My creative journey started when I discovered stamping and card-making in March, 2010. At the time, my husband asked, "how long is this one going to last?" A fair question considering my recent passing crazes: beading, triathlon, cycling, dog-training to name a few. I couldn't articulate an answer at the time but I knew that somehow, this would be different. What I've discovered is that stamping is not just a hobby to help pass the time or to keep my mind busy; rather, it has therapeutic qualities in itself. When I am making a card, the whole world shuts off as I focus on my design and concentrate on putting together the bits and pieces of card and ink. The creative process builds my self-esteem, calms my mind and delights my spirit. And I know that the card itself will also bring joy or solace to someone else one day. At the moment I firmly believe that crafting is a gift from God in my life and I am exploring ways to use this gift in some form of ministry for Him.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CAS Christmas bells

 


This is a clean and simple card for this week's StampTV sketch challenge and I had to go Christmas, missing Giovanna's Christmas challenges very much. The image is stamped in StazOn and then coloured with my Tombows as well as my blender pen with a dab of Soft Suede. I sponged around the bells (I love these bells!) in soft Suede to give the oval a distressed look. Both ovals were made in my Cuttlebug with Nestabilities and placed on the base with pop dots. I stamped the branch image and the sentiment straight on to the card base using Staz On. You might not be able to see it but I scored double lines around the card base.

Stamps: Gina K Designs "Very Merry Christmas" designed by Theresa Momber
Cardstock: SU Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede
Inks: Tombows and SU Soft Suede, StazOn black
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Colour Challenge for StampTV




The challenge this week was to create card using yellow, black and one colour from the cool colours on the spectrum. I've made blue and yellow cards before so I wanted to try something different: plum and yellow with black. I decided in the end I didn't like black with these colours, or at least in the layouts I was looking at, so used as little black as possible. And funnily, my original design was with the card in a portrait layout and at the last minute, I turned it on it's side and tried it that way. Decided with the bow and a bit of bling it looked well balanced that way and kept it. The yellow background layers were run through my Bug with the swirls embossing folder. The ovals and Fancy Tag were also die cut on my Cuttlebug. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: GKD Botanicals and Fanciful Tags (sentiment)
Cardstock, SU
Inks: SU So Saffron and Memento Sweet Plum
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fairies with a Friend




My stamping buddy Tigger and I planned a card-making day (well, half a day really) where we could shut ourselves up in her sleepout and stamp to our hearts' content without interruption from the kiddies. It was fantastic! I'd like to say we did some thorough soul-searching together but really, we were very intent on our cards. We did however find some time to chat and pray for a friend on StampTV whose granddaughter was undergoing surgery.
Tigger has two little girls and I have three so I bought these Fairy stamps from Inkadinkadoo knowing that chances are, we're going to need images for little girls' birthday parties. Sure enough, when I brought them home, my three exclaimed, "Are they ours??? Can we keep them? Do the stamps have to go back to Helen??? (Tigger). The fairies are mine Girls and I'm sure you'll being seeing a lot more of them. :)
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo. Sentiments from SU (top) and Gina K. Designs (bottom)
Cardstock: SU Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, black, Cameo Coral
Inks: Staz On, Tombow and SU markers
Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sit Awhile Peace Card







The Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge this week is to make a peace card. The idea was to use any traditional symbol or sentiment to represent peace, or to create an image which conveys the meaning of peace to you. With four young children in my house, the idea of peace is quite difficult to conceive! And yet, I try to achieve some semblance of peace at some point every day because I think it is unhealthy both physically and spiritually to be constantly busy and constantly surrounded by activity and noise. I strive for moments of quiet and peace however brief they may be. So the scene I've created in my card is definitely the embodiment of peace to me: a beach, lapping waves, blue sky and a comfortable chair to "sit a while...." I think that chair is the perfect place to sit and contemplate the many blessings of life and to meditate on God's plans in my life.

After making the card, I went outside into our yard to see what my husband was up to. There in our wild cherry sat two wood pigeons, filling their tummies with our spring blossoms. I enjoyed watching them for ages before grabbin the camera, and decided that was definitely one of those peaceful moments. I hope you enjoy the photos.

I stamped the chair in Staz-on and then masked it so I could sponge the scene around it. I separated the sky from the sea by using a post-it when sponging. When I removed the mask I decided I liked the chair in white. I deliberately kept the card clean and simple.

