Monthly Archives: July 2012

Heart & Home




Hello everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and have been able to watch some of Olympic Games so far.  A big congrats to the UK for a dynamite opening ceremony!  Bravo!  Lots of eye candy and great music.

So I have been squeezing in some crafting time between Olympic events, and family outings, and managed to get my Out of a Hat Challenge card made.  When I saw that this week’s challenge was sewing I immediately thought about trying a card with a quilting type background.  Here is what I came up with…

I used the CTMH Pemberley paper pack for this.  The colours and patterns are so pretty that it made it really easy to piece together a background.  I first cut the card out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  It’s just a 5.5×5.5 card with rounded corners.  Next I cut strips of DP 5/8 x 2.5 inches (4 of each pattern), and glued them onto the card so they made up four 2.5×2.5 inch squares.

My focal image was stamped onto a piece of Bamboo card stock.  I used the CTMH Chairs To You stamp set (retired), and coloured it with a blending pen, and some coordinating CTMH inks.  I added a few pearls to the flowers, and then rounded the corners with my corner rounder to match the corners of the card.

So the only thing left to do at this point was add the sewing element.  I managed this by doing a zigzag stitch with my sewing machine around the focal image, and the outside of the card.  Don’t look too closely at the corners LOL!  Not sure what happened there!  I do love the overall effect though, and I just might have to try this again sometime using a different pattern.  A quilted Christmas card would probably be lovely.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.  Go Canada Go!!




My Time Made Easy Design Team Call


TGIF!  I would like to start off by saying THANK YOU to My Time Made Easy for choosing my Missing Mojo card as the winner this week in the Pretty Palette challenge!  I guess I must be doing something right 🙂

MTME also just announced a design team call which I am thrilled to be trying out for.  I’m really excited about this because I have been a big fan of their stuff since I first discovered them.  This is my first attempt at something like this so wish me luck.  Here goes…

My first card uses the My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern #66 and Pretty Palette #67 (daffodil, coral, pear and black).  I started off with a daffodil background, and used the CTMH Stitched Together stamp set for the rustic looking stitched border.  Next I pulled a piece of coral gingham paper from my scrap bin, and layered a piece of Pear card stock on top of that.  Since this contains the focal image I thought it would be a good idea to help define it with a black matte.


The flower was cut out of yellow card stock with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and stamped using the Just For You stamp set.  I added a coral layer on top of the yellow, and curled the petals up at the edges to give it dimension.  A coral embellishment was added to the center, and I stamped a few leaves around the flower in Pear ink.

I used this sentiment from the CTMH July Stamp of the Month.  Can you imagine someone giving you a card that says this?  I don’t know about you, but that would make my day!  I used a blending pen, and Pear ink to colour in ‘YOU’ and ‘BETTER’, and then added some sparkle with a clear glitter gel pen to make those words stand out even more.  A little black bow is the finishing touch on this one.

My second card uses the Pretty Pattern Sketch #67 and Pretty Palette #64 (ivory, light blue, mustard, rust).

I had a lot of fun making this card because of all the colouring I got to do, and this is really where I incorporated the required palette.  The stamp set is the CTMH Stamp of the Month for September (Fall Favorites).  I love all those fall images plus it’s my favourite time of year so what’s not to like?

I stamped and coloured the images using Copic markers, then matted everything with Brown Bag card stock, which is kind of a rusty brown colour.  I then decided I needed a pretty blue background paper to set the whole thing off.  I ended up using this lovely blue patterned paper called Sea Foam from My Time Made Easy’s Fresh Fabric Collection 3 Digital Paper Pack.  It’s so soft and pretty, and gives a subtle texture to the card.

Once all the pieces were glued into their prospective places I added a maple leaf embellishment on the side of the main image.  I cut this out using the Cricut, and added the little button and baker’s twine bow.  The maple leaf is such a representation of fall and my Canadian heritage I just had to use it.

So there you have it.  The deadline for the DT call is August 12th if anyone else is interested in giving it a go.  Until then I will keep myself busy in the usual fashion, and try not to obsess about whether I make it or not.

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!



Tea Tag Time Challenge


Hi friends.  Today I am entering this tea time tag into the Out of a Hat Challenge.  The theme this week is Time, and since I am a die-hard tea drinker I thought it would be fun to combine the two.

I used the new CTMH La Belle Vie Paper for this project.  It is so feminine and pretty, and makes a great invite to tea.  Here is a picture with the tag pulled out of the sleeve.

    The sleeve and tag tops are cut to look like gears which I thought fit the time/clock theme well.

