Saturday, June 30, 2018

Colorful Birthday Card


So my Sister Nina texts me this morning and asks if I’m into making a card and I say “Sure!” – she asks if I have a challenge in mind so I hunted and pecked and settled on Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #92 – and I discover that once again our sisterly brains are on the same creative wavelength because she had not only chosen this same challenge but had already chosen and assembled her bits in readiness.  This happens to us often.  Do you have this happen too?  This said, I think its so cool how we can take the same sketch and make completely different looking cards out of it. 

I used a slice of K&C Company designer paper for the backdrop and then layerd on stripes of color coordinated cardstock bits (nice way to use up scraps!  I stamped this sentiment from Your Next Stamp (love this set) and diecut this banner panel from glittery cardstock.  I thought I was done at this point.  Showed and Telled to Nina then took a pic in prep to post.  Wandered off and had lunch, all the while thinking it looked kind of naked up by the sentiment.  Came back and it hit me to add the small bits of blues and greens to “frame” in the words.  Voila! 

Do you ever wander off and come back with revelations of improvement or enhancement to your cards? 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thinking of You frame card


Feels like forever since I’ve created and posted all in one fell swoop.  Well, thats the way it has to be with me, isn’t it with such busy days.  I am happy with this oh so simple Just Add Ink  #414 challenge.  I pulled this one together quite effortlessly, keeping it straightforward before I could get carried away.  I was dying to use this panel from Kaiser Craft Hanami Garden Collection, and because I wanted to “Just Add” some Ink I used a tombow clear ink marker and embossed this sentiment.  I diecut the frame using stitched die from Simon Says Stamp  with DP by CraftSmith “Natural Luxury” (a 12 x 12 pad I go back to time after time and wish I’d bought two, no three, NO, the craft hoarder in me yells 12 haha!) 


For a final touch of elegance I added some Twinkle Dust glitter to the blooms.  And there you have it.  Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful and creative day. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Sweet Birthday Card


Really loved this fast and simple Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #90, chose this over the colors as I sometimes have a difficult time bringing colors together – I get hung up on the colors and lose direction.  I went with allowing the designer paper to do most of the heavy work.  Loved this panel from A.W. Cute of a vintage jam label.  I paired it with my “go to” (so many many times) stamp from Your next stamp (birthday sentiment) and added a “sweet” from Honey Bee Stamps  on white cardstock, backed with dark blue which I scalloped.  Lastly was the teensy tiny gem to dot the “i”.

Thanks for dropping in today. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Hello To You Card


Oh so quick post – believe it or not posting this Sunday Stamps #180 Challenge is my big fat reward for vacuuming the upstairs of my home.  I know I’m a weirdo but carding to me is like a milkbone to a dog.  1 load of laundry, 1 card.  Clean out the freezer, well heck, that deserves a two card session.  You get the picture… and if it happens to rain outside well thats an excuse too! 

I used some Boy Oh Boy designer paper by Carta Bella, layered it upa with a lovely sheer fat ribbon, notched.  Layered a rectangle and then scalloped another, added the Dienamics hello diecut and also the “to you” from a Honey Bee stamps set. I backed the dp with black cardstock and added the stitched black ribbon and layered everything up using foam tape in two different heights. 

Thanks for stopping in!  I’m off to suck up the basement before I post another card…

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Daisy Wreath Card


I managed to tuck in a short window of crafting on Monday and my card is the result.   I chose to do this Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #266 because I have a diecut I’ve  not had a chance to use yet and the floral wreath element of this sketch segues perfectly into it. 

The background designer paper is one my friend Terri gave me a bit ago, unfortunately no details on it.  I diecut it with enough room to allow the cardstoc to become a “frame” for it.  Next, I diecut the wreath:


Its a very interesting and intricate one and at first I was hesitant – just did not know how I would use it.  Then I realized one of my Simon Says stitched circle diecuts fits perfectly in the middle section.   I had this lovely sparkled up daisy sticker hanging around and thought the bright white of it and sparkles were a nice contrast to the green background.  I used a tombow marker to color most of it a deep green, leaving the two tiny blossoms white and adding some clear gems from Pretty Pink Posh.  I used a sharp needle to poke holes in the middle of the daisy for added texture.  Next I stamped the sentiment with a Your Next Stamp and fashioned it into the little flag to affix to my card and Voila! 

