Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Christmas Card Challenge Card

We had another night of thunderstorms and another abrupt change of temperatures here in Ontario. Yesterday it was close to 100ºF with the Humidex but last night we had several thunderstorms roll through – for about two hours – and this morning, brrrrr, everyone was wearing sweatshirts or jackets. Oddest weather I can ever remember. This has definitely been the year of the thunderstorms!

Seeing as the weather turned cool today I thought I would make a card for the challenge. I love having all my Christmas cards completed by late fall which means I don’t have to do Christmas cards and nothing but Christmas cards then. I actually made a Christmas card for the Stamping Bella challenge due on Friday and I could have posted it on more sites but I'm a little behind on my Christmas cards this year so I made two today.

This is another Magnolia image. All the paper is from the “never-going-down” stash. All dies were various Spellbinder dies. The sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. This image was coloured with the Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I’ve been playing around with my new alcohol markers but quite honestly, I could do without them. I’m glad they were all on sale. I’ll use them but once they dry up I don’t think I’ll bother replacing them. The candy stripe was on a sheet of mixed designs in a Christmas pack from Studio G and I thought they looked nice there. They and the sentiment label are on dimensional glue dots.

Wow, this was a short post, especially from someone who usually has lots to say! I pretty much spent the day in the lower studio (aka the basement) making cards today so not much to talk about.

I was asked to be on the committee that is organizing a first (and likely last) family reunion. Groan! Has anyone done this before? Any tips or suggestions….besides backing out of it!!!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Minion Card

Wow, it’s Tuesday already. This is the first day since last Thursday that I’ve felt like my usual self. The old brain disorders attacked last Thursday and didn’t want to leave. It’s been pretty quiet around here. It rained all day Saturday so we couldn’t have gone for a bike ride anyway. Saturday was one of my grandson’s birthdays so we went to see him on Sunday and had a nice BBQ lunch at their house.  However, today was a good day and I got lots done.

My daughter just shared a post with me on Facebook about a little 5 year old boy with a fatal, inoperable brain tumour who loves to receive cards, especially birthday cards. His birthday is July 25 but after that a simple Thinking of You card would do just fine. I’ve check this out on Snopes and it is legit. Here is the link with his address if you would like to send him a card. In case this link does not work for you, it should but if doesn’t, here’s his address:
Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035


Here is the card I made for my grandson. He just turned seven.

This was a free digi stamp of a Minion that I found on the Internet and downloaded. Sorry, I did not record the site so I cannot direct you to it. I coloured it with a combination of alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils. The balloon was die cut and then I punched tiny holes on the top and bottom of his hand and ran a piece of thick thread through so it looks like he is holding it. The thread is glued to the back of the balloon and then I drew the line across the bottom of the balloon with a black pen to make it look like the balloon was tied there. The balloon was popped up with dimensional glue dots. The paper is all from my stash and the sentiment is a sticker. Squares were die cut with a Spellbinder die. He liked it so that was good. I made two of these so maybe I’ll send the other one to the sick boy Danny.

That’s all folks,





Friday, July 18, 2014

New Alcohol Markers

It’s Friday so that means it’s a Stamping Bella challenge card! Not much to report today so I’ll get right to the card.

This week’s challenge was to make a card from the provided sketch – and using one of her stamps of course. This stamp from her “Senioritis” line is one of my favourites.  This time I coloured it with alcohol pens. I think I was the only stamp maker around who did not have Copics or some other brand of alcohol pens. While I was waiting out a thunderstorm at a Michael’s store in Sarnia a couple of weeks ago, I picked up some Chromatix alcohol pens on the clearance rack. The original price was a package of three for $18.99 I think and they had them on for $5.99 less 50%. Wow, $1.00 each. I bought one package of each colour combination they had and when I got home, I realized there were no red ones. So, the next day I went to our local Michael’s to see if they were having a clearance too, and they were, and sure enough they had one package of red ones left. They also had one package of blue ones and I like blue a lot so I bought it too and tucked it away. They also had just a few Prismacolor alcohol markers on sale too so I picked them up too. According the Frugal Crafter ( they all work nicely together.

