Friday, February 28, 2014

Snow Piles and Puddles

My friend Desiree challenged our Stamping Team members to join in on a challenge blog she's a design team member of… As You See It.   
I have been wanting to join them for a while now - and today is the day.  

The challenge this time round is to use polaroid frames.  I'm chugging away to get Elliot's book done and to speed up the process a wee bit, I'm taking inspiration from some big wigs!  The sketch I've used is cased from one done by Heather Summers.  It will be a page spread along with this one….

Almost a year ago - wow time flies!
Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Warm Bermuda Boot

Well, it's Wednesday and I finally made it back into my craft room and finished to card I started for the Merry Monday Challenge this week - to create a Christmas Card using Aqua, Silver and White.

I chose to use Bermuda Bay as my Aqua colour - I love love love Bermuda Bay!

I used the Paper Players sketch from this week too - clean and simple - so the card came together easily.  I still have a difficult time with complete empty untouched space - so I threw down a few rhinestones for fun!

Tomorrow is a half day of teaching so I'm hoping to get a bit more stamping done - if I'm not exhausted again from this dog-gone cough I've still got!

Hope you are healthy and happy in your little corner of the world
Thanks for stopping by - 

Play play play...

Just a quick update today with pages I've been doing in Elliot's 2013 book!  I've got to get concentrating on it!  I thought I was more ahead than I was last year - but I goess not.

I've used sketches inspired by Heather Summers - Love love love her work! I've used different colours and some different stamps - but I think the sketches are fun.  And when I have so many pages to complete - it's nice to have a jumping off place with incredible inspiration!

Off to work I go - these full days keep me from doing too much extra crafting - so I look forward to my half days!
Have a good one!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Changing the Guard

Good (freezing) Monday Morning - Today at MDS Monday Cindy has us joining in on her passion for maps and her country.  While she, and her fellow Americans are using the Niffy Fifty download, we Canadians have the Providence of Provinces Kit download to create pages commemorating trips around our country.  You can check the kit out HERE.

I am so behind on my book making, that I'm glad I was able to create another page for our summer stay in Ottawa this past year.  Greg was very excited about going to Rideau Hall - and I enjoyed it too.

Here's the awesome sketch - hope you have fun with it!

Stay warm - and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bicycles, Bicycles….

Yesterday I finished working on the cards from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.  I have to admit that, although I loved the little bike, I had a hard time with this kit.  In the end though I am happy with what I came up with.  I always create the prototype first and then create 3 other original designs.

I used background stamps from previous pumpkins and punched out hexagons halves.

Thought I'd try a diagonal look and added some Gorgeous Grundge.  The little candy dots worked perfectly for this because it is a single layer card.

For the last one, I took the left over pieces from the sticky strips and laid them down - they were all connected at the ends, so it was relatively easy to get them evenly spaced.

Hope your day is going well.
Thanks for visiting.

Oh Baby!

Marie has a fun sketch for us today over at Sunday Stamps, and the design team members have some fabulous projects for inspiration!
I decided to create a baby card with this one - I just love the little shoes that are included in this set….and the little bunny is so so sweet.  I can't wait until we get the new Blendabilities markers so I can do a better job of shading things in.

Hope you are having a super Sunday and that you find some time to play with us at Sunday Stamps.  Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great day - Joan

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hexagons and Triangles

Today's Friday Mashup is to use Hexagons and Triangles in your creation. I've used the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary this week also.  
Since I haven't used this Afternoon Picnic  paper AT ALL - I decided I'd better dig into it and turned the triangle paper pieces into a pinwheel.

I have made a list of things that I would like to accomplish in my crafting room this weekend…..we'll see how that goes!
Hope your Friday has been Fantastic
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

May Happiness be your Destination

Worked on the Freshly Made Sketches and Hand Stamped Sentiment challenges this afternoon.

I've used the World Map stamp and split it in three sections.  After stamping the sentiment onto the ribbon I thought that something else was needed - so added a few stamps as embellishments.

Getting ready to have dinner and head to choir for the first time in 3 weeks.
Hope all is going well for you today.
Thanks for dropping in.

Seriously Real Life

I started putting together my Real Life book - which was a previous Paper Pumpkin.  I've decided to use it as a miniature photo journal of what happens during the year - trying to capture the special moments of the month…..It's a good thing I took pictures during January and now I'll have to be conscious of events around me through the year.

