Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas ~ PPA125

And all through the house....All Is Calm, All is Bright....I LOVE Christmas and although the hustle and bustle of caring for Dean's parents was added to the mix, I think I'm ready and very excited for the festivities to begin. I still haven't done my annual Newsletter (been two years now), but I am still hoping to do this in early January... and oh how I miss being in my studio any playing as well as taking the time to blog....I have missed this SO much, but super excited that I'm sitting with a cuppa tea, Christmas music playing and I'm in my happy corner ~ I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season as you celebrate the birth of Christ with family & friends....it is a wonderful time of the year!

Just a quick post to show you three super fast Christmas Tags to grace some gifts this Christmas and to join in the fun over at PPA125, thank you so much for the wonderful challenges that you send out, I love joining in the fun and am pleased to join in before the end of the year ~ Merry Christmas to you all :-)




If you would like more info on these quick little tags, drop me a line ~ I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year! Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PP#71

The Paper Players # 71 challenge brought to you by the fabulous Anne Marie was so much fun! If you've never been to Anne Marie's blog....well.....you have to! So I guess I'm suggesting (strongly!!!) that you play along with this challenge and check out the other DT members (I promise, you won't be dissappointed, these girls are amazing!) This is what Anne Marie is calling out for ~ I think I can do this?

I saw this one day as I was strolling through blogland and knew I wanted to recreate this altered milk carton. Another one of my many favorite blogs is Elaine's, she is so creative and I love to pop in on her, here is where I found my inspiration, and she also put together a fabulous youtube tutorial! So let's get busy..... as you can see, I can't create a gift box without a matching card 
~ and this one is just a sweet litte 3 x 3...super fun to create ~


In following the recipe, my 3 patterened papers are from the Candy Cane Christmas found in last years Holiday Mini and then created my third patterned paper by stamping some snow flakes onto my Cherry Cobbler CS (tone on tone)....I hope that counts girls? My 2 ribbons are my Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and Bakers Twine! My punches are the Doily & Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punches, Jewelry Tag, Stocking Builder & Petite Pennant punches (all a MUST have!) and my sprinkle of glitter are the centers of each flower and the toe of each stocking as well as the tiny bells hanging off of each stockings!


~ Here is a peek of the inside of my card as well as a different angle of my gift box ~


I sure hope you enjoy your little visit with me today and I hope you have an opportunity to play along with the girls from The Paper Players....if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a line ~ happy stampin' and enjoy your day!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: Serene Snowflake, Christmas Greetings, Pennant Parade, Tiny Tags 
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Candy Cane Christmas, Silver Glitter Paper  
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green 
  • Acc:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Bakers Twine, Doily Triple Layer, Blossom Bouquet, Jewelry Tag, Stocking Builder & Petite Pennant Punch

Friday, October 28, 2011

PPChallenge #69 & PPA 117

Where did the year go....I can't believe that our little Austin is going to be a year old next week!

Austin is SO much fun, busy, eats anything he can get his hands on and NEVER stops ~


and now he is one!!!


 ~ we are celebrating his birthday on Sunday, I've got Christmas Stack tomorrow....so....I'm cutting it pretty close ~ I'm pleased with my card, I feel that it reflects our little man! He loves bears, and so this was a no brainer...I knew the exact stamp set I'd be using and my card went along with two challenges!
PP#69 had a great sketch to follow ~ thanks girls!


and PPA117 was calling for ribbon! Two fabulous challenges for Austin's birthday card! So Happy Happy Day to our little man! Here's a shot of Austin's card (sorry for the bad picture)


~ and a peek of the inside ~


Sorry for the quick post ~ I'm hoping to come back after the weekend and give you the details for this card ~ if you do have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a line ~


If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's A Boy

What a fabulous weekend!!!! God is so good ~ we've been praying for this little one for 3 years! Andy & Andrea gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Saturday at 6:24am ~ 7lbs 3oz ~ and he is ADORABLE ~ Seth has been promoted to the ranks of Big Brother!!! and he is so proud and so sweet to watch with his baby brother Owen!


The first Family Picture!

I love this shot of mommy & baby!


