Friday, February 24, 2017

Paper Players 332

I am getting this challenge in under the wire!

I can't figure out where January went. Life just got really busy. And then the last week of January/beginning of February, I ended up with a lovely bout of cellulitis in my foot that I'm still fighting. I'm not very good at using my iPad to blog, so I couldn't really get on here, as I was under strict orders from the doctor to stay in bed and keep my foot elevated unless I absolutely had to go somewhere. We even ended up missing the Canadian Women's National Team game against Mexico. I was pretty crushed.

I have more I could share - and I will - but now I must get this card posted before the deadline. Blogger was giving me trouble this morning and the page to write my post wouldn't load. Finally got it working after I ran my CCleaner to get rid of all the temporary internet files & crap that I think were slowing things down.

The challenge is to make a card with the sentiment as your focal point. There are two other challenges I was going to use it for, but tomorrow I will post a few other cards I've finished that I like better for those ones.

I love this font, and I love how big the sentiment is. I haven't gotten the set yet - I was crafting with friends on Tuesday night - but it has definitely grown on me. I'm hoping it actually makes next year's catalogue, because between the glimmer paper & the medallion set, I'm not sure I'll be able to get it before SAB ends. 

It's hard to tell here, but the darker sentiment layer isn't black - it's embossed in gold. If/when I make this card again, I will remember to stamp off before I do the background. You can see a spot where I didn't, and it's just too dark.

Check out the challenge here!

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up

Stamps: So Very Much
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mint Macaron, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, punches

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tired Tuesday...

Still not sleeping well... not sure what that's about at this point.

I had a wonderful day of hanging out a home in sweats, though. Tuesday is laundry day & I love to stay  home and relax as much as possible. I had a fun Skype conversation with my favorite 3 year old today (my dear, sweet niece). Got to see my new nephew, too. We didn't Skype for long because something odd was happening with the connection. I could see them, but they couldn't see me. So frustrating!

Here's today's card. Another masculine birthday card. I made this one at a 2015 Stamp-A-Stack. It was designed by Susan Easter, who was my first Stampin Up demo. I love to go to Stamp A Stack classes. Sometimes I'l tweak the designs & sometimes I won't. This time, I didn't, beyond maybe altering the colours a bit... specifically, I think I switched the colour of the coral & the fish. But I am not sure, to be honest.

Bonus: I own this stamp set & I can remember all the card details!

Card Count: 4/365

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up

Stamps: By The Tide
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Monday, January 9, 2017

Manic Monday

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time on Youtube & Pintrest of late. I think I'm obsessed. I see a lot of people are using Facebook Live. I'm not as big a fan of that, somehow. That said - if you're a Tim Holtz fan, he's doing a week of sneaks. Today was stamps & there some great ones. Luckily for my wallet, he's staggering the release over 3 months. Even better, I only like about 6 of the 18 he's releasing...and it so happened to work out so it was two in each of the 3 months. I love it when that happens!

Although I've gotten off to a late start, I want to try to post a card a day. Now, not every card will be new. Some will be ones I've forgotten to post from ages ago. I'll try to remember to note that in the post. On the Card A Day Challenge blog, which is a blog that gives a daily prompt to inspire crafters to keep up with cardmaking. Right now they're also including monthly prompts. For January, the idea was to use the same set for a week. Well, I'm not really in the mood for that right now, so instead, I'm going to feature a company or theme each week. Since yesterday's card was from Stampin' Up, I'll focus on SU cards this week. And I'll do my best to also focus on birthday cards.

Today I give you two cards, both using retired sets. I made them in our Stamper's 10 card club at least 2 or 3 years ago... I know that because the demo who led that group no longer lives here. I can't remember the names of these sets so if you know, please share in the comments!

Card count 3/365

Card Details
All Products Stampin' Up

Filligree Birthday Card
Cardstock Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: striped ribbon, twine

Nature card
Stamps: French Foliage (background)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Always Artichoke

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wow.. I'm late with a New Years' greeting this year.

It's been a busy time. I'm still recovering from that STUPID cold that's been going around; I'm one of the lucky one who got the long version of it. Plus my new little nephew was born, and the little guy had a bit of a rough go of it the first few weeks. All will be well, though.

It's time for the yearly goals and the my word for the year. Now, I know I've posted a word for the year in the past, but as hard as I've tried to find those past posts, I can't. I decided it doesn't matter, since ultimately I knew the word I was choosing for this year was different that past years. And really, even if it was the same as the one from a few years ago, who cares? Are the New Years Resolutions police going to come & arrest me? I think not!

So my word is Hope. We had a wonderful Advent series at our church this year where we focused on four words, Hope, Peace, Joy  and Love. Hope was the theme the week I spoke. I was very moved by the opportunity to not only share more about the way God's been working in me, but also to be able to light the Advent candle. I don't like to be too pushy about faith issues, so if you're interested in reading or listening, say so in the comments & I'll provide you with a link.

I have some crafty goals for the year:

-Finish 4 gift albums that need to be done

-Sort out my pages that are complete but not yet in albums

-Blog regularly. I have no excuse; I make a lot of cards - I just forget to post them. I have about 30 already photographed & ready to be posted.

-Whittle down my stash & be more intentional in my purchases. I'm already seeing progress here.

-Continue to get & stay organized

Other goals

-Read 12 books; in theory can likely read more but 1/month is a start, given how little reading I've done lately.

-Be more intentional in connecting with friends

-Be consistent in my Bible study / prayer time... I truly believe it helps me keep my ears & heart open tot the Holy Spirit.

-Be more intentional in caring for my health

Well that was long... I think it's time to post one of the cards I made ages ago & didn't get around to posting. This one was made for my sweet niece's 3rd birthday. I actually made it for her in the summer, when me & my crafty friends got together to play with the Stampin' Up  2016-2018 In Colors. I still haven't purchased any of the inks because I'm still debating which ones I'd actually use once they're retired.

Card Count 1/365

Card Details - All products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Over The Rainbow

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 and 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
Stamps: Cup of Cheer
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Presents and 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.