Friday, April 30, 2010

DAD... a card

Well, I intended this card to be submitted for a contest, but I realized after making it that I used B&Ts from two different paper packs when I was only supposed to use papers from one pack.  DOH!  lol 

Ah, well... such is life!  So I'm posting it here instead.  ;)

EDIT:  After re-reading the submission requirements, I saw that I must have read the requirements on another category by mistake.  I was able to submit this, so wish me luck!

Supplies used all CTMH:
Card design:  Wishes - Geometric, and 2" circle pattern
Paper:  Splendor B&T, Passages B&T, Chocolate CS
Stamp:  Wonderful Friend - June SOTM
Inks:  Chocolate, Heavenly Blue, Twitlight, Brown Staz-on
Embellishments:  Irresistibles Pizzazz, Pewter Mini brads, Pewter Hinge
Tools:  Stylus, Sanding kit, Paper piercer, Sponge Daubers, Craft heater
Other:  Clear detail embossing powder, 3D foam tape

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My sChOOL Buds Envelope Mini Album

After seeing Ashley's Envelope Mini Album and tutorial that you can see HERE on her Scrap, Paper, Scissors Academy blog, I was inspired to try one for myself.  I'd never made an album out of envelopes before but have seen many.  For some reason this one spoke to me.  I think partly because I just happened to have placed a box of those envelopes on my desk a few days earlier with a plan to do something with them.   Well, three down, close to a hundred envelopes to go...  lol

Yes, that's right, this only took three No. 8 envelopes (3 5/8" x 6 1/2"), and I changed the instructions up a bit and used CTMH White Chipboard to create the front and back covers.  Tip:  it was easy to cut the chipboard by using my regular cutter by making the cut on one side, then flipping it over and cutting in the same place on that side.  Though I do have a cutter with a self-sharpening blade and I wouldn't recommend using a regular cutter as it might dull your blade.  ;)  And I also noticed that I didn't need to use any force than I would for a sheet of B&T.  It easily cut right through.  Awesome! 

As soon as I started creating my album, I thought of my son's school pictures of his friends.  You know those little ones that don't ever seem to have a home?  I found some sitting on his shelf in his bedroom, so these will work perfectly.

I used the Irresitibles Lots of Dots Alphas for the album title, and sponged Olive ink onto the C-O-O-L.  Not sure if it stands out well enough to be noticed, so I thought I'd point that out.  I also purposely have left all his buddies' photos and info off for now so I can freely post the pics of my album first.  ;)
The little pull-outs will "hide" all his friend's info, too.  And the last page is for their phone numbers.  Fun! 

Hope I've inspired you to play today!  Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  You Rock B&Ts; White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Olive, Goldrush CS
Stamps:  Library Cards, Confidential, Comments, True Friends, A Twinkle, Authentic, Code It
Inks:  Outdoor Denim, Olive, Black, Goldrush, and 0.5 Black Journal pen
Embellishments:  White brads, Bitty Sparkles, Irresistibles Lots of Dots Alphas
Punches:  1" and 3/4" circle (EK), Sm. and Lg. Star (SU), Real Estate Sign (EK), Key Tag (SU)
Other:  Crop-A-Dile (other), Chipboard Sheets, Pinking Shears (other), No.8 Envelopes (other), 1" binder rings (other), Sponge Daubers, 3D foam tape (dollar store), Micro-tip scissors

Monday, April 26, 2010

You deserve to have a Great Day!

Isn't that little guy just the sweetest???  He's one of 4 different hedgehog images in the July Stamp of the Month set called Happy Forever, which has a total of 9 stamps including sentiments.  I know it's a little early for a pre-view, but keep this adorable set in mind when July rolls around. 

This card started out when I decided to use some bright coloured B&T for a funky flower.  (You can see my previous posts about the FUNky flowers, if you're wondering what I'm talking about....)  I was going to use the reverse side of the yellow B&T for a flower, which was Dutch Blue, but I quickly changed my mind when I thought it would be really cute as a sun instead. 

Of course with the sun, I figured that the sky needed some clouds, and the new Splendor paper pack has the perfect B&Ts for this, including the green B&T for the grass.

Then I figured the sky needed a kite... and I quickly found this Happy Forever stamp to be perfect in size for my "scene" I was putting together.

