Saturday, June 28, 2008

Butterfly Wishes

Its a gorgeous 4 day weekend for me - no work until July 2. Ian went to Edmonton to visit his friend, Chris last night. I read the majority of Fearless Fourteen the newest release in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich - I'm almost done so I won't have any Plum again until June next year. I started today out by getting my hair highlighted and cut. I got it cut up to my shoulders. I will get Ian to take a picture once he is home - Thanks Nancy so much for your referral to Stacy. I am so happy with my hair and at a fraction of the price of where I used to go which had changed ownership. I am off now to get some more bedding plants as my pots are pathetic - I had a lot root rot due to all the rain we had and I can't stand how green and ugly they look so I am going to fill them up.

This card is the 3rd card we made when I was teaching last weekend.

I have started on finishing up my New Rileys as well as the sneak peeks for the Hanna release on July 4th.

I hope to be back with some new Riley cards tomorrow to get you warmed up for the new Hanna release.

Stamps: Butterfly - Stampendous, Sentiment - Impressions Obession
Paper: Bo bunny, regal rose, real red, pretty in pink, gable green
Ink: watercolor crayons to watercolor, palette noir
Accessories: real red grosgrain, SU punches

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mono Dragnonfly Dream

I can't seem to use purple in my card making unless I go with a monochromatic color scheme. What color combos do you use with purples?

This was the 2nd card we made at the stamp class I did in Saskatchewan as well as my stamp club the other night.

It's Friday - Ian is gone until Sunday so I think I am going to do some stamping ... I have to clean my room first tonight so that I can find my supplies. I have some Magnolia stamps that need to be stamped. Plus my new colored Riley's need to find some paper!

Stamps: Dragonfly - Stampendous, Dream - Hampton Art Stamps, Paisley BG - SU
Paper: elegant eggplant, pale plum, perfect plum, whisper white
Ink: Versamagic Dew Drops
Accessories: Orchid ribbon (SU-retired), Prima flowers, Mike's $1.50 bin rhinestones

Thursday, June 26, 2008

For the book lovers

I saw this out in blog land so I wanted to give it a try.

The Big Read" reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
4 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (didn't get it - school read)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple, Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine de St. Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


No strikethroughs as I never say never when it comes to a book!

Matching Card

This card matches the card box or gift box that I showed yesterday.

Just got to get through today and tomorrow and I'm into a 4 day weekend.

Stamps: heart - Paper Inspirations, sentiment - Hampton Art Stamps
Paper: basic black, whisper white, card base PTI stampers select, Imaginisce patterened paper
Ink: Memento black tie
Accessories: Prima flower from Mike's

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Travelling stamper!

It has been a week since I last posted. I'm continuing on with boot camp, fighting through shin splints but I'm managing. I was glad that today was my rest day. I have signed up for 3 days a week again starting on July 14 - next week is our last week. To date I've done 6 workouts so I am halfway there - 2 left this week then Tues, Thurs, Fri next week and July 7th is the last one. One week rest and start again.

This past weekend I travelled to Regina by plane to go with my Mom and stepDad to Rockglen for their annual, Arts in the Park. I taught a stamp class to 10 ladies from the area and then did a scrapbooking demo. If any of those ladies have stopped by my blog - make sure to comment with a hello.

At the class, I made this box using my scor-pal (direction on how to make all sizes of boxes is on the Scor-Pal website - under scor-pal basis) and 4 cards. Cards to follow over the next few days. I prepared for 12 as we started out with 4 in the class that am and I thought if we got 8 then I'd have enough for my Stamp Club last night. Well minutes before we went to start I found out that there were 10 registered. It through me as I wasn't set up properly for 10 but we made do. We finished in just under the allotted 2 hours.

Hope everyone is having a great week. I've hit 25K so there will be blog candy very shortly!

Patterned paper: Imaginisce - black tie optional line, fluer noir
Paper: basic black
Accessories: Prima flower bought at Mike's

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sailing Hippo

Another great week ..... ok maybe that is because I don't work Friday and I'm heading to Saskatchewan on Thursday. I love time with my Mom no matter how short the visit is. This is the last card that I made in the big stampathon when Ian was away at the end of May and it was raining cats and dogs.

Stamps: High Hopes, Simple Things - Paper Trey
Paper: staples 110#, pretty in pink, pretty in pink designer prints, chocolate chip
Ink: chocolate chip, memento, copics
Accessories: Bazzill bling brads, Imaginasce flowers, American Crafts ribbon

Monday, June 16, 2008

Combing challenges!

I have combined the challenges from this past Fridays, Hanna Stamps Challenge (HSC21) which was a sketch challenge hosted by Niki and the challenge from this months Calgals meeting (see who the Calgals on my sidebar) - it was Tracy's turn and she challenged us to Surf and Sun or was it Surf and Sand.

I made 3 cards one for each of the Calgals as I didn't do last months challenge which was our first challenge. So I made a card for each of the girls in hopes they forget that I didn't do the last one.

As you can see the sketch was the same on each card they just used a different Riley stamp from the last release.

I am going to miss it but Hanna Stamps Member Forum is going to be having a Pajama Party at the Members Forum on SCS this Friday, June 20. It will be a great time so don't miss it. I am heading to Saskatchewan for the weekend and am going to be teaching a stamping class and then doing a scrapping/stamping demo in a small town outside of Regina. Hopefully, the weather is good but not too hot as the event is outside and called Arts in the Park.

Stamps: Rileys - Hanna Stamps, Summer sentiment - Hero Arts
Paper: real red, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, Basic Grey Mellow
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Bazzill flower, Doodlebug brad, SU striped ribbon

Friday, June 13, 2008

Baby Elephants

Oh boy, I have to get stamping. I am down to only one card in my stash..... mind you I got some foam board from Mike's yesterday as a backdrop to take pictures of my scrap pages from my class and the trip to the Bloomin' Inn. Good thing I'm stamping tomorrow night with the Calgals.

When I make a baby card - I always make a pink one and a blue one so that I have them on file. The heart says 'baby' in it but its kind of hard to see in the picture. Elephant is from High Hopes.

Stamps: Elephant - High Hopes, Tagger's Dozen - SU
Paper: pretty in pink, DS pretty in pink, bashful blue, DS bashful blue, basic grey, Staples 110# for copics, whisper white (DS from Hostess level package)
Acessories: nestabilities, SU punches, Striped ribbon from Jody's share

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sneaky Cat

Another Magneta kitty! I do love how cute this cat is. I have a couple xmas ones and one from Halloween as well. I was smarter today as I used the scheduler in blogger to get this one up. I've taken today off so I am at home in bed resting with some well deserved sleep after my 5:30 am workout. I hope it is sunny today so I can plant my flowers in my planters as the poor plants are going to die in the garage mind you they might just have died from water outside in the last week.

I am looking forward to getting to the weekend and getting together with the Calgals on Saturday night. Yes girls, I have my challenge done! Tracy challenged us to use the theme surf and sun. I'll post on Sunday or Monday what I made!

Stamps: Cat - Magneta, Simple Thinsg - Paper Trey
Paper: Basic Grey, purely pomegranate, pretty in pink, staples 110# for copics, whisper white for sentiment
Ink: Brilliance graphite, copic markers
Accessories: Doodlebug flower, BG brads, purely pomegrante ribbon

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Kitties

Busy day at work today with meetings all day so I never got a chance to get my post up until now. I ended up going to bed for about 2 1/2 hours when I got home last night as I was physically bagged from all the boot camp. I got up and iced my quads and knees and was back in bed for a good nights sleep. Today was my rest day and when I got up this morning I felt better. Tomorrow I will be back at it at 5:30 am.

My card features my favorite animal .. the cat ...... one thing about all my sleeping is my 15 yo cat loves it! Hope everyone in Calgary - had a great raining day! I'm looking for the silver lining here..... I hear we might see the sun tomorrow ... I forget what it looks like!

Stamps: Cats - Magneta, One of a kind - SU, Simple Things - PTI
Paper: purely pomegranate, close to cocoa, regal rose, Berry Bliss, whisper white, Staples 110# for copics
Ink: Brilliance graphite, purely pomegranate, copic markers
Accessories: boho punch, Mike's ribbon

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Baby on Board

Well its another rainy day in Calgary. This is getting depressing. I hear it should clear by the end of Thursday and be sunny for the weekend? I really hope so. Today, was Day #2 at Boot Camp that I am taking. Nancy - you will be glad to know I haven't puked nor do I feel like puking. I've had a lot of energy. I thought working out at 5:30 am would be the death of me but I am doing good at getting up at 4:30 am, getting over to Silver Springs Community Centre and then taking the train in to shower at work and be sitting at my desk by 7:50. Tomorrow is my rest day as I am doing the 3 day camp hoping to work up to a 5 day camp. Hopefully on Thursday when I return it will be a nice morning so we can be outside without the rain.

