Sunday, 7 December 2014

Knowing When To Say Enough

You may have noticed that I have not had any posts lately for Lia Stampz.  I made the difficult decision to step down from the Design Team.  I had several reasons but one of the top ones was that I had to face the fact that I was just not good at colouring images.  I have invested in Copic markers as well as Spectrum Noir markers.  It hasn't been cheap even though I don't have all of the colours.  I tried watching countless YouTube videos showing shading and using colourless blenders.  I realize that practice makes perfect but so many times I could've sworn that a child in kindergarten could've done a better job.  LOL  Every couple of weeks I was expected to come up with a card, a tag or some sort of project using an image that I had to colour and I tell you it was stressing me out to the point where I wasn't enjoying it so I made the decision to step down.  As I said there were other reasons as well but this was a biggie.  I will still try out for other Design Teams but I doubt it will be for any companies where I have to colour images and make them my focal point on a card.  I would very much like to try for a DT where paper is the focus.  I can come up with my own designs but focus on the paper. 

Sympathy Card...This year I've sadly needed many

Sympathy cards are always a hard card for me to make.  Quite often I try to just make up some pretty cards, leave them blank and then fill them in as needed with a sentiment.  A friend of mine lost her father in law a few days ago.  She's a special friend so I wanted to make up a special card for her.  I wanted to make something that her husband might like as well.  So this is what I came up with.  Let me know what you think.  Patterned paper is from Gina K Designs.  Cardstock was from my stash.  Round scalloped was done with a Recollections punch.  Plain circles done with Recollections punch.   Ship is from.  Label is Spellbinders.  Sentiment stamp is Close To My Heart. 

More Christmas Cards!

I can honestly say that everyone got a unique Christmas card this year.  Even some of the ones that look similar have something different about them.  That was quite the job I tell you.  I believe I sent out around 75 cards, give or take 1 or 2.  That's 75 different cards.  I'm proud of myself.  Here are some pics featuring some more of the cards. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Perfect Birdhouse! What do you think?

A little while ago I was given a couple of boxes filled with matching tea cups and saucers.  They weren't anything special as in expensive sets.  They were just the kind that come with inexpensive dish sets.  I knew that I would never use that many but wanted to repurpose them somehow so they wouldn't be wasted.  I decided to try and make something with them.  For a couple of months now I've been purchasing those little wooden birdhouses that all of the craft stores are selling.  You know the ones that are selling for a dollar or close to it.  Anyway I had lots of cups and saucers and lots of birdhouses so why not combine them and make something decorative and pretty.  Many of the birdhouses came with a loop of cord coming out of the top so they could be hung.  I wasn't able to remove the cord so I just pushed it back inside the hole of the birdhouse.  Hubby helped me out by attaching dowels to the birdhouses so that I could have the birdhouses sitting inside the teacup. 
They were attached to the teacup with oasis (green foam that florists use) and E6000.  The top was covered with Spanish moss to hide the workings.  I covered the birdhouse with paper and then used ribbons, flowers and whatever else I had on hand to make it look as pretty as I could.  I have a picture here of 2 of them.  I thought they turned out really pretty.  What do you think?