I started off by stamping the sentiment at the top of the tag so it would show when it was tucked into the sleeve.  I also stamped the floral swirl at the bottom to balance it out.  Next, I created my own background by stamping little Baby Pink flowers all over, and adding a bit of clear sparkle gel pen to the middles.  The stacked tea cups are from a Gina K stamp set which I’ve had for quite some time.  I paper pieced them, and popped them up with foam dimensionals.  Finally, I added the ribbon to the top and tucked a rose into it.

Both the tag and sleeve, as well as the clock pieces, were cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I stamped a couple of different images onto the clock face with Baby Pink and Bamboo ink to get a shabby chic look.  I then added tiny clear gems around the  outside at each hour.  The body of the clock was stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black with one of the Universal Backgrounds stamps.  A dot of clear glitter gel pen was added to the center of each little flower to match the flowers on the tag, and I added a silver ribbon around the middle for extra sparkle.

That’s all for now.  All this talk of tea has me craving one so I’m off to boil the kettle!  Happy crafting!

Masculine Gift Card Holders


Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  I had to make a few birthday gift cards for some of my manly family members so I thought I’d share them with you.  Both of these gift card holders were cut out using the new CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge which will be available for purchase August 1st.

The first one was cut out from Grey Wool card stock and then stamped using the wood grain background from the Universal Backgrounds stamp set.  I also cut out the medallion, star and banner with the new cartridge and stamped them with the some of the stamps that came with the cartridge.  I adore that medallion!  I added the metal brads in the corner for a bit of manly bling.

Here is the card with the envelope.  I stamped the balloons with the same colours I used for the card; Twilight, Ruby and Grey Wool.

And here is what it looks like when opened up with a gift card inserted into it.

For the second gift card holder I used Indian Corn Blue, Sunset and White Daisy card stock.  One of the coordinating stamps that came with the cartridge is this cute little birthday wishes pocket.  I just had to try a shirt card with this and thought the argyle pattern worked really well.  And since it is a birthday card I added a few candles in the pocket.  How fun!

Well now that all my birthday projects are out of the way I can concentrate on some projects for the weekly challenges that I like to play along with.  Hope you’re having a great Monday.  Happy crafting!

Note Card Gift Set


Hi all!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  First off I’d like to thank My Time Made Easy for choosing my Sweet Moments card as the challenge winner last week – woohoo!

I just received my brand spankin’ new CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge on Friday and wowee is it ever fantastic!  You’ll probably see me use it quite a bit over the next little while as I check out all it can do.  Very exciting!

My first project was to make a note card gift set for my sister-in-law.  She is a teacher and can always use note cards.  Here is a picture of the finished set…
I cut out the box using the Artiste cartridge and assembled it.  I then added some patterned paper to the bottom and a paper border around the middle.  Here is the box on its own without the cards in it.

I added the flower to the spine of the box along with a stamped pink paper which she can use to write on if she chooses.  I also stamped the pretty fan image on each side in Garden Green ink.

My next step was to make a set of 10 cards.  I decided to cut 10 different coloured mattes and use 2 different floral stamps as the focal images.  I tried to colour them so they matched the mattes.  Here are a few pictures of some of the cards.

Stamp set – Lovely Lily

All the images were coloured with Copic markers by yours truly!

Stamp set – CTMH January 2013 Stamp of the Month (not yet available).

Cream roses.

The last thing I added to the mix was a gift tag.  I decided to stamp a diamond background in Garden Green ink onto a chipboard tag and then stamped the greeting and flower with Versamark.  I heat embossed the images with black embossing powder and then coloured the flower with Copics.  I also inked the edges with the Garden Green ink.

I gave this to her yesterday and she loved it – my job is done!  Come on back tomorrow and check out my masculine gift card holders.  Have a great Sunday and happy crafting!

My Misplaced Mojo!


Hi all!  I have been struggling for the last few days to come up with a finished card that I really like.  Although I’ve seen a lot of incredibly beautiful stuff by some extremely talented individuals I cannot seem to draw any inspiration from them.  I have started projects several times only to wrinkle my nose in disgust and go back to the drawing board.  I seem to have misplaced my mojo!

So finally after playing around for a while, I looked up a sketch from the Mojo Monday challenge and used the colour palette from My Time Made Easy‘s pretty palette challenge #66.  You’d think I could take it from there but I’ve got to admit I’m still not totally enthralled with my final results.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some as the saying goes.  At least this is only paper crafts and not poker! LOL.

For this card the colour palette is pink, purple, red and green.  Most of the papers were pulled from the scrap bin and since I used the Mojo Monday sketch I decided to cut out all the required background strips and assemble them first.

The flower was made for a previous disaster but I kept it and used it here.  Each layer was stamped with Tulip ink.  They were then cut out and pinned together with a green gem brad.

