Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hello There - PTI Blog Hop...

I can't believe I actually managed to be organized enough to join in with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month! I see the image after every release, think up a few ideas that I think would work with the theme, and then never manage to actually put ink to paper.

I wanted to try the 'smooshing' technique, but I'm thinking the new formula for Stampin' Up! inks isn't very compatible... I just couldn't get a good watercolour effect! It just looked a bit muddy. So it's subtle, but it's there. I'll keep trying with my other inks!

I was having lighting issues when photographing, so my yellows are not true to life - but hey, I wanted to get it posted! So my yellow flowers are a bit brighter in real life!

I won't keep you, as I know there are lots of stops on your way... enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Birthday...

Happy Wednesday!

I stole some time yesterday with my Big Girl, and we hung out in the craft room. She's learning how to use sketches to inspire her projects, so she was plugging away at her desk while I s.l.o.w.l.y. stamped out a couple of cards.

I had picked up the Painted Flowers from Altenew awhile back and have barely even inked it up. I thought I'd try using some softer shades for all the layers, since I've only used black for the sketchy outline in the past. And I love how it turned out!

I really loved how these colours worked together, so I think I want to try and do some more designs using them. I found a floral image on Pinterest that inspired me to use them together, so clearly I need to do that more often!

Thanks for popping in... I hope your week is going well! We're winding down our Spring Break here (the kids were off last week and this week), so I'm just taking in the lazy mornings, and easy evenings before it's back to reality!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Festive Friday - Merry & Bright...

Happy Friday! We are just about to start our two weeks off for Spring Break, and I'm actually really looking forward to having my Big Girl home with us. I secretly love the breaks from school when we can be lazy and hang out together. We've been having such beautiful spring weather here, which I'm sorry to say to those suffering through endless snow and cold weather!

I have been puttering here and there in the craft room, trying to keep up with all the inspiration pictures I keep adding to my Pin Boards. I'm so behind on all the new trends and popular techniques!

So I've been in love with the watercolour trend that's taking over, and I wanted to try it out with the white embossing. I raided my Flourishes stamps, since they seemed perfect for this technique!

One thing I'm struggling with is keeping my watercolour paper nice and flat. I taped all the edges down, and it still wants to ripple!

I have always wished I could paint with watercolours, but I'm too 'literal' as my artist aunt once told me... I struggle with just letting the paint flow. So I like that the stamps offer the realistic element I crave, but enable me to just wash the colour over everything. What I'm saying is, I feel like I faked this really well!

That's it for me today - I've just edited a batch of photos, so I hope to have a few things to post over the coming days (weeks?)!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


Hey friends!

Popping in so quick to share the one card I managed to make during the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenges... so clearly you can tell I never did link it up! But that's okay. The point was to get my juices flowing, and it sort of worked... sort of.

This was so hard for me, and I don't even know why! I think it's been so long since I was really active in the craft room that it was trying to learn it all over again... but I don't hate the result, so that's something, I guess?

Anyway - that's it from me, a really quick one today. Thanks for peeking in on me!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome Baby - Some News...

Hello friends!

This year is off to a very busy start for us already... I'm learning that we just seem to be those people who always have too much on our plates.

Just when we thought things were winding down for us, that the crazy kind of work around the house was nearing the end (we still have a whole basement to renovate, but it's more of a replace-panelling-with-drywall type work) and maybe we could take a breath... we had some news.

We've been hoping to add a third kiddo to our family for a couple of years now, but if I'm honest, we were ready to give up and just enjoy the two we already have.

Then my husband said to me one day, "Don't you think you should take a test?" and I thought he was crazy. So a few days later, I finally took one so he and his mother would leave me alone about all the 'symptoms', which I knew were merely PMS related.

SO. I was wrong...

We will be a family of five sometime at the end of the summer... right before my youngest (er... middle?) one starts kindergarten. I'm still taking it all in, and trying to wrap my head around it. We are all excited - my girls are beside themselves. My oldest keeps asking how big the baby is this week and wants to know about what kind of developments have happened since the last time she asked.

One thing that came out of this discovery is that I've had to put the Festive Friday Challenge blog on the back burner for awhile. A few of the girls felt it was time to step down, and I very quickly realized I would not have the energy or time to properly devote to it this year. So it's on hold for now, and hopefully once we've finished the work we still have left and I have a baby who sleeps through the night, we can revisit the challenge for 2016.

The fatigue and nausea has kept me pretty much out of commission for the last couple of months, so it's been tough to find the energy to do anything (I still have Christmas things to put away - no joke). So now that I'm heading into my second trimester, I'm hoping to start feeling more like myself and get back into a creative groove - start posting more!

Thanks for stopping by - I'm excited I can finally share what's been keeping my quiet for this last little while!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello old friends! Do you remember me?

I have been trying my hardest to get into the craft room more, and forcing myself to try and re-learn everything I've forgotten. It's an understatement to say I feel rusty!

I did create a card for one of the PTI anniversary challenges - I'll post that later (it's okay if I don't manage to link it up) - but holy cow did it take it out of me. The struggle is real, people.

Today, though, I have the cards I made for my two favourite girls, telling them how much I love them. These ones came together easier for me, and I used one of my favourite tutorials from my friend Melissa, using velum and a cover plate to create a bit of a screen on the front. I love how this looks!

I made them virtually identical, however, I personalized each one. Each of my girls has their own little icon that has become 'them'... my older girl is cherries, and my younger one is ladybugs. It's just something that's evolved with them (I even have them tattooed with their names on my feet!), and I love to reference it when I can.

I had so much fun making these and really felt like I was getting into my groove a bit with them. Hopefully I can grow on that!

We still have a lot of finishing work waiting for us in our massive renovation which stole me from my blog last year. We are enjoying the space in its nearly completed state, but it isn't ready for me to share. Hopefully we'll find some energy before too long to get back to work!

Thanks for peeking in on me... I hope to be here at least a little more often from now on!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Goodbye, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking...

Hello out there!

It's been months since I have posted to my blog, and I've missed it so. Saying that, I'm so sad for the reason I am posting today...

As you may already know (and probably most of you don't), we've been renovating our 1969 home and bringing it into this century... and doing all the work ourselves. So life has been put on hold for months - including any crafty time.

At the start of the process, I knew that if I did nothing else this year, I was going to submit to Holiday Cards & More, because it's my absolute favourite call to create for. It's Christmas (sort of my thing, you know!), and it's the first publication I was ever published in;

When the work took over and I didn't manage to get anything put together, I was disappointed, but I knew there was always next year...

I started my blog on a whim and never imagined how much this hobby would impact my life. Very early on I decided I wanted to try and get my work published, but in the back of my head, I doubted myself.

I started keeping an eye on the publication calls as they came out, and then finally took the plunge. I shut myself away in the craft room for hours, creating as may cards as I could for nearly every category in the call. I figured it was a long shot, but at least I gave it my best.

I remember how I waited for the 'happy mail' day. The night before, I reminded my hubby that I'd find out in the morning if it was all worth it (the submission process can be time consuming, especially for a first timer!).

Here's something you should know about me; even when I am beyond excited, I barely react. When I should be jumping up and down squealing, I might quietly smile and say something half way sarcastic, because I am just not comfortable with exuberance.

So I sat down at my mother in law's computer, and nervously clicked open my email, knowing the inbox would be empty. And then I saw an email from Susan, with that magical subject line of "Project Acceptance Notification"...

I screamed. I screamed and I jumped, and I giggled, and then I screamed again. I just couldn't believe I had actually done it! And not one, but *two* of my projects were being requested for publication!

Because we've been so consumed by our renovations (I do hope to share all about that soon!), I haven't been in the craft room for months. Can you believe I've *purchased* cards I've needed? Yes, it hurt a little... anyway, I went digging through my old files, cards that I had previously submitted to the magazine but that weren't accepted. I figured it was fitting to share something the magazine inspired me to create!

Since that first acceptance, I've had a good number of my projects published in various issues. One of my prouder moments was the first time I was asked to submit to a private call; I felt such validation in this little hobby I love so much. It's still a charge for me to see my name in print, and when I get to tell people I've had my work published, I'm so proud of my accomplishments.

What a boost to a girl's confidence, getting that Happy Mail from Susan! Seeing my name mixed in with some of the most inspiring ladies in the industry is just the coolest thing, and I'm so grateful for the opportunities I had, thanks to Paper Crafts.

I'm so sorry to see the magazine shutting its doors, but you know why? Because there are so many people just finding their wings in this little craft, and they will never know how amazing it is to get that wonderful email, or to see their names in print next to something they've created. I feel so fortunate for the fact that I have a small pile of magazines that I can thumb through, seeing things I made, next to those by friends I've made through this amazing little community.

So, this is my humble little thank you, my farewell, and just a little bit of my story with the magazine. I know we will all feel a hole when the doors are shut and there are no more calls to work for, no more anticipation while waiting for that happy mail party...

Thank you so much to the ladies at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking for making some of my dreams come true... I am forever grateful!

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