Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday

Good morning everyone. Don't you love the snow, really getting into the Christmas spirit. Last night I did this card using the Basic Grey Winter Botanical Embossing Folder. It is gorgeous. What a simple way to make a card. You get four embossing folder in this set. Three of them are smaller, so you can layer on your card or make gift tags. I embossed first and then took the Encore Gold Metalic ink and sponged over my image. Then I took the Vintage Photo distress ink and inked the edges and the raised areas of the image. Love the effect it gives.

Have a great day and thanks for looking.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Daily Albums

Good morning everyone!! It is non stop rain here in Southwestern Ontario! I can't believe how much it has rained since last night! It is a great day to cuddle in and do some blog hopping! I did some of that last week and what I found reminded me of a project that I had planned to start ages ago. (Ages being years!) Have you heard of a December Daily Album?? I was on the Fancy Pants blog last week and the design team were showcasing their takes on it. (You can read it here.)

Basically a December Daily Album is a journal, notebook, or album that you prepare prior to December 1, leaving spaces for pictures, journalling, letters to Santa, etc., that you add during the month of December giving you a complete documentation of the holiday season! The theory being you are less busy in October/November so you do the bulk of the work before the craziness of the holidays begin!

This is my year to start this tradition that if all goes according to plan, I will continue for many years to come!! I decided to take Scrappin' Great Deals' December's Scrapbooking Kit and make my first December Daily Album!! Here is a glimpse at the kit that will be released later this week:

On Saturday at the all day crop I was able to get my album pages cut out, the front and back cover are chipboard covered in patterned paper, and then I used the Cinch to cut the holes in preparation for it to be bound. I then started working on the front cover:

Needless to say I am still working on the rest!! I have two more days until December 1st!! It will be a busy couple of nights I have to admit. You can join me over on my blog next week when I will start showing the interior of the album!!

Have a fantastic day!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Snowmen for Christmas and time-saving tips

Hello stampers!

Don't worry - it's not too late to make some Christmas cards, if you haven't started already!  You might be like me and waiting for that PERFECT inspiration to just land in your e-mail.  Or for the ideal stamp to appear before you at SGD.  Or maybe, like me, you are still trolling the blogs in blog-land to find the most gorgeous (and easy to reproduce of course) creation to send to your loved ones.  At least, I'm guessing that's the case (based on the fact that you are reading our blog, and are therefore probably an avid crafter like myself!)

So - fear not - here is some inspiration for you - with lots of time to spare!

GREAT time saving tip - SNOWMEN!!!  Guess what?  They're WHITE!  And what do we stamp them on ladies (and gentlemen)?  That's correct!  WHITE paper!  Ta-da!  Problem solved!

OK - now you might be slightly crafty addicted (like myself, which I FULLY support - and in fact encourage, since it is a healthy habit after all - sharing art that is).  In which case, you may want to add a little more than white to your snowmen.  If you are a Copic artist (if so, I LOVE you and welcome to the family) - a little C1 and C0 and you are in business!  If you want to get fancy (and why not, it is Christmas after all) a little B00 or W0.

So I thought I'd share with you the snowmen I crafted earlier this year in my role on the Design Team for High Hopes Stamps.

If you've been to the store lately, you may have seen these little guys sitting on the shelves.  If not, please swing by!

Another time saving tip for you - Paper collections!  These companies are genius.  Bo Bunny in particular - they have an entire matching line of beautiful papers!  WITH coordinating stamps - chipboard - stickers - tags - you name it!  Pure genius.  One trip to SGD (or the website) and you're in business!  They even have card KITS!  I kid you not.

You'll note that most of these cards have been created with Bo Bunny Blitzen.  I had a mildly obsessive phase when it first came into the store - and now have a drawer full of it - including all the accessories.  After all, what would I do if I didn't like the 2012 releases?  I NEED to have a good supply of course!

You may also enjoy my other new favourite which is Bo Bunny Snowfall.  Equally gorgeous with tones of brown & blue.  The 12x12 papers even have glitter on them!  STUNNING.

