Onesie, Twosie

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A couple of quick cards today (for my LSS Mojo Monday Challenge…hey, I’m only three days late!)

I haven’t had much crafting time this week…mainly due to lack of sleep which makes it difficult to use my eyes for anything detailed.  I did sleep better last night so hopefully I’ll be ready to roll this weekend.

I made a couple of cards for the challenge which was to alter something with colour.  I had bigger plans but had to settle for colouring a wooden star and some rhinestones with Copic markers. (it counts people!)

These are fairly standard CAS (clean and simple) cards using a cute stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp and some MME paper for the girl card (from my LSS) and some Echo park paper for the boy card (from my “Canadian” mail order source), and assorted embellishments as well as copious amounts of foam mounting tape for the white panel and the onesies.

Here are the cards:

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and…

pink onesie

The pink rhinestone matches much better IRL but my favourite of the two is the boy card…I added some wink of stella to the star on the onesie and I just love the soft colours on that card.  There is a small brad in the centre of the flower on the girl card and it’s definitely a modern take on baby girl patterns.

That’s it for me today.

Elephant Hugs

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I know I used this stamp just recently on the old blogaroo but last time I used it I was thinking that it would be fun to paper-piece the stamp instead of colouring it.

I also used some papers from my March Card Kit (SSS) and added googly eyes to make the image more juvenile.

I only had a small piece of the blue paper left after paper-piecing the elephant but I really wanted to tie it in so the matting is a little different than I’d normally do it.

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I was super tempted to use my tracing wheel on the papers but I wanted the stitching on the journal card to stand out so I kept everything clean and simple.  Some black and white twine and a few black rhinestones help ground the card (I think!) and I did a computer generated sentiment (again, because I didn’t have the requested sentiment in my stash).

I’m hoping to spend a little time in my craft room this week – if only to do a little Spring cleaning – time to purge some older stuff as I’m finding the clutter an impediment to my creativity.

More Bear Hugs

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I made a couple of “Grandma” themed Mother’s Day cards over the weekend.  I actually made 3 but rejected one (wish I’d rejected it before adhering a couple of my precious enamel dots!  Part of me wants to salvage them from the card but I know they’d just sit in a little dish on my desk with all my other abandoned embellishments.)

They’re from a little boy so I kept the colours more muted even though the recipients are female.

The first card uses a Paper Smooches stamp from one of the first sets I ever bought:

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I also used some Studio Calico patterned paper (bought it at Winners) and some Studio Calico wooden stars that I coloured with Copics to coordinate with the other colours on the card.

I don’t own the die that matches the stamp (actually, not sure if this set has dies yet) so I fussy cut my image and also coloured and fussy cut the baseball cap on his head – which I wish I’d coloured red but I already had it adhered when I decided to add red to the card layout.

I added some hemp twine to the button and computer-generated the sentiment as I don’t have any stamps that say “grandma”

Back tomorrow with card number two.

Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop

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Whew!  My post title is kind of long and unwieldy but that’s okay…

On Friday night I was checking out a few of my favourite blogs and saw an amazing shaker card made by LimeDoodle on the SSS Blog.  There was also a mention of a blog hop which excited me more for the fact that I was going to be able to check out more lovely shaker cards.

I didn’t realize at the time that the hop wasn’t starting until the next morning but I was so inspired by LimeDoodle’s card that I sat down and made one myself using her wonderful layout as a guideline.

The next morning, I remembered the hop and went to check out the other cards and realized it wasn’t a hop for a bunch of designers but was a hop that any blogger could participate in.

My card turned out really cute (IMO) so I’m going to enter it on the hop.  If you want to check out the hop yourself, it’s the Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop…here’s my card:

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Off to check out the other cards and link mine up!

Mojo Monday Challenge – Photo Challenge

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This week’s challenge at my LSS is a photo challenge.  Layouts have to have pictures no larger than 2″ X 3″ in size.

To make things more challenging for me personally, I don’t scrapbook so my photo has to be incorporated into a card. (okay, it doesn’t *have* to be a card but I’m not doing a scrapbook page and my smash book is neglected and difficult to photograph)

I knew what picture I was going to use and what stamp I “wanted” to use.  I thought about it on my lunch break today and wasn’t sure if the stamp was large enough for my vision.

After supper, I started rummaging through my stamps and my patterned paper and found everything I wanted to use.  I have to say that if it was on a larger scale and you threw in a little journalling, this would make a decent scrapbook page!

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I used some Doodlebug Day to Day paper, a Paper Smooches stamp and sentiment and made a miniature “Polaroid” picture of my little buddy Jack. (sorry, Jill…maybe next time)

I inked the edges of all the papers because the card was a little too clean cut and I added some wooden stars that I coloured with copics and wink of stella glitter.

Easy, peasy, challenge accepted!

Found! Penny Black

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Three more papers from the scrap pile are reduced to tossable size!

I used a basic sketch (saw it on the High Hopes blog)  and a Penny Black stamp that I stumbled across in my “forgotten stamps” pile.  I’m an “out of sight, out of mind” crafter and many of my stamps are in a storage cube that I only dig through when I can’t find the right sentiment in the cd cases that are staring right at me while I’m crafting.

Today I was looking for a big enough image to use with this sketch and none of my larger “visible” stamps were inspiring me so I went through the cube and found a package of Penny Black stamps that haven’t seen the light for probably 2 years.

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I used the colours in the patterned papers as inspiration for the colour choices on the image.  I also used some wink of stella glitter and a couple of enamel dots (no surprise there – wish these were around years ago – I’d have a lot less buttons and brads!)  Since you can’t see the glitter on the card, here’s a close up:

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I don’t have Monday off – that’s mostly a government holiday here in NL (that’s Newfoundland, not Netherlands!) so I should probably do some responsible things today like bake muffins for our lunches and plan our meals for the week.

If you do have a holiday tomorrow, I hope you do something crafty!

I’d Never Forget

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I didn’t have much of a productive day in my craft room (though I did organize the drawer I keep all my card bags/packaging materials in) but did get one card made.

The image and sentiment are Hero Arts (Operation Write Home – I bought both sets because they were so cute – and have lots of googly eye potential!) and the papers are from my scrap pile.  I’m trying to reduce the orphan paper pile before it gets out of hand.  Whatever I haven’t used by next weekend is going, going, gone!

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I CASEd a layout I saw by a member of the Mama Elephant design team (coincidence that I’m using an elephant – I already had the image coloured and cut out when I went looking for inspiration).  The original card has a much softer look but it was the layout that caught my eye.

After making the card and taking the picture, I decided the upper right-hand corner needed a pop of yellow so I added a yellow sequin and a yellow pearl…didn’t take a new picture so you’ll have to use your imagination.

I hope I get a chance to make something else from that scrap pile tomorrow!

Mojo Monday – Washi, Watercolour and Words

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I love having time to do the Mojo Monday challenge at my LSS.  Sometimes I go for long stretches where I just don’t have the time but last night I made myself sit down and work on the challenge (and I made another colossal mess in my craft room).

I tried watercolouring paper last weekend but didn’t like the results so I decided to go with a watercoloured image instead.  I used markers to colour my stamps and then I misted them with water before pressing them into watercolour paper.  I also used a patterned paper that has a bit of a watercolour effect (IMO).

I’m fairly happy with the results but have a couple of blotchy flowers where I tried not to saturate the stamps too much.  Hopefully, this just adds charm to my card!

For the washi portion of the challenge, I used washi tape (how clever am I?) on the bottom corner of the card.  I didn’t really have any matching colours in my stash (I have about 30 rolls of washi but they’re mostly bright colours) but found a roll with some neutral portions and found some pink paper tape I picked up at the Target Dollar spot a couple of months ago that is close enough to the right hue of pink.

For the word portion of the challenge, I stamped a word background on the patterned paper, there are words on the neutral washi and I made a little tag with the word “Mom”.  I think I’ve got the word part covered!

Here’s the card:

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The pinks are a little off in the picture but I think this will work as my entry for the challenge.  Stick a fork in me, I’m done!

Happy Bird-Day

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Today is my Dad’s birthday.  A lot has happened in the past year.  Mom had to be placed in a home, Dad had a stroke, Mom passed away…it has not been the happiest 12 months of his life.

Soon, he’ll be selling the home that he and my mother had built when they got married and moving away to spend some time with my brothers who both live in another province.  It will be good for him to start fresh (and spend some time with his only grandchild) but I am certainly going to miss him.

However, I still have another 6 weeks with him before he leaves and I’m trying to make the most of them.

There have been a few more suppers at my house and a few more visits to his than usual.  A few extra phone calls, a few extra “treats” for him when I go to the supermarket…I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when I don’t have my mom OR my dad just a few minutes’ drive away from my own house.

I do get this birthday with him – and maybe some day he’ll move back “home” and we can celebrate more of his birthdays together.  I really hope so.

Sorry if the above sounds depressing.  It’s another of those posts I debated sharing but that’s what’s going on in my life right now.  To cheer you up, here’s his birthday card – nothing on the card conveys all of the above feelings!

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The yellow cardstock is a much closer match to the patterned paper in real life.  Not sure what happened there.

The pearls and rhinestones are all Michael’s clear/pearl stickers that I customized with my Copic markers.  Deliberately wonky sewing (which I kind of regret now – it didn’t come out exactly as I’d planned) and a cute Hero Arts stamp that I coloured and fussy cut.  The yellow cardstock panel is popped up on foam tape as is the bird so there’s a little more dimension than my picture illustrates.

Despite being a relatively quick card, my craft room is a total mess again.  I don’t know how I make such a big mess creating one simple card!

Mother’s Day 2014

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I have to admit it’s not particularly fun to work on Mother’s Day cards just 3 weeks after my own mother’s passing but I have been thinking about my mom in a happy way while doing them so there is some positive in the negative. (I’m still at the point where I have to constantly occupy my thoughts so I don’t get upset.  There’s been a lot of reading and watching mindless tv shows the last 3 weeks…)

I CASEd the card I made today (from HERE) and probably should have used a more solid patterned paper for a better visual on the “love” and the “you” but it’s still a cute, kind of “scrappy” card – plus I got to use my new foam mounting tape (which smells like chemicals if you’re thinking about investing in a roll).

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I used a new stamp set and a die that I purchased at my LSS last week along with some MME patterned paper from the prize pack I won from the same LSS during last month’s Cre8time challenge.

The enamel dots are MME from my stash and I used the PaperSmooches Alphadots letters to make the word “Mom” – which is heat embossed.

You can’t really tell in the picture but the patterned paper panel is raised up off the cardstock using foam tape.  I was going to raise the stitched journal card but I thought adding the cut outs to the die cut words would have looked strange so I adhered the journal card directly to the paper.

This is the only crafty thing I did today.  It was a bit of a wasted day other than some housework (which isn’t finished) and some laundry (darn, I have to re-make the bed withe the clean sheets and it’s already going on 11 pm…)

I’d better tidy up the chaos from making this card – it looks like a bomb went off in here since I dragged out so many supplies to make the card.



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