May 25, 2008

Hip Hip Horray for Friday Sketchers!!!

Well, I was just a itchin' to get into my scrapbooking room and get inky, in spite of the fact, that my dinning room floor was covered in piles of dirty clothes from our recent trip. As well as, luggage, souvenirs and other vacation paraphernalia spewing from our suitcases. Chris and I have been trying to put a dent in the laundry now for the last few days but it has been a slow painful process. I had to laugh though, when I told him I was going to be busy making a card and couldn't keep an eye on the washer. He said and I quote "what for?" Obviously, he doesn't get it! Who needs a reason to make a card, lol! Next time he says he is going golfing I will be sure to ask "what for?"!

So, when I finally got ready to work on a card for the Friday Sketchers challenge I just wasn't feelin' it! I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me because Carole's sketch was absolutely fabulous, I had a new 6X6 pad of yummy BG Sultry pp and my new Georgia Pacific paper that I bought at Wal-mart in FLA. But there was still something mojo, no spark, no passion! So, it goes without saying, that I am not lovin' how this card turned out, not at all! It just feels like something isn't right with it but I can't put my finger on it! Kinda like how I am feeling. Maybe I have the post-vacation blues! Oh Well, I hope this creative slump doesn't last too long.

So, for this card I used Watermelon Bazzill cardstock for the base and the pp is BG sultry 6X6 pad. I used a Magnolia stamp called Jumping Tilda. I stamped it on Georgia Pacific paper with Archival Brilliance Black Graphite ink and coloured it in with Copic markers. I really like the Georgia Pacific paper. The Copics work really well on it and I think because it is a little thicker (110 lbs) than the Wausau paper (65 lbs) the ink soaks in more and doesn't migrate nearly as much, that is very cool! My only complaint is that it isn't as white as the Bright White Wausau paper. I added some glitter to her wings with a Sakura stardust glitter pen and stamped the strip of green pp with the circles stamp from the MFT Let's go for a walk set with a VersaMagic Spanish Olive ink. I embellished with a few prima flowers and a few clear Bella's Baubbles. The sentiment is a Studio G stamp that I stamped with brown staz-on ink on the tag. Tag is a QK 2x2 die.

So, I thought I would also share a card that is a little different from the usual cards that I make. I needed to make a birthday card this morning for a little boy turning seven. It was a good opportunity to use up some stickers and pp that I have had for a long time. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.

I whipped up this card as Kieran was getting ready for the party. Chris had picked up a hot wheels gift bag at the dollar store and it made me think of the Sandylion Hot wheels stickers that I have been hording forever. I thought this card would be a little more appropriate for a boy turning seven. Somehow, I doubt he would have appreciated a Magnolia stamp card,lol!

So, for this card I used Basic Yellow Bazzill cardstock and Creative Imaginations pp with Flames on it and the word Danger. I cut a strip of the Hot Wheels boarder sticker to fit the card face and I cut the word "Danger"out of the pp. I positioned it slightly under the Sticker of the Monster truck and adhered both and added the screw brads to the word. I stamped happy B day with black staz-on ink.

Well, That is all I have to share today. As, I said I hope this little slump I am in is short-lived and I can get back into the regualr swing of things. Thanks for stopping by and having a look around, leave a comment if you wish, I love reading them!

May 22, 2008

All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo is stamp!!!

Hey! I am back!!! It is soooooo great to be home! We had a blast in FLA! We played hard and are exhausted after spending 6 day going to the 4 WDW parks and 1 day at, Aquatica, the new water park at SeaWorld,what a hoot!!! we had two down days for the kids and I. We slept in while Chris decided to get up at 6:00 am to golf, (extreme eye roll)! When he got back we just lounged by the pool and gave are feet a well deserved break. Woohee, my puppies were hurtin',lol! The weather was gorgeous and hot we had maybe only 30 mins of rain for the whole 10 days. It would rain for like 10 mins and then the sun would shine! It suited us fine but I felt bad for the Floridians they really need it to rain! It is very dry and there are many brush fires. So, I hope it rains soon for them, as, It was very sad to see the damage caused by the fires on the late news every night.

Well, I don't have any cards or scrapbook pages to share as of yet but I still wanted to say Hi and tell you a bit about our holiday! See my new pic with Snow white,smile! Love it! We had dinner at Cinderella's Table and I met Snow White and got my pic, YAY! Hannah was very excited to see all her favourite princesses and Kieran enjoyed it too! The food was very good, one of the best meals we had there. We had a condo with a kitchen so we bought groceries and packed lunches and cooked our own food for the most part. We did have two special dinners that Chris booked for us one at Epoct's Coral Reef and at one Magic Kingdom, Cinderella's Table.

Animal Kingdom closes early, at 7:00. So, we had an early night and it was a nice break! I watched the Country music awards and so loved the song "All I want to do" by Sugerland. It is fantastic! So,I added it to my play list here on my blog. I use to be into new country, but not so much anymore but I really like this song! Well, All I want to do wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wooo is stamp, scrapbook, play, create!!! I can't wait to get sometime this weekend to make something. Unfortunately, I didn't get to any scrapbooking stores but I bought some Georgia Pacific white paper to stamp on. I want to see how it is with the copic markers. I know many people use it and I can't get it here in Ontario, so I decided to pick up a few packages. It is so inexpensive around 6 dollars for 150 sheets. So, I think 450 sheets will last me a while,lol!

Well, Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have a card or scrapbook page to share with you real soon!

May 04, 2008

Too cute....I just couldn't stop myself!!!

I know, I know....I said that I probably wouldn't get a chance to post anything until I got back from Disney world. Well, I got a lot accomplished yesterday and I had a little time last night (late last night and into the very early morning, he, he, he) to make two baby cards for my friends from work and two more just to have on hand....once I started I couldn't stop, lol! WOW!!!...I had a blast making these cards, Alvin and Tingla are just so darling!
I am trying out a new way of listing all the product used on my cards. I got the idea from Michele Boyer's blog Paper Cuts. She is a very talented card designer and is on the DT for one of my favourite stamp Co. MFT, among many others. I thought it would be quicker, less wordy and convoluted but I am undecided. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Also, I would like to enlist the help of any computer savvy blogger/stampers out there. I can't figure out for the life of me, why, when I copy and paste the HTML code from MyLiveSignature, my signature appears with a box around strange! If you know how I can fix this send me an e-mail or leave a comment....much appreciated!
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Monocromatics Multi-packs (Flamingo, Heather, Sprout) Wausau bright white Patterned Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Tingla, Kelly Panacci Baby set Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite black, Versifine Onyx black, VersiMagic Chalk Pretty Petunia Colouring Medium: Copic Markers Die Cuts/Punches: Quickutz photo cornor & tag, Marvy Uchida small circle punch Embellishments: American Craft ribbon, MakingMemories brads, Prima flowers, Stickles, Sakura Stardust Pen, Signo white gel pen, pop-dots
Cardstock: Bazzill basics Blue Bling & Monocromatics Multi-pack (Canvas) Wausau Bright WhitePatterned Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Alvin & baby tag, Kelly Panacci Baby set, MFT Sassy Sayings Ink: Archival Brilliance Black Graphite, Versifine Onyx Black Colouring Medium:Copic Markers Die Cuts/Punches: Quickutz photo corner & round clip Embellisments: American Craft ribbon, MakingMemories button brad, Stickles, Sakura stardust Gelly pen, Signo White Gel Pen, pop-dots

Cardstock: Bazzil Basics Monocromatics Multi-packs (Flamingo, Heather, Aleo Vera) Wausau Bright White Patterned Paper: Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Tilda & Kelly Panacci Bay set Ink: Archival Brilliance Black Graphite, Versifine Onyx Black VersiMagic Chalk Spanish Olive, Tea Leaves Colouring Medium: Copic Markers Die Cuts/Punchers: Photo Corner, Tag and Marvy Uchida small circle Embellishments: American Craft ribbon, MakingMemories brads, Prima flowers, Stickles, Sakura stardust pen, Signo White gel pen, pop-dots

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Monocromatics Multi-packs (Aleo Vera & Canvas) Wausau Bright White Patterned Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Alvin & baby tag Ink: Archival Brilliance Graphite Black, Versifine Onyx Black, Colouring Medium: Copic Markers Die Cuts/Punches: Photo corner & round clip Embellishments: American Craft ribbon, MakingMemories button brad, Stickles, Sakura stardust pen, Signo white gel pen, pop-dots
Thanks for stopping by!

May 03, 2008

Longing for a Sense of Satisfaction and my own Summer Swirl!!!!

I think this Magnolia stamp of Tilda in a Summer Swirl is sooooo beautiful...for right now, it is my favourite stamp. (If you have a favourite stamp make sure you let Ila know....she has birthday blog candy available on her site.) It makes me long for that feeling of being enveloped in a warm summer breeze. Well, I will feel that wonderful sensation soon enough!!! Not long now before we leave for Florida and I get to go to the happiest place on earth, Disney World. For me, Disney World, is my bliss.

I made these cards over the course of the week, doing a little bit here and there. I am very happy with how they turned out. I think my colouring and shading technique with the Copics is coming along. I have really tried to put Claudia's fantastic tips and instructions from here Copic tutorial into practice and incorporate Ila's great colouring tips from her tutorial too. I know she works in a different medium but I found her shading instructions very useful!! I also, found really great Copic info here and here. Again, more great instructions on using your Copic markers. The best tip is how to use your colourless blender marker as an eraser, for those times that the ink "migrates" beyond the lines of the image. Maybe, the expert Copic marker users out there already knew about this great tip, but it was new info for me and very helpful!

When I was assembling these cards last night, I had a bit of a cardmaking emergency, smile! Don't worry, I didn't call 911, instead I just made a mad-
dash to my good friends, Charlene and Jackie's, store, The Scrapbook Academy, which is like 3 mins from my house and picked up some adhesive, phew!!! While I was there, I saw that the shipment of MFT stamps arrived. I wonder who told them about these fantastic stamps...uuummm...gee....Well, that would be ME, of course!!! So, I bought some adhesive and the Sassy Sayings Sentiment set, YAY!!!!

So, for these cards I stamped the Tilda in a Summer Swirls stamp on Wausau bright white cardstock using Archival Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured her in with my Copics. The base is Bazzill brown cardstock and the pp is from BG 6X6 Sugared paper pad. I found the perfect little embellishment to go with this stamp. These cute Hydrangea flowers, they are Martha Stewart punches (two different punches) that I got at Michael's. I thought they were such a perfect match to the little flowers floating around Tilda. I added Stickles to her wings and some flowers and Sakura stardust pen. The ribbon is from American Craft and the photo corner is a QK die. The sentiment "follow your bliss" is from the MFT Sassy sayings set. I stamped it on a tag made with a QK die and the sentiment "hugs to you" is from one of those Studio G sets that I got a Micheal's for $ it!!!

Thanks for having a peek at my cards. I want to thank everyone for leaving such inspirational comments on my blog. Hugs to you all! It is so nice to read them and to get that feedback and encouragement! Recently, I was reading an article by Stacey Julian in the May/June issue of Simple Scrapbooks. She was talking about how scrapbooking (insert stamping/cardmaking) can give us a real sense of satisfaction in our lives. Her words really struck a cord with me, it was such a powerful statement that I would like to share it with you, she said, "I am convinced that scrapbooking can bring this same sense of satisfaction into our lives all year round if we choose to concentrate on the heart of what we do. Really. If we focus on commemorating the people we love on our pages, if we remember that the look of our layouts is secondary to the feel of our layouts, and if we interact with fellow scrapbookers in ways that emphasize cooperation over competition and sharing over showcasing--then I think we can carry feelings of peace and well-being with us all year long. (I know I am trying to.)" Me too, Stacey, me too!

Thanks for stopping by...I may not post again until I return from Mickey land! Later,


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