Saturday, December 01, 2007

Wanna see the other page???

Of course I made 2!!! I just can't help it! I'm very excited to have this set done for Sarah's will likely spend some time on my wall first so everyone can enjoy it (well, whoever comes to my studio at least!) But I know she will delighted to see it entered into her album!!!

Page 2 is very simple...but I think the message is clear...those were some of Sarah's party guests at her 3rd Birthday Party (it was also Sean's 1st Birthday Party). The second page is pretty much the same as the first...with a few less embellishments.

Scrapbooking Saturday!

Well, I am a day early getting this up (or 6 days just depends on how you look at it!) I had a LOT of fun doing this layout...I admit, I'm a bit of a hoarder!!! This is the first Designer Paper I bought from Stampin' Up and it has long since retired so it's nice to use some of it up on this project!

The sketch was once again inspired by Pencil Lines (go check it out for lots of great ideas!)

So here's the scoop!
I used Stampin' Up! Loves Me DP and the co-ordinating ribbons (I just love the chocolate chip one!) I added in a bit of Close to Cocoa, Whisper White and Taken With Teal for accents. The letters and flowers are all courtesy of my new Cricut Expressions (Thanks Mom!) I used the Schoolbook Plaintin Font and Accents and Elements Cartridges for the flowers. I created the scallopped edge by glueing a number of punched circles onto a piece of cardstock and using that as a template to cut my border out.
I have been having loads of fun scrapbooking again! Pencil Lines has been such an inspiration to me!!!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Stampin Up! November Promotions!

I will leave this at the top of my Blog in November as a reminder.

There are three great promotions for November!! They are as follows;
  • First of all, in recognition of the Canadian $$, Stampin' Up! has decided to offer FREE SHIPPING to Canadians for any order over $100!
  • Designer Papers on Sale! Buy 3 get 1 FREE in November!!! Check them out beginning on page 170 of your Fall/Winter Catalogue.
  • The Holiday Glitz Card Kit is still available so put your order in now while it is still in stock!

Please contact me if you are interesting in any of these promotions!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cake anyone?

Well, after much drama and fanfare...I managed to bake and decorate a cake that my husband absolutely LOVED...I think if I made him this cake every year he would be thrilled to bits!!! He is such a HUGE VW fan...he hates to see any other cars in our driveway (of course my company vehicle is anything but VW so he deals with it!)

I am not very good with buttercream frosting (I much prefer to work with fondant) so that is why there was much drama around this one!

DH seemed to enjoy his relaxing day at home...our living room is almost ready to be painted he was just doing some finishing touches on the trim yesterday.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

It's got to be 2 pages!

Well, I just posted one page to complete a Sketch Challenge on Pencil Lines but I can't do 'just' one page so here it 2 is still in the works but you get the idea...

I have 2 frames in my Workshop that my DH painted and hung for me to display some of my work. One of those frames is still empty (they've been there for more than a month now) so he was very excited to see me Scrappin' (as he affectionately calls it) and immeadiately asked if they would be posted! So sweet!

I need to get the pictures printed for real and finish the second page before they go up but I am very thrilled with these layouts!


Scrapbooking Sunday!

***Edited***I just had to make a few changes to the page...I am loving it!!!

Well, I wish I could say I will have the chance to do this every Sunday but it sure was fun to do something that I wanted to do today!!! So here it is my first page inspired by Pencil Lines!! I just have to finish it's companion page...

Paper: Creepy Crawly DP, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Cricut, Dazzling Diamonds!, Glue Pen, Ribbon (DH saved this one from a gift he received!)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Snowflake Tutorial

Well, I can't take credit for the design but I have yet to see an actual tutorial for this one so I put one together to share how we made the snowflakes on our gift cards last night...I just love it!!!

Here goes;

Supplies Required:
Paper: Whisper White, Vellum
Accessories: 2-Way Glue, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, snips

Step One:
Punch Whisper White with Small Tag Punch

Step Two:
Use Large Tag Punch to create a frame. Repeat Steps One and Two 7 times (create 8 frames)

Step Three
Glue 4 frames on vellum creating a cross with glue pen.

