Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Blooming Birthday Card

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I found myself inspired by this week’s Atlantic Hearts Stamp Challenge #237

I literally found this sketch was EXACTLY what I wanted to express as I’ve had this Sweet William's Strip die cut by cheerylynn deisgns sitting in a box for far too long and decided to employ it for this card.  I used designer paper from Kristin Cronin Barrow’s Boho Chic 12 x 12 pack and a sentiment by Your Next Stamp – layering it all and popping sweet sequins and gems in by Pretty Pink Posh.  I also used some Simon Says stitched die cuts.  This card was easily made, just lots of building on the florals. 


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Pretty Layered Birthday Card

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Inspired by this week’s Your Next Stamp Challenge #76 this card was built in my mind before I even got to my craft area.

I have this lovely paper pack “Love Story” by Kristin Cronin Barrow which I wish you could feel because besides being lovely to look at, has all sorts of fabulous textures!  I just chose two co-ordinating patterns and then did all kinds of layering up.  I started with a cream base layer on cream cardstock which I ran through my cuttlebug inside patterend embossing folder.  I die cut the two patterened layers, backing one with a complementary cardstock.  I created this tag using a Spellbinders Shapeablilties set, cutting it out of  both the patterned paper and also plain cardstock.  Of course I stamped my birthday sentiment beforehand, a Your Favorite Stamp sentiment!  Lastly I drew this rich, thick ribbon through the slots.  I helped some layers stand out with the help of foam tape.  The final touches were various glimmery shimmery sequins and jewels from Simon Says and Pretty Pink Posh.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Kraft Based Birthday Card

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This was such a fun card to make!  I grazed through a few challenges until I hit upon this week’s Seize the Birthday "Kraft Card Base" (there is another option too, but I got excited about the kraft…)

I have this 12 x 12 Paper pad from Craft Smith which I’ve been wishing to use in a project so this was the time to just go with it.  I paired it up with this sweet little stamp from All Night Media “Hedgehog”.  I used a birthday sentiment from My Favorite Things and layered everything up and made a peek a boo hole for the sweet Hedgie!  My photo does not do it justice, I’m pleased with how it turned out.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Simple One Layer Floral Card

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Oh its a challenge all right – its a challenge for me to do a simple one layer card at any time.  I have to smack my hands from wanting to make layers and layers and layers.  However this sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches #246 made me think I could do it:

I used Close to my Heart D1284 “With Love” stamps for the vase and florals and sentiment, the black and red both Versafine inks. I bumped the sentiment out a bit with foam tape and popped a simple gem in the middle of each bloom. 

I know I’ve posted this sentiment before but I’d like to post it again…

Golden October, your beautiful leaves now turn,

Sombre November, we cheerful fires burn.

We will not be sad that summer days are gone

and birds now seldom sing.

We’ll smile through the winter

And look forward to the spring. 


I’m posting this phogo for a new friend who I know will enjoy the warm colors.  I hope you feel like you are back here in Osoyoos, even for a moment or two, for a walk with me!

Monday, October 23, 2017

B & W Happy Day Card

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Sometimes the 6 x 6 pads have these great sentiments that “say it” perfectly – that inspire me to build an entire card around it.  This was the case when I decided to take part at a new challenge I just came across.  This is the ALWAYS FUN CHALLENGES and it’s #29 with the theme of Black and White.  I used layers and layers (upon layers) – everything from plain cardstock to glittery patterned to B & W patterned.  I used a basic white cardstock circle die cut from a Simon Says die.  I took the sentiment I trimmed from the Pebbles Inc Jen Hadfield pad and then I clear embossed it to give it a sheen and boldness.  Again, backed with several layers and the sequins to set it off! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Simple Hello Card

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Taking a super quick moment out of my day to finally post a card.  Crazy beautiful life keeps pushing forward and I can’t seem to find a moment to post.  Not that I’ve had much card making lately, other than when I got to play with my sister when I visited.  Unfortunately and sadl ywaited to long and did not post because so much time had past.  Anyways, I did jump into a quick flurry yesterday and created this card based on the CAS(E) This Sketch #244

I used up some scraps for this one!  A simple black embossed bit, and then a patterned one.  I die cut them with die cuts from Simon Says (rectangles).  I embossed a simple white cardstock in white – and then die cut the hello sentiment, all from a set I bought at Michaels (both the embossing folder plus three die word die cuts)  I did use a heavy cardstock for the sentiment so it bumps up a bit.

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I love using up scraps!   In fact, I used up some from the leftovers of the leftovers.  I added these small bits inside the card to sort of frame it and add interest and carry the theme through.  I do this often.  Tell me, how do you use up your scraps?  Do you like to add interest inside you cards?  sentiments? decorations? My inquiring mind needs to know! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Photobook Canada 1st look/review!

