Friday, December 21, 2007

Festive Wishes to you and yours!

Well, it’s Friday! It’s also the last day of school for many (students and teachers/administrators), and the last day of work before the holiday for others!
Today – I thought I would post my Festive Wishes card made especially for you – all my friends, blog friends and family. I wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season – and a safe and happy New Year! Thank you so much for checking in on my blog and letting me know which cards and projects you like! It is really appreciated!

Festive Wishes Poinsettia:
Card dimensions – 6 ½ w x 5” h


And the poinsettia, close up:



Materials: CS – Olive (Bazzill), Hollyhock (CTMH); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Poinsettia (Sunshine Designs), Sentiment ‘Festive Wishes’ – Christmas 1 Word Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Buttercup Organza (CTMH), gold trim; Punches – Large oval (SU!), 1/8” hole (Fiskars); Tombow markers, waterbrush, detail gold embossing powder (Stampendous), Liquid glass (CTMH), glass micro beads, silicone, Pop Dots, gold jump ring.

There is actually a lot happening on this card. The poinsettia was stamped and embossed three times – once for the base, once for the petals that are raised up and then another for the green leaves (actually one of the petals). I then watercoloured it all with my markers and cut out as needed.
The base poinsettia is done in the “Out of the box” manner, meaning I cut the background out around the petals in a smaller square than the actual flower size, allowing some of the petals to overhang the square freely. See the close up picture for what I mean by that.

For the 4 petals that are raised, I first shaped/curled them around a pencil, and then used silicone to adhere them to the base poinsettia to keep their shape. I did the same thing for the 3 leaves (which are actually petals coloured green).
After the card was all assembled, I used Liquid Glass in the centre of the flower, and covered that with glass micro beads for texture.
It was a lot of fun to make – and I hope you like it!

Happy Holidays & Festive Wishes!
Until next time, have a great day!
Sincerely, Pam

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holy Triptych

Happy Monday morning! I hope everyone is warm and safe after the storm that has gone through - tons of snow, blowing and drifting everywhere. Good thing it happened on a weekend and not on a work day! It was a nice chance to slow down and do some holiday baking with the kids – lots of fun.

Today, I want to show you the second of a couple of cards I did for a small Christmas card exchange. Hope you like it! When I saw this stamp set in the Stampin’ Up Holiday mini, I fell in love with it – I think it was the angel that drew me in. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t get the sentiment stamp that fit it so well – Star-Studded Season! Oh well!

Holy Triptych:
Card dimensions – 4 ¼ w x 5 ½” h

Card Front, close up:



Card Inside, close up:


Materials: CS – Night of Navy (SU!); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Holy Triptych (SU!), Sentiment ‘Believe’ (Inkadinkado); Ribbon – Buttercup Organza (CTMH), Navy satin (Offray); Tombow markers, waterbrush, detail gold embossing powder (Stampendous), Stickles glitter glue, Triptych card template (Mirkwood Designs).


This card base was done using a Triptych card shape template. There are quite a few out there on the Internet – but here is the link to the one I used from Mirkwood Designs. Click HERE if you want the template. The images were watercoloured with markers - I love this technique!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Winter House on a wintery day!

Today's weather is terrible - blowy and snowy! Stay warm!

Here is a small set of Christmas Cards for a swap – using the Winter House stamp from Rosewood. Hope you like them!

Winter House Z Card:
Card dimensions – 4 ¼ h x 5 ½” w

Materials: CS – Bazzill; Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko), New England Ivy (CTMH); Stamps – Winter House (Rosewood), Sentiment from Wishing You (Stampin’ Up); Punches – Slit Punch (Stampin’ Up), ¼” hole (Staples); Ribbon – Silver Metallic (Offray); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Detail silver embossing powder (Stampendous), Liquid Applique (Marvy), Crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts).

This card base was done in the Z Card fold – a nice way to do an A2 card with a twist!
The main image was embossed then watercoloured with markers. I then used Liquid Applique on the spots where the snow would sit – and as soon as I added that, I sprinkled over it with crystal fine glitter. Once the Liquid Applique was dry – I used the heat tool to puff it up, following directions on the tube. The glitter made the Liquid Applique all sparkley! After that – I used a glue pen to add more crystal fine glitter to the photo. Here’s a close up on the main image:

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, November 26, 2007

End of November approaching

WOW - I can't believe it is the last week of November, and less than 30 days until Christmas!

Sorry for the lack of posts this month - but just want to pop in and let you know that I do have projects and cards that I will post for you shortly (Christmas projects, Christmas card swaps and some fun altered items). Since this time of year is such a busy time - the posts will probably be randomly here and there over the next 4 weeks, before the holidays - but not everyday. I do hope you will continue to pop in and look for new ideas!

I will start back blogging in full swing in the New Year.
Until next time (and next post), have a great day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

TGIF on a Tuesday

Happy Turtle Tuesday!!!
It's been a while since I have had a turtle card for you - but it's back up and running.
Here is one of the new stamps I got in London a few weekends ago – at the Stamp Shack (they are the retail side of The Artful Stamper).
It was SO cute – I couldn’t resist it! Hope you like my take on it! I'm calling it "Thank Goodness It's FLY-day" or TGIF for a Turtle Tuesday! (DH named the card - that is what he thought of when he saw it!)

