Monthly Archives: August 2012

Everyday Adventure


Hello!  Today I will be sharing a couple of projects I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog.  The theme this week is, fittingly, back to school.  Anyone can take part but you must use mostly Close To My Heart products in order to play.

And now without further ado…I missed last week’s challenge because I was away and had no access to my stash, so I combined two challenges on this card.  Last week was a colour challenge using Pear, Lagoon and Sunset.  I don’t think of these colours as typical fall/back to school colours but I liked the way this turned out!To start off, I cut a strip of Pear card stock and stamped these images from the It’s Your Day and Little Reminder stamp sets.  Very schoolish don’t you think?I stamped the Honor Roll flag in Lagoon ink and adhered it to the top of the card.  Using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge I cut out the notebook paper, circle and star shapes and inked them up using various stamp sets – Universal Backgrounds, Scholastic Workshop On The Go stamp set, School Rocks and It’s Your Day.I glued the 3 different sized stars together and finished it with a clear button.  The sentiment tag was cut out of one of the Dotty For You patterned papers and stamped using an It’s Your Day sentiment.  The little green flowery stamp at the bottom is from the Enjoy stamp set.  Last but not least, I added the Lagoon Baker’s Twine down the side of the card to hide the seam between the Pear and Sunset papers.My second project is one I made about a month ago and featured in my August Close To My Heart newsletter.  This little treat box is a snap to make if you have the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I cut it out and added a piece of acetate to the window.  I stamped the sentiment and then assembled the box using double sided tape.  The apple is my favourite part of this box.  I made it by stamping the apple in Tulip ink onto white card stock, cutting it out and glittering it up with Prisma Glitter.  I then squeezed a liberal amount of Liquid Glass over the top and let it dry for about an hour.  A red bow and some Jelly Belly’s and voila!  A great little treat box for your new teacher.

Have a lovely day everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Learning To Fly


Hi folks.  I finally was able to sit down last night and this morning and finish my mouse trap alteration for the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.  If you would like to check out the other entries or play along click on the link to find out more.  I am also entering this one into the Tando Creative Challenge Blog August Challenge.After disassembling the trap I glued some neutral coloured pattern paper to the base using Modpodge.  I then coated the top with Modpodge and sprinkled some Martha Stewart clear glitter over the entire surface.  As that was drying, I decided I would decorate it using the Tando Kit that I had won from the Hatters about a month ago.  So I got busy colouring, stamping, distressing and glittering up those pieces.

The hot air balloons were sponged with a few layers of ink and then stamped with Outdoor Denim ink using the CTMH Live Inspired stamp set (retired).  I love the idea of hot air balloons floating around the clouds with the words Journey and Dream written on the side!  I glammed them up a bit with some pearls and a glitter gel pen, and then glued them to the reassembled trap.I blotted some silver Ditto Glimmer Spray onto the banner with a paper towel (the spray nozel wasn’t working for some reason) and distressed the edges with Old Linen Distress Ink.  I then stamped ‘Learn to’ onto the flags, and added the little pearls to the bottom of each one.  The compass, Fly and grass chipboard pieces were coloured with markers and glued to the trap.  I also coloured over the Fly with a glitter pen to add more sparkle to the bottom area of the trap.

Wow, that wasn’t as hard as I imagined it would be.  The Tando kit certainly made my job that much easier and gave me a theme to focus on.  Hope you enjoyed today’s whimsical project.  Have a lovely evening and happy crafting!

Making Do With What You Have


Hello everyone.  I’ve been away visiting my brother for the last week (coming home today) and started having craft withdrawals a couple of days ago.  I’ve been itching to get my fingers inky but there are no crafting supplies here, other than the type which accompany young children to school – coloured pencils, Crayola markers, and children’s scissors.  Yikes!  I did make one trip to the local craft store, and ended up buying some adhesive, a small packet of embellishments and a K&Co paper pack which was on sale for $5.oo.  So here is what I managed to make without my regular stash…

I wanted to play along with the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge so I used white, navy, light blue and kraft on all my cards.  And since I had no stamps or inks with me I decided to use some of their digital stamps as well.  This first card uses the Water and Waverly Wiggles digital stamp set.  I printed out the sentiment and octopus, and coloured the octopus in with a couple of blue coloured pencils.  The rest of the card was made with paper from the K & Co bargain book.

