Friday, March 14, 2014

New Christmas Card Challenge Blog

Just a quick post today: I've found a new Christmas card challenge blog! Check out Completely Christmas - they are only on their second challenge. You can find that challenge here. The theme is Anything Goes. 

I love this card. It was made with the envelope punch board. My friend bought one of these for us to share. We're splitting the cost because while we know we'll use it, we may not use it enough on our own to justify the cost. We also tend to discuss stamp purchases and sometimes if one is getting it the other won't. The stamp set used here, for example, was one I liked, but I decided not to buy it because it was a little too similar to some other things I have.

It's a little on the clean side for me. I have this urge to fill up that white space with some patterned paper or use some cardstcock and stamp some snowflakes or something. I think though, what I really need to do next time is use a different colour for the base and maybe run it through an embossing folder first. Part of the problem I'm having with it is that I generally don't care for Whisper White as a base paper. It's thinner than the other colours.

Card Details
Cardstock: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Ink: Gumball Green
Stamps: Bright Hopes 
Other: Season of Style Washi Tape, Silver Glimmer paper, star punch

Christmas Challenge - March 1/10

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sailing On With a Masculine Card

I'm a wee bit grumpy today, I decided I would do a challenge to try to alleviate my bad mood. My day actually started out not too badly. I made some progress on some technology issues I've been trying to sort out. Ran in to a friend and had lunch with her a the mall. But I also had a dentist appointment, which is never fun. My jaw's been sore all day and I didn't even have much done. 

The weekend was lovely though... since I don't have my wifi working, but I do have unlimited texting, a friend & I were texting back & forth last night as we were watching a show we both enjoy. I swear no matter how old I get, it'll always be more fun for TV/movies and the like to be a shared experience. 

And earlier on in the weekend, a friend came by and we got a whole bunch of stuff organized. I'm ready to get new shelves in the right side of my closet. That's going to make my stash so much more manageable. Once we were done, we popped over to the scrapbook store. I actually didn't get anything, but she did (I'd decided I should wait, as I couldn't remember how much my dentist appointment was going to be). And while she was shopping I got to see a friend's new baby. Siigh. 

Well, I am getting tired, so I'm going to crawl into bed & listen to some SportsTalk Radio. The Canucks managed to blow another game tonight so I'm sure people are furious. 

This card is for two challenges. I wanted to do something spring-y again. One of the challenges called for getting inspiration from a song or movie/book. At first I was going to skip it completely. Then I was sorting through my box of card images & kits and saw the sailboat. That immediately resulted in the strains on both Lionel Richie/The Commodores singing Sail On, and Christopher Cross singing Sailing Away. These two songs don't make as good a mashup as you might think. ;)

The image panel uses reverse masking to get the sky coloured.

Check out the challenges here: 
The Friday Mash Up - Masculine/stitches or sewing/masculine with stitches or sewing
Sweet Stampin: Inspired by a song, movie or book

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Basic Grey
Stamps: Unknown
Other: Brads

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Friday Mashup 149

I have had a good week. I spent a lot of time last Wednesday & Thursday catching up from the snow. I needed to get it all done so I could go visit a friend on Friday. We get together monthly and make cards using CTMH stuff. 

Today, though, I have some cards for you using SU products. I got a couple kits completed from my stash so I could enter some challenges. I really needed some bright, cheery cards because it seems the snow is not quite over. We got a bit more on Saturday afternoon as I was coming home from a bridal shower, as well as intermittently for most of the day today. 

And yesterday, I finally entered the modern age. I got rid of my old - VERY old - Motorola flip phone and got an i-phone. How in the world did I ever manage to resist texting for so long? I absolutely love it. I think it's going to make it much easier to keep in touch with friends & family who live out of town. Luckily, our plan (I'm on a shared family plan with my parents), gives me unlimited texting & no charge on long distance anywhere in the country. 

