Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fantasy Box

I had so much fun making this pretty little Fantasy Box. My friend, Yvonne made one of these recently for our 'Dimensional' card/project swap with our crafty group of friends and I thought hers was just gorgeous. We're all getting together on Tuesday night to make one of these as a group, but I thought I give one a go as a Teacher's gift.

Here's a view with the cover off.

Now, that I have the dimensions straight, I think I'll make two more as well for the other two teacher's as well. I bought little school supply pieces and I've gonna put those in three of the little boxes and Bliss Chocolate Truffles in the fourth little box. If they don't want to keep this at school to hold desk supplies, they could use it at home for jewelry or whatever they wish.

Next time around, I think I'll go with two of the same weight of patterned paper. The Bo Bunny paper that I used on the outside of the box is a good weight, but the inside of the box is a very heavy paper and it doesn't allow the box to fold up as well as it could. I must say, though, it's a very sturdy little box and quite pretty if I do say so myself! lol :)

I used a tutorial from Stubby Stampers for the main Fantasy Box case and for the Origami Boxes on the inside. I did alter the origami boxes to use a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of cardstock instead of a 6" x 6". The larger size was too big for my box case and it wouldn't close properly. I think this is because I used the heavier patterned paper, though.

Here's a better view of the pretty Prima flower that adorns the top of the box cover.

A view of the top of the box without the cover showing the first of the four boxes that hides inside.

This is the flap closure on the back of the box.

This shows the box partially opened...
Opened a little more...

Opened a little more still...

This shows the fantasy box fully opened. Isn't this patterned paper gorgeous? I love it's shimmer and swirls! :)

Wow, that was a lot of pictures, but I wanted to show you had it opened. If I decide to make two more of these fantasy boxes, I'll post them soon or post whatever else I decide to make for the other two teachers. The countdown is on...tomorrow morning is their finally school assembly and then they're on Summer vacation.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate (SU)

Patterned Paper: Outside of Box: Beau Jardin Wine (Beau Bunny), Inside of Box: Pink Swirls Luxury Print (DCWV)

Tools: Bone Folder, Scissors, Double sided Tape, Glue Stick, Terrifically Tacky - Red-Line Tape (ProvoCraft), Mini Glue Dots (SU)
, Kraft Cardboard
Embellishments: Fushia and White Flower (Prima)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Card

I have another Teacher card to share with you. This is the design that I came up with for my other daughter's two teachers and made two exactly the same. After seeing this image on Art Creations Friday, I knew I wanted to use it for a vintage looking Teacher appreciation card. Isn't this just the sweetest image of a little school girl?

I didn't have a sentiment stamp that I felt was fitting to use with this image and this type of card, so I opted to print out a sentiment of my own using a nice clean script font.

Here's an angle to show you the dimension in the card.
Well, it's a good thing that I'm just sitting around tonight simply having a bit of crafty time...for some reason this afternoon I thought it would be a good idea to show my five year old how to do a bit of gymnastics with some demonstrations of somersaults, cartwheels and back handsprings! I don't know what I was thinking...I didn't even stretch beforehand! I guess I deserve the sore muscles that I have now! Apparently, I've lost my mind! lol :)

Well, I need to continue working on teacher gifts...I'm running out of time at a feverish rate!!!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: None

Image: School Girl (Art Creations Friday)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (SU), Chocolate (CRS), Ivory (Staples) Patterned Paper: Bountiful (Creative Memories)
Ink: Tea Dye Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

Tools: Oval Custom Cutting System (Creative Memories), Sponge (SU),
Black 3D Pop Dots (MultiCraft Imports)
Embellishments: Antique brass finish paperclip embellie

Monday, June 22, 2009

Unconventional Teacher Appreciation Card

Well, I think this is the most unconventional Teacher appreciation card I've ever made, but it just seemed fitting for this teacher. My youngest daughter just adores her Grade Primary teacher. She's the most wonderful teacher, who truly cares about her students and it's such an honor to have to give our children the best academic start possible.

