April 10, 2010

Mother's Day Mojo

Happy Saturday everyone!  Are you enjoying your weekend?  We are enjoying a beautiful sunny saturday and it's very quiet with only the two boys at home today.  I may even go for a little nap this afternoon since I was up until 1 this morning trying to get this mojo sketch just right and in the end it didn't happen.  That's what happens when I try to mold my favourite things together that don't necessarily work together.  I wanted to use my new PTI set, Basic Grey Wisteria paper and the mojo sketch.  I'm not saying they didn't work at all definitely not as well as I envisioned.  At the very least I have some nice Mother's Day cards for my mother and grandmother.

I do like the top one more for it's stitching, extra layer, and bling.  I like the bottom one for a more simple feel with the texture plate on the background rather than stamping.  Oh well I can't say I didn't try.

Thanks so much for hoping by.  Hope you learned something by my efforts.  Have a fabulous day.

Dear Grandmother
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper white, Wisteria dp (BG)
Ink: Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke, Elegant eggplant craft
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia, Polkadot Background I (PTI)
Accessories: Rhinestones, ticket corner punch,  clear embossing powder, Petite Oval Nestibility, sewing machine, dimensionals

Love You Mom
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper white, Wisteria dp (BG)
Ink: Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke, Elegant eggplant craft
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia (PTI)
Accessories: Brads (BG), ticket corner punch,  clear embossing powder, Petite Oval Nestibility, Perfet Details Texturz plate, dimensionals.

April 8, 2010

Fun with Buttons

Hello everyone!  Hope you have all been having a fabulous week.  We had a freak snow storm this morning.  It has stopped snowing and hailing and now it's starting warm up a little.  No snow left on the ground thank goodness but it was awfully scary taking the kids to school with slushy west coast snow on the road and no snow tires.  Unfortunately I don't know if our apricot tree is going to produce much fruit this year.  It started blooming only a few days ago.  I guess we'll find out this summer.

Anyhow....on with the card.  This was my practice run for the Embellish Magazine publication call.  I find it takes me a couple of cards to get into the colours.  I decided to use TESC107 as a starting point.  A fun sketch for fun colours right?  I used black cotton thread to chain all the buttons together.  I tried to go with a more whimsical approach to that; any button threaded every which way I could think of.  These colours were perfect for a birthday card with a paper pieced cupcake.  I think I got the colour balance right?  What I like most about this card is the black zigzag stitching.  The pink panel might be missing something?... 

Hopefully I'll have more to show you this weekend.  Happy Crafting.

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, whisper white, Razzleberry lemonade dsp (SU!)
Ink: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, yellow marker
Accessories:  Lemon Tart buttons (PTI), Black dmc thread. circle scissor, sewing machine, dimensional
Stamps: Birthday Best (SU!), Whimsical Words (SU!)

April 6, 2010

Forever Sisters

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Hope you had wonderful Easter weekend among family and friends.  We had a very relaxing weekend around here.  On Sunday we went for an Egg hunt at the wildlife park with my dad and then we went to dh's parents place for a wonderful meal. My grandma, uncle and cousin dropped by for a visit as well.  This weekend I also managed to get my fair share of cards done and I've done up a few for the new Embellish Magazine publication call.  I'm going to finally risk rejection and submit a couple for publication. This is a big stepping stone for me.

Anyhow, here's a card that I made for the current Cinema Saturday challenge: Sense and Sensibility.  The added challenge was to create a CAS card....something I really don't do often enough.  Off to the Clean and Simple sketch blog I went and then rummaged through my paper.  I tried something with the Look Up set from Practicing Creativity that I've been meaning to do since I got it.  I stamped and cut the medium sized balloon image to make flower petals.  What do you think?  Pretty handy since I have only a couple of flower sets.  Ideally I wanted the card to POP with an orange background but then I decided to leave the colours soft and gentle like the cinematography in the movie.  This card makes me laugh because it's a pretty way of telling my sister that she drives me crazy but I love her anyhow.

Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourites and I can so relate to it.  Just call me Elinor, the older more sensible of the sisters and my younger sister could very easily pass as Marianne.  My sister is often dramatic and sensitive.  We are so opposite that many times we can have a hard time understanding each other and it doesn't help matters that I've had 8 more years of life experiences than she has.  And it's funny how the things that often annoy me, I usually admire about her the most.  I came across this sisterly quote and had to laugh.  I don't think you need a sister to understand that fine line between affection and annoyance.  Anyone who has ever loved can probably understand that....but, for me, having siblings made me understand it sooner :)

I'm posting a couple of samples of other things you can do with the Look Up set...just in case you haven't thought of about these options or you have but haven't gotten around to trying it out yourself to see how it looks.  The flowers are made of the smaller balloons and the stars are made from the banner flags.  I have to say this is one of the most versatile sets I own.  I can think of more things to do with this little set than I can with a pile of wood mounted stamp sets I own.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulously awesome day!

Paper: Lemon Tart (PTI), Whisper White, Old Olive dsp
Ink: Bashful Blue
Stamps: Look Up (Practicing creativity)
Accessories:  Lemon tart button (PTI), large corner rounder punch, blue rhinestones, linen thread, computer and printer.