Saturday, May 30, 2015

I Don't Want You To Go...


I'm in the countdown to the end of the school year.  Unfortunately, here in Canada we go right until the very end of June.  With the hot weather though, everyone is just done.  All us teachers are nursing our coffee cups, especially as we are writing report cards.

We used a sketch challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends.  I cut a mask to make my rectangles.  I love my quilting ruler.  It makes planning so much easier.  The stamps are from MFP's Java Time.  I needed something so I added the bling.  In real life, the bling, sentiment and cup all match. I couldn't get it to work digitally.  I had wanted to use the bling to look like steam but it looks more like champagne bubbles.  However, the image tickled my funny bone so I left them...


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ish


I needed a quick thank you for the daycare worker so this is what I came up with.  Since I wasn't posting it, I went with lots of dimension.  The flower is actually got 4 layers with fun foam between each one to give it depth.

The challenge this week at MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a card with 7 layers.  At first I thought it would be hard because I tend to CAS-ish.  Have you ever read the book, "Ish" by Peter Reynolds?  That's my art.  CAS-ish.  I sometimes do one-layer.  I usually have only a few layers.  I usually don't do embellishments.  Ribbon is a bit scary, I don't know what to do with bulky embellishments but I break out of the modo often enough that CAS can't be described as totally my "thing."  The book basically about how art does not have to be exact replicas of real life, art is to be  enjoyed.  I love Peter Reynolds' books about creativity.


Anyways, back to the card,  I did the flower first and then realized I was going to have a hard time keeping it down to 7 layers when I had already used up four on the flower.  No layers for leaves now...  The pink around the die cut circle is sponged because I only had 3 layers left.  It was a bit funny at that point.  The sentiment stamp is actually straight but because it is an acrylic stamp, I was able to bend it on my block.  Love that we can do that!

Stamps:  MFP's Gardenia, sentiment is MFP's Roses
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, TH's Victorian Velvet
Paper:  Gina K.'s luxury white, DP from Creative Memories
Diecuts: Scalloped Circles
Accessories:  None

Challenges this Card Meets:
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Fab 'N Funky - Flora and Fauna
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Let the Little Fairy in You Fly!

DS was invited to a birthday party.  I was told that the birthday girl likes Tinkerbell.  I didn't have any Tinkerbell images but I decided to run with the fairy theme.  I bought several Magic Fairy books and pulled out all my fairy stamps.  I let him pick.  I thought my cute Paper Makeup images would be perfect but he liked the older looking fairies from Sweet Pea Stamps better.  We finally settled on this one, "Masked Fairy in Green" as the most appropriate.  I unfortunately had a Wink Stella accident right at the very end, requiring lots of blotting and needing me to cut out the image.  She was then mounted on some old Creative Memories DP.  I fussed endlessly on how to embellish the card and finally when I was ready to give up, the purple butterflies actually fell onto the card.  I had bought them two years ago for DS's Hundred Day display and am reusing them.  Who knew that purple butterflies could be the perfect embellishment.  Anyways, he's thrilled with the card, even if it isn't Tinkerbell.  He's now asked if he can colour some of the fairies again.  He's been talking about how he enjoyed colouring with Mommy's special pens outside with Mommy last year.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Freshly Made Sketches
AAA Cards - Birthday (Made for a birthday, even if it doesn't say so on the card.)
Crafting When We Can - One for the Kids (8 year old B-Day)
Fashionable Stamping - Old Favourites (Love all my Sweet Pea stamps but haven't used in 2 years)
Corrosive Challenge - Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings
Fantasy Stampers - Girl Power
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Add a Sentiment
Sentimental Sundays - Funny or Cute Sentiment


Friday, May 15, 2015

Inching Towards a Birthday


My aunt is a quilter and she swears that if you don't like the fabric, you haven't cut it small enough yet.  This card is a testament to her thinking.  I made an inchie background put put them on the diagonal at 45 degrees.  I used up scraps from 3 very ciciddllic papers.  The smokie one seems to tone down the other two quite well.  I used the pearls which in real life match the bird's wings to cover the fact that not all the corners are perfect.  I think this would be fun to do for a baby card.  The bird is a sneak peak for this month.  I love this sweet new set.

Hope you will join us for this week's inchie challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends.

Challenges this card meets:
Sister Act - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Punches
DRS Design - Birds and Bees
Seize the Birthday - Anything birthday

Friday, May 8, 2015

Angling for Christmas


I'm determined.  I am going to use up an entire 6 x 6 pack of paper - every little scrap.  I'm getting close.  I'm using up the bits now.  This week's challenge at MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to use strips at an angle so I used up several leftover 1/2 inch strips.  They are mounted on an embossed piece of Wild Wasabi with an aperture for my Create with Pine Boughs image and sentiment, which was then mounted on my Real Red base.  The layout was a CASE from Nance that you can see here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Batty For You and a Request to Help My School

* Please Vote for My School *
My school is attempting to win a $5,000 Natural Pod classroom.  We could very much use your votes.  Please consider going to Natural Pod's Contest Facebook Page and scroll half-way down the page.  In the search button type LIU.  This is the name of the teacher who entered.  Hit the green vote button.  The image should look like this...

It will ask you to confirm the vote by email but you DO NOT need to sign up for any advertising or like on Facebook.  Thank you so much in advance!

Back to my card...


I had so much fun making yesterday's shaker that I had to make another one.  I found bat sequins in my stash.  The funny part is the layout the purple and the green are the same as yesterday's card but it's so different.  The sentiment was one Waltzing Mouse.  I love their Halloween sets.  The paper was some old freebie that I've had for years.  Everything was made from scraps that were left on my table.  I seriously hope DH finishes Dare Devil soon or I will be over-run with Halloween cards.


Challenges This Card Meets:
Clear it Out - Anything Goes with a Stash Twist of Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for May
Just Add Ink - Sketch

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Bird-Day! and a Request for Help

* Please Vote for My School *
My school is attempting to win a $5,000 Natural Pod classroom.  We could very much use your votes.  Please consider going to Natural Pod's Contest Facebook Page and scroll half-way down the page.  In the search button type LIU.  This is the name of the teacher who entered.  Hit the green vote button.  The image should look like this...

It will ask you to confirm the vote by email but you DO NOT need to sign up for any advertising or like on Facebook.  Thank you so much in advance!

Back to my card...



If there is ever a blog challenge to use older stash, I could win.  The flamingo sequence is left over from my Dad's 40th birthday party, back when it was considered funny to "flock" a person's yard with plastic flamingos on their birthday.  He's now 67.  Yes, I am a paper crafting hoarder.  The thing is, I do use them occasionally.  It's just that you only need a few to make a shaker and packages come with so many...

I am a shaker addict though.  I love shakers so when I saw the latest Just Add Ink sketch, I had to play along.  That's when I found the sequins.


Challenges This Card Meets:
Clear it Out - Anything Goes with a Stash Twist of Anything Goes
Everybody Art - Happy Birthday
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Use Pastel Colours
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes (The sentiment comes from SU's long retired Pun Fun).
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Girls - Colour Combo
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
Animal Friends - Birds
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for May
Just Add Ink - Sketch