Isaac & Owen, two super sweet cousins together ~ I'll get of shot of all four
grandsons this week and post it! Four boys ~ we are blessed!!!!


I've got two Christmas stacks this week, one on Thursday and then again on Saturday, now I'll be able to do my classes without worring about getting "the call" ~

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a blessed day......
If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Mash Up & Freshly Made!

Fall has definitely been ushered into my neighborhood ~ the trees are glorious, the air is crisp and the garden has fallen into it's winter rest....did I say winter!!! You bet, and I've been busy getting ready for my Christmas Stack Class ~
here is a peek at just one of the cards that we will be creating ~ I flipped the sketch from {Freshly Made} 


and loosely followed it and my card also qualifies for the Friday Mash Up, as they called out for snowflakes!  ~ thanks girls for these wonderful challenges ~ please visit these gals and join in the fun!
And the card..........I sponged just a tad around this wonderful tree found in the Christmas Lodge stamp set ~ what a beautiful set and a must have in my studio! The snowflake was created using the Northern Frost Die, sticky tape & Dazzling Diamonds....a girl can never have to many dazzling diamonds! It's really hard to tell in the photo, but I used Shimmery White CS ~ there is a very subtle misting of snowflakes across the card front! I also kissed the curls using Dazzling Details under the
Merry Christmas!


And the inside, as you can see I've done some sponging to the edges, I found it too stark and wanted to soften the look a bit. I had orginally sponged the edges with Riding Hood Red and found it still needed to be softened a bit more, so I gently added Old Olive on top of it, I was pleased with the out come! What do you think?


Thank you so much for stopping by today, if you have any question, please drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you ~ your comments are important to me and I read each and every one! I hope I have inspired you to create today ~ blessings to you and yours, have a wonderful day!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!


  • Stamps: Christmas Lodge 
  • Paper:  Shimmery White, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive 
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Versa Mark, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive 
  • Acc: Silver Brad, Northern Frost Die, Black EP, Dazzling Details, Sponge 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Colored Leaves Falling Everywhere!!!

What a fabulous fall we have had thus far ~ summer weather in October! It is beautiful outside and finding time to stamp is at a premium ~ I love being outside when it's fabulous out ~ but I did take the time to enter my studio in the evenings, so needless to say, this took a couple of evenings to put together and then shot these pictures outside ~ I don't know about you, but stamping is therapy for me ~ I hope you enjoy what I created, I'm super pleased with this card!
The gals at SUO Challenge 29 are calling for leaves and then I found a fabulous color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments #87 . Sure hope you pop in on these two wonderful challenge blogs and play along!


I love my new Simply Scored tool and so took advantage of my little markers and scored away. This is just a standard 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 CS, scored at 2 1/8 & 6 7/16...mark your spot and you're good to go....easy peasy!!!! Love it!!!


I colored my wheelbarrow and veggies using my Blender Pen and also Spritz on my CS to add some color to it all...and I never owned a Spritzer until last week because......hmmm good question! Love it!


Above it a shot of the first fold completed and here is the second fold ~ for my second fold I actually stamped the pumpkins from Scene In A Garden, colored & fussy cut them out...using Dimensionals, just popped these pumpkins right under the tree where I wanted them! And a little Spritzing around my tree from Branch Out. I masked all around the tree so my spritzing happened where I wanted it! I used Dimensionals on my sentiment and made sure when the card was closed that it was just tucked under my front image! Scroll up to have another peek at that!


And of course all the sponging here and there...can't seem to put that baby down!


A peek of the inside and then another full view, just a tad opened for a better look!


Thank you SO much for stopping by today ~ I hope you enjoyed your visit and maybe I inspired you just a bit! Enjoy your day and, I know, I'm a few days early...just incase I don't get back!
 have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving Canada! 

