Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kellie's Birthday

Today I'm celebrating my friend Kellie's birthday. We're meeting with other friends at Pizza Hut for a buffet lunch. Can't wait!

For her birthday I made her this card. Happy Birthday Kellie!

I used The Greeting Farm's Wild Sprouts Reeta stamp. I thought it was really sweet with the kitty. Kellie has a grey cat named Jeremy so I HAD to colour this little guy grey! The sentiment stamp is from TGF too.
I used the 'Sanded' background stamp, real red ribbon, a flower stamp from 'Fifth Avenue Floral' and sentiment punch all from SU. The lacey edge was made by using one of Martha Stewart decorative edge punches. I'm hoping it gives the card a more feminine feel.
Well, I'd better run or I'll be late for pizza.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Anya on the farm..

I've been suffering from strep throat over the last few days. Have you ever had that? I haven't, and now I feel for all of you that have!

Last night was the first time I actually felt well enough to walk down to my disaster dining room table to tackle another project. I felt so inspired by the design team calls at The Greeting Farm. If you haven't heard, TGF, as well as Club Anya are looking for new designers to showcase their stamps. It's SO exciting! Check it out. Here are the links;

Good luck!

Okay, so last night I stamped a dressy Anya onto some cardstock, noticed it seemed like she was sitting on something, and came up with this card. I don't know if it's genius or dumb really. Sometimes you just need to go with your inspiration at the time, you know? Anyway, I hand drew the barn, grass, fence and stone wall.

If you made a card with Anya sitting on something, what would it be? What sort of background stamps would you want to compliment her?

Better run and take some more antibiotics. Still on the mend you know...

Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rain drops are fallin' on my paper...

Happy Hump Day!

So last night I was up late wondering what to make with my new American Craft paper. Don't you just hate it when you're faced with a blank page when writing? Well, it's the same thing when creating. Sometimes you have a creative idea, and sometimes you're just drawing a total blank.

Anywho, I've actually been looking for paper with rain drops on it for the longest time. I had no idea it was part of the paper pack I purchased the other day! I have a few different images I'll be playing with over the next fews days with this paper. I have an addiction to rubber stamp images with umbrellas in them. ;)
Here's my new card;

I paired the AC paper up with some SU Bashful Blue cardstock, and The Greeting Farm's Sunny Glen paper. I used the Big Shot Top Note die for the white background piece. I simply cut, turned it 90 degrees and cut again.

The stamp and sentiment are also from The Greeting Farm. I distressed the edges with SU Bashful Blue ink, added some brads and hand cut some flowers from the TGF paper I used in the background to tie it all together. What do you think?

Stay tuned for more cards later this week. I may actually use a stamped image that isn't from The Greeting Farm! :O

Take care and God Bless.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Winner's Circle

Yay! I won the Javablu challenge contest at The Greeting Farm! There were so many excellent card designs, I'm sure it was difficult to choose the winners.

This week's "Farm Fresh Friday" challenge is called, "Sew Simple". The challenge is to use stitching on your card, whether it be machine stitching, hand stitching, or hand drawn stitching.

Here's a card I made for the challenge. I may make another one too. These are fun!

I was at Michael's yesterday stocking up on supplies. I had a 40% coupon and used on a large pack of American Craft paper. What do you use your coupons for?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Free Giveaways and Cool Challenges at the Farm!

Happy Thursday!

One more day until Friday. Yay!

This week at Club Anya, , Jessica, The Greeting Farm's DT Coordinator, has arranged five, yes, FIVE card challenges this week! Each day from Monday to Friday there's a new challenge for us to take part in.

Also, a grand prize will be awarded randomly for people that create cards for all five challenges! A grand prize! The grand prize is the ENTIRE TGF August release. All stamps released in August, PLUS a new paper pack! WOW.

So far these are the challenges given;

Monday - Back to School
Tuesday - Crazy Hair
Wednesday - Javablu
Thursday - Smile and Shine

See for more details.

Also, I can't believe how generous the owner of the Farm is, but they're giving away free stamps every day. Yes, every day! It's called 'A-Stamp-a-Day-Giveaway' and all you need to do is leave a comment on The Greeting Farm's blog any day this week to win! Exciting, isn't it? If you don't own any TGF stamps already, this is your chance. Check out and leave a comment for your chance to win. Good luck!

Here are a couple of the cards I'm submitting for the challenges;

Back to School

Using TGF's own Anya stamp, I added Stampin' Up ribbon, buttons, an apple stamp, as well as flowers I've watercoloured to embellish this card. The red polka-dotted paper used is from TGF's Anyaversary paper pack. Also, I just HAD to add a little chalkboard! I wrote 'Back to School' in white pen on black cardstock and made a border I hoped would look like wood with Creamy Caramel cardstock.


For this card I used another TGF Anya stamp. The two you see are from the new stamp set called, 'Miss Anya Dressy'. They're so cute!

I used Stampin' Up Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip paper for this card. I watercoloured another flower stamp for this one and paper pieced some of Anya's outfit to make her extra stylish! The sentiment is also from The Greeting Farm. It's from a new stamp set called, 'Hello Go Round'. I just love all the new stamps TGF is introducing. ;)

What do you think of these two cards? I'm trying really hard to improve my card making skills with every challenge I undertake. I appreciate your comments.

Hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Cards!

I made a few new cards but haven't been able to share them with you for a while. My modem died about a week ago and will hopefully be back up and running tomorrow.

Anyway, as usual I used The Greeting Farm's rubber stamps to create these. What do you think?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Christmas in....August?

Good evenin' Gov'na!

Most of us are back to work tomorrow from our long weekend. Here in Canada, our holiday Monday is known as a Civic Holiday. Was it President's Day today in the U.S.? Perhaps. Maybe I should google that. I'm a major googler.

So I hope you've all had a nice long weekend. My sister Sarah and her husband Mike celebrated their first year wedding anniversary over the weekend. Mike surprised her with a trip to New York! Very cool. I've always wanted to visit there, but I'd prefer to visit during the Christmas season when the city is nicely decorated. I they really roast chestnuts there? Is there an ice rink in Central Park? Maybe I should google that too. Anywho, congratulations Mike and Sarah!

After dinner out, and biking and rollerblading with our dog Samurai, I had to sit down to create another card. I couldn't help but start making an early holiday card. I just love this wintery Anya stamp from The Greeting Farm.

What do you think?

I have a job interview tomorrow at 2pm in Toronto. Wish me luck!

Have a great day!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Sunday!

My fiance, Karl, finally returned from two months of work in South Africa. We live in Canada so it's quite far from home. He's an engineer so he's away from home often. I met him at the airport arrival lounge this morning at Pearson airport in Toronto. Have you ever noticed just how nice the arrival lounge is? Not the chairs, or the architecture, but the love that shared between people? Watching people in anticipation, reunited with family and friends is so beautiful. It's probably one of my favourite places to be in the world. Sounds strange, I know.

Here's another little card I made with another, yes, another Greeting Farm stamp! I made it while Karl slept from his jet lag. ;)

This card was made for TGF's sketch challenge. Using mostly TGF cardstock, I distressed the edges, added details in gold pen, coloured the deer with my copic markers, and distressed the embroidery thread in the little flower button.

What do you think?

I've purchased some new stamps from The Greeting Farm, Eat Cake Graphics, as well as some Christian themed stamps from . I can't wait to create some new cards and show you the results! I'm hoping the new church I'm attending might like some of the Christian cards to sell in their shop. I'm not interested in selling them, I just hope they can use them to generate funds for the church. I'll do my best to keep you updated.

Ciao for now!


Birthday Ian!

Hi there!

I had so much fun being part of The Greeting Farm's Anyaversary blog hop yesterday. There were so many things to look forward to. New blogs to discover, new stamp releases, contests and challenges. What a party!

One of the challenges given was a speed challenge. TGF's new digital stamp was available and we were to create a new card with the image within a certain amount of time. Seeing how I don't have any ink in my printer, I ran on over to the town library, printed on their printer, and paid them 20cents a page. Not bad, since we all know how expensive toner can be! I was so excited to participate.

Here is my card:

Just one question for you: Are you a friend of the farm?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!