Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mid Week Already

Wow!  Mid week already. Another weekend closing in.

Moved furniture around on Monday so I'm reorganizing my workspace again.  I have a lot more storage though so my main floor classroom is better laid out. Or will be after I putter through the reorganization several times until I'm happy. Lol!  One big piece of furniture that came up to the living room is my Martha Stewart work bench.  Very big and very very heavy. We got it back up the stairs but JJ, who did the real heavy grunt work, said that it wasn't moving again except out the front door. Lol. He didn't mean it though. Or at least I'm not testing that idea. 

If you read my newsletter I told you I would publish the wedding invitation I put together for Laryssa's wedding. Here are two photos.  The front. 

6 pieces in total made with Stampin' Up!'s  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride and Vellum Card Stock.  The tree had the two heart shapes in it so I added the hearts with their names onto the heart outlines. The tree was cut by a cutting system. It's about 4" tall so the limbs were very delicate.   

The inside now. 

 (Details blurred for privacy)

Two cards in pocket with self addressed stamped envelope. One card to keep with details and the other to reply with.  Wording on the right printed on vellum with glimmer hearts in corners. Accents are all single pieces. 

14 pieces including the actual card backing.  Half were made with Basic Gray as the base and half were made with Night of Navy as the base as Laryssa chose Basic Gray, Night of Navy and Blushing Bride for her wedding colours.  

Now it's on to matching seating cards!!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Short work week?

Well not for me. As I work Tuesday to Saturday then my holiday Monday is a regular day off even although I did still feel I had a long weekend.  

I did manage to get out to a few holiday Monday garage sales though. A cool day for it but I got a few good deals for my efforts. 



We had a chance to go downtown for a while in the afternoon.  We watched a fisherman land a big carp!  It fought a little harder than others as the fisherman had snagged his hook in the carp's tail!!


We did get all the wedding invitations done on Sunday so I was able to relax more on Monday.  I'll post a blog tomorrow with the cards but here is the final batch. 


This week I get ready for my All Day Crop on Sunday which is also my Catalog Launch day. 

Don't forget to reserve your copy or register and come out for the Crop. The catalogs are $3 each or free with crop registration or free with a $30 order, not including taxes or shipping.  The crops are always fun and this months theme is  .... New Catalogue!!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Monday, May 22, 2017

Victoria Day

Here is a little history for you. 


Well not quite. Lol.  Officially speaking "The holiday, which is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland, began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria's birthday. The British queen was born on May 24, 1819. She is the longest reigning monarch (Queen) in England, remaining on her throne for 63 years, 216 days."

However, she is no longer the longest reigning.  "Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria.  On 6 February 2017 she became the first British monarch to celebrate a sapphire jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne."

I wonder if we will have an "Elizabeth Day" holiday??  Irv suggests the Friday of the Victoria weekend and that would be a royal four day weekend. I'll vote for that!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sunday is a Big Day

I think today we will finish all of Laryssa's wedding invitations. Each invitation is comprised of 20 pieces including decorative cut outs, accents, stamps, pockets, return envelopes, vellum, information cards and a nice handmade envelope to hold it all. Whew!!  

It has taken a considerable amount of time as there are 150 sets to create. But as of tonight they should all be done!  Laryssa and Devin are coming over to help so we can also get some visiting time in. LOL!

One of the cut outs is a 4" ornate tree that take 7 minutes each to cut on a Silhouette cutting system and if any of the delicate limbs get ripped then it's a throw away. Then another 3 to 4 minutes to peel it from the cutting mat and that's delicate work too. That's 6 per hour which means 150 was 25 hours just to cut out the tree. 


I'll let you know Monday if we are done.

Friday nights team meeting brought out the team's talents again. Here are the cards. 

Top Left to right is Sue Mustard, Denise Donald. Bottom Left to right are Karen Rutledge, Irma and Andre Radzick, Marlene DeBoer. 

Beautiful cards as always ladies!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

What Are You Doing Today?

So how are you spending your long weekend?  At home catching up on that to do list?  With friends? With family?  Cottage? Trailer?  How ever you are spending your weekend I hope your having a great time!!

I'm physically willing my shoulders to relax. I occasionally close my eyes (while sitting down). I'm taking deep relaxing breathes. 

Then I wake up and realize I have to work today. Lol!!  Just until 3pm then I can head home to do those relaxing things. 

Last night was team meeting. As usual we had loads of fun and laughter. We learned a few things too. Here is the swap card I made for the team swap. 

The creative side of me works in mysterious ways. Sometimes the ideas flow fast ... and sometimes a little slow. But no matter what, you can tell I was in creative mode by the area I spread out in. Lol. I think it takes as long to put everything back in place as it does to make the card. 
The wood grain background is a new paper product from the new catalogue. Another great reason to get your new catalogue reserved for the end of the month. 

Have a good weekend everybody!  Hope you're doing what you want to do!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Again!

The start of summer is here!!!  Yah!  Where did I put the sun tan lotion?  The sunglasses?  The summer wear?  LOL. Mentally I'm ready though!

We hope to have a bit of time this weekend to enjoy the beach. Monday is the most likely.  17 degrees and partly cloudy.  No fireworks in Port Dover this weekend unfortunately. The Lions Club does their big fireworks display on Canada Day.  The town was very busy yesterday even though it was really windy.

I had my creative hat on again. Here is a quick and easy card that I made by playing with the new pattern paper, Delightful Daisies. The centre piece shape is cut out from that paper. The yellow background is a stamp set called Watercolour Wash which is a current stamp set. 

Monthly Team meeting tonight. My team meets once a month and we either have it here at my house in Port Dover or at one of the other team members homes. We also use an online tool called Zoom which lets others connect in from their homes. We put up a projector and camera so we can all see and hear one another.  We talk about our business and try to help each other with ideas and also do a card swap.  Here are the cards for last months swap.  

Really creative work by the team. Our swaps generally have a theme or challenge to keep everyone on their toes. Lol!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Paper and Bow sharing

I'm looking forward to the long weekend. Around Port Dover we have lots of activities. Cottage Life magazine listed the top 8 busiest beaches in Ontario  and Port Dover made the list!  The weather this weekend is supposed to be nice. Warm enough in mid teens with one thunderstorm on Sunday night. But it's the official start of summer, so as long as it's not snowing then the festivities will go on!

I'm going to start offering Shares made up of new Stampin' Up! Product.  Instead of buying ten yards of one ribbon, being part of a share allows you to get two yards of five different ribbons. Same idea with paper.  Watch here or in my newsletter for more on this. Here's a photo example of bows and ribbon sharing packs. The price for all three of these packs is $20 including tax.  You can reserve by contacting me. This is only available in Canada and only through me as an Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator.  Leave a comment with your thoughts on this please. Thanks. 


Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave