Thursday, April 30, 2009

Templates to the rescue!

Grab a coffee, because this is a long post, with lots of photos.

One of my best friends from high school recently had her first child, a baby boy.
I wanted to make something special for her, and her son William.

I bought a plain wooden frame at Michael's thinking I would somehow paint it or "scrapbook" it for him.

I knew that the colours in his room were chocolate brown, orange, and light green. I went to my LSS and found the PERFECT paper to use as the background.

I pulled the colours from the paper and painted the frame chocolate brown and lime green. Then the paper was cut to size, and the centre square was cut out. I used the same green paint to dry brush an area that would "frame" the name that was cut out using my Big Shot, and the Sunset font from Sizzix.

I added some extra dimension by using some of the paper that was cut out for the centre frame, and continuing the pattern. I also used my star punch to add some stars to the corner of the frame, and some fabulous buttons to fill in some of the circles on the paper.

This is the first time I have done anything "scrappy", and I am really happy with how it all turned out.

I also wanted to make something special for Chris (the mom) because I know she will need some time to herself to relax as well. Lauren's From the Desk of template to the rescue!

I made two of the From the Desk of templates, and then secured them back to back to create a carrying case for the goodies. I used the tip Lauren shared here to add the side panels to the doubled template. They fit perfectly!

I cut out a little handle using my circle punch from SU, and punching 3 times to make enough room to carry it.

Inside the gift was a bottle of liquid honey, two boxes of cookes, and an assortment of teas.

I made a small box for the teas, and wrapped the cookies in coordinating paper, so that when it was all packaged up, it looked like an actual gift basket.

Monday, April 27, 2009


Below are a number of fantastic blogs offering candy. You better act fast though because at the end of April, these will all be given away.

Passion for crafts
is giving away this AMAZING collection April 30th.

Look at the Copics and Nesties.

My cardz is giving away some ink, nesties, stamp, and basic grey paper pack.

Tammy's Place is giving away this amazing assortment on April 29th.

Vicki is giving away these awesome items on April 30th.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday COLOUR Challenge!

You might be surprised that I am not doing a sketch challenge with Lauren this week, but that's because she changed up the sketch team, and the way we will be doing challenges. Read here for all the details.

So, this week we had a colour challenge using this fantastic bag from Clutterbags.

Instead of making one card using all of those colours, I chose to make one Project using all of the colours. (I substituted Real Red for Pure Poppy, Cool Caribean for Spring Rain, and Basic Grey for Smokey Shadow).

This is a mail sorter using Lauren's Filed with Flair template from PTI.

It does not stand for To Be Determined (although with mail that could be the case), but instead it is for Tamara, Bills (yuck), and Deron (my partner).

The front is somewhat plain, but I added more details to the sides.

The second layer on the sides was printed on cardstock weight velum and cut out. Then I inked my texture plates with the corresponding ink and ran them through my Big Shot.

I also added some ribbon and ric-rac, the ric-rac was MUCH easier to get around those corners, and finished off the top of my box with a couple of Prima flowers.

I wanted to keep it kind of plain so that if it gets ripped or something due to daily use with the mail I won't be too upset about it because I can easily make another folder to fit into the tray.

Please check out the rest of the COLOUR challenge team this week!


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ants on Parade

I got this cute bug image in an image swap a couple of months ago. I just now am getting around to using it because of challenge #10 on Three Clovers Design.

The challenge today was to use any animal stamp.

The grass background paper is from a HUGE package I got for really cheap at Joanne's the last time I was in the US.

It's a super simple card, but I think it's cute, and I guess that is what is most important.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mojo Monday - 83, Tamara - 1

I have heard about Mojo Monday for quite a while, but I have never participated. Until today!

I made this card for my partner who was SUPER supportive this weekend as I crafted most of the day Saturday, and for a few hours Sunday morning making a gift for a friend's baby shower. (That project coming later this week).

I think I followed the sketch pretty well for a first try.

Initially, I had done the card without a sentiment, but it looked kind of dark, so I added the sentiment which really brightened it up.

This was a REALLY quick card for me (about 10 minutes). I used Mocha Chica stamps and Mocha Chica paper, both from the Kim Hughes collection at CHF.

The bottom scallops were cut with some r-e-a-l-l-y old decorative scissors because I don't have a scallop punch of any kind.

The "branch" is from the Bird with Leaves & Flowers die that I got from SU.

The bird is popped, and the wing is pieced, and popped to add some great dimension.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Saturday Sketch!

I am back with another of Lauren's FABULOUS sketches.

Here is the sketch.

And here is my card

I used the Chocolate Chip designer series paper from SU for the background. I used a brayer to add the pink to the paper. I am totally in love with pink and chocolate brown!

The stamp, and the smaller brown and pink paper are all from the Kim Hughes collection, available at CHF.

The felt flowers are from the accents and elements kit from SU. The brads are covered with pink perfect pearls because I didn't have any pink brads. I went over the "love", the bird's wing, and some of the flowers on the background with my clear spica glitter pen. It is really sparkly!

Be sure to check out the rest of the sketch team, including Lauren's blog for her changes for the upcoming sketches.


Also, I missed last weekend because I was busy with Easter, so I whipped something up for that sketch as well. I really don't like my card, and I hope to have time to do another one this weekend to vindicate myself with this sketch.

It didn't really turn out as I envisioned. I thought the flowers would be more white, and not so clear. In order to make them stand out more, I drew around them with a white pencil crayon.

The sentiment is also hand written with a white pencil crayon. Then it looked kind of bland, so I added some doodles, but my doodles are not too good, and now it looks very amateurish. I am going to *try* to fix this card, but I am not holding out too much hope.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

First off, thanks for all the great comments in regards to SPRING!! I *did* get over 25 comments, so I will be adding to the blog candy. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the additions before I left for Toronto, but I will update this post with the full prize photo when I get back. chose number 11 which is
Blogger Lela said...

Happy Birthday. My favorite part of Spring is Tulips! They're my favorite flowers

Please contact me with your address so I can get this in the mail.
(I will also send you an email).

**Sorry! I thought this was scheduled to post, but it didn't.**