Sunday, July 5, 2015

Day 5 - Congrats USA

Before we get to today's card - congrats to the US Women's National Soccer Team on their World Cup victory. So glad the game was played indoors, at BC Place. I noticed the sun peeking through, so I did wonder if the roof was open. I'd be surprised if it was, though. The Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are covered in a pretty thick haze due to all the forest fires that are happening throughout the province. It's unprecedented, at least in my lifetime. I mean, sure, we have fires, but it's never been this bad. Normally I'd have my back door open, to get some in air in from off the patio, but I can't. Too much smoke.

Despite all the frustration & nervousness about the haze/smoke, it's been a good day. I had breakfast at my parents' house so I could see my little niece (and my bro/SIL of course!). She's taking a little bit of time to warm up to me. At first we couldn't figure out why, as we try to Skype regularly. Then it hit me that she can't see my wheelchair on the laptop. The way I'm sitting, it's hidden. So she's still figuring that out. And the elevator up to the kitchen isn't a normal, quiet one. 

On to today's project! It's not a card today, in the traditional sense. It's a gift card holder. I made it at the same class where I made these cards. To be brutally honest, I couldn't find this one at the time I posted the first four. Not sure how it got separated from the rest. My apologies for the blurry photo; phone died so I couldn't try again. I'll try to update it tomorrow when I post day 6.

As you can see, it's done file folder style. The file folders came premade by the company we got the kit from. The 'merry' is from a separate die; all the other embellishing is from the kit. The folder is adhered shut along the left & right side, so you can slide a gift card in the top, which is why I'm not classifying it as a 'card,' per se. 

See you tomorrow! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Day 4 - Happy Independence Day!

I hope all my American friends are enjoying the celebration of July 4th!

It's not a holiday here, as we just had ours, but today was a great day nonetheless. I got up nice and early, which always gets me off to a good start. A friend came by and we went to a garage sale; an SU demo we know was selling some retired products. Surprisingly, I didn't purchase as much as my friend J. I have a  very specific list now of retired stamps I'm looking for, and I do my best to NOT stray from it.

After our successful shopping excursion, we went out for a nice breakfast. We had talked about going to the mall, too (she wanted an oven thermometer and I could use a few new t-shirts) but it was already getting too hot. So we checked out the movie times so we can (hopefully) go see Inside Out this week or next, and then went back to my place, where she kindly helped me get my trunk unloaded... and made me even happier by taking a few of my leftover items from the Crafty Capers garage sale. I still have lots to take up to Parksville to see if people would like it later this month.

Speaking of that - on to today's card.

Today's card is a CTMH card. Like all my CTMH cards so far, it was designed by my wonderful demo Candra Holmes at Paper Dragon Fleur. I don't think I've ever strayed from Candra's design at all... maybe once in a blue moon I'll use the opposite side of a patterned paper. Part of that is that I love her work (as I do all the stampers I know - they're all so different, and it's wonderful!), and part of it is that I don't have quite the CTMH stash that I do of SU stuff at this point, so I'm not yet feeling as creative as I do with my other stuff.

I chose this card because although it's not the same blue as the US flag, it still has some red, white & blue. And the ribbon has some shimmer to it, which makes me think of stars.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Day 3 - Clean & Classic

Happy Friday!

What a gorgeous, wonderful day.

I met a friend for coffee; we got to spend the whole morning together. It was lovely. Although she grew up here, she now lives in New Zealand and comes back here during their winter. She is actually friends with my mom, but as I've gotten older we've forged our own relationship. So it's always nice to get a chance to sit and talk to her, just us, too.

I thought I had an event to attend in the afternoon, but it's NEXT week, so I got to hang out at home for the whole afternoon and evening! It's too hot to do a darn thing, and I'm gearing up to see my brother, sister in law, and my super adorable niece. So rest is good. They arrive late tomorrow.

Here's today's card:

I can take no credit for the design of this card; it was made at a Stamp a Stack and designed by more former demo, Jaime. I love the white on white, with the touch of silver. If memory serves me correctly, we made 3 of each card, and this one is the only one where I had success with embossing the sentiment. 

All the products are Stampin' Up. I can't remember what set the sentiment comes from; I do know the cardstock is Whisper White, and there are two ribbons - white organza and the silver 1/8" ribbon. 

See  you tomorrow! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 2

There is really no good excuse for how late I am with this post. I was ridiculously lazy again today. I had no desire to go out in the heat. I'm also still trying to catch up on some older personal emails that have been backed up due to my focus on school district matters. So I spent far too long today working on that.

I did manage to go out at dinnertime. I got a surprise call from a friend and we went to a place I've never been for dinner. I've been there for breakfast, so I knew the food was likely good, and I was not disappointed. Now that we've lost Earl's I think Frankie's may become the new place to go.

Here is today's card.

I can take no credit for the design of this one. It was something I made last summer, at one of the Monday Coffee and a Card sessions at Crafty Capers, a local stamp store in town. I adore that snowman! I don't think I've bought him yet, and I'm not sure how much longer I can resist. 

I love the dimension in this card. I'm not sure you can tell, but the snowman was stamped on a separate sheet. We used a cutter to get a straight line to his body, fussy cut around the top half/two thirds of him, then created another straight line. That makes the ground line for the trees. The whole  piece is raised with 3D foam to give it depth. The stencilling of the snowflakes was done first, before it was laid down, and before the tree die cuts were placed in the background. This card did take a little longer than some of our Monday cards, because of the extra cutting. Still, I loved it and I can see myself trying it again, at least in some form. 

I don't have card details today, because I can't remember the products used. I know the stamping was done with Memento, the stencilling was done with Tim Holtz distress inks, and the colouring was done with Tombow markers. I think the snow on the trees is liquid applique. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Day 1 - Happy Canada Day

As stated in my last post, I'm going to try a Christmas in July theme for my blog this month.

Today is Canada Day, so I wanted something that was all red and white. I thought I had a card I made that looked like Santa, and I can't find it. So I've either A)already blogged it and sent it; B)Sent it and forgot to blog it; or C)Put it away somewhere that I shouldn't have. The sad thing is that any of those options are possible where I'm concerned.

I had a relaxing Canada Day. It was too hot to make a card. And truthfully, I am still putting my stuff back in order after the swap I did recently. So I found a card I made a while ago that I never finished. Here it is... it hits on the Santa/red and white theme, but it has a pop of green, too.

Admittedly, I blogged the unfinished version back in 2013.  You can see it here. As I'm looking at the current version, I'm realizing I did forget to colour Santa's belt. And I had planned to do something to his beard and the snow... Darn... that;s ok. As I look at the original post, I see that I made a set of cards that day using this paper pad and all of them needed finishing up. This one, in fact, was the most complete because it had a sentiment on it. The rest didn't, though they do now. I may well finish colouring this one and them repost the whole group again on the last day of this month of blogging.

Card Details
Stamps: Jolliest Time of the Year
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: My Mind's Eye Christmas Stack, SU Cardstock (Real Red, Certainly Celery)
Other: SU Markers in Real Red, Basic Black 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Starting on Wednesday....

Yes, I have been inspired by a fellow blogger: 
Kristie at My Paper Life
It's time fo


Join me as I blog at least one Christmas card a day!

Some will be cards made in 2014 I forgot to blog.

Some will be newer creations.

A couple may even involve Before & After shots from previous posts!

Either way, it's going to be great!

Friday, June 26, 2015

June Blog Hop

It's time for the June 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 THE NEW.

Today I'm featuring some cards that I made while crafting at a friend's house. She's a demo & a few of us get together once a month to make cards. Sometimes we shop and sometimes we just pay $5 to cover the cost of her supplies. This time, I shopped. That said, for this hop, I used her stamps, and I only own one of the two sets I'm featuring today - though I will be getting the second one at some point! LOL.

 The first card didn't photograph well. I wanted to take the picture standing up so you could see the fold. I think this fold is called a Z fold and I would love to do a Make  & Take of it for VC Rocks if folks are interested. I do own the set (Butterfly Basics) and the framelits. Love it!  Thee verse is especially gorgeous. I think I'll use it as an encouragement card.

This card also has a unique fold and it features the Sprinkles of Life set. I don't own it yet, but I will be ordering it soon. I love that part of the proceeds from its sale goes to Ronald McDonald House. And in general, it's a great, versatile set. It also goes really well with the Cherry On Top DSP (not pictured) and washi tape, which I used here. And are the new In Colors fantastic or what?

Thanks for looking today! Hop on over to VC Rocks to see what else folks are posting!

Now that summer is here, I will have time to start sharing all the cards I've made over the past six months. I look forward to posting more!

Card Details

Butterfly card
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Whisper WIte
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green
Other: SU Ribbon, framelits

Birthday card
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla 
Inks: Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey
Other: Sprinkles of Life washi tape, Tree Builder punch, Tag Topper punch