Monthly Archives: September 2012

I love Fall!

I love Fall!

I love Fall!  This season has just taken me away with it and caused me to neglect my posting duties!  🙂  I have been knitting like a crazy person trying to get enough scarves/cowls together for a sale display.  I’ll have pictures of that  coming later.  For now you are “stuck” seeing cards I made in class a few weeks ago.  It was a fun birthday class (even though I turned one into a get well card) and it was good to get a couple new ideas.  I really need to take out my two-step stamps, for one!  Even though the stamp sets I have are retired by now, they would still make some really beautiful cards.

Oh, and I signed up for some more swaps!  The first is a Christmas tag swap.  I finished my first batch last weekend and plan to finish the next batch this weekend so stay tuned for that.  The second swap I signed up for is “Anything but Christmas/Holidays” so we can submit birthday, thank you, get well.  Anything that comes to mind.  I’m looking forward to this because lately everything has been a little too Christmas-y already.

Anyway, take a look and I’ll be back soon with some more.  Promise!

            

Best of…part 3!

Best of…part 3!

And here are the last of my Best of Everything cards!  After making all of these cards and enjoying them so much, I’m thinking I should probably pick it up!  🙂  I loved the colours in all the cards from the past three posts.  They were so fun and cheerful.  The Summer Smooches paper I’ve used a couple times is just the best!  Stampin’ Up carries so many fun designers of decorative paper.  The easy coordination just makes things, well…easy!  I’ll have to see how they go over with my customers and consider from there.

There are many pretty new stamp sets I want to get and guess what’s coming up???  My birthday!  I might just have to buy a set or two as a present to myself.  hehehe

      

Best of…part 2!

Best of…part 2!

One of the things I love best about this stamp set is that it’s just so versatile.  It can be used for any and all occasions.  Easter, Christmas, birthday, thinking of you, get well…  It’s been so much fun!  I hope you enjoy all the colours below.

Sorry for the short post today but I’m off to the zoo!  It’s going to be a gorgeous day!

         

Best of Everything!

Best of Everything!

A couple months back I borrowed the Best of Everything stamp set from Christyne.  After having it for over a month, I figured I should probably put stamps to ink, especially since I only had two days left before I had to give it back!  The next couple of posts will be dedicated to the cards I made with this set.  I did all the stamping for a dozen or so cards all in one night and then finished making the actual cards over the weeks following.  Yes, I am that lazy!  🙂

The first card is cased from a card made at one of Christyne’s classes, with the smooched up seam binding ribbon flower!

The rest of the cards were cased from various experts on SplitCoast Stampers!

      

Stayed tuned for more Best of Everything cards!

The Amazing CFR

The Amazing CFR

Today, I’m going to pay homage to a wonderful demonstrator who has been a great support to me over the past few months, answering my endless questions and showing me tons of new techniques each month.  This lovely person would be Christyne Richardson, or as she is better know Christyne FREAKIN’ Richardson (aka CFR)!  Her site Handstamped from the Heart is always filled with such beautiful cards and inspiration.

Last month, I went to her techniques class.  I learned so many new things.  First of all, I need to get a Colour Spitzer!  Take a look at the cards we made:

            

From the above, we have two-step stamping using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Next, we have watercolouring an image first stamped with Staz-On.  Then triple layer stamping.  From there, the trees were done in emboss resist.  Finally, we have the masterpiece of colour that took a lot of work with a very awesome result – tie dying by spritzing and splatzing!

Well, when she was trying to demonstrate how to do the tie dye technique, she got very involved…

I got her fingerprint!!!  🙂  And since this may be worth something some day, I totally got her to sign it!  Heck, I may even have it framed!!  🙂  On the downside, I had to redo all that yellow on a new piece of paper!!  LOL

I hope you enjoy your day!

Little Girl Birthday Cards

Little Girl Birthday Cards

Last week a friend asked me to make a special card for his 2-year old goddaughter.  Something new that was more “super” than my ordinary cards.  Let’s see what I did.

The first card was CASEd (copy and share everything) from a Regionals swap card.  I think it turned out really nice!  I didn’t have the same ribbon that was used in the other card but I think I got the sizes of the circles mostly the same (I was working from a picture).  I love the colour combinations!  It’s just such a fun card but oye, the number of punches used was a lot!

This next card was pulled from SplitCoast Stampers.  I love that site!  Such a great place for inspiration!

Finally, one of the cards at Regionals was similar to this.  The person used a different butterfly punch and a different stamp set but the overall layout was the same.  I think this card works as well.  All in all, I was pretty happy with them.  And my friend was too since he bought all of them and only needed the one!  Yay!!

I hope you enjoyed these cards!  Let me know!

Hamilton Regionals Swaps!

Hamilton Regionals Swaps!

Mid-August, Shelli Gardner and Stampin’ Up came to our little city of Hamilton for the first Regionals event of the year and what a day it was!  It was filled with chatting with other demonstrators.  Tons and tons of swapping.  There were excellent presentations and demonstrations, some by Stampin’ Up and others by local demonstrators!  I really did wish I had more pictures to commemorate the event but alas…  Shelli walked on the stage, I went to take a picture and my camera complained that it had no memory card.  A nice little curse word starting with “mother” just slipped out of my mouth!  Luckily I knew most of the people at our table or it may have turned some heads!  🙂  Below are the swap cards I made for the event!  I made 38 of these cards combined but I had another 30+ cards from another event a couple years ago.  They came in handy!  Even then I didn’t have enough cards to swap!  So many people, so many ideas!

The first card is using the Lovely as a Tree set!  I’m glad I bought it.  I resisted for a couple of years but now that I have it, it’s coming in handy!  The  second card is using the Snow Much Fun set again and I was about get out my Peekaboo Frames die!  It can make such a cute card!

      

And now I’ll show you the projects we made the day of!  We made a cute little box with small notecards.  The box was made out of the tags die!

   

Then we made a very nice 8×8 scrapbook page.  It’s only missing the picture!  I should really start scrapbooking again so I can make use of this page.  So many 8×8 and 12×12 albums just waiting to be filled!

Finally, we made several other notecards and then made a vellum envelope to carry them all in!  Very cute idea if you want to sell or give away packs of cards!  I’m going to have to get me some vellum!!

   

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what we made!  Until next time!  🙂

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Recently, I was asked to make an Angry Bird card.  My first reaction was “Absolutely not!  There are no stamps for that.”  After my initial freak out, I calmed down and decided to google a little.  Turns out many people have creatively made Angry Birds cards and with the help of the tutorial from Stampin’ with Niki, I have made one as well!  Take a look.  I made two at the same time so there’s still one available and watch out because I don’t think I’ll ever be making this baby again!  Woah, the punches used!  I still haven’t cleaned off my desk!  🙂  But it looks kind of cute, doesn’t it?