Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #64 - Fall and Giving Thanks!

Hey Everyone!

Another challenge up and running over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges.  Yaaaaaay!  Always a happy day!  I certainly hope you can join us!
Here is this fortnight's requirements:
The Challenge: Make your creation a FALL theme
The Twist: Make is also a GIVING THANKS theme

How very appropriate a challenge giving the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday over in the US this week.  Thanksgiving in Canada happens in October but really there is no limits to giving thanks!  I hope we all are inspired to give thanks to all the blessings in our lives!

Here's one of my reasons to be thankful:
patterned paper: various unknowns, Chatterbox; date stamp: Technique Tuesday; letter dies: Quickutz;flowers: Prima

These photos were taken years ago and when I came across them they reminded me of many memories at this park.  My parents took my sister and I here every thanksgiving to go for a hike and see the fall colours, later hubby and I would hike here and take in the waterfall and the foot bridge and a few years later he would propose marriage to me in this park.  Taking my kids here is a new tradition we've started and these photos show the first time I took my first born here (with my sister tagging along).  Good times!  I am grateful!

I chose a fall colour palatte as well as the photos themselves were taken during the Canadian thanksgiving weekend.

I hope I've inspired you to create a fall and giving thanks themed project!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Did I mention there is some goodness to be won?  This month's sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps:
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 25 November 2013

Delinquent Blogger but not Delinquent Crafter

Hey Everyone!

I hate being such a delinquent when it comes to crafting and blogging....although I must admit, I haven't been entirely delinquent on the crafting.  I've recently had a few people ask me about the hats I've crocheted and whether I sell them.  Up until recently my hat creations have been for donation to the local hospital for cancer patients or as gifts for friends...it's a foreign concept to me that people actually want to purchase something I've made (as in...spend their hard earned money)!  Blows my mind really,  but I am truly flattered, honoured and well....could really use the extra moola (who couldn't?!) so I decided to take them up on the offer.  Here's a what I've been working on in lieu of my paper crafting and blogging:

I've managed to get a couple paper craft projects squeezed in and you'll see those very soon!  Until then!

Thanks for checking in!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Giving Thanks...

Hey Everyone!

Just dropping in to share a special thank you card I made for the great people to who helped me raise money for the CIBC Run for The Cure to end Breast Cancer I did last month.  The whole event was quite an accomplishment on many levels for many people and I was so very happy to be a part of it!

the text background stamp is Hero Arts; the T-shirt and hope stamp are from Flourishes, the border stamp is from Autumn Leaves, the Thank you stamps and banner die are from Simon Says Stamp.

Aside from the patterned paper part at the bottom of the card and the scattered jewels the rest of the card is one layer.  I masked the T-shirt and stamped the text around it.  I used the negative mask to cover the rest of the card and coloured the t-shirt using Picked Raspberry Distress ink.  I dug deep in my stash for some left over sticky back pink jewels.  Glad to say this package is now used up! Yay!

I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Thanksgiving/Thanks
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #33
CAS Sunday: One Layer Card
Use it Tuesday: Stick It

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #63 - Pop Dots and Polka Dots

Hey Everyone!!!

It's that time of the month again!  New challenge time over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!!  We're up to challenge #63!!!  Here's the scoop:
The challenge : use pop dots or dimensionals on your projects
The Twist: use Polka dots somewhere on your project.

Here's my take:
patterned papers: DCWV; washi tape: Recollections; flowers/gems: Prima; other: 7 Gypsies, Making Memories,  Thickers.

The polka dots are on the washi tape and the pop dots are under some if the flowers.

I stumbled upon this photo of me when I was 17 years old.  I was at a Music Festival as a teacher.  I was in a hotel room shared with other music teachers for the weekend competition.

Ahhhhhh....to be 17 again...or at least to look like I was.  I remember being so self conscious and insecure back then but it seems so ridiculous to me now.  To have that hair or physique again...I would be thrilled!  Anyways...I guess it's all part of being a teenager.

I hope I've inspired you to play along over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Wahoo!!!! New Bingo Board Up at 123 Get Scrappy!

Hey Everyone!

Holy moly has it ever been a crazy crazy busy weekend!....and it's not even over yet!  So far I've been to a concert in the city Friday night (got home at 3am).  Woke up at 7am to be at a Volleyball tournament where I played 22 volleyball games (22!!!!!). All but 6 of these games we were short 1 player due to injury.  We made it all the way to the finals but lost in the end.  Second place overall!  It was AMAZING!!! (But holy moly am I ever tired now!!!!).  After our tournament, hubby and I headed to the grandparents for dinner and to pick up the children and then I met up with some friends for drinks and desserts to celebrate a couple birthdays (*breathe*).  Yup...MY weekend....so far...and it's only Sunday morning.

Anyhow, there is a new creative bingo board #4 up and running over at 123 Get Scrappy and I hope you join us and share your stuff and get a chance to win a Guest Designer spot!  SWEET!

Here is what came out of my noggin today:
The mask is from TCW; flowers: Prima; butterfly punch: Martha Stewart; patterned paper: DCWV and BoBunny, stamps: Paper Smooches, Inks: Distress Inks

Here is the bingo board for your creative pleasure:
I used the first coloumn: Stencil/Mask, pearls, purple.

I can't wait to see what you create!  

I'd also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Paper Smooches: Guest Designer Search
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

PS Bandwagon!-Weeeeeee!

Hey Y'All,

I'm back with yet again another Paper Smooches Creation.  What can I say...they're fun and whimsical and inspiration central for me right now!  It's cloudy and cold and icky today in my neck of the woods. Great day to stay warm and get crafty....(of course I probably should be doing something more along the lines of cleaning and laundry but shhhhhhhh...I won't tell if you don't! ;))

Here is another creation I made using a sketch #86 from Cardabilities and using the inspiration of stripes over at PS Sparks challenge.
sentiment and paint palette die cut: Paper Smooches; patterned paper: DCWV; ink: Hero Arts Neon, doily embossing folder: Sizzix, Glossy Accents

You can't really tell from the photos but the colours on the palatte are coated in Glossy Accents to give it a shine.

Here's the sketch from Cardabilities.
The folks over at Paper Smooches are having at GDT Call for December!  Be sure to check it out!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

My New Addiction (Part 2)

Hey Everyone,

Here's card #2 for the Paper Smooch Challenge this week over at PS Sparks.  Stripes!
Had to get a head start on the Christmas Card creations so here's one for the pile!
Sentiment stamp and penguin stamps: Paper Smooches, Tattered Angels: glimmer mists.

Thanks for stopping by!

My New Addiction....(Part 1)

Hey Everyone!

Had such a beautiful sunny day in my 'hood today...but holy moly was it ever COLD!  Yikes!  Winter around the corner?!  I guess an early snowboard season wouldn't be so bad ;)

I just wanted to pop in and share with you a card I made using some Paper Smooch Stamps I got recently at a garage sale.  People have often commented on my handwriting saying that it's 'so incredibly neat' or that it would 'make a pretty cool font'.  I take pride in hand writing sentiments in cards or journalling and have a great appreciation for that handwritten look!  Needless to say, I've developed a new addiction with Paper Smooches stamps which have that look I so adore!  I'm sooo stoked that I've got some more to create with!

Here's what I've come up with!
sentiment stamps: Paper Smooches, background cloud stamp: Paper Smooches, ink: Versamark,  Distress Inks;  2-tier banner die: Simon Says Stamp

I was inspired by a previous Paper Smooch SPARKS Challenge Photo: Typography,  as well as their current Challenge: Stripes.

I made the banner with the "thanks" on it myself.  The black cardstock used for the center panel actually has a nice little glimmery sheen to it but the pictures do not quite capture it.  It took a little while to choose the phrases that fit the sentiment as well as the design.  I'm quite please with the result.

I would also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Paper Smooch Picture Perfect Challenge

Hey Everyone!

Sooooo, a near miracle happened to me today...my little C3 actually took a nap this afternoon on my watch!  She naps no problem EVERY time she hangs out with the grandparents.  EVERYTIME!  Apparently she'll even sleep more than 3 hours if they didn't wake her up.  Now that I'm home and have her regularly...she NEVER naps in the afternoon for me.  If she slows down at all its for about 15-20 mins while she cuddles her little "soft shirt" and then she's raring to go!  Today she actually took a nap with little coaxing and she slept for about 2 and half hours!!  The only problem was that I fell asleep as well so I didn't get anything done that I had hoped to.  *sigh*.  Oh well.  At least she slept and now she's sleeping every so soundly (hope I didn't just jinx it!).  Not at all like the last few nights...but that's another story.

I'm here to share with you another card I made using Paper Smooch stamps and inspired by the photo over on this week's Paper Smooch Sparks Challenge Blog.

image stamps and sentiment: Paper Smooches, embossing folder: Darice, inks: Distress Inks, Happy diecut: Simon Says Stamp, Dew drops: Robin's Nest

Here is the inspiration photo:

The first thing I thought of was Distress inks.  All the cool colours blending together and their reaction with water to make water spots when you "spritz and flick" them.  That's exactly what I did.  I took several colours and blended them all on a piece of card stock and then "spritz and flicked" it with water to get the water spots and dried the sheet with a heat tool.  Then I stamped the sheep and paper pieced them onto the card and used the other pieces for the banners and the border strip near the bottom of the card and to die cut the word "Happy".

I would also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simons Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31
CAS-ual Fridays: #119-Use Dry or Heat Embossing

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Alter-Ego Under the Wire!

Talk about coming in under the wire!  This card is for the folks over at The Greeting Farm: Alter Ego Challenge.  My 2 year old is up for some reason and walked into the craft room while I was working on this.  I spent too much time trying to get her to go back to sleep (with no success) that I had to resort to just having her underfoot while I busily completed this card and post with 3 minutes left to spare!  Yikes!  I loved putting these 3 Greeting Farm Stamps together:  body: Sunday; face and pony tails: Cheeky Geeky and hat: Latte Anya.  The bangs are from Latte Anya as well and they worked out perfect!  I had different mix and match heads and it was really hard to decide but I'm glad I chose this combo!  This card doesn't have any specific sentiment or occasion set for it just yet.  The "have you heard the news" was part of the patterned paper that came with the phonograph.

image stamps: the Greeting Farm, patterned paper: Bo Bunny, Recollections, MME, markers: Copics
The Cheeky Geeky face actually has a bit of her hand touching her glasses.  This wouldn't work for the body swap so I removed the hand by inking up the stamp and then wiping away the ink from her unwanted hand with a cotton swab.  After stamping the image, I filled in the missing part of her glasses with a Sharpie marker.  Worked wonders.  I also coloured over the part of her arm that was covering part of her pony tail and filled it out to make the hair look continuous.  

Well, off to try and get my 2 year old back to bed.  Wish me luck!

I'd also like to enter this in the following challenges:
Anyone for Anya: Vintage Vibes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31

Thanks for stopping by!