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!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Colours: Bermuda Blue, Tempting Turquiose and Night of Navy.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Front of the card...
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
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
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
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
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.
Paper: Watercolour Paper; Parisan Breeze DSP; Chocolate Chip Card stock;
Accessories: Aqua Painter; Linen Thread; Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button; and Stampin' Dimensionals
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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
Sunday, August 16, 2009
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.