Monday, 26 January 2009

Taylored Expression CC52MD

As I mentioned earlier this week Taylor at Taylored Expression is celebrating a year of Cupcakes Challenges and her design team has each come up with sketches to celebrate. For every sketch you participate in your name is entered in a drawing for $10 gift certificate to SASI. If you enter all nine then you are entered to win $75 gift certificate. Don't think I will make it into all nine as time is running out but when I saw Monika Davis sketch I got really excited as I was trying to design a circle card for my SIL birthday in a few weeks. Yes that is my spice rack you see in the picture, photographing a circular card was a bit of a challenge as I still have not found a silver flower frog at any of the local thrift shops though I have my eye out.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Amy RS55

I found this weekly sketch last week on a blog that I have been following for a while. I really love Amy's cards and thought using her sketches might help me to direct my cards into a style similar to hers.

When I saw this weeks sketch I knew right away I wanted to use my new Salabration set that arrived on Saturday. You can't really tell in the photo but my trimming skills need a little work, hopefully practice will make perfect! I know I changed the sketch a little but I thought a strip of patterned paper would take away from the rest but it needed a bow. Hope you enjoy!

Taylored Expressions CC 52

Taylor is celebrating a year of Cupcake Challenges over at her blog with a bunch of fun sketches and a chance to win some gift certificates for SASI. Here is my card for her sketch would love it if i could find time to enter in all of the sketches her team members have come up with. We will have to see if I can find the time.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Mojo Monday 70

I love doing the Mojo Monday sketches even if it ends up being a mojo Saturday. I am trying to build up some generic cards so when I forget a birthday is coming up or it is just a friend of a friend I have something already made and don't have to panic. I think it is cute, I have a nephews birthday coming up soon I might end up using it for that.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

KWerner Color Challenge 39

Oh my gosh I was so excited to see our bright colours to work with when I jumped on Kristine's site this morning.

I wanted this card to be about the colour and not really the design so I kept it simple. Hope you like it.
Sorry for the crappy dark photos once again hopefully it will start staying dark later and come April or May I can have some natural lite photo's

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

I {heart} to stamp sketch

Sorry the photo is so bad. It is dark before I leave for work and dark when I get home from work and no mater what room I try to take the photo in the lighting is working against me. I love on the weekends when I can take photos in natural light.

This is a card done for a sketch on I {heart} to stamp. I love the sketch but found that I had a hard time making this card. I started out with doing a birthday card for my DH but I don't know that it really is what I want for him so this may go in the generic card box.

Ink: StazOn
Markers: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Close to Coco, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: SU Real Red, Bashful Blue (my last tiny strip time to reorder), Old Olive, DS Summer Picnic, the orange is part of a multi pack I picked up in the US
Other: Ribbon weaver Punch, SU Real Red Ribbon

Tuesday, 20 January 2009


So yes I got the memo that Christmas was almost a month ago but one of my goals this year was to a make a couple of Christmas cards a month. I made all the same Christmas cards to send out last year and just felt kind of sad sending exactly the same card to everyone. I also never wanted to see the stamp set I used for it after I was done. I was so tired of colouring in the same image 75 times. I also could not find any other stamps that "spoke" to me when planning this sketch.
I think if I was to do it again I would use a lighter green on the tree as it kind of takes over the whole tree and you don't really see the red baubles.
On a good note I finally figured out how to use the macro focus setting on the camera, we got this camera as an engagement gift almost two years ago and I spent a lot of time reading the manual and figuring everything out, then promptly forgot most of it since I mainly used it as a holiday snap camera. Hopefully my pictures of the details will be better now.
Thank you all for your kind comments regarding my journey to being a non smoker, they really touched me and give me the strength to continue on, it is nice to know there are people all over the world routing for me.
Ink: StazOn
Markers: Real Red, Garden Green,
Paper: This all came from a stash of paper I bought three years ago in a failed attempt to make Christmas card not sure where I even got it. The Patterned paper was from a booklet I got at Hobby Craft.
Other: The brads were one of my purchases from the US. I think they are by American Craft but not sure.

Monday, 19 January 2009

No Cards today

Sorry no cards to show today. For those of you who don't read my other blog I am in the process of giving up smoking and have found that walking (which I did 10 miles this weekend love my pedometer!) and organizing calm me. So yesterday I spent a good amount of time organizing my stamping area and dreaming about the Rubbermaid drawers I am hoping my hubby gets me for my birthday. I have a few sketches I want to participate in this weeks so hopefully I will have more cards to show you tomorrow.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Taylored Expressions CC 51

I had a great time with this sketch. I am very into the PTI Wise Owl stamp set now and enjoying having challenges to push me beyond my normal card making.

Ink Stazon Black
Markers Summer Sun, Close to Coco, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Paper SU Basic Black, Real Red, The white is one I picked up in the US and I am not sure who makes it. SU DS Summer Picnic.
Other Real Red ribbon, Chipboard tag, corner punch

Saturday, 17 January 2009

KWerner Color Challeng 38 & Linda Lloyd Blog Candy

So killing two birds with one stone here. This is my entry both into KWerner color challenge 38 and my entry into Linda Lloyds blog candy. I struggled a lot with this card as none of the colors were one I particularly liked. I did not have any ruby red so I improvised with Real Red.
The flower is Impress Rubber Stamps and the sentiment Papertray Ink. The paper is all scraps.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

One for the niece

I did this card for our niece who turn 3 the end of last year and realized that I had never posted it. I love this card style and can see me using it over and over.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Mojo Monday #69

I have seen this sketch challenge for a few weeks and I thought I would throw my hat into the ring and give it a go.

One for the Pooks

Every now and then I like to leave a card form my DH just to say that I love him more than I did yesterday. I love that thought of making his day when he is on the way to work. Card making allows me to do do this with out too much effort.

DH and I have decided this year to not celebrate Valentines day until summer solstice as both of our birthdays sit two weeks each side of the holiday. This means that we get to enjoy a reason to give each other gifts in the summer and we don't pay an arm and a leg for dinner. I could not help making a lovey dovey card though. Yes I am in love with the Wise Owl set from Papertrey.

Ink: StazOn Black

Papers: White, SU Real Red, SU Black

Markers: Real Red, Summer Sun, Close to Coco, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel

Other: Chipboard Tag

Tools: Coluzzles oval template, StazOn Cleaner

Monday, 12 January 2009

While the Paper is out.

While I had the paper out I decided to make another card using the same colours as Kristin's challenge. I did not post this on KWerners site though since I pretty much CASED it from another blog and did not feel that it was fair to enter it. The original card you can see here
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Papers: Bashful blue, an orange I have no idea where I got it, Dark Brown from US, Summer Picnic DS.
Tools: Scallop Circle punch, Scallop edge, 1 3/8 circle punch

Saturday, 10 January 2009

KWerner Color Challenge 37

So another KWerner colour insperation. I love Kristina's blog it is full of so much fun information and always brimming with ideas. I got to play with some of my new toys I got for Christmas. I love my stampamajig. I was skeptica about how easy it would be, but really it is so straight foward and I had great results first try. I am just using vellum square and keep them with the set they go with so the will be easy to go to the next time I need them. I also got to play with my blending pens and I love them! I got the idea from the card here direction can be found here
Stamps: Loads of Love and Loads of Love accessories
Ink: Stazon Black
Markers: Old Olive, Bashful blue, Pumkin Pie
Papers: Bashful blue, an orange I have no idea where I got it, Dark Brown from US, Summer Picnic DS.
Tools: Stampamajig, blending pens, Scallop Circle punch