Saturday, July 31, 2010

Many Thanks

So, all week long the weather people have been telling me to prepare for a beautiful weekend. Well, I took their advice and I prepared for a beautiful weekend by inviting family and friends over for a pool party only to have it rain! Rain! On this “beautiful” weekend! Oh well. We had a great time anyway.

I spent some time up in the craft cabana yesterday making some thank you cards:

Thank You Pink

Thank You Yellow

Thanks Thoughtful


Stamps: Hero Arts “Thoughtful Messages” stamp set, Paper: all of the white cardstock is from Grand and Toy, except I used Neenah for the flowers I coloured with copics. The yellow and pink cardstock is from Recollections packs from Michaels. Other: Ribbon – Wal-mart, SU’s 5 Petal flower punch, brads – Michaels, Copics, Ranger’s Glossy Accents, Cuttlebug and SU embossing folders

Thank you ever so much, you’re so thoughtful! :)



Friday, July 30, 2010


I just love colouring Kraftin’ Kimmie’s images from the “Moonlight Whispers” line. Here is a card made from the lovely Eleanor:


I made the flower from a “whale of a punch” flower punch I found at my LSS for half off (I liked how the shape of it matched the flowers on her swim cap). I then cut out a flower from a piece of patterned paper and put it on top. The button is from Basic Grey’s “Max and Whiskers” set. The background paper is from Sassafras, and I actually used my R24 copic marker and traced over the pink stripes to make them match the colour of Eleanor’s dress.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Paper: White cardstock from Grand & Toy, SU’s Tempting Turquoise, Sassafras patterned paper, Neenah cardstock for stamped image. Stamps: Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Eleanor and Everyday Sentiments, Other: Flower punch, button, ribbon from Wal-Mart, Nestabilities, cloud die from My Favourite Things

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Little Bit of Luck

Back in June, Sherrie Siemens came to my Local Scrapbook Store and taught a couple of Copic courses. She brought some of her My Favourite Things stamps with her, and showed us some of the colouring she had done with them. Needless to say, I fell in love with the sweet little “Pure Innocence” girls – I had to buy a couple. One of my favourite images is the 4 Leaf Clover set. Here is the first card I made with it:

Best of Luck Card

I stamped her on Neenah with Memento Ink, and coloured her with copics and also paper pieced her. I used paper from a 24x12” pad of K&Company paper for the piecing (I found it at Michaels for 9.99 from 29.99!). The base is SU’s Basic Grey, and I also used Certainly Celery. The background is also from K&Company, it’s from an adhesive paper pack (Cara Marie) – which was really cool because it was one big sticker. I used my MS four leaf clover punch and tied on some ribbon from wal-mart.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!


Wedding Card

Things were a bit crazy around this house last weekend.  My roommate from University (and best friend) came down for a visit, but before that, my brother-in-law was "drilled” by another player in his non-contact hockey league and ended up fracturing (well, shattering really) his collar bone which required surgery.  He’s doing well, but it means no hockey, baseball, golf, and general summer fun for him.  He also had to miss a good friend’s wedding, but asked me to make a wedding card for him.  This is what I came up with:

Wedding Card for Gord

The base colour is SU’s Very Vanilla, and the green is Certainly Celery.  The purple is some cardstock from Michaels.  I used the 5 petal flower punch from SU for all of the flowers.  To get the smaller ones, I punched the 5 petal flower, then stuck it to a piece of scrap paper, rotated it a bit, and punched it again.  I crumpled them and stuck them together with an antiqued gold brad (from Michaels).  The sentiment is from SU and is stamped in a dark purple SU ink… the name escapes me.  I used my Marvy punches for the scalloped squares and a cuttlebug folder for embossing.  Overall, I really like how simple it is, but I love the dark purple punch of colour.

I hope the bride and groom like it!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Poor Jack Meets His Match

I spent some time carefully colouring Jack (I was actually using the same colours Kim used on hers in the first sample). Then I painstakingly cut him out and left him on the coffee table and left to change a load of laundry. When I came back, I found Jack in the jaws of a “shark”. This shark’s name is Dexter.


You might think he’s pretty cute (I do too, but that’s besides the point), but he is a lean, mean, chewing machine. Needless to say, Jack didn’t stand a chance. Poor, poor, Jack…

Chewed Up Jack


Challenge Attempt Part 2

Well wasn’t I pleasantly surprised when I read Kraftin’ Kimmie’s challenge blog last Saturday. I won blog candy on my first ever challenge entry! Beginners luck I say! This week’s challenge is to create a “mostly monochromatic” card. Well, here it is:

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge July 24 2010

For this card I used the gorgeous Posy from Kraftin’ Kimmie. She’s coloured using the W family of Copics – W00, W1, W3, W5, W7 and W9, along with R20 and R22. I used the “Tip to Tip Marker Technique” that I learned from Sherrie Siemens in a class of hers I took, but there’s a tutorial for it here. I cut her out with my Nestabilities and sponged around the circle with some Blush Blossom ink, the layer of grey cardstock in behind her was cut out using my MS circle cutter. It’s hard to tell, but she is popped up with some pop dots. The sentiment is from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s “Everyday Sentiments” and I cut it out with my MS tag punch (which I put a small hole in the top of and hung from my ribbon with a jump ring). The ribbon is from Wal-Mart. The cardstock is Stampin’ Up – Going Grey, Basic Grey, Basic Black and Blush Blossom. The glittery cardstock is from DCWV’s “The Glitter Stack”. The roses were made with Blush Blossom cardstock using Julie’s technique found here. I glued them to the ribbon with some Zip Dry.

