August 31, 2013

Dynamic Duos #68 and Simon Says Stamps


Happy Saturday!
It's time for this week's new colour duo at Dynamic Duos.

This week is a mix and match week.  We pick Perfect Plus and you pick ????

For my card this week I chose green as my choice to create a sympathy card I am sending out to a friend. I think that plum and green are a good choice for sympathy cards.


Hope that you come and play along with us this week!
We would love to see your creations!

I am also submitting this card to this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Cardstock:  White, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Fresh Florals (WPlus9) Flower Friends (Simon Says Stamps)
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Fresh Florals (WPlus9)
other: foam tape

The 12 Kits of Occasions - August and giveaway


It's the last day of the month and that mean time for this month's edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions. We were so excited to have so many new members on our blog, Facebook and a our Pinterest page.

Amy is our hostess this month as we have shifted back to Christmas with a fantastic kit that I am sure you will find inspiring. See a picture of our kit over at the The 12 Kits of Occasions blog and as always a complete list of all the supplies found in our kits posted under the Monthly Kit Supplies link. We hope you come and visit us! Amy has a giveaway this month for a commenter over at the 12 Kits blog, pop over to our blog for all the details.

Now that the introductions have been made lets get on to the projects. I made three cards this month, to save some products for CASEing and maybe to add another cad or two when life starts slowing down again.


Our came the Lil' Inkers stitched mats again! Also success I actually fussy cut the poinsettia image without amputating one of the leaves.  Isn't that cute little silver star adorable?

For my last card I went with a more monochrome palette and added some bronze sequins to the snowflake centres. It that a Lil' Inkers stitched mat in there again? How did that happen--LOL


I am also submitting this card to this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.


When it comes to Christmas card do you prefer to use traditional green and red, or do your chose more subdued vintage tones?

Make sure you visit the rest of the group over at the 12 Kits of Occasions blog to se there fabulous creations!

August 30, 2013

Friday Wrap Up

Well Friday is finally here, which for me is good and bad.  Good because the crazy busy week is over, bad because tonight will be the last night Ben will be home as we know it.  It seems like only yesterday we were packing his backpack for pre-school!

Now packing everything for university!

My post today is more a personal post than a crafty post. So I will be back the next three days with crafty posts for Dynamic Duos, The 12 Kits of Occasions and the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

There were so many things to gather up and buy this week before we pack it all up and take him tomorrow to Sudbury to start the next phase of his life!  This week Ben and I have been shopping at Staples, Home Outfitters, Target, Walmart, Dollarama, Costco, the mall for clothes--the list goes on but I think we finally have it all together.  Now he and his dad need to pack up the car for an early morning departure.

For most of Ben's teen years I complained that technology and social media were actually very anti-social, but now I am embracing it.  We can talk, text, Facebook, Facetime, tweet (yes I actually will tweet with him) and try and keep some of our normal routines.  We have always spent time before bed at night talking. Talking about just about anything and I will miss that, but he is doing something so exciting I want him to go and make the most of it!  I anticipate a few tears tomorrow.

I shared on the 18th the bouquet of flowers my husband sent to me on our 23rd anniversary which came with a card from the florist!

When he arrived home the other day he presented me with a card the he received in his 'husband's kit' from Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, cards and Kim! The husbands kits are something that Joyce MehrbergCathy WebberKim Heggins and I cooked up so that on those special occasions during the year we wouldn't always get a card that we made ourself. LOL

So be on the lookout for cards to appear on our blog posts as we share them throughout the year. Here is the beautiful card I received from James compliments of Kim.

August 29, 2013

FSS - August Release Day 3: Inside Scoop: Birthday

Today is Day 3 of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps August release! The final set be revealed today the Inside Scoop: Birthday. For my belated birthday card I used a variety of Lil' Inkers stitched mats and some Lawn Fawn paper to create a frame for my sentiment and a Lil' Inkers tiny bow to match!

Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to see what the rest of the Design Team created with this stamp set!

August 28, 2013

FSS - August Release Day 2: Subway Series: Occasions

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps August release! Another new installment to Subway Series! 

Subway Series:  Occasions

My card is thinner to accentuate the height of the sentiment.  This fun Subway Series stamp was embossed in Grapefruit Zing embossing powder and adhered to the card with foam tape.  

Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to see what the rest of the Design Team created with this stamp set!

August 27, 2013

FSS - August Release Day 1: Life of the Party

Happy Tuesday and today is Day 1 of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps August Release!
This is a fun set with so many different elements that work together to create fabulous birthday cards and invites!

For my card I brought colour into the stamping by matting in bold colours,Using Copic markers to colour my PARTY bubble and Stamped the cake on Patterned Paper. These stamps that stand on their own in black and white look fabulous in colour too!

Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to see what the rest of the Design Team created with this stamp set!

August 26, 2013

Blog takeover

My darling daughter is taking control of my blog today as I have about a thousand things to do this week preparing for my son to head off to University next Saturday. How is it possible that we only have half of what he needs together so far?

