Birthday, Digital Stamps, Handmade Cards

Cats Birthday

Hello Everyone,
I haven’t been on for a week – life was busier than I was expecting.  I forgot about some appointments that I had until I got the reminder texts ….

Today’s card share is a 2 for 1 project. I combined 2 challenges into the 1 card – the challenges are Color Throwdown #490 and Card in Envy: It’s Birthday Party Time.

I really loved the color combo for the throwdown challenge and I knew that I had an image that would suit it wonderfully.  It is a gorgeous free digital image from Wee Stamps called “Miss Kitty” And here is the project that I made with it …
Such a cute image. I coloured Miss Kitty using my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. The papers come from a Kasiercraft paper pack from my stash it had all of the colours together from the challenge combined in different ways.

Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look at my project.  I really hope that you have a great week and as always before you go I wish to leave you with this thought:
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Life can get in the way of things but you can get back to where you want to be. Tomorrow can and usually is different from today.

Have a Happy Moving Forward Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch, Christmas Time, Handmade Cards

Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone,
I told you in my previous post that I had 2 cards to upload today and here is the 2nd one. So yes it is again for the CASe this Sketch #268 with Chrissy and the Color Throwdown #489 combination.

This time around though I decided to make a Christmas card because that is one of the things that came to mind when I saw the colour and picture combination.  Here in the southern hemisphere we have a very warm Christmas and strawberries feature on many a pavlova. So here is my card
Peace On Earth.jpgUnfortunately I couldn’t find a strawberry picture to add to my card but I was really happy to use this very colourful patchwork Christmas tree from OddBall Art Co on Etsy. This is one of their older digi stamps but it is still a favourite of mine because I have a lot of friends who love playing with fabric so this image is great for their Christmas card.  The tree is coloured in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and I have gone over each section with Zest-It to smooth the colouring out. The papers are a variety of papers from my large stash of Christmas stock.

Thanks again for stopping by and looking at my project. I am so glad to have another one of my Christmas cards finished. I have fallen behind with everything that has happened since Christmas last year.  And as always before you leave I wish to leave you with is thought:
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 (Scripture doodle of encouragement)
Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday, card sketch, Handmade Cards

Simple Birthday Greeting

Hello Everyone,
I actually have 2 cards to share with you today.  This being the first and they are both based on the 2 same challenges.  The Color Throwdown #489 Combination and CAS(e) this Sketch #268 with Chrissy

I liked the simple and classic colour combination that came up from The Color Throwdown and then this unusual sketch which Chrissy from CASE this Sketch put forward.  It is definitely one out of the ordinary.  And this is my first take on it
CaS Birthday.jpgI decided to keep things really clean and simple which is not my usual style.  But I am really happy with how it all came together.  I have used watercolour paper as the base to use my Distress Inks through a stencil called “New Cheese” by Scrapmatts. First I taped off the area that I wanted to keep white while inking, I followed the sketch layout for the tape placement.

After this was completed and I had cleaned off my stencil I looked through my metal dies for a sentiment that I could use.  I found this Happy Birthday die and I cut it with my Cuttlebug out of both Maroon card stock and some black paper to make a shadow. I glued this onto the space left with no inking and this finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my first project.  My second one will follow after I have completed some stuff with my family.  And as always before you leave I want to leave you with this thought:
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This is a good one to remember. Leave what you are doing if you can finish it tomorrow. It’s okay to take time out – just don’t quit.  So long as you progress each and every day.

Have a Happy Restful/Productive Kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch, Handmade Cards

A Great Day

Hello Everyone,
A new card and a happy update.  I am so happy to be able to bring another card to you. It is so good being able to do some of my normal activities without pain to go along with it.  A corner is definitely being turned and I pray that this continues to be the case.  Maybe my season of issues is going to be changing … soon.

Anywho … onto the card project.
As always I started with my favourite starting point – a card sketch.  I went looking around and found the below sketch #509 from Sketch Saturday.
I had fun playing with this sketch and knew that I had an image already coloured and waiting for the right card to put it onto.  And this is my project
A Great Day.jpgThis is an old image from All That Scraps a sweet pixie holding a bouquet.  It has been a favourite of mine since I purchased her; this time around I have coloured her with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.  I am really enjoying colouring with these pencils.  And being able to use up some of my papers from my scraps made me smile. I was so happy being able to find some scraps that co-ordinated with each other.  Even my Cuttlebug got a bit of a workout with cutting the ring for the main image the inner circle I used for the greeting and then I used my scalloped circles to help define the circles.

MY Happy Update:
I am walking now without the boot that featured in this update (post) thanks to my Physio Jim better known to my family as Devil Incarnate.  He is horrible because he can find where I am hurting the most BUT within 12hrs I am in a lot less pain. This is why I keep on going back to him.  I have found that my foot has changed shape so I have had to buy new shoes … I detest shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project and as always before you leave I want to leave you with this last thought.

The seasons change and so do we – sometimes we see the change sometimes we don’t – we need to learn to grow and embrace change because it is going to happen!

Have a Happy Crafty Changing kind of Day,
My Name

Handmade Cards, Off The Page

A Favourite Technique

Hello Everyone,
I am here to actually share with you 2 things
1: A Card Project and 2: A Mini Ink Pad Storage Update

First off my card project.  This card was inspired by the AAA Cards: Favourite Technique challenge.  I meant to upload this a few days ago but time and life got away from me.
Celebrate Style.jpgI love using my Distress Inks over Stencils; it gives me an opportunity to put quite a lot or little amount of colour into a project depending on which stencil I use or what I am wanting to achieve.  This stencil came on the free on the front of a card making magazine and I really love the design.

As I just mentioned I love using my Distress Inks but I am a complete klutz and usually get the ink that goes on my fingers from changing out the foam between colours onto places I don’t want.  So my Husband helped me to make wooden dowel pieces that are just smaller than a Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool Foam and they were perfect … with  a major draw back!! They no longer fitted into my Ink Storage Shelf that my Husband had previously made for me
BeforeChange.jpgAs you can see the pad is quite squished in! And my Husband said that he could update it so that the pads weren’t squished.
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As you can see from the zoomed in photo above they are no longer squished and have the dowel installed already.  And before you wonder – no this photo isn’t upside down – I store my ink pads this way but I named all of them before I decided to store them like this.

The left side of the storage unit is spaced for my Mini Distress Inks and the right side is for my stamping inks which I don’t use blending foam with.  But I have noticed that I may end up outgrowing this so I may need to ask Image result for winking emoji freemy Husband if he can make a new one only wider or taller.

Thank you for coming by and looking at my card project and my updated ink storage unit.  And as always I want to leave you with this thought before you leave:
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This is my fabulous family. Without whom I wouldn’t have such a full life. I am grateful for these 3 wonderful people they have seen me through much and love me still.

Have a Happy Crafty Family Filled kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch, Christmas Time, Handmade Cards, Yarn

Star Christmas

Hello Everyone,
Today I used one of my favourite ways to get my crafting on … I looked up a sketch blog to see if anything inspired me to make a card and one of them did!  This sketch comes from one of my go to sketch blogs Sketch Saturday and this is their sketch #508. I decided to make a Christmas Card because I have fallen behind with the amount of cards that I need to finish by the beginning of December.

This is what I came up with following the sketch
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And this is the sketch as posted on the blog. This time around I didn’t do anything to the sketch itself.

I was able to use up more of my “Paper From Christmases Past”.  These ones are from Kasiercraft “Twig and Berries” paper pack.  The darn cute Chester Monkey image is still available from (here) Little Miss Muffet Stamps and its Star Chester. I coloured him up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. This time around I didn’t use my Zest-It to smooth out the image; I wanted to take advantage of the roughness of the paper to give some texture to the image.  I also used my Distress Ink to colour around the image before affixing it to the card front.

It was fun getting back behind my desk and not having my toes hurting while doing it.  So I may be able to get some more card crafting in.  But I have been doing other crafts like my Spinning.
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This is a photo of me spinning on my Ashford Joy Spinning Wheel.  This wheel is very portable as you can see I am spinning while my family and I were out for the day.  I find spinning a very calming activity to do and I get to create yarn that I can then crochet or weave with.  At present I am using some of my own homespun to crochet up a scarf.  I will share a photo of this when I complete it.

As always Thank You for stopping by and looking at my project today. And before you leave I wish to leave you with this last thought
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I know that I am guilty of this one. Many times when I am in the midst of something (not even heartache) I forget about all the blessings that God has already bestowed upon me.  I am going to try harder to remember my blessings more than my circumstances.

I wish for you a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day,
My Name