Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stamping on Photos!

How easy is this? I love this idea!! This picture was on my computer, so I have no idea where the beautiful scene is from.

I printed the image on photo glossy cardstock and added the trees from my fave set, Lovely as a Tree with black Stazon Ink.  The photo is matted on black and then I adhered it to a Pale Plum card. 

I think this card with the soft coloring would make a really nice Sympathy card.... I seem to struggle with Sympathy cards. 

Now this next card is a photo I took myself when we were on the ferry travelling over to Vancouver Island for a little mini getaway.

I  snapped this picture as we were going through Active Pass.  This is some of our fantastic scenery showing one of our beautiful Gulf Islands.  Makes me want to pack up again for a lovely little Victoria weekend away! 


This would make a great 'guy' card...guy cards are hard to make!  Once again I printed the image and stamped the trees with black Stazon.  I matted it on black and adhered it to Bordering Blue cardstock.

These are really fun and so easy to time you see a beautiful scene, take a picture!  Then you can make your own personalized cards in a flash!

Hope you enjoyed these cards ~ thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 22, 2010

XL Flower it!


Here's another quick and easy card today. I really love this new XL Flower Punch in the Occassions Mini Catalogue. There are so many different types of flowers you can make with it, by changing the cardstock to tissue paper, using old magazines or book pages...scrunching or not, distressing or not...the list goes on!  These are really fun to make...try them, you'll love them!!

On this card I scrunched the flower and circles and inked them up for a distressed look. So pretty and so easy! The leaves are punched from the new bird punch also from the Occassions mini. 

I punched the sentiment out with the large oval punch and then punched a pink and brown scalloped oval, then cut the brown one in half to layer behnd the pink scallop. 

I also used the distressing tool and roughed up the edges of the Chocolate Chip layer. Hope you like it!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Pink Pirhouette (retired), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Mellow Moss
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations
Accessories: Cuttlebug Folder, XL Flower Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Corduroy Button

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quick Card today!

Here's a quick little card share for you today! This is a 4" x 4" card using the new set, Vintage Vogue. It's absolutely one of my favourite sets!  Sorry for the blurry picture...I was in a hurry. {g}

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Kraft and Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Stamp Set:  Vintage Vogue
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch (new in the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue), Swirly Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die, Scissors to cut out Vintage flower and a brad from my stash.

Hope you like it, it's a fast and lovely card.  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have a wonderful day whether you are sharing it with someone special or not. {g} If you are sharing it with someone special, I hope it's wonderful and fun!

If you are alone for Valentine's Day then give yourself an extra hug and do something that makes you happy...beside of course eating lots of chocolate and drinking lots of wine!

I love the simplicity of this card.  All I did was wheel the I {Love} Love Wheel from the new Occassions Mini, on Whisper White Cardstock and used the Scallop border punch on the matting. I punched two holes on the side and added the Red Satin Ribon.  Done and so pretty!

Since the carstock is dark, its fun to decorate the inside too.  Here's what it looks like.


What I used:
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Stamp Sets: A Happy Heart (sentiment inside)  I {Love} Love Wheel
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Heart from the Sizzlits Heart Set, Red Satin Ribbon

I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by ~ Judy

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Treat Box

This is such a cute little box and very easy to make!

I cut a square with my Scallop Square Die and scored it every 3 scallops. All that's left is to fold it all together and tie it up with a pretty bow  Perfect to tuck some little treats into each little pocket.

I found the idea here on Monika's blog.  I can see making these for any occassion, just change the colours and you're good to go!

Filled with kisses! Ooops...and just a bit blurry {g}

I bet you know the perfect someone who would love this sweet little giftie!

Here's what I used:
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Stamp set: A Happy Heart
Accessories:  Scallop Square Die, Large and Small Tag Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, White Organza ribbon and a clear rhinestone.

Borders and Corner Punch Video

Here is an excellent video from Stampin'Up! showing how to use the new Scallop Border Punch along with the Scallop Corner Punch. I really love these punches and this video makes using them quite a bit easier!

Video tutorials are really great, it so much easier to see how its done rather than reading instructions!

Find more videos like this on Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vintage Vogue meets Paper Lace

Vintage Vogue is one of my new all time favourite stamp sets!  I love this paper lace too, I first saw it on Kimberly's blog, StampingbytheSea. She has a fabulous video on how to make it. 

I love the idea of making your own paper lace to match any project, I'm going to try some of my other border punches and see how it looks...I don't know that you can top the look of the eyelet border punch though!

First step to this card was to wheel the Very Vintage across the top of the card in Versamark, then I gold embossed it.

I stamped the flowers with Versamark, then clear embossed them and sponged the Close to Cocoa ink all over them before I cut them out.  This simple technique gives it a soft look as well as aging it a bit while showing off the details of the flowers.  I shaped the flower petals with my fingers and added a half back pearl to the centre.

Don't worry about the edging of your paper lace, you'll be covering it up with ribbon, so it will look perfect no matter what!

Here's what I used:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Old Olive (Leaves)
Ink: My favourite (!) Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Stamp sets:  Very Vintage Wheel, Vintage Vogue both in the new Occassions Mini, and the sentiment is Vintage Labels from the sale-a-bration catalogue and is a free set with a $65 purchase!
Accessories: Little Leaves Sizzlit Die, Eyelet Border Punch, Half back pearls, Pink Satin Ribbon, Clear and Gold Embossing Powders.

I hope you like this card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 8, 2010

British Columbia 2010....You Gotta Be Here!

Hi everyone

A friend sent me this video and I wanted to share it with's really beautful. I'm so proud to call British Columbia my home!

British Columbians Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Erick McCormack, Kim Cattrall, Steve Nash, and Sarah McLachlan are featured in this 90 second video. Check out the website Hello BC here for more video's and lots of things to do in our beautiful province.

Edited to add: If you double click on the video, it will play in a full screen!

I know all our Olympic visitors will love it here! We are so lucky to call this home!

Enjoy ~ Judy

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Clodhoppers.... a perfect Valentine treat!

Hi everyone! 

Ohmigosh...I just remembered that I promised to put this recipe on my blog!  It's called Clodhoppers and I thought it should have a more elegant name especially as I made it for Christmas {g} 

I tried to rename it Cranberry Snowflakes....but everyone still keeps calling it Clodhoppers, so I guess that name will stay!  It's extremely yummy and soooo easy to make.  It also makes a lovely gift wrapped up in a cello bag with a pretty bow.

Here's the recipe for you ~ try it, I know you'll love it!


Just three ingredients...four if you add the cranberries!! Easy to make and makes a perfect gift.

• 4 cups Honey Graham cereal (Golden Grahams)
• 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers
• 1 cup Cashews
• 1 cup dried cranberries

Melt the chocolate wafers in microwave (approx 1 minute 45 seconds). Stir to ensure all wafers are melted. Add nuts, cereal and cranberries. Stir to coat evenly.

Pour onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet and spread mix evenly. Refrigerate for a short time.
Remove from fridge and break into pieces. Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mama and Baby Bear

Don't you just love Polar Bears?

This card was totally cased from Laura Lipe who is the original designer of these cute little critters!

These little polar bears are so cute for Valentines Day and they are so much fun to make.  For the Mama Bear, you need 2 - 1 3/4" circles for her body and head and 1 large oval for her nose.  I rounded off the nose with a 1" circle punch, hold your punch upside down and insert your oval into the circle so that it looks about the right roundness....hope that explains it well enough!  You will also need 2 - 1/2" circles for her ears.  Then for the tip of her nose I punched a 1/4" circle in black and some really small dots for her eyes.

For Baby Bear, you will need 2 - 1 1/4" circles for the body and head, 1 small oval for the nose, then I used 2 smaller circles for babys ears (I used the yellow circle paper shaper).  The baby's nose tip and eyes are the same as Mama Bear. 

I sponged all the bear body parts with Sahara Sand ink, and for the circles inside the ears I used an eraser on the end of a pencil.

My supplies:

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Black and Real Red
Stamp Sets: Season of Friendship (Snowflake), A Happy Heart
Ink:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories: 1 3/4", 1 1/4", 1/4" 1/2" Circle punches, Small and large oval punch, Heart to Heart punch.

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy February!

Well, I honestly can't believe it's February!  I thought I was going to be so good about keeping my blog up to date....thank goodness I didn't make any resolutions or I'd be feeling really guilty right about now!

I have been busy with our new little pussycat and then in the space of a week I got sick with an awful cold....oh my! I’m pretty much over my cold but I still don't seem to have too much energy.  It better come back soon cause I have lots of things I want to do. {g}

LilyBean is growing so fast! She’s already gained 1.5 pounds since we brought her home! She still likes to snuggle and her latest fascination is with ice cubes, which she loves to chase all over the floor! Whenever we get ice from the fridge, she gallops over and meows until she gets a piece of ice too....then of course I forget about it and it melts and then I usually step into it.

Here is my February calendar, I just love this little vintage calendar.  All supplies are Crafty Secrets except the ribbon is Stampin'Up's Very Vanilla and the Zipper Pull is from my stash, so who knows where it came from!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back soon with some class cards!