Friday, 12 September 2014

Birthday Wishes Round II Card 20

This is another card made up at the lake. This little Penny Black image seemed so staid...I think it is the colours I used.  I decided that it needed a few brighter papers to liven it up and so set off on a mission to rescue it.

I coloured the hedgie image with my copics. Luckily, I had already  used  my Spellbinders Hexagon die to cut this image and mat, before we left home.  Managed to break my mitchy matchy habit and chose an acidy green for the mat. I can surprise myself sometimes! lol

I found the DP's in my snippets envelope. Don't gasp with shock...I did say envelope. I keep my snippets in 4 clear card sleeves and just group them loosely,  based on colours...very basic and very sparse! The two I found were just a fraction too short and did not meet on the card. I added a slice of blue dotted tied in the blues on the present and the bit of blue on the trees.

Diecuts are rolled off at home and stored in little photo albums from the dollar store. I bring those albums with me and only have what is in them to use up! Can be frustrating at times and I have wrestled with purchasing a Big Shot to leave up here. Space to store it though,  is the issue!

My card base is corrugated Kraft, so I used orange corners with green enamel dots, to brighten it up. It was an easy decision as when supplies are dwindling, it cuts down on the decision I need to make. lol   Found a white Wish diecut sentiment that I coloured up with a green copic marker. One last snippet of orange card to mount it on, a couple more enamel dots,  and my card was done.

My goodness the Wish looks so out of focus on my is a little close up of the sentiment  so you can see this really is a sweet die cut!

Card Base and envelope - corrugated 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card with matching kraft envelope, from my stash
DP - stripey one is Line Twist. trees and blue dots snippets are unknown from my stash
Card Stock - snippets of lime green orange and kraft from my stash. Cut with dies before leaving home
Image - Penny Black Critter Party (I think)
Dies - Tattered Lace Words - Wish

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card with paper

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Christmas Card Club - Something Beginning With The Letter S Round II - Card 19

Once again it is time for the Christmas Card Club Challenge. This time it was Hazel at My Crafty Outlook's turn to chose the theme... The Letter S.

I chose "S" for showcasing a Stamped  Sentiment only card and "S" for Snowflake...two of them in fact.  It seems I stamped quite a few images to keep ahead, last year. This one was already stamped and die cut...what luck! I made this one up at the lake, without a big shot or dies, so this was a bonus!
I managed to slide in a couple of extra  "S" items ...Script paper for the lower background DP and Striped paper behind the washi border. Not sure if that was what Hazel had in mind though!

Used papers from my snippets files, and some K&Co 3D snowflakes and poinsettia. My VOS and also NBUS item is the washi tape. I have several rolls of washi and I have never even used it! I have cast my mind back trying to remember, but I truly think I have never used any of it at all. I was always worried that it would start to peel off before I could get the cards mailed! I read on pinterest somewhere that if you tuck the edges under (much like ribbon) then you do not have to worry about that tuck I did.

Here is close up of the sparkle...

Card base - from my stash
DP - Black script is Heidi Swap Believe; Bright pink hounds tooth is Carta Bella Merry and Bright, green striped unknown snippet
Dies - Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight
Washi - Dollar Store originally, but from my stash
Embellishments - K&Co snowflakes and poinsettia from my stash
Bling - 3 white pearls from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1, Christmas Card Club - The Letter S
2. Marks Finest Papers Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
3. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
4.Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card with paper
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
6. Word Art Wednesday - uplifting,

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Pixies and Poppies Round II - Card 18

Quite some time ago, I was very, very lucky and won this Spellbinders Poppy die at Pixies Crafty Workshop. This a very fun challenge run by the bubbly Di . The antics of the other guests who drop by each week, to play in the workshop and the adjoining playground, will keep you amused. If you decide to check them out, just make a card incorporating some scraps, or snippets, as the British crafters call them!

I am trying hard to break my mad habit of hoarding new things. This die is my NBUS item for this post. It feels good to finally take it out of the package and put it to use.  As I was creating this for a sympathy card, I just lightly chalked the edges with a bit of pinky/brick coloured chalk, and then added a light touch of green chalk at the bottom, on the wee hilly bit.

