Category Archives: Lily Bee

Made to Measure

I’m back today with some more Vintage Measuring Tape love. One of the cards I designed for Maya Road for CHA Summer was this one featuring their beautiful Measuring Tape trims. I had this idea for making a fun fringed look with the ribbon and it turned out just as I had hoped.

To keep the trims in place, I used a Be Creative Adhesive Sheet and applied my ribbon lengths in rows. The overlapping ends of the ribbon aren’t adhered and I love how they curve slightly upwards for an interesting dimension to the design.

The burlap flower adds still more texture and makes a great place to pin on some additional embellishments.

If you’re looking for more measuring tape ideas, you may have missed this post.


Happy creating!

Sweet Sunshine

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s one of my favorite quotes and I’m trying to enjoy each and every moment of this beautiful summer with my family. Summer is so short that we want to cram every possible moment full of enjoying it. If my posts these past few weeks have been a little sporadic, well, sometimes you just have to spend time making memories so that you have something to share.

Today I have a layout to share with you that I created for a Lily Bee sketch challenge. The new Lily Bee Blog has a new creative schedule and today marks the fun new beginning. Each Monday will bring you a sketch challenge and today’s sketch was created by Ursula Schneider. I took some creative liberties with the sketch so be sure to stop by the blog for some inspiration and to play along.


Happy Monday!

Cards… June 2012

At the end of last year I received an e-mail from the editor of Cards Magazine asking me to be their featured designer for their June 2012 issue. To say I was honoured and excited would be an understatement.

Cards magazine is one of my favorite crafting magazines. The gorgeous projects, photography and beautiful glossy spreads always inspired. Cards is part of the Scrapbook Trends family of stunning magazines. You can subscribe, order single issues or download digital issues from their web-site here. If you’ve never stopped by their create: blog before, it’s a wonderful spot for inspiration and giveaways and you can find it here.

Today’s card design is one of my favorites of the five I created for Cards June 2012. I love it because I think it’s very me…all the things I love all hodge-podged together for a fun design.


Thanks for stopping by!

Lily Bee Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lily Bee Blog Hop! If you’ve just started…great to see you! If you began hopping from the new Lily Bee blog, well, I’m sure you’re chock full of inspiration from some talented ladies and you are almost done. The Lily Bee blog is now at a new location so if you haven’t stopped by, make sure you bookmark it. Stop by as there are fun sneak peeks at the new summer releases. You are going to love them!

Today I have two Lily Bee cards to share with you from the Handmade line. It’s one of my favorite lines and I love the fresh colors and the quilting theme.

Handmade lends itself to a homespun look so I’ve gone that route with this card design. A handmade folded circle flower is the main embellishments and I’ve added in some freehand pen work to accent some of the layers.

Each flower consists of 6 circles. Five are 2.5″ in size and four of them are folded in quarters and then adhered to the fifth. The last circle is 1.5″ and becomes the flower center.

My second card features squares with folded corners. It creates a fun quilt block look. The paper and chipboard butterflies are die cut and then covered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Back to the blog hop….

Did you know Lily Bee is having a giveaway?! Here’s the details…

We will be giving away a $50 VISA gift card to one lucky winner. In order to be eligible, hoppers need to leave comments on each designer’s blog, and the Lily Bee Blog. Comments will be open until Monday, July 2nd, Midnight EST. We will announce the winner on the 4th of July post.

Sounds like an awesome prize! If you’d like to play along for a chance to win, the blog hop list is below.


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful long weekend!

Circle Celebration

It’s been a while since I’ve created a layout. It’s hard to find the time to create them but when I’m done, I always wish I could make them more often. Scrapbooking is how I got into paper crafting and it will always call my name.

Recently we celebrated my “baby’s” 7th birthday. I’m so thankful for these days. He’s growing up, telling jokes, reading and broadening his horizons but I still get hugs and kisses, and the biggest thrill for him is for me to come on his school field trips. I know this isn’t going to last much longer so I’m hanging onto each sweet moment and tucking it away in my heart.

This fun layout features lots of prints and patterns from the Double Dutch line by Lily Bee Design. I’ve tied all the busy prints, colors and patterns together by punching them all with a 2.5″ circle punch.

Today I’m sharing this layout on the Lily Bee blog with additional photos. Stop by and say hello if you have the time.


Remember to celebrate each day…

Shabby Summer Centerpiece

I love paper crafting but I love using my supplies for more than just cards and layouts. Altering things around the house to make something new and unique makes for some fun projects. It’s a nice change of pace and today I’m sharing an altered wood crate basket that will add a fun shabby look to my kitchen table this summer.

I found this little wood crate on the top shelf in my craft cupboard just holding a bunch of odds and ends. I’m betting that some of you have see this crate before and maybe even have one of your own. It was an old Prima crate that held milk bottles of Got Flowers. My bottles have long since disappeared so two mason jars make fun little vases to bring the beautiful outdoors inside.

The wood crate as been given a white washed look by dabbing on some Picket Fence Distress Stain to all the wood surfaces. Because I’ll be changing up the flowers in the jars all summer long (gotta love those perennials), I’ve kept the accent soft, pretty and neutral so colors won’t clash.

To make the embellishment, I’ve covered some chipboard with patterned paper and then die cut it. By placing an XXL Glue Dot® onto the center of the panel, it makes a super easy way to cluster embellishments all on one adhesive. It also helps to focus them all into one place.

Last week my peonies were blooming, so here’s the top view with a pretty blossom. I have some roses about bloom so they’ll be next on my table. Can’t wait.

Totally off topic for paper crafting…does anyone have favorite easy-care roses? I’m looking for some new varieties that are hardy for a Canadian climate. One of my recent faves has been The Fairy which keeps blooming all season long.


I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.
Happy creating!

Classic Stamping

This morning I was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to turn my creativity to some classic stamping. A few years ago, I was quite addicted to stamping challenges as they are such a great way to jump start your creativity. Checking out the daily challenges at was something I used to do daily but in the craziness of life, it’s been a very long time since I’ve done that.

Tuesday’s are color challenge day there and once I saw the color combo, I knew I’d find some time to play along. You can find it here if you’re interested in playing along.

One of the stamps that I’ve been wanting to use worked perfectly with today’s color challenge. It was easy to ink up with a couple dye markers, the yellow is a distress ink marker in Mustard Seed and the leaves are a Stampin Up marker, Certainly Celery. This stamp makes a beautiful focal image but it always looks lovely as a background. Did you notice I’d stamped it again tone on tone on the colored cardstock?

Supplies: Pool Party Cardstock and Dye Ink, Certainly Celery Marker by Stamping Up, also…

Happy stamping!