Thursday, March 27, 2014

Best Wishes

One layer cards are my comfort zone.  Whether they take on a clean and graphic look or something more classy and elegant, that's what I am drawn to when I take out my stamps and ink. Lately I've invested in a few 'building' stamp sets that allow me to layer and stamp to my heart's delight.

WPlus9 has a great set like that with Fresh Cut Wreaths (plus others!). I was lucky enough to win a $100 gift card from them during their recent birthday celebrations and promptly ordered a ton of lovely goodies, including the above mentioned set. I haven't even begun to use this set to it's full capabilities!! For this card I just stamped and stamped and stamped... :)

Thanks for popping in and have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hello there

The nicest, most amazing thing about the paper crafting community is the people you meet!

Sometimes it's the lady around the corner that you had no clue liked to stamp, sometimes it's someone you met at a crop or show/sale, sometimes it's a Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram friend that you've never met in person but converse with regularly. We all love to make cards and share that excitement and from that fun, interesting conversations begin and friendships are made.

I for one love to chat with other crafty people on social media; sharing tips (well, mostly them sharing, me learning), passing along product info, commenting on each other's lovely projects...and more. In chatting with these other cardmakers I was surprised to learn one of them lives not only in Ontario, but not too far away from me. Close enough to use the same local scrapbook store, and so we arranged a quick meet and hug as we dropped off product for a sale.
I recognized Sarah from her Twitter picture immediately and it was SO nice to meet her in person! I looooove her cards. I had to resist gushing and come across as 'stalkerish' lol...after all, she IS a Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine cover girl! Not to mention extraordinary cardmaking in general. And super nice! The funny part is that I went BACK to my LSS a few days later and she was there again, and my husband commented that she is definitely going to think I'm a stalker now...yikes. Promise I'm not! :) 
 I made the above card to give her during our quick hello. I used some new product that just came in the mail for me (yeah!), and really love that Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die. Will absolutely be using that die lots and lots! Moral- don't be afraid to get out there and converse with other crafters! You meet some great people!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Stencil This

I'm back linking up to another Moxie Fab challenge. This time for the Stencils: Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!
I've bought a few stencils of late and have been playing around with them in all sorts of ways. My favourite so far has to be using embossing paste through the stencil, then sprinkling on embossing powder and heat setting. Such a neat look. I used a beautiful chocolate sparkle powder on this card to give it an elegance fitting for any sort of occasion.
I hope you all have had some time to play around with stencils. They're not just for tracing shapes and letters any more! :) Don't forget to pop over to the Moxie Fab World and check out the rest of the fabulous entries in this challenge!  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Oldie but goodie

I'm digging through my archives today and pulling out an old card I've never posted.  Hopefully this will suffice until I can get pictures taken and edited of all the new creations I've been working on! This card has been sitting in my files for so long that I couldn't even remember where the patterned paper comes from...much investigation finds it to be the Sundrifter collection by Studio Calico.

In happy news, the sun has been shining brightly here the last few days and the snow is slowly melting away...yeah!!  I LOVE springtime where I live. I'm in a nice farmhouse that backs onto a hill that overlooks a river.  Lots of wildlife, particularly chirping birdies everywhere. It's delightful this time of year. :) I hope you all have a little bit of sunshine where ever you are today.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fresh Cut Thanks

Here's a rare card for me with NO stamping. How did that even happen? I LOOOOVE stamping! :) I gave my acrylic blocks and inks a rest on this card and put together this quick thank-you card. 

I used the last bits and pieces from Simon Says Stamp February card kit for this card. That lovely script die cut is the main focus, pulling the blues from that pretty floral Basic Grey paper. Angled papers and a vellum butterfly finish off this creation. Oooo! I lied...there IS a touch of ink on this one.  I swiped some wonderful white pigment ink around all the edges of the card and softened it with my finger. There...done!

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!