Monday, January 30, 2012

Lisa's January Sketch Challenge

I just squeaked this one in. Over at my favourite message board Canadian Scrap and Swap...we are given a Sketch Support Challenge at the begininng of the month. My very good friend Lisa puts on this challenge. We have a month to interpret that challenge and complete the sketch. Usually, I start this right away. But, this month I have been having so much fun with my Valentine project that I never got around to making this project. Since the deadline is near. Everyone has been putting up their interpretations over at the board. I thought I better get mine done too! This was a great sketch to use up scraps. The bottom section is an array of pattern paper cut out at different sizes to perfectly line up. It works great for using up scraps. I recently had used this paper pad in a kit exchange and there were a lot of odds and ends of pretty paper. It was great that I was able to use this up for this layout. I am really happy with this layout as it used a whole bunch of different cartridges. The gypsy is great as I could cut them all out on one Mat with scrap paper. The special is a chipboard piece that I received in a use your stash kit exchange. I have been using all the goodies from that baggie that it is almost empty. This was a great way to get crafty with new items without going out and buyingsomething!

The original sketch for this page can be found over at Sketch Support. It is sketch # 16.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 95 Label It

This week over at my Favourite Cricut Challenge blog...Fantabulous Cricut they are hosting a challenge called Label It. The idea is that you create a project using a label shape other than a plain circle!

Well, this challenge called for the use of the Elegant cartridge. This is one of my all time favourite cartridges! I would have so say it is the best investment of a cartridge I have made! I bought it to use instead of the Spellbinders Nestabilities. Better value with this cartridge!

This card was made during my virtual IPhone crop with my friend Lisa G who has also joined in this week for the challenge. We were suppose to get together but do to extenuating circumstances we couldn't so we cropped in our own homes and shared Our projects through texting! Really fun! It was just about as good as being in the same room!

This card was made completely with supplies from a Use Your Stash Ziploc goodie bag swap that we did last week! This was a way to acquire some new goodies, but not go out and buy anything! It was a lot of fun! The stamp is a greeting farm stamp! These cards will be used for my secretaries at work to wish them a great summer holiday and to thank them for their patience over the school year! I did something a little different and decorated the inside of the card, and put the sentiment on the inside! This idea for the sentiment and the decoration inside was completely copied from my crafty friend Lisa G.

The stamps are by Amy R and they are available from All that Scraps!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

All That Scraps Challenge Brown, Blue, Tan

Well, I haven't been quite as crafty this past week as I have wanted to be! But, a lot of that has to do with me getting thrown off by my laptop quitting and me receiving the dreaded blue screen! I have was focused on seeing if I could rescue it and unfortunately it can't be done more can the data on the hard drive be rescued! I am on the search for a new laptop! So in the meantime this means no videos! However, I will be trying to be crafty here in my space as I carry on the trek of using my stash!

Challenges are a great way to do this!! As you can get inspired by the parameters of the challenge, as well as look for things in your stash to create! I have recently become a huge fan of the stamps from All That Scraps. It all started with my Christmas Haul of Amy R Sentiments! Then continues when I acquired some digital stamps! This card is completely unique from the colour pallets I am used to creating with!! But, I am very happy with how it turned out! The sentiment stamp is from Amy R Snowman Sayings and the digital stamp is called Sweet November Tess!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Walk in the Snow with the Pooch

Andrei and I spent some time with Redley this afternoon when we took him out for a very short and brisk walk in the snow. He loved walking in the fresh powder and eating the snow!

Biweekly Review of Use My Stash Challenge

So, I have been displaying all my current monthly creations with my Use My Stash Valentines Kit on the counter of Jet Max cubes that line the back of my wall. I find it so rewarding to see all the creations that I have made since I have begun shopping from my own stash before going off and buying something for a project. Here are all my creations since I started this challenge at the beginning of the year. It is so rewarding to see all of these projects. I love how festive this area of my room looks.

Let's Get Crafty Episode # 82: Valentine Ticket Card

I didn't get to post these yesterday, as I was taking time getting the videos edited. However I made these two cards yesterday with a sketch that I used for a Halloween Card for one of Gloria's challenges last year. You can find that here. I really like the look of these tickets, so I decided I would use this design with my Valentine Use Your Stash Kit. I cut all these digital stamps with Lisa's Nestabilities last weekend, so it was great to have those ready to go to create these cards. I have also created a video to show how I made this second card. However, since I upload my videos in takes more time to get them uploaded.

Let's Get Crafty Episode # 81: You've Got Mailbox

Well, I am so loving the various Valentine mailboxes. Since I have created my Valentine Use You Stash Kit. I have found it very easy to work with this particular theme...I made one of these boxes previously in the week. But, I wanted to make another one. I also asked the creator of this cut file if it would be okay if I could create a video showing all my online scrappy friends how to put this box together. She gave me the okay, so I filmed a video on Saturday. However, it is 23 minutes long which takes forever to format to upload and requires over 14 hours to upload to you tube. Good think I can just set it and frget it. Once the video is processed you will be able to see the detailed instructions how to create this cute little mailbox.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Few Projects to Show

I have been trying to continue to spend a little bit of time in my scraproom every night! Haven't posted much about it this week, but here is what I have been working on!!! I plan on doing some scrapbooking this weekend!! Need to get back to the wedding album and the Honeymoon Album! But, I also have an idea for a video that I am really excited about!!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

All That Scraps - Anything Goes - CC Designs

I'm a little Tea Pot....short and stout. I look all cute with my Swiss Pixie Coffee Birgitta. When I get all blinged out here me shout!! I am so cute with my New CC Design Digi Stamp. doesn't rhyme...but this is the best I can do with a parody of the Little Tea Pot song. However, I am excited again to be playing along with my second All That Scraps Challenge. The challenge requires that you use a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. This card definitely uses a stamp from the All That Scraps Store - as I just picked it out after my last win at All That Scraps this week. They have the most adorable digital stamps as well as rubber sentiment stamps.

This card was made using my Valentine Kit that I put together with items from my stash. I used the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge and Gypsy to weld the to Teapots together. This card actually fits perfectly in  5.25 x 7.25 envelope. Which to be honest...was just a lucky coincidence! I used
the nestabilities that Lisa brought today to cut out the image. This does a really nice job, something that I haven't attempted with my Cricut and Gypsy...although I am sure it can be done! And if they are something that I want to purchase..I will have to wait for my the end of my Scrappy Purchase Ban....

The digital stamp was coloured with my felts in my collection. I don't own many copics...just two for skin colour...but, I am considering adding some to my collection for for hair colours...but for now...I am happy with what I have.

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A Two Card Day...and a Ticker for Scrapping Purchase Ban

I had some odds and ends kicking around and some stamped images that I haven't had a chance to play around with. So, in an attempt to tidy up my work space I chose to use the items that I had around and create these two cards. When I need to take my mind off things I love to colour. These Greeting farm images are great to do this! The Amy R Magincal Wishes sentiments were the perfect stamp sets for these two cards... The second one is a little simple, and in hindsight I should have embossed the pink topnote...but It still ins a pretty card for a little girl!!

I am also declaring my Scrappy Shopping Ban. In an attempt to begin the year off right...I am preventing myself for the next two months to not buy anything scrappy related. I am going to shop in my stash and create with what I have rather than running to the story to buy something new. This week I would say has been a difficult one as you need to break the habits. I would often go to the store on the weekend and look around and buy a few things here and there. However, I have resisted the urge to go today, and when I went on Wednesay to look for a paper cutter to replace the current cutter that I broke. I had things in my hand and then put them back! I looked at the Valentines Day stuff to get ideas for embellishments that I could create at home. And left the store empty handed. I am sure the first little while will be the most difficult, but it will become easier as I go along...

I know it is bad when I forget certain things I have. You might remember this card that I made with my Valentine Card Making session with Lisa before New Year's Eve. I used the tree stamp from her collection, and I totally love the stamp...

well i turns out I have one of my own that I have never used enough said...I am on this Scrappy Purchase Ban for a reason!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Scraproom Wall Decal Project

Today I had a couple of things that I wanted to attempt to complete as I spent time in my scrap space. The first thing was to put a picture frame up above my desk. I would like to create a two page Alison Davis Sketch to put into the frame. I hope that this frame can then be swapped out with new pictures, as I like to have my space filled with crafty decor projects rather than store bought ones. This will help me to stay inspired in my space. Once Andrei helped me put the frame up...than I could put the Wall Decal that I purchased quite a while back up in the room. I was shopping at Dolleramma, and I found a whole bunch of fabulous sayings of Wall Decals. I happened to find one of my favourite quotes that particularly meant a lot to me this summer..."Life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take but by the Moments that take our breath away." This quote gave me hope and excitement as I had to heal and move on from a difficult situation. So, I knew when I saw it that I had to have it in my scrap was a great price....especially when you find it at a dollar store. I attempted to put the quote on my wall today, and it took me a total of 3 hours of standing on my desk peeling each letter section by section. You get what you pay for when you buy a decal at the dollar store that says all you have to do is rub and stick. This did not happen. But, I knew it was worth taking the time to do. It looks great, and I can see it perfectly when I walk into my room, and when I sit at my scrap desk.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Missed My Friday Post

