Friday, October 30, 2009

The fundamental rule of germs



I think I have swine flu. Blech. My chest is tight and I've got a nasty cough. I don't have a fever yet, but DH assures me it's coming soon. After having kids for 6 years now, I have determined that no amount of hand washing or Lysol will protect me - not when they cough in your face!
I did manage to make a card, thank goodness most of my scrappy stuff is stashed on and under the coffee table, so I can just sit and play. It took me awhile, and I'm not 100% happy with it, but I thought I'd put it up anyway, cause if I get sicker you won't hear from me for a few days.
I used Stardust paper from CTMH and a House Mouse stamp. This is my first House Mouse, and I found it hard to colour - very fine detail. I think I will attempt it again later using lighter colours, that might help. The sketch is Card Patterns and the colours are from Pile it On.
Hope you're all healthy out there, chat later.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two cards - One silly, one serious



I had a very productive night last night, I was on my own so I got lots done once the kids were in bed. I started with a new (to me anyway!) challenge - Clean and Simple Sketches, added in the SPCC colour challenge and topped it off with a Just Us Girls (JUGS, hee hee!) challenge to use 3D flowers. I hope mine are 3D enough, I pop dotted them up to add a little extra oomph. (Oh, and I added the border punch again, sorry!)



After that, I was still feeling crafty so I thought I'd go for round 2. When I saw the sketch from CPS this week, I immediately thought 'spider', which was perfect because Stamp Something and The Cuttlebug Spot were doing a Halloween challenge, and the Pink Elephant wanted black, hardware and distressing. Lesson learned, you really can't distress black cardstock unless it has a white core, had to distress my letters instead! It's a totally goofy card, but the kids are already fighting over who gets to give it to their teacher!

As promised, more candy - Trish at Diamond Doll Crafty Space is offering up some more British candy and Jacilynn is offering up yummy birthday candy, so check them out! Maybe if I have some time tomorrow, I'll hunt for some more candy, you can never have too much!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More penguins



Not sure how many cards with penguins I've posted, but it's more than one. If you haven't figured it out already, I like penguins! I did have a hard time getting a good embossed image with this one from Inkadinkadoo, I may have to play some more.
The blue, white and silver colour scheme at the Shoe just screamed winter, so I paired it with a sketch from Sweet Sunday to make this simple card. The paper is Aspen from CTMH, one of my all time favourites from last year that I haven't used nearly enough!

Had some fun today blog hopping (which I don't get to do nearly enough) and found some yummy candy to share with you. Dawny at Pink Piggy (hee hee, love that!) is offering a great candy, including Martha punches and Penny black stamps, which I love. Enfys at Going Buggy has different candy depending on where in the world you live, which is pretty neat cause you can get some British stuff that's hard to get over here. More candy tomorrow, my computer's wigging out with so many windows open. See you!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pleated ribbon take 2



Wow, two posts in one day, that's almost a record for me. However, I decided to try out a few new challenges to 'challenge' myself and the deadline for Caardvarks is tonight, so here I am. The Caardvarks challenge is for 'tall cards' and this sketch from card Patterns was easy to stretch. To finish up, I used the colours from SPCC, artichoke, celery and rust. Not sure about my shade of green, I think I need to get my hands on a SU catalog so I can match colours easier. Although if I dug around, I'm sure I can find a comparison chart of SU and CTMH colours.
If you remember, I had trouble the last time I tried to pleat ribbon, my tape kept unsticking. I figured if I used brads, there was no way it was moving! I really like the look of this, and I was quite ready to keep the card as is except I needed to stick some green on there somewhere! Definately something I will do again.
Anyway, it's late and I'm tired, and I know DS will be up in the night with this fever, so I'm off to bed. Night!

