Friday, January 30, 2009

Swim... a 2 page layout




I used a Page Maps LO design for this. It's not my favourite LO I've done, but it's okay. I think it's more that I had something different in my mind for these pics and I ended up taking it a completely different way. KWIM?

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Creative Basics Emporium B&T
Game On B&T
Black, Colonial White and Moonstruck CS
Moonstruck and Crystal Blue inks
Black marker
Black journaling pen
White Daisy Dazzling Die Cuts
Colonial White ricrac
Corner rounder
White Daisy brads: bigger, regular and mini
Instrinsic Backgrounds SS
Nature's Ambience white rub-ons
Sanding block
Curly Labels punch (SU)
Blackboard alphabets (Cosmo Cricket)
Versamark Dazzle - frost (Tsukineko)
Make-up sponge

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Guys... 1 page layout


I had a bunch (although not all) of my photos from our Chrismtas vacation printed yesterday, so I have a lot of new inspiration to work with. This LO is from Reflections - Main Frame - Quarter Circle.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Reflections - Main Frame - Quarter Circle
Stardust B&Ts
Autumn Terracotta and Colonial White CS
Cocoa and Dutch Blue die cuts and Star DE (Basic and Summer Dazzling Die Cuts)
Cocoa grosgrain
Cocoa marker
Colonial White ink
Hodge Podge Color Ready Alpha
Big Circle Coluzzle
1 1/2" and 1 3/4" circle punches (EK Success)
Scallop edge punch (SU)
Silver bookplate (SU)
Sewing machine

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Catch a Wave layout





We took Cole to Oahu, Hawaii, for Christmas vacation this year. His Aunt, Uncle and 2 cousins went with us, too. Did he ever have a lot of fun! Getting him back into the school routine was so challenging when we got home, but I think he's finally done it! These pictures were taken at my most favourite beach on Oahu, Waimanalo. It's not so heavily used like some of the others, and it's not too far of a drive from Waikiki. We also tend to go grab a bite of lunch (of more traditional Hawaiian cuisine) at Keneke's, right by the beach. Yum! Anyways, I love these pics of Cole, so they are the first to be scrapped from this trip.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Imagine - Follow the Lead
Emporium B&T
Sweet Leaf, Colonial White, Cocoa and Twilight CS
Sweet Leaf, Cocoa and Twilight inks
Cocoa marker
Dazzling Diecuts - White Daisy - flowers and 'WAVE' letters
Dazzling Diecuts - Basic - Cocoa frame and flower centers
Hang Ten SS (retired)
Cupcake Sprinkles SS
Do the Hula (SU - surf board: paper pieced and liquid glassed)
Liquid Glass
Rub-ons CC
DE Framed Fun
Sweet leaf brads
Antique Copper bitty brads
White Daisy Just Blooms
Scallop edge punch (SU)
Cricut - Base Camp cartridge (Provo Craft)
Make-up sponge (other)
Pop-dots (other)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Celebrate... a birthday card



I pulled out my Originals book again and decided to give this card a try. It's called Center Sash, found on pg. 16. It's great how 'realistic' the cupcakes are getting in everyone's cards I've been seeing lately, and I love this SS. It's so fun to play with!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Originals - Center Sash
Cupcake Sprinkles SS
Happy Birthday SS
Unforgettable B&T (oh and That's Amore B&T for the top part of the cupcake)
Colonial White CS
Chocolate and Sorbet inks
Liquid Glass
Sorbet ribbon
Scallop Ovals (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Scallop Edge punch (SU)
Make-up sponges (other)
Pop-dots (other)

Friday, January 23, 2009

And one last one for the day...


Okay, hopefully you're not getting sick of seeing these little 3x3 cards. I LOVE them to bits!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Soul Mates SS
That's Amore B&T
Colonial White CS
Chocolate, Blush and Tulip inks
Scallop edge punch (SU)
Sanding block
Pop-dots (other)
Make-up sponge (other)

I just had to make another... 3x3 card!


Using Originals again, but this time combining two patterns (Center Focus and Matted Square). These little 3x3s are so cute and look so much better in person!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Originals - Center Focus and Matted Square
Soul Mates SS
That's Amore B&T
Colonial White and Chocolate CS
Chocolate and Tulip inks
Scallop scissors
Colonial White brads
Pop-dots (other)
Make-up sponge (other)

Valentine's Day is fast approaching... ack! Gotta create! LOL

While I was perusing the CTMH bulletin boards this morning, someone was looking for ideas on a 'make-n-take' for a gathering. It made me think of those cute little sour cream containers. So I had to make one, just so I could get it out of my mind... and now I'm in the mood for more! I love this new paper pack called That's Amore! So, out came Originals and I made an adorable little 3x3 card, too. Here's pics of both.














