Sunday, March 1, 2015

Remember to stop & smell the roses!

Happy Sunday peeps!

Sorry I've been absent for the last month but things have been a little hectic around here, with the added February break off with the kids where we went back to Ottawa for a mini-break to see friends. A close friend also lost his mom last week so I had a wake and funeral to attend to.  Nothing like the loss of life to remind you to "stop & smell the roses" and enjoy every day life gives you.

I have been busy crafting though so I have some fun cards to show you.  Today is the lovely LOTV fairy in gorgeous purple colours.  I coloured her in copics and the paper is from MME So Sophie.  I hosted a giveaway on my FB page here a while ago and the lovely lady who won asked me to make her a card using her favourite colours and this delightful fairy.  So this is what I created.  I sure hope she's happy with it.  Knowing my friend, she will be framing this for her wall!!

I found one challenge that I'm entering the card in for:-

Thanks for stopping in today.  Another snow storm is on its way again *sigh* so I hope I can get to my crafting table this afternoon and pleasantly watch the snowflakes falling as I colour!!  lol

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and remember to stop & smell the roses!

Danielle x

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A special card for Super Bowl Sunday - Go Pats!

Hi there!

Welcome and thanks for stopping in today!  It's Super Bowl Sunday and whilst I'm not a football fan and really don't know much about the sport, the New England Patriots are playing so there is football fever all around us!

My youngest son was invited to a birthday party where it was Football themed today so I made up this football card for the birthday boy.  The stamp is one from my stash (PaperWorksCo) and the papers were all from my scrap pile (love using up those scraps).  I found the cute star stamp as part of a SU! set I have too.

The image was coloured up with copic markers and I tried my best to follow the colours of the NE Patriots team colours.

I hope you're able to leave a comment - I always love reading them!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I have to say it, Go Pats Go!!!

Hugs, Danielle xo

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ballerina Tilda ... and Jasper in the snowstorm!

Hello everyone!

Thanks for stopping in today! Well, I have just experienced my first nor'easter here in Massachusetts with Winter Snowstorm Juno 2015.  And what a doozie she was ... dumped 36" of snow!!  That is equivalent to 90cm or 3ft!!!  Everything has been shut down and the boys are enjoying their second snow day of the week!  I've been enjoying the warmth and my crafting table!  LOL

I have this lovely Tilda Ballerina card to share with you.  I've had her coloured up for ages and have finally gotten around to putting her on a card.  She is coloured with copics and the paper I have used is from Pebbles.  I followed a pretty straight forward layout and used a lovely SU! punch for the strip down the side.  I added a simple flower, couple of pearls and used a tiny tag punch for some embellishment details.

I have added this card to the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick challenge (Colour theme)
Craft your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Only one Designer Paper
Cute Card Thursday - Colourful!

Thank you all for swinging by my blog today.  I hope you're all staying warm & safe wherever you are!  I've included a sweet picture of my puppy Jasper at the end of the blog post enjoying the snow!

Take care!

Hugs, Danielle x

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


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