Sunday, July 13, 2014

DIY Gift #2: Flower Pot

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to stop by and share some easy DIY gift ideas.

First, I created this frame with craft stuff I had around the house. I had bought the unfinished frame the last time we ventured to Winnipeg and went to Michaels. I am pretty positive Walmart carries them now too. I wanted to make a personalized frame for Matthew for his first Father's Day and this is what I created:

I painted the frame a teal colour. I was going to cut the letters out with my Cricut, but I was whipping this together while Bryar and her dad were having a nap, so I decided to use some of the Thickers I had. I laid them out on a piece of paper before sticking them to the frame, so I could get the placement centered. I then glued them on with Scotch glue, so that I could make sure that they would stay put. I then added some plastic and paper buttons that I had and glued them on too. I though the frame looked a little plain and unbalanced so I doodled around the outside with a sharpie.

I think this would be an easy gift to whip up for someone. You could change the words on the bottom to say whatever you wanted, even personalize with a name.

The second DIY gift idea was inspired by Pinterest. I used stuff I had around the house again. I came across this pin that showed a painted flower pot that said "Thanks for Helping Me Grow." I was making this for a co-worker, who is an Early Childhood Educator like myself, so I changed the saying to "ECEs help children grow." Again I think this could be personalized to whomever you were wanting to make this for, "Grandparents help grandchildren grow" or "Mom/Dad helps us grow" etc. I shared photos of how I created this step by step on my YouTube channel. I will link videos for both gifts below.

DIY Gift Videos:

So, thanks for stopping by, hopefully these gave you some easy and inexpensive gift ideas. I hope you have a great day! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Entry: Sugar and Spice Challenge #7

Hi everyone!

I am back with my entry for the latest Sugar and Spice Challenge. The theme is: North American Patriotic - use the colours red and white or red, white, and blue! This is what I created:

Stamps: Whimsie Doodles "Canada Day"
Ink: N/A- Printed from my HP Printer
Papers: Recollections
Cardstock: Staples brand cardstock
Colouring Medium: Prismacolor Pencils
Embellishments: Crystal and Red Stickles

Here is the video I did about my creation:

I found this great free digi awhile ago. It's from Whimsie Doodles. There is also a similar girl styled for the 4th of July too. I hope you all get a chance to participate in this challenge. I am going to try and make another entry if Bryar will let me. :) 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I am tired... and some new cards

Hello again!

Sorry I have been a bad blogger. I have been so tired from my not so great sleeping 5 month old (teeth ugh!) that I have not felt creative lately. So I have just been getting through each day the best I can.

Father's Day was coming up and I wanted to make a card for my hunny as it was his first official Father's Day. There was also a retirement a party upcoming, and since being on mat leave I am not financially able to contribute, I offered to make the card. So having a purpose to craft kinda got my mojo going. Here are the cards I made:

Father's Day
Stamps: Di's Digital Stamps "What a Catch"
Ink: N/A- Printed from my HP Printer
Papers: Recollections- Neapolitan
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils
Embellishments: N/A

Retirement Card
Stamps: Technique Tuesday "Petite Posies", "Best Wishes" Created in Microsoft Word
Ink: Archvial Ink, HP Printer
Papers: Recollections- Neapolitan
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colours)
Colouring Medium: Watercolour Pencils
Embellishments: N/A

So that is what I have been up to. I got a couple of new stamps from Some Odd Girl, which I am excited to colour. I showed them off and these cards in my latest YouTube video:

 Thanks for stopping by I hope to have more to share soon!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge and Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge #4

Wow that title is a mouthful!

I have two cards that I made for challenges this week, so let's get to it while Bryar will let me write!

Here is what I created for the Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge:

Stamps: Kraftin Kimme "The Krafty Stamper"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: American Crafts
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: Watercolour pencils and Distress Ink
Embellishments: Studio G Adhesive Buttons

I think the stamp I used may be a retired one. I have been wanting to use her for awhile, and I coloured her to have ready when I figured out what I wanted to do. I decided today to finally use her. I created a 5.5 by 5.5 inch card and backed her with American Crafts paper. I broke into my adhesive button stash. I doodled around the edge to finish it off.

And here is what I created for the Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge #4, Which was April Showers bring May Flowers:

Stamps: Technique Tuesday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Ink
Papers: American Crafts, Watercolour Paper
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: Watercolour pencils

My hubby wanted me to make a Thank You card for him, so I thought it would be a great excuse to make a card for the current Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge. I went for more of the flowers side of things. I watercoloured the three flowers with a light wash of colour. I then fussy cut them out and glued them down. I then used my Ali Edwards small "Thanks a Million" stamp to make the sentiment, which I just stamped onto a green piece of pattern paper. I kept it really simple. no real embellisments, just some doodling around the outside.

So thanks for stopping by to check out my creations! I am hoping to have a new video up on my YouTube channel tomorrow. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Card Shares- The Greeting Farm and Pink Cat Studios

Hey everyone I just wanted to come and quickly update my blog. I know it has been awhile. Same old excuses life got busy. I have been posting videos weekly still on my YouTube Channel though. In fact, I just posted two more of some cards I created recently. I thought I would share here too.

The first card I made is a birthday card for my sister, I was motivated to start and finish it so I could enter ScrappinStampers (Jamie) 2000 Subbie Challenge.


Stamps: The Greeting Farm- Wild Things, Lawn Fawn- Harold's ABCs, Wooden Alpha (?)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Amy Tan
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers
Embellishments: Sequins 

You had to create a card using stamps of your choice to send to someone. I made my sister a card for her birthday, which is Wednesday. I made a spot inside to stick a gift card. Now I better get this in the mail!

The second card I made is for the "Crazy Hair" Challenge that Bethany- BAcraftygirl is having over on her channel.

Stamps: Pink Cat Studios- Enchanted Lily
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: American Crafts
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers
Embellishments: n/a

I gave Lily purple hair. I had fun colouring it. Feel free to stop by my YouTube channel if you would like a look at both projects. I am hoping to have to some stuff to post both here and there soon!

Have a great Easter weekend!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner :)

Hi Everyone!

I am back to quickly announce who the winner of my first giveaway is...


Message me with your info and I will send your package out. :) Thanks to everyone who has been watching my videos and checking out my blog. Your comments mean a lot to me!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Giveaway Time!

Hello Again!

I am excited to bring you my first ever GIVEAWAY! Can you tell I am excited? This is something that I have wanted to do for awhile and have finally got around to putting it together. I am using Rafflecopter to make it easier for me moderate and you to enter. You can get up to four entries, by following the steps on the Rafflecopter Widget.

I did some shopping in my stash, and put together a nice little prize pack for you to win. I showed some of the things that one winner will get in my latest video.

This is open to Canada and US only. In the future I am hoping to do another giveaway for something like an gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp, so I can do a "World Wide" contest. But because I am paying to ship this prize, I am limiting it to North America. :) The giveaway will open Friday March 14/14 at 12:00am and close Friday March 21/14 at 12:00am. I will announce the winner shortly after.

Hope you all are as excited as I am! Looking forward to who will be the recipient of this prize!

Have a good day! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2 New Cards, 2 New Challenges

Hi everyone!

I am here to share two new cards that I have made. I had fun playing with washi tape and watercolouring this week. Here is the first card:

Stamps: TGF Fairy Anya, Pink Cat Studios Enchanted Lily (Sentiment)
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Tattered Rose)
Papers: watercolour paper
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: watercolour pencils, Distress Ink
Embellishments: washi tape (various colours and brands), Stickles, Gelly Roll Pen in Clear Star

I made this card for the bi-weekly challenge hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Sugar and Spice Crafty Challenge blog. They are just starting up so head on over and show them a little love and play along with you want to! The theme for this week is rainbow. I wanted to actually use my washi tape, so I decided to use it as the main background. You can see where I incorporated my bit of rainbow in the Fairy Anya's wings and the washi background. I also wanted the fairy image to sparkle, cause well fairies are sparkly right? So I used my Gelly Roll Pen in Star Dust and my Stickles to accomplish this. I had fun creating this card and am looking forward to participating in future challenges on this blog!

The second card is an entry to the current C.C. Designs challenge. The challenge was to create a shaped card or a masculine card. I opted to create a shaped card. Now my card only has a scalloped shaped edge, so I hope that counts.

Stamps: C.C. Designs Ice Cream Birgitta
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Tattered Rose)
Papers: watercolour paper
Cardstock: Bazzill (unsure of colour)
Colouring Medium: watercolour pencils, Distress Ink, Gelly Roll Glaze Pen
Embellishments: washi tape (various colours and brands)

I used washi tape as the background again, cause I was on a roll. Because my card base was white, I needed to put something behind my image, so I die cut a scalloped circle in a bright sunny orange to make it pop. I again stamped in Archival Ink on watercolour paper. I then watercoloured the image with Distress Inks and watercolour pencils. To finish is off I doodled around the edge of the card. I think this card turned out bright and sunny!

