Monthly Archives: November 2012

You’re Hot!


Hello there!  How’ve you been?  Today, My Time Made Easy is hosting another Pretty Palette Challenge, and the colours are…Such pretty colours.  I thought I’d try a wintery card with them, and this one would be great for Valentine’s Day.  I know, I know.  We haven’t even made it through Christmas yet and I’m talking about Valentine’s Day.  Just sayin’, lol!The tuque is from the Hats Off digital stamp set.  I printed it onto turquoise card stock and coloured in the little hearts using a red Copic marker followed by a clear glitter pen.  Take a closer look at how pretty this looks.After I went over the red hearts with the glitter gel pen it didn’t look that red anymore, so I coloured back over the hearts again with the red Copic.  It looks like red glitter now.  I’m loving it and will use this technique again.  What can I say – simple things amuse simple minds but I love these little discoveries.I did the same thing here on the ‘You’re Hot’ sentiment.  The hearts are all from the Sweet Sentiments digital stamp set, which I sized and printed out onto red card stock then cut out.The red snowflake paper is from the Homemade Holiday digital paper pack.  Just print and it’s ready to use.  Easy peasy.  The aqua layer was run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I’ve been using this one a lot lately.  It’s one of my favourites and can be used for any occasion.

So that’s about it from me today.  Back to my busy, busy life.  If you have time, go check out the other projects from the My Time Made Easy design team, and if you’re inspired why not play along.  Have a lovely day everyone and happy crafting!

Paper Angels


Hey there.  I have a quick post today for the Out of a Hat Challenge, which is ‘Using Your Stash’.  This was good for me because every day I go into my craft room and look down at the ever growing basket of scrap paper!  It’s so full that I don’t even know what’s at the bottom.  Time to dig in…

I came across these cute little paper angels on Pinterest and thought it would be a good way to use up some scraps.  So far I have only made two but I just might get a bit more adventurous and make more using lots of layered scraps.  The idea is still percolating in my little brain!The fun in these cute ornaments is that the sky’s the limit with how you can decorate them.  Any colour or style to suit your mood or décor (or use whatever you have on hand)!Here are my two bald angels, which I have affectionately named Pearl and Ruby!  They are basically made out of semi-circles and you can use whatever size suits you.  Just roll them into cones and stick them together.  I used a wooden bead for the head but the ones on Pinterest had mini Christmas bulbs as heads – very pretty.

That’s all from me today.  Hope you’re having a great weekend and I’ll see you back here real soon.  Happy crafting!

MTME Pretty Palette Challenge #75


Hello folks.  It’s time for another My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge.  You can check out the complete rules and the DT’s fabulous projects by clicking on the link.  The challenge colours are Rust, Ivory and Eggplant.This week, I chose to make a feminine ‘Just Because’ card.  Most of us know someone who could use a little pick me up now and then, and there’s no better way to tell someone you’re thinking about them than with a homemade card or gift.Today’s card features the Pretty Pattern sketch from last week’s My Time Made Easy Challenge.  The polka dot paper is from the Fall Foliage digital paper set, and was coloured to suit this project using Gimp photo editing software.  Have I mentioned Gimp is FREE?  Anyone can download it onto their computer, so why not stretch your creative muscles and give the digital paper crafting world a try?  Download here.The very pretty Scent-sational label is from the Apothecary Labels digital stamp set.  The polka dot border was coloured using Gimp but the flowers were coloured in with Copics by yours truly.  The purple paper underneath is from the Amethyst Sparkle digital paper pack.To jazz things up a bit, I adorned the card with some ribbon and bits from my stash.  I also distressed the outside edges of the paper.  Add a bunch of flowers, picked from the garden, or maybe a scented saché for the closet or dresser, and this would make a nice gift!

Hope you are able to play along this week.  You have 2 weeks to post your entry.  Have a great day and hope you find some time to get crafty!

