Two more quick cards

OK, I was down to the deadline for mailing local cards the other night and made two each of the following:

The first card has a verse stamped inside, uses a snowflake diecut ( #DL169), a Tim Holtz snowflake topped with a smaller snowflake (cuttlebug die) and rhinestones, glitter embossed paper,  some cream braid and again my "go to" sketch. Well, the people receiving the card don't know that fact, unless they read my blog LOL!!! I keep a list each year of which card I send to each person, so they don't receive the same design two years in a row.

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On the second card I stamped the verse in Versamark and covered with fine silver EP (Close to my Heart clear acrylic set "Holiday Commentary #C1379), cut the strip at 1-1/2" wide and layered/popped up on a snowflake embossed background. The paper is by Stampin'Up "Shimmery White".

The intricate snowflake border is a die by Memory Box "Frosty Border" #98171 which I cut from the same silver cardstock as the card and highlighted with silver Stickles for some bling.

I might do more of these next year as they make up quickly as well!!

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Deck the Halls

I got a new poinsetta die by Memory Box a few weeks ago. I like how it layers and has the embossed "ribs" on both the flower leaves and green leaves giving the layers some dimension. I stamped red bazill paper with a music stamp before die-cutting. Sponged Aged Mahogany on the edges of the petals, and Tea Dye on the leaves.
The centre piece is also part of the die set which I cut out of shiny gold paper.

The verse is from a mini set of 3 clear cling stamps by Inkadinkadoo "Winter Expressions" #60-30282 and is stamped with SU Forest Foliage ink; embossed with clear EP; sponged with Festive Berries and Tea Dye DI. The tag is a die by Just Rite"Vintage labels".  Holly paper is from my scrap stash. I added red Stickles glitter to all the holly berries for bling, and a bit of ribbon.

I made three in no time and it's fairly flat for easy mailing. I realize that it's the same sketch as the Cottage Cutz card; however, this is my "go to" design for quick cards!

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ABC Challenge - "D" for Deck the Halls

Cottage Cutz Poinsetta Die

The Cottage Cutz poinsetta die is quite intricate. I cut several of them in both red and green cardstock. Next, I cut & pasted the green leafy parts on to the main red die, added another large flower popped up for dimension, and covered the scroll with gold Stickles.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye, and Festive Berries distress ink on the poinsetta leaves, along with a bit of white chalk for highlights. Paper is Basic Grey Figgy Pudding scraps from my stash. Verse is a cling stamp by Stampendous and is embossed with clear EP.

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Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Merry Christmas

Stamptacular Sunday: Christmas Time

Chocolate,Coffee & Cards Challenges: Recipe - 3 flowers, 2 papers,1 ribbon

Two Tags

A while ago, Linda from the Funkie Junkie posted her Christmas Tag 10 which was done with a brick embossing folder and sponged with several Tim Holtz distress inks. I made three of the backgrounds, but only managed to get one tag fully finished. Well, I'll have two backgrounds done for next year's tags, eh?

Here are my tags. The Santa one is going on my sister Kim's prezzie. I didn't have an icicle die so I freehand cut a border from self-adhesive clear acrylic and covered it with Star Dust stickles and fine glitter. The mini calendar is a free clipart from Crafty Secrets and this link will take you to the free 2013 calendar sheets.  Numerals are a Tim Holtz die. The Santa is covered in clear self-adhesive acrylic and cut it from an old christmas card.

The second tag is going on my sister Dana's present. It, too, is inspired from Linda's Week #10 tag with the free clipart of vintage dolls that she offered. I covered the ornament with Glitter Ritz Cool Highlite glitter and Stickles Star Dust around the edge. The ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp; Tim Holtz snowflake die, edge punch, and vintage lace are added.

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Dec. 19/2012

LaBlanche Santa

My daughter recently  had her first baby on Nov. 19th, a boy, and I'm a first-time Nanny! Baby Connor is the best present we could have ever received!

So between running back and forth to the City where they live, and she & baby came to stay for 9 days while hubby was working long hours overtime as journeyman electrician, I didn't get as many hand-made cards done as I usually do each year. However, I made a few christmas cards for special friends and will post them over the next few days.

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This card uses the LaBlanche Santa stamp I purchased last year. After colouring Santa and leaves with Copic markers, I masked him off, and sprayed the background with Smooch Gold spritz. Then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distressor thingy, sponged with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI.  I applied white flocking to Santa's fur on his suit and boots, and Crystal Glaze to his glasses. It is layered on holly paper by Basic Grey, another layer (SU label die) from scraps, and green metallic music paper cut with Martha Stewart  edge die. Tag is a Spellbinders die, verse from 7 Gypsies "Christmas Greetings" set.

Flower is a ready-made embellie, but it is layered on a Cottage Cutz flourish (part of poinsetta die leftover from doing the poinsettas from another card) covered with Gold Stickles.

I'm entering this card into several challenges as noted below.


Fashionable Stamping Challenges #37  - Mask It

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Merry Christmas

Make My Monday - Bingo (Patterned Paper, Punches, Distressing)

Party Time Tuesday - Colour Challenge

Finally, some stamping....

Fall has whizzed by and I've been missing spending time in my craft room. I got a start on my christmas cards the other night and made several of this card.  I like that it isn't too "bulky" so it should be able to go in the mail for regular postage.  You know how it goes.... you look at your stash and the fingers itch to add pearls, chipboard or brad snowflakes, ribbons, etc. which all add up to a very heavy, thick card.  Those ones I hand deliver to special peeps!
How about you? Do you consider postage cost when making hand stamped cards?  Normally I don't, but I send out about 30 cards at Christmas. So the $$$ add up especially since in Canada most "vintage" type cards with lots of layers and embellies cost $1.29 each as "oversize" mail; then even more to the USA and Europe!!!  Anyhow, I would be interested to hear what you think about this topic.....

Now on to my card -

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close-up of sparkle

The silhouette image is from Inkadinkadoo cling set "Winter Wonderland" #60-60086. I stamped it with Dusty Concorde Distress Ink (which is more navy than purple, I think!), and embossed with clear EP.   The layers were cut with my Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge on the Swirl #2, Book setting at 3-1/2".  I sponged the edges with Broken China & Dusty Concorde DI, and used Stardust Stickles on all the flakes around the image and random stamped snowflakes. It is popped up with foam tape.

The die on the edge is a new metal one from Memory Box, called Frostyville Border  #98146. It is very intricate; I found I needed a metal shim plate in my Sizzix to fully cut out all the little details. I also applied Stardust Stickles on the diecut for icy sparkle, and I like that it pops a bit adding a pretty "frame" to the stamped image.  The swirl at the bottom of the image is not a stamped or added diecut flourish;  the Cricut cuts it as part of the pattern to show the navy layer underneath.

Paper is Bazzill Bling, SU Night of Navy, and a sheet of snowflake paper by Bo Bunny.

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Our Creative Corner,  Joan's Gardens, and Christmas Card Challenge.



Our Creative Corner:  Silhouette Challenge

Joan's Gardens:  Winter

Christmas Card Challenge #48:  Popped Up


After a beautiful summer at the cottage, I had lots of little projects on the go in our house, so have spent very little time in my craft room. This weekend it's been raining non-stop and I finally finished painting in our renovated bathroom. Feels good to have that done!

This evening, I decided to make a couple of autumn cards. I was blog surfing the other night and saw a card by Trudy using banners. Scroll down to the last item in her post.  I thought this was a great way to use scraps so these are the cards I created. Thanks Trudy for the inspiration!

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For the smaller leaves, pinecone, and branches I used Tim Holtz' Alterations Die "Autumn Gatherings" on regular and textured cardstock, smooshing them with  various colours of Distress ink. The large green leaf along with the large orange leaf were purchased at Michaels store. I coloured the top of the pinecone with Copic marker and applied Crystal Glaze to the lower portion for dimension.

The stamped autumn border is by Great Impressions "H167", and the autumn verse is Hero Arts  "C3039". Tag is from the Just Rite set "Antique Tags One  JB-03775", sponged on the edge with Rusty Hinge distress ink.

The wide silk ribbon was sponged with Tea Dye and the smaller bow came in that colour gold. I added some tied buttons for a rustic feel.

