The Stamps I Use

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Another day - another quilt finished

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share another baby quilt I finished yesterday. I actually quilted, bound, and signed it all in one day. Unheard of for me. But it IS a baby quilt - so it's small.




The kit was titled "Straight As An Arrow" and I purchased it from a vendor at Quilt Canada in Toronto this spring. There were a couple of mishaps along the way.

Mishap number one was a cutting oops thanks to poorly written kit instructions. I was able to source the fabric I messed up from another another vendor and completed it just fine.

Mishap number two was a marking oops. I marked my Argyle quilting pattern with a Chaco blue chalk pen style liner. Big mistake. They didn't come out in the first wash, or the second, or.....you get the idea. I think it was the eighth washing when I finally decided that the blue lines were mostly now invisible on the white rows. I actually lost track of how many launderings this quilt endured - and how many different cleaning products (even lemon juice!). Anyways, the end result is that the the orange arrow fabric actually faded a bit from the original colour.

Anyways, it's done and has been left with my neighbour (along with two other quilts) for her daughter to choose from as a gift for her baby due this week.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A little extra Unity - After Dark

Hi folks,

Well, if you tuned in to my Growing in Unity posts this week, you know that on Tuesday I made mention of another version of one of that day's featured cards featuring an {after dark} sentiment. Well - here it is!




Commenting on this post doesn't earn you an entry into the draw for the goodies from Unity for commenting on the GIU posts - but it is appreciated all the same!! But please do double-check that you commented on the five previous posts so that you qualify for the draw! Two winners will be announced on Monday!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Hi folks,

Welcome back to my final day as this week's veteran Growing in Unity Gal.

If you are a frequent visitor, you know that I also sew. Specifically, I quilt. So it probably would come as no surprise to know that I have the "Sew Cute" set in my collection of stamps from Unity.



I don't have cards to share with you today. But rather, I made use of those cute little bags that are often tucked into the KOTM package from Unity and came up with these! I thought they would make cute little gift bags to tuck either a few small note cards or sewing notions into for friends of mine who also sew/quilt.




I must admit - I debated whether or not to share that last photo. This was actually the first bag I made and, while I know to be very careful with Copics when colouring on fabric, I wasn't quite careful enough and got a little colour bleed past my stamped lines. I was a lot more careful with the other two and it shows. Maybe I'll keep this one for me!

Now don't forget - be sure to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity at the end of the week! I have moderation enabled on the blog comments so don't be alarmed if you don't see your comment right away - it will be visible once I approve it!

As always, thanks for stopping by! And don't forget - if you aren't bothered by the {after dark} collection, I'll have something to share tomorrow as well. It's not part of the official post for GIU this week - just consider it a bonus for those who share my sense of {edgy} humour.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Hi folks,

Welcome back to Day 4 of my Growing in Unity Week. Like many of you visiting this week, I'm a subscriber to the Unity Kit of the Month so I decided that today I would share a couple of cards featuring this month's kit "Flowers, Foliage, & Fall"


Dearly beloved and I spent a few hours at his motorcyle mechanic's place for an emergency exhaust repair. While I was sitting around waiting, I was chatting with the mechanic's wife and she showed me her pumpkins and sunflowers that were just about ready to harvest. I was inspired to grab the pumpkin and flowers image to make these two cards.




Autumn - my favourite time of year!

Now don't forget - be sure to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity at the end of the week! I have moderation enabled on the blog comments so don't be alarmed if you don't see your comment right away - it will be visible once I approve it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Hi there and welcome back to my week as the Growing in Unity Gal.

I couldn't let the week go by without sharing some creations with a couple of Angie girls - and those lovely kraft shipping tags that often show up as a little extra in my kit of the month.

Up first, this card featuring Brystl Girl



At 5 x 7 inches, it's a bit larger than the cards I usually make but I really wanted to get all of the image on the card.

 And here's a card featuring Wakely Girl



One of the things I love about these stamps is that if you don't feel like colouring the image, you don't need to! Stamped like this onto a kraft tag (or kraft paper), they look just fantastic!

Now don't forget - be sure to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity at the end of the week! I have moderation enabled on the blog comments so don't be alarmed if you don't see your comment right away - it will be visible once I approve it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Hi folks,

Welcome to my second day as the Growing in Unity gal this week.

Today I thought I would share <gasp> a masculine card! Yes, I know we are all big fans of the Angie girls and all the feminine images but did you know that Unity has masculine stamps as well? You betcha!

Do you have "Not Always ... But" in your collection yet? I do!


And here's the cards I have to share with you today featuring this set:





To me the image looks like an old style portrait so I decided it needed to be framed as such. I actually have a couple of feminine images in this style and I'm thinking I'll be making cards similarly styled to these with this sentiment.

