Monday, February 25, 2013

Birthday Mice

So mice may not be the first thing you think of when you think 'birthday', but the Lili of the Valley mice are some of my fave stamps.  Lili of the Valley is celebrating their 9th birthday and I've made a birthday card to get in on the fun!


I'm taking advantage of the quiet around here to make a card - the kids are off to school and hubby is off to work.  It seems odd to be sitting at home on a Monday morning, but we're launching a new software system at work and my co-worker and I have been called upon to provide extended coverage.  This week I'm working noon to 8pm and next week I start at 6am!  Not sure how much crafting I will get done, but I plan to squeeze some in!

Challenges:
Birthday Celebrations - Lili of the Valley
Sketch - Retro Sketches (number 15)
Red or Pink - Scrappy Frog
Animals - Allsorts
Polka dots - Cards In Envy (I know the bow is a bit big, but it's squishy and I mail them all the time, no extra postage!)
Pretty Pastels - The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog
Anything Goes - The Pink Elephant

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How I feel about decorating...

Hee hee, this little kitty totally sums up how I feel about decorating.  One of my fave moments was when the boys realized they were old enough to set up and decorate the tree.  So what if the tree leans to one side and there's no decorations above 5 feet? 
The challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this week is a super easy one - use designer paper.  Looking back on my blog, there's very few cards without DP!  This paper is a pad from Fancy Pants along with my cute QKR kitty. 


I will enter this into a few challenges tomorrow, right now I've done an hour of aerobics class and then shovelled the driveway so I'm off to bed!

Challenges:
Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday
Anything Goes - Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chalkboard fun

Hi everyone, hope you're having a great weekend!  Hubby has taken the kids to Grandma's for the weekend so I'm making the most of the quiet with some crafty time.  I did manage to take the dog out for a walk, but there were so many snowmobiles on the trails we had to cut it short.  That's OK, more crafty time for me!

I really struggled with the new TCP challenge - to do something new with my stamps. To be honest, I'm a think inside the box kind of person and finding 'new' ways to use my stuff just makes me sweat.  So I thought I'd try a new technique instead.  I tried some water colouring first, but it was too messy - the inside the box me really likes to stay inside the lines too!  Then I thought I'd play around with the chalkboard effect that's so hot right now.  And it turned out great after some practice rounds, good thing I've got lots of time to play!


See? Better and crisper image now.

Challenges:
Use your stuff new ways  - The Cat's Pajamas
Fur and Feathers - Stamping Sensations
Your Favourite Things - Basic Grey Challenges (so many faves - Bunny stamps, 6x6 paper pads - this one is Basic Grey Wander)
Embossing - Hiding in my Craftroom (everything in white is wet embossed)
BINGO - Crafty Catz (embossing, glitter, kraft, although it's very hard to see the glitter in this pic, it's there!)
Anything Goes - Raise the Bar




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Slightly late

I apologize for the lateness of this post - we've been having some problems with our internet for awhile now but up until lately they've just been annoying.  Unfortunately, the whole thing went down in flames Tuesday night, taking up to 5 minutes to load a page and crashing repeatedly.  Ugh, it was just like going back to dial up!
New modem installed, I am much happier now - you don't realize how much you do online until it stops!  So here's this week's halfway card for ABC Christmas Challenge - CASE the card.  I chose to CASE Lacey's cute card, I love this sweet and simple quilted background.

My card:

Lacey's Card:



 

Challenges:
Christmas - C.R.A.F.T Challenge
Buttons - Crafty Ribbons
Anything Goes - Forever Friends
Use an Animal - Cuttin' and Stampin'
Letter B - Deep Ocean (buttons, brown, banner)
Anything Goes - Tuesday Throwdown

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rawwrrrr....

Hi all, hope you're having a lovely weekend.  I'm recovering from a nasty bout of stomach flu, everyone else in the house had a turn and I thought I'd managed to avoid it but no such luck.  I'm feeling much better this morning, just very tired so sitting at the computer basking in the sunshine is about all I can manage!
I had so much fun with my colourful Oozak card that I had to make another bright one.  This one uses a cute digi stamp from Tiddly Inks and my all time fave MME papers, Lime Twist.  They're a couple of years old now, but I'm hanging on to every scrap!


Fun huh?  I really needed a few more 'boy cards', my stash was pretty much non-existent!

Challenges:
Sketch - Mojo Monday
Balloons - Word Play Saturday
Always Anything Goes - Challenges 4 Everybody
For the Boys - Creative Corner
Cards for Boys - Crafting When we Can

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CASE the card

Hello all, welcome to another week at ABC Christmas challenge.  I'm so happy to see my Christmas card stash grow and it's only February - hee hee, I'm loving this gig!  This week's challenge was an interesting one - CASE a card previously made by one of the DT.  Oh so many pretty cards to choose from!

This is my card:

And this is Samantha's card that I cased from a March 2012 challenge:

I really liked the pastel colours and the tilted image, so I used a Fancy Pants paper pad with a softer colour scheme and kept fairly close to the original layout.  Fun!  It's hard to tell in the picture, but her wings are all sparkly too.

PS - I've been playing around with the blog design, I decided it was time for something new.  I'm trying to keep it clean and easy to read, what do you think?  Less cluttered?

Challenges:
Anything Goes - Christmas Stamping All Year long
Anything Goes - Sparkles Christmas Challenge
Use Your Oldest Bling - Shopping Our Stash (Oh my, I've had some of my bottle of Stickles for ages, I'm surprised they haven't dried up!)
The Letter P - Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge (lots of pink!)
Use Markers - Addicted to Stamps and More
Winged Things - Divas By Design


Friday, February 1, 2013

Woo hoo!

I don't even know where to start this post, I'm so over the moon that I've been asked to join the DT at Oozak!  A large percentage of my Copic collection comes from Oozak, they have the best prices and a great selection of paper pads and stamps.
Although I was a bit nervous, the first challenge is an easy one - Anything Goes plus your Favourite Colours.  Woo, I pulled out some colourful Bo Bunny papers and jumped in with my faves - blue, green and brown.  I love how this card turned out, this little Pollycraft bear is so cute.  Some dies from MFT and a touch of sparkle - I think I may just keep this card for myself!




 Please come join us at Oozak and play along!

Edited to add - I was away for a weekend scrapping retreat, and the wi-fi was rather spotty, so now that I'm back I'm entering this into a few challenges.

Animal attraction - Raise the Bar
One For the Men - Cards Galore (well, one for the boys!)
Anything Goes Birthday - Sandy's Crafty Creations
Sketch - A Die For A Sketch
Anything Goes with Copics - Copic Marker Europe
Anything Goes with Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons Challenge
Punch it Out - Moving Along with the Times