Turtle and Friend:
Card dimensions – 4 ¼ h x 5 ½” w
Materials: CS – Chocolate, Breeze, Black (CTMH); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – Pond Friends (The Artful Stamper); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Icicle Stickles, silicone, Cuttlebug and embossing folder (Provo Craft), sandpaper.

This card base was embossed with the swirls folder on my Cuttlebug. I then sanded it to reveal the white inner core of the CTMH cardstock. I then sanded the outer edges of the front to distress it, as well.
For the main coloured image, I stamped it 3 times; 1 for the base, 1 for the frog, turtle and rocks layer and the 1 for just the frog and turtle individually. I coloured them all, and cut out the frog, turtle and rocks piece, and then the frog and turtle individual pieces – which I layered using silicone.
See this photo of a side view (sorry it seems to be so blurry) to see the different layers here.


Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Christmas Trees

Well – I’ve added a new gizmo on the right hand side of the page – a Christmas Countdown Tree! So that everyone who loves Christmas as much as I do, can count down the days until the BIG DAY along with me! So to honour the wonderful Countdown Tree – we have a card with Christmas Trees.
And to anyone who has been shopping in the past few days – have you heard the Christmas carols playing in the stores??!!??!! Oh My!

Christmas Trees:
Card dimensions – 5” square

Materials: CS – Real Red (SU!), Olive (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Christmas Trees (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Buttercup Organza (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush, gold embossing powder (Stampendous), foam tape, Icicle Stickles.

This card has the folds that meet in the middle. The base cardstock is cut to 10” x 5” and then it is scored twice, 2 ½” in from each of the edges along the long side. Also, the tree on the left was done twice, with the second tree popped up on top of the base tree on foam tape.

Happy Monday – and tomorrow is Turtle Tuesday!
Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Let It Snow – Man!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I sure did – at the CreativFestival in Toronto. Lots to see and buy! A big HI to anyone who was there with me this weekend – and to those who stopped by to do the little “Make & Take” I was doing of Basic Watercolour with markers.

As the weather turns colder, I start to think about snow! Here is a Viewmaster Card about snow – snowmen that is! Viewmaster cards are a great way to feature all 4 images of the Sunshine Designs Nuggitz cube stamps, since there are 4 images on the one stamp cube. I don’t have a stamp with this sentiment “Let It Snow – Man” so I used my computer to print it out. To tie it into the watercoloured look, I used my markers to highlight below the letters of the print-out. Hope you like it!

Let It Snow – Man!:
Card dimensions – 6” square
Main Image:

All 4 images:

Materials: CS – Red, Aqua (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn; Stamps – Snowmen Cube, Christmas 1 Cube, Christmas Mini Cube (Sunshine Designs); Tombow markers, waterbrush, silver brad, foam tape, Computer font.

Happy Monday – and tomorrow is Turtle Tuesday!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thinking of Spring

As the weather gets a bit colder (for a few days at least) – I thought I would think about Spring for a little while, before Christmas takes over again! Spring stamps, that is!
Yet another watercoloured image – from my favourite place – Sunshine Designs.

Purely Spring Flowers:
Card dimensions – 5 ½” w x 4 ¼” h

Materials: CS – Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Green; Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn; Stamps – Spring Flower (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Stitched Purely Pomegranate (SU!); Tombow markers, waterbrush, mini glue dots, Stickles (Icicle).

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Classes

I'm so glad that everyone liked the cards from the Intro and Advanced Watercolouring with Markers classes this past weekend - with Krista Schneider. I am really looking forward to teaching these classes across Ontario!

If you are interested in having these Watercolouring classes in your area - check with your local scrapbook store (LSS) to see if they can arrange this. They can contact The Stamp Barn to arrange for one of the instructors to come out and/or carry the Sunshine Designs line of stamps!
Remember to come to the Creative Sewing & Needlecraft Festival this weekend - to see the watercolouring technique there as well! Krista and I will both be there.

Sorry there's no Turtle Tuesday today! I do have a fantastic new turtle stamp though - but it is quite involved. I'll show it to you next Tuesday - I think you're going to love it! Very cute!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Happy Monday!

Well, I’m back after a week off of the blog – feeling very refreshed and creative! Hope you’re ready for some new things!

My little family and I had a great weekend away this past Saturday & Sunday. I had the opportunity to sit in on the Introductory and Advanced watercolouring classes with Krista Schneider (the artist behind Sunshine Designs) in London, Ontario – and let me say it was SO much fun!
And if any of you ladies from those classes are reading – HI!

The class was at a phenomenal stamp store called the Stamp ShackHERE is a link to their website. There were so many stamps in there, it took me almost my entire lunch hour to look through them all, along with literally hundreds of fantastic card samples. What a treat! And, of course, I had to buy some new stamps – how could I not with such inspiration?

Sunshine Designs is now owned by The Stamp Barn in Ottawa, Ontario – while Krista is still the fantastic artist behind those great stamped images that Sunshine Designs has become so well known for. HERE is the link again to the Sunshine Designs website, with the new contact information – and where you can also do on-line ordering of those stamps if you wish.

So today – I am going to show you the cards we made in the 2 classes in London - I hope you are inspired!

