Wednesday, March 28, 2007

No Stamping Involved! Say it isn't so!!

Here is a neat little pull card that you can make very quickly and it did not require any stamps, ink or clean up!


Pull Card - I Think of You:
Card dimensions 4 1/2" w x 5 3/4" h.



And here it is, pulled open:




Materials: Coluzzle pull card temple, swivel knife, cutting mat (Provo Craft); CS - green (Bazzill), Paisley (Wild Asparagus); grosgrain ribbon (Wild Asparagus), 1/4" hole punch (Fiskars), Stickers (Magenta).


The Coluzzle Pull Card template makes it so easy and quick to make these type of cards - I just love it. There is a selection of shapes that you can use for the window - circle, square, long rectangle, long oval etc. - which makes it easy for you to find one to fit your stamp or sticker. Especially great for those Michael's $1.50 CAN promotional stamps, as they are smaller in size, and some people find it difficult to use those.

I'm posting tonight, as I have some fun stamping time scheduled for the day tomorrow with a friend - wonder what we'll come up with???!!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

Happy Turtle Tuesday, yet again! These weeks are flying by so quickly. Especially now that the warmer weather is upon us!

I have some new Inky Antics Turtles in the house! I picked up the Sporty Turtle and Halloween Turtle clear sets, as well as this cute Flower Turtle (wood mounted).

Bloom With Happiness Turtle:
Card dimensions 5 1/2" w x 4 1/4" h.


Materials: PP - Designer Paper Spring Flowers (SU!); CS - white (CTMH), Barely Banana (SU!); Stamps - Flower Turtle (Inky Antics), Blooming with Happiness (SU!); Ink - black (CTMH), Cameo Coral (SU!), Ribbon - Buttercup organza (CTMH); Punches - Giga Scalloped Circle, Mega Circle (Marvy), Large oval (SU!), Prismacolors, Gamsol, blending stumps, paper piercer/mat, Signo white gel pen (SU!), dimensionals (SU!).

The large oval is punched out of the Designer Patterned Paper and then the paper was adhered to the white card front. I then used the Stampamajig (SU!) to properly position the sentiment in the oval shape. Everything else was straight forward - tie ribbon around card front and tie in a bow, then punch out the turtle with the circle, punch out a scalloped circle and pierce it in the scallops. Use the dimensionals to place the scallop over the ribbon - and there you have it!
May YOUR day bloom with happiness today!
Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, March 26, 2007

SIMPLE MONDAY

Today's card is a simple one - no layers no fancy stuff. I don't think it warranted anything else, just the image and sentiment. Quick and easy - but says a whole lot!!!!

Eleanor Diet Fairy:
Card dimensions 4 1/2" w x 5 1/2" h.

Materials: CS - pre-set card (Avery); Stamps - Eleanor (Inky Antics), Sentiment, printed on computer (Inky Antics); grosgrain ribbon, Prismacolors, Gamsol (Inky Antics), blending stumps (Inky Antics), liquid glass (CTMH).

I bought this stamp for my Mum - since it has her name! One of the Worldly Women series from Inky Antics (gotta love those ladies!!!!). I quickly coloured her with Prismacolors and Gamsol - next time I will use regular cardstock, as the pre-set cards from Avery did not take that well to the Gamsol blending technique. The photo doesn't show it, but I used Liquid Glass to fill in the eye glasses, so that it looks like real glass, in real life.

Her birthday is on Saturday, so this is her Diet Fairy birthday card - I know it will make her laugh!

Hope you had a great weekend. Tomorrow is Turtle Tuesday! Yeah!!!!!
Until then, have a great day!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

House Mouse Highlight

Today I wanted to highlight the House Mouse stamps, as they are so much fun to colour - and this company is now accepting pre-orders on 39 brand new mouse stamps, and introducing a set with bunnies called HappyHoppers.. So Cute!!!!! I definitely have to get some of these - and there is even a turtle stamp!!!!
Here's the link to their main page:

I'll show you a few cards I have made in the past with these stamps (you may also have seen these in my SplitCoast gallery if you have taken a look in there).
There are many ways to colour these images - regular pencil crayons, watercolouring, PrismaColours and Gamsol, chalks, etc. Whichever your favorite technique is - give it a try!

Fall Commuters:
Card dimensions 6 1/2" w x 5" h.


This card used the stamp Fall Commuters and was coloured using regular Laurentian pencil crayons (all CS and accessories from CTMH, ribbon from Offray).

Stockings Hung with Care Christmas Swap:
Card dimensions 6 1/2" w x 5" h.


This card used the Stockings Hung With Care stamp, and was again coloured with pencil crayons. The candy canes were striped with glitter (all CS and accessories from CTMH). These were for a Christmas Card Swap I participated in.

