Monday, December 28, 2009

Wonderful Christmas to remember

My Christmas was very joyful, fun and surprisingly relaxing. We all enjoyed opening our presents and seeing what we all received from each other. I think Nathan was surprised with all the wonderful gifts he received. It was my nephew's first Christmas. You can see him being held by his grandparents.

I cooked our little 10 lbs turkey in "I can't do without" Oven Roast Bag. I rave about this cooking/roasting tool. The turkey comes out perfect every time I have used this amazing Oven Roast Bag and the added fact I never have to baste every 1/2 hour makes roasting a turkey far less stressful. We all had a lovely dinner and were more than stuffed after we had dessert. It was a lovely day!

On Boxing Day Nathan was picked up by his grandmother and he was off to have some Christmas celebrations with his dad and their family. I did not spend this day looking for the best bargains but instead Chris and I spent a good part the day watching two movies at Silver City theater, "Nine" and "Avatar" on Imax. We watched Nine at 12:15 p.m. and Avatar at 10:00 p.m. In between we bounced around to a few box stores which were surprisingly quiet for Boxing Day and had a lovely dinner at Moxie's then returned to Silver City to watch Avatar. Both movies were fantastic and I would definitely recommend seeing Avatar in the theaters. It's a must see on the big screen. What a great way to spend Boxing Day....another prefect day.
Only a few more days until New Year's eve and then a new year begins....oh the possibilities....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two Days Before Christmas

It is two days before Christmas and I am very happy to say I am done shopping and wrapping. I do have to admit getting my own Christmas cards made and sent out has been a struggle this year and I still have a few to hand out since they are too late to mail.

I'm looking forward to Christmas and New Year festivities that will be coming up. I even cannot wait to cook Christmas dinner.. It will be a breeze this year too since it will only be dinner for five. It will be small but cozy.

I'm excited for my new nephew as well because it will be his first Christmas. It is always a special time when it's baby's first Christmas. Here's a handsome picture of my son and him holding his nephew.

I am excited for the New Year because so much will be happening during the first part of the year. Not only will Sale-A-Bration, Stampin'Up's biggest event, start on January, 5th, but we have a ski holiday to look forward to and the start of my Paralympics Open Ceremony practices. Then in February here in Vancouver, B.C. we will be hosting the 2010 Olympics and on March 12th I will be part of the Paralympic's Opening Ceremony. I can't wait for it all!
I can't wait to find out what the rest of 2010 will have in store for me.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the most wonderful New Year in 2010.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ChristmasTeacher's Gift

Colours: Bermuda Blue, Tempting Turquiose and Night of Navy.

Colours: Real Red and Garden Green.

These two creations are a no brainer and are perfect as a Christmas gift for a teacher or even a hostess gift during this holiday season. I just had to share these too.

I am always so amazed when I take my heating tool to the candle and the image just melts into it. I have to admit I am in awe each time. Matching the card to the candle is such a nice touch I think. The two stamp sets I used for these two projects are Best Wishes and More and Baroque Motifs.

Very Merry Vanilla

This is by far my favorite Christmas card . Yes, again I used Seasonal Joy. See how versatile this set is. This card was all about texture, embossing and creating softness.

I love the bottom of this card. I used Stampin'Up Petals A-Plenty ( from the Holiday Mini). After I impressed it I used Rose Red Stampin' Pastels all over it. To highlight the centres of the flowers and the other dots I took my Rose Red Stampin' Marker to add more distinction. Then I used Versa Mark all over the piece and poured Stampin' Emboss Clear. This next step is functional because it protects the Stampin' Pastels but the Clear Emboss also adds a pretty effect. To finish off the bottom I used a beautiful Stampin' Designer ribbon in Vanilla.

The whole card was created with Very Vanilla. I placed the Petals A-Plenty design on a Very Vanilla piece of 4" x 5 1/4" with a piece of Brushed Silver. The Christmas tree is emboss with Stampin' Silver emboss powder as well as the greeting, "Merry Christmas". Then this whole top of the card is placed on a standard size card, (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") of Very Vanilla with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card has a simple feel and look but it does have several steps. I love this card because of the look and how it is made! I hope you do too.

More Pearl Ex...Season's Greeting!

Seasonal Joy stamp set is so versitile and I definitely think this is a must have Stampin'Up stamp set.

This is a 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" card. I stamped Versa Mark on Cool Caribbean and then used the Stampin'Up Pearl Ex. I cut out the tree and the put Crystal Effects on it and the detailed the tree with the clear micro beads to add some sparkle on the tree. I stamped off the background trees. I love the look of this card because it has clean lines and crisp feel to it.

Pearl Ex...Cool Carribean...Felt Snowflakes...remember?

Three days to December 1st and I've finished the rest of my Christmas cards and I wanted to share a few more. So, here is the first of three.

I still love using Stampin'Up's Pearl Ex. This very fine powder can add some subtle glitz to a card and my favorite colour is gold. I also adore Cool Caribbean card stock. I put the two together and created this elegant card. I used Versa Mark to adhere the Pearl Ex gold and used Cool Caribbean Ink. I used a small red felt snowflake with a clear crystal (I took out the crystal out of the brad.) to add a little pop to the card.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Majestic Dasher

I think this is my favorite single stamp from Stampin'Up. The Dasher stamp is so regal with is majestic antlers. I couldn't help pair him with the Specialty Designer Series Paper Christmas Cocoa Specialty from the Holiday Mini. I love how the white velvety pattern feels. I gave these two cards a traditional look and I hope you can sense that. I stamped Dasher in Real Red on both cards.

I stamped this Dasher on Whisper White and dotted his antlers with Crystal Effects then sprinkled Dazzling Diamond. He is surrounded by Basic Black and a Brushed Silver paper. The Merry Christmas is from Teeny Tiny Wishes which I embossed in silver. The ribbon is the Real Red Gingham.

With this card I stamped Dasher on Glossy Paper then I also added Crystal Effects on his antlers and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds too. This handsome Dasher was made on Garden Green SU cardstock and surround by a Garden Green and Whisper White border. The Merry Christmas is the Christmas Greeting SU stamp set. It is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White then layered on Chocolate chip. I've also tied a bow with Real Red Gingham.

These are simple laid out cards but with such a gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper as a back drop and a majestic deer image this card definitely gives a feeling of winter wonderland and the Christmas spirit.

Matching Gift and Greeting Card

I love to coordinate gifts and cards as much as I can. That was one of the main reasons why I fell in love with Stampin'Up. Everything they have coordinates together seamlessly. Here are two sets I've put together effortless. Candles and a matching card make for a cute little birthday gift. These birthday gifts could easily be turned into Hostess gifts for the holidays or even a teachers appreciation gift or pretty much any type of gift you want.

These are fun and inexpensive gifts that you can make and whoever receives special handmade present would be thrilled and amazed.

Lovely Crystal Tree

One winter when I briefly lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I experienced my first ever Ice Storm. It wasn't pleasant at the time but the very next day it turned to be a clear blue sky sunny day. My son, Nathan, was only 3 years old at the time and of course wanted to go outside to check things out. Well, we stepped out into a crystal world. Everything was literally incased in ice. Even the smallest twig of a tree was separately incased in ice and everytime the wind blew through the trees it made the ice covered tree chime. I know that Ice Storms are and can be devasting but boy can it also be so very beautiful.

Here is card I was inspired to create by the Ice Storm I experience back in 2000. It is a fast and easy card but lovely at the same time. I used Branch Out and the colours in the card are Bordering Blue, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip. I used Stampin'Up Heat & Stick powder to adhere Dazzeling Diamonds to the tree. I love things that sparkle! I used Ruby Red and Chocolate Stampin'Write to create my little dear robin in the tree.

Never Ending Christmas Spirit

I recently discovered Never Ending Cards and here is my take on a Christmas card. I'm using an oldie but goodie set from Stampin'Up and I used a combination of paper. Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Rose Red and Naturals White plus a DSW.

Front of the card...

second flip...

third flip...

and last flip and the back of the card.

I kept the back blank so that I can write a message to the person receiving the card. Although you could write little messages at every turn of the card. I think these are super fun to make and you can get very creative with them using all sorts of Stampin'Up images and Stampin'Up paper.

Questions about this card please don't hesitate to email me. I think my Stamp Club may get to try this next month.....hmmmm......what to design?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Digital Studio

I do have some wonderful new cards I want to post but just haven't gotten around to it but now that Halloween is over I will get chance to upload a couple of Christmas designs I manage to make this past week.

In the meantime if anyone hasn't had a chance to check out Stampin'Up's newest product, "My Digital Studio", you should. It's a wonderful way to scrapbook, publish beautiful photo albums and other projects like calendars.

Here is a link to my demonstrator website that takes you to a video about My Digital Studio.

If you have any questions regarding this amazing new Stampin'Up product please contact me.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mum's Night Out

I would like to share a wonderful moment I got to share with nine wonderful friends. My very good friend Brenda organized a Mom's Night Out, way back in June. She organized us to see Mum's the Word Remixed for October 3.

Well, October 3 was last night and we all had an amazing time. We started out having dinner at Bridges on Granville Island and then went to the Granville Island Theater for the show. Last night was a gorgeous Fall evening in Vancouver. The view was incredible.

It is definitely a show to catch! It was hilarious! Go see it if you get a chance.

Here are a few pictures of our pre-dinner night out.

Even though no stamping occurred we all had a fun night of chatter, yummy drinks, delicious food at Bridges and a funny show that kept us in stitches. When's the next night out Brenda?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Geometric Card

If I am unable to come up with an organic looking card I turn to my shapes and geometric stamps. Here is the second "Manly" card I came up with. It is a neutral card that could be used for any occassion. I the wonderful birthday greeting from Full of Life and the star burst stamp is a stamp set from several catalogues ago, Brusting with Joy, still one of my favorites.


Stamp sets: Full of Life and Bursting with Joy

Papers: Textured Whisper White; Whisper White; Sahara Sand; Not Quite Navy; and Old Olive.

Inks: Sahara Sand; Note Quite Navy; and Old Olive

Accessories: Clips Assortment; 3/16 Corner Rounder punch; and Stampin' Dimensionals

A Card to Cherish

A friend requested two birthday cards for two very special men from me the other day. I have to admitt making cards for men is a challenge. I love making frilly, pretty cards or cards that are just more femanine. But I never say no to anyone who asks me for a card or two. So I got brainstorming and I decided to make one of the cards using a dormant stamp-set called Branch Out from the 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalogue. Here is what I came up with.

I watercoloured the sky with Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue and the ground was a combination of Certainly Celery and Old Olive. Then I stamped on top after it dried. (Drying tip: I used my heating tool to speed up the drying process on the watercolour paper. Be sure not to hold the heating tool too closely to the paper though.) I used Always Artichoke for the leaves.

I did cut the boots out and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals but I also stamped the boots in behind them to give them more depth. I added the Linen Threaded as an added touch.

Stamp sets: Branching Out and Baroque Motifs

Paper: Watercolour Paper; Parisan Breeze DSP; Chocolate Chip Card stock;
Always Artichoke Card stock; and Very Vanilla Card stock

Inks: Ballet Blue; Bashful Blue Always Artichoke; Chocolate Chip;
Certainly Celery; Old Olive; Summer Sun; Creamy Carmel; and Basic Black

Accessories: Aqua Painter; Linen Thread; Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button; and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, September 17, 2009

SIP Challenge Winning Entry

I am thrilled to have found out today that I was one of the winners of the SIP Challenge . I'm really quite stunned because all the entries are so fantastic. I really appreciate Shelli selecting my card out of all the ones out there, it is a real honor. Below are the two "Love" cards.

I love making cards and creating original ideas. Anyone who loves stamping to make cards, to scrapbook or to make 3D projects knows the time and effort it takes to create new innovative ideas. It is a passion I completely understand. It's a thrill to have my cards recognized by another innovative and creative person like Shelli and to receive lovely comments from many different people. Thank you to everyone who has written a comment about the cards and to congratulate me. This is all very exciting for me!

There are a lot of entries for September's Autumn challenge already and for sure I shall be submitting something very soon too. So, keep a look out in the next week.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stamp Club of 2009/10

Well, I am just so excited to announce my friend and SU Demonstrator, Brenda, have started up our Stamp Club this year. We had a year off from our club last year and now we have past members and new members excited to get creating.

To thank our club members Brenda and I decided to make them a small gift. This gift turned out to be a fun afternoon for us. It got our creative juices flowing. We decided to cover inexpensive note books with SU's beautiful Designer Series paper. We have 11 people in our club and we wanted to distinguish each member's journal. So we used on board letters and glittered them. We glued their first name initial on the front of the journal. We tried to match the feel and colour of each book to our members. Here is what they look like.

I know I mentioned we have 11 members but unfortunately one book got left out of this group shot. Oh dear!

We gave our gift to our club members yesterday at our first club meeting. Everyone was excited to use them for various things including writing down recipes of yummy treats that are and will be served at our club meetings. The Strawberry Pavlova from our first club hostess was super delicious. We all need that recipe! The journals were a big hit!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

My first Nephew

I am so excited to annouce my sister had her first baby. Jacob was born on August 28. Our whole family is very excited for our new addition. My son is thrilled that they share the same birthday date, 28. His birthday is July 28 but he is 11 years older. We got to visit him a few hours after he was born in the hospital and he was just too precious. He was born healthy and we could ask for no more.

Here is my son and my parents visiting Jacob at his home. He is five days old here. We are looking forward to watching this new little miricle grow into a wonderful boy.

....Tune in late next week and I'm going to post a project, another SU demonstrator and I worked on for our Stamp Club. The project is a gift for our club members. A little gift to get our Stamp Club started. Check it out later this week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I have another SIP entry. I was inspired by a friend & customer who brought over a lovely card she had made with the new In Colours.

She came over last night so we could catch-up on life and make a few cards. We really took Stampin'Up's tag line to heart yesterday evening. We Inspired each other with cards we had made and we each Created the same card that we Shared. It was a very fun evening.

Here is the card I was inspired to create because of the colours she used and now I share with you.

Stamp sets:Circle Circus and Warm Words

Card Stocks: Whisper White; Melon Mambo; Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry

Inks: Melon Mambo Stampin' Write, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write

Techniques: Again lots of tearing and roughing up the edges.

Also, I can't resist showing you this wedding card I created for with a couple of retired but well loved stamp-sets. Does anyone else have these stamp sets? I love the flower!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I am always up for a challenge and Shelli Gardner posts a monthly Creative Challenge for anyone to enter on her blog, So Shelli. I have not entered one until now. The challenge this month is to create cards with only Stamp-sets, Ink and Paper, better know as SIP.

Here is what I have come up with using ONLY stamp-sets, inks and paper.
Two cards using the same stamp sets and the same colours.
I used techniques I have not used in a long while.
Thanks for the challenge Shelli!

Colours for both cards: Very Vanilla, Real Red, and Soft Suede (the black around the cards is just the background)

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral, En Francais and I couldn't resist using good old Wonderful Words. It can be easily switched out with Heard from the Heart.

First Card - Techniques Used: Created a faux suede piece with the Soft Suede card stock. If some people are unaware of this technique it is simple, you take a corner of the card stock and peel it apart and continue to peel it in half. You will end up with a very soft faux suede side. Next there was lots of freestyle tearing done to precision. The rose image on Very Vanilla was torn in specific areas to create its perfect shape to enhance the upper right corner of the card. The edges of the word "Love" was raised with the fingernail technique as well as the Real Red card stock with the En Francais image. Direct ink to paper technique was given to the both these pieces as well to give their edges a more weathered looked.

Second Card - Techniques Used: On this card I added one extra colour, Kraft. The En Francais was stamped onto the Soft Suede card stock. Then the paper was distressed with direct ink to paper, the edges roughed up and to create the softer blur around the words I simply used one of my fingers. I made a small faux suede strip with the Soft Suede card stock to put on the Read Red. Then there was more freestyle tearing on the flower and corner of the Real red.

My goal with these two cards was to create a soft old world romantic feel but with a modern edge.