Introduction to watercolouring with markers (3 cards):


Advanced watercolouring with markers (4 cards):


Materials (I’ve tried to make a general list all of things used, for all cards): CS – Bazzill; Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – various waterproof inks (black, metallic, Versamark for embossing); Stamps – Sunshine Designs, Artful Stamper; Ribbon; Tombow markers, waterbrush, foam tape, Stickles, embossing powder (gold).

If anyone is in the area next weekend – the Creative Sewing & Needlecraft Festival is on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario. I am demoing watercolouring with markers for Sunshine Designs/Stamp Barn on Saturday – so try to stop by if you are going to the show. Make sure you introduce yourself to me! HERE is the link to the show.

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sunshine Designs Holiday Contest

Happy end of the week!

Sorry guys - nothing new from me to end out this week.

But I wanted to share with you the new contest on the Sunshine Designs website. It is called the Holiday Floral Contest - and all the details are HERE. If you have any of the Sunshine Designs floral, leaf or sprig stamps - make sure you enter your favourite card using those - and you could WIN!!

Remember this card from last week? This is one example using a sprig.
Go ahead - enter a card!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Relaxing is Mice!

Well this card is the one my friends and I made on Monday. It was so hot that day (and all long weekend), and this is exactly what I felt like doing - RELAXING. If only the three of us had been on the beach like these little mice!

There’s a lot going on for this card. The orange CS background is stamped randomly with the Mouse Foot image, the main mouse image is watercoloured, and the sentiment is popped up over the dotted ribbon. Lots of bright colours to celebrate that last burst of summertime weather. It’s only down (on the thermometer) from here!

Relaxing is Mice!:
Card dimensions 5 h x 6 1/2 w

Materials: CS – Black (CTMH), Turquoise, Orange; Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Stamps – Mouse Foot, Relaxing is Mice, Beach Bums (House Mouse); Ribbon – Polka dotted organdy (ribbon share texasjodylynn); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots.

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Purely Turtle

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Long Weekend (Canadian) this past weekend! And it definitely wasn’t Fall weather either, at least not in Ontario. Our thermometer said 30 degrees C!!!!! WOW!

I had a couple of friends over for a few hours Monday afternoon – for some House Mouse watercolouring! I’ll show you that card tomorrow. But for today – it’s Turtle Tuesday!

Purely Turtle:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w
Materials: CS – Black (CTMH), Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Green (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Stamps – Flower Turtle (Inky Antics), Flower (Michaels $1 stamps); Ribbon – Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots.

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Let Heaven and Nature Sing

Here’s that little Christmas Birds cube in a Christmas card. This is the same bird cube I used on the Faith is the bird Sympathy card from last week. I promised a Christmas card to compare and here it is.
Sorry I missed Turtle Tuesday, but we’ll have a new one next week.

Nature Sing:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w

Materials: CS – Black, Breeze (CTMH), Real Red (SU!); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Stamps – Christmas Birds cube (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – red grosgrain (ribbon share – texasjodylynn), Tombow markers, waterbrush, Cuttlebug and embossing folder (Provocraft), foam tape, glitter glue (Crayola), sandpaper.

The snowflake embossing is distressed using sandpaper to reveal the white core of the card stock, and the berries on the little branch in the bird’s mouth are covered I glitter – not sure that it shows, but it’s nice and sparkly!

I’m working on finishing a Christmas card that turns into a tealight cover – and I’ll do up the instructions for everyone as well, in case you want to make one yourself. Those little flameless tealights are great things for the paper candle covers!

And do you remember the collapsible calendar from THIS POST? Well, the 2008 template is up on the Victorine Originals website if you want to get a head start on yours for the New Year. Click on 3D Templates, then scroll down to the collapsible calendar.

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Festive Wishes

Happy Monday! And happy start to the October month! I hope that everyone had a great weekend, and that you were able to spend some quality time with those you love. I know I did!
October is a fantastic month – and this next weekend is one of my favourites – Thanksgiving! Great food and smells in the kitchen, good friends, time with family – lots to be thankful for!
AND – Sunshine Designs is coming out with some fantastic new holiday stamps – which will be available right after the Thanksgiving weekend! Wait until you see them – again they are all MUST HAVES!

So let’s start off this week with a nice quick traditional Christmas card. It’s definitely time to start thinking about getting serious on making your Christmas cards for this year. The holidays will be here in no time.

Festive Wishes:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w

Materials: CS – Bamboo (CTMH), Real Red (SU!), Green (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH), Real Red (SU!); Stamps – Christmas 2 cube, Christmas 1 Word cube (Sunshine Designs); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots, foam tape, glitter glue (Crayola).

To make the main image, I stamped 2 copies of the Holly sprig, watercolouring all of 1 of the images, and only the leaves of the other image. I then cut those coloured holly leaves out and used small pieces of foam tape to layer those leaves on top of the main image leaves. It’s a nice 3-D effect, and a simple way to add even more depth to an image.

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Faith is the bird….

Today’s card is one that I have wanted to make for some time. First off, I love the sentiment – it is such a beautiful quote.

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Tagore.

The trouble was that I had just never found a stamp that I liked well enough to use this quote with. The first thing I thought of when I saw the new Christmas Bird cube from Sunshine Designs, was not Christmas, but instead this quote. The birds are absolutely beautiful on the cube and I just had to try it out.

Faith is the bird:
Card dimensions 5 ½ w x 4 ¼ h

Materials: CS – Cocoa (CTMH), Turquoise; Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Stamps – Christmas Birds cube (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – turquoise grosgrain (ribbon share – texasjodylynn); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots, sandpaper, glitter glue (Crayola), computer font, Cuttlebug & embossing folder (Provo Craft).

I have always hesitated when it comes to making sympathy cards. They are so hard to get the right feeling. But I have added the sentiment “With Sympathy” inside this card and I'm really happy with the feel of this one.
I will show you a Christmas card using this bird cube, later on. Christmas will always be my favourite time.

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Back up and running!

We are back up and running after a major melt-down of our computer.
We managed to pick up some nasty viruses or something along those lines last week – that completely shut down our system. So – after some quick retrieval of our personal files and purchase of a brand new fancy-dancy computer system, we are back up and running!
SO! Happy Turtle Tuesday!

Turtle on Black Dots:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w

Materials: CS – Black (CTMH), Lilac (Bazzill); Paper – Black Dots card base and envelope (Sunshine Designs), Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Stamps – Flower Turtle (Inky Antics); Punch – Photo corner (SU!); Tombow markers, waterbrush, mini Pop Dots.

This week, I hope to show you the Christmas projects that I promised last week – before all the computer problems.
And if you are able – make sure you get out to enjoy those beautiful fall colours! I love this time of year!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Girlie Turtle Shower

Happy Turtle Tuesday!
Here’s a little shower card for a little baby girl. I love the pink and brown combo – it’s such a nice change from the usual baby pink.

Shower:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w Materials: CS –Chocolate, Hollyhock, White Daisy (CTMH); PP – More to Adore (CTMH); Ink – Black, Hollyhock (CTMH); Stamps – Fluffles the Cat Set (Stampendous), Birthday Turtle set (Inky Antics), sentiment (Inkadinkado); Punches – small oval, large oval, slit (SU!), corner rounder (EK Success); paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Pop Dots, mini Pop Dots, sandpaper.

The scalloped brown piece was made using the slit punch and some of the CS edges were distressed with sandpaper. CTMH card stock is perfect for this technique, as it has a white core that is revealed with any kind of distressing like that.

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Boo! And a contest for you too!

Happy Monday everyone! Today’s card is a Hallowe’en card made using another Sunshine Designs stamp cube. Do you own any of these yet? If you do – Krista from Sunshine Designs has a Trick or Treat contest for you! Submit your favorite fall or Hallowe'en cards, scrapbook pages or other paper projects, made using Sunshine Designs stamps – and you could win a fantastic prize of Sunshine Designs products! Click HERE to see all the details. Just remember – the deadline is September 30th - so get your stuff in the mail to Krista. And tell her Pam sent you!
Here’s my take on it – hope it inspires you to make one!

Boo!:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w

Materials: CS –Black, Lilac (Bazzill), Orange; Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink –Black StazOn; Stamp – Hallowe’en Cube (Sunshine Designs); waterbrush, Tombow markers, Pop Dots, black hemp twine (CTMH).

To do the stamped orange background, I used a black Tombow markers and inked up only the BOO! portion of the main image stamp. Once I coloured the BOO! section, I "huffed" on the stamp (to re-moisten the black ink) and then randomly stamped on the orange CS. This is a great way to get coordinating patterned paper that goes perfectly with your main images.
I also distressed the edges of the mat CS (both black and lilac) with the open blade of a pair of scissors.
So, what’s coming up this week? More Christmas projects, and of course, a turtle for tomorrow – Turtle Tuesday!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Festive Wishes

Festive Wishes!
It’s Friday – so let’s celebrate. I got a few minutes to paint last night, and here’s what I did! This card is another one of those FUN tent toppers originally designed by Michelle Wooderson (see her blog HERE). The weather is starting to get cooler – so again I have my mind on Christmas cards.

Festive Wishes Penguin Tent Topper:
Card dimensions 5 ½ h x 4 ¼ w

Materials: CS –Black, Desert Sand (CTMH); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink –Black StazOn, Bashful Blue (SU!); Stamp – Penguins Cube, Christmas Mini Cube, Christmas 1 Word Cube (Sunshine Designs); Punches – Giga Scalloped circle, Mega Circle (Marvvy), waterbrush, Tombow markers, Ribbon – Blue grosgrain (ribbon share - texasjodylynn).

These types of cards are so great for those Giga Scalloped Circle punches that everyone has. The only trick to these cards is to make sure that you glue the topper (my scalloped circle) with only enough sticking up on top of the card, so that it still fits into the regular envelope. To do this – simply lay the card base on top of the envelope you are using before you glue on your topper. Place your topper and make note of how much is to stick up on top, and how much of it you need to put your glue on. Simple. Really!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

This one was a quick and easy one that I did with my new Best Friends Paper Pack from CTMH that arrived today. Nothing fancy on it – just a bit of fun - and of course a turtle!
I have a friend who is starting a brand new job today - so this little turtle is a "Good Luck" to her! Hope it goes well!

