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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Your one of a kind

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to say Thank you for all the visits and comments you have left on my blog this year.  It's people like you that keep me inspired to keep creating and sharing.

The card I created for today's post, is a total copy.  I was kind of in a rush - last minute request- for a 50th birthday card for her Mom just before Christmas, and I really didn't have time to get this done, so I went browsing through the gallery of one of my favourite stamp companies - Flourishes.  I have so many of their stamp sets, but this set is one of my favourites -Magnolias.  I found the perfect card that was originally created by Danielle Kennedy - you can see her version here - and this is my version.

Image was stamped on 100 lb white card stock (Cougar).  I then stamped it again on another piece and coloured this one with copics.  I then cut out a portion of the image and applied pop dots to raise it over the original image.   Designer paper is from MME - vanity fair - the blue layer is a piece of bazzill I had in my scrap bin.  Finished off with some cream lace, some silk ribbon from PTI and 3 prima flowers.  I added glitter to the petals and center of flower.  It turned out beautiful. Thanks Danielle for the inspiration on this one!

I have today and tomorrow off work, so plan on working on some more cards.  I have another order of 3 birthday, 3 wedding shower and 3 wedding cards to do.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hole in One

Hi everyone - hope you had a wonderful Christmas however you spent it.  Ours was a very low key, quiet day, and even my birthday (dec 26th) was very low key.  I did absolutely nothing, I was going to work on cards, but instead I watched movies and browsed through blogs and pinterest.

My card today is one that I made for a co-worker who wanted a card for her Dad's 50th - she said make it fun and he loves golf.  So this is what I came up with.  Image is from Art Impressions - which includes the sentiment!

Image was stamped on 100lb white card stock (Cougar) using black memento then coloured using copics.  Shading and ground cover was done with prismacolour pencils and blended out with gamsol.

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Marjolaine - the card base and diamond strip is Night of Navy although it does look like black in the picture.

For the diamond strip I used a die from MFT - it fits perfectly with the paper don't you think?  Needed a bit more masculinity to it, so wrapped some twine around the card and added a hand made photo corner  to the top and adhered a gold flat nail head sticker to that.

I also needed to make her Mom a 50th birthday card, so will be back in a couple of days to share that one with you.  
Thanks for stopping by today for a visit.  See you again real soon,


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours as we celebrate this glorious day! Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The prince of peace,

I can't believe we are a week away from Christmas Day! I thought I was all done with making Christmas cards for this years send out, but well you know how it goes, you forgot to send to someone and then you receive a card in the mail from them, so you scrabble to make another to get it out in the mail.  This happened to me on Monday, but all is good I managed to put a couple of cards together and they went out in the mail yesterday.  So now I think I have everyone covered, so anything I make now in the line of Christmas cards will go for next year.  I really need to get a head, and I say that every year and never do, but I'm determined to make it happen this time.

The card I'm sharing today, I made a few weeks back.  Verse is from PTI.

Supplies used:

Paper - Authentique, pure poppy, confetti cream
Ink - pure poppy, antique linen
Dies - Memory Box (poppystamp) pointsettia, Spellbinders - resplendent rectangles
glitter, red seam binding ribbon

Thanks for the visit, till next time,


Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow buddies

I woke up this morning to some snow on the ground maybe 1/2" or so, and they are calling for chance of freezing rain today with snow mix and temps are dropping - not my kind of weather.

With the feeling of winter outside I thought this card would be perfect for my post today.
I'm using a stamp form LOTV - Lilly of the Valley,  called 
Snow buddies.

It took me no time at all to colour, but took forever to pick out papers and a layout.  Do any of you ever struggle with that part of card making?  I coloured the image with prismacolour pencils and blended out with gamsol.

Other than that it is a pretty simple card to make.  Jingle bell die is from Memory Box, and the sentiment is from PTI.

I added some white flock to the penguins hat, and added glitter to the ground and the snow dots.

A quick post before heading off to work.  Have yourself a wonderful day and keep warm to those in the cooler parts of the continent!  Back again real soon,


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Glory to God in the Highest

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well so far.  I'm back today to share another Christmas card I made a few weeks ago.

This one is using a Justrite set I have had for a couple of years called Rejoice Set.

supplies used:

Paper - rustic cream, SU Bravo burgundy, kraft, scrap designer papers I think might be from MME
Ink - always artichoke - (outside ring), versafine smokey grey - words, and I'm not sure of the lighter green I used for the flourishes around the sentiment (never wrote it down when I did the card)
Dies - spellbinder ovals, borderabilities - scalloped borders two, heartfelt creations - decorative oval window
Misc - amber rhinestones, burgundy chiffon ribbon, gold twine.

