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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Viva La Verve January 2013 - Week 5

Hi folks,

well my goal to make three cards for each of the weekly Viva La Verve Challenges didn't quite get past the second sketch of the year. For the last three sketches, I only found time to make one card for each sketch. So far anyways - but who knows? Maybe I will miraculously find time tomorrow night! But I doubt it.

Anyways, this is my card for the Week 5 sketch



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base, red card stock mat
  • patterned paper: Martha Stewart Valentine's mat stack I picked up last year (or maybe the year before that?)
  • stamps: Verve "Hearts on Fire". The central heart is actually a bigger heart from the set that I stamped twice onto the patterned paper and cut out. The first one to cover the smaller heart that is actually in the flourish and the second one is popped up with dimensional foam.
  • bling it on: there are 19 wee little pearls on this card. 18 of them on the ends of curlicues on the flourish and then one more that I coloured with my R39 Copic marker to do the "I" in Valentine's.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Viva La Verve January 2013 - Week 4

Hi folks!

Just thought I would pop in with a card I made for the Viva La Verve January Week 4 sketch challenge.

This is a sympathy card I made for my cousin and his wife who had to say goodbye after sixteen years to their little Shih Tzu, Nigie. I know they were both feeling quite devastated even though he had been in ill health for the last few years. Like my dearly beloved and I, the don't have kids so their fur babies mean the world to them. Little Nigie definitely had a blessed life with my cousin and his wife.





I deviated from the sketch just a little to make a square card instead of a rectangular card, but otherwise stayed fairly true to the sketch. I even did a ribbon and bow (deliberately distressed with ink....not sure how I feel about that though) - I used a handy dandy tool my sweetie made for me to tie up bows and it worked WONDERFULLY! I may have to post a picture ....

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Reunion (love the look of that teal with the dark brown, cream and kraft)
  • stamps: Verve "Borderline", "Kind Words"
  • seam binding from my stash, distressed with Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Martha Stewart Punch around the page
  • Corner rounder punch
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Use it Tuesday #48

Hi folks!

A couple of weeks ago, my entry into the Use it Tuesday Weekly Challenge was selected as the winner for the week and I was asked if I was interested in being a guest DT for an upcoming challenge! You betcha!!!

This week's challenge is to use Red, Orange or Yellow. I know a LOT of people have difficulty with with using one or two or maybe even all three of those colours. Personally, I don't mind them at all. My problem colour is purple. But if you pull out a nice paper pack that is already perfectly coordinated - it's easy peasy! Maybe that's why I have such a HUGE stash of paper pads ... and just keep buying more!

Anyways, on to my card:



I quite like how this card came out. Those warm colours in the middle of a cold, Canadian winter make me feel all happy. If you are a frequent visitor then you will recognize this as the Viva La Verve January Week 2 sketch - this is my feminine version for that sketch (remember my promise to do a masculine, feminine and holiday version of each sketch?)

My stash busting items on this card? Well, we won't talk about the paper. That would be silly. As I confessed above, I do have reams and reams of paper. This one from My Mind's Eye just happens to be a new one I picked up at Michael's. Here in Canada they now sell the little 6x6 pad for $6.99....and when you throw in a 40% off coupon. Well....let's just say THAT stash is about to start growing again.

My REAL stash busting items are those pretty little paper flowers. Most of the cards I post here on the blogarooni tend to not have flowers on them - makes it so difficult for mailing purposes you know? So I tend to forget about putting them onto my cards, even though I have a decent sized IKEA box of them stuffed full in my craft room. I remembered I had these darling yellow-y orange flowers in that box and dug them out. Voila! A pretty birthday card for one of the ladies in my weight loss group who will be celebrating her birthday later this week.

card details:

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Now be sure to pop on by the Use It Tuesday Challenge blog to check out all the other fabulous creations this week and be sure to link up YOUR creation using red, orange or yellow - we could all use a little bit of warmth at this time of year don't you think?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

MFT Wednesday Sketch - with Yumi!

Hi folks,

A little while back I ordered a couple of stamps from a new little stamp company on the block - Yumi and Fumi Handmade. Life being what it is, I haven't had a chance to play with the stamps until now.

I needed a birthday card for the young daughter of friends of ours and I thought that the Yumi portion of the image of Yumi & Fumi would be just right. I masked off the Fumi side and got to stamping and colouring.



card details:

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Viva La Verve January 2013 Week 3 - Holiday

Hi Everybody!

I found some time today to get crafty! Here is one of the cards I made today...





card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: Teresa Collins "Christmas College", edges distressed with scissors
  • stamps: Verve "O Christmas Tree", stamped in CTMH New England Ivy
  • buttons: CTMH Colonial White from my stash
  • layout: Viva La Verve January Week 3
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Newton

Hi folks,

Just thought I would share this little card that I made earlier this week - to celebrate our youngest cat's birthday....yes, I'm THAT crazy cat lady....



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: Studio Calico "Classic Calico"
  • stamped image: Penny Black "In the garden" (because this little cat looks just like our Newton - he's just a little "fluffy" shall we say)
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Viva La Verve January 2013 - Week 2 Holiday

Hi folks!

Phew! I squeezed in some crafty time tonight so I could get a card finished in time for this week's 2013 Christmas Card Challenge #6 - Rip it, Sand it, Tear it!

This is also my "holiday" themed card for the Viva La Verve January 2013 Week 2 sketch (still have to do my feminine version).



As you can see, I roughed up the edges of my patterned paper to go with the challenge.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage
  • stamps: Verve "Winter Mittens" (I paper-pieced the mittens)
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles Dies
additional challenges for this card"
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

January 2013 Viva La Verve Week 2 - Masculine

Hi folks,

I managed to squeeze in a little craft room time today - not as much as I had wanted but still, a little is better than none.

I settled in with the Week 2 Sketch for the January Viva La Verve Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers and made a couple of masculine birthday cards.

Here's the sketch:



and here are my two cards - the first with the same orientation as the sketch, the second with the sketch flipped.



The first one is for a co-worker who always says "Life is Good" when you ask him how things are going. I knew I HAD to use that sentiment on his birthday card.




The second is for the boyfriend of a friend of mine back in Newfoundland.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: Studio Calico "Classic Calico", edges distressed with Memento Rich Cocoa
  • stamps: Verve "Life is Good" Plain Jane, "Birthday to You" Plain Jane
  • metallic brads from my stash
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Hexagons
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Thanks for stopping by! Hope your new year has been off to a wonderful start.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bellatastic Tuesday #2 - White Space

Hi folks,

I was messing around in my craft room and decided to finish off these images that I had partially coloured on my desk as I had an idea in my head for a card (or two) for the current white space Bellatastic Tuesday Challenge over on the Stamping Bella Forum on SCS




card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, die cut card base from Studio G (Michael's)
  • burgundy card stock for mats and inner liner (to make the die cut edge stand out a little more), silver ink sponged around the edges for a little interest.
  • stamped image: Stamping Bella "Frostier", coloured with Copic Markers (YR16, YR18, W1, W5, W6, W7, W8, R37, R39, YG00, G46, E57). CTMH Heavenly Blue sponged around the background of the die cut image (out of the box technique around the scarf)
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangle Die
  • Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 2013 Viva La Verve Week 1 - Happy New Year

Hi folks,

Well, I seem to be off to a good enough start - first day of the new year and I was able to get crafty! I actually made three cards this afternoon, this is the first - a Happy New Year card for my sweetie.


This is my "holiday" card for the Week 1 Viva La Verve Sketch Challenges for January.

card details:



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Win the January Releases from Tiddlyinks

Hi folks,

one of my goals this year for paper-crafting is to ink up more of my as-yet uninked images. I KNOW I have quite a few images from Tiddlyinks that have not yet graced any of my cards. I hope to remedy that really soon!

Anyways, I do follow the Tiddlyinks blog and today there is a post telling you how to win the entire January release!

Be sure to click through to find out how you can put your name into the running to win!

Ta Ta for now! I'm headed up to the craft room momentarily to work on a few cards .....

2012 - the year that was

Hi folks,

just taking a moment to reflect on the year that was....rather "blah" for me when it comes to paper-crafting. Like many of my paper-crafting pals, I think I struggled to find a balance between this hobby and my personal life. And actually, that wasn't really a bad thing.

Though my card-making output was significantly lower than in past years (268 total posted this year, of which only 53 were Christmas), I DID achieve a personal health goal. Last year before Christmas, I rejoined a weight loss group in which I had been a member YEARS ago with the intent of getting myself back into better shape. Well, my year end numbers seem to suggest that I was successful.

Every day at work, a dear friend and I walk at lunch time. It's only 30 minutes but it is a VERY valuable 30 minutes. Not just for the exercise, but also for the mental well-being. We vent and de-stress to each other about work and our personal lives. A god-send at times this year since both work and family were very trying at times.

Then, after work, I usually pop up to our exercise room and spend an hour on the recumbent bike, reading. I think, in addition to the weight loss, this has been my greatest accomplishment. I worked my way up from 30 minutes a day back in February, to an hour a day - including on the weekends! I try to not take a day off unless I have other commitments that really don't allow me to squeeze in my exercise. I've read a ton of books (link to my Pinterest board of what I am reading) - okay they were on my e-reader so not  a ton per se but you get my meaning. Best series of the year for me was the Ender/Shadow books by Orson Scott  Card.

So, end result, I DID achieve my weight loss goal in under a year. I wanted to lose 10% of my body weight - about 17 lbs - and I did. I'm actually down a little over 20 lbs. And it feels good. Though I hate shopping for new pants - why can't women's pants just use inches for the waist instead of those inconsistent store sizes? Grrrr....

My fitness goals are still a work in progress. I DO exercise every day but I think I need a little more variety. The biking is great since it also allows me to read every day for pleasure (I've always loved to read) but I think I need to vary it up a bit more. A little more resistance training and core work (sitting at  a desk all day is not great for one's health) would be good. And I really think I should run more often - though my treadmill accident on Christmas Day would suggest otherwise.

I'm hoping to have a better year this year than last. I have my usual paper-crafting goals:

  • try to stay on top of the Christmas cards by making 10 per month (I fell off the wagon last year in  April and never really found my way back on until late fall). Taking part in Sparkle's weekly Christmas Card challenge should help with that
  • try to stay ahead of the game for birthdays and other holidays. I'm hoping that taking part in the weekly Viva La Verve Challenges over on SCS will keep me at least partially on track with that goal. My plan is one masculine, one feminine and one "holiday" card per week for this challenge. There's also the Mojo Monday challenge and challenges from some of my fave stamp companies that I hope to play along with more frequently (The Greeting Farm, Stamping Bella, Sparkle Creations, Kraftin' Kimmie.....you know the usual players....plus there's a few more)
  • work on reducing that growing paper stash. One of the ways I plan to do that is by hosting the occasional card workshop as part of my fund-raising for the annual "Light the Night" Walk.
  • work on using that ever-growing pile of as yet un-inked stamps in my craft room (and yes, I just bought a pile more from a couple of the SCS member companies thanks to the year end shop hop combined with the company's own year-end clear out sales).
  • start AND finish a couple of projects which have been sitting in the back of my head for a while now
I also have some NON-papercrafting goals:
  • make at least one quilt
  • try some new canning recipes
  • make more time for getting together with my friends
  • change up my exercise routine

I guess I should pick a few of my favourite cards that I made this year, huh? Well, here goes! I'm just adding the links for now. Maybe I'll come back with the photos later.

September - a card I made for my sweetie (one of two cards in this post)
August - I actually had TWO faves. This one and this one
June - slim pickins' that month. Only four cards made. I chose this one as my fave.
April - This birthday card (which I may actually still have as I don't remember for whom it would have been made)



Ah well, that was the year that was in 2012. Let's hope for a fantastic 2013!