Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Quick Note

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the colour pink. 
 This month there are many challenges at Splitcoast to 'embrace the pink'.  The CAS challenge this week was to use orange and pink together.  Now normally, I would never think to put orange and pink together!  I decided to challenge myself and give it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
I was also inspired by my most talented friend Jill Foster and the fabulous array of watercolour cards she created for Penny Black.  This girl is ubber talented!
I began by using 110lb. watercolour paper and wet it with water.  I pressed my Distress ink pads onto my acrylic block and picked up the colours to add to my paper.  When it was totally dry, I stamped the 
Etched Branches from Penny Black with black Stazon ink.  I mounted that with pop dots over a black frame.  Quite a dramatic card but great for sending a birthday note to a special friend.


Also adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES

Simon Says Monday- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Create Too- HALLOWEEN or ORANGE

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Penny Black/ Stazon ink/ Distress ink-Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry/ pop dots/ paint brushes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Snowy Wishes

Meet today's card.  Isn't that little snowman just the cutest?  
I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast this am.  My card is simple with clean lines.  
This little guy is a digi that I won from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  I printed him off onto heavy white cardstock then coloured him using Copic markers.  For the hill, I cut a curvy line on my cardstock and embossed a thin silver line to represent the snowy horizon.  The sentiment from PTI was stamped with black Memento ink then the snowman was pop dotted on my card front. 

Also adding my card to these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge- CREATE A SCENE

Christmas Stampin All Year Long- ANYTHING GOES

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards- FOR THE BOYS


Sisters of Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Many thanks for taking the time to come and take a peek.

Supplies:  stamps- PTI/ digital- Bugaboo/  silver glitter/ Copic markers/ pop dots

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Scrollwork Christmas

Welcome to the weekend and meet today's card.  It is the first of more to come Christmas cards as I am working away trying to get some ready for the big day.

This card was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast today, from the Vietri site and this platter:
Blu Vittoria Large Rectangular Wall Plate

I love the scroll design on this plate but changed my scrolls to red for more of a Christmas themed card.  I masked the area that I wanted to stencil then using  Distress inks, I rubbed the ink over the stencil.  I removed the masks then added the sentiment from Kaiser Stamps with black Memento ink.
I die-cut the snowflake and added it with pop dots over the scrollwork stenciled area.  The finishing touch was a red pearl.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Virginia's View- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Bloggers Challenge- STENCIL

Sisters of Craft- ANYTHING GOES

Sweet Stampin Christmas- SNOWFLAKES

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.  I so appreciate when you come to visit.
Have a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamp- Kaiser/ stencil- Gourmet Rubber Stamps/ snowflake die- Lawn Fawn/ bl Memento ink/ Distress inks (Barn Door, Fired Brick)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Crunchy Leaves

Another wet, rainy Fall day here at my house today so good time for a happy, fun card.
The challenge today at Splitcoast is to create a card with a Halloween/ Harvest theme for children.
I have had this digi image for ages so printed it out then coloured it with Copic markers.  I then die cut it with a Spellbinder oval die and pierced around the edge.  
On the card front I did some random embossing by placing my cardstock into my embossing folder and then hitting it with a rubber mallet.  (Also a good way to get rid of your frustrations!! lol)  
I added the strips of white cardstock behind the image to help draw your eye in but still keeping it very clean and simple.

 I am also adding my card to these challenges:

CAS on Sundays- EMBOSS IT

Simply Create Too- HALLOWEEN or ORANGE

Shopping Our Stash- SOMETHING SWEET (my image)

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps-Inkadinkadoo, digi-Birdie Brown/ Copic markers/ Bl. Memento ink/ EB folder/ rubber mallet/ paper piercing tool

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Inspired By.......

Good Morning and thanks for coming by to visit.
Today's post is a little different.  I must apologize to all the other special friends that asked me to play along with this 'Inspired By' post...thanks so much!
At the time, I was unable to play due to a nasty virus that zapped me of my energy and ambition.

 Then, a couple of weeks ago, (and feeling much better) my super talented friend Julie Warner, honored my on her blog as an artist she was inspired by. Wow, what a surprise considering I have admired Julie's cards for year.

