Monthly Archives: October 2012



Happy Halloween!  My hubby and I took the kids to a really fun exhibit last weekend in Upper Canada Village, called PumpkInferno.  For those not familiar with UCV, it is a heritage site on the St Lawrence Seaway that has original pioneer buildings from the 19th century.  They have people dressed in period costume running the village as it would have been 150 years ago, and you can go wander around the village in and out of the buildings.  But back to PumpkInferno… the exhibit winds it’s way through the village and consists of 30 different scenes carved entirely out of pumpkins!  Very cool!  I thought it would be fun to share a few photos from our little excursion through the village.This is the doorway into the Steam Flour Mill.  I don’t suppose this fellow is going to let anyone in tonight!  On either side of him, running along the whole front of the building are hundreds of jack o’lanterns carved with different ghoulish scenes and monstrous faces.In the middle of a pond just outside the mill is this mermaid perched on ‘rocks’.  You can see the reflection of her in the water.  Keep in mind this is all carved out of pumpkins, which have been secured together!As we wound our way through the village, we came across this shootout at the old saloon, complete with cactus and cow skull.Here is a soldier and canon from the war of 1812.  In the background you can see a Chinese dragon and some Chinese lanterns hanging from a tree (upper right).  All made out of pumpkins!Our spooky guide is pointing the way to the next exhibit!Volcano, complete with tikis and a tiki bar (not pictured here and unfortunately not serving alchohol!).This picture was taken with the flash on so you can get a better idea of how the figures are built.  Arrrrr, matey!I wouldn’t want to be caught ‘dead’ in this garden with this creepy scarecrow watching over it.  There were even pumpkins on the fence posts with crows carved into them.The happy couple.  Just burried!And finally, no Halloween exhibit would be complete without the headless horseman.  Here he is ready for action!

Hats off to Parks Canada for putting on this fabulous exhibit.  If you live in the Ottawa area and want to go see it, they’ve extended the show to November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Hope you enjoyed the photos and are getting geared up for all the little ghosts and goblins that will be out and about tonight.

See you tomorrow for the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge.  Happy Halloween!

Christmas Mini Album


Happy Monday!  The weeks are flying by and I can hardly keep track of what holiday is happening.  While I’ve been in Christmas mode, my kids have been counting down the hours until Halloween.  We are hoping for a dry trick or treat evening, but it looks like the weather gods are trying to throw a hurricane our way.  Luckily for us Eastern Ontarians, we will probably just get some wind and rain, but we’ll be praying for those poor folks on the Eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada for a safe passage through the storm.

Today I wanted to share with you a Christmas mini album I made for a Close To My Heart party I hosted about a week ago.  I had the ladies do this project as a make and take and they were very pleased with the results.  I will be entering it into the Out of a Hat Challenge this week as they are asking for a stocking stuffer idea.  I think a mini album would be a great stocking stuffer for a relative or close friend of the family.The original idea for this came from Nicole Heady’s blog {Capture the Moment}.  There are tonnes of fabulous paper crafting projects there, so I urge you to go take a peek.  You can see this project by clicking here.

I started with 2 pieces of chipboard that measured 6×6.  I then cut one 6×12 strip of Olive green card stock and one 6×12 strip of Cranberry red card stock.  I glued the chipboard pieces to the card stock so that the red was on one side and the green on the other.  I also left about 1 inch of the chipboard showing on each end, which I covered by the very pretty Pear & Partridge Christmas paper.  I wrapped Cranberry Grossgrain ribbon around each side to hide the paper seams.On the inside of the album, I added two trifold panels, which hold my photos.  As you can see, I adorned the outside of each panel with some lovely vintage looking stamps from the Christmas Delights stamp set.  I coloured the images with Copics and popped them up with dimensional foam.  The trifold panels are held closed with Cranberry Baker’s Twine.

Here is a peek of what’s inside each panel… I only put 2 photos in each side but there is room to glue in more folds if you want your album to hold more pictures.  To keep this little album closed I added a small velcro circle to the edge of each side.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  Try one for yourself – you won’t be disappointed with the results.  Have a lovely day everyone and I’ll be back soon with some Halloween pictures of a really cool event we took the kids to on the weekend.  Happy crafting!

All That Glitters


Hi friends!  A quick post to share my Out of a Hat Creations challenge make this week.  The task was to make a Christmas decoration of some kind.  I made this lovely tree ornament…This was a Stampin Up ornament I saw and loved.  I just had to try it.  Wouldn’t this be pretty in blue and silver too?  If you would like to see the original video of how to make one of these you can click here.I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut out my ornaments and then stamped them with Tulip and Garden Green ink.  The whole thing was put together using a glue gun.  The tulle was something I bought from the dollar store last year but was perfect for this project.

Like I said this post is short and sweet.  Another busy, busy week and it’s not even Christmas yet!  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon.  Happy crafting!

Tricks & Treats


A lovely Monday to you all!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week.  I’m starting mine off with my last guest design spot over at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.  It’s been great fun, and I’d like to send out a BIG thank you to them for having me.

