Sunday, 27 January 2013

Project Life Journal Cards

So I decided last year that I wanted to start doing a Project Life album...and I love it!  Unfortunately because of our big move I wasn't able to keep up with my album and I am really behind.  I am hoping to get caught up and get started on 2013 soon.  I took the time to chose a palette of colours that go well together and that mix and match well together.   Then I pre-selected some papers and embellies that I already had in my stash that will work with my palette as well as some of my best stamp sets and I am ready to create without having to make too many decisions.  I set up a PL "station" so that everything is at my fingertips and I am ready to roll whenever time and inspiration allow.  :)  

I did manage to pre-make these journal cards recently and I have to say they are so much fun!  I really enjoy making my own journal cards because they don't take a lot of time or thought (thanks to my little "station").  So I thought I would share them with you here.  Most of the stamps and embellies I used are from CTMH although much of the paper is from an older Cosmo Cricket kit I've had kicking around for years.  Some of the base cards are freebies I have found around the web (please don't ask where I found them because I have NO idea! lol!)

I hope you enjoy them and I'll share some more soon!  :)


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Welcome 2013!

Wow...time flies!  It is hard for me to believe that 2012 has come to a close already but I am starting the new year with some new challenges and resolutions for myself.  One of the things that will be changing is my involvement, or lack of, here on the ole' blog.  I have some big plans for my little corner of cyberspace and I hope not to let my perfectionism get in the way of actually accomplishing them.

In 2012 our world got shuffled around and completely shook up.  We make a big move from our small town to a large urban area 2 hours away from all of our friends and family.  The whole experience was bittersweet and it has been a huge adjustment for all of us.  It has taken quite a bit of time for me to start feeling like this is OUR home.  We are hoping it is only short term as it's hard to take the country out of us, no matter how nice things are here.  We all long for our own piece of rural heaven and we hope to make that dream come true in the future.  For now though, we are enjoying our new community in Stoney Creek.

Now as you can imagine, I didn't get much accomplished in the crafting area last year but I did start a Project Life album which was right up my was about all I had time for.  I haven't had a chance to complete my 2012 album yet but have big plans to get it done in the weeks to come...maybe I'll even get around to sharing it with you! :)

So for now, I will wish you a Happy New Year and leave you with a promise of some new things coming your way this year.  Hold me to it!


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I am back finally!

Well that was a crazy couple of weeks!  If the bug was out there I seemed to find it.  After laryngitis, a cold and a weird 24 hour stomach thing I am finally feeling back to my old self!  I missed out on a few challenges but I did manage to land in the Top 10 over at Heart 2 Heart!  Yeah!  I also received more Liebster Blog awards from 2 fellow CTMH bloggers Sharon - Oak Island Stamp Queen and Heather - Creative Coconut (be sure to check out their blogs).  Thank you so much ladies...I am completely honoured!  I haven't had the opportunity to pick 5 blogs so pass the award onto yet.  But I will get to that in the next few days. 

Until then I have posted a card that I made for my brother's birthday over the weekend.  It was something a little different for me.  It was a layered card.  There were 3 levels of "frames" and each had an element of the picture on it.  I used the Passage paper pack and the Beautiful Things stamp set (both retired) and I love the embossing in the center.  I used clear embossing on the Cocoa cardstock and then took some Colonial White Ink and sponged it over the image to make it pop a little.  It's not my favourite card that I've made because it is lacking something but I can't just put my finger on it.  I am thinking I should have put some brads or buttons along the bottom left corner or something.  Maybe it's because it doesn't have any embellishments...I am soooo used to have lots of embellishments on my projects.  I don't know but it was fun to do something different!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hope to be back soon...

Good morning everyone!
I just wanted to stop in and let you know I am not intentionally ignoring my little blog.   In fact I am feeling under the weather and not feeling terribly bloggy as of late.  I had viral laryngitis all last week and just as that was starting to go away, I got slammed with a nasty cold.  It has completely drained me.   I managed to get last week's H2H challenge done before I started feeling too bad but I haven't had the energy or drive to take and post pictures.  I am hoping that another day or two and I'll get some of my mojo back and I'll maybe even get this week's challenge completed. 

Thanks for checking in...things will be back to normal soon!  :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

To Love, Honour and Cherish

We had a wedding to go to a couple of weeks ago and this is the card I made for the happy new couple!   It's been a while since I made a wedding card so this was a lot of fun for me.  I really wanted a frame for behind my main embellishments and I didn't have one that was quite right.  Then I remembered I had one of those Foundry Frames from a few years ago but it was the wrong colour.  I really didn't want to paint it as I liked it the way it was so I got the idea to use it like an embossing folder.  It worked like a charm!  I embossed the circle around the sentiment and layered on the flowers, pearls and rhinestones.  I stamped the two background papers at the bottom of the card as I didn't have what I wanted to match the Veranda paper that I had my mind set on.  Pretty happy with how it all turned out.

So today's lesson...when you don't have what you need...CREATE it!!  :)



Thursday, 13 October 2011

Behind the Scenes - H2H Challenge

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is to do a layout that tells a story.  I am not sure if there is enough journalling on this layout to really be storytelling but I had fun completing this one.  I NEVER scrapbook myself so it was kind of weird but it felt really good to do something about me for a change.  So here I am...sheesh.  What was I thinking!  ;)

*** Dang...I found a spelling mistake!  Ugh!  This is why so many of my layouts have yet to be journalled.  There's too much pressure!  ;)


Happy 40th Anniversary!

Over the weekend my parents celebrated 40 fantastic years of marriage!  Hard to believe!  I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this very simple card turned out.  It actually turned out better than I pictured it.  It was quick and easy to do - it doesn't get better than that!  Not too much to explain on this one as it's pretty straight forward. 

Supplies (all CTMH):
Stamp set: Find Your Style
Paper:  Verandah paper pack (discontinued), Passages paper pack, Colonial White cs, Twilight cs
Ribbon:  Cocoa grosgrain (bulk)
Embellishments:  Filigree Charms, Pewter Mini Medley, Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems
Ink:  Cocoa Exclusives Ink, Chocolate Distressing Ink

Friday, 7 October 2011

So sorry


This card actually started out as a birthday card but due to some events that happened just before my friends birthday the card shifted gears to one of encouragement and understanding.  The mood just needed to be different...I figure we'll just move her birthday to a later date when she feels more like celebrating.

This summer my friends 2 year old son noticed some random pink petunias growing in their flower garden that weren't planted there on purpose.  Upon his discovery he said "Mommy...the pink flowers make me so happy!  Do the pink flowers make you happy?"  So it has become our little thing in our circle of friends that we need to think about pink flowers when we're feeling down.  That is where the inspiration for this card came from. This card was a little bit different for me but I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Inside the card I put a short letter of encouragment and dropped off the card today with some pink flowers waiting for her to come home from work.

So whenever you see pink flowers.  :)