Archive for July, 2008

Splish, Splash, Summer Pools

This was taken a few days ago, when the weather was a bit hotter.  According to our children, “everyone else has a pool: they have a big pool, or a small pool, but a pool, CAN WE HAVE A POOL???!?”.  We bought a 6 month pass for the city pools & have been grateful guests at our neighbours’ pools too.

Malcolm’s hand stands have greatly improved, as have Emma’s dives.  Liam is less terrified of the water too.

Stamp Sets: Make A Wish (S.U.), Bold Brights Embossing Powder (S.U. retired), Pumpkin Pie S.U. Makers, American Crafts Celebration PP, dimensionals, & some fairly serious scissor time.

Lantern to Style Up the Studio

If you knew my craft studio, you’d laugh.  It’s in a corner in the unfinished basement.  We moved a year & a half ago & many things are still in boxes because we are clutter people.  I like to think that I am way better at getting rid of stuff than DH, but I have oodles of stuff I need to go through & purge.  I have given much away as Liam gets “older”, yes at 2 1/2, but it’s not all kids stuff, it’s old books from university & “memories” & well just stuff.  We need to go through it, but that would take more than a weekend, so it just doesn’t get done.  With that in mind I wanted to cheer up my little studio.  So here’s my little paper lantern.

I’ll may rustle up the courage to show you my craft studio “forever a work in progress” another time.  

Okay, so with that in mind, here goes.  You probably made one of these in grade school, like I did, but the papers just weren’t as fun.  I’m using Martha Stewart’s PP, two 12″ double sided ones.  Cut that into 1 inch strips, so you end up with 24 ONE inch strips.  

Then just punch a hole at either end of the strips.  The crop-a-dile, you can do all of them at once:

And you have:

Take floss or string or whatever & string though.

Pull the string taught and tie a knot & I also put in a Brad.

Fan out.

Keep fanning out until it’s a ball … I guess I didn’t really need to show step by step for this easy peasey lantern.

And there ya be.  I don’t put christmas lights in mine or candles because, well LIKE IT’S PAPER?!?  I suppose if it was in a votive, but whatever still think it’s not a good idea … I normally don’t stamp & craft by candle light anyway LOL.

ps See that flowered curtain?  It’s floor to ceiling & hides the stuff I don’t want to look at when I craft.  Like I said, the craft room:  another time.

Happy 30th to MIL & FIL …

Here’s a quick Anniversary card for DH’s parents.  All of the anniversary cards I googled were white with embossing & wedding like & oh I dunno, I wanted something a bit more cheery and bright, I mean, wow 30 years, that’s tough to do these days.

Used the new Cricut cutter with Martha Stewart’s PP, some dimensionals, some Rhinestone Brads, S.U. Marker, Ruby Red Ink Sponged onto the outside of the numbers, Corner Rounder, Flowers … hmm I think that’s about it.

More Cottage Scrapping, à la Martha

Here is some more of my favourite paper at the moment … Martha Stewart’s Classic Botanical Paper Pad: just beautiful patterns and colours.

I used the Stampin’ Up 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and threw on some buttons (using super sticky tape), along with some Certainly Celery Card Stock.

I never realized how minimal my layouts are.  I should do a little more embellishing & step out of my comfort zone.  Ah well, next time.

And here’s my Liam, enjoying some “fishing” at the cottage:


Minimal!  LOL I just realized I didn’t hand write in Liam’s name or the date … wow that is minimal.  I think I’ll do that now.

Retro Flowered, Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #17

Kristina Weekly Colour Inspiration is here, number 17!  This week her colour inspiration comes from this beautiful dress.  I love it!


The Colours that were pulled were:


And here’s the card.  I actually started off with something completely different, as I had a bunch of “flower buttons” that matched & was thinking of working off of the ‘pleats’ idea with the buttons, but I had the focus of a butterfly & ended up with something completely different, looking more like a bureau drawer:

The PP is from Anna Griffin, NRN Designs: RoseBuds & Blooms, NRG Designs: Orchids, Martha Stewart: Heirloom, S.U. CS: Rose Red, Regal Rose, & Sage Shadow.

Check out Kristina’s Blog next week for the Round UP!

Ribbons of thanks

These colours are a bit autumn like, but the weather has had a freak turn to cooler. I don’t mind, but for the kids, it makes it a bit cool for the water park.  Hoping it’ll warm up just a bit more soon.

This card is just some ribbon weaving & the thanks was embossed with copper & then cut out with the cuttlebug die cuts in the sizzix.

Cottage Scrapbooking

Here’s just a quick layout that I put together this morning.  I saw the idea for highlighting the clear letter in this month’s Making Memories magazine.  Jill Paulson, on page 33, had a HUGE letter painted around the outside to show the bottom picture through.  

I’d like to do a few more scrappin’ pages of the cottage, we had such a great time there this month.  

Here’s the quick spread that I made this morning.  

I used my Cricket to cut out some plastic.  I’m actually not sure if you’re SUPPOSE to cut plastic, but it seemed to work alright, nothing blew up.

I used Black Stazon around the outside of the “M” in Malcolm’s name.

I used Brocade Blue Textured CS, a corner pocket punch (s.u. retired), a coke can (the silver), Silver eyelets, glue dots (although you can see them through the clear plastic), & a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

FYI I have used coke cans with S.U. Punches before, & it tends to work better if the stamp isn’t fussy … ie it stuck a bit with this one, because of the small squares.  

The image of the lake was actually 18 pictures stitched together … oh my, I didn’t use a tripod, so it’s a bit rough.  Maybe next year I can afford a wide angle lens for the Nikon.  :)

Smile, it’s Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #16

Here’s a fun Colour Inspiration, courtesy of Kristina Werner.

The image she used is from Martha Stewart & her take on Baby Slippers.

The Colours that were pulled were: 


I LOVE BABIES and BABY STUFF.  They always make me smile and with that in mind, here’s my card:  

I cut the Pumpkin Pie CS (with Dazzlin’ Diamonds Glitter) out in my new toy:  The Cricket, using the “mini mongrams” cartridge.  It’s a fun toy, I must admit, but it is nice to work more with your hands, for me.  My DH looked over at me & said, “did you buy a lathe for paper?  That even exists?!?”  LOL

The “you make me” was also part of that mini mongrams set.  

The PP is from …. du du na naaaaah:  Martha Stewart.  I think I have supported a few of her manicures over the years, with the stuff I’ve purchased with her name attached.  She has nice stuff, what can I say.

Paper:  Certainly Celery Textured CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, &  Martha Stewart Classic Botanical paper pad.

Check out Kristina’s Round Up next week … too much fun!

Photobooth, Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #15

Well here is another fun Inspiring Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration!

Kristina’s Colour Inspiration comes from West Elm, Moroccan Bedding:

I thought the patterns of the stitching were CIRCLES, but now that I’ve downloaded the picture (& already made my scrapbook layout), I see that they are oh what is that called, rhombus?  Triangally-type thingies.  It’s the thought that counts.  I must admit I am like “white-on-rice” when I see Kristina’s Colour Inspirations, I can’t get to them fast enough.  I guess I need to SLOW DOWN & actually look more closely at the image.

The colours that were pulled from the image were:


I used the cuttlebug dies & cut the little circle/square patterns.  I used Really Rust & Dark Brown Embossing Powders (retired Stampin’ Up Earth Elements set)  LOVE THAT bummer they retired it.  I believe the PP was Apple Cidar (Autumn Mini Cat. S.U.), TImber Brown Stazon, Dimensionals (like way to many to count), Certainly Celery CS, Close to Cocoa CS, Close to Cocoa PP, Scrapbook Walls Chatter Box (Great Little Stripes), Really Rust CS, Stampology clear Stamps (Hand Drawn Alphas/Letters-bought at Walmart), the frame was from the dollar store:  ”chipboard set for scrapbooking: ’special delivery’ (that was meant for a newborn baby boy, but I just embossed over top of it), the brackets around the photo were just cut out by hand.   

The kids & I hit the mall last Friday morning.  It was POURING, absolutely a day for indoors.  I normally hit the museum or something a bit more entertaining, but that day we needed to pick some things up & we saw THE PHOTOBOOTH.  Couldn’t help myself, we do it every year.  The kids are getting bigger so it’s more & more difficult to squeeze everybody in … 

I’m not sure what’s up with Wordpress … the colours look weird. Whatever. I’ve tried to fix it, but my time is up, according to the 2 year old.  Fair enough.

For more fun, check out Kristina’s Round Up next week!

Jeremiah 29:11, Bible Verse Challenge!


This was inspired by a “Divine Design Challenge“ from SplitCoastStampers called “Bible Verse Challenge”, keyword: BVC08 (I heard of it while looking at Travelingmama’s Blog, thanks, Tina!).  I thought it was a brilliant idea of how to learn the word!

I thought I’d make a note book, and since I don’t have a stamp with these verse on it, I messed around in Illustrator & the printed out this wonderful verse.  It reminds me that all experiences good and bad are meant to mold me into the person I am meant to be.  

The notebook was from the Dollar Store & this is the inside:

I used Rose Romance, Bliss Blue & Blush Blossom ink pads sponged on, & some Martha Stewart Stickers (the pearls) and some cording. 

For more wonderful creations, check out:  SplitCoastStampers.