Monday, May 02, 2016

CAS on Sunday Card & springness pics!

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I am making this card to go along with the CAS on Sunday Challenge #82 – “Stitching” (real) stitching.  Lucky for me I not only have a sewing machine, but I ♥ to sew.  Well not sew holes in things and hem pants and stuff… but anything crafty is fun.

The soft and pretty polka dot DP is Bo Bunny.  The chipboard is (I think) Crate5 and the sentiment is Paper Smooches. I could not resist using a vintage teeny tiny buttone with an insy weenie bow. 

Here’s a few more spring pics to inspire:

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Its the time of the year you wanna just lay on that blanket and smell the grass growing and watch insects and (yawwwn..)

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Pretty nice dog park – we are fortunate to have several.  Look how placid the water is in the mornings!

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This is a beach in Penticton – an hour’s drive from here.  Spent some time with my handsome Mr here on Saturday (date day YEAHHHHHH!) 

Hope you have a terrific week!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Photos and TMS card

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I needed to make a “Thinking of You” card and I thought I’d pair it up with a challenge.  Lucky for me today’s Tuesday Morning Sketches #349 Challenge is a perfect fit for my creative thinking today:

Lucky for me, the designer paper I chose did all the “polka-dotting” for me.  It is “amplified” by American Crafts. My sentiment is from Penny Black – the “eloquence” set. All I had to do was add some distress ink around the sentiment, pop a couple of teeny tiny diamonds on the “i”s on the sentiment and add some twine and wool in coordinating colors. 

Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ll leave you with a couple of random springtime pictures I’ve taken recently:

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The fruit is all early this year.

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What a magnificent Magnolia – this was about a month ago

at the coast.

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Violets make me all sentimental – what florals do this to you?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CAS on Sunday, my take on #81 tic-tac-toe

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This is my take on CAS on Sunday #81 – Tic Tac Toe challenge:

As you may gather, I chose to go with the middle horizontal line!  I stamped the Close to my Heart sentiment directly onto a silver foil cardstock (recollections) – using Stayz-on ink.  I used a glitter chevron patterned paper for the backdrop and added just a few sequins for fun. 

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It is really difficult to take photos of shiny and glittery papers – they usually turn out with me and my camera reflected – adding in unasked for shapes and colors.  You kind of have to sneak up on a shiny card, stalk it and catch it when the light is just right. 

Speaking of taking pictures, here are a few taking in the last month which have inspired me:

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My little Grand-dawg Fancy – at the dog beach one recent Saturday when Melanie came to hang out with me.

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“G’maw – don’t watch me eat my cones, its embarassing!”

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“And they’re really not so fun to eat…”

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Cones are much more approachable than Mr and Mrs Duck…

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guest Designer for Merry Monday #200!!!

I’m beyond TICKLED (can you see me squirming? haha) that my sister Nina asked me to be her Guest Designer for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 200th – woo HOO!  This is a BIG DEAL! 

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I decided to go with the “inspiration” theme – pretty pinks and silver:

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I used a soft pink paper from Recollections, trimming deckled edges using the my Fiskars cutter (could not live without that thing!)  I layered up the top row and added a strip of sparkly silver washi tape.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes (cut out of foil) then added pretty gems in the centers.  The middle snowflake is backed by a circle to make it the center of interest.  Lastly I stamped “Season’s Greetings” using a JustRite clear Christmas Labels One stamp by Amy Tedder Designs.

Though I struggle sometimes to be “festive” when its warm outdoors – any time a “00th” celebration comes along it becomes much easier to “get in the mood”.  Congrats to all of the Designers and hard working staff who keep Merry Monday going. And, of course to all of you bloggers and crafters who post your creations here too. Thanks all for inspiration all year long. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

My take on FMS 231 Challenge

I was a little confused when I saw the header “There’s still time to play with FMS 237” because now that I was looking at it, its FMS 231!  But I think I came up with a simple card.

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Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 231:

I needed something masculine and I think my card hit the ticket!  I wanted to give it a little “oomph” so I layed up in the designer paper taking the cue from the square patterns – just bumping them up slightly with foam tape. 

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From the front you’d hardly know. 

I used a Crate Paper and the stamped sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Thanks for wandering in here!

Friday, April 01, 2016

A card for FMS 230

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I enjoyed whipping up a card  this week’s Freshly Made Sketches 230 challenge – because it was so dead simple!

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I decided to go with a paper that I keep coming across in my stash – it’s sectioned off into one of my bins with the label of “Specialty” because of its very embossed feel – very 3D – a “touchy feely” card.

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I could not get the color quite right through my photographs, its far more the the red than pink, good thing as its intended to be a masculine birthday card. 

This designer paper is Lost and Found 3 by My Mind’s Eye.  The stamp is from Hero Arts.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pretty card for The Card Concept #52

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YAY for The Card Concept as it (you/they) celebrate their 2nd Anniversary!  Two years is a goodly long time in terms of being a card challenge – so many come and go – such a happy event worthy to be rejoiced along with!  I created my card with the theme of being soft and feminine, using text and using the tiny flowers.

Here’s the image we are offered for The Card Concept 52 – isn’t it sigh-worthy?  I was not certain I could live up to it but I gathered some supplies I thought might work and jumped right in. 

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I fell in love with these little crochet flowers when I saw them on a hairband in the thrift store.  What – for a whole 15 cents I managed to salvage a dozen or so flowers and leaves.  I carefully soaked them and cleaned them and set them aside for just such a day as this.  I came across this paper a bit ago too, and caught the flowers out of the corner of my eye (I tend to leave a few supplies that inspire me laying right near at hand while the artistic inspriation is upon me) and when this challenge came up I just knew this was the day to bring it all together.

I trimmed the designer paper (sorry no ID on this one) to just smaller than my cardstock face.  In the meantime I soaked the ribbon lace strip in some weak tea to age it.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top of the sentiment and trimmed it to fit.  I stamped the sentiment on – an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamp.  I bumped up the sentiment layer using foam tape then began glueing and arranging flowers. In the end I added some more “aging” using a Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My “Less is More” 268 Card

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Well this one was an easy choice for me – as the theme for Less is More Challenge 268 is:

“Whats outside your window”

So I was quite literal with my interpretation.  By the way the background paper may look like it has a dark splotch by the sentiment however that is just a shadow from a bud or two.  I was inspired by the orchard budding out and since I have two relatives who are moving into new homes…

The background paper is from Crate Paper – the image fussy cut from an SEI paper, then I punched the hole in, then added another small hole to put the string into.   The branch is a bit of thick brown twine pasted into place and the leaves coming off of this I drew by hand.  The sentiment is a partial stamp from a Katie and co stamp.

I had fun creating this card along with my Sister in Law Judy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Tuesday Morning Sketches 344 card

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I teamed up with my Sister in Law Judy to try this week’s Tuesday Morning Sketches #344 card challenge.

I simply layered and layered black and white cardstock with alternating layers of bold purple polka-dot and yellow glittery cardstock.  I added the bold sentiment in the center – from Forever in Time, embossing some parts and coloring the same as the background layers using my TomBows (thats when you’re happy you saved up and bought the WHOLE set one Christmas…)  Finally, I had just been given the ribbon yesterday at church from a friend, and in reality its burgundy and white but i went over it with my TomBow markers to match! 

I made this card for a friend who always dresses in eye popping colors, bold patterns and so very tastefully – she is not afraid to “Be Herself!”

Thank you for coming by today! 

PS – I WILL be doing a lot of commenting in the coming day.

My Mojo Monday 440 Card

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I’m following along on this week’s Mojo Monday 440

I’m afraid I don’t know which company made this designer paper however the stamp is from Katie Hall.  I used the simple recipe of layer, upon layer, upon LAYER.  I added a bit of coordinating colors to the stamping using my TomBow Markers.

Its rather a cloudy day here, but warm, with all sorts of tweets outside – in fact, a Northern Flicker pounding madly on the side of the house!  It’s like a bird symphony outside, some warbles, some urgent raucous calls.  What birds are you seeing and hearing outside where you are?  I’d love to know.

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