Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Big changes in store for hubby and myself

On March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) a real estate agent by the name of Patrick O'Brien visited and we listed our house with him.  He must have brought the luck of the Irish with him as less than 24 hours later; we were in his office signing a Purchase and Sale Agreement.  We were able to sell our house for 95% of the asking price.  To say that we were ecstatic would be putting it mildly.

My husband Herb has decided to finally retire at the age of 66 and his last working day will be April 17th.  We decided we wanted to live closer to our daughter and her family and have signed a lease for a 3 bedroom townhouse with a finished basement in Milton ON where our daughter lives.  There is a huge room in the basement where I will be storing all my paper craft supplies.  I will also be making cards in this room.

As we do not have to move any appliances; Herb has decided to rent a truck and do the move ourselves which will save us quite a bit of money.  We will be getting the keys to the townhouse on April 15th and will be moving in on April 18th.  My son, daughter and son-in-law will be helping us move.  A friend of my daughter's has generously offered to look after our 3 granddaughters that day.  She has 2 daughters who are the same age as our 2 eldest granddaughters and they are good friends and enjoy spending time together.  Our granddaughters are excited about us moving closer and are already planning to have a sleepover with their Oma and Opa.

We will be having a new master bedroom set and chesterfield delivered to the townhouse on April 23rd.  I spent most of yesterday morning on the phone arranging for hydro, water, gas, internet, home phone and TV services for the townhouse and also requesting final readings for the hydro, water and gas for this house.  Our closing date is May 1st which will give us enough time to pack up and move any non essential items that do not fit on the truck.  We will be renting a van to do this on April 25th.

Other than the 4 years that we lived in Oshawa; we have always lived in the city.  Herb was born in Toronto so this will be a big step for him.  Milton is a growing community but has managed to retain that small town feeling.  Milton has everything Toronto has but on a smaller scale.  I am looking forward to going to their Saturday Farmers' Market and getting fresh fruit and vegetables as well as freshly baked bread.  Milton is also about an hour closer to some of the places that we like to visit on weekends.

I am not looking forward to all the packing that lies in store but am excited on starting a new chapter in our lives.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Try Stamping on Tuesday

I've played along with the challenges at Try Stampin' on Tuesday in the past and decided to play along this week as well.  I thought the sketch would be perfect for a card depicting Spring.  I am so tired of this long cold winter we are having this year in Ontario!  This week's sketch challenge has a twist - Cameo

Here is the sketch:


Here is my card:


I stamped the tulip stamp which is from Inkadinkado in Versamark Majestic Blue and then coloured it using my Dove Blender pen and SU'S Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink.  I then used a circle punch to make the image appear like a Cameo.  I also used my Tonic Butterfly Circle die, green ribbon and light green pearls from my stash.  The design paper is by Wild Rose Studio - Annabelle's Garden.  I am very pleased with how well this card turned out even though I am not a big fan of colouring images.  Using the Dove blender pen makes it a lot easier.  I also coloured 2 other images with markers and Prisma coloured pencils but I prefer the image that I put on the card.  I was amazed at how easy it was to get the lighter and darker shades just using 2 ink colours and my blender pen.  

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mojo Monday on a Tuesday

I really like the Mojo Monday sketch challenges and have played along in the past.  This week's challenge sketch is one I really like so I decided to enter a card.  Without further ado, here is the sketch:


Here is the card I came up with following the sketch:


The design paper is from Wild Rose Studio - Annabelle's Garden.  All the cardstock is by Bazill.  I stamped the sentiment which is from Inkadinkado with Versafine - Crimson Red.  The flower die is by CC Designs and the leaves were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.  I added a flat back pearl to the center of the flower.  I really like this card and it will be going into my stash for me to send to someone special very soon.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

One card, two challenges.

I love it when I can make one card and enter it into 2 challenges.  This week, I decided to play along with The Paper Players challenge which is to make a CAS card with an emphasis on Spring.  I am also playing along with The Challenge.


Here is the card I came up with.


