Archive for November, 2008

Christmas Dreams …

So, I must admit, I am a bit fixated on my “make ahead” scrapbook. It is so busy over the next few weeks that I feel if I work ahead on things, I might be able to keep up.  Only little things, promised cupcakes for classes, cookies, quiches for bible study group, Liam’s 3rd birthday (okay, well that’s big, but ya know), DH’s Birthday, ah yes & Christmas.  We have over the last few years, ’simplified’ Christmas & try to celebrate with out getting wound up in all the the crazy christmas shopping frenzies, and really enjoy this time of year.  Like I said, we try to keep the business to a minimum but it still gets a ‘bit’ nutty.  

I should be working on cards, but that is next week, for now I am focused on my scrapbook.  When I saw Brooke’s Scrappage, motivated by Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge (Miracle on 34th Street), I knew I wanted to add some to my scrappbook too!  Thanks Brooke & Sankari for the fun motivation of Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge & for giving me a break in the week to have some fun in the craft studio.  I am now refreshed to go at the “list” of to do’s.  

My Cricut got another work out with this page & I thought, rather than toss the scraps, that I would use the negative image to mirror on the spread.  Used S.U. Chocolate Chip PP.  The Rick Rack is from the fabric store & I like it against the Chocolate.  

Here’s the spread, ready for journaling & pics:

On a happy note, I got my broken Nikon back yesterday.  I am still waiting on the lens, but I am happy that I have it back & am able to capture pics as they come up.  Below is one of those, “as they come up moments”.  We bought “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, yesterday.  The kids (well except 2 year old) saw it in the theatres & were so wanted to watch it again.  Had to laugh when they wanted to see it in 3-D:  

Be sure to check out other Cinema Saturday Creative Challenges “Miracle on 34th Street” here on CSCC8 or at Split Coast Stampers.  Is there one Paper Craft Planet too?  Not sure.  

Used:  Chocolate Chip DSP, Chocolate Chip CS, DCWV Christmas Stack PP, Rick Rack, Dimensionals, Cricut Christmas Cheer Cartridge (set on 3 1/2″).



Paper Craft Planet is having some fun with “the Twelve Days of Christmas” Contest.  Today is 12day2.  Turtle Dove/Bird & Reptile Day!  I am continuing with building a Christmas Scrapbook that I can drop the photos & journaling in as I get the pictures. 

I generally like working in spreads, rather than single pages.  That’s just me, I like seeing it as a book and you can fit more pictures & stories in that way too!  LOL

Here’s the ‘ready to go’ spread:

Off to do some typical Saturday running around with kids, but will definitely check out Paper Craft Planet, 12day2 for more ideas.  Be well.

Used:  Chocolate Chip CS,  River Rock CS, Garden Green textured CS, Cameo Coral CS, PP from the dollar store (BARGOON!), Chocolate Chip Marker, Cameo Coral (for colouring sides of dimensionals, incase it showed), Dimensionals, Cricut Cutter, Joys of the Season Cartridge (set on 2″), Scallop punch, Antique Copper Brads, Coluzzle Oval Cutter.


Paper Craft Planet is having some fun with “the Twelve Days of Christmas” Contest.  Today is 12day1.  Each day, you create something with a theme.  Today’s theme:  ’A partridge in a pear tree’.  I’m seeing what may happen over the next twelve days, LOL.  

Anyways, I thought about making little cards, as a gift, but then I was prompted to go back to some scrapbooking.  I used to scrapbook a bunch, & then my beloved third child came along & life got busier & busier, and now?  My Liam will be 3 next month & I am going to carve out some time to do scrapbooking.  When I saw the challenges on PCP, I thought, this is it!  I will make the scrappages ahead & then as I take the photos, mount them on some matching PP & stick ‘em in.  Tah Dah.  It might just work & I might actually have an album by Christmas … a gift for myself tee-hee.

I have the cricut cutter with the “Joys of the Season” Cartridge, which will get a working out for this project for sure.  It has all the ‘12 days’ theme on it, so I can cut CS in the same S.U. Earth Elements tones.  (My fav colours).  

So this is why my “scrappage” looks more like a “card” than a scrappage.  I will drop the matted photos & a bit of my chicken scratch handwritting in as the photos arrive.  Oh & speaking of photos, this was yet again taken with my old “point & shoot”, because Nikkon Baby D80 is in the hospital still.  Sigh.  I can’t focus the camera!  

Oh yes, & before I forget, what’s so busy with a 2, 7, & 9 year old, besides, tap, ballet, hockey, powerskate, dufferdoo, piano, swimming, volunteering, & chauffeuring?  Crazy hat & hair day at school today.  ”NO, you can’t put coloured gel in your hair, we have Christmas pictures on the weekend!”  

These were taken this morning … (point & shoot, no focus, before I’ve had coffee:)

Okay, off to read some “Dora Stories” to Liam and maybe a bit of housework.  

I will check out Paper Craft Planet for some ideas on how others are doing 12day1 later today.

Used:  Chocolate Chip CS, More Mustard Textured CS, Apple Cidar DSP, River Rock CS, Garden Green CS, Really Rust CS, Summer Sun CS, Chocolate Chip Marker, Martha Stewart Twill tape, Dimensionals, Cricut Cutter, Joys of the Season Cartridge (set on 2″), Scallop punch, Antique Copper Brads.

Framed Friend

Paper Craft Planet Colour Challenge # 3! Katherine was good to post a colour inspiration this week, even with Turkey & stuffing flying about in the States. My parents travelled to see my brother & celebrate Thanksgiving with their 5 grandkids. My kids wanted to go too, but ya know two 10 hour winter road trips … um no. For my folks, that’ll be the second Thanksgiving, as they just celebrated with us in October. LOL they could get used to this, I think!

Here’s the colourful inspiration that Katherine pulled from:

I don’t have any stamps that match the patterns, so I went with matching up the colours & came up with this wintery card. Oh, & before you say, yes, I have coloured outside the lines … silly aquapainter, with my shakey hands. I think I prefer colouring with a blender pen, when it comes to small spaces, because I am NOT giving up my Coffees & Teas!

Here’s my card.

For more fun interpretations, check out Paper Craft Planet: pcpcc3.

Used: Stamp from Remarkable, I believe, it’s unlabelled. Baja Breeze CS, Tango Tangerine CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Watercolour Paper, Chocolate Chip Marker, Baja Breeze Ink, Tango Tangerine Ink, Chocolate Chip Ink Riding Hood Red Ink, Aqua Painter, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Stampendous Embossing Powder, Cricut Home accents cartridge, Coluzzle for circle, dimensionals.

I {heart} Crafts

I saw this “Kissing” technique (video) on Two Peas in a Bucket, by Kristina Werner. I haven’t tried it in years & sometimes you forget what fun it is. Click here to see the ‘how to’ video, for details. It’s inking one patterned stamp and then using that stamp to ink another solid stamp … ya, check out the video. lol

I used Making memories Foam Letter Stamps. I think it would have worked better with acrylic see through stamps, for positioning, but I like the ‘old look’ of these MM Jersey stamps. The saying at the top is from Stampin’ Up’s ‘Miracle of Christmas’ & I just used scotch tape to mask off the rubber I didn’t want inked. (heart). I also used a background stamp called ‘Country Burlap’ (JRL Design Company, I think that’s Close to My Heart Stamps) in Riding Hood Red. The little heart is a double punch from Creative Memories.

Here’s my card.

Thanks for the Video Tutorial, Kristina.  And for the message boards, for questions.

Used: Country Burlap (CTMH), Miracle of Christmas (S.U.), Making Memories alphabet Jersey Foam Stamps, River Rock CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Riding Hood Red Ink, Ranger Antique linen distressing Ink, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Shape Maker, Heart Punch, Raffia, Scallop Punch, dimensionals.

Welcoming Patio

Here’s an inspiration courtesy of Beate!  Be Inspired Challenge #33 comes from Martha Stewart & her oh so inviting patio.  Wouldn’t you love to have something like this in the back yard?  I planted grapes this year, but it’ll be quite a few years before the vines take over.  I love the candles in the glass votives as a chandelier.  Did I mention it’s been snowing (the heavy wet snow) in Ottawa?  Maybe that’s why this image seemed so inviting that I had to have a go at it:

Here’s my card.  I used a rather forgotten about stamp set in my collection that I once adored called:  Fresh Fruits (S.U. retired).  I also used my new friend the Ranger Ink Blending Tool, so much cleaner than sponges.  Don’t know why I never used it before.  It’s a “good thing”.  lol

Thanks for the fun, Beate.  See you back on the 2nd of January.  Man, can I wait that long, I guess I’ll hafta!

I’m off to check out more fun interpretations at SplitCoastStampers BIC33.

Used:  Fresh Fruits (S.U. retired), So Saffron CS, Always Artichoke CS, Always Artichoke PP, Ivory CS, Always Artichoke Ink, Old Olive Ink, Summer Sun Ink, Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger blending applicator tool (felt pads),  Rectangle nestabilities, Antique Copper Brads, Tejas Lace Company Suede Lace, Dimensionals, Scallop Punch.

Silver for you.

Tuesday, time for Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #32. This weeks CI comes from Crate and Barrel. Such Silvery sparkle, love it:

The colours we could use are:


and either Sahara or a metallic.  I went with Silver.


Provocraft has this Cuttlebug Combo embossing die thing called  “For You”.  It’s a little ornament.  I used part of that & part of a circle nestability (trimmed at top & bottom) and a flourish bordabilty called Illumination to make my own ornament.  Not sure how well you can see the items, but here’s the ’shopping list’.  (My camera, is still in the hospital & this was taken with my point & shoot cool pix Nikon).

Here’s my card:

Be sure to check out the other fun interpretations on Kristina’s Blog!

Used: Riding Hood Red CS, Sparkly Red Paper (from Heathers Stamping Haven), Silver Paper from Heather’s, Cuttlebug Combo Embossing “For You” Die, Spellbinders Illumination Borderabilities, Spellbinders Large Circle Nestabilities, Kite string like string (from tags), Cuttlebug.

Nestabilty Sandwich to Cut:  

A plate

C Plate


Die (with ridge facing paper)

B Plate

Keep the paper & die together & then embossing

Nestability Embossing Sandwich:

B Plate

Tan Mat (Spellbinders)

Paper (already cut)


B plate

3 shims of paper same size as cutting board.

A Plate.

Sparkly Stain Glass

Thought I’d try out a technique I saw Beate use on SplitCoastStampers called Sparkly Stain Glass.  I’m not very good with glitter, always leaving a trail of sparkle & never really seems to stay put.  I tried to follow Beate’s tutorial, but still the glitter gives me problems.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here’s my go at Sparkly Stain Glass.

There are some amazing examples of this technique on SplitCoastStampers, check out Sparkly Stain Glass.

Used:  Ornaments Stamp-Unknown, Punch Pals, Wild Wasabi Ink, Versa Fine Ink, Spring Silhouettes DSP, Martha Stewart Glitter, Velvet (Craft) Ribbon, Square Coluzzle, Acetate, Crystal Effects Glue, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals.

Ornament Gift Holder

I’ve seen several examples of this fun “ornament gift holder”. The two examples I liked best were on You Tube. One by Kerry, who goes through her version of the ornament step by step as seen in Paper Crafts Magazine. The other is by Angie at Chic ‘n Scratch with a lovely scallop edge ornament … which I don’t own, but looks gorgeous… hmm scallop cutters onto the wish list.

I think it looks like an Christmas Ball Ornament, but I have to tell you as I was making it, my youngest son (almost 3) said it looks like a ‘Pokéball’.  But then again, I’m not sure if he knows what an ornament is.

Here’s my gift card holder, ready to hang on the tree (in three weeks when we get a tree LOL):

Gift Card, just slides in. I took sticky tape & made a “u” shape to catch the card solidly:

The back is just the pretty PP from Holiday Treasures (Stampin Up).

Used: Pensées amicales, Totally Tabs, Tab Punch, Riding Hood Red CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Holiday Treasures DSP, Baja Breeze CS, Riding Hood Red Ink, Baja Breeze Ink, Chocolate Chip Ink, Sponges, Sticky Tape, Coluzzle Circle Cutter and Rick Rack Cutter, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, American Crafts Premium Ribbon Shimmery Xmas Red 5/8″, Tabs Punch.

1950’s Dress for Success.

Here’s a Saturday Inspiration IC155 from Steph over at SplitCoastStampers. The inspiration came from Mad Men. I must admit I haven’t seen the show, not sure if it’s my thing, but the images of the dresses Steph chose were so beautiful, I had to give this challenge a go.

Here’s some of the images of the high 1950’s Fashion:


My D80 is in the shop right now so for the next little while I’m back to using my point & shoot Nikon Cool Pix 4300. Handy dandy little thang & oh so light. No comments on the photos, k?

I used a 6″x6″ piece of CS & went by this really helpful, really clear origami lesson on You Tube. The side border is my new Spellbinders Nestabilities (well ‘Borderabilities‘). It’s a 12″ border one, but I just used a regular sandwich, since I don’t own the longer sandwich boards. I bought the borderabilities at Heather’s Stamping Haven in Ottawa.

For more fun interpretations, check out SplitCoastStampers IC155.

Used: SU Jumbo Wheel: So Swirly, Grafix Gold Foil on Ivory Paper, Bashful Blue CS, Bashful Blue Ink (although I think my wheel wasn’t clean & had some purple on it LOL), Clear Blue Snap, Dimensionals, Spellbinders Borderabilities 12″ Illumination Border (used in cuttlebug), bone folder for Origami.