Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Back In The Swing Of It!

Well I'm at least hoping to get back into the swing of it! I have been occupied with other important matters there for a few weeks, but hope to get back to 'business' here now.

Kicking off with a card for a relative who has had major surgery, and is now (also) getting back into the swing of things! I made the card the way I think he would like it (clean and simple, resisting adding all the little extras I kept thinking of doing - such as sequins on the front!) I will also add a personalized sentiment on the inside.

I used a kraft cardbase for my standard A2 size card. Some patterned paper scraps were perfect for the grassy background and the soil for our golfer to stand on. I recycled Styrofoam packaging for the shaker. It is nice and deep, allowing the 'balls' to move freely inside the shaker, but is super lightweight for mailing.

The expression on this fellas face makes me smile every time I see him...

I didn't want to over do the balls in the shaker, but standing the card up...I think a couple dozen more would have been good! After all, one could never have too many golf balls now, can one?

I used the Gordon Golfer Set for this card (just one of the great selection of stamps I got as a prize for that top spot win in an Ai Challenge a while back!) Edited to add : I am delighted that this card won an Honourable Mention in the challenge! Stoked!!!

Go check out this neat Canadian stamp company! I'm always so pleased to find a local company. And to think they've been around for 6 years....I must have been under a rock somewhere....sigh...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Retirement Sale

It is with sadness that I learnt of yet another favourite designer who is retiring.

Now is your opportunity to get some of digiland's finest designs at great prices :

Creative Victorian/Lonetta's Store

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yearbook July 2015

It looks like July will have 4 pages this year round. So many beauties need to be featured : like our 'pets' They bring so much joy...and a good deal of work to keep them out of the veggies!
And the squirrel (Miss Muffet) in the flower pots taking a dust bath...

I used 'Carefree' by Cathy Krenek for this page.

I have a freebie for you today - a Stacked Paper made using Cathy's Carefree

Download the freebie HERE

Monday, August 10, 2015

An Art Impressions Card Set

Well all I can say is that this has certainly been a busy summer.

That is why the blog has been so quiet...can you hear the echo too?

I did however have to play along with the Art Impressions Challenge # 165

Do yourself a favour and look at the DT sets from this, and last week! It is totally worth it!

And here is my set! I decided on 4 easel cards, all with a celebration theme. Two cards are just straight up easels, while two are twisted easels.
All images are coloured with colour pencils and the paper pack is 'Mosaic Memories' by Recollections. I kept all the cards as flat (ie no dimensional details) as possible as most of my cards are mailed internationally. However the recipient at least gets to have a dimensional card due to the way it is displayed!

First up is a straight up easel featuring the '29 Again' set. I love that goofy look on her face!
I added a scalloped strip of white card to add a bit more of an edge for the stand up portion to hook onto.

Next up is a twisted easel card featuring the 'Cheer Set'
I added a bit of glitter details, just to add to the festive look. 

For the second straight up easel I used Cupcake BFFs 

And finally the second twisted easel featuring Party Girls They made a really big mess with all that confetti!

I made matching envelopes, using the Envelope Punch Board and alcohol spray inks.

Fun Fun Fun!  Are you playing along?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sending Hugs....

I recently realized that this is definitely my favourite type of card to make. So was extra pleased to find this 'Bench Set' stamp set in my 'Challenge Winner' package from Art Impressions

I coloured the image with colour pencils and fussy cut around it, leaving a 'ground line' for the bottom.

I also cut a circular shape from the card base, large enough to frame the image and adhered the image to the base edge of the card base.

Inside I fitted a concertina folded piece of card stock that will keep the card open while also providing a base for it to stand on. I coloured this piece with sprays of alcohol ink. I the added another piece of card, coloured with the same green sprays and cut into a grassy slope at the back of the card to add a bit of a background to the overall picture.

The final step was adding a sentiment (this one is from the same set) to the front in a banner fashion. 

I really like how the card displays and I hope it will serve as an encouragement to a loved one who is going through a difficult season right now!

I'm entering the card for Challenge 164 over on the Art Impressions blog. Hop on over and take a look at all the entries!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yearbook June 2015

I have so many nice pictures from last month...it looks like I'll have 3 -4 pages this time!

Here's one featuring some critters and animals -

I used the Nature Hike Collection by Snickerdoodles Designs for my page. You can also find it HERE at Karen's personal store. (Am I the only one who does not like the new Digital Scrapbooking Studio Store set-up?)

I did another page for June featuring some ocean pictures. One can never have too many ocean pictures in your yearbooks! For this I used an all time favourite collection by (now retired) Gypsy Couture...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Seaside Holiday

I have more pictures that we took this day, and they are scanned, but right now I just cannot find them ugh! I scanned them many years ago when my computer had a small hard drive and I had to back everything up onto disks.....so somewhere is a disk with the pictures on. hmmmm might be easier to locate the pictures and rescan....still this will work for one side of the double spread...

Great kit, right up my street!

Cathy Krenek's 'Beach Fun Kit' Just look at all the delightful goodies in there!

Heading into a busy week, but hope to have a freebie available soon!