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Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 In Review

Hi folks,

those of you who have been following for a while might remember that last year I did a wrap-up post featuring my own personal favourite card for each month of the year. Well, it's a year later and here we go again.

In January I made 27 cards and this one was my fave. A cute little snowman on an acetate card.



In February I made 59 cards and this one was my fave. I just think it's pretty - especially with the little half-back pearls in the centre of the flowers.



In March I made 35 cards and this one was my fave - for my sweetie for his birthday. Another acetate card - with a metal mesh.



In April I made 50 cards (boy THAT was a busy month!) and this one was my fave. I actually used an old guitar string on the card.




In May I made 24 cards and this one was my fave - one of 2011's Mother's Day cards.



In June I made 25 cards and this one was my fave - the Father's Day card I made for my Dad. I tried colouring on kraft paper with my prismacolor pencils for this one and really liked how it turned out.




In July I made 21 cards it was really hard to choose my fave. I actually quite liked most of them for that month. But choose I did and I went with this one...



In August I made 10 cards (starting to slip in the card making, I was a bit preoccupied) and this one was my fave - another Graphic 45/Verve combo.



In September I only made 6 cards and this one was my fave - a birthday card for one of my nieces.



In October I made 33 cards, some of which were from the annual Christmas card workshop but most were thank you cards for the fund-raiser held to benefit my Mom as she deals with a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and this one was my fave.



In November I made 28 cards and this one was my fave. I think I am going to start colouring more of the The Greeting Farm Creepers with funky coloured hair. Makes it easier to go all matchy matchy.


In December I have so far made 18 cards (will probably make at least one or two more today) and this one was my fave of the bunch made so far.



All together, I think I made a grand total of 336 cards - at least that's what the tally on my sidebar is telling me. I'm expecting that in 2012 I will exceed that total since I recently joined a weight-loss group and will probably be making birthday cards and notes of support for my fellow members. Plus, I missed making Hallowe'en cards this year due to my unexpected extended trip to Newfoundland.

Anyways, there you have it. My favourite personal creations of 2011. I'm linking this post up to the Year in Review Challenge over at Karin's "With an I for Paper" blog. A little bit of year end fun. If you are planning on doing a similar wrap up post, you should join in!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The final Christmas 2011 card

Hi folks,

well, here it is. The last of my Christmas Cards for 2011. This one went to dearly beloved's grandpa.


card details:

  • 5.5 x 5.5 inches
  • patterned papers: Kaiser Craft Dear Santa
  • stamps: Verve Ornamental Christmas
And now it is time to start working on the 2012 Christmas cards......and this year I think I will be making tags to go with as well. Nothing fancy and elaborate. Probably just coordinating tags using the same papers that were used on the cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

The last of the kiddo Christmas cards

Hi folks,

here's my second last Christmas card for 2011 - this one was for another of dearly beloved's nieces.


I think this might be the first time I've inked up this stamp. Isn't it a cutie?

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock
  • stamped image: Theo gives a prezzie from Stamping Bella, coloured with Copic Markers (R81, W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, R00, R24, R27, R29, G21, G24, B0000, B000, B00)
  • patterned papers: CTMH Believe, edges distressed
  • crocheted flower: CTMH White Daisy Embellishment pack
  • ribbon from my stash
Thanks again for stopping by!

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #147

Hi folks,

back again with a couple more of my last minute kiddo Christmas cards.

The first one went to one of dearly beloved's nieces.



And the second one went to the eldest daughter of a couple of dear friends (older sister to the little one who got the card from the previous post).



card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock
  • stamped image: Sledding Chloe from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps (on sale right now AND Sparkle has a 25% off code good on orders over $30 until January 2nd....I have to place an order as soon as I get some time). Coloured with Copic Markers (E000,E00, E01, E93, V000, V12, V15, V17, W1, W2, W3, W4, R27, E30, E33, E34, E35, E37, G94, G99, G20, R00, R35, R37, R39, R59, R89, Y17. Brunette Chloe has E35 and E37 for hair, Blonde Chloe has E51 and E53 for hair)
  • patterned papers: Kaiser Craft Dear Santa
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #147 (from a couple weeks ago)
Thanks for stopping by -- only two of this year's Christmas Cards left to post!

Christmas Challenges Sketch #16

Hi folks,

I know Christmas is over but, as usual, I found myself making a few cards the last couple of days before Christmas. This and the next couple of post will finish up the cards I made for Christmas 2011. My Christmas Card resolution for 2012 is to actually write the recipient name on the card as soon as I make it - that way I can check them off my list and know that I have them done. I thought I had made lots of cards, and in fact I do have some leftovers, but I didn't have the right card "type" for all of the recipients. I came up short on cards for the kids specifically.

Anyways, here's a couple for two little girls on our list. The first one went to dearly beloved's youngest niece.


And this one went to the youngest daughter of some dear friends of ours.


Same image and layout but I switched up the papers and sentiments.

card details:

Thanks for stopping by!

Cute Card Thursday #196

Hi folks,

phew. Is everyone pooped now that Christmas has come and gone? I don't know about you but I had four days off for Christmas and this is the first chance I have had to sit down to write up this and the following few posts.

I'll be happy to go back to work tomorrow so I can sit down for a few hours!

Anyways, here is a card I made last week for my friend's other 15 year old daughter's birthday. Yes  she has two fifteen year old daughters and they aren't twins. Their birthdays are only two weeks apart though - one two days before Christmas and one the same day as my Dad on January 7th.



card details:

additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by at this busy time of year! Hope you all had a fab Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pixie Cottage Challenge 101

Hi folks,

while I still have a couple of Christmas cards for the kiddos to finish up before the big day, I had a more pressing need to get a a few more birthday cards ready for a few birthdays that happen over the next couple of weeks.

For you today, I have the card that I needed for today! One of the daughter's of a friend of mine is 15 today (my oh my where have the years gone?) and this is the card I made for her birthday.



card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock
  • stamped image: Izzie has a birfday cake from Stamping Bella, coloured with Copic Markers (BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, E49, E30, E31, E34, YG63)
  • sentiment: Verve Big Wish
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey Wisteria (thanks Peggy! These were in a "crafty care package" that I got in the mail a while back and this is the first chance I've had to use them.)
  • prima paper roses from my stash
  • layout: Pixie Cottage Sketch #101 (challenge: someone special)
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by at this busy time of year! Hope you are all catching a little time to relax in the middle of all the Christmas prep!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FTL 171 - even more masculine birthdays

hi folks,

another quick post with more masculine birthday cards. If you are here for yesterday's post for The Greeting Farm Blog Hop, just scroll down or click through here.



card details:

  • 5.5 x 5.5 inches, cocoa cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny Timepiece
  • stamped sentiments: Verve Big Wish & Amazing Wishes
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • layout: FTL171 from Clean and Simple Stamping

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hopping with The Greeting Farm

Hi folks,

I'll keep this short since I know most of you are here today because of the big hop being held by The Greeting Farm starting at 10am CST (I hope this post goes live when I scheduled it)

Here's the card I made for the hop - I went with a non-holiday card for my entry since I needed a little boy  birthday card.



Now....get yourself back to the master list for the hop over at The Greeting Farm's Blog! But don't forget to leave a comment first - in addition to two blog hop participants winning the full January release for their blog hop creation, a random commenter on the hop will win the entire January release as well! How awesome is that?

Thanks for stopping by!

card details:


Sunday, December 18, 2011

ICS 144 - more masculine birthdays

Hi folks,

I spent some time in the craft room today and managed to get five birthday cards made - all for guy birthdays!

Here's two of them...





card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny Timepiece
  • stamped sentiments: Verve "Big Wish" and "Wishful Elegance"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • cocoa coloured ribbon from my stash
  • layout: ICS 144
additional challenges for this card:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bacon Appreciation Day

Hi folks,

so are you sick of Christmas yet? If you are then you are in for a treat today (well, that's questionable but...whatever).

A friend of ours has a birthday on Saturday and in recent years it has come to be referred to as "Bacon Appreciation Day". The birthday dinner consists entirely of dishes that somehow involve bacon -- yes, beverages, appetizers, entree and dessert. It's only fitting therefore that his birthday card involve bacon...

And here is this year's entry....




