Friday, January 12, 2018

*Special Thoughts and Wishes*

Calgary is slowly coming out of another short deep freeze... we had one that was more than a week long over Christmas and thankfully this one was only 3 days long.  I don't like the cold but I do love where I live, so I guess I have to put up with it.

I love the clean and simple lines of this card.... a Close to My Heart stamp, minimal colouring with Copics, a thin layer of green cardstock and all put on to a white card.

Monday, January 08, 2018

*MFT Balloons*

I bought this My Favorite Things die set a while back and this is the first I've played with it.

I cut two different sized balloons out of MFT patterned paper.  I layered the smaller one on top of the big one using pop dots.  I added the "strings" in back paper and stamped the Penny Black sentiment in black VersaFine ink.  I added a few little sequins to finish it off.

Friday, January 05, 2018

*More AlteNew*

I may have bought like 5 or 6 AlteNew stamp sets just before Christmas.  In my defence, I used my Christmas money to buy them.

There are a multi-step set that I stamped using Catherine Pooler inks.  I added the leaves and suddenly I hated what I had created.  I put it aside for a few minutes, then had a thought.  I cut ou the happy from a My Favorite Things set and layered it a few times and added it over the flower.  I stamped the birthday and die cut it from the same MFT set and layered it with pop dots.  I cut the size of the panel down, used my Perfect Layers Tools to create that awesome 1/16" border in white and put it all on a white card.

I don't *love* this card, but it's much better than what it was when I first finished the stamping...

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

*New Copics*

Before Christmas a friend posted to Facebook that she was selling a bunch of her crafting stuff.  Way back when, when I worked at the scrapbook store, I had almost a full set of Copics thanks to a great staff discount.  But after a while I found I was never really using them so I sold off most of them.  In the last several months, I've been missing them.... so I bought 122 Copics from my friend who was selling them and made myself a deal that I needed to play with them so I would learn to enjoy them more.

So on the 30th, while playing in the craft basement with my sister, I played a little.  I stamped these AlteNew flowers and coloured them up.  I then cut them out with my Brother Scan n Cut and layered them on a white card base.  I added a "happy" die cut that I layered three times and stamped the birthday underneath it.

I have a ways to go to be "good" at Copics, but I'm going to try!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

*New Years Eve*

Here it is, the end of 2017.... the older I get, the faster each year seems to fly by.  I'm truly amazed that with every thing I've had to deal with this year, that it's gone by as fast as it has.  I'm looking forward to about 7 weeks from now, when I am facing the end of my chemo treatments and can get back to living my life and regaining my energy levels.  I've been feeling pretty good the last two rounds, but still find myself wanting to crawl in to bed at 9pm most nights.  Some days I want a nap too.

The best thing to come from my cancer diagnosis has been the desire and time to create again.  I hope that this continues on in to the new year and past when I go back to work.  Fingers are crossed!

I stopped making Christmas cards early in the month and made a couple of birthday cards.  My sister is here visiting from Ontario and we spent yesterday creating (and we're back in the craft basement today too!).  She's working on her December daily album and I'm trying to get the non-Christmas mojo flowing....

I created this card a few days ago... I stamped the floral background on white cardstock and embossed it in white.  Once it was cool, I used my new Tim Holtz ink blending tools and some Distress Inks to create the background.  I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the panel and layered it all on to some blue cardstock before putting it back on a white card (I used my Perfect Layers Tools to get that perfect 1/16" border).  I added a few sequins to finish it off.

Friday, December 29, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #58*

Back in September when my sister was visiting she was showing me the ins and outs of my Silhouette (that I've had for like 2 years and hardly used).  I created this Frosty word and cut it out while we were playing.  It sat on my desk for several weeks.  I then picked it up, put a layer of Versamark ink on the front and embossed it three times with Stampin' Up! Iridescent Ice embossing powder (did you know that if the embossing powder is melted and still hot, you can dip it back in the powder for a second layer?).

The piece then sat on my table again for many weeks.

Once again I used some very old patterned paper to create a layer with my Perfect Layers Tools to frame out the Stampin' Up snowflake that was embossed on white.  I layered it all on to a white card and added the shimmering Frosty word across the front.

This card uses some glitter paper and a die set from Catherine Pooler... and a little red sparkle too!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #57*

I love how both of these cards turned out...  I used this great holographic shimmer cardstock to cut out the snowflake border.  I used the same die to cut the patterned paper to create the same edge as was on the snowflakes.  I added this great Stampabilities  sentiment to the front in black ink.
For this card, I sponged three shades of Catherine Pooler inks on to white card to create the blue panel.  I added a little silver Encore Metallic ink to it as well.  I cut out the snowflake background by Impression Obsession and added the clear Wink of Stella all over the snowflakes.  Again I used the Stampabilities sentiment and layered it on to a piece of silver glitter paper using my Perfect Layers Tools.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #56*

I am totally in love with the clean lines of this card...  I used some old old patterned paper (it's stuff I got back when I worked at the scrapbook store like 8 or 9 years ago) and the Stampin' Up tree punch, added the stitched rectangle layer from MFT and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

This card sparkles like you wouldn't believe...  the dies are all MFT and a sentiment from A Muse.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #55*

Two cards for you on Boxing Day (what we call December 26th here in Canada).  I still have a few more cards to share with you... I'm thinking we might still be looking at Christmas cards on New Years Eve!

The upside to being off work because of my chemo treatments is that I have had a lot of time to create... lots of crocheting and even more time for cards!  And since I LOVE making Christmas cards, this is a good thing!

This first card is a take on the Bokeh Technique, but with a Christmas theme instead of just circles.  The cards I've seen done this was have mostly been on watercolour paper with a watercoloured background however I sponged Catherine Pooler inks on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then stamped some Stampin' Up! snowflakes in white pigment ink on top.  I added the Simon Says Stamp believe die cut out of silver glitter paper and a small snowflake from white glitter paper.
 This card came together pretty quickly...  a white card base, a layer of candycane striped glitter paper and then a panel with the Stampin' Up snowflake embossed on it.  I cut out a red snowflake and layered it on top of the embossed snowflake.  I added some bling bling to the snowflakes to finish it off.

Monday, December 25, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #54*

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  It has been a quiet morning in our house, with just the four of us opening a few presents around the tree.  We made a big brunch and the turkey and the trimmings are all ready to be cooked.  We will have some family joining us for games, dinner and more games later on this afternoon.  I'm looking forward to my Christmas Day walk in the neighbourhood... a chance to think of the family I am missing and to be thankful for all that surrounds me.

I absolutely love how this card turned out....  I used blue shimmer paper and white glitter paper with an Impression Obsession snowflake background die.  I love that sentiment stamp I used... I stamped it in blue Encore Metallic Ink and embossed it with Blue Pearl embossing powder.  I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a matte around the sentiment.
 This second card was an idea I saw on Pinterest.  I used all MFT dies, some Stampin' Up! silver cardstock and some blue glitter paper.  The sentiment is by A Muse

Sunday, December 24, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #53*

As a little holiday treat for you, I'm going to share a couple of cards today...  I still have several left to share so the Christmas cards will continue until the end of the month.

I hope that this Christmas Eve finds you doing what you love to do...  whether it be spending some quiet time alone or spending time with friends and family, I hope that you have a smile in your heart.

This first photo is four cards I made at a Stampin' Up! workshop a few weeks ago.  They are a lot more involved than most of the cards I come up with, but I had a blast with a few friends (and some strangers) creating these cards.  I really do like how they all turned out!

This second card was created after seeing one just like it on Pinterest.  I used a few of the MFT snowflakes cut out of white glitter paper.  I used Stick It adhesive on the back before I put it all through my Big Shot so that they were easier to adhere to the card.  I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create the white matte and an old A Muse stamp embossed with white powder for the sentiment.  I added a little bling to the centre of the snowflake to finish it off.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #52*

Here we are, just a few days before Christmas....  I'm having a bit of trouble feeling 100% festive with a lack of energy and missing my family.  My inlaws are all great, but I sure do miss those who have passed and those who aren't able to be here for the holidays.

This card was pretty quick and easy...  a piece of patterned paper put on a diagonal, MFT snowflakes layered together and a little sentiment stamped with Catherine Pooler ink.

Friday, December 22, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #51*

I wish you could see the sparkle on this card....  I used a snowflake embossing folder on the base of the card and then used iridescent Glitter Kiss over top of it ... the glitter paste mostly hit the high spots.  I then coloured up the penguin with some Copics, used my Perfect Layers Tools to create a red matte and put it all together.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

*2017 Christmas Cards #50*

I can't believe it's only a few days before Christmas....  as always some last minute things to finish up, but since the family (I have a hubby and two adult sons who still live at home) moved to the idea of drawing names last Christmas, my work is a lot less.  I still do stockings for everyone and do most of the baking myself, but at least I am only buying gifts (and wrapping) for one person.  Takes a huge bite out of what used to be on my to do list every Christmas!

I have one friend in mind for this card... she's just the type to really appreciate the non-traditional colours for Christmas.  I borrowed the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest.  A bunch of My Favorite Things Snowflake Splendor snowflakes cut out in three colours and put together.  I put them on a white panel, trimmed it in silver glitter paper and then on to a white card.  I topped it all off with a sentiment from A Muse.