Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Santa Christmas Gifts

I have something small to share with you today. I had to hold this back until after we celebrated Christmas just incase my parents or my partner seen the post.

I made this little Santa ticket holder for my parents. I had hockey tickets for them inside. Isn't he super cute!

I also cased this gift card holder from LeeAnn Greff from a pin on Pinterest. This was super simple to create. Just follow the instructions on your envelope punch board for a gift card holder.

Sorry today's post is so long but I have a lot of food to make before our friends come over for the evening. If there is anything you want to know about these leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Square Floral Card Set - CCMC283

Create with Connie and Mary had a very cute sketch this week. 

At first I wanted to create a group of 3X3 Note Cards using the Floral Fusion Die but the flowers were too big for a 3"X3" card so I changed my cards to be 4-1/4"X4-1/4". 

I love how they turned out! 

I never thought I would use this pattern but that's what happens when you just let your creativity flow.

Stampset: Lots of Thanks, Remembering Your Birthday, Too Kind
Paper: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo
Punches: Hexagon
Bigshot: Floral Fusion Sizzix Die
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Gold Card - PPA185

This card I made for Paper Pals Art Sketch Challenge is packed full of embossing!!! I embossed the background, the gold strip of paper, the sentiment and the frame around the sentiment. I am sure it would have been a lot easier if I just had Stampin' Up's gold foil paper, but what fun would that be? ;) 

This is not my usual style of card, and I rarely use gold but I am very happy with out it turned out. I just wish I could get a photo that does the card justice. Trust me this card stands out a lot more than my photo shows.

Thank you for popping by my blog today!

Stampset: Label Love, Positively Chevron
Paper: Very Vanilla, Vellum
Ink: Versa Mark
Punches: Artisan Label
Tools: Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Gold Bakers Twine (Sneek Peak), Water Color Wonder Designer Washi Tape (Sneek Peak)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank You Card - Mojo Monday 325

Things have certainly gotten better with my parents. I was able to talk to them for a few minutes on the phone yesterday. It turns out my dad has a cold and my mom has the flu. They are slowly starting to get better and we have made a date to get together on Sunday to have our Christmas. I hope they continue to get better.

The card I have to show you today was inspired by the sketch over at Mojo Monday. I liked their sketch and I REALLY liked how my card turned out!!! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

I even decorated the inside of my card a little!!!  

Stampset: Papillon Potpourri, Too Kind, Regarding Dahlias
Paper: Smokey Slate, Coastal Cabana, Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Gumball Green, Real Red
Punches: Bitty Butterfly, Hexagon
Bigshot: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Card Base Pop N' Cuts Die, Top Note Die
Accessories: Candy Dots Brads Bases, Neutrals Candy Dots (Smokey Slate), Basic Pearl Jewel Accents

Friday, December 27, 2013

Holiday Update and New Years Card

The first part of my blog today is more personal than normal. If you just want to see my latest creation scroll to the end of my blog.

Christmas this year wasn't anything I thought it would be.
We had my parents over for Christmas Eve but my mom wasn't feeling well and the energy in the house seemed very low. Then on Christmas Morning when I finally called my parents at 11:30am I woke my parents up. They never stay in bed past 8:00am but they were still sleeping. I told my mom to call me when she got up and was ready to have me come over. I never heard from her throughout the whole day and they didn't answer my phone call. My mom texted me later in the evening to say she was feeling "Bad very bad. I will talk to you in the morning." This meant I found myself alone all Christmas and eating Chinese take out with my partner when he got home from work.

Yesterday I got a text from my mom telling me not to come over because she didn't want anyone else to get what they have. I really wish I could talk to my parents but the minute I had on the phone with my mom on Christmas day she didn't sound good at all. I think I will go over to see them tomorrow even if they don't want me to. If they are both very sick who is there to take care of them? I feel helpless!!!

With all this happening I still feel like I should be making Christmas cards because we haven't had our Christmas yet. However, I know I need to move on. Since I didn't have time to send out any Christmas Cards I made a batch of New Years Cards for those who sent me a Christmas Card. Below is the card I came up with. I am not entirely thrilled with the results but the more I look at it the more it grows on me.

I hope you all had a great day shopping on Boxing Day! I took the day to relax and get a stack of these cards created.

To create the starburst technique follow the steps below in the photos.

Draw lines on the back of your paper, or on a scrap paper the same size as your DSP.
If you want to create a starburst like I did here use scrap paper and cut two pieces of DSP at the same time as you cut along the lines of your scrap.

As I mentioned above, cut along all lines you drew.

Once you cut your pieces align them on your paper and adhere.

If you used alternating DSP as I did in my other card it is easy to alternate the DSP to create two cards.

Stampset: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Staz On
Punches: 3/4" Circle, Hexagon
Bigshot: Starburst Framelits, Circle Card Thinlits Die (Star), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Tools: Magnetic Platform

Thursday, December 26, 2013

MDS You Are...

I found this cute saying in a catalogue for a home decor company (sorry I forget the name). I really wanted to buy the product but then realized I could make something similar in My Digital Studio. I have this hanging in my office at work, next to my Chocolate Makes My Clothes Shrink sign, and they both make me smile every time I read them. 

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MDS Chocolate...

After Christmas Eve and all the junk food we ate last night I thought this next project I made in My Digital Studio (MDS) would be perfect to share. However I don't think it is just chocolate. I think we could substitute the word "Chocolate" for "Christmas".

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Make a Wish Starburst - Retro Sketches

I am on a roll with my cards!!! The sketch I used this time around came from RetroSketches. I love the starburst look so this sketch was perfect! 

I forgot to take photos of how I did the starburst for my card so I will make another card and take photos along the way. Then I will be able to give you a picture tutorial so you can do the same thing on your cards. 

Sorry the photo I current have is a little dark. No matter what I did I couldn't get the Island Indigo look like Island Indigo. If i can get a better photo I will update my post.

I hope you have a great day!

Stampset: Perfect Pennants
Paper:  Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush
Punches: 2-1/2" Circle
Bigshot: Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Starburst Framelits, Circle Framelits 
Accessories: Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons Simply Pressed Clay Mold, Whisper White Bakers Twine

Monday, December 23, 2013

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Fab Friday Sketch

I had another great sketch for inspiration today. This time it was from Fab Friday.

I am having a great time playing along with all the challenges and sketches. They are certainly getting my creative juices flowing. I hope you all have a Happy Monday!

Stampset: Merry Little Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Bigshot: Starburst Framelit, Circle Framelits, Deco Label Framelits, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Accessories: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thank You - Freshly Made Sketches

Today's card was inspired from Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches with her fantastic sketch. I love the colours of my card, this is one of my favourite Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! Catalogue.

I love the new embossing folder Stampin' Up is coming out with in their new Occasions Catalogue. What do you think of it?

Stampset: Lots of Thanks
Paper: Costal Cabana, Crushed Curry  Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Punches: Hexagon
Bigshot: Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits, Banners Framelits
Accessories: Candy Dots Brad Bases, Crushed Curry Candy Dots, Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thank You For Caring

The thank you cards are just flowing out of my craft room. I sell my cards and 'Thank You' cards have been even more popular than 'Birthday' cards lately. Since my stock is almost depleted I will be making a lot more this week.

I have been needing inspiration so I used the colour combo from Dynamic Duos and the sketch from Seize the Sketch.

Stampset: Lots of Thanks
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Owl Builder Punch, Small Heart, Banner, Hexagon
Bigshot: Adorning Accents Heart Embossing Folder
Accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine

Friday, December 20, 2013

FM140 Sparkly Thank You!

What a fantastic challenge we have over at Friday Mashup this week. I love the colour combination they challenged us to use!!! I will certainly be using this colour combo again!!!

This weeks challenge was to:
1. Use the colours, Real Red, Gumball Green, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake
2. Add some Glimmer/Shimmer/Bling to your project
3. Mash It Up and do both!!!

I used last weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

I love how it turned out but with all the layers Canada Post might want to charge me extra to ship!!!

Stampset: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Gumball Green, Silver Glimmer Paper, 
Ink: Real Red
Punches: Corner Rounder
Bigshot: Banner Framelits, Magnetic Platform, Chevron Embossing Folder
Tools: Dimensionals!!!!!
Accessories: White Lace Paper Doilies

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FM139 It's White Outside!!!!

Sorry for the late post (again....). My last assignment for my latest class has been sucking up all my time! However, it is due tomorrow so whether I like it or not I will have to hand it in soon...

This past Friday at the Friday Mashup I got my first opportunity to create a challenge!!

I have seen a lot of Chrsitmas Cards lately and I wanted to switch things up a bit. The challenge for this week is create a project:

1.  Using the theme of Winter (Non-Christmas)
2. Use embossing (Dry or heat)
3. Mash it up and do both

After you stamp and emboss your image, cut two lines through your image and glue your image to the smokey slate cardstock with a little space between all your pieces. Cut another smokey slate peice of cardstock using two framelits from the Window Frames Collection to pop up above your stamped image. This will give you the window look I have created above.

Althought I know I have made a lot of Christmas cards this year I am starting to think I should have made more... I am starting to run out because I brought my cards into my office to sell. It seems there are quite a few last minute people who didn't have time to make or buy cards who have been stopping by my office. I am also a last minute person lately and still have yet to send out my Christmas Cards. Who knows, I still might be making more cards tomorrow night, when I will finally get a chance to take a break!

In order to make sure I keep up with my blogging during the holidays I want to make a promise to you right now. I promise to blog daily, a new card or project, from December 20th until January 5th. If I do not keep my promise I will do a draw from the comments I receive from Dec. 20-Jan 5th and will send at least one lucky person Stampin' Up Product (if they are from Canada), or handmade cards (if they live outside Canada).

Stampset: Itty Bitty Banners, Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Smokey Slate, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse, Versa Mark
Bigshot: Wood Grain Embossing Folder, Window Frames Collection, Bitty Banners
Tools: Magnetic Platform, Stampin Trimmer, Heat Tool, White Stampin`Emboss Powder
Accessories: Silver Minin Brads

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Snowflake CASE

This is the card I sent out to the ladies I swap with monthly. I cased a layout for a card Mary Fish created and it turned out super great and in my opinion you would never know this card was a case.

I hope everyone enjoys their card! I can't wait to get my happy mail to see what everyone else has created this month.

Have a fantastic Thursday!!!

Stampset: Tags 4 You, Festive Flurry
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer, Winter Frost DSP Stack
Ink: Island Indigo
Punches: Braket Label, 2" Circle
Tools: Stampin Trimmer
Accessories: Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Island Indigo Baker Twine

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Owl Punch Art Birthday Card Cheat Sheet

Sorry for the late post tonight. I thought I scheduled this to post at 8:00am but instead it was scheduled to post at 9:30pm. I am not sure how that happened...

Here is the Cheat Sheet for the Owl Card I showed you yesterday. I hope it is simple for you to follow along with.

Feel free to contact me or comment below if you have any questions or comments. 

I hope you have a fantastic day!!!

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Punches: 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-1/4" Scalloped Circle, 1-3/4" Scalloped Circle, 5 Petal Flower (retired)
Bigshot: Largest Oval Framelit, 4th Largest Oval Framelit, Top Note Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Owl Punch Art Birthday Card

I made this card back in October for my sister and her Birthday. She loves Owls and I have been meaning to make a Owl birthday card for her for a long time. She absolutely loved the card and was super happy with it. I am pleased with how it turned out.

I did case the card from a few cards I seen on Pinterest. There was no name to the original creator. If you know who created the card I cased from please let me know so I can give them credit. 

Tomorrow I will share with you the cheat sheet for how I created the card.

I hope you have a great day!

Stampset: Remembering Your Birthday
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Punches: 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-1/4" Scalloped Circle, 1-3/4" Scalloped Circle, 5 Petal Flower (retired)
Bigshot: Largest Oval Framelit, 4th Largest Oval Framelit, Top Note Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Monday, December 9, 2013

Starburst Merry Christmas

I cased this card from Rachel Tessman at Stamp Your Art Out. She has a fantastic tutorial on her blog that makes creating the starburst technique on this card super simple. 

This is my first time using the starburst technique but I love it and will have to use the same technique again soon.

Stampset: Greetings of the Season, Festive Flurry
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Season of Style DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Scalloped Border Punch
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer
Accessories: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Ribbon

Sunday, December 8, 2013

FM138 Just a Little Something for a Very Special Someone!

This week at the Friday Mashup Tara did a fantastic sketch. The second part to the challenge was to use Window/Transparency Sheets. Unfortunatly I didn't have any so I had to just follow along with the sketch. Using the Chalk Talk Stampset and Framelits made this sketch come to life quickly and easily. 

In Calgary we have been going through a cold spell and on Friday it got down to -38°C with the windchill. Brrrrr. I hope you are all staying warm during the winter.

Stampset: Chalk Talk
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Season of Style DSP Stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar
Punches: Petite Pennants Builder
Bigshot: Magnetic Platform, Chalk Talk Framelits
Accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thank You CASE

I've been tossing up the idea of sharing this card with you for a while. I didn't think I was going to share it because I found out it is an exact case of a card Mary Fish created. I don't like to create exact "cases" of cards but this layout was perfect! It was super simple to create and I believe it is a wow card. Even if I didn't create the original for this card I decided it was still worth sharing.

It is super crazy here in Calgary right now. We are getting a ton of snow and the wind is blowing like crazy. Just after I finished shovelling the snow I needed to shovel it again! 

I hope you all are staying safe and warm!!!

Stampset: Lots of Thanks
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, , Early Espresso, Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Early Espresso
Punches: Elegant Butterfly
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Essential Paper Piercing Pack
Accessories: Naturals Designer Buttons

Monday, December 2, 2013

FM137 Tag It

This post is very late but it's better late than never. I made this card for Friday Mashup. It is a two week challenge because of American Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This is the first year I have seen Black Friday in Canada and I went crazy clothes shopping!

The challenge these last two weeks at the Friday Mashup was:
1. Create a project with Gingham
2. Create a project using Kraft or Crumb Cake
3. or Mashup and create a project with Gingham and Kraft

I love my card and it came together easily!

Stampset: Tag It
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Bigshot: Chalk Talk Framelits, Stripes Embossing Folder, Magnetic Platform
Tools: Brayer
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine