Tuesday, May 24, 2022

*CAS Colours & Sketches #471*

We're back with another sketch with the team at CAS Colours and Sketches... We look forward to seeing what you create this week following the sketch below.  Remember to keep your creations clean and simple!  You can share your cards with us HERE!

I will admit, this sketch had me scratching my head for a little bit.  I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do.  I was flipping through my bin of dies and saw the balloons and decided to see what I could come up with.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide
*Images:  MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Fricken Square Corners
*Etc:  embroidery filament

Monday, May 23, 2022

*April 2022 Sheetload*

Before I broke my wrist, I played along with the April 2022 Sheetload of Cards... The way it worked out trying to make one card, it made more sense to make two since what I cut off was exactly what I needed for the second piece.  These two cards are the same, but different

I really do love the size of a mini slimline!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade
*Paper:  MFT Party Time
*Images:  Studio Katia Birthday Greetings
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms
*Challenges;  Sheetload of Cards April 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022

*Washi Tape*

Happy Sunday all... in true Calgary fashion, our first long weekend of "summer" has delivered us a mixed bag of weather. Friday it was really windy and wet and we had a little snow falling from the sky.  Saturday was cool and mostly cloudy.  So far this morning the sun is shining and it's warming up a little.  This is what you get with an elevation of 1045 m above sea level (that's 3428 ft). 

I have been living my days without the brace on my right arm, trying to do as much for myself as possible as well as stretching.  I don't think it's getting much better but I'll keep pushing.  I didn't sit down at my computer or craft desk at all yesterday (and now, seeing how nice it is today, I should have been creating yesterday!) but hope to spend some time there today and tomorrow.

I created this card several weeks ago after finding a new to me technique on the Clean and Simple Card Making FB group.  A member there shared how she had used washi tape as her "stamp" so to speak... she inked it up and laid it down to transfer the ink to the card.  I have washi tape I never use so I figured "why not?".

And I love it!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Basic Black
*Images:  Uniko Birthday Wishes
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Tim Holtz Distress ink Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
*Etc:  Washi Tape
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Fricken Square Corners

Saturday, May 21, 2022

*Less is More #465*

It's time for a colour challenge over at the Less is More blog.  For this challenge we are playing with my favourite colour combination... RAINBOW!  There is some wonderful inspiration to be seen created by the rest of the design team.. click HERE to check them out!

I absolutely love creating with rainbows... they can be bright, muted, pastel, jewel toned... whatever you feel like!  I received my new Stampin' Up! In Color cardstock right after I broke my wrist so I pulled those out (along with a few other colours) to create my rainbow for this challenge.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide, Starry Sky, In Color Glimmer Pape
*Images:  Pink Fresh Studio Small Butterflies, Happy Birthday Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Pink Fresh Studio Small Butterflies; Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Fricken Square Corners

I really hope you'll play along with us and share your clean and simple rainbow cards with us HERE.  I can't wait to see all the beautiful colours!!

Friday, May 20, 2022

*Simple Sympathy*

I have guidelines (for myself, not for others) as to what a sympathy card should look like.  I don't judge what others create, but I do like to keep the cards I create simple and "toned down".  I needed a card for friends who recently suffered a loss and managed to create this card using some extras that were in my dish.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Old Olive
*Images:  Pink Fresh Studio Small Butterflies; Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
*Ink:  Versamark; Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Layering Ovals; MFT Stitched Rectangles; Taylored Expressions Simple Strips; Pink Fresh Studio Small Butterflies
*Etc:  WOW Opaque Bright White embossing powder
*Tools:  Fricken Square Corners

Thursday, May 19, 2022

*Blue Ink*

I had my first session at physical therapy yesterday and while things are better than they had been, I still feel like there is a very long way to go before this injury is a thing of the past.  I will be working on stretches and trying to use my right hand/arm/wrist as normally as possible.  There is still some swelling and the joint is extremely stiff.  I'm feeling a little discouraged as I write this because I just want this whole thing to be a memory.

It turns out that trying to create is good physical therapy so I will continue to try to make cards... if only my mojo was still hanging out around here LOL

This is another of the cards I created before my fall... it's very similar to yesterday but with alcohol inks and Deco Foil instead (the Deco Foil sticks to the parts of the alcohol ink that haven't completely dried).

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

*Metallic Watercolours*

I got these Kuretake watercolours for Christmas and have been too intimidated to play with them.   I am not an artist.  I am not artistic.  I don't know how to colour.  But I do know how to scribble on paper LOL

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black; black watercolour paper
*Dies:  MFT Celebrate
*Tools:  Fricken Square Corners
*Etc:  Kuretake Gem Colors Watercolours

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

*CAS Colours & Sketches #470*

It's time for another challenge with CAS Colours and Sketches... and this week it's a colour challenge.  For our colour challenges, you must use all of the stated challenge colours. You may also use neutral colours; however, the challenge colours should be the most noticeable ones featured on your card. We use Stampin' Up colour names for reference, but you are welcome to use any other companies' products as long as you match the challenge colours as closely as possible. 

I was rather stumped by these colours until I remembered these great colour blocking dies by Spellbinders that I bought.  I cut out two of each colour and layered them up to create this card.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Lawn Fawn iridescent; Stampin' Up! Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
*Images:  Pink Fresh Studio Happy Birthday Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies: Spellbinders Color Block Mini Crosses

Monday, May 16, 2022

*More Tulips*

I haven't been doing a lot of crafting as my wrist has been sore again but I hope to sit in my craft room for a while today... and maybe some mojo will flow.

Just a quick post from me today with more of those lovely Crafty Meraki tulips.  

Sunday, May 15, 2022

AAACards #215*

I've got a quick clean and simple card to share with you today with the new challenge at AAACards.  You have two weeks to play along with us HERE for your chance to be chosen as a guest designer for an upcoming challenge.

I had another idea in my head for this card but I can't hold a pen well enough to actually colour at the moment, so I had to scrap that idea and come up with something else.  I think I've done one like this before but it's a layout I really like so I think that's OK!

Card Info
*Stamps:  Altenew Fabulous Florets; Uniko Wonderful Day
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Stampin' Up! Orchid Oasis
*Challenges:  AAACards #215

Saturday, May 14, 2022

*Addicted to CAS #220*

Challenge #220 at Addicted to CAS is all about flowers....  we can't wait to see your beautiful flower creations!

You get a bonus card from me today....  I created my alcohol ink background and fit two flower dies on it ... and since they are so similar I decided to share them both in one post

I really hope you'll play along and share your cards HERE!

Friday, May 13, 2022

*Special Tulips*

Happy Friday the 13th crafty friends!  If you've been here for a while, you know that my hubby and I celebrate Friday the 13th as we met (at a bar in the late 80s) on a Friday the 13th and got engaged on a Friday the 13th (our oldest son was born on the anniversary of the day Bruce proposed but it wasn't a Friday).  We've been married 31 years (or it will be on June 1) so we figure it's a pretty good day.

My card today is using some of the leftovers from the ink blended panels I created... this time I cut out some tulips and created a mini slimline!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Lemon Lime Twist
*Images:  Pink Fresh Studio Happy Birthday Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne;  Tim Holtz Distress in Villainous Potion, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers
*Dies:  Crafty Meraki Flora Para-Dies
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Fricken Square Corners

Thursday, May 12, 2022

*Birthday Smiles*

You can see that this card looks a little similar to the one yesterday... it's another of the distress ink blending panels I did.  In this one I feel like the Villainous Potion is a little too dark...

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Images:  MFT All Smiles
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Villainous Potion, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
*Tools:  Perfect Layers; Fricken Square Corners

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

*Birthday Memories*

Hello crafty friends.  I have been crafting a little bit as I find it is good therapy. both mentally and physically.  I am also working here and there without my splint on (which I'm supposed to do) and while I'm not typing as fast as I normally would, it's not the one handed hunt and peck I've been doing in the last month.  With things working a little more in my favour, I've decided to blog more often again ... I still have cards to share that I created before my fall.

I played with some ink blending and created a few different panels of the same colours, working on different cardstocks to see how they would blend differently.  I wasn't sure about these colours together at first but I really like how they turned out.

Card Info
*Images:  Uniko Birthday Wishes
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Villainous Potion, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citrton
*Dies:  Stampin' Up Pierced Blooms