May 09, 2016

Fun Times and A Mass Production

I was honoured to receive a phone call from an amazing lady that I am fortunate to have in my life, and was asked if I had any Mother's Day cards to give for the Mother's Day brunch at the U of C, for the evacuees from Fort Mac. I didn't have any cards made but was definitely not passing up an opportunity to help and hopefully bring a bit of cheer to these families that have been through so much. With the help of my amazing (12 year old) daughter and her awesome bestie, we ended up making 200 cards in about 7 hours, which never would have been possible without their help. The cards were simple as that was a mass production, but it was the most inspiring card making that I have ever done. 
Here are some pics.

I created the different card fronts in photoshop then just printed off sheets of them, 4 per page. There was a lot of cutting and scoring, the girls became amazing at both.  Also I had three different verses that I printed out for the insides of the cards. Then came all the glueing and taping, both girls were such troopers with helping and near the end of it, they also became very entertaining as we had the tunes playing and were singing and dancing. It was so much fun!!

April 06, 2016

Birthdays and Cake

Hello Everyone!

Cake is a symbol of celebrating and usually birthdays, it's fun to eat something yummy after making a wish and blowing out the candles. A card is also fun to give for birthdays, and creating a different shaped card makes it all the more special.

I love using my cutting machine (silhouette cameo) and am grateful for all of the wonderful companies like My Scrap Chick for creating fabulous svg files. This easel cake card is one of theirs.

I used Ranger distress inks, glitter glue, and some printed paper by K&Company the 'Berry Sweet' collection and some glossy accents to the candles to give them a waxy effect. I hope that you are having a great week, until next time :0)

April 05, 2016

Owls and Ceramics

Hello Everyone!

I was telling you earlier on that I was going out for an evening to help celebrate a friend's birthday. Well we had a fantastic evening painting a ceramic of our choice at 'Colour me Mine' on 14th St.
Now as I was telling the lovely ladies the last time I had done anything with ceramics was 20 years ago........agh!! Can you believe it 20 years ago, I have lived long enough to say those words, I did something 20 years ago.....just another milestone in someone's life I guess. Okay I'm moving on from that.....we had a blast, it was so nice to sit and chat and paint, well paint and a little chat.....hehehe we were all so quiet concentrating on our painting, but so enjoyable. I believe that another night is in order :)

I absolutely love owls, now I love all animals but for some reason owls just have a way of drawing me in and grabbing my attention right now. So of course when I saw this owl I knew that I needed to bring him home with me.
Isn't he just adorable, I tried to do some shading on his belly starting with it being darker on the top and fading to lighter near the bottom, it kinda worked. I can't wait to go again and expand my horizons on painting ceramics. All of the ladies projects turned out amazing!!

 Here is my little guy with a candle lit inside.

I just love him! Okay that's it for me today, this is a busy week for me not sure that there will be much time for crafting. Until next time :0)

April 04, 2016

My First TriShutter Card

Hello Everyone!

I have finally uploaded some pictures for the blog, I can't believe that 24 hours in a day is just not enough, oh yeah minus the 8 hours that we are supposed to be getting each night for sleep (I think I get about 6hrs) it is definitely not enough time in a day to accomplish everything that I would like to do. I have been teaching myself to do so much housework in a day, one job whether it be dusting and vacuuming, bathrooms, etc., not doing everything in the same day then to take time doing something else, like reading, knitting, crafting. It doesn't always work out that way as jobs that I haven't planned just seem to pop up and end up taking up the free time that I had planned for myself, I'm sure you know how that is.

I am so excited to share my first trishutter card with you, I absolutely love it and will be definitely making more of these in the near future (hopefully). I love personalizing stuff for people, this is why it is hard for me to pre make anything, I need to know who it is for and for what event. This card was for my daughter's and my dance teacher for her birthday.

The images of the ladies are from a stamp set by Graphic 45 and the 'jolly good time' sentiment is from a set by Urban Stamps. The yellow paper with the happy birthday on it was designed by me in photoshop, also the green background paper is something that I created using a template from PixelScrapper, the 'Sparkle' sentiment in the middle of the card is also from there. The butterfly paper and the butterflies that I cut out are from LilacGarden and of course when you are speaking of sparkle you must add some sparkle, and remember to leave a little everywhere you go :)

Until next time :0)

March 24, 2016

Adorable Party Penguin

Hello Everyone! I had been showing a friend the valentine treats that I had made for my kids, she really thought the boxes were cute, you can see them here and she asked me if I could make her a penguin one for her daughter's birthday.

I have a file from MyScrapChick for a penguin belly box, you can see the file here. With the file being  Christmas themed, I thought how could I take the hat off without making the penguin look weird. So instead what I did was print out some 'happy birthday' paper from pixelscrapper and found my stash of sequins. Here is the picture so you can see the finished product :)

This little cutie is all ready to party. I added a few touches with some sakura gel pens. 

I am working on a tri shutter card right now, it's my first time making this type of card and I have to say I love it!! So many ways to decorate it, it's like a mini scrapbook page. It's for a special birthday lady that I am actually going out with tonight to celebrate. I will share that one with you tomorrow. Until then :)

March 22, 2016

A Guy's Birthday Card

Hello Everyone! Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my daughter's friend. He had a lazer tag game at his party and the kids were to try and dress with some camouflage colours. I thought it would be fun to try and add a bit of camouflage to the card.

I took some 12x12 printed paper that I bought at Michaels and added some Ranger distress inks to it. Here is a picture to show you the difference once the inking was done.

I then used my new Silhouette Cameo to cut out a Happy Birthday phrase that I bought from The Cutting Cafe, one of my favourite places for cut files. I love my new machine, I am still learning as there are many capable functions with it, like the print and cut which I haven't even attempted yet, but I absolutely love it!! Here is a picture of the finished card.

I am currently working on a few projects and am excited to finish them so I can share them with you.
I unfortunately did finish another birthday card for this past weekend, the cut file that I used for that one was really neat, it was an expandable card that unfolded and it had 55 candles on it, I bought that file over at 3dCuts. I included a direct link to the card so that you can get an idea of what I made, I forgot to take a picture of it. I used some different colours and added some glitter to the flames and some of the candles, also to the wow on the first page. 

Until next time :)

March 21, 2016

A Lamp Restored

Hello Everyone!

I'm glad to be here and to be able to share a project with you. While we were on our summer holidays last year we found a great find during one of our shopping trips. As soon as I saw this lamp I knew that it was meant for my daughter's and my dance teacher for a Christmas present. I brought the lamp home, bought a new shade for it, painted the base with a few coats of acrylic and added a touch of glitter. My initial idea was to add tulle to the shade to make the shade look like a tutu. I had started with that idea but the feeling of knowing that it was the right thing to do just didn't come. So I still added some tulle but just in a different way and of course some bling for a final touch. Here is a picture of how the lamp turned out.

I wish I would have thought of taking a before picture but I was just so excited to get started on it that I didn't. This week it's Spring Break from school so the kids are home which is nice, we have no plans yet but hopefully a bit of crafting is in order.

Until next time :)