Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Perfectly Panda

I had fun with the Sketch Saturday Challenge this week and since it helped me to use 3 different patterned papers, my New Years' goal for the year, I decided to give it a second shot.  (If you didn't see my first card, you can see it here).  I used the same stamps and the same layout.  I love how changing the papers gave it a completely different feel.  This green and pink layout was my favourite one - it just seemed a bit cleaner.

The card is going to one of my students as a Valentine's Day thank you.  They really do enjoy getting happy mail and I really do believe that if I want them to learn about the importance of being gracious, it needs to be modelled.

Sketch Saturday
2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - February
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Cut it Up - Love is in the Air

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Valentines' Thanks

I needed some thank you cards for my students who were so generous at Valentine's Day.  They get so excited when they get mail at home.

I am trying to use some of my stamps that haven't seen love recently.  I don't think I've ever used this panda.  I liked how this one reinforced the Valentine's theme and helped me to use some of the papers that have been in my stash since before my children were born.  Let's just say they aren't little anymore! I find using patterned patter challenging and it is my New Years' goal to bust some of that patterned paper stash.

Sketch Saturday
2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - February
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Cut it Up - Love is in the Air
Use Your Stuff - Circles

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Cheers to a New Year!

Happy 2020 to you!  Every year I make a promise to myself to use up some stash.  I think it's working... my paper stash is about 6 inches smaller than it was three years ago.  As part of keeping my resolution, I made New Year's Thank You cards to send to my students.  They were so kind to me.  These cards were a wonderful blend of new and old.

I used my last 4 pieces of Vintage Violet, that I'd had for 15 years.  (I bought it to make Christmas cards the first year I started stamping.).  The last of the scraps were used to cut out the cheers.  I then used the last of some sparkly blue that I had.  Even all the paper from the 4 spring cards came straight from my scrap pile.  Only the inserts were new paper.

The Cheers to the New Year is from the SU holiday catalogue and I had to have it since I never manage to get Christmas cards out.  By the time I've written report cards in November, I can't string a coherent sentence together.  I tend to write my cards right after Christmas and send them in the first little bit of the new year, or as Valentine cards.  I figure as long as everyone gets a card over the course of the year, it's all good.  I have a good stash of Halloween cards; I may use them this year.

Challenges Entered - 
 Challenge Up Your Life:  Anything Goes
Crazy for Challenges:  Use Something New
Inkspirational Challenge:  Photo Inspiration (New Years' Theme)
Polkadoodles:  Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes
Lavina's World:  Anything Goes

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Too Cute to Spook

I was playing with what's on my table before Halloween.  Honestly how does a onesie, a scrap of green stars and a spider web become a card?  But I know someone for whom this was their first Halloween and their daddy is a Halloween baby himself so I could get away with it.  I just love that I was able to find a tiny skull stamp to fit on the onesie.

Stamps:  onesie from Stampin' Up, skull from MFT, sentiment from WaltzingMouse
Dies: spiderweb from MFT, rectangle from Spellbinders

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fab-Boo-Lous Night

I'm working on clearing off my desk.  I know it never works but often I prefer to use the bits I find on my desk rather than clean it off.  Why I had a random Halloween sticker out, I have no idea but I love making Halloween cards.  I now have quite a stash and I'm thinking I might send out Halloween cards this year instead of Christmas cards.  I have more time at the beginning of October than the end of November when I'm trying to finish off report cards.  What do you think, would people find it strange to get a "Halloween letter" instead of the traditional one?

Stamps:  My Favourite Things Spooky sentiments - retired
Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Graphic 45 DP
Technique:  Heat embossing of the sentiment

Friday, August 23, 2019

Forest Friends

I needed a super quick card for my cousin's son.  He's turning four and he wanted a "Forest Friends" theme for his party.  Why do I never plan my cards in advance?  I make them but so rarely remember to sign and give them if I am organized in advance.  I wasn't sure what I had in my stash that would work but after much frantic searching, I found this image I had never used from Mark's Finest Papers.  I struggled with the colouring because the image is in no way atomically correct and so I struggled with how to translate the shading from the images I looked up.  I used MFT's sketch 448.  It thankfully hides the smudges at the top of the card as well as gives it some visual interest.  Bonus was that it allowed me to continue to work on my scrap pile.  All the sentiments came from Stampin' Up!  And yes, I had to run back for it but he did get his card.

Thursday, August 22, 2019


I had bought Tropical Chic from Stampin' Up! to make baby shower cards for my sister since she chose a Maui theme for the nursery.  However my good intentions never materialized and I did something much simpler.  This was the first time I broke out the set despite my nephew now being seven months old. This card is based on MFT's Sketch 439. Once I had stamped all the leaves I had a gap in the middle though so I pulled out the banner die from Concord & 9th.  I just happened to have the Mahalo stamp from Waltzing Mouse, which means "thank you" in Hawaiian.  I love the green, blue and white combo.  All the white paper was from my scrap stash.