Saturday, April 30, 2011


I whipped this card up for Tracy's newest challenge: It turned out better then I imagined and I'm just really happy with the colour combinations. As most of you know, I'm more of a sentiment stamper and thanks to my other new love, embossing, I love how it made the sentiment stand out even more.

I also whipped up a few other cards that I'm hoping to post in the next day or two. Happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Momma's Day

This is the first time ever that I have combined 2 challenges - how I envy people who can mix together several challenges. I had already made my mother's day cards but decided to wanted to make a special one for my momma and here is the result. I used scrap papers that are sitting in my big ol' basket of goodness. I am working so hard to attempt to at least put a dent in that supply of paper!! The ribbon is from Michael's - found in a $1 bin, as well as the stamp (which I think was $1.50 at Michael's). The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.


Happy Stampin'!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

merci beaucoup!

Jeff's grandma bought all the grandkids pottery for Christmas instead of mailing out her usual cheque. She was out to visit in March and as I am the only one who ever send a thank you card, I wanted to whip up something fun, especially since all my Christmas stuff is tucked away at the moment. I love how simple this card was to create and it's a great way to use up scraps of paper. The paper is from Basic Grey, the stamp is from Verve, and the ribbon is from a clearance bin at Michael's I think. I embossed the sentiment (cause I'm totally love that these days!) and TA DA!! There you have it.

As soon as I get my camera charged up, I think I'm going to take some pictures of my crafting room. It's such a disaster and a work in progress at the moment ... maybe being held accountable by showing it getting cleaner and more organized will help keep me motivated!!

Happy Easter everyone!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sweet New Baby

I've always been a fan of using photos on cards, to make them that little bit more special. And lately, I've been going with non-traditional paper and colours for baby cards, to make the cards stand out a little bit more. I love how this one turned out!!

Happy Easter week-end everyone!! (Do you actually think I might get an Easter card made before the bunny arrives on Sunday? LOL)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Graduation Challenge

I have been attempting to create a stash of cards for all sorts of different events and when I stumbled across this graduation one, at Hand Stamped Sentiments, I really struggled, as I really don't have any great graduation stamps. I'm also not really great at writing down what supplies I've used - I think mainly because I'm a grab and go type of crafter and I never seem to have a notepad handy to jot the details down. This is one of 2 graduation cards I made, using these colours. Dark blue is our school colour and so I was trying to whip up something using that as a focus, with the 'mango' ink thrown in to add a little pop. I will definitely continue to whip up some more cards - graduation (or as the school calls it - Prom) is May 14th.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wonderful Mother

I was asked by a teacher friend to see if I could create a card for her kids to make for Mother's Day. Of course I jumped at the offer but have been super nervous since. My friend works at a Hutterite Colony, so I wanted to do something tasteful yet really fun and different for the kids (I think there are 14 of them from Kindergarten to Grade 8) but I also wanted to respect their traditions etc and not get too crazy. I really like how it all turned out and it was really easy to do. I think the kids will have a great time, which is what it's all about and it will be easy to create something similar for a Father's Day card as well. And I'm excited because I now have a design for all the Mother's Day cards I am going to be creating - for my mom, Jeff's mom, both grandma's and of course my bestie Stacey! And I think I might also whip up one for a close friend of ours - she is expecting her 1st bambino mid-June and we found out she was admitted yesterday to the hospital - needing to be on bed rest. So something like that would cheer her up ... I'm also hoping to ship up a Journal Jar for her - if she is going to be forced to hang out in the hospital for the next while, she will need something more to do then stare at the tiny TV screen and worry about what's going on. I've been there, done that, read the handbook when Stacey was hospitalized and well, it gets old, pretty darn fast!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy 60th!

I was asked to create a 60th birthday card for a friends mother. I really struggled with ideas for this one, I think mainly because I tend to use photos for personalized, specially requested birthday cards. Wendy didn't have a photo that she wanted to use, so I was left to come up with a colour combo and a special way to highlight the fact it's her mom's 60th birthday. I really like how it turned out!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy birthday Papa Pajunen

My best friend's partner Evan celebrated his birthday yesterday. I had originally started in on a card for him early last week but it turned into a pretty pink deal, which isn't his style. Having twin girls, I'm sure he already sees pink enough as it is :) I whipped this card up late last night, along with the card I previously posted (and I finished up the pink girlie girl card). I'm still working on my embossing techniques, so the background is a little rough around the edges. I have a couple cards to finish up this afternoon some time ... and I need to get starting on the box of birthday cards that I've had someone request.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Eat Sleep Stamp Sketch #126

So it's late and I should be in bed but I wanted to take pictures and post this before I forgot. I've been kinda down in the dumps lately and frustrated with my (lack of work) situation and just in general, some people letting me down - I guess not really letting me down, more just not understanding how some people operate - and thank goodness for my best friend Stacey. She is such an amazing person and I only wish I end up being even half as good of a mom as she is, when my time eventually comes. She loves monkey's and since I thought I should attempt to colour - I can't get better if I don't try, right - I thought I would stick an image along with the sentiment. All the paper used was in my scrap bin - which still keep growing and I really need to better organize. Anyways, nighty night night to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First time - embossing!

