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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The search for the perfect image...


Well hello there crafty peeps. I really must start including friends in my salutation too because I do have some dedicated followers that happen to be friends that aren’t the crafty type. They help keep me motivated as well by simply telling me how much they love seeing and being the recipients of some of my work.
So, a big thank you is going out to all of my wonderful followers for all your words of praise and encouragement; both on and off this lil ole blog of mine. They are truly appreciated.

I hope you are all well and settled into the new year of 2014. As I sit and type this post there just so happens to be another blizzard taking place outside my window. It started last evening and will continue into tomorrow. I don’t know where you live, but here in Southern Ontario this winter has been a non-typical one. I’m sure the vast majority of us living here feel that we are definitely going to be entitled to the best spring/summer that Mother Nature can conjure up!!! Do you hear that Madam???

I’m here to share with you a card that I made for a friend. It’s probably the most difficult one that I’ve ever made. It is a sympathy card; made out of respect for what I perceive to be the most difficult loss in this world; the loss of a child.

I had to search for the perfect image because just anyone wouldn't do. You see, my friend lost her beautiful 5 year old daughter, and I choke on those words each and every time I say or write them.
 
Sweet Tayah lost her brave battle with Neuroblastoma just before Christmas. This unimaginable loss has deeply affected me and I cannot imagine what it is like for her family that are left behind. The only comfort to be taken is the fact that she is no longer suffering.
 I found what I perceived to be the perfect image for my card at A Day For Daisies.
It is called Mama Snuggle and I hope you can understand why I chose it.
 
 
I printed the image onto Neenah cardstock and then colored it with my Copic markers.
Hair – E99 Y23 YR23, 24
Skin – E50, 51 E21, R20 E000, 0000
Flowers – YG61, 63, 67 RV91, 93,95
 
 
Here is a closer look at this gorgeous image...
 
 
 
 
The next difficult task I was faced with was finding words, where no words exist to express how I feel about a loss of this magnitude.
 
 
You can see what I wrote on the front and this is what I wrote on the inside…
 
I truly don’t know how anyone survives this loss; perhaps they never do and are simply forced to tuck it away somewhere deep inside and carry on.
I followed a sketch, but unfortunately I can’t remember where I saw it. I really should write it down because by the time I finish something using it the sketch challenge is usually over, LOL. However, I do like to give credit where credit is due, so sorry about that.
The papers are from my stash and I made the flowers using a Martha Stewart punch. The little extras are Viva Decor pearl pens, stickles and a pearl stick pin.  
Well crafty peeps and friends alike that’s it for today.
I hope you all have a pleasant weekend, no matter the weather. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I hope to be back before too long.
 :) S
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas card blitz...

Hello there crafty peeps!
 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I know ours will go down in the history book that’s for sure.
For those that aren’t aware, on Dec 22nd we here in Southern and Eastern Ontario, Canada experienced the worst ice storm on record for our geographical area!!!
Many of us, including several of my family members were displaced for most of it, as we had power failures everywhere. The devastation is unbelievable to say the least, and some people are still without power to this date. I heard a recent report stating that the City of Toronto lost 20% of it's tree canopy alone, never mind the rest of area!
On the day after the storm, amid a cloudless sky, the sun shined so bright that it made everything and anything caught in the wake of Mother Nature’s wrath sparkle. I thought to myself; “how can there be so much beauty amongst such devastation?” Everything was coated with at least 30 mm of ice.
In case you’re interested, I found some videos made by various people that have been posted on the internet as the storm was upon us and its aftermath; some of them are quite humorous, and oh so Canadian. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=2013+toronto+ice+storm+&qpvt=2013+toronto+ice+storm+&FORM=ASMMVR#
Ok, enough about that…I want to share three Christmas cards that I made; yes you heard me right, I made three cards!
I wasn’t going to make any Copic cards this year because of my poor health, but that all changed when my brother told me that his three children were completely bummed when they rushed to open the Christmas card I’d sent them only to find it was a store bought one.
He said he overheard quite the conversation, and it apparently went something like this; “WHAT THE HECK IS THIS??? This card came from the store! Where is the cool card???
So, needless to say I felt both flattered and bad at the same time, so I decided to make them one each. In my wisdom I also thought that I would change things up this year and put cash inside as their gifts.
I’m not sure if making three individual cards was more work than going out shopping, but either way they certainly had smiles from ear to ear on Christmas Day.
Here they are…


 

 

I used three of the funny little elves from Make It Crafty’s Christmas Elves collection. My goodness they are hilarious and oh so fun to colour.
I coloured the images with my Copic Markers and the pattern papers are all from my stash. For the texture, I used Stardust Stickles and/or a combination of white flock and Stardust stickles. I also used put some colorless blender on a washcloth and applied it to that last two hats in an attempt to create a felt look. I think it turned out well.
 
I finished things off with some bakers twine and a few gems here and there as my embellishments.
So peeps,I will let you get back to your business, but I have one more thing to add...as we come to the end of yet another year, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments, and just so you know they keep me motivated and oh so inspired.

I wish you all much love and happiness, but most of all, I wish you good health. All the best!
:)S
 
 

 
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Designer over at The Outlawz

Hello and happy Thursday crafty peeps!
It feels a little bit like old times writing up a post for the Twisted Thursday Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz.
My friend Patricia was so kind to ask if I’d like to be a guest designer for their snowflake theme this week, and I just couldn’t refuse. I miss this wonderful group of talented peeps, and the honor of having my work out there in a special place other than my little ole blog makes me feel so special.
So today, I have for you my one and only Copic marker Christmas card. I’ve not been able to craft very much for the past 3 months due to poor health. Indeed it isn’t my best work, but a Christmas card nonetheless!

I totally forgot to put my snowflake on it, so please forgive me. If you look close enough you'll see that I used some stickles to create the look of falling snow around the image, so this will have to do, lol :)
This adorable digital image is Christmas Lights by Stitchy Bear.

I printed the image on Neenah cardstock and coloured it with my Copic Markers. I tried to make the lights look real by using glossy accents to give them clear dimension.

That’s all I have for you peeps, except to tell you to head on over to the Twisted Thursday Challenge over at the Outlawz so you can see the extremely talented design team and their awesome take on this week’s snowflake theme challenge. Talk about inspiration or what!

Thanks Patricia for the honor of being a guest designer this week, and thanks crafty peeps for stopping by my blog. Hopefully I will have something to post for you before too long.
Joyous holidays start with loving hearts and a happy home. I wish you all a wonderful start to the season’s festivities.  May the blessings of peace, hope and love be your gifts this Christmastime and throughout this coming new year.

JS