Step Four:
Layer second set of frames on the first set using glue pen. You may find it easier to create a template with 4 dark frames on light paper to ensure you get the second layer centred correctly.
Step Five:
Cut the bottoms off of the frames to create your snowflake.

Step Five:
Finish cutting out the Snowflake.
Step Six:
Place on desired project.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gift Card Class

Well, I had my first Creative Adults Card Class tonight...I am hoping to offer a monthly techniques class in the new year for the same group of ladies...they made my day today! I hope I made theirs with these cards!!!

The first card we did had some *BLING* to it! It had vellum, sparkles and a rhinestone brad! Such fun! The large snowflake was created using the small and large Tag Punches...I will try to put together a tutorial this weekend. I do love this card! The bottom flap is secured so that a gift card or certificate can be placed inside the card.

Paper: Wintergreen, Glossy White, Winter White, Vellum
Accessories: Large & Small Tag Punches, Snowblossom Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain, Corner Rounder Punch

I think this one is SUPER sweet! Thank you JanTink for the great Blossom inspiration! Of course I added my own special flair but I do love her work! Thank you for your inspiration Jan!!!
Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Purely Pomegranite, Wild Wasabie, Apricot Appeal, Cutie Pie Designer Paper
Accessories: Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon, SU! Buttons, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Packing Tape

This is the sedate card of the bunch...the ladies loved it as much as the others though! Cambria Turnbow has a great tutorial on how to make this giftcard's not for the folding impaired but is so fun! It looks really great when the opposite sides of the designer paper contrast!

Stamps: A Tree for All Seasons, Warm Words, Snow Burst
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Basic Black
Paper: Wintergreen, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Accessories: Blue Bayou Stitched Grosgrain, Slot Punch, Scallop Punch, Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch


Saturday, November 10, 2007

And They're Off!!!

The kids are so excited! For their cousin's birthday they are going to his house for a sleepover! So, in my quest to make my nephew his birthday card I just couldn't wrap my head around the right stamp set for him (there are so few great boy sets!) so I gave up on the stamping and went for paper piecing instead. Here is what I came up with...

Both my nephew and my son LOVE Cars and Lightening McQueen is of course the all time favourite car so I grabbed a colouring book, copied the best picture I could find (in this case it was coloured purple!) and copied it and enlarged it to create a template.

I hope he likes it!

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: Unigel Signo Pen, Ziggy Paint Pen, Red, Black and Blue Markers, My Xyon saved the day for sure!


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Super Grover, Super Dad!!!

I must say this is one of my favourite photos from our family vacation back in June! We went to Sesame Place in PA and the kids loved it!!!

So, to create this page (it's one of my favourites!) I used the t-shirt folding technique but decreased the paper size to 2.5x4 to make it fit on my 6x6 page. I love the belt too! I was so impressed with how perfectly the hodge podge hardware worked and the perfect size!

Paper: Creative License - Simply Scrappin' Kit, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Hodge Podge Hardware, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Unigel Signo Gel Pen, Popdots


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

It's All Wrapped Up!

Well, I know a lot of people didn't want to buy the wrapping paper but my mom and I just couldn't help ourselves!!! I am honestly looking forward to a tree with co-ordinating presents under it and I have been having some fun with the wrapping paper too! This is January's page...

I love the bashful and chocolate together! I think it's scrumptious!
Stamps: Snow Burst, Cold Play
Ink: Versa Mark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White and Blizzard Wrapping Paper
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Ribbon, Holograph Embossing Powder, Scallop and Circle Punches

Monday, November 05, 2007

Calendar Update

Oohh! First I should tell you that I have added a link to an Events Calendar, you will see it in the sidebar so if you are looking for classes to attend or inspiration at a Crop/Open Stamp Night Check it out! I have started booking into the New Year for all of those that are keen to get Creative in 2008!

Now, I shared a number of pages with you earlier but they were jammed together and it was hard to take it all in so I will share some of the pages with you individually now!

Since we are heading into the chillier weather, let's start with November...I had a little inspiration for this one...

I got the template for the Snowman Seeds on Katydidcreations she has some great templates! Then, I couldn't figure out what to do with the Wintergreen paper...I know it's so nice but I was absolutely stumped! So, I did a search and came up with Valerie's Card and it inspired the layout (my mother always taught me to give credit where it is due!) Thank you Katy and Valerie for your inspiration!

