The Stamps I Use

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happiest Holidays

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share another of the cards from the CTMH Merriest Wishes Cardmaking Workshop Your Way.



This was a fun one to make because - that tree patterned paper is actually custom-created using the stamps that come in the kit! I love it! I used the three different green inks recommended in the kit along with a red ink and - Voila! My own paper!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Merriest Wishes

Hi folks,

As you can tell from my last couple of posts, I've been working my way through the Workshop Your Way Kits in the current Holiday Expressions Idea Book from CTMH.

Today I'm sharing a card from the Merriest Wishes cardmaking WYW Kit.


I quite like the simple but pretty design of this one. Just the right amount of sparkle. The design is not TOO dimensional - making it great for mailing out purposes.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

You're the Best

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share the second card from the CTMH Happy Thoughts cardmaking workshop your way.



Again, even though this workshop uses papers from the Cats & Bats collection, the card is not at all Hallowe'en-y.

The kit instructions recommend using the Basic Tags Thin Cuts. Mine are on the way so I improvised by just cutting my paper appropriately.

I think I'll make another version of the card - using the other side of the orange paper - the black diagonal stripe as I think that would look quite elegant. And maybe swap either the pink or grey cardstock for the glittery bashful or silver paper..

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thank You Kindly

Hi folks,

Today I'm sharing a thank you card from the CTMH "Kind Thoughts" card making Workshop Your Way.




Hard to believe these papers are from the Hallowe'en themed Cats & Bats Collection! I must say, I quite like how the card-making workshops for the themed paper collections are often not at all related to the season for which they were originally intended.

And, even though the kit recommends the Thin Cuts Scallop Border die, I'm here to tell you that if you have our older scallop border punch in your crafting arsenal then you can still replicate the look as I did above. I JUST ordered my die cut last week so it hasn't arrived yet but I really wanted to make this card so I just pulled out the punch instead!

And, though the kit recommends watercolouring the flower image, I coloured mine with my Copic markers. So - use what you have! If you aren't comfortable with watercolours, use your pencils or your favourite markers!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Happy Birthday - Viva La Verve Oct 2017

Hi folks,

I've had another productive weekend of paper-crafting so I will definitely have some cards to share again this week.

Up first is a card I made for our nephew for his birthday.



This was my first time using the mini acrylic stamps from The Greeting Farm and I am pleased with the result.

card details:


As always, thanks for stopping by!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Yet Another Autumn Birthday Card

Hi folks,

Yes - the cards featuring the CTMH Falling For You collection just keep coming. What can I say? I quite like the colour scheme for this paper pack.


This is another card inspired by a CTMH Home Office card workshop. Clean, simple, easy to make!




As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Another Autumnal Birthday Card

Hi folks,

Well, it seems that I am still on an autumn themed card streak. Today I have another card to share featuring the CTMH Falling For You paper collection.



A quick and easy make (inspired by a card workshop developed by CTMH home office) - another card for my stash!

As always, thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

For You - Falling For You

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share the third card I was inspired to make based on the cards from the Falling For You scrapbooking workshop.




Again, I fussy cut a leaf from the Falling For You papers and switched out the sentiment for one from the Happy Day Cardmaking WYW set.  I also used gold glitter gems and green twine.

Be sure to pop back again tomorrow as I still have cards to share featuring the Falling For You papers if you are looking for more inspiration.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Falling For You - Happy Birthday

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share my second card inspired by the optional cards from the CTMH Falling For You Scrapbooking WYW Kit.




I'm always needing birthday cards so I substituted the mini Happy Birthday sentiment for the stamp used on the inspiration card. Instead of stamping and die cutting the leaves, I fussy cut them from one of the Falling For You papers. I also used some of my leftover Ocean sequins. The grey looks great with these papers.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow to see my third and final card inspired by those from the workshop.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Have a Happy Day!

Hi folks,


I'm back today sharing another Autumnal themed card.

If you have the CTMH Falling For You Scrapbooking Workshop Your  Way Kit you know that there are additional instructions included to make three of each of these three cards in addition to the three double page layouts.




I decided to have a go at making them - with the stamps and embellishments I have on hand since I don't yet have the Falling For You Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle in my collection. Here's what I came up with for the card on the left.

For this card, I used the stamp set from the Happy Day Cardmaking WYW.  See that sunflower? I made the petals using the leaf stamp!




card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inch, kraft card stock base
  • embellishments: burlap ribbon, gold glitter gems
  • stamped images coloured with Copic Markers
Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what I did for the second card!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Day - Falling For You

Hi folks!

Autumn seems to have finally arrived here in Ottawa so it's definitely time to share some Autumn themed cards.

In the current Holiday Expressions Idea Book from Close To My Heart, the Happy Day Cardmaking Workshop Your Way definitely fits the bill for fall themed cards.
I finally had a chance to sit down and play with the kit this week. Here are my two cards following the guide. I've got the pieces cut for the other 10 cards but haven't decided yet if I'll go with the same style of card (for a card workshop) or just make them with different sentiments and some add-ons for myself.





Excuse the smudges on my coloured images. After I had stamped my images with Archival Black ink, I decided to colour with Copics instead of watercolour paint (I was too lazy to go get water actually). Oops! I know better - Memento is the ink to use with Copics, not Archival. Anyways, I can live with it.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Hi folks,

Sharing another October birthday card today!




card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Shopping Emily - It's Your Birthday!

Hi folks,


Today I'm sharing another card for an October birthday.

I haven't played with my stamps from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps in a while but I thought this one would be perfect for my turning 13 niece.




card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TGF September Farm Fresh Challenge

Hi folks!

Today I'm sharing a card that kicks off a month of birthday celebrations in my family.




card details:



As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Grandma's kitchen - another day of catching up

Hi folks!

Now that I've finished the "Straight as an arrow" baby quilt, it's time to get back to the blocks from Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen Quilt Along.

On Sunday, I had a long overdue quilting day with my friend who had begged me to do this quilt along with her.

We both had a rough day. I was dealing with the repeated launderings of the baby quilt and she was having a difficult time with her piecing. Things were not going well for either of us but we both persevered.

I was able to finish up blocks 8, 9, and 10.

Block 8 - Grandma's Apron Applique is not something I do very often but I'm quite pleased with how this one came together. Pro-tip: drop the speed of your machine to it's very slowest AND use a very light foot on the gas pedal and you will do just fine.



Block 9 - The Kitchen Window


Block 10 - Recipe Box The pattern for this one suggested using a different setting than the one in the pattern. So I did.



I still have more catching up to do. Blocks 11, 12, and 13 have already been published. Block 14 is due out Wednesday. I probably won't get to them again until next weekend. Busy week ahead!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Growing in Unity Winners announcement

Hi folks,

It's time to announce the winners from those who left comments on my Growing In Unity blog posts last week.

The winners are Judy B and Cindy Thick. Ladies please email me at the link you see in the left sidebar under "email me!" ASAP. Please do this within two weeks or your prize of 25 random stamps from Unity will be forfeit.

Of course, I also have a couple of cards to share today as well using the December 2016 Kit of the Month - Always Been You.




There's a couple of big anniversaries in my family in October so I made these two cards to mark the occasions.




As always, thanks for stopping by!

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.