Friday, July 30, 2010

Another scrapbook layout

I am finally getting back into the groove of scrapbooking, and I got another LO done.... or at least mostly done! I am still trying to figure out what else this needs.... Every time I look at it, I think it needs something, but I have no clue what to add.

If any of you want to pass along a suggestion, please feel free to leave me a comment, I'd love some help figuring out what would finish off these 2 pages.

Stamps: none
Inks: Early Espresso
Paper: Bashful Blue DSP, Early Espresso, Almost Amethyst (retired), Sahara Sand DSP (retired SAB)
Misc: Colored Buttons (retired) Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Linen Thread, Ric Rak (made using Design Studio and the Cricut), Sponge Daubers

I am off to bed, I have to get up early tomorrow to help hubby pack for a boys weekend away. Sadly I will still have the kid, or I could have had the whole weekend to scrap, that would be a dream come true.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Extra! Extra! Hostess Dollars

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brayered Night Sky

I really love how simple it is to create a simple, yet beautiful background using a brayer. More and more the brayer is becoming my tool of choice when I want to create a simple easy and fast card.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Misc: White Gel Pen, Brayer, Post it note (for masking), Black Marker

Sunday, July 25, 2010

NICU days

I am slowly getting more and more of my sons first year album done. I am hoping to have it mostly done by the end of this year, and for sure done by his next birthday in February. This was a really important to me page, and a hard to do page. He was in the NICU for several days after he was born and a lot happened to him there, but sadly we were not allowed to take many pictures. Depending on the nurses working sometimes we were not allowed to take any pictures. I am totally against that policy. I can not imagine having a premature baby that was in the NICU for weeks and weeks and not being allowed to take pictures. To me it was like I imagine going to visit someone in jail. We couldn't just walk in whenever we wanted to. We were only allowed in at certain times, and even then we had to be double verified, even by the nurses that knew us. It was not a fun time, and definitely not the way I imagined my hospital stay.

It doesn't look like it too much, but I tried to make his wrist and ankle bracelets into handcuffs, going along with the cell block theme. I made the little links out of very vanilla cardstock and sponged platinum shimmer paint over top to make it look like metal.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Marina Mist
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Misc: Curly Label Punch, Movers and Shapers Die Curly Label, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Brads, 5/8" Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon

I am hoping to get another page at least started tonight after the kid is done with his bath and in bed.

Friday, July 23, 2010

emboss resist

I really do love trying out new techniques, and this is such a fun one, and there are so many different looks from it. This is actually a sample from one of my brayer classes. We had a lot of fun those nights.

you can see the clear embossing powder here
and here you can see the DSP showing through the clear embossing powder.
I highly recommend using an embossing buddy before you ink your paper with the Versa Mark, I forgot to do it here, so there was some leftover embossing powder, and my design is not as crisp as it could be.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Medallion
Inks: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Papers: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, patterns DSP in Bashful Blue
Misc: Brayer, Half Back Pearls, Hodgepodge Hardware, 1/4" Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Versa Mark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

I need to run, I will have people here soon for my open house, and I still have to eat.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

new neighbours

Today has been a busy day, as has this last few days. I have been baking and trying new things, and today made homemade tortilla shells. They are really good, and my son loves them. Sadly my old and very abused rolling pin died while making them so I am now on the hunt for a 12-15 inch marble rolling pin, which I am noticing don't exist. SO if you know where I can buy one I, and ship to Canada, I will gladly send you a free stamp set from my retired for sale stamps. I should note my old one was not marble, but some weird plastic fiberglass thing and it was 12 inches, which for what I use it for is almost too small, hence the 15 inch wish list. I have also been making a lot of homemade white bread, and would love to try whole wheat, so if you have a great recipe for that I'd love it if you would share it with me.

We also got new neighbours recently, and I wanted to make them a card. I saw a very similar card done on SCS by KIM L, and wanted to case it. I do not have the good neighbors stamp set, but the paper stack from SAB has these cute houses and trees and clouds, so I paper pieced instead of stamping.

Stamps: Well Scripted (retired)
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, SAB paper stack, Baja Breeze
Misc: Rhinestones, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rub Ons (Eggcellent Eggs Kit), 5/8" Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I love weddings

My hubby's cousin got married last week and this is the card I made for them.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, En Francais
Inks: Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Paper: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Perfect Plum DSP, Marina Mist
Misc: Rhinestone Brads, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, 5/8" Organza Ribbon

That's all for me today.... I am feeling very under the weather and to top it off I have a migraine, so I am off to bed.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I need your help

I need your help.... coming up with a nice, but short title for my scrapbook LO. It will be of my sons first few days of life being in the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit). I would ideally like to use the word NICU in the title, but I have no ideas for a title that are not like 12 words long.

I haven't actually made up the page yet, since I want to make sure I have enough room for everything, but I do know what I want it to look like, and I am hoping to get it all done tomorrow... if I actually come up with a title (or if one of my wonderful blog readers has one too!)

Thanks in advance....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Butterfly Anniversary

This post is going to be quick... I am posting while we found some free internet on our way to a family reunion this weekend.

I made this card for my sister in law and her hubby. they celebrated their 15th anniversary a little while ago, and I wanted to make sure they got it before I posted it.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Perfect Plum
Paper: Perfect Plum DSP (retired) Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand
Misc: Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Edge Punch

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I have finally got back to a bit of scrapbooking. I have been having the hardest time getting any LO's done. I know what I want to do, but I can not seem to actually translate that to paper. Because of this I have been scrapbooking out of order for the first time ever. This is the very first page (title page if you will) for my son's first year album. I sketched the design about a year ago, set it aside and finally came back to it.

Want to know the best part? I really wanted to use the nursery necessities stamp set, but I do not own it. Then I remembered that MDS has it in it, so I 'stamped' up a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 'card' in the colors I wanted, and then printed it out at home, and Voila! now I have those stamps to use. The pictures are terrible, but I guess that is what I get for taking pictures at 3:45 am.

Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Inks: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Breeze DSP (retired)
Misc: 1" Circle Punch, Square Punch, Star Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, MDS, Cricut

This LO still isn't perfect, but it's almost there. I will probably end up tweaking it some, but for now it is in the album.

I am off to bed, since I have to get up soon and go to a wedding.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fathers Day times 2

This is the Fathers Day card I made for John. I love this little set, and since my hubby and his brothers are all computer programmers I thought the 1&0's would work great for cards for them. I also can not take full credit for this card as I had seen one very similar, probably on SCS, but I did not save it and can not remember who I copied from. If it is yours please let me know so I can give you proper credit.

The sentiment is actually from 2 different stamps, the happy fathers day is from teeny tiny wishes, and the human part is from the bottom of one of the lots of bots stamps. I also used markers and an aqua pen to color the little robot in.

Stamps: Lots of Bots, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip
Misc: Baja Breeze Corduroy Button, Linen Thread, Aqua Pen, Silver Brads

To get the Wild Wasabi Corduroy Button I took an Aqua Pen and Wild Wasabi ink and colored the button. You will want to wet the button first with the Aqua Pen and then pick up the color and paint it all over the button. It takes a while to dry, so I suggest doing them first. Also to get the multiple colors of ink, darker and lighter I stamped the images once and then without inking it back up I stamped it again.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Bit Late...

I am very late posting these cards. I made them for Fathers Day and we did give them to John on Fathers Day, but he took them and put them up on his desk right away and I forgot to take pictures of them before I gave them to him. I will post the other fathers day card tomorrow. This one is from my son, and the inside uses the stamp that says: He who has the most tools wins and we wrote underneath Father of the Year!, and my hubby def has a ton of tools.

Stamps: Totally Tool, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain Background
Inks: Basic Gray, Whisper White Craft, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Close To Cocoa
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Brilliant Blue, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Misc: Linen Thread, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Pen, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Wire Clip from Clips Assortment

I also want to thank my friend Terrina over at Bootybella Designs for letting me use her Woodgrain Stamp since mine did not get here in time. Thanks again sweetie.

I better get off here before it rains, since I have to take the dog for a run.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day and New Catalogue Day!

July 1st is a great day. Firstly, it is Canada Day and for Stampin’ Up demonstrators, we start a whole new year, have a new Idea Book and catalog to create with and we look forward to our annual convention this month! And what better way to start all that off than with fireworks tonight!!

Speaking of NEW catalogs, have you seen it yet? Do you need one mailed to you? If you have ordered from me in the last 12 months, you get one free from me! They cost me $5 and $5 to mail them since they are 2 pounds, so just verify that you would like yours mailed to you by dropping me an email. Do me a favor and type in your mailing address so I can be sure I have it going to the right place!

If you haven’t ordered from me in the last 12 months and would like a catalog, just email me your name and mailing info. I’ll send you a Pay Pal invoice for $10 to cover my cost and mailing. Along with the Idea Book and Catalog, I’ll send you a $10 coupon for a future purchase of $50. And where can you get a rubber stamping idea book with over 300 ideas for only $10?!

I hope you are as excited as I am about the new catty. I LOVE so many of the new sets, and a ton of the new tools and accessories. I will be making more cards soon, and showing you several of the new sets. For those of you that just can't wait to see it or to order, if you click on the left sidebar where the new catty is, it will take you to a pdf of it so you can save it to your computer and start your wish list right away.

If you place an order directly with me during the month of July, I will be offering a No Tax and No Shipping special for all orders over $75.00. This special is through me only, not Stampin' Up! so you need to email your orders to me at