So today I have decided to resist grousing about the crappy weather and try to think positively about it. Spring has to arrive eventually. Given that, I decided I would finish up a spring card from a kit I had in my stash. I am entering this card for Friday Mash Up 149

  1. Create a project that's "Monochromatic".
  2. Create a project with "Flowers".
  3. or Create a "Monochromatic project with Flowers". 

My hope was that I'd also enter it in the Card Concept challenge, but I missed the deadline somehow. I have really gotten behind on doing challenges again. 

Card Details - All products Stampin Up
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Very  Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Stamps: Creative Elements

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Here comes the sun...

Do do do do....

Yes, it has stopped snowing! Right now it is sunny at 5 degrees Celsius (41F) and it is expected to be decent all week. They're saying anywhere from 5-8C (41-46F). Certainly not my favourite temperatures, but when you've lived her forever, it isn't that bad - especially when it's not raining.

I do hope the snow piles themselves melt slowly, if possible. I hate when the snow gets ugly, so I always wish it can melt in a way that lets it stay pretty for as long as possible.

My car has been dug out, so I am happy. Looks like I should be able to get back to normal starting tomorrow.

Other members of the complex are not so lucky. Sometimes I can clearly see the advantages to being disabled. We'll see how it goes and if they're still stuck by Friday we'll try to get help to dig them out. I'll check in with a group at our church when I'm there tomorrow.

But hey, they cleared a path to the smoker's spot. Oh, that poor car next to it if/when the snow comes off the roof.

In honour of this lovely change in the weather,  Spring themed card I made a while ago. It was a class at the scrapbook store. I can take no credit for the design, that was all Bianca. Of course, everyone's cards looked a little different, depending on where we put our stencil and how we managed with the mists. I wish I had gotten a wee bit more red on mine. The nice thing is that the colours do make the card a wee bit more masculine.

It's ironic that I have gotten rid of all my mists and stencils, and now I'm seeing where I could use them. I bought them originally to use on scrapbook pages, and it was just NOT my thing. But I do like the look on cards. If I do decide to get a few again, I will go into it much more slowly and really consider what colours to buy, as well as which stencils.

The rosette on this card was made by hand. I will NOT be doing THAT again, either. I'm sure I saw a die that will do the work for me. The question is whether I'd ever make enough rosettes to justify the cost.

Monday, February 24, 2014

And still in continues...

It is STILL snowing here. I was going to say it hasn't stopped since Saturday - and I've heard that from some people - but I thought it did at one point, for a brief period of time. Regardless, if it did stop at all, it was so brief I say it doesn't count for the purposes of this post. I had a wee bit of cabin fever today. Between that and the fact that I had a document I needed to print, and I went over to one of the admin buildings today. Took the camera with me, of course. Here's what I saw: 

The silver car int the bottom photo is mine. One of the lovely people here cleaned it off, which was very kind. The only sad thing is they did it before I could get a picture. ;) There's a graduated sidewalk there, but it was actually pretty covered. I decided it would be easier to get back in via long way. It isn't that they didn't clean the path; it's that it's been coming down so quickly that the path was covered again. 

In honour of the fact that this post is my 200th, I want to share a couple cards. The first one I did not make. It's from a card club night in 2013, during Sale A Bration. I couldn't make it that night so my demo made me the cards. 

I did make this Christmas card. I did it at the scrapbook store, when it was still in Parksville. You can see the original version here. If memory serves me correctly, I made this version on the last Make & Take Monday of the summer. That day, they just put out all the leftover bits from previous weeks and we can make ones we missed, or do them again, or, as in this case, tweak them.

Sadly, no card details today because I don't have the info. I can tell you the DSP in the first card is retired Sale A Bration paper from 2013. The paper in the star card is Echo Park, I think. But don't hold me to that. 

And that was my 200th blog post! See you soon! 

Hopefully, it won't still be snowing. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014


It started to snow at some point early Saturday morning; I woke up to it at around 8:00 a.m. It's now Sunday at 2:40 as I type this post and it is still coming down. It looked heavy yesterday morning, but it wasn't sticking at all so the day's plans went ahead. We had a baby shower at church for a friend of mine. I forgot to ask mom for permission to post a picture of me holding the wee one on my blog, so alas, it isn't gonna happen, as I can't figure out a way to crop one of the ones I have in a way that won't render it pointless. 

I got home around, oh, 3:30 pm yesterday and still, no snow was sticking to the roads. And then, around 5:00, it started to stick. Here's a picture of how it was at 6:45. I was able to get all the way outside to take it. 

This morning, there was so much snow on the walkway that I couldn't get out to take this shot again. 

 So I headed over to the main door of the building (I go out a side door, it's closer to the parking lot) and got this shot. You can see our walkway is covered in at least 2-3 inches. I won't be getting through until it's shoveled. It truly reminds me of the blizzard of 1996.


 Our wonderful E., who is in charge of maintenance on the property, out clearing the path for emergency vehicles. So grateful to him for coming in on a Sunday. 

Here's a quick card for him that I'll make sure he gets tomorrow. This card is totally made up of scraps and such from my stash. The patterned paper is VERY old.

Card Details
Cardstock: Bazzill
DSP: American Crafts
Stamps: Lexicon of Love
Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Challenge cards!

I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by. It was busier than I had expected it to be. Saturday evening I went to a local pub to visit with a friend who was in town from Newfoundland. A whole group of us went because we have missed her a lot and wanted a chance to catch up. Normally, I'm not a pub person, especially when I don't know the majority of the group attending, but J. is worth it. The food &s service was far better than I remembered from the last time I was there, so that was a nice. And even better, aside from seeing J., I got to catch up with an old friend. 

The theme of catching up with old friends carried over into Sunday. I went out for a coffee in the afternoon (after guiltily staying home from church because I was tired from the night before. And ok, the hockey game that was on may have played a small factor, too) with an old friend, D. She's a little younger than me - we met a when I went back to university after a little sabbatical of sorts. It was fantastic to sit and catch up with her; I'd forgotten how easily we've always chatted.

The rest of the week has been full of crafty stuff and Bible study related stuff. I had my usual Tuesday morning group and I started a new one this afternoon. I did the coffee & a card drop in on Monday, though I haven't photographed that card yet. And I told D. I would teach a couple sessions at an art event the Women's Centre is doing in April, so I've been working on writing up the draft of my plan. Given that, I came up with some cards and did some challenges, to help me figure out what kinds of things I want to teach people. 

This first card is for the latest Wednesday challenge at Simon Says - Wedding or Anniversary and what I like about it is that it has simple layering.I actually found the stamped circle in my stash. The rectangle framing it is a wee bit big, I admit, even with the hearts. 

Next we have card for Addicted To Stamps & More - Holiday  This card uses an  embossing folder. I haven't decided if I want to get into those, as one of my focuses in the workshop is how to keep costs down. Once you get into owning something like a Cuttlebug or a Big Shot, that is not so easy. That said, there are stores around where you can go in and use their machine, and the folders themselves are pretty cost effective. 

The last two cards use one of my favourite sets of all time - Circle Circus. The first version is for the Just Us Girls - Color Challenge. It's a take on another card I did a while ago that I never got to post. I love random stamping, and I love the simple layering and distressing on this card.

The second one is more masculine, both in colour and design. It is for the challenge at Less Is More - Masculine . I almost used this card for the JUGS challenge, but it doesn't really have 3 or more colours plus neutrals. Although it may look like there are two different greens, they are all the same. The differences are just due to the camera. This card will be a great way to teach people about punches and all they add to a card.

Well, that is all I have for tonight! Back on the weekend! 

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up!
Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise
DSP: Flowers For You
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations
Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Merry Christmas 
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
DSP: Frostwood Lodge
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Thank You
Cardstock: Whisper White
DSP: Summer Smooches
Stamps: Circle Circus, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango

Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade
Other: Buttons, Punches