The Stamps I Use

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The last of the 2017 Christmas cards.

Hi folks,

Yes, I still have a few 2017 Christmas cards to share so what the heck - I'll toss them all into this post to wrap up the year.

The images are all from The Greeting Farm while the papers are a mix.

I believe the snowflake paper on this first one is from American Crafts and the red glitter paper is from CTMH.



The silver glitter paper on this one is from CTMH and the patterned paper is from Stampin' Up (Quilted Christmas).


This one also uses papers from the Stampin' Up Quilted Christmas collection.


As does this one - again, the silver glitter paper is CTMH.


Well, that's a wrap for me on my 2017 Christmas cards!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Baubles

Hi folks,

I think I reached the last of my "bulk" makes for Christmas 2017. These use the CTMH Silver and Gold paper collection.






As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merriest Wishes

Hi folks,

This year I broke with tradition and actually took the days between Christmas and New Year off from work.

I'm hoping to get in a bit of paper-crafting (for the January birthdays) but for now I am still sharing Christmas cards.

These are my take on the cards you can make using the supplies in the CTMH Merriest Wishes card-making kit.




As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Joyful Tidings

Hi folks,

I know Christmas is officially over but I do still have cards to share.

These are my cards using the CTMH "Joyful Tidings" card making kit. I like to use different sentiments on my cards so that they are all different, even if the layout is the same.




As always - thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Silvery Snowy Wishes

Hi folks,

Back again today to share more of my cards I made with the CTMH Silver & Gold PML cards.

This time it's the silver version.






These cards were inspired by those shared by the fabulously creative Julie Carriere.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Golden Christmas Wishes

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share some cards I made using the CTMH Silver & Gold PML cards.

These are my gold cards. I paired up the gold PML cards with kraft card stock. I quite liked the look.








These cards were inspired by those shared by the fabulously creative Julie Carriere.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Everything!

Hi folks,

Phew - I was so happy this year that I picked up two of the CTMH Cut Above Merry Everything Card Kits. Twenty Christmas cards that came together in a flash. Perfect for procrastinators like me who are still wondering where the card-making mojo has disappeared!



As always, thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Silver and Gold Christmas Trio

Hi folks,

Back today to share a few more cards I made at the pajama crop back in November. For these I used the Silver and Gold paper collection from CTMH.




I wasn't thrilled with the grey card on the left so I made another sample with the red card stock. I liked that version a bit more so, in the end, I went with making a few more of that style. I'll share those on another day.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Even more cards from the PJ Crop

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share even more cards I started at the PJ crop (and finished up the next day at home).

The card bases are from a Stampin' Up Kit - the sentiments are all CTMH. Who says you can't combine products from different companies!






At this time of year I'm a BIG fan of kits for helping me get through the bulk Christmas card makes, especially when my crafty mojo goes off on a walkabout. Well, kind of. I've gotten caught up in some quilting projects of late and the paper-crafting has taken a bit of a back-seat.

I always promise myself that I'm going to make Christmas cards all year long but I invariably fall off the wagon and have to rush through making them in November and December.

Anyways, more to come in the next few days!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Has it been a month already?

Hi folks,

Well, I haven't completely fallen off the crafty map in the last month. I've been busy with a bunch of different things which I hope I can finally get around to sharing before year's end.

Let's see - the last thing I shared was the cards I made for the Christmas card exchange at the annual Pajama Crop at Algonquin College here in Ottawa.

Well, that night I, of course, made more cards!!!

These are cards that I donated to the Ronald McDonald card drive that we also do at the crop every year. For every card you donate, you get an entry for a lovely prize from the crop organizer.  I'm hoping these punny cards make whoever receives them smile.



These are from the Operation Smile Punny Pals promo that CTMH was running earlier this year. I just adapted them to be regular 4.25 x 5.5 cards instead of the 3 x 3 cards from the kit. Did you know that now, in addition to the stamp set there is a perfectly coordinated set of Thin Cuts dies for the critters? Love it!

Here's some close-ups of the four pairs of cards. Click on them to read the punny sentiments.







That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Cards for the PJ Crop Card Exchange

Hi folks!

Every year around this time, there is a crop at Algonquin College here in Ottawa. I've been attending pretty much since the beginning - it's the one crop I make sure to attend every year.

Something new the last couple of years is that attendees can sign up to take part in a Christmas card exchange. We each make 10 cards and the participants swap with each other - so we all come home with 10 different cards! It's always fun!

These are the cards I made this year. Simple (I rushed to make them the night before) but I think pretty.



card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sending Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Hi folks,

Just popping in today to share the other card style featured in the Joyful Tidings WYW Cardmaking Kit.



I love this fun colour combo! And, once again, while the kit suggests using the scalloped border Thin Cuts, I used my scallop border punch to replicate the look AND I hand cut the banner as I did not yet have the banner Thin Cuts (I do now!).


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Hi folks,

The Christmas cards continue - but with a different paper collection! This card features the paper collection "Silver and Gold" and is from the "Joyful Tidings" cardmaking WYW.



I quite like this colour combo and that little bit of bling is just right.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Take Two!

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share another Beary Christmas card inspired by the same workshop as yesterday's card.



This is another one that is quick and easy to whip up - and is an easy to mail one. No extra postage required!

Once again, I used the Beary Christmas Cardmaking Stamp set and embellished with some red enamel gems from my stash.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hi folks,

Yes - I'm still posting Christmas cards even though it's more than two months away yet! Get started early and there isn't a rush closer to Christmas!




This card is another clean and simple one featuring the CTMH Beary Christmas papers. Again, inspired by the cards in a 10 card workshop that uses only one sheet of patterned paper and one sheet of each of three card stock papers.

The original design for this card did not have a sentiment on the front but I thought it needed it. so, I just added the sentiment from the Beary Christmas Card Making Stamp Set in addition to the wreath on the centre panel.

 As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi folks,

Back again today to share another card inspired by the bonus cards from the Beary Christmas Scrapbooking WYW kit from CTMH.



I switched up the background paper - I used the snowy print instead of the light strings - and used red enamel gems as my embellishments instead of the green Beary Christmas dots as I have a LOT of those in my stash.

It works!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Joy

Hi folks,

Just sharing another Christmas card using the Beary Christmas papers from CTMH.




In case you are wondering, I used the Beary Christmas Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts set to make the wreath and sentiment on this card. This card comes together very quickly. It's based on one of the optional cards you can make with the WYW Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Kit.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happiest Holidays

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share another of the cards from the CTMH Merriest Wishes Cardmaking Workshop Your Way.



This was a fun one to make because - that tree patterned paper is actually custom-created using the stamps that come in the kit! I love it! I used the three different green inks recommended in the kit along with a red ink and - Voila! My own paper!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Merriest Wishes

Hi folks,

As you can tell from my last couple of posts, I've been working my way through the Workshop Your Way Kits in the current Holiday Expressions Idea Book from CTMH.

Today I'm sharing a card from the Merriest Wishes cardmaking WYW Kit.


I quite like the simple but pretty design of this one. Just the right amount of sparkle. The design is not TOO dimensional - making it great for mailing out purposes.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

You're the Best

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share the second card from the CTMH Happy Thoughts cardmaking workshop your way.



Again, even though this workshop uses papers from the Cats & Bats collection, the card is not at all Hallowe'en-y.

The kit instructions recommend using the Basic Tags Thin Cuts. Mine are on the way so I improvised by just cutting my paper appropriately.

I think I'll make another version of the card - using the other side of the orange paper - the black diagonal stripe as I think that would look quite elegant. And maybe swap either the pink or grey cardstock for the glittery bashful or silver paper..

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thank You Kindly

Hi folks,

Today I'm sharing a thank you card from the CTMH "Kind Thoughts" card making Workshop Your Way.




Hard to believe these papers are from the Hallowe'en themed Cats & Bats Collection! I must say, I quite like how the card-making workshops for the themed paper collections are often not at all related to the season for which they were originally intended.

And, even though the kit recommends the Thin Cuts Scallop Border die, I'm here to tell you that if you have our older scallop border punch in your crafting arsenal then you can still replicate the look as I did above. I JUST ordered my die cut last week so it hasn't arrived yet but I really wanted to make this card so I just pulled out the punch instead!

And, though the kit recommends watercolouring the flower image, I coloured mine with my Copic markers. So - use what you have! If you aren't comfortable with watercolours, use your pencils or your favourite markers!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Happy Birthday - Viva La Verve Oct 2017

Hi folks,

I've had another productive weekend of paper-crafting so I will definitely have some cards to share again this week.

Up first is a card I made for our nephew for his birthday.



This was my first time using the mini acrylic stamps from The Greeting Farm and I am pleased with the result.

card details:


As always, thanks for stopping by!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Yet Another Autumn Birthday Card

Hi folks,

Yes - the cards featuring the CTMH Falling For You collection just keep coming. What can I say? I quite like the colour scheme for this paper pack.


This is another card inspired by a CTMH Home Office card workshop. Clean, simple, easy to make!




As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Another Autumnal Birthday Card

Hi folks,

Well, it seems that I am still on an autumn themed card streak. Today I have another card to share featuring the CTMH Falling For You paper collection.



A quick and easy make (inspired by a card workshop developed by CTMH home office) - another card for my stash!

As always, thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

For You - Falling For You

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share the third card I was inspired to make based on the cards from the Falling For You scrapbooking workshop.




Again, I fussy cut a leaf from the Falling For You papers and switched out the sentiment for one from the Happy Day Cardmaking WYW set.  I also used gold glitter gems and green twine.

Be sure to pop back again tomorrow as I still have cards to share featuring the Falling For You papers if you are looking for more inspiration.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Falling For You - Happy Birthday

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share my second card inspired by the optional cards from the CTMH Falling For You Scrapbooking WYW Kit.




I'm always needing birthday cards so I substituted the mini Happy Birthday sentiment for the stamp used on the inspiration card. Instead of stamping and die cutting the leaves, I fussy cut them from one of the Falling For You papers. I also used some of my leftover Ocean sequins. The grey looks great with these papers.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow to see my third and final card inspired by those from the workshop.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Have a Happy Day!

Hi folks,


I'm back today sharing another Autumnal themed card.

If you have the CTMH Falling For You Scrapbooking Workshop Your  Way Kit you know that there are additional instructions included to make three of each of these three cards in addition to the three double page layouts.




I decided to have a go at making them - with the stamps and embellishments I have on hand since I don't yet have the Falling For You Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle in my collection. Here's what I came up with for the card on the left.

For this card, I used the stamp set from the Happy Day Cardmaking WYW.  See that sunflower? I made the petals using the leaf stamp!




card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inch, kraft card stock base
  • embellishments: burlap ribbon, gold glitter gems
  • stamped images coloured with Copic Markers
Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what I did for the second card!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Day - Falling For You

Hi folks!

Autumn seems to have finally arrived here in Ottawa so it's definitely time to share some Autumn themed cards.

In the current Holiday Expressions Idea Book from Close To My Heart, the Happy Day Cardmaking Workshop Your Way definitely fits the bill for fall themed cards.
I finally had a chance to sit down and play with the kit this week. Here are my two cards following the guide. I've got the pieces cut for the other 10 cards but haven't decided yet if I'll go with the same style of card (for a card workshop) or just make them with different sentiments and some add-ons for myself.





Excuse the smudges on my coloured images. After I had stamped my images with Archival Black ink, I decided to colour with Copics instead of watercolour paint (I was too lazy to go get water actually). Oops! I know better - Memento is the ink to use with Copics, not Archival. Anyways, I can live with it.

As always, thanks for stopping by!