Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Choose a Different Colour!

If only that was all there is to it right? But often that works wonders and is mostly worth the try! (I'm referring to the sentiment on the inside of this card)

 I used a digital stamp/image by Tiddly Inks (love that name!) called 'Annie's Art' for my card. (it is still free at the time of posting this...)

What I like about digi images is the ability to re-size at will, to suit a project. I think that is a big plus. I also like to colour with coloured pencils, so it works just fine with my ink jet printer. For this image though, I was going to do 'no line' colouring, but then did not like how it turned out, so I outlined with black anyway. Most of the colouring here was done using Inktense pencils.

And the inside of the card - with the sentiment I referred to at the beginning.

The sentiment is by Inkadinkado and is called  Friendly Advice. These make me smile...I got mine at my local Michaels store.

Here is another look at the Tiddly Inks image. The black pen was more juicy that I realized....oooops! But then again, it isn't nearly as obvious in real life, unless you take a magnifying glass to it!

I'm entering this card into Challenge #167 over at the Tiddly Inks Blog. The challenge is to feature 'kraft'. Easy for me, I love kraft card stock!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Snowmen Snuggle

Somehow a snuggle from a snowman just doesn't sound like the best idea, does it?

Fortunately these little fellas really are very cozy as they snuggle up to a colourful pair of mittens!

I used the 'Build A Snowman' stamp set by Stampendous

And the sentiment is from the 'Happy Messages' set also by Stampendous

Images ©Stampendous, Inc.®

The papers are from the Mosaic memories Paper Pad by Recollections which I picked up at my local Michaels. I paper pieced the hats and scarves and added puffy dimensional fabric paint by 'Tulip' A bit of glitter glue and a few sequins finished it all off.

Double sided tape lifts the sentiment so the twisted easel card stays propped up nicely.

I'm sorry to see them go...but they need to travel with the mittens to carry a big hug to my friend!

For the mittens I used Red Heart 'Unforgettable' yarn (colourway 'Stained Glass') and the pattern 'Spring Is Coming' is available HERE on Ravelry

Monday, September 21, 2015

10 From 1

That is a little cryptic, but really that is just what it is. 10 from 1. 10 cards from one sheet of paper and 5 sheets of card stock.

I saw the idea here , on Sweet Bio Designs You Tube Channel and found the measurements on her blog here.

I've never done anything like this, but decided to give it a try as I really liked this one sheet of paper from the Recollections Mosaic Memories pad.

It was very quick to cut and put together. I was determined not to over think the process. As a result there was a card or two that I'm not too pleased with, but overall, it was a good experiment. I sent a pack of 5 of these off to a friend as a little gift and another one has already become a birthday card. I will definitely be doing this again in the future!

I used sentiments from the Stampendous 'Happy Messages' stamp set.

Among all the florals, this is the only critter and had to have center stage ...

Have you ever done a bulk production run like this? How did it work out for you?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Family Hike

Memories! My hair was all brown (gasp!) and look how little the boys were...wow..those were the days (1998)

Love how the page turned out though...and those pictures are such fun!

I used Cathy Krenek's 'Go Hiking' Grab Bag - all for only $5.00 September 18 - 24 2015.

It is a good deal indeed. This grab bag coordinates perfectly with Cathy's 'Go Camping' (available as a bundle or each pack individually)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn Decor - Little Scene

I certainly have an autumn feel! Difficult to miss when the days are much cooler and the rain falls softly while a mist rises in the valley....

It is time to store summer decor and change to gold, yellow, oranges and warm reds...aahhhhh.

Every change of season I feel like I'm heading into my favourite! I like them all!

When the new challenge was posted at Art Impressions and it called for 'Cut Your Cards' I decided to indeed 'cut the (try-fold) card' and turn it into a small scene to hang on the wall.

I stamped each of the images onto a piece of cardstock and coloured it with water colour in bright fall colours.

Next I coloured a piece of cardstock with spray alcohol inks, cut a window for the scene and scored the fold lines to make a shallow shadow box for the stamped pieces to fit in and on to.

I inked lightly around the oval cutout

Next I adhered the cottage scene to the back of the box, while the boat scene was attached to a strip of cardstock to hold it suspended between the background and the front of the box.

Once the box was glued closed, all I had to do was add the third scene with the little fawn onto the front of the box and add a selection of punched leaves in fall colours as a finishing touch. At least these leaves will not need to be raked!

I like the depth created by the volume inside the little shadowbox.

Due to the dull grey (misty) day we had, I had to make do with artificial light for my pictures this time round...but I think it still looks warm and all autumny!

Thanks for dropping by. Do take a look at the Ai Challenge. There is still time to take part!

I used an Art Impressions Try-fold called 'Lake House' for my scene.

Next I want to see if I can turn this into a winter wonderland lake house...

I am also entering this for the September Colour Challenge over at Rubber Dance Art Stamps

And the Colour Challenge #23 over at Your Next Stamp

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It Must Be Autumn....

When I start reaching for the knitting...it must be getting cooler! Now I will gladly knit all year round, only this past summer was so hot and dry (nope not complaining, just saying ;-) ) that knitting was not on my schedule at all...

But the moment the weather changed and the air turned crisp I broke out the needles. I've done 2 projects, but the other was a test knit, so I'll post that as soon as the pattern goes live.

Here is the first project : finger less mittens for a friend's birthday. I used the same pattern I used for these beauties HERE. It was a bit of a hum and aaaahhh to decide which pattern to use, but in the end this one got the most votes.

I'm so pleased with the result. I think they are beautiful and hope my friend likes them too! I used Red Heart 'Unforgettable' in the Stained Glass colourway. I might try and get another pair out of the same ball of yarn. Even if I have to leave off a few rows at the end!

The pattern for these mittens are available HERE, on Ravelry

Monday, September 14, 2015

Autumn Fun

This feels like a lifetime ago, but it really isn't all that long, is it? Of course those little boys are now men, that 'amazing' vehicle definitely no longer with us...and I have a lot more grey hair!

But the memories are fresh. This was such a nice place to hang out, play in the water, run, kick a ball and just explore...

I used Cathy Krenek's "Fall Into Autumn" kit for this yearbook page.

Ahhhh I really like working with fall/autumn kits!