Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Crayon Wallet

I thought I would show you one of my sewing projects I have been working on the last couple of days. This is my trial crayon wallet. I found the idea on Etsy during one of my late night surfing moments. I bought the pattern from Jennifer Casa here at her Etsy shop. The instructions were great and super easy to follow. I want to make one to match my new diaper bag. This one is just my trial run as the fabric to match my diaper bag was quite expensive. I a m glad I did a trial run because there are a few things I learned as I went. The wallet holds 8 crayons, a 3x5 note pad and some stickers. I thought this would be great to carry in the diaper bag for those moments with my 2 1/2 year when you are waiting at a restaurant or at the Doctor's Office. I also have plans to make a few more for gifts for friends who have kids. It only took me about 2 hours to do. That is without counting the countless interruptions from my daughter for snacks and juice. Also the power went out at my house for about 1 hour and 1/2 right in the middle while I was on a roll. 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wedding Shower Gift

Tonight I attend a Bridal Shower for a family friend. They are getting married in Los Cabos, Mexico this April. I decided to make this container and fill it with $1 U.S bills. We usually give a gift like this at the wedding but because we are not going on this destination wedding I thought it would be nice to give it to her at the Shower. 

I bought the cylinder tube at my local scrapbook store. I wrapped it in an old wedding paper line from Cloud Nine Design. The ribbon around the edge of the tube was from my stash of ribbon. I cut a circle with my cricut from Whisper White cardstock and stamped the Bella and Fella Wedding image onto it. I also cut a scalloped circle with my cricut from some Grey Bazzil Bling paper. The sentiment is from a old Stampin' Up set (sorry I can't remember the name right now). I coloured Bella and her Fella with Stampin' Up markers. Her dress and veil are covered in Dazzling Diamonds.

For this card I started with a 4 x 6 black card base and the card sketch from this weeks Get Sketchy challenge. The stripped pattern paper is from the same Cloud Nine Wedding Line as the one I used on the tube. I wanted to use my new stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the image onto some Whisper White cardstock and coloured them in with my copics. The sentiment makes me laugh because a Scrapping Friend of mine is obsessed with puns. She loves to use them and giggles at them while she puts them together. This one is for you Snappy Scraps. The sentiment is similar to the one that came with the image but I changed the words a bit to fit my card and printed it off my computer. I then used my stamp-a-ma-jig to place the two sheep in the middle. I cut the image out with my nestabilities and cut out a matching black scalloped circle too. I then matted the other pattern paper with a black border punched with the mini scalloped border punch from EK Success. My sentiment is a piece of ribbon from my stash also mounted on a strip of black cardstock. I finished it off with some black organza  ribbon tied into a small bow.

The sentiment is printed on my computer onto some Whisper White Cardstock. I used the same stripped paper as the front on the inside of the card. I also used the same scalloped border punch on a small strip of black paper. I then stamped a small bride and groom with Versamark and embossed them with white embossing powder.

Copic Markers: B000, C1, YR20, E44, R20


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gus and Stella Celebrate Easter...

I love these guys! Gus and Stella are from one of my favourite digital stamp sites Bugaboo Stamps. Gus and Stella are actually separate stamps but I loaded them into adobe photoshop and put them side by side to make them one. The sentiment comes with the Stella image but I changed it to say "we" rather then "I". I started by printing Gus and Stella onto some Copic Express paper. I let them rest over night and then coloured them with my copic markers. I have found that letting the image sit over night has really minimized the bleeding when colouring with my copics on digital images. I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop for my layout. This is one of my favourite sites to get layouts from. I printed the sentiment onto some Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with my smallest oval nestabilities. I then cut a small scallop oval from a scrap of green pattern paper. The pattern paper is all from an old Close to My Heart line. I used some pink thread to stitch around the outside of the card and the outside of my image. I also flocked Gus' belly and their ears and tails with some Snow White Fun Flock from Stampendous. I used a small scalloped border from EK Success on a piece of green pattern paper to go along the side of the stripped paper. I finished off the card with some flowers and buttons from my friend Shanna's stash. Thanks Shanna! I felt it was still missing something so I added a paper clip and some ribbon from my stash to really finish of the card. 

I was able to enter my card at the following challenges: The Sweet Stop for the 100th Sketch challenge, ABC Challenge for Q is for Quiltling/Sewing for sewing on my card, Stamp Something for their Something Sweet Challenge (I think any Easter Card reminds me of Sweets and Chocolate), Raise the Bar for their G.R.E.E.N Acrostic Challenge (G - Gus image, R - Ribbon, E - Embroidery Floss, E - Easter theme, N - Nestabilities).

