Archive for March, 2008

A little of this and that…

Posted by Catherine on March 30, 2008

…so I think I would say that my ban was quite good! For crafting anyway, I have no idea what I’m going to do about cleaning!

I saw this on the boards on someone’s signature:
“I understand the concepts of cooking and cleaning,
just not how they apply to me.”

BWAHAHAHAHA, so true! Anyway, not too much chit-chat at the moment since I’ve got a lot to show you! Please forgive the ugly pictures as I was very excited to post…


I did this first to get started. I had to make a card for my parents for their 26th wedding anniversary. I was a TINY bit irritated with the smudge my fingers got on the front of the card. That’s stamping for you. Can’t be too careful!

I used black cardstock and embossed white cardstock with…oh darn, I forget the name and I’m too lazy to get up and find out. Sorry, I know you know the name of it anyway. Let’s see…I used my brand new Scor-it to make the horizontal lines and some metal monogram brads (dollar store, of course!) with my parents initials. A paper flower and a little mini brad for the center. I didn’t have any colours to go with the scheme I wanted, so I was able to try out this new technique that I saw in my one of my idea books.

I rubbed the brad in my embossing pad and then dipped it in my embossing powder (I wanted a little silver brad). I used my heat gun to melt it and did this several times until I had a nice thick coating! Look at me go!

I also did a few just simple little note cards as well. I used some textured cardstock I got from the dollar store – okay, NOT so fab purchase as Bazzil cardstock I know I could get for like, $0.65 each or something. The stupid sign fooled me and I thought it was 2 for $1 and by the time I was checking out and the girl said it wasn’t, I had already formed a bond with the paper.

So those are my cards for the weekend! I was also able to do a couple layouts as well!

I won’t even lie, these are what took up most of my scrapping time. For a while, I pretty much sat staring at the wall trying to come up with something. For me, I think I have to work first with the photos I want and then the paper and then embellishments. I have to start out with those things first before anything really starts to take form. So here we go:

I only had one sheet of this and I knew I wanted to use this as the border and the mats behind the picture, so I cut out the middle and ended up with this:

I had also found this really nice vellum paper in my stash and tore it up to put it on top of my patterned paper. Just gave a nice two-tone thing with the layout – made it less confusing after I put the stickers and other embellishments on. There’s also some rub-ons as well.

The other thing I’ve got to get is some adhesive for vellum. I was SO mad that the adhesive I used showed through on the vellum I used on both layouts. I know Creative Memories has a good one, any other suggestions?

And one more! I have to be honest, this one was a half done one from a couple months ago. Ever have one of those times where you’re working on something and then get stuck? I left it and I came back to it again yesterday and this was the end result!

Okay, one more card. I wanted to save this for last as I worked the hardest on this one…

When I showed it to The Mister, I had used plain lavender cardstock and he said that even though the flower was extravagant enough, it looked kind of plain and I agreed. I cut the flower out of the old card and re-did it using embossed cardstock instead. I used the YOU Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Saw something like this on Katie’s blog and just had to do something like it. Thanks Katie for your wonderful blog!

So that’s it! The fruits of my ban – thanks for coming to look! I may have to enforce another ban – this time, just to get the house clean!

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I’m jumping!

Posted by Catherine on March 28, 2008

…on the ban-wagon!

Please let me be quick to say that it’s not the shopping ban (HAHAHA, don’t want to hold myself back in case something fabulous comes up!) that I’m going on.

As of 4:30 PM EST today, I will be going on a ban from The Board! Yes, I said it! (Gasp if you must…)

I am behind on pretty much everything else except for The Board and the enabling that has been going on over there. Since started this whole new, and in-depth adventure into the Cricut world, I went from having nothing to pretty much almost everything in less than one month. What have I done with all the new things? Pretty much next to nothing! What does my house look like? Pretty much like a hurricane hit it!

The ban is self-imposed (although I am starting to feel a slight animosity towards the boards from The Mister) and I will be lifting it at 8:30 PM EST Sunday evening. I have made myself accountable by telling all the sisters (and the random brothers out there) on The Board that once my ban is over, I will be posting pictures of my clean house and all the layouts and cards that I was able to make in the plentiful amount of time I had while staying away from The Board.

