Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quick Card, Quick Post

This was a super quick card, and will be a really quick post as I am out the door for meetings all day.

Here is the sketch that Lauren gave us.

She also gave a few instructions. The flowers are meant to be any flourish, and the vertical piece is hanging ribbon or cardstock.

Here is the card that I came up with.

I am in Christmas mode trying to get all of my Christmas cards ready to put in the mail within the next week. This card came together REALLY quickly. Under 15 minutes. That must be some sort of record for me. DH even commented when I showed him the completed card "wow, that was fast".

I love making holiday cards that don't use traditional colours, and I wanted to use some of that luscious Chocolate Chip satin ribbon. The snowflake is a plastic ornament that came in a package of 25 for a dollar at Dollarama. What a bargain!

As always, please check out the rest of the sketch challenge team. And we would love to have you play along.

Keep in mind the sketch is just inspiration to get you going, you don't have to follow it exactly.

Lauren Meader Alicia Weimen

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fantastic alterable chadelier/mobile

Do you want a chance to win this?

What is it you ask? It is sneak peak a SUPER CUTE Do it Yourself chandelier that you can buy here, or win here. This is absolutely perfect for all of us paper crafters because the options are endless. Sure, it comes with pink glitter, but you don't have to use that if you don't want to.

Take a look at how Kristina decorated a similar mobile for her soon to be niece.

If that's not enough, she is also giving away one set of pdf downloads for the pillow boxes and the calendar here.

Go, NOW to enter to win, and to look for yourself at the great options available for you on Etsy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Stocking Stuffer

This week Lauren challenged us to use her Stocking Stuffer Template from the PTI My Timeless Templates collection. This is a FREE download, so there is no excuse not to try this and join in.

I downloaded Lauren's template as soon as it was available, but this is the first time I have actually used it. I guess sometimes it takes a challenge to get my butt in gear.

This is the gift package I made with the template. I decided to use more traditional colours so I pulled out my retired Cranberry Crisp and Truely Thyme and got to work. I printed the template out on each colour, so now I can go back and make another stocking that is the same, but with the opposite colours for the body, and the toe, heel, and top.

The top "cuff" is fuzzy because I used my two way glue pen, and added some fun flock. I love how you can still kind of see the red coming through the fun flock.

I also used my scor-pal to create the faux quilting so that it would have a more traditional feel to the stocking.

I adhered my "box" between the stockings right at the top, so that the goodies could be well seen. Unfortunately, that caused the gift to be top heavy, and it kept trying to fall over. I solved that by creating two braces out of some of the excess paper.

Now my stocking is super secure.

I knew I wanted to sew the toe and heel pieces on to my stocking,

but I also wanted the stitching to be evenly spaced, and I didn't want it to be impossible to sew through two layers of card stock.

So I first pierced the paper using this great plastic canvas piercing guide that Alli sent me when I bought some of her old stamps. Thanks Alli!

I made this all up last night while I was watching TV, so these templates are really easy to use. Please take a look at what the others on the sketch team have done, then download your own template, and share your creation with us!

Lauren Meader Alicia Weimen

Monday, November 10, 2008

High Hopes

I am in the process of placing my *first* ever order for High Hopes stamps. Their images are ADORABLE, and look like so much fun to colour. Every week there is a designer blog hop, with one designer having blog candy to give away. This week, you can find it here, but you should really check out all of the designers because their creations are AWESOME!! I will be back with some High Hopes cards once my new stamps arrive!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thanks Sew Much

I missed out on Lauren's sketch challenge last week because I was in Quebec at national meetings. There were some amazing people that were really kind to me, and I wanted to send them some thank you cards, so I used this week's sketch to start those cards.

I used PTI's Quilter's Sampler, and it wasn't until I went to add the sentiment that I realized there wasn't a "thanks sew much" sentiment, so I had to write it in.

I am going to mass produce these for all of the super helpful people I met at the national meetings, but I don't know if I will colour in the other ones, or just use the stamped images. It was really easy since the quilt blocks fit perfectly within a 3/4 inch punch.

The background is stamped with the scissors and thread from the same set in versamark.

Make sure you check out all of the other participants in Lauren's sketch challenge, and we would love to have you join us!

Lauren Meader Alicia Weimen