I had an idea that I was wanting to go with, but it didn't work out so instead I was just pushing around left-over bits and bobs from other projects and made a couple of cards that kinda qualify for the task at hand.
I finally came to the end of my mammoth binge fest of watching Seasons 5 to 7 of Parks and Recreation yesterday.
I cannot believe there are no new episodes left for me to binge on. I am just glad that I have 62 hours of this series to rewatch again and again.
What a show! It is one of the few comedies that has left me laughing out loud hysterically and sniffling emotionally in the space of the same 20 minutes more often than not. It is a show full of heart and amazing people.
How I wish we could all have people like the Parks team in our lives.
If you've never seen the show definitely check it out - you will not regret it!
It took me until somewhere in Season 2 to become a forever fan.
If you need more convincing and don't mind being spoiled, this is a great article about some of the best episodes (but seriously there are at least 20 odd amazing episodes followed by another hundred fantastic instalments that could go on that list!).
I will miss Leslie's eternal can-do attitude, her amazing skills at binder assemblage, her crazy gift-giving ESP, and her unique and sweet descriptions for best friend Ann:
They are quite something and usually go along the lines of...
Ron deserves a whole chapter to himself - that man made that show and often left a lump in my throat - may his Tammy-spidey-sense forever be in good working order!
And other moments such as:
I will miss Donna Meagle's fantastic wordless asides to camera - and her super secret life outside of work!
Her reactions though, especially to things Jerry says/does!
Her friendship with Tom, Tom Haverford...
One of my favourite lines from Parks is courtesy of them!
Click on the image below for the vid:
Ben and his lifetime love of Calzones... well almost lifetime except for the food poisoning...
Oh and loveable nerdish fanboy tendencies including the invention of the wildly popular Cones of Dunshire...
Sweet innocent Andy Dwyer and his heart of gold not to mention his flawless comedic timing.
Jerry, Garry... Gergich?
I think the cover of this mag summed up perfectly how Jerry is portrayed in the show:
Basically this sums it all up:
Pawnee teamwork forever! Click on the image below to go to the video... I will never be able to hear that Gloria Estefan song again without seeing this!
And now to enjoy re-re-watching it all for many years to come.
This week we're celebrating music, and well... I really needed to get into the festive mood for cardmaking (the struggle is real right now!) so I popped on some Christmas music and decided to make a festive card for this dare.
The paper I've chosen was the last bit piece of the sheet from an October Afternoon collection, and it has verses of carols in some of the dots, and well I love a sentiment set where the sentiments are also from Christmas carols and songs.
I couldn't quite find the right background for the little Christmas tree, and in the end I re-purposed the packaging from a set of Elle's Studio Christmas die-cuts I bought last year as it was the perfect "snowy scene" and a lot more interesting than boring old white. I also don't think I will ever get over how cute this tree die by Lil' Inker Designs is - I use it so much on Christmas cards.
Remember to pop on over to the Daring Cardmakers blog to see the musical masterpieces the design team have come up with - there are some really, really creative card ideas!
...but at night, she dusts off her paper trimmer and gets down to some crafty business!
<or you know... spends a lot of time on Pinterest... whatever..>
This week on the Daring Cardmakers blog the lovely Miri is back with another dare, this time challenging us to create a card inspired by what we do when we're not crafting.
And well, that would be the day job that goes towards funding the crafting habit!
So by day I work as a freelance translator it involves a few of the things depicted here:
Paper: MME - My Story Journaling cards: MME - My Story Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Die: Simon Says Stamp Other: Enamel dot, 3D foam tape
So yea, I do a lot of typing (thankfully at my PC and not on a typewriter, although sometimes you can't beat a typewriter for some things), I look up a lot of stuff (although rarely in print dictionaries any more), and I definitely, definitely wear my glasses to do it all!
So yep, this was the first card I actually made with my October Simon Says Stamp kit - I even managed to use one of the stamps from the set for this month and stamped it and a couple of hearts onto one of the books on the journaling card. The butterfly is also a cut-out from one of the other journaling cards in the kit.
I have to say this was a very fun dare, and even more fun was seeing what the cards from my fellow team mates revealed about them! So definitely pop along to the blog to check out their cards and play along with us! :)
I had a bit of a creative moment one evening this week and made another card with the October Simon Says Stamp card kit while watching the last episode of the Hairy Bikers on their Baltic Adventure.
It definitely didn't come out how I thought but I also wanted to give some of my new PTI goodies an outing too:
Paper: MME - My Story Dies: PTI, Lawn Fawn Stamp: PTI Other: 3D foam tape, black Stickles, enamel dot
I used cardstock from the kit for the Phrase Play die but the pimento red was a bit too dark, so I swapped it out with pink cardstock for the frame to better match the papers.
My Tombo liquid glue also had a bit of an explosion coming out of the bottle, must have been an air bubble but it just went everywhere so I will definitely be using something else to stick those letters down next time!
Anyway, that's it for tonight's little crafty share...
But I have in my possession some lovely new must-have festive items for Christmas 2015:
I now just need my brain to engage and embrace the Christmas productivity mindset!
So along with my little PTI splurge the other week I also decided to fill the kit void that I've felt for a bit.
It's been a while since I subscribed to any kit - especially a card kit. I remember the happy days of the Self-Addressed cardmaking kit, those were fab kits and then when those kits finished I switched to some scrapping kits until they just didn't do it for me any more.
So it's been a good few years since I had a regular craft delivery to my door every month where I didn't choose the contents and there was an element of surprise. :)
I finally took the plunge and signed up for the Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit starting with the October kit:
I got to play with it yesterday for a card I'll share later in the week, but I also needed to make a flat card for posting to Poland - so enter the kit for a very simple creation because anything that has to stay flat feels to me like it needs to be simple!
Paper and journaling card: MME - My Story Stamps: PTI, Simon Says Stamp Other: enamel heart
I cannot tell you how hard it was to resist the urge to bring out the 3D foam tape for a bit of dimension, but hopefully this card will make it to the recipient without any issues. :)
So, I feel like it's been a while since I made anything that wasn't for assignments or a specific occasion and well, Christmas is soon upon us and I am not sure my mega Christmas card efforts of last year will see me through Christmas 2015, so really it's time to get started on some festive projects!
Enter this month's Throwback Thursday challenge over on the WPlus9 blog - I was reminded of one of my favourite little festive purchases the Pretty Patches: Tree stamps and die set.
I twinned the dies and stamps with some new purchases for this year:
Paper: Elle's Studio - Joyful Stamp: WPlus9 - Pretty Patches: Tree Dies: WPlus9 - Pretty Patches: Tree; PTI - Tag Sale #10 Other: enamel dot, 3D foam tape
I love how versatile the Pretty Patches tree and heart die are - they're great on their own as well as when combined with the coordinating stamps. The Season's Greeting sentiment from the WPlus9 set fit perfectly in the banner die from the PTI Tag Sale #10 set which is a new purchase from this week.
I've used the longer greeting from the stamp set for the inside of the card.
There's been some nice happy crafty mail this week - I finally spent some birthday money on fun, fun, fun stuff and things that have been on my wish list for a while at PTI - and I was fully prepared to have to pay a sizeable customs bill too, but miracle of miracles my package arrived a week after placing my order with no customs charge!
Yep, almost the entire back catalogue of PTI dye ink cubes - I already had a few of the new formula dye ink and I received notification that the last few out of stock colours I was waiting for came back in so time to put an order in after over 2 years of waiting. :)
I also got all the colours stamped out on my DIY ink chart:
Happy colours = happy me! They stamped really nicely and I am looking forward to having such a lovely choice of colours to work with in future. The only colour that is a bit off compared to another sample I had of it is the Spring Rain cube which is a bit more purple than the baby blue I thought it was going to be, but c'est la vie! I am just so happy all the other colours are as gorgeous as they are and best thing about these ink cubes is the lack of staining compared to the Hero Arts inks that have been really hit and miss with me.
Anyway, I need to get back to the craft desk and see if any more creativity will be happening today! :D
Well another Friday is upon us and it's time for a new elemental inspiration challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog.
Miri picked this cool image for us to work with:
It certainly got the gear turning in my head.
The three elements I was inspired by were the idea of home, adventure and the hearts.
Paper, stickers, ephemera, enamel dot: Crate Paper - Wonder Die: Lil' Inker Designs Other: 3D foam tape
So my thinking was that this would make for a nice new home card - true happiness and adventure awaits in your new home... :) I had tried to use the tent die cut from the ephemera pack but it just wasn't gelling with the card layout or wording so in came that little house sticker instead.
Don't forget to check out the blog to see all the interpretations of this month's image from the design team!