Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Long Weekend!

August was such a busy month. 

As I type this post, I'm looking out my window, trying to see if I can figure out what the weather is going to do. Every long weekend my church holds a camp out about 20 minutes away from here. I went up both Friday night and yesterday afternoon, and I think I'm going to head up there this afternoon, too. I'd like to partake in one more campfire and marshmallow roast before summer ends. 

My card today is a thank you card that I sent to a family friend. When my uncle died at the start of August, lots of people were wonderful to my aunt. Some made meals and some were just there to offer a supportive ear. Well, there is one lovely lady who makes a raspberry cheesecake I just adore. Since she and her daughters were making a meal for my aunt & cousins, she also made me the cheesecake. So I had to send her a card.

I've had this card in my stash for a while. It was made at one of our card nights at  the Stamper's 10 group I used to attend. The background is made by brayering the cardstock and then stamping with water.

Card Details - All products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pacific Point
Stamp: Baroque Motifs & Patterned Occasion  
Other: Ribbon, punches

Friday, August 22, 2014

VC Rocks August Blog Hop

Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged. So nice to be back, especially today as we're having our final VC Rocks blog hop of the season. For our final hop, we're Rockin' Our Creativity with projects that give  Stampin Up Colours the starring role. I love the One Sheet Wonder Technique, and I decided it would be a great way to creatively use a range of SU colours.

I got 4 cards made. I ended up veering away from the template I found because I did something wrong. Either way, I'm relatively happy how the cards turned out.

Although the set I used, Betsy's Blossoms, retired in June the wonderful thing about the OSW technique is it works with such a wide variety of stamps. I got my colours from the Gingham Garden DSP I used. What surprised me the most is how much I liked the Island Indigo/Midnight Muse combo. I find that the trick is to choose your DSP first, and then look for stamps that go well with it. And when you choose the DSP first, you can use it as the guide to what colour inks to use.

I know there are a a variety of other great projects for you to see, so hop on over to the VC Rocks site to see the list of other participants! You'll find links to the other blogs there. I'll be back with more cards next week; I was at a crop tonight and I got about 6  more made.

Card Details:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink: Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Sassy Salutations

Friday, June 27, 2014

VC's June Blog Hop - Stampin' Up! Punches and Sizzix Dies!

I am so excited to be able to participate in our June Blog Hop! This month we're rockin' our creativity with projects that feature either Stampin' Up punches or dies. I focussed on the framelit dies this time, although I did also use some punches, too.

I had so much fun making these two cards. They were made with my wonderful demo a little while ago and I saved them to share during this hop. We actually made three cards that night; I will share the third one next week. 

The first one is a really cute Stair Step card using the new baby set. I wasn't sure I liked this set at first, but I have fallen in love with it. There are so many versatile baby themed images and I don't have to hand cut any of them! the framelits are wonderful. Now, I know you can tell that a few of mine are not cut perfectly.. that is purely operator error on my part. The table we were using was a tad high for me and I didn't quite realize that I hadn't lined up the ducky correctly. If I had more time I'd have trimmed around them with a pair of scissors to tidy them up. Although I did most of the work with the framelits, you'll notice I also used a few punches too - the oval sentiment, the scallop border punch, and the circle framing one of my ducks (strategically placed to hide a tear in my border)  give this card extra pop. 

My second card, while not nearly as time consuming, is equally effective. It uses Here, I used the Banner Framelits, which debuted in the Spring Occasions catalogue and was then carried over into the current 2014-2015 Idea Book & Catalogue. Love all the new In Colours in this card... I think this designer series paper may be my favourite for the year.  On this night, I was trying to make my own cards, plus do the stamping for a friend of mine who couldn't make the club that night. As a result, I did a few things differently that the 'right' way - in this case, for example, I cut out my white banner before I stamped. I will not do that again! 

Please head over to VC Rocks! to see what the other participants have done! 

Card Details: All Products Stampin Up

Welcome Baby
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamps: Something for Baby, Teeny Tiny Wishes
DSP: Lullaby
Ink: Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Other: Something For Baby Framelits, Scalloped Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Make A Wish
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
DSP: Moonlight Paper Stack
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Other: Banner Framelits, Star punches, ribbon 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Still here...

Am popping in today to share a few pictures and a card I made ages ago.

