Monday 29 October 2012

Delightful Decorations

Hi all,

As I have been playing around with Christmas Tags, I wanted to see if I could make my Christmas bulbs dazzle as they look on the page!!!  I love love how it turned out:
Materials (All Stampin Up' product): Old Olive cardstock & ink, Lucky Limeade baker's twine, Delightful Decorations stamp set, Christmas Greetings stamp set, Basic rhinestons, pacific point ink, melon mambo in, whicper white card stock, Heat & Stick powder and Irridescent ice glitter.

Theres a couple ways to do this:

Here's the longer way:
1. Ink your image the colors and way you want.
2. Once done, cover in versamark.
3. Using your heat and stick powder, apply over the versamark shaking off any access.
4. Emboss using your heat tool.
5. Apply glitter of your choice to see the shiny effect!

Here's the short way using Stampin Up product:
1. Ink your image the colors and way you want.
2. Once done, cover in versamark.
3. Cover with irridescent ice embossing powder and shake off excess!
4. Emboss using your heat tool

Ohhhhh, when you are in the mood doing Christmas projects, there's always time for extra sparkle.


Saturday 27 October 2012

Its a Sketchy Challenge October 2012

I can't believe that I managed to get this done!  Less than two weeks away from Baby #2!!

This was a little tricky as I selected some paper and wanted it to kind of flow together.  I punched a number of "corners" in two different sizes and then slowly put them together. I figured out where I would put my picture and then kept piecing my "puzzle" together.

Here's the layout I came up with for the Its a Sketchy Challenge:

Materials Used:
Crate Paper "Paper Heart Collection", MME "Wild Asparagus" collection, MME "a very merry Christmas" collection, Studio Calido Mr. Hueys Leaf green, Stampin Up bitty buttons, Stampin Up punches, Authentique cardstock stickers, Doodlebug loopy love stickers, BG porcelain stickers, and Harmonie ribbon (RU056) re: Canadian Manufacturer, Stampin Up pearls   

Here's the layout - check it out here:

Its definitely not exact but once I started going with this, I just went for it.  I love how it came out.  So feminine.  I just look at her and she is so beautiful - it works perfectly. I am genuinely so thankful especially on this particular day - Thanksgiving.


Friday 26 October 2012

Tag Box

Hi all,

I mentioned before that I was going to do a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association of Newfoundland in memory of my grandfather.  I am starting that project now but am going to do Christmas tags!  Stay tuned for the beautiful tags I have made and details about pricing, etc.
Along with the tags, I made a beautiful tag box to hold some of the tags. I wanted to share my instructions. Here is the finished product:

This is what you'll need to get started (I have used all Stampin Up products for this project):
- 2 sheets of cherry cobbler card stock
- 1 window sheet 8'1/2" by 11" (product code 114323)
- patterned paper of your choice
- sticky strip (strong adhesive)
- SNAIL or tape runner or glue dots
- Tools you'll need is a scorer, scissors and a grid mat

Here's the step by step instructions:

1. First take your card stock paper and score it one inch on each side.  You can actually use any size paper you want but for my instructions I am just using the one full card stock (8'1/2" x 11").  Think about it in a way that the inside of your box will fit 1 inch less on each size. For example, if you have cards that are 4x4 then you might want your box to be 6'1/2" x 6'1/2" - this means the paper you'll need is 8'1/2" x 8'1/2".
2. Next you should see a one by one box on each corner.  You are going to snip one side of eaach corner by one inch, following the score line until it intersects the other.  You will also want to really reinforce the folds of the box.  All folds will go in the one direction to create a box shape.
3. Then you'll apply sticky strip or glue dots to each corner.  Fold them into the box as you go.  You now should have a box that looks like this!
4. Next you will want to create the inside dividers.  For my size box, you'll need to cut one rectangle of the cherry cobbler 4"x 9", as well as two rectangles 4"x3'1/4". With the 4" side horizontal, you will score the paper down the middle at 2" for each piece. Then you'll flip each piece and score again at 1" and 3".  You will now have something that looks like a 'W'.
5. A good tip is to place your box n your grid mat.  This will help you place the dividers where you want them to go.  The long divider will go in the middle for my box.  So, using the grid mat I place this at 3'1/4".  I can then make sure its straight.  You can choose where you want to place your other two dividers but I choose to do mine at 4" so that I have one section slightly longer for my longer tags.  Then to really make it pretty. you can go ahead and cut out the patterned paper to hide the flaps of the dividers.  I even edged mine with the cherry cobbler ink to make it blend in!!  And now the bottom of your box is complete!
6. Now to make the top of the box, I just used "window sheets" from Stampin' Up.  They are just plastic and I scored it the exact same was as #1.  I used glue dots to adher it together.  The only trick on this is ot really try to score it pressing very hard.  You should also really reinforce it.  And finally, decorate with a bow or whatever you please!!!