So - I don't want to slow down your crafting - or get in the way of your loved ones receiving those fabulous hand-made cards this year.  So I'll leave you at that.

Hope to see you soon!


It's about time!

Hi Everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend!!!! I am sure that it was in my very first official post for SDG that I told you I was working on this nifty project!!!! That seems like forever ago now!!! I've had it together for awhile and was just intending on doing some stamping on the acetate in the shadow box, but my white stayzon seems to have gone south for the Winter. So I nixed that plan so that I could show you this before Christmas!!!! This is a little Christmas Gift that I've made for my son Jonathon.

I started the project with a couple of things...........this nifty kraftboard box by Graphic 45 and The My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas Collection pack. I'm not sure if Sheila still has the kit in stock, but you can find all the fabulous papers here .

The Box has a magnetic closure and a very cool accordion album inside, that you can decorate to your taste.

I started by covering the outside and the inside covers of the box with some of the matching papers


I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy to all the edges, as it softens it down. Also to cut down on the bulk a bit, I used the Lost and Found Christmas Stamps (which happen to be on sale now!) to Stamp the outside edges and interior of the box.

I embellished the box and layout with some of the die cuts from the Tag sheet in the kit as well as with the My Minds Eye decorative brads.

Here's a few shots of the accordion album

The Cover

These pictures are sweet 9 year old is now 15.........where does the time go......we had a lot of fun making gingerbread houses at Christmas

I had to don that Santa Hat too!........................I'm not sure if more candy made it onto the house, or into our bellies!

Ohhhh the Concentration here!

A little pocket for tucking in the Journaling and an extra picture or two!

Hmmm I haven't seen Jon make this particularly interesting face for at least a year or two!

Did I mention that I LOVE papercrafting kits? I managed to get this project done, along with 3 or 4 cards, a glass ornament and I still have a full sheet of paper that I intend to do another layout with!

Hope you enjoyed my for sweet Sydney's Layout next week!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

We've got High Hopes!!!

We've got High Hopes....sing it with me! LOL! I know I know- I am far too cheerful for a Saturday morning. I am loving the snowmen from the most recent High Hopes release and wanted to share one of the cards I made. This snowman is actually 'full bodied' but I only used his top half and using nesties framed him up nicely. I also used some Webster's Pages Christmas paper, twine  and one of my beloved charms.

I know Sheila has a few more of these in stock and with her current sale of 30% off rubber stamps its time to shop!!!

Have a fantastic day!!!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Twelve Hour Crop Tomorrow!!

Yep, another 12 hours of scrapbooking/card making bliss. We have another crowded house! They are only a few spots left for this monthly event! It is a wonderful time, loads of laughter, no distractions, you are surrounded by pure inspiration and everything you need is right at your fingertips, and anything you have forgotten, well we have that too!!!

Things may get a bit rowdy; there may be times that the conversation may stray off suitable subjects for young ears; and Scrappin' Sheila is right in the centre in of it all. Here is a pic taken at the last 12 hour crop:

Sheila and her new mascot, supplied by Kim (seen there in the background!). Fun times!

The store has some INCREDIBLE deals on right now, the inventory clearance and all in stock stamps are 30% off!! So pop on by tomorrow to visit us!! Remember you can still call today to reserve your spot for the crop!!

Happy Crafting!!

Dazzling Snowflakes

Happy Friday to all of you!
Today I am sharing another Christmas card with you. I have to admit, stickers are usually "safe" for me.....I can see them in the store and think, nice but not for me! Now. embossing folders is a completely different many new ones keep coming and I can oh and ah about each one of them, LOL!
When I was looking for something quick and easy, I looked at the stickers and I have to say, they are pretty awesome!
The picture doesn't do the card justice, the snowflakes have a nice, pearl blue finish, when you are in the store next time, you should check them out.
So, here we go for supplies:
- Tied together embossing folder from Couture Creations
- Dazzles, Pearl blue snowflake stickers
- silver metallic paper
- CB dots embossing folder
- Viva silver glitterliner
- Labels 4
- Kaiser Craft stamps, Christmas sentiments
Have a great weekend, Anja

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hope For Peace Snowman

Hi everyone!