I've had this stamp set for a while. I won it from Totally Stampalicious and have been saving it for this particular birthday boy even though it is really more of a thanksgiving kind of set when you look at some of the sentiments that are included. But for this particular birthday, this set definitely works.

card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 6.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • stamped image: Farmer Hawg from Totally Stampalicious coloured with Copic Markers (RV00, RV02, R00, E04, B91, B93, B95, B97, E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, W00, W0, W1, YG63, YG67). Sky sponged with CTMH Heavenly Blue - one of these days I WILL use my airbrush....one of these days.
  • patterned papers: Jillibean Soup's Chicken Noodle Soup (did you see the "Old MacDonald" music score??? Perfect!!! I also have it on the inside of the card)
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #147

additional challenges for this card
Anyways, thanks for stopping by at this busy time of year! Hope you are all taking at least a few minutes each day to sit back, take a deep breath and ....relax.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Use it Tuesday #21 - For the Holidays

Hi folks,

As you can see by my left side banner, I was recently selected as a winner on the "Use it Tuesday" challenge blog and asked if I would like to play along with the today's posted challenge - For the holidays.

Well OF COURSE I wanted to play along! I'm still making Christmas cards and have come to realize that my stash of Christmas themed supplies is, well, growing rather diminishing. I must confess, when I set about to make this card, I found that I still have Christmas papers in my stash that I bought at LEAST four seasons ago - maybe even five!

Anyways, here's the card I made with a gorgeous collection of papers named "Mistletoe" from Close To My Heart. These are a little more recent - from 2010! I know, I know. I remember loving these papers so much that I had to buy the Level 2 paper pack, the matching Creative Basics set AND the workshop on the go kit. So.....ummmm, yeah, I have a LOT of these papers still in my stash.  I think I need to learn that just ONE paper pack goes a long way - never mind THREE!!!




Do you recognize Elf Oliver? Uh, huh. This is another of the images that I coloured up a while back except that I switched up his  hair colour for one of our other nephews. I have one more left to go! See, I'm even using up my stash of pre-coloured images!

Now, if you are like me and your stash is growing rather than shrinking, I would encourage you to play along with the Use it Tuesday Challenges. They are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month and are a great way to tackle your stash!

card details:
  • finished size: 6x6 inches on CTMH Chocolate card stock base
  • patterned papers: CTMH Mistletoe (2010),
  • stamped image: Elf Oliver from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps (Christmas 2010 release). Coloured with Copic Markers.
  • stamped sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas" (my first time cracking open this stamp set. It's new to me - bought it a few months back - but looking at the code on it I think it might have been released in 2008).
  • layout: Sketch Saturday #185
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December SFYTT

Hi folks,

well, I did it! I played along with all of this year's SFYTT challenges!

So here is the December SFYTT


and my take on it




cute huh? This card is going to our youngest niece.

card details:

  • finished size: 6x6 inches, CTMH chocolate card base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Wonderland
  • stamped image: Mavis Wearing Holly from StampingBella coloured with Copic Markers (YG61, YG63, YG67, R85, R81, R000, N0, N1, N2, N3, BV0000, BV000, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02)
  • sentiment: CTMH Holiday Wishes
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles, Classic Rectangles

So now the BIG part of the SFYTT year-end wrap-up -- a link to ALL of the other cards I made this year for each of the SFYTT challenges

Wish me luck for the big draw on Christmas Day!

additional challenges for this card:
Hope you are all having a lovely day, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Time for a sleigh ride

Hi folks,

found my way back into the craft room yesterday and today and managed to finish this card (yes, I am that slow at colouring and yes I am still making Christmas cards for this year)



card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • stamped image: Sledding Chloe from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, coloured with copic markers (E000,E00, E01, E93, E27, E47, E49, V000, V12, V15, V17, W1, W2, W3, W4, R27, E30, E33, E34, E35, E37, G94, G99, G20, R00, R35, R37, R39, R59, R89, Y17)
  • patterned papers: Kaiser Craft Dear Santa Collection 6x6 pad (picked up from Tracy of the Embellished Connection at Emily's Crop)
  • layout: Inspirational Card Sketches #142
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • ribbon and buttons: CTMH Olive
  • floss from my stash
Additional challenges for this card:
Hope you are all having a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by at this busy time of year!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Who's been naughty? Who's been nice?

Hi folks,

Well, I sat down a couple of nights ago to sort through my Christmas cards and decide who would be getting which card. And wouldn't you know it, I had not made enough "kiddo" type Christmas cards. So tonight I sat down to colour up some age appropriate boy images for a couple of our nephews.

I did get three images coloured but only finished one card. For this one, I used this week's sketch challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. I rotated the sketch though for my card in order to fit the two text panels.


card details:

  • finished size: 6x6 inches
  • stamped image: Elf Oliver from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E30, E31, E35, C5, C7, C9, YG93, YG95, YG0000, R20, R21, 22, R24, R27, E99)
  • stamped sentiment: CTMH Believe Workshop Stamp set
  • patterned papers: CTMH Believe
  • buttons from my stash
  • Spellbinders: petite circles
additional challenges for this card:
I'll be making the other two images I coloured (like this one) into cards sometime between now and Christmas so....you will be seeing them  here on the blogarooni at some point!

Thanks for stopping by!  Nighty Night to all!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Viva La Verve - Week 4

Hi folks,

Well, I have to say that I found the week 4 sketch for the November Viva La Verve Challenges to be QUITE the challenge! Here's the sketch:



See what I mean about being a challenge? Lots of elements - a bit busy for my taste but, I decided to go outside my comfort zone and tackle it with these four cards.

On the first one I pretty much stuck with the sketch, though I did change the shape of one element as I wanted to use one of the tags that was in the Bo Bunny Gabrielle kit I was using for these cards.




For this second card, I switched that same element to an oval shape and moved the banner element up just a little.



for the third and forth cards, I stuck with the circle shape this time but omitted the banner as I didn't want to cover the butterfly images that I was using from the kit.



I thought about stamping sentiments in the lower left corner of the last two cards but I decided not to so that they can be used for any occasion. I'm sending these to my Mom as part of the package of thank you cards for the recent fundraiser held in her honour. I figure if she has enough thank you cards, she can use these for some other occasion.




Overall, even though the cards are a bit busy for my liking, I do like how they came out. The paper kit that I was using made it really easy to coordinate all the bits and pieces.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny Gabrielle (from a kit I picked up from Tina's Scrapbooking Creations at the Crop for the Cure back in May and have been hoarding ever since)
  • stamped sentiments: Verve Big Wish, Words Cannot Express
  • lace and half-back pearls from my stash. I even made the little flowery embellies myself from the lace.Very easy to do...just hand sew some thread through the edge of the lace and gather it up until you have a flowery shape the size and fullness you want.
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
Challenges for these cards:

Hope you are all having a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by!

November Viva La Verve - Week 3

Hi folks,

well, I had originally planned to do more thank you cards with the week 3 sketch for the November Viva La Verve challenges, but when I checked my calendar I saw that there were a LOT of male birthdays among our family and friends this coming week so I switched gears and made four birthday cards instead.

First up, the sketch:



And here are the cards:






card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny Timepiece (6x6 paper pad I picked up from Tracy of The Embellished Connection at Emily's Crop last weekend).
  • Stamps: Verve Big Wish (sentiments), CTMH Wonderful Friend (pocket watch image)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
Challenges for these cards:
Hope you are all having a lovely day, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November Viva La Verve - Week 2

Hi folks,

time for me to show you my take on the Week 2 sketch for the November Viva la Verve challenge shown below



Once again I made another batch of Thank You cards to thank the folks that helped out with the fundraiser held last weekend for my Mom. Warning, lots of photos as I made ten cards, all just slightly different by mixing up the sentiments and the die cuts. Note that I DID omit the bow element - to make the card more mailing friendly.












card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock
  • patterned papers: 7 Gypsies "Savannah". I've had these papers for a while now and am FINALLY getting around to using them.
  • stamps: Verve "Beautiful You", "Thanks So Much" single, "Dream Big", "Beautiful Kindness", "Words Cannot Express"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles, Labels Four, Labels Eighteen
Challenges for these cards:
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are all having a lovely day!