Friday, 30 September 2016

Inspired by Heather | #tgifc75


Every week, the TGIF Challenge Blog Design team brings you projects that are meant to inspire you. At the end of most months, we've been doing a "pick your favourite" challenge where by I can choose   a project that inspires me whether it be a design team member or challenger.  It's by far my favourite because I love to be inspired.  Let us know if you feel the same way either by commenting here or over on the TGIF blog. As always, be sure to join in this week!


This week I was inspired by the colour combo and layers of my friend, Heather's card.  I always love Heather's projects so its no surprise that I was drawn to it.  Thanks so much for the inspiration Heather! You can see Heather's project below.


Hope you have a great weekend! Be sure to check out the Fancy Friday blog hop going on where we are celebrating the season!
Cathy




Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Grateful Heart | Fancy Friday

Welcome back to another Fancy Friday blog hop brought to you by some amazing current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans.  We love that you drop every month and hope you enjoy the inspiration as much as we do. 

You should have come from Krista Frattin's website - Don't you just love everything she creates? everything she posts? And don't you just find her the cutest little thing? (yeah. me too.)
This month's theme is celebrating the season whether that be Christmas, Halloween, Fall, etc. I certainly can feel the crisp feel of the holidays.

To start this project off, I printed my journalling onto watercolour paper. I always use Photoshop but its no trouble to do this within Microsoft word.  I created a quick background by dropping a couple ink spots on a clear block.  I then spread that on my page using the aqua painter.  But don't be fooled - use your heat gun to move the water around and to dry it.


The journalling uses the Remington Noiseless font.  This is a font that is consistent within my pages as of late.  I know that handwriting is important but I certainly love the look of the typed pages.

"We have so much to be grateful for.  But today I don’t want to list those things.  I want to remind you that it can be hard to remember our blessings sometimes. Being grateful is something that needs to be practised. Little things and big things all contribute to our happiness. Its a nice reminder to make a daily practice of this exercise and not just at Thanksgiving. “Begin each day with a greateful heart.” - Oct 10, 2016"

Edited side note: Yes. OK. It says 2016.  But you know it should be 2015.  Yes, I will change it on the layout but the truth is I make this mistake all the time.  Its kind of my frazzled character.  It makes me laugh seeing it there... I am far from perfect... can you IMAGINE that?

This was last year's Thanksgiving.  Its not the norm for us to say Grace; however, at my Grandmother's, it is.  I captured this moment and I love it.  Its a nice reminder to be thankful, of course.  I am currently doing a 30 days of Gratefulness leading into the Canadian Thanksgiving (On October 8th) - stay tuned for that project.

This layout almost exclusively uses the Project Life(tm) cards in the Hello Lovely Stampin' Up! kit.  Its a kit that you is drool worthy.  A must have.

Don't stop here! My good friend, Jeanna is next on the hop and I can't wait to see what she has created.


    

Friday, 16 September 2016

my card blew away | #tgifc73


I liked this card.
Until it decided to blow away in the wind.
"Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!"
Yes. I was holding it. Yes. I live in Newfoundland. And Yes. It was indeed "blowing a gale". 
[def. blowing a gale: very windy]
I should know better than to photograph outside.

But instead I ran outside in the pouring rain frantically searching for this %^&$* card.
My socks got soaked.
But I found it. Under the patio. Safe and sound.
Ready for me to photograph again. Inside this time.

So. Because I tried so hard to complete this TGIF Challenge... I would love for you to play along with me. 
*wink*

Friday, 2 September 2016

A Quick Colour Challenge Card | #tgifc71


It's the beginning of a new month so we are ready for a new colour challenge on the TGIF Challenge blog.


On September 1st, the Holiday Catalog was released for Stampin' Up!  To celebrate, I decided to do a Facebook Live event... it was busy and amongst it all I created this card in 10 minutes. You can see the video on my YouTube channel now.

If you want to see how this card came alive, check out the video below.  Make sure to play along with us every week! 


Cathy

There's still time to win prizes and place an order if you are in Canada to get a free sample pack. Check out the event on my Facebook Page.  The order is going in September 9th.  Prizes continue until Sunday, September 4th.





Thursday, 25 August 2016

A bridal shower + video | Fancy Friday


It's wedding season and you are likely seeing lots of gold, white and blush pink.  This month's Fancy Friday inspiration for this blog hop comes from the following mood board.  You should have come from my fancy friend, Krista Frattin's page unless this is your first stop.


It just so happened that I had been planning a bridal shower around the same time as working with this mood board. I am loving this look and have created several projects this wedding season with this "Great Gasby" + meets "Blush Blossoms" look. This banner was created using the silver trim and gold glimmer paper, topped off with some retired ribbon. The letters were cut out from my silhouette using the Arial Black font.



This banner was paired with several garlands made out of a circle punch and cardstock.  This was machine sewed but really takes no time.




In addition, this bride wanted treats as favours as well as for the food tables. You can see that in the first photo, there are chocolate coins packaged up - this wedding is in Vegas so it gave a little Vegas flare! Here's a closer look!



These rock candy are great for any occasions!! I've used them with a quick tag for several events!



I usually go with Hershey Nuggets but believe it or not there was none to be found in my city of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada - Instead I used my 1" circle punch and created these from Reese's Peanut Butter cups! You can see some retired designer paper that I found to finish these off.


And finally, the bride has some body wash from the guests - I created a quick tag.  She will then put all the elements together.


I love the designing part of event planning! So, while planning the samples for this bridal shower, I decided I would create a quick video for you to help you if you are planning for any kind of event.  Make sure you check it out!


Don't stop here! My good friend, Cindy has more projects to show you! Hop along!


    

Friday, 19 August 2016

easy DIY paperclips | #tgifc69


It's likely not surprise that this week's TGIF Challenge is a Back to School Challenge. It seems to be on everyone's mind these past few months. 


For many Canadians, kids don't return to school until after Labour Day so I have three more weeks of Summer Bliss... HOWEVER, I am currently filling the planner with our new schedules and figuring out when I can squeeze in swimming and skating, bootcamp, etc.

I thought about this challenge in the respect where I always want to make sure that my projects can be used in my real life.   I don't make Back to School cards.  I do like to make some lunch box notes (click link to see last year's example) and labels for different things.  

Stay tuned for more about how I am planning our schedules and how I am staying on task.

Cheers!
Cathy
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

thank you on a diagonal | tgifc68


Welcome to another Friday and another TGIF Challenge Design Team Project.

Today's TGIF Challenge is a sketch challenge.  What I like about this sketch is that its easy.  In fact, I looked at this sketch first and thought - "Well, obviously I need to washi this up!"  I didn't. As usual, my projects never end up to go in the direction I intended.



Make sure to play along with our challenge this week - we love seeing all your projects!
Cathy