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!