Saturday, 11 February 2017

Relax & Enjoy

A dear friend recently moved to Kamloops, a three hour drive from here. I was so sad to hear she was leaving but luckily there is a silver lining. Kamloops is only 40 minutes from our RV at the lake...in fact we drive past Kamloops to get there.

It is a lovely city with the river running through the town and beautiful hills and flats for the residential neighbourhoods. There are gorgeous HooDoo's flanking the town!

It has all the major shops and great golf courses. The weather is hot, hot, hot, in the summer. It can climb into the 40's.

I think they will be very happy to retire there.

I have made them  a "New Home" card. As they will now both be retired, I chose the Sentiment "Relax & Enjoy".  I am sticking to my New Years goal of using at least one NBUS item on every card. The Memory Box Cottage In The Woods die is my NBUS item, It was fun to get it out to play.



You probably recognize the background sky. It is the last snippet of my alcohol ink - Yupo creations.

I used a couple of snippets of a pearlized green for the house, hills, and trees.  I had some very teensy snippets left and used them to recut the trees. Some of the snippets were so small I had to tape them to the tree as if the paper shifted slightly, they would have been ruined. I included the left over scraps in my card photo, so you could see for yourself how little is left!

I pop dotted the second set of trees and then shaded all the green including the trees with a darker green chalk, The card still looked bare so I used Stardust stickles on the trees and hills.

I used another teensy snippet of watercolour paper to cut the windows and door The paper was swirly with gold and brownish colours. I carefully arranged the die to have the yellows and the brown in the right places.

Since I used snippets, even some impossibly teensy snippets, I am taking this card over to Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop where the theme is must use snippets.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - Festive Foliage

This fortnight, Rachel of Fishers Cards and Crafts  chose the theme of Festive Foliage for our Christmas Card Club. What a fun theme!

I had a stamped card started and needed to sit down and colour the image but our furnace broke and I spent all of Saturday morning on the phone trying to get a repairman to come out. We are in the midst of heavy snow, with the roads in very poor shape. I then spend the rest of the afternoon huddled under a blanket near the fireplace! Of course furnaces and major appliances only break down on weekends...when labour rates are in overtime setting. Two hours work to fix it and $440 dollars for the labour alone. Oh my!

After all that, I decided to make a much easier card. I broke into my Never Before Used Stash (NBUS), and chose this Hunky Dory, Adorable Scorable Christmas Church card kit.
I decoupaged the layers for the scene but decided not to use the card provided with the kit. It seemed the wrong size for the image and I did not like the sheen on the paper finish.


I used one of  my scalloped square cards instead and used a First Edition, Christmas Wishes DP for the background. I always love the First Edition 6x6 stacks. I wish I owned every one!

You can check out the Festive Foliage cards from the other Christmas Card Club members too. Hyperlinks to their blogs can be found on my right sideboard. If you think you might be interested in joining, drop me an email or tell me in your comment.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Loll Inspird Me

I recently posted a card made by Jane that I had CASED.  Today I want to share a card I CASED from another blog friend Loll, of Stamping with Loll

I have been following Loll's journey with alcohol inks and she originally inspired me to break open my bottles. Loll's blog is Stamping with Loll. and it is well worth popping over to take a look. Her work is beautiful! Here is Loll's card...


I  took some of the left over snippets from my Yupo background creations and created a wee scene with my "Never Before Used Schtuff", my Horse Sleigh Landscape, Memory Box die. NBUS for short. I cut the sleigh from a snippet of white glitter paper.

To ensure a non lumpy focal point, I ran the die through the bottom of the Alcohol ink portion and then lined up the two die cut edges for a smooth edged scene. I saved the Yupo waste from behind the horse and sleigh and inlaid it back into the finished scene.

 I then used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die to cut the scene and pop dotted it to my card. I finished the card off with a Cursive Script Merry, Memory Box die cut from a slim snippet of the inked Yupo paper
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This was so much fun that I made a second card with the horse and sleigh cut from a gunmetal grey glitter paper and a cut another Cursive  Merry Die from the same grey glittered cardstock.



I am entering this card over at Darnells 10th NBUS challenge where the theme is for you to use a NBUS item of course. There is also an optional challenge for you to use bubble wrap. I decided to forgo this option as I do not have any at the moment.

You can check out the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog djkardkreations