Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Ok so I know I promised to add my new cards but my entire day got high jacked and so I will have to wait until after my holiday. I will be back November 8th so i will start with Hallowen pics and also my new cards.... I may even try to take pictures of my scrapbook shopping adventures....My ebay friend, Candy, from Paper Candy Productions, is taking me shopping. I am SO excited!!

One more chunk of good news....I Might have a job!! Can't provide details at this moment but I REALLY REALLY hope it works out!! Best of all I would get to do it from HOME!O

k so another tidbit, My website is in motion and will be the BEST business investment yet, you should see it so far, well im not gonna show ya, you will just have to wait!! LOL, yes everything is top secret today!!

'Til November 8th-ish Farewell

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Burning the Candles???

Why yes, yes you can. However, I would still err on the side of caution as one always should while burning candles. Anywho, this evening I looked it up with other Split Coast Stampers to see if anyone had burned the candles and what happens to the tissue paper. Well They all said it would just singe the edges a bit but never take to fire.
I made a couple cute little votives to test the theory and the picture is the result from one (I burned three and they all looked the same). The Other thing people were suggesting (for the bigger, fatter candles) is to burn them down until enough has burned from the center and pop in a tea light with the tin casing still on. How Clever! Happy Candle Stamping!! I have also 5 new cards to show you (whoever is actually out there ) But I have to wait for morning so that I can use the wonderful daylight to snap the. so for now I am off to bed at an early 2:25

Monday, October 29, 2007

Stamping on Candles...Who Knew?

Well I seen the tutorial over at SCS a million years ago I have been dying to try it and I even ran out and bought the candles right away. So over a month later here is my first try!! I Used the Haunting Halloween Set from Stampin' Up! The second picture is the larger candle's other side. I can't believe how easy it is. I was a little nervous at first not knowing how it was going to turn out, but alas I have to make like a million more because it is SO cool!! Also pictured is a Christmas one. If you would like to try this out here is the great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers website. STAMPING ON CANDLES This one is made using the SU Set Season of Joy Available now in the Holiday Mini Catalogue . I used an In Color, Purely Pomegranite, and Handsome Hunter.

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Stamps!!! Woo Hoo!!!

WOOHOO New stamps all around!!
Ok so no pictures today, also no cars today. Last night we ran into a huge, HUGE, problem between my Mother in la and my eldest daughter. Let's just say I dont think I have to worry about them coming to my house for Ayways the only good part about yesterday was this....My Stampin'Up! order came 4 days early!!!! So I ordered a few things (yeah who am I I have seen so many stunning cards done with the set Bronc Buster and decided enough is enough... I HAVE to have that set. After all I do live in cowpoke Alberta. Next I ordered the Stem sayings (really? who could live with out this set?) Also order Loads of Love. I had orginally opted out f getting it with my started kit and decided now that I do need it. Yes I said NEED and I meant it. ) let's see what else......OH NO!!! I forget, now I have to check. Ok it was also Baroque Motifs (love this many things you could do with it) Last but not least (for sets anyway) I got the hostess set Oh, so lovely. very cool. I also order some ink refills and the Groovy Guava ink, refill & paper. LA LA LA LA so happy.

So this morning was kinda crummy due to leftover sadness from my 3 year old being sad with gramma. Then I checked my mail and had a delivery notice from Canada Post saying I had a ackage to pick up and had to pay $8.00 in duty (darn Customs) So I meandered my way to the local Post Office and sure enough it was my very first order from Papertrey Ink. Well the wait was 3 weeks (becaue I am Canada probably) BUT WORTH IT!!! I haven't even stamped with them yet and I already know that the quality and design is far superior to most others on the market. I think Papertrey Ink and I should get to know each other better....he he he. My Husband may beg to differ though. So anyway, I purchased the set Butterfly Kisses & also Holiday Treats....SPECTACULAR!!!

Then about a week ago I went back and ordered more. The designs are awesome, the storage idea is awsome (for those who dont know you transfer them on to the insides of a clear cd case, label the edge of cd case with a provided sticker and store neatly and organized at ther same time) There are lots of really great ideas in their gallery so have a peek. ast but not least, the creator, Nichole Heady has a fantastic Blog called Capture The Moment. so Be sure to check it out, check out her site Papertrey Ink, and buy some stamps you will not be disappointed! You will want to tear them open and brush off that list of "things you HAVE to do" and get scrappin'.

