Monday, January 30, 2012

Just for Jessie!!

So here's the deal...We are heading to London (ON) for the Western Ontario Regional Swimming Championships this coming weekend. My 10yr old daughter Jessie (like you couldn't figure that one out!!) will be swimming in 4 events. She qualified to swim in 6 but we are keeping it to 2 events per day...200m freestyle & 200m backstroke on Saturday and the 100m free and 100m back on Sunday. She has been working really hard and is thrilled that she qualified to I decided to make her a card.

Usually when I make a card I make 3-4 of the same so that I have extras on hand...this time I made only one...JUST FOR JESSIE!I actually followed the sketch layout for this weeks challenge on Karen Giron's blog for the Sweet Sunday Sketch...I've even linked up my card!!

Jessie LOVES pinks and purples so I dug through my stash and came up with this paper from Basic Grey -June Bug and Sugar Rush...yeah, yeah, I know...really old!! I layered it on some Bazzill paper that matched and then used SU's pale plum to layer the image. The image is one of the a la modes from MFT called Dream Big...just perfect for Jessie's card!

I found some pearls that matched the colours perfectly (from the $ store I think) and added them to the top of the image and the sentiment. Both the image and the sentiment are edged in dazzling diamonds and I added some faux stitching around the edge of the patterned paper...I was too lazy to pull out my sewing machine...LOL.

I think I'll tuck the card in her swim bag where she keeps her cap and goggles...that way she is sure to find it at the beginning of the meet...keep your fingers crossed for my girl!!

Crazy weekend!!

I was super busy with a Basketball tournament for Jordan in Brantford this weekend....after a crazy week with swimming and a volleyball tournament with the school which went until 9pm on Tuesday...Getting the kids up for school on Wednesday was a challenge to say the least...and they still aren't making the bus!

We also had snow which made the drive to Brantford a little slow but it wasn't too bad.

I've got another Christmas card for you today...I have made some new cards but I figure I may as well get the older ones out of the way first...I love this digital image from Sassy Cheryl...Figure 8 snowman. I went with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square card for him since the image is pretty big. I coloured with copics to match the striped dp from Kaiser. The other patterned paper is Basic Grey, eskimo kisses which is a couple of seasons old... I even added some flocking around the bottom of his coat and on his hat to make them look "fluffy".

The sentiment is from an old SU set and I added the bow to the top of the oval. I used Stamping Bella's crackle dots (pickle I think...) along the top edge. I really like how he turned out...colours and everything...I liked all my Christmas cards this year...but I think he is one of my fav's!!

Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yay Me!!

Did you see??? this is my 7th post this month...I have now posted more than double in one month than I posted ALL last year!!!

We got a dusting of snow and it actually looks pretty outside and I don't mind since it is relatively mild! So to go with the snow...another snowman Christmas card (I mentioned it was my theme this year...probably next year too!!). This image is really, really, really old from Sunshine Designs...I got it way back when I worked at a stamping store...I don't even know if you can still get it.

The paper is from MME...I used one side for the background piece and then the other side (with the red dots) to paper piece the scarf and the strip down the side. I layered with SU's riding hood red and blue bayou (retired). For the detail I added crystal effects to the buttons and some dazzling diamonds along the bottom of the image. I also sponged around the image with riding hood red looked a little plain with all the white showing. The ribbon is from SU and the glitter dots are Stamping Bella. The colouring on this card was minimal but cutting out the scarf took a bit of time!

Thanks for looking

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More baby cards...

Elephants and already saw one Giraffe baby card so I'll show you the elephant one today and the "other giraffe" next time. I made a boy and a girl card with these as well...I didn't think to ask if they knew what the baby's gender was...

The image comes from a CTMH set that has been buried in my closet for a while...The set is called You're Great and has a bunch of animals and sentiments. It isn't meant for a baby card but I decided that the elephant would work. The colours I used are SU's so saffron and pretty in pink...the patterned paper was just in my pile and could be from anywhere. I added the sentiment (from an old SU set) and some diamond ice baubles from Stamping Bella.

For the boy card I used up some scraps and bits that were lying around. I kept the layout the same but used Stamping Bella's glitter dots instead of baubles on this one. On both cards the elephant is coloured in with copics... this was the easiest colouring job ever!!

Thanks for having a look!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Game On!!

Another digital image from Mo Manning...I have tons so you'll see her name pop up a lot...I also have this image as a girl...once I find the picture I took I'll post it too...

