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. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas card challenge

Wow, the fall has been busy. I've had a lot on my plate professionally. I did manage to get away for a long weekend in Vegas to celebrate my 45th birthday. I took a lot of pictures, which are STILL sitting on my camera. Went old school this time & took the pictures on my Canon, as opposed to my phone.

I also ended up having to replace my monitor. It crashed on me a while ago and one of my wonderful cousins gave me one of her old ones. So even when I was able to make cards, I've not been able to post them. Surprisingly, I've done well at carving out time to do some card making. Self care is too important to ignore, and I find my card making and scrapbooking to be a great stress relief. So I've got lots to share over the next while.

Today's card is for two challenges
 GDP: Christmas
TGIF: Christmas

It's a CASE of a design by a great card maker at a local store. I went in and did it as a make & take. One of the things I love about these events is the freedom we have to change things up. I did my snowflakes differently, and my colours were a bit different for my background. I fell in love with these trees. They remind me of the Wonderland set from Stampin Up, which I didn't purchase, because I have similar stamps. The background is done with Tim Holtz distress inks. The greeting & the trees are embossed in white.

All the products used on this card are Tim Holtz. I can't remember what colours of distress ink I used, or the name of the set.

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.