Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sewn book and Blog Candy reminder

Howdy, here is your reminder to comment for the blog candy. I still need to get a picture of it, but never have my camera and project in the same room. It's all upstairs on the 3rd floor. I'll be drawing tomorrow evening. Leave your comment on the post previous to this one.

Here is what I worked on today.

I got this idea from my upline Sarah at Great ideas here, go take a look.

Paper is by Scenic route. Lovely isn't it? I put some SU plain pages in there also. The cover size is 5 inches, the inside is 4.5. You need a special ribbon slot punching tool for this project and cloth binding fabric? I used some fabric paper that was from Winners. They had a great line of it. This pkg had mostly shiny ones, but this textured page worked perfectly.

Pages are inserted 2 together and sewn in the accordian style binding. THe ribbon is also sewn into it at this time. Front flaps from the binding are glued to the paper. Don't glue both sides, or it won't allow you to turn the pages fully or properly. The pages of the newly created inside are attached to the cover via the ribbon through the slotted holes.

k, so I can't explain things well. In a few days, I should be able to take you through it with a tutorial. I have another book cut out ready to assemble, so I'll do it in steps.

What are you doing for New Year's Eve? Sarah and her family are coming over for an early celebration. Going to buy some noise makers and streamers for a kiddie countdown. Plan on having a music making time and just some fun all around.

Hope you get to do what you want to do..
Thanks for looking,

Friday, December 28, 2007


Yes, I've not been making much lately, but it doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of ya!!

I bought a new Cuttlebug today!! 50% off at Michael's and a gift card from my mother in law. Hello! Can you say, "almost for free" ?
I got it home and it didn't work. Realized it had been used. No packaging or anything. Anyways, I went back to the store after supper, in the horrible, horrible rainstorm. Scary driving. Had it been snow, it would have been whiteout conditions. Thank goodness it wasn't that.

But I digress... I started here to tell you about some blog candy. so what are the goods?

a sampling of my cuttlebug things... Right now, I only have one embossing plate with the circles and the 4 stamp samples that came with the box, BUT I have many quick kutz dies and some from the revolution also. So I can get a good pile going.
Also, I have a take ten card sampler magazine to give away, I'll take pictures of them tomorrow for you.

Really enjoying the downtime after all the hustle and bustle. Especially since DH has 3 days off! It's been a long time since he's had 2 off, so three is amazing. We're being fed well here. (He's the main cook here, so much so, that one evening when I was cooking, my son looked at me and said, "Mom's don't cook! Dad's cook. Why are you cooking?"!!! lol can you believe the 3 yr old mind?

Well, guess I was very chatty here. Now it's your turn,
leave me a note. Tell me something nice or funny about your few days off... or what You'll be doing for New Year's eve.

Draw will be on New Year's Eve.

Thanks for reading and pass the word on.. candy over here!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas Eve!

Hope all is well and under control where you are. My family were all sick with fevers, snotty noses and coughs last week. As long as I can make it until tomorrow afternoon, I'll be ok. I have 3 services to sing, so I have to stay healthy until then.
And oh boy! Have I eaten too much... already? Only been to 2 outings and I'm stuffed. Still.

Here is a book mark I've made for the choir in my church. Simple as I had to make over 40. Mass production overload.

And here is a pic of my family last week digging out from the huge snow storm. This week I was running from the rain! Now all we have left is yucky, dirty snow piles left by the plows. Maybe some fresh stuff will come tonight?

Have a great one.
Thanks for looking,

Thursday, December 20, 2007

growth chart

Here is a gift for my neice. Her mom gave me this challenge. Why a challenge? I needed to mail it! THink about it.
I got the inspiration from Grand River Toy catalogue. They had one there.

I have so many more ideas for embellishing it, but needed to keep it flat for laminating.
I'll post more details tomorrow. Baby is crying for a midnight snack.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

cutie pies

This is a fridge magnet I did for my son's friends. They just turned 4. It's about 6x9, I think. Bigger than a 5x7. Whatever the whole fridge magnet was. I usually cut them in half, but I had some bigger embellishments to use for this one.

Things have slowed on the creating front. Thank goodness. I just have a few picture ornaments to make for family. I'll post them when they are made. I'm enjoying taking it easy at night. I went to bed at 8:45 last night and passed out, probably before my son. For the "Late Night Stamper" that is sooo early.:}

Hope you are finding peace in this busy time of year.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Craft Fair

Here is my table at a school craft fair. It was a fun day and the 1st fair I've done with my stamping. I did one about 20 years ago in University, but I was a sewer then.
I didn't really make things with the clientele in mind. I used items left over from my other sales and just topped them up a bit. Now that I know what it's like, I'll be better prepared for it next year. It was so cute having grade 4-6 boys looking for presents for their mom or grandmothers.

Kinda happy that there are a number of cards left over. I can now use them for our send outs and not have to go crazy making more. I have a design to make for my down home people, but that's about it.

It's nice to just hang out at night and not feel like i HAVE to go make something. I even watched Hairspray on pay per view last night. oooo.

We're expecting a HUGE storm here overnight. I always say that Toronto is a weather repellant. We never get as much as they predict, but tonight may be different. Just hope I can get to my church job in the morning. and oh, we live on a corner lot. In Toronto, you have to clean your own sidewalks by your house. way fun. Should be fun trying to do that next week when the hubby is away and the 2 kids running on the sidewalk.:}

just a little chatty tonight eh?

Anyhow, I do have an idea for a gift in my head, so I think i will head upstairs to play.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, December 9, 2007

skate ornaments

See, told ya. More of the same, just a different picture. Don't have time to design any new stuff for the craft fair on Thursday. I hope I can get a bunch of cards done. I'm empty. Need more stock.

Skate is from Quickutz die. I laced the skate using embroidery thread. That's about it.
Thanks for looking,

Saturday, December 8, 2007

tree huntin'

So we finally got our tree today. Was fun. We've been going to the same Boy Scout lot for 3 years now. Ah, the fresh smell of evergreens.
Here is the family... Don't you just love the concentration on Rafael's face as he trims the tree? An little Neve is growing so fast. let's all say it together.. "ahh"

The decorations are from Ikea about 2 years ago. Just a burst of colour! Cmaera flash was into overkill. We decided to go the child friendly route when Rafael was into the getting into everything stage. Thanks goodness, b/c Neve is now at that stage also. We have a bag of our collectable and treasured ornaments which we will add to the tree on the upper portion.

Sorry no pics again today. Got another call for another order. Have to go to work now. Off to my room. Oh lovely room. lol
Thanks for looking,

Friday, December 7, 2007


HI there,
thanks for checking in.
Sadly, I have nothing to show you. Nothing completed or new. Just chugging along and mass producing for a craft fair and some orders. I realized that I'm running out of supplies. ACK!! 2 cards and an altered item have been completed up to a point. I have to run around and get more stuff.
We're getting our Christmas tree tomorrow. So I'll show you some pics of that adventure tomorrow night.
THanks for looking,
And happy pre-christmas rush to you too.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Reindeer kits

Sorry it's been awhile since I've been here. Just making orders and family things.

So here are the Reindeer kits I talked about earlier.
The reindeer image is a stamp from the QuickKutz Reindeer die. They have foam that you can use to make stamps from their die cuts. I make stamps with all my dies before I use them as dies.
The Dec. circle stamp is from Stampin Up, "perfect Presentation" hostess set.

The poem for the Reindeer noses is one I got from the internet. Sorry, I don't know where I got it from now. On Splitcoast Stampersduring my quest, I think. The candy is from Bulk Barn- Holly Berries. I just picked out the red ones. (they come in a mix of red, green and white.)

The poem for the Magic Reindeer is my own poem. There are many out there and most include glitter. I had a problem finding large amounts of glitter and then there is the little niggling problem of whether the critters will eat the glitter. So I used cupcake decorations- red, white and green. The poem had to reflect that somehow.

Must feed the wee one and continue making stuff!
Thanks for looking,