Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birthday Greetings

I am going to put this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is my favourite, "Anything Goes".

I came across this card design/layout on Pinterest.  I've used it before, I am sure we all have, but like many crafters I totally forgot about this design and how much I really liked it.  Her is my card.
Paper: cardstock (PTI); designer paper: scraps
Ink: Hero Arts; CTMH; Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Hero Arts; SSS (sentiment)

We are 2 weeks into Grade 3 and all seems to be going well.  My daughter made the swimming Squad team which means we have a very busy February and March with a number of inter-school galas!  It was a pleasant surprise!

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's a String Thing #76

Adele continues to have her weekly "It's A String Thing" challenge.  I did not submit anything for challenge #76, you can see the requirements HERE, but I did do a tile for it!

This one was a challenge, very linear string with some rather organic tangles...I struggled but persevered.  Unfortunately it did take all the Zen out of Zentangle® for me.

Fjord; Trumpits; Oolo

Nothing spectacular, but one learns as one goes along!

You can see all the innovative submissions HERE.

Have a splendid day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Have a Heart 2

This is my second entry into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart.  You still have time to play so try it out.
Paper: cardstock (PTI)
Ink: Distress Inks
Stamps: Penny Black ; PTI

Just something simple.  I remembered I had this stamp from Penny Black, "All You Need..." and I thought it was perfect with the heart flowers.

I hope you are having a good start to your week.  We are experiencing some extreme heat at the moment, it makes it hard to get enthusiastic about too much.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Have A Heart

This week's Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is "Have a Heart".  With Valentines' Day coming up it makes sense to turn our sights to anything and everything to do with the Heart.

Here is my card for this challenge:

Paper: cardstock (PTI); designer paper (old stash)
Ink: HA Charcoal
Stamps: HA (Stitched Frame); PS (Pretty Phrases; Whirligigs)
Other: Star Dust Stickles

I love those Star Dust Stickles, it's the one I use the most when I want a little sparkle.

My daughter;s Grade 3 teacher has asked me if I would be interested in giving the Art Class for both Grade 3's for the next 4 Fridays!  She wants me to teach them some Zentangle!  I said yes.  So wish me luck as I go and take care of 40+ little nine year old girls today!

Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #10

I've missed out on quite a few of Barb's challenges over at SSS, but I made some time to get a card together tonight as I think this challenge closes tomorrow.  You can find all the details HERE.

This challenge is all about "Spots. n. Dots".  I'm not a very imaginative person (unlike my daughter!), so I came up with a very simple card.  The "spots n dots" were found through a Tim Holtz stencil called "Bubbles".
Paper: cardstock (PTI)
Ink: Pumice Stone DI; HA Soft Granite; CTMH
Stamps: SSS (Only Have Eyes for You; Music 2 My Ears)
Other: Atyou Spica pen: Gelly Roll pen

So the first day of school went by without a hitch and the year has officially begun.  Natasha is thrilled to have gotten the teacher she was hoping for.  And I get to teach the Grade 3's Zentangle during their Art Class over the next 4 weeks!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Feminine Card

Yes I managed to find some time to make a card, this time a feminine card, totally inspired by a card in the January 2015 Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

The card is by Joyce Lau!  I went with her sketch, a similar colour scheme and her floral stamps.  Why, because her card is stunning!  And also because I am no good at these "build up, overlay" type stamps, you know the ones, where you stamp something, then something else is stamped over it and then you have to try and make a floral arrangement with all these little pieces!  I admit I am ridiculous at this hence I never try to make bouquets for friends myself, I can't even do basic gardening!  It's sad, I know.

But in any case, I made this card and I love it:
Paper: cardstock (PTI)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Fresh Cut Florals); HA (Frame & Feathers; S5637 - dotted background)
Other: WPlus9 die; pop dots; Atyou Spica pen

I hope you are inspired by someone to create today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Simon Says "It's A Guy Thing"

So here is my first card of the year and what better way than to start with a real challenge (for me that is), to make a "guy" card!  For whatever reason these types of cards seem more challenging, perhaps because I have a pre-conceived idea of what colours to use, what images to use....and quite frankly, I know I need to take some risks and try something new...but....maybe another day!  Here is my card for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which you can find HERE.

Excuse the way my card is standing but I wanted to try and capture the look of the heat embossed sentiment.
Paper: cardstock (PTI); designer paper (Glitz : Sunshine in my Soul)
Ink: HA Charcoal; Versamark; Pumice Stone DI
Stamps: HA (Special Time); SSS (Birthday Messages)
Other: pop dots; glossy accents; embossing powder (Liquid Platinum)

And here is an attempt at a close up of this absolutely gorgeous embossing powder called Liquid Platinum from Ranger!

As it was melting under my heat tool I just kept saying "Wow".  Unfortunately the picture does not do it justice so I guess you'll just have to take my word for it, or better still, go out and buy yourself some! (P.S. Thank You SSS for including this gem in  your December 2014 Monthly Card Kit!)

Have a fabulous day!