So, I decided to give them a try on this card and at first I was not impressed. The ink really absorbed into the paper and I was not getting a chance to blend it like I thought I would be able to and then I had a “DUH” moment (most people get the lightbulb moment, I get DUH moments)…I had stamped this on the Georgia Pacific cardstock that I use when I use my Prismacolor pencils and alcohol markers need to be on smoother paper. Oh well, live and learn. I have some paper from Stamping Bella that is for Copics so I’ll have to make sure I stamp the next images I want to colour on it. Luckily I didn’t start out with the face so I coloured it with my Prismacolor pencils.

The ovals are from Spellbinder’s dies. The flower was made from die cutting a QuicKutz die four times on four different colour cardstocks and put together with a pink brad. I hand cut the banner and the sentiment is a gold sticker. The reddish paper is from a very old 8 ½” by 10 paper pack and the purple is from the stash.

Well that turned out to be a longer story than I expected! I think I'll link this over to "Seize the Birthday" blog as well. Check them out for inspiration too. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Global Cooling??

We are having a global cooling here in Ontario. Usually in July we are suffering with hot and humid weather that is usually in the 90’s or even 100’s. But today it was just around the 70º mark and the wind was very cool once again. This was our annual garage sale at our quilt guild meeting. I didn’t bother getting anything ready to sell and I didn’t buy much either. I did get a couple of books on machine quilting patterns that I needed and a couple other notions but not much else.

However, I stopped at the Goodwill on the way to the quilt guild and hit pay dirt! There were no crafting goodies to be had but I still did well. I haven’t been in a thrift store in weeks but tonight they had bags and bags of lovely quilting cotton and for $20 I got a huge stack of fabric, most are large pieces, some smaller but all lovely. I can’t wait to get it sorted and ready to use.

I thought I’d post a card tonight. This one is an experiment that sort of worked out, more or less.

I had some pots of Perfect Pearls that for some reason I haven’t used in months and months so I pulled them out and started to play. The first panel I made went into the garbage. It was so blah!... but as I sat and looked at it, it dawned on me why it was blah – I had used white cardstock and Perfect Pearls work best on dark cardstock. So, I tried again on black cardstock. I stamped the scrolls first with Versa Mark and then brushed the Perfect Pearls over them, and did the same for the bird next, and then the sentiment. Then the panel was die cut with the Spellbinder Card Creator die along with the white one. Then I died the baker’s twine around a piece of blue patterned paper and glued it to the blue card base. Then I attached the black panel. I like it okay but I think it could be brighter.

That’s all for a Wednesday,


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Outdoor Layout

We certainly enjoyed the play at Port Stanley this afternoon – The Bingo Ladies - very funny and excellent singers. It’s a long drive just to see a play but a lovely drive through the country so we enjoy it. We pretty much always take the back roads and hate the super highways.

Today’s post is another scrapbook layout.

I had these five photos of my hubby and wanted to put them on one page. I found the green paper with the brown leaves in the stash and it was double sided so plain brown on the reverse. Then I found the plain green right with it so it likely came in the same pack. The title and other bits were left over from an “All Most Done” kit from Hot Off the Press.

So, I mounted the photos on the brown paper and then mounted them on a piece of plain green. When I laid it on top of the green with brown leaves I decided it needed something else to separate the two papers. So being the thrifty type I didn’t want to waste another whole piece of paper to put behind the green one so I cut 1/3” strips from the left over brown paper and added them under the edge of green paper and right to the end of the patterned paper. And yes, the centre of the patterned paper was cut out and saved for another project. Why leave it there when it’s covered up?? And now you know why my “stash” never seems to go down!

I made small slices in the paper embellishments and ran a flat grosgrain ribbon through them, tying them at the end. I think it added a bit of a rustic touch.  After I cropped the photos and added them to the brown backing, I noticed that the building behind Joe was actually a washroom and the sign on the washroom door was pretty large so that’s where I added a tag! Always check your layouts for boo boos or unwanted signs or even people, and place a tag or embellishment over them.