This was one of the only projects I managed to complete with my whole day of scrapbooking with my girlfriends. And to be totally honest I finished it today. So really I didn't finish anything. However I did spend a lot of time working on my baby announcements. I won't be able to post them for awhile as we still have family that don't know what we are having. Only three more weeks to go and the little one should be here. I can't wait!

Copic Markers: E00, E23, N2, RV11, B12, R43, C1, V25


Monday, March 7, 2011

Easter Wishes Card

I was surfing around the computer and found a posting about Bugaboo's new Easter Digi Stamps. I have purchased digi stamps before but have never had any luck being able to use them with my copics. My images always bleed and looked horrible. My girlfriend Krista got me hooked on a new paper to use with my copics, "Copic Express". As I was colouring my new chart I noticed a huge difference and there was no bleeding. A light went on I thought that I finally might be able to use some of the digi images I had gotten before. Sure enough the new paper and a few hours to let it cure and I was on a roll. I purchased this new set of Block Bunny's from Bugaboo Stamps. I remember a card that my girlfriend Donna had made with six scalloped blocks. It was great inspiration for this card. I modified the size of the Block Bunny's in adobe photoshop so they would fit in a 1 3/8 square punch. I used my Gypsy and the Mini Monograms cartridge to create a scalloped square for them to layer on. The yellow base is a old piece from World Wind Cardstock. I then added a mat of Blue Bayou to my pattern paper which I found in my scrap bin. The other solid papers are Bo Bunny Double Dot. The ribbon is Bo Bunny too!

On the inside I printed another digi image from Bugaboo. I then stitched with my sewing machine around the outside twice. Once with Orange thread then with Green Thread. I coloured the bunny with my copics. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up Hostess set I just got with my last order. It is actually the only Easter sentiment that I own. 

I was able to enter this card into a few challenges. The first one is at Stamp Something, it is a "Digi Challenge", use at least one digital item on your card. I then entered it at Bugaboo Blog Challenge, "Anything Goes", make a card with any of their stamps. I then entered it at Cupcake Craft Challenges, "Pink Polka Dots", use pink polka dots on your card. I used a pink polka dot ribbon hopefully that counts. The last challenge I put it in at was Paper Sundaes, "Stripes", I think my plaid might be a stretch from stripes but I though a plaid is made up from a lot of stripes so it was worth a try. I did try to use a strip paper but it just didn't work.

Copic Markers: RV11, RV55, YG25, BG53, YR04, Y15


New Book!!

I am so excited my new book just arrived in the mail. I must admit I am not a big reader but I have this things for Biographies. Especially ones that make you laugh the whole time. I started with Jenny McCarthy's book "Belly Laughs" when I was pregnant with my first child. I read her next "Baby Laughs" with this one. I must admit "Belly Laughs" was way better then "Baby Laughs". I can remembering laying in bed snickering the who time trying not to laugh out loud as my husband slept beside me. When I heard she had written a new book I had to have it! I took a trip to Chapters and after some playtime with Rhys in the kid section we went to find the book. I was quite surprised by the cover!! It reminds me of the harlequin romance novels my Grandma used to read when I was a kid. The more shocking part was the price $28.99. I really wanted to read the book but there was no way I could justify paying $30 for a book. As I said I am not an avid reader so this just caught me off guard. Do you know how much scrapbooking paper you could buy with $30. Needless to say I came home without the book. I did however go online to and couldn't believe that for $17.00 I could have the book sent to me and if I spent $25 shipping was free. So I bought two more of her books "Life Laughs", the one that follows "Baby Laughs" and her new one "Love, Lust and Faking It" all for the price of $26 including shipping (FREE) and taxes. I don't think I will buying a book from in the store again, chapters online for me!

I will be back later with my easter card I have been working on.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Celebrate Baby!

