01 December 2010

Naughty....but Nice!!

Wow!....I made a card....two even....but both the same! This is SU Holiday Lineup set of elves, checking up to see if you are being naughtly or nice before they start on your christmas list! I think I found this ribbon at Michael's after Christmas sale last year, of course knowing it would come in handy some day for something. The border punches are from Fiskars and Martha Stewart.
Last night my Kristen surprised me by coming home early from university....I was expecting her today! What a wonderful surprise! She is home for 6 days to get some studying done in the quiet of her own home before exams,...and of course to spend some quality time with her mom.
They are predicting snow for today.....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.

12 November 2010


I just want to spend some time at my craft table with paper, stamps, and ribbon!! I'd like to spend some quality time with my husband! I miss my girls! So many people and obligations calling for my time... I feel so pulled in every direction right now...I feel no peace.
God give me your peace.
And He speaks....'Be still and know that I am God'.

31 October 2010

Happy Birthdays!

Today two special ladies in my life celebrate their birthdays! My Mom and my oldest daughter! Yup, it's Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday... to the two witches in the family! This is the card I made for my Mom while stamping with a friend the other night. She has her very own store right in her basement...punches and dies and ribbon, oh my!! I used flower soft on the Queen anne's lace, giving it that 'wow' it needed. Thank you my friend for a fun night of sharing, laughter, and eating nuts off the floor! And for helping me create this beautiful card for my beautiful mother.

27 October 2010

God's Promise

No card today, but a picture (not a very good one) of the beautiful rainbow we saw last night at supper time. For a brief minute or two it was a double rainbow, and then it all disappeared behind the clouds. This picture does not do it justice by far, but the colours were so vibrant I just wanted to look at it as long as I could. Did anyone else see it?

05 October 2010

Double Whammy

A couple of cards to post today. The first is one I made at a recent Stampin Up party I went to. This owl punch is sooooo cute I just had to order it.....can't wait until it comes in!!! Did not put a sentiment on, because I'm just not sure whooooo to send it too yet!
I saw a card using this layout on a blog and decided to give it a try....not hard at all really. I used my large circle and scalloped circle from spellbinders. It was fun to do something other than an ordinary square or rectangle card....I will definitely do this style again.
I'd like to say I'll be back in my craft room again tonight.....I know there are more cards I should be making....but you know what tonight is.....biggest loser nite!!! I always feel so quilty, like I shouldn't be snacking while watching it....what would Bob and Jillian think?!!
Enjoy your day!

30 September 2010

Look who's three!

Just a quick post this morning. I made this card for my nephew's 3rd birthday. The idea came from a Paper Crafts magazine from 2005.....yes I've had the page tagged that long, and just finally got around to making it. The background I typed on the computer and printed off....I personalized it by adding his name and age....tied 3 balloons together with a ribbon and stuck them on top! I hope he doesn't rip the balloons off and try to blow them up....they are water balloons and very, very hard to blow up....believe me I tried! I like the finished card....but next time I think I`ll try bigger balloons!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

28 September 2010

My Book Worm

Good morning....and a rainy one at that!
I am taking a chance posting this card, as I sent it last week to Brittany and am not sure if she has received it yet.....snail mail definitely comes by its name honestly!
This is another Bella stamp, perfect for my english major who seems to have her nose in at least 5 or 6 books at once. I hope she likes it, and the surprise inside.
I didn't make it back into my craft room last Tuesday evening.... Biggest Loser won out!...oh and lookie....it's on again tonite!
Thanks for stopping by. If you're out and about today, don't forget your 'ducky' boots and umbrella. Me personally, I would just love to crawl back in bed on days like this.

21 September 2010

Spoil Yourself Silly!!

Today I spent some time in my craft room and finished up some more coloured images that needed to be made into cards. I know, finally, hey!
This is Bubblebella, enjoying a relaxing bath....only thing missing is the glass of wine!
I glittered up the bubbles and raised them, the sentiment is from a Penny Black set.
The plan for this evening is to do more of the same....although I just realized 'The Biggest Loser' is starting tonight...oh dear, what to do?!
Oh, and Congrats to me....this is my 100th post!!!

25 August 2010


This post has 3 cards all with dutch sentiments. These are 3 of the 6 I have ready to take to the store tomorrow for those customers who love 'all things Dutch'! It's nice to be able to offer dutch greeting cards for those who like to send cards to family or friends in Holland, or just close by. My dutch sentiment stamps were a good investment for me...I seem to use them alot. And my boss thinks it's great we now offer greeting cards in addition to the multitude of other goodies in the store. But I must say, it's easier to keep the shelves stocked than the card rack full.... Thanks for visiting my blog today.

23 August 2010

1 Corinthians 13

Another wedding card. I had this really great dp of 1 Corinthians 13 in my stash, perfect for a wedding card. I used the silhouette image again, added a scalloped edge, some ribbon and rhinestones. Kinda of pretty I thought.
This morning I am going stamping at a friends house. Probably won't get much stamping done, but the fellowship and laughter with friends is good therapy. Yesterday I received a text from Kristen that she is in health care at camp with strep throat...it's all I can do to keep from driving up there, because I'm her mom and she needs ME to take care of her....or maybe it's just my need as her mom to take care of her. But she assures me she is in good hands...and God's hands.

21 August 2010

Clean and Simple

This card I made a while ago, just never posted it. I think it falls into the CAS (clean and simple) category. I used the SU In Full Bloom set for this card as well but coloured it with watercolour pencil crayons for a change. The sentiment is a stamp I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
All my dutch sentiment cards at the store are gone, so I really need to get crackin' on some more of those....and maybe some Christmas cards too!

20 August 2010

Upsy Daisy

If this card looks familiar it's because I copied the layout from a card we made at a SU class a few years ago. That was when I kept all my cards just incase I wanted to make them again. Then I got smart and realized I could take pictures of my card.
The flowers are from SU Upsy Daisy stamp set, pumpkin pie and barely banana cardstock, ribbon and a butterfly charm. I brought this card to work yesterday, along with a bunch of others, and this one is already sold. It's pretty exciting when some else likes what I make!
Thanks for looking.
Enjoy your day.

19 August 2010

In Full Bloom

You know how sometimes you sit down to make a card and it takes hours to make just one? And then there are the days when everything just seems to flow and fall into place a whole lot quicker....yesterday was like that. This is one of the cards I made using an old SU set In Full Bloom. The scallop along the edge is actually on the back of the card. I punched it first and then folded my cardstock...a neat idea I saw on another blog.
I had a wonderfully productive day. More to post in the next couple of days!
Thanks for looking. Have a wonderfully productive day....or not...just go outside and laze in a chair with a good book. I'm off to work. Bye.

17 August 2010

My Neighbours Flowers

First I must thank my neighbour for her wildly overgrown flowers on the side of her house, it helped me finish this card. I had already coloured the flowers yellow and they were, well, boring. As I sat staring out the window, the flowers next door waved at me "look, aren't we pretty...add some orange...then your flowers will be pretty too!" So add orange I did....much better. Stamped a second image of the flowers, coloured just the bottom few, cut them out and raised them. I really love the 3-D look. The ribbon idea is copied, I wanted to try that too. Was going to add a sentiment but went with the brown pearls instead.
Thanks for stopping by. I think I will go outside and see if any more flowers in my neighbourhood speak to me!

Another Wedding!

Another wedding card! Very simple and pretty. The background was stamped lightly with teal ink from SU using the diecut from spellbinders labels 8. The flowers I purchased at the SGD garage sale, a whole bag full! They have a bit of sheen to them, impossible to see in the picture. Added some ribbon and rhinestones to finish it off.

11 August 2010

My Birthday Girl!!

Today my baby turns 18 years old!.....eighteen! My sweet little girl has grown into a lovely young lady. The words on this card describe her perfectly, for she is all of these things and more....respectful, ambitious, funny (for sure!) confident, adventurous, determined, energetic....loving, caring, spontaneous, and most importantly, loves God. So today I am going to visit her up at Muskoka Woods camp where she is working for the summer, and whisk her away overnight and all day tomorrow!! I am so excited to see her and have some one-on-one time catching up and just hanging out! See you in a couple of days.

10 August 2010

A Wedding Card

This is the first wedding card I have ever made. I love the silhouette stamp which I picked up for 1/2 price at SGD...good deal!! The layout was one I have used before on another card, but it worked really well with this stamp too. The dp is from my stash and the cardstock from SU. Looking at it now, I suppose I should put some black embroidery floss through the button holes....still can. Overall, I love the way it turned out....for a first-timer that is! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

04 August 2010

Not my Friend!

This card is not my friend!! I admit it turned out quite pretty in the end....but while I was making it nothing seemed to be working for me....that was yesterday. I watercoloured the image and then cut around the sand, dog and girl because I knew I wanted to mount it on this great blue textured paper and have the girl and the dog popped up, but the sand glued down. Once that was done I ran it through the cuttlebug and made it round. Then I mounted it on one colour, then another,and another....oh, maybe if I scallop the edges...nope, didn't like that either. Let's try some patterned paper for the background....or maybe not....maybe just a small piece of dp and a plain background. Lets see, I have so much paper laying around I think I've lost my image somewhere in this mess. I know....how about just walk away!! That was yesterday.
Today, I went back into my craft room and had it finished in half an hour using pieces I had cut out yesterday. Today, it looks fine.
Yesterday was not my friend either. Good thing it's over.
Today was much more productive. Let's do today again tomorrow!!

29 July 2010

Thinking of you

Well the first thing I did this morning was stick my head out the front door to see if the weather people were right....they were. The humidity is gone, for now, so I took a big breath of delicious fresh air and came back in to open the windows! Unfortunately I have to spend the day inside at work.
I think this stamp is so pretty. I used it at a friends house, but wish I had stamped a few more....or maybe I should just put it on my wish list. The layout idea came from Mojo Monday.
Thanks for having a visit to my blog today.
Have a great day!

28 July 2010

Adorable Hedgies

Happy Wednesday!! Yesterday I finished up a couple more cards with my already watercoloured images. I just love these Penny Black hedgie stamps! Pretty easy card..... I cased the bow and button idea from a blog I follow. I'm noticing a lot of cards with buttons on them again. Brings me back to my childhood when all we had were the scraps our mothers would let us use....old fabric, ricrac, felt, buttons, and white glue.....oh, and lets not forget cheerios! And we would create a masterpiece that was much to heavy to hang on the fridge....! We've come a long way, baby! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day! Let's go and see if there are any cheerios in the cupboard.....

27 July 2010

Who-o-o loves you!

This cute little card is for my girlie who is away at camp for the summer. There is a bit of a story behind it. We were watching Ellen one day....she took two boys to the finished, but not yet open, Harry Potter theme park in Florida. You can look up this segment of the show on youtube...it is quite funny. They stopped at the Owl shop, which if you know anything about Harry Potter, you need an Owl in order to send and receive mail. Ellen started with the owl sounds.....'whooo....whooo.....whooo doesn't like owls.....whoooo'! The young boys really didn't get it or they were just ignoring her, but it sent Kristen and I into fits of laughter, and we spent the rest of the day imitating Ellen.....'whooo doesn't like nasi for supper....whooo....whooo is crazy'! (well we know the answer to that one!) Ah, Kristen I miss you and your quirky sense of humor. It was fun to make this card, and I'm sure she will think it an absolute...hoot!

26 July 2010

Petal Prints

Good morning...looks like another beautiful day!
I've been enjoying playing with this old SU set Petal Prints. I'm finding I really like the look of raising some of the images on the card....takes a little more time to cut everything out, but looks so pretty. I inked it up with rose red, apricot, and celery. Sponged the background with the the red and apricot, and a touch of blue. Just wondering if this is a bit too happy looking to be a Sympathy card, but i needed one so that's what it is. I left the other two blank (always make at least 2 or 3 extra while everything is inked anyway) .... could serve as a birthday or anniversary card as well.
Well, what will I stamp today? Yesterday evening I watched the movie 'Flicka' (CBC Sunday movie) and then watched 'Australia',....feeling like I should stamp some horses.
Happy stamping to you too!

21 July 2010


These cute little mice are sharing a hug, and maybe a kiss under a yellow daisy.
This Penny Black stamp is watercoloured with markers, raised the flower and feet.
This morning I picked up a couple of Crafts n'things magazines at the library with some very neat card ideas....may have to give some of those a try.
Thanks for looking...bye for now.

20 July 2010

Crazy for Cupcakes

Hello all!!
I'm working on getting some of my many stamped images coloured and made into cards. This is from SU set Crazy for Cupcakes, coloured with markers and some stickles on the icing. Mmmm....yummy looking cupcakes!
Thanks for stopping by.

06 July 2010

Celebrate You

This birthday card is for a lovely lady who is celebrating her birthday this month. I think I sent it a bit too early as her birthday isn't until the end of the month....oh well, better too early than late, which is what I usually am.
These pretty flowers were sitting in my pile of coloured images waiting to be finished. I have so many of those word charms that I bought at $rama and hardly ever use.....what else is new...... I added some dp, ribbon, and of course yellow stickles on the flowers.
Last week I moved my table and stamping ensemble from the basement to an empty upstairs bedroom that has two wonderful bright windows. That called for some re-organization, and the overwhelming, almost embarassing fact that I have alot of 'stuff'. My hubby has named the room my 'studio', and thinks all the 'stuff' is actually pretty neat. Never mind that he doesn't know I haven't used alot of it yet. I am reminded of the words from the lovely lady who this card is for...her hubby said, 'it's ok to buy it, as long as you use it'.....aw, words of wisdom. He obviously has never been to a stamping store where everything calls out to us....'take me home'!
So, today is another one of those 42 degree humidex days, that warns us to stay indoors. OK.
I have some cleaning to do, and then gotta watch the World Cup match - Hup Holland Hup!!!!
Thanks for visiting today. Stay cool!

