The Paperie’s September Card Kit

I was hanging out at the store one day in July oogling over new product when Wendy and Tina asked if I would do a kit and a blog post for them.  I said sure and they handed me the September card kit.  First I thought, ugh..card kit, I haven’t made any cards in forever!  But then I said, what the hey? I need a few cards and I can always make a scrapbook page or two.  For the most part, my style is clean and simple… so here’s what I came up with.

This kit is chocked full of product and the papers are lovely greens and blues and neutrals.  There is a Homegrown 6X6 paper pad from Echo Park with double-sided sheets.  It has a great variety of patterned prints which would be great for summer, picnic, garden or harvest type photos.

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The Botanica stamp set from Kaisercraft is quite lovely and I was pleased with its versatility.

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Here is what I made from this kit and there are still quite a few bibs and bobs leftover and still quite a few sheets and scraps from the paperpad.  Enough left to make a couple of more scrapbook pages or to add to project life pockets or use up the scraps on cards.

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For my first few cards, I was in a bit of a hurry as I needed these cards right away as a friend’s dad had passed away, another friend had helped me out of a jam and another friend’s daughter was moving away to attend school.  For all three cards, I used the flower image from the stamp set and added some of my favorite simple sentiments stamps from my stash.  I colored the stamp with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord.  I huffed after it was colored and stamped the image on watercolor paper.  For the “With Sympathy” card, I did this twice.  I stamped the sentiment with black archival ink; then I matted it with some of the green paper from the pad and adhered to the white cardstock card.

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For the “Thanks-Big Time” card, I used the same technique but just stamped the image once on watercolor paper.  I adhered the watercolor paper to the green polka dotted card stock.  The great thing about this card stock is that it is white on the B side which is great when you want to add a note on the inside of the card.

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I wanted to try a tone on tone image so for the next card, I used Peeled Paint Distress Stain and added it to watercolor paper to make a background.  (SIDE NOTE:  I have to say, those Tim Holtz Distress Stains are some of my most favorite products.  They are so simple to use and easy to control the intensity of the color!) Then I stamped the image onto the background using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I then used my Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen to outline the image and give it a bit of sparkle.  I stamped the “Hello Opportunity” in black archival ink and adhered the watercolor paper to the green polka dotted card stock.

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September is a very busy birthday month in my world so I needed a few birthday cards to have on hand.  For the first card, I used the white card stock from the kit for the card base.  I adhered the red patterned 4 X 5.25 from the paperpad to the card base.  I had a bunch of these stars in my stash leftover from programs that I made for my daughter’s graduation so I adhered one of those to the front of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on the read patterned paper with black archival ink.

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For my next birthday card, I used the craft cardstock base which also has the white opposite side.  Perhaps my favorite paper in the 6X6 pad was the multi-colored polka dots which I used here to make the birthday cake.  I cut 1.5 inch wide strips of the polka dot paper at 3.5, 3 and 2.5 inch lengths.  I rounded the two corners on the long sides of the strips then I inked the edges with red ink.  I used a thin strip of red washi tape and adhered it around the middle each piece. Then I stacked the strips to make the tiers of the birthday cake.  I stamped the candles in black archival ink and colored them with markers and stamped the sentiment in black archival ink.  There were two of the mini printed paper bags in the kit and they are the perfect size for a gift card.  So I stamped another birthday sentiment on the bag in black archival ink and adhered it to the inside of the card.

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For the next birthday card, I used a white cardbase.  I adhered ‘happy birthday’ washi tape from my stash on a piece of the multi colored polka dot paper, for the center strip of washi tape, I wrapped it around the card completely.  I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in black archival ink onto the card base. This was an easy but colorful, happy card.  It would be great for a child’s birthday.

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For the next birthday card, I used the blue card base and made it very simple.  I used some white with gold dots washi tape from my stash and stamped the number line on it.  My thought is that you could highlight the number for the recipient’s age by coloring or adding a die cut number on top.  I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment with black archival ink on a scrap of patterned paper from the 6X6 pad, cut it out and adhered it to the front of the card base with pop dots.  On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment on the bag with black archival ink where a gift card can be inserted.

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For my next card, I used the leaf image from the stamp set and stamped one image in each of the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks on the green patterned paper from the 6X6 paper pad.  I stamped the “happy anniversary” sentiment in black archival ink and adhered the patterned paper to the blue cardbase.  This is a nice card for a fall anniversary and I know just the couple that it will be perfect for!

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For my last card, I made a card suitable for an engagement or wedding.  I used the smaller floral image from the stamp set and stamped it multiple times on watercolor paper in Barn Door Distress Ink to form a larger floral image.  I added the leaves in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and the sentiment in black archival ink.  Then I adhered the watercolor paper to the craft card base.

