Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SC 165 Celebrate

This is my card for this weeks card sketch challenge from SplitCoast Stampers. They have this challenge every Wednesday and if you would like to try it out you can find it here.

At first, I was trying to find a nice stamp to put as the center image, but decided on using two flowers overlapped since they matched so nicely to the paper. I love the look when all the papers are backed with one common cardstock (like the brown in this); although, I must admit I don't do this too often so I can save some cardstock and money!

I tend to use this stamp set a lot because I love the definitions - good thing I'll be getting all new stamps soon, including the "define your life" set from Stampin Up.

This card was made using the "spots and dots" embossing folder for the Cuttlebug; Stampin Up's "Lexicon of Love" celebrate stamp; Prima flowers; VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink; and SEI brown brads.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Exciting News

The exciting news - I've just ordered my starter kit to be a demonstrator for Stampin Up!! I'm so excited. I love Stampin Up stamps - all of their stuff is so amazing to use. I can't wait to get it all in the mail, along with my free SAB set for ordering through Andrea Walford.

Other exciting news is that one of my friends is getting married in August and my boyfriend is going to be the emcee! Although this is one of the cards that I made for my sister, I am going to make it for their wedding because I love it so much.

It is made using the shaker technique from SCS (you can find instructions that Beate made to make your own here). I love this technique, and it is very easy once you get the hang of it. I started off with making squares and rectangles until I got the hang of it because it's a little harder to tape securely around the circle.

The circle was made using my Creative Memories cutting system. The love stamps along the bottom are Hero Arts and the center stamp is Michael's $1.50 stamps. The shaker portion was just filled with a few black and white beads.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Lauren's Birthday

Today is my sister's birthday and it is the first one we are spending apart. I have just moved so we are no longer living in the same city. Sure feels weird to not be having our usual birthday dinner together.

This is a card I made a while ago that I will be giving to her along with her present when I see her.

The "let's party" image is another one of Bazzill Basics chip toppers. All of the metal in the card is Making Memories (the circle tag maker rims and mini silver brads). The cardstock circles were cut using my Cricut machine. There are also a couple of these cardstock circles on the inside bottom right corner. I like to try to carry the theme of the card to the inside as well for added interest.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge

This card was inspired by Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #36.

The patterend paper is KI Memories "Wild Things Hugs"; the stamp is from the Stampin Up set "In Any Event"; the mini brads are Making Memories silver brads stamped black and the ink is StazOn black ink.

I decided to try stitching on this card just for some added interest since I chose not to use many colours. It didn't turn out perfect but not bad for my first try I think. It's about time I got some use out of my old sewing machine! You can find a great tutorial for machine stitching on paper that Julia Stainton made here.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Chip Topper Birthday

Here is a birthday card I made using Bazzill Basics Chip Toppers (the happy birthday image) that I bought when I first started paper crafting. They are great for making cards or scrapbook pages when you are in a hurry. They even tell you which Bazzill cardstock to buy if you want the exact match to the colours in the topper. Even now, after crafting for a while, I still love the look of these chip toppers.

The patterned paper used in this card is KI Memories surprise napkin and surprise giftwrap. The mini brads are Making Memories in orange from the primary colours set.

The inspiration for this card was from SC30 at Splitcoaststampers. Sorry the image is a bit fuzzy.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Black Tie and Dot Thank You

These are two thank you cards I made using the Stampin Up set "Lexicon of Love." I find I am always using this stamp for my thank you cards because it is one of my favourites. I love the definitions in the background.

This card is just simple, but I love the "black tie" look of it with the hint of red.

This thank you card uses the VersaMagic ink in Jumbo Java - which after trying several shades of brown, is by far my favourite.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mother's Day Card

For Christmas, I made my sister 82 different cards for all occassions. She loves homemade cards but has neither the time nor the patience to make her own!

I know it is early, but this is one of the cards that I made for her to use for Mother's Day.

I love the look of just black and pink together so to not interrupt the colour scheme I wanted without there being tons of colour, I made it an acetate card. The circle stamps are a combination of stamps from See D's. The saying is one that I just printed off of the computer onto the pink cardstock. This card is one of my favourites.

You can find instructions to make your own acetate card on Splitcoaststampers here. I always have a lot of fun with these cards.

Monday, February 18, 2008

First Blog Post

After paper crafting albums and cards for well over a year now, and frequently visiting other blogs for inspiration, I figured it was time to create my own! You'll have to forgive me while I get the hang of this and I hope you enjoy.

Seeing as Valentine's Day just passed, I figured my first post would be of this Bo Bunny chipboard album that I made through my local Scrapbook store. I gave this album to my boyfriend and he loved it!

The papers aren't necessarily ones I would usually have chosen, but in combination with the ribbons and embellishments that are used, I actually quite like them. I love how the album turned out with the black and white photos I chose to use. My family liked it also - so much so that I now have to make ones for them too!