All in all I’m pretty pleased with this card. I enjoyed colouring in the monochromatic greys, but I didn’t want the card to be dark and morbid. I think adding the pink helped to make it a bit more cheery. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

I’ve got a few more cards made that I’m excited to post in the next few days!

Later gator,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My First Ever Challenge Attempt!

I subscribe to a lot of crafty blogs and love checking out the sketches and challenges that are found all over the place. This week I finally decided to try my hand at one and chose the Mojo Monday sketch for this week:


But then I got really crazy and felt like throwing another challenge into the mix. So… I incorporated this week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge (found here). Now, I am not all that great at photographing my work – yet. But I think I captured it pretty well. This is what I came up with:

Mojo Monday and Kraftin Kimmie Challenge  July 22 2010

For this 5x5 card I used the super cute Francesca stamp from Kraftin’ Kimmie. I coloured her with my copics and cut her out. I mounted her on an oval cut with an oval Nestie and smudged with Spun Sugar distress ink (I did the smudging while the frame was still on in order to get the nice white border). The sentiment is from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s “Everyday Sentiments”. The ribbon started out as white ribbon I bought at Wal-Mart, but coloured with my R24 copic to match her dress. I cut the strawberries out of this paper,


then coloured them with Copics to match the ribbon and the dress. It’s a bit faint, but I also used my clear blender pen to create the little seed marks on the strawberries. I also added some stickles, the proceeded to smudge them with my hand before I could take the picture. I think I cleaned them up pretty well though :)

Well first ever challenge is said and done! Phew! Next challenge: taking better pictures!

Tah for now,


Supplies: Stamps: “Francesca” and “Everyday Sentiments” by Kraftin’ Kimmie – stamped on Neenah paper, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Paper: patterned paper from DCWV’s “Nana’s Nursery, Baby Girl” pad, cardstock from Michaels Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copics (E000, E01, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, YG03, YG05, YG06, E31, E33, E35, E37), Star Dust Stickles

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Vacation in Yellowstone!

Right after finishing up at school on June 30th, we headed out to Calgary for my hubby’s cousin’s wedding.  Although the weather was not fantastic (we left 30+ degree heat and landed in some 20 degree or so coolness), we had a fabulous time.  Congratulations to Brian and Erin!

After the wedding, my husband, brother-in-law, uncle-in-law, and I all headed down to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (and Montana… and Idaho…).   It was spectacularly amazing – so much wildlife, beautiful mountains, stinky hot springs, astounding geysers, cool hiking trails, and lots and lots of driving.  I could not believe the size of the park, it was a 2.5 hour drive from the North entrance to our Lodge!  Here are some of the pictures we took while in the park:

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Bison (saw thousands of them)             Old Faithful


Mammoth Hot Springs                         The “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone”

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Grizzly momma and one of two cubs    Black bear, black bear, what do you see?

Hopefully tomorrow I will have a card to show you.  I have been colouring some Kraftin Kimmie images with my copics, and want to get some cards made for a challenge posted this week. 

Tah for now!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Birthday Cards

Whoa! It’s been a long time since I began this blog. Report cards were completed, my classroom was packed up and moved home (I will be at a new school come September), and the school year wrapped itself up. I will definitely miss my students and friends at the previous school, but look forward to the upcoming school year – in due time of course.

I have digressed enough. The end of June is a busy time in this family not only because it’s the end of the school year, but my mom and brother also celebrate their birthdays. This here is a card that I made for my brother:


I used the bear stamp from SU’s “Under the Stars” set, along with another retired set (for the birthday cakes. I coloured each birthday cake and then used my zip dry glue to adhere them to the string. Then I actually cut out his arms like so:


and just pulled them forward a bit. I cut out a second circle and glued it in behind so the green cardstock can’t be seen under his arms. I used more of the zip dry to glue the rope to the bear’s paws. The hats were from some random stamp set I had. This is my first real attempt at taking photos while creating my cards and clearly I need some more work on it, but I have all summer for that! :) Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” and “Happy Moments” (for the sentiment), Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black, Paper: Olive Green and Baby Blue cardstock from Recollections packs sold at Michaels, Tree Paper from a camping themed pad I found on sale at Micheals, Other: Nestabilities, Copics, Martha Stewart tag punch, string, dark brown brads, adhesive.