I made more dividers and pages using card stock and the Kalidescope DSP.  I'm also using bits and pieces of Paper Pumpkin embellishments that I have left over!

I think from now on I may try to print off the pictures I want to use at Walmart so I can get some smaller sizes that would work well and allow me more space on the pages - or allow for more photos.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the year unfolds.
Hope you are having a fantastic Thursday.
Thanks for dropping in.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Holly Tidings

This week at Merry Monday we are to use holly on our creations.  The only holly I could find right now is this wee little one from "Happy Hour".  I ended up colouring the leaves in a bit because of stamping on the embossed background……and I'm annoyed with the one little smudge….especially since I was using markers to colour in the stamp!  

And hey - I've started another blog with just my doodles and "art work" on it.  I create something every day - whether it's just a card, or just a doodle or both - I have to create something….so if you are interested please pop on over.  I'm posting current work and also some previous projects from time to time.
The blog address is very close to this one…..  

Hope you Tuesday has been terrific!  Thanks for dropping by.

I can be Me...

Pulled out a stamp set I have rarely used for this week's Friday Mashup.  Whenever I see cards using this set I like them - and yet I keep forgetting to pull it out myself.

This week's mashup is to use the sketch and/or add splatters to our projects.  I love splatters and I used Shelli's technique again….such an easy process if you have the little pieces of glue dot paper left hanging around.  Here is the sketch….

Hope your day is full of people who accept you the way you are.  I sure am thankful for the people who "get" me.  Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lined Up Thanks

Sorry I've been missing in action this past week.  I finished the teachers convention and then proceeded to get sick - my bodies way of telling me to slow down a bit.

It's a card sketch day today at MDS Monday and Tara is also asking us to get our ducks in a line by using the "Space Evenly" option in the align feature.  Stampin'Up! has a great tutorial video to help you with this process.
I love the space evenly feature because you don't have to strain your eyes to get things perfectly lined up on your project.  I've used  it for the little flags on my cards and for one set of brads - which I then copied and pasted to the second space on the page.

Here is the sketch…..hope you have fun with it and post your creation back to the MDS Monday blog. We'd love to see what elements you've got lined up!
Thanks for stopping by for a bit.

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hi everyone - Beth has a cute sketch for us today, at MDS Monday where we're suppose to use our "scraps"….which is one nice thing about MDS - we don't end up with any - so it's fun to remember that they do exist in our crafting lives!

I love watching Elliot grow into play at our house; and these "On the Go"  "scraps" worked well with the photos.
I've "stitched" the scraps together, and cropped two of the embellishments to be able to arrange them the way I wanted on the page.

Here is the sketch…
I hope you play along with us this week.  Be sure to link your creations back to the MDS Monday Blog. We love seeing what you do with our sketches.

Thanks for visiting - have a great day.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Coffee

We have some happy "spring like" colours for you over at Sunday Stamps today…Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.
For today's card, I masked the coffee cups - although once I was looking at the photograph I realized that some of my paper piecing doesn't match my masking - which just proves you shouldn't always craft with a head cold…..
I also did some literal masking on the letters for each cup.  I took the "Happy" from the Countless Sayings 2 Photopolymer set.  I taped off the letters that I didn't want in order to put a single letter on each cup.  Once they were stamped I highlighted them by colouring them in with marker.
Finally, I stamped the "Birthday" onto our Natural Trim - since this word was also from the Countless Sayings set (so it was a photopolymer piece), I was able to see the ribbon easily and where I was stamping.

I hope you join us this week for this challenge.  Link your creation back to the Sunday Stamps challenge blog.  We love to see your projects!

Have a fabulous Sunday.
Thanks for dropping by,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Musical Sketch

It's a card sketch day at MDS Monday and as an extra challenge, Heidi is asking us to add music to our card.  You can incorporate musical notes, lyrics, musical instruments, even birds.

Here are a few downloads in My Digital Studio that can help you with this part of the challenge...

  • Natural Composition stamp brush set
  • Modern Medley stamp brush set
  • Newsprint designer series paper
  • Music Notes stamp brush set
And here is the sketch…..

I hope you join us andd share your creation with us on the MDS Monday blog so we can visit your blog to take a peak at your project.

Have fun - have a marvellous Monday!
Thanks for visiting,