Friday, September 30, 2016

Five For Friday

1. Sage and I had a great time at the Mother/Daughter Retreat last weekend!
As we were running out the door to get there, I suggested that we open
our acceptance email to double check that we had everything that we needed...
Well, there at the bottom of the list of things to bring: eighties-style clothing.
Believe it or not, we had nothing that would fit that description in our wardrobes. ;)
We had a great time nonetheless.
It was just so fun hanging out with my best girl...

She got to go horseback riding four times, which she loved!

And, in the spirit of the eighties, we made friendship pins...

...and slap bracelets. :)

Sage asked: "They had slap bracelets in the 80s?!"
Actually she had lots of comments to make about the 80s styles. ;)

2. On Sunday, we decided to go out for supper to A&W (one of our favourites!)
and then to the movie theatre to see The Magnificent Seven. 

As you can probably tell from Jonah's expression, it was excellent!
Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke -- swoon!

3. So, my new job as Design Consultant at Two30Nine by Decor is going really well.
 This week, I got to go along on a measurement and then I got to design several versions of a basement bar for the clients.
It's really fun!
And I met with some other clients and the designer who's training me --
Sharon, who is awesome -- to discuss a renovation and Sharon had me draw
up the revisions.
I'm seriously loving it!

4.  We're having Sage's birthday party tomorrow.
Our theme is "Paris."
We worked on decorations earlier this week, 
picked up macaroons from the farmer's market last night and 
I'm making cupcakes tonight while Sage goes to a friend's birthday party.
I'll also need to prep the craft.
It should be fun!

5. I have a card to share for this week's ColourQ Challenge #361:

Here's my card:

I stamped my wreath from PTI's Twig Wreath in classic kraft.
I diecut the fox and leaves from Stylized Autumn and stamped them in 
PTI's Terracotta Tile and Altenew's Ocean Waves.

I stamped the sentiments from Colour Pop: Autumn in Altenew Dark Chocolate
(stamped twice with my MISTI) and tied on a Dark Chocolate button with classic kraft twine.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #192

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #192 designed by Sam Simpson:

Here's my card:

I started by stamping with PTI's Brushed Off stamps onto my white cardstock panel. 
Then, I stamped the leaves from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set
in versamark and heat embossed them in white.

I stamped my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set) 
in versafine onyx black and heat embossing it in clear.
Then, I went back and stamped the leaves beside the "many" and
 heat embossed those in white as well.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, October 6th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ink It Up with Heidi Shafer -- Altenew's Floral Shadow

Today, I've joined again with
Heidi Shafer of Mapleberry Musings for Ink It Up.

Ink it Up is a challenge where, on the second and fourth Wednesday 
of each month, Heidi and I share cards that we've made with new stamp sets
that we haven't used yet.

Today, I'm sharing two cards that I made using my 

For my first card, I used a technique using my Zigs,
where I colour directly onto my stamp with my marker and then 
spritz it a couple times with water before stamping it onto my watercolour background.

I stamped the sentiment (also from Floral Shadow) in versafine black
and added some sequins and a black cardstock border.

I felt the card was missing something, so I stamped some floral centres in black
using PTI's Bloomers set.

I also made this card, stamping the images from Floral Shadow in 
orange zest, sweet blush and scarlet jewel onto watercolour paper.
I added a little more ink mixed with my water brush and
coloured over the images, to lend more of a watercolour effect.

I stamped the sentiments (from Wplus9 Happy Wishes stamp set)
directly onto the background in versafine onyx black,
as well as onto a strip of black cardstock, which I heat embossed in seafoam.

A few rainstones finish it off.

Don't forget to hop over to Heidi's blog to see what
she created for this Ink It Up.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Altenew September Inspiration Challenge

Today, I have a card to share for the the 

I was a little stumped by the colour combo 
but then I remembered by Altenew Capture Moments stamp set.

I stamped out my cameras & sentiment (from Bamboo Roses) on watercolour paper 
in versafine onyx black ink and heat embossed them in clear.
Then, I took my panel along with me when I chaperoned at Austin's CMYC
camp two weekends ago.
I didn't check the photo.... otherwise I would have chosen more of a aqua blue for my card.

I coloured in the cameras using my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers
and a water brush.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Today, I'm playing along with the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
I decided to create my card using my Just Brew It stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

I started by diecutting a Lacy Scallop Frames Confetti Cuts from vintage cream cardstock
and layering it over a piece of Prima "coffee themed" patterned paper.
This paper was all pink, so I blended some Tangerine ink to the bottom half of it.

I stamped some Rose Garden sprigs onto their coordinating Rose Garden Confetti Cuts,
as well as some Blooms 'n Buds leaves onto their coordinating Blooms 'n Buds Confetti Cuts.
Over these, I adhered my Just Brew It Confetti Cuts that I stamped with this fun
Just Brew It stamp in Tangerine ink.

Confession time: I actually don't drink coffee -- gasp!
I know.... and in fact, when the Just Brew It stamp set was released,
I had to Google PSL to see what it meant!
However, I do enjoy making coffee-themed cards, 
so I hope it's okay that I play along with the blog hop. ;)





Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop

Today, I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

Our challenge was to use this beautiful photo as inspiration:

While the DT at Papertrey Ink were showcasing Christmas products this month,
I really couldn't get in the mood to make a holiday card just yet...

I started by stamping my sentiment from Phrases and Praises in
versafine onyx black ink on stamper's select white cardstock.
I made a border for my card with true black cardstock.
I wet some watercolour paper and coloured over it with two Zig Markers
and then went over the colouring with water.
Once it was dry, I splattered ink mixed with water over top.
Once that was dry, I diecut some Fancy Foliage Detail dies from it.

Some classic kraft button twine finishes it off.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #25

Today, I have a card to share for 

Isn't it lovely?
I was inspired to use my Altenew Peony set to make my card.

I started by stamping my flower and blooms using Altenew ink onto
a piece of white cardstock and fussy cutting them out by hand.
I inked some yellow ink onto my card front and layered
a lattice diecut (from PTI's Garden Gate kit) over top.

I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Choose Joy) in versafine onyx black
ink and added a strip of smokey shadow cardstock along the side.

Visit Inspired By All the Little Things to see  how the rest of the DT was inspired
 and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, September 29th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five for Friday

1. Last weekend, I chaperoned at Austin's Central Manitoba Youth Choir Camp.
It's Austin's second year in the choir -- they meet for two weekends to rehearse together
and then tour for five days.
It's a wonderful experience and I am blown away by how talented these teens are!

Austin is on the far right in the red t-shirt.

2. It was Sage's birthday on Monday.
We had Party Potato Soup for supper -- Sage's favourite.
She named it Party Potato Soup when she was little, because
she misheard me when I called it Hearty Potato Soup.
Her name for it is definitely more fun!

I made her a cake and friends came by to celebrate before she went to youth.

Do you like her cake?
to decorate it:

Since my best girl loves all things Paris:

to make this card:

I heat embossed my Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony stamps 
in white on a piece of aqua mist cardstock,
as well as my sentiment (from PTI's Songbirds).

I stencilled Altenew Morning Frost ink over my panel using my 

4. So, my new job is going really well!
There's lots to learn, but I'm finding I'm really enjoying all the aspects of my job.
And on Monday, one of my co-workers told me that he thought
I was a really good fit in the office with everyone. :)
I went along on an installation on Tuesday so I could see how everything works together
with the cabinetry.
And yesterday, I attended a seminar in Winnipeg, which was very interesting and fun.

 For the seminar, we were given these super cool badges
that we could personalize and use as ice-breakers for conversations.
Here's mine:

I was disappointed though when no one asked me about any of my topics. ;)

5. Tonight, Sage and I are going to spend the night at the Winkler Bible Camp
for their annual Mother/Daughter retreat.
We attended last year and enjoyed it so much, we decided to make it a yearly tradition.
I'm looking forward to spending some one on one time with my best girl. :)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #191

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #191 designed by Chrissy Larson:

I have to admit, I was a little stumped at first with Chrissy's sketch.
But here's what I finally came up with...

The frames are diecut from watercolour paper using PTI's Shaker Shapes: Squares.
I stamped the fox from Mama Elephant's Three Amigos stamp set
in versafine onyx black and heat embossed it in clear.
I colour him and the background using my Zig Markers and a water brush.

I stamped the sentiment from Altenew's Best Mom stamp set.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, September 29th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge -- Fall Floral -- Take Two

 I have another card to share that I made using the current

This time, I chose to use my Altenew Watercolour Wonder stamp set to make my card.

I stamped the flowers and leaves in colours from the bouquet in the photo,
using my Altenw inks.

I diecut the "happy" from white cardstock using the "so happy" word die that comes with the PTI Colour Pop Butterfly kit and trimmed off the "so" by hand.
I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Wet Paint) and heat embossed in in white
and adhered it with dimensional adhesive.

Remember, there's still time to play along with this
 Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

Thanks for looking!