Friday, November 18, 2011

First one Down...

Only 50 more to go... Christmas cards that is. It snowed a little last night, and it's really cold out, Brrr! I finally took all my stamp stuff out yesterday and stamped by the kitchen table, it was so nice to do again. My 7 year old daughter must have felt the same way because she made 3 cards while I made one, she'll be passing me soon with her creativity!

I bought this stamp set from Just Rite Stampers a while ago with the coordinating dies, love this set! Plus I finally go to use this designer paper from My Mind's Eye. I enjoy bright fun colours for Christmas but my eye is always drawn to colours that bring out the warmth and glow of Christmas so I almost squealed when I saw the warm colours in the DSP.

I saw this card layout on SCS a few days ago but know who it was made by, this is a case off of that card. The cardstock is all from Stampin' Up! and designer paper is MME. I stamped the ornaments in Cherry Cobbler and softened them with Soft Suede and a sponge. Before I adhered them to the card I sprayed them with some champagne shimmer mist (the best stuff ever created!). The sentiment isn't very visible but I hope it'll be ok.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having a great start to your weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Have you Missed Me?

You don't have to answer that, I might not like the answer, hehe. I look forward to the day when our house is done and my stamp room is all set up and all my woes will be gone. Sounds pretty dramatic doesn't it! Well in July after I said I would start posting again my camera died on me, I'm seriously not even making that up, lol. And to repair my DSLR is supposed to cost almost as much as just buying a new camera body. So for now I just purchased a cheap point and shoot that takes horrible indoor photos. I finally just threw my arms up in the air and said I'm taking a break.

We're in a rental right now until our home is finished but at least I have all my stamp stuff (but not set up) and I have high speed webbing again. I feel like I need to shout this from the roof top. Not kidding. I love my phone but after 3 months of using that tiny tiny (did I mention tiny) little screen I feel like I've moved into a super sized world with my laptop.

For those of you that are wondering, the building is coming along slowly, it took forever for us to get our blueprints. And it's such a hassle to get building permits for the area we're building. But things should start to pick up soon, and if all goes well we should be in our new home by the beginning of next year. I'm most excited about having a finished stamp room. I have it all mapped out, my finger is on the trigger ready to put it all together. I think this will require at least two trips to Ikea...

But enough of my blabbing, you'd think I had been in solitary confinement or something...
This card was made in July so I really don't remember enough details to tell you anything other than ta-da! I think it's time to start making Christmas cards and bombard you with those!

Sorry about the poor quality picture but it's better than nothing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Days

Good morning everyone! How I LOVE quiet mornings, the kids are outside relaxing (AKA horsing around) in the hammock and I have nothing on the agenda today. My parents have an abundance of strawberry plants in their garden so one day this week I plan on making a few batches of jam, but today might be a ‘nothing’ kind of day!

Here’s another card made over the weekend. It’s totally inspired by Amy Scheffer and came somewhat short of what I had envisioned. I used SU!’s postage punch and punched out some designer paper. The sentiment is from a Flourishes stamp set and the rose trim was white but I used a Copic marker to colour it, love how easy it is to change the colours to what I need!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having great summer day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Let's Try That Again!

So some of you might have noticed I never came back to post over the weekend like I said I would, I’m hoping to get my internet woes sorted out soon!

Gosh we had a warm day today, and with no breeze so it made it feel even warmer. I love summer but not the hot days, I love the days that are just warm enough to feel like summer but not hot enough to make you long for winter!

I’m posting a project today that I did with my club ladies a while back, the tutorial for it can be found at Splitcoaststampers in the resources section. It’s actually quite easy, I did revise it slightly so that I could use regular 8.5x11 cardstock. I also didn’t have the chipboard coasters so I used the cardboard that comes with SU!’s designer paper. I recommend using your corner rounder punch on the cardboard before you glue your paper together, otherwise the layers are a little too thick for your punch.

