Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Littly Kitty Lily

My LSS, Auntie Em's, was having her annual inventory sale with 25% off the entire store. I picked up some paper, card stock, adhesive and chipboard (you know, the staples!). This whole paper line is Kitty's place by s.e.i. and is just so CUTE and colourful!
I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched all over this page. My friend Paula stitches all the time on her LOs and I was inspired!
Lily adopted one of the Christmas gift boxes as her new bed.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Oh, scary kitty...

Oh, Emma, you are so frightfull! LOL!

Emma likes to sleep on the top bunk bed. I took these photos of her during one of her 12 hour naps. Her big yawn looks so scary, doesn't it?

The paper is Basic grey figgy Pudding, the card stock is bazzill bling, the chipboard letters are from maya road and the title is done with my new favourite thing, the American crafts mini marks rub-ons.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's a boy!

This was made for Jen's sketch challenge. All products are Stampin' Up.
Stamps: Nursary Necessities
CS: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Confetti Cream
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Acc: sponges, star punch, dimensionals, taupe ribbon

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Heart Day

Playing around with my new SU set, Happy Heart Day.
Colleen wanted a break from Christmas and asked to see our valentine projects.
All products are from Stampin' Up.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Oh, give me some figgy pudding

I was doing my daily blog roll, and saw that Di Hickman posted her Wednesday card sketch. I haven't done one of Di's sketches in a long time. So when I saw all the layers, I KNEW I waould use my Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper. (I'm down to less than half a sheet each pattern).
I wandered away from the sketch a bit (as I'm known to do) but ocverall, I'm happy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Winter Layouts

Winter is good for at least one thing....taking awesome photos! (If you click on the photo, you will get a bigger image to see the detail).
I am really into clustering photos on LOs lately...I think that comes from visiting Leena's blog. Her pages are FAB!
I used Gel-a-Tin's Retro Snowflakes and random-stamped them in Ballet Blue ink along the side. I also stamped CTMH Christmas Script words along the photos. The 2007 was stamped onto navy card stock and cut out. The chipboard snowflake was inked in Night of Navy. The card stock is Bazzill bling in light blue and SU Night of Navy. This LO uses Bazzill bling cardstock in navy and light blue. I love the sparkle this card stock has! The snowflake transparancy is from Hambly. I picked it up at Scrap En Masse in Alfred. The top photo of Kaleb is under the transparancy, so it looks like Kaleb is in a blizzard, and the other photos are on top of the transparancy. The title was stamped using CTMH The Works alphabet. I used some words from CTMH Christmas Script and stamped on the photo and transparancy with black StazOn.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tagged Again!

I have been tagged by so many lately, like Angel, Sam and Sue, so I guess i'd better play, huh? LOL!
Seven Random Facts About Me...
1-Like Angel, I have Webkinz. I have 15. The first was a l'il Kinz Elephant I named Marshall and the most recent is the Collie I named Colleen. I like to play Webkinz at night for about an hour, just so my mind can have a break.

2-I love TV. I really do. Among the shows I enjoy: So You Think You Can Dance, Lost, CSI (all), Criminal Minds, The Class, Two and a Half Men, Dirty, Sexy Money, Cane (I am in love with Nestor Carbonell who plays Frank), The OC...I'm sure there's more.

3-I love to read. The last book I read was Roots by Alex Haley and I read it in 2 days.

4-I love to stamp. (D'uh)

5-I would be lost without the internet. Once, the internet was down for one day and I almost lost my mind.

6-I hate driving.

7-The only good thing I like about Winter is the awesome photographs I can take. Nothing else about this season is even remotely pleasing.

Nursery Necessities

I got my SU preorder on Friday and I LOVE everything! I mounted the stamps and started stamping right away! I think my favourite is the Nursery Necessities set with the matching wheel and star punch! Here are 3 different cards using the 3 items I just mentioned. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

And the winner is....

number 47!
That's Debbie Winters! Congratulations! Please email me your addre4ss and I'll get it mailed to you!
Thank you so much everyone for participating! I hope you all will continue to visit my blog.

Friday, December 14, 2007

It's my 1 year Blog-aversary!

It has been 1 year since I began this journey and I've got YOU to thank!
But first, a card!
I got this polar bear stamp 2 years ago and I love it! I embossed it in white glittery EP, same as the snowflakes.
Stamps: Polar bear by Anita Stamps, snowflakes from Gel-a-Tins retro snowflakes set.
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue
Acc: Versamark, white glittery EP Ok, now for the LOVE!
It has been one full year since I began this little blog and I never imagined it would have taken off like it has! I am so grateful for the readers, for the blog buddies I've made, for the RAKs I get and for the other blogs I have visited. Thank you SO much for continuing to visit!
Here is a little Thank You giveaway...just leave a comment and I will use to pick a winner on Sunday, December 16.

-2 bee stamps from Stampendous
-1 pack of dotted buttons
-2 rolls of ribbon from We R Memory Keepers
-1 1/4" square punch from Stampin' Up

Edited to add: This is open to everyone world wide!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pretty Ornaments

I am loving my new Gel-a-Tin stamps! I used the Ornaments on this card.
Stamps: Gel-a-Tins
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Real Red
Card Stock and Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Holiday Simply Scrappin' Kit

Blog candy winner

First, here are the answers to the questions:
-there are 4 scissors in total.
-there are 5 cases of stamps
-the markers are: Always Artichoke, bravo burgandy and Black in the tote
-the wide grosgrain ribbon is real red (the other ribbon is narrow organdy burgandy)
-there are 11 loose stamps
the CRAFT ink is white...the other inks are all classic inks.

Good news is EVERYONE who played was entered into the draw! picked number 22...
That's Elaine!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Figgy Pudding

Basic Grey has outdone itself with this paper line! I LOVE these patterns and colours! I have literally made a dozen cards with this paper, and here's one of them...the reindeer is a stamp from Hero arts, the card stock is Sage Shadow from SU, the sentiment is from Stampendous and the nose is done with Stickles.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Blog candy prize

Finally, here is a photo of the blog candy. To win, see my previous post!
-1 pack of Lasting Impressions paper
-1 pack of Gin-X chip board
-1 pack AMM Herbanella birthday rub-ons
-1 bottle of baby blue stickles

Friday, December 7, 2007

Fun Game and BLOG CANDY!

OK, I JUST thought of a fun game! See that photo of my table in my last post? You need to look at that photo to play this game! It is open world wide.
OK, there are tons of stuff on that table. You will need to answer these questions to win. (You can cheat and just post the answers based on the comment before you, but what fun is that? Plus, whose to say they are correct?) So this is basically based on the honor system. Look at the photo, answer the questions, and I will pick a winner.
A winner? But what can you win?
Well, I haven't decided yet, cause I JUST thought up this game, literally like 3 minutes ago. But I am going shopping tomorrow, so I will post a picture then.

On my scrap table, tell me:
-how many pairs of scissors?
-how many stamp sets in cases?
-what colour markers?
-what colour wide grosgrain ribbon?
-how many loose stamps?
-what colour craft ink?

My scrap table?

I'm pretty sure my table is under there somewhere!
On my sidebar, you will see a photo of my scrap space...when it is clean. I thought I'd post a picture of what my table usually looks like! LOL!

Peaceful Wishes

There are some stamp sets that are so versatile, you can keep creating brand new designs time after time. For me, Peaceful Wishes is one of those sets. I bought it last year and did my Holiday cards with it, and this year I'm still enjoying creating with it! And I usually get bored so easily! LOL!
Here are some cards I made recently, one for a Stamp-a-Stack and one for a customer. Same set, totally different look!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

In a world of cheap machine coffee...

I love this coffee set. As soon as I saw the sentiment, I had to have it!
"You're the mocha latte in a world full of cheap machine coffee."
LOVE that!

I've been RAKed!

I recieved this beautiful card from Colleen a couple of weeks ago, but I was asked not to share it until now, as she used a technique that she was going to be teaching it on one of her design teams. I LOVE the background! This festive Christmas card is from Flossie. It is my first holiday card of the season! I am loving red, green and white for Christmas this year!

Thanks for sharing your art with me! It is so fun to get beautiful cards in the mail!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas gift bows

These Christmas gift bows are so easy to make! You can make 2 bows from 1 sheet of double-sided paper. For the tutorial, click HERE.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holiday Trio

I got my new Dashing paper from Stampin' Up, and paired it with the Season of Joy set.

The first card was inspired by the paper line ki memories put out about 3 years ago...even La Senza had PJs in these colours! I used my word window punch from SU to create the, well, word window, and I used heat and stick powder and glitter over the words. This heat and stick powder is really cool, and keeps the glitter from falling off. Why have I not used it before now?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Another Christmas Card Extravaganza!

Here is card 2 from my Christmas Card Extravaganza class! The poinsettia was stamped on glossy card stock and looks so shiny and pretty! Stamp sets: Dare to be Fabulous, Many Merry Messages
Card Stock: Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, White glossy
Ink: Handsome Hunter
Acc: Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, white organdy ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, crop-o-dial

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sam! (from the Crafting Garden)

I do not have your email, so i posted my address in my last post on your blog. but just in case you didn't read it, my address is:

Michelle Sturgeon
PO Box 705 Long Sault, Ontario, Canada
K0C 1P0

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thank you, Spazzy!

I got mail!
My blog buddy Spazzy (Simone to you, LOL)! sent me this gorgeous card! As mush as i love the card, the message inside was amazing! Thank you so much, Spazzy! One of these days, I'm coming to Chicago, and we will get together, Connie too, and I can meet Max, aka "The Kid".

Christmas Card Extravaganza!

What a fun and busy weekend! I had a Christmas card class Friday night, a craft fair on Saturday and a Christmas card class on Sunday! Both classes were well attended! Thanks to all of you that came! I'm glad you all had fun!
We created 5 Christmas cards.Here is one of them, one of my all-time favourite cards! I'll post the others later.Stamps: City of David, Plaid BG
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Acc: Gold cord, Versamark, Gold EP, sponge

I sponged chocolate chip ink lightly around the edges to soften it up. The main image is embossed with gold EP.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Snowflakes for Di

Di Hickman has posted her Wednesday card sketch. Lots of possibilities with this sketch. Problem is I keep coming up with ideas that use stamps I don't own (yet)! OK, the colour LOOKS lavendar, but it's really bashful blue and ballet blue. Don't know how THAT happened!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Day 8-Gate Fold card

This is day 8 of Paula's 12 Days of Christmas challenge. It is a Gate Fold card, and you can find the tutorial HERE on Beate's blog. The finished card measures 4"x4". Card Stock/Paper: Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Wintergreen designer series paper (SU)
Stamps: New Fallen Snow (CTMH)
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Versamark
Acc: White EP, stampin' dimensionals

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A break from Christmas cards

I was shopping at Auntie Em's and came across this cute doggie paper. I thought i'd take a break from Christmas cards and do something with this paper. card stock: basic black
paper: s.e.i.
ink: basic black
stamps: Heidi Swapp

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lots of layers

So, I'm pretty sure Paula created this challenge just for me! LOL! It is Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge and it is LAYERS! I love layers!
Card Stcock: Garden Green, Whisper White, Real Red (SU)
Paper: Holly Lane by S.E.I.
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Real Red
Acc: gold cord, scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch. 1 3/4" circle punch, ticket corner punch, pop dots and paper piercer (all SU)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

If I had a thousand dollars...

I have been tagged by Sam.

1. If you could have 100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose?
I would choose embellies!
-We R memory keepers Whipe Out rub-ons
-chipboard books
-SU jumbo eyelets
-Maya Road ribbon
-silver and black brads

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose?
Oh, stamps! I just bought myself the Gelatins Retro Snowflakes!

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year, which would you do?
CARDS! I love making'em!

4. Would you rather own a scrap booking store or have your own scrapping room at home (can’t have both hee hee).
My own room!

5. What is your CURRENT card making or scrapping style?
I am really enjoying "clustering" my photos. Is that a style? Otherwise I am definitely linear!

I am supposed to TAG 5 other people but most of my blog buddies have been TAGGED, if you want to play, consider yourself TAGGED!

Friday, November 16, 2007

12 Days of Christmas

My friend, Paula, over at Scrapping Buddies, is doing a 12 Days of Christmas challenge. You can find the challenge HERE. Each day she will issue a challenge for a Christmas/Holiday card in hopes of inspiring us to get our cards done early...or at least on time! We are already on day 4, so here are my first 4...

Challenge 1~Traditional Red and Green I used my Season of Joy set for this challenge. I like the simplicity.


The swirl is from Season of Joy, the sentiment is from Very Merry Messages. Paper is Imaginessence, card stock is River Rock. I embossed the swirls and sentiment with clear EP.
Challenge 3~Non-Traditional Christmas Colours
I used SU Lavendar Lace, Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac as my colour pallette. The stamp set is New Fallen Snow from CTMH.

Challenge 4~Trees
I don't know who makes this paper. I cut strips at different lenghts to create the tree. The sentiment is from Season of Joy. The card stock is Always Artichoke (SU).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fabulous For Di Hickman!

Another Wednesday, another card sketch by Di Hickman! As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what set I wanted to use! (It's also nice to take a break from Christmas crafting). Stamp Sets: Wanted, Dare to be Fabulous
Card Stock: Really Rust, Very Vanilla
Ink: Really Rust, Sage Shadow
Paper: Outlaw Designer Series paper
Acc: Jumbo eyelets, stampin' dimensionals, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Penguins

One of my customers asked me to create some samples with her set Punch Pals, and this is one of the cards I made. I actually really like it, even though it's pretty simple. It would make a good workshop card. Stamp sets: Punch Pals, Many Merry Messages
Card Stock and ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Acc: sponge, stampin' dimensionals
Technique...I sponged soft sky all around the outside of the white panel. It kinda looks like snow. The soft sky penguin was cut out and popped up with stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, November 12, 2007

And now for something completely different...

I made my first LARGE card. It measures 8.5" by 4.25". I used my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches (SU) to cut out the circle images from the paper and pop them up with stampin' dimensionals. The card stock is Kraft and Very Vanilla (SU).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Sum-Up

Wow, what a busy week! I had a Stampin' Up workshop Friday night in Cornwall and one Saturday in Ottawa. I spent Thursday evening preparing for them. Today, I am catching up on house cleaning. This morning, I tackled my scrap area, specifically my table. It was so piled up with paper, stamps, ink, etc...that I could not see the table! Mike is doing the laundry. I love him!
While in Ottawa yesterday, I stopped in at a new scrap store called The Scrapbox. It is small, cute and has a friendly atmosphere. I also got to stop and have a little visit with my friend Sherida.
I have more projects to post so come by tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Birthday Cards

It's Angel's birthday, so to celebrate I've made birthday cards using more of her sketches.

This uses sketch #2

Stamps: Wanted and Dare to Be Fabulous

Card Stock/paper: SageShadow, Wanted Designer paper

Ink: Sage Shadow

Acc: Antique Brass Jumbo Brads

This uses sketch #24.

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Think Happy Thoughts

Card Stock/paper: Groovy Guava, Level 3 Hostess paper

Ink: Groovy Guava

Acc: pop dots, paper piercer

This uses sketch #22.

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday

Card Stock/paper: Tempting Turquoise, Just Chillin' (CTMH)

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Purely Pomegranite

Acc: pop dots

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

More Angel sketches!

Here are the final cards for Angel's 31 days of Angelocity.

This one is for sketch #31.

This card is for sketch 13.

This is for sketch #16.

This is for sketch #9.

This is for sketch #31.

Sketch #31

This is for Angel's last sketch of her 31 Days of Angelocity.
Card Stock: Cool caribbean, Whisper White (SU)
Paper: Just Chillin' (CTMH)
Stamp Set: Bugs & kisses (SU)
Acc: Rose Red brads (SU)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Angel's Sketches

Well, I am catching up with Angel's sketches. These are very fun, and the blog candy give-away is tremendous!

This card is for Sketch #25.
Card stock: Cool Caribbean. Whisper White (SU)
Paper: Just Chillin' (CTMH)
Stamp: Block Party (SU)
Acc: Burgandy grosgrain (SU)

This card is for Sketch #30.
Card Stock: Bravo Burgandy, Whisper White (SU)
Paper: (SU)
Stamps: Season of Joy (SU) and Merry and Bright (Stampendous)

This is for sketch #29.
Card Stock: Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Paper: Wintergreen (SU)
Stamp Set: Season of Joy (SU)
Acc: silver brads, pop dots, 3/4" circle punch (SU)

This is for Sketch #11.
Card Stock: Real Red, Glorious Green, Whisper White (SU)
Stamp Sets: Season of Joy (SU)
Acc: pop dots, 3/4" circle punch (SU)

This is also for Sketch #11.
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Stamp Sets: Autumn Fun, All Year Cheer III (SU)
Acc: paper piercer, pop dots (SU)
Technique: Rock'n'Roll