Friday, December 31, 2010

More Colouring

Practice, practice, practice!  More colouring today.  More Kraftin' Kimmie images.  I just love these girls.  I spent some of my Christmas money on new Kraftin' Kimmie images - thankfully there's a Boxing Week sale so I was able to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my stamping dollars a little further.  So here's what I did today:

This lovely lady is the Angry Ballerina.  When I first laid eyes on her, I had to buy her. I love pigs and I [heart] her bonnet and tail.  I used Copics on her and dried out on RV10 marker colouring in her dress.  I think I'm going to have to start a coloured images file or something since I'm piling up my practice images and have not made any cards with them.  Next....

This is Batty Princess.  She's pretty and sweet....if you get over the wings and her pet bat perched on her head.  She's coloured in with Prisma pencil, mineral spirits and paper stumps.  I have better control (I think) with this technique but the colour doesn't pop like the markers.  This is the first time I've done skin tones with the Prisma pencils.  Still on the fence with this.   Next...

This is....shoot there's no name on the contact sheet...*$&@*!  Anyways, also done with Prisma pencils and mineral spirits.  I tried to shortcut her upper body and make it seem like she's wearing a red shirt underneath her dress.  Have to admit it looks kinda lame...but I do like the job I did on the apron of her dress.  I have to practice on when to "quit while I'm ahead".  I always have a problem knowing when to stop until I've got beyond the point and its too late.  Oh well.

Can't wait for the postman to bring me my newest shipment of Kraftin' Kimmie images.  In the meantime I've got plenty to keep me busy colouring.  It should be relatively quiet around here tomorrow so fingers crossed I'll have plenty of time in my crafting cave.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Colouring and Stuff

Hey Stompers!

Hope everyone had an excellent Christmas.  I spent a lot of time with my family, eating a WHOLE LOTTA food, reading, watching TV and generally unwinding.  Did manage to get all my cards made and sent off in time and managed to do a birthday card or two as well.  I only managed to take a picture of one though.  I can share it with you now since it was for my big sister and her birthday is over so she won't be surprised.  Here it is:

The image is from Kraftin' Kimmie.  The tickets are PTI.  Paper is some stuff I had in my stash.  Colouring is something that constantly frustrates me so I'm constantly working on it.  Don't ask how long it took to colour her hair...45 minutes and it still doesn't look right to me.  Anyways, my sister loved her card - it sits on her fireplace mantle.  I just love Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.  I love how the girls are cute but slightly maniacal....just like my own head.  When I had finished colouring and was pretty happy with it, I showed the image to my DH Charlie.  You know what he said to me?!?!  "She doesn't look Chinese."  Sheesh.  Whatever.

Anyways, gotta get back to cleaning and cooking.  Having the family over for hot pot tonight.  Kind of an annual tradition for us.  You do all the prep work and everyone cooks their own food in big pots of hot soup.  Very warm and nourishing for winter time.

Hope everyone has a very happy New Year.  Hope 2011 brings to you good health, happiness, good times and plenty of creative opportunities. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What?!?! A card?!?!

Hey Crafty McCrafters!

Long time no post.  Kind of hard this time of year to post anything you're working on and not spoil the surprise for someone.  I've been making cards like cah-razy.  The holiday season is firmly upon us (if you were to believe the TV then its been Christmas since October.) For the festive season, I put glitter on E-V-E-RY card I make.  I love me some glitter.  Glitter also makes a great craft room security system because you can't walk into my craft room, touch anything and walk away un-glittered.  Its like 1978 in there.  So I believe I mentioned something about a card.  Granted this was a prototype so this particular card will not show up in anyone's mailbox but I liked it enough to share it with you good stampers....

The stamp set is PTI  as well as the card stock.  The center point or background was made by using the burnish velvet glitter technique.  The colours of Glitter Ritz glitter are:  Canadian Blue, Grasshopper, Liberty Blue and Blue Highlights.  Silver embossing power company unknown.

Seeing as tomorrow is December 1st I hope no one is feeling oppressed by their pre-holiday to-do list.  I've got most of my shopping done (not bragging, just saying....thank goodness for online shopping, gift cards and free shipping!) 

Anyways, that's it for me.  I'm going to crawl back under the covers and continue my fight against this cold that's been going around.  If you have time, drop by the Papertrey Pixies blog.  I just posted the December challenge - play along...if you fancy.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Beaker Vacation Photos

Anyways, thought I'd share some photos from our recent trip to the U.K starring everyone's favourite lab assistant, Beaker.:

Beaker awe struck by the grandeur of Westminster Abbey.  Sadly photography isn't allowed inside the Abbey but I can say that Beaker thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the famous landmark.

Sometimes I wish Beaker wasn't quite so hard to read.  I don't know if the expression is, "wow can you believe this?" or "Look World!  I'm on the Millennium Eye!!"
Charlie and Beaker catching some rays in the V&A Museum courtyard.  There was a minor disagreement about whose turn it was to pay for gelato.  Boys....

Beaker posing with one of the guards at the Tower of London...

Hope you enjoyed the handful of pictures from our first batch of holiday photos.  I can't believe how many pictures we took.  Off to try and get some crafting done.  Have stamp club this weekend so hopefully will be back soon with something crafty to share.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Home Again

Home again.  Yeah.  Love going away, seeing new things and meeting new people but I'm glad to be home.  One load of laundry done.  At least two more to go.  Soooo jet lagged.  I have ears of misery when I fly and don't sleep on planes so my internal clock is way off and I'm completely out of it.  Was away for three weeks but it mines as well been three years.  Had a great time.  Have 3 SD cards full of pictures.  Thank goodness I don't have to go to work until Tuesday (whenever that is) but I have a feeling that I'll be out of sorts for a while.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. 

Anyways, just thought I'd post a quick note in between naps.

Shout at you later.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What I've Been Up To.....

Hey Dudes!

Well, I've been up to lots and nothing at the same time.  I'm sure you can relate.  You feel like you're getting nothing done but really you're just getting things done so fast you don't recall.  I believe it is  Anyways, here's what I've been up to....

Made a birthday card for my SIL's grandmother's 90-something birthday:

The layout is a total CAS from a card we did at my Big Shot club except I changed the colour scheme and used all PTI stamps.  Next...

I'm trying to perfect double crust, fruit pies:

This was the first of two blueberry pies.  Did you know left over crust keeps really well in the fridge?  It sure does and today I'm going to try my hand at a free form rustic fruit tart.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Random organization.  I was kind of at a loss as to what to do with my expanding PTI die collection.  I do store matching dies with matching sets but then, well, you know, out of sight out of mind.  So what I did was use some double sided tape and taped up some thin magnetic sheets to the front of my shelf, right over my 'cutting center' for easy access.   I really like it.  I also keep the long dies on the side of my ribbon keeper.

Cultivate my attack rose.   Sure its pretty to look at and seems like a normal rose bush but I swear its like a ninja attack variety or something.  It grows right by my gate to the backyard and just when you think its safe to walk through....whack!!!  It is also the hardiest rose in all of creation.  No matter how much I ignore it, it continues to thrive.

So that's how I've been spending my time.  Its raining today so after I get my tart in the oven, hopefully I'll get my club swaps started/done and a bunch of other stuff.

in a while crocodiles!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cards to Share

Hey Dudes!

Cards to share - Yeah!!!!  July 29th is a big day in my family.  Not one, not two but THREE birthdays all on the same day.  So I've got...two birthday cards to share.  I would share the third but its a re-tread of one I've done/posted before just a different colour scheme and stamp but more same-same.  So the two I have to share are for the moms and the husband. 

Here's Charlie's card (hopefully he won't peak into my blog...don't think he ever has...but just in case - CHARLIE:  look away!!!!)  The inspiration for this card is from A Passion for Papertrey.  I just put my spin on it since Charlie is my bicycle-hero and he's (IMHO) just as cute as the fella on the card.


