Friday, June 27, 2008

LSC-Loonie Stamper's Challenge #1

Welcome to my first edition of the Loonie Stamper's Challenge! Ok, Let me explain. My friends Charlene, Regan & Deanna are all avid Papertrey Ink Fans and we are always bouncing in and out of the forums (when we can tear ourselves away from our inking spots) So one day, Char (I think, yeah I am pretty sure it was came up with this great idea for the four of us Canadian Girlies to have our very own challenge to be held every 2 weeks. Each rotation one of us will be picking a PTI stamp set and a colour combo!

Up first (LSC01) is Chars turn.

*Stamp Set - Piece of Cake
*Colours - Aqua Mist/Berry Sorbet/Chocolate Chip
I picked Chocolate chip as my base (even though I only have 2 sheets left.....waaaaaah!!) Next I took some aqua mist paper and cut it to 5 x 3.75 and watermarked the flowers from the set all over it.
Then I embossed a piece of Stamper's Select with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and attached 3 stripes of PTI twill in aqua mist & berry sorbet.
For my focal point I started by cutting the scalloped circle
layer from berry sorbet card stock with my marvy giga punch. Then I cut the white circle with the marvy mega circle. Once I did that I decided it needed a layer of aqua mist. SO I cut it out with my coluzzle (which desperately needs a new blade, hence the
roughed edges...good cover up ;)
I stamped my images and added Liquid Pearls to the centers of all the flowers. Then I took out the "plastic circle thingy" that Char sent me (I think it is a plastic canvas circle?) and I pierced just inside the white circle, all the way around. Thanks worked like a charm!
On the inside of the card I added strips of the leftover papers along the bottom of my white. The I stamped the berry sorbet strip with versamarked flowers.
After that I kinda stepped outside the LSC and grabbed my birthday sentiments from the Birthday Basics set to finish off the card. I know, I know first round and I am already breaking the rules....hey wait! Is that actually a rule...hmmm! LOL.
Well I hope Y'all have enjoyed my contribution to Loonie Stamper's Challenge!! Don't forget to peek in on my partners in crime
*Charlene - Willow & Paisley
Hope you all will tune in again in two weeks for the next edition of LSC!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thanks Flourishes

I almost forgot that I had this set. I think I may have only used the set once or twice but now it is back and in a super luscious way.

My Great friend Charlene sent me some paper today and I love it. It is almost the same as the PTI sweet blush but has a slight lined texture to it. It is fabulous!!

SO I just kept this card simple with 2 colors. One thing I wanted to point out is the baubles. They are actually pink but more of a light pink, so I took the small circle from the Beautiful Blooms and stamped three circles in Berry Sorbet and then I put them over top. Note to self: Self do this more often! It completely takes on the color underneath.
I have also noticed that a lot of people are talking or asking rather about how people finish off their cards, so here it is. I love having more then just an empty card inside so a few added touches in the corners is sometimes all it needs. Don't get me wrong I do not always finish off the insides of the cards but I guess it really depends on what it is for.

Anyway, I hope you all have enjoyed my card today. I should be able to share more with you providing I can sneak a few minutes from time to time in between orders and family. Summer has come and outside is where my kids want to be. Ah but red turns to brown, my friends. I shall have a great tan! lol

See ya tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

PTI Blog Hop - June!!!

Well today is the day, the day for all you blog hopping addicts to get your fill of this months Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
Every Month on the 25th anyone who wants to participate in the hop may do so by checking out the currents months challenge and implementing it on your blog according to the rules. Be sure to visit the forum as well for fun chat, contests and also ask any questions you may have!

This month's project was to utilize acetate in any way, shape or form. I have to admit I was a bit blank at first but decided to just do something simple.
I started by creating my base page using great papers from My Minds Eye
After I was done the page base I picked out my pictures and layered acetate over top. Then I added some simple white Staz On to my acetate and assembled everything.

On the main image I did a polka dot trim along the right side, which I thought complimented the large dots in the My Minds Eye paper. The buttons also went with the whole dotted theme!
I stamped the sentiment in white Staz On
"Every good & perfect gift
comes from above"
onto the picture because this is absolutely true!

On each little wallet size photo I layered the acetate as I did with the large picture. Then I took itty bitty sentiments from Mixed Messages and stamped them in different directions on my pictures. Then I added some great PTI twill to each picture.

The flower cluster has absolutely nothing to do with the blog hop topic but it was super fun and easy to do. A while back I picked up some sticky stuff in shapes from THIS site that had a special.

So all I did was watercolor my SU flowers, add a sticky circle to the centers, added the button (without having to add more glue) and then I sprinkled with Martha Stewart glitter. After all the excess glitter is off the flowers I added then to my page with Tombow multi and that's it!

