Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tonight was club night and as I was prepping for it I remembered how much I just love to craft. I sure don't get enough time in my room anymore. Life has gotten too hectic but I am going to take a few minutes to show you one of the cards we made and then how I revised it.

I made this first card to show two things. The first was a great way to use up all those tiny strips of scrap dsp. I cut 3 1/2" strips that were 1/4" thick. Then I bent them in half and glued the ends together. When I had 12 of these I adhered them to a circle and then added my layers on top.
The second thing I wanted to show my group of ladies was that you can colour the silver glitter paper any colour you want. Using your sponge daubers, add whatever colour you choose to your glitter paper. In this case I made Melon Mambo glitter paper. LOVE IT!

So anyways one of my ladies was loving this card and asked if it would work for a wedding card. I said sure if it was a Winter wedding but it got my wheels turning! So I pulled out a few different supplies and here is what I came up with on a whim.

Now I really like this card. No glitter paper but alot o' layers. LOVE IT even more!!!

So glad you came by for a visit. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Gate Cards

I needed an engagement card for my nephew and his fiance, The wedding is in October and her colours are Fall colours. I love this retired dsp and it had all the perfect shades. I actually used this paper for a card for all the parents to sign for one of my daughter's preschool teachers in June. It looked so great that I decided to use the same layout as well. Here is the engagaement card first.

The Apothecary Accents Framelits were perfect in helping to make these into gate cards. The stamps used in both cards are from the set Layered Labels. I jazzed them up a little by colouring them in a bit.
I added another page to allow for all the well wishes and signatures to the teacher's cards. Basic pearls were the perfect finishing touch for these cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stampin' Celebration #57

Ah, how good it is to craft once again :) My craft room is collecting quite the layer of dust. Finally I got my butt in gear and got some cards done this last week. I have a whole box of new goodies just waiting to be used. This week's inspiration photos from Stampin' Celebration were just the occasion to pull out a few must haves I acquired from the 2013 SU! cattie.

For starters the stamp set Fabulous You. Love that shoe!!!! And doesn't it look sharp embossed in white. Plus the Apothecary Accents Framelits and matching Paper Piercing Pack. What fun!

Sure was easy to play along this month. Hope you do too! Be sure to check out all the Stampin' Celebration designer's blogs for tons of great inspiration.
Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions (
Candace Lawlor - cj lawlor designs (
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat (
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs (
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style (
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards (
Marlene Peters - Hands On (
Rochelle Gould - I stamp, I create, I have fun! (

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Paper Players #100

Wow, has Paper Players really been around that long??? 100 challenges. That`s awesome! I guess I am just not getting around enough anymore. Lately my time has been spent on one daughter's school yearbook and on another daughter's preschool gift from all the parents all while trying to recover from eye surgery. It's been a few weeks but I can stand to look at the computer screen again so I thought I would share.

I thought this was a neat idea to find an old challenge to play along with and got even more excited when I found this challenge. Tic Tac Toe - challenge #93. What fun. I was ready to make a card for every line! No really, I had a hard time deciding which line to choose and was ready to make a series of cards had my eyes been able to handle it.
I chose to go with blues, ribbon and butterflies, however, I incorporated a few more ideas from the tic, tac, toe including, flowers, Spring, designer paper and dry emboss.

I`d love to give lots of details but my eyes don`t quite allow it yet. The words are already going blurry. Glad I got a chance to play along though. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Stampin' Celebration #55

Well if it isn't one thing, it's another. However this one came a bit unexpected. I had eye surgery a few weeks ago but wasn't completely aware of all the side effects that would occur after the surgery until I was sitting in the office reading some final paper work before the surgery. lol! I knew I would be overly sensitive to light but it has been a bit ridiculous. Now this other side effect is a side effect that only happens to people 35 and older. Well I figured I am just 35 so it probably won't effect me. Yeah right. Not only could I now not see far away but my vision up close was messed up too. So let's just say lately I have spent more time with my eyes closed during the day then open. On a good note, I can say that I see a slight improvement every day. That said I have finally been able to get some crafting done and I can stand to look at a computer again for a short period of time.
I just loved the Stampin' Celebration's challenge for this month. I love black, white and pink. I am super late getting this out but I just had to play along.
I was having a hard time finding something I could replicate the zebra stripes with when I remembered a card I made a few years ago. It was a real favourite of mine and the background reminded me of these inspiration photos. It is the rose stamp from Fifth Avenue Floral.
I sure hope you get a chance to play along. Here is the list of blogs from the Design Team. Make sure you check out their great samples!
Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions
Candace Lawlor - not participating this month
Cori Kozak -Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Krystal De Leeuw -Krystal's Cards
Marlene Peters - not participating this month
Rochelle Gould - I stamp, I create, I have fun!
Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Been Too Long