The butterfly was first stamped in Baby Pink ink using the back side of the stamp.  I then flipped the stamp over and stamped the image using Tulip ink.  I added the clear gems to the body for a little butterfly bling.

After assembling the sentiment circle, flower and butterfly I added the small coloured gems to the pink polka dots on the red designer paper.  The inside of the card reads ‘May this be your grandest year yet!’.  Tout fini – phew!

Hopefully my creative inspiration will return over the next few days and I’ll be back in the saddle again!  Until then happy crafting!

Cherish Simple Pleasures


Happy Friday everyone!  Today I am happy to share a card I made for the Out of a Hat Challenge.  The requirements are the use of twinchies.  What the heck are those?  I wasn’t sure either but it turns out they are just a 2×2 square decorated any way you choose.

For this card I cut out 4 twinchies from Colonial White card stock and then coated them with a layer of Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint.  Next I took a sponge and rubbed on a patch of colour in the middle of each square.

Here you can see how shimmery the pearl paint looks.  I used Indian Corn Blue, Sunflower, Tulip and Pear inks on my squares.  I then stamped my shapes on with Versamark, coated them with black embossing powder and heat embossed them.

Two stamp sets were used in the making of this card; Stitched Together and Love Life.  I matted the twinchies in black, glued them on the front of the card and then added the sentiment.  I really like the way this card came together.  Simple seems to be the theme of the day!

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!

Secrets of a Happy Life


Hi!  Yesterday I was pondering some of the secrets of a happy life and came to this conclusion…

LOL!  Although I agree wholeheartedly with Iris Murdoch’s philosophy, it was actually a fun find in one of my K&Co paper books!  I thought it would make a great card for giving with a homemade baked treat.

I started out by lightly inking up a fleur-de-lis embossing folder with Desert Sand ink and then running it through the Cuttlebug with a piece of kraft card stock.  The ink transferred to the debossed sections of the card stock resulting in a mottled look.  I then used Moonlight White Archival Ink to highlight the raised edges.

The focal image is the quote along with a few floral embellishments and the butterfly.  The white background of the focal image was stamped and distressed with Antique Linen distress ink, Chocolate, Lagoon and Moonlight White inks.  I used Garnet card stock as a matte.

Now I have to go and make something yummy to go along with the card!  I think this calls for a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a visit with a good friend.  Until next time, happy crafting!

Sweet Moments


Hello!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to find some time to make something crafty.  Today I have a card which I made for the challenges over at My Time Made Easy.  I actually combined both their pretty palette and sketch challenges to come up with this Sweet Moments card.

The colours of the challenge are light blue, yellow and black.  The stamp set is CTMH’s Childhood Portrait which has really cute silhouettes of children.  I thought this might be a cute congratulatory card for someone who gets engaged.

I did a lot of distressing on this card.  As you can see, I edge distressed each layer with my CTMH edge distressing tool.  I also added two score lines around the outside edges of the blue card stock and then sanded them to take the colour off.

The background of the focal image was achieved by rubbing Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink on with a crumpled up plastic bag.  I popped the image up with dimensional foam and added the black ornamental elements to each corner.  I didn’t really have anywhere to put a sentiment so decided to leave that for the inside of the card.

Off now to have a cup of tea.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!

Postcard Challenge


Hi all!  It’s been a while since I last posted due to vacation time but I’m back and ready to share my newest creations which I made for the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.  The theme is travel postcards.

I wasn’t sure about the destination on my first attempt but liked the “Adventure is a state of mind” stamp so I came up with this postcard…

I started with a 4×6 piece of Gina K Designs 120 lb base weight white card stock and did a colour wash with Copic markers.  Starting at the top I did a few lines of each colour and just blended them into each other until I liked the way it looked.  I then stamped the images on top.  The tree signifies home (roots) with the funky treetop being a persons everyday busy life.  The butterflies signify being able to leave the everyday and seek out adventure, whether mental or physical.

On my next attempt I decided to go with a more typical postcard theme but stuck with the Copic colour washing technique for the background.  This time I wanted to get a sunset at the beach look and chose my colours accordingly.  For the sand I used Copics first and then stippled on a bit of Desert Sand ink with a stencil brush to get a grainy look (a bit difficult to see here).  The stamped images are from CTMH’s Just Chillin’ and Footloose Workshop Stamp Sets.

Here is another beach postcard using the same Copic technique.  I was really having fun with this!

And finally I did an under the sea scene.  Again the Copic wash in blues.  Here the little fish and sea horse are enjoying a swim together.

If you want to check out some of the other postcards or play along please click on the Hatters link at the top for info and inspiration.  Hope you’re having a great week.  Stay cool and happy crafting!