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Springtime Wishes


Hi! I’m back with 6 cards to show you today. ¬†I wanted to see what I could come up with using just one stamp set and one paper pack so here’s what happened. So much fun! ūüôā

Triple Thanks

The paper pack I used is the new CTMH Charlotte paper pack and I paired it with the Springtime Wishes stamp set – kind of appropriate for this time of year! Groundhog day is just around the corner so maybe we’ll get lucky and Mr. Groundhog will give us some good news!Home When I'm With You

The Charlotte paper pack has three 12×12 sheets with different sized cards you can cut out and use for various things. ¬†As you can see here, I used one as my focal point and sentiment.

Thank You Slanted

A quick and easy thank you card. You could probably whip this off in 10 minutes if you had to scramble for a card.  The sentiment could easily be swapped out for whatever you need.


This one was fun.  The colours are so pretty.  I created my own patterned paper by stamping the flower on the coral striped paper.  I heat embossed the same flower on the sentiment card and coloured them using a blending pen and my inkpads.

Best Wishes Floral

I heat embossed the two black flowers on vellum, cut them out and stuck them on the little squares of paper using a brad. ¬†I added the baker’s twine for interest but now that I look at this card again, I think had I turned it sideways I could have used the twine as a flower stem. ¬†Funny what you see in a photo that you don’t necessarily see in real life. ¬†Just gives you a different perspective, I guess!

Love to You & Yours

And last but not least, a love card that would be fitting for Valentine’s Day. ¬†I might just send this to a friend!

BTW Рall card layouts came from the CTMH Wishes book.

Hope you’re having a crafty day!



Show Some Love


Hi there! ¬†I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I can hardly believe it’s over for another year. What a whirlwind!¬†Now it’s already mid-January and¬†that means switching gears from Santa Claus and Christmas trees to cupids and hearts!¬†My daughter and I have been busy cutting, colouring and gluing Valentine cards for her classmates and that inspired me to create a few of my own starting with this one…Treasured Friend

This card features the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month “Beloved Bouquet”. The pretty patterned paper is from the Charlotte paper pack. ¬†Here’s another card I crafted with the same stuff…

Valentine rose

So happy to be back at it. I don’t realize how much I miss paper crafting until I sit back down at my desk and create something. Creativity is such a beautiful thing. There’s a New Year’s resolution – make more stuff this year! ¬†What a great idea ūüôā and on that note I have one last card to share…


watercolour flower jar

Looks like water colours in the paper crafting world are back in style. ¬†I dusted off my water colour pencils and tried my hand at these flowers. ¬†I’m a bit rusty at it but it was fun none-the-less. A great excuse to have another go at it¬†again soon! ūüôā


A Season To Be Thankful


Hello fellow crafty people!  I hope you are enjoying the fall season wherever you are. This is my favourite time of year here in Canada and to help celebrate the season I made a few thank you cards.  These are always great to have on hand when you need to send off a note of gratitude to a friend, neighbour, colleague or teacher.



Don’t you just love the colours of fall? All those gorgeous shades of red, orange, brown and yellow with a touch of green and blue leftover from summer! Time to drink it all in and be thankful for the bounty before the cold winter weather sets in.

Speaking of bounty and being thankful, I would like to wish all my fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving. ¬†I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of family and friends. ¬†And don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants to the dinner table!


Has It Really Been A Whole Year?


Hi everyone! I received a message from a lovely fellow¬†blogger this morning who decided to check up on me because I haven’t posted to blogland in a whole year!! ¬†I can’t believe it. ¬†Life is busy with full-time work and family but it made me realize that I should still take some time out for the other love of my life – papercrafting! ¬†I have done some crafty projects over the last little while. ¬†Here is one I’d like to share…IMG_0763

This is a photo of my paternal grandparents on their wedding day РJuly 17, 1907.  I felt extremely lucky to get my hands on a copy of the photo and decided to make up a scrapbook page.  This will be the first page in an album of family photos.

I hope you all have been a little better at getting crafty than I have been about posting projects. ¬†I’ll be back soon to share some interactive scrapbook pages from a trip to Arizona last March. ¬†Stay tuned for that!


Happy Easter!


