Monday, 26 December 2016

That's a Wrap!

This is the lovely inspiration photo that Nichole Heady, over at her Papertrey Ink blog, has given us for the December Blog Hop. Isn't it too pretty for words? I love it and it might be the reason I'm using shocking pink napkins (with a smaller napkin, sort of Saffron Spice in colour, wrapped around it) on my Christmas table. I'm going for a Bollywood theme, hahaha. Yes, Christmas at nana's this year, for various reasons, is tonight, on my birthday! So excited, can't wait.

I didn't have a chance to make a card for the Blog Hop so I thought I would share instead some projects that I made to "wrap up" the entry way in our condo. I've been so tired and so busy that this is the first year in a long while that I didn't make any new photo ornaments to put on our tree. Instead, I selected some from past years and decorated the ti-pits photos that adorn our hallway year-round ...

Kristopher & Alexandre

Émérik & Léo
Hubby thinks it's corny, but I love it and think they will also. And I have another confession to make - those hallway photos need to be updated also - surprisingly, the littles seem to get older and bigger every year, and it's hard to keep up with them (at my age).

One more little entry way decoration, one I know for sure that they'll like - treat boxes! We call them "the lovely parting gifts" at our house ...

I'm spoiling them rotten this year and I'm putting popper crackers at their place settings (made with Erin Lincoln's popper die), filled with rolled up cash.

Kids' table for Christmas 2016 (I'm thinking that Émérik (11 in February!!!) will be wanting to sit at the adult table next year.
I'm hoping their gifts aren't a letdown after all the partying this weekend, so I want to leave them with a good impression. Has anyone else noticed that the older the kids get, the smaller, and more expensive, the gifts become? Way less presents under the tree this year ...

I hope you had a wonderful and joyous holiday. My wish for the coming year, like always, is for peace in the world; if only it could happen. Love and kisses to you all.

Friday, 16 December 2016

PTI Create Along with Us for December 2016

I'm joining in the fun of creating along with the PTI designers during release week. You can find this challenge over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. Again this month, I've chosen a personal favourite project from each of the days of the event ...

Top Row, L-R: Maile Belles, Laurie Willison, Laurie Schmidlin
Bottom Row, L-R: Betsy Veldman, Kay Miller, Lizzie Jones
Some of my choices, especially for wrap up day, almost came down to pulling a name out of a hat, that's how many gorgeous projects there were this month!

I ended up making three cards ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice. Stamps: PTI Painted Poinsettias, KIS: Happy Holidays. Inks: PTI New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark. Dies: PTI Painted Poinsettias; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders. Other: Heidi Swapp Minc Machine/Teal Silver Ombré Foil; SSS Detail White embossing powder; HP laser printer.

Close up to show the woodgrain foiling that I did on Limeade Ice cardstock.

My inspiration for this card came both from Maile Belles' Day 1 swan layout, with that gorgeous curved edge on the top layer and the pattern she created with the water ripple stamps. I was also influenced by Dawn McVey's incredible colour choices on this card ...

My second card was inspired by Laurie Schmidlin's Day 3 card. I loved her colour choices and all the interesting layers and mats and textures that she used. I hadn't done anything like that in forever so decided to make one, with luxury being my theme as I felt that so many of Laurie's cards this release had a luxury feel to them. I'm hoping she becomes a permanent designer with PTI's team :) ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Fresh Snow Linen and Luxe Silver cardstocks; Post & Parcel kit patterned paper. Stamps: PTI Winter Village. Inks: Altenew Evening Gray, Moon Dock; Fresh Ink Island; Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies: PTI Noted A2 Scalloped; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Card Templates. Other: Heidi Swapp Minc Machine/Teal Silver Ombré Foil; HP laser printer.
Again, showing close up foiling, done this time on Stamper's Select White cardstock. You can click for a closer look if you want.
Yes, I love foiling still. It's probably not in fashion anymore but that doesn't phase me even one bit. :) You know how everyone became stampers because of the magic of embossing powder melting? I was wowed by that also, but I'm even more blown away by foiling. I'm nerdy like that.

Anyway I love that soft card and I'm sure that the Winter Village stamp set will remain a favourite of mine forever. In person this card feels so expensive, but it's super hard to photo the matte Luxe Silver cardstock. I think this was the first time that I've ever stamped on Fresh Snow Linen and the added texture is lovely.

My third card was influenced specifically by Heather Nichols' Day 5 Jumping for Joy bear, all done in Kraft and red with a glittery heart ...

but let's face it - ALL of her gorgeous Kraft creations this month (and every month) influenced my card. I couldn't let a Christmas go by without using Kraft and glitter together ...

Paper: PTI Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado cardstocks; core'dinations Glitter Silk cardstock (red). Stamps: PTI Winter Village. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Fresh Ink Pool. Dies: PTI Songbirds. Other: Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

One of the things I love doing on Kraft cardstock is inkblending. You can use regular dye inks, like PTI, but it's super easy and much faster if you use pigment inks to do this. After ink blending I masked off parts of my card front with post-it notes to make a path for glitter. I sprayed it with Krylon adhesive and shook on the distress glitter. It's so beautiful in real life. I love this card but it doesn't photo especially well.

