Monday, December 19, 2011

Make Life Easier

Why didn't I think of that?!  We guarantee you'll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes
Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40.

Stop cut apples browning in your child's lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

For those who can't stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers, behind a vanity door

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can find them in just about every hotel.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Wonderland - a Song for Stampers

Thought I would share this song for stampers sang to the tune of Winter Wonderland.

(Winter Wonderland)
Brayers roll...are ya listening?
On the is glistening.
A beautiful sight...we're happy tonight,
Stamping in a winter wonderland.

In the kitchen we can build a snowman.
Then add color to his carrot nose.
You'll say: Are you finished?
I'll say: No ma'am,
I need to add some glitter to the snow.

When we stamp...ain't it thrillin'?
Even when...the powders spilling.
We'll create and we'll play...the art stamper way,
Stamping in a winter wonderland.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Card makes Homepage at ORSA

My card "Christmas Eve at Frostwood Lodge" made the home page at ORSA (Ontario Rubber Stamping Artists Group).
Here is the card and the original post:

A Boxer Christmas

This card was a special request by a fellow vendor last weekend.  Her brother has a boxer dog and her request was that I make my usual Christmas card but put a Boxer dog front and center.  Tell me, did I succeed?

Stamp: Boxer dot (Stamp Gallery, Delouth Minn)
Inks: Images coloured with copic markers
Papers: Early Espresso, Whisper white, Woodland Lodge designer paper, Silver Glimmer paper, Riding Hood Red
Accessories:Oval Frame Scallop die (without the scallop frame), 3/8" Early Espresso quilted satin ribbon, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Portrait of a Dog

I had a lot of fun colouring this dog using watercolor pencils. He reminds me a lot of my "grandpuppy", a cocker spaniel.

Stamp: A Melissa Gordon stamp by Impression Obsession
Inks: Black archival Ink, Watercolor pencils, Early Espresso
Papers:| Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Oval die (SU), Crystal Effects (on nose and eyes), Houndtooth embossing folder, 3/8" Cherry cobbler seam binding, glue dot, stampin dimensional

Joy, Love, Happiness

This family is enjoying a wonderful polar ride.  I can almost hear the wind in their ears, and see the joy on their faces.

Stamps: Image "polar ride" by Stampendous; Sentiment by Inkadinkado
Inks: Black archival ink, SU markers (Real Red, Pacific Blue, Old Olive) Real Red ink by Stampin Up.
Papers: Real Red, Whisper White, Real Red designer paper
Accessories: Snowburst embossing folder, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Baja Breeze glass glitter, Liquid Applique. silver brads, stampin dimensionals

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Dog Cards

A dog lover has requested that I make some Christmas cards and all occasion cards featuring dogs and cats.
This first little puppy looks sad, so is named "Sad Puppy".  The inside sentiment:  "Heard you were having a "Ruff" time.

.The picture is a bit dark, but it features a German shepherd.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Forest Festivities Christmas Tag

Stamps: Forest Festivities, Jolly Bingo Bits
Inks: Real Red, Early Espresso, Markers (Riding Hood Red, Basic black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, Pink Pirouette)
Papers: Crumb Cake, Blossom Berry Bouquet Designer Paper, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Two Tag die, Liquid Applique (non SU), 3/4" circle punch, Neutrals button, white Baker's twine, 1 1/4" Chocolate chip striped grosgrain ribbon tied with Baker's twine, Simply Scored tool, hot glue gun, stampin' dimensionals. Black Stampin writer.

Season of Friendship Christmas Tag

Here is another tag usning another stamp set - Season of Friendship.  I think this is one of my favourites.

Stamp: Season of Friendship
Inks: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Real Red
Papers: Crumb cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, 1 14" Soft suede striped grosgrain ribbon, Baker's twine (Early espresso and White), spritz., Two Tag die

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Designer Grocery List/ Calendar and pen

I will post dimensions in the next couple of days
These make wonder ful Christmas gifts.

Designer Note pad and pen

This has been a very popular item at my Craft Fairs this fall, and I have made several more for the next 3 shows. 
It is a list for groceries, tasks, etc with envelopes or pockets for receipts, stamps, cards, etc all in a beautifully designed portfio.
If any of you are interested in the dimensions of the project write me a comment.

 This is the outside .  I used retired designer paper and various embellishments.

This shows the inside with the cover of the notepad flipped up so you can see the notepad

You can just see the designer pen tucked in the middle.

Snowflake Christmas Tag

This tag features mainly snowflakes

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Winter Post, Contempo Christmas
Inks: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Cherry cobbler, Early espresso marker
Papers: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler,
Accessories: Snowflake punch, dazzling details, antique brad, Chantilly lace crochet, 1/8" Early espresso taffeta ribbon

Monday, October 24, 2011

Young Vermillion Merry Christmas

Although this is a straight forward sketch with Create with Connie & Mary here I had to let it sit for a couple of days before I tackled it.

Stamps: Young Vermillion, Bright Hopes
Inks: Poppy Parade, Basic black, Early expresso, Chocolate Chip markers and a blender pen, Basic black ink, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Papers: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate chip, Whisper White, Holly Berry bouquet designer paper
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Scallop border punch, 1 3/4 by 7/8" oval punch, 1/2" chocolate chip scallop dotted ribbon, 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Perfect Polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals. mini jingle bell, white Baker's twine.
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