Archive for February, 2009

I LOVE Blue Flowers.

I saw the Paper Craft Planet Colour Inspiration, #12, (THANKS, Katherine!!!) from Macy’s, and I had to take part in in because (1)  I love blue flowers … I just do & (2) Check out the New Flower Daisies Die from SU/Sizzix that arrived at my door!  Woo Hoo, yeah Marlayne!  Had to start playing with it to see what you can make with it.  

Here’s the inspiration photo from Macy’s:

Here’s my card, using the new ruler based die, “Daisies #2″.  I used 3-4 of each of the 3 sizes of flower + I used the little punch for the small flower in the middle.  The tiny eyelettes from Making Memories were the only Chocolate Coloured Accessory I had to use.  I sorta ruffled the petals with an embosser/stylus.

I am totally using this flower die again to see what else you can do with it.   I am challenged with scissors so I just I love punches & die cuts can you tell???  

Be sure to check out other fun interpretations of this Colour Inspiration Challenge at Paper Craft Planet

Used:  Martha Stewart Leaf Punch, Sizzix Flower Daisies #2 (SU), Big Shots Machine, Green Galore CS, Gable Green CS, Pacific Point CS, Bashful Blue CS, White CS, Brown Making Memories Tiny Eyelettes (1/16″ I believe), SU 3-Flower Punch (SU retired), Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch, SU Ribbon (from Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Bundle), Sweet Little Sentiments Stamp Set (SU), Chocolate Chip Ink, Blue Thread, Super Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Stylus/Embosser, Eyelette punch & setter.

Back on the Farm

My 3 kids had a wonderful time visiting where my DH grew up.  ”You really lived here on a FARM?”.  LOL I’m raising Burb kids, what can I say.  This picture was taken last July & I thought I’d finally get around to doing something with it … it’s only been 7 months.

I was playing with some Digital Stuff from Sande Krieger & using some of her wonderful tutorials again.  Although I worked in CS3 & her Tutorial was for Photoshop Elements, it was a good starting point for learning “Group with Previous layers” or adding a Clipping Mask on a PP Layer to the previous Shape layer.  Make sense?  Watch the tutorials, it’s very straight forward, thanks to Sande.

Used Supplies from Two Peas:



AL_Eyewitness Font



SKrieger_2Ps_French Kiss_Embellies


Vintage Dancer

This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, Number 20, (can you believe it?) is The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons.  My neighbour & I went to see it about a month a go.  Um … hmmm.  The movie started off with my attention, but I could have shaved off about 45 minutes in the middle.  Sorry, I know, I’m bad.  But I can definitely see where it’ll do well tomorrow night at the Oscars.  

Without giving any of it away, the part when someone is going through their old photo albums, very touching, sat with me.  Also the weird thing with the photos on the wall in that old house that he knew not one of them?  This card is sorta’ meaning to reflect the photos on the wall & the album.  

This week, I remembered to include the challenge part of it … VINTAGE, Gotcha!  Thankfully the folks that run & those that participate in these CSCC challenges are tolerant of my forgetful rebellions.  

Here’s my card:

You can’t see it all that well, but along the bottom is my purchase this week at Michaels with the 40% off coupon … yes, it’s another punch I have a weakness for punches, but try to control the collection.  It’s was new to Michaels & oh boy were there so many to choose from.  It’s the new slim profile punches (from the winter CHA show).  

Used:  Nestabilities Oval & Scalloped Oval, Mat Pack to Pierce around the scallops, Splellbinders Borderabilties Grand 12″ Illumination Border, Cuttlebug,  Antique Copper Making Memories Brads, Global Views 12×12 Paper Tablet (Déjà Views), Ranger Ink:  Walnut Stain, Ranger Applicator, Copper Paper, Really Rust CS, Dimensionals, Vanilla CS, Mellow Moss & Kiwi Kiss Ink, En Pointe Stamp Set (SU Retired), Chocolate Chip CS.

Champion, BABY!

This is my oldest son … my Malcolm, my achiever at school & on the ice!

Sande Krieger has some amazing tutorials on Grouping Layers (so you don’t have to crop a photo) and the Shapes Tool & many more at Two Peas, which I found very helpful.  These are monthly tutorials, that are absolutely wonderful.  They are for Photoshop Elements, but CS3 has a lot in common with Elements.

