For my Valentine princess

Today a valentine card and poem for this little girl I had to leave behind in Canada, so far away… I miss you!

This is for you Leno (and you too Johanne):

IMG_8810_A best friend is the one
who you can talk to when no one is around
A best friend is the one
who you can love when everyone else has let you down
A best friend is the one
who you can tell everything to when no one else wants to listen
I am here for you through thick and thin
I am here for you
… forever

(Adapted from: Poem About What Is A Friend?)

 

Merry Monday #91 {Snowman or Snow People}

Hi everyone,

I am have finally been sitting at my scrap-table doing some stamping JUST FOR ME, JUST FOR FUN! Love it. No, I did not completely clean up my scraproom yet (see scraproom desaster), but I’ll get to it (I’ll show you, that’s a promise!). As you know, I love playing along with challenge blogs (although I hardly find time to stamp, photograph and post before the challenge closes), so I thought to give it a try at Merry Monday today (last week). You should really hop over there and take a look at what the design team put together! The challenge is was to use a Snowman or Snow People on our Christmas project. So this is what I came up with.

IMG_8810 I bought this little snowman just before Christmas but did not get to use it! Terrible don’t you think!? But lucky me at Merry Monday they make Christmas projects all year long… :) Thus I got it inked up and here it is! However, as I am linking this up far too late (as usual), I can’t participate in the challenge anymore :s … Maybe next time!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – Santa’s list

Hi folks!

Christmas is only one month away! I’ll have to do some shopping soon if I want to be ready for the Holiday season. Anyway, here is one of my latest cards. Love this Santa stamp from Stampin’up! Don’t you?

IMG_8690IMG_8691Unfortunately, I don’t have much time today, so see ya later!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – Canadian cold

Hi blog land!

I’m back again with one of my forgotten cards. I made this card on an evening I was extremely tired but wanted to craft anyway. This is what came out. The card base is sprayed with smootch sprits although I don’t think you can see that on the picture. All images and card stock are Stampin’up. With the colors I wanted to reflect the winter cold we had while we lived in Quebec (I miss you!!!).

So, not much more to say this week, so see you later alligator!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – 8 weeks left

Hi everyone,

Only 8 weeks left before the Holidays! Do you feel the rush already? I certainly do! Still have no gifts, don’t know yet how we will be surfing between families this year, am rushing to finish all card orders for Christmas and I am busy preparing your christmas classes… Oh yes, I forgot, I have several jewelry orders for the holidays too. Only 8 weeks left, don’t know yet how to get it all organized! Anyway, to help you prepare the Holidays, I did create a bunch of Christmas cards for you (ready to ship), have 3 Christmas classes ready to go, prepared workshops*, and made some changes to my site. The changes will be up next week and I’ll give you all the information you need in a next post! But for now, lets check one of the clean and simple Christmas cards I made this week:

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Hope you liked it! See you soon…

*A wokshop allows you to make Christmas cards and gifts at your house with your friends, I’ll bring everything you need! If you want to organize one (in Belgium or the north of France), just shoot me an email…

Blue wishes

Hi everyone,

I know it has been far to long. Life here in Europe is so much more stressing and time consuming than it was when we lived in Canada. But I had a brake the last two weeks (can tell you that I needed it!!!) and this gave me some time to sit at my crafting table. Several cards are made and I’ll be posting them soon, but today I wanted to start with a challenge card. I want to enter this one for my old time favourite: the paper players and for another challenge blog where I like to participate: freshly made sketches. For the paper players it had to stay to blues (midnight muse and pool party) and white, I immediately wanted to make a winter card. The freshly made sketches offered a square card design with one layer and one focal point on the lower right corner. The sketch forms the basis of my design, although I did not keep the card square. I also added a border behind my focal point as otherwise I had the impression it was floating around alone on my card. Hope you like it!

See you soon!

Warm butterfly

Hi everyone,

This is one of a series of cards I made in june. I didn’t have time yet to post it, but here I am. I needed some inspiration for an order back then and went back to pinterest to get some. After half an hour of surfing I got enough of it and ended up by CASEing one of DeAnn Rauzi’s card. This is my shot at it:

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Hope you like it!

Chevrolet Impala birthday card

Hi everyone,

Today I share with you an older card I made during winter. I had an order for a masculine card. The challenge was that I had to include the fact that the person would receive a Chevrolet Impala for his birthday. I used the “in stiches” wheel onto green SU! cardstock to imitate a car wheel print.

