"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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

French Country Step Card

Here is another step card, this time using Graphic 45's French Country paper.

Little bit of fussy cutting on this step card. I used Crackle accents and Distress ink on the rooster piece. A little string of pearls near the bottom, an SU framelit die for the Close to My Heart sentiment, small bit of background paper--Basic Grey, Little Black Dress.  Card base is SU and a wee ribbon from my stash.
Just a little strip of sunflowers for the back.  Enough room on the back for writing.
This card could be for a birthday, accomplishment, or retirement.  

Thanks for coming to have a look :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ice Sculptures in Fort St. John

While on holidays just recently, we took a trip to Fort St. John, British Columbia, to see some ice sculptures that had been carved a week or so before at the Winter Festival.  As you can see, it was a gorgeous day!  

My favourite, the Buddha, stands about 10 feet tall.

The Maple leaf was about 4 feet tall.

Below is a great ice slide being totally enjoyed by kids at the park :) 

Below is a life size cat.

 Quite a few statues were 3 to 5 feet tall.
The arms and hands below were about 16-18 inches tall.  You could sit in this sculpture--on the other side.

The statues on bases like above and below, were about 3-4 feet tall.

Very mild day, but I can tell you, I was pretty chilled after walking all this ice :)
Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Little Darlings Step Card

Trying to use up this paper by Graphic 45. I have really gotten my use out of an 8x8 pad---I think there's enough to make another card or a couple of tags :)

Also trying to use up some of the step-card bases I cut out the other day. 

This style tends to not stand up properly so I usually put a paper or ribbon under it to help--haven't done it yet on this one, so you can see it's 'spread' a bit.     
I used SU Whisper White cardstock and edged everything in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I did a wee bit of fussy cutting and used the edge scissors for the 'stamp' look.    

A side view.

I put a bit on the back too but no sentiment...yet :)  

Thanks for coming to look--please be sure to check out my face book page for everything in one place.....or my Pinterest page  :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Tag 2014

Here is my take on Tim's tag for this month. I don't have all the supplies :) but you gotta use what you have, right?

I used an embossing folder with hearts, rubbed the distress pad over it, then added embossing powder. I don't have chalk but took the sanding block over the white, embossed sentiment--got a little carried away sanding :)  bit of a messy chalkboard look.
I put some gesso around the black cardstock and inked around it.
The heart is on grunge board. I stuck the arrow onto it while wet and put a heart gem in the center. The sticker things on top and bottom are from my stash, they are a black glitter on acetate.        

Thanks for coming to look :)
 Just realized I didn't post Januarys tag, so here it is!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lace, Pearls, and Crocheted Embellishments

Both of these cards are 'fashioned' after ones I saw on pinterest.  You can find them on blogspots called Ashatanka ( http://ashatanka.blogspot.ca/2011/10/2.html) and litenpus (http://litenpus.blogspot.ca/2011/09/juhuu-endelig-et-nytt-kort.html). 

I added lace and a Bo Bunny metal tag. I believe the pearl butterfly was Prima-I cut some of the 'tail' off to add it to the inside.     

Inside, just a little decorating.

The crocheted flower, leaves, and edging were made by me :) 

Thanks for coming to look  :) 
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two 'Step' Cards

Sounds like a dance  :)  and it is.....kind of, with paper!  It's been a busy week. 

Thanks to the Ladies who came out in very cold weather (-28) for the card class. We made a folded card using the French Country paper from Graphic 45---I'm always so surprised at how much you can make from one 12 by 12 paper pad.  I've done cards, a picture frame, a card class and still have a mini album, tag album and more cards to make with it!

Anyway, here are the two step cards that I also did this past week.

Both were made using Stampin Up cardstock and Graphic 45 paper.
The first one is a side-step style.  I did some fussy cutting of the birds and flowers and put SU crystal effects on the lantern. The back is decorated a bit and has space for writing a sentiment. 
This next one is a center-step card done in the same paper. Thanks Bev for the idea of something on that corner :)  This card also is decorated a bit on the back with space for writing.  

Thanks for coming to look :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bird Song Card

Here's my latest efforts using that gorgeous Asian inspired paper from Graphic 45! 

I have wanted to try this design for a while and it SO fits this paper--don't you think?  I got the idea from Heartfelt Creations--check their card gallery, about two or three pages in, it's called a multifold.

The base is about 5 3/4 by 12 inches.  I've seen this in a couple of places and one person made a lovely sleeve to cover the whole card---because it tends not to stay closed :)  The printed paper....I measured every piece to fit.   

The lanterns are cut out, coated with crystal effects and hung on strings. The tassel is hung from two coins I had in my stash.     

The back has space for writing.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to put a 'label' on it but if someone wanted a sentiment, it wouldn't take long to stamp :)

Here it is at an angle (without glare from the window).  The two orangey coloured lanterns are raised on pop-dots. 

Thanks so much for coming by :)
Pretty chilly here....a good day for paper crafting!