Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

'Sup homies?  Its been a really busy weekend - how did that happen?  Night out with the coworkers on Friday, early morning stamp club on Saturday, short bike-ride to the brother's and I got roped into playing tennis.  Tennis?!?!  I know.  The dust on our rackets was THICK.  I have a strict no running policy (I only run when my life is threatened) but somehow I always feel like I have to chase down every ball.  I can't even tell you how tired and sore I am today.  It is a poor sportsmen who blames their equipment but I really think its time to get new sneakers.  They are quite literally a bloody mess - those who have heard the story know what I'm talking about...but now its even worse.  Ewwwww. 

Anyways, thanks to all who left comments and Charlie picked a number between 1 and 9 and the winner is...Jeannie!!!!!    Jeannie I'll contact you for your mailing address.

I made a few cards today for some upcoming birthdays but I won't share them with you until after the birthday people have received and opened their cards.  I'm pretty sure one doesn't read my blog but the other not so sure and I don't want to ruin the surprise.

Anyways, I think I'm going to go collapse and start reading one of the new books I acquired this weekend.  Got to get up early tomorrow and head to the mailbox.  Two boxes of PTI goodies waiting for me. 

Schpanks for shtomping by.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nothing Craft Related

I've got nothing craft related to share this evening.  Just felt like posting a picture of Beaker...that's Charlie's finger by the way.  This was taken outside the Vancouver Art Gallery during the Olympics.

Personal milestone alert!  I biked to and from work today - a full nine days before the deadline I had set for myself to start biking.  Very proud of myself and totally exhausted.  I had originally posted more but I think I'm really tired and it wasn't making a lot of sense to me so I deleted it. I think I've got just enough energy to brush my teeth and collapse into bed. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Poppy Seed Challenge #2

Challenge time - yeah! 


Paper:  PTI Spring Moss, SU Whisper White, U/K Copper Metallic
Embellishments:  PTI Buttons in Dark Chocolate and Spring Moss, SU Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon, DTI Embossing Floss Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and SU Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink:  Adirondack Juniper Paint Dabber, Nick Bantock Van Dyke Brown,
Other:  Dollar Store emery board, Quickie Glue Pen, Tim Holtz paper distressing tool, and Glitter Ritz warm highlight glitter

I like how this card turned out.  Sometimes its good to get inky and mess up some paper.  I've offered to do the demo at my monthly stamp club meeting next month - maybe I'll demo what I did on the card.  The card is an amalgam of  what I learned at Big Shot club earlier this month and what I saw at Beate John's blog.  I've got a few things I'm mulling over and I'm challenging myself to do a tool/technique centered demo versus a technique that focuses on a specific product.  I'll keep you posted....pun intended.

Blog Candy Reminder:   Still plenty of time to enter for the Stamping Bella blog-candy.  I should probably get on stamping those images pretty soon!  Just leave a comment in the post below.   Thanks to those who have already left a little love in the comment sections. 

Thanks for stamping...stopping by!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Club Swap and Blog Candy

Hey!  Been a busy weekend and managed to get in some quality time in the cave.  I've always been a better crafter when working with a deadline.  So I had some spare time this morning and decided to make my stamp club swaps.  I timed myself (because I knew I was going to post my finished card, etc.) and finished all six cards within 90 minutes.  I've had the idea floating in my head for a while and I knew what image I wanted to use and I picked up the cutest MS punch but other than that I had no idea about colour scheme, etc..  Here's what I came  up with:

Technique:  brayered sky


Ink:  Ranger Fall Foliage, Staz-on Rust
Paper:  SU Real Read, SU glossy paper, SU Very Vanilla, Copper CS
Punch:  Martha Stewart
Stamps:  Local King Rubber Stamps - Birds of a Feather

Blog candy alert!!!!

I accidentally doubled up on an order of Stamping Bella stamps on a recent order.  Don't ask...Anyways, as a way of celebrating how much I'm enjoying blogging I thought I'd offer them as blog candy.  I'll also include a dozen different stamped Bella images as part of the prize.  I'll stamp them on white cardstock in Memento tuxedo black so the winner can practice their colouring skills.  BTW - the stamps are unmounted.

To enter, please leave a comment.  I'll leave it open for one week and at the end of the week I'll get DH to pick a name out of a hat. 

Good luck!!

Thanks for stomping by.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Club Project/Easter Basket for Paul

Second post for today.  So originally I thought it would be funny to take a picture of my hostess month club order and post it to the blog.  But then I didn't take the picture and didn't realize it until I was half way through unpacking, cataloging and putting away stuff in the cave.  I was just killing time until it was time to leave for the hockey game anyways.  Well, one thing lead to another and I ended up making an Easter basket for Elsie's son, Paul (aka: Bubba), and I ended up using a lot of my newest acquisitions.  The punch bunny was something I learned from Alison and I think you can Google a bunch of different animals made with different punch outs.

I re-used the clear plastic box that my XL cutting pads came in and cut out a Fancy Favours box.  I tried to simulate grass and a white fence by using EK Success/Stampin' Up paper edgers.  The Happy Easter sentiment is from SU from the latest mini catalogue (love, love, love that the new stamps can be purchased unmounted).  I used a scrap of SU lilac paper and the petite scallop small oval nestie to back the Easter bunny.  The bunny's nose and feet were punched out of a PTI lilac scrap.  Finally, the bunny's bowtie was tied with SU silk ribbon.  I won't fess up to having a glitter addiction but I have a serious problem with buttons and ribbon.  Couldn't find my stash of googly eyes so I used to mini black pearls instead.  I think the bunny is quite sweet.  I stuffed the basket with Cadbury Easter goodness - mini and micro eggs and solid milk bunnies.  I think Paul was quite happy to receive an early Easter basket.

Thanks for stopping by.


Some friends and I went to see a Paralympic Sledge Hockey game yesterday.  Korean vs. USA.  Couldn't get any tickets to any Team Canada games - I think they were the first to sell out for obvious reasons.  Team Canada did win earlier in the day, beating Italy 4-0.   It was a lot of fun to watch the athletes and experience the spirit of the games.  Here are some pictures I took.  Sadly, it didn't occur to me until I was in the arena to bring Beeker along....maybe next time.

Me, Joyce and Sumi the Thunderbird (the Paralympic Mascot) in front of Thunderbird Arena at U.B.C.. 

Joyce was so happy that we had the good luck of 'running into' Sumi just before our event started and getting our picture taken with him.  I rather carelessly replied that there was probably more than one Sumi because of all the different events/locations.  When I saw the look on Joyce's face, I felt really, really bad for bursting my friend's Paralympic Mascot bubble.  Sorry bad.

 Me, Joyce and Elsie waiting for the game to start, watching the warm-up and being goofy.  I have a silly tradition when I go to hockey games....I always cheer the Zamboni.  The ice cleaning makes me very happy.  I have a dream of driving/riding a Zamboni during game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoff game.  May have been more exciting if we were watching Team Canada but it was good fun yelling and cheering and ringing the cowbell.

Team U.S.A. and Team Korea during the pre-game warm-ups.  Team U.S.A. are in blue and Team Korea are in white so I guess (and I'm a little confused because they changed this rule a few years back in the NHL but it may be different for international hockey) Team Korea is the 'home' team.  There was a large group of Team Korea supporters in the bleachers, all sitting together with those plastic clapper things and very organized.  Team U.S.A. had a huge contingent as well and I believe there were quite a few family members sitting behind us.

The final score was 5-0 for Team U.S.A. and it was a very exciting and physically brutal game to watch. 

Both teams had a lot of spirit and were very gracious:   thanking the fans around the arena, shaking hands at the end and even giving hi-5s to the officials....which I have never seen before!  You can kind of see the ref and linesmen in the left top corner of this picture on their knees.  I guess this must be a ritual in sledge hockey.  And, last but not least.....

 The Zamboni!!!!

Be back later with a crafting related post.  Gotta go take down my nerd-flag.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cards: Birthday and Thank you

Finally, I have some cards to share.  A birthday card I made for my nephew Aaron's birthday, a thank you card, and a just because card.

So my nephew Aaron has turned 17.  He's going for his road test on Friday.  I wonder how it is that my nephews and niece get older and yet I remain so youthful?  Sheah, right.

