Friday, May 22, 2015

VC Rocks - Celebrate the Old

Welcome! It's time for the first VC Rocks Blog Hop of 2015. I'm glad to be back for my third summer playing with the Rockers. VC stands for Virtual Convention. It is a group for those of us who love Stampin' Up - many of whom are demos, be it sales or hobby - to chat and craft. We have blog hops, challenges, swaps, virtual make & takes... it is a LOT of fun. We  even have 'hotels' where we get a 'roomie' and we can send them a RAK package. There is still time to join if you are interested. It's free  it's fun. Just pop over to the website & check it out. That will also give you a chance to see the rest of the other bloggers who are taking part in today's hop.

Today I have four cards for you. I admit these are cards that have been sitting in my 'cards & layouts' folder, awaiting a time when I'd have a chance to blog them. Our blog hop coordinator said we could use any product that either is retiring in June 2015 (from this current catalogue) or older products that have been retired for a few  years. I have a mix of both for you today.

My first card uses a stamp set and some colours that are only just retiring this year. The tamp set is A Round Array. These stamps make a great little embellishment on a card. Sometimes when I have a big image or scene I want to stamp, a small sentiment is perfect. Note the patterned paper. It is from last year's Occassios catalogue. I believe it was called Fresh Prints, and it features both Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar. I think SU may be carrying over the wood veneer shapes and the chevron ribbon, but check with your demonstrator.

 These next two cards feature one of my all time favorite sets: Feelin' Sentimental. That phone booth is totally a Tardis; I don't care what anyone says! The background on the Tardis card is make by using the Acrylic Block Technique; simply ink up your block, spritz with water, and stamp directly on to your paper.

My final card is the oldest one of the bunch. The flowers are made using a very old set called Looks like Spring. I no longer own this set, as I just fell out of love with it. It came with a matching punch which for some reason I had difficulty using. The sentiment is from Lexicon of Love, which I am pretty sure I still have in my stash. It's one of my favorite sentiment sets & thus is on the list of stamps which I intend to keep forever. The colours used in the card are retired now, too. 

Card Details;

All Products Stampin' Up

Thank  You Card
Stamps: A Round Array
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP: Fresh Prints
Other: Chevron Ribbon

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Feelin' Sentimental, unknown
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP: ?

Stamps: Feelin' Sentimental, unknown
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party,

Stamps: Lexicon of Love, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brocade Blue
Ink: Brocade Blue

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Playing with new stuff...

I'm back with a card for a challenge, as well as a few others.

My first card is for two challenges. I used a stamp from my new Tim Holtz Bird Crazy set. Love this little guy! I saw it at the store, with some really cute samples, and I couldn't resist.

There is still time to enter these challenges so check out the links!
Crafty Time Challenges - Anything New
Addicted to Clean and Simple - Birds 

A few weeks ago, I took a class at a local stamp store. It was all about playing with distress inks, which I love. I particularly loved that we got to use some stencils. I was finally inspired to buy a few, as well as some embossing paste, and the new Bo Bunny pearlescent stuff. First I will show you the cards that are not for the challenge.

The photo of the first three cards isn't great, I know. I can't quite figure out why it was so blurry, and I'm charging my camera at the moment, so I can't try again. When I get a chance I'll take another shot. I can also take individual shots of the cards if people would like to see them in more detail, so you can get a look at hte stencilling.

The top card uses the new Cracked Pistachio distress ink from Tim Holtz. Sigh.. love it. The bottom one uses a blending of he pistachio & the Mermaid Lagoon. I wanted to by that exact honeycomb stencil, but I they didn't have any left. I think I have a butterfly very similar to this one. That is washi tape in the top and bottom corners.

I really love how this pink card turned out. Kathy, our instructor, did some of the prep for us, such as the background stencilling & the cutting of the chipboard pieces. We coloured them up with Inka Gold in blue, green & copper. I have GOT to get some of this product; it will be great on Christmas cards, with any of my ornament stamps. At first I thought the background was created using an embossing folder, but it turns out it was a stencil and embossing paste. Again, they were out of stock for the stencil, so I'll have to wait to add this one to my collection.

Card Details: All products Tim Holtz, except cardstock (Bazzill) 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Addicted to Stamps #133 - Holiday

Today I was at a silent retreat. A group of us who have been doing a study called The Good and Beautiful Life got together at our church from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We did some writing exercises, shared lunch together, watched 2 clips from documentaries and viewed a full documentary about monks who are silent all the time. It was amazing. You might think that watching the videos would defeat the purpose, but it somehow didn't. It truly added something. It was the MOST quiet room I've ever experienced watching something via a screen.

We had permission to do other things as we listened to the documentaries. That made it really interesting. I actually found it felt like more of it was sticking with me than if I had not had anything else to do. I can still hear the rhythmic chiming of the bells from the monastery.

I was planning to work on some cards, but I forgot something really, really important: adhesive. So, since I had my iPad with me, I used the time to catch up on a bunch of email. I follow a lot of crafty blogs and recipe blogs. I like to pin card ideas, scrapbook pages & recipes. I have pinned more than I can ever use and I don't care! One day I will benefit from having multiple versions of banana chocolate chip muffins. Yeah. That's the ticket. Yeah!

Ok, enough babbling. I finished off a set of cards from a workshop I took a while ago. I'm submitting the first one to the challenge because it's that I did the most work to complete.  It was actually the first time I used a water brush/aqua painter to watercolour. I'm much more comfortable with my Tombows. I can see some spots where my inky fingers created blotches & I have to figure out how to cover them up.

All the other cards are made from kit. I can't remember what company the kit comes from, but I think it's My Mind's Eye.

There is still time to play so check out Addicted to Stamps Challenge #133 - Holiday before it closes! 

I actually love this cared. I can see making a different version using some of my Christmas words/verses & my Stampin' Up snowflake framelits.

This one, too, could be easily recreated using patterned paper & either an image or a verse.

I love the verse on this card; I'm not sure how I feel about the triangles. Mostly, I am insecure as to whether I could ever cut paper well enough to recreate the effect. I do love the stars along the bottom and thanks to framelits & punches that would be easy to do. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Happy Oscar Night!

I actually rarely watch the Oscars. I just don't have the attention span for such a long telecast. I don't think I've even seen most of the nominated films and performances this year. The nice thing is that later I'll have time to catch up on a bunch of the shows  I have sitting on my DVR waiting for me to watch them. The good thing is, spoilers don't bother me at all so I don't have to stress out.

I had a lovely weekend in Vancouver; I had meetings to attend. A friend was going to go over with me and we were going to go shopping before my first meeting Friday at 7pm, but something came up and she couldn't get away. It was a disappointment, and yet I'm glad I was able to make the best of it.... got a chance to hang out with more School Trustees from other districts. I find that the informal sharing that happens at dinner or when we go for a beer somewhere is almost more valuable than the work we're actually there to do. Well, maybe not more, but at least equal. 

Today I have a card for the latest challenge at Can You Case It? I have a Thank You card for our Board's executive assistant. She is absolutely fantastic. She started in January following the retirement of someone who had been in the position for a number of years. She's got big shoes to fill and she is doing so with aplomb. 

Here's the card:

This card is one I started a while ago and never finished. I wasn't in love with the colour combo and I'm still not fold of it. The Pistachio Pudding colour is growing me me but I still don't care for Crisp Cantaloupe. I do love the Smoky Slate, though.  I was leery about how the tone on tone background stamping would  look, and in the end, that may be my favourite part of the card. I used Versamark for the block pattern. I inked the doily with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and cut it in half for a different look. A part of me wants to add a bit more bling... one more pearl where the two are, then one just below each arrow, in the space between the arrow & banner.

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Can You Case It #57 and The Paper Plunge

I can't believe how quickly January flew by... and now we're just past the half way point in February.
CYCI #57
I have been making cards, though not as often as in the past. With my new role on the school board I've just been too busy. I'm really enjoying the work though. And I've taken a class or two, and I've got a few more booked for March. I'll be going to an all day crop soon, too.

I have two cards made for challenges to share tonight. It's actually pretty late as I type this post... just about 11:00 pm. Given that, I want to get this post completed so I can go to bed.

Here are my cards:
The Paper Plunge - Emboss It!

Can You Case It? Clean & Quick max 2 layers, at least 1 embellishment. For this challenge I'm using the paper bows as my embellishment. The card took 9 and a half minutes. Would have been faster, but it was my first time using the new Bow Builder Punch from Stampin' Up (which I love - it's terrific!). I made a Father's Day card because I couldn't think of any male birthdays I had right now, and even though Father's Day isn't until June, I wanted to be ahead this year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye Scrapbookin Adventures

Yesterday was the final day for one of our local stores. It was sad; I have a lot of good memories of scrapbooking there. I made a lot of friends through the shop, and I had a lot of fun in the classes and events I attended. As we approach 2015, I decided I should go through and clean up my computer a bit. A bunch of pictures were misfiled. Ok, really, I was procrastinating on tackling the dishes.The machine is working away in the background as I type.

This first Halloween card was a Make & Take at one of the store's anniversary weekends. It has to have been from at least 2013 - maybe even 2012? I can't remember.

This card was made relatively recently. I'm pretty sure it was a summer make & take from 2014. I Love the colours and the different sentiments. And those candles are made from paper straws that were cut up, with twine for the candle 'wick.'

This final card is one I made. I'm not happy with it at all. It was my first attempt at a Tent Topper card, and I was going from memory in terms of the dimensions. And the circle mat I punched was a bit too big for the image.

Card Details

Happy Halloween
PP: Bella Blvd
Cardstock: American Crafts
Other: Unknown

Birthday Card
Cardstock; American Crafts
Straws: Jillibean Soup
Other: Unknown

Witching You...
Cardstock: Bazzill
DSP: We R Memory Keepers
Stamps: Haunting Halloween (SU)
Other: Punches (SU!), Twine (unknown), Markers: Tombow

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm still here...

Despite my lack of blogging, I have been crafting. I just had a really buys fall so I didn't have the time or energy to post anything.

When my uncle died in August, it was a bit of a wake up call for me. I was reminded of my word for the year, and I decided to follow a dream I've had since I was young. I ran for office. When I was a kid, I had ambitions of a full fledged provincial or federal political career; my thinking has since changed. I am most passionate about children and education, so I ran for a spot on the school board. I'm proud to say I was successful. I'm extremely grateful to my family and my friends for their support.

The campaign ran from essentially September through to November 15th. Right after the election, my best friend and I went to Disneyland for essentially a week. I'm not exaggerating; the election was Saturday November 15th. My mom drove me down to Victoria the next day. My friend and I flew to California on Monday. We returned on Saturday, November 22nd. It was a terrific trip, aside from the fact that I found myself REALLY ill on the Friday. Luckily we'd seen most of what we wanted to see (though I missed out on dong Soaring Over California and maybe a few other rides in California Adventure... sniff...). And at least I recovered in the one day, so I wasn't ill while travelling home.

Once I got home, I did have some time for crafting. Truthfully, throughout the summer and the fall, I made time to keep crafting; I've learned the importance of self care. Still, there was a lot to do to prepare for the start of our term in office. We were officially sworn in on December 8th.

Today I have a card that I am submitting for two challenges:

Shopping Our Stash - 3 patterned papers
Showcase Your Style - Use diecuts

In this case, the die cut was made by cutting out the shape on the Cricut and then using a matching Close To My Heart stamp set for the sentiment.

All products for the card are from CTMH. 

I will definitely be back later this week!