Saturday, April 25, 2015

RetroSketches #162 and Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

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Happy Saturday!

Today's card is for both RetroSketches and the April Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

I inked up for the first time my Papertrey Ink Retro Style Graduation and Birthday Sentiments Stamps and Dies. I chose to use the colours from the Papertrey Ink mood board using this week's new RetroSketches sketch!


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I am up to my eyeballs in preparations for a bridal shower Brooklyn and I are having for my nephew's fiance on Sunday. I will definitely say thank you to Pinterest from providing me with loads of fantastic ideas. As much as we do not like the way that teacher's strikes impact our children, I will say that Brooklyn has been invaluable help to me this week that she was off school because of the strike. For that I did not mind waiting in the store for an hour yesterday while she tried on a purse--trying to decide between brown or coral! Do you want to know which one she picked?


I think good choice!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

M!M #209 and SSS Wednesday Challenge

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I made a couple cards for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #209

I have been in love with white on white for a while now and this 'technique' can be used for just about any stamp and die set. It makes a quick and easy card!

Using one of my favourite coffee sets and dies...

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I am on a bit of a butterfly kick these days, so I created a little ombre one for this next card. The butterfly in covered completely in Wink of Stella which really gives it a magical look IRL!

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Wink of Stella detail...

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I am also submitting these to the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Blog - Clean and Simple.



Wednesday I drove my son up to Muskoka to start his summer job today. He will be staying at his girlfriend's parents house again this summer. So he has a surrogate Mom for the summer who definitely spoils him--LOL.  Driving up there we went through all types of weather--sun, rain, hail, snow and then repeat! I know that we are not the only place in North America that has and is having crazy weather this year. Honestly I do not ever remember seeing snow at the end of April.

When we got home it was sunny, then cloudy and then it started snowing here! Just a couple week's ago the Robin's started to appear and I thought spring was finally here. I had to video tape this out my kitchen door today, the poor thing probably wondering what the heck what happening...


Happy to report that Brooklyn got a phone call on Tuesday from the Home Depot about 20 minutes from here that they had her driver's license and some of her other cards that they found on the property when doing some spring clean up the other day. We went to the store and the manager had her license, her debit card, her Social Insurance Card and her Employee card. Most of them we have already set the wheels in motion to replace but we are really happy to report that her ID is not floating around out there. She was happy to receive these items back but angry that someone thought so little of a person's ID to just throw it away, another tough lesson to learn.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ellen Hutson April Pin-Sights Challenge

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I have a card to share for the April Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge!



Check out the gorgeous mood board:


I used my new to me Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp set to create this...


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CCC #143

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Happy Tuesday and it's time for a new Cue Card at CASology!
This week our cue word is the ultra trendy:




Originally I was trying to create my yellow-orange-pink ombre stamping a solid image. I had difficulty because the image is fairly small and the orange was ended up looking blotchy. So plan be I created a white die cut butterfly and used my foam applicatior to achieve the ombre directly on the butterfly die cut. I topped it off with a couple spritzes of gold Color Shine.


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I am also submitting this to the new Uniko challenge Things With Wings.



Have a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Muse Card Club Challenge #113

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Happy Monday!

A very last minute entry to the Muse Challenge #113. Do you have those nights when you just can't fall asleep?  That is me this morning, up creating a card when I really should be sleeping. After what has been another busy weekend I think I am a bit wired.  Michele was the Muse this challenge and here is the gorgeous card she created...


So here is my card inspired by her design...

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Wink of Stella detail...

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Everyone is home, we picked Ben up from the bus Sunday night now that his final exams are done and he has everything packed to move to his new place in Sudbury at the end of the month. He rented a house with three other guys this past year, but two are finished school and moving on. Ben and one of the guys are going to rent the front of the same house this coming year. So moving means going out the door of the place they are in and walking around to the front entrance of the same house.  He is home for a couple days and then Wednesday I drive him up to Muskoka to start his summer job on Thursday. 

Lots going on with Brooklyn. Last weekend she had her wallet stolen! My daughter who never takes her wallet anywhere unless she has to, the girl who knows to never put her drink down at a party, to always have her phone within reach had her wallet stolen out of her knapsack at a party. Not that there was much money in it, but all of her ID was--license, debit card, health card, her employee card and her social insurance card. Talk about devastated. She did file a police report and we got all of her ID replaced--but really tough lessons learned.  Tonight she went to bed knowing that she can sleep in tomorrow because as of midnight Sunday the Durham District School Board Secondary Teachers have gone on strike! Not something she wants to hear at the end of her senior year. I have a feeling that this is going to be another crazy week!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

RetroSketches #161

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Happy Saturday and time for this week's RetroSketches challenge!

This week's sketch is based on a card I made for The 12 Kit of Occasions back in January of this year. I switched it up a bit by using a cloud die from Mama Elephant in place of the large speech bubble. All die cuts and a simple sentiment from Lawn Fawn this week.




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Hope to see you play along!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Friday and Tag You're It Reminder!

I can't even begin to tell you how strange it feels to not be posting everyday. I feel like I have barely been in my studio and when do get in here I am opening mail, paying bills, doing taxes--ugh! So happy to have my hubby home for a few days, the time goes so fast because there is always so much to do and so much to talk about. Even though we talk, text or even Skype every day, it is so much easier to talk in person.  The task this visit is house hunting, with my baby heading off to University this fall the plan has always been that once the kids were done high school we would find something that wasn't in such a busy area.  The problem is now we don't know exactly where that is. The checklist is specific--a bungalow, large enough for the kids to still have rooms because I am sure they are not done with us yet, a craft room, a big kitchen, property oh the list goes on and on! It is fun though.

Yesterday I got some happy mail from Lucy Abrams. Have you ever seen her gorgeous sequin mixes? Can you believe that my order only took three days to get from the UK to Canada!


On another note there is still time left to play along with Tag You're It Challenge #19! You have until Wednesday the 22nd of this month to play along, 9;00 EST!


Have a wonderful weekend!