I also didn’t use ribbon to tie the book together like the original tutorial, I find that the recipients of these sorts of things prefer the Velcro closure over the ribbon. I simply glued the flap between the cardboard and cardstock and than add the Velcro.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yay! I'm back!!

Yay, it’s nice to be somewhat back to the world again! Our move was successful, we’re having a blast camping right now and our home building plans are slowly coming along. I know it’ll be a while before it’s finished but I’m so excited to pick all our colours and fill it with new furniture!

My internet connection is a bit of a pain right now but I have been stamping in my free time and plan on posting regularly from this point. That’s what I say now, you can hold me to it, lol.

I have one card to share today using a stamp from the Pure Innocence line, so cute! I coloured her with my copics and paper pieced her shirt and purse. Faux stitching around the edges and the rest is easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by, check back again tomorrow for another project!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Blue Lenten

So we're two weeks away from moving, TWO weeks. And yesterday I did what any sane stamper would do, I hopped over to the LSS and bought some goodies, lol. I don't really have a lot of time to stamp these days, but that doesn't stop the buying! Last night our boys were at a Birthday party which left me and my daughter to spend time together in my stamp room. I had recently ordered the Lenten Rose stamp set from Flourishes and was excited to colour it in, although I don't know if they come in blue. I guess that's the beauty of colouring, you get to use your imagination. The center of the flowers have pearls which were coloured with copics.

Stamps: Lenten Rose (Flourishes)
Paper: Early Espresso (SU), Pool Party (SU), Lemon Party (PTI), White (GK), DSP- Prima
Ink: Black, Copics
Other: Pearls (SU), Lace Crochet, Satin Ribbon (Dollar Store)

Inspired by: Yvonne Anabelle

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Memories of Summer

We had such a gorgeous day here today, perfect temperatures and a light breeze. Which means you HAVE to go for a bike ride followed by ice-cream, no counting calories! I love walking/biking to the local store during the summer months and sitting down for a nice treat, now if only our kids liked the cheap ice-cream, but alas the apples don't fall far from the tree, lol.

Today's card is completely cased from Teresa Mombers, what that woman can do with ink and a sponge is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Time for AC?

We've had quite a cool Spring but today we woke up and it was warm and humid, but this a light breeze. It's actually a beautiful day!

I had some more time to stamp (yay) and felt like putting ink to one of my Flourishes stamps. I feel almost guilty when I see the stuff I haven't had the time to play with! The banner across the bottom got blown out in the photo, but it has grass stamped along it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Friends are Flowers...

Hi everyone, most of you are probably wondering where I've been! Life is changing for us in the next little while which leaves me with less stamping time. We are in the midst of a big move, and it looks like we might be building a home this year instead of buying. So, this leaves me doubting how much room I'll have to stamp while we're building. My postings might be a little sparse from now until the end of the year, yikes! I'm hoping I'll be able to find a little nook to cram at least some of my stash.

I saw a card similar to this on SCS the other day and that led me to a free SVG file for this circle square frame that I cut with my cricut. But I, for the life of me can't find the blog that had the file. I like how the frame looks over the soft designer paper and pearls make everything look prettier, lol.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sail Away

Hi everyone, hope your day went well! Mine was pretty quiet which is my kind of day. When I saw this stamp set in the new SU! mini I knew I had to have it! So nice and detailed and all the images make it really easy to make a masculine card.

This card is a case from someone on SCS but I never saved the name of the maker. It showcases the faux metal technique which is one of my favourite techniques. The background pieces are stamped and aged. The ship was stamped once on the sentiment piece and than stamped again, cut out and glued down.

Stamps: The Open Sea, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Black
Ink: Sahara Sand, Black
Other: Silver EP, Black Brads, Baker's Twine

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

For The Newlyweds

Hmmm, I really don't have anything to say today. And for those of you that know me, you can pick your jaw off the floor now, lol. I will say that it was so nice to just sit down and stamp without interruption, how often does that happen! I should be preparing for our moving sale at the end of this month but figured maybe I could sneak in a little time in my stamp room.

I woke up this morning and this card just sprung into my mind, seriously, that never happens. Usually I stare at my stuff forever until I can come up with something, but this time I couldn't wait to get down there and start. Of course I won't tell you how long it took me, even with a vision in mind.

Thanks a lot for stopping by!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Birthday Balloons

Hi everyone! I'm looking outside our living room window and I can actually see little bugs flying around in the sunshine! Dare we say that Spring is finally going to cooperate?! Life has finally slowed down a little, I let go of my part time job which is giving me a little more freedom, and sanity.

Our daughter has a Birthday coming up and she just loves all these cute little girl stamps so I thought this would be a perfect card for her. And since it's for her I'll probably add some stickles to the flower on her shirt since our daughter loooooooooves stickles. Every time she makes a card it gets a healthy dose of glitter, lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you're enjoying your day!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The life of a Procrastinator

Yup, I am a procrastinator. And that led to a wisdom tooth getting pulled at the beginning of the week and a root canal towards the end of the week. It would be easier to take care of issues as they arise, but nope, I wait until it HAS to be done, lol. I feel like I've had so much going on in my life these days, I haven't really been taking any "me" time. We sold our home and will be moving, My husband will already be busy with his new job so I'll essentially be packing by myself. Plus we'll probably be building our next home so that will mean we won't be settled until the end of the year if we're lucky!

But enough whining, I thought it was way past time to post another card. I originally saw this card on Papertrey's gallery and changed the colours to purples and used the flower from Fifth Avenue Floral. Super easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Visions of Flowers

We've had a few nice days that have me dreaming about a trip to the local greenhouse. I love greenhouses, so many flowers, so many ideas! Now if only I could make my plants look as good as theirs do, lol.

Recently I put in a number of orders from my favourite stores and I've been busy oohing and ahhing! So many stamps, where to start. But today I grabbed this Gerbera Daises set from Flourishes and coloured it in with copics. I've been struggling with a good purple combination but I think this one was a success. Once the flowers were coloured I cut out the whole bunch, yes, it took me a looooong time! But no pain no gain. I mounted the flowers onto the oval cutout and the rest is self explanatory.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rose Mania

We were so spoiled already with the warm weather, and now Mother Nature is reminding us that summer is not here yet, lol. I love Spring but that's because we usually see warming trend during, this week does not feel like a warming trend!

A while back one of the challenges was to make a trellis card, and I never had the time to partake in the fun. But today I unexpectedly had a little free time and I knew I wanted to make this. I love how easy it is to put a card together with the roses, so simple! At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to stamp a sentiment on the inside, but I kind of like it peeking through the trellis "window".

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Black
Other: Prima Roses

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What a Beautiful Spring day!

The sun is shining and it's supposed to get quite warm today. It's too bad though that all three kids have come down with something and are really not up for a walk!

I recently sold about 100 of my stamp sets that I never used anymore, and I just ordered from some of my favourite online companies and it was a little shocking to see the final bill. Eeek, I really wish my hubby had more hobbies so mine wouldn't be so noticeable, lol.

Today's card uses a sketch (I think) but I really don't remember from where it was (I blame it on age). The scallop circle is from a free SVG file that I found a while ago to cut with my cricut.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter treats

Hi everyone! My poor daughter is home sick today with a fever and I don't really know what else. Hopefully it will clear up soon for her, she was so miserable last night. But I do love it when she sneaks into our bed in the middle of the night, it happens so rarely so I cherish it when it does happen!

Today's project is one that I just had to re-create when I saw it originally made my Diane Zechman. Love the egg, although I think I made mine a little tight at the top. The oval "egg" and grass are both cut with the cricut and the smaller ovals are cut with Nestabilities. The image is from Stampavie, I just love that cute little chick!

Have a great day!,

Friday, April 1, 2011

Slowpokes Unite!