I was trying to sort out my pictures to find the other baby ones I made by request...I did find them but I also found this one so you get to see this one today and the baby ones next time. I originally made this card for a friend of Jordan's who moved to Barbados...when I showed it to a few friends I got requests for about 10 would seem that this card is perfect for any boy between the ages of 6-16...actually probably almost any age of the male species!!

If you change the hair colour to white blonde it could be Jordan...if you made it recede a little and added some would be my hubby!!LOL...shh don't tell him I mentioned the receding part.

Soooo...Ryan moved to Barbados in the middle of August...which means that is when I made the card...which also means I don't remember any of the details...I know the background paper is Basic Grey and I coloured with copics...but that is about it!! I added antique copper brads and some SU grosgrain ribbon for is a "boy" card so I didn't want to do too much. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella and the inside reads "I'll miss you". I've made quite a few of these using birthday sentiments... they are perfect cards for Jordan's friends!!

Thanks for taking a look

Monday, January 23, 2012

I Like This Winter Weather...

It is kinda gloomy out there today...but I will take this over cold and snow any day!!! It's January and we are going to have 8-10 degrees. I have to admit that every year I dislike winter more and must be an age thing 'cause it just keeps getting worse and all I want to do is hibernate until summer returns (well at least spring!!)

My kids aren't too happy about it far they have only had a couple of days for sledding!!

Needless to say (not that I am complaining!!)...with this weather I didn't feel like posting a Christmas card so I opted for these instead. I made them a while ago (September I think...) a couple of people I know asked for baby cards so I came up with a few to give them options...these are from the first round. I made one for a girl and one for a boy...somewhere in my pile I have a "neutral" one for a girl or boy (greens and yellows) but I didn't take a picture of that one. The giraffe is a digital image from Mo, love, love her images... I coloured it in with copics and for the girl card added glitter around the circle. I can't remember the paper I used, I can't remember where the sentiment is from although I think it is SU...How bad is that...goes to show you I shouldn't wait 4 months to post a card I've made!

Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Candy Cane Kisses

I mentioned in my last post that the sentiment I used was from the MFT set Candy Cane Kisses...well this card uses the image from that set.

The paper I used for the background was on clearance at Michael's...10 sheets for $1...needless to say I have a lot!! I used my sizzix dies to cut out the image...this image is small enough to use my narrow ovals which don't get much use. I coloured with copics and added some Stamping Bella baubles (diamond ice) and some riding hood red taffeta ribbon for the bow. The detail doesn't show but I edged the oval with dazzling diamonds and filled in the candy cane with crystal effects. Inside the card I used the sentiment from the set..."Sweet Holiday Wishes". Don't ask me about the striped paper I used...I can't remember where it is from..LOL

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another digi...

Here is another one of my digi images from Sassy Cheryl...I liked this one but when I finished it I decided that the colours weren't Christmasy(is this a word??) enough....I still used the cards but next time I think I'll stay away from the old (I mean really old) basic grey figgy pudding paper.

I ended up using more mustard, bravo burgundy and sage shadow for my layers...not really Christmas colours, but they matched the patterned paper I used. I think it is the mustard that I don't like in the combination.

The Be Merry sentiment comes from the MFT a la modes Candy Cane Kisses set. I added a few gems along the bottom of the sentiment and a satin bow at the top to balance the card.

Thanks again for taking a look!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How Quickly we forget!! has been a loooooong time (almost a year!!) since I've posted on my blog...It would seem that I have forgotten everything about blogging...not that I was ever that great but at least I knew the basics. I had to re-learn everything...including how to just login so I could post! I think I have it all figured out now so hopefully I'll be able to be somewhat consistent and won't forget the basics again. The kids are keeping us super busy with too many activities on the go...Jessie swims 6x a week, Jordan has rep basketball 3x a week and rep baseball has already started too...between swim meets and basketball tournaments, we don't have single weekend for the next 6 that aren't on the road to somewhere for something.

While it may seem like I fell off the face of the earth, I didn't...and even though I haven't posted in a year, I have been making cards and taking pictures of them so that when I did get back to my blog I would have something to show!! I'm going to start with my Christmas cards...I didn't get to make as many as I would have liked, so only a select few actually got one...but the ones I did make I absolutely loved!!

My theme this year ended up being snowmen...I found some digital images that were way too cute to pass up and ended up using them (mostly). I tried to use up old Christmas papers that I have and coloured the images with copics to match the paper. The detail doesn't really show in the picture but the puddle around my "melting" snowman is filled in with Crystal effects and then sprinkled with dazzling diamonds. The image is from Sassy Cheryl and I added a couple of dots from Stamping Bella and a satin ribbon bow for the embellishments.

Thanks for taking a look...I'll be back!!