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Been Missing You

So life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.

Since my last post, so much has happened in my life. And so little if I get right down to it.

I started a new blog.

Had an accident.

Started physio therapy.

Wow. Lots of things I never planned.  And the things I did plan, getting my new blog in tip top shape, making some lovely new blog graphics, enjoying fall by taking long walks and playing with my kids, having lots of time to craft…well, they didn’t quite work out the way I expected.

But whatever. Life is messy. So come visit me on my new blog It’s not finished but that’s OK. I’m slowly trying to get back on track.

Things to note:

  • If you’d like to keep up with my creations, follow me or subscribe to my feed on my new blog…I’d love to have you join me!
  • All my posts will remain here on this blog for future reference for the time being.
  • All my posts have also been imported into my new blog so you can easily find them there as well.
  • I have a few posts that are new on so make sure you scroll down
  • I’ll pop back in here once or twice more to remind you where I’m at.

Card Details… It’s just a sweet hodge podge of goodies. Kind of like friendship. Who knows why some things and friends just work together, but they do. There’s Coredinations sanded cardstock, Jenni Bowlin flair, Studio Calico die cuts, Maya Road tickets, pins and bingo motif and a big beautiful Prima flower. Click on the card to enlarge it for more detail.

Finally, thanks so much for staying with me all these years! I’ve been blogging here since February 2007 and it’s been an amazing adventure.



with sympathy

I find sympathy cards very difficult to create. No card or words can ever mend a heart that is aching with loss. It does help to know that someone cares though and you are not totally alone in your grief.

Recently I was going through some closets and came across all the beautiful sympathy cards that I was sent when my mother passed 6 years ago. Most of them were lovingly handmade and I kept them all. Taking the time to sort through them and appreciate anew the work and the words of comfort put into each one became a special time for me. Being able to go back almost six years later when my emotions were no longer raw was a blessing. It’s been a journey of healing. Yes, I did shed a few more tears at the wonderful memories. I wish my mom could have seen the kids as they are now and her absence was definitely felt at my oldest son’s recent wedding. But we go on, the pain has lifted and we can remember her with joy.

This card is for a dear friend of mine who recently lost her mother. My heart is heavy for her and her family. I know the days ahead will be hard. I hope this card will bring some small measure of comfort.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

I don’t like to make dark sympathy cards so I’ve created this one in pastel tones. As accents I’ve used flowers arranged into a little framed bouquet. Butterflies symbolize hope and I always like to include one in a sympathy card as well.

Life is short. Cherish each precious moment & have a beautiful day!


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!

To Have & To Hold

I can hardly believe it’s been almost a week since that special day. Last Saturday my son, James and his wife were married and it was the most beautiful day. To see them both so happy together made my heart so full with joy. All of their siblings on both sides were in the wedding party and such a beautiful day and celebration of love & family.

I had a very small hand in the wedding prep being the mother of the groom, but was thrilled to create a few digital projects for them. The above word art is one I created for them. A surprise for Shannon actually. It was framed 18×24″ and is for their new home but it decorated the wedding reception as well.

Trying to enjoy the day and keep track of my smaller children, the ring bearers, I ended up not being able to pull out my good camera and so, have very few pictures to date. The above photo is a quick snap on my phone, taken shortly after the ceremony.

I’ve also been begging and borrowing photos from family and friends while we wait for the professional photos to come back. My sister-in-law Elizabeth took this one. I think they both look stunning.

Once again, James & Shannon, I wish you every joy and blessing!

i do

The past couple weeks have just flown by. I don’t think I’ve ever gone two weeks without posting since I started this creative blog years ago. There’s been lots going on at my house and tomorrow is the big day. I am so excited for my oldest son and his beautiful bride as they say their vows tomorrow. Something tells me there will be a few tears. Of joy of course!

Their wedding card from me is simple and elegant and suits them well. I hope they like it! You’re actually getting a peek at it before they do.

Today I’m in the CLASSroom sharing the step outs and details. I hope you’ll join me!

I’d also like to take this time to congratulate James and Shannon. I couldn’t be happier for you both! Wishing you every joy, blessing and happiness on your wedding day and always!


my big accomplishment

I’m sure by the title you just can’t wait to find out what my big accomplishment is.

I hope you’re not disappointed.

It’s a photo.

And I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment.

It’s been three years since I’ve managed to drag my five offspring into a studio for a family photo. Those two teenage boys, especially the oldest, seem to have a camera phobia. At least of being in front of one. I guess I get that. I’m a bit the same way. But really, it makes it hard to record those memories.

Yesterday while driving home from the post office, the brilliant idea struck me that I would actually have all five home at once and it was a beautiful day. I was shocked to get only a minimal amount of arguing and the the promise that they wouldn’t have to go to a studio went a long way. Surprisingly it was my youngest, Mr. Loves2Mug4theCameraGuy, that was the most difficult. I’ll admit to being a bad mother and bribing with food.

5 minutes + 22 shots = 1 great picture + 1 extremely happy mom

So that’s the accomplishment. What do you think?

Now for the full family photo. I need one of those.

That’s my goal for next year.


Sunday we had a great time together celebrating David’s 15th birthday. Roast beef dinner, roast potatoes, gravy, broccoli and yorkshire pudding finished off with cherry cheesecake made everyone very happy and VERY full.

I created a card for David using the new Oliver line by Basic Grey. While there are a few young boy papers, the majority will work for any age and I just love the beautiful prints. Oliver and Olivia lines are in stock at Ellen Hutson LLC.


Supplies: Oliver 6×6 paper padOliver Sticker Elements by Basic Grey, Tiny Attacher by Advantus, chipboard letters by Pink Paislee, Kraft Ticket by Maya Road, Tim Holtz Washers & Mini Screwtop Fasteners by Advantus

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I thought I’d share one of the birthday photos with you. This one just cracks me up.


How is that for a laugh? My youngest is always full of enthusiasm.

He also LOVES crafting. I have a hard time getting anything done as he always wants to create alongside me. He made this card all by himself using some of my discards and a few items that I was actually saving to use of something else. Oh well!  He was so proud of it I just had to take a picture and share.


By the way, he’s five.

Super cute, huh?

 Take care!