Archive for July, 2008

This was taken a few days ago, when the weather was a bit hotter.  According to our children, “everyone else has a pool: they have a big pool, or a small pool, but a pool, CAN WE HAVE A POOL???!?”.  We bought a 6 month pass for the city pools & have been grateful guests at our neighbours’ pools too.

Malcolm’s hand stands have greatly improved, as have Emma’s dives.  Liam is less terrified of the water too.

Stamp Sets: Make A Wish (S.U.), Bold Brights Embossing Powder (S.U. retired), Pumpkin Pie S.U. Makers, American Crafts Celebration PP, dimensionals, & some fairly serious scissor time.


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If you knew my craft studio, you’d laugh.  It’s in a corner in the unfinished basement.  We moved a year & a half ago & many things are still in boxes because we are clutter people.  I like to think that I am way better at getting rid of stuff than DH, but I have oodles of stuff I need to go through & purge.  I have given much away as Liam gets “older”, yes at 2 1/2, but it’s not all kids stuff, it’s old books from university & “memories” & well just stuff.  We need to go through it, but that would take more than a weekend, so it just doesn’t get done.  With that in mind I wanted to cheer up my little studio.  So here’s my little paper lantern.

I’ll may rustle up the courage to show you my craft studio “forever a work in progress” another time.  

Okay, so with that in mind, here goes.  You probably made one of these in grade school, like I did, but the papers just weren’t as fun.  I’m using Martha Stewart’s PP, two 12″ double sided ones.  Cut that into 1 inch strips, so you end up with 24 ONE inch strips.  

Then just punch a hole at either end of the strips.  The crop-a-dile, you can do all of them at once:

And you have:

Take floss or string or whatever & string though.

Pull the string taught and tie a knot & I also put in a Brad.

Fan out.

Keep fanning out until it’s a ball … I guess I didn’t really need to show step by step for this easy peasey lantern.

And there ya be.  I don’t put christmas lights in mine or candles because, well LIKE IT’S PAPER?!?  I suppose if it was in a votive, but whatever still think it’s not a good idea … I normally don’t stamp & craft by candle light anyway LOL.

ps See that flowered curtain?  It’s floor to ceiling & hides the stuff I don’t want to look at when I craft.  Like I said, the craft room:  another time.

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Here’s a quick Anniversary card for DH’s parents.  All of the anniversary cards I googled were white with embossing & wedding like & oh I dunno, I wanted something a bit more cheery and bright, I mean, wow 30 years, that’s tough to do these days.

Used the new Cricut cutter with Martha Stewart’s PP, some dimensionals, some Rhinestone Brads, S.U. Marker, Ruby Red Ink Sponged onto the outside of the numbers, Corner Rounder, Flowers … hmm I think that’s about it.

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Here is some more of my favourite paper at the moment … Martha Stewart’s Classic Botanical Paper Pad: just beautiful patterns and colours.

I used the Stampin’ Up 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and threw on some buttons (using super sticky tape), along with some Certainly Celery Card Stock.

I never realized how minimal my layouts are.  I should do a little more embellishing & step out of my comfort zone.  Ah well, next time.

And here’s my Liam, enjoying some “fishing” at the cottage:


Minimal!  LOL I just realized I didn’t hand write in Liam’s name or the date … wow that is minimal.  I think I’ll do that now.

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Kristina Weekly Colour Inspiration is here, number 17!  This week her colour inspiration comes from this beautiful dress.  I love it!


The Colours that were pulled were:


And here’s the card.  I actually started off with something completely different, as I had a bunch of “flower buttons” that matched & was thinking of working off of the ‘pleats’ idea with the buttons, but I had the focus of a butterfly & ended up with something completely different, looking more like a bureau drawer:

The PP is from Anna Griffin, NRN Designs: RoseBuds & Blooms, NRG Designs: Orchids, Martha Stewart: Heirloom, S.U. CS: Rose Red, Regal Rose, & Sage Shadow.

Check out Kristina’s Blog next week for the Round UP!

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Ribbons of thanks

These colours are a bit autumn like, but the weather has had a freak turn to cooler. I don’t mind, but for the kids, it makes it a bit cool for the water park.  Hoping it’ll warm up just a bit more soon.

This card is just some ribbon weaving & the thanks was embossed with copper & then cut out with the cuttlebug die cuts in the sizzix.

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Cottage Scrapbooking

Here’s just a quick layout that I put together this morning.  I saw the idea for highlighting the clear letter in this month’s Making Memories magazine.  Jill Paulson, on page 33, had a HUGE letter painted around the outside to show the bottom picture through.  

I’d like to do a few more scrappin’ pages of the cottage, we had such a great time there this month.  

Here’s the quick spread that I made this morning.  

I used my Cricket to cut out some plastic.  I’m actually not sure if you’re SUPPOSE to cut plastic, but it seemed to work alright, nothing blew up.

I used Black Stazon around the outside of the “M” in Malcolm’s name.

I used Brocade Blue Textured CS, a corner pocket punch (s.u. retired), a coke can (the silver), Silver eyelets, glue dots (although you can see them through the clear plastic), & a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

FYI I have used coke cans with S.U. Punches before, & it tends to work better if the stamp isn’t fussy … ie it stuck a bit with this one, because of the small squares.  

The image of the lake was actually 18 pictures stitched together … oh my, I didn’t use a tripod, so it’s a bit rough.  Maybe next year I can afford a wide angle lens for the Nikon.  🙂

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