Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home Organization

Stampin' Up came out with some designer file folders and gusseted envelopes this fall that caught my eye, but $14.50 for 12 file folders did not catch my pocketbook, if you know what I mean;) Still, I found myself looking at pages 116 & 117 of the idea book more than any of the others...the 'organization collection' -- and while I decided against ordering the file folders and envelopes mentioned, I simply HAD to HAVE the 'Favorite Things' stamp set (loved the journaling stamp and loved that there was a stamps where you could check of whether something was ' day..or..NEVER - something in me LOVES that *NEVER* is an option - we'll just call that the administrative rebel inside me;) Well all that to say, that I took inspiration from those favoured pages of mine in this fall's idea book to create my own organization solution for incoming bills, filing to be done, medical receipts to be submitted etc and this is the result.

The file folders I used and embellished further came from Michael's ($1.50 a pack - and they have a French flare:) I housed them in a basket also from Michael's ($8 - on 50% off - and I think it coordinates well!) I also altered a folder into a notepad holder for the notes I made when I'm paying bills, etc. I used the 'Favorite Things' stampset throughout - and you'll notice that I altered one of the stamps because to me it's NOT 'all in the details';) This was simple and fun to put together and I'm sure I'll add to it or adapt it further as time goes on. Already it's been an improvement on my previous organization system:)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pillow Box Bucket

I made this using last week's Splitcoast Tutorial. It is made out of 3 pillow box dies! I love finding a new use for something I already have - you know! Lynn from The Queen's Scene came up with the idea! Thanks so much, Lynn!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Altered File Folder/Notepad Holder

I've see several of these notepad holders on the blogs I visit, so I had to try my hand at one. Most people have been using SU's new modern file folders which I haven't ordered. I made this one from a Mary Engelbreit folder. It fits a 5 x 8" pad inside and has pockets to hold stuff:) I got the file folder that I used in a pack at Michael's quite a while ago. Here's a tutorial for making these:)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sketch Book

This is the sketchbook I made with Kristina's MACM a couple of weeks ago. I'll probably play with it a bit more yet, but I love having a place to sketch my cards out. The DSP, border and journaling tag are all from Basic Grey...I believe it was called 'bittersweet'.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


I made this diorama at club too - the windows were created with the 1 3/8" circle punch and the 1 1 /4" circle punch.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Last week I went to the first stamping club of the season - which was a good chance to "play" with new things. Here is one of the cards we made... Thanks again, Nicole!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Good Works

This card was intended to have a tissue flower on it...a tissue flower that didn't work out...oh well, I like the colours;)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


This is a recent thank you card I made for a friend who loaned me a bag of goodies to help me brush up on my French. Tres bonbon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pumpkin Basket

I saw the idea for this adorable little pumpkin basket on Becky's blog, but I didn't have the punch she used, so I thought, what do I have that might work?... and I have a large (but not huge oval punch) - so I punched 7 of these for each pumpkin (one on each side of the basket) and voila! (If you have the really big/wide oval punch, then you only need 5 ovals:) It's pretty stinkin' cute - even if I do say so myself;) I dtp'd the edges with red ink to give a bit of a shaded effect. Paper was last season's tangerine tango from SU and the handle is attached with brads.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quote for Today

On the weekend, we caught 'Akeelah and the Bee', a movie we had wanted to see and had never gotten around to. We just happened upon it flipping channels after our housework. There was a lot of good food for thought in it, and this is the quote that Akeelah's coach had her read as they started working together. I think it struck a chord with all of us, so I thought I'd make a place for it to rest upon our shelves so we could think about it some more...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

The frame is an 8x8 wooden frame that I got at Michaels for all of $1.50. Most of the dsp I used is from Webster's Pages (Your Life. Beautiful.) I also used the Baroque Motifs stampset from SU, Chestnut Colorblok Chalk, some Ridinghood Red CS, etc.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Home + Happiness

This is the card I made for our new neighbours. I took inspiration for the colours by the row of houses ribbon I had on my shelf from American Crafts. I was going to bake muffins for them this morning as well, but found my canister was low on sugar - so maybe later...

I have mixed feelings about the new neighbours.. On the one hand the family that moved in seems super nice, but on the other hand they have a tenant in the basement that caused a raucous on Friday night and then this morning was parked so close to our shrubs, I'm not sure how they got out of the car and I am sure that they stepped through them. Forgiveness...I keep telling myself - forgiveness. I haven't even met this person, but how do I ask them to show respect for us respectfully?!

Anyway, I better go get some sugar...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Wiper Card

We made these at the lake last weekend too! There was also a recent tutorial on Splitcoast on this.

Shawna's mum crocheted the big snowflake - isn't it daring?!!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Snowman Card

The new to me techniques on this card were the 'sweet center' part in his belly and stamping with shimmer paint (the camera might not have picked up on this one very well - it's very subtle). The snowman was coloured using an aqua painter and stamp pads (I usually use a blender pen).

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Recipe Box

I went to Shawna's stamp camp this past weekend, so the next few projects were all done at camp. I tried to do a new technique (for me) in most of the projects. It was a beautiful day to be at the lake and I have missed crafting with Shawna as I wasn't in her club this year.

The new technique on this project was the colouring of the flower (using markers and pulling the colour down the petals with an aqua painter).