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Friday, December 21, 2012

All Sorts Top 6 winner

WooHoo my Christmas frame wall hanging was picked in the Top 6 by the DT this week over at All Sorts.Thanks so much .

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Frame

Well it's been so long since I've posted I hardly know how to. I made this Christmas  Frame a couple of weeks ago but was waiting on the frame so I could post it. 12x12 frames are so hard to find especially this time of year. I got my inspiration from the Kaisercraft blog and a friend who had done a class recently . I didn't have all Kaisercraft papers so I used the Graphic 45 collection Christmas Past which worked well with Kaisercraft Turtle Dove collection.The Pionsettas were made using TH Pionsetta die and Pinecones & branch leaves using TH pinecone die. The tiny flowers(rosettes I made by cutting a spiral circle and then rolling . Pionsetta flowers were sponged with Festive berries DI and then sprayed with Heirloom gold perfect pearls . I added Rock Candy  Distress Stickles to the rosettes.To complete the frame I did some sewing around the edge of the outer layer.

Entering this is a couple challenges

All Sorts Challenge Blog  Week 185 Oh Christmas Tree

Simon Says Stamp and show  Inspired by Tim's 12 tags

Sugar Creek Hollow --#42  For a Gift

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Dresden Plate Layout

This weekend we had a Scrapbook Crop here my little town . What a great weekend so many laughs with friends that I haven't seen for quite some time .Tracy MacLennon  taught a couple of LO classes her work is amazing . She also sells kits that you can put together yourself . One of the kits was a Dresden Plate pattern --unfortunately they were all sold out but she was kind enough to give me the template to do my own . Here's the layout that I did .

I used K&C paper pad -- Classic K

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Scrapbooker's Playing in Paradise Challenge #91 --guest designer

Well I was pretty excited when I was asked by Pam over at Scrapbooker's in Paradise to be guest designer for challenge #91 .This is my first time being guest designer and I was a little nervous when I found out .The challenge this week is to make something for a Anniversary. I choose to make a card .
Method :
Paper : MME Garden Vinettes, Bazzill c//s, Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black,Pumice DI.
Stamp: Penny Black butterfly suite,My sentiment Exactly --sentiment.
Accessories: MS lace border punch,Spellbinders Label 8, Copic Markers,Rosette ribbon,Rock Candy Distress stickles. Glossy accents, rhinestones from my stash., Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy.

 Just follow the link below to join in the challenge

Scrapbooker's Playing in Paradise Challenge #91 

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Friday, October 26, 2012

SPP#89 challenge winner

Well what a nice surprise this morning to find out I won the challenge over at Scrapbookers in Paradise for last week and a chance to be guest designer for one of the weekly challenges . I'm so excited and what a great way to end the week . Thanks for choosing my card

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scrapbooker's Paradise Playing in Paradise #89

It's so cold and miserable outside today I decided to spend the afternoon again in my craft room . I've been wanting to try the week challenge that Scrapbooker's Paradise has each week but for one reason or another have never gotten around to meeting the deadlines. So today I decide to make a card for this weeks challenge .
The challenge was to use a color combo for inspiration ---sky,aqua & kraft. Here's what I did

Method :
Paper: SU kraft,Bazzill blue,K&C DP, Graphic45 DP.
Inks: Distress Inks --Pumice stone,Walnut stain,Tumbled glass
Accessories: TH dies--Baroque alteration die,Rosette die, Reindeer Flight die, Mini Snowflakes die,MS edge punch (sorry don't know name), Cottage Cutz Pine cone die.Bakers twine,Candi,WOW Glitter EP platinum,Diamond dust cut glass.

I really enjoyed making this card and hope it meets the challenge. Thanks for looking .

Scrapbooker's Paradise Playing in Paradise #89

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge#186   No Rules

Monday, October 22, 2012

Joan's Garden Challenge #38

I spent some time over the weekend playing in my craft room doing up some card kits that people have ordered and then decided to make a card for some challenges that are out there for this week . Really like doing the recipe challenges and over at Joan's Garden this week there is one that I thought I'd try.

