Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Well it's a bit early but I think it's already 2015 somewhere.  This is what happens when life takes over.  You skip right over Christmas cards and go right to new years.  This card was made because my friend was genuinely disappointed to not receive a card from me when I saw her on the 24th.  I promised her a new years card and since I'm seeing her tonight.  Here it is...

The card is simple enough but of course it's the little things that make me smile. I laid 5 mm Sookwang tape around the edge and then sprinkled 3 different colours of glitter to create a subtle ombre effect.  I think it's pretty neat.   I'm also addicted to PTI 's raindrops. You can colour the bottoms with copics and adhere them with crystal glaze.  I try not to use them on every project.

Well that's pretty much it for me. I'm not one for resolutions of any kind but starting next week I'm going to try to make at least 1 Christmas card a week so I won't be caught  so unprepared in 2015.  

Wishing you all good health and limitless creative possibilities for the coming year. 


Monday, October 6, 2014

fun with die cuts and stuff

Hey there!

Having fun in my craft room this afternoon after I did my chores.  Double pats on the back for me.   Gotta get in here occasionally and prove I'm a crafter and not just a collector/hoarder.  I started out by making a just because card for a friend and then I made another with the left over pieces and negatives

Here's card number 1:

Here's card number 2:

The dies are PTI, Memory Box, and Impression Obsession.  The ink is a Kaleidacolor called Autumn leaves.  Brayered DTP. 

The first card was inspired by a card I spied on Pinterest but I think I like the 2nd better.  There are no mistakes in crafting, right?  Just creative possibility.  Yeah, I think so.

And since I'm a nerd I finally reorganized my ST stamp pads into colours.   Uh, yeah, I took a picture.

Surprisingly there's still space for expansion.  And cause I think this is stupid/cool...

Well that's it for me.  I'm off to practice my uke - class tomorrow.  Hopefully I won't be foiled by transit woes yet again.  Indian leftovers for dinner, Woo!  I love how my phone spell checks Woo like it's a last name.  I'm not fixing that.  


Monday, August 25, 2014

Stamp-a-Faire Goodness

So much fun to finally get together with my forum pals for some actual stamping!  We spent a lovely day stamping, snacking and chatting.  Thanks so much to Meredith and Shirley for hosting.

I participated in my first timer challenge and completed the card in under eight minutes.

The guidelines were posted on Nichole Heady's website:  20 minutes, pick a layout and a color combo and start.  Meredith and Cara had to talk me through it as I had never participated in a timer challenge before.  I picked the color combo and layout and got my stamping "mis en place" all ready before I started the clock.  Who knew my phone had a stop watch and why would I have ever used my stop watch....for if?  Thanks, Cara for taking a picture of me, my 'stopwatch' and the finished product.  Here's a close up of the final product.

The following card is a combination of two challenges:  roman mosaic and filigree frame.  Full disclosure:  even though we watched the video for the roman mosaics two or three times, I wasn't really paying attention and ended up doing my own thing with the first mosaic.  I cut a stencil using a cover plate and card stock.  I then spread a thin layer of white embossing paste over the stencil, and put it aside to dry.  It could have been the drying time delay and shifting my focus onto something else that led to my brain fart.  Anyways, when the past dried, I was at a complete loss as to what to do so..... I sponged three different shades of PTI pink over the embossed panel, affixed my filigree frame and, still feeling my card was a bit dull, I added the hot pink rhinestones to the frame for a little spark and interest.  I kid myself by saying I've channeled my inner Dawn McVey as pink is usually quite absent from my crafting.  You can't see it on the photo but the panel is mounted on a shimmery hot pink card stock, as well.  

The second roman mosaic card started as a background panel of Friendly Flowers in pinks and orange (channeling Dawn once again!).  The panel was then die cut with a PTI cover plate and using the Make-it-Monday tip from this week (using die cut negatives and press-n-seal to transfer die cuts) I applied adhesive to the negative pieces, removed the frame and created this mosaic.  The sentiment is cut from the same shimmery pink card stock I used as a base for the previous card with wet paint dies.  I love the stamp sets and the dies so much.  Can't.Stop. Using. Them. Again, a little bit of bling for some interest and sparkle. 

BTW:  If you haven't seen the Make-it-Monday using the press-n-seal, you HAVE to.  I has made my crafting life sooo much easier. 

My next stamp-a-faire card was for the renaissance challenge:  creating a faux wax seal.  My spin on it was a bit different.  Instead of a round or square image or monogram I chose to emboss a feather image.  I used wet paint stamps for the background panel and PTI ink.  I think I may use this 'sketch' again.

It was a great day and I hope we can make it an annual event.  Fingers crossed - it only took three years for our schedules to match up - LOL.  Anyways, my mojo got a really jump start from Saturday and I'm happy to report that I've been stamping since and plan to do so today.  The fact that I have to stamp a huge cache of cards for my SIL's upcoming birthday present probably has a little bit of something to do with it...but that's another post for another day.  

Thanks for stopping by and stay inky, my friends.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Crafty Goodness

Well.  It seems my crafting dry spell is officially over.   I can't seem to stop making stuff with paper and ink.  Gasp. I even made a scrapbook page. I know. Get. OUT.  Here's briefly what I've been up to.

Playing with backgrounds, stencils,  dies and even practicing my colouring.  Jennifer McGuire did an excellent tutorial on water coloring with distress inks and embossing folders.  I really enjoyed it.  And, of course, I LOVE my new Memory Box butterfly dies and stencil.  May be there's a support group out there for me.  Do you think?

