Friday, January 27, 2012


When I spotted these wooden initials, I knew I had to do something with them
so creating a gift for each of my 'stamping buds' was the perfect choice.
They are about 9" tall, 1" thick and are free standing.
I traced the DP around each letter, cut it out and then used spray
adhesive to adhere the DP to the letter.

In order to personalize each one, I decided on a theme for each girl
and chose DP that was appropriate.

CATHY loves butterflies.



                                  KRISTY loves owls.

And CAROLYN loves sunflowers.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012


We resumed our Workshop Friday's last night and Kristy was the
hostess this week.  She broke out all of her new SU products and we worked 
for a few hours on four different projects.

Kristy wanted to make sure that I gave credit to the creators where
her inspiration came from, so here they are:

Inking Iadho
LW Designs
Lady and the Stamp

It was nice to get back together again and even nicer to have friends
who share a common passion.  A big thanks to Kristy for these wonderful
projects and the surprise gift and card for each of us.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012


On a trip to Michael's in the summer, I found this dollar bin stamp
and immediately knew I wanted to use it for a Valentine's card
for my Hubby.  As with many of my purchases, I tucked it away and forgot 
about it.

Well, I accidentally came across it and inked it up right away, before 
I forgot it again.  We are not a Valentine-type couple but I really wanted
to make my sweetie a card this year (a Tim Horton's coffee card will be
tucked inside).

We have a mill outlet store in our area, that is chalked full of fabric, trims, 
yarns and all things sewing.  I found this black satin/velvet pleated ribbon 
there the other day and it worked out great on this card 
(hope they still have some left 'cause I would like more).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Got a little carried away on this design ... had to make
one in each colour.  But with several upcoming birthday's, they will
be put to good use.

I am so loving this M/S deep edge punch.  I originally got it to use on
scrapbook layouts but really like using it as a card border.

The image stamp I used is from a set that is one of my originally stamps from
13 years ago.  Boy, we sure have come a long way
since then.  As I look around my craft room and see all of the
punches, embellishments, tools, machines and paper, it's hard to believe
that it all started so long ago with a stamp, stamp pad, embossing powder and
a heat gun.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012


With quite a few birthday's in the upcoming month, I've
been busy creating some cards for some
special people who will be celebrating
their birthday's.

Using Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Three, this card was created for 
a lady who will be celebrating her 80th.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012


After five hours of trial and error and many different ideas, 
Carolyn and I created this wedding card.  Creating with a friend is a great
way to spend a few hours, especially when the end results are positive.

The card was commissioned by a friend of Carolyn's and is being taken to
Texas for the wedding ... sure wish I could go with it!


Since Carolyn is such a good enabler, she got me interested
in making these ruffled scarves. They have become quite popular and
consequently retailers have been selling out of the yarn very quickly.
This particular scarf was knitted.  It can be crocheted but the knitted
pattern is a little bit easier.  Anyway, I am pleased with the results and am off 
to try to find more yarn to make more scarves.

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Friday, January 6, 2012


On a recent 'play day', one of my stamping friends came over to try her hand
at using different colouring mediums.  We hauled out the
watercolour crayons, watercolour pencils, Prismacolour pencils, distress inks,
and of course, Copics.

This image (a very old PSX stamp and one of my favourites)
was stamped on w/c paper and was coloured with distress inks.  
While I do love my Copics, I still have some difficulty using them on certain images
and realize that I am not confined to using only Copics as a 
colouring medium.

I am quite pleased with the results and found that the Distress Inks were much
easier to move and blend on the image, than other w/c products.

The yummy pink bow was made with my BPBS and I finally used 
some Spellbinder die sets that I have had for over a year and had
never used them once.  It's amazing what you might find when you start 
going through your craft supplies and realize that you really don't
"NEED" those new things you just found online.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The other day, I posted a couple of cards that I made using
Fred Bear Gives Comfort by MFT.  I struggled for several days trying to
achieve some success colouring this image, but seemed to get nowhere and I actually
had decided not to use the stamp any more.  Then, I read a comment that
BEATE posted on my blog, about the difficulty in colouring open images that had no
shading to guide you.  I realized that it wasn't just me and decided to give it
another try.  

The first image was stamped onto dark c/s and shaded with a black
Prismacolour pencil.  And while it is acceptable, it still was not the success I was 
hoping for. 

The second image was coloured with Copics,
but only 2 shades.  And I am more pleased with these results.  While it's not perfect, I am not going to beat myself up over it.  Once I put everything together and made this little
tissue holder, I realized that it is perfectly acceptable to send to someone.

(the tissue holder was an idea that I found on
Curt's blog)

Here is a close-up shot of FRED, coloured with Copics.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is don't get discouraged if you can't perfect a technique ... keep trying and eventually you will get to a spot where
you can live with the results.

And a BIG thanks to BEATE for her encouragement
and kind comments.

While I was wallowing in self-pity for not being able to succeed in my 
colouring attempts, I decided to break out my very under-used Cricut machine and
create a birthday card.

It's not possible to see in the photos, but the dog head is attached with 
an Action Wobble and wiggles side to side when touched.  The card was created
using 3 different Cricut cartridges and was cased from an idea 
that I found here:

Well, that's it for now. I have another run of ME days so I hope
to get a few more things crossed off my to-do list...craft things, of course!

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