Friday, December 31, 2010

Here we come, 2011

We hope that 2011 will be kind to us.
We hope that 2011 will be kind to our family and friends.
We hope that 2011 will offer up good health, happiness and time to enjoy them.
Happy New Year to all!

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Snowflake white), Jillibean Soup kraft paper, printed paper, journaling sprouts, canvas stars, twine and corrugated alphas, Queen & Co. pearls, Sizzix/Stampin' Up! snowflake border die, Helmar layering tape, other: sewing machine and thread.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day box...get it? Boxing Day? Box?

Yeah. I know. It's corny.
Here's a festive box that I made for our front hallway table. Inside the box is a dollar store LED closet light. It does not produce any heat so it beats a tea light in this case.
If you would like detailed instructions on how to make this little beauty, be sure to drop by the Core'dinations blog.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Abracadabra Black Magic), Maya Road chipboard houses and rubons, Sizzix/Basic Grey embossing folder, Uniball white pen, Helmar layering tape, Making Memories sanding block and paint, Michael's kraft take out box, other: LED closet light and vellum.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last minute Christmas tag idea, anyone?

Here's a Christmas tag that I made using some leftover bits from sheets of corrugated alphas by Jillibean Soup. I love corrugated alphas...a lot. Here's the sets that you'll need...tell Santa!

I used the pop outs from two "e"s for Rudolph's teeth, and a pop out oval for his nose and additional little circles for the holly berries.
I then used this FREE dingbat for the head but had to add in his neck and lower jaw with a black marker.
Cute, ain't he?

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (French Roast brown), Jillibean Soup kraft paper, printed paper, corrugated alphas and twine, Helmar layering tape, EK Success letter stamps, Tsukineko ink, Quickutz holly die, Sizzix branch die (for antlers), We R' Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile (hole punch), Font: Mason, Dingbat: Beestings, other: black marker.

Head's up, Buttercup! Over on the Jillibean Soup blog today, Jill posted a bit of a teaser for the new winter CHA release. Mmmm....

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Core'dinations card...and Christmas giveaway!

Alright, if you haven't been there yet or even if you have, check out the Core'dinations blog today, tomorrow and Friday for the last three days of their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. They are giving away a prize every day...every day! They are also showing some pretty great techniques using Core'dinations cardstock. Prepare to be inspired!
Today I have a card that I made using my wavy Fiskars' paper crimper. Yeah, baby...old school! Put that together with WhiteWash cardstock (Cellar Door in this case) by Core'dinations and you've got yourself a pretty sweet wintery snowscape ( that a real word?).
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Snowflake Core Essentials, Cellar Door WhiteWash and Ruby Vintage), Fiskars wavy paper crimper, Stampin' Up!/Sizzix snowflake border die, Pebbles Inc. rubon, Helmar layering tape, Making Memories sanding block, other: sewing machine and thread.

Monday, December 20, 2010

O' Christmas card, O' Christmas card... lovely that you're finished!
This year I sent out 85+ Christmas cards. I ended up with two versions as I ran out of supplies for card #1. The cards were designed to fit in a #10 business envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2"). I found 100 of those envelopes at my local Len's Mills store for under $7 and they looked a lot like kraft paper. I would strongly suggest investing in an address stamp. Last year I had one made at a UPS store here in Woodstock for about $30. It's saves A LOT of handwriting and, the fact that it's self-inking, means I will have it for many, many more years to come.
Reminder: If you haven't checked out the giveaways over on the Core'dinations blog you should go there now!

Version #1 Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Core Impressions - Jillibean Soup and Vintage), Jillibean Soup kraft paper, printed paper, corrugated shape, and twine, Unity Stamp Co. stamp (Jillibean Soup collection), Fiskars border punch, Tsukineko ink, EK Success perforator (to create ink stitches), Making Memories sanding block, We R' Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile (hole punch) and Helmar layering tape.

Version #2 Supplies: Jillibean Soup kraft paper and printed paper, Unity Stamp Company stamps (Jillibean Soup Collection), Tsukineko ink, other: sewing machine and thread.