Hollyhock Turtle:
Card dimensions 5 ½ w x 4 ¼ h


Materials: CS –Garden Green, Hollyhock (CTMH); Paper – PP: Best Friends (CTMH), Accademia (Fabriano); Ink –Black StazOn; Stamp – Flower Turtle (Inky Antics); Markers - Tombow markers, Blush, Hollyhock (CTMH), Punches – Giga Scalloped circle, Nega Circle (Marvvy), waterbrush, Ribbon – Hollyhock Oraganza (CTMH), Garden Green small brads (CTMH), paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), Sakura Stardust pen.

I used the CTMH markers for the pink and noticed that they don't blend as well as as Tombow markers on the watercolour paper - interesting experiment. Certain colours blend well, but not the Hollyhock for sure. I think I will try the CTMH markers on heavy CS instead of watercolour paper to see the results of that. Watercolouring is all about experimenting - so don't be afraid to do that!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A visit from Santa

Here’s a card using a new St. Nick stamp I picked up at Michael’s recently. I don’t have a lot of Santa stamps – and this one really caught my eye. I hope you like it too!

Old St. Nick:
Card dimensions 6 ” square

Materials: CS –Green, Red (Bazzill), Black, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel (CTMH); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink –Black StazOn; Stamp – Jolly Santa (Stamps Happen, Inc.); Tombow markers, waterbrush, sand paper, Cuttlebug & Snow Flake embossing folder (Provo Craft).

The edges of the mats are distressed with the open blade of a pair of scissors, and the Cuttlebug embossed panel is distressed with sandpaper to reveal the white core of the CTMH card stock.

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Moon Reindeer

Dashing through the snow….. Well, not quite yet, but this card will make you feel like singing that song. This is a card using yet another one of the fantastic new releases for the holiday season, from Sunshine Designs.

Moon Reindeer:
Card dimensions 5” h x 6 ½ ” w

Materials: CS –Green (Bazzill), Cocoa (CTMH); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano), Gold metallic; Ink –Black StazOn; Stamp – Moon Reindeer (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – brown grosgrain (ribbon share - texasjodylynn; Tombow markers, waterbrush, gold glitter glue (CTG).

Unfortunately – the photo doesn’t pick up the sparkle of the gold glitter on the stars and the bells on the reindeer’s belt. Very sparkly, my Mum (AKA Glitter Queen) would be pleased! Too bad she can’t figure out how to get onto my blog. She’s a bit technically challenged (sorry Mum!).

For tomorrow – a visit from Santa himself!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Turtle Tuesday - Trick or Treat!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy first day back to school!

Even though it’s been many years since I actually had to go back to school, I still love looking at all the neat new school supplies kids can use! Is that weird??!!

First things first – I wanted to answer a question from Flossie’s Follies on the Night Village stamp from Sunshine Designs used on the card I last posted. Flossie – with this stamped image, you get the outlines of the shapes, and it is up to your imagination to colour it as you wish, and add the shadows as you think they should show. For this image, it is quite easy to think about the Moon coming up behind the little figures, so their shadows would fall in front of them. I tried to make their shadows the rough shape of their figure – to make it more realistic. Take a look at the photo in the last post to see what I mean. Hope that helps, and answers your question! And if anyone else has any questions - just ask - I'd be happy to help.

So on to today's card!

Happy Turtle Tuesday – and since it is getting to the Halloween season – it’s a Trick or Treat Turtle card.

Trick or Treat:
Card dimensions 5” w x 6 ½ ” h


Materials: CS – Black, Green (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink –Black StazOn; Stamp – Halloween Turtle Clear Set (Inky Antics); Punches – Slit Punch (SU!), ¼” hole (Staples); Ribbon – orange grosgrain (ribbon share - texasjodylynn), black gingham (Offray); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Sakura Stardust pen, mini goggle eyes.

Stayed tuned all this week for some fun Christmas cards I’ve been working on – especially if you like the watercoloured stuff!
Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Night Village - -Take 1

I’m back! Does anyone else find that week before school officially starts as hectic as I do??!!
Anyway - I’ve been getting excited about Fall coming, and Christmas too! Lots of great photo ops, food and, of course, Christmas Cards to make!

This stamp is a brand new release from Sunshine Designs. I am still playing with the colours – and shading, and I think next time I will emboss the actual outline, but I really love this stamp! I also want to try the stamp out as a morning village scene – making the sky and sun a yellow, pink and red-ish sunrise – might be a neat experiment! If you haven’t seen the new releases from Sunshine Designs – check out the website HERE. They are absolutely beautiful! If your local scrapbook store doesn’t carry the stamps, you can order on-line!

Night Village:
Card dimensions 5” h x 6 ½ ” w

Materials: CS – Red, Green (Bazzill), Navy (Generations); Paper – Watercolour Paper (Hilroy); Ink –Black StazOn, Garden Green (CTMH); Stamp – Night Village, Christmas Mini-Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – green grosgrain (ribbon share - texasjodylynn); Tombow markers, waterbrush, glitter glue, Pop dots.

Image was stamped in Black StazOn and watercoloured with markers. Takes a bit of time, as there is a lot of colouring - but it was FUN!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Another Bundle of Joy Card

Happy Friday!
Tonight I have a friend coming over to work on a set of baby announcements for a gift. Here’s what I came up with as a sample to work from – it’s a tri-fold card. If you are interested in trying this style of card out for yourself – HERE is a link to the SplitCoast site tutorial. Give it a try! I made mine the size of a standard card so that it can fit in a regular envelope – but you can make these any size you wish just by altering the measurements. I kept the design very simple so that it can be easily mass produced - or added to as time allows.

