Monday, December 12, 2011

A Baptism Card

It's Challenge time again!!

One of my favourite Challenge Blogs, Young Crafters Unite, have posted this month's Card use Dies.

My son's new little cousin was baptized on the weekend and I'm using the card that I made as my entry.

For the background of the card I inked up a background stamp by Market Street Stamps with Versamark ink then sprayed it with Shimmerz Spritzes spray in Baby Breath. The result is the front of the card with just a tiny hint of texture with just the right amount of shimmer.

My Die Cut piece is the bracket cut piece that I cut out using my Silhouette SD. I also used the sketch pens with the machine to write the sentiment on the front. Our family on my husband's side is French, so instead of "For Your Baptism" I used "Pour ton Baptême". I added a few pearls just so that the die cut didn't look so empty.

I inked all the edges with Broken China Distress Ink, added some ribbon and then rounded off the corners.
A very simple, clean and bright card. :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Calendar Project...It was a "Cinch" to Make!

If you've arrived here from The Blog post over at then welcome to my little blog! If you're a regular follower of mine, make sure to head over to the SS website and check out the amazing projects that are being featured using today's steal, The Cinch, by We R Memory Keepers!
Make sure you also go and check out the creations that Amber, and Kristy made using The Cinch! They are A.Mazing!

I was introduced to The Cinch last winter when had a WRMK Giveaway on their blog. When it arrived at my house I must admit I was really intimidated by this huge tool and wondered if I'd ever be able to make something with it because it looked so "complicated". I could NOT have been more wrong! Seriously, this tool is awesome! It's very user friendly and incredibly easy to use.

With Christmas nearly here, I wanted to create a little desk calendar for my son to count the days until December 25th arrives. Similar to the little daily desk calendars you see in offices, but more fun and reusable ;)

WRMK's 6x6 Chipboard pieces for The Cinch were the perfect size for the cover of the calendar and what is a Christmas calendar without Christmas patterned papers?
Enter Season's Greetings by Echo Park Paper Co

First I covered the two chipboard covers with paper,and using the Imaginisce D-Stress tool I sanded down the edges of the paper so that the two boards were covered perfectly. Inked the edges and decorated the front title page.

For the individual pages of the calendar I cut all the 12x12 pieces of EP paper down to 6x6 squares.

Using my Silhouette, I cut out all the numbers I would need, painted them bronze, sprayed them with a hint of Glimmer Mist then used some Stickles to add some extra glitter.

Once all my pages and numbers were ready I went to work decorating all the canlendar's pages. Some of them I will admit are a little empty looking, there was one point I thought I was going to run out of embellishments so I stretched them as far as I could ;)
With all my pages ready I went ahead and used The Cinch to punch all the holes. After the chipboard pieces had paper on them I could only punch them one at a time but for the thinner pages I think I did 2-3 at a time. I loved how easy the holes punched using The Cinch. With no effort or strain at all, even with 3 thick pages, the handle easily and smoothly pushed down and created clean and complete holes!

Tip:When decorating and preparing your pages keep in mind which side you'll be binding and leave approx. 0.5 inch gap there otherwise you risk punching holes through your designs.

The great thing about the The Cinch is that it also comes with these super cute pink wire cutters that are just for me! No more rooting around in my husbands manly (and usually a bit dirty) toolbox looking for tools, these pink ones are still just as tough but are nice and girly looking ;) I used it to cut down the binding wires to the size I needed for the calendar.

On the side of tool is the binding hooks, the wires just sit on the hooks and don't move while you simply place all the pages in order. I found a neat tip online that if you want to hide the "seam" that's created when the binding wires are pushed together, place all the pages on the wires first, THEN the title page, THEN the back cover.

I used the 1.25 inch binding wires, so I changed the binding settings to match the width and while holding the open face of the wires flat up again the back of the tool very slowly pushed down until the 2 sides just passed one another.

