Monthly Archives: December 2007

A little Spring?

I had a little fun putting this card design together. It is a little different and I took a few risks with it. A fresh color combo and some vintage/shabby touches and some quick messy watercoloring…well…I love it but I’m not sure how you all are going to like it! πŸ™‚ DH hates it! LOL “You MADE that?!” πŸ˜‰ Soooo be honest…what do you think? I’m a big girl…I can take it. πŸ™‚ I think last yesterday I was just tired of perfect coloring and perfect squares and perfect scallops and wanted to think outside the box. I even colored that wild rose in blue! One of my resolutions this year is to try out new things and be more creative. I hope it is one I can keep!

Shabby Hello


This design is currently out for publication…

I actually started this design while cleaning up my desk. I couldn’t throw away this darling little scrap of Hambly Screen Prints transparency. So I paired up that acid green with some turquoise and blue and had a little shabby fun. For the background…I used the Spanish Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms. I inked it up randomly…leaving the edges uninked for a interesting look. After watercoloring my Wild Rose stamp with Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Cool Caribbean, I ripped out the image and crumpled up the edges.

To hold down that Hambly transparency I added some brown stitching to the left side and secured the right with some Spumoni Prima Flowers. To add a quick sentiment, I tucked in a little Hello…from the Silhouette Blooms stamp set and added some more random stitching. A few Autumn Leaves buttons decorate the top left corner to finish it off.

I also want to take this time to wish you all a safe and happy new year! If you want to kick the new year off with some new stamps and goodies…I thought I’d let you know… Cornish Heritage Farms is having a one day sale tomorrow. You might want to check it out! πŸ™‚

Supply List:

Cardstock: Frosted Teal, Birchtone Dark, Natural Ivory – Prism

Stamps: Wild Rose, Spanish Script, Silhouette Blooms – Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean – SU, Burnt Umber Palette – Stewart Superior

Other: flowers – Prima, sewing machine, buttons – Autumn Leaves, transparency – Hambly Screen Prints, brad – Creative Impressions

Simply Love…

Well…It’s not Saturday but I’m going to share a very simple design with you today instead. These holidays mixed up with a lot to do have really done a number on my schedule! πŸ™‚ I’m hoping another week of the kids home and then I’ll be able to get back to normal!

This is a super quick Valentine’s Design. I’m really loving simple these days. I love designing a variety of styles and mixing them up to keep things interesting. When you design pretty much daily…this is a good thing. I shared a design with you on Thursday with this same set and it has a totally different look. I still have another one up my sleeve πŸ˜‰ for another day. It is totally different again so stay tuned!

{Heart} U


For this design, I used a simple card of Very Vanilla cardstock and used a Spellbinders Oval Nestability die to emboss the front. This gives a very subtle look with no layers but still gives a sense of boundaries in the design. Inside the embossing, I stamped a simple U and heart from the Heart To Heart stamp set by Lizzie Anne Designs. For the heart…I added a little interest by first inking the stamp in Regal Rose ink and then Rock n Rolling the stamp by rolling the edges with my Rose Red ink pad. I love the dual tones and this is such a great simple technique for solid stamps.

For my super quick embellishments…I just adore these little felt birds from Maya Road…how cute is that?! A little button is tied with some May Arts ribbon and helps anchor the design.

Hope you are having a simply wonderful weekend!


I’m just smitten with Paper Crafts new February issue! Haven’t gotten my copies yet but I did spy it in the drug store yesterday while I was posting some designs….we have a post office right in the store. Of course I had to flip through. I can’t wait for it to arrive in my mailbox and for some time to actually go through it carefully. LOL I had to stop as I was getting some curious looks from an employee. πŸ˜‰ Some gorgeous designs were catching my eye! I have two designs in this issue and can share one of them with you here.

Words of Love


This design uses three embossing powders embossed over patterned paper as part of the Hot Hot Heat feature in this issue. You can check it out on page 70, I believe. My other design on is page 51 and is part of the Valentine’s feature. If you don’t subscribe to this magazine…you can purchase it at your local craft store or on-line at Paper Crafts. πŸ™‚


U and I

I always like making Valentine’s Cards that are a little more masculine in nature. After all…my hubby is NOT going to appreciate a lot of pink and flowers …he just wants to know that I love him. πŸ™‚ While playing around with this Heart to Heart stamp set by Lizzie Anne Designs I decided to try out a darker, more vintage look…perhaps a more “scrappy style” if you will. I love the results…some stamping on acetate, a little paint, stitching…I’m hoping he likes it! πŸ™‚

Today is also Thursday and time for another Ways to Use it Challenge. This week, the challenge is a rerun. With the busy days during the holidays I thought it would be a good time for one and today….the challenge is to use Stazon! πŸ™‚ I love Stazon ink…perfect for so many surfaces. As in this card design, I mostly use mine on acetate but also love using it on glass. Stazon ink is also great for stamping and then watercoloring as it doesn’t bleed. If you’re just starting out…my favorite Stazon inks are Black and White Opaque…soooo flexible. Try them! You’ll love them. If you’d like to play along…make sure you check out the challenge at WT146.

U & I


This design is pretty simple…a 5.25″ square card design layered with the beautiful Perhaps Basic Grey paper. You know how much I love those 6×6 paper pads! πŸ™‚ The U heart I was stamped in black Stazon Ink from Tsukinkeo onto a transparency. I love transparencies…they are fabulous to stamp on and you can brush ink or paint behind them just where it is needed…sort of a layer but one that barely covers up what is beneath. Over the heart…I hand wrote “and” on a little strip of paper and then sponged the edges with Distress Ink. After crumpling the strip…I attached it over the heart with my Crop-a-dile and some eyelets. I then attached the transparency to my design by stitching the edges to the card and also added a little stitching to the top of the card. I decided to have a little fun with the bottom of the design as well…I pulled out my Just Words stamp set and stamped coordinating words along the bottom of the patterned paper. Between each word, to add definition, I added a tiny silver heart brad by Making Memories. A Prima flower, a button and some ribbon finish off the design.

Wishing you a wonderful day! Hope you have time to join us for the challenge! πŸ™‚

A New Year’s Design

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas yesterday. Was Santa good to you? πŸ˜‰ I had a lovely day spent with my family, aunt and dad. So much to eat and that refrigerator is stocked full with leftovers. Yippee…doesn’t look like I’ll have to do much cooking for a while! πŸ™‚ Today I’m doing some designing and trying to get back to normal here. It’s been so busy I haven’t stamped in a week and so I’m really looking forward to it.

In the meantime, New Years is just around the corner. Now I’ve never actually sent a New Year’s card before…I’ve only designed two actually and so I’m sharing this quick design below. Lots of shimmer and fun. πŸ™‚

Starry Glitter New Year’s


This design actually uses a Christmas paper that has a starry night with Santa riding on his sleigh. After designing a card with the image, i was left with this scrap of starry black patterned paper and thought it might be fun to try a New Years design with it. I love pairing up black and aqua. This cardstock is actually the retired SU Cool Caribbean cardstock as it matched up my glittery chipboard alphabet so well. This Making Memories chipboard is so sparkly and fun and easy to work with. H N Y for Happy New Year. On the right side of hte design…I used a little acetate Ghost Shape Snowflake by Heidi Swapp and over top… a Happy New Years epoxy embellishment from Around the Block. To finish it off…a couple rhinestone brads by Making Memories.

Hope you are having a great Boxing Day. That’s the day after Christmas…a holiday forΒ most peopleΒ here in Canada and also in Britain. πŸ™‚ I’m staying home and not braving the stores! If you do feel like doing a little shopping…you might want to pop by Jacksonbelle Embellishments. Lindsey is having a huge sale…most items in the store 25% off until midnight the 28th. Have fun!

An Indescribable Gift

It is so busy this time of year. So much going on…so many preparations to make…so many gifts to buy. I just had to take the time today to share my favorite Christmas card that I have designed. I actually designed this last year working with a Thankful Theme. You may have seen it before but as it is special to me, I wanted to share it here on my blog. Why is this design special to me? Well, I’m really pleased with how the design and elements on this card all came together, but mostly…it means something to me as it reminds me of the real meaning of Christmas. Remembering God’s Gift to us…his son. This card is designed around a verse…

Thanks….Be to God for his indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15

The thanks is stamped on the front and the rest of the verse, computer-generate on the inside.

Thanks Be to God


This card also reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas songs… Mary Did you Know by Mark Lowry…

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver youMary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Did you know
That your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little boy
You’ve kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
And the dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Did you know
That your baby boy will one day rules the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the Great I Am

Supply List:
Stamps: heavenly Peace, Paisley, Magenta crackle stamp, Linen, Autumn, EFP
Paper: whisper white
Ink: sahara sand, black
Accessories: on board, chipboard, sewing machine, aquapainter, crop-a-dile, eyelets, mat pack

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!

It’s a Wrap!

It’s a Wrap! That’s today’s challenge. πŸ˜‰ Couldn’t resist the play on words. It’s Thursday again and I’m once again hosting, hostessing…whatever!…a Way’s To Use It Challenge on So…….get ready to jump in and play along!

Now what do I mean by It’s a Wrap? Well….incorporate your stamping and papercrafting into wrapping up some gifts. Come on…there must be a few of you left who like me, still have a couple left to wrap up. If not…find ways to use that wrapping paper right in a card design. This is a very open challenge! As long as you use some wrapping supplies…it’s all good. It’s doesn’t have to be Christmas either…wrap up a birthday gift…just have some fun with it! Join us at WT145!

Pinkalicious Penguin Package (sorry…couldn’t resist the alliteration!)


Now this Christmas gift bag is going to be filled with lots of goodies for my Mother-in-Law. She seems to like everything I make so I’m sure hoping she will enjoy this. This design is actually worked up (very quickly this morning, I might add) combining two challenges. As you already know…for today’s WT challenge and starting last month the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen and Dirty Dozen Alumni (that’s me) are getting together and having a fun little challenge. This is my first month at it. The challenge…use a penguin stamp, no blue and some sparkle. Ok, ok…you have to look very closely on this to find the sparkle. But it’s there…some Crystal Effect and a couple little clear rhinestone stickers…you KNOW how much I love those! And so enough blabbing. I don’t know what’s gotten into me today. I must have kissed the Blarney Stone. I AM half Irish you know! πŸ˜‰

For this design I used an 8 x 10 Kraft gift bag from Michael’s. I found the hard way that these bags are NOT easy to stamp on so I decided to cover it instead. I couldn’t use blue so I decided to have a little fun pairing up pink, white and kraft for a fun, festive look. I used a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock and stamped it with Large Snowflakes stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms using white craft ink. Hard to see in the pic I know but really sweet IRL. πŸ™‚ I trimmed down the cardstock a little before adhering it to bag. To finish the top edge, I used a piece of white velvet ribbon and then decided to add a sentiment strip across the bottom of the design. Merry Christmas (Holiday Cheer set) was stamped in Pink Passion ink onto a kraft cardstock strip. The edges were sponged with white craft ink and then stitched on my sewing machine. This gorgeous Queen and Co. Felt Fushion embellishment caught my eye. Sooo darling and it worked perfectly under the sentiment for some definition. These felt cut-outs come is lots of gorgeous colors and now come with adhesive on the back. This is SUCH an improvement! I loved Queen and Co.’s first felt strips but they WERE difficult to use. A little rhinestone sticker from Doodlebug Designs dots the i and some Autumn Leaves button are adhered to the right side of the panel. Have I told you how much I’m lovin’ buttons right now?! πŸ˜‰

Quick Tip: When using the Queen and Co. new adhesive backed felt strips, peel off the backing slowly and carefully, making sure not to adhere it on itself. The felt can be torn under rough treatment but the look is well worth that minute of slowing down and being careful! πŸ™‚

My little tag was so much fun to make. It is the first time I’ve inked up this darling stamp designed by Asela for Cornish Heritage Farms. I stamped it on white cardstock and then punched it out with my Mega circle punch by Marvy. The scalloped circle is the Giga size and is punched out of kraft cardstock and the edges swiped with white craft ink. After coloring my penguin with Copic markers, I sponged the edges with Pretty in Pink ink and then stitched around the circle. To add an “ICY” element, I added some crystal effects under his feet…sorry it is terribly overcast today and you can’t see it. Actually, I had to go OUTSIDE to take these photos. That is REAL snow folks! πŸ˜‰ And real pine and spruce branches too! My neighbours must think I’m crazy but hey…a gal’s gotta do what she’s gotta do! πŸ˜‰

So……….. I really need to finish off this post! A little ribbon ties the tag on the bag handles and another button is tied with some gingham ribbon and adhered to the tag. The handles…well…they’re my favorite part! I’ve been hoarding this fuzzy stuff for about a year and finally broke down and used it. So fun and fluffy to wrap around the handles. Now I’m not quite sure what you call it…i bought mine at the dollar store! Boa? Maribou? Whatever it is…it’s super fun! Be careful though…fluff everywhere when you cut it. I KNOW! I had the dickens of a time trying to pick it out of my not-quite-dry Crystal Effects ice rink! πŸ™‚