Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hauling in ★2011★

This was my final card project as Guest Designer for December on PaperWorks Co's blog. I wanted to make a New Year’s card and I thought the sleigh from A Little Haul of Cheer (PWCO with Rachelle Anne Miller) would be perfect for hauling in 2011! My whole card is an 8.5″ X 11″ piece of cardstock folded in half.

Isn't this image *super* adorable?! I inked up my stamp (except for the tree on the sleigh) and stamped it to the right onto my Prism Simply Smooth cardstock. Then, I stamped the other 3 sleighs to the left of my image. I used my exacto knife to cut slits on the top side of the sleighs. For the 2011, I printed it onto cardstock, cut it out, covered the numbers with glue and finally glitter. I slipped them under each sleighs' "side bar". To cover up the lower part of the tree image, I applied white Liquid Appliqué. I did extend the back side bars of the sleigh with my Copic markers and a black fine pen.

I used my Uni-Ball white gel pen to add some faux stitching around the Pomegranate cardstock, mimicking the stitching on the 'Scallop Stripes' Echo Park paper. I've got pop-dots under the Pomegranate cardstock.

Thank you to Peggy @ PaperWorks Co for inviting me; it was a fun honour! Also, many thanks to Peggy & the whole PWCO Design Team for sharing such creative & inspiring projects every day on the PWCO blog!

Many blessings to all in 2011!!!

Note: I did redo the image and so this final card is slightly different from the one on the PWCO blog. I'm such a perfectionist! *lol*


Trim the Tree

Happy Sixth Day of Christmas!

I wanted to share a framed piece I made as part of my Guest Designer spot on PaperWorks Co's blog for Thursdays in December. I wanted to make a project to fit in an 8″ X 10″ frame using PWCO with Rachelle Anne Miller’s “Oh Christmas Tree” stamp. I stamped the image with VersaMark ink onto the green cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder. For my white background paper, I first printed “Christmas” onto it, using my computer & printer. I stamped the multi-lingual Christmas background using a clear stamp I bought in Germany.

I then sewed my tree image onto the white background paper. I “coloured” some glue onto the green parts of the evergreen and poured green glitter on my tree. Next, I “painted” the white Liquid Appliqué to the snowy boughs of the tree. Finally, I glued on my buttons & added Gold & Burgundy Stickles to the tree.

For the “MERRY” bunting banner, I used the trees from the Trim the Tree paper and for the letter, I cut them out from the Christmas Bells paper, both from the Everybody Loves Christmas collection by Echo Park Paper Co.

Hope you liked it and you find yourself inspired!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Shimmery Snowmen - inspired by Don Cherry!

I made this card with 4 challenges in mind! Two from SplitCoastStampers & two from the PaperWorks Co (PWCO) blog.

I was inspired by *this* purple velvet with shimmery trim jacket by Don Cherry. And for those of you unfamiliar with this Hockey Night in Canada TV commentator; his opinions are just as loud as his jackets! *lol* People either love him or hate him, but he is a legend here in Canada. And the one thing I admire most about him is every week he talks about the Canadian soldiers who have died in battle. Brings tears to my eyes every time and I appreciate him taking the time to honour them and their families on national TV.

Alright, on to my card. I applied glue from a glue stick to my Purple Onion Designs Damask stamp and stamped on my purple cardstock. I then placed some purple "shiny transfer foil" on top of the sticky image and then rubbed across the foil. I lifted the foil up and there was foil on my damask background! The stamp is a bit distressed so my foil image is also a bit distressed. I like it; kinda reminds me of mercury glass.

For my snowmen image, I stamped & coloured the main image. Then I almost forgot to add the 3 snowflakes from the "recipe"! I inked up only the snowflake from the "A Magical Christmas" stamp, but accidentally got some ink where I didn't want it! However, it looked like a flourish, so I went with that! For my sentiment, I used my SU! Label punch, applied glue to it, then poured Martha Stewart "antique silver" fine glitter on it.

