Monday, April 14, 2014

Dynamic Duos Card Challenge Card

I FINALLY got a few minutes to craft this weekend and twice as nice is my sister in law Judy hit it at the same time so we took this challenge together. 

Dynamic Duos # 98

And so I put my thinker on and created this card:

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I don’t know which designer paper this is - but its a thicker, one sided.  I wanted it to serve as both a card base as well as having a pattern on it.  I chose to make this a tri fold.

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The back looks like this - I glued fabric lace all the way across.

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I used the inside to place a photo of my handsome Mr. and I and so each side panel could hold a poem - one from me to my Mother in Law and then one coming from the perspective of my husband.  Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww - I know *wink* 

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

FREE .studio (Silhouette) File Hinged Easter Egg!

A friend of mine asked me to make her a couple of Easter cards and I decided to get original and design something myself.  I’m really EGG-cited about this file, it turned out so sweet!

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(personal use)

(I’m trying BOX for my files - let me know what you think?)

I used some sewing on this card, though I’m sure glue might work fine too.  I like the special touch sewing adds.  (besides, its good for me to keep up my sewing skills so I don’t sew over my finger again)  You need to decide and sew your lace parts on BEFORE you sew the bottom section or the top section together. 

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This is a fun 3 part project.  A simple card base (definately does not have to be white - a coloured cardstock might be the ticket for YOU!) and then the actual EGG parts (no, not a white and a yolk, tho that is a funny thought) - actually four pieces, two for the top, two for the bottom with holes in the top part through which you can put a brad (I used a rather large dollar store brad, you might want to make your own holes smaller if you want to use a smaller brad - or even remove the holes out of the file and use a punch the size you desire)  and lastly, the inside “egg is a sketch file with a cut for the edge (you will have to set your machine to do this, i’ve created all the lines the same) I chose my designer paper to be one that is one sided, of a crisp stock.  The reason for one sided is so you sketch the sentiment on one side.  A nice touch is all I’m saying.  I’m all about the details.

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Note - the butterflies are included - but not the flowers - the flower is from the Silhouette Store. 

Use a couple of glue dots to adhere your “EGG” to the card base but do mention this in your greeting to the person receiving it - they may like the option of taking it off of the card base and sticking it…on the fridge?

 

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I liked it so much I created a “batch” of these sweet little cards.

Tuesday Morning Sketches 243 Card

I got a itty bitty window open up to me last week to create and since my sister Nina did too we both created a card for

 

Tuesday Morning Sketches 243:

 

 

This is what I wound up with:

 

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Supplies include: My Mind’s Eye 6 x 6 paper pad - “In Bloom”, Diamond Glaze, “with love” stamp by Fiskars, gems by Recollections (Michaels), Wink of Stella

 

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I used a lot of layering in this card - all centered around the beautiful floral patterned paper.  I moved a circle cut around on the paper until I had a full “bouquet” isolated and then cut.  I created layers behind that in both a darker and lighter toned cardstock to create some drama.   I painted the blossoms with some clear “Wink of Stella” and whne this was dry I went ahead and added a few layers of Diamond Glaze on top.  Yes, a few bubbles eluded me but it really does look lovely! 

The final touch was to stamp a sheer ribbon with the sentiment on it - my ribbon goes all the way across but still…

Thanks for visiting today! Psssst - if you are coming today via a direct link for this particular post - you might want to visit my LATEST post to see a beautiful FREE download for a pretty hinged Easter Egg Card cutting file for your Silhouette Cameo! - click here to visit! http://bit.ly/1e87UBV

Monday, March 24, 2014

One BIG Thing - Kayla Turnbull, Osoyoos’ own in CBC Searchlight Contest!

 

We have a very poised and talented young woman in our lives.  We have known Kayla for a couple of years - originally she attended YouLearn.ca where my husband Miles works as an instructor.  Kayla was taking some courses and one of them included a digital music course he teaches.  We developed a friendship with Kayla and her family. 

 

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Credit: Osoyoos Times 

Miles and I attend Osoyoos Christian Centre and February 2013 saw us hosting a fun music night called “All ‘Bout Love and Kayla took part in it (photo above) (or read my blog post about that HERE) It was a sensation and this began our musical journey with Kayla.  Miles and she teamed up and decided that he will produce her very first album (recording) which we hope (prayers please!) will be coming out in May 2014. 

( it has been a pretty interesting year on my end, observing just how much work musicians have to put into their creations - I had no idea)

Though recording of Kayla’s first album is still a work in progress, it was decided to allow a pre-release of “Into the Wild” just for this contest (so the final rendition on the album when it does emerge will be completely polished!) 

Soooooo, will  you please visit the CBC Searchlight contest page

 

 

HERE 

and listen to Kayla’s song

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and vote vote VOTE!!!

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You can click on Kayla’s BIO to expand it and read more - and

The contest opens today and runs until April 6, so EVERY VOTE COUNTS! 

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Click where it shows in the above graphic on the CBC Searchlight site.

This year, you can vote up to 10 times per day per region. Please spread the word!  Tweet, Facebook, Pinterest, email - lets put Osoyoos and Kayla on the airwaves in a big way. 

 

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And in light of this momentous exciting and wonderful news - I’ve created a FREE cut file for you to make your own “Sing Sing Sing” banner using your Silhouette Cameo. Click on image to be taken to the download!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge No. 6

I promised myself I would use this 6 x 6 “dolled up” paper pad for another project while the patterns and colors inspire me.  This challenge appealed:

Fusion Card Challenge No. 6

 

I decided to go with both these prompts, choosing the floral paper and also employing the layered rectangle in the center. 

 

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Supplies include My Mind’s Eye “dolled up”,  Studio G stamp and some cutouts I made using my Cameo 

 

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(I mimicked the flowers on the MME paper.)

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.  I’m off to go wish my dear friend Melanie O a happy birthday today. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Family Challenge #11 - Partial Embossing

Oh my… I am definitely (or if I’ve been given grace I still should be) a black sheep today because its our Family Challenge day and I was the one to initiate it and yet here I am posting late because I totally forgot - buahahaha!  Yeah, right about the time I had my head in the toilet bowl cleaning my sister let me know she got her post up.  Ahhh!  (smacking my forehead)  Well, it’s been a super busy couple of days. 

So I suggested this challenge which features Partial Embossing:

 

I’ve not attempted this before and it was a bit tricky in my head to make it happen all lined up and such.  Here’s my card:

 

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Supplies include:

Cardstock, Stamps - Inkadinkadoo (cupcake) and Bo Bunny (birthday sentiment) Crochet twine, Gems, Pearl accents,  Embossing Powder, Embossing Folder  and scraps of designer paper.

I thank you for stopping by today and encourage you to sneak on over to Nina and Judy’s blogs to see how they approached this fun challenge.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Try it on Tuesdays AND Timeless Tuesday Card

I confess this is my first time to ever combine two card challenges into one - but it just worked out this way!  As I was hunting down a challenge to tackle today I first came across

Try it on Tuesdays Challenge (March 18th) and the challenge is:

MUSIC

and then I found

Timeless Tuesday No 263 Challenge

and it is - A Touch of GOLD!

And by combining the two in my head I came up with this card -

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Supplies include:

Designer Paper - My Minds Eye  “Dolled Up” (don’tcha just ♥this FUNKY paper?”

Clipart Image - from Computer ClipArt HERE (traced in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition)

Happy Birthday Sentiment - Cardmaker’s Birthday Clear and Frosted Overlays

 

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Glitter - Recollections from Michaels

 

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And just in case you’re wondering - the bracelet is just a link recycled from a broken necklace!

Thanks for your stopping by today.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Family Challenge 10 - Whitewash Technique

Yayyyy - another family challenge - this time Nina inivited Judy and I to join her to try this:

 

 

What a unique and interesting technique, really had me thinking.  Here’s what I built:

 

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I used white inks and clear embossing powder - I’m not such a steady hand at embossing EXACTLY over a stamped image, but there you go, it still makes for an interesting look which I’ve never attempted before. 

Supplies used: Embossing Powder, White Ink, Cardstock, Stamp (Studio G), Button, crochet twine.

 

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I especially like the milky look of the white ink when it’s “painted” across the surface. 

If this intrigued you, why not hop over to Nina and Judy’s blogs to see how they employed this technique?

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Today’s “1 small THING” is… FAMILY

It seems so fitting to post about family right on the day of our “Family Challenge”.  This is so timely because my daughter Melanie and I got to enjoy a Mother-Daughter day this past weekend.  Though we live not so far apart (couple of hours) we really don’t get to spend much time together due to our busy schedules and … well, LIFE.  We natter all the time via technology, but face to face, not so much. 

My Mr. is busy through Spring Break in recording (much more about this in the future) with a severe time-line in place so I took the opportunity to catch a ride north with a friend who was heading up for a conference.  When I asked Melanie if she was “free for a day” she, without hesitation, not only cleared her schedule but between she and her man, Jared, set out planning a lavish and fun “Mom and Daughter Day” for me.  Wow. 

