Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yet Another Guide Line Card

Second post of the day. WHOOTWHOOT!! lol, sorry. I really haven't had a chance to scrap this week, so today was my first day in the scrapin' I couldn't finish this card until my PTI package arrived with my ribbon.

As you can see it is another Guide Line Card. I was on the role the other week and made quite a few backgrounds with the set. This card uses PTI's Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise cardstock and ink, as well as PTI's Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon. The button was one I had on hand that resembles the lemon tart colour. It was tied on using embroidering floss. The thank you sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages (PTI). I added a yellow swirl to the sentiment and raised it on pop dots.

I just love the mixed fonts that are available in PTI's Mega Mixed Messages. Looks Fab!!

Stamps: PTI Guide Lines; PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Summer Sunrise; SU Whisper White
Ink: PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Summer Sunrise
Accessories: PTI Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon; button; embroidery floss; photo swirl; pop dots

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge

Even though Dawn McVey is on holidays in Hawaii she still has managed to update her blog. Today she has posted her new Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge. The colours are brown, soft aqua, and white. I have used these colours together quite often and enjoy the colour palate. I knew what sketch I wanted to use, but wasn't too sure what stamp to use as the focal. So I challenged myself to try a new stamp I of course have spent money on, but haven't used yet.

I started by cutting my case base from PTI's Dark Chocolate cardstock. The paper I used is from SU. It is the hostess DP paper that was available in last seasons catalog. I added faux stitching using a SU Chocolate Chip writers marker around the edges of the patterned paper. I added a strip of PTI Dark Chocolate cardstock over the seam of the patterned paper, and then added SU Bashful Blue ribbon. The main image is a Gstudio Popsicle Clear Stamp that was in the dollar bin at Micheal's. It is stamped onto SU Whisper White cardstock that was then brushed with SU Bashful Blue chalk. It was then layered with SU Bashful Blue cardstock and PTI's Dark Chocolate. The flower punch on the side of the Dark Chocolate cardstock is a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set as the Popsicle.

Stamps: GStudio
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate; SU Hostess DP; SU Whisper White; SU Bashful Blue
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories: SU Chalks; SU Bashful Blue ribbon; SU 1" & 1 1/4" circle punch; pop dots; Martha Stewart punch

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

For my Grandpa!

My Grandfather's birthday is coming up and I decided to use Stampin' Ups Backwoods to make his birthday card. The cabin looks almost identical to my cottage. I just had to buy it. My Grandfather has lived in an apartment for over 30 years now, and he once told me he somewhat regrets selling their home and moving into an apartment. He misses the puttering around the yard, getting out of the house and just doing 'home' things. That's why he loves going up to the cottage. However, now that he and my grandmother are getting on in age, my grandmother hates the hassle of going up to the cottage. My parents currently look after the cottage and pay the bills, but my grandfather still makes all the 'major' decisions. Anyways, this summer he is replacing the main bathroom in the cottage. So I decided to add a Home Hardware gift card inside. Home Hardware is the only home building center near our cottage. I thought maybe he could use the money to add finishing touches to the bathroom.
I struggled with the area around the cabin. I masked the cottage, but the tree stamp didn't stamp well over the mask. As a result the area looks smudges. Oh well, next time hopefully it works out better.
The sentiments are from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages
Stamps: SU Backwoods; PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: SU Always Artichoke; SU Bashful Blue; SU Brilliant Blue; SU Going Grey; SU Summer Sun; SU Chocolate Chip; SU Creamy Caramel
Paper: SU black card stock; SU Handsome Hunter
Accessories: SU Photo Corner punch; brads

Monday, April 27, 2009

Give me some lovin'

Ah many ways to case it in a card. Here are a few cards I've made over the past year for Valentine's Day and Anniversaries.

This is a card I gave to my parents for their 30th Wedding Anniversary. I wanted a simple card, as I didn't want to take away from the Church I made (similar to my birdhouse posted earlier). It is hard to see but the white card stock has been embossed using my cuttlebug Fancy Corners embossing folders. The letters were hand cut and adhered using pop dots.
Love Ingredients:
Stamps: Letters from Inkadinkado
Ink: SU Real Red
Paper: SU Real Red; SU Whisper White
Accessories: Cuttlebug; Fancy Corner Embossing Folder; pop dots

This card I whipped together using scraps I had lying around. The sketch is based on something I've seen elsewhere. The circles were stamped using the part of the acorn from PTI's My Punny Valentine. The sentiment if from SU Loads of Love. The circles are raised using pop dots.
Loads of Love Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Loads of Love; PTI My Punny Valentine
Ink: SU Bashful Blue; SU Not Quite Navy; SU Regal Rose
Paper: SU Not Quite Navy; circles from scrap; DP from Micheal's
Accessories: gross grain ribbon; pop dots; 1 1/4" circle punch (SU)

The idea for this sketch comes from a card Lauren Meader created using four colourful circles. I embossed the circles using the swirls cuttlebug embossing folder trying to mimic the pattern from the DP.
Purple Love Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Hostess set; heart (Micheal's)
Ink: SU Perfect Plum
Paper: SU Pale Plum; DP from Micheal's
Accessories: Ribbon (Micheal's); pop dots; cuttlebug; Swirls Embossing Folder

This is one of the first cards I made years ago, and my first ever upload on Splitcoaststampers. I love the colours and was impressed it turned out so well.
Amour Ingredients:
Stamps: En Francais, Baroque Motifs, So Many Sayings
Ink: River Rock, Blush Blossom
Paper: Non SU
Accessories: SU's Build-a-Brad, Non SU Brads

Guideline Love Ingredients:
Stamps: PTI My Punny Valentine's; PTI Guide Lines
Ink: SU Pink Passion; SU Wild Wasabi
Paper: SU Whisper White; SU Pink Passion
Accessories: SU Photo Corners punch

Canisters of Love Ingredients:
Stamps: PTI Guide Lines; Stamping Bella Love Canisters
Ink: SU Regal Red
Paper: SU Regal Red; SU Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Swiss Dots ribbon; pencil crayons; black marker

Sunday, April 26, 2009

SC225 & Lauren's Colour Challenge

Normally I am quite lucky to have a lot of free time. I don't have any kids, or too many commitments that take up a lot of my time. So usually after work, other than dinner and maybe laundry, I have the evenings to myself to do whatever I please. I'll be honest, I sometimes even find myself bored. But this past week was insane. I am teaching Grade 2 French Immersion during the day while a teacher is off recovering from surgery. So this requires extra planning as French isn't my first language. Then I am also working as a Safe School Instructor tutoring after school, and Saturday I had to work a shift at the Bistro (local cafe) to help out (the owners daughter is quite ill in the hospital....pray for her) and then I had the special 60th Anniversary Celebration at Church for the CWL. Today is the first day I have had a chance to breath, catch up and actually do some my time create. So I decided to combine two challenges. Lauren Meader's Colour Challenge and Splitcoasts Card Sketch Challenge 225.

Here is my version of both challenges. I used SU Basic Grey for the card base, and then layered my colours SU Bashful Blue, SU Real Red, and PTI Lemon Tart. The Lemon Tart was embossed using my swirls cuttlebug die.

The stamp is actually from Micheal's dollar bin. I also got two other stamp sets that include a lollipop, ice cream, and donut stamp, along with some sentiments. The stamp was stamped onto SU Whisper White cardstock and coloured using SU Write Markers in Real Red and Summer Sun. I used a blender pen to add grey lines on the cupcake liners, and bashful blue to the cake stand. Cupcakes were then matted onto SU Basic Grey cardstock and attached using pop dots. I used my Marvy pink and purple circle punches.

Stamps: Micheal's dollar bin

Paper: SU Basic Grey, SU Bashful Blue, SU Real Red, PTI Lemon Tart

Ink: SU Basic Grey, SU Bashful Blue, SU Real Red, SU Summer Sun

Accessories: Marvy pink & purple circle punches; blender pens; SU Write Markers; pop dots; cuttlebug swirls die folder; cuttlebug; black marker

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Timeless Templates-Music Makeover

Here is one of Lauren Meader Timeless Templates. I have used the Music Makeover to create this cute little box for a Birthday gift for a friend.

The gift is a little plaque that has a simple wooden stand.
It is hard to see but the Music Makeover Template says "Time to Celebrate". I didn't want to take away from the design and the ribbon, but thought something was missing. Not sure if it works, but this was my only sentiment that was long enough to fill the void.
I decided to make my own wrapping paper to match the design on the card and box. I simply stamped the same Guide Lines stamp onto computer paper using Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray Ink.
Here is a up close picture. I really love how elegant this looks. Simple too; even better!!
Here is a close up of the card. I actually made this card first a few days ago. When I saw the Papertrey Ink Blog Challenge I just knew that I wanted to use the same pattern on the Music Makeover Template. I followed Nichole's directions for tying the button to the ribbon. I think it looks really nice. I am not one for using buttons, but am challenging myself to include them in all my creations lately.


Stamps: PTI Grid Lines

Ink: SU Pretty In Pink; SU Basic Gray

Paper: SU Whisper White; SU Basic Gray

Accessories: Button; Embroidering Floss (pink); Ribbon from Wallmart;

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tea Box

The Catholic Women's League at my church is holding a special 60th Anniversary dinner this Saturday. We are having a few special guests and our local florists has offered to do all the flowers for free, so I offered to make a few special thank yous. I decided to use Papertrey Ink's ForKeepSake Template by Lauren Meader to create tea boxes. (directions for this can be found on Lauren's website). Since I do not personally know any of these guests I thought I would make simple boxes, nothing too fancy. I don't know whether the gifts will be well recieved or just put on a shelf and this is what I came up with.


Paper: SU Groovy Guava; SU Boardering Blue; SU Real Red; SU DP

Accessories: Ribbon, scalloped punch, flower

Since Glenn Brown Flowers is providing us with all the flowers I printed off some business cards saying compliments of.... I stamped SU Botanical Blooms in Brilliant Blue and used a Martha Stewart gold metallic colour around the edges (CWL's colours are blue and gold). These cards will be on all the tables at the dinner.

I made this card at my SU demonstrator's place and thought I would use it as my thank you card to the florist. The one butterfly is on a pop dot making it look like it is actually flying.

Stamps: Great Friend; Elegant Thank You (Single stamp sold on last page of SU magazine)

Paper: SU Pale Plum; SU Perfect Plum; SU Always Artichoke; SU Whisper White

Ink: SU Pale Plum; SU Perfect Plum; SU So Saffron

Accessories: Pop Dots

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Papertrey Ink Guide Lines

For the last couple of days I've been playing around with Papertrey Ink's Guide Lines. I have had this stamp set since it was released, but just haven't really had a chance to fool around with it to see all the possibilities. I made something for PTI's Blog Hop on Saturday and just love how it came out, so I kept playing around with the set. But since I can't post it now I thought I would share with you another item I made using the stamp set.

As you will notice the layout looks similar to the card I posted the other day. I had made this card first, and liked the layout and thought I would try it again. (Just didn't post the cards in order that I made them)

The background was created using PTI's Guide Lines. I was simply fooling around and came up with this pattern. I stamped the actual lines in black Pallette Noir Ink. I then chose the square stamp and inked it using the same black ink. I decided to not stamp into the squares created by the line stamp, but rather to stamp on the T line (lined up the center of the square design stamp and stamped it where the lines meet). I stamped every other T line, leaving a space between each. I then chose my second design stamp and inked it using SU Creamy Caramel. I then filled in all the blank spots using this second design stamp. The background was matted onto black SU cardstock and then onto some Kraft coloured cardstock I've had lying around for a few years (not sure where it came from)

The top panel was created using an ivy stamp from Micheal's. I stamped the SU Creamy Caramel colour first onto SU Whisper White and then stamped over top of the caramel with black ink. The panel was matted onto SU black cardstock and the sentiment is from Micheal's (stamped with the same black ink).

