Saturday, 3 October 2015

Kick-Off to Caring Hearts

 Hello World!
It's been so long since I posted anything that I've almost forgotten how...
Working full-time, managing my crazy household and keeping up at the gym have taken all my time and energy.
However, I had to acknowledge World Card-Making Day.
I don't have anything to show you just now, but I will be spending some time in my crafty space today; I'll be sure to take some photos.

I do want to let you know that the
Caring Hearts Card Drive rides again!
That lovely lady, Vera Wirianta Yates, has organized the biggest Christmas/holiday card drive again this year. This marks the 6th year of the drive and it just keeps getting bigger and better.
Card-makers from the USA, Canada and Australia send in their hand-crafted holiday cards, which are then distributed to nursing homes and seniors' residences. The recipients get a beautiful random-act-of-kindness greeting, at what can be a very lonely time of year. It's a win-win situation! Plus there are prizes...
You can check it all out HERE, at Vera's blog.

I'm really pleased to say that I'll be the  Eastern Canada site for collecting cards again this year.
I'll be sharing how some of the cards will be distributed locally, with help from my friends at Ottawa Therapy Dogs.
More details on what to make and where to send it will follow.
If you would like a nursing home in your area to receive cards, please verify with the administration and send me the address.

Now get your craft on!
Catch you later,
P.S.: the photo of the French-Canadian meat-pie, tourtiere is from Christmas last year...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thanks for the support!

Thank you, QueenB!
I found a new blog to follow while hopping through Pretty Pink Posh's latest blog hop.
Barbara, aka QueenB at The Buzz is also participating in Kathy Racoosin's 30-day Coloring challenge.
Anyway, these cards are direct CASEs of ones Barbara created HERE. Same stamp set, same technique, same card design. Why improve on perfection?

So I made up a big 8x10 sheet of watercolor paper with the black-line emboss-resist image and used watercolor pencils on the flowers and leaves (Inktense) and then a wash of Distress Ink marker (Tumbled Glass) for the sky. I love that you can scribble with a marker on the watercolor paper, and still wash it out. It flows, rather than sinking in.
Then I cut up my panel and created half a dozen 4-bar cards. Cream card base, black stitched mat (Lil'Inker Designs), white-embossed sentiment, done!
I made a couple more cards with the left-over watercolor pieces:
These cards are intended for all the kind folks who sponsored me in the recent 10km race I ran here during the Ottawa Marathon weekend. I was raising funds for stuttering treatment.
My friend Erika and I wearing our team shirts on race day.

Thank YOU for reading!
Happy crafting, 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

We go together like...

Good morning, crafty friends!
Bit of a hiatus in creating there for a while... I had a busy time at work: running a stuttering intensive clinic (rewarding but exhausting) and coordinating a fund-raising team for the Ottawa Race Weekend, plus training and running a 10km...not a lot of energy left-over.

However, I did carve out some time to play with Create A Smile's first paper-crafting kit, "Sending Sunshine."  I had my heart set on it, as soon as I saw the sneak peek of the stamp set: lobsters and starfish and jellies, oh my!  The perfect accents for any scrap-booking related to our time in our cottage on Canada's east coast paradise, Prince Edward Island. I set my alarm for 2:00 a.m. on the day of the release, to make sure I got a copy...
So this card was made to celebrate my wedding anniversary. 28 years to the same great guy!
I used the bubble stencil included in the stamp set to create a gradient of ocean colour with Distress Inks. Then splotched some water drops over that. Once it dried, I used another Create A Smile stencil, Waves, to apply a layer of translucent embossing paste, to give it a more watery look along with great touchable texture. You can see the effect better in the first photo.
The sentiment comes from a Lil'Inker Designs set, Perfect Pairs. The original images are of peanut butter and jellly, but I added the words "Jelly & Jelly" on the inside, "sticking together for 28 years and counting..."  It was a big hit with the DH.
The jelly fish (which are actually kind of purplish on PEI) were coloured with Copics then coated with Liquid Glass to give them a glossy finish. The coloured enamel drops from the Sending Sunshine kit were the perfect accent.

I am linking this card up with Pretty Pink Posh's Watercolor Blog Hop:
And Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Coloring Challenge:
I seriously DOUBT I'll be able to keep up with Kathy, but even a little colouring is therapeutic.

Speaking of which, my father-in-law, who has dementia, is colouring up a storm with my Inktense watercolor pencils. I ordered some adult colouring books from He particularly loved the Frank Lloyd Wright book, full of architectural masterpieces.
I ordered one for myself from Paper Wishes: Steampunk for Colorists. The perfect little project to take on holiday...

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Crazy for Christmas

Yup, I'm crazy. 
Our first 20+ C. day here in Ottawa, and I'm talking about Christmas cards!
I'm following Justine Hovey's Christmas Card Tutorial 2015.
She provides a video lesson and PDF with a new technique theme each week.
This is my CASE of the first week's tutorial.

Then I had fun playing with the techniques a little more:
And my favorite:
I'm getting lots of inspiration from the cards the other class participants send in, too.

Never too early to start on Christmas cards, especially as I intend to contribute to the Caring Hearts Card Drive again this year (so I hope Vera Wirianta Yates hosts it again!).
Check out Justine's blog and the Christmas Card Tutorial 2015. She's offering a monthly prize, too.
Take my Current Class

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Planning ahead...

This may seem a little premature--we're only JUST into April, and I'm designing Mother's and Father's Day cards...

These will be the projects for my next stint, volunteering in the Recreation Therapy dept at the Rehabilitation Centre where I work (as a speech therapist).  The  recreation therapists asked for M and F Day cards, and a third generic design (still working on that one, but it'll probably involve water-colour pencils).  The idea is to introduce people who've had a traumatic injury or diagnosis of degenerative disorder, to new past-times,or help them realize they can still do things they used to love. Being creative is good for your health!
Anyway, the M-day cards involve colouring with alcohol marker on the BACK of heat-embossed vellum. I used some beautiful floral stamps from Create A Smile.

I made up a couple of samples, to give an idea of different possibilities for colour.  All materials are cut out, so the participants just need to stamp, colour and assemble. I prepared the heat-embossed panels ahead of time, too (having learned from experience that embossing powder gets EVERYWHERE when you teach a class...). I CASEd this idea from Justine Hovey.
The Father's Day cards feature the awesome stamp-of-the-month from Close to My Heart: Typed Note. Isn't that vintage typewriter the cutest? Reminds me of THIS video: priceless :)
The stamp set features many different messages to stamp onto the "page."
Again, a couple of different ideas for personalizing with colour.
Adding some Glaze pen to the keys made them stand out.

Off to enjoy our beautiful  15° C weather!
Happy Sunday,

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Birthday Cards

I've been following the newest Online Card Class: Stretch Your Dies.
Lots of great ideas! They inspired me to get caught up on my family birthday card stash. Don't worry, the intended recipients do not read my blog!

Here's the first:
Beautiful Bokeh background with Distress Inks and white pigment ink, plus home-made circle stencil. Then, those lucious-looking letters! These were inspired by Jennifer McGuire. The letters were white card-stock, cut with Avery Elle alpha dies, coloured with Distress Markers and inks to match the card, glossed with Wink of Stella, then covered with Liquid Glass for that shimmery, shiny effect.

Next up, one for my niece. This card is a shameless CASE of Laura Bassen. I used my rubber embossing mats to make the Polaroid impression with a Lil' Inker's die.  I masked off the edge, and stamped a photo-bomb scene, using Paper Smooches Chubby Chum Pals. Those were coloured with Copic Markers.
For the sentiment, I blended two Copic colours from the scene above, then die-cut the letters from Paper Smooches Sassy Script.
I tried a couple different colour combos before deciding on the blue and brown. Lining the dies up with washi tape helped keep them straight, even when using the magnetic platform.
One more view:
I am linking these up to:
And the Online Card Classes' gallery.
Have a crafty week!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Radar Love

 Okay, maybe I meant "Radio Love."

I've been trying to follow along with Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge;
I can't say I've managed to do 5 minutes everyday, but the days when it DOES happen are feel-good days!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending all day creatively.
My friend Heather Telford organized a series of technique demos by the attendees at her monthly card-making workshop. Some great tips, and many more media avenues to explore.

My husband just returned from a two-day trip to Chicago. He told me he turned his suitcase inside out, and couldn't find a love-you/miss-you card from me . Normally I manage to tuck one in while he's packing. How could that have slipped my mind?! So, I'm going to put the card featured here into his briefcase, for him to find at work tomorrow.
This one's nice and simple. 
More Copic colouring of those cute vintage radio designs from Create A Smile. Speech Bubble border die set from Lil'Inker Designs, and word dies from Paper Wishes.
I'm linking this one up to the Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, too (another good thing about this past week!).

Hope your day involves some colouring!
Happy crafting,