The Stamps I Use

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mojo 346

Hi folks,

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a co-worker who retired on Friday. He realized he didn't really NEED to work any longer so ... he isn't! He's retiring from the work force and planning on enjoying his summer and all that life has to bring. I though the sentiment I used on his card was perfect.





card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: Carta Bella "Giddy Up", edges distressed
  • stamps: My Mind's Eye - Find Your Wings and Fly "Up and Away" stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa
  • embellishments: CTMH Brads
  • layout: Mojo Monday 346
challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sister Act Card Challenge #59 with All Dressed Up Stamps

Hi folks!

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my latest creation for our weekly "Anything Goes" card challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor - All Dressed Up Stamps! I can't wait to check our your fabulous creations!

Be sure to also check out the All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge blog for some freebie images if you would like to try them before you buy them!

As it so happens, I used one of those freebies on today's card. I couldn't help myself. Now, everyone who knows me knows I'm a crazy cat lady. But seriously, who could resist this cute little puppy? Ermagerd. He's SO adorable! Especially with that big patch around his eye and his big floppy bow. I can just imagine his cute little tale wagging.





I think this would be a perfect card to welcome a new baby boy into the world. As it happens, friends of ours are expecting a baby boy in June. We've already had the baby shower but I'm sure I could pick up a little something else once baby arrives so I can have a reason to give this card to the new parents.

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challenges for this card:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mojo 347

Hi folks,

Can you believe it? I'm back for the third day in a row to share a couple more cards that I have made with the Close To My Heart "Free to Be Me" paper pack that is a special promotion available only during the May National Scrapbooking Month. It's been a good week for getting crafty!





For these two cards, I even dug into my stash of other CTMH supplies!






I'm loving the look of these funky papers against the white cardstock bases. It really makes the patterns and colours pop!

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viva La Verve May 2014 Week 4

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share a couple more cards that I have made with the Close To My Heart "Free to Be Me" paper pack that is a special promotion available only during the May National Scrapbooking Month.





For these two cards, I used different papers from the pack than I used on yesterday's featured cards.

Check out the gold cardstock. Notice the embossed pattern? Groovy, huh?




And of course the feathers and arrows are totally on trend.




I wanted these cards to be not so bulky for mailing so I omitted the embellishment that is included in the sketch on the sentiment panel.


card details:

challenges for this card
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Viva La Verve May 2014 Week 3

Hi folks,

Well, after running my first 10km road race on Saturday, I rewarded myself with some play time in my craft room with some new Close To My Heart goodies!

Since the "Free to Be Me" paper pack is a special promotion that is available only during the May National Scrapbooking Month, I thought I would create a few cards showcasing the pack in case anyone was interested in placing a qualifying order and snagging this bright, dynamic collection of papers.





Without even planning it, these particular cards feature the three different types of specialty papers that are included in the pack. Can you spot them?





You got it! Both of these cards feature the red AND teal UV coated card stock (you NEED to feel the embossed texture of these papers), the white feather vellum and CTMH's signature high quality patterned paper.

I don't know about you but these papers just give me such a retro vibe. What can I say? I was born at the end of the 60s so I grew up with the fashion and colours of the 70s - gold, orange, avocado. Bold patterns. LOVING IT!

Be sure to pop back tomorrow when I'll be sharing two more cards I made with this paper pack!

card details:

additional challenges for these cards:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mojo Monday 333 - Birthday Wishes

Hi folks,

I'm still working on posting the backlog of cards I have made the last little while so today I am sharing a card I made for a dear friend for her birthday.




I have to confess to loving this paper this much that I use it very sparingly. Isn't that terrible? Anyone else guilty of doing the same?


card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned papers: Prima "Firefly"
  • stamps: Verve "Big Wish", colour accents are Copic YR12m R83, R85, G46
  • ribbons from my stash
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles
  • layout: Mojo Monday 333
challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mojo 343 - for a Graduation

Hi folks!

