Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Christmas Card Club - Bears or Anything Goes

ValeryAnne of ValleryAnne Designs  chose the theme of Bears or Anything Goes for our Christmas Card Club Challenge. I am a little late posting as I was away camping with my daughter, son-in-law, grandkids, and my eldest daughter. They rented a whole campsite...every spot!  We had our own private breach and  only shared it with some friends from our neighbourhood who also camp, and a cousin and her daughter who came up from Seattle, USA.  We also had some friends drop by for a day of boating and tubing and fun!  It was a great group of campers and we had such a lovely time.

All the children  had a blast. The village nearby has a huge roller Coaster and theme park as well as lovely ice cream stands. What more could a kid want!

I made this card while my husband was out on the boat. I am not much of a boating fan as I can not swim and it has left me leery of deep water.  I took the elements of this card in a card sleeve and just brought glue tape and scissors with me, . It was fun to sit in the sunshine and make cards listening to the birds sing and feel the very gentle breeze.

I chose the theme Anything Goes.  The card base was picked up somewhere on my recent travels...might have been Blade Stamps in London. The DP is NBUS ...Kaiser Craft Christmas Edition. It has a light sheen and the black poinsettia design is a bit shiny.  I usually do not like shiny papers, but this one is very subtle with the amount of shine.


This adorable image is Penny Black's  Tweet Christmas. i think it is so fun! I bought it at one of the local paper craft stores garage sales. I paid $5. Canadian for it , which is a great price for a  Penny Black stamp. It stamps like a dream.

I coloured it with Prismacolour pencil crayons from Michaels and used Gamsol to blend.  The little purple Merry Christmas sign was a leftover I  had tossed into my sentiments drawer. I did not write the manufacturer on the back. Sorry!

The image is matted with a snippet of purple card stock and rematted with a snippet of red glitter card.


Inside my card is a 2004 Stampin' Up sentiment stamped onto Marshmallow Bazzill card with a triangle of the DP in two corners.

Here are some photos from that camping trip to Cultus Lake.

These type of private campsites where you rent the whole site (various  number of trailer allowances depending which site you choose) don't have alocated spots for  each trailer. You can park as close or far away as you want, dependant on the terrain of the site. It was lovely and flat all around the trailer area and then this small hill down to the beach, the open walled roofed eating area structure, and also the showers and bathrooms.
 That is our boat and tube in the lake.


This is it in action...

My daughter and her husband always bring kayaks, paddle boards and extra life jackets for anyone that drops by to visit. I think this is my son-in-law on the paddle board.


Meals were assigned and this yummy salmon was a hit. There are two salads in the blue bowls under those long trays. This is inside the mostly open walled eating structures. They seat at least 50 people but we hung hammocks in the back half of the building.


So that is for now...wish I had taken a long shot of the whole field including the structures!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Christmas Card Club - Anything Goes Option

This fortnights theme  was chosen by Zoe for our Christmas Card Club   I chose to make the Anything Goes Option.

If you wish to peek at the other girls cards, hyperlinks are on my right sideboard. You will not be disappointed!

 I made up a decoupage kit card that I picked up on clearance after Christmas. I had great fun up at Cultus Lake putting the layers together and giggling as I weighted every little part down with pebbles so the wind did not blow away the wee pieces.

Once the main part of the scene was assembled, it was then popped behind the folded card base pocket and then addition layers were added that overhung the framed scene.

I did not like the sort of shiny surface of the paper in the kit so I went over the layered image with a Nuovo clear glimmer pen. I then applied a thin layer of Art Glitter glue glue randomly over the snow and ice on the scene and liberally over the framed bricks. While that was still wet, I sprinkled opalescent  holographic glitter over it and carefully lifted the page to shake off the excess. A big gust of wind carried away all my precious left over glitter and made the cement floor of the open walled eating house glimmer!


And here is the inside...


All in all, this was a fun card to make. It came in a set of 4 different designs with the layered images for the scenes presented in a punch out fashion.

 The folded frame style is lovely and the the tent style card stays upright.  But...

For the first time ever, I would not recommend purchasing this kit to use as is.  I did not like the flimsy paper that made up the scene layers and I also did not like the sheen of it.

