23 June 2022

sunny summer

Over at Seize the Birthday this week, Barb has challenged us to make cards around summer activities.  I love warm weather so just being outside in the summer is one of my favourite things. I dug out one of my favourite vintage wood mounted stamps to make this stamp.  Getting the smooshes watercolour background "just right" took several attempts but finally got one that I liked. It's hard to see but I used a green sparkle pen for the leaves on the tree.


Hope you can join our Surprise Party guest Lorraine (thank you for all of your amazing creations the last couple of months!) and the rest of the team to create some crafty goodness around summer activities.



I think summer may have finally arrived here so I'm looking forward to spending some time outside this weekend.  Hope you can too.
Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate
Stamps: sentiment from PTI, image from A Muse
Ink: Distress Oxides, Adirondack Black
Paper: watercolour
Accessories: grommet, green sparkle pen, corner rounder punch

09 June 2022

terrific techniques

Over at Seize the Birthday this week, we are playing with our favourite techniques.  Thank you Ashwini for picking this! I really don't think of myself as a 'technique' person so I was a little intimidated at first. However, I realized I was likely overthinking things and pulled out my trusty Gelli Arts plate (and my craft apron because I get messy when I use my plate and paints).  I love using it but don't do it often enough. This is created with some paint and some new Tim Holtz dies.  Hope you like it! I confess to doing a lot of playing before I came up with one that I was happy sharing.


Please join us! This is a pretty easy one because you can the technique that brings you the most joy. :)
Be sure to check out what Lorraine, our Surprise Party Guest, and the rest of the DT have come up with.


Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day.
Glenda

Card details:
birthday wishes - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hudson Totally Random Sayings Vol 2
Paper: white and kraft cardstock
Ink: Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral
Accessories: Artist's Loft Paints, GelliArts plate, white pearls, Tim Holtz Artsy Stems dies

26 May 2022

spectacular stencils

It's time for another Seize the Birthday challenge!  This week it's all about stencils thanks to Vicki. I definitely do not have a shortage of stencils and managed to use five on this card. The one that is a little tricky to see is the stars - I did it with white ink (it's easier to see IRL). There's a little glimpse of it in the upper right corner against the black bubbles. I had a lot of fun with this as I dug out some paste and some glitter too.


Check out what our Surprise Party Guest Lorraine and the rest of the DT came up with over at the blog.  Hope you can join us!



Wishing you a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Always appreciate that you stopped by.
Glenda

Card details:
love & laughter - 3.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Let's Celebrate
Paper: watercolour, white card stock
Inks: Versafine Black, Distress Oxides
Accessories: stencils, paste, glitter, corner rounder punch

12 May 2022

sassy stitching

How did it get to be May? That is a rhetorical question of course but it feels like this year has been flying by! Still not very warm here.... getting a little impatient. LOL.

It's our first Seize the Birthday challenge in May and that means we have a new Surprise Party, the fabulous Lorraine Aquilina (of Simon Says Stamp Design Team fame).  Welcome Lorraine! Shirley has picked our challenge theme for this week and it is stitching (real or faux). I chose real as I always need an excuse to use my sewing machine (which it very close to my craft table).  Pretty CAS as if often the case with me.


Hope you can join us!  Be sure to check out the spectacular creations that Lorraine and the rest of the team have come up with over at the blog.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Organic Elements & Totally Random Sayings Vol 2
Paper: white card stock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Versafine Black
Accessories: sewing machine stitching, gem

28 April 2022

beautiful butterflies

We are playing with another spring theme over at Seize the Birthday this weekend. Nancy picked butterflies or hummingbirds.  I don't have any hummingbirds in my crafty stash so butterflies it is! I love my Concord & 9th butterfly die.  I used it with an alcohol ink panel... and I liked it so much that I decided to make two. Let me know your favourite.



Please be sure to see the beautiful creations Surprise Party Guest Deepti (this is her last week, thank you Deepti for the fabulous creations!) and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.


Thanks for stopping by! Always appreciate your comments. Have a great day.
Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: black & white card stock & Yupo paper
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger alcohol inks, Versafine die
Accessories: Concord & 9th butterfly die, A Muse pearls, heart enamel sticker

14 April 2022

signs of spring

Well it's spring in the Northern Hemisphere... or it's trying to be.  Not surprisingly, we have all sorts of weather here... sun, wind, rain, hail... and rumour has it there was snow a few places close by this past weekend. I just want it to warm up at bit so snow isn't in the forecast!

