Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Golf thank you cards

With the cool winds of autumn approaching, I think it will be time to get back in to card making!

Here are two thank you cards I made tonight for the gals who organize the ladies golf league I joined this summer.  I've really enjoyed meeting new people and hanging out for a girls night once per week, it has been a highlight of each week, and I was happy to get to make these.

They were a bit of a challenge as they  needed to be big enough to accommodate many notes from many people inside, so I made them 5 1/2 by 8 1/2--> double the size of my normal cards, AND I added an insert inside each one so it is more like a book with multiple pages. 

This first one (above) is with a house mouse stamp, coloured using Copic Markers on Neenah Solar white.

The second one, below, was stamped with Black Soot Tim Holz Distress Ink and heat embossed with some sparkly glittery embossing powder.  It looks great, and worked out way quicker than colouring these very detailed stamps.  The stamps below are from a Stampin up set called "the back nine" which has been in my stash for VERY many years now.

For both these cards I pulled out my handy dandy "Bow-easy" tool.  Since it had been so long since I used it, I had to go watch a tutorial on you-tube to refresh my memory, LOL!

It felt good and satisfying to make these, so I think you'll see more things popping up here soon.  The past few months I haven't been doing too much crafty stuff--each time I dig out my stamps I miss my mom, with whom I spent many crafty hours.  But time is passing, and it seems perhaps its time to find the joy of playing with ink and paper again.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New forest die

Hi all,
Well, in the last couple of weeks I finished all my current swap cards, and even gotten some done for the next five months, LOL!  I wasn't sure what to do next, but I have some new dies I haven't used yet, and decided to play with this Birch Trio one.
The image is stamped a bit crooked, but I think it's still ok.  The image is stamped in black versafine, the water is sponged and the sky airbrushed.  I used SU markers (the old type) to colour in the boat etc, as the Copics make versafine smear.  The background is embossed on coordinations paper, and then sanded, and the trees were also cut from coordinations paper and sanded.

I'm really happy with how this came out, and glad to have another masculine card to add to my stash.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Another set of swap cards - new baby congrats

Finished off a second set of swap cards today, feels great to look at these all!

This one's for a congratulations swap.

I also decorated the inside a little bit -- I always like to do a little bit extra on baby and wedding cards, as these are more often to be kept for sentimental reasons.

The image is from Mo's digital pencil, and I coloured them with Copic markers.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Doodle Stamps.

A new year and a fresh start - welcome 2015

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that 2015 is starting out to be a fabulous year for all of you.

It's been about a year and a half since I've had a chance to make cards and play with my blog, and visit your blogs.  I'm looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and having some fun and pleasure from crafting

You all know how life intervenes sometimes.  The past year and a half my mom was quite sick, and then passed away, so that took away a lot of my time and energy, and sucked all my creativity away.  I was also working in a really intense job with lots of overtime, and that certainly didn't help with finding time and energy for crafting or keeping in touch with friends.  Somehow I stopped crafting and doing lots of fun things, and hanging out with friends, and boy, do I miss everyone!  I guess we all have to deal with life as it comes up, and I'm hoping this new year is quiet, happy and uneventful :-)   I've just started a new, less time consuming job, which is a relief.  With my mom gone, it's lonely and I'm thinking that coming back to blogland will be a nice way to fill the gap.  It's 2015 now, and a fresh start!!  

To get started in the new year, I signed up for some card swaps and here is my first card for the first card swap, what do you think?

The image is from an SU stamp set, the paper is Graphic 45, Nesties dies, and the rest is from my stash.  I used the Copic air gun to get the shading around the image and on the sentiment, and added liquid pearls and stickler glitter as well, for the sash and flowers.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cheery cherries

The image is from Flourishes, coloured with Copics.  The rhinestone edging is from the fabric store--I think it's meant to be edging for costumes or formal wear, but works on a card too!

This card is made for the Flourishes new release colour challenge:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bearded iris

I've created yet another card using the colour challenge from Flourishes, I just love this colour combo, so elegant and eye catching.  

The image is from Flourishes, coloured with Copics.  White card stock is Neenah, as there was a lot of blending needed for the iris.

