Archive for November, 2009



So did I mention, I’m lovin’ this Sure Cuts A Lot Software?  SCAL is a program that let’s your computer talk to your cricut machine.  I draw something up in Illustrator, save it as a svg file & then voilà-in a few minutes it’s cut some of my patterned paper out.  ahhhhh <insert light beam here>.  Beautiful.

I’m not much of a drawer, but apparently with a pen tool I can draw Holly.  :)  Tah DAH!



Used:  DCWV Christmas Stack Paper, Jar, SCAL, Cricut Machine, SU Circle Punches, White CS, Ribbon from Michaels Bargain Bin, Illustrator CS3.

Merry Inspiration


This week’s Colour Q Challenge, #8, is a very festive one.  We have a couple of Birthdays here before Christmas, so normally leave our decorating until later in December, but I must admit, I’m humming Christmas tunes every now & again.  Here’s the inspiration photo from Arielle:


Here’s my go with the challenge.  Silver is a neutral, right?  ;)


Used:  Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Burgandy CS, Always Artichoke DSP, Buttons from my stash, White CS, Silver Ribbon from Michaels, Making Memories Shimmer Alpha Stickers, Mini Glue Dots.

Matryoshka, from all of us


So I’m lovin’ the template I found at Zakkalife for this Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls.

How cute is this?  We occasionally have gifts for the the whole family from others … can you see this as a “Thank You, from All of Us”.  I mean really.  Love the idea.


The faces are actually a Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Really Rust Ink, Timber Brown Stazon Ink, SU Circle Punches, Brown Ribbon from Walmart, PP from Michaels, dimensionals.

Soups On.


Paper Craft Planet’s 3D challenge, 3d39, this week is from Lyn Bernatovich, with this really cute “Soup in a Jar”–Friendship Soup.  Cute Gift!

Here’s Lyn’s Friendship Soup Recipe:

Friendship Soup

½ c. dried split green peas
1/3 c. beef bouillon granules
¼ c. medium pearl barley
½ c. dried lentils
¼ c. minced dried onion
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ c. uncooked long grain rice
½ c. uncooked small pasta
1 lb. ground beef
3 qts. water
1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes undrained
1 sm. onion, chopped
In a 1 qt. jar, layer first 7 ingredients in the order listed. Wrap pasta in plastic and add to jar. Seal tightly. Store up to 3 months in a cool, dry place.

To Prepare Soup:
Remove pasta from jar and set aside. In a dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink, drain. Add water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Stir in pasta, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta, peas, barley and lentils are tender. Makes 4 quarts/16 servings.


Here’s my decorated Jar for the soup.  Yes, I know where’s the ingredients?  I just see rice.  Uh, yes.  Liam & I are on Puppy Watch, as Sparkle had surgery & the poor Pup is recovering.  So just back & forth to get the kids to & from school.  No time for shopping.  But it’ll be ready for when I get the dry ingredients.

Oh yes, do you like the “Jolly” stickers?  Liam was my helper boy (slightly adjusted by Mum), with “USE theeese”.  Ah the embellishment drawer proved very exciting to a 3 year old today.


Stampin’ Up:  Merry Moments DSP, Nestabilties Scalloped & Circles, Jolly Stickers from Sugarplum, 1 L Mason Jar, Ribbon from Walmart.

Gown Inspired


This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #58, is Shakespeare in Love.  Today is the first day to play & I managed to sneak into the craft room on the typical busy Saturday for a wee escape.  Be sure to give this challenge a go, before next Thursday!  Such a blast.


Great movie, saw it years ago.  Costumes Designs were awesome too & that’s what I went with for this card challenge!  Check this out:


What an outfit.  Anyhoo, here’s my card trying to reflect Gwenyth’s fancy-smancy outfit.


Used:  White Opal Liquid Pearls, Gold Foil Graffix Sticker Paper, Lacé Template, Cats Eye Color Box Inks, Inkadinkado clear Warm Holiday Wishes Stamps, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, Yellow CS Grid Paper (unknown).

Tag, You’re IT!


Paper Craft Planet’s 3D Tuesday Challenge,  3D38 challenge, “Tag You’re It” is from Susanna Boyd.  The VIDEO tutorial Susanna did is AWESOME (with a new fold for a tag holder!) & she’s right it takes no time what so ever. I did spend a bit more time on the tags themselves with the nestabilities {flourish thing} & cuttlebug ornament die cuts, & some copper embossing, but the tag holder itself … MINUTES. LOVE IT.


The book holds 8 ornament tags.


Here they are:


Give this challenge a go (on from Tuesday to Monday 23rd November), you’ll be surprised how quick it is to make.

Used:  Merry Moments DSP (Stampin’ Up), Spellbinders Bordabilities 12″ Illumination Border, Inkadinkado Christmas Season Clear Stamps, Copper EP, Versamark Ink, Recollections Rhinestone Pearl Stickers, Martha Stewart  Ribbon, white string, Provocraft Ornament Die Cut, Chocolate Chip CS, Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle, Grid PP (unknown scraps).

Catch Up.