Java Jumpers:
Card dimensions 5" w x 6 1/2" h.


And here is the sentiment finished, inside.

This card used the Java Jumpers, Mouse Foot and Boring stamps and was coloured by watercolouring (all CS, ink and accessories from CTMH, punch from SU!). There is a photo hinge on the inside front cover to tuck a coffee card in for someone who needs a break. I love the sentiment on this card "I don't have a problem with caffeine... I have a problem without it!"
I was driving early one morning and saw this huge neon sign outside of a coffee shop, and that is what it said! It was one of those days, and boy, could I relate to that!

Hope you find some inspiration in these - and take a look at the stamps at House Mouse - they really are a lot of fun!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Smackin' Best Fishes!

Happy First Full Day of Spring!!!!!
So as promised - today we are going to the beach, in honour of the promise of warmer weather!
You'll also need to raid your DH's tool kit for his sandpaper stash!!!

Smackin' Best Fishes:
Card Dimensions 6 1/2" w x 5" h.

Materials: CS - white, black Sahara Sand (CTMH); Stamps - Fishy Friends, Very Punny (SU!); Ink - markers (Inkadinkadoo), Black (CTMH); acetate, sandpaper (DH), white Signo gel pen (SU!), water mister/water, Cuttlebug embossing folder - Tiny Bubbles, Terrifically Tacky Tape, dimensionals (SU!), large brads (Making Memories), Word Window punch (SU!).

This card was made with another background that I made using the Smackin' Acetate technique as referenced in This Post. I love this technique to get the soft water ripples and colour combination! After it dried, I ran it through the Cuttlebug to get the Tiny Bubbles texture, that looks like water. I tore a piece of my DH's sandpaper to be the sandy beach at the bottom.

The fish and starfish are stamped onto coloured CS, and cut out, then popped up on some dimensionals. I coloured some of the stripes on the fish with my Signo gel pen (Love that thing!). I stamped the "Best Fishes" - a pun on Best Wishes - onto cardstock and punched it out with the Word Window punch. This was attached to the card front with a large brad, and the right edge of the punched piece is tucked under the matting.
Lots of textures on this card - so much fun for little ones to touch!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

FINDING INSPIRATION

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

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...

Tissue Box Turtle:
Card dimensions 5" square.

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


Materials: Ink - StazOn Black; Stamp - Birthday Turtle set (Inky Antics); CS - Real Red (SU!); Ribbon - white grosgrain (CTMH); large brads (Making Memories), Tissue box - NoName (LCL).


I stamped the turtle image on the tissue box using black StazOn (the box was shiny and the regular ink wouldn't absorb onto it), making sure the head portion of the turtle was centred on the plain green part of the box, and the body was on the floral design. On the inside, I covered the brad backs with a cut out flower, did a bit of doodling for the grass and the rest of card is very straight forward. I like the nice bright colours (which are definitely not my usual colour scheme) and thought it would be perfect to welcome the First Day of Spring tomorrow!!!

Next time you are throwing out your product packaging, take a look and see if you can use it in your next creation!

Hope to see you tomorrow - when we take a trip to the beach for the first day of Spring!

Until next time, have a great day.

Monday, March 19, 2007

GOOD MONDAY MORNING!

For those who had March Break along with me - I hope it was a good one!
Back to the regular schedule this morning - a bit hard to get back into, but has to be done!

I was playing around with the Smackin' Acetate technique this week. Check out this tutorial on SplitCoast if you are not familiar with it. Very easy to do! I made another background page that I will show you later this week - but for today, it is a basic scenery background that I made.


Smackin' Lovely as a Tree:

Card dimensions 6 1/2" w x 5" h.

Materials: CS - white, black; Ink - markers (inkadinkadoo), Black (CTMH); Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Happy Harmony (both SU!); Punch - corner ticket punch (SU!); acetate, water misting bottle/water, paper piercer/mat, foam tape.

I made the background with the Smackin' Acetate technique - using markers. After trying a few looks, I found that I preferred to use a light hand with the markers, and a heavy hand with the water mist. I liked the effect better when it was subtle rather than more intense colour-wise. Make sure you do a few trials if you are doing this technique to see what you like best.

The rest of the card was very basic - and very quick. The longest thing was waiting for it to dry!!!


Drop by tomorrow for Turtle Tuesday!
Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, March 16, 2007

WE HAVE WINNERS!

A special thanks to ALL who have dropped in on my blog!
It has been so much fun reading what everyone is doing this week (or not doing!) - and to those still waiting for their breaks, as many of you are from your comments, ENJOY WHEN IT COMES!

DH has drawn 3 comments from the hat (that included all comments and e-mails sent to me through this post), and the winners are..................

#1
Jessica (jessrose21) said...
Wow, sign me up! I would love some acrylic blocks. Thanks for the drawing! I found your site through Allison.


#2
Dana said...
Ahh, March break! I will be spending the remainder of this week recouperating from my wisdom teeth removal surgery (OUCH), and hopefully celebrating my 30th Birthday on thursday the 15th. In the year and a half that we've had our two foster kids, we have not once gotten a babysitter...that's my goal for thursday! Alas, it most likely won't happen.Happy break anyway, I love your blog!


#3
Ila said...
My plans this week are to make some time to create cards, get ready to go on a roadtrip on the weekend. Hopefully today to spend some time with my daughter who is leaving tomorrow. Great contest and Blog!!


If Jessica, Dana and Ila can contact me via e-mail (use the E-mail Us button in green in the top right corner of this blog) and let me know their full name and mailing address - I will get those out in the post right away!

Take care, and until next time, have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2007

MARCH BREAK MADNESS!!!!

Welcome to March Break!

And to celebrate the occasion - I am giving away BLOG CANDY! 3 sets of BLOG CANDY in fact! (This is just a little treat for all of us who are not in some exotic location sipping on cocktails on the beach for the holiday!)

In each of the sets will be - 2 clear Michael's stamp sets, and 2 clear mounting blocks (a square and a rectangle). See the photo below of the 3 sets.




To enter, leave me a comment on this post before Friday at 12 noon (EST), letting me know what your plans are for this week (doesn't have to be anything special) and you will be entered into the draw. I will have my Darling Husband (DH) randomly select 3 comments from the hat at noon, and I will post the names of the 3 winners right after that.
Best of Luck!
EDIT: If you don't know how to leave a comment, just click on this link for my post on "HOW TO": http://parisestates.blogspot.com/2007/01/comments-how-to.html



Here are my plans:
Since it is March Break, I will be taking a break from posting this week (and will leave this BLOG CANDY post up all week for you to enter), doing lots of great creating for future posts on here, and spending some much needed time playing with my DH and two little ones. Fun day trips, movies & popcorn (my DD's favorite thing!), walks/wagon rides outside since the weather has started to show signs of warmth, and surprises for the little ones!

Hope your week is a great one, and don't forget to leave your comments!

Until Friday - when I announce the winners - have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

What a Wednesday!

Well - I got an e-mail this morning from Sarah Moore - editor at Craft Critique saying that my Giga scalloped circle projects had been selected to be featured in their Paper Punch Carnival today!
Sarah and another blogger friend Allison (both left me comments requesting that I submit the projects - thank you guys!) Also - check out Allison's Blog for great info on all the Blog Candy give aways that are out there and the neat sites she finds daily!

Take a look here to see the Paper Punch Carnival, and all the other wonderful projects done using Paper Punches!
Craft Critique

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

BRRR - IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

Well...... It's SO cold outside! Last night it was -22 C, and with windchill it was -33 C!!!!! So cold!
Let's hope Spring is just around the corner!!!!

Anyway, in light of the recent temperatures, I thought Mr. Turtle should dress appropriately for the weather! Happy COLD Turtle Tuesday!

Brrr Turtle - Sending warm thoughts your way:
Card dimensions 6 1/2" w x 5 " h.
Materials: CS - white, black, Breeze (CTMH); Ink - black, Breeze (CTMH); Stamps - Princess Turtle (Inky Antics), Bundle Up (SU!); horizontal slot punch (SU!), Coluzzle swivel knife/mat/oval template, gingham ribbon (SU!), PrismaColours, black marker (Zig), white embroidery thread (J&P Coats), Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, sandpaper, dimensionals (SU!).

To reveal the white core of the CTMH Breeze CS, I distressed the embossed snowflakes with sandpaper. I left the mittens danging free from the embroidery thread, instead of anchoring them with dimensionals as well. Inside the card it says "Sending warm thoughts your way!". Other than that - it was a very quick and straight forward card!

I hope you are staying warm, wherever you are right now.

And until next time, have a great day!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

FLOWERS

The final post in this Theme Week of Giga Scalloped Circle Punch – Alternative Uses is an art folio for my Darling Daughter’s (DD) scrapbook.

I hope you have enjoyed this Theme Week! Please leave me your comments on if it was of interest or any assistance to you – I would love to know! Also, if you can think of any other creative uses, leave a comment to let us all know (and try it out!). Hope you have been inspired!

Lily’s Art Folio:
Dimensions 12” x 12”.



And here is a close up of the flowers:

Materials: CS – Navy (generations), lilac; PP – Spring (Dollarama); Punches – Giga Scalloped Circle, Mega Circle, Daisy (Marvy), ¼” hole (Staples); Navy fine point Sharpie (Staples), Cuttlebug alpha die – Olivia, brads (Making Memories).

