Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sail Boat Gift Card Tin

I have been revamping how I store my clear stamps, and since PTI's stamps use CD cases I have now moved all my other clear stamps into CD cases as well. It just seemed more logical to have all my stamps organized similarly. So when I was finished I was left with those little tins that Gel-a-tin stamp sets come in. So I decided to cover the tin, add an image and use it as a gift card holder.


Stamps: PTI's Men of Life

Paper: DSP The Daily Grind by Michelle Coleman "Sparkle"; SU Whisper White; SU Real Red; PTI Lemon Tart; SU Bashful Blue Textured

Ink: Su Real Red

Accessories: Cuttlebug; Circles Embossing Folder; hemp; pop dots

Monday, June 29, 2009

Little House on the Recipe Box!

I decided to alter another one of Micheal's $1.50 recipe boxes. You can see my other version here. Instead of totally altering the purpose of the box, I just decided to dress it up a little and keep the box as an actual recipe box. Last time I was at Micheal's I found this gorgeous DSP and thought it would work well on the recipe box. I simply wrapped the sides and bottom of the box using the Heidi Grace Design DSP. I then used some felt scalloped ribbon to hide the seam at the bottom of the box. As you can see in this picture it says 'special recipes'. I used PTI's Holiday Treats sentiment "Special Recipe" and added an "S" from PTI's Simple Alphabet since the fonts are the same. The bracket is also from the Holiday Treats stamp set. The sentiment was punched out using SU Curvy Label Punch. I then punched another Curvy Label using SU Pink Passion cardstock, but turned the punch on its side to then mat the white cardstock over.

The top of the recipe box is covered in PTI's Aqua Mist cardstock. The original DSP I had didn't really match the bright ribbon, so I changed my mind at the last second. Here is a picture of the label I added to the top of the recipe box. I started with punching a Marvy Giga Scalloped Square out of SU Pink Passion. I then stamped the curvy label stamp with SU Pink Passion ink, and layered it with PTI's Holiday Treats "Home Made" sentiment (I just cut out the Christmas portion). I thought this went perfectly with the house DSP and the fact that most recipes usually become a special family recipe.

Inside I included some recipe cards and a set of four glass magnets with kitchen themes (green pepper; red kettle; pumpkin; and an oven mitt)
Now, who am I going to give this too??!!!???

Stamps: PTI Holiday Treats; PTI Simple Alphabet; SU Curvy Label
Paper: DSP Heidi Grace Designs "A Little Bird's Tale/Houses"; SU Pink Passion; PTI Aqua Mist; SU Whisper White
Ink: SU Pink Passion; SU Bashful Blue
Accessories; Marvy Giga Square Scallop Punch; SU Curvy Label Punch; Buttons; Embroidery Floss; Felt ribbon; Recipe box; Recipe Cards; Magnets

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Crazy Week!

It has been a crazy week. It's the last week of school and I have been busy with report cards, cleaning up the classroom, awards, prayer services, tutoring after school, as well as packing and getting ready for Italy. I leave in 9 days!!!!! I haven't had a chance to get into the scrapin' room. I have just been too exhausted these last few days. So here is a quick card I made a while ago but haven't had a chance to post. It uses the Botanical Blooms from the Sale-a-bration SU catalogue. I used SU So Saffron; SU DSP (hostess set from a few catalogues ago) and SU Whisper White. The ink is SU Real Red and So Saffron. The flower pots are from MFT "Can Ya Dig It?" And a little piece of scrap green grosgrain ribbon was added to the one side.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Teacher's Gift

This is a altered clipboard I made last year for a colleague. We shared a classroom, with him teaching in the morning, and myself in the afternoon. He always was using clipboards to organize his things, and thought I would jazz one up for him. On the bottom left hand side is a 3X3 sticky note pad. On the right hand side is a calendar for the year. The pen is attached using velcro. The DSP is from Micheal's and I added a piece of solid red across the top. Added some green grosgrain ribbon to hide the seam, and added some teaching stickers along the ribbon. The back was covered in the same paper.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blueberry Pomegranate Martinis

A friend of mine and myself got some....let's say unfavorable news....regarding jobs today. Things are still up in the air but my friend is quite upset. So I thought I would whip together a quick little gift for her. The bag is a wonderful $1.50 purchase at Micheal's. I made a quick tag using a Stamping Bella sentiment, scraps, and my sizzix square dies.

