Sunday, October 25, 2015

Red and Green - PTI October Blog Hop...

Hey there friends! I am so excited that I managed to make not just one but a couple of different cards so that I could participate in this month's Blog Hop over at Papertrey!

My kids had a day off from school on Friday and my oldest asked if we could spend the day making cards. Of course that sounded like fun to me, so I asked Grandma to be in charge of the other two kids (I was on call for baby feeds only!) and off we went. It's always so relaxing and lovely to just stamp the day away!

**forgive the terribly boring photos - I had to snap these quick while the baby was happy!**

I couldn't pass up this month's holiday theme, since my favourite projects to make are for Christmas! I dug out some of the things I picked up last year but haven't had enough time to play with yet, and created a couple of different things using the colour theme from the inspiration photo; red and green.

So I only recently finally got the dies that go with the Sparkle & Shine sets that were released last year; which I got at the time, but have barely touched. So for this one, I stamped some snowflakes in Soft Stone for my background (those are from Simon Says Stamp), then dug out Bells & Boughs (still a favourite) to add my stamping in the top corner. This one came together quickly, and I really like how it turmed out.

I had so much fun stamping this background... these are the stamps from the mini set that was included in the Tinsel and Tags Make it Market kit last year... and I *love* how easy it was to pull this together.

One last one!

Again, I used all stamps from the Tinsel & Tags kit... this one was also so fun to make! I really like how the little layers in the scene came together, and it actually isn't *that* thick for popping this in the mail!

That's all I have for you today... thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your hop!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Birthday...

August has turned into the month of birthdays for us. My new baby (six weeks old already!) is first, then his oldest sister is just a few days later. Then just over a week after that is my husband. It calls for a lot of card making! I don't mind...

So I'm realizing that I'm going to have to learn some new tricks... I could sometimes pass off a very frilly card to my husband because he would realize it's just how I do... but with a new little boy in our house, I'm thinking flowers and pink lace may not cut it any more! I tried a new (to me) technique for my husband's card this year, hoping to create something more masculine.

I used to have such an aversion to this shade of green, but when you pair it with gold, it's too perfect not to love! I was inspired by a tag I had seen that Dawn Wholeslagle had created in this post (scroll down) and decided to try it for myself. Basically, just stamping in white ink, then on top of that with coloured ink. I liked that the colours became really muted this way.

I thought it turned out okay!

I have been trying to post this card for a couple of weeks now, and I have others to post as well. My little monkey is growing so quickly and time passes in a blink... he'll be seven weeks old at the end of this week! He's becoming more alert and not super cranky every time he's awake, so that's a nice change. I still can't wait for a full night's sleep though... *wink*

He is very much a mix of his two sisters, and I am so in love with seeing him grow into himself. He's filling out quickly, and I swear he looks different every time I go in to change a diaper. I know I'm biased, but I do think he's pretty handsome!

Thanks so much for popping in, I so appreciate your visits!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

He's Here...

When I first started dating my husband, we would talk for hours about our future together. Almost from the start, we knew we were destined to be partners forever. One of the things that came up very early on was the fact that the MacRitchie side of the family really only produces boys. When I had my oldest daughter (shocking!), she was the first girl born into that side of the family in three generations.

For the last 7 years, I've been a mum to girls, and loved every single second of it (though, dreading the teenage years, and planning a parenting hiatus when the hormones kick in). I knew I was destined to be surrounded by all things pink and frilly and my husband thoroughly enjoyed being wrapped around the fingers of two little girls.

When I got pregnant for the last time, I kept thinking that it had to be a girl because that's just what we make! And I wasn't shy about the fact that I was terrified that if I had a boy, I wouldn't know what to do with myself. I kept saying that if they announced 'boy' in the delivery room, I'd need a moment to really come to terms with it. I just hoped the doctors wouldn't think me a terrible mother.

But... there were signs, and I felt for a lot of my pregnancy that this little bean *was* going to throw me on my ear.

I didn't share much with many people, but about halfway through my pregnancy, my placenta started to be a bit of a drama queen, and I was considered high risk. So two weeks ago, when I went in for one of my many scans and tests to check that all was still well, they felt that we were really starting to push our luck, and it was just time to get him out. So, c-section it was. This was scary for me, since my last two were born naturally and very easily, but in the end, it's worked out just fine.

And that moment, in that room, when the OB said "It's a... boy!" I just started to bawl. How could it be anything BUT a boy? My hubby said, "Are you crying because it's a boy?" and I had to assure him I was just overcome with joy.

Little Charlie.

It's been quite a trip, being back in the baby zone after five years, and I definitely have to remind myself that it gets easier (oh, to sleep for 8 consecutive hours!), but I've realized that we never felt complete before. I thought we did, but now that I have children everywhere I look, and there's a blue one in the mix, I know that *this* is complete.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Happy Birthday...

I was doing so well with posting there for a minute, and then it went all quiet again, didn't it?

The nesting urge has taken me over, for one thing... We've lived in our house for two years, and had yet to hang a single picture on the wall - since we knew we were going to renovate, we didn't bother when we first got here, and then we were so exhausted from the renovation itself that we just sort of collapsed. Rooms were put together, but they lacked personality. I was too tired to care for a long time, but then all of a sudden, I just wanted it to look like we live here. So, at a snail's pace, I've been waddling around, hanging pictures and adding the finishing touches. We still have some work to do in terms of finishing details (caulking trim, touching up paint, hanging trim around the cabinets)... it's a slow process, but I figure by the time the kids are in university, we might be almost done.

