Making a Start with Some Easter Cards

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Good Monday Morning! Another day off for the hubs so I thought I’d sneak in here and get a post up quickly.

Yesterday was Easter and we celebrated with family in grand style. But before all that happened, the girls awoke to some treats on the kitchen table and hand made cards from me. I’ve been playing with my March card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Did you see my reveal video?

It’s a super cute kit and while there is a distinctly Easter themed stamp set included, the rest of the kit is not overly Easter themed. Not complaining, I really don’t make a lot of Easter cards and those are usually just for my kids, but it did present me with a challenge when it came to making those cards! I started to film a video of me playing with the kit but it kind of went sideways when I couldn’t quite decide what the heck I was doing with the kit. So … I deleted it. Trust me, you did not want to see my rambling, bumbling, oh-so-scattered process!

But I am determined to share with you all the cards I make with every kit so here are the four cards I’ve made so far. And I promise, the next cards I make will have a video!

Card #1 – Sunshine and Rubber Boots

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Celebrating 9

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Good evening. How was your Saturday?

Ours was quite a bit quieter than we are used to. It’s Spring Break so our usual schedule of swimming lessons and volleyball and basketball, and anything else that we try to squeeze into the day, is on hold for another week. It’s such a nice feeling to know you have no commitments!

I spent the day in my Scrap Cave working on layouts for Clear the Desk and challenges over at Paper Issues – be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss my latest process videos. I will try to catch you all up next week but no promises!

The other thing that happened this weekend – at 11:31PM on Friday night to be precise – is that our youngest daughter turned nine. She’s pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Drives me completely mental with all her questions, comments, and stories, but I’m sure that means she’s got a quick mind that will take her far in life. Right?

Since I am a crafty Mum, I made her a card.

Birthday Card 1 by Alison Day

I was inspired recently to dig out my Jillibean Soup stash and see what I could create with it and this was one of the projects I made. Super simple – just a few sheets from a 6×6 paper pad some letter stickers and gold mist. I love layered and detailed cards, but sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple!

We also made and handed out some birthday invitations … but I think I’ll wait and post those another day. It’s a whole “rainbows and unicorns” thing!

Okay, I’m off to do some serious … nothing! Ah!

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone.



How I do Shabby Chic

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Make it Monday with Alison Day Designs2.pngHappy Monday!

Today marks Day One of Spring Break around here. So far so good. Under threat of losing their screen access for the entire two weeks, the younger two are actually off with friends playing at the school. Gasp! Long may it last, am I right?

It’s been awhile since I did an official Make It Monday post. I have jotted down weekly prompts and ideas for myself in my blog planner but … every week something else trumps it. So … are you sitting down? I followed the prompt this week!

Say what?!

I had help though. I recently purchased a magazine at the grocery store because it had some free metal border dies in it. After opening the package I discovered it had more than that! Included was a whole package of shabby chic patterned papers! Awesome!

Now, Shabby Chic is not typically my style. I tend towards brighter, cleaner colours and more whimsical stamps, stickers, and embellishments. But … I’m always up for a challenge so I rolled up my sleeves, got out my Soft Suede ink pad, and got busy! Here are the results of my efforts.

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I Let My 8 Year Old Pick the Papers! Gulp!

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It’s almost Spring and that seems to mean Birthday Season. In my house we are a week and a half away from the second birthday of the four that take place between the end of February and the first week of May, and that particular little girl got two party invitations recently. Guess a lot of people figure the Spring is a good time to have kids!

I decided to get her to help make some decisions for the cards she wanted for her friends. So we went through my stash of 6×6 papers from old Simon Says Stamp kits as well as my hoard of 6×6 papers, and she picked out her favourites. There was a lot of rainbow colour schemes involved!

Due to a volleyball tournament on Saturday morning, I wasn’t able to make a card for the party she had later that day, but she helped herself to the papers and made a pretty sweet card of her own. Which left me slightly fewer choices for the second card, but still plenty to work with. See it come together in this video.

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Card Kits, Canada Post and Why They Don’t Mix!

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Hi guys. Quick post today to share two card process videos with you.

The first one shows you the contents of my February card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Yes, you read that correctly, I said February. It took over a month to reach me thanks to Canada Post and/or Canada Customs. (insert mad emoji here!)

But it finally did show up in my mailbox and I was so excited to see it that I set out to make a couple quick cards. In this first video I share the content of the kit – it’s JAM PACKED with goodies – and then make a card using one of the embossing folders from the kit. There are two !

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Giving it a Personal Touch

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Good Monday morning everyone! How are we today? Ready for new inspiration? Chomping at the bit to be creative?

Yeah, me too!

And as promised, I have a card share today. It’s my eldest daughter’s 14th birthday today (I know, right? 14?! When did that happen? I swear just last week she was starting Kindergarten!!) This card was made from the left over scraps of my first Clear the Desk kit.

Birthday Card by Alison Day

A couple of patterned circles that I’d previously cut out but not put on a layout, some puffy stickers from the American Crafts sheet, some letter and number stickers from my Simple Stories packs, the remainder of that striped sticker from Shimelle’s True Stories sticker book, and a few paper scraps. Not bad, right? Oh, and some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lamé. Because everything needs a bit of sparkle!

That’s it! Now go and make something!