This week I had set a goal for myself to spend time in my crafty space everyday. It was either to organize, get inspired for ideas, or o a little creating. However, my day did not go as planned. I left for work at 8:00 and didn't arrive home and step in the door until 12:30am. We made unexpected plans for dinner with some friends of ours, and then I recieved a phone call that my Dad that my Mom needed my support. She had a really bad day, and needed some laughter. So, Andrei and I set up the Wii. It was a Christmas present. Mom and I danced to ABBA dance. It was so much fun, as there are coordinated dance moves. So we were doing a little routine. Then we played Wheel of Fortune. My Dad beat me...he had a huge winnings of 80, 000 dollars by the time he made it to the bonus round. It was a lot of fun, but it was a late no crafty time for me...

I hope to do some crafty stuff today. I am just finishing up a card with odds and ends that I have on my desk. Then I am going to finish the overhaul of my room. So, that it is already for as scrappin date that I have tomorrow!!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

You are So Sweet Hoot N Holler Owl Card

I am trying to spend a little time in my craftroom everyday for the month of January. I thought that this would be a great way to get me back into craftying, and sharing those creations here on my blog. Yesterday, I spent the evening chosing my All That Scraps Digital Images. This evening I decided to play with my Cricut and new Amy R stamps that arrived on Tuesday. I almost have all the sentiments cut out. It is amazing how many different combinations I will be able to create with these sentiments. I was cutting out the Critter Sentiments tonight, and there were so many cute Owl puns that I immediately thought of my Hoot N Holler Cricut cartridge. I went to my Valentines Kit that I created before the New Year, and pulled out some pink papers to make a cute girlie card. Oddly enough though...I didn't use my Critter Sentiments I used the All About You sentiments. It worked beautifully! I love the two tone look to the stamped image. Worked great...once I am done on this two month shopping ban....I think I am going to invest in a broad variety of dye inks that I will be able to use with these stamps.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

All That Scraps Challenge Winner

Woot Woot! I can't believe it...I received a message from All That Scraps Wednesday Blog Challenge, and my Friend Lisa texted me this mornign to let me know thatI won the All that Scraps Wednesday Treat Holder can see the post here. I have one five of their digi stamps! Oh my I am so excited that I can't wait to chose! So, it was a difficult choice, but I think I was able to find some great ones with variety that I will be able to play with. I have given you the link if you would like to see these for yourself!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Let's Get Crafty Episode # 80 Valentine Treat Holder with Amy R Stamps

I just had to play with my new stamps. I couldn't wait to try them out. So, I chose to make the other heart treatbox that I had cut out yesterday for the All that Scraps Challenge. Treat Boxes are so fun to make...I don't know what it is about 3D projects that I really love them. To learn all the details and how I made this card please watch the video.

Let's Get Crafty Episode # 79 All that Scraps Order Haul Video

I have been patiently waiting for an online order of stamps from the Unites States. I was introduced to a stamp line there called Amy R Stamps. It turns out that the designer behind the stamps is a Canadian from Saskatchewan. Who would of thought that? Us Canadians must be pretty crafty and creative people!! I placed the order on December 8th. But, it didn't come until today, I was a little worried that the largest order that I have every placed online wasn't going to make it here. But, it sure did...and it was sure exciting to open it up and rediscover all the sentiments that I purchased. I have two package of Christmas Type Stamps that I will have to put aside until laster this year when I begin making my Christmas cards. I was so excited to start using some of the stamps that I decided to make another Valentine Treat box like the one in the previous post. But, use the Amy R sentiments on the Tag  instead. They are so versatile, as once you get a couple of sets you can mix and match. Additionally, you can give a real pretty affect with a two tone look. So, these are very versatile and will be put to very good use with my future projects. The sets that I purchased are called:

All About You
Wedding Sentiments
Snowman Sayings
Christmas Wishes
Critter Sentiments
All Men Sentiments
All Women Sentiments
Handy Additions and Big Words
Magical Wishes
Sweet November Stamp Eira

Lots of great ones to play with...please watch the video to see the variety of sentiments that come with these sets!!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #92 – Warming Up with Hot Cocoa

I broke the current Valentine theme that I am working with right now to make this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge. They have had a two week break so the design team could enjoy the Christmas holiday. I missed all the wonderful creations that are over there. However, they are back for another year of challenges. This week they are challenging us to use a cup or chocolate or even the color brown on your project. So, I chose to use a little bit of everything. The base is a five inch square. I cut the scallop from the Elegant edges Cricut cartrdige. I cut the circle from the George cartridge and then ran it through the Swiss dots cuttlebug folder. I cut the cups from the Joys of the Season Cartridge, and flipped the cut in my Gypsy. The coffee pot came from the Just Because Cards cartridge that I am currently borrowing from my friend Lisa. The sentiment tag was cut from Gypsy Wanderings. The boder punch is made by EK success. The great thing about this card is that all the paper for the embellishment of the card came from my scraps. I always feel like this is a bonus project because I am using items that I have alreay used for other projects for this project. I always enjoy the challenges at FCCB, and look forward to a year of creating with them!