I decided the front was missing something, so I used some hemp and threaded it through a button. The hemp is crossed in an X and then tied at the back. Due to the knot on the back I decided to raise the panel using pop dots .

When I was stamping the Guide Lines I wasn't too sure if I liked the colours or combination, but after I put it all together I actually quite like this card. It is definitely a colour combination I will go back to.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My Time Sketches

Well I am back from Winnipeg. We didn't float away, but the water sure is high in the city. Many walking paths and parks are submerged under water. Even the Forks is under water. I noticed some stairs you use to be able to walk down towards the river are now under water. It's too bad. I hope the water resides sooon...

So I purchased the things I needed at Micheal's, but was a little disappointed, the shelves seemed to be quite empty. I couldn't get any of the Marvy punches I wanted. Oh well, guess that means I'll just have to go back soon. I did however find all the stuff I need for my workshop. We are going to make a bug shaker card. I haven't had a chance to make my demo yet. I have been too busy with some other things. One of those being a post on Lauren Meader’s blog. I’ve been following her blog for quite some time now and she is currently looking for new design team members (my fingers are crossed). Here are two cards following her My Time Sketches.

Spring Leaves Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Botanical Blooms
Paper: SU Whisper White; SU Certainly Celery; SU Delicate Dots DP
Ink: SU Certainly Celery; SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Hemp; button; brads; pop dots

Merci Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Botanical Blooms
Paper: SU Whisper White; SU So Saffron; SU Delicate Dots DP
Ink: SU Certainly Celery; SU So Saffron; SU Bashful BlueAccessories: buttons & hemp

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Simple Card Sketch

Just a quick post today as we are headed into Winnipeg to spend the weekend shopping. Living in a small town in Northern Ontario has it's perks and disadvantages. One disadvantage being that Winnipeg is two hours away and the only major city near us. So we often will make a weekend of it to go and shop (AKA Micheal's), go out for dinner, watch a new release movie, and stock up on anything we need.

I especially need to get to Micheal's. Some of the ladies and I here in town are hosting our own workshop Mother's day weekend where each of us brings the materials to make something. So I need to go and purchase all my materials. I can't wait for the workshop. We are getting together Friday night at one of the ladies mother's house (who lives out on a lake) to enjoy cropping, spa foot soaks, and drinks in the hot tub. Since the drive is 40mins along a windy dark road we are bunking in for the night and getting up Saturday and enjoying a day of workshops (6), drinks, laughs and good food. Then Sunday morning we will finish cropping. So hopefully I can find everything I need......

So for today's post I have a simple card sketch that I often return to. It is simple and easy to do. It only entails 3 panels, which can be made using stamps or paper.

Happy Birthday Ingredients:

Stamps: Itty Bitty Basics

Paper: SU Whisper White; SU Pale Plum

Ink: SU Pale Plum; SU Perfect Plum; SU Lavender Lace

Accessories: Happy Birthday Plate; Brads

Grateful for you Ingredients:

Stamps: Sentiment from SU

Paper: Patterned Paper from Micheal's (embossed and glittery); prefab card base

Ink: Certainly Celery

Accessories: SU Scalloped Punch

Friday, April 17, 2009


I came across a tutorial on Lauren Meader's website for this cute birdhouse. I knew I wanted to use the template to create a church for my parents' 30 Wedding Anniversary. (It even had a steeple and bell in the steeple; sorry no picture) So I practiced first by making this one. This one uses Stampin Up's Season of Friendship tree stamp, grass stamp from Micheal's, Martha Stewart punches (fence and trellis), Marvy tag punch for the door, and a flower punch. It was very easy to make. Except for the template base, everything else was made from scraps.