Stamps: Gina K Designs "The Journey"
Cardstock: SU Brocade Blue and Black
Inks: SU and Memento

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas Card for Gina K Colour Challenge

The Colour Challenge at Stamp Tv for this week was to use red, green, brown and ivory. The colour challenges have all been about autumn lately, but of course it's spring here in New Zealand! So I decided to go for Christmas instead. I stamped the image in black Stazon on watercolour paper and then coloured with my Tombows. For the pot I used my blender pen and some SU soft Suede from the ink pad. I sponged lightly around the edge of the image with Soft Suede to give it a distressed, antique look. I stamped the background snowflake on the burgundy layer with VersaMark. The satin ribbon was coloured with my Almost Artichoke ink spot--worked a charm. The sentiment was punched with SU punches. Brown brads added.
Stamps: Gina K Designs Very Merry Christmas
Carstock: SU Bravo Burgundy, Almost Artichoke, Soft Suede, ivory
Ink: Tombows and SU (colours as cardstock)

Sam's 9th Birthday

Happy 9th birthday Sam! It's hard to believe that exactly nine years ago this minute I was in labour with my firstborn! It was a slow day but it's been a crazy fast nine years!
I made this card for Sam using my new stamps from Gina K Designs: The Journey, designed by the very talented Asela Hopkins. The minute I saw this image I knew it had to be for Sam and I chose the sentiment for the same reason. Of course I love all my children dearly but there is a special something about my relationship with Sam, probably because he is my firstborn, or maybe it's a mother-son thing. I'm not sure but I thank God every day for the blessings Sam has brought to our lives.
I stamped the image in Stazon on watercolour paper, coloured it with Tombows and then masked it in order to sponge the background and stamp the steps. I stamped the sentiment and made an oval with my Nesties, then cut out a fancy tag to frame it.
Stamps: Gina K Designs The Journey
Cardstock: SU, Black, Certainly Celery and Brocade Blue
Inks: Memento
Markers: Tombows

Friday, September 24, 2010

Autumn Memories for GKD




Gina from Stamp TV (Gina K Designs) put out a call for this month's guest design team. The challenge was to come up with our favourite autumn memory. Kind of funny since it's spring here in New Zealand and I really don't have any autumn-themed images. I have two memories. The first is of the Harvest Moon rising over Island View Beach on Vancouver Island. We used to hang out there a bit as teenagers and the Harvest Moon rising out of the water in Autumn was a spectacular sight. I sponged the background and then masked the moon before adding the blues and blacks. Stamped the island images and added the sentiment on a Fancy Tag.


Inks: Memento and SU
Stamps: GKD Life is Good


The second card and memory is a bit more obscure: Our family had this beautiful princess dress that my older sister got to wear every Halloween. It had puffed sleeves, frills, bows, tulle, lace, bling--you name it, this dress had it and it was exactly the colour of my card. I couldn't wait until it was my turn to wear the dress! The time finally came when she had outgrown it and it would fit me...but it was falling apart. Years later my sister was getting married--an October wedding--and Iwas her bridesmaid. The dress was the same colour! It also had bows and puffed sleeves but not so much bling. We were grown up by then. I stamped the background with the image to resemble a faint floral pattern in the dress and coloured the flowers with my Tombows. Added an organza ribbon and used my Fancy Tag for the sentiment. Added a little bling because I'm not completely grown up--not just yet anyway.


Cardstock: SU Baja Breeze, ivory, Soft Suede
Inks: Memento and Tombows
Stamps: GKD Friends are Forever


I hope you liked my memories.

Ticket to the Polar Express


Sam had to dress up as a favourite character from a book last week so we put our heads together and came up with the Boy from The Polar Express. I was able to make him a ticket out of cardstock using the train stamp from GKD Life is Good (Theresa Momber) but had to write some numbers and the word "Believe" on it in my not so good hand-writing. Gave him a little bell, put both in the pockets of his robe and voila! Perfect costume for my train-loving son.

Hummingbird Sketch Challenge for GKD


I made this card for a Stamp TV sketch challenge last week. It took a long time and I smudged a couple of spots but other than that I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I embossed the background layer in my Cuttlebug and coloured the flower and hummingbird with my Tombows on watercolour card--cut them out and put them on top with pop-dots. The flourish in the background comes from the stem on one of the flowers: all stamps are GKD, Nina Brackett's set, "Hugs and Prayers"


Cardstock: SU Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette
Inks: Memento and Tombows
Stamps: GKD Hugs and Prayers


Thanks for looking!