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Heart Hugs

Posted by Catherine on March 11, 2010

Hiya! 

Can I just say (hopefully without jinxing anything) how much I am *LOVING* this weather?!

Nothing like getting inspired by the warm weather and the sunshine!  Enough to pull out some brighter colours and see what I can come up with!

Breaking all records, this project today is again going to be given away.  I think I’m definitely excelling under pressure.  I can’t make something just because, it turns out yucky (ie. previous post project!), but as soon as I decide it’s for a reason, BAM!  I come up with something I like! 

Although, I am starting to feel like my cards are beginning to look too much alike…must be a phase!  Just a vintage, shabby chic kinda crush, I’ll get over it soon enough!  But I pulled out my prayer stamp because once again, it’ll be going to someone in my prayer group! Me thinks I need to invest in more prayer stamps!  They all might notice a pattern – but then again, when I do make a card for them, I am praying for them as well right? So it still fits!

Anywho, I’m supposed to actually be at choir practice in about 12 minutes, but I’m still sitting here typing this up (I’m not even rushing, Filipino time means that the rest of the members are going to be late, no matter what time practice is supposed to start!) But here we go:

 

How MUCH am I loving her?!  I coloured her to match the papers I wanted to use today (Home by My Mind’s Eye) and I only had TWO teal-looking markers so we made do with what we had – and by ‘we’, I mean myself and all the nagging voices in my head! *LOL*

Here’s the inside and then I’ve got to skidaddle!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back later on to post materials and supplies!

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Say a little prayer for you…

Posted by Catherine on March 1, 2010

“From the moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you…
While combing my hair, while wonderin’ what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you…”

Aaaalrighty, nothing like a little Dionne Warwick (or Aretha Franklin – whichever version you prefer) to get your craft on!  You’ll have to excuse me for a moment, I’ve got it right at the good part, so don’t mind if I shake my groove thang before I share my project with you today! 

Okay!  I’ll just try to type while my shoulders do little shimmy shake-shakes!  The weekend was not the most productive weekend ever, in terms of crafting – actually, in terms of anything, considering I didn’t do much. If it’s still visible there on my sidebar, you’ll see that my fingers were quite twitter-y yesterday!  It you can still see it, you’ll have to pardon my “french” in one post…after all, one of Canada’s languages IS french, but unfortunately, not the en francais that I mean *clears throat* I think you’ll find that I did have good reason – I was planted in the  most comfiest spot of my uncle’s house for the BIG Canada vs. USA hockey game.  We went for GOLD and we did it!  Although, I am big enough to admit that it didn’t look that way in the last thirty seconds of the third period.  I couldn’t believe that Canada was about to not only HAND the gold medal over to the US, but they practically GIFT WRAPPED IT!  It was INTENSE, y’all!  This was pretty much the only thing I caught of the whole, entire Olympics (yeeeah, Olympics…wasn’t my thing, I guess!), but did it look like the medallists were being handed bunches of brocolli at the awarding ceremonies?  I was like, well, there’s pretty much every other sponsor under the sun, maybe brocolli is the OFFICIAL vegetable of the 2010 winter games – after all, brocolli has TWELVE essential nutrients and minerals all packed into little, tiny trees…now THAT’S a miracle!

But I digress!  Actually, I almost forgot why I was posting *insert small gasp here* I have a project to share! And even better, I am COMPLETELY, irrevocably (a la Bella and Edward if you noticed my choice of wording and you’re a big Twilight geek like me) in *LOVE* with it!  I think this is one of those cards that I won’t EVER be able to part with…not even to give to my MOTHER! *gasp* I know…

But anyhow, before I get myself all in a tither about my own project, here it is:


*swoons* Don’t you just love her? I do!  You’ll have to forgive the ugly photo editing.  I blurred out the background because you can totally, and I mean TOTALLY see the dust on the cabinet that I placed the card on.  BWAHAHAHAHA…who said creativity and…cleanliness go hand in hand?  Not I!  So instead of dusting and re-taking the shot, I just blurred it out…you can still tell where it is, but meh…LOOK AT THE CARD!

I don’t mean to toot my own horn so much, but this is the first project in a very long time that I have really ended up liking.  And it’s so funny how it came about from being really bored and mojo-less, to THIS!  I just wandered down to my scraproom on Saturday and sat here for HOURS looking around at my stuff and coming up with nothing.  I went online and ordered stuff (*giggles* I AM still the same ol’ me, after all!  I have some awesome Viva Decor pens – in glass, glitter and pearl and a BOW EASY coming!) but I still wasn’t inspired to make anything with what I had in front of me.  So I looked around some more, arranged my Copic markers and wondered which appendages or organs I don’t really need so I could sell them and use the money to buy more markers, but still…sadly, nothing!  So away I went and on Sunday, I was back to give it another go.

At least this time, I had SOMETHING in mind.  A colour scheme!  Sunday (besides being the most tinkle-inducing hockey game day) was also my grandmother’s death anniversary so we were getting together before the game to say a little prayer (inspiration #1) for her.  Before we got there, I stopped by the grocery store and picked up this sweetest, little daisy arrangement.  The daisies and flowers were all white and the tall vase that held them was this really nice creamy/ivory colour with a darker band of ivory/tan colour around the belly of it.  So I knew I wanted to make a prayer card with a stamp (I had just recently picked up a new stamp from my LSS at a ridiculous inflated price *shrugs* I’m supporting them, but I can still complain, can’t I?) I just got and I knew what colour theme I wanted it to be.  I also knew which stamp I wanted to use, but that was about it.  I had no idea in my mind what I wanted my card to look like, so to pass the time while my brain got creative, I decided I would stamp out some flowers.  I stamped out my first set of flowers three times and cut them out.  Staring at them, I thought I would layer them for a more 3D look to them, so I got out my mini mister, filled it with water and a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls and started spritzing my flowers.  I crinkled and crumpled and then dried them off with my heat gun.  I did the same for the other two flowers and once I was done, the idea was starting to take shape in my mind and voila, my card!

Since I was using a pretty basic colour scheme, I thought I would lively things up by adding more SHIMMER, but I didn’t want to use glitter because I still wanted to keep things pretty subtled.  After layering my little angel, I got out my pearl coloured Perfect Pearl and my water brush and brushed over her wings and her dress, and then I decided the flowers should get a quick coat as well.  I made her blonde with gold Perfect Pearls and pretty much over-shimmered everything else I could. I still couldn’t figure out how I wanted to lay the card out, so I left it and came back to it again this evening! WOW, is this blog post getting long or WHAT?!  I’m not even done!

Aaanywho, came back it it again tonight and it all pretty much just came together! YAY mojo!  Here’s a little close-up of the detail and shimmer:

 

Aaanyway, I guess that’s long winded enough!  See you all in a couple days, thanks for visiting!

TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Stamp(s): Whisper Angel – High Hopes Stamps, Flowers: Inkadinkado and Autumn Leaves, Sentiment: Verses Rubber Stamp
Ink: Memento in Rich Cocoa
Paper: Cardstock in cream and kraft, blue cardstock from DCWV Old World stack
Other: Cuttlebug system/embossing folder, Nestabilities, Perfect Pearls in pearl and gold, aqua brush, Sakura metallic glitter pen in gold, crocheted ribbon (dollar store), Fiskars border punch, half-back pearls

P.S. I would LOOOOVE to E-Mail my subscribers (are there any left?!?!) to let them know that I’m blogging again and that I’ve got a couple new blog posts up, but unfortuantely *screech* I’ve forgotten my FeedBlitz login and I’ll have to figure it out before I can get in touch with anybody – even myself, since I subscribed to my blog so I can make sure the subscriptions work, but I can’t send anything! *sighs*

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It’s Vintage, Baby…

Posted by Catherine on February 24, 2010

I’m trying to see if I can upload a photo and post using a WordPress app for my BB. I can’t get the picture to rotate, so it looks like I’ll habe to edit that manually when I get to my computer tomorrow…but, nonetheless, here’s a little product of playtime that I got this evening!

Ingredients
Stamp: Victorian Carriage – forgot again, I’ll get it for you later!
Ink: Versamark, Memento
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: Good question…
Other: Foam blending tool, distress inks in tea, rose, and vintage photo, TH distressing tool, crocheted ribbon, FlowerSoft

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Window to Spring…

Posted by Catherine on May 6, 2009

…HAPPY PDD Wednesday, everyone! 

I am SO sorry I’ve been all over the place…it’s definitely hard to get command of that mojo again after being down and under! 

I missed the last of the release festivities from Marti’s last stamp series, but I still wanted to play with the last stamp set.  When this card was made, it was actually done using the digital stamp of the image as I hadn’t gotten my actual rubber stamp just yet (of course, it came the next day when the card was done!).

So I was going for a cottage-y feel for this card.  I used Crackle Paint and painted aaaall over the whole base of the card and my “window”.  I was thinking the inside of a cabin…with walls made of wood and old, peeling paint…that was the look I was going for anyway.  I helped my crackle paint along with my heat gun because I am that impatient, and once it was dry, I took my Paint Dabber and very lightly ran it over the “walls” for some kind of look that I’m looking for….maybe like a white washed look???

I coloured my image in with Copics and fell back on tne wonderfully easy, but awesome impact-giving cloud technique for the sky and mounted my image with the “window” using dimensional foam.

I tried to get a little creative with the “curtain” for my window, but as you can TOTALLY see, my sewing skills leave much to the imagination…

Of COURSE Pez-a-Blings had to make it into the mix somehow too!

Anywho, that’s it for me today!  If you haven’t had a chance, please make sure you head on over to Pez-a-Doodle Designs today or within the next few weeks, she’s released a bunch of new goodies already, but if you can believe it, there’s MORE coming! *giggles* It’s a seeeecret, but it’ll be a good one – and I’m not just saying that because I had a little hand in it….*LOL*

Thanks for dropping by, I’m planning on staging an all-out manhunt for my mojo, so I’m hoping that I’ll be back in full force ASAP!  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp(s): Pezzy’s Garden
Medium: Copic Markers
Ink: Brilliance Dew Drop (for my clouds!)
Embellishments/Tools: Crackle Paint, Paint Dabber, Pez-a-Bling

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In Remembrance…

Posted by Catherine on April 9, 2009

…of all the brave chocolate bunnies who sacrificed themselves so that we may enter into chocolate-induced comas this Easter…

BWAHAHAHAHA…that picture still cracks me up each and every time I get it – and I pretty much get it every year!  Poor little wabbits…they are used to make children believe that they can lay colourful chocolate eggs, they are forever imprisoned in an endless energetic pace to the beat of their drum just to prove that they can keep going and going and going, but they can never have the Trix because it’s for kids.  It seems to be that although rabbits sure are popular, they seem to have gotten the short end of the stick.  Sorry, bunnies…

Anywho, I’m back with my treat card update!  Drumroll please, Mr. Energizer Bunny…

Ta-Daaaaaa…oh I like this picture much better, you can really see the shimmery yumminess of the entire card!  Just fabulous!  So there is my little chocolate bunny surrounded by his chocolate bunny circle buddies.  Because I had made a double fold in the center, the card sits nice even with the chocolates in there and can even fit into a box-envelope should I feel inclined to make one.  My husband was already eyeing the chocolate as I stuck them in the card (using double-sided tape) so I don’t think that I want to put too much more obstacles between him and his beloved chocolate. *LOL*

So that’s it for me and my Easter projects – I have a few more cards to make but I won’t put too much effort into them because I’ll actually be giving them away.  BWAHAHAHAHA…you’ve made cards, you know what I mean…you get it!  Apparently, Easter will be at my house this year so I’ve got a TON of cleaning to do and I’ll be putting my crock pot to work so that I’ll have more time cleaning up after myself and throwing everything that I don’t want seen behind rooms with doors that can close and making sure I tell all the kids that they can NOT go into those rooms! *LOL*  My mom said I’d have an easier time and feel less stressed about hosting if I would just keep the house clean on a regular basis.  Is she kidding me?  I’m an artist, you can’t expect me to be neat too!  Seriously…

..but before I hippity hop away to mass, just reminding you of Pez-a-Doodle Design’s BRAND NEW STAMP RELEASES coming up in the next couple of weeks!  The whole big announcement to announce all the shenanigans will go up on the 12th, so once you’ve hunted all the eggs, eaten all the turkey and before you pass out, please check back here again to get the 411 and the low-down on what’s shakin’.  HAHAHAHA…I so can’t pull that talk off in real life…I’m well into having all my projects ready for the releases so I am in an awesome position to be able to tell you that these stamps are aaaaawesome!!!  You’ll want them.  Trust me.  They are a necessity.  If I didn’t already have them, I’d want them…*LOL* Alright!  I’m off…if I don’t see you back here this weekend, please have a WONDERFUL Easter long-weekend!

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