Had so much fun this week, playing along. Thanks for the challenge, PTI!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

More CAS(E) this sketch!

Couldn't resist making another Christmas card with this week's challenge over at CAS(E) this sketch!, because (1) it's an easy and fun sketch, and (2) I'm still in the Christmas crafting mood.

This is the very first card (I think) that I've made with the stamps from the Betsy Veldman Christmas kit for PTI - Post & Parcel ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps & Dies: PTI Post & Parcel limited edition kit. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel; VersaMark. Other: SSS White Detail embossing powder; Sizzix embossing folder.

I used an old Basic Gray (by Sizzix) embossing folder for my Merry Christmas sentiment at the bottom just to change things up. Thanks for a fun challenge!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

CAS(E) this sketch! #201

I'm sharing a card that I made for this week's CAS(E) this sketch! challenge. Thanks to N@ Ali for a fun one ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps & Dies: Altenew Modern Deer. Ink: Altenew Morning Frost; Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Americana, Smokey Shadow; Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass. Other: PTI Post & Parcel Kit Stencils; Liquitex Light Modeling Paste.
Hoping to get another one posted for this challenge. Just need some light to take a pic, which is not that easy to come by around here. :)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Embossed & Outlined Backgrounds

Betsy Veldman is up over at the Papertrey Ink blog for Make It Monday this week. And she's showing us a technique I would never in a million years have thought of doing myself, so that's a good thing. :) We're embossing a background and then outlining the images with a marker to make them pop. She used snowflake images and so did I ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush. Stamps: PTI Fab Flakes, Winter Penguin, Bells & Boughs. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush; Versamark. Dies: PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 & Vertical Scalloped A2. Other: SSS Detail White embossing powder; Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder; Copic R000 Cherry White.
Like Betsy, in addition to outlining my images with a Copic, I also ink blended some Sweet Blush into parts of my background.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

CAS(E) this sketch! #200

Huge congrats on #200, CAS(E) this sketch! What a fun and remarkable achievement. That's because you host such a fun challenge and have an amazing design team. :)

I'm squeaking in with a card for Sam Simpson's cute sketch. Thanks to her, I've made a card that I actually like quite a bit. I pretty much copied the sketch this time around ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: Altenew Festive Silhouettes; PTI Sketched Shapes. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Lovely Lady. Dies: PTI Holly Jolly. Other: PTI felt; My Minds Eye enamel dot

It's super simple, except for the masking I had to do to make my ribbons/banners longer. Don't ask how many times I forgot to remove the you know what! Oh my!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

My attempt at a December Daily

I had kind of decided that I would try doing a December Daily this year - for the very first time ever. To make it easy and doable for me, it's going to be only one photo per day, and they're all going to be from my point of view, not the grandkids or hubby's, or anyone else. I'm not planning on sharing on my blog or social media, and I'm not even sure if I'm going to put the photos into a special book at the end of the month.

So while I'm not sharing, I'm sharing my first days here on my blog, just because they were pretty unbelievable.

Thursday afternoon, December 1

Started putting up the tree on Thursday morning and it was getting there. Hubby put the pre-lit tree up for me and then I got busy putting in more lights and decorations. I mentioned to him that the stand didn't feel right, that it was really loose and kind of turning in on itself. He assured me that all was well and that he had put up many trees in his lifetime. He was too busy to come over and double check with me.

Friday evening, December 2

Hubby left at noon for the weekend, driving up with DS to Baie St-Paul for the hockey tournament of one of our grandsons (Topher, 7 years old, goalie for his team). I spent lots more hours finishing up the tree (I love loads of decos on it) and putting up wreaths and garlands through the rest of the house. The rest of the house wasn't finished, lots of extra touches were still needed such as ribbons on wreaths, but I was calling the tree done and started moving it into its spot and guess what happened ...

Yes, the stand wasn't set up right. Duh. It fell on top of me, I struggled to get it upright, but that wasn't happening. You would not believe all the cuts on my hands! Just about every glass ornament that was on the tree (and there were many) broke. This picture doesn't do justice to the horror of the scene. There were glass shards all over the house! I had cleaned up some before I even thought of taking a photo. I had also confirmed by this time that, taped to the tree stand so that it wouldn't get lost, was the big huge screw that links the tree and stand together. Hubby may or may not have gotten a very annoying phone call from me. :)

Saturday morning, December 3

With all the cuts on my hands I didn't even attempt to put it back together again until Saturday morning. I'm not sure it's going to survive. The stake for the top of the tree is completely folded at a right angle, making it impossible to connect to the middle level.

How sad is that? Lookin' very Charlie Brownish to me. :) Anxiously awaiting to hear what DH says when he gets home in time for dinner tonight. I've already sent him photos but I'm thinking his face will be my Daily photo for today.

My poor December Daily is off to a very interesting start. Ha!

Friday, 2 December 2016

As if I needed another tag!

This week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, brings us Dawn McVey (so happy to see her well enough to create a little something!) and double layer tags.

To me, the ultimate double layer tag recipe is to cut two identical tags, cut a window out of one of them, add some sprinkly goodness and make yourself a shaker! So that's what I did ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Green Parakeet, Clear Cardstock; Core'dinations glitter cardstock (can't see it in photo, but the frame is white glitter). Stamps: PTI Tremendous Treats: Christmas. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies: PTI Tremendous Treatts: Christmas, Scene It: Basic Backer, Shaker Shapes: Ornament, Holly Jolly; Lil Inkers Stitched Circles; Spellbinders Nested Circles. Other: Copics
I really didn't need another tag (but this one is kind of cute) since I just finished participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge. You can find my wrap up post of that event here. But please be warned that it's extremely long and really just for my info.

Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2016

I decided to play along with Tracey McNeely's annual Christmas challenge - so fun and so amazing! The inspiration was endless and, as if that wasn't enough, there are so many chances to win prizes. Be sure to visit her blog, here, for all the details, incredible tag-viewing and to maybe plan on participating next year.

I posted on Instagram, but I've decided to do a wrap-up post here on my blog. Lots of pictures to share, not many words. :) It's really a post just for me but you can look if you want to.

Day 1 (Take 2)

Kelly Griglione
My tag: PTI Peaceful Pinecones will always be one of my favourite classic Christmas stamp sets. Plus I'm loving their Americana cardstock and the quilted tag also.

Day 2

Pam Simpson

My tag: all PTI - Shaped Sayings & Instant Photo Pull-Out dies

Day 3

Samantha Mann

My tag: Altenew Festive Silhouettes & PTI In The Meadow

Day 4

Lin Brandyberry

My tag: PTI Keep It Simple, Winter Woods Cover Plate, Petite Pots; MFT Whimsical Woodgrain Background
Day 5

Joni Andaya

My tag: almost a complete CASE. Love these PTI painted poinsettias!
Day 6

My tag: yes, it was that gorgeous ink blending that got me! And the pristine simplicity of her tag.
Day 7

Lisa Adametz

My tag: the patterned paper in the background of Lisa's tag was so baroque and rich and Christmassy that I was powerless to resist! Made a tree background in Photoshop and then Minc'd it with some luscious Rose Gold ombré foil from Heidi Swapp.
Day 8

Sarah Gray
My tag: I love these cute PTI Tremendous Treats: Christmas gingerbread men! Sarah's outline only poinsettias inspired me. 
Day 9

Melania Deasy
My tag: who wouldn't want to make a penguin tag after seeing Melania's sweet tags? Loved them so much! PTI's Tremendous Treats: Christmas get a work out at my house every year!
Day 10

Amy Kolling
My tag: it's so easy to make a shaped ornament tag with this set from PTI.
Day 11

Daniela Dobson

My tag: another favourite stamp set, great for one-layer cards - PTI O'Tannenbaum.

Day 12

Tracey McNeely

My tag: Inkadinkadoo. 4 fun stamps for $1.87.

Day 13

Laura Pryor

My tag: shaped tags are so much fun and Dawn McVey's Enclosed series for PTI has a few really cute ones just for Christmas (and weddings too in this case).

Day 14

Danielle Walls

My tag: I really got into that Plaid Gold Liquid Leaf this year, thanks to Danielle Flanders.

Day 15

Yania Nunez

My tag: cute Christmas mouse from PTI. Never thought I would be saying those words together.

Day 16

Tracey McNeely

My tag: Tracey asked for vellum, and I delivered.

Day 17

Angela Rivera

My tag: my most favourite from the whole bunch. I'm loving Olive Twist, Americana and  Sweet Blush (all PTI) together.

Day 18

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

My tag: Sweet! I feel like munching on cookies all of a sudden.

Day 19

Lindsey Larsen

My tag: Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script - not done perfectly, but I happen to think it always looks good, no matter what.

Day 20

Tracey McNeely

My tag: Sigh. Dawn McVey's Holiday Greens for PTI. Sigh.

Day 21

Channin Pelletier

My tag: Hubby couldn't even tell these were elf legs! My goodness, wherever did he grow up?

Day 22

Tracey McNeely

My tag: I did some Copic colouring, but I obviously need more colours. Hahahaha! Sunburned reindeer.

Day 23

Amy Sheffer

My tag: Amy's tag made me gasp. It was the prettiest tag of the whole challenge this year, IMHO.

Day 24

Lisa Elton

My tag: Love red and white. Add glitter and shine and I'm one happy girl.

Day 25

Nicole Nowosad

My tag: Nicole's tag was super cute, mine not so much. But I just had to do her ribbon thing.

Day 26

Tenia Nelson

My tag: Tracey snuck in a Day 26, without even telling us beforehand (hence the "snuck")! I decided to be a good sport and play anyway. Loved Tenia's neutral tag; it was one of my favourites of the year.

Group Hug

Done! And sort of matchy-matchy because these really are my tags for this year. And also 'cause I'm kinda nerdy like that.

Thanks ever so much to Tracey for all the work and love that she put into this challenge. Big hugs to you for inspiring me and helping me to finish up my tags for this year. Hope to do it again next year!