Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2008 - 9:58 am

Yesterday I drove to Antigonish to meet Marilyn from Port Hawkesbury for lunch. We also went to a new scrapbooking store, and did some shopping in downtown Antigonish. We both spent way more than we planned, but that's half the fun! LOL! Lots of new goodies to play with.

I was very tired when I arrived home at 5:00, picked up Penny at the doggy day care, made supper for Peter, then crashed at 7:30. Well, wouldn't you know it, I was wide awake at 2:30 am! No sense staying in bed. I got up, made a cup of tea, read Inkstainers, and made a card. The template was in the March issue of Paper Crafters.
The card pulls up using the ribbon tab at the top to reveal a little chick inside.

I used Twinkling H20's to "wash" over some of the areas on the egg which doesn't show in the pic (the pink section at top, the lime green in the middle, and the thin blue stripe at the bottom). I also used Liquid Pearls in blue and gold to add some accents to the egg. The yellow dotted patterned paper is from Stampin'Up's new 6x6 paper pack with 60 double-sided sheets that is a Hostess Level One gift.

I'm happy with how the card turned out, although the brads won't stay in the square position when you open the card! Just mentioning this in case you think I put them on crooked. LOL!

Sunday, February 24, 2008 -10:21 pm

Well, for the most part it was a quiet weekend. Julie and Jeff were here on Friday night until lunchtime Saturday. They left with Penny to go to Jeff's father's hunting camp on Brown's Mountain, Antigonish for a winter overnighter. It's quite cozy inside once the woodstove is fired up!
Today Peter and I went for a Sunday drive up Wallace way and I got to meet another Inkstainer, Keltie (Heather). She had ordered some SU stuff at my workshop, so I delivered it to her after a bit of driving around trying to find her rural route number.

Yesterday I made two cards for Inkstainers - one for Karie to cheer her up while in hospital.Inside the verse says, " Thought you could use a laugh to cheer you up!" The image is by Emmerson of American Arts which I coloured with watercolour pencils and used Crystal Lacquer to accent the lady's glasses, her coffee mug and the chocolates in the box.

The other is for Michelle's daughter's "Coming of Age". I was worried that the card might be too "dark" for a girl, but Michelle tells me that her daughter likes to read and mystical stuff, so it will suit her. Whew! I'm glad. I did polished stone for the background with Adirondack eggplant, silver, and denim blue, and embossed an image from Scottish Borders Stamps called "Angel of the Stars". I also embossed the same verse that's on the front of the card in silver on the back of the bookmark.

This makes 15 items now for Karie's Blog Challenge!

Wednesday, Feb.20, 2008 6:40 pm

Last week while I was in Halifax, a friend called me to say that another friend's mom had passed away. This lady had been battling bone cancer in her leg since last spring that had spread throughout her body, and it was heart failure which caused her demise. She was 86. I felt bad for my friend as she has been looking after her Mom since being sent home from the hospital as nothing further could be done. They were basically counting the days left. How sad!

I'm late getting this card made but I think Cathe will appreciate it.

This is a new stamp I recently ordered on-line called "Hydrangea Fresco". I coloured it with twinkling H20's, and also 'washed' the background in gold and copper H20's.


Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 - 11:30 pm

Card I made for Inkstainers Weekly Challenge. The challenge was to use a photo as part of your card. The pic is of Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on our vacation four years ago. The card template is "photo album style".

Karie - this is card #12 for your blog challenge. LOL!


Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 - 5:30 pm

I made this card this afternoon for a friend in Holland. She had a baby boy the end of January. I CASED it from a Paper Creations magazine Spring Issue, but only how to make the buggy part. Thought it came out cute!

When I was in Halifax on the weekend, Peter and I went to the Farmer's Market. A lady there makes hand sewn overalls for babies and kids up to size 3. I picked out the cutest brown cordoruy one with teddy bear printed lining, and bear buttons on the shoulders. So will mail this and the card to Annabelle and Wilhelm.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 - 2:54 pm

I'm in Halifax staying with Julie for a few days. Today is very stormy outside - snow, then freezing rain, and heavy rain forecast overnight. Very messy out there. I just came back from taking Penny for a short walk and my coat is soaked through. I also got splashed by cars whizzing down Quinpool Rd. The speed limit is 50, but I think they reach 75 Kmph! I'm not kidding. Since there are four wide lanes, I believe people think it is a highway, even though it is a residential street!! They don't slow down even in slushy conditions.That's my rant for the day.