 That’s all for a Tuesday,


Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Monday with a Family Scrapbook Layout

Another Monday; another day with rain forecasted that didn’t happen; another day with much cooler weather forecasted that didn’t happen either! It was cool at 8:00 this morning so about 10:00 we decided to head out for an hour’s walk. We didn’t bother taking water because it was cool and it was only an hour. Yikes, water would have been nice to have because it had gotten quite warm and was soon very hot and humid. We were both happy to get home and flaked out on the chairs on the front porch for awhile. It’s incredible how wrong the weather reporters are with all the fancy equipment available to them. I remember my father telling me about my maternal grandmother (who died when I was three) who could tell when it was going to rain by looking at the moon. She was Native Canadian from the Six Nation reserve which is where she learned it. She would tell him to get the hay off the field because the rain was coming in three days and he always believed her even when the weather report said no rain…and she was never wrong. The trouble was she never taught anyone else how to read the moon. A lost art for sure. Now people read their phones instead of the moon!!

I’ve been scrapbooking like crazy lately and I thought I’d share some layouts instead of a card today.

I love to get family photos anytime we are all together. The scalloped patterned paper was traced from a stencil from Hot Off the Press; layered on the wine paper and then I hand cut the wine paper about 1/8” from the green paper to leave a thin border. A piece of the left over green patterned paper was then placed on the end of the opposite page. The title started out as beige coloured blah letters and I sponged alcohol inks on them to get that lovely wine colour. 
 I like to run a black archival ink pen along the edges of the photos. It really does make a difference on how the photos stand out.

Below are the individual pages.

 These pages are part of the Christmas pages and their names are all on those pages so I really didn't have to put names here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Happy Anniversary Card for the Stamping Bella Challenge

Today was the beautiful day that yesterday was supposed to be. So glad we stayed home yesterday and did some last minute errands and visited his sister so we could go for a bike ride today. We did another 30.2km on the bikes today and then stayed at the park for one of their delicious veggie burgers so I wouldn’t have to cook when we got home.

I was asked by a faithful follower about die cutting machines. The only two I have used are the Cuttlebug and the Big Shot (or Big Kick - these are identical with different names) and are made by Sizzix. You can buy these either at the big box stores or from Stampin’ Up dealers. I had the Cuttlebug and loved it but after a few years it split on me (I may have put something too large through it so it may have been my fault, but I’m not sure) so I ended buying the Big Shot from our local scrapbook store (I buy from small dealers instead of big box craft stores if I can). The Big Shot has a longer platform and is sturdier than the Cuttlebug but it depends on personal preference. Almost all dies work in all machines but you have to experiment with the set-up. There are other roller type die cutting machines but I cannot comment on them because I haven’t used them. The dies are a bit pricey. I started out just getting the basic shapes and then added others as they came on sale. I use the dies I have a lot both in card making and scrapbooking so they don’t collect much dust. Just buy what you know you will use. Hope some of that helps.

This week’s challenge over at the Stamping Bella blog was to make a “congratulations on anything we wanted” card. I did an anniversary card. Two couples in our church celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaries last month and I know at least one of my cards went to one of the couples.


When I was at Michaels last week I picked up a package of square cards with envelopes. These cards came with a pre-embossed border on all four sides so I used it. The image was coloured with water coloured pencils and blended with water. The square die is from Spellbinder. The flowers come from various sources. I just dump all my flowers into a tub so I have no idea where they come from. The ferns are a Martha Stewart punch and the large leaves are from a Sizzix die. The little love tag came from a set from the dollar store.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!




Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Seize the Birthday Card on a Stormy Day

Well the change in the weather has determined that this is not a good day for a bike ride after all. When we got up this morning the sun was shining and the weather man said it was going to be a perfect summer day! Wrong again weather man! By 10:30 some grey clouds started rolling and around noon it started to rain. The skies were still full of grey clouds so we cancelled the bike ride.They are calling for about 90% chance of thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday so we were hoping to get a bike ride in today. Hope the weather man is wrong about the weekend weather too!

