Monday, February 28, 2011

Bliss Bliss Bliss!!!!

Hi everyone!

Tonight's card is truly elegant - thanks to the work of everyone's new favorite stamp set: Bliss.  Seriously, it's been super popular since it came out. 

Part of its popularity likely stems from the fact it's FREE!  It's one of the Sale-a-Bration stamps that you can earn for free with your purchase of $60 or party of $395. 

The background of this card is stamped using the flourish from Bliss repeatedly in the same colour ink as the cardstock (Close to Cocoa).  It gives a nice "watermarked" tone-on-tone look.

The scallop is from a Big Shot die and after cutting, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it up to age / distress it.  The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from Bird on a Branch.

Possibly my favorite part about this card is the embellishments.  The vintage Victoria lace was the perfect addition to the top of the card.  It is all finished off with one of my very favorite new things in the Occasions Mini - "Vintage Flower Adornments".  They come in Rose Red, Baja Breeze & Very Vanilla and they are so cute I wish I could wear them!  Oh well, my cards like wearing them too!  ;)

That's all for tonight!  Hope you like :) 

SAB ends March 31st, so if you'd like to get your hands on Bliss, better act fast!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Little Surprise in my Inbox!

Hi everyone,

I've got some exciting news before I get back to your regularly scheduled content - I won a blog award!  How cool is that? Little old me!  I got a message from fellow stamper Jessie Arellano that she was passing the Stylish Blogger Award to me! 

Thank you so much Jessie - I was super surprised but super honoured as well.  Make sure to visit Jessie's website too - she does some amazing cards and scrap pages.

Part of the way this award works is that after receiving it, I will do the following:

1) Thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog
2) Share 8 things about myself
3) Pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) Leave a comment on their blogs so that they can pass along the recognition!

Sounds good!  So in no particular order, here are 8 things about me:
  1. I am a cat lover! I've always had cats in my life since I was young and let me tell you - a dog just will not cut it!  (They smell funny.)
  2. I actually like winter (please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me for saying that). Seriously, it's fun! Snowmobiling, building forts and snowmen, snowboarding, the crunch of fresh snow under those super cute new boots I got! 
  3. I am a big "home girl" - I don't mind travelling, but not for extended periods.  I simply love my family and hate being away from them. 
  4. One of my favorite foods is my mom's chocolate chip pancakes!  Mmmm - they're even good cold!
  5. I am a Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and I'm excited to start working more in this field
  6. I do have a full time job (which prevents me from stamping 24-7) but I very much enjoy it because I work with a great bunch of people
  7. I am a fan of dry or sarcastic humour.  My favorite funny blog is David Thorne - you may remember him from Missing Missy or the Piechart one
  8. I am not a good cook. At all.  My "better half" is fantastic though! I'm so thankful to have him and also thankful he can whip up a meal worthy of a Red Seal Chef in no time.
Now here are 8 other people (again, no particular order) that I've been blog-stalking and think they are deserving of a blog award too!  Please do visit them:

  1. Jana Fetch
  2. Tammy Bendel
  3. Nicole Kowalk
  4. Carrie Sampsel
  5. Patricia Thompson
  6. Melannie Diaz
  7. Kelly Rose
  8. Ann Marie
That was great! 

Now bad news is I'm having issues inserting pictures of some cards I've made lately.  It keeps putting them in sideways and won't let me rotate them.  I can't be putting in sideways cards!  Everyone's necks will be sore from staring with their ear on their shoulder!  I will try again later tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks all!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tis The Season!

Hi everyone,

Apparently it IS the season...not Christmas, but weddings!  I guess I don't really know much about weddings, or why there even is a season...but I figure there is.  It's all over the ads in the paper, photographers are popping up everywhere, there are huge conventions to showcase a whole bunch of wedding stuff! 

I'm certainly glad I'm not planning one, ha ha.  Looks like a lot of work!  I am, however, content to make a whole bunch of cards for weddings!  Here are a few I've done lately:

This one was inspired by a card in the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions vol.2 magazine by Maile Belles.  I used a classic stamp set called "Fifth Avenue Floral" - it's really pretty and versatile.  Good for either line art, like you see here, or watercolouring, or layering/collaging. 

The ribbon is retired, it's Kiwi Kiss coloured.  I stocked up on it because it was such a favorite of mine.

My favorite part of this card is obviously the tiny little crown hanging from the ribbon.  They are known as Trinket Crowns and can be found on Pg.24 of the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  They are so gorgeous - you can use them on cards or (if you have a hard time giving them away) you can use the included jump rings to attach them to a bracelet or necklace chain.  They would work perfectly on the Simply Adorned line of jewelery that Stampin' Up offers.

This one here was super easy to make using just cardstock, the Big Shot, a stamp set and a couple simple embellishments.

The background is embossed with a swirly embossing folder through the Big Shot machine.  Then I cut one of the tags from the Two Tags die using the Big Shot.  Conveniently, the scallop circle punch fits in it perfectly.

Around the base of the black tag, I tied a small length of Very Vanilla satin ribbon then hot-glue-gunned one of my favorite new embellishments to it - Vintage Flower Adornments.  They are so adorable and come in a package of 24 - assorted colours of Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Rose Red.

Hope you like!

And if there are any brides out there gearing up for your big day - congratulations and best wishes!!! :)