Thanks for the visit today, see you real soon as I have more cards to share with you.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Have a furry Christmas

Can you believe it is Dec 1 already? Last week I managed to complete all my Christmas card orders for this year - what a relief.  I think last year I was still finishing up orders until Dec 10th - so I feel pretty good how this years went.  I do have 2 cards to do for a co-worker but that's it.  So for the next month I plan on continuing to work on cards for next Christmas, since I have all my stamps and papers out.

My card today is a really cute one.  I'm using a stamp set from Simon Says.

Supplies used:

Copics, black memento, black versafine (verse), PTI ribbon, MS Snowflake punch, Spellbinder hextagon die, Studio Calico - wooden snowflake, white flock (trim and pom pom on hat), white inkssentials pen for the polka dots on the cats scarf, glitter (used on the background polka dots).

Just an overall cute holiday card.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Birthday blessings

Hi all.  It's been a while since I last posted.  I'm knee deep in Christmas card orders as well as working + overtime, which isn't leaving a lot of time to do much of anything else.  With that being said, I needed some 'me' time, so last night my daughter Karen and I went to see the Vienna Boys Choir in town.  Phenomenal!!!  These boys range from age 10 - 14 and wow! could they sing. It was very entertaining and well worth the night out.

 I'm sharing a card I made a month or so ago.  Quite simple, yet pretty.

Not a lot of explanation needed on this one.  Not sure of the name of the paper used, it was in my scrap bin.  Dies used - spellbinders - oval, foral oval, Memory box - chloe stem.  Sentiment is from Verve stamped in Black Versafine.

Finished it off with some pearls, ribbon and some flowers.
A quick card and a great way to use some of your scraps.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.  It's a cold one here in SW Ontario.   -7C with the windchill it feels like -17C.
BRRRRRRRR........ keep warm! We did not receive the snow, just the cold air and wind.  East of us in London & Toronto received the snow (and personally they can have it!).

See you again soon,

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Reindeer Games

Hi - hope everyone had a good week.  Today I was up around 6 - I can never sleep in on weekends, so I went for my 1/2 hour walk, came home, had some cereal, then was going to work on some cards, but I had that guilt feeling nagging at me.  It is a very mild day for us today, and we have tons of leaves that needed to be raked and bagged.
So out I went, I bagged 13 bags - and I tell you I can hardly bend over (sucks to be getting old!)  I have a bad sciatica as it is, and this didn't help. But glad the leaves are off the lawn, because it's suppose to rain tomorrow and some snow coming next week.

After colouring up  the card in my previous post - Santa's helper, I knew I had to buy another one of these hilarious
images from Art Impressions.  

This one is called Reindeer Games - what a hoot!

I stamped her on some white c/s using memento black ink.  I shaded around her with prismacolour pencils then coloured her with copics. I used the smallest die of the grand nestabilities die to cut her out then sponged some antique lined around while the die was in place.

Designer paper is from MME called 12 days of Christmas.  I also used some washi tape that I had laying on my work table to make a couple of fish tale strips, then added a snowflake cut from kraft. Snowflake die is from Impression Obsession.

To finish off,  I added a bella dot in the center of the snowflake, some glossy accents to her glasses and a bit of glitter to her earrings and the snowflake.

Okay, off to work on some more cards, see you soon.
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Santa's Helper

A quick post for today.  I'm back with another holiday card to share with you.  I have had this stamp for a few months now, and finally just got around to colouring it up.

Today's image features a stamp from Art Impressions called Santa's Helper,

So what do you think, isn't she a hoot?  I coloured her up using copics and shading around her with prismacolour pencils.  Sentiment is from PTI.  I added some white flock to her hat trim and pom pom, also added some Tim Holtz distress glitter - clear rock candy to the ground area.

Hope you enjoyed my card today, love to hear what you think.  Enjoy your day, see you again real soon,


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Chickadee

I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  I'm on a roll!

I purchased this set from SU last year and never had a chance to use it.  So I made sure I dug it out to use this year.  This set is called Beautiful Season. The image was coloured using copics.

After I cut out the image I left the die in place and sponged some versamagic Aloe Vera around the image. I added some crystal glitter ritz to the berries to give them a bit of sparkle.
Finished off with some red seam binding ribbon which was held in place with a basic grey brad.  I have a jar filled with these brads and never seem to use them - to be honest I forgot I even had them!

Dies used - spellbinder labels 28 & decorative labels 28.  Card measures 6.25 x 4.5

Thanks for stopping by, and have yourself a wonderful day.


Friday, November 1, 2013

A Red Door

Hi, I'm back today to share another Christmas Card.  Although this idea didn't come to me naturally, I was inspired by Debbie's card over at Paper Pickle.  She is also teaching a class using this card (well her version) so be sure to give the Paper Pickle a call to get signed up, you will not be disappointed.

