Monday, September 27, 2010

Manly Monday Week #23

The idea for this card came to me in two ways 1- by looking outside the kitchen window, the trees are changing colors which made me decide on Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Very Vanilla; 2- my friend Ian sent me some amazing photos of animals and my favorite was this lion. No pun intended here - Ian is a fellow Lions Club Member. Made me think of Frankii after he comes home from spending the day with his Girlfriend.

I started by printing the photo on Very Vanilla.  The base is More Mustard followed by a layer of Cajun Craze ran through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment from the Level 3 Hostess Set Occasional Quotes on More Mustard with Cajun Craze Classic Ink. And that's it, that's all for the front.

On the inside:

I added a strip of Cajun Craze, once again from the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and hand wrote with the Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker. It doesn't really get any easier than that.

I'm holding a World Card Making Day event this Saturday - October 2, 2010. Should you be in the Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Devon or Leduc area drop me an email and I'll send you invite. Would love to have you!

A La Prochaine!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #9

Feminine Fridays is already here! This week seems to have gone by at lightning speed.  Thankfully the sun has returned and hopefully will stay for awhile. It sure has been dreary in this part of the world. For this week I choose to do somewhat of a CASE from the Stampin' Success Magazine (sent to demonstrators only).  In the July 2010 issue Lynn Pratt was featured on pages 8 and 9. I fell in love with the color combination and the design. This card measures 9 x 4 1/4.  

I used the same colors that Lynn did except for the Natural Ivory, I don't have any so I used Very Vanilla. The other colors are Bravo Burgundy,  Basic Grey and Always Artichoke. Besides making the card a different size I changed it up by using Photo Corners done with the Punch in Bravo Burgundy and did not use a layer to stamp the Thank You. The images are from the stamp set Just Believe.

Inside the card I added a layer of Very Vanilla and stamped the leaves in Basic Grey and Always Artichoke. I gave this card to my Upline Wendy to thank her for swapping cards for me at Convention this year.


Choose something by a featured stamper in Stampin' Success
and make it your own. 


Be sure to drop by Regina's blog next week to see what she comes up with. It's sure be to be jaw dropping gorgeous!

See ya next week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Testing My Camera for Videos

I have no aspirations of making video tutorials but I wanted to try the "movie" setting my camera to see how it worked on the blog.  For Frankii fans here's a little 50 second spot on him chasing a ball in the rain, the last days of summer in beautiful Alberta LOL.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Manly Mondays Week #22

It's the last week of Summer! Keeping that in mind I wanted to create a card with a sunny day theme. This Dude's been out for quite awhile and needs to find some shade or a cool room, soon!

I haven't made a lot of "punch" cards so I went surfing and found a few of interest on Splitcoast.  This card is a case of a combination of those. None that I found mentioned the punches used so I may not have "cased" exactly. Just punched, eyed it, and figured it went well together.

The base is Pacific Point layered with a piece of Crumb Cake. I used the retired Sandy Shells wheel with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. The blanket is a piece of Notations Designer Series Paper along with the Hat (retired punch) and Bathing Suit. I ruffled the edges of the blanket by snipping it. The paper was perfect for this as on the back side it is grid lines so I just followed those. For the body I used Blushing Bride with the following punches: Oval Extra-Large, Photo Corner (rounded the corners with a Sanding Block - they looked a little pointy for me), 1"  Circle and Word Window. That's the Scallop Edge for the sunglasses and I drew lines with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. Once it was all put together I had  the brilliant idea of trying to make him look like he was getting a sunburn. I used a Q-tip and Ruby Red Classic Ink. Once I was done doing that I realized I should have left him alone since I am not happy with that part. Need a lot more practice in that area. I'm putting that in my "if I don't try I won't know" file. 

A La Prochaine! 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #8

Regina has completed her mission and What A Beauty!  Here's a little peek.

Click here to get the details on this amazing creation that was prepared for your viewing pleasure. While you're there make sure you have a look around at the other creations Regina has posted.  It's full of Wow Factors!

See Ya Next Week!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Manly Mondays Week #21

I was out shopping the other day, ended up in men's shirts, and there was this design on a shirt that I absolutely fell in love with.  This card is based on that shirt. 

