Monday, September 03, 2018

Floral “Remember Today” Card

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I feel like I’m giving into this “simple” theme on a lot of cards lately and being able to assemble quickly and happily – so unusual for me.  I’m happily ensconced into my craft cave for the second time today and it feels like I got the very last scoop of ice cream or something.  My sister Nina and sister in law Judy are both doing this card along with me too, so now I feel like I hit the winning ticket for sure.  The very most wonderful thing I can think of doing before this long weekend ends and the daily grind gets me.  LOL!  Do you craft along with a sibling, relative or friend while you create?  Do you text?  Do you Facetime?  How blessed we are when we do, doubles our joys, so to speak.


I started my card with a basic thick white cardstock.  I save the “good stuff” for cards where I make mostly white on the front panel which I diecut using what I think was a Spellbinders set.   I find a top rate cardstock makes a big difference in sturdiness and quality of my cards.  I stamped some pretty florals using versafine and Stampin’ Up “both way blossoms”  I shaded them in gently using Tombow Markers.   I used an  Echo Park sentiment. 

Thanks for dropping in!  Visit me and I’ll come a-visitin’ you too Smile 

Sunday, September 02, 2018

You’re RAD Dino Card

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Sometimes these tic tac toe challenges can be a hoot!  I liked the idea of this Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #211.

I decided to go a little crazy and try out a couple sets of diecuts I purchased at least 3 months ago and have not used as much as I thought I might.  Thes diecuts and stamp sets are Recollections.  I used two sets, one a dinosaur theme (thus the diecuts)  the other for some award ribbon looking ones.  I liked the dino from one and the sentiment from both sets.  The thing that really made this card so fun is this DCWV The Gone Wild Stack.  Its 12 x 12 in nice thick textured paper with lots of glittery stripes and such (thus the glitter)  I used two DP (thus the two pattern papers)  the greenish sparkly stripes one for dino and then the red, more muted one for the backdrop.  I stamped the ROAR on and filled it in a bit with Gelly Roll clear star.  I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it into three bits and popped them out with foam tape.  Finally I decided to make a spring for behind dyno so he can squiggle around for even more scary action. 

I was given this paper a few years ago by my lovely freind Jocelan.  (muah, muah MUAH Jocelan and I’ll be emailing you sooner than soon, really!)  At the time I really wondered how I would use it, it was a huge departure from the patterns and tones I usually gravitate to.  But you know, this stack keeps filtering right up to the top of my stacks pile every so often and exactly when I need a unique card.  And now is a great time with Grandkids growing up – both boys and girls – they all seem to like dinosaurs these days. 

Isn’t that the coolest thing really though – giving someone a gift and knowing that whenever they use it, it comes with a memory of WHO gave it and brings them to mind?   I love sharing out things with my family and friends and seeing how they use it… incredible to see how we all interpret things differently.  Is there something special you have recieved from someone that you enjoyed?  I’d love to know.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Bless Your Little Heart card

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I’m jumping on a sketch a day it seems for this past week, but I’m sure my streak will stop very soon and I’ll take a breather and come back refreshed.  I seem to work in bursts.   I liked this straightforward CAS(E) this sketch #287 and so it was easy to figure out just what to whip up.  I used this gorgeous designer paper “Love Story” – an 8 x 8 block of the most textured and lovely paper by Kristin Cronin Barrow 

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As you can see its deeply embossed and nice thick and strong paper.  I used a Simon Says stitched diecut for the circle and then used a small diecut for the heart.  The stamps are from one of my favorite stamp companies – Honey Bee Stamps

Hope you are on a crafty creative streak too.  What a nice bunch of coincidences for me:  a long weekend (Labour Day here in Canada) – my sweet husband home and getting to spend quality time with him – and making a few cards here and there. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Follow Your Heart Card

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The moment I saw this Sketch #279 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I knew that I finally had a sketch which would inspire me to use some supplies up.  I picked up this Forever in Time  Designer Paper because it is ideal to go with the ART-C feather stamps and diecuts I’ve been aching to use but never seem confident enough to use.  I used a Simon Says diecut for the stitched rectangular background.  I also used two more smaller stitched diecuts to make a clear plastic window and the ochre frame.  I did not want to hide the background completely so I chose a bit of shimmering gold see-through ribbon and a narrow strip of teal.  I stamped and cut the diecut feathers from a watercoloured paper.

With school coming soon I’m sharing a couple of “school theme” pics from a recent visit to a cool little ghost town museum we visited:

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This is me, sucking in my neck and frowning as if I were a mean old biddy teacher…

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And I liked this sweet vintage lunch kit too –

I can just imagine some tow-headed boy or little girl with braids and ribbons clutching this.


