Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #25


This weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge is to use this fabulous sketch by Pam and/or add paper piecing to your project. I chose both, and I have to say paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques.

I needed to make a wedding card for August, so ArTish's "May I have This Dance" Pixie Cottage stamp was perfect. This stamp can be found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. It is the perfect stamp for a timeless wedding card don't you think? I snuck in the year using black stickers, instead of a sentiment. I figured the paper was too busy, I would put a sentiment inside the card instead.

I can't wait to see what you ladies create this week. I always learn something new when I scroll through the entries.

Good Luck,
Happy Wednesday,

P.S. Michelle has some FAB candy going on until July 1st. Check out my sidebar for the image.

Challenges this is suitable for are:
Creative Inspirations (Paper Piecing)
Digi Doodle Shop's Best (Anything Goes)
Sew Many Cards (Anything Goes)
Other Lovelies (Flowers)
Mark's Finest Papers (Flowers)
Magical Crafts (Flowers)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scrap It With a Song

Michelle's Scrapbooking and More is sponsoring the Scrap it With a Song Challenge this week. The challenge is to create something using the song "I Can See Clearly Now, by Jimmy Cliff".

I used my "Hannah on Stepping Stones" Pixie Cottage Stamp, and also a Magnolia Background stamp. I used these fab papers by Fancy Pants, and what I was trying to do is make it look like the background was the remainder of a rainstorm, and then POW, out comes this beautiful Rainbow and brightens up Hannah's day. Thus the bold Copic colors. I added some of the lyrics to my design paper, but you don't have to do this. I just thought I would try something new.

Did I succeed?

Have a great day, and I urge you to head over and try this challenge. I had a super fun time doing it.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Calypso's 1st Blog Candy

Calypso just started Blogging in April, and she would love it if you visited her blog Calypso's Candy Craft. She recently won my blog candy, and now has some of her very own to give away.

I hope you drop into say hello, it is always nice to make new friends.

Happy Saturday,


Father's Day Cards

Here are the cards my girls made for their Daddy. They LOVE the Star Wars movies, and they play Star Wars Lego on the Wii all the time with Daddy. So when my friend Sheena showed me her stamps, I had to stamp them and give them to my girls to color.

All good ideas come with expectations, and they both can color rather well. So I handed them the pictures and left to do some house cleaning. When I returned, this is what I saw. I was initially a bit upset because I "wanted" them to do a good job and concentrate on making the images pretty. Well, after hearing their explanations, I felt bad because the images were colored based on a story in their little heads.

Karlye's card on the left has Princess Leia in full kaleidoscope makeup gear, as she wanted her to be pretty for Daddy. Jayme's card on the left shows Princess Leia with blood on her face because she was in a space fight, and the Princess on the right was protecting the princess on the left.

They can be so inventive, and that is what crafting is all about. So the next time I hand them things to color, I am going to leave my expectations out of it. They were just so happy putting it together, and both chose the papers and put the glue on and placed the papers. Daddy was just so happy, and again, that is what crafting is all about.

Happy Saturday,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Practical Scrappers Flower Challenge

Good Morning,

This weeks Practical Scrappers Challenge is all about FLOWERS! How many creative ways can you use them on your projects? For my card, I used some felt, along with my Sizzix die to make the triad of felt flowers in the corner. I also used flowered design paper, a flowered metal charm, a sentiment that includes the word flowers, and an image of a girl picking flowers.

I can't wait to see your entries ladies!

Good Luck,

Sketches In Thyme Challenge #3

Good Morning,

Team B has just posted their wonderful layouts for the Sketches in Thyme Challenge #3. Be sure to head over and try this sketch out! It is another fabulous sketch by Scrapiopath.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #24

This weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge is a sketch provided by our Guest Designer Jay Jay, and the theme is Inside Out. I needed to make a graduation card for my sister, so my card creation is for her. Happy Graduation Allyson! She is moving on to Grade 9.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the theme was "Gate Fold", so the concept came first. I tend to leave the inside of my cards blank, as I like to write personal messages in them, but I wanted to use our guest designers sketch, so I used it to create an inner message for my sister. I left a bit of space to personalize it on the bottom.

I wish I could have taken a better picture, as the Graduation Monkey, a digital stamp by ArTish found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More, looks washed out. In real life he is quite vibrant. In my previous post, you can see the graduation cap gift box I made in matching colors.

The smile on my sisters face when I gave her the card and gift box made me happy, and that is why I craft. I can't wait to see what you do with this weeks sketch and/or theme.

Happy Krafting,

Practical Scrappers Design Team Call

Design Team Call

To apply to become a designer for Practical Scrappers:
1: Email Christine at with your message board name and a brief description about yourself.
2: Participate in one of the Practical Scrappers challenges before July 5th, it can be a normal challenge, the monthly bonus challenge or a sketch challenge
3: Read the DT Guidelines listed here
4: Add your blog to Mr. Linky here

Good Luck Ladies,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Practical Scrappers Sketch Friday!