Here is a picture looking down at the birdhouse.

This is the front of the birdhouse. You can see a eyelet at the top which I have looped ribbon through to use as a handle. I also had stamped the tree on the side of the panel so had to off center the door. The door was a tag punch, where I just hid the top portion behind the grey stones for the steps. I brushed SU Chocolate Chip ink over the door and edges to give a distressed look. I used black on the edges of the stone steps.

Here is one of the side views. I cut a window panel out and punched a hole in the template so you can see into the box where a special treat can be placed.

Here is the back panel.

Here is a closer look at the trellis using a Marth Stewart punch.

And a closer look at the fence punch by Martha Stewart.

And fianlly...a look inside where a special treat can be placed.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Katerfly's Sanctuary

I am truly lucky to have my own studio for stampin and scrapbooking. I took our second bedroom, painted it and turned it into my sanctuary. After I was finished painting I decided not to put the closet doors back on. They were these heavy wood sliding doors, that never actually gave you any room to get into the middle of the closet. Matt stored the doors in the basement for me, and I bought a closet organizer to help organize things. I didn't want any built ins, as who knows how long this room will remain a scrappin room. It could be needed some day for an actual bedroom. Here is a view of my closet.

On the top shelf I have a basket that contains gifts to be used throughout the year. I then have cheap folders (green, white, red, orange) that hold my seasonal DP. Then I have four magazine holders that I bought from Micheal's (wood) and wallpapered them with the same wallpaper that is on my dresser. These hold my DP that divided into groups; flowers, dots, stripes, and textured. The Cropper Hopper holder holds my Stampin Up DP. There is also a accordion file that holds all my scrap DP, each sections pertains to a certain type of DP. The smaller accordion file holds all my stickers, sorted by season or theme. The pink Rubbermaid holds travel albums and pictures from Middle School and High school while living in Europe.

I wasn't really was thinking when I bought the closet organizer. I simply bought what was available and cheap. Turns out the shelves are perfect for holding my punches. Not sure what I will do when my punch collection grows bigger than the shelf. I only have a few now, but my wishlist is huge.

The next shelf holds all my cards that I've made. The cards are divided into groups so that it is easy to find everything.

I have a drawer specifically for envelopes. My mother had collected many charity cards and envelopes. When she was cleaning out her stash she sent me all the envelopes. After 3 years of stampin I just recently bought my first box of envelopes...only because I wanted matching envelopes for Christmas gifts I was making. This shelf also has my letter stickers, and card accessories, along with a box on the left which has some previous bought cards I haven't finished using yet.

This drawer has all my chipboard letters and pieces. There is also a basket with all my albums I am currently working on. The big Rubbermaid container has all my item for altering. The two binders contain splitcoaststampers colour challenges, sketches, and layouts; as well as templates and directions.

This side of the closet holds all my wrapping paper, bows, present ribbon, and bags. Because I have so much Christmas has it's own seperate drawers for tags, bows, ribbon, bags, etc.

This bookcase holds my flowers in a magnetic spice rack, loose stamps in baskets, clear stamps, ribbon in jars, and tools in photo boxes.

This is my dresser that I keep all my stampin up stamps in.

My local scrapbooking store was changing locations, and getting new storage. So I purchased this paper rack for $15 CDN. All stampin up paper is on the left, sorted by family and in colour. The paper on the right is just other paper I have. These ones are sorted by colour.

This is my desk area. Desk is actually an old desk of my mother....from the 60's. It works, but would like to get something a little more sturdy. I have my cutters on one shelf, baskets underneath with cuttlebug items. I keep all my tools in the purple tote. And the white Rubbermaid drawer system keeps all my scraps. They are sorted by colour. Since the scraps are right beside the desk I always reach for them.

This shelf holds all my embellishments, pens, markers, ink, etc. Below are my albums, and a collection of magazines. Underneath are 3 containers, embossing stuff, sponges, and extra adhesives.

My room is always changing. This is what works for me right now, but of course I will always be adding more.