The flood waters are abating here in Osoyoos and our weather has cooled a bit as well. 


The cherries are coming on now, just the first few red ones which are hardly eating size yet, but still!  My mouth can already taste them. 

Lemonade 2018

And on my way to pick up my handsome Mr from school (he’s an instructor) I came across this little lemonade stand.  What a sweet way to finish an afternoon.  I skreached on the brakes in my Frisky little Fiat and queued up for a glass of this fresh-squeezed treat. 

What’s special in your little corner of the world? 

PS – A VERY VERY Happy Birthday to my Sister in Law Judy 

PPS – if you are reading this Jocelan, I have NOT forgotten about you… LOL!  I will send you an email really soon Smile

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Polka Dot Thankful Card

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Sneaking in another card, basing it on Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #265.  I took liberties to make the one layer a bit wider and place the narrower bit over toward the left, it all just “fit” better for me.  I made a base out of this fun grey and white polka dot paper vrom Pebbles inc – a Jen Hadfield 6 x 6 DP pad.  I used the sentiment included inside the block too, then repeated the theme with a fun polkadot layered die cut flower.   Die cut by Dienamics.  I used more dies by Simon Says Stamp and Spellbinders to make a lacy backdrop to the sentiment.  My final touches were the sequin in the middle of the bloom and then finished it all with three small white gems by Studio Katia. 


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Haynes Point (Swiws) Provincial Park, Osoyoos BC

Our town, Osoyoos, is OPEN!  Despite all the media coverage of the floods the waters have since retreated and even when things were at their worst…

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Walkway lakefront by Watermark, Osoyoos BC

The first photo was taken a few nights ago when the weather had cheered up again, this bottom one was taken last Thursday when our lake was really high.  You might have a squint in the water about half way up these tree trunks, this is a small retaining wall where the sand for the swimming beach is. The water was quite high, but even then, Osoyoos has been open for business, for living and touristing.  Yes, there have been homes and people adversely impacted and there has been loss of property – but our community is amazing and its been very much neighbor helping neighbor and help come in from inside town and out.  The downtown core is still vibrant and not only waiting to serve you – but needing you to come visit!  There’s still great restaurants, wineries, shops and even Rattlesnake Canyon open for you and your children to come play.  There are campsites open despite what you may hear.  I read where one campsite only had three spaces taken this long weekend, that’s a huge loss for the town and owners.  So… come visit! 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Lush Floral Diecut Card


I’m coming in toward the deadline for this Freshly Made Sketches 337 challenge – I have had little time to create this week so the simplicity of this sketch shouted at me!  Lots of leeway to interpret!  I used a slice of gorgeous designer paper from Recollection for the larger portion.  The transparency is a snippet of BoBunny vellum.  The die cuts are ones I just recieved from Peachy Cheap and have been dying to try.  The sentiment is a washi sticker from Pink Fresh (Felicity) – a giftie from my Sistie!  I think I could love washi stickers, they make life easy. 

Thanks for stopping in today

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Masculine Birthday – Kraft with Gold!


My take on:

Paper Players #391 Tick Tac Toe Challenge

So I hope it’s completely obvious I’m choosing birthday for my “tic”, die-cut for my “tac” and my “toe” could be either of twine or masculine you take your pick! 

I made myself dive into some paper slices which have been staring at me ever since my friend Terri gifted them to me.  I have several girlfriends in my life who, if we get a “book” of special designer paper, we give each other free choice of pecking through said book and taking what you might like.  Most books come with duplicates and its so cool to see how we each use different patterns and slices in unique ways!  I say DP shared is a double blessing indeed! 

I die-cut this kraft and gold accented DP – which I believe was from a DCWV pack which was meant to be for making banners.  I used a rectangular die cut, then I trimmed the middle bit out in a triangle.  I did some layering up of various pieces (I find you can never go wrong with stacking things and adding layers and foam tape does miracles at creating height and interest.  I used a Jillibean (Hampton Art) stamp for the sentiment.  I added some twine twisted with some sparkly gold thread for a topper.

pink lady

First Pink Lady Blossoms 2018

Thank you for spending a few moments of your busy day here at my blog! 

