Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Box

So it's time for 'the box' to make it's way to work with me. 

I've spent the last few days filling it up with Christmas cards.  I swear, the girls at work at the cheapest therapy around.  I could be having the worst day ever and the fuss they make over my cards...well, it warms the heart!  And there's nothing like making cards for 'the box''s like free time, I can pull out any supplies around and just go to it.  There's no limitations like when I'm creating for a challenge or submitting to a magazine. This is like cardmaking recess.  And the money from the sales...more supplies for more cards.
It's all and my box.

Here's my card for today.  This one was made for the November sketch challenge at the Authentique Blog and the button challenge at Lily Pad cards.

I used the 6 x 6 pad from Authentique's Wonder collection, chipboard tree from Magistical Memories (inked) Amercian Crafts rub on sentiment and wooden button from Michaels.

Thanks for visiting today.  I am off to peddle some cards...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bo Bunny Christmas Cards

Finally the sun is shining.  I'm going to whip through my cleaning so I can get out this afternoon for a walk; I love walking when it's sunny out.

Today I'm sharing two Bo Bunny Christmas cards.  I was so happy when I came across the Tuesday card challenge on the Bo Bunny blog yesterday.  This was just the thing I needed to pull these papers out.  I altered the sketch a bit.
I'm also entering this in a challenge blog I just found, The Ribbon Carousel challenge (RCC30) to make a card celebrating a holiday and to use ribbon, twine etc. on your card.

This card uses papers from the Father Christmas 6 x 6 pad of papers.  The rub on sentiment is from an older collection, not sure which one.  Wreath is from Sandylion.  I used the snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

Since I had the BoBunny paper out, I made another card with the Father Christmas paper and some back to Basics paper.  The embossing folder and lace trim are from Stampin' UP, chipboard tree is from Magistical Memories, jingle bell is re-purposed from Lindor chocolates.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you're enjoying some sunshine today too.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

'Tis the season

Just a quick post tonight, I've been working on some Christmas cards and wanted to upload this for a couple of challenges.  There has been no sun for the last couple of days, so I'm stuck taking pictures in my studio.

This card is based on the sketch at CAS-ual Friday Blog.  It's also for the silhouette challenge of the Less is More Challenge blog.

The stamp is from Me and my Big Ideas, sticker is from SRM, ribbon is from Offray, glitter yarn is from Darice and the flower center is from Prima.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving today have had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Boot Camp

My friend Barb raved about an online card class she took in the fall so I decided to join her in the next class held by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner, Holiday Card Boot Camp.  I am loving it.  I wish I had time to do all the cards shown, but was happy with finding this reproducible card in Kristina's day 10 class.  The great thing about this class is that the information will be available forever, so I can go back to the videos and make the cards as I have time.  

So, this is one of the designs for my cards this year.  Easy, fun and I have 10 of them made and ready to go.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder,  Penny Black stamp, SU cardstock and ink (Old Olive), Fiskars Treading Water Punch, Papertry Ink sentiment, Offray ribbon, EK Success star punch pop dotted and glittered with Stickels and Recollections bling.

Thanks so much for dropping by,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Blessings Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Autumn Blessings Blog Hop at CardSwaps.  The crop runs from November 16-19, 2011 so I hope you make some time to come by and join in the fun...and get in the running for some fun prizes.

You should have arrived here from Teresa's blog. If not, you should consider starting the hop from the beginning, which is Lora's blog.  This blog hop has a theme. The theme is: I have been blessed! 

I'd like to share one of my blessings by starting with this plain old American Greetings card.  I recently received it from a patient and his wife...and it made me realize the blessing my nursing has been to me.  I have not always been in love nursing, it was just a job.  Sometimes a hard and thankless job.  But this card made me truly pause and think about this 'job' of mine.
Nursing has given me a job through 3 provinces, allowed me to work casual part time when my girls were small, make amazing life long friends, and it has allowed me to touch lives and make a difference, as in the case of this family.  All of this insight brought on by a plain old American Greetings card!  It probably one of the most meaningful cards I've ever received.

The project that I'm sharing today is a set of coasters that I made for our Canadian Thanksgiving in October.

The coasters are from the $ store.  I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment onto the coaster with Maya Road ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was an easy and fun project.

Next you are hopping over to Jane's blog.
If you get lost on the hop, here is the list where you can find yourself again. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Clean...for now!

It has taken me weeks, on and off.  I would start cleaning and organizing one corner of my studio, only to be distracted by a card or a project.  Then the piles started collecting...and I got overwhelmed.

But now it's purged and shiny and I love it.  I'm almost afraid to go and mess it up.

Thought I'd share the pictures now, because I know that it will not last!  

All cabinets and countertops are from California Closets.  The Expedit cube in the last picture is from Ikea.

So, in my nice clean room, I finally got a couple of challenges done.  The first card is for The Play Date Cafe color splash challenge to use black and white with a splash of orange.

I used Elegant Lines embossing folder from Stamin' UP, old 7 gypsies gaffer tape, SRM sticker, Fiskars Threading Water Punch and felt flowers.

With the leftovers from the card, I made this tag for the CAS-ual Friday blog's  'Tag you're it' challenge.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Off I go to admire the clean studio while it lasts....