Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy August!

Happy August everyone!  I hope you're all having a great summer.  Here's a quick share today of my August page for my Vintage Calendar.  Once again the papers and images are from Crafty Secrets and the ribbon and hardware are Stampin'Up!

Hope you enjoy this little page and have a great long weekend!  We're celebrating BC day this weekend so most people get Monday off. 

It's a time to celebrate our history and culture, a time to enjoy family and friends as well as trying to take in some of the events in many communities.  We live in the Greater Vancouver area, so there are Sea Festivals, Fireworks, Parades, Concerts and parties all around town!  Great fun for all!

Hope you're having a great weekend wherever you live!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Cheers ~ Judy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cherry Cobbler Goes Vintage!

Hi Everyone ~ I had fun making this card....I just love the new Cherry Cobbler colour!  I paired it with Very Vanilla and Black and used the new Newsprint DSP.  It's a deep, bold vintage look...I love it!

On the first layer (Cherry Cobbler), the background is stamped with En Francais using Early Espresso Ink. I ran the next layer (Very Vanilla) through the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and rubbed Early Espresso Ink over the top with a sponge....then I ripped it and distressed the edges. Then I spritzed it all over with the Colour Spritzer and my Early Espresso marker...this is a very fun tool!

Next I took a piece of the Newsprint DSP, embossed it, ripped it and layered it onto ripped and sponged Cherry Cobbler, then again colour spritzed it.  The ribbon is Black Satin...this is such nice ribbon! The flowers are cut in the Big Shot with the Birds and Blooms Die, sponged with Early Espresso and layered together with a vintage brad in the centre.  The Very Vanilla Flower is embossed and sponged and spritzed.  To finish, I used the sentiment from Elements of Style.

Hope you enjoy this card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Garden Fairies

Happy Monday everyone!

I have a quick card to share today, it's for a girlfriends birthday and she loves too!  I found this really cute little vintage looking picture in my stash and touched it up with a little glitter on her wings and dress.  I also used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, this new embossing folder is absolutely one of my favourite things!!  This card is so soft and pretty in real life!


The colours I used were Blush Blossom cardstock (retired) and Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is some pale pink organza that I also found in my stash...I think it's a perfect match!  Hope you enjoy this card...I love it!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me ~ hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Crocheted Flowers.....Part 2

Wow...I've had so many questions about these cute little flowers and meant to include the link for them...sorry!  Here you go {g} I found a great pattern  here on Nichole Heady's blog.  She has a wonderful tutorial for making these little cuties! 

The other pattern is one I got from my cousin ages ago, it's for the 3 layered rose (top right in the picture below) here you go...hope you can figure it out!


To start: Chain 6. Sl st to join ring.

Round 2: Chain 6, dc in ring, chain 3. Repeat until you have 6 segments.

To form petals: 1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (6 times)

Next round: In back of flower, 5 chains joined between each of the petals, then 1 sc, 1hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (repeat for all petals)

Next round: In back of flower, 7 chains joined between each of the petals, then 1 sc, 1hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (repeat for all petals)

Fasten off.

A couple of my flowers I did variables of the rose pattern. I used:  a) one row of petals and 2) 2 rows of petals and 3) decreased the six segments to 5....LOL!  Is that confusing enough?  Hope you can figure it all out!

Happy hooking ~ Judy

DMC Colours to match the new Colour Collections

I just love the new Colour Collections and wanted to match my DMC embroidery floss to them.  Here's a few of my crocheted flowers to show you.  There are lots of patterns online for these easy flowers, I'm a self taught crocheter, so if I can do it....anyone can! 

I saved an old list I found ages ago on Splitcoaststampers for matching embroidery floss to go with our cardstock. I’ve just updated the list for my personal use and added my own selections for the new colours. Someone else did the initial work on this list and I’d love to give credit for the old file if anyone knows who originally compiled it!

I like to make my own embellishments (especially in the winter time!) things like little crocheted flowers, or snowflakes, and I like to tie matching floss through buttons for my cards.  Here's a quick and easy 4 x 4 card using the floss to match the Melon Mambo cardstock. Easy...just a bit of layering, a polka dot embossing folder and the Little Leaves Sizzix die and half back pearls.


