Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mathematical Magic

This week's challenge for MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card featuring your favourite school subject.  I chose MATH!  I love teaching math and sharing how math isn't hard, it's about finding patterns and applying what you already know in new ways.

I'm really hoping that school starts on time here in British Columbia and that the negotiations between the teachers and the government move forward.  I always find September to be magical - more so than January.  Every year, we get a totally fresh start.  New supplies, new friends, teachers and the opportunity to do better.  I love September.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This week's challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to use real or faux stitching.  I still haven't worked up the courage to use my machine on a card.  I have so much trouble just stitching in a straight line, I can't imagine anything more complicated.  I promise to post my first quilt when I get it finished, just for laughs.  The cornflower image was one coloured last week that I decided didn't fit.  Hope you are able to enjoy the last of summer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teddy Bears' Picnic

This is such a fun challenge this week.  The theme on MFP's Simple Salutations is bears.  This was a challenge for me, I don't have any bear stamps.  At first it was difficult - my bear kept looking more like a monkey than a bear but perseverance makes perfect.  The sentiment was from MFP's Lots of Words.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Prairie Coneflower

I'm back!  I had a wonderful time visiting relies in England.  Now it's back to the day-to-day.  This was way more fun than doing laundry.

This week's challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to use at least one button.  I played with MFP's Coneflower image.  I used the double flower image and then fussy cut it out to fit this layout.  The sentiment is from the Roses set.  The paper is from My Mind's Eye.  In order to have a matching embellishment, I ended up colouring the prism with my copics.  I love that technique.  Hope you'll play too!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What A Doll!

This week's topic on MFP's Simple Salutations is to use Paper Dolls.  I was always more of a tomboy and never played with paper dolls before. I used the Frances Doll and the Frances Bundle Up sets.  After playing with the doll for a bit, I started to get into it.  I took the boots from the winter outfit and cut them thinner to look like dress boots.  I made my own pencil skirt design by following the doll's hip lines.  The blouse is from the tennis outfit.  It just goes to show how much flexibility there is in the sets to make it your own.

For the sentiment, I love how this turned out.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Great Flowers set and then added Beautiful! from the Huge Blooms set.  You wouldn't know that it's two separate sentiments.  The papers are from My Mind's Eye.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Outside the Window...

This week's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card featuring a tree.  I decided that this sketch just screamed for me to use my window die.  I love it but don't use it nearly enough.  The image is from the Please Snow set.  The sentiment is from 'Tis the Season mini set.  I used some recycled ribbon and for the strip at the side.

Hope you will join us this week.  What a great opportunity to get a Christmas card off that list.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Guardian Lion

This week's challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card using oriental papers.  I'm on holiday and somehow missed this challenge so I thought I'd share with you a card I'd made earlier this year with the only oriental papers I have - rice paper used to make a girlfriend's wedding shower invitations, 9 years ago!  How's that for stash.

The image is from MFP's Guardian Lions set and the sentiment is from MFP's Lotus Blossoms set.  I used some old rhinestones for some bling.