Sunday, February 10, 2019

Quick & Easy Cards for the win!

Happy Sunday!

How can it be that it's 8:15 on a Sunday morning and I'm already behind??  I've been up for almost two hours and nowhere near getting done what I got up to do!

Oh well ... it's Sunday ... a day of rest, right?  *lol*.  Ya ... tell that to ANY mom with a home based business and you'll likely get a 3 minute laughing fit out of her! 

Today WILL be a day of rest ... once I get this post done.  Luckily the family sleeps in so, while they sleep, I do a *little* work and then, when they are up it's family time ... so I best crack on, eh?

I thought I'd post a few projects I came up with in the last week or so.  Quick and easy is the name of the game for these ones!  We ALL need a few of these types of cards on our Pinterest boards for those times we need a card in a hurry!

This one was made for my Coffee & Cards class at Second Cup last week.  Our notecards and envelopes are my absolute MUST for quick and easy.  I try not to let me stash drop below two full packs of both the standard ones and the narrow ones!
I used the Piece of Cake stamp set and coordinating punch (page 18 of the Occasions Catalogue) for a super quick card.  I stamped the sentiment first.  After punching out the cake pieces (stamped in Memento ink) I popped them up on mini dimensionals and colored them using my markers.  Some white bakers twine and a rhinestone finish it off.

The next one is quick in theory ... probably took me close to 2 hours to come UP with it but will only take a few minutes to MAKE it *lol.
I used the fanTASTIC "Let it Ride" stamp set.  I stamped the horse in Soft Suede ink coloured it with my Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow Blends.  I ran a 1 1/2" Merry Merlot piece through the Woodgrain embossing folder.  I cut out the horse and the Mossy Meadow mats with the Stitched Rectangle framelits (* a MUST have item in EVERY craft room!!).  I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot and punched it out with my Stitched Shapes oval die and popped it up on dimensionals and added a pearl to finish it off.  Quick and easy!

The last one I CASEd from Jackie Bulhuis over at .  I used the Flowering Desert set ...
I don't know why I had to have this set but I did!  I fought it for two months.  "How many cactus cards would you ever make or send?" I asked myself.  Guess I'll find out!  *lol*.  There is just something about that cactus that makes me happy ... and that's good enough for me!

So there you have it.  Three quick and easy cards for you on a bitterly cold Sunday morning.  I plan to stay in my "comfort wear" all day, do a bit of crafting, a bit of cooking, a little napping and some family gaming.  Not a TOTAL day of rest but for sure a day of relaxation.  Whatever YOU get up to today, I hope you are cosy, surrounded by loved ones and that you have a stampy day!



Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sweetest Things Projects

Happy Sunday!

I am have a LOVELY weekend so far ... and I still have a day to go!  It is colder than cold up here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this weekend and I LOVE it!  (only because I have no particular place to go! lol).  Those who know me KNOW I love rainy Sundays and cold, snowy weekends.  The perfect excuse to stay in side and do whatever you love ... cooking, baking, cleaning, puzzles, family games and/or STAMPING!  I can't believe this is even true but I decided to TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF!!  Crazy, right?  Oh sure, I have done a LITTLE "business" (ie paperwork and mails) but ones I WANTED to send, not ones I felt I HAD to send, if that makes sense.  Yesterday was a GREAT day of lounging in my pjs, doing some meal prep, napping, playing with the family and generally doing nothing!  Today I'm doing it again and loving it :)

Friday night was my private Ladies Night event.  It was so much fun!  A group of us get together for stamping, eating, drinking and games.  In the past we have played Bingo, Pictionary, Minute to Win it games, Murder Mystery Night and, this time, an Escape Room (in my house).  As always there were lots of laughs.  SUCH a great night .  Here are some pics ...
 The blue one was CASEd from my friend Stefanie over at Check her out!

We use the awesome Gingham Gala DSP and the Butterfly Gala bundle to create our cards.  Attendees got those items to in their swag bags to take home!

We stamped ...

 ... then we played ...

I had picked up an "Escape Room" game at Costco over the holidays.  I didn't know what to expect but it was actually pretty cool!  You had to solve 7 puzzles in a certain amount of time before the "bomb" goes off and you all die.  Koda didn't appreciate having it put around his neck so we had to take it off (my thinking was people would try harder if they knew Koda was in danger *lol*).  Only one team solved all the puzzles in time , but we all had fun trying!

 Moving on to some projects I made LAST month for class using products from page 15 of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, from the Sweetest Things Bundle of products ...

Aren't they fun??  I have to admit, ALL of these products were on my "maybe ... don't flow my hair back" list.  I had a LOT of items I was going to buy before I MAYBE bought these ones.  Then I gave my head a shake and ordered the lot of them.  My thinking ... if *I* wasn't convinced I would use these products then my customers likely weren't either!  .... so I challenged myself to buy them, use them and show them off so others could see their potential.  Mission accomplished!  I DO love them and WILL use them for my upcoming Birthday Stamp-a-Stack event (Sunday, Feb 17th if you're in the Edmonton area and want to attend!).  Now because the paper is busier than I tend to like I needed some inspiration on HOW to use these products.  Catalogue to the rescue!  I actually just copied the projects I saw on page 14 of the catalogue!  No need to reinvent the wheel!  Start off copying something you see and tweak as needed!  I did alter my projects slightly from the catalogue projects and love how they turned out!

Today I'm going to attempt to clean up the mess from Friday night (ya, totally avoided that yesterday) and I'm going to make a new soup - Butternut Squash/Potato.  Let it snow!  (... as long as it is all melted off the roads for tomorrow at 6:50 am when I have to drive to the other end of the city for Alicia's ortho appointment! lol.  Ya, I'm fickle like that! lol)

Whatever YOU get up to this weekend, stay warm and I hope you have a SUPER stampy day! (oh!  It's Superbowl Sunday ... how appropriate!  hee hee - have a great one!)