Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Grateful and Blessed Card

I am MAKING myself post a card today - so many made in the past few months yet sadly only a few make here so today is THE DAY I'm going to feel happy I took a moment to blog.  I was inspired by this CAS(E) this sketch challenge #344 - I had it in my mind right off what I'd use.  I can't seem to get an active link back to the challenge site so here it is in longhand in case you would like to join in: http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2019/10/case-this-sketch-344.html

I used this lovely paisley embossing folder on white cardstock for a backdrop - by Darice.  Sentiment - Echo Park and some pretty natural wood maple leaves from our local dollar store.  

I'm hoping to blog a teeny bit more, just a bit of this and that - just for me!  I appreciate you stopping in today. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wow, has it really been 6 months since my last post?  My last challenge?   Yikes!

I confess I’ve ducked out of social media, pretty much, for quite a while.  Living a quiet life and taking loads of personal time.  Life is good, in general (Thank God - literally). Grabbing every chance to savour time with those I love in my life and doing things that make me happy.  There is value in slowing down and reassessing, pondering and choosing.  Glad to be back creating though and eyeing a few more new challenges too.  

I thought this simple CAS(E) this Sketch #339 appealed: 

I have been drawn to fall-ish colors and ideas now the weather is cooling so I brought together some fab designer paper along with some autumn elements and twinkles of glam and tossed in some texture as well. 

Sorry to say I don’t know who put out this gorgeous designer paper, but the stamps are Stampin’ Up, the jewels were salvaged from a makeup product I buy - they are encased in a cylinder of my eyebrow pencil!  The leaf purchased at a dollar store, a gift from a dear friend.  I ran some bronze soft metal sheeting through a WeR embossing folder.  

Thanks for stopping in if you took the time today. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You're a STAR!

Twas such a dull day outdoors with more snow this morning so was quite content to stay indoors and fit a bit of creativeness in.  This simple sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches #312 grabbed me today: 

Now I can be a little stick in the mud when it comes to sketches, too timid to push the limits in interpretation of a sketch so today I forced myself to be liberal.  I took a discretion to use a beautiful star shape for the focal point - I mean whats an extra angle on a rectangle and then squished around a bit?  I had fun!  

I used a backdrop of kraft cardstock and added a layer of DP from DCWV atop.  I trimmed a bit of gold sparkly ribbon and fringed the bottom a bit.  I stamped this gorgeous star from Close to my Heart "Shining Star" using versamark embossing ink and then Ranger "Queens's Gold" embossing powder.  I layered it on top of white cardstock and trimmed an edge.  I stamped the "you're a star" from the same stamp set.  I twined some very fine gold thread around the star, added foam tape and tacked it onto my card.  My final touch are the three April Crystals from Studio Katina.  

I was pleased my card came together in the end - sometimes mid-card I get doubtful.  How about you, do you have a time your confidence falters while building cards?  

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Masculine Birthday Black and Grey

Feels so nice to be creating again after a couple of trips away in this past three weeks.  Wonderful to find a simple straightforward sketch to base my card on and CAS(E) this sketch #311 is just perfect to work from.  

I used a basic black cardstock and layered it up with a base of a wallpaper sample a friend gave me recently.  The pattern and monochromatic theme are perfect for a manly greeting card.  I stamped a repeating pattern using a compass stamp from My Mind's Eye "indie" using versafine in black.  I chose a simple happy birthday from a Paper Smooches set I seem to go back to time and time again, onto a white cardstock.  After using layers and elevating some with foam tape I achieved lots of texture and height for interest.  

So glad you stopped in today!  

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Always BE Amazing

Woo Hoo - fitting in a tiny flurry of cards while the fitting is possible - I seem to get derailed all over the place.  I think I enjoy the process even more being as its sporadic.  

I took incentive from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches #489 -  I knew just what I wanted to do!

I used a natural cardstock and layered up some WeR Memory Keepers Chalkboard 6 x 6 DP trimmed into the slices.  I used a Simon Says Stamp "Be" stamp set for the sentiment in black Versafine.  I heat embossed in clear.  I blocked out sections and coloured the mid section using Tim Holtz Distress in Abandoned Coral. 

I die cut a spellbinders double layer butterfly using another DP scrap and an over-layer of transparent neutral vellum.  I finished this little beauty off with a gem from Studio Katia.  Last touch was some pretty very very fine embroidery foiled floss in a soft pink, swirled around the whole sweet butterfly.  \

I do indeed thank you for taking the time to visit today!  ♥ Wishing you creativity and happiness this week ♥

Monday, February 04, 2019

Love Deeply Card

I'm excited to create a card for a (new to me) card challenge: 

I had some very pretty wallpaper snippets given to me by a dear friend and the texture and pattern on this background paper grabbed my eye immediately.  I backed it with a black cardstock for even more visual impact.  I stamped a punched circle with "Love Deeply" a part sentiment from a Penny Black stamps set.  I added a scalloped circle die cut from Spellbinders. I punched a heart and cut a double notched ribbon from a fabric type paper.  I bumped the heart out using foam tape.  

Finishing touch are these three pretty opaque gems from Studio Katia

Sidenote: Its darn cold here today - not compared to the eastern provinces here in Canada, still, cold enough with a brisk wind chill factor happening that I was FORCED to stay inside and craft today ;) 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Wishing You Peace

Goodness, far too long to make a card, even sweeter now that I know I get to create and post the same challenges as my Sis (Nina) and SIL (Judy

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches 373 inspires and I decided to include a few items I’ve not had an opportunity to use yet.  I started with a nice solid Neenah columns card base – I save these for projects with a “white space” background as the paper is so pleasing.  First I stamped “Wishing You Peace” from Gina K ‘Peaceful Roses” clear stamps.   I diecut this Spellbinders Flower Box out of the leftovers of a sheet of Bo Bunny “a gift of love” designer paper.  I chose some pretty ribbons in pinks and glued them diagonally across the card.   I cut a plain panel for the bottom leaving it longer on each side, adding a double layer of foam tape in the middle, then folding each end under and neat to the edges of the flower box I tacked it to the card base over the ribbons -  (the double foam in the middle makes the flower box “wow” out in the center.  My final touch is a pretty crystal pinkish heart!  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Where Oh Where?

FINALLY - since last year even, I’m posting a card.  

I based my card on Tuesday Morning Sketches #485. Which you can find my visiting  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2019/01/tuesday-morning-sketches-485.html This is a poignant sketch as it was created by a former design team member Jessi Fogan who sadly passed away in December.  My heartfelt prayers to everyone who was in her world.  

I chose to do a lot of layering up and taking advantages of double sided designer paper.  Oh and how I dearly dearly wish I’d marked down just which paper this was, though I suspect it was a BoBunny.  (This little aside: my husband can never get over how I can remember all the important details of life and survival but ask me where I bought something from a thrift store or something about my crafting and hallelujah its embedded loudly in my brain) So I’m pretty confident its BB.  At any rate, I also used a paisley embossing folder and a Spellbinders floral die cut and the sentiment is stamped in an Andrionak embossing powder in this lucious color.  

I’ve struggled with blogging these past few months.  Sometimes just too busy, sometimes not motivated and strangely I found myself often wanting to just nest and keep life simple and spend time quietly.  So I’m good, life is beautiful.  Just saying’. 

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