Swanky Snowman

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The layout for this card was CASEd – I’m sorry to say that I don’t know who from as I just sketch out the layout on scrap paper when I see something I like while surfing the Net.  I mostly just do a Google image search and don’t click on the link to visit the original site when surfing. (minimal effort here – sorry!)

swanky snowman

I don’t have any banner dies – I’ve thought about getting one or two but I have been able to make do so far by using a square punch on an angle to get the V-shaped notch on my papers and sentiment flags.  They’re not always perfectly centred but I don’t worry about these things.  A handmade card shouldn’t look like it was made in a factory.

Each card (there’s a third one but I find that having more than 2 cards in a picture makes everything too tiny for good detail) has a different background paper.  The one on my left is my favourite and the one on the right is my least favourite.  I like things to be fairly plain and simple.  I do, however, have an insane love of pretty much ALL Basic Grey paper.  Love the vintage/distressed/slightly grungy style.

Back tomorrow with another snowman card.

Believe In The Magic

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magic santa banner

Me again.

Today I’m sharing the second Santa-themed card I made to sell at Christmas.  I’m packaging them in sets of 2 and have a fun and simple packaging presentation to show you later in the week.

The stamp set I used is another I purchased at TSG Stamps – again, illustrated by Torico.  I wanted the matching snow globe die but it was out of stock every single time I went to place an order (which is why it took me so long to get the Santa stamp from yesterday’s post).  Funnily enough, now that I placed my order (last month), the darn die is back in stock!

Magic Santa

(do my pictures seem fuzzier than usual?  Must do some experimenting with my camera settings to get them back on track)

Again, I made 3 cards of the same design – I just changed up the background papers on each one.  I was quite enamoured with the idea of using black as an accent for this card so I broke out the white embossing powder to add the sentiment to the banner.  I got to use my powder tool for the first time and learned that A – it is actually filled with baby powder – the smell is a bit strong for me, and B – the powder tool is not the smartest thing to use on dark-coloured cardstock.  Luckily, most of the powder did brush off and I can always pretend I’m using the chalkboard technique that is so “on trend” right now!

I’ll just leave you with this blurry shot of Jack who decided to pay me a little visit earlier – today is the 3rd anniversary of the day we adopted him.  Poor little thing was so scared and shaky when he got here.  It took almost a year and a half for him to stop shaking every time there was a new sound or item in the house.  We figure he’s roughly 9 years old (somewhere between 8 and 9).  He is still a bit skittish and does NOT like the camera pointed at him so I apologize for the quality of the shot:


Happy “Gotcha Day” Jack Frost!

“Labour” Day

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Well, hello there!

It’s been a busy Labour Day weekend for DH and I.  One of my brothers is visiting from Ontario and we entertained him (and his lovely wife) on Saturday evening.  I went a little overboard cobbling together the meal as we weren’t expecting company and I did NOT want to go to the supermarket on the Saturday of a long weekend (I don’t know about the rest of Canada but in NL when it’s a long weekend everyone acts like the stores will be closed for a week instead of one day).

I made a blueberry cake (as blueberries are one of NL’s very few agricultural exports) and homemade multigrain rolls to go with our meal so there was much washing of dishes before and after the meal but it was a great evening and it was good to see my brother (I see him an average of once every 2 years).

On Sunday, we had a BBQ for some of the people DH works with.  This WAS a planned event and entertaining a group of young music students was extremely entertaining…the stories that were told last night would make you pee in your pants!

This morning I got to spend some time in my craft room finishing up a project I’ve been working on over the weekend.  I’m making some small packages of cards to sell at Christmas time and created 4 different designs and made some packaging for them as well.  I’ll be sharing all 4 designs this week but I’ll start with one of the Santa cards today:

cheery santa

I stamped and cut a handful of this adorable Santa image – I purchased it at There She Goes stamps and it’s illustrated by the talented Torico.  I’ve wanted this stamp for a while so I’m happy to have it in my stash (and you’ll probably see a lot of it this year).

I only had one 6X6″ sheet of cream-coloured patterned paper and was making 3 of each card so I distressed some white paper to make it look similar to the background paper I actually wanted to use on the cards. (The “original” patterned paper is on the left – the one on the right is a sheet of white Basic Grey paper that I sponged and used the DTP technique on to make it similar to the first sheet.  I could have went all out and added additional colours but I’m not QUITE that insane…yet!)

The coloured patterned papers were scraps I had on my worktop from recent projects.

Must go finish off a few more jobs as it’s back to work tomorrow and it’s incredibly busy at work after a long weekend – I doubt there’ll be much mojo in the coming week so it’s good I already have some stuff to share!


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