Stamps:  Pink Cat Studios Billy Plate
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers:  Copic Sketch
Dies:  PTI - Up, Up & Away - Clouds
Paper:  PTI, DSW - Enviro/Green Paper pad

I used the cloud dies twice - once in the sky and the second to show how fast "Charlie" is on his bike. 

Can you see the where the surprise is hidden? 

There it is!  Right behind the clouds.  I have to figure out another way to use this technique again.

So next, the mom's card.  Moms is pretty easy - she's a total girl and likes sparkle and flowers.  So many many ways it can go hard to say stop.  Plus, I got to play with my newest toy - Cuttlebug Flower Quilling much fun.

Paper:  All PTI
Stamps:  SU Sale-a-bration set Vintage Labels
Dies:  Cuttlebug Chrysanthemum Quilling Dies, PTI In Bloom Impression Plates and Delightful Dahlia leaves dies
Embellishments:  Hero Arts Clear crystals and Misc. Pearls.

Kind of hard to see the detail of the In Bloom Impression Plates but its so pretty IRL.  I have to admit I was collecting the PTI Imp. Plates for a really long time but got to so some serious playing over the last few days and am quite glad I didn't wait and see with this tool.  Really glad I made the investment.  So that's kind of all I've got to share for now.  Off for a few days of R&R.  Got a really bad summer cold that's been going around work...wouldn't you know it just before I start my vacation.  I was totally frayed and burnt crispy round the edges on my last day at the office but looking forward to hanging with the family, celebrating, EATING and recharging my batteries.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far.  The days we've been having make winter seem like an impossibility (groan).


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Food p-o-r-n

Hey Stompers!

I wouldn't necessary categorize myself as a prude but highly cautious and there's probably a huge list of words I'm a little hesitant about typing into oh...I don't know...Google...since you never know but really there is no better descriptor for what I'm about to share with you.  Some of the highlights of my vacation to Hawaii.

An assortment of musubi from this really great Japanese department store at Ala Moana Center.  You have got to give props to any department store that has a whole floor devoted just to food.  I LOVE SPAM MUSUBI!!!

Dinner our last night in Waikiki was at Nobu's.  I'm smiling so big because:

A)  I'm in Hawaii.
B)  I'm with my most favouritest husband.
C)  New favourite drink!!!!!!  Japanese cucumber, white peach sangria.  So nice I had it twice.

Part of our omakase was a serving of Wagyu (sorry if the spelling is wrong) beef.  Seriously, I totally get the saying, "melts in your mouth".   Love Nobu's and the two times I've been there I haven't been disappointed.  If you're near one and you love Japanese food, treat yourself - it is sooo worth it.  During this portion of dinner there was total silence at our table and I'm pretty sure Charlie had his eyes closed most of the time....hee hee.

Well we didn't eat at Nobu's every night or day but when we were at the North Shore I sure did try and hit Ted's Bakery's a few times a day.  Serious competitor for my love of musubi...MOKO frickin' LOCO.  I love that plates come with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.  Moko loco is two beef patties, a fried egg and yummy, salty brown gravy spread on top awesomeness.  This stuff kicks ass. 

Shaved ice at Aoki's - just across the parking lot from da otha place.  Love the technicolor syrup.  Really loved the azuki beans and ice cream at the bottom.  Have you ever seen two happier Canadians?!?  Just right after a morning of surfing.

Last but definitely not least a plate dinner of shrimp (although they'd probably qualify as prawns in other parts of the world) at Romy's Shrimp Truck.  Not a truck really but awesomeness abounds at this place.  These were the instructions we were given to get there by car: 

Kamehameha Highway...past Turtle Bay...around da corner....two, three minutes and your there.

Kind of vague but we got there, eventually.  It was followed by a nice piece of chocolate halupia pie from Ted's (which was on the way back) sadly the pie never lasted long enough to photograph but I have very fond memories of it. 

Well, that's all I've got to share.  For some reason, I'm really hungry!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thank Yous and a New Technique

Hey Stompers!

