Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scrappin Great Deals October Kit

Wow, I'm so excited, I get to be a guest designer!
I found this great store online called Scrappin Great Deals in the spring and ordered a few things, and then managed to finangle a visit to the store while we were in London. So much stuff, I could've have spent ages there if DH wasn't lurking in the parking lot with the kids! Anyhoo, they have a monthly kit, and suggested I apply to be a guest designer. Well, wasn't I blown away when they offered me the October kit to play with! Honestly, it probably sat on my table for two weeks while I plotted and planned, and then finally got up the courage to do something with it. So here it is, I hope you enjoy what I've done with it.

Right out of the package, the first paper I saw was the one with the owls from Best Creation Inc. Too cute, I am so into owls right now! I was ready to slap a picture on it ans sling it in the album as is, but I thought I better do something with it! I added a photo matt, and the scalloped strip which I trimmed from a piece by Pink Paislee. To finish it off, I added a title made with Thickers letters. Easy! (oh, I couldn't resist a cute close up of the owls - love it!)

Next I used another piece from Best Creation. I split it and added a piece from My Mind's Eye, cut some holes and then pop dotted the whole thing. It's hard to see, but the pumpkins are recessed. I can't take credit for this, I saw this idea in the most recent Scrapbooks Etc magazine and wanted to try it. I used the cute mini stamps to add the bats to the photo strip.

For the third layout, I wanted to get away from Halloween for a bit, so I used some of the tags from Pink Paislee to make a layout about my boy - that's not actually a mug shot there, he's only six! I used a sheet from We R Memory keepers, it already has a cool grungy border on, so I didn't need to add much.

Then I made some cards, using more of the Pink Paislee tags. They would be perfect for wrapping some Halloween goodies up, but they worked pretty great for cards too. I used some more of the Thickers, these neat little beady things and some of the felt trim. I just cut a couple of the pumpkins off and stuck them on, they're self adhesive, which is a good thing with felt.

Finally, I thought I'd leave you with a picture of some of the leftovers - there was some great lace paper, more We R Memory Keepers paper, cardstock and more. Guess I'll have to take lots of pictures at Halloween so I can use up the rest!
Just want to pass along a great big thank you to Scrappin Great Deals for letting me be guest designer - don't forget to check out their site!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Getting the jump on Halloween

Well, it is a little early to be thinking Halloween, but that's the fun part about making cards - I can make them when I want and then stash them. It's funny, cause I'm actually a little Halloween'd out right now, and I'll tell you why October 1st! (hee, hee, I'm so mean!)
I am seriously loving this stamp set, 'many thanks' right now, I forsee many cards to come using it! This card is pretty simple, sketch from CPS, colour scheme from SPCC and 'fall leaves' from the Shoe.

I also put up a layout I did this weekend, I went scrapping at my friend Sherry's and had a fun, productive day. The paper is Fancy Pants, the label is We R Memory Keepers and the chipboard dodads are from the dollar store. Good old Dollarama, where else can you get so many neat chipboard stickers for a buck? (Can you tell I like a bargain? Honestly, I shop everywhere, but I'm sort of frugal, at least when I want to be!)
Happy Monday, I'm off to hike with some Beavers in the rain!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A new technique (to me anyway!)

Good Saturday morning everyone,
There's a chill in the air, but that's OK, cause I'm going scrapping today. DH is taking the kids on a tour of the local OPP station (police), perhaps he will leave them locked up there, hee hee!
I made this card using a sketch from the Pink Elephant, a Christmas colour combo from SP Colour Challenges, and a technique from the Cuttlebug Spot. In honour of their one year anniversary, their challenge was to use their very first technique, inking the embossing folder. I never would have thought of that. I ran my pieces through separately, and if you look close you can see I inked one on the emboss and one on the deboss. (or one on the innie and one on the outie!) Neato!
(Damn, missed the deadline on that one, oh well)
The felt snowflake and seniment are CTMH, the dotted paper is Bazzill.
See you later!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Birds of a feather

OK, super busy, still gotta mop my floor before bed, and finish the munchkins birthday invites. So here is the supershort version:
Sketch - Mojo Monday
Colour Combo - SP Colour Challenge, nice and bright!
Using punches - Pile it on, circle punch (does the nestie count too?)
Supplies - cardstock - Bazzill, felt and Bird Basics stamp set - CTMH, stickles, ribbon - Walmart
For the record, I thought of feathers when I saw this sketch, and I like how it turned out, although I don't like the spaces between the 'feathers'. May have to redo this bit!
See you later!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gotta remember to add a title this time...

Seems everytime I post lately, I forget to add a title, then I have to go back and edit. Not that it's a huge hassle, you just think that after making the same mistake like 6 times I might have moved on to something new. Mommy brain I guess, cause I sure don't feel as smart as I used to. Maybe it's just the crazy questions my kids come up with that make me realize I don't know as much as I think I do!
I should be feeling smart though, cause I love this card. It came together super quick and looks great. Part of the credit goes to Amy - her challenge this week is to 'scraplift' one of her cards. That was easy, I knew which one I wanted to case right away - I just loved the colours and the simplicity of the design. (see below)

I used a sketch from Unscripted Sketches too, as I wanted the card to be inspired by, not a slave too! I used the Four Seasons stamp set and a button from CTMH, the ribbon I got from Walmart. I wanted some wide satin ribbon, and Micheals is so darn expensive, this stuff was just $2.00, I'm going back to get more colours!
Happy crafting!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Shades required!

Ooh, white, lime green and black and white polka dots, what a colour combo! Stamp Something is looking for fave colour combo this week, and while this may not be my all time fave, I certainly love bright colours. I may not wear them or decorate with them, but it sure is fun to play with the paper version!
This came together really quickly - the sketch is from CPS and the colour combo from the Shoe. I used Rustic Flowers, Playful Flourishes, Thank You and Tickled Pink stamps sets - that's it. It needed something else, so I added the hand drawn border and volia, a simple, cheerful card.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Joy to the world

Saturday morning, just a few minutes to sit and relax before I head out to do groceries and run some errands. My oldest boy's shoes are completely trashed and his toes are falling out, so we're off to WalMart to get some more. I bought those shoes in July, I can't believe I'm buying more already. Aarg. Then I have to rent a carpet cleaner so I can do the carpets and the inside of the van, a sure recipe for a fun weekend! Gotta be done though.
I'm not in love with this card - it didn't turn out quite how I thought it would. Ha, that happens a lot in my world, my artistic vision doesn't always match what I can create! Still, it's a nice card, and I want to use this stamp set (Holiday jingle CTMH) again, it's really nice. All supplies are Close to My Heart except the stocking, I think that's a dollar store sticker. (You may have noticed I shop there a lot, our Buck or Two stores usually carry a selection of Sandylion stuff for cheap!)
Have a good weekend!
(Geez, almost forgot, the sketch is Mojo Monday, and the colour combo is from SP Colour Challenges!)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Finally friday

Whew, it's been a long week, but Friday is here and I'm kicking back at the computer while the kids run wild. Just letting them tank up on sugar so they're ready when DH gets home from his trip, hee hee!
As promised, I managed to made a card last night, then I crashed. So this is what I came up with. I used a sketch from CPS, and a cheery colour combo from the Colour Throwdown. I did have to change the yellow to a darker shade, the pale yellow really didn't go with the patterned paper.
I think the patterned paper is Sandylion, the stickers are from the dollar store and the 'celebrate' is from CTMH Cupcake Sprinkles stamp set.
OK, gotta go, DH just walked in the door, the screaming has begun!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

DT calls and Blog Candy, oh my!

Doing at little blog hopping at lunch today, found some goodies:
Kim over at Memories in Thyme is offering up a great We R Memory Keepers kit - be sure to check it out. I'm already planning what I going to do with it when I win, hee hee!
Next up we have Amy at Amy's Scrapbooking Obsession with a huge Blog candy celebrating 10000 hits. There's a ton of stamps in this blog candy, I'd have to get a new binder if I won...
Ok, out of dreamland, final Candy is from Laurel at Laurel's Place. She's celebrating 200 followers (I can only dream) and is giving away a great prize.
Alright, so now you're drooling over all the great candy, better clean yourself up before you head over to ABC Challenge for their DT call. I've just started playing along with their challenges and they're a ton of fun. I've decided to apply and they're looking for 3 of my favourite cards, so please excuse me while I post these again - I know many of you have seen them before! As for my card making style - probably fairly clean and simple. I never got the hang of the collage thing, and I always struggle with placing embellishments. Less is often more!

Off my lazy butt..

DH is away this week, and the plan was to scrap like crazy. So far, it's Thursday and I've made 1 card1. Last night saw me sacked out on the couch, stuffing my face and watching really trashy TV. (America's Top Model and Toddlers in Tiaras, both of which make me very glad I have little boys!)
This is the card I did finish, it came out pretty cute, although it's very apparent I need a new set of Nesties! Both the labels I have are square - do they make rectangle label shapes? (If you look closely, you can see where I trimmed out the middle!) Anyway, I used a sketch from Unscripted Sketches and a colour combo from SP Colour Combos. Pile it On was looking for a "pop" of colour, which worked great with the rust, black and white. Lastly, ABC was looking for 'D'iecuts - that was easy!
The stamp set is the new Beware set from CTMH. Boo!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Apples for the teacher

Amy over at Scrap or Dare had an interesting challenge this week, to make a tree with leaves that are anything but leaves. I think she was looking for something a little more creative than apples, but I was aiming for a back to school card for the Pink Elephant and thought the 2 would go well. Colours are from Kelly at the Colour Chef, crystal blue, cranberry, cocoa and cream. All supplies are CTMH.
Not feeling too chatty today, just want to pass along my best wishes to my cousin Phil. He was in a motorcycle accident in Spain, he's out of intensive care, but we're still waiting to hear more news. Got my fingers crossed - we're thinking of you Phil!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Where's my scrapiness? Oh wait, I found it!

Well, that was rather a long weekend wasn't it! I couldn't help it, my craftiness got up and left the building last week. I don't know if it was using the same colours 3 times or the stamp set or what, but after 2 sketches and lots of swearing, 3 cards went in the recycle bin and I swore off scrapping for a couple of days!
I'm better now really, I got 6 new CTMH stamp sets to play with and a beautiful last weekend of camping, so here's what I came up with. The sketch is from If the shoe fits, and I kept it real simple. All supplies are CTMH, including the cute new Many Thanks stamp sets. I got a couple of Christmas ones too - just itching to try those!

Then I made this layout - I've been hoarding this Mr.Roboto paper from Cosmo Cricket, and thought the pics of my boys on bikes would go well. The embellishments are out of my stash, including the number '1' - DH brought home a little bag of these clips from a tradeshow and I snagged them!
Anyway, I will try to be more prolific this week - DH is off to Vancouver, so I should have lots of scrappin time, always assuming I manage to dig out from the huge pile of notes the 2 boys bring home from school!
Have a happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Feeling like fall Part 2

Hmm, back to work today after 3 days off. Not sure I got much done, I think my brain is still on vacation! I did manage to make this card last night, we'll see how much energy I have tonight to finish up the last of the red, yellow and orange challenges.
Over at the Shoe, they were looking for all 3 colors, but I didn't want to do a "fall" card. Instead, I went with a sketch from Unscripted Sketches and made a birthday card for Pile It On.
The orange and red paper is Prima, the yellow is My Mind's Eye and the letters are cut with my Cuttlebug. I picked up a Cuttlekids alpha, it was only $15.00, way cheaper than a regular alpha. I forsee myself using it a lot now I've dug it out - like on every page!
The Birthday cake is stamped using the exclusive stamp set that came with the "Everyday celebrations" free kit from CTMH - I'm looking forward to digging into that too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Feeling like fall..

Well, colour wise anyways. It seems every challenge has a variation on red, yellow and orange. Good thing the weather doesn't match! We've had some of the best weather all summer, non stop sunshine all weekend. Now if only it'll hold till next weekend when we're camping!
Today's combo from the Pink Elephant was red, yellow, black and white, and the sketch was from Card Positioning Systems. It turned out really well, thanks in part to the felt trim. I picked it up at a dollar store - pretty nice for a buck huh? It is fuzzy too, although it's hard to see in the picture - 365 cards was looking for felt on a card.
The leaves are cut with a Cuttlebug die from scraps, and I used Playful Flourishes and Say it in Style stamp sets from CTMH.
Oh, and while you're checking out blogs, don't forget Miranda - she's been blogging for a year and she's offering up a sweet CTMH prize.
Happy Labour Day weekend everyone!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

SHAPE UP challenge #4

This weeks challenge is FLOWERS

This is just a little late, sorry everyone! I completely forgot about it Wednesday night, and then Thursday night the mojo was gone and the card I turned out looked like something a 4 year old could make. I will not be sharing that one with you, it's now buried in the recycling bin when it belongs!
So this card is not quite finished, it's actually just the card front. At this point, I haven't figured out how to make it an actual card, but I will! I really like the quilt effect on the black background, and it was easy to do, I just cut all the pieces, stuck them on the back cardstock and then trimmed around the whole thing.
I 've decided Mr.Linky is more trouble than he's worth, so please just link your creations to the comments please. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Pretty in Pink

I realized last night that I didn't need 3 anniversary cards this month, I needed 4. Who knew so many people get married in September?
Since If the Shoe Fits was running a special challenge, Pink, white, Black and Hearts, I thought I could work the two together, and the pink dragon card was born. I originally envisioned this with the dragon lying across the whole bottom of the card, I think it would have had a bit more impact, but this is the size I'd already printed out this Doodle Dragon design. I think he turned out pretty cute, and I really like the black and pink. I think 365 cards was looking for pink too, it's been a while since I played there.
So that leaves me with one more anniversary card to make, and then I have to decide who gets what card! (Not everyone appreciates pink dragons!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Don't look Mum, it's your Anniversary card!

I just have to say I love, love love this card! I don't know if it's the colours, (Colour chef challenge, orange, gold and cream) the sketch, (2 sketches 4 you) the bunnies (Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit) or just the combo, but I love this card! Apparently, I'm going to have a hard time giving this one away, good thing it's going to my Mum, I can always get it back later!
Seriously, I'm starting to amass quite a collection of cards. It's nice to have some cards on hand when I need them, but I don't think I need that many. I may try and take them down to the local gifty shop, they used to sell handmade cards, and a few extra bucks can always buy more stamps! Or I can start saving towards next September, I can't believe how much $$$ I've spent this year since my oldest is in Grade 1!
This card is made from my scrap stash, the clear buttons are CTMH and the sentiment is "say it in style" from CTMH. Ooh, and I think the challenge over at Stamp Something is Animals, at least if I get it in on time!
PS, poor planning on my part, I forgot my own challenge! I'll whip something up tonight and post tomorrow! Now, what kind of theme should it be...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The right kind of orange?

Hey all, happy Wednesday to you. I gotta keep this short as I'm off to sign my oldest up for Beavers. This will be his second year and he loves it. Neither DH or myself is huge into sports, we like Beavers cause it's a good mix of everything, including civic responsibility. Never to young to learn to help out!
I absolutely love todays card, it turned out pretty good. The colour challenge at Raspberry suite was cream, chocolate, kraft and summer sunrise, a goldenrod type colour. I sure hope this orange-y colour is close enough, Dawn was pretty specific about this one! The sketch is from Card Positioning Systems, albeit rather loosely based!
Stamp sets are Grown with Love and Happy Birthday from CTMH, the orange paper is My Minds Eye. (PS - the leaves are really an orange yellow too, they just didn't come out too great in the photo)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Little Stick Guy

Wow, there was some griping going on in yesterdays post, must have been Monday. I'll be more cheerful today, I promise, although I'm super freaked out cause my oldest started Grade 1 today. Real school, all day. My little guy is starting school too, which is freaking me out even more, but he's on a staggered start so I have a little more time to breathe.
Maybe that's what was in my head when I made this card - Amy at Scrap or Dare was looking for stick figures and this little guy sure fit the bill. Funny how everyone was looking for spots this week - Pile It On, If the Shoe Fits and the ABC challenge were all looking for circles or polka dots and Mojo Monday obliged with this nice sketch with a circle on.
The paper is CTMH, jingle and animal cookies and stamp sets are Reach for the stars and Family ties - Children.