Tuesday, October 30, 2012

WooHoo

Today, the last day of the month is THE day I get to post my card for the monthly Crafters of Faith (COF) group. Our October Hostess was Sharon and here is what she asked:

Ok, friends; I'm here to post the challenge for the month of October .....take a look...
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wow, it's hard to believe that there is only 3 more months left of 2012...where has the time gone?? Some of you may know from reading my blog this week that Autumn is my favorite season of the year. In Southern Ontario it is quickly making its appearance and where I'm from the colour of the changing leaves can be quite spectacular. It's so inspiring--I just love it! Autumn also includes my most favourite holiday celebration--THANKSGIVING!! It's hard not to love a holiday that calls on us to give thanks for our blessings. I realize not everyone around the world celebrates this holiday, and our friends in the U.S. don't celebrate until November, so for this challenge you can choose to make either a card for thanksgiving OR a thank you card for someone who has been a blessing to you. Please use at least 2 designer papers and 1 embellishment, and most importantly, have fun! I can't wait to see what you've created!




I have been all about my leaf dies, so I (of course) used the maple leaf to go with my large (from my stash) leaves. My two DP's are the checked flower and the insets of my die cuts, and my embellie is my brad holding everything together! The sentiment, and die used for the tag which it is stamped on, are from amuse studio.

Make sure to check out the blogs of my COF group in my left sidebar! They love LUV too!


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April


Edited to say:
Yes, this posted early...blogger was NOT my friend tonight, so here it is early rather than late!  HUGGS!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

10-28

You all probably realize it it the twenty eighth and are wondering about my title.

Well, today is posting day for the Calendar Girls and Tami's challenge was (in her words):
Our October Theme
We are all about the month of October! I have three little challenges for the girls this month.
It is the tenth month of the year, so please have exactly ten ( 10 ) items on your card. No more, no less! The ten items do not include your card base. Your image stamped on a piece of card stock is counted as one item.
Our due date is the 28th. So, that is going to require two ( 2 ) circles needed on each card and a minimum of eight ( 8 ) different colors.
Are you scared yet?! LOL Start taking a peek….there are a lot of different elements and colors on our cards! I am so looking forward to what you all create, as I do each month.





I will now show you my math skills

Two circles:
1) behind bird
2) with sentiment (GIVE THANKS does show up better IRL)

Eight colors:
1) brown
2) olive
3) lt green
4) yellow
5) burnt orange
6) blue
7) lt prawn
8) dk orange

Ten items:
1) and 2) base layers
3) and 4) leaf panels
5) and 6) sentiment and scalloped circle
7) leaves
8) ribbon
9) sun ~the yellow circle
10) bird

I hope the other Calendar Girls had as much fun with Tami's challenge as I did. And, I hope you will stop by their blogs (found on my left sidebar) and check out their math skills!


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome!

Wednesday, my husband and I earned some quality 'activity points' and helped a friend move. No wimpy furniture there, just quality heirlooms.....big and bulky....and, none of that fake wood....the real (scratchable) deal!

I thought it would be nice for her to get some 'happy mail' at her new place, so I created this card using the deconstructed sketch #75. I don't pull off the mixing and matching of dp like my friend Kadie does, but I am pleased with my finished card!



The designer papers are from Everyday Eclectic, ribbon, gems, CS from my stash, and the stamp set is from Close To My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trick or Treat

Halloween is fast approaching, and while my son no longer goes out for treats, there are still some friends who stops for treats. Last year, my SisIL and myself, and our little neighbor all dressed as witches! To celebrate with them, I am making hats for each of us! This is for my SIL who is a popcorn lover! Our little friend will have M&M's in hers....lol



The bag is from amuse|studio, the card stock all scraps, ribbon from my stash and a bit of stickles to highlight my rolled roses using dies from MFT. Tag is stamped with with sentiments from CTMH.


This project is apropos for challenges at Twisted Tuesday 2TC29 and The Pink Elephant #171.


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

I <3 <3 The Doctor

I couldn't believe it the other day when I opened my Friday Freebie!
And, much to my delight, it was a set of papers and embellies in true Doctor Who form. I am not the best with digital manipulating, but I do know enough to print them out to use.

I wanted to make my son a bookmark and, in the future a scrapbook page or two....or seven....and, I have it in my head to alter a notebook for him too....



I kept the bookmark very simple and then, at his request, laminated it. {He doesn't want to ruin it...lol}

My hubby then wondered why I have never built a three dimensional Tardis and challenged me to! Not one to back down from a challenge, I set off to find one to make. Isn't the Internet great?? I found this site and despite it being in French, it had a Tardis for me to construct.



I also constructed The Doctor, but my son didn't leave it out for me to photograph....lol. Maybe tomorrow I can get it up!

I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend and I hope you stop in again to check out my creations!

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Triple Play

No, not talking about what the Tiger did to the Yankees, but close!
Today, I have three diverse cards for you.
They cover three of the four seasons - Autumn, Winter and Spring!

Now, you might be wondering why....easy answer: I saw a design team call and thought I would give it a try. And, in doing so decided I needed a bit of diversity in my finished creations. Although, the more I look at them, the less diverse they seem. Make sure you check out fun 'n' flair and see the cute Christmas stamps I "need"!!

First up is one of my favorite PKS sets - Build a Scarecrow. I love showcasing this set with the crisscross card! I have pulled out the insert so you can better see Mr. Scarecrow!


The sentiment is from Close To My Heart (Seasonal Celebrations), the card stocks and papers are from Michael's - their Recollections line. I used one of the Animal Print embossing folders from Sizzix on the eaves which I die cut using the large leaf trio from amuse studio. I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black, highlighted with CTMH Brown Bag and colored with chalks and Bic MarkIts.

