Thursday, February 28, 2008

Joking Around

A young lady from Sarnia, ON by the name of Amy found my blog, and remembered me ~ she's a friend of my son, Aidan. Amy runs a yahoo group called "Sarnia Scrapbooking" and I decided to join them so I can stay in the loop. Sarnia Scrapbooking had their first layout challenge recently, and this is my entry.

This is the first LO in a long time that I haven't used my Cricut on, but I did get a chance to try out a new toy; my Curvy Cutter. I had a tough time figuring it out at first, but then suddenly had a 'duh' moment where it became perfectly clear....whew! I stamped the word 'around' using the Little Pieces set from SU for the background, and an All Night Media alphabet that I got on clearance at Wal-Mart. The flourish at the bottom left is actually a stamp from Stampendous. I stamped it in white craft ink, then used clear embossing powder for a bit more oomph.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lotus Fold Challenge

I had a lot of fun doing this card ~ and no stamping on it at all! This is made with SU's 1 3/8" circle punch. You make 8 circles out of double sided paper, then the circles are then folded into what I believe is called the lotus fold. It was very easy to make, and I'm sure I'll do more of them. The circle with stars is from a package of chipboard I bought at K2 scrapbooking from their 50% off clearance bin, and I'm pretty sure the happy birthday stickers came from the same place. Background cardstock is embossed in the cuttlebug. The bling in the middle is a shiny flat marble I got in a bag of craft supplies through Freecycle.
I think I'll send this card to my brother-in-law, Kelly, for his birthday.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Teddy Mailbox

It seems like everytime I look at Splitcoast Stampers, someone is talking about "Target Mailboxes" that they have altered. I don't think I have the talent to alter items, but when I walked into Target a couple of days ago, they had their mailaboxes reduced to 50 cents, so I decided, what the hey, I'll give it a try!
DH saw the mailbox in the cart and commented that I was wasting 50 cents buying that ugly little white thing....more junk around the house. Well, when he saw it after I altered it, and Kelton's face this morning when he got his "Valentine's mailbox", he ate his words....LOL
Here is the mailbox partially completed. I used some DP and stamped hearts in some of the circles with Ruby Red and the Doodle That set, stamped the Teddy and wagon on Creamy Caramel Cardstock with Close to Cocoa ink, and the letters on white with black ink, then filled in the red hearts with Ruby Red marker. All stamps are from the Favorite Teddy Bear set.
After this photo was taken, I stamped a Kangaroo and a couple of balloons to put on the front of the mailbox, then made a matching card to go inside. Kelton was SO excited when he saw it ~ he was hollering and jumping up and I'm only sorry that Target has sold out of the mailboxes; it was so easy to do and so cute.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Springtime Stems Thanks

I'm finally getting back into doing the occasional challenge at Splitcoast stampers. This card was made for the Sketch challenge, with 4 layers. It really was a challenge, too, until I figured out that I needed to place a little piece of cardstock under the top layer as a shim so it would sit flat. Really happy that I got to use my designer label punch, two sets (Springtime Stems and Riveting) and some really pretty ribbon donated to me, along with pretty paper from Janice of Sarasota, FL.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happily ever after

Here's my first attempt at the Split Negative Technique. I stamped the BG with the Soft Swirls BG stamp and embossed it with gold, but decided all that gold on the background was just a little too over the top for me. Love the sentiment, was in a set of Studio G dollar stamps that I picked up at Michaels yesterday.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Split Negative Technique

I was surfing Splitcoast Stampers for the first time in a long time, and it felt soooo good to have my stamping urge back :)Decided to have a look at the technique challenge, and was intrigued by the idea of a 'split negative'. The idea behind the technique is that you stamp your image on two coordinating colors of cardstock, using versamark and/or two different colors of craft ink, then emboss....with a colored powder if using versamark, or with clear embossing powder over craft. Then you take a deep breath and cut your image straight down the middle, line up the two images and mount.

Details of the supplies used are here: Mon Ami Anniversary

I originally decided this card would be for hubby for our anniversary, but guess what? I put it away and totally forgot about it! Maybe I'll hang on to it for next year.....or, uh, Valentine's Day is coming soon, right?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Anniversary Sweetheart

Today is our anniversary, and we don't usually do anything special, but I thought I'd take the time to make DH a card. I think the "All in the Family" stamp set is my favourite ~ it's so easy to use, and so much fun to pick out what outfits to put on the people, and what colors. I debated putting "reading glasses" on hubby, but decided he wouldn't appreciate the insinuation that he's getting older!

Do you like my new banner? A huge thank you to Linda on one of the scrapbooking groups I belong to on yahoo groups. She designed the layout for the banner and gave it to the group, along with detailed directions how to customize and edit it in photoshop. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.