Who knew being without internet access for three days could be so challenging.  Well, at least I got a lot done in my craft cave.  Getting to this point was a huge challenge.  I just need to whine for a minute and then I'll get on with it. First...

- no home phone, no internet
- can't find camera
- find camera, try to take pictures...battery dies
- can't find charger
- find charger plug it in, wait two hours....forget to turn on power bar
- turn on power bar...wait another two hours for battery to charge
- take pictures but light is so-so

This ends the whining portion of this post.

Anyways, cards to show:

First is a thank you card I made for friends and family who supported me in the charity ride I did last Sunday for the Vancouver branch of the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association).  The card is an ode to my bike (the Bug).  The Bug is red, white and black and covered in dirt.  She is so named because of my lady bug bell that no longer rings but serves as a good luck talisman on my handlebars.


Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Whisper White, Stampin' Up Real Red, Stampin' Up Basic Black

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Pedaling Past and P.T.I. Up, Up and Away and PTI Background Basics:  Spots and Dots

Dies:  Nestabilities Label 2 and Classic Circles Small, P.T.I. Mat Stack 2, and Stampin' Up Square Lattice Impression Folder

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento London Fog and P.T.I. Poppy Red
Misc.:  Aluminum Tape

Second card was made to try out a new technique I learned last weekend at club (thanks again Laura).  The technique is called Mulberry Batik by Erika Martin.  The technique creates a background with watercolor crayons and embossing.  I made a few samples - thank goodness I'm a craft hoarder because it turns out I have a LOT of 12 x 12 mulberry paper and could play and learn - but only put one together as a card:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Basic Black, Stampin' Up Whisper White, P.T.I. Hawaiian Shores, Mulberry Paper unknown
Stamps:  Inkadinkado Clear Unmounted - Mindscapes
Inks and Misc.:  Versa Mark, Clear EP, Stampin' Up Water Color Crayons, Martha Stewart Pansy Paper Edger, Ranger Mini-mister

So that's how I spent my Canada Day.  Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and Happy Independence Day to our sistahs to the South.  I have the next few days off and I'm looking forward to sleeping in, seeing friends and family, doing a bit of shopping and crafting and mostly just chillin'.  Hmmm, maybe I can talk Charlie into going to see the new Twilight movie (insert evil laugh).

Well, until next time....stomp on.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wouldn't you Rather be Here?

Beaker enjoying the scenery at Waikiki Beach.  Came across it today when I was looking for something else and couldn't resist. 

More Organized Craft Cave

What?!?  You didn't believe me when I said I'd be back?!?  So here's what I did in my craft cave with an assist from Charlie.

Finally got the bars up on the walls so I could move all of my punches to my new space.  Most are hanging in two shoe racks on the back of my door and here are the rest:

All the punch bars are from the kitchen department at Ikea.  Ditto for the cute little vanilla tin bucket hanging on the bottom rack.  The two longer brushed metallic ones are thinner and more rod like but they sure are strong.  The shorter black rod is narrow but about an inch wide and just right for perching the Marvy punches on.  Funny the Marvy's wouldn't perch on the rods, weird.  Moved my Big Kick back to the top of my cubbies as all my dies, etc. are sitting right underneath it for quick access.


Better cutting station.  More stable.  Plugged in my desk-top Ott light for better light and enough room to hold my two favourite cutters there permanently as well as my spinning ink tower.  I like it mucho much.


 Nothing like a little recycling/re-purposing.  I took two fridge magnets, used some sook wang tape and created a holding place for my new favourite PTI dies.  They're kind of an odd size and shape so got lost in the die cutting bucket and I didn't want to forget about them or dent them in any way.  Nothing like a quick, free fix, right?  Please no judging about how much ribbon I have.

Last picture is of my desk. The bar, bucket and wire basket are also from the Ikea kitchen department.  These used to all sit on my desk until the bar was installed. 

So that's it for now.  Hopefully I'll have something creative to share with you in the near future.

Thanks for stomping by.....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

PTPC2 - June Challenge

Hey Stompers!

