Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great summer! Our summer fun will begin tomorrow, as we go on holidays. Of course the biggest packing challenge for me is deciding which of my papercrafting and art supplies to bring (oh, but hubby, can't I just take it all???). My hubby James was teasing me and saying that he would rent a trailer to haul behind the motor home just for me and my art supplies (okay, he said for me and my 'stuff'). He is so understanding!!!
I've had some fun lately creating with a few new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! I think the new sets and colours are so much fun! With the scrapbook page, I had these photos and quotes hanging around from the teacher gifts I had made. I decided to put them together on the page. For teacher gifts, I had put the quote right on the photo and placed it in a frame. I know one teacher was very excited to get something that was different from the standard gifts. I gave them cards as well. He liked his cards so much, that he promptly ordered 10 more, with the 'motorcycle stamp on them, please!' It turns out that he's been repairing a motorcycle, and was going to finish it on the weekend.
The quote states,
"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
by George Kneller.
I love trying to look at everyday things in a different light, or at a different angle.
At the end of June, the boys travelled with their dad down to Montana for a weekend with their neighborhood friends. Here are some photos of them enjoying some time at the lake (I don't remember the name, but I know it is long). they went out on the boat, and JJ even got to do some water fun!
At home, Juliana and I had some relaxing fun as well. She got herself a Build-a-Bear Bunny, and has been busy ever since sewing outfits for Aero, as she named her bunny. It is so great to see her enjoying the sewing machine, and coming up with some great items.
Congratulations go to Juliana, who recieved some very special awards at her school Awards Day!! She was recognized twice for her skills as an artist, and received a Fine Arts Scholarship to a summer daycamp of her choice. She received a "B-B+" average for her year's work, and received a medal for that. Juliana also received a very special award - a Literacy award for all her hard work in the areas of reading and writing this year. At the beginning of the year, she struggled with reading - now she reads in bed after I've shut off the light, as well as on the bus, and after school! Juliana, you have come a long way in one year! Congratulations!!!
A neighbor had us take some photos of her apple tree in bloom - Juliana had fun helping me out with this. Photos are much more fun when you are in the tree, than simply under it.
I had fun making some cards for friends. This card uses retired Stampin' Up! designer papers. I used the technique Fossil Stone - it gave such an interesting background.
Spring is so vibrant and lovely this year!
May you enjoy all this day has to offer!
Yesterday was such a fun and special day for me! I celebrated Mother's Day, as well as my birthday! My family totally spoiled me, and treated me very special all day long!! My daughter even decorated my studio with balloons and streamers and had a pinata for me, full of candy of course.
I had created this card with My Digital Studio last week, as a 'Congratulations' card for a door prize basket. Once I had the Congratulations cards made, I thought it was a shame not to use this card idea for more celebrations. So, I went back in and printed out some 'Thanks', some 'Happy Birthday', and even some 'HappyMother's Day' cards - it was so easy just to change the greeting and print out the same card. I cut out the butterfly with the Bliss stamp set, and added it on top, with some bling. It was far too easy with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!
I'm teaching a technique class this week. I am teaching 'Watercolour Wash'. Once I got the stamp set Fabulous Florets from Stampin' Up!'s summer mini catalogue, I created this card. These roses remind me of our Alberta Wild Rose, so I had to do them in soft pinks! I love the way this card turned out! I want to do this as a scrapbook page next, with some of our lovely Alberta roses as photos!
I love the Aviary stamp set. I had fun one day creating this card. I think it is totally cheery and fun! The birds wake me up each day with their cheery song - I love listening to them trill and chirp and whistle! If this card could talk, it would be trilling out "Cheery Day! Cheery Day!"
I come from a long line of seamstresses, and made many pieces of clothing for my children in their early years. I had this card idea in mind, and finally put all the pieces together. I love the way it turned out, and must send one to my mother, who taught me the love of crafting and sewing! I did use a similar layout idea as the Aviary card.
The sun is shining here, and my neighbor's daffodils are blooming! What a beautiful day that God has given us! I hope each of you have much sunshine in your lives and hearts this week! Susan Bruyn
Juliana turns 10 years old today! She has been so excited to finally reach this milestone in her life!
We had a fun party on Saturday, with some close friends. We had so much fun tie-dying t-shirts. Of course, we tried it out the day before, so Juliana was able to wear her t-shirt for the party! It looks really good!
During the party, I used the dye on some watercolour paper as well. The next day, I used it to make thank you cards. I also used it for Juliana's birthday card. I simply used the top note die to cut it out.
We went to Co-op, and managed to find some wonderful 'tie-dyed' cupcakes. The store puts 7 cupcakes in a circle and ices them like a cake. It was just too pretty. The lady behind the counter also decorated some extra white cupcakes for us. She was so pleasant and helpful.
We have a lovely day for Valentines Day, all sunny and warm! Here is a special card I made for classes last week. I got the idea for the mosaic heart from a fellow demonstrator, Yvette. I really like how the heart turned out with the Sending Love designer paper. It looks very vintage.
Here's a closeup of the detail on the mosaic heart.
I did a wee photo shoot with the bunnies - they sure look pretty against a black backdrop - and they posed so nicely for me. The one with the darker face is Mama Bits, and her baby's name is Spots.
I will leave you with a card I made for a friend. It features the lovely Fast and Fabulous hostess set.