Friday, August 31, 2012

It’s Been a Long Week!

Oh the joys of late August for a teacher.  The week before the labour day weekend means head in to the school and get the classroom ready.  I spent all week in my new portable *cringe*, trying to beautify it.  I think I did an excellent job and look forward to greeting my students next week.  I took today off to spend one last non-holiday weekday with my little man.  It was lovely.  I’m certainly going to miss all the mommy-little man time, however I know that he is going to be just fine going to daycare… I hope : )

I also got in a few minutes of crafty time today so I spent it working on a card for this week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge.  This week we are to create a “scene”.  So, in the theme of back to school, I created this card:

Challenge 143

This card reminds me of that new Old Navy commercial with Andrea and Brandon from 90210 – with the “new girl”…  Anyway, featured here are Joanie and Richie – stamped in memento ink and coloured with copics.  The papers are from a DCWV stack called “Hittin’ The Books”.  The sentiment was typed on the computer and printed out.  Phew!  Got this one done in the nick of time! 

Well, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Friday, August 24, 2012

First Birthday Princess


Today’s card is one that I made for my cousin’s little one who is turning one in a couple of weeks.  The party was last week, and well to make a long story short, I finished the card at my parent’s house and didn’t have the camera with me, so I took a picture with my phone instead – hence the terrible quality.

Hadleigh's Birthday


The image is from My Favorite Things.  She originally had three candles on her cake, but since it was for a first birthday, I simply used a baby wipe to wipe the ink off the outside two candles and filled it in with my copic multiliner.  She is coloured up with copics.  The patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye – Fine and Dandy, Tickled Pink pad.  The sentiment was typed on the computer.  The twine is from The Twinery.  And that is it! 


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grandpa’s 85th

Good day!  Today I’d like to share with you a card I made for my husband’s grandfather’s 85th birthday.  The layout is case’d from a card that Kristina Werner made for the Summer Bootcamp card class last year.  I loved what she did, so I used it as the inspiration for mine.

Grandpa F's Birthday

There are so many supplies used on this card!  The sentiment is from a Papertrek Ink stamp set, I also used the Hero Arts Birthday Definition stamp on the blue cardstock.  The 85 was cut with  my silhouette and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  The patterned paper is from a Recollections stack, Twine is from The Twinery, the die used on the yellow cardstock is from Memory Box.


Thanks for stopping in!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I’m Baaack!

Hello!  Once, again, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted.  Got busy last week getting all of my school stuff gathered and packed to bring back with me next week.  My parents had the little one for a few days, so I was down in the basement sorting, packing, organizing, and doing some inventory on my supplies.  Thus, no crafty time in the cabana :(  I didn’t even get a chance to enter last week’s KK challenge, even though I had started a card.  Oh well, I do have a card for this week’s sketch challenge.  Here it is:

Challenge 142

For my 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card, I used the adorable Witchypoo.  I coloured her with copics and paired her with some K&Company papers from last year.  I used 2 different Martha Stewart punches for the fence and the gravestones, and used my silhouette for the moon and bats.  I added some stickles stars in the background too.  The sentiment is from Kraftin’ Kimmie as well, and was stamped with versamark and embossed with black embossing powder. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Paper Pad Storage


Boy am I on a roll today!  I had a couple of minutes to snap a few pictures of how I store my peper pads.  I have a whack of 6x6 pads, and 12x12 pads, and I’ve used a couple of different ways to store them however this is the one that I like best. 

My 6x6 pads are stored in small cd boxes from Ikea:

paper pads 1

Here is a close up of my box of Basic Grey pads:

paper pads 2

As you can see here, I have the pad in behind a little baggy that contains scraps from that pad.  I’ve labelled the baggy with the company name and pad name to keep track.  The baggies are from the dollar store – they are only 4 inches wide, but that’s alright, anything bigger, I just tuck in behind the baggy, in front of the pad.

paper pads 3

This pictures shows the pad of paper and the baggy of scraps.  You can also see that on the pad itself, I’ve written the copic numbers that coordinate with that pad.  This way, I can easily grab the pad I want, the markers I need to coordinate, and get colouring the image.  It saves me a lot of time going through and selecting markers to match.  Anytime I buy a new pad, I hold it up to my copic colour chart that I’ve coloured in with all the markers I have, then put it in one of the boxes for storage.  I cannot take credit for this idea.  I found it on a blog somewhere and I apologize that I cannot credit the person who gave me the idea, I just have no idea where I got it!

