Saturday, October 18, 2008

Catching up...

OK, time to catch up on recent challenges... LOL! This one is for yesterday's Limited Supplies challenge - we had to limit ourselves to one design of DP, one ribbon and one eyelet, and feature the colour blue (any shade). I went with the same DP as my earlier card, basically because it was still on my table LOL! Plus, I have a schwackload of it to use up. And yes, the Christmas theme continues! :o) This time I used my only current non-hostess Christmas set, Season of Joy.
What do you think?
OH! And the puter troubles we were having the last few weeks? Turns out our router was dead. Thankfully, we had another one, and after spending almost 2 hours (and $39.99) with Linksys tech support, we finally got our connection working again!! So it wasn't our ISP after all...

Happy Stampin'!



Has it really been that long since I last posted?!? Wow. Yes, I suppose life has been a little crazy around here the last couple of weeks. Training the week before and flying solo at home, Thanksgiving last weekend (in Montreal), work road trip for two days this week, kids' activities, cast party last night (YAY!)... NO TIME TO STAMP - EEK! So I'm warming myself back up again with Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. Not sure I am 100% pleased with this card, but I did get a box of new goodies this week (yes, another one! ;o) ) so I had to break some of them out.
The DP is from the Holiday Mini, it's called Frosty Day. And the stamp is from the Deer Friends hostess set. I am doing a workshop next Saturday and need to design some projects. I may tweak this one a bit and use it, I don't know yet... The hostess wants a Christmas theme and would like snowmen. This is the only current snowman stamp I own, however, so I may need to improvise (punches?) or borrow LOL! The lil snowman's face was coloured in with blender pens and Bashful Blue reinker. I had intended to use more Tangerine Tango than I did - maybe that's the splash of bold colour this card needs? Hmm... will have to play with it some more.
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


It's official. Cogeco (our ISP) sucks arse. I have been working since last night to try and get the stoopid connection to work, only to be told today that they are fully aware of the fact that the network in our area has reached its capacity, but the work to rectify this is not scheduled to be done until THE END OF THE YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR!! And we pay HOW MUCH money for this 'service'?!? Ugh. Time to find another ISP methinks.
I spent over an hour last night trying to upload my Colour Challenge card, only to keep getting timed out. And then this morning and most of this afternoon, I couldn't even get on the internet at all!! Talk about feeling cut off from civilization!! LOL! Anyway. Here is my card:
The challenge colours were Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss. Not a colour combo that I would have come up with myself, but I do like it - very fall-like at any rate. I got a schwackload of new goodies yesterday, so I broke out my new Pocket Silhouettes stamp set, as well as my new Kiwi Kiss designer prints paper and striped grosgrain ribbon. And see the scalloped oval mat for my main panel? It's actually two scallop circles that I offset and stuck together. Please, please - save your applause for my aria ;o)

OK, hopefully this time I am able to upload the $#**$&#* card... (but I'm not bitter...)

Happy Stampin'!


ETA: Since it seems to be working tonight, here is my Sketch Challenge card, too.

The main panel was done on watercolour paper, and coloured using Watercolour Watercolour Crayons (coloured onto the paper and blended out with aquapainters). The striped background was done by colouring the Classic Stripes background stamp with markers and stamping it (onto Very Vanilla c/s).

Thanks for looking! :o)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

WHOA! Triple challenge!

Making up for lost time here today ;o) Decided to start with Beate's weekend sketch challenge, and then when I saw that her sample was a double-challenge, decided HEY! that's a good idea. Then when I was trying to figure out what embellies to use, I remembered Friday's Limited Supplies challenge (no embellies of any kind) and decided to leave it with no embellishments, and make it a triple-threat card. Oh yeah.I love this quote! LOL! Kind of sums me up, which is probably why :o) And crustacean acrobatics are always goofy... The crab is paper-pieced (which means, I stamped it on designer paper and cut him out) and his eyeballs were coloured in with my white gel pen, whereas the shrimp is coloured with a blender pen and Pumpkin Pie ink.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! The boys are bugging me to go to the skateboard park this afternoon. Guess that means I need to shower...

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I like this gig

This working-in-town thing definitely has its advantages - TWO MORNINGS IN A ROW that I've been able to put in some stampin' before I have to go to work! WOOHOO! LOL! Ah but not having to live in the same town as one's social work clients has its advantages too... *sigh*
Anyway. This is for today's Sketch Challenge on SCS. I decided to go somewhat monochromatic for this one, with Kiwi Kiss (of course!) and a splash of Basic Gray. The stamp is from Text & Texture - these are double-mounted stamps, with the background on one side of the block, and the bold sentiment on the other side. I really like this set but rarely break it out. The DP is from the Urban Garden collection. And I saw this kind of button/ribbon treatment on a card by the very talented Jenn Balcer - I just loved how she used ribbon to thread her buttons!! I didn't know if I would be able to squeeze the taffeta ribbon through this button but I did it! Doesn't it look cool? And I like how it brings together the two colours of this card :o)

Not sure who the recipient of this card will be yet. And actually, I'm amassing quite the stash of cards - maybe I'll gift them to teachers for the holidays LOL!

Happy Stampin'!