Tip: The slower you push the bindings together I found the more circular the shape is. If I went too quickly it would look more oval. Also keep the bindings flat up against the wall of the Cinch for a more circular look.

With a little bit of wiggling I moved the seam and flipped the back cover over and the binding is complete!

I can't get over how easy The Cinch is to use and now all I can do is think of all the other cool projects that I'd love to make! A board book for my son, calendars, travel journals, work presentations, the possibilities are really endless!

Thanks so much for reading through and if you're on the fence about today's steal, don't be! It's so much fun to use and being able to do your own binding is pretty darn neat!

For my Desk Calendar I used:
WRMK The Cinch!
WRMK 6x6 Chipboard Set
WRMK Cinch Wire Cutter
WRMK 1.25 inch Cinch Binding Wire, Black
EP Season's Greetings Kit (I used the entire kit for this project, plus a couple extra pieces of 12x12 from "For The Record" and "Holly Jolly")
Kraft Paper
Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Tea Dye)
Imaginisce D-Stress tool
Kiwi Lane Design templates
Stickles (Diamond,Holly,Starry Night,Crystal)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Pinterest Creation for the Holidays

Since the summer time I have been on the website Pinterest. If you have never heard of this place, go and check it out! It's more addictive than Facebook and Twitter (although I never did get into the whole twittering? tweeting? twits? fad) Basically, Pinterest is your online cork board where you can bookmark photos, recipes, crafts etc to easily find later. It's a way more fun version of your "favourite" list really.

Anyways, my biggest problem is that I spend ages "pinning" all these really cool things to do, but have found that I don't ever go back and try any of them. So far I've made a few recipes (Salted Chocolate chip cookies have changed my life!) but never yet have I tried a crafty project....

...Until today!!

Oliver and I taped down (well, I taped, he ran all over and scrunched them haha) garbage bags to the floor to make a little work zone and brought out some acrylic paints, distress inks, glimmer mists, stickles and paint brushes and set to work for a crafty morning.

I found this "Pin" a couple weeks ago and thought it would look super cute as something to hang on the wall during Christmas as part of our decorations.

Oliver loved having his feet painted and I left him up to his own devices with some paint brushes and a tin foil plate full of paint. I'm not sure if I'm crazy leaving a 2 year old in charge of paints and paper, but he had a ball and now we have a fridge covered in his artwork :)

I picked up some canvas from Michael's and first sprayed it with Apple Glimmer Mist to give the white background just a tiny bit of colour and sparkle then went around the edges with green and brown distress inks. Oliver stamped his feet down to make the reindeer's faces and then I went back with a paintbrush and freehanded the antlers and nose. While the red paint was still wet I sprinkled some loose glitter onto it to add some extra glitz to their noses. Using Holly Stickles I added the year to the bottom corner. Et Voila! Our very first Pinterest Inspired crafty project complete!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tied Up with a Bow

Remember awhile back when I bought that big bahama mama bag of bargain buttons and Oliver discovered what an amazing sound they make hurled at top speed across the floor?
Well we had another incident similar to that yesterday....

Someone who will remain nameless *cough cough* my two year old *cough cough* found my drawer upstairs where I keep all my spools of ribbon and "decorated" our house with it. I should have known something was going on, the house had been too quiet for too long...
It was more funny than anything else and it kept him busy for twenty minutes or so, so I let him run around the house dragging his ribbon behind him!

It was definitely easier to roll up a couple spools of ribbon than pick up and find hundreds of buttons!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Day of Remembrance

Another November 11th has arrived and with it arrives the remembrance and thanksgiving of all those who have, and continue to serve, our country. The sacrifices of those before us, as well as the men, women and their families of present will always be felt and should always be remembered and appreciated even beyond the boundaries of today.

Though Remebrance Day is only one day a year, we truly do need to remember to be thankful to our troops each and every day.

So to everyone in the Armed Forces and to their families I say Thank You!

