Monday, October 11, 2010

For You! Happy Thanksgiving!

Today’s post is a fun little purse that is used for giving gift cards or even cash. It’s the perfect size and can be made quickly.

All you need isthe Tres Chic Handbag pattern - on THIS site. It gives you a few different styles of couture bags to make – FUN! This was made as a personal thank you to someone who helped me out and did a fantastic job!

For you! handbag:

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – DP; Ink –StazOn Black (Tsukineko); satin white ribbon, Purse template (Inking Idaho), tissue paper, key chain fob.

Happy Thanksgiving - Canada! Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and the wonderful weather. The family took a trip to the Pumpkinfest at a local farm - what a blast! I've attached some photos of the fun!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Words of Inspiration

Happy Fall!  As of tomorrow morning, it will officially be Fall - my favourite season of them all!

Today's post is a special project I did for a friend of mine who is hosting a special day for the ladies in her church group.  They are doing a board book with words and saying and verses in it, that inspires each of them.  Since they will be custom made for, and by, each person - no two will be the same.

Here is the sample I made for them, with the words and sayings that inspire me.  I also chose the board book shape that best suited me too- a butterfly - and a few of the sayings are about butterflies!  Such a simple project, yet will mean so much to that individual person.
Supplies used:  Board book with metal ring, PP and CS (CTMH), sayings and clipart (computer generated), 1/4" hole punch, ribbon (CTMH, Offray), 2 adhesive gems (for eyes).

Words of Inspiration:

Pages 2-3
Pages 4-5
Pages 6-7
Pages 8-9

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Halloween is coming!

In just a few hours it will be September – back to school time, and fall coming. Fall is my favourite season of all – love the colours and the foods of this time of year the best of all.
Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin pie, turnip, squash, turkey, beautiful leaves, long walks in the crisp air…I could go on and on!! It also means the CreativFestival is coming to town in Toronto in October – another favourite! Lots to look forward to, that’s for sure.

Today’s card is definitely on topic – it’s Halloween! Another card using those wonderful Eat Cake Graphics images!

Pumpkin Trick or Treat:
Card dimensions – 6” square

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – DP, watercolour paper Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –StazOn Black (Tsukineko); Stamps – Peter Pumpkin 1080-E, Bob Bat 5034-D, Full Moon 7072-G (Eat Cake Graphics); foam tape, sheer black ribbon, thin purple satin ribbon (Offray), Tombow markers, water brush, 3 large black brads.

For September – I have lots of cards to show you using a brand new stamp line – Lacey Designs. Lots to look forward to!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fairy Rose

I can't believe it!
It’s the end of August – I’m not 100% sure of where the time went. I did manage to spend some time with DH and the kids at Great Wolf Lodge. A fun break all around for us – it was worth it to see the smiles on the kids faces. Especially when I got a bucket of water dumped on my head when I wasn’t looking – they thought that was hilarious!!!

Anyway – I haven’t made as many cards this month’s as I would like to have – but there are a few Eat Cake Graphics ones up my sleeve still! Here’s one:

Fairy Rose dangler:
Card dimensions – A2 (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)

Materials: CS – (CTMH); Paper – PP (CTMH), watercolour Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –StazOn Black (Tsukineko); Stamps – Fairy Rose sprinkles petals 1164-I (Eat Cake Graphics), Leave Room sentiment C596 (Frog Whisker’s Ink); foam tape, coloured wire, Hollyhock grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), Tombow markers, water brush, oval cutting template, Coluzzle, swivel cutting knife, Hollyhock marker (CTMH), small safety pin (CTMH), Stickles glitter glue – Icicle, shaped scissors – large scallop.

Here’s a close up of the little fairy – she is so sweet!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful summer – you can feel the fall wanting to slowly come in – especially that past 2 days in Ontario – definitely not the hot, humid we have been having!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's a hot Christmas in August!

