Friday, April 25, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile...

Hello my friends! Long time no see... actually, I've been creating lots in the past few days, I just can't share all of it with you yet! Making things is hard enough these days, posting to my blog is a whole other thing... but I'm trying to figure it all out!

Also, before too long, I *will* have reveal pictures of our bathroom renovation. I was half-way through photographing the end results when my battery quit, and haven't managed to pick up where I left off. We dove head first into our second bathroom, so I've been busy working at that one now. I tell you, it's going to be an exhausting year, but I am determined to have our top floor finished by Christmas. Wish me luck!

Can you believe I managed to create something for this month's PTI Blog Hop? Me neither... but they called for embroidery inspired floral stamping... how could I resist?

Truthfully, I wanted to create a much more intricate background like I usually love to stamp, but I'm feeling a bit rusty and decided to simplify.

Also, even though it's more modern than my usual style, I've been liking the off-set panel trend that's so popular right now. So why not go for it?

Kind of fun, right? Out of my box anyway... plus I got to stamp, which I miss so much.

So that's what I have for you today - it's modest, but it's something! I'll post my Festive Friday card sometime over the weekend too... so a few things to share at least!

Thanks for popping by, friends!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thank You - Creating with Chickaniddy...

Hey guys!

I'm over on the Chickaniddy blog today for this month's sketch challenge. As usual, there are three of us using the same sketch, only different ways.

This month, I chose to "tweak" the sketch - so I rotated it! For some reason, I just really prefer to create my cards vertically, and the sketch was initially a horizontal one (you can see it on the Chickaniddy blog).

My favourite part of this card is the stamped detail - it's a subtle detail, but it was one of those things that just brought the whole card together, you know? And if you're wondering, Chickaniddy stamps are the good kind of polymer... I smelled them to be sure! *wink*

Thanks so much for hanging out with me... I hope you'll hop over to the design blog to see what the other girls did with the sketch too!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Wish Big...

Happy Monday, my dear readers!

Once upon a time, when I was a daily crafter, I'd hear others talk about having new stamps that had been sitting for weeks, unopened and un-inked. And it made no sense to me... I couldn't figure out why you wouldn't put every chore and errand aside to play with your new things!

Then we moved, my oldest started school, and we started planning renovations.

Oh. Life happens. That's how stamps sit unopened.

So I've had the Scrolling Script stamps for*ever* and had this idea rolling around for weeks before I managed to actually bring it to life.

I wanted to create a colour wash using my markers... which is how I quickly learned the gaps in my Copic shades. Oh well, I made it work, and I think it turned out okay!

I kept the design really simple to allow the sentiment to take center stage. Really, though, I need new gold embossing powder. This just isn't the right colour.

This was also the first time I tried Soft Stone cardstock, and it's *so* beautiful... I see what all the fuss is about!

Alright, a simple one from me today, but I hope you still like it! I hope I manage to craft more regularly... but as we wrap up one bathroom renovation, we're diving head first into the next. We'll see how much time there is for crafting. I said when we moved that I would be willing to live through chaos and hell for 18 months if it meant the work was done in a shorter time frame (bear in mind we're doing all the work ourselves!)... so a lot of other things are taking a back seat. But I miss crafting, and even more, I miss blogging - so I'm going to make a point to carve out more time for it!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Have a wonderful start to your week!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

*Heart* You - Creating with Chickaniddy...

Hey there! It's my turn to share a project over on the Chickaniddy blog today, so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to.

This card uses the Twirly Girly line, which is probably my favourite of the two lines released thus far... of course, it's girly, and full of ballerinas, so I might be biased, since I have two of those myself!

So for my card, I wanted to do something super frilly and girly, and layered...

I went through all the papers, and picked all the ones I wanted to use, then chose a journalling card to set it all off. This one just sort of evolved all on it's own, which is so nice when working with these products!

Over on the Chickaniddy blog, I'm sharing a couple of my favourite tools to get the sanded edges I used on my papers for this card - head over there to learn how I did it!