Bundle of Joy Announcement:
Card dimensions 5 1/2” h x 4 ¼” w
Card Front:

Card first fold out (where the details of the birth are written):

Card inside – for a photo of the little one:

Materials: CS – Buttercup, Bamboo (CTMH); PP – Snips & Snails (CTMH); Paper – Watercolour Paper (Hilroy); Ink – Archival Black, Black (CTMH); Stamp – Bundle of Joy (SU!); Ribbon – Blue grosgrain (ribbon share - texasjodylynn); Punches – slit punch (SU!), ¼” hole (Staples); Tombow markers, waterbrush.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It’s A Bundle of Joy - Gift Set!

Today I have the Gift Set with the Bundle Of Joy card and 2 Kraft gift bags – all done with watercoloured teddies and giraffes to tie it all together. I think they are all very cute and go together so well. Inside the gift bag decorated in brown with the teddy is a soft brown baby set, and inside the one decorated in blue with the giraffe is a collection of blue clothes! Everything colour coordinated, just as I like it!

Bundle of Joy Gift Set:
Card dimensions 5 1/2” h x 4 ¼” w
Materials: CS – Blue (Bazzill), Cocoa (CTMH); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black, Cocoa (CTMH), Bashful Blue (SU!); Stamp – Bundle of Joy (SU!); Ribbon – White grosgrain (CTMH); Pop Dots, Mini Pop Dots, Pencil eraser, Tombow markers, waterbrush, white tissue paper, 2 Kraft gift bags (Paperbilities).

The dotted background on the blue CS of the card, as well as the background on the Kraft bags, was made using the eraser end of a pencil. I watercoloured the teddy and giraffe using Tombow markers and a waterbrush.

Hang in there – it is almost Friday!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It’s A Bundle of Joy – for a Boy!

Today’s card is to attach to a gift for a friend’s soon-to-be-born grandson! I’m going to do up a couple of plain Kraft gift bags with other watercoloured teddies and giraffes to tie it all together. I’ll show you a photo of the finished set when I get them done.

Bundle of Joy:
Card dimensions 5 1/2” h x 4 ¼” w
Materials: CS – Blue (Bazzill), Cocoa (CTMH); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black, Cocoa (CTMH); Stamp – Bundle of Joy (SU!); Ribbon – White grosgrain (CTMH); Pop Dots, Mini Pop Dots, Pencil eraser, Tombow markers, waterbrush.

The dotted background on the blue CS was made using the eraser end of a new pencil. It’s rubber, and makes a great dot stamp. Give it a try! I watercoloured the teddy and giraffe using Tombow markers and a waterbrush. I cut out the giraffe and then popped him up using mini pop dots. I think it is cute the way the teddy looks like he is looking over at the giraffe!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend and are all ready to get the work week started!
Lots of things to note: it’s just a little over 4 months to Christmas (can you believe that??!!) and the trees around our place are already starting to turn to Fall colours in some spots! That’s OK with me – I love Fall (and Christmas too!).

I’ve got TONS of new stamps – now all I need is TONS of extra time!

Before the card for today - I thought I would share how I keep my stamps and punches documented, so that I know what I have and which punch can be used with which stamp.
As soon as I get a stamp, I stamp it (or the entire set, if it is a set) onto an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of copy paper. I use a grey coloured ink, as black is often hard to clean up, and it’s not necessary. I label the sheet with the name of the stamp and the manufacturer, and I then put the sheet into the appropriately titled section (Animals, Special Occasions, Words, etc.) of a 3-ring binder. See the photo below of this:

For my punches, I use an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of cardstock, and I punch a sample of each punch around the edge, making a master template of all my punches. I then label each punch-out with the name of the punch and the manufacturer. Once 1 sheet is filled, just start another one - I have 2 in all. See the photo below of this:

This is a great way to see if a certain punch can be used on a certain stamp you have in your binder (or that you would like from a catalogue), as you can lay it over the images to see if they fit in the punch-out. Nice and easy – no guess work. This is a fun way to look through new catalogues!

And now for today’s card. It is one for a co-worker who is moving into her first house today! Such an exciting time for her!

Home Sweet Home:
Card dimensions 5” square

Materials: CS – Green, Burgandy, Black (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black; Stamp – Houses Cube, House Party Word Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Black gingham (Offray); Pop Dots, Tombow markers, waterbrush.

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yet Another Blast From The Past Turtle Tuesday

Happy Turtle Tuesday!
I am going to feature yet another “blast from the past” Turtle Tuesday Card this week – but first I had a question come in on a previous project - the Collapsible Calendar.
Anonymous said:
Can you explain what the rubber band is used for... thanks!

HERE is the link to the project –for you to see what it is.
ANSWER: The elastic band is hooked inside the shape, where indicated on the template, and it allows the calendar to automatically “pop up” into shape when it is taken out of an envelop. It collapses flat to insert into an envelope, then pops up for using! Lots of fun. I hope that explains the use of the elastic band, and if not, send me another comment with your questions and I will try to explain further.

And for toady’s Blast form the Past Turtle Tuesday Card – it’s a recycled turtle!