What I used on the card (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Originals - Top It Off
Soul Mates SS
Doodle Alphabet
That's Amore B&T
Colonial White CS
Chocolate and Tulip inks
Scallop scissors
DMC floss (from my old stash from those cross-stitch days)
Paper piercer and needle
Pop-dots (other)
Make-up sponge (other)














How I made the sour cream container:

These are so easy and inexpensive to make. You can make 6 from a 12x12 sheet. Take a 4x6 piece of B&T or CS and make it into a short tube by running double sided sticky tape down one side (on the 4" side). Then you use the same adhesive to close one end. Fill with candy and then run more adhesive down the open end, but close it on an opposite angle. I like to run my ends through a crimper, but you don't have to if you don't have one.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rockstar card


Just playing with my new You Rock stamp set... I had made one of these stair-step cards before at an SU card class, but this is my first time designing my own. I switched the measurements to allow for a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card as opposed to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card because I needed the height for the guitar. The new Daydream paper pack wasn't my favorite from the new Spring CTMH Idea Book, but I'm amazed at how often I'm using it for cards! It's a pack full of fun prints.


What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
You Rock SS
Shining Star SS
Wish Upon a Star SS
Daydream B&T
Black and White Daisy CS
Black, Sweet Leaf, Lilac Mist, Spring Iris, Sorbet and Hollyhock inks
Black marker
Sparkles
Pop-dots (other)
Make-up sponge (other)

I had someone ask the dimensions of the card. It is made with a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4 x 10 1/2", scored at 1 3/8", 2 1/2", 4 3/8", 6" and 8 1/4". When folded for mailing, it measures (with my guitar on it) approx. 5 1/2" tall by 4 1/4" wide. Here's a picture so you can see how it fits.



In case you're interested, here's the dimensions to make the stair-step card pattern lengthwise (this will still fit into a standard A2 envelope), so it will be a little wider, but you have to keep your total height (when folded up) to 4 1/4":

5 1/2 x 10 1/2", scored at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/2", folded accordian style.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Catching Minnows layout



I started this on Monday at my Monday craft day at my BFFs, but as usual, I didn't bring everything I needed. I found some time today to finish it off. I like how it turned out.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Reflections
World's Best Dad SS
Classmate Alphabet SS
Today's Date SS
Emporium B&T & stickease
Notebook B&T
Cocoa, Colonial White and Bamboo CS
Cocoa, Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf and Twilight inks
Crystal Blue marker
Waterbrush
Make-up sponge (other)
Heavenly Blue bigger brads
Large pewter eyelets (SU)
Scallop edge punch (SU)
Title (Cricut: Base Camp cartridge)
Colonial White ricrac
Sweet Leaf ribbon
Chocolate waxy flax
Metal charm CC
Sanding block



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pure Joy layout


I finished this LO yesterday, but it was getting too close to supper time to post at that time. A couple of summers ago, we visited my DHs Aunt & Uncle on our way back from dropping my DDs off at summer camp at the CNIB in Vancouver. These lucky people live right on Fraser Lake, so they go boating and flying whenever they want. They have all the fun water toys! So Uncle Mick took Cole out for a fun ride in this 3 seater Sea-Doo. He just has the look of pure joy on his face!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Reflections (for the right page)
Emporium B&T and My Stickease
Colonial White, Chocolate and Sweet Leaf CS
Spot On Backgrounds SS
Chocolate ink and marker
Crystal Blue ink
3" scallop circle punch (Marvy Uchida)
Love Letters Rub-ons
Chocolate and Colonial White brads
DE Monograms
Cricut: Base Camp cartridge (Provo Craft)
Pewter Designer brad
Make-up sponge (other)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hey There Cupcake... another cupcake card


I love this stamp set... can you tell? I woke up yesterday morning with the thoughts of how to put a cherry on top of whipping cream on this stamp set. I found some time this morning to create my card and I like how it turned out. As usual, it looks better in person!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Originals - Log Cabin
That's Amore B&Ts
Cupcake Sprinkles SS
Chocolate and Colonial White CS
Chocolate ink
Brown Staz-on
Nature's Ambiance Chocolate rub-ons
Liquid Applique
(Real) Chocolate baking sprinkles (other)
Cranberry Button
Black Waxy Flax
Embossing stylus
Liquid Glass
Make-up sponge (other)
Pop dots (other)

Love That Face! layout


I've been itching to do a layout and looked through my pics. I came across this single 5x7 one of Cole that I love. So I decided to finally cut into my Key To My Heart papers and this is what I created. I like how it turned out.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Reflections: Bottom Border - Title
Spot On Backgrounds SS
Key To My Heart SS
Key To My Heart B&Ts
Colonial White, Chocolate, Tulip and Juniper CS
Chocolate, Tulip, Juniper and Sorbet inks
Dimensional Elements
Chocolate brads and bigger brads
Sorbet ribbon
Clear Embossing Powder
Cricut - All Mixed Up cartridge
Pop-dots (other)
Make-up sponges (other)

Mama card...