So the Pixies June Challenge....the inspiration was a fat quarter.  I don't sew.  I love challenges but I didn't know I'd have this much of a...challenge.  I made two cards.  I'm not particularly jazzed by either but I thought I'd share them anyways.  I think in both cases I love the separate parts rather than the sum of the parts.

First attempt:

Embossing Folder - SU Square Lattice
PTI:  Terracotta Tile CS, Hawaiian Shores CS, Simply Chartreuse Ink, Giga Guidelines Stamps, Fancy Flourishes Stamps, Crafts Select White CS, Mat Stack 2 Die
Bazzill: Bling paper
Dollar store navy blue tissue paper
Can't remember where the black ribbon came from.

I think its a nice card but it doesn't really ring my bell creatively.  So I tried again.

Second attempt:

Technique I learned at Stamp Club (thanks Laura!) and it is called Embossed Foil/Tin with Alcohol Inks.  I tried to best replicate some of my favourite PTI colours, i.e. Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse and Plum Pudding.  I like to call this card:  Disco Distressed Quilt.  I love this PTI die - the rickrack one is super fun too.  Don't know if you can pick up the detail in the picture but the aluminum foil picked up all the scratches and dents in my cutting mats and I think its kinda neat - hence the distress.

Emobssing folder - unknown large cuttlebug
Letraset alcohol inks and Ranger Alcohol Ink in Lettuce
Black Ranger Archival Ink
PTI eyelet die

Feeling like my battery is running low - creatively and energy wise.  So, what do I do when that happens?  I rest my brain and I organize my space.  I'll be back with another post with some pictures of stuff I've done to the cave.  In the meantime, I'm going to unplug as I've got to rest up for my charity ride tomorrow - 20kms rain or shine.

Shout at you later.

Monday, June 14, 2010

3-D Wedding Card

Hey Stompers

Back as promised with pictures of a wedding card I made last weekend.

I used the 3-D cake die by Stampin' Up/Sizzix.  Its one of those super long Bigz dies.  Believe it or not, I don't own it, yet, I had to sister's.  I know?!?!  Can you believe it?!?!  I'm so proud of my sister.  Anyways, onto the card.  I only had a couple of hours to come up with something and I knew their colours were pink and green.  The first one I made I didn't like so I recycled it and this is my second attempt which I like much better.

This is the better of the two pictures but it doesn't highlight the Bazzill Bling paper I used as the background.  The die cut is PTI, mat stack 2 and the sentiment is Stampin' Up stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The thin rick-rack behind the stamped sentiment I made using the curved cutting blade on my Carl cutter.  This was the best attempt of 12, I think.  I ran the finished piece through my Xyron sticker maker...didn't have much time to fiddle with a glue stick or glue pen.  The patterned paper I've had a million years and I can't remember the company.

Same front but I left the flash on so you can kinda see the 'bling' of the Bazzill cardstock.

Quick tip:  If you have this die but haven't used it:  the pop up fits really nicely within an A2 card but if you're going to make a square (like I did) I would suggest 5.5" x 5.5" or bigger.  I made a 5" square card and there's not a lot of room for error margin if you don't place the pop-up perfectly in the center.  My first attempt at this card which I scrapped stuck out too much and annoyed me so I made another which was only slightly better.

The inside.  Isn't it cute?  The die cuts out candles or a bride and groom.  I thought it was really sweet.  The bride and groom loved the card and were really thrilled as was the groom's sister, my friend Elsie. 

I've seen this die used as a cruise ship or boat and I think I'll give it a try...once I get a die of my own...cause I can't go on indefinitely borrowing my sister's stuff, right?!?

Well, hope everyone has an excellent week.  Thanks for stopping by.

later dudes.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12th, seriously?!?!?

Hey Stompers!!!!!

I won't lament, quiz or act confused as to where the time went.  I know where the time went and I'm glad to report that I lived it, fully and happily and without a concern in the world as it was happening to me in HD, blu-ray, high-fi, stereo....or whatever the kids are calling it these days. 

