Thursday, November 7, 2013

OLW165 - No Red/Green

Good Morning!  What's this?  Playing in two challenges in a row?  No, someone didn't high jack my blog.  I'm just kicking around the house this week playing nurse maid to my husband who is recovering from two glaucoma surgeries.  He's doing fine and spirits are good.  Thank goodness.  Onto the crafty goodness...

This is my first time playing along with OLW.  To be honest, one layer, clean and simple cards usually intimidate me but I had so much fun using this layout that I made another card, in a different colour scheme.  As stated in the rules I used no red or green in either card but looking at my screen the blues I used are looking quite green and the pinks and burgundy I used in the second card are coming across kind of red.  

The card came together quite quickly.  The most finicky part was fixing the negative die cut into place with Hermafix temporary adhesive. Can anyone recommend a suitable replacement for Eclipse masking paper?Once the negative mask was in place, I sponged in the colour before randomly stamping the tiny snowflakes.  I then applied Versamark over "holiday" and heat embossed with clear EP.  The rest of the time I spent going over the card front with an eraser to remove the little bits of temporary adhesive.   

Dies:  PTI
Stamps:  PTI and Hero Arts
Ink: SU, Versamark and Copic marker
Embellishment - dollar store
Cardstock :  PTI Stampers Select

So that's everything for today.  The husband person is tucked in his chair, listening to his audio books and I'm going to sneak into my craft room for some more crafty time.  I think somewhere in my stash there may be a roll (or two) of Eclipse masking tape but I'm not sure. It's a rainy day here today in Vancouver so there's really no reason for me to be outside.  Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 4, 2013

FFC20 Challenge - Wreaths

So happy to finally get a chance to play along instead of watching the challenges come and go.  It feels seasonally appropriate too to be making Christmas cards as there is definitely a bite in the air this morning and frost on the cars and roofs.  All dies are Memory Box and the the stamp is from WPlus9.  The poinsettias are heat embossed with clear EP to to make them shiny and give them a little something extra.  Otherwise the card is pretty clean and simple.  I like it.

Wreaths are definitely on my mind since I've just started working on my felted wreath and ornaments.  Hoping to have a picture to show of my felted work....soon-ish.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FFC Week 11 - Elemental Challenge Trees

Hey Dudes!

It seems a bit odd to be making Christmas cards when it is so definitely summer outside.  I can't remember the last time we've had so many days of warm weather in a row.  Not complaining, just saying. Anyways here's my card:

Card base is SU Concord Crush and the other paper is PTI.  Dies are all Memory Box.  I had this idea bouncing around in my head for a couple of weeks and thought I'd give it a try.  This is basically the idea I had in my head but it lacks a bit of finesse but overall I'm happy.  I know there isn't a lot going on on this card but in it's own way there's a lot going on at the same time.  Make sense?  Probably not.  That's okay.  It makes me laugh and I like it.  And, look, trees!

Other stuff I've been doing.  I finished the wedding card my cousin asked me to make for her.  I think she was pretty pleased with the results and I made a card to send to my pen pal in Maryland.  The card to my pen pal was some craft procrastination but I got everything I needed to get done.  I still have a few birthday cards to make for the end of the month but I've got a few weeks to stew about it.  Oops, here's some pictures of the cards.

Isn't that little fox just the cutest?  I couldn't resist.

Well, wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you're having a good time and soaking up some Vitamin D.  I think there's a frosty beverage in my very near future.

Peace out, homies.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Reboot Update

Well, hello, there.  So my 30 day reboot has come and gone and now I'm back to eating after a week of phasing food back into my system, which was interesting.  The final tally:  26lbs lost, down at least one clothing size, shaved 20 minutes off my total biking commute time, six weeks (and counting) coffee free, and feeling pretty amazing, actually.  I want to thank everyone who supported me IRL and on social media; I really appreciated the words of encouragement and support.  Juicing is still part of my everyday and I think my next reboot tune-up will be in September 5-5-5 style.  I'm hoping to have a couple of friends who will reboot with me at that time and I hope they reap the same healthful benefits as I have.

Well, thanks for hanging in there with me.  I'll be back with an irregularly scheduled craft some point.

Until then, juice on!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Wedding Cards

I said I'd be back with something craft related!  My Cousin Janet asked me to make a wedding card for her and I thought I'd post them on my blog so she could make her choice or tell me to go another way.

I made a square base with a versa mark/perfect pearls background and a lovely metallic hot pink La Rue Heart die cut from Memory Box then I stuck different "couples" on top.  Let me know what you think.  Here they are:

I kinda like the base all by itself but the two couples add a different flavour.  I used temporary adhesive so that I didn't have to make two bases.  Now, I'll leave it up to my Cuz to make her choice or to tell me to go a different direction.  Even though it's a beautiful day outside, my photo lighting options are either dark or extremely bright.  Unfortunately it doesn't allow any of the subtle shimmer from the background or the metallic cardstock to show through.  And, yes, those are little black star eyes in the skull hair clips.


Reboot - Day 29

Wow, 29 days down and 1 day to go.  I'm feeling good, only had a handful of days when I wasn't feeling great but those days were on the extreme side of the worst-day-ever scale anyways - juicing or not.  My energy has been pretty amazing and my sleep has been good.  I don't know what's more amazing: the fact that I've gone 29 days without meat or the fact that I've gone 29 days without caffeine.  So far, I miss chicken way more than my pre-cleanse cuppa in the morning.

I stopped compulsively weighing myself about two weeks ago because it was becoming....compulsive.  Final weigh in will be Wednesday (first day, post fast).  I know I'm down at least 15lbs which is great but I have physical proof of further weight lost:  nothing fits.  My pants hang really low and feel longer, my shoes are loose, I've had to move one belt loop in and (this may be TMI) but I've had to re-adjust my bra straps.  I knew I would lose weight but the fact that my clothes would be looser actually never dawned on me.  Yay.

Well, I hope this is a lifestyle change I can maintain.  I know I'm going to be juicing for at least another two weeks while I phase in regular foods but I would like to continue to do reboot tune-ups throughout the year, 5-5-5 style.  If you're interested in the Reboot, Google Reboot with Joe or check out Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on YouTube.

Thanks for hanging in with me.  I'll be returning with something craft related soon....promise.  Until then, juice on!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Reboot - Day 12

I had to count on my fingers how many days I've been on the Reboot....12!  18 more to go and quickly approaching the half-way mark.  What have I learned?  You cn pretty much juice anything and it'll taste good.  Swiss chard makes everything brown.  Beets make EVERYTHING red.  There has to be a craft usage somewhere for beets.  Green apples, lemons and ginger make everything taste WAY better.  I've had a lot of words of encouragement and support, lots of questions and blank stares and a lot of "I don't know how you do it".  I guess I do have will power but it was buried underneath a pile of ice cream and chips.   I had to bring all my juice with me when I worked the Provincial election and I have a wedding banquet to observe tomorrow - that should be interesting.  So the stats:

12 days done, 18 to go
Juices consumed:  approximately 50 - in ounces that's about 800 ounces or approx. 25 liters.
Total spent on Reboot including new juicer and fruits and vegs so far:  $310.00
Weight loss:  15lbs

My juicer cost me 150.00 from  I figured at $5/day by the end of the 30 days it will have paid for itself.

So that's me on day 12.  Thanks for sticking with me if you've been reading along.

Juice on.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reboot Day 3

Morning!  Getting better at maximizing my use of the juicer so I'm cleaning my juicer only twice a day.  I've been able to double or triple up my quantities in one juicing which should be helpful when I go back to work tomorrow.   Should be interesting.  I'm pretty sure my first three days have been relatively easy going since I've been off work and the days have been beautiful.

Observation:  there are A LOT of food commercials and A LOT Of eating on episodic television.  Obviously, my viewing of the Food Network has taken a nose dive.

I tried to resist the urge to step on a scale until at least the one week mark but I have no impulse control (obviously) so I did it last night.  Down 5 pounds.  Wow!

I can honestly say I'm not hungry although my stomach does make an array of different sounds I've never heard before.   I'm drinking about four to five juices a day and my stomach does growl when I go too long before juices.

Well, that's that.  Day three, 27 more to go.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Reboot Day 1

Morning!  So today is day one of my 30 day reboot.  I was inspired by the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and thought I'd give juice fasting a try.  I've done fasting before with the Master Cleanse (water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne).  In comparison, the Reboot is much more lenient.  There's no eating but I can juice fruits and vegetables as well as drink water, herbal tea and coconut water.  So far so good...well...I'm only two juices in...but still so far so good.   I'm waiting for the inevitable detox from caffeine, i.e. really bad headaches but I'm hoping it won't be so bad.  There's a lot of prep and a lot of cleaning but I'm hoping to get better at maximizing my use of the juicer and minimizing the amount of time I spend washing.  I know it's best to juice and drink immedidately but I think it may be unrealistic.  I thankfully have today and the next two days to get my juice groove on and find a happy middle road since I'm back to work on Thursdays.

Juice combos tried far:

Green Machine:  kale, cucumber, celery, apple, pear and ginger.

How Many Carrots is too Many Carrots? (that's the best I could do for a witty title):  Carrots, beets, parsley, spinach and yellow pepper.

I doubled up on quantity on the carrots so I have a nice serving of juice chilling in the fridge for my mid-afternoon juice.

Observations:  I can feel the beginnings of a caffeine detox headache starting.  I'm hoping my one cup of tea/coffee habit won't be so bad of a detox compared to the time I kicked caffeine cold-turkey and I was drinking about three to four a day.  I'm surprisingly thirsty.  I know I'm supposed to continue to intake the same amounts of fluid that I usually take in but I'm actually feeling the need to drink water.  I feel sleepy (could have been the heat last night and not an entirely restful night's sleep) and am yawning quite a bit but I'm also feeling quite mentally alert.  I'm not hungry and I don't feel 'empty'.  The closest I've come to hungry was around mid-morning today but I figure it was because my body had used up all the juice and wanted more.  I'm trying not to over share but I'm awfully....burpy.  I'll say no more on that front.

So far, so good, I guess.  I'm going outside to take in some rays and start painting the railings on the front steps.  Should be a fairly low-impact way to spend my time in between juices.  I'm painting white on white so  I don't think there will be any harm if I decide to stop half way and take a rest or have a juice.

Thanks for checking in with me today.  Here's a picture of my 'breakfast'.

Day 1, 29 days to go.
Juices 2, 118 juices to go.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

FFC07 - Challenge - Birds

What?  My last post was at the end of March?  Wow.  Anyways, I'm back and playing along with the Festive Friday Challenge again.  The theme this time is birds.

Supplies:  C/S:  PTI.  Memory Box Dies - Resting Birds.  Stamps:  PTI:  Out on a Limb and Inside Out: Holidays.  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Brocade Blue, Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze.

I was inspired by the layout I saw here.  If you've never been to this blog before, please visit.  I find a lot of inspiration there.  This card came together pretty quickly.  The most time consuming part was masking the rectangle using post-it notes.  The rest was direct to paper ink dabbing, die cutting  and stamping.  Easy-peasy, as they say.  

Anyways, on a quick personal note:  I'll be hijacking my blog a bit starting Monday as I'll be commencing a 30 day juice Reboot.  Have you heard of it?  If not, Google Joe's Reboot.  I'm hoping to reboot my system and start living a slightly more pro-actively healthier lifestyle.  Anyways, a craft plus will hopefully be the fact that since I'm not prepping and cooking meals and cleaning up after, I'll have more time for crafting...hopefully.  I've done juice fasting before but this time I'm going for 30 days.  Your positive thoughts would be appreciated.  

Anyways, thanks for stopping by.  It is a breathtakingly lovely day here in Vancouver.  I'm going to go out and enjoy it.  Spring has finally decided to show up.  