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: Always Grateful, French Foliage, Scene In A Garden, Branch Out
  • Paper: Confetti Cream, Watercolor Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Night Of Navy
  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Versa Mark, Staz On  
  • Acc: Blender Pen, Sponge, Clear EP, Spritzer, Oval Scallop Punch, Simply Scored

Friday, September 30, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #113

Finding balance is usually difficult me for ~ it means I can't ALWAYS do what I'd love to do but also what is needed. So in trying to find balance in my present world, I've had to make some very hard choices, first being my classes...I love getting together with my friends to create, but needed to cut my class time in half...and the other was the posting on my blog when I'm able to and not a daily thought and hope to get to it event! Both of these decisions effect my studio time and playing along with challenges...so today I feel SO priviledged that I got to play and my card went along with the challenge that I found at PPA113 which was to Heat Emboss. I definetley agree with the DT, heat embossing just gives everything a pop! So here is a picture of my card which was heat embossed using Dazzling Diamonds...haven't played with that for such a long time and I had a blast ~ it was so nice to create...I miss doing this daily, but....well, you know...


These cuties were colored using my blender pens, I love to color, but I also love embossing, with powder as well as folders, but I also love...well...all of it ~ how about you, what is one of your favorite techniques to play with ~ it's hard to capture everything that's going on with these guys, each pompom has Dazzling Details on them and the buttons have Crystal Effects ~ looks super cute IRL ~ and a little peek of the inside which was also heat embossed using Dazzling Diamonds once again ~ I love these stamp sets...think I'll be hanging on to these for awhile!


I hope to play again this weekend ~ althought we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Sunday, so the entire gang will be here ~ can't think of anything better than spending time with my family ~ I am blessed ~ thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!


  • Stamps: Holiday Line Up, Bells & Boughs  
  • Paper: Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Watercolor Paper, Glitter Paper   
  • Ink:  Versa Mark, Staz On, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Groovy Guava, Cranberry Crisp, Brocade Blue 
  • Acc: Blender Pen, Snow Burst EF, Iridescent Ice EP, Crystal Effect, Dazzling Details, North Frost Die, Rhinestone 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Inkspirations Meets Paper Players


I was very intrigued by PP64 's challenge, Clean & Simple along with an Animal or Plant ~ so I rose to the challenge and included all the above ~ Clean & Simple (which I found very difficult) a little monkey, cut using my Cricut and an ivy running along the edge of my sketch...oh and speaking of sketch, this came from INKsirations 4U along with the color challenge! Sort of One Stop Shopping! I hope you like what I created.


A very dear friend just gave birth to her second child and I really wanted to create a personalized book for Eli ~ he is her little monkey and so this became my starting place ~ here is a picture of my gift for Eli!





and then my matching card to go along with Eli's gift ~ I did flip the sketch onto it's side ~ 





My little Chocolate Chip Monkey was very hard to photograph, he really does have a face!

Sorry for the quick post...been really busy with helping out our aging parents and I'm exhausted, but so excited that I had some time to create and post to my blog ~ thanks so much for stopping by today ~ have a wonderful day, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask ~ I'd love to chat with you!


If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Is It Too Late ~ PP62 & Page Maps

I guess I'll start my post with a question....is it too late to send a birthday card almost two months after someone's birthday! Do you ever do that, all of a sudden you realized you missed the day or even the month? Yikes....now what do I do...just let it continue to go by even though it's naggin' at you...or send a very belated birthday blessing...hmmmm....that is my question ~ now on to my card!
The Paper Players have a great challenge this week and I can't believe that I'm playing along ~ summer is extremely busy for me with family, gardening, visiting, camping....and sadly, I don't really get a chance to play in my studio...I'm so blessed that my garden is my other happy place!
Paper Players 62 is wanting a Birthday Card...how did they know what was tugging at my heart!


I then followed a sketch from Page Maps...and here is a picture of my card!


~ and the inside of the card ~



I created my butterfly using the 'baby wipe technique' ~ What fun...I really enjoyed this technique ~ I then laid the butterfly down on my Versa Mark Pad and inked it up, covered it with Clear EP and set it with the heat gun! Stunning!!!

I chose my colors using my color coach... I love this tool, I guess my other question to self would be....why in the world didn't I get this fabulous tool sooner! It is wonderful and a must have in my studio!

