Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Discovery Day Craft

Hello again.   Hard to believe that September is coming to a close.  Our pool was closed the other day, the leaves are starting to change color and we have had a few nights of frost.  I love the change of seasons.  Fall is amazing, Thanksgiving is around the corner, then Halloween, which leads us right into Christmas, which is three months away from today.  And yes, I have started to plan Christmas already.  LOL

A few weeks ago I participated in a Demo Discovery with my uplines Denise and Jamilla.  It was a good day.  Lots of learning and crafting going on.  One project was the canvas below.  Jamilla taught this workshop.  Of course there wasn't enough time to finish, so I finished it here at home.  If you stopped by our booth at the St. George Applefest this past weekend you would have seen this on display.  

This is a basic canvas, 8 x 10 I believe,  that can be picked up at any craft supply store or dollar store.  What you do with it is up to your imagination.  

I followed Jamilla's basic template, except for the word "CREATE"  Jamilla stamped her word and colored it in with Stampin' Write markers.  I knew I would totally destroy the canvas if I did that.  Instead, I cut the letters for "CREATE" using our Coaster Board, cut with the Bigshot using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die. And using sponge daubers I distressed the letters with Early Espresso Classic Ink and Gold Metallic Ink.

The rest of the project uses banners and stencils from our Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, and used sponge daubers to stencil the patterns on the canvas and pennant, the twine is included in the kit.   The bow was cut using our Gift Bow Bigz L Die (one of my top five favourites from the holiday catalogue) and flowers were punched with our Pansy punch. Behind the bows and flowers, which the picture doesn't show too well is a Tea Lace Doily.  Butterfly was punched with our Bitty Butterfly punch.   Stamp sets were Feels Good and Everything Eleanor.

Close up of the distressed "Create"

Close up of flowers and bow (love love the bow, I am going to have so much fun over the Christmas holidays with this bow die)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Laura's Birthday card

Happy Tuesday morning!!   Around here it is hot, hazy and humid.  We are going to be breaking some records around here.  It is suppose to be 35 degrees with a humidex of 44 degrees.  That is in Celsius.  In Fahrenheit for my American friends and family, that is 95 with a humidex of 114.  Yep a brisk Canadian September day around here.  Something tells me that air conditioning is making the list of what I am thankful for in my gratitude journal tonight.  LOL  I dropped Dalwhinnie off at the groomer this morning as well.  I think she is going to be very grateful to lose the excess fur for the next few days.  

I posted a pic of this card earlier on my Instagram, which was shared on Facebook and Twitter as well.  A couple of days before bringing Laura to University, she had her 18th birthday.  So hard to believe that my baby is 18 and away at University.

This card was simple, quick and easy.  Things were rather hectic around here the weeks leading up to her birthday so I needed to throw this card together quickly.  And thanks to co-ordinating products via Stampin' Up! mission was accomplished.  

Products used were as follows:

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Designer Series Paper:  Modern Medley

Stamp Set: Chalk Talk

Ink: VersaMark

Embossing Powder:  Black, White

Tools:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits

Embellishments:  3/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (discontinued)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my little corner of the blogging world. I think this afternoon you will find me poolside.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Halloween Fun

Happy Monday morning everyone.    We are into our second week of school here.  Daniel, my youngest, picked up a nasty cold last week, and spent the weekend sick as a dog and is home from school today.  And Laura starts her first day of classes at University today.  Sun is shining and it is suppose to get hot hazy and humid again.  Summer reminding us that even though kids are back to school, its not officially fall yet.  

Saturday, I spent the day at a Demonstrator Discovery Day hosted by my uplines Denise Donald and Jamilla Ivits.   It was a fun day learning new techniques, getting ideas for workshops and classes, seeing different projects, meeting some demonstrators from my area that I haven't met before, and of course some business tips.  There was a swap, and I had to participate.   I love swaps and getting different cards from various talented crafters.  More ideas to incorporate into my own crafting. 

I based my card for the swap on this birthday card.  I received this card during one of the swaps I participated in at Convention. This beautiful card was made by Mary Walker from Virginia.  

And here is my take on the card.  Halloween of course.  One of my favourite Holidays after Christmas of course.  

Supplies used are as follows:

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla

Inks:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Elegant Egglplant, and Black StazOn

Stamp Sets: Best of Halloween (part of our anniversary Best Of monthly releases), Toil & Trouble (from the Holiday catalogue)

Tools:  Modern Label punch, Stampin' Trimmer, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Take care and enjoy your day.