Here are two cards I made this morning. The first one is an early Easter card with a new House Mouse stamp. The second one is for Inkstainers Weekly Challenge of Jan. 31st which I'm late doing. It had to have a scalloped edge somewhere on the card.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 8:57 am

It's Friday and the weekend is here. I just put on sticky barbeque pork ribs in the slow cooker for supper tonight. I'll also have "twice baked" garlic potatoes, and ceasar salad. Friends are coming over, as well as Julie who is coming home for the weekend. We were in the City earlier in the week and left Penny with her to keep her company. It's been quiet around here without the pitter, patter of doggy feet, and a squirming, warm fur body greeting us when we come in the door.

I sent my Beerafella images off to Cheryl in Calgary for her Inkstainers Bella Swap. Here is the sample card I made to send with them. I coloured with water pencils, rubbed the SU Caramel ink pad around the edges to "age", and used Crystal Effects on the beer bottles to give dimension. The typewriter key stick-on letters are from the Dollar Store.

I bought this BellaFella to make some masculine cards, but I think he is kind of strange looking with his weird shaped head. And why does he have stick arms and regular legs??? I might just shrink a pic of DH's head and stick it on top of the fella body when I make the next card.

Tuesday, Feb.5, 2008 - 11:15 am

Here are two cards I made yesterday.

-The first one is a valentine, now how could you tell? LOL. The image is stamped on ivory vellum in brown on the back side, and coloured with chalk. Kim Dietz taught this technique at Mindy's store last spring.
-The second one is called spotlight technique. I partly coloured the bird with chalk, and punched a circle out of the vellum to spotlight the bird. The image is from the SU Garden Collage set,the background is a stamp from the Tim Holtz Collection stamped in SU Sage, and the verse is also from SU Wonderful Words.

Monday, February 4, 2008 7:43 am

I'm posting a pic of the projects we made at my Stampin'Up! workshop held yesterday.There were nine in attendance, including myself, so it was a good turnout. Stephanie, her daughter Kennedy (11), and Stephanie's friend Emily are "newbie" stampers and they did a great job on their cards. I think they are now hooked on stamping, as happens to all of us who go to a SU party. LOL!

I'm going to receive a Level 1 Hostess set, so I chose the "Prints Pack Designer Papers", and I also got $$$ to spend, which will be mostly for paper and accessories. I put in a separate order for the weathered background stamp, the deer set, and snowflake spot set.

-The guava green and groovy guava card uses the "Embrace Life" set found on page 84 of the Spring cattie. We made the scalloped edge with the slot punch. That was neat! Deborah's sample card had a lot more little details and each person could do their "own thing" with brads, felt flowers, etc. I chose to tear the paper on the magnolia and saying.

-Sorry, I can't tell you which stamps are in the valentine card. I think Deborah used a couple from different sets. She wanted to show the newbies how to do embossing.

-The little baggie has a "rub-on" on it, and a topper made with the round tab punch. The heart stamp was from a previous hostess set.

It was a fun afternoon with friends!

Saturday, Feb. 2/08 9:51 am


Last night since Peter was away curling and the house was quiet, I fell asleep at 7:30pm and slept through until 12:00. Poor Penny had her legs crossed she had to pee so bad. ha!ha!

Since I was wide awake, I decided to try a criss cross card that Lori had posted the link on Inkstainers. The tutorial is from SplitCoastStampers.


Here's the card I made:

Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 4:11 pm

Peter and I were in the City on Wednesday. He had business, and I decided to go with him. I had lunch with Julie and we had supper with her at her apartment before coming back home. Did get a little "retail therapy" at the Halifax Shopping Centre. I bought a new two piece bathing suit to take to Florida in April ( bikini top and skirt - carribbean colours with a touch of gold in it) and a bracelet from "Something Silver" as a birthday present to me. The bracelet has clear round quartz beads, and square & opal beads woven into a silver strand. There is also a little charm dangling from it. I love it! Here's a pic: