Category Archives: Papercraft projects

CHA peeks

This year’s CHA projects (well, it’s now called the Crop N Create Tradeshow but I can’t quite seem to switch to the new name) are some of my favorites that I’ve created to date.

I just couldn’t wait to share some of them with you…

…a sweet and shabby miss you card, of course featuring some great new Maya Road product,

…a masculine card design showing off a gorgeous new airplane charm,

…and a peek at an altered clipboard. I had an absolute blast creating this one. Loads and loads of layers and goodies.

I’ll be back at a later date to share the full projects and the others I haven’t shown.

If you’re looking for some more Maya Road inspiration…check out today’s blog post! Full of amazing projects and the full catalogue reveal. Sooooo many jaw-droppers!

For those of you lucky enough to be able to go to the tradeshow, safe travels and enjoy! I think I may be just a little bit jealous. Take lots of photos so I can experience it second-hand.

punched florals

The circle punch is an amazingly flexible tool to have. It’s really one of those must-haves. The circle is a classic design shape but it’s almost impossible to hand-cut well. A punch makes it super quick and easy to incorporate circular elements into a design. And while it makes lovely circles, it can also make spectacular flowers!

This  card was created a few weeks ago for a Maya Road and Fiskars blog feature. You can find it here. The flower is created by piecing together 8 folded punched circles. It’s hard to explain in a few words so stay tuned for a tutorial in the near future.

It’s layered with all kinds of wonderful Maya Road goodies and I’m pretty sure  the paper is by Cosmo Cricket. Evangeline, maybe? Sorry! It’s been awhile!

Keep creating!


Clearly Pretty

I’ve been missing designing with transparencies and couldn’t have been more excited to see the new overlays from Webster’s Pages. {love, love, love}

A few weeks ago I wrote a CLASSroom post on Transparency Tricks and have decided to continue and make it into a little series.

My most recent projects use a gorgeous Damask overlay to create a pocket card and a pillow box. I hope you’ll join me here in the CLASSroom. And stay tuned… I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding another episode in soon!

Have a fabulous weekend!


time after time

I’m not sure what it is about clocks but they inspire me. I can’t seem to put it into words. I suppose I love the look of them and that they note the passing of time. Our lives are made up of moments of time and a clock reminds of each passing hour. The tick of a clock can also be a comforting rhythm. We have a grandmother clock my husband made for me that chimes each quarter hour. When it winds down and becomes silent, there seems to be a strange emptiness in the house. While I just can’t totally pin it down, I do love clocks, especially old ones. Here’s a peek at my “till time stands still” Pinterest board…

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.  – Bruce Lee

Today I’m in the CLASSroom sharing a favorite recent project, an altered clock. I hope you’ll join me for the tutorial and step outs.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend! Happy Memorial Day weekend to my US friends!

in love with linen

I’ve long had a fascination with fabric. Since I was a child really. My one grandmother was a seamstress, a mother of five who raised them single-handedly in post-war Britain. My other grandmother was a farm-wife with seven children who sewed and quilted, canned and gardened and never let the smallest thing go to waste.

I grew up watching these dear and talented ladies work magic with fabric, pins and thread and I was inspired to learn. Lately I’ve been enjoying marrying fabric and paper crafting together with canvas and linen mini albums. What could be better?

Today I’m sharing this linen mini album on the Maya Road DT blog. It’s full of my favourite quotes, lots of stamping and pretty embellishments. I hope you’ll join me!

To all my Canadian friends, wishing you a safe and wonderful Victoria Day weekend!

just believe

Have you ever tried a mini canvas project?
They are fast becoming one of my favorite creative projects right now. I like to create them in the 4×4″ or 6×6″ sizes which makes them card-size or a little larger. It’s the perfect place to experiment with different techniques and I adore adding on the layers to create them.

Today’s canvas is 6×6 in size and was a super fun project to create. I used the Yellow Embellishment Kit that was recently featured on HSN along with a few other papers etc.

A few design notes…

  • Layer on papers to create the background and then layer over a Printed Coffee Filter sheet
  • Tear up the coffee filter sheet in places to add extra dimension and visual interest
  • Adhere the papers and filter with Matte Multi-Medium
  • The Saffron Yellow Twine cording wraps around the canvas to visually help tie it all together.
  • Chipboard flowers and letters are colored with Copic markers for a quick and easy color-change. I love how it dries immediately compared to paint…and no mess!
  • Edges of the canvas are wrapped with Coal Black Gingham Fabric Tape

And here’s a screen-shot of the project on HSN. Can you believe I’d never watched HSN before? It was so fun to see my projects there.

Thanks for stopping by!


finding joy

You’re here, visiting my blog today and I’m going to make an assumption. Like me, you most likely find joy in the creative journey. At times the journey can be slow going. Sometimes we love what we create, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes creativity can be frustrating and we need to take a break from the creative journey.

But we always come back to it.

Because it gives us joy.

Today’s mini canvas project reminds me of the joy of creating and also the importance of looking for the little joys of life. My life is full of joy.  Some days I get my eyes off the source of that joy and I need a little reminder of what I have been blessed with in my life and the source of my eternal hope.

I hope you enjoy today’s mini canvas project. It’s 5″ square and now sits on my computer desk. I’m sharing it today on the Maya Road Design Team blog along with more photos, a supply list and how I created it. Please join me!

Have a fabulous weekend!