Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Polka Dot Thankful Card

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Sneaking in another card, basing it on Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #265.  I took liberties to make the one layer a bit wider and place the narrower bit over toward the left, it all just “fit” better for me.  I made a base out of this fun grey and white polka dot paper vrom Pebbles inc – a Jen Hadfield 6 x 6 DP pad.  I used the sentiment included inside the block too, then repeated the theme with a fun polkadot layered die cut flower.   Die cut by Dienamics.  I used more dies by Simon Says Stamp and Spellbinders to make a lacy backdrop to the sentiment.  My final touches were the sequin in the middle of the bloom and then finished it all with three small white gems by Studio Katia. 


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Haynes Point (Swiws) Provincial Park, Osoyoos BC

Our town, Osoyoos, is OPEN!  Despite all the media coverage of the floods the waters have since retreated and even when things were at their worst…

Osoyoos Lake Flood May 2018_thumb[3]

Walkway lakefront by Watermark, Osoyoos BC

The first photo was taken a few nights ago when the weather had cheered up again, this bottom one was taken last Thursday when our lake was really high.  You might have a squint in the water about half way up these tree trunks, this is a small retaining wall where the sand for the swimming beach is. The water was quite high, but even then, Osoyoos has been open for business, for living and touristing.  Yes, there have been homes and people adversely impacted and there has been loss of property – but our community is amazing and its been very much neighbor helping neighbor and help come in from inside town and out.  The downtown core is still vibrant and not only waiting to serve you – but needing you to come visit!  There’s still great restaurants, wineries, shops and even Rattlesnake Canyon open for you and your children to come play.  There are campsites open despite what you may hear.  I read where one campsite only had three spaces taken this long weekend, that’s a huge loss for the town and owners.  So… come visit! 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Lush Floral Diecut Card


I’m coming in toward the deadline for this Freshly Made Sketches 337 challenge – I have had little time to create this week so the simplicity of this sketch shouted at me!  Lots of leeway to interpret!  I used a slice of gorgeous designer paper from Recollection for the larger portion.  The transparency is a snippet of BoBunny vellum.  The die cuts are ones I just recieved from Peachy Cheap and have been dying to try.  The sentiment is a washi sticker from Pink Fresh (Felicity) – a giftie from my Sistie!  I think I could love washi stickers, they make life easy. 

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Masculine Birthday – Kraft with Gold!


My take on:

Paper Players #391 Tick Tac Toe Challenge

So I hope it’s completely obvious I’m choosing birthday for my “tic”, die-cut for my “tac” and my “toe” could be either of twine or masculine you take your pick! 

I made myself dive into some paper slices which have been staring at me ever since my friend Terri gifted them to me.  I have several girlfriends in my life who, if we get a “book” of special designer paper, we give each other free choice of pecking through said book and taking what you might like.  Most books come with duplicates and its so cool to see how we each use different patterns and slices in unique ways!  I say DP shared is a double blessing indeed! 

I die-cut this kraft and gold accented DP – which I believe was from a DCWV pack which was meant to be for making banners.  I used a rectangular die cut, then I trimmed the middle bit out in a triangle.  I did some layering up of various pieces (I find you can never go wrong with stacking things and adding layers and foam tape does miracles at creating height and interest.  I used a Jillibean (Hampton Art) stamp for the sentiment.  I added some twine twisted with some sparkly gold thread for a topper.

pink lady

First Pink Lady Blossoms 2018

Thank you for spending a few moments of your busy day here at my blog! 

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Embossed Happy Birthday


This card whipped itself up in my head before I ever set to getting the supplies together.  I have (as I am sure we ALL have) a paper scraps bin and I enjoy finding bits in there for cards.  This super simple sketch by Just Add Ink #406 was just the ticket for me!  I started with making myself use some Adirondack embossing powder in “Stream” which has been looking at me since I purchased it.  The color is so lovely so I promised myself I’d use it (YES, I did have out loud conversations with myself)  I embossed a Jillibean Doilies stamp and applied the embossing powder and cooked it.  Don’t know about you but I LOVE cooking embossed things.  I have not seen an animated embossing session on Instagram but I’m betting it would be mesmerizing and relaxing, as much for a crafter person like me as the ever burning wood logs you see… ANYWAYS… I layered this embossed cooked doily with various die cuts to add interest and topped it with my very favorite TEENSY tiny My Favorite Things Happy Birthday sentiment.  (for a tiny sentiment it SHOUTS out on some cards) 

I used a scrap of fabric coated paper for the backdrop (after mis-slicing the embossed top layer several times)  Once I had success on the cutting of the top layer embossed paper I bumped it up with foam tape, affixed the sentiment disk and the final touch – adding some pretty shiny silver sequins from Simon Says Stamp 


First Lilac Bouquet

Every day is a fresh beginning,

Every morn is the world made new".”

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wood Themed Birthday Card


I’m going to JUST SQUEAK under the wire with posting this one, a super busy week kept me from getting my card up till now.  All good stuff to distract and delay me, mind you.  I was tickled to marry this Freshly Made Sketches #334 challenge with some paper I had given to me.   We have a relative who works in the wood and lumber industry and this designer paper by Stampin’ Up was just the ticket.  I used the good old layering it up technique, keeping it simple to let the wood shine through.  I die cut the sentiment with a Peachy Cheap die cut.  All I had to do to embellish was glue a few woodgrain sequins on, adding a few clear shimmery ones from Pretty Pink Posh.  And there you have it! 

I have had a beautiful weekend and I’d like to just share a little review of it.  I have a dear friend who blessed me with a weekend away – a women’s bible retreat at Rockridge Canyon – a breathtaking setting!


Just a short drive from Princeton BC in the lovely Similkameen Valley – with snow still atop the mountains but with the warm sun shining down on us the first day.  There were light rains on the next two days but it did not stop us from enjoying a zip-line adventure.  I enjoyed an early morning walk alongside the lake with a new friend, in the stillness it was a special time. 



I would have loved a hike to the peak of this little mountain but this will be for another time.  This is the view from the patio at our accomodations. 


The staff, the food were all top-notch, in fact it was a lavish banquet three times a day. 


In the company of some 50 or more Christian Women, it was a weekend of encouragement, bonding, teaching.  So many women gave of their talents and gifts to make this a beautiful, safe place for each of us to be fulfilled in our spirits.  I could not begin to list how each person made this a special time I’ll always treasure. 


Heidi McLaughlin from Heart Connections

A true highlight of this entire weekend retreat was the ministry and mentorship of Heidi McLaughlin from Heart Connections.   Heidi is such a warm, loving, encouraging and engaging speaker who has a true gift for reaching her audience on a very personal level.  A published author of several motivational books, she gracefully engages each person in such a positive and personal way.  I love how she pulls  on her own experiences of her life and Faith Journey.  I am confident she and her workshop had a spirit moving impact on each and every one of us. 


Thank you, Heidi, for drawing each of us out, to minister to our deepest heart-hurts and joys.  Thank you for your clear and relevant bible teachings.  Personally, for me, as I have been between Church family at this time, your gentle soul-nudge (and the blessing of my friend Terri to bring me to this event and share it with me as a friend) is causing me to desire to reconnect with a church. Now I’m home again I’m reading Heidi’s “Restless for More” – already uplifting and strengthening me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sending Sunshine card


I saw this sketch for The Paper Players #390 and its simplicity opend up a creative avenue in my imagination.  Like the weather here, I decided to draw out the sun and make a card to shine a little ray into someone’s life! 

Stamps: Imaginesce “berrylicious collection”, Dare2B Artzy “BEE-utiful” (little swirls) , Hero Arts (sentiment)

Designer Paper: Momenta cardstock (watercolor look)

Versafine ink and embossing powder

♥  ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥

Things are really blooming around Osoyoos – here are a few photos I snapped on my walk yesterday for you to enjoy:

blossom view 2 April

Love the “ombre” look of the pink blossoms darkening toward the top.

blossom view April

There are always camera bugs stopping to capture this amazing crazy quilt of orchard blooms!

pink blossoms April

Fruit blossoms

Saskatoon flower April

Saskatoon Berry Bushes – gentle, white, soft, calming to admire

Wild Tulips April

Always plant a few flowers "just because” for everyone to enjoy…

Saturday, April 21, 2018

!!! Happy Birthday !!! challenge card


Once again I’m allowing the designer paper to do the lion’s share of my card.  I opted for a simple chevron embossed white cardstock background.  Embossing folder from WeR Memory Makers.  Designer paper is Stripe Mix from the Gavin collection by Kim Crothers. I simply fashioned the shape of an exclaimaition mark out, using a square stitched die cut from Simon Says Stamp for the square part.  I layered the DP on top of a white cardstock backiing and bumped it up with foam tape.  A few sequins always set the party mood.  Stamp is one I use over and over and OVER (because its so nice and tiny) from My Favorite Things.

I’m so tickled to see that my card for the CAS(e) this sketch #267 was chosen as a favorite.  Thank you so much for this!  I’ve posted my badge into my “Badges” page! 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“Bees” Stamps Family Challenge



Last time I was in Houston and at my favorite art store there I came upon Some stamps by Dare2B Artzy Clear Stamps and I scooped a trio of the BEEutiful ones for sharing with my sister Nina and sister in law Judy so that I could make a challenge for us to do at the same time using the same stamps set.  We are lucky to be able to connect sometimes to create up a storm and I love this creativeness we can share.  I love how each of us has a unique take on challenges and how we all use supplies and sketches differently. 

I had picked up this slice of designer paper at an earlier date at Michaels, its a Recollections, and as I have several bee and honey themed stamp sets I scooped it up while it was on special.  I used some Simon Says rectangular stitched die cuts for some layers, backing them with black cardstock I stamped both senrtiments.  I bumped both layers out with foam tape.  I used my Wink of Stella gold to paint in the lined letters on BEEautiful and BUMBLE BEE.  I used some sparkly gold thread I have to accent.  I stamped the bee onto white cardstock using a fine gold embossing powder and cooking it good.  I added a gold sequin to the back of the bee, added a twist of the gold thread to imitate the bee’s wings.  I used two levels of foam tape to give the bee the place of honour on my cards. 

I still have two card sized slices of paper left, who knows what I’ll make next! 

“Seize Today” masculine card


I’ve had a set of ticket themed stamps I bought in the dark ages – from Forever in Time and have spent a lot of time wondering where I’d use these.  Today’s Atlantic Hearts Stamp Challenge #260 was the perfect cue:

Now I was not certain whether the ‘image’ square was to say there has to be an image here or in the larger rectangular bit or?  So I just did what felt right and hopefully its ok for this sketch. 

I used a recollections designer paper (I’m really ALL about paper, I used a recollections patterned one.  I chose a coordinating bit of green cardstock to stamp with the ticket image.  I then chose a piece of dark grey cardstock and stamped it with Inkadinkado Life’s Journey Key with embossing ink and gave it a blast of Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Antique Linen.  I like the way it turned out.  I fussy cut it out.  Lastly I stamped the “Seize Today” from Forever in Time onto black using a detail white embossing powder, then die cutting it out. 

I gave it some texture by layering up and voila! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rectangle “Wishing you Happiness” card


Very creative and productive weekend!  I’m talking about chores AND making cards.  5 loads of laundry, changed sheets on two beds, vacuumed top to bottom, dishes, mopped floors and patio.  I am WOOOOMANNNN!  LOL.  Well, it has freed me up to play today.  I’m working on photobooks for my grandbaby too.  I went to a scrapbooking/crop/creative drop in locally and made stuff all the while catching up with friends.  I whipped this card up last  night after choosing this challenge for Sunday Stamps #176

I loved this simple sketch and I was able to fish about in my scraps bin and pull together a card I really like.  I matched these blocks of cardstock and then a pretty floral.  I decided to emobss the whole works and then I added thin strips of white in between because they sort of just mashed together.  I stamped this Stampin’ Up sentiment and then die cut it with a stitched die from Simon Says  and then the outter one with a Spellbinders die.  I used a punch for the two ribbons and then random gems for the finishing touches. 

Bonus – its RAINING outside, gives me a ticket to just settle in “my