So, I'm not entirely happy with how this card turned out but being my first time that I have ever embossed, I'm okay with it. I just recently purchased the supplies required for embossing and I will be adding to my collection very soon - because I am addicted!! I needed to whip up a quick THANK YOU card, as I received some lovely gifts from the school staff when I was done on the 4th. I didn't want to purchase a card and nothing I had really was working for me. I had the majority of this card sitting in pieces on my desk and this morning added the sentiment and ribbon ... and the stitching - which I LOVE!! Hard to believe I didn't pull out the needle and thread long, long ago. I have a few cards that I've been requested to make, a 60th birthday card, 2 anniversary cards for 2 couples very near and dear to my heart and a box of 20-ish birthday cards. A little nervous about the last order but really looking forward to it as it really allows me to be creative. Being off work, I had anticipated being bored out of my mind because I like to be busy but it has been anything but that. I've been called in to work several times on a casual basis and I'm going for election training, as I'm woring our federal election at the end of the month. Anyways, more on that later - need to get my supper ready :)

Eat Sleep Stamp Sketch #125

First off, thanks to Tracy for helping me get my MOJO back. It's not entirely there but I'm working on it. I whipped up this card last Saturday, for a bridal shower I was going to that afternoon. The bride had made a comment about how much she loves my cards and I am the one who did her invitations, so I wanted to make something special for her. These are essentially her colours, so I thought it was fitting. This was also my first time ever stitching on a card ... and I'm in LOVE. It didnt' turn out exactly how I planned but I like the look of it and I can only get better from here, right? Check Tracy out - you know you want to!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eat Sleep Stamp Sketch #124

So I have been meaning to play along with the great sketches that Tracy at has been posting but even with having Wednesday's off, I never seemed to get a card created. Now that I am unemployed I made it my mission to at least attempt this week and not only attempt, but also photograph it as well. As a side note: it's not that I haven't been crafting cards, I just send them before I take a picture!! Anyways, I have been drawn to shiny things for ages and I've always wondered how I can incorporate that into a card. I've actually got an idea for an 8.5 x 11 framed project but that's for another day. I had a can of Coke sitting on my desk and I decided to slice it open and see if it would work if I ran it through my Cuttlebug. And YAY! it did work! I tried it a couple different times and know this will definitely be a technique I will be using more. I just need to find a more efficient way to trim the aluminum. I really love how this card turned out and lately I've been on a baby card kick that doesn't use the 'normal' baby colours! If I had a thicker ribbon, I probably would have used that but I love how my bow turned out. Normally, I really struggle but for some reason, it clicked tonight.

I'm off to the city tomorrow and pretty thankful for that. I've had a sinus issue since last Thursday and I've tried practically every sinus medication around. I found a few Equate (Walmart) brand sinus meds and took one of the pills and WOW - I can breathe and my ears didn't hurt or feel like they were going to rupture. So I need to stock up on them as I'm sure this was partly brought on by all the snow melting - I really curse the snow mold!!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Let's get it started in here ...

So I have been doing a little bit of crafting here and there but nothing overly earth shattering and it seems that when I do actually create a new card, I'm in such a hurry to mail it that I don't take a picture to post. So - since I have been officially laid off and the 4th is my last day at work, I'm hoping to get a few things done in my craft room ... and in my life in general! I am hoping to start building up a supply of cards and what not to have ready for the Easter Market, along with my Scentsy stuff, and I want to create a much more functional crafting space. I have papers spread out everywhere and I have literally junk everywhere - papers and tools and whatnot. I've started using a bit different system for organizing and it's working, it's just a HUGE work in progress. I'm also paring down what supplies I have, as I know I have way too much ... and it's hard to justify purchasing new supplies when I have oodles downstairs that haven't been touched!! On a happy note, I'm breaking into the world of embossing ... I've got a heat gun and embossing powder on it's way! Definitely nervous about that!!