Welcome to Prairie Chick Stamper!

Hello from the pretty Saskatchewan Prairies in Canada! Thus the Prairie part of my blog's name. Also inspired by one of the most awesome scrap booking and quilting stores we have around here!

My name is Maryvel. I was born and raised in Colombia, South America, but for the last 19 years I have lived here in Saskatchewan in our farm with the best husband in the Whole Wide World. We have two wonderful kids, well both of them are teen-agers right now, but they are still great kids! We also have a dog (Maya), cows, sometimes we have sheep and cute liittle lambs, and chickens that provide us with delicious fresh farm eggs, everyday! Plus a wonderful garden to enjoy all summer long full of fresh, wonderful veggies! Soon we will even be able to have a horse on our farm, something I never thought would ever happen because of my husband serious allergies to them, but not any more, thanks to "Curly Horses" an amazing kind of hypo allergenic horse, they are simply amazing!

I have been Stampin for about a year now, and I am completely hooked! I have learned so much through visiting so many Stampin sites and making a few good friends at Splitcoaststampers.com. I am a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom), a BUSY Pastor's wife and church secretary, and I also love Computers and Photography! Basically no day goes by when I don't snap a picture of something or someone!! LOVE IT!! LOL!!!!

Enough about me! ;) Thank you for your visit and come again anytime!


Something Different, Something Beautiful!

December 3, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Man, I can't believe how long it has been since I was here last! That goes to show how busy my life has been with many other things, including being quite sick in between and doing a sourprise trip to my homeland Colombia for about 10 days! I don't even remember when was the last time I even made a card! Sad I know, but that's how live goes sometimes! I my priorities this last month have certainly be different than card making! I am happy to report though, that all is well with us, just VERY busy with many other things! 

I assumed that most of you ladies, love flowers! am I right? Well, in my trip to Colombia last week, I had the opportunity and the privileged to visit a beautiful Natural Orchid reserve in the city where I grew up, Ibague, Tolima and I would like to share with you today the pictures of the amazing orchid collection they have there! Hope you enjoy it! Oh, by the way the Orchid (Cattleya Trianae) is Colombia's National Flower!

Cards with Pictures!

October 20, 2009

I have been so busy with company the last few days, that I haven't have the time to work on cards or post anything! Today I remembered I hadn't had the time to upload this card that I made a few weeks ago, so this is perfect! I am also giving blogger's new editor a try, so far, pretty good! 

Way Back when I decided to give this card making business a try, I did it mainly because I wanted to see if I could somehow incorporate my love for photography in it, but somehow it seems to be easier to rather work with stamps than real photos! This time around though, as I was looking at the picture I took of this flower that someone brought to church on Sunday, I though this would make a nice card, I specially wanted somehow prolong the life of the flower as the lady that had it was sad already thinking it would soon die and she wouldn't be able to enjoy it anymore! So that's how the whole idea of the   card come about! 

I must say she loved it and was very happy and very thankful for it, so that was great! I printed an extra picture to put inside but one that she could remove and put on a little frame or in her fridge or wherever! I was also dying to try my new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Fleur de Lis, so this was a great oportunity to do that!

I must say, working with the Pendant Fleur de Lis die, was NOT easy! and I don't know why nobody ever mentions that! After having so much problems with this particular die, I went to the SCS boards and discover that I wasn't the only one with the same problem! It seems you need patience, time and use CS no heavier than 65gr, other wise because of the intricate design it is VERY difficult to cut! I still love it though, but so you know!

STAMPS: None, image used is my personal picture!
PAPER: SU Whisper White, SU pretty in pink and DP Basic Grey Porcelain.
INK: Rangers Distress Ink Tattered Rose
OTHER: SU Photo Corners and Tag Punches, Spellbinders Shapebalities Pendants Fleur de Lis, Martha Steward Punch, Ribon and Pearls.



OCTOBER 8, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian Fellow Stampers! I was busy making a few Thanksgiving card I wanted to share with a few special friends! I wish I could have a few more but there is just never enough time for this, so here are the ones I managed to make!

