Month: January 2009

A Little Somethin’

These sweet boxes were inspired by the tiny chocolate boxes featured on SCS.   I love these little 2″square by 1″ deep boxes.  They are  just so perfect for a small treat!  With Valentine’s just around the corner, they will come in handy for those sweet surprises. Beate included a tutorial for these boxes on SCS, and it is great!   But I have to admit something.  I am always looking for alternate ways to do things.  I am a hands on “tinkerer”. Usually I will only glance through a tutorial, mostly at the pictures, then start playing with my papers, measuring and scoring until I have something that works for me. Usually a simplified version of the original.   I rarely actually follow the directions.  (hey, it works for me!)  It’s a lot like a cook who never follows a recipe, but instead adds or leaves out ingredients at their discretion. (which I also do)   So, with that said; I modified how I made these boxes, even though the end result looks the same.  …

Tranquility

Wishing you a peaceful day!  I’m still not feeling my best, so I’m going to get some rest, but don’t worry I have something brewing and will share it with you all  in a day or two!  HINT: It’s what you’ve been asking for in the polls! I made this the other day for the limited supply challenge. We were to use a black base with a lot of it still showing.  I used this beautiful dp from Basic Grey Periphery for the main panel.  The panel beneath the bird is Kraft card stock.  I ran it through the cuttlebug using the forest branches folder, and added a wash of acrylic cream paint over it for added texture. A few added details such as the blue pearls, and felt layered flower, and it was done. I just love how peaceful this image is.  Doesn’t that bird just draw you in and make you want to drift away in dreams?  It just calms me to look at it.  In fact, I like it so much that …

Flowers for a Friend

Go Jessie!! Jessie Rone (Can you Say…Addicted) set today’s color challenge on SCS!  This fab combo pulled me out of a head cold stupor, and inspired me to make something that shouted spring!!  I needed to be transported to that warm and sunny place and it did me good. I layered Garden Green with Pacific Point and Baja Breeze.  I embossed the baja panel with swiss dots in my cuttlebug.  The flowers are mostly punched, but one is an SU! die cut.  The mini buttons are really brads!     I made this for a friend’s birthday and monogramed it with her initial, using Justrite’s Special Occasion font, wooden stamper and a cute border from the DIY monogram stamper kit. The dp is from Memory Makers Funky vintage Lizzie pad. Did I manage to bring you some sense of Spring? I hope I brought you a touch of sunshine! I keep telling myself that spring is right around the corner, right!! Well, my congestion is getting worse and my head feels heavy, so I am off to …

Blue Butterfly

The featured stamper on SCS this week is Vicky Gould!! Yeah! She is a fabulous stamper, and I have admired her work for some time, so I enjoyed going through her gallery!   I chose her stunning blue and gold embossed card to case.   I was inspired by the embossing so I decided to use my stained glass backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms for the main panel.  I used copper embossing powder on Versamark ink.   The corners are cut from the same piece of embossing (a cut off scrap).  The butterfly(Inkadinkado Elizabeth Brownd)  is also embossed in copper, as is the flourish by Technique Tuesday on the Pacific Point card stock.   I added a coppery ribbon that I picked up at Flourishes. Well I’m off to work on another project, i have been feeling so inspired lately I figure I better get going while the going is good! Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a creative day!! Please, don’t forget to get your vote in my poll (top right)!  Thanks! This post would be empty …

An Interesting Question

I had an interesting question the other day from a reader, and it got me thinking. The Question: How can I emboss in red on a black background, so that the red still shows up well? The Answer: Well, since I had never tried to do this before, I had no idea!  🙂 But I love a challenge! After thinking about it for a bit, I remembered something I used to do when I painted.   To get a dark/bright color to show up on black, I had learned to first paint a base coat of white, then paint over that  so the color would show up properly.   I decided to try that with the embossing.  So I did a little experimenting.   Below is the result. I inked my stamp with white pigment ink and stamped it on the black card stock.   Then applied red tinsel embossing powder and heated it.  I noticed that I could still see some white, so I just sprinkled more red ep on top while the image was still warm from …

I need your help, it’s Up To You!

THIS POST WILL STAY AT THE TOP, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MY LATEST CRAFTY UPLOAD. Hello everyone,  It’s a new year, and it is fast approaching my 1st blogiversary!!  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for almost a year!  My first post was back in March ’08.  Wow!  It’s been a blast!!  I have learned so much from all of you!!  It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m amazed by how many of you have consistently been stopping by my blog, and how many friends I’ve made too!  So, before my first year of  blogging is officially over, I’d like to get some ideas from you,  about what you have enjoyed the most about my blog, and what has been missing for you.  Constructive criticism welcome!! 🙂  I only want to make the next year better, and I can’t do that without your help.  So please, will you help me out? Just let me know, by comment, or by poll,  (on the right) what you would like to see.  I’ll do my best …

Happy Birthday Hearts

I just love this sweet image from Penny Black!  I made this card for my niece who will be turning 9.  O.k. it’s not until May, but I am always late, so this year i vowed not to be!! Now I just have to remember to mail it… This could just as easily be a Valentine too with a change of sentiment. I colored the hedgie with an SU! blender pen and inks, in Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel. I also added regal rose, around his belly and face, after brushing the tip over a scrap paper to lighten the color .  The heart balloons are colored with Bravo burgandy, regal rose, and a dusting of  SU! dazzling diamonds glitter. I used a little wild wasabi at his feet, for the patch of grass. The layout is from todays sketch challenge on SCS,  although, I made my focal image a lot bigger and in a heart shape.  I just thought the hearts worked so well with this hedgie with the heart balloons. The colors are  …

Spreading the love…

I received these fabulous awards!   It has taken me a while to post the one on the left,  and after receiving the spreader of love award, I thought I had better start spreading the word too!   Thank you to my sweet blogging friends, Becky, from Camellia Cottage Designs and Els from Els Online.  You will be inspired by these ladies, so visit their blogs and say hello! I am to choose at least 5 others to receive these awards so, I would like to give them to these blogging friends: Jenny Bridgett Susan Kathy Ann Take them both or take your pick!   Now, I have met so many wonderful blogging friends, I just have to spread the love, so if you are on any of my blogrolls to the left please take the Spreader of Love Award and continue to spread the love!   I am inspired by you all! Now for a quick card! This is a quick little 3″x3″ gatefold card I made for Cards 4 Kids. I started with a 6″ x 3″ …

A Spring Promise

I wish I could make such a promise!  It has been sooooo cold around here this last week!!  How does -30 degrees celcius sound??   Our hydro company actually issued a warning that we bundle up in our homes and REDUCE our thermostats.  WHY?  Because they said it was so cold that high consumption of electricity may cause a shortage and that would mean no one would have any heat!! WHAT???  Why do I live here anyway?  I really should have been born somewhere tropical.  I would have made a great island girl.  hehehe!!  Yes, technically Montreal is an island, just not the kind I’m talking about! These colors say spring to me, they even say tropical.  So take a  good look and then close your eyes,  that’s as close to spring as I can get you right now.  🙂 I received my  set of Flourishes stamps (that I won) on Thursday! Yeah!!  Happy mail! I had to use it right away and decided to play along with the WT challenge on Splitcoast too.   I went …

So Very Krafty!

I have a crush on Kraft (SU!) paper right now! 😉 I  made this card using Kraft, Red Riding Hood, and Baja Breeze last night, and this morning, happily, I find that the color challenge on SCS is  Kraft, Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze!   So of course i had to make another Krafty card. I made the card above for the Cards 4 Kids project that Rubber Maid has got so many of us doing!  What a wonderful Cause, and fun reason to make Valentines!   There’s still time to help out if you want to! The card below is for a friend’s birthday coming up soon, and it incorporates the color challenge and a new one for me, the Double Dare Challenge with a few others on SCS.   I had so much fun making this card!  I am really pleased with it too.  I like to keep my cards simple, (you may have noticed) but interesting with a few details that add that special somethin’ somethin’!   At least I’m hoping that’s how …