Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dog Cookies! Made by me!

I've been creating - just not out of paper. I found a "vet approved" dog treat recipe online - which I also passed by the vet in our family - and decided to use this long weekend to bake. If you know me, then you know that I consider the kitchen a foreign land - a place I pass through from time to time, but not that I would call home!

Well, I went and picked up the ingredients - and they weren't cheap, since the quantity they are sold in was WAY over the quantity I needed for a single batch. I thought I had everything but, as I was stirring all the stuff together and it was thickening into a dough, I realized... I don't have a rolling pin.

Mommy to the rescue! I scooted downstairs and borrowed my in-law's.

Here's the result:

One batch of peanut butter cinnamon cookies! The dough smelled pretty good too. Did Shadow eat them?

Well, we broke one in half so we could each give her a little. She eagerly went for it and then immediately drew back. It was as if she was thinking, "OOOO Cookie! Wait... what the... ... This is *not* my normal cookie." She timidly kept taste testing it from my husband's hand and, eventually ate it. So, I called her for my half. She was hesitant, but took it. As she chewed, a piece fell out of her mouth with a great big glob of drool. So, I count that as: She liked it.

I have also been creating with paper a little and not just cards! Somewhere down the line, you can look for something different!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Baby Elephant - Mother's Day Card

When I saw the Bella Sleeping stamp by Wild Rose Studio, I had to have it. It could work for a new mom OR dad card, so I thought it was useful, but I knew I wanted to use it for Mother's Day. My mother loved elephants and the way the baby's hold their momma's tails. My own mother has passed but I still have mothers in my life!

I wasn't quite sure how to frame it though, so I hunted around the Internet for ideas. I liked the idea of a doily and sparkles in the flowers, so I went with that.

The stamp itself is tinted to suggest some colouring and it is so sweet. So, I mimicked it as closely as I could with my Copic markers. I used the cool grays from C1 to (I think) C8. I spent about 20 minutes just colouring!
I got use my new CTMH ink pads in yellow, pink and blue. The yellow and pink are in the background and the blue is on the sentiment. The background I stamped from an old Stampin' Up! background stamp set I have. I rarely use it. It was one of the first SU! stamps sets I bought, thinking it would be so versatile to make my own patterned papers. I has 4 mini designs in it. Turns out, I think I've used it about 3 times or so. There's just so much beautiful patterned paper out there that I rarely make my own!

I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment frame in blue. Then I overstamped it with clear versamark ink so I could emboss it with clear embossing powder. The frame and sentiment fit together because they are from a CTMH stamp set.

I liked the spring colours in this card. I made another using more pink and purple for my step-mother's card too.
I filled one side with roses using 2 colours of my Local King Rubber Stamp watercolour markers. The sentiment fit so nicely in the other side of the heart. I like how it turned out too. In stead of a patterned paper background, I used an embossing folder.

We spent mother's day doing a birthday party barbeque since my dad and my nephew's birthday's spanned the weekend. My sister brought me flowers for being a first time fur-mom. She made a lovely gift card with it, which I'll show later. I've already shown the party train card I made for my nephew's birthday. I've still got pictures of my dad's birthday card to show too!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Birthday Train!

It's my nephew's birthday today. I was struggling with something to do for his card, but then I found the CASology challenge: MOVE. I decided it was time I dug out the train stamp I bought years ago and never used!

I paired it with a couple of teeny party bears I have from Dreamerland crafts. They fit perfectly in the little train cars!

I used a lot of different supplies on this one! 3 stamp sets: the train (Hot Off the Press), the bears (Dreamerland Crafts), and the sentiment (Your Next stamp). I used my Misti to line them up. I used scrap papers on the background, layered on scrap and then cut them with my new stitched rectangle die (Your Next Stamp). Plus, I coloured it with 3 different alcohol marker brands too: Copics, Bic, and ProMarkers.

Hooray for challenges to start your mojo!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Baby Scrapbook Mini Album from Envelopes

I have a new video to share today! I started this album a year ago. I finished it a couple months ago, but I'm just getting around to filming now because I finally have the two things I need: quiet and sunlight! (Sunlight being the harder thing to come by! Thank heavens for a beautiful day.)

I made this mini album from A6 envelopes cut from heavy gold foil paper with my Accucut Craft die. I put a skinny 1/8th of an inch gutter between each page so they are not totally squished against each other.

I used a neutral colour scheme of browns to go with the gold and accented with some blue-greens. This is a (very late) gift for a co-worker with two little boys. True to my style and since I expect the photos will take up most of the room, it is only lightly embellished. I designed a onsie die cut specifically for this album. I wanted it to be a journalling spot and the die cuts I have are too small.

This is my Ribbon-Bound Triple Envelope Scrapbook Album. I taught a class to my creative crew for it and I've shown other albums I've made in this style. It doesn't matter what size envelope or whether you have triangle or rectangle flaps. It works with all styles.

I put a large tag in each envelope too. That's where you can put some photos in landscape orientation. (One page is not embellished as well as the front and back covers, so a landscape picture could go there too.)

I also put one of my die cut dinosaurs in here, which I had designed for another project.

Want to see the whole thing? Watch my baby mini album walk-through video on my Vimeo channel.