Take Note

card with teddy bear sitting at computer desk with mug and stationery print background paper along with a mug and sentiment that says i heart dad
this is my DT card for papercraft cafe and i chose to use doodlebug’s ‘take note’ paper and an image from the penny black ‘a bear of all trades’ clear stamp set, which is a great set for father’s day or any time you need a masculine card. as usual, i coloured with distress ink pads and brush and i popped the memo and arrow which were both cut out from the paper pad. i’d also like to submit this to the following challenges:

stempelsonne – fur and tail ends april 4
ladybug crafts ink
– anything goes ends april 7
papertake weekly – anything goes ends april 8
simply create too – animals ends april 11
a little bit crafty – first challenge of anything goes – ends april 28
ready teddy go – anythings goes ends april 30

thanks for popping by.

A Mice Valentine

valentine card in pink, purple and yellow with two mice hugging under a daisy
this is my january DT card for papercraft cafe; store owner marie wanted to see some valentine themed cards so i thought these penny black hugging mice were perfect. i coloured with distress ink pads, as usual, and used plenty of stickles on the flower centre and around the edge of the image. i followed deconstructed sketch #83 by the talented jen shults, who is also having a DT call that ends tomorrow, and i’m submitting this to the really reasonable ribbon challenge of love and ribbon. thanks for popping by.

Poinsettia Card For Papercraft Cafe

christmas card in red and green with red poinsettia and merry christmas circular sentiment
when i started designing my october DT card for papercraft cafe, my local stamp store, i thought that this new penny black winter magic stamp set was perfect for those 3″ x 3″ cards i love to make, but then i found the tuesday morning sketches blog. this little stamp can be the focal point of any size card; and, because of the sentiment, it still looks ok if you accidentally photograph the card upside down. (not shown, lol) i stamped the poinsettia twice on watercolour paper and just sponged with distress inks, cut some of the leaves away and layered it. thanks for popping by.

Exciting News

card with penny black hedgehog in a blue green watering can looking up at a pink daisy
marie, the owner of papercraft cafe has formed a monthly design team and invited me to join! i enjoyed teaching classes in colouring with distress inks this past year at the store, and you know how much i love (am obsessed with) colouring, so it’ll be fun to create cards for store displays. for my first DT card, i chose this penny black ‘yearning’ image and coloured with distress inks as usual; the sentiment and tag are from flourishes and the tiny butterflies are from my new favourite die – memory box. thanks for popping by.

Blogiversary and Butterfly Card For Class

wow, it’s been a year since i started this blog.  my goal was to motivate myself to continue to be creative and participate in challenges while i traveled along on my grief journey after the loss of my son in june 2009; i needed something to focus on so i didn’t lose myself in the sadness.

thank goodness there are no challenge rules to blogging; i post when i can, share when i want and try my best to maintain a positive tone, even if i’m not feeling up to it.

throughout this past year, i’ve met some wonderful and caring friends along the way and i appreciate the comments, support and encouragement. i love visiting blogs and finding cute images that make me smile, posts that make me laugh and cards that are just so inspiring – all i could ever do is wish to be so talented.

my goal for the upcoming year remains unchanged, although i might push myself to try new techniques. for now, i’m enjoying my comfort zone and monthly challenges that allow me to move at my own pace.  i’m also having fun teaching watercolouring with distress inks classes at the papercraft cafe and this is one of the cards for my July 16 class.  i’m submitting this to the flutterby wednesday’s open challenge this week. thanks so much for popping by.

blue and brown butterfly on circle matted with brown against blue and brown designer paper