Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monochrome Masculine Birthday Card

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Another challenge I’ve never taken before!  Gotta love this – Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #283:

I chose this backdrop of grey cardstock embossed – (can’t recall the name of the folder) – and then layered it up.  The vertical panel is a scrap of DP.  I stamped this birthday wish from an ART-c which I die cut, then layered it atop of coordinating grey and black to frame it.  I seated a bit of black ribbon between the two!  I finished up with various sized sequins, some of them from Pretty Pink Posh 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thinking of You floral card

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I’m always happy to join in a new challenge and so  I was taken with The Library Challenge today.  I really liked the following inspiration photo/sketch:

My SIL  Judy joined in crafting with me from afar. 

I have a good collection of floral paper which I love to rumage through.  I found my Designer Paper from Basic Grey – this one called Curio.  It had both the blooms, some faux lace and some writing on it so I let the paper do a lot of the work.  I stamped a Hero Arts Sentiment onto some vellum.  I added on another strip of die cut vellum and then glued a thin bit of real lace atop this.  Next I painted a bit of glue onto the rose and added some Fairy Dust glitter on the edges of petals. Lastly I added a black base behind my card and bumped it all up with foam tape. 

frozen lake Barb Derksen

So far this year we have escaped much of the cold temperatures and snow which has hit everywhere else so I have no reason to squeek about it being below freezing with a biting wind today. I was not going to let this stop me from going out for a walk though.  I dug out snowpants and my warmest of warm layers and mummyed myself up and topped it all off with a fluffy soft grey sequined scarft.  I imagine I looked quite the sight as I was going about.  I was nice and toasty though and thats whats important.  I took this photo at the lake’s edge.  I love how deep blue the water gets in winter.  Do YOU still get out in the cold for walks?

Pop Card Press Heart

I also would like to give a Thank You shoult out to Pop Card Press for sending me this LOVE-ly card I won through a contest!  I will save it and savour it on my mantle for a while and then send it to someone to brighten up their day.  I enjoyed seeing all their beautiful cards online! 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Catch a Wave Card

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Sometimes I make a card for the sheer fun of it, and this is one.  Because, I really have nobody in mind at the moment who this could make sense to.  I mean I do know people who live near the ocean and even some who are going on vacations near oceans but I won’t be there with them so they can’t catch a wave “with me”  but I’m sure one day this card will find its way to the perfect person at the ideal time. Do YOU ever make a “just because you’re inspired” card?  At any rate, I was inspired to take this week’s Tuesday Morning Sketches (joined by Nina and Judy who are family who create with me)  Only, I’m more than a few days after the Tuesday we created together.  This week’s sketch looked like this:


I Used Designer Paper from the “Coastal” premium stack by DCWV, Stamps and Die Cuts by Sizzix, Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says and the cool silvery Sea Horse from K & C Company. 


Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Sending Love Card

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Loved this simple and clean sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #249 this week:

I used a patterned embossing folder for the backdrop.  I used Peachy Cheap die cuts for the hearts, a sentiment from Hero Arts and embellished with some totally tiny and shiny tinsel (thread)  Sometimes lots of clean white realty allows all the small details to do the rest of the work.  My sister in law Judy  is playing along today too – love that even though we never seem to fit a visit in these days we still manage to create long distance.  Do YOU have someone you enjoy crafting with? 

It seems this winter is stretching on and on, though we can’t really complain much.  So many folk have it worse than us here in the Okanagan. We get a mixed bag of weather, sun, cloud, rain, snow, rain, snow and then start all over again.  I’d rather have the small variety than all rain or all snow.  All the more reason in inclement weather to stay snuggled indoors and craft and celebrate stuff.  For example, my sweet Mr and I rejoiced in another “forever” anniversary (we don’t count the years, we prefer to enjoy the quality of our bond much more than the milestones)  He made me a most sumptuous shrimp, cheese, tomato, pesto, pasta and shrimp dish baked in French Onion Soup bowls and served with crusty Ciabatta, second to none, from our local Village Bakery here in Osoyoos.  I’m using today to play catch up and I feel so ready for the week.  Hope you have a truly inpsired one!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Eat Cake! Card


I owe out SO many birthday cards its kinda scary!  Lol – by the time some arrive at the Birthday-ee’s they will have been more appropriate had I made them “Belated”  Anyways, I fashioned my card after this week’s Atalantic Hearts Sketch #248 challenge:




I lucked out that my SIL Judy also found some time to make a card too – its always more fun knowing someone else is being creative beside me (though from afar, in their own space) 

I used a patterned paper from a Heidi Swapp 6x6 paper pad – September Skies.  I used some fussy cut images from a Forever in Time paper.  I used an embossing folder for the white backdrop cardstock and used various die cuts from Simon Says - Pass the Cake sentiment stamp from Hampton Arts and finished things up with some glitzy sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

THE SUN WAS OUT TODAY!  Thanks for dropping by. 