I am such a slow stamper, slooooooooooooooooooow. Lol, and I hope I'm not the only one! After I finish a card I look at it and wonder why on earth it took me so long to make, it's not like there's anything complicated on it. But I constantly rethink my choices, switch things around, add or delete things and stare at it hoping some amazing idea will pop into my head, lol. Anyone else?

On to my card (the one that took me well over an hour to make!). I stamped the inspirational quote and than ran it through with a nestabilities, sponged Soft Suede on it while it was still in the die. I used vellum for the larger die, I really love the look of the vellum! The flowers are from Prima and I added the little branches from a Martha Stewart punch. Easy peasy, and yet it took me forever!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Lol, sorry I sat here for five minutes trying to come up with a post title, my mind isn't working today so that's what it is. It's been an unproductive day today, our daughter had a dentist appointment mid-morning which threw things off and can't seem to get going. But instead of stressing about it, I'll accept it!

I made another card today using a Stampavie stamp using one of Amy Scheffer's card as my inspiration. I just love those cute little girls! Not much to explain about the card other than I love colouring! My husband says it's the kid in me coming out, lol. I'm still not quite sure about the library clip, I can't decide if it looks out of place or not.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Break, Day 2

Hi everyone, today is another great day! Took the kids out for lunch and than purchased the movie Tangled. We did see it in the theatres but we enjoyed it enough to purchase it. And I think this warm Spring weather calls for a nice walk, Spring has to be my favourite season. Life begins again, everything seems so fresh!

Ok, on to my card! I made it this morning and got to use more of my recently purchased goodies, who doesn't love new goodies! The stamp is from C.C. Designs and she is coloured in with Copics. I wanted her to have a mouth so I grabbed my SU! black marker and gave her a mouth after she was all coloured in.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you're enjoying your day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Break, Day 1

And it's a great one! I slept in this morning, but I won't tell you how late, lol. The kids were up early, they don't know yet to take advantage of their break! They've been playing like mad ever since they woke up and I'm in the room next door creating, finally!

I made this using a Flourishes stamp and coloured it in with my copics. For the ribbon I grabbed SU! white satin ribbon and coloured it with a copic marker, so easy and it dries very quickly. The only thing I noticed was that it made the ribbon quite stiff, although it actually made it almost easier to tie a nice bow.

A quick tip that I read on a message board a while back: If you need to pry two layers apart after you've glued them, use the Cricut spatula! I tried that today for the first time and couldn't believe how easy the layers separated, and it didn't wrinkle the paper at all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Some of you might have noticed a few changes on the side bar of my blog. I have decided to drop as a Stampin' Up! demo. I have been feeling a little stifled for a while now and decided that it was time.

I'll still be keeping my blog, I started it to share my work, but you will see a healthy mixture of all the great products that are out there! Life is way too short to limit yourself!

Sorry I have no card to post today, but I should have one tomorrow so check back then. The kids are on Spring Break so I'm excited for a week of sleeping in and stamping with my daughter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Best Wishes

I love quiet days. The phone is quiet, the doorbell hasn't rung and I get a relaxing day without interruptions! Which of course, makes it a great day for stamping!

I made this card last week and just haven't gotten around to posting it. The little girl was paper pieced with SU!'s Springtime Vintage designer paper and coloured with copics. I just love that designer paper, so soft and pretty!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope where ever you are, you're experiencing Spring!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let the melting begin!

Oh how I love Spring, the air smells fresher, the grass starts to peek through and I start to dream of flowers! We woke up to a quiet foggy morning, love those days! As I was driving into town I couldn't help but notice how quiet and peaceful it is driving and you don't see more than a few hundred feet in front of you. I don't care for the extreme fog where driving becomes dangerous, but this was just the right amount! Plus it was nice to having nothing on the agenda but stamping.

I was feeling a colouring urge come on today so I headed to our LSS and bought this stamp image by Sarah Kay, so cute! She was coloured with my copics and the rest is pretty self explanatory.

Stamps: Sarah Kay
Paper: Kraft, SU! Whisper White, Baja Breeze, DSP-My Mind's Eye
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Other: Pom-pom trim, Linen Thread, Button

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ruffled Ribbon

Hi stampers, it's a beautiful day in our home! The kids don't have school today and they actually slept in a little so that means I got to sleep in as well! And the weather is finally warming up, now we'll just have to be patient while all that snow melts. The kids spent a few hours outside playing with this sticky snow, which meant a quiet afternoon for me!

This is one of the cards that we made at club last week. I kept the card simple so the ribbon rosette could take center stage. Very easy to do and gives a card a little extra wow.

Stamps: Simple Friendship
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, DSP-Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Ribbon

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I'm ready for Spring!

We had a blizzard come through Friday night and a little into Saturday. That's when you realize just how blessed we are to have a warm home, a pantry full of food and our family all safe inside. I am ready for warmer temperatures, the sight of grass, and the warm sun! And finally the weather forecast is agreeing with us, can't wait!

Here's a card I made a few days ago using my copics and a Pure Innocence stamp. My pictures always make my colouring look blotchy but in real life it looks much better. I think I'll have to find a way to get better photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Forgive me!

By now some of you are probably wondering if I've fallen off the face of the earth, and the answer is no, lol. I've been busier than I'd like to be finishing our basement so the home could go on the market. 30 days to finish a basement, and I did ALL the painting, walls, baseboards, doors and trim. I'm tired. But other than a few paint touch ups we are done! Yeah!!

The best part is, I spent a few hours getting my craft room organized. I won't be able to finish it like I had planned for two years but I already know what I'm doing in our next home, I can't wait!

Have you ever had such a long gap in between stamping that you actually feel like you don't know what you're doing? That was me today, lol. My first card was a complete flop, didn't even put it together. This one, I think I like it. I won this stamp set as part of a blog candy giveaway by ChristineCreations a few months ago, love this set! I used my copics to colour it in. For the blue cardstock I used a wheel and versamark which gives it a subtle design. This card is a case from Iwona Palamountain, although I changed it a little, it's still definitely inspired by her!

Stamps: Flourishes
Paper: River Rock, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Versamark
Other: Black Brads

Thanks for stopping by, I'm hoping that I'll be able to stamp more now that the renos are complete!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog awards!

This is my second post for today, scroll down for my first one. I recently received two blog awards, thank you so much! I love admiring all the blogs out there and I'm so flattered that someone likes my blog!

My first award comes from Dana Newsom , be sure to check out her wonderful blog! With this award I'm given the chance to tell you three things about myself and pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.

1. I love paper crafting (obviously, hehe). I started paper crafting about 11 years ago and haven't looked back since. I became a demo a few years ago because I love to teach women how they can use their creative side! And as my Blog name suggests, it really is my therapy, I won't say it's cheaper than therapy but we'll let my husband think it is...

2. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, ok I admit, I'm just plain picky. It's probably best if most if my friends and family don't realize just how picky I can be! It drives my darling Husband crazy some days, especially if we're working on a project together... My 6 year old daughter is quickly becoming a perfectionist as well, her poor daddy won't know where to turn in a few years, lol.

3. I'm an introvert living in an extrovertial (I don't think that's even a word) society, silence is golden. Don't get me wrong, I love getting together with friends or family, but at the end of the day I'm just itching to be back in my own home. My idea of a great day is staying home all day, no phone calls (or very few) and stamping til it's dinner time.

Here are 5 Blogs that I love to visit. If you time check them out!

Renee Van Stralen
Teneale Williams
Nancy Riley
Julie Marshall

And now to my next Blog award, The Stylish Blog award! This award was given to me by the talented Elaine Uhl, thanks Elaine! It's always so encouraging to know that people are enjoying your hard work!

When you receive this award you are to:
1) thank the person who gave this award and link it back to their blog
2) share 8 things about yourself
3) pass this award to 8 other individuals that you have recently discovered
4) leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!

So here's a little more about me:

1. I love to papercraft
2. I love Mexican food.
3. We don't have any pets, although if our daughter gets her way we'll have a small puppy by the end of this coming summer (ack)
4. I will soon have a stamp room with all sorts of goodies. Being a demo has really helped to fund my stamp budget!
5. I enjoy baking, but not the cleaning up part. I love home baked goodies, who doesn't!
6. I've been married for almost 12 years, we have twin boys and one girl with enough personality to make you laugh-scream-run, you get the idea, lol.
7. I hate worms, snakes, and bugs of any sort. Blech. Which can make gardening quite entertaining for my husband. :D
8. I loooooooove the rain. It could rain for days and it wouldn't be too much.

I'm passing this award on to:
Becky Roberts
Martha Stewart
Leanne Griff
Sandi MacIver
Brandi Wiggins
Mary Fish
Carrie Gaskin

Painting is like Childbirth

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Lol, ladies we can all relate to how childbirth can be. While you're in it, you're miserable, swearing you'll never do it again. But once you're done you already start dreaming of your next bundle of joy. Well that's how painting is for me, you swear you're done painting for a very long time, but it doesn't take long before you volunteer to paint claiming that it's actually kinda fun. Fun? Yeah, ok. Our contractor finished putting up all the trim and doors yesterday for the entire basement, so that meant we had to paint everything before the floor guys come (they're here right now, wohoo!). Only a few more days and it's done. DONE! I feel like I should shout that from a roof top, lol.

So my card today is a bit of a remake from one I did a while back using the Because I Care stamp set. I love using the Music Notes wheel to make my own music sheet dsp, so easy!

Stamps: Because I Care, Something to Celebrate
Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Corral
Other: Ribbon, Black Brads

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Box with... nothing?

Right now it's so peaceful outside, but if I look at the local weather they have a blowing snow warning in effect. Ack, we're expecting the snow and wind to come any time now. I was getting a little spoiled with the warm temps, even the kids commented on the springlike weather we've been having.

Today's project has no stamping on it, none. How did I manage that, lol! I saw this free box template over at My Time Made Easy and couldn't wait to try it. It's a SVG file for the cricut, so fast and easy and I was super impressed with the detail of the file! It's meant to hold hot chocolate pouches but mine ended up too small for our hot chocolate, I made the box with the same dimensions so I guess the USA has smaller pouches. But all I would have to do is resize the template and it would work great.

Paper: Kraft, DSP-Prima
Other: Rose Red Ribbon

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Winds of Grace

It's such a beautiful day out there today, the snow is melting! But Mother Nature must be laughing at us as she prepares to give us another blast of winter tomorrow. I love winter but I think it should be shortened by a month!

As I said yesterday, I finally had nothing on the agenda other than... nothing! And nothing leaves me more time to stamp! That's a good thing, lol. This card is a complete case from Laurie Schmidlin, (gosh that woman is talented!) although I can never get my case to look as good as hers but I sure have fun trying. I grabbed our Newsletter print dsp, sponged a little Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake to age the map a little. I ran the edge of my scissors along the hemp twine to fluff it up a little.

Stamps: Plane & Simple, Winds of Grace
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, DSP-Newsletter
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Other: Hemp Twine, Brads

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In Those Times...

Hi everyone, it's been a while hasn't it?! Life has been a little busy in our home, something that I plan on changing soon. I'm excited for the next two days, I have no plans other than to stay home and stamp!! Well I'll have to do some cooking and cleaning but you get the idea, lol.

I made this card this afternoon, I haven't used this set in a while and thought it was fitting.

