Thursday, September 04, 2014

True Story Card - Sept. 4/14

Happy September To All!
This is my favorite time of the year - the light, the milder temperatures and of course, the excitement of going back to on that note I made a card filled with books and some cute sentiments. The stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp and is called To Thine Own Shelf. Such a cute stamp set with a whole range of possibilities! I used different colored ink pads and embellished with three enamel dots - the result is colorful and simple.

You can watch the video here or on YouTube:

Supplies / Tools Used:
Simon Says Stamp "To Thine Own Shelf" clear stamp set
Neenah 65 lb. Kraft card stock
Marshmallow White card stock
ColorBox Archival Ink Pads: Orange, Espresso, Lavender, Fresh Green & Canary
Momento Dew Drop Dye Ink Pads: Danube Blue, London Fog & Lady Bug
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink Ink Pad
Momento Luxe Ink Pad: Lilac Posies
Fiskar's Compact Stamp Press
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Doodlebug Sprinkles (Tangerine)
Recollections Enamel Dot Stickers
Small Acrylic Block
Ranger Mowed Lawn Distress Marker (Tim Holtz)
Post It Tape (Green)

- Peace and Love -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Favorite Things Get Sketchy - August 19th, 2014

Hello All!!

This is a card I made inspired by the MFT Blog Get Sketchy Challenge (Card Sketch 189) :

This is the sketch:

This was so fun to do...really loved the layout of their sketch.


MFT You Were Meant To Sparkle stamp set

Ranger Magenta embossing powder
Momento Luxe Ink Pad in Lilac Posies
Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink ink pad
Pretty Pink Posh Orchid sequins
Foil print paper (sorry - don`t know which brand)
Recollections Card Stock (pink & white)
Fuchsia Sequins

Thank You For Visiting My Blog
Peace To All
Make A Card - It`s Fun!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kristina Werner Give-Away

OMG Kristina Werner is giving away an August Card Kit!!

Go to her blog to enter:

I don't usually blog this kind of stuff but this is a huge deal! Go enter:

A regular blog entry soon to follow!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lemonade Card

Hello to all!
Summer is pretty much half-way through which is hard to believe...I'm still in Summer mode. So, on that note I made a card with a fantastic new stamp set that arrived from Simon Says Stamp ("Lemonade"). I really enjoyed making this card:

This is the card tutorial (supplies listed below):

Supplies/Tools Used:
- Simon Says Stamp Clear Stamp Set (Lemonade)
- Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink Pad
- Tsukineko Momento Dew Drop Ink pad (Dandelion)
- Color Box Archival Pigment Ink Pad (Canary)
- Recollections White Card Stock (8.5" x 11")
- Recollections Enamel Dot Stickers
- Fiskar's Compact Stamp Press
- Fiskar's Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer (Portable Design)
- Martha Stewart Mini Score Board
- Martha Stewart Pink Bone Folder
- We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper

Thank you for visiting my blog
Peace To All!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Remembering Mom - One Year Without Her

It's been 1 year since my Mom, Marilyn Katherine Nicholas, died. I think of her everyday and laugh when I think of what she would say in certain situations. I think the best way to honor her is to enjoy Life and to see the beauty of every day, being thankful for what I have in my Life. I admit though there are days that I cry for her, for dreams lost...for My Mom.

She was unique, she said what was on her mind, she cared for her family beyond measure, she had breakfast every morning and never skipped meals, she was fashionable, she was beautiful....Kiew-nik told me once "nobody will ever love us like your Mother". He was right. Rest well, Mom, I pray that your new journey is going well. You are missed, you are loved.

A Card I made for my Mom, Marilyn

Another card I made for Mom

My Mom, Marilyn Katherine Nicholas

Me and Mom  ~ 12 years ago

My Parents & me ~ 5 years ago
So give your Mom a hug, call her and tell her you love her, cherish her voice....let the arguments go, you'll only ever have one Mom.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Pink-Orange Ombré Card July 10, 2014

Greetings to All! My order from Simon Says Stamp arrived and I decided to make a video using some of the products. So many pretty patterns to chose from in the Basic Grey Highline 6 x 6 paper pad. Also, these Kelly Purkey sequins are perfection.

This was the first time I made a video without a clear idea of what I would do, I simply went with the creative flow...the result is simple and gorgeous (in my opinion). Also this is my first time using the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: there`s life before it and now love with it - lol!

There is a list of supplies used below.

This is the video:

List of Supplies Used:

Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die
Basic Grey Highline 6x6 Paper Pad
Basic Grey Highline Vellum Tape Strips
Recollections White Card Stock
American Crafts Orange & Pink Card Stock
Kelly Purkey Ombre Pink Sequins
Cousin Satin (Orange) Cord

EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors

Fiskar's Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer (Portable Design)
Martha Stewart Mini Score Board
Martha Stewart Pink Bone Folder
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Fiskars Ergonomic Soft Grip Craft Knife

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

W is for White - Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Card Creation by Sheena Joy Nicholas - Joy's Studio Creations)

This is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, this week's theme is "W is for White". White in the summer is warm and warmth to me evokes natural tones. I thought Kraft card stock was the perfect match for the W is for White theme.

I started with Recollections Kraft card stock and used a ColorBox Frost White ink pad on a Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil, rubbing it with a dauber after to soften the look while the ink was still damp. I used a Momenta Chevron Embossing Folder on a piece of white card stock.This made the card front: half of it stenciled Kraft and the other half, pressure embossed white card stock, both chevron. I tied DCWV Vintage Collector Bakers Twine (the natural jute) to wrap in the middle, with a bow. I made a tag from Recollections Vellum onto which I stamped "Thank You" (Stampendous Clear Stamps - Agapanthus Thanks) with a ColorBox Espresso Pigment ink pad. Behind the main panel is a patterned paper from Momenta 6X6 Perched paper pad.I embellished the card with Forever In Time Kraft Flowers and Recollections Enamel Dots.

This was a fun challenge - give it a try!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Refreshed Attitude, Refreshed Blog

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

It has been a long while since I last posted. My family changed so much since my Mom, Marilyn, died July 15th of last year. So it makes sense that a devastating life event like that will sooner or later create changes in equilibrium both within ourselves and as a whole family...change is hard, often painful and allowing others to change can be just as difficult yet united we all are in loving Mom ... she was a wonderful Mother and Meme - she lives forever in all of us.

Kiew-nik's Valentine's Day Card

Personally, my relationship with my partner has gone through some shifts that have been challenging and now we are taking steps to reconcile issues that have been between us. I have been learning how to truly let go, and in doing that forgiveness comes and releases us. It requires honesty with myself and with Kiew-nik. It's a beautiful process to go through because I feel so "bare" sometimes but I trust him enough to be me. In the meantime, our boys continue to be a source of inspiration - they see fun and beauty where others may not.
Kiew-nik & Isaac Building Our Valentine's Gingerbread House
I have heard from Native Elders that children chose us before they are born - I always thought that it was for what we had to teach them. Now I think it's a choice based on what they can teach us, the parents.

Momma (me!) , Ethan and Isaac
I mentioned changes: My Dad, Andrew Nicholas, is getting married soon to a lovely woman, Carolyn Saulis. I can say that I am truly happy for them, I have seen how the sadness and loneliness was wearing him down despite him being very active and social. Now he has a spring in his step and his laughter reaches his eyes. I know in my heart that Mom had a hand in guiding Dad to someone who can walk with him for the rest of his journey in this world.
Dad & Carolyn's Valentine's Card 2014

I feel Mom around me, I prayed for this, to feel her presence more than feeling her loss. Her Spirit has a light, warm feeling and I talk to her often because I need her now as much I ever did. Her card reflects her: she loved green and loved floral prints plus it's trendy (she always knew the latest):
Mom's Birthday Card, January 18th, 2014
As for my card-making, I continue to find inspiration and though production waned at times, it still kept going because it feeds my soul to create cards. I have had some orders and have made many for family.

A Valentine's Card for Oona and Family

Oona's Birthday Card & Envelope
Valentine's Day Card for Isaac
Cindy McCarthy's Valentine's Day Card  2014
Our little butterball, Isaac Andrew Kiew-nik, turned 5 years old on February 27th, 2014 - we are both so proud of him, he is so kind, out-going, smart as smart, artistic, a good dancer and overall stellar person who shines from within and always will! We told him he was our cottage cheese, blueberry, cotton candy, rolled-ear 9 pounder....omg such an honour to be his Mom!!
Isaac's 5th Birthday Party 2014
Isaac Andrew Kiew-nik
Born February 27th ,2009
4:30 a.m. 8 lbs. 15 oz.
Dr. Chalmer's Hospital
So the blog is refreshed and that reflects how I feel...still me but a fresher new attitude...feels like a good year to me!
Love To All