Monday, December 8, 2008

Some Christmas Cards!

It has been a while since I posted anything - or made anything! It's the end of the term which means it's the craziest time of year for me! But I had my craft group a week ago and made a couple of Christmas cards. Sadly - I think these are the only Christmas cards I'll make! I wanted to make some quick and easy cards that I could make quite a few of. But time is running out so I think I will be buying my cards this year :) I embossed the image and the sentiment on the cards.

Christmas Card

Here is another one:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award!

I had a nice surprise this weekend! I was nominated by two great SCS friends for a blog award! Thank you Lisa and Melissa ! You made my day!

Here are the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I'm nominating the following people: Melissa , Christyne , CraftyC , and Deb !

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Some Blog Candy!

Bev has some wonderful Whiff of Joy Blog Candy on her blog until November 11th!

Angeldrummer has some great candy up for grabs until November 18th!

Michele is offering some fun stamps on her blog until November 15th!

Cathy is celebrating 10000 hits and is also offering some really great blog candy on her blog until November 16th!

To celebrate her 40th birthday Elaine is giving away some Promarkers. Her competition is open until November 15th!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Dutch Dare Card Challenge!

I should really be studying but this project has been sitting on my bookshelf unfinished since Thanksgiving (Canadian). And's driving me crazy! I found this idea for decorating a coffee tin to hold prismacolour pencil crayons somewhere on someone's blog. I wish I could link to them but I have no idea where I saw it. I did a lot of embossing on it and I was happy to find out that I could still colour in the sunflowers with prismacolours/baby oil even though they were embossed. And I'm entering this into this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge since the challenge is to make anything but a card. Here's the finished product:

prismacolour pencil holder 

One thing that I did add of my own for this was the dividers. I wanted to somehow keep some of the pencils separated so I cut a cereal box and made four sections for the inside of the can. The only downside to this project is once your pencils get to short they can get lost in the can. I'll probably add something to the bottom of the tin eventually so that the pencils will get a boost :) Here's a view from the top with the pencils:

And then without the pencils:

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Birthday and Friday Sketch Challenge!

It was my husband's grandfather's birthday today and I made him a card. I find making cards for guys really difficult and I have no 'guy' stamps! So I enlisted my husband's help for this card. He draws very well and I asked him to draw me a Lancaster plane from WWII. His grandfather was a mechanic during the war and this was one of the planes he worked on and he loves airplane models so I thought this card would be appropriate! It was drawn on watercolour paper and then I painted it using Distress Inks - painting the camouflage was interesting and I hope it looks realistic enough! The papers are all from K & Co and I'm not sure if you can tell but the bottom paper is a map of the world which I thought worked well!


Here's a close-up of the actual plane. Then again that might be a bad idea - all the imperfections are a lot more noticeable :)

I'm also going to submit this to the Friday Sketcher's Challenge - it's been a while since I've done a challenge!

Thanks for visiting and I do love hearing what you think about the cards!

And...before I's a bookmark that went with the card. It's supposed to be a propeller for a plane - guys seem to get but I'm not sure about it!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Some cards!

I went to a stamping up meeting recently and had fun trying out some new stamps. I really like the daisy one. It's called "Upsy Daisy" and it was stamped with the Stampin Up ink. It was a lot of fun but I'm looking forward to getting back to some Sweet Ebony stamps. I'll be lucky to get anything done in the next few weeks since I'm studying for my last exam!

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Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 20, 2008

A few more cards....

It's been a long time since my last post! I'm studying for a major exam again so I rarely have time to make any cards! These are some more cards I made at the weekend retreat a few weeks ago. These again are much more simple and will probably be given to some family members for Christmas as thank-you card gift set.

And this next card gets a lot of comments...some people are really disturbed that I coloured only one of the flowers! But I kind of like the look!

The next one is not quite finished - I'd like to add a sentiment. But someone ( wanted it posted to use as a model! I'm waiting for her to leave a comment one of these days :)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blog Candy...

I forgot to post this morning that Camilla has some awesome blog candy to give away! Check out her blog and wonderful cards here ! Competition is open till October 11th!

Lim also has some awesome blog candy! She is giving away a border punch and some wonderful stamped images. Check out her competition and of course her beautiful cards here ! The competition is open till October 11th.

There's more blog candy out there on Renata's blog! She's celebrating by offering soem beautiful paper and stamps. Check out her great blog here ! Competition is open till October 8th.

One more...I really must get back to work! Gill has some great blog candy over on her site and is celebrating her birthday by giving away some great candy! Check out her blog and great cards here ! Competition is open till October 9th.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Weekend of Cards...