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Embossed Happy Birthday


This card whipped itself up in my head before I ever set to getting the supplies together.  I have (as I am sure we ALL have) a paper scraps bin and I enjoy finding bits in there for cards.  This super simple sketch by Just Add Ink #406 was just the ticket for me!  I started with making myself use some Adirondack embossing powder in “Stream” which has been looking at me since I purchased it.  The color is so lovely so I promised myself I’d use it (YES, I did have out loud conversations with myself)  I embossed a Jillibean Doilies stamp and applied the embossing powder and cooked it.  Don’t know about you but I LOVE cooking embossed things.  I have not seen an animated embossing session on Instagram but I’m betting it would be mesmerizing and relaxing, as much for a crafter person like me as the ever burning wood logs you see… ANYWAYS… I layered this embossed cooked doily with various die cuts to add interest and topped it with my very favorite TEENSY tiny My Favorite Things Happy Birthday sentiment.  (for a tiny sentiment it SHOUTS out on some cards) 

I used a scrap of fabric coated paper for the backdrop (after mis-slicing the embossed top layer several times)  Once I had success on the cutting of the top layer embossed paper I bumped it up with foam tape, affixed the sentiment disk and the final touch – adding some pretty shiny silver sequins from Simon Says Stamp 


First Lilac Bouquet

Every day is a fresh beginning,

Every morn is the world made new".”

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wood Themed Birthday Card


I’m going to JUST SQUEAK under the wire with posting this one, a super busy week kept me from getting my card up till now.  All good stuff to distract and delay me, mind you.  I was tickled to marry this Freshly Made Sketches #334 challenge with some paper I had given to me.   We have a relative who works in the wood and lumber industry and this designer paper by Stampin’ Up was just the ticket.  I used the good old layering it up technique, keeping it simple to let the wood shine through.  I die cut the sentiment with a Peachy Cheap die cut.  All I had to do to embellish was glue a few woodgrain sequins on, adding a few clear shimmery ones from Pretty Pink Posh.  And there you have it! 

I have had a beautiful weekend and I’d like to just share a little review of it.  I have a dear friend who blessed me with a weekend away – a women’s bible retreat at Rockridge Canyon – a breathtaking setting!


Just a short drive from Princeton BC in the lovely Similkameen Valley – with snow still atop the mountains but with the warm sun shining down on us the first day.  There were light rains on the next two days but it did not stop us from enjoying a zip-line adventure.  I enjoyed an early morning walk alongside the lake with a new friend, in the stillness it was a special time. 



I would have loved a hike to the peak of this little mountain but this will be for another time.  This is the view from the patio at our accomodations. 


The staff, the food were all top-notch, in fact it was a lavish banquet three times a day. 


In the company of some 50 or more Christian Women, it was a weekend of encouragement, bonding, teaching.  So many women gave of their talents and gifts to make this a beautiful, safe place for each of us to be fulfilled in our spirits.  I could not begin to list how each person made this a special time I’ll always treasure. 


Heidi McLaughlin from Heart Connections

A true highlight of this entire weekend retreat was the ministry and mentorship of Heidi McLaughlin from Heart Connections.   Heidi is such a warm, loving, encouraging and engaging speaker who has a true gift for reaching her audience on a very personal level.  A published author of several motivational books, she gracefully engages each person in such a positive and personal way.  I love how she pulls  on her own experiences of her life and Faith Journey.  I am confident she and her workshop had a spirit moving impact on each and every one of us. 


Thank you, Heidi, for drawing each of us out, to minister to our deepest heart-hurts and joys.  Thank you for your clear and relevant bible teachings.  Personally, for me, as I have been between Church family at this time, your gentle soul-nudge (and the blessing of my friend Terri to bring me to this event and share it with me as a friend) is causing me to desire to reconnect with a church. Now I’m home again I’m reading Heidi’s “Restless for More” – already uplifting and strengthening me.

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