Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SASC119 ~ So Sorry ~

Our very dear friends father passed away on the weekend and I needed a sympathy card for them. This was so hard to create for our friends, but I do know that they are covered in prayers and finding comfort in God's wonderful presence during this difficult time. I really do need to create several sympathy cards so that they are on hand when they are needed ~ creating a card when it's needed is just too difficult for me.  I followed a sketch that I found on Stampin' Addicts


Here is my card that I created ~ I did enjoy playing with my new toys....just really hard when you know who will be receiving it ~


I forgot to take my photo during the sunny portion of the day ~ and so please overlook the
terrible shots that I've posted!


I'd like to end on a brighter note ~ so here are a few shots that we took on our weekend away with our son's beautiful family!





Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ enjoy your day ~ and hug your loved ones....better yet....tell them that you love them and then.... a big bear hug! Blessings to you :-)

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

RAK From A Darling Friend

Is it possible to have an friend that you've never met. Well my mother in law has a friend in Austrialia that has been her pen pal since she was in grade school. And mom is now 84! So my answer to this question is yes, absolutely ~ and so, I have an on-line pal and one day, I would LOVE to meet her IRL, create cards with her and teach her how to knit something other than a hat. 
Have you ever heard the adage, a painters house is never painted, how about a card maker hardly ever hands out cards....well, that one would be me! I don't know why, birthday's & anniversaries, yes, but beyond that...I just don't seem to take the time...but I want that to change starting today. My darling friend has gifted me with so many of her wonderful creations and I know first hand the huge blessing that comes along with receiving a card and knowing that you are being thought of. LeAnne, you bless me, you encourage me and I count you as a dear friend, thank you thank you thank you!!! Here is a card from LeAnne that she gifted me with while I was under the weather for over a month. LeAnne's cards are stunning ~ what a beautiful gift she has and she also shares them so freely! LeAnne you inspire me to be a better person ~ a quality I love to see in my friends!


If you have never visited LeAnne's blog ~ be sure to pop in on her and say hi!

Thanks so much for popping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day and that you're a blessing to those you share this day with. 

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PP#78 & Freshly Made for Dean!

I had so much fun creating this card for Dean's birthday....I know...it doesn't have a hint of masculinity on it....but I still like it...just not too sure what Dean will think...but I do know that he adores me, so if anything, we'll have a good laugh about it. So here is how this all came about ~ I have really neglected my card creating lately, just been having so much fun knitting...here's a peek at some of my projects....and my pictures really didn't turn out so great...these projects really look amazing IRL!



This is a ladies cable knit cap and below is a matching (well, the yarn) child's cap


A child's Snowborder hat ~ super warm and cozy...I made two of these, one for
Austin (1.5 yrs old) and one for Owen (3 months)



This cable headband was inspired by one that can be purchased at Abercrombie & Fitch!
This is so warm and cozy as well!  I hope you enjoyed my other creative obsession!  


and so, Dean is out of town, and it's a perfect time to create (still got tons of knitting done) ~ but I forced myself to head to my studio and play ~ so out with the calendar and realized that it's Dean birthday TODAY!!!! Well, I just wasn't feeling a manly card last night ~ especially when I saw the challenge from the Paper Players #78...I knew I had to play along ~ and so I just went with it ~ thank you so much LeAnne for these fabulous colours....I did improvise just a tad, hope that's okay!


I also love to play along with the girls at Freshly Made Sketches ~ and so Dean's card was on the cutting board, with this fabulous sketch from Linda ~ thanks so much for a great sketch to follow!


So here is my darling husbands birthday card....hmmm....love you so much Dean!  Hope you like it ~ I'm sure we'll have a good laugh over this one!



Found the ribbon idea on LeAnne's blog, what a super cool idea, LeAnne is amazing, I've been following her for quite awhile and she always inspires me...pay her a visit...I guarantee, you'll be back for more of her creativity :-)

Thanks SO much for popping by for a visit, I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend...happy stampin'!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a line....

