Thursday, April 24, 2008

Congratulations Brenda!

Thank you all for your comments on my blog for the blog candy. When I asked my 4 yr old son to tell me a number, he originally picked 47, but since I only had 21 posts, the next number he picked was 16. Since Brenda was the 16th comment, she wins the candy!! I really enjoyed the baby names you all shared. Once the baby is born in September, I'll post birth stats and what name we choose. The biggest trouble is that my DH and I don't agree on what we like.

For girls I'm drawn to names with an old fashioned femininity like Ada (Biblical name pronounced Ah-da), Emily, Lily. I also like Cora and the Japanese name Aiko and even the use of Dylan for a girl.

For boys, I like Eric, Ian, Zacariah, and since I'm still investigating girls names in my baby name book, I'm sure when I get to the boy section I'll like a few more.

My husband liked the suggestion for Rebbekah (I really like the spelling for that one, but not sure about the name yet) and he liked Aaron for a boy.

So, we still have to work on it, but appreciate your help!

So, Brenda, I hope you can message me to give me your mailing information and I will send out your prize!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Time for Blog Candy!!

I've had over 3000 hits now and would like to give you a chance to get some free stuff to help me celebrate!! I have a stamp set (from Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration 2008) as well as a small assortment of 12x12 papers including textured ones, a couple embossed samples (done with my cuttlebug) along with some embellishments and a couple other items.

If you want this stuff mailed to your house all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post and give me some baby name suggestions for my baby-to-be in September. I don't know if I will have a boy or a girl, so please suggest one of each! If you know the meaning of the name, that would be extra cool! I will pick a random winner next week. Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you.

Thanks for looking at my blog!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sooo Close to 3000 hits and Blog Candy!!

We're only 25 or so hits away from the blog candy being posted. I'll only look once per day to see if I can post the prize. As soon as I see I've reached 3000 hits, I'll show you what you can win...but you're going to have to work for it!!


(Okay, okay, I won't make you work too hard.)

Altered Canvas #3

This one was inspired by a layout I saw in a Close to My Heart catalogue. I needed to use colors to somewhat coordinate with the very first canvas I did. Stampin' Up didn't have any colors that were an exact match to that canvas (which was done in a scrapbook store in Abbotsford), so these were as close as I could get.
I first applied my Close to Cocoa ink pad directly to the canvas and rubbed it evenly across the surface, adding a little extra around the edges for a distressed look. The ink came out more like Chocolate Chip than Close to Cocoa...must be a combination of the surface medium plus the direct from ink pad concentrated approach. Now I'm too impatient to wait for the ink to dry, so I then took the time to sprinkle my clear embossing powder over the entire canvas surface (manageable sections at a time) and heat embossed it with my heat gun. It not only "dries" the ink, but it also adds a subtle sheen to the canvas.

The color combination I used is Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel and Basic Black. To try to get the caramel more golden, I sponged on some More Mustard ink and a touch of Close to Cocoa on the edges of the Creamy Caramel paper. The Bashful Blue is also sponged around the edges with the Close to Cocoa ink.

I also used my new Cuttlebug to make the dry emboss diamond impressions on the one piece of Creamy Caramel paper (The Cuttlebut is so fun and easy to use, it's almost embarrassing!). The photo of my son is distressed aroung the edges with Stampin' Up's distressing tool and I puffed up the photo with my handy dandy stampin' dimensionals. The only stamp I actually used for this canvas is in the bottom left corner from the "It's All Good" stamp set. The stars have been inked with Bashfull Blue and More Mustard and are chipboard from the "On Board Accents" collection. I also used Jumbo eyelets, brads from my hodgepodge hardware, black hemp twine, and More Mustard grosgrain ribbon as embellishments.

I really struggled with what to put in the space where the stars are. The stars alone didn't seem like enough, but anything else just looked like clutter. Adding the brads with the stars was all I needed in the end to feel like I had balanced the space without making it look like I "tried to hard".

In the end, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I have to actually find where I can hand it on the wall now. That seems just as challenging as creating it in the first place!! lol!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another bookmark card

Here's a card I made by playing around with my rub-ons. Most of the images are done with rub-ons, except for the word "smile" which was done with my Rough Edge alphabet set and the bookmark has a couple stamps on it from the sets "Merci" and "Smarty Pants".
This is another pocket card with a bookmark in's actually my first attempt. You can't see it in the picture, but the bookmark comes out of the pocket on the back of the card instead of the front. That was due to an error in adhering my pocket closed!
I tried making a narrow bookmark for this card, but found it slid around in a very untidy manner in the pocket, so I had to get creative to have it hold still (I slipped a bit of glue on either side of the inside of the pocket and slapped on an eyelet to help hold the bookmark more securely). My next bookmark card had a wider bookmark to avoid all of the fuss.

I don't love this card, but it's nice and I like it enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to give it away.

One thing that I do like about it though is how quick it was to make using the rub-ons. They are so tidy and mess free. Needless to say, I have bought more since.
Thanks for looking.
I'm getting closer to 3000 hits, so keep watching for upcoming blog candy!!