Monday, January 30, 2012

An Early Valentine

A creatively-slow weekend, but I've been on a Copic-Colouring-Kick and haven't moved the images into cards as yet.  With Valentines around the corner, I thought this Verve quote would be nice in a card.  I picked up some of the new Jillibean "Hearty Barley" line - love the craft paper look, although I never think to use it.  Next time I'll dig out my white ink pad...

The roses were an afterthought but I'm glad I went with it:
The little silver "love" heart charm is left over from a wedding invitation package I made for a friend a while ago.  I have lots left so with the season of Love just around the corner I guess I'll get to use a few more.

I kept the inside pretty simple... again the sentiment is from Verve:
Speaking of Love & Romance...... I'm off to watch tonights episode of Batchelor... can't help myself - lol.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coffee & Friendship

Does it get any better then coffee & friends?  (Okay... maybe wine & friends??... lol) 

I adore this Uptown Girl image from Stamping Bella.  I've been practicing with my Copics again and this was a big job for me - yikes - took forever.  Didn't I just finish saying I like the smaller images?  But I'm loving these Uptown Girls - so fun.

Designer paper is MME & the coffee pot on the inside is from a Craft Lounge set that I have.  Sentiment is from a wood block stamp of Dawn Houser.

The inside:

I suppose it's rare for me to make a card without a whole pile of layers, ribbons, bells, bows.... yadda, yadda... but this one just seemed better left alone... like two good friends with big mugs of coffee.

Back soon.........

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Missed My Copics

I'm certainly not the best at adding colour, but I've missed the relaxation I get from sitting with my Coffee & Copics.  Admittedly I like to colour up the smaller images and the blending probably takes me longer then most... but I love it.  

Here's a baby card I made for a friend at work:
I love this sweet Mo Manning image.  Designer paper is from a K&Company 12x12 pad combined with a bit of Whisper White and Barely Banana.  Used a combination of Spellbinders & MFT dies (what the heck did we do before dies?). 

And the inside:

Love this sentiment from Verve.

Just working on a few Valentine cards now and glad I finally broke the seal on getting back to card making.  Happy to be back blogging too.  ;)

Night all.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm Back...

Well hello everyone!  It's odd to read my last post and and see how I assumed my father would be home soon from hospital, but that wasn't the case.  He has remained in hospital since that time.  He's doing fine now, but it's been a very long road for him... and our entire family.  But as I said, he's doing well now - still in hospital - but expected to come home hopefully by April of this year.  Blogging or making cards wasn't a priority as I spent most of my time at the hospital or trying to help out in other ways.  When a family member is sick, I guess all those things we thought were so important - just aren't anymore. 

So........ in the last couple of weeks I've been sifting through the dust of my craft room... moving things from one big pile and into smaller piles... and was just too intimidated to try anything.  So I cleaned it top to bottom, floors, windows and all.  I took a spin around of some of my favorite blogs for inspiration and then discovered some new paper & stamps I had bought back in Sep/Oct ... and I tried a couple of test cards.  And........... they turned out horrible!!  LOL - OMG - they look like failed grade 3 science projects.  But I kept plugging away until it felt more natural and finally came up with a card that I wanted to post... even though it took FOREVER to do!   

And here's the inside:

Oh - and I did a little blog facelift too... New Year and all that.  Going to try and post a little more routinely as well and hopefully even put some cards in my Etsy store. 

Well that's it from me.  'Till next time.........