Finally, here is how I store my 12x12 pads.

paper pads 4

So here I’ve used an Omni file box that I picked up at Canadian Tire to store the pads.  In front of the pad of paper, is a plastic page protector that holds the scraps for that pad.  I’ve labelled the page protector with the company name and pad name.  Unlike how I’ve done with the 6x6 pads, I haven’t matched these pads with copic colours.  I might do it in the future, but for right now, I don’t find that I use a lot of these papers with my stamped images.


Well, there you have it.  A peek into my patterned paper storage!  Thanks for stopping by!


One Pad, Four Cards

Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit. We’ve just been busy around here lately, enjoying the summer life! Had a great long weekend spent with family and friends. I had spent a bunch of time over the past couple of weeks going through the craft cabana, organizing my cardstock, scraps, paper pads, dies, stamps, etc. It’s still not exactly how I’d like it to be – I think I need more shelving or storage devices, but that won’t be happening until we finish our basement and I take up a new space down there. I will take some pictures over the next little bit to share some of the ways that I organize my craft stuff.

In the meantime, as I was going through all of my pads of patterned paper, I decided that I need to use more of it! I have so many pads, that I hardly use. So, I’m forcing myself to start using some of the pads up. I’m starting a new feature on this blog (that I hope I can keep up) which involves my using one pad of paper to make several different cards. This week’s selection is the K&Company pad called “Lion Sleeps” by Suzy Ultman. Here are the cards:


This one here was inspired by the colour scheme from Week 1 of the Summer Card Camp from last year, and a card that Kristina Werner made for it. The letters were cut using a Memory Box die and the “wonderful” was stamped with a stamp from a Stampin’ Up set.


Love this card! I used the same Memory Box die for the letters, a Paper Smooches stamp for the rest of the sentiment, the three heart punch from Stampin’ Up for the hearts – which I decorated with Glossy Accents and Stickles. The orange cardstock is Pumpkin Pie from SU and the faux stitching is actually a stamp from the Belinda’s Borders set from Lawn Fawn.


and finally…


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Challenge 140


This week’s challenge over on the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge blog was to use the “out of the box” technique – meaning to cut the image out with some pieces sticking out of the “box”.  I decided to use the amazing Arianna and her two little friends  in all their underwater glory. 

Challenge 140

This gorgeous underwater princess love bling, so I glitzed out her tail, earrings, and eyelids with stickles.  I used glossy accents on her eyes to help bring them out, but unfortunately, you can’t tell that from this picture.

The patterned paper is from an old Sassafras pad called “Sunshine Lollipops”.  I stamped Arianna with Memento Tuxedo Black ink of Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured her with copics, using this tutorial to colour the water.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Well, that’s all for now!  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

First Birthday Thank You

Hello!  Just popping in quickly tonight – I’m in the middle of “Catching Fire” the second book in the Hunger Games series (yes, I know, I’m a bit behind the times), and it is getting good.  Today I’m sharing with you the simple Thank You cards I made to send out after my little man’s birthday party. 

Nathan's Thanks

This is his little piggy face.  He makes it all the time, just too cute!  I kept it simple since I was making a whack of them – just the picture and 3 mat layers.  The speech bubble was cut with my silhouette and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sweet Summertime

Kraftin’ Kimmie’s challenge this week is to use our “summer brights” colours.  So I pulled out a pad of paper that said “summer” to me, and that is Bo Bunny’s Sweet Tooth pad.  I paired it up with Kraftin’ Kimmie’s cutie pie, Judy from the Moonlight Whispers collection:

Summery Colours

Judy was stamped on Neenah Solar White with Memento ink and coloured with Copics.  I used my Lifestyle Crafts dies to cut the circle and scalloped circle and a Martha Stewart border punch for the fancy border on the background there.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!