Oh - I ALSO have the {after dark} sentiment that goes with this set as well. If you pop back on Saturday (not part of the hop), I'll share the card I made with THAT one!

Now don't forget - be sure to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity at the end of the week! I have moderation enabled on the blog comments so don't be alarmed if you don't see your comment right away - it will be visible once I approve it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 1

Hi folks,

This year I once again have the privilege of being a "Growing in Unity" gal for a week. All this week, I'll be sharing my creations with stamps from Unity Stamp Co.

I have quite a varied collection of Unity stamps so I had a very difficult time choosing what I would feature this week - I love them all! So, I hope you are ready for some eclectic posts over the next five days.

For my first day I decided to share - a couple of BABY cards with you. 2017 seems to be the year of the newborn amongst our family, friends, and neighbours. So far, there have been four newborns and there is another one about to arrive!

If you need a quick baby card (or two), I love the set "Hello Little One". The solid, graphic, cute wee critters come together in a baby card in a jiffy.



And here's the two baby cards I made:





Very simple, little cards. One of these will look great paired with the baby quilt that is about to be gifted. The colours coordinate with the quilt fabric which was selected to coordinate with baby's nursery.

Now don't forget - be sure to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity at the end of the week! I have moderation enabled on the blog comments so don't be alarmed if you don't see your comment right away - it will be visible once I approve it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks,

Welcome to our September Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created from products found in the 2017 Holiday Expressions Idea Book. To purchase any of the items seen in our hop today, please contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts as we love to get feedback from our readers.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this IS a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada, then please start at the beginning and join Michelle. If you came from Nicky then you are in the correct place!

If you are a frequent visitor, you know I am a card-maker so the first thing I look at when the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book is released are the ideas for Christmas cards.

I saw the Cut Above Tag Kit - Merry Everything and immediately set about coming up with ways to use the tag kit to make a bunch of this year's Christmas cards.

Here's the kit contents:


and the suggested tags you can make (with a couple of mini stamps)


And here are the TEN cards I made!

The first five feature the papers from the Silver and Gold Collection with a little ruby card stock to add a bit of pop.







These last five feature papers from the Beary Christmas Collection. Again, with some ruby and fern card stock to add a bit of pop.







In case you are wondering about the various embellishments and stamps I've used on these cards, here's a list:

Oh - and my cards are all 5 x 5 inch square.

Phew! Did you make it to the end of this post? Yay! Now I'll send you along your way to Diana.

If you get lost along the way, just pop over to Michelle S blog as she has the entire list of participants.




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

To Welcome a New Baby

Hi folks,

Well today I get to share both a card AND a quilt that were just gifted this weekend to welcome a new baby.

This quilt - for those of you in the know about quilts this is the tried and true "Yellow Brick Road" from quilt pattern from Atkinson Designs done in a baby size. The fabrics are from the Wilmington Prints collection "Sweet Dreams Little One". I actually bought enough of this fabric to make three of these quilts so....I'll be making a couple more of these.




Of course, I had to make a card to go with ....



card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white cardstock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Georgie (retired) - it's my go to paper collection for baby cards these days.
  • stamps: CTMH Georgie Scrapbooking WOTG (retired)
  • layout: Viva La Verve September sketch
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

When hobbies collide

Hi folks,

Back today to share another finished quilt that actually made use of some of my paper-crafting tools!

Here's the finished quilt - it's the Sweet Dreams Little One Nap Quilt by Wilmington Prints.




The lower left block? That's where my paper-crafting tools came in handy.



I wanted to applique the baby's name in coordinating fabrics so I pulled out my Block Alphabet Thin Cut dies from Close To My Heart to make the task a little easier.  
First, I ironed some Heat 'n Bond Lite to the back of my fabric, then I simply cut out the letters with my dies and Cuttlebug. Ironed them on to the quilt and then machine sewed them in place. Ta da! Easy peasy!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring creations using up our stash with some new products.

We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada and they would sure love to hear from you. So, before you hopping along to the next stop in the hop, be sure to leave a comment about what you loved.

If you've arrived from Dominique's post then you are in the right place. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop and travel from East to West, you can start here at Michelle's post.

To purchase any of the items you see along the hop today, be sure to get in touch with your local consultant.

The first pages I turn to in each new idea book are those featuring the new paper collections. If you are a regular visitor, then it probably comes as no surprise that my favourite collection in the new idea book is the Basics Fundamentals - I love the new neutral palette collection.

So, today I am sharing a card I created with several of the papers in that collection.



I also used the new White Pearls for my embellishments on the sentiment panel - which by the way is one of the mini stamps in the new idea book. ps. For the layout I used the August Viva La Verve sketch.