Now onto this week’s theme, which is Halloween or pumpkins.  I recently acquired a package of Close To My Heart Clear Cards from the While Supplies Last section of the shopping website, and used one for this week’s challenge.  If you’ve been following along with my blog, you know I love using transparencies.  And when I saw the clear cards on sale, I just had to give them a try!  So this is what I came up with…I used the Moonlight Paper Packet and the Perfect Fit – Halloween stamp set for my Halloween card.  I also used the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut out some of the pieces, such as the jack o’lantern faces.  Instead of making the whole pumpkin, I thought it would be a fun trick to cut just the faces.  I adhered a piece of Goldrush paper to the inside back of the card so that the faces pop out at you.  Mwa ha haaaa… tricky!

So now that we’ve had a few tricks, let’s get to some treats…The treat bag topper started out with a tag I cut with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and folded in half.  It was embellished using the same papers and stamp set as the card.  Pretty straight forward, which is what you want if mass producing stuff for a party or classroom full of kids.

Here is the terrifying twosome…Now that I’m looking at this picture I think I want to put a battery operated tealight inside the card to get the flickering effects of a jack o’lantern.  How cool would that be?

I hope you have enjoyed my Heart2Heart projects this month.  Please wander on over to the blog to get some great inspiration from the DT members, and if you own any Close To My Heart products, feel free to play along.  We’d love to see your creations!

See you back here real soon.  Until then, happy crafting!

CTMH Supplies:
Moonlight Paper Packet
Stamps – Perfect Fit Halloween
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Clear Cards
Pansy Ink
Sunset Baker’s Twine
Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Forever In My Garden


Hey crafty friends!  It’s time for another My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge, and this week’s colours are Blueberry, Olive, Kraft and Black.I decided to take a break from all the holiday and seasonal stuff, and focus on something a little more casual.  This card is a thinking of you card, which uses the Spring In Bloom digital stamp set and Fun Fronds designer paper from the Romance digital paper pack.I have not yet mastered the art of colouring digitally, so I added some extra colour with alcohol ink markers to give the focal image more depth.  I also cut the flowers out and popped them up over the frame, along with the butterfly.I added Prisma Glitter to the flowers by dabbing spots of glue all over them and then dipping them in a tray of glitter.  I like that spotty, chunky, glittery look!  I may have to try that on some snowflakes.  Below you can see the dimension of the focal image a bit better.Along the bottom is the sentiment, and a lovely one at that!  There is something very peaceful about the idea of walking forever in a garden.  And finally to fancy things up a bit, I added a few goodies from my stash – the  black swirls, blue bow and the kraft border underneath the sentiment strip.

Come on over to My Time Made Easy and get inspired by the other DT member’s projects and the gorgeous packaging ideas in the MTME shop.  And if you’d like a chance to win one of those great packages, please join in the fun.

Have a great day everyone and happy crafting!

Old Fashioned Christmas


Hi all!  Things have been kinda crazy busy around here lately, but I managed to squeeze in some crafting time (of course), and finish my Christmas packaging for the Out of a Hat challenge this week.  My husband and I are big tea drinkers and have accumulated a bunch of tea tins over the last while.  I thought this would make a great package for some homemade goodies, such as cookies or peanut brittle, mmmmmm!The inspiration came from the Gina K Designs brown gingham designer paper I used to cover the tin.  The colour reminds me of gingerbread, and nothing says Christmas like Grandma’s gingerbread cookies!  After adhering the paper, I distressed it with a bit of Old Linen DI.  I then added the kraft border around the bottom.There were a few paper doilies with poinsettias on them hanging around from last Christmas, so I set about distressing one of them with some Old Photo distress stain.  Yes, I finally broke down and bought some – now I have to figure out how to use it, lol!  I ended up rubbing it all over, and then took a wet sponge and dabbed at the doily until it was soggy.  At first, I wasn’t that impressed and threw it out, but once it dried I thought it looked much better, so I picked it out of the garbage and used it!  Don’t worry, it’s only my crafting garbage – no gross stuff! The label was stamped with Ruby ink on a piece of off-white, textured paper I had in the scrap bin.  I also added a bit of Old Linen DI to it and inked around the edges.  The upper part of the tin is adorned with gorgeous ribbon.  The rich brown, which was added all the way around the top, was really  wide, so I folded it in half before adhering it to get a layered look.  I made the red grosgrain bow and added the lovely little vintage looking trinket to the middle.And finally, the top of the tin was adorned with a poinsettia, which I cut out, embossed and distressed.  The canvas button was stamped with a snowflake, distressed with a bit of Chocolate ink and finished off with a gem.  Now I have to go bake something to put into it!

Come on back Thursday for the next My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge.  Until then stay out of trouble and go make something!

Let It Snow


Hi everyone!  Busy times ahead with Christmas just around the corner.  Hard to believe the jolly fatman will be here in just 11 weeks!  Speaking of Christmas, it’s my 3rd week guest designing over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog and the theme is to make something Christmasy.  I opted for a card since you can never have too many of those!I finally bought some silver and gold embossing powder to use on Christmas cards, and decided to try the silver on the snowflakes.  Here I used the CTMH Snow Flurries stamp set on Lilac Mist card stock (both retired).I cut a 2 1/2 inch strip out of the middle my 5 x 6 1/2 inch card so I could insert a strip of transparency.  I then stamped and heat embossed the Let It Snow sentiment across the upper half.  The pigment inks and clear embossing powder work really well if you want a specific colour.Across the inside of the card under the transparency window, the winter scene was stamped using the pine trees from A Journey and the little horse & sleigh from Snow Days (retired).  I created depth by stamping a second row of trees above the first row, and stamped off on scrap paper before stamping onto the card, to get a lighter impression for a more distant look.I used a navy blue matte and gems for contrast, and added a silver string down the side, tied with a bow.  Hope you enjoyed looking at today’s card.  Please go and see what the other DT members have made by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by!

CTMH Products:
Card Stock – Lilac Mist, Outdoor Denim
Inks – Outdoor Denim, Garden Green, Outdoor Denim Pigment Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
Stamp Sets – A Journey, Snow Flurries, Snow Days

39 & Holding!


Good Monday morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!  I’m continuing my guest designer spot today with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog, so a big welcome if you are visiting from there.  If you’re a regular here, but you’d like to see what the other H2H DT members have created, click on the link above.

This week’s challenge is to make a birthday card with at least one number on it.  Well, I had a bit of fun with this one.  Since I have been 39 for a few years now, I decided to make that number the star of this card.I chose pinks and kraft for my colour palette because I thought this would be a fun card for a female friend or relative.  I cut the number background, along with the pink 39, using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.After cutting out the 3 & 9, I added Versamark to them and heat embossed them with clear powder.  While they were still hot, I sprinkled Prisma Glitter over them and put the heat tool to them again.  It really helps the numbers stand out and adds a bit of girlie sparkle to the card.I created a flag banner for the middle of the card, which covers the gap between the top and bottom panels, but also hosts the rest of the sentiment and the rose.  The kraft panel at the bottom was embossed using the Cuttlebug.

Hope you will join the fun over at Heart 2 Heart.  I’d love to see your birthday card creation using Close To My Heart products.  Until next time happy crafting!

CTMH Supplies:
Paper – Flirty Raspberry, Kraft, Lucy Paper Packet
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Stamp Sets – Just For You, Card Word Puzzle, Classmate Alphabet
Prisma Glitter

All The Trimmings


TGIF!  A quick post to show you a Christmas card I made for the Out of a Hat Creations challenge.  They are having  month long Christmas challenges, so stop by to check out the projects.  There are sure to be some great inspiration pieces.I just received my CTMH gold embossing powder in the mail, so I thought I’d give that a try on my card.  I coated the edges with Versamark, pored the gold powder over it and heat embossed it.  The background paper is a lovely wrapping paper I picked up about 2 years ago at a department store.  It has beautiful gold embossed dots all over it – and the best part – it was a clearance item for only a couple of bucks!The poinsettia was cut out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge and glued together with glue dots.  I added a button and a sparkly stick-on gem to the centre.The tag was also cut out with the Artiste cartridge and stamped with this lovely sentiment from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit stamp set.  And in keeping with the gold theme, I added the gold ribbon and jingle bells.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  For my Canadian counterparts, have a happy Thanksgiving and may you spend it with the ones you love!

Witchy Ways


Hi, and welcome to another My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge!  This week the featured colours are saffron, orchid and navy.  A really pretty combination, which you could do just about anything with.

I decided to use these colours on a Halloween card.  Maybe not quite as traditional as orange, purple and black, but certainly not a big stretch either!I created my own witchy Halloween scene by using the Hauntingly Homemade Labels  and Happy Camping digital stamp sets.  Once I finished that, I printed out 2 copies, then cut the moon and clouds out and popped them up over the other copy.  I gave the witch a little sparkle with a clear sparkle gel pen.The patterned papers are from the Amethyst Sparkle digital paper pack.  You really can’t go wrong with digital paper (unless you don’t have a computer and printer!).  It is so inexpensive and all you have to do is print it out.  Even better still, if you are a little bit computer savvy, you can change the colours with a photo editor to suite your needs.Here I paired it up with a cauldron that I made with the MTME Grab a Cup template, which is actually a teacup.  Instead of using the base, I put little wooden beads on the bottom as feet and left the handle off.

So here are the Pretty Palette details:

You can use the palette on ANY type of project!  While participation with products from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is appreciated, it is not required to participate. You can use products from ANY company.  Every other week we will pick a winner from the palette participants, and announce them the following week, when the next Pretty Palette Challenge is announced.  This month’s contest began Thursday, August 9th. Contest ends Wednesday, October 3rd. Winner announced Thursday, October 4th.  PRIZE PACKAGE: Whoever plays along  in Palette Challenges #68, 69, 70, and 71, will be entered to win a Pretty Package of THEIR Choice!

What can you do with these colours?  We can’t wait to see!  Link up your pictures from your blog or photo webhosting site and show off your creations.  Maybe you’ll be the next winner.  Have a great day everyone and happy crafting!