Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Beautiful Christmas Concert

I was able to attend a Christmas concert last night here in Abbotsford.  I didn't know much about it beforehand, only that a local family was performing and that they had been around for several years.  What an absolute delight to listen to this extremely talented family - the Sweeney's.  



The concert was held at Bakerview Church which was ideal as the accoustics were wonderful.  There was a love-offering which the family donated to charity.  But the concert itself - well lets just say that they could have held their own on any stage, I'm sure.  You can find out more about the Sweeney Family on their blog, and in fact, I believe you might find an audio clip on a past post there too.  

Thank you, Sweeney family, for blessing my ears and warming my heart this season. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Splendid Day in White Rock BC

Take this busy holiday month with all the hustle and bustle and add in the gazillion little things which come along atop of the already hectic happy chaos... but I was blessed to be able to insert one beautiful day in the midst.  I am so grateful I took my camera along and captured some moments in White Rock B.C.  which I can share with you here.   


copyright Barbara Derksen 2014

Can you figure out how this place got it's name?  (sorry for the crooked horizon) 

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copyright Barbara Derksen 2014

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Cool Poinsettia head people in a restaurant. 

copyright Barbara Derksen 2014
Oh MY!  I thought I'd post this photo last just to torture.  If you run off in search of food this would be silly to put first.  

I do have more photos but am saving them for another time.  It was truly a blissful relaxing respite.  

Thanks for stopping in - hope whoever you are, wherever you are you'll take a rest time too! 



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Less is More 199 and a little “Catch-up”

I’m happy to have a few hours to craft, and love having an opportunity to plunge into a challenge.  Judy and I teamed up  to try our hand at the theme from Less is More #199 - “Jingle All The Way!”  Here’s what I came up with:

less is more 199  
Supplies: Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Anna Griffin, Stamp – Studio G

I wanted to make this sparkly bell – I traced it using my Silhouette software from a free coloring file on the internet and I used some double sided carpet tape to adhere a vinyl cut of the bell to, then glittered it all up and then trimmed. It worked. My husband says it looks like a face of sorts.  Hmmm, he could be right on that, what do you think?  I added the bow at the end – he says if I move that up its probably better, may have to try this.  - So, I have but won’t take another pic and of course he’s right. 

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I've just come home from a super fun two days visit with my girl! 

me and dot

Melanie and I had an action packed couple of days together, shopping for our matching flashy leggings, hanging out, eating too much and all the delicious sort of wrong food groups, watching movies, coloring my hair and taking my A-DOR-ABLE G’dawg (thats grand-dog) out to the doggy park where she could run around like a little rabbit (she seriously does run like a bunny!)

gdawg

I love my GDawg so much – I spoiled the dickens out of her so much she now wants to be played with ALL DAY LONG!  Muahhahaha! Well, I mean it seems nobody’s producing any actual human grandkids for me so… I get G’Maw rights!

oink

Another fun thing we did is take some warm bedding items and lil gifts to Faith who owns this pot-bellied pig.   It appears that Faith has a right menagerie of critters she’s rescued and collected and a big heart for them too.  How hear- warming to be able to help. 

I can’t believe how much we fit into just a few days, it was truly a special time!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CAS on Sunday - Ribbons or Twine

I tucked another card under my belt this week!  I created a card for Clean and Simple on Sunday - the theme - Ribbon and/or Twine and I’m pleased with how this turned out.

CAS-on-Sunday-Ribbons-Barb-Derksen

My card is in a bit of shadow - else you’d see how brilliantly these butterflies light up. 

Supplies:

Embossing folder by Elizabeth, Stamp by Studio G, Butterflies were altered from a cut from the silhouette store. 

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I enjoyed a looong walk yesterday - about 7 miles I do believe, in the crisp fall air.  I walked to the community center here in Osoyoos and observed Remembrance at the service there. 

 Rememberence-Day-2014

It was a packed house, it was a special time.  Let us never forget.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sketch Saturday #335 Challenge Card

So fun to find a few moments in the weekend to create a card.  One more day and I’ll have a full week of cards made and posted.  Feels great. 

I decided to go with the Sketch Saturday #335 Challenge Card with Simon Says Stamp this round. 

Here’s how I interpreted this sketch into my card:

Sketchy-Saturday-335---Barb-Derksen

Supplies: Paper Pad “Chalkboard” by We R Memory Keepers, Stamp by My Favorite Things

I used a lot of layering to build this card up, finishing it up with the large black bow.  Its nice to find a card that suits a large bow.  I did originally have the bow off to the right hand side, but it simply didn’t work there.  I believe I did reflect the essence of this sketch challenge though. 

Life is a series of surprises

and would not be worth taking or keeping

if it were not so.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

We may make our plans, but God has the last word.

Proverbs 16:1

 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Creative Knockouts Card 62 - Buttons

Its another BEAUTIFUL day here in the Sunny Okanagan!  I enjoyed a drive with my sweet husband yesterday and it was altogether as nice, and I did take my camera but time slipped away.  I will for sure try to capture the scenery today as I go about my chores. 

