Monday 15 September 2014

Yaaayyyyyy For New Friends!


I can't believe it's the middle of September already! It seems my family and I have been on many adventures in the past few months and they have flown by! We have all settled in nicely (including the nasty little skunk under the front step) and we are loving the new house! The kids have all started their new schools and despite the rough start my oldest daughter Danielle had into high school, she is slowly starting to make friends and enjoy it (although she will never admit it! Lol!)

Abby getting ready to take on T-Rex at the Calgary Zoo

Family pic (minus a kid) - best we are going to get! Lol!

Lovely Abby!

Water wars at Calaway Park!

Drowned Rats (Danielle, her friend Kim, Abby and the girls half sister Isabel)

All that whipping hair is Danielle & her friend Kim. I now know why there are chiropractors!

Danielle showing off her ropin' skills at the Calgary Corn Mazes! 

Sam photo bombing my selfie!

I have also started to make some new crafty friends!
But don't worry Saskatoon, I could never replace you! You will always be my first! My heart is big enough for you all! And by the way, Congrats Lori on THINK PINK #5! I was very sad to have missed it this year but it sounds like it was a huge success! My Lovely friend Theresa made sure my hand-self made an appearance for pics! Lol!

Theresa, Lori & Hand Cayla

Even though I was unable to go to the crop in Delmany, I did get invited to another event here in Calgary by a friend of mine. It was a Stampin Up Bingo Night put on by Allison Okamitsu who is a very lovely Stampin up demonstrator! You can check out her blog HERE. I had a very lovely time on Friday night, so much so that I went back on Sunday afternoon to check out her monthly club group! Nothing like forcing myself into the local crafty community! Lol! It was a very warm and inviting atmosphere! It reminded me of all you lovely crafty people back in Saskatoon and of all the fun events at the studio! That's the best part about the crafty community, it's like being apart of a warm & welcoming family!

Now I haven't gotten to the best part yet!
I had lucky horseshoes stuck somewhere cause I just happened to have won the mother of all prizes on Friday night! With my one little Bingo card I won over $200 worth of Stampin up goodies!
The first half of the prize was a package of the Stampin Up line called All Is Calm. This package included:
 All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper
All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments
All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape
Frosted Sequins Embellishments
Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon
On Point Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Letterpress Winter Clear Stamp Set
Wintertime Wood Stamp Set
Good Greetings Cling Stamp Set

Plus when I had with my registration fee I had already received the Holiday Cheer Project Life Clear Stamp Set and a package of cardstock for cardmaking!

So then the second part of the grand prize was that I got to spend over $100 on an order from the Stampin' Up! Catalogue!!!!  When Allison told me that part I nearly got up and hugged her! Lol!
 I was almost afraid I was going to get boo'ed out of the room though! Here comes this new girl and she takes home the best prize! Way-da-go Cayla, that's how you make new friends! Well atleast they won't forget me, right? Lol!

Isn't it all lovely!
In the last year I have not had a whole lot of time to be creative as some of you may know. I went back to school last September and studied my butt off for 10 months, then with the move and getting my kids settled, there just hasn't been alot of crafty time! So of course when I brought all this crafty goodness home with me I just HAD to play with it! Right? Right! So this is what I made...

What I used:
SU All Is Calm Specialty Designer Paper
SU All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape
 SU Letterpress Winter Clear Stamp Set
Jet Black StazOn Ink
Iced Spruce Distress Ink
Silver Stickles
3L Foam Adhesive
3L EZ Runner
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
Misc White Embossing Thread

For this card I used a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of white card stock (folded in half) and covered the front with a 4.25" x 5.5" pce of pattern from the pkg of paper I got. I stamped the "Season's Greetings" sentiment using Iced Spruce Distress ink and the fancy border using Jet Black StazOn ink. I added some Silver Stickles glitter accents to the fancy border (sorry, it's hard to tell in the pic.) I fussy cut out the sentiment piece and used 3L Foam Adhesive to adhere it to the card front. I stuck strips of the washi tape to the top and bottom edges of the card and then tied some plain white embossing thread several times around the top of the card.  To add some security to the bow I put a dab of Tombow liquid glue behind the knot to hold it down.