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: All Occasions  
  • Paper: Enchantment & Cottage Wall DP, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride  
  • Ink: Calypso Coral  
  • Acc: Enchantment Ribbon, Skewer, Button (non-SU),  Ribbon, Labels Framelits Die, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Fashionable Heart ED  
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

WOW!!! Paper Players Cut Above!

The Amazingly Creative Anne Marie chose me for the Cut Above at Paper Players...and I'm super thrilled. Thanks SO much for the compliment Anne Marie! Here is the post on this card! If you have never visited her before, well what are you waiting for....Anne Marie is AMAZING, so please, play her a visit, I know you won't be disappointed ~ and thank you once again Anne Marie! Honored!!!!




If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Freshly Made For Isaac!

Our sweet little Isaac...oh where did the time go...three years old on the 28th????? I have so many blessings in my life, and here is yet another one ~ first the very serious side of our Isaac...


and then I asked for a smile.....


He is such a sweet boy and I had so much fun creating his birthday card...'red is my very favourite colour'...and of course he still loves his Thomas the train...and trains in general ~ so needless to say, I knew exactly where I was going with this one. Thanks so much Rita for a fabulous sketch, hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches and join in the fun...I love what these wonderful girls put together for us to create, what a fabulous starting place...and heaven knows, I need a starting place! I LOVE this sketch!


And so, of course this needs a train track and sponged sky line....


~ Just a little peek so you can see where I placed my dimensionals ~


Happy Birthday my sweet sweet Isaac ~ you are SO loved XOXOXOX

Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you have a wonderful day and have enjoyed your little visit here...may you have a blessed day!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: Right On Track Wheel, So Happy For You 
  • Paper: Garden Green, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Whisper White   
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Bashful Blue, Real Red, 
  • Acc: Sponges, Wheel, Trains & Tree Border Punches (non-SU) 
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Paper Players Theme Challenge

Another challenge!!!! Yipee...I'm back, I feel fully me once again...I've been under the weather for over a month now and by george (whoever he is) ~ I think I'm fully recovered!  When I saw this at the Paper Players, I knew I really wanted to play along...but I wasn't sure how my week would unfold...well, I guess a picture tells a thousand words, cause, here is the challenge and my card! Thanks SO much Lesley, what a great challenge, I love playing along with the Paper Players...so get your mojo on and join in the fun!


So here is my little bit of LOVE!



and a peek at the inside


Here's a another bit of love being showered on Dean ~ Marc had the snow blower out to help Dean with the driveway. We do have a fairly large circle drive in front of our place ~ lots of room for family & friends to park, but this also becomes a large driveway to shovel or snow blow in the winter...so Marc decided to spray a little lovin' on his Dad before he came home for dinner one evening 


Thanks a bunch Marc ~ we love you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you enjoyed your time and have left a little inspired ~ please jump in and play along with the girls at Paper Players.....Enjoy your day!


If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: Creative Elements, Outlined Occasions 
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla 
  • Ink: Versa Mark, Soft Suede  
  • Acc: White EP, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Basic Pearls, Adorning Accents EF & Edgeless, Red EP (non-SU)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Never Enough Time!

 This is my first visit with my grandsons this year! I was so excited to have lunch with Angela & Andrea today and it was wonderful to see them....but I must say (sorry girls)....my boys were there...... and I've never had a picture with just the boys...and so here it is ~ I am feeling better today, but definitely not 100%, so I'm hoping to still have a quiet weekend and get ready for my first class on Monday night. ~ Now if I'm really lucky I'll get to some creating as well, I'm itching to play with some of my SU product, there they sit in my studio, calling my name ~ tomorrow just might be the day ~ so if there is another post tomorrow or Sunday, you will know that I actually made it to one of my happy places!


So alas, no card, just me and my boys...hope you still enjoyed this wee visit...and thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your evening and this weekend that is upon us!
Blessings!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Class of the Year!

