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Eggcellent treats…

Posted by Catherine on March 30, 2009

…wow, how awful and corny was that pun? *LOL*  But yes, I took it there! 

Can I just say that I had a fabulous weekend!?  I did absolutely NOTHING and it.was.GREAT!  For someone who’s got pretty much every weekend booked from now until July, I relished every second of doing nothing.  I sat in my comfy chair, reclined at full tilt with a really soft microfleece blanket covering my tootsies, with Chewy cuddled beside me and my laptop on my lap and Twlight playing on the flatscreen.  It does NOT get any better than that! *swoons*

…and now it’s Monday…*wrinkles nose*  You know what they say though, all good things must come to an end.  But you know what they also say, when one door closes, another one opens and with the end of my wonderful weekend comes something eggciting!  HAHAHA, yes, I took it there again!  This week is the start of April which means…the new DT is in full swing!  How eggcited am I for them to burst out onto the PDD scene in full force!?  I have had the opportunity to chit chat with them and play around and see more of their work and I am *loving* the team!

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

SGC5 Easter treat holder with coordinating acetate card

My relaxing weekend also helped me to unwind a bit and to be able to get back in the scraproom ready to create.  Without the pressure of last week on my shoulders, I went back in and took another crack at the Easter treat holder challenge going on right now on the Studio G Collectors page on PCP.  Not overthinking things was a definite help and I was able to make another treat holder that I loooove!  I had a little better idea of what I wanted my template to look like, so it went easier.  Plus, making the first one, I was able to learn from my mistakes and made sure that I had done everything I wanted to do to the container BEFORE I assembled it.  That’s including taking my Studio G stamp and stamping a nice background onto the patterned paper using Versamark.  For a nice little sneak peek at the April Spotlight, instead of leaving Versamark as is, I dusted some Perfect Pearls in pearl all over the front of the container for a beautiful shimmery glow to the Studio G stamp.
I coloured all my stamps using my Copic markers, which are intimidating me less and less the more that I experiment and play around with them, which I think goes for everything that you’re a little bit intimidated of.  Familiarity leads to comfort, so get out everything that you’ve been avoiding and PLAY!!!

Hope to see you over at on PCP!  The PDD Playgroup is ready, so won’t you come out and play with us!?

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your (hopefully not so) manic Monday and seeing what I’m up to!  Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line to let me know you were here!  Hope to see you around this week for the kick-off of the April spotlight! 

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G (of course!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Dew Drop
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: Pattern paper from Wal-Mart
Tools: Scor-Pal, craft knife, acetate, pop-dots
Embellishments: Fuzzy fibre, Stickles, 3D sticker, Perfect Pearls

CURRENT MOOD:  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: MANIC MONDAY – THE BANGLES

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Sweets for Easter Treats…

Posted by Catherine on March 29, 2009

…my niece probably won’t even notice the packaging except for the fact that it’s between her and those CHOCOLATES!  If my little Tiana Banana could eat anything for breakfast, lunch and dinner it would for SURE be her “CHOOOOC-LIT!”  *sighs* Writing about her is making me MISS her so much, she’s the sweetest little munchkin ever!  Let me see if I can find a picture of her just ’cause I’m missing her!

Tiana & Uncle Bart

Tiana & Uncle Bart

This was at my father-in-law’s birthday, and she chose the dress herself.  She had gotten that dress from last year’s Easter and it was a bit too big for her at that time.  So she was really excited to wear it.  She looks a bit tired out here since she spent most of the time before this picture was taken walking around the restaurant and twirling around to make her dress go all fluffy and swirly!

Anywho, this Easter Treatholder is for that pretty little girl up there who I am just totally MISSING right now, the more I talk about her!

Studio G Easter Treat Holder

Studio G Easter Treat Holder

Besides being the property of Tiana and a big pile of paper at her feet on Easter, I made this treat holder for the start of the Studio G Treat Holder Challenge (SGC5) on PCP!

If you are still one of those individuals who is more of a Studio G collector and not so much a Studio G user, then please come on over to PCP and join us for the challenges!  Everyone who participates in the weekly challenges are always eligible for prizes and the FIRST challenge of every month, the prize is hosted by none other than HAMPTON ARTS!

I made the treat holder using my fabulous Scor-Pal and a craft knife.  I didn’t really have a template for it, and kind of just eye-balled what I was looking for in a treat holder.  I’m happy to say it worked out pretty well!  I cut out my window with my oval Nestability and used a sheet of acetate to seal up the opening.  Stamps are Studio G, of course!  I had used a plain piece of pink carstock so I used one of the Studio G stamps and some Versamark and kind of randomly just stamped all over the place, not doing anything else with it, just leaving the ink to darken the cardstock.  That FABULOUS crocheted flower is from MARTI! *waves* Super Mommy, I tell you!  What doesn’t she do?

I’m off to kick my husband’s butt at a feisty game of Scrabble! *LOL*

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend!  Just a reminder that my April Spotlight will be starting soon and I am pumped to get things up and going!  I’ve been working on some tutorials, write-ups and samples and I’m excited for people to really get to “meet” and know these fabulous products!  I hope you’ll find your way back here in April (well, hopefully sooner than that too!)

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Medium: Copic Markers
Embellishments: Crochet flower, silk flower, dimensional pearls

CURRENT MOOD:  CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: I LOVE YOU – BARNEY

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Easter (non)ATC…

Posted by Catherine on March 22, 2009

…this has absolutely nothing to do with my post, but I’m in a pretty fantastic mood as I just saw the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!  I didn’t know it was already available to see, but it was SO good!  Edward and Bella can only keep me distracted for so long, but Harry knows he’s my first love! *LOL*

Anywho!  I apologize for my lack of posting (and I thank those of you who have actually stopped by enough to notice *smiles*) but this past week has been a crazy rollercoaster ride for me and I only just got off a couple hours ago.   Busy and I have a love/hate relationship…love because I LOVE how being busy keeps me driven and makes time go faster, but I hate how being busy keeps me away from my scraproom!  When I got home today, I kind of just sat in my chair for a bit just to be surrounded by my fun goodies, tools and embellishments – oh how mommy’s missed you!  If I was able to, I would gather them in my arms and hug them and roll around all over them, however, my Stickles like to be un-rolled on.

Thankfully, I was able to have a few minutes of downtime to relax and de-stress and create a little bit.  I took this week’s Studio G PCP challenge (SGC4) and gave it a TINY twist.  We were asked to create some Easter ATCs and for my first project, I made this:

You’ll have to excuse me a little though, I totally went overboard on the stuff I put inside to make this a “shaker”.  *LOL* What can I say? I’m a more is more kind of girl! HAHAHAHA…

The shaker is ATC-sized (2.5 x 3.5) and the backside is kind of like a Valentine.  It’s got space to put a to and from and a little Easter message/blessing. 

I’ve got to skidaddle off to chase Chewy around the house to make him get into his bed for bedtime! *HUGS* Thanks so much for stopping by everyone, we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G
Ink(s): Brilliance Dew Drops
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, rhinestones, Stickles, fuzzy fibre, butterfly
Tools: Acetate sheet, glossy accents

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Drive-by blogging…

Posted by Catherine on March 17, 2009

…looks like today is the day for some quick blog posting!  I’m sorry that my post is so late…I’ve got quite a few non-crafty related things on my plate!  I’m hoping to get back into the full crafty swing of things after this Saturday!

In the meantime, my project for today will have to be good for tomorrow’s posting as well.  I do have a lot to share, I just need 25 hours a day instead of the 24 we currently have!

I accidentally uploaded this on photobucket using a smaller upload size.  I’ll have to come back and fix that!

I loosely based this on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  Loosely as I didn’t really use as many layers as the sketch suggested, but I took the basic ideas of it.

I hope to be back on Thursday with full details for this post and with more projects and GOOOOOSSIP – yes, I’ve got some craft gossip for you, too!

Have a great week everyone – and try not to bite off more than you can chew! *LOL*

 

CURRENT MOOD: STRESSED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: NOW THAT YOU’RE NEAR – HILLSONG

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Etsy inspired Saturday…

Posted by Catherine on March 14, 2009

…it just goes to show that you could find inspiration in so many different places!  Ashley from Heart Hugs has found the perfect place for inspiration for her challenges – ETSY!  Who woulda thunk it, huh?  I sure wouldn’t have, but after having participated in my first challenge, it is AWESOME!  Definitely a good place to have a poke around if your mojo just needs a little nudge in a certain direction!

The Etsy store being featured is TR Mack Studio and it was >> THIS << particular print that I used for inspiration…kind of…

Ta-daaaa!  I was definitely feeling the colour gradient and the circled background and swirlies reminded me of my neglected Cuttlebug folders, you know which ones!  So I pulled out my wonderful Big and Juicy pad in Birthday and my brayer.  I stamped my image using my oh so Tuxedo Black (whenever I say that, it always reminds me of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon – anywho…) Memento ink and quickly covered the entire image with fine embossing powder so that the image will stay nice and black as I started brayering.  Anywho….because the black was already so striking against the background, I didn’t want to add too much more to it so I stamped my sentiment using Versamagic Dew Drop ink in GOLD onto a piece of acetate and heatset it real quick so the ink would set.  I didn’t want the sentiment right up against the card so I popped it up on pop-dots and covered the pop-dots with brads.  I removed the tails of the brads using some clippers and just used the round top that I dyed black using alcohol ink.  I love how it turned out…with the gradient colours and the gold on top, it kind of has a Taj Mahal-y feel to it…or is that just me? *LOL*

So if you are needing a different turn of style or inspiration, check out Ashley’s blog for this Saturday’s Etsy Inspired Challenge – what makes it even better is that this week’s challenge is being hosted by Marti over at Pez-a-Doodle Designs! w00t!  Participating in the challenge could win YOU a $20 gift certificate to Pez-a-Doodle Designs (which is PERFECT timing because a lot of the 2009 CHA new releases are arriving constantly to Marti’s doorstep ready to be packed and shipped off to YOU!  Another even better deal is that the entire PDD site is discounted so there’ll be more bang for your buck!  Sale ends soon so make sure you participate!)  As an added bonus, Ashley’s also got a PDD COUPON CODE for those of you who want to get a jump start on some SPRING SHOPPING!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start, mine sure has!  Bart had an all-day class today leaving me and Chewy to our own devices, so I packed Chewy up into the car and we headed off to the local farmers market – it’s a BEAUTIFUL day today, perfect time for Chewy and Mommy time outside!  Chewy was the star of the market and received a lot of attention while Mommy stuffed her face with delicious market goodies!  Once we got home, Chewy napped at my feet while I played in my scraproom.  Tonight we are headed off to the in-laws so Chewy can have a slumber party with them and then we are off to a Stag & Doe!  Our first of two, we have another one next week of which we’ll be more involved though!  Wishing you a happy weekend, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Tim Holtz (I’ll find out exactly which one…we got them from his class at CHA)
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Dew Drop in Gold, Big & Juicy inkpad in Birthday
Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folders, small brayer

 

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