Monday, May 23, 2016

Sale-A-Bration Birthday Card

I thought it was about time to crack open a Sale-A-Bration set - Botanicals for You. 

Started with Soft Sky layered with Taken with Teal and Perfectly Artistic DSP.  Ink used was Basic Gray Archival.  All around the "just for you" I traced with a Sakura Gel Pen - Stardust Clear.  In real life it real gives it a "wow" effect. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mother's Day Challenge for Paper Garden

I was approached a few weeks ago from Paper Garden to enter a Mother's Day Challenge.  What an honor!!  I was sent some very gorgeous paper to work with.  Please vote for me here.  Please be sure to submit under "vote for your fav" to click on Designed With YOU in Mind.  All votes will be truly appreciated.  Below is my entry and the details.

Paper:  Essie Pearlized White and Stardream Kunzite from Paper Garden 
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes from Stampin' Up and Timeless Amour from Heartfelt Creations
Ink: Stampin' Up Archival Basic Gray
Die: Spellbinders Filegree Vase 
Other: the flowers are from a dollar store that I felt really match the beautiful Stardream Kinzite
Thank you for the opportunity. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Birthday Card

Hello Blogland.  My it's been a long time since I have posted anything on my little blog.  Thanks to those of you who have stuck it out with me.  It's been a rough year but now moving forward to better things.  My niece recently celebrated her 9th birthday and I wanted to make something a little special for her.  So I referred to my "motivation book".  Below is what I came up with.  It's not my original design.  An old post from someone (hanging head in shame) I did not have to foresight to keep the name.  Only kept the picture. I modernized it a bit.

I used the colors Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Sahara Sand. The skirt was made with velum using the large scallop punch. 

The 5 x 5 card was made with the envelope punch board (soooooo easy).  Added her name and a flourish. 

Well that's it for now, getting a few things ready for a market this coming Saturday. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring is in the Air

I've been working on some cards for upcoming market.  This is one of them.  

The base is Very Vanilla followed by a layer of Very Vanilla.  Then, I cut a piece of Chocolate Chip Co'Ordination paper and ran it through the Big Shot using the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder which was lightly sanded.  

The Typeset Designer Paper was daubed around the edges with Kiwi Kiss.  This is a color I rarely use and I am quite happy with the color combination.  The dress was cut using the Dress Up Framelits with the Bella Rosa Designer Paper. I wrapped that up with Stampin' Up Ribbon Originals from my stash and made a flower using the simply pressed clay with the blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Mold.  Once the flower was dry I daubed that with Kiwi Kiss to give it a little texture. 

Hope you've enjoyed viewing this card. 

Until next time! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Random Act Of Kindness

This year I decided that I would do 1 Random Act of Kindness (RAK) every single month.  I won't necessarily seek someone out, it will just happen when I think it should.  Here's the story for January. 
I've been on Facebook quite a bit as of late.  I'm in a few local chat groups.  Earlier this month a Mom posts about her child being robbed in the bathroom of a mall.  No fears, the child was not hurt.  The little one left her purse behind and when she realized it 2 minutes later the Mom and daughter go back to bathroom to discover that the purse was there but all that was inside had been taken. 
From the written post is was obvious that the Mom was not seeking monetary compensation or anything of the like.  Her frustration and sadness for her child just leapt off the screen.  I asked her to send her address as I wanted to do something for her precious little one who happened to be at the mall spending the gift cards that she had received as gifts on others.  That in itself was inspiring. 
I haven't made a card for anyone under the age of 20 in so very long I wasn't sure where to begin.  I keep a binder that I call "punch art" and came across a giraffe and the card below took flight.

I used quite a few Stampin' Up punches and the fringe scissors for the mane.  The background you see on the Daffodil Delight cardstock is a retired background stamp called Leopard.  I stamped it  several times before I layered it with Early Espresso and patterned paper from my stash.  To me it looks like the spots on a giraffe. 
I can happily tell you that the little girl loves it and her Mom tells me that she was carefully inspecting it so that she could copy it.  Best. Compliment. Ever.
Make it a real special day today and make someone smile.
Until next time!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog Hop - Tamara's Turn

I hope you enjoyed last week's blog hop.  This week, it's Tamara's turn.  A very talented and creative person, Tamara has an amazing blog that she shares a lot of her creative ability.  You can find her post here for the hop.  Next week will be Karina Chin's turn.  Please be sure to come back to see what she has in store for us.

Until next week!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Hop

My apologies for neglecting my blog this past year.  Wow, a year!! Time flies.  Health and life took a toll so I decided to take a break. 
Recently, at a Stampin' Up Edmonton Fall Conference I met some incredible demonstrators.  One is particular, Nicole Wetsch, who took me under her wing when we demonstrated how to use the Gift Box Punch Board.  I found out that Nicole had purchased it at the Salt Lake City Convention this past July, which I attended, and went straight back to her hotel room to make a multitude of boxes.  Wish I had met there!! I'm thankful that I did get to meet her as she gave me many tips on how to use this new to Stampin' Up tool. Not only that, she's an awesome person.
Nicole asked me to participate in this Canadian Blog Hop and I agreed. Not instantly :) but she gave me the incentive to start blogging again. 
The scope of the hop is to answer 4 questions.
You can find Nicole's answers here  with some great tips on how to use Paper Pumpkin.
Question 1 - What are you working on?
Working on renovating my crafting space affectionately called "The Art Studio".  We've remodelled our downstairs, 1,800 sq feet with bathroom (yippeeee!!).  We are the stage where I can start unpacking my Stampin' Up supplies and get crafting.  I've really missed it. Once it's all clean and organized I will be sharing pictures, perhaps even a video.
Question 2 - How does your work differ from other in your genre?
I like to think that my work differs by way of making it personal for the recipient.  Hence the "Designed With You In Mind".  I try to find out what a person's hobbies are and favorite colors and go from there.
Question 3 - Why do you create what you do?
It gives me an outlet to spend time by myself and get creative.  I love the challenge of finding the perfect fit.  It also helps me to escape the ever changing world outside.  Can I say, People, Learn how to drive on winter roads!!
Question 4 - How does your creative process work?
My creative process works in many ways.  I love photography and take pictures all the time.  I keep a folder on my computer called Cards To Make where I put pictures that I have taken be it from outside, in a store, of my dogs playing, even from TV.  I once took a picture of a carpet off of the reality show Big Brother and made a card from that. 
It's my turn to nominate someone for the Blog Hop.  I've nominated Tamara Bertram.  Another awesome demonstrator that I met at the Edmonton Fall Conference.    Tamara is a successful demonstrator who has a lot to share on her blog.  I just love the recent Marble Technique Tutorial that she posted.
Come back next week and I will post a link to her blog so you can see how she answers the above 4 questions. 
I'm fortunate that I will get the opportunity to spend time  with both Nicole and Tamara on Wednesday night at the Stampin' Up Catalog Reveal Event in Edmonton. Can't wait to see what the 2015 Sale-A-Bration holds in store for us.
I have crafted a little this past year and here a few cards that I have made.  They are rather self explanatory and not all supplies used are Stampin' Up.  I think I CASED these???

I couldn't leave without sharing a picture of Frankii and his little brother Jake.  Little is an understatement! 

As you may recall Frankii is the tan one.  The black one is Jake when we first got him in September 2013. 

Look at them now a year later.... 

I swear he's grown some more since I took this picture in September!! It's a bit blurry since I took this one with my phone.

Until next week!!