Friday, March 24, 2017

Festive Friday

Good Morning!

I'm here again with another episode of Festive Friday. Back to Christmas cards again this week. This one will NOT meet my minimum postage requirement, but I couldn't resist adding the little heart buttons to his belly. They are a touch crowded, but I like them. I should be able to hand deliver this one, so I can say it's even better than regulation mail. So here's the goods on this card.

I started with the Snowman Window Scene die. I cut it out twice; once in White and once in Not quite Navy. Then  I picked and chose which elements to leave white. I coloured the snowman with prism pencils and shaded him with Copic marker. Lastly, I added some glitter just because you KNOW I love me some pizzazle!!!

I embossed the Red Panel with a Creative Expressions Star embossing folder. I added some sections of the Large Snowflake Die to fill in the background. I added the Merry Christmas Die. I love this die because the die actually says Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. That way you can use it for Christmas, New Years or all in one!!! Great value for your $$$$$$.

Finally I added some sparkly bling as a final touch! 

Hope you like it!!!!!

XX's and Oh's


Friday, March 17, 2017

Top O' the Morning to Ye

HappySt. Patricks Day!!!!

Since today is Festive Friday, I took a little break from Christmas Card creating to bring you this lucky little alligator. I didn't have a Leprechaun on hand, so I used this cute little Patchwork Gator  to compliment  the Shamrock and the Fancy Shamrock. Why on earth did I use the Alligator..... well, let me you. When I think of St, Paddy's day, I think of the Irish Rovers. Of course they are famous for "The Unicorn"

They sing of Green there you go! That's an Irish Alligator on my card! 
I added a little texture to my Green Alligator by stamping him with one of the mini patterns 7 stamp sets. Lastly, I glittered up the Shamrocks and added the Good Luck Die just for good measure!!!!

I had the amazing privilege of visiting Ireland for several days last fall as part of a three week tour of Great Britain. I have so many beautiful pictures. Here's a few of my faves from the Ring Of Kerry and Killarney National Park, the home of Ross Castle

Thatched Roof Cottages are so authentique

We enjoyed a horse drawn Trolley ride through Killarney National Park

Beautiful Deer

So Serene

What remains of the Grand Castle

Beautiful green countryside.

Our gorgeous day came to an end in the small fishing village of Dunmore East

We enjoyed a few pints and some "Craic" at Hayes Pub!

While in Ireland, I searched for Leprechauns and Unicorns to no avail, but I did meet some lovely people and was blessed to enjoy the Irish Culture and Countryside.

Wishing you and yours good fortune for the coming year

XX's and Oh's


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-Not so Moody Blue

Good Morning! Welcome to the Impression Obsession Designer Challenge. I can't believe that it's Thursday already. Where DID this week go? I have two shares for you as I had two occasions to create some cards. A friend is a new Gma to a beautiful baby boy so blue was perfect for this nautical newborn greeting. I teamed up the Patchwork Whale Die with some Echo park bundle of joy boy paper adding some waves and water using the Ocean Border Die and the wave adapt a background. I finished of the card by adding some sparkly gems to simulate water droplets. Lastly, I added the new baby sentiment using the Congrats sentiments die.

This card was created for a Cousin who is in the Hospital. We thought we'd send her a little smile
I coloured the flowers with my Zig Clean Color markers

Here's the IO supplies I used!

I'm looking forward to seeing your blue cards!

Don't forget to link them up on the IO Blog for a chance to win a $25 gift  certificate

Be sure to check out the DT creations and leave them a little love:

XX's and Oh's


Friday, March 3, 2017

Festive Friday

Good Morning!

Here's my share for this week. In keeping with my guidelines of making quarter fold cards, I wasn't able to fit a sentiment on this card. I'll save all the good stuff for the middle!!!!

I coloured Starry Branches with Prism Pencils and Gamsol

I sponged around the tree with Soft Sky and Added Flower Soft Polar white for some dimension.
Lastly, I added my trademark snow flakes with a Sharpie Paint Pen!

That's all for today! Have a great weekend!

XX's and Oh's


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-Fun with Flowers


Good Morning!!!! Sorry I'm a little late on the uptake, but I didn't have my publish setting accurate! Here I am now with my Fun with Flowers Challenge card.

I have to tell you that I am totally Inspired by my Fellow Team mate Ilina's use of colour on florals. So much, that she enabled me to purchase the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

This was my first attempt at watercolouring flowers.

I chose the flower from the Maya stamp set as it is a nice size, which is perfect for colour practice. I embossed the flower in white; a great idea when starting with watercolour to ensure you stay in the line!