Okay so here is my version:

Supplies used:

Memory Box Die - grand Madison door, bow from hanging snowflake
Sentiment - PTI - tree trimming trio
Cardstock - white 110lb (from Marco's papers), SU - cherry cobbler,  Gold shimmer paper (bow)
Martha Stewart - leafy punch
gold flat head brad
Ink - Tim Holtz - frayed burlap distress ink for around the panels, Black Versafine
Sizzix - brick embossing folder
Spellbinder - enchanted labels 28 - for the sentiment 

I also made a similar card using a dark grey door and a red wreath, but I forgot to take a picture of it before I sold it.

Well, that's it for me, heading off to work early, we are back into overtime again.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping in today.  I have another awesome Christmas card to share in my next post, till next time....


Monday, October 28, 2013

Holiday Wishes

Hi.  First of all, thanks for all the comments on Bill's pictures of our trips, greatly appreciated.   He was 'wowed' by your comments.

 I thought it was time that I start working on my Christmas cards for this year.  I have some orders to fill, plus my sale basket out in Dresden and Paper Pickle.

Today's card showcases a Memory Box die called Classic Ornament.  You can purchase this die at
The Paper Pickle.  I've seen several cards made using this die. 

I started by cutting out 3 ornaments from glitter paper - silver, gold, and chocolate brown.  Love this paper it is so shimmery. I then placed the ornaments where I wanted them to hang, then drew  fine black lines for the thread.  I popped the ornaments up using pop dots.  It was kind of plain so I cut some pine needles using Memory Box Pine Needle border.  Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I also made another version but this time I used glitter paper in the colours of black, silver and charcoal.

I love both of these, how about you, do you have a favourite?  Overall, this card is pretty quick to make.  I think I will be making more of these with other colours.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you in a few days with another Christmas card.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lake Placid to Cape Breton

Hi, this is a long post, so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the view!
We finally got around to getting some of our pictures done from our trip out to the East coast. This first picture is from top of Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid New York.
We were almost 5,000 above sea level, it took 5 miles of winding road to reach almost the top, then we took an elevator to the very top.  Temperature was 32 F (0 C) - it was cold and with wind gusts up to 45 mph - and keep in mind I was wearing shorts!! Yes when we left our house it was low 60's so nice for wearing shorts, but not for mountain viewing.  Although I took my sandals off and put on my running shoes and jacket I was fine.  The only part that was really cold were my hands. This is the view we had to contend with - Spectacular is all I can say!!
(click on the photo for a better view)

And this is the hotel we stayed at overlooking the town of Lake Placid (Crown Plaza)- again the view was awesome, we had mountain view side with the sunset.  Bill took this picture the next morning before we left with the reflection of the sun rising against the windows.

We then continued our trip over to Bar Harbor Maine, with stops at Portland to see the famous Portland Head Lighthouse
Next day we stopped at Pemaquid to visit another Lighthouse.  You will notice through all our pictures we always seem to visit spots when the tide was out. These next 3 pictures were taken early as the sun was just rising.

After this we made our way to Bar Harbor - where we stayed for 3 nights and visited Acadia National Park.  There was so much to see we didn't even cover half of it. Never the less, here are some of our favourite pictures.

Famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse - Acadia Park
 This was just as the sun was coming up.

This next one you can see the reflection of the lighthouse in the puddle of water and long Bill's reflection taking the picture - pretty cool!
Acadia National Park along Park Loop Road (ocean view side).  

 We stopped along the Park Loop to visit Jordan Pond. There is a gift shop and restaurant there and as I walking by a hummingbird flew right in front of me and she landed within a foot from me. I couldn't believe how close you could get to them because we can't get that close here at home, maybe 3-4 ft, but that's it.  The fellow that was watering the plants said he has never seen anything like this before, they are not bothered by people, they will come really close to you.  These are two of our favourites of the hummingbirds.

These next 3 were take at sunset down at the harbor front in Bar Harbor


As we headed up into New Brunswick we stopped at another lighthouse in Maine
 Then onto Cape Breton Nova Scotia, where we toured Cabot Trail - simple breathtaking!!
The first 3 were taken around 6am just as the sun was rising.
It was so tranquil, I just wanted to stay and sit on that dock!

Back home through New Brunswick, we stopped at Dalhousie to view this lighthouse.

Traveling through Quebec,

sun set along the St. Lawrence River, Quebec

I hope your enjoy the view.  You just traveled across 4 provinces, and 4 states for a total of 6,049 km. (3759 miles).

Thanks for stopping in.  Would love to hear your comments.

I have some new cards to post so stay tuned.