Saturday, December 28, 2013

Just a few reminders ...

The December Stamp of the Month, Special Care is about to be finished - if you want this stamp, please make sure you order it before the end of the month!

Also, Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide items will no longer be available after Dec 31st.

The Retiring List is also starting to run out of items so if you were wishing for an item there, make sure you order soon.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Gifts in a Jar


This year I tried something a little different and gave away these Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies in a Jar as gifts.

The recipe can be found here.  I cut the labels from Art Philosophy.

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Penguin Wishes for Christmas

Good morning!

Hope you all had a lovely time with your family and friends :)

This is the card I made for most of my Christmas cards this year that I sent out.  I used the hostess set, Wintry Wishes as well as our Sparkles assortment with Black and Crystal Blue inks.  The sentiment  and snowflakes came from sets that for the life of me, their names are escaping me at the moment - will update when I find them again!  The banner is from Art Philosophy. I also used the Tim Holtz diffuser set for the embossing with the snowflakes embossing folder.  I can't believe I didn't make any notes - guess I was just more concerned about getting them done!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick little post to wish you and yours 
a Very Merry Christmas and wonderful blessings for the New Year!

It's been quite a year and I wish to thank you for following me along this journey.  

Here's to more crafting adventures in 2014!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'tis the Season

'Tis the Season indeed ... lots to do and not really enough time in the day ... oh well, it's only once a year right?!

Here's a card I made recently that uses the Candyland stamp set and the Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape - love the way it turned out!

Products Used:

Tombow markers

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

CTMH Scallop Punch Thank You!

I recently got the CTMH Scallop border punch and I was so pleased to see that it has a paper catcher on the bottom and that it was very easy to use!  I was going to post about it and then this morning, I find this video showing how wonderful it is!  So watch the video and if you'd like one for yourself, let me know!

(if you are getting this via email, you'll have to go to the blog to view the video)

Here is a card I made recently with it!

Products Used:

Thanks embossing folder

 Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Month = New Stamp of the Month!

Happy December!  (Where has the year gone??!)

Anyway, a new month means a new Stamp of the Month ... this month it is Special Care!

Off to work on some projects - it's a perfect day for it since it's a wet and dreary one here!

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Sparkle & Shine Gifts Card

Totally cased from another consultant on facebook, Nancy, and I love this card - it turned out so great! I used the Sparkle and Shine paper pack (get it before it's gone, or by Dec 31st, whichever comes first) and my Artiste cartridge.

Products Used:

Artiste, pg 55, Accent 3 cut at 3/4"
'Ribbon' is 1/2" wide
both using Ruby cardstock
assorted scraps of Sparkle and Shine paper packet
sentiment stamped in Ruby
Holiday Cheer

Have a wonderful day!

ps Don't forget, today is the last day to get the Stamp of the Month for November, Illuminate

Friday, November 29, 2013

Have a Cow-y Christmas!

Here's a card I did from the Quilted Christmas cart that I got when I went to Seattle this past summer.

Products Used:

A Quilted Christmas cut @ 5"
Art Philosophy cut at 1.2" & 1"
Holiday Tags

Have a moo-valus day!

ps Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day to get the Stamp of the Month for November, Illuminate

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Another Digital Image

Hello,  in the new year I will really start working on getting better on my colouring techniques, particularly with alcohol ink markers but in the meantime, here is another one - I found the image online at

Products Used:

image from
coloured with various copics and ctmh markers
candy cane embossing folder

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Recently I got to have a crafting playdate with a new friend, Amy, and she showed me some of her wonderful cards and some colouring techniques - I still need lots (and I do mean LOTS) of practice but here is one that I managed to finish up!  The image is from Freshly Brewed Designs - love the snowballs!

Products Used:

Freshly Brewed Designs - snow kiss me
alcohol markers

snowflakes embossing folder
Season's Tweetings gift bag kit stamp set for the sentiment

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

25th Anniversary Scandanavian Wishes

Wow, this year is flying by so quickly - lots has happened but I am definitely looking forward to the new year!

Anyway, onto the card today - it is my dear SIL and BIL's 25th anniversary so I made them this card ... hope they like it!  It uses the October Stamp of the Month set, Scandanavian Wishes - it is such a great set - hope you managed to get it while it was available!

Speaking of while it is available, the versamark, and clear embossing powder used on this card is on a limited while it is available basis so if you are looking for this, order it soon!

Products Used:

scandanavian wishes (Oct SOTM - retired)
barn red ink
clear embossing powder
art philosophy cart for flower

glamour lower case alphabet set
Martha Stewart punch for leaves
crystal stickles


Have a fabulous day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

another Polar Bear Holiday card!

I just love this set ... they are so friendly and happy looking!

Here is another card ... used Black ink, Sky ink, and coloured using the Blending Pen and Cranberry Baker's Twine ... I forgot to write down which cart I used for the sentiment but I expect it was Art Philosophy (love this cart!) ... also used the diffuser set from Tim Holtz and an embossing folder from Paper Wishes.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Scandanavian Peace

Surfing the net and found a similar card to this (will update when I find the site again!) ... I used Cranberry  ink and the Scandanavian Wishes stamp set (retired) ... just love how this turned out!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Where is the time going and Retiring Items

I can't believe how fast the time is going ... definitely not enough energy hours in the day!

I made a set of these for a friend - hope she likes them!  I used the Trim the Tree set and an embossing folder I found at Stampers - I used glitter gel on one of the trees and added a gem at the top.  Quite like how it all turned out!

Also, an FYI, Close to My Heart has released their retiring items which are all now on 'a while they are available' status, in preparation for the Spring/Summer Idea Book which will be available Feb 1st ... take a look and if you were on the fence about getting any of these items, now is the time to get them.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Christmas Layouts


Here's a new video to watch using the Artbooking cart to make some wonderful Christmas layouts.


