Archive for March, 2010

Spellbinders/Paper Craft Planet blog hop!

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Spellbinders/Paper Craft Planet blog hop!  12 designers are hopping along, each creating something spectacular with the Spellbinders new Summer line.

I had some fun with Spellbinder’s Sweet Treats Shapeabilities + using the oval Nestabilities to make the whole watermelon.  Other ingredients:  Copics Markers:  Y11 Pale Yellow, YG13 Chartreuse, YG03 Yellow Green, Stampn Up Markers:  Pink Passion & Basic Black, Making Memories Magnetic Alpha Stamp Set.  Water Colour Paper.  Forever in Time Flocked Self Stick Decor-Borders.

The Supernovas are crazy for Spellbinders and we’re having a blog hop

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Meandering Julia

I had the honour of being the guest designer for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This week’s movie, #72, is “Julie and Julia”.  Sorry, I was a bit late posting, my oldest son is in the PLAYOFFS where he SCORED A GOAL & his team WON the game!!!!!   woo-hoo Malcolm!…. proud hockey, Mum moment.  Okay, onto the next challenge …

The movie ‘Julie and Julia’, which I saw on GNO–loved it!  The three of us came out of that movie wanting to make Duck, Beef Bourguignon, and generally, just lick a pound of butter.  For my creation this week, I made a Meander Recipe Book.  The Instructions for the Meander book can be found on You Tube here.  I thought that since my 10 year old daughter is finally asking about cooking (it wasn’t her thing before) that I would start an easy recipe book with some of her favourites.  We would make it, & add to the book each week.  We’ll see how that goes, I have a feeling, she might just say, “let me know when you’ve finished the cooking”. lol.

Here’s the inside with all the clever little note holders.

I only have 1 recipe to start, because I’m not sure which ones Emma-Sian will want to try.

It’s the worlds easiest & yummiest white country yeast bread.

Thanks for the fun inspiration this week!

Used:  Bind-it-all, Cardboard from cereal box, Paperbilities Scrap-n-treasures Papers, Oval Scallop & Oval Nestabilities, Yummy Stampin’ Up Stamp Set, white foam alpha stickers, white EP, clear EP, Tim Holtz Regal Flourish stamp, Versa mark Ink, Green Glossy CS from Heathersstampinghaven, circle punch.


Hiya!  So I’ve changed up my blog, just a bit.  I’ve had it for almost 2 years & baby toes-banner are not part of my everyday.   My beloved, patient DH, is back in town & I was bombarding him with questions about wordpress and blogging and what is CSS & why can’t the programmer just make is so that Chartreuse Green is called that, instead of “00ff00″.  My brain doesn’t work that way–I just don’t understand it at all.  So I gave up trying to figure out how to change the coding myself (much to hubbie’s relief) and found this program called Artisteer, which was a huge help for me trying to mess around with Wordpress.  Anyhoo, there’s my scoop on how I go about sprucing up my blog.  The digi frames I used are from Rhonna Farrer and Carina Gardner Otherwise, the rest was just playing around in illustrator & photoshop.  Still some funky stuff going on with links/lists, but I’ll work at that another weekend.

Onto more fun stuff!  The Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge this week, #71, 13 going on 30.  Fun & colourful!

I actually really loved the poster for the movie, so that’s where I started with an inspiration …

Here’s my card …

I used the button as a clasp, for something different.

and here’s the inside …

Used:  Stampin Up Circle Punches, So Saffron CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Cameo Coral CS, White CS, Crop-a-dile for punching the holes, Clear EP, Wild Wassabi Ink, Versa Mark Ink, GStudio Series 3 Alpha bet Stamp Set, SU Stamps:  Simple Shapes, Pocket Fun, dimensionals.

Fabric of Life

Time for a Fabric Challenge From Embellish Magazine.

Here’s my fabric card.  I have since switched the positioning of the buttons at the bottom, because my youngest said “THE PATTERN DOESN’T MATCH, MUM”  Honestly, I guess in JK class they were learning about patterns, & he is really stuck on the order of things lately.  It’s not worth arguing over, I’ll switch it.

The fabric is just some inexpensive cream muslin that I had kicking around.  I used my old Sizzix Balloon Die cut & brayered it with SU! Wild Wasabi Ink, Pacific Blue Ink, & Ridinghood Red Ink.  The Sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms “The Rummage Bin, Sew Special” Stamp Set.  CS: SU Kraft, Ink:  Versamark & Red Marker, Clear Embossing Powder.

tied on …

Quick Beads

Check out the super fun project at this weeks Paper Craft Planet’s 3D project, 3D53, Making Paper Bead Bracelet,by Magdalena.  Here’s the album with some more beauty projects.

I gotta tell ya, I was totally surprised at how quick this project was for me.  I think I took about 10 minutes to cut little slender triangle pieces & Mod Podge them onto toothpicks to dry. I went skating with the kids, then came home & wiggled them loose (thankfully, they were still a bit wet). Another 3 minutes to put them on a stretchy string & tie. So fast!   I might try this one with my oldest DD, Thanks, Magdalena!

I didn’t have any styrofoam, so I used my paper piercer & popped some small holes into the top of my sizzix box, so that the tooth picks would stand upright while the paper beads dried.

