Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lilies and snowmen?



Well, the lawn didn't get cut, but I did deadhead and weed my flowerbeds, so I got something done. I tend to dump all the clippings on the lawn and then mow over them, so now I have to mow, ugh. I added some pictures of my lilies, aren't they pretty? The Stargazers are just coming out, they're my favourite.
Here I am blabbing about lilies and then posting a Christmas Card, hee hee! The Cuttlebug Spot challenge this week was a Christmas card, and the colours at Raspberry Suite were moss, white, red and pink, so it worked out great. Until I finished the card and realized I hadn't embossed anything which is kind of a requirement for the Cuttlebug Spot. Ah well, I still managed to cram in a few more challenges, Pile it on for watercolours, Pink Elephant for the sketch and one from 365 cards to use a homaphone. I went with yule/you'll, but kinda stretched it to "you all".
I used Evensong paper and Tiny Typewriter stamps set from CTMH, brads from my stash, and
an image from Doodledragon designs.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Reach for the Stars



Finally, some sunshine here in Ontario. It was a beautiful day, too bad I had to work! I do have to make this quick, I have to go and mow the lawn before it starts to rain again, my weeds are looking lush and green!
Speaking of green, check out the planets on this card! Amy over at Scrap or Dare had a bright colour combo of red, blue, bright green, bright purple and yellow, and it went perfectly with this weeks sketch from Card Positioning Systems. I had fun making the planets, I used Nesties to make the circles, then embossed them. (There's a wonderful CTMH sister out there who made a planet with embossed circles, I loved it so much I stole it!)
All the paper is CTMH except the purple, and the stamp set is Reach for the Stars.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A hard sketch



Whew, what a day. I spent far to long on the phone with Ontario Parks, trying to find a site for this long weekend. You have to call the reservation number to make the booking, but you have to call the park for info about the sites, and I found myself in a vicious circle, going back and forth between the two and going nowhere. Did manage to book a site for September, but I think we may be hooped for this weekend.
Just a hard day all around, cause I found this sketch from 365 cards and it was not easy. I originally had a rainbow of small buttons and ended up ripping them off cause they didn't look right. On to the old fall back, flowers. Thank goodness for flowers, they cover everything and they always look nice!
The colour scheme is celery, brown and plum from the Colour Throwdown.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Candy Cane Bear



So I just found the Doodle Dragon website, and I am so hooked. I've always loved dragons, and they've got lots. There's also a whole cast of other cute creatures like this bear. I splurged and picked up a whole bunch of digital images, but I don't have a printer at home. (I know, I know, I run two home business', I should have a printer, but I've managed to muddle along without one so far!) Luckily, I downloaded this freebie image and printed it at work, hence the Christmas card!
The sketch is from Card Positioning Systems, but I missed the deadline on that one. I also used Confidential stamp set from CTMH, and added some ribbon from my stash for a bit of colour.
Expect to see many more cards featuring these little guys, I hope you like them as much as I do!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A very long evening



This may be a record for the longest it's ever taken me to make a card. Remember yesterday, when I was rambling on about simple, quick cards? Yeah, well this is not it!
I started with a pink, yellow and white colour scheme from the Colour Chef and a cute sketch from Mojo Monday that made me want to try and weave ribbon for the background. One hour later, with much cursing and swearing, I tossed the whole thing out and started over. This time, I stamped the background with the Boutique borders stamp set from CTMH (I got the idea of making "wallpaper" with this set from another CTMH consultant, and just love it) and added just a strip of ribbon. Once I added the circle piece with the sheep, (Inkadinkadoo) I thought it needed a little extra oomph, so I used some stick on gems.
After all that, (2+ hours, the entire run of So You Think You Can Dance) this turned out to be one of the best cards I've made in a while! Funny how things turn out, huh?
PS, I think I can sneak this in at the Pink Elephant too, I've been wanting to try one of their challenges, and this week's is animals.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Simple is best