28 June 2010

Laughter and Sunshine

My laughter and sunshine has once again gone to bring laughter and sunshine into the lives of others. (sigh)

17 June 2010


This pretty daisy card I also made earlier this week while crafting with my girlfriends. The other lovely lady that makes cards brought a sample of this one along for us to make. It was so fun to see all the different colours everyone chose for their daisies...lots of creativity in action! I chose to do coral, but had to finish it at home since neither one of us brought ribbon that matched. So I added some lace and pearls too, and of course some stickles on the yellow.
On another note, Brittany surprised me by coming home for the weekend a day earlier than I expected! My dear husband and Kristen knew this, but wanted to surprise me. Do you think I can call in sick tomorrow and make cards with her all day??

16 June 2010

Time well spent!!

On Monday and Tuesday I enjoyed some wonderful time away with friends at a cottage near Bayfield. We did what girls love to do best....chat, shop, eat, drink wine, laugh, and of course, make crafts! Two of us are card makers so we brought along our card making stuff. I made these two cards to share with the ladies. One of the other ladies makes jewellery so she shared with us her beads and taught us how to make bracelets and earrings. It was very fun to learn something new. But I think I'll stick to cards...those beads are pretty small!
The food was amazing...vegetarian lasagna, a delicious salad, bean salad, key lime pie, homemade bread....need I go on!! I just love these ladies and our time spent together!!

08 June 2010

Shocking !!!

I made a card!!! Shocking, I know! And not just one....but 4!!
Ok, but I must give true credit where credit is due. Yesterday morning I joined the Monday morning ladies for stamping and fellowship. I had not been in so long, and because my mojo seemed to have dried up, wasn't sure what I was going to work on. But my friend Anja said she had a simple idea for a card, to bring along artichoke paper and cream paper. So I did, and voila! A pretty but simple card. Love the punch. So I made 4 and put different sentiments on them when I got home.
Thanks, Anja. I get by with a little...and sometimes a lot of.....help from my friends!
Thanks Helina for opening your home....your craft room is awesome!
Enjoy your day, my friends.
Bye for now.

10 May 2010

A Beautiful Day to Celebrate !!

This past weekend we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary! What a beautiful evening of good food, shared memories, and lots of laughter!!
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of planning, phonecalls, shopping....
It has been such a joy to plan this party for two of the most important and special people in my life!
I just wanted to share a few picture with you of the people in my life who I love with all my heart....my family!

17 April 2010

Apple Emma

Good morning! Did anyone else hear that rain and wind during the night? That was quite a little storm we had! Hopefully that means today will be nice and sunny, although it's not looking that way.
I have coloured this image before, but this time it turned out better....guess I just needed practice. Just pretend along with me that the DP is apples and not cherries (which it could be?) I like this simple layout. No sentiment, may add one later or put it inside.
So I'm off to work today....with Kristen. We always have such fun working together.
Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.
Thanks for stopping by.

09 April 2010

Spring Flowers

Good morning....it's Friday!!! A quick post for today, no watercolouring this time. I pulled out this old set from SU called Paint Prints because I saw a card in the store that I liked and I thought to myself ..'I can make that'. So this is sort of my version of what I saw. It's brighter in real life, as bright as you can get using So saffron and mellow moss. Some cinnamon stickles in the middle, ribbon and rhinestones.
So now it's off to get ready for work.
Thanks for stopping by, and for all your kind comments on my blog.
Have a great day...I think it's back to winter coats today....brrrr!

08 April 2010

Loving my Magnolia

My first Magnolia stamp....I think her name is Tilda! I have been admiring these stamps on other blogs wondering how I could get my hands on some, when lo and behold I came across some at the SGD garage sale! I can't even tell you how excited I was...but I was veeeerrryy excited! (I found out later that you can get them at The Town Scrapper in Petrolia). Can't wait to colour up some more of these cute images. Thanks for looking. Enjoy your day!

07 April 2010

Happy Birthday Balloons

This little cutie was one of my great garage sale finds at SGD. She is mostly water coloured with markers again, but I wanted to do something different with her dress. Paper-piece it!!...brilliant...and easy, may have to do that again. And how about that bow?....made with my handy dandy bow maker that I was ready to throw at the wall until my friend Anja taught me how to use it properly! What are friends for?!! Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.

06 April 2010

Hedgie on the Run

This cute little hedgie is another one of the images watercoloured with markers. I think this card still needs something in the bottom right-hand corner...maybe a sentiment or some trailing roses.
With all this colouring I`ve been doing, I should have a post for every day this week. Come back and visit.

05 April 2010

For a Special Guy

My daughter Brittany is home from University for the Easter weekend, so we spent some time making cards on Saturday night. I have a lot of coloured images that need to be made into cards, so I worked on that while she indulged her creative self in my 'new' garage sale stamps and paper. I have to laugh at her though, when a card doesn't turn out exactly as she hoped she just shrugs and says....'oh well, I'll give it to a boy!'
This stamp is from Greeting Farms, watercoloured with my SU markers. This did turn out the way I hoped, but I'm still giving it to a boy!
Have a great day.

21 March 2010

Simple Birthday

I am probably one of the few people that will admit to liking cloudy, raining days. Everyone loves the sun-shiny days when you can get outside....it brightens our mood....and we can see all the dust on the furniture. I love those days too, but then I feel so guilty about sitting in my dark basement at my craft table making cards all day....on a day like today...not so much. So on the agenda for today ~ get some groceries, run some errands, make some cards. This card I made a while ago, just never posted it. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

18 March 2010

Easel card

The lady I work with asked me to make a card for her mother-in-laws 80th birthday. So after some blog searching and checking out the tutorials on Splitcoast I decided to try my hand at an easel card. They are actually quite easy to make, just a lot more 'card' space to fill up. She was pleased with it, and if I'm allowed to say so, so was I. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Put some spring in your step!

Goodmorning! This morning I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and singing outside my window. What a beautiful way to wake up. So much better than that flock of crows that sat in the trees last year about this time....with their screeching 'get up, get up'. That made me think of us as people...some of us have beautiful singing voices and then there are those of us who sound like a bunch of old crows!! But God gave us all our voices...and isn't it nice to know that He loves to listen to us sing. It's all beautiful to His ear. So find something to sing about today!! As for the card...Ribbit...ribbitt!!

09 March 2010

Tulips in the garden, tulips in the park....

....but the tulips I like best are the .....tulips in the wooden shoe! ( I think the rhyme goes...'are the two lips in the dark!') Love purple tulips! At our old house we had deep purple coloured tulips and peachy-coral tulips come up every spring. They were so beautiful. This is just another card for my box at work. Thanks for looking. Have a great day. Hopefully the rain we are expecting will wash away all the snow....and wash my van at the same time!!

Simple Sympathy

Last week I needed some sympathy cards and since I didn't have any in my stack, it was time to get to work. So I made 4 of this one, mailed the ones I had to and now have a couple for my box at work. The stamp is from SU More Petal Prints, and I used brocade blue and sage shadow ink and paper. The stamping was the easy part...it's all that paper cutting and layer that takes time. But it was time well spent. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

Bad Blogger!

That's me!....Bad, bad blogger! It's not that I haven't been making cards....I just haven't been updating my blog while doing so. And because some of the cards are repeats......Well really, how many cards with windmills and wooden shoes and tulips do you want to see?! But I have to fill up my box to take back to work. Looks like it is going to be another beautiful warm sunny day. Enjoy!

26 February 2010

So Very Excited!!

I am so very excited !!! Sold 10 cards at work today !!! Saturday I sold 5 !!! I am so very excited !!!

16 February 2010

Let's Go Dutch!

An assortment of cards I've been making with the SU set Netherlands that I hope to sell at work. I have some more in the works right now, but they are not quite done. There have been some customers ask if we sell greeting cards....well, now we do!! I have some non-dutch cards to include in my box as well, but I'm hoping these will be a hit with the Dutchies!! Wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

13 February 2010

Two Pockets ~ Double the Fun!

This is one of my favorite SU sets - Pocket Silhouettes, but I don't use it nearly enough. I came across this design while blog-hopping. Love the colour combo and layout, so I had to case it. Somedays, when my own creativity won't create, it's nice to know there are so many others out there to give it that boost it needs.
I'm so excited my daughter Brittany is home from University for reading break ~ hoping to spend some time card-making with her! I know she has lots of books to read and papers to write, but she'll need a break too right! And I have bought some of her favorite stamps to play with to tempt her - Penny Black!!
Also looking forward to watching the Olympics ~ especially the hockey. Go team Canada!!! I'll just have to park my craft table infront of the TV for the next 10 days!!
That's a sure-fire way to accomplish nothing!!
Well I suppose I should make a grocery list - figure out what to feed my family for the next week - and head to the store.
Those are my ramblings for this morning. Thanks for stopping by! Make it a great day ~ it really is a choice you know ~ so choose to make it great!!