Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November Club Project

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the November meeting of the Six Month Club that I am participating in. My new friend Joanne is the one who organizes the group of ladies who get together. She also plans a project for us to complete. I had attended one other meeting for this club, as mentioned in this post.

Joanne is a consultant for Stampin' Up and she has a great network of ladies that she works with, and trades ideas with. This month the project was this adorable little card tote. It is made with a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock and it can hold 4 cards.

We made 4 identical thank you cards to go in the tote...but you can put any kind of cards in there....the choices are endless!
They would make really cute teacher gifts...wouldn't they?!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Coffee Across the Miles

I have a very dear friend in Switzerland who has two little girls. We used to get together once per week for play dates and we would visit over a nice cup of coffee. My friend, Penny, loved to drink espresso from our Nespresso machine...and I used to tease her that she only loved me for my coffee, not my company. I think of her often, and when I wanted to send her a little note, I decided that a coffee themed cart would fit the bill perfectly!

Penny already received her card, and loved it! I will have to figure out how I can send her the 'real thing' next time.....

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Lots of Circles

This one is from a while back.... I love the combination of the blues and greens, and I am just generally happy with how it turned out. I had purchased the circle patterned paper with the intention of using it for a scrapbook page layout that has been floating around in my head, but when it came time to make a birthday card for a little boy, it was calling my name.

This card is basically a pocket. You use the tab at the top of the card to pull the tag out to reveal the message written inside.

The circle and scalloped circle were made using punches and are adhered to the card with dimensionals. The happy birthday message was stamped on with a rubber stamp. Tie a little bit of ribbon on and voila!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Scrapbook In A Box

I think this little project is really cool. I learned how to make it a LONG time ago from my friend and fellow scrapbooker, Kristal. I really don't know where she learned it....although, for a while she sold CTMH, so I suspect that it is a skill she acquired during that time.

It is called a scrapbook in a box....and that is pretty much what it is! It is created using only 12x12 card stock and some accents (ribbon, stickers, etc.)

When the lid is lifted off, it unfolds to look like this.

Within the box are 4 layers of photos...for a total of 16 in all.
Genius, isn't it?!

So, I haven't been here in a while! It isn't that I haven't been creating...I've just been busy with all of the other day to day stuff that goes on in a busy household. I have also been working at catching up my other blog.

Anywho, enough excuses! Here I am!

I have been meaning to post the latest project that I did for a friend. She needed name cards to adhere to the top of memory boxes. This is what I came up with. It is just like an ATC (artist trading card)....basically a greeting card without the back.

I actually made a subtle change since this scan was taken. I darkened the "llie's" part so that it is more of a chocolate brown colour, and in keeping with the colour of the accent paper. (FYI...I do know that the word 'colour' is spelled without the 'u' in the USA, but the Canadian in me can't bear to leave it out!)

Some of the details are a bit hard to see in the pic (as usual). The letter 'e' has been inked and sanded around the edges, giving it a bit of a distressed feel. The flower on the bottom is raised using a dimensional, and the flower center is a rhinestone brad.

Well, that is it for now....I'm off! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

You Grow Girl!

I absolutely love this stamp from Stampin' Up. It is part of a set that has really cute little captions like ' You Grow Girl!' and 'Congratulations on Your Swell News!'.

Overall, a simple card with some really fun paper and a cute stamp. What can be better than that?!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Here's My New Flyer!

So, here it is. The first marketing campaign of Creative Expressions Paper Crafting has officially begun. Actually, it's really just a flyer... :) You can take a peek at it below.

So, I've dropped a few flyers in the neighborhood and I have mailed a few to friends for whom I have done some work before. I am just trying to get the word out there....that I am up and running again!
For anyone having specific questions, or wanting a quote on some work, please email me. You will find my email address at the bottom of this page.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Feeding Into the Princess Frenzy

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that anything princess themed is 'in'. With that in mind I sat down to make this 'girly' card as part of my friend Stefanie's custom card order. She wanted childrens' birthday cards, and I had this cute fairytale themed stamp set from Close To My Heart that I was really eager to use.

When you open the card the center panel (with the castle) actually swings around to reveal your message on the other side.

In this case, it says 'happy birthday' on the bottom right, with space in the middle to personalize the card.

This 'new home' card was also part of the same order. It is new to my repertoire. It design is actually very similar to one of the mini albums that I make (yet to be posted). I found the template for this card online. I don't have a photo of how it folds out...I will have to make sure to take a photo of it opened up the next time I make one. This one has already been mailed off!

Well, I'm off! More to come later! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Christmas Is In The Air

I decided that with the big holiday sneaking up on us so quickly, I should probably post some of my recent Christmas projects.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out, although the picture quality is a bit crummy. I still have to figure out how to best photograph my projects. I really must find the time to read my camera manual! I guess I will just add that to my 'to do' list!

It is difficult to tell in this photo...but the letters on this card are actually embossed. It gives them a nice raised, smooth look to them.

Earlier in the month, I spent an evening at my friend Joanne's house with a really nice group of ladies. We made these little projects that Joanne designed. They will make great teachers' gifts. They are just big enough to hold a few little chocolates. They would also make great favors for a party or shower. Very cute and easy to make!

Well, I must craft table is calling!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Busy Working Away!

So, I have been keeping pretty busy working away...trying to gain some business in the card making/scrapbooking industry on this side of the pond!

I enlisted Kevin's help to make up a flyer that I could distribute in the neighbourhood. So far, I have only done my own street, and that has netted me one promising lead....for one of the card clubs that I am offering. I am also trying to get ahead of myself (that NEVER happens) so that I have a bit of inventory on hand. That way if a craft show pops up I have some items ready. With the Christmas season on it's way, I am sure I will be hearing of some shows!

Keep watching for a 'web version' of my flyer to appear here at a later date.
Today, I finished my first custom card order since moving to the United States. I have another order pending...that one is for sticker book albums! Talk about a throw back to the eighties! :)

So, here is a little taste of what I have been working on lately.

I have lots in store for you, so keep on watching for more new things to come!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

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