Isn't it GORGEOUS????????? Its sad its not even Halloween and I am so excited for Christmas!!
- C

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Halloween Treats!

I've had to slow down a little bit as my pregnancy nears the end!  It will be nice to breath again soon even if it does mean getting up at 2am and then again at 4am. :)

But Jane has two Halloween parties scheduled and so I had to get those ready in case I have a baby.

See the final product and the best thing is that they are super easy and SO cute!

These were created with Stampin' Up (SU) products except for the orange paper twine that I bought at the dollar store!

Here's the list of materials you'll need:

- 1"x8" cellophane bags (SU discontinued but whatever you can fine)
- Punches of your choice (SU small oval & scalloped oval)
- SU Every Little Bit stamp set
- SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
- SU Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black inks
- SU Frightful Sight paper
- stapler, pop dots and glue runner
- Candy of your choice but candy corn looks fabulous!

Here's the quick instructions:

1. Fill the cellophane bags with candy
2. Stamp and punch your ovals (one small oval and two scalloped ovals).  Take one scallop oval and wrap the twine around the top.  Once it looks the way you like it then staple it on the top of the cellophane bag.
3. Take the second scalloped oval and with your glue runner adher it to the back of the scallop oval. This is covering up the twine and the staple.
4. Then put pop dots on the front and apply your stamped small oval.
5. Unravel the paper twine to give it a "antannae" look. I found the paper twine at the dollar store - I am sure you'd fine some out there. Check out the children's craft supplies.
6.  I edged the scalloped and small ovals with black ink to give it a dusty apperance.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday 7 October 2012


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Last night was Jennifer's wedding and everything was beautiful but nothing more stunning than the bride herself in her laced dressed and long veil. A simply gorgeous ceremony! Stay tuned on the how to for the programs.

Today is thanksgiving and we are off to my grandmother's house.  Since its been a trying year, I thought I would make a thanksgiving wreath for her to remind her that we are always thinking about her. Here's how it turned out.
Here's a closer look at the rosettes that I made from Stampin' Up's discontinued Christmas Fabric.

These rosettes inspired me to make some quick fabric rosette bows for Jane and her two cousins. They came out fabulous! It's a nice variation on the traditional bows!
Here's the details on how to make these!!
You will need some fabric, a hair clip, liquid fabric glue or hot glue gun, scissors and 'poker' (optional). I do recommend fabric glue  as you can easily burn yourself with the hot glue gun.  I did use the glue gun but that's because I had mine out already.
1. Cut some fabric at your desired preference but these are 24" x 1'1/2".  To get the look of the loose threads, just make a little slit in the fabric and tear it all the way down!! Don't get hung up on the pattern of the fabric as the colors will be wha matters.
2. Start by applying a little bit of glue from one end of the fabric going down about one inch. Fold the fabric in half to here. This is to make the centre of the rosette.
3. Next is where you start twisting the fabric and at the same time rolling it around the centre of the rosette.  You can make your twists loose or tight - the tighter they are, the skinnier your rosette will be. This is ideal for the hair clip but I made looser rosettes for the wreath. As I went along I applied glue here and there to ensure that it adherred. Keep going until you reach the end. Adher the end with the glue.
4. You might get the middle poking out as shown below but I just cut it off for the hair clips.  I kept them on for the wreath. 

 5. Next is to get the hair clip on the rosette.  First, apply hot glue on the back of the clip and stick it to a piece of matching fabric or felt (whatever you have handy).  You will then apply this piece to the back of the rosette paying attention to trying to hide the clip as much as possible. I poked the ends of the fabric in for extra strength.
And voila!  Tested on Jane while she attended her buddy's birthday party at "The Little Gym"... no problems! :)
Have a great day with your families!

Monday 1 October 2012

Coral 2:

Alright, I have big ideas for these series of pictures taken at the Columbus Zoo.  They aren't quite materializing as I would like so far... but mostly because I am not happy with the pictures I took! Geez!!

My ideas began when I got my hands on the new BoBunny Zoology collection! Sweeet! So perfect!! 

When I saw the scrapbooksteals layout, I wasn't quite sure what I would do but I grabbed my box of my newest goodies and lo and behold there was a decorative die from the Zoolgy collection.  So I started out with an idea like this:
I kept playing to see if the sketch would work... eventually there will be four pages in my album related to the zoo. Here's the sketch from! More details of the Mid Week Mojo Series here:
And here's what I came up with after playing around!! I may end up hand cutting out more spots but for the moment I like the simplicity.

Materials Used: BoBunny Zoology collection, SU garden green ink, SU chipboard, AC thickers, SU crumb cake paper.
Have a super day!