Yesterday when I went to One Crazy Stamper in Bolton, I bought 2 new dies by Memory Box - Tulip Tops and Twisty Stalk.  As I love tulips and as tulips bloom in the spring, I thought it would fit both challenges. The card base is dark pink glitter card stock and the dies were cut from glitter card stock as well.  The sentiment which was stamped onto a white card stock banner with Heidi Swapp Ink - Rose is by Taylored Expressions Stamp Set - Take a Spin.  I also used SU's Framed Tulips embossing folder on white card stock to frame the main panel with the dies.  I like this card and it will go into my card stash.  I intend to finish the inside with the same embossing folder on white card stock to either stamp or write my message to the recipient.  I might also add another die cut tulip to the inside.

I made a card in January which would have fit The Challenge perfectly and it can be seen here.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wednesday stamp club on a Monday

When I first saw the sketch on the My Favorite Things Blog, I wasn't sure what I would do with it.  Last night while cleaning up some of my paper crafts, I came across a die that I thought I had lost.  I was so happy to find it again as I love this die.  I immediately knew I would use it for this sketch:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch:




Design paper is from Wild Rose Studio - Annabelle's Garden 6 x 6 paper pad.  The die which I thought I had lost is the circle butterfly die from Tonic Studios.  I added a white satin ribbon and some pearl gems as well as the butterfly which was die cut from Memory Box Pippi Butterfly.  The "clear" pearl gems are actually a very light green in colour but it was hard to get a photo of them.

I love the spring colours of this paper and can't wait to see some flowers, green grass, butterflies and birds.  It has been a long cold snowy winter for us here in Toronto ON Canada.

This card will be going into my birthday card stash.


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Paper Crafting Challenges

While blog surfing the other day, I came across a new Challenge Blog.  This week the challenge is a sketch.  I like the sketch; so decided to play along.

Here is the sketch:


And here is the card I created using the sketch:



Design paper is by Papermania.  I stamped the sentiment by Taylored Expressions - From me to you with Versafine Majestic Blue Ink onto a scallop circle which I punched using an EK Success punch.  I popped up the sentiment using 3D foam squares.  I used the Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets to die cut the banners.  The bling are light blue pearl gems by Forever in Time.  I added a white lace ribbon to the navy strip of card stock as it looked kind of bare without something on it.

I tried different colour combos before I settled on the light and navy blue which just happen to be my high school colours.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Friday!

Anna/Oma

Monday, March 3, 2014

Freshly made sketches # 125

I finally took some time out from painting terra cotta pots to make a card for Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the sketch:



And here is the card I came up with:


The design paper is by We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 paper pad - Hip, hip, hooray which is a very appropriate title for birthday papers.  The card stock is by Bazzill and the sentiment and party hat stamps are from Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash.  I also have the matching dies Party Time that co-ordinate with the stamp set.  I used Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 to cut the banners.

I had originally stamped the party hat in turquoise but when I applied it to the card, I decided it was too much of one colour so then stamped it with Heidi Swapp's Archival Dye Ink in Pink.  The party hat was popped up on 3D dimensional foam dots.  I like this card but have not yet decided who will be the recipient but whoever it is, I hope they like it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment.  Have an awesome creative day my friends!

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pals Paper Arts 193

I went shopping with my friend the other day to a store I had never heard of.  The name of the store is DeSerres.  They used to be called Loomis and Toles.  They have every kind of craft items you can think of.  Most of the craft items were for painting but they also had kids' crafts, paper crafts, jewellery making beads, paint, paint brushes etc. etc. etc.  Their paper crafting section isn't very big but they had all kinds of 8 1/2 x 11 shimmer card stock in a variety of colours.  I bought some spring colours and couldn't wait to make a card or 2 with the paper.  

Pals Paper Arts this week has a sketch that I wanted to play along with using the shimmer card stock.  Here is the sketch:
Here are the 2 cards I made using the sketch as inspiration:


All the scallop circles and butterflies were punched from the shimmer card stock.  The butterflies were punched using a Creative Memories punch that I have had for several years.  I love this punch!  The scallop circles were punched using a 1 1/4 inch using an ek Success punch.  I love the bright cheerful spring like colours on this card.  The sentiment which is by Hero Arts clear stamp set made especially for Operation Write Home and a portion of the proceeds help to fund Operation Write Home.  It was stamped using Memento Ink - Grape Jelly.  

For the second card I rotated the card base as the stars were too big to fit horizontally so I flipped it vertically: 


All the stars were punched out of the shimmer card stock.  The larger stars were punched using a Martha Stewart punch all over the page and the smaller stars were punched using a Recollections punch.  The sentiment which was stamped using Heidi Swapp Archival Dye ink in Teal is also from the same stamp set I used on the 1st card.  

