13 December 2011

Clean Room

This was posted on a blog I follow.....thought I'd share it with you!
Made me laugh out loud....only because it's so true of me.....
what about you!??

12 December 2011

Cutest snowman ever!

Card #4 is this adorable snowman made with circle punches and then layered with pop-ups! The hat is made with 2 ovals, one cut in half, and the arms made from the snowflake punch and then cut apart. The card base is a transparency sheet, pretty neat!...but lots of fingerprints that needed to be wiped off afterwards. The inside of the card has the same large circle for writing your sentiments. Really cute card and so easy!

11 December 2011

Be Merry

This is the 3rd of the four cards we made. So cute! I love the colours, layering, and all the different elements, especially that little jingle bell that really jingles!!
Looking forward to spending some quiet time at my craft table this afternoon, working on the rest of my Christmas cards. In need of some well deserved down time, after a crazy busy week at the Dutch store...and it's only going to get busier the next two weeks!
Have a blessed Sunday celebrating this 3rd Sunday of Advent!

08 December 2011

Christmas cards

First of all I apologize for the picture...it has been impossible finding a place to get a good photo during these dark and dreary days! These are two of the four cards we made at a stamping night at our Stampin Up demonstrators home last week. The colour theme for these two cards was cherry cobbler and sahara sand. The first card I love, with the embossed snowflake on the bottom half, and that beautiful stamp 'Let Earth Receive Her King'! The second card is more simple and subtle, but very pretty. For this one we used the top note die stamped with a couple of snowflakes in the corners and our sentiment. The other two cards I will try and post tomorrow, if I can get a decent picture. It was great to stamp together and get some new ideas for Christmas cards. Although I could use a little snow to get me in the decorating mood!

26 November 2011

Kinda Red

This card is pretty red...rose red to be exact. Totally cased from a Monday morning get together. Not sure what the stamp set is, but it is Stampin Up. Added some ribbon and bling and stickles. Also made it in So Saffron, liked it much better...a little softer looking.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

15 November 2011


Hugs to you all this morning!
These cute little Penny Black mice are sharing a heartfelt hug....is there anything nicer! A hug from a friend just makes us feel good....loved! The image was coloured with tombow markers, the feet and flower were raised, then some stickles on the flower just for fun.
It was fun spending time at my craft table yesterday afternoon....I realized how much I have missed it. Finished up some unfinished projects and started some new ones. No Christmas cards in the making yet though.
Have a wonderful, hug filled day!

14 November 2011

Thank you for being You!

Shocker.....I know! Me .... posting a card! After almost four months of being away from my blog....leaving you to check back expecting something new, and seeing that same old boring picture of seagulls sitting on a raft! Sorry!
Sometime life is hard....sometimes I make it hard. Each season of life sends us on a journey of adjustment to the changes it brings. Sometimes that is hard....sometimes that is lonely. I am thankful that during those times God carries me, and sends treasured friends to carry me through. This card is for all of you!

24 July 2011

Just Us Girls

A few more photos to share from our fun-filled, jam-packed mini-vacation in the Muskokas. On our morning visit to the lake, it struck me funny that all the seagulls were sitting on the floating dock....not flying around squawking like they usually do. I think they were having their morning 'Shit Happens Seagull Society' meeting! Anyone up for cliff jumping? No thanks....that is definitely NOT on my Bucket list! Kristen, 'Miss No Fear', took a flying leap into the air without a second thought! Brittany took a few minutes to work up the nerve to jump, and then off she went! I have her jump on video so I didn't post it. I was so proud of her knowing how scared she was.
We visited all the lovely shops in Huntsville, so fun! I got a parking ticket for not putting enough money in the meter. Actually I did not put any money in the meter because I did not see it. Maybe if they put it on the curb where we parked instead of on the sidewalk infront of the store.....
The latest and last Harry Potter movie was playing so we just had to go see that...followed by an evening walk along the boardwalk.
Love spending time with my two wonderful daughters.
Love spending time with my wonderful friends.
After leaving Brittany and MBC we drove to visit Don and Judy at their cottage in Severin Falls. So, so very beautiful and peaceful there. An evening boat ride was a real treat...except for the madman driving....just about blew poor Carly right off! So many more memories of that time away I hold deep in my heart...songs and jokes shared along the way, the beauty of God's world all around me, the joy of family and friends, God's word in Rap,...oh, and so much more.

23 July 2011

....and the things you will see!

Driving through Shelburne we spotted this Batmobile parked downtown! Kristen just about jumped right out of the moving van, so we HAD to turn around and go back and see it! Can you tell she is excited!?! The guy getting inside built it from an old burnt out car, I don't remember how long he said it took him. The licence plate said 'batman89' so we figured it must be from one of the first movies. Pretty sweet ride, hey!?!!!

22 July 2011

Oh the places you'll go.....

....and the people you will see!!
Do you recognize the Canadian born actor in the middle? That's Bruce Greenwood. I could not think of his name when I saw him, and could only remember him from "Double Jeopardy", but I know he has been in alot of other movies as well.
I spent a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon of our holidays in the little (and I mean little) town of Rosseau, while Kristen was visiting some friends at Muskoka Woods. There is a marina there with a small park, so I found myself a nice spot under a shady tree to read. There seemed to be something going on but no one was sure just what. Until a couple of hours later, the buzz was that there was a movie being shot there. Where was Brad Pitt, I wondered?! Not that I expected to see any really famous actors.....although I have heard there are alot of famous actors with cottages on Lake Rosseau....like Russell Crowe!..oohhh, wouldn't that be a treat!! I watched them film a short scene and then had to leave to pickup Kristen.
So now I can check that off my Bucket List...you know...watch a movie being shot. Not that it was on there to start off with, but I can add it and then check it off.

14 July 2011

have a little faith

My favorite summer read so far!!! If you haven't read it, you really should!
Picked it up the other day at the town library. Had a no-guilt-read-all-day kind of day! Couldn't put it down. But don't go looking for it anytime soon. I have it out for three weeks, and plan to read it again....

13 July 2011


No card to share today.
I found this magnet in a cute shop in St. Jacobs. It spoke to me .... my heart skipped a beat and I held my breath as I read it again.
You know the feeling.

24 June 2011

Summer Lattice

This card was totally cased from my friend Anja's blog, but it was a great card to share with the girls....they loved it. The lattice punch is a martha stewart punch which Anja picked up for me at the SGD garage sale....why someone would sell this punch is beyond me! The coral background was embossed with the elegant bouquet folder from SU.
We also embossed the envelope with the same folder. Why have I never thought to do this before? What a great look!
Thanks for stopping by!
Try to put on a sunny smile on yet another dreary, wet day!

23 June 2011

A Cute Chick and A Blossom

Good morning ladies! As promised two cards we made at our girls getaway.
This cute chick is made with all different Stampinup punches. Anita came with everything already punched for us and we just needed to sponge on the colour and put her together. So cute!
This lovely card is made with the Build a Blossom stamp set and punch from Stampin Up. It also uses the framed tulips embossing folder. This time we had to do the work ourselves! Thanks Anita for sharing two great cards with us!

22 June 2011

Simple Sympathy Card

I know....shocker!!! A new post on my blog! It was getting really boring seeing that same old card week after week wasn't it?! This is a pretty simple card, seems my sympathy cards are always in short supply.
Last week I got together with some girlfriends for our yearly overnighter. It always includes some shopping, chatting, good food and drink, lots of laughter, and of course...card making. What a blessing these beautiful ladies are in my life! So tomorrow I will share some of the cards we made. To Judy and Anita...thank you for faithfully stopping by to check my blog, and encouraging me to keep on stamping and posting.
Make it a great day ladies!

27 April 2011

Sweet Birthday

This scalloped card is a birthday card for a special friend who is celebrating her birthday today! I used the Sweet Summer from SU sale-a-bration, sage shadow, and rich razzleberry. A ribbon and some gemstones finish it off, as I know how much she loves bling! It is hard to see in the picture, but the purple flowers are raised on pop-dots.
May is a busy birthday month for me, so I'd better get crackin' on the cards....and I still have Mother's Day cards to make too!
Anyway, enjoy your day....looks like we may finally get the rain they've been promising.