Thanks for looking!


  • Stamps: Flaky Friends & A Magical Christmas -the sentiment & snowflake- (PWCO/RAM), Vintage Damask Background (Purple Onion Designs)
  • Paper: Marina Mist (SU!), "concord grape-like" (from my stash), Prism Smooth White
  • Ink: Going Gray, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers (B0000, B41, BG000, BG10, E00, E49, R0000, R29, T0, V000, V99, Y00, Y38)
  • Tools: SU! Label Punch
  • Embellishments: light blue velvet ribbon (stash), fine Antique Silver glitter (Martha Stewart), pop-dots, shiny transfer foil (Stix2 Anything)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rosette Ornament

Guess what?! I'm the Guest Designer for Thursdays in December on the PaperWorks Co blog! I'm honoured to be able to create and feature some projects using some of my favourite stamps & papers.

Here’s a project featuring a double-sided rosette ornament and this week's SCS Technique challenge of sponging. This past Spring I helped make like 100 rosettes for my friend’s wedding escort tags and guess what? I still love them! Oh and our rosettes were featured on the Ruffled blog, too! I was *so* excited to hear that!

This rosette ornament is perfect for double-sided papers, like Echo Park Paper Co! My finished rosette ornament is about 5” in diameter and would be perfect either on the tree or on a wreath.

To make the rosette, I cut 2 strips of 2” X 12” from the Echo Park Paper. I then punched a border with my Scallop Diamond border punch. This step is optional. Then, I folded each strip of paper every ½”. I glued the ends of the papers together to make a circle. Then I pressed the centre of the rosette down, making sure my scalloped edge is on the outside. I weighed it down while I coloured in my images. Note: when glueing the images to the rosette, use a strong glue or even a glue gun and then weigh it down again with something.

For the oh-so-cute Owl, I masked the 3 bats to turn my Hallowe’en owl into a snowy owl. To make the night sky and the blue moon, I sponged some black and some blue inks onto my image. I also sponged some Liquid Pearls onto the moon and added Liquid Pearls to the owl. I added ‘snow’ by adding Ice Stickles to the branches. I coloured some of the buttons with some Ranger alcohol ink.

For the Mistletoe image, I also embellished with Ice Stickles for snow and Liquid Pearls on the mistletoe. Both paper doilies on each side were sponged with ink.

Thanks for checking out my lil’ project!


Stamps: Happy Owl-O-Ween (RAM for PWCO), Under the Mistletoe (Christmas Freckle Collection - PWCO)
Paper: Raspberry Delight from the Sweet Summertime Collection (Echo Park Paper Co)
Ink: Tuxedo Black & Rhubarb Stalk (Memento), Aegean Blue (VersaMagic), Copic Markers (Owl: BG10, E0000, E00, E29, E49, R0000, RV14, T0, Y11. Mistletoe: B41, B97, BG000, E00, E33, E49, E71, G94, R0000, R81, R89, YG03, YG97, YR65.)
Tools: Mega Circle punch (Marvy), Scallop Diamond border punch (EK Success)
Embellishments: paper doily, Aspen & Alpine snowflake punches (Martha Stewart), White Opal (Liquid Pearls), Crystal Ice (Ice Stickles), buttons, silver baker’s twine, glitter ribbon, pearlescent beads, alcohol ink (Ranger)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Too *cute* to SPOOK!

I was honoured to be asked to a Guest Designer for PaperWorks Co's Sunday Sketch #56! Woot! Here's the sketch:

So I ended up making two projects; a framed creation & a birthday card. Here's the framed piece:

Aren't they the cutest?! That's the Pumpkin Patch stamp by Rachelle Anne Miller for PWCO! I wanted to do some paper piecing and so I reached for Basic Grey's new, double-sided Pyrus collection. I totally *heart* Basic Grey!!!