Background damask pattern paper is the reverse side of Bo Bunny Double Dots.

I cut out quite a few banners and leaves from scraps, so I have enough to make a few more of these cards to send to family.

Sept.30, 2012


Crazy 4 Challenges C4C156: Leaves

Frilly and Funkie: Fall into Fall

Birthday card for friend

Well, it's been quite a while since I made something in my craft room. April flew by with home renovations  and a two week vacation in Florida. My friend's birthday happened to be while I was away so I made this card and took it over to her on Sunday afternoon. Better late than never, eh? LOL.
I also made a little paper purse to put her gift of earrings inside. The pattern is from the Cricut "Forever Young" cartridge.

The challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenge is "Cities of the World".  I dressed up the canvas mannequin (Tim Holtz die) with netting, flower rose ribbon and rhinestones and distress ink to give the theme of couture fashion in Paris. Stamped with distress ink on the patterned paper are french writing, the eiffel tower, glamour verse, the lady putting on her lipstick, as well as the wish verse on the tag. We can wish for anything on our birthdays!!!

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May 9, 2012


Fashionable Stamping Challenge "Cities of theWorld"

The Shabby Tea Room "Pretty as a Pitcher"  - colours and a rose. I used the shades of blue and brown in the book, and a blue rose.

Card for friend

I was going to post this card the other day, and found out that Blogger is changing it's Blog style April lst, so I clicked on the link to upgrade.  Instant Panic!  The new format was totally confusing and I thought I had lost all my daily notifications from blogs I like to follow. Plus I couldn't see where to make a new post. Yesterday afternoon, I sat down at the 'puter and did some looking through the new format. Well today, it's not quite as intimidating as I'm slowly learning to get around the site.

For anyone who has switched over, when you click on "Design" at the top right menu of your blog Homepage, you get a new page. Then if you click on the orange "My Blogs" on the top left hand side, you will be directed to your daily notifications that used to show up under the old Dashboard. It seems to take a minute to upload all the blogs. I still think the new format is too "busy" and more clicking with your mouse, but as with any changes, perhaps I'll get comfortable using it after a few weeks.

A new friend gave me a homemade gift last weekend, so I made this card to thank her. She likes butterflies.

I  used Tim Holtz "Papillon" word background stamp for the stitched background layer
 - Began with  sponging on Shabby Shutters and Broken China DI, spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist Blue Patina, then sponged the torn edges with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain. Stitched two rows on my sewing machine and made them wonky on purpose.
- The punched index card, torn layer is stamped with butterflies from the same stamp set, shaded with Copic markers, Antique Linen and Tea Dye sponged on the edges. Edge punch by EKSuccess.
- The flower brad was a silver one, so I used Adirondack Gold sponge dabber to paint it, sponged with Walnut Stain DI to antique it further.
-Label is Tim's small alterations die
- Background layer of butterfly is a scrap piece of  BasicGrey paper cut with Memory Box "Moonlight Butterfly" die, then the top layer is cut with the coordinating Memory Box die "Kaleidoscope Butterfly" in brown brushed glitter Bazzill.
-Brown lace ribbon by Kaisercraft
-Sorry I can't say who makes the blue butterfly background paper and it is from my stash

I have a new Vintaj Big Kick machine and it cuts the Memory Box and CheeryLynn dies so easily. I guess my 8 year old Cuttlebug will be retired from now on!

I'm going to enter this card into the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie -vintage style.



Frilly and Funkie - Vintage style

Websters Pages is now shipping

Click on the link to see the video

March 16/2012

Received package from Tim Holtz

I have been stalking the mailman waiting for my prize package from Tim Holtz, and it arrived today.

There was a package of yellow Honey Pop honeycomb paper, and a Stampers Anonymous red rubber cling stamp set "Steampunk".  Wahoo!!

The green customs tag was signed by Tim himself.  Will have to steam it off and save it in my Tim Holtz binder as a souvenir.  :->)

March 16/2012

Liebster Award

Hello blogger friends:

I have recently been awarded a Liebster Award by Maria of Maria's Merry Makings and am just getting around to posting.

This award is for bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to bring attention to their blog and to increase their following. So, I am passing this award to five blog friends. Please stop by and visit their blogs and become a follower.

Here are the rules:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. (Thank you, Maria!)

2. Reveal your 5 picks for the award and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the supportive people out there in blog land.

5. Finally, and the best rule of all.......have fun and spread the love!

The 5 blogs that I've chosen are listed below. Check out their beautiful sites and become a follower

1.  Marilyn

2.  Judy

3.  Milagros

4.  Esther

5.  Kirsten


Things with Wings

The challenge at The Play Date Cafe is a colour challenge using soft green, peachy pink and cream. In my pic, the background green layer looks blueish, but in real life it is like sea glass green.

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On the background paper, I  randomly stamped one of Tim Holtz small acrylic script stamps in Antique Linen distress ink. All layers are sponged with Antique Linen DI.

The verse by Hampton Arts "Life's Beautiful" is stamped with Walnut Stain DI and layer cut with Spellbinders circle.

The brown lacy doily is a new Cheery Lynn die "Sophia's Heart".

I made the flower with Tim's Tattered Floral die using paper from Coles' Notes - Homer's "The Odyssey". My daughter's books from university came in handy! LOL! The layers were sponged with Broken China DI, spritzed with Ranger Blue Patina Pearl Mist, and some Rock Candy distress stickles.

I found the butterfly at my local Dollar Store, and the peach roses are Kaisercraft.

March 5, 2012


The Play Date Cafe #121 - Colour challenge

Allsorts Challenge #144 - Spread Your Wings

Jacque's Joie de Vivre "Shape it Up"  - Use 3 different shapes on card

The Pink Elephant #138 "Let's See Those Layers" - at least 3

Quick card

Yesterday, I was going through my folder of diecuts that I had on hand from other projects. I found this cupcake, verse and lacy edging so I created this quick card.

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All I had to do was add some suitable paper,  the brown lacy "doily" (Spellbinders Tear Drop circle) to the bottom of the cupcake, and some sheer ribbon. Sorry, I can't say who makes the paper as it is from my paper scraps file.  Inside the verse reads, "Everyone knows....birthday calories don't count!"

It seems that I can sometimes spend three hours making a "shabby chic" card, especially if there are techniques, so it was quite nice to put together a card in under 15 minutes and use some of my stash.
It will go in my card box for a future birthday as required - lots coming up in April.


Birthday Card for Friend

This is a birthday card I made for a friend with one of my favourite stamps by Emerson from American Art Stamps. I love this line of gal stamps and have five of them that I use every now and then.  They always seem to bring a little chuckle to the recipient!

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I coloured the image with Copic markers, added Stickles Diamond and Turquoise for the ladies' blingy jewellry, and Crystal Effects on the wine glasses and eye glasses for dimension.

The little flower at the top I made from Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die out of embossed wallpaper (for the recycle challenge at Speedy the Cat's Friends) , sponged with Tumbled Glass DI, with  tiny white and blue Prima centres.

The border is a large edge punch by Martha Stewart "Daisy". I also used Spellbinders scalloped rectangle die, pearls and lace ribbon. The papers are by Basic Grey "Kioshi" , 6x6 paper pad.

I'm entering the card into at Stamptacular Sunday "Text me" challenge, and Chocolate Coffee & Cards challenge "Drink it Up"!

March 4/2012


Stamptacular Sunday #14 "Text Me"

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #7 "Drink it  Up"

Speedy the Cat Friends Challenge #97 "Recycle" - I used embossed wallpaper to make the flower.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 - March

This is my take on Tim's Tag for March:

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detail of stained glass technique
Instead of using the woodgrain stamp, I made a nature inspired background. I wanted the bugs to look as though there was grass and sky behind them.  First of all, I applied streaks from middle of tag to the bottom with a Peeled Paint distress ink Dauber, and also sponged  Tumbled Glass DI over that and up to the top of the tag. Then I misted with water, and dried.  I inked up Tim's "Papillon" verse stamp with Antique Linen DI and stamped the whole tag. The edge of the tag was sponged with Vintage Photo DI.

With  a Spellbinders die, I cut out a dragonfly and small butterfly from Grunge paper and did the stained glass technique. I didn't have Cement Antiquities distress EP, so I used clear irridescent EP. I gives a bit of shimmer to the bugs.

