Monday, January 31, 2011

Curtain Call {Act 67}

I haven't played along with one of Stacey's Curtain Call challenges in a while . . . wait, that's a lie . . . I've played along often, but never get around to posting by the deadline.  Any way, I'm making this deadline.
{Act 67}:

Wanted to play around with a label from my Cricut Storybook cartridge (I've altered it slightly though because I accidently tore off a piece from the top, so I had to even out the bottom).  I don't use my Cricut very often--do any of you??
So when I posted the above photo, I was reinspired by Stacey's Curtain Call inspiration photo with the cup of warm cocoa!  So I came up with another submission for her challenge.  I had this idea in my head, and I tried all sorts of layouts and colour uses.  It took me longer than I thought it would, but here is what I came up with--I like it way more than my first submission!


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Copic Confession & Color Cue Challenge 11

Okay--so I finally gave in and bought myself some Copic markers . . . and now I understand the craze.  They are indeed fun to work with!  I've been playing with the few colours I picked up.  This first card is for Dawn's Color Cue Challenge 11
 The card also feature's wPlus9 Designs Pointsettia Patterns stamp set, which I'm having a blast with--so many different backgrounds you can create with it.

A closer look:
 The next card is also for the Color Cue challenge (no Copics on it though).  I actually made this one first, but wasn't 100% pleased with it (hence why I tried again with the card above):

 The sentiment is from Verve Stamps (just got my first order from them last week!!!).  Look closely at the large Hot Air Balloon's basket--I scored the small piece of kraft cardstock to mimic a weaved basket look.

Since I had the other half of my PTI Aqua Mist card stock, I made up this quick card for my cousin and his wife, who just had a baby boy this week--an excuse to practice with the Copics--like I need one :)

Okay . . . gonna go play some more!!  Night-night!
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2SF Friday Friendzy--Banners SB Layout

It's been a while since I've posted a SB layout, and in all honesty, a while since I've actually done one.  I have so much to catch up on!!  eeshh! 

Any way, the great forum over on Two Scrapbook Friends had a Friday Friendzy challenge to use banners, with a fantastic tutorial by the wonderful Deanna on how to use punches to make non-triangle banners. 

Here's my layout of my little man Caden:

I'm hoping to go out tomorrow to find some "tool" type sticker/embellishment for the bottom right corner, or I may have to paper piece one.

Okay, got to go get my boys to bed so I can have some crafting time.  Stay tuned for another post later tonight where I confess that I totally broke down and bought a papercrafting tool(s) that I swore I'd never buy . . . can you guess?
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Practicing [My] Creativity + wPlus9 Design

Right before the holidays I ordered a couple of stamp sets from Practicing Creativity Designs and wPlus9 Designs.  I had been eyeing Courtney's Look Up set with the Hot Air balloon forever, as well as her Catterbox sentiments set, so I was super excited to ink them up.  I also picked up wplus9's Pointsetta set, which is great for creating backgrounds, and their fun RetroGirly Christmas set.  Here are a few of the cards I've made lately using stamps from both companies.

 Hard to see in the photo above, but I used the small solid balloon stamp with Versamark to create a background on the red card base.

 I used the same small solid balloon stamp to create the black scallop border on this card.

 This fun girl and the "shopping" sentiment is from wPlus9's RetroGirly Christmas set, but paired with Practicing Creativity's "Seriously" and "Let's Go" sentiments from the Chatterbox set, this card is great for  making a date with a girlfriend any day of the year!

 The backgrounds on the cards above and below use wPlus9's Pointsetta set -- stunning, eh!?
Gotta run--I've got a 4 year old who needs a time-out!!

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Card Drive for St. Jude

Happy New Year everyone!!   Can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month!!  Life is busy as always, but I don't worry so much about not blogging or finishing challenges.  It's not worth stressing over.  Besides, if I'm lucky enough to have spare time, I rather spend it crafting than on the computer . . . and if I do get around to blogging, I just consider it a bonus! 

I was honoured that Winter invited me to join her in her Valentine Card Drive again this year for kids at St. Jude's Hospital.  I mailed off my cards to her on Monday, but haven't got around to posting them until now (here's a preview Winter):

Winter needs the cards by the end of January, so if you have time to make some cute Valentines for some special kids, check out her blogpost about the Drive for all the details/guidelines here.

I loved the heart background I created on one of those cards (using PTI's Tiny Treats Valentine set), so I created this one last night.  Maybe my hubby will get this one!

Although I haven't posted since last month, I have been busy making cards with many of the goodies I bought myself for Christmas ;)  Stay tuned--I'll try to make a couple of posts today while I'm at it!

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