Sunday, March 31, 2013

FFCO5 - Colour Challenge

Happy Easter Craft Enthusiasts!  It seems fitting that today is Easter Sunday and the challenge is a colour challenge.  

Great Easter colours, don't you think?  Apparently these are colours I don't use very all.  So this is what I came up with:

The background is Viva Decor 3D paint Gold DTP with saran wrap on some PTI card stock and Spun Sugar Distress Ink sponged on DTP after the 3D pain dried.  Dies are Spellbinder Create-a-Snowflake 3 and PTI Tremendous Tags.  Glitter is all Glitter Ritz.  Stamp is PTI Mega Mixed Messages stamped in Gold Delicata Ink.  Ribbon is from Michaels.  Cardstock is PTI except for the blue metallic mat.

So there it is.  This was a very difficult challenge for me as I mentioned I don't use these colours very much, much less together all at once.  I hope it looks like a very girly Christmas present cause I guess that's what I was kinda going for.  I like it - don't love it - and it's sort of a hot mess for me.  I had an idea in my head and this is what it turned into.

Well, Happy Easter everyone.  Hope you have some nummy-ness in your immediate future.  I have to start cooking for dinner later.  Making roast lamb to take over to my brother's.  I hope they have some chocolate Easter bunnies that may require ear-ectomies....or maybe a few handfuls of jelly beans.  But first, since it's such a lovely day outside, I'm going to give our new push mower a twirl out in the backyard.  Until next time...


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Zombies, Zombies Everywhere!

Morning Stompers!

Ever buy a stamp because it made you smile or laugh out loud?  I have and that's how collections/stashes get started.  I innocently bought my first goth/punk girl stamp a few years ago and now I have....a stash.  I usually only use them for my Cousin Janet's birthday cards because she's the original punk....for me at least...and probably why my punk girls always end up with purple hair or wearing purple...just like her.  Sorry.  Rambling.

Did you know it's just a short stretch of creativity from goth punk to full on zombie?   It is, my friends, it is. You can make a pitstop at vampire town but I haven't been into vampires since my late teens and my vampires didn't sparkle.  

Google is amaze-balls. in case you didn't already know that.  On a whim, I typed in "copic colour combos for zombies" and dammit if I didn't get pages of choices.  Woo hoo.  So I stamped several of my goth chicks and started practicing.  Well, what the heck was I suppose to do with all these images.   I guess a normal person would have put them in their Copic colouring book with notes and junk but I made cards instead.  And clutch your pears ladies, I even fussy cut all the images - no dies for these darlings - I even used an Exacto knife and cutting mat.  That's right.  Kicking it old school - ain't no school like the old school.   I hope they make you giggle or maybe even laugh out loud.  Recoiling in terror is okay too, at least its an honest reaction.  Hee hee.

"I Wish I'd Worn Panties"

Don't you just love her handbag?  I think its my favourite accessory.  Giving myself little pats on the back for putting distress crackle paint over his tiny little head just to make it a wee bit creepier. 

"Couldn't you just pee your pants?"  This is the one I started with.  I needed a birthday card for my friend's daughter's birthday.  She's turning 10.  The skin tone is a little bit more monster/Frankenstein but I think it still works.  My first picture was actually my last image coloured and I think I 'got' the zombie skin tone.

"Well, lad de frickin' da!"
Kinda says it all don't you think?

This last one was the most work.  I'm not going to lie.  It's the one that made me laugh the loudest when I was done.  I really don't think I'm going to give her to anyone but keep it for myself.  I may even frame/mount it.  It's the truth and I mean it but why does it feel like I've broken some sort of unspoken crafters code?  If you know me IRL then you've probably heard me say something to the effect like, "well this is a nice (technique) but I'll probably never do it again because I simply don't know anyone I like well enough to repeat all this work..."  So honest, so true, so lazy.

