Wee bit o’ love

I may have mentioned this before…I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day.  My husband is supportive of my non-belief.  Here’s why….I think it’s a “Hallmark holiday” – an over-priced and unconvincing non-holiday that corporations dreamed up to increase sales when the masses are receiving their Christmas bills and are coming off of their New Years Resolutions of eating healthy, exercising more,  and saving money.  Plus I don’t need a day on a calendar to remind me to show my love to important people in my life. OK…rant over 🙂

You may be relieved to know that I do not insist that everyone around me adhere rigidly to my belief. Of course the boys take Valentines to school and all that. I even try to make a Valentine card for my boys in order to “participate as a normal member of society.” But I don’t go out or make a big expensive fuss.

For Liam, who has an email address I think I will email him his Valentine this year.  That will be a new one.

I started with the As You See It Assortment Challenge to create my digital Valentine.

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then I threw in a dash of the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #78

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And here is how it turned out:

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I liked it fairly simple. I added lots of things and ended up taking them all back off – working digitally is cool like that…no glue!  Even with the hearts and the purple I don’t think it is too girly or frilly to send to my pre-teen boy.  We’ll see how this goes down 😉
Do you exchange Valentine’s with anyone?  Have you ever send an e-Valentine? Would you?

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I  will need to go “back in time” a smidgen and wish everyone happy holidays when I have a few more minutes.  Today I just wanted to quickly share my (late) project for he AYSI challenge.  Next year we will have the timing a bit better figured out. This year we have a sketch challenge for you to enjoy… if you are tired of Christmas cards it’s time to pull out something new and bright!

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Here is my take:

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I used my new “sneak peak” Sale-a-bration paper! Whoot!! That’s right Sale-a-bration is coming 🙂

Getting into the spirit

I’m singing carols in my head, I’m dashing through the snow, I’m shopping for heavens sake….I think I must be getting into the holiday spirit.  So, while I’ve got Christmas on the brain I can’t help but make Christmas cards out of every sketch I see.

This weeks AS You See It sketch challenge is SUPER adaptable and I couldn’t help but use it in two different ways (plus lots more ideas in my head).
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They both (of course) are Christmas cards.  I only brought out a couple decorations for an event last weekend, but they made a festive background for the photos I think.

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My favourite piece on this card is the bow with the rouched ends.

And I had so much fun with that ribbon I had to use MORE ribbon.

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A sweet way to use up some ribbon ends or scraps of paper or whatnot. Add a tag and your done.  Awesome!

I just can’t decide which is my favourite…

Hope you will play along with us at http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com

 

As You See It BLOG CANDY!

I am right in the thick of designing and creating Christmas cards. I am pleased to report that they are easier this year than last. Maybe its the stamps, maybe its my practice, maybe I’ve found my style, maybe I’ve got some creative mojo happening. Whatever it is…I like it 🙂
The As You See It sketch challenge #12 was my inspiration for this Christmas card.

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I stuck really closely to the sketch this week.  Here’s my take ->

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I kept the elements all really simple but they all go together so nicely I think.

Did I mention Blog Candy?!? Yep, play along with tis weeks sketch and you could win the Pop and Place Tags!
Create a project, upload it (pinterest or splitcoast or Facebook or a blog) and then add your project link to the As You See It site. Easy peasy lemon squeezey – you’re entered to win! Good Luck! Small print: you must reside in North America to win.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Endless Wishes
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White and Early Espresso cardstock, Champagne Glimmer paper
Accessories: Season of Style Washi tape, Pearls

Remember…

Remembrance day today in Canada…a day to remember and reflect on the great sacrifices that many have given to allow our Country the freedoms we believe in.
I created a card for a friend that I knew would very perfect for sharing today.

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It is made with the Pleasant Poppies stamp, which of course reminds me of the poem, In Flanders Field.

My sincerest thank you to all those who have served and all those who continue to serve our our country.

An Assortment…

This week over at the As You See It Challenge, we are shaking it up a bit. We have given everyone an assortment of items that they must use on their project this week.  It was super fun to try something new and different.  I have gotten so used to using a sketch that it is the first thing I looked for…

I used the sketch from retrosketches #87 ->

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and here is the first Assortment challenge at AYSI ->

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Lastly…here is my project ->

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I have been keeping to quite simple projects lately….a little bit of paper, a couple of ink pads, a couple of stamp sets, and some adhesive.  For this one I had to add a button…so an embellishment too.  Super easy project. Thanks for coming by!

Like snot on a doorknob

Yep, this weeks card for the As You See It Challenge sketch came together so slick.

Sketch is like this:

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I knew immediately that I wanted to use it for a Christmas card, so….

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Love using up scraps!  This was a great little project that can do just that.

I think the next one I won’t punch out the window, because I’m not sure that I am in love with that.  But I will definitely rip the bottom again, because I really liked that effect….though it doesn’t come across really well in the photo.

Hope you will play along with us at the AYSI Challenge this week!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamps: Oh Goodie
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Winter Frost Paper Pack, Pool Party and Basic Gray Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Tea lace doilies, White Bakers Twine
Tools: Scallop Border Punch, Word Window Punch