Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New Year's is a time for new dreams, new hopes, new promises.  We all have good intentions to make the coming year better than the one we've left behind.  I have so many things that I want to begin doing for the first time ever and some things that I want to do better.  There are also some things that I want to stop doing, in general I just want to make myself and my life better if I can.  I have a huge list of crafts that I want to try for the first time.  Watercolour, I bought myself a kit that has everything to begin.  I have watched countless videos on YouTube about watercolour and feel excited to try it out.  I bought myself a special journal so that I can try doing a mixed media type journal.  I have also bought myself some jewelry making supplies so that I can try making some earrings, necklaces and bracelets. 

One of the things that I want to start doing a lot more of is my scrapbooking.  I have so many pictures that I want to scrapbook, especially pics of the kids.  They're all grown up now so going through those pics brings back such wonderful memories.  DCWV has their ongoing Stackaholic Challenges every month.  They put up sketches for their layout challenges as well as sketches for their card challenges. I decided to dive in and do the layout one for January with the card to follow. 

Happy New Year to all of my friends and followers.   I hope your 2015 will be filled with wonderfully new and exciting things!  I know mine will be! 

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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.