I also used this You Tube Tutorial for the basics of Typing on a Path.  (The buddy actually did it for a CD, but it was really clear).


I did a little shopping at Two Peas, where you can find these items (some two peas Freebies too!):

Malcolm’s name letters:  KTeague_Hollow-out_2ps_black,

Notes_Round_Note to Self_SandeKrieger_2Peas copy,

RhonnaFarrer_2ps_FreeNewYear_paper2 (with green overlay newfill adjustment layer),





AL Worn Machine Type

Hopping around

Check out the BARGOOOOOON from the Dollar Store … this “Felt Border for Scrapbooking”, oodles of it for $2.  No Name, baby!  The one pita factor is that there is no adhesive, so I just used some glue dot runner on the back of it & it really wasn’t all that figity.

The punches …. thank you, Martha Stewart.  If I had the cash, I’d cover the basement in her craft punches.  Just as well don’t wanna be know as the crazy punch girl.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Thanks, Katherine, for all the hopping around you do at Paper Craft Planet & will be doing with baby 4 on the way.

Used:  Baja Breeze CS, Real Rust textured CS, So Saffron CS, Martha Stewart Bunny Punches, 1 1/4″ Circle SU Circle Punches, No Name Felt Border from the Dollar Store, dimensionals, Glue Dot Runner, Corner Rounder, Glossy White CS.

Spring will come.

Can you believe it, it’s snowing, again?  I mean Ottawa can get snow until Easter, but MAN, today I wasn’t welcoming it.  I’m a bit craving spring.  Ah well, it’ll get here.  To escape & day dream in the craft studio, I’m having some fun with Colour Inspiration #42, from Kristina Werner.  

I used some punches from Martha Stewart.  This 3-in-1 butterfly punch & the Classic Butterfly Punch.

I punched out one big butterfly from the 3-in-1 & then with the Classic Butterfly Punch, I positioned it over the cut out paper & punched again, which gave the “W” edge in the Patterned Paper.  Does that make sense?  Anyways here’s my go at Kristina’s Colour Inspiration.

Used:  Kiwi Kiss CS, More Mustard textured CS, Really Rust textured CS, White CS, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Close To My Heart Circle Cutters, Dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss Ink, Making Memories Rummage Magnetic Alphabet Stamps, Martha Stewart Clear Gem Etiquettes Stickers, PP Cornucopia (?).

Rosey Emma

Firstly, Happy Valentines Day!

Secondly, Happy Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge Reveal Day … okay, so that happens (thankfully) weekly!  This week’s CSCC#19 was Emma!  I don’t think anybody guessed from the Sneak Peeks.  Tough.

Well, hmm besides being quite partial to the name (my daughter, Emma, named after my Nan), Emma the movie, Jane Austen had Emma writing in her diary quite a bit & surrounded by flowers, either inside or outside.  So, I thought I’d make a flower pen.  I saw the idea for this ribbon Flower on Martha Stewart.  Mine looks nothing like the crafter they had on the show, but I think it still resembles a flower & well, why not stick it on a pen.

It’s about a yard of ribbon and the DSP (holiday treasures) is just stuck on with that super sticky tape (you know the one with the red peel?  That stuff holds everything, even ribbon.

Thanks for the fun inspiration, ladies!  Be sure to check out other fun interpretations at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge or Paper Craft Planet, code cinemasaturday.

Used:  Martha Stewart Moiré 1 1/2″ Ribbon, Fishing line (to stitch the flower bud), SU Holiday Treasure DSP, Kiwi Kiss CS, Oval Punch, Letters from Friends (SU retired) stamp, Stazon Red Ink & a pen, Sizzix Birds & Blooms Die cut (for leaves), super stick tape & a pen.

Chocolate Roses for Hayley

So there was a fun & colourful Paper Craft Planet Colour Inspiration, #11, on Wednesday (every Wednesday) that I had some fun with.  Katherine picked a Colour Inspiration from Gymboree, these really cute Hair Accessories:

I saw these colourful ribbons & I wasn’t sure what to make.  So I headed off to my ladies group and one of the women had made a rose for each woman in the group with a verse attached to it.  So sweet.  I had seen these before, when my oldest son was born on Mother’s Day, they gave them out at the hospital.  I raided my house to see if I could make it myself.  As you can see I didn’t have Floral tape, so I used paint masking tape … trust me, it looks WAY better with floral tape.  I had everything else though (the Stem wire was left over from a Martha Craft).

Okay, so what do you do … cut a piece of Cellophane to 4″x4″, stab a hershey kiss with a wire & then tape the other hershey kiss to the top.


Start Taping.  Wish I had had floral tape, but oh well.

Wrap, Wrap, Spin, Spin.

I used a Die Cut from Sizzix (Stampin’ Up!) in Kiwi Kiss for the leaf.

Tried to make it look a bit more 3-d by dry embossing the leaf (running an embosser or you could use a bone folder, dry pen whatever).

Wrap, Wrap.


Make a few more … a douzen would have been nice, I ate some of the chocolates … what they were defective ;)

Then just make a cone out of a square piece of CS and I added some ribbons to hit the pcpcolor11 Colour Challenge.

These were so quick to whip off.  It’s so tiny.  I think I’ll use it as the ‘card’ for my neice for her 11th birthday.

Thanks, Katherine for the fun Colour Inspiration.  Be sure to check out other fun interpretations at PCP tag:  pcpcolor11 .  You have a week to make something & Post it.  Haven’t tried it yet?  Go for it, it’s fun to escape in the craft studio!

Used:  SU Holiday Treasure DSP, Red Cellophane, Ribbons from my stash (Kiwi Kiss, Offray 3 mm yellow & 5/8″ ribbon orange), Floral Step Wire, Super Sticky Tape, Green Painters Tape, SU Sizzlits Birds & Blooms Set, Embosser, Kiwi Kiss CS.
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You are the Bees Knees!

Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration time!  This Week’s Colour Inspiration, #41, comes from some children’s Clothes from a little boutique:

Here’s my Candy Basket.  I got the idea from the Stampin’ Up! Catty (2009 Spring/Summer Page 56 in the Canadian Book).  It’s not exactly the same, but it’s my interpretation of what they did.  

I used my Sizzix Rule Based Die Cut Heart.  It’s about 4″x4″ & cuts through Chipboard (my cereal box) nicely.  I didn’t measure but cut a strip of CS & then cut the edges so it would be easier to stick on.  I used Super Sticky Tape.  That’s important.  It won’t hold anything & may fall apart if you use just regular adhesive.

One side:

Other side & you will probably want to cover the inside with a white heart, if don’t like to see the … uh cereal box.

Decorate, la di dah.  Oh here’s the inside.  The ribbon tied on by a double whole punch:

And Bob’s Yur Uncle:

Be sure to check out other fun interpretation of this Colour Inspiration Challenge at Kristina’s Blog.   

Used:  Basic Grey CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Holiday Treasures DSP, White CS, Cereal Box Chipboard, Offray Checkered Ribbon, Stazon Red Ink, Basic Grey Marker, Martha Stewart Valentine Clear Acrylic Stamps, Martha Stewart Heart Doily Edge Punch, Sizzix Heart, Sizzlit Tag Set Small, EK Success Dimensional Heart Stickers, Dimensionals.

Knit Together.

On Paper Craft Planet, I saw another challenge in the Christian Crafters Group.  SHINE Challenge #9 — Week of Feb. 6 — A Valentine for God.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do for that challenge & sorta’ kept it in the back of my mind and started another Tutorial for Illustrator CS3 (Pen Tool).  I saw this You Tube tutorial by tutvid, which was very detailed (28 minutes long, good grief, but exactly what I needed to learn).  

I thought an ‘easy’ thing to draw with the Illustrator Pen Tool would be a stick person well, a ‘washroom sign’ stick person.  As I was drawing, I kept making mistakes (that’s how I learn, trust me) and my stick man turned out alright, but my stick woman had a bump on one side.  She looked pregnant & that reminded me of PSALM 139:13.  Funny how things go.  I finished my Illustrator learning curve for the day & went on to the SHINE Challenge.  

People must be laughing when they see a SAHM trying to teach herself PhotoShop & Illustrator for fun, but it’s something I enjoy & everybody needs a hobby … or two or three like me :)

Used:  Amy’s Original Vector based Stick People :) , CarinaGardner Stitches, Scrapbook Etc Heart, Two Peas Type Font, Scrapbook Etc Polka Dotted Paper, Freebie photoshop Brushes (for the splatters around the outside) found here.  CS3 Photoshop & Illustrator.