Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Whole Bunch More Projects...

Here are a whole bunch more projects that I finished before moving... 

The first is a canvas that I made for grandbaby #3 (mentioned in an earlier post). As it turned out, she decided to share my birthday!

I made the hedgehog fuzzy- you can kind of see that in this picture.

 The next project is an anniversary card and canvas that I made for my boyfriend for our 10-year dating anniversary.

I figured this canvas would look nice in his new man cave!

Shortly after our anniversary, it was Father's Day. A friend requested this card- can you guess what the present that went with it was??

(the saying here is actually a pocket to hold the money for the Playstation)

Another friend requested a canvas with her little one's footprints and a sweet saying. It was a challenge to paint a 1-year-old's feet and get good prints in the shape of a heart, but I think it turned out really well!

Finally, here are a few random cards. The first is a thank you card that I made for a family friend.

The next was made for someone who was leaving the company that my boyfriend works for.

And the last was a Father's Day card that I made to add to my 'for sale' stash.

That's it for this post, but I still have lots of projects to share, so I'll be posting again soon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Mommy!

It seems so strange to be posting about projects that I did way back in June! But here are a couple of pictures of the card I made for my mom's birthday last year:

This year (2014) is a milestone birthday for her, so we have much more exciting things planned than just a card... On the plus side, you only have to wait a couple more months to find out what! :)

Another project I finished last June was a group of graduation cards for a friend to give to her students at work. As it turns out, this was the first of many grad classes that I've made cards for- you'll see more of these cards in future posts!

These cards were a challenge to make because I'm used to making much more elaborate (and therefore costly) cards... It was fun getting back to basics with my stamping though!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello everyone! It's been ages since my last post, and I've got lots of projects to share! I thought I'd start with one that puts a huge grin on my face- my very own craft room! I moved at the end of June last year, and the place we moved into is amazing, with space for me to have a craft room and my boyfriend to have a man cave. In my old place, when I crafted it often looked like this:

I called it the craft tornado! Ha ha. I would end up taking over my desk, the dining room table, and a lot of floor space too. I got even more creative when I had to make 75 wedding invitations and response cards in the middle of my big move, and did this:

It actually worked pretty well- I used the top of a disassembled desk that I bought second-hand before moving, and turned my bed into my work space! Unfortunately, that also meant a lot of clean-up had to be done before I was able to sleep...

When I got my new craft room, it looked like this:

Pretty boring... 

I like colour, so I painted and decorated, and made it my own. Now it's a fun and organized space that inspires me to create! Here are some pics of what it looks like at the moment (it's always a work in progress, continually changing as I figure what I like, and what needs to be different...):

That's it for now- hope you enjoyed the tour! Stay tuned for more posts...

P.S.- The colourful shelves on the far right of the last picture are filled with cards that I've made up in hopes of selling!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Emma!

I can finally post this project, since the gift has been given! My friend's little girl celebrated her first birthday last week, so I decided to make her a canvas as part of my gift. She is one of the most photogenic and happiest babies I have ever met, so it seemed appropriate to incorporate a frame so that her parents can add pictures of her.

Isn't she a cutie?! (**I did not take the baby photo**)

And here is the card I made for her...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another Project Finished

I couldn't sleep at all last night (I think it was because I was wired after teaching a successful Zumba class...), so I finished a project that I have been working on instead. The cards are for the same photographer friend that I made thank you cards for a couple months ago- she has ordered custom USB drives, and needed cards to say that clients would receive a discount if they brought the USBs back for their next session. Of course, between her commissioning me to make the cards and me actually getting started, my printer decided to stop working, so I had to replace it before I could get anything done... Here are the finished cards (there are 50 altogether!).

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

More May Babies!

This month is a busy one for birthdays, so I have been hard at work making cards for people. The first was for my cousin, who just happened to be out here visiting from Saskatchewan for both of our birthdays...

The text in the background is recycled packaging that I saved, and I made the flower out of coffee filters (I dyed and stamped them). I think it's fun to come up with creative ways to re-use different materials on my cards...

The second birthday card was made for my friend's mom, who has a milestone birthday coming up later this week. She likes blue and ladybugs, so this is what I came up with...

This card went through many transformations while I was trying to decide on background paper, but in the end I decided that I liked the simple look best...

The last birthday card is not yet made, but it will be for my mom's friend's third grandbaby (a little girl, who was born on my birthday). We are just waiting to hear what her name is, then I will be making a card and a wall-art picture for her. I will post when they are done!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I realize it's a day late, but Happy Mother's Day! Here are the cards I made for my mom and grandma...

In other news, this weekend was also my birthday, and I was given a pretty cool gift- my very own website! I have no idea how to design a website, but I will find some time soon to muddle through (probably with much swearing!) and hopefully come up with something interesting... Stay tuned!

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Little Bit Of Everything

It's been a while since my last post, and I have finished a few more projects... I had great intentions of posting each project as I finished it, but life got in the way!

The first was another 'Thank You' card for Administrative Professionals Day. It was for the same company as the other 4 cards.

The next project was to make more of the wall art cards I made for my friend's mom. She decided she wanted to give them as gifts when she got home...

My 3rd project was a birthday card for a friend who hates his birthday. I had originally thought it was going to be a very different card than it ended up being (colour and style-wise)... It's not uncommon for that to happen though! :)

My 4th project was another wall canvas for my mom's friend's grandchild (couldn't give one to one of them, and not give one to the others! Grandbaby #3 is due any time now, so there will be another project soon...).

You can sort of see how the owl is dimensional in the top picture... I upcycled some styrofoam packaging that I had to make it stand out from the canvas.

The final project was a picture frame for baby Hunter, to go with his wall canvas. I didn't have a copy of the picture that will go in it (a close-up of him sleeping), so you have to use your imagination for what it will look like...

I also ordered a custom stamp for the back of my cards etc., and am really excited to get to use it! I was surprised how reasonably priced it ended up being, and the store is about a minute from a skytrain station, so it was easy to pick up.

 I have lots of projects in the works for the next little while (a Mother's Day card, 4 birthday cards, another wall canvas, and a whole bunch of wedding invitations), so stay tuned! :)