July 1, 2010

Celebrate Canada

While this wasn't meant to be a Canada card I figure the Celebrate sentiment fits perfectly for the day..  I don't like buying stamp sets that I will only use once a year (except for Christmas) so I don't have any patriotic stamps.  I like those sets that cover a bunch of a holidays in one set. Maybe next year I might break down and buy a small set as I am very envious of the card Maureen made with her new set. 

The inspiration came from this weeks Cinema Saturday Challenge.  It has been a long time since playing along with those lovely ladies and I miss them.  Life is just so crazy right now so if inspiration doesn't just pop out at me I tend to pass on the Challenge.  Well this week I was inspired more by the colours and using pennants than the actual movie, which I must admit that I haven't seen.  Sankari and Lynne provided some wonderful inspiration in their project as well so I just went along with the homemade feel and bright colours.  

The pennants come from my favourite Practicing Creativity set: Look Up!  Courtney's revealing a new set this week and she usually has a give away so you might want to pop over there.  Anyhow, the pennants were stamped on a neutral cotton fabric and then cut.  Hand stitching is done with linen thread around the top red panel and buttons and Kraft paper were used to create even more of a home made feel.  

Today I'm Grateful for.....having such a peaceful and safe country to live in.  What are you thankful for?


Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Garden Variety dp (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Staz On black ink, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Bayou Blue, Basic Black
Accessories: Fabric, linen thread, PTI buttons (Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, New Leaf)
Stamps: Look Up and For the Love of Dots (PCD)

June 30, 2010

Heartfelt Thanks

Hello Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  I thought I would find time to post something yesterday but it just didn't happen.  Meetings and more pounding the pavement for a job.  It's amazing how much the process of finding a job has changed since the last time I had to apply for the job (more than seven years ago).  I wouldn't call it 'pounding the pavement' so much as 'surfing the net' because most of the time the application process tends to be done on-line.  I must say I'm glad to be getting back into the job search now rather than another couple of years.  Who knows how much technology will have changed the process by then!

Anyhow,  here's my card for this weeks CardPatterns sketch and Curtain Call colour challenge.  I took an original approach to those scallops and stamped them with the circles from PTI Polkadot Background Basics I.  Then I created an inviting scene with the On My Couch set and chose a Verve Thanks sentiment stamp to complete a bright and to cheerful Thank You.  I have to say I really like the little punches of red and the Lattice Textured Expressions (SU!) circles underneath the buttons.  What do you think?

Must go get ready for a night of camping coming up.  I'm not much of an outdoorsy person but I'm making a compromise for my kids.  Anyhow I hope your weeks ends even better than it started.  And Happy Canada Day tomorrow to my fellow Canadians =)


Paper: Whisper White, Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Summer Picnic dp (SU!)
Ink: Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa
Accessories:  Pure Poppy buttons (PTI), linen thread, lattice textured expressions ef (SU!), 3/4" circle punch
Stamps:  On my couch (PTI), Polka dot background basics I (PTI), Heartfelt Thanks (Verve)

June 28, 2010

Make You Smile =)

Hello everyone!  I thought I'd try and make you smile after my dreary last post.  This is for the current CAS-tastic challenge to use yellow, blue and a neutral of your choice.  I chose white for a bright and dreamy like look.  What do you think?  The butterflies are made from the left over paper from the SU! Princess party pack. I love So Saffron but I don't have very much of that colour so I'm making do with scraps right now.  It works really well the Tempting Turquoise (also from my scrap bin).

I got a chance to play with the sun rays from one of my favourite Practicing Creativity stamp sets "You're dandy"  I also took a chance and used acrylic paint and a pattern tracer to outline the rays.  I really like the affect....it's not too much but adds to the texture and colour.  The layout inspiration came from the current fall-to-layout sketch on the Clean and Simple blog.  Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week.  I managed to make four cards this weekends so, unless things get really crazy around here I should be back everyday with something new.  Happy Crafting.


Paper:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron dp
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Tempting Turquoise Craft
Accessories: Yellow acrylic paint, MS butterfly punch, Beautiful Butterflies die, pattern tracing wheel
Stamps: You're Dandy (PCD), Everyday Button Bits (PTI)