Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Hand Stamped Sentiments is hosting a challenge here, to create 
any project with Mom in mind.

My Mother-In-Law is one of the sweetest and most gentle women I know
and epitomizes the word "LADY" to the fullest extent.  She has had a difficult life, even spent time in a concentration camp near the end of the war.  But throughout all of her trials and difficult times, she remains the sweet, honest and gentle soul that 
I love with all my heart.

Since it's Mother's Day soon, I wanted to pay homage to her by posting 
this layout that I did of her.

She is pictured here with her little ShihTzu, Candy.

Mom, you are truly beautiful, inside and out.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 25, 2011


Just got this yummy DP from CTMH called 'miracle' and rather than store it away
with all of my other hundreds of packs of DP (and never use), I decided to
break it open and use it.  CTMH includes matching cardstock in their paper packets with the D/P and that makes it so easy to match it all up.

And since it's Mother's Day soon, I thought I may as well make a card for
my MIL using the DP and the Mojo Monday 188 sketch.  Thanks to Sarah for another
 great Mojo sketch.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 22, 2011


Along with loving anything PINK, I love ribbon too.  And when BECCA posted her Peg Bow, I knew I had to try to make one too.  I have a Bow Easy and it does make 
bow-making quite quick and easy, but I seem to fumble a lot with it, so I decided to try 

It's like having an extra set of hands!  I have called it the Becca Peg Bow System (hence, BPBS).  Becca of AMAZING PAPER GRACE is an endless source of inspiration and ideas and if you are not a follower, you should be ... you don't know what you are missing!

A BIG thank you, Becca for this amazing idea ... and for all of the ideas that
you so willingly share with your blog readers.  I'm sure I speak for many ...
we really appreciate you and your amazing creations and ideas.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 18, 2011


This week's sketch is a classic ... centred, balanced, clean ... just the way I like it.  Thanks Maria for a good one!  You can find this week's sketch here.

This is a new LOTV stamp that I used in yesterday's post but this one was
coloured with a lighter pink shade.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 17, 2011


It's been one of those "stay inside and keep warm" kind of Sunday's.  We've had snow flurries mixed with hail and freezing rain ... so much for Spring!  Anyway, I've had this LOTV stamp for a little while now and decided to ink her up and turn her into a pink birthday cutie for a special May birthday.

The stamp is called "Dandelion Clock" and is coloured with Copics.  To try to make the 'dandelion parts' stand out, I used some M/S carrara marble tinsel glitter (if you click on the card to enlarge it, you can see the tinsel glitter better).  I love these LOTV images, especially the big shoes.

I added a little bead that can be removed and attached to a key chain or whatever.  The girl that this card is made for is PINK CRAZY, just like me, so I know she will appreciate all of the pink that I used.

Thanks for stopping by.



Last night was quite the night.  My dear friend turns 50 on Wednesday so we decided to have a surprise party for her last night.  There were 17 of us waiting for her at a local restaurant, to hopefully make her 50th Birthday a memorable one.

Instead of everyone bringing their own gifts, we decided to all chip in and give Cathy something she really wanted ... a SPELLBINDERS GRAND CALIBUR MACHINE and the
2 SETS OF OVAL DIES.  And boy, was she surprised!

This is the card that I made from all of us to her.

I also made little table favours for each girl.

Christine ordered a custom cake to duplicate a card workshop that Cathy
had done, using a Spellbinders Sunflower die set.  It turned out perfect!

Life truly is about the moments and the memories that those moments leave us with.  Here's hoping that these will become some great memories for Cathy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 14, 2011


We had our WSW today and it was Cathy's turn to host.  Our first card was made using primarily SU materials and punches and used up some of Cathy's bits of DP from her scrap bin.  It was an excellent way to use these leftover pieces.


Then Cathy gave us cardstock and some stamps to create something on our own.  It was very interesting to see what the 3 of us came up with and how different they each were.  

I love how Cathy made her flower 3-D (it's hard to see by the photo but she stamped a couple of the flower images and then popped each up to make the 3-D).  We each used seed beads for the flower centres.  Thanks Cathy for another fun workshop.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 8, 2011


It's not often that I get 'commissioned' to make a card for someone else but my friend Jenny called to ask if I could make a special birthday card for a lady who is turning
 80 and loves the colour orange.  She has requested no gifts but lots of cards instead, so I thought a special card would be in order.  Now, I'm not a particular 
lover of orange but S/U's Pumpkin Pie is a little easier on the eyes 
than some of the other in-your-face oranges around.

Trying to get some use from my investment in the Grand Calibur and dies, 
I decided to make a round card.  I honestly don't know how we survived 
before Nestabilities!

And what would a card be without glitter?  The butterfly has been glitterfied 
and a few tiny pearls were also added.

And on another note, the critter that I posted about the other day was NOT A RAT!!!
It was a vole or mole and they are slightly larger in size than a mouse (about 3" long and plumper than a mouse).  He has been relocated to the cherry orchard, 
adjacent to our house and I sternly told him not to return.  I am however, 
not going to replace the window screen quite yet ... just in case!

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011


... for being Mrs. Nicey-Nice!  A while back, I posted a photo of some rodent tracks in the snow that lead underneath our back deck.  Now, I am NOT a rodent lover but I decided to do the nice thing and not disturb the little creatures.  That was until today! 

 Below are photos of what my window screen now looks like.  He/she has chewed the screen to where it now resembles swiss cheese!

You can see the little creature's tail and body in the upper right corner of this photo, as he is climbing through the screen.

And here he has made a nice little bed of grass in the window well and also has left the carcass of his lunch here too (lower right corner).

Lily came outside with me to get some 'up close and personal' shots.  She was so excited when the critter moved that she started to shake and whine ... I think she thought it was going to be dessert for her!

NOW, he's got to go!  I will catch him and relocate him to another spot where if he is lucky, he will find someone who won't mind him chewing his way into their house.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 4, 2011


It's Monday again and I don't mind them as much since I started to participate in Mojo Monday's.  You can find the link here and this week, since it's the beginning of the month, the challenge is actually a contest with a possible total of 7 winners.  Thanks once again, Julie for another great layout.

My card is in fact lavender lace in colour but it photographed as 2 different shades.  Don't know why. 

My inspiration for the colours this week came from this Prima DP called Fairy Flora.  You can't see much of it in this card but if you get a chance, check it out ... the colours and patterns are absolutely beautiful.

The cupcake and sentiment are Lizzie Anne Designs.  The flower is made from the ribbon that was used across the card and for the bow.  The cupcake was coloured with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 3, 2011


Well, there are and I just found one of mine today.  Here name is Allison ... Allison Fillo of "Stampin' When I Can" notoriety.  Most of my blogging friends will already know Allison but here is the link to her blog.  In my infinite wisdom, I decided to change my blogging template this morning.  In the process, I managed to mess things up beyond any repair that I could make.  I literally worked for over 6 hours trying to fix the mess that I created and had all but given up.  Allison happened to email me because she could not post a comment to my blog and subsequently, I explained my trouble to her.  Within MINUTES, she fixed my blog issues and now I'm good to go again.  THANKS SO MUCH ALLISON ... you are now my Blogging Angel (whether you like it or not!)

Moral of the story ... don't try to fix something if it's not broken!

Today's card is for some new neighbours that just moved in on Friday.  My hubby and I are going to take it over a bit later along with a bottle of sparkling raspberry cider, to welcome them to the neighbourhood.

I haven't used my flower soft for a while and thought it would be perfect for this image.

Thanks for stopping by.