Monday, 30 July 2012

You make me Smile

It's true... some of the comments I've received lately on this blog and via e-mail have made me smile with my heart. Thank you, so very much!

Since its Monday, it's time for another MojoMonday card and I'm going square. Before I jabber on about the card, I must say we had a wonderful time watching the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. It was spectacular, sensational and mesmerising. It was long, more than 3 hours long but thoroughly entertaining with everything quintessentially British thrown in. It's going to be tough opening to beat. I can't wait to see what we'll get for the closing. How about you?

In the meantime, I have something altogether sobering for you: a happy union between MojoMonday #252 and The Shabby Tea Room #125.

Shake 'em and out pops:

The papers are from Papermania's Capsule Collection by Tina Higgins.  The edges of the papers have been distress and crumpled. I love that sheer pink polka dot ribbon - so ethereal.
The sentiment is from WMS Compact Sentiments 2, stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves and I fussy cut it.  For the purple die cut, I used Spellbinders Teardrop Circles. I'm picking the colours from the TSTR photo.
What's with the tutu? Well, that's my take on newspaper the flowers are on, crumpled, ruffled yet light and delicate enough to hold the flowers. I have an active imagination...what can I say?!
Here are the little flowers - my interpretation of the tiny petals of the hydrangeas. I took my Sakura Crystal gel pen to the word "smile" for some sparkle. Not so obvious in this pic.  
Here's the inside - plain and simple - what I do best ... NOT!

That's my card for today. Since I'm using 2 patterned papers, you'll find this card over at Paper Pretties PPMC#50 "2 or More Papers". Thanks for dropping in and I'll see you soon. In the meantime, watch the Olympics and have a marvellous Monday, y'all!


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Walnut brownie, espresso frappuccino and

Friday, 27 July 2012

Blue Posy

Heelllloooo Friday! It's been a great week but, nothing like the weekend. What have you got planned for this evening? We'll be watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, on the box of course. (Why do we still call it a "box" when its flat and on the wall?).  Conan, the Barbarian and his grizzly pack are charge of charring our meaty rations while the civilised ladies sit in the parlour sipping G&Ts. (Why don't we sit in the parlour anymore? Do we even have a parlour? What is a parlour? Anybody?)

What usually happens is us sorting out the sustenance while they stand in front of the fire talking, drinking, belching ... not necessarily in that order. It's going to be very different this year, but they don't know it! Hearty salads, side dishes and finger food can be quite filling. So, there's no risk of starvation in the ladies' camp! Let's see how the boys fair...

We'll also be celebrating the birthday of one our guests today. She turning 45 again. (We are all forty-fivers here!). And I made her a card. She's very young at heart and cannot stand the sight of Hello Kitty (neither can I!). I've paired Tuesday Morning Sketches #156 with ColourQ #147, but I kept the pink to a minimum (blame it on a certain pink feline).

Here's my card: 
The papers are from Dots & Stripes 6x6 pack.

The stamp is from a freebie set that came with a magazine, called "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" (Bet she had a parlour!) I inked the flowers with Memento Danube Blue, the stems with Memento Bamboo Leaves and coloured the lot with Promarkers. I cut the image out with Spellbinders Oval dies, leaving the stem to overhang and I tied some pink & white twine. One more layer of Spellbinders Labels 18 in blue and we're done. 
You know me - couldn't help but reach out for my foam tape and gave the image a lift. I cut the green stripe panel with Spellbinders Labels 25. 
I also added some sheer ribbon with a subtle lacy border. More twine and a pink button to finish the card. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Danube Blue.
Here's what I did on the inside. There's plenty of room for all of us to sign ... I hope!
I'm also linking my card to a few birthday challenges: Divas by Design #45, Paper Pretties and Fashionista #5. Thank you for spending time with me today. Hope you have a great evening and s super-splendid weekend! Ta ta for now!


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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

My Christmas Village

Hello there, my friends! I'm back with a Christmas concoction. This time I'm playing with the good folks at Technique Tuesday and the challenge for July is to make a cascading card. Mynnette has an excellent tutorial on how to get started with the card base, so hop on over to make your own. It's a lot of fun. Once you have the base sorted out, all that's left is to let your imagination soar. Go crazy... I did!

Admittedly, I got a teensy bit carried away and before long there was no turning back. I must warn you that my card is bumptious, bodacious and very very busy! I also came to the sobering realisation that I am the Anti-CAS. The need to fill up every inch of real estate on a card is confounding. I can't help myself. Perhaps it's my choice of music. Maybe there's too much sugar in my diet. Who knows...

