Monthly Archives: April 2012

For My Lovely Mom


Happy Monday all!  Well, Mother’s Day is approaching quickly, so I thought I’d get it into gear and start making cards for the occasion.  My mom lives about 8 hours away from me so I had to get this in the mail today.  My inspiration for this card was a pattern sketch from MTME.

Because this was going in the mail, I eliminated using bulky flowers and 3D items.  For a feminine look, I used ribbon, lace patterned paper and pearls instead.  The papers are from the CTMH Florentine paper pack.  This is one of my favourite packs.  So feminine and pretty in a not-so-girly way.

I used coordinating inks in Cocoa and Goldrush to stamp the silhouette, flower and sentiment.  Photo corners were added to the stamped focal image to help anchor it.  I glued it to an Olive Green matte and then popped it up using foam dimensionals over the other background papers and ribbon.   The pearls in the centre of the flower and around the silhouette frame are the finishing touch.  Hope Mom likes it!

Have a great day and happy crafting!



TGIF everyone!  Today’s 4×4 card is a simple, floral which was inspired by the Paper Crafter’s Library Makeover Monday Challenge.


The papers are from the Gina K Designs Wisteria Lane Collection.  These papers are great for card makers.  The card stock is really heavy, which is great for card bases, and the patterned papers come in 6×6 sheets.

To start off, I cut out the CS and patterned paper to form the base of the card.  I then cut out the rectangles for the greeting and rounded the corners with my corner rounder on one end to make it look like a tag.  I stamped ‘greetings’ from the CTMH 4 My Friend stamp set with embossing ink and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. Wow, how many times can you use the word emboss in a sentence?


I added the rhinestones and cut a slit in the purple layer to add a piece of purple ribbon.  That’s it.  A quick, simple card to send a friend or relative just to say hi.

Have a great weekend and hopefully you’ll find some time to create something.  Happy crafting!

Flowers & Lace


Hello paper crafting friends!  I just found out today that I actually won the My Time Made Easy‘s Pretty Palette Challenge this month!  Yahoo!  I feel so fortunate to be picked out of all the talented people who enter their gorgeous creations.  Thank you MTME!

My daughter and I made this card together the other day for one of the girls I babysit after school.  She will be turning 8 on Sunday and loves all things pink and lacy.  So does my daughter come to think of it, so it’s no wonder this is what transpired.

I have a stash of die cuts and flowers that I make for cards but don’t end up using and this is what we went to for this card.  I wanted to make this easy because my daughter is 4 and her attention span is somewhat limited.  She picked the background paper and all the elements that went on the card.

She was very specific about the colours to be used and of course it had to have purple gems!  The only thing I really helped with was the layout and the gluing.  Hmmm – I may have passed on some crafty genes!

Lucky for me it’s been a crafty week and it’s not over yet, so stay tuned for some Mother’s Day and feminine birthday cards.  Have a great day everyone.  Happy crafting!

Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes!


Hi everyone!  Today I was busy baking cupcakes.  There was a little bit of crafting involved so I decided to share them with you.  And I’m pretty sure everyone likes cupcakes.  At least everyone around here does!

My son’s school has what is called a Cake Walk a few times a year to help raise money for the school.  Here’s how it works; whoever wants to, can bake a cake, cupcakes or some other kind of goodie and donate it to the school.  Each child is allowed to purchase tickets for the walk and on the day of the event they go look at all the donated yummies and put their ticket(s) in a corresponding bag for a chance to win that dessert.

The theme this time around is spring or Earth Day so I iced the cupcakes to look like grass.  I then cut out little animal paw print cupcake wrappers using my Life’s A Party Cricut Cartridge and some K&Company green patterned paper.  I’ve had the little ladybug stickers hanging around my craft room for quite a while so I taped them onto toothpicks and stuck them into the top of each cupcake.  Cute as a cupcake!  Haha.

As you know, I also have a few birthdays this weekend so I made these as well…

Nothing fancy about these but pink and purple icing with a cherry on top has my kids eyeballing them and asking when they can eat one.  So there you have it.  I guess I better make sure I go to my exercise classes this week since I’m sure to be indulging in a cupcake or two!  Have a sweet day and happy crafting!


Your Guiding Hand


Hello all!  We have been having some miserable weather here in Canada’s Capital Region (snow, freezing rain and rain) but it’s been great for crafting.  I actually got two cards done today!  I thought I’d share my dress shirt card with you today.  I have been seeing shirt type cards all over Pinterest for a while now and decided I would try my hand at one.  These  are great for a birthday or Father’s Day and are fairly quick and easy to make.