(if you are watching this via email, you'll need to go to the blog to watch it or click here.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Artbooking Snowman!

Playing around with Artbooking and found this lovely little fellow just needing to be made up!

He's so cute!  I made him at 3".  The sentiment is from the Sparkle and Shine Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go kit.  Scarf embossed with the square lattice embossing folder and the background with a snowflakes embossing folder.  Face was stamped using Peachy Keen stamps.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gift Card Holders


I found this wonderful design and as I needed to make some gift card holders, here's what resulted!

I used the Sparkle and Shine paper packet and a Perfect Fit - Holidays stamp set!  I used our Art Philosophy cart to cut the oval at 1.5 and the scallop at 1.8.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Flakey Friends


Keeping it simple today ... used Flakey Friends and coloured him with various ink pads and a blending pen ... I didn't note the colours [ sorry :( ].

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Merry Mouse-mas


Playing around with a cute stamp set I picked up at Michaels that has these darling little mice on it - couldn't resist it!

Products Used:

hampton arts stamps
gold trim
slate ink
ruby ink
honey ink
blending pen
gold stickles
candy cane embossing folder

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So Happy for You!

A congratulations card I made to go with my baby book to my buddy on becoming a grandma!

Products Used:

Say It In Style (retired)
Cocoa ink
Square Lattice embossing folder

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bright All Night

Love how this card turned out!  Quick and easy too!

Products Used:

Quick Cards Bright All Night (hostess)
Pacifica ink
Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 11, 2013


Saw a card using this alphabet somewhere in my travels and thought this would be a fun alphabet to use with this card (I'll link up my inspiration when I find it again! Found it - here)

I just cut the banners freehand but you could surely use your Art Philosophy cart!  I fussy-cut the holly and used Liquid Glass on the berries.  I don't recall the ink colours I used to colour and forgot to write them down - maybe Topiary and Cranberry?

Products Used:

Yuletide Greetings
Framework Alphabet
Sparkle and Shine paper pack
1" circle punch
1-1/4" circle punch
Liquid Glass

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Poster Tidings Mittens

Here's a quick card to make, using the September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings, and the Artiste cartridge.

I didn't have any pacifica cardstock so sponged the ink onto white cardstock for the mittens.  Then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot with my embossing folder.

Turned out rather neat I think!

Products Used:

Pacifica ink
Poster Tidings (September SOTM - retired)
Artiste cartridge
Square Lattice embossing folder

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Artbooking Baby Book

Playing around with Artbooking to make my first ever book!  I can't believe how easy it has been to pull together - I guess when you have the right tools, it just makes everything easier!

So here it is, for better or worse - I am giving it to a good friend to celebrate her first grandchild - hope she likes it!  Note: I covered up the baby's face and name with the red hearts.

I used a lot of everything I had but mostly the new Artbooking cart and also the new Wild Wonders stamp set came in handy - I love how it turned out! I'm going to use some book rings to hold it together.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Another Spin Card!


A million thank you's to Lisa Stenz for the CCR file to cut the paper to fit this type of card!  You are so awesome for creating and sharing that!  It took away the work of fitting paper to the card front!

After that, all was easy peasy!

here is the other side of the spin circle ...

Products Used:

gold glitter glue
circle spin cards and envelopes
santa's greeting
ruby ink
sparkle & shine paper pack
art philosophy 2.2" red scallop
art philosophy 2" circle
ruby cardstock
scallop border punch

perfect fit - holidays

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inspiration from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book


This card was inspired from the Autumn/Winter Idea book ... I didn't have the exact measurements and supplies so just made it as close as I could.

Products Used:

4-1/2 x 4-1/2" card base
3-1/2 x 3"
Yuletide Greetings
Classy Doily
champagne ink
ruby ink
black ink
blending pen
gold shimmer trim

Have a great day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Polar Bear Holiday card


Found this post and loved, loved, loved the card so here is my version which I didn't change much because why change something that is already awesome!

Products Used:

sparkle and shine washi tape
polar bear holiday
blending pen
ruby paper
whisper ink
juniper ink
black ink
ruby ink
frosted cardmaking wotg stamp set

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ruby Santa Claus

I did this card all in Ruby - ink and paper!

I love the new Santa Claus set!  It is in the Holiday Guide which is available until December 31st and you can get it for free if you place an order of $100!

Products Used:

Ruby ink and paper
Santa Claus
Artbooking pg 74 and pg 75, icon, real dial size

Red Glitz Glitter Gel

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Washi Tape Thank You!


Here is a sweet little card (3x3") that I put together to say 'thank you' ... inspired from the youtube using washi tape and thought to myself, what a great idea!! This is the first time I've used washi tape and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last! Very easy to use!

Products Used:

Sparkle and Shine washi tape
Cocoa ink
Art Philosophy pg 36 shift tag 2.20"
Perfect Fit - Thanksgiving

Here's the video if you want to watch it ... (if you get this post via email, you'll have to go the blog to watch it)

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Illuminate - November Stamp of the Month

How appropriate for one of the darkest months of the year (literally and figuratively)!  And can you believe it's November already?!  I find myself still writing September so apparently I'm having time adjustment issues, lol ;)

Anyway, this set will hopefully light the way to you creating some wonderful masterpieces ... seriously though, isn't this the cutest set?!

If you'd like your set, simply purchase it for $17.95 (plus shipping/taxes) or if you place a $50 order (before shipping/taxes) you can get the set for just $5!  It's a great deal for a D-size stamp set which will prove to be so versatile. 

Have a great day!