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How amazing is this? Friends of ours are having a birthday party for their DD. Abigail is having a little girls’ birthday party, with a spa-pool theme. Very cute, in fact here was the invite we received. It came wrapped around a face cloth, with Emma’s name on the cloth and a little note about the SPA-tacular Pool Party! Just too cute in & of itself:

Now, the one different and beautiful idea that this child is doing is, rather than collect a pile of toys for herself, she is collecting Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse, (Operation Christmas Child is a Christian Organized yearly event that brings toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to children around the world) Abigail will bring all the boxes she has received to her church in late October/early November during collection time. How awesome is that!?!

So here is a shoe box for Abigail. The actual red/green boxes along with the form will be picked up later.

Made a quick card tonight too, I hope she likes it.

Gable Green Textured CS, PP: Paperbilities Autumn Leaves Kaeidoscope, Cricket Cartridges: Beyond Birthdays, Shapes (Home Accents) & Base Camp, Flowers, & Fabric Brads.

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Yellow, Yellow Duck

Here, Kelly of SCS, has a challenge: AUG08VSNA, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do you see?.  We were permitted to use the any of the animals of the beloved classic, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle, and the only condition is … match the colour.  I started off with Red Bird, but that didn’t work, then Brown Bear, nope … I ended up with this tiny baby card:

The inside of the card, I just put a bit of trim to cover the Rick Rack bits & the underside of the Circle Scallops.

Used:  Bashful Blue Ink & Markers, Bashful Blue CS, Yoho Yellow textured CS & Certainly Celery textured CS, 1/4 inch circle punch, Cuddles & Tickles & Baby Frame stamps (S.U. Retired), Mini Glue Dots, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8″ Punch, Versa Mark Ink & Mustard Yellow Embossing Powder (S.U. Retired).

Check out what others on SCS have come up with here.

Fuzzy Friends.

What a weekend it’s been for challenges on SCS.  So much fun, so little time.  

Here’s another challenge, this time from Paula, I found on SplitCoastStampers called “Pride and Prejudice“.  The challenge was to create a “warm and fuzzy” feeling card using felt or flocking.  The warm and fuzzy comes from the feeling you get while reading a good book.

I’m hoping this count, as it is not quite “flocking”.  I have not ‘flocked’ before and my felt collection has been raided by the children for puppets.  So I thought I would use a very thin polar fleece like material that I have in the ‘big bin of fabric’. (please indulge me:  that should be echoed: the big bin of fabric, fabric, fabric ….)

I cut the flowers (Large Daisies) using an old Sizzix die cut.  The are pretty strong, kinda like a smaller version of the new S.U. Big Shot.  Which means all the new die cuts from S.U. will not fit in my old machine.  Sigh.  Might be time to save my coins for the New Big Shots.  The BigzTM and OriginalsTM are Rule Based Dies and cut through a lot!  Even this polar fleece flower (which doesn’t fray, so would be great for all kinds of quick projects).

Stamps used:  Love with out End (S.U.),  PP Stampin’ Up (Afternoon Tea?), PP:  My Mind’s Eye Bohemia Backyard “My Journey” Brocade/Brown, Chocolate Chip CS, Close To Cocoa CS, Coluzzle Banners, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Chocolate Chip Ink, Certainly Celery Ink, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Buttons, 1/4″ Circle Punch, Sizzix Die Cuts (Bowl & Large Daisies)

Check out other ‘Warm & Fuzzy’ interpretations at SCS AUG08VSND ~ Pride and Prejudice.  Man, Virtual Stamping Weekends are fun.  Don’t get a lot of house chores done, but VSN Fun!

Saw this challenge on SplitCoastStampers and couldn’t help but play along.  How could you not?  

Task:  Make a mask in under an hour.  Jean gave us links to templates, which I used, but did add a nose.  

You can give it a 3-D look by simply popping the snout (just a heart shape) on after:

My DD is at a sleep over, she would have gladly modeled it for me.  Ah well.  The boys?  um no, they wouldn’t.  Well, actually my 2 year old MAY have, but I can rarely take a picture with high enough speed so that he isn’t blurry, while running away from the camera.  So meet my model:  Bunny.

Stamp Set:  Wanted.  Brayered on Pumpkin Pie & Creamy Caramel.  Used Really Rust & Ruby Red Ink, Rhinestone Brads & some diamond stickers, Martha Stewart Glitter, Dazzlin’ Diamonds Glue, Versa marker, Brown Embossing Powder (S.U. Retired), Chocolate Chip Marker, and finally an Oval Coluzzle for cutting the eyes.

Thanks for the fun, Jean!

Check out the other fun creations on SCS at Keyword: AUG08VSNJ

Creepin’ In …

This was a bit more figity than I normally make & would probably not make these for the whole of the children’s classes, but I must admit it was fun.

I had picked up a few new Cuttlebug embossing templates & was itchin’ to use them. My boys, well & dd too, LOVE the spider, they’ve used it before I even had tried it.

I know it’s August, but here’s a card for October. I feel so ahead of things!

The Black Paper is actually just the case the Cuttlebug Embossing folder came in. It was nice Card stock & I didn’t have the heart to through it into the recycle bin.

Here’s the inside:

Stamp: Web Wishes (S.U. retired), Cuttlebug Embossing Die cut, Embossing Folder, More Mustard CS, Pumpkin Pie Cs, Stazon Ink, Acetate (well okay, it’s just packaging that I cut up), Dimensionals, More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie Markers for Candy Corn & outside of Cardstock edging, Black Embossing Powder, Versamark, Square Coluzzle.

Thank You Tiles

I picked some new Cuttlebug Embossing Folders this morning at Heather’s here in Ottawa.  I only picked up a few, I would have loved to pick up ALL the new ones, they’re so much fun.  Not like the old’n days of using the embossing pen & light table.  Now it’s quick & easy.  

Check out all of these new cuttlebug Embossing folders.  Ahhhh.  Too much fun.  I bought the new pumpkin harvest embossing folder.  I will probably regret not getting a few more, because it seems like Heather just can’t get enough in, they fly off the shelf.  

Here’s what I made with my new toy:

The “You” is from ‘Vintage Postcard’ Stamp Set (S.U. retired), coloured with Old Olive Marker.  The PP is Sandylion CampFire, Taken With Teal CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, the Tiles (15 pc “Craft” Mosaic Tiles) were stamped with Stazon Ink pad using Martha Stewart Acrylic Stamps, Sponged on Wild Wasabi & Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Harvest Embossing Template, Tombow Glue (those tiles are heavy) Ribbon and some glue dots.

Yeah! Kristina’s Blog is up & running (yes, I checked it daily, so did you!) and she has her Colour Inspiration posted.

Okay, I had a bit of a hard time seeing the image of the bedroom from the Orange Beautiful Blog, but I hope I got the general idea. So here’s the bedroom:

The Colours we could use were:


and one of our choice, used in small amounts.

I went with:

And here’s my card:

With these see Acetate Cards, just remember, it’s a card & needs to be able to be written on inside. Try pasting on some white CS to match the outside graphics.

Used Stazon Jet Black Ink to define the edges. Also used cuttlebug dies, just love those things. Rhinestone stickers, Ribbon.

Night all! The kids have (one hockey & other art) camp in the morning & I promised Cinnamon Buns for breakie as a treat to get them up early. I will solely rely on copious amounts of coffee to keep up with Liam. Perhaps he can watch a bit of Wonder Pets tomorrow.

EDIT:  Here is the link for the Cuttlebug Embossing Die Folder called:  Combo With Gratitude