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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wedding Card

Hi everyone!  I can't believe it's been 4 months since I last posted!  I have been side-tracked by other things lately... but I'm baaaaack!!

My son was married this week to the loveliest of girls, and this is the card that I made for them.



The paper collection I used for this card was Authentique's "Faith".  All ink distressing was done with "Antique Linen" Distress Ink.





The poem is by Walter Rinder.


It was a cold day, but their big smiles and happy hearts warmed it up.

Thanks for stopping by!
Linda




Supplies used:
"Faith" 6x6" paper pad
"Faith" Card Making Stack
"Faith" Cardstock Stickers
"Wedding" was die-cut with my Cricut using CTMH Gold Glitter Paper (A new product which will be available to the public on September 1st.)
"Just Married" dove die by Joy!Crafts
"Stately Circles" die by Spellbinders
Wedding embellishments by Dress It Up
Flowers are a mixture of Petaloo and Prima
Lace trim is from Simplicity
White leaves were cut from a Prima vine


Friday, April 24, 2015

Die-namites April Sketch Challenge

I'm still playing with spring colours, flowers, and birds today!  Welcome everyone!


Here is the darling sketch that's up on Die-namites' blog this month, along with a colour dare:


Bo Bunny's "Madeleine" paper fit the dare perfectly!!

I did a few alterations on one of my Die-namites dies, in order to make my basket full of flowers.  I took "Spring Basket" and removed the eggs.  Then I cut off the handle and bow, and flipped the bow over to the other side of the patterned paper.


For the flowers that fill the basket I used the "Pretty Blooms" die and cut them out in green and one of the coordinating patterned papers.


I didn't like the white lines that were showing up on the paper, so I took a copic marker and coloured the whole thing.  I like the effect I got with some of the pattern still showing through but in a much more subdued way now.


Throw in a few pretty embellishments and a little bit of stenciling... and this card is ready to hit the mail!


I haven't played over at Flying Unicorn, in far too long, so I decided to also enter this card in the "Made with Love - Anything Goes" challenge.

Both of these challenge go until the end of the month - so why not check them out!!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Linda



Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Tag of Savagery

I'm here today with a tag I created for the April Swirlydoos Tags of Savagery Challenge, and my tag was totally inspired by the gentle breezes of spring and the soft greens that are unfolding all around us.


OVER the Land is April

Over my heart a rose;
Over the high, brown mountain
The sound of singing goes.
Say, love, do you hear me,
Hear my sonnets ring?
Over the high, brown mountain,
Love, do you hear me sing?

By highway, love, and byway

The snows succeed the rose.
Over the high, brown mountain
The wind of winter blows.
Say, love, do you hear me,
Hear my sonnets ring?
Over the high, brown mountain
I sound the song of spring,
I throw the flowers of spring.
Do you hear the song of spring?
Hear you the songs of spring?

Robert Louis Stevenson
For this challenge, Maggi created a video showing us the inking technique she wanted us to try.  Check it out!  You'll have lots of fun with inks, mists, stamps and embossing paste.

For my tag, I combined Maggi's tutorial with Tim Holtz's March Tag tutorial.  So I embossed my butterfly with white embossing powder and I changed the stencil embossing from just using embossing paste, to trying Tim's technique where you emboss through a stencil with regular molding paste and then sprinkle the paste with several different embossing powders. After heating with a heat gun you end up with a really pretty blend of colours.  I used pastel powders and the effect ended up being very subtle.



I also masked my butterfly before applying the molding paste, as Tim did, but I should have placed the stencil over more of the butterfly, because the effect is pretty slight on my tag as it only covered the tip of the tail and a portion of the wing tip.  If you look really closely, you can see it on the upper right corner and bottom right corner.


This challenge goes until midnight MS on May 14, so you have lots of time to make (and enter) a tag of your own!


Thank you for stopping by!
Linda

Supplies used:
  • #8 manila tag
  • Distress inks:  Dusty Concord and Mowed Grass
  • Butterfly stamp is from the Limitations Tim Holtz framelits set
  • Kaisercraft Damask Stencil Template (Quarters)
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Glow Embossing Powder:  Cosmic Pink, Weeping Willow and Geranium Coral
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Grape Ice Stickles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Valentine's Tag

Hi everyone!  

I was playing at a couple of challenges yesterday.  Maggi, whom you can find over at Swirlydoos, has started a monthly Tag Challenge that is "oh so fun!"; and because I love dies so much, I always check out the monthly sketch challenge at Die-Namites for some inspiration.


This is the sketch that I started with from Die-Namites.  I flipped it so the heart was at the top, started with my focal image and built from there.


The "dare" for the challenge, was to use a heart on your project.  That was no problem with the dies I chose!  The ones (click on them and you will find where they can be purchased) that I used are:


and


You can see here, that I used the heart cut-outs from the doily die to embellish the tag and the Flowing Heart shape.  I just added some Stickles glitter glue to them and popped up the one on the Flowing Heart with some foam tape.


Now Maggi's tutorial on tags was all about layers.  You can go here where she leads you through a step by step tutorial on creating layers.  You can also go here to see many samples of layered tags.

I used molding paste, gesso, die cuts, tags, flowers, and lace to create the layers on my tag.


In this photo you can see where I also printed out my digi image (which I purchased here at The Paper Shelter) three times, and then cut it up and stacked it using the paper tole technique.  The wings are the final layer.

Thanks for joining me today!  It's Family Day weekend here in Alberta and I hope where-ever you're peeking in from, you're enjoying the weekend and having good times with your families!

Linda




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Swirlydoos Card Round Robin

Hi there!

I haven't had a lot of mojo lately, but the Swirlydoos Round Robin challenge got me going today.  I am on the team who's task it is to create Mother's Day cards.

My card was inspired by a wonderful tutorial Pauline did this morning, creating a pocket card.  Click here to see her tutorial.


I fussy cut the flowers on the left, tucked some netting underneath and glued them down with pop ups.


More fussy cut flowers were added to the top of the tag and I used a CTMH stamp D1560, for the sentiment and embossed it with Ranger Superfine White embossing powder.


I outlined the rose's petals with Tattered Rose Distress Stickles and it looks really awesome in real life.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Linda


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the January Hearts of the West team blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.




If you came from Anna's blog then you're in the right place!  

This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list can be found at the bottom of this post. 

SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

This month's paperpack that we are showcasing is the BEAUTIFUL "Heartstrings"!


Sooooo, if you thought I was going to use this paper for a Valentine's card ..... you were mistaken!  ;)  I do monthly classes with a fun group of ladies and this year we were struggling to get our Christmas cards done between bouts of flu, etc, etc.  So I decided that starting immediately, I am going to design one of the cards that we make each month, to be a Christmas card.  This way, by December, 2015 they will already have several cards made and ready to go! 

Coming up with a Christmas card from "Heartstrings" wasn't really that hard, as I love the rich red of one of its papers, so I used that as my beginning point.  For inspiration I turned to one of my favorite Challenge blogs - Die-Namites - and started with their sketch.



The Die-Namites die that I chose to use is "Nativity Scene".  It went beautifully with the sentiment from the retired CTMH stamp set "Snowflurries".  Those of you who have been using the "Snowhaven" paper pack over Christmas, will recognize the black paper I cut the nativity scene from!


The dare for the challenge was to add something metallic.  I used a Delicata ink pad in a beautiful silver to give a metallic sheen behind the nativity scene, and then used a light molding paste through a stencil over top of it.  Hope you can see its lovely glimmer in this photo.  


If you'd like to enter the Die-Namites challenge, you have until tomorrow evening to get your entry in and then there will be a new challenge in January.

Final embellishments were a snowflake cut from white glitter paper, CTMH Sparkles Assortment, and a piece of CTMH Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Now it's time to hop on over to Sonia's blog for a project that is sure to tug on your "Heartstrings"!  :)

Linda


1. Nancy Klein
2. Chantal Pearson
3. Heather Myers
4. Donna Thomson-Digby
5. Anna Miller
6. Linda Pekrul 
7. Sonia Parent St Jean
8. Chelsey Vorosmarty
9. Kerry Hammel

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Hearts of the West team blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.



If you came from Corrina's blog then you're in the right place!  

This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list can be found at the bottom of this post. 

SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

This month we're showcasing the Snowhaven paper packet.  I love the Scandinavian feel to this paper and the red gives it such a warm feeling. 


I collect a lot of Christmas images from Pinterest, and decided to try making a card with one of them this month.  I looked for one that had similar reds and blacks that Snowhaven has and came up with this sweet little girl giving gifts to the animals.

I cut one of the borders from the piece of paper that has all the different borders; and then die cut coordinating papers to make a snowflake and pine boughs.  The dies are not CTMH, but the cute pointsettia is.  It is from a retired Christmas embellishment pack that I have always loved, and bought extra of to have on hand.


I think this would be a great way to use up old Christmas cards as well!  Recycling at its best!!

Thanks for stopping by again, I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  I know everyone has been working hard to come up with something that will get your creative juices flowing! 

Linda

The next place you will be hopping to is, Heather's blog.

If you should get lost, here is a complete list of all the blogs on the Hop: 


2. Chantal Pearson
3. Freya Hall Dunbar
4. Holly Young-Bowers
5. Kerry Hammel
6. Kathy Skipper 
7. Donna Thomson-Digby 
8. Sonia Parent St Jean 
9. Terry Ann Diack 
10. Corinna Murphy

11. Linda Pekrul  - That's me!
12.Heathe
r Myers