This card is made for the Flourishes new release colour challenge:

Another colour challenge

And another card, featuring the same Flourishes image and colours, however with a bit more layering.

This card is made for the Flourishes new release colour challenge:

Flourishes colour challenge

Happy Sunday!  I hope you all have been having a great weekend.  I've got a pretty card featuring a rose image from Flourishes.

This card is made for the Flourishes new release colour challenge:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Musical Christmas

Background music was stamped from Hero Arts stamp using Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink, with accent Flourishes added to the background, the flourish being a Stamping Up rubber stamp.  Main image is Flourishes from the Petals and Peace set.  All colouring with Copics, the base paper is staples but I've used Neenah for the main image since in blends so easily with the Copics.

ABC Christmas Challenge - P is for .... (Petals and Peace, name of stamp set)

Hey Sugar

Background showing ladle and "Hey Sugar" sentiment were stamped using Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink, which was also used to sponge on the edges.  Background images and apron are from the Fresh Baked set by Flourishes, sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms.  Apron was stamped on patterned paper then hand cut and adhered using pop up dots. Accents on apron were coloured with Copics.


Focus in Maki

Working away on Thank you cards for my blog, I CASED a card made by Maki as shown on the Flourishes website.  It is fun to copy the template from someone else as it takes me out of my normal boring habits :-).

All Colouring is with Copics.  Distressing done with scissor and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Inc.

Challenges 4 everybody - anything goes

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy holidays

This adorable image is from Sugar Nellie, by Elisabeth Bell.  Sentiment is SU.  Colouring with Copics.

Elisabeth Bells World - Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blooming great day

This evening I dug out one of my never inked before LOTV images and coloured it up, I sure do enjoy these ones :-)

Precious Christmas

Another Christmas in July card, before the calendar turns in to August.  

Image is Precious Moments - God's Love

Monday, July 29, 2013

Crisp Christmas

I liked my earlier white on white card, so I thought I'd do another, this one dressed up with a lace border around the image.

The image is an older one by Elisabeth Bell.  All paper is Staples and colouring is with Copics.

Elisabeth Bells World - Christmas

Summer sun

I experimented today with my air gun and yellow topic, to get a hot sun effect.  

This is an Elisabeth Bell image and the colouring is with Copics.


Ten minute birthday card

Here's a quick and fun birthday card using a cheery Flourishes image.

CAS joy

The Christmas theme in my craft area is still warming up, with this clean and simple card  featuring an image from Flourishes.

I  was happy to have a chance to dig out and use for the first time an embossing folder I got a number of months ago, which I have to say may become a new favourite.

All colouring is with Copics, and all paper is Staples 110 lb.

Vintage Santa

Christmas in July has finally hit my craft area, starting off with a vintage style Santa card.

This card features an image from Flourishes, and sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms.  


Pucker up

I do love House Mouse stamps, they always make me smile.  When I first got them I found them so hard to colour and it took a long time to do it, but now I know the colours I like for the mousies and how to accent them, and I find these are now some of my quickest and easiest ones to colour.
I didn't put a sentiment on this yet, I figure it could be used for a few different things, and it's always good to have cards that are "flexible" in the stash.


Teddy bear picnic

Well, it's been a busy few days at my craft station (aka kitchen table) and I've got another creation to share.
This one was all about fixing an oopsie.  After hours colouring this very detailed Elisabeth Bell image (called Teddy Bear Picnic), I then went to trim the edges around the image and accidentally cut the girls head off.  Guess I'm still learning how to use a paper cutter LOL!  After mulling it over, I decided if I cut up the rest of the image I could do a mosaic. 


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Birthday love

Another quick Birthday card, this one also featuring a sweet LOTV image.

Colouring is as usual with Copics and once again I've been using my A2 Spellbinder dies (LOVE those!)

Birthday fun

And here's a quick one before dinner.  I used the A2 Spellbinder dies to cut the layers, and then quickly brushed colour on this Lily of the Valley image.  No bling or dressing it up, but quick and easy and I'm sure it will make someone smile when they get it.

