Friday, May 27, 2016

VC Rocks is back...

And it's blog hop time!

The blog hops this year will all have 'Cruisin' in the title. The first one is called, "Cruisin' For Special Occasions." As our blog hop leader, Robin, noted, the reason many folks go on a cruise is to celebrate something important.

I have only been on one cruise; the trip was a gift from my mother, to celebrate my graduation from university. My dad didn't go with us, because he really isn't big on travelling. It was one of those, 'Go on a trip in lieu of throwing a party' things. Really, I think Mom just wanted to go on a cruise. And I am glad she did. We did the round trip seven day Vancouver to Alaska voyage and I loved pretty much all of it.

I had a hard time deciding what to do for this hop. The one ocassion we all tend to celebrate is birthdays, and I wanted to step outside my box a bit. So instead, I'll show you a few graduation cards. That is rather appropos today, as I know that in the U.S. it grad time for many high school students. Our students attend until the end of June, but it is prom season. My niece's (well technically cousin) prom is tomorrow (Saturday) night & I am so looking forward to seeing her & her boyfriend all decked out. We're going down to the waterfront to do family photos. Please pray the rain holds off....

I found this idea of the clean & simple design on a blog last year. Although there are only two here, I made about a dozen, but some used dsp that wasn't Stampin' UP. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the white SU craft ink stamped.  Although I love the colours of the Rich Razzleberry card the most, I didn't actually cut the paper correctly on that card so I don't like the layout as much as the others. 

Now that budget time is over at the school district, I expect to have more free time. I have a whole bunch of cards that are already made that I'm looking forward to sharing. I went to a crop a week or so ago & I had a fantastic time.

Hop on over to VC Rocks to see the rest of our Hoppers' creations!

Card Details - All products Stampin Up

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Regal Rose, Pacific Point
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
DSP: Various retired SU papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft

Monday, March 21, 2016

CAS challenges

Wow.. I'm on a bit of a roll with the posting of late. Let's see how well I do at keeping it up after Spring Break.

The remainder of last week was nice. On Friday we had a games night at church, which was a great deal of fun. Saturday I went to Crafty Capers to do a Make & Take in the morning, then spent the afternoon at a friend's 50th birthday party. We all went for Chinese food, because that's her favorite. It was a fun afternoon. Then on Sunday we celebrated my cousin's 40th birthday.

Given the plethora of birthdays of late, I had to choose a birthday card for Addicted to CAS: 

I haven`t made a waterfall card in ages. I forgot how much fun they are. And they`re really not that complicated. Clean & simple doesn`t have to be boring! I chose this card for this particular challenge because I think these particular flowers do look very delicate. And the mechanism itself definitely is. 

The other challenge card I have is an Easel Card for The Paper Players:

I decided to make this one into a generic thinking of you card. Those are always good to have on hand. I love easel cards; they look great. And it`s a chance to do another fancy fold that really isn`t very complicated.  

Card Details - All Products Stampin` Up

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Card Concept 51

Wow! Two posts from me in one week!

I am really enjoying the beginning of our two week Spring Break. I'm plowing through old emails that I didn't deal with at the time I received them just because I was so busy. I'm talking about the recipes & card blogs I follow. Yes, I know I could cut down the number & delete really old ones, but here is where my hoarder side kicks in. I can't just delete without a quick look. What if I miss something? There could be a PERFECT recipe or a gorgeous sketch or card sample I'd never find again! Oh, the things I do to justify my electronic clutter.

I am loving not going out. I haven't driven anywhere since my Sunday night book group.  I'm slowly eating better & beginning to have some success at upping my water intake. So life is good!

Today's card is an inspiration challenge from

My stamps are still a little too disorganized to do an Easter card. Instead, I was inspired by the colours, pink & brown as well as the idea of the designs on the egg. The card I'm showing you today uses the bleaching technique to create the design on the border. The die cut butterfly is stamped with a big background stamp. 
I can't find my notes on the card details; this card is one I ha all the stamping down for a while ago & I took it from my stash to finish up for the challenge. I still have a decent stash of half finished cards. I'm getting through them, though! 

For this challenge, I went out of my comfort zone. At the Card Concept, you have to put your card in one of their categories: Clean & Simple, Clean & Layered, Shabby Chic/Vintage, Clean & Graphic, Freestyle Collage, Classy & Elegant. My cards tend to be clean & layered, or clean & simple. I almost NEVER have trouble deciding what category to put them in. But this time I'm stuck. This card isn't clean, per se, but it's not too collage-y either. I'm going to classify it as:

Freestyle Collage, defined as 
  • unrelated elements in a collection
  • can be done in any style
Check out The Card Concept - Challenge 51 Naturally Pink to read about the other styles, see samples, and play along! 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thank You On Pi Day

I can see I'm not doing as well with posting weekly as I'd hoped to. :) 

Life is rolling along here. I've been inspired to start my yearly spring cleaning. Every year I have a friend who comes over &  helps me to purge my scrapbook/cardmaking supplies. I have reached a point where I'm frustrated enough with the mess that I'm starting without her. There is so much I want to go. Magazines I know I won't read. Paper I know I won't use. It's time to seriously downsize the stash. 