I don’t have any fancy smancy jewelry tools, so I just slipped them onto a stretch cord & tied it.

Tah DAH!

Seahorse Card–odd I know.

This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #70 is Dear Frankie.  A gem of a movie that I hadn’t heard of until this weekend.

To be honest, sometimes when I have an idea for something it comes out differently than I had thought.  This is one of those cards.  Who would I give it to & for what reason — not a clue.  LOL  Maybe one of the kids passing that ‘oh so hard’ swimming level or I dunno.  Anyhoo, I drew up this little Seahorse (yes, there was a Seahorse in the movie) and then masked a map in the BGround in order to fit the challenge.

Here’s my … rather odd card.  I didn’t put a sentiment, because really, what would you put?    I had fun with it though & got to spend some time learning Illustrator, thanks CSCC folks!

Little Layers

Paper Craft Planet is having their Sketch Challenge, sk031310, that I thought I’d give a go.  I’m not good with sticking to a sketch, but this was such a pretty layout, I really wanted to give it a go.

Here’s the sketch, from Susanna:

and here’s my take on it.

Neither Copics nor scissor cuts come easily to me either, but I did have some fun with the layering.  For “So Heavenly Tilda’s” arm.  I put a dimensional under where the shoulder is & the rest of the arm is adhered flat.  I thought it adds a subtle texture.  Oh my, I can see when I zoom in, just how off my scissor chops are … time for glasses.

Be sure to check out the sk031310 album for more fun interpretations.

Grouping of Strings

The super fun Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge this week, #69, was Dan in Real Life.  I adored this movie.  The Soundtrack — awesome!  So that’s what I thought I would work on for this week’s challenge — a music twist.

Remember the part when he starts singing, “let my love open the door” … Love that part.

Here’s my card, with a GROUPING of strings lol.  The original idea of the guitar card came from Cindy Major & I love it for a guy card.  Mental note for next time:  do not let the 4 year old strum it BEFORE you’ve taken the photo.  The metal threads are a little looser right now.

It’s a tiny card, good for a gift card, I guess.  I sponged it to be really dark like Dan’s guitar & then coated it with Versamark Ink, & clear embossing powder to make it look like a veneered guitar.

Nothing on the inside yet …

Here’s what I drew in Illustrator for a template …

Pull Up a Chair

How’s your Trigger Tuesday?  Isn’t this a lovely inspiration from Victoria Magazine.  Alica found this for the Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday Challenge.  So the challenge was to come up with something Lovely on the Green.

I’m actually not sure if this counts for the challenge, because it’s not a card, it’s a favour box, but it’s what I’ve made.  :D

Here’s what I drew & made into an svg.  It’s not the best template, I thinks it’s off a little, but then again so was I when I drew it lol.  Nothing you can’t fudge.

Used:  Stampin’ Up! DSP, Stampin’ Up Flower Punch, Olive Ribbon, Make it Count Stamp Set, Bashful Blue Ink (stamped off), Certainly Celery Marker.


Apparently some folks couldn’t see the above images, so I’m trying to resave them much smaller & see if that’s any better, here they are:

and here:

Hope that’s better :)

Just a Basket Case

Paper Craft Planet’s 3D Challenge this week, 3D52, is basket weaving!   There are so many different weaves out there & I’m hoping you’ll like to try one of them or share & show us a different basket weave that you know about.  Be sure to upload your basket weaving to the Paper Craft Planet site {here’s a tutorial on how to do that} & check out the 3D 52 album.  Never tried uploading a photo to Paper Craft Planet?  Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for adding photos to the PCP Gallery.  Once their in the gallery & TAGGED with 3d52, I can find them & add them to the album!

Here’s my take on CraftyPod’s Diane Gilleland basket design is based on the traditional Danish Woven Heart. Check out her tutorial here!  In order to make her basket you’ll need to understand how to do the weave.  It’s not difficult, but unless you’ve done it once, it can be a bit funky.  So here is a great little tutorial from Gingerbread Snowflakes, on danish woven hearts–how this cute weave works.


It’s a little narrow basket, perfect for a few treats:

I just love the woven technique–looks cute & finished inside & out.

How about Laura Canale’s Basket Tutorial?  Here’s my take on her basket.  This one is a bit more complex & can be more time consuming if you sponge each little strip of paper, but look at the results … how cute!  I added one more half strip to the weave to make the over/under weaves even, but otherwise the same technique.  Here’s my take on it:

Inside.  I didn’t need to add a bottom to the basket, but I like the velour CS, so I did.

Trying to cut down on time, you don’t need to sponge the strips, but it is a cute effect.

Here’s the Irish Blessing.

Now when I first made Laura’s Basket, I wasn’t near my computer & I thought I can do it from memory.  lol, I know better than to trust my memory.  But although it wasn’t the same, it was a fun mistake, that ended up to be a Narrower version, that could probably hold a water bottle :D  What I did differently, is putting the narrower strips for the base, I think.  lol  I had a lot of strips left over anyhow.

Here’s the inside:

How about Monica’s Super Easy & Cute Basket that was featured on Paper Craft Planet.  I think I’m going to the the kids to make one of these on the March Break … & me too :D .  She has a Video Tutorial to follow along with, easy peasy!  I used some Stampin’ Up! DSP to have a go with her technique.

Here’s the inside: