Saturday, July 31, 2010

Elmo loves you...

So if this has worked properly, I am currently at work. Hopefully in the midst of a quiet 12 hour shift in the IMCU. I am not very techno savvy, so chances are, it hasn't :)

My little nephew turned 3 this past week. He adores elmo!! I decided to make him a shape card. He LOVED it - which was the whole point :)

I welded this puppy together on my Gypsy. I love her so much... I used Sesame Street Friends cartridge and a mix of paper - StampinUp and Creative memories. Inside I used a My Pink Stamper stamp, it says "Happy Happy Birthday" I do love her stamps. Isn't he adorable?

That's it for today, hopefully in the next few days I will be able to do some more challenges. I am loving them, and am starting to get a few Chrisymas cards done. Tomorrow is a stat holiday in Nova Scotia - I have to work again, but at least I will make some extra money. Hope every one is enjoying their weekend :)

A la prochaine...

Paper playtime challenge #9

Another day, another challenge. Paper Playtime is doing a BBQ challenge this week. This was a bit of a challenge for me, until I remember I had this great stamp set from MFT - here is what I came up with:

The paper is StampinUp and the ink is Memento and Stampin Up. I used my Prismacolor pencils and baby oil. This is a really new technique to me - I have only used it 3 or 4 times, and all in the past few weeks. I'm not thrilled with the coloring this time - I think I maybe didn't color enough - so I was trying to blend color that wasn't really there? I don't know. The red background paper is actually BBQ paper - hard to see - but there are forks and knives and a spatual on it in a slightly lighter red. I found it in my scrapbox, it's been there for about 2 years.

I am going to try something different for tomorrow's post. I am working my second of 4 twelve hour shifts tomorrow, and will not have the time to finish a project tomorrow, like I did tonight. I am going to try to save a post, so all I have to do tomorrow is publish it. We'll see how it works :)

Thanks for dropping by, hope you're all having a great weekend!

A la prochaine...

Working today

I'm at work right now - but will be posting a project tonight when I get home. Hope everyone is out enjoying a beautiful summer day :)

A la prochaine...

Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm a Guest Designer!!

Can you believe it?? Last week my little cowboy girl card was chosen at Raise the Bar challnege. That meant I was asked to be a guest designer for tis week's challenge. The challenge this week is a "sticky situation" which meant we had to use a sticker on our card!! GASP! I haven't used a sticker in forever!!

It was a real challenge for me to come up with something, but eventually I came up with 2 submissions (after running to my LSS for help). here is what I came up with:

This card uses Peel Off stickers and Glitter Ritz. I had never used either item before. Man! That glitter ritz gets every where!! I cut the ornaments out by hand, and pop dotted them. the "joy" is from Joys of the Season (I think)

So i designed and welded this little baby on my Gypsy. Using George and Create a Critter. The Stickers I used as accents are Imaginisce "sticker glass". The paper for both is mostly Stampin Up, though some from my scrap boxes.

I have to be honest, if I hadn't been chosen as a guest designer this week, I would probably not have participated. This was way outside the box for me. But on the whole, I am happy with the results. Anyway, thanks for looking!

A la prochaine...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mojo Monday 149

I have never participated in a Mojo Monday sketch before, but while my daughter and I were watching Dora, we were coloring some MFT images - she colored hers with markers and crayola colored pencils, in the beautiful way a 4 year old does. She was so excited to be doing it with mummy! This is fairly true to the original sketch which you can see here

So the image is from MFT - Pure Innocence line - love those stamps:) The paper and punches I used were mostly StampinUp, except for the green polk-a-dot paper which is old Creative Memories. I colored with my Prismacolor pencils, and used baby oil to blend the colors. This is only the second time I have used them, so i am still feeling it out. Thanks for looking :)

A la prochaine...

Another Frame

Yesterday was such a busy crafting day! I ended up making tons of stuff! this is one of the frames I made. it is for my nephews. They just started sharing a room.

Isn't it cute? I used Robotz for the font - love that cartridge! The images are from a variety of cartridges. The car is from Disney's Cars - Elmo is from Sesame street friends - the book and ball from EDPD - the monkeys from Create a Critter - I think that's it.

