Sunday, February 26, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone.
The day has certainly started out sweet for my sister and I, as my husband had the bacon frying first thing this morning and made us all delicious blueberry pancakes to go with it.
There is nothing better in this world than when my Valentine cooks for me, and I mean that seriously!!!
We have a nice relaxing day planned as it is snowing lightly outside, and we really don't have anywhere that we need to be today. Oh yeah!
Jennie loved her card this morning as I had hoped she would, and loved her gift even more. We bought her the newest Twilight Episode, Breaking Dawn Part 1. We usually buy her flowers but lucky for us the DVD was released last Friday.
Who-ah, Who-ah, now I can finally see it.
I have a yummy dinner menu planned out for them and the only thing I need is for hubby to pick up a few groceries for me. The remainder of the day I hope to sit back and finally get to all those emails and/or blogs so that I can return some of that luv so many of you have been leaving me for me. Thank you so much, it is so nice to hear positive things about my work. I know how important it is for all of us to hear that from each other as it keeps us motivated. After that, I am sure I will need a little nap because the last time I looked there were quite a few to catch up on, especially over at The Outlawz. LOL ;)
In order for me to do that I best show you my card. I couldn’t post this before today because it’s the card I made for my husband. He follows my blog by email so I didn’t want him to see it before today, but now I can!
Allow me to introduce you to, Sophia.
When I finished colouring her with my Copic markers, and put the finishing touches on her all I could think of was, “Hello handsome, come here often?”
I used stickles on her dress, shoes, shawl and eyelids. Last, but certainly not least I used some glossy accents on that Cosmo she’s holding in her hand. I just love Cosmopolitan’s that’s for sure, and perhaps I just might have one this evening to commemorate this romantic occasion, hmmmmm now there’s a thought.
Isn’t she smokin’ hot?
Sophia is a Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp which I have been dying to use and chose this opportunity to use her for my Valentine’s Day card. I think she can be utilized for so many occasions, and I especially think she is great for any of the men in your life. You can adapt your sentiment to correspond with your occasion in particular, and simply print it out on your computer. Just a little note though, Sophia does not come with this particular sentiment, but it does come with Betty, which is also from Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps.
I found Sophia to be a wee bit hard to photograph because of all her bling, therefore I was not able to use my flash. My photos did not turn out as crisp as I would have liked even after some touch ups with Adobe Photoshop. She really does look so much better in person, so to speak.
Well my friends, I best be going if I want to start my blog hopping. Sophia and I would like to thank you all for stopping by The Creative Express Stops Here :)S
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Good afternoon everyone! I’m back from the great white north and I seriously mean it when I say great white north. Winter is certainly back with a vengeance this weekend and we managed to skirt all the snow squalls that have been streaming across the Great Lakes since yesterday and arrived home safe and sound.
I spent a little bit of time late last night catching up on all the amazing comments that I have been receiving from my new friends over at The Outlawz since I joined. Let me say a huge THANK YOU to all of you that took the time to welcome me, leave comments and/or join my blog. I would also like to say thank you for your patience with me as I learn how to navigate the site and for asking question upon question. I love learning new things but at this stage of my life (old dog/new tricks), along with a bit of confusion that stems from an illness sometimes it can be a tad bit hard.
I am truly taken aback by your kindness and encouragement. One can’t help but continue to create when you have a cheering section behind you like this one, whoa whoa!!! May I also mention that there are indeed some amazing artists on this site as well, and the fact that they are from all over the world fascinates me!!!! I think it’s just way too cool to be part of this connection.
Today I have a couple of non copic coloured cards to show you. I will likely enter one of them into the Clean and Simple challenge over on The Outlawz. This challenge intrigued me because I have always been such a simplistic person or minimalist if you will. If you personally know me than you already know that about me and can see it in many facets of my life; from the way I decorate our home, wear my hair and make-up, right up to this very blog . I come with a no frills, no muss no fuss attitude for my needs are few.
This simplicity carries over to my paper-crafting as well. I just don’t seem to have the ability to put cards together that incorporate multiple layers of paper and/or embellishments. I have tried to make them because some of those cards just amaze me, but I end up frustrated and find myself taking way too much time on a project. Thank goodness for those need a sketch websites, lol. I think people need to do what comes naturally to them and not try to be something that they are not.
Anyway, enough banter from me…my first card is an actual Valentine’s Day card and the second card I designed as a wedding invitation possibly. I am really playing around with the idea because I have made invitations for other events or special occasions in the past. I just like to have an sample book in case I ever get a request to do one.
I made this card using simple white and pink cardstock. Next I embossed some brown Core’dinations cardstock and lightly sanded it so that the pink core would come through. I used pink and cocoa ink to distress the edges. The ink, hearts and sentiment are from Close to My Heart. I like the way it turned out, (even though my stamping is a wee bit crooked in places, lol ;)
The card below I made using basic white and black cardstock to start with. Next I used my background sheet music stamp to make my own designer paper, ripped it and inked the edge. I used the ripped piece inside for added effect. The vine ribbon was purchased at an independent craft store up in St. Jacobs, Ontario called the Scrapping Turtle. The little pale yellow flowers believe it or not are actually from my wedding cake. I was married twelve years ago and just couldn’t throw out the beautiful fondant flowers. I knew there may come a day that I needed them ;) Go figure!
I am not sure which one of these I will be entering into the challenge as I think they both qualify as as Clean and Simple design so I think I will take some time to dwell on it.