Have a good holiday weekend if you’re hear in Canada and if you’re not, hope you have a super one too. 

on the way to school.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

WHALE Hello There…

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TaDA!  Another card pulled out of my creative hat.  I was soooooo tired when I saw this Freshly Made Sketches challenge #352 but I made myself prop the peepers open to take this one on.  Yup, it was do or die and so I quickly picked out this designer paper from DCWV 12 x 12 “Coastal” pad.  I laid my hands on this Cheeky Modern Pop Stamp and Die Kit I’d bought from Michaels  because seriously, I’d bought it a while back and had not even had a chance to crack the package and I said to myself “THIS is the day”.  I Heat embossed Mr Whale.  I added a black sequin for the eye.  I used some wide silvery ribbon underneath some clear hard plastic I ran through a WeR Memory Keepers embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment on and trimmed the sentiment into a notched banner.  The final touch was to add the “spout” of water from his nose hole. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Have Courage Card

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I decided to stretch this pretty designer paper by Graphic 45 for this CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #287.   You may have noticed I flipped the challenge sketch horizontally so that I would  not lose any of the pretty florals on the DP.  I layered this up with two tones of cardbase and backed it by black to coordinate the black cardstock base.  I used a bright white for the Cuttlebug  embossed background.  The sentiment is a new favorite from the Echo Park “Loving Expressions” set. 

Elegant Hello Card

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Finally back at the drawing board with a challenge card after a long hiatus in all things creative due to a lovely summer chock full end to end.  (even better I was able to join this challenge with my sister in law Judy) I chose this great little sketch from the Paper Players #407 because it is  so simple and versatile.  I liked it so much, indeed, that I created a batch of 4 out of this lovely designer paper by Graphic 45 called Joy Luck – Bird Song Collection.  I even have enough left over in scrap that I can make even more cards to eat it ALL up!  Have you ever challenged yourself to use a paper up in one fell swoop?   I cut the Hello from my Die-namics diecut, layering it up for strength, and I glued it onto the bottom panel of my card, which I had “bumped up” using a thick foam tape. 

Thanks for dropping by! 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sum Sum Summertime


Ah these crazy hazy summertime days. Happy crazy, good crazy peppered with visits and visiting. Crazy with a whole two weeks of precious moments with my grandbabies and family and even grand dawgs. Crazy with my 3 year old granddaughter giving me a peck on the cheek after not seeing her for oh so long and her meowing through our visit (she was a CAT and I enjoyed her feline take on the world through her eyes). I got to hold my brand new grandson for the first time ever. I got time with my daughers and daughter in law too, my heart is full. These sweet memories printing out in my mind as little insta-prints going into a jar where I can take them out one by one in the future and examine them. Lovely time with my Sister who loves me so fiercely and unconditionally that I feel her hug surrounding me always. Meeting new family I never knew existed before - how crazy is this? Its like being given a teeny bit of my family history back. So amazing.

The hazy - all the fires here in British Columbia. It seems not to matter what the weatherman calls the day to be, its all gray and ash. My prayers go out to the people on the frontline of the fires and those who are silently in the back volunteering.

I hope you are having a beautiful summer and I thank you for taking a few moments out to stop in and say hi!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Colorful Birthday Card

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So my Sister Nina texts me this morning and asks if I’m into making a card and I say “Sure!” – she asks if I have a challenge in mind so I hunted and pecked and settled on Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #92 – and I discover that once again our sisterly brains are on the same creative wavelength because she had not only chosen this same challenge but had already chosen and assembled her bits in readiness.  This happens to us often.  Do you have this happen too?  This said, I think its so cool how we can take the same sketch and make completely different looking cards out of it. 

I used a slice of K&C Company designer paper for the backdrop and then layerd on stripes of color coordinated cardstock bits (nice way to use up scraps!  I stamped this sentiment from Your Next Stamp (love this set) and diecut this banner panel from glittery cardstock.  I thought I was done at this point.  Showed and Telled to Nina then took a pic in prep to post.  Wandered off and had lunch, all the while thinking it looked kind of naked up by the sentiment.  Came back and it hit me to add the small bits of blues and greens to “frame” in the words.  Voila! 

Do you ever wander off and come back with revelations of improvement or enhancement to your cards? 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thinking of You frame card

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Feels like forever since I’ve created and posted all in one fell swoop.  Well, thats the way it has to be with me, isn’t it with such busy days.  I am happy with this oh so simple Just Add Ink  #414 challenge.  I pulled this one together quite effortlessly, keeping it straightforward before I could get carried away.  I was dying to use this panel from Kaiser Craft Hanami Garden Collection, and because I wanted to “Just Add” some Ink I used a tombow clear ink marker and embossed this sentiment.  I diecut the frame using stitched die from Simon Says Stamp  with DP by CraftSmith “Natural Luxury” (a 12 x 12 pad I go back to time after time and wish I’d bought two, no three, NO, the craft hoarder in me yells 12 haha!) 

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For a final touch of elegance I added some Twinkle Dust glitter to the blooms.  And there you have it.  Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful and creative day. 

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