Friday, 28 February 2014

Card challenges

I never used to be much of a card maker, but I have been inspired to get busy by participating in some challenges this week.  Usually I make cards when I need one, but I have been trying to build up my collection of cards on hand - it is great to have something handmade when I need one!

The first is for the Mojo Monday Challenge #334.  First the sketch:
And now the card, which I made at 3.5 x 5.5 inches, using paper from Balloon Ride and Ariana:

I love how easy it is to make paper flowers with my Cricut!

Next up is the Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch:
And my take on the sketch, again using Balloon Ride and Ariana:

Challenges and Sketches are a great way to inspire you to get crafty - especially if your mojo is on vacation!  I would love to see what you can come up with!!  Give it a try!

Happy Day everyone!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

My boys

The older my kids get, the harder it is to get them to pose for photos.  They used to be so cooperative ( and easily manipulated!)  and easy to convince ( or bribe - it is all a matter of perspective!!)  So I have to say I was so thrilled to get this photo of Ben and Josh last fall.  We went for a walk to one of my favourite places, Goldstream Park, to see the fall salmon run, and I managed to catch this natural "bro" photo!

I used the ProPlayer paper pack - I bought it thinking I would use it for my crazy gamers, but it worked just as well for this photo.  I also used the Sightseer and Reel Life stamp sets for some of the details!

I also used my Artbooking Cricut Cartridge for the camera and arrow die cuts.  The letter are from an ancient pack of Basic Grey chipboard that I have had for a while!  Call it Throwback Sunday!!

I also used the new chevron embossing folder - I love that it has a slit that makes it easy to emboss a long strip of paper for 12 x 12 layouts!

Now I just need to get a great photo of my girls together and I am all set!!

Happy Day everyone!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Pet pages. . .

I never thought I would be one of those scrappers who scraps their pets.  After all, I have four kids, so that should provide me with enough photos to scrap for the next 50 years!  But the kids are less cooperative as teenagers than they were when they are young - shy of the camera, and mostly annoyed at being harassed by mamarazzi!

So, when we welcomed two rescue kittens into our family ( and hearts!) in October, they became a new photo obsession, and the naturally scrapbook pages will follow!

Here is my first, of our sweet girl Dallas:

The 3 D flowers, leaves and other embellishments were made quickly and easily with 
 the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

I know there will be more to come! Our other kitty, Sophie, is looking a little jealous, so I better get working on a page for her!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Embossing Folders Video Tutorial

Today I have a quick little card for the Mojo Monday Challenge 331!  A little sparkle, a little bling and a great quatrefoil embossing folder - my sister has a birthday on Sunday!!

All supplies are from Close to My Heart - Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.

And please check out a great new video that will help you get the most out of your embossing folders - I know I don't use mine often enough!!  

Happy Day!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Take a Balloon Ride. . .

I have a great new paper line that I LOVE called Balloon Ride, and I couldn't figure out how to use it!  I knew it would be great for my chorus photos ( I used to sing with the City of Gardens Chorus - Sweet Adelines!) but our costumes are bright red and it just didn't work!  So I went to my fall back - when all else fails - convert to black and white!  It enables me to use any photos with any paper!  I love that!

Here is the result!

 I have to say - although I rarely like photos of myself - I really love the one of me taken while I was singing - pure joy is what I feel when I sing and I feel like this pic reflects that!

And of course, it wouldn' be chorus without a little ( or a lot!) of  BLING!!

All supplies are from the NEW Close to My Heart Catalogue available as of February 1ST!

Happy Day!