I'm entering this in to the following challenges:

Background Technique

Still playing along with Flourishes celebration for it's 6th birthday, there is a challenge called Colour Your World, where a neat background technique is demonstrated.  It inspired me to create the below, using a Flourishes image from my stash.

All colouring is with Copics, coloured paper is SU and white papers is the cheap Staples stuff :-)  I am glad I played along and did up the background on this as I find it really dresses up the image.

Happy Sunday!

Six for six

I'm really happy with the result, such a beautiful card could be used for so many purposes.  Another great card for the stash :-)

You can see a bit of my weedy garden here too.  I guess I should be weeding, but really, there are so many cards that need to be made!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Another Thank You Card

Keeping up with the theme of Thank you cards, I've got a nice clean cut card that will be great to say thank you for baking gifts (SIL :-) ), or for when a friend has had us over for dinner (we are always open to invites!).

In the background you can see my herb garden baskets where the sage and thyme are flourishing in this fabulous summer weather...I hope you too are enjoying good weather :-)

Chickadee thanks

Another lovely thank you card to add to the stash!  I wanted to make sure to have one that would be ok for a man or woman, and this chickadee image from Marks Finest Papers is one of my all time favourites for unisex cards.

Floral thank you

Here's another creation from this morning.  

Despite having a huge stash of cards, over the past few months I've managed to use up every single Thank You card as well as most of my blank cards.  On my birthday recently a bunch of gals at the office spoiled me with gifties, so I wanted to give them each a little thank you card.  I dug and dug through the stash.  There were retirement cards, get well cards, sympathy cards, and even bereavement cards on the death of a pet cards, but could I find a decent thank you card?  Finally I found some one layer cards from when I first started making cards, that were not fabulous, but were shareable with kind people.  At least those are out of my cupboard now.  Guess what you will see me creating now, over and over and over again, till the stash is refilled......?

This card is to play along with Marks Finest on their FOSTV challenge this week, the challenge being not to use DP.  The image is one of theirs, a lovely spring set that I love, and the sentiment from SU.

Celebration with Simon Says

Well, yesterday and the day before I cleaned and organized my craft room.  Finally, I did manage to find all the plates for my cuttlebug, the cutter bee scissors, acrylic stamping block and adhesive.  This all sounds pretty standard, but really, this was a large task as there were HEAPS of stuff layers on top of each other to dig through.  Who knows why, but I naively assumed that all the plates for the Cuttlebug and its tan embossing mat would all be with each other.  Silly me.  And really, how far can a little pair of scissors get?? Gah!!!!!

Then my mother decided to start a blog.  I hope you will give her some support and visit it, she has never had one and is also somewhat new to card making, but a very creative person who would love your feedback on her creations.  Her blog is

So this morning, with basic supplies now at hand, a day of card making is on the way!  After 6 months out of my craft room, it was hard to know where to start, but a bit of searching online and sure enough there were some challenges to play along with.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Where did half a year go??

I see it's been over 6 months since I posted on my blog, and scarily enough, it's been almost that long since I last made a card!  At least the last posting featured a fabulous card, LOL! 

Anyway, I am back!!!  After a harrowing six months involving long work hours and also too many hours playing Candy Crush while commuting, it is time to come back to blogland and card making.  Though probably not posting as frequently as before, I've decided to make this blog a bit more varied and interesting by include an occasional post about a recipe, book review, travel, or other item. 

I'm excited to be home on the first day of a 2 week vacation break from the office--yay!  The plan for the afternoon is to unearth my craft room, and over the course of this week make and post some cards for you.  Over 6 months I'm guessing there have been lots of stamp releases and new styles emerging, and it's going to be fun to visit blogland and so many of your blogs as I can to see what's fresh and new :-) 

So stay tuned here for some posts in the next week with new card creations, as well as a post to tell you about my adventures with fake nails, gel polish, and nail stamps (did you know there are STAMPS for nails???!  now there are both card stamps AND nail stamps to shop for, oh my!), and maybe I'll give you a glimpse in to some books I've been reading lately on the long, long daily commute (apart from the Harlequin romances that I would never confess to owning), so stay tuned!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wine Glass Charms

I had fun creating some wine glass charms recently, using some old polyshrink gathering dust in my craft room....what do you think?

