Sunday, December 4, 2016

SIP 76 - Embossing

Holy moly... another one of my extended breaks from blogging. I can't believe so much time has past. I have definitely been doing a lot of crafting. It's been a great stress relief through a long, arduous fall work session. The problem has been organizing myself to get things posted here. I've eve got a number of cards photographed.

My life has not been terrible this fall... just busy. We're happily awaiting the birth brother & sister in law's second child, a boy, due any day. His big sister is getting pretty excited & she's happy that her grandma on her mom's side is visiting to help get ready for the baby, and staying to the end of the year to help post-birth.  Our folks will go out in January or so.

I started these cards a while ago & put the finishing touches on them today. They're from a stamp a stack I attended not long ago. We made 24 cards. My friend Joy normally goes to these things with me, but she couldn't make it this time, so we split the cost & divided up the cards. 

On to today's cards.... check out the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper!

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up

Merry & Bright card
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Stitched With Cheer (sentiment)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Candy Cane Lane
Other: Bow Builder punch, 

Christmas Day Card
Stamp: Unknown
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Presents & Pinecones
Other: Circle framelits, Dazzling Details glitter 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

VC Rocks July Blog Hop - Cruisin' with Fun Folds

Woo hoo! It's blog hop time!

I am actually just getting this posted under the wire. It's been a ridiculously busy week. My brother & his family are visiting. We celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. They haven't gotten a card from me yet because their wedding was actually in August. We just celebrated early because my brother & sister in law are teachers & they need to be back at work on August 25th, so it was easier to do it in July.

Between visiting with my niece, the party yesterday, and the party today for my cousin, who turned 18 this month, and who graduated from high school June.

The cards I have for today's hop aren't related to any of those events, though. Instead, I've got a new baby card I'll be using for my cousin & his fiancee, and a joy fold card that has no sentiment. I'll be turning it into a sympathy card, because sadly, I need a few.

As I'm running out of time to link up to the Hop, I will stop here. Will try to post again later this week.

Check out the rest of the hoppers at VC Rocks.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

VC Rocks June Blog Hop

Today we are Cruisin' with Flowers over at VC Rocks. Yup, we were asked to make a project that features flowers in some way. I had initially planned to share a really cool card my friend Angela taught us how to make using Lovely As A Tree and the reflection technique. Then I remembered that I hadn't yet shared this card:

We made it not long ago and I finally got the finishing touches complete, as well as managed to photograph it. I love box cards. They look complicated, but the basic structure is actually relatively simply. The trick is to make sure that the items you have coming out of your box are still love enough that they don't go above the highest point of the card when it's standing up. You don't want to go outside the boundaries or it won't fit in an envelope.

I don't own any of the Botanical Bloooms suite. I have SO many flowers that I couldn't justify it. I still can't justify the stamps. But the dies are growing on me. I have samples of the paper from a share we did.

The butterfly is cut out of white scrap, then sponged with Cajun Craze & Daffodil Delight.

Now please hop back to the VC Rocks main page and check out what the other participants have created.

Friday, May 27, 2016

VC Rocks is back...

And it's blog hop time!

The blog hops this year will all have 'Cruisin' in the title. The first one is called, "Cruisin' For Special Occasions." As our blog hop leader, Robin, noted, the reason many folks go on a cruise is to celebrate something important.

I have only been on one cruise; the trip was a gift from my mother, to celebrate my graduation from university. My dad didn't go with us, because he really isn't big on travelling. It was one of those, 'Go on a trip in lieu of throwing a party' things. Really, I think Mom just wanted to go on a cruise. And I am glad she did. We did the round trip seven day Vancouver to Alaska voyage and I loved pretty much all of it.

I had a hard time deciding what to do for this hop. The one ocassion we all tend to celebrate is birthdays, and I wanted to step outside my box a bit. So instead, I'll show you a few graduation cards. That is rather appropos today, as I know that in the U.S. it grad time for many high school students. Our students attend until the end of June, but it is prom season. My niece's (well technically cousin) prom is tomorrow (Saturday) night & I am so looking forward to seeing her & her boyfriend all decked out. We're going down to the waterfront to do family photos. Please pray the rain holds off....

I found this idea of the clean & simple design on a blog last year. Although there are only two here, I made about a dozen, but some used dsp that wasn't Stampin' UP. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the white SU craft ink stamped.  Although I love the colours of the Rich Razzleberry card the most, I didn't actually cut the paper correctly on that card so I don't like the layout as much as the others. 

Now that budget time is over at the school district, I expect to have more free time. I have a whole bunch of cards that are already made that I'm looking forward to sharing. I went to a crop a week or so ago & I had a fantastic time.