Jeanne here today with a wintery snowman card. Winter in my part of Texas is a bit unusual... we'll have one day in the 80's and then the next day we'll top out at 40 degrees. We've never had enough snow here to make a real snowman, so it's fun to at least get to color a cute one!
Here’s today's project :

Flower Soft: Polar White
Ribbons and lace; May Arts
Markers:: ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Die cuts: Sizzix Framelits (657568 Rounded Tags)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays

Hi Everyone,
I hope everyone has a great Wednesday. Today I am showing a project that I will be doing at ScrappinGreatDeals today.If you want to try something new, come out to the store for 1:00pm. We will be using Glitter Ritz and Scor Tape.

I put the tape on a piece of card stock and then I ran it through the Tim Holtz's Tiny Tabs and tags die cut. When you are using your scor tape, try and keep the backing of the tape to cut out shapes. This works best when doing this technique. I used a snowflake punch to get the shape. You can use any shape you want. You take the cover off the tape, remember don't throw this piece out. I then placed my snowflakes on the tape. Tip, do not put fingers on your tape. The oil from your fngers will show and the glitter won't adhere as well.

Pour your background glitter over your tag. Brush off excess glitter. Rub glitter with finger. Once this is done, remove tape and pour your next glitter, brush of excess glitter and rub with finger. You can do this with as many colours as you want.

I used the Glitter Gone to pick up the glitter that gets all over my table.

I hope you give this a try, would make beautiful tags for gifts or make a book marker.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you out at the store on the Wonderful Wednesdays.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Flourishes, Sizzix and Fussy Cutting!

Good morning everyone!! I hope you are having a great start to the week! I have a few things to share with you today!

First off, thanks to all the lovely ladies who took my Scrapbooking Techniques class last Friday! It was wonderful working with you all and I hoped you enjoyed the class! The technique this time was "Fussy Cutting". We practiced using both scissors and cutting blades. Both have their pros and cons, but in the end both are necessary to make the most of the technique. After we practiced, I handed out some Christmas paper and we worked on putting together a little 6 x 6 collage using our fussy cut pieces.

Here is what I came up with:

My next class in the series will be in January. Keep an eye on the website - crops and classes for further details!!

Next up is a card using a Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp set - Silhouette Vines, that comes with a matching embossing folder.

Love love love these sets!! So simple and elegant! I stamped the image using white Chalk Ink on the brown cardstock, then embossed it with the folder, and lastly used some Smooch Illuminate on the flowers and butterflies for a touch of sparkle. (Hard to see in the photo - you'll just have to come in to the store to see it in person!!!)

The sentiment and tag is a Flourishes Set - Country Charm Labels - a stamp set that co-ordinates with the Spellbinders Grommet Tags set. A close up:

I attached the tag with 3 colours of embroidery floss, mounted the brown cardstock to some cream cardstock and then to the brown card. Love the layers!

So that is what I had for today! Happy crafting!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stamping Bella Girlies!

Have you ever had a brand or style of stamp that just doesn't seem to suit you?  One that no matter how many tries, you just can't get the hang of?  Well, for me it was the Stamping Bellas for the longest time!  I don't know why, but I just getting get the knack of them.  After one particularly disasterous attempt at colouring a plump woman with large hair, I swore off these stamps completely.

Until now!  Anyone who knows me well knows how much I treasure and appreciate my girlfriends!  They are true gifts in life and should be appreciated because they can really make the difference between happiness and despair.

Unfortunately I've been really sick lately and am off work for a while, and to someone who is constantly on the go - this has been a tough blow for me.  Always an obsessively high achiever, I'm having to take life slowly and rest a lot.  Not an easy pill to swallow.

Thank you God for my wonderful friends who surround me!  But especially thank you to my beloved Andrea who despite her own physical pains, spent an entire night in the hospital watching over me, and has listened to my worries and stresses without complaint or judgement.

So this card with the girls having some wine is who we SHOULD be - and will be again I'm sure.  But for now, we'll be these girls with the coffee and taking it a little slower.

