Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CST challenge

Hi Everybody,
Well, I fianally got busy and did some crafting.  I needed a Birthday card this month for a good online friend so I decided to enter it into the CST challenge (make a birthday card).
This card is a little larger than the regular size, maybe about 5 X 6 1/2, not sure anymore.  I used a SU canvas backgound stamp and close to cocoa ink.  Sponged the edges.  I used a nestability for the scallop circle and my fiskars circle cutter for the inner circle and a nestabilities die for the leaves.
The sentiment is a Fiskars clear stamp set designed by Cloud 9.
I made the flower from pink paper and the how tos are from a video that is in the link further down the page.
I use a Fiskars clear stamp designed by Heidi Grace to stamp the flowers.
The little stamens are made with a Punch Bunch punch.

Here is the inside of the card.

This is a 7 flower pop up and here is the link on how to make it.  The video in the link shows how to fold the paper to make the flowers.
This card is a little time consuming, but the end results are really worth the effort.

I hope you liked my card today and try to make one yourself.  If you do, and have any questions, please email me and I will try to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great week.

Theresa in Kitimat

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CCAYR January challenge

Hi Everybody,
Hope your week is going well.  It is very cold here so I have been staying inside, doing some creating.
These are the cards I made for this months challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  The challenge this month was to make cards using non-traditional colors.
Since all the cards are different, I decided to scan them individually instead of taking a pic of the whole bunch together.

This first card is made using the old label technique.  I started by sponging the labels while they were still on the backing paper.  I used an anti static bag and stamped the tree (retired SU stamp) with versamark.  I then embossed with white ep.  I then carefully transferred the labels to the purple background paper.  After that was done, I used my stamp positioner and overstamped the second layer of the 2-stamp set with versamark and embossed with gold ep.
And it was done.

 The next two cards were pretty much done the same way.  I tore a couple large postit notes and masked the front of the card, leaving the center area showing.  I sponged this area with blue, green and purple.  Then I stamped the larger snowflake with Tempting turquoise and then the smaller snowflake with versamark and embossed with a purple ep.  I removed the masks, stamped the sentiment and used the same purple ep.  I added the ribbon and fibers and mounted on a purple base card.
The intensity of the colors on both cards is about the same.  I am not sure why one scanned lighter than the other one.

 This next card uses up some mistakes, er...leftovers, that I had from the cards I made for the November challenge.  You can see those cards here.  I used a Sizzlets die for the sentiment.

 And the last card is pretty straight forward.  The medallion is from SU.  The small image in the center is a small part of an old lovely stamp made by Stampendous and I do not know who makes the sentiment.
So, these are my cards for today.  Hope you like them.

I hope everybody is keeping warm.

Theresa in Kitimat

Saturday, January 14, 2012

SAS4K cards

HI Everybody,
Here are a few of the cards I sent to Lynnette this month for SAS4K Canada.   The cards are pretty straight forward, so I won't give long descriptions on how I made them.  I really tried hard to include cards for boys.  This is a stretch for me because I am much more comfortable with flowers, butterflies, fairies, etc.  I did add bling, not so much for the boy cards.
The rest of the cards I sent were made using card fronts from swaps and some sent to me by Sue.  Once again, thank you Sue.

The sentiment on this first card was made using one of the first stamp sets I bought, many, many years ago.  It is a foam mounted set of words that can be put together for different occasions.  I can't remember who made it.

 I made the next card a long time ago when I was doing a lot of paper weaving.  The bear stamp is from a foam mounted set made by PSX
 This card was made with nesties.  It folds up at the top.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed with gold and then used a white jel pen to accent it.
 This card is made with an image I got in a swap and I am not sure who makes it.  The inside says "Happy Birthday"  It is colored with prisma colors and the wings are glittered and the ladybug has glossy accents on it.
 This card was made in 2003, when I joined Stampin Up.  I used one of the sets I got in my start up package.
 Here is one of the boy cards I made.  The zebra and background stamp are made by Stampendous.   The zebra is stamped on acetate which is mounted under the circle cut in the front of the card.
 This one is nearly the same as the last one, using a SU image.
 Here is a girly card using lots of bling.

