Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kick Start Day 1

I think the latest Online Card Class, called Kick Start, couldn’t have come at a better time.  Not being home during the day anymore, and having limited time to craft, I’ve sorta lost a bit of my mojo.  Kick Start is a class that is focused on getting the creativity going, and different ways of finding inspiration.

Day 1’s focus was all about Organizing Ideas.  I am not an organizer of my ideas.  I love to organize everything else around me – my fellow coworkers are always saying how organized I am… although, funny enough, my husband and mother would beg to differ.  Still, never have I been one to write things down.  Instead, I choose the much less effective method of “oh, I’ll have to remember that” – and I never do.  Funny how that works.  So, in the interest of “organizing my ideas”, I created a card sketch book:

Card Sketch Book

Isn’t it pretty.  I made it following Kristina Werner’s instructions here.  I even used it to sketch out the following card:

Day 1

Yay me!  (sidenote: this isn’t an original sketch, it’s based off of one from a previous Online Card Class – Clean and Simple Cardmaking).  Nonetheless, there is a sketch! 

This card was created using Paper Smooches “Healthy Vibes” stamp set and some twinery twine (which I coloured with an E53 copic to tone down the white).  I coloured the band aids with copics (E53, 55, and R22).  The sentiment was stamped with versamark and white heat embossed. 

There we go!  Day 1 homework done.  Off to work on day 2 now!

Until next time!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ah, to blog again!

Phew!  That was a crazy few weeks!  Becoming a working mom was quite an adjustment.  I finally feel as though I am getting my head slightly above water.  I have definitely gained a whole new appreciation for all my mom did for my brother and I – working all day, getting groceries or running other errands, picking us up, and getting dinner on the table for when my dad walked in the door.  Of course, with wanting to spend as much time as I can with the little man, and having to plan all of my lessons for school, cook, and clean up at the end of the day, I haven’t had any time for crafting – which is sad, but ok.  I was fortunate enough though to get a few minutes in the old cabana last weekend to make a card for my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday.  This year was the year that he finally got older than my hubby and I.  See, we stopped having birthdays at 29.  :)

For this card, I reworked the case I did of a Kristina Werner card.  My first version is found here, and this is my second version:

Gord's 30th

The papers are all from a Recollections stack, and the dies and stamps used are from Papertrey ink.  I embossed the 30 with ultra thick embossing enamel and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive.  I used some Twinery twine (in real life, the twine colour and the cardstock colour for the 30 are much closer).

Well that’s all for now.  I will definitely pop back in tomorrow to share with you a card I made for the first lesson in the new Online Card Class called Kick Start.

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

One Pad, Four More Cards

Greetings everyone, and happy Labour Day!

I’ve been loving DCWV’s “Hittin’ the Books” paper pad lately, already having made 2 cards, so I decided to put it to more use and created 4 more cards from it. I plan on giving these cards to some fellow coworkers to begin the year.

Card 1

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One of the papers had all of these squares and rectangles that I just chopped up and glued onto kraft cardstock. Simple!

Card 2

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For this one, I used one of the rectangles with the “back to school” message on it, mounted it on a piece of turquoise patterned paper, and used an EK Success slot punch to punch the slot for the ribbon to run through.

Card 3

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More squares and rectangles Smile

Card 4

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And again…

Well, I’m off to enjoy my last day of vacation with my little man. Back to work tomorrow.

Have a great day!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Long Weekend

Hello all!  What a gorgeous long weekend we’ve been having here in Southern Ontario!  This weekend is the weekend for “Canada’s Largest” Ribfest, and instead of heading down to the lake in Burlington to stand in huge crowds and spend a lot of money on overpriced ribs, our friends group decided to hold our own.  We’ve done this for the past couple of years already, and it’s been a great time.  This year was no exception.  Each couple brings a rack of ribs done up in their own special sauce, and we all sample the offerings and vote on our favourite.  We have yet to win the event, but have had a great time eating those ribs.  I am feeling like I need a good workout today though. 

Anyway, I thought I’d share another Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge card for this week’s challenge which is to use kraft cardstock in the “kreation”. 

Challenge 144

Once again, I used DCWV’s “Hittin’ the Books” paper pad, which I believe is from last year.  I paired it with Kraftin’ Kimmie’s lovely Lucy who is currently enjoying re-reading Harry Potter and the Half Blooded Prince… : )  She was stamped onto Neenah cardstock with memento ink and coloured in with copics.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. 

Well, thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are!