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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Serenity Butterflies... my Passion

My serenity is a gift that allows me to live without giving power to pain, grief, anger, depression, loss, bitterness, judgment. I attain it through prayer , forgiveness, and by loving and accepting myself. I hope you can tap into serenity. It has helped me greatly in my relations with my family.
These 10 cards were made for my friend Bev . She has been an inspiration for me and thousands of others. She has been nominated for a Pillar Award for her work at St Stephens and Turning Point with recovering men and women in London, Ontario.

I stamped , inked, and cut out 10 butterflies by hand.
 Here are the 3 different variations:
 I lined the inside of each card with a pretty matching paper.
I am glad she always asks me to make these cards specially for her because I can support her work by working my creativity and sharing the beauty of one of my passions.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

This was really intricate but satisfying work. I made a series of 6 cards using different background papers so I vaired the colours in the butterfly. The butterfly was stamped in black and then inked in with a sponge dauber in blue and green and rose, then blended with orange and lime green chalk, then outlined and shaded with bright green or pink marker, then dotted with white gel pen along the antenna and lettering, and finally glazed with stickles in 2 colours for a saturated effect.
I added dew drops, gems and Close to my Heart buttons on the embossed background.
I highlighted some phrases on the butterflies as well. Click on photo for a closer look at details!

Friday, September 14, 2012

UWO Rez layout

My son had a great time at Residence during his first year this past year at Western. Creating this layout for my son involved "stalking" his facebook page to get the pictures of his residence floor at Saugeen, his floor hockey team, and his roommates.
I did get into a slight amount of criticism for doing so but laughed it off as usual. :)

I went with Mustang Purple as an accent colour to some very funky papers along with sorbet paper and lettering. The focal point is created by the straight line of 4x6 photos across both pages. I just pieced in accents subtitles and lettering from that point onward and used light grey pennant pieces for the hand journalling. Hand journalling is fast and doesnt require me to pre plan or print ... too many steps for me for my day to day process.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Day is the Best Day Ever

Just a cute birthday card I whipped up today using some of the latest trends for fall:  pennants , some bakers twine, and chevron stamping. I tried out the new double stamp set Its Your Day from CTMH for the first time today ! Inspiration is in all things new !
Be prepared for more posts this month .... I am off rehabbing from hip replacement surgery. Not the easiest thing for an active person... so I will make the best of it by  creating!