Monday, April 30, 2007

Sunshine Designs Highlight Week - Day 1

I’m back – and ready to share some of the fun new things I found at the Creative Sewing and Needlecraft Festival last weekend!

Last year, I got hooked on some stamps I found at my local scrapbook store (LSS), made by a Company called Sunshine Designs – the owner/artist’s name is Krista Schneider. Sunshine Designs is Canadian (Yeah!) and based in Ontario. They are a wholesale company – so you have to purchase their stamps from your LSS, and they have a great watercolouring technique using water-based markers with instructions available in booklet form. They also offer classes!
Definitely ask your LSS to get some of these stamps in (and they do have distributors for outside of Canada too - US, Australia and Germany!). If you want to take a look at Sunshine Design’s catalogue to view their stamps – here’s the LINK to the catalogue (in pdf format).

So - each day this week, I will show you designs using Sunshine Designs stamps! I was so happy to see their NEW stamps at the CSNF – so I just had to buy some!! Hope you enjoy these!
(I’m going to skip this week’s installment of Turtle Tuesday – since Sunshine Designs doesn’t have a Turtle stamp! Krista, if you’re reading this – I need your oh-so-cute turtle illustration turned into a stamp cube! Pretty please!!!!!!!!!!)

The Journey:
Card dimensions 5 ½” w x 4 ¼” h.

Materials: CS – Desert Sand, Black (Close To My Heart), green (Bazzill); Paper – Professional grade watercolour paper (Hilroy); Stamp – Boy’s Life Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ink – Black (Close To My Heart); Computer font – Fine Hand (MS Office); Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps, paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), hemp twine, dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!).

Colouring Technique Used: Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps – on watercolour paper.

Other Techniques Used: Distressing with open blade of scissors on edges of main image and 2 mats – for that ‘aged’ look.

I love the quote on the front page – it is so true. The sentiment inside the card says:
Make sure you have the right shoes!
This would make a great card for someone going off to school, starting a new job, getting a promotion, or any other ‘adventure’ in their life. A lot of people find it hard to make masculine cards – so this stamp cube – Boy’s Life -might be your answer! It doesn’t have to be just for little boys – it can be for big boys too! Or even girls for that matter!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Turtle Tuesday

Happy Turtle Tuesday everyone!
And in keeping with the "T" theme - here's a couple of Triangle Tri-fold cards!
You can find a great tutorial on SplitCoast for these HERE.

Turtle Thanks Trifold:
Card dimensions 3 1/2" square.

Materials: CS - green (Bazzill), white; PP - Cocoa Cafe Designer Collection (CTMH); Punches - ticket corner, flower (SU!); Ribbon - polka dot grosgrain (Offray); Stamps - Happy Harmony (SU!), Princess Turtle (Inky Antics); Ink - Cocoa (CTMH); paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), Sakura stardust pen, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump.

And I needed another thank you card - so here is another version.

Harmony Flower Thanks Trifold:
Card dimensions 3 1/2" square.

Materials: CS - Twilight, Bamboo (CTMH); PP - Cocoa Cafe Designer Collection (CTMH); Ribbon - Twilight Designer Ribbon Round (CTMH); Punches - ticker corner, flower (SU!); Stamps - Happy Harmony (SU!); Ink - Twilight (CTMH); paper piercer/mat (Making Memories).

These are fun and quick to make - check out the tutorial on SCS.
Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, April 23, 2007

I'm Back! And tagged!

Hi! I'm back, but I've been TAGGED by Melanie (thanks so much - and so glad you take the time to peak in here - I really appreciate it!), so now I am to list 5 of my favorite blogs and therefore tag them.
Well.....this is very tough. I have noticed that basically EVERYONE has been tagged these past few weeks, so instead of "tagging it forward" - I have decided that I would just list (randomly - not in any special way) 5 Canadian blogs that I like to look in to. There are many more great Canadian ones than 5, but I just picked the first 5 on my favorites list. Does that sound OK?
(And if any of these 5 listed see their names, and WANT to be tagged - consider yourself tagged!)

So here's a plug for my fellow Canadians. Take a peak at these:
  1. Allison - I think Allison knows everyone, and everyone knows Allison!!!! She is the lady with a firm grip on exactly what is happening on all blogs - and she keeps us in the know with her posts! And as a bonus for me - she drops in on my blog, too - so Allison, if you're here - HI!!!!!!!!
  2. Sherrie - very, very nice stuff!
  3. Alli - has a great style to her cards!
  4. Caroline - a Stampin' Up demonstrator that is relatively near to me (2 hours) - and has some really good specials! She has just returned from the Stampin' Up cruise - wonder what inside scoops she will share???
  5. Natasha - yet another inspiring site!

The CSNF this weekend was great - smaller than in past years (I think, anyway), but still the people I wanted to see were there (and funnily enough - the booth I really wanted to see was a Canadian supplier - looks like I am on a red and white roll for this post!). I got some fun new stamps, a new punch, some new technique books, and a Pergamano starter kit (they were sold out of these, so it is on it's way to me in the mail!) I am working on some fun new projects with this stuff, and trying out some of the other 'new' items I have picked up lately. I will get busy, and try to post some stuff this week - so you can see what I got!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

CSNF this weekend!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I won't be posting any new cards until after this weekend.

