Wednesday 29 April 2015

My Paper Pumpkin: Sew Simple, Sew Pretty Project #4

I just love these long rectangular tags.
The manual stitching added a little spunk that I love. The stamps are from the My Paper Pumpkin kit in February... as I mentioned before... a stamp set that is a staple in my stash.  

If you are worried about the stitching on the back, just put some colorful washi on the back...
... you know that I don't get hung up on that stuff.

Make sure you play along with the challenge every month - I would love to see what you make!


Friday 24 April 2015

Carving my "Jane" stamp | Fancy Friday

Back to another Fancy Friday!


Yes, I was!

This month we are focusing on retired product.

I can't believe it but the stamp carving kit that Stampin' Up! called "Undefined" introduced last year is getting the boot.

Almost two years ago, I saw the brilliant Jane Lee do a scrapbook page of her son Sawyer showcasing his handwriting.  How?  She carved a stamp.

And that has been on my list for a very long time.

No, don't be so silly.  This isn't for Jane Lee.  She's much fancier than this.  But my daughter Jane Caines will enjoy this far more than any other stamp in her growing collection. It's nice to have a piece of her forever and ever.

Step 1: Coffee.
Step 2: Find my daughter's artwork (not hard as I am a scrapbook-a-holic)
Step 3: Trace her artwork with a pencil as shown above.
Step 4: Smush it into the carving block as shown below.

Step 5: Carve to your heart's content around the image.  Use the small and large carving tools.

Step 6: Test stamp until happy and then stamp the wood block provided.

Pretty close, isn't it? I am now giving this as a gift to my daughter Jane.

That was fun.

Its time to announce the winner of the gift card frame lit!!
Congrats to Rhea!
email me within 7 days to claim your prize

Cindy is one of my favourite people - check out what she has in store this week!

Day One: Paperie 20th Retreat

ah ha.

You found me.


I've been here and there but for the next four days I am attending my local scrapbooking store's retreat.  Congrats to The Paperie! They are celebrating their 20th retreat and its one of my favourite things to do twice a year.  We are at a golf resort called the Wilds - not too far away from home... but far enough where coffee can't really be delivered and children can't find me.

I was busy yesterday morning playing with my Stampin' Up! My Paper Pumpkin kits... but... you can't see those cute little projects yet.

I did manage to create some cuties to share.

Now, I found this Studio Calico sheet of paper in my stash... I couldn't cut it up so I just plopped it into my album!

This particular layout is completely inspired by Danielle over at Banning Lane.  It uses the Ali Edwards Story Kit called "Firsts". Yes, it was her first themed kit so I have been hoarding most of the contents... and the cool acrylic word... since then.

Back to the fun!

Wednesday 22 April 2015

My Paper Pumpkin: Sew Simple, Sew Pretty Project #3

Welcome back to another alternate idea for My Paper Pumpkin.

This time I used some glimmer paper under the negative from the January My Paper Pumpkin Kits.  I just love the current March MPP card bases. Black and white looks so awesome!

More machine stitching around the edges too!

Make sure you play along with the challenge every month - I would love to see what you make!


Wednesday 15 April 2015

My Paper Pumpkin: Sew Simple, Sew Pretty Project #2

My sister turned thirty.

Dirty thirty.

Bahahahahha. She has been welcomed into my 30s world.  I created this card to make her feel a little better using the My Paper pumpkin kits. There's several kits that I used but the paper and the stamp comes from the March kit.  The background stamps is from the February kit... which I will use all the time.

Again, I machine stitched.  I can't stop.

Make sure you play along with the challenge every month - I would love to see what you make!


Friday 10 April 2015

Congrats card!

It's another easy card!

Stamp the Stampin' Up! paper then add some embellishments.  This paper is from the Birthday Bash designer paper series.  The wood veneers are from the new card kit in the occasions catalog.

I just love putting lots of little embellies on paper.


Thursday 9 April 2015

Ali Edwards Story Kits: Day/Night

Every month, I get the Ali Edwards story kits.

I am a kit junkie. But I... ummm.. love them!

The kits themselves are amazing, small but amazing.  However, its the class content that really turns my crank.  Each month has a theme and last's month theme was AM/PM. I am always a month behind because it takes a little while for the kits to make it to my big Eastern piece of ice... also known as Newfoundland, Canada.

She always gives story prompts.  She really encourages you to tell the story.  But not only that, she encourages you to find the best in every day life.  She also encourages telling the story when perhaps its not the best day.

This month's content had a PDF that had the words "morning" and "evening".  I was able to measure the distance of that words on the page and then used photoshop to carefully figure out exactly where I wanted my typed words to land.

And that's how I did it.

I love it.  I love telling the story.  It was a simple question.  AM/PM... what does that word mean to you.  And you could go in many directions.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday 8 April 2015

2015 Easter Projects

Happy Easter, love the Caines!

I don't even know what happened... Easter was here and now it's gone!

I can tell you one thing though... there's still a lot of chocolate.  And thanks to my mother... whom I bluntly said "Dont get me chocolate, get me candy"... gave me a full Costco-sized tub of sour keys... you know the kind.  So delicious, yet so evil.

Projects. Right.

Yes, I did up some treats for the kids at day care.  There's a lot on the blacklist there so I opted to try to use what I had.  I had some leftover kaleidoscopes from one of my Mommy and Me kits. I made a belly band to go around them and attached some crayons using double sided tape. I used the really cute stamp set called "For Peep's Sake!"... so cute!


I also gave paint for the older kids!

Of course we also decorated the house a little bit... and I had a little bunny to help this year.

Last year, I created this Easter Banner and burlap picture - check out last years post here!

We also created a little forest with a bunny in it for our Mommy & Me April craft.

And get a final kiss goodbye for the day!

Have a great day!

Monday 6 April 2015

Flowers and Fun with Canadian Scrapbooker

I've been playing with the Painted Blooms DSP from Stampin' Up!

Make sure you hop over to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine blog post to check it out.

The first Monday of every month, I hang out with the CS ladies so make sure you follow them and drop by!

Have a fantastic day!

My Paper Pumpkin: Sew Simple Project #1

I miss my Mac.
I hate doing things on this old PC.
come on Apple!

Back again today with the new April challenge at My Paper Pumpkin Challenge.  Every month they host a challenge to use your My Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! kits. Make sure to check it out for inspiration.

For this month, I used the enamel heart in the centre of a wood veneer from the current kit.  I also used sequins from a previous kit and sewed them into my page.

Are you wondering what's going on here... its a mini album.
But if you are following, I am typically a 12x12 scrapper.
I take my extra photos and plop them into a mini album for each kid.  Its their own albums that they can handle until the cows come home.
The end.

By the way...
Stampin' Up! is having free shipping this week from April 6th to April 10th.