About Me

I am a techno/gadget freak. I love almost anything that has to do with computers and software. I have an engineering background, but I haven't worked in that field for over 10 years. I married my wonderful husband in September 2004 and look forward to spending every single day of the rest of my life with him. I love cats and even call myself "Cat".


Friday, March 25, 2011

ADFD New Releases - Birdwatching & Spring

Another fabulous set of images released today by ADFD.  They are super sweet and you will just love them. Here's a peek at the new images:

For this weeks release, I used one of the birdhouse images.  I don't know what it is, but I just adore birdhouse images.  I don't particularly like having one in my yard because I have two cats and that just means dead birds in my yard - not good.  So, I'll stick to pictures of birdhouses. :)  Here's the card I made for this week's release:

Supplies: Birdhouse image (A Day for Daisies), sentiment (Create With TLC)
Papers:  Recollections cardstock, Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock, digital patterned papers (Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments:  Scalloped Scallop edge punch (EK Success), Medallion Chain edge punch (EK Success), Zig glue pen, edge distressing tool (Heidi Swapp), bakers twine (Divine Twine), glitter (Craft Decor), pencil crayons (Crayola, Roseart), oms, copics (R35), button (Steam Trunk Craft Works)

To make the background on the image, I wanted to have sky & clouds.  Its a technique that is very easy to do with ink but I didn't feel like pulling out my ink and finding a sponge so I used my light blue pencil crayon & oms.  I cut a scrap piece of cardstock in a cloud shape.  I held the shape down on the image and then coloured along the edge of the cloud - colouring on the image and the cloud shape both.  Then I took my blending stump with oms on it and blended the blue pencil crayon.  Once it was blended, I took away the cloud shape and that left the subtle cloud shapes.  The only other "special" thing I did with the card is took my  new Medallion Chain edge punch and punched one of the shapes on a small piece of patterned paper.  I then cut the individual shape away from the rest of the "chain".  I used my Zig glue pen and glitter on the edge of the image.  Other than that, its a pretty basic card.

I hope you liked it.  Don't forget to check out the challenge still going on at the ADFD blog - there's still time. The new images are available in the ADFD shop now, so go on over and check out the new store.  You'll love the new set up.

That's my card for this week.  Unfortunately, I have some sad news.  I've had to make the sad decision to give up my spot on the ADFD design team.  I've really enjoyed working with all the girls on the team and, of course, Tammy.  I will still love ADFD images and will probably spend way too much money on the new images as they come out.  Its getting to be the time that I'll have to go back to work so I don't think I will have the time to devote to the DT commitments.  I'm truly grateful to Tammy for giving me my first position on a DT.  Its been a great experience. :)

That's all for today.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

IBFD - Challenge #20 - Birthdays

This week's challenge over at the Brakefast Club is to make a Birthday card.  I've always loved the Freddie Frog images - they're so much fun - so I just had to use one for this challenge.  Here's my take on the challenge:

Stamps:  Senior Freddie (I Brake for Digis), sentiment (Create with TLC)
Papers:  American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock, digital patterned paper (Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments:  coloured pencils (Crayola), oms, Studio G ink, tearing ruler, ZigZag Stitch edge punch (EK Success)

You still have time to get in on this week's challenge over at The Brakefast Club.  A new challenge will be posted on Sunday if you miss this one.  You can find Senior Freddie over at the IBFD shop.  Don't forget to grab your 10% off discount code in my sidebar before you go shopping. :)

That's all for today.  See you later...


Friday, March 18, 2011

IBFD - Brakefast Challenge card

Hi again!  My second post of the day. :)  I can't believe I have so much to say lately.  Well, I want to share a little card I made for the Brakefast Club challenge this week.  The theme is SPRING - and its about time it got here.  Its been a lovely couple days here in Calgary and I sure hope it stays that way now.  I used the Bunnies & Watering Can image available at the IBFD shop for this card.  I hope you all like it. :)

Stamps:  Bunnies & Watering Can (I Brake For Digis), alpha stamp (Dollar Store)
Papers:  digital patterned paper (Sweet Springtime collection - Summertime Designs), Bazzil, red shimmer cardstock (Recollections), Wausau Exact Index 110#, matte finish brochure paper (Staples)
Embellishments & Tools:  Ribbon (dollar store), brad (Recollections), buttons (unknown), pencil crayons (Crayola, Roseart), oms, pink craft ink (Studio G), bakers twine (Canadian Tire)

If you haven't yet, you should get in on this week's challenge before it ends tomorrow.  A new challenge will be posted at the Brakefast Club on Sunday.  And, of course, you can get the image I used and so many more at the I Brake For Digis shop.

