Sunday, February 28, 2010

Annita's Challenge at Phindy's Place

For this challenge we had to use the colors, blue, orange and green.  I decided to do something besides a card.

I had this metal plate that I picked up at the dollar store, and decided to use the plate.  The image of course is from Phindy's, it was a freebie I picked up at PCP.  She is colored with copics.  I painted the plate baby blue.  The rabbits are orange (looks like red in this picture) green and blue.   They were cut out using the Cricut Easter cartridge.  The fence I made with tags also cut on the Cricut, and then embossed with my cuttlebug.  The flowers I picked up today at Wal-mart, they are called Blingin Daisies Floral Embellishments.  I added some brown brads to the middle.  I also cut some leaves with the cricut cartridge, and then embossed them. Then I made a Happy Easter sign and cut it out using the spellbinder dies.
I am not really sure how I feel about this easter plate, feel free to give any comments.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sketch Challenge - SK022010

This is the sketch we had to use to design a card.  It is sponsored by Soft Pencil Digital Stamps and the winner gets a $20.00 voucher from Soft Pencil.

So, I used a CC Design rubber stamp.  I stamped her on Neenah card stock with Mementos Tuxedo Black ink.  She was colored with copics.  I used Sakura Glazed pens on her barrettes, and the stripes on her skirt.  She was cut with spellbinders dies and layered on black card stock also cut with the same dies.  The designer paper is from the Bittersweet Paper Pad by Basic Grey.  I cut and embossed the corners with the Fiskars corner punch.  The flower is from Mulberry Street, and I used a green brad for the center.  The sentiment is from Amy R Stamps.  The card is layered on black card stock.  So there you have it, my entry for the sketch challenge.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Soft Pencil Challenge #20 - Anything But A Card!

Today's challenge was to use a Soft Pencil Digital Image, on anything but a card.  I decided to make a gift bag.  I got the template for the gift bag from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue 70.  The magazine is from the U.K.
Here is a picture of the gift bag.

The image is called "Taking Care of Flowers", I colored her with my copics, but I also used purple flock for the flower petals, and green flock for the center of the flower.  I layered the image on dark purple card stock and then using the sewing machine I attached it to the pocket.  The thread is a dark purple.  The pocket was also attached using the sewing machine.  The designer paper used on the top of the bag is from Imaginisce Perfectly Posh - I Enjoy Being a Girl  line.  The back of the gift bag is purple card stock and the sides are dark purple.   I used Prima flowers on the pocket and the closure.  I used spellbinders fancy tags to make a tag to stick in the pocket.

I added pink ribbon to give it just a bit more of a "girly" look.  The beads took the longest to do, I made them with card stock and then podged them to give them a shine, and that makes them hard like real beads.

I love making beads out of paper, I can use up a lot of leftovers.  The hardest thing about making this bag, was gluing the sides on, but once you do it, you will know what to do for the next time.  This is a very large gift bag, it measures 11 1/2 inches high,  by 11 inches across, and 4 inches wide on the sides.
Well, that's my finished project, it took  me all evening, and this morning to do, but I am very pleased with it, hope you are too!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow, Snow and More Snow!

Just thought I would share a few pictures of my neighborhood, with the beautiful snow falling.  It's not staying because it is so warm for this time of year.  It is a mixture of snow and rain at times.  This was taken from my craft room window.  I guess winter is not on its way out yet!!

I got this award from Ileana today, thank you very much Ileana I am so happy you thought of me you made my day!!  Hugs dear friend, and I send it right back to you.

Michelle Perkett Challenge #18 - Side Step Card

Another day, another challenge.  I have never made a side step card before, I enjoyed doing it, but struggled with decorating it.  The template was provided, but I decided to make it bigger.  I wanted room for the digital image, which I had already printed, and I didn't want to waste it.
So, the image is Michelle Perkett's Queen of Hearts.  I printed her on Neenah card stock, and colored her with my copics.  The designer paper is by Heather Bailey from the Autumn Leaves line, called Chrysanthemum.  For the flowers I used Prima Mini Roses, and Imaginisce Lucy Bird Flowers.  The happy birthday image is also from Michelle Perkett, and it was cut using Spellbinder dies.  The sentiment is layered on both the yellow card stock and the designer paper, and held there with yellow brads, a dollar store find.  The corner swirls were cut using Cuttlebug embossing dies.  The card base is AC white card stock.
Here is a side view.

Well, all said and done, this is my entry and I would definitely make another side step card.  Hope you like it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Michelle Perkett Challenge #17- Color Combo

Wow, I almost didn't make it in time for this challenge.  Somehow, I thought the last day for entering was March 2nd, maybe next time I should take my glasses off!  Any-who, we had to use this color combo
I used Michelle's Happy Easter Bunny digital image.  I colored her with my copics.
I don't  know if you can tell from the photo, but I hand embroidered the flowers, with 2 shades of pink, or orange to give some shading to the color, then I went over them with a glitter pen, to give them some shine.  I learned two things doing the embroidery, which is 1. I should of colored the flowers first so you wouldn't see any white underneath, and 2. Not to embroider at night when the light is awful.
Alright, now for the designer paper, I used the leftovers I had from Imaginisce Lucy Bird - Twinkle Twirl paper, the Martha Stewart punch on the pink, a Prima mini rose, and some button brads that were given to me.  The gems are from the Dollarstore, and the ribbon is from my stash.  The sentiment I "borrowed"  from an old card I had, and it was cut using spellbinder dies.  The card base is from Bazzill (I think that's how you spell it).
I decided to show you the inside of the card, as it finishes the sentiment from the front.
Not too much decorating, its just some ribbon, and pink card stock.  I forgot to mention, that the corners were cut and embossed with a Fiskars corner punch on both the front and inside of the card.
So there you have my card for the challenge, hope you like it!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

No-Knead Bread

I decided to try this bread recipe I saw on TV.  No knead seemed the way to go.  Its starts out as a shaggy dough,  needs to rest covered on the counter for 18-24 hours, so definitely not a bread you are going to eat the same day.  That said, this was so easy to do, very few ingredients, which were, flour, yeast, salt and water.  Here is a picture of the dough just mixed.

Then after it has rested for the specified amount of time, you place it on a floured counter and fold it over on itself twice, then place it on a well floured tea towel, and cover it, and let it rest again on the counter for 2 hours. This is what it looks like now.

After the two hours, you place a cast iron dutch oven with a cover in your oven while it is heating up, the temperature is 450 degrees.  Then you just roll it off the tea towel and place it in the hot dutch oven.  Here is another picture.

Last but not least, you bake it for 30 minutes covered, and 10-15 minutes uncovered, until it turns golden, and voila the finished product.

This is not a large loaf, but big enough for a supper time meal.  Its cooling off now, will let you know the verdict.  This was fun to do, no work, just needs time and love....

So my verdict is..... It's a wonderful bread.  It is soft and chewy inside, and a nice crispy crust outside.  I couldn't wait, who can resist bread right out of the oven, slathered with butter....mmmmm.  Well, I will definitely make this bread again.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Soft Pencil Challenge 19 - Spring Card

Decided to enter this challenge at the last minute, I mean really the last minute, last posting is midnight tonight.  I made this card this afternoon.  We had to make a "Spring Card", which means it stands up, it will fold down and fit into an envelope, but when it"s taken out of the envelope it "springs up".  The tutorial for this card came from Split-Coast Stampers.  It was fairly easy, and nice to make something out of my comfort zone.
So, this image is from Soft Pencil, it was one of five that I won for a challenge ages ago, and I am finally using them.  I colored the image with copics, the sentiment is from Kraftin Kimmie, the designer paper is from Imaginisce Lucy Bird line, this sheet was called Twinkle Twirls.  The corners were cut with the Cuttlebug embossing dies.  The beautiful flowers are Prima Mini Roses.  The little butterfly and the yellow brads are from my favorite store, Dollarama!  The ribbon is from my stash.
So there you have it, my last minute entry, which I think came out quite cute.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Blog #17 Hidden Booty!

It's Wednesday, and I am finally feeling better!!
I am finally getting over this cold, I caught it from my hubby.  I didn't get much time to work on cards, but yesterday I did finish two.    This is Charlotte from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  I borrowed from her blog how to make a card with something hidden.  She was stamped on Neenah card stock, with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored with copics.  I used black and fushia cardstock, the fushia was the card base. The designer paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle called Pink Lace.  Then some black and white ribbon to finish it off.  Here is the hidden part of the card.

It's a sentiment which reads "A true and special friend makes your heart feel like dancing!"  which I got from Michelle Perkett digital stamps.  The tag was made with the spellbinders fancy tags.  The tag slides in and out.  You can't see it here but it is attached with some black floss, so the tag does not fall or get lost.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

10 Things That Make Me Smile!

I was asked by Ileana to list 10 things that make me smile.  She won an award for this, and then passed it on to 10 other people.  I was thinking a lot about this, and there are so many things, that just picking ten is really hard, but here they are.

 1.  Seeing the love in my husbands eyes when he looks at me.
 2.  Hearing my daughters voice when I pick up the phone.
 3.  The "right from the gut" laugh of my grandson Owen.
 4.  The look on my grand-daughter Keirans face while she is crafting.
 5.  Cooking for my family and friends, and seeing the enjoyment on their faces.
 6.  Creating, and seeing the finished products.
 7.  Watching children playing.
 8.  Friends
 9.  Dreaming about what I would do if I won one million dollars.
10. My children!

Thanks Ileana, it was good to sit and think about this and remember all that I have been blessed with.  Your cards and projects are always beautiful, and such an inspiration to me, it makes me strive to be as good as you.  Great work Ileana!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Blog #16

Another Kraftin Kimmie challenge, with this one we had to rip something in our design.  I ripped the paper along the opening edge of the card.  For the stamped image I used Francesca, and the sentiment is also from Kraftin Kimmie.  Again she was colored with copics,  and embellished with Prima flowers, the fancy tag is from Spellbinders embossing dies.  There are some pearl gems on the sentiment and one on her hat, I picked the gems up at the dollar store.  I have been a busy little beaver getting these cards finished today, time to have a tea break.  Hope you enjoy the card.

RAK February Sketch Challenge on Paper Craft Planet

This was a sketch on the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Group on PCP.  The challenge was to use up all those scraps of paper we have left, and you know there are tons!!  This is a Magnolia stamp, and I coloured it using Copics, the sentiment is from Kraftin Kimmie.  I added some brown pearls for a finishing touch.  A very easy card, took no time to make.  Enjoy!

It's My Birthday Challenge with Kraftin Kimmie!

Hi, everyone, another wonderful challenge with Kraftin Kimmie.  To celebrate her birthday she offered this challenge to create a birthday or anniversary card with a sketch she provided, and there is blog candy involved!  Yah, a chance to win some of her beautiful stamps.
I used her stamp Posy.  Isn't she a darling!  I colored her with copics, the paper is from Bazzill,  the DP was from a RAK I received from Amy.  The sentiment is also from the Kraftin Kimmie line.  I picked up the ribbon from the dollar store, and its a Prima flower. Glad you could stop by.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Michelle Perkett Love Letter Blog-Hop