The night I got home from Hawaii, a good friend of mine called me with some very exciting news... they are expecting thier 3rd child! What a shock, since they thought they were done! I made this card for her a couple of days ago, but haven't given it to her yet.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Family Ties - Adults SS
Miracle SS (retired)
Emporium and Emporium Creative Basics B&Ts
Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Vineyard Berry and White Daisy CS
Black Staz-on ink
Black, Vineyard Berry, Twilight and Bamboo inks
110 Special Black copic (because my friend has black hair)(LSS)
E00 Skin White copic (LSS)
Scallop Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
1 1/8", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circle punches (other)
Vineyard Berry Grosgrain
Make-up sponge (other)
Pop-dots (other)
Pewter Brad
Dew drops (Michaels)

Dream... a butterfly card


I had started this card just before I left on vacation and it had been sitting here staring me in the face everytime I walked by it. All it needed was to be glued onto a base and VOILA, it was done. I love this technique. You just stamp the butterfly image onto White CS with Staz-on or Archival ink, color it in with markers, color over the entire image with an embossing pen and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. It seals in the colors and makes it really pop! I stamped the butterfly image onto Sweet Leaf B&T. And then I cut the butterfly out (minus it's antenae) and glued it onto the B&T, basically paper-piecing it.

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Emporium B&T
Celebrate Life SS
Inspiration SS
Colonial White and Vineyard Berry CS
Black Staz-On ink
Chocolate ink
Vineyard Berry, Twilight and Sweet Leaf markers
Clear embossing powder
Embossing pen
White Daisy Mini-medley ribbon slide
Vineyard Berry grosgrain from Creative Basics Emporium set
Scalloped rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Make-up sponge
Pop-dots

Wish for the Stars...


My BFFs son turned 5 on Boxing Day, but with it so close to Christmas she holds his party in January. It happens to be today, so I made this card earlier this week and am just getting around to posting it now. Hope he likes it!

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Reach for the Stars SS
Wish Upon a Star SS
Small Script SS (SU)
Stardust B&T
Black, Moonstruck, Topiary, White Daisy and Honey C/S
Black, Moonstruck, Topiary, White Daisy Pigment and Honey inks
Black Staz-On ink
Waterbrush
Black mini brad
Scalloped rectangle (Nestabilities - Spellbinders)
Star punches - SU
Black journal pen
Silver star - dollar store
Pop-dots

Another Swap done...


My second task to tackle after getting home, was to do a 21 card swap which isn't due until Feb. 13th, but I hate to leave things to the last minute. I stress out! So because I was doing 21 cards, I made these a little more simplified, but hopefully still cute! ;o)

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Family Ties - Children SS
Say It In Style SS
Daydream B&T
White Daisy and Sweet Leaf CS
Black ink
Black Staz-on ink
Blush Ricrac
Mini sparkles
Scallop rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Copics (RV14 Begonia Pink, YR24 Pale Sepia and E00 Skin White)
Stardust Stickles


My Humble Artists Swap Card Submission...


As I had mentioned before about being invited into the Humble Artists group, as soon as I got back from Hawaii I had to get these done and out in the mail. It was really hard to get back into the swing of things with creativity after vegging out for 2 weeks! LOL With this being my first submission to this talented group of women, I hope they like them! ;o)

What I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Cupcake Sprinkles SS
Daydream B&T
White and Black CS
Black, Lilac Mist, Blush and Sweet Leaf inks
Sculpting Foam
Blush re-inker
White Daisy, Lilac Mist, Sweet Leaf and Tulip brads
Liquid Glass
Prisma Glitter
Black Waxy Flax
White Daisy Ricrac
Scallop edge punch (SU)
Black Lg. Eyelets and Big Bite to set them (other)
Pop dots (other)
Make-up sponges (other)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Yes, I'm still alive... LOL

We were away for Christmas vacation in Hawaii, actually Oahu, and we just got home Wednesday night. Wow, this is the first time I've experienced such jet-lag after traveling and I'm still tired. But of course it was worth it! Now that we are back home in the cold and snow, I hope to get back to playing with my ink and stamps. All my new product is sitting here waiting for me... it'll have to wait for a little bit longer, since there's no food in the fridge and laundry to be done, and I have a Unit meeting here at my home on Sunday that I have to clean for and prepare a project to do and do 5 cards for a swap I'm in and supposed to have these little suckers in the mail by tomorrow! Whew! Did I mention that I'm tired??? LOL

I'll post my creations as soon as I get them finished and find some me time. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

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