Thats it for cards for today.  Talk to later...


ADFD New Release & A New Challenge

Hi everyone!  Its time again for another great new release from A Day for Daisies and another new challenge starts today on the blog.  The challenge this time is to Go Green!  It will be a lot of fun, so hop over to the blog and join the activities.  You will get a chance to win a great image from ADFD and there is an awesome freebie this time to get you going.

Here's a little sneak peek of what in new in store today at the ADFD store:

I also want to congratulate Wendy C.  She is the winner of our last challenge.  Way to go Wendy!

So, here's the card I made for this new release and challenge.  I love love love peacock images.  They give you the chance to use so many beautiful colours and just dress them up however you like.

Stamps:  Peacock Fairy (A Day For Daisies)
Papers:  patterned paper (Amy Buttler Belle collection - K&Company), cardstock (Recollections, Bazzil, Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  Pencil crayons (Roseart, Crayola), oms, glitter (Jones Tones), glue pen (Zig), Floral Vine deep edge punch (Martha Stewart), Leave it to Weaver edge punch (Fiskars), striped grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)

That's it for now.  I'll be back later with a couple different posts. :)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blog Candy Claimed ! Yay!

I heard back from Laura and the blog candy is now on route - I can't really say whisking its way because we're talking about the postal service here!  I'm glad it was claimed and I hope you enjoy it Laura.  And let's see what you do with it, ok?  Well, I'll be back tomorrow with a new project (or two).  I've been working on something and my other life got in the way of getting it done.  You know that unfortunate part of our lives that involve laundry, dishes, cooking...  that kind of stuff.

Talk to you tomorrow. :)


Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Winner drawn for the blog candy...

Unfortunately, Lisa didn't contact me by the deadline so I have re-drawn for the blog candy.  Here's the picture of what # was drawn:

and that # corresponds to ...............................................


I've emailed Laura and hopefully she will email me back shortly and claim her prize.

Again, I'll give it a few days and if the prize isn't claimed, I'll just keep drawing until someone claims the prize. :)

Talk to you all later...


Friday, March 11, 2011

Calling Lisa Cox! Calling Lisa Cox!

Just a post to Lisa.

Lisa, if you stop by, please email me your address so you can claim your prize!  You have until tomorro evening - Saturday, March 11/11.  I will leave it to you until 6:00pm MST, after which I will draw again and award the blog candy to a new winner.

So, please Lisa, email me!  You can use the contact form in my sidebar.


ADFD New Release Cards

I'm a blogging fool this week. :)  I think I've made 4 or 5 posts this week.  Well, here I am again to show you the card I made with this week's new release from A Day for Daisies.  This new release is, without doubt, one of the cutest Tammy has put out.  Here's a peek of what she has for you in the store today:

Aren't they adorable?  You can get them in the new ADFD shop.  AND, just for the grand re-opening of the store, there is 10% off all digital stamps now till March 14!  How great is that?  Also, don't forget about the challenge going on at the ADFD blog.  You could win an image from ADFD and there is a free image so you can play along (if you don't already have soooo many of Tammy's creations already like me.).

So without any further dilly-dallying, here is the card I made for this week:

Stamps:  Little Fish Child 2 (A Day for Daisies), Pretty Sea Shells Collection (A Day for Daisies)
Papers:  patterned papers (unknown), blue cardstock (Stampin Up), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#), craft cardstock (The Paper Company)
Tools & Embellishments:  CraftRobo, Silhouette fern cutting file, Dimensional Magic (Plaid - Mod Podge), white Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, copics, Scalloped Scallop edge punch (EK Success), Quick Dry Tacky Glue (Aileen's)

The ruffled flowers that are so much the craze these days inspired me to create the large scallop shell that the baby mermaid sits in.  I used a scallop edge punch along a strip of paper (2" wide), then fan folded it at each scallop.  I opened it to create a 1/2 circle and glued that to a piece of scrap cardstock so it would keep its shape.  It was quick and a lot easier than it looks.  The trick is using a glue that will dry quickly so that it doesn't pull apart.  I like the Aileen's quick dry tacky glue, but you could use a glue gun too.