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Blog-Hop.  It's all about LOVE!  Michelle provided us with this lovely fairy image, which we were to use in this challenge, using plenty of red, pink, gold and bling. Sorry Michelle, I forgot about the gold.  I chose to make a recessed card.  I used DP from American Crafts, the hearts were punched using EK edge punch.  On the inside the hearts border is a EK border punch.  The silhouette was a die cut from Cricut.
 As part of the challenge we were required to write a love letter.  Since writing is not my strong side, this was quite a challenge for me.  After a lot of thinking and pondering I decided to write the love letter to my daughters Stacey and Jennifer.  For those of you who have children who live far away, or across the country as is my case, you will understand why I chose my girls to write to.  So here is my letter.
To My Beautiful Girls,
There is not a day goes by that I don't think of you, and wonder what you're doing, are you thinking of me?  Have I told you lately how much I miss you, and that I  love you so very much.  The phone rings and I hope so much it's you, and smile bigger than the world because it is.  How so happy I am to talk to you, and so sad when I have to say good-bye.  I love hearing about what you've been doing, and wish I could hug you when you are feeling blue.  There's nothing better than sharing a good laugh with you about something crazy we've done.
I cherish all our memories, and bring them to mind more often now.  Sometimes I see little girls playing, or just walking by, and something they do, ah, just reminds me so much of the two of you.  How I miss the days when  you were little, and holding my hand, because you were afraid, then you grew older and it wasn't "cool" to hold mommy's hand anymore.  All the trials and errors in learning to cook, does pasta or grilled cheese come to mind?  Do you remember all the sad shows we watched together, and pretended we weren't crying trying to show how tough we were.  These are but a few of the wonderful memories I have and I wonder do you remember them too?
You are all grown up now, strong bright young women, and I cannot tell you how proud I am of both of you. My wish for you, is that you are happy, and that you get all your heart desires, that only good things happen to you, and that each day is a new discovery.  Live, love and laugh, is the best piece of advise I can give you. I have loved you yesterday, I love you today, and I will love you tomorrow.
My heart is yours, forever.
Love Mommy

I hoped you have enjoyed your blog hop so far, you should have arrived here from Lynne's  blog and your next stop on the hop is Seongsook's blog   If you get lost along the way you can always go back to Michelle's blog  for a complete list.  Have a great hop, and I am so glad you took the time to stop and see my card and read my letter.  

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #15 Peek-a-Boo!

I chose to use Lavinia for this card.  I just love her, she's glamorous, and at the same time you know she can fix anything.  The challenge was to make a card with a window.  I cut my window with spellbinders nestablities, and the framing around the opening are Cuttlebug dies.  I used Prima flowers, and the sentiment is also from the Kraftin' Kimmie Line.  Some of the DP is from Upsy Daisy Designs Man About Town line.  I colored her with Copics, I am still learning how to use my copics properly.  The gems were some I picked up at the dollar store.  I hadn't realized till I was finished that I didn't have much room on the inside to write anything, but I managed to put it on the lower right-hand side.  Will know better next time.  I love Kimmie's line of stamps, and urge other people to check them out.  I am anxiously looking forward to her new releases for February.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dutch Dare Card Challenge #70 - Summer in Winter

Whats more of a reminder of summer, than a little girl going to the beach with her pail and shovel.  I believe this is a magnolia stamp.  I colored her with Copics.  I used the nestablities for the sentiment, which is from CC Designs.  I got this sketch for the card from Card Making and Papercrafts magazine, the January issue.  I never remember the paper, I should write it down when I buy it.  Tomorrow's ground hog day, here in Canada, I hope he doesn't see his shadow, would like winter to be over as soon as possible.

PaperTake Weekly Sketch Challenge #33

February 1st already, January just flew by.  Still cold wintery conditions here in Montreal.  Be glad to see the warm weather.
For this challenge I used a Magnolia Stamp, and colored her with Copics.  The designer paper is from Bo Bunny. The sentiment is from the Kraftin Kimmie line of stamps. Which I love!  I also used gems by Gem Chic, which I picked up at the dollar store, what would we do without the dollarama....  Anyway, this is my card for the challenge, hope you like it.