If you have any question, please don't hesitate to drop me a line! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day and enjoy your weekend! It is beautiful and very summery (is that a word?) here in Winnipeg!
Enjoy this day!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!


  • Stamps:  Strength & Hope, En Francais, Create A Cupcake, Pretty Petals
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive DP 
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Versa Mark, Pumpkin Pie 
  • Acc: Sponges, Petal Cone Die, Perfect Pennants Die, Baby Wipes, Basic Pearls, Clear EP 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do I Remember How?

Well it feels like ages since I've posted....and it has been....hmmmm...do I remember how to do this ~ actually ~ haven't been in my studio in 'forever'...yikes, my mojo is lost, my drive has driven, my garden needs harvesting...but I need to take a break...so I'm sitting with a cuppa earl grey tea, sitting in the sun on the deck, and stopping by to say hello and I miss you! I don't have a card to post, but I want to show you a few pictures from my open house in July....I miss my girls, can't wait to get back at it in a few weeks! Oh, I guess I'd better get my mojo and drive together and quickly :-)




I had so much fun creating these for my girls!


and these along with little thank you notes & envelopes inside!
 Strawberries inspired from Linda's Stampin Loft 



 From my garden! Seems so long ago now!



 New catalogues and in colors!



If you have any questions, please drop me a line ~ thanks so much for stopping by ~ I hope to get some creating done after the weekend! Celebrating my father's 80th here, so there is much to do!
Bye for now and have a great weekend!

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #57 ~ Rock On!

Why does summer get SO busy...I always seem to be running ~ not getting things done that I would like to ~ running again...okay, sorry, you didn't pop in for this...but I was so thrilled to have some time to create a birthday card for our son Marc! He'll be home in a few days along with his beautiful wife ~ I can't wait to see them ~ I don't do long distance well ~ Nance, thanks so much for this wonderful sketch to follow ~ I'm down to the last minute, but I made it just in time to join the girls at Paper Players! Here's Nance's sketch

And my son's birthday card ~ I purchased this stamp set with him in mind, so it was so fun to ink it up and put this together for him ~ sure hope he likes it ~ I would love for you to have a listen to his music, here's a link to his my space and his birthday card!



Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you have a super day, weekend and enjoy the wonderful month of August!!!! Let the music play on :-)

  • Stamps: Extreme Guitar, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Music Notes Wheel
  • Paper:  Textured Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake 
  • Ink: Versa Mark, Basic Black 
  • Acc: Top Note, Brads, Designer Label, Embossing Folder, Embroidery Thread, Nesties Die (non-SU)



If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

SSC 214 ~ With Sympathy

Well girls, it's been fun being a part of the Stamping 411 team for the month of July ~ thank you once again for the honor! Now onto this fabulous sketch....you really need to join in the fun! What a fun card sketch to create with ~ I've enjoyed my time so much playing along with this ~ do join in the fun!


Here is my card ~ I really don't enjoy creating sympathy cards when they are needed. I find it too difficult, so I always like to have some on hand ~ now I actually don't have any except for this new one that I created to go along with this sketch. I really need to create a few more ~ I guess that just doesn't sound so great ~


I need to take a photography class ~ sorry about the shots! BAD!!!!!


How do you ever preamble a sympathy card and leave a post with a *smile* ~ so I'd like to leave you with a few of my favorite shots that I've take lately ~ I hope you enjoy them ~ thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a super day ~ and enjoy your weekend! We are off to a family reunion!


Look at my muscles everyone!


I think sand is one of the food groups?


Camping with Gramma & Grampa! We love having Seth along!

Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you have a blessed day and weekend!
If you have any questions or if I may be of assistance, please don't hesitate to ask :-)

If you live in Winnipeg or the vicinity and would like to host a party I would love to come and stamp with you and your friends!! Or, if space is an issue, come here and create with me at one of my many clubs or classes! Drop me a line for further info! I'd love to meet you! Enjoy your day!


  • Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Whimsical Words
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade  
  • Ink: Lucky Limeade 
  • Acc: Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Word Window, Modern Label, Vintage Vogue EF, Square Duo Bigz, Itty Bitty Shapes, Sponge 
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