Hi everyone! ¬†Happy Easter to you all. ¬†I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend wherever you are. ¬†Here in Ottawa, we’ve been experiencing colder than normal temps, but today the sun is shining, and the first flowers of spring are popping¬†their green, sleepy heads up through the soil – a welcome sight!

After spending some time spring cleaning, I decided to venture into my poor, neglected craft room, and create something¬†with a few new Close To My Heart products I accrued last month.¬†LaughHere I’ve used one of the new CTMH embossing folders, papers from the Lollydoodle and Ariana paper packs, the Love This stamp set and the gorgeous Lagoon Zipper Lace. ¬†The butterfly was heat embossed and coloured with Copic markers.

Well, this just got my juices flowing, so I decided to make some Easter treat bags. ¬†Friends of ours invited us over for a turkey dinner tomorrow, and I thought it would be fun to create these little bags for the kids.Easter SweetsEach bag has a tag with the child’s initial on it. ¬†I used CTMH Dream Pop paper because the colours are so vibrant and fun – just like the candy inside the bag. ¬†My daughter and I had a blast creating these and filling them up! ¬†I’m sure they will have a blast diving into them too!!

Until next time, happy crafting and Happy Easter!


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!

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!

Thank You Transparent Pillow Box Treat Holder


Happy Thursday!¬† Today I thought I’d show you a cute, little pillow box filled with jelly beans that¬†I made as a thank you.¬† This is a fun alternative to making a card.¬† And who doesn’t like treats?

The pillow box was cut out with the Cricut and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  I decided to try using a clear transparency sheet that I had laying around and was really pleased with the outcome.  Here is the assembled pillow box without the decorative sleeve.  I put the jelly beans in so the pillow box would show up a bit better.

I used some of the papers from the CTMH Pemberley Paper Packet¬†plus a little bit of Sunny Yellow CS as an accent colour.¬† The flowers were cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.¬† Below is a picture of all the pieces used…

Here are the supplies and dimmensions…

2×6.5″ dark blue patterned paper sleeve (scored at 3 and 6″),¬†.75×6.5″ Sunny¬†Yellow CS strip, 2.5″ light blue patterned paper flower, 2″ flower in Bamboo CS, 1″ flower in Sunny Yellow CS, 1″ blue flower in Sky CS, small stamped flower on light blue patterned paper,¬†Creme Brulee¬†baker’s twine from the Paradise Assortment, sparkle button.

The thank you stamp, small flower (part of the A Huge Thanks stamp set) and the sentiment (from Card Word Puzzle stamp set) were stamped with Outdoor Denim ink.  I assembled the sleeve first and then added the assembled flower after.

That’s all folks!¬†¬†A transparent pillow box that¬†shows off your treats.¬† Fun!

Happy crafting!

Just A Note Card


Hello there!  Today I decided to whip up a little generic card that could be used as a thank you or just to tell someone special you are thinking about them.

I started with a 4.5 inch circle card in Colonial White, some papers from the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Stella paper pack, and these ink colours (which match the papers)…

The first thing I did was stamp the flower¬†outline and¬†flower pieces.¬†¬† The stamp set I used¬†is a cute little CTMH set called Just For You.¬†¬†You will see in the picture that I stamped the outline of the flower in Cocoa and then filled it in with the petal stamps in the three other colours.¬† I also stamped an extra set of petals and cut them out.¬† The middle of the flower was stamped second generation in Cocoa.¬† I added a chocolate flower button tied with a piece of Lagoon baker’s twine.

After cutting out the extra petals I sponged the edges with Cocoa ink.

Next I assembled the flower.  The extra petals were curled around a pencil to bend them up a bit and then adhered to the flower.  The middle was popped up with a dimmensional foam dot.  Here is the assembled flower.

Lastly, I cut out the other paper pieces for the card.¬† I¬†stamped the sentiment in Cocoa ink and the leaves in Garden Green onto Garden Green CS.¬† The blue patterned paper is a 4 inch circle.¬† The brown CS¬†is also a 4 inch circle with the top and bottom cut off.¬† I added a 3/4 inch strip¬†of Tulip CS in the centre of the brown.¬† Now it just has to be assembled…

¬† …and here is the finished card.

Pretty and straight forward.¬† I drew my inspiration for this card from the background patterned paper.¬† It certainly helped to have the coordinating inks.¬† Hope you enjoyed today’s post.¬† Have an inspirational day!

Happy crafting!