Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Ship has Sailed

What a perfect card for someone taking a cruise. The black and white papers are from Doodlebug Designs and the red dot is one of my favourites from Daisy D's. The white velvet brads are also from Doodlebug Designs and are meant to be paired with the paper. The ship was cut from the Cricut "New Arrivals" cart.

It's cleaning day again so cardmaking will have to take a back seat for, that old friend "work" is calling . Thanks for looking and enjoy the upcoming long weekend!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


It's always challenging to make a special request card with a theme. This is a thank you for a cruise to Alaska, hence the polar bear. The paper was left over from many moons ago so I no longer remember whose paper it is but I think the combination of blue, green and white is always very striking. I love using fibres although I very often forget I have them in my drawers full of goodies. They are a nice alternative to ribbon. Thanks for looking - stay tuned tomorrow for another post.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Back from the North

I took a lovely trip today to a little town a couple of hours north of the city. It was a great day for a drive and everything was looking very green and summery. I did some shopping - some of it for Christmas - in some cute little stores they had in town but, sadly, the scrapbook store was no longer. Which is probably just as well for my pocketbook.

I made this card with some new Basic Grey paper. Navy blue is always one of my favourite colours and always seem to look so rich. The tag is from K&Company, just modified a bit to fit in with the colour combination, and the flower is from Prima. A friend of mine who cruises quite a bit likes to take hand-made thank you cards to give to members of the crew - how nice is that? It's going to be an early night tonight - all that driving and sun has worn me out!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A pretty card

I got to work today with some of the new paper I have accumulated over the last few weeks. This paper is from Iron Orchard and there are some great designs in the set. All paper is double-sided which is a bonus. Again, it's much more striking in person but I am at the mercy of my camera. I finished the card off with a pretty Prima flower, a couple of butterfly chipboard accents and a Melissa Frances rub-on. What a great day it is today - as I predicted. I have been hesitant lately to sit on my balcony as there is a wasp who, for whatever reason, appears each and every time I sit out there. At no other time does he hang around my balcony except when I venture out. I am going to have to think up some humane way to be rid of him. Enjoy the sunshine!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New Store, New Stuff

I was out and about yesterday and remembered there was a new scrapbooking store right in the area so popped in for 10 minutes that turned into 45 minutes and $100. It was worth it though as I was able to get some new papers and lots of fun embellishments. Like I need more. But needing is not the point; the point is that this stuff is out there so I have to have it. Kind of like climbing Mount Everest but different.

This is a card for one of our Supervisors at work who is moving on. I always love working with the scalloped edged paper as they finish things off so well. The red star border is felt fusion by Queen&Co. and is self-adhesive which, in my opinion, all things should be. No muss, no fuss.

Rain again today (what else is new?) but nice out tonight. Perhaps we can get one good blue-skied day tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A good day to be inside....

Well, it's been raining literally all day so I thought I would take advantage and do some indoor work....meaning cards. I can't believe what a difference this summer is compared to last year when we had no rain and the grass was brown. Looking out my window, everything is nice and green and looking healthy. Having said that, it's hard to get out and enjoy activities when you are rained out but hopefully tomorrow will bring sunshine.

The top card is for a friend who wanted a congratulations card for someone called to the bar....the legal bar, not the corner bar. I used some imaginisce papers and some pretty lacy ribbon. It's finished off with a HOTP chocolate flower and a piece of satin ribbon I had saved from a box of chocolates.

The shower card is done with Melissa Frances papers (which are much prettier in person), a Melissa Frances rub-on and a beautiful Prima flower. Stay dry and have a good week.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

You're a Star!

I made up these cards for two friends who recently got promoted. The top is done with paper from K&Company and the stars are made from paper scraps I have kept from past projects and cut from Cricut "George" cartridge. I am always hesitant to throw out scraps, no matter how small, because they always seem to get used up. The bottom card is My Mind's Eye papers. All fibres are Basic Grey and the stitches and sentiments are rub-ons.

I just feel like having a lazy day today, having run around like a madman yesterday. All I see outside is beautiful sunshine so perhaps a trip out with the cats is in order. Summer is my favourite season but it seems to go by twice as fast as winter (my least favourite season). Perhaps it's time to consider a move to Phoenix.

