"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

February and March TH 2012 Tags

Finally I have finished the other two tags :) I don't have the honeycomb paper for the February one so I tried to make my own, well....messed that one up, lol. I didn't have the patience to do it over and it uses a million little glue dots :)

The March one, I used some of the wood sheets from SU! and glued it to the tag--made it a bit shorter, ran it through the cuttlebug with the wood grain folder and put some stain on it. The embossing powder on the butterflies is called Melded Metallics Liquid Glass.

I didn't have all the goodies that Tim used, but improvising is good :)

Thanks for stopping in for a visit.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May Tag for the Tim Holtz 2012 Tags

Hi Everyone :) it's been a super beautiful, hot, day in the Cariboo!

I went to Creative Accents in Williams Lake to make this tag. It was a great chance to get inky, try out the melting pot (which I just had to get one) and just generally have a good time :)

Just so you know, Creative Accents is starting their online store tomorrow! Be sure to check them out. Congratulations Julie and Tara!

Thanks for stopping by, hope your weekend is going great :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Baby Bib Cards

Happy Friday Everyone :)

I made a couple of little bib cards yesterday. They are just the cutest! I got the idea from Debbie at Thinking Inking. I'm sure many of you have heard of her or seen her gorgeous work and if not, please take a look.

Anyway, these are just little cards, approximately 4" x 3 3/4". They would be great for hanging from a gift basket! You could make them whatever size, depending on your Nesties :) I used a Sakura white Gelly Roll pen and a Sakura rust colour Glaze pen--you can feel the 'raised' stitches.

The white card stock and polka dot paper is SU! and the flower paper is Oh Baby! Girl, Basic Grey. The OH BABY! GIRL tag is from the label that comes on the paper pad (nothing goes to waste) and edged with distress ink--Wild Honey. It looks crooked, but it's not :) The buttons are from my stash and I believe the ribbon is Basic Grey.

This one below has flowers from EK Success. The one thing that I found when making them is that I had to trim the very bottom scallop in the center, so that the cards will stand alone.

Thanks for stopping by :) please check Debbies link above to find the tutorial on how to make these cute little bibs :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Acrylic Painting and Fairy Door

I've had company here for a few days :) and that usually involves some crafting with Grandkids, my 7 year old Grandson in particular :)
Here is a painting he did on watercolour paper using acrylic paints with a spritz of water. He used the paper pad cover for inspiration, I think he did an amazing job!

And this is the inspiration--the small picture at the top right.

He also made a fairy door. Hoping to lure a few fairies to their new yard :)

Thanks for stopping by to see what he's been creating! He did them completely by himself--except for the hinges and some help with the glue gun on the fairy door :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Exotica Tea

I'm really enjoying a beautiful cup of Exotica tea today :) I've had it before, but some days a cup of tea will just be better than other days! I love the words on my coaster too..."Make your nest as comfy as you can and share it with your friends"....so, welcome to my table :)

These are the ingredients of the tea basket--a spicy blend of lemongrass, red pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pineapple, orange peel and coconut! Now, doesn't that just take you away to an exotic beach...white sand....turquoise water....like I said, some days it works :)

I'm also taking a moment, while my company is out, to work on a mini album, this one was started when I did my class....it was my sample and I need to complete it....just so I can say that I did!

It's actually been warm, with a spattering of rain off and on all day--but I've had the patio door open and it's so fresh :)

Thanks for stopping by. I have joined the troops with Pinterest....time well wasted....there's a link on the side bar if you'd like to take a look :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mother's Day Gifts and Online Shopping Goodies

I just got back from a lovely week away :) spent time with my two Sons and their families. We had a great time out on the quads on Mother's Day--so darn much fun! We took hotdogs, drinks, snacks and drove for about an hour to get to the river spot. Some went on horseback. Wonderful day and I got some presents too :)

Gift from my Daughter. I love nail polish--two gorgeous colours and the Tims gift card--I've taken liking to the Iced Capps!

This one contains two bottles of Ke Ke--a delicious liquer that tastes like a creamsicle when you add orange pop! Plus a little Fairy post-it-note package.

This is a candy bouquet with cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries and a huge, heart shaped cookie that ways 'Mom'. I have to say that I sampled it immediately and everything was YUMMY :)

When I checked my mail, more Goodies!! These first things I ordered from Scrap Affair....I ordered the stamp set and look at the other items that came with it! Love gifties!

The next one is some gorgeous ribbon (prettier IRL), lovely buttons, a great sampler of twine--on cards with a ring to put them on...from 3 Girl Jam! Plus, my prize, a PBD stamp set :)

I feel so fortunate to have such great kids :) And....some days ya gotta love seeing that mail person :)

Hope you are all having a great weekend....Gorgeous day here, doors wide open, sun pouring in and a lovely little breeze....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Handmade Flowers on a Card

The challenge this month at Creative Accents is to use your own handmade flowers on a card. I just happen to have a few of those around because I love to make them! you can check my side bar to find more Plastic Flowers, Fabric Flowers and Paper Flowers :)
I made a fairly simple card because I wanted to showcase the lovely Faux Patina background--you can find the tutorial for this on Splitcoast Stampers--as well as my handmade dryer sheet flower. You just cut a used dryer sheet into whatever shape and add some stickles and a center, pretty easy peasy. I used all SU! cardstock, Cuttlebug folder, SU! ink and Distress Ink, ribbon and gems from my stash and my new die from Memory box.