Thanks so much for popping in today! I always appreciate your visits, my friends!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Festive Friday - A Week Late!

Hello my friends!

Alright, I'm a week overdue with this post, but I'll make up for it by posting a few more projects on this way-too-quiet blog over the next couple of days.

Part of the reason I've been so quiet is that we were away in Disneyland over Spring Break, and when we got back we dove right back into renovations. I'm hoping to share pictures of the finished bathroom after the weekend, so wish me luck we get everything done! *wink*

So while we're a week into our challenge, you still have lots of time to play! You can see all the details over on the Festive Friday blog...

I loved the photo for this week's inspiration; it appealed to my love of all things old and rustic. So I took it fairly literally when I went to make my card.

Here's our photo:

I kind of want to remember this when I set to decorating for the holidays!

Here is how I made this into card form:

It came together quickly, because I knew right away what I wanted to do with it - and I think it turned out okay!

So like I mentioned, we were in Disneyland for part of Spring Break... and you know what's really cool? Rebecca (my wonderful friend, who designs with us at FF) lives something like 20 minutes away from there, so we were able to spend an afternoon getting to know each other beyond email and blogs. *So* much fun, and the best part was that we barely talked about crafty stuff at all! I had told my hubby that I thought we'd be finished around two. Luckily, he wasn't worried sick when I didn't show up until after 3:30! Obviously Rebecca and I got along well, and now I know that whenever we make the trip down there, I'll have to make time to hang out with her! I never cease to be amazed by this beautiful blog world...

Alright, friends... cross your fingers the weekend goes well and I have some renovation photos to share with you next week!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Just the 2 of Us - Creating With Chickaniddy...

Hey guys!

Today I have a project over on the Chickaniddy blog with a couple of the other girls. We're working with this month's card sketch, and for this one, I was assigned to "Use It". 

So the other ladies have done something a bit different with it, but I stuck pretty much exactly to how the sketch was drawn. We're all featuring products from the Date Night Collection, but other than that, our projects are nothing alike. You should head over to the Chickaniddy blog to see!

Here is the sketch:

So I kept the layout the same, I just switched up the hearts for flowers. The fun part of a sketch, even if you use it pretty strictly, is that you can always make it your own. Here's my card:

Again, the products make it so easy to create easy and fun projects. I'm really pleased with how this all came together! The only things on my card that are not Chickaniddy are the gold baker's twin, and the Wool Trim from my shop.

Now head over to the Chickaniddy Blog\ to see the other girls' creations!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lucky in Love - Creating with Chickaniddy...

Hello my friends! It's my first post over on the Chickaniddy blog, which is pretty exciting. I have to say, I am SO loving these products. They are so easy to work with, and it's always such a pleasure when the projects just kind of come together all on their own!

The theme for my card today is "Lucky in Love..." afterall, we're featuring a line dedicated to time spent with your better half!

When I was trying to pick which papers to work with, I had a hard time narrowing down my patterns, so I just picked a whole bunch and laid them out.

Thankfully, I love layers.

So I just piled on as many of them as I could!

And can we talk about the foil paper? When the other girls on the team started getting their packages, they couldn't stop raving about the foil paper... and I'll be honest, I was kind of thinking "But we've all seen foil paper before..." 

Yeah, not like this.

It's *so* perfect. It isn't super thick like so many foil papers on the market are, so you can cut it with your dies, your silhouette (so I've been told - mine is still in the box), and it doesn't weigh your whole project down. It's STUNNING!

So, over on the Chickaniddy blog, I am talking about how I distress my papers. You all know how much I love distressing the edges of pretty much all paper I use, so I thought it was time to share my favourite ways of doing it. 

I had a little assistant to take my stepped out photos, so you should really go over and see what a good job Josie did of helping me!

Here's a close up of the effect I'm talking about:

It naturally creates a separation between your layers, and adds lots of interest and texture.

I had so much fun with this one, and I can't wait to keep sharing projects with you - I hope you enjoyed it too!

Have a wonderful week, my friends! 

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