I coloured my hedgehog and kite with Prisma Coloring pencils and blended my colouring with blending stumps dipped in odourless paint thinner (aka: Gamsol, odourless mineral spirits).  I stamped the image again onto the "scene", and then trimmed out my hedgehog and kite and paper pieced them.   I tweeked a little here and there, and ......Alas, a card was born!  :)

Well, I'm off to go crafting at my BFFs for the day...

Happy creating!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Colonial White CS; Animal Cookies B&T, Splendor B&T
Stamps:  Happy Forever - July SOTM
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Momento (Tsukeniko), Black, Black Journal pen
Punches:  Grass edge (Martha Stewart), 1" circle (EK), 1 3/4" circle (EK)
Other:  Sewing machine, Odorless paint thinner, Blending stumps, Prisma Coloring Pencils, Micro-tip scissors, 3D foam tape, 1/2" Scor-Tape

Saturday, April 24, 2010

What do you get when you purchase a handmade card?

Just in case anyone was wondering what to expect when you purchase a handmande card from me, besides the tutorial for one of my boxes as a bonus, and the sketch for the card I make for you, oh and of course the envelope to go with the card...?

Here's a couple of cards I made this morning for a couple of gals so that you can see them as examples.  :)

One person wanted a birthday card made mostly out of Stampin' Up supplies.  I don't have a tonne of SU stuff, but I do have some.  This is what she's getting in the mail from me...  yup another of those FUNky flowers!  lol

And another person wanted a birthday card made out of mostly CTMH supplies.  Although it may look a little like blue in the photo, the lighter purple shade is called Amethyst (like a shade of lilac).

So hopefully that gives you an idea of what type of card you'd get from me if you purchased a handmade card.  You can also look under Labels in my sidebar for Purchased cards to see the other ones I've posted here on my blog.  I don't post every card, as sometime time doesn't allow that, but the majority of them are on there.  ;)

A lot of time, they are one-of-a-kind cards, and less often I make a few the same, at the same time.

And be sure to check out my box templates that you can get as a bonus with purchase.  You can see them under Labels on my sidebar, listed under Vicki's Templates.

If you do ever decide to purchase a card so you can get one of my bonus templates, I will keep the info at the top of my sidebar for easy finding, which will also direct you to Paypal.  :)

Happy creating!

SU card:
Supplies used (all SU unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Mambo Melon DP, Sweet Pea DSP, Chocolate Chip CS; White Daisy (CTMH)
Stamp:  Warmest Regards
Ink:  Black (CTMH)
Punches:  Scallop border, 1 3/4" circle (EK), Grass border (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments:  White Daisy brads (CTMH), Chocolate Chip cordouroy brad
Other:  Paper piercer (CTMH), Scor-Tape (LSS)

CTMH card:
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): 
Paper:  Zippidee B&T; Pansy Purple, Garden Green, Amethyst, Colonial White CS
Stamps:  You Are Beautiful, From Me To You, Noted Backgrounds
Inks:  Amethyst, Pansy Purple, Garden Green, Black
Embellishments:  Colonial White crochet ribbon, Colonial White brads
Punches:  1 3/4" circle (EK), Scallop border (SU), 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle (EK)
Other:  Stardust glitter glue, 3D foam tape (dollar store), Paper piercer

FUNky Flower

Isn't that a FUNky flower???  I loved it as soon as I saw the one Arielle Gordon created and I just had to give it a go myself.  You can see her beautiful card HERE (with links to instructions) that inspired me to try it.

It simply uses the Martha Stewart Grass punch (that I already have), and how I love to be able to use those more "specific" themed punches for other things.  Awesome!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Creative Basics Cherry-O B&Ts; Colonial White, Sweet Leaf and Tulip CS
Stamps:  Cherish the Moment (May SOTM)
Ink:  Chocolate
Embellishments:  Sweet Leaf brad, Black/Colonial White bigger brad, Colonial White Crochet ribbon
Punches:  Grass edge (Martha Stewart), 3/4" circle (EK), Scallop edge (SU), 1 3/4" circle (EK)
Other:  Paper crimper (Fiskars), Micro-tip scissors, Paper piercer, 3D foam tape (dollar store), 1/2" Scor-Tape

Friday, April 23, 2010

My Latest Double Scraplings Cards & Gift Box

I had fun creating a simple set of Double Scraplings Cards & Gift Box.  Super easy, and super cute! 

