Friday, May 22, 2015

Five for Friday

1. We woke up to snow Monday morning, but today is gorgeous -- sunny and hot!
I even wore sandals to work today. :)
Our weekend plans: to work in our yard & soak up the sun.


2. I had the day off on Wednesday, so I decided to switch up some of my d├ęcor for summer.


My friend gave me this sign for Christmas -- I love it!
I placed it outside my front door and it totally makes me smile every time I see it.



I took down my Christmas cards in our hallway and decided to
display some summery layouts.



A few summery items on our computer armoire...



... and I changed up a few things on our piano,
including a new verse on the chalkboard.


3. Last night, Austin, Jonah, Sage & I drove to Winnipeg to see
our favourite comedian: Matt Falk.
He was filming a live show at the Garrick theatre downtown and, since tickets
were only five dollars, we had to go.
It was rush seating, so I dropped the boys off at the door and told them
to grab some seats while Sage & I parked the card.
Well, they did well -- front row seats!


A quick picture before the show started.


Matt is so funny!
And it's so nice that his material is clean and appropriate for the whole family.
We had a great time!


4. As I've mentioned before, I'm taking Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook class at Studio Calico.
This week, I made a layout using Sketch 4:

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I found this sketch more challenging, but I'm happy with what I created.
I decided to showcase some photos of Sage & my "girls weekend" last month.

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I stamped my title using PTI's Wet Paint Alphabet.

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I used some Crate Paper patterned paper on my layout,
and a Crate Paper chipboard embellishment.
I stamped and diecut these SSS Flowers On My Mind from some 
Bazzill Basics CS White cardstock and used the same cardstock for the base of my layout.


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Here's a close up of my journaling.


5. And, as has become my habit, I also made a card using the sketch.
I decided that instead of paper-piecing the background in a grid like
I did on my layout, I would just create the grid with my score-pal.

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I did a little smooshing on my background with a mango gelato onto
a piece of Bazzill Basics CS White Cardstock before adhering my flowers over top.

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The sentiment is from PTI's Graceful Greetings.
I matted my card on a piece of Bazzill Basics Blossom cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #124

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #124 designed by Chirssy Larson:



Here's my card:


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Can you see it?
Do you see how the buildings form the word "hi"?
I'm really happy with how it turned out!

I started by using post-it notes to mask my word.
Then, starting from the bottom, I stamped the buildings from PTI's City Scene 
in PTI's soft stone & CTMH's slate.

CAS(E) This Sketch 124 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

Then, using more pot-it notes, I masked off the buildings I'd stamped and stamped more.
I continued this way until I reached the top.

CAS(E) This Sketch 124 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

And that sweet little kitty?

CAS(E) This Sketch 124 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

 He was just so perfect to perch on the cross bar of the "H"!
He's from Mama Elephant's Three Amigos stamp set.
I stamped him in Versafine onyx black and heat embossed him in clear.
Then, I pressed some summer sunrise ink onto an acrylic block, spritzed it with water
and used a paintbrush to paint him in.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, May 7th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Card Concept #35

Today, I have a card to share that I made for 
using some Reverse Confetti products.


As soon as I saw the inspiration photo, I thought of the 
sweet little spoon die in the Love & Ice Cream Confetti Cuts.
So,  I decided to substitute some ice cream cups for the cupcakes.
Here's my card:

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I used some Bazzill Basics Pale Rose cardstock to matte my card.
Then, I used some Bazzill Basics CS White cardstock, over which I layered
a doily and some Crate Paper patterned paper.

I stamped the stripes from Fancy Words on some CS White cardstock
and diecut them with the cup die from Love & Ice Cream Confetti Cuts.
I topped the cups with some Bazzill Basics Pale Rose, Butter Cream & Candy Hearts
I diecut the three spoons from some Bazzill Platinum specialty paper.

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For my sentiment, I diecut the Beautiful Banners Confetti Cuts
from some Butter Cream cardstock and stamped it using the Beautiful Banners stamps.

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I had a hard time coming up with my card's style, but I think
it's Clean & Layered.


  

  

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sketchbook: Sketch 3

and, this weekend, I made a layout and a card using the sketch.
I'm not allowed to post the sketch here on my blog,
but here are my projects.

Here's the layout I made for Sketch 3:

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I decided to do a "currently" layout for Sage and used PTI's Slide Frame die
with six different shades of Bazzill Basics cardstock: Robin's Egg, Pale Rose,
I adhered them all to a piece of 12x12 Bazzill Basics Classic White cardstock, which I 
trimmed down to 11 5/8x 11 5/8" and matted on some Robin's Egg.

I also stamped on each frame, using either my Kelly Purkey stamp set
that I got when I signed up for the class or PTI's Slide Frame stamp set.

Here are some close ups:

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Sketchbook: Sketch 3 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics #scrapbookinglayouts

For my title, I stamped it using PTI's Wet Paint Alphabet stamp set.
A trio of enamel dots finishes it off.

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For my card, I used the same colours of cardstock along with a Pretty Pink Posh stitched die.

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I diecut the fox from PTI's Wee One Mini Kit and 
stamped the sentiments from the coordinating stamp set.

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I'm also linking up this layout and card to this week's


Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sketchbook: Sketch 2

and, this weekend, I made a layout and a card using the sketch.
I'm not allowed to post the sketch here on my blog,
but here are my projects.

