Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 27

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge which was quite easy to do once I decided which image and sentiment I wanted to use.

Here is the card I created using this sketch:

The stamp is from Marianne - a Dutch stamp and die company.  The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp and was stamped using Color Box - Chianti.  The silver glitter paper is from Michaels - Recollections which is Michaels own brand.  The red ribbon bow which I placed near the top to avoid covering up Merry Christmas ribbon is from my stash.  The Merry Christmas ribbon is from the package of ribbon that I bought at Scrapfest last weekend.  The image was coloured using a mixture of Prisma Color Pencils and Sakura glitter pens.  I also added some extra bling with some clear flat back rhinestones.  The card stock is from my stash.  I have made this card for Kards for Kids HSC.  Hopefully it will put a smile on a young patient's face when they receive it.  If you would like to donate cards for Kards for Kids, please contact me so I can give you the information you will need.

Won't you consider playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge?  If you do decide to play along; please tell them that Anna sent you.  We have some very talented Design Team Members who do an excellent job of inspiring you with their interpretation of the sketch.  Don't be afraid to flip the design if that is what you prefer.  Go ahead, don't be shy!  We are a friendly bunch and will welcome you to play along each week.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I am so excited!

Right now, I am grinning from ear to ear!  Finally after entering numerous sketch challenges, I am proud to say that this card earned me a top 3 pick from Try Stampin' on Tuesday!  See my badge there on the right?

I made the card for Bela who collects and makes cards for the children at the Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  I am a proud member of the Smiley Team and along with 2 of my grandchildren, make cards for Kards for Kids at HSC.  I met Bela for the first time this past Saturday at Scrapfest in Oshawa where she was helping Karen from Your Next Stamp in her booth teach the make and takes.  Bela is a very generous and loving person and had the biggest hug for me on Saturday.  Today is her birthday and I wanted to give her a special card as I consider her to be a very special person.  Please visit her blog Kards for Kids at HSC and tell her Anna sent you and while you're there, please wish her a Happy Birthday!

I should also mention that Karen from Your Next Stamp is one of our generous sponsors along with High Hopes Stamps as well as Lora from One Crazy Stamper in Bolton ON and Kimmie from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps near London ON.

My favourite time of year which is Christmas is approaching very quickly and I will be busy making cards not only for myself to send and/or give to family and friends but also making cards for Kards for Kids.  If you would like to join us, please contact Bela through her blog.  The deadline for sending cards to Bela for distribution is Dec. 1st but you will need to get them to her before that date.  If you would like her address to send cards to her; please contact me privately.

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Kards for Kids by

my 2 granddaughters, Sierra age 8 and Brooke age 6.  After shopping at Scrapfest on Saturday, I went over to my daughters house armed with card stock, designer paper, stamps, ink, ribbon and my paper cutter.  Sierra and Brooke made 1 card each for Kards for Kids.  They probably would have made more cards but they each got a Rainbow Loom on Friday so were more interested in making bracelets.  I am sporting a bracelet that Brooke made for me on her Rainbow Loom.

Here they are with the cards they made:



Brooke's card.  I added the flat back rhinestones at home and straightened out the sentiment.

Sierra's card.

The design paper is from Recollections - A Michaels brand.  The stamps are from Kaisercraft.  The Sentiments are die cuts that they popped up with foam dots.  Their images which they coloured were also popped up on foam dots.  The ribbon is from a huge package of 24 rolls of ribbon (4 ft. each) that I bought at Scrapfest in the morning.  I will be looking after them this coming Saturday while Mommy and Daddy go to a Hallowe'en party so will bring some card kits for them to make more cards.  I am hoping that they each make at least 2 cards for Kards for Kids.  

On my way home on Saturday from Scrapfest; I stopped in at Michaels and got 3 packages of elastics in Christmas colours (red, green and white) and Mommy is planning on giving them each a mixture of the elastics.  

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Friday, October 18, 2013

A cased Christmas card

I saw this card on pinterest and thought it would be easy enough to case.

Here is my version:

Even though the card stock looks white in the photo; it is actually ivory.  Other card stock colours are gold glittered paper and Pomegranate from Bazzill.  I heat embossed the sentiment from The Stamps of Life with Gold Detail embossing powder from Stampendous.  The dies are from Poppy Stamps and the ribbon and flat back gold rhinestone are from my stash.  I really like this card and it came together fairly quickly. 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013


While blurfing (blog surfing) yesterday; I came across the current Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.  I really liked the sketch and wanted to play along so I did.

Here is the sketch:

And here is the card I created using the sketch:

I used white card stock as the base and for the embossed panel.  The embossing folder is from SU - Petals A Plenty.  The poinsettias are from Dee's Distinctively Dies  I only used the 3 smaller dies as I wouldn't have had room on the card for 3 had I used the largest flower die.  I added gold flat back pearls to the centre of the poinsettias. The gold and the red ribbon is from my stash.  The border was punched using a Fiskars Scallop punch.  The red card stock is SU's Real Red and the green cardstock is SU's Wild Wasabi.  The sentiment which is from Verve Stamps was stamped with SU's Real Red ink.  The flower button on the red bow is from CTMH.  It took a while to make this card mainly because of all the die cutting I had to do. All in all I am very pleased with this card and hubby's reaction when he saw it was Wow!  If hubby likes it, then I know my card is pretty.  I think this is probably my favourite Christmas card I've made and I've already decided who the recipient will be.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Try Stampin' on Tuesday - Happy Birthday!

When I saw the sketch on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday's blog; I knew I wanted to play along.  My first instinct was to use the sketch to make a Christmas card but then I remembered that I had to make a Birthday card for a very special friend.

Here is the sketch:

And here are the cards I created using the sketch:

After I finished the card; I felt it needed a little more; hence the ribbon bow.  In your honest opinion; should I leave the bow on or take it off?

Card stock is from my stash.  The design paper is from Wild Rose Studios - 6 x 6 Paper Pad - Butterfly Garden.  The sentiment is from Stamps of Life - Ticket to Stamp and was stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue.  The roses were made using My Favourite Things Die - Mini Rolled Roses.  I added cream coloured flat back pearls and the leaves made using a Martha Stewart punch - Rose Leaf which I also embossed using an embossing tool.  The pink satin ribbon is also from my stash.

All in all, I am very pleased with how this card turned out.  The most difficult part was making those roses.  The very first rose I made when I got the die turned out perfect but it is red, so couldn't very well use it on this card.  This card will soon be mailed to a very special lady who is a very caring, loving and warm person and in her own small way is making a difference in the world.  Unfortunately, I cannot reveal her name here as she reads my blog.  I'm sure she will be tickled pink when she receives this card.
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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 25

One of our design team members designed this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts.  It's an interesting sketch to say the least and it definitely challenged me and had me thinking outside the box.  Here is the sketch that Anna-Carin designed:

And here is my interpretation of the sketch:

The card base is ivory and is a larger than normal size.  It is 6 1/2 x 4 1/4.  The card stock is all by Bazzill.  The medallion was made with my paper scraps.  The snowflakes were cut using an Impressions Obsessions set of dies.  The sentiment is from CTMH stamp set - To You and Yours.  I also added the navy ribbon and some flat back rhinestones for some added bling.  I am quite pleased with how this card turned out.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Easy peasy Christmas Card

On our way home from Michigan 2 weeks ago, we dropped in to Scrapping Great Deals in Komoka.  While in the store there were some gorgeous white on white cards on display that caught my eye.  Luckily I have some white pearlized card stock as well as white textured pearlized card stock.  I paired the 2 of them up together and here is the result:

The die cut is from Memory Box - Glowing candles.  I couldn't resist adding the tiny red flat back rhinestones for a bit of colour and bling.  I have left a space under the die cut which was popped up on 3D foam squares to stamp an appropriate Christmas sentiment.  

Here is another version:

I love how these cards turned out and I am sure that I will be doing more of this type of Christmas card.  They were so easy to make and I love clean and simple cards as I feel there is a lot to be said for simplicity.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 194

Yesterday I made a trip to one of my favourite scrapbook store to pick up my pre-orders.  As one of the pre-orders was a beautiful 6 x 6 paper pad from Wild Rose Studio; I also bought the matching printed panels.  The papers and printed panels are entitled Christmas Bella.  The printed panels are just over 4 inches square; it was a challenge to put this card together.  On my pinterest board I found a sketch challenge that seemed custom made for the printed panel.  I made the base of the card 6 1/2 x 5 inches and after that, the card came together quite quickly.  Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I created using the sketch:

This card will be going to a child at the Hospital for Sick Children via Kards for Kids.  I am on the Smiley Team and at this time of the year, I love making Christmas cards for them.

The red and green card stock is from my stash.  As mentioned previously the printed panel and design paper is from Wild Rose Studio - Xmas Bella.  I also added some flat back clear rhinestones for some extra bling.  The printed panel was popped up on 3D foam dots.  I am very pleased with this card and I just think that Bella is the cutest elephant I've ever seen!  I will be making more cards using this paper pack and printed panels and probably the sketch as well for the children at Sick Children's Hospital here in Toronto ON Canada.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Clean & Simple Die Cuts

It's no secret that I love dies and have quite a collection of them.  I also love clean and simple quick to put together cards.  The last time I was at Michaels; I bought a package of 10 Pearlized Silver cards and envelopes.  I love the colour combo of blue and silver.  Here is the card I came up with using this colour combo:

The die cuts on the left is from Poppy Stamps and the one on the right is from Memory Box.  The ribbon die cuts are from the Precious Stocking die from Memory Box.  I also added an Impression Obsession snowflake die to the center of one of the ornaments as well as some flat back adhesive clear crystals for some added bling.  This card came together very quickly as I had already cut the dies.  I have more dies that can be used on this card front such as a bell and stockings.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Amber!

I have no idea where the last 3 years have gone!  It seems like just yesterday that I drove to my daughter's house to look after Sierra and Brooke while she and hubby rushed to the hospital for Amber's birth.  In reality; Amber's birthday isn't until next month - Nov. 2nd to be exact.

Here are some pictures of my youngest granddaughter Amber Jordan:

Nov. 2nd. 2010

Sierra (R) & Brooke (L) meeting Amber for the 1st time

Amber aged 2 - her Dad is from Ottawa and is an Ottawa Senators Hockey fan

Brooke, Amber and Sierra 

With my daughter Janice.  All dressed alike for the Color Run they did in Ottawa this summer

Back to School - Sep. 2013

Amber with her favourite Sesame Street character Elmo

Amber is always really happy to see us when we visit and makes a beeline for me and hugs my legs before I get a chance to pick her up.  She gives the best hugs and kisses and is so much fun.  She never sits still and my daughter and son-in-law have given up trying to get her to sit at the dinner table.  She is very active but will come back to the table, have a few bites and then she's off again.  She eventually eats all her dinner.  She loves making cards with me and she loves to play board games and do puzzles.  She is a whiz at playing games on the IPAD and could teach me a thing or two about the Ipad.

Here is the card I made for her:

I did something totally different with her card that I have never ever done before.  There is no stamping on this card at all!  I simply cut different elements from a 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye titled Hootenanny which is chock full of birthday papers.  I also used ribbons, flat rhinestones for bling and an edge punch.  If you look closely, you will be able to see the embossing on this edge punch from Spellbinders.  A few circle punches and scallop circle punches with the fussy cut cupcakes which was popped up on 3D stickers.  I am very happy with how this card turned out and I'm sure Amber will just love it.

I need to put together some card kits so that Brooke and Sierra can make her a card as well.  I will also put together a card kit for Amber so she can make a card for Christmas.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day!!

There will be lots of cards made today by talented and awesome card makers.  I actually started to make a few cards before today.  I have made a few Christmas cards and they can be seen here:

Today I will be concentrating on making Santa cards for Kards for Kids today.  Kards for Kids was started by a woman named Bela whose son was treated at the Hospital for Sick Children.  This is Bela's story:  "I have been organizing Kards for Kids HSC since 2005. The first delivery was made in Feb 2006 in which I sent a few handfuls of cards to be displayed in Marnie's Lounge. These are distributed by the doctor's and nurses at Toronto's Sick Children's Hospital to the children. We call them Smiley Cards. My son was a patient at Sick Kids and I wanted to give back for all the hopes and miracles that I had seen around me each day. I know many kids who have attended Sick Kids and some sadly who have passed on..they remain in our hearts. These cards are to help make a hard day, softer."

I am proud to say that I am on the Smiley team and have made some cards in the past for the children at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  My granddaughters have also helped me to make some cards for Kards for Kids.  

Here are the cards that I made for Kards for Kids: 

I am entering this card into CAS(E) this Sketch #48  

I hope the children that receive my cards will be happy with them.

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