Month: April 2011

Boys will be Boys!

We went to my hometown to visit my Mom and Grandmother for Easter, and we had a really nice time!   On Easter day we took a walk through the riverside park where they have built a large skate park. It was packed with boys skateboarding from the age of 6 to 46! My boys were super excited about it and immediately demanded that they get skateboards for their birthdays in June! However, I was shocked to see that only about 10% of them were wearing helmets! They were jumping rails (down sets of stairs) and flipping their boards all without helmets. It really worried me.  Am I overprotective?  My boys wear helmets to ride their bikes which seems a lot less dangerous than what those boys were doing! Nevertheless, I was inspired to make this card for the WT challenge on SCS today :”Boy oh boy!”, because my boys will like it! “Look Mom! NO hands and NO HELMETS!” uugh! NO WAY! Stamps: Extreme Skateboard Stampin’ Up!, Cornish Heritage Farms boys, sanded background SU! …

Take a Risk

I really like this quote by T.S. Eliot. It really speaks to me, although I would not consider myself much of a risk taker.  Still, I can appreciate the genuine curiosity of those who do risk going that one step further than most of us.  Sometimes in life it’s the “What if’s?” that stop us from moving forward, or trying new things, but then again, it’s also  the “What if’s?” that can inspire the possibility of  a positive outcome, of  something great!  Sometimes we need to push our limits to see just how far we can go! What does this have to do with today’s card?  Well, I’ll tell you!  I know quite a few card makers who are afraid, yes, afraid to leave white space on their cards!!  They MUST fill it up with embellishments or stamps or ANYTHING so as NOT to have any open space left on the card!  This week at Crafty Creations Challenge blog Jaime whom confesses to being AFRAID of the white space, has challenged us all to do …

Easter Dreams

I made one more Easter card yesterday, having been inspired by the “oval” (Ways to Use it) challenge on SCS!  We’re off to visit my Mom and  my Grandma tomorrow!   HAPPY EASTER everyone! The eggs are cut with the Easter 2010 cartridge at 1 1/2″ and 1 1/4″.  I punched the leaves using an EK success punch. Webster’s Pages dp, Kraft cs, concord cs used for the the papers.   The bottom panel is embossed with the cuttlebug floral screen embossing folder. Thanks for stopping by! You know I enjoy your company! Happy Easter! Deena

Cotton Candy

Hello everyone!!  I’m trying to entice you with cotton candy today!  Mmmm, pink and sugary sweet! The Crafty Creations Challenge Team would like to recruit a few new members for the design team – Would you like to join us…? Here’s what you need to do: (1) Enter the next 2 challenges (2) Add DT after your name when you link up the challenge If anyone has any queries please feel free to email us and we will answer as best we can!  Good luck everyone – we look forward to seeing your entries! Now on to the CHALLENGE!   I am a day late with my DT entry this week, sorry!! The challenge is “It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3”  which is 1 technique (stamping, distressing, etc.), 2 embellishments, 3 pattern papers.  For my technique, I paper pieced her dress, using Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup dp. I also punched the flower in Basic Grey  Bittersweet dp, and October Afternoon Ducks in a Row dp for the hearts.  My two embellishments are the paper cord …


A friend of mine on Splitcoaststampers is the Featured Stamper this week!  Congratulations Sue!! I made a card inspired by her card you can see on SCS.  Of course in keeping with the challenge I changed a few things, such as leaving off layers, I used no ribbon, and there is no sentiment. I used the cricut to cut the Eiffel tower and set it against a red dp that I stamped with a  Tim Holtz French Marketplace stamp. I added a vertical punched strip using Martha Stewart’s fancy edge punch as well. Maybe someday I will actually see the Eiffel tower in person, but until then, I will keep on dreaming!  Have a wonderful week everyone! Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day! Deena

Skipping Along

Spring is finally here!! It really is!  It has been so nice, we had a lovely warm weekend with lots of sun and only a little rain!   This is my favourite time of year! This week at Crafty Creations we have a paper piecing challenge!  Jenni provided us with some really sweet images to work with too, so I had a lot of fun with this one!  Not that I don’t always have fun…but you know what I mean! lol I cut out this adorable skipping girl and paper pieced her dress, and colored the rest of  her with copics. I thought it would bring some dimension to the card to add the blue cord for the skipping rope.  The paper is covered in words about spring and summer; I love it!  The finished card is 4 1/4″ square. Image: Paper: Jillibean Soup blossom soup, white cardstock Accessories: paper cord in blue and pink

Mother’s Day

I had fun pleating the accent flower for this Mother’s Day card. It reminded me of when we used to make these at school for something to do at lunch hour.  Peggy (the Nutty Cardmaker) and I were shopping at the local SBS when we saw these trendy little things for sale.  I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them though, knowing that I could (fairly) easily make them! lol  I did find it to be a little tedious because to get a nice tight pleat it has to be folded accordion style with the folds only 3mm apart.   The paper is cut to 3/4″ wide and is 8 inches long,  folded as I’ve said at every 1/8 of an inch (3mm) .   I do love the finished look, though I just can’t see myself making a bunch of these.  I guess my lunch hours are not quite as dull anymore! 😉 Have any of you tried making these recently?  What do you think? Thanks for stopping by, and have a creative day! Deena

Rain or Shine Friend

Get out your umbrellas, jump in some puddles and dance in the rain! It’s April and that means Spring showers are on their way and at Crafty creations challenge this week  Melissa is our star weather girl and she’s calling for rain! This is rainy Mae from Some Odd Girl stamps! Isn’t she a sweetie?  I used an MFT sentiment stamp that I’ve had for years that just seemed to work perfectly here.   I  tried an SCS color combo (poppy, baja breeze blue, and pear green) to make my card today.  The background is stamped using a canvas background from Stampin’ Up!  in baja breeze ink.  I thought it looked like a sheet of rain and I like how it worked.  For the finishing touch I added some pearls to imitate raindrops. Some Odd Girl is having a challenge too for CAS cards! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day everyone!! Join us at Crafty Creations with your rainy day creations! Deena

Cricut Easter Egg Basket

Easter is on it’s way and I thought it would be fun to have some decorations for the table! I used my handy dandy Cricut Expression to cut the template for the basket. (Easter cartridge 2010 on a 12″ x 12″ sheet set to fit to page)  The eggs are cut from the same.  I used Martha Stewart playful blue dp for the basket and some Crate paper to decorate. (grass, eggs)  The little felt butterfly and flowers were a gift from my friend Peggy, (The Nutty Cardmaker) thanks sweetie!  This took about 15 minutes to make! Love it!! The final dimension:Cut:  Fit to Page feature button ON  – 12 x 12″ paper = 4 1/2″ wide,  3 1/2″ deep , 3 1/4″ high not counting handle. Handle adds 2 1/2″ to the height.   I tied  crinkled seam binding in eggshell blue to the top of the handle for a finishing touch! Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day! Deena Related Articles Spring Easter Basket (