1. Create a favorite winter pastime
2.Use black embossing
3.Use a frame
3.Create something that is dimensional.
Here's what I did for my card.
BG is embossed with Sizzix EF Starry Night .I cut my frame from a cricut cartridge Art Philisopy, stamped and embossed snowflakes around the edge. The image is a set from Inky Antics (Holiday Bazoop)which I stamp in black and colored with copic markers. I stamped a second hat and embossed with black EP added some red stickles for the bad and pop dotted it onto the image . I then added some fabric applique for fur around the lions hat and and suit . Added some glossy accents on the buttons and pipe. Snowflakes were made using TH mini snowflake die and spellbinders die .

Joan's Garden Challenge #38

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge#186

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Colors

Just thought I'd shared some of our beautiful fall colors here in Nova Scotia, Canada. These pictures were taken today just down over the hill from my home ,there's a little pond there and the colors this fall are spectacular . Thanks for looking .

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Christmas poinsettia

It's been a long time since I've posted here on my blog . The summer was so busy and hot that I spent more of my days outside but now that the fall has arrived it's time to get back that what I love to do the most and that is spend time in my craft room . This week I started on some Christmas cards so I thought I'd share one that I made and enter it in a few challenges that are out there.
Supplies used: Paper: Basic Grey Jovial paper pad,Bazzil c/s Stamps: Hero Arts,TH calender stamp Inks: Fired Brick DI,Peeled Paint DI Accessories:Spellbinders poinsettia die, Bella rose die,MS border punch, SU ornament punch Joan's Garden challenge #35 Simon Says Stamp and Show --Love of sparkle Simon Says --Anything goes

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

12 tags of 2012 --May

Well I've sure been neglecting by blog recently it's been over a month since I've posted anything.It's been busy with crops and classes. I have completed my tag for April but just didn't get around to posting it and now it's May . So last evening I decided to make my tag for this month and get it posted. I applied glue and seal to the tag (since I didn't have the glue stick that Tim used) and took some tissue paper from and old pattern and scrunched it up over the tag . I stamp a flourish in the new Peacock Feathers DI on the sticky back canvas dress form ,added some lace and tag. To make my faux porcelain I used tiny fabric roses which I dipped twice in the melted UTEE.I didn't have a wooden spool so had to cut a plastic one which I covered with some measuring tape sticker to hide the rough edges . To complete the tag I added some sewing embellishments and twill measuring tape on the bottom of the tag . Thanks for looking
I'm entering this in the 12 tags of 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Authentique Paper March Challenge

I attended a scrapbooking crop last weekend and saw this wonderful paper by Authentique paper ,also several layouts that were done with the Geniune collection so I purchased many of the sheets . Last evening I was browsing the blog for Authentique Paper and discovered there is a monthly challenge so I decided to do a layout . I used the Geniune Collection (which I just love). I had found a photo of my 1st born when he was 6 months old and thought this would be perfect for this paper. I"m happy with how it came together. Thanks for looking
Authentique Paper March sketch challenge:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Frilly and Funkie : your favorite vintage style

Well the Frilly and Funkie challenges have begun and here's my entry for the challenge this week --I chose one of the Stampsmith stamps --girlfriends for my image . Usually I stamp the photo stamps on glossy cardstock but today I tried the LaBlanche speciality cardstock with versamagic chaulk ink and was amazed at how detailed the image turned out and that I only tried once normally with glossy c/s I tend to try several times before I'm pleased with the image so guess what I'll always use the LaBlanche paper from now on.
Other supplies used
Stamps: Stampsmith girlfriends, CTMH sentiment
Paper: MME Madison Ave.collection,bazzil c/s
Ink: Versa Magic Archival Jumbo Java
Assessories: EK success scallop punches, MS around the page lattice punch,
paper doily,TH rosette ribbon, pearls from my stash.

Friily & Funkie

Simon Says Stamp Challenge --Anything Goes

Gingersnaps GC142-Spicy Supply Challenge Border Punches

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Friday, March 16, 2012

PB Sat. Challenge#192 --make a childs card

I haven't entered a challenge over at Penny Black Saturday for quite some time but today I was making a card using PB stamp for my grand neice who's Birthday is next week so I thought I'd entered it .The image was stamped with tuxedo black Memento ink and colored with copic markers. Pattern Paper is from the MME collection Lime Twist ,C/S is Bazzil shimmer,Ribbon May Arts.

PB Saturday #192--The Young Ones

SSS& Show--Anything Goes

Gingersnaps GC #142--Border Punches

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

SSS & Show --Anything Goes

This is a card I made today for someone on their special day. I had recently done a card class using alcohol inks and had a few pieces left over which I just couldn't throw away .The colors reminded me of an evening sky and felt it suited the image I used so nicely . I colored the flowers with Towbow markers and added Viva pearls to the centers.
Supplies :
Stamp : Hero Arts, HFC sentiment
Paper : Basic Grey,Bazzil C/S
Ink: Alcohol inks(eggplant,shell pink,pearl mixative)Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: Spellbinders Beaded Circles, Marvy corner punch, Spellbinders label4,MS border punch, flowers from my stash,Towbow markers, Pearls from my stash, Viva pearl pen.

I'm entering this is a couple of challenges

Simon Says Stamp and Show ---Anything Goes

Allsorts #145--Say it with Flowers

Gingersnaps GC#142--Border Punch

Thanks for looking and I love reading your comments .

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tim's 12 tags of 2012 --March

I finally finished my tag for March over the weekend . I had to change a few things since I didn't have all of the products that Tim used so here's my version . First I inked the tag all over with Antique Linen DI then ran it through my machine with the distressed stripes CB embossing folder which I inked with Frayed Burlap DI ,I then went over the raised areas with walnut stain DI ,distress the edges with my distress tool and sponged the edges with walnut stain DI . I like how it turned out . I had some branch trees in my stash that I had cut from corrugated cardboard which I thought would be nice to attach the butterflies to. The butterflies I stamped in Versamark on Grungepaper and attached to Sookwang tape and cut out ( I didn't have any of the wonder tape but this worked fine). The snippets were cut from Tim's Lost & Found paper pad and arranged in a mosaic pattern . Didn't have the cement EP that Tim used so I used lavender Distress EP on one of the butterflies and Green Pearl EP on the other one,then added glossy accents to the snippets . To complete my tag I had one of the metal flowers already painted in my stash which I added along with a ticket tag on one of the memo pins.

Tim's 12tags of 2012 --March

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Sunday, March 4, 2012


I had to make a few Masculine Birthday cards this week one for my brother and one for DH whose Birthday fall on the same day . Just wanted to share the one I did for my brother since I don't think he will check my blog LOL. The BG I stamped with various images from TH's Life's Possibilites collection and then I ran it through my Big Kick with the Checkboard EF ,and distessed the edges .The gears were cut using the TH gear die then sponged with DI and embossed with distress EP . I really like how they turned out . The clipping was torn from a paper bag that I got from a local scrapbook store . I stamped the mini jalopy on script paper with walnut DI and embossed with clear EP and added brads to the wheels.I added a ticket and circled the month and day of my brothers Birthday and attached it to one of Tim's hanger clips.
I'm entering this in a couple of challenges;

SSS&S Ideology

Stamptacular Sunday #14 TEXT ME

Simon Says Stamp --Anything goes

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Cropstop Challenge #59

I normally do cards for challenges but this is a layout I completed last night and I see that it fits a couple of challenges this week . I followed a sketch I found on MME blog but did my own spin on it . It's a layout of my new grand daughter taken when she was only a week old.
Supplies used : Paper MME Madison avenue ( love this collection) Bazzil C/S. Spellbinders bella rose die, maury retro flower punch and corner punch,EK success scallop edge punch and Fiskars scallop edge punch. Pearls from my stash. The flowers I made from the pattern paper to match the layout.

I'm entering this in

Cropstop Challenge #59 -- Is it bloomin' outside

Simon Says Stamp --3 different papers

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Tim's style GM#36

This is my first entry for Grungy Monday over at StudioL3 for quite some time. Although I did have good intention each week but just never seemed to get the time to post . This week Linda is asking that we make a valentine Tim's style to celebrate Valentines Day . I decided to make a tag for the challenge . Since Tim is starting his new Tags for 2012 this month with a Valentine I though I'd follow his tech. I stamped my background with snow cap acrylic paint dabber using a variety of stamps ,dried with my heat tool and then sponged with DI worn lipstick and festive berries. I like how this color combo turned out . I then wiped over the tag with a damp towel it's amazing how this shows up the white BG images . My heart was made with the honeycomb paper by Inky Antics which I had won in a blog hop so time ago . Tim shows some cool ideas on his blog on using this honeycomb paper. The cupid was stamped on red c/s embossed with clear EP and fussy cut out . I attached a heart border down the right side using the MS heart border punch.Finished off my tag with some pearls, ribbon and key .

