Friday, 26 October 2012

Liebster Award

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out I was nominated for a blog award.  (And no, it's not an award for Most Sporadic Blogger or Most Erratic Punctuation.)  A great big thank you to Erin for nominating me!


Here's what they say about the Liebster Award.

The best part about the Liebster Award is that in order to accept it you have to pass it along to 5 other bloggers with 200 followers or less. It's a fantastic way to discover great blogs!

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog.Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Here are the 5 amazing blogs with less than 200 followers that I would like to pass the Liebster Award on to:

Inky Fingers by Sue McCrae
Watermarks by Maureen Morton
My Paper Palace by Vicky Fernando
Heather's Stamping Haven by Heather Hayley
Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink by Jennifer and one more because I am a more-is-more girl
Ellie's ATCs by Ellie.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!  It's another beautiful day here and I thought I would share some of the colours we see in the woods behind our house.  I picked these up off the carpet of pine needles when we were out for a walk this afternoon.  It's so lovely and I thought it would be nice to share some of our iconic red maple leaves with you, and some others.  (Once you start picking up nice looking leaves, it's hard to stop!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Baptism card

There's nothing like a bit of mad-flap stamping before church on a Sunday morning!  I remembered at the last minute that our daughter's dear friend is being baptised today so I wanted to bring her a card.  This isn't exactly what I had in mind when I started, but the girly pink concoction that I suffered a fatal blow when I added some Wild Honey distress ink.  No amount of other inks could resuscitate it, and I was forced to switch tacks.

I grabbed some designer paper (Pyrus collection from BasicGrey) and started over.  The cross is stamped on one of the plain sheets in the pack and embossed with Garnet (gold, red, burgundy, lovely multihued effect) and edged in brown ink.  I think I put a little too much of the "old rugged" in, but I was running out of time.  A quick mat on some espresso linen and gold, then some coordinating papers underneath with the annoying realization that the cross shape does not lend itself to pleasing compositions.  Again, running out of time.  Mounted all on some burgundy cardstock (the espresso base was better, but felt that was too much brown for a happy day for a little girl).  In my defence, this colour scheme is perfect for today as we are in the midst of the fall colours and everywhere you look are glorious golds, yellows, oranges, reds and burgundies.

Well I'd better dash.  Just got busted - perhaps blogging is not on the essential to-do list for getting ready for church.  I guess we're not walking over today!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Hello!  Happy World Cardmaking Day!  The "holiday" may be a bit contrived, but I fully support any and every excuse to spend some time stamping. In honour of this very special day, I wanted to use my new stamp set that I won from Darkroom Door. It's their 100th stamp set and with all sorts of stamping-related messages and images.  It's wonderful!

I use sponging and masking, inspired by a card by various ones I've seen on-line by stampers like these ones by Godelieve Tijskens and Heather Telford.

For this card, I masked off a rectangle using sticky notes and sponged in some distress ink (from left to right: Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves).  Next I stamped on this botanical silhouette (Darkroom Door) using Memories Soft Gold.  I re-stamped it after removing the mask using black archival ink (Ranger), masking off some of the stems.  Then I added the sentiment (Darkroom Door), matted it on black and mounted it on my card.

Hope you get some stamping time today!

It's also Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, so I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving too!