Friday, 10 June 2011

Biker Dad's

Both my father and my husband's father own Harley's and love to ride. I bought this stamp set last year because I knew I could get a lot of use out of it! This year, I wanted to make Father Day cards with them and decided to go a bit rustic.

This card uses Soft Suede and Early Espresso cardstock along with the Newsprint DSP. I roughed up the edges, used some vintage brads and "VOILA"

We are celebrating Father's Day a bit early this year because we are heading to Florida next week for a nice vacation. I can't wait!

If you need to know about any more Stampin' Up products, take a look at the online store.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Retired Birthday Butterflies

I AM SO EXCITED! So today is June 1st... yes I know...stating the obvious...but for a Stampin' Up demonstrator today is almost like Christmas!

On June 1st, the Stampin' Up retired stamp & accessory lists become available to everyone, but for Stampin' up demonstrators, we get to peek at some of the stuff that will be in the new catalogue as of July 1st! I've been drooling over some of the stuff! I just have to say, it's going to be fantastic!

Here is a card I created a while ago for a certain someones birthday coming up. She knows how much I love butterflies. The product on this card is mostly retired, but I love to show it anyways. Lately I have lost my inspiration to create new cards, so this one is CASE'd as well, but I did change it up a bit.

Colors used are Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue and Night of Navy. The ribbon on this card will be retiring come June 30th.

To check out the retiring lists Click Here. If you ever want to see the pictures closer up, click on the photo!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sail into the Sunset

Today's card was CASE'd from Mary Brown. I'm still playing around with the Sail Away stamp that I purchased from the summer mini and just had to try this sunset out!

The sunset was sponged using pumpkin pie and crushed curry ink. I made a template using a Post It note. Soo simple!

Another cool thing that I completely forgot about, and again learned from Mary Brown is masking the sails. I stamped the image twice, once on the card and another time on a white piece of card stock. Then I cut the sails out and pasted them over the other!

You can check out Mary's blog here!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sail Away to Halifax

 It has been soo long since I blogged!

My husband and I went to Halifax a week ago for a good friend's wedding. We had a great time there and ate A LOT of great food... we certainly didn't go hungry! While my husband and I were driving along the coast one day, we got talking about retirement and the future (yes, I know that's soo far off, but its good to dream). My husband wants to live on a street called Lobster Lane and it's soo funny because we have seen that street in NB as well as in Peggy's Cove!

The card above was brought to life after our trip there. When we arrived home, I had some goodies waiting for me and couldn't wait to try them out. I debated over whether to buy the striped grosgain ribbon and finally did (now I need more).

For the card above, I used Sale Away stamp set (from the new Summer Mini), Teeny Tiny Wishes and the Medallion background stamp. Also used was the Tag Punch, Brads and Twine.

Here are a few pictures of us in and around Nova Scotia!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Summer Mini

Check out the new link on the left of my page to see all the great products in the Summer Mini Catalogue! The summer mini is available from May 1st until August 31st.

You can order online by clicking the link on the left!

Friday, 29 April 2011

"Royal" Wedding Card

People around the world will all have there televisions tuned to the Royal Wedding probably all day. My mental alarm clock told me to get up this morning at 4:52am and because I couldn't get back to sleep, I turned my tv on and watched as all the Royals entered Westminster Abbey. I think I may be a bit tired by the end of the day (our summer hours start today at work and I have to go in early), but I think it was all worth it. Like most women around the world, I was most excited to see what her dress looked like and I was not disappointed!

I have decided to post a card I made a few months ago for a wedding. This card feature the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder and it stands out more on this card because the raised up part of the card is painted by hand with Shimmer Paint! After handpainting all this card needed were a few pearls and the stamp "Happy I do day" from the Wordplay set.

You can find all these products on the online store! I hope everyone enjoys the wedding today and "Happy I do Day" to the Royal Couple!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Heartfelt Thanks Swap

Here is a card I made for a swap I participated in at the last meeting my upline held. This is an embossing folder I didn't think I would ever like, but when I started to see what other people were doing with it I had to try. Embossing folders were the first things, I started to really like when I first started "Stampin Up" and they continue to impress me. Stampin Up comes out with new folders almost every Mini Catalogue and I usually buy them with my first order.

The stamp set used for the main image is "Elements of Style". I know I've said it before, but true passion is for creating Vintage type cards and this image pulled me right in.

Right now until the end of April, Stampin' Up has a promotion called "Spring is Blossoming. If you buy any Stampin' up product over 25$ you can buy this stamp set. This is also what is used for the sentiment at the bottom. The Four Frames stamp set coordinates with the decorative label punch. Check out my online store to the Left of this page if you would like to learn more or just click here

Monday, 18 April 2011

Dancing Penguins! I broke down and bought the owl punch! and I didn't think I'd have soo much fun playing with it! I made these cute penguins that I've been seeing all over Stampin' Connection and thought it was soo cute!

For these little guys, I cut the ears off the owl and used the bird punch wings for their wings! The cloud paper I had from another company! And the snow...well I cut that out free hanf and traced the upper part of it with the two-way glue pen and sprinkled some glitter on it!

Here is a closer look:

I LOVE IT! I thought this card could be used for a kids birthday or invitation to one!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Rock 'n Roll

This card uses the stamp set "Eastern Blooms". I love how the colors came together. I used the Rock 'N Roll technique.

This technique is when you stamp your image in a color (I used Rich Razzelberry) and then roll the edges of the stamp in another color (Pacific Point). That gives the edges almost that bleeding color look to it!

I also used lots of mini pearls on the flowers! They're another favorite of mine!

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Monday, 4 April 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

WOW! I am soo honored. I woke up this morning to a comment from Peggy at Stampin' Peg. She awarded me the stylish blogger award! I haven't been blogging that long and it's such an honor to receive this! You can check out Peggy's blog Here .

Upon receiving this award I must…

1. Thank the person who gave this award to me and link back to their blog, thanks Peggy!
2. Share 8 things about myself

      1. I am from New Brunswick, Canada
      2. Happily married to my husband Adrian.
      3. I have 2 dogs: Ezra the Boston Terrier & Nova a Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix. They are my babies and I don't know what I'd do without them.
      4. I love to stamp! Whether it's making cards or scrapbooking! 
      5. I am a nurse
      6. I have lived in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba & Ontario, but have travelled to all provinces! 
      7. My favorite shows are Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, & The Vampire Diaries.
      8. Have been a SU demo for 5 months.

4. Leave a comment on their blogs and let them know they have received this award.

I'm soo happy I found a hobby I enjoy so much and can enjoy with everyone else!
Thanks again, Peggy!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Bright Babies

I love Fox & Friends for Baby cards! All the little animals are soo cute! For these two cards I used a some retired colors, paper, ribbon and stamp sets.  

I have many friends having babies this year and I needed to keep cards on hand!

The little girl card uses the colors Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (retired 2009-2010 color) & Pumpkin Pie.

The little boy card uses Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay (retired 2009-2010 color) & Kiwi Kiss (retired 2008-2009 color). Both cards are stamped with the sentiment "Bundle of Joy" which was a stamp set from last years Occasion Mini called "Little Angel." I also made another version of these cards using Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Baja Breeze for a neutral baby card! Fox & Friends has to be my most used stamp set!

I have more cards to show you in the next few weeks. Life has been busy here and it hard for me to just sit on the computer and blog! Plus, today was +10 and beautiful out, so we spent a lot of time outdoors!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Girly Curly Cute

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Did you remember to spring ahead?

My weekend was quiet. I didn't want to plan much since I'm heading to NB in a few days to visit with my family. I haven't seen them since October and I need a good dose of family time.

On quiet weekends, I tend to make cards! This one was inspired by a card I saw in a magazine! Pink Pirouette is a color I love to use and it's very cheery for this time of year!

There is not a whole lot of stampin' going on on this card. All I needed to do was stamp "Happy Birthday" from the Curly Cute set, cut it out and make it look like a tag. I used the Very Vanilla Seam binding ribbon and the Crotchet Trim with some jumbo paper flowers I had laying around with a vintage brad and the card just came together. The background is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. It looks very girly!

I hope you enjoyed my post and stop by next week for a look at the baby cards I've been making!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

En Francais

Smooch spritz is my new favorite thing!

I love to blog hop when I'm bored and I came across a blog that taught me how to die ribbon. The ribbon on this card started out Very Vanilla and with melon mambo ink refill and some shimmer mist I was able to transform the color and it turned out to be fabulous! This card was inspired by someone on Stampin' Connection.

Again, there are a few different products on this card. I had some paper flowers in all different colors lying around and I found one that matched melon mambo and added that to the card with a basic pearl. You can find the basic pearls and paper daisies on page 188 of the 2010-2011 Catalogue! There are also two antique brass brads at the bottom of the Very Vanilla CS which is stamped with the En Francais background stamp! Amour and the Eiffel Tower comes from the stamp set Artistic Etchings.

To top this card off I "Spritzed" the Crumb Cake CS with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz before adhereing the very vanilla and then I sprayed that with Vanilla shimmer!

Everything old is new again this year and I'm loving it! I love making my cards "vintagy". Here is a closer view of the card so you can see the Smooch spritz!  You can see that I ripped up some of the edges of this card to make it look like it is old!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Forever & Always

This week I was in the mood to make cards and I've actually finished quite a few. When my husband works night shifts, I get a lot done.

I know I'm always saying that I love pretty much all the cards that I make, but I really do! That's why I'm soo glad I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I love their product and it's soo much fun coming up with great new ideas!

I've been trying to think of new ways to create Wedding cards and last week I went through a few of my stamp sets that I bought when I first fell in love with Stampin' Up. I don't use "Everything Nice" that often, but when I do, it always turns out the way I envisioned it.

This card uses a lot of different products that Stampin' Up offers. I used the "Bliss" stamp set from the Sale-a-bration promotion going on now behind "to Have & To Hold". The Crumb cake CC is embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder. Victoria Crochet Trim is at the bottom of the card and to top it all off there are mini pearls to fill in the dots!

Soon, I will be updating my blog with Calendar events. It will show all the events I will be offering.  Sometimes they will just be drop in (if you feel like being creative, stop by my place) and if you want to host a "Girls Night" you can give me a call or email and I will prepare everything for you!

Next week, I am demonstrating a baby card to a few demonstrators at my Uplines place! I'm a bit nervous because this is the first time I will be getting up in front of people and showing them a card that I created. I will post again and let you know how that went!!! Wish me luck! 

Friday, 25 February 2011

Wishful Thinking

Another Springtime blog! I can't wait for spring to arrive. Last Friday it was beautiful. The temperature was +14 and I enjoyed everybit of sunshine.. I'm sooo ready for Spring!

This card uses the growing green set from the 2010-2011 catalogue. I watercolored the flowers using markers and an aquapainter. I really enjoy watercoloring when it turns our right. It was something I liked to do when I was in highschool as well.

When watercoloring you should always use StazOn ink. StazOn is a permanent ink that won't "bleed" when using water. You should also use watercolor paper. It prevents the paper from pilling or curling when using too much water. 

I hope this blog brought springtime thoughts to your mind... and lets wish for an early spring!

Monday, 21 February 2011

You mean the World to me!

Well I'm a bit late with the Valentine's Day post I promised, but I think everyone will like this project!

I CASED this card from someone on Stampin' Connection, but I can no longer find the link to give credit to them! Immediately when I saw this layout, I knew I had to try it.

The cardstock used for this card is Cherry cobbler and Newsprint DSP. The Newsprint DSP has soo many different layouts. Each side has a different print. Some look like old books, others have numbers, but this awesome piece has a printout of the Globe. I cut the piece to fit each side of the cardstock. Then I cut a 1/2 inch pice of cardstock just over double the width of the card (about 9 inches) and wrapped it around the card and stuck it together with sticky strip I did the same thing with the sparkly ribbon.

The sentiment uses the stamp set Word Play and I punched it out useing the Decorative Label punch and then layered some sparkly paper on either side! The sentiment works soo well with the DSP.

On the inside of the card, I placed a picture of our engagement photos with some photo corners. I would use these all the time when creating scrapbooks because I could move the pictures around if I liked. Behind the picture I a note I wrote my husband for Valentine's Day!

Enough about is +14. My husband and I went out for lunch after he picked me up from work (I left early today). I was walking around in just a sweater and it felt awesome. Then we got home and decided that we need a little more fresh air and took the dogs on a nice walk around the block! I really can't wait for spring!

In other news, my husband and I finally bought a house here in Ottawa. We are really excited. The house is being built right now, so we can't move in until the fall!

Have a wonderful weekend!