Well, that's all for now.  I'll be back again soon with something else.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Miscellaneous stuff I've been doing...

Just thought I would put up some picture of stuff I've made over the last little while.  It seems lately that I've only been posting my DT stuff, which is great because I love the stamps, but I have done a few other things that I think turned out really nice.  Here's the pictures:

Valentine Cards for Ronald Macdonald house:

Before you all starting oohing and awing over how lovely my cards are    they're all cased from the Splitcoast gallery.  I don't take credit for these lovely designs.  I just used whatever paper & stamps I had handy.  But, honestly, I think they did turn out lovely and I hope they were able to use them at the Ronald Macdonald house.

So, that's all for now.  I'll be back again in a day or two to put up a few other things.  Hope you liked them. And remember, I'd love to hear what you think about my work, so leave me a comment.

Talk to you later...


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I Brake For Digis - Brush Horse

Back again with a picture of the card I made with the Brush Horse image from I Brake for Digis.  I used this week's challenge (Challenge #18 - Animals) over at The Brakefast Club as inspiration.  Its a very elegant image, very simplistic, and very versatile I think.  I chose a western theme for this card, but I know that it would work well with just about any theme.  Here's the card:

Stamps:  Brush Horse (I Brake for Digis)
Papers:  patterned paper (unknown), brown cardstock (Recollections), tan cardstock (Bazzil), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  Craft Robo, Ribbon (Michaels), Mistral font (sentiment), copics, edge distresser tool (Heidi Swapp)

Thats it for today.  See ya tomorrow. :)


Blog Candy - 50 Followers Celebration

I just got back from shopping.  I told my hubby that I may reconsider what I'm giving away the next time I decide to have blog candy.  I had to buy two of everything!  I couldn't buy something and just give it away.  I had to have one for me too. :)  So, I took a couple pictures of the goodies I'm giving to Lisa.  Its all new stuff, except for the ribbon & the paper.  I've had these in my stash for a while.  There are some 6x6 papers, and one sheet of each design from the October Afternoon Seaside 8x8 paper pack.  Here's the pictures:

I've sent Lisa a message letting her know she's the winner.  If I don't hear from her by Saturday, I'll pick another random follower, and so on until I get some one to claim the prize. :)

I'll be back in a bit with another post, so talk to you later...


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WHOOOHOOOO! I hit 50 followers

So in honour of this milestone, I have decided to pick one random follower and send them some goodies.  I haven't figured out what they are yet, but I will head off to the store tomorrow and get some stuff. :)

So here is the results of the random number generator from Random.org

Follower #40 is.....

drum roll....

LISA COX!!!  Yay!!  Lisa, I'll contact you through your google profile to get your address!

Congratulations. :)

Have a good night everyone!


I was a Guinea Pig...

My friend, Wenchie, was looking for a couple guinea pigs to test out her tutorial to make one of her amazing "furniture" projects.  So, I jumped at the chance to try my hand at making one.  It was a lot of fun to do.

If you aren't familiar with Wenchie's stuff, you should really get acquainted with her works, because they are spectacular.  She is one amazing crafter.  You can see her SplitcoastStamper gallery here, and this is her blog.

So, as I was saying I gave one of her projects a test run.  Its a sweet little dresser that turned out just amazing. I used plain cardstock (Domtar coated 200#) for mine and when I showed my husband the final product, he thought I had bought a little plastic dresser to store all my little trinkets in.  Be on the lookout for the tutorial for this project over at Splitcoast.  They have finally recognized Wenchie's talent and asked her to create a tutorial for the members.

Here is how mine turned out:

I think its awesome and the instructions were very easy to follow along.  After she does her tweaking on the tutorial, I think it will be even more easy to do.

Like I said, be on the lookout for this tutorial over at Splitcoast.  You won't be disappointed making this project.  Its fun and functional!

Have a great day everyone!


Monday, March 07, 2011

IBFD - Catch up cards

Here are a couple cards I created in the last little while using my I Brake for Digis stamps.  Hope you like them. :)

This first card I created using the theme from the BrakeFast Club Challenge #16 - Use something felt or fabric.  I've wanted to make a card with yo-yo's on it for a while and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to incorporate this embellishment.

