Saturday, October 31, 2009


Happy Halloween. Hope you are having a good Saturday. We had a pretty quiet halloween around here. I have one project to share that I worked on tonight.

First of all, here is me and my sister in our pj's enjoying our Halloween banana splits on the couch, with our Nightmare before christmas jack-o-latern (much easier and cleaner than carving your own).

Today my sister and I went out to Fabricland, where I got a few new fabrics, as well as some wonderfull goodies from a few dollar stores and finally walmart (some more fabric). Here are my new fabric treasures.
So here is my project for this evening. Can you guess what it is? I put the globe there as a clue...

It's a little travel wallet to hold my passport, a few dollars, and anything else I want to be able to grab quickly out of my carry on bag. Depending on where I am travelling to, I often dont use my regular wallet, especially on airport days. This way, my important stuff isn't loose in my carry on, and its something small and cute I can grab and have with me. I have a bulky leather travel wallet from work, but I want something smaller, that I will actually use.

Here it is, all unfolded. There are three seperate little pouches, for whatever I need with me.

To keep it closed, I wanted something simple (my sewing skills are pretty basic) so at the dollar store today I found these little stick on velcro circles. I wasn't sure if the adhesive on them would be strong enough, but they work great.

The sewing went pretty well this evening. I sketched it all out, and made sure I knew what I was doing, before I did it (so that I didn't sew it inside out or something!)

Thats all I have to share. Didn't do much papercrafty today...hopefully tomorrow. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday, and Happy Halloween for tomorrow. I made a few Halloween cards for a few of my favorite people, hopefully they have recieved them by now.

Tonight I puttered around with my sewing machine and some fabric. I am on the hunt for some simple sewing projects to work on. I was working on a little keychain for my sister. It turned out to be a bit more fiddley than expected, but I think it came out okay. She can slip it over her wrist, if her hands are full.
I have a few other sewing projects swirling around my I'll probably have some more of that to share sometime this weekend. I have a few other papercrafting things on the go to, so hopefully its a good crafting weekend. We dont have much else planned, but I did convince my sister to drive me to a fabric store tomorrow..hopefully that will be inspiring! Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Paper Bag Princess

Well for those of you who dont know, I am completely obsessed with all forms of paper bags...I've just realized that I used paper bags in all my projects I am sharing today!

Hello! Well its finally Thursday again, so I have time to be crafty and actually post it! It has been a crazy week at work, which has been sucking away most of my energy. Anyways, I have a few things to share today.

Since it is *almost* Halloween, I decided to share the little treats me and my sister have been working on. I love these little brown paper bags (they come in white too) from Walmart. I thought they would be perfect and easy, to decorate the fronts for Halloween. So that's what we've been doing. I made eight bags for my coworkers. My sister made 5 for her school friends, here are our bags all together :)

Today I wanted to package up a "just because" gift for my sister. No special occasion, just because. I bought this little tile thing in the summer, thought it would be the perfect thing for today. I decided to decorate it with one of my favorite styles, its great for using little scraps. Just find a few shades of the same color, and lay them out together in a row, I usually go from dark - light but it depends, then stamp a flower or something basic over it. Simple, but I am always happy with how it looks. On this one I white embossed the flowers. I like it with the little white paper bag.
So as I mentioned, this has been a crazy, difficult work at week. The only thing that got me through was my coworkers (okay, and also the fact that I have no other job to go to, and I haven't won the lottery - yet). My boss, Maria, was quite useful and supportive this week (yes I know that is her job) so I wanted to give her something tiny to know that it is appreciated. So often (especially in my job) you work so hard for little/no rewards or acknowledgement, so I wanted her to know that her help was appreciated.

So I have been loving the paper bags lately, because they are cheap and you can do like a million things with them! For this I cut the front off a paper bag, cut it down to the size I wanted it, and then ran it through my cuttlebug to emboss the swirls on it. Then I took it to my sewing machine and sewed it into a little pouchy envelope. My sentiment is from the 1.50 bin at Michaels, and it is just so Maria. She is always on these diets where all she is allowed to eat is spinach, but she is such a chocoholic, that we always catch her sneaking off to get a chocolate bar. I know it will make her laugh...and after the week we've had...that is good! I bought the little Bliss chocolate pouches at dollarama, and one package of four fits beautifully in my little pouch. Decorated, and tied shut with ribbon. You will be seeing more of these little paper bag pouches for sure...I already have another one but I cant share it just yet. ANyways, I love them! Well that is all of my craftiness for the day. Thanks for visiting. I will be sharing some more halloween ish stuff tomorrow or Saturday!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Simple Sewing

Hello and happy thursday. I'm off today, so its a good day. Got all my chores done this morning, so free crafting time this afternoon. First thing this morning I worked on a very simple sewing project. My mom helped me get the sewing machine all worked out this weekend, so I figured I better keep practicing. At a craft show I went to a few weekends ago I picked up some fabric, with this project in mind. My camera has been acting up lately, so I thought maybe if I sewed it a fancy new strap that might keep her happy.

It is just a sleeve that I can slip on over the existing strap, but I think its super cute. Very happy with how it came out.

My mom was here to visit this past weekend, and we had 4 days of scrapbooking together. We made some beautiful pages. Here's us with all of our hard work!
Well I think thats it for me for now. I still have a list of stuff I want to get done this afternoon...but hopefully I will be back later with some cards or something! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning. Its Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, so I'm off work today. I haven't been in much of a crafty mood this weekend...but I have a few little things to share.

