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Draft Horse Team, Heritage Park [May. 23rd, 2015|10:20 pm]
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It's been forever since I took a horse photo, and I was not ready at all when these guys came by. We were at Heritage Park for the quilt festival and it was packed! It was really difficult to get good photos, but it was still a gorgeous place to spend a Saturday. See more pictures on Flickr.


Draft horse team, Heritage Park


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Finally, something new on Etsy! [May. 18th, 2015|10:45 am]
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I made a mini colouring book from some of my drawings and sold half of them at the Calgary Expo (not counting the sample one that someone took...thanks!) and made them into a letter sized instant download on Etsy. Click here to purchase a PDF of ten playful ponies, unicorns and pegasus to colour to your heart's delight!





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Happy Easter! [Apr. 5th, 2015|08:02 pm]
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I have been rushing around madly getting things ready for my Artist Alley table at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, April 16-19. You might say I have been bouncing off the walls :-D Fortunately this rabbit brought me back down to earth. This papercut card has pink details added with marker, on top of layers of tissue paper. I found some fab new adhesive squares that show up invisible on vellum and tissue paper. Hope you have all had a great weekend, filled with candy and blessings!














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The Two Muffins [Mar. 14th, 2015|07:05 am]
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Here's an old drawing from 2011 from a series that was part of a homework assigned and I forgot to scan and upload. We had to make 100 3 minute sketches and take nine or ten best/favourites to further develop into line drawings with Sharpie markers.




The Two Muffins by calzephyr on DeviantArt
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Don't just dream it - make it! [Feb. 21st, 2015|11:50 am]
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Today I have a very exciting blog post. It's the story of how I ordered my own die from Ellison, probably better known to crafters as Sizzix, makers of the Big Shot die cutting machine. Some of you know I used to make a lot of artists trading cards. But I always got hung up on being precise about the measurements and cutting all the cards from different materials. Thought was killing action! So, I thought, I'll just find a die and crank out tons of cards.

Well, it turns out that it's very hard to find a die with the right dimensions. If it exists, my Google-fu is severely broken. I could find rectangle dies for sure, but none were the same dimensions as an artist trading card. The closest I came up with was 2.25 x 3.25". The size of rectangles seemed pretty arbitrary. So I just happened to be on the Sizzix website and saw a Thanksgiving sale on custom dies. I sent off an email and found out that they only made custom block style and not wafer thin dies. Not a problem though! I put the order through, approved a proof and a few weeks later, my die arrived through FedEx.



I couldn't wait to try it out and got a piece of scrap paper. It cut a perfect crisp Artist Trading Card. Look at all the cards I cut from old brochures, paper scraps and maps. It made dozens of dies in minutes.

It's true that I have a digital die cutter, but it uses sticky mats, and delicate materials like thin paper and fabric wouldn't work very well. I really enjoyed the friendly and prompt service from the Ellison rep, and yes, they ship to Canada. It was wrapped in a bubble mailer inside another bubble mailer. I promised the rep that my next order would be far more exciting than a plain rectangle. Probably something with a horse or a bird, you know me!

Now I just have to get into action and make some completed ATCs and ACEOs :-) Stay tuned!
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2015 - the year of upgrades! [Feb. 19th, 2015|10:18 pm]
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Over the past few years we have been doing little renos to our house. It's almost twenty years old and we've lived here for twelve. Last year we got a new sidewalk, and thanks to a hailstorm, a new roof. This summer I am hoping to have the wood trim replaced. 2015 is really going to be an upgrade year for my business too. I ordered a bunch of new display supplies from Eddie's Hangups, ordered new business cards, made some postcards, and updated my brochure. My last brochure was made in 2008, yikes!

But, finally, I have a nifty vinyl banner for my business thanks to the good folks at Ingraph. A banner was something that I had been promising myself for years. After passing by some websites, especially one that a too good to be true vibe, I picked Ingraph and the helpful staff produced my banner for under the cost of the quote. Their turn around was extremely fast. The banner is made on heavy duty, grey backed vinyl and looks fabulous! This banner is going to last for years to come before I need to upgrade it :-)



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Max the Cat [Feb. 1st, 2015|09:20 am]
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I have been doing so many papercuts lately! I really love the format and it's pretty fast once I get over thinking about how it looks and just doing it. Here is a friend's cat. Black and white doesn't have to mean boring :-)



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Everything was blue [Jan. 10th, 2015|10:56 am]
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I joined photophile to post more photos there. My cell phone fried due to a stupid accident (check the car charger for mud in winter) and I got a new Samsung Galaxy 5. So impressed with it, so it wasn't a completely bad thing.

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Surprisingly, this is a photo I took last week, and not at Christmas. We had a huge dump of snow and everything was so blue and beautiful. I didn't have my Canon, but at least I had my cell phone. It's pretty much an instant Christmas card :-)

Click for larger. Photo taken in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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2015 Greetings! [Jan. 10th, 2015|08:16 am]
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For many years now, I haven't been good at sending Christmas cards. I think a few trickled out though. Over the holidays I made a lot of special cards for friends, and you'll be seeing more of them soon. Here's one for a budgie friend of mine:





I really enjoyed making the cards. Truly, my friends inspired me! Best of all, I didn't let thinking get in the way of doing. I just went with what I felt and didn't worry about being perfect. I would love to do a giant disco Muffin down the road.

In terms of 2014...well, for the Year of the Horse, I felt more like the horse was dragging me through the mud and gleefully running under trees instead of me riding it. Hopefully I don't get headbutted by the ram next month :-)
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Crafty Christmas Loot [Dec. 27th, 2014|05:40 pm]
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It's been a busy December - although I found a few free hours in Chapters recently. It's been a while since I blogged about the fabulous British papercraft magazines that I load up on every time. The loot that a whole bunch of Christmas issues came with was crazy! Even more impressive was that the Christmas issues were on shelves before Christmas. One issue of Papercraft Inspirations came with a wafer thin metal die. Super cool, but the little pieces do get stuck in the die pretty easily.



The goodies below are from Crafts Beautiful are hilariously awesome. I'm ready to try paper quilling with the strips, tool and shape board. PaperCrafter one upped them with a giant card making kit that included fold up birdhouses and bling. The magazines are always a little pricier, but I think it's well worth it, especially if I didn't want to invest too much in a new technique beforehand.

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