Friday, June 24, 2016

Pretty Shimmery Glimmery card for some Challenges!


I almost never do this, make a card for two challenges at once, but this card just begged to be made and nicely slotted into two different places.  So I’m putting this card up for both Case This Sketch 178 – following this week’s sketch:

As well as entering my card into Simon Says Wednesday – ADD SOME SHIMMER!


I love this designer paper by SEI which is shimmer all in itself.  It’s actually a double sided paper but I chose the soft gradient side.  I stampped the sentiment with “hello” from Paper Smooches and placed it in a frame from Stampin’ Up. I punched it out and glued it over some white crochet twine. 

The finishing shimmery glimmery touch are these lovely chipboard florals by K & C Company. I placed both a sequin and a teeny tiny gem in the middle of each  for maximum bling! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mojo Monday 453 Card


I’m posting my card for the Mojo Monday 453 Card challenge (which I’m playing along with my SIL Judy today)  I used a few strips of Colorbok Delilah DP which matched nicely with the butterfly color.  The butterfly and daisies are from K&C Company.  I layered bright white cardstock onto some lawn green and sewed it upon my sewing machine.  The final touch is the flag which I stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp! 

Thanks for popping in today!

Baby Milestones Heart FREEBIE for your Silhouette



A little tiny nose, ears like two delicate shells, rosy cheeks and soft lashes, downy hair and sigh-soft baby skin – I’m a Gramma for the second time and I wanted to celebrate by making a FREE cutting file which will help me mark each milestone along the journey.  I couldn’t find anything out there that was already made up so I designed my own. 




(Zipped File Folder)

For PERSONAL use only

This download includes all you need to mark off all the special months and years.  This is a sweet prop which you can customize as you need.  Personally – I used the small single heart template(move the “1 month old” off before cutting”  out of paper but then used it to cut a nice stiff heart from foam core board.  The outside “frill” from paper – I chose a pretty watercolor paper (on the firm side)  The numbers have coordinating offsets.  I used black vinyl for the black offset, then glitter cardstock for the actual numbers, gluing them on.  This ends up being just over 6 inches in size, the perfect finishing touch to baby’s photos. 


Any suggestions of what else I might design for baby?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fluttery Card for CAS on Sunday #85


I can’t believe it has been SIX WEEKS since I posted last!  So many wonderful things have happened in the meantime – life is like that.  More about that tomorrow when I will be posting a FREE new cutting file for your Silhouette Cameo or cutting machine which handles SVG files. 

I decided that rather than be a lazy bum and go to bed early (though the bed looks SO inviting these busy days) that I would take a card challenge and this week’s one appealed to me – I choose:

CAS on Sunday # 85 – the theme being “BUTTERFLIES” 

I am glad it is a simple theme, this one practically made itself.  I used Momenta watercolor look cardstock for the base (couldn’t watercolor it better myself Winking smile) a swirl stamp I believe by Fiskars, Thanks sentiment from Paper Smooches and the pretty butterfly from K&C Company (I replaced two amber gems of the wings for pretty mauve sequins. 

I thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 02, 2016

CAS on Sunday Card & springness pics!


I am making this card to go along with the CAS on Sunday Challenge #82 – “Stitching” (real) stitching.  Lucky for me I not only have a sewing machine, but I ♥ to sew.  Well not sew holes in things and hem pants and stuff… but anything crafty is fun.

The soft and pretty polka dot DP is Bo Bunny.  The chipboard is (I think) Crate5 and the sentiment is Paper Smooches. I could not resist using a vintage teeny tiny buttone with an insy weenie bow. 

Here’s a few more spring pics to inspire:


Its the time of the year you wanna just lay on that blanket and smell the grass growing and watch insects and (yawwwn..)


Pretty nice dog park – we are fortunate to have several.  Look how placid the water is in the mornings!


This is a beach in Penticton – an hour’s drive from here.  Spent some time with my handsome Mr here on Saturday (date day YEAHHHHHH!) 

Hope you have a terrific week!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Photos and TMS card


I needed to make a “Thinking of You” card and I thought I’d pair it up with a challenge.  Lucky for me today’s Tuesday Morning Sketches #349 Challenge is a perfect fit for my creative thinking today:

Lucky for me, the designer paper I chose did all the “polka-dotting” for me.  It is “amplified” by American Crafts. My sentiment is from Penny Black – the “eloquence” set. All I had to do was add some distress ink around the sentiment, pop a couple of teeny tiny diamonds on the “i”s on the sentiment and add some twine and wool in coordinating colors. 

Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ll leave you with a couple of random springtime pictures I’ve taken recently:


The fruit is all early this year.


What a magnificent Magnolia – this was about a month ago

at the coast.



Violets make me all sentimental – what florals do this to you?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CAS on Sunday, my take on #81 tic-tac-toe


This is my take on CAS on Sunday #81 – Tic Tac Toe challenge:

As you may gather, I chose to go with the middle horizontal line!  I stamped the Close to my Heart sentiment directly onto a silver foil cardstock (recollections) – using Stayz-on ink.  I used a glitter chevron patterned paper for the backdrop and added just a few sequins for fun. 


It is really difficult to take photos of shiny and glittery papers – they usually turn out with me and my camera reflected – adding in unasked for shapes and colors.  You kind of have to sneak up on a shiny card, stalk it and catch it when the light is just right. 

Speaking of taking pictures, here are a few taking in the last month which have inspired me:


My little Grand-dawg Fancy – at the dog beach one recent Saturday when Melanie came to hang out with me.


“G’maw – don’t watch me eat my cones, its embarassing!”


“And they’re really not so fun to eat…”


Cones are much more approachable than Mr and Mrs Duck…

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guest Designer for Merry Monday #200!!!

I’m beyond TICKLED (can you see me squirming? haha) that my sister Nina asked me to be her Guest Designer for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 200th – woo HOO!  This is a BIG DEAL! 

MM 200

I decided to go with the “inspiration” theme – pretty pinks and silver:


I used a soft pink paper from Recollections, trimming deckled edges using the my Fiskars cutter (could not live without that thing!)  I layered up the top row and added a strip of sparkly silver washi tape.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes (cut out of foil) then added pretty gems in the centers.  The middle snowflake is backed by a circle to make it the center of interest.  Lastly I stamped “Season’s Greetings” using a JustRite clear Christmas Labels One stamp by Amy Tedder Designs.

Though I struggle sometimes to be “festive” when its warm outdoors – any time a “00th” celebration comes along it becomes much easier to “get in the mood”.  Congrats to all of the Designers and hard working staff who keep Merry Monday going. And, of course to all of you bloggers and crafters who post your creations here too. Thanks all for inspiration all year long. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

My take on FMS 231 Challenge

I was a little confused when I saw the header “There’s still time to play with FMS 237” because now that I was looking at it, its FMS 231!  But I think I came up with a simple card.


Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 231:

I needed something masculine and I think my card hit the ticket!  I wanted to give it a little “oomph” so I layed up in the designer paper taking the cue from the square patterns – just bumping them up slightly with foam tape. 


From the front you’d hardly know. 

I used a Crate Paper and the stamped sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Thanks for wandering in here!

Friday, April 01, 2016

A card for FMS 230


I enjoyed whipping up a card  this week’s Freshly Made Sketches 230 challenge – because it was so dead simple!

FMS Final 230-001

I decided to go with a paper that I keep coming across in my stash – it’s sectioned off into one of my bins with the label of “Specialty” because of its very embossed feel – very 3D – a “touchy feely” card.


I could not get the color quite right through my photographs, its far more the the red than pink, good thing as its intended to be a masculine birthday card. 

This designer paper is Lost and Found 3 by My Mind’s Eye.  The stamp is from Hero Arts.

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