Thanks for stopping by. I have something special planned for a little later this week, make sure to stop back here or my YouTube channel to find out more! :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Haul, Card Share and more!

I recently got the little package of goodies that I ordered from Simon Says Stamp. They had a coupon code for $5 off and I took advantage, I see it as getting $1.99 shipping to Canada when they have these. I shared the things I bought in my most recent video, along with the newest card that I made and my daughter makes a special guest appearance. ;) I also share the latest coupon code for March to get $5 off your order till the end of the month.

Here is some closer pictures of the card I created. I made it for the latest "Wonderful Wednesday Challenge" on the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Blog. I really love their stamps. They are fun to colour, because of all the details on them. 

I used my Strawberry Pirate stamp. I stamped her on watercolour paper with Archival Ink. I then watercoloured her with my Distress Inks and my watercolour pencils. I have been loving this method of colouring lately. I love my Copics, but don't have very many, so it makes it harder to colour and blend images. I then fussy cut her out and used some paper from an older American Crafts 6x6 paper pad to create the background. I was inspired by one of Amy R, Prairie Paper & Ink on YouTube cards that she created using paper to make a sunburst on her card. I didn't make a sun burst, I just put the pieces diagonally. I then used one of my new dies to cut out the lacy circles behind her and doodled around the edge to finish it off. The inside I used the pirate flag that comes with the Strawberry Pirate and used my Lawn Fawn "Jessie's ABCs" to create the sentiment on the inside. I used Bazzill Cardstock again for the base. 

One of my goals is to slowly create a stock pile of cards, so that when I need one, I am not scrambling at the last minute to make one (which is the norm for me ha ha). This will make my life a little easier.

On the Bryar front, I have been getting in the cloth diapers I am buying for her. I am very exciting to go this route, 1- because of the amount I will save on diapers and garbage tags (we have to pay $2.50 per bag of garbage to have it picked up on garbage day). 2- because it is better for the environment and 3- because the diapers are so cute and colourful! I have been buying mine in gently used condition because the brand that fits Bryar's skinny legs and tush best are expensive. I am hoping once I get into the swing of things and figure it out more, I can share my cloth diaper experience with you all. :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dollar Store Haul and Finding Craft Time

Hey everyone! I am back to share some stuff I got at the dollar store recently. My dollar store is kinda lame, so I was excited when I went and they actually had some cool stuff! I think I was most excited about the washi tape. Here is my video showing all the stuff I got in detail. I also showcased my card that I made for the Kraftin Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday "Anything Goes Challenge" that I mentioned and showed in the post before this one.

Now that I am a new mom I am definitely trying to find the time do anything craft is a challenge. I have to plan to do thing around Bryar's nap and she is not the longest napper. As I sit here typing with one hand and feeding her with the other, I am hoping that as she gets older that this will change and I will be able to do some of the things I love, but for now I will have to sneak crafting in between all the other things that I try to do during her nap. How do you guys balance crafting and family?  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First Post- A Little Bit of Everything!

When I decided to start doing videos on YouTube again after I had my daughter, I also decided that I would to start an accompanying blog. I wanted to be able to share a little more than I can in a 5 or so minute video. I also wanted to share more than just my crafty stuff. Now that I am a mom, I would like to share some thing about that. Things that were helpful to me, mommy and baby favourites, and stuff about cloth diapering my daughter- which we are just starting to do.

As I explained in my latest video, I was away because of my rough pregnancy. I was sick everyday from about 6 weeks to 20 plus weeks. I was prescribed medicine, but it didn't help that much. It was easier just to be sick and get it over with. It didn't leave me feeling that great or with much energy. Also at 22 weeks I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. It was able to managed with diet and exercise at first but then it had to controlled with insulin. I am going to link the video below: 


I am hoping to post here the same amount that I am aiming for my YouTube channel, about once a week. I may post a little more, because I would like to participate some crafty challenges on other blogs.

I am starting that off by entering a card I was able to create during naps (lol) into the "Wonderful Wednesday Challenge" hosted by one of my favourite stamp companies, Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. The theme was "Anything Goes"

I used my Kraftin Kimmie "Goldilocks" stamp set. She is stamped in Archival Ink. I coloured her with my watercolour pencils and my Distress Inks on watercolour paper. I used papers from an American Crafts 6x6 pad I had (Sorry it doesn't have a name on it). I then mounted it on some Bazzill Cardstock in a natural colour. I thought it needed something, so I added some doodling around the edges and the sentiment. I am please with how it turned out!

Please feel free to check out my YouTube channel :) Thanks for stopping by!