Monday, November 7, 2016

Season's Greetings...

So because I am pretty rusty with this whole stamping, cardmaking gig (I used to pump out so many cards whenever I would sit down... now it's one or two!), I need a lot of help getting started. I've been cruising Pinterest and filling up my "Inspiration Love..." board.

So this card was born from something I pinned, and I really loved stamping on the coloured background, which is something I forget to do when I'm left to my own devices!


It's a little different for me, but the inspiration piece really drove me out of my comfort zone, and that was the whole point.

Also - a cutesy deer? Who saw that coming?! But I've really been enjoying this set from Lawn Fawn, and it hasn't been as difficult to work with as I might have thought, given that it's so different than what I've worked with in the past.

So that's what I have for you today, and I have a few more coming! Thanks for popping in, and I'll be back soon to share some other cards that were inspired by the magical world of Pinterest!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Season's Greetings...

For all the ways my husband can play indifferent to mostly anything, when it comes to penguins, he's smitten. He thinks they're just cool. So for most of his Christmas cards, I use the same old penguin stamp in some reinvented fashion.

So I thought maybe it was time to seek out a new penguin stamp set.

If you've spent any time around here, when I tell you I really loved this set from Lawn Fawn, I think you'll agree that it's kind of shocking! But I thought this was a fun one for my penguin loving hubby, and my cutesy loving kiddos, so it just made sense to go ahead and get it.



And it turns out, it was really fun to use... usually this sort of stamp style really eludes me and I can't quite figure out how to bring something together. But this one just kind of came together, and I was really pleased with how it turned out!

And a penguin throwing snowballs at another penguin's head is very much something that will speak to my husband...

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Joy To The World...

Hey there!

I know I should be sharing pumpkins and colourful leaves, but I can't help it... I'm all about Christmas! You know this about me already...

Our whole house has been sick for the past week... I am pretty sure we've been hit by the Norovirus, and I can tell you it's not been fun. But it has meant lots of downtime, and so I've been filling my sketchbook with lots of Christmas card ideas and I even ordered some new stamps (you know... to make myself feel better). So I hope to build up a good stash to mail out this year, since I didn't manage to send cards last year (we still had a newborn then!).


I wish I could properly capture the shimmer of the Delicata ink I used on the gold accents... it's beautiful!

And the word dies from Reverse Confetti are quickly becoming a favourite....

Finally today, I am feeling better, so my plan for Friday is to hole up in the craft room and bring some of my sketches to life... now if only my box of goodies could get here quickly!

Have a great weekend friends!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Festive Friday - Warm Winter Wishes...


Hello there, friends!

It's been a couple of weeks again... finding time to make cards is one challenge, but finding time to photograph them is a whole other thing!! All these children who want 3 meals a day... *every* day!

So for this one, I stepped out of my usual box... For me, this is quite the departure!



He's never so obvious with his compliments, but I think this might be my husband's favourite card that I've ever shown him. He likes this kind of 'scene' card, if he's card shopping, and his preference is far more cutesy than I've ever been comfortable with... so my cards are never really what he's drawn to (I say that like he spends any time looking at cards).

I broke out an older WPlus9 set that I still really, really love... it's called Iconic Christmas, and it's just the perfect name for this one! I wanted to keep it very pale and simple, and just used glitter to emphasize the accents. I love how it turned out, actually, even though it's so far out of my usual zone... and now I have ideas for how to draw on this same idea.

So is anyone else antsy to get the decorations out? I'm *so* ready for my trees! But my brutus toddler might think I put them up just for him to dismantle, so it could be a testy season.........

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Festive Friday - Holiday Joy...

It's Friday! So I saved posting this card until today so that I could make it a Festive Friday post. 

I have been stamping a lot of similar cards using different colours and different sets, but the result is that I have quite a pile of 'easy-to-mail' (read: not my usual layers) cards. It will come in handy, I am sure, but I think it's time to branch out a little!



The photo does not do the gold justice on this card... I finally bought a Delicata ink pad and holy WOW is it ever sparkly. Worth it. I like the vintage appeal of this colour combo... I think that's why I like stamping backgrounds so much; I get to really play with colour combinations and manipulate them to make whatever my mood feels like. It's therapeutic, for sure. 

The kids are leaving school early this afternoon, so I am off to soak up the last hour of peace before I have to go get them for the weekend. It's been one of those weeks... *wink*

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bundle of Joy...

Hey there!

Popping in really quickly, before the battery on my laptop dies... I have a card that I put together for my friend who is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks... this is her third, but together with her new husband, this will make four girls and one boy for them... life is about to get all kinds of busy!

I went crazy for the Little Bo Peep line that Crate Paper released a couple of years ago, so I purchased tons of it... which means I have lots to use up!



I am for sure way out of practice... every time I make something, I am reminded how rusty I am!

Anyway... I better skip out. I know this is a short post, but like I said... my computer is on borrowed time!

Have a wonderful night, my friends!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Season's Greetings...

I sat down yesterday, determined to create *non*-holiday related cards.

That totally didn't happen.

For good measure, after I finished the Christmas cards, I did do a couple of layouts to get my 13 month old's scrapbook started. You know... not to rush or anything...

I had this idea last year, to create some form of rainbow effect using snowflakes. I just love love LOVE snowflakes (I've never been shy about admitting this), and this was a really out-of-my-box type of card for me, so it took awhile to pull together, given it's simplicity. The stamping was easy... it was deciding how badly I wanted to cover up that beautiful background...



So I decided to use a circle cut from vellum to ground my sentiment without covering up my rainbow.

Stamping the pattern came together pretty quickly, and I can't properly describe the love I have for these Simon Says Stamp snowflakes. I have a lot of snowflake sets, but I really do grab for this one probably the most. It's hard to tell from my photo, but the die cut sentiment (another favourite from SSS) is covered in glitter. I also debossed the background with a linen cover plate from Papertrey, but it's definitely a subtle effect.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, wherever you are... it's a drizzly, true fall day here, and my whole family has left me alone in the house, so I'm in my glory. Happy Saturday!

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