Paint Nite: Barnboard, Berries and Evergreens

No long intro required…here is the painting that I did last night at Paint Nite. It was fun and challenging and we learned a few more techniques and had lots of laughs along the way. As a note, the next time I attempt paint evergreen needles, I will try various brushes to get a more realistic look. At Paint Nite, we only work with three basic brushes: a large flat, a medium flat and a small round(ish). There are many different styles of brushes to choose from and I’m determined to try every one!! Check out Paint Nite for yourself and plan an evening out with friends. I promise you’ll have a blast!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

50th Anniversary Card for Sharon and Ed

golden-small-16-1We live in a neighbourhood where the folks around us are more than just neighbours, they’re friends. One lovely couple, Sharon and Ed, who live just down the street from us are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They are both truly sweet and always have a smile and some friendly conversation to welcome us as we take our evening stroll.

As Sharon and Ed were married in December, I wanted to make them a card that incorporated winter into the theme. I found this beautiful digital image called Chickadee in Barberry by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy.

card-front-newI usd two copies of the image and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some sparkle glue to highlight the snow on the branches. To give a 3-D quality to the berries, I used 3-D Liquid Crystal (I also used a tiny drop of it on each bird’s eye). I popped one image up to add dimension. I used this pretty die cut shape on all four panels and I ran the front panel through my Cuttebug with an embossing folder to add the effect of falling snow.

In the photo below, you can see that the chickadee bride  is wearing a “diamond necklace and ring.”  The chickadee groom is wearing a black bow tie. Aren’t they just adorable?

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Last, but so important, are the inside messages. On the right I included a traditional happy anniversary message and on the left, I added a special note about chickadees. I will be giving the card to Sharon and Ed later today and I really hope they like it. They are such a special couple and they deserve a very special celebration.

inside-verses-cuI hope my little chickadee anniversary card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping in. I hope you will visit, again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

Birthday cards for my fabulous friends

This is been a season of happy birthdays…

birthday-balloons-15 In the space of three weeks, three of my wonderful friends celebrated birthdays. Of course, I just had to make a special card for each of them. So, in chronological order by date, here are my birthday cards for three amazing women. I totally enjoyed making each and every card. I must add, that there is a fourth wonderful woman in our little group of friends and that would be Julie, whose birthday was in July. I’ve always thought of Julie, with her quiet and gentle ways, as a sweet flower, so I made her a pretty peonies card.

Anick, baker par excellence: thank you for all the dozens and dozens of delicious chocolate birthday cupcakes you made for me over the many years that we worked together. Since I retired, I am quite cupcake-deprived! I coloured your card with my Copic markers and added a touch or realism to the cupcake with 3D Crystal Lacquer. To add dimension, I did some “fussy cutting” to pop up the cupcake and the birthday girl. Anick, you truly are “my fabulous friend.”

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Here is a close-up of the inside messages.

anick-2016-insideJackie, woman of many talents and loving cat lady: It was tough to decide whether I should make you a card that said, “singer, actress, world traveller,” or “loving mommy to your two beautiful kitties.” I decided on this kitty card because you have such a passion for your furry babies. I coloured your card with my Copic markers and did lots of “fussy cutting” to pop up the flowers and the kitty. A touch of sparkle glue added some birthday bling. 

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I managed to get in a tiny reference to music with the little image and quote on the first inside panel.

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Angie, my very stylish friend: Angie, you always look so put together. You have such a great sense of style and an equally great wardrobe. You inspire me to want to lose weight and to spruce up my wardrobe. You are, indeed, my favourite fahsionista.

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As always, I coloured this card with my much-loved Copic markers. I used sparkle glue to add bling to the strings of jewels. Angie, I can just see you wearing these shoes! Here’s a close-up of the bling-bling…

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And the inside…

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So, that’s it for this time. I hope my cards have inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life. Thanks so much for coming by, I hope you will drop in again, soon.

P.S. Oops, I meant to take the photos before I signed the cards.

Happy crafting, happy everything!

Making afghans for little ones

crochetwordart_color-728x696Now that my children and grandchildren are all grown up and prefer to wear the latest styles (not Grammie’s crocheted stuff), I decided to start making afghans for less fortunate children. I have tons of colourful craft cotton, which never gets fuzzy or worn-looking and can take a real beating. Perfect for the little ones to curl up in. I’ve made three, so far, and have a fourth on on the go and a fifth one planned. I love to be busy, especially when I’m just sitting on the sofa watching television. Anyway, blah, blah, blah…here are my first three afghans.img_8662 Feel inspired?

This is a close-up of one that I crocheted as a simple rectangle. To keep it interesting, I used a variety of  simple stitches, including single, half-double and double crochet.

Here’s the second one, which I made from 12 simple granny squares. I crocheted them together with white yarn and added a simple border. Well, Cookie seems to like it!

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Here’s the third one, just one big granny square with lots of bright colours.

2016-11-22-09-19-38Afghans numbers four and five are in the works, so come on back soon to see what I’m doing with my giant basket of yarn.

Happy crafting, happy crocheting, happy everything!

Life is Better on the Porch

home-sweet-home-1My cousin, Pierre, and his wife, Sherri, recently moved to their dream home in the country. Their pretty house, with its big old-fashioned porch, is surrounded by all of Mother Nature’s finest gifts.  If it sounds idyllic, that’s because it really is. The noise and smells of the city have been replaced with the twitter of birds and the fresh clean scent of the woodlands.

I wanted to congratulate them in my own paper-crafting way, so I created this special card. It is a 6″x6″ easel card. I coloured it with my Copic markers and did some fussy cutting to pop up some parts of the house, the railing, the bushes and even the little flower box. I think it gives it a really cool 3-D effect. A little wooden fence completed the look. I hope it inspires you to create a card for someone special in your life.

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Here is the card when it’s open in the easel format. The fence keeps it standing.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for dropping in! I hope will will stop by, again, soon.

Happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria