Sunday, 5 July 2015

VV16 - How Much?


Today is our 18th wedding anniversary. This is not the card I made for Michael (come back on Tuesday, for my CASology post), but one that came about while I was playing last week. I was looking at the Love You So set from Essentials by Ellen. I always thought that the arrow on this stamp did not extend far enough (sorry, Julie! lol!) to express how much a person might love another person, so a little simple masking allowed me to show an even bigger love. This idea seems so obvious to me now, that I'm convinced that I may have seen it somewhere, but I can't really remember - if it was you, please let me know so I can give you credit!

I left it very simple, and I may include it in Struan's bag - he's leaving today for a 6 week Aircraft Maintenance course through the Air Cadet program. He's never been this far away for this long (although I admit to days of wishful thinking! lol!). Seriously, we're very proud of him and will miss him (especially on lawn mowing days!) and we wish him the best as he takes this next step in his 'flight path'!

I'm linking up to Virginia's View 16 - 100% Stamped. There are some really clever cards in the gallery, make sure to check it out!

Friday, 3 July 2015

MCV9, CTS130 - Merry Christmas


This is my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where DT member Kimberly gave us this elegant card for inspiration:



I stuck pretty close to Kimberly's card - I used her layout, but changed the navy to black, the ornaments to trees, and the woodgrain to grosgrain.

I used Papertrey's Holiday Cheer set, stamped in Versafine Onyx and embossed with clear powder. I cut the sentiment so that I could nestle the Christmas under the tree and also, follow the line of the tree with the y in Merry.

I cut a strip of Stampin' Up's Real Red and ran it through my Bigshot with my MFT grosgrain texture plate (retired, sorry).

I'm also linking this up to this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge where this week's Sketch is this:

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us at MCV this week - I know for our American friends that it's a holiday weekend (Happy 4th!) - maybe that means you're too busy, or maybe it means you've got lots of crafting time! The deadline is Wednesday morning at 8 am EDT. At that time, you can vote for your 3 favourites until Thursday morning at 8. Voting Results will be posted Thursday at noon.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

MFTWSC235 - It's Your Birthday, Darnell!


It's a big day in blogland! It's Darnell's birthday! Happy Birthday, my friend, I hope you have a wonderful day full of fun, friends and family! I'm thinking you may get a comment or two or even some cards in the mail! lol! (sorry that this one will be late - that's what happens when you have a birthday right after the flip of the calendar!)

I chose to use the layout from this week's MFT Sketch Challenge and a whole lot of products, for a card that is pretty clean! lol!


I used Happy Pandas (and matching dies), Tickled Pink (sentiment), BluePrints #16 (circle frame sponged with Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry distress inks), Blue Prints #25 (banner), the hearts from Written in Watercolour, and one of my all-time favourites (but retired, sorry) the grosgrain ribbon texture plate.

I'm thrilled to say that my panda card from last week won that challenge and I now have some money to spend at MFT! Woohoo!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CASology 153 - Pop



This week's CASology Cue Card is Pop!



We're being sponsored by Serendipity Stamps this week and this dove is one of their stunning dies. I love the detail in his wings and decided that inlaying the piece back in (after colouring with copics and WoS for sparkle) would be one way that my card would 'pop'. The other is that I framed the dove with a circle cut out of a panel. His tail is glued right down, but his wings and his head are popped up with two layers of foam tape for some dramatic dimension! I finished the card with an old acrylic "Peace". I've lost track of who makes it. It's stamped in Memento Gray Flannel.

Now it's your turn to pop! Can't wait to see what you come up with! The rest of the DT has some inspiration for you as well:

Monday, 29 June 2015

MCV8 - Joy to the World


This week, Lydia is our Guest Designer at Muse: ChristmasVisions. Way back when I first started blogging, Lydia called me to become a member of the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen. That was my very first DT Gig! Lydia is funny, kind, full of encouragement and extremely very super talented - she will always hold a special place in my heart!



I admit that I gave up on Lydia's colours early on and went a little more traditional, by using Stampin' Up Poppy Parade and MFT Limelight.

I changed the shape too, but I think by inlaying the circles this way, I created a similar effect to the diagonal stripes. I used a Stampin' Up row of stars die. I finished with an Altenew sentiment - similar to Lydia's because it is a mix of script and text.

I hope we'll see you play along this week - the deadline is Wednesday at 8 am. At that time you can vote for your 3 stars, and the results will be posted on Thursday at noon. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Rainbow Thank You


Another experiment in watercolour. I tell you, I was thinking it would be easy and I would just figure it out but it's not working like that! I keep watching videos and trying it out but most of what I'm getting back, I'm not happy with. I think the biggest issue for me is that you have no control over the results. Anyway, it's just paper and watercolour (and time!) and I'll keep trying.

And I admit that I am quite happy with the bright colours and blending on this one (still working on getting some nice edges to my pools of colour). I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi on Ranger watercolour paper. Then I trimmed off the really ugly parts of the edges to create a panel. And then I cut my Memory Box sentiment out and it wasn't straight! So I had a choice - either lay the panel down straight with the sentiment slanted or vice versa.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Watercolour Thank you


This card started as a card for the current Fusion challenge - I watercoloured a panel in pinks and yellows but couldn't figure out where the big black and turquoise element should come in (my brain is fried from all the end-of-school activities, but now that school is done, I'm hoping for more time and more creativity).

Anyway, I'm happy with this simple, pretty thank you (and now thinking I will use it for a set for the piano teacher). I started by watercolouring with Kuretake Gansai Tambi and cutting the smaller of the two Hero Arts flowers from that. I cut the larger flower from a white panel and inlaid the smaller one into the bigger one. I like the 'halo' effect. I finished the flower with a sparkly Doodlebug enamel dot and added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment.

Yesterday was Struan's 16th birthday. We spent the morning getting him his G-1 driving license (learner's permit). He's pretty happy about that!