19 April 2011

Black Magic Daisies

The other day while checking out ideas on Splitcoast I came across this technique called Black Magic, watched the tutorial and decided to give it a try. You stamp a solid image in white ink on black cardstock and then dry it with your heat gun. I used this image from the SU Set Upsy Daisy. You then colour the image with pencil crayons, I used my watercolour pencils, and add highlites with a white gel pen. The effect is pretty neat! Making it into a card was a bit more difficult since I hardly ever stamp on a dark background. Anyways, I layered it on so saffron and black, added a dutch sentiment and some bling. I am happy with the end result.....what do you think?

06 April 2011

Let's go Dutch

Good morning....long time no post!
Today I have splash of dutch cards to share with you. They are for work, as people have been coming in asking if we have greeting cards. I have not had any for sale for a while....so it's about time! So this is what I have been working on since my last post....which was ages ago, I know. My Stampin up order came in too, and I am excited to play with my new toys! I have used a couple of my new sizzix folders in two of the cards above....love those folders! Well off to work I go....
Enjoy your day!

17 March 2011

Butterfly Bliss

Too busy to post yesterday. This is the other card we made at the Stampin Up party. It uses a stamp from the Bliss set in the sale-a-bration catalogue and those lovely butterfly embosslits. The card is then spritzed with the smooched spritz - cool stuff!! So pretty and so simple. I did not put a sentiment on this one yet.
Well, off to get ready for work. Today would be a wonderful day to play hookie!!!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

15 March 2011

Tangerine Spring!

On Friday evening I went to a Stampin Up party where I made these lovely cards. It was a small group so we were lucky enough to make two of each of the cards she was demonstrating. This one just puts you in the mood for spring! I switched up the placement of the ribbon and used different sayings, added a butterfly and some pearls. Love that new border folder!! Tomorrow I will post the other card we made.
Enjoy this beautiful day!

01 March 2011

The Fat Cat is Back!

Good morning everyone and Happy March 1st! Looks like it is coming in like a lamb, does that mean it will go out like a lion? Another Penny Black fat cat image watercoloured with tombow markers. The background is the Happy Birthday CB folder using white core paper and then sanded with an emery board.

Well reading week is over and Kristen has returned to university, and Brittany has returned safely back from her missions trip....and all is right with the world!

23 February 2011

Vellum Overlay

This pretty card is cased from Gretchen Barron's blog. She used some of the SU embossing folders for her cards, but since I did not have any of those I used what I did have....a border folder from the Just My Type set from Cuttlebug. Using card stock weight vellum, I had to run it through a few times moving it over a little bit each time. I attached it to the card along the edge covered by the ribbon. You can make 4 of these cards using only 1 piece of vellum, 1 piece of designer paper, and 2 pieces of cardstock....and a little bit of ribbon. A quick, easy and very pretty card for any occasion. Goggle Gretchen Barron to check out the cards on her blog.

21 February 2011

Happy Cupcake Day!

Happy Family Day!! Hope you enjoy spending the day with those you love....doing whatever it is your family likes to do! My husband is off to help my brothers shovel their driveways this morning after last nights snow...we must have gotten at least another 10 inches! And I hear my daughter Kristen, home on reading break, just getting out of bed. Brittany is also on reading break, but is spending the week on a missions trip in El Paso and Juarez. Another birthday card to share....I like the layout, but not sure about mounting it on the white base, may need to change that. The piece of white twill I used across the top of the card to stamp Happy on is actually a handle from a La Senza bag. I cut all the fabric handles off store bags figuring they would be great for ribbon on cards....putting the reduce, reuse, recycle into practice. Enjoy your day! Maybe I will get to spend some time in my craft room today, but Kristen says we have to play games together all day.....maybe we can make a card together too....probably not!

