity and Happy New Year!)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We've got a winner!!!!

Thanks everyone for playing along. I was truly surprised by the numbers that showed up. Thanks again everyone.  So without delay our winner is:


Please send me an email  with your snail mail addy and I will get your package out to you as soon as this snowstorm that is suppose to appear, clears out!