Saturday, February 22, 2014

Long overdue card making.

I seemed to have lost my mojo for all things crafty, lately. I am assuming it's this long cold miserable winter!

I set about last weekend to making a few cards, not because I wanted to, but because I thought it would help inspire me to find my motivation. It didn't!

I made a card for my niece's daughter, Talia, whose birthday is March 23, and a card for my dad, just telling him I was thinking of him.
I found the sketch for Talia's card at Freshly Made Sketches after seeing it on The Redheaded Crafter's blog.

Talia's card. She will be turning 5 this year.


Flip it card for my dad. I miss him, and he has been on my mind a lot lately.


































Once I brought the Stephanie Barnard stamps out, I thought I might try something simple with them, and came up with this. I found a honeycomb embossing folder at a craft store recently on sale and used it after stamping, then went over it with yellow ink on a sponge.
Then I tried the same stamped image on top of a hexagon shaped Happy Birthday stamp I found at the same sale.
I didn't like the way it turned out. But it was worth the try anyway. 

I am hoping that I can get excited once again for card making, scrapbooking, knitting, book making, or any of my other crafts that I usually enjoy.

What helps to inspire you?

Valentines Day Celebration Space

Sorry, I'm over a week late with this post, but I'm posting it anyway!

I'm not really a huge Valentine's Day fan. It's always hard to realise you don't have a 'special' man in your life, and makes you missed what you once had. So coming up with this display was difficult, hence it's simplicity.

I reused the wreath from the Winter theme, and added red tulle to the 3 candle sticks. The only thing I bought was the hearts that I added to the wreath, $1. The card on the right is the one I made for my son, Thomas.

I was planning on making a "Family day" Celebration Space, but I never got to it. Perhaps next year. I don't think I will get to my next planned one either. I was thinking of doing a birthday space for my celebration. My birthday falls on February 29, but this year it isn't on the calendar, so I don't think I'll bother. The next one is St. Patrick's Day. I'm not Irish, just an Irish Wannabe on March 17!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter Celebration Space

I had one idea to make my celebration space using white, blue and silver. However, I didn't really have any much of those things that screamed WINTER!

So I was on the look out for things in the Boxing week sales. I found a package of white garland that was $2 at Walmart. While waiting for inspiration, I just spread it out on top of the space. Next I pulled out 3 candle sticks that I found at the Dollar Store and filled the bottom some white tulle ribbon.



While out shopping at Winners I found a white tree that is actually a battery operated lamp for only $4. On the same trip I also found a cute little white rope wrapped polar bear for $1.50.



I took my foam wreath that I've used on many of my spaces, and wrapped it with the white garland, and I LOVE the way it looks. For Christmas one of the kindergarten children at my school gave me a lovely paper mache bird, and a basket weave nest. I used the bird only to sit inside the wreath.



I used my Cricut machine to cut out a few giant blue snowflakes, and a couple of phrases about winter.



This is the final product.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had a lovely Christmas, especially since I was not one of the 300,000 who lost their power over the holidays. 

Thomas gave me a Kobo, a portable battery recharger for my phone, and a fantastic set of Henckel Knives that we use every day. From me Thomas got a new external hard drive, a DeLorean Lego set, another pair of mitts, (he keeps losing them), the usual underwear and socks, and a few other bits and pieces.

Here is the Kobo and the case I made for it, (from a bubble envelope)

Thomas's friend Kay came over for Christmas dinner. Thomas roasted a turkey breast, potatoes, carrots and celery. I made a lasagna, some steamed veggies and we ate all that we could. Poor Kay was one of those who lost power, and since she had no heat, she was finding it hard to sleep at night. She passed out on the couch, and we just let her sleep.

I set about deciding what I was going to do for my celebration space for New Year's Eve. It actually didn't come together until that day!
I only have one picture now, as the others are on my phone, so I'll post them later, here is the one and only I have now.

I love how it turned out. I had a bottle of sparkling grape juice instead of champagne, and picked up a hat and horn from the dollar store. I also got the 2 star things hanging from the corners of the mirror there too. The banner at the bottom I made with my Cricut. 

So to all and any who read this blog, Happy New Year, all the best for 2014.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Remembrance Day Celebration Space

Since we don't really have much to celebrate in Canada during November, (no the cold weather isn't worth celebrating!) I thought I would try to make a November 11 space. It's not totally finished, but I wanted to post it now while I remember.
I want to add something in the 2 photo frames on the shelf, with perhaps 'In Flanders Field' poem, and the other one saying, REMEMBER.
The banner on the mirror, is too bright, it looks too much like a birthday banner, I will correct that somehow.
I had cut out 12 poppies to go on the wreath, but in the process of putting it together one went missing. Try as I might I could not find that last one. Then it dawned on me, since it is for November 11, (11/11), then 11 poppies was appropriate.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hallowe'en Space

Here is the Hallowe'en space. I love the way it turned out. Again I used the books from the previous displays. In fact there are a number of things I have reused.

The bottle of poison is the bottle I found in the garbage room, the glass pumpkin is the one I found in Home Sense. I also reused the large glass vase with the orange feather boa. The wreath I made from a Styrofoam form, added 2 orange and black boas and a black raven I found for a dollar each.  I used my Cricut die cut machine to cut the web and the house images.  I wrapped some skewers in sparkly pipe cleaners and put them with a branch with a few spiders on. Oh I also used a black cloak as the runner on the shelf, it is from an old hallowe'en costume.

I love how this one turned out.
This is something I saw on Pinterest, that I knew I had to try. Just added die cut eyes for the toilet rolls. Then used some black vinyl to cut out the little creature hiding in my toilet tank.

Next display is likely to be something around November 11th.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cards

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I didn't go out much due to a little annoying medical condition, that has now been corrected with medication. So it gave me some time to think about cards that I wanted to make.
First one is a Christmas card using Stephanie Barnards Framelits Flip it card die. I love it, as it is pretty easy to put together.
I got to use up some Martha Stewart Christmas papers, I've had for ages.
Then I saw a Happy Birthday card on Pinterest that I loved using the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing folder.
And finally a Fall card that I will be sending to some of the people on Papercraft Planet who are in a card swap group I am in. This was my own design, using a Fall stamp set that I have hardly used.




Thanksgiving Celebration Space

I wanted to add a little something for our Canadian Thanksgiving, (October 14) to my celebration space. I had an idea of making cubes and standing the letters HAPPY THANKSGIVING on top of them. But that idea ended up changing. I cut pyramid boxes on my Cricut die cut machine, from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge using fall colours. The I cut out GIVE THANKS and adhered them onto the boxes. That was the only change I made to my fall display but it really takes centre stage, I think.
Hallowe'en is just a couple of weeks away, so stay tuned!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Yet another Baby Album

I love making these albums, and I know that when the recipient gets one, they love it too. This one was for my trainer from a few years back. She moved away and I didn't even know she was back in the city, when I got an invitation to a baby shower for Krista. Not realizing it was her, I declined the invitation, stating that I didn't know a Krista. I later got an email telling me who it was, then got busy making this book. Needless to say I went to the shower!
The baby is a boy, hence Prince Charming and is due on November 20th.