 

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Mel getting her “pedi”

 

Our first stop was at Kelowna’s O Spa for my (seriously) first ever pedicure.

 

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My FIRST ever pedicure!

 

Being as this was something I’d never done before, which being as I’m 55… is like, WOW!  Some who I mentioned to that I’d never had one ever, made me realize the significance of this occasion - that I got to experience it with my daughter and beside her too! 

I am sure I gave my gracious manicurist (or nail tech, according to google) a good workout because I am a runner and work out a lot and so she had to deal with feet which told the story of hard workouts.  But she transformed my feet from hooves to delicate limbs by the time our session was done.  Not only that, she lavished me with lotion to my poor winter dry skin even on my arms.  I floated out of there on new feet!

I need to say here the staff of O Spa were amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone.  If you’re reading this and you have a Mom - treat her today, if not to a high end, even if you do her nails yourself.  Its something that really brings you together.  I will think of Mel every time I look at my toes (which, because of the nude pearly color I chose look like little pinkish tinged sea-shells I think)

 

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And then we went driving driving - Jared being the chauffer for the first part of the day to…

 

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Eat Sushi!

We chose the BLUETAIL Sushi in Kelowna (where by the way, they have a tremendous deal on right now through GROUPON, check it HERE)

 

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Hmmm, what to order? 

 

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Gyoza

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Spider Roll

 

I can’t list it all here - we practically DID order it ALL!  What a great way to try some new things.  It was incredible, both the food and service. 

 

Sushi Moustache

Pickled Ginger “moustaches”

And we had fun too.  We always have fun.

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Just hanging out -

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or in the thrift store where Mel met a “new friend”  A real MAN-equin.  (she sent this pic to her Mr but he said “Pshaw!” He knows there is nobody like himself body for her!  I wish I could remember the funny reply he sent back - it was tooooo funny!

This is something that my daughter and I have in common, pure silliness.  I get joy out of Mel’s ability to let go and just be silly with me.  Life is too short to go around all sober and serious.  Specially when you have time with the somebodies you love more than everything in the world! 

 

“I don't think quantity time is as special

as quality time with your family.”

Reba McEntire

 

Thanks for visiting today!

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Case This Sketch No. 68 Card

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FIRSTLY - if you arrived here hoping to download some of my FREE files, and they do not work, please be patient.  Seems the service I was using (Ge.tt) got up and went (I did recall something about them selling)  Well it has kind of created a nightmare for me.  I need to re-upload the files (I will use my Google Drive) but it will take some time.  If there is a file you particularly need or want, please send me an email request at

lalalime(at)hotmail{dot}com 

Thank you!

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I found this nice and super simple sketch at

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and decided it would be perfect to try some supplies I was gifted!  Here’s this week’s sketch:

 

I created the following:

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The designer paper - Bo Bunny, the sentiment Studio G.  The Gems, Recollections and my fave part of all…

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- its SO hard to see, but if you look carefully around the far wing you will see the sweet shimmer of a Wink of Stella brush.  These brushes are made for precision and add that sweet “something” to your favourite projects. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Clear It Out Challenge - Kids & Bright Colors!

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FIRSTLY - if you arrived here hoping to download some of my FREE files, and they do not work, please be patient.  Seems the service I was using (Ge.tt) got up and went (I did recall something about them selling)  Well it has kind of created a nightmare for me.  I need to re-upload the files (I will use my Google Drive) but it will take some time.  If there is a file you particularly need or want, please send me an email request at lalalime(at)hotmail{dot}com  Thank you!

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I was thrilled to find this fun challenge because I hardly ever seem to make children themed cards and I bought a fun 6 x 6 pad like 6 months ago, expressly for that. Here’s the challenge:

Clear It Out Challenge - March 11, 2014:

This Week's challenge

 

Theme:   Kids (use a picture of a child or a card for a child)   

Stash: Bright coloured paper

 

So I did, I made a child’s card using part of my stash!

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Can you see how fun this is?  So, the main “rocket” element (the biggie) is not part of the pad, actually.  The background is what I started with.  I found another paper that matched closely in the colors already present in the background paper.  I then drew the rocket onto it freehand! 

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Then I shaded the rocket in using my Tombow markers, added some lines to make the “supports?” look 3d.  Next, I added foil bits and some jazzy big gems onto the side.

 

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And as for a sentiment, I printed and cut some text using my Cameo (not using the sketch pens) and then I popped them on tags under the side of the rocket.  I enhanced the BLAST by backing it with more sparkly red (can’t have too much sparkle or color on a kid’s card, eh?) and then backing it and the rocket both with foam tape. 

So glad you popped in!

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