Tissue Box Turtle:
Card dimensions 5” square
Materials: StazOn Black; Stamp - Birthday Turtle set (Inky Antics); CS - Real Red (SU!); Ribbon - white grosgrain (CTMH); large brads (Making Memories), Tissue box - NoName (Loblaw Companies Ltd.)

Here are the photos and write up from the original post for you to see:

Today's card was inspired by this - a tissue box!


I was putting the tissue box in the recycle bin, and thought the design and colours were very interesting. And the green would make a great turtle!!!!
So here's the card that came out of it...

And here's the inside (and the turtle!)

HERE is the link to the original posting, if you want more details on specifically how I made it.

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wedding Anniversary

Happy Anniversary! Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversaryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
Happy Anniversary!

(Every time I think of this song – I have flash-backs to an old Flintstone cartoon where they sing this to Fred and Wilma. Yes, I’m strange, and apparently old!)

Today is my wedding anniversary! 7 fantastic years and looking forward to many, many more! Here’s a photo of DH and me on our wedding day – on a beach in the Bahamas. We had such a great time!!

So many wonderful things have happened in those 7 years – the best of which are the births of our two little ones – DD and DS – to complete our little family!

Anyway – DH is away right now, so I am going to use the blog to wish him a very Happy Anniversary! WeLU!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New stamps at House Mouse

Just wanted to get a quick note out to all those who love House Mouse stamps as I do!

They have just brought out 64 cute new House Mouse and Happy Hopper stamps.
HERE is the link to the new stamps for you to see.
I took a quick glance through and really like the Bunny in Paradise and Beach Bums stamps - and the saying "Relaxing is Mice" that goes with both of those stamps! I guess I have summer on the brain!!!

Check them out for yourself!
Until next time, have a great day!

Blast From The Past Turtle Tuesday

Happy Turtle Tuesday!
Well, after a busy long weekend here in Canada – I am going to feature another “blast from the past” Turtle Tuesday Card – actually the VERY FIRST Turtle Tuesday Card – one that was made with my sweet little DD in mind. DD is a Princess all over – and this card suited her perfectly!
HERE is the link the original post – as there was a tutorial for getting evenly spaced piercings around a straight (not scalloped) circle mat.

Fairy Special:
Card dimensions 5” h x 6 1/2” w

Materials: CS - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, white (CTMH), PP - Cocoa Cafe Collection (CTMH), Ink - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Blush (CTMH) and Basic Black (SU), Stamp - Princess Turtle clear set (Inky Antics), Sakura Stardust glitter pen, Coluzzle cutting mat, swivel knife and circle template, Cuttlebug die - Vintage, Ribbon - pink organza, 1 1/4 inch circle punch (SU), Waterbrush (CTMH), Galaxy Marker - Milky Way White, Pop dots, Memory Makers tool kit - piercer, piercing mat (Ecstacy Crafts).

I also wanted to let you know I got in on a Ribbon Share of Polka Dotted Organdy ribbon – 16 colours in all – from Jody Morrow (aka texasjodylynn). If you’ve never bought ribbon from her, you should. It is always great, as is the speed it arrives! HERE is the link to her blog and the info on the different ribbons she is offering – check it out before all the spots are taken!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, August 3, 2007

It's a Sunshine-y Day!

I’ve got some exciting news today! It’s definitely a Sunshine-y Day!

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I love the stamps and products from Sunshine Designs, as well as watercolouring with Tombow markers!

Well, Sunshine Designs has just re-launched their website with a fantastic new look – and check out what is now being offered:

  • an on-line store (will be up and running soon),

  • a learn section – offering great tips to perfect your watercolouring

  • a play section – definitely check this out, as you can submit your creations into a contest to win Sunshine Designs products!

  • A list of classes for the rest of the year and retailers where you can purchase their products
plus so much more!!! Here's a link to Sunshine Designs.

And did you notice what was posted on the What’s New section? Check it out HERE.
Yeah! I am so thrilled to be Sunshine Designs’ new instructor for the Simple Watercolour with Markers course at retailers in Ontario, starting in the New Year! Can’t wait!!
So today’s card is made with – you guessed it – a Sunshine Designs stamp and Krista’s watercolour with markers technique. Come on, give it a try and then enter your own creations into the contest!

Watercolour Teapot:
Card dimensions 5” h x 6 1/2” w
Materials: CS – Purple, Green (Bazzill); Paper – Watercolour paper (Hilroy); Cream Card Base & Envelope – Halcraft; Ribbon – Ribbon share (texasjodylynn); ¼” hole punch (Staples); Stamp – Teapot (Sunshine Designs); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots, mat and photo corner edges distressed with open blade of scissors.

Until next time, have a great (and Sunshine-y) day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Note Card Set, Matchbook Holder and a Tutorial!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 4 Purple Dots Note Cards over the past few days. And what better little gift can you give than 4 all occasion note cards – but you have to put them together in something, don’t you?! So how about an extra large Matchbook Holder? Take a look.

Purple Dot note cards set of 4 and Matchbook Holder:
And here is the inside with all 4 cards loaded:

If you like this, and want to make one of your own – I have written up a little tutorial on how to make this Matchbook Holder. Try one for yourself. If you have any troubles following my directions, or if you have any questions – just ask!


Tutorial:
Matchbook Note Card Holder & Pen (for coordinating set of 4 Note Cards):

Materials:
CS – 11” x 17” sheet Cream (Xerox), 12” x 12” sheet Purple (Bazzill)
Ribbon – Cream grosgrain (ribbon share – texasjodylynn)
Punches – Word Window, 1 3/8” circle, 1 ¼” circle, ½” circle, Slit punch (all punches SU!)
Misc - RSVP pen (Staples), large silver brads (Making Memories), paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), stapler, staples, large Pop Dots, mini Pop Dots, mini glue dots. Adhesive tape.

Cutting the Cardstock
Cut cream CS to 7 ½” w x 17” l. Score it along the length at 1”, 9” and 9 ½”. Fold and crease well on each score line. This makes your Matchbook holder base.
Out of the cream CS – punch 1 - Word Window, 2 – 1 3/8” circles, 2 – 1 ¼” circles, 3 – ½” circles. Set these aside to decorate the Purple CS piece.
Cut Purple CS to 7” x 7” square. Also cut a piece ¾” w x 3 ¼” long for the RSVP.

Matchbook Note Card Holder Base
Lay the cut and scored cream CS matchbook base, completely flat/open, in front of you with the narrow end closest to you (Portrait orientation). Fold up the bottom 1” flap (closest to you) and staple it closed. I put the staple roughly ½” up (middle of flap) and stapled 3 times, 1 in the centre, and 2 either side of this centre staples. See this photo to see the staple placement clearly.


On the matchbook back panel, draw horizontal lines across the panel, starting at 1/16” down from the 9” score line you have already made. Then draw 4 more lines below this one, each 1” down from the previous line. Use the Slit Punch to make 1 slit in each of the 1” gaps, centered between the lines (4 on the right side, 4 on the left side). For proper placement, insert the slit punch as far as it will go in on each side. Erase your pencil lines.
Your matchbook holder base is now ready to decorate, but make your RSVP pen first..

RSVP Pen
Roll the ¾” x 3 ¼” piece of purple CS into a tight long tube. Unscrew the black end of the RSVP pen (comes out along with the ink cartridge). Insert the purple cardstock into the pen barrel, using tweezers if need be. Screw the pen end back in and voila! The pen is done!

Decorate Matchbook Holder Front
Take the 7” square purple CS. Take the cream CS Word Window you have punched out and insert a silver large brad at each end (don’t fold open the brad prongs yet, just set it aside). Please the RSVP pen where you would like it on the purple CS, and pierce 2 horizontal holes for the Word Window brads, 1” apart. Insert each brad and open the prongs to secure. This leave a looped spot for you to insert you pen. Decorate the rest of the purple CS by randomly adhering the punched circles (3 different sizes) with Pop Dots. Wrap cream grosgrain ribbon around the right edge, and tie. Adhere the entire piece to the front of the Matchbook holder, centered left to right and roughly ¼ down from the front panel’s top edge. See the photo at the top for how I decorated the front.

Loading the 4 Note Cards
The 4 sets of slit punches on the back panel of the matchbook will hold your note cards. To load the card properly, start with the card that will be on the top. Insert the card back only, into the coordinating envelope, so that the card front is seen on top of the envelope and has the envelope flap on top. Now open up the card and slid the card back/envelope only (not the front of the card) down through all 4 sets of slits. Leave the card open. Now load the next card in the same manner, starting at the second set of slits down from the top, and sliding through 3 sets of slits. Load the next card in the same manner, starting with the 3rd set of slits down. Load the last card in the same manner, but only through the bottom set of slits.
Your holder is now fully loaded with all 4 note cards – and you can fold the matchbook top down and slip the bottom edge of that front panel into the matchbook bottom.

Refer to the photos if you need a visual reference. And remember, if you need more help – just ask!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Final Card of Set!

Today’s card is card #4 in the note card gift set using base note cards and envelopes from Sunshine Designs called Nuggitz - Purple Dots. Remember – tomorrow I will show you the whole package together as a gift and a tutorial if you want to make the holder yourself!

Purple Dot note cards – Card 4 of 4:
Card dimensions 4 1/4” h x 5 1/2” w


Materials: CS – Purple, Green (Bazzill); Paper – Watercolour paper (Hilroy); Card Base & Envelopes – Purple Dots (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Ribbon share (texasjodylynn); Stamp – Flower Turtle (Inky Antics); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots.

I do hope you like the final package – see you tomorrow for that.

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Purple Dots Note Card Set - Card 3 of 4

Today’s card is card #3 in the note card gift set using base note cards and envelopes from Sunshine Designs called Nuggitz - Purple Dots. Remember - there will be 4 cards in the set when it is done, and they will be packaged together as a gift so make sure you visit tomorrow for Turtle Tuesday, and Wednesday for the whole set and holder (and a tutorial if you want to make the holder yourself!).

Purple Dot note cards – Card 3 of 4:
Card dimensions 4 1/4” h x 5 1/2” w


Materials: CS – Purple (Bazzill), Grey (CTMH); Paper – Watercolour paper (Hilroy); Card Base & Envelopes – Purple Dots (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – Ribbon share (texasjodylynn); Stamp – In Full Bloom (SU!); Ink – Archival Black (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush, Pop Dots.

See you tomorrow for Turtle Tuesday! And Wednesday for the whole package!

Until next time, have a great day!