Thursday, January 22, 2015

Up, up & away ... in my beautiful balloon!


Thanks for stopping in today.  I have made this masculine card for my hubby's birthday which is coming up at the end of the month.  Look at me, a whole week to go and I have his card ready - that has to be a first, lol!!!

Anyway, this is a new stamp set which I found in the discount bin in AC Moore yesterday for $2.99!!  It's a set byTCP Studio and I love it, especially for these ever-so-hard male cards!!  The paper was a  super little pack for $1 by Studio G.  The cloud background is another newbie to my collection, a Darice embossing folder.

I paper-pieced the balloons for extra detail and colour.  The sentiment is part of the set too.  I finished the card off with a twist of twine.

I am entering this card into Craft Your Passion Challenge where it is always Anything Goes!  Also, Crafty Calendar Challenge where the theme is Something New (paper/stamps).

Great to see you here and I hope you're able to take a minute and leave me a comment - I love to hear your feedback!

See you again soon!  :)

Danielle x

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Smiles are Contagious!


Happy Sunday peeps - I hope you've been enjoying a lovely weekend!  Ours continues on as we have tomorrow off which I'm very happy about!

Today, I have this delightful Tilda for you.  She has been coloured with copics and I went with some gorgeous flowery paper from K&Co.  The sentiment is from my stash as are the rest of the embellishments.

The Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia challenge this week is Spots or Stripes so I have entered my card in here.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and please leave a comment if you're able to!  Have a wonderful start to the new week!

Danielle x

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jingle all the way ...

Hello again!

So glad it's Friday and the beginning of a 3 day weekend - yippee!  I saw that the Winter Wonderland challenge on their blog today was "show us your metal" so I have this lovely Jingle Tilda card.  I loved using real bells as embellishments and a vintage style metal filigree corner.

Tilda is coloured with copics and the paper is Graphic 45.  This has to be one of my favourite winter/christmas Tilda images - she's just so cute!

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you are able to leave a message and say hi!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Danielle x

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New year with some new beginnings ... and meet Jasper!

Hi everyone!

Wow - what a crazy year 2014 was!  So many things happened, a pretty significant one being we moved from Canada to the USA!  We are currently residing in the town of Tewksbury, north of Boston, Massachusetts!  It has been a big move which has taken some time for us all to settle into.  My eldest son has found it the hardest but we are all adjusting.  One of the hardest things for me is I now don't have my craft room :(  I have been relegated down to a mere crafting desk BUT I am grateful for at least having a permanent design space!  We moved from a big house to a 3 bed apartment (the move is supposed to be a temporary 2 year thing)!  So, we all have had to make sacrifices and my crafting space has been mine!

We have also introduced a beautiful puppy into our lives!  Jasper is a delightful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he brings us so much love & joy but keeps me extremely busy!  My days are spent with him as I am unable to work here in the US. 

I am making a commitment in 2015 to do more crafting and promoting of my work.  I have started a Facebook page  so please feel free to pop over and "like" it and friend me too if you feel so inclined!!!!  :)

So, without further ado, here is a birthday card that I have made using the beautiful LOTV image and coloured with distress inks.  Pretty simple design and lovely papers from MME Hootenanny pad.  The sentiment stamp is Verve.

Please note I have changed my blog name to Delightful Designs by Danielle.  

Thank you all for visiting me today - I truly appreciate it.  I am off to now do some major blog post catch ups with all my favourite bloggers!

Now that I am back keep an eye out, I may just be posting some fun candy as a welcome back!!

Have a wonderful day!

Danielle xx

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sending Many Thanks!

Hi there!

I am back with a couple of samples of thank you cards that I've made for the boys to send out to family and friends for gifts/money received over the Christmas period.

I've kept things very simple, mainly because they need to be mailed internationally and I don't want to add bulk to the card which in turn will just add more $$$ to the cost of the stamp!

The stamps are SU! and the papers are from stash.  The designs are essentially the same; I changed up the colours and papers.  I really like the dash of blue ribbon to the black & white design above!

I believe there are a couple of challenges I can add these cards to:-

Allsorts Challenge - Free & Easy

Thanks for stopping in and saying hi - I really do appreciate your time and comments!  I wish you all a wonderful Sunday evening and great start to the week!

Danielle x

Friday, January 3, 2014

Snowflake Teddy!

Hi there!

Here I am with my first posting of 2014!  And I begin the year off with my first Christmas card ready for my 2014 stash of cards!

I love these LOTV teddy bears.  I've kept the card pretty simple in design as I think the image is beautiful enough to take centre stage!  I've coloured him with copics and the punched snowflake is using a MS punch.  The ticket sentiment is SU!  Papers and bling are all from stash.

Well I just may make it back into my craft room as the temperature currently sits of -38oc with a windchill warning ... no kidding!  I have no desire whatsoever to step foot outside the house today!  I hope you are all keeping warm wherever you are!

I'd like to enter this card in to these couple of challenges:-

Winter Wonderland - Teddy Bears
Wild Orchid Challenges - Anything Goes

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Danielle x

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

It seems like a lifetime since I last posted on my blog but firstly I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

As I reflect back on 2013 it was a year full of highs and lows but throughout everything I had the unwavering love & support of family and friends, and for that I hold immense gratitude in my heart.  Being able to stay positive and hold on to my optimistic attitude helped my family and I to pull through some very difficult moments.

So here we are, January 1st of a new year ... a year that promises to hold many new adventures, friendships and opportunities.  I stand with my arms and heart open wide ready to embrace everything that is to come my way.

I also start this new year NOT making any resolutions but rather making a promise to myself to take care of me, do things I love, be with the people I love to be with, be still and enjoy each and every moment of every day, take pleasure in the smallest of things and mostly to hold LOVE, GRATITUDE AND JOY in my heart.

So I can't promise to blog very often, but when I do it's because I'm inspired to share my love of creating!  In the last couple of months I picked up knitting needles and a crochet hook again and took so much pleasure from creating handmade Christmas gifts for my friends this year.  I realized how important it is to infuse everything I make with my love.  As much as time is precious, it is just as precious to take the time to make and create things with love.

You can probably all tell this past year has been a very spiritually enlightening one for me and as I walk more and more closer on the path that I'm meant to, consumerism, the need for 'more' in my craft room has fallen to the side.  I am so lucky to have what I have when it comes to my crafting goods and for that I'm truly grateful.  I promise to myself to create when I feel the need to create, not because I feel I SHOULD create.

With much love, gratitude and a creative heart,

Danielle x

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sorry for doing a disappearing act ...

Hello there!

Wow - it's been SO long since I even looked at my blog .... and unfortunately even longer since I've had a chance to sit at my craft desk!

Well, let me explain!  It has been a hugely stressful few months in my house as my husband had been without work for a few months and I lost a very, very dear friend suddenly to a brain aneurysm.  I was working as much as I could for extra hours and keeping busy with my boys, as well as dealing with the sense of overwhelming grief and loss of Michelle.  After receiving our Canadian Citizenship back in March, my husband was lucky enough to land a job in Boston, Massachusetts.  Since June, he has been living and working full time in Boston and I have been lucky enough to have the summer off work to look after my kiddos and enjoy a full summer with my husband in Boston.  Losing someone so close so suddenly certainly gives one a much greater appreciation of living each day to its fullest and to enjoy every moment IN the moment.

Needless to say we have been enjoying everything that staying by the coast offers - beach days, whale watch, Cape Cod, visiting Harvard and downtown Boston and we head off to New York City for a weekend break this coming weekend before heading home to Ottawa around August 20th.

The only thing I have missed doing with all my time off is crafting!  Unfortunately I wasn't able to pack up my craft desk but it WILL be waiting for me on my return!  When the boys head back to school on September 3rd, I will be reducing my work hours and I finally hope I'll be able to have more ME time to focus on getting back to the gym and more craft time - yay!!

As for a move to Boston ... it will happen, we just don't quite know when!  In the meantime I will enjoy everything life has to offer me right now and will let the future work itself out.

I had completed a couple of calendar pages for a friend back in June which I never put up.  Here they are - hope you enjoy them!  I do hope regular scheduling will resume once life gets back to some form of a routine.  I hope you are all enjoying a fabulous summer!

June - A beautiful LOTV fairy image - coloured with copics.

July - Tilda with flower basket - coloured with copics.

August - LOTV image - coloured with copics.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope come September I will be posting a little more regularly on my blog again and finding my crafty mojo!  Take care!

Hugs, Danielle x

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beware of copy artists!

Hello there,

I feel compelled to write this post today as the uber-talented artist (and friend), Rachelle Anne Miller, has written this on her blog today.

Rachelle Anne Miller Designs

t’s come to my attention that my brand, my style (that I’ve worked so hard to make uniquely mine and be recognized for) has been copied by another illustrator. She’s been participating in Illustration Friday, blogging and has a FB biz page. I’ve had one email conversation with her expressing my concerns and she replied apologetically and said I’ve been an inspiration to her work (well, obviously!), but emails since has fallen on deaf ears. I’m concerned this could be damaging to my brand. Any advice?
I know many of you are very familiar with Rachelle's unique and whimsical designs and artistry and it devastates me to see such a blatant copyright of her original work.  I am not hesitant to name and shame this other artist but this blatant disregard for artists and their original works leaves me so very sad.  True artists work so VERY hard to establish their own 'look' which reflects their very personal and unique talent.  I just want to bring this to everyones attention to PLEASE NOT FALL or PURCHASE work from impersonators and thieves.

This is the other artist's blog

Feel free to go and check it out and make the decision for yourself.  Please show your support for REAL artists who contribute TRUE work.

Thank you for listening!!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome Baby!

Hello there!

I hope you are all keeping well and experiencing more signs of Spring than we are here in Ottawa!  It's still chilly but hopefully the sun will start shining and the snow will melt away soon!  Keeping fingers crossed!

My work colleague is having a baby and it's her baby shower today!  She is having a girl and I wanted to make her a card based on her nursery theme and colours.  She has a beautiful green & purple nursery and a gorgeous wall mural painted by her sister with a monkey swinging off the vines.  

I created this card using that same idea.  The vines are a Magnolia stamp and the monkey is from my stash of PaperWorksCo stamps, all coloured with copics.  Sentiment is from SU! and the grass border and flowers are punches.  I used some purple pearls for the flower centers to finish it off.

Pretty simple card but very pleased with how it turned out.  Hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate all your visits very much!

Danielle x


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