I've put together a tutorial which you can see at the Hybrid Chick site at this link:

This is very easy to do, I hope you'll try it :-)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Tree Decoration

Such a festive time, with sparkling lights and colourfully decorated trees....This year I decided to try using some of those plastic hollow ornament balls I got on clearance last boxing day from Micheals, and make my own ornament.

I love how it came out, but have to confess it was a lot of work to get the image in there just right....picture me with tweezers trying to move it around while hubby holds the plastic ball thing....

The main image is a digi by Paper Garden Projects. which I printed twice, once the "normal" way, and once flipped to be it's mirror image (Using Silhouette software).  The printed, handcut and coloured with Copics.  The background circle (image also from Paper Garden Projectswas printed from the printer on to an Acetate sheet, then after it dried I rubbed gold ink on the edges.  The 2 images were then glued on either side of it.  All that wasn't the hard part, as mentioned, getting it in to the ball just so was.  After that I added some glitter stuff in to the ball to float around the bottom, and some ribbon treatment on the mouth/top of the ball.

After all that effort it's a good thing that the final product looked good!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Village

It is really fun playing with my new Silhouette and seeing what can be built using the digital die cuts.

Here is the start of a Christmas Village I'm planning, the first house being built using a house template in the Glitter and Memories digi pack at the DigiChick.

This was surprisingly easy to make.  First, I printed the pieces using my Silhouette on to SU Coordinations card stock, then pressure embossed the roof and main body pieces, and quickly sanded.  Folded them and glued everything together and added a Robins Nest dew drop for a door handle.  It was, really, shockingly easy for something so neat looking :-)

The nice thing is that the roof is a lid that opens and closes, so you can put one of those fake, battery operated tea lights in there, which looks really cool on the mantel :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Bag Tutorial

Here are a couple of gift bags I made using my Silhouette and templates from the Digichick.

You can see more bags using these fabulous templates on the Hybrid Chick website.

Monday, December 10, 2012

DVD Gift Bag

Here's a fun project I put together using my Silhouette using digi papers and images.  It was quick and easy and a nice break from colouring, and better yet, get's me a nice packaging for a Christmas gift.

I put together a tutorial to make this which you can see at the Hybrid Chick, following this link:

The papers and materials are by Paper Garden Projects.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Card Caravan - Holidays

Happy Sunday!  The holidays are rapidly approaching so the Hybrid Chicks have pulled together some lovely cards and projects featuring the holidays for the current Card Caravan.

Here are some cards I made for the challenge (you know I LOVE holiday cards, LOL!)

This first one features digital stamps from the stamp set Wish List Letter to Santa Bundle by Etc by Danyale.  To dress it up I put glossy accents over the stars, white craft ink over the embossed background panel, and then a little bit of a cotton swab glued to Santa's hat.

This second one uses paper from the Sugar Sands Christmas Beach Bundle by Etc by Danyale, sentiment from Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects, racoon from Loving Critters Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects, and Poinsettia made from Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects

This last coordinates  Snow Flurry Cut Outs by Paper Garden Projects, Tis the Season by Wishing Well Creations, The Merriest by Elise’s Pieces.

We hope you'll join us and play along.  The challenge is open to both cards and projects and is open for 2 weeks.  Please share with us the lovely holiday creations you are working on at the Hybrid Chicks challenge page.

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:
Craftymess challenge - Vintage Christmas
One stop craft challenge - Christmas friends
Speedy and Friends - Red and Green
Card Crafters Circle - December Celebrations
Emergency crafter - Deck the halls
Critter Sketch - Christmas anything goes
Love to Create - Holiday Cheer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Releases at the DigiChick - Christmas!

Happy Thursday!  I always start to perk up around this time of the week since I know the weekend is around the corner :-). And for me it's kind of like friday since tomorrow I get to go on a course instead of to the office---I will get to wear jeans instead is a skirt, yay!

Anyway, another good thing about Thursdays, I've discovered is new releases at the Digichick, and today I've got some creations to share featuring the new Christmas Retrospective set by Quirky Twerp.