Friday, May 31, 2013

Inspired By... Funky Shoes!

Hello there and happy Friday!! I had a great kick-off to the weekend, a box of Stampin' Up! goodies on note, here's hoping that the weather forecasters are wrong about this weekend and we get sunshine :) *fingers crossed* I want to have a very productive crafting night tonight and hit the wilderness tomorrow for a night of camping! (We will see how things turn out *lol*) Well, onto today's challenge, a new Inspired by...! I used the most recent sketch from The Sweet Stop, even though I am too late to play along:

This week was Charissa's pick, a few pairs of funky shoes!

Neat hey!? I was inspired by the colours, polka dots, and stripes. Here's what I came up with:

Well, isn't that just darling? I think any kid would be happy to get this! And it is rather convenient to have a gender neutral birthday card in the collection :)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see how this photo inspired her!

Supplies used:
Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Paper: Basic Grey, More Mustard (ret), Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scarringbone DSP (ret), Brights Stacks (ret)
Ink: Basic Grey, More Mustard (ret)
Tools: Nestabilities Circles, 1" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Curvy Label Punch
Accessories: Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 30, 2013

No Embellishments KCRR

Good morning! I was able to get out on the lake for a few hours last night, it was such a calm, peaceful evening... just the perfect way to wrap up a less-than-great workday! Here's a pic of the sun setting over the lake:

Well, it's Thursday, so that means a new KCRR challenge! I also wanted to play along with Mojo Monday and the Color Throwdown:

The selections for KCRR this week were: no embellishments, just paper (eek!!) and the stamp set Patterned Occasions. These, combined with the above, turned into this! A cute little hello card:

*lol* I smile every time I see it! The lively colours and the cute little elephant are perfect to send to a friend for a quick note. The cloudy day embossing folder is a great compliment to the tempting turquoise strip.

Overall, while I really REALLY wanted to add pearls to this, the no embellishments turned out to be not that hard *lol* Before I wrap it up, I just wanted to do a quick shout-out for my unconventional wedding card that was selected as a "top pick" over at Stampin' Royalty!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see what she created with the KCRR elements! :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Patterned Occasions, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Regal Rose (retiring soon!), Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Summer Smooched (also retiring soon!)
Ink: Basic Grey
Tools: Owl Builder Punch, Heart to Heart Punch (ret), Cloudy Day Embossing Folder

Monday, May 27, 2013

Get Well Thoughts for a Special Aunt

Hello there and happy Monday (if that's possible *lol*). I hope you had a fantastic weekend :) I sure did. Saturday I spent in the wilderness kayaking and fishing. I went to Tacheeda Lake, about 30 minutes by highway and 45 more minutes by forest service road, North of Prince George. It was such a beautiful day. Here are a few pictures of my quest:

The last pic is of a bear cub that was hanging out on the side of the road. I saw it on the way in and the way out, but I did not see the momma bear (I am sure she wasn't too far away tho!).

Now onto the cards! I made a couple cards to send to a special aunt who is battling cancer for a second time. Here's a shot of us from my graduation a couple years ago:

The first is a "thinking of you" card. My aunt is very artistic and I thought she would appreciate the "artsy" aspect of the card:

Personally, I just LOVE this one! It is so fun and fancy at the same time :) For the background, I stamped the DSP (lined paper from Beau Chateau, retired) with the flower from Elements of Style, then tore and sponged the edges. The flowers were spritzed with shimmer spray then crinkled them up to dry. Once they were dry, I unscrunched them to the shape I wanted. Then I added the feathers, pearls and a little lace & linen thread. I am very pleased with the way it turned out :) plus there was just enough room to add the sentiment at the bottom of the card *lol*

I was inspired by a local scrap store here in town, who posed the challenge of creating something based on her card below.

Then I wanted to make something a bit more fun to send as my aunt is also a very fun-loving person. I case'd (pretty much exactly) from this talented lady and love the results:

The owls are so adorable, I think my aunt will just love them! While I love this punch, the small pieces that make up the eye are sure tedious to work with... I got some good use out of a few pairs of tweezers I got as a gift for Christmas :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a great week! :)

Supplies used, Card 1:
Stamps: Elements of Style, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Concord Crush (ret), Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP (ret)
Ink: Concord Crush (ret)
Tools: Delicate Doilies, Blossoms Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch (ret), Small & Large Oval Punches
Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Mist, Lace Ribbon, Linen Thread, Pearls, Dimensionals

Supplies Used, Card 2:
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Core'dinations, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black
Tools: Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Crop-a-dile (ret)
Accessories: Pearls, Yellow Sharpie

Friday, May 24, 2013

Inspired by... Summer Fruit

Hello again! Time for this week's Inspired by... challenge and I wanted to play along with Mojo Monday as well:

This week's photo was my pick, a nice selection of watermelons:

Yummy! Watermelon is one of my favourite summer fruits so I thought this picture was fitting :) Here's my card:

Cute, right? I CASE'd the punch art from this talented lady. I loved it and thought it would be perfect for a baby card :)

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see how this photo inspired her!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Short & Sweet (ret)
Paper: Red Red, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Gumball Green
Tools: Circles Nestabilities, 1" Circle Punch, Word Window, Scallop Border Edge
Accessories: Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls

100th Blog Post: Belated KCRR

Hello there! It is finally time for my KCRR post! Last week was so crazy. When Matt is home, there is always so much stuff to do, people to see, and places to go. We were out and about quite a bit last week, and all the fresh air really poops a person out! *lol* I think we slept for over 12 hours one night. That is quite the accomplishment in my books :) Anyways, Matt is gone again for another 2 weeks :( so tonight I am vegging out, crafting, and having a Friends marathon... sounds like a pretty good Friday night to me! :) So, onto the challenges... as you know, it's a new KCRR, and I wanted to combine it with Stampin' Royalty and Colour Q:

