Monday, 22 September 2014

Masculine Birthday Card Pair

Good morning friends!

So I had my first dose of the chemo medication Saturday - it's once a week - and yesterday was the Folic Acid which should help prevent or reduce the severity of mouth sores. Yikes. The good news, is that I seem to be tolerating it fairly well. Wasn't sure how it would go last night with how I was beginning to feel, and I took a bucket to keep at our bedside. But I was fine! The cortisone is working as well, and as of yesterday morning I could straighten out my left leg.

The packing is going much better with improved mobility and I actually have the upstairs almost completely done. I would be done, except hubby is holding out thinking it can all be done the day the movers arrive. I'll be packing his stuff up on him before that, ha ha.

It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and I have 2 masculine birthday cards to share today. I'm still rooting through my older card pictures, as with the upcoming move I don't have much in the way of playtime. In just a few days we will be in our new house!!!

I had made these to donate to Seniors Secret Service back in the Spring.

Journal card die - Technique Tuesday
Patterned paper - The Paper Studio
White card stock
Kraft card stock
Border stamp - Avery Elle
Birthday stamp on the front - Hero Arts
Birthday stamp on the inside - The Stamps Of Life
Button twine - PTI
Card size - standard A2

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Gold Snowflake Christmas Cad

Good morning friends!

I had a good (although really, really LONG) appointment with the Rheumatologist on Friday. My diagnosis is pretty much confirmed as a Seronegative Arthritis which is presenting like Rheumatoid Arthritis.  She has started me on some immune suppressing medication, and I should see results in anywhere from 6 weeks - 3 months. The drug cocktail may have to be adjusted after 3 months if the disease isn't in remission by then, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it. She also gave me a cortisone shot in both knees so I will be feeling good for the move - which is just days away! I had X-rays of my chest, hands, hips, knees and ankles as the disease is showing up in all those areas. Now we have a baseline to work with. I'm feeling very hopeful now!

I am still sharing some older photos today, as I've been packing like crazy and there is just no playtime!

I layered printed acetate snowflakes with punched ones, onto a die cut panel. Then I added a narrow strip of the Stampin' Up Glimmer Paper for seasonal shimmer and shine.

Inside there is another die cut panel, a stamped greeting and acetate snowflake.

Kraft card stock - Recollections
Gold acetate snowflake and patterned paper - K & Co
Red snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Champagne Glimmer paper and inside word stamp - Stampin' Up

Card size - standard A2

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

C4C254 Sketch Challenge Card

Good morning friends!

It's Saturday, so that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. This week our hostess Danielle has a sketch for us.

I used the sketch for the front of my card ...

Before I packed away the vellum, I cut a panel of this leaf printed vellum. The adhesive is hidden under the fishtail banner and other elements.

I wanted to make it a Pop Up card, so turned to the Pop it Ups Lorna Label (yes AGAIN) for the inside.

 The felt and glittered leaves I've had in my stash for a couple of years. They worked so nicely on these cards!

The Crazies would love to see what you come up with using this sketch, so be sure to link up your creation on the blog. Please use C4C254 if you are uploading to an on-line gallery.

Card size: 4-1/2 x 6"
Patterned paper - K & Co
Felt and Glitter leaves - K & Co
Lorna Label Pop Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
All other dies - MFT Blueprints #13
Word stamps - Hero Arts
Printed vellum from my stash

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Leaves Flip-It card

Good morning friends!

Yesterday there were no contractors in the house, and no barking dogs. It was so nice and peaceful! Except for the fact that there were no contractor because they didn't order all the cabinets so he will have to come back when they come in and get that all done. The house may even be listed by then, but I will put a folded card on the counter stating that this company IS coming to fix the mistake. AARRGGHH.

There is good news today though. I get to see the specialist today! After 8 months of getting worse every week, lots of pain and not much mobility, there is hope for learning about recovery today. At any rate, I know I will be under the specialists care now and that is HUGE!

It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and today I have a couple of Flip-It Cards that I donated to Seniors Secret Service.

I added the punched label as a place for them to sign, and used a couple of different dies to make the leaves etc.

