Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hockey Guy Ky...

Hello again crafty peeps!
 I had previously mentioned in my prior post that I was going to post this second card yesterday, but  I totally forgot .
This is the birthday card I made for my Nephew Kyle. He is actually a goalie, and I just wasn’t able to find a goalie digi that I liked until I came across this one by Kenny K Downloads.
I simply fell in love with this little fella’s smug expression, so I just had to have it. I spoke briefly with my nephew this past Saturday while at a family function, and I apologized to him for not picking a goalie image. He told me that it didn’t matter because he liked the one I picked, and was only too willing to mimic it perfectly!
I have personally named this confident little fella, Hockey Guy Ky.

A closer look…

I printed him out onto Neenah card stock and coloured him with my Copic markers. I tried to match up his jersey with Kyle's own hockey team colours.
Jersey – B32, 34, 37, 39 
Pants – C3, 5, 7, 9
Skates – N1, 2, 3, 5, 7 BG11 
Gloves - W00, 1, BG 000
Helmet – C3, 5, 7, 9
Hockey Stick – E51, 53, 55 W3 
Skin – E0000, 000, 01
I used basic plain card stock, and embossed the white background piece. Then I bought a bunch of hockey stickers from Michaels to finish it off.
There you have it, two birthdays down and two masculine cards created.
Hope you liked them, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 27, 2013

To A Man In Motion...

Hello friends and crafty peeps alike.
Well it’s been almost three weeks since I posted about the loss of my sweet Lucy, and I must say that I am still relatively numb inside.
I am pretty much like a zombie, just going through the motions of everyday life, but with each passing day I find myself crying less and less. I am grateful that it is this time of the year because my gardens have been keeping me busy and my mind otherwise occupied. They seem to be a source of comfort in some ways.
I would also like to thank those of you that took the time to leave me a comment. Your kind words felt like genuine hugs during the initial stages of my grieving.
Now lets move on to a lighter subject...
I received an email telling me that the Summer edition of Through the Classroom Door Magazine is out, and it made me think that I should get back to some form of craftiness.
 So, to kick start me in that direction I thought I would post one of two cards that I had made for the past Spring issue.
They are both masculine birthday cards, and I made them for two pretty awesome guys in my life. One being my husband and the other one my awesome nephew Kyle.
Both are sports enthusiasts, so I made each of their cards with that theme in mind.
Today I will show you the card I made for my husband, who just so happens to be a Dallas Cowboys Fan. I definitely enjoyed making this one for him.
The image is from “Dude Time Doodles”.
Isn't this fella seriously scary mean looking?
I would hate to meet him in a dark alley that's for sure!
I coloured the image using my Copic Markers, and for that shine I used some glossy accents on his helmet, teeth, bone, and shoes.
Copic Colours Used:
Helmet - C00, 01, 02, 03   B32, 34
Jersey - BG 10 C00, 01     B32, 34
Pants – C00, 01   BG10, 000 0000
Shoes / Band-Aid / Bone – W00, 01,   BG000
Skin – E0000, 000, 00, 11, 13
 A dear friend made the football with her cameo, and I used some Copics to add some definition to it. The papers are from my stash.
So there you have it, one of two cards that I want to share, tomorrow I will show you the other one I made for my nephew.
Thanks for stopping in, it felt good to be here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Tribute To My Best Friend From a Friend...

Hello there my crafty peeps, yes I have indeed been missing in action. However, it has not been without good reason, and I am here to catch you up as to why.
Firstly, I am no longer on any permanent design teams at the moment as I have stepped down from Through the Classroom Door. I had a wonderful time with all the amazing and very talented girlies over there, but it's time for some fresh talent. 
Secondly, I took a little vacation to St. Lucia with my husband where we combined a destination wedding with some much needed R & R. There was about 45 of us in total, and I must say that there was certainly a lot of laughter and never a dull moment.
Sadly though, my well rested soul became very stressed within a 24 hour period of my arrival home. My precious, beautiful and very sweet Yorkshire terrier, Lucy, became very ill. Prior to leaving on our trip she had been unwell, and we were in the investigation stages as to her medical issues.
We had originally received a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease, but it turned out that she in fact had been suffering from Leukemia all along. Her prognosis was grim to say the least and we found ourselves in the awful position of having to consider Euthanasia.
We walked down that dreaded lonely road and said goodbye to Lucy this past Saturday. I haven’t been right since, and I know it is only with the passing of time that will help heal my broken heart, From past experience, I know only too well that it will in fact be a very long time.
 I would like to share a beautiful tribute to my beautiful Lucy that a relatively new friend took the time to do for us.
His name is Ignacio Molina, and he owns and operates Nicecrane Designs.
I recently guest designed on his blog, and when he heard about my loss it didn’t take him very long to create something unique and very special for us.
I would like to share his amazing creation, which is a combination of his gorgeous collage sheet "Flowers and Butterflies" and one of my favorite photos of Lucy that was taken a few years back.
We were hanging out in the garden, something she loved to do, and if you can believe it, I had caught her on many occasions actually smelling the flowers!
Needless to say I am extremely moved by his kindness, especially because it is directed to a person he barely knows. I guess we are all bonded universally when it comes to the love and loss of a wonderful pet.
So my friends, I will be taking the time that is needed to heal, and will likely continue to be away from my blog for a wee while longer. However, I am intending to continue to guest design for Nicecrane Designs from time to time, and likely continue to create personal cards for family and friend.  I don’t want to fall away from this much loved pastime or my connection to the outside crafty world and the friends I've made here.
In closing, thank you from the bottom of my heart Ignacio for your unbelievable kindness. I will treasure this photo collage for a lifetime. I would also like to thank some other friends, and you know who you are, for taking the time to contact me whether it be an email, phone call, Facebook or impromptu drop in visit to make sure I am ok. Your care and concern is truly appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by JS