At the bottom of the tag is a Rusted Grunge technique label using the Alterations Movers&Shapers die, Forest Moss DI, and copper EP. The verse is from Tim's "Odds and Ends" ticket stamps. I also used a piece of acrylic over the verse inside the label.

The flourish and leaves is a Heartfelt Creations Spellbinders die " Belle Rose". Green silk ribbon is threaded through the top of the tag.

I was very pleased with this tag and love the effect of the "stained glass" (giving myself a pat on the shoulders!) LOL

March 2/2012


Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 March

Crafty Anne's #60 - Anything but a Card

Pal's Paper Arts PPA#130 - Colour with a Twist (I added blue)

Really I should get a lotto ticket....

Today when I went to Tim Holtz' blog to see his March tag (12 tags of 2012), I was reading through
the post and noticed my name as one of the winners for the February tag- Valentine Tag. My heart stopped for a truely did!!!

He had so many entries, it's hard to believe that my name was randomly drawn. So I have sent my info off to Mario and will wait with great anticipation to receive my prize.

My friend "M" keeps saying I should buy a lotto ticket.....just maybe I'll go out and buy one for tomorrow night's draw. LOL


Oh my Gosh - Lucky Day!

I was just checking my blog and received a comment from Glenda at Chocolate Baroque stamps that I won the give-away on her blog of the new "Artistic Expressions" stamp set.

I'm so excited - this set has a great selection of design elements! Thanks so much Glenda
for drawing my name.


Woo Hoo!

I was quite surprised to read tonight that one of my recent valentines was chosen as a winner on
Party Time Tuesday challenge blog, and the prize is a set of "Wee Stamps".

Woo Hoo, this certainly made my day!!!

Thanks for choosing my card, and congrats to the other winners too.


Valentine Card

The challenge at Gingersnaps Creations is to do a faux technique:

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I did Tim's "distress crackle" technique on the key to give it an antique look. First, I sponged Tea Dye and Pumice Stone on the image, then applied the crackle glaze. Once dried, I sponged Walnut Stain over the top of the crackle and on the edges. It's too bad I didn't take a close-up pic - looks neat!

All the stamped images - postcard frame, heart, key and verse are from a set by Tattered Angels, "Timeless Romance".

Also used were Spellbinders scallop and regular heart dies, fancy tag die, a TH Adage ticket, faux silk ribbon, heart embellie, machine straight and zigzag stitching,  Biscotti Perfect Pearl mist over the background, heart and lace, and Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick distress inks.

For the "faux lace" at the bottom, I cut a strip of thin paper from a Martha Stewart edge die, and pleated it.



Gingersnap Creations Rogue Redhead Challenge -  Faux Technique

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes

Inspiration Journal - Put a heart on it

Fashionable Stamping - Monochromatic plus one colour (Reds/Brown)

Valentine Tag

Sir Tim has decided to take a new direction with his tags - instead of doing twelve tags at Christmas, he will be doing one a month now. Here's his blog post and link to his valentine tag.

Also the challenge this week at Studio L3 is  "Who Loves Ya Baby?" using at least one Tim's product or technique, and is sponsored by

So last night, I made this tag:

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I  cut a tag using the TH Alterations Movers & Shapers tag die from Ranger manilla cardstock. For the background I followed Tim's technique, but instead of using the paint dabber on a rubber stamp, I painted the dabber on the raised areas of my Cuttlebug "Heart Blocks" folder before inserting the tag. When I ran it through the Bug, the paint transferred to the manilla cardstock in the debossed areas. Then I followed the rest of his technique with the distress inks, wiping of the paint resist, and misting.

Now for all the other details:
-Bingo Card is an acrylic stamp by Stampers Anonymous done in black with sponging in Spun Sugar, Pumice Stone and Fired Brick distress inks. I placed a metal heart embellie over the #14 on the card.
-Cupid is a Quickutz die with red stickles. His arrow is pointing to the #14.
-Heart is cut from Spellbinders Scalloped Heart die. White layer is an older Impression Obsession stamp "Friends Heart"
-The "L" playing card and date verse at the bottom are cardstock accessories from a kit by My Mind's Eye "Love Me".
- I used a Tim's clip ring to hang one of his Ideaology Bauble pearls, and a silver love word charm that I had in my stash.
-Printed sheer heart ribbon, and red ruffled ribbon are threaded through the top.
-Silver german foil lace at the bottom.



Studio L3 #36 Who Loves Ya Baby?- Tim product/and or technique

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Monochromatic plus one other colour- Red/Black

Clean and Simple Valentine

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays (clean and simple challenge blog) is Love ya always - simple paper piecing.

Clean and simple style is quite a challenge for me! I have a hard time with all that white space, and just want to add embellies, layers, ribbon, etc.  Here is my card:

For the background, I scored a line on my Scor-Pal one inch from the bottom on the white layer before putting it in the Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder. Place the paper in the folder so that the heart design just reaches the scored line (leaving the blank space at the bottom for the stamped verse, Stampabilities  #QR1053 "My Heart to Yours")

I cut several different sized hearts from a Sizzix die in plain and patterned paper scraps, then stitched them together.  The hearts are mounted on foam tape, and the smaller inside hearts are folded upwards to add dimension.

This is a very quick card to put together!



The challenge at Stampacular Sunday is a  Valentine colour challenge using white, red, pink, dark grey.

I was playing with the Cricut at a friend's house and we made these shaped cards, which I think are
really different from the usual square or rectangle cards.

The stamp is a Tim Holtz one from his Valentine "Love Struck" collection which I fussy cut and layered on red cardstock, sponged with TH "Tea Dye" distress ink and red stickles on the hearts. The heart is a scalloped punch sponged with "Aged Mahogany",  the little cupid is a Quickutz die,  and strip of scalloped edging. I found these four inch paper doilies at the Michael's store in the cake decorating section, made by Wilton. They are the perfect size for cards!  Background paper is from my last year's stash - sorry I can't say who makes it.



Stampacular Sunday Challenge #150 Valentine Colour

Paper Take Weekly -Anything Goes - with optional heart or love theme

Party Time Tuesday #54 - Valentine

Little Red Wagon #119 - Cupid's  Arrow

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Love is in theAir

Another Woo Hoo!

Another Woo Hoo!!!
I noticed that my Tim Holtz inspired birthday card was picked as a Ginger Gem for the Gingersnap Creations challenge GC #133 "Use a Set".  The set of stamps is "Office 101" by Crafty Secrets.

Click here to see the winning card and the other Ginger Gems
Congrats to the other ladies for their work - well done!

This made my day!


Woo Hoo!

My sympathy card was chosen as one of  the "Cream of the Crop" on the CropStop Challenge #54 "A little bit old, you said?" (shabby chic, vintage, distressing)

I get to display a badge on my sidebar.
Click here to see the winning  entry and other cream of crop entries.


Sympathy Card

This morning I completed a sympathy card for my best friend Wendy whose mother recently passed. She was a very special lady - an English War bride, actively involved with the Veterans and Boys Scouts Canada. 

I used the sketch for the current challenge at Eat, Sleep, Stamp and turned it lengthwise.

All printed papers used are from K&Co "Life's Journey". On the pink flowered, Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle layer I spritzed Perfect Pearl Mist Biscotti, and sponged edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink. This is layered with a circle from the same background paper, and a cream tag cut from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two, sponged with Tea Dye. The beige/teal rectangle layer is embossed with Cuttlebug Damask folder and edged with Tea Dye. Blue background rose flowered layer is edged with Tim Holtz Iced Spruce distress ink.  Verse is from a sympathy set by "My Sentiments Exactly".

Two different ribbons - cream faux silk and vintage lace, along with a pink rose and greenery (Martha Stewart punch) and three cream pearls completes the card.



Eat, Sleep, Stamp #157 Sketch- Turned sketch lengthwise

Cropstop #54 - A Bit Old, You Said (distressing, vintage)

Little Red Wagon #115 - Two different ribbons

The Pink Elephant TPE# 131 - Favourite colours (teal, pink, cream)

My Mum's Craft Shop #40- Favourite colour combo (teal, pink, cream)

Wahoo! On the Catwalk...

Wahoo! My birthday card for Tim Holtz was picked as one of the top three for the Catwalk at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  Click on the link to see the top three and winning entry.

Thanks ever so much - this made my day.
Also congrats to the other ladies for their work - well done!


Birthday card for nephew

Here's a  quick card I made for Tom, my adult nephew. His all-time favourite brewski is Keith's India Pale Ale.

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For the background, I used a cuttlebug folder "Clockworks" on Tim Holtz Coordination paper, sanded the embossed areas, and sponged with Tea Dye distressed ink.

The image is "Beerafella" by Stamping Bella stamps, coloured with Copic markers. I have used this stamp several times and have always thought that the fella looks sort of strange with stick arms, so I freehand drew in thicker arms with a black Micro pigma pen....he still doesn't have hands though....

Crystal Glaze adds dimension to the beer bottles. I typed a Keith's label in tiny print and added it to the box.

Die-cut clock has "hands" pointing to 5 o'clock (Tim Holtz game pieces), spellbinders fancy tag,  and verse is done on my computer.

I think Tom will get a kick out of this card!



Stamptacular Sunday #147 -Texture Please (embossed background, clock hands, embossed tag,  crystal glaze on beer bottles)

The Crazy Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (embossing, image, tag)

Cute Card Thursday - You're Having a Laugh!

Studio L3 Grungy Monday - Happy Birthday Tim Holtz

Sir Tim is having a birthday on January 7th, and the challenge at Studio L3-Grungy Monday is to make him a birthday card. I know he loves vintage things so I created this card with a set of stamps by Crafty Secrets titled "Office 101"

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I stamped the office images with TH Pumice Stone distress ink on the ruled paper layer, and Ranger Archival Black for the typewriter which is fussy cut and mounted on foam tape to pop it up. To give the appearance of loose leaf paper, I punched two holes on the edge with my 1/4" hole punch.  I also used TH Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Walnut Stain to distress the paper, ticket, typewriter and edges.

One of Tim's clips, brads and a paper clip help to give the card a masculine feeling. The punched edge of the printed paper is an EK Success border punch.

After I finished the card and went back to Studio L3 to get the link to post this, I noticed the rules said that we were supposed to use Stamper's Anonymous stamps (which makes sense because they are designed by Tim).  I have used one of Tim's ticket stamps, so I hope this stamp along with his other products qualifies my card.



Studio L3 - Grungy Monday - Happy Birthday Tim Holtz

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Something old, something new (new Crafty Secrets stamps, old - EK success punch

Gingersnap Creations #133 - Use a set or line of stamps (Crafty Secrets "Office 101" -

Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Use new stash  (Crafty Secrets stamps)

Thank you card

One of the ladies in my husband's office made us some chocolate almond butter crunch candy for christmas. It was yummy!!!  So the other night, I made this card for hubby to give to her upon returning to work today, but am just getting around to posting.
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I embossed the flower background on TH Coordination paper, sanded, then sponged the embossed areas with Spiced Marmalade distress ink. In real life, the coordination paper is teal colour to match the bird - don't understand why cameras sometimes change the colour of things - depending on light conditions, I suppose! On printed paper, I used a new Martha Stewart Daisy large edge punch.

For the bird image (Hero Arts "Timely Bird"), I coloured the image directly on the rubber with SU markers, then stamped it on watercolour paper. Using a wet watercolour brush, I then went over the bird, moving the ink around to paint it. Over the top of the image, I stamped a script stamp in versamark, then embossed with white EP. Also I sponged TH Tea Dye distress ink around the torn edge.

The label is a new TH alterations movers and shapers die from Santa that I layered with an oval and rounded rectangle (SU punch) on which is stamped Thank you.  Some small prima flowers & pearls finishes the card.

I noticed that the challenge over at "Make My Monday" is Nature/birds, so I'm going to enter it in their challenge.



Make My Monday Week 30 - Nature/Birds

Pile it On #1 - Anything Goes

Shabby Tea Room - Time Flies (anything with wings)

Simon Says Stamp and Show- Something old, new (new - Tim Holtz alterations die, old- Crafts Too daisies embossing folder )