It’s August, it’s hot and steamy – and…. I’m thinking about Christmas! Isn’t everyone now – seriously, there are only143 days until Christmas!! I know it is very hot outside, but I do love Christmas stamps – especially these two from Eat Cake Graphics, with little ones looking for Santa outside the window – just like my little ones do.  And how clever are these two separate stamps that once you stamp them side by side – they show the Christmas tree inside! Love it!

Christmas with Mary and Billy at Window:
Card dimensions – 6” x 5”

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Billy & Sparky at Window 1104-J, Mary & Mr. Meow at Window 1105-J, Christmas word cube RSW003CU (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); foam tape, detail gold embossing powder, sheer ribbon, Tombow markers, water brush, Liquid Applique (white), loose glitter (Martha Stewart), gelly roll glitter pen, fine point black permanent marker (Martha Stewart).

The snow around the window frames is quite glittery. To do this, I sprinkled loose glitter onto the wet Liquid Applique – and then used my heat gun to puff. When it puffs the glitter makes it sparkly Liquid Applique. For the sentiment – I used Tombow #228 to colour directly onto my stamp and then stamp the sentiment onto the card (huff on the stamp first). This allowed me to make the stamp colour to the card well. Fr the background house brick, I used a black permanent fine marker to draw in the brick lines and then I used Tombow #977 and 969 to colour it – then blend.

I thought I would also show you how I work out the colouring for the cards, and show you the test I did of my idea for how I wanted to house to be around the stamped windows.
Here are my test pieces, where I did a scrap of the house bricks, and then stamp the images in Black Stazon and colour with the markers that I think I would like to use. This test coloured piece is also what I use to make my colour chart once I’m done making the card.

Here is the finished colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try too.
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All about raspberries!

This past weekend, we took the kids raspberry picking on Sunday and had a blast. We actually went there to pick strawberries – but the fields were closed until next weekend due to needing more time for more berries to ripen I guess. So – we took them up on their offer to get raspberries instead – and it was fun!
In order to get to the fields, we took the farm wagon out – which DS thought was WAY COOL!

Once we got out to the fields, DS and DD were the taste testers – confirming they tasted as good as they looked – take a peak:

Then back to the farm with our raspberries - on the farm wagon again.  Here is DS with his treasure of raspberries.  And yes, he dresses himself, in superhero pjs, day or night, no negotiation possible, end of conversation.   Say no more.
When we got our baskets home – we made some raspberry jam – and it is so good!

DD had her last day of school today and we sent a special jar of jam for her teacher – along with a beautiful card she made herself with photos of her picking the berries. It was very sweet. I didn’t get a photo of the card, sorry – it was quite late once we got it all packaged up.
So that she had just the right paper for her raspberry card - I downloaded the digital patterned paper called "Preserve it - Lemons & raspberries" from the My Time Made Easy online store.
And this weekend is the Canada Day long weekend! AND it is strawberry festival time around here. So it’s strawberry jam next – can’t wait!!!  And yes - I downloaded the digital patterned paper called "Preserve it Oranges & strawberries" too - so I am all prepared.  I also got the digital stamp set called "Well Preserved"!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

All about Fathers – and lovely memories of my Dad

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday and I was wondering what the kids and I would do for DH this year. HERE is a link to a really personal book I put together for the kids to give to DH a few years ago. It was Father’s Day and his 40th birthday – all on the same day so I wanted to create something extra special for him. DH still has it displayed in his office for all to see, so I know he loved it.

This year, I wasn’t sure what we should do for him. I’ve been watching all of the various projects that people have been making and showcasing on their blogs for the men in their life. THIS ONE really stuck out for me – so clean, neat and the perfect thing for DS and DD to make for Daddy’s office. It’s about time DH had something a bit more current showing the kids. I followed Nicole’s instructions completely, right down to having the kids write their own names – and I added their age and the year. Little DS has only mastered the first letter of his name – M – so that is what he very proudly put on there. Kind of like “X marks the spot”. DD offered to help him finish his name – but I wanted it to be truly their own work, so M it is!