Here's the birthday card I made for a friend, using Echo Park papers, which are also double-sided!
Before I get to the supplies, PWCO just announced a Design Team call for December 2010-May 2011! Check out all the details *here*!

Now, onto the supplies! Thanks for popping by!


Too Cute, to Spook

bonne fête

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I *heart* Rachelle Anne Miller!

Check out Rachelle's blog post there to see how you can enter to win a quick giveaway!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's my take on Paperworks Co's Sunday Sketch # 54. Will post more details soon, but here's a quick rundown of the supplies:


Sunday, October 10, 2010

*THANK YOU* Rosette Banner

I'd like to begin sharing some of the paperie projects I worked on for my friends' wedding last April. It was truly a labour of love!!! It all started shortly after they got engaged a year ago. My friend called me up and asked if I would make their wedding invitations! I said "heck, yeah!". I was honoured that they asked me! Truth be told, I woulda been a bit hurt if they hadn't. ;-)

Since I *loooooove* paper and crafts and DIY, my involvement didn't just stop at The Invitations. Oh no. We had so much fun browsing wedding blogs, sharing ideas, brainstorming, & scouring thrift shops! I'll start by sharing instructions on how to make a Scrabble tile Thank You banner. Don't worry; I'll share the process of The Invitations (my 'babies'!) too, but not now.

In several wedding blogs, I had seen couples holding a thank you banner and thought that was so clever! I was inspired by this Memory Box blog post by to create a Thank You banner for my friends. They both love Scrabble, so I thought this would be perfect, except the Scrabble tiles would have to be bigger! Waaaay bigger. ;-)

  • white cardstock paper
  • photos of Scrabble tile letters; take your own photos or find some on Flickr
  • dictionary pages, music sheets; scanned & printed or check out The Graphics Fairy
  • 12X12 scrapbooking papers (I used mostly Basic Grey's Ambrosia collection)
  • 6" paper doilies
  • glue gun
  • strong glue for paper (Zip Dry Paper Glue or Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue) or strong double-sided tape
  • nice ribbon
  • single hole punch
  • a bunch of objects to weigh the paper rosettes down (such as mugs, staplers, etc)
I took photos of the Scrabble tiles, cropped & resized them to be 4.5" tall. I printed them on cardstock paper.

I sponged some orange ink onto the white paper doilies.

To make the pennant banner, I used 12 X 12 scrapbooking paper in the colours of the the wedding theme; orange and grey. I marked the middle on the bottom of the paper, then trimmed it from a top corner to the mark and vice versa on the other side. The top is 12" wide. Use a single hole punch to punch a hole in each top corner.

For the paper rosettes, I printed some dictionary papers and music sheets from The Graphics Fairy onto 8.5" X 11" paper. Trim off the white margins and cut in half. The paper will be about 4" wide. Fold the paper (accordion-fold style) every 1/2". I glued 3 pieces together end to end with glue (strong double-sided tape also works) for each rosette.

To make the rosette, adhere the two ends of the long pleated strip together, creating a ring. Then, you push it together in the centre and press down. Use an object (such as a stapler) to hold it down for a few minutes. Then, take the hot glue gun, put a dab of glue in the middle, place the doily on top and finally add some glue to the back of the scrabble tile and press it gently down. Use the object to keep it weighed down while you work on the next letter.
Once all the letters are dry and stable, place them in order. Measure and cut some nice ribbon and thread the ribbon in and out of each letter. Since the bride wanted such big letters, I made 2 banners (rather than one long one). I think this would also have worked with smaller letters (2.5" - 3" tall).

Many, many, many thanks to Cheryl & Juliet who helped me finish up the banner and to B for taking the close up pics.

Photo credits of the lovely couple by the talented photographers Natalia & Christine.

Thanks for looking & taking a sneak peek into this wedding, with more to come! I had so much fun making everything and I had a lot of help from friends & family, which made it even more fun!

EDIT: If you'd like a fast and easy Thank You banner, take a look here: Printable Alphabet Bunting on Ruffled®.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bridal Shower Blooms

Thank you *so* very much for all the sweet, generous comments and feedback on my last project!!! The PWCO Friends & Family blog hop ***winners*** have been announced and one winner came from my comments! Congrats to WENDY!!!

Please send Peggy an email: to claim your Safari Friends Collection of stamps! All winners have until next monday (June 14th) to contact Peggy, after that she will select another random comment. :) Now for a new card...

I made this for a bridal shower. I wanted to make a Spring-like card, so I was inspired by the Blooming with Happiness dress, the Birds and Vines cuttlebug folder and, my favourite, cherry blossoms!!!

I added Stickles to the centres of the punched out cherry blossoms and the blooms on the dress. Core'dinations paper and Cuttlebug embossing folders are *made* to go together!!! I sanded the paper a bit more after embossing it, to further bring out the birds and vines.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Stamp: Blooming with Happiness (Stampin' Up 2006)
  • Paper: Cherry Cordial (Core'dinations Chocolate Box collection), Prism smooth white, burgundy cardstock from stash
  • Ink: Rhubarb Stalk (Memento ink)
  • Embellishments: Birds and Swirls (Cuttlebug Embossing Folder), Scallop Diamond border punch (Ek Success), white satin ribbon, stickles, small cherry blossom punch by Carl/Carla Crafts, popdots

Thursday, May 27, 2010

PWCO Friends and Family Blog Hop!

Welcome to the PaperWorks Co Friends & Family blog hop! I'm honoured to be a part of this blog hop!!! If you came from Christine's blog, then you have came to the right place. If you just started on this hop, please start at the PWCO main blog. =)

I made this 8" X 10" frame as a gift for my dad for Father's Day! I hope *you* like it, but especially, I hope he does! My favourite image from the new Rachelle Anne Miller/PWCO collection is Gone Fishing! The bear is oh so cute!!!! So I used that image, coloured it with my Copics and made the water and sky by sponging with ink. All the papers are from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey collection. The background paper is Sarsparilla. I cut the bird out from the Howdy Doody paper. I love birds, and so does my father, so I almost always try to sneak in a birdie!

I was inspired to make the mini bunting banner by this blog. The houndstooth pattern is from a Pink Paislee washi tape, the rest are bits from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey collection.

And here's a special note from Peggy from PWCO:

Enjoy a 10% off your PWCO stamps (8 collections in all!) from now until next Friday, June 4th! Simply put ffhop in the coupon code box when you check out! The offer cannot be combined with any other offer, valid for our rubber stamps only."

I appreciate your feedback and comments!!! Oh, and did I mention Peggy's going to give away some prizes?!?!

There will be prizes given to random comments. No one know in whose blog the prize lies, but make sure you comment to maximize your chances to win! Contest ends on June 4th, winners will be announced on June 5th! Here are the prizes you may win:

RAM Collection (set of 4)
Sport Series 1 (set of 6)
Safari Friends (set of 4)
Aqua Amigos (set of 4)
Jungle Jesters (set of 4)

Now please hop over to ***Sunghee's blog*** to continue your blog hop! What an *amazing* and truly out of this world project she has for you!!!



::PWCO Friends & Family Blog Hop::

Steph J
Jenny L
Steph S
Cris <---you are *here*


Father's Day Frame

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Waltz

Happy *FIRST* birthday, Waltzing Mouse Stamps!

Welcome to my waltz! =) In honour of Waltzing Mouse Stamps' (WMS) one year birthday, the challenge for this blog waltz (ie blog hop) was to make a birthday card. I made two cards; a birthday and an anniversary card, using two sets; Very Vintage Labels No. 4 and Celtic Heritage. I looooove the thistle image and so I used it to create the background for both cards. I tried to mimic a damask pattern on the birthday card.

Please check the WMS Forum *here* for the list of participating blogs! And there will also be a scavenger hunt!

There will also be a thread in The Play Room for chat and to play along in our monthly blog waltz game. This time you will be looking for (and counting up) watermarks that look like teacups in the blog posts by the Design Team and Claire. A winner of a stamp set of choice will be drawn from all the correct answers! You'll have until 11:59 pm Pacific on Tuesday May 18th (7:50 am GMT on Wednesday May 19th) to complete the waltz and enter your guess(es).

Your comments are greatly appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Happy Birthday
  • Stamp: Celtic Heritage , Very Vintage Labels No.4 - both by Waltzing Mouse Stamps
  • Paper: Bazzill smoothies, Prism Smooth White
  • Ink: Versamark, Versamagic - Aegean Blue, Boysenberry
  • Embellishments: purple embossing powder, baker's twine, pop dots, Spellbinders Nestabilites Labels Four
Happy Anniversary
  • Stamp: Celtic Heritage , Very Vintage Labels No.4 - both by Waltzing Mouse Stamps
  • Paper: Bazzill smoothies, Prism Smooth White
  • Ink: Versamark, Versamagic -Aegean Blue, Raspberry
  • Embellishments: red embossing powder, baker's twine, Spellbinders Nestabilites Labels Four, lace, hat pin, buttons, doily lace border punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Winner & cupcake b-day card!

My apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of the goodies courtesy of Paperworks Co! I'm back home in Canada after a wonderful trip to Seattle for a wedding surrounded by amazing friends! FYI - Seattle = stamp heaven!!! I was lucky enough to be there for an annual sale at Impress...I will have to play with those goodies and share a card!

Firstly, thank you for all your sweet, kind compliments on my projects! It was an honour to be a guest designer and part of the Rachelle Anne Miller for PWCO stamp release blog hop! I truly had fun playing with these new images! Also, thank you for sharing your last-wedding-you-attended moments!

Now on to the winner....

Congratulations to Kathy!!! I'll send you an email asking for your name and address and I'll get your goodies on their way to you! Again, thanks to Peggy for supplying the blog candy!!! =)

*.*.*.*.*HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, PEGGY!!!*.*.*.*.*

This was a double challenge; part of the PWCO Sunday Sketch #30 (cupcake theme in honour of Peggy from PWCO's 30th birthday) and CPS sketch #164.

I loooooove this Basic Grey Cupcakes paper from the Nook and Pantry collection! It's very colourful and I love the vintage look. I had fun colouring the oh-so-cute Birthday Parade image (Rachelle Anne Miller for PWCO) and choosing my colours from the fun and pretty patterned paper.

I wanted to use these pins I had found as well as a button, so the CPS sketch was perfect for this card! The tissue flower was super easy to make and there's even a tutorial on SplitCoastStampers *here*. I didn't use a flower die, I just roughly hand cut 3 flowers of the same size and 2 smaller ones.

I used my *favourite* glitter gel pen (Uni-Ball Signo - "Sparkling") to add some sparkle to the 'Happy Birthday'.

Thanks for visiting! =)

PS Yes, this card is huge! *lol* I simply folded the brown 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock in half.

Cupcake Birthday

Friday, April 23, 2010

PWCO Blog Hop and new stamps!!!

Welcome to the first PaperWorksCo (PWCO) blog hop and *my* first blog hop!!! I am honoured to be a guest designer for this exciting release! I have details on my projects, info on the amazing new Rachelle Anne Miller stamps, links to your next stop and a blog candy giveaway, courtesy of PWCO!!! Thank you, Peggy!

I was super excited to see these incredibly adorable images designed by none other than Rachelle Anne Miller (hence the RAM!) and I hope you are, too! You may find these new exclusive PWCO images right *here*!!! There are 4 adorable exclusive new images! I have long admired Rachelle's illustrations and am sooooo happy to hear she has designed some PWCO stamps!

My first card is to honour Peggy from PaperWorksCo; she is celebrating her 30th birthday this month! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEGGY!!!

My second project is a framed piece of art. Since mother's day is coming up here in North America (May 9th), I took the duck image and iterpreted the middle duck to be the Mama. "Mãe" means mother in Portuguese and so I made this especially for my mother.

I have blog candy courtesy of Peggy! To be entered to win, please leave me a comment telling me the last wedding you attended and your favourite moment. You see, I am in Seattle attending the wedding of 2 wonderful friends (it was last night...I am a bit bleery eyed! LOL). I have many many favourite memories from last night, including sharing a table with my wonderful friends, some of whom I hadn't seen in a few years. I also loved seeing all our hard work (I helped with paperie stuff) come to fruition and be admired by all.

Edit: Draw will be on Sunday evening!

FYI - Peggy will be choosing one lucky commenter from one of the blogs to win the GRAND PRIZE - all FOUR new PWCO -Rachelle Anne Miller stamps!!! Woah!!! I wonder if I can enter...hmm.... *tee hee*

Edit: will post back shortly to tell you when the grand prize draw will be!

Thank you for stopping by - hope you liked my 2 projects and now on to the next stop - Sheena's blog! And in case you've miss a couple, here's the full list:
Cris <---you are here! =) Sheena
Stephanie S
Stephanie J
PaperWorks Co. Blog *ta da!*

Happy Birthday, Peggy
  • Stamp: birthday mouse (incl. sentiment) -Rachelle Anne Miller for PaperWorks Co
  • Paper: Garden Variety -Sunday Market (Cosmo Cricket) double-sided! Yay! Silver cardstock from stash.
  • Ink: Copic Markers (BG000, B97, G94, E47, R89, RV29, V000, W1, Y00, Y38)
  • Embellishments: ribbon from stash, popdots

Mother's Day Frame
  • Stamps: Ducks - Rachelle Anne Miller for PaperWorks Co
  • Paper: Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry collection, Core'dinations' Bananas Foster.
  • Ink: Copic Markers (BG000, BG72, R81, R89, RV29, T0, W1, Y11, Y38)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder - Textile.
  • Embellishments: ribbon from stash, Martha Stewart small scalloped circle, picture frame from thrift store

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

Here's my take on PaperWorksCo's Sunday Sketch #25. I wanted to use the PWCO Jungle Jesters for an Easter card, so I sketched the bunny ears for them! The patterned papers are from my stash; I bought a whole package of those, so they never seem to run out! *lol* The sentiment is computer generated; I used the 'Little Days' font. I printed it on office paper so that I could fld the ends like a ribbon. Thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: Jungle Jesters (PaperWorks Co), Spring Fling (Memory Box)
  • Paper: Maddi Multipack (Making Memories), light yellow cardstock from stash
  • Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Copic Markers (R20, R81, RV14, RV29, RV34, T0, V000, Y00, Y38, YR65)
  • Tools: lace doily punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), tiny scalloped scissors (Fiskars), scalloped oval (Spellbinders)
  • Embellishments: small paper doily, compter generated sentiment, popdots

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

with sympathy

This is my card for the Waltzing Mouse challenge on the Stamping Around blog. I was inspired by the quilt tablecloth in this photo:

I cut up a bunch of paper squares (1/2"-ish) from three different paper collections and glued them together. I stamped & then embossed with clear embossing powder, both the tree and the sentiment. The lovely willow tree is from Blessed by You set and the sentiment from Celtic Heritage set, both by Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

  • Stamps: Blessed by You and Celtic Heritage (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
  • Paper: Maddi Multipack, Brooke Multipack (both by Making Memories), Fun in the Sun stack (DCWV)
  • Ink: VersaMark, Pink Petunia (VersaMagic), Vintage Sepia (VersaFine). Can you tell I like Tsukineko inks?
  • Embellishments: lace trim, clear embossing powder