To make this folio, you need 1 – 12” x 12” cardstock for the back, and 1- 12” x 12” patterned paper for the cover. I cut roughly ¾” off the top right corner for easy access to the folio pocket. I used a permanent tape runner to glue the two sides and bottom edge to the CS, then reinforced that with brads at all 4 corners.
To make the open lilac flowers, punch a Mega circle out of CS, then punch again on the CS using the Giga scalloped circle and centre the Mega hole inside (make sure you do it in this order, so that you have paper to hold onto when punching). To make the navy solid flower, simply punch out a Giga scalloped circle and then use your scissors to cut into a centre point from each valley of the scallops.
I then doodled the flower stems and leaves, free-hand style, using a fine point Sharpie marker. The letters are cut out using my Cuttlebug (still love that little bug!).

Folios like this are a great way to include more items in a scrapbook section than you normally could on a single scrapbook page. This is a fun way to include their art, creations, letters/poems, or even report cards – without making them front and centre on a scrapbook page! Hope you enjoyed!

Until next time, have a great day (and weekend!).

Friday, March 2, 2007

Spit Happens - but it's Friday!

Hoping everyone got home OK yesterday with the bad weather, and that today you are all cozy at home, or safely at work if need be! Wherever you are, Happy Friday!

On we go with the Theme Week of Giga Scalloped Circle Alternative Uses.

Today’s card is inspired by one of the bibs I received for my little ones – it said so appropriately SPIT HAPPENS! And you know what – it does happen, so just roll with it.

Spit Happens:
Card dimensions 6 ½” h x 5” w.

And here is the little bib card on the front - open:

Materials: CS – white, lilac; PP – checked; large brads (Making Memories); white ribbon (Charmin); Punches – Giga Scalloped Circle (Marvy), 1 ¼” circle, ticket corner punch (SU!); Versamark Ink; Black marker (Marvy); baby hands stamp.

To make this card, take a pre-made white card base, and mat with checked patterned paper cut to 6 ¼” h x 4 ¾” w. Cut lilac cardstock to 6” h x 4 ½” w, and cut corners with the ticket corner punch. Apply to the checked mat paper, centered. Randomly, stamp the baby hands stamp using Versamark Ink. Add brads to corners.
To make the baby bib, punch out a Giga scalloped circle through checked patterned paper that is folded to double thickness – ensure that the folded edge is not cut by the punch, by leaving it within the open area of the punch. You will then have a small card-like item scalloped almost all the way around, except for along the folded top. Then punch out a 1 ¼” circle roughly ¼” in from the folded edge, centered. Using your scissors cut in from the folded edge to the circle to make a neck shape for a bib. There will still be a small area on either side of the cut in that is still hinged so that it can open. Glue thin ribbon to either side of the fold and tie in a bow. Adhere the bib to the card front.
I then wrote in my sentiment “Spit Happens!” by hand using a fine black marker.
Hope that all made sense – take another look at the photo to see what I mean.

One more post tomorrow – the final one in this Theme Week. Hope you can drop by.
Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

UMBRELLA FOR TEDDY & BABY

Almost the weekend! Yeah!
Hope everyone drives safely today/tonight as the storm approaches Ontario - be careful!

Today's card is another in the Theme Week series on Giga Scalloped Circle Alternative Uses.
I hope you are enjoying the Theme Week so far.
This card is yet another for baby - the Scalloped Circle seems to just fit baby cards for some reason! And as an added bonus - it has a teddy on it!

Umbrella for Teddy:
Card dimensions 6" h x 4 3/4" w.
Materials: CS - white, pink, brown; Ribbon (Micheals); Punches - Giga scalloped circle (Marvy), Ticket corner punch (SU!); Cuttlebug embossing folder - Baby; black marker (Marvy); chalks, dimensionals (SU!).

To make this card, simply cut a Giga scalloped circle in half (ensure that you have complete scallops all around, don't cut a peak in half) to use as the canopy of the umbrella and then cut out an umbrella handle, free-hand style, out of the other half. Draw a little teddy bear, use a template you already have or stamp a teddy if you have one. Make sure you can cut up the inside of the arms so they can hang over the front of the umbrella. I cut my teddy out of white cardstock, and then used my chalks to colour him a light brown to pick up the colours in the striped ribbon (hard to see this in the photo!).

I didn't stamp anything on this one so that you could fully see the use of the Giga scalloped circle - but I would be tempted to stamp 'congratulations' or 'welcome little one' on the umbrella.
Drop by tomorrow for another Giga scalloped circle card for baby - Spit Happens!
AND - I don't usually post on the weekends, but I have some other fun uses for the scallop circle so I will add 1 extra post to this week's Theme Week on Saturday. Drop by then too, if you have a minute!
Until next time, have a great day!