June 29, 2014

Winter White Wreath

Well, its another hot and humid day here in a Jemseg, NB.  Definitely a day you wish you had a pool.  It's too hot for everyone, even the puppy.  We had a bit of a health scare with the puppy this past week.  She got really sick Wednesday evening and a visit to the vet Thursday morning confirmed our worst fears.  She had Parvovirus.  She had to spend almost two days in the hospital.  There were lots of tears in our house that day.  However, she responded really well to treatment and was able to come home Thursday evening.  She's still on meds and not fully recovered but she's doing really well.  Thank goodness.  Hard to believe how much we became attached to her in five short days.  Glad she's on the mend.  :-)

Anyway, my card today was inspired by the lovely challenge picture over at a Festive Friday.  Take a look...

Isn't that lovely?  I decided to pull out the white and pretty pastel colours.  Here, take a look...

The wreath is by Penny Black and is new.  I stamped with versamark on kraft cardstock and embossed in white.  I added some pearls in pink, pale blue, purple and white.  I matted this on white and attached to my kraft card base with foam dots.  I stamped my sentiment (Stampabilities) in white but it didn't show up well so I went over it with my white gel pen.  Love how soft and pretty this turned out.  :-)

I think I'll link up to the following challenges as well:

The Paper Players - It's Tic Tac Toe this time.  I used any shade of pink, pearls, and embossing.
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

Well, hope you are all enjoying some nice weather wherever you are!  Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

This is the card I made for my Dad for his birthday.  It's not until Friday but he got the card already.  My parents live in a Calgary, AB and with my Dad's birthday and Father's Day so close together I usually mail both cards at the same time.  Which usually results in him getting one late and one early.  LOL.  Oh well.  Anyway, here's the card...

I used some patterned kraft paper I won a while ago.  I can't remember who makes it, though.  I cut two pieces and adhered to either side of my white card base.  Then I took some (pre) die cut letter in a reddish orange and adhered them along the white card base edge.  Lastly, I used some white letterstickers for the birthday.  A really quick and easy card to make but with that cool patterned kraft paper I think it's quite visually interesting.

Going to link up to the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday - anything goes (no toppings this week)
CAS on Sunday - create a birthday card
CAS-ology - "Let's Celebrate".  It's their 100th challenge!
Addicted to Stamps and More - it's their 100th challenge and their second birthday!  Inspiration photo:

I don't know how many cards I'll be posting the next few weeks.  With our new puppy and Donovan being on summer break, I've got my hands full!  I'll probably go into crafty withdrawal!  I'll still have my Inkspirational post though.  Whew!  The outlook is not all bleak!  LOL.  Our puppy, Summer, is doing quite well.  Crate training is going very well and she's getting the idea of going to the bathroom outside already!  Here are a few pictures...

Isn't she sweet?  Anyway, that's all for now.  Thanks for visiting and have a super day!

June 21, 2014

Inkspirational Challenge - Blue with White or Cream

Good morning!  It's another challenge over at Inkspirational!  This time the challenge is to create a project using only blue and white (or cream).  Different shades of blue are perfectly fine and black can be used as well (in limited quantities).  Doesn't matter what style of card or the occasion.  Come and join in the fun!

This is what I came up with...

It's funny, it looks like I used different shades of blue for the butterflies but I didn't.  I couldn't seem to take a picture that didn't do that.  Oh well.  The butterflies are from a set of clings by Stampendous.  Love them!  The flowers were stamped in a lighter blue and come from a cling set by Inkadinkado.  The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers set.  It's just a one layer card but I did add a few pearls here and there.  They are quite small so they don't distract.

I hope you can all join us in the fun!  Winner gets to be a future guest designer!  :-)

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

Darnell's (djkardkreations) NBUS challenge - both the butterflies and the flowers are never-before-used-schtuff!  :-). Check out her challenge/blog!  She's awesome!

Runway Inspired Challenge - inspired by the blue and white of the dress.  Replaced the birds with butterflies.

I'd also like to take a moment and welcome a new follower!  Welcome to Kathy of Stamps at Play!  She's a talented card artist and well worth checking out.

Well, that's it for today.  Going to get our new puppy this morning.  Going to be a crazy summer!  :-). Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

June 20, 2014

Let's Celebrate and Sparkle!

Just a quick post to link up to some challenges.  They are as follows:

CAS-ology - cue word is Celebrate.  It's their 100th challenge!!  Yay CAS-ology!
STAMPlorations - sketch #14

Here's my card...

I decided to break out the glitter tape for this card.  Stamped my sentiment (Neat and Tangled) in grey.  Then I added some mirrored stars.

That's it for now!  Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!

June 18, 2014

Merry Christmas Sled

Hello everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't been by your blogs lately.  It's been a busy week so far.  It's the last week of school and on Monday I went with my son's class to the Zoo at Magnetic Hill in Moncton.  It was a long and tiring day but lots of fun.  We've had company for a few days as well.  I think the busy-ness won't be ending anytime soon, either.  On Saturday we go to pick up our new puppy!  We are getting a Treeing Walker Coonhound.  They are a good hunting dog breed but make great family pets too.  Looks kind if like a beagle but taller and slimmer.  We've decided to call her Summer since we will be getting her on the first day of summer.  Here's a picture of her.

Isn't she sweet?!  And this picture doesn't do her justice either.  It's going to be an interesting summer!

Anyway, I'll do my best to visit you all when I can.  I do have a card to share.  I made this for the Festive Friday challenge going on right now.  It's almost over and as usual I'm linking up last minute. LOL.  :-).  Here's the inspiration....

And here's my card...

I really liked the sled image and so I pulled out a NBUS sled stamp (winter wonderland set by Recollections) and stamped and coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I wanted it to look like it was in a snow bank so I used some texture snow.  Then I stamped my sentiment (Stampabilities) in green.  Layer my panel on some green striped and glittered paper and then attached to my card base.

I'm going to link up to the following challenge as well:

Jingle Belles - use red and green

Well, thats all for now!  Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting.

June 14, 2014

Guest Designing at Paper Crafting Challenges

Hello there!  It's been a little while since I last posted.  I've been busy with the last days of school and working on refinishing the antique buffet and hutch we bought years ago.  It had about 3 or 4 layers of paint (all different, all ugly and all done poorly) and I'm finally getting around to scraping and sanding it down.  We bought some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint that I can't wait to try out.  I learned about this from a fellow blogger, Meredith.  I looked into it and thought it looked fabulous.  We got the Linen for the outside, and doors and French Enamel (a kind of teal blue) for the inside shelves and back.  I'll be posting pictures of the before and after when I get it done.  Which could be months from now.  LOL!

The card I'm sharing today is one I made as a guest designer over at Paper Crafting Challenges.  Justin has some great challenge ideas and often a great prize up for grabs.  The challenge this time is "In Summer".  I had originally intended to link up to STAMPloration sketch challenge as I used the sketch but it ended sooner that I thought.  Oh well, it still gave me a card that I totally love.  Check it out...

When Justin told me the theme, I thought of the beach right away.  That's what summer means to me and my family. Traveling to PEI (or closer to home) and hanging out on the beach, looking for sea glass and sea shells.  Another favourite of the summer days are the appearance of dragonflies.  So, I made my sky by wetting down a strip of paper and randomly brushing on some broken china distress ink.  Once dry, I stamped my grass (SU!). I attached this to my beige card base.  I took some kraft card stock and tore the edges creating my sand dunes.  To give it that sandy speckled look I splattered brown, black and white acrylic paint.  I attached one piece down flat.  I stamped the sentiment (Paper Smooches) and adhered the second dune with some foam dots.  I added some glitter puffy shell stickers by Momenta.  Then I stamped and coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers my dragon fly.  I added diamond Stickles to the wings and attached it to the card.

I'm going to link this up over at a Keep It Simple! Where the challenge is Splatters.  I'm also linking up to Red Carpet Studio where the challenge is about vacations.

Well, that's all for now. Nope you can join in the fun over at PCC!  Thanks for stoping by!

June 13, 2014

Father's Day Fan

Good Morning everyone!  Today I'm sharing a Father's Day card.  This one is for my FIL.  I just love how it turned out!  Take a look...

I've had this stamp set for a while but never used it until now.  It's a set by Studio G.  I stamped and coloured the fan with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I stamped the sentiment (which I performed a little surgery on first as I didn't quite like where the "I'm a" was situated) then added a sticker heart and black glitter letters for the "dad".  Then I cut a few small slits where the fan part is and threaded my green ribbon through. I secured it with some washi tape at the back and then twisted and arranged the ribbon and glued the ends down in place.  I attached my panel with some foam dots to my card base.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays, "what a catch".  Make a masculine card with the catch of using ribbon and no kraft colour anywhere.
Addicted to Stamps and More - it's their clean and simple challenge again.  :-)
The Male Room - projects for the men in your life.  :-). The challenge is Father's Day.

Well, I hope this blog post finds you all well and I thank you very much for visiting.  Have a fantastic day!

June 07, 2014

Inkspirational Challenge - Sandie's Choice - Clean and Simple

It's a new challenge over at Inkspirational!  This time it was Sandie's choice and she chose the theme "clean and simple".  I hope you'll all join us for all the fun!  Now, I love to make CAS cards as many of you know.  So, this is just my kind of challenge.  :-). Take a look...

I used some of my new stamps from STAMPlorations that I won a little while ago.  I used Eclectic Florals set and the sentiment is from the Trendy Feathers set.  I masked off one edge and randomly stamped my flowers in different colours (all SU!, sage shadow, ballet blue, dusty durango, rich razzleberry).  Then I stamped my dotted flourishes (Inkadinkado) in versamark and embossed in clear over top.  It's a bit hard to see but it's there.  Then I made some different sized flags/banners and stamped my sentiment in dusty durango on the white one.

Be sure to check out all the other DT's cards as well.  They are all so fabulous!  :-)

Hope to see you all play along with us!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

June 06, 2014

June Guest Designer at STAMPlorations

I'm very happy to be doing this post today!  A little while ago I was invited to be a GD over at STAMPlorations for their monthly challenge for June.  The challenge for June is Stamps and Borders.

I'm honored to be among some fabulous designers!  The DT is filled with such talent!  You need to go check out their awesome creations!  Anyway, here's my card...

I just love the feathers of the Trendy Feathers set!  There are 4 different styles and four different sentiments.  I first took one of the feathers images and stamped it with broken china distress ink.  Then I sponged, splattered, sprayed blue and some green ink and then sprayed water over top.  Once that was dry I stamped the feather again in forest moss distress ink.  I cut my panel into strips and put two vertically and one horizontally.  I stamped the feather in the forest moss again and fussy cut it out, placing it beside my stamped sentiment.

Well, I really hope you all can play along with us this month!

I'd like to take a moment and welcome a new follower.  Marina of My Perfect Life.  She's a wonderful card artist and a fellow DTeammate at Inkspirational.  She's on a couple other DT's as well and has been blogging since 2011.  Check her out!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!  :-)

June 03, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Tag

Just a quick post today.  I've got to get my project linked up to Festive Friday before the current challenge ends.  This is the inspiration photo this time around.

So much to draw from!  I decided to use the red and white colours.  I also decided to make a tag instead of a card.

So, I had to hand draw and cut my mustache (if you had a die that would be easier, but I didn't) and then I embossed it and the other white panel piece with my snowflake folder (Darice).  Once attached to my red tag I added the white glitter letters (Recollections) and the white ribbon/bow.  Simple but I think it's rather cute.

So, you may have noticed that the embossing folders I use are mainly by Darice.  In case any of you are interested, I found a place online that sell a large variety in two different sizes (5 x 7 and 4.25 x 5.25) and their price is fantastic!  $2.97 (USD) each.  I've seen them go on sale for $1.97 many times too.  They are called consumercrafts.com. It where I get my Spectrum Noir marker usually too.  Best price I've been able to find and they also go on sale often.  They've got lots of crafty stuff and while their cardmaking/scrapbooking selection isn't huge they've got some great stuff at great prices.  Anyway, I thought I'd share that little bit of info.  :-)

I'm also linking this up to Christmas Stampin' All Year Long where the theme is "anything goes".

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous day!

June 02, 2014

Fuzzy Butterfly

Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven't been around for a bit.  I was away this past weekend on a shopping trip to Bangor, ME.  Had a great time and got a lot of crafty goodies, some clothes and some things for our bathroom renovation (tiles, grout, new bathroom fan).  :-). Anyway, I've got a card to share today that I'm quite pleased with the results.

I decided to try the embossing paste with a stencil (mini circles by The Crafter's Workshop).  Unfortunately, I didn't have any embossing paste so I looked around my craft area and my gaze landed upon some textured snow.  Probably not what they intended it be used for but I figured couldn't hurt to try.  And it worked just fine!  It has a subtle glitter too but it's impossible to see it in the picture.  Then I used a digi image of a butterfly (Floppy Latte's Digital Designs) which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers (OR2, CT3, GB5, True Black) and then fussy cut out.  You see how the butterfly looks all fuzzy and velvety?  I added some black flocking powder to the black parts of the butterfly.  Not too difficult using a Zig fine tip glue pen.  I wanted it to seem like a real butterfly.  Then I added a little white banner with a sentiment (STAMPlorations) and a die cut from a scrap of metallic green cardstock.  I attached the butterfly with some glossy accents only on the body part so the wings would be lifted.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS - code word is TEXTURE.
Addicted to Stamps and More - it's "make your mark" this week.  Use markers, pencils etc.
Curtain Call - "something simple".
Paper Crafting Challenges - use stencils.

Hope you are having the same fantastic weather where you are that we are having here!  Thanks for stopping by!  :-)