Thanks everyone for coming to check out my project and stay tuned this week as I already have a few more posts ready for ya! I am back baby and I have a ton of cards to share with you as I prepare a big order I already have 45 cards done and over 100 still to go!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

This Card is for You!

Ok, well I am not seriously going to send this card to everyone but I picked this one to share with you all today to thank you for all your wonderful comments and emails during my recent absence. I think the healing process is going pretty well! So thank you to all of you that have still checked in every day and showed so much caring and support.

Not a whole lot of detail today but I still like how the card came together! The embossing on this card REALLY came out nice and crisp!

The papers on this card are from a K & Company them! But my favorite part of this card is the detail on the oval. I never really thought about the tiny pieces in the scallops but a while back Nichole had a terrific post on her blog showcase all the different things you could do with them and I really enjoyed it! Thanks Nichole!!

See you all tomorrow for the PTI Blog Hop!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Gone But Not Forgotten

A year ago today, I lost my Dad, My children's Grandfather and My Best Friend. Today I sit and reflect just how much I miss him, yet find myself putting my selfish thoughts of wanting him here with us forever aside and being thankful for what we did have with him.

My Oldest daughter does have fantastic memories of him that she can share with her sister. I have wonderful memories of him, learned many things from him and we all had all his love. We were (and will continue to be) the closest and most loving family I have ever known. I am thankful for the 27 years I got to know him and moreover the last 6.5 years since his first heart attack that we got to have "extra" thanks to modern medicine. My heart aches for my mother who is lost with out her soul mate and I pray I don't know that feeling for a very very long time.

Remember, my friends, hugs those close to you and be sure to tell them just how much you love them as you have no idea when it will be the last time you do!


This was what we wrote in the news paper (just sharing for a few friends that had not seen it last year)

Patrick "Pat" McKay passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at the age of 56 years, beloved husband of Karen McKay of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory his parents, William "Bill" and Lucy McKay; his children, Cory (Rhonda) McKay and their children Darin and Zander; Chris (Drewin) and their children Keirah and Jayda; Patrick Jr. (Diana) McKay and their son Cale; and Julie-Ann (Curtis) Wells and their children McKayla and McKenzie; two brothers, Mike (Jacquie) McKay and Sandy McKay; his sister-in-law Nancy McKay; Karens parents, Julia (Daniel) Badgley and Wilfred Gibson as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Elizabeth and Karen’s stepmother Alice Gibson. Pat was born June 19, 1951, and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He joined the army at the young age of 17. His first posting was in Petawawa, Ontario, where he met his wife-to-be, Karen Gibson. They married when Pat was 22 years old and Karen was 17. They were also posted in Dundurn Saskatchewan where their first son was born. They then returned to Petawawa where, as Pat would say, "The winters were cold and they had three more". In 1988 they were posted in Suffield, Alberta "Somewhere near a place called Medicine Hat". Pat then retired from the army in 1989 and the family moved from Ralston to Medicine Hat, where he drove for Care Cabs for 8 years. He worked as a commissioner in Suffield for a few years and then returned to driving with Care Cabs. He became internationally known as "The Gangsta" Cab driver because of his favorite fedora hat. He then became lovingly known as "Pat in da hat". He was told by his customers that people were talking about him in Germany. He was THE gentleman taxi driver, providing roses to the ladies on special occasions, playing relaxing jazz music and going out of his way to please his customers. Pat’s first love was his childhood sweetheart Karen, whom he met when she was 15. They enjoyed over 33 years of marriage, and became the perfect role model for their children and grandchildren. He was always so proud of Karen and he was always bragging about her newest accomplishment, especially her singing. Pat was a true family man. Always telling anyone who would listen about the latest happenings with his kids or grandchildren. Pat had many hobbies to fill his spare moments. He enjoyed playing on his computer, wood-working and yard work. His latest endeavor was building a pond from scratch for him and Karen and the rest of the family to enjoy. Over the last couple of years he discovered his love of cooking and sharing his secret BBQ sauce with family. Together Pat and Karen enjoyed the theatre. While Karen was on stage singing and dancing, Pat was behind the scenes lending a helping hand and often comic relief. Final staging for Pat McKay arranged by Derek Martin, lovingly known as the "Nazi stage manager" and Pat would of liked that! The memorial service will be held in PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with long time friend Mr. Doug Blackstock presiding. A private family interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Checking in

Hey everyone!!

I am SO sorry I have not posted in a while. I will again soon I promise. I picked up a contract for a Website shopping cart installation at the last minute. That on top of a multi-family yard sale on the week-end of Fathers Day, The first of which with out my Dad. This time last year we were sitting around my house eating such yummy food, all the while looking at my Dad thinking how uncomfortable and not well he looked. I was right about that.