The random selections this week were the pennant builder punch and the stamp set Love & Laughter. I decided to use the cake from Love & Laughter, as I am always reaching for the dress automatically. Here's what I came up with:

Let's just say it's an unconventional wedding card *lol* but I like the way it turned out :)

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, and check out what she made with these two items!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Love & Laughter
Paper: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Howlstooth & Scarringbone DSP (ret), Floral District DSP, In Color Stacks
Ink: Cajun Craze
Tools: Pennant Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Accessories: Linen Thread, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pearls

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Temporarily Out of Order

Hey bloggers! Just a quick note to let you know that I am temporarily out of order *lol* while I am still crafting (yay!) I loaned my computer to my sister for the past week and haven't retrieved it yet.... And I have learned that I cannot upload photos from my phone... So until tomorrow, I won't be able to upload any photos :( but please remember to check back for a new KCRR (should have been posted today, and I have an unusual card to post!) and for a new Inspired by... challenge! :) until then,


Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Stack

Hello again :) This will be my last post until I return from camping on Monday, so I hope you have a GREAT weekend! Hopefully I will have some fantastic pictures to share with you upon my return :) I made a cute little card to play along with Freshly Made Sketches, Fab Friday and Muse

I just LOVE the Muse card made by Therese Calvird! It is so unbelievably cute. I was inspired by her three stacked elephants. I wanted to get out my Pun Fun set, a gift from Charissa last Christmas (I had borrowed her set when I first started stamping and just LOVED it, so this really was a great gift!). I was also inspired by the way Therese stamped her images on designer paper. Here's how my card turned out:

I am in love! It is stinkin' cute! I wanted the little animals to speak for themselves, so the rest of the card is quite understated, fitting in perfectly with the Freshly Made Sketch. The little critters are snipped out and popped up with dimensionals.

What do you think of this little cutie? Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry DSP, Birds of a Feather (DSP)
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

Inspired by... A Bright Tea Cozy!

Good morning and happy LONG WEEKEND Friday!! Woohoo... I would have to say, this is the best type of Friday :) I am getting more and more excited about our little camping trip this weekend, I really love camping! I got a new fishing rod last year and I hope to break it in by catching lots of fish this weekend (I only caught one with it last year :( then that sneaky fish took my lure!) My favourite thing about camping is getting out into the BC wilderness and exploring places that I have never been before and seeing all the neat things only the backwoods can bring. For example, last year, we had a bear running right beside the jeep and then we say a beautiful young moose in perfect view. I look forward to seeing many more cool things this year! :) Now, onto the challenges! Friday means a new Inspired by... challenge, and I also wanted to play along with The Paper Players and Retrosketches (right under the wire before they close):

This week's photo was selected by Charissa, a bright tea cozy!

I was inspired to use the bright green (gumball in my opinion) and of course, a "tea" theme. I automatically thought of using Tea Shoppe, but then decided to branch out of my comfort zone and pull out a stamp set I haven't used in a while, Morning Cup. It is such a cute little set, I should use it more! Here's how the combination of everything came out:

Cute, hey? It would be perfect to send to the coffee or tea drinker as a "get well" note. I tried to colour in the coffee pot with my blender pen... and I did.... but unfortunately, that pen is pretty much dead and the colour did not blend as well as I had hoped. The base was so bad, I decided to colour it in with my midnight muse marker. Overall, I am happy enough with the look.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to Charissa's blog, Snippets by Design, to see how this photo inspired her!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Morning Cup
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Print Poetry DSP
Ink: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Tools: Owl Builder Punch
Accessories: Blender Pen, Markers, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Christmas in May

Good morning! I hope you are having a nice week. With summer coming and busy weekends ahead, Charissa and I decided to switch up the dates of our challenges. KCRR will now be posted on Thursday and Inspired by... will now be on Friday. Speaking of busy weekends, this coming one is a long weekend! YAY! Plus, Matt will be arriving home tonight (well technically it's Friday morning at 1am, boo!), this means that tomorrow I might be akin to a zombie. But we are planning on camping a couple nights this weekend! :) I am super excited as camping in one of my favourite summer activities. Rain or shine, it can be fun (or course, more fun in the shine :)) I already have the two most essential things pack: sunscreen and bug dope! I am just hoping that there is no snow left where we are going!

Anyways, now onto the challenges! Thursday means a new KCRR and I also wanted to play along with Dynamic Duos one year anniversary celebration!

The selections this week for KCRR were the quilting technique and using retired stamps, and I chose to play along with Dynamic Duos #22 to create this cute Christmas card. THAT'S RIGHT! You read that correctly, it's time to start getting ready for Christmas because it'll be here before you know it! And I do not want to be stuck in the same predicament I was last year, scrambling to make cards for craft fairs and friends *lol*

I really like the way this turned out. I used the retired set Joy at Christmas which I picked up on clearance a while ago and employed the quilting technique on the main image. The JOY is also from the set, which I fussy cut and popped up in tiny pieces of dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my version of Christmas in May! Don`t forget to pop over to Charissa`s blog, Snippets by Design, to see how she used our KCRR elements this week!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Welcome Christmas (ret)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas DSP (ret)
Ink: Early Espresso
Tools: Scallop Circle & Circle Nestabilities
Accessories: Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals