Pretty Peony Card

Pretty Peonies Birthday Card

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I think everyone loves the sweet scent of peonies. Their delicate petals and pastel colours are one of spring’s special gifts.

These pretty peonies are by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. Just as a note, I’m not, in any way, affiliated with Power Poppy or Marcella Hawley, I just thought I’d include the link so you can visit her site and browse through the beautiful floral digis.

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--CU of cupI really enjoyed making this birthday card for my dear friend, Julie. As always, I coloured it with my Copic markers and then added shine and dimension to the cups with 3-D Crystal Lacquer. I tried to capture it on the striped mug, but I just couldn’t get the right lighting. I think you can see the shine and 3-D effect quite clearly on the polka dot tea cup. Isn’t it pretty?

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I hope my Pretty Peony card inspires you to create a sweet floral card for your someone special.

Thanks, so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

 

Happy crafting, happy colouring, happy everything!

Gloria

My Craft Room Reconfigured

Finally, my small space works!

IMG_5402I’ve been crafting for years and, until a couple of months ago, I just couldn’t seem to find a way to configure my small studio to accommodate my mountains of craft stuff and still leave room for a work table and a small desk space for office work.

Finally, sitting in my studio one afternoon in January, just looking around and thinking, I could visualize exactly how to place every piece of furniture to create the perfect work space. My completely awesome husband, Peter, did all the muscle work and offered some great suggestions to get every piece of furniture to fit, perfectly. He’s so patient and loving and always willing to help me out with my ideas. I’m so blessed! So here’s a tour of my reconfigured, reorganized studio. As with most craft studios these days, it’s pretty much an ad for IKEA…they sure do have great storage ideas!

Here is my work table. It’s counter height so that I can sit on a high stool and stretch my legs out instead of having them bent at a 90 degree angle (not so good for arthritic joints. The table is located right under the window, so I get pure sweet daylight right where I need it.

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Moving counter-clockwise around the room you can see my IKEA shelves that house IKEA storage boxes. I made labels for each box so I know at a glance what’s in each one. On the wall above the shelves, are some of my favourite pictures, plaques and framed memorabilia–I think of them as inspiration pieces. On the end of my desk is a tall plant that I am growing from an avocado pit–it’s so neat to watch them germinate and grow straight up toward the sky.

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Moving further down this side wall we now get to my IKEA shelves. These are so useful because they hold all my little bottles of buttons, jewels, sparkle glue, and so on. It’s so easy to quickly scan the shelves and find just what I need to embellish a project. By the way, the bottles with the white lids are salt shakers that I bought at Dollarama at three for one dollar. You’ve just got to love the dollar stores for all those bits and pieces. The comfy reclining chair is my favourite place to curl up with Cookie, my Bichon Frise, for a quick nap or to spend some time reading.

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Here’s the end wall which features more photos, favourite plate and stars, stars, stars. The storage cabinet, also from IKEA, features shallow drawers that are perfect for organizing stamps and some of my crafting tools. No digging for things in deep drawers! (The black cord is the USB charger for my tablet…doesn’t look good in the photo, though).

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Moving around the corner to the doorway, you can see that I don’t leave much empty wall space. I like displaying things that I love. This wall features my beautiful vintage rose platter, my needlepoint roses and my crewel work tulips (which is waiting for me to hang it on the wall). Way up top is a framed copy of the verse from my favourite hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings.”  And, last but not least, a couple more my favourite plates and a photo of my lovely granddaughter, Ashleigh.

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As we continue around the room, we come to my closet-turned-office work space. It accommodates everything I need: desk space, storage, printer, electronic calculator, label-printer, great lighting and a small dish of my favourite candy to sustain me during those hard days at the  “office.” (Notice the Rexall bag–nice touch, huh? It has since been replace with a proper trash can).

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And, now, we round the corner back to my work table. On the way by, is my IKEA shelf that holds some of my designer paper (there is tons more in every imaginable size) and computer paper.

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So, as my late mother-in-law used to say, “that’s it, that’s all.” There are lots more little organizational details that I will be showing you, such as how I keep my embossing folders and dies organized…but, I’ll save those for next time.

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon.

Happy crafting, happy organizing, happy everything!

Gloria

Painting with acrylics: my newest passion!

I can paint!

Have you ever thought about painting a picture, but had no clue how to go about it? Have you ever stared at a blank canvass in the craft store and wondered where you would even paint the first stroke? Well, I sure have. That is, until I went to my first Paint Nite and found out how easy it is to paint something that you can be proud of.  

Hey, Hey, Hydrangeas: my first Paint Nite painting, March 2016.

Hey, Hey, Hydrangeas: my first Paint Nite painting, March 2016.

Here is the first painting I did at Paint Nite. While it may not be perfect, it does look like flowers, I think.

With this experience under my belt, I knew I had been bitten by the paint bug. So, off I went to Michael’s with my 50 per cent off coupon, where I loaded up on canvasses of all sizes and shapes, brushes and, of course, acrylic paint. It didn’t take me long to discover that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of tutorials on YouTube on how to paint with acrylics. The great thing is that you can follow along with the artist, but pause and rewind so that you can paint at your own speed. There are so many paintings to choose from and I want to pain them all. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even change up the colours or add your own unique touches to every painting.

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Field of Poppies: for this one, I painted along with a YouTube tutorial. April 2016

Here’s the first painting I did at home last week. It’s called Field of Poppies. 

Below is a close-up of one of the poppies (I think it’s the best one…it’s funny how each painting has elements about it that I love and some that I wish I had done better).

Anyway, once again, it’s not perfect, but it is recognizable. And that’s a start!

My favourite poppy...I know that sounds silly, but I think this really is my best poppy. :)

My favourite poppy…I know it sounds silly, but while trying to paint poppies for the first time, I think this one turned out the best. :)

That’s it for now, folks. I hope you will be inspired to take part in a Paint Nite. I promise you will have a lot of fun and you will never again be afraid of a blank canvass. And, remember, you don’t need to know anything about painting to go to a Paint Nite. Check it out for yourself and let me know how you did.

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. I hope you will come back, soon.

Happy crafting, happy painting, happy everything!!

Gloria

A Christmas Card in a Box

Christmas should be full of surprises!

Isla's card--full view

I just love making a card-in-box, and this one was really special. First of all, it was for the sweet granddaughter of a very special friend and, second of all, it was a Christmas card!

I had so much fun hunting for these cute little Christmas characters. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and coloured them with my Copic markers. The cool thing about a card-in-a-box is that it folds flat and fits in a regular size envelope.  If you would like to learn how to make a card-in-a-box, just go to YouTube and search on “card-in-a-box.”

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Here are some close-ups of the various panels. I hope this card-in-a-box inspires you to create a card for your someone special.

Isla's card--Wryn caroling

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 1

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 2

Isla's card--Snowman panel

Isla's card--Trees panel

Here’s the back panel with lots of room for writing a special message.

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Here it is folded flat and ready to slide into an envelope.

Isla's card--Text panels-front

Thanks for popping in! I hope you will stop by again, soon.