Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Cheery Hello...

Hey there! It's been awhile again, hasn't it? We've been trying to keep plugging away at the finishing touches in the kitchen... rumour has it we have a nursery to put together too, one of these days!

I have a quick card to share that I made awhile ago, trying to practice my watercolour techniques.

I used another Flourishes image here (no longer available) and did a white embossed outline that I just filled in. I don't think this is my best technique, but it's better than when I try to just paint my own image in watercolour!

But, I am *so* in love with the spring weather and colours we've been enjoying, so I like this card fo that reason - I feel a real spring vibe from it!

Thanks so much for popping in... I know I'm too sparse with posts, but I promise I'll try to do better!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Some Bunny Loves You...

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Easter for us is fairly low key - we really just like to take advantage of the four day weekend and relax spending time together. This year, I have asked my hubby to please focus on the kitchen details that have been left since the fall, so we can finally finish it up. We still have no cabinet doors on the cupboards! We kind of crashed in November, and once I was pregnant and dealing with the first trimester, nothing got done.

But, work aside, I do like to give my girls a little treat... any excuse to spoil them a little and I'm right on it!

For all the troubles I've been having when I sit down to craft, and struggle with inspiration, this design came pretty quickly. I found a picture of flowers on Pinterest that I really liked, colour wise, and drew my inks from there.

This little bunny set had not even seen ink yet! I just created two of the exact same design, keeping it easy for myself.

It's very faint, but under that "Bunny", it does say 'loves you'! I used nice pale inks, complimenting my spring theme.

I love these Mini Blooms and Bigger Blooms sets - they just make things so easy!

I know there was a little stamp and die for that tail, but I couldn't resist a pom pom tail!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend... enjoy your family time and big dinner!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hello There - PTI Blog Hop...

I can't believe I actually managed to be organized enough to join in with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month! I see the image after every release, think up a few ideas that I think would work with the theme, and then never manage to actually put ink to paper.

I wanted to try the 'smooshing' technique, but I'm thinking the new formula for Stampin' Up! inks isn't very compatible... I just couldn't get a good watercolour effect! It just looked a bit muddy. So it's subtle, but it's there. I'll keep trying with my other inks!

I was having lighting issues when photographing, so my yellows are not true to life - but hey, I wanted to get it posted! So my yellow flowers are a bit brighter in real life!

I won't keep you, as I know there are lots of stops on your way... enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Birthday...

Happy Wednesday!

I stole some time yesterday with my Big Girl, and we hung out in the craft room. She's learning how to use sketches to inspire her projects, so she was plugging away at her desk while I s.l.o.w.l.y. stamped out a couple of cards.

I had picked up the Painted Flowers from Altenew awhile back and have barely even inked it up. I thought I'd try using some softer shades for all the layers, since I've only used black for the sketchy outline in the past. And I love how it turned out!

I really loved how these colours worked together, so I think I want to try and do some more designs using them. I found a floral image on Pinterest that inspired me to use them together, so clearly I need to do that more often!

Thanks for popping in... I hope your week is going well! We're winding down our Spring Break here (the kids were off last week and this week), so I'm just taking in the lazy mornings, and easy evenings before it's back to reality!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Festive Friday - Merry & Bright...

Happy Friday! We are just about to start our two weeks off for Spring Break, and I'm actually really looking forward to having my Big Girl home with us. I secretly love the breaks from school when we can be lazy and hang out together. We've been having such beautiful spring weather here, which I'm sorry to say to those suffering through endless snow and cold weather!

I have been puttering here and there in the craft room, trying to keep up with all the inspiration pictures I keep adding to my Pin Boards. I'm so behind on all the new trends and popular techniques!

So I've been in love with the watercolour trend that's taking over, and I wanted to try it out with the white embossing. I raided my Flourishes stamps, since they seemed perfect for this technique!

One thing I'm struggling with is keeping my watercolour paper nice and flat. I taped all the edges down, and it still wants to ripple!

I have always wished I could paint with watercolours, but I'm too 'literal' as my artist aunt once told me... I struggle with just letting the paint flow. So I like that the stamps offer the realistic element I crave, but enable me to just wash the colour over everything. What I'm saying is, I feel like I faked this really well!

That's it for me today - I've just edited a batch of photos, so I hope to have a few things to post over the coming days (weeks?)!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


Hey friends!

Popping in so quick to share the one card I managed to make during the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenges... so clearly you can tell I never did link it up! But that's okay. The point was to get my juices flowing, and it sort of worked... sort of.

This was so hard for me, and I don't even know why! I think it's been so long since I was really active in the craft room that it was trying to learn it all over again... but I don't hate the result, so that's something, I guess?

Anyway - that's it from me, a really quick one today. Thanks for peeking in on me!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome Baby - Some News...

Hello friends!

This year is off to a very busy start for us already... I'm learning that we just seem to be those people who always have too much on our plates.

Just when we thought things were winding down for us, that the crazy kind of work around the house was nearing the end (we still have a whole basement to renovate, but it's more of a replace-panelling-with-drywall type work) and maybe we could take a breath... we had some news.

We've been hoping to add a third kiddo to our family for a couple of years now, but if I'm honest, we were ready to give up and just enjoy the two we already have.

Then my husband said to me one day, "Don't you think you should take a test?" and I thought he was crazy. So a few days later, I finally took one so he and his mother would leave me alone about all the 'symptoms', which I knew were merely PMS related.

SO. I was wrong...

We will be a family of five sometime at the end of the summer... right before my youngest (er... middle?) one starts kindergarten. I'm still taking it all in, and trying to wrap my head around it. We are all excited - my girls are beside themselves. My oldest keeps asking how big the baby is this week and wants to know about what kind of developments have happened since the last time she asked.

One thing that came out of this discovery is that I've had to put the Festive Friday Challenge blog on the back burner for awhile. A few of the girls felt it was time to step down, and I very quickly realized I would not have the energy or time to properly devote to it this year. So it's on hold for now, and hopefully once we've finished the work we still have left and I have a baby who sleeps through the night, we can revisit the challenge for 2016.

The fatigue and nausea has kept me pretty much out of commission for the last couple of months, so it's been tough to find the energy to do anything (I still have Christmas things to put away - no joke). So now that I'm heading into my second trimester, I'm hoping to start feeling more like myself and get back into a creative groove - start posting more!

Thanks for stopping by - I'm excited I can finally share what's been keeping my quiet for this last little while!

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