It has been a busy few weeks. I helped plan a surprise party for a friend of mine. We pulled it together in a week, I think. J graduated from the horticulture program here and the ceremony was on the 20th. I had said her hubby a while ago that it would be nice to surprise her with a party, and we could do it here in my common room... it just took us a while to get it all organized. It was a little stressful, but so much fun!

Because of the program she did, we figured J's party had to have a garden theme. I took on shopping for decorations & two of the other women who were attending the party also contributed some items from their homes. 

The decorations evolved from this:
 To this... the lanterns were brought from S's home, as were the faux plants. She & C. brought the candles, too.

You can see more of the decorations - the faux Red Solo Cups were cute... and the cake on my Instagram here - I'll be doing less personal picture posting on my blog and more on Instagram so that this blog can remain mostly focussed on papercrafting.

And with that, a card from a while ago. I think I've mentioned before that I usually go once a month and meet up with friends in a Close To My Heart group. The majority of the time, we do 5 cards, although sometimes the group will switch it up. I am not always great about remembering to photograph these cards, as I'm not necessarily always happy with my work. I find that with CTMH we use a lot pre-made dies using the Cricut. Despite the fact that the stamps are clear and thus it should be easy to stamp where you want to, I have trouble lining up the stamp/die. I didn't mind this card too much, though. It was perfect for our Tueday Morning Women's Bible Study to give to one of the members who just had her third child.

I can't give the card details this time, as I don't remember the name of the paper pack or the stamps. But all the products are CTMH.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cards for a Cause

On Friday, we had our wrap up party for a group called My Faith Journey. It's a leadership training program I got involved with in the fall. We had relatively small group, four adults & four youth. It's been a really interesting experience to talk about faith in this setting. The ideas and insight our teens have had has been inspiring and it's meant a great deal to me to watch them grow over the 10 months we've been together. The four adults meet every Monday morning for two hours to pray and plan. So when I was asked last Monday to supply the cards for all of us (the adults got one, too, and we all signed each other's cards), I was thrilled.

I wasn't, however, thrilled with what I came up with. I had some larger (5x7) cards in my stash from the same card class I mentioned in my previous post. I'm not experienced in making larger cards, and it shows. It doesn't help that I couldn't wrap my brain around what stamps would work well. I ended up taking some inspiration from a recent Brian King blog post. Brian's still look better, though, as do the original cards by Jenn.

I don't entirely hate this first one. I wish the sentiment was bigger, though. I'm not in love with the balance due to the bigger banner at the bottom. The original card

Again, this one would not be so bad if the sentiment were bigger. I actually would have preferred an image where the sentiment panel is, and then I'd have put a horizontal sentiment along the bottom. Or just done it more like a spring version of Jen's, here.

I don't mind the proportions here. It just feels like it needs something. I was going to put one of those long strips of bling, but of course, I couldn't FIND my bling. That said, when I make this design again, I'll use ribbon where the light purple paper is, and I'll likely add a ribbon charm/slider of some sort. I can't find the original card on Jen's blog, so I'm wondering if it's one of the ones that she pulled for publication.

These last two card I don't mind as much. On an A2 scale it'd work. Here, it did need the sentiment framed with some flourishes. Again... that would require me to be able to get at my flourishes! With the last one maybe a wider mat. Or again, maybe some bling. I think it could be take on this card.

And let's not even talk about how much cuter Jen's version is one. At least, I think the one I've linked is the right one... I'm not sure. Either way, it's depressing me that this one is so blah compared to any of Jen's.

Card Details - All products Stampin' Up

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Dafodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Baja Breeze
Stamps: Trust God
Ink: Old Olive
DSP: Greenhouse Gala (first two cards), Cottage Wall (all others)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Amazing kids and some cards...

I've been really busy lately. And truly, some things have been happening that have really gotten me down. But on Sunday, we had a really neat event at our church greatly lifted my spirits. Last fall, our church had a World Hunger Campaign. It inspired some of our children, and one, in particular, took the initiative to suggest a benefit concert. The idea was to highlight the talents of our kids as a means of raising money to help a small  village called Sarako, in Sierra Leone. 

Some of the children played instruments, some sang. Here's a picture of the young man who came up with the idea, playing his fiddle. 