Stamps: Refuge & Strength
Paper: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Black
Other: Button, Linen Thread, Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Echoes of Kindness

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We're finally getting a bit of a break in the cold temperatures, it'll be short but sweet! Plus we're making fast progress in the basement, in 3 weeks I'll finally have a finished basement. With kids it's really nice having that extra space, especially if they have their friends over.

I made this card a few days ago but just haven't gotten around to posting it so here it is!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Poor Husband...

Lol, I think we would all agree that any man married to a stamper is probably poor! We're in the midst of finishing our basement and that's where I've had my stamping area, but I had to move it all upstairs for the next month. Into our bedroom to be exact, much to the thrill of my poor husband. He was helping me bring some of my stuff up, only the stuff that I can't live without (yeah right, it pretty much all had to come up). Well I don't think he's ever really noticed the size of my stamp collection, but he does now, hehe. He did ask if I use all these stamp sets, well I couldn't lie. So being the man that he is, he does the math right away on how much money I could sell them for, and he's shocked. I thought he might have a panic attack, but I explained that they are my babies, all earned, and you don't just give away your babies! And I don't even have that many stamps, some have over 1,000! I'm still far from that many! (((whispering))) but that's my goal (((whispering)))

Well today's card is nothing spectacular, I saw it on SCS this morning and thought it would make for an easy card after I finished organizing my new stamp haven. The butterfly is coloured with copics and I used one of the copics to colour the rhinestones.

Stamps: All a Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, DSP-?
Ink: Black, Copics
Other: Rhinestones, Linen Thread

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Refuge and Strength

I've gotten a couple of requests for the free SVG file for the scallop circle. This LINK should take you straight to the SVG file, all you need to do is download it. You will need the Sure Cuts a Lot program to use with your cricut. If you have any questions you can email me at

Hi everyone! We had such a beautiful snowy morning, with a heavy snowfall warning. And I still managed to run into town! So I took our daughter to the ER last night (a 3hr visit, argh) and she tested positive for strep, I kind of thought she would. So she gets to be in charge of the TV today, always something to look forward to, lol. Thankfully she's feeling much better.

I made this card last night, love the colour combination. The flower is once again made with a SVG file for my cricut, the scallop circle is also a SVG file, you have to love free files!

Stamps: Refuge & Strength
Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, DSP-Springtime Vintage
Ink: Black
Other: Pearls, Jumbo Brad, In Colour Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having a great day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

For the Newlyweds

We're off to a great start in our household! Right after my last post I got the horrible stomach flu, not fun. That lasted almost a week and our poor daughter has been dealing with some sort of flu/cold ever since the New Year. She had a few days where she felt better but now she has a fever again and a very sore throat, I think it's time for a trip to the ER. She's six years old and would rather do anything else other than to see a doctor, so she tries to hide just how bad she feels. Thankfully her brothers are healthy and my husband is one of those guys that never gets sick, lucky him.

Have you ever had a fog day instead of a snow day? Well that's what we're having today, lol. The fog was so thick this morning that you could barely see anything. Thankfully my husband phoned me from work to let me know that school was cancelled, otherwise I would have never thought to check for a school closure and I would have gotten the kids ready for school, packed their lunches, only to find out we could have had a relaxed morning!

On to my card. My husband bought me the Cricut for Christmas, ok, it was more like I gave him the receipt and said "thanks darling" hehe.Sad to say, I have used it that much. So today I used it along with my Sure Cuts A Lot program and made these flowers. The flowers are an SVG file that my sister prepared, less work for me, wohoo! I got the inspiration for this card from Card Maker, I loved the soft colours to the card, I just wish I hadn't been almost out of the larger pearls that the original card used.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue
Ink: Black
Other: Jumbo Brads, Pearls

Thanks for stopping by! My posts have been lacking with us all taking turns with the flu, hopefully things will pick up soon!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

It must be Love

Well it appears that all illnesses have left our residence, yay!!!!!! Lol, the kids were back in school on Friday and life has resumed like it should.