My new favorite way to package gifts is super simple, and super cheap. Its just a brown paper bag, that I've run through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder. For my size of paper bag, I have to do it three times, and the lines dont match up perfectly, but you really dont notice. I just decorated the front, punched a couple holes for my ribbon. Done in like 5 minutes. And I love it. This little gift is for my friend's mom, who had to have her dog put to sleep. I hope it cheers her up :)
I made this little card quick last night. There are some silver swirls behind the snowflake. Pretty simple, but cute enough.
I am hoping to play along with a couple challenges in the next couple of days...but my creativity is just not flowing. I am also trying to get my crafting table cleaned up, my mom is coming to visit on Wednesday and we are hoping to do lots of crafts, so I have to try and make some room for her!
Anyways, thats it for me. Thanks for visiting! Have a great week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A snowy craft day

This morning when I woke up I was dissapointed to see it had snowed...winter is here. I didn't have to work today, so I've spent most of the day crafting away. I got a double scrapbook page done, so thats good. I have a couple of cousin's birthdays coming up this month, so I made a couple of birthday cards using my supplies I bought last weekend. The ladies on the black/pink card are from Be Yourself by Close to my Heart. You cant really tell, but the black cardstock has been embossed with the swirly embossing folder. The pinky orange card I made using my new background stamp from Local King Rubber Stamp, on my glossy paper. Hope they like them!

This little pillow box has been waiting for me in my pile of unfinished projects. I painted the edges of my cream cardstock gold, tied a ribbon round the box and slapped the christmas tree on the front. Its hard to see the actual tree in the picture, but in real life its pretty cute. Dont know where it will go to yet...but I'm sure it will have some yummy christmassy treats inside. I always love how pillow boxes look, I really need to make them more often.

Next up, a project I made with my grandma in mind. My grandma came to visit me for two weekends this summer, and we had such a great time together. I wanted to make her a little something to thank her for coming down to visit, and I know she will use christmas cards, so I made up a little set of 5 cards with matching envelopes and some return address labels. Of course I had to package them up all cute for her. I hope she likes them!

Well thats all for me today. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another Challenge

Well today I decided to play along with the challenge over at Verve Stamps. Their challenge was to create a project using encouraging words or phrases. I don't have any Verve Stamps yet (I dont know why, they're are some gorgeous sets, great prices, free shipping to Canada), but I still wanted to play along because I love quotes! I was inspired by a bookmark my sister showed me at chapters a few weeks ago, using this quote, and a turquoisy color, so I made this simple little card. I'm not sure if its too simple...but I decided to just leave it. It looks kind of cute standing up vertically as well. Well thats it for now. Tomorrow I have work training in the morning, but then the rest of the day to scrap and craft. How Exciting! I'm not too sure what I will be up to...will have to find another challenge to play allong with!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A sketch challenge

Well today is my second day in a row playing along with an online challenge. This one is for Mojo Monday's sketch. I dont love it, but I'm pretty happy with it. I find christmas cards really hard for me to actually finish, so two in a row must be a record for me! Anyways, I just used one of the trees from Hero Arts Merriest Wishes, and some DP I had lying around. Its hard to see in the picture but there are some snowflakes stamped on my white strip. I think in the next few days I am going to play along with the challenge over on Verve Stamps. Well now I'm off to go watch the Good Wife (new show, I've been enjoying it). One more work day, then a day off! Wahoo!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Color Challenge - last minute!

Well I am posting super quick today so I can get this one in on Dawn's Color Challenge. At work today I decided I needed to play along, so I rushed home and inked up my new owls from Hero Arts that I bought this weekend. I was on a tight timeline, so I worked super quick on this one. I kinda like it though. Urg something orange on my table, smudged onto the image a bit. Oh well!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I spent way too much money today!

Happy World Card Making Day!
I had a great morning at The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival with my sister. Bought quite a few goodies. I want to play with some of my new treasures, but my energy is just too low. Anyways, here are my treasures! I got a simple sewing machine a few weeks ago, so I decided to pick up a few fat quarters to start playing with. I got a half metre of the bottom pink and black one, hopefully if I can get this sewing thing figured out I can make a pretty strap for my camera. I bought three stamp sets from Close to my Heart. I spent way more than I normally would, but I just loved the sets. I bought a couple christmas sets from Hero Arts. I bought a big rubber blackground stamp from Local King Rubber Stamp, its hard to see, but its a floral patten, and I can't wait to start playing with it! Anyways, those are my treasures for now. Hopefully I can post some craftiness soon!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finally Friday

Yay its Friday again. I haven't been up to much crafty goodness this week. I've been so tired, the last couple of nights I've just collapsed into bed as soon as I get home from work. No Fun! But this weekend I am sure I am going to have a wonderfully productive, energetic, crafting weekend (like my positive thinking?!). Tomorrow I am going to The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival - wow did I just figure out how to link my words!? - with my sister. Should be great fun! We started working on some scrapbooking pages together on Tuesday evening, so hopefully on Saturday we can work on them a bit more. As usual, I have a bajillion projects swirling around in my mind, so I cant wait to get started on them.
This weekend, one of my goals is to play along with Dawn's Color challenge. I love her cards, but I've never actually played along with a color challenge before. So hopefully I will have a card to share soon!
Time (and energy) permitting, I will hopefully be back later tonight with some crafty goodness.