Birthday card for nephew number 4 whose birthday is July 4th.  I haven't finished it yet but it really just needs to be mounted on a card front.  I couldn't help myself from adding the little star shaped bling in the middle of the fireworks.  Thumbs up, by the way, for Vivid Embossing Powders.  Lovely colours and they're not listed as a detail powder but I think it picked up the detail of the fireworks quite nicely.

Independence Day card for my American pen pal.  More water color embossed backgrounds.  I even got to use some stamps and paper I had in my stash for....ever.  I even used a card sketch - something I've been pinning for a while on Pinterest but never thought to use before today.  Weird. 

And, the scrapbook page.  I'm quite proud of this.  Lots of stamping and stamp techniques going on here.  It's the title page for a memory book for my manager at work.  She always calls head office the mother ship.  The stamp set is WMS and I didn't actually intend for the 'mother ship' to look like the Death Star - it just turned out that way...I swear!

I can't believe it's officially summer.  Yay!  Any plans?  Well, I have set myself a ukulele goal for the summer.  Before my classes pick up again in September I'm hoping to learn two songs:  Let it Be (by the Beatles) and the theme from  Game of Thrones - which I can't seem to get out of my head.  Did I ever mention on my blog that I play the ukulele.  My ukulele is a groovy lilac and her name is Lila.  Not exactly B.B. King and Lucille but I think you get the picture.  Ukulele players, like crafters, are the nicest people.  I've had many friendly encounters in the city with my Lila strapped on my back.  She's quite the conversation starter. 

Well, that's about it for me.  Starting a cleanse tomorrow.  Haven't decided if I want to do 5 or 10 days.  I just know I have to be integrating solid foods back into my routine by July 19th so I'll figure it out.  I'll see if I can make it to the end of five days first.  Wish me luck.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Messing Around a Clean Room

Cleaned up the craft cave some more this morning.  Lots of organizing going on lately as I seemed to have lost my craft mojo.  Scraps organized into ROYGBIV system of large Zip Lock bags, clear stamp sets organized by company, alphabetically, dies returned to appropriate envelopes and categories, and tops of glitter jars glittered for easier location and recognition.  I think you get the picture.  So I ended up making three cards (one yesterday and two this morning).

One card is a work in progress. I want to see just how much is too much, you know?  Can you guess which one?  It started out a watercolor background which I have impressed with a cover plate and then over stamped with a text stamp.  I then cut out the squiggles with my new PTI dies but I still feel it's missing something. I'm thinking giant glitter butterfly or some kind of die cut label and sentiment.  Some times I like making cards with no sentiments on the front as it tends to get lost if there's a huge technique panel or a bunch of techniques going on at the same time.

The second card is my own attempt at glitter painting with peel offs.  I took a class with Jessie Hurley at Scrapbook Warehouse this weekend and thought I'd give it a go.  After all, I have been hoarding glitter and peel offs for quite some time now.  I like it.  You get to finger paint with glitter.  Sadly my skin is soooo DRY I can't pick up anything with my finger tips without licking them first.  It's not the first time I've gotten up close and personal with a crafting supply.  I've been known to lick a stamp or two in the not to distant past.  Don't judge.  LOL.

I also made a card for my work birthday buddy.  Love, love, love Memory Box dies.  Love, love, love, love, love butterfly dies.  Except for the card base, the whole thing was made with scraps and the stamp is PTI.

So that's what I've been up to.

Peace out stampers.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Positive/Negative Birthday


Where's the snow?  Not complaining just wondering.  Messing around this afternoon in my craft room (emphasis on mess) and trying out a new Memory Box die I recently acquired.  I ended up making two cards for my stash.  Here they are:

I started out by colouring a panel with Copic markers in shades of pink and then backing the panel with a large piece of Sookwang tape.  I ran the panel through my Big Kick and then used the same die on a plain white panel.  I mounted the die cut letters within the white panel and discarded the white letters.  I used the negative of the Copic panel and mounted it on a copper mirror panel. Both cards are 5 X 7 which is a lot more card front to work with than a standard A2. 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Birthday Card and stuff...


Did I ever mention I love my new phone? I guess technically it's a phablet but I think she's neat.  I realized I've just gendered (which I'm sure isn't a word) an inanimate object but I believe I've crossed the line between like and love.  BTW her name is Philomena Andromeda - cuz she's a Galaxy  Note 3.   Whoa super nerd moment.   Passing.  Anyways I can blog on Philomena with relative ease as long as the Wi Fi holds out which leads me to the reason for my initially wanting to post:

I've been wanting to try this technique for a while so clean and simple but still interesting. I layered 3 shades of purple and colored a clear gem with a purple Copic.  

In case you didn't notice my crafty friend loves purple and she loves Minions so I made her one.  To me he looks like a Herman.   Hope she likes it.

Anyways it's currently -7 outside and it's family day this Monday.  Hope you spend the weekend with your loved ones doing something you enjoy and nourishes your soul.

Peace out, homies. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stencils Day One

Hey Stampers.

Grand plan: take day off and spend day in craft room learning from online stencil class.  Foiled again.   No Wi - Fi.  Shazbatt!  I'm blogging from my phone.   Here's one of the cards I made.

Stencil is Memory Box. Stamps WMS.  Inks are Distressed.  Made this card for a friend. Hope she likes it.   Hopefully Wi - Fi will be restored once husband person gets home. I hope I haven't used up all my data.  Oh well.  Peace.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


This is what I've been doing instead of stamping.