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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Fathers' Day

I cannot believe it's been almost a month since my last post. Life has been gearing up for summer, and now with two little people in our house, we've been busier than ever.

This first card has been made for months. I had it ready to go, and decided that it would be perfect for my dad for Fathers' Day.

I had to scan this card in, as the battery on my camera was dead, and I wanted to get a record of it before I pass it off to dad tomorrow.

The image is from SU's Lovely as a Tree. It is probably one of my favourite sets. I stamped it twice to have it go across the card stock. Then, I used (I think) Scattered Straw, Marigold and Mustard distress inks for the sky and Moss for the grass. It's been so long, I have forgotten the colours I used. Then, I gave it a spray of copper Perfect Pearls.  I wasn't crazy about the blob on the right, but it is much less noticable in person, and it's grown on me.

The sentiment is computer generated and traced with a Versamark pen then embossed with copper.

The mats are pieces of copper as well.

This next card I whipped up today for my husband's first Fathers' Day. It's relatively simple, and I love the way it turned out.

The card is a 6 inch square with sticky backed cork as the second layer and denim print paper as the top. The sentiment layer was done the same way and then four brass brads were added to finish it off. Inside is a poem that I wrote for my husband.

I am putting both of these cards as my submission for the SCS Ways to use it challenge- WT379- MAN UP

Thanks for stopping by. I've been working on a few things, and hope to have them posted soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


The theme for the Ways to Use it challenge today is green. I really like green, but for whatever reason, it's not typically a colour I go to when I make cards (other than Christmas).

But, my New Year's resolution to myself was two-fold. 1) Ink every single stamp I have and 2) Organize my stamps and purge the ones I don't use, bought on impulse or don't like any more. Of course, this resolution was made in January, before we had two kids. I have been able to sneak to my crafting space once in a while and create. Usually, I grab a box and stamp the images then colour and assemble later.

This card was made a couple of weeks ago- I've had the stamp for a couple of years, and haven't used it. My niece's birthday is coming up in June, and she LOVES green.

It was a pretty easy card to pull together. The image was stamped with Momento black and coloured with Copics. The five was cut out with my Cricut and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. It was layered on green papers that I had in my stash.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Yellow butterflies

I had a little time for crafting during quiet time this morning- a quick check of the SCS Free For All challenge netted a new card dimension I'd never tried (the finished size is 3.5 inches wide by 6 inches tall). I think my Christmas cards this year will be that size- it's perfect!
Last weekend, I also checked on the Less is More challenge- which was to use yellow. I had an idea perking in my brain all week, and finally had a chance to execute it.
The card stock was cut at 6 inches by 7 inches, and folded to create a final size of 3.5 inches by 6 inches.
I punched a three inch circle out of the middle of the yellow, put an embossed piece of white stock behind it and added the punched butterflies (EK Success three step punch) onto the card with foam tape. The ribbon was knotted and adhered to the card. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.
It was really a fast card to make- probably less than 10 minutes once all was said and done.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Distressed sketch

Yesterday, I had a bit of play time and used up some papers that came in a magazine. I have also decided to try to ink up all the stamps I own and create something with each and every one. Then, I will decide if they are destined for the keep pile, or if I will be getting rid of them. I stamped a stack of images on Monday while the kids were having quiet time and have been using them through the week.

I stamped the Young Vermillion in Momento Black on bristol cardstock and coloured it with Copics. The branch wasn't quiet long enough, so I extended it a bit. I sponged on the background with distress inks (Stormy Sky) and did the same thing with the sentiment.

I am finding stamping a bunch of images when the kids are down then dealing with them (the images) later is a much better process right now.

On to the card!

I am entering this card in the SCS Wednesday Sketch challenge (SC383) and the Thursday Ways to Use It challenge (WT373).

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Less is more...

I haven't had the time to play with the Less is More challenge for a couple of weeks, but check it every week- this Saturday's offering sparked my creativity and I knocked several cards out in less than an hour. This week's challenge is a sketch- So simple and the possibilities are endless.
This first card is done with a stamp I got in the dollar bin at Joann during a recent trip south of the border. I coloured it with silver and pink JellyRoll pens, layered it on some black cardstock and added a rhinestone to the centre.
This card will be used for my brother's birthday at the end of the month. I have very few masculine cards in my stash and it's not something I am really comfortable with, but I need to get working on some guy cards. The inspiration for this card came from the ART- just do it! blog. I stamped the image in black and sponged some green distress inks (Iced Spruce, Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles) on the leaves. I coloured the trunk of the SU Lovely as a Tree stamp with the Tea Dye distress ink marker. I haven't added any sentiments on the cards, because I prefer to do it when I have a recipient in mind. I'll be back with a couple more cards later in the week. Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 23, 2012

... And then she was three

Our daughter has been with us for three weeks, as of tomorrow. On Wednesday, she turns three. It's been an amazing adventure getting to know her and watching her blossom and grow in the short time she's been with us. I can't wait to see what the future brings. It's hard to believe that we have fallen in love with her so fast and so totally. She's filled our lives with laughter, love, hugs and joy. We are so lucky to be able to parent her and her brother.
This is the card I've created for our little miss. I stamped the House Mouse image on bristol cardstock and coloured it with Copics. I layered it with the circles I cut out with punches and used an extra number three from her party invitations, coloured it with Concord Grape distress inks and embossed it with UTEE to make it more dimensional and to add a little sparkle. This card is being used for the House Mouse Challenge HMFMC118House Mouse and Friends challenge Anything Goes and also the Splitcoast Stampers' Sketch Challenge # 380Splitcoast Stampers' Sketch Challenge # 380 Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Party time!

This month is party month at our house- Mr. Munch will be turning one this week, and Angel Girl will be turning three next week. Before our girlie was placed with us, I made both of their birthday party invitations- I am so glad I am a planner and (somewhat) organized. There's no way I would have been able to make these in the last two weeks- it's been super busy with two little ones in the house.

This is the card for M- It was really simple to make. The train paper came from a paper stack I picked up in the US, and layered on the blue card. The one was cut out on my Cricut and the sentiment is from SU and stamped in black. The party details were printed on regular paper and glued to the back, postcard style.

L's card was also made with the cricut, from the wild card cartridge. The paper is recollections from Michaels. The three was also cut out on the cricut. I cut off the candle that was on top of the cupcake and replaced it with the three. The party info is inside the card. We're having a decorate your own cupcake party for her. I can't wait. I think she'll have fun.

Can't wait for the parties!