25 March 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan

Crafty friend Lesley is expecting baby #1 next month and we're having a celebratory blog hop for her! We've connected in person a few times and she's such a sweetheart. I know her and her hubby will be awesome parents. The fabulous Lori Turner is the mastermind behind this blog hop - thanks so much for all you've done.  If you want to join in the celebration, Lori has a place to add a link to your card/blog.  

I have a heck of a time making baby cards... not sure why. So I stayed pretty CAS with this and used my go-to technique - smooshy, watercolour background.  There is some glitter from Wink of Stella on the dragonfly and dots but it's hard to see.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Glenda

Card details:
welcome baby - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: SU! Short and Sweet (retired)
Paper: SU! Old Olive, Canson watercolour paper
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Ink - Mustard Seed
Accessories: EK Success corner rounder punch, confetti star, Wink of Stella gold glitter pen
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16 March 2017

Splash of red

Happy Thursday crafters!  It's colour splash time at Seize the Birthday - black, white and one other colour.  Predictably, I've chosen red. ;)  


Colour splash is our option/topping this week - as always, birthday has to be the main theme of the card.  The rest of the challenge rules can be found over at the blog.  Be sure to drop by and give some love to the rest of the design team too.



Be sure to check out my new Instagram account just for my crafty stuff! 

Always appreciate you stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Paper: white, black & red card stock
Accessories: Lawn Fawn happy birthday die, SU! scalloped tag topper punch, Darice chicken wire embossing folder, SU! Swirly Scribble dies - flower & leaves, black baker's twine
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14 March 2017

off the edge

I haven't played along with a challenge "just for fun" for ages. Thought I would get back into the swing of things by playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge CFC169 "Off the Edge".  Stayed pretty CAS with this, used some stamps from CAS-ual Fridays and went with my favourite technique of late - watercolour (are you surprised?) and it's a little smaller than usual.  Hope you like it.




Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope your week is going well.
Glenda

Card details:
Find Joy in the Little Things - 3.5"x4.5"
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Breathe & Beanstalks (retired)
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citrus & Mustard Seed
Paper: SU! Basic Black & Certainly Celery, Canson watercolour paper
Accessories: Black Liquid Enamel, sequin
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02 March 2017

birthday hello

Hey crafty friends!  Hope all is well with you.  Not much new to report around here except I have been enjoying a lot of time in my craft room. I'm also still decluttering, getting rid of stuff I don't use, using stamps I haven't used in a long time (or ever! LOL) and using up paper scraps. This week's card for the 'no topping' challenge at Seize the Birthday is definitely an example of using up scraps (apologies for not remembering the source of the scraps!).  Had a lot of fun with this card, putting on a bunch of little fun things. I think it worked out well.

Hope you can play along with us this week.  All the details are over at the blog. Be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team and our new Surprise Party Guest, Anita Bowden.


Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!  Always appreciate your comments.
Glenda

Card details:
birthday hello - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Snarky Stamps Freaking Sentiments
Paper: black and kraft card stock, striped & polka dot scraps
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: May Arts twine, SU! black fine wire, Hero Arts hello die, Lawn Fawn heart die, Paper Smooches tag die, washi tape, enamel dot
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18 February 2017

Cheers!

Apparently it's National Wine Day!  I didn't realize we needed one but it seems there is a 'national' or 'international' day for everything now.  I was working on these wine tags when I found out about National Wine Day so thought I would post a couple.  I'm using up a bunch of old paper I've been hoarding so in the 'details' below, they'll mostly just be listed as scraps. ;) The tag die from My Favorite Things makes these tags easy to whip up.  The possibilities are endless.



Hope you have a great weekend and can enjoy a sip of wine today.
Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Details:
Cheers
Paper: Jillibean Soup (brown stripes), A Muse Champagne shimmer couture paper, blue & white scrap, dark brown scrap
Accessories: MFT wine tag & wine glass die, EK Success 1 ¾" circle punch, Paper Smooches cheers die, A Muse pearls

Details:
Thank You
Stamp: My Favorite Things Let's Toast (retired)
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: A Muse Cream shimmer couture paper, SU! Basic Black, burgundy & cream patterned scrap, burgundy scrap
Accessories: MFT wine tag, SU! die, SU! Swirly Scribbles thin lets, clear embossing powder

16 February 2017

Birthday hugs

Greetings crafty friends!  Hope you are having a great week.  At Seize the Birthday this week, we are trying something that is new for me - inlay die cuts. Not sure why I haven't done this before.  I really like how this turned out!  I'm currently trying to use up older fabulous paper that I have been hoarding - think it works perfectly with the bold inlay sentiment.


Hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.  Check out the blog for all the details on how to play along.  Give some love to our Special Party Guest, Rahamat,  and the rest of the design team.


Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Always appreciate your comments!  Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
birthday hugs - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Snarky Stamps Freaking Sentiments
Paper: SU! Basic Black cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Social Club Manhattan (retired)
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories:  Lawn Fawn hugs die cut, EK Success corner rounder punch, A Muse black pearl
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02 February 2017

Fabulous Felt

Hey crafty friends!  Hope you are having a great week.  I have been spending the past few days (along with my hubby) decluttering and purging.  While I'm not known for my exceptional house keeping abilities, it actually felt good to get rid of stuff (most of it going to recycling or getting donated).  It has carried over into my crafting - you'll see some upcoming cards in which I won't be able to identify the patterned paper because it just came out of the scrap folder!  

At Seize the Birthday this week, we are playing with felt! Despite the title of this post, felt gives me a little anxiety.  The only felt I had was this pre-made flower from Jillibean Soup.  I'm not sure I love this card - the flower is fabulous but I'm not sure I did it justice.  The threads in the button were brown but I coloured them black to go with the twine.  The dashes were done by hand.


Hope you can play along with us this week!  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out our Surprise Party Guest, Rahmat, and the rest of the DT creations.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Hullabaloo 
Paper: Kraft card stock
Ink:Versafine Black
Accessories: Jillibean Soup felt flower, black baker's twine, Copic fine black marker, EK Success corner rounder punch

19 January 2017

Dashing

Hey crafty friends.  Happy Thursday - I hope you're having a great week so far. I've been lucky enough to get a lot of crafting done in addition to job applications. Hubby and I are also decluttering! Always feels good to get rid of stuff we really don't need anymore.  Also need to get at organizing my crafty space... the clean up in there never seems to last very long! ;)

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are 'dashing & doodling' ;).  I stuck with dashes cause I think my doodling might not look so great... even though it's supposed to be free form.  I can muck up free-form like you wouldn't believe. ;) Using my new leaf & flower dies and my well loved picture frame die.  Like how this CAS card turned out :).  The flower & leaves are done with watercolour paper and the sentiment is done with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder.


Check out the blog for all the details on how to play along.  Be sure to also check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team and our surprise party guest, Rahmat.


I always appreciate you stopping by.  Thanks so much for the comments. Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: PTI Happy Hexagons (sentiment)
Paper: Canson watercolour paper, white & kraft card stock
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink - Twisted Citrus & Abandoned Coral
Accessories: MFT picture frame die, SU! Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, May Arts twine, white gel pen, 

12 January 2017

Celebrate Everyday

Happy Friday eve crafty friends!  In my unemployed state, I've been crafting a bit more so wanted to share something I pulled together the other day.  Friends of ours got married last week - they got engaged just before Christmas and then eloped last week!  A romantic little ceremony on the beach - just the two of them, the marriage commissioner and the photographer. It sounded like the perfect day and I am so happy for them.  They are two wonderful people and I know they'll have a great life together.

I made a card to go with the little gift we got for them.  The sentiment perfectly sums up what I wanted to say and how perfect I thought their day was.


I really liked this card that I did a while ago so decided to try it again. Happy with how this turned out as well.  I had some left over background paper that I really wanted to use as well so decided to make an envelope to match.  Forgot to take a picture (oops!) so borrowed the picture my friend took last night when we went to visit.


Have to again thank Jenn for the original inspiration for this card & envelope.  

Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Details:
Card - 4.5"x 5.75"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases, Hero Arts map background
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citrus, Versafine Black, Versamark
Accessories: Martha Stewart heart punch, A Muse white embossing powder, Glossy Accents

Envelope - 4.5" x 6"
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper; A Muse diagonal striped paper, black card stock
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citrus
Accessories: Thickers, Martha Stewart heart punch, Glossy Accents
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05 January 2017

Let's Celebrate!

Happy 2017! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.  Wishing you and yours all the best for the upcoming year.

After some time off, myself and the rest of the Seize the Birthday team are back with some new creations.  There is no topping option this week so I decided to do something celebratory... I love martini stamps almost as I love martinis.  ;)


Hope you can play along this week!  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out all the fun new creations from the rest of the team. 



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Always appreciate your comments.  Enjoy the upcoming weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Let's Celebrate - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Free Spirits
Paper: White, cranberry and kraft card stock
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: We R Memory Keeper embossing folder, Jewel Glitter Ritz - Apple Red, Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, A Muse black pearls

17 November 2016

Presenting.... presents!

Hey crafty friends... hope you are having a terrific day and a wonderful week. Despite the calendar saying November, the sun has still been shining here so I'm very grateful. Although the temperatures are starting to stay in the single digits... I'm not complaining though.  There's no snow! Here's a picture I took downtown yesterday (no filter ;) )



At Seize the Birthday this week, we are playing with presents!  Went very CAS with my card this week and I think it turned out pretty well. I'm usually not one to tie bows but thought this card needed one.


Stop by the blog to see the rest of the fabulous DT creations and give them some love!  All the details on how to play along are there too. Oh and FYI: we are taking December off so the challenges will resume in January.  Maybe I'll actually make some more "just for fun" cards to share!  LOL.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Always appreciate it!  Have a great upcoming weekend. 
Glenda

Card details:
a gift for you - 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅜"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler & Hullaballoo
Paper: white card stock, paper scraps
Ink: Versafine Black and Distress Shabby Shutters
Accessories: Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, sponge, SU! ribbon, A Muse gems

03 November 2016

Striking Stencils

Happy Thursday crafty friends.  Welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge!  This week we are playing with stencils.  Remember, the 'topping' is always an option.  I borrowed a friend's stencil and inks for this card.  The power went out while I was doing it so had to finish it by flash light (that was a few weeks ago)!  Looking at this card, I am reminded that I need to work on my blending technique!


Hope you get a chance to play along this week.  All the requirements for playing along are on the blog.  Be sure to give some love to all of the design team while you are there too.  There are some awesome creations!


My hubby and I went away on a little mini-vacation for a couple of days this week.  It's just a few hours north of here, on the west coast of Vancouver Island... a little place called Tofino. Thought I would share a couple of pictures of this little slice of paradise. It is known for it's winter storms and we were lucky enough to get both calm and stormy weather.



Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  
Glenda

Card details 
happy birthday to you - 5x5"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn scripty sayings
Ink: Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke; VersaFine Black
Paper: white and black card stock
Accessories: Crafters Workshop Aspen Trees stencil, sponge, A Muse gems 
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30 October 2016

hugs & hearts

This day is momentous... well for me it is anyway (haha).  This is the first time in years (literally - likely since the fall of 2013 when I started my MSc) that I have posted a card just for fun.  No challenge, no blog hop, no ulterior motive.  I was inspired by this card from my super duper talented friend Jenn Shurkus.  Isn't it awesome?!?!?!

So this is my attempt at the same technique... the word and hearts have Glossy Accents on them.  I may have to take another photo to show that off a little better.


What do you think? Pretty happy with it... and will be trying it again. Looking back at Jenn's card again, I'll have to try inking the edges of the word so it stands out a bit better.

Jenn's card makes me want some geometric backgrounds, more word die cuts and a pair of good crafting tweezers.  My fingers got pretty inky and sticky doing those little glossy hearts! Minimizing my crafty spending right now though (dang unemployment thing) and just trying to use what I have (which is still a lot).

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week.
Glenda

Card details:
hugs
Stamps: Hero Arts map background
Paper: watercolour
Ink: Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon and Shabby Shutters, VersaMark
Accessories: Lawn Fawn hugs die cut, Martha Stewart heart punch, American Crafts Zing white embossing powder, heat gun, water mister

20 October 2016

Lots of Leaves

Happy Thursday crafters!  Hope you are having a great week! I'm keeping myself solidly busy while I'm unemployed - exercising, reading and socializing... and job hunting of course, but that's boring.

We are solidly entrenched in autumn here in Canada and our theme for Seize the Birthday - 'lots of leaves'. I know these colours aren't aligned with the season but I really liked this leafy patterned paper.


Hope you are able to join us this week.  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out all the great design team creations along with our surprise party guest. We have three new DT members too so please check out their blogs! A big welcome to Ashwini RaoSandy Mathis and TaeEun Yoo.



Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versfine Black
Paper: white & blue card stock, Pebbles (patterned paper)
Accessories: EK Success corner rounder punch, Studio Calico wood veneers, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, washi tape, enamel dot

17 October 2016

Papercrafters go purple ... for a great cause

Hey crafty friends... Becca Cruger over at The Damsel of Distressed Cards is hosting a blog hop to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.  While I am fortunate enough to have never experienced  domestic partner abuse, I know others who have. We have to keep supporting survivors and keep talking about it to raise awareness and erase the shame and stigma.

All the details about the hop are here if you are interested in joining in ... paper crafters are turning the blogosphere purple to raise awareness.  I want to thank Becca so much for doing this and commend her on her ongoing courage.




Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great week.
Glenda

Card details:
Be Brave - 3.75"x5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Group Hugs
Paper: watercolour
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
Accessories: black & white acrylic paint, Tim Holtz stencils -  Bubbles & Chevrons, flower sequin, Studio Calico heart wood veneer, MS silver glitter, EK Success corner rounder punch