March 27, 2010

March Viva La Verve #4

Hello friends!  If you came here for the PTI blog hop project please just scroll down.  I'm sorry I didn't put a direct link...I'll be sure to do it next month.

This is my project for the Viva La Verve Week #4 (Just in case you didn't see the post title) LOL.  I knew as soon as I saw the long stripes in the sketch I wanted to stitch them in.  I decided to flip the sketch so that there was less stitching required because it can be very time intensive.  The apron pictured below is the one that I used for my inspiration on colour combo, polka dots, and flowers.

I apologize if I haven't been the best blog friend lately.  I can't believe I only had two posts last week!  This was one of those weeks that proved Life Happens!!  Monday I went to register my son at the school that my daughter has been attending for the last two years only to be told that I couldn't because we didn't reside in the catchment area and they've decided to get really strict with it since there have been a lot of school closures.  The funny thing was that it took many phone calls to countless people to find out exactly what our catchment school was.  Nobody knew because we fall in a grey zone. Our neighborhood school is a school of choice (not our choice) and it's catchment area is city wide. To make a long story short we've been busy doing our best to see that our kids can attend the same school that we have come to know and love.  (I've become known to the principals as the mom from "Smith" Street.  I wonder if that is a good thing?) Since we have yet another son to register into the school we are considering to move within that small catchment we've been house hunting, although we are going to put it off for a little while longer.  Whatever will be, will be.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you've been inspired to use some stitching.

Paper:  Bazzil White, PTI White, Whisper White, SU! dp (polka dots), Raspberry Tart dp (SU!), Pink Pirouette, Rose Red
Ink:  Rose Red
Accessories: Pink cotton floss, scallop border punch, pearls
Stamps: Fell the Sun, Celebration of Thanks (Verve)

March 25, 2010

Over The Rainbow

Good morning, good day, and good evening!  Hope you are all having a wonderful week and finding much inspiration on this month's PTI Blog Hop featuring buttons.  I new exactly what I wanted to do and I so enjoyed making this card since I LOVE BUTTONS!!!  Anyhow I'm not going to bore you with details as you have lots of other posts to catch up on.

I'll just give you the recipe, some pictures and hope you'll visit again.  Have fun hopping and hope you've been inspired.

Paper:  White cs (PTI), whisper white, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, basic black
Accessories:  Buttons Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Plum pudding (PTI), Basic grey buttons, black cotton thread
Stamps:  Polkadot backgrounds (PTI), Everyday button Bits (PTI)

March 21, 2010

Playing with Ribbon

On Friday I got my order from Practicing Creativity and I was surprised with some bonus pink ribbon. Now normally I don't work with the wide stuff and you might be able to tell by the fact that my bow isn't perfect but it was really nice to be able to practice and I think all in all it came out pretty good.  The ribbon is amazing and of course with it's pinkness I was inspired to make a baby girl card.  It's just a really simple layout with some ribbon detail.

Next I have a card that I made with some of that gorgeous turquoise linen ribbon.  I love it!  It's so soft and flexible.  I was going to make a bow but I decided to try something different.  I made 'clouds' with it by weaving it in and out of three 1/8" holes. I cut the ends and then purposely frayed them.  

I kept wanting to cut them shorter and shorter but then I was reminded of a lesson a learned in Kindergarden.  When I was five we were suppose to make these caterpillars by cutting circles (free hand) out of different coloured paper.  Well I got frustrated because my circles weren't perfect and I kept cutting and cutting hoping to turn out that perfect circle and I was left with the tiniest caterpillar in the class.  Lesson learned:  sometimes you need to stop even if it's not perfect or you'll have nothing left.  So the truth is that all the important lessons we learn in life were in fact learned in Kindergarden.

Anyhow, on with the card.  This is a 4 x 4 card I made using scraps to place in my daughter's lunch for a bit of a pick me up when she needs it.  The Basic Grey Lemonade paper is cheerful and the hot air balloon is magical.  I'm going through a bit of a hot air balloon about you, what your favourite "It" item right now?

Little Bundle
Paper: Chatterbox dp, Kraft (SU!), Very vanilla
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories:  Pink May Arts ribbon (Practicing Creativity), certainly celery grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch, EK success border punch,
Stamps:  Punches Three (SU!)

Sky's the Limit
Paper: Lemonade dp (BG), Whisper White
Ink:  Close to cocoa, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories:  Blue Linen MayArts Ribbon (Practicing Creativity), scallop border punch (SU!)
Stamps:  Look Up (Practicing Creativity)