Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COFFEE LOVER'S BLOG HOP

 
Today's the Day!
 
I'm totally thrilled to have been invited  to join Amy and a whole crew of coffee lovin' crafters for this fun hop! Thanks for the invite Lyndal .
 
I created my 'coffee themed' project by slicing & dicing a few Silhouette files to create this multi-functional tag! Check it out:

As a tag....




As a gift card or money holder...



or as a bookmark!



Amy is once again hosting THE coffee break of the year! You do not want to miss this party! Grabba hot cup of whatever it is that you like to drink  and enjoy the company of  some coffee loving crafters!

PRIZES you ask?  OH YEAH!

If you think a coffee buzz is great, just wait until you see the 'treats' that Amy has lined up! The generosity of the sponsors is out of this world amazing!

Happy hopping!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #101





Hey there...hope you're all enjoying your Wednesday! Temps have warmed up a bit here but the wind is still nasty cold!

I welded bits and pieces from various Silhouette cut files using Anita's lovely linen paper, added a layered Spellbinders Holiday Sentiment die, shimmer card stock base, a bit of bling and done like dinner!

This card is headed to CAS(E)- thiCs-sketch #101.  You really need to pay a visit to the challenge blog and check out the amazing cards posted by the DT! But hurry...because the door closes in less than 16 hours so you best get craftin' if you're planning on entering!

Happy crafting!




Sunday, November 30, 2014

CAS-ology WEEK 123: EAT & PAPER SMOOCHES ANYTHING GOESng Goes



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Let me explain...it's a cow...which translates to meat and milk...which translates to "EAT"...

Thing is, how do you get past this sweet wee bovine ending up as dinner? Well, you add hearts and a 'tender' sentiment and right before your very eyes, the card morphs into a cute little love card!

"Bossy" is also headed to Paper Smooches "Anything Goes" Challenge

Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, Versamark Ink and CTMH white paper. The punched hearts were glossed up with Liquid Glass. 

The faux stitching was drawn with a fab new pen that Anita discovered at one of the craft stores we visited during our crating holiday. It is a PIGMA MICRON .005 (Archival Ink). No smearing, no blobbing, love it!

That's it...easy peasy!  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge #24 AND 25 Days of Christmas Tags








Here are the details for my 25 Days of Christmas Tags posts.
Ask if you have any questions.  Remember we are using the Snowman challenge for this,  :)

Thank you Miss Lesley for creating the most awesome graphic for the event...

November is fast approaching. Thank you for all of the tags that I have already received.  They are truly amazing. So that I can get my posts ready please get your tag photos to me two days prior to when you are posting.  Please label them as your name and if you are part of a group post the name of your group after your own name.  

Please send them to jtmcneely@rogers.com

Your post:  November 26th, please have your tag photos to me by the 24th 

1. Posts go live at 6 am EST on your designated day
2. Please include the 25 Days of Christmas Tags graphic
3. Link your post to my blog http://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca
4. You can let your readers know that there are prizes to be won (you can name them or direct them to my post for details) from:
• Reverse Confetti
• Clearly Besotted
• CAS-ual Fridays
• Neat and Tangled
• Paper Smooches
• Lawn Fawn
5. I am asking that each of you offer a chance to win from commenters on your blog post. If you send me your winners on November 27th I will put their names into the prize draw that I will be doing on the 28th

Thank you all very much for participating this year. I am so excited and humbled that I have so many talented crafters playing along with me.

2014-11-28 Edited to add:
"Ruby N" ... you're the lucky lady who wins an extra entry into Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Tracey will be making her prize draws this Monday! Good luck Ruby!

This week's challenge is double the fun as our dear, sweet and super talented friend Tracey McNeely has invited the CCC design team to join in some Christmas tag fun! 

If you are in need of some inspiration & ideas, then search no further than "25 Days of Christmas Tags". Your Christmas Tag Idea Folder will be overflowing!

You're invited to create a snowman themed tag OR a snowman themed card with a tag on it.

And yes, there are prizes!!! I will randomly select one name from comments left here that will earn you an additional entry on the goodies over at Tracey's blog. Check out all the details & goodies up for grams by clicking on Tracey's link above!

I've created a sweet little snowman tag that was quick to whip up using a Silhouette cut file. This tag could easily be reproduced using circle & oval punches (the oval for the hat brim).

I must admit that I struggled with the 'clean & graphic' part of this challenge and have concluded that snowman just don't do CAG all that well!  I think they need snowflakes, twine & bits of bling to create the "holly and jolly".  

I'm also thinking that I may have stretched CAG a bit with this wee dude! 

Wishing you happy crafty days full of holiday card & tag making!

 Happy crafting :)








Monday, November 24, 2014

Time Out Challenge #19 and Tree-mendous Tree Challenge in the Moxie Fab World




It's feels great to be back in my craft room....especially when the daytime temps are plummeting to a balmy -26 to -28C! Ca-razy cold for this time of year! 

I'm so excited to finally find time to play along with another 'new to me challenge'...Time Out ChallengesThis week's challenge is a theme with a twist:  Embossing with the optional twist of sparkle. The TOC design team have treated us to a visual feast of inspiration! 

2014-12-01 ETA: I've also just discovered the Tree-mendous Trees Challenge happening over at the Moxie Fab World, so this card will be headed in that direction as well.

My card features dry embossing (the stitched lines in the snow banks - thanks Bev) and is sporting a fair bit of bling as well! The die/stamp set is from Hampton Arts. 

The images were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Kim introduced me to this amazing ink at our recent BABES crafting holiday (and generously gave me the new ink pad that she brought with her). I don't know how I ever stamped without it! I've also used some of the lovely linen paper courtesy of Anita.

Happy crafting!






Friday, November 21, 2014

TAG YOU'RE IT! CHALLENGE #11










Hey there crafty friends! I'm popping in with a quick post to share two fun Christmas gift tags for the current and new-to-me Tag You're It! Challenge 11 that features a stunning tag created by Maureen Merritt for our inspiration:



The snowman is a Silhouette file cut from decadent textured white card stock (thanks Babe Anita) and spruced up with a bit of twine and some pretty red and green dots (thanks Babe Darnell). The close-up photo shows his cool "bewinkled" hat and scarf.

Thanks for stopping by :)








TAG YOU'RE IT! Challenge #11




My second tag that I am posting will also be entered in the the current and new-to-me Tag You're It! Challenge 11 that features this stunning tag created by Maureen Merritt:



My tag features a Penny Black stamp that I'm sure we're all familiar with. I created the mat and cutout area using the Silhouette trace feature. It is so cool - you can create a mat for any image! This wee fellow is colored with Copics and "bewinkled" with Wink of Stella. 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WE TURNED A DREAM INTO REALITY

It took over a year to plan.  

In total, we traveled 20,350 miles (32,558km) to make it happen! 


On October 18, 2014, six card hobby blogging BABES met in real life! BABES stands for Benevolent Association of Beloved Esteemed Stampers....and here we are:



Meeting for the first time!

From left to right (seated) is Anita from France, me (Geri) from Manitoba, Canada, & Ardyth from Ontario, Canada. Standing left to right are Kim and Darnell, both from California, USA, and Bev from Wisconsin, USA.  We're not sure where the muscle man in the background is from!

Here are just a few pics of our fun adventure! There will be more once my camera makes its way home! I forgot the dang thing on the counter at the lake house! THANKFULLY Bev and Anita noticed it and rescued it for me. 


Bev Buenker's photo.             Ardyth Bolam Percy-Robb's photo.
      Crafting in pj's - great!                Snowflake" - the resident Albino squirrel with pink eyes!


              
Is she (or perhaps he) not the sweetest thing ever? 
                   

We brought enough supplies to open a craft store!                  More supplies!

'Some' of our supplies....nice & tidy on Day 1....Day 7 did NOT look like this!


Bev Buenker's photo.
Yes...2 pairs of reading glasses!

  
Ardyth, Kim & Anita enjoying a sunny, crafty afternoon.



Anita, Darnell, Ardyth & Kim




Anita, Bev, Kim and Ardyth checking out some on-line craft stores.



Darnell & Anita, relaxing and snapping some beautiful scenery pictures!



Early morning crafting!


I've edited my post to copy & paste this MAGNIFICENT picture from Kim's blog! Not only is she an incredibly talented card artist, but the girl takes a mean photo! Thanks Kim!


Another fabulous picture 'borrrowed' from Kim's blog!

The week flew by so fast!  We talked, we laughed, we sang, we drank copious amounts of coffee, we went out for dinner every night (hey....it`s a holiday), we snacked, we toured, and we crafted. My return trip totaled 2771 kilometers/1731 miles which translates to approximately 28 hours of highway driving...but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Six women - complete strangers in real life, best friends in blog land....and now friends forever!

We turned a dream into reality! 

The Card Concept Challenge #22





This week we have a theme for you to try! You must use the theme and create your card in one of the styles of the designers. 


Welcome back to another fun challenge! This inspiration photo is all about fall!  The colors, the barn board wagon, the bittersweet berries, dried leaves and twigs. I found inspiration in the fabulous stained glass window tucked behind the lovely pumpkin display.

This delightful pumpkin is a silhouette cut file that seems to mimic the pieces of glass in the stained glass window.   If you look closely you can see the 'shadow' that I created by cutting & off-set layering a darker colored pumpkin behind the top layer. A very nice effect in real life. 

My apologies for the quality of the photo! I am currently camera-less until such time as my 'forgotten but found' camera arrives back in Manitoba from my recent crafting adventure in Prior Lake, Minnesota with five amazing ladies. You can read all about our adventure in this post.

We have been enjoying fabulous responses to our challenges at CCC! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us! We truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support :)

Happy crafting!