One day this week, though, Emma wanted to play in the craft room... we got some new stamps a few weeks ago and I still hadn't played with them, so it was easy to convince me!

 I know this one is from an older PTI release, but since it isn't my usual style, it took me awhile to bite the bullet and actually order it. Finally though, Emma convinced me, because she loved it so much. She's actually really developing her own tastes and styles in cards, which is fun to watch.

I loved the way I could make the fox suit my usual shabby style with paper piecing... Easy peasy! I think it turned out okay, too... Usually the 'cutesy' stamps really stump me.

When it was all done, I traced over the outline with a sparkly black gel pen. It kind of married it all together, and also gave it some glimmer, since the black was pretty stark against my papers (I might have gone with grey if I were to do it again...)

Thanks for popping in on me! I so appreciate when you take the time to look, and all of your comments make my day... see you soon!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Thinking of You...

As I'm sure so many of you do, I spend a *lot* of my kid-free time surfing Pinterest. I absolutely love it there, and of course have started a board of things I love for our new baby. Normal things like paint colours for a nursery, photography ideas, products I want to remember to look for when we know if it's a girl or boy. You know... all those things I'll never actually do anything with.

I've learned, thanks to Pinterest generating baby-related pins for me, that having a baby in the Pinning Age vs. 5 years ago are two very different things. Apparently there are at least 10 different apps I need on my phone, otherwise I will not know how much to feed my baby, nor will I have a clue what my baby's cry could possibly mean. Not to mention the fact that without these apps on my phone, my husband will be completely useless to me. Also, Pinterest wants me to believe that the first month of baby being home is something I will need help 'surviving'. I've done this before; I'm fully aware that a baby who sleeps 20+ hours a day compared to a Threenager is not something that requires a survival kit.

My 5 year old, on the other hand...

It's usually around this point I go looking for pretty flowery things so I don't have to roll my eyes anymore.

So I'm in love with so many of the modern florals you see in stationary these days (I want to wallpaper my whole life with Rifle Paper Co. patterns...), and I wanted to try to use one of these trendy colour palettes in one of my cards - with colouring.

I can't remember the last time I touched my Copics. But I remember now why I love them so...

It's so relaxing to just sit and colour like my kids do. And I knew that, but it's been so long...

The flowers are from a Flourishes set, so it's no longer available... And this was the first time I stamped in grey ink before colouring, and I love the soft look it lends. So probably I'll do that again...

I'm off to find some more hilarious birth stories... did you know that was a thing? Putting the story of your labour on the internet for strangers to read? I've found a few that are *hilarious*, full of bad words and comedic visuals, and it's my new favourite hobby to read them.

Shall I plan on sharing my labour with you all, my friends? *wink*

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Festive Friday - Joy...

It's July, we're in the middle of a record breaking heat wave, there's water shortages from months of no rain and all sunshine, and here I am, craving a Christmas card... I just can't help myself.

My friend said it best (but she's exactly like me, so...); "The whole year is just one big countdown to Christmas". So true...

I can't remember the last time I played along with a challenge, with the exception of the odd blog hop I've managed. So when I saw a sketch challenge over on the WPlus9 blog, I wanted to play along. It's a fun way to get the juices flowing!

I'm embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to complete this card, but that's just more incentive to keep playing in the craft room on a regular basis!

This poinsettia set is probably my absolute favourite (and I do have a few!). It's hard to tell fully from my photo, but I used a very light gold ink to stamp the veining and details. It adds a fun shimmer to the whole thing.

My oldest also wanted to play along, so she did her own, very simple take on the sketch.

I know I biased, but I was truly impressed with her ink colours and how well she lined up those stamps. She's not even seven!

So it's been forever since I did a Festive Friday post, but I have one for next week too! I've worked on a few holiday things the last few days, as I'm going through my stash and finding things I want to play with... like I said, Christmas is my first love...

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Thinking of You...

I think I've told you this story before... my aunt is quite an accomplished artist in Edinburgh. She teaches art courses, she sells her beautiful creations, and she is proficient in pretty much any medium she tries. My house is full of her illustrations, and I adore her work. Also, I adore her. She's the most lovely woman, and has always been my favourite person to sit and putter with - the few times we've been able to do it (since there's an ocean in the way).

Years ago, during my first visit to her flat just outside the city, she promised to tutor me in watercolour, since I always struggled with using them. She was sure I would be just fine, with a little coaching.

And after a couple of hours, she finally just said, "I don't think watercolour is for you. You're far too literal."

It was so honest and straightforward, and I loved it. I laughed, she laughed, and we both agreed she was right.

I am so in love with the cards popping up all over the place using this technique, and I keep convincing myself I can do it. I watched a few of Dawn Wholeslagle's tutorials, and felt like it was just too easy for me to *not* be able to do it!

Yeah well... it's still not for me.

I feel like I did pick up a few of her tips when I was working on this, but I still think it's time for me to put away the paint brushes. Doesn't mean I'm going to... but I should!

Emma watched the same videos, and she wanted to do her own attempt. Here is how hers turned out;

Don't adjust your eyes. She's a pro at 'shadow stamping'...

Also, she's discovered embossing powder. Her exact words were: "One of the greatest things EVER!" and she wants to use it on every single think she creates. And in the last little while she's spent hours and hours stamping and creating. So we're burning through the powder around here...

She's asked me to share a few of her things with you, so I hope you don't mind. She's quite prooud of herself, so I'm happy to indulge.. I'll include them here and there as I post!

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