I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock at 4 1/4 and 11, scored in the middle.  With Vanilla Craft Ink I stamped the image from Baroque Motif 3 times, avoiding to use the part with the tulip. Heat set with the Heat Tool.  I followed that by putting the Fleur de Lis stencil from Elegent Trio on top and applying Versamark direct to paper.  Carefully lifted the stencil off the cardstock and covered the image with Silver Embossing Powder and heat set that with the Heat Tool also.

For the inside I added a layer of Basic Gray and used a retired punch in the corners. It seemed that this punch went perfectly with the front design then any other that is current.  When I first tried this, instead of Versamark, I used a glue pad and applied glitter.  It probably would have worked if I had not forgotten to use the Embossing Buddy to remove static as the glitter was perfect on the image but there was also little bits of glitter on the cardstock and looked rather messy.  It was one of those "If I don't try it, I won't know" moments so I'm glad I did. I did not put a sentiment on it so that I could have it on hand at a moments notice for maybe a birthday, congratulations on your promotion, or whatever other occasion may come up for a friend or relative.

A La Prochaine!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #7

It's Friday and it's my turn!  Before I reveal this week's card, I have a mission for Miss Regina.   Your mission for next week, should you choose to accept it, is to make a project using 3 colors and 3 stamp sets, current or otherwise.  This kind of statement is usually followed with something like this message will self destruct in 10 seconds and Regina should be running from a car but I kinda like my blog -- except for the header that I'm still working on --   :) and Regina's blog :):) and besides she's got enough on her hands right now she does not need to add running to her schedule :) so let's just leave it at "should you choose to accept it", shall we.  

On to the card. I must say that I am trying really hard to stick to current items.  When I am in my craft room I never pay attention to what is "in" so I am trying to make a conscience effort.  I choose 3 colors for the cardstock: Rose Red, Olive Green and Very Vanilla.

That's candles sticking out behind the card, not part of it - sorry about that. I then choose 3 items to use with the Big Shot: Scallop Circle #2, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and the Embosslit Beautiful Wings.  Are you starting to see a pattern on the 3's??  When I inked up the bird from the Always set I first applied Rose Red Classic Ink, then with a paint brush, gently added White Shimmer Ink and stamped on the Very Vanilla Scallop.  I adhered this part with Dimensionals. Unfortunately my favorite light to take pictures under is still not fixed (it's on the Honey Do List) so I was not able to capture the actual shimmer to the bird.   So my three ink colors are: Rose Red, White Shimmer Ink, and Olive Green - used on the inside of the card.

The 3 stamp sets consisted of: Always, Tiny Tags and the Hostess Set Occasional Quotes. I am going to deliver this card to the lady that always greets me in such a warm and friendly manner everytime I walk into my local Save-On-Foods. I made of point of making note of her name last time so that I could really personalize the card. This woman is super at what she does and it's refreshing to meet someone who really enjoys her work and it shows. 

See Ya Next Week!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Manly Mondays Week #20

For this week's Manly Mondays I bring you a Thank You card. 

I was happy to see that River Rock was a returning color during the Color Renovation as I have quite a supply.  I made the base with that and in River Rock Classic Ink stamped the background stamp Gratuitious Graffiti. Went through my scraps of ribbon and found a piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Gros Grain Ribbon, folded in half and snipped the ends. Attached it to the base with Glue Dots. I ran the tag from the Lots of Tags Die through the Big Shot in Early Espresso and River Rock. On the River Rock I stamped the sentiment from Just Believe in Early Espresso.

A La Prochaine!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #6

Regina has accepted "the mission" and what an accomplishment!  Oh My, what a beauty she created! Below is a sneak peak. Head over to her blog for a full view and details. There's a hint of a new mission also. Absolutely AWESOME Regina!

Before I leave you for today, I thought I would share a picture of Frankii and his Dolly at play. Since this picture was taken she's outgrown the collar she was wearing at the time and as of this past Wednesday, was almost as big as Frankii.  She's growing fast!

It's just too precious when she greets him as he walks through the door. He's never been kissed so much in his life!  And I kiss him a lot!!!

See Ya Next Week! <--------Which Mission shall I choose???