Snowflakes in August?

Hello everyone!

I don’t know what prompted it but I just had this idea for a Christmas card the other day. I also wanted to try a technique I had heard about in blogland somewhere but I couldn’t remember the exact instructions. So I decided to just wing it.

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First I took my gel medium, acrylic paint and distress inks to create the background. I layered them on my craft mat and just kind of stirred them together with my fingers. *Disclaimer – this is a messy technique, if you have a problem getting your fingers inky you should probably just stop reading now* Then I took my piece of watercolour paper and smooshed it into this mixture. I pressed fairly hard in order to get through to the distress ink, which was the layer I laid down first on my mat.

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I dried these well with my heat gun, being careful not to bubble the medium. I used a couple of stamps from the Unity kit from “snowglobe wonderland” with Versamark ink and Winter Wonderland embossing powder (white and silver) to scatter some snow across the background.  Then I “built” my window frame in SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) and cut it out with my Cricut. I inked the edges with Old Paper and stamped a greeting on the window sill. I stamped the little trees from the same set and coloured them with my Distress markers to create the little scene.

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I was trying to create the effect of looking through a window and watching the wind swirl snowflakes around.

And voila! An excellent start on my Christmas crafting!

winter window

Supplies: Bazill dotted swiss cardstock, MME Wonderful Winter patterned paper, Unity “snowglobe wonderland” kit, Memento Rhubarb Stalk and TH Distress Ink Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers, TH Distress markers Pine Needles and Wild Honey, LIquitex Gloss Gel Medium, white acrylic ink, Winter Wonderland embossing powder, Versamark ink

Take care my friends!

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. ~Charlie Chaplin

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Friends With Flair – Card drive package

Hello everyone!!

Despite a last minute trip to Halifax today to sort out some travel visa stuff for my daughter, I did find time for a very quick and easy card to link up to the Friends with Flair post over on the Unity blog. You can see everyone’s amazing creations here!

I whipped up a square 5×5 card with the sweetest little elephant from the “Could I be any Cuter” set. And really, no, I don’t think he could be any cuter!! The inside sentiment says “Don’t forget to be awesome today!”

Dont forget

This is not a standard size for me so I didn’t have an envelope the right size. Did I panic? NO, I used this opportunity to try out my brand new Envelope Punch board from We R Memory Keepers! I am a leftie and had heard some chatter that this might make using the tool a little difficult for me so I was anxious to see how it went. I found my card size and cutting dimensions easily enough on the face of the board and chose a fun coordinating patterned paper from Lime Twist by MME.

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So, the instructions are straightforward enough. You line up your first side, score and punch and then just keep turning one quarter turn and scoring and punching until you have all four sides done. There is a handy corner rounder on the opposite side of the notch punch so that you can have a nice finish to the flaps too. I had no issues with being left-handed, but I am sort of ambidexterous with things, I think most of us lefties learn to be. So I did have to score with my right hand. Or you could get things lined up and then just turn the board around and score with your left hand. Definitely no biggie for me but you can decide if that’s a dealbreaker for you.

One kind of weird thing I did notice though. You would think that making a square envelope for a square card, it wouldn’t matter which sides you folded in and which you left for the flap opening wouldn’t you? Well, apparently it does. The first time I folded it I got this:

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It didn’t line up exactly..and while it wasn’t a huge deal, the perfectionist in me sort of went “Phooey”.  So I turned it one quarter turn and tried again. Ta-daa!

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A perfectly lined up edge. Now isn’t that strange? So the moral is; if at first you don’t succeed…give it a quarter turn!!

I am sending this little card (and 11 others) off to a really worthwhile card drive that Scrapbook and Cards Today is holding this summer. The donated cards will be sent to children and teens in hospitals across Canada and the States. I tried to make some cards for the older kids, but I think this little elephant could brighten anyone’s day, don’t you?

If you would like to contribute, see the SCT blog post here..I know they would be thrilled to receive your creations!!

Thanks for stopping by, friends and remember: kindness doesn’t cost a darn thing — sprinkle that stuff everywhere!!!

Hello summer!

Whoo what a weekend! Some gorgeous weather, a trip to Halifax to visit with my girls, some scraptime with my best bud…life is good!

I stopped in to the Cutting Garden to have a little browse and found some things I “needed” 😉 The girls there are awesome! so friendly and helpful! I was so excited with my purchases I came home and broke them out right away. Summer is in full swing and one of my favourite places to go is Waterside Beach. I like to go early in the morning, or at sunset, so my pup can have a good run without bothering anyone. The light is so beautiful, and the low tide sandbars are amazing!

I will admit at this point that “process photos” might be a little scarce. I tend to get wrapped up in the creative process and forget about my camera!  I started with light yellow cardstock and a Mister Huey mask. I used Tattered Angels mist in Sunflower, and then I added depth with my gelatos. I really wanted to capture that golden light and the peaceful feeling of sand and ocean.

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I always play around with placement of my photos and paper elements, so I don’t glue anything down until I am sure I am happy with it.

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Mmmmm gelatos! My favourite art supply at the moment – such luscious colour!

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With the gelatos, I just scribbled on my craft mat and then used my waterbrush to pick up colour and add it to my page. I used the mask, and also did some freehand. I dragged the text paper through the watered down gelatos too, to add some colour.

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I cut the title out with my Cricut and stamped the little vellum tag with Memento ink.

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The final result? A layout that captures the memory of  evenings at the beach perfectly and satisfies my need for inky, messy fun!

hello summer

Supplies: AC cardstock, Stampin Up text paper, Mister Huey mask #331268, Tattered Angels mist – Sunflower, gelatos – Butter Cream, Mango, and Cotton Candy, Memento ink – Toffee Crunch,

August already…

I mean really, August? can’t be! But indeed, time marches on whether I like it or not, apparently.  Trying to wrap my heart around the fact that in about a month my older daughter will be heading off to an amazing adventure teaching high school in England and my younger daughter will enter her 4th and final year of her Public Relations diploma. When exactly did they grow up and how did I miss it?? 😥

All right, back to the task at hand. This week there was a fantastic challenge over at Unity {show and tell} to use our Itty-Bitties and I did get two days completed. I have discovered that I work best when I don’t try to force it…deadlines are not my friends, lol. But it was a fun challenge and there is lots of really, I mean REALLY, beautiful cards and projects to drool over. So go check it out.

Last night I went to visit my very best friend (shout out to Laura!!) and do a little playing with ink and colour. We had a lot of fun, as usual, and also per normal did a lot of chatting and laughing and significantly less actual craft work. So when I awoke at 7am on my Saturday off (thank you Sass, my charming canine alarm clock!)  I decided to finish off the card I’d been working on. Nothing really fancy here, I used Distress inks to create the background  and gelatos and markers to colour the image. Here are the supplies:

awesome supplies

I smooshed (you are familiar with smooshing, yes? just squish those juicy Distress ink pads on your work area, add a little water and then press your watercolour paper into the puddles. Give it a try, very satisfying I promise you!) green, blue and light purple ink for the background, added a few shakes of black ink and stamped the sentiment in black as well. I overstamped this background with Artistic Brick using the purple ink. I coloured that rockin’ Jo Fashionista with Distress markers (whoops, I see I neglected them in the picture!) and discovered that the peach gelato makes a very nice Caucasian skin tone and lends a creamy finish to the image.  I felt Jo needed some “ink” in another way, so I added a couple of tattoos using a Pilot G-2 pen. (After I had the pictures taken, I also gave her a diamond nose stud with an atyou Spica Twinkling Like Stars glitter pen. She is now one trendy gal!)

Here’s the closeup of the tattoos:

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The sentiment inside reads “I think U R awesome!” and this card is going to be included in the Cards for Kids drive from Scrapbook and Cards today.

Finished product, ta-daa!

U R awesome

Hope you enjoyed my very chatty post this morning, haha! Make the most of whatever today brings you, my friends!!

 

Supplies: Ranger TH Distress inks – mowed lawn, shaded lilac, salty ocean, Ranger TH distress markers – tattered rose, faded jeans, Unity stamps – Jo fashionista, artistic brick, for reals. Faber-Castell gelatos – peach, silver ice, Pilot G-2 black pen, atyou Spica glitter pen

Day 4 Itty Bitty Challenge at Unity

Well this is going to be a super fast post because it’s late and I have to work in the morning! I loved the idea of the Itty Bitty a Day challenge over at Unity {show and tell} but it’s been a tough week to contribute. Head over there to see an amazing selection of extremely beautiful projects from a bunch of very talented ladies!

Here’s mine:

Day 4 Itty Bitty challenge

Supplies used: Unity stamps “Safety Pinned”, and “happy new baby”, Colorbox pigment ink Espresso, 5th and Frolic from Dear LIzzy (American Crafts), EK success punch

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