My eldest niece recently graduated from the program she has been doing for the past couple of years at her local college. She is now doing her final work term (she did a Child and Youth Care Worker program) for the next few weeks. 

I made this card for her to celebrate her graduation with one of the new stamps I recently ordered from Unity Stamp Company.




card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base
  • patterned papers: Kaisercraft "Velvet Crush", distressed edges
  • stamp: Unity Stamp Company "Things To Do: Dream, Wish, Etc" stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black with purple accents from Copic V06
  • embellishments: brads, buttons, purple ribbon, black ribbon, embroidery floss from my stash
  • layout: Mojo Monday 343. I changed it to a square card instead of a tall and skinny.
Challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sister Act Card Challenge #58 with Eureka Stamps

Hi folks!

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my latest creation for our weekly "Anything Goes" card challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor - Eureka Stamps! I can't wait to check our your fabulous creations!

The design team members were given the opportunity to choose a digi with which to work this week and I chose this cute Baby Animals digi.



Friends of ours are expecting their first child in June - a baby boy - and I thought this image would be perfect to celebrate his arrival.

card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye "Handsome Boy", distressed edges
  • digital image: Eureka Stamps "Baby Animals", coloured with Copic Markers (E15, E17, E18, YR21, R83, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C6, C7)
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
  • embellishments: Hug Snug Seam binding, baby carriage charm, embroidery floss, CTMH Lagoon buttons
  • layout: Viva La Verve May 2014 Week 2 Sketch

Challenges for this card:


As always, thanks for stopping by! I look forward to checking out your creations this week!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My heart belongs to you

Hi folks,

I recently picked up a bunch of stamps from Unity Stamp Company. Some cute, some snarky, some lovey dovey.

I used one of the lovey dovey ones to make a card for my dearly beloved to commemorate our fourteen years together.



card details:


challenges for this card:


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Age and Glasses of Wine

Hi folks,

I recently bought a bunch of Itty Bitty stamps from Unity Stamp Company and this card features one of the stamps I just had to have because....well...we have lots of friends who are wine enthusiasts. One of those friends had a birthday recently and I used one of my new stamps on her card.



card details:


challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Birthdays and Books - a great combo

Hi folks,

Just sharing a card I made for the daughter of dear friends of ours. I didn't know what to get her and for her birthday and then read a funny comment on her Mom's Facebook page about a comment from her younger sister regarding book series "Diary of A Wimpy Kid". Let's just say that the word diary was replaced with a similar sounding word - to much laugher. So I asked if I could get the birthday girl the series of books. Yay! Perfect gift!

So I had to make a card with THIS image from the Back 2 School Series from Yumi & Fumi Handmade.




card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: Studio Calico "Snippets"
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Back 2 School Series" Yumi with Book. Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E11, E93, E21, E23, E25, E27, YR00, YR01, YR02, BG11)
  • sentiment: Verve "Birthday Bash"
  • Embelllishments: jute twine, ribbon, embroidery floss and Basic Grey Curio button from my stash
  • layout: Cardmaps January 2014 (I used the sketch with the bird but flipped it on the side)
additional challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 19, 2014

For a Baptism

Hi folks,

Well it's the last day of the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada and I have totally wasted away my weekend doing -- nothing. I HAD planned on spending the entire weekend crafting but...that didn't happen. Inertia is the bane of my existence.

Anyways, while I'm moping here on the couch waiting for the current load of laundry to finish in the wash, I figured I'd post this card.




Dearly beloved was asked to be the godfather for one of his nieces when she was recently baptized. Since she isn't an infant, I struggled with choosing an image that would be appropriate for a card to commemorate the occasion. I decided on this one from Taylored Expressions. I think it works.

card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base, Bazzill card stock mats
  • patterned paper: Wild Rose Studio "Blackberry Lane". I thought the floral pattern on the paper I used to mat the image was just a perfect match.
  • stamped image: Taylored Expressions "Moka Angel", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, E21, E23, E25, E27, R000, R81, R83, R85, Y28)
  • Embellishments: half back pearls from my stash
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 482

challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Have a sweet day!

