Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New bird house

A friend of mine is moving to a penthouse this weekend, so I made this card and it will actually go in the mail tomorrow. (along with my mom's bday card ahem)
The birdhouse image is from a dollar store in NS. The new home is from a buck stamp from Michael's and the orange bird is from the buck store and made of metal. There are also yellow and green birds in the pack that can go with kiwi kiss.

Hey, speaking of kiwi kiss, see how well it matches the background colour of the photo. It's my kitchen. You've seen it in my photos before. It's a perfect match for kiwi kiss. We painted it 6 years ago!! Are we ahead of our time or what? It was quite revolutionary when we first did it. We had the opportunity to repaint a few months ago, but I told my husband, "We can't change the colour now! It's a Stampin' Up IN COLOUR!" LOL

k, enough banter.. here's the card...


Can't really tell ya what effect I was going for or what layout I was trying to accomplish. Just wanted to use the paint chip DH brought home last month. Oh yes, the ribbon is a delish garter ribbon from Stamping Bella. I have to make another trip there soon. She always has the latest stuff that makes a grown woman squeal!

Hoping to get to play a bit tomorrow morning.
Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!

It's my mom's bday today. I made this card 2 weeks ago. She doesn't have it yet. it's still sitting here in my pile. Bites when your family lives far away. I'm always late sending things, but have them before the time to be sent. LOSER i know.
Anyhow,
this card was cased from Renee at
http://reneevs.blogspot.com/2008/10/colour-sketch-challenge.html



I didn't have the set she used, so I used Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Kisses. The stitching is faux. I was too lazy to take out my machine and change the thread to black. Sorry mom, I know you gave birth to me and all, but I was just too lazy! LOL

Happy Birthday. Your card will be in the mail. :}

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Music bookmarks

I had a great weekend performing. What fun. Now I'm just downright knackered.

As a little thank you to the music director and the accompanist (the amazing 1 man orchestra), I quickly whipped up these bookmarks. I've done them before on here, but this is all I have to show ya.
Here are the covers. I used SU In Colours. The little Diva charm is from the buck store as is the little hanging frame on the blue one. I used Cuttlebug music embossing folder and then the Quickutz music notes. Popped it up, there ya go. The music on the cover is a retired Stampin' Up! background stamp done with whisper white ink.


You can see the cuttlebug music folder again on the bookmark. The sentiment is from Nova Scotia. Unmounted red rubber. Sorry, don't know who it is. The big eighth notes are also from Cuttlebug. The tassels are from ClearBags Canada ? I have a feeling it may be called something else. Handy to have.




Here's a fun game: Can you name the piece of music under the bookmarks?

ok, it's taken way too long to write this up and with many interruptions, I don't even know what I'm posting about anymore. lol
so I'll say, "a bientot"

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

nuthin'

Been busy around here singing and rehearsing for concerts. It has been a few years since I've performed on stage as soloist and in the choir. Man, you should have seen me trying to find my "uniform" Whites and blacks. I finally got it all together and have to do 2 more concerts on Saturday. I'm so out of singing shape in terms of endurance. Binder back (tensing up from holding the binder in place for so long) being stuck in between 2 people in the row and not being able to spread my wings. :} And then there are the control top hose and the lovely looking shoes, not so lovely to stand in for hours. But hey, I love it!! Nice to do it again.

So, all that to say, I don't have much to show ya. Just a few bibs I did a while back.
The bibs are from IKEA. The apple is from SU Tart and Tangy and both sentiments are from Stamping Bella.


This star is from a kid's block of foam stamps from Michael's years ago.



Hoping to get some time to craft on Friday??!! Maybe.

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wanna cuppa?

I was so excited when my friend, Sarah, from www.sarahiscrafty , showed me her cards with the Quickutz Winter shapes. I was giggly. I had this idea in my mind that took me a few days to finish. So happy with it.

The paper is from K&Company. I bought the Christmas pack at Winners. They have awesome paper packs for cheap, cheap, cheap. The snowflakes are Cuttlebug and the tag plate is from the buck store. I thought I had the sentiment, "Warm Winter Wishes" but didn't so I wrote it and cut it. Having the dots on both ends was a fluke, but a good one.


Hope you like. I have a few more ideas with this set that also includes a snowman and 2 snowflake shapes.

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Halloween in a snow storm

Well, not the real snow, thank goodness, or I should say, "I hope not!"
I bought this globe a while back, as my son has a fascination with them.
I used last year's Papertrey halloween set and on the other side a not so spooky house stamp, just coloured to look like halloween.

BIG TIP: do not use fine glitter in a snow globe. It doesn't sink and sticks to the side of the glass. It takes forever for it to settle and kinda ruins the effect.

Anyhow, it is a hit and can be changed for the next occasion. Fun fun.
Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pocket silhouettes

I caved and took advantage of the SU sale last month and bought Pocket Silhouettes.I'm always drawn to itty bitty images, but them don't know what to do with them. Here is my attempt...


I used oval Nestabilities and a few buttons I have. Other than that, pretty straight forward. Anyone have any inspiration to throw my way?? I need a good dose of it.

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall is in the air

My daughter loves her play kitchen and spends much of her time there making tea and coffee for mama and daddy. I thought I would use this underused stamp to make a sign for her kitchen.
Don't know where the stamp came from. it is unmounted.

A few weeks ago, my son and I went to the local Scrapbook store, Scrapbooks By Design. They had a make and take and he wanted to do it. It was very involved with QuickKutz leaves and letters. He patiently waited while I cut it all out and he told me where to put the glue and the leaves. He had fun taking out the little hole bits on the leaves.
This one is mine....

This one is his...

Hoping to play in my room tonight. Show you tomorrow.

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!



My son came home with this turkey on Friday. It was so cute, we made 11 more as place cards for our family turkey dinner.

Hope you had/have a juicy gobble gobble.

Friday, October 10, 2008

story of a family

A frind of mine requested a card for a pregnant friend, but wanted it to be very special. Somehow to tell a story. So here it is....
Opening page is of the bride and groom.. chipboard to boot.


The middle page needs a little translation: living in their home and cupid stirkes..

Thus....


So you get it?
Houses from Stampin' Up, preggabella from Stamping Bella. Paper is from SU, but I can't remember the name. It is the new one. Card is a tri-fold.
Umm...
that's about it for now. Gotta go watch Coronation Street. :}
thanks for looking,
Amanda

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Golf anyone?!

My son requested another afternoon in my stamping room. Yippee!! He made 2 cards yesterday for his cousins and wanted to make some today for his aunt and uncle. We managed to get this one done before his sister woke up.


He did all the colouring and even the shadow on the golf bag. i distressed the edges though.

This is the set given to me by my friend Dorothy. It is a retired Stampin' Up! set from 1997.
The little images in the left hand corner are actually 2. They were in the box that way, so I had to stamp them together to make a scene.I coloured the bag with SU marker and then pulled out the koh-i-nor pencils to shade. i didn't blend the colour, just left it.
Loving the little banner/flag on it. Simple layout, but I like. You?



Yes, I'll get to the picture taking of my stamp sets for sale soon. Also, curious who the repeat reader from Richmond Hill is! Dare you reveal yourself to me? tee hee

Thanks for looking,
Amanda

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

another thank you

Howdy!
I've been making a few things here and there, but I'm too lazy to take pics. I have a bunch of stuff I want to sell on Craigslist, too lazy! I mean, come on.. the opportunity to make money and I'm too lazy. Some stamp sets to sell on here and ebay. too lazy. I should probably stop falling asleep with the kids and waking up at 2 am with my 6 hours of sleep.
Anyhow,
here is a batch of thank you cards I made for my neighbour. Simple and no layers. The ink is chalk inks. I love the vibrancy of them.


We went on a leaf hunt expedition today. The sumach trees are on fire! the kids had a great time. I snapped a few photos, but love the angle of this one. i know that the light on her face is a little harsh, but the makeup of it calls to me. I think it's all the texture and business of the leaves and then the smooth solid colour of her coat. And the little blob of colour in her dollie that she is holding.


So, may be I'll get my butt in gear to take some photos....

thanks for looking,
Amanda

Friday, October 3, 2008

a card for James

Here is the card that accompanied the photo album I recently made.
The clothesline is a retired wheel from Stampin' Up! Sure wish I was aware of it before it retired. i love it. Had fun colouring with my Koh-i-nor pencils and mineral spirits.

I'm finally getting the thing about buttons. Yummy. Just started a little collection. Afraid to buy without knowing what I want them for. Don't need too many extra things around. lol
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And here is the "J" I didn't think it thru before I started gluing, so I was limited. But it's ok. It matches the card papers.


I went to Deserres today. (I'm taking a watercolour class with my uncle. We took one 5 years ago when I was preggers with the first one) It's an art store, but also carries scrapbooking stuff. Wow, they have some yummy things. I bought felt flowers that are beaded. Less than 3 bucks! So I spent the night trying to sew a little bag to put them on. Ugh. Maybe I'll let my daughter play with it. Maybe I'll show it to you. Oh, and some very puffy, shiny button like thingies. There are also some square shapes with pictures. Ok, that wasn't very clear. i'll definitely take a pic of those. And it matches kiwi kiss and Tangerine tango. yippee.

Off to bed with me.

thanks for looking,
Amanda