Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cool Kid Card

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I was taken by this sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #225:

I kind of got very ‘involved’ on this card.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched diecut for the base, cutting it out of a Basic Grey card called “wander”  I diecut a smaller window and flipped the paper to the other side for the bold pattern.  Next I stamped a matching blue cardstock with a Stampin’ Up pattern stamp, then an automobile from My Mind’s Eye onto that, fussy cut it and embossed it with clear.  When done, I added some definition to the wheels using a black sharpie and coated each with diamond Glaze.  A silver gem became a headlight.  I stamped “You are such a” sentiment using a Honey Bee Stamps set and added the “Cool Kid” from an Inkadinkadoo set.  I trimmed these all out and glued and bumped some out with foamtape.  Did the same with the car.  Whew!  Hope the little feller likes this.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gold Accent One Layer card

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Not the greatest photo of my card as it does nothing to display the gorgeous shine of the embossed florals and shows a blue cast to the pristine white paper.  Ah well!  This is my take on the Addicted to CAS #117 challenge:

So, one layer it IS!  One layering is not something I find easy, however today it all flowed together.  I started with a very stiff, bright white cardstock.

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I stamped the florals using an Inkadinkadoo stamp and then I embossed it using some Queens Gold powder from Ranger.  It really looks beautiful!  Next I used a Sizzix floral embossing folder to create texture.  Lastly, I applied This lovely sentiment from the “eloquence” collection from Penny Black.   I was very pleased with the end result. 

Note – our smoky skies have cleared!  My prayers still going out for those who have been affected by the many fires we have had this summer. 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

“Just for You” card

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I’m trying to make cards whenever the chance arises being as its summer and the opportunities are hit and miss.  I decided to base a card off of Sunday Stamps #159 challenge which is a color challenge:

I was attracted to the gentle but juicy and warm shades. 

My card is relatively clean, relying mostly on layering atop a base of “lemonade” designer paper by Basic Grey, then rectangular die cut shapes (Simon Says Stamp)  and accenting it with the lovely heart textured DP scrap (dunno, just found it in my scrap stash) a sentiment by Forever in Time (embossed this) stamped with Versafine in black. 

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The finishing touches being three little gems and a tiny heart punch of the BG paper which I added shine and depth with Diamond Glaze.

Thanks for coming by! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stuck on the Butterfly!

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Enjoyed some sweet, rare summer crafting time with my sister Nina last night, on the spur of the moment, she was taking the Freshly Made Sketches #300 card challenge so I hopped on board.

How exciting to celebrate the 300th FMS Challenges – that’s a heck of a lot of dedication on the DT to make it to this goal and so its especially fun to take this challenge to show support for these generous creatives.  My heartfelt thanks for your inspiration which has provided me with loads of crafting adventures over the years.

I used two designer papers for my card – tail ends of cut down 12 x 12’s.  One is Kaisercraft and the other Webster’s Pages “Tea Time”.  I used ArtC die cut for the sentiment and stamp.  I used a Memory box butterfly for the finishing touch, adding a gem to its tummy.  (if butterflies actually do have a tummy)  I relied on many layers to create a sense of depth and itnerest. 


♥♥♥ So Thankful ♥♥♥

I have been blessed this week by a friend who I work with.  She took the time to let me know that I’m appreciated – that my work (cleaning) is not only appreciated but went on to say “U always go over and above for us.  We appreciate it a lot!!! Thank you.” What do I say to this?  I’m speechless, really.  Its almost hard to take, humbles me completely. Wipes out every “crap” day when it seems every negative person in the world makes me aware of my shortcomings, which I’m very aware of anyhow.  It elevates everything and makes me float around on a cloud of joy.  Seriously.  Do YOU have a happy moment you’d care to share with me so we can keep this warm and fuzzy going for a bit?  And further, why not take a moment to let someone (and not falsley or forced) know how you appreciate them for just who they are?  That goodness is built right into their fabric and that its recognised and so you can be the helium in their balloon today?

I’ll leave you with a quote to keep in mind and meditate on:

Wake at dawn with a winged heart

and

Give thanks for another day of loving.

- Kahul Gibran


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Smoky Skies and Sea-Themed Card

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Enjoying the moments I’m able to craft – with a busy summer the times are fleet and few!  I found the following challenge at Inkspirational and decided to make a card based on the photo:

I chose to go with a basic blue and nautical imagining of this Inspiration challenge #140.  I used a base of DCWV printed cardstock in blue.  I stamped both the feature (ship) and all the seashells and such onto the base using some Clear Stamps “Seashore” by Prima using versfine in black.  I bumped up the main image using foam tape (both background and main image cut with Simon Says Stitched Die Cuts.  The final touches were to brush lightly with Tim Holtz distress inks and then place a bit of black and white twine underneath the feature.  I’m pleased I used a lot of stamping on this card, something I kind of get away from at times.

Its rather smoky here in Osoyoos – a lot of it from fires elsewhere floating in.  However there was a fire locally on Anarchist Mtn last night but I hear it is contained now.  Its problematic to me as I am still recovering from a cold I came home with from a recent vacation to Houston, Tx where we spent time with our daughter and granddaughter.  Precious times! 


A few highlights of our vacation were a trip to the ocean, a day at the Museum of Natural Sciences and my husband and daughter had a five hour behind the scenes tour of NASA space center.   We especially loved our walks on Buffalo Bayou Park hike and bike walkways:

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Here are some stunning photos I took at the museum! There were so many gorgious gems -


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And bones from ancient critters – no NO! Don’t eat my Mr:

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And I was delighted and awestruck by the Faberge display:

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Incredible Faberge “egg”

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With it’s exquisite tiny (probably an inch tall) elephant all cast out of precious gems and metals.  How did they do this way back when???

Thanks for stopping by today.

Note to Shannon.  Thank you for your comment, sharing your  story about critters.  I miss you!  Hope you’re all settled in your new home.  Please send me your email so we can stay in touch – its lovely to hear from you. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Always Happy Card

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Really inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #293 challenge:

This pretty Designer Paper by Webster’s Pages – Your Life. Beautiful with it’s sweet country rubber boot and florals has looked at me every day from my stack and today I knew it is a perfect fit for this challenge.  I simply used a circle cut and layered it up with a ‘happy’ stamped sentiment by Forever in Time in both versamark fine in brown and black.  A simple staple or two and a heart punched out of coordinating DP scrap and there you have it. 

Whoooo-eee – tis HOT here all of a sudden and today I took full advantage to take a “time out” in the beautiful sunshine down at the lake.  I can’t believe the difference in the water between this month and last, when all the runoff from the snowmelt was happening and the water was SO brown and yucky.

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Now its so blue and clear – I wonder if it will be a refreshing for the lake itself! 

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Hope you find a special place to relax this week. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crazy Critters Post

I’ll follow my latest card post with the tales of my crazy critters week.

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My take on this weeks Addicted to CAS #114– themed:

I’m not sure exactly which die cut used for my card as a friend did random cuts for me from her own collection.  We often do swaps like that – do YOU have a crafting friend you swap/trade with?  Like “The Grass is Greener” my friends stashes and supplies always seem more appealing, inspiring.  I used a very heavy bright white cardstock to give my card depth.  I used rectangle stitched dies from Simon Says to trim the die cut.  Next I bumped it out and then added the simple ‘best wishes’ sentiment from Paper Smooches.

Now, the crazy critters of this week involve a random bird, a baby chipmunk and an angry robin.


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- decides to make a nest in our dryer vent.  I’m down in my laundry area and I hear something scritching around.  Ack, thinking a mouse I pause and listen harder – there are a few ‘peeps’ which I immediately know its something feathered, not furred.  I then pause and listen, listen and pause until finally I realize said creature is in the vent hose to the dryer!!! Turns out this bird (I believe a Northern Flicker) tried to nest in our vent and pushed a little too far.  My husband and I quickly take the tape off the hose in an attempt to free and release the poor thing but by the time we get to it, it is too late, bird has perished.  So sad!  DO check your hoses periodically – they can not only be bird and critter creatures, but fire hazards as well if they get filled with dust and lint.

Cute Baby Chipmunk

- I’m in the kitchen when something small and quick streaks in a furry blur across the floor, heading for the front room.  I instantly track it to a corner where it cowers in a tiny ball, eyes closed, pretending its invisible.  The most adorable baby chipmunk one ever did see.  Husband called up from downstairs again and we capture it in a plastic tub and set it loose on the lawn.

Angry Mumma Robin

- I’m pruning back a severely overgrown grape arbour, pea sized unripe grapes, debris and leaves raining down upon me (thank gracious I wore a hat) – all falling down the front of my scoop necked tshirt and going all the way down into every nook and cranny and driving me crazy LOL!  I’m balanced on a sawhorse for lack of a ladder so its a bit precarious but I’m ok, I’m OK, until I hear flappings behind me and see a fluttery dark shadow happening closer and closer.  Then there is angry chirpings and Mumma Robin is dive bombing me, her claws grazing me because I assume my pruning is coming into the area where she has a nest.  Man, she was scary!  Thankfully I was able to prune up quick and leave her in peace. 

Have YOU any stories of angry critters?  I’d love to know. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Thinking of You Floral Card

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Since its been forever and EVER since I’ve blogged – or crafted even, I decided to jump in while I had a few moments between household chores this morning.

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How fitting I found Tuesday Morning Sketches #406 appealed to me right away:

My card came together almost by itself as I had set aside pretty supplies I’d not had a chance to play with.  Without further ado here are the supplies used.  I used a white cardstock base, die cut the bottom layer using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die cut.  I layered a slice of Pocket Blossom designer paper by DCWV (purchased at Michaels) I stamped the sentiment with a Paper Smooches Stamp and then die cut and embbossed with Art-C stamp and cut.  I added a bit of tiny sequined twine from my ribbons stash. 

I like the gold foil accents on the teensy floral pattern in the DP which is complemented by the sequins. 

Thanks for visiting.  I hope to post some photos and just plain chatter here in the coming days because frankly, I miss it! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Simple Birthday Card & Sunday Drive Pics!

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This is my take on CAS(e) This Sketch 219

Thanks Jen for this very simple sketch – you made it terrifically easy for me to jump right in.  Bonus that I connected with my Sister in Law Judy  and we got to create “together” (online)  I have another Masculine birthday in the works so I chose a straightforward patterened paper – “JOVIAL” snowball fight (you’d never guess this festive theme unless you read this label, right?)  I layered the ribbon ontop, its not really ribbon I don’t believe.  I honestly don’t know what exactly it is, I picked it up in a thrift store.  The top layer is a Fiskars birthday candle stamp, embossed.  Easy as that – I do like the end result!

Happy Update!

This is really a bittersweet post – My handsome Mr and I sold our beloved VW Van “Sebastian”  this weekend – something we’ve known for some time we needed to do.  I remember when we brought Seb home  for the first time -

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Ah and all the lovely times we had in “Seb” over the years.  But life moves on and we are tickled to bits that the new owners include children who were SO EXCITED and happy.  I felt the very same way!  So its all good!  Meeting new friends always gives me the warm fuzzies.  Things are meant to be, I say!  Indeed!

Today Mr Miles and I took ourselves off in “Frisky” our little Fiat and we drove our almost favorite route ever – and it was a perfect day to capture the balsam flowers (some folk call them sunflowers) on the hills along the Similkameen river and to see the “hoodoos” too (formations in the hills)  Here are some bits of our day:

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Hey, I look happiest in a field of flowers, for sure. 

 

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Woo Woo – how are YOU – my good looking husband!

 

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Impressive Hoodoos!

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This one’s for YOU!

thank you for stopping by

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card

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I whipped this card up from the inspiration of this week’s Paper Players #341 sketch:

 

The simplicity of the sketch is what drew me, I almost immediately know what supplies to reach for.  I owe out a few masculine birthdays and this fit the ticket.  I used paper from a 12 x 12 pad “Natural Luxury” by Craft Smith.  I seem to return to this book for both elegant and masculine over and over.  Its a great mix of florals and patterns with splashes of shiny gold thrown in.  I used a slide mount – the sort from old projectors (remember the days when you were subjected to someones family memories for hours? – sometimes that was hugely meaningful and fun, other times you wish you could clone yourself… LOL!)  At any rate, these are glass plated slides with a metal looking plastic frame which I backed with coordinating cardstock and sealed in with narrow foam tape.  A “shaker” card, basically.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine, the words from Stampin’ Up.  I used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies to create interest on the sentiment banner. 

 

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I’m some  weeks home from a visit to Houston Texas and I might get an inkling to post some of my favorite pics on my blog yet, we will see.  For now, here is a photo of one of my favorite spring flowers from here in our Pocket Desert area of beautiful BC – a Shooting Star flower, and a little spring inspiration as well.

 

At night I peer into a velvet and diamond night sky,

Seeking with my naked eye,

In spring I look upon the ground,

To see if I’m blessed to have found,

In night, in day – a shooting star,

I hunt upward, downward – here you are!

- Barbara Derksen

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sweet Everyday card

Finally was able to create again, bonus my lovely sister Nina was available to hang with me during! 

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We chose to do this week’s Mojo Monday #492 sketch:

I love how NinaNina and I think in totally contrast most of the time – its always exciting to see what she comes up with.  For me, I let the paper do most of the work.  I used I cropped a 12 x 12  paper pad  by Craft Smith called Natural Luxury.  I layered upon layered, adding cuts using stitched rectangle die cuts by Simon Says and then some pretty floral die cuts by Jillibean Soup -  Latte Love.  The final touches the black ribbon shot through with gold to coordinate and some etches into gold flower buds and leaves using a seam ripper (my favorite secret tool!)

 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Going Home


I'm tucked into a comfortable seat at the Calgary airport waiting for the last leg of my flight home in a short time and since I have a while before I fly out and because I've sorely neglected my blog I will use my time to create a post.   I've been gone five weeks to Houston where I spent time with my daughter and grandbaby.  Precious, precious family time together.  I marvel that five weeks could pass so swiftly and pleasantly.  I'm coming home with a treasure box of memories.  I have missed my husband very much and I feel like a bride going home!   



I left the cold and snow behind in the Okanagan so it felt like stepping into another world to find myself in full springtime in Houston.  We were located in the Bayou area of Houston which has so much to offer.  I enjoyed the lush parks - spring flowers in bloom, all of nature bursting forth to provide pleasure to the senses.  Vibrant wildflowers green grass and lovely shady trees everywhere providing welcome shade and framing Houston's tall downtown buildings.  


I enjoyed good food and met warm and friendly people.  I found myself enjoying the "yes Ma'ams" in their polite warm southern conversations and I must say everyone I met really went out of their way to make me feel comfortable.  I realized that 'bayou' is no longer a foreign word.  I sorted out which restaurants are fast food and wow there are a LOT of restaurants in Houston.  I tasted 'real' BBQ, which is nothing like anything I've ever had before. 


My daughter, grandbaby and I took some side trips to various places.  I'm sure my little nose-print is still on the passenger window.  I especially loved a long walk we took down a long red clay country road and another drive to Lafayette, Louisiana.  I met a lovely lady from Louisiana during my Houston stay and if she represents the southern charm then I can't wait for another visit. 


I also visited the Houston Zoo with a relative and my grandbaby too - she is a bit young to fully enjoy the critters (who were mostly hiding out or sleeping off the heat of the day) but I had a grand time and it was special time with our cousin.  And the best thing ever? (besides having time with those we love) was being present when grandbaby crawled for the very first time.  

I could post so much more, but my flight time is creeping up.  It will be sweet to be home with my husband and be creative again.  
 






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hearty “I love you” Card

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I had a wonderful creative evening with Nina and Judy last night and I enjoyed making a very simple take on this challenge from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #197

I used a Simon Says DieNamics Die cut rectangular cut out of a 6 x 6 DP Heidi Swapp block for the base.  I added a circle punched out of cardstock with this sentiment from Your Next Stamp.  For my embellishments I simply punched tiny hearts from heavy glitter cardstock.

 

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I get pleasure out of leaving little tidbits after my posts so today I’m sharing a hint I stumbled across by accident.  I have been wearing a glittery nailpolish for a while but it was at the stage where it was beginning to flake off and snag on everything so it had to come off before I got really annoyed.  I, unfortunately, have a problem with the feel of cotton or cotton balls.  Makes me all squeamish and when it crunches I literally flinch.  You know, the feeling like some folk get when they hear nails going down a chalkboard.  Anyways, for lack of something sturdier than paper towels,I hit upon the thought I might try a used dryer sheet and goodness gracious it works like a charm!  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Birdy Birthday Card

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Such a fun little card to make, using CAS(e) this Sketch #206 Challenge as a jumping off point:

 

This Crate Paper caught my eye right away and I snipped it up in mere seconds.  I cut it with a Simon Says DieNamics stitched rectangular die into and then sheared it off angle ways.  I chose to use the bird as a focal point toward the bottom but use punched out hearts from the same paper as the bit that draws the eye up to the sentiment.  I used my go-to teeny tiny My Favorite Things stamp to say Happy Birthday and, after bumping a few of the hearts up, added some tiny hand drawn dashes up to the hearts. 

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The work of art is above all a process of creation,

it is never experienced as a mere product.

- Paul Khee

This quote struck me.  I believe it is what binds us all togehter.  I used to do a lot of “fine art” and when my sister Nina introduced me to making cards, I had a real wrestle in my mind to think of it as anything but a tiddly hobby.  I loved it, but I felt that it did not have any value for my time – not compared to a painting which might hang for years and generations… However, I’ve come to be humbled by what creating (especially online with Nina and my Sister in Law Judy).  The opportunity to all create together is priceless.  The cards are hugely fun to make and honestly, I have to tell you that the work I see all you card-makers do out there, well you are fine artists in my opinion.  I’ve seen so many of you push creativity to the enth degree!  I see you using mixed medias and making cards that could and should be hung and framed. 

 

But most of all, I’ve seen the absolute joy when someone I’ve gifted a simple card to can bring.  I can’t tell you how many times a card has touched someone’s heart.  How many times someone has let me know that my little card was just the thing someone needed at that exact time.  I am so very thankful today for this community of artists (yeah, YOU!)  Have a happy and creative weekend! 

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Floral Happy Birthday (200th Muse Challenge)

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Congrats to MUSE on their 200th Challenge!  What a milestone!  Here’s the “muse” we are asked to model our card after:

this card was created by Jenni Murray and I couldn’t think of straying very far from her beautiful example so I just went with it in all it’s glory, adding a few personal touches. 

I used a slice of 6 x 6 from a block, the designer is 1/2 wiped out by the sticky tape and it lifted off though I see the word “HADFEILD” and I think it says “HOME-MADE” for the name of it. The stamp is by Bo Bunny and the Floral is by Prima.  The leaves though, that’s something all of my own, a little cheat of sorts…

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When I’m at the thrift stores or dollar stores, I pick up silk flowers and leaves, then I simply either use them ‘as is’ or I trim them with scissors.  They look so much more real than paper and sometimes there is wire inside them and so they bend and fold to look very natural. 

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Why not light up someone’s day today?  Why not – it’s free to give and yet it can start a domino of smiles…

This poem by Margaret M. Dixon encourages us:

 

It lights the face with beauty, entirely lifts the gloom,

As will a tiny lantern some corner of a room,

And the passer-by is gladdene, when someone stops awhile,

To have a little cheery word, made richer by a smile

 

Smiling is so easy, and yet we often may

Neglect to light another’s path in this quite simple way,

So, when the world is blanketed with mist and pouring rain,

Just smile – it could bring sunshine into someone’s life again.

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