Inside is a Blueberry Pomegranate Martini mix from Walmart (steal of a deal too!!). Some napkins. Now I know the sentiment is referring to wine, but the colours matched the Martini box, and with everything going on right now I know she'll want to gulp it down. I also threw in four coasters. The coasters orignially came in a package of like 30 for $1.50 (again from Micheal's). I just thought it was a cute gift to help get her mind off of things.

And I had all these items stored away in my 'tickle trunk' which were all purchased at separate dates. Funny how they all go together so well. I just love cheap steals...I mean deals. :)

Stamps: Sentiment from Stampin Bella
Paper: SU Whisper White; SU Brilliant Blue
Ink: SU Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Square Sizzix dies; cuttlebug; dark blue embroidery floss; burgendy wine bag; napkins; four coasters; blue tissue paper

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Here's to Sailing into Retirement

Well I just came back from a retirement party and the theme was Cruise into Retirement. The organizers had done an amazing job. Since it was the principal retiring all the students were involved. They each created a passport with their personal information and best wishes for the principal. They had these posted on the way to the gym along with a cruise ship advertisement. The hallway to the gym is actually on an incline (ramp like) so they created a dock out of the ramp and even had a cruise ship horn and marina sounds repeating on a stereo. The gym itself was decorated like a beach and had more cruise themed items. It is hard to describe, but was absolutley fabulous. So when I came home today I used the idea of a retirement to finish my project I started yesterday. I started this gable type box yesterday and was working with the sailboat from Men of Life but was stuck on what sentiment to use. So after my inspiration from tonight's retirement party I decided on "Here's to sailing into retirement".

I did find the box a little harder to create than anticipated. It was a little more flimsy than I thought to put together and I struggled to cut out the handle and the sides. Next time I make this I think I use an oval punch for the handle instead of free handing it. Anyways, here is what I whipped together.

Stamps: PTI Men of Life; PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie Textured; SU Bashful Blue; DSP
Ink: SU Only Orange; SU Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Cuttlebug circle embossing template; hemp; ribbon; pop dots; computer sentiments

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day Cookout

**Update** This post was written a long time ago hence Hockey Playoffs. However I haven't been able to get the scrapin' done like I hoped this week. So I have decided to post my Father's Day card and gift ensemble. My dad doesn't look at my blog unless my mother shows him things, so no harm in posting it early.

So...I finally caved in and purchased my first pack of Copics!!!! We just wont tell the DH exactly how much they cost. Anyways.....while I was watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals I decided to start my Father's Day card (I am only posting this now, so my father didn't actually see the card before the day). This was the perfect opportunity to try out my new copics. I find that the copics actually work better than the SU Write Markers. I love how the copics allow you to blend, and the colours don't smear. So far so good, I can't wait to try using them again. My father loves BBQing so I thought I would alter the sentiment on the card to say "Father's Day Cookout". I also used a portion of the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment from PTI's Men of Life stamp set, and then added the cookout word using PTI's Simple Alphabet. The dots on the bottom are from the Men of Life stamp. I just repeated them for some balance. I don't have the new Riley BBQ stamp, so decided to use the campfire one instead. His gift includes some BBQ sauce from Buster's Barbecue in Vermillion Bay Ontario (world famous), and a Brisket BBQ salt and pepper shaker. When I saw the salt and pepper shaker I just had to get it. One of our local gift stores had a whole bunch of neat BBQ items, but my father lives in Southern Ontario...and I am in Northern Ontario, so whatever I buy needs to make the trip in the mail. So I chose something small, but still cute.
I tried to stay very masculine with the colour combination of browns and blues, and I used up some scrap lined paper and argyle ribbon. I was thinking patterns on men's ties, shirts, and sweaters when I was putting this together. Clean lines, patterns, and neutral colours. I think it turned out quite well considering I rarely make masculine cards.

A close up look at my copic colouring. I am still learning and playing around with shading and highlighting, but think I did a pretty good job for my first time working with the copics.

The famous Blueberry Buster's BBQ sauce from Vermillion Bay, Ontario. It also comes in hot, but since my mother hates anything hot and spicy I decided to give my dad the regular BBQ sauce. They also sell a spice rub, which I haven't tried yet.

These are all the copic colours I used to colour in Campfire Riley.

Stamps: Hana Stamps "Campfire Riley"; PTI Men of Life; PTI Simple Alphabet
Paper: PTI Dark Chocolate ;SU Creamy Caramel; SU Whisper White; lined scrap paper
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories: brads, copics (B); argyle ribbon; pop dots

Monday, June 15, 2009

Busted up Suitcases

Have you ever travelled on a plane and arrived at your destination only to discover that your suitcase has been battered and is now broken? You wonder what could possibly have gone wrong. I mean the suitcase gets put onto a conveyor belt, which then sends your suitcase to a trolley, which then is driven outside to the plane where another conveyor belt sends the suitcase up into the cargo hold of the plane. Well, lets just say I now know exactly why and how our suitcases end up battered and broken. I was at Toronto Pearson International Airport yesterday waiting for my flight back into Winnipeg. The plane was late boarding and a group of us were now staring outside watching as another plane was being loaded. This one loadie was driving all the suitcases up to the conveyor belt; however he over judged and pulled too far forward. Instead of reversing a few inches this loadie decided to turn the vehicle around in a circle. Yet, thinking he was smart, he wrenched the wheel to make a tight turn, and as we were all watching out the window half a dozen suitcases literally came flying out of the trolley and ended up all over the tarmac. If you didn’t think that was enough, I notice another man picking up someone’s dainties all over the ground. It appeared as if someone’s suitcase had opened. Yet a few minutes later this one man returned with bags in his hands. He then lifted up a suitcase where the one whole side had totally blown off. I have no idea how, but the side was literally off the suitcase. He sandwiched all the personal belongings into the suitcase, added the “top”, and then put it into a plastic bag so the suitcase could continue it’s trip to Vancouver. Oh ya…..I forgot to mention that one of the loadies ended up looking under the conveyor belt, the plane, cars and other vehicles on the tarmac to ensure that everything that belonged in that suitcase were found…..UNBELIEVABLE!!!! And they didn’t even seem shocked, they never appeared to laugh, they just continued their job like nothing strange had happened.

I had a quick trip into Toronto this past weekend for a course and arrived home late last night. Today has been a long day with teaching and tutoring and I have an interview to prepare for tomorrow, so unfortunately no new ideas to share. I do have a couple of ideas in mind and I should be able to create a few things this week. Till then,

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Viva Las Vegas!!!

Had a bit of a rough day today. There was some confusion and I was quite upset. It all
eventually worked itself out, but I am the type of person that needs a bit of time to relax once I've gotten all worked up. After cuddling with my DH and a phone call home to mom I headed into my scrapin' room knowing I would get lost in a creation. So here it is Las Vegas inspired. I recently was flipping through a scrapbooking magazine and came across someone who used an actual 4 of spades playing card to create a cute tag. This person added a U so the tag said 4U. It made me remember that I have a set of suit stamps, which I have had for over a year now, and haven't used. So I thought I would pull them out and see if I could mimic the 4U playing card idea. I decided to also use the stamps to create my own custom DSP. And lucky enough I still had some scrap paper left over with the suit elements on them. I can't remember the name of the company who made the DSP, but I purchased it at Micheal's over a year ago to make my DH's birthday card a couple years ago. I also decided to follow the sketch challenge from Splicoaststampers this week. I am actually quite pleased with the way it came out. I am sometimes hesitant to you $1 stamps, as they don't always stamp clearly, but the suits look great. And yes the stamps in this set came from Micheal's $1 bin.
I didn't have the size 4 stamp that I wanted, and when I originally drew it with a marker it seemed to ruin the design. So I decided to use the tiny 4 from PTI simple alphabet set. The mini heart comes from SU Mark the Date stamp set. The U is just a sticky letter I had in my stach. I would have liked a Chipborad letter, but I only have lime green and hot pink chipboard letters, and the thought of trying to cover up the letter with paper just didn't appeal to me.
Here is a card I made for my DH's birthday a few years back. This idea is borrowed from someone off of Splitcoaststampers. I honestly forget who as it's been a year or so since I made it. Thank you to whoever it was. My DH likes to gamble ever now and again. Whenever he is in a town that has a casino he go in a plays $100. So I thought this was perfect. I used the Cherries from SU's Tart & Tany set. As you can see the card shows a jackpot. Inside the sentiment reads "Hope your day is filled with luck and surprises." As you will notice this card uses the same DSP as the last one.

