Thursday, November 17, 2011

Halloween cards...better late than never!

Good afternoon fellow bloggers.

Seeing how I have just completed a couple of necessary daily chores, (ugh! ) I am now rewarding myself with some time in my happy place, which is right here, in case you didn't know.
I mentioned on my last post that I decided to share photos of some of the cards I have made in the past.  I am going to really limit them to the most recent because I want you to come back, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Today I would like to share two of my most recent cards. I made these for some pretty important people in my life. The first one would be my Sister Jennie and the other for my two Nieces and Nephew.
My sister has Downs Syndrome and is 34 years old. One of the greatest things about having a person with Downs Syndrome in your life is that in some ways they will always remain childlike. Jennie loves every single special occasion that comes our way. No sooner is Halloween behind us then she wants the Christmas decorations out. Then it’s Valentine's Day into Easter and so on and so on. Jennie has most certainly enriched my life and I know for a fact that she really is the glue that keeps our family together.
Let’s get to the cards now.  Witchy-Poo I made for Jennie and Mitzi the Mummy I made for the kids, which are both from the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps collection, go figure eh!

Witchy-Poo had a simple "Happy Halloween" sentiment stamped inside and Mitzi had the words "I want" on the front of the card and simply the word "candy" on the inside. I actually cut the words out from a piece of Halloween DP that I had lying around. I used it again as the main background on Witchy-Poo. It goes without saying that she was coloured with my Copic markers and I used minimal embellishments. One thing I would like to add is the background DP that I used On Mitzi really isn't reflected properly in this photo unfortunately. The bats were actually a raised type of flocked material and they sort of popped up from the paper. Pretty cool actually.

I would like to share a little tidbit about Witchy-Poo in particular. While at the 2nd Annual Krafty Day with Kraftin' Kimmie, (damn, there's that mouth full of K's again)...I was extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and spend some personal, one on one time with Melanie Holtz of Paper Blessings by Melanie Holtz. I asked her if she could help me better understand how to colour pleats on a stamped image. Now let me say people, this girl most certainly has the "pleat thing" goin' on that’s for sure!!!
I don't know if everyone has a problem with pleats but for me they are like learning how to parallel park. Oh, the horror, the horror!!!

I avoided stamps with pleats like the plague, but now after some excellent tips from the "pleat queen" herself I am re-thinking this attitude, and for that, I thank you Melanie. For those of you who may not have checked out her blog go directly there after you pass GO.

Well folks, this is about all I have for you today. Hope you enjoyed your stop over. Once again, thank you for stopping by :)S

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I was thinking...

Hi everyone, I was thinking; and no there isn't any steam coming out of my ears right now!!! Seriously though, I was thinking about my last post where in that I said I didn't have any cards to show up here on this little ole blog I got goin' on. Then I remembered the fact that when I make a card to give to someone I usually make a second one at the same time.  They may be slightly different than the one I give away, for example, the stamped image is the same but one might have bling and perhaps one will not. Or it might have a different colour scheme all together. Anyway, I have a little stash of those second cards, and I thought about using them on here until they are gone.

I would like to mention first that some of these cards were made when I was just starting out and some are more recent. This particular card today I made quite a few months ago, perhaps even the tail end of last winter. I think it's cool to have them because I can gauge my progress with them too.

Having actually won a recent challenge on the Kraftin’ Kimmie blog has me thinking I have improved immensely. I am also noticing that I am not a very good photographer to say the least and could use some helpful advice as to how I can improve in that department. Now I'm talking about making my cards present better and not photography in general. So if anyone has any suggestions in that department please don't hesitate to share them with me. I have one of those idiot proof digital cameras, you know the kind that you just point and shoot. However, I do have access to a really gooooooood 35mm digital camera that I bought my hubby for Christmas last year. I can hire him, so to speak to take them even! Hmmmm, now there is a novel idea me thinks!

Getting to the card.......this one is an adorable Stamping Bella stamp called "Sprout". I can't tell you anything about what company makes the papers I used because if memory serves me correctly I just took pieces of odds and ends from my scrap paper box.

