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Today's cards are my current favorite. I took the design from Colleen Hilchie (website on the side menu) and modified it from a mere owl...
This isn't a craft update, but more of a ramble and an "news update" post. I'm still accepting donations of crafting supp...
Okay, I know Hallowe'en is over, but how can you resist such epic cuteness?! I found a slightly better place to take photos. Alan just ...
This is the other half of the projects we did at my first "group" gathering. (It's a group that agrees to meet and make a mini...
Now that I've got my craft area mostly settled after the move (almost a year ago *facepalm*) I've been thinking about the next blog ...
I'm suppose to have a Copic Marker update today, but I had friends over yesterday and then my husband let me sleep late today (what a de...
Been a while since I posted on my Embossing Extravaganza, I apologize for that. Today I'm revisiting a technique a friend of mine taught...
Thanks to some inspiration from this post on the WoW Ladies livejournal community, I've created my first World of Warcraft themed card!...
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post! This is one of my favorite of the new stamp sets. I used the Mischief paper again, cau...
Today has been a very sad day for me. I've read about some disturbing things (I don't suggest clicking that link unless you have a ...
Saturday, August 28, 2010
In the meantime I encourage you to check these two blogs out....
The first is brand new from my Stampin Up provider, Colleen Hilchie, and can be found here: http://dragonflyinkcreations.blogspot.com
The second has been around for a while but is worth a look at the archive. It belongs to my Close to My Heart provider, Leisa Hubley, and can be found here: http://bigredscraps.blogspot.com
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Here we are, one last picture before I sign off for the night. Tomorrow is a glorious day with my husband home to chase toddlers, I love that it worked out that he's home on my birthday! Wish come true for sure!! Guess what I'm spending my time doing? Yeah, that's right... CRAFTING!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It's still in the rough stages, but I'm happy with it so far! I even came up with a few accessories...
Round tab punch! Who knew you had it in you! Don't mind the fingerprint on my hiltless sword, I was in a rush and didn't let that nice silver embossing powder (thank you Martha) cool properly before touching it.Here's what it would look like all assembled. Alas the card shape isn't quite big enough (or the round tab is too small) so I've decided to take the gold banner off the bottom and increase the overall size of the shield itself.
The person I was commissioned by felt the shiney ribbon wasn't right, and it's true! We figured maybe a rough leather and so I came up with this. That's Old Olive paper with Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa ink. I daubed the paper with the ink and then went to town on it with my bone folder. I crumpled and smoothed it a few million times, adding ink to soften the paper as I went. I think it turned out okay!
I might even get some craft time in tomorrow morning, I'm so excited!
Monday, August 9, 2010
We'd talked about getting Koen a train table from the toy store but the prices were super crazy for our budget! This table was $30 and is just the right height for our kids to play at, and it's adjustable.
Next up I contacted a friend of ours who has tools (so that I don't have to use my hand held saw!) and we'll be purchasing some basic trim (like the kind that goes around your doors and windows), cutting it to the length of the table edges (remember to measure the shorter edge of the angled cut!) and attaching it. The trim will be attached on the sides of the table, flush with the bottom of the tabletop, so that the table itself has a ridge running all the way around it.
Once that's complete I'll be caulking the inside edges and painting the surface of the table (after sanding cause it's super shiney) with tree tops and a river or two. I'll just be using acrylic paints, nothing fancy. The final coat will be a thick clear lacquer, something I can pick up at the craft store pretty easily. (Tip, use a blow dryer to keep the resin warm and help get rid of bubbles as you apply it. And remember to do something like this in a well ventilated area!!)
The reason I got the table at such a discount? a couple pock marks on the surface where a screw was tightened took much. Pfft, doesn't bother me, I'm painting over it!
Total cost of materials and table comes out to about $50 instead of the $150 for the store bought tables and I get to customize the look all I want!
