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!

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

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..

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!