Sunday, 17 January 2016

Happy & Fabulous in 2016

Big smooches to you, my fabulous crafty friends!
My first posting of the New Year. It's been a busy month so far. My job as a speech-language pathologist ended just before Christmas, but this semester, I'm teaching a course on stuttering. I was a last-minute replacement, so I've been scrambling to get the materials ready.

But I couldn't resist this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
Cindy's original design was for a gate-fold card, so I decided to go with that to create invitations to my neighbours and sisters for a ladies' pampering evening later this month.
Here's my version:
And here's what the card looks like as it opens up.
I used an older Stampin' Up set with FABULOUS images to create the right-side design, repeatedly stamping the lipstick image in subtle CTMH Slate ink,
I coloured one of the images for the inside, using Copic markers.
The smooch is a Lil'Inker Designs stamp, inked in CTMH Pomegranate, and embossed with clear shiny powder for some shine. The sentiment stamps are LID, as well.

Hope your New Year is off to a FABULOUS start.
Stay crafty,
Caroline

Saturday, 12 December 2015

'Tis the Season...

'Tis the season of giving...
The very talented  (and bilingual!) Alexandra of Art Scrap & More has a giveaway on her blog today. Check it out :)

Craftily yours,
Caroline

Monday, 30 November 2015

GD for The 12 Kits of Occasions


So around the time my full-time job was cancelled, I got an email from my loyal blogging friend, Kim Heggins, asking me if I'd like to join The 12 Kits of Occasions team as one of their guest-designers for November.  Before the change in job status, I would have regretfully declined, as crafting has had to slip in the list of priorities in the past year. However, with only part-time work starting this month, the idea of creating with a kit of delivered goodies sounded delightful! 
In case you don't know about this fun blog, it has 12 permanent members, who take turns being hostess. Each month, the Hostess picks a theme and makes up identical kits of supplies to send to her team-mates, who, in turn, create 4-5 cards to post at the end of the month. It is amazing to see the variety and creativity the arises from the same materials.
Kim's kit arrived in early November and I had such fun with the supplies! Lots of polka-dot paper, Thanksgiving and Christmas themed sentiments and adorable critter images to colour.
I made five cards, and just kept going.
Here's a pic of all that was left of the original kit!
First, fun with Copics:
Inside the Beary Happy card...



Then a stab at watercolouring:
 Inside the ice floe card... (see the cool shades?)
Then, simple graphic paper-piecing (a favorite pattern from my quilting days).
 Then some Christmas cards with those big bold polka dots and shimmery washi tape:
And my favorite, a gate-fold card with those scampering mice:


Many thanks to Kim and the 12 Kits of Occasions team for including me this month. I had a blast playing along!

Check out the rest of the team's creations HERE:
Hugs,
Caroline

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Caring Hearts Post #5


Hello patient friends!
I have been MIA again, regarding the blog-o-sphere.  Lots going on on the home front, winding down at work and making cards, as well as receiving, sorting, and registering all the wonderful cards that have been coming in for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Over 800 before I left for a wonderful Thanksgiving with our friends in Milwaukee.

Next week my helpers and I will begin boxing up the cards for delivery.
My friend Julianne, one of the founders of Ottawa Therapy Dogs, here in Ottawa Ontario, had the brilliant idea of having therapy dog teams deliver the cards to the nursing home residents they already visit regularly. Project Reindog was very successful and enjoyed by both the "deliverers and receivers."  This year, Julianne contacted other pet therapy associations across Canada, to see if they would be on-board with hand/paw-delivering the cards in other provinces. The idea was welcomed enthusiastically, and we will ship boxes of cards to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Maritimes. Ottawa Therapy Dogs will deliver cards in the National Capital area, and we will also send boxes directly to nursing homes in Ontario and Manitoba that have contacted us. Spreading joy and smiles!
Thank you to all the wonderful craftspeople who have donated cards, dollars and stamps for shipping costs, and personal messages this year. The Caring Hearts Card Drive is such a win-win endeavour! We all love creating, and knowing that our efforts are appreciated is frosting on the cake... I'd like to thank Vera Wirianta Yates for continuing to spear-head the drive for the past six years.
Happy last-day-of-Thanksgiving, and have a great week!
Big hugs,
Caroline

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Now for the Pineapples...

So where were the pineapples in my last post?
I decided to do a whole 'nother one, to give this card it's own space.
I used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:
And the new November challenge from One-Layer Simplicity: A Multitude of Gratitude
which is to make thank-you or gratitude cards.
The Pineapple Panache stamps are a Lil'Inker Designs product. There is a matching die, but I couldn't use that for the One-layer Challenge. I used a mixture of Close to My Heart (Creme Brulee and Pear) inks and Distress inks for the layers of the pineapple. Then I added some splatters and softened the edges with a water-brush.
Thanks for visiting!
Caroline

Caring Hearts (and Pineapples) Post #4

G'day crafty friends, and Happy November!
It's a new month and a new challenge on the Paper Smooches blog.
The requirement for this challenge is to use gold. This weekend I was working on more card-kit preparation, for the Caring Hearts Card Drive
 My work-shoppers will be making this lovely card:
How delicious is that red poinsettia? It is a Paper Smooches die, cut from red suede paper, from Paper Wishes. The Christmas words embossing folder is another Paper Wishes product. I used pearlescent vellum for the embossed layer, and set it over gold-coloured card stock. The centre of the poinsettia is embellished with gold Liquid Pearls, which were also scattered over the card-front. Lastly, I added a loose bow of gold embroidery thread.

I hope you are making cards for the Drive, too! Check out all the details, using the link above, or look through my earlier Caring Hearts posts.
Have a creative week,
Caroline

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Merry and Bright--Caring Hearts post #3

Good evening crafty friends!
I hope you all had a productive weekend.
Mine was full! Card workshop with the artful Heather Telford, haunted Halloween fun with family, errands and more visiting today.

Last weekend, I saved this inspiration  photo from Weekly Christmas Card Challenges
but didn't look carefully enough at the cut-off date, so I missed it. Happily, the challenge this week is "anything goes" so I'll go ahead and enter my card anyway.
 Here's the card:
I've been intrigued by Northern Lights backgrounds I've seen here and there on others' blogs.
I figured since the North Pole is directly above Canada, that Santa needed an aurora borealis background.  The night sky was created by layering distress inks, without too much blending. Some harsh edges look good, too, as this image of the northern lights illustrates.
Northern Lights tops bucket list - Telegraph

An update on the Caring Hearts Card Drive:
 I've received 60 cards to date, for distribution here in Canada, just three weeks into the drive.
Some of the card-makers at Heather's class are going to participate. Stayed tuned for more news on how those cards will be delivered to nursing homes this year.

Keep on crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Distress inks, Ranger: fossilized amber, twisted citron, seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire and black soot.
Canson watercolour paper
Essentials by Ellen Hutson: merry & bright die
Close to My Heart: Santa and reindeer stamp (retired)
Uni-ball Signo: white gel pen