10 February 2011

Fat Cat Birthday Wishes

Bright and Happy birthday wishes if it is your birthday today, and even if it is not, have a bright and happy day anyway! This little cutie is a Penny Black stamp, watercoloured with tombows. I used the rich razzleberry paper from SU and some co-ordinating paper I found in my stash. Don't remember where I got the ribbon, it is double-sided and matches pretty well. The quote on my calendar this morning says "you can't have everything, where would you put it".... this person has obviously not met an addicted stamper-card maker-scrapbooker!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a bright and happy day ..... the sun is shining so that takes care of the bright part ..... the Happy, well.....that's up to you!

08 February 2011

Just tooo Cute!!

Yup....two posts from me this morning! Just couldn't wait to share this cute little House Mouse with you! I stamped this little cutie yesterday morning at a friends house while stampin with "the ladies"...what a fun morning.I had this idea for a Valentines card, and that cute mouse seemed to be just what it needed to pull it together! The paper is a Kraft colour, embossed with CB's Heart Blocks folder. Now I just need to get it in the mail so it makes it on time for Valentine's day....I fear it will be late.

Pretty in Pink

And it snows...and snows some more!
Ol' Mr. Groundhog may have predicted an early spring, but in the meantime we are gonna get more winter...snow and cold!The stamp for this card I picked up at Hobby Lobby thinking it looked a bit like one from the Stampin Up set Artfully Asian....or is it Embrace Life.....(if you use your imagination). So I checked out Splitcoast and found this super easy card. Well it's super easy if you don't mind just winging it, but being the person I am, I had to use my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure every stem of flowers was in the right spot, and of course the cutting and layer had to be perfect too! I wish I was that much of a perfectionist in other areas of my life. Ah well, always something to work on and strive for.

05 February 2011


Good morning and Happy Saturday!
This cute little chickadee is an Our Daily Bread stamp, and I have to admit this card is cased from their blog. I watercoloured him with tombows, cut him out and layered him on an embossed circle. I choose the music notes for the background paper because of the beauty of the birds songs, which we miss during these cold winter months. Ah well, spring is just around the corner as they say.
Enjoy your day!

02 February 2011

Outdoor Skaters

Another card with the skaters...a little more elegant this time. I used the word 'cherish' as I thought this would make a lovely anniversary or valentine card.
We are certainly getting the weather to enjoy lots of outdoor winter fun! But if skating is your thing, the pond will need to be shovelled first!

01 February 2011

Brrr....it's cold!

Wow, it's cold outside! So thankful to be warm inside with the fireplace on, and a hot cup of coffee.
I noticed my last two posts were on the first day of the month, so since it is the first of February, (already!) I am due for a new one. Since December was a busy month and I was feeling very unmotivated to make cards, I decided to give myself permission to take January off from posting and search through my craft room to see where my mojo was hiding. What I found was that I was looking for inspiration from all my stuff, and couldn't find it there. It had to come from within myself...and there seemed to be an empty spot there. As I sat down at my craft table among my paper and stamps and began flipping through a card magazine I knew what my problem was....my expectations of myself were too high. I needed to be reminded of why I loved to make cards in the first place. It's not a competition and every card does not need to be a work of art. Now that I have ridded myself of that pressure, I seem to be enjoying it so much more.
So....a card. I love these skaters! And since I have a bunch left over from Christmas I switched up the colours and made a birthday card perfect for this time of year. Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me through my 'drought'. Who knows....tomorrow I may even have another post.

01 January 2011

Make it a Great Year!!

"Another year has gone byyyyyyyeeeee"
.....this is the Celine Dion song we have been singing around the house lately. For some reason this is the one that stuck in our heads after listening to her Christmas CD. I'm not going to go into a year in review....there have been changes, joys, and struggles galore....and yes, so many things to be thankful for.
This morning I am especially thankful not to have to rush off to the rat race at work today, and to enjoy a quiet morning at home. Later today we are off to enjoy some more family celebrations!
Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments. I love visiting other blogs for inspiration and encouragement! Looking forward to another year of stamping and sharing!
Wishing you all God's richest blessings in 2011! May we be a blessing to others as He has blessed us!