For my second card, I just cut strips of paper from the K&Co book, and made them into flags, which I then glued across a piece of kraft card stock.  This was harder than it looks because I had no paper trimmer with me.  All my straight edges were done freehand with children’s scissors (so don’t look too closely).  Oh, how I miss my cutting tools!

I added another strip of paper across the middle to hide the ends of the flags and then added the embellishments.  My little butterfly is from a Hero Arts digital stamp set that I had on my computer.  I printed, cut and coloured him with those same blue coloured pencils that I used on the octupus.  The Thanks circle was a die cut embellishment I found on my outing to the craft store.

And last but not least, I made this little gem with the MTME Be Dazzled digital stamp set.  The background paper is also from their Cool Romance digital paper pack.  I coloured the flower tag on my computer using Gimp software.  For those of you who may want to try their hand at digital paper crafting, I suggest trying Gimp.  It’s a photo editing software that is similar to Photoshop, but it’s free so you have nothing to lose by trying it.

I wanted to add some dimension to this card so I printed out three copies of the tag and cut the flowers out in layers.  I curled the ends up with my fingers and glued them on top of each other.  I then added the embellishments.  The kraft coloured swirls were cut out of one of the designer papers from the K & Co book.  I also wanted to disguise my not-so-straight straight edges so I distressed them with my kid scissors.

Well, I have to say I really miss my paper crafting tools, but I was still able to enjoy card making thanks to a few inexpensive supplies, a printer and my computer.  Have a happy Monday everyone!



Digi Cards


Happy beginning of the week!  I was on the Hero Arts website over the weekend checking out their digital stuff and ended up buying and downloading a few really cute digital stamp sets, which I am using to play along with their August sketch challenge.  If you are interested in entering the August contest for a chance to win some loot click the link for more info.

My first card uses digital images from A Natural Love and TweetHeart Digikits.  These kits are kind of cool because they come not only with stamps, but matching paper and embellishments as well.  (Keep in mind they are all digital).

So to start off, I started up my photo editing software (Gimp) and opened a cream coloured paper as the background.  I then added the beautiful heart tree image on top.  I had to size the tree to fit the card and then printed it out.  I scalloped the bottom edge with my corner rounder, and then added the ribbon and sentiment flag.  I also cut out my little bird and glued it onto the flag.  Isn’t he cute?  I decided at the end to add the gems as a bit of eye candy.

My second card uses the Cardart Thanks digital kit.  Again, everything was opened in Gimp and resized, then printed out onto card stock.  I cut out the thanks tag and popped it up over the flower image with foam tape.  The embellishments are digital flowers I printed, cut and sparkled up with a glitter gel pen.  The edges were curled up with my fingers to add a bit of dimension.  I also added pearls, which I coloured with a pink Copic marker.

My experimentation in the digital world has been fun and challenging and really opens up a world of possibilities, but nothing beats getting your hands inky!  I think during this process my stamps and inks were glaring at me – or maybe I just have a guilty conscience!

Have a great day and happy crafting!



TGIF!  The challenge going on over at Out of a Hat Creations blog this week involves any project using black & white and one other colour (B&W&C).  I ended up making 2 cards, because believe it or not, I had already made this first card the night before the challenge was posted – weird!  I felt I was getting off too easily, so I made a second card last night (any excuse to craft!).

On my first card, I wanted to try a technique that uses a repeated image with one of the images popping up off the card as the focal point.  I recently acquired the CTMH La Belle Vie Workshop On The Go Kit, which contains this lovely Paris themed stamp set that I used here.

I stamped the Eiffel tower 4 times across the white card stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then die cut an Eiffel Tower using the Cricut, and CTMH Artiste cartridge.  I stamped the Eiffel Tower onto the cutout with Versamark, and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  This, along with the little pink heart, really help it stand out from the others.

I took a piece of Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon, and coloured it with a pink Copic marker.  I then stamped Ooh la la onto it, and glued it across the card under the towers.  Finally, I stamped the Bonjour from the Bonjour stamp set, and heat embossed it to match the tower above it.

