Thursday, August 25, 2011

PTI Make it Monday 29 - freestyle colouring

Well, here is another make it monday challenge - freestyle copic colouring. I did a card and a set of tags, and as over at a passion for papertrey the challenge is anything goes, for there as well.

The card is super quick and simple, and apparently will work for a guy as it got my hubbies "male friendly" seal of approval.

I used up some more of my precious cool carribean retired SU cardstock for a mat, and on the main large front panel, stamped the paper airplane from the happy trails PTI set, and a nice greeting. I coloured the plane with a matching copic in quick strokes continuing out the back of the plane.

Kinda like the vapour trail.


Still love how it turned out!

Next was a bit of a different take on the challenge. There is a kids show called art attack on the Disney channel here, and one of the art projects it showed once was colouring with dots......... so I figured "why not?!"

I did these super cute little birthday gift tags using the PTI cupcake collection set. For the colouring I used 4 different colours of pink copic markers, and just did a largish cluster of dots. I then stamped the cupcake frosting outline ontop, then added glitter to the outline, and again around the white mat of the tag. Super cute and fun.

Hope you enjoy!


August 2011 PTI Blog Hop card

Well, hello!

Been a bit of a break this past week, with family in town visiting, but managed to secure some time in the craft room to do a few cards, one of them for the PTI August Blog Hop. And as at a passion for papertrey is anything goes, for there as well.

Using the wonderful inspiration photo, I was drawn to the idea of a picnic, which made me think of the PTI set Little Lady.

I also used the little flourish stamp from the mat stack 2 collection to stamp onto some cream satin ribbon with red stazon ink to recreate the look of the ribbon in the inspiration photo. Love how it turned out!

Hope you enjoyed!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

For the Boys challenge card

Well, over at A Passion for Papertrey, they are having a challenge "for the boys" - to create a card for the guys.

I had been playing with the PTI Iconic Images for the PTI Make it Monday challenge (you can see that card here), and had an idea rattling around on how to use the set for a boys card, so figured I would give it a go.

I think it turned out really nice! I used nice bright colours of ink and cardstock from Stampin'Up - Pacific point, so saffron, wild wasabi - to keep it fresh and boy like.

I cut coloured strips of CS in different widths, then played with them until I got a look I liked, and stamped the image across the top of the strips of paper. The greeting I stamped in basic black.

Love how it turned out!


PTI Make It Monday 28

Well, here we are with another PTI MIM challenge card.

I am in the process of cleaning and organizing my crafting space. I managed to get in several hours yesterday, and had room on my desk to craft, so rewarded myself with making two cards, one for the PTI MIM 28 challenge.

Very simple and elegant card, and I really love how it turned out.

I used the iconic images set as I really wanted to play with it. It is so diverse in what you can do with it. Check out my other post to see a fun boys card I made using this set.

I ruffled some of the lush Stampin'Up seam binding in baja breeze, which goes really well with the PTI patterned paper I found for the bottom. Inks used are SU Baja Breeze, pear pizzazz and Soft Sky. I used some dazzling diamonds glitter around the top edge of the die from the sending you die set.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PTI Make it Monday 27

Colouring ribbon with copics.

I must admit, I love to do this, and am always looking for interesting white ribbons that I can colour with my copic or tria markers.

So, here is some of the fun I have been having with this challenge.

The first card is one I did for my brothers birthday. He loves guitars (owns several) and does not do "girly" at all. Which usually means no ribbon, but I figured this lovely ribbon that I striped in colours to match the card will pass.

Supplies: PTI sets You Rock and Grunge Me. Ink and card from Stampin'Up! in sahara sand, old olive and not quite navy. Copics and tria markers to match the cardstock as close as I could get with my very small collection.

Next, I dug out one of the fun ribbons I have been hording for a while. It is a satin ribbon that has been laser cut into a flower pattern. I coloured the flowers with my copics, a light and medium lilac and a light and medium pink. The bookmarks are made using the PTI bookmark die, and some simple stamping in basic black using the PTI set All Booked Up.

This final card was done to use up a little scrap of the striped ribbon from my brothers card. Could not let it go to waste. The sail boat stamp is from Stampin'Up! I am thinking I will have to send this as a belated birthday card to my step-dad. He loves sailing. I also coloured the sails white using some white craft ink, and then went over the stamped image with a very fine black ink marker to bring the detail in the sails back.