I've gotten the inspiration for that thinking as a result of a group in which I just participated. It was a study based on a book called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. If you're uncomfortable with Christianity, it may not be great for you, unless you can look past that & focus on the techniques he's discussing as a means of achieving broader emotional health. It talks about self-care, and part of that, for me, is having a workable space. 

I'm also excited because it's starting to feel like spring, and that\, I hope, will mean healthier eating. I always, always struggle in the winter. I'm committed to really trying to create some good habits this spring/summer that I can carry over into the fall & winter. 

Today's card is for two challenges.

Crazy4Challenges C4C327 - feature circles and/or pies

Apparently, March 14th is referred to as Pi Day.. 3.14 :) I never think about it because, quite frankly, as soon as I was finished school and didn't have to think about math, I didn't. LOL. It was my LEAST favorite subject in school. 

I didn't have any pie related stamps, so I went with a circle.

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up
Stamps: By The Tide
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Soft Suede
Ink: Early Espresso, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Calypso Coral 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Addicted to CAS #81 - Bloom

Happy Valentine's Day.

I am not actually a big fan of this particular holiday. It's never really appealed to  me. Or maybe it did, as a kid. But I have definitely gotten cynical about it as I've aged.

It's been a really uneventful couple of weeks. I attended a crop on Friday, and a cardmaking thing yesterday. We had our SU group in early February, too. Work continues to go relatively well.

I have a quick card share for a challenge today. I'm actually going to post two cards, because all though I think the first one is a little more CAS, it is a complete CASE. I made it at Crafty Capers a while ago and finally finished putting it together recently. I could have made it more my own by adding some bling, in retrospect. But alas, the card has already been sent; I needed a quick sympathy card for a colleague recently. Sadly, I'll be needing another one this week, as I just saw on Facebook another acquaintance of mine passed away. I hate cancer.

I don't have the product details for this card. I forgot to write down which company makes that flower, the sentiment and that punch. If you'd like me to find out, please mention it in the comments. I definitely have to ask about the punch, as I love it.

The second card is one where while some CASEing took place, it wasn't an exact replica of the original. Made this one at my friend Angela's place. Everyone coloured their flowers differently and chose a different colour scheme. I have always loved purple, so it was an easy choice for me. The colouring is actually done using SU Blender pens. Made it into a birthday card because I knew a friend had a birthday coming up.

Check out the rest of the challenge entries at Addicted to CAS.
Card details

Birthday Card - All Products Stampin Up

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Neutrals paper stack
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Friday, January 29, 2016

My 250th post!

I swear, when I started blogging, I didn't really think that I'd make it to my 250th post. But 4 or 5 years later, here I am.

In some ways, it's taken me a lot longer reach this milestone than I'd expected or hoped. Life sometimes just gets busy. Other times, my motivation to craft is just not there. I have found that the times, like now, when I'm in an active blog group are ones when I'm most active. It helps knowing that there is a group of people who will pop over to your blog and comment on  your cards. I mention that because I hope that not only will you comment on my cards, but you'll also take a look at the blogs listed on my sidebar and give my cyber friends some love!

There really isn't much going on right now, so nothing else to share. I'm in a book/study group at church, looking at a book called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, and I'm really enjoying it. We're gearing up for budget season on the school board. And I'm managing to keep up with my hockey pools this year. So life is good.

Here are my cards:

I've been spending a lot of my card making time working on my stash of card kits and this one has been there for a long time. I love the way the different label dies look together. And the 'Wish Big' stamp is actually punched out of the old SU ornament punch. The big dot embossing folder has really grown on me, too. 

CCEE1604 - Chocolate Cake Day

The toughest thing about this challenge was choosing which card to post for it. I make a lot of birthday cards that involve cake images. Why? Because I love cake. Birthdays are all about the cake and the presents, when you think about it. LOL. 

Love these darn birds! What more can I say? 

Card Details:

Wish Big - All Products Stampin Up
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: I can't remember - it's retired.. will try to find the set name
Other: Embossing folder, framelits

Happy Birthday - All Products Stampin Up
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Unsure... 
Other: Cupcake Builder punch, oval punch, scallop oval punch, border punch, dots embossing folder

Bird Card
Stamps: Bird Crazy, Dyane Reavley verse
Cardstock: Bazzill White
Ink: Stazon Black, Memento Black
Other: Tombow markers, Sizzix dies 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Those Crazy Birds!

Well, it happened. A while ago, I fell in love with the Bird Crazy stamps from Tim Holtz. I finally got to play with them recently. I did a little class at our local stamp store, and, as usual, I tried to put my own spin on the cards.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Casology - Clear

I wanted to be different here, and so I used the rain/water/puddles as something that's clear. Even though puddles can be murky, that's not from the water... that's the dirt on the ground. The water itself is clear!

CCEE - Hats

I just love this guy. His nose is perfect. I'm really loving the Crazy Things add on stamp set; they really give the birds extra personality. I also did a second hat card, but I'm having trouble uploading it, so I'll post it on its own, tomorrow.

Addicted To Stamps & More - Make Your Mark
Seize The Birthday - Clean and Simple
Stamp Ink Paper - Birthday

This one was so much fun to colour!

 All the colouring on these cards were done with my Tombos & a water brush.