So, you're probably wondering, ok, but what's the reason behind the shoes! Well, this teacher always looks nice at school and presents herself in a well-put-together manner. Apparently, she's mentioned to the class before that she likes shoes, or perhaps it's just that my 5 year has noticed that her teacher wears nice shoes. I'm not sure...

Now, onto the funny part...nearly every time we're out at the mall, if my daughter spies some nice shoes, she wants to buy them for her teacher. I've never bought any for her, partly because I don't know what size she wears, but mostly because I think it would just be weird to buy someone else shoes! lol :) Anyway, my daughter feels so strongly about buying her teacher shoes that it usually brings her to tears that I won't buy any! Kinda sad, but funny at the same time.

Anyway, I figured this story would bring a smile to this teacher's face and it'd be something that she would remember about my daughter. :)

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Stamps: Frou Frou Shoes (Inkadinkado), Tres Chic (Inque Boutique)

Cardstock: Rose Weave (CRS), Flat White (Staples), Jet Black Linen (CRS)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Patterned Paper: Beau Jardin Blush (Bo Bunny)
Tools: Black 3D Pop Dots (MultiCraft Imports)
, Heat Tool (to curl tied ribbon)
Embellishments: Sheer White Ribbon (Michaels), Onyx Black Rhinestones (Craft Scrapbooking)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Out of this World

My daughter's are attending a birthday party for one of their little friends today. This is the card that I made for him. He's very into spaceships and space, so I think he'll like this little rocket card...I hope so anyway! :)

I tried taking several pictures of the card, but with no success getting a proper picture of the rocket with the card, so here's a close of it to show you.

This is the Mojo Monday Sketch from last week that I followed for my card.
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Stamps: Rocket (A Muse)
Silver, Lavender Lace (SU), Distressed Orange and Solid Orange (Creative Memories), Flat Black (Reflections)
Patterned Paper: Space Theme (Creative Memories)
Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: Scissors, Black 3D Pop Dots (MultiCraft Imports), RedStar font for Sentiment printed off using my Epson printer

Friday, June 19, 2009

Decoupage Apple Teacher Card

I was asked to make a Teacher card for one of my co-workers and this is what I came up with. My friend, Catherine, recently gave me this cute little apple stamp as it seems we're always on the look out for apple stamps for teacher gifts! Thanks again, Catherine! :)

The original apple stamp had a happy face in the centre of it, but I decided not to ink up that part and instead draw in my own apple seeds. Then, to change it up a bit more, I choose to use some patterned paper on half of it for interest. I recently found these gorgeous onyx rhinestones and thought I'd add them as the embellishment to keep it simple as I think the rest of the card is busy enough. I kinda like how it turned out, I hope Michelle likes the card. :)

Here's a close up of the onyx rhinestones.

Here's an angle shot to show you the dimension of the layers. I used some new black dimensional dots so they blend in with the black cardstock.

Well, now that another mother's Teacher card is done for her child, I should probably get started on my own Teacher's gifts, eh? I'm such a procrastinator! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever (Anita's), A is for Apple - Teacher's Pet Collection (Imaginisce)

Cardstock: China Red Linen (CRS), Flat Black (CRS), Flat White (Staples), Wild Wasabi (SU)

Patterned Paper: Bailey Green Swirls - Classic K (K&Company)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Tools: Scissors, Black 3D Pop Dots (MultiCraft Imports), Diamond Scallop Border Punch (EK Success), Printed off Alphabet Collage by Nichole Heady (PaperTreyInk)

Embellishments: Onyx Black Rhinestones (Craft Scrapbooking)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Silhouette Butterfly

Ok, I lied, I have one more stunning card to share with you...but how could I keep this from you all! lol :) I forgot to post the dimensional swap card that I received last night from Kim along with the birthday gift that Kim gave me last night. I can't wait to play with another butterfly stamp and some pretty new dew drops! Thanks so much, Kim, I luv ya and really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Kim played around with her new Silhouette to make this gorgeous butterfly - check this out! All I can say is WOW! What a fun machine - I can't wait to play with it some time. :)

Birthday gift from Kim

Ok, I'm heading to bed now! Have a great night!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Happy Birthday, Yvonne!