And here are some more flowers I've recently made. I surf a lot, so I have found these on various sites.

These plastic flowers are made from the plastic containers that hold dies etc. I just cut them with a flower and leaf die or you can punch the thinner plastics. Use ventilation when you use your heat gun to melt these a little and you can carefully shape the leaves and petals while still quite warm. I used alcohol inks to colour. This flower is 2 1/2" across, it would be great on a canvas!

These ribbon flowers are made by folding a length of ribbon in half, stitch up to close, then snip the folded edge every quarter inch and then just pull your thread to gather and tie knot--wish I could remember who's blog this was on, hers looked really nice and I will add it here if I can find it again!

Thanks for stopping by today :) be sure to stop by Creative Accents to see other Flower cards!

***Just had to add a note, the dryer sheet flowers are also sprayed to add colour :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Umbrella Man

I bought the package of three embossing folders--Gears, Old Jalopy and the Umbrella Man :) I love this guy, it could be raining, but he looks ok with whatever the weather. Could be Charlie Chaplin or Fred Astaire :)

I used the Tim Holtz/Ranger--core'dinations cardstock and sanded the images after running them through my Cuttlebug. Then inked it up a bit with Distress inks, Black Soot and Walnut Stain, I believe. The cardstock mat, printed paper, card base and hinge are SU! The chain and little key are from my stash, the metal sentiment is Tim Holtz.

This first photo is how I made the card.

Then, I decided there should be rain, so I sanded a little more....Well, I liked the idea of rain until I did it! Now I'm not so sure.

Thanks for coming to have a look, please leave a comment, I'd love to know which is your favourite :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Buttons and Garters

I went to the thrift store the other day to see if I could find some buttons. Well, I did. They had just come in from an estate sale and there was jewelry too. I did get enough buttons to put on a sweater, gave away some of the jewelry, put a couple of necklaces in the kids' box for playing.

Quite an assortment, some wooden, few leather(I think), those three in the bottom right are actually glass. I like the ones on the bottom left.
There are a few that I would like to put in/on a little frame. We'll see what comes of them all.

Along with the buttons were some garter fasteners or whatever they might be called.

Anyone need any garter clips :)
Thanks for stopping by.

Copic Colour Book

I found this lovely site one day while surfing, Copic Munkies. Rachel, the owner of this blog graciously shared her pages for this awesome little book for keeping track of your copic colours, combinations, hair colours, etc.

I've cut and modge podged a butterfly, from a magazine, onto the front cover--nothing on the back yet...but probably will be at some point. The pages inside are all Xpress It blending paper, plus I added 3 acrylic pages that pull out to put behind the pages when adding colours. The card stock is SU! I made a little pocket on the inside cover, just to tuck any little scrap into :)

Thanks for coming by today and please stop over at the Copic Munkies blog and have a look around 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fiesta Weekend

I went to Williams Lake this weekend for National Scrapbooking Day and we celebrated in the Mexican, Cinco de Mayo theme :) the menu, the decor, the snacks, the fun, the desserts, the scrappers!! Do you get the idea yet?
The Mexican menu (snacks, lunch, supper, dessert)brought in by a chef, no less! Plus, snacks everyone brought, virgin Margaritas (Yum!). Compliments to the Chef!
Tara and Julie put on a good time and probably after a day of rest, you can go to Creative Accents blog and see a few photos because.....did I remember to take my camera....nope!
However, I did accomplish a bit. I sorted photos and papers to use in my Scotland album, so I just have to trim and add embellishments. Hopefully I'll get to that this week. And I will post photos when it's done :)

We were given a lovely gift bag of goodies....

Of course, I had to buy a few things I thought I NEEDED....

I also picked up a challenge prize I had forgottten on a previous trip. In with that are a couple of little things that landed on the floor from the Pinata!

All-in-all, it was a great weekend, thanks again for the wonderful time everyone :) Thanks to the ladies at my table...one in particular for helping me with names of places in Scotland....Janet and Evan for their hospitality!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my ramblings :) hope you all had a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thank You Card

Paper Crafters Library has a challenge that I kind of liked so here is my sample :) I basically followed along with Tracy's, I thought it was really pretty.

My card is 5 1/4" square. I used SU! cardstock, decorative edge punch and rub-on for the sentiment, Anna Griffin designer paper, flower and brad from my stash. The dp has a wash with white acrylic paint and that piece is raised on pop-dots to adhere to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by and please hop over to Paper Crafter's Library where you will find all kinds of good stuff :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Faux Patina

Following a tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers, I did this Faux Patina technique. I quite like how it turned out but, I think I need more practice, so you may see another one of these soon :)

I used all SU! paper, ribbon and pearls(thanks Alison), Prima flowers and leaves, and Fiskars punch. The pearls are coloured with a Gold Krylon pen and the flowers and leaves are edged with it too. I think the card is actually prettier in real life :) not quite so dark. When I do the technique again, I would like to see more blues. An embossing folder that had more 'blank' space may be better too....

Thanks for coming to look :)