Welcome back, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I'd like to wish you all the best in the New Year! I will be hosting my first class of the year on Monday the 9th and I sure hope I'm feeling better by then. I have been sick for over a month now and I can't seem to shake it! I spoke at a ladies Bible Study and then taught a simple Christmas card on the 22nd of November, by that evening I had laryngitis and it's been one thing after another since then...the hardest part is... I'm never under the weather. I just don't seem to catch whatever it is that's going around...guess I can't say that anymore!
I did still mange to have some play time (albeit not enough)...so in between sniffles, tissue, naps...yikes!!! are you sick of me yet!!!! Well, I did get a card created and now all I have to do is cut my kits, and tidy my house...well, cut my kits for sure! So here is my card ~ 


And a quick shot of the inside 


I thought I'd also give you the dimensions and instructions as to how I put this together. Now that my card is complete there are a few things that I would have done differently...such as...my flourish from the Fresh Vintage, I wish I would have used Very Vanilla instead of the Whisper White, so my kits will be cut using that instead ~ and ~ I also wished I would have stamped off my flourish from Baroque Motifs once before I  stamped it to the inside of my card...so with having said all that, here are the instructions for you!

Card Base ~ Sahara Sand 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 ~ score at 4 1/4
Layer 1 ~ Old Olive 3 1/2 x 4
Layer 2 ~ Rose Red 3 1/4 x 3 3/4
Layer 3 ~ Mocha Morning DP 3 1/8 x 3 11/16
Layer 4 ~ Old Olive 2 1/4 x 3
Layer 5 ~ Whisper White 2 1/8 x 2 7/8
  1. Score card and stamp flourish from Baroque Motifs on right hand side
  2. Adhere Layers 1 to 3, once you find your placement adhere Lace Ribbon Border in Rose Red over your stamped flourish image ~ using Dimensionals, place framed DP to card
  3. Using write markers (Rose Red & Old Olive) ~ paint the flourish from Fresh Vintage and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White (2 1/2 x 3) ~ after this is stamped, cut to 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 ~ adhere this to Layer 4 and add Basic Pearls where desired.
  4. Stamp ‘Friend’ from Family Reunion onto a scrap of Whisper White using Rose Red, punch out with Word Window, punch Old Olive scrap using the Modern Label punch, adhere together and place where desired onto your card!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your time with me.  Here are a couple of shots of our four grandsons, although they are not good pictures, I'd love to show you the cuteness that we live with. We are so blessed ~ thanks again and enjoy your day!



If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

What a beautiful evening we shared with dear friends yesterday. We've been getting together for New Years Eve for 15 years or so (as well as throughout the year). We are so blessed!!! First we sat down for dinner, then had a rousing game of Canasta...and Judi & I kicked some serious butt last night...it's been awhile since it's been our turn to win, so it was pretty sweet to say the least! We then all decided that we just wanted to sit and visit and Judi & I pulled out our knitting needles...talk about a relaxing evening, it was fabulous!  Judi & I have always exchanged gifts, but decided that we both have everything we need/want and so opted to nix the gift portion of our time....but I still HAD to make a card and what fun I had creating this just before they popped in for the evening.
I found two great challenges that I wanted to play along with and got to work...or should I say play! Friday Mashup challenge 39 was calling for a Shiny New Year....perfect, thanks girls!!! And then I found this wonderful sketch over at Stamping 411 and so away I went. These challenges are wonderful and if you never played along with these gals, you really should join in the fun ~ Happy New Year Girls and thanks!
So here is the card that I created for Judi


As you can see, I followed the sketch quite loosely, I hope that's okay girls?
And a quick shot of the inside....


So rather than a gift, I printed 3 bucket list wishes for Judi & I...I can't wait to start knocking those off ~ 
Does anyone have any bucket list items...mine seems to grow larger each year rather than smaller!

 Oh....Austin also wishes you a very Happy New Year too!!


 Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day and all the best in the coming year to you and yours and so, from our family to yours...Happy New Year and may God bless you with His wonderful presence throughout the year!



If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!