Wishful Inking…

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The weather has been terrible over the last couple of days.  Loads of rain yesterday (on top of lots of snow that was already on the ground) and freezing temperatures today make for a treacherous Winter Wonderland.

I was going to make a baby card for today’s post but a cute little watering can that had yet to see ink was calling my name.  I couldn’t *quite* make this card spring-like considering the weather conditions but it’s definitely spring-themed (I gravitated towards muted tones for this card):

I used the same layout as yesterday’s card but changed the width of the patterned paper strips, made a slightly larger focal image and changed up the shape of the sentiment.  I’m really loving this layout.  It works perfectly for me as I tend to go with one colour of cardstock and two patterned papers.  Anything more than that is too fussy for me. 

As I already knew what layout I wanted to use, this card came together very quickly…and that’s a good thing!

Don’t forget – there’s still time to enter my BLOG CANDY draw.  You could win a Bow Easy Mini!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: SU Going Grey (I think)
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Togetherness
Stamp: Elzybells (discontinued)
Accessories: PTI buttons, wooden button from stash, sewing machine, half-back pearls, SU punch, Nestability die
Colouring medium (why do I even bother to put this here?): Copics

Sweet Baby (and blog candy)

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Happy Saturday!  It’s going to be a wet one in St. John’s today.  We’re taking Jack  to a doggy daycare today to see how he gets along with other dogs and we hope it goes well because we are looking at using this particular kennel for boarding him when we go on trips.   I hope he passes the test! (fingers crossed)

As promised, I’ve got blog candy to give away and I’ll get to that in a minute…first I’ll share card number 3 in my baby shower series:

I totally ripped the layout off from Alice Wertz (talented little thing!).  If you click on the link you’ll have to scroll down just a little bit.  I hate to send you off to another blog but one must give credit when credit is due.

Anyway, as any good CASE should be, I did change the layout slightly to make it my own but you can see that my card is heavily inspired by hers.   I try to come up with my own layouts (as much as one can with about a billion other people making hand made cards) but now and then it’s good to take the pressure off and go with something you find elsewhere.  It’s a really cute layout and I think I might make a few cards with it (birthday with a little cake in the corner, etc.)  I should start a journal for my layouts (I used to do this but stopped a long time ago)

On to the blog candy:

I’m giving away a bow easy mini (I bought it from One Crazy Stamper – great Canadian source!)

 All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what type of card you have the most trouble making.   You have until Midnight, EST, Sunday, February 27th to leave your comment.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner.  All geographical location are welcome to enter.  I’ll mail this handy little gadget anywhere in the world.

Good luck!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, SU So Saffron
Patterned Paper: DCWV Nanna’s Nursery Baby Boy
Stamp: Inkadinkado, sentiment by PTI
Accessories: Sewing machine, nestability dies, buttons, punch, flat backed pearls
Colouring medium: Copics

Baby Love

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I’m just popping in very quickly to share the “other” baby card I made that gone moved down the tier of happiness once I made yesterday’s baby girl card…

It’s a little basic but I’m just starting to get my feet wet with baby cards – I’m hoping yesterday’s card wasn’t a one hit wonder and that I’ll find some baby card mojo inside me somewhere.

Check back tomorrow for yet another baby card and my blog candy (bow easy mini…you don’t want to miss it!)

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: SU! – Brocade Blue
Patterned Paper: DCWV Nanna’s Nursery Baby Boy
Accessories: Sewing machine, nestability dies, brads (I give myself bonus points for using these), photo corner punch
Colouring medium: Copics (blanket is paper pieced)

Sweet Lil’ Princess

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I’m going to let you in on two secrets tonight:

1.  I hate making baby cards

2. I made a baby card last night and another one tonight and I hate showing you the second one (which I’ll share in a minute) because it makes the other one look like crap.

I am definitely low in the baby shower card line with my card stash so I’ve been deliberately trying to work on some baby cards the last couple of days.  Today, coincidentally, a co-worker asked me to make a baby card for a shower and to make it “girly”…I think I delivered:

I’m (no pun) over the moon with the end result on this one.  I didn’t think I could pull it off but this is probably the best baby car I’ve ever made.

ETA:  I’m not quite as over the moon in the light of day…I adjusted the placement of the image so the bow would look right and have now realized that the heart hanging from the top of the moon is defying gravity!  Oh well!  I still like the card. 