I am very pleased at how these cards turned out and will have to make a third card as I have 3 granddaughters who will be the recipients of these cards.  I will probably die cut some flowers for the 3rd card and attach them to scallop circles.  I also intend to add some bling to the butterflies as Brooke, the 6 year old loves bling.  I'm sure the girls will love the bright spring colours I used to create the cards.  

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment as I love to read them.  Have a great day and if you live in Canada as I do stay warm!!

Anna/Oma

Friday, February 7, 2014

Freshly made Sketches #122

I haven't played along with Freshly Made Sketches in a while and when I saw this week's sketch; I thought I would change that.

Here is the sketch:
Here is my card using the sketch as inspiration:


I started off with a white card stock base, added a layer of pink card stock, followed by a layer of design paper from White Rose Studio - Butterfly Garden and the centre strip of the green leaves is also from the same 6 x 6 paper pad.  I added a white border to the pale pink card stock which has the sentiment by Stampendous which was stamped using Versa Fine Crimson Red Ink.  The rose which is by Taylored Expressions Rosy Posy stamp set was heat embossed on vellum and then sponged using SU's Purely Pomegranate.  I started by lightly sponging the rose and then sponging a little heavier for the center of the rose.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome creative day!

Anna/Oma

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #205

I really like the sketch at Sweet Sunday this week and decided to play along.

Here is the sketch:



Here is the card I made:


White cardstock base and the design paper is from Doodlebug 6 x 6 paper pad - Sweetheart.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Crimson Red ink.  I love the little flag detail on the side of the card and all the hearts.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday morning sketches and vellum

I just recently found some inspiration for making cards with vellum.  When I saw the Tuesday morning sketch for this week, I knew I could make a card using vellum for the main focus of my card.  Here is the sketch:




And here is my card:


I changed the orientation to landscape for this card because of the design paper which is from Wild Rose Studio 6 x 6 paper pad Annabelle's garden.  I popped up the main focal point onto 3D foam pads.  The sentiment is by Magenta and was stamped with Versa Fine Red Crimson ink.  The image is from CTMH - Happy Valentine which was a stamp of the month which I bought from my niece Krista who is a CTMH consultant.  It is hard to see but I used my Dove Blender pen to colour the image. White card stock base and the darker pink card stock matches the design paper perfectly.  I used a lighter pink card stock for the strip to set off the main image.

 And just for fun, I also used vellum on this card:


I heat embossed and coloured in the image with my blender pen using SU's Wasabi Green for the leaves and SU's Purely Pomegrante.  I then fussy cut the image.  It took a lot longer to cut the image than it did to heat emboss and colour it.  I love how it turned out.  The sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms was stamped using Versafine Crimson Red ink onto a Spellbinder's die.  Pink card stock base and rose image embossing folder sets off this image nicely.  I am really pleased with how this card turned out considering it was the first time I ever used vellum for an image.  

If you've ever used vellum on a card; please post a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!
Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome creative day!

Anna/Oma 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

DD#88 & FMS121

This week's Dynamic Duos Challenge has an interesting colour duo of red and teal.  I would never have thought to put those 2 colours together.  However; after I made my card; I rather like it!  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I think it took me all of about 3 minutes to make my card.

Here are both challenges:

The sketch is a very easy sketch and it is also very clean and simple which I like.  Here is the card I created:



White card stock base, 2 red card stock hearts which were punched using a Martha Stewart punch for the small heart and a Marvy punch for the larger heart.  The small heart was popped up on a 3D dimensional square. The teal card stock square was punched with a EK Success punch.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions - Kiss Me and was stamped with Versafine - Crimson Red.  This card will be going to a child at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  I am on the Smiley Team for Kards for Kids HSC and am having lots of fun creating cards for the children.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch challenge

I came across a new to me challenge blog quite by accident recently.  I really like the sketch that STAMPlorations posted so decided to play along.

Here is the sketch:



And here is the card I made using their sketch:


I started out with a white card stock base and added pink a layer of pink card stock and a layer of design paper from the 6 x 6 paper pad - Head over Heels by Bo Bunny.  I added some pink ribbon and punched out 3 hearts with a MS punch and popped them up on 3D foam pads onto the ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Crimson Red ink and I also added some rhinestone hearts.  I I ever make another card using this sketch, I think I will add the ribbon and punched hearts a bit lower.

