December 28, 2016

Christmas Snapshot

Good Morning a quick post this morning. I had a extra day off over the holidays and I will spend some of it in my craft room. This is the last of the Christmas cards I made for this year. No fear, there is a great line up of Merry Monday Challenge on the roster.

This card was created for my son who has a love of his camera and takes some amazing photos.

I heat embossed the camera in silver then fussy cut it out. I added the popped up hear and used some silver twine. I cut the frame from craft cardstock and added a small strip of patterned paper.

Supplies: White and kraft cardstock, Designer Paper - Carta Bella, Simon Says Stamp - Holiday Frames.

Thanks for stopping by,

December 26, 2016

Season's Greetings

I love the Little B stickers, they make for wonderful CAS cards, or fun embellishments. This package of Classic Nutcrackers is fabulous.

Layers, this whole card is just layers - patterned papers, cardstock and foam tape and topped with this 3D little nut cracker.

Supplies: White cardstock, Designer Paper - Photoplay, Little B - Classic Nutcracker

Thanks for visiting,

December 25, 2016

December 23, 2016


Good morning and happy Friday, I have a quick post today.

Isn't this panel pretty, I am letting the paper do all the work on this card. I added a background panel then a second layer with the strip down the center and finally the showcase layer which is popped up with foam tape. Each layer had a border of gray.

I finished with a small silver bow.

Supplies White and grey card stock, Designer Paper - Pion. twine.


December 22, 2016

Have yourself a Merry...

Even when it come to cards there are some who leave it to the last minute :). I had a request from a co-worker for a Coke Santa card yesterday, but in the middle of all the fuss it was fantastic to get some time in my craft room.

This ol' gent is not the quite what was requested but he looks pretty great to me.

The request was to have perhaps a present in behind, I did not quite manage that but I did alternate some stitched squares and rectangles and  I have some nice texture in the background.

I popped up the Santa panel and filled in a little of the blank space with some greens and a red gem.

Supplies: White and Red card stock, Designer Paper - Authentique, SSS Stitched dies, branch punch, gem.


December 20, 2016

Baby, its cold outside.

Baby, it is cold outside. We are almost back to our 'standard' winter here in Victoria, well at least we will be when the wind storm moves along. Last week through we had freezing temps and snow.. for more than a day... I will stop now ;).

I pulled out this adorable little stamp set for a CAS card. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, die cut, stamp, die cut some more, colour, glue, foam tape, SPARKLE and done.

Supplies: White cardstock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Lawn Fawn - Winter Alpaca, Stitched Die Cuts - Simon Says Stamps.


December 19, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #227

We have a new Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. I am your our hostess this week and my challenge is to Use Create a Christmas card with holiday cheer on it.

This will be our last regular challenge for this year, we are taking a break till January to enjoy the holiday season. We return early 2017.

As I was searching for an inspiration image this one made me drool a little, the recipe is called Campfire Cocktail and I would love to try it over the holiday season.

Truth be told its the fun favours at a certain coffee house that tempt me the most. Creme Brulee, Gingerbread latte.. you get the idea.

At this point in the season CAS cards tend to work best for me when schedules get a little muddy. I used stitched squares for both panels. I stamped the mug and sentiment then stamped the mug a second time. I used a luminesce Marvy pen for the cup.

Supplies: White card stock, Designer Paper - American Crafts, Verve - Joyous Noel and Coffee, SSS die cuts.

Head over to the Merry Monday Christmas card blog and see what inspiration the Design Team has created and we would love for you to play along.

Thanks for visiting,

December 16, 2016

Plaid leaves

Good Morning and happy Friday. I have another short post this morning.

I found this stamp set in my stash and I was determined to created with it. I stamped the leaves with brown ink then fussy cut them out, I added foam tape to the top leaf to add some dimension. I heat embossed the sentiment and popped it up as well.

Supplies: Cream and brown card stock, Designer Paper - Jen Hadfield, Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages, Just Rite - Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves, button.

We are on the cusp of the last shopping weekend before Christmas, be safe and good luck out there ;).


December 14, 2016

Birthday buck

Good Morning I have a short post this morning with a masculine birthday card.

I used an nice and simple layout, added some twine on the background with some black half pearls and finished with an embossed sentiment.

Supplies: White and black cardstock, Designer Paper - Realtree, Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages, twine and pearls.

Thanks for visiting,

December 12, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #226

Good Morning, we have a new challenge over at Merry Monday Christmas card challenge, Lori is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Make a Christmas card with the theme "winter fun".

Did you have one of these sleighs growing up, I did. I can still remember my wet mittens sticking to the metal rails as I dragged it back up the hill for what must have been the 100th time.

We would end up changing mittens and snowpants half way through the day and might end up with bags in our boots because we had spent so much time out in the snow and they were soaked. Chaffed and wind burned cheeks was something to be proud of.

I stamped the faded text background then added a little distress ink to the edges, I used my Misti to stamp the sled image. The sentiment is heat embossed in brown. I added a layer of brown plain DP and finished with some soft twine.

Supplies: Cream and brown card stock, Designer Paper - Photoplay, Serendipity Stamps - Sled, Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greeting, Stampabilites - Faded Text Background, twine.

Visit the Merry Monday blog and play along with the challenge and the Design Team had some wonderful cards to share.

Thanks for stopping by,

December 5, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #225

It is here.. December and  welcome to a new Merry Monday, Linda is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Use a candy cane on your Christmas card.

I found this designer paper buried in a  paper bin and  I like the colours. I used lots of layers and added a tiny candy cane to the sentiment. I finished with a tiny little gem.


Supplies: Cream and green card stock, Designer Paper - Basic Grey, Simon Says - Gifts of Love, gem.

Stop by the the Merry Monday Challenge blog, the design team has lots of inspiration to share. Play along with us.

Thanks for visiting,

December 4, 2016


Good Morning, It is a stunning day outside and I am off for a hike in a local park before a nasty storm is predicted to arrive this evening.
This was a card I created for a house warming we attended. It turned out fabulously, the picture of said card not so much.
I have had this beautiful DP in my stash for a long time, I added kraft and brown cardstock layers. I die cut the Home 4 times to give it depth. I then added a little bit of distress ink to the final little kraft house. I finished with some hearts.
The gold foil is not actually patchy like that and it certainly muted what the Home and hearts looked like. I think the shiny gold messed with the camera and it did not matter how I tried to make it work it still turned out the same.. sigh..
Supplies: Cream, kraft and brown cardstock, Designer Paper - Bazzill, Paper moothes - Home, Memory Box - Mini Hearts.
Have a fantastic day,

December 3, 2016

Happy Hanukah - Dredel

I am hoping Google University got it right because I will admit to being very unschooled when it comes to Hanikkah.

I used a thin metallic navy cardstock for the bottom layer and the top layer of the sides of the dredel. I alternated each piece adding some foam tape dimension and added silver twine in behind. I layered some printable DP and layered it. I finished with a sentiment printed from Word.

Supplies: White and blue card stock, Designer Paper - LittlePandaDigitals, silver string.

Thanks for visiting,

November 30, 2016

Birthday Bug

I love this fun paper and look at that vintage bug.. fabulous. Were you expecting some creepy crawly from the post title.. maybe next time ;).

This is for a card for a masculine birthday. I layered the DP, I love all the different patterns. I used my Misti to get a nice dark sensentiment. I finished with some black dots.

Supplies: White and blue card stock, Designer Paper - Authentique, My Favorite Things - Birthday Sentiment, dots.

Thanks for taking the time to visit,

November 29, 2016

Happy Hanukah - Star of David

Good morning all, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. I have a quick card to share this morning.

I had a request for a couple of Hanukah cards so here is the first one that I created. 

I pulled my Silhouette out and found a couple of cut files on sale for Cyber Monday. I like the elegance of this card. The Star of David is popped up with foam tape to give it a little dimension. I finished the card with some navy half pearls.

Supplies: Cream and navy card stock, Silhouette Studio - cut files, pearls.

Thank you for stopping by,

November 28, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #224

Happy Monday, so glad you stopped by. We have a new Merry Monday for you, Kathy is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a masculine Christmas card. I love masculine cards, they usually are quite easy for me to create.

I am loving all the fabulous plaid papers this year, they are my go to right now. I have added a card stock layer for each of the patterns. I stamped the buck and the sentiment then finished with some sequins.

Supplies: White and black card stock, DP - Photoplay, Simon Says - Magical Christmas, sequins, Simon Says - Stitched die cuts.

Check out the Merry Monday Challenge blog, the design team has lots of inspiration to share. We would love for you to play along.


November 25, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #379

Just as I seem to be getting back into the swing of things and get some quality time in my craft room I lose ground and time. It is December next week, how did that happen?

I am so happy that I finally had some fabulous crafty time last evening and I was even able to get some cards created and played along.. gasp.. with a challenge. 

I am playing along with Tuesday Morning Sketches, I have a masculine birthday card to share.

Layers.. lots of them, add a little foam tape and I called it done.

Supplies: White and black card stock, Designer Paper - Kaiser Craft, Hot off the Presses - Birthday Cheer.
Thanks for stopping by,

November 21, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #223

Another week had come and gone and we are back at Monday, welcome to a new challenge of the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. This week Debbie is our hostess and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card using Light Blue, Dark Blue & Pink.

I started with a pink and dark blue plaid with a navy card stock matte. I used my distress inks to add some colour to my Christmas tree. I also added some snow texture to the tree panel. The tree is topped with some snow glitter.

Supplies: White and blue card stock, Verve - Glad Tidings, DP - Photoplay, Dee's Distinctively - Snow Covered Stacked Tree.

Stop by the Merry Monday blog and see the wonderful cards created by the design team, be sure to play along with us.

See you soon,

November 17, 2016

Little Bird

Another quick post this morning, and another thank you card :). I had the picture of this card in my head for two days before I could venture into the craft room to make it.
I heat embossed this little guy then added colour with Distress inks. Then I did a little fussy cutting and added dimension with some foam tape....On another note I use a ton of foam tape, in the crafty vids on YouTube you see tons of people using those wheels of foam tape and I was feeling a little left out. I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived yesterday, this beast is crazy big. I am going to love seeing how long it takes for me to whittle it down.

Onward... I pulled out my stitched square dies from SSS and created some panels. I will admit to having a bit of an obsession with plaid right now. I added a quick sentiment and some gems and in the mail it went.

Supplies: White card stock, Designer Paper - Lawn Fawn, Woodware - Tweet Birds, Clearly Besotted - Thank you, gems.

Thanks for stopping by,

November 16, 2016

Flowered Thanks

Just a quick post this morning, I am running a little late :)

I trimmed two pieces of DP and added them to a small scrap of gray card stock. The flower is Simon Says Stamps, I coloured them up with Distress Inks. I added some simmer with my Zig and some gloss to the heart with Glossy Accents.

I die cut the sentiment, I should have put it a little higher but it is covering a boo boo ;). I finished with some sequins.

Supplies: White and gray card stock, Designer Paper - Simple Stories, Simon Says Stamps - Sketch Ranunculus and Thanks die, sequins.

Have a fabulous day,

November 14, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #222

Hello out there and welcome to a new Merry Monday, Deanne is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card using gray, white and red.

This inspiration image is adorable.

I started my card with grey patterned background with a dark gray matte. I added a strip of red stripes then a layered snowflake made with patterned papers, vellum and dark gray card stock.