So I've given my Stamping Bellas another chance, and am now LOVING them!  I seem to have found a groove, helped by their gorgeous new designs.  And these sentiments just call out to me!  They are so real life!

For both cards, I've used this brand new 6x6 paper pad "Gathering" from Authentique.  I love, love, love the weight, feel, and design of this paper.  It is fabulous and I'll be looking for more from this brand.

I'm also trying a more "European" flair to my cards with the dimensional flowers.  These are all from Prima who've had some gorgeous new things this fall.  If you follow my blog, you'll know of my obsessive love for the Prima Printery line!  All of these jewels are also from the Prima line.  I LOVE the colours of them.

Of course, I've used some Nesties.  Not sure I could make a card without a Spellbinders Nestabilities die quite honestly!

I've stamped my girls on Copic XPress It in Memento, even though I've been experimenting with the Cryogen (still on the fence) and back to some Neenah again.  I always come back to my XPress It.

I'll list my Copic colours below.  Make sure you stock up now if you are a Copic girl like myself!  And don't forget about the refills!  Rumour has it prices will be going up in the New Year.  Great reason to add to your collection, don't you think?

Happy stamping!

Wine stamp:
E79, E77, E74, E71, E70
G85, YG63, G24, G40
W7, W5
YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12
E55, E53, E51, E50
E11, E01, E00, E000, R20
E35, E55, E31, YR20
E37, E27

Cofee stamp:
E35, E33, E31, E23
YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20
E11, E01, E00, R20
RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10
V17, V15, V12
YG17, YG13, YG11
C5, C4, C2, C1, C0

Spellbinders Curved Rectangles #S5-006
Prima Say It In Crystals Round Fall Mix Adhesive Jewels  551384
Prima Jewels
Authentique Gathering 6x6 Paper Pad BGA001
Authentique Gathering
Prima Printery Avon Rose Mulberry Paper Flowers  552480
Prima flowers
Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Clarissa And Camille Rubber Stamp LL130
Clarissa & Camille
Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Vicotria And Juliette Rubber Stamp LL134
Victoria & Juliette


Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Quick and Easy Cards!

  Happy Sunday! So how are you all coming along with your Christmas Cards? Christmas is coming on quickly and I need quite a few cards, so I've been playing with some more ideas to create pretty cards that I can mass produce, yet still get some variance in the look.  To do this, I need to keep the cards  relatively simple, using the Tim Holtz Carved Ornament Die along with the Joy Magnetic Insert. I embossed the white panel with a Paisley Embossing Folder  as well as  the Black Ornament, but unfortunately it's hard to see in the picture!

I liked the simple design of the card so much, I created another in a Rosy Red Colour Combination! I just used a different embossing folder. You can find a lot of gorgeous folders  in TOOLS  section on the Scrappin' Great Deals Site!

Hope you have a great day!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Stamping Bella Christmas Card

**Please click on the picture for a bigger view**

Sharing today the second card club members are making with their Nov card kit. It is using the Stamping Bella Snowman circle stamp. I paired this adorable stamp up with some Authentique Christmas paper and some kraft Maya road snowflakes. To add some shine and bling I used my new glitter by Twinklets and it is GORGEOUS. Sheila has in some stunning new pearls and gems from Prima that have different facets and honestly I think I bought a pack in almost every colour- they are so beautiful! I used the pearl ones on this card- love!!!

One more Christmas card made and a basquillion to go! How are you coming along with your Christmas card making?

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, November 18, 2011

Joy Christmas card

Happy Friday!! Only 5 more weeks till it is Christmas! There is still time to get your Christmas cards done and I will show you another easy one today.
Browsing through the store, I saw the EK layering punch, had to give it a try! It is like 3 punches in one. The background is the snowflake embossing folder from Darice.
The ribbon you can find HERE.
The sentiment is from the Kaiser Craft Christmas set and stamped with silver ink.
As a finishing touch I added some dots with the Viva glitterline silver pen .
The paper for the snowflakes is silver metallic.
Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Anja