Hello all my long lost blog friends! Welcome, and thanks for stopping in. Can you believe we are at the end of September? This is my favourite time of year. I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for. So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.This was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique. The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this. I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.This thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work. When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Next up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets. The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.I finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum. I know, I know… what have I been waiting for? I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any. Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).This card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.And finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend. This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background. If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing. This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush. The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background. I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink. It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.
So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave. I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day. Have a great week, and happy crafting!
It’s been a while since I posted last. The biggest reason being, I started a full-time job about a month and a half ago. Needless to say, that along with two kids keeps me busy, busy, busy! But we went away to a nice, little cottage on a lake in Quebec this weekend, for one last bit of summertime fun, and I managed to squeeze in some crafting time – yeah!
This is the last of four cards I made, but I will share it first, as it is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week. The challenge theme is bunting/pennants. I guess the lanterns aren’t really pennants but I thought it was a fun twist on the theme, and it reminds me of summertime and camping. The stamp set is the Close To My Heart November Stamp of the Month – Illuminate.
The second card is one I made for the owners of the cottage. A little thank you note to let them know we had a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and just hanging out. You can just see the lake in the background. A lovely view to craft by!Next up is a beach inspired card, made with the CTMH Bright Sunshiny Day stamp set. What is more summery than a beach, children building sandcastles, and frolicking in the water?
And finally, the cherry on top…. an ice cream sundae card!So, as you can see, it was a fun afternoon yesterday, crafting from my shady spot while watching the kids play in the water. Moments to cherish! I hope you all had a fabulous Labour Day weekend, and took some time to relax, and enjoy family and friends. Have a great week!
Hello, and happy Thursday! Well, this is my last post as guest designer for Out of a Hat Creations, and I just want to say thanks for having me. It’s always a pleasure hanging out in cyberspace with the ladies! This week’s challenge is to create something inspired by a song with a flower in the title. I chose Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” for my inspiration.
One of the main lines in the song is “I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey”. From that, I was inspired to create a grey, distressed background, and add the roses as the kiss of colour to brighten things up.
The silver frame was first dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder, then covered with glitter glue. That was a lot of glitter glue, lol! I had to let it dry overnight. For the sentiment, I cut a rectangle of cardstock, stamped it with the music background and added the sentiment. The roses were cut with my Cricut, and the edges sponged with red ink. I always love the look of paper roses. They are so beautiful, and really add elegance to anything.
I hope you have time to visit Janet, Sandra and Chrissie to see what they’ve been up to. And please do join in the fun. We love to see your makes. Have a lovely day, and happy crafting!