Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye Scrapbookin Adventures

Yesterday was the final day for one of our local stores. It was sad; I have a lot of good memories of scrapbooking there. I made a lot of friends through the shop, and I had a lot of fun in the classes and events I attended. As we approach 2015, I decided I should go through and clean up my computer a bit. A bunch of pictures were misfiled. Ok, really, I was procrastinating on tackling the dishes.The machine is working away in the background as I type.

This first Halloween card was a Make & Take at one of the store's anniversary weekends. It has to have been from at least 2013 - maybe even 2012? I can't remember.

This card was made relatively recently. I'm pretty sure it was a summer make & take from 2014. I Love the colours and the different sentiments. And those candles are made from paper straws that were cut up, with twine for the candle 'wick.'

This final card is one I made. I'm not happy with it at all. It was my first attempt at a Tent Topper card, and I was going from memory in terms of the dimensions. And the circle mat I punched was a bit too big for the image.

Card Details

Happy Halloween
PP: Bella Blvd
Cardstock: American Crafts
Other: Unknown

Birthday Card
Cardstock; American Crafts
Straws: Jillibean Soup
Other: Unknown

Witching You...
Cardstock: Bazzill
DSP: We R Memory Keepers
Stamps: Haunting Halloween (SU)
Other: Punches (SU!), Twine (unknown), Markers: Tombow

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm still here...

Despite my lack of blogging, I have been crafting. I just had a really buys fall so I didn't have the time or energy to post anything.

When my uncle died in August, it was a bit of a wake up call for me. I was reminded of my word for the year, and I decided to follow a dream I've had since I was young. I ran for office. When I was a kid, I had ambitions of a full fledged provincial or federal political career; my thinking has since changed. I am most passionate about children and education, so I ran for a spot on the school board. I'm proud to say I was successful. I'm extremely grateful to my family and my friends for their support.

The campaign ran from essentially September through to November 15th. Right after the election, my best friend and I went to Disneyland for essentially a week. I'm not exaggerating; the election was Saturday November 15th. My mom drove me down to Victoria the next day. My friend and I flew to California on Monday. We returned on Saturday, November 22nd. It was a terrific trip, aside from the fact that I found myself REALLY ill on the Friday. Luckily we'd seen most of what we wanted to see (though I missed out on dong Soaring Over California and maybe a few other rides in California Adventure... sniff...). And at least I recovered in the one day, so I wasn't ill while travelling home.

Once I got home, I did have some time for crafting. Truthfully, throughout the summer and the fall, I made time to keep crafting; I've learned the importance of self care. Still, there was a lot to do to prepare for the start of our term in office. We were officially sworn in on December 8th.

Today I have a card that I am submitting for two challenges:

Shopping Our Stash - 3 patterned papers
Showcase Your Style - Use diecuts

In this case, the die cut was made by cutting out the shape on the Cricut and then using a matching Close To My Heart stamp set for the sentiment.

All products for the card are from CTMH. 

I will definitely be back later this week!

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)