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!" 


 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hoarding Lady is at it again!

I don't like to waste paper.  This all started a few years back when I started scrapbooking.  I would happily add layers of various gorgeous scrapbooking papers to my layouts but I always ended up with bits and pieces of paper to beautiful to throw out.  So I started making cards with the leftovers and found a new hobby that I was enjoying very much.  The trouble was that even after making the cards I still had bits and pieces of that gorgeous paper left over, much tinier bits but still...I didn't want to throw those out either.  So I ended up making gift cards, gift tags and even some tiny thank you cards for a friend who sells her crafting.  She started handing out the tiny gems to anyone buying her goodies and it became a win/win situation.  She was able to give a nice handmade thank you to her customers and I got to spread my name by using my stickers on the backs of her cards.  So at Easter I had posted about using the leftover bits from my punches to decorate some Easter eggs for my cards.  (Here's the link to that post if anyone would like to see what I did. Easter Eggs Post






Recently I received an order for some cards that would have a Ladybug theme on them.  I did have some Ladybug patterned paper left and used that but wanted to add a special touch onto the front of the cards.  The person ordering just wanted the cards to be blank with no occasion or sentiments on them.  I do have a Cricut as well as a cartridge that would've cut some Ladybugs out just using some red cardstock and black cardstock.  But no.....I had to challenge myself.  I was using a Martha Stewart punch to add a little decorative touch to separate the 2 different patterned papers when I noticed something.  The "garbage" part from the punch included tiny round dots that instantly made me think of the polka dots on a Ladybug.  Also there were some other pieces that made me think I could make an entire Ladybug from the negative pieces and I would just need a circle punch out.  So I punched some circles from red cardstock.  I started playing around with the garbage bits and came up with a cute little Ladybug that took it's place of honour on her cards.  I think she's going to love them.  I loved the challenge of once again making something from nothing.  I think I'm going to make this a regular feature on here.  Maybe once a month or so, I will see what I can make with stuff that otherwise would be garbage.  As always, your comments are welcome! 

Friday, 15 April 2016

April Challenge at Scrap N'Dipity

I've been going through a number of baby cards as well as sympathy cards lately.  Seems ironic doesn't it?  I've also had a craft sale in the mix that I've been getting ready for.  That always means a bit of a stressful time as I rush to not only keep up with obligations with classes both paid and volunteer but also personal orders for cards and mini albums and then trying to make lots of new cards for my craft shows.  Generally it's birthday cards that I need to really try to keep up with but as I mentioned, lately it's been birth and sympathy.  That is why for my Design Team project this month with Scrap N'Dipity I chose to double up and make a couple of cards instead of just one.   I chose this image of an absolutely adorable bear flying a kite and it's appropriately named "Lil Bear Fly a Kite.)   Perfect opportunity to make one to welcome a baby girl and one to welcome a baby boy. 

I'd love to invite you to join us for our April Challenge at Scrap N'Dipity.  It's "Anything Goes" which is my favourite!  Just follow the instructions given in the above link.  You can enter once with any other image but you can enter TWICE if you're using an image from Scrap N'Dipity!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Watercolor Cards

I've been wanting to learn how to water colour for the longest time.  I love the soft look it presents, especially with flowers.  I decided to take a couple of classes at my LSS (local scrapbooking store.)  First we explored watercolours by using basic cardstock backgrounds but doing some water colouring on stamped items.  For the stamps we used Tim Holtz Crazy Birds which were a lot of fun.  We used Ken Oliver's Color Bursts for our water color pigment.  Here are the cards that we made during those two classes.  I love the way they turned out and I will be adding both the Color Bursts and Tim Holtz stamps to my wish list so that I can experiment some more on my own.  Enjoy! (Oh and yes I realize that it's almost April and I have a Valentine's card in the bunch but that's what the store was offering.)  As always, your feedback is appreciated;  please leave a comment letting me know whether you enjoyed these or even if you didn't.  :)