First I cut out the shirt collar and tie to fit my 5×6.5 inch card.  Since this is a really simple project I decided to add the details of a real dress shirt.  So I hauled out my sewing machine, dusted it off and added stitching to the collar.  I then found two small clear buttons, added white embroidery floss to the button holes and glued them to the collar for a button down look.

I glued the tie to the shirt and then popped up the collar with foam dimensionals.  At the last minute, I decided to add a tie clip, which I cut out of a piece of Grey Wool CS.  I stamped DAD on it and added a small rhinestone to finish it off.

So if you’re wondering why I called this post Your Guiding Hand, you just have to read the inside of the card.  I thought this was a lovely thing to say to someone as special as a Dad.

Have a wonderful day everyone and happy crafting!

Pretty As A Princess


Hello friends.  I was thinking about all the birthdays and occasions coming up and boy do I have to get busy!  I have 3 birthdays this weekend and one next week, not to mention Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner.  Yikes!  So today I made a birthday card for my good friend’s sweet little girl who is celebrating her 3rd birthday on Sunday.

She is having a princess party so what could be more appropriate than a princess card?  And of course I had to include as many lacy, pearly, glittery, jewelly (is that a word?) things as I could!

I wanted to add layers to this card, as if it were the many layers of a beautiful princess dress, so I used a different border punch for each layer and embellished them with rhinestones and Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint.

For the sentiment, I cut out the crown and ‘Pretty Princess’ using my new Life’s A Party Cricut cartridge.  I added glue to the crown with a Martha Stewart glue pen and then dumped gold glitter all over it.  Pink rhinestones and a little glittery pink ribbon add the finishing touches.  I glued ‘Pretty Princess’ to the card and painstakingly painted over it with pink glitter glue and a very fine paintbrush.  Like I said, the more sparkly stuff, the better!

I stamped a tiny ‘Once upon a time’ sentiment across the top and bottom of the card in Baby Pink ink and also stamped ‘As A’ between ‘Pretty Princess’.  To finish it off I added the pink and green ribbon and flower.

Hopefully all the sparkly stuff will cause this three year old to pause long enough to actually see the card before throwing it aside for the much coveted gift!  Either way, I hope she has a terrific day.

Happy crafting!

One More Candle!


Hello crafty friends!  I was visiting my local Michael’s craft store on Friday and noticed they had their Cricut cartridges on sale.  Now, I have owned my Cricut machine for about 2.5 years and only own 2 cartridges – the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, which you all know I love and use all the time, and the George Basic Shapes, which came with the machine.  However I saw one called Life’s A Party and I broke down and bought it.  It is fantastic and has a lot of great party themes I know I will use.  Which leads me to today’s card…

My husband’s birthday is coming up next weekend so I got busy making him a card.  The paper’s are from the CTMH Cruisin’ paper pack.  Very masculine!  The layout was inspired by MTME’s sketch challenge #57.

I had a chuckle when I saw the “What’s 1 more candle?” phrase.  My husband just mentioned that we could skip his birthday this year so naturally I had to add this as the sentiment!  I found an old birthday stamp set with a candle and used it for the background, stamping as many as I could fit!  The balloons were cut out, popped up and anchored with a black brad and grey embroidery floss.  I stamped the Happy Birthday on a strip of Juniper CS in Twilight ink and matted it with Twilight CS.

I’m sure he will enjoy his birthday despite his protestations.  At least I didn’t make him an ‘Over the hill’ card – yet! 😉  Have a great day and happy crafting!


Fine & Dandy


Hi friends!  I played along with Paper Crafter’s Library Make It Monday challenge and a very interesting and different card came about.  You can check out the original card inspiration here.  The masking technique was used to make white tag shapes on white card stock, which were then stamped with a sentiment.  Here’s how I did it, in case you want to try this yourself.

I first cut out a 4×4 piece of white card stock.  I then cut the various tag shapes out of scrap paper with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You could easily do this with tag punches or tag dies instead but make sure you use sizes that fit your chosen sentiments.  Next I used my temporary glue runner to lightly stick the tags onto my 4×4 piece of card stock.  You don’t need a lot – only enough to lightly hold it in place.

