Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mini Photo Album

Hello! Today I am sharing a mini photo album I made. I just love pink and brown together, don't you? So for my first mini album, I decided to use one of my favourite colour combos.
For this album, I dug into the archives a bit, pulling out Purely Pomegranate to go with the browns and Pretty in Pink. The dsp on the edge is also an oldie but goody. In fact, I used this to determine my colours-makes it easy on the brain that way! Now normally, I don't like to cut too much (unlike some of my stampin' friends...hey Jacqui!) because it is not one of my strengths, and so cutting all of these flowers took me a lot of time-then I had to sponge the little gaffers! I survived the torture and managed to put the album together though!
I think this is the only time I've used the Build-a-brad (bottom right), but I really do like them-so fun! This album was made so that it could hold 4x6" pictures, because sometimes, you just don't want to cut a favourite picture! In spite of the fact that this album has 5 pages, plus front and back cover, putting the jumbo eyelets in to hold it all together was a cinch-don't you just love the crop-a-dile for that! It saved my fingers-especially after all that cutting!

Well, now I guess I should find some pictures worthy of being inside my pretty little album...

Have a great day!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Kim!

Yesterday, I attended the Stampin' Up Regional Conference in London. It was a great day! I got stamp with my girls: Sandra, Kim and Jacqui. We were having a blast whether we were stamping or listening to one of the many talented presenters. I have my head full of great ideas now, I just have to find the time to put them to use!

Saturday was also our friend Kim's birthday! We tried to get them to announce it on the mike so that the whole room would then sing Happy Birthday to her, but they wouldn't do it. What they did do, however, was come over and sing Happy Birthday to Kim personally during our lunch break. Wasn't that sweet? And what better way to spend your day than stamping! I hope Kim had a terrific birthday-she certainly deserves it!

Here are pictures of Kim doing some serious stamping, and being serenaded by the SU ladies. See how she's smiling? If I'd have sung Happy Birthday to her, the picture would have been a little different-she'd have her fingers in her ears and be hiding under the table! LOL

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Birthday Cards and the 70's...

Hello again! Today's card is quick and simple, and it is "translatable" into either a male or female birthday card! I have a hard time coming up with cards for men and boys, probably because I tend to by stamp sets with flowers and flourishes, and other girly delights. For some reason, guys don't really appreciate flowers and princesses, accented with birds, butterflies and glitter...

This card uses the Wow Flowers stamp set, but that one flower looks more like a cool retro 70's actually reminds me of these tin stars or flower thingys that my mom had hung in our basement when I was little. My grandma had them too, now that I think of it. They kind of looked like they were made from pop cans, but they were store bought decor...I wonder if one of them bought some for the any rate, even as a five-year-old, I recognized these as some strange kind of decor pieces, but of course I'm sure one day my girls will be asking me what I was thinking when I used (fill in the blank here) to decorate our house. At which point I will defer to my hubby since he buys most of the accents for our house, and I'll tell my girls lovingly that it is their dad, not me, with the wacky taste. I was just quietly stamping in the basement, not decorating with wacky pieces, I'll say...

Any way, my point here, is the one stamp doesn't really look like a flower which is why I think it works for a man's card. Ok, so I threw a gem in the centre of the card, but you could certainly remove it or not use it if you think it would offend the male receiving the card. You don't want to offend anyone on their birthday, of course. But you can see how using more masculine colours could "man up" this card, and make it acceptable for the man in your life.

These cards measure 4" x 4", which is a perfect size to fit all of the circles with just a hint of room to spare around the edges. I like using different sizes of cards, just to change things up a bit, and to challenge myself. Using this basic template, imagine all the different images you could use around the sentiment. It wouldn't even have to be something that fit perfectly inside the 1 1/4" circle punch...the possibilities are endless!

Ok, I think I've said enough for now. I will let you go (to stamp!) here, but I'll be back soon with more creations.

Have a great day!