Although I’ve been making time to have some fun with challenges this past week, I haven’t really posted anything.  Little bit of catch up.  So two challenges in 1 :)


This is for the Tuesday 3D Challenge, 3d36 Winter Box, posted by Adela.

I used the Stampin’ Up Pillow Box & added onto it a bit. Also used Merry Moments DSP (LOVE IT) & the new delightful Decorations Stamp Set, with the punch to match.  Fun challenge & would be a fun treat holder.


The second treat holder, also from the 3D challenge posted by Kim Burmeister, 3d37, is a Snowman Treat Holder.  Fits a Chocolate Bar, just right.  What, no chocolate bar in the photo … I have a sweet tooth.  ’Nuf said.


It is 1 peice of 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of heavy water colour paper, scored & partially trimmed with Xacto Knife.

SU Bordering Blue Marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Pretty in Pink Marker, Blush Blossom Marker & CO N.0 Cool Gray Copic Marker & a SU Aquapainter.

The “buttons” are from the centres of flowers in the Decorative Daisy SU Set. For the stitching on the hat, used Provo Craft Clear Impressions Acrylic Stamps.

White EP, Black EP, Orange EP, Versamark Ink, Clear Mini Glue Dots.

Black CS, Tango Tangerine CS, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (although you can’t see it here) used with Heat ‘n Stick Powder.

I must admit, if I had to make a bunch of these for kid’s classmates, I would use the printable snowman from Samantha Parisi I saw while surfing.

Thanks for the fun inspiration, Kim & Adela!

It works, finally.


It’s installed!  SCAL, Sure Cuts a Lot!  Oh, I had a hard time with it.  In the long run, (my DH technical advisor), said, it’ll work with our old PC, but not on our MAC.  Even with the firmware installed, it just hangs.

Ever since I saw SCAL demo’d here by Kristina Werner, with her “Merry Christmas” SVG file, I wanted to give it a go.  It’s not identical, but as close as I could get using the Fonts that I own.

I drew it up in Illustrator, using her tutorial on Merged Letters and then imported the SVG file to Sure Cuts a Lot.  My Cricut is the little one.  Anything I make has to be at max 6×12, & not too detailed, but I think I’m going to have fun with this!


Used:  DCWV Christmas Stack PP, Illustrator, Sure Cuts A Lot Software, Cricut Machine, Wendy Type Font, Zapf DingBats Font, Two Peas Old Type Font, Baskerville (astrick) Symbol (ribbon), Buttons & Embroidery Floss. Recollections Decorative Border (pink felt zig zag)

Celebrate with CAKE!


Well, I’m not kidding you when I say it’s been a crazy week, with some craziness on the schedule for the foreseeable future. DH is travelling a bunch. I’m not complaining, in these nutty times, he has a job that provides for our family, but I miss my second engine in the evening. Sick kids on & off, but not too sick, thank goodness.

Oh yes, oh yes, happy news for me & a bit of a shocker still–I am part of the Design Team over at Paper Craft Planet.  I adore that sight, the crafters are AWESOME & all really sweet & as I’m getting to know them more, they are a HOOT!  Love IT!

I thought I would celebrate my fun PCPlanet news with one of my favourite Challenges out there!  Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This week’s challenge, #58, is the Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck classic princess movie, Roman Holiday.


I found the template for the Cake Box from Ruthannzaroff.  I used 2 pieces of 12×12 Patterned Paper from Robin’s Nest Scrapbooking (Cream Paisley, I believe).  I was able to cut 8 cake pieces using that template.


Glossy Stock White Paper was run through the Cuttlebug with Scalloped Nestabilties.


The Filigree Stamp set is from Anna Griffin & the circular stamp is from SU! (retired) Papa’s Pocket.


Each piece would be a fun little party favour.  Kinda’ looks “showery/weddingy/princess-tea-party-ish”.  DH thought it kinda looked like a hunk of fancy cheese.  <insert head shake/eye roll here>  Anyways, think of the fun you could have, change the embossing powder or make it a chocolate cake, or a layered cake by printing off the template in various sizes!!   Honestly, it really is not fidgety to make.  If you like me you can try to pick at it for 10 minutes when ever you have a chance.


Okay, enough fun, onto reality of dishes, puppies, kids, oh I forgot Liam’s good pants have to be hemmed for tomorrow … hmmm maybe two sided tape would do until I had a chance to sew them properly …

Super Glitta’


This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is one of my favourite movies, really, it is so funny.  CSCC57 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.


I had gone out to pick up some super ‘over the top’ Blue Paper for the outrageously ‘over the top’ wedding party from the movie.  I’m not really sure if I’d give this Congrats card out at a wedding, depends on the people getting married, I suppose.  It was much fun to make though!  The Black on Acetate trim is from Best Creation Inc.  The frame was cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilties, Labels Four.


Here’s a bit more fun with that same super thick Glitter Paper (picked up at Heather’s Stamping Haven here in Ottawa).  I used it with the Spellbinders Nestabilities (Create A Flake) Snow flake Die Cut (FUN!).  Cut 4 of them out (2 dark blue & 2 light blue) & glued it together, to make this ornament.  Much less messy that shakin’ the glitter on myself.