Apparently, I'm making up for lost time with all my posts today, but this is my last post for today, I promise! lol :) This card is basically the same as my last card that I posted, except that I decided to add the extra cherry blossom branches to the background for some added dimension. This card was for my friend, Yvonne, who's birthday is next week, but I gave her the card last night at our get together so it's safe to post.

This is my little vellum butterfly that I stamped, embossed and cut out times two. I love this little butterfly stamp - I think I might be in love! lol :)

Here's an angle to show you the dimension of the card.

Ok, I'm gonna call it a day. I'm volunteering with my girls school tomorrow to take the Grades Primary and Grade One class to go swimming. They're all getting so excited...should be fun walking 50 kids over to the pool...humm, perhaps I'm insane! lol :) Seriously, it'll be great.

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Stamps: Butterfly by Brenda Walton - Madeline (K&Company), Happy Birthday - All Kinds of Happy (Imaginisce), Cherry Blossom Branch (Impression Obsession)

Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate (SU), Flat White (Staples)

Patterned Paper: Soft Vines & Light Stripe - Rose Colored Glasses Collection (gcd studios)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (SU)
White Opaque Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Rose Quartz Embossing Powder (The Artful Stamper), Embossing Buddy (SU), Embossing Tray, 1/8" Dimensional Squares (EK Success, 3/16" Mini Glue Dots (SU)
Embellishments: Plum Brads (EK Success)

Dimensional Swap

Our group of crafty friends met last night for dinner to celebrate several birthdays within our group and just to enjoy a night out and have some great Thai food and have tonnes of laughs. Well, we certainly had tonnes of laughs and I think my ribs actually still hurt today from it! They say that laughter is the best medicine and I really do believe that! I had such a great night! :)

For this time around, although we weren't having a crafty night, we still held a swap for the night and we also all brought our movie mingle cards to show everyone. The theme was 'Dimensional.' This could be a card or a 3-D project. Everyone did really neat projects but we all loved Yvonne's project and have decided to all make one together at our next crafty night at the end of the month. I can't wait!

This shows you the dimension of my card with the window and the dimensional butterfly.
This is a close up view of the card I'm going to show you in my next post, but the vellum butterfly is the same, so I'll just show you this one. I used vellum for both layers - I stamped the butterfly out twice with VersaMark and then used white opaque for the bottom butterfly layer and Rose Quartz embossing powder for the top butterfly.

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Stamps: Butterfly by Brenda Walton - Madeline (K&Company), Greetings Galore (Impression Obsession)
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate (SU), Flat White (Staples)
Patterned Paper: Soft Vines & Light Stripe - Rose Colored Glasses Collection (gcd studios)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (SU)
Tools: White Opaque Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Rose Quartz Embossing Powder (The Artful Stamper), Embossing Buddy (SU), Embossing Tray, 1/8" Dimensional Squares (EK Success)
Embellishments: Plum Brads (EK Success)

Movie Mingle Card from Val

This is the gorgeous card that I received from Val Wilson for the Movie Mingle that I was part of. Ok, now I feel really bad since her movie card was so awesome! I really like how Val switched up the orientation of the square card to be on the bias. When it opens, it folds just below where the dew drops are at the top of the card. Very neat! I'm just not sure how to stand it up it display it...I think I need to get a stand for it!

Ok, so my guess for her movie was Casablanca, but I was wrong! What's your guess?

Inside the card is another one of Suzanne's beautiful calligraphy stamps from QuietFire Designs. It reads,

The face
is the the mirror of the mind,
and eyes, without speaking,
confess the secrets
of the heart

St. Jerome

Thanks so much for such a beautiful card, Val! I love it! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Movie Mingle

A group of my friends decided to do a card mingle with a movie theme to it. I was a bit unsure of joining up, but they assured me that it didn't have to be literal, just our take on the movie. Well, I think I still messed it up. I had a whole other plan for this card, but it went totally wrong! Sorry, Catherine! She's the person I had to send my card to! lol :)

Here's an angle view to show you the dimension of the trees.

