Archive for January, 2009

Ghirardelli® Gift Box

Here’s a two-in-one.  I thought I’d try one of Beate’s Ghirardelli Boxes, tutorial on SplitCoastStampers,  in a Colour Inspiration, #9, from Paper Craft Planet.

The inspiration comes from J.Crew and it’s this outfit, which I LOVE & would wear in a heartbeat.  Rather than looking like this model, I would look much more like a frazzled Mum of 3, who’s New Years Resolutions are on the back burner, but in a great outfit.

The colours we were to use were (check out the Stampin’ Up Online Catty, if you’re unfamiliar with the colours) Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, & Very Vanilla.

Here’s the wee little box, just so cute & easy instructions by following Beate’s Tutorial.  

‘Nutha pic, the front lace tab, sorta’ tucks under the sentiment.

You can see that it’s just pop dots/dimentional foam dots (I doubled, I don’t know why).

Here’s the back, nothing fancy & I don’t have the chocolates to go in them yet.

Be sure to check out other fun interpretations of this Colour Inspiration at Paper Craft Planet & this Ghirardelli® Box at Split Coast Stampers.  

Used: Circle of Friendship & Punches Three Stamps Sets, Pacific Point Ink, Kiwi Kiss Ink, Regal Rose Ink, Pacific Point CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Vanilla CS, Kelly Panacci Full Circle RMK4 PP, Martha Stewart Doily Edge Punch, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Circle Punches, Scallop Square Punch, Dimensionals, Sticky Tape.

Siblings & learning something new.

My goal, that I set what like over a year ago, was to get back into scrapbooking, 1 spread per week. Um ya, didn’t happen, but I am pecking away at it. Digital scrapbooking has seemed to motivate me lately so here is another. I made the green graph paper, but colourizing* regular blue graph paper. The faded scallop circle was motivated by the new Stampin’ Up Catty that has that idea through out. The layered feathered photo was a mistake, which I kept as was the curly bracket outlines, made in Illustrator with Charlemagne type font & then messed around with in photo shop. The Blue Paper, SBEGraphicPopBluePaper, was more freebies from Digital Scrapbooks Etc and I just changed the colour a bit. I think I must have had 25 layers by the time I was done this layout, but that’s because I kept messing up & trying new things. That’s the way to learn, for me anyway :)

Amy’s Photoshop learning curve:

I’ve gotten a few inquiries about Photo shop, do I know what I’m doing? Um, not really, but every now & again I stumble over something & it works. Thought I’d share this with you, for those who have asked. Hope it helps.

*colourizing: Changing a complicated PatternPaper with a One-Tint Colour. (how I changed the graph paper)

Like I said, I’m learning, slowly.

My Day Dreamer.

Time for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge! I had fun last night playing along with the Friday Sneak Peeks and this morning when Brooke & Sankari revealed that CSCC 16 was the Epic Wizard of Oz, I popped over to You Tube & hummed along with the song clips. (which I think I watched every year on TV as a child). Man, I wanted to wear those ruby shoes & that gingham dress LOL.

As I was listening to the lyrics of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, I was thinking how it reminded me of my day dreaming daughter. Emma-Sian can zone out the world so quickly & then come back with these stories and images and just ramble on about them. She’s my oldest & she’s adorable & this is for her.

I used my cricut cutter for the frame around Emma’s Face and that lace … that’s a punch from Martha Stewart. The Bling thing, I picked up with Emma in mind. You hafta’ know Emma, at 9 years old, she’s about the bling. I took these pictures of her in May 2008.

Did I do the “tin-man” challenge & include something metallic? Um, yes, there are some buttons there.

Here are the supplies I used. Well, actually, I changed my mind about the musical note brads & glitter letters. Will save those for another time.

Be sure to check out other fun interpretations at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge or SplitCoastStampers: keytag CSCC16 at Paper Craft Planet: keytag cinemasaturday. Thanks Brooke & Sankari for the fun inspiration.

Used: Blue Awning K & Company PP, SU Night of Navy CS, Ivory CS, Say it in Crystals (Prima Marketing Inc.), Elan 15 mm buttons (termann), Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch, Headline Extended Type Font, Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Ranger Distressing Ink, Cricut Cutter & Cricut Home Accents Cartridge Frame set at 4 1/2″.

Liam, discovering

Time for another fun Colour Inspiration, #39, from Kristina Werner. The photo, Kristina took four years ago, on a trip to New York City with her college. The bubble gum machines made me think of my kids & especially how Liam (now 3) is always pining at those machines when we leave the stores. Always at the right height to catch the eye of young kids … thank you, marketing machine.

I thought I’d have my hand at another digital scrapbook page, my 3rd one to be exact. Practice is the only way I’ll be able to get more comfortable with it. I used the freebies I got on line at Scrapbooking Etc again … there was a PILE of freebies, so it’ll keep me going for a long while. The only thing I changed (I’m not even sure if you’re ’suppose’ to do that) was the brackets & the explore-seek-out type colour. The Discover was already in that Green Galore Colour, so that’s one of the reasons it caught my eye. The picture, I tried to make into Black & White & then I mess up & it turned out more Sepia Coloured, so I went it.

Thanks, Kristina, for the inspiration this week.  Be sure to check out other fun interpretations at Kristina’s Blog.

Used: Anne Langpap Paper2.jpg (that’s the polka dot paper), SBECoolBasicsBrush.pdf (from Scrapbooking Etc) (Discover explore phrase & graphics), Adobe Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, Picture of Liam from the summer, a brush that I made from SBESweetYellowNewspaper.pdf (for sidewalk-type background, along the left) The Swirl was filled in with Gauze/Ice Pattern (yes, I took a picture of Ice while we were skating on the Canal a few weeks ago).


Okay I have to add this, because I felt like I was cheating by doing a digital … here’s my Ralph Wiggum traditional card, my youngest & I worked on:

Used:  All Wrapped Up, Treat Yourself (SU Retired), Real Red, So Saffron & Green Galore Ink, Spellbinders Labels One (turned on it’s side), Offray Black 3 mm Ribbon, Stazon Jet Black Ink, & Dimensionals.

Digital, learning.

Okay, personal note, stuck in the house: partly because of no wheels & mostly due to a 3 year old on the mend from croup/fever, man has it been a rough season for Liam & sickness & well just a rough week.  So I am trying to find some joy today, through crafting & learning today, in my ’spare time’.  Any other stay at home Mum to 3 kids laughing at spare time?  Good Grief.

So, here’s my second (first attempt here) Digital Scrapbook Page.  I picked up magazine, called Scrapbooks Etc, “the ultimate guide to digital Scrapbooking 2″ (LOL how could you not buy the magazine, with that title).  Anyhow, in this magazine, besides LOTS of ideas & TIPS, there were links to Free Online Digital Elements.  I scooted over to the website & down loaded some free digital DSP & such and went at it in PhotoShop CS3 & Adobe CS3.  Oh man, I am on such a steep learning curve.  Really, really lost at times.  

The “Graphic Pop Kit’ (free online from had this Green polka dotted paper (I adjusted it from 12″x12″ to 8.5″x11″).  The “newspaper” like print in the upper left quadrant was also a free paper, which I turned into a brush (or stamp thing) by using this AWESOME photoshop tutorial (well about 4 minutes into the tutorial) by Sande Krieger on Two Peas.  The flourish, well, I accidently made a eraser brush, just meaning to erase, but I liked the ‘negative swirl’, so I kept it.  What else, oh, the “LEARN” type, I made in Illustrator using a tutorial by Kristina Werner’s tutorial on using Illustrator to Quickuts Silhouette.  The “something new” is my chicken scratch using my Bamboo Graphic Tablet, in illustrator, that my adorable DH bought for me & I have been to chicken to learn how to use.  The rest is just layers & messing around in Photoshop.

edited:  I also learned you must also (under file) “Save for Web & Devices”, as a gif, or it doesn’t show up on older computers.  :)  slowly, slowly learning.

Wife of a Steelers Fan.

So, what were we doing tonight? After our Chicken Wing & Cut up Veggies for dinner, we watched a bit Tele. Okay, DH watched & I surfed on the laptop. I doubt the kids are sleeping through Mike jumping around the family room.

23-14 Pittsburgh won over Baltimore. My DH is nutty for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’ve know that for years, & watching him tonight, reminded me of January four years ago. I pulled this out of the scrapbook & took a picture (the colours are off below, I was rushing a bit taking the picture).

That’s all, just a few notes from a Steelers Fan’s wife. The Terrible towel is now back in my linen closet. :)

Pittsburgh Steelers: AFC Champions!

Gift Tag for French Wine

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge had a super fun Friday Sneak Peek, actually several snippits from the movie for us to guess. The movie was revealed on Saturday, and CSCC #15 was ….. drrrrrrrr …. Casablanca. AWESOME Valentines movie, IMO. My DH & I went to see Casablanca at a Répertoire Theatre (The Mayfair, for you Ottawa folks) on Valentines day, of course. Really wonderful to see on the big screen & in those old fashion theatres, beautiful. I highly recommend it.


I was totally at a loss of what to make for this challenge. I love the movie & the idea to make something with Black/White/Grey +1 other colour, was a cool idea. Brooke made a gorgeous scrapbook page & Sankari made a beautiful card with these parameters. I tried. It seemed that the cards I made (well messed around with) looked more like sympathy cards …LOL. Not what I was going for.

After thinking about the movie, I remembered that we had bought a movie poster & had it laminated. I guess it was never unpacked after we moved 2 years ago. Oh dear. I brought that out & then I thought about making another wine tag. You can never have to many of those, always good in a pinch when heading to friends or as gifts.

So here’s my go at “Casablanca” … see there’s our sepia poster a memorable scene from the movie where Rick & Ilsa, serenaded by Sam, are drinking the wine before the enemy comes & drinks it.

Here’s a close up of the tag. Nothing fancy & boy are they quick to make. I’ve made them before here and here. I have to laugh, can you tell that French wines are my favourite? I left the inside of the label blank & when I know who is it’s going to, I’ll mark in their names.

Be sure to check out other fun interpretations at Paper Craft Planet or Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. If you haven’t played, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, it’s a BLAST!

Used: Making Memories Black Small Dots PP, Déjà Views Wedding Ivory Scrolls 8×8″ PP, Taupe CS (unknown), Martha Stewart Heirloom DSP, Offray 3mm black Ribbon, Double circle Punch SU, Circle Punches 1 3/8″ & 1 3/4″, Cricut Cutter, Home Accents Cricut Cartridge, Pinot Noir Bourgogne ;)

Okay, this is for my Valentine … it’s his favourite movie ever:

3″ by 3″, quick cards

I saw a tutorial, by Kristina Werner, for these 3″x3″ quick cards on Two Peas.  I thought I’d give it a go, they are quick & quite cute to put as a tag on a gift or with some baked goodies.  (Man, I have some banana’s piling up in the freezer that is asking to be made into loaves).

For the card, I just used by Sizzix Ruler Base (Large Daisies) die & cut through some Chip Board (two layers) to raise up the flower.  I glued it together with Tombo Glue & put on some newsprint (also cut in a flower shape).  A little Ranger Distressing Ink & a bit of a going over with SU Distressing Tool & Bob’s Yur Uncle.  

Used:  Sizzix Large Daisies Rule base Die, Newpaper Clipping, two pieces of Chipboard, Pink Pirouette Ink, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Dimensional, Black Stazon Ink, Studio G Alphabet Stamp Set, Garden Green CS, River Rock CS, Scallop Punch, Button, SU Distressing Tool, & Super Sticky Tape.  

The second card is … well behind the dog.  Man that Auto focus is quick & so is Crystal.  We were baby sitting this gorgeous & BIG cutie of a dog yesterday.  I had to include this photo first, because it reminds me of the fun my kids had with Crystal yesterday.

Okay, here’s the second 3×3 card based on Kristina’s tutorial.

Here are some other fun examples over at Two Peas.  Thanks for the Tutorial, Kristina & Message Board Info.

Used:  Pretty In Pink CS, Rose Romance Ink, Creative Memories Heart Punch, Regal Rose Marker, Provo Craft Acrylic Stamps “Clear Impressions”, Sunshine Scroll Stamp (All Night Media, Susan Branch), dimensionals.

Love, quilt like.

Time for Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration, #38.  Her Inspiration photo this week is from the Thomas Paul mousepad notepad (from seejanework) off of a co worker’s desk.  Here is the note pad & the inspiration colours we were to use:

I did a little bit more work than I normally do, by embossing & cutting & layering.  What can I say, I was without wheels today, on a frigidly cold day in Ottawa with the kids.  We were outside for a bit & then craft studio, BABY!

Here’s what I used.  The Stamp, Lovely Layering Collage, (Outlines Rubber Stamp Co), I bought at Heather’s Stamping Haven here in Ottawa.  It is really easy to work with, just quadrants.  It kinda’ reminds me of a quilt.  I can think some examples of making little doors to open special messages … many uses.  

Thanks for the fun, Kristina!  Be sure to check out other fun interpretations over at Kristina’s Blog.  

Used:  Ruby Red Textured CS (& reg CS), Pretty In Pink CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Versa Mark, Detailed White Embossing Powder, Pink Embossing Powder (SU retired), Clear Gem étiquette stickers Martha Stewart (EK Success), embossing buddy, exacto knife, Gross Grain Ribbon from Michaels, Stamp:  Lovely Layering Collage Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.

Origami Box, adapted.

I saw this tutorial for TLC203 Origami Box, on Split Coast Stampers. I also used this video tutorial from Kristina Werner on how to make an origami box. The heart on the box is using a background Inking technique called Ink, Spray & Smash, by Faith Hofrichter, over at Split Coast Stampers.

The top is a nestability cut out of background technique called Ink, Spray & Smash, by Faith Hofrichter, over at Split Coast Stampers. I used Real Red, Pink Passion & Blush Blossom re-inkers. It really did smash together as I looks more like one colour rather than the ‘tie dyed’ tri-effect I was hoping for.

Here’s the inside of the box.

I used the Scallop Edge punch (after cutting the paper to 6×12, rather than 5 1/4 x12″) and I had these 1/4″ strips left over (double sided paper). I thought why waste them & I just pasted them back on as a trim. Here’s the back of the box, where you can see it a bit better.  Oh & I also ran a chocolate chip marker along the straight edge of the box at the front (well top in this photo)  

Be sure to check out other TLC203 Origami Boxes over at Split Coast Stampers & Ink, Spray & Smash examples at Split Coast Stampers.

Used: Holiday Treasures DSP (one sheet 12×12″ for origami box base & one 12×12″ cut in two pieces for lid wrap), Cereal Box (5 1/4 x12″), Scallop Punch, Nestabilities Heart, Glossy CS, Re Inkers (Blush Blossom, Real Red, & Pink Passion), Super Sticky Tape, Ribbon From Michaels, dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Marker.