Lovely Lindsey has chosen signs of spring for our challenge at Seize the Birthday this week. I did another tall card... not true 'slim line' dimensions but still long and lean.  I quite like tall cards and must remember to do them more often. I have so much ribbon and hardly ever use it anymore so thought I would add a little ribbon accent.  Wasn't sure how I was going to do the sentiment (not very many tall sentiments around) so it took a while to figure something out but am quite happy with it.


Please be sure to see the spectacular spring creations Surprise Party Guest Deepti and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.


Thanks for stopping by! Always appreciate your comments. Have a great day.
Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
belated birthday wishes - 3.75"x7.75"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: black & white card stock 
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxides
Accessories: Tim Holtz stencil, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, ribbon, MFT stitched rectangle die

31 March 2022

stripe it up

Wow - where did March go?! Hard to believe it's April tomorrow but I am loving the longer days and warmer weather.

Jules picked our Seize the Birthday Challenge this week - stripes!  I love stripes - especially on patterned paper. I have a tendency to accumulate striped paper instead of using it so decided I should make use of some on this card. They suit a slimline card quite well, I think.  I know these are more autumn colours but I quite like these colours together.  


Please be sure to see what Surprise Party Guest Deepti Aggarwal and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.




Thanks for stopping by and take care.
Glenda

Card details:
wish big - 3.5"x8.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: SU! patterned paper, Crumb Cake & Cajun Craze, cream card stock
Ink: VersaColor Pine Cone
Accessories: Tim Holtz die, SU! adhesive linen, A Muse pearls

17 March 2022

cheers to green

Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and JoAnn has picked a green & white theme.  Perfect for St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring in the northern hemispheres. I thought I would go very celebratory with my card this week. Playing with my alcohol inks again (it's become a bit of a habit!).


Please be sure to see what Surprise Party Guest Deepti Aggarwal and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.




Thanks for stopping by and take care.
Glenda

Card details:
cheers - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: none! *gasp*
Paper: Yupo, SU! Lucky Limeade, white & black card stock
Ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks
Accessories: Hero Arts martini die (including lime slice), Paper Smooches cheers die, Sizzix Connect the Dots embossing folder, Trinity Stamps bling

03 March 2022

ornate ocean creatures

Those who know me well won't be surprised that I picked the Seize the Birthday challenge for this week. I have a love for all things ocean so picked ocean creatures. Another thing that shouldn't be a surprise is that I've been playing with my alcohol inks again. This was not the first try at this background (I go through a lot of Yupo paper - need to find it in bulk for cheap!) but I'm really happy with how it turned out. The jellies are done with shimmer paper but it's hard to tell.


Every time I play with ocean stuff, I remember I don't have decent size shark stamp that I love (I have a small one). I need to remedy this as I love sharks probably most of all sea creatures. Jellies are pretty cool though too.

Please be sure to give our new  Surprise Party Guest Deepti Aggarwal a very warm welcome.  She is so talented and I look  forward to seeing what she comes up with during her time with us!  Also give some love to the rest of the STB team over on the blog.

I know the world feels heavy right now but I hope you can be kind to yourself and do something you love (like craft!).
Thanks for stopping by and take care.
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate - 5"x7"
Stamp: PTI
Paper: Yupo, white card stock
Ink: Versafine Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks.
Accessories: Memory Box Jellyfish die, SU! word window punch, Trinity Stamps bauble

01 March 2022

#cardsforukraine

I am joining Seize the Birthday's sister challenge, Color Hues Color Challenge, in honouring Ukraine today with a yellow & blue challenge (for the Ukrainian flag). My words are few about what is going on in the world.  I'm trying to find a balance between staying informed and keeping my mental health intact. That said, I am so glad to be joining them today... just to put some some crafty love out into the world.

After some false starts, I finally made a card that I'm happy with. I made a 'stencil' by running my sunflower (the national flower of Ukraine) die through my die cutter with some masking paper. Used some Distress Ink to blend this sunflower background.  Fortunately, a random scrap of blue paper I found just happen to match with a couple of enamel dots I had lying around.


It would be great if you could join Color Hues with this blue and yellow challenge (or their regular challenge for this week). All the details are on their blog. I'm so honoured that they asked me to join in.


With the state of the world at the moment, I hope you are being kind to yourself and others. Taking time away from the news to relax and do things you enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
Thinking of you - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3
Ink: Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Paper: White card stock, scrap of blue card stock
Accessories: SU! sunflower die, MFT stitched rectangle dies, enamel dots

17 February 2022

delicious dichrome

Happy Thursday crafty friends! Over at Seize the Birthday this week we are playing with colour, but just two! Dichromatic is the theme courtesy of Ashwini! You know that if I will incorporate red as much as I can and I particularly like it with yellow. Kept this pretty CAS.


Be sure to head over to the blog to see the other colourful creations from the team and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicky.


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

Card details:
Birthday Wishes - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Avery Elle (sentiment & heart), Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole (half circle)
Ink: Versafine Black, Versa Magic Mango Madness
Paper: SU Mango Melody and Merry Merlot, white card stock
Accessories: Trinity Stamps bling, MFT stitched rectangles die

03 February 2022

sparkle and shine

Happy Thursday crafty friends! The theme at Seize the Birthday is sparkle & shine thanks to Cathy.  Believe it or not, this card has sparkle and shine on it but it's hard to see! The alcohol inks used are pearls with some sparkle in them, the flower die is shimmer paper, the background off-white paper have a little bit of sparkle and there is sparkly embossing powder on the sentiment.  The camera and lighting weren't being very cooperative.



Be sure to check out the spectacular creations from the team and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicky.


Thanks for stopping by and have wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Birthday Wishes - 3.5"x5.25"
Stamps: CZ
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger Alcohol Ink Pearls, Versafine Claire Nocturne
Paper: SU Shimmer paper, A Muse Shimmer paper, black card stock, Yupo paper
Accessories: MFT Stitched Rectangle Die, Tim Holtz Floral Silhouette Die

20 January 2022

elegant embossing

Happy Thursday crafty friends. I'm happily posting on time this week! At Seize the Birthday this week we are all about embossing (of any kind) thanks to Barbara.  I decided to use some embossing powder and do some watercolouring with some Distress Oxide ink.


Be sure to pop on over to the blog to check out the elegant creations from the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicky Hayes!


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
it's a celebration - 5.5"x5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Jellyfish Party, PTI sentiment
Inks: Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide Ink, Versafine black
Paper: watercolour paper, white card stock
Accessories: white embossing powder, Trinity Stamps baubles

08 January 2022

blue & gray

Happy 2022 crafty friends! Hope all is well.  I can just say that it's "been a week" and therefore I'm a couple of days behind on my Seize the Birthday post. Apologies!

There were many iterations of a blue and gray card before I came up with this one.  Should always just stick with CAS if I am struggling!


Be sure to pop on over to the blog to check out the colourful creations from the design team and welcome our new Surprise Party Guest, Vicky Hayes!


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 6.25"x4.5"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Organic Elements & Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3
Inks: Altenew Sea Glass & SU! Smoky Slate
Paper: gray & white cardstock
Accessories: vellum, pearl, ScorPal, MFT Stitched Rectangle die cut

21 December 2021

Case me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

Happy holiday season crafty friends! I am thrilled once again to be joining the super talented Michelle Lupton in her Case me a Christmas Card series this year. I'm always honored to join her as I know she has some very high profile card makers playing along. I haven't made a lot of Christmas cards over the past few years (I have shifted to sending New Year cards) so playing along with Michelle always challenges me to get in the Christmas card making spirit.

A little bit from Michelle bit about the series:
"From October to December, I will link to a series of guest cardmakers on my blog. I will CASE one of their cards, and they will CASE one of mine! CASE stands for either Copy And Share Everything, or Copy And Selectively Edit. It's about getting inspiration from cardmaking friends, but making a new card that is our own. And, of course, the card we each make has to be a Christmas card!"

This is the card from Michelle that I CASEd so my card ended up being very non-traditional Christmas colours and patterns.


This is the card I CASEd:


Be sure to head over to Michelle's blog to see her fabulous creation and to find out all about the background of this very fun series.


All the best to you and your loved ones for 2022.  Here's hoping it's brighter!
Take care & thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
Have a beautiful Christmas - 5.75"x4"
Stamp: Retired A Muse
Inks: Catherine Pooler Paradise Found inks & Versafine black
Paper: white card stock
Accessories: TCW Cosmic Swirl stencil, SU! gems