Another prisma color card.  Finished with glitter and glossy accents the same as the other one.
 Another birthday card for a boy.  I think the image is from Penny Black.
 And finally, I used a card front I made over 10 years ago.  The image is PSX.  I actually embossed the outline on the colored fish from behind using a template I cut out from chip board.  I was cuttlebugging long before Cuttlebugs were invented :-).

I will be entering one of the Valentines in the SAS4K (US site) Valentines challenge.

That is about it for this post.  I have a couple more challenges I am entering today and so will post about them later.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Theresa in Kitimat

Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas at the Fredricksons

Hi Everybody.  Happy New Year to you all.
Hope your holiday was everything you expected (that is unless you were expecting squabbles and fights and hurt feelings.  You know how families and Christmas can be :-).)  Seriously, we had a wonderful Christmas.  Like I said before, it was very low key with some of the family being away.   We had a lot of fun with our annual brunch and gift opening.  Everything centered around Camryn.  She enjoyed opening gifts from Uncles and Aunties-and Grandma.  Coen is too young to be much involved but just the same, it was wonderful to have a new little person here for Christmas.  And next year, we will have another.  My youngest son and his wife are expecting their first baby.  I am so excited for them and me.

I don't have any cards to show you in this post.  I just wanted to post some pics of the decorations I put up this year.  It is the first time in quite a long time that I really went to town and brought out most of my stuff.
I put up two trees every year.  One family tree that we put the prezzies under and one decorator tree in my foyer.  This is the family tree.  I usually make new decorations for it every year, but didn't this year.  I decided to go retro instead.  I went through my little Christmas room in the basement and found all the old ornaments that I had made in  the early years.  Can you say HOARDER?
 This is a close up of some of those decorations.  String macrame snowflakes, blown and glittered eggs, paper geometric shapes, styrofoam and toothpick glittered ornaments and the stringed styrofoam popcorn package filler.
 This is a picture from 1972.  First year in Kitimat and my first Christmas tree.  It was the first and last spruce tree we ever got.  Always had spruce trees in Alberta, but the needles on BC trees are way sharper than Alberta trees.  All our other trees were pine.  I was so proud of this little tree.  I had made all the ornaments except to the star at the top.  The little guy in the pic is my oldest son.  He is  40+ now.
 This is my foyer tree.  I change it up every year.  Last year it was red and white.   Next year, I have already decided that it will be red and gold.

 This is my Santa display by my front door.  There is a set of mini lights going all through the Santas so it looks cool in the dark.
 This is my Willow Tree Nativity that my daughter started for me a few years ago.  She adds to it every year.  I think it is almost done, except for maybe an angel.
 This is a lovely nativity that I bought quite a few years ago.  It was damaged so I got it for almost nothing (I think about $5.00).  All I had to do was repaint some of the figurines that had lost some paint.  My DH made the stable out of cedar.
 I have one more nativity set up this year.  Forgot to take a pic.  It is a nice one with a music box that I bought at a garage sale for cheap.  I set it up for the little kids.  A few years ago, Camryn was looking at this nativity set up (below) and asked "Can I play with the Jesus house."  I really did not want her to so I told her I would get one that she could play with.   And so I did.  I will remember to take a picture next year.
 Because all of our family was not here this year, we could all fit around my kitchen nook table so I decided to decorate my dining room table.  I made all of the little bird houses and they were the decorations for my family tree last year.  They open up and I have put flameless tealights in them. 
 This is what they look like in the dark.
 This is a picture of my fiber optic village.  Love it.
 Sorry, this picture is blurry, but I wanted to take a picture without the flash so you could see how pretty it is when it is plugged in.
 This is a pic of my other village I have set up in my kitchen.  I have one more smaller scale village with about 18 houses that I did not set up this year.  Could not find the right spot for it.
 And finally, this is a picture of my sweet Camryn.  I have taken a picture of her every year with this Santa since I got him.  When we started, she came up to the bottom of the ribbon.  How they grow.  This is a tradition I will keep with all of my grandkids from now on.
I hope you have enjoyed this visit with me as I have shared some of the Fredrickson traditions.  (The tradition I enjoy most--I do not cook Christmas Dinner.  Stopped doing that about 1995 or 1996 and have never regretted it for one moment)

Happy Day to you all.

Theresa in Kitimat