Monday, June 30, 2008

SU Stamp Night

Tonight, DS went on his first trip to the movies with 3 friends (eek! So not ready for this!) so, in an effort to save on fuel, I went to a Stampin Up shin dig at Karina Loewen's which was only about 5 minutes away from the theater.  It was my first time at an SU workshop event and, not too shabby!  

All their stuff seems to be a little on the steep side for my budget, but they do have some fantastic toys!  We made this super cute little card in less than 10 minutes.  I love it!!!
Loved the ideas and just being with people who had new strategies for making cards.

Ahh, I now have a wish list a mile and a half long... at least my Christmas list is ready to go! :O)
Enjoy Canada Day tomorrow, fellow Canadians!! 

Friday, June 27, 2008

Grade 8 graduation, long weekend and Anniversaries!

Lots has happened this month.
First, my boy has officially graduated from grade 8 and middle school.  To mark this shiny occasion, there was a grade 8 dinner, dance, party at school and then another 'end of the school year' party tonight.  His roller hockey team also made it straight to finals and ended up playing 2nd overall (but only because they were down a good player and played 2 back-to-back games in the semi and final rounds.... but I digress:O) 
In celebration of this momentous event, here's a card for him that I stealthily placed on his pillow tonight.  It's good to let our kids know how we are proud of them.
The other card is an anniversary card for my bro and his gal who are celebrating their 7th anniversary (or is it 8?).  Making it through another year together is definitely something to celebrate in my books.  Hooray for them!!

You can't make out the words very well, but they read 'anniversary wishes' (My Sentiments Exactly).
I so love that hand written script!  Stamps awesomely (except for this picture, of course!).

Ok, off to get some zzz..... have a wicked long weekend!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Another Kale Cards

My nephew Kale loves to get cards in the mail, and especially loves the colour green.  I always keep an eye open for anything interesting and green that might make for a good card for him.  I came across this paper (by The Paper Company) at a LSS and thought this would be perfect!
There are little raised squares on the paper that make it look like Crocodile skin, but super fun and tactile too!  Put on a few dinos (his other love) and ka-boom! It's a Kale Kard!
Sentiment is by My Sentiments Exactly. I love the handwritten script!
So fun!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lo, it's the end of the week!

Home from work early due to a meeting at UBC today.  Hooray for not taking over 2 hours in traffic to get home!  It is hot, muggy and sticky outside in the lower mainland.  Somewhere in Alberta, my sister is jealous.  ;O)
This card is for someone special in my life who I don't often get to see.  We chat on the phone, but given where we live and our busy lives, it is often difficult to meet up and spend time together.  I worked on this card in chunks each day this week.  It started out looking much different in my imagination than how it ended up!
Enjoy a gorgeous weekend, everyone!  

Monday, June 16, 2008

Congratulations on your new job!

Sometimes you just have to work with what you have.  This card was made for one of my DS' teachers who was recently promoted to VP of a high school.  She loves bright reds and orange colours so I wanted to make a card that would fit her personality and colour preference that way.  Here is the final result- came together in about half an hour, once I had the rough idea in my head.  

Paper is from Basic Grey (Gypsy), Making Memories flower bling, SU punch, May Arts ribbon, and some copic marker colouring!

On another note, I can't believe it's almost the end of June!!  How insane is that?!  
So many cards to make... how on earth do card makers find time to make them all!?  I am amazed!!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Father's Day

Having family live away means that cards need to be put into the mail so that they make it to their destination on time.
... do they have 24 hour shipment services for cards??  

This card came together pretty quickly. I had been wanting to use this SU set to create a card for my dad as it seemed to be the perfect fit for him.  He's all about lovin' nature. :O)

Used a razor to distress the edges of the stamped image, then secured it to two background colours and popped it up on foam stickies to the base.
Used some Ranger Glossy Accents to make the 'lake' part of the image pop, and some liquid applique on the clouds for some 'pop' there too.
Some simple paper piercing, my first attempt at a rub on (not convinced that I like these!) and Versamark stamping and TA-DA! C'est fini!

Lastly, here's a close-up of the focal point on the card...
Have a great weekend, peeps!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday evening chaos

Sundays are my only day off, so are typically just a hodge-podge of all the various things that need to be finished (house cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, vacuuming, etc).  I try to catch up as best I can with all of those other things that get pushed down the list the rest of the week.
I made a card for Ethan's birthday, but, of course, forgot to take a picture of it in the mess of today.
Here is the birthday card I sent to my sister.  Also features some reverse embossing techniques taught by the awesome Theresa U.  She's so great!
Been, hope you liked it! :O)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Card Making Mania

We had a teacher appreciation night at DS' school on Thursday night, so I made 5 cards (one for each of the teachers who were involved in the Quebec trip this year).
Of course, I was not organized enough to take pictures of the cards before sealing them in the envelopes and am SO disappointed about that as they turned out so nice!
You will just have to imagine.

Here is a very simple card for the one male teacher in the bunch.  I used the cuttlebug (script folder) with a Making Memories silver 'thanks' sentiment to complete it.  It shows up slightly red in the photo, but it is actually silver.  I think it would have looked better had I cut off more around the blue card stock so that the paper underneath showed a bit more.  
Patterned paper is Chatterbox (absolutely my favourite paper right now).  I hear they are either going out of stock or changing their paper lines so I am frantically buying up any discounted sheets I can find!
Added some pewter brads to the corners and a nice SU sentiment inside (quote) and that was it!

Have a great weekend!