Friday, August 31, 2012

Crafters Of Faith: Monochromatic Card

Today's card is one I made for the Crafters of Faith blogging group ~ a group of Christian bloggers that met and bonded on Split Coast Stampers to craft, fellowship, make friendships and more!

This month, our hostess was Liz W.  She celebrated a birthday this month and told us that her birthstone is a peridot – her favourite shade of green.  Her challenge for us was to use our own birthstone color and make a monochromatic card.  A monochromatic card is one that uses tones of one color.
Since my birthday is in September and my birthstone is a blue sapphire, this is what I ended up with…although the brick looks white in this picture, it is actually a very light blue…
This card was fun to make, although it was a little time consuming.  I started by stamping an image of a tree onto a piece of light blue cardstock.  I coloured it in with various shades of blue copics (B93, B95, B97).  I cut it into 1/4-inches wide strips, then cut those strips into 1-inch blocks offsetting them by 1/4-inch.  I had to be very careful not to get the pieces mixed up.  Before adhering the pieces to my base layer I sponged the edges with some blue ink.  Then it was time for me to put the puzzle back together again by adhering each piece onto a piece of medium blue shimmery metallic cardstock.  I left off a few pieces to add some interest.  I adhered that to another piece of light blue cardstock, added the sentiment at the bottom, and adhered all of that to my dark blue card base.

I’m still plugging along with my 100 cards in 100 days challenge and this makes card #37 of the challenge.

Why not take some time and check out what the other girls in the group have made…
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Busy Busy Busy!!!

Just popping in to post real quick so that you know I’m still alive.  It’s a week before the kids come back to school and we have much to get ready in preparation for their return.  I can’t believe how fast the summer break went.  Now that the new school year is set to begin I’m actually kind of excited at the prospect of seeing the students walking the halls again.  It’s been quiet without them.  Oh, I know I’m going to regret saying that and in about 2 weeks time I’ll be wishing for just one quiet moment in my day but it’s the nature of the job … and it’s a job that I love!!

On another note entirely, have a look at card #36 of the 100 cards in 100 days challenge.


Remember to enjoy the moments!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Happy Birthday To Hubby

My hubby’s birthday was yesterday.  He turned 55 which means that he’s officially a senior in the USA.  Since we live in Canada and you aren’t a senior here until 65 he’s kind of excited by the fact that he is now eligible for the seniors discount whenever we visit stateside.  He robbed the cradle when he married me so I won’t be eligible for many, many more years .. but I’m ok with that, lol.  Take a look at the card I made him.  Sorry that it’s a little blurry.  My camera wasn’t working properly. 


And if I were still counting … this would make card #35 of the challenge.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It’s Time For Another Clear It Out Challenge…

It’s time once again for another Clear It Out Challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card based on something that inspires you (photo, person, colour palette, etc) and to include something glittery.  I made my card based on a photo and I gave it to my niece for her birthday on the weekend.  I used glitter and diamond glaze on the balloon to make it pop (no pun intended, lol).  One of my favourite parts of this card is the monkey (created by Bugaboo Stamps) that moves up and down and tips from side to side. I embossed the strip in the middle with my cuttlebug and sponged some Tim Holtz Distress ink on the top to help the embossing stand out.  I wrapped it up (pun intended haha) with some leather string.  Take a look…

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The inspiration is based on this photo which shows the fabulous fall colors that I love.   It’s my favourite season of the year, too.


Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps.  And because they are so awesome they are giving one lucky winner…

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So check out the Clear It Out Challenge Blog, show us your project, add something glittery and don't forget to post a picture of your inspiration :)

This makes card #34 in the 100-in-100 challenge.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Not A Millionaire … Not Even Close

So, my husband went to check a lottery ticket he picked up before going away to NYC and he won ... wait for it ... wait for it … a whopping $128.00, lol. Oh well, better than nothing, right?  I’m surprised he even told me about it, lol.

Two days ago I posted pocket cards that were long and narrow.  I realized today they are actually called Criss-Cross cards.  Today I’m showing you the regular A2 version of these cards.  This makes card #33 in the 100 cards in 100 days challenge.

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Cut 2 pieces of cardstock to 4 inches by 12 inches.

Score and fold both pieces at 6 inches.

Cut each piece on the diagonal from crease to corner as shown in image below.

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Apply adhesive to the top of the left panel (rectangular section only) and adhere the 2 pieces together to make the base of the card.  Make sure adhesive is as close to the edges as possible.


Cut a piece of designer paper to 5-3/4 by 3-3/4 inches and adhere to the rectangular portion of the card.

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Apply adhesive to the bottom edge of the left flap.  Fold flap in towards the center of the card and adhere to the base.


Cut 2 more pieces of designer paper to 5-3/4 by 3-3/4 inches.  Cut each of them in half on the diagonal.

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Take one of your pieces and adhere to the flap that is folded in.

Criss-Cross Left Flap

Apply adhesive to the bottom edge of the right flap.  Fold it towards the center of the card and adhere.  Adhere the other piece of designer paper to the right flap.

Criss-Cross finished

Add any embellishments that you like.


Cut 1 piece of dark solid cardstock and 1 piece of designer paper to 5-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches.

Adhere the designer paper to one side of the dark cardstock.

Cut 1 piece of light solid cardstock to 5-1/2 by 3-1/4 inches.

