Monday, March 30, 2009

Birthday Card for my MIL

I made this card this morning for my MIL. I was playing a bit with texture on the edges of the oval pieces and distressed and inked them. I'm not sure that I like how it turned out...I'll have to give it some time and come back and see, you know?!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

And here's one for Amanda...

This is the Card File that I made for my daughter! See my last post for the details on how to make these. (Paper is from Basic Grey:))

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Magazine Holder, no - Magazine File, no - CARD FILE

I love this idea! I originally saw it on Jen's blog. Jen bought a template from Papertrey that I had on my list to look at, but then I saw another version on Dannie's blog and she linked Rubber Room Stampin' with the instructions. Now, I didn't follow these instructions exactly. There were a few things that weren't totally clear to me (that's probably just a me thing! - and I send a BIG thanks out to Blythe for posting her instructions and all those pictures!!), but I went ahead and I played with it and I made this little magazine holder, but instead of magazines it's for cards! It fits a standard sized cards (5.5" x 4.1/2") perfectly. This one is for my hubby, so he has a better place to put all the cards I make him after he's done displaying them! I think I'm going to go make one for my daughter too - she has a lot of cards to store as well;) ...and then I was thinking I might make a few for my craft area to store cards I'm working on:)

Matching Gift Bag

I made a little matching gift bag to go with the birthday card I made here. It's nothing fancy - just some DP on a brown paper bag, an oval punch for a handle and some ribbon, but I thought I would post it as I've been asked how I make these. I vary the heights depending on the size of what I'm trying to wrap, but in the end, it's just a brown paper bag:)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Great Ideas from Shawna

Last night I went to Shawna's for a stamp night and these are the projects we made! Shawna has the butterfly bigz die and so we played with that a lot! I think the butterflies are absolutely adorable~! I also really liked the idea for a top note pocket card:)

Colour Inspiration #47 and Weekend Sketch Challenge #74

Kristina's colour inspiration this week was really tough for me - I'm just not a brown and orange and yellow kind of girl, you know?! But that is what makes it a challenge. So I combined this week's colour challenge with the weekend sketch challenge (#74) and made this birthday card for my daughter's friend:)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Top note, quilted, basket...

I took inspiration for this little top note basket from this post on Angie's blog. I had just received my free stuff from the workshop I hosted last month and so was able to use the free new DSP and one of my new square punches. Once I made the quilted sheets, I ran them through my Big Shot using the top note die. The actual basket part is taken my making a bagalope out of half of a mid-sized envelope (scored at 1 " on 3 sides). The ribbon at the top was some grosgrain that again was free this month:)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Colour Inspiration

Here's my card for Kwerner's colour inspiration... I made it for a very accomplished young woman whom I was priviledged enough to attend the a violin recital of this week. While others were working away in the concrete jungle on Wednesday afternoon, I was listening to this sparkling beauty play Mozart and Vivaldi delightfully!! So this card is my way of throwing flowers:)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Scallop Envelope Treat Box

I made this one almost exactly like the tutorial I found for a couple of reasons... the main reason though was that Patti had some clever ideas in there and I didn't want to miss a step! The neatest tip that I learned was that when you want to colour a stamp 2 toned, you can stamp the stamp into the ink pad that will be most of the colour and then REMOVE the ink on the words you want to colour differently with your BLENDER pen and then colour them in with either a marker or your blender pen and an ink pad! Isn't that clever? I've never thought of removing the ink with the blender pen...I've tried using a baby wipe (which isn't so good for detailed work)...I've also tried using a piece of tape over the words when I first stamp the image...I've also tried using a marker on the whole image...BUT this is the best way I've tried by far! Use a blender pen!! - ingenious Patti!!

On my next box, I indend to stamp the background of the cardstock first, but other than that, I don't think I'd change much...this little treat box is adorable!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Scallop Envelope Purse

I love learning how to use what I have to make new things. This little purse/basket was made out of 2 scallop envelopes cutout with my big shot. Here's a link to the instructions.

BTW - it's much cuter in person - the pink pirouette floral print on the inside of the envelope flap almost photographs as white and in real life, the colours on this candy cane lane DP are really darling with the ribbon and flowers:)

Flower Card

I'm still not feeling well, but I was bound and determined to make something this morning... I took my inspiration from Kristina's Finally Friday post for this... She had made a flower card using circle punches. I decided to try with my oval punch...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Easter Basket

This is one of the projects we made at my workshop! Isn't Nicole so clever! I've wanted to make one of these but the paper bags I have were too wide for the top notch diecuts, but alas Nicole came up with the best idea... You make a bagalope out of half of a 5 x 7 ish envelope and voila!

On another note - I'm still under the weather... But I did make it through another hectic day at work yesterday - and you would not believe what my sweet husband had for me when I came home!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted - work has been super hectic and I haven't had much time to create. That being said, I did have a workshop last weekend and we made a couple of super cute projects that I'll try to post in the next few days. I'm feeling really uggy today, but am trying to push through and head to work. Hopefully once I have more sleep I'll be able to find more time to craft later this week:)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Club Night

So Wednesday was my club night and this month we covered our chipboard technique books. I like the idea of having a technique book where on each page I display an example of a technique with the instructions on the back. We covered these books much differently than I would have on my own. We kind of wrapped the box like a present. I'm partial to cutting pieces for each of the sections and using some ink direct to paper for corners and edges, but it's always good to try something new!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Kristina's Colour Inspiration #44

Here's my card for this week's colour challenge. It's fairly simple, but I love the ribbon so much that I didn't want to overdo it, you know?!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

A few treats

I used these instructions again to make these treat holders. I like finding new ways to use what I have and this was a new way to use my scallop envelope die:)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Spiral Notebook

A couple more prizes for something I'm doing this week...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Scallop Envelope Treat Holder

This was made with these instructions from Nutz About Stamping. She has a lot of ideas on her blog about using the Big Shot in new ways:)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Another bookmark

Here's another bookmark I made this weekend - it's a prize for something I'm doing later this week... Details and links are found here.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


I loved the bookmarks that people made at the SU Convention, but I didn't have the same chipboard to work with, so I made my own version...

Here's a link to Angie's video on how to make the one from convention.