Month: April 2008

Cake and Coffee Anyone?

Good morning! Anyone up for some Cake and Coffee? Well before I serve up the cake and coffee I have to do a bit of complaining 😦 I’m cooold this morning! It is a rainy dreary day and my furnace seems to have decided that it had a long hard winter and is throwing in the towel! Thank goodness it didn’t decide this a few weeks earlier, or I would really be chattering my teeth! I hate being cold!! Gas Met says they won’t be able to come until tomorrow. Between 7am and 12pm!! Way to narrow it down guys! I only really have to leave the house once tomorrow, to pick up my son from school…so of course, that’s when they’ll come! This is one of my pet peeves. I do not like waiting around for repair people to show up! So, I am now drinking LOTS of HOT coffee and trying to look on the bright side. Really I’m trying. Cake cheers me up…how about you? The cake is a case of a …

A Trifold Twist

Last week’s SCS Inkling newsletter had a tutorial by Beate for a Trifold card. I wanted to give it a try, and because I have been seeing a lot of double pocket cards around lately, I gave the trifold a twist and turned it into a double pocket. So, If you have a look at Beate’s wonderful tutorial on SCS HERE, you will be better able to see what I did to get the extra pocket. Where Beate makes an arc in Step 4 and 5, I also rounded the bottom panel, so that when it is folded upwards, it mimics the rounded arc of the top of the card. Then, as Beate suggests for a variation, I left off the belly band decoration. But instead of folding up the bottom, and then folding in the sides, I did the reverse, folding in the sides and folding up the bottom on top. I taped the two side edges of this bottom panel to form the second pocket. I made two insert cards and decorated them …

Dont’ Forget To Kiss!

Kiss the stamps you love! Hello! I’m back from a few days away. Did you miss me?? 😉 I was visiting my Mom and my Grandma, and then my Sis who lives an hour away from them, in Ontario. I had a good visit with them all! It is my Sister’s birthday today, so I had brought her gift with me…I’m trying to encourage her to stamp, so I gave her some SU stamps, ink and glitter. She has done some scrapbooking and is now trying out a few cards, so she was very happy with the gift. Yay! It would be so fun if she started making cards too! I just wish we lived a bit closer so we could stamp together more often! So, I did promise you all a card tutorial and that will be up in the next day or two! I have to take the boys to swimming today and get some neglected chores done before the work week starts again, so I don’t have time to post it today. …

Backgrounders are a beautiful thing!

Click Images to Enlarge Cornish Heritage Farms is having a week of Backgrounder challenges! I just LOVE their backgrounders! If you have not had a chance to see these beautiful stamps, you really should take a few minutes and head on over to CHF to have a peek!! They are a full 5 3/4″ by 4 1/4″ ! This means you can stamp an entire card front with it! They have 90 to choose from and are adding more every month! They are wonderful for creating your own decorative paper. There are so many ways to use them too, as I am finding out by participating in the Backgrounder Blitz! They are also giving away a free bg stamp each day to one lucky winner! All you have to do is try the challenge and link it up with them or post it in your own gallery on their site. You can have a look at mine while your over there checking out the backgrounders! 🙂 For the card above, the challenge was to use …

Pretty Pleats with Sugar on Top?

This card was inspired by some very pretty fabrics for the inspiration challenge over at SCS. I decided to pleat my paper to make a fabric effect. I also frayed the edges which I think helped it look more like aged fabric too. Aren’t these papers pretty? I love the soft victorian feel of them. They are from the K-ology (K& Company) Verbena Scrap Pad. I used a sentiment from Verve Visual’s Happy Thoughts set. Guess who this will be for ! Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Deena

Recycle your Ribbon Spools!

I know we all have a lot of these…ribbon spools! When your ribbon is used up what do you do with the empty spool? How many have you thrown away?? Instead of throwing the next one out… try something like this with it! This is so easy and fun to do, and it makes a perfect little gift box for something special! Or just use it yourself to keep a few special pairs of earrings, or rings… Supplies you’ll need: Empty Ribbon spool Toilet paper roll or paper towel roll Stamped or decorative papers Embellishments for the Lid Adhesive circle cutter First I carefully pulled apart the spool. The top round and bottom round pieces pretty easily came away from the middle spool piece. They tore a little, but I was covering it with dp, so no worries! I then measured the height (depth) of the inner spool cylinder. I cut a piece off the toilet paper roll, a bit narrower than the depth of the spool cylinder. Using my circle cutter, I cut dp …

A Birthday Suprise Success!

I pulled it off! I actually surprised Des with a birthday dinner! He had no clue there would be 10 other people at the restaurant I took him to for dinner. He is not easy to surprise and he is extremely difficult to buy birthday gifts for, so I am very pleased with myself! 🙂 We had a great time at our favourite sushi restaurant, Kaizen Sushi Bar, and went for drinks afterwards…it was a late night for us but well worth the headache this morning! I forget how much fun it is to go out in downtown Montreal. I used to do it so often in my twenties….but, now with kids it becomes much more difficult to find the time (when we’re not exhausted) and much more expensive (babysitter)! I have a hard time making masculine cards, as I think a lot of us do! So, for Des’ B-Day card I cased my friend Colleen, who also happens to be my SU upline. She is wonderful, supportive and inspired me to start stamping! She …