Doesn't it sometimes seem like all we do is hop from one Holiday to another? We just finished Christmas, now we're thinking about Valentine's Day, Easter, etc. Lol, I think I said the same thing last year too.

But my mind was on Valentine's Day and I made this quick card. I paper pieced the little girl's dress and the rest is simple! I used the new embossing folder out of the Occasions Mini, very nice.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, DSP-Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Early Espresso, Gong Grey
Other: Rhinestones

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hi There

Argh, I love my kids but right now they're driving me crazy! When we got back from Christmas break, our daughter came down with the 24 hour flu, followed by her brother the next week and the other brother a few days later. You think they're doing better so you send them to school, nope. Plus our daughter now has a nasty cold which kept her up a good part of the night. So I kept all three kids home with the hopes that the rest would help. I'm sure the resting is doing it's job because it's been non stop bickering, shouting just for the sake of hearing their voice and tattling until I could scream. Tomorrow they are going back, if you're well enough to bicker, you're well enough to go learn. Phew, how's that for whining, I think the kids must be rubbing off on me, lol.

To get a much needed break from the noise level, I spent some time with my stamps and made a card with this cutie from the Pure Innocence line. I don't recall making a card with this stamp and I've had it for quite a while.

Stamps: Pure Innocence, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, DSP- In Colour paper pack and some from our LSS
Ink: Black, Copics
Other: Linen Thread, Button, Twill Tape

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Because I Care

Good morning! The kids are back in school, the house is quiet and I have a card to share. Life is officially back to normal, wohoo!

There's not much to say about today's card, I embossed the flower with white embossing powder. I wanted to use the reinker technique on the flower but I didn't feel like getting a water spritzer out so I used my white shimmer spray instead. Definitely not the reinker technique since the alcohol dries so quickly, but it did make the rose very shimmery, lol. I think I might go back yet and add some shading to the rose for depth.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Because I Care, En Francais
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Shimmer Paper
Ink: Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Other: Pearls

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I love Routine!

It feels so good to be back to a regular routine, well almost regular. Once the kids are back in school tomorrow I can officially say that our routine is regular. The kids are playing outside in the snow, my husband built the kids a huge snow fort, well you could call it Fort Knox, lol. He doesn't know how to go small, I think secretly he does it for his own pleasure, reliving his childhood, hehe.

I have another card for you today using the same stamp set as the previous two, only this time I'm using a different image. I really like this set, it comes with an Easter sentiment too so it becomes even more versatile. You'll find it in our new Occasions mini on page 17 (link on the left hand side of my blog).

Stamps: Easter Blossoms
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, DSP-Springtime Vintage
Inks: Copics
Other: Satin Ribbon, Pearls (coloured with copics)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Springtime Greetings

Hi everyone, another great day in our home. My husband went to work this morning not realizing that he's actually still on holidays, so he's back for the day and I took the kids to school this morning not checking my calendar so we also ended up at home again, lol. I guess you could say we're eager to get back to our routines! But darn, we could have all slept in this morning again! :D

I loved the designer paper and stamp set that I used yesterday, so I decided to make another. I had such a hard time getting a good shot of this card, I sponged the colours on the main image and then heat embossed the little girl in white. And for some reason the camera doesn't want to pick up the embossing as well as I'd like.

Stamps: Easter Blossoms
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, DSP-Springtime Vintage
Ink: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Other: Pearls, Seam Binding

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

And a New Year Begins!

The New Year is one of my favourite time of year. And not for the usual reasons, simply because that's when life resumes like normal again, lol. We had a great time visiting family over in Alberta, ate way too much food and did nothing to work it off. Thankfully we have a whole year to get back on track!

Right before we left my pre-order arrived for the new Spring mini, beautiful! And when it's so so cold outside it's nice to turn to your Spring supplies and pretend it's warm outside, hehe. This new designer paper is so pretty, love it!

Stamps: Easter Blossoms
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, DSP-Springtime Vintage
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Pearls, Seam Binding, Neutral Button

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!