This year Oliver and I stayed home and watched the Remebrance Day Ceremonies on CBC as they were taking place downtown Ottawa at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I was in tears (as always) when the Silver Cross Mother lay her wreath in memory of her lost son. At 11:00 when silence fell and the haunting melodies of The Last Post and The Piper's Lament was played I was surprised that even Oliver stopped what he was doing and remained still and silent. it's funny how even children, no matter their age, can still pick up on the importance of a single moment.

Because of where we live, our backyard is usually right under the flight path of any aircraft that are part of the goings on at Parliament Hill. So throughout the ceremonies and afterwards we had helicopters, biplanes and jets flying over our house in formation on their way to Ottawa. A sobering site to see, 7 helicopters flying over in formation, and loud! It's also a pretty cool for a 2 year old little boy when seven "hah-wee-ca-ca's" fly over his house ;)

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Blog Hop Newbie!

Hey There! You must be arriving here from Pat's Craft Corner Blog! Welcome to the next blog that's part of YCU Blog Hop! If you're just stumbling across my post now, head over to Young Crafter's Unite to find all the details about the Masculine Card Blog Hop, and start hoppin' and commenting for a chance to win some great prizes!

I will admit this is the very first Blog Hop I've ever taken part in, as a blogger and as a hopper too! I'm pretty excited to be a part of it all :)

So without further ado, I would love to share my masculine themed card that I made!

I used some of the more boyish patterned papers from Echo Park's For The Record line and used Kraft paper for my card base. The baker's twine was too white when I wrapped it around the card, so I coloured it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink to "dirty" it up a bit!

I'm also using this post as my entry for the third YCU Challenge

I hope you enjoy it, don't forget to leave a comment here and then head over to EFRAT'S Blog Next! Thanks a Bunch for Stopping By!!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

A New Blog Challenge!

Back at working the night shifts this weekend and that means even more spare time to work on blog posts!

I would say about 2 months ago some scrappy sisters of mine over at Crafty Enablers had mentioned these really great youtube tutorials on Distress Inks. I went over to check them out and proceeded to watch the whole 12 tutorial series in a weekend. Seriously, if you've ever been interested in learning about Distress inks or need to see them in action you have to check out Britta Swiderski's No Stress Distress Inks Tutorials on her youtube channel! I was so anxious to get started and give them a try so I immediately went ahead and ordered some colours from Crafts to Favor. I coulnd't believe that right after seeing these tutorials, CtF had a Distress Ink sale (perfect timing!!) In Canada one of those babies sell for $8.99 at the big box craft stores so to see them on sale down in the States for $3.30 was enough of a bargain for me to order quite a few colours ;)

To cut a long story short, I am now in love with using Distress Inks. I love how the colours blend and how many different ways you can use them! So after watching several more tutorials I then headed over and started reading her blog and finding so much inspiration there for cardmaking! From there I found the Young Crafter's Unite Blog and have just recently started following posts there.

This week they posted their first Blog create a card using an image that you have coloured in.

I decided to make a multi-page funky folded card with some stamped images coloured in using a watercolour technique with Distress Inks:

Colours at the ready on some wax paper I stamped my images with Versamark and then heat embossed them with black powder, then painted/coloured them in.

This is the first time I've ever watercoloured before and I know I will definitely be doing this again! I love how it turned out!

Here's the front cover of the card:

Opened to 1st page:

2nd Page:

And the last page: (I left the very last square blank so I have room to write a message)

Here's what I used to make my card:
-Recollections Cardstock in Grey
-Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Stormy Sky)
-Sizzix Texture Boutique with Damask embossing folder
-Hero Arts clear stamps, Everyday Sayings
-We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile and eyelets

I had so much fun with this challenge and look forward to what they have in store next! If you get a chance head on over and check out their blog!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Some Doodlebug Projects

I took it upon myself to apply for the Design Team Call over at Doodlebug Designs. I never in a million years think my work is ever "good" enough to share publicly but I do have fun applying anyways. I'm learning about Design Team Applications and writing out bios and fun things like that so whether I'm chosen for a spot (Oh my goodness that would be an amazing dream come true) or not I am happy to apply and see what happens :)

For my application I have to include 2 greeting cards, 1 layout and 1 home decor item. This is what I came up with:

For Home Decor I made this Wreath made from knotted ribbon. The colours remind me of Fall or Back to School and it was a quick and easy home project to put together.

For the wreath, I used all Doodlebug Ribbon (except the red bow on the top)
-Primary Polka dot Organdy
-Boy o Boy Polka dot Organdy
-Ladybug/Bon Bon Gingham
-Beetle Black/Blue Jean Gingham
-Boy o Boy Striped Grosgrain
-Primary Striped Grosgrain
-Ladybug Rick Rack
-Bumblebee Rick Rack

For the 2 greeting cards I tried to use the same papers but make 2 very different cards. All the paper I have by Doodlebug is from their Cold Spell Line.
The first card I made was a winter card. I used some stickers as masks for the background using inks and then embellished with some snowmen, snowflakes and baker's twine.

My Happy Winter to You Card materials were:
-Doodlebug paper from Cold Spell, Blizzard
-Doodlebug Cold Spell Cardstock Stickers
-Doodlebug Swimming Pool Simply Sweet Mini Rub ons
-Distress Ink in Stormy Sky
-Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire
-Distress Ink in Dusty Concord
-Baker's Twine from The Twinery in Caribbean

My next card I wanted to do something different so, using my Silhouette SD I cut out quite a few butterfly shapes and made a very simple Get Well Soon Card.

This is what I used:
-Doddlebug paper from Cold Spell, Frosty Dot
-Imaginisce iRock gems
-Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamps
-Silhouette SD

Last but not least is a scrapbook layout. This layout was for the DT Application but it was also an opportunity to use some new products from Kiwi Lane Designs . Their templates were really easy to use and lots of fun to create with!

The butterfly was an extra that didn't really "go" on the gretting card and the paper flower was made by rolling up strips of cut paper. and I used my Sew Easy tool to add some stitching to the top right corner. The materials I used were:
-Doodlebug Paper from Cold Spell, Frosty Dot
-Doddlebug Paper Cardstock, Swimming Pool Dot Grid
-Pebbles Chips in Baby Blue
-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple
-Kiwi Lane Design Templates, Cascade Trails
-We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy, Zig Zag Stitch
-Stickles in Diamond

Memories in a Shadow Box

My sister's wedding was quickly approaching and although Dan and I had already picked up the newlywed's wedding present several months ago (Paderno Pots and Pans) I really wanted to make something of my own to give to Rachel and Alex that held some meaning to them.

A group of online scrappers that I'm part of were chatting about wedding presents a week before the wedding and a few creative ladies had mentioned that a decorated shadow box with the wedding invitation inside can be a lovely gift and keepsake. Thank goodness I had kept Rachel and Alex's invitation, what a great idea! With my creative juices flowing I headed to the craft store to pick up the supplies I'd need.

This is the very first shadow box project I've done, so I wasn't sure how it was all going to turn out. I figured because no one knew I was making one, if it didn't turn out pretty then I need not give it away ;)

First I covered the shadow box backing with some sparkly and lacy paper. I'm not sure what kind of paper it is as it wasn't opaque but wasn't really translucent like vellum. It was very fibrous as well, but gorgeous!

Using a piece of green cardstock that very nearly matched the green in the invitation I cut out a piece to use a border.

Once the invitation was adhered to the backing, I started to mess around with some embellishments. At the store I found these Cherry Tree Branches by Jolee's that matched my sister's invites perfectly! After cutting them to suit what I wanted and rearrging them 100 different ways before I was satisfied with how they looked the shadow box was complete!

Here's the final product! I kept it simple and it really didn't take that long to make. I hope the bride and groom will enjoy it :)