Hi folks,

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! I've been puttering the days away, going with the flow. I HAD planned on playing in the craft room today but got side-tracked by the critters outside. In particular, by THIS intrepid chipmunk.



That bird feeder hangs about three feet or so off the ground from a shepherd's hook. This little chippie spent rather a lot of time running back and forth from the family burrow to the hook. (S)He would then climb the hook, size it up and then leap across to the feeder. Every time a success. I spent the better part of an hour trying to capture him/her in this action shot (thank goodness for digital cameras)!


Anyways, even if I didn't go the craft room it was a good day to spend outside, patiently waiting for my chipmunks.


I figure, though, if I'm not in the craft room, at least I can share a recent creation with you. This is a card and matching gift card case I made for dearly beloved's niece for her birthday. I like decorating these little cases and tucking in some birthday $$ for the kidlets. The family is planning a big trip later this year and I thought it would be nice if the kids could have some extra spending $$ for their trip for some memorable outings or treats while they are on vacation.





Here's an up-close photo of the card itself.



And one of the decorated gift card tin - personalized for the birthday girl herself!





card and tin details:

  • finished size (card): 5x5 inches, white card stock base, brown card stock matsy 
  • patterned papers: Jillibean Soup "Homemade 6 Bean Soup"
  • stamped image: Some Odd Girl "Tiny Baker Tia", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E11, E93, E23, E25, E27, E33, C00, C0, E04, R29, R20, R21, R22, R24)
  • embroidery floss and CTMH buttercup buttons from my stash (on the tin). I think the chipboard letters are Basic Grey.
  • layout: MFT Wednesday Sketch 170

challenges for this card:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mojo 342

Hi folks!

Hope it's a beautiful day wherever you are! Here in Ottawa the sun is out, shining brightly early this morning.

Well, it looks like my resolve to be better about posting my backlog of cards fell by the way-side -  yet again! Busy, busy! Keeping that in mind, it is almost a week later and I'm sharing the last two Mother's day cards I made this year, base on the Mojo Monday 342 sketch from back in April.


For the first card, I remained fairly faithful to the layout.



But for the second one I decided to play around a bit with the orientation and elements. I REALLY like this one.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned paper and enamel dots: My Mind's Eye Up and Away
  • stamped image: The Stamp Barn - Sunshine Designs. Floral set CR5058 CU LG. Coloured with Copic Markers (R12, R21, R22, R24, YG21, YG23)
  • sentiment: Close To My Heart "May Word Puzzle" (retired)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
Challenges for these cards:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sister Act Card Challenge #57

Hi folks!

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my latest creation for our weekly "Anything Goes" card challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor - Deasy Designs! I can't wait to check our your fabulous creations!

The design team was given the opportunity to work with images from the Space Adventure set. Needless to say, I had a "blast"!





I actually coloured two each of the rocket and the planet and they are layered and popped up with foam tape.


card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, red card stock base, orange card stock mats
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye - Lime Twist "Fly a Kite"
  • images and sentiment: Deasy Designs "Space Adventure", coloured with Copic Markers (W00, W0, W1, W2, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR15, YR16, YR18, BG10, BG11, BG13, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19), background sponged with CTMH Heavenly Blue
challenges for this card:
  • Shopping our Stash #151: Sing it to Me. Let's see would my inspiration be "Rocket Man" by Elton John (I saw him in concert recently) or "Major Tom" by David Bowie (so sad that everyone's favourite Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield's version had to be taken down this week as the one year agreement on the video post had ended).
  • Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes Birthday (I didn't do the May flowers topping option)

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Viva La Verve May Week 1

Hi folks,

Well, I figure it's about time I started getting some of the huge back log of cards photos that I have made recently.

I HAD planned on posting this ON Mother's Day but the time got away from me and I am just now getting around to sharing a few cards I made for that occasion using the Viva La Verve Week 1 Sketch for May.