The ribbon is definitely from SU and of course I coloured her with my Copics. I also used SB die cuts and some Glossy accents on the little flower pot she is holding in her hands. The picture doesn't really show the little green sprout that is growing in the pot very well, so I think the next time I colour her I will choose a lighter brown combo for the soil. There you go, a little FYI for myself.

Anyway I have taken enough of your time as I am sure you have things to do other than this.

Thanks for stopping by :)S

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh my gosh, I won....

Well good day fellow bloggers. I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My weekend was especially good because I found out that I was the winner of Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps challenge # 103. Whoo-hoo!!!!!

I am beside myself for various reasons. Firstly, for obviously winning my very first blog entry challenge and secondly, I have been taken aback by the lovely people who took the time to visit my blog or my little “happy place” as I like to call it. Thank you so much for doing that and for leaving a comment or two. Talk about a boost to my morale!!!

The photo below was taken at the end of a very long but fulfilling day when my girlfriend Darlene and I attend the 2nd Annual Krafty Day with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. Isn’t that a mouth full of K’s! We had such a wonderful time and learned so much. If anyone has not attended this event before I highly recommend it. I know I will be there next year for sure!

I would like to thank Kimmie and all the Krafty Girls that were in attendance that day for putting on an awesome event. Sorry I took the pic at the end of the day, next year I promise I will take it when we are all looking our very best! Ok Kimmie?????

I don’t have a card today cuz I had a very busy weekend and I can’t wait to get my new “Warm Winter Hugs” stamp that I won. I am so behind and must start making some Christmas cards like everyone else is doing these days. 
Thanks for dropping by :)S

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The first blog post

Well cyber world here I am! So totally stepping out of my box and so totally not in my comfort zone at all. For those of you who will actually read this on purpose, I thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to do so.

I recently attended the second annual "Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Day" hosted by an amazing group of krafty women from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps this past September. While there I found out that if you want to enter any challenges from time to time you need a blog and/or a social network of some kind where you can upload your creation photos.

Given that I do spend an enormous amount of time blog hopping it only made sense for me to have one myself. So here I am, totally exposed so to speak and about to learn new things. Who said you couldn't teach an old dog new tricks?

I have been scrapbooking and card making now for a few years. Well, really more card making then scrapbooking. I was introduced to the world of Copic markers by my dear friend Darlene, and trust me there is a story there in itself but we won't go there, lol.

I think it was my love of colouring maps in my high school geography class that resurfaced when I took my beginner class at Forever Scrapbooks in Burlington, Ontario. The class was instructed by Sherry Siemens of Card Creme who happens to be extremely talented with these markers. I was slow to start given the cost factor and was a wee bit afraid to use them for the same reason. So, I decided to sign up for online classes offered by the amazing Suzanne J. Dean of Colour me Creative Classroom and ScrapBitz. Now there is one talented artist, instructor and an amazing person too.

Out of the five classes she offers in a tutorial format I have completed three. The bonus part of taking her classes is that you can learn at your own pace in the privacy of your own home whenever you want to access them. You can even do them in your PJ's if you want, lol. The classes include pdf files for each lesson that you can print off and keep for quick reference. It is a great way to learn and somewhat therapeutic at times if you want to know the truth.

Okay, enough yakking from me and I will get to my first card. I fell in love with this little cutie immediately when I saw her on the rack. She is a stamp from the Kraftin' Kimmie collection and her name is Angie. I am pretty sure I have looked exactly like her more than once in my life.
The stamp includes two sentiments the "Thanks a latte" as seen here in the photo and "I don't do mornings" as well. Oh and yes, she does come with a pair of slippers as well! I coloured her with my Copic markers and pulled the colours from my Citrus matstack collection of coordinating card stock. I have decided to enter her in another one of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps challenges. Challenge (#103) called "Pin It Down".

Wow, that didn't hurt at all....I think this just might be a lot of fun! Thanks for dropping by :) S