Monday, April 21, 2014

Manly Thanks

Quick post...Thanks for your kind words about my hubby’s torn achilles.  His pain is considerably less today, still waiting on word for the ultrasound :)

So, I’m hopping!  I’m in charge of our Administrative Assistant Appreciation this week on Wednesday and as I was going through all the cards I have I realized that I didn’t have enough cards that were masculine thank-you’ I had to quickly make a couple.

I thought this cute (old) MFT set would be really fun.  I’ve had it forever!  I did some fun colouring on the straw hat, carrot greens and ground.  I used this past week’s MFT Sketch for the fun.  It really helps to have a sketch when you need something quick!

And on this one I pulled out a cute Lawn Fawn set called Home Sweet Home, and this week’s Mojo Sketch.  It’s a great set to paper piece (I even made some curtains in the window) pairing with some MME - Kate & Co paper.  

Short and sweet today!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Unexpected Easter

We had an unexpected Easter day today.  One of my husband’s roles as Executive Pastor is that he’s in charge of all the moving pieces in our Sunday services.  Right now we’re doing a rebuild of our Church so we’re meeting in a school and he was running up the stairs backstage to pass on a message to the Worship Team, only as he was running his achilles tendon popped and he was in a lot of pain. I didn’t see it happen but a friend came to find me and asked me to come with him...I find my husband not able to put any weight on his right leg.  SO!  After some assessment from some Doctors in our Church I took him to the ER.  He has at least a partial tear in his achilles and we’ll have to see in the next day or two if he’ll need surgery.

We missed the Easter services :( but the beautiful thing is...I know a risen Saviour and it doesn’t matter where we were, I hold that hope in my heart.

So tonight, I’m pooped, so this will be short and sweet.  I thought I’d pull out one of the cards I haven’t had a chance to show you yet, but that I made for last month’s Power Poppy release with the beautiful Springtime Love set.

I think the spring time blooms are stunning.  They’re coloured with Copics and paired with these pretty MME papers.  

Embossed hearts, enamel dots and some twine wrap it up. 

And here’s the inside.  Thanks for stopping by friends.  I have no idea what this week will hold, but I know that I am held in it.  I hope that those truths can anchor you too.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sock Monkey Baby!

One of my friends said I needed more baby cards in my stash...which is true!  So I decided to make a couple this week.  And already I have a brand new baby boy I can give this to!  He came 6 weeks early but he’s doing well.  This sweet little Sock Monkey from The Cat’s Pajamas - Hang in There Baby is sure to put a smile on your face :)  

I did a little copic colouring and out of the box cutting to give the balloons a lift for the little guy, pairing him with some cute Carta Bella Rough and Tumble DP.  My sewing machine seems not to want to cooperate with me as it slipped a couple of stitches on the corner at the top.  But once those holes are made you’re sort of committed!  

Accents include some pretty Embosslit hearts, enamel dots, and some seam binding.  Though this is not actually a baby set, one of the sentiments has the word baby in it so I just inked up that part of the stamp and voila!  A baby card!  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Azaleas - Three Ways

I’ve completed the last of the cards that will be gifts for our friends that hosted us on Vancouver Island.  I wanted to try to do some colouring in three different ways for today’s post so you can see a comparison, so here we go!  As with the rest of the gift set I used Power Poppy’s Azaleas.  I do love all the sets in this month’s release...and I’ll get to them soon too!  :)

This card is coloured with Copics, you get a beautiful blend between colours and rich vivid depth of colour as well.  

Adding BV’s into the shadows and YG’s into the highlights really makes a difference in the realism of the colouring.  

Here’s the inside of the card...a beautiful quote from the Good Thinking: Renewal set, stamped in a deep coral ink.  

Now here is a very similar design using Prismacolor pencils for the colouring.  They have a beautiful blend, you can really work with sharp edge details, and you can decide to use a blending stump (with or without mineral spirits) to blend - or just leave it as pencil strokes.  Because of the pencils I used these have more of a rosy glow than the coral of the Copic coloured card.  

I did a little warm grey shadowing under the flowers as you can see above.  

Now I’ll show the box that I put all of the designs in.  

It’s a very simple A2 Box design that I often use from a SCS tutorial.  I kept it quite clean and added a pretty card/tag where I watercoloured the azaleas.  I could use some practise on the watercolouring to be honest.  I like more white space in my watercoloring and my brush was too full of water for the flowers.  But, it’s still a pretty and simple tag (and I do like the background wash) that helps tie the different cards together that are inside the box.  

Here’s the Copics I used for the first card:

And now that’s complete and ready to give to them.  :)  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Foxy Friend

I was in the mood to create something fun and springy with this cute set Freida Fox from Reverse Confetti.  I had so much fun guesting with them last month.  I decided to give Freida a silvery look rather than a traditional fox colouring, and then paired her with some pretty Webster’s Pages that have a spring/Easter theme.   She’s so cute isn’t she?  

Her cute dress and the heart are paper pieced, the rest Copic coloured with some flick strokes to give her the feel of fur.  The heart it popped up a bit to give it some dimension.  And there’s lots of ziggy zaggy sewing.  

And here’s the Copics I used.  

Thanks for stopping friends!  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beauty Captured - Fifteen

Some pretty gerberas to share today.... a little ray of sunshine!

Wishing you some sunshine inside and out today!