Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More animals

My friend's birthday is tomorrow and she has two cats so what better theme for a birthday card than cats? I used some more of my DCWV paper and I love these colours though I'm not really an orangey person. I was hoping to buy a proper light box so that my pictures would be improved from what they are and I wouldn't have to go out on the balcony in the middle of winter to get pictures with some natural light in them. I found a great light box at though it's not such a good deal now that the Canadian dollar has taken a total dive.

I must be off and start primping for Jersey Boys tonight. It's freezing outside so it's going to have to be a sweater and coat night.

Cute Teddy

This Jolees embellishment is the cutest little teddy bear ever and what baby doesn't love teddy?? The card was made for a baby shower with some scraps I had saved and then cutsied up with some scallops, buttons and fibres. It's not the traditional blue, pink, green or yellow but I love this card.

My plans for today went down the toilet and I didn't get half done what I had hoped but, sometimes, that's what days off are for - sleeping in and doing little.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Goodbye to Catoo

Sadly, my neighbour's cat, Catoo, had to be put to sleep the other night. He was the cat I had been tending to with his insulin shots. I made this card for my neighbour in Catoo's memory and hopefully it brings her some comfort. He was such a sweet boy and we will all miss our friend.
The paper I used for the card is from DCWV and is all pet-themed. The cat embellishment is by Making Memories and the letters are lovely and velvety, though I don't remember where I got them.
I had a busy day today with an early hair appointment, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping and then some projects which means I am more than ready for bed right now. Tomorrow night, I am taking my neighbour to see "Jersey Boys" for her birthday. This is my second viewing and I am as excited as the first time I went. I also decided to take the next couple of days off work so that I can enjoy the show fully without being tired or worried about getting up early.
Hope everyone is enjoying this early taste of winter....which reminds me....time to call and make an appointment to get my snow tires on. Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A card for the new grandparents

I was asked to make a card for a friend's parents who are becoming grandparents for the first twins. This is a combination of Basic Grey and Making Memories paper with a Prima flower, Prima jewel, a white lace doily, border from a Fiskars punch and some rub-ons, ribbon and fibres.
It certainly was a better day today - cold but sunny. I got a whole whack of errands done this morning including some more Christmas shopping then, rather than cleaning, decided to wash and wax the car so that it would be ready for winter. I figured I can clean any old day but you sort of have to pick and choose the weather for car waxing. Needless to say, my back is killing me tonight but that's one of the job hazards.
I picked up some really cute dog/cat paper today that I can hardly wait to use. Alas, further projects will have to wait until next week but I hope to be able to post then. Enjoy your upcoming weekend.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


This is such a pretty card but the photograph washes it right out, unfortunately. It is done in white and pale greens with lots of lace and fun embellishments. The paper is Melissa Frances and the 'twins' was cut from Cricut 'New Arrival'.

I have a couple of other projects I have been working on but will have to wait until tomorrow to post when, hopefully, the skies are more condusive to photo taking. I must run and get dinner as I am starving. One good thing about crafting, it usually absorbs my entire attention span so that I don't think about food. Thanks for stopping by!

....and one more Christmas

I keep forgetting that, when I do these posts, they are backwards, i.e. bottom to top rather than the other way around. So, often the title I assign a post makes no sense to anyone else but me unless you happen to read from bottom to top. Oh well, I'm sure much of this blog makes no sense to anyone so status quo.

This lovely card is done with Doodlebug velvet papers with silver embossed paper on top. The snowflake embellishment is an ornament from a Christmas present last year. The scallops are cut from a Martha Stewart punch (which I thought was broken so I bought another then found the first miraculously rebounded).

The paper was a little hard to work with and I had problems sticking it down so that it would stay. I must get myself a sewing machine though the small Janome that everyone raves about is still not here in Canada and I'm sure the cost to ship it would be astronomical. I'm sure I'll be in the US at some point in the future and must keep an eye out.


The paper I used for this card is Basic Grey "Figgy Pudding", very English. I must admit, it's nice to see colours in Christmas cards other than red and green and I notice there is a lot of blue and black out this year in the decorations.

I was hoping to get down to the Toronto craft show this weekend but just never got around to it...which is probably a good thing as I REALLY did not need any more scrapbook supplies.

Three Christmases and a Baby

I finally got down to making some Christmas cards though I had to put other projects aside for awhile. Judging by the weather today, it feels like Christmas is right around the corner. This paper is from Making Memories, flowers also by Making Memories, buttons by Basic Grey and the pretty gold and green ribbon is very vintage and actually came from my mother who bought it but never used it. I took these pictures on the balcony today and nearly got blown away. I think we're in Kansas again, Toto.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beautiful Colours

Fall is upon us and the trees are beautiful colours as seen in this photo from my balcony. It won't be long before all the leaves are gone and winter....yech, I can hardly say it.....will be here. Fall is actually one of my favourite times of year except that I wish it would just skip to spring. I guess that's what we have to expect, living in Canada. I got a jump on winter this year and ordered some snow tires which, I hope, will make it a little easier to navigate.
I made this card for a friend of mine who is turning 50. Fifty always sounded so old when I was a kid; now that I'm here, it's not so bad. I was able to use up a lot of my scraps and this is actually some of my favourite paper. I was very lazy today and cannot have a repeat of this tomorrow. My neighbour's cat has diabetes and requires shots two times a day. I have been learning how to do the injections so that I can fill in for her should she need to stay late at work. I'm not sure I was cut out to be a doctor but I'll give it my best. I'm on my own tomorrow with him so wish me luck.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thank you for the tree

My family recently had a tree planted in memory of a friend and they wanted a card to thank the City for all their hard work. I made the card using some Basic Grey and Doodlebug papers and a lovely tree embellishment from Jolees. The buttons are also from Basic Grey and actually match in much better than the photograph shows and I finished it off with some rub-ons, ribbon and twine. All done in perfect tree green colours.

I have been on the go all this week. Tuesday, I worked at the election and that was a long and hellish 15-hour day. Last night, I enjoyed a show at the theatre where I saw a Beatles cover band called 1964 ( The show was excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the music of the Beatles. Tomorrow, I'm off for a day of shopping and, hopefully, the rest of the weekend will be mine to get at some crafts. With any luck, I'll have some new projects to post in the next couple of days.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Back at it

I can't believe it's been so long since we last talked. I have been busy, busy, busy what with work stuff, cleaning up around the apartment and other commitments, there has been no time for anything. Anyway....I am trying to get back at it and post some projects.

This card is a very pretty baby card made from Heide Grace paper. I added a couple of chipboard hearts topped with stickles, some ribbon and lace, a Prima flower, a "baby" rubon, buttons and a cute little rattle embellishment. They resurfaced the roof of my building - which seemed to take about 5 times longer than it should have - and there is tar and crap all over the balcony, literally stuck onto the tiles. I normally snap my card photos out there but, being as it is such a complete disaster, I didn't trust not getting black goo all over the card. Black goo removal is one of my projects for upcoming days off since yesterday it rained all day and was not black-goo-removal-condusive.

It's good to be back and I hope to have some more projects next week to share.