Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swinging Christmas

This week's challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card with something that has wings. I looked at all my sets and despite loving the idea of LateBlossom's Use Your Stamps Challenge, I reached for my favourite set, Cardinals.  I will be so gutted when it retires.

This card was my first attempt at a swing card.  Let's just say I learned lots.  I had to do it twice because I centred the die-cut on the wrong fold.  Also I love to be able to write on my cards.  Next time I think I would choose to use patterned paper that allowed me to write over top of it.  That big space on the right is begging to be used for more writing but that may just be my own personal bias.  I know my family loves cards with "play" value to them, especially the guys.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas for October
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O is for Owl
Shopping Our Stash - Something for my Sweetheart (a Valentine)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Owl Always Love You

Everyone else is working on Halloween and I have Valentine's stuck on the brain.  I never was good at telling time - just ask DH.  This biweekly challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card using an owl on it.  I just got thos cute set, Owls and was excited to try it.  The pun was computer generated.  The set came with several puns but I always like to find just one more pun.  I almost used, "Owl be here for you."  If you wanted to do Operation Write Home or another thinking of you there is always, "Owl be waiting," or "Owl be missing you."  As you can see, Owl be having fun with this set.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O is for Owl
Shopping Our Stash - Something for my Sweetheart (a Valentine)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Soccer Star

This week's Simple Salutations was another stretch for me.  Emily is helping me get out of my creative rut and think outside the box, which is part of the reason I love entering challenges.  This week we are to "Play Ball" and make cards featuring ball sports.  My DS plays soccer and I make all the coach, assistant coach and manager cards for the year.  This year I'm getting a head start.  Love how it turned out.  Time consuming but very easy, visually effective and it used lots of scraps.  My kind of card.  The soccer ball was made using my small hexagon punch and leaving small gaps to show my grey card base.  Once all the hexagons were taped down, I cut out my circles from my base.  I then scored a fold line on the back card base and taped that down to the front so there is no visible fold line or flat edge on the front of the card.  The sentiment is from the Tiger set.  I love the ability to position clear stamps.  It's a long straight sentiment but I was able to ink one word, clean my stamp and then stamp the second to make it up and down.  Can't wait to see everyone else's take on this card.

On another note, for those that read my blog, I am so very happy to announce that a tentative agreement between the teachers' union and the government has been reached.  The ratification vote is on Thursday and I'm very much hoping to be with my class on Monday.  YEAH!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Serendipitous Find

Today's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card with yellow and grey.  I was so tired this week after hosting my sister's wedding shower that I made a yellow and grey card but forgot to follow the sketch.  This is my second attempt.  I'll post my other attempt later.  

I decided to leave the area by the butterfly blank so I can add a sentiment as needed.  I used the Great Flowers stamp set.  The butterfly just magically appeared on my craft table.  I have no idea where it came from; I'm not sure I'd ever seen it in my stash before but it obviously wanted to be included.  Isn't it embarrassing when that happens?  Serendipitous but still embarrassing.

As for my sister's wedding shower, I will post pictures later this week.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Visions of Crazy Christmas Patterns

This was a fun card to make and challenging for me since I don't normally use 3 different DP patterns on one card.  It's my entry for this week's MFP's Simple Salutations.  The challenge is to use one image, two flowers, the papers, 4 brads and a sentiment.  The image and sentiment is from this month's new set Brrrr.  The two poinsettias were recycled from the Christmas crackers I made last year.  The brads were used for his buttons and eyes and are old ones given to me as part of a gift for finding the LSS owner's car when it was stolen years ago.  Maybe this will kick-start me on my Christmas cards - yeah right.

Back to School... Please!

This week's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card for back to school.  I so wish we were going back to school here in B.C.  I miss my students.  We are currently on strike to have the government honour contract clauses that were stripped illegally from our contracts.  It went to court twice and the government lost both court cases!  If you are interested in learning more about the history of the teacher labour dispute here in B.C., I recommend you reading this article by The Tyee.

For my card, I chose a thank you card only because I often need cards at the beginning of the year for parents and former students that help me set up my room.  I don't know what I'd do without their help.

The apple shape is a Spellbinders Shapeability.  The sentiment is my favourite from MFP's Hydrangea set.  I know there looks like a there is a halo effect around the sentiment but it's not there in real life.  I'm not sure what happened.  The DP is a simple purple inter-lined pattern.  It looked very stark so I handwrote the class subjects in.

I hope everyone has a happy and smooth transition into the new school year.

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.