Inside Supplies: Jillibean Soup kraft paper and Font: Mason.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Alright, it's not really a chicken dinner but the "Random Number Generator" thingy gave me this result from the Scrapbook & Cards Today/PageMaps calendar contest:

True Random Number Generator
Result: 1

That makes the winner:
Denise said...
How cool that you are in it. That's huge! I'd love to one! PageMaps rocks! My wish list is new markers. Mine are pretty old and I could use some new ones.
December 3, 2010 8:17 AM

Denise, please drop me a quick email ( with your mailing address ASAP.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A perfect pet gift

Looking for a quick and easy present for that furry four-legged friend in your family? Check out my step-by-step instructions on the Jillibean Soup blog today (Tuesday, December 14) on how to make your own designer Jillibean Soup leash and collar.

Supplies: Jillibean Soup printed twill, canvas flower, Cool Bean button, and twine, other: nylon webbing, leash and collar hardware, sewing machine and thread.

Also, if you haven't yet, be sure to drop by the Core'dinations blog this week. AMAZING giveaways each day!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rockin' Christmas card

Just a quick reminder to drop by the Core'dinations blog ASAP! You may still be able to catch the tail end of the Graphic 45/Core'dinations blog hop AND you will find out about something exciting starting on Monday, December 13 on the Core'dinations blog. Run...don't walk!
Here's a card that I made using some Graphic 45 papers and the new Graphic 45 Core Impressions Collection by Core'dinations:
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Core Impressions - Graphic 45 Collection), Graphic 45 patterned paper, Jillibean Soup kraft paper, Quickutz diecut fashion doll, Tsukineko ink, My Sentiments Exactly stamp, Making Memories sanding block, other: sewing machine and thread.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lots o' layouts

Today I have two layouts that I can now share. The first is of my husband and his "bucket list". The second is of our new dog, Sorella. She is the August layout in the new Scrapbook & Cards Today/PageMaps 2011 calendar. If you'd like to win a free copy of this calendar (filled with great sketches and amazing layouts) be sure to check out my posting on December 3.
Have a great weekend! My Christmas cards are just about done (only 82 this year) and I will be posting them soon.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Jillibean Soup - Core Impressions), Jillibean Soup patterned paper, kraft paper, cardstock stickers, cardstock letter stickers, Stampin' Up! binder punch, Making Memories sanding block, Helmar layering tape, Font: Impact, other: sewing machine and thread.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper, Sugar Picks pins, corrugated alphas, cardstock stickers, Journaling Sprouts, kraft paper, Hero Arts stamp, Tsukineko ink (VersaMark), Helmar layering tape, Stampin' Up! border punch, Creative Memories circle cutter, Making Memories sanding block, Font: Mason.

Friday, December 3, 2010

SCT winter issue - and giveaway reminder

I forgot to mention this morning that the winter 2010 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today got released today. It is available at your local scrapbooking store or on-line for free!
Here's some projects of mine that appear in the winter issue:

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup kraft paper and printed grid paper, Fiskars Everywhere Punch (circle) and bird punch, Sizzix branch die, We R' Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Uniball white pen, Helmar layering tape and Making Memories sanding block.

This layout of mine was also published in the winter issue as a reminder of the next issue...SPRING 2011! I love the idea of looking forward to spring at this point of the year.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas, Technique Tuesday stamps, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Tsukineko ink, Helmar layering tape and Making Memories sanding block.

If you scroll down you will also find that I am offering a giveaway of the 2011 SCT/PageMaps calendar.

SCT - PageMaps Calendar GIVEAWAY!

The 2011 SCT-PageMaps Sketch Calendar is here! I am very honoured to have been asked to be a part of this calendar. I created the August layout, based on a PageMaps sketch, using Jillibean Soup and Core'dinations cardstock. Be sure to read to the end of this posting to find out how you can win a copy of this calendar by Friday, December 17th.

From the beautiful design to the stunning artwork, from the techniques to the bonus sketches, from the sponsors that provided the designers with great product to the wonderful practicality of the calendar itself—SCT and PageMaps are thrilled to share it with you! This limited edition calendar will be on your bookshelf long after 2011 has come and gone with its 26 never-before-seen PageMaps sketches that will keep you inspired for some time (including CardMaps, too!). This calendar makes a great gift, too! Order by December 14th to ensure your copies arrive in time for gift giving.
And the best part? A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 2011 SCT-PageMaps Sketch Calendar will be donated to both Canadian and American breast cancer research charities!

Wanna win a copy of this great calendar?
Simply leave your answer to the question below on this blog posting before 12pm EST on Friday, December 17th and you are in to win!
Question: What's on your scrapbooking/cardmaking wish list for this festive season?