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All That Scraps Treat Holder Challenge

Well, I am pretty excited to be be spending the last day of my Winter Break in my pink scraproom. I have been having lots of fun looking at my supplies in new ways, and being inspired by challenges that are out in Blog World. I was recently introduced to a new online store called  All That Scraps. She had some amazing stamps created by a Canadian Amy R. She had a whole collection that she orderd. Of course....I had to get my own collection of these sentiment stamps. I have been waiting for them to arrive as Santa was suppose to deliver them in my stocking for Christmas. But, it looks like they got held up at Canadian Customs. So, hopefully this is the week that they arerive so that I can my hands on these sentiments and really begin playing!.

 My friend Lisa from the Canadian Scrap N Chat Board introduced me to this new online store and their  Blog. I hadn't heard much about it...but she spoke so highly of it that I thought it was time to check it out. I turns out that they have Weekly Wednesday Challenges. The current challenge that closes January is to create a Treat Holder. Well, since I am on a Valentine Theme right now...I thought I would continue with that theme. This treat box was created with my Cricut using the Tags Bags Boxes, and More cartridge. You can cut two of these darly treatboxes out using a piece of 12x12 Bazill pink cardstock. To add a little more dimension...I decided to ink the edges. I also used an Inkadinkadoo flourish stamp to add a little bit more interest. I then added some pink bling from my stash to jazz up the outside. I also did some white faux stiching around the art.

The stipulation of the challenge was to use a stamp from their store...otherwise your project would be removed. So, I chose to use the Greeting Farm Miss Anya Stamp  I chose to colour her with my Bic Markers using Valentine colours. I then cut her out and used foam squares to pop her off the treat box. I then used a tag from the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cartrdige and inked with Rose Bud Momento Ink. I then used a Studio G Wooden Stamp to stamp the sentiment Happy Valentines Day. I used my glue gun to glue the tag on. I then finished the treat holder off with some sheer pink wired ribbon with silver polka dots. I purchased this ribbon in the after Christmas Clearance Section. It was 75% off. It was great because it is perfect for a Valentine's Project Like this. I plan on filling this package with pink, red, and silver Hershey kisses. But, will wait until closer to Valentines Day to pick these yummy chocolate treats up!

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Let's Get Crafty Episode # 78: Valentine Dressform

I am continuing my Valentine Palette of Colours with another dressform card. I am very excited to produce my very first video of 2012. I look forward to the possibility of many more projects. I feel like I am really set to get creating, as I have a craftroom full of beautiful supplies, great tools, and a whole bunch of ideas swirling in my head. It is going to be a Crafty year...I can feel it. This card was made for Gloria's Die Cut Challenge! It was a lot of fun to make!!! I used the Bo Bunny Crush 6x6 Paper Pad. That size pattern is perfect for small cuts like this. Thank-you to Lisa for giving me a little tutorial about how to start playing with this size of paper pad. For all the details in how I made this card...please watch the video!

Gloria's Die Cut Challenge - Dressform

I am ready to do a whole bunch of creting this year. Yesterday was no exception...I had planned on doing a dressform project. To my wonderful surprise...Gloria over at the Canadian Scrap N Chat Message Board posted a Dressform Die Cut Challenge. The Stars had aligned and I was ready to get crafting!! I am also working through a Valentines Day theme since I went through my stash on Thursday night to see what goodies that I have for Valentines. So, I was working in that colour pallete. However, the sentiment I used with these cards could be used for any occasion. The Happiness stamp is from a Making Memories set that I purchased way back. It is a perfect stamp set for subtle sentiments. The corner punch is a pretty punch by Martha Stewart. I am ashamed to say that this is the first time that I have used this punch on a project. It was purchased as a set with a border punch, but could never seem to get them to match up nicely. I have since learned some tips from watching youtube tutorials, so maybe in 2012 you will see me using these corner punches in more of my projects.

Here is a variation of ths card using the top note die...:

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