Red & White


Hi friends!  I made two cards today, one for the Out of a Hat challenge, which features locks and keys, and the other for the Heart2Heart challenge, which is asking for projects with a gratitude theme.  AND it just so happens that while I was preparing my photos for this post, I found out the Addicted To Stamps and More! blog is hosting a red and white theme.  So needless to say, since both my cards feature red and white, I will be entering them into that challenge as well.  Here is my first card, featuring a lock and key… A friend and I were shopping at IKEA last week and we came across gift wrapping tape coloured red and white.  Looks just like Washi tape but much, much cheaper.  I paid $1.99 for three rolls!  SCORE!  Naturally, I wanted to try it out on a card, so this was the inspiration for the colour scheme.I took 3 strips of the red tape with white polka dots and taped it onto a piece of white card stock.  I then cut out a heart shape with my Cricut, which I turned into a lock.  I also cut out the black key with the Cricut and adhered it underneath the  heart.  The sentiment is from the CTMH Chairs to You stamp set (retired), which was stamped onto a white chipboard cutout.  The background was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  And here is the inside…My second card is a gratitude card and also features the IKEA tape.  Loving this tape!!!Again, a couple of strips of each of the patterned tapes were taped onto white card stock, after which I cut out the flower shapes.  The CTMH Art Philosphy cartridge was used for all my die cuts.  This sentiment is from the CTMH Friendship Bouquet stamp set (retired) and adhered with a piece of CTMH Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon.The middle of each flower sports a blingy button or gem – all compliments of CTMH!  The Swiss Dots background was also used again on this card.  It’s such a classic!

And the inside…So please take a moment and check out these three fabulous blogs for some terrific inspiration and ideas (Out of a Hat Creations, Heart2Heart, Addicted to Stamps and More!).  If nothing else, it gives you a few moments to drink another coffee and forget about your other duties, lol!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week.  Happy crafting!

Friends, Food & Fun


Hi again!  Today I wanted to do a quick post showcasing a card I made for the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.  The challenge this week is to create a project based on this picture…Believe it or not, I’ve never done a photo challenge before.  I think the hardest part for me was choosing the elements from the photo to use on my card, so I pretty much used everything, lol!Good friends of ours hosted a dinner party last weekend, and I thought it would be nice to send them a thank you card.  I started off by using the same colours as the photo – Barn Red at the top (brick wall), green across the middle (table runner) and white at the bottom (table cloth).  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the Barn Red card stock and my Martha Stewart Score Board to emboss a crisscross pattern onto the white card stock (I was trying to mimic the pattern from the back of the dining chairs).I used a Close To My Heart chipboard shape for the ‘dinner plate’ and covered it with Avonlea Green paper.  I then stamped it and embellished it with various elements.  The little pears were cut from the Pear & Partridge B&T Duos paper.  The knife, fork and spoon are from last year’s double stamp set promotion, which I coloured in with the CTMH silver metallic marker.I cut dinner out using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then adhered it to the white portion of the card with a glue pen.  That’s all folks!  Is there anything better than getting together with good friends for food and drinks?  One of the joys of life, me thinks!  Have a fantastic day and I’ll be back soon.  Cheers!

50th Anniversary Card


Hi folks.  I’ve been thinking about entering into some new challenges to change things up a bit, so I made this anniversary card for the Addicted To Stamps Challenge.  I wanted to play along last week and actually started this card, but didn’t make the deadline, so I combined this week’s challenge (flowers) with last week’s bingo challenge.  For the bingo challenge I chose black, free and stripes.I used my Gina K Designs Lacey Borders stamp set for the lovely lace layers at the bottom of the card.  Keeping with the black and stripes, I added the tag from the Close To My Heart Perfect Fit – Frames stamp set and heat embossed the gold bit in the middle and around the outside edges.A strip of gold ribbon was added to the top of the lacey panels.  The flowers were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold to match the tag.  Since the 50th wedding anniversary is gold, I thought it would be appropriate to add the gold elements.I came across a gold coloured gem pendant brad in my stash and added it to the tag.  I like how it hangs down into the lacey layers.  Clear gems were also added to the centre of each flower for more dimension and sparkle.  Gotta have bling!

So here goes nothin!  My first Addicted To Stamps challenge.  The design team over there is really talented, so check out what they have made if you get a chance.  You won’t be disappointed by the stunning projects you see.  Have a great day and happy crafting!

Birds of a Feather


Hi there!  The Out of a Hat Challenge this week is to create something to do with nature.  Now that’s a pretty broad subject, and there are many things to choose from, but I am in Christmas mode and wanted to make a bunch of Christmas gift tags.  So to incorporate the nature theme, I decided to make all my tags with birds on them.  I made six in total and plan to make more, but here is what I finished this weekend…I cut all the tags out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  On this tag, I used one of the Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons and heat embossed the Happy Holidays with gold embossing powder.On this tag, I used a strip of Burlap Ribbon around the middle and added a poinsettia brad.  The birds are at the top and are part of the stamped sentiment.My cardinal tag uses the To You and Yours stamp set and is coloured with the CTMH alcohol markers.  The beautiful woodgrain B&T paper is from the Dakota paper packet.This bird was cut with the Artiste cartridge and the edges inked with Cocoa ink.  The bird’s nest is made from a strip of the new CTMH Colonial White Rosette Ribbon.  I used Antique Linen DI to give it a bit of colour.  The edges of the tag were inked with a gold metallic pen and I heat embossed No Peeking in gold.Here is a super simple tag that is stamped using the rock n roll technique.  I added the gems for a bit of sparkle and inked the edges with Bamboo ink.And finally, a kraft tag with more of the Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-Ons and a few red gems.  For these tags, I kept to a red, green and brown colour palette.  I think for my next round of tags, I might go with blues and greens; maybe some snowflakes and silver????  Not sure yet, but that’s part of the fun!

All in all, making gift tags for your Christmas presents is fun and easy, and really adds a personal touch.  Give it a try, and wow your friends and family this Christmas!  Have a great week, and we’ll see you back here real soon!  Happy crafting!

Winter Wishes


TGIF! Today a short post to show you my Heart 2 Heart Challenge card.  I will also enter this into the Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge SK102612.  This week we are to use all neutrals on a project – no other colours allowed!  I really enjoyed using a neutral palette and winter is the perfect theme for it.I chose to use kraft, brown and white, and created my own designer paper using the Countdown and Snow Flurries stamp sets.  After adhering that to the card base, I cut out the mittens from Chocolate card stock, using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and heat embossed the white bits onto them.I used a piece of the Color Ready Kraft border glued to a strip of Chocolate CS to break up my white background.  I then stamped Winter Wishes in Chocolate ink, from the To You and Yours stamp set.  And the last thing I added was the Chocolate Baker’s Twine and the clear gems.  Voila, a cute, neutral winter card.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!  Hope you find some time to make something.  Happy crafting!

Happy Ho Ho Ho Holidays!


Happy November 1st!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and didn’t indulge in too many little chocolate bars, lol!  And if you did, I promise not to tell.  Today, I am sharing the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge #74, and this week’s colours are…So while you are sitting at your computer (eating the leftover Halloween treats), you can check out my Christmas card.  I first printed out a piece of red gingham paper from the Picnic of Patterns digital paper pack, matted it with black card stock, and used it as my backdrop.  I really love the little santa from the Homemade Holiday 20 Images Digital Set, and used him as my focal point.  I opened the image and sentiment in Gimp where I could size and colour it.  I then printed it out on white card stock and used my Cricut to cut out the tag shape.I ended up cutting another larger tag layer in the gray dot paper to frame out the white.  I really like the geometrics happening on this card!  I then added the little red gems at the bottom and the red ribbon at the top of the tag.Now, my Santa tag was looking cute, but I still felt it needed something and decided to add some glitter for texture and sparkle. There’s no time like Christmas to get out the glitter!  I used my Martha Stewart glue pen to spread glue around and then dumped white glitter all over the glued areas.  I tapped off the excess and used a small paint brush to sweep away any lingering offenders.And last but not least, I cut out the black swirls for each corner and stuck a gem in the centre of each.  This card looks really sparkly and pretty up close and personal.

We would really love to see you use these colours on any creation of your own and link it up to the MTME blog site.  You don’t have to use My Time Made Easy products and if you play for the next 4 challenges you have a chance at winning a Pretty Package from the store.  There are loads of fantastic coordinating 3D projects, stamp sets and digital paper packs to choose from, so check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here real soon!