Oh it has been far too long since I last posted once again. Trying to lose weight and putting my family first takes a lot of time. But the rewards are good :) It's just that I sure miss paper crafting and chatting with my blogger friends. Every once in awhile I try to take a little break and today was that day. I have a few birthdays of friends coming up and thought I'd take the chance to play along with some old favourites. I've entered this card in Stampin' 411 #256 (sketch), Stampin' Royalty #125 (colour challenge) and SUO #45 (3-D flowers).
I made 2 cards. One vertical and one horizontal. Yes, I am kind of stuck on the whole aluminum flashing thing but it's just so fun to use. I used the Top Note Die and then embossed it with the Elegant Bouquet EF. Then I stamped some Blushing Bride c/s using the Elements Of Style set and then punched out some flowers with the Boho Blossoms Punch. Next I stuck them to the flashing using glue dots and added Basic Pearls to the center. The really cool part here is that I took my pink sharpie felt and coloured the pearls! It's tough to see but they are so pretty. I think they make the card.
The butterfly is the Beautiful Butterflies Die and also the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I embossed the large butterfly with the Perfect Polka Dots EF. Last but not least my sentiment from Vintage Labels is punched out on a Small Oval and then mounted on a modified version of the Decorative Label Punch. Love that little shape too!
Now that I have had my little break it's back to the grind. The kids will wake pretty soon and I gotta get some stuff done first. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stampin' Celebration #54

Thanks to those of you that played along last week. We have another set of inspiring photos for you this month at Stampin' Celebration. It's a rainbow of colours. Literally and that's what I went with.
First I started with the new little purse diecut that I had not had a chance to play with yet from the Summer Smooshes Collection. I decided to make a mini set of cards that fit inside the purse as a litte gift set. The colours all come from the Brights Collection. The sentiments are from Petit Pairs and the flowers are the soon to be retired Boho Blossoms Punch. Aren't these sweet?!

For a second project I made another set of cards in every colour of the rainbow. I am always running short on cards for kids' birthdays and here was the perfect opportunity to make enough to last a little while. The stamp set is Mouthwatering and the sentiment is from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes. The best part is the the cards smell fantastic. I just love that scented Embossing powder. I used the Melon scent on all of them.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's fun creations.

Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions (
Candace Lawlor - cj lawlor designs (
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat (
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs (
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style (
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards (
Marlene Peters - Hands On (
Rochelle Gould - I stamp, I create, I have fun! (

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's Huge!!!

Well the list for retired accessories is out and is it ever BIG! And some of the stuff is on for a really good deal. Check it out here. You can place an order directly through me or go to my website and have it shipped right to your door. Remember first come first serve and some of these things are going to go fast!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Retired Stamps List

Yes, it's that time of year again where we have to say goodbye to some very loved stamp sets. Yes, it is a little earlier then normal but that's because the new catalogue will be coming out earlier too! The list is huge this year and it means that I have to say goodbye to some serious faves but that doesn't mean I'm going to get rid of them all. There is no way you could ever tell me to stop using Baroque Motifs. My all time favourite.

Take a look and make sure you've got what you wanted. Click here to see the list.
Email me with your orders. Remember items are while supplies last.

BTW...The accessories list will be out on April 25st.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Club Cards For Multiple Birthdays

April and October seem to be the months that I always need a ton of birthday cards. This April is no different then any other. In fact I need 3 cards for this weekend alone. Luckily I remembered that I still had 2 cards that we made at club a few months ago. I really like how these cards turned out so I knew I would keep them for someone special. A sister and a s-i-l! Another lucky fact is that one of them is a red person and the other a blue person. I really must have been thinking of them subconsciously.
I created the background by cutting the dsp into 1/2" strips and then for the first card I shifted the strips up and down a little.
For this second card I flipped over every other strip for the opposite side of the dsp. Doesn't it look neat?! I also have every intention of using the cutoff from the Framelit for another card. It was just too neat looking to throw into the recycle bin. It's been on my desk staring at me. I will get to it soon.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's Get This Party Started...Again!

Alright we are back at it with Stampin' Celebration. It was just the motivation I needed to get back here. I've been in my craft room a few times to play but just haven't gotten anything posted. Well it's high time I made an appearance.
Stampin' Celebration is kicking things off with a Spring theme. We have got some super inspiration photos for you. We have changed things a bit though. We will be having a challenge only once a month, but you will have almost a whole month to play. Also we have set things up like a blog hop and we even acquired a few more people on our design team. We hope you like our new setup. Leave us a comment on Stampin' Celebration or here and let us know what you think.
Here is something I've been playing with alot lately that has the whole Spring theme in mind. It all has to do with aluminum flashing. I heard they were making garden stakes at the SU! leadership convention but I never got to see any but I knew I had to try and figure it out. Well I figured it out alright and then some. Here are my first ones.
For the most part I used the Beautiful Butterfly Die, Scallop Circle die, Flower Folds Die and Fun Flowers Die. I also tried pretty much every embossing folder that SU! makes. What fun :) To jazz it up a bit and also to attach layers I used Rhinestone brads. The Crop-A-Dile punches through this stuff with real ease. I used 12 gauge wire, bought at our local craft store, as the hangers.