The goal of the project was to raise $6500 to supply a gravity fed water system for the village. There are 465 people living in Sarako and they have 300 children and youth under age 18. These children often miss school because they have gotten sick from drinking contaminated water. The event actually raised 104% of what they need for the project - $6,739.80. The project is expected to cost $6439.80 

Since it's been a while, I thought I would share a few cards I've made and actually give out lately! Usually I make them and they sit in a box for a while, as I create them faster than I need them.

This first card is one I made at a Scrapbookin' Adventures event. I've posted before about the Use Your Own Product workshops - they're my favourite. These are usually scrap scrapbook pages, but one time we did an entire day of just cards. It was a great way to use paper that, in my case, wasn't really inspiring me anymore. You can see the original card that Jenn made by checking out this link.

I do prefer Jen's card, as the sentiment pops more, and I like the flowers she's used. I had planned to add some Primas to mine & never got time. This card is the only one I 'finished' that day... After this first one I decided to simply do the base work & finish them at home so I could look through more of my stash. I had only brought two stamp sets with me that day. 

This card is one I made on my own, just fooling around with paper & stamps. I got the Stardust set a while ago at a garage sale, and I've been having trouble getting the hang of it. I hate to say it, but I think it may be one I don't end up keeping. That said, my friend really did like it and we used it as a thank you card for a woman at our church who ensured we had childcare every week at our Mom's Morning Out Bible Study group.  

Last, a card I made for a bridal shower. It was a CASE of this card. I regret that I didn't include the ribbon, and that my matting around the image wasn't bigger/bolder. Live and learn!

Card Details: All products Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted 

Top Card  - All products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry
DSP: Cottage Wall
Other: Scallop Border punch

 Middle card
Cardstock: Bazzill
DSP: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Stardust
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Bottom Card
Cardstock: Rich Razleberry, Pumpkin Pie  
DSP Razzleberry Lemonade 
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations
Punch: Fiskars

Friday, May 23, 2014

VC Rocks 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to the first blog hop of the season for VC Rocks!

I love this group of stampers. VC stands for Virtual Convention. We are a  yahoo group that runs from April or May through the summer. The group has an active Yahoo group with discussion, RAKs, swaps, blog hops and challenges! The wonderful thing is that the challenges aren't time limited.... you can do them in any order, at any time during the VC Rocks season.

The theme of our first hop is Rock your Creativity with Stampin’ Up! Tools or Embellishments! I`m playing with a few tools today. My first card is a file folder card. It was these cards that made me fall in love with the Envelope Punch board. It is such a versatile tool! Of course, the envelopes you can make with it are wonderful. But it does so much more! There are so many great ideas for file folder cards as well as boxes and other great items that you can make with this great tool.

My first card also featured another Stampin Up tool I love, which is our punches. Although I`m sad to see the Create a Cupcake stamp set retire, I`m so glad the punch is returning!

My next card also shows how versatile SU`s tools are. The opening for the card is made using the new Scallop Tag Topper punch. I had hoped to write up short tutorial for this card, but I didn`t have time. There are multiple examples on Youtube, however. 

The card also requires a good trimmer, and the one from SU is the best one on the market, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who has tried a LOT of different trimmers in my relatively short crafting life! There is no way I could have hand cut away the cardstock on either side of the punched opening. 

My final card also requires the wonderful SU trimmer, as well as featuring some great punches. The fence post was made using the new hardwood background stamp. To make the individual slats of the fence, I cut along the lines of the image using my trimmer. Again, it would have been a mess had a I tried to hand cut the strips of `wood.`The points on the tops of the fence were made using a 1`` square punch. Note the clouds are made using the Cupcake Punch.

As you can see, Stampin Up sells a lot of tools that are very versatile and easy to use!


Card Details - All Products Stampin Up
Happy Birthday
Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green
DSP: Birthday Basics
Ink: Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Raspberry Ripple, Soft Suede
Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Yippee Skippee
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Cupcake Punch

Happy Anniversary
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla
DSP: Everyday Enchantment
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Petal Parade, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, SU Trimmer

Thinking of You
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Hardwood
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight
Tools: SU Trimmer, Cupcake Punch, Flower Punch, Oval Punch

To check out the other participants' blogs, head on over to VC Rocks! Note the hop officially starts at midnight Pacific on Saturday, May 24th.