Here's the layout I made for Sketch 2:

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I used some Crate Paper (pink stripes) & October Afternoon (blue bokeh)
patterned paper, as well as a We R Memory Keepers journaling card.
I used some Fancy Pants alphabet stickers for the title.
This was all adhered to a piece of 12x12 Bazzill Basics Classic White cardstock.

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I had fun stamping my own embellishments using PTI's Simply Framed stamp set

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Sketchbook: Sketch 2 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #scrapbookinglayouts @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics

For this last embellishment, I created a piece of cardstock that can be pulled out
to reveal the journaling.

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I decided to use the PTI Wee One MIM Mini kit to make my card:

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I diecut the bird and deer from patterned paper that came in the kit.
I stamped the frame and sentiment and added an aqua mist button
with button twine to finish it off.

I'm also linking up this layout and card to this week's


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Muse Challenge #117

This afternoon, I made a card for the current Muse Challenge,
which is a card that was made by my talented friend, Michele Ferguson:


I was inspired by the three decorated squares across the card,
as well as the colours Michele used.
Here's my card:

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As soon as I saw Michele's card, I thought of my PTI Lovely Layers stamp set.
So I stamped the image from Lovely Layers three times across this 
and heat embossed it in gold.

For some reason, the images didn't want to heat emboss as clearly as usual
and some of the powder seemed to blow off and settled on my cardstock,
but it created a fine splattered effect, so I just decided to go with it. ;)

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I stamped my sentiment (from SSS's Congratulations stamp set)
in versafine onyx black in and added a few enamel dots to finish it off.
I matted my card on a piece of Bazzill Basics Classic White cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Inspired by Pinterest

Today, I have a card to share that I was inspired to make
after seeing this photo on Pinterest:


I love the beautiful pink blooms, which got me thinking about
the pretty shades of pink in the Chickaniddy Crafts Twirly Girly Collection.
So, I grabbed my PTI Mighty Oak coverplate, some Goldie Lox foil
and some Twirly Girly patterned paper and made this card:


I diecut the coverplate from white cardstock and removed all of the leaves and the trunk.
I adhered this to a folded piece of white cardstock that became my card base.
I diecut the Goldie Lox foil using the coverplate and inserted the trunk and some of the leaves 
into the empty spaces on my card.
I diecut the solid pink and berry leaves from the 12x12 Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper, and the patterned leaves from Piggy Tales, Birthday Girl and one sheet of the Twirly Girly 6x6 paper pad.

The Goldie Lox foil diecuts like a dream and looks fabulous on my card!


4For my banner, I diecut another piece of 12x12 Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper, using
PTI's Songbirds die and stamped on it twice using the sentiment from the Twirly Girly Clear Stamp set.
All I did was curve the sentiment slightly before stamping it.
I adhered it to my card, using regular adhesive, but placing a piece of foam adhesive near the trunk
to add a little dimension.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Five for Friday

1. Our events from last Saturday went well:

Jonah & Sage did really well at their 2nd Poom belt test.
Normally, the people testing for black belts get called up a few
times during the test, but Jonah & Sage's group only got called up once.
Our instructor said that the masters must have seen all
they needed to see & felt that their group was well prepared.


Here are Sage & Jonah, along with Jonah's best friend, Josh.
They all train together and it was great to see them test (& pass) together, too!


Austin's party was a success.
He'd invited three friends over for pizza and then we went
to see Avengers Age of Ultron in the theatre, which was very good.



2. Last night, we went to see the Grade 5 musical: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.
It's was fabulous!
Sage had a great role -- she played Weasel Too, one of the Big Bad Wolf's attorneys.


Doesn't she look adorable?
Her character got to say lots of big words -- that's what drew Sage to the part!



And she also got to sing and dance!


She's been so excited about this part -- I've been getting updates every day
on the rehearsals, songs, dance numbers, etc, that I think she's disappointed that it's all over now.


3. An update in my healthy eating plan:
It's been over 4 weeks and so far, I've lost 6 pounds!
What has really helped me:  I got a new accountability partner.
After our shopping trip and a little frustration finding clothes that fit her well,
Sage decided that she too would cut out sugar, deep-fried foods and snacking after supper.
She has done so well! Together, we've lost 13 lbs.
and I can tell how much better she's feeling about herself!


4. I made a card for the last Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Travel On:


I was a little off on the dates (I thought I had another week before the deadline!),
so while I didn't post this in time for the challenge,
 I thought I'd share it anyway.


I inked up my PTI World Map stamp with spring rain, blueberry sky, 
limeade ice & simply chartreuse inks  and then spritzed it with water before stamping.


I love the watercolour effect the spritzing gives!

For my sentiment, I did the smooshing technique on some white cardstock
with some blueberry sky ink & diecut my SSS Sending die from it.
Then, I diecut it twice more and layered them together.

The "birthday wishes" was stamped in versamark onto a strip of simply chartreuse
cardstock and heat embossed in white (it's from PTI's KIS: Belated Birthday).


I stamped the postmark (from a Sweet & Sassy stamp set) in spring rain
and the camera (from PTI's Summer Camp) in limeade ice, which was stamped off first.


5. I have a card up on the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog today.
Here's a peek:


Click here to see it in full and to see which collection I used.

Thanks for looking!