KA-POW Kreative Challenge KKC01

This is the first challenge I’ve participated in and it was super fun!  My upline, Carrie Gaskin has started a fantastic challenge – the KA-POW Kreative Challenge!  You must check out the rest of the participants in the challenge HERE

This was a colour challenge:

This was a tough colour challenge for me since I’m not a fan of Poppy Parade, however I embraced it and am super pleased with the result. I actually loosely followed a card sketch from one of the Stampin’ Success magazines (available for demos only) to get me started. I felt the challenge was a Ka-Pow of colour and knew I wanted to make a bright kids card. I used the retired set Best Bots in black Staz-on on vellum cardstock. Then I used markers to colour in the “bot”. I layered it onto Whisper white cardstock and added brads to the corner. I am in love with the embossing folders and used the polka-dot folder on the Wysteria wonder layer. I used lots of dimensionals to get more depth and finished it off with some Old olive grosgrain ribbon and an Old olive button tied with white baker’s twine.
Here’s a closeup of the “bot”:
Enter the challenge yourself and be sure to vote for your favourite (Superhero)!!  Check out the details:  http://artisticavenger.com/ka-pow-kreative-challenge/current-kkc-challenge

Friday Night Girl’s Night!!

Last Friday, I got together with some card making friends and we had a great time crafting up a storm in my “studio”!

Since we all chose the designs and then mass manufactured, I have to give credit to ALL:  Alexis, Allison, Laura, and ME!

Here are some of the creations:

This card is actually a CASE of a card on the front of one of the Stampin’ Up magazines that demos get.  We changed it up a little bit – using some different colours and different stamp set.  This would be a great card to make for many occasions just changing out the stamp set and colours!

I love how this one turned out!  We cut squares of different designer paper and one with an embossing folder design (have I mentioned how much I love embossing folders?!!).  Then we used the 5 point petal punch with the newsprint designer paper and scrunched the flowers to give them a vintage look, punched some leaves from the bird punch, added a rhinestone brad and a little “4 you” tag!  Here’s a closeup of the flower detail.

Back to school – fieldtrips from the past

I’ve finally sorted most of my photos and photos of scrapbook/cards, and thought this oldie but goodie was a good back to school post.  I made this little 6X6 page for my son’s teacher after their fall fieldtrip in Kindergarten to the Apple Barn (pumpkin patch too).  Luke starts grade 4 this year, so this brought back some good memories and made me realize that time sure flies!  Enjoy your back to school adventures 🙂

Summer surfers

Thought I’d leave you with a last ditch summer fun post.  Granted this was from 2006 on a roadtrip to Disneyland, this photo was taken at Huntington Beach, CA and is a 6×6 scrapbook page that will eventually go onto a 12×12 page.  Often I enjoy getting a bunch of 6×6 pages done quickly, especially from a trip and then when I have more time I make them into full 12×12 pages.  I loved these concrete surf boards and the kids thought they were super cool!

Star birthday wishes

This is a card I made awhile ago, but never posted.  I love chipboard added to cards to create depth and dimension, and I love sponging chipboard to match anything you’d like!  This is a clean and simple layout that can be altered by colour or celebration!  I love all the brown neutrals!

Cards I hate to make – “With Sympathy”

I love cardmaking, but when it comes to illness, death, and other horrific live events, I wish none of it happened and it makes me sad when I need these types of cards.  However, I feel good about being able to provide a nice gesture to those in pain, so it’s bitter sweet.  This is a card that will go to a friend who lost her sister in the last few months. 

RIP Rocky. 

Happy “whatever”

I spent a great evening out surprising my great friend, Elaine on her birthday with a group of good “couple” friends.  I was inspired by a card in the Stampin Up Stampin’ Success magazine that demonstrators get that’s full of great projects and information.  So I made a bunch, knowing I’d be using at least one as a Happy Birthday card for Elaine.  I love cards like this that don’t really have a “theme” and can be used for such a variety of functions.







Any questions on products/colours I used, please email me!

Back to business!

Wow, it’s awhile since I was out of commission posting, but was spurred on by my upline Carrie Gaskin to post regularly at our last downline meeting (which was so fun!!), so I’m going to really try to having something posted once a week.

So, the other thing that brought me back is that I’ve created a MDS book for my Grannie’s 90th birthday.  I’m still a total newbie figuring out all the amazing features this product has, but I’m happy with the results, and I know she’ll love all the family photos.  So of course I also had to create a card for her.  Now THIS is what I’m super happy about.  Typically, I need inspiration from someone else’s creations to create something.  But this time I did it all on my own – didn’t copy a sketch, card, colour challenge or anything, and I actually like it!!  My Grannie collects frog-things (not REAL frogs).  So, I had to use the retired stamp set “Hoppy for you”.



I love the antique brads and the pearl dots – they really add dimension to the whole card.  I also love layering the punches by cutting the layers in half and adjusting the size of them for the layered look.  Hope you like – let me know!

Check mate!

My son is a member of “chess club” at his school.  The chess season is coming to an end – they had their school tournament and our school came 2nd overall – YAY!!  It was Luke’s first year in chess, and he loves it and thinks he’s a pro – ha ha!  So, as things come to an end, I must thank the parent volunteer, and the 2 teacher sponsors who made the club happen.  THANKS!

About the card…..I got inspiration from the Stampin’ Up online showcase (for demos only) and loved the layout that Candy Rattray did.  She’s a talented crafter, so be sure to see her blog at http://www.sweetstamper.com/.  The “Game Night” stamp set is actually retired (as is the designer paper I used), but I love everything came together to be a really “full” and multi-layered “chess” card.  I heat embossed the image to get a richer appeal and I distressed every 2nd layer of the papers.  I used sticky strip for the folded ribbon technique and lots of dimensionals throughout the project.  And a great technique I learned from my superstar demo – Carrie Gaskin, is to cut very thin strips of cardstock and tie in buttons to look like ribbon!  Brilliant.

Hope you like…..if you’d like to purchase supplies, please leave me a message.

Lots of thanks

I have a lot of “thanks” to give to many teachers at my son’s school, so I played around with some designs I had hanging around.  It’s the first time I used sticky strip to “crunch” and fold the ribbon, and it worked quite well – I really love the look of it.  Hope you enjoy it too:

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