I first met Julie when we worked on the design team at Innovative Stamp Creations  I also know Julie from Splitcoast Stampers where she has been since 2007.  Julie hosts the Featured Stampers Challenge on Sundays and is a Member of the 'Dirty Dozen.  Her cards are full of interest and wonderful elements.  I love how she adds layers, amazing colouring and such creative layouts to all of her cards.
Julie presently does design work for Our Daily Bread, Serendipity Stamps, DRS Designs and North Coast Creations.  She is one busy lady and a most kind friend.

Along with this honor, Julie asked me to answer a few questions, then mention a few other wonderful stamping friends that inspire me.

       Right now I am working on getting some Christmas cards done for the big day.  I honestly don't 
       send hand made cards to everyone but like to have some on hand for family and close friends.
       Every year, I try to make a few more then I did the year before.  I am surprised I get anything done
       some days with my busy life and my little daycare people.

        That is a really tough question since there are so many wonderful CAS cardmakers out there.  I 
        love creating Clean and Simple cards but I like to add a twist by creating interesting backgrounds
        with Distress inks for my cards.  I love trying new techniques and just playing with stamps and 
        Here are some of my favourite cards that I have created over the years:

(click on the card to go to the original post)

         I have to say that I need some kind of creative outlet and that stamping and playing with inks is
         just such a wonderful stress reliever.  I love being able to pick up some paper, inks and stamps
         and create a card in a short amount of time.  The joy and happiness I get from giving my cards
         away is such a wonderful feeling, as I try and personalize my cards for the person receiving it.
         That's the great thing about stamping....the world of creativity is all yours!!

          Often times, I go to check out the challenges on Splitcoast stampers for inspiration.  Great
          challenges to get my 'creative juices' flowing.   Other times, I see something on someone else's
          blog that make me say, 'hmmm'.....'I want to try that!'.

And now I get to nominate some really special ladies who are so inspiring and that I am proud to call friends.

Susan Raihala- SIMPLICITY

My Photo

Ok, Susan had a huge influence on my card style, I think more then anyone else.  She was so instrumental in helping me 'know my style'.  I saw her work and loved the clean crisp lines and layouts.  I loved how the images were the focal point without all the layers and embellishments.  Susan has a most successful blog called Simplicity and a wonderful gallery at SCS to visit as well.  Susan really had such a hand in starting the CAS FAVOURITES at SCS and now I help host the One-Layer Simplicity Challenges with her each month.

My Photo

Here's my girl Lisa Lara.  She makes the most wonderful CAS cards and if I ever need to feel happy, I just need to go take a peek at her blog, Lisa's Life Lines or her SCS gallery.  You will find much happiness and fun and inspiration.  After a visit there, you will have a smile on your face.  I met Lisa through Splitcoast Stampers and she is a real delight.  Lisa presently does design work for Tiddly Inks and is a member of the Dirty Dozen.

Audrie Magno-Gordon- AUDRIE'S BLOG


Audrie is another special friend that I met through SCS.  Her blog, Audrie's Blog and her SCS gallery are full of wonderfully inspiring projects.   She is a most talented, encouraging lady, always working on creating new techniques and wonderfully done watercolour backgrounds.  She has done tutorials for SCS, hosts the Inspiration Challenges and has some great videos on her blog.  I especially have to thank her for showing us how to do the 'Embossing Folder Stamping Technique' which I love and use a lot.  Audrie is a Stampin Up Demonstrator. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the wonderful and inspiring ladies that I admire.  I hope you get a chance to visit their blogs and find some inspiration too!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Morning.  Another Christmas card to add to the collection that I am working on.  This one was really a quick and simple one to create.  I was inspired to play along with the challenge at Splitcoast.  If you have never been to Splitcoast Stampers before, trust me, you will find so much inspiration and creative ideas your head will feel like it may burst!!
I began by making the background using my Scoring board and my Scorbug (perforated lines).
I die cut the snowflake by Lawn Fawn, then pressed my Versamark pad onto the cut out so I could add the sparkle embossing powder.  I did the same for the small piece under the sentiment as well.  Stamped the sentiment and added a pearl to the center of my snowflake.

I am adding my card to these challenges:


Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Virginia's View- CLEAN and SIMPLE

Sweet Stampin Christmas- SNOWFLAKES

 Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- PTI/ die-Lawn Fawn/ Scorbug/ ScorePal/ Bl. Memento ink/ Sparkle eb powder-Inkadinkadoo/ jewel

Monday, 13 October 2014


Happy Thanksgiving 
to all my friends here in Canada.
 Hope you have much to be thankful for.