Supplies: White and gray cardstock, Designer Paper - Photoplay, Verve - Lawn Fawn Stictched Snowflakes, gems.

Don't forget to take a look at all the inspiration provided by the design team over at the Merry Monday blog.

Thanks for visiting,

November 11, 2016

Wednesday Challenge - Thank you

I am way over due for some thank you cards to be popped in the mail. When I saw the Wednesday challenge over at the Simon Says blog and I though it was perfect.

I have not pulled out my new You Matter background or stamp set and this challenge prompted me to do that.

I heat embossed the background with clear embossing powder then add some colour with distress inks. I die cut the sentiment and embossed the thank in white. I used brown ink to stamp the daisies.

Supplies: white, brown and craft cardstock, SSS - You matter, Hero Arts - Hello Sunshine Daisies.

Thanks for visiting,

Rememberance Day 2016

"A Day of Remembrance"

Image by Dalicar, In Flanders Fields - By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918

November 7, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #221

Happy Monday, so glad you could stop by. We have a new Merry Monday for you, Colleen is our hostess this week and her challenge is to Create a Christmas card with a winter activity on it.

Mittens, warm mugs full of yummy goodness, sleighs and adorable little penguins and snowmen... yes I cheated :). How could I not though this paper is super cute in my eyes.

The sentiment is heat embossed and popped up with foam tape. I finished with some twine.

Supplies: White and red cardstock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages, twine.

Check out the Merry Monday Challenge blog, the design team has lots of inspiration to share. We would love you to play along.


November 3, 2016

Let's do the Flamingo

I created this card a couple of months ago and had a blog post half created.. stuff just got in the way.

I wanted to try my hand a spin card, I had created one before but it was a pretty simple one. This was a one of a two set that I created as a request. This was the winner but with the spin portion taking up so much card front they did not want the long winded birthday greeting they planned to show through when the card was closed :).

I have two separate greetings with this card so if someone wants it they get a choice of sentiments. I used ovals created from cardstock and vellum to background this cute flamingo. I had this fun summer Carta Bella paper in my stash so I used both sides of a page.

This is the last of the last for my room, this is corner to the left of my second desk. I have two older pieces of stackable storage from Michaels. The bottom holds 12 x 12 papers, Christmas, glitter and specialty.

The top holds, some scraps in bag (Neuters), spare cutting mats, watercolour paper and misc items. I have my pad of grid paper and my Scorpal hiding in between these and the desk (not shown). I have keep my Cuttlebugs on top, the magical gold one is the what hubby brought me when 'Bug" gave up the goose. At the last used paper craft sale a lady was selling her bug and a bunch of accessories, I offered $20 and voila, backup "Bug".

Alex has from the bottom up, punches, more punches, my Silhoette, Cricut stuff, stickers and rub-ons, ribbon.

This is my computer desk, it is "the office" and no crafty shenanigans shall grace its top.

Supplies: White and green cardstock, Designer Paper - Carta Bella, SSS stamps and diecuts, La Petites - Flamingo.
Thanks for visiting,

November 2, 2016

Birthday Cupcakes

Good Day, and hello November... where oh where has this year flown the coup too. 

I am not loving my card, I keep looking at it and I think it is the raspberry coloured card stock. I don't use coloured card stock very often, preferring neutrals like brown, grey and black. The card is for a pink loving little lady so I am sure she won't judge.

I pulled out my Stickles, they blinked their little glittery peepers at the bright light as I dug them from the bowels of the drawer I had them hiding in. I stamped these cute little cupcakes and added the Stickles so I could put them aside to dry. I used a couple of pieces of DP from the same paper pad to create the background.

Supplies: White and raspberry card stock, Designer Paper - Echo Park, Lawn Fawn - You are all I knead, Stickles.