Adhere the solid light cardstock to the opposite side.

Add a ribbon to the top as a pull and you're done.



Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

I just found out this morning that my daughter, who is taking a shift for a co-worker today, is doing this because the 28 year old co-worker won $1,000,000 a couple of weeks ago in the lottery.  Can you even imagine that?  I think about all the debts that I could pay off, the tuition payments that I could relieve my girls of, the surgery that my dog would benefit from (more on that later). the trip to Europe that I’d love to take my girls on, and so much more, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m jealous.  It’s been reported that she plans to buy a new house, a new car, and take some fantasy vacations.  What would you do if you won $1,000,000?

Okay, so back to my poor little doggy.  He’s a 12-year-old yellow lab, not so little at approx 80 lbs, and he’s beginning to show signs of arthritis.  Last night and today he is having a hard time getting up and down the stairs and finding it difficult to get up after laying for a prolonged amount of time.  He’s even having trouble squatting to go to the washroom.  It makes me so sad.  Other than that he’s so full of life.  He’s still a big puppy and I don’t want him to be in pain.  I’ve been doing a lot of research online and after speaking to my vet it was recommended to at least start giving him glucosamine once a day which can help to relieve the pain and build the joints back up.  We’re also going to build a ramp so that he can get up and down the stairs more easily.  Sometimes surgery is necessary but I hope it doesn’t come to that because we could never afford it.  Is it silly to ask for prayers for my dog-baby?

I’m trying to make some headway on the 100 cards in 100 days challenge as time is quickly running out.  I have just over a month to complete this challenge and I don’t like giving up.  So I spent some time making some cards and I’m showcasing 3 of them today.  Two of these cards are double fold pocket cards.  The other one is just a variation of it.  These make cards #30, 31, & 32 for the challenge.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Clear It Out Mid Challenge Card

The challenge on the Clear It Out Blog this week is to make a “manly” card using 2 or more patterned papers.  So with that in mind, and with inspiration from my DH, I came up with this card.  My stash includes paper from  the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash DESTINATIONS and a digital stamp from Dude Time Doodles (colored with copics B93, B95, B97, E0000, E13, E95, W-0).  The round digital sentiment is one that I made and it will be available for FREE on Friday so make sure to drop by and pick it up.  I used pop dots to adhere the ‘dude’ and sentiment, and bent the edges of the sentiment up a little to add some depth.  A little faux stitching was added to finish it off.


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And here’s a look at the inside …


Our sponsor this time is Dude Time Doodles. The randomly chosen winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at the Dude Time Doodles store.  So pop on over to Clear It Out and check out what the DT has made and we'll help you clear out your stash.

This makes card #29 of the 100 cards in 100 days challenge.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Monkey See, Monkey Do…

Yesterday was a lazy day for me because I was exhausted after our NYC trip.  In my list of tips I forgot to mention that you should be prepared to walk a lot if you ever visit NYC.  We did soooooooo much walking.  I found out I had muscles I never knew existed, lol. 

Before I went away we celebrated my nephew’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for him…


I am disappointed that I used copics to frame the window with but I was in a hurry to get it done so I grabbed the first thing I saw … my copics.  In retrospect I would probably frame it with some cardstock or designer paper.   I am happy with the little monkey – a digital stamp by Bugaboo – which I colored with my copics.  I used a glitter pen on the balloon but next time I would use actual glitter since you can see the strokes of the pen.  Those strokes don’t show up as much in real life as they do for the camera, however.  Caption says “It’s your birthday … go bananas.”

This makes card #28 in the 100 cards in 100 days challenge.  I’m warning you in advance that I’m doubtful I will complete this challenge (which ends on September 18th for me….siggghhhhhh).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Honey, I'm Home

I don't believe I actually ever mentioned that I was going to be away. Did ya notice, lol. I spent the last 4 days with my family in New York City. We have never been there before so this was definitely a new experience. If you have never been to NYC before I have a few words of advice.

First, do NOT try driving in NYC traffic. It's crazy!! Luckily we had booked a room in New Jersey just outside of NYC and we used the hotel shuttle to get back and forth but even that was a crazy experience. I cannot believe how those people maneuver through the traffic. Take my word for it and do NOT drive in NYC, lol.

Second, downtown NYC and Time Square after 6pm are crazy insane! Wall to wall people all over the place! Insane but exciting all at the same time. Just make sure you breathe slowly through your nose, walk fast, and keep your eyes straight ahead and you'll be fine, lol.

 And finally, using a hop-on-hop-off pass is a great way to get around the city and learn a few things as you go...the FIRST time you visit NYC. Next time, however, I would definitely learn how to use the subway system because it would save a ton of time. The hop-on-hop-off pass is a bus that tours around the city making stops along the way. Since it doesn't take a direct route from point A to point B it takes much longer to get to where you want to go.

So, that's my advice and I'm sticking to it. Hope it comes in handy someday.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Something old … something new…

If you are looking for another way to use your designer paper scraps take a look at what my daughter did…

kayla's dresser

This was an old wooden dresser that my daughter had in her room.  She wanted something different but instead of spending money on a new dresser she decided to take some of my designer paper and decoupage it onto the drawer fronts of her old dresser.    Then she painted the rest of the dresser with paint that was left over from painting the inside of her closet, distressed it a little with some sandpaper and purchased some new handles for the drawers.  Brilliant idea, isn’t it?