Monday, 18 July 2016

Old Faithful's

Made another card at Langley Stampers Club. This one featured Stampin' Up Botanical Blooms stamps and Botanical Builders Framelets dies.  I really feel that Stampin Up products are the Old Faithful of cardmaking tools. They are always dependable and I like their designs for stamps and for dies!

After die cutting each of the elements, we used chalk to add some depth and shading. I think chalk is another Old Faithful.  It is a quick, easy, and reasonable way to add that little extra oomph. Before I started investing in Copics and Watercolour pencils and even pencil crayons, I used chalks to colour my images. Amazing what you can do with some eye makeup sponges for the larger less detailed area,s and better quality shading stumps for detailed work!

I believe all the stamps were Stampin' Up, but I could be wrong. I have got to learn to bring a package of sticky notes with me to our cardmaking days.

I enjoyed making this card and especially liked that we added a gorgeous fern stamp to the inside of the card before we stamped the sentiment. I added a few stamps to the envelope as well and decided to try and remember to do this more often. I like the bespoke feeling it gives.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday - #238 - 239 Anything goes with an encouraging or uplifting sentiment
2. Crafty Calendar Challenge - Punches and/or dies (I used framelet dies)

I posted photos a few weeks ago of our spring blooms in the new garden beds. Here are some photos of the summer blooms. I am happy with the riot of colours!  Hope you like them too.

Yes the patio is finally finished. Amazing to think that this was a barren, hilly area that had never been developed. DH took down the back fence and built a retaining wall bordering our guest parking spot. Then he rebuilt the fence for privacy. He did this all himself, with just a wee bit of help from our son-in-law for the angled cuts where we decided to build in a triangle shaped flower bed just out of your sight line.

He brought in all the drainage gravel and sand himself and shoveled it in by the wheelbarrow load. When he finally laid the paving stones, I think he was glad to be done. The table seats 6 and we have enough room to accommodate 8 if needs be. A tight fit for 8 though!

Here is a close up of the raised perennial beds. I am happy with the riot of colour. There is a narrow pathway up to the second raised bed.  We plan to add a water feature in the back bed...right where I have marked it with a cedar stake. I don't want to kill that plant that sprawls across where we will make the fountain, so will transplant it in the fall.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Butterfly Birthday Kisses

I spied this Wee Bunnies sheet of pre coloured images by Sylvia Zett, ( Hobby House, UK) and knew I could make it work for Mrs. A's current Butterfly Challenge.  This fortnight, the challenge is to use the colour yellow and years on your project. Of course there must as always, be a butterfly.

The yellow (and pink and blue) colours I chose are also part of the moodboard of the  Stamplorations 3rd Birthday party Bash 

A while back,  I chopped up a bunch of 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper. I remembered this blue and white stripey paper and thought the lovely swirly corners might look good with this image. I matted the image with a snippet of dull yellow card that was sitting out on my desk, leftover from a previous day of card making. Double matted with a snippet of pink card. I used a new die and I do not think I wrote the name down anywhere before I placed it onto a magnetic page! If you recognize it, let me know. It is a thin silver die set with about twenty different sizes...I used somes of the smallest sizes to frame the number 3 (for 3 years old.). As I was out of pink card, I inked up a snippet of white for the back mat of that number 3 and chalked the edges quite liberally with pink chalk.

Happy birthday (a Michaels $1.50 stamp, perhaps Studio G) was stamped onto another snippet of pink and the edges were lightly coloured up with Ingrid Bolme pastel yellow chalk ink. A thin edging of Stardust stickles over that inky edge added a bit of sparkle.

The butterflies were cut from a Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings thinlet die, and used up the last of the pink and yellow card snippets.   I assembled them and layered two colours on the larger sizes. Added some mini crystal bling and again alternated the colours.

I managed to use up two VOS flowers (very old stash). The yellow paper daisy type flower is about 15 years old. I am sure you all have some...they came in decorative jars and were quite the rage at the time. I placed a pink felt flower from the dollar store on top

Last step was to add generous amounts of Stardust stickles to the butterflies, the number 3 mats, the flowers, the butterflies and even a bit here and there on the images...just to liven things up. This is a card for a wee girl and wee girls usually  love sparkle!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. The Butterfly Challenge - colour Yellow and years
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Calendar Challenge - must use punches or dies (butterflies and  image mats)
5. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes wk 236-237
6. Our Daily Bread - use Dimensional or pop it up (the number 3 is made of glitter paper with 3 bling rhinestones. The goden yellow mat it sits on is popped up with pop dots. as is the Happy Birthday sentiment.The butterflies are attached with Zot dots in the very center of that the wings can fly free for further dimension. Lastly the flowers give three more added layers of dimension.
7. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must use patterned paper
8. Stamplorations - 3rd Birthday bash use moodboard

Friday, 1 July 2016

June Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Once again, I used Random Org to choose the June Rudolph Days Winner.
The winner is # 36    
Darnell, could you please email me at and let me know your mailing address.
You have a choice between the Memory Box Holly Leaf border, or you can chose a Christmas stamp from my prize stash.

Once I receive your email, I will send you photos of the stamps for your perusal.