My brother has four boys (of which Aaron is one) and Charlie's sister has a boy and a girl but Aaron is my favourite.  I don't think its a secret to anyone, including Aaron and his brothers.  Anyways, we're celebrating Aaron's birthday this Saturday and I made him a card.  Still no idea what to get him by way of a present but I'm toying with the idea of taking him for his first-ever spa experience.  I think it would be a lot of fun and, more importantly, I get to go to the spa too.  I hope he likes his card.

I've had the same Stampin' Up Demonstrator for a few years now, Alison.  I met Alison through my stamping buddy, Helen.  Alison is totally the best demo ever and she's a wonderful lady too.  I think its a testament to Alison's talent and personality that her clubs are always made up of the nicest ladies you'll ever meet.  How I end up in the mix, I'll never know...seriously.  We're in the middle of our Big Shot club right now and this month was my month to host.  It was a doozy - I got sooo much stuff I still can't believe it.  I was so overwhelmed and shocked I felt compelled to make thank you cards for all the ladies of the club.  The thank you card (below) and just-because card (above) I made were inspired by a card that Alison shared with us.

I don't know if the technique has a name but it was a lot of fun.  Just grab a bunch of punches or die cuts and cut out the shapes and then back with either stamping, design paper or glitter.  I swear I don't have a thing for glitter but am constantly surprised at how often it turns up in my cards. 

Anyways, maybe when my club stuff arrives I'll take a picture and post it...before the husband person sees it of course.  Insert evil laugh....

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Craft Cave....more storage

As fun as craft shopping is, the thing I think I love the most is the organizing of the new stuff into the existing inventory. The cataloging, the creating of samples, the listing and the filing of the new stuff with its siblings. Recently there was some discussion on the PTI forum boards about acrylic block and die storage so I thought I'd share how I store these items in the cave.

Acrylic Blocks:

Hanging basket from the Ikea kitchen department.  The largest of my blocks (4x6 and 5x7) and my mini blocks I store in the re-purposed cardboard box on my desk. 


3" binder and cropper hopper large flip-n-zip keepers.    Each pocket holds two sets.  Compact, portable and easily accessible.  If I had the space, I'd love to try some of the magnetic containers for the dies but this works for me.

So, this is my storage system.  I guess I love binders, too.

I'll be back later with some cards I've to meet the family for dim sum.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Stamping on Copper

I'm thinking I really like blogging. DH just asked me, "are you blogging again?" Why, yes, yes, I am blogging again. Only because I have something to share.

Over the weekend I took a stamp class with Lisa of Local King Rubber Stamp The class was stamping on copper. A technique I've long admired but was, honestly, a bit freaked out to try. Freaked out because you have to heat the copper sheeting with a flameless torch to achieve the different colours on the copper. However, my inner pyromaniac won out and the opportunity presented itself for me to take the class so I signed up and, boy, am I glad I went. Lisa is an amazing artist and I would recommend her classes and her stamps to anyone who asked. Since I'm still new to the blogging and am not sure of all the rules, I won't post my class cards as I never thought to ask Lisa's permission (which I will do shortly and hopefully post later). I will, however, post my own card that I made yesterday waiting for the hockey game to start.


Paper: Everything on this card was scrap but probably mostly PTI.
Stamps: Old Island Stamp Company
Ink: Staz-On - Black, Versa Mark
Pigment: Pearl Ex
Ribbon: SU - Bashful Blue

Thanks for stopping by.

Poppy Seed Challenge

In celebration of the 4th year anniversary of her blog, Lisa Johnson posted a Poppy Seed Challenge. The requirements were: stamped flower image, light yellow and crystals. Lisa's blog: is amazing. If you haven't popped by you should....right now. Lisa is uber talented and creative and a source of inspiration for me. So, here's my card:

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo black, PTI - Berry Sorbet, Chamomille Blend, Summer Sunrise
Colour: Prisma pencils and mineral spirits
Stamps: Magenta - Flower, PTI - Damask Designs
Punch: Martha Stewart - Crowns
Paper: PTI - Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, and Pink Patterns DP
Crystals: Hero Arts

This was my first challenge. It was a lot of fun to participate - to make a card for the sake of making a card. Plus, I got a chance to practice my colouring which always needs work.

Thanks for stamping....I mean stomping....I mean stopping by.