Friday, January 19, 2018

LOVE-ly Anniversary Card

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Oh it feels SO good to be back home and in my creative space. My very first project was to create an anniversary card for my Mr (who rarely, obviously, checks my blog…) (shhhh!)  So I decided to find a card challenge to inspire me.  I was drawn to The Sketch File:

I used a pretty heart die cut which I bought from Peachy Cheap, a bit of glittery romantic red sparkle cardstock, a round die-cut from Simon Says, a sentiment stamp from Forever in Time and some We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 patterned paper.  Sprinkled around a few sequins from Pretty PInk Posh and there you have it. 

HOPING to get a few more days in my craft area before life whisks me off again …


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Blooming Birthday Card

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I found myself inspired by this week’s Atlantic Hearts Stamp Challenge #237

I literally found this sketch was EXACTLY what I wanted to express as I’ve had this Sweet William's Strip die cut by cheerylynn deisgns sitting in a box for far too long and decided to employ it for this card.  I used designer paper from Kristin Cronin Barrow’s Boho Chic 12 x 12 pack and a sentiment by Your Next Stamp – layering it all and popping sweet sequins and gems in by Pretty Pink Posh.  I also used some Simon Says stitched die cuts.  This card was easily made, just lots of building on the florals. 


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Pretty Layered Birthday Card

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Inspired by this week’s Your Next Stamp Challenge #76 this card was built in my mind before I even got to my craft area.

I have this lovely paper pack “Love Story” by Kristin Cronin Barrow which I wish you could feel because besides being lovely to look at, has all sorts of fabulous textures!  I just chose two co-ordinating patterns and then did all kinds of layering up.  I started with a cream base layer on cream cardstock which I ran through my cuttlebug inside patterend embossing folder.  I die cut the two patterened layers, backing one with a complementary cardstock.  I created this tag using a Spellbinders Shapeablilties set, cutting it out of  both the patterned paper and also plain cardstock.  Of course I stamped my birthday sentiment beforehand, a Your Favorite Stamp sentiment!  Lastly I drew this rich, thick ribbon through the slots.  I helped some layers stand out with the help of foam tape.  The final touches were various glimmery shimmery sequins and jewels from Simon Says and Pretty Pink Posh.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Kraft Based Birthday Card

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This was such a fun card to make!  I grazed through a few challenges until I hit upon this week’s Seize the Birthday "Kraft Card Base" (there is another option too, but I got excited about the kraft…)

I have this 12 x 12 Paper pad from Craft Smith which I’ve been wishing to use in a project so this was the time to just go with it.  I paired it up with this sweet little stamp from All Night Media “Hedgehog”.  I used a birthday sentiment from My Favorite Things and layered everything up and made a peek a boo hole for the sweet Hedgie!  My photo does not do it justice, I’m pleased with how it turned out.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Simple One Layer Floral Card

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Oh its a challenge all right – its a challenge for me to do a simple one layer card at any time.  I have to smack my hands from wanting to make layers and layers and layers.  However this sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches #246 made me think I could do it:

I used Close to my Heart D1284 “With Love” stamps for the vase and florals and sentiment, the black and red both Versafine inks. I bumped the sentiment out a bit with foam tape and popped a simple gem in the middle of each bloom. 

I know I’ve posted this sentiment before but I’d like to post it again…

Golden October, your beautiful leaves now turn,

Sombre November, we cheerful fires burn.

We will not be sad that summer days are gone

and birds now seldom sing.

We’ll smile through the winter

And look forward to the spring. 


I’m posting this phogo for a new friend who I know will enjoy the warm colors.  I hope you feel like you are back here in Osoyoos, even for a moment or two, for a walk with me!

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