Thursday, 23 July 2015

Viva La Verve: Welcome Baby

It's been a long time since I've participated in online card challenges! Today I'm linking up with Viva La Verve and their July Week 2 sketch (click here to see the post). I love layered sketches, so this one caught my eye!

I looked through a couple of colour challenges this week for inspiration and loved the colour combo from Colour Throwdown (minus the lime-y green). So, while I can't participate in this colour challenge because I didn't use all the colours, I still loved 3 out of 4 of the colours and decided to use them for my card -- Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, and Bermuda Bay. These colours could be use for any occasion. For me, 'baby' came to mind! My daughter's nursery has similar colours - light grey and teal/aqua. Here's a couple pictures of the card:

I love how it turned out!
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Celebrate Baby (SU)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP
Ink: Smokey Slate, Bermuda Bay
Tools: Decorative Dots embossing folder, Circles nestabilities
Accessories: Basic Grey satin ribbon, Bakers Twine (CTMH)

Friday, 17 July 2015

A Pokemon-Themed Card-in-a-Box

This past week I had a request to make a Pokemon-themed anniversary card. I am not familiar with Pokémon at all, but I thought I would take on the challenge. The recipient wanted the characters Charmander and Vulpix on the card. So I went right to google and found clipart of these characters:

Easy enough, I think! I simply drew these characters on cardstock and pieced them together from scratch. I then made a card-in-a-box base, added designer paper to each panel and added these characters to the inside panels. Here's how it turned out:

A close-up of the characters:
Card Ingredients:
Paper used for the card base: Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Summer Smooches DSP
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Memorable Moments
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window, 1-3/8" Circle, Heart to Heart


Saturday, 11 July 2015

A 50th Birthday Card for a Doctor

I often have requests to make customized greeting cards. This time I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for Kevin's aunt. I was given the following specifics to incorporate into the card:

- something medical (as she is a doctor)
- her favourite flower - hydrangeas
- her favourite colour - purple

I always love being presented with challenges - it gets my creative juices flowing!

How am I going to incorporate all 3 items into one card? Well, the first thing I usually do is grab my sketchbook and start brainstorming by sketching some design ideas. As I'm doing this, I google medical related clipart for inspiration.

Here's the sketch of my final design:

A little bit of everything in one card :)

And here's how it came together:

The stethoscope, syringe and doctor bag were all made from scratch using pieces of cardstock. The medical symbol on the doctor bag is a punched out symbol from the Stampin Up Itty Bitty Punch Pack. The same punch was used to create the hydrangea flower. I used the stamp set "Memorable Moments" for the sentiment, popping up the "50th" to give the card some dimension. For some added elegance, I embossed the white background with the "Elegant Lines" embossing folder. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Feeling Scrappy

This past week I've been focusing on scrapbooking. It's good to get back into it again! I'm currently working on a scrapbook of my daughter's 1st year. My goal is to have this completed by her 1st birthday. I'm doing traditional scrapbooking, which can take some time to put together, but I really enjoy it! I use any bits and pieces of cardstock, designer paper and punched images, as well as memorabilia that I've collected to create beautiful pages. I always love looking back at the scrapbooks I've made. One day I may consider switching to digital scrapbooking or maybe the new Project Life form of scrapbooking, but for now I'll stick to the traditional kind :)

Here are a few of my favourite pages that I've completed over the past week:


So crazy to look back at how small my little girl was and how far she's come! I will cherish these memories forever :)