Saturday, February 28, 2009

My back yard and my old car

This is what my back yard looked like just a few days ago. Today it's raining steadily and while a fair bit of snow has melted from it, there's still no getting the car out of there at the moment.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Front window of my shop

Front window in my shop, originally uploaded by SudsMuffinCanada.

I took this picture of my shop window a few days ago. This is our Candy Cane soap cake, looking all delicious on the café table.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Union Street on Sunday morning

We went out for breakfast yesterday morning and stopped by our shop for a few things. I took the opportunity to try out my new camera on a few street shots. I really like how this one came out, so bare and desolate, even for a Sunday morning. I am standing in front of my store, just out of view on the right, and we had breakfast at Cora's just around the corner, down the street between the white house and the brick building on the left.

Breakfast was delicious and we made a great contact. Our waitress is opening an organic spa and was meaning to come and talk to us about creating an organic skin care line for her business. How much kismet is that?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Butterfly Maze Book

I thought I would change things up a bit by showing some of the other items I also make (or in this case, have made in the past).

This is a little 3x3 maze book. The inside pages are made by cutting a single 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper which then gets folded into a booklet. It's very simple to make. The cover is simply scrapbook paper over a piece of cardboard cut from a cereal box (I save all my cereal and cracker boxes for various projects).

The paper is from K&Co and I just love the sparkly butterflies as well as the little pockets that this technique creates inside the booklet. It's a perfect little mini album and the pocket can hold small pictures, journalling tags or memorabilia.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - Thank You

Stamped on the untextured side of Bazzill card stock because I got an incomplete stamp on the other side. So flipped it over and voilà! I thought the dragonfly bling would be a cute touch. I did a different technique for the sentiment. First I heavily inked the stamp with brown ink then applied a bit of black over the brown, then I stamped the card. I like how it made a brown outline around the black and almost looks like it was stamped twice.

Monday, February 16, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - Follow your own path

New card made yesterday. Cuckoo clock image from Amy Butler. Sentiment cut from back of Amy Butler packaging.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My beautiful MiniMuffin

My beautiful MiniMuffin, originally uploaded by SudsMuffinCanada.

I was playing around a bit with my new Rebel 400D and the telephoto lens. I'm still learning; have lots to learn actually. MiniMuffin was playing Wii and she looked over at me and I snapped this. You can see her earring still swinging. Anyhow, I thought it was a lovely shot, even if it was in very low light. This picture of her just makes my heart swell.

6 O'Clock Card - True Happiness

Friday, February 13, 2009

I just bought a DSLR Camera

It's a Canon EOS Rebel 400D xti and I am LOVING it, but oh I have so much to learn. It's clear already that this camera takes straight up noticeably better pictures than my point and shoot (also a Canon). It's simply an amazing Camera. I want to go everywhere and take pics with it. It's fantastic.

These are my very first pics out of the camera. Not the best but I thought they were sorta cute.

My little apprentice playing on the Wii
She looks like she's saying a bad word. haha
Miss Chai enjoying the heater on my computer desk. Love the paw...
Stay tuned for more as I learn my camera.

6 O'Clock Card - As boundless as the sea

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - We have been friends

I made all the cards in these most recent posts quite some time ago. I had a pack of rub-on sentiments that I just loved and couldn't stop using them. I haven't made any cards this week as my schedule has been a bit wild and I've been working on my SudsMuffin website. We're going to be revamping the look over there a bit and will soon be offering soap crafting supplies and kits. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More Winter Pictures

This past weekend, my little apprentice spent the weekend at her grandfather's house. He is so good to her (and to us) and they both enjoy each other's company so much. These pictures are great because they bring back so many memories of the tunnels he used to help us dig when we were her age. She had a blast!

Here she is in the snow at the back of Papie's house. It sure looks different in the Winter with all the gardens covered in white.

I wonder what's in here...

Did anybody see a rabbit go this way?
Hello there!

