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Friday, July 31, 2009

Hello Kitty!

Michaels had their cricut cart's on sale this wk, so I ended up buying 2. I posted my card from "Life's A Beach" a couple days ago and this one is from "Hello Kitty". Isn't it adorable?? I fell in love with this particular image right away. I love teddy bears and in fact, when I was a little girl, my grandma gave me one to chase away the bad dreams. She's no longer with us, but my little teddy bear now chases away my little girl's bad dreams and he'll continue on with her kids. So, this little card just has a special place in my heart! Who doesn't love a teddy bear??

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

All Hands On Deck!

This week at Michaels, the Cricut cartridges are on for $50, so hubby gave me money for one and I bought "Life's A Beach". I LOVE it! This is the first card I made with it and I admit, I struggled with the background and then decided to add the eyelets and make into a challenge entry for Cute Card Thursday, Challenge # 70, 'Eye Eye!' I used CTMH prisma glitter on the words to make them pop. Enjoy!

Card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and I cut the first image at 4" (octpus and words) and then layered with the octopus being 2 3/4"

House Mouse Challenge # 48 - Sketch!

Hello! I'm a couple days late on my House Mouse Monday challenge, which is a sketch this week, but I'm on holidays, so not in my craft room as much. Mind you, with all this rain, you think I would be. I actually find I'm having a little creative block right now too, so thank goodness for challenges! I actually wanted to try something a little different with this one and make the card pattern/paper more of a focal point than the image. Let me know what you think!!!

STAMP: House Mouse 'Confetti Rain 02'
PAPER: Life's Delight (CTMH)
INK: Crystal Blue (CTMH)
EMBELLISHMENTS: Ribbon and brads from CTMH
CARD: Pre-embossed 6x6 kit from Michaels

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Play Along Monday" Challenge #2 - Beach Theme!

First off, I want to thank those who participated last week. I hope "Play Along Monday" keeps on growing! I thought since we're halfway through the summer (sad huh?) this would be a fun time to do a project with a BEACH THEME! How fun is that? Here's mine! I colored with lyra's and OMS and then chalked the background and added some glitter!
STAMP: I borrowed from my cousin Nancy, I think it's a Great Impressions..
PAPER: Serendipity (CTMH)

Again, remember to leave a direct link in Mr. Linky to your blog post so we can all come see! No blog, email me and I'll add it for you! Have fun!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Is this little guy adorable or what?? He's so cute and so fun to work with! I entered in a sketch challenge over at The Fresh Batch and I won!! So I got my goodies in the mail last week and this little guy, Carl the Cupcake, was in there. I couldn't wait to play! So, this is my entry for this week's sketch challenge on Our Creative Corner. You can find more of these little cupcakes at Stamps and Smiles. They're all so cute!
STAMPS: Carl The Cupcake (Stamps and Smiles) and Stem Sayings (Stampin' Up!)
PAPER: Daydream (CTMH)
EMBELLISHMENTS: Glitter (Martha Stewart), Daydream Stickease (CTMH), Paisley Embossing folder

Friday, July 24, 2009

House Mouse Challenge # 47 - White on White!

This week's challenge over on House Mouse Monday is to make a project using white on white! You color your house mouse image but EVERYTHING else is to be white!! I had alot of fun with this one. I also colored the popcorn yellow and then added the fun flock to make it 'fluffy'. This is for my girlfriend who has a birthday coming up on the 31rst.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ashleigh and Bella - SASSC25

Good (rainy) morning!! I've decided to try and get back into a bit of scrapbooking. I went to The Fresh Batch this morning and followed their sketch for this week and made a 12x12 layout of Ashleigh and her new cousin, Isabella (aka Bella Bunny). I used my distressing tools to design the paper behind the photo, just a little personal touch. Each Thursday morning, you'll find a new challenge over at The Fresh Batch and you can enter whenever you wish, but if you'd like to be entered in for the goodie bag, you have to have your entry in by Wednesday evening and Thursday will bring the new challenge AND the winner of the previous week! Have fun!

STAMP: none
PAPER: Stamping Bella
EMBELLISHMENTS: ribbon (stamping bella), felt flowers (miko toy warehouse)


This is Maisy KETTO. Another card from Nicky's class. Again, colored with lyra's and OMS (odourless mineral spirits). I really liked the layout with this one. Very cute and creative! Don't forget, you can find these cute images at Stamping Bella! Click 'stamps' and then scroll down to 'KETTO' and you'll find them there! Be sure to chk out all the stamps etc!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to "Play Along" with Monday's challenge! Each Monday a new challenge will be posted! Have fun!

Just A Note - 2 Challenges!

Good morning! Looks like we may finally be getting our summer here in Ontario. Apparently everyone else has been getting the really hot weather! This is my entry for this week's Stamping Bella sketch Challenge and this week's Our Creative Corner "Triple Play" challenge. We had to choose 3 embellishments out of 6 choices. I chose ribbon, brads and bling! I also paper pieced "Billboardabella" (outfit), one of my favourite techniques!
STAMP: Billboardabella (Stamping Bella) *comes with sentiments*
PAPER: Stamping Bella
EMBELLISHMENTS: All CTMH (ribbon, brads and bling)


Another card we did in one of Nicky's classes at Stamping Bella. This one is using "Felix KETTO With A Flower" Again, we did the ribbon technique on this one as well.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Birthday

This is a card I did down at Stamping Bella, with Nicky. This is one of the many KETTO images. You can find more of Nicky's creations here. We colored this one with lyra's and OMS, and the tip Nicky shared with us for this card is the bow. If you look closely, the 'ribbon' on the card is actually a thin pc of CS and then you make your actual bow with ribbon. Saves ribbon AND money and looks great! Thanks, Nicky!

Monday, July 20, 2009

"Play Along Monday" Challenge #1 - Christmas In July!

Welcome to "Play Along Monday's"!! I've been running this challenge over on our scrapbook club blog and I've decided to run it here instead. So we're going to start fresh and new. Each Monday will be a new challenge and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!! I've been so inspired by the challenges I participate in and I hope to pass that inspiration on through my blog now as well.

So, let's get this week started!! This Monday's challenge is....CHRISTMAS IN JULY! Who doesn't love Christmas? I'm really looking fwd to seeing everyone's creativity. All you have to do is put a DIRECT link in Mr. Linky to your blog post (to do this, once you've posted your creation, click on it's title and a new page will come up with JUST your creation, copy/paste the address into Mr Linky and you're done!) and then leave a comment here as well. Just in case Mr. Linky goes for a walk! Then I can still see who played. If you don't have a blog, no problem! Send me an email and I'll add it on for you! Thanks for playing "Play Along Monday's"!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Be Yourself...Everyone Else Is Taken

Have you ever been really impressed with a card you've done? You come out surprising even yourself? That's what happened with this one. I came across another challenge blog, Stampin' For The Weekend, and this weekend's challenge is "Rock n Roll 70's" You had to choose from 1 of 3 song TITLES for your inspiration and I chose "Three Times A Lady" by the Commodores. When I first got this stamp set from CTMH, I wasn't sure if I would like it, being that it's solid. But I love it! This is my first time doing the image in color though and I really like it!! Let me know what you think! I did the inside as well.

STAMP: CTMH "Be Yourself"
PAPER: Stamping Bella
PATTERN IDEA: CTMH "Wishes" Card Book

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Simon Says - Summer Fruits!

The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp this week is SUMMER FRUITS or SUMMER FRUIT COLORS! This is my first time coloring this apple basket and I really had fun with it! I am really happy with how it turned out. I embossed the card with "Swiss Dots" and then I colored with my lyra's and OMS and added some glitter to the handle and the apples as well. Just a touch adds a lot! This is also my first time using my (very first set!) nestabilities and I am IN LOVE! More to add to my ever growing stamping addiction! I sponged around the image with CTMH "Crystal Blue" ink. Thank you to my friend, Christine, for letting me stamp this image!


Tilda With Flowers - High Hopes Stamps Challenge # 39

Good morning!! I thought this little Tilda might bring some sunshine here in Ontario. We are still waiting for our summer temps! I did this for the High Hopes Stamps Challenge #39, "Upsy Daisy" and we had to include daisy's on our card and if we don't have any, we could use any white flower. So I went with my white embroidered flowers from CTMH. I colored her with lyra's and OMS and added some CTMH "Crystal Blue" ink around my image. There's also some glitter on her flowers, but I don't think you can see it well. The paper is CTMH "Tickled Pink", which is NLA as it was a campaign. I really hope they come out with a paper pack in the fall catty! Thank you to my friend, Christine, for letting me stamp this image.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #66

I had a few minutes today to do my card for Danni's Flutter By Wednesday challenge. This week was Cathy's turn to come with the challenge and she decided we had to use a butterfly and/or fairy and use brown and pink. This was one of those cards that just 'comes together' and you have no idea what you're going to do or how it's going to turn out. All in all, I'm quite happy with it!

STAMP: CTMH April SOTM "Butterfly Wings"
PAPER: CTMH "That's Amore"
INK: CTMH "Chocolate" and "Hollyhock"
EMBELLISHMENTS: Miko Toy Warehouse (flower sticker), Martha Steward "Valentine's Lace" Edge punch, CTMH prisma glitter
CUTTLEBUG: Swiss Dots and Paisley embossing folders

Stamping Bella AND OCC Challenge!

Good morning! Well, we're halfway through the week already, which means new challenge entries! This entry is actually for 2 different challenges. The sketch challenge is from this week's Stamping Bella challenge and you can find it here. If you'd like to play, you have till 5pm EST Thursday, July 16th to enter and all you have to do is email your entry to Emily. Over at Our Creative Corner, this week's challenge is 'Pet Parade'! So I was able to incorporate both challenges into one card and I'm glad because I don't know about you, but it's awfully busy in the summer months. I wanted to add a little texture to my card, so I did both the dogs in Fun Flock.
Thank you to Nancy and Hannah for letting me stamp these cute little dogs! They actually stamp together, but I cut them to separate them.
STAMP: Stamping Bella (sorry, I can't remember the name!)
PAPER: Stamping Bella

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

With Love...Simon Says Stamp Challenge

I put this card together for a new blog challenge I found on Simon Says Stamp. For this week's challenge, we had to do paper piecing. I also added a little something for the inside of my card this time too!
STAMP: Stamping Bella "eloise greengrass"
PAPER: CTMH "Tickled Pink"
COLORED WITH: Prisma chalks


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Winner TBA July 21st @ 9pm!

Monday, July 13, 2009

House Mouse Challenge # 46 - No Coloring

Hello! Hope everyone had a fantastic wknd!! It was nice here in Ontario, but still not the summer warmth that we're used to. We're still below normal temps, but I'll take it since it isn't snow!!!
This card is actually for 2 different challenges:
  1. House Mouse Monday Challenge # 46 - No Coloring
  2. Keswick Scrapbooker's Club "Play Along" Monday Challenge - Use your scraps!

I used a House Mouse stamp called "Tails of True Love" and the paper is CTMH "Silhouette" and I used CTMH "White Daisy" ink for the stamp. Enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Love Is Like A Butterfly...SASSC23

This is my entry for this week's challenge over at Stamps and Smiles "The Fresh Batch". There's no time limit on these entries and you can use any stamp(s) you wish! A new sketch challenge is posted every Thursday. I actually decided to finish the inside on this one and really happy with it. I used gold embossing for the butterflies and the paper is from different places. Edge Scallop and Circle Scallop are both Stampin' Up! punches. Hope you like it!
STAMPS: CTMH April SOTM "Butterfly Wings"

Scrapbook and Cards Today, Friday Giveaway!

