Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As for myself, I am not the outdoorsy type in the winter but I most certainly enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. I prefer sitting by the cozy fire with a glass of excellent Pinot Grigio in hand and having a good conversation with friends. It was a blustery cold one on Saturday and old man winter definitely had the upper hand. I would have to say that it was a classic Canadian winter weekend over all.
In reminiscence of my past weekend and the winter season I decided to make a chilly wintry card and enter it in a couple of challenges that I remember seeing the last time I blog hopped around. Color Me Creative Classroom Challenge # 35, Frosty, Icy, Cold Projects for starters and Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps weekly challenge #100. Congrats on that by the way Sassy Girls!
I started with Deconstructed Sketch No. 36 for my layout and then chose my favourite little reindeer stamp to colour with my Copic Markers. I really wish I could remember which stamp company this little cutie is from but no can do, and I apologize for that. What I do remember though is when and where I bought it; it was just before Christmas of 2010, at a lovely little scrapbook store in Burlington, Ontario called Forever Scrapbooks.
Another little tidbit of information is that it was also there that I had my first Copic colouring class, which was instructed by Sherrie Siemens of Card Crème. I still have the very first image that I coloured all by my lonesome the next day, and looking back at my humble beginnings I can definitely see an improvement, lol !!!!
My designer papers are from DCWV’s Winter Magic collection and the coordinating Christmas & Winter Cardstock. Extras include embossing, MS punch and SB die snowflakes, the addition of icy bling using stickles here and there, glossy accents on the antlers and hooves and an interesting experimental product that I purchased called Snow Writer. I used it on the edges of the sentiment as if they were topped with newly fallen snow. It was like using plaster so you had to work quickly with it but it created the effect I wanted.
I hope you enjoyed my little blurb today and my card. I also hope you are all well, keeping warm and staying busy during these long cold winter days. Thanks for stopping by :)S
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Let’s Celebrate Vintage Style, a birthday, a promotion, or Valentine’s Day, just to name a few. The inside of the card is where you can decide what you are celebrating and insert the appropriate information there.
I think I will look around for a blog challenge that perhaps Marci would like to enter, given the fact that she’s all dressed-up and has nowhere to go. I think she definitely needs to go out and show off her oh so girlie look in a vintage style, don’t ya think?
I found a challenge that I think she qualifies for; Colour Create Challenge # 88 Pink & Green.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Up here in the great white north the thermometer has taken a nose dive and it certainly feels a whole lot like winter out there today. It's so nice to be inside where everything is so toasty and warm, and I have been busy rounding up and organizing all of my craft supplies. Ever since the onset of Christmas card season I have had them in everyroom of the house practically. I am such a neat freak by nature, but ever since I started paper-crafting seeing a pile of stuff here and there just doesn't seem to bug me as much anymore, it's truly perplexing. I don't have a craft room like so many of you lucky people do, and I am sure that is the biggest reason why this ends up happening to me. What I do have is a small spare bedroom that we have delegated as a den/office/guest bedroom and I find it kind of claustrophobic. I love being down on my main floor where I can eat, drink and bee-bop along to my satellite radio. I have difficulty negotiating stairs which is another big reason why I don't want to be upstairs, and we all know that so much of our lives revolve around the kitchen and main floor. For what it's worth I think I made a pretty good dent in this particular job and perhaps I will take the weekend off.
If you read my last post you know that a good friend of mine celebrated a birthday this week. Sadly though, another good friend of mine experienced the loss of a love one recently. The loss of a loved one is never easy and everybody mourns in different ways. One of the few comforts that comes along during such a sorrowful time in a persons life is knowing that others are thinking of them and that they are sharing in their pain. We can express this in so many different ways and a card seems to be a wonderful way to show that you are thinking of them, and it also gives you an opportunity to pen a few personal words to them.
This is the card I made for my friend Charlene and I can only hope that it brings her some comfort during this difficult time.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Happy Hump Day Everyone!
I don’t know about you but the weeks just seem to be going by so fast. Winter never ever seems to fly by as fast as those glorious days of summer do they?