Can you guess what my movie was? It obvious has a Christmas theme and it has the word 'miracle' in the title. Still stumped, well, here's the movie poster.
It was Miracle on 34th Street. It's one of my all-time favourite Christmas movies. I know you'd never really know it from my card! I really just had no clue as to what route to take with it...this was a hard card for me to make. Oh well, I tired! lol :)

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Stamps: Trees - Snowy Jo Collection (Imaginisce), Snowflake - 440E43 (Stampcraft)
Cardstock: Navy Blue (Bazzill), China Red Linen (CRS), Jet Black Linen (CRS), Flat White (Staples), Yellow (The Paper Company)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Touch Markers: Carmine (11), Deep Olive Green (43), Deep Yellow (32)
Tools: White Opaque Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Embossing Buddy (SU), Embossing Tray, 1/8" Dimensional Squares (EK Success)
Embellishments: Sheer White Ribbon (Michaels)

Birthday Card from Nancy

I received some 'Happy Mail" today from Nancy Elrick. Nancy is the List Mom for a Yahoo group that I belong to called, Canadian Stamp Talk. She's a super nice person with a heart of gold and does fabulous work - go check out her blog and peek at some crafty eye candy!

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and for thinking of me, Nancy! I love this sketch, I saw it on the Mojo Monday site for Week 90 and I've been meaning to try it myself...just haven't got around to it yet. Maybe today's the day! lol :)

Gotta go get the kiddies from school, then I'm gonna try to get in some crafty time. Plus, I have a ton of things to post here. Stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Birthday Gift from Catherine

My friend, Catherine, just stopped by with a birthday gift for me. She knows how much I love coffee and she also got me a wonderful little stamp set..that just so happens to have a butterfly in it! Catherine also makes these neat little choker necklaces and she made this special butterfly one for me. Thanks so much, Catherine, I love it! :)

Look at this, she even decorated the gift bag! How pretty is this? :)
Well, the kids are off at Sparks camp for the night. We dropped them off at 9:30 this morning and we don't pick them up until 10:30 tomorrow morning. That's the longest they've both been away from us. Seems weird not having them here, but I'm sure they're having a blast with all their little friends. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the night off work, so I'm on my way there now instead of going out with my hubby as planned. I'll try to get in some crafty time tomorrow, I have a few more cards to make for upcoming birthdays and weddings. Until then...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happily Ever After

I was peeking over on SCS and a card caught my eye from this weeks sketch challenge (SC232). I knew right away that it was the sketch that I was looking for, for a wedding shower card that I had to make. The card that caught my eye was by Krista, she made an absolutely fabulous card! Wow, what gorgeous work this lady does! I really love the colour combination that she used on this card and the corner punches to the panel and the little background layers. The pieces behind the stamped panel remind me of little hearts peeking through, so I thought it would be fitting for a wedding shower card. I hope she doesn't mind that I CASE'd it, but I really liked her card!

Here's a close up of the embossed wedding cake and sentiment.

Well, time to go concoct somethings for supper! I'm gonna try to get in some more play time tonight.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Wedding (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: Flat White (Staples), Chocolate Brown (Bazzill), Groovy Guava (SU), Purely Pomegranate (SU)
Patterned Paper: Rosey Garden Floral - Scrapbook Walls (Chatter Box)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko) Tools: Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Rose Quartz Embossing Powder (The Artful Stamper), Embossing Buddy (SU), Embossing Tray, Heat Tool Embellishments: Pearl Beads (

Birthday Card from Catherine

I had a wonderful birthday yesterday and had a great visit with my parents. They brought a fabulous supper and we had a chocolate mousse cheesecake that was to die for! I've got some $ to go shopping with, think I'll take a little road trip soon to get some new Nestabilities. :) Hey girls, you know who you are, anyone wanna go to Kristy's in Tantallon, with me? :)

My friend, Catherine dropped off this sweet card for me today. From pictures that I've seen, this image reminds me so much of my Mum when she was that age with the curls and little ribbons in her hair. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Catherine!

Well, I have a wedding shower card to make. I'll share it with you later. Stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)