So to Nichole and the Team at Papertrey Ink, Keep up the great work & designs!!! I cant wait to see the next reveals (which is a monthly thing on the 15th ofthe month where they reveal brand new sets) Im sure I shall be back by sunday or so (maybe sooner) with some cards to show you. Big weekend this week, clearng up issues with my MIL, A family Gathering tonight to help my mom get through this evening (her would be 34th wedding Anniversary) but now Dad is gone. So it should be hectic...and then I have to start getting ready for my trip on the 2nd to Hamilton, Ontario...Can't wait!! and I MUST bring some stuff with me I can NOT go without!!G'day allJewels

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ok One More...Clear of Course!!

So I could not resist!! It is, after all, an obsession. I am completely in love with the transparent cards. I took the picture of this one up against a wall in my basement (yeah I know sponged walls......ick!!!) Anywho, I really think it helps draw out the fact that it is clear. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!What's the deal?? I cut my transparency in half (4.25 x 5.5) used my bone folder to crisp the fold. Then I used, yes again, the Timber Brown Stazon to wheel the watercolor vine roller up the right hand side. I set those aside to dry and grab my whisper white paper and cut it to 2 x 3.75. Then I cut the pattern paper from the brocade DSP and cut to 2.5 x 4.25. I stamped the image onto whisper white and sponged Mellow Moss ink around edge and lightly over entire image.Then comes the funny part (at least for me it was funny) Here I have all this scrappin' Stuff in my room and .... WHAT?!?! NO darn kids. I have not got around to investing in decent markers so I whipped out McKayla's washable Crayolas and used the raspberry color (which closely matches this years In Color, Purely Pomegranite) I used it to dot over the berries on the twigs. Then I wrapped the ribbon around and knotted it.Next I attached te paper pieces to the front, inside & back of transprency. I punched the scalloped circle from the pattern paper. (great way to use up some scraps) cut a 1 3/8 circle from Choc. Chip c/s then stamped the sentiment and cut using the smll oval punch. Also there is a hapy holidays stamped in Purely Pom. on the inside. Both sentiments are from the set: Punch Pals.So thats it!! I think next time I will shorten my card descrips and simply list all supllies at the botom....might be easier for me since I still have to look at my keys to type and a little more pleasing on your eyeballs!! lol

Covered Notepad

I think this little covered notook is great!! I think I might make a few more of these perhaps with a matching pen and a few notecards in a tote...What a great gift that would be. Super simple to make. I have a template from Stamp your Art Out. Cut the paper to 8.5 x 5.5 inches fold the right hand side over and glue (1.5 inches) fold over the left hand side (3.25 inches) and again (3.75 inches from left side) creating a "Spine" forthe cover. Grab a 3 x 5 notebook readily available at staples or walmart. Cover the back over notepad with tape runner and secure tot he inside right side of book. Embellish any way you like and presto!!! Done just like that. One more thing.....I do recommend double sided paper for additional ease of project.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's All So Clear Now!!!

LOL Sorry I couldn't resist the pun! So here is my latest creation...oh ok, I cased it from SCS but then I changed it a bit. I can't remember who did the card on SCS but thanks!! I changed it by doing the card on a transparency (or also known as acetate ;) So anyway, I used my Timber Brown Stazon ink (yummy smell) to stamp snowflakes from the set The Snowflake Spot (Stampin'Up!) While that was drying I cut my layers of paper. Very Vanilla cut to 2.25 x 3 inches x 2 pieces, Chocolate Chip cut to 2.5 x 3.25 inches, Purely Pomegranite cut to 2.75 x 3.5 inches.
Then I stamped on the very vanilla layer around the edges with the same snowflake using the Purely Pom Classic ink. Happy holidays in the center from the Warest Regards set. I lightly added the snow flurries from the Snowflake Spot set in close to cocoa. Next I sponged around the edges with the close to cocoa ink...creating a bit of an oval window for the sentiment. I attached it to the front then added the brown to the other side. Next I did the second piece of the very vanilla and the purely pom on the back.
Layering like that seems t provide a nice evn balance tot he card, giving it the stability to stand up! Last but not least I finished of the card with ribbon tied around the fold int a simple knot. The ribbon I used is a burgandy sheer ribbon made by sheer creations, which I bought at scmichael's......err I mean Micheal's. (yeah thereis a story to that but we will save that fr another day) So until later....toodle ooooo! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Christmas "Fluffies The Cat"

I saw this on Splitcoast Stampers in a gallery (i'm sorry I can not remember whose it was) At any rate I finally recieved my Giga Scalloped Circle Punch made by Marvy that I ordered online from Scrapbooking Supplies R Us!! Ok, so I started with a standard Purely Pomegranite Cardstock (4.25 x 5.5) once I folded it I put it back in my cutter opened up and sliced an inch off the front. I cut a strip of paper 5 x 1 inch from the pattern paper in the Christmas Slab with Glitter from DCWV. and I cut another to go the other way. Then I cut a strip of Old Olive (5 x 2.75) and embossed it with my trusty Cuttlebug from Provocraft, using the divine swirls emboss folder. Then of course I stamped my fluffie from Stampendous on whisper white cardstock and backed it on a Purely Pom Scalloped Circle. I added a little ribbon to the endof the sideways strip and Voila!! So cute, So Simple!! All other supplies from Stampin'Up!

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's Twins

Is this not the cutest!!! Ok so I'm Bias because I am the one who just made it, but let's be honest this is cute! I had a regular customer email me and ask if I could make her a card for a friend that is having twins. One Boy & One Girl! Could you imagine? Not me, anyway, this is what I came up with.
I started on Close To Cocoa cardstock from Stampin' Up! (actually all supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted) On whisper white cardstock I stamped the alphabet block from the set "I'm Here" three times accross in close to cocoa craft ink. Then I added the Stardust emboss powder from Stamp n Stuff which is made by Stampendous. Then using the Giga scalloped circle punch from Marvy I punched one from pretty in pink c/s also one from bashful blue c/s. Then I stamped the hands (one of each to make a in the matching colors of the cardstock. Then I used the SU stamping sponges to ink the edges of the circles. Then I used the sentiment stamps from ...well i'm not sure where they are from I bought them at the local dollar giant. so I stamped them in close to cocoa and embossed them as well. I put the circles on the scallop with 3-d foam dots and then attached all the different layers.and finished it off with the ribbon (spolloribbon from Michaels) by punching a whole with my cropadile and tieing a simple knot.

Last but not least, I stamped the sentiments fron and inside (It's the small things that make life BIG from the Happy Harmony set & Conratulations from the warm regards set) I hope she likes it I think I may have to make several of these for single babies as well I can just leave the extra space open to se more of the alphabet stamp. Come on you try it too!!

Through & Through

What does that mean? Well, it means that the next few cards I am going to show you are CLEAR!! I finally dragged my butt over to Staples and picked up a package of over head projector Transparencies. So this is the first style I tried with ink, I then quickly rushed out to Michaels to pick up some Stazon Ink because it turns out it DOES make a I have not had a chance to play with the Stazon as the inlaws have been here and so my stampin time was neglected. Ok, so back to the card. Here it is. I used: The transparency (obviously) from Staples & Staples brand, I stamped image on transparency from Stampin' Up! Priceless. Now I used SU Classic Black and it took forever to dry and still smudges easily. From what I have read on my Favorite Blogs Stazon is what we need to be using as it stamps on NON POROUS surfaces (Metal, Plastic, Glass etc) So the I stamped the pointsetta from the same set in Purely Pomegranite. I also stamped another one and cut it out and layered it on top with a pewter brad from American Crafts in the Center. Then I stamped Merry Christmas from SU set "Season of Joy" in classic Black. I layered the whisper white onto handsome hunter c/s. I attached it using my tae runner (I love stampin' up but sometimes I have to go with affordability so I use glue runner from Ad Tech which you can get at walmart. a 2 pack refill is almost always on sale for $3.47 CDN) I also cut an additional peice of HH in the same size to add to the inside which covers up and sitings of Glue. LOL. So then I took a peice of whisper white (left blank) and backed it with Purely Pom using the transparency as a sandwich!!
Now that all that ramble is done let me just say......I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE stamping on TRANSPARENCIES!!! I am going t do a whole bunch more, only I will use the three new colors of Stazon Ink. I picked up the Jet Black, Timber Brown, Blazing Red!!! I really wish they had white though....cause I want to do snowflakes and have never seen them in those colors...hahaha.
Ok so until my next post (in like 10 Fairwell. I leave you with 2 more picks that did last night.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fall Fabulous!!

Well my very good friend Michelle took some Stunning Photos of her cute little kids the other day, playing in all the autumn leaves. So I decided yesterday that I should do the same, and let's face it, what child doesn't enjoy playing in the leaves???
So I dressed them up in their brand new matching outfits (I know completely retarded, but whatever they are cute) Let them loose in the front yard and started snaping away! They turned out so great, I think we need to do more, wearing different outfits and in a bigger park area. Oh the scrapbook pages I could come up with for these photos! I hope you enjoy my ramblings today and also the pictures of my little cuties!!
The first picture (girl in pink) is my oldest daugher, McKayla, who is 3.5 y/o. The babyin the red is my youngest daughter who just turned 1. Anyways here are the reast of the pics and I will be back later with some cards that I finally got to try!!! Look out Transperancies!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

So Simple, So Elegant

So for the longest time I wanted to get the French Flair Background stamp from Stampin' Up! So once I became a SU rep I made sure that it was one of the first things I ordered (along with the other $900 worth in my first order LOL) so that was nearly 3 months ago and yet I still had not used it. So the other night I thought I would use it to make some Christmas cards. Well let me just say....These were the EASIEST cards I have made in a longtime! I normally make cards that are very time consuming and also use a lot of product, not this time. I think I will have to make many many more of these as gifts for my family & friends to use at Christmas time!! Materials used: Purely Pom paper & ink, Always artichoke paper & Ink, Soft Sky Paper & ink, whisper white cardstock, ersamark, Stardust embossing powder (cant remember the brand name but its the kind you can buy at Michael's) white satin ribbon, French Flair Background, Merry Christmas stamp from the Season of Joy set.

From B & W To Colour

This card turned out so cute!! I love this fun little snowman from SU's Merry & Bright set in the current mini. I also have fallin in love with all the cards using the faux stitching and just HAD to try some. So here it is. I used whisper white cardstock as a base, sky blue for the cardfront layer and always artichoke fr the filmstrip. Of course for the filmstrip look I used the spiral punch (also one of my new fav's) Then I used the 1 1/4 circle punch and punched out the circles on either end. The I put whisper white behind and stamped the 2 snowmwn just in basic black. I stamped a 3rd snowman on whisper white and punched it out using the 1 3/8 circle, mounted it on a sky blue 1 1/4 circle and then mounted it on the scallop cirle punch in always artichoke. Then I watercolored the snowman a little, including the bottom part of the snowman circle witha little sky blue (hard to see in the picture) then I used a 3-d foam square to mount right in the center. I then stamped the Warm Wishes sentiment from the Hugs & Wishes set using Always artichoke ink. o do the faux stitching I used a ruler to drw the white lines and then went over it with the perferating wheel from the Making Memories distressing Kit. VOILA!!! Done & I think I absolutely have to do this card some more with a variety of different images.....TFL!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

What A Week

Well after a wonderful weekend I had a horrible Monday, a relaxed tusday and a busy wednesday. This weekend My DH gave me m birthday present early, a brand new Bulova watch (stunning!) and then some friends and myself went out to a club and had a great time. Monday (my actual birthday) was horrible. My kids were full of additude, I had issues with some stuff I had ordered online that was delivered and I was just all around in a bad mood. My youngest daughter, McKenzie managed to get into the vaseline tub and got handfuls of it al over herself, table, toyboxes and the COUCH!! AHHHHHHHHHH. SO after that was all cleaned up I decided it was her nap time. Yes a much eeded break. Then I get her up from naptime only to discover she had removed al her clothes and then her diaper and had spread her poop all over the place!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. and then I was supposed to goto a lounge for a few drinks and had no one that was invited show up. AHHHHHHHHHH At that point I should have just crawled into bed until next week. Instead I went to safeway, bought a single long stem rose and went and laid it on my Daddy's grave and jsut cried for alf hour and THEN I went home.....tadaa thats my last couple days. So after writing this I am going to go surfing for inspirations and get making cards again.I also have come accross something else that just pisses me off! When a person purchases stamps, they are under the impression that they have no purchased the rights to use this image. However I have recently been made aware of a thing called the Angel Policy. I think it sucks in most cases. You can buy the stamps, make stuff with the stamps, but god forbid as a stay at home mom you make cards and sell them cause your not allowed in most cases. You can sell them at craft fairs (which is ok if there are any that happen in your city) but not in brick & mortar stores or permanent Internet sites! Pfft! I wish I had the means to challenge this concept. I now have thousands of dollars in stamps I have collected over the last few years that I can not use to make a little money. I give credit to the images and yet it stil does not matter....GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ok I have vented and no I am going in search of TRUE ANGEL COMPANIES!!!