This would be a great card for my son’s new teacher this year, as he is in a French immersion program at school (French is one of Canada’s two official languages, and is really quite useful to know in this part of the country).

My second card was made for the My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern challenge this week.  I decided to go with a Halloween theme because I thought orange pumpkins would be a great way to add colour to the black & white.

I cut, and assembled the black & white card stock strip across the front of the card.  I then cut out the spider web, and Spooky Halloween with the Cricut, and Artiste cartridge, and glued them onto the card.  The pumpkins were stamped with Goldrush Pigment Ink onto orange card stock, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut them out, and  popped up the two small pumpkins over the larger pumpkin.

I stamped the little spider and the ‘Have a’ part of the sentiment with the Versafine Onyx Black ink.  To finish it off I added the Sunset Baker’s Twine at the top of the card.

Well it’s Friday afternoon here, and I’m yawning away.  I think I’d better go put the kettle on!  Have a great weekend everyone!


Dog Days of Summer


Yo, dawg wassup?  Hahaha!  Just thought I’d get that in there, because the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week is the dog days of summer.  The ladies over there want us to create a summery project which includes dogs.  Strangely (or maybe not so strangely) I don’t own any dog stamps, and am not a dog owner (I have kids instead!), so I don’t even have any cute photos of dogs!

Not to worry though.  I found two really cute free digital dog stamps on the internet at Operation Write Home.  Interesting site.  These guys actually collect handmade cards to send overseas to US troops to help them stay in touch with their loved ones back home.  Great idea.  You can check them out by clicking on the link.

My first card has this cute little guy waiting for his buddy to come back.  Awwww!  I digitally coloured the picture using Gimp software (kinda like Photoshop), which I am fairly new to.  It was a bit of a learning curve, but I managed it, and printed it out with my inkjet printer.  I paired this sweet image with the CTMH Dakota paper pack, and a sentiment from the For Every Occasion stamp set.  The embellishments are a CTMH Antiqued Copper Designer Brad, and Chocolate Baker’s Twine from the Neutral Assortment pack.

My second card uses the CTMH Avonlea paper pack, and another cute digital stamp designed by the same person – Eric Dull.  I coloured this image the old-fashioned way – using my Copic markers!  I decided to distress the papers on this card with chocolate ink, and my CTMH Edge Distresser.  The sentiment is, again, from the For Every Occasion stamp set, and the embellishments are Chocolate Baker’s Twine, and an antiqued copper Durable Square Stud (are you thinking what I’m thinking? LOL).  BTW both card sketches are from the Originals Card Confidence book.

So that’s my take on the dog days of summer.  I hope you are enjoying your dog days of summer.  Happy crafting!


Back 2 School


Hi everyone.  This week’s Out of a Hat Creations blog is hosting a challenge featuring packages.  I decided to use the Carry It box template from My Time Made Easy.  They have so many really great 3D packages to choose from so if you’re looking for some really pretty packaging ideas check out their online store.The Pretty Palette challenge over at MTME this week is Saffron, Red and Chocolate, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone, and use those colours on my little package.  They also remind me of fall, so I decided to go with a back to school theme.

I imported the Carry It template into my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 computer program, and then used my Cricut to cut it out.  After assembling the box I got to work decorating it.  The obvious choice for this house shaped box would have been a school house, but I wanted to play around with my stamps, and paper so I went for a more abstract look.

I used a variety of stamp sets from Close To My Heart and ended up mixing and matching them.  They include School Rocks and the Scholastic Workshop Stamp Set from the Scholastic Workshops On The Go Kit.  The little bells on the top flap are actually Christmas decorations but they remind me of an old schoolhouse bell, so I have given them a new home!

I used CTMH papers and inks in shades of red, brown and yellow.  The patterned papers are also from CTMH with the exception of the cute pencil paper (top picture), which is from a Me & My Big Ideas book.

Here you can see the box when it is open.  The overlay with the bells comes off and then the handle slips through a slit in the top flap to reveal the goodies inside.  The finished size is 3″x3.5″ (not including the peak), so you could easily fit a cupcake or an apple for the teacher inside.