I have a few more pictures to share as well, these are two of my embellishment centers, 

This is my second craft desk, it is sadly under utilized as a desk per say. I tend to using it for my Cuttlebug/die cutting and laying out supplies as I create something. Most of the drawers on the right side are full of embellishments. The top holds my Misti's and some other tools, but I I move down the drawer I have a drawer for gems, another for sequins and so on.

The drawers on the left side hold stamp blocks and inks, pre-cut and folded card bases, embossing folders, die cuts and Cuttlebug accessories.

There is a stack of 12 x 12 bins at the side of the desk as well. They hold indivigual papers as well as my 12 x 12 pads I still have. 

Just to the right of this desk and on the wall is one of my embellishment stations I picked up from Micheal's years ago. I as I was organizing my craft space I purged a ton of ribbon, this is what is left of my spools. I have most of my buttons here as well.

The embellishment centers have always been pretty neat and tidy but with those zones I keep mentioning I wanted to shift some stuff around.


Over on the wall left of the desk and near the door I have an Alex a Raskog cart and my second embellishment station. This Alex unit hold a lot of misc items, tools, adhesives, and card sleeves.

It is topped with 6x6 paper pads, these are my Christmas paper pads. Being on the Merry Monday DT it is creative Christmas all year round in my craft space so these inspire me being on display.
I wanted a Raskog so badly and I have not even put more that a few item in the top self :(.

I removed all the ribbon and the spindles from this second station, with the downsized ribbon cache I did not need them any more and instead put a few of my wooden stamps on display. I have all my twine and washi tape here as well.

That it for today,

November 1, 2016

Awesome Birthday and the tour continues..

We had a good number of trick or treaters last night, I love seeing all the costumes. We left picking up a pumpkin till the very last moment.. We are usually much better at planning. We ended up with these itty bitty little pumpkins that fit in the palm of my hand, I lined them up along the railing and no one seemed to care that we did not carve one.

In between knocks and the doorbell I actually made a card. My Saturday was suppose to be this wonderful creative day, instead I spent hrs sorting my scraps. I found some great DP bits and I figured out I have tons of neutral coloured pieces of cardstock which are now in separate storage so I can take advantage. So this card is made from the scrap bins.

I love layers, it makes for easy cards. This DP is double-sided so that adds to the easy. I heat embossed the sentiment and added foam tape between each layer. I found this cool ribbon in the scrap bin too and it matched so I used it :). I finished with sequins.

Supplies: White and black card stock, Designer Paper Best Creation Inc, Hot off the Press - Birthday Cheer, sequins.

Now onto the tour - this is my fabulous primary desk, I had planned to get one made with all cabinets/drawers under it. When we were at Ikea (a sip of coffee or wine for every mention of Ikea over my last few posts :)) anyhow.. Husband spotted this desk, I prefer to stand when I craft so this Skarsta sit/stand desk is perfect. I am taller and this desk lifts high enough to accommodate my long legs.

I found the Micke drawer set that fits under it nicely, even if I was to lower the desk. I also found this very cool Janinge stool that allows me to sit at my desk should I want to, it will lower or raise up a good span. The Micke and Janinge fit under the desk so they are not in the way. I hide my trimmer and paper cutter on top of the draw set, which is super easy to reach.

I ordered this high quality architects lamp which adds direct light to what I am working on. I have the same bulb in both the ceiling fixture and the lamp for consistency.
On my desk I have my Boon, wire letter holder, scrap bin and self healing mat.

I found these Projs desk pads at the same time I found the desk and they work fabulously under my self healing mats to give a little extra protection to the desks.

A little high level view of a clean work space, and although I usually have a couple of extra items on my desk I typically have it pretty clean between projects. I used Stampin' Up! grid paper over my mats, it cleans up easy and I just fold them up and pop in the recycle bin. The lamp is hiding it but I have small square glass bowl that I store my Absorber in, best clean up item ever.

My new desk is so much more spacious than before, this was my work surface on the old desk, cramped and not a lot of leg room.

That is the card and tour for today,