That is about all for me today, once again thank you to all of you that took the time, will take the time to stop by and leave a comment. Please know it is truly appreciated. Fondly, :)S
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hello everyone, and a very happy Tuesday to you all. I must say that I am back to the land of the living considering I had one very exhausting weekend away with my crafty peeps! Our time together never seems to disappoint and it is ALWAYS well worth the forfeited zee’s. If you read my last blog entry (Thursday) I mentioned that I was heading to Michigan for the Crop-A-Faire that was being held at the Hampton Inn in Sterling Heights, Michigan. It was actually the first time I attended this event but my crafty peeps have attended in the past which of course is how I learned all about it. It is organized and hosted by Amy of Card Shoppe Creations.
Let me say that it was a lot of fun and I was very impressed with the event. Who wouldn’t be impressed when your participating fee included all your meals, beverages and snacks starting on the Friday afternoon up to and including lunch on the Sunday.
What seriously impressed me though was when I noticed later on Friday evening that many of my fellow crafters where disappearing only to return shortly thereafter in their jammies to continue working on their projects and subsequent conversations. Also, starting on the Saturday afternoon we had an on site Massage Therapist available. I was even the lucky recipient of a 40 minute, totally stress releasing massage, compliments of my wonderful friend Darlene. She is so very generous and thoughtful. After I had my massage I went upstairs to my hotel room, I literally passed out for 2 hours. My friend and roommate Pat not only came to wake me up but came baring a gift……..dinner. I often think that I must have done something right for God to have sent me friends like that. Who could ask for anything more, seriously?
I had today’s card coloured up by the time I returned home from Michigan and actually put it together yesterday. I just was so darn tired by the end of the day that I couldn’t take the time to compose a post to you all and put it off until today.
This little cutie patootie is a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp called Puddles of Love. When I saw her she immediately brought me back in time to fond memories of being a child and jumping into a puddle. I actually remember splashing in every single puddle on my way home from school whenever I had the chance, so I just had to buy her. What’s with that anyway, why did we find things like that and over-size cardboard boxes so amusing???
I coloured her up with my Copic markers and then gave her the finishing touch by giving her coat, hat and boots some Glossy Accents. I wanted to create the appearance of traditional rain-gear or what is more affectingly known as, a slicker and rubber boots. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and several of the ladies that were sitting around me at the time I was colouring her up just loved the look too.
The designer papers that I used are from DCWV’s Citrus Collection. I pulled the colours from the primary matte and tried to use each one on something. I utilized both my Sizzix and Spellbinder dies, Sizzix embossing folder and various punches to create the butterflies and flowers, and lets not forget the addition of stickles here and there to make things complete.
I will be entering her into this weeks Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge # 114 in honour of Kraftin’ Kimmie’s birthday. Puddles of Love are being sent your way Kimmie and we want to wish you much love and happiness always. I am also entering her into the Mondays Greetings Card Challenge – Anything Goes at The Outlawz.
Well that is about it for me today, I hope wherever you are in the world that your day is going according to plan and that you having a good one! I must get back to my next card for you, so until then take care and thanks for stopping by :)S
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Good evening crafty friends. I just found out today via Facebook that some pretty awesome people we know are now celebrating the birth of their beautiful little boy. Welcome to the world little Austen!!
I thought I would whip up a little card so that I will have it at the ready when we get the chance to meet him. I can’t wait to get out and buy him something really cute. Congrats to Mom and Dad as well, we are so very happy for you both.
For this card I used my Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp called Baby Bubble Bath. I think the image is so adorable and what I really like about it is it can easily be adapted for a little boy or a little girl by simply changing the colour of the paper. Girlie paper or boyish paper it’s that simple.
It was pretty much a “no muss no fuss” kind of card, meaning I didn't use a lot of embellishments. It was coloured with my Copics, and I used glossy accents on the water, boat, ducky and bubbles. I also added a little button, some gingham ribbon and distressed with a wee bit of green and yellow chalk. I would have loved to have added an old fashioned baby diaper pin but I can’t find those anywhere nowadays. Perhaps I should go antique hunting for one, lol ;)
I think the next time I colour one of these I will tone down the blue on the bubbles because it didn’t turn out like a foamy bubble bath. Perhaps there is even a product on some crafty shelf somewhere out there that will create that effect and I haven’t been introduced to it yet. It really wouldn’t surprise me if there is.
I am going to keep my post brief tonight because I’m still packing for another weekend away. I am heading to the Crop-A-Faire Weekender that is taking place at The Hampton Inn in Sterling Heights, Michigan. I am tagging along with four of my favourite people in this world, and it is always fun to be together with them, there is never a dull moment. We are hooking up with the fifth one in our little group stateside as she lives there. Memories haunt me though from the last time we crossed the border together. I learned a very hard lesson about checking your passport before and after you get home. It’s truly a funny story (after the fact that is), and I would share it with you but it would take way too long, perhaps I will share it with you one day….. perhaps!
I will be bidding hubby a fond farewell at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, leaving him all alone with our little Yorkie Lucy and the 60” TV set. It’s Super Bowl weekend and he doesn’t have to share the TV and I am sure he is delighted that our event is the same weekend. It’s a win win situation for both of us!
I am not the biggest scrap booker in the world and I much prefer colouring with my Copic markers and creating greeting cards. I have stamped a ton of images to colour while I am there as I thought it an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the game. This way I will have several finished images at the ready for assembling cards at a later date. Rumour has it too that there will be a masseuse on the site for my tired neck muscles, and boy oh boy this is good news cuz even though colouring is fun to me it is hard on my neck, big time.
So my friends, let me bid you goodnight. Take care and come back soon to see what I coloured up for you while I was away. Thanks for stopping by :)S