This card was made for a child at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  I am on the Smiley Team for Kards for Kids and enjoy making cards for the children in the hospital.  I really like this card and am hoping that the recipient will like it as much as I do.

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Tuesday Morning Sketches #234

I have always enjoyed playing along with Tuesday Morning Sketches in the past as I love their sketches.  This week's sketch challenge was no exception.

Here is the sketch:


Here is the card I made following the sketch:


I started off with a white card stock base and then added design paper from Bo Bunny 6 x 6 paper pad - Head over Heels.  I used an EK Success punch to punch out the square and the sentiment which is stamped using Versafine Crimson Red ink is from SU's stamp set Sprinkled Expressions.  I added some pink ribbon and bow and also a heart charm which reads Made with Love.  The sparkly pink heart buttons are by Recollections which I bought at Michaels.

This card turned out better than I thought it would and will be going to a child at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  I am on the Smiley Team for Kards for Kids and am having a blast making cards for the children.  I hope this card puts a smile on the recipient's face.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CTS#61 Meets CAS.ology

As mentioned in a previous post; this winter just seems to be dragging and I can't wait for spring to arrive!

Once again, I have found 2 challenges that I was able to incorporate into one card.  I used the sketch from CAS(e) this Sketch and the color challenge at CAS.ology which is to use the color purple.

Here is the sketch:



And here is the card that I came up with:


I used a white card stock base.  The Spellbinder's square was cut and embossed on Bazzill purple card stock using my cuttlebug.  I cut the Pippi butterfly die by Memory Box with lilac glitter paper and also added some rhinestone bling.  The sentiment which is from CTMH - Butterfly Wings was stamped using Memento Grape Jelly ink.

I love this card but have not yet decided who the recipient will be.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave me a comment!

Anna/Oma

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Code word NEW!!

That is the challenge at Addicted to CAS challenge.

Their logo for this challenge:


Here is my card:


I started with a red card stock base and used my Lifestyle Whimsy embossing folder on white.  The die cut is from Cottage Cutz - Love Blooms which I bought recently but have never used as yet.  I also added some tiny white pearls to the flowers on the die cut and tiny red pearls to the embossing portion of the card.  This die cut was difficult to cut using my cuttlebug and I had to turn the die 2 times to get it to cut properly.  In spite of this, I really like the die.  I'm not sure who the recipient will be for this card but hope whoever I give or mail it to likes it as much as I do.  


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A touch of Spring

This winter with its snow and below freezing temperatures has just seemed to drag and I can't wait for spring!!

I was going through my butterflies pinterest board and came across a card that I had pinned a long time ago but never got around to casing.  Here is the link to the card that I cased:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2290266.

I love tulips and butterflies so this card was perfect to remind me that spring will soon be here.  I also love clean and simple cards that are easy to make but can still look elegant.

Here is my version:



White card stock base - SU's Tulip embossing folder - lilac glitter paper by Recollections - Whimsy embossing folder by Lifestyle.  I punched out the butterflies from the lilac glitter paper with my Creative Memories butterfly punch.  I am still debating if I should add some tiny rhinestones or pearls to the butterflies.  Sometimes there is beauty in simplicity.  I will be stamping an appropriate greeting inside the card once I decide who to send it to.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dynamic Duos meets Less is More

I came across 2 challenges and decided to incorporate both challenges into one card.  The first challenge I found was the Dynamic Duos Colour Challenge which is to use the colours Black and Hot Pink.  I wasn't sure what sketch to use until I came across the Less is More sketch challenge.

Here is the colour challenge:


Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I created:



White card stock base.  I heat embossed a Stampin Up heart stamp onto hot pink card stock and then punched it out using my Marvy heart punch.  The sentiment was stamped on the black strip of card stock which was layered onto a strip of hot pink card stock with Color Box Powdered Sugar which I got from the Stamps of Life.  I do not know which company the sentiment is from as I have lost the packaging it came in.  I also added some hot pink Pearl Gems by Forever in Time.

This card will be sent to a child at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  I am on the Smiley Team for Kards for Kids HSC and am having a blast making cards for the children and hoping that my cards will put a smile on their face.  I hope the child who receives this card will like it as much as I do.
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