Friday, May 20, 2011

CPS Sketch Challenge #218

CPS challenge blog has a great sketch this week and I love how they've shown all the variations of the sketch!  Have a look to check out the beautiful cards.  I decided to use their sketch and a variation of the techniques from the Scrapbooker's Paradise Toonie card (previous post) I made yesterday. 

I stamped the image and then sponge daubed the color on with Distress Inks.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then distressed the edges and sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I stamped the background with an alphabet stamp and then placed my coordinating paper over it.  I used 3 small paper coins and popped them up with foam dots and covered them with Crackle Glossy Accents, which I also used in a couple spots on my main stamped image.

Scrapbooker's Paradise Toonie Thursday

This week I was feeling a little cooped up, Amie's had a bad cold all week and we've been packing to move, so I really needed to get out and get a 'fix'.  What better than a card at Scrapbooker's?!

This week Dianne showed us an amazing card stamped with a beautiful girl stamp image and colored in by sponging on Distress Ink.  We distressed the edges and put it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Inside there is a neat pop-up where we attached a butterfly.

As always, a beautiful card!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Die Cuttin' Divas - Travel

Well, I wasn't sure what to do with the Die Cuttin' Divas challenge this week- to use travel cuts, until I remembered my Spellbinders Travel die!  It was perfect :) I used Core-dinations paper to cut out the set, which includes a suitcase, tag, compass and passport, and then lightly sanded the embossing.  I also used Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cart for the mountains, since we live so close to the mountains our travel often involves a trip near them! I used some Liquid Applique for the snow and some Close to My Heart stamps.

Makes me want to pack my suitcase and head out!

Super Sundae for me!

I just realized I was featured on Birthday Sundaes for my entry in their Challenge # 6!  I designed an invitation, a crown party favor, a place card, and a cupcake pic. - my original post.

Thanks for the Super Sundae :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gypsy has arrived!!

I'm so excited! I ordered a Gypsy for Mothers' Day and it arrived yesterday.  I ordered it through and am so pleased with their service! They had a great deal, Gypsy, starter pack with screen protector, stylus and sleeve, 3 pack stylus kit and car charger for $109 US (which is actually cheaper in Canada!!) They shipped it by Fed Ex and it arrived within 4 days and they sent out a confirmation email with the shipping info on it as soon as it was shipped by Cricut.  (which is great for us type-A's :)

I've done the updating and now I'm playing around and figuring out all the fun things I can do.  If anyone has any tips or websites they find helpful let me know!

 My girls!
Supper cooked by my wonderful hubby :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Playing in Paradise Challenge 14 & Sweet Sunday Challenge 116

Over at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog there is a fun color challenge this week.  They are using the colors below in a project and have some amazing samples from the design team.  I pulled out a package of paper that coordinated with this color challenge perfectly!

 I used the Sweet Sunday sketch this week to pull it all together, and used a Close To My Heart stamp, Find Your Style as the focal point.

I stamped a flourish along the bottom of the card and used some glimmer sprays to brighten up the flowers.  I used Distress Inks to stamp the image and then overstamped with Versamark and Perfect Pearls to add a shimmer to the shoe.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Die Cuttin' Divas - 1st May Challenge

There's a few changes over at Die Cuttin' Divas blog, but I'm sure it'll be as awesome as ever!  Their challenge this week is a sketch challenge, which is always great.  My friend just had a baby girl so out came the Heritage Cart and I decided to use the very cute carriage, the tag across the top of the card, and the word 'Baby'.  I just love this cartridge! I turned the sketch around for my card and I placed 3 paper flowers with brads in the center on the right of the carriage.  I sprayed each of them with a glimmer spray. The yellow and purple are Smooch sprays and the pink is Glimmer Mist.

I'm having a wonderful Mothers' Day so far! Flowers, breakfast, cards, I ordered myself a Gypsy!!, and I'm doing some cardmaking. My other baby will be coming over in a little while. I'm a very lucky mom.

Happy Mothers' Day to all you moms out there!

Scrapbook Retreat

Well, I'm finally getting to my Scrapbook Retreat post from last weekend! It's been a busy week... we're moving the end of the month, so my regular blog allotment of time has actually been spent packing. 

I went to Canmore, Alberta (only about an hour away) with my sister last weekend to a beautiful retreat at Stoneridge Mountain Resort.  It was the first time I'd left my little girl to stay overnight, and she was totally fine. She had a great Daddy-daughter weekend with her dad and they did all kinds of fun stuff.

I got lots of scrapbooking done and had such a wonderful time!

The host, Deb Baldock, on the right

My work area


The view from our balcony

Friday, May 6, 2011

Scrapbooker's Paradise Toonie Thursday

Another very cute card over at Scrapbooker's Paradise for only $2 yesterday!  We used Glimmer Mist over clear embossed butterflies.  The flowers are misted with yellow.

You pull the tag at the top to reveal the sentiment inside!

There She Goes - Sketch Winner!!

I am so excited to have won a very cute stamp set over at the There She Goes Challenge Blog for the Sketch Challenge #104!

Winner from last week's TSG104 Sketch Challenge: Karla Yungwirth Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:5
Timestamp: 2011-05-02 06:37:07 UTC

This is the set I picked, Rain and Sunshine:

They have a great selection of very cute stamps over there! Be sure to check them out.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sketchy Thursday - 4.28 Challenge

This past weekend my sister and I went to a fabulous retreat at the Stoneridge Mountain Resort in Canmore, AB.  It was beautiful! This was the first time I'd stayed overnight at a scrapbook retreat and my 4 year old had a wonderful Daddy Daughter Weekend with her amazing dad.  It was amazing how quick the time flew by! I completed 10 layouts over 2 days and had to do a Sketchy Thursdays challenge, of course!

I did two layouts for this sketch:

Wii - 1
 This one I turned upside down:

Whiz kid