So, hopefully this will work and I’ll be able to stay strong enough not to wander over there and get sucked back in! I am very much hoping to post some actual work of mine after this weekend is over!

This way I can’t just be known as all shop and no cre-a(c)tion!

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Palm-ful of pretty…

Posted by Catherine on March 26, 2008

…I have no idea what my problem is.

I feel like I’m so all over the place with my scrapping. Probably because I haven’t done much at all to tell you the truth. I’m getting a bit frustrated as I spent the better part of today blog-hopping and there are some SERIOUS blogs with some SERIOUS layout/creating action going on.

I want to have stuff to post too besides the stuff I’m getting in the mail (although can I just say how freaking AWESOME it is to be getting stuff in the mail – it’s been a good mail-week).

I HEART you Marti! That’s ALL 24 (is it 24?) of the Series 10 Studio G stamps, plus they came with the cute acrylic mounting blocks and a pen! (I also love pens for some reason…)

Just looking at all these stamps made me want to throw them up in the air a la Demi Moore in that movie where she was rolling around in money…but again, like my paper, I like my stamps un-rolled on…

Maybe I’m more intimidated by all the stuff I am now surrounded with moreso than all the creative ladies I’ve found myself in the company of (world wide web speaking…)

I go into my room and sit down and just look at everything and I’m just so overwhelmed…that I don’t know where to start!

Today I went to the dollar store to buy these small re-sealable baggies (mostly used for the jewelery making but they were 100 for $1 so I grabbed a pack). Yesterday when I was playing with my DS, the extra little scraps that weren’t part of my cut were all perfectly good circles (I had also made diamond ones too) that I couldn’t bear to throw out, so now I have baggies of die-cut shapes that I can use for something else! No paper is wasted!

I punched a hole in the top part of the bag and have them hanging on my cork board. I LOVE how the girls from The Board have got me repurposing stuff and maximizing my storage space!

Anyways, this is what I ended up making today:

Just a bunch of little magnets. I had seen someone do these for wedding giveaways, but they actually used half marbles or something. Slightly larger than what I have here with a smoother finish at the bottom. I came across a WHOLE bag of these at the dollar store (there’s about 50 – 75 of them) and I also bought a 2-pack of photo magnets. I basically just glued the marble on top of the picture and the magnet to the back of the picture. I don’t think the magnets are strong enough, so I’m probably going to have to get some stronger ones. I have these up on my fridge now and I think it’s using all it’s little-magnet strength just to hold itself up!

I’m going to hang them at work tomorrow! Oh well, even though I didn’t scrap, can’t say I didn’t make ANYTHING.

More cards on the way soon though, I have to put my stamps to good use!


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Confession #4

Posted by Catherine on March 25, 2008

…I could no longer keep going as I was going with confession #2, was it?

Anyway, the one where I had NO clean clothes left and I had to wear bathing suit bottoms…

I finally tore myself away from the scraproom enough to gather everything and haul it all into the laundry room.

There’s been a basket of clean clothes sitting beside my chair in my scraproom since yesterday, waiting to be folded.

Non-wrinkled clothes are overrated anyway.

…now if I could just get my hands on that Tobi…


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Confession #3

Posted by Catherine on March 25, 2008

…I’m turning into a major cutter.

Not the bloody, painful, self-inflicted kind though, if that’s what you’re thinking.

I’ve gotten very close to my Cricut because of Design Studio and I’m going to be a master at this out of sheer stubborness.

My very FIRST cut file!


I’d like to say, even though it may pretty much amount to nothing, that I think it’s absolutely weird that I can’t weld inside a circle. What’s up with that?

And the finished product:

Smack me for being too lazy to edit any of these pictures before I uploaded them. I’m too busy getting my cut on to edit right now!

Now I’m excited to get my own copy of DS (and the mouse – doing all this on the laptop fingerpad is starting to get on my nerves!)

For anyone interested, you can download the .cut file here: Bubbles


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