These plastic leaves I've had in my stash for a couple of years, so I thought it was time to actually USE a couple of them. :-)

Supplies used:
Circle Flip-It - Sizzix (Stephanie Barnard)
Patterned paper - K&Co
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Words & Banners, stamps & dies - Sizzix (Banners 2 die)
Leaf and acorn die - Stampin' Up
Plastic leaf - my stash
Words - Stampin' Up
Custom background stamp (on leaf dies)

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wine Bottle Hanger for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning friends!

It's my day to post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, and I have a fun project to share today.  A Wine Bottle Tag!  I have wanted to make one of these for my ECD Post for a long time, so I was glad to finally get the chance to make one.

Packing up the studio for our upcoming move, I came across a few sheets of this pretty metallic card stock that I had painted a few years ago. I knew it would be perfect for a Wine Bottle Tag and the rest was easy!

I hope you will join me on the BLOG today to see my finished project!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Crows for Halloween

Good morning friends!

Today is my third card for Karen Burniston's September Designer Challenge - Spooky September.

I actually made this card awhile ago - it was the first time I used the Spiral Circle Pull Card die (SCPC).

I cut the patterned paper 8" x 5-1/2" and scored it in the centre. I really love how this die cuts notches to keep this Z-Fold card in the closed position until the recipient pulls the side to reveal the surprise inside.

The SCPC comes with a spiral, that I cut from the centre circle. Then I attached 3-d crow stickers that I have had in my stash for a couple of years. I found them on clearance at Michaels after Halloween one year and just knew I'd have a use for them. Ha!

The Glittery ghosts are clear stickers from our dollar store.

Sorry - this card was really hard to photograph.  When you pull the card open, the crows spread out along the spiral ... the further you pull open the spiral, the more they spread out. With those googly eyes, these crows are SO fun.

I cut the banner that comes with the Lorna Label Pop Up (also a Pop it Ups die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs) and penned Happy Halloween on it. It was attached to the folds inside and is revealed when the card is pulled open but hidden when it is closed.

Today is the day Karen Burniston has her post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, so be SURE to go check it out!

Supplies used:
Card size: 5-1/2 x 5"
916 Spiral Circle Pull Card, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
915 Lorna Label (Banner), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
7018 Glitter Dots in orange and black, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - Recollections
Custom Texture Stamp
Crow stickers - Recollections
Clear Stickers - Dollarama

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Halloween Hoppy

Good morning friends!

Today's share is my second card (of three) for Karen Burniston's September 2014 Designer Challenge … Spooky September. I hope you enjoyed all the creative cards the Designer Challenge Team posted yesterday!

I used strips (scraps) of sparkly patterned paper from a Halloween paper stack for the front, tying everything together with orange seam binding.

See how sparkly the paper is? Love this embedded glitter paper.

Inside, Hoppy is decked out for Halloween with a sparkly witches hat and popped up using the Lucy Label Pop Up. I made the hat using the same technique as yesterday, and yes - Hoppy the Frog was cut from patterned paper. This time I added enamel dots for Hoppy's eyes.

The glittery chipboard embellishments I had in my stash - they are so fun!

I love how the lacy Peel-Off border looks like spider webs when paired with themed paper.  I hand lettered the wording.

Make sure to check the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog tomorrow, when Karen Burniston has her post with her take on the challenge.  I'll be back tomorrow with my third card for the challenge.

We were so frustrated with our contractors on Friday, my husband came home from work yesterday afternoon after he had called the company owner and requested he meet him here. We went over everything and showed him all the mistakes, and the guys told the owner they would work late last night.  I was in the basement with my MIL packing, when we realized at 6pm that it was awfully quiet upstairs. They had left for the day, leaving sawdust all over the floor in the powder room, the fridge pulled out, their tools plugged in and their step ladder in the middle of the kitchen.  Nice.

Hopefully things go better today, and they show up at a decent time. I would like to get these rooms finished so I can enjoy having a functioning kitchen and bathrooms again.

Card size: 4-1/4 x 5
909 Hoppy the Frog, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
779 Lucy Label Pop Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
1279 Lace Border Peel-Off - Elizabeth Craft Designs
503 Double Sided Adhesive - Elizabeth Craft Designs
641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Witches hat stamp - Printworks
Copic Markers
Patterned paper (green) - scrap
Patterned paper - Recollections
Black card stock
White card stock
Black enamel dots
Orange seam binding
Halloween Chipboard - MME
Black Sharpie

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