While waiting for a decision on what to do this morning, I took the time to run some stamped and printed images through the Big Shot using a variety of dies. I used to colour the images completely and then die cut them but a friend of mine mentioned on her blog ( that she now die cuts her images before colouring them in case the die slips and she ruins a perfectly coloured image. Good idea. I’ve ruined a few die cutting them so now that’s what I do. I have a tendency to stamp or download a couple dozen images and then I can just sit and colour anytime I want…which is usually while watching television and my Toronto Blue Jays are on. Did you know if cut two pieces of cardstock at one time, it will cut and emboss? I learned this from watching the Frugal Crafter on You Tube. I can get very bored doing this so I like to do it when I just have an hour or so to kill and don’t want to start a project and have to leave it.

Okay, enough chitchat. Here is another card I made using a Magnolia image.

Another cute card for a little boy on his birthday. Pretty simple layout so I won’t bore you with the details except the rectangles were die cut with the Spellbinders Create a Card set and the sentiment was from a Cuttlebug birthday die set. Paper is from the stash, of course. The challenge over at Seize the Birthday blog was to use stripes and/or stars on your card. I happen to like using stripes on my cards so this one will be posted over there as well.

That’s all for a Thursday,


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An Altered Item for Storing Dies

Although it was a delightfully cool evening and early morning by this afternoon it was back to an absolutely beautiful weather here in Ontario. Unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep last night so I was very tired today….too tired to be creative that’s for sure. I did have a plan in place for such a day though and it was actually very productive. Once I took the photos of my table I thought of the blog – so I think I’ll link this post to it.

Here is my table at noon.

Yup, I took all (most, I missed a few) of my small dies and either cut out the picture of what the die was or die cut a new image and glued the pictures right to the back of the die - Mod Podge was what I used. I got so tired of opening each package every time I wanted to use the die and the packages were taking up a lot of room. So, the plastic packages got tossed. Then after lunch I did the same thing to my large Sizzix dies. I have cut myself on those plastic containers too often so I was happy to get them done as well. And in case you are wondering, no it does not affect the cutting at all. I tried one first to make sure! The die in the middle with white paint smeared on it is the body and antennae of a Sizzix butterfly die. I die cut pieces in black and then Mod Podged them on and once they were dry I realized I couldn't see them - black on black does not show up. Told you I was tired! So I just rubbed some white paint over them so I can see what die it is.

Once the large dies were dry I just put them back into the drawer and once again, they now take up much less room so I can actually flip them to find the one I want. The small dies went into a tea box container. I found this plain cheap wooden tea box at the dollar store and did a few(!!!) alterations to it to make it a little more artsy looking and here is a few shots of it.

So that was my Wednesday. What was on your desk today? I did manage to get outside to fill up the bird feeders. A hummingbird has decided to visit us again so that’s nice to see. He disappeared for a couple of weeks. Just before supper I wandered around the garden, pulled a few weeds and planted two small flowers I bought yesterday. All in all, not a bad day for someone tired!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Steampunk Card

Well I won’t have to water the garden for a couple of days. Hurricane Arthur has dumped a ton of water over the last two days, especially today. We may get some more rain over night but the next few days should be clear. We decided to get groceries and run some errands today in between the storms, which didn’t always work out! When we went into Wal-Mart to get our bread (we like the brand they carry better than the grocery store where we get about 90% of our groceries) it was raining pretty hard. When we came out, the sun was shining and it was hot and humid. We just got in the house from getting the rest of the groceries and it started raining hard again. The crazy weather continues!

Last Saturday was my oldest grandson’s birthday but I didn’t post on the weekend so I’m posting his card now.
I’m making all family members a Steampunk card this year. This was a free digi stamp and coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. After die cutting it with a Spellbinder square die, I left it in the die and sponged Distress Ink Antique Linen around the edges. This leaves the nice white border. I just happened to have the same colour of burnt red paper as the balloon I coloured in the stash. This does not always happen but I’m happy when it does. The background paper is from a Tim Holtz Steampunk paper pack I picked up on sale at Michaels. The sentiment is a sticker from Hot Off the Press called Dazzles. And yes, I got a thank you email from him. Nice kid he is…especially for a 15 year old.

That’s all for a rainy Tuesday!


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