I must now run off and catch the Olympic closing ceremonies.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy crafting!


Sympathy Card


Hi friends.  Just a quick post today to show you a sympathy card I made for this week’s Heart 2 Heart Blog challenge.  This is a Close To My Heart challenge blog which anyone can play along with, as long as your entry uses mostly CTMH products.  We all know I have lots of that! LOL.  So if you are interested in playing along click the link above to find out more info.

I started off by heat embossing the roses onto a piece of Lilac Mist card stock with Versamark ink, and CTMH White Daisy embossing powder.  The stamp I used is from the January 2013 Stamp of the Month which will be available for purchase in, you guessed it, January!  The tag and flowers were cut with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  The circle was stamped with a border from the Frame It Up stamp set, and a sentiment from 4 My Friend.

Here is a close up of one of the roses.  You can also see the embossing a bit better here.  I used the Lilac Mist card stock again for the roses and inked the edges with Outdoor Denim ink to match the tag.  I stuck a pearl in the middle of each rose, and added a few leaves which I also inked with Outdoor Denim.  I felt the tag still needed something so I ended up adding the pearls around the edges.  Pearls are so classy and elegant which is perfect for a sympathy card.

That’s it from me.  I think this calls for a tea!  Have a great day everyone and happy crafting!



Thank You!


Happy Monday everyone.  Today is a civic holiday here, so it’s been a day of watching the Olympics, hanging out with the family, and trying to squeeze in a bit of crafting time.  A lovely, lazy summer day!

Today’s card is one I made for the My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Sketch Challenge #68.  Here is the sketch…


…and here is my take on it…

I decided to make a thank you card since these are always useful to have around.  For the background, I chose a striped designer paper from the Gina K Designs Red Carpet Designer Paper Pack.  From there I pulled out the colours for the rest of the card – light blue, chocolate and red.  Using pigment ink and the CTMH For Every Occasion stamp set, I stamped Thank You three times in red, chocolate and light blue on three strips of Colonial White card stock.  I then covered them with clear embossing powder and embossed them with the heat tool.  To finish it off I added the red, chocolate and light blue ribbon, and the pearl brads.

Hope you’re having a lovely, lazy summer day too!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!



Rainbow Lines



Happy Friday everyone!  Well I’ve got to say the highlight of my week came when the ladies over at Out of a Hat Creations randomly pulled my name out of the hat, so to speak, for this lovely Tando Kit.

Thank you ladies!!  I’m really excited, and can’t wait to get my crafty little hands on it!  Looks like fun!  Speaking of fun, the challenge this week over at Out of a Hat is something with lines.  Click on the link above if you would like to join in the fun, or just be inspired by the gorgeous creations by the DT.

I made two cards for this challenge.  For the first one, I decided to play around with a diagonal line stamp, and my new CTMH mini pigment inks.  This is what I came up with…

I stamped a piece of white card stock with overlapping rows of different colours of pigment inks, and glued it to the card base.  I then took a piece of transparency plastic, and made an overlay.  This was done by cutting the transparency a bit bigger than the card base then scoring and folding it down the middle.

I stamped the flourish onto the transparency with Versamark, covered it with black embossing powder, and heat embossed it.  When that was finished I glued the overlay over the card by running a strip of adhesive along the top at the back of the card, and a few spots on the bottom front to keep it in place.  I cut, stamped and assembled the medallion and then glued it along with the black ribbon to the surface of the overlay.  I really like how colourful this card is.

My second card was much simpler to make, but uses the same rainbow theme.  And instead of diagonal lines I decided to try a chevron pattern.

After stamping the chevrons, and the Hello sentiment I cut matting for both in Indian Corn Blue paper, and adhered them to the card base.  Now for my favourite part of this card – the buttons.  I just found this technique for making clear buttons into coloured buttons on the Hero Arts blog, and I love it!  This opens up a world of possibilities!

I took 3 different sized clear buttons, and adhered them (using a glue dot) to card stock that I had stamped with the chevron pattern.  I then trimmed  the excess paper off with scissors.  Next I pierced button holes through the paper, added baker’s twine, and then adhered the buttons to the card base.  So fun!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my challenge cards.  Hope you have a great weekend, and find some time to make something!