Stamps: Cold Play, Canvas Background
Paper: Wintergreen, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Only Orange, Soft Sky
Accessories: SnowBlossom Punch, glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, brad

Now for have seen a similar card to this if you have looked in some of my older entries (I love using cards as inspiration for my scrapbooking!)

You can find the tutorial to create this amazing tree on Stamp Your Heart Out and remember, our Designer Papers are on sale in November so if you see anything you like, let me know!
Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Certainly Celery
Paper: Glorious Green, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Prints, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Snowflake Brad

Creative Update!

I know, I have been MIA lately...there has been so much going on! I am hoping to have more to share with you in the coming weeks as I prepare for my upcoming Gift Card Class on November 14th and start getting ready for Birthday Season (we have a lot of birthdays in November and December!) and then the Holidays! For now I will share with you some old and some new calendar pages from my workshop on the weekend...

As you can see, I have been busy...some of these are already featured on my blog while others are new...I will try to add them over time...if there is anything in particular you might like to hear more about just let me know and I will do my best to get a photo and supply list up!


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Baby!!!

Well, we had a birthday party to attend for a very special 1 I spent a little extra time on the card (not sure if I will do this one again!) But here it is...

And the inside...

This is my first attempt at a pop-up was pretty intense...I wouldn't make it for just anyone!!! But I knew the mother of this baby would enjoy it!

Stamps: Pretty Princess
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranite, Old Olive, Summer Sun
Paper: Cutie Pie Designer Paper, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranite, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Purely Pomegranite Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Flower Punch, Half Pearls from the Pretties Kit

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Finally, we are off to see the Wizard!

because, because, because...of all the wonderful things he does!!! I have been sew busy getting the kids' costumes together that I just haven't had time to blog lately...this is such a busy time of year for us! Tonnes of parties and costume creation and then there is the here is what I have been up to the last few weeks;

Don't they look great? So here we are all together...

And some of the fabulous Tricks and Treats we had...

I don't know what it is about Hallowe'en but I have always loved it!!!

Happy Hallowe'en Everyone!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Mail...Happy Thoughts!!!

A great friend has just undergone surgery and even though I have known it was coming for weeks, I did not start her 'feel better' card until the day of her surgery...then of course it's taken me about a week to get it right...(can't visit her right now as she is halfway across the country!)

So, finally...I think I've got it right...I'm excited to have a card in the mail for her at the very least! Check it out...

I love experimenting with different shapes and sizes...I must ap0ligize though as I was cheating on Stampin Up!'s that new's just too cute!

Here is the inside...

Stamps: Wheel Thing, Loads of Love, Basic Full of Love
Ink: Pink Passion, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Basic Black
Paper: K&Company DP, Taken with Teal, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop, Circle Punch, Giga Scallop, Mega Circle, Crop-a-Dile, Slot Punch, Slit Punch, Ribbon, Stampin Pastels

Well, what can I say...sometimes simplicity is overrated!!!


Friday, October 05, 2007

Scaredy Cat!

I know I have neglected you this week but things were pretty crazy! I had some catching up on family fun to do! So, I had a beautifully quiet afternoon of working at home (DH took the kids out since it was a PD Day) and I managed to multitask and complete Beate's Sketch Challenge early this weekend! I am so pleased! And the kids are looking forward to making a couple more to use for invitations for our upcoming Hallowe'en Party!

Stamps: Haunting Hallowe'en
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Creepy Crawly, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Circle cutter, Ticket Punch, Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Markers, Aqua Painters, Stampin' Pastels, Hodgepodge Hardware, Gold and Black Markers
Techniques: Paper Piecing and Paper Piercing

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Celebrate Life

The workshops were great yesterday! Everyone seemed to enjoy the class and love my workshop! I needed a quick card for later this week so I thought I would share it with you. It is to celebrate the life of a beautiful woman who lost her battle with breast cancer after over 5 years. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

We wish them all the best...

Stamps: Happy Harmony, Warmest Regards
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Accessories: Giga Scallop Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Ribbon
Techniques: Masking


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Christmas Cards Vol V

This is a short volume but I just couldn't help myself...I have my 30 cards for $30 at 2pm so this has got to be quick!!!

I saw the tutorial for this card on Beate's Blog and just had to try it because it's just TOO cute! Imagine, you could use this to share a picture or a recipe...the possibilities are endless! Check it out!

How cute is that?!? Thank Beate for sharing!

Stamps: A Tree for all Seasons, Snow Burst
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Sky
Paper: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Celebration Wrapping Paper, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Aqua Painters, 5/8" Real Red Ribbon, Making Memories Buckle, Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch


Retired Motifs

Don't get excited! No stamp sets have retired...just my father-in-law! We went to see him in all of his glory last night (I should have taken a photo!) I did manage to get a photo of his card (I took it in the car on the way to the party! Thank you Liv for the beautiful backdrop!

Well, I have to admit, this one was well worth the Father-in-law was very impressed! I just love it when I get a card right!

Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Background, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Tab Punch

It looks like it might be time to do another tutorial...that way I can share with you how I made the medallion!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

One happy stamper!

Hello Everyone!

Well, I went to and asked for a number and it came up with the number, I counted and it seems that Latisha is our big winner! Thank you so much for all of the attention! You have all made me a very happy stamper!!! I especially love that some of you are coming back to see what I have been getting into!

I hate to put up a post and not have a photo to I thought I would take some photos of my workshop to share. I believe this is the cleanest this it has been (DH is in the middle of doing some work so there are some tools on one of my tables)...I don't usually use that type of hammer on my cards!!! We are still working on the room and will be for the next several months but for now this will do. Anyway, I must get back to preparing for this weekend's workshop!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hello, my name is Heather and I am an addict...

Well, I know I am not the first and won't be the last but sometimes I just can't help myself! Buttercup's homework this weekend was to create a treasure box...well initially I wanted to do a paper box (out of cardstock with a template)...DH said no...

We have some boxes from our move hanging so we were going to decorate one of those...well, we found a smallish box but the thought of decorating it made me sad...I knew it just wouldn't make the cut (well, my cut at least!)

The next thing I knew I spied DH's empty coffee can in the recycling (the large tin)...I don't know what came over me but it spoke to me! So, here is Buttercup's challenge! She choose the papers, stamps and embellishments (even the ink colour)...we had a great time! Buttercup can't wait for her day to show her treasure box!!!

So, here's the scoop!

Stamps: Doodle Alphabet
Ink: Pink Passion
Paper: K&Company (yes, from the same's just too fun!), Whisper White, Pink Passion
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Stickers, ric rak, Fiskars Circle Cutter and mat

Step 1
Cut 12x12 paper in half, glue to can (there will be a gap you can cover this with ribbon or another colour of paper - I recommend that you do this at the bottom so it doesn't interfere with the lid)

Step 2
Use your Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the can if you want a handle on the can (this makes a great drum now too!!!)

Step 3
Glue ribbon and other embellishments on tin (we used stickers from Michaels' and ribbon I had from some sewing projects)

Step 4
Cut second piece of paper into a 5" circle (I used a Fiskars circle cutter) and glue to the centre of the lid to cover the writing.

Step 5
Decorate your lid as desired. Buttercup loved stamping her name and glueing it all together...poor girl was worried about not centering the paper.

Step 6
Stop right there mom! This is not your project...but if it was, I would fill it with something fun...I will share some ideas with you later on (after Buttercup's special day) but for now it's filled with some of her small dolls to share with her friends at school.

Step 7
Find the right support group...because at this rate I am going to be doing homework soon!!!


Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Bloggin' Gift for a Lucky Guest!

It's been busy here lately! I spent the day with a HUGE crowd of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators at our Regional Meeting in Hamilton! This gave us the opportunity to swap, mingle and learn some great new ideas and techniques to share! I was very excited to meet Vicky a fellow blogger in person! I have to admit, I felt a bit like I was meeting a celebrity!

Such fun! This was one of my favourite Make & Takes...the really cool part is that it has a cute little pocket inside...but we will save that for another day!

I just wanted to share some eye candy with you and remind you that there are only a few days left to win that BLOG CANDY!!! The best part is that I wanted to celebrate hitting 1,000 hits and here I am not a week later up to more than 1,300 hits! I am so, so, so excited!!! (Helps me justify this time spent to my DH!!!)


Friday, September 21, 2007

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Well, we are just headed out the door to go to a birthday party of a longtime friend of mine! I am so excited! I managed to create this card for her today (hope she likes, no...loves it!)

I am usually an exclusive Stampin' Up Girl but when I saw the BIG box of K & Company Papers at my local Costco, I just couldn't resist the urge! So, here's the scoop... first of all, this is a CASE from Sharon Johnson over at No Time to Stamp...go check it out...she's got simplicity down pat!

Ink: Black Stazon, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Stamps: Blooming with Happiness
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, K & Company Designer Paper Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, Slot Punch, Chocolate Chip Ribbon

I think the best part is the actual gift (I am giving her my "Girlfriends' Card Kit") which I hope she is going love!

We are OFF!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Calendar Cutie?

I told you I had been busy...I created this last night too but just didn't get to posting it. I decided to use a sketch from Pencil Lines for inspiration and came up with this using Sketch #49.

This wasn't the picture I was originally intending on using, in fact Granny is covering some of my embellishments but I hate to show Scrapbooking without photos...I want you to see how the pages look with photos in them. Now imagine your photo there!

Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Cutie Pie, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Certainly Celery Ribbon


My Inspired Garden

All of your responses have been quite motivating to me! I just love the attention (who doesn't?) So, as a result, I have spent my evening stamping (well, creating really...)! You see I forgot to tell you, Mr Brown appeared at my doorstep this afternoon! So rather than share with you the actual products he brought, I thought I would share one of my creations instead (this was CASEd directly from the Stampin Up wrapper)!

So here it is...I know I have used this photo before but what can I say...there is nothing like a Mother's love! Anyway, this is another page for my upcoming calendar class on November 4th. Register now, space is limited!

Supplies Used;
Paper: Secret Garden SS
Accessories: Chocolate Chip, Scallop Punch

It's as simple as that! Ready to buy the kit yet?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

E-mail Updates!

I am so, so, so excited! As part of my celebration I have added the Feedblitz Application. This means that you can have any posts I do e-mailed to you at the end of each day! So go ahead, what are you waiting for? Sign up!


Thank Blog for my Readers!

Well, I am very impressed! I really only launched the Creative Bug Blog a few months ago and am so pleased to see that I am up to over 1,000 hits! I know that's small time for some great bloggers out there but we all have to start somewhere!

So, I am delighted to announce that I am going to have some great blog candy for one lucky, lucky participant! It is not finalized yet but there are for sure going to be some great papers from K & Company, accompanied by some Stampin Up! Inspiration Sheets. I would like to add some Card Candy to this (fun embellishments created by moi!) but we will see if time permits!

Now, in return for this fun opportunity, I would ask that you, (my beloved readers!), leave me a comment and tell me your favourite post so far or something you would like to see in an upcoming post. I will randomly draw a number next Tuesday afternoon so be sure to post by the end of the day Monday or early Tuesday morning!

Any questions?


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Criss Cross Paper-Saving Tutorial

5 1/2" x 12" Cardstock for your card base
5 1/4" x 3 3/4" Peice of patterned paper
5" x 4" Cardstock for insert
4 3/4" x 3 3/4" Neutral cardstock for insert
1 1/2" x 9" Coloured cardstock for card band
More paper for accents
Spiral Punch


Step 1
Score 5 1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock at 3 7/8" and 8 1/8"

Step 2
Cut scored piece diagonally from center top to the outside bottom on both outside panels (see photos below)

Step 3
Cut patterned paper in half diagonallyStep 4
Glue patterned paper to the card front. I used doubled sided patterned paper and used a piece from either side.

Step 5
Add sticky strip to the bottom of the middle panel, as well as the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card.

Tape the card base together and set aside.

Step 6
Take the neutral cardstock for the insert and use the spiral punch on the left side of the paper

Step 7
Glue together

Step 8
Stamp and embellish your insert

Step 9
Score 1 1/2" x 9 1/4" piece of coloured cardstock at 2 1/2" and 6 3/4". Use sticky strip on one end to tape band together.

Step 10
Embellish your band and add to your card base.

Le Voila! The card is complete and ready for mailing!