And now the technical stuff:  Dies/Impression Plate/Embossing Folder:  Memory Box. PTI, Spellbinders and Cuttle Bug.  Card stock:  PTI, Bazzill and Gina K.  Inks/Markers:  Memento, Versa Mark Frost White, Copics, Distress Crackle Rock Candy, Smooches Pearlized Top Coat, Tsukineko Goose Bumps and Viva Decor 3D paints and Inka Gold paints.  Stamps:  Stampotique Original, Inc., WPlus9 and Impression Obsession.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip into zombie town.  It's been a real pleasure to be your guide.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hipster Giraffe Birthday

Hey Dudes!

Thanks to Facebook all my friends' birthdays populate my iPad calendar so I'm trying to stay ahead of the calendar and get cards to everyone with upcoming birthdays.  I had no idea I knew so many people born in March and April.  Weird. Anyways, perfect opportunities for me to use some of the new stuff that keeps showing up in my mail box.  I made a card for my buddy Maria.   I love giraffes, even this guy who seems to be suffering from a bad case of Hip-steria.

No die for this bad boy.  That's right - I had to fussy cut this hipster by hand... curse his hipster hair!  CS is probably all PTI as well as the verbage.  The EP is Red Zing.  I'm so glad I bought soo many bottles of the stuff - they have some pretty great colours.   The background papers are from a 6x6 pack I picked up at Michael's.  I think its Authentique but I'm not sure.  For $2.40 (with a coupon) it was a heck of a deal. . Anyways, the giraffe comes with classes and even an emo-scarf....which I think is hilarious.  Anyways I hope she likes it.  I was running a bit late so I had to take this picture at my desk at work and the light is horrible but at least I got it off into the mail and managed to get a picture before sending it off.  So, hooray for me.

Anyways, off to make some more birthday cards.  I'm truly amazed what comes up when you use Google.  This morning I typed in, "zombie skin colour, copic combos" and got a bunch of pages to peruse.  Well, I'm off to perfect my zombie skin tone, not to be confused with vampire skin tone.  Seriously.

Until next time.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

FFC03 - Element/Snowflake Challenge

Hey Homies!  'sup?  Lots been going on around here but I finally had a chance to sit down and participate in the latest Festive Friday Challenge - snowflakes.  I started by making the background panel using one of my favoritest stamping techniques ever - emboss resist.  Snowflakes were stamped in Versa Mark on PTI rustic creme card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used Distress Ink direct-to-paper with a sponge applicator over the whole shebang.  I sprayed with water and wiped any excess ink off the embossed areas.  Then, my favorite part:  ironing.  I put the cardstock between two pieces of scrap paper and ironed until the embossing powder melted again and absorbed into the scrap paper, leaving a completely flat background.  The sentiment is from PTI Snowflake Serenade and the glitter snowflake is die cut Sook Wang tape using Spellbinders 2010 Snowflake.  I used three different shades of blue from Glitter Ritz.  Hope you like it:

And, because when I die cut, I always cut two.  I had the opportunity to take a version of the die cut snowflake and try a more CAS, one layer, modern look.  Black cardstock, Cranberry Glitter Ritz glitter, PTI Snowflake Serenade for the sentiment, unknown bling and Leaf Zing EP.  Oh yeah, I also coloured the bling with a yellow green copic marker. 

I think I like this layout a lot and may try and make it again, maybe better.

Two things I learned from participating in this challenge.

1)  Get a stamp press.  Stamping a single image over and over again gets old pretty quickly.  Any suggestions on what kind I should get?
2)  Wait and take pictures in the morning if you're using natural light.  Thank you Daylight Savings Time for the extra hour this afternoon.

Anyways, I'm very proud of myself lately:  got on the bike and went for my first full ride of 2013, I can do a lot of things without the convenience of a car (long story), and you can see the floor of my craft room.  The last thing is the one I'm most proud of....can you tell?  Well, until next time.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

FFC02 - Rustic, Country Theme

I know:  when you think rustic and country, you automatically think of me.  Well, that would make one of us.  I have no idea.  Wha'?  Country?  Is that like...a park?

Anyways, it has been very interesting making Christmas cards in the middle of February.  The days are getting longer, little green shoots are popping out of the ground and I'm contemplating Christmas.  Well, you don't know until you try, right?  I'm not quite sure I nailed it or am even in the postal code of being close to nailing it but here's my rustic, country Christmas card:

Actually, this is my first card.  I don't have anything really rustic or country so the closest I could get was distressed.  The dies are Memory Box and PTI and the embossing folder is Quick Cutz.   Paper is PTI, Kraft Cordination and sorry don't know the vendors for the design paper or the velvet paper. 

Here's a close up of the card.  

One of the other benefits of playing along with Festive Friday besides being better prepared for December is I've really had a chance to sit down and experiment and just create.  This next card started out as an experiment and I was almost done and then it went WRONG.  I think I was able to finally save it.  I normally would have scrapped it by by the time I made the mistake but I had invested so much into these little pieces of cut paper that I wouldn't let it go.  Hope you like it too.  

I had two big pieces of coordinating design paper and backed them with sook wang tape.  I then ran both through my Big Kick with the PTI Happy Harlequins Plate.  Then I pieced one design paper into the other.  I then cut the pointsettia and leaves from a MB die with more Tim Holtz Kraft Cordination paper and sanded them down to reveal the craft core.  The button is from PTI.  I don't think you can see my 'mistake' at all.  It has been covered with a piece of SU ribbon and stamped with a PTI sentiment from...Big 'n Bold Holiday Wishes.  

I better make some new friends between now and Christmas or I'm going to have a surplus of Christmas cards this year.  

I'm going to have some new crafty stuff to use in the hopefully near future.  Must learn patience.  In the meantime, I'll try and keep to my craft room and stay out of trouble.  


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

PTI Anniversary Challenge - Watercolor

Morning Stampers!

Hope everyone had a lovely Family Day yesterday.  I actually spent the day by myself as Charlie had to work.  Apparently Family Day is a provincial holiday and federal employees aren't entitled to the stat holiday.  Funny...Charlie doesn't really think so...but I do.  Anyways, it was a very quiet day yesterday and spent most of the day playing in my craft room.  The stars must have been aligning since I spent the day playing with watercolors.  Here's what I created:

Supplies:  Paper - PTI, Stamp/Sentiment - PTI, Die - Memory Box and Sizzix, Rhinestones - Hero Arts, Ink - Rangers Distressed Inks

Anyways, I smooshed the ink pads into my craft sheet, sprayed with water and dragged and blotted the watercolour paper across the surface.  Once the paper dried, I went back and selectively blotted more colour in areas.  Once the paper dried again, I die cut the mat.  The die cut panel is mounted on foam dots and the flower outlined is adhered with glue pen.   I always forget to use cardstock with adhesive on the back until after I die cut the shape and am using my glue pen.  Maybe next time or probably the ten times after that, I'll remember or most likely not.

Well, that's about it for me today.  I'm lucky to have today off since Family Day pushed my day off forward. Yay three day weeks.  I may need to take a nap or something.  I don't think I can keep up this furious blog pace I've set for myself.  LOL.

Until next time.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

FFCO1 - Festive Friday Challenge

Morning!!  Small/medium size pats for me.  I managed to play along with Meredith's new I can totally blame her for all the glitter that covers me and my desk.  I guess I can also thank her too since I cleaned up my desk and found my 'made by...' stamp that had been missing since early Christmas.  So, I managed to create two cards using the challenge guidelines.  Both cards are in my wheel-house but are very different from each other stylistically.   

So here goes:

For me, the holidays is all about glitter.  My first card uses my favorite things:  glitter, burnished velvet technique and dies.  The dies area all Memory Box and the impression plate is PTI.  The glitter is Glitter Ritz:  Regal (?Royal) Red and Stardust micro fine glitter.

I hope this close up shows up nicely.  I'm thinking I should probably invest in a proper light box and maybe read my camera's user manual.

This second card was inspired by my friend, Meghan.  She gave me a Christmas card with this concept and I crafted it up just touch.   I love puns.  Do you get it?  I'll give you a second.  Come on you got it.  The card is:  No "L" (noel).  I hope any French speaker who comes across this blog appreciates that I included the two accents.

The embossing folder and circle die cut are Spellbinders.  The background was inked direct-to-paper using Viva Decor Inka Gold products:  Lava Red, Silver, and Platinum.  The letter die cut is Sizzix and cut out of Grunge paper.   Hope the close up gives you a better impression of the colours and the texture of the background. 

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this touch of the holidays.  I'm feeling pretty good.  I'm 200% ahead of where I was last year at this time.  LOL.  I don't know if I can keep up this furious pace.  Phew.

Until next time.  Peace.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I got more!

I got more!!!!  Turns out I was taking the odd picture, here and there.  So I got more to share.  Yay!!!!!

First of all, this it the newest tool in my arsenal.  I. Love. My. Vagabond.  I have no idea why I waited soooo long to get one but I am so glad I did.  Actually that's wrong.  I know why I waited so long.  These things are frickin' pricey.  However, Amazon finally had it for quite a reasonable price with free shipping - I'm a total sucker for free I bought it.  It still took me like three weeks to finally crack it out of the box.  Well.  I love it so much of course the Vagabond has a name. Please, allow me to introduce:  L-Vis (pronounced Elvis)...ummm....yeah...because he's the ultimate Rock Star....and his name is spelled L-Vis because he's like a suitcase...kinda like Louis Vuitton...cause...yeah...I'm a closet Label Queen and this baby Vagabond is the closest I'm ever going to get to high end luggage.

This is actually my second attempt at this card.  The first attempt was less graphic and I made it for number one nephew's university graduation card.  Do you know the Japanese story of the koi fish who overcame all odds, swam up a waterfall and became a dragon?  I know it's one of his favorite myths and thought it would make an appropriate graduation theme.  I also made the leafy washi tape background and have been waiting for a long time to put it on a card.  Number one nephew got the first attempt card and I still have this card (somewhere on my desk) waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it...or I may just keep it for myself.

This second card was made for a co-worker who was leaving for a promotion.  She really likes owls and the card was signed by everyone in the office so I thought the multi-animal background paper was kinda cute and appropriate.  You can't tell from the picture but the owl is mounted on one of those springy things that makes the object kinda springy and wiggly.  I put glossy accents on the die cut letters to make them more 3D.  Gotta love those designer paper packs.

I actually had started making Christmas cards way back in November but then I hurt my back and was laid out for a week, which totally took my mojo.  Once I was back on my feet, it was mid-December and I was scrambling.  This card is all Memory Box die cuts.  The reindeer is cut out of burgundy velvet paper and the start wreath is my super favourite, go-to silver mirror cardstock.

Well, there you go.  Two posts in one day.  I'm liking this laptop thing for blogging.

Back in a while.  Peace.

What the Heck?

How can it be the middle of January already?  So it turns out I can't blog from my beloved iPad 2 anymore.  I wasn't super motivated to blog from the old desktop so now I'm on a recycled, new to me laptop.  So far so good.  Let's see if I can get some pictures on this mother.

I have been doing a lot of creative things but the barrier to blogging was just too much for my lazy ass.  My intention for 2013 is to blog a bit more - super low bar as far as intentions/resolutions go, wouldn't you say?  Anyways, here is what I did last:  a birthday card for nephew number 2 using the faux chalkboard technique.  I have to say it was a lot of fun and I only had to give it one try before I got it kinda alright.  The technique is actually quite forgiving and not particularly fussy.  I think I'll be using this a few more times before I file it away.  I used mostly PTI stamps and one Simon Says Stamps set for the banner.  Suddenly feeling pretty good about that package of 250 sheets of black cardstock I've been trying to whittle down since I bought it a few years ago.  I could not give the black cardstock away - now I don't want to.

Anyways, I want to thank you for popping by and checking in on my teeny tiny blog.  I hope to have more things for you to see in 2013 and maybe get you to pop by a little more often.

I went to a class at a LSS last weekend and played with Viva Decor Inkagold products.  Love, love, love new products.  Hope to have some pictures to show you really soon.

In the meantime, peace.