Hope you have enjoyed!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Thousands of coasters.....

A while back, I did a HUGE share for some thin mat board coasters. There were square and round ones.

I have known for a while what I wanted to do with the round ones - actually use them as coasters!!


Of course, they would need to be stamped, inked and coloured in different fashions, but they would live their lives as coasters.

But, if you are like me...... it is the keeping track of things in my house that can be a challenge..... so I needed something to keep the coasters in. After much searching for something that would work on the web for me to buy, it hit me one day while making lunch........ the containers of Laughing Cow cheese! They are round, will hold about a dozen coasters, and are the perfect size!

So, here are my first few sets:

The above one was done using the Stampin'Up! set Elements of Style, while the one below is Contempo Christmas.

And this final one is done using Growing Green, and I made it up for a good friend. I hope she likes :)

The only special thing I did was to paint the laughing cow container white first, and then covered the edge with some washi tape, but you can easily glue ribbon, or even stamped on regular masking tape.

The coasters have been covered with some clear sticky back plastic - the stuff you can pick up in stationary shops for covering books.

The large scallop circle on top is using the SU sizzix scallop circle die - it fits PERFECT!!

I hope you enjoy :)


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Some miss you cards for family

Well, these cards were based on the PTI blog hop inspiration photo. Sadly, I did not find the download cable in time to link in on the blog hop, so here they are instead.

The sets I used are Round & Around PTI Anniversary set and mat stack 3 set. Very simple, the border and butterfly are cut out of PTI Felt. I stamped the miss you in memento black ink.

I sent one to my mom, and one to my sister. I hope they like.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

PTI challenge - a bit late!

A few weeks ago, PTI Make it Monday challenge was dry brushing. I made this beautiful card below, then for the life of me, could not find the download cable for my camera to actually be able to post the photo!

But, here it is, better late than never!

I must confess, I did not have a stipple brush, so I had to get creative - so dug out the old toothbrush from under the kitchen sink (they are great for cleaning tile grout!) and also great for dry brushing!

I inked up my toothbrush by pressing it into my not quite navy inkpad, and dragging it along the apricot appeal card from top to bottom. Really love the effect!

I stamped the image into a die cut mat stack 3 shape, and then coloured with my SU markers (apricot appeal and wild wasabi). I stamped a strip of wild wasabi with the flower image in vintage cream (PTI) ink and the greeting in night of navy ink. Folded it to create a banner and trimmed the ends.

Drew a border around the inside of the matstack shape to give it a bit more deffinition so it did not appear to float on the page too much.

Decided it needed some sparkle, so added some random SU rhinestones near the bottom right of the card.


Very simple, and very striking. Loving the colour combo!


YOF: mini set (PTI)
CS: very vanilla, apricot appeal, not quite navy, wild wasabi (all SU)
ink: basic black (SU) vintage snow craft ink (PTI)
Basic black, apricot appeal and wild wasabi markers (SU)
Rhinestones (SU)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cigarette Mini Album

Yep - you read that right - a cigarette mini album........

The little plastic box the album is in is for those old fashioned cigarette cards - the collectable ones that used to come in cigarette packs.

I came accross some of the plastic card boxes in my travels, and thought "I can do something with these" so grabbed some.

Here is the first project with them........... a mini album.

The album is 2.75" x 1.5" and is an accordion fold style.

I used some of the wonderful springtime vintage DSP in the SU mini catalogue, and took a 12" long strip cut to 2.75" wide and scored it every 1.5" and accordion folded it up. I attached two of these strips together to get the full length of the album.

I then took some basic staples address labels, (the 16 per sheet ones) as they were the perfect width, and trimmed the length down so they were just a hair shy of 2.75" and placed a label on every second panel of the album.

For the photos, I dug out my Polaroid POGO printer and printed off my photos. These photos are printed on photo stickers and are 3"x2" so I had to trim them down a bit to fit.

As they were photo stickers, I just peeled off the back once trimmed and stuck them down. Next was to do the journalling with the soft suede marker from Stampin'Up! and tie a bit of some lush Rose Red seam binding ribbon around the front. I punched out a label with the decorative label punch, attached and wrote the important info onto the label, and voila!

It has now been all packaged up and sent of to my mom back in Canada as a little memory of her time with her two granddaughters this spring. Something to tuck in her purse and look at whenever she is missing Kayleigh or Paige.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Some quick and simple projects

Well, here are two super quick and simple projects I did over the weekend. The first is a little coin holder for when your little one loses her tooth. You can put the coin into the plastic envelope and pop it under their pillow in exchange for the tooth. Much cuter than just a single coin that can easily get lost. Besides, it is "official"! I did colour the crown yellow and the dress pink, but it got really washed out in the photo.

Yes, I know Kayleigh is only 2.5 years old, and I am quite a ways from being able to use this, but still......... had the stamp, had to be made!!

This second quick project was just because I wanted to play with my new big shot. So, I stacked up about 30 little squares of printer paper and one square of some of the gorgeous greenhouse gala DSP and sent it all through the bigshot at once. Can I just say - LOVE THIS MACHINE!!

For the covers, I put some hard plastic report covers through, then punched a hole through it all with my crop-a-dial, and put a large jump ring through to hold it all together in a little note book. Some baja breeze seam binding to finish it off, along with a little thank-you stamped in stazon. Would make for a great little gift for someone, and took about 5 minutes to make.


Toothfairy stamp (SU!)
Basic black ink
Plastic coin collectors wallet

Butterflies BS Die
Big Shot
Baja Breeze ribbon
Greenhouse Gala DSP
Stazon ink
Just Believe set (SU)
Plastic report cover

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PTI Make it Monday 25

Well, I have finally managed to find the cable for my camera, so can post a bunch of my recent projects - yeah!!!

Here is the one I did for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge #25 - colouring with white ink.

I started with some plum pudding cardstock (PTI) and some wild wasabi (SU) for the leaves. I then sponged on a bunch of white ink, and stamped the large flower and the leaves from the PTI set delightful dahlia in a dark brown ink.

After cutting them out by hand (the dies are still MIA in my craft room) I realized that you could not really tell that I had coloured the cardstock with the white ink.

So, out came my copic markers in plum and a wasabi colour to highlight where the shadows would be. Still not looking like I coloured it with white ink, so I raided my hubbies sketching pencil case for one of those hard paper pointing smudgey tools (you know what I am talking about..... right?!?!) and using that I applied some more white ink to create some white highlights for the tips of the petals.

Was finally happy with it, so added some scrunched up plum satin ribbon, and adhered my leaves and flower. Finally stamped my greeting, and a small sprinkling of glitter to highlight the centre of the flower.

Simple, and I am quite happy with the end result, despite the interesting journey to get to it :)


Delightful Dahlias Set (PTI)
Plum pudding CS and ribbon (PTI)
Wild wasabi CS and ink (SU)
Early espresso ink (SU)
Whisper white CS (SU)
Lilac glitter (unknown)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birthday cards, take four!

Well, here it is, the last birthday card from a recent class I did. This one was for a girl, young or young at heart.

I started with a whisper white base, and added some lovely making memories lilac and light aqua striped paper along the bottom. The focal point is cut in lilac paper using a papertrey ink die, then a strip of white paper with the greeting stamped in a light aqua colour along the bottom. The circular floral image has been stamped in the same light aqua ink onto white paper, then punched and matted onto some light aqua paper that has again been punched and finally matted onto a white punched circle before being adhered to the lilac focal image. I tied the dotted organza ribbon around the card, then adhered the focal bit up on some dimensionals.

As a funny side note here, keep your dimensionals out of the hands of a 2 year old sticker addict - voice of experience here, and half a sheet of dimensionals later........... well........... at least she had fun!


Cardstock from SU:
Whisper white
Lovely lilac
Cool carribean

Patterned paper: making memories

Stamps sets from SU:
Just believe
Party this way

Cool carribean from SU.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Papertrey Ink Day - playing from home!

Well, today is another papertrey ink day where a bunch of us PTI fans get together and swap projects and such. Sadly, I was not able to make it in person, so am playing from home today.

Here is the project I did up for everyone - a super cute 6x6 scrapbook page.

I am really loving the colours used - baja breeze, pear pizzaz, crumb cake and some whisper white. Now, I was planning on putting a picture of Dave in here when I designed it, but for those playing from home, you can easily girlie it up by adding some glitter - perhaps outline some of the stars with a fine line of 2way glue and some dazzling diamonds glitter. Oh, and a note, when assembling this, I designed it to have a bit of a gap between the green and blue layers, but dont worry, this gap is covered by the starry circle border :)


Cardstock from SU:
Crumb Cake
Pear Pizzaz
Baja Breeze
Whisper White

Ink from SU:
Pear Pizzaz
Baja Breeze

Stamps from PTI:
Boy basics: simple circles
Wonderful Words Additions

Dies from PTI:
Simple circles border die
Wonderful Words die

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthday cards, take three!

Here is the third birthday card from a recent class I did. This one is for all those men in our life. My guy is into photography and stereo gear, but I dont have any of those themed stamps (I see a shopping trip in my near future to fill a hole in my stamps!) so I went to an old faithful that will serve me for my brothers upcoming birthday - beer!

This is a "peek-a-boo window" style card, and once you get them figured out, they are simple to do, and have that bit of a "wow" factor to them.

I started with my blue layer, and randomly stamped the beer mug in early espresso ink, then coloured it in using copics (newest addiction!). I then punched my window into the bottom right corner of my blue layer, and holding it in place, traced around the inside of the punched out window onto my vanilla card base. I then punched the tag shape from my vanilla card base. I then adhered my blue layer to my vanilla base with a square of acetate between the two layers where my punched window is. I stamped my greeting onto this using black staz-on.

I then punched a large early espresso tag, and a small blue tag, and stamped my beer mug onto the blue tag, and coloured it in again with my copics, this time adding lots of shading and white foam with a white gel pen. I positioned it behind my window, and adhered to the inside of the card.

Nice plain looking card, but still eye catching without the use of glitter or ribbon, which I have been informed by hubby is not very "manly" on guy cards. Oh well, good thing I have a daughter and two nieces!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Birthday cards, take two!

Well, next up is this cute cupcake birthday card for a cute little girl - or girl at heart!

I cut the shapes using the Papertrey Ink cupcake card die. I have used a vanilla card base, SU shimmer white paper, and a retired SU pink patterned paper for the wrapper.

A cute greeting from Unity Stamp Co that says "go ahead wish" and a nice simple spotty organza bow to finish it off. Super cute and clean - which cant be said for real cupcakes, well, at least not the way my little one devours them!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Birthday card for a little boy

Well, recently I did a card class with the theme of birthday cards. Here is the card we did for little boys, although given my little girls recent obsession with trains, it will work well for anyone I suspect.

I used the Papertrey Ink set Train Tracks and the matching die. I will also confess, the entire card is very much inspired by Maile Bells card using this set. I struggle with little boy themed things (daughter and 2 nieces - give me a break!) and needed something quick, colourful and simple for the ladies in the class to make, and this fit the ticket!

Quite colourful, which is always a challenge for me. I used SU whisper white, pacific point and crumb cake, and retired past SU in colours of cranberry crisp and morning marigold. I coloured the cut out train using some assorted copic markers after I stamped it in an early espresso ink colour.

Now I just need a cute little nephew to give this card to! Hint hint to my sister or brother!!!


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Colour Coach Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to my little corner of the world wide web! I hope you have enjoyed your journey so far, and left a little bit of love for Ericas projects before coming here.

I have two projects up for your viewing pleasure on your journey.

My chosen colour combo is from the Rich Razzleberry card - rich razzleberry, pretty in pink, and early espresso.

First up, is a super sweet and simple card using one of my all time favourite sets - just believe. I have started with an early espresso card base, and put a layer of rich razzleberry and topped it off with some pretty in pink that I have cut with the wonderful top note die. I coloured the stamp with early espresso and rich razzleberry markers and stamped, then stamped the greeting beside.

To finish it off, I used some wide striped chocochip ribbon and some taffeta pretty in pink ribbon to tie a simple knot at the top of the card.

Quick, simple, and a super sweet little thank you card.

Next up is a 6x6 scrapbook page.

Working with an early espresso base, I added a strip of pretty in pink CS at the bottom that I have stamped with the scattered heart stamp from the confetti set in rich razzleberry. I stamped the swirly butterfly in rich razzleberry onto pretty in pink CS, punched, and added some rhinestones to sparkle them up.

