Monday, April 7, 2014

Wish Big...

Happy Monday, my dear readers!

Once upon a time, when I was a daily crafter, I'd hear others talk about having new stamps that had been sitting for weeks, unopened and un-inked. And it made no sense to me... I couldn't figure out why you wouldn't put every chore and errand aside to play with your new things!

Then we moved, my oldest started school, and we started planning renovations.

Oh. Life happens. That's how stamps sit unopened.

So I've had the Scrolling Script stamps for*ever* and had this idea rolling around for weeks before I managed to actually bring it to life.



I wanted to create a colour wash using my markers... which is how I quickly learned the gaps in my Copic shades. Oh well, I made it work, and I think it turned out okay!

I kept the design really simple to allow the sentiment to take center stage. Really, though, I need new gold embossing powder. This just isn't the right colour.


This was also the first time I tried Soft Stone cardstock, and it's *so* beautiful... I see what all the fuss is about!

Alright, a simple one from me today, but I hope you still like it! I hope I manage to craft more regularly... but as we wrap up one bathroom renovation, we're diving head first into the next. We'll see how much time there is for crafting. I said when we moved that I would be willing to live through chaos and hell for 18 months if it meant the work was done in a shorter time frame (bear in mind we're doing all the work ourselves!)... so a lot of other things are taking a back seat. But I miss crafting, and even more, I miss blogging - so I'm going to make a point to carve out more time for it!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Have a wonderful start to your week!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

*Heart* You - Creating with Chickaniddy...

Hey there! It's my turn to share a project over on the Chickaniddy blog today, so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to.

This card uses the Twirly Girly line, which is probably my favourite of the two lines released thus far... of course, it's girly, and full of ballerinas, so I might be biased, since I have two of those myself!

So for my card, I wanted to do something super frilly and girly, and layered...





I went through all the papers, and picked all the ones I wanted to use, then chose a journalling card to set it all off. This one just sort of evolved all on it's own, which is so nice when working with these products!


Over on the Chickaniddy blog, I'm sharing a couple of my favourite tools to get the sanded edges I used on my papers for this card - head over there to learn how I did it!

Thanks so much for popping in today! I always appreciate your visits, my friends!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Festive Friday - A Week Late!

Hello my friends!

Alright, I'm a week overdue with this post, but I'll make up for it by posting a few more projects on this way-too-quiet blog over the next couple of days.

Part of the reason I've been so quiet is that we were away in Disneyland over Spring Break, and when we got back we dove right back into renovations. I'm hoping to share pictures of the finished bathroom after the weekend, so wish me luck we get everything done! *wink*

So while we're a week into our challenge, you still have lots of time to play! You can see all the details over on the Festive Friday blog...



I loved the photo for this week's inspiration; it appealed to my love of all things old and rustic. So I took it fairly literally when I went to make my card.

Here's our photo:


I kind of want to remember this when I set to decorating for the holidays!

Here is how I made this into card form:



It came together quickly, because I knew right away what I wanted to do with it - and I think it turned out okay!

So like I mentioned, we were in Disneyland for part of Spring Break... and you know what's really cool? Rebecca (my wonderful friend, who designs with us at FF) lives something like 20 minutes away from there, so we were able to spend an afternoon getting to know each other beyond email and blogs. *So* much fun, and the best part was that we barely talked about crafty stuff at all! I had told my hubby that I thought we'd be finished around two. Luckily, he wasn't worried sick when I didn't show up until after 3:30! Obviously Rebecca and I got along well, and now I know that whenever we make the trip down there, I'll have to make time to hang out with her! I never cease to be amazed by this beautiful blog world...

Alright, friends... cross your fingers the weekend goes well and I have some renovation photos to share with you next week!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Just the 2 of Us - Creating With Chickaniddy...

Hey guys!

Today I have a project over on the Chickaniddy blog with a couple of the other girls. We're working with this month's card sketch, and for this one, I was assigned to "Use It". 



So the other ladies have done something a bit different with it, but I stuck pretty much exactly to how the sketch was drawn. We're all featuring products from the Date Night Collection, but other than that, our projects are nothing alike. You should head over to the Chickaniddy blog to see!

Here is the sketch:


So I kept the layout the same, I just switched up the hearts for flowers. The fun part of a sketch, even if you use it pretty strictly, is that you can always make it your own. Here's my card:


Again, the products make it so easy to create easy and fun projects. I'm really pleased with how this all came together! The only things on my card that are not Chickaniddy are the gold baker's twin, and the Wool Trim from my shop.

Now head over to the Chickaniddy Blog\ to see the other girls' creations!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lucky in Love - Creating with Chickaniddy...

Hello my friends! It's my first post over on the Chickaniddy blog, which is pretty exciting. I have to say, I am SO loving these products. They are so easy to work with, and it's always such a pleasure when the projects just kind of come together all on their own!