Seriously Fun Colours



I love bright colours, especially to scrap with. I was feeling kind of bleh last night, so I pulled out the Colour Throwdown challenge to cheer me up. Teal, pomegranate and celery, yeah! To go with, I pulled out this little penguin stamp from Imaginisce, since she seemed pretty summery. The sketch is from the Pink Elephant, cardstock is CTMH and the flowers and brads are from my stash.
Gotta go now, DS is home from school with a fever, and it's quite the job to keep him calm and quiet while the Tylenol's working as it's definately not his usual state. I hope I don't get whatever he's got, this is my last sick day till January! Come on Christmas!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spooky patterns



Scrap or Dare last week (I know, I seem to be perpetually behind there) was to use 5 patterns. On a layout that's not to bad, on a card, it can be pretty busy! I wimped out a bit and went with some double sided We R Memory Keepers paper, it was double sided, so with 2 pieces, I got 4 patterns that all matched. It also worked for the Colour Chef challenge as Kelly Jo was looking for Black, orange, purple and green this week, perfect for Halloween, which just happens to also be the theme at Pile it on this week. I love it when challenges mesh and play nice together!
Sketch is from CPS, and I think the witch is Making Memories, although I'm not sure about that one.
I'm off to try out my new steam cleaner, isn't it sad when you get excited about cleaning products? Sigh, I guess that's how you know you're grown up!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mom, why is there glitter on the floor?



Um, maybe I just got a little over enthusiastic with the glitter last night! It's been awhile since I played, but when I saw the new Christmas colour combo over at SPCC, I immediately thought of my Martha glitter. It's not quite the same, but hopefully close enough. The sketch is from Unscripted Sketches, and luckily enough, both Stamp Something and the Shoe were looking for bling. Ha, I think I've got some of that!
Stamp set is New fallen snow and Holiday Trinkets, both CTMH, robbon is Walmart and glitter is Martha.
Gotta run, DH is alway for the week, which makes Monday night that much more crazy. Enjoy the sparkle!
PS, the "3 panel" scene is not my idea, another very talented CTMH consultant posted it last year and I love it!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

You may have seen this border punch before...



Several times in fact. Can't help it, new toy, just gotta use it some more, although I promise to try and not use it tomorrow! I'm thinking the solution may be to go and buy a few more so I have some more variety, but I'm not sure if DH will go for that!
Besides my current addiction to the border punch, I am also head over heels for this gamsol blending technique. It looks so good, it's hard to tell it was coloured with pencil crayons. And, I don't need a huge investment in Copics, although I'm still highly temped.
Today's sketch is from Unscripted Sketches and the colour combo is from SPCC. The stamp is a Popcorn the Bear image from Joanna Sheen, he's just too cute, I can't believe this is the first time I've used him.
I'm off to do laundry and tidy up, the kids have been playing video store with all the DVD cases and I can't quite see my youngest's bed. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A little bling goes a long way



Simple and elegant huh? Last week's Scrap or Dare was simple and elegant and I hope I've succeeded. I think the bling helped, it added that nice little extra something. The sketch is from CPS and the monochromatic scheme was for the Cuttlebug Spot, except I keep forgetting to emboss anything so I can't submit it!
Everything is CTMH, except the punch. (It's a new Martha border, which I plan to use excessively over the next week or two!) Paper is Emporium, which is always classy and elegant, and I used Boutique Borders and Thank You stamp sets.
Not feeling real chatty today, more tomorrow!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Got Dirt?



Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow canucks and Happy Columbus Day to our next door neighbours. I've been at my MIL's, stuffing myself with turkey and just kicking back and relaxing. I did get to do some scrapping while I was there, but I could only take a few things with me (DH gets crabby when I try and take too much stuff!) so I have a few layouts to finish up. I did manage to finish this one, so I'll post it now.
I usually have a hard time applying a challenge to a layout - I really like to let the photos lead me to colours and layouts. However, Stamp Something's challenge this week was just to use brown, and I thought I could pull that off OK with this layout about my backyard disaster. The paper is Bobunny, and the border punch is a Martha one I just got, I thought it kind of looked like a fence. I cut the arrows out of more Bobunny paper and added a couple stickers and done!
Have a good week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My tape won't stick!



Aagh, I tried this faux pleated ribbon technique on my card, but I ran out of double sided tape part way, and the bits that did have tape keep coming unstuck. This was Amy's challenge this week at Scrap or Dare, and I'm not entirely thrilled with the results. However, I promise to try it again when I have more sticky stuff!
The sketch today is Mojo Monday, the colour are from SPCC (and boy, did I ever have a hard time with this one, CTMH doesn't really have anything resembling peach, the closest I could come was Taffy) It turned out kind of masculine, which is good, as you never know when you're gonna need a card for a guy.
I also pop dotted the star to add dimension for the Pile it on challenge this week. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A happy Giraffe



Hey all. Just warning you up front I have a sinus cold and my head feels like it's full of cotton balls so if something I say doesn't make sense, it's not really my fault.
Quick card tonight, the sketch is from 2 Sketches and the colour combo is from the Colour Chef. There were some interesting combos this week, this one involved pink and orange, which I alway thought didn't go together. Well, apparently they do, and quite nicely too!
The giraffe is a Doodle Dragon digital stamp and I coloured him using pencil crayons and gamsol and I think it turned out pretty good for a first try. (note to self: orange first, then black next time!)
I got the tutorial from Inky Antics, it was pretty easy was to colour in an image.
Anyway, my ears hurt, I gotta go take some more sinus meds, see you tomorrow.

Monday, October 5, 2009



Hey all, happy Monday. Gotta be quick, as Monday's are Beavers night around here, and Warren's getting his blue tail tonight. He thinks it will be boring, even though I explained to him that he wouldn't be sitting around watching people get their tails all night. I'm the one who gets to sit around all night and watch, hee hee!
I made this card last night, I was having a hard time with the colour combos. Over at SPCC they've posted 5 colour challenges to celebrate World Cardmaking day and they're hard! I went with kraft, suede and red, cause I couldn't imagine what I would do with lavender, curry and rust! If I have time I might try one more, that is the whole point of a challenge, isn't it?
The sketch is from CPS, and the ABC challenge is E for embossing, and easy one. I used CTMH cardstock and Annotations stamp set, the ribbon and brad are from my stash.
See you later!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Cardmaking Day!



Hi Everyone, Happy World Cardmaking day! I was lucky and got to crop last week, so I'm not doing anything special. (although I might make a card tonight after the kiddies are in bed!) Busy day, my older son had apple day this morning for Beavers and my little guy has his birthday party this afternoon, so I am off to clean the bathroom.
Anyway, I made this card for the Mojo Monday sketch using the SPCC colours, although I suspect I missed the deadline on that one. I'll just have to get a headstart on next weeks! I used another hedgehog from Penny Black, love these little guys. There is green on the stems, but it's an olive-y green and doesn't show up well.
Anyway, enjoy your cardmaking day, whether you actually get to make a card or not!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back to our regularly scheduled program...




Well, after all the excitement of being a guest designer, it's back to reality. Got a couple of cards I made the other night, I really like how they both turned out.
Card number one uses a sketch from Unscripted sketches and a Christmas Colour Combo from SPCC. I'm loving all these colour challenges, I think they're my favourite kind of challenge. Everything is CTMH except the punches and the stickles. The Pink Elephant challenge this week was a tag, a punched shape and dots. I've got dots and punched snowflakes, but I'm hoping they'll go for my label/tag! I find this kind of 'recipe' challenge hard - I always find it hard to get everything in there!
Card number two uses a sketch from 2 Sketches, and a colour combo from the Colour Chef. I bought these cute Penny Black stamps a while back, so I pulled it out and love it. The hedgehogs are way too cute, although I should not have coloured their feet! Not sure what the patterned paper is, but the cardstock is CTMH and the ribbon is from WalMart.
Phew, good thing it's almost Friday!