This weekend I went away to a scrapbooking retreat. It was great - I got to sit all day with a wonderful bunch of ladies and make cards! Everyone was scrabooking and I was one of the lone cardmakers but it was a lot of fun. I'm not the fastest of cardmakers - I made a total of 12 cards. I got a lot of teasing for it but it really takes me a while to finish a card - I'm way too much of a perfectionist :)

So I'm making cards for Christmas for people who like "simple" cards. Minimal ribbon, flowers, brads...when I say's pretty simple. So this is not my typical style of cards but it was still a lot of fun! I do miss all my Sweet Ebony cards and can't wait to make a few this week!

So I'll show a few cards at a time. These three cards are all florals and I was inspired by harvest colours especially since one of the stamps was a sunflower.

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I coloured this card with prisma colours and baby oil. You might remember a few weeks back I was annoyed that my prismacolours weren't working for me and that I was giving up on them. Well I brought them along this weekend and tried them with baby oil instead of the odourless mineral spirits. They were great and they blended wonderfully. So I actually ended up making the majority of my cards with them. And the sunflower if from Lizzie Anne Designs - it's from the singles range. I can't claim credit for this card design - I was inspired by Jeanne Streiff at Inky Paws . She makes really beautiful cards. Here's the card that inspired me!

Here's another two cards that I made. The first of these was made with Distress Inks and I layered the centre of the flower so it would pop a little. These stamps are all from Lizzie Anne Designs set called "Le Jardin".

Lizzie Anne Designs

This card was a lot of fun to make. It's coloured with prisma colours and baby oil. I had a hard time making the right sentiment but I really like the way it turned out.

Lizzie Anne Designs

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my cards! I really do appreciate all your wonderful comments! And thanks also for those who follow my blog - I love stopping in and seeing your new creations as well!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Candy is everywhere!

I really don't go looking for blog candy - it seems to find me and I can't resist it! So here are a couple I've found today:

Jeanette is celebrating 10 000 hits which is super impressive since she started her blog in June of this year! She's made a really cute wallet and is filling it with stamped images, some primas and a Magnolia stamp (Tilda at seaside). Jeanette is super talented - I just found her blog last week and I love seeing her new creations! Her blog candy is open until October 12th!

And... Donalda is also giving away some wonderful blog candy. A new Christmas Whiff of Joy stamp. She is also a very talented lady! Her blog candy is open until October 17th.

I am so bad at guessing games but Desire is offering some wonderful primas and brads! All you have to do is guess how many are in the picture - yikes! There's a lot! Her blog candy is open until October 30th.

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Candy :)

I'm determined to win some candy one of these days! I'll also try to post a card before this weekend. I'm off to a scrapbooking/cardmaking retreat so I'll have lots of new cards to show next week!

I've started to see these Forever Friends stamps everywhere and really love them! Beth is celebrating her 200th post and giving away an adorable Forever Friends stamp here
Check out her cards as well - they're really great! Competition ends October 4th.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Some Blog Candy!

Shannon is offering some great Halloween blog candy Check out her cards as well - they're really great! The competition ends October 4th.

If you love Hanglar and Stanglar stamps - check out Anki's blog! She's giving away two new H&S stamps - check out her site here

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar

I finally had a chance to make a card. Here is one of the newer Sweet Ebony stamps (Sugar Nellie) and it's the first time I've used it! I'm entering it into this week's "A Spoonful of Sugar" challenge . The challenge this week is to use a charm on the card. I had to dig through my beading supplies to find the dragonfly!

sweet ebony, sugar nellie, Elisabeth Bell 
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I've coloured the image with Distress Inks. Here is a close-up of the image!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love reading all your comments!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Follow my blog!

Goodmorning everyone!

I've decided to add the 'Follow this blog' gadget to my sidebar. I really like this tool and have a few blogs that I like to check out every other day. For those of you who aren't familiar with it - once you become a follower (or stalker!) then new updates of your favourite blogs show up on your dashboard! So if you're interested in following my blog you can find the link on the sidebar!

And...for all those Sugar Nellie fans. Check out the new free forum that Sugar Nellie is hosting to celebrate their anniversary this year:


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blog candy...

I've found some more blog candy to try for!

Bev is giving away a great Whiff of Joy stamp - Willow with Hot Chocolate! Check out her blog for more info - the competition ends September 22! And be sure to check her cards - I really love Bev's blog!