For this project I wanted to make something literally bursting with all the things that remind me of Christmas. The tastes, the sights, the sounds, the sentiments  - I wanted to cram it all into a Christmas village. And here's what I've come up with:

Here it is, lying flat. There's a lot going on. Let's start with the patterned paper. It's from the Cozy Christmas 6x6 pack. This paper has little ginger-bread houses - an entire village of it! Yummmm! The trees are made of sugar cookies, even the snow men. Delicious! Ok ok, I'm 46 but this makes me feel like a 6 year-old. 

Here it is standing up. Now do you believe me there's a lot going? We have poinsettia, santa's hat, ornaments, glitter, bling, candy canes - there's even a tree sticking out of the card! Of course, right at the top is the Star. Dies for santa's hat, candy cane, ornaments and star are by Spellbinders - Christmas Cheer Shapeabilities . I cut the poinsettia and Christmas tree with Marriane Creatables dies.

The 2 photos above show the side view. You can see that it's very 3-dimensional with bits sticking out everywhere. I'm not sure if this is what Mynnette had in mind for a cascading card - but here we are! On the right below the Star, I've added a musical note for all the wonderful carols and hymns we sing (or try to) at this time. 

I think this sentiment is beautiful and oh so true. There's a gingerbread home for everyone!  The sentiment is from WMS "Seasons of Love Tags" set, stamped with Memento Potters Clay and cut with Spellbinders Labels 18. And as always, there's no end to my stitching! 

The star and sentiment within are also from WMS "Seasons of Love Tags" set. I stamped the star with Versamark, heat embossed with Metallic Gold EP and cut with Spellbinders Star Nestabilities die. I heat embossed the sentiment with Fine White EP and cut it out with Spellbinders Circles Nestabilities die.

I decided to layer the inside with the some CS embossed with Cuttlebug's D'Vine Swirls folder.

 Here's the behind. 

A worn-out model resting on my cutting mat after an exhausting photo shoot!

That's my card. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the tour. I really had fun making it and playing with it. There is no way I would stick this in an envelope and send it in the mail. In fact, I don't think it's going anywhere by any mode of transport! Contrary to the whole spirit of Christmas, I might just keep this for myself... maybe. Come December, I'll probably change my mind but for now it's staying put!

In the meantime, I'm doing a little show and tell over at Bearly Mine #45 "Shaped Card", Paper & Such "Stitch It" (as I've got plenty of it... on every panel), Crafty Sentiments "Food" (oh yeah - candy canes, gingerbread houses, sugar cookies), Christmas Cards All Year Round July "Holly / Poinsettia" and for Christmas in July challenges: Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #179,  Party Time Tuesday #78, Lexi's Creations #70, Cutie Pie Challenge #23, Creative Belli #148My Craft Spot #63 and Stampin' for Pleasure July. Finally, dont forget to swing by MIM #100. You dont get to be centenarian without dishing out some extraordinary fare.

Until the next post my friends, have a wonderful Wednesday.


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Ice-tea, butter cookies and
A little mood music!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Thinking of You

Hello there, friends! I'm back with this week's Mojo Monday #251 card. This time I made a get well card for a friend who has just started chemo. It's heartbreaking when someone so young and vibrant is dealt such a cruel blow. While the rest of us are reeling from the diagnosis, she's putting on her war-face, ready to do battle. Now that's courage!  She'll be ok, she has to be. After all, she's in good hands - medically and spiritually.

Here's my card:

I'm using papers from Wild Rose Studio "Butterfly Garden" 6x6 pack.
The focal point is a sentiment from WMS Fancy Phrases which, I heat-embossed in Metalic Gold  and cut out with Spellbinders Lacey Oval die. For contrast I used 3 flat-backed pearls.
Of couse I just had to use foam tape to hoist up the sentiment.  Roses and butterflies are sure to cheer her up. They are her favourites.
Another little butterfly on the inside is sure to delight!
I'm also linking this card up with  Platypus Creek Digital #11"Things With Wings" and Crazy For Challenges #146 "Stitching"

Thanks for stopping by. Today has been a hectic Monday for me. I'm hoping for a lazy weekend-like day tomorrow! (In my dreams!)


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Hot chocolate w/whipped cream and 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Don't forget to have fun!

Helloo, friends! It's Sunday and you probably have much to do today, or not. In any case, I'll make this a short one. No beating about the bush, nothing long-winded, no lengthy, protracted, discursive ramblings. Just my usual trade-mark concise and succinct blog-note... and it goes something like this:

In between Church, Sunday lunch, Tall Ships Parade on the River Tagus and a spectacular concert by St. Patrick's RSS Vancouver Choir, I managed to produce a bon voyage card. It's for our dear dear friends who will be leaving on a 10 week vacation to the Far East! How lucky! I've used the sketch from WMSC # 107. Here it is:

The papers are form Cosmo Cricket "Togetherness" 6x6 pack.

For embellishment I'm using some sheer ribbon and twine. 
The sentiment is from WMS Half Pint Heroine and Say It Loud sets.
The hot-air balloon and the Girl are from Half Pint Heroes. The Boy is  from Half  Pint Heroes.  I paper-pieced the hot air balloon. 
On the inside I adhered a couple of clouds from the Half Pint Heroine set. I inked  a piece of water colour paper with TH's Stormy Sky Distress Ink, spritzed with water and let dry. Then  stamped the clouds with TH's Faded Jeans and did some fussy cutting. The sentiment is from WMS Say it Loud.
That's it from me today, thanks for stopping by. Linking this card to MIM #99 for their Anything Goes Challenge. I'm off to bed in bit. Tomorrow is the start of a brand new week and a brand new Mojo card to make! Take care!


Friday, 20 July 2012

Birthday Wishes

Allo Allo! Happy Friday Crafty Cronies... and Cronnette! That's you, Melissa, precious 14 year old crafter from London, Ontario - thank you for your sweet email. Hope everybody is enjoying the summer... it's positively gorgeous here in Lisbon, now that the winds are back. Helps with the heat, I tell ya! Life on the farm has been hectic: we've had a couple of veterinary situations. More on that later.

First, let me show you the product of my latest obsession - a box! I spent hours taking apart a favour box we received at a wedding last month, only to discover (yesterday!) that the very talented Dawn Griffith has a tutorial on the very same. Save yourselves the hassle and hop on over to Dawn's place for some crafty education. My version is slightly different but the basic concept is the same. I did away with the belly band because I usually tear them or lose them. 

The colours for my box are from The Play Date Café #141 and the birthday inspiration is from Verve Stamps July Diva Dare. You'll also find my box sitting pretty at 4 Crafty Chicks #99 "Make a Box" and Alota Rubber Stamps #87 "Box It Up". I'm also linking it up with MIM #99 "Anything Goes"

So here is "le box" (bad french, I know!). The sentiment on the tag is from WMS Fancy Phrases, stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves. I tied it to the ribbon with some white and yellow twine. 
The patterned paper is form My Mind's Eye "Pretty Please" layered on some pale pinkish lilac (AKA Tulip!) CS. There's enough coral and pink hues on the paper so I'm not adding more. I want to keep this soft and delicate.
The ribbon is embroidered in yellow which is very pretty, BUT, next time I'll use a double sided ribbon and not worry about the wrong-side showing.

No lid! You simply pull the sides apart! Isn't it cool! 

And it opens all the way down. The box is a cube measuring 2.5" and it can hold a generous quantity of sweet-thangs!
I used thick CS because I wanted a sturdy box. The downside is the folds take up 1/16th here and there and clam-shell mechanism (for want of a better term) leaves a small gap when not tied. Instead of a belly band I've opted for the ribbon & bow look for my gift box.  Following my dentist's advise that all gaps must be filled I've added ribbon strips for that purpose. If you use layering weight CS or double sided patterned paper, there shouldn't be any gaps but you will need something to hold the clam-shells together.

There you have it - a birthday box ready for giving away. Try it out. It's quite a clever little thing and a lot a fun!

On to our veterinary adventures - Rosie, our 10 year old mutt has a boil in her ear causing her considerable discomfort which had to be seen to. And while she was anaesthetised the vet gave her teeth a thorough scaling. Finally - we can breathe again in her company.  Also Andy, our 11 year old mix German-Welsh Shepherd developed some sort of rash on his tail, requiring his beautiful caudal plumage to be completely shaved off. He's not a happy puppy! Grand ol' Dame Xiara is plodding about the house (in her diapers!) making sure everybody knows she's still in charge. Nothing like a peaceful home where us bipeds know our station in life!

On that note, my friends, I bid y'all a splendid weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


I won! I won! I won!

And another....oh my!
July Diva Dare

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