Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mojo Monday 191 - just a few days late

Better late than never!  I wanted to make this card on Sunday and enter it in the Mojo Monday challenge but I had a killer headache all day.  It was very warm on Saturday but cooled off on Sunday and I think the change in the barometric air pressure did a number on my head.  I slept for 2 1/2 hours after taking some pain killers. The headache subsided but never left completely until yesterday.

Here is the sketch:

 And here is my card:

I used some distress ink on the image but I think I went a bit too heavy with it.  I should have used a lighter colour and/or touch!  We learn from our mistakes and I will know better next time.  The image & sentiment are from Verve - Floral Symphony.  I stamped the flower part 2 times - 1st with the outline portion and then with the solid portion of this stamp - I popped up the solid colour portion over the outline portion.  I used SU's Purely Pomegrante for the flower and sentiment and SU's Wild Wasabi for the stem of the flower.  Maroon & white pearls are from my stash.  I do not know who manufactured the card stock or the shiny paper I used for the scallop circle.  I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the Spellbinder scallop & classic circle dies.  The sentiment was cut out with a Lattice rectangle die.  I also applied 2 small pearls to the glittery butterfly.  I love butterflies!  I used a Creative Memories punch to punch out the butterfly.  I applied 2 sided tape to a piece of maroon card stock, applied lots of glitter and then punched out the butterfly.  The design paper is from SU and the pink ribbon is from my stash.  I didn't add a square under my image as there was no room on this standard sized card and I thought the butterfly helped to add a bit of interest to my card.  Other than the distressing; I am very pleased at how this card turned out.

I am looking forward to attending a watercolour class at my favourite LSS tomorrow evening which is being taught by Nicky.  I attended a class taught by Nicky last week and we made some gorgeous springtime cards.  I still need to take a picture of them but Nicky has one on her blog if you would like to take a peek.  Tell her Anna sent you!

I was supposed to attend my niece's class on Saturday but as it was such a gorgeous day, Opa wanted to go out so we spent the day in the Niagara region instead.  I went to Krista's house yesterday and picked up the card and stamp kit and will have to take a very close look at her blog to put the cards together.  I love all 4 of the cards!  You can see them on Krista's blog.  Be sure to leave her a comment and tell her Aunt Anna sent you.  If you live in the Toronto or Oshawa area, I highly recommend the classes that Nicky and Krista teach.  I have learned so much from both of these talented and creative ladies!
Thanks for stopping by! .

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mojo Monday Challenge 190 - Brooke's BD Card

I loosely followed the Mojo Monday 190 Sketch Challenge to make a Birthday card for Brooke.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Brooke loves dressing up in her princess outfits so I am sure that she will like her card.  I told her last night that I had made her birthday card and now she can't wait to see it!  I started out with navy blue card stock.  The designer paper is from Imaginisce - If you look closely, you will see that I wove some sheer pink ribbon through the scalloped border.  I inked the image with black ink and then coloured it in with Prisma colour pencils.  I also used ribbon flowers, some bling and another ribbon from my stash.

Here is the inside:

Brooke also likes butterflies almost as much as I do, so I added a butterfly sticker and also some more bling.  I stamped the sentiment with navy blue ink.

Here is my little princess Brooke, after I put her very fine hair into 2 little pony tails:

Opa and I looked after Sierra and Brooke last night while Mommy ran a 10 K Marathon with 2 friends in Mississauga.  Daddy & Amber went to the racea as the starting line was in a different spot than the finish line.  Amber is still being breast fed so she goes where Mommy goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mojo Monday 189 - CONTEST

First of all, I want to wish all the Mothers out there a very Happy Mother's Day!!  I hope you all get pampered and spoiled rotten!