Also entering this in a few other challenges .
Grungy Monday #36

SCH: Masculine Valentine

Tim's 12 tags of 2012

Inspiration Emporium--Put a Heart on it

Simon Says Stamp and Show --Anything Goes

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine challenge --SSS#150

I think it's about time I posted something it seems like forever although I have been busy with classes and making VD cards to sell. Here's a card I made for my grand daughter (it's her 1st Valentine card so it had to be special). The challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday this week calls for red,white,grey and pink so I think this card has it all .
Supplies used:
Paper: Kaisercraft,basic grey ,Bazzil shimmer and textured,paper doily(wilton)
Inks: memento, DI antique linen
Stamps: Unknown
Accessories: spellbinders nested hearts,MS heart border punch,copic markers,Distressed stickles (rock candy),glossy accents CB folder heart blocks.

Also entering this in a couple of other challenges;

Stamptacular Sunday #150

Gingersnap Creations #135 Favorite Designer Paper: Favorite Designer Paper is Kaisercraft.

Tuesday Taggers --Card for a true love

Thanks for looking ,love reading your comments.

Friday, January 13, 2012

SCH Let's Save Some Trees challenge card #2

Just wanted to shared another card I made for the challenge over at SCH this week using paper towels to make my flower and edge. This time I stamped on the paper towel ran it through my TH tattered floral die and then spritzed it with perfect pearls mist . I really like the white and black print . The brad in the center was colored with black copic marker.Other supplies used
Paper: Bazzil two scoops and bazzil classic c/s
Ink : black archival, Antique linen DI.
Accessories: spellbinders bella rose die ,spellbinder ovals, TH bracket edge die,ribbon from my stash.

SCH "Let's Save some Trees"

GC134--Spicy Supply Challenge-Ribbon

Thanks for looking , I really appreciate your comments.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow :Let's save some trees challenge

This week over at SCH there's a great challenge going on Let's Save some Trees . Tracy is asking us to use something on our project from our kitchen --paper towel, coffee filters, etc. I chose to make a flower for my card using paper towel and I just love how they turned out . First I misted a sheet of Paper towel with homemade glimmer mist --victorian lace DI ,perfect pearl powder and water--I then let this dry completely before running it through TH die tattered florals . I noticed that once the towel was dry it created a dot image on the reverse side so I alternated the petals when I put my flower together. Other supplies used

Paper: MME lost and found collection,SU Kraft C/S,Prism c/s
Ink: memento rich cocoa.
Accessories:spellbinders fancy tags, Cheery lynn doily die,Spellbinders edge abilities, lace and ribbon form my stash.
I'm entering this in :

Sugar Creek Hollow -Let's save some trees

Simon Says Stamp and Show --something old something new(old fancy tag die ,new being new tech.)

C4C118--new tech. new toy (new tech. being misting on paper towel)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Grungy Monday 31 ; Happy Birthday Tim

Linda over at StudioL3 is challenging everyone this week to make a Birthday card to celebrate Tim's Birthday coming up . Here's my card simple but I like how it came together. All products used were TH's or Rangers except for the happy birthday which is SU. I recently purchased some of the Tim Holtz core kraft c/s which I embossed and sanded ( love this C/S) then misted with my new perfect pearl mist Biscotti --think this is going to be one of my favorites. The tag was sponged with DI antique line,broken china, crushed olive and vintage photo, I then distressed the edges and inked with walnut stain DI. Image was stamped with walnut stain DI.
If you haven't visited Tim's website you really should here's the link :

Also entering this in a couple of other challenges.

Grungy Monday 31Happy Birthday Tim

Simon Says Stamp and Show :

fashionable Stamping challenge #12 anything goes new stash ( new core kraft c/s)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I'm a Ginger Gem

What a great way to start off the New Year my card I entered in the Gingersnap creations challenge Starry Night was chosen as one of the 10 for ginger gems. I get to display their badge on my blog .Thank you .

Happy New Year to all my followers and everyone out there in blog land.