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I got the Impala sketches online, printed one on white cardstock and colored it in with copic markers.IMG_7644As you can see on the above picture, I used a Z-fold for this card. The sentiment says “happy birthday” and is Stampin’up.

Hope you like it!

Keyboard card: Tutorial and a handy little tip…

Dear followers,

How are you guys? I have been busy lately, with a lot of orders, but I have found some time to share with you this slightly different card: A keyboard card. I made this card for a special occasion where the celebrated one will receive a very special keyboard, a mechanical one. I don’t see the advantage of having a mechanical keyboard, but I must be outdated… On top of being mechanical, this one also has no writing at all on any of the buttons! Ya, I don’t see the point, but again, if someone can be happy with it, why not. But now about my card. I made a card stock black keyboard with no writing on it.

IMG_8433This card could fit for any guy who likes computers, for father day or a birthday… As I had to search a bit before finding the right dimensions, I thought I would share the dimensions (and how to) with you. You will need:

black card stock:
One 10 1/2 x 10, scored at 5
One 9 7/8 x 10, scored at 5
Sixty 1/2 x 1/2 (all small buttons)
Two 1/2 x 1 (left second row)
One 1/2 x 3 1/2 (space bar)
Two 1/2 x 3/4 (extremities third row from the bottom)
Two 1/2 x 1/4 (Extremities upper row)
Two 1/2 x 1 1/4 (big buttons numeric board)

White card stock:
one 4 3/4 x 9 3/4
one 4 5/8 x 9 3/4
one small circles (I used my SU! owl punch)

Coloured card stock:

mini circles, blue (SU! Owl punch)
small circles, red (SU! Owl punch)

Others:

Liquid glue (I use tombo mono)
Dimensional adhesive (I use rolls of dimensional tape, see the trick below!)
Sticky strip (SU!)
A ruler can be useful too.

The assembly is quiet easy, you just have to look at the pictures above and below! However, I have some little indications:

First: The two big black pieces should be joined together on the 5 inch side, and completely overlap. As there is a bit of traction on these parts when you open the card, it is best to use a very sticky adhesive. I use sticky strip for this one.

IMG_8436Second: One of the sides will stick out of the rest when you fold the card, this is the one that needs to be cut to create the little extruding piece on the right. This piece is 2 1/2 inches on top and 3 inches on the bottom. I used a ruler and a pencil to clearly mark what I wanted to cut out before cutting. This can spare you headaches!

IMG_8435Third: A little trick for applying your dimensional adhesive (only for people using dimensional ribbon as I do. I think Artemio and Scor-Pal also sell this kind of adhesive). Here it is: I adhere my ribbon on baking paper and cut it into pieces (the size I need). This avoids the dimensional of sticking to my scissors and I can cut a whole bunch very quickly!

tutorial_2Finally: Adhering the buttons is a bit a pain in…. But using your ruler to align the buttons on one row makes it already much easier. Once the buttons are placed you can adhere the white panes inside for the writing.

Of course you can make a card without the third panel. I needed this one as a lot of people were going to write in the card, thus a lot of space was required.

As you may expect, this card does not fit into any standard sized envelope, so I made one myself. Here are the dimensions and instructions:

One 12 x 12 black paper sheet.
Score in one direction at 4 1/4, 10 and 12 inches.
Score the other direction at 7/8 inches on either side.
Cut away this small strip except in the middle pane.
Round all corner and fold your paper. The best way is to put your card inside the envelope when folding as it is quiet thick (Otherwise the envelope will be too small).

So, I am done for this evening, it is almost midnight and I am falling asleep…
Sleep tight!

Crealotte

Another peek into my technique bundle!

Hi bloggers!

It’s Monday again, so time to give you some new inspiration. I already featured this stamp set last week, but I like this one for masculine cards. I used a split negative technique, but added some twist in order to give it some more interest. How do you like it? I wrote down the instructions for the technique bundle I told you about earlier. The bundle will be divided in several chapters which you will be able to acquire separately. On every page a technique featured by a specific card. Moreover, I also give you variations on every technique so that with each of them you could create quiet different looking cards! I promise to keep you posted on the advancements of the bundle. And, please, don’t hesitate to give me additional ideas and techniques you wish to find in the bundle, this might get you a complete copy!

Have a nice day!