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.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A few challenges

Well, the rush of Christmas is over. It was a wonderful two weeks. I got to spend some time with family and friends. Got caught up on some email that had been sitting around... blogs  I follow, which have various things I like to pin (either a card idea or a recipe, usually). And I saw the latest Star Wars movie. It was fantastic. So much better than the last series.

I made 3 cards this week. I love going to my friend Angela's... she always gives us great ideas. And yet she puts out a nice range of stuff so that we can change whatever we want. My first card is a great example of that.

She made this card using the new balloon animal set from Stampin' Up. As much as her card was cute - and she had a lot of different samples of balloon animals to choose from (my friend did a fish, one person did a penguin, one did a giraffe, and so on) - I just wasn't feeling it. I have just never been all that enamored by balloon animals, and looking at the set, I just didn't trust that I'd have success with it. So I went in a completely different direction and played with the Sprinkles of Life set. 

I'm entering it in the following challenge:
Casology - Week 179 Simple

The next card I have is also for a challenge. 

I don't think I'm used to blending Stampin' Up inks anymore since I fell in love with Distress Inks. The top half of my rainbow isn't as well blended as I'd like. 

My last card is also for a challenge. This blog is a new one for me; I found it by accident through someone else I follow.

I love this stamp set. I don't think I'm ultimately going to buy it, though. Ang owns it, and there are too many sentiments I won't use. I've ordered the embossing folder. I have other masculine sets that will work really well with it.

Card Details - All products Stampin Up

Ice Cream Card
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry. Sahara Sand
DSP: It's My Party
Other: Punches

Plane Card
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pacific Point
Stamps: Sky's The Limit
Ink: Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Memento Black

Globe Card
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Going Global
Other: World Traveler Embossing Folder, Circle Dies

Saturday, December 19, 2015

VC Rocks Holiday Blog Hop & a challenge card

Although we shut down VC Rocks at the end of the summer each year, we always open it back up again in December to just check in with each other, wish each other holiday greetings, and share projects we've been working on. This year we have a blog hop for you, too. I honestly don't remember if we did one last year. 

I had a busy final week of school, and I'm looking forward to the two week break. There are two gifts I still need to go and buy tomorrow. My plan was to bake my famous Peanut Butter Blossom cookies, but I'm not sure I've got the time or the energy. Along with shopping, I still have wrapping to finish. Today I took some time out from everything and went to see the Peanuts movie again. I rarely go to movies twice in the theatre, but it was a chance to spend time with a good friend, who invited me to tag along with her and the daughter of a mutual friend of ours. It was a lovely way to spend a cold, grey day. 

I admittedly messed up the way I photographed these two cards. My plan was to take the shot with both in in the frame, to save time, then crop it into two individual shots. Of course, the cards are two close together an that didn't work. I'm entering the one on the left, with the poinsetta paper & the Cherry Cobbler/Garden Green colour combo, in the current Color Throwdown. 

I'm not sure how I managed to do such a terrible job of photographing this card. I thought I'd checked it, but apparently, I didn't. There's no sentiment on it because a friend was over & asked me if she could take a Christmas card from my stash, and she said she'd put one on. We're both stampers/cardmakers - she's just been really busy & realized she was short a card.

Hop on over to VC Rocks to see what the other Rockers have contributed to the Hop!

Card Details - All products Stampin Up

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Three challenges...

I am definitely starting to feel some Christmas spirit. Yesterday I did some volunteer work with a local agency in the morning. I got to relax in the afternoon, which was nice. We had TERRIBLE weather yesterday so I got drenched just getting out of my car & into my apartment. I needed the time to dry off and warm up. 

We had our church Christmas dinner last night. Between that, helping at the Christmas Closet last Tuesday, and finishing my tree, I feel ready. I even found my mom's gift - she's the hardest to shop for. 

Today was low key. I've got two versions of one card to share today. I'm entering my version in three challenges, as follows: 

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C315 - Oh Christmas Tree
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Jean's Masculine CAS challenge
CASology: Tree

Like my snowflake card from my last post, these were kits my friend put together. The first one I did exactly as she made hers.

Then for the challenge I made some changes. I flipped the patterned paper over, altered the orientation, and as you can see, chose a different sentiment stamp. Were I not aiming for a somewhat masculine feel, I might have added a bit of bling in a few spots on the flowers (by the word little in the greeting).

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mossy Meadow
DSP: Home for Christmas? 
Stamps: Cozy Christmas
Other: Tree Punch

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas is coming...

Life got busy again these last few weeks. Just a lot of complex things going on at work, so not much happening in the way of crafting. I've been keeping track of challenges as usual and trying to find time to do one. Today it was finally time.

I've had these cards almost ready for a while...made them with my friend Angela. I missed her Stamp A Stack so I put my own spin on the cards. Here is today's cards; I'll post the rest later... I have a few still left to finish. 

I can't actually decide which card I like best. Ang's version had two white & one silver snowflake. I decided I wanted to try both all white & all silver. My background snowflakes are stamped in different spots, too.

Which of my takes on the card do you like best? Drop me a note in the comments & check out the rest of the submissions at Cupcake Inspirations!

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up
Cardstock Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point
Stamps: Snow Flurries??? 
Other: Pearls, Rhinestone, silver embossing powder, white embossing powder

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Another Challenge card

I`m back... two days in a row!

Had a low key day today. I`ve been feeling a bit achy in a few joints due to the weather, and I just couldn`t get myself moving quickly enough to get to church today. I feel really badly about it this time, in particular, because I missed a baptism.

I did continue to get caught up on my reading, which was good. And I finished the card for this challenge, which was even better. It`s another one that was designed by Kathy at Crafty Capers. I made some mistakes and ended up having to change the layout. The purple panel was meant to be one piece in the original design, for example.

The thing I loved the most about this project was playing with alcohol inks. I have really begun to love that medium. I have only picked up a few bottles for now. I don`t want to get too many as I`m not sure how often I`ll use them.

The challenges this cared is for are:

AAA Cards - Anything Goes

Here is the card:

The images are all Ranger/Tim Holtz. The alcohol inks are Adirondack. I can`t remember what colours I used. The front butterfly was fussy cut and raised with 3D foam for dimension and then I applied stickles for some colour and sparkle.