Anyway, without rambling on it has been an long weekend, I am tired, I have not stamped since Tuesday of last week, and the next week will be tough and long as well. My Dad's Birthday and First Year Anniversary of passing are on Thursday and Friday! I do hope to have something posted before that, but after for sure! Take care of yourselves and Hug your loved ones!


Monday, June 9, 2008

Inspired By a Website

This card has it all my friends! Stitching, heat embossing, shimmery paper, flat back pearls, painted flowers. I practically had a vision for this card. I recently started a contract with my web designer to do some work for her and her customer. I was over at her house for a meeting with a client and before the client arrived she was showing me some more templates she has been working on that were almost ready for publishing. As soon as she showed me THIS one, that is when the vision hit!

I had picked up a "Luxury" DCWV Paper pack last month and hardly used any yet. Also, I recently picked up a package of the brushed gold card stock from Stampin' Up! So pulling these papers together was the easy part, I still had to come up with something stunning, exciting and entirely spectacular, like the website!

After getting out my sewing machine I took the striped piece and laid it over the brushed gold and did a short zigzag down both sides. Then I put it onto the second pattern. At that point I decided it needed more stitching so I quickly added what I had to some vanilla (which will soon be replaced with Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream 110 lb Card stock to be released June 15th) I then stitched down the sides of the gold and around the whole piece.

Next I stamped the word "Eternity" from the Wedding Day set in versamark and embossed it gold. I then added the circle, also from Wedding Day, in Mellow Moss ink and trimmed it out.

Next I cut another circle of mellow moss card stock just a tiny bit larger then the stamped circle. That was not big enough for the card so I cut out a vanilla scalloped circle with my Marvy Giga Punch and a Mega Circle of brushed gold. It needed to the stitching as well to carry a theme through the card. I added the circle on top of the ribbon and felt it still needed a bit more pizazz...Bridal Confetti enter stage left. I colored 2 of the flowers and left the last one ivory. Before attaching them I used my fingernail on the underside of the petals to give then a bit of a natural curl. Last I added a tiny pearl from Hero Arts to the flower centers.

Normally I do not add quite so much to the insides of my cards, but I think this looks so perfectly finished and would help my customers in a big way. It takes a lot of the thinking out for those who maybe don't want to write in their own message.

So I took some left over pieces from the front trimmings and made a stripe down the side and added the sewing around the edges again. Then I stamped the sentiments from the Everyday Blessings set in versamark and embossed it gold. I stitched around the edge, mounted it with dimensionals and applied another colored flower as the final touch!

The great thing about this card (in terms of adding it to my store) is that I can make this in a few colors because the stack has 6 different colors (I think) I can not wait to make more of these beauties!! Thanks Marlyn for the excellent inspiration from your website!

Gotta Getta Jetta!

When we went into the sales office a few weeks go they had and advertisement in the office that looked like loose leaf paper with a note scribbled on it that said "Gotta Getta Jetta" and I agreed. So we took a Jetta out for a spin, and it was so awesome and in the words of a friend of mine, Dreamy! It was even the exact color I wanted. So here she is, the new addition to our family and her name is Jetta!

Ok well I am not gonna make you all look at my brand new car and not give you some Paper Beauties to look at so I will write another post soon. Here is a glimpse of what is coming.....

See you all later, I hope to have this post revealed by later this evening! Jewels

Friday, June 6, 2008

Oh So Cute Card Set

The very minute I saw this set, Cute Critters from Clear Dollar Stamps, I knew I HAD to have it. The set is complete with 4 clearly adorable animals and matching "Punny" Sayings to help you create perfect cards.

This first card is made on bashful blue, white and kraft. I embossed the white layer with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder (really who can live without that folder?)

I stamped my main image with black StazOn, and then colored him in with watercolor pencils.

"Needle Lift" is absolutely the most perfect sentiment for this little guy and works very well with the "Friends Stick Together" sentiment on the inside.

Ever since I was little I have liked skunks. I certainly wouldn't want to be up close and personal with one, I do however think they are cute and I like the small of them. Yes you read that right, I like the smell. Everyone thinks I am strange but hey what they heck. i guess it reminds me of camping in our backyard as kids, there was always skunks around and the smell was always there.

The flower that this cute little "Stinker" is carrying is simply perfect. I mean it is almost as if the flower is drooping over the

This guy is super simple to color and looks great when done. I added the black with water color pencils and then added a hint of grey to outline the white areas.

"When Life stinks, You can count on me"

Wow! I can not even begin to tell you all the styles and themes of cards and other exciting paper craft items I would LOVE to use this ducky for.

