Archive for September, 2008

Beate’s Apple Blossoms

Beate’s Weekly Colour Inspiration comes from a canvas of Elise Remender called “Apple Blossoms”. When I googled Remender I found many images of her print, Apple Blossoms.  The image below (poorly tweeked & enlarged) comes from AllPosters:

Okay, so to come up with a card with this in mind, I made this:

You can’t see it too well, but there is some copper embossing on it … 

I know exactly who this card is being given to and the inspiration couldn’t have come at a better time, thanks again, Beate.  To see other fun interpretations check out SplitCoastStampers BIC25.

Used: Cornucopia 12 x 12-inch Pads from Michaels, S.U. (afternoon tea?) DSP, Chocolate Chip CS, Sage Shadow Ink, Versa mark, Stazon Timber Brown Ink, Chocolate Chip Marker, More Mustard Marker, Close to Cocoa Marker, Stamp:  Posh Impressions:  Tree Frame, S.U. Miracle of Spring, The Stamp Barn:  Oval Frame, Circle Punches, Copper Embossing Powder, dimensionals, Sage Ribbon from Michaels.

Martha’s Medallions

I saw this fun crafting idea on The Martha Stewart Show, Thursday September 25, called Embellished Gift Bags.  I have seen these “medallions” before, but never with little scalloped edges!  

I didn’t have all the tools, so I sub’d a few things.  The only scallop cutter I have is this one from Fiscars, that I have owned for years.  It’s cuts very small scallops.  The Scallop cutter Martha has in her Craft line looks like it would work much better, but make do with what I have, until I add to my arsenal of crafting tools.  (DH is shuttering somewhere.)


This is what I used:

Okay, so following Hannah Milman’s directions, I cut 1 1/4″ wide x 12″ strips with a scallop cutter.  (slight pause here to change blade in Fiscar’s cutter.)

Pull away excess … man this was a well loved blade, time to buy a new one.  It’s a bit of a rough cut.

Okay, next, folding.  Eventually it needs to be folded (scallop width) back & forth, like a fan, but I found what worked for me was to first fold or score along each scallop & then do the back & forth fan shape.  It didn’t get all wonky that way:

And then you have a long narrow piece, which needs to have the ends atttached.  I used Sticky Strip Taped:

Okay, adhere it, into an accordian like bracelet:

And then you have small lampshades:

Push the lampshades flat, into a circle:

Tah-Dah!  How cute is that???

How do they stay flat?  Glue ‘em or use sticky strip on a cut out circle to afix to the middle:

I used a variety of punches & papers:

I also like to marker around the outside of the CS for definition:

And again, TAH-DAH:

So, do this, make smaller ones, attach ‘em to bigger ones, la-di-dah … 

Used:  Stampin’ Up PP:  Holiday Treasures, Chocolate Chip CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Baja Blue CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Ink, Old Olive Marker, Fiscars Cutter, Spot light on Christmas Stamp set, Sticky Tape, Circle Cutters (S.U. & Creative Memories).

Veggies from the Neighbours

I was out last night & when I came back there was a bucket of veggies in our front porch.  ”The neighbours dropped by earlier, it’s from their garden.”  We have been blessed with many a wonderful neighbour, since we moved here going on 2 years ago.

Anyways, today was a bit of a do nothing day, as Liam was in a bit of a sour mood & wanted to come home, so after our outing, we came back & I got to work peeling & cutting:

I love fresh garden veggies.  The taste is alive and not G.M. and wow, just flavourful.  Organic veggies are also a bit, well, perfectly non-perfect.  I came across many a 2 legged carrot, so stopped halfway through & went raided my daughter’s barbies:

