Tuesday, December 28, 2010

4 things

I found this on Stef's blog who found it on Dawn's blog and it looked like fun so I thought I would play along.

4 shows that I watch:

Oprah when I can
CP24 - a local news, weather & traffic station
Jeopardy - I love playing along
Does this computer count?

4 things I'm passionate about:

blog surfing for ideas, challenges and to get my Mojo going

4 words/phrases I use a lot:


that's allowed - use this one the most - I say it almost every time Opa tells me he is doing something I like
that's not allowed - use this sometimes just to bug Opa
don't even think about it!

4 things I have learned from the past:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true
When the going gets tough, only true friends stick around
Love yourself
Always say thank you

4 things you are looking forward to:

Seeing my granddaughters - did I mention Retirement (hopefully Jan. 01, 2013)

4 things I did yesterday:

Played on the computer
Read blogs
Went to the casino in Ajax and won $60.00 - which along with the Michael's gift card is burning a hole in my wallet!
Had coffee at Timmy's with Opa

4 things I love about Winter:

not much
cooler temps but not too cold

A warm bed

4 Places I would like to visit:


Holland - was born there
British Columbia - was there in 1991 and loved it!
Florida with my granddaughters

Now to pass this on to 4 people:  if you want to play, copy the questions and have at it.  i'd love to see your answers!

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Did ya see it?

I got a new blinkie!!  Whoo Hoo!  I won a challenge at YNS!!  Check it out on my sidebar!  I've never ever won a challenge!  I am thrilled to bits with this win!

Well OK - to be fair, my card was chosen by random.org so I doubt it would have won otherwise but it is still a thrill!

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Opa, my son Mike and I will be heading to my daughter's house soon to celebrate Christmas.  Stay safe, stay warm and may Santa be good to you.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Secret Santa gift

This is the gift I made for one of my co-workers for a Secret Santa gift exchange for work:

Here is the gift box I made for the bracelet:

Here it is open with the bracelet inside:

My co-worker loved the bracelet and box and said she would have to hide the bracelet from her 17 yr. old daughter.  I'm glad she liked it.  I received a fleece blanket with snowmen from the co-worker who had me to buy for.  Opa liked the blanket so much that he took an hour nap on the chesterfield last night under the blanket!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Metallic Christmas

While hubby was at curling this morning (they won 8 - 6) I was busy making 3 Christmas cards using this technique.  I was pleased as punch at how well they turned out.

I used a snowflake embossing folder in my Cuttlebug and the stamp I used is from Stampin Up - Snow Swirled.  I love this set!  I had every intention of adding a silver ribbon, but had already glued down the white embossing paper so I opted to add a silver foil star that I cut out from some silver foil with a star punch from Fiskers.  I also added some blue rhinestones for a finishing touch.

Here is the same card in green & gold:

I love the red rhinestones and the green and gold ribbon I used on this card.

This card is my fave!

I used the Petals a Plenty embossing folder from Stampin Up and the stamp is from Inkadinkado.  I used a circle punch as well as my Cuttlebug to cut and emboss the scallop nestibility.  I love this card and it will be going to a very special person.   I love this technique and will be using it more often.

I will close this post with a picture of my gorgeous daughter with my adorable granddaughter:

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

I am so excited!

While blog surfing the other day I found this:  gorgeous card.  I am looking forward to making some cards using this technique.  Hubby is curling tomorrow so I'll be able to craft in my "studio" aka the dining room table.

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Happy Birthday Rob!

Wednesday was my SIL's  38th Birthday.  Isn't he a handsome dude?  No wonder my granddaughters are so adorable!

My daughter told me he needs clothes so I got him a Visa Gift card which can be used at any store.  Here is the gift card holder I made:

I'm not sure which company made the paper but I really like it.  It has glitter and I love me some glitter!  Even the ribbon (from my stash) has glitter in it.  I stamped the image and cut & embossed it with my oval scalloped nestibilities using my Cuttlebug (love my Cuttlebug!).  Rob loves to shop but he never buys anything for himself.  Well with 3 adorable daughters I can understand why!  I included a brief note that the gift card is to be used to buy clothes for himself, not clothes or toys for the girls.

Here is Rob's card:

The ribbon and golf charm is from my stash.  I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder in my Cuttlebug (did I mention I love my Cuttlebug?) to emboss the white circles to look like golf balls.  I popped them up on a scalloped circle.  The inside sentiment reads:  Remember to make thy ball lie in green pastures, not in still waters.  I got the sentiment at my favourite LNS.  I believe Heidi's (owner of Pointer) hubby made the stamp.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas cards for my little skaters

Opa and I watched Brooke and Sierra take skating lessons a little while ago.  Here is Brooke:

And here is Sierra:

The picture quality is not that good as I had to take it behind the plexiglass.

Here are the cards I made for them which will be mailed out to them tomorrow.