A Guy Birthday Card...sort of!

cornish heritage farms

It's been too long since I posted a card! My father-in-law's birthday was this past week. I'm not so good at making cards for guys! They always look sooo plain. So I justified putting flowers on his card since he's a gardener! I bought this stamp this past week. I have been planning to order it online for ages but walked into a local scrapbooking store and found it! I have an orange tabby cat and this cat stamp reminds me so much of him. I haven't found too many other cat stamps that I really love. This one is definitely my favourite - especially since the cat is surrounded by yarn. My cat almost died after eating some thread when he was 5 months old! So the stamp is quite appropriate for me :)

cornish heritage farms

The image has been coloured with distress inks - I have collected a ridiculous number of these! The prima flowers I also just bought this week - I love the darker colours. They go perfectly with the tones of the distress inks. And the papers are from K&Co. I wish I had finished this card earlier as there was a card challenge for cats and dogs last week! Thanks for stopping by! I love reading all of your comments!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Some more Candy!

I'm planning on crafting tomorrow as a reward for writing my exam. Yikes - glad that's over :) So until then here's some more blog candy for you to check out!

Karin is celebrating 10000 hits and giving away some very cool candy! Check her out at: And if you're looking for blog candy updates check out the sidebar on Karin's blog! The contest is open until September 19th!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Some Blog Candy!

I haven't been posting this week as I'm studying for an exam! It was supposed to happen on Friday but got rescheduled! But in the meantime here's some blog candy you might want to check out!

Karen at Karen's Creation is celebrating 5000 hits and is giving away some great candy: The closing date is September 14th.

If you're looking for some Christmas candy check out Nikki's blog - she's celebrating 20 000 hits! The contest stays open until September 17th and here's her link:

There's a wonderful bunch of stamped images up for blog candy at: It's to celebrate 15000 hits and its open until September 14th!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sugar Nellie Bookmark!

I haven't been posting lately since I have an exam coming up! But here's a quick bookmark that I made this week - it's the first time I've made something for myself to keep :) I also received some very fun news this week - I went on to the Sugar Nellie blog and saw that they had posted about my blog there! And they are sending me something in the mail :)

The image is another Sweet Ebony from Sugar Nellie and I've coloured her with distress inks. The papers are from K & Co - from a wonderful package of papers from Costco. And the sentiment is a clear sticker from Dollarama - I need to invest in more rubons! I love reading all your comments - once my exam is done I'll check out everyone who has responded this last week! Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, Bookmark

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sweet Ebony Cardholder!

I woke early this morning and was pretty productive! I found a tutorial for making a cardfolder and have been waiting to try it. It was so easy and fun! I've only made cards so far - it was fun to make a non-card item. And how convenient that the challenge at "A Spoon Full of Sugar" is to make anything but a card! I'm planning on making a bunch of these for Christmas presents this year. They're supposed to hold about 6 cards and envelopes - about 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Here's the link for "A Spoon Full of Sugar"

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, cardholder, A Spoon Full of Sugar

Here's a couple of views from the side. I've put a couple of cards in there so you can see what it looks like with cards inside.

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, cardholder, A Spoon Full of Sugar

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, cardholder, A Spoon Full of Sugar

If you're interested in making one of these here's the tutorial This was an excellent tutorial but there is one mistake on it. In step 1 she says to score at 8.5 and 6 inches. I don't think this is right - so I scored at 5 and 6 inches and it worked out perfectly.

**Update November 17, 2008 I just found out that the above link for the tutorial isn't available anymore. For anyone interested in making one of these folders there's a thread at SCS which has both a Word and PDF template. The PDF template is especially helpful - it's post #39. You can find it here
***I've never done a tutorial before but I'll try to put one up this Wednesday after my exam is over!

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, cardholder, A Spoon Full of Sugar

Let me know what you think! I've seen lots of different cardholders out there. If you have any great tutorials/pics/ideas of other cardholders I'd love to hear about them!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Distress Inks have ruined me...

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell 

To explain...I really love distress inks. I've been using them exclusively for the last few months. I first saw them on Marlene's blog and loved her cards. She has an awesome tutorial here that totally inspired me and I went out the next day and bought 10 distress inks. I'm up to 16 and want more! I used to paint so the watercolouring is just so much fun for me. So this card...I made it for a challenge at Splitcoast and I'm really not a fan of it! I decided to colour with prisma colours because it had been a long time and they were what got me into stamping. I used to love them. Not so much anymore :) I was so frustrated with this card. I took out my frustrations with the overdone distressing around the Sweet Ebony! I'm wondering if anyone has found this - that you've gotten so used to one way of colouring that you just can't go back anymore? And one more quick question - for those of you that do use Distress Inks what type of paper are you using? I've only used watercolour paper so far :)

The Recipe:
Stamp: Sweet Ebony (Sugar Nellie)
Ink: Ranger, Distress Inks
Embellishments: Flower (Prima), Ribbon from Michaels
Paper: K & Co. (at Costco)

Thanks for stopping by! I just recently added Google Analytics so it's been so much fun to see all the different places in the world that people are coming from! Thanks for all the lovely comments - I read every one - and I do try hard to respond :)
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's my 7 year wedding anniversary...