I made this card the weekend of my card marathon. The stamps are by High Hopes. I really love their images as they are a blast to color with copics. I'm off to another day of meetings..... hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

Stamps: High Hopes
Paper: certainly celery, chocolate chip, apricot appeal, apricot appeal prints from Level 1 hostess paper pack
Ink: brilliance graphite black, copic markers
Accessories: Bazzill flowers, Bo-bunny brads, Mike's ribbon

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Daisy Love

Another TAC Daisy for you. I colored this one at the same time as the blue daisy but instead went with some pinks.

I made it home from the field on Thursday night. I had yesterday off but was at the house all day while we had an air conditioner installed. Its raining today...... and suppose to rain most of the weekend.

Stamps: Daisy - TAC
Paper: groovy guava, mellow moss, so saffron, BG Lilykate
Ink: palette, prisma pencils and OMS
Accessories: striped grosgrian from Jodi's share, SU rub on sentiment, Heidi Swapp ghost shape, Imaginasce bright lights brad

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I also love cofee ....

Just another quick post as I am on my last day and night out in the field by Cold Lake. We will be leaving here about 10 am tomorrow.

This is another Hanna Stamps set to be released on Friday, June 6th. This one is called Cafe Hanna.

Stamps: Cafe Hanna - Hanna Stamps
Paper: SU and Basic Grey

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I love books ....

and now Hanna does too.

I have been waiting for this set to be released since Kristi told us about the idea. I love books.

Just a quick post as the server out here in the field is so slow.

This set will be released from Hanna Stamps on Friday.

Stamps: Bookworm - Hanna Stamps
Paper: SU and Basic Grey

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lots of Thoughts ....

This post isn't about the SU SAB set but rather a whole bunch of stuff to tell you.

First, I'm scramper - yup I've converted to be both a stamper and scrapper.

Secondly, my weekend at the Bloomin' Inn was amazing. What a great place to spend a weekend and scrapbook. The food is down home country cooking, the air is fresh, the facilities were homey and I had a great time with my friends, Sabrina and Roberta. I managed to get a baby frame done on Friday night (went to bed at 2:30am), 5 double-page wedding layouts plus a title page for my wedding album done (went to bed at 1:00 am) and today I made 2 cards for the Hanna Stamps release on Friday - probably could have done more but after our 8:30 am breakfast I needed more sleep so I could drive us home this afternoon. I am already planning a weekend out there again with my Mom and possibly more people ......... right now I'm thinking the September long weekend but we would be on the wait list for it.

Third, I've gotten another degree! This one was from The Scrap Yard University courtesy of my professor, Christy Riopel! If you haven't seen Christy scrapbook well then you need to check out Monday Night Class. Christy and her partner, Cindy (from the Bloomin' Inn)have a great concept going on.

Fourth, due to my love for Christy and now for Cindy - I am now a Monday Night Class subscriber. The Scrap Pantry is a pick up location so I get my monthly kits sent their for pick-up. I got one this weekend - it is a 4 page layout kit whereas most of the others are 2 page layouts. The designer of this one was Colleen with Stamp-it Australia - Live, Love and Laugh ... see why I got it! I can't show it to you on there site as this one is no longer up there. I guess you'll have to wait until I am finished.

And last but not least, I have 2 cards for the Hanna Stamps release on Friday. There are 3 sets to be released. My first card will be up tomorrow and another one on Thursday. I am sorry that I don't have more but my time was limited and I had to leave this am to go out to the field for the week for work - the field is about 7 hours away so it will be a long week. Watch for my scheduled bloggers posts. I will be reading your comments in my email. Plus if you come visit enough and post enough comments to let me know you were here - I may return with blog candy on Friday!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Daisy Poetry

Last Sunday, I made up a bunch of cards with images I had colored on my desk. I stamped this Daisy from TAC at one of the Calgals meetups a long time ago. I had 2 of them colored but hadn't made them into cards. The image is colored with prismas and odourless mineral spirits.

I'm back from the Bloomin' Inn this afternoon so, I will have to report in how much I got done. I have an early Monday am flight to Edmonton then a 5 hour drive to my field location as I will be spending the whole week at the field office and staying in camp to return late Thursday. It is going to be a long week but my blog will have some Hanna Stamps sneak peeks for the release on Friday.

Stamps: TAC Daisy, senitment - Hero Arts
Paper: basful blue, chocolate chip, whisper white, Basic Grey
Ink: palette noir, momento black tuxedo
Accessories: striped bashful blue ribbon - SU, Doodlebug sugar coated brads