And Glory Be - another card hot off the press.  This time I am joining in the Creative Knockouts # 62 Challenge and its all about “buttons”  Here is my take on this challenge:

CK 62 Barb Derksen

Supplies: Embossing folder - Darice, Stamp - Inkadinkadoo, Diamond Glaze, stickpin, crochet thread, dp paper scraps.

Method: I embossed the cover, cut circles aprox the size of some buttons out of white cardstock and paper scraps.  I stamped the sentiment circle onto lightly patterned designer paper, cut a slightly larger scallop, glued these together.  I ran all the smaller circles through the embossing folder to match where they were to be placed, glued them down.  I tied a bow around a stick pin, added foam tape to sentiment and stuck it to the cover.  I inserted the pin behind, into the foam.  The final touch was to add diamond glaze to the sentiment and let it dry. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you’re having a lovely weekend too.  I’d love to see a picture of YOUR November weekend - leave me a link in my comments and I promise to come visit and see! 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Fusion Challenge Card - Embossed Ombre

Who knows, I may even make it an entire week creating and posting!  I have a thank you card owed out so chose to marry making one with a challenge and this weeks Fusion Challenge Card - Embossed Ombre caught my interest.  Here is the inspiration:

I decided to go with the sketch:

Fusion-Embossed-Ombre

Supplies: Embossing folder - Cuttlebug, Stamp - My Favorite Things, Paper Pad - Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins

Here’s a little Autumn Poem to enjoy:

Sweet little bird in russet coat

The livery of the closing year

I love thy lonely plaintive note

And tiny whispering song to hear.

While on the style or garden seat

I sit to watch the falling leaves

The songs thy little joys repeat

My loneliness relieves.

~ John Clare

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Simon Says - Thinking of You Card Challenge

I’m on a roll!  Looks like my “card making reward system” is working (I reward myself with making a card between mundane household chores)  I am also working my way slooooowly through my email and visiting blogs etc.  If I haven’t said hello yet - be patient!  I hope to be completely caught up by next week.

I’m taking the Simon Says “Thinking of You” challenge today.  It seems the basic rule is to create a card that lets someone know you care about them.  Here’s my take on this theme:

Simon-Says---Thinking-of-You---Barb-Derksen

Supplies: Embossing folder by Darice, Paper - Kraft-Core Shattered by Tim Holz, Stamp - My Favorite Things

I’ll leave you with a sweet poem about true friendship as well for it reminds me of the sentiment I once heard which states “A friend steps in when the world steps out”

YOUR TEARS

I dare not ask your very all:

I only ask a part.

Bring me - when dancers leave the hall -

Your aching heart.

Give other friends your lighted face,

The laughter of the years:

I come to crave a greater grace -

Bring me your tears!

by Edwin Markham

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Retro Sketches # 139 Challenge Card

Can’t express how happy it makes me to be creating cards again.  I DO take supplies  with me when I go away, but its not the same. 

I decided to take up the Retro Sketches 139 Challenge:

And I created the following card:

Retro-Sketches-139_Barb-Derksen

Supplies:

MME Jubilee paper - won this in a gift basket at Crafty Capers in Nanaimo when Nina and I visited and entered a draw on World Card Making Day.  I scored the accessories which go with the papers as well.  I just couldn’t make them work for this card, though I tried. 

Stamp - My Favorite Things

I think I may get the opportunity to make another card or two today - I’ve finally caught up the housework to a degree.  I do a chore, make a card and repeat.  Card making is my reward system.  Do YOU have a reward treat for yourself for doing the other mundane things in life?

I’ve been enjoying long walks each day so that I don’t fall into a habit of being indoors too much.  Other than it’s been kind of grey there is always something beautiful to see outdoors and be thankful for.  The last of the Pink Lady Apples are coming off of orchards in the area and the orchards have a deep fragrance like a sweet balsamic vinegar.  Mushrooms abound.  I visited the BC Tree Fruits packing house yesterday and tried a Salish apple - a first for me.  It is tasty.  Crisp, sweet and very juicy!  Wish I could give you a bite here on my blog.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Always Playing with Paper #18 Card

SO happy to be home sweet home after a month of gallivanting.  There’s nothing like time away to make your fonder of the place you’re planted, if you’re lucky enough to have a spot to always come back to and nest.  Had lovely sister time and visits with relatives and besides the refreshment of new scenery it always enriches and inspires me to travel. 

But now, my season is once again here at home.  And I’m delighted to jump back into my craft room, my happy little place!  I took up my first challenge with this:

Always Playing with Paper # 18

I chose to go with the sketch rather than the colors, and I took the liberty to turn it on it’s side:

APWP-18---Barb-Derksen

Supplies:

MME “In Bloom” Paper Pad, Elizabeth Craft designs embossing folder, My Favorite Things sentiment stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to catching up on all my blog hopping and commenting.

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