Friday, April 24, 2015

Just my type

Hooray for Friday! 

I am playing along over at Unity for Friends with Flair.

I was forced to take these photos in less than stellar lighting and so the colours look way better in person. The green behind the typewriter is bolder and more vibrant which makes the colour combo super fun - in the photo though, I admit it looks a little boring. 

I would also like to share at: 
The Challenge at Always Playing with Paper - going with the love theme

 And here is the inside - sorry for the crooked photo! I love this Unity sentiment -
"Where you are i want to be"

Thanks so much for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
stamps: Unity "Typewriter Love" and sentiment from "Where you are"
Happy Anniversary sentiment - CTMH
alpha lettter stickers from Bo Bunny
CTMH spray pen
SU envelope template

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Have a Happy Birthday

Quick and CAS! This one was fun to make - still learning how to use my distress stains.
I picked up a couple of new colours last week!

I am sharing at Little Red Wagon where the challenge is spots, dots or blots!

Shanna :)

What I used:
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - fired brick and broken china
CTMH stamp - D1420 A Little Everything
black copic marker

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joy to the Earth - Jingle Belles

Well, I am squeaking in just in time for the challenge at Jingle Belles. I finally carved out time to put my card together last night for the current challenge which is to use re-cycled, re-used and up-cycled elements. Had to wait for morning light to photograph my card.

I was at the Thrift Store last week with my youngest son (who LOVES Thrift shopping) and I came across a cute vintage card in the stationary section - it was die cut and used as my focal point. The music notes behind, you may have seen before (here) - it is the wrappings from last year's Christmas crackers!

 The button is from my tin of vintage buttons. The gold foil that was fashioned into a bow was the wrapper from a Ferrero Rocher - ummmm, now I'm thinking about chocolate. Too early for that!

Since I love the font, I die-cut the inside of the vintage card to use as the sentiment on the inside of the new card.

I am pleased as punch to report that as of today, I have 27 Holiday cards ready for next Christmas! 

Thanks so much for your visit!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Nestabilities - labels 28
black and cranberry cardstock

flower - Michael's bargain bin

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kamview - SMASH

Since I don't have a post ready with a current project to share, I am going to share this Smash book page that I created quite some time ago.

 The photos are from family day 2014 - the day my boys and I spent our first day cross-country skiing together out at Kamview. It was one of those rare, gorgeous winter days - the snow was falling in huge, fluffy, flakes and it covered the trees, creating an absolute winter wonderland! We enjoyed giant cookies at the chalet after skiing about 7 kms exploring the trails. So glad I was able to capture these shots with my phone. It isn't always easy to get skiing photos, as carrying an actual camera is very cumbersome and my cell phone tends to freeze up when it gets cold (like most days this winter!).

I did lots of journalling on this page and enjoyed using some words stickers.

Have a great day!

Shanna :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

First Class Merry Christmas

 Hello Saturday!

I decided to make a Holiday version of my typewriter card from awhile back. A little unorthodox for a Christmas card maybe, but I quite like it! And I love stamp stamps that came with this fun set! Just had to use them on the inside.

I would like to share at Merry Monday where the challenge is Vintage.

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
stamps - Darkroom Door rubber stamps "Vintage Office" DDRS113
paper - Pink Paislee "Tailored Suit" from Vintage Vogue line and scraps from the bin
seam binding

Friday, April 17, 2015

Call me

So thrilled to play along today at  Friends with Flair over at Unity! I've been having so much fun playing with my Unity goodies. Can't wait until my next package arrives! :)

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Friday!
Shanna :)

What I used:
stamp - Unity "Call Me" Webster's Pages IB-WP-96
paper: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) and Pink Paislee (Tailored Suit)
various washi
sequins courtesy of Donna - thanks!
CTMH slate card base

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

So sorry

I was in need of several sympathy cards. The gentleman who passed away was an avid gardener and was famous for his dill pickles. 

So, as I started to sift through things to find supplies to make these cards, I was thinking to myself how nice it would be if I had some stamps of dill pickles or something related, though I was pretty sure I didn't. At first, I was stumped and had no idea where to begin, not having found any dill pickles in my collection. However, as I continued to dig through my stamp hoard (ahem...), I came across a set that included this lovely dill that I forgot I even owned! Lucky for me, I was able to add a bit of a personal touch to the card despite the fact that they are undeniably CAS.
 I decided to make a couple of thank you cards while I was at it. Sorry for the slightly wonky photos!

Since the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is "Lost and Found" - to share something you have recently rediscovered in your craft room, I thought I would share this.

Well spring seems to have sprung here in Thunder Bay! I have been out for walks every single day since Saturday! It seems I may have gone for my last ski this past Sunday out at Lappe Nordic- 10 km in my t-shirt - nothing compares to it! Probably could have fit in a few more despite the warm temps (good base of snow in the bush), but we woke up to the pitter-patter of rain on the roof Monday morning and I think it had rained for part of the night, so the trails are not likely looking so good now. Just for the record, I will now stop being secretly (or not so secretly) happy when it snows. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!
Shanna :)

What I used:
SU - So Sorry
CMTH - Treasures & Thank you
Kraft, New England Ivy, Cocoa

Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Birthday and Thank you

Happy Friday! It's Friends with Flair day over at the Unity blog! Did you notice that they have another awesome sale happening! Yikes, when I heard that, I told Donna we had better start searching for coins in the couch cushions because we just ordered last weekend - uh oh! Anyhow, I am happy to play along again and can't wait to play with all my new stuff when it arrives! Thank you for all the kind comments on the card I shared last week!

This time, I got to playing around with the feather stamp from "Strength and Dignity" and this is what I came up with. This image strikes me as very versatile and I made a few similar but different cards with it. This first was a small card since I was trying to use up a card base that I had laying around.

Here is the second one. I plan to make more of a similar nature using this stamp and a variety of papers. Wouldn't a few of these with a variety of sentiments make a nice gift set?

I would also like to share my cards at Cute Card Thursday where the challenge is "Bonny blues".

Thanks so much for your visit!
Happy Weekend!
Shanna :)

What I used:
papers - My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose
stamp - Unity from "Strength and Dignity" Sept. 2013
ink: CTMH glacier

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ho ho ho!

I just couldn't let another week pass without playing along at Jingle Belles!

 I had been trucking along so well with my Christmas cards, but then took a couple (or maybe three) weeks off to get some birthday/generic cards done and also, life got busy for a bit there, so time to get back in the game! I have missed my friends over at Jingle Belles, so I managed to find just enough time to put this sweet little singing Santa on a card for the current challenge which is to create cards that

  • incorporate music
  • are inspired by a holiday song or
  • include a holiday song title

  • I have incorporated music paper and embellishments and might have been inspired by the song "Santa Claus is coming to town!" I must admit that it was a bit tough to switch back into Christmas gear - the first few weeks after Christmas, I couldn't seem to switch out of Holiday gear, but here I am easing back in! Here is a shot of the inside. Quick and easy as this paper line came with these already printed up, vintage look and all!

    I was also inspired by the fun sketch over at The Challenge! (see below)

    I would like to share at:
    The Challenge at Always Playing with Paper - a sketch


    Shopping Our Stash - The Earth has music - the music part is obvious on my card, but as for the earth, some believe Santa travels the entire world in just one night right?! - Ok, so I might be stretching it!

    Jingle Belles - fa la la la la

    If you haven't started your Holiday cards yet, you really must visit the girls over at Jingle Belles for inspiration - they just keep it coming every single week!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Shanna :)

    What I used:

    stamp - CTMH "Perfect Fit - Holidays" B1412
    Marvy scallop punch, EK success 1 3/4 circle punch
    papers - Cosmo Cricket and from the scrap bin
    Sizzix embossing folder
    music note confetti (a Bday gift from Donna)

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Birthday Greetings First Class

    Oh how I adore long holiday weekends - sigh...I am so happy to have spent some time in my happy place crafting! I have been wanting/meaning to play with this fun set from Darkroom door for quite awhile now. Here is what I came up with. And here is a shot with the envelope I made to match.

    I would like to share at:

    Cute Card Thursday - buttons and/or bows
    Seize the Birthday - anything goes

    Heading out for a spring ski - there is still lots of snow in the bush at Lappe Nordic!

    Thanks for visiting!
    Shanna :)

    What I used:
    stamps - Darkroom Door rubber stamps "Vintage Office" DDRS113
    and CTMH "Dainty Thoughts" C1350
    paper - Pink Paislee "Tailored Suit" from Vintage Vogue line - I used both sides
    seam binding
    ink - black and hydrangea (CTMH)
    SU envelope maker
    copic T5 for splatter

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Thinking of You

    Just a quick post to share a card I made awhile back. It is an alternate version of a card I made with the same stamp with a different layout.

    Hoping you are all having a great weekend! I managed some time in my scrap space, so hope to share more cards soon!

    Shanna :)

    What I used:
    stamps - CTMH "Country-Born" D1543, "Sincere Expressions" A1146
    ribbon - SU
    embellishments - CTMH Durables Artisan Studs
    Tim Holtz Distress Embossing folder
    CTMH distressing tool
    CTMH Cocoa and black ink

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    i am thankful tree

    So, apparently, I have not posted in a long while! I guess life was happening - lots of cross-country skiing, visiting with family, deadlines at work, etc. 

    Well, I am not saying that the mojo has returned, but rather I am working to recall it. This was my attempt - playing with my Unity stamps is always a good thing and CAS seemed a good way to wade back into my craft room!
    I would love to share this card over at Friends with Flair at the Unity Stamp Company blog.

    Thanks for visiting,
    Shanna :)

    What I used:
    stamps - Unity "the TIME is NOW" - love that tree!
    twine - American Crafts
    CTMH watercolour pencils, Cranberry & Cocoa ink