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.

An all Purpley and Butterfly card


This is my take on this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #255

I made this card with a special someone in mind.  I was mailing off several letters on Monday and I began a lovely conversation with the Post Lady.  She and I talked about how much a real written by hand, paper letter means these days and how in particular some of the seniors in our lives, well, its their Love Language – hey?  The Post Lady said she writes to her 92 year old Mother back east regularly.  So, I asked her what color and theme her Mother might like and she said Purple and Buttterfly, so here you have it! I find it most stimulating and exciting to work with a theme. 

I used a Basic Grey paper for my backdrop and then layered a swatch of gingham satin (swatch sample from a fabric sampler book) then next a floral paper I bought at a dollar store (so fun and pretty and bright)  I die cut a white butterfly using a Memory Box die set. This sentiment is not the one that I used for the Post Lady’s card, but from the same set as I made a multiple of four cards and forgot to take a photo before I gave it away…sheesh!  The stamps are from “Your Next Stamp

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A card for CASology week 216


Ok not the greatest pic in the universe for my card but hopefully you get a sense of my card.  This is my expression of this weeks CASology week 216 challenge -

I really managed to keep it simple this time.  I simply used two dies to create a “frame” around the sentiment.  The “frame” consists of a die cut piece of a beverage can.  I figured this will have appeal not only for being something recycled, but also may be more appropriate as a masculine card.   Since I came up with such a simple recipe, I’m going to be repeating it for a few more cards I owe out at the moment. 

Supplies:  WeR embossing folder, Art C stamp “Hello” set, Versafine ink and Studio G ink.

Pineapples and Posies


My card is inspired by the Always Playing with Paper #78 challenge using this photo theme:

I struggled, I admit because I wanted to definately use a pineapple but had no stamps and didn’t feel like hand painting one.  My poor Silhouette Cameo has been neglected and so I decided to whip up a quick cut.  I love how fast it is to make a custom cut in the designer edition software.  It has saved my life a few times over. 

The designer paper scrap is from Colorbok. The stamps are all from Honey Bee Stamps I used Tombow Makers for coloring and shading on everything and added some sparkle with Gellyroll Clear Star. 

Rainbow over lake Barb Derksen

We had a most incredible rainbow here in Osoyoos yesterday!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Camping Weekend at Steamboat Rock

My butt is scooched nicely into my chair, cup of green chai tea by my side, laundry doing its thing in the machines so I’m taking a moment to share some pics of my birthday weekend getaway.  First I must tell you that we totally had planned to venturing off in Sebastian, our happy VW camper van, however he bucked and tooted in our drive, sent out some ‘smoke’ and blasted out some liquid underneath and that was that.  My Mr totally gave me choices at this point, but I was adamant we would now ‘tent it’. 

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Our site at beautiful Steamboat Rock State Park

We lucked into a sweet site and booked for two nights.  We were greeted by wild turkeys gobbling (pun intended) up stuff in the grass.

Our first night was so warm and magical that we opted to sleep under the stars – meaning we did not put the fly on our tent.  It was blissful – until the middle of the night when it began to rain.  We would have been comical had you been able to see us scurry and try to assemble that durn thing in the dark.  But after that we slept like logs. 

Saturday morning brought just a light constant spatter and though it would have been tempting to just lay and snuggle all day we chose to to hike up to the top of Steamboat Rock and all around.

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The Rabbitbrush is in bloom, with this and the sage the landscape is like a pastel painting.  The trail is easy to navigate up to the base of the rock, then its a bit of hiking and scramble to get up to the top.  Once at the top though, the going is easy and the views spectacular.

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Mr trekkin’

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Some places you can look wayyyy over the basalt bluffs to see the water surrounding on every side.

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Across the plains…

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Taking time for some fun on some random huge boulders.

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Enjoying the cool holey lava rocks and rocks painted with lichen and the pretty buckthorn.

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And almost around the top, following this trail and thrilling ourselves with the looks “waaayyy down” over the edge once in a while. 

Our hike took us till lunch then we headed off to Soap Lake and Euphrata where we had a bite of lunch.  A lazy afternoon and a BRILLIANT sunny sunset.  A perfect weekend.

I’m so glad we decided to tent camp.  It really simplified things and reminded us how much we enjoyed this way back when we were first married.  Do YOU ever tent camp?  Do you ever miss it? 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my pics.

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