Saturday, August 20, 2011

Embellish Challenge w/ Embossed Flowers

 Here I am with the 2nd card I made last night; this time for Embellish Magazine's Colour Trends Challenge with Embossed Flowers.  Here's my take:
 I took half a dozen photos trying to capture the embossed fabric flowers; alas, it's hard to capture the detail you see IRL.  Here's the best shot.  I used the same brocade embossing folder as I did on the cream background.

Be sure to check out my other post from today for the current Tuesday Trigger!

Have a great weekend! 
I'm off to Disney tomorrow with the kids and 14 other family members!!  Can't wait!!

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Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

Haven't played along with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger in a long time, but I made two cards last night for two different challenges and this Tuesday Trigger was one of them:
I was inspired by that large B&W leaf patterned area rug at first, and I had the idea to heat emboss leaves for the strong contrast, but then I was stuck with what to do with the panel I created . . . seriously, I stared at it for almost half an hour and was about to call it a night!

Then I finally came up with this:
I used the pale pink and golden yellow colours from the photo for my butterflies, and the gems mimic all the crystal light fixtures and round mirror from the photo.  As bold as the inspiration photo is, I find it still rather soft, so I softened the edges of my card to balance to bold panel.

I'm fairly pleased with the results.  Stay tuned for my entry for the new Embellish Mag challenge!

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Friday, August 19, 2011


I've been keeping an eye on the "fairly new" Casual Friday challenge blog since it first started a few months ago.  A few of my favourite card-makers (Virginia, Karen & Laurie) are part of their design team.  Now that I'm settled into my craft space, I finally got a chance to play along with one of their challenges-Challenge #16-Embossing 

. . . perfect . . . I love ALL kinds of embossing, and I just so happened to make this card last night!
Hard to see in the photo, but the background I created with the violets from PTI's Year of Flowers are heat embossed.

Here's another card using an embossing folder
SO glad I got to play along this time!!!  Looking forward to next Friday!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

CR84FN36 Challenge

Haven't played along the CR84FN challenges in a couple of months!!!  Now that my new scrap space (see post here) is set up, these two cards are some of the first I've created in it. 
First, here's the colour combo for challenge #36:
 Here are my cards: 
 I used two neutrals (white and grey) in the above card.

I did cheat with a hint of green on the above card, but I couldn't leave those leaves and stem colourless.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Craft Nook!!

Okay--so here it is . . . my new craft space, which I'm now calling my Crafting Nook! It's NOT large, but it's ALL MINE!!
 It's a small nook area on the upper floor next to all the bedrooms--this is perfect because my craft space in the old house was in the basement, and after putting the kids to bed I would often be too lazy to go down there to craft.  Now, I can just kiss my boys good-night (Owen's door is on the very right of this photo), and get right to crafting!!

Here's my main work station, with everything within easy reach!!  I found the hutch on Kijiji--great deal!

Here's my new ribbon storage--LOVE!  Picked up the rack at HomeSense! (scroll down below to see my old ribbon storage--too hard to change the rolls out)

Here's my button storage--I just love these mini mason jars!!

 Here's the other side of my nook--more storage and a desk for my Cuttlebug and Sewing machine! The desk was part of the hutch deal on Kijiji!  Both for $60!!  I still have some organizing to do on that bookcase!

Here is the framed stained glass I hung up today!  It's an antique piece that my dad reframed for me.  I picked it up several years ago at what I lovingly call a "Stained glass graveyard" out in Campbellville.

So here's a look at my OLD craft space, which I don't think I ever posted.  It seems large enough, but my desk was always so cluttered, and what you don't see in the photo is that my DH's office was right behind me, and to the right was our rec-room/toy area--all areas together in one space!!!  Talk about cramped.  My kids' stuff was alway under my feet; although, surprisingly, the kids stayed away from all of my toys!!

I have yet to actually "use" my new space to craft (hopefully tonight).  I will let you know how it goes.  My goal is to always keep it tidy!  Wish me luck!!

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2SF Guest Designer!!

Okay--so, I'm a bit late with this post, but settling into the new house + a bit of time away at the cottage has left no time for being on the computer.  Alas, here I am with an exciting post (for me, anyway). 

A few months ago, the lovely Joanne and Carolyn at Two Scrapbook Friends asked me if I would like to be a Guest Designer.  Humbled and over-joyed, I jumped at the chance!! So this August, they featured me and some of my projects on their blog.  They gave me some yummy products to work with; here they are:
 Confession--I didn't have any photos that I thought would work with this berry paper, so I have to admit, I grabbed a bowl of strawberries and brought my youngest, Caden, outside for a photo shoot.  I can always count on him for some great photos.
 Here's a close up of the berry embellisment.  I added glitter to the leafy stem, and added Glossy Accents to the berry to compliment the shine from the glittered Thickers.
 Here's a card--embossed with a Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder.  The stamped sentiment and die-cut frame is from My Favorite Things stamp set (which I picked up at 2SF, and I LOVE it!!!)
 When I saw the peach die-cut in the embellisment pack I got, I knew I had to pair it with this sweet sentiment from PTI's Signature Greetings.  The dotted green paper is recycled from the packaging of the die-cut embellishment package.  You know me; I love to recycle!
 When I saw the berry-themed paper, all I could think of was Sweedish berries (maybe, I was a bit hungry), so I made up this small mason-jar filled birthday treat.  The tag could easily be changed for any occasion (thank-you, get-well, teacher, etc). 
 You could make such packages with all sorts of candy!  A walk down the candy aisle at Bulk Barn is inspiration enough.  I love Peach Slices myself, but when I got the die-cut watermelon from 2SF, I couldn't resist picking up the Melon slice gummies to make this "sweet" bag (sorry--bad photo):

Hope you liked my creations!  Hoping to craft today for the first time in well over a month.  My new craft space is nearly set up--super excited about creating in it.  I'm planning to hang up my framed stain-glass in front of my window today so I can take some photos of the space (I call it "space" and not a "room" because it's actually a nook upstairs next to all the bedrooms).  Stay tuned for a post in the next few days where I'll share those photos!!

Have a great Sunday!

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