Brooke's card:

Sierra's card:


The image is Ellie loves to skate from Your Next Stamp - a Canadian company from Kitchener.
I coloured the image with my Prisma coloured pencils and then popped it up on a round scallop nestibility that I cut and embossed with my Cuttlebug.  I stamped the snow flakes with Versamark and then heat embossed them with embossing powder that I added some glitter to.  I also added some light blue rhinestones to the centres.  I added some glitter to the hat, coat and hand muffs using my Martha Stewart glue pen and fine white glitter.  I   hope the girls will like their cards.  I still have to make a card for their baby sister Amber and also a Birthday card for their father whose birthday it is today.  

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Visit with Santa

My daughter Janice & I took her 3 daughters to the mall today to visit Santa.  Here is Brooke - age 3; Amber age 3 1/2 weeks and Sierra age 5.

Here are 2 more pictures I took of Amber today:

Amber and Opa getting to know each other.

Amber contemplating on whether or not to suck her thumb - she decided not to.  I think she's giving me the thumbs up sign!
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mojo Monday Challenge 165

It's been way too long since I took part in a Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  When I saw this sketch, I thought it looked a bit intimidating but I decided to rise to the challenge and make a card.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I used some of the paper and card stock from the Mistletoe paper line from CTMH.  The velvet ribbon is also from CTMH.  I cut out the Just Rite sentiment with a circle punch and added the MS ivy leaf border.  I 
am very pleased at how well this card came together and am looking forward to taking part in more Mojo Monday challenges.

CTMH Workshop on the go

I bought the Mistletoe Workshop Kit from my niece Krista who is a CTMH Consultant.  Here are the 3 cards I made from the kit:

I added my own personal touch by applying some rhinestone embellishments.  I love this paper and the stamps and sentiments that came with the set.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

CTMH meets Stampin Up for Inkspirations challenge 49

I know, weird title for a post huh?  I came across the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and loved the sketch so much that as soon as I saw it, I knew that I had to play along.  Not only that, but right away I knew which papers, card stock and stamps I was going to use!  Now that rarely happens!  Here is the sketch:

 Here is my card:

I used the Mistletoe Paper and cardstock from CTMH.  The stamp is from Stampin Up Snow Swirled.  I inked the stamp with Wild Wasabi from Stampin Up.  I cut it out with an oval nestibility that I put through my Cuttlebug.  I added some rhinestone gems to the tree and if you look closely, you will be able to see the 2 green and 1 red rhinestone gem that I also added at the bottom of the card.  I also used my MS border snowflake border punch.  I love how this card turned out and it will be very hard to mail it to someone on my Christmas Card list this year.

Here is the inside of the card:

All the cardstock is from CTMH and the sentiment is from the Snow Swirled stamp set from Stampin Up.  I inked it with Versa Color - Camellia which matches the red from CTMH so well.  As the English would say, I am so chuffed with this card!  LOL

I will be posting again soon to show the 3 cards I made from the CTMH Mistletoe Workshop on the Go that I bought from my niece Krista who is a CTMH consultant.  Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A few Christmas Cards

Remember in my last post that I was going to case this card?

Well here is my 1st version of the card.  I did not have a dark blue ink so made it with a lighter blue:

I wasn't too happy with it as I needed a darker blue ink so I got some and then came up with this:

The card base is navy but looks almost black in this photo.  I also don't have a shiny silver paper so used a silver matte paper under the image.  I was thinking of inking a sentiment for inside the card with versamark and then heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  I also thought of stamping the sentiment with the dark blue ink on white.  My son loves this card and loves the contrast of the shades of blue with white.  He suggested stamping a sentiment inside with white ink.  Geez, why didn't I think of that?

Here are some more cards that I was inspired to make using the same technique:

 I love the Petals a Plenty embossing folder I got from a Stampin Up demonstrator that I used on this card.  I bought a darker green ink so will be doing this card over again.  The image is from Stampin up from the Snow Swirled stamp set.  I love this stamp set and will be using it for more cards.

Here is another card I made with the Madonna and Child:

Another version of the same card using a gold colour under the image:

This version is my fave:

I love the gold and maroon together.  The image was stamped in Purely Pomegrante from Stampin Up.

Here is one I made with the lighter blue ink showing the Manger:

This was a very simple card to make:

All of these cards were made over the last 2 weeks while Opa was at Curling.  I bought a Workshop on the go Kit from my niece Krista and have made 3 cards but have not taken any photos of them as yet.  It came with a level 2 Paper Pack - Mistletoe and I love this paper!  Here is a picture of the paper and card stock that came in this kit:

I also plan to make a card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge with the paper that I have left over.

Stay tuned!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas card class with Nicky

Last month I went to a Christmas card making class at my favourite LSS which was taught by Nicky Manel.

Here are the 5 cards we made:

Lots of bling on this card!  I love it!

Lots of bling on this one as well!

Another glittery card!

We dropped ink on glossy paper and then punched out the ornament and mounted it on to embossed paper and applied some rhinestones and glitter.

Last but not least here is my favourite card and one I have cased.

We stamped the image (Snowy Retreat from Stampendous) and then applied double sided tape (it can be bought in sheets) from Sookwang and then dropped it into a container of very fine glitter.  I love this card and have cased it so stay tuned for how I have cased this card.  I love the ribbon on this card. 
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