I feel bad. It's my 7 year wedding anniversary and I'm knee deep in studying for an exam! So I haven't had time to make a nice new card but then again I don't really have any good "anniversary" type of images! I made this card last spring and it's not all that masculine but I really like it. Hopefully my husband will as well :) This was made prior to my stamping addiction and the "love" sentiment is a rubon from Dollarama. It took a long time to cut it out but it looked better that way. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Blog Candy

If you love Magnolia stamps you should check out Kristin's blog candy! It looks phenomenal! Here's her site:

Jessi is also offering some wonderful blog candy - one of the new Whiff of Joy stamps! She is celebrating 10 000 hits! Check out her blog here

Sugar Nellie B-day Card & Dutch Dare Card Challenge

My mother-in-law's birthday is coming up so I spent last night working on this card! I really love the new Sweet Ebony (from Sugar Nellie) stamps that have just come out. This is my first time using this one and it's super adorable. I've coloured it using TH distress inks which I still really love. At some point I need to try copics but for now I'll stick to the inks! I started with a SCS sketch(#187) as a guide and then changed it around! I added the dragonflies from Magnolia because the card needed something more. I tried adding some flowers but I just don't have the right colours right now! You can't tell but I popped the dragonflies so they stand out more. I'm also submitting this for the Dutch Dare Card Challenge which this week is to make a card for a girl! I can't think of stamps any more girlie that Sweet Ebony! Thanks for stopping by - I love reading all your comments!

Sugar Nellie, Sweet Ebony, Elisabeth Bell, Birthday Card, Magnolia

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A baby card!

I really should be studying. I have a huge exam coming up but the motivation is just not there today or yesterday :) My friend is going to have her second baby soon - a baby boy. I made her a card ages ago. I really liked it at the time but I'm not sure about it now. It was one of my earlier cards before I started using a lot more stamps. My style has changed a lot since then so it's kind of neat to look back at the earlier cards. I always have a hard time with boy cards - hopefully it's boyish enough! Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

I've only entered a handful of challenges but one of my favourites to visit is "A Spoonful of Sugar" since so many cards feature Sweet Ebony stamps. Here is the sketch for this week designed by Debbie:

I've used one of my new Sweet Ebony stamps from Sugar Nellie. I've coloured it using Distress Inks on watercolour paper. The designer paper is from K & Co - it's part of a pack that I got at Costco recently which I would highly recommend! I really wanted a flower on this card but none of them match all that well. This is the closest I could get :) I really liked this sketch - it has more layers than I'm used to but it was a lot of fun! Thanks for visiting!

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell, A Spoon Full of Sugar

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great Envelope Tutorial!

I made a card that was way too big for a regular envelope so I had to make one! I found an awesome tutorial from scorpal that was super helpful! Here's the link in case you are interested! I used designer paper so it looked very pretty - but I was in a rush to mail it so I didn't get a chance to take a picture!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Blog Candy!

I have been very good at not entering blog candy and trying to study for my upcoming exam. But Debbie's candy is far too enticing especially since she's offering a new Whiff of Joy stamp! Please check out her blog here! The contest is open until August 24th!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Sketch!

card sketch
So instead of studying I've been playing around on Paint and making up a sketch. This is my first time making one of my own - I'm sure it's not all that original :) I haven't yet made a card from it - I'll work on one tonight - and post it soon! If anyone feels like giving it a try please leave a link to your card - I'd love to see it! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Going Away 2

sugar nellie, sweet ebony, elisabeth bell
Well, I'm reposting this card because I wasn't happy with it last night. It really needed a sentiment but I just didn't have a stamp that fit. But I totally forgot about all the rubons that I have! So I'm much happier with this version! What do you think?

I'm not so good at remembering to give details about the card - but I'll try since I know how much I appreciate when others do!

The Recipe:
Stamp: Sweet Ebony "Pen Pal" (Sugar Nellie)
Ink: Ranger Archival
Coloured with: TH Distress Inks - worn lipstick, shabby shutters, faded jeans, dusty concord, tattered rose (skin), vintage photo and brushed cordoroy (hair)
Paper: K & Co.

p.s. I decided while I was at it (and after making the above sketch) to make a sketch for the Sweet Ebony "Pen Pal" card below! Maybe sometime when I'm more organized I'll print out my sketches and put them in a notebook for future reference! If you like it and want to use it - go for it! But please leave me a link - I'd love to see your cards :)

card sketch

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Going Away Card

sweet ebony, sugar nellie, elisabeth bell
It's been a while since I last posted. I haven't touched my card stuff for a couple of weeks! It's been pretty hectic as I'm studying for an exam. But one of the girls from our youth group at church is leaving for college and I wanted to make her a card. So here it is! It's one of the new Sweet Ebony Stamps from Sugar Nellie! I was so excited to get these but they sat unopened for a couple of weeks!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

65th Birthday!

Lizzie Anne Designs, Birthday card 
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I was asked to make a birthday card for someone! I totally copied the design of a card off of the Lizzie Anne Designs blog:

Split Coast Challenge 185

split coast challenge 185
This is my second attempt at a Split Coast Challenge! I made it for my mother's birthday!

Monday, July 21, 2008

More Blog Candy!

I really should be studying but I thought I'd post this week's round of blog candy. One of these days I'll win something....hopefully!

Tina is celebrating 5000 hits by giving away some awesome blog candy! Check out her site here:

Lorraine is celebrating her birthday by offering some great blog candy! See her site here:

Friday, July 18, 2008

Blog Candy!

Marlene is offering some really great blog candy! A wonderful stamp and some H&S stamped images. Check out her blog for more info:

A Magnolia Challenge!

Magnolia stamp, Tilda

I bought some Magnolia stamps - and they came so quickly from Sweden - just one week! I was pretty amazed and the shipping was great! Here is my first card and I'm entering it into this weeks Tilda and Co Challenge Blog!

You can check out the blog here:

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Sweet Ebony's at Sugar Nellie Stamps!!!!

I'm so excited that the new Sweet Ebony's are in stock at Sugar Nellie!! I've ordered a few :) You can check out the new stamps here:

Blog Candy!

This seems to be the month for blog candy! Check out Jill's blog - she is celebrating 2000 hits by giving away some great candy:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Friday Sketchers

Here's a card for the Friday Sketchers challenge! It took me a while to make this - I kept restarting but finally am happy with it! It's made with another Sweet Ebony from Sugar Nellie stamps!

Check out the other designs at: httSugar Nellie, Sweet Ebony, Elisabeth Bellp://

Friday, July 11, 2008

Blog Candy...

There is some wonderful blog candy being offered at Pretty Pressings. A beautifully handmade book full of stamped images! The contest is open until July 19th - check it out at:


I was so surprised today to find out that Elizabeth Bell (creator of those beautiful Sweet Ebony stamps) had posted one of my cards on her website! You can check out my card on her blog here:

And if you love those Sweet Ebony stamps take a look at the section called SASS - they're full of beautiful sketches that one day might turn into stamps!

Dutch Dare - Card Challenge

sweet ebony, sugar nellie, elisabeth bell
Here's a card I made for the Dutch Dare - Card Challenge. It's another Sweet Ebony from Sugar Nellie stamps - this one is my absolute favourite! The challenge was to use only one designer paper on the card - not too much of a challenge for me - I don't usually use more than one! I'm not sure about the sentiment whether or not I like it. But I'll leave it like this for now!
Here's a link to the 5th Dutch Dare Card Challenge.

It's a new day... it's time for some blog candy! Andrea is giving away some wonderful Magnolia stamps along with some paper, flowers and buttons! Check it out on her blog:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ummmm...more blog candy :)

I can't help it - there is so much blog candy right now - of course I need to enter all of the competitions!

Jennifer is offering some great blog candy - a ton of stamped images including Magnolia and Sarah Kay!
Check out her website here:

And while I'm at it - here's another wonderful site offering blog candy. Maya is celebrating
10 000 visitors by giving away 140 H&S stamped images (ends July 20th). I would so love to win these as they are not yet available to order!! Here's the link to her website:

And one more...Karen at Karen's Creations is celebrating setting up her own company "Kerudoc Création" by offering some wonderful candy! Check out her website: more :) Steph is offering some great blog candy to celebrate 20 000 hits to her blog! Check it out at her website:

Splitcoast Sketch Challenge....

This is my first try at a sketch challenge - I was supposed to be studying but decided I really needed a break... Problem is...once you've taken a break it's hard to convince yourself to stop taking a break! Anyways, this is another Sweet Ebony from Sugar Nellie Stamps!