Monday, July 14, 2008

24 Hours is Not Enough

Are the days getting shorter or am I just getting busier? I just seem to have way too many things to do and, before I know it, it's 11:00 p.m. Today, I ran around like crazy doing errands. With the price of gas, I try to plan my day so that all my stops are grouped together. With the huge stores like Walmart and Loblaws that seem to sell everything, it's getting easier to do one-stop shopping. I hadn't made any cards for a few days since work got in the way but I was able to get back at it tonight. I have had to put my heritage book on hold for a bit while I get some card orders done up.

I think this Wedding Card is so pretty. It's made with HOTP papers and a very pretty flower from Prima. The "A" sticker I have had forever and the pearls are stick-ons. The buttom lacy bit was cut from a Martha Stewart punch. Speaking of Martha Stewart, I purchased another of her punches today with my 40% off coupon from Michaels. You really can't beat that kind of deal. I find these punches easier to use than the Fiskars - they just don't seem as stiff for some reason. Anyway, my bed is calling and I have a long-overdue hair appointment tomorrow. Happy Monday and have a great week.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I Hate Computers

Computers will be the death of me yet. They are like new cars - you buy the newest and best so that you don't have to deal with any least, that's the theory. In reality, they never work that way. I have been having problems with my e-mail. I can't send any mail as the messages get stuck in my out box. I was on line last night for about an hour trying to find a fix. This happened last year as well and a quick download from Microsoft cleared things right up. Not so lucky this time. So, like every other problem in my life, I'll ignore it for now and hope it goes away.
My heritage scrapbook is coming along and I have now completed the fourth page which is a lovely old photo of my grandmother. I was cleaning out a cupboard and found some paper that had been in there for God knows how long. Turned out it was a perfect fit for my project. I added some corners and flowers that I cut with the Cricut "Home Accents" cartridge and lots of pearl brads that I love so much because they look so Victorian. Anyway, I mustn't get off track is cleaning day which ranks right up there with computer glitches.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wasn't it just five weeks ago....?

Well, it was exactly five weeks ago today that my cat, Kona, ended up in the emergency vet. Wouldn't you know it but he is throwing up again today and I'm just debating whether to take him to the doctor. It started outside with him eating grass which he promptly threw up and now he is just laying there looking sick.

I managed to get this page done before the throwing up began. I'm not sure with a scrapbook if there should be a common colour theme that runs through all the pages or if an ecletic mix is more preferable. I suppose it doesn't really matter - each to his own and all that. I best go check on my son and decide what we're going to do. It's tough being a single parent!

On with the scrapbook....

Another day, another page of the scrapbook is done. I spent about 45 minutes yesterday at the drug store trying to figure out how to make copies of the old photos. It's quite easy once you get the hang of it; just a lot of fiddling around. Anyway, I was able to get a second page done for my heritage book. The lacey edges are all done with my Martha Stewart punch and I love the little stick on pearls at the top of the page. The colours in this are actually much richer in person but the camera seems to have taken some of the sparkle out of the image. I think it's time for a new camera....or a better photographer. What a great day out there - enjoy the beautiful weather!

Friday, July 4, 2008

My First Scrapbook Page

I finally started work on my ancestry scrapbook. This is the first scrapbook page I have done as I normally make cards. Having said that, it's pretty well the same methodology for both except the scrapbook pages are done on a bigger surface. I thought I would start small - this book will be 8"x8". The page is made with papers from Hot Off the Press which are in a pad and all nicely matched to one another making it virtually impossible to screw up. I have been on a buying spree lately although I can't imagine why I need any more paper products of any type. I need to add the word "restraint" to my vocabulary.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Graduation Day

This was made for a girl who just graduated high school. I vaguely remember that day....many moons ago. I love the colour combination in this card, set off by the gingham ribbon. The mortar board hat is an embellishment from Jolees and the stars and corners were cut from Cricut. I am off for a week now and have big plans to get stuff done. I still need to start work on my heritage scrapbook pages which seem to keep getting pushed to the back burner. Hope everyone had a happy Canada Day!

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