I enlisted the help of two dear friends, Lynda and Florence (honorary Mum to me too) to help me do an unpackaging and 1st look at this lovely photo album I made of my Grandbaby’s first year.  I was wise and used the “buy now, create later” option on the Photobook Canada site.  They are always hosting terrific sales and as I knew I wanted to go BIG for this album I chose the 11 x 11 hardcover.  I downloaded the free designer software and installed it on my computer.  Now I am somewhat tech savvy and a digital scrapbooker to boot so I chose to whip all the pages up in Photoshop and then drop them in full page.  I used all kits from Kristin Cronin Barrow (check it – such gorgeous choices at Sweet Shoppe Designs) which made it a snap when it came to breaking sections into themes.  The kits were so precious the pages practically made themselves. 

I have to say the process to set the pages in and upload is about as straightforward as you could ever wish for.  I did mess up with the amount of total pages I created, but fortunately the most gracious staff were accomodating to me – patient and understanding and helpful. 

I am so blown away by the thickness and sturdiness of each page!  And beyond this, probably 75% of my pages were created from photos taken on my iphone – so I didn’t have my hopes up of any superior quality, but WOW! 

We devoured this book from cover to cover – it looks incredible and will be a treasure for my Grandbaby for all of her life.  I could not wish for anything more perfect to celebrate her 1st year – she will get to enjoy it always.  I am so grateful to Photobook Canada for making this project so easy all the while making me feel like I pulled off a professional looking keepsake. (everyone from the support staff upward were HUGELY helpful and supportive)  I also thank my friend Kristin Cronin Barrow for her talent in creating kits that frame this little life perfectly. 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Where oh Where have I been?

Well, I've NOT been to London to visit the Queen.  In fact, of late - for about 3 weeks, I've been in front of my computer, taking breaks only to come up for air, to eat, to thank my handsome Mr for being patient with me, to take bathroom breaks, to work and to sleep.

Why? You ask...



I've been making a 1st year photo album of my daughter and grandbaby.  A whole 160 pages of special moments.  Ah yes, 160 pages.  I originally purchased a "buy now, create later" special through Photobooks Canada and as the deadline was looming I had to just get it done.  I bought an 80 page book, though was not certain if this 80 pages literally meant 80 pics or 160 
pics on two sides of the 80.  I read through the FAQ and I thought this meant I would need the 160 so simply forged ahead.  Imagine my utter shock and horror to realise after uploading and talking to an (oh so understanding) agent, that I'd doubled what I was supposed to do.  Sticker shock!!! However, I must say that Photobooks has worked out an arrangement with me which has allowed me to print my book and I won't have to eat rice for dinner every day for the next month and my lovely family will be able to cherish this treasure forever. 



Me and G'baby out for our walk!
Houston, Tx


I've been utterly blessed to be a huge part in my daughter and grandbaby's life and I wanted to be able to be the one to capture this for generations to come.  I am grateful I could take so many photos of them because a mom can't take photos of herself all the time, of the countless precious moments.  There are the highs, the lows and the dramatic times in between - so lovely to preserve them in such a gorgeous way. 


G'Baby dumps the coffee canister over
while helping "Nonno" (Italian for Grampa) 
bake bread.

Doesn't she look just zen sitting there?  LOL! 

All of my layouts were created using Digital Scrapbooking kits by my friend Kristin Cronin Barrow and they are available at  Sweet Shoppe Designs!  

Besides this, I've been working a couple days a week and thats about it.  Thanks for stopping by!  Perhaps you might come visit again when I receive and unveil this photobook when I open it!  











Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cool Kid Card

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I was taken by this sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #225:

I kind of got very ‘involved’ on this card.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched diecut for the base, cutting it out of a Basic Grey card called “wander”  I diecut a smaller window and flipped the paper to the other side for the bold pattern.  Next I stamped a matching blue cardstock with a Stampin’ Up pattern stamp, then an automobile from My Mind’s Eye onto that, fussy cut it and embossed it with clear.  When done, I added some definition to the wheels using a black sharpie and coated each with diamond Glaze.  A silver gem became a headlight.  I stamped “You are such a” sentiment using a Honey Bee Stamps set and added the “Cool Kid” from an Inkadinkadoo set.  I trimmed these all out and glued and bumped some out with foamtape.  Did the same with the car.  Whew!  Hope the little feller likes this.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gold Accent One Layer card

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Not the greatest photo of my card as it does nothing to display the gorgeous shine of the embossed florals and shows a blue cast to the pristine white paper.  Ah well!  This is my take on the Addicted to CAS #117 challenge:

So, one layer it IS!  One layering is not something I find easy, however today it all flowed together.  I started with a very stiff, bright white cardstock.

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I stamped the florals using an Inkadinkadoo stamp and then I embossed it using some Queens Gold powder from Ranger.  It really looks beautiful!  Next I used a Sizzix floral embossing folder to create texture.  Lastly, I applied This lovely sentiment from the “eloquence” collection from Penny Black.   I was very pleased with the end result. 

Note – our smoky skies have cleared!  My prayers still going out for those who have been affected by the many fires we have had this summer. 


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