I pulled coordinating ink colours from my background paper (Tulip, Lagoon, Garden Green and Sorbet) and using a foam applicator, I sponged ink onto the card stock in a circular motion.  I started on the tag and moved outward (you can help hold the tag in place with one hand while sponging with the other).  After all four colours were added, the edges of the 4×4 card stock were inked with Cocoa, which is the same colour I used for the card base.

To remove the tags, I heated the them with my heat tool to soften the glue and gently pulled them off.  There was a bit of glue residue left so I used my Rub & Remove Eraser to take it off – a very handy little thing when adhesive is showing where you don’t want it to!

So once the tags were removed I was left with these white tag shaped spaces in the middle of all the colours.  Really cool!  I used the Cocoa ink and stamped various congratulatory sentiments on the white tags and used a brown, fine-tipped marker to add the stitching around the edges.  The 4×4 layer was popped up using foam dimensionals onto the 4.5×4.5 patterned paper and then I adhered the whole thing to a 5×5 card base.

I think this would be worth trying with various other background techniques as well.  That’s all folks!  Hope you have a fine & dandy day.  Happy crafting!



Hello everyone!  Hope you’re having a lovely day.  I’ve spent the last few days in the garden cleaning it up and prepping it for planting.  It’s so nice to see the buds on the trees and the spring flowers blooming.  Yeah spring!  So this inspired me to use the Stenciled Spring stamp set from Gina K Designs for today’s card.

I combined this week’s My Time Made Easy’s colour (cherry, blue, black) and palette challenges to come up with this card.  The stamp was coloured with Marvy LePlume II markers (Crimson Lake, Leaf Green and Manganese Blue).  I then used the huffing technique before stamping it onto white card stock.

For anyone who doesn’t know, huffing is the technique you use to remoisten the ink on the stamp after you’ve coloured it.  All you do is breathe warm air across the stamp and any of the ink that has dried will become moist again, giving you a clear stamped image.

The stamped image was adhered to a blue matte and then popped up on a cherry matte with foam dimensionals.  On the black background I added blue and red rick rack and then adhered that layer to the blue and cherry matte layers.  For the final bit of bling I added the red and blue rhinestones and the little bow and flower in the top left corner.

Hope you’re enjoying spring where ever you are and can take some time to smell the daffodils!  Happy crafting!

Wishing You Well


Good day everyone.  I was sitting in my craft room the other night working on this card and I actually stopped and laughed at myself when I compared my desk to the thoughts swirling around in my brain.  Chaos!  I don’t know if this happens to anyone else but sometimes I get an idea in my head and it takes off on me.  My hands can’t keep up with my brain.  I try different things – some work, some don’t and in the process the pile of stuff on my desk gets bigger and bigger.  Next thing I know I’m swearing because I can’t find the scissors I JUST put down in front of me! LOL!

Anyway, here is the card that had me in such a state…

I had a few different sources of inspiration for this one.  First of all, my mother-in-law is involved with the United Church in her small town in Eastern Ontario.  She volunteers to visit people in old age homes, who don’t have family close by or need a friendly face.  She is also responsible for sending them ‘Get Well’ and ‘Sympathy’ cards.  When I learned of this I immediately volunteered to make the cards for her.  She was thrilled and yeah, I now have a cause for my craft!

The layout is inspired by a Makeover Monday challenge over at Paper Crafter’s Library and the floral theme was inspired by my crafty friend at ContadinaK.  She made a lovely card the other day chock full of flowers.  And who doesn’t like to get flowers, I ask?

I started off with the background paper from the CTMH Dotty For You paper pack.  It reminded me of a trellis and so naturally I needed to add flowers to the card.    The rolled roses were cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and glued together using Liquid Glass.  The larger flower is from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set and was stamped onto four different papers.  I cut out the layers and curled them under slightly using a pencil.  I then added foam dimensionals to each layer to create some height.

Another thing I wanted to try and use was a doily.  I bought a pack of 30 a couple of months ago and haven’t used any yet.  They are all the rage right now so tada!  Finally.  I hate it when I buy something and it sits around not getting used.

I added the green scalloped circle to the middle to add a bit more colour and then created the sentiment banner using the same papers I used for the flowers.

So here it is.  My first card in a series of cards for my mother-in-law’s (and now my) mission.  I can only hope that these cards help to brighten someone’s day.  We all need a little sunshine in our lives.

Have a great inspirational day everyone and happy crafting!