Next, Winter Ella.....a favorite Puddle Jumper from By LORi Designs!


She was stamped with Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic's and Bic's I followed the current sketch at deconstructed jen DS74 using Recollections card stock and papers from Me & My Big Ideas and EP's Everyday Eclectic. Buttons and string from my stash. Oh, I used Deckled Edge Classic Oval that was embossed with Swiss Dots.

And last, but not least, to celebrate Spring here is a bookmark showcasing Wishing You Luck, an a la mode from MFT.


Everything on this came from my stash! Gotta love {LOVE} that! Once again colored with my Bic's and stamped in Tuxedo Black. I kept this flat....it is a bookmark after all! The only embellishment is a lone crystal.

I hope you have enjoyed my triple play!

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

GO TIGERS!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Treat!

The Pink Elephant has a wonderful challenge (jumping up and down here) going on right now! They would like you to make a Halloween Treat Holder. I made my card front in accordance with Mojo Monday Sketch #263

I actually tried something new - found the tutorial on SCS - and think it came out pretty cute!


I must admit, it didn't work like in my head....notice no spiders and that was what I originally intended! BUT, I like this so much better!

All DP and CS, ribbon and embellies are from my stash.... The pumpkin and its border are from JustRite Stamps and the sentiment is a rub on I 'found' while shopping my stash! I did add a piece of clear report cover to the gift box side - thought it looked more finished!

I hope my three year old niece enjoys this treat!



Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

Submitted to TPE170 and MM263


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Enjoy the day!

Thought I would go ├╝ber-simple for the challenge {2112} at Riley and Co this go-round!



I stayed simple because I am giving the cards I make to a neighbor ~ he's 97 and I love to give him cards to send out!
I stayed with an autumn theme, but popped up the balloon. My sentiment is hand drawn on a leaf cut using a die from amuse! Buttons are from Stampin' Up! And ribbon from my stash!


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Where there is a tree.....

...there is a duel!
Yep, time for the Dueling Darlings to post their challenge cards for the month.


Melina asked use to create with Jeanette (our fearless leader) in mind.  We all know that Jeanette is the Queen of Patterned Paper....lol

Here is what she wrote:
Hello Dazzlers!
My challenge to you for the month of October is to create a card with the theme of Trees and to include patterned paper somewhere on your creation.
I can't wait to see what you come up with! I hope this is okay with everyone that you are receiving a challenge instead of a "full on" kit. I hope to have a partner the next time my turn comes around. 
The Divas are getting a challenge also with a different theme. It's a little mystery as to what each team will be making.
Have a great day!
Hugs,
Melina


Make sure you check out the rest of the DUEL!
We all love luv!

Dazzlers          Divas
April (me)         Barb
Debbie              Carol
Jeanette           
Melina                       
Michelle               Judy
Paola                Kelly
Terry                    LJ
Darlene              Tami

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April





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Sunday, October 14, 2012

A quickie....

Just a quick card using the latest challenge sketch from deconstructing jen!

This card uses dp from Everyday Eclectic, stamps from amuse studio, candi dots for embellies and ribbons from my stash.



Submitted to deconstructed sketch #73.


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's been Identified!

This is the fourth round of a swap where each participant creates with the same image. Terry was our hostess this go-around and she chose MFT's Miss You A Latte!



I used EchoPark dp and kept the hexagon theme throughout.

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Learning Experience

My neighbor, who happens to go to a Church other than mine, loves to give (and make, it turns out) cards. Her Church has a Wednesday card class, but alas, neither of us can attend! :-( So, the woman who runs it "practices" on us on Monday evening. Unfortunately, she was away last night and we were at loose ends. So, I came up with two cards to make with my neighbor.







I wanted to make some fancy fold cards using the same set from a*muse, so the first is a center step card and the latter an easel card. It was fun to 'teach' for a night.....lol....I learned a lot!



Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Am I a "Master Crafter"?

Well, only in my eyes....lol

Turns out that I am usually in my own niche and have a hard time thinking out of the box.....hmmm, no pun intended, truly.

A while ago, I signed up for a bit of a challenge. You know the type.....you are sent something and you see what you can do with it....lol. (Great time for my mojo to take vacation!)

You can see what was sent (and the great prizes to win) here!










As you can see, I created a little note box and matching cards. It is great that this DCWV stack is single sided to make it easy to make little notecards! I also put a card stock ring around the cloth bag and filed it with a wee snack!This will actually be a Christmas present for a young neighbor. I will put fresh chocolates in it before then; and probably add a funky pen or two for her!

I will admit to not using the stamp on my project. The one I received said memories and it didn't fit with the way my project was going. I used a set from Close To My Heart called Rock On. Ink was Memento and Versamark (for heart with wings and guitar, both of which were heat embossed). I also used a black sparkly gel pen to draw my flourish before adhering my gems! I did use the cool Scissor Mouse to cut my black card stock base and it worked really well (some more practice should help the learning curve)!

I hope you enjoy this project; and I may not be THE Master Crafter, but I sure had a lot of fun going for it!!

Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Snow Much Fun

Hiyas!
I have been crafting, but just finished something in its entirety. These cards, alike but different, are going in a basket I am donating to the daycare at our Church for a Chinese Auction. I still have some things to add (and will show you soon), but these follow Mojo Monday #261 and I wanted to show them off.  ;-)









All designer paper is from Echo Park's Christmas This & That kit. The half pearls are from the dollar bin, the ribbons were 'hand-me-downs', and all card stock was from my stash. The rubbah is SU! (Snow Much Fun and Tiny Tags).



I plan on making some tags and a couple other things to round out the dozen cards!


Thanks for stopping by!
HUGGZ,
April

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