6 O'Clock Card - A friend in need

Friday, February 6, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - Heartfelt Love

Just a very simple card this morning. K&Co paper adhered to white card stock and the sentiment is a rub-on.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - For My Love

This card was made based on Kazan's Sketch 19. The paper and flower are all Basic Grey.

Update 3 & a half hours later, a coworker selected this card to give to his wife for Valentine's Day. Thanks for everything you do for me C! I hope your wife loves it!

Also, for a chance to win some great Blog Candy, check out Crafty Coo's blog. Her giveaway is perfect for Spring and Easter.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Buddy the abusive hamster

Buddy is a little dwarf hamster we added to our family last summer. He lives on a television stand in my craft room, which is right beside the family room. I can hear him running in his wheel right now. He's a cute little guy but definitely has an attitude. We joke that Buddy is an abusive hamster because he hits us. It's funny but also kind of intimidating. If you get too close, he will strike you with both of his front paws. He may even give you a quick nip.

But as grumpy as he is, we love having him around. He can be quite entertaining, and as you can see, he's pretty photogenic too. He loves peanuts and pumpkin seeds best, will often turn his nose up at almonds but doesn't mind dried fruit like raisins and cranberries. He's a persistent little guy, always looking to escape from his mod pod. Last night he jumped out from a tube as I was digging through a container looking for more pumpkin seeds for him. He landed on the television stand with the cat (you'll meet her another day) mere inches away. The cat was interested in Buddy but sat calmly, just looking at him as he scurried about. I quickly grabbed the lid of the container with all the seeds and nuts in it, and scooped him right in. I think he thought he was in heaven. He hopped right back into his pod without a fuss.

Anyhow, that's Buddy. I hope you enjoy his furry little cheekies.

Wild and crazy winter

We got hit with yet another storm last night. We were still chopping up the ice from the storm last Wednesday. We are all just a little bit tired of digging out.

Here is hubby starting to scoop at 6:30 this morning. The red arrow shows the top of my concrete pedestal bird bath.

At 8am, the path to the sidewalk is finally passable and the car in the driveway to the right can be backed out.

Here is the view out our back door. That's our old car in the back. It's not going anywhere. The snow drift to the left of the door is up to my chest. I remember a few years back though opening this door and the doorknob had left a hole in the wall of snow. So all things considered...

Have a great and safe Wednesday!

6 O'Clock Card - Hugs & Kisses

This morning's card was inspired by Ashley Newell's beautiful baby card and Becky Carafa's gorgeous hearts card.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Paying the bloggie love forward

Today I received a brief but lovely mention from Keri over at Pink Lemonade and wanted to do the same for a few fellow bloggers who have visited and left me comments. Thank so much ladies. It's so greatly appreciated.

Mary at Everyday Elliott
Enfys at Going Buggy
Lisa Renéa at The Tattered Tiara
Chelemom at Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Becky Carafa at The Lakeshore Stamper

Thanks for reading ladies!

My other life as Mrs SudsMuffin

I like to keep busy. So you know that I enjoy paper crafts, especially making cards. Another one of my loves is soapmaking. Indeed, my husband loves it too. He loves it so much that he learned how to make soap from watching me. Pretty soon he was taking over the soapmaking in the house, not that I minded. He makes a pretty awesome soap. We've actually been selling our soap and bath/body goodies since 2000. Two years ago this month, we opened a store in our city, selling all our products, including my cards, though the main focus is our soap biz, called SudsMuffin. You probably got it already that SudsMuffin is a play on "stud muffin", and we don't sell muffins either.
Our signature colour is bright pink, which we call "SudsMuffin Pink". This picture is one of my favourites as it best represents our business, with the colour and the luscious soap.

I just thought it would be nice to let my bloggy friends know a little bit more about me on here. And if you're at all tempted by handmade soaps (mine included), welcome to the club.

6 O'Clock Card - Adorable

Don't you just love this paper and the cute owl? I think she's gorgeous! Simple baby card with a holographic "Adorable" sticker.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

6 O'Clock Card - 29 Again

This is the last of my ProvoCraft paper birthday cards (for the moment). I love the sentiment on this one.