I cuisinarted up the some of the carrots, and both cabbages.  I must admit, I prefer the consistancy of hand cut coleslaw, but time was of the essence.  I used this Amish ColeSlaw recipe, slightly modified.  Using only 3/4 of the sugar, called for, I still found it sweet.  I should have less than halfed the sugar or less.  I also used 1/2 apple cider vinegar & 1/2 white, because I like the flavour of a.c. vinegar.  Oh, & my son, doesn’t do onions, so took those out too.  Goodness, come to think of it, I only used half of the mix too, because I don’t like it soupy.  So really, I’m not sure how much I followed the recipe.  LOL

What was Liam doing?  Well, he was content to hang about the house & made a fort between the chesterfields:

Pumpkin Spirals

Here’s a fun card that I saw on the SplitCoastStampers site:  a Spiral Pop Up Card.   

The ribbon is from Michaels & was labelled “Halloween”.  The PP is from Michaels as well.

As you open the card you see my take on Pumpkin Tendrils.  (my appologies, this is a terrible picture):

and it opens to this:

It’s just a spiral attached to either side of the card, but gives a fun dimension.

Well, that was my take on the Spiral Pop Up card.  Thanks, Corinne, for the fun tutorial.  Be sure to check out SCS for other fun Spiral Pop Up Cards.  

Close To Cocoa Textured CS, Old Olive CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Cornucopia 12 x 12-inch Pads from Michaels, Cuttlebug Embossing Pumpkin Harvest template, (used with Original Sizzix Machine) Always Artichoke Ink, Close to Cocoa Ink, Pumpkin Pie Ink, Old Olive Marker, Stamps:  Definitely Decorative Fine Vines (S.U. retired), Wonderful Words Stamp, Tombo Glue, Michaels Halloween Ribbon.

Inspiration Challenges make me Happy!

I love doing inspiration challenges!  This was a challenge from Beate!  Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #24 came from SimRin Glassware.

There were a lot of different ways to go with this inspiration, so I went with the colours.  Here is the inspiration image:

Here’s the card:

For more fun interpretations, check out SCS BIC24.  

Define Your Life Stamp set, Martha Stewart Acrylic Alphabet stamps, PP:  DSP Holiday Treasures S.U., CS:  Olive & Blue (not s.u., just from my stash o’ paper), Bashful Blue CS, Old Olive S.U. Marker, Tangerine Tango Ink, Black Stazon Ink, Martha Stewart Twill Ribbon, Glass Tiles from Dollar Store, Tombo Glue, dimensionals.

First Day of Duffer Doo Nursery School

This morning was my little Liam’s first day of DufferDoo Nursery school.  He’s a big 2 year old, but still 2.  I remember with my older children feeling sad that they were off “on their own”. This morning with Liam felt quite proud of him because he was so excited about going to school today.  

DufferDoo is a co-op program, so I volunteer 3 times a year, & bring in homemade playdoh & cookies & juice on my volunteer days.  

It’s just 1 morning a week, but look how eager he is:

My big 2 year old, so happy to be going to “school”.  He really didn’t want to pose for a picture, but here he is holding his playdoh.

See you in a bit, Liam!

49 years of marriage.

Wow, my parents are celebrating their 49th anniversary this year.  I like anniversary cards that are colourful and happy, because to me, two people who stay together on the rollercoaster of life, should be celebrated!

I had this blue Adhesive Chipboard from K & Company  and really wanted to use it.  The 4 & 9 are 1.5″ Dies from Sizzix (Shadow Box Number Set of 9 dies) The dies cut through chip board, no problem.  I’ve had these dies for years, mostly for kids school projects, that the kids use with my old trusty Sizzix machine.

I cut a few layers of numbers, & used S.U. Sponge Daubers & coloured with Stazon Timber Brown & then used heat & stick powder & adhered some Martha Stewart Brownstone Glitter.  

Here’s the card:

Blue Awning Adhesive Chipboard from K & Company, Martha Stewart BrownStone Glitter, Stazon Timber Brown Ink, 1″ polyester ribbon from Fabricland, Cornucopia 12 x 12-inch Pads from Michaels, Close to Cocoa CS, dimensionals. sponge daubers, Sizzix Machine, Sizzix Shadow Box Number Set of 9 dies.

Daddy’s Girl

I am going to try to put together a scrapbook with pics of our summer vacay.  Time is getting on and I think because the summer it getting further & further away, I’m not as motivated to get at it, but I’ll give it a go.  

These pictures were taken at Storybook Gardens in London, Ontario on one of our day trips.  I thought it was so cute that my 9 year old ran up to go hold Daddy’s hand to walk through the park.

The PP is actually magazine paper cut with the Home Accents Cartridge in the cricket.  Magazine paper a low weight, so it’s a bit delicate to work with.  Be sure to dial the blade down a bit, to a vellum like setting.


Used:  Pink Passion Ink, Vintage Distressing Ink, Scallop blade on cutter, Cricket Home Accents Cartridge, Martha Stewart Pearl Stickers, Old Olive CS, Creamy Caramel CS, Really Rust Textured CS, Magazine advertisement Paper.

Blame it on the Unloved Ribbon.

I saw Beate’s Colour Inspiration #23 & thought I’d give it a go.  To be honest, I’m not all that happy with it.  It’s the mix of patterns, colours, well, I don’t know what happened.  I did my best to mirror the inspiration photo.  I also thought I’d try to use an Unloved Ribbon, I’ve had in my collection.  I’ll blame it on the ribbon.

Beate’s Inspiration came from CB2, here:

Here’s the card.  It’s nutty, I know, it’s the stripes, mixed with the circles.  Why does it work in the inspiration & not the card?  Ah well, I gave it a go.  When I saw the photo, I saw circles with brown & green … hey I have a ribbon like that.  Hmm maybe this is why I don’t use the ribbon too often.

Used:  Say It With Scallops, Square Scallop Punch, Green Galore Textured CS, some crazy ribbon I bought at a Michaels Clearance event,PP from Chatter Box, Scrapbook walls: 2 sided Light Den Stripe, Certainly Celery Marker, Certainly Celery Ink, Martha Stewart Pearl Stickers.

I’m off to see what others at SCS have done with this photo & see how to do it right.

My favourite time of year …

I love, love, love, Autumn.  I love earthy colours and the rich reds, & oranges of changing leaves.  DH & I were married on Canadian Thanksgiving.  Wow, 15 years, this October (I was a baby LOL).  Anyways, I just love autumn (did I mention that?) & was quite inspired to make a card for Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #23.

This is the inspiration Kristina gave us from Red Envelope:

I had fun with rediscovering Quilling with the card I made yesterday, so I gave it one more go today.  

I couldn’t use the quilling strips I had, because they didn’t match the Colour Inspiration, so I made some of my own Strips of paper.  Cutting strips 3 mm x 11 inches … didn’t have 12 inch paper of these colours.  I did glue two stripes to gether to make a 20 inch quilling paper in Bravo Burgandy & a cream colour.

Now the problem with trimming up S.U. CS to make paper coils, is it’s thick & doesn’t fit into the quilling gizmo.  I suppose I could have just used a skewer, because all I did was wrap it around the tool, rather than slip the paper in & spin it.  It was a bit more time consuming, because, well, it’s a slower process, but not bad.

Here’s the card I ended up with:

Used:  Raffia, S.U. Circle Punches  ( 1 3/4 & I 3/8″), Best Yet Stamp set, Chocolate Chip Textured CS, Bravo Burgandy CS, So Saffron Textured CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Old Olive CS, So Saffron CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Me & my Big Ideas Value Paper Pack: Cornucopia PP, cream Quilling Strip, Quilling Tool, Crystal Clear Glue, Timber Brown Stazon Ink, Pumpkin Pie Marker, So Saffron Marker, Vintage Distressing Ink.

Looking forward to see everybody’s interpretation of the Autumnal Arrangement on Kristina’s post!