I've been on a "simple" kick lately, working right off the card base and not doing a whole bunch of embellishing. (Either that, or I have to admit I'm lazy and I don't want to spend hours on one card!) I've seen some really elegant, minimalist cards and that is what I was aiming for here, and I think I got it with this one.
I used Nesties Labels 4 to make the frame, the I used a serendipity technique I got from the Cuttlebug Spot to make the hearts. First, I ripped up some pieces of Evensong paper and red cardstock from CTMH, then I glued it down randomly. Next, I ran the whole thing through my cuttlebug with the Divine Swirls folder and finally punched it into hearts. I made the fourth heart with eyelets (I haven't used them in ages, since I've started doing all these challenges I'm really digging into the old supplies) and stamped Adore at the bottom of the card. It took me less than 1/2 hour, which for me is a record!
Of course, having a nice sketch from Unscripted Sketches helped, and the red, black and cream colours came from If the Shoe Fits, Scrap it. Darn it, I just went to If the Shoe Fits, and it's supposed to be red, brown and cream. I hope they'll accept it anyway!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A bunch of animals?



Ok, the challenge over at Paper Blooms was to have an animal as a focal point. So I figured my son's class should count as a whole zoo, it sure seems that way some days! Over at Pile it On, the challenge this week was Mostly Orange, hopefully I have enough orange on this layout to count.
The paper is Prima, the animal stickers are Little Yellow Bicycle and the journalling spot is Making Memories.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 20, 2009

You're tweet!



Blah, it's Monday. Sorry, just feeling a little sorry for myself, I've had lots of time off lately and this is the first whole week I've had to work in a while! Counting down the seconds till the next round of vacation!
To keep my spirits up, I scraplifted this cute bird from Nellie's blog. It was easy to make, just one large circle trimmed, with a smaller circle for the wing, and a heart for the tail. The colours are from Dawn McVey's challenge, moss, cream, bright pink and red. I added a little yellow in, I needed a beak for my bird, and it seemed to go with the sketch from 365 Cards.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

DT call

Christine over at Practical Scrappers is looking for a design team. It's a brand new blog, and she wants to focus on using all the supplies and tools we scrappers have acquired (and if you're like me, you have quite a pile!). Check it out!

A gloomy Saturday



Woke up to a rainy Saturday, yet again. It feels like it's been raining for the whole month of July here, and I'm feeling a little mossy! Oh well, I'm getting lots of scrapping done, what else am I gonna do when it's pouring, housework? (NOT!)
Pile It On had a sketch this week, so I used that along with a colour challenge from the Colour Throwdown (lavender, green and saffron). I've also been poking around 365 Cards, they have a new challenge every day. Kudos to those ladies there who manage to complete all 7 challenges!
Day 139's challenge was to use paper piercing, something I haven't done in a while. Pretty, but understated, next time I might put a contrasting colour behind the holes to help them stand out.
Anyway, gotta go drag my kids inside, it's raining again! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A furry visitor



You may have noticed the raccoon photos earlier on my blog, well I found the perfect embellishments to go with them! K & Company has a line called Actopus to Zelephant, and they had the cutest little die cut raccoons. I bought the whole paper pack too, but I think I'm going to save that for an album.
Along with the die cuts, I used the We R Memory Keepers white out paper, i thought it looked very "foresty". It was a pain to cut out the branches, but they turned out great. (I believe I saw that on Laurel's blog and snagged the idea.) Nice and simple, which seems to be my mantra lately!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

Congrats Val, come on down! Send me an e-mail and I'll arrange to get you your prize right away! Thanks to my own version of Random.org, my 6 year old son Warren who made the grand drawing. (I'm too lazy to figure out yet another computer program!)

Fun with balloons



Do you find that when you pull out a stamp set you haven't used in a while, you want to keep using it? I did this birthday layout last night and liked the balloons so much I made a card with them! The layout is an adaptation of a sketch from Scrapbooks Etc magazine, but the colour scheme (aqua, granny smith green & kraft) is from If the shoe fits, scrap it. I didn't really have any kraft, I hope this is close enough. I'm noticing a lot of teal, aqua and turquoise in challenges lately, must be a summer thing!
I used Good Times and Atomic lower stamp sets, CTMH, the green paper is SEI, the tan is Stampin' Up and the aqua is Fancy Pants.



Since I was having so much fun with the balloons, I used them again on this card. I used the Unscripted Sketches layout again and the deep red, pumpkin, saffron, celery, blue and white colour scheme from Kwerner. I used Happy Birthday, Good Times and True Happiness stamp sets from CTMH and October Afternoon's Nightlife stamp set. Super simple card, but fun for a little person!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Purple and Grey



Ooh, I like this! Having two boys means I almost never scrap with pink and purple, and it's fun. I may have to go out and buy some more paper so I can do more challenges, hee hee!
Today's sketch is the 2 sketches 4 you bonus, and the colour scheme is grape and grey from Scrap or Dare. A very simple sketch, but with so many possibilities. I went with an elegant card, something pretty with swirls and hearts, not sure who's gonna get it, maybe the contractor when they finally install my new septic bed!
I used Playful Flourishes and Love Language stamp sets CTMH, the grey paper is SEI and the purple patterned paper is Creative imaginations.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Last Day for Blog candy!


Wow, my blog is almost a month old. I'm pretty happy with the way things are going, and I'm super grateful to everyone who took the time to leave comments and join me as followers. To kick it up a bit though, I thought I'd celebrate my blog with some blog candy!
Leave me a comment here between July 1st and the 15th to be entered to win some goodies, including a mini-album and stamp set! Don't forget to check back on the 16th of July to see who won!
(I'm keeping this post at the top, so don't forget to scroll down to see what's new)

A card and a layout



So, took the kids to Storyland today and forgot my camera. What kind of scrapbooker am I? Now we have to go back so I can take pictures, even though it's kind of a cheesy place. Oh well, the kids had a great time, even if I have no proof.
I did get this layout of our last camping trip done last night, then I made a quick, super simple card to go with it from Unscripted Sketches sketch 14. All CTMH, I used Let's get together paper pack for both, Rustic flowers stamp set for the card and Beary Best and Atomic caps for the layout. I also used the die cut felt for the layout, they need to make these in more colours!

Monday, July 13, 2009

A fun fishy card



Well, I've scrubbed off all the dirt and bug repellent, (and boy did we ever need that!) tossed all the dirty clothes in the laundry room, and am studiously ignoring all the rest of the housework that gets ignored when you go away for the weekend. The boys are helping my scrap time immensely by playing outside - they watched the garbage truck go by, and have been playing "garbage truck" with the van and the empty bins since.
I used sketch 124 from Card Positioning Systems, Colour Chef combo 14 (orange, turquoise and brown) and a challenge from 365 cards to make a clear window. After searching through my entire stash for a transparency, I finally gave in and stole a piece of backing from my kids stickers. And since the stickers were so cute, I added them too! Both the orange and blue papers are from a Walmart pack, and I used Beary Best, Free Spirit and Shing Star stamp sets. (CTMH)
I also used CTMH Liquid Glass to make the "bubbles".



These are my kids with Smoky the Bear at Bon Echo Provincial Park, where we camped for the weekend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You


2 sketches 4 you has (duh!) two sketches every week - I went with their main sketch, which was a little difficult looking. Turned out not to be so bad, the biggest problem was matching the ink colour on my bird to the blue paper under the circles. Not quite, but close enough! The colours are red, teal and kiwi green from the Colour Throwdown. Love this combo, super pretty.
Cardstock is Bazill, chipboard circles are CTMH, and I used Code It and Love Language stamps sets, CTMH. Oh, and lots of Stickles, too!
Anyway, gotta go camp, see you Monday!

Triple Challenge


Wow, busy morning, gotta make this quick. We're packing the trailer as I speak, and as soon as I've finished these posts, we're heading out camping for the weekend. This will be the first real trip we've done with the trailer, I sure hope I've packed everything we need!
Did this card for Mojo Monday sketch 94, Scrap or Dare 10 (pick 2 colours from a list of 7, I went with blue and orange, obviously) and threw in Pile it On for fun. (3 embellishments, in my case: ribbon, buttons and a tag). All scraps and embellishments from my stash.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Unscripted Sketches #13

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Another bunch of pictures I just couldn't wait to scrap. This is my youngest one, "helping" me in the garden. Everytime he watered a plant, he said "here you go", it was so cute I had to run and get my camera.
The sketch is from Unscripted Sketches, as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a layout with it and not a card. The paper and rub-ons are SEI, perfect for a spring page. I used Childhood, Tiny Typewriter (soo useful, that set) and Frame of Mind stamp sets, all CTMH.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

CPS 123


Back at it last night, DH is amazed by my productivity. Well actually, he's grumpy cause of the ever expanding pile of scrap stuff on the coffee table. Hah, if I wasn't scrapping, I'd be sitting on my butt on the same couch, so what's the difference?
Anyway, made this card for the Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 11 and Card Positioning Systems sketch 123. I went off the sketch a bit, but I got 4 (four!) new sets of Nesties, and I had to try them. Love this card, super simple and fun.
This card is all scraps, I think the grey paper might be old SEI, but not 100%.

The layout is one I had to do as soon as I got the pictures. My little guy's face is such a mess, I couldn't help but think of Scarface. Paper is Basic Grey, plus assorted embellishments from my stash.
Almost forgot to add that this is not my layout, I lifted the sketch from a CK magazine.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A very busy weekend

Whew, it's nice to be home. We drove to Toronto, dropped off the kids with the SIL, flew to Halifax, had a great time, flew home, drove to Guelph to pick up the dog, (long story short, SIL's house is on the market, she took our dog to a mutual friends) drove back and picked up the kids, then drove home to Ottawa. Needless to say, I have nothing new for you!

Just for fun, I dug around in the archives and found this cute layout I did about my dog from July 2005 - DH knows me well, he saved the porcupine quills for me!


This is a view up towards the Town Clock in Halifax - you can tell how foggy it was all weekend. The other picture is me in front of the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove - it was pretty foggy there too.
I spent some time working on the East Coast, and I love to go back whenever I can. If you've never been, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Christmas in July


While blog surfing, I found this site by Sparkle, she posts a weekly Christmas Card challenge, so I thought it might be fun to play along. But I still hadn't used the Scrap or dare combo of black, white and Buttercup, so I decided to Frankenstein the two.
Not sure I like it - but maybe I just can't get my head around a Christmas card that isn't green and red. Maybe my mood is matching the weather outside, and I'm just all around glum, who knows. I do love the Heartfelt whimsy diecuts, they're so easy to use and add a nice touch.
Everything is CTMH except the red stickles and ribbon, I used Festive frills and Wonderful Season stamp sets, and I embossed the sentiment.
Anyway, I'm off to pack for a weekend in Halifax, hopefully I'll be back to post something new on Monday. (we're flying stand by, you never know)

Mojo Monday 93


I did this card for Mojo Monday #93, Colour Throwdown (Chocolate, coral and pale blue) and Pile It On. This card is all CTMH except for the buttons, I used Key to My Heart paper, Confidential, happy Birthday and birthday Bash stamp sets.
I noticed this looks really similar style wise to my Christmas card when I was photographing them, I think I'm in a bit of a rut. I need some inspiration, I'm gonna go cruise some blogs and snag some ideas!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day and a baby card


It's really weird when a holiday falls on a weekday - it's Wednesday morning, and I'm sitting here in my PJ's playing on the computer. Weird but good.
This is the second card I made last night, also from scraps. I have no idea why I made a baby card, I think the kraft, pale pink and teal from the Colour Throwdown inspired it. The sketch is from Card Positioning Systems.
I used Tiny Typewriter and Childhood stamp sets, both CTMH

Red, white and blue


You know, I don't think I've ever scrapped red, white and blue before, (maybe cause I'm a crazy Canuck) but that's what the Colour Chef called for this week, and I think it turned out ok. I'm also going to be bad and submit to 2 sketch sites, both 2 Sketches 4 You and Unscripted Sketches had very similar sketches, so I'm going to try it and see what happens.
I hit the box of scraps last night, so I have no idea what papers these are, but I used Happy Birthday and Cupcake Sprinkles stamp sets.