I made this card for a friend who just told us that she was pregnant. They have trying for a while so I thought I would make her a card to show her my excitement for her. I won't lie I have also been dying to ink up this stamp for awhile. I am in love with how this card turned out. I started with this weeks sketch at The Sweet Stop and gave it a bit of a spin. The base of the card is made with Crumb Cake cardstock from Stampin' Up. I then used some Pear Pizzaz cardstock to create a mat for the fabulous Stella Rose paper I picked up at my LSS. I love the new 6x6 packs that everyone is coming out with. This one had the added surprise that the 6x6 papers were double sided. So for this whole card I only used 1 sheet of 6x6 patter paper.  I stamped my Stamping Bella image onto some Bella White Cardstock and coloured her with my Copic markers. I then cut her out with my largest Oval Nestabilities. I inked the edges of the oval with some So Saffron Ink from Stampin' Up. I used some more Crumb Cake cardstock and my largest Scalloped Oval Nestability to create a mat for her. I then used the Scalloped Edge punch from Stampin' Up with some Pear Pizzaz paper to make a edge for my Yellow strip of Bella Rose pattern paper. I also stitched along the right side of the yellow strip with some dark brown thread and a Zig Zag stitch on my sewing machine. My sentiment is from a old Stampin' Up set Flexible Phrases. It is one of my new favourite sets and I picked it up from a good friend who was getting ride of some of her old stamps. I stamped it with some Chocolate Chip Ink and punched it out using the Word Window punch from Stampin' Up. I finished the card off with some paper flowers from my stash. The larger flower was white so I used some Chocolate Cherry Glimmer Mist to change it to a nice brown. The other flower was already green so I used some Pearl Glimmer mist to give it a bit of sparkle and match the other flower. I finished of the flower with a big yellow brad from my stash. 

On the inside I used the last little bit of my 6x6 pattern paper and some Pear Pizzaz Cardstock to add a little something along the right side. The sentiment is from Stampendous, it is one of my favourite baby sayings and I think I use it in just about every baby card I make.

I was able to enter this card in a few challenges. The sketch is from The Sweet Stop SSS97. Flowers was the challenge at Stamp Something, so with my pattern paper and my paper flowers I was able to enter it in there too! Also for the first time I am entering a card at The Spotted Chick, for That's Krafty Thursday. All you need to do is use Kraft or Crumb Cake paper somewhere on your card. And last but not least at ABC Challenge Where the challenge was Ovals. 

Copic Markers: B000, B91, R11, R29, RV32, E00, E42, E57, Y32, YG17, YG63, G99, T1


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thinking of You

I have some new addictions. I know don't we all. But really I can't get enough of Kraft Paper or aka Crumb Cake to Stampin' Up fans. I love how it goes with everything and make such a beautiful base for a card. My other new addiction if my 6x6 Stella Rose paper pack from My Minds Eye. I love how I can make a whole card using just one sheet. I don't feel that urge not to cut the paper because I only need a small piece. Like I do with 12x12 papers. I think I may need to buy some more 6x6 paper packs!!

On with the card. I made this card for my best friend. I wanted to let her know that I am thinking of her. She is dealing with two parents who have been hospitalized. One has had three major surgeries and the other had a stroke. It has been a rough bit for her and even though I try to touch base with her often during the week. It is sometimes hard as she is pretty much living at the hospital. I thought a little pick me up card would remind her that I am always here and thinking of her. 

The bas of the card is made from Crumb Cake cardstock. I then use three different pattern papers from my 6x6 Stella Rose paper pack. I then stamped Sassy Suzie from Stampin' Up with Momento ink onto some Very Vanilla paper. I cut her out with my Oval Nestabilitie and then mounted her onto some Crumb Cake cardstock cut with the Scalloped Oval Nestabilitie. I stitched around both pattern papers with some teal thread and my sewing machine. I then added a zig zag stitch over one edge of the third pattern paper. On the the other side I mounted a pink scalloped strip from my scrap bin. I stamped "A Little Something" with chocolate chip ink onto some Crumb Cake cardstock and punched it out with the Word Window Punch from Stampin' Up. I added a flower from my flower stash in the lower left corner and finished the top right corner off with three yellow brads.

On the inside I mounted a strip of pattern paper left over from the sheets I used on the front. On the yellow strip I used the scalloped punch from Stampin' Up. I also ran a zig zag stitch with my sewing machine along the two pattern papers. The sentiment on the inside is one of the ones that comes with the Sassy Suzie set from Stampin' Up.

Copic Markers Used: T3, T5, N7, E00, E29, E57, R11, RV32, Y32, B91


Do We Have A Problem?

I thought I would show you a picture from my recent Stampin' Up shipment. Here is what me and some of my friends purchased. We are all addicted to the new pom pom ribbon. It is so cute and the pom poms are nice and small, perfect for card making. I can't wait to use some and I plan on ordering some more incase it doesn't carry over to the new catalogue. Must stock up!!