Silhouettes for Daddy:
Project dimensions – 11” x 14” frame with 5” x 7” opening

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); White wooden frame with white mat (Wal-Mart), computer photo editing software, adhesive, Sharpie fine point black maker.

Here's a closer look at each one - so you can see their handy work in signing the picture!

The kids were quite intrigued by me taking photos of them from the side. They didn’t understand at first why I wanted them to not have a big cheesy smile and not look right at the camera. But they enjoyed watching we convert their photos into the silhouettes! The projects are each lovingly wrapped up – all-be-it with the same amount of tape as what would be needed to wrap up an elephant (my kids LOVE tape!) – and hidden away in the closet until the big day. They are not very good at keeping secrets – so we’ll see if we make it until Sunday!

My Dad,
It has been 18 years since I lost my Dad. He was killed in a helicopter crash at the young age of 46. I was in my mid 20’s, and was still very much “Daddy’s little girl”, so it was all a very hard thing to deal with – and really still is if I am truthful. Fortunately – there was nothing left unsaid between us. He knew I loved him very much and I knew he loved me even more – unconditionally and absolutely.
As I watch my son grow up and change with each year that passes – I can see my Dad in his face when he flashes that cheeky little smile of his that makes his eyes twinkle. And I love it.

Here is one of my favourite photos of my Dad – it is so “him”. He is in his pilot uniform with his aviator glasses on, out in a field enjoying the beauty of nature around him.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Summer is struggling to show itself fully these days - but soon!  And rainy days are perfect for buying new books and curling up and reading (which is exactly what all 4 of us did on Saturday!).
I was at a conference recently – and one of the guest speakers was a “naturalist” and encouraged all women to not wear bras! It was a packed room, probably 70% females – and you can imagine the stir in the air after he said this! One lady in particular starting getting a ton of texts on her phone in the minutes after the comment – with all her female employees letting her know they would be reporting to work on Monday braless! The giggles spread throughout the room quickly! It wasn’t going to be pretty!

So…..when I saw this STELLA image and saying on the BugABoo website – I had to have it, and make that lady a card. She’ll get a good laugh from it, that’s for sure!

While I was on the BugABoo site I got a few other digital images too – the Stella Still Hot (to do a card for another coworker who is continually having hot flashes!) and Gus At My Age! Too funny!

Card dimensions – 3 ½ x 8 ½ “

Materials: CS – (Bazzill, SU!); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Digital Image – Stella Braless image and sentiment (BugABoo Stamps); Ribbon – (SU!); PUnches - Tag punch, large (SU!); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Stickles glitter glue.

Hope Stella makes you smile – and perhaps go braless!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Matthew’s Chore Chart!

Well – school is almost out and the summer will be upon us in no time! My little guys are off for the summer as is my big guy DH (he’s a school Principal). Daddy daycare sets in and things get a little out of control at times (you have no idea how many places you can find ice cream when they try hard!). So – thought I’d set up a bit of a chart to help keep things semi in order. I’ll do one up for DD as well – but here is DS’s. He’s just going on 4 soon so the list is not that complicated - YET.

Here’s another project using the Eat Cake Graphics images! It’s Matthew’s Chore Chart!

Chore Chart:
Project dimensions – 11 x 8 ½ “

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – 1139-M Responsibility (Eat Cake Graphics); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, computer generated chore chart.

And here is a close up of the main image for you.

The chart was just done in Excel on my PC – very basic and easy to do!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dear Santa!

It’s Christmas in June! Did you know that there are 207 days until Christmas???!!! Just in case you wanted to know. Here’s another card using the Eat Cake Graphics images, for Christmas!

Doggy Greeting for Santa:

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – 1178-P Santa’s Doggy Welcome, 8187-D A new squeaky toy text (Eat Cake Graphics); Ribbon – misc. wide red satin; Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, Stickles glitter glue, Liquid Applique (Marvy), heat gun.

And here is the colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try yourself.

For the fur on Santa’s hat and coat, I used Liquid Applique and puffed it with the heat gun to look like fur. A bit of glitter helped add some dimensions as well.

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


I hope everyone had a great weekend! The weather had been fantastic for getting out and enjoying! We started soccer this weekend – so the schedule is a bit frantic these days!

Here’s another card using the Eat Cake Graphics images! With everyone on Twitter – I thought I would do a tweet card – fun!

Tweet you soon:
Card dimensions – Shaped A2: 4 ¼ ” x 5 ½ ”

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko), ivy ink pad (CTMH); Stamps – 5025-E Crackers, 5026-E Kebler (Eat Cake Graphics); Punches – 1” circle punch (SU!), 1/8 “ (Cropadile); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, embroidery floss, computer generated coloured sentiment.

And here is the colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try yourself.

For the colour on the roof of the bird house, I simply ran my ink pad along the paper over and over again until it was coloured as I liked it.  I also made another little coordinated car stand from the cardstock - as I did for these posts HERE.

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


So what am I doing making a winter card on one of the hottest days so far??!! Having fun – that’s what I am doing! I do love the expression on the little guy getting the snowball in the rear! Doh!  Makes me smile. I had a lot of fun using these two images – so cute, and remind me of my little guys playing in the snow.

Yep – it’s another card using the Eat Cake Graphics images!  I stamped both images and then used a Sharpie fine point black marker to connect them with a freehand drawn ground line.  Remember you can click on the picture to get a close up.

Card dimensions – 5” square

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – 1117-F Look out! Cora's ready to throw, 1118-G Hit with snowball (Ouch!) (Eat Cake Graphics); Punches – snowflake border and large snowflake (Martha Stewart); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, Stickles glitter glue, Sharpie fine point black marker.

And here is the colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try yourself.

Until next time, have a great day and stay cool!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cool Dude!

I hope everyone has had a safe and happy long weekend – I know my family did! We really needed the down time to relax after some very heavy months at work and school. And the weather has just been fantastic! We had some new neighbours over, lots of kids playing, lots of noise, my brother and his family for his daughter’s birthday! And I got a little card time in too. Yeah!

Here’s another card using the Eat Cake Graphics images!  Remember you can click on the card photo for a close up look.

Cool Dude:
Card dimensions – A2: 4 ¼ ” x 5 ½ ”

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – 4005-E Arthur Alooishus in his stripe shirt (Eat Cake Graphics), cool dude! sentiment (Inky Antics); Ribbon – ½ “ black striped grosgrain (Offray); Punches – circle punch (SU!), 1/8 “ hole (Cropadile); Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, silver jump ring.

And here is the colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try yourself. Once the image is colour – take the 098 markers and use the pen end to draw in some grass around his feet for a realistic effect.
Until next time, have a great day and stay cool!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

Well, Mother’s Day is getting close – make sure you remember all those ladies in your life on that special day!
I came up with these 2 cards, one for my Mum and the other for my Mother-in-Law. Not only are they Mother’s Day cards, but they double as photo frames too – simply insert a special photo of yourself or the grandkids and you’ve got a great little surprise for Mum. I also made little paper stands to match that can hold the card up to display your photos!

Gladioli Frame and stand:

And here it is showing the stand too:

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – Gladiola HSH 363 M (The Stamp Barn); Coluzzle and oval nested template, swivel knife, Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, clear silicone.

Lilac Frame and stand:

And here it is showing the stand too:

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – Lilac 2 pk CPSD002 D (The Stamp Barn); Coluzzle and oval nested template, swivel knife, Tombow markers, water brush, foam tape, Gel glitter pen.

Both frames were stamped using the new Spring line of images from The Stamp Barn. To make the photo frame on the fronts, I first drew the oval shape from the coluzzle cutting template so that I would make sure I stamped the images in the right spot, making sure some spilled over into the oval over the photo. Then I placed the Coluzzle template back over the oval I drew – and I cut it out, making sure not to cut where the stamped image was. To cut out around the image I just used my sharp scissors.

Make sure you remember to honour that special lady in your life!

Until next time, have a great day!