Hello Ladies,

Did you know that every Friday Practical Scrappers has a sketch challenge? I took this weeks sketch and rotated it. Instead of using photos, I turned it into a card sketch. That is the wonderful thing about sketches, it gets the ideas flowing, but one does not have to follow it exactly. Ann-Katrin has provided the sketch this week, and I have to admit she makes amazing sketches.

I hope you give this one a shot, I used it to create a card for my DH for Father's Day. My girls are working on theirs, and let's just say they are pretty imaginative. I will post them this weekend, and you will understand what I mean.

Have a great weekend, I hope I inspired at least one of you.

Congraduations Allyson!

This adorable gift box was created using my friend Sunghee's Graduation Cap Box Template. I had a blast making this, and I have to tell you my sister simply adored it. You can purchase this template at After Five Designs.

If you have anyone graduating this year, I urge you to try this template out. It was easy, fun and enjoyable. All it took was two 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of cardstock.


P.S. Thank you Sunghee, I am in awe with your talent my friend.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Practical Scrappers Glitter and Flocking Challenge

Good Morning,

This weeks Practical Scrappers Challenge is to take out your glitter and/or flocking and to use it on you projects.

Trying to be creative, I chose to take out my chipboard and ink the surface in pink. I then coated the tops of them with Diamond Glaze and finished off the flowers by adding some loose glitter to the surface. I tried using 2 way glue, but found that the Diamond Glaze dried quicker and clearer, allowing the ink to peek through and the glitter to sparkle.

How many of you have glitter and flocking sitting on your desk begging to be used? I would be interested to know if any of you have ever finished a jar of glitter or flocking. I know mine are all nearly full.

This card is for Karlye's teacher, I want to thank her for doing a great job this year with my daughter and her classmates. Now to get the gift, the last day of school is just around the corner!

Have a great day ladies, can't wait to see what your creations look like.


Sketches In Thyme Challenge

Sketches in Thyme searches the internet for fabulous sketches, and this weeks challenge is a sketch found on Sketches by Scrapiopath's blog. I really like this idea, finding wonderful sketches, and bringing them back into the spotlight.

Here is my take on the sketch for this weeks challenge. I bought this paper so long ago specifically for these photos. Karlye was 21 months old and she was enjoying some cherries up at the cottage. She is such a good eater, and various fruits have always brought about joy, and messy faces.

I found this poem on the internet,the artist is unknown. I thought it cute for this layout, especially since I found it on a Poem Site for Children.

The poem reads:

The Cherry Tree

Once I found a cherry stone,
I put it in the ground.
And when I came to look at it,
A tiny shoot I found.
The shoot grew up and up each day,
And soon became a tree.
I picked the rosy cherries then,
And ate them with me tea.

A cute poem for such a cute and messy little girl. Sigh, she sure has grown up way too fast.

Thanks for the incentive Kim, another page done for Karlye's album. I hope you all try this one out, and be sure to post your pages for this weeks Sketches in Thyme Challenge.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #23

Good Morning,

What a fabulous day for The Pixie Cottage Challenge #23. Once again, it is a sketch and/or theme challenge. The theme this week is "Make mine Patriotic", and the fabulous sketch is provided to you by our own DT member Pam! I have to say this is the very first time I have made a Canada Day card. I was born and raised in Canada, thus the red and white color scheme like our flag.

I was cleaning up my desk and came across a fabric Maple Leaf, well that was enough to inspire me. I took out my red and white paper, and then traced the leaf on the dp. The stamped images on the white cardstock behind the leaf are supposed to represent the fireworks that go off on July 1, Canada Day. I used Whispering Maisy and Matt as my image, I can just see them sitting together enjoy the festivities of such and exciting day, can't you? This wonderful stamp is a Pixie Cottage stamp and it can be found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.

I am just so excited to see what colors represent your Countries, and what colorful and creative projects you come up with.

Have a fabulous Wednesday ladies,


Friday, June 11, 2010

Got My Fingers in The Sugar Bowl Again.........

Here is my entry for The Sugar Bowl Challenge #36 , thank you Lilian for a fantastic sketch. The theme was to use Pink, Black and White on your card, but this added theme was for inspiration only.

I enjoyed making this card, I have to tell you that coloring black hair with Copic markers is very challenging, especially since I only have the 100, and a W3. I am waiting for my remainder grey tones. If anyone has some fabulous tips on how to improve my black hair technique, PLEASE let me know!

I found these wonderful flat back rhinestones in my stash, and they must be crystal as they sparkle like mad and emit little rainbows everywhere. Boy do I wish I wrote down where I got them, I want more!

I am off to submit this, and I sure do hope random org. is on my side, they have Ranger Distress Inks as the prize, and I have been itching to try these out!

On a personal note, when using Copics would you like me to write down what colors I use? I see others do this, and want to know if it is useful to you.

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Practical Scrappers Eyelet Challenge

This weeks Practical Scrappers Challenge is to use eyelets. I decided to go the subtle route and use my eyelets to use up some of the white space in the center rectangle, thus drawing your eye towards the cake.

The image you see is from Squigglelfy , Practical Scrappers June Sponsor. This stamp belongs to a very cute set called Jane's Bakery. I printed out several images of the cake and then layered them up to add some dimension to the card.

What creative uses do you have for your eyelets? I would love to see what you can do with them. Hope to see your entries this week over at Practical Scrappers.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pixie Cottage Challenge #22

This weeks Pixie Cottage challenge lends us a wonderful Guest Sketch from Donalda, and you can choose to do the theme as well if you wish, which is "Fathers Day".

I rotated the sketch and chose to use "My Dad says", a new Pixie Cottage MANmade stamp by CreaSeans. My Daughters saw the card and proceeded to tell me they liked my duct tape card. Which cracks me up, I don't think I had a clue what duct tape was when I was 5 and 3 years of age!

I can't wait to see what you all create this week for The Pixie Cottage Challenge #22. I still have a Father's Day card to make, as this one is for my Father-In-Law, and would love to get some ideas from you ladies.

P.S. Challenges this qualifies for are:
The Shabby Tea Room: Just for Dad
Cards For Men: Father's Day
Double Dutch: Dad's Treat
Simple Doodles: Just 4 You Dad
Creative Craft Challenge : for the Man in your life

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How do you store your supplies?

This is how I store my punches and my ribbon. I used an old towel rack and mounted it in my closet. I tie a knot into an old piece of thick ribbon and lace my spools through them. I then tie it to the rack. Beats knocking them over, and keeps my kiddos from unraveling them.

How do you store your supplies?


Winners of the PWCO Blog Hop

PaperWorks Co. has announced the winners of the blog hop last month. Here is the list of the lucky participants.

And now the winners are:

RAM Collection (set of 4) -

  • Goes to: Shirley N, Post #31 on Alice's Blog

Sport Series 1 (set of 6) -

  • Goes to: Leanne Elliot, Post #12 on Sunghee's Blog

Safari Friends (set of 4) -

  • goes to Wendy, Post # 20 on Chris’s Blog

Aqua Amigos (set of 4) -

  • Goes to Sheng, Post #37 from Bella's Blog

Jungle Jesters (set of 4) -

  • Goes to MiamiKel, Post #14 from Tanya’ s blog

Congrats ladies!

please send Peggy an email to: to claim your prize

You have till next monday (June 14th) to contact her, after that she will select another random commenter.

They are also currently asking for participants in this weeks Sketch Sunday. If you make a card using this sketch, you may be asked to be one of their Guest Designers!

Congratulations to the winners!
Have a wonderful day,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vote For Sheena's Geeky Anya

Hello Ladies,

My friend Sheena drew this adorable Geeky Anya, and if she gets enough votes, it gets rubberized! I just love this girl, glasses and all. Partially because I am a geek, and because Sheena rocked this one!

So if you have a moment, please vote HERE. It is as simple as going to the poll on the right, choosing your favorite image, and then pressing VOTE.

Thank ladies,

Happy Monday,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Whiff of Joy Candy

Hope you are all having a fab weekend. Just a quick post to let you all know Whiff of Joy is giving away 2 sets of stamps as a "Thank You" for reaching their 1000 follower status.

Happy Saturday,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Practical Scrappers Transparencies, Vellum, Acrylic Accents Challenge

This weeks Practical Scrappers Challenge is certainly a mouthful! Which one will you choose to use; Transparencies, Vellum or Acrylic Accents?

I chose transparencies. I have had these flowered sheets for well over 4 years. Thanks again Practical Scrappers, for getting me to use up my dusty supplies. I mounted them with glue dots, and for the triad of flowers on the right, I sewed buttons onto the centers to add dimension, as I did with Baby Maisy, a wonderful new stamp at Michelle's Scrapbooking and more. I also sewed a flowered transparency sheet behind Baby Maisy to add a different visual effect to the pattern paper.

I would love to see your fab projects entered into this weeks challenge.


Sketches In Thyme Challenge #1

Good Morning!

Kim's new challenge blog goes live today with it's first sketch challenge. The sketch for this weeks challenge is sketch #34 from Scrapbook Sketches by Scrapiopath.

I hope you visit each Maven's blog, you will love what they have done with this sketch. As an added incentive, those of you who leave a comment on each blog will have a chance at winning Kim's Candy.

Here is the list of Maven's, enjoy this visual journey, you are about to be inspired. I certainly was.

Sketches in Thyme

Thank you Kim for asking me to participate. I now have a new page for Karlye's scrapbook.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #21

Good Morning ladies,

This weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge #21 is to use the fab sketch and/or to add metal to your creation. I made a metal repousse card over the weekend for the tutorial over at The Pixie Cottage, so I decided to focus on the sketch. I did however add some tiny flower brads and then glued some rhinestones on them.

I used Hannah with Butterflies this week, again you can find her at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. She is such a feminine image don't you think?

Just to let you know, brads, eyelets, paperclips etc. all count as metal. I hope to see some creative ideas too. A few weeks back I even used a pop can tab as a metal accent. Get your thinking caps on ladies, I am bound to be inspired for sure.

Enjoy your week,

P.S Be sure to check out the DISCOUNT COUPON over at The Pixie Cottage. 22% off your total purchase right up until Memorial Day. Simply use the code Memorial in the coupon box before checking out.

Challenges I am entering this into are;
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge#85: Buttons and Blooms