In addition to the Basics Fundamentals, my eye was also drawn to the Adventure Fundamentals for this card.


The heart print, blossom and lagoon papers are from the new Adventure Fundamentals collection. The polka dot mat is from an older, textured Adventure Fundamentals.

You might recognize the "Sweet Birthday" stamps and Thin Cuts as well. These make for a quick card make when you need a birthday card "toot sweet"! (sorry, I couldn't help making the pun).

And, of course, some white dots for embellishment.


That's it for me! Your next stop in the hop is Diana - enjoy the rest of the hop!


If you get lost along the way, you can head on over to Michelle's post as she has the full list of hop participants.


Thanks for hopping along with us today. We hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products, and techniques you saw along the way. We hope you will be able to join us again next month when we will be featuring creations using products from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.




Friday, August 11, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Quilt-A-Long - my blocks so far

Hi folks!

Back again today to share another quilt related post. This is not a completed quilt but rather a quilt-a-long.

Basically, each week, a new block is published by the author of the quilt-a-long, Pat Sloan of "I Love to Make Quilts". The idea is to make each of the blocks, on your time, and at the end of the 25 weeks, you will have a collection of blocks to turn into a quilt top.

The details of this particular quilt-a-long, Grandma's Kitchen, can be found here.

So far, seven blocks have been published and I am actually up-to-date now on getting all of them done (there was a vacation away from home that put me a few blocks behind for a little while).

Anyways, here are all seven blocks that I have done so far. I'm using a stash builder bundle of Colonial Manor fabric in blues and creams (no longer available) that I picked up some time ago on Craftsy.


Block 1



Block 2



Block 3


Block 4


Block 5


Block 6


Block 7



Anyways, for the remaining blocks, I'll try to post them as I go along and complete them.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What HAVE I been up to?

Hi folks,

Wow... I took a peek here at my blog and realized I haven't posted in quite some time.

Paper-crafting is but one of my many hobbies and I've been devoting more of my time to one of my other hobbies recently - quilting!

Would you like to see some of my recent finishes? How about THIS week's finishes? Three baby quilts!

These two use the same fabric charm packs - Lullaby by Moda with some white Kona thrown in. I just quilted them each a little differently so they would be different. Not sure to whom these two will be gifted, but I have them at the ready.




Then there is this little ocean themed one -  for our youngest niece born at the end of June (yes, I'm late but my sister doesn't mind).



I have two more quilts already sandwiched and waiting to be quilted. I'll share those when they are finally completed. Oh, and three OTHER tops finished and waiting to be sandwiched. And....and... I've lost track of how many are "in progress" and "in waiting".

And a few others that have been completed and not yet gifted. I'll have to find the photos of those and share them as well. There's one of which I am particularly proud - it's huge and was quilted on my domestic sewing machine.

Anyways, that's what I've been up to in case you are a regular visitor and have been wondering about my absence.

Monday, June 19, 2017

She believed she could ...

Hi folks,

As is my usual Father's Day tradition, I make a card for my younger sister. This is the card I made this year. Once again, inspired by the cards in a workshop by designed by Jacquie Paech - another CTMH consultant.





card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring creations using up our stash with some new products.

We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada and they would sure love to hear from you. So, before you hopping along to the next stop in the hop, be sure to leave a comment about what you loved.

If you've arrived from Caroline's post then you are in the right place. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop and travel from East to West, you can start here at Michelle's post.

To purchase any of the items you see along the hop today, be sure to get in touch with your local consultant.

My project today is a welcome baby card combining the now-retired Georgie papers with the Jack Complements.



I think they go together perfectly!


Your next stop in the hop is at Diana's blog!


If you get lost along the way, you can head on over to Michelle S blog as she has the full list of hop participants.



Thanks for hopping along with us today. We hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products, and techniques you saw along the way. We hope you will be able to join us again next month when we will be featuring masculine creations. So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.



As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share the birthday card I made for my Mom. She's a big fan of butterflies so I took a quick look at the pile of Unity KOMs I had sitting on my craft desk as I was pretty sure a couple of recent ones had featured butterfly images.



card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH "Live Beautifully"
  • stamps: Unity Stamp Co KOM {4/17} (butterfly), KOM {6/17} (sentiment)
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blooming Birthday Wishes

Hi folks,

At the end of June, one of our younger nieces will be celebrating her birthday. As is usually the case with the younger nieces and nephews, I pulled out a stamp from The Greeting Farm for her birthday card.



card details:


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 12, 2017

No Worries - Happy Birthday!

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share a card I made for my Uncle who celebrates his birthday later this month. If you stopped by the posts on the Team Brae-er Blog hop then you will see that I was inspired by Michelle's card for this one!




card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!