I tucked that hilly bit behind a premade ivory oval frame that came with a scrapbook kit. I bought that kit about ten years ago!. This is my VOS item for this card. I did have to cut off part of the hilly side edges to get it to fit into the frame...hope you will forgive me Di!   lol
I hand cut a small snippet of black card into an oval mat. slightly smaller than the frame and tucked it underneath.
I pulled the poppies through the frame and let them overhang the inner edges. To add to the frame look, I pop dotted a few of the blossoms forward.

Pop Dotted the frame onto a soft pearelscent pink, Memory Box Debutant frame. I did not have any black DP with me but I did have a box of prefolded notecards 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I cut the front off one of the notecards and glued the MB Debutante frame onto it. All of that was then glued onto a silver 5x7 prefolded glitter card.
At this point the card looked top heavy and I decided that I did not want to add a sentiment to the area I had left empty at the bottom.  So, I wacked some of the length off the glittered card and will make a custom sized envelope with my punch board.

Thanks to you,  Di,  for providing the die that inspired this Sympathy card. What fun I have found at the playground. I feel I have made such a lovely friend across the ocean, and so enjoyed meeting up with you last summer!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Some of you asked me just what is an RV.  It is a recreational our case a 5th wheel trailer. We do not drive and tow it about. Instead it is parked here in the Shuswap area of BC where we spend our vacations..
The guest bunkie I showed you all two days ago,  is the green vinyl sided building. The gazebo where I colour my images, is the tent structure. It has net curtain panels to keep out the wasps in Augus/.September and full heavy curtains if it rains and we still want to sit outside anyway and play cards or gamies.   Doesn't look all that inviting as we had already put the chair cushions away in the shed!  You can just see the edge of the RV to the right of the photo...

Here is a shot of the RV. We have neighbours behind and on the gazebo side. We are an end lot so have a dead end road to the right of the photo. There are fields on the other side of that road.

As you can see we have a few trees...thank goodness as it is nice to have the shade from them when it gets into the mid 30's.  One is particulaily messy and the leaves drop and stain the concrete. We mutter about it when we are bleaching the concrete each spring, but it has a valuable use to us as  our  insurance states the boat must be chained when not in a marina.

The lake is about a 5 minute walk from here. There is a dock and a nice beach with a great firepit area. I was too busy to walk over there for a photo though...too busy packing my summer stuff to take back home.

Just so you understand why I craft in the bunkie, here are some shots to show how space is a premium in an RV. These cupboards in the living room hold the linens, quilt and pillows for the hide-a-bed, as well as winterweight blankets for all the beds.

The couch and the table are situated in a bumpout or "slide out" as they are called here.  The area behind the beam slides out on motors to create extra room. We slide them back in for the winters

You can just see the edge of the dead end road through my roadside windows. There are some static caravans on that road (or Park Model trailers as we call them here). Some of the ladies that quilt, and the ones that make cards and also scrapbook, live steps away on that road.   The fields are just behind those Park Models and we have seen many deer in those fields this year!

See those dining chairs...they have a unique

There is another slide across from the couch that you could see in the outdoor photo. It holds our       
media area. You can just see the upper cabinets of it beyond the coffee pot. The stovetop comes with a cover to help create extra prep space...same with the covers over the double sink!                                                     

The front closet is only 4 inches or so just holds 4 lightweight jackets or hoodies and then it is full! The fridge/freeezer  is the door with the black trim. I t is in an odd spot but really that is the only room for it!  The door at the top of the two stairs is to our bedroom and bathroom.

You can just see the bottom of the bedroom TV in that upper cabinet. I send DH up here if he wants to watch the golf or sports!  lol

Here is the shower...literally two steps from the bed! Space is a premioum!  There are two more windows in here...on each side of the head of the bed. They give a much needed cross breeze when it is hot. We  have a ceiling fan and ceiling vent here and another in the living room. We do have air conditioning, but try not to use it as we both hate the feel of the blasts of frreezing air. We try to just use the fans and those ceiling vent fans!  Once it gets into the high thirties though, the air has to go on!

 There is a bank of mirrored closet door across the back wall but I am not showing that as I look a fright from packing up to return home...and you will get my reflection!

Well, that's it for the tour. Now you all know what an RV looks like.  Blink and you would miss it! lol