So I had to make a card using this. Plus why not add a little gift bag. Here I used the Top Note Die and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Hope you enjoyed your visit. You probably came from Krystal's blog and next in line after me is Rochelle. Hope you have fun hopping! See you next time!
Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions (
Candace Lawlor - cj lawlor designs (
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat (
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs (
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style (
Krystal De Leeuw - Krystal's Cards (
Marlene Peters - Hands On (
Rochelle Gould - I stamp, I create, I have fun! (

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Big Anniversary

My aunt and uncle will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month and my mom commissioned me to make a card for them . I actually already made invites for a gathering that we will be having but forgot to take pics to share. But the colour scheme was the same as was the general idea. Lots of love! Perfect timing as I have all my valentine goodies out and ready to use.
I miss Taken With Teal. Such a beautiful colour but I have still a little bit left. I paired it with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. All the Vanilla layers were sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint and the Teal layer was run through the Big Shot with an embossing plate and then I copied the details with Dazzling Details. Such a neat effect! All the hearts were cut with the new Heart Collection Edgelits and the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit.
I carried on a bit of the same ideas to the inside. I used the same Lace Border Punch and then added some Dazzling Details to it for some added pizazz. The sketch I used is from Pals Paper Arts challenge #127.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cupcake Toppers

So here are the cupcake toppers to match the card I made for my daughter's birthday. I really had so much fun making these and you should have seen her face when she saw them. I used a few shades of pink, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Pretty In Pink to name a few. Some accents include, Silver Glass Glitter, Champagne Shimmer Paint, and 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon. All the girls cousins kept theirs but of course the boys didn't have much interest in them so we got to take a few back home to play with.
So what did the pretty ballerina get for her birthday???
Meet the latest edition to our family. Ella, a 15 week old Labradoodle. It has been a crazy long day and we'll see how our first night together goes. Hopefully we'll get along well and she'll still allow me some stamping time. I really have enjoyed getting back into it lately. Till next time...happy stamping!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Loving These Edgelits!

I am sooooooooooooo very happy SU! finally came up with these Edgelits. This is the Frame Collection and I am loving them to bits.

This is a birthday card I made for my daughter. She chose the ballerina theme for her party. I'll share the cupcakes toppers later(they're really cute). Anyways I turned the card into a shaker card using the retired micro beads. The paper I used was from Cheerful Treat and the Silver Glitter paper. I embellished the card with a Glimmer Brad and some Basic Rhinestones. She is gonna love this card. I can't wait to give it to her.
I've entered this in Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #101 asking for a Shaker card. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a good weekend!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sale-A-Bration Goodies

Sale-A-Bration is almost here. Just look at some of the goodies you can get for free. Sheer ribbons, fun designer brads or beautiful dsp. I actually don't like orange and so the colour Cameo Coral has yet to appeal to me until now. I am really beginning to like the matching products using Cameo Coral in the SAB brochure.
I made this card for club this week. I wanted to give the ladies a chance to try out some new tools from the Occasions Mini and also see the goodies they can get for free starting very soon.
Products I used for this card:
*Edgelits Die - Adorning Accents
*Framelits - Labels Collection
*Adorning Accents Embossing Folders
*Tea Shoppe Stamp Set
*Clear Embossing
*Stampin' Write Markers

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Can You Feel The Love???

Well, can you? Let me tell you how much I do!First off it has been far too long since I have been in my craft room and I can't tell you how much I love being in there and love making stuff. Secondly, have you seen the new Spring Mini??? I am loving the new products in there. I literally piled them on. How much fun was that!! And last but not least, I entered Paper Players challenge #77 - All you need is love, Create With Connie & Mary colour challenge #183 - Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Soft Seude and Hand Stanped Sentiments #100 - pleats or ruffles. There is a whole lot of love going on here today.
Here is a list of fun new stuff I used here today:
*Hearts Collection Framelit Dies
*P.S. I Love You Stamp Set
*3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon - Blushing Bride
*Twitterpated Designer Buttons
*Hat Pins
*Large Pearl Basic Jewels
*Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die
Like I said just a few new things! lol:) I hope I can go and play again soon! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!