I had a lot of fun experimenting with different colours! Next time I watercolour, I'll keep track of the pens that I used and make note here for you.

I really love the vibrancy of the markers. So much so, that I didn't want to cover up my "work of art: hehe! I decided to choose a fine die that I thought would enhance, rather than distract from the flowers!!!!

I am excited to see what you all do this week!

to see the Design Team creations, follow the links!

XX's and Oh's

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reviving a Scrapbook Challenge

Good Morning!!! I have to recap what a GLORIOUS weekend and the WEATHER!!! It's been positively Balmy really. 10C here and many of us hearty Canadians are ready to cast our down coats aside for fleecy Hoodies!!!!!

I just came back from a little walk with Syd and Mom and have to say I'm glad I wore my winter coast as it was just a touch chilly in the Breeze. Even so, just having the warm sun on one's face can do wonders with regard to lifting a wintery mood.

 A few years ago, I hosted the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampsers Things got a little complicated in my life and sadly, I took a step back from many of the things I loved, including hosting the Scrapbook Challenge.

In the last two years, once again, my life has become manageable, having purged unhealthy relationships, commitments and alliances. I have once again found time for me and for doing the things that I love the most......relaxing walks (although my distance is limited) spending time with my friends and family and my creative expression.

So as you see above, this is the first layout i've created in quite some time. I have a funny story to share about the Scrapbooking Papers. Last year I was at a crop and I purchased this packet from a lady who had a pop up shop there. We are so limited with regard to accessing Scrapbooking Supplies here in Kingston as we don't have a brick and mortar store here. Anyway, I purchased this Summer Paper Collection by Fabscraps. I am a sucker for anything Beachy or Nautical. The Kit held an assortment of delicious papers ( some of which you're peepers are gazing upon now) as well as a few Chipboard pieces and some stickers.

In the layout above, I coloured the "AHOY" Chipboard piece with my Copic Markers so I could shade them. The Beautiful large lighthouse was on the patterned paper already and the colour combination perfect for this photo that we took of Jonathon on a visit to Confederation basin to board several tall ships. Was that really sixteen years ago?

I spoonged the edges of the patterned papers with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo; my favourite ink for distressing!

The stickers in the package were fairly sheer, so I adhered the red one on top of a White button to make the sentiment (summer) easier to read. It is a fairly uncomplicated layout, but I prefer my pages to be relatively clean.

I treated the chipboard a little differently when creating this card. First I coloured it with a Black Sharpie. Once it was dry, I rubbed here and there with some metallic rubs. This gave the anchor a distressed look. I also added a touch of hemp to reinforce the nautical theme and mounted the stickers on Chipboard to give it a little dimension.

I would gladly list the papers, but sadly this line is a few years old and has been discontinued for awhile. However they have some AMAZING Scrapbook Lines and you can find them HERE

I will be sharing more creations with this fun line however because I surely won't waste a lick of this super sweet designer paper.

P.S. you can find the SB Inspiration challenge HERE

XX's and Oh's

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bee is for Birthday

The weekend is quickly coming to an end. WOW! We had an amazing weekend weather wise. With the temperature creeping up to 10c  it felt like Spring. Yesterday was a super day for a Road Trip. My Girlfriend Laura and I took a drive down to Belleville to meet Kim, who was down from London at her Brothers! Of course Ecstasy Crafts is along the way and we couldn't resist a little side trip there. I bought the cutest stamp and die set and will share with you in the near future.

As you know, I really enjoy playing the Splitcoaststamper Challenges. I find they motivate me to create, share and spend time on the website looking at all the great creations.

Sunday is Featured Stamper challenge. One of the stampers Gallery is featured and it is our challenge to Case the card, but make some changes. This week Beverly Sue Wilson's Gallery was featured

You can see her card HERE

In my sample, I kept the flowers Monocrhromatic

I just recently purchased the ZIG Clean Brush markers and I LOVE watercolouring with them. The colours are so rich. I only used One shade of coral, green and yesllow. Impressive!

I Love the Happy Stamp set and Matching Die from Impression Obsession The Set allows you to stamp a Shadow and Layer the die cut over to give it a 3D effect! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

The flowers were stamped in Stayzon and can be found in the Maya Clear Set

Lastly, I stamped the chalk bee using my Mini  Misti. That allowed me to used markers to stamp the various sections.

I finished up the card and added a little Vicki G Pizzazle with some gorgeous Cosmic Shimmer Diamond frost glitter! This is some of the most gorgeous glitter I've ever used!!!

This cheery card is going to a most cheerful lady. I sure hope she enjoys it

XX's and Oh's