So this is what I have to show for it, so far:

Beaker at Waikiki Beach!!!!!!

Beaker at...and I swear I did not make up this name....Chinaman's Hat

OK this one didn't turn out very well.  He's suppose to look like he's wearing the hat but he's still cute. 

There's more...I made a special card for a wedding (the happy couple should be married by the time I post this) but I'm typing with only one hand as my left hand is dogged tired from hanging onto a motorcycle clutch all day.  I successfully completed day one of my motorcycle safety skills training.  I don't count the two evenings in the classroom.  I can honestly say I was going to give up at about the two hour mark as I was very discouraged but I hung in there, went at my own pace for learning and was grinning from ear to ear like an idiot by the afternoon.  No one mentioned (including my brother) how much work it is on a motorcycle.  Eating a nice nutritious dinner tonight, relaxing and going to bed early as its another early day tomorrow on the motorcycle.  No harm done - in case anyone was worried - although I did dump the bike once or twice...I'm very good at falling down now.

How do you like the new background - I had basically nothing to do with it - just clicked a few buttons and I like it.

Be back soon....tomorrow...maybe Monday at the very latest...swear!....don't believe me?!?!  Snort.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rainy Wednesday

Not a big fan of Wednesdays, never have been.  Only way I can think of describing Wednesday is its the last big gulp of air before you push through to the weekend.  Wow, that sounds bleak.  My to-do list is about the length of my arm but I'll set that aside and post a card instead.  I made this card for my good buddy's birthday but waited to share it with you until after I knew she had received it.


Stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps; Stampin' Up French Script; Stampotique Originals Couldn't You Just....
Paper:    PTI Stampers' Select White, Black and Lemon Tart.  Left-over background from PTPC1
Markers:  Copics
Embellishments:  PTI rustic twine and 1/4" white silk (coloured with R43)

My bruise is healing - I think the comments sections was dead-even for appreciative comments for my origami ball and the awesomeness of the bruise....funny - and it feels much better but looks about 4x worse.  The black and blue part is breaking up so it is way gnarlier looking and about 3x the original size and seems to be shifting to the back of my leg.  I HAVE been photo-documenting the bruise progression and may just scrapbook a two page layout to it.  Ode to my bruise.  Why would I scrapbook my last four vacations when I can scrapbook my bruise?  Priorities.

I really dislike the Chicago Blackhawks.  Two years in a row they eliminate the Canucks and it is just...gross.  Now it looks like they may eliminate the Sharks too.  Sigh.  I was actually yelling at the TV the other night at that one guy with the name no one can Vancouver they call him Buffy the Luongo slayer...which is sadly what he is.  Double sigh. 

Well, I think that's about it for me.  I think I'll call it a night and have a few spoons of chocolate, pecan caramel ice cream (same company that makes Moose Tracks [edit: Island Farms...checked while I was spooning it out of the container]...if you live in Canada and you can get your hands on some Moose Tracks ice't walk.  Yes, Jeannie, I'm talking directly at you!)  Hopefully the next time I post it will be with some pictures from Hawaii.  Yes, Beaker is coming along too.  So far, he's the only thing I've packed....priorities.

Friday, May 14, 2010


WARNING:  If you are even slightly prone to queasiness, after reading about my random paper crafts (pretty) for goodness sake STOP!  Do not venture further to the ugly.  Consider yourself warned.  I will now continue with my regularly scheduled blog post.

How has everybody been?  I've been busy.  First I'd like to share something I've been working on for a while.  It took some time to construct but I'm quite happy with the results.  But, of course, a little back story.  There are some blogs I like to visit for inspiration or when my mojo is lacking.  Three that I visit often are:   All Things Paper  Dude Craft and Folding Trees 

So here's my version of the Kusudama Ball.  The full tutorial is on the Folding Trees website.  It is supposed to be constructed of 3" x 3" squares of paper.  Well, I only had 6" x 6" squares of origami paper.  Now that I've done the big daddy version I may try the smaller version just for kicks.  Some people scale mountains because the mountains are there.  I make things out of paper because I have the paper.  Oh well. 

Here's another shot of the same ball.  Originally I thought I'll make this paper thing as a  sort of commemorative of the new craft room.  Unfortunately because it is gigantor size I can't hang it from the light fixture in the middle of my room.  I had to hang onto the ball while I took the picture but I am still searching for a permanent home for this creation.  Right now its hanging from my Ott light but I'm afraid the bendy arm isn't going to last for very long.  At least its pretty.

Okay you were warned at the beginning.  I'm now segueing into the ugly.  But first a little back story:

So as some of you may know I started bicycle commuting to work.  I'm up to a solid 4 days a week (weather permitting) totaling about 80km a week.  Everything has been going along hunky dory:  getting into better shape, losing weight, getting more comfortable on two wheels, and making the trip in slightly quicker times every day.  Well, the inevitable happened:  I had my first kinda bad accident on my bike.  Let's just say I got up close and personal with what appeared to be a deceptively frail looking tree.  Of course, I couldn't help myself.  I have to post a picture of the bruise on my right thigh - which took the brunt of the damage and impact - I kinda graze my  cheek and right shoulder but the thigh looks the worst.  So without further adieu:  The Bruise.

Sadly my camera doesn't quite pick up the subtle shades of blue, yellow and purple or the depth or dimension but its still kinda awesome.   I'm kinda confused about the bright red line going down the center  - its not really a cut but its not a scab either.  I put polysporin on it just in case.  When I wear my bike pants, my right thigh is soooo swollen it kinda looks like I have steroid thigh...kinda like Arnold.  There are other pictures that are more graphic but I will spare you since I'm wearing a rather incriminating San Jose Sharks t-shirt and my husband didn't have the good taste not to include it in the picture.  Sheesh, boys.

Anyways, wow, this was a long post.  Um, where was I?!?  Oh yeah, that's what I've been up to plus a whole lot of uninteresting work stuff.  Hope everyone has an excellent weekend.   I'm thinking I'm going to revisit paper quilling in the near future.  If I come up with something interesting, I'll be sure to post it.  I'll try and resist the impulse to update my bruise pictures....but I can't make any promises (insert evil laugh).  Oh yeah, one last thing, if there are any cool blogs/websites that you like to visit let me know in the comments sections.

Okay, love you, bye-bye....

Saturday, May 8, 2010

PTPC1/Mother's Day Card

Hey dudes!

Hope everyone is having a spiffy May so far.  Feels like Spring has finally sprung in Vancouver.  Its bright and sunny but a little bit chilly.  Not complaining...just saying.  Anyways, the month of May also brings the first ever Papertrey Pixie Challenge - creating your own background.  I went back, back, back into the stamping archives to the first resist technique I ever learned.  Of course, I have forgotten its name but it is something like the resist that never ends.  Basically, you start with a piece of white card stock, stamp your images in Versa Mark, cover with clear EP and heat .  Once your entire sheet is covered in embossed images to your satisfaction, do a little direct to paper with your colour palette of choice and then put another piece of card stock on top and iron until the embossing lifts to the blank sheet so it kinda looks like this.

So now you have two sheets to choose from (or more if you decided to keep ironing onto blank card stock).  Anyways, I cut 1/4 of the sheet and proceeded to over stamp with more butterfly images, layer, embellish with ribbon and voila:


Stamps:  PTI:  Butterfly Dreams, Round and Round/Stampin' Up:  Well Scripted
Ink:  PTI:  Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest/Versafine:  Black/Versa Mark
Paper:  PTI:  Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart and True Black
Ribbon:  PTI:  Berry Sorbet satin
Other Embellishments:  Sonya's stash...sorry I can't remember where I bought the pearls but I think the flower is an SU brad.

Well, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and mother's day.  Taking the mom person out for Lebanese food tonight.  

later gators...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

PTI Blog Hop

Goodness I hope this works.  Tonight is my very first blog hop so I hope I did this right.  We're suppose to use tissue paper in our creation which I recycled from a department store and a birthday gift.  All other supplies I'll list below.  So here's my blog hop card:


Stamps:  PTI:  Year in Flowers - Violets, Autumn Abundance
Paper:  Except for tissue, all PTI:  Terracotta Tile, Enchanted Evening and Spring Moss
Inks:  PTI:  Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, New Leaf
Dies:  Beautiful Blossoms II No. 1
Brad:  Vanilla brad, company?

I used tissue paper in my blossom accent as well as the striped layer.  I don't know if you can make out the detail - due to my sad, sad attempt at photography - but I pleated the striped tissue horizontally and I think its my favourite part of the card.  I didn't get the whole tissue paper flower thing until I tried it and I LOVE it.  So simple, so fast, so gratifying and an excellent way to use all my new PTI flower to love that the most.

Well, thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to check out everyone else's blogs and get inspired.

Catching Up

Hey You!  Yeah, you there!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit.  I really appreciate it....lurkers too...cough....Laura.  Hugs to you too if you've left a little love in the comments section.  I really have no idea where the time has gone.  One day it was the end of March and now its the end of April.  How did THAT happen? 

Lots going on craft and life related.  Getting on the bicycle (which I call the bug) a lot more since I started blogging.  Biked/commuted to work last week once and twice this week.  Sky is the limit - weather cooperating.  Everyone knows my line about being made of sugar and melting but apparently sugar and sh*t both melt the same (thanks, Carrie =P) Running some errands on the bug too.  Must be doing something right because I had to buy a belt last weekend to prevent further episodes of accidental pantsing (in case you didn't know, that's when someone pulls your pants down).  I know, I know, yes, I'm 8 years old and my life is a school yard.  I also have a brand new PTI pen pal and she's AWESOME.  She's already sent me two cards - which I have permission to post - just have to upload the pictures.  I also joined a PTI blogging group and I'm proud to report that I'm a Papertrey Pixie.  I'm spastic about tech stuff so will try very hard to put up a blinkie with a link to our Pixie blog...if you want to visit.  Lovely group of ladies from all over....the world.

I'll be back later today as tonight is the PTI Blog Hop and I'm participating for the first time.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Card and New Craft Room

Hey Stampers!

Wow it has been a while since I posted.  Lots happened since my last post.  I'm another year older and I moved next door to a bigger and brighter space.  I also made a card but I couldn't share it with you until I was sure the birthday person had received it.  So here it is:

The background was made by running a piece of core paper in an embossing folder through my Big Kick with a thin oval wooden frame as part of the sammich and then sand papering the embossed surface until the core showed through.  The center image was colored with dye based markers and a water pen.

Over the weekend I moved down the hall to the 2nd spare bedroom.  Still need to put up some shelves and some rails for my punches but I L-O-V-E my new space.  Its much bigger and brighter than my old cave.  Here are some pictures:

I'll probably move a few things around but I think I like the basic configuration.  I can't believe how much light there is.  Can you believe these pictures were taken later in the day and the blinds aren't even totally open?  Still working on unmounting my wood mount stamps.  I only have about four or five stacks of stamps left. 

Be back soon with my club swaps and demo samples.

Stomp on!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

PTI Order

As promised, my PTI order.  Two packages of card stock in New Leaf and Hawaiian Shores.  One pack of the new design paper, Green Boutique.  Six, holy cow, stamp sets and some with matching die sets. Ric rack die.  Three double sided impression plates.  Four spools of ribbon in Hawaiian Shores and Berry Sorbet. Two rolls of wool felt in Dark Chocolate and Hawaiian Shores.  And last but not least, two ink cubes in Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf

Well, that was the March 2010 release from PTI.  Unsurprisingly my wish list for PTI is short.  So maybe this month will be the month I clear it out....seeing as its my birthday soon.  If I actually believed that excuse then I've bought myself birthday presents well into my 70's and this is of course a very conservative estimate.

Well, thanks for stopping by.  Happy Easter!