The first two cards, I did as landscape cards.




And for these two I stayed a little more loyal to the sketch.





card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white mats
  • patterned paper, washi tape & enamel dots: My Mind's Eye "Up & Away"
  • stamped image: The Stamp Barn - Sunshine Designs. Floral set CR5058 CU LG. Coloured with Copic Markers (R12, R21, R22, R24, YG21, YG23)
  • sentiment: Verve "On Occasion"
  • brown washi tape from my stash
additional challenges for these cards
As always, thanks for stopping by!/

Pssst....did you notice the new badge in my side bar? I'm now an independent  consultant with Close To My Heart. Feel free to check out my online shopping portal right here. In the coming days, I'll be posting more details!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Exciting News!


Hi Everybody!

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks for me and I finally have time to sit down and tell you all some exciting news!

If you are a regular follower then you know that the annual Light the Night walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society is a cause near and dear to my heart as my Mom is living with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

For the last couple of years I have been toying with the idea of hosting card making workshops as a way to boost the fundraising done by my team Star Bright.

Well, this year I am buckling down and getting serious about it. So serious that I have signed up as an independent consultant with Close To My Heart




I'm hoping to save $$ on the cost of the supplies I will need to host the workshops AND I will be donating 100% of my consultant commission on any purchases made from my CTMH portal to our fundraising effort.  I have always loved CTMH products and figure this is a great pairing!

Feel free to browse through my online shopping portal and place an order for some new crafty supplies! 

If you have any questions about what you see, just drop me a message at the email link you see on the portal!

You will be seeing posts on this blog from time to time about the products available, current promotions, my card workshops and of course, what I'm creating with all my new CTMH goodies. I'm probably going to be doing a few giveaways as well!

If you would like to see some of my past creations with Close to My Heart products, just search the blog using the search box to your right. Type in CTMH or Close to My Heart and you will find plenty of posts!


And just thought I would share that May is an excellent time to take advantage of two concurrent promotions.

With a minimum $50 purchase, you can snag the May stamp of the month set for just $5 AND the special "Free to Be Me" paper pack for another $5!

Here's a couple of the official photos from CTMH showcasing those two promos. 

First up, the "Free to Be Me" Paper Pack in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month.



And, of course, the May Stamp of the Month - You've Got A Friend







There are more details about these promotions available through the shopping portal as well.


So, I hope you are all as excited about this news as I am! Feel free to share the news with your crafty pals who might be interested in supporting my new venture!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Sister Act Card Challenge #56


Hi folks!

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my latest creation for our weekly "Anything Goes" card challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor - Stamp 'n Create! I can't wait to check our your fabulous creations!

This week, my "anything goes" project is this card I recently created for dearly beloved's step-mother.




card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base
  • patterned papers: Prima "Firefly"
  • stamped image: The Stamp Barn - Enchanted Hollow "Sparkle", coloured with Copic Markers (Y11, BG10, BG11, BG13, YG61) and background sponged with CTMH Baby Pink
  • sentiment: Verve "Small Phrases"
  • brad from Girls Paperie, sparkly black ric rac from Recollections
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares
  • layout: Sketch Saturday #304
challenges for this card:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sister Act Card Challenge #55

Hi folks!

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my latest creation for our weekly "Anything Goes" card challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor - Fitztown! I can't wait to check our your fabulous creations!

If you would like to see some of my previous creations using images from Fitztown, click right on through here.

This week, my "anything goes" project is this card I recently created for my dearly beloved's Dad.



I just love this combination of black and kraft - makes for a very strong, no-nonsense masculine card.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base and mats
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday "Every Fun"
  • stamps: Verve "Doodled Occasions", "Father Figure"
  • dies: Verve "Pennant trim", Spellbinders Petite Circles
  • embellishments: Tim Holtz Idealogy Sprocket (coloured black with my Copic Marker), black twill ribbon
  • layout: Viva La Verve April 2014 Week 1


As always, thanks for stopping by!