Saturday, August 22, 2015

VC Rocks August Blog Hop - Celebrate Friendship

Alas, it's time for the final VC Rocks Blog Hop of the season. Our theme this month is 'Celebrate Friendship.' It's a very appropriate theme, because one of the many highlights of this group is the relationships we get to form with some terrific stampers. We have a lot of fun. 

The card I made is one I've been holding on to for a few weeks. I made it at a Stamp A Stack. I absolutely adore Awesomely Artistic. I don't own it yet, but it's one the list of sets I'll definitely be purchasing soon. I also love the color combination, Susan, the event organizer, gave us. Blackberry Bliss is one of the best new In Colors to arrive in a long time. Part of me would love it to replace Elegant Eggplant. Part of me would just like to add it to one of the color families, because it's quite a distinct color, and it goes beautifully with many of the current colours. The card also features a bit of Tip Top Tape, which is a wonderful new neutral.

I've been doing a lot of stamping lately. I attended a crop last week and got a great deal of projects done. I will be posting again soon!

Enjoy the rest of  your weekend and please check out the rest of the blog hop! Just go on over to VC Rocks for the links.

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic
Other: Itty Bitty Accents flower punch, Oval punch, Dazzling Details Glitter

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day/Card 19 - CYCI #79


Another lovely day here in British Columbia, Canada. The weather is perfect. Had a nice morning of errands, though I was disappointed to find out that I do, in fact, have to go get a new passport. I inadvertently spilled a mocha on my table, and of course it had to go over to my passport before I grab it off the table. So that was a bummer. Tonight I had a lovely time at the pub with my friends. We started as a "Stitch group" and the place we used to rent got too expensive. As it's summer, and we've not quite decided on a new long term location, we went to the pub tonight, and we're doing the same next week. 

On to today's card... 

It's another one that I started ages ago, through a class at the former LSS. Never got it done at the time, so I put it in my 'unfinished kits' box, which I'm working through now. 

There is still time to enter! Check out the challenge blog here. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas in July - Day 15 to 18

I'm back! I didn't mean to get sidetracked with Christmas in July. I had camera issues for a little while. Then we had our last VC Rocks Blog Hop, so I had to focus on that. I still play to get at least 25 cards posted this month, though I'd love it if I could post a full 31. We shall see. 

The cards today are all ones I made ages ago at Scrapbookin' Adventures. They're also all interactive and/or a fancy fold.  The first one is my favorite; I do love the Card In A Box idea. They are actually easier to make than you'd think. Though I've had no trouble getting mine to stand, I have found that after a lot of moving it around, folding it up and unfolding it, it's  not as straight/square as I might like when it's open. 

I used Photo Sheet to merge my photos together so you would get the full effect of the cards. 

 I don't remember what the fold on the next card is called. I want to say 'Shadow Box' but I don't think that's it. I'm not sure the picture captures it well, but the cardstock is scored & foded over so that there's a 1/4 inch space between the Kraft & the white. Though I love the front, the fold is not my favorite.

These last two are my favorite. The first one has Glitter Ritz on the front; I can't capture how pretty and glitzy it is with my camera, sadly.

Friday, July 24, 2015

July Blog Hop

First, let me acknowledge my regret that I've not posted since July 14... I will be back with Christmas cards on Monday. I ran into issues getting the next batch of cards photographed. 


It's time for the July 2015 VC Rocks Blog Hop!

This summer VC Rocks is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as a summertime online gathering place for those who love Stampin' Up! products.  So all of our blog hops will be a Celebration.  For June 2015, the theme of the Hop is:  CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS!

I have two cards for you today. Both were originally designed by my friend Angela. I made my own versions at her house Tuesday evening & last night (Thursday). 

This first one is our attempt at the Bokeh technique. The one on the left is the one I made on Tuesday. As you can see, the butterflies aren't as intense. At first, I didn't like this one at all,l and now I think I like it better. I photography, with Bokeh, your images are supposed to blur together. I do love the butterflies in the card on the right; it's just not, in my mind, a great example of the technique. The basic difference between the two cards is that with the lighter one, I sponged white all over before I got out the stencil.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:

Just Add Ink: Just Add Butterflies

The next card is just an attempt at Two Step Stamping. In Angela's original attempt, she wanted to do the body in Lost Lagoon and the bones in a gray, but it just didn't work. So she suggested we reverse it, which we did. The one on the left, which I made last night (Thursday) I used a Basic Grey (I think? Maybe Smoky Slate) marker, and it was just too dark. The problem was for some reason we were having trouble getting a clear, dark image with the ink pad last night. That's when I decided to try the marker. In retrospect, when I decided to do that, I should have reversed the colours & done the body in Lost Lagoon and the bones in the grey.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Stamp Ink Paper - Tic Tac Toe

Please hop on over to VC Rocks to see what everyone else has created! 

Card Details:

Butterfly card:
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
DSP: Moonlight

Dinosaur card
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Stamps: No Bones About It
DSP Moonlight

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SIP Challenge #5 - Day 14

There is a new challenge blog on the internet, and I really like it. It's called the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, and today I'm taking part in Challenge #5 . Conveniently enough, the theme happens to be Christmas in July.
Here's the Inspiration image:

SIP Any Theme 5

And here is my card:

The image is from a kit; I had the card in my stash of 'Things I Need To Finish' and this challenge gave me the kick I needed to do it. I was trying to get the colour of the bird to match the ornaments completely, and I struck out there. He's too pink. But with the markers I have in my collection, that was the best I could do.

I want to say the the image and verse are from Penny Black, but if I'm honest, I do NOT remember.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Day 13

Good afternoon....

Another wonderful day here. I have been thinking, and in an effort to get more traffic, I am offering blog candy. Post a comment to all my July cards, and then at the end of  "Christmas in July" I'll randomly draw a name and send one person their favorite card.

I slept in for some strange reason. Well, I didn't so much sleep as I lacked the energy to get up. I was awake, listening to TSN 1040 sports talk radio.

Went to Crafty Capers for Coffee & a Card. A friend usually goes with me, but she had to work, so she couldn't make it. She had hoped I'd be able to buy her a kit, but there weren't any left. I promised her I'd show her the card & we could make our own version this summer.

That card is very summer, and not at all Christmas-y, so I won't post it today. I'm saving them for August.

Today's card is one of the 2 other cards I made the same day as yesterday's card.

I just gave it a quick water colouring this afternoon and then photographed it. I also had to fix the flaps. Apparently I didn't use very strong adhesive on the larger flap, or the the inside piece, as both came off. I was going to take a picture to show you how it opens, but it's pretty self explanatory. Each of the die cut flaps are tucked under the white lined piece, but they aren't attached to each other at all. You simply lift each one and write your message inside.

The flaps were cut using a Big Shot. I don't remember what die we used. Simply score about a 1/4 inch or so in, so you have a piece to fold under and adhere the flaps to the base.

BTW - in yesterday's post I said I thought the paper was Simple Stories. I'm not so sure of that anymore. It may well be Echo Park.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Day 12

Editor's note: This card actually would have been live last night had I hit 'Publish' rather than 'Save'. Aaargh. 

Today is a bittersweet day. My Boo is gone; mom, dad & Boo start their Alaska cruise today. Then, after the cruise they're heading home via the US. So no more seeing my girl until we Skype again in a few weeks. 

Despite that melancholy, I had a relatively good day. My allergies seemed to be back with a vengeance in the morning. I ended up sleeping in and getting to church late, and thus couldn't get a wheelchair-safe parking spot. So home I came to do some proof-reading for a friend. Then I continued the never-ending task of attempting to finally catch up on my email. 

Went to a lovely book launch at a friend's house in the late afternoon. It was good to see some old friends  and meet some new people. And the hosts cooked us a fantastic meal. I got home around 8:00 and I was surprisingly tired.

Today's card is one I made at the former Scrapbookin' Adventures store. They always did great card classes. Luckily, Bianca, who taught the card classes, is teaching at a new store. She and a friend opened up an online venture a few months after SA closed its doors here. SA is also doing online sales, too, but their focus is on kits. 

But I digress. Here is the card. The reason I didn't post it when I made it in 2014 is that I hadn't yet decided if i was going to colour the image. I had originally thought I'd leave it uncolored, to go more with a 'vintage sketch' notion, but the more I looked at the hat, the more I determined I needed to colour it. And then I decided if I was going to colour the hat, I had to colour the scarf and his arms. So I found my Tombows (after spending 15 minutes going through all the drawers, I discovered they were right in front of my nose, on the shelf. Yay me. Aargh.) and gave Frosty a bit of colour. 

I may yet add some Wink of Stella or some other form of glitter on the snowman.. I can't decide if that would be too much. Note that the stamped image is all one stamp, and it was embossed with VersaMark & covered in an antique-y gold embossing powder. 

The patterned papers are either Simple Stories, I think.