Yesterday my daughter's very good friend had her 16th birthday.  The girls have just found out recently after living in Ontario for only 3 years her dad has been transferred back to Quebec. Brooklyn wanted to make her friend something to remember their time together so she got busy in my craft room to create a frame for a photo of the two of them using some Verve goodness! The only thing I did was help tie the nautical knot.

August 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - August '13

Can it already be the 25th of August? Yikes!
Time for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop which happens to be the day after Stamp-a-faire!
This month's theme is FOOD and we were provided with colour palettes and sketches, the perfect ingredients for clean & simple and fast!

I based my card on this inspiration, I really think I would love a cake like this--even at 10 in the morning!

I took a completely literal approach the challenge creating a quick and simple birthday card!
I am also submitting this to the current Seize the Birthday anything goes birthday challenge.

Cardstock:  White, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Foodie Fun, Stylish Sentiments Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Foodie Fun (Papertrery Ink)
other: sequins (Neat and Tangled)

August 24, 2013

Dynamic Duos #67

Happy Saturday!
Here to share this week's fabulous duo at Dynamic Duos!

I created my card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 100th sketch challenge. Using Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral cardstock I created my card so easily.  By using primarily cardstock foro my design the sentiment and stamped flower take centre stage. A few sequins to finish it off and done!

Last nights sunset complimented this week's colours, this is a view of the sunset shining on some really cool clouds to the north right before it ducked behind the horizon!

Hope that you come and play along with us this week!
We would love to see your creations!

Cardstock:  White (Papertrey Ink) Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Surly Goodness (Verve)
Ink: Soft Canteloupe (Hero Arts)  Memento Tuxedo Blackk (Tsukineko)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers)
other: sequins (Neat and Tangled)

SAF: Morning Break Bake and Take

Good Morning Campers! Up bright and early to get going on this year's Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire. The first challenge of the day is a Breakfast Bake & Take. I dove right in without my coffee (which I am going to have right after this post!).

I chose this colour recipe...

and I am using this sketch...

Cardstock:  White, Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain, New Leaf, Limeade Ice (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: VersaFine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Cover Plate Circles (Papertrey Ink)
other: foam tape, sequins (Neat and Tangled)

August 23, 2013

Happy (Belated) Birthday Marybeth!


Happy Belated Birthday Marybeth!

I am sure that you know Marybeth from Marybeth's Time for Paper! Well today we are having a surprise Blog Hop in honour of her birthday that was earlier this month! Joyce from cards-by-the-sea and Cathy from Empty Nest Crafter are our hosts for today's blog hop. 

Marybeth is one the sweetest ladies in blogland and also one of my very first blogging friends. She always leaves the sweetest comments and creates the most gorgeous cards. If you haven't gone before you should go visit her blog to see her incredible talent!

I had already mailed off a card to her for her birthday when this blog hop came light, so an extra happy birthday because you now have two cards! ;) 


I hope you celebrate with us today by visiting the other participants to see their beautiful cards!


I am also going to submit this card to the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, Seize the Sketch, Seize the Birthday and the Lil' Inkers Birthday Challenge challenges.  With this week`s Tuesday Trigger I was inspired by the pretty flower and the colours. I just picked this paper up last week and it seemed perfect for the occasion!


Enjoy your blog hop Marybeth I know you are surprised!  Have a wonderful weekend!

August 22, 2013

Birthday Ensemble

As a crafter you know that there is something special about things that are handcrafted.  You also know that there is a fine line between supplies on hand and hoarding!  My daughter needed a little gift to give to her boyfriend's grandmother for her birthday.  It was a great opportunity to use (yes I said use!) some of my 6 x 6 patterned paper that I have definitely been hoarding to make a gift!

Lawn Fawn's Pink lemonade was the paper that was chosen to create a notepad and pillow box to hold a hand sanitizer.  

If you recognize the card sitting on top it is from this post HERE. It was nice to finally have an opportunity to use this card. Curious, what do you do with all of the cards that you create?

Cardstock:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Pink Lemonade (Lawn Fawn)
Stamps: Make Lemonade (Lawn Fawn) Birthday Basics, Just the Ticket, Think Big Favorites#19, Fillable Frames #11 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black. VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: Stitched Mats , Sentiment Flag (Lil`Inkers) Fillable Frames #11 (Papertrey Ink) Scalloped Trimmed Trio (Verve)

other:  foam tape, assorted Copics, notepad

August 21, 2013

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Carnival Craze Act 2

There is still time to play along with the Carnival Craze challenge at the Curtain Call.  Remember the LEAD will receive any Lawn Fawn stamp st of their choice!

Here to share another card I made with the Admit One stamp set. Are you looking for a little more inspiration? Check our the Curtain Call's Pinterest board HERE!

I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge which the theme is carnival.

Cardstock:  White, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Admit One (Lawn Fawn) Weather Through (Fresh Squeezed Stamps)
Ink: Pale Tomato, Butterbar, Soft Pool, Bubblegum, Soft Canteloupe (Hero Arts) 
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
other: assorted Copics, foam tape