What are Double Scraplings, you ask?  Well, they came about when using an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock to make 2 - 4x4 square cards.  It leaves a larger scrap of cardstock the size of 2 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Scraplings are cards that when you cut that piece in half at 1 1/4 x 8 1/2 and fold them in half, it gives you two Scrapling cards.  But what I did was just fold that 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 scrap cardstock piece in half and you get a Double Scrapling.  ;)

How do you get the template, you ask?  That's easy too.  You can get it free with purchase of a handmade card from me.  For your convenience, I've even included a template so you can make your own envelopes to fit the Double Scrapling cards.  If you're interested in the details, you will find a link at the top of my sidebar:  just click on the picture and it will take you to all the info.   ;) 

Have a wonderful day and happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Zippidee and Splendor B&Ts, Colonial White and Black CS
Stamps:  Dreams Petite Perks, Thank You, Happy Birthday, Lifetime, You Are Beautiful
Inks:  Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukeniko), Topiary, Buttercup, Goldrush, Black
Punches:  1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circle (EK), Scallop edge (SU)
Other:  Blending pen, 3D foam tape (dollar store), Vicki's Double Scraplings Cards & Gift Box template

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Splendor Thank You

I made this card for someone who purchased a card from me today.  I really like how it turned out in all it's sparkly goodness.  :)

I recently got the You Are Beautiful two-step stamp set and just played with it for the first time today.  I think I'm in love... it's an awesome set!  I'm sure I'll be using it a lot.  ;)

I also used a new product called Glitz Glitter glue.  Similar to Stickles, it's not really a glue, but I guess it does adhere the glitter that's mixed in with it.  A little goes a long way... and it adds just the right touch.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Colonial White, Heavenly Blue, Topiary CS; Splendor B&Ts
Stamps:  You Are Beautiful, Thank You
Inks:  Heavenly Blue, Topiary, Black, Goldrush, Moonstruck
Embellishments:  Colonial White grosgrain, Colonial White brads, Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue
Punches:  2 1/4" circle (EK), 2 1/2" scallop circle (Marvy Uchida), Scallop edge (SU)
Tools:  Paper piercer, Blender pen
Other:  3D foam tape (other)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Preschool Grad layout

Still scrapbooking, I went through some photos I had already printed out quite a while ago and came across these ones of my youngest at his Preschool Grad.  I thought they would be perfect to use with this fun new summer paper pack called Zippidee.  For the layout design, I turned to the (also new) Cherry-O WOTG Guide. 

Yes, the pictures might look a little funny as I blurred the little girl's face as she is not my own.  ;)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Zippidee Level 2 paper pack
Inks:  Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo, Honey, Desert Sand; Moonstruck marker; My Legacy Writers Black Journal pen .05 and .03
Stamps:  Ticket To Ride (Zippidee WOTG Kit), A Twinkle, Field Trip Alpha, Journaling Jots
Embellishments:  DE Stars, Cranberry grosgrain, Cranberry buttons, Sunflower waxy flax
Tools:  Paper piercer, Paper Crimper (Fiskars), Make-up sponge (other), Corner rounder, Micro-tip scissors, Cherry-O WOTG Guide

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life with U is sweet

My BFF always jokes with me telling me that I'm not a scrapbooker, that I'm a cardmaker.  Yes, I do admit to making a lot of cards... but I've been really feeling the itch to create more layouts lately.  It's just finding the time.  Cards are so much quicker, aren't they?  This layout took me 3 days to create, between kid and work and life.  That's the part I don't like... that I get started and then have to put it aside until time allows me to complete it.  At least this one is complete though, journaling and all!  :)

The photos are from a couple of years ago.  Lee had started working for a different company earlier that year and this was our first time to go to the company Christmas party.  They chartered a plane for the employees and thier wives (and even Cole came with us), and flew us to Calgary where we rented an SUV and drove the rest of the way to Banff, AB.  We stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel, aka the Castle, which was also where the Christmas party is held each year.  Spoiled, or what???  If it makes you feel better, the flight there and back was awful, and I even got the pleasure of holding my son's two full (warm) barf bags on the way home.  Yay me!  lol

We decided not to go to this past year's Christmas party, but we are planning on getting away from house building this year and go as a mini-break.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Passages WOTG kit (includes Passages Level 2 paper pack, Lifetime MyAcrylix, Pewter Mini Medley Accents)
Ink:  Cocoa
Stamps:  Lifetime, Lg. Friendship Alpha, Sm. Chocolate Alpha, Journaling Jots
Ribbon:  Cocoa grosgrain
Tools:  Craft knife, Micro-tip Scissors, 1 1/4" circle punch, Paper Piercer
Adhesive:  Tombo Mono Multi (LSS), Scor-Tape 1/4" (LSS)

And now for something a little different...

