Sunday, January 08, 2017

Sweet Dog Birthday Card


I’m basing this card on this week’s CAS on Sunday #99 Challenge – this week’s recipe being “Black and White with one color of your choice”

I used this Christmas Stamp from Recollections, but colored the bow in a pretty pink. I wanted it to be a birthday theme, for a female so I simply chose a lovely fuschia instead of red.  I stamped the sentiment in the coordinating black and pink. The black ink is versafine onyx.  I received a set of stitched dies as a gift and this was the perfect way to use it for the first time!  They came from Simon Says Stamp.

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I blogged last.  My big beautiful life keeps me too pooped to blog of late but I’m hoping to remedy that in the coming months. 

Thanks for popping by!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

A “Rosey” Birthday Card


Ouch! – it has been over a month since my last post!  After being away to Calgary (brrr!) then Houston Tx and San Antonio (ahhh!) then back to Calgary (double brrr!) then home (where its pretty cold now too) I’ve now had a few days to unwind and adjust to time changes and get my feet under me.  I managed to get my craft area back in order as I’d abandoned it in a despicable state before leaving – and I settled in to make a card!  Ahhh, my happy zone.  I decided to make a card based on the CAS(e) This Sketch #201 challenge:

I chose to cut these gardenias (close to a rose, right?  This card is going to a Rose…)  I die cut them ( Memory Box)out of a sparkly pink glitter paper.  I laid down a base of Tim Holtz distress inks before gluing the florals.  I finished it all off with a sentiment from Your Next Stamp

I think I should get myself in gear and post at least a few times this coming week!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

You are AMAZING Card


This is my take on the “Just Add Ink” Card Challenge – a nice and simple challenge.  Had hoped to take an hour out to craft WITH my Sister Nina (who’s birthday it is today TA-DAAAA!) and my SIL Judy too, but we all have conflicting schedules so we are working apart but together – the joy of the internet. I’m the luckiest gal in the world with the most incredible sister ever, and a batch of lovely sister in laws. That we love to create together, on and off line, is totally bonus. 

What’s not to like about this Just Add Ink #335 challenge – three simple shapes and a sentiment.  I chose to use my x cut dies, teeny tiny sentiment words and butterflies by Honey Bee Stamps and some Tim Holtz distress inks and finishing off with a brush of Wink of Stella on the butterfly wings. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Mushroomy Hello Card


I managed to treat myself to making a card between chores yesterday – modeled after the Sunday Stamp Challenge #138

The absolute simplicity of this sketch inspired me.  Going with a fall theme and inspired by this chunk of Cosmo Cricket design paper which my sister Nina started when she was here in the summer, I forged ahead with the base being a slice of DP paired with cream cardstock embossed with a Darice folder.  I fussy cut extra mushrooms out for decoration on the face of this card and added a little Hello sentiment from recollections, stamped in Versafine in brown and black.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Masculine Birthday Card

Despite a busy busy week I squeaked in a challenge card –


I used this week’s Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge #374. 

I simply layered this card up and up.  DP – La Creme Matstack, Stamps – Paper Smooches and Finnabair Clear Stamp in Versafine Onyx. 

HOPEFULLY will get more time to create over this weekend! 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Turtle Trio Card


I have to admit my card is appropriately designed as far as graphics because it really did take me a looonnng time to make and it was sloooow going.  I based it on this week's Muse Challenge #186 - here's the lovely sample card by Anita Bowden given:


Lucky me, not only have I been enjoying time visiting my sister Nina this past week, I've also been raiding her craft supplies and getting some creative time in with her.  I used the basic layout and look of Anita's card as a model, using a trio of turtles and the single line sentiment in the same position.  My supplies included a WeR embossing folder with the base cardstock, the sweet turtles stamped by The Stamps of Life  - Turtle2love, scraps of glittery designer paper scraps for the "shells" and the placing of semi transparent sequins for the little touch of magic at the end.  

Enjoying my time by the sea,
With galoshes on - my sister and me.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Leafy Friendship Card


I based this card on this week’s Tuesday Morning Sketches #371

I wish you could FEEL this “playday” designer paper by  s.e.i. becuase it has felt on all the brown bits and the base cardstock is striped in ridges.  I used a stamp by Flourishes  I layered everything up and added a few fussy cut leaves to the sentiment rectangle.  The final touch was the thin ribbon tied through a chipboard button which I covered to match.

I believe that fall has really arrived today by the feel of it.  There’s a brisk wind blowing off the lake here in Osoyoos and tugging all the leaves from the fruit trees in the orchard.  The water becomes a deep blue when it turns cool.  I think I’ll go for a walk to clear my head after a marathon morning of tasks and creating – my only decision will be weather to walk into or against the wind when I go.  What would YOU do? 

Brown and Pinks Thank You Card


I created this using the sketch for this week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #179

Sweet and simple yet somehow I ended up taking much longer and putting far too much effort in here haha!  I am happy with this in the end though. 

I used “Sultry” pattern paper by Basic Grey, “thanks” sentiment from Your Next Stamp Die Cut by Art-C, Tombow Markers and random gems.

I am so excited – I was chosen as one of the TOP 3 for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for sketch #177 – link HERE – and my badge is now proudly displayed under my “Badges” tab of this blog!

Hope you’re having a creative week!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

An Autumn Card

CTS191 Barb Derksen

I created this card for this week’s CASe this Sketch #191 challenge:

I was inspired right away by this sketch and quickly “set to” – and I finally achieved exaclty what I was looking for.  Then I thought I’d add one thing, then another and it all went haywire from there (slapping my hands)  I confess that I hate doing things over and often will just put it away from me… away in the trash often (blushing!)  However today I made myself salvage most of it and re-do it to the way it should be.  The first attempt had been at adding more color, but in the end, though it seemed a bit barren to me, I now love it with just the simple neutral background.

Supplies: Cardstock stamped with a Stampin’ Up stamp, then embossed using a Darice embossing folder.  The sentiment “autumn” is a Studio G and the leaves pattern paper is s.e.i.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn Feeling Card


I like the autumn feel to the colors in my card – which I am putting in to the

ColourQ #360 Challenge.  I used a Basic Grey patterned paper for the backdrop while the image in the center of interest is actually a snippet from one of those “old timey” calendars!  I love to reuse stuff.  The colors were perfect for this project.  The frill is a ribbon from Michaels.  The sentiment is a die cut by DieNamics

So glad you stopped by today.

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