Be sure to check out Scrapbook and Cards Today blog for a FANTASTIC Friday Giveaway! Here's a hint...Emily from Stamping Bella is involved!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

You Make My Heart Flutter

This is my entry for Danni's Flutter By Wednesday Challenge # 65. We had to use a butterfly and/or fairy plus ribbon, buttons and bows! I embossed my butterfly with 'Red Dragon' embossing powder and then chalked with CTMH 'Summer Chalks' around and inside the image, cut it out and popped it off the top. The circle template is from CTMH new card book called Wishes.
STAMP: CTMH Butterfly Wings
PAPER: sorry, not sure where I got it!
EMBELLISHMENTS: All CTMH - rickrack ribbon, brads and buttons

When Life Deal's You Lemons...Stamping Bella Challenge

I LOVE this little sentiment. I've used it in 2 challenges recently, this being the second. This week's challenge at Bloggabella is another sketch challenge! Awhile back, I went down to Stamping Bella and bought a grab bag of stamps and in it was this lemonade pitcher and sentiment. I used the pitcher and matching sentiment for this week's challenge. I had some lemon paper left, so used that up as well. Added liquid glass to the pitcher for dimension and a little glitter, but I don't think you can see it very well. It looks good in person! Colored with lyra's and OMS.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #45 - Seasons

This week over at the House Mouse Monday Challenge Blog, the challenge for this week is 'Seasons'. You could choose any season you like, so I chose Christmas. I have my first Christmas card for '09 done! I colored my little mice with lyra's and OMS and chalked the background with a light green. You can't really see it, but I added glitter on the tips of their ears as well as the mistletoe.

Some more pics from Palmer Rapid's

Couple more pics, you can see the rapids better in these ones. The guy in the back of the kayak used to work with Keith and Thomas, Andrew's best friend, is in the front. The one of Thomas jumping, he's body surfing the rapids...the last one is a turkey vulture.

Palmer Rapid's Wknd Vacation Pics

This past wknd, we went to a beautiful place called Palmer Rapid's for the wknd. Unfortunately, weather wasn't so great, but we're having weird July weather everywhere! Still waiting for that summer weather to come! We camped on the ridge of the rapids, so you could hear them all the time. The kids fished, rode their bikes and Ashleigh and Andrew's friend Thomas got a kayak lesson and learned to body surf. They were half frozen, but they braved the elements! Andrew's not a boat person, so he stayed with me on shore or rode his bike while Thomas kayaked. Here's a few of my 200 pics...I'll have to get them printed and on layouts!! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

When Life Deal's You Lemons...OCC Sketch Challenge

This is my first time entering Our Creative Corner's OCC Challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge. I turned mine around to accomodate the stamp I wanted to use. I thought it was so cute! The sentiment is from Stamping Bella and of course, the mice are House Mouse!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

I WON! And a NEW Challenge! (SASSC22)

I am SO excited! I came across a blog called Stamps and Smiles and they have a challenge blog called 'The Fresh Batch' and I've entered the last 2 challenges. I absolutely LOVE their stamps! Absolutely adorable! Well, I went on this morning to see the new sketch and OMGoodness!! I WON last week's challenge!! I am SOOOO excited! I can't wait to get my Stamps and Smiles goodie bag!
So, here's this week's entry! Isn't he just 'duckie'?? I stamped my own design on the background paper and chalked around the duck to make it look more like water. I also decided last minute to put white fun flock on my little duck, and you can see a little of the yellow through it (I colored it first) and it gives it a nice textured look. Hope you like it!


Let's Hang Out! Stamping Bella Challenge ~ July 2

This is my entry for this week's Bella challenge. You can enter till 5pm tonight! If your card is chosen, you win $20 Bella Bucks! You can also win $10 Bella Bucks just for leaving a comment once the entry's are all posted tmw! Sound like fun? Click here to see the sketch! Once you're done, email your entry to Emily at Stamping Bella! Good luck!

For my card I chose to use 'solly TUDE' which is a new release and she's a cutie. The paper is also from Stamping Bella as well as the charm. I used paper piecing in this one on her outfit and the balloons and then added liquid glass to the balloons to make them pop! Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Canada Day! Enjoy your day, wherever it may be! Hopefully the rain holds off for all the fireworks displays tonight.