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The fall theme of this kit inspired me to finally scrapbook a favorite photo of mine from last year’s Christmas card.  I forced the entire family to get out of bed early one Sunday morning to take advantage of a nice autumn day to take some family photos.  I headed out with my DSLR camera and a tripod and used the camera’s timer to capture some images of all of us.  It took quite a few tries but I was pretty happy with how they ended up and I used this one on our 2014 Christmas Card.  For this page, I used a 12X12 sheet of watercolor paper and used the Peeled Paint Distress Stain to make a background leaving some of the blank white space as a border.  I matted the photo on a 4X6 piece of cork cut down from the 6X6 included in the kit. I used some gold with white stars washi tape and white with gold polka dots washi tape (that I dug out from my stash) to anchor the page.  I adhered the photo, overlapping a couple of project life cards that fit with the theme that I had in my stash.  I used the wood veneer pieces that were included in the kit along with some flair badges and a rub-on from my stash to embellish.  The title is made with the SN@P alphas that were included with the kit.  I am pleased with the result and happy that I finally got to scrapbook that photo.

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Finally, I wanted to showcase the various papers found in the 6X6 paper pad that was included with the kit and thought that the theme of the papers went well with the invite and photo from a recent Pig Roast that our family hosted.  I used 5 sheets from the paperpad and cut 2X2 squares alternating both sides of the paper to form a grid which was adhered to a piece of white cardstock.  I layered the invite and the photo over the paper grid.  I added some wood veneer pieces from the kit which I colored with my Red and Gold Wink of Stella Pens to add a little bling to the situation.  I also added some Pig Roast appropriate flair embellishments.  The tittle is made by adhering SN@P letter stickers from the kit to white cardstock and centering in beneath the invite and photo.

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Here is what’s left of the kit:

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A big thanks to Janna, Wendy and Tina for asking me to play along.  Stop by The Paperie to pick up this fabulous kit!

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New Year, Blank Slate

2014 was a blur to me.  It started out as a year of many challenges and went downhill from there.  I felt like I was always trying to get caught up at work and at home and had just about no time for me.  I was in a slump, picked up a lot of bad habits and couldn’t get myself back on track.  I took some time to relax over the Christmas period to recharge my batteries, rest, reflect on where 2014 went wrong and what I want to change for 2015.  I am not the type of person to make resolutions so, I prefer to think of this more as a lifestyle change.

In 2015, there will be less stress, more downtime.  I will learn to say “no” and not try to cram so much stuff into a week.  I will spend more time at the cabin.  I will read more books.  I will limit the time that I waste on social media sites.

In 2015, scrapbooking will become a higher priority.  That will start with a major reorganization/decluttering/stashbashing of my scrapbook room.  I will find a way to use up that stuff that I have been hoarding! And if I can’t use it, I am losing it!

I am picking up Project Life again this year.  But I plan to do it my way, which may or may not have any rhyme or reason to it.  I love the concept and I love looking through the finished product but I won’t give up if I fall behind.  It will be a combination of traditional paper, digital and relying heavily on the Project Life App to keep me on track particularly when I feeling like I am needing a catch up.

I will continue to take classes at my LSS The Paperie.  I love the Book of Me series with Rae Lynn.  Krista is planning a new size with KTOL this year…8.5×11 which means that I will be mixing and matching pages in my albums.  And I am heading back to the Year Long Album Class with Sara this year after taking a break from it last year.

I am also tapping into my inner artist with a Watercolor Class Series with Jeannette.  I am really looking forward to this technique based class and learning something completely new and out of my comfort zone.

I am also breaking out my DSLR and committing to using it often during 2015.  Most of the photos that I took in 2014 were with my iphone, it’s just so convenient.  But you can’t beat the quality and versatility of the old DSLR and I was reminded of that during our annual family photoshoot for the Christmas Card.

This much neglected blog will also become a bigger priority in 2015.  I won’t promise too much but I will attempt to update on a regular basis with tales of my exploits as they unfold.  It may be life in general, travel, scrapbooking or home renovations (for which I have lots of ideas for 2015), you never know what may pop up here.  I love the beginning of a new year.  It’s almost like a reboot!

I would love to hear about your plans for 2015!  Did you make any resolutions?

Happy Canada Day….Lest We Forget

Today is Canada Day, a day which we celebrate our great country.  But in Newfoundland, it is also Memorial Day which is a day to reflect on our many ancestors who lost their lives on this day ensuring a future of freedom and liberty for us.

Today we remember with thanks and  pride, the men of the Newfoundland Regiment who fought at the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.  In less than 30 minutes it was all over…710 men were killed that day with only 68 survivors, the Regiment was practically wiped out.  It is a very sad and sombre day in our very proud history.  So we remember them with pride and reflect on the tremendous sacrifice.

Enjoy your weekend!

Dr. Jack….you will never be forgotten.

My heart is broken today.  Yesterday, an exceptional man passed from this world.  Dr. Jack Hand slipped away quietly and with much dignity surrounded by those who loved him the most.

I met Jack many, many years ago in our high school days.  He went to the Catholic high school with most of my neighbours.  He was an enigma to me then, a tall, skinny kid who despite being borderline genius according to his marks, was still cool enough to play on the high school hockey team.  I lost track of him for many years until my son became ill when he was 2 and he was the hemotologist that we were referred to.  It was instant relief for me to see a familiar face while dealing with the scariest time of my life.  Jack was brutally honest yet extremely compassionate as we went through the long journey of finding a diagnosis for A.  He explained everything every step of the way, never speculated, and was always there to answer any and all questions that we had.

During the 15 years that we have been regularly back and forth to the Janeway, Jack has been a constant in A’s life.  We all, but especially A, considered him to be much more than a doctor, more than a friend, more like family.  A and Dr. Jack (as he called him) would talk hockey and golf.  A became a bit of enigma for Jack too as he watched him play hockey and he often commented with amazement of how A played better than most of the kids who had twice the red blood cell count that A had.  The year that A played Peewee B, Jack was the trainer on the bench for the Avalon team that his son played with.  A looked forward to those games more than any other just for the bantering back and forth with Jack as he skated by the bench.  A and Jack’s son became friends this past winter as they played on the same Midget hockey team.  B coached both of the boys.  L dances with both of Jack’s daughters and has performed in shows with his son.

Jack Hand was a physician who dedicated his life to treating children who had cancer and other hematological diseases.  He came back to Newfoundland to practice even though he could have worked in many other places where the pay would have been better and the workload less.  But this was his home and the Janeway was very lucky to have him.  He was well respected among his peers and the medical students who he taught.  But in what I think is an irony so cruel that it is of Shakespearean proportion, Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  The disease that he spent that he spent his life treating in children was now coming after him.

Jack was fiercely devoted to his family.  He also had the strongest will and determination that I have ever seen.  He was going to beat the cancer, there was no other option.  Our lives often crossed paths at the rink or the Arts and Culture Center and he was always proud of his children and their accomplishments.  Even during his illness, he was a fixture at the DMHL hockey games that his son played.  He would not let the cancer take the joy of watching his son play hockey away from him.   Jack has never been far from our mind this past few months, knowing that he was deteriorating but still praying for a miracle.  L and I saw his son last week at a show audition and she asked if I had heard how he was.

Jack slipped away yesterday…finally at peace and free from pain and suffering.  I have met few people in my life who have touched my soul but Jack is a Hero to me and my family.  He will never be forgotten.

 

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming….

I never met Tom Fitzgerald. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know his last name until this past week. But Big Tom was a part of my everyday life. I woke up to his laugh every morning and started my day listening to his banter or laughing at his antics. Often my husband would call me after I got to work in the morning to tell me something that he heard Big Tom say that had him in stitches driving to work in the morning. My husband and I always marveled at how much he worked, it seemed like he was always on the air.  My kids knew Big Tom too. As a matter of fact, my daughter texted my husband when she heard the news because she new how much her dad loved him and was worried that he would be shocked and saddened.

I felt like I knew Big Tom and that we would get along quite well if we were ever lucky enough to cross paths. I knew that he loved his job, that he respected people and really enjoyed all the amazing opportunities that he was fortunate to have experienced as a result of his career. I knew that his daughter Sophie was the light of his life and I always enjoyed hearing his voice when she called in to request a song on Saturday in the Shed.

He was game for anything and with Mike and Candice there to egg him along, you were never quite sure what he was going to do next. But often, his antics were done with a philanthropic purpose and Daffodil House and Ronald McDonald House were just a couple of the charities that benefited from his generous spirit. Big Tom never forgot where he came from and was a proud representative of both Bell Island and Newfoundland.

It is a testament to his impact that KRock 97.5 has pretty well run on autopilot all week since the news of his passing was announced on Wednesday morning. There is a huge void that will not be easily filled.  The outpouring of grief has been amazing and I equate the loss of Big Tom to the many larger than life figures who have been snatched from us before their time. We are lucky to have had him as a part of our lives for as long as we did but feel cheated that he didn’t get to finish what he started.

Big Tom will be laid to rest tomorrow on Bell Island.  My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with his family and friends.

Sneak Peak…

Remember this post where I was telling you about the photos that I took of the stars of the Major Midget St. John’s Maple Leafs?  Well the magazine hits the stands in about a week but here is a sneak peak at the cover…

Looks pretty good, don’t you think?