I feel kind of proud of myself though considering the fact that in the span of three weeks I have fought, and won, the battle against the dreaded flu bug and a dandy head cold. Yupper, back to back viruses and I am still standing, woo-hoo! Hey, there should be a badge for this feat, or at least a blinkie don’t ya think? LOL
I am a relative shut-in during these months because I can no longer drive, and if I don’t have hubby or a kind friend to give me a ride somewhere I am at the mercy of a pathetic public transit system. On top of that, the city where I live, and many of the local residents I may add don’t shovel their sidewalks. More often than not I find myself in the position where I have to negotiate snow banks and ice patches along the way. I use a cane due to extremely poor balance and sometimes it seems that it is actually safer for me to walk on the road if you can believe that. Freezing cold bus stops, inconsiderate bus drivers as well as people, and oh did I mention GERMS? The last time I was on the bus I sat across from a woman who insisted on continuously coughing into the aisle and never once did she cover her mouth in any shape or form. I had to bury my head into my coat and/or hold my breath in-between coughing spells. I hate taking the bus just as much as I hate Wal-Mart, and don’t start me on that story! Needless to say, I would just rather stay home.
Anyhow, today I went out for lunch with some of my favourite peeps to celebrate our friend Pat’s birthday. She is a wonderful person and a very dear friend so of course I had to make her a birthday card for the occasion. I thought I would share it with you so I snapped a pic before I sealed it up in the envelope.
I used a Magnolia-lious stamp, and yes I do own more than just Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps…this is Shy Tilda and I coloured her with my Copics using a form of Watercolouring and Distressing technique that I learned in my Color Me Creative Classroom.
Well friends, I think I will call it a day and bid you good evening as I am getting rather sleepy. Oh, and before I go I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the lovely people that take time out of their busy schedules to stop by my blog, especially those of you that take the extra time to leave me a comment.
I so appreciate the kudos as it keeps me motivated, so please take care and stop by again soon :)S
Saturday, January 7, 2012
This past summer I attended two of Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom "on the road" classes that were held at Scrappin Great Deals, a scrapbooking & card-makers superstore in Komoka, Ontario. At the time I had completed 3 out of 5 of her online classes but I still wanted to experience the “in class” sessions as well. I found it a great opportunity to meet Suzanne personally for one thing, and it afforded me the opportunity to meet people that share my love for paper crafting and Copic marker colouring as well.
I hope you have enjoyed my first card of 2012, and I look forward to sharing many more from here on in. This is such a wonderful hobby and I am grateful to have found it. Not just for the reward that comes with seeing how creative I can be, but for the many wonderful people I have met and befriended along the way.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
My holiday certainly did not start off according to plan that’s for sure, and as of today it seems to be following me into 2012.
I came down with a nasty flu virus on December 23 and it came on unbelievably fast. One minute I had a headache, next I was in bed with a fever and the chills. It didn’t take long before all hell was breaking loose (no pun intended) with round the clock encounters with porcelain and a bedside bucket. I literally thought I was going to die and believe it or not I actually had the flu shot. So much for that eh! On Christmas Day I weighed in 4 pounds lighter but feeling normal again. My entire family waited with bated breath to hear if I would be able to join them all but at the same time wanted me very far away until I was better.
We drove up to my parent’s home following dinner to spend a couple of days with them. On December 27 my father suffered a heart attack while we sat together in the kitchen having breakfast. It was early and everyone was still in bed sleeping which in hindsight was a blessing.
My previous career provided me with the training to deal with emergencies of this nature and I knew immediately what was happening. Let it suffice to say that the quick action on everyone’s part resulted in my father making it to the hospital in time and he is still with us today. I thank God for that because I know HE always has a hand in everything. I stayed for the remainder of the week to support my Mother and Sister and we even managed to have a bit of fun when it finally started to snow. My husband and I took my sister outside to build a snowman on such a calm and peaceful night. We didn’t exactly build a snowman because I just thought that to be so boring.
Allow me to introduce you to our 2012 polar bear mascot…
On New Year’s Eve we decided to spend some time with him and took our celebrations out to him so he didn’t miss out. Creativity is everywhere my friends why limit yourself to papercrafting.
Once again I have taken a considerable amount of your time, but it feels good to vent. I wish you all good health, much love and happiness in the coming months and I look forward to sharing my creative side with you along the way.
Thanks for stopping in :)S