Tuesday, 9 August 2016

August DT Project for Scrap N' Dipity

Calling all Halloween Fans out there!  After taking a short break because of my knee replacement, I am happy to be back with the August Design Team Project for Scrap N' Dipity.  Alisha has outdone herself with this one folks!  She is offering this new image not only as a black and white download that you can colour for yourself but get this; she's also offering it coloured and ready to print!  Some folks are amazing with their Copics and Spectrum Noirs.  They have the blending down to a fine art.  Several of our Design Team members are such people.  Actually they probably all are.  I am not.  I have tried and sometimes the image comes out okay but mostly not.

So when Alisha offered this image pre coloured, of course I snapped it up.  I printed this image off on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white cardstock.  I actually had the image x 4 on the one sheet.  I have used 3 and saved the 4th for another project that I had in mind.  By using the pre coloured image I was able to make up 3 cards in the time it would've taken me to do 1 if I coloured it.  The colours are all boldly vivid and it looks like I've done an excellent job with my colouring.  It was so easy to make a card and have the image "pop."  I made one for a friend who has a Halloween birthday, I made one as an invitation to a Halloween Party and one as a Happy Halloween card for a friend who loves Halloween more than Christmas!  Can you imagine?  LOL  So instead of mailing her a Christmas card, I mail a Happy Halloween card.   3 cards in the time it takes to make one.  If your colouring skills still need practice, there's no need to put your card making on hold until you think you perfect it.  I will still be using my markers to practice but for now I have 3 cards that look good because of Alisha's image. 

As if all of this wasn't incentive enough, here's one more.  Alisha currently has this image on sale for only $1.00!  Regular price $3.50.  I'm horrible at math but I think that's like 70% off! 

Here's the link to buy Josie Zombie Witch. 

Comments are always welcome, but please remember to be kind!  Thanks for coming by!







Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Whoo Hoo! Two posts in one day!

Wow!  2 posts in one day.  I'm trying to get caught back up after being off with my knee replacement.  Here is another mini album that I made for a dear friend of mine.  Her daughter had a beautiful baby boy in April.  The nursery was decorated in The Lion King theme and I had hoped that I could do the same for the mini album.  But it wasn't meant to be....there is no scrapbooking paper out there in that theme.  At least nothing that I could find.  So I picked up some paper in various animal prints and set about to make the mini album using those.  I also picked up a Lion King storybook and cut out some of the pictures.  I matted them on cardstock and used them for photo mats.  There are plenty of flip outs and pockets to house tons of pictures of the gorgeous little addition to their family!  As always your comments are welcome.  I don't mind constructive criticism but please I just ask that you be kind. 







I'm Back! I'm Back!

I can't believe I haven't been here since May!  I had a total knee replacement done on May 26 and it's taken me a while to recover and get back in the swing of things.  Exercises became a full time job along with physiotherapy appointments and doctor's appointments.  But I seem to be on the mend now.  I am finally at the point where I can sit long enough to create something.  Before it hurt too much to have my knee bent for such a long period.  The physiotherapist that came to my house was excellent.  She was kind but firm, showed me a ton of exercises to strengthen and to be able to bend that knee more and more.  She was also full of tips and tricks that helped me a great deal.  When she mentioned that she was getting married in November I thought that the perfect little thank you gift for her would be for me to make her a wedding mini album in her wedding colours.  I am proud of the way it turned out.  I really tried to watch a ton of YouTube videos to see how to do various flips, flaps, flops LOL!  When I gave it to her, she told me she got goosebumps and that it was the most thoughtful gift anyone has ever given her.  She kept hugging me and thanking me and telling me she would drop by to show me the filled out version once she had her wedding photos.  Here are some pics showing the different pages in it.  For the first time I tried to do Kathy Orta's Hidden Hinge system and I'm a little embarrassed to say that I mucked it up a little.  It looked so easy!  I used red line tape and maybe that was my mistake.  I wanted it to hold like nothing else but the problem was when I tried to attach my page.  I didn't get it quite down far enough before it stuck and I had a bugger of a time getting it back off again.  I managed to stick it back down but not before I had a few choice words at my misfortune!  I topped off the front with some handmade flowers.  I finally got to use the flower shaping kit that I purchased from Heartfelt Creations and it worked beautifully!   LOL  As always, your comments are welcome, good or bad.  Just be kind!  Oh and if anyone has any hints about getting the page slipped onto the hinge all the way before it sticks, please let me know.  I would really appreciate it! 




















This is one of the YouTube videos with Kathy Orta explaining her hidden hinge binding system.  I had watched several of her videos but here's one you can watch in case you'd like to try it. 

Here's the link for the flower shaping tool

Monday, 16 May 2016

May Challenge at Scrap N' Dipity

Hello Everyone!  I can't believe we're in the middle of May already.  As I get older and older I'm finding that time is just flying by so quickly.  So let's get right down to business. 

I had a really tough time deciding which adorable image I wanted to use for the May challenge but finally went with the ballerina.  It actually features 3 ballerinas but I decided to just focus on one for my card.  My message of "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" is a reminder to myself to not get caught up in following the leader.  This is especially true when it comes to my passion of card making and scrap booking.  It's a reminder to stay true to what I like, as far as style goes, as far as supplies go.

I was in a craft store recently and spent about an hour looking at different supplies, checking out new items.  I headed to the cash register and as I was laying my items on the counter I found myself asking "why are you buying that?"  Was it just because it was a popular item that I was seeing a lot of people on YouTube using it or was it because I was truly interested in trying it out for myself.  The answer was actually that I wanted it because I saw others using it.  I put the item back.  I decided then that I was going to change the way I make my purchases for my hobbies from then on.  I decided to not just make things because others were making them but because it was something that I was interested in.  So "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" means to me that I need to create as if no one is looking at it.  Create what comes from the heart.  So this lovely little ballerina is a reminder for me to do just that.  If you would also like to get this image you can find her here.

If you would like to join our challenge at Scrap N' Dipity you can go here.

 
Just a little side note.  Some of you may already know how bad my knees have been, particularily the right one.  The arthritis has finally worn me down, literally.  It's bone on bone and the pain has been really bad.  I have been told several times that they didn't want to do surgery because of my age.  (I'm 55)  However, I did see an orthopedic surgeon at the end of April and he has agreed to do the surgery for me.  Surprisingly I was given a date for the surgery of May 26!  That has given me one month to get everything done.  Trust me when I say that EVERY single day has been busy for me.  With that being said, I'm not exactly sure of when I will post again.  It will all depend on how I'm feeling and whether I'm able to create.  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers so that surgery will go well and that recovery will not be a brutal one.  I will be back as soon as I can!  Meanwhile, remember to "Dance Like Nobody's Watching!"