Hop on over to VC Rocks to see the rest of our Hoppers' creations!

Card Details - All products Stampin Up

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Regal Rose, Pacific Point
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
DSP: Various retired SU papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft

Monday, March 21, 2016

CAS challenges

Wow.. I'm on a bit of a roll with the posting of late. Let's see how well I do at keeping it up after Spring Break.

The remainder of last week was nice. On Friday we had a games night at church, which was a great deal of fun. Saturday I went to Crafty Capers to do a Make & Take in the morning, then spent the afternoon at a friend's 50th birthday party. We all went for Chinese food, because that's her favorite. It was a fun afternoon. Then on Sunday we celebrated my cousin's 40th birthday.

Given the plethora of birthdays of late, I had to choose a birthday card for Addicted to CAS: 

I haven`t made a waterfall card in ages. I forgot how much fun they are. And they`re really not that complicated. Clean & simple doesn`t have to be boring! I chose this card for this particular challenge because I think these particular flowers do look very delicate. And the mechanism itself definitely is. 

The other challenge card I have is an Easel Card for The Paper Players:

I decided to make this one into a generic thinking of you card. Those are always good to have on hand. I love easel cards; they look great. And it`s a chance to do another fancy fold that really isn`t very complicated.  

Card Details - All Products Stampin` Up

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Card Concept 51

Wow! Two posts from me in one week!

I am really enjoying the beginning of our two week Spring Break. I'm plowing through old emails that I didn't deal with at the time I received them just because I was so busy. I'm talking about the recipes & card blogs I follow. Yes, I know I could cut down the number & delete really old ones, but here is where my hoarder side kicks in. I can't just delete without a quick look. What if I miss something? There could be a PERFECT recipe or a gorgeous sketch or card sample I'd never find again! Oh, the things I do to justify my electronic clutter.

I am loving not going out. I haven't driven anywhere since my Sunday night book group.  I'm slowly eating better & beginning to have some success at upping my water intake. So life is good!

Today's card is an inspiration challenge from

My stamps are still a little too disorganized to do an Easter card. Instead, I was inspired by the colours, pink & brown as well as the idea of the designs on the egg. The card I'm showing you today uses the bleaching technique to create the design on the border. The die cut butterfly is stamped with a big background stamp. 
I can't find my notes on the card details; this card is one I ha all the stamping down for a while ago & I took it from my stash to finish up for the challenge. I still have a decent stash of half finished cards. I'm getting through them, though! 

For this challenge, I went out of my comfort zone. At the Card Concept, you have to put your card in one of their categories: Clean & Simple, Clean & Layered, Shabby Chic/Vintage, Clean & Graphic, Freestyle Collage, Classy & Elegant. My cards tend to be clean & layered, or clean & simple. I almost NEVER have trouble deciding what category to put them in. But this time I'm stuck. This card isn't clean, per se, but it's not too collage-y either. I'm going to classify it as:

Freestyle Collage, defined as 
  • unrelated elements in a collection
  • can be done in any style
Check out The Card Concept - Challenge 51 Naturally Pink to read about the other styles, see samples, and play along! 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thank You On Pi Day

I can see I'm not doing as well with posting weekly as I'd hoped to. :) 

Life is rolling along here. I've been inspired to start my yearly spring cleaning. Every year I have a friend who comes over &  helps me to purge my scrapbook/cardmaking supplies. I have reached a point where I'm frustrated enough with the mess that I'm starting without her. There is so much I want to go. Magazines I know I won't read. Paper I know I won't use. It's time to seriously downsize the stash. 

I've gotten the inspiration for that thinking as a result of a group in which I just participated. It was a study based on a book called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. If you're uncomfortable with Christianity, it may not be great for you, unless you can look past that & focus on the techniques he's discussing as a means of achieving broader emotional health. It talks about self-care, and part of that, for me, is having a workable space. 

I'm also excited because it's starting to feel like spring, and that\, I hope, will mean healthier eating. I always, always struggle in the winter. I'm committed to really trying to create some good habits this spring/summer that I can carry over into the fall & winter. 

Today's card is for two challenges.

Crazy4Challenges C4C327 - feature circles and/or pies

Apparently, March 14th is referred to as Pi Day.. 3.14 :) I never think about it because, quite frankly, as soon as I was finished school and didn't have to think about math, I didn't. LOL. It was my LEAST favorite subject in school. 

I didn't have any pie related stamps, so I went with a circle.

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up
Stamps: By The Tide
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Soft Suede
Ink: Early Espresso, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Calypso Coral