I used some ancient Daisy D’s paper (out of business as far as I know), an Elzybells stamp (also out of business) that I picked up during their closing out sale before Christmas, and LOTS of Doodlebug glitter.

I paper pieced the blanket on the baby and used my Copics to colour the image.  Glitter abounds on this card but I think the sparkle goes with the softness of the paper and ribbons I chose.  A Basic Grey button from my stash is the perfect soft shade to coordinate with the card.  I used a lighter pink cardstock (Pink Pirouette) to keep everything soft and pretty.

I almost don’t want to give it away!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: SU – Pink Pirouette
Patterned Paper: Daisy D’s
Stamp: Elzybells, Sentiment by PTI
Accessories: SU ribbon, Basic Grey button, DMC pearl floss, half-backed pearls (Zva I think), scor tape, sewing machine, nestabilites dies, Doodlebug glitter
Colouring medium: Copics

Popping By

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Yesterday I was soaring by and today I’m popping by!

I needed a movie-themed card for my cousin’s birthday present (the card had to be cute to make up for giving a gift card – I didn’t want her to think there was no thought put into her gift) so I used the little popcorn image from an SU set (SAB or hostess…I don’t recall) and some Echo Park papers that went with the traditional red and white stripe of a popcorn box.

Here’s what I came up with:

I made the frame for the image by nesting a smaller circle die inside the larger one and added some rhinestones for a little sparkle.   If I made this card again I’d swap the blue ribbon and blue cardstock for yellow but I was trying to get some blue in there because my cousin likes blue. (it’s a good reason!)

Back soon – and don’t forget, there’s a bow easy mini on the line this weekend!

Soaring By…

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I’ve been playing with my PTI stamp set (the only non-seasonal, non-sentiment set I have at the moment) and have to admit I’m struggling to adopt the necessary style to pull off the PTI look.  I truly love all the clever stamps Nichole sells but it’s harder to use this set than it looks.  Well, that’s not quite true – it’s not “hard” to use the set but it’s hard for me to capture that crisp PTI style and still stay true to my own whimsical style.

This is only the second card I’ve attempted using Everyday Button Bits and I think I didn’t do too badly (though I regret my ink colour choice on the hot air balloon bases)…I swapped out a few cardstock choices and finally found something that pleased me:

I’ll keep slogging away because I’m determined to get my money’s worth out of my PTI order and I want to love using the stamps as much as I love their cardstock.    Even if I don’t get the images down pat, the sentiments make me smile.  I love the mix of fonts and the sentiments themselves are just lovely.

I also want to take a minute to thank you guys for taking the time to leave comments.  I really appreciate you going that extra step to give me a little love.  As a better thank you, I’ll have some blog candy this weekend…a bow easy (mini) so you can make perfect bows.  My friend Karen gave me one for Christmas and it’s pretty cool so I picked up an extra one from “One Crazy Stamper” to give to you!

Keep an eye out for that…you know your chances of winning will be pretty high.

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse and SU Pretty in Pink
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Accessories: PTI buttons, Basic Grey button, Nesties, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sewing machine, chalk ink

Clownin’ Around

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Will I ever catch up with my blogging?  Probably not but that’s okay.  I often think about having scheduled posts (e.g. Mon, Wed, Friday) but I’m not that structured.   I can’t even bring myself to watch a tv show at a particular time on a particular day. (if it wasn’t for PVRs I would never see an episode of Big Bang Theory!)

Anyway, today’s card is a bright, fun, potentially masculine card using Echo Park Little Boy paper and a Krafting Kimmie stamp:

Pretty bright, hey?  It’s the Echo Park paper…it’s just so cheerful.   I couldn’t decide on a sentiment for the front so I left it off.  I couldn’t bear to cover the distressed dots on the patterned paper.

I *should* be back tomorrow with another card (using the same EP line of paper) if I get a chance to edit the photo and jot down a few musings.

Enjoy your evening – hope you get time to do something creative.

A Little Gift

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I know I’ve been away from the blog for a few days but DH and I had a very social weekend and sometimes (but only sometimes!) our social life takes precedent over our hobbies etc.

My older brother (and his lovely wife) came to visit as it was a long weekend in the province he lives in (if only we had such luck in NL as I could REALLY use an extra day).  We took them out to supper on Saturday to our favourite restaurant and then had them back to our house for dessert and coffee so we spent the day getting the house in shape for company. 

