Monday, August 30, 2010

Aahhhh Retirement!

A colleague in Ottawa has recently retired, and I wanted to send her something that would demonstrate that retirement is perhaps not the dream world we all hope it is --- at least I hope it is.  Plus it gave me a chance to use this cute little Whipper Snapper stamp.  I bought a few because I just love them and now have to look for opportunities to use them!  I hope Diane likes it though because I think it's pretty cute!
Materials:  Stamp:  Whipper Snapper; Sentiment: SU: DP - Me & My Big Ideas; Colour by Copic; Flowers by ?? from the Dollar Store!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Well, since it appears that nobody is visiting my blog lately, I'm going to consider these - notes to self - and a record of my work in case I have to duplicate anything I won't have to think again.  This stamp is part of the Kraftin' Kimmie's fairy tale characters - as the title says - Cinderella.  My friend Susan called the other day asking for a birthday card for her cousin and although this doesn't scream birthday - it does suggest "princess" which will likely do as well.  I used old wallpaper samples for the background to try and duplicate ornate wallpaper - I did the floor out of some black and white DP - and since Susan likes bling I added some glitter, etc.
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie; Sizzix embossing folder; Martha Stewart Glitter; Me & My Big Ideas DP; Colour by Copic.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Childhood Garden

The last of my card order!  Thank heavens!!  I was going to make a congratulations on your baby card, but decided this was a bit more generic and could be used for a baby shower, baby birth, baby announcement, whatever - it should be much more useful.  I bought this set from my friend Jenn a Close to My Heart Consultant - you can check out her site in my blog - Scrappin and Stampin til the Kids Find me -  The set is very cute and I'm happy to have had a chance to finally really use it!
Stamps:  CTMH; DP - K&Company; Colour by Copic.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bossy Miss

I just like this image so much I had to make a card out of it.  I have no idea what kind of message you could send it with, but who cares at the moment anyway.  She is a girl with attitude, and I like that!
Stamp:  Mo Manning; DP - K&Company; Colour by Copic

Welcome to the Neighbourhood

We have new neighbours that are just moving in behind and over one house from us.  When we get new people in the immediate neighbourhood, I like to do a card and bring over a plant or something --- at least it's a good start - not that I want to become great friends, but a nice degree of friendliness when we are both out in our yards at the same time is always nice.  And, how often do you actually get to use a welcome to the neighbourhood stamp!?
Materials:  Stamps:  SU: DP - Ippity; Colour by Copic - flower -- some dollar store bundle! Button: SU

Monday, August 16, 2010


This lovely Red Riding Hood stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie was such fun to colour!  In my seemingly never-ending quest to finish my card orders, I decided first to do one that was an OOPS, Did I forget your birthday --- then decided to leave it as just OOPS --- that way whoever gets these cards can use them for whatever!  I am quite pleased with how they turned out, and now that my sewing machine is fixed, my sewing looks a bit better too!
Stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie; DP - SU.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Congratulations Lindsay

My niece Lindsay recently landed her first-time job as a teacher, a Professor no less at Niagara College.  We are all very proud of her -- she's worked her butt off these past few years and deserves a break - not that teaching will be much of a break, but it is a job!  I'm sure she and her students will enjoy the experience.  I made this card, using my Whiff of Joy -  Business Willow stamp - hoping she looks fashionable yet brainy - like Lin!
Stamp:  Whiff of Joy; Paper: K&Company; Embellishments: Little roses from Prima; Colour by Copic!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ugh - Morning!

I was recently gone for a few days, babysitting Princess Emily (we had a great time "hanging out").  But I knew I was going to be missing John, and since he frequently leaves me little notes when he's going to be gone for a few days, I thought I'd leave him something to remember me by.  Although my hair is not long enough to put in curlers, the rest is pretty representative.  This image originally had wings as it is called Morning Angel or something like that -- I felt the wings definitely did not apply!  John quite liked it when he found it on his pillow that night (yes I'm sooo romantic!).  This card is a tiny 3" x 3" one.
Stamp:  Whipper Snappers; Sizzix dies; Colour by Copic.

Happy Birthday

I find making generic cards - those to whom I have no idea they are going - very difficult.  I wasn't even sure I liked this card at first, but it has grown on me.  So do warts you may say, but I prefer to think this is better than a wart!
Stamps:  Cake - Stampede Inc., Balloons - Stampcraft; Glitter: Glimmer Mist and Stickles (Balloons); Colour by Copic.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Viva la Vintage

I have always been a fan of the vintage look - and was quite pleased that Stampin' Up! finally started to reintroduce some vintage images.  This is another card made almost entirely with SU products I am pleased to say.  I will confess that I was somewhat fearful that they had totally lost their appeal for me.  But I think this card is just beautiful.  It will also comprise one of the cards in Sarah and Candys's sets but luckily, even though one is my daughter and one is my friend (humph) they NEVER look at my blog -- but that's another story.  I think the doily is a nice addition - thanks to inspiration from Magnolia Ink where it seems that everybody uses doilys!
Stamp & Sentiment: Stampin' Up; Punch - SU: Nestabilities circles; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Background paper and blue cardstock: SU: White cardstock: Hammermill 100lb. and Colour by Copic!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thank You - Country style

It's been a while since I used exclusively (except the colouring) Stampin' Up! products to make a card, and am quite pleased by how lovely this image is once coloured.  I goofed up a bit in the stiching department but since this is just the prototype (and may even get changed if I do one better) I'm not going to worry about it.
Stamps:  SU: Background Paper: SU: Stickles around the thank you tag; ribbon from somewhere (not SU sorry to say); Colour by Copic.

Once upon a time ..

I finally received my Thomas Kinkade stamps which were delayed because of some slowness (!!) at Customs Canada!!!! Cornish Heritage Farms, suppliers of these beautiful images has closed their images, so I had to "ramp up" my purchasing cycle and order everything at once ... oh well, that's my cross to bear!  Regardless, I was anxious to colour one to see how difficult it would be because of the enormous amount of detail -- surprisingly, it wasn't that hard --- I imagine I'll get better as time goes buy, but for my first shot, I'm pleased.  Not sure if the picture will show the sparkles I put in some of the water - it's hard to see in real life too!
Stamp:  Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kinkade Series Guardian Castle; Background Paper: SU: Corner Punch: SU: Sparkles by Martha Stewart - Colour by Copic (quelle suprise!)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Get Well Series

I am making a bunch of cards for both Sarah and Candys to give away.  I mentioned in previous postings that I recently got a few stamps from Scrappin' Great Deals - they are all Whiff of Joy images, and were lots of fun to colour.  There are 4 cards in this series, so together with the pathetic looking Henry of yesterday, I now have 5 to choose from.  Hopefully I won't have to send any myself!
Stamps:  Whiff of Joy; Sentiment - Microsoft Word; Background Paper: K& Company; Colour by Copic

Monday, August 2, 2010

Get Well

This little Henry stamp from Whiff of Joy was just what the doctor ordered in my search for new get well images.  He was fun to colour, and clearly depicts misery -- and who doesn't want the world to recognize they are miserable when they are sick?  This may be part of a set I'm making for Sarah, but am not sure about the flower in the left hand corner - they are difficult to stuff into an envelope, and may result in an extra postage cost because of the width -- I have to think about this a bit further!
Stamp: Whiff of Joy; Paper: K&Company; Colour by Copic