Monday, June 24, 2013

Cheery Lynn Seahorse Summer Card

Hey crafters - hope you enjoyed your week-end! We are having a super hot summer day today.

Ok, my " summer season " collection of tools and supplies has grown again!  Every year its my tradition to buy a punch or die  with an ocean theme. I even buy the occasional stamp with the same purpose in mind, but I do tend to buy punches and dies more.  I love those two tools - and if there is a matching stamp set, I'm "swimmingly" thrilled, lol!

The summer is for our fun colours, but this year I gave myself a challenge- well, two challenges. ..1) buy a die that was really over the top ' seaside' and 2) use a sleek gold card base as my starting point.  The first was made easy when I saw CHEERY LYNN's Seahorse Family Die which I purchase as fast as I could from Scrapbooking Online Cafe.

The second challenge was merely because of a personal challenge - how could I use a non-traditional colour for an ocean theme?  I usually delve into my bluesy, greeny colours right?  Not this time mama litas!

DOLLAR STORES - right?  Definitely!  Moi goes there on a regular basis to scope out a find. This time it was shiny deep gold card-envelope set - 5 to the pack which is not too shabby for a dollar!

So how to take this AND my new seahorse family dies and turn it into a " summer " card?  Well I'll show ya!

 Want to skip the tutorial, then to see the card, scroll down ....all the way please :)


Materials: card, scraps of colourful cardstock,
 Cheery Lynn Seahorse Family and Fanciful Flourish Die,
 basic scrapper's tool kit, glitter, interesting fiber, colouring supplies [ink, pencils]

This gold card is too shiny and too 'gold' for our card - so scruff it up!  Use a sanding block to make bold scratches and  dull areas.   Using blue and green watercolour pencils trace colour into the scratches, then wipe with cloth. The effect is slight  but its there and it helped to make the card base look as though it had 'natural' texture!

Using CHEERY LYNN " Seahorse Family " Die {set of 3} - cut some Seahorses using your die-cutting machine of choice in the 'colours' you desire .....I chose some bright colours !    My experience found these popped out of the dies very easily!! 

Do a practice lay-out before starting to glue parts down, it helps -believe me, lol!

Now this is a multi-layered card. It's 3-dimensional effect is what makes it exciting!!
Remember- the ocean IS full of mysterious landscapes!!!  To create this effect, use thin strips of scraps to make back-ground effects - glue them down at all different angles and trim excess around card's edge.

Another fun step is to make seaweed from ordinary - even, ' unexpected ' cardstock! 
Obviously seaweed is not plaid, but add colour with  watercolour pencils to alter the pattern. 

Now make the ocean bed - a nice effect is to use a blue glitter cardstock. 
To make it similiar to the design, cut the cardstock in a wavy shapes, and layer them
one over the other leaving un-glued spaces to ' insert ' seaweed. 

CHEERY LYNN FANCIFUL FLOURISH DIE is one of the more popular dies
for leafy flourishes - but I found another purpose!  Seahorse anchor themselves to underwater
plants. Using the flourish die, trim off the little leaves and hook one or more Seahorses onto
the remaining flourish .  Tuck the flourish same as we did for the seaweed, and glue it down. 

Next take some fibers and wrap card front with them. I used a small slit on the card's
fold to facilitate this, then tied it off at the front. 
Using cardstock, make a mat for the card's inside. I used a chevron pattern of seaside blues
and a pinch of yellow for mine!  

Here's the card front showing the seabed with the attached components, and
as a bonus embellishment, I cut some small seashells from an old macrame 
plant hanger and glued them down. I glittered my seahorses with glue and dry glitter, then
added glitter accents all over using Stickles {glitter glue}.  The glitter always pumps it up a notch!

Now here is a trick - the Fanciful Flourish leaves were trimmed off - you can use 
those same tiny leaves to act as " FISH " !  I used some in a yellow cardstock to 
mimic " goldfish " - and I even left some of the flourish stem to act as their tails!! Nifty!

Here it is - looking really summer-y now isn't it! 
You can add a small sentiment like I have: " Chillin' " - sounds good
to me.  And  I think using the gold card worked out just fine, don't you? 
Plus this project is perfect for using small scraps of cardstock and materials. 

I sent this card out already to another nice crafty lady - hey Jane! 

Thanks for dropping by!
ENJOY SUMMER EVERYONE - and spread some joy 
by creating a fun card to send someone! Peace.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hurray…my daughter has her degree!!!

Oh my gosh, SHE DID IT!  I am such a proud mom, I can’t stand it!  I am still pinching myself…pinch. Happy sigh * 

AWESOME CONVOCATION  DAY at Kerr Hall, Ryerson University June 14, 2013

IT was such a beautiful day – we couldn’t have asked for better! The convocation took place with interest and at a pleasing pace so the many attending plus undergraduates never felt bored and then afterward we had a very pretty gathering for refreshments on the lawns outside complete with white tents. The doting families including us stood outdoors with the beaming graduates in pretty royal blue gowns with a few black gowns dotted amongst us – the Masters graduates.  It was simply lovely day for everyone.

Its always been limited seating {always is} for ceremonies with students throughout their education. We had the allowed 2 tickets per student which meant myself and only one of my daughter’s Grandmothers could be there. This grandmother was married to the only Grandfather my daughter had known, and he supported her throughout her education, so it was fitting she was there.


It is possible to watch the service online as her best friend did, so we’ll be able to share the experience this way and through the photos we took!  I lugged our awesome camera around – but that baby weighs just under a ton around – lucky for me I was using a walker and I had to appreciate that it came in handy for our coats, bags and camera, lol.  But our expensive and I’m guessing complex Nikon camera  has a mechanism that takes a few seconds before it will snap the shot.  So in the time the camera was whirring away setting up, she managed to cross the stage and my photo was a blur – aaarrgh!  I DID get a nice shot as she came back to her seat holding her degree! So I’m still a happy mom.

Last blimp – her photo is missing from the booklet given out to all students. Oh no!!!  Oh yes, sigh. So we’ll have to see what can be done. Just had to be one significant blooper. I don’t know who is responsible for university graduating student photo lists – but you’d think some heavy cross-referencing would be going on to make sure EVERYONE was represented!!  Excuse me for being ticked, but c’mon! The all-important PHOTO ???


My daughter took an extra year and extra courses to complete her Bachelor of Commerce Hospitality and Tourism Management degree, so it has been challenging in that she held two part-time jobs at one point while studying full-time.  She encountered challenges of all kinds – just like real life, and made it through!  So for that I am especially proud of her. I always spoke to her from day 1 of her life as if University were a natural extension of education, and others have supported her in their special ways, and we’re thankful for them.

Her grandmpther presented her with a special ring that her Grandfather chose while he was still amongst us along with some other precious mementos, and I have some plans to celebrate with her some more including a lovely token of my own. She deserves it. :)

Thank YOU Daughter – you make us all PROUD!  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Farewell to our Minister Card

As we close the doors on our church next Sunday, many of us will bid each other a sentimental good-bye. Farewell cards for several key figures in our church were needed, and I opted to help with the one for our minister, Rev. Ellen Redcliffe. 
From experience, I reckoned that the card should have multiple pages to accommodate the many signatures of the congregation, and this one has: a front, a sentiment page, a photo page and then 6 pages for signatures - hope that does it!
Here then are several photos of many but not all the features of this card
{tempted to call it a booklet!} 
All in all, there is 20 man-hours into this project - a good portion of that is making decisions!
 Hope you can tell that I put my heart into this one - enjoy!