Today we were invited to my SIL’s parents’ house for supper (my parents were invited too) so I spent my morning making some hostess gifts and a couple of gift sets for SIL’s nieces.  I didn’t take pictures of the hostess gifts (a box-in-a-bag with a Bath & Bodyworks candle and a re-packaged box of Nestle Mousse Dessert selections (I thought the box was ugly so I made my own box and put the chocolate inside.  Much better!)

My gifts for the nieces were my standard notepads, beaded pens and a corner bookmark with a matching tag.  I didn’t take shots of them packaged in clear bags but I’m sure you can work out the finished product.

Here’s A’s gift:

…and here’s E’s gift:

They’re lovely girls and I was really pleased to see the younger sister walking around with the notepad and pen in her hand before dinner…I think they enjoyed getting a personalized gift as small as it was.

Dinner was lovely, the company was great and we didn’t have to wash a dish.  A great way to end the weekend!

I’m not listing supplies tonight but I used My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup PP, Crate Paper (School Spirit or something like that) PP, and PTI cardstock.

Enjoy your evening!

Hi There

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Well, the Valentine stuff is still sitting on my counter but I did manage to make a non-Valentine card from the stack of Echo Park paper and Penny Black stamps that have taken over my main work area.  They’ll look better in my inspiration station but for now I’ll just dig through the piles and admire the pretty colours.

I discovered a year ago or so that my card making style is whimsical/cute.  I like shabby chic but I’m not good at throwing it together.  The whimsical/cute happens quite easily for me so I’ve stopped fighting what was meant to be. 

Do I have a point in mentioning this?  Yes, I do.  I was just thinking about how much the Little Boy and Little Girl Echo Park papers fit into my card making style.  I’m having no problem selecting pattern combinations for making my cards (though I still tend to use the pattern on the back of the paper instead of the pattern on the front – but that’s okay!)  There are  two new Echo Park collections coming out (I think they’re “For The Record” and “Springtime”) and, while my instinct is to buy them I’m not sure if they go with my style.  For the Record has a bit of a retro feel to it from the little bit I’ve seen and Springtime is cute but the colours might be a little too washed out for my tastes…gotta try to be smarter with my paper and stamp selections…I have so much that I HAD to buy but I just don’t use…I can’t be the only crafter with that problem, I’m sure but I wish I could always think a little smarter before hitting that “add to cart” button. 

Anyway, on to the card:

Love the vibrant colours!  I’m giving myself bonus points for using 3 brads on this card and for using a Stampin Up button instead of hoarding it.  I also dusted off my photo corner stamp to add a little interest (and cover a small tear in the patterned paper – my sewing machine ate it!)

I had a little more babbling going on here but lost some of this post so I’ll just get on with the details.

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Plum Pudding, SU Pumpkin Pie
Patterned Paper: Echo Park – Little Girl
Stamps: Penny Black Betsy Bluebell, TAC sentiment
Accessories: Sewing machine, SU button, DMC floss, Nestabilities, Making Memories brads, Oval and Photo Corner Punches
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers (and a little paper piecing on the bottom gift)

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Stick a fork in me, I’m done.  My Valentine’s Day crafting is officially over for another year.  This week I’ll box up my Valentine’s themed craft goodies and put them away in the closet until after Christmas this year.  I’ll be a little sad to see my stuff go but I only have so much visible space and seasonal items take up too much valuable real estate in my craft room when I don’t need them.

I haven’t had many Valentine’s Day projects to share with you as I mostly mass produce just a couple of designs for each “holiday” but here is a “masculine” (well, kinda – it is a Valentine) card in two different patterns (using Basic Grey Blush – it’s my go-to for masculine Valentines):

I like the striped paper better but I like the “Ocean Tides” ribbon on the first card more than the brown on the second card…

The balloons were paper pieced.  I’m a bit intimidated by large, solid areas when it comes to using my Copics so I wimp out and paper piece the white space.

I need to de-Valentine my room in the next day or two and then change my inspiration station back into a display for my newest acquisitions. (lots of Echo Park paper and Penny Black stamps – I’m keeping an eye out for a Whipper Snapper sale…almost hope there isn’t one soon because it will KILL my craft budget)

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Ocean Tides, SU Chocolate Chip
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Blush
Stamps: Penny Black Hedgehog Kisses
Accessories: PTI Ocean Tides Ribbon and Button, Basic Grey Button, Offray ribbon, Nestabilities Dies, scor-tape, Copics

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