Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dear Self

I really love this card. I've faced job insecurity for 4 years now. Not knowing where I will be teaching from one year to the next, because of the way our system and union partnership is in my area, has been a real drain on me emotionally. It has been a significant area of faith weakness and an area I am trying to submit and grow.

I haven't used this layout in quite some time, but I love the subtle tension it adds to a balanced appearing card. Using brown and blue is a favourite combination for me, and I am really enjoying dipping into some old favourites.

I dyed the ribbon. The effect is all sorts of wonderful and I love that it coordinates so beautifully with the pattern papers. I used tea dye, stormy sky, and vintage photo distress ink reinkers with wide white ribbon.

I cut the sentiment and sponged ink, as with the other papers for the uppermost layers. I combined a key and the word faith as a subtle reminder to myself of the direction I must move toward. To provide a little antiquing to the charms, I have applied a little distress alcohol ink to them. It is very helpful having all the inks I've used identical in colour so creating the individual elements was simple.

stamp; digital sentiment (tlc creations)
paper; blue awning (k&co), white, java (bazzill)
ink; antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo distress inks (ranger)
accessories; 5x7 reflective moment (spellbinders), charms (blue moon), white ribbon (offray)

Friday, May 20, 2016


Bit by bit, I am able to do more paper crafting. Today, I made a thank you card inspired by a husky foster dog we had last summer. I can cut an aluminium can using Spellbinders dies. This was such a delightful discovery and I love the matt finish of the aluminium flowers on my lovely little wreath.

As I cut the fox from white cardstock, I left the parts in the dies and carefully sponged grey ink using the dies as stencils.

The sentiment is cut from black cardstock and mounted it using dimensional foam. Come to think of it, the entire image was adhered using foam dimensionals.

The colours used for this project were inspired by a wintery landscape with an Arctic Fox posing for the camera. I am fascinated by the whole camouflage process that many animals in my area undergo every fall and allowed that to guide my artistic instincts.

paper; horizon, raven, white, ash cardstock (bazzill)
ink; london fog memento ink (tsukineko)
accessories; hydrangea, forest fox, wreath (spellbinders)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to Marsha J. Reed who is the winner of the April edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. To claim your $25 gift certificate, email Emma Lou at with "Winner of April Alumni Hop" in the subject line. You have 72 hours to claim the gift certificate or a new name will be drawn. 

Thank you so much for all your kind words to me and for participating in the April Hop!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Emilia's blog, you are on the right track. Please carry on to Sarah's blog to finish off the hop. Leave comments all along the way to be entered for chances to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate. Winners will be announced here Saturday, April 30th at noon (EST) with instructions to claim the prize.

I wanted to create a masculine card since I have so few in my card stash. I was loosely inspired to use the general layout of a postcard because the students in my grade 8 English class are making postcards from a novel character, writing brief summaries of a critical scene to another character - so a vintage postcard came to my mind quite naturally.

I used a lighthouse image from High Seas as my main focal point and coloured it with warm grey copic markers. I have highlighted areas using an opaque white gel pen. The sentiment is from Moments with You which is a go to round sentiment stamp. I made this Moments with You card using this set, and it remains one of my favourite projects.

I trust you have been truly inspired by the wonderful art work featured on the hop, and many thinks for your kind comments.

stamps; moments with you, high seas (heartfelt creations)
paper; black, khaki cardstock (worldwin), pattern paper (heartfelt creations)
ink; tuxedo black memento, espresso truffle mementoluxe  (tsukineko)
accessories; copic markers (copic), white gel pen (sakura), black brads, hemp twine (unknown)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Season's Givings Blog Hop Winner

HolyLise is the winner of my prize! Congratulations, and I will email you to get your information. Thank-you to everyone who entered my prize draw.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Happy New Year!! I am so excited to be participating in the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! If you are here from Dina's amazing blog, you are in the right place. If you would like to start the hop from the very beginning, I invite you to go to the Lawn Fawn blog, and make your way back here, via the creativity inspiring slow boat. The purpose of this hop is to thank you, our readers for your support to our creative endeavours.

To enter the draw for the prize shown above, please leave a comment on my blog with your contact information using the following format: yourname_at_youremailprovider_dot_com (or however it ends com/ca/net etc). My draw will take place at 7:00am (MST) on Friday, January 8th, and all comments to that point will be entered. The prize will be awarded as shown, with no substitutions. The winner will be responsible for any customs/duty charges incurred during shipping.

I created this card to celebrate all the resolutions that will be made and discarded over the next while. I tend to not make resolutions to ring in the new year, but I know it is a common practice among many. I don't really drink alcohol or coffee much, so while I think the last few stamped sentiments I've used are funny, it's through second hand information, believe me!

I really love the Tim Holtz blueprint stamps very much and this stamp is from his Fresh Brewed set. I applied glossy accents over LATTE in the corner before I sponged ink on so it would remain clean looking.

These print papers are from an old and discontinued Basic Grey collection, Origins.

I cut apart the original sentiment stamp (Depresso by Riley & Co.) so I could create a punny tag line on the front of my card. While I have many pun sentiment stamps in my collection, I chose to cut this one apart because I doubt I would use it as it was manufactured. I created this tag using Spellbinders Petite Pennants.

Lg Classic Rectangles and Sm Classic Rectangles were used to cut and emboss the coffee cup and sentiment. To colour the to-go coffee cup I used copic markers - C0, 1, 3, 5, W00, 1, 3, 5, E41, 43, YG91, 95, 99, colorless blender.

I sponged most of the papers used for this card with pumice stone, frayed burlap and black soot distress inks.

There have been a lot of changes in my house this year, and I can't even imagine what next year holds in store. I am both holding my breath with my eyes closed tightly and looking forward with eager anticipation. I wish you all the best in the coming year and wish you luck in this draw.

Lawn Fawn

(**you are here) Loretta Lock (here are you**)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Hangover Humour

The inspiration challenge on Splitcoast is all about buttons. Love it! I love buttons. I chose this inspiration pin and it reminded me of a plaid paper I have. The rest of my card fell into place from there.

The Funny Bones stamp line from Riley & Co. has quickly become a favourite since they were introduced. I have a wee collection of them now and I really love making funny cards. I was going to make a card for new years using this sentiment, but I have another idea up my sleeve for that post (Come back for my Season of Giving blog hop post on New Years Day - so much inspiration and so many chances to win from every blog participating!!). My other favourite source for cheeky sentiments is TLC Creations.

This plaid paper is an older paper from Basic Grey, Bow Ties, but it was just too perfect for this challenge, and I have a particular weakness for plaid paper - I have quite a bit of it.

I've used Timeless Rectangle to create this side border and sentiment frame. The sentiment was cut and embossed using Classic Rectangles Lg. This magnificent paper bow was cut using Becca Feeken's new die set Tiered Multi-loop Bows. It is so easy to use with gorgeous results!! This is another set that has quickly become a favourite of mine.

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to you in these final days leading up to Christmas.

paper; bow ties, figgy pudding (basic grey); white (bazzill)
ink; onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
accessories; timeless rectangles, classic rectangles lg, tiered multi-loop bows (spellbinders); lime crush rhinestones (bazzill)
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