Getting to Know Me Blog Hop

omgoodness . . . where does the time go? I have to start this post with an apology, as I completely dropped the ball on this! (Sorry Cheri)

I’ve been asked to participate in a Getting to Know You Blog Hop by my friend and wonderfully talented CAS sistah at The Outlawz, Cheri. You can find her at Stamp’n Boomer. I mostly know Cheri’s CAS projects which are wonderfully brilliant but I also have the pleasure of knowing her as a wonderful team member and person.

The purpose of the hop is to get to know some talented crafters and to pass the baton forward so I can introduce 2 more talented crafters! This is where I dropped the ball – 1) I’m late with this post and 2) I either did not get a response from the people I asked, or got a ‘no’ so, I’m afraid I can’t introduce you to anyone . . . For my answers, please read on . . .

What am I working on?
My craft table is always covered with different projects in various stages of completion. I am on The Outlawz CAS DT so I have been working ahead on my projects for October. Of course I can’t show you pictures because the challenges haven’t started yet! I am also working on a new Zentangle-Inspired project. Here’s where I’m at so far with it:

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My Style? What Inspires Me?
My style involves “cute”, or “beautiful” and not too girly or lacey. Cute images inspire me like crazy! If I smile when I look at an image then I know I’ll be smiling at the finished project. I also love beautiful floral images. I love working with images that I’m in the mood to work with. I am also inspired by colour – sometimes just one and that leads to the combination I chose or I’m inspired by the combination of colours and pick the ones I want to draw out.

Where Did it All Start?
Hmmmmmm, well my crafting started many years ago. My mom is a crafter, although she does a lot of different types of crafts than I do although we did many together. A lot of my mom’s projects involve sewing and that isn’t a skill I really developed! I do simple crochet (afghans); I have done a little bit of knitting but I’m not a relaxed knitter; cross-stitch, beaded ornaments and of course card-making. My card-making started digitally then went to cross-stitched designs that I framed in a card, then rubber stamping and although I still do use rubber stamps, I do a lot of digital work with digital images, digital papers and elements, not to mention digital layouts.

How does my creative process work?
My creative process is varied. My ideas begin in so many different ways:  the recipient; specific colours; an image. If I’m making a card for a specific person, I take into consideration their likes, the occasion, their style and their favourite colours. If I’m working with colours, I figure out what will work well with those colours and create from there. If I’m starting with an image, the process begins from there. I look at whether I’m creating with something cute or beautiful and that leads to the colours of cs, the layout, etc.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a bit better and seeing how I ‘think’ creatively. I love making cards – it is my sanity and my stress-relief! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Fall / Autumn

It’s Sunday once again and that means another new CAS challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are asking you to show us your Fall (Autumn)-themed cards. You pick the subject, just keep it CAS!

For mine, I went very CAS. I created a rectangle in my page layout program and brought in some digital leaves from Autumn Dawn at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. The Autumn definition is still a freebie from Beyond the Fringe Crafts – I layered it over top of a digital paper from the Autumn Dawn set. I placed everything as shown, added some drop shadows, printed, cut around the rectangle, distressed the edges and added a touch of distress ink! Voila!

leaves from DSS and Autumn definition from Beyond the Fringe Crafts

leaves from DSS and Autumn definition from Beyond the Fringe Crafts

Fall is my favourite time of the year and although I don’t like that the changing colours leads to leaves falling off the trees, which leads to winter . . . I LOVE Fall. It has been an incredibly gorgeous week weather-wise, in Southern Ontario, Canada. Oh, if only the temps would stay exactly where they are!

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you’ll join us at The Outlawz for the one of the daily challenges. So many great prizes to be won and so much fabulous inspiration!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Six Days Seven Nights

I’m so excited . . . the challenge for the CAS group at The Outlawz this week is for the movie, Six Days Seven Nights, starring Harrison Ford, Anne Heche and David Schwimmer! It is my favourite movie and I can’t wait to see the entries!

For my card, I went with the deserted island love aspects of the movie. I used Digi Darla’s Tropical Scene 3 image. I coloured it with Copics and did the background with distress inks and a touch of water. I did a bit of doodling around the edges and some Zentangle-inspired hearts in the bottom corner.

Tropical Scene 3 from Digi Darla

Tropical Scene 3 from Digi Darla

I hope you’ll join us this week. There are so many aspects of the movie to draw from – it leaves the options pretty wide open! There are always fabulous prizes to be won each month, so I hope you’ll pop over and join in the fun!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Girl Power

This week for The Outlawz CAS challenge, we challenge you to create a Girlie card. For some this will likely be really easy; for me, a bit of a challenge but I quite like how it turned out in the end! To me, girly is pink and sexy and a touch of sparkle!

I went with this sexy and pretty silhouette image from Floppy Latte Digital Designs, now available at Stitchy Bear Designs here. I brought in a digital paper file and sized it to fit right underneath it. It has lace around the edges so you’re able to see a bit of lace at the top and bottom. The paper is from Bearly Mine Designs and is from the Summer’s Lace Dreams Set. If you go to Donna’s Blog, she has a lot of freebies that you can try – her papers are GORGEOUS and she’s very generous with what she offers as freebies!

I then brought in the heart element from the Chantilly Lace digital kit at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. My friend Cara pointed out that it looks like the fairy is blowing the heart . . . like a kiss – I love it! For final touches, I added glitter to the wings and the white glitter ribbon down the side. No sentiment as I’m not sure where this card is going but I’ll have it in my stash.

Butterfly Solace from Floppy Latte Designs and paper from Bearly Mine Designs

Butterfly Solace from Floppy Latte Designs and paper from Bearly Mine Designs

Thanks for dropping by. I hope to see you at The Outlawz, in either the CAS challenge or one of the other 6 challenges that we offer! So many fabulous prizes to be won at the end of each month .

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Multitude of Stripes

This week’s challenge at Squigglefly, is ‘Stripes’. I haven’t played for awhile and thought this image was perfect to incorporate stripes, especially since it already contained some (the deck, the porch swing, the siding, the chair and the window!) I also used one of my favourite striped cs, drew some white stripes on dk blue cs and added some silver border sticker (stripes)! I think I got it covered! (A big HI to the Squigglefly DT!)

The Old Front Porch is the image I used and it is by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly. I coloured it with Copics. I laid down the layers as shown, popped up the image layer, added the silver border stickers and popped up the flower. I made this for a friend who has been experiencing some major health issues and although she is an extremely upbeat and positive person, I know my cards bring her smiles!

The Old Front Porch by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

The Old Front Porch by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Colour My World

The theme for this week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is ‘Color My World’. Super easy challenge . . . use YOUR favourite colour and share it with us! I’m also entering my card in this month’s Doodle Pantry Challenge.

Before I get into my card, just a quick update if you read my previous post about my car. The good news is that my mechanic says all the rust on my car is surface rust so my baby is still very driveable! Phew! The not-so-great-news is that that same mechanic says cars are only built to last 5 years (seriously?!) and I’m living on borrowed time with it. So, fingers crossed for a lottery win and then my baby can be put to rest!

On to my card . . . normally when given the choice to use my favourite colour, I choose purple. My apartment bathroom was just renovated by the management company and it was done in gorgeous browns! My mom was in visiting and we spent part of our time shopping for things to match my new and gorgeous bathroom. So, in honour of my new bathroom, I worked with browns today. The duck image, footprints and the digi paper are from a very fun Doodle Pantry set ‘Cute Critters‘. It is a one-layer card on top of the base. I placed the transparent-background-version of the duck over top of the digi paper strip then wanted the duck prints for fun. I did not modify the shape of the footprints, however, I changed the relative direction and then copied and pasted a couple of times. All colouring was done with Copic markers and I created the sentiment myself.

Duck, footprints and digi paper all from Cute Critters at Doodle Pantry

Duck, footprints and digi paper all from Cute Critters at Doodle Pantry

I hope you’ll come on over and join us in the happy dance we’re having this week, playing with our favourite colours. There are lots of chances to win at the end of the month, and a new challenge starts every day of the week at The Outlawz.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Button It

I am shamefully late in posting my car for the current CAS challenge at The Outlawz! I had had my card done and submitted for weeks but this darned post just didn’t get done. My mom came to visit from Winnipeg, MB last week and I was hardly on the computer. We had a fabulous time ‘doing lunch’, seeing Cirque du Soleil (Kurios) and shopping! I have been off work since last Thursday afternoon too, so that was a very nice treat! My vacation did end on a bit of a rocky note.

I was sitting on my balcony enjoying the sun, my coffee and a good book when a van pulled into the parking lot, drove slowly then backed up right into my car! It all kind of appeared to happen in slow motion! That area of the parking lot was quite empty so the fact that he backed into my car was very weird! He was going to take off but I indicated to him that it was in fact my car that he hit (shit luck for him since I was the witness!) Long story short, I went down to look at the damage and the driver was in his wheelchair, on the lift, visible through the open side door of his van. I mentioned to him that there was probably minimal damage but that I had to run upstairs. He said he’d meet me at the front door of my apartment building. No sooner did I turn my back and he took off. Fortunately, as I was going downstairs the first time, I caught an employee and asked if she could kind of back me up (I told her what had happened). She was quicker than I was and got the license plate number.

I had no intentions of scamming anyone – I already had some damage to my car – but  when he took off – wow! That was so NOT cool. I called the cops and they said they’d send someone over. They were busy last night so they didn’t get there until late. Unfortunately for me, that meant that I was dealing with the whole situation just before bed! More than the guy hitting me and taking off – I looked underneath the back of my car and was very dismayed to see a LOT of rust! Oh boy! I called my mechanic first thing and they will put it up on the hoist and look at it tomorrow first thing. Ugh! I’m stressing about this and fingers and toes crossed that the rust isn’t as bad as it appears. Very deceiving as the body looks like it’s in great shape!

On to my card . . . the challenge this week is to use a button on your project – any colour, any theme and use it in any way. My DT teammates have been quite creative and have some fabulous inspiration for you.

My card is very simple. I found this gorgeous flower in my stash, tied some thread/wool through the button and attached it. I added the gold border sticker to the bottom and added my sentiment., after sponging some ink on the edges.

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I hope you’ll join us in our challenge this week. Lots of chances for prizes every month, with a new challenge starting every day of the week.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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August Challenge at Doodle Pantry

I made this card for the July Challenge at Doodle Pantry, however I never got to creating my blog post, so here it is for August. My problem isn’t usually getting the cards made, it’s getting the posts done!

I used an image from Floating Away Birdie at Doodle Pantry. This is a hybrid card and I created the background using a couple of digi papers carefully placed. I then added the image with the black frame around it. I coloured my image with Copics. I used a pattern for my Silhouette for the clouds and just cut them from a paper I printed with clouds. The sentiment is one I created and is available at Squigglefly. I punched the corners and added them as shown then popped up the clouds and sentiment.

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Helloooooooo

We have another fun challenge for you at The Outlawz, in the CAS group . . . How many ways are there to say hello? Hello, hi, how are ya? Ciao, Aloha . . . you get the idea! I hope you’ll drop by and say hello.

My card is a little different from my ‘usual’. NO colouring on this one! I created the background with watercolours on watercolour paper. I added the following Ranger Distress Inks to my craft mat: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap then spritzed each one with water. I spritzed water on my paper the with a paint brush, painted each of the distress inks. I spritzed and dried everything a couple of times. I added Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to my craft mat, spritzed then painted and dried. I cut my mat down to the size I wanted then stamped my silhouette image. I hand cut the banner and stamped my greeting then wrapped the wool around the bottom. I sponged the edges of my pieces and attached.

I love the randomness of watercolours.

Watercolour background

Watercolour background

I hope to see you over at The Outlawz. We have lots of fun there each week and there are so many chances to win fabulous prizes!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Wave of Inspiration

This week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is to use the word ‘wave’ as your inspiration. It can be waves in the water, waving hello or goodby, waving something, etc. Use your imagination and remember to keep it CAS.

The word wave makes me thing of waves in the water. I grew up around a lake in Northern Ontario and currently live near one in Southern Ontario. I spent a lot of time in boats and on docks at the water. I used this adorable image Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digis. I created the layout digitally, so it is all one-layer plus the card base. I brought the image in, created a thick border around it. Drew a rectangle and filled it with a BooLand Designs Surreal digital paper. The net and gone fishing sign are from By the Lake digital kit from Digital Scrapbooking Studio. I printed everything as shown and then coloured the image with Copic markers.

Quality-time Fishing from Di's Digital Designs

Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digital Designs

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope to see you in the challenge this week.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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