I think if I make up the other three images into cards, I would photocopy them first onto a mat type card stock and then fussy cut them out. This would solve the sheen problem, and also solve the feeling that the layered paper is too thin and would crease easily just from pressing it in place. I would only purchase these kits it if you were prepared to photocopy and fussy cut all of the scene layers. This will not make me too popular with the manufacturer, but I think it is only fair to warn crafters, as this was what I consider an expensive kit. Thank goodness I bought it on clearance!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Like A Bat Out Of Hell

This is going to be a long post...Skip down to the card pictures if you do not want to be entertained with bits of my trip.

Still jet lagged but enjoying being home. It was 34 degrees outside when we arrived home and much hotter inside as the house had been closed up for a month! Today is supposed to be around 24 degrees and that break from the heat is much needed.

Our front garden hanging  baskets and front lawn are completely brown as the hose bib broke and so the watering system for the front garden failed. We have to get a plumber in as it requires cutting through the craft room walls and ceiling to reach the repair.  We have had to do this once before, so hopefully he can use the same access as was cut previously.

My card today is double meaning for me as not only is it my first Halloween card of 2018, but also celebrates the fact that we saw the musical Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre while in London. I think I may even scrapbook this card when I make up my London pages!

The singing and the acting in this performance was fantastic! The story was a little hokey for our tastes, but as DH said, it would be very hard to create a story that encompassed all the Meatloaf songs. I have been humming the various songs ever since we saw the production and can not get the songs out of my head! The performers got a thunderous applause at so many points in the production as well as a standing ovation at the end!

My card was made under the careful tutelage of Sue Tossell with whom I had the joy of visiting for a few days while we were in Britain. Sue has been to Canada three times previously, and spent a day with us each time, both at our house for lunch and then an afternoon of shopping and a nice supper out.

I learned so many things from Sue! We played with Tim Holtz dyes and  distress oxides and had great fun creating backgrounds which we then turned into card fronts. I shall be sharing these over the next few weeks. This background was created by wetting watercolour paper with with little powders called Brusho's. The effect is fabulous and varies according to the degree of wetness you work with, and the amount of powder you apply.

Sue has the largest selection of clear stamps I have ever seen! Beautiful Lavinia, Cardio, and much much more. She stores them by manufacturer on letter sized laminated sheets that store inside  clear/cloudy plastic cases. Each stamp has been stamped onto the card stock  it is to be stored on before it is laminated. Brilliant idea!

My background had a lovely moody, dark, foreboding feeling so I copied Sue and made a Halloween card. The stamps are by Lavinia and stamp like a dream. We used a stamping platform of course. Sue had one just for me to use, and so we were able to do the repeat stamping that watercolour paper sometimes requires.

So, here is my card. We each outlined our image in white gel pen...although if I remember correctly, I was too nervous to ruin this beauty so Sue outlined it for me!

I made it up into a card once I was home again. I used a snippet of  DP,  left overs of a 12x12 sheet. If you look closely, there is a snippet of a black and white DP sitting vertically behind the matted image.  This is truely a snippets card as the orange mats were also snippets.



I used a snippet of a Halloween damask looking paper on the inside. If you look closely you will see the top edge of the pattern has a skull worked into the damask design! The Studio G  sentiment was stamped on the last snippet of orange card that I matted the front image with.


I usually off center the inside sentiment mats so as to leave enough room for signatures below the mat, on the actual card base. In this case, I decided to center the mat and will sign on the inside flap of the card.

I will leave you with a few photos from our days in London. We used hop on hop off bus tours to get around and it was amazing how much we were able to hop off and see.


Here are some random shots taken from our bus tour....



We stayed in a lovely hotel in Kennsington Earl's Court,  and also used the underground to get around as there was a station just a half block from the hotel.. This is just a random station shot taken from the doubledecker bus top.



We did not go on the London Eye this time as we have had that pleasure on a previous trip, but I could not resist a photo. Sadly, London was the only time we had a break from the beautiful blue skies and hot, hot days. I rained several times during the day andthe skies were quite stormy looking. Not so great for photos, but good for the plants and lawns as there had not been any rain for over a month. .



Had to take a photo of the lovely red buses...




I could not resist a trip to the British Museum as Blade Stamps is only a half block away!
Here is a shot from inside the British Museum...



I am entering this card in the following challenges.
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets