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.