I don't know about the rest of the people who entered this challenge, but this particular sketch was very challenging for me.  The card I made did not turn out at all like I had planned in my head after seeing the sketch earlier this week.  In fact, my card went on an entirely different direction!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:


I didn't care for it at first, but it has grown on me.  The image is from Darcie's, & since I stamped it on yellow cardstock, I just coloured the heart, feet and beak with Prismacolor pencils. The designer paper is from Imaginisce - Enchanted Collection.  The sentiment is from Kraftin Kimmies - Shy Emmielou.  I also used a Spellbinder's tag that I cut and embossed in my Cuttlebug that the sentiment was stamped on.  The border punch I used is from Martha Stewart.

Opa & I will be heading out to visit our daughter Janice, son-in-law Rob and our 3  adorable granddaughters, Sierra, Brooke and Amber.  I can't wait to give the girls their Easter/Spring baskets I made for them and the Spring cards I made for them.  I'm sure my daughter will like the card I made especially for her.  Have a great day everyone & I'll be back later to share some a card my niece Krista made for me as well as another card that I have made and some goodies that I received in the mail.

Have a great day everyone!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quilt card

Here is the Mother's day card I made for someone very special:

The inside sentiment was stamped in Navy blue:  Mothers are the stitches that hold a family together.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  This card is for my daughter.  The designer paper is from Stampin Up - Springtime Vintage.  Once I had the quilt square made, I ran it through my Cuttlebug and used the Petals a Plenty embossing folder from Stampin Up. The ribbon is from my stash and the ribbon flower was 1 that I bought last month at Scrapfest.  I added a clear rhinestone to give it a bit more bling.  I found the tutorial on Split Coast Stampers.  This pattern was a bit of a challenge for me but I am happy I persevered and I am very pleased with the end result.  Opa and my son really like the card and were duly impressed!  LOL  

I have also made some other quilt cards a while ago but which I never posted.  They are still a work in progress as I still need to add some embellishments and a sentiment & finish the inside:

On all 3 of these cards I used Stampin Up - Springtime Vintage DSP.  I love this paper!  I got the tutorial for these last 4 cards on this post.  This was very easy to do.

On this last card the papers are all from CTMH - Sophia DSP.

I am hoping that I will have time today to enter the Mojo Monday Challenge.  The sketch should be fun to do and I already have some ideas for it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Water, water everywhere

and not a drop to drink!

Opa & I were in Vermont at Smuggler's Notch Resort for a week and just arrived home again yesterday.  For the most part we enjoyed our vacation - until Wednesday when all the rain and melting snow from the mountains caused this:

These pictures were taken in and around Jeffersonville which is a small town a few miles from the resort.  We did not have any flooding at the resort but the floods caused road & bridge closures and long detours.  Even when we were coming home yesterday, there were some road and bridge closures in NY.

I have to give kudos to Smuggler's Notch Resort as they took in 100 people from Cambridge which is a small town 2 miles from Jeffersonville where there was a lot of flood damage.  Smuggler's Notch did not charge them and the Red Cross made sure that they were fed.

On the way there last Saturday when we crossed from NY into VT; there was some flooding from Lake Champlain at Rouses Point NY.

The unit we had at Smuggler's Notch was a 2 bedroom unit with a full kitchen, large living and dining area, 2 full bathrooms and 4 TVs!  I even managed to make a card for the Mojo Monday challenge while I was there.  We shopped in North Conway at the outlet stores (love that there is no State Tax in NH!) and I picked up a few clothing items for Sierra, Brooke and Amber.  We also visited Burlington where we had a nice lunch; Montpelier (the state capital); and another outlet mall in Essex Junction VT where I added to my paper craft stash and put a fairly huge dent in my wallet!

All in all it was a good vacation in spite of the floods.  Opa would have liked to go golfing but it was too early in the year for that.  The fresh mountain air was such a treat and we slept deeply.  I think I only had 1 day there when I didn't have a 1 - 2 hr. nap.  And of course, Opa had lots of "power naps!"  I took this picture of him shortly after he told me he wasn't tired!

I got some more crafty goodies in my mail box while I was gone and will take pictures and post them here soon.