It was fun to make and didn't take too long. Now my daughter wants one :) I guess I will have to do that one fairly soon. I hope to have another card to share later today, my daughter and I are enjoying a "Jamma Day" - we are currently watching Dora :) What more could you want?

A la prochaine...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another Day another Challenge - or two - or three

So I have had a very busy 24 hours of crafting! I made 3 frames - one name frame for my nephews's room and 2 Frames that are actually for family pictures, but I used my Cricut to help decorate the mat within the frame. I have also made 4 different cards. A birthday card, the card I am showing you below, and two other cards that I can't share yet. Not till Friday... can't tell you what they are, but I am excited about them.

Anyway, here is today's card:

So this christmas tree is from Hello Kitty Greetings - i have never cut this tree before, it's cute. I also cut the oval and the shadow on my Gypsy. I think the shadow might have been a bit too big. The paper is either from StampinUp, or my scrap box. The ribbon is StampinUp and so is the Noel Stamp. So here are the challenges I am participating in with this card:

a) Cardz TV - where Mary challenged us to make a card with a Christmas Tree.

b) Cupcake Craft Challenge - Where we were challenged to do a pastel Christmas card. Which was harder than I had expected, honestly :)

c) The Pink Elephant - Where they were doing a sketch challenge. I tend to steer clear of sketches. I love the idea of them, but they often don't come together the way I see them in my head. i am fairly happy with this one.

I hope you come back tomorrow to see the name frame I made for my nephews. I may even try to sqeeze in another challenge :)

A la prochaine...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zoo Baby

I have discovered recently that I love to make frames as gifts. I made a couple over the years as presents for my son's teachers, but made this one as a baby shower gift for a dirlfriend at work. I just think it is so cute! I am considering making one today for my nephew's room. His birthday is tomorrow. I guess I will have to run to Walmart to get a frame :)

So this frame uses Robotz for the font - I LOVE that font!! And Create a Critter for the wagon and the animals. I got the idea for this cute little animal train from a card Momo made a few months ago. You can see her sweet card HERE Isn't it adorable? You should spend some time checking out her blog. I get tons of inspiration from her!

As per usual I have been hopping around the web looking for challenges, ever since I started playing along with Emma and Momo I have become addicted to them! So, here are the challenges I am using this little frame for:

a) Fantabulous Cricut - The challenge was to make a zoo project.

b)Paper Cutz Challenge - The challenge this week was to create a project with wheels.

I have lots of crafting to do before my vacation is over, so I will be back with more projects tommorow, or maybe even later today.

A la prochaine...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Another late one!!

So my sense of time has been a mess since I went to the cottage. It is so easy to lose track of the days when you have no deadlines, work to go to, or appointments to keep! I had always planned to join an Under the Sea challenge over on Lauren's blog 40:31 Creations I have no idea when I thought the deadline was, but I missed it. Fortunately for people like me, she extended it by a day, till tonight! Yay me! Here is the card I designed while I was at the cottage - gotta love the Gypsy :)

This little mermaid was designed with Once Upon a Princess. The shell, which I welded on my Gypsy, is from Create a Critter. It is one of the Accessories on that cartridge. The paper is a mix of SU and stuff from my scrap boxes. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper... love her stamps.

I had so much fun creating this little card, and I am really happy that Lauren extended her first challenge for time deficient people like me :) I can't wait to participate in another one!

A la prochaine...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A little late...

So I always try to enter Emma's throwback challenges. I just got home from the cottage and knew there was a midnight deadline, so I rush and get the card done. Only to discover the deadline was last night. Oh well, here is my late submission.

The Cupcake was cut at 3.3" from Sweet Treats. the colored paper is mostly from SU, though I used some stuff from my stash. the patterned paper is from Basic Grey. The brown ribbon is I think from Walmart and the sentiment from Stampin Up. I used one of Momo's favorite techniques (Made by Momo), layering a scallop edge. I love this technique and think it looks really pretty :)

So I am entering this into 2 challenges:

a) Emma's Thursday throwback - which is on hiatus till Aug 12th - I may go into witdrawl!! We were challenged to use the Celebration cartridge - or a birthday card if you don't have Celebration. I used Sweet Treats (no celebrations cart. for me yet) and made this "grown up" birthday card - using pretty non-traditional colors for me.

b) Cricut Cardz Challenge - Challenge #34 - where we were challenged to make a card with a cake, cupcake, cookies or candy.

Hope you like my happy birthday card. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, given that I am exhausted after 5 days away with the kids, and didn't have much time to come up with something. I have a cute idea on my Gypsy, that I hope to cut out tomorrow, so please come back and check it out.

A la prochaine...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heading Out

So, this morningI am heading out with the children for the rest of the week. I have made a few changes to my blog. The cutest blog on the block is eliminating a lot of their backgrounds, so I switched to a different spot - and made it purple - appropriate given my blog name. I also tried to link to some websites in yesterdays post, I did it wrong. I know how to fix it, but do not have timee - what can you do?? I need to get on the road.

I hope you all have a great week!

A la prochaine...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Christmas in July - take 2 or is it three?

Yesterday I mentioned a website I found The Daily Dare I found a couple of sites that were doing a Christmas in July Challenge. This is the card I made for the challenges:

This is a 9x4 card (which was the requirement for one of the challenges). The Papaer is mostly all Stampin Up, but I did grab a few things from my scrap box. The star is cut from Joys of the Season. The manger and Baby Jesus are both from Paper Doll Dress Up. The sentiment is from Stampin Up, and is one of my Christmas favorites. I used 2 Cuttlebug folders for this card. I used the snowflake folder on the navy paper behind the vellum, and ran over it with a white ink pad. On the hay, I used the bamboo embossing folder (I think that's what it's called0 I thought it made it look more like hay. The challenges I am submitting this for are below:

a) Cardz TV where we were challenged to use ribbon, lace or buttons on a card. The white ribbon on this card is from the dollar store. I always love what ribbon adds to a card.

b) The Cuttle Bug Spot Christmas in july was their challenge. This is the first time I have entered one of their challenges.

c) Friends Having Fun is a spot I found yesterday while playing on the daily dare. Their challenge this week was to make a 4x9 christmas card that used one of your favorite techniques. These days I seem to be loving the little touches - doodling, stitching, chalking. On this card I stitched and chalked Baby Jesus, which I think brings him to life a bit.

d) Fantabulous Cricut That had a Christmas in July for their "Challenge me Monday" this week.

Two things I need to figure out? How to spell check my posts, and how to properly link to other blogs or websites. Tomorrow I leave town with the kids, heading to the cottage. My husband will join us on Friday, so no more posts from me till at least Sunday. Hope everyone has a great week!

A la prochaine...

Girly card for Momo's Challenge

One of my very favorite blogs to visit is Made by Momo - to visit her, just go to her button on the right hand side of my blog. She has great video tutorials, and i always learn something. She also has a challenge every other Tuesday. I can't tell you how I am loving challenges these days! I t has gotten me crafting again, forcing me to clean up my scrap room, and is making me try new things. They are so fun!!

This week Momo challenged us to make something girly. So here is what I came up with:

The girl is cut at 5" from Forever Young, which I think is a super Girly cartridge. The paper is all from StampinUp as is the ribbon, and the edge punch I used at the bottom. The sentiment is from CTMH, and I thought appropriate for the card. The sparkly flowers are little stick on Rhinestones and are from Kaiser Scrapbook. All in all, I love how sophisticatedly girly this card is :)

I also did a Christmas card today, that I made on my Gypsy. I haven't taken a picture of it yet, but am going to in a minute, so check back in 20 minutes or so to see that card too. Thanks for looking.

A la prochaine...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Web surfing

I had so much fun doing the challenges in the past few weeks, I decided to try to find some more. Thinking outside the box is a very good thing, especially for me. I tend to get stuck in ruts. I found this great website called the Daily Dare - It posts lots of challenges every day, and I found a few that were a nice combo of inside and outside the box :)

So the paper here is all SU. The brown ribbon, I bought at Walmart. The stamp is a House Mouse stamp - and I love it, I think it's so cute! The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper. The mat the stamp is on is from Once Upon a Princess. I manipulated the shape on my Gypsy to make it the right size. I used my Prismacolor Pencils for the first time ever on this card - so this was WAY outside my box. I am pleased with the overall look of the card, and it wasn't too hard to do.

So the challenges I am entering this into are all firsts for me. I am excited to be doing new challneges!

a)Paper playtime - Their challenge this week is "Flower Power" and my cute little mouse is on a Lilac.

b) House Mouse Challenges - their challnge this week was the letter B. Anything goes, as long as you can somehow tie it in to "B". I figured my lilac were "Blossoms" - that counts, right?

c) The Pink Elephant - Their challenge this week, was a color challenge. Brown. The base of the card is SU Chocolate Chip and there is a brown ribbon.

Hope you like my cute little card. I hope to make one more card tomorrow, but am leaving on wednesday for a few days at the cottage with the kids. Hopefully the weather will be good.

A la prochaine...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sqeezed in another!

So I managed to squeeze in another challenge before going to bed. I am entering this in a couple of challenges:
a) Paper Cutz Challenges. Their challenge for this week was to do a western theme. Now as a girl from Nova Scotia, this was slightly outside the box for me, I have never been west of Ontario.

b) Raising the Bar: Challenge #27. They were doing a "wedding challenge" this week. Something old: The bandana paper I have held onto for 8 years in my stash, Something new: My Once Upon a Princess cartridge that I used to create the card, Something Borrowed/ recycled: I used some paper from my scrap stash and Something blue: - all the blue paper - in her skirt, and the card base.

c) If the Shoe Fits... Is having a vacation theme this week. Now I have never vacationed in the west, but a friend of mine just got back from the Calgary stampede and had so much fun! It is now on my wish list of some day vacations.

So here is what i came up with...

So this cute little lady was made on my Gypsy using Once Upon a Princess for the Cow Girl - Cut at 4 1/2. George and Basic shapes for the rectangle of the card, and Robotz for the font - cut at .9" which I welded to the rectangle.

The paper is mostly SU, except the blue for her skirt and hat and the brown of teh boots which are from my scrap box, so who knows. The bandana paper is old Creative Memories from many moons ago. I held onto it for some reason in my stash.

I was really pleased with how this card turned out! I think she is super cute! I love OUAP, but haven't used it much. I hope this is the start of a new trend for me, using that cute cartridge. Hope you like it!

A la prochaine...

You scream, I scream, we all scream...

for ice cream!! I made this little card for a challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut blog. They challenged us to make a cool yummy treat, with an option to make it a shape card. here is what I did:

I made the ice cream from Doodlecharms, and welded it on my gypsy. I decided to weld it at the cherry, intead of along the side. It actually worked pretty well! The paper was all Stampin Up. I then used a cuttlebug folder ov the cone part to give it a little texture. The cherry is stickled, for a bit of bling. I also used My Pink Stamper stamps. The sentiment sats sweet thoughts of you, which I thought was appropriate for an ice cream card. I did a bit of doodling around with my white gel pen, and inked up the cone a bit... all in all I think it's cute!

I had hoped to do a few more challnges this week, but only had one day off from work. Maybe next week will be better. Thanks for visiting :)

A la prochaine...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More Challenges

This is a really quick post, I ma already running late to my Crop for Cancer. Getting up at seven just felt way too early today! So this card is being submitted for a couple more challenges. Emma, from My creative Time, challenged us to design a card around our favorite holiday, Mine is Christmas by far - well, other than the weather... Cricut Cardz challenged us to use the card feature on a cartridge. Here is the card:

So this simple card cut is from the Winter Wonderland cartridge - it is the card feature of snowflake #4 - I have never used the card feature from this cartridge before. I cut the card at 4 1/2, and had a tough time trying to layer it. After a few miss cuts, I found that 4 1/4 fit almost perfectly to layer on top. I then used some CTMH stamps to stap the snowflakes with versa mark, and the sentiment. The paper is all SU, and the ribbon is form the dollar store. I must admit I am not in love with this card, but it turned out OK.

So enough procrastinating! I must go scrapbook!! A la prochaine...

Friday, July 16, 2010


My 2 weeks of vacation started yesterday - yay me!! - although I am doing an overtime shift on Saturday. We aren't planning to go away anywhere, so I am hoping to get some crafting done.

Today's card is a shape card that I made for one of my nephew's birthday. He just turned 4, and is in love with Lightning McQueen, I decided to do a CARS card for him.

Didn't it turn out super cute?? It was a bit of a challenge to make. Some of the pieces were so small! In the end though, it was totally worth it! I used My Pink Stamper's stamps for the "happy happy birthday" sentiment. I love how perfectly her stamps stamp. They are crisp and clear, and easy to use. My nephew really liked the card - so all in all, successful!

Tomorrow I am going to a Crop for Cancer. I actually have a whole day to scrapbook! Yay me! I will try to post some layouts ovew the weekend.

A la prochaine....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Birthday Card

I made this sweet little card for my mum's birthday. I had not really used Once Upon a Princess, but I love it, and wanted to try something from it. I welded the Birthday on the side, just like Emma from My Creative Time showed me in one of her great blog posts.

I was really excited how easy it was! I thought it was going to be a really difficult thing to create, but in the end, it wasn't. I love this sweet princess. On the inside, I created the sentiment "Queen for a day" on my computer. My mum loved it!

I start 2 weeks vacation on Friday and am hoping to get some crafting done. There are so many challnges I want to take part in!

A la prochaine...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Momo's Tuesday Challenge

So the final challenge I participated in this week is Momo's. She challenged us to make a project about love. I had really hoped to do a scrapbook page with some pictures of my family, because that is what love means to me. Unfortunately I am so far behind in my scrapbooking, that I don't even have a family picture that includes my daughter anywhere but on the computer! Terrible, I know... Instead I decided to do a wedding card. One of DH's cousins is getting married in Ottawa next weekend. Unfortunately we can't go, but I still wanted to make a card.

I cut the couple out of Stretch Your Imagination and silhoutted them. I loved how it turned out. I then stamped my sentiment and embossed it in gold. The background paper looked pretty blah to me. So I stamped some flourishes with Versa Mark, just to add a subtle decoration. I stole a technique from Momo to decorate the bottom of my card. I got 3 pink pieces of paper from my stash. Used the scallop border punch on all of them, and lined them up with a piece of gold ribbon on the top, and VOILA! A lovely border for the bottom of my card. Thanks momo :)
The paper is all from stampin up, as is the sentiment on the front and inside of the card. the gold ribbon I picked up at my LSS. So that's it. thanks for looking,
A la prochaine...

Christmas in July Challenge times 3

I was able to use this card for a few different challenges on the web, which is always exciting :)Mary over at Cardz TV is having a Christmas in July challenge this week. She challenged us to use a snowman on a card. Paper Cutz Challenge is also doing Christmas in July challenge. You could do any card or layout, but could not use red or green. Cricut Cardz Challenge is also doing a Christmas in july, there were no restrictions on the card. Here is what I came up with for the challenges...

i had completely forgotten that Hello kitty Greetings had a snowman on it, until I searched my gypsy for a snowman. I love that cartirdge, I think it is so cute! And this little card came together really fast, and I just love how it turned out.

I made the card 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. And cut the snowman at 3 1/2. I chalked in her little cheeks, which I think makes her look adorable! I got all the paper from my scrap box. Most of the cardstock is Stampin Up, as is the sentiment. I haven't got a clue where I got the patterned paper, but it was from my stash. The ribbon is from Stampin Up too.

This was the 1st time I participated in a Christmas in july challenge, and the first time I participated in the challenge on Mary's blog, Cricut cardz Challenge or Paper Cuts challenge. It was lots of fun to make this card. I am sure I will be participating in more challenges in those spots again soon! thanks for looking,

A la prochaine...

Throwback Thursday...

So I have had the past 4 days off work, and got a bit of crafting done, that I am finally getting around to posting. I participated in 3 challenges on the web this week. This is the 1st one. Emma, of My creative time, challenged us to use Zoobaloo, or another of the older cartridges to make an animal project. Here is what I came up with:

we always seem to need gift card holders at our house. We tend to give gift cards often for birthdays. My son is at the age where he loves to have his own money to spend places, so gift cards from Chapters, or the movies make great gifts for him! he often chooses gift cards as gifts for his friends.
The holder is cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More at 8 inches. I then cut the monkey and it's silhouette from Zoobaloo at 2.5 inches. In retrospect, I might have cut the monkey a little bigger - maybe 3 inches... oh well, next time :)
The stamps are both from My Pink Stamper, and the paper is a mix of Stampin Up, CM (printed paper) and something from my LSS. The ribbon on the to is from CTMH. On the whole, I was pretty happy with how this turned out. Thanks for looking,
A la prochaine...