I'll post more pictures of my progress as I go. Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So today is the first official day of collection. I've already gone through my individual sheets of design paper (that took forever!) and seperated the ones I simply can't do without. Next I'll be looking over my stamp sets to see if there's one or two I haven't used in a long time. While my inkpads aren't new, there are some that are barely used (like many of the retired Stampin' Up colors) and I know I can do without them. Soon I'll be looking through my embellishments to see what I can part with.
I'll be able to donate several blank scrapbook albums with pages (the older Creative Memories "perfect fit" 12x12 books) and page protectors that fit. And, of course, my kids crafting drawer could use some cleaning out.
So, Calgary, I challenge you to clean out your craft rooms! Dust off those things you bought but never opened and put them in a box. Add in unused design paper, extra cardstock and any other tidbits... then contact me at berkanaisageek(at)hotmail(dot)com and we'll arrange an pick up time.
From there I'll sort the items and package them up nicely and take them to the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta!
As for the rest of you, if you'd like to contribute you can either check here to see if your area alreay has a rep... or find out if you have a Ronald McDonald House in your area. None in the area? no worries, there are plenty of charities that are looking for the same kinds of donations! If you'd like to contribute through Stamp Off, Eh, you can do so by mail (with either supplies or cards) by contacting me at berkanaisageek(at)hotmail(dot)com.
I'm sorry I've had to many posts without an actual craft to share, I'm diligently working on a commission piece (another Warcraft theme!) and I should have something to share soon. Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Between raging about poor little girls who don't have a voice and the horrible rampant "male privledge" in the gaming communities in general. Add a whole federally backed campaign that focuses on fat kids implying fat automatically means unhealthy and ignores skinny kids that are leading unhealthy lifestyles.
Well, it's nice... downright heartwarming actually... to come back to my blog and read so many awesome comments on my crafts. I know I'm an emotional wreck (meaning things "get to me" and I'll tear up over topics that I would normally be able to just get angry or happy about) but that doesn't change how awesome I feel about reading the positive things you have said to me. Thank you so much for making my "space" a positive place to come and recharge. Heck, the words I'm saying now don't do justice to the warmth I feel. Thank you isn't enough but it's all I got.
Oh and my $4.18 of natural gas usage in July turned into a $34.54 bill after fees, charges and taxes. How does that even happen?? I mean aside from using a whole gigajule of natural gas in JULY, how can the administration fee be more than my usage? and why does it cost nearly $20 to distribute $4.18 in gas to my house? Is that even legal? or ethical? Good grief.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
My son Koen was pretty excited (he's 3.5)... he informed me and his grandmother that we must make a birfday cake and make in lots and lots and lots of nummy. You may recall me mentioning a Sesame Street themed card I had been working on. Well, "stuff" happened and I never finished the card, but we kept the theme.
The birthday party was to be held at CrocTalk, Canada's only reptilian conservation facility. Predators, toddlers... what could POSSIBLY go wrong!? Nothing, as it turns out. But the facility isn't really equipped for food heavy birthday parties, so we opted for cupcakes. Koen helped to make them, he was so proud.
So after the kids fed the tortoise Sherman, and watched Allie the alligator get her dinner, and patted the rabbits and touched the baby crocs and held the crocodile egg... they were ready to eat Elmo and Cookie Monster. (Those are apricots for noses). Next time I do something like this I'll make the icing a bit thicker and NOT do it in 100+ degree weather at an outdoor facility. Sheesh.
Kerowyn had a blast and we made some new friends while we were visiting. And if you happen to be passing through Kelowna BC I highly recommend taking your kids, or yourselves, to the CrocTalk facility. They are almost ready to open the new facility which will have huge ponds... it all sounded very exciting.
This is the birthday girl. She wanted to eat all the eyes and leave the cupcakes. Aaaah, that's my girl!
Tips for cupcakes: use a thick home made icing, not store bought. Remember that food coloring waters down the icing and compensate. Use only half a cookie for Cookie Monster or your cupcake will fall apart. Try fuzzy peaches candy for Elmo's nose instead of apricots, what kid wants HEALTHY on a cupcake? pfft. Bulk food sales are your friend for white chips and fuzzy peaches, fewer left overs.