Monday, 12 December 2011

MFT Weekly Challenge

Here's my entry for the weekly challenge from My Favorite Things weekly Stamp Challenge. I've used this stamp many times this year cause I love it so much. I'm happy with how the Copics colors came out compared to the beautiful SEI papers.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Organization is So Hard to Achieve

My Favorite Things Creative Chat encourages artists to talk about our stamping spaces - how we set things up and what are our go-to tools. Thanks to everyone who chose to share some great tips as I learned a lot from these experienced people. Here's a look at my space.

Here's a panoramic shot of my craft room. My husband understands my need to create, and he's created a spot for me in each of the homes we've lived in. Here's a shot of my current space. It's in the basement, but there's lots of big windows. At first, I worried cause the floor is unfinished, but that's
turned out to be a plus with bits of paper, glitter, etc. falling to the floor no matter how hard I try to contain it. The tables were surplus from a company which was down-sizing and the sewing desk was his childhood bedroom work space. I store boxes of stuff under the tables, too.

Looking closer at each space, let's start with the north wall. This is my cutting and scoring area, and where I have my music. To the right of the table is my jewelry making storage. Right now, it's also the staging area for my Christmas supplies.

Next, is the east wall which is the longest wall. On the first table, are my Cricut, Cuttlebug, and Spellbinder spaces. The cutting dies are stuck to magnetic pages, which were then attached to framed canvases that I had kicking around. The second table holds my Ott light, tool bag and Copic stand.

Let's have a closer look at the "nerve centre" here. Out of the shot is my Creative Memories cutting board. The tool bag holds all the tools I use each time I do paper craft. There are places for scissors, glue, adhesives, pens, erasers, Crop-A-Dile etc. I love this bag because it makes taking my go-to tools on the road if I attend a class or just go to crop with my girlfriends. I like knowing exactly where my tools are located even if I'm away from home. You'll also see my Teflon mat here - love that thing. Copics are always organized in their case (purchased through Oozak). I find this stand invaluable.

In the shot above, in between the tool bag and the stand, is my Copics binder. You can see I use the traditional color chart, but I think it's just too small a space to see clearly. So I stamped a coffee mug from a MFT set on multiple pages of X-Press It card stock, one or two pages for each group. I colored all these images in the Copics I have in my collection, in the manner that I normally would, complete with light and dark colors. This way, I can see exactly how my colors will look on a project. There's a shot of one page below. I also have pages in my binder for hair color and for recording what colors I used on favorite projects.

And now, a look a the south wall. Here's where I have a bank of pastic storage cases. I've started labelling what's in each drawer for easier access. On top of the storage cases are things waiting for me to find a good space to put them. Also on this wall is a cupboard handed down to me from my in-laws where I store my paper.

I found a real deal on ribbon at a fabric store, and  rolled each piece on empty Christmas paper tubes, cut to an appropriate length.

And to wrap up, here's a shot of my supervisor. She comes to get me when she thinks I've spent long enough not paying attention to her.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Kards for Kids

I've been invited to participate in the Kards for Kids program to benefit Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. It pleases me to think that my cards could bring a smile to a little someone who could really use a reason to smile. Check out their blog and see if you can help, too. Here's a sample of the cards that I'm sending.

Monday, 21 November 2011

My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club 46

My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club is a weekly inspiration. Here's my entry for this week. Isn't this guy a real sweetie? I can still remember the delight of an unexpected snow day.

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge 105

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge 105 is based on a diagram. And what a great diagram it is! I'll be using it many times down the road. 

This particular stamp is one of my faves. I've tried to modify it to capture the season with the color, the addition of a holly sprig from another stamp set, and with a sentiment from yet another KK set.

Undoubtedly, this card is for a special guy who's been very good this year!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Make it Masculine

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps 104 Challenge is to design a masculine card. Here's my entry, featuring the dashing Nick.

Seeing him dangling mistletoe while standing beside a stack of Christmas gifts reminded me of my mom's advice decades ago that when a boy gives you a present, he expects something in return. OK, Mom, LOL!

Here's a "shout out" to the artists who submitted entries to the 103 Challenge - you are amazing!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge #103

Kraftin Kimmie's 103rd challenge asks for a pin to be used in the design. Since it's so close to Christmas, it seems like a natural to use Kraftin Kimmie's beautiful Holly stamp.

I love seeing how color makes a difference. Have a look at the two cards below. Same stamp, same techniques, but different colors create totally different results. Glitter Ritz in cool highlights makes Holly really stand out, but the SEI papers are totally fab too.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

It Was Worth It!

I took a class to create a Christmas ornament at one of my favorite paper arts stores - Scrapbookers Paradise - and it featured the Sizzix BigZ Die and Embossing Folder Combo entitled Bird 2. The class was great and all those in attendance were impressed.

I reluctantly ordered the BigZ Combo. I say reluctantly since I've already bought quite a few new things this season to create Christmas cards.

My order arrived today, and all I can say is, "It was worth it!" Have a look at the snaps below to see what I created in just an hour.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Meet my Crafting BFFs

Croppin Angels

Each year two of my girlfriends and I spend a week at Shuswap Lake in the heart of British Columbia. Cropping is high on our list of activities, as is eating, drinking and sunning.

Cropping then is simply the best. We spread out our stuff for the entire week, use anything that appeals to us (even if it belongs to someone else) and create till we can’t think straight. You can see by the photos below - its madness!

We also did a photo shoot together, and here’s a shot of us playing Charlie’s Angels with Crop-A-Diles.

We have so much fun any time we get together!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Oh, Baby!

Baby cards are so much fun to create. What better message than to welcome a new little person into the world? Here's a couple of my faves. Check out my Splitcoast Gallery  in "My Favorite Links" to see more.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Girlfriends are Flowers in the Garden of Life

I had a fabulous dinner last night with three beautiful women. We became friends years ago when we were put in each other's paths at the office. It was that much by chance that we became important to each other. The four of us laughed, we had to blot a few tears, we talked about things that are really important to each of us, and we all felt the support and affection we share. I was reminded yet again that my girlfriends bless my life. Here are a few cards that celebrate female friendships featuring images by Art Impressions.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Cats and Dogs Featured on Cards

Speaking of fur babies, here's just a few of the cards I made honouring some of our best friends.

Who's a Fraidy Cat?

Halloween is the worst night of the year for my cat, Tia. It seems to be the constantly ringing doorbell, the noisy kids at the door, and the people and traffic on the street which make her howl and slink around with her tummy pressed to the floor. Or is it something instinctive and more sinister? Will I ever know? Tonight, the two of us hunker down in the basement - the quietest part of the house - while my husband hands out the goodies. Here's a photo of Tia on a better day when she's just been caught touching noses with that nice cat in the mirror.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Kraftin Kimmie's 100th Challenge

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps is one of my favorite Canadian stamp companies. Their designs are way cool, and they are always creating more images for us to play with. Here's an entry for their 100th Challenge!

I created this card to celebrate my nephew's birthday. He's such a cool dude!