Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cardmaking Day #5 - Is Christmas Just Around the Corner?!

Yesterday was another cardmaking day for Jen and I.  This time we tackled our Christmas cards, which may seem a bit weird considering it's only May, but I think this is the only way I'll get handmade cards made for the occasion.  I know if I wait closer to the actual season I'll never get them done.

So I'm happy to say that all of my Christmas cards are ready!  Luckily for me, I only send out a few so it wasn't too hard to finish them all in one sitting, compared to Jen who has about 60 to make and will be at it a while longer!

And here they are:

The inspiration for the majority of these cards was taken from this Paper Crafts magazine:

Next week we're planning on making cards (yes, more cards!) to be donated to a seniors' residence and then we'll probably move onto something different after that.  I'm starting to feel like I've made enough cards for a while!  Poor Jen had visions of us using up all her scraps in the process but the reality of it is that it really doesn't take much paper to make a card.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Struttin' Proud" - Sketch #120 from The Scrappiest

We had so many giggles over this pair of cowboy boots last year in Banff!  As Rob, Jen and I were walking down Banff Avenue we noticed this man moving along ahead of us, so obviously proud of the boots he was wearing.  His jeans were tucked in so that the boots were on full display and he was STRUTTING!  It was very amusing to watch and he was turning heads for sure.  One cheeky teenager even dared to do an imitation after the "cowboy" had passed by him. 

At the time, Jen and I were taking daily photos for our Project 365 layouts (which, by the way, I have not worked on in over four months!) and we commented that it would be great to have a shot of those boots.  Rob immediately went into stealth mode.  Holding the camera down low, he followed the man as he walked into a shop, and was able to get this great photo from the doorway.

It's obvious that the cowboy wanted his spiffy boots to be noticed, but I'm sure he'd never imagine the impression that they made on Jen and I! LOL

I used this week's sketch from The Scrappiest - #120:

I could never figure out what papers to use to scrap this photo but after looking at the Counterfeit Kit that I put together this month, I knew right away that I'd found the perfect mix of papers!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cardmaking Day #4

#4 already?? Time sure goes by quickly!  Jen and I were at it again yesterday - browsing through magazines, digging through the scraps, creating some fun cards and having a few laughs at the same time. 

I especially like the cupcake birthday card I made.  I used the Cricut to make the cupcakes.  It always feels good to create something with that machine!  I'm not a big fan of Stickles but I do own a couple of bottles and it was the perfect touch to add a bit of sparkle to the icing!

I still need to add the finishing touch to the anniversary card below by adding a "50" to the front for my parents upcoming 50th wedding anniversary.  I haven't yet decided whether to cut the numbers with the Cricut or to look for something gold and glitzy at the LSS.   Less than two months now until the anniversary and then Jen and I will be able to do a full reveal of the album we made so be watching for that in July as we have something fun planned for our followers!

As usual, the designs I used for my cards come from various Paper Crafts magazines, but I mostly used this one this week.  It has a really nice variety of cards for 5 different types of occasions although many of the cards can be adapted to suit any occasion.

I've now made most of the cards I'll be needing up until the end of this year so next week we tackle our Christmas cards.  Christmas in May?  Why not?  Last night I was singing "Let It Snow".  I have to be prepared for Jen's onslaught of carol humming next week!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pioneer Women & Potatoes

I'm still using my Counterfeit Kit to scrap my vacation photos from last year when I came out west to visit Jen and Rob before our family moved here.  We visited Fort Edmonton Park, one of Jen's favourite places to go.  This is a heritage park that takes you back in time as you walk the different streets representing four periods in history from 1846 to 1929.

Jen and I like to think we would have enjoyed living in simpler times, being pioneer women, but in reality I'm not sure how well we would make out in such a life!  How would we blog??  I love this photo that Robert took of us.  It really was a fun day and we plan on going back for another visit this summer.

I used this sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches:

And now on to the "Potatoes" part of this post.  My son, Matthew, likes to cook.  The only problem is that he doesn't like to follow recipes.  He thinks that improvising and substituting demonstrate some sort of super "chefness" but it usually just results in an end product that noboby wants to eat.  Several of his creations spring to mind - Rosemary Sweet Potatoes with waaaay too much rosemary, guacamole with a skewed avacado-tomato ratio, and his own original recipe for salad dressing that contained a hint of cinnamon.  Yum!

Yesterday Matthew decided to make Potato Bisque.  In addition to the ingredients called for, he grabbed the thyme and basil just because he likes those herbs.  Now maybe the bisque would have tasted fine with these additions, but I like potato soup a lot and I really wanted to have a bowl of it that tasted like it was meant to be, so once again I suggested that he follow the recipe and for whatever reason he decided to listen to me!

He made a wonderful potato bisque with only one minor incident when the milk boiled over (and I mean ALL OVER) resulting in a 20 minute clean-up.  I told him that I had to blog about his soup so that I'd have this memory of his journey to "super chefness"!   I'm sure even the great chefs of the world started out following recipes.  :-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Just 2 Elk" - Sketch #119 from The Scrappiest

I accomplished three things by doing this layout:

1) I did the weekly sketch challenge at The Scrappiest
2) I used some of the kit I put together inspired by The Counterfeit Kit Challenge
3) I'm finally scrapping some of my vacation photos from last summer!

Can't complain about any of that!  And I'm really happy with the layout - my counterfeit kit seemed to contain lots of pink and red which I don't normally use very much, so I wasn't sure how the kit would work for me but so far I've managed to use the reverse side of several of the papers and avoid the red and pink!

And here's this week's sketch posted at The Scrappiest which was a lot of fun to work with:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cardmaking Day #3

It was another successful day of cardmaking today with Jen!  We've really gotten into this weekly routine and are cranking out our cards quite nicely.  And this week, for the first time, Jen was totally relaxed while she created hers because she's realized that the easiest way to make a card is just to find one you like in a magazine and basically copy it!  After all, that's why cardmaking magazines are published, right?  Works for me because I'm not nearly creative enough to come up with my own designs!

I decided to focus on making thank-you cards today so I'll have a little supply on hand when I need them.  Here are my creations:

The inspiration for most of these cards came from this Paper Crafts Card Creations magazine:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge for May

Once again it's time to put together another counterfeit kit and I have looked so forward to this day since finishing up my April kit!  Lots of pinks and reds in this one - not colours that I typically use together - so it should be interesting to see the layouts I create.

This is the inspiration kit from Work In Progress Kits:

As luck would have it (or just the plain and simple fact that I have a lot of "stuff" in my stash!), I actually had five of the kit papers so I included these and just needed to find five more to replace the remaining papers.  This made the whole process go a lot faster this time around.  I know I've added waaaay too many tags and embellishments but once I get started it's hard to know when to stop!  This time I decided not to include cardstock or kraft paper in my kit and will just pull what I need as I do my layouts.

Here's what I came up with:

The papers I used are:

Jillibean Soup - Grandmas Christmas Soup - Pinch Christmas Cheer
Basic Grey - Life of the Party - How You've Grown
Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer - Fruit Stand
Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer - Summer Fun
My Mind's Eye - Garden Party - Lush Blooms Lollipop Dots
Scenic Route - Sonoma - Claudia Drive
Basic Grey - Life of the Party - Confetti Cake
October Afternoon - Report Card - Bus Route
Jillibean Soup - Minestrone - Elbow Macaroni
Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer - Neighborhood Pool

This kit has such a fun, summery feel to it.  I'm hoping I'll be able to get some of my vacation photos from last year scrapped so I can finish up that album before this summer rolls around.

If you haven't yet tried putting together one of these kits I'd really recommend it if you're looking for a fun way to use up some of your stash.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cardmaking - Part 2

It was another fun day of cardmaking for Jen and I today.  We used up some more paper scraps in the process but I honestly think we could make cards for years and not run out!  All of my cards are inspired by Paper Crafts magazine. 

Here are my creations:

Within the next few weeks I should be on to making my Christmas cards! LOL  After that we'll focus on making card sets to give as gifts or to charity.  I'm so glad we have these creative days together!  I have a hard time motivating myself to make cards when I'm on my own but it's so much fun doing it with someone else and being able to motivate and help each other.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Weekend

This was a fun weekend!!  I got to celebrate my birthday with my sister for the first time in I-don't-know-how-many years!  We went out for dinner on Friday night and had a great meal and lots of laughs.  In addition to being spoiled with that Echo Park "For the Record" paper pack (which I mentioned in an earlier post) and a gift certificate to my favourite LSS, Jen and Rob also gave me these flowers. How gorgeous are these?!!

Yesterday morning Richard treated me to a shopping trip at the LSS to pick out some supplies.  He even came into the store with me and carried my basket around while I browsed!  That's a birthday gift in itself.  After spending over an hour in the store I came away with this great little hoard of stuff:

We visited with my parents too and spent some time geocaching this afternoon - a totally fun-filled birthday weekend and one that I will definitely remember - although I have to admit that I do feel a tad spoiled!

Until next time...
Susan :-)