Vicky at Clips-n-Cuts is doing her own version of a blog hop.  Wanna join in?  It's easy...  all the deets are on her post.  Happy blogging!  :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

X-Treme Passages 4 Card Set... new product alert!

So in the Summer Idea Book (which goes live on May 1st) there are 4 new paper packs.  Passages happens to be my least fave of the new 4 (there's always a least fave, right?).  So what better way to change my own mind than to play with it?  That's exactly what I did today.  I'm liking it so much more now...  {{grin}}

For the pop of green, I used a B&T from another new pack called Splendor.  Always gotta mix it up!

I also inked up a new stamp set called X-Treme... love it!  I know SU has some similar sets, and honestly I had been purchasing some of them because CTMH was lacking anything similar... until NOW.  I LOVE this set, it's a must-have for the young men in our lives (maybe even the ones that are a little older, too...  lol).

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Bamboo CS; Passages B&T, Splendor B&T
Stamps:  X-Treme, You Rock, Lifetime, Candlelight, Say It In Style
Inks:  Versamark, Black, Cocoa
Embellishments:  Bamboo brads, Antique Copper brads and bigger brads, Bamboo arrow photo clip
Other:  Clear detail embossing powder
Punches:  Binder edge (EK), Star and Large Star (SU)
Tools:  Paper piercer, Craft heater

Friday, April 9, 2010

Baby GAGA... 9x9 Baby Boy Accordion Album

Front Cover

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Back Cover

Move over Lady Gaga... What is it about babies that makes us so gaga?  No, I haven't been bitten by that nasty bug...  lol

My SU friend apparently was bit, though, and she has a new bundle of boy to prove it.  :)

Her baby shower is coming up this Sunday and this is her gifty I made for her, or him, whichever way you want to look at it.  I hope she likes it.  :)

Each and everything I stamped was then clear embossed, so it will all remain a nice rich colour and won't fade out over time.  And I used my Cricut to cut the tags.  The front cover was inspired by an album I saw on fellow CTMH Consultant Michele Rezewski's blog.  You can see her album HERE.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
9x9 Accordion album
Paper:  Colonial White, Sweet Leaf, Outdoor Denim, Heavenly Blue CS; Caboodle B&Ts
Stamps:  Lg. Friendship Alpha, Childhood, Soul Mates, Checklist, Journaling Jots, Tiny Typewriter Alpha
Inks:  Outdoor Denim, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Versamark
Embellishments:  Sweet Leaf stitched grosgrain, Colonial White grosgrain, Colonial White waxy flax, CC Metal Charm, Colonial White mini brads, Outdoor Denim bigger brads, Colonial White brads, DE stars, Silver grommets (Walmart)
Punches:  Scallop edge (SU), Trio Hearts (SU), Round Tab (SU), Giga Scallop Heart (Marvy Uchida), 2" circle (Fiskars), 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle (EK)
Tools:  Cricut - George & Basic Shapes (Provo Craft), Paper piercer, Micro-tip scissors
Adhesive:  Tombo Mono Multi (LSS), 3D foam tape (dollar store), 1/8" Super Tape

Thursday, April 8, 2010

My {{{Clueless}}} Share... lol

Yes, I'm a dork... I openly admit it.  So now you all know.

But maybe I'm not the only "clueless" person out there when it comes to blogging.  Maybe.

I love to look at blogs and spend way too much time doing so.  I saved a gazillion (well okay, maybe just around 100, though it could be more) blogs to my favourites, and some I had even signed up to get emailed whenever they posted something new.  Faithfully every morning, I grab my cup of coffee and spend way too much time perusing my fave blogs, one-by-one, downloading each one and carefully checking to see if they posted something new that day, until 2-3 hours later I ran out of time and had to shut it down until the next day.  Do you do this too?  Am I (not) the only one? 

Okay, for those of you who might be a blogging "dork" like me, and it takes a little while to figure things out... there's a better way!  And I will share with you what I discovered.  Yes, this is not new to probably a lot of you, but there may be another person out there in the blogosphere that might cross my blog, and read this post.  This is for you.  :)

Use Google Reader.  It took me seriously 30 minutes to look through and read all of the new posts this morning - all 61 of them.  I'm amazed, in shock.  In love with Google Reader.  :)

How do you get started with Google Reader?  I guess this information is good only for those with a blog, but what you do is go to your Dashboard.  Under the title of Reading List, there are 3 tabs, choose the one titled Blogs I'm Following.  Below it you will see an ADD button.  When you click on it, it will let you add the URLs for your favourite blogs.   You are basically signing up to be a Follower of that blog.  But the great thing is that once you are done, all you have to do is click on the tab in the lower right corner that is titled View in Google Reader.  It opens another window and shows all the new posts from all your favourite blogs.  No more looking at each one individually just to see if they had maybe posted something and finding that maybe they didn't. 

Once you are done reading the new posts, you can click on Refresh and it clears all the new posts that you've already looked at/read.  If there's any you want to keep, make sure you click on the Keep Unread for that specific post before you click on Refresh so it doesn't disappear.

Yes, there may be an even better way to do this.  But I am so happy with my little discovery in my own little world, that I'm keeping it.  For now at least, until something better comes my way.  ;)

Monday, April 5, 2010

You Are My Sunshine (Heart 2 Heart Challenge #1)... and a Sneaky Peek

For all of you who love challenge blogs, there's a brand new one that just started up today.  It's called Heart 2 Heart Challenges, and you can see the guidelines to Challenge #1 HERE.  I'm so excited for this blog, as it is a CTMH challenge blog.  YAY!

So this is my card I made for the first challenge.  I just got my new shipment of Summer Idea Books in with all 4 of the Summer Stamps of the Month -- another YAY! - so once I saw the colours we would be using, I instantly thought of this August SOTM set called Something Special.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Sketch Template:  Wishes - Sun Dial
Paper:  White Daisy CS; Magic Moments B&T, Topstitch B&T
Stamps:  Something Special, Treasures
Inks:  Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Sunflower, Honey, Versamark
Embellishments:  Chocolate Brads, Sunflower Organdy
Other:  Clear Embossing Powder
Punch:  Picket Fence edge (Martha Stewart)
Tools:  Craft Heater, Paper Piercer
Adhesive:  3D foam tape (Dollar Store), Tombo Mono Multi (LSS)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Card Purse and 5 Card Set

The purse is from the genius mind of Becky Roberts.  How I wish I created it!  It's just so......... perfect!
You can purchase her tutorial for her Purse-onally Perfect Notes on her blog found HERE.

I admit that I have quite a few SU stamp sets that I seem to very rarely use.  I thought today was the perfect opportunity to use some of those sets and some Sweet Pea DP as well.  I kept the cards fairly simple and mostly bulk-free, so I could comfortably fit 5 cards plus 5 envelopes inside the purse.

Supplies used (all SU unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Sweet Pea DP; Sahara Sand CS, Black and White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Close As A Memory, Spring Solitude, Artfully Asian, Warmest Regards
Inks:  Black, Grey Flannel, Ocean and Ocean Marker (CTMH)
Embellishments:  Black/White microcheck ribbon (Walmart), White Flower brad (CTMH), Silver brads (CTMH), Filigree designer brad
Punches:  Apron Lace edge (Fiskars), 1 3/8" square (EK), 1 3/4" circle and 5/8" circle (EK), Boho Blossoms, 5 Petal Flower
Other:  Purse-onally Perfect Notes template (Becky Roberts), Lumiere acrylic paint, Velcro dot (other)
Tools:  Paint brush (other), Paper piercer (CTMH), Craft knife (other), Blender pen (CTMH)
Adhesive:  Tombo Mono Multi (LSS), 3D foam tape (dollar store), 1/8" and 1/4" Scor-Tape (LSS)

We Have a WINNER!

Wow, I am so humbled by all of your kind words that you all sent me.  I'm simply astonished that I had 101 comments left for my blog candy.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!  :)

With so many comments left, I decided to use to pick the winning entry #, and the WINNER of my blog candy giveaway is:

#41 - Angela

Angela can you please email me with your information so I can mail your card set to you?  And I'll also need to know which 2 templates you'd like me to email you.  :)

Thanks everyone for playing!  This was a lot of fun...  might just have to do this more often.  ;)


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