Stamps:  Teapot (I Brake for Digis), sentiment (Create with TLC)
Papers:  digital patterned paper (Energy Kit - Summertime Designs), blue & pink cardstock (Recollections), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  Corbel corner punch (EK Success), Paisley embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Blossom die (Spellbinders), ribbon (Michaels), fabric (unknown - stash), button (unknown - stash), pencil crayons (Crayola, Roseart), oms

This next card uses the theme from Challenge #17 - Make something green.  In honour of St. Patrick's day this month, I made this card:

Stamps:  Rock Out Freddie (I Brake For Digis), sentiment (CatScrapFever Designs)
Paper:  black cardstock (SU!), green cardstock (Recollections), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#), digital patterned papers (Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ribbon (Michaels), Craft Robo, glitter (dollar store), pencil crayons (Crayola, Roseart), oms

I created the sentiment in PSPX and printed it out on white cardstock.  The little 4 leaf clover was cut on my CraftRobo and covered with green glitter.

Even though these challenges have "officially" ended, there is nothing to say you can't still join the challenge and create something for these challenges.  Give them a try. :)

That's it for today.  I'll be back tormorrow with some other projects I've been working on the last little while. :)

Talk to you later...


Playing catch up! ADFD cards

Well, lets just say I still alive.  I've had a few things going on, but the one that's really put me off my stride in posting is my printer deciding it doesn't want to work anymore.  It would work for a little bit when I printed off test pages, and then when I wanted to print off my images to make cards, it wouldn't print.  So, I had no images to play with.  Its all worked out now and its life has been spared - for now.  So I'm going to post a couple cards here right away.  I've also decided that I'm not going to go into full detail on my cards anymore unless I use some really specific or complicated technique on my cards - which is usually not the case.  It was taking so much time to write up complete instructions that I was getting to the point that I didn't want to post. So, from now on, I will be just posting the supplies I used under the cards.

Here is a card from the new release for Feb 25/11.

Stamps:  Vintage School Girl (A Day For Daisies), sentiment (Create with TLC)
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise cardstock (SU!), black cardstock (SU!), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#), digital patterned paper (Energy kit - Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments:  Corner punch (unknown manufacturer), rhinestones (Walmart), ribbon (Dollar Store), Photoshop shape, CraftRobo, Matte Medium (Liquitex), black embossing powder (Stampendous), white embossing powder (Stampendous)

There are only a few things that I did on this card out of the ordinary.  The image itself is digitally paper pieced with digital papers from Summertime Designs.  For the frame,  I used the shape from Photoshop and cut it out 4 times with my CraftRobo and glued them together so they would be the thickness of chipboard.  I then used black ink and black embossing powder on the shape.

TIP:  If you don't have any chipboard and want a piece the thickness of chipboard, cut/punch 4 or 5 pieces the same out of cardstock and glue them on top of each other and the piece will be almost exactly like chipboard.  You can then finish it with patterned paper or other techniques as you would with chipboard.

The second technique I used is something I found recently on Mel Stampz blog.  Its a technique & product used on your paper so that you can emboss images/sentiments printed off on your printer.  I never had luck embossing things, even trying to dump the powder on as it was coming out of the printer.  It just absorbed into the paper to quickly.  So, what you do is brush a light coat of matte medium onto your paper, let it thoroughly dry and then run it through the printer.  The matte medium prevents the ink from soaking into the paper.  You still have to work quickly to get the powder on the printout, but at least it gives you a couple seconds.  I have found that you do need to use high print quality settings and it doesn't always work for light colours.  To get the white on a black background (because you can't print in white), I just printed with black and then dumped white embossing powder on it.  Since it was black cardstock, the black ink doesn't show and just the white embossing shows up.

My next card is from this past Friday's new release.  These images are so sweet.

Stamps:  Butterfly Pony (A Day For Daisies), sentiment (Create with TLC)
Papers:  patterned paper (DCWV), light blue cardstock (Recollections)
Tools & Embellishments:  Floral Lace edge punch (Martha Stewart), rhinestone sticker (Michaels), ribbon (Michaels), waterfall glitter glue (Stickles), star dust glitter glue (Stickles), pencil crayons (Crayola, Roseart), oms

Have a great day everyone!
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