The theme for my card today is "Lucky in Love..." afterall, we're featuring a line dedicated to time spent with your better half!



When I was trying to pick which papers to work with, I had a hard time narrowing down my patterns, so I just picked a whole bunch and laid them out.

Thankfully, I love layers.



So I just piled on as many of them as I could!

And can we talk about the foil paper? When the other girls on the team started getting their packages, they couldn't stop raving about the foil paper... and I'll be honest, I was kind of thinking "But we've all seen foil paper before..." 

Yeah, not like this.

It's *so* perfect. It isn't super thick like so many foil papers on the market are, so you can cut it with your dies, your silhouette (so I've been told - mine is still in the box), and it doesn't weigh your whole project down. It's STUNNING!

So, over on the Chickaniddy blog, I am talking about how I distress my papers. You all know how much I love distressing the edges of pretty much all paper I use, so I thought it was time to share my favourite ways of doing it. 

I had a little assistant to take my stepped out photos, so you should really go over and see what a good job Josie did of helping me!

Here's a close up of the effect I'm talking about:




It naturally creates a separation between your layers, and adds lots of interest and texture.

I had so much fun with this one, and I can't wait to keep sharing projects with you - I hope you enjoyed it too!

Have a wonderful week, my friends! 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Festive Friday - Merry & Bright...

Hey there! I'm here with a card for the newest challenge over on the Festive Friday blog... and this is definitely one of my favourite inspiration photos so far.. I think you'll know what I mean when you see...



Not sure what's going on with my photo there - weird?

Anyway... when I was choosing inspiration photos for the challenges, this one jumped out at me right away (of course)!


See why I loved it so? 

You know me and snowflakes...

Anyway, so while I WANTED to use any one of my snowflake dies to mimic this beauty, I like to go against the grain... 


Again - something weird with the photo, right? Hmm...

Anyway... so there are snowflakes on there, but I went a bit simpler. I had all kinds of visions of sparkly die cuts, and in the end I went in the complete opposite direction. But I like it!

Remember to head over to the challenge blog to see what the other ladies come up with, and I'd love it if you played along with us too!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Falling in Love With Milk Paint...

Hello friends!

Did you ever watch Monty Python? "And now for something completely different..."

I know you usually come here to see something made of paper... so I hope you'll forgive me when I share something that is definitely not made out of paper.

As you know, we've started renovations on our home, which was built in 1969. Lots of old details, but definitely not the kind I am looking for - I don't really love wood panelling or blue toilets. Maybe it's just me?

Me, I love old. Farmhouse. Beat up... rustic. Distressed. Things that tell a story and lived a life long before I was even a concept. But for all the amazing finds other bloggers have picked up in alleys and by the side of the road, I just don't have that kind of luck. So I wondered if there was another way...

Enter: Milk Paint.

Long story short. We're in the middle of our bathroom renovation, and decided to build our own vanity, as we couldn't find anything we liked. When I was trying to figure out what kind of finish to do, I started doing some looking around (which is code word for hours lost to Pinterest). One link led to another and I found Miss Mustard Seed.

I devoured her blog like one reads a good book - taking the iPad to bed with me at night and doing the whole "Just one more post..." routine. I learned all I could about milk paint and how to work with it, and knew it was perfect for our vanity (and probably every other piece of furniture I'll ever look at).

I decided to start out on something smaller, to get a feel for it. Shirley had a plant stand that she was tired of, and had been thinking about painting. Lucky for me, she loves the same look I do, so she was on board!

Ready for pictures?

The only before picture I have includes an adorable daughter. I promise I took proper befores when I got down to painting, but apparently the whole 'have three camera cards floating throughout the house' routine isn't working for me.


Ignore the poser, and look at the stand. Great bones, boring faded wood, gorgeous marble top. Paint me, it says.

So I did.

I actually did a layer of Lucketts Green first, but you have to really be up close to notice. So the main colour you see is Linen. I would have gone with Ironstone (these are the three colours I have started my collection with, but trust me, it's going to grow), except the upholstered furniture all has cream tones, so I was trying to follow that.



Pretty quickly (since the paint dries at something like lightening speed), I could see the magic starting - and it was pretty exciting to see!


I was surprised at how little sanding and scraping (which seems like a strong word) it took to get this beautiful distressing and chipping.



And because the paint dried so fast, this entire thing, including waxing (I used MMS Antiquing Wax) was done in less than three hours - and even then I feel like it's a generous estimate.

Here is the finished product:


Isn't it gorgeous? Well, I think so and Shirley loves it, so I call it a win.

I hope you won't mind if I share more projects like this one... these are the sorts of things that will fill a lot of my time in the next while, so I'd love to keep showing you what we're up to!

I am also linking this up to the MMSMP Blog, for the Milkpaint Masterpiece Monday.

Thanks for visiting guys!

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