I am going to the Creative Festival - Spring Show on Saturday with a couple of friends - and can't wait to see all the new and exciting things they will have there!!!

This show has really evolved from a Sewing and Needlecraft Festival - to one that showcases all creative outlets - including Card Making, Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts in general. Lots of make and takes, instructions at the vendor booths and classes you can sign up for - CAN"T WAIT!!!!!
I got introduced to embroidery on cards, Spirelli, Iris folding, embossing paste, and lots more - all at this show in the past - so I am excited about what is new this year! I will show everyone what I find next week.

Here is a link to the Creative Festival site for information - and if you live in the area close to the International Centre on Airport Rd in Mississauga, Ontario - definitely try to go to this one.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Turtle Tuesday!

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

I just love cards that have secret messages or images tucked underneath the card – where you have to pull them out to reveal them! I had fun making THIS ONE for DH on Valentine’s Day, so here is another little hidden turtle card!

Hidden Turtle, Happiness Always!
Card dimensions – 5 ½” w x 4 ¼” h.
Card Closed:

Card Open:

Materials: CS – white, Real Red (SU!); PP – Quilted Tuck (Provocraft); Ink – Real Red (SU!), Black (CTMH); Ribbon – green grosgrain (ribbon share – texasjodylynn); Punches – large oval (SU!), horizontal slit (SU!), Giga scalloped circle (Marvy), corner rounder (EK Success); Stamps – flower turtle (Inky Antics), Happy Harmony (SU!); large red brads (Making Memories), heart charm (Dollarama), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), jump ring, mini pop dot.

What do you think of my pull-tab on the turtle piece????? Do you recognize it at all? Does it look vaguely familiar?

Well, I have been looking at the new tab punch that Stampin’ Up has in the Spring mini catalogue – but I am just not sure that I “need” to have it. Want – yes, Need – probably not. When I look at the picture of the tab punch in the catalogue – it is basically a circle, turned into a tab. So if you have a circle punch – or even better still, a Scalloped Circle punch – you too could make your own tab! Another alternative use for your Scalloped Circle punch!

Here's a close up of the tab:

To make the tab, I punched out a scalloped circle out of regular copy paper – to make a template. I then folded the scalloped circle in half. The only issue is that the scalloped circle, when folded in half, is not perfectly symmetrical with the scallops (one edge has a full scallop, the other a partial one), but all in all not that big a deal. If you use a straight circle punch you would avoid this problem. I folded it in half yet again (quarter of a circle) and cut out the tab edge shape I wanted on the one edge. Voila! – a tab template.

Here’s a picture of my template so that you can see it better:

So, if you don’t have the tab punch already – try making your own from a circle or scalloped circle punch that you already have.

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Almost the weekend!

Hang in there - we are almost at the weekend!
First off - let me say a big thank you everyone for the comments, e-mails on my blog as well as comments and PM's on SplitCoast on my recent posts - I am so glad you like them!!!!!
To cover some questions that I have received, let me try to get to them here:
  • The book that I used for the Easter Bunny Egg template is called "The Card Shop" by Sandra Lounsbury Foose. Tons of great ideas and templates in this book! If you can't find the book - send me an e-mail and we can work out getting the template to you that way. And if you need some assistance putting it together - just let me know!
  • The link to the Victorine Originals site is in the Post for the Collapsible Calendar, below. It wasn't working originally, but appears to be OK now. Enjoy!
I'm sending out a big Hi! to my stamping buddies who were over to play today! WOW - can those ladies get a lot done when they are on a mission! Buckle cards from THIS POST, Smackin' Acetate cards from THIS POST, a Collapsible calendar from THIS POST, making grass with embroidery thread from THIS POST, learning to colour with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, etc. etc. - WOW! My head is still spinning!!!!

And the card for today - Delight In Life!
Card dimensions - 5" w x 6 1/2" h.

Materials: CS - white, black, yellow-orange; Ink - Black (CTMH), Stamp - Delight In Life (SU!), white Signo gel pen, mini glue dots, white grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), Cuttlebug embossing folder - textile, large black brad (Making Memories), jump ring, butterfly charm (Dollarama), Prismacolor pencil, paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), scrap of white embroidery thread.

Lots going on for this card, but really very simple to make. The flowers are stamped on the yellow-orange CS, with the centres coloured with the Signo gel pen, then the petals are curled up. The little butterfly charm is attached with a small scrap of embroidery thread through the jump ring. And still in love with my Cuttlebug!!!
Hope you like this one!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Fun Project!

Here's is a fun little Collapsible Calendar that I found the free template for at Victorine Originals . It folds down flat for mailing in an envelope and the pops up when it is pulled out of the envelope. Fun to play with too!

I have always thought this would make a great business card for any stamping consultant to send to their customers (perhaps with a new year's catalogue launch) - or as an insert for your Christmas cards. If you used it as a business card - you would put all your contact information on the spot where I stamped the Delight In Life sentiment and flower (adhere with a label), and you could highlight some fun stamps in each of the month areas - to entice some buying!

Collapsible Calendar:
View from top -

View from side -

View when collapsed -

Materials: Stamps - Michael's $1.50 CAN (various), Inkadinkado clear set, Princess Turtle (Inky Antics), Delight In Life (SU!); CS - white; Ink - Grey Wool, Black (CTMH); Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, Rubber band (#16, Staples), template.

When you stamp in the month areas, be sure to use either a second generation stamp (stamp off once on a scrap piece of paper) or a light coloured ink (I used Grey Wool) - to ensure that you can still read the numbers under your stamped images. If you use black, it will cover the calendar numbers.
To colour my stamped images, I used the Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol blending technique - again to ensure that you can still read the numbers.

I found that the #16 sized rubber band is best to use for this - and these are available at any business supply store. Just make sure you stretch out your rubber band very well before you use it - so that the calendar folds flat easily.

Give it a try yourself! I'd love to see your creations! If you do one, try to leave a comment with a link to your creation so that we can all see!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend - and a very Happy Easter!
And today is Turtle Tuesday - yet again.

I thought I would do one of those cute Big Buckle cards - so here's my take on it.

Turtle Big Buckle Joy:
Card dimensions 5" square.

Materials: Ink - Black, Cocoa (CTMH); CS - Cocoa (CTMH), Barely Banana (SU!), white; PP - Designer Series - Spring Showers (SU!); Stamps - small script (SU!), flower turtle (Inky Antics); Ribbon - Buttercup organza (CTMH); Punches - Corner rounder (EK Success), Word Window (SU!), Large oval (SU!); deco scissors - mini scallop (Fiskars), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), jump ring.

You can find a great tutorial for making these fun Big Buckle cards with THIS LINK to SplitCoast Stampers. Give them a try - they are simple, yet fun to do.

The sun is shining - so enjoy yourself!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, April 6, 2007


Happy Easter! And happy long weekend as well!
The Easter bunny better wear his fur-lined parka - as there is a lot of snow out there for this Spring holiday! Hope everyone is keeping warm!

And to wish everyone a wonderful Easter weekend - I thought you might like this card!
The bunny template came from one of my card-making books. I thought it was SO cute!
Easter Bunny Egg:
Here is the card closed - looks like a regular Easter egg:

And here is the card open - Surprise! It's an Easter bunny egg - complete with yolk:

And so that you see how everything folds together and closes to look like the egg, here is a shot from the side:
Materials: Punches - 1/4" hole (Staples), 1/8" hole (Fiskars), 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle (SU!), slit punch (SU!); CS - white, black, yellow; PP - Stars (Make It Special); chalks and applicator, decorative scissors - Wave (Fiskars), ribbon (Offray), envelope - Pocket Notes (SU!).

I used lots of punches to make this little guy!

Eyes = 1/8" hole punch
Mouth = slit punch
Bunny yolk tummy = 1 3/8" circle punch
Egg deco dots = 1/4" hole punch
Tag on envelope = 1 1/4" circle punch

Lots of fun to make these little surprise cards - no one expects what's inside! Hope you were inspired!

However you celebrate this holiday - may it involve lots of CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!
Happy Easter!

Until next time, have a great day!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

April showers bring May flowers….or Turtle Tuesdays with flowers…or something like that!!
(Not sure what April flurries bring though!!! And we are being warned that the flurries are taking one more kick at the can this week – oh well!)

Happy Turtle Tuesday! Here’s another little card using the flower turtle from Inky Antics. These turtles are so much fun to colour with Prismacolors!

Pinky Turtle with Flowers:
Card Dimensions 5 1/2" w x 4 1/4" h.

Materials: PP – Chatterbox – Nook Stripe; CS – white (CTMH), Pink (Bazzill); Stamp – flower turtle (Inky Antics); Ink – black (CTMH); Ribbon – satin (Offray), grosgrain (ribbon share from texasjodylynn); Punch – ticket corner punch (SU!); Prismacolors, Gamsol (Inky Antics), blending stumps, dimensionals (SU!).

Since I haven’t posted much since last week (bad me!) – and since Easter is this weekend - here are two quick and easy little Easter cards for some friends that are popping in for coffee today.
Easter Coffee Cards:

Materials: Stamp – Inkadinkadoo; Ink – Hollyhock (CTMH); CS – Embossible Designs – Easter Eggs, Pocket notes – Pretty In Pink (SU!); Ribbon – striped grosgrain (ribbon share from texasjodylynn); mini glue dots, Cuttlebug embossing folder – D’vine Swirl.

Inside the little pocket card is a $2.00 gift certificate for a coffee at our favorite Canadian icon – Tim Hortons!

I am working on some other fun Easter cards as well, and I will try to get them posted this week for you to see and perhaps try for yourself!
Until next time, have a great day!