What I Used:
SU All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape
SU Frosted Sequin Embellishments
  SU Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp Set
SU Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon
Broken China Distress Ink
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

This card is made from a piece of 4.25" x 11" Kraft cardstock (folded in half.) I stamped the border along the left side using Broken China Distress ink then tore strips of washi tape to stick to the card. I tied the bow using the lovely Lost Lagoon ribbon I got and adhered it using Tombow liquid glue. I also used the Tombow liquid glue to adhere the snowflake sequins. I then stamped the sentiment using the Broken China Distress ink. Easy Peasy!!

Tip: I find that sometimes washi tapes don't always stay stuck down. So I find it helpful to take my bonefolder and press it over the washi tape. 

What I Used:
SU All Is Calm Specialty Designer Paper
SU Wintertime Wood Stamp
SU Frosted Sequins Embellishments
Broken China Distress Ink
White Cardstock (Staples)
3L EZ Runner
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
Sakura Silver Star Gelly Rolly (gel pen)

I used a 5.5" x 8.5" white cardstock piece for this card (folded in half) and cut a piece of pattern paper that is 5.25" x 4" and adhered it to the front. I then cut a piece of white cardstock that is 5" x 3.75" and adhered this to the front and drew on my stitches with the silver gel pen. I stamped the sentiment with the Broken China Distress ink and adhered the sequins with the Tombow adhesive. Another super easy card done!

Tip: To add a little something more to this card, I might see if I have some matching blue beads I could adhere to the centers of the sequins!

What I Used:
SU All Is Calm Specialty Designer Papers
SU Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp Set
SU Mosaic Madness Wood Stamp Set
SU Mosaic Shape Punch
SU Good Greetings Cling Stamp Set
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Broken China Distress Ink
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Jet Black StazOn Ink
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue
3L EZ Runner
3L Foam Adhesive
White Cardstock (Staples)
Misc Jute Twine

So this card as you can see has a little more to it and is a little larger than the rest. First I cut a piece of pattern paper that is 12" x 6" and folded it in half. On the inside (which you can't see) I cut a piece of white cardstock that is 5.75" x 5.75" and adhered it. This will give me something to write on. Next I cut another piece of pattern paper that is 5.75" x 5.75" and roughed up the edges a bit with my scissors (or you could use a paper distresser if you've got one). I then adhered this to my card front. I cut another pattern paper piece that is 2" x 6" and used the border punch along the one edge. I then adhered the piece to the card using the foam adhesive for dimension. I cut a 0.25" x 6" piece from white cardstock and stamped the border using Shabby Shutters Distress ink and adhered it to the card. To make the ornament, I stamped one of the Mosaic stamps 6 times onto white cardstock using Broken China Distress ink (use 3 Mosaic stamps per ornament.) Cut out each stamped image (or use the coordinating punch like I did) and fold them exactly in half length wise. You are then going to put glue on half of the back of one of them and stick it to a half of another. (gosh that's confusing! Hopefully the pics below will make more sense!) In the end you will have three stuck together.

Step 1: Fold 3 ornaments in half
Step 2: Put glue on the back of one but only on half of it
Step 3: Stick to another ornament piece
Step 4: Put glue on the back half of ornament
Step 5: Adhere third ornament piece
Step 6: Put glue on the entire back of ornament and adhere to card

Repeat for second ornament.

revised: I actually found a quick little video that shows a similar technique that may help you understand what I was trying to do with this card, incase you weren't following what I was trying to explain. :D

So after I had my ornaments adhered to my card, I tied bows in my twine and adhered them to my card with the Tombow glue. I them stamped my sentiment using Jet Black StazOn ink.

So ya, this card was a little more work but the dimension, it turned out to be super cute!

So those were the cards I made using the awesome Stampin Up goodies I got on Friday. I also wanted to give you a quick look at a couple of other cute cards I created last week.
In Calgary we had some horrible weather and got completely dumped on by snow. I wanted to cry and pack up my family and come running back to Saskatoon. But it made me think of Christmas and how maybe this year I could for once be prepared! So I created some more lovely Christmas cards!

Thanks for stoppin by!

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