I also heard about the Crazy 4 Challenges site and decided this cards would work really well there since the theme is "Thanksgiving" so I am submitting them there as well. Hope you like them!

For a while I wanted to try my hand at a "Tri-Shutter Card" It was fun but It was a challenge to find colours that coordinated and worked well together! But I think I like the way it turned out, what do you think?

STAMPS: Magnolia Apple Basket PAPER: SU Soft Suede, SU Whisper White, Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection, Magenta Last Serenade.
Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink and Copic Markers.
OTHER: EK Success Felur de Lis Punch, Nestabilities Circle Dies, Dew Drops, Ribbon, Computer generated text.

This one is one of my all time favourites ones so far! For some reason I really, REALLY love the way this card turned out! I think is the colours! I simply LOVE this colours and I really like this stamp as well.

STAMPS: Inkadinkado Flourish Fall Tree.
PAPER: Dark Green, Rusty Red, SU Kraft and Basic Grey Indian Summer
INK: Memento Dew Drops Ink Pads in Red, Yellow, Orange,
Green and Brown. VersaMark.
OTHER: Spellbinders Oval
Nestabilities, Spellbinders Grant Borderabilities Classic Lace, Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder.

Another of my favourites! I love the wheat bundle on this one! I guess it really speaks to me as a farmer! I got this images in one of my Splitcoastampers Swaps!
Whear Sheaf from Serendipity Stamps PAPER: Dark Green, Chocolate Brown, SU Whisper White and Michel's Kraft Paper. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rangers Tea Dye Distressing Ink and Copic Markers.

OTHER: Martha Stewart Punch Arch Lattice Edge Puch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Regtangles, Provo Craft Embossing Folder, Dew Drops.

ast but not least, this one for my best friend! With this one I got to use Digi Images from All that Scraps! Like I said on another post, I LOVE digi Images! They are so . . . versatile! and now THANKS to my good friend Alica I learned how to layer images together to sort of create your own. So much fun!

STAMPS: Sugarplums Pumpiks, Pumpik Emma and Fence Digies. AmyR Stamps Autumn Sentiments.
PAPER: SU Crushed Curry, SU Dusty Durango, SU Garden Green.
INK: Rangers Tea Dye Distressing Ink, Copic Markers.
Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Regtangles, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio, Provo Craft Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Buttons.

That's all for now! May you all have a HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING!


September 27, 2009

I guess this week was present making week! A few weeks ago when our apples were ready to be picked, I made LOTS of apple sauce with them! My son simply LOVES homemade apple sauce. Since we have had a few new babies at church lately, I thought it would be a good idea to make a few jars just for those babies, with no sugar at all, and so I did. Then when I saw this image at the C.C.Designs site I couldn't help it but to think how nice this image would be to use with my apple sauce jars! This are digital images, and I LOVE THEM! You see, the great thing about Digital Images is that you can resize them, any size you want! They can fill a whole page or a little tag like this one without loosing quality at all. With your regular stamps, once size MUST fit all! :(

They are so easy to use! Just open them with your MS Word program, place them wherever you want them, make it any size you want to, print them on your favourite paper and colour them to your heart content! AWESOME! Also, no S/H charges, no waiting for the mailman! Find them, paid for them, download them and use them! As easy as that, wonderful don't you think? I am glad more and more of this companies are coming up now with some really awesome images, great for any project!

I coloured my images with my lovely Copics of course! Right away I also made this chart so I wouldn't forget which colours I had used, which happens all the time! Now I just have to file this image and next time I will know exactly which colours to use! For this project I also made my own Tag template so it would fit the size of the jar. Use some pretty paper from Graphics 45 which I LOVE!, my nesties and my other favourite Rangers distressing Ink.

STAMPS: C.C. Designs Sugarplums Apple Emma DIGI DOWNLOAD, SU Sentiment.
PAPER: Graphic 45 Vintage Cherries, SU Whisper White, Kraft and Red Riding Hood.
INK: Copic Sketch Markers, Colorbox Chestnut Roan and Rangers Tea Dye distressing Ink.
OTHER: Pretty fabric, sisal cord, Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals, SU Circle Punch, SU Mat Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool, Inkssentials Glossy Accents.

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