Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blessed - Cards #45 & 46 of 50

For most of my life I have not been what you would call lucky...in fact there have even been a few times where I felt quite unlucky indeed!
Since I started this blog it seems my luck has shifted...the gods are smiling down on me or my stars are aligned...or maybe just good old fashioned luck is finally coming my way.

I have been blessed with winning several lovely blog candy prizes, have had random thingy chose my card in challenges, have received some wonderful RAK's and have had lovely parcels arrive in the mail from bloggy friends...just because!!! I am a firm believer in karma so of course I try to reciprocate and to RAK  people as well.

I am going to make more of an effort to put my NBUS (never before used stash) to use. After all, I don't want the givers to think I am the type to have sold the presents off !!! teehee
Lately, I realized that I have been subconsciously avoiding using these "new" supplies and I think it is a bit of  self doubt creeping in.. I don't want the sender to be disappointed...sounds weird I know!!!  So expect to see posts still featuring VOS (very old stash) and NBUS (never before used stash) and when applicable I will mention which NBUS items were actually winnings!

First up is a card made from a stamp set I won at Marks Finest Papers. They have a lot of challenges...one for every day of the week. Prizes are always stamps and I have been lucky and won a few there. I made 2 cards with this stamp.


The first was left as just black ink on white card...ink direct to card I might add. It was scary but I liked the outcome. Then with indrawn breath I stamped the sentiment direct to card as well. Deep breath out...I managed to stamp it straight! Whew. I was so pleased that I didn't muck it up that I left this card as is...almost to remind myself that I can do it! lol


The second is similar but I coloured this one with Prisma Pencils and blended with Gamsol. I am showing both versions and if you  look carefully you will see that the sentiment is in a slightly different place in the second card. Too bad I didn't think to take a photo of them together.


So I am quite pleased with myself. I stretched myself to do this scary direct to card technique and I survived and so did the card...hahahahaha

********These are cards 45 and 46 of my 50 cards/projects that use my stash during my self imposed consumables spending freeze. (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight cardstock are exempt)

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Marks Finest Papers Simple Salutations - two favourite colours (Card 45 - lately I have been loving the simplicity of black and white)
3. Marks Finest Papers Inspirational - Card 46 I was inspired by the water views on the first and the third photo

Monday, 21 July 2014

Fussy Cutting at the RV - Card 44

I  have a kind of fun card to share today. I seem to have a few different "8 card and envelope" packages from the Michael's 25 cent clearance bins. My card today is an example of what I like to do with those.

On rainy days up at the RV, we like to sit in the gazebo and play Aggravation, Scrabble or even play cards. But you can only do that for so long...and then DH heads into the RV and turns on the TV. I am just so not a daytime TV watcher!  I like to sit and fussy cut during these times  Feet up in the recliner and a low salad bowl in my lap to catch the scraps...then I can handle Midsummer Murders in the middle of the day!

Here is a card I made from those card packets. I cut up elements of three cards and treated them like paper piecing. I was able to make two of these cards and still have a few banners left over...might try to see what I can do with them too!

If is hard to see the layering created, so here is a close up of the dimension...



No recipe as there is just basically the card packet cut up  and mounted on a card base I cut and folded myself.

****************This is card #44 of 50. I have been on a consumables spending freeze until I made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
I am stretching this one a bit as the cards were fussy cut last year and pulled out of a baggie and this card made this year....perhaps not true snippets at all...but Miss will stand me in the corner if I have been naughty!



Saturday, 19 July 2014

Relaxing in the garden

Seems hard to believe that we have been home almost a week now.  The lawn has been mowed and fertilized..it is still in shock from that! The gardens have been deadheaded and cut back, the weeds have been pulled, and the walks and porch and patio have been hosed down.

Time to enjoy the patio for the weekend and then it is off and back to the lake on Tuesday. Here are a few shots of our work. We are usually never home to see this clematis bloom fully. It has a small bloom but a pretty one.

The other clematis are in full bloom now...
This is my favourite...

These lavender and pink variegated Phlox are just starting to bloom...

And these dark fuschia ones are in full bloom at the moment...

The Day Lilies are working their magic

I have a few varieties of Day Lilies that bloom at slightly different times as I like to have blooms all through the season. Here there is a pale yellow and lavender variegated just finishing, a large burgundy and orange almost done, and in the foreground, a small burgundy one just starting to bloom.    
                            

Here are a few lake time shots of what we were up to in June and early July.

There was golfing to master...

And gangplanks to cross while playing golf...

There was a shed to be built...don't you love the fancy schmancy door closure! The door still needed fine tuned but the fellows were too beat! That shed weighs 350 pounds!

There were fish to catch...


And fish that got caught!

I think I did a good job of hiding all the faces...so hopefully I have met my daughters wishes of no family faces on the internet.
The last photo is our friend holding the catch of the day...Luckily he does not mind his photo on the internet!