PS...These are the closest matches to my floss collection...there are new colours all the time, I haven’t bought any for a few you might just find a closer match than I did {g}

Brights Collection
Daffodil Delight 727
Pumpkin Pie 3853
Tangerine Tango 720
Regal Rose 3733
Melon Mambo 3805/335/956
Old Olive 3012
Tempting Turquoise 3846
Pacific Point 517
Rich Razzleberry 3802/327
Real Red 304/321

Subtles Collection
Rose Red 3731/3350
Pretty in Pink 776/3326
Pink Pirouette 963
So Saffron 676
Certainly Celery 369
Baja Breeze 598
Bashful Blue 3841
Marina Mist 813
Perfect Plum 3041
Wild Wasabi 320

Regals Collection
More Mustard 977
Cajun Craze 920
Cherry Cobbler 816
Riding Hood Red 3721
Bravo Burgundy 902
Garden Green 3345
Always Artichoke 936
Not Quite Navy 3765
Night of Navy 336
Elegant Eggplant 550

Neutrals Collection
Early Espresso 839/3781
Crumb Cake 3782
Sahara Sand 3024
Very Vanilla Ecru
Whisper White White
Basic Black 310
Chocolate Chip 838/779
Soft Suede 610/3790
River Rock 372
Basic Gray 413

In Colour Collection for 2010-2011
Peach Parfait 402
Poppy Parade 3705
Pear Pizzazz 3348
Concord Crush 791
Blushing Bride 761/3713

I hope you can use this and have fun with it....feel free to share it {g}  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me!  Hope you enjoy my updated version of the list!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

You Only Live Once!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's been ages since I've added anything to my blog...I've been meaning to, but sometimes life gets very busy! I've been having some arthritis issues with my knee which has resulted in me not sleeping too well. That in turn results in me dragging my butt around and not getting much done! Not even much stamping, much to my dismay!!  And I have new stuff to play's waiting for me and I think I need to go up to my craft room and play!

Here's a quick little share for you today, it's a very easy to make distressed flower.  I made the flower for the Bermuda Bay card with the XL Flower Punch and punched out 4 pieces. (The Old Olive card is made with the Scallop circle punch exactly the same way)  One will be for your base.  The other 3 I attached together with a brad in the centre and then spritzed them heavily with water.  Crumple them up until you get the shape you like and set your flower aside to dry.

While my flower was drying I stamped the Bella Toile in Bermuda Bay for my background.  I added a ribbon and some pearls down the side and the sentiment is from 5th Avenue Floral, punched out with the wide oval punch.  I punched out 2 pieces in Bermuda Bay and added one to each side of the sentiment to finish it off.

I did exactly the same thing here, only I used Old Olive ink and grosgrain ribbon and the Scallop Circle punch.  It's not as full as the one above, but it would be much better for mailing.  Then I added a little rhinestone to the centre of the flower.

This was a lovely flower until my sweet little kitty, LilyBean ran off with it and chomped it up....what a little mischief!  She hopped right up onto my craft table when I wasn't looking and the next thing I knew she was making off with her treasure...this is what it looked like by the time I rescued it!  LOL!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your time with me!  

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fast, Easy and Oh So Pretty!

Hi blog posts in 2 days after not having too much time to blog! LOL!!  I'm impressed with myself. {g} I really missed blogging....I love sharing with you and love the little bit of writing too.

This card was made when I needed a card in a hurry. I really wasn't sure what I thought about this set, I wasn't quite sure it was my style...but let me tell you I absolutely love it now...there are so many things you can do with it! It's a must have!!

I stamped the simple daisy outline with Black Stazon and the leaves and stem with Old Olive.  The Sentiment is also stamped in Black Stazon.  I coloured the centres of the daisy with my Summer Sun marker which is retired now.  I'm sure Daffodil Delight would be just as effective! 

The daisy piece was layered on Black and then on Whisper White embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder, layered on Whisper White as well.  I did another card and added the Fine Galaxy Gold Glitter (mixed with Crystal Effects to make your own stickles) and that was very pretty  too.

Stamp sets are Flowers Awash and  All Holidays.  Hope you like my fast and easy card!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me ~ hugs Judy

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Today we are celebrating our 143rd birthday! Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday dear Canada, Happy Birthday to us!! 

Although it's a drizzly, rainy day here on the south coast, there are lots of celebrations going on all over and there will be fireworks tonight.  We are very lucky to live so high up on the mountain that we can see a couple of cities lighting off their fireworks. If it's still raining we can stay warm, munching on goodies and of course a nice glass of wine while we look out the window to enjoy the show!

Here is my July Vintage calendar page, it's so pretty in real life!  I've just realized that I forgot to share the June calendar so I'm including it below {g} 

It's been so busy here in June, but what a fun month! We've had my cousin from England here with us for nearly 3 weeks and we've had so much fun. We've been tourists in our own city, we've taken tons of pictures, laughed until our sides hurt and had lots of family time and I ate entirely too much! I miss her so much now that she's back home!  Love you Izzy!!

Today is the first day of the new catalogue, I've added it to my sidebar thanks to Michelle Laycock and her generous sharing of the little gadget thingy!  I hope to be able to get into my craft room soon and share some things with you before too long!  I need to get inky!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!  Hope your day is wonderful!