4U Ingredients:
Stamps: G Studio, PTI Simple Alphabet (4); SU Mark the Date (heart)
Paper: SU Real Red, SU Basic Black; SU Whisper White; DSP (from Micheal's)
Ink: SU Real Red, SU Basic Black
Accessories: U sticker

Jackpot Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Tart & Tangy
Paper: SU Real Red, SU Basic Black; SU Whisper White; DSP (from Micheal's)
Ink: SU Real Red; SU Certainly Celery
Acessories: black marker, grey marker; brads, pop dots

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Still Craving Chocolate

So I am still desperately craving Chocolate and Ice cream. When I was creating my cards yesterday an old song "Sweet like Chocolate" by Shanks & Bigfoot came into my head and I haven't been able to get rid of the lyrics since. Hence the new song on the blog. Anyways, since I still had sweets on my brain I was trying to figure out a cute gift that could go with one of the cards. Then I remembered I had saved a baking magazine that used small mason jars to create cute little individual cupcakes as party favours. I thought they were so cute and have been wanting to make them, but just haven't had a reason to. Well I just came home from work and was about to post my great idea when I came across Papertrey Ink's new releases. They have just started introducing their new releases today and Nichole Heady has introduced a new cupcake stamp set, and then on Lauren Meader's blog she shared her new template that holds a cupcake in a jar. So, my idea isn't so new any more. Oh well...but it is kinda eerie that we are all on the same cupcake craze...or should I say crave???

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Simply Sweet Trio

I've given up Dairy Queen!!!! and boy is it hard. We use to go like 3 times a week....or more. So I finally decided to take a stand and say no more to DQ trips. Well, unfortunatley I have a craving for a Pecan Mudslide right now. So to help subside my craving I decided to use my sweet stamps to create some satisfying, yet calorie free cards.

"You're Simply Sweet" follows sketch 200 from Splitcoaststampers. These stamps are from G Studio and were in the $1 bin at Micheal's. Well worth the $1.

Stamps: G Studio
Paper; PTI Sweet Blush; PTI Dark Chocolate; My Mind's Eye - Bella "Pretty Little Girl"
Ink: Copics; SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories: ribbon; pop dots

My Version of a DQ Pecan Mudslide.I left the right hand side blank so I can add my sentiment at a later date, depending on who and why I am sending the card.
Stamps: MFT Here's the Scoop
Paper: SU Basic Grey; cranberry (unknown); scrap DSP
Ink: Copics

Lollipop, Lollipop, Ohlali Lollipop:

I just used my scrap paper and some ribbon to whip this 3x3 card up.

Stamps: G Studio
Paper: PTI Sweet Blush; SU Lavendar Lace; SU Whisper White
Ink: Copics; SU Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Ribbon

Monday, June 8, 2009

Teacup Bunnies

Sorry, but my post is going to be short today. I'm feeling slightly under the weather. Didn't sleep at all last night. Have a feeling a cold is brewying, which sucks since I have to fly this Friday and Sunday. Anyways, thought I would post quickly as my DH runs out to rent a movie and get some Chinese for dinner.

I've been playing around with my copics again and decided to work with MFT Stephanie Fizer - Tea for Two image. It is so adorable, cuter than I expected. I love the little bunny's bum hanging out of the cup. I decided to match it with some SU DSP and use this weeks Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast. So here is what I came up with.

Stamps: MFT Stephanie Fizer - Tea for Two
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart; PTI Auqa Mist; SU DSP (Dots)
Ink: copics (blues, yellows, browns, and pinks)
Accessories: PTI Lemon Tart ribbon; redline tape

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Here's the Scoop Colour and Sketch Challenge

Wow, third post today...what a nice change. Usually I am out of town or busy with commitments, but today I was able to get three posts done, plus a bulletin board display for church. Nice!!! It was nice not to be rushed...plus I was able to watch the hockey game too.....crappy game though. Detroit is blowing Pittsburgh away 5-0 by the end of the 2nd period, so decided to post now during the third period.

