Month: July 2009

Crafty Creations Challenge~Inspiration

Hi ya! It’s time for our Crafty Creations Challenge!  This week  I set the challenge.  I came across this lovely Etsy shop featuring the art of Lauren Alexander .  So, this week is an inspiration challenge! This is what I made taking inspiration from Lauren Alexander‘s fabulous prints. Unfortunately her shop is closed until Aug. 2nd!! But do have a look after Sunday, because you will be delighted by what you see! In the meantime, you can visit her blog for lots of eye candy!! I hope you’ll come join us at Crafty Creations for the challenge!! Have a creative day!

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Guest Designer!

It is time for the  Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC26)!!! Did you know that every  last Tuesday of the month Flourishes has a new guest challenge designer?  I was ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC when I was asked to be the Flourishes guest challenge designer this month!!!   When Betty got in touch with me I swear i couldn’t stop grinning for the rest of the day!!!  I was just so happy to be asked!!!   Then I got that anxious feeling,  you know…. those awful self doubts one gets… but that passed quickly because I was just too thrilled…after all I love working with Flourishes stamps and am so inspired by them!! So, I chose to challenge everyone to go MONOCHROMATIC with their cards.  Use ONE color, or shades of that color,  along with ONE other neutral white or cream cardstock.   All supplies and tools are allowed!  I would love it if you joined in the FLOURISHES CHALLENGE with us!! I chose to make a long tall card. It is a whopping 8 3/4″ x 4″ .  When I’m making …

A Tutorial- Flat Fold Gift Boxes

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: For a 3″ x 3″ box Decorative card stock (sturdy double sided ) cut to 10.5″  x  3  1/8″   (I used Parisian Breeze specialty dp from Stampin’ Up!) Coordinating card stock (for inner box body) Cut to 6″ x 6″ Strong small magnets (Basic Grey magnetic snaps work well) Adhesive STEP 1: Score your 10.5″ decorative paper at 1.5″, 4.5″, 6″, and 9″ so it can fold as shown above. STEP 2: Score your 6″ x 6″ card stock at 1.5″ in on all four sides. STEP 3:   Fold two side in to meet at the middle, as shown above. STEP 4:  Score the four corners on the diagonal, as shown above. STEP5:  Crease all scored lines well for easy folding. STEP 6:  With long decorative paper laying flat (the side that you choose as the inside of your box facing up), place and adhere  the inner box on top, lining it up just inside the the bottom edge.  The score lines on both pieces will  line up perfectly.  See photo …

Strawberry Fields

Hello!   First off, I will be adding at tutorial for the boxes in my previous post very soon!  Thanks for the lovely comments and for letting me know that you are interested in having a tutorial.  I asked first because writing tutorials is  time consuming and I wanted to make sure there was an interest  before I wrote it. I made today’s card with two challenges in mind…the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (shimmerz or shimmer) and the Stamp Simply challenge on Sharon’ s blog . (Fruit) I am loving my COPICS!!  I colored this with Y00, B21,BG13,R20, R27, R29, E00 I don’t own any green  aside from mint and aqua (blue greens) so I used a yellow base (Y00) and shaded with the blue (B21) then blended with the yellow (Y00) to get my green. I used a touch of the mint green (BG13) and blended it with yellow too.  What do you think?  I am really enjoying how the Copics blend and I feel more like I’m painting than coloring.   I used to …

Handmade Magnetic Closure Gift Boxes

These little gift boxes store flat! I made these different sized boxes using the same folding format.  I wanted  some small gift boxes to have on hand, (I love boxes!)  but I wanted them to lay flat for more convenient storage.  This way I can make them ahead of  time and they take up very little space, as space is limited in my craft room.   What do think?  They are quite easy to make too! Would you like a tutorial? Please let me know what you think! I will write up the tutorial (I already have the step by step pics taken) if there is an interest.  EDITED TO ADD: Here is the link for the TUTORIAL. Have a great and creative day!!

Crafty Creations Challenge 25

Hi everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying the summer so far! I have been quite busy, and this past weekend we had a really nice visit from my nephew and his family from Calgary Alberta.  They stayed with us until Tuesday and from here they moved on to Ottawa to visit more family members.  It was really good to see them and a little sad to see them go, as we know it will be some time before we get together again.  Calgary is far, and very expensive to travel to with a family.  But, we made it out west last summer for their wedding, so who knows?  It is a beautiful place to visit!! I did miss stamping though!  So, today I have the Crafty Creations Challenge to show you. Jaime challenged us to a lovely unique sketch this week!   Have a look and hop on over to Crafty Creations to see what the rest of the design team did with it!  Jaime is offering a lovely CTMH prize this week.  Hope to …

Magnetic Memory Game Travel Tin Tutorial

MAGNETIC MEMORY TRAVEL GAME SUPPLIES 1 tin fun foam (self adhesive if available) cut into 24 one inch squares (most dollar stores carry this) strong mini magnets stamps (small images around 1″ ) 6 images for this size tin ink adhesive (ultra sticky red line tape) How To: 1. Measure your tin to see how many squares can fit.   A typical altoid tin can fit 2 rows of 3 in each the lid and the base, if the squares are cut to 1″. 2. I cut my self adhesive fun foam into 1″ squares.    The magnet is adhered with red line adhesive tape to the sticky side of one square.  Take another square and “sandwich” the magnet between the two squares leaving the second square’s sticky side out (for image adhesion) .  Repeat until you have finished all 12 two layered squares. A NOTE :  The magnets I use are extremely strong.  In fact without the double layer of foam, they would have ripped off the back and stayed stuck to the tin.  That …

Crafty Creations Challenge

TRAVEL is the theme for this week’s challenge on Crafty Creations.   As all my travels lately have been with my boys in tow,  I thought that I would try to make something that might keep them busy (and hopefully quiet) in the car for a short while.   I decided to make this magnetic travel memory game  and mini scrapbook. Admittedly, the memory game will probably not hold their attention long, as it is a bit too simple with only 6 pairs to match up, but still, they will find it amusing just for the fact that it is in a tin and magnetic! lol.   It would be perfect for a 3 or 4 year old I think!   The scrapbook, on the other hand is right up their alley!  They both really enjoy keeping things from their travels to later stick into their albums, and it’s a simple thing for me to supply them with stickers and embellishments that they’ll find fun to add too while on the road! I hope you’ll join us in the …

Sun Fun!

Well, the sun sure hasn’t been out much here in Montreal this summer!! 😦  It has been raining  so much, and today it was actually cold!!  I mean put on your fall sweaters cold!!!  Yuck.   It is going to be a really long summer break with my two young boys at home if this weather keeps up!! There really is only so much we can (and want) to do indoors!!  I want SUN!!! So, I’m creating my own summer through my cards! lol.  Lots of yellow for sun, and todays card is pure beach fun!  Yesterday’s technique was the faux grid.   I thought the Life’s a Breeze set would work well with it and this is the result!  Wouldn’t this be a fun tile around a pool? I used whisper white on pacific point card stock for the base.   I made my grid lines at 1/2″ intervals.  The square panel with the boat stamped on it is mounted on pacific point cs and popped up on dimensionals.  The other stamps just look like they …

The Simple Things…

I was thrilled on Sunday to see that  Kelly A.K.A Shirmcat on SCS  is this week’s Featured Stamper!   I think she is a wonderful card maker and I’ve been enjoying her gallery for some time!  I found a sweet simple card that I wanted to CASE and this is what I came up with for mine. I used the swiss dots folder to emboss the bazzill yellow cs, and added a strip of turquoise ribbon at the top, adhering it underneath the card stock.  I colored the lemons and bowl with my new copics.   The stamp is from Flourishes Summer on the Patio set.  This set is FULL of great images for summer, including patio tables and chairs, lots of cool drinks and decorative elements too.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from Paper Pretties.   This card measures 5.25″ square. I’m so glad you stopped in today!  You know I love your company! 😉 Have a creative day!