This is actually about the 10th card I have made with her. The ducky is SO easy to color in and combined with great sayings you knock out a home run every time. In fact Here is another photo of a set of baby shower invites I made with it.

Hopefully Blogger cooperates and you will be able to click on the picture to see it bigger.

Hey Slowpoke! I completed the inside of this card with a get well soon message. Nothing worse then getting a cold that slows you down.

Again I have to say that I LOVE how quick and easy you can stamp, color and create with these images. Its almost like the simplicity of the great images takes all the thinking out of the process for me.

Well that is all I have for you right now, but I will be back hopefully tomorrow with an off topic post and perhaps so card pics for you, or something along those lines.

As a final note: Lori over at Clear Dollar Stamps has release 17 new items in the store as of the first of June so get over there and check it out!! You will not be disappointed. Also, my dear Canadian friends...She has GREAT shipping. For example orders of $50 or more just $6.00 shipping so jam pack those carts.

Have a great Friday, Bring on the week-end.

Other Supplies Used: PTI & SU Ribbons, SU Printed Papers, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Micro Pellets (baubles), Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Embossing, SU inks.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Father's Day Card

Isn't this little guy cute? This cute card is made from the Pond Life Set fro Papertrey Ink. I stamped the main elements of the scene first (the duck, grass, cattails, water swirl) Then i took a dauber and added the water accross the bottom of the card.

Love it! Well I dont have much to say today so I will see you all again soon. In Fact I think some Blog Candy may be co ming soon as I get closer to 25,000 Hits on the blog!! Thanks girlies!!

Have a great and wonderful day!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wedding Cards Galore

I have a few cards to share with you today. I actually did these a few days ago. I stamped one day and made 13 different cards so I am sure slowly but surely I will share them with you.

The first and second card are so elegant and not really a bunch of work. I do plan to make this card in several colors and add it to my web store. Can you imagine this card in ALL the PTI colors???

Anyway, the first one is made with Spring Moss paper embossed with Swiss dots. Next I stamped the filigree oval from the Sweet Love stamp set from PTI and punched it out with my new giga scalloped oval punch from Marvy.

Next I added the ribbon and the bow and attached the oval with dimensionals. Last I added the little flat back pearls.

So here is the same card done up with the Lavender Moon Collection. Paper, Ink and Swiss dot ribbon. I love this color for sure!

Starting on a white stamper's select base I added a matte of Swiss dots paper from the Stampin Up! Prints papers (I believe this color is the Rose Red)

Next I added a strip of black card stock punched with a new Martha Scallop punch. If you can get your hands on it I highly recommend it.

The main image is from a stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps and I just loved how it turned out with a tiny bit of water coloring. Plus I finally went and picked up the tiny tags dies from cuttlebug at Michael's. Perfect for little sentiments.

This last one uses the same image and just decorated a little different on the card. This is on the new Papertrey Kraft....which is as PERFECT as Heather Nichols Says it is.

Prima Flowers, Making Memories pewter hearts and the ribbon is a combo pack from K& Company.

I have to get to bed I am so tired I can hardly finish Have a great day everyone!

Rock My Socks

I received this cute & fun award the other day from a blogging buddy, Julia from Create With Me. Check out her blog she does some FANTASTIC stuff. Thanks Julia for the award. I now get to pick 6 blogs that inspire me.

So check out these gals and there great blogs!!

Geny at Madison Avenue

Melissa at Just Dandy

Jess at The Whimsical Butterfly

Charlene at Willow & Paisley Hey Chicky!!!

And the neighbors Dee & Regan What up girls!!

There are so many greats out there that I could probably go on forever but here are my pics today. Thanks for peeking!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bitty Baby Blessings

Here are a couple of cards I made with my new PTI Bitty Baby Blessings Stuff! Let me tell ya...I Love this set!

This card (with a not so great is made on a stampers select base followed by Lavender Moon paper embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss dots.

Then I cut the frame from stampers select using my regular and scalloped nesties. Love the nestabilities, they really are the best...I still need to get the rectangle and circles.....

So I stamped the sentiment onto the polka dot paper from the Bitty Baby Blessings Patterned Paper, put the frame onto with dimensionals. I also added a little pink rhinestone into each corner.

Last, I made a paper ribbon and bow from the same pattern paper and added the rhinestone to the center of it.
This card is so cute and so simple. I started by stamping the diaper shirt onto pattern paper and cut it out. Then I stamped the border from the B&C Squares set and trimmed it out. I then stamped the sentiment in the center.

Again, I added the stripe of the patterned paper at the bottom of the embossed spring moss paper.

Well I do have an off topic post to write about my weekend, we had some great multi Family Fun! I am supposed to finally be getting my car today (and if I don't...well lets just say the salesman is not going to have a very good Monday)

Have a great day everyone!!