Anyway, this post incorporates Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge and Lauren Meader's Sketch Challenge.

This is only my second time playing around with copics. The first time I used them was the other day on my Father's Day card..but I haven't posted it yet, as I don't want my father to see it just yet. So I am still getting the hang of blending, shading, etc. As you will notice I had to move the sentiment from Lauren's sketch to the other side of the card. I had a little mishap with blending...more like a smear into the cream wallpaper and I needed to cover up her feet. However, I do think the card turned out well considering. I used SU Chocolate Chip; SU Purely Pomegranate; and a cream colour to match Dawn's colour combo. The only thing that doesn't match the colour combo is the ice cream itself...but a girls got to have her Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
Here's the Scoop Ingredients:
Stamps: MFT Here's the Scoop
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip; SU Purely Pomegranate; Cream scrap paper
Ink: sentiment is SU Purely Pomegranate; colouring done by copics...see picture below
Accessories: Martha Stewart punch; brads; ribbon; pop dots; redline tape
These are the copic colours I used.
Thanks for looking!!

Bouncing Baby Boy

One of our colleagues just had a Baby Boy Thursday night, and the lady who bought my card yesterday asked me to make a baby boy card for our colleague. I thought I would try out this months PTI Design Team Tip using the reverse punch idea. This is what I came up with.

In addition I used a small Dollarama pail, covered it with a BabyBoy sticker and added a pair of yellow socks.

Unfortunately last time my mom came to visit I sent her sewing machine back home with her. She had given it to me 3 years ago, and I had never taken it out of the box. Now I was wishing I had it back. Since I do not have a sewing machine I decided to punch holes around the circles and use a white gel pen to faux stitch around the circles. I then continued the faux stitch around the outside of the card.
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Kraft cardstock; SU Bashful Blue DSP (hostess set)
Ink: SU Very Vanilla
Accessories: PTI Lemon Tart Saddle Stitch Ribbon; buttons; redline tape; various circle punches; pin; white gel pen.

On the inside of the card I used the circle negatives, added the faux stitching and added simple sentiments in the center.

I sold a card!!!

So I sold my first card yesterday!!!!! I am so excited. You always wonder whether your cards are good enough to sell, and you feel a little uneasy as people are looking through them, but apparently the baby card I posted the other day was good enough to sell!!!!!. (picture below)
I've always wanted to sell my cards, but I live in a small community and am not too sure how well they would sell. A friend of mine sells her at her sister's store, and I think they sell well. There is also a Farmers Market during the summer months (and we get lots of tourists), and then there are the holiday Christmas Crafts Shows. I really should start figuring out what would work best for me. If you have any ideas let me know how you got started selling your cards.

I have another baby card to post, but still need to run to Walmart to pick up some cute socks to add to the gift, so I thought I would post a quick card. It is a simple sketch that I use quite often.

The card uses SU Chocolate Chip paper as the base. The squares are punched using SU square punches. The bigger square is punched using SU Purely Pomegranate cardstock, and then layered with Wild Wasabi DSP from the hostess package a few magazines back. The middle frame layers SU Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, and Whisper White. The stamps used are SU Baroque Motifs, using the same three ink colours as the paper; SU Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi. The center of the stamp was made using SU Build a Brad. The center frame has been popped using pop dots.
Cherish Ingredients:
Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip; SU Purely Pomegranate; SU Whisper White; SU Wild Wasabi DSP (Hostess set)
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip; SU Purely Pomegranate; SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories: SU Build a Brad; SU small 1/2" Circle punch; SU Square punches 1 1/4" & 1 3/8"; pop dots

I'll be back later with my other baby card!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sweet Baby Girl

My Grade One class was on a Community tour the other day. While at the Post Office a colleague of mine was looking at the cards. I told her I could make her a baby card, and well here is what I came up with. I am going to bring in a whole bunch of other cards I have previously made for her to choose from, but I thought I would play around with this cute paper again. It matches the Baby Box and book I made the other day found here.
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages; PTI Simple Alphabet
Paper: SU Groovy Guava; PTI Spring Rain; Imaginisce Twitterpated "Hey Foxy"; Imaginisce Twitterpated "Mushroom Fancy"
Ink: SU Groovy Guava
Accessories: Ribbon; SU Square punches, button, embroidery string