I added a layer of ruffled pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, then matted my photo in rich razzleberry and popped it on top. The greeting is stamped in razzleberry, punched and matted.

I wanted the butterflies to keep some depth to their wings once the page was in the album, so I put popdots under the wings, and some sticky strip to the body before adhering to the page. This keeps the "body" down, and the "wings" puffy, so more fluttery like.

I hope you have enjoyed this stop of the colour coach tour. Next up is Vicky!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Some more cards

Well, it has been a very long time since I have posted in general, and a crafty project in particular.

So, here we go.........

First up, a nice wedding themed card I did for a friend getting married this summer. The heart is a retired SU SAB set, and the background is a SU spotted floral stamp, again retired.

A nice simple brayered background and some crayon resist technique as well. The stamp images are all Lavinia stamps. I used elegant eggplant to brayer the background, and crayon resist to keep the wings white, as well as the toadstool a lighter colour before ironing on several layers to darken the sky, and the ground. The ground was brayered lots, with some torn paper over the sky to make the mountain effect.

A super cute and simple scrapbook page for Kayleighs scrapbook. Must work at getting more done - am about 18 months behind! Yikes. So, more simple it is going forward. This one I used some coloured flower rub-ons and the ruffled ribbon is a retired SU one. The title is stamped using Stampin'Up alphabet stamps.

A cute little button finishes it off. Simple and sweet - just like her!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Canadian Butter Tarts

OK - this is another uniquely Canadian recipe. There are several minor variations to it, but it is basically all the same.

I make mini bit sized ones using my mini tart pan from Pampered Chef because I can buy the pre-made pastry block from the store, cut it up into 48 little bits, and using the PC tart thing, make my tart shells in no time flat.

To make the filling, here is a quick and easy version that requires no pre-cooking. There are other versions that require you to pre-cook the filling, but it is a bit time consuming, so I cheat.


1 cup brown sugar (light muscavado)
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 beaten egg
1tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk

Melt the butter, add the brown sugar, add the pre-beaten egg then the rest of the filling ingredients (I use a large glass measuring cup) and mix well.

Spoon into your tart shells so they are about a third full.

Bake at 375c for 20-25 minutes, or until it is bubbly and the pastry is a nice golden colour.

Let cool and try not to eat them all at once!

You should get 4 dozen mini ones with this recipe.

Nuts & Bolts snack mix

OK - we grew up with these as kids. At halloween we would pretend they were monster bits.

2 cups each of: shreddies, cheerios, pretzles
1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts (optional)

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
to taste: celery salt, garlic powder, onion salt, paprika

Melt the butter, add the worcestershire sauce and spices. Mix well.

In a large metal roasting dish, mix the dry cereal. Pour over the flavouring, and stir well.

Roast in the oven at the lowest temp (about 75-100F) for several hours, stirring about every 30 minutes until the shreddies are crunchie again.

Stores well in a large ziplock bag.

Cinnamon Pinwheel Cookies

OK - here is another family favourite. I remember making these with my Grandma on the farm when I was so small even standing on a kitchen chair I was barely tall enough to mix it up in the bowl.

2 cups flour
2 tbsp white sugar
4tsp baking powder
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
125ml milk (approx - depends on room humidity)

Butter, light brown sugar (light muscavado), cinnamon

Mix the sugar, oil and egg together in a bowl. Add the baking powder and mix. Then add in half the the flour and mix well. Finally alternating between the remaining flower and milk, add it in until you get a dough. You will need to use your hands to mix it.

Roll out on a floured surface so it forms a rectangle, about 1cm thick.

Spread butter over the dough surface, sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon. Then, starting along the long edge, roll the dough up until you have a log. Cut the log into finger width cookies, and place flat on a cookies sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coconut Oatmeal Drop Cookies

OK - this is currently Kayleighs favourite cookie.

250ml white sugar
65ml milk
50ml coco
50ml butter
pinch of salt
1ml vanilla (so just a few drops)
375ml oatmeal
50ml shredded coconut

Mix all but the oatmeal and coconut in a medium saucepan, and melt the butter. Once melted, on low-med heat, bring to a boil while stirring, and let boil for about 2 minutes for it to reach what is known as "soft ball" stage.

Add the coconut and oatmeal to the pot, mix well, and spoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let set in the fridge, then remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.