Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Look Back at 2016

May this new year bring peace, clarity, and happiness. Here's a look back at my journey this year:

January
Charlotte Gift Bags
Definitely one of my favourite paper collections of the year. This gift bag punch is so handy, too.

February
The Most Fabulous Birthday
The clear gumdrops were one of my favourite embellishments this year.
March
Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple with Rum Sauce
I loved creating this delicious dessert in our beautiful surroundings in Maui.
April
April Recap
As part of my Happiness Project, I really focussed on April bringing about peace and calm. To do this I spent some time with those who give me strength. Some activities included creating a fairy garden and going to a Meditation and Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Lake Louise.


May
Love is Like Wine
The stitched dies were fun to play around with - especially with watercolours.
June
Banana Bread French Toast
I love how this tasty breakfast turned out
July
Plastic Free July
This post is a recap of all my findings and experiences with Plastic Free July. I look forward to further incorporating these changes into my life next year.
August
My Happiness Project - August
Although my Happiness Project fell to the back burner with all that life brought this fall, I love this final layout that I created this summer.
September
Inspired By...All The Little Things Guest Designer
It was fun to be my aunt's guest designer this fall after getting to paint with her this summer at the cabin
October
Good Cheer
I was loving the plaid this year and enjoyed incorporating it into many of my cards.
November
My Own Inspiration Pic
I am so thankful for our beautiful surroundings and love our new property.

December
Happy Holidays
I love this Perfect Bow die from Simon Says Stamp.
Goals for the new year include slowing down, savouring moments, and doing more of the things that make me happy.

Cheers to a new year

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Love is all you need

As much as I get a kick out of mass producing cards to have on hand, I do really enjoy carefully selecting papers and stamps to reflect on a specific person. Here is another card that I made today for a good friend using the sketch over at Heart2Heart and including some glitter paper for the Make it Sparkle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. I used the sentiment "Love is all you need" on the inside of the card.
Paper - Oh Deer paper collection; Silver and White glitter papers; Sea Glass, Black cardstock (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflake (CTMH), Perfect Bow (SSS); Stamps - CC1014, Big Hug (CTMH);
Ink - Slate (CTMH); Ribbon - Polka Dot (Verve).


January Birthday

My husband's birthday at the beginning of January always seems to sneak up on me so I thought I would make his card ahead of time. I pulled out this small set from Papertrey Ink that I got last year and did not have a chance to use. I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and also designed my card to link up to the Make It Sparkle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright (MFT); Silver and White glitter paper, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Twilight (CTMH); Stamps - Birthday Classics: January Stamp set (PTI); 
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH), Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT).

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Happy Holidays

Here is the final design of the last Christmas cards I needed to make this season. I love the Oh Deer paper collection and am linking up with the challenge over at Heart2Heart. I used the Perfect Bow die from Simon Says Stamp to play along with their Wednesday challenge: "gift it". The sketch over at Viva la Verve was perfect for the card I had in mind and I added some bling to play along with the "holiday cheer" theme over at Merry Monday.
Paper - Oh Deer paper collection; Kraft, Sea Glass, Gold Glitter cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Desert Sand; Stamps - Holiday Treats (Verve);
Dies - Perfect Bow (SSS); Tagged Rectangle Die (Verve).

Here's a close-up of my cute bow!

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Peanut Tags

I have been MIA from my craft room and blog lately finishing up my courses for the semester, but I am happy to be back! I set out to make some peanut tags today as an inside joke with some colleagues and came across these cute tags on Pinterest. Here is my version:
Paper - Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn); Whisper, Cranberry cardstock (CTMH); Audrey Blue cardstock (SSS);
Dies - Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS).