Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Celebrating YOU” Card




So happy to be able to play with paper with my sister Nina on this wet moisty Autumn day - Let it RAIN, I say, while we stay snugged up in amongst all the wonderful designer paper, stamps etc.  We are in a creative bubble enjoying a card or two.  We hunted up this Sunday Stamps #188 which whetted our appetite and managed some attractive cards! 


I used a snippet of scrap DP for the background, cut with a Simon Says Stamp rectanglular diecut.  I cut a coordinating bit of teal cardstock and slightly smaller white cardstock, stamped these pretty Favorite Flowers by Simon Says Stamp in Memento Summer Sky, Red Magic and Cantaloupe.  I stamped a few leaves and fussy cut a few of the carstock.  I finished off with Sequins from Lucy’s cards.com

More to come soon - appreciate you dropping by! 



Monday, September 24, 2018

Honey Bee Simon Says Stamptember challenge:

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I had a lovely creave session with Nina this weekend, ONLY card I managed this weekend, no regrets as I got a day away with my handsome Mr.  Nina pointed me to this challenge for STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp


and as I have some lovely Honey Bee stamps I managed to whip up a card (pictured above the STAMPtember ad)   I Stamped the Thank You on thick bright white cardstock then die cut it with a Simon Says rectangular stitched diecut.  I stamped the Honey Bee  “I CAN’T” and “ENOUGH”  and pretty butterfly.  I used Tim Holtz  distress inks (birthday gift from my sweet Sis) in dusty concord and victorian velvet on all things stamped.  I used a diecut for the sentiment tabs and fussy cut the butterfly.  I added some Gelly Roll on the butterfly for a bit of soft glitz.  I mounted everything on the card, adding a Studio Katia gem for the butterfly’s head and sprinkling a few sequins around the rest of the card to draw your eye around. 

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I love how this butterfly looks as if it hovering on my card, ready to take flight. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, September 03, 2018

Floral “Remember Today” Card

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I feel like I’m giving into this “simple” theme on a lot of cards lately and being able to assemble quickly and happily – so unusual for me.  I’m happily ensconced into my craft cave for the second time today and it feels like I got the very last scoop of ice cream or something.  My sister Nina and sister in law Judy are both doing this card along with me too, so now I feel like I hit the winning ticket for sure.  The very most wonderful thing I can think of doing before this long weekend ends and the daily grind gets me.  LOL!  Do you craft along with a sibling, relative or friend while you create?  Do you text?  Do you Facetime?  How blessed we are when we do, doubles our joys, so to speak.


I started my card with a basic thick white cardstock.  I save the “good stuff” for cards where I make mostly white on the front panel which I diecut using what I think was a Spellbinders set.   I find a top rate cardstock makes a big difference in sturdiness and quality of my cards.  I stamped some pretty florals using versafine and Stampin’ Up “both way blossoms”  I shaded them in gently using Tombow Markers.   I used an  Echo Park sentiment. 

Thanks for dropping in!  Visit me and I’ll come a-visitin’ you too Smile 

Sunday, September 02, 2018

You’re RAD Dino Card

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Sometimes these tic tac toe challenges can be a hoot!  I liked the idea of this Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #211.

I decided to go a little crazy and try out a couple sets of diecuts I purchased at least 3 months ago and have not used as much as I thought I might.  Thes diecuts and stamp sets are Recollections.  I used two sets, one a dinosaur theme (thus the diecuts)  the other for some award ribbon looking ones.  I liked the dino from one and the sentiment from both sets.  The thing that really made this card so fun is this DCWV The Gone Wild Stack.  Its 12 x 12 in nice thick textured paper with lots of glittery stripes and such (thus the glitter)  I used two DP (thus the two pattern papers)  the greenish sparkly stripes one for dino and then the red, more muted one for the backdrop.  I stamped the ROAR on and filled it in a bit with Gelly Roll clear star.  I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it into three bits and popped them out with foam tape.  Finally I decided to make a spring for behind dyno so he can squiggle around for even more scary action. 

I was given this paper a few years ago by my lovely freind Jocelan.  (muah, muah MUAH Jocelan and I’ll be emailing you sooner than soon, really!)  At the time I really wondered how I would use it, it was a huge departure from the patterns and tones I usually gravitate to.  But you know, this stack keeps filtering right up to the top of my stacks pile every so often and exactly when I need a unique card.  And now is a great time with Grandkids growing up – both boys and girls – they all seem to like dinosaurs these days. 

Isn’t that the coolest thing really though – giving someone a gift and knowing that whenever they use it, it comes with a memory of WHO gave it and brings them to mind?   I love sharing out things with my family and friends and seeing how they use it… incredible to see how we all interpret things differently.  Is there something special you have recieved from someone that you enjoyed?  I’d love to know.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Bless Your Little Heart card

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I’m jumping on a sketch a day it seems for this past week, but I’m sure my streak will stop very soon and I’ll take a breather and come back refreshed.  I seem to work in bursts.   I liked this straightforward CAS(E) this sketch #287 and so it was easy to figure out just what to whip up.  I used this gorgeous designer paper “Love Story” – an 8 x 8 block of the most textured and lovely paper by Kristin Cronin Barrow 

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As you can see its deeply embossed and nice thick and strong paper.  I used a Simon Says stitched diecut for the circle and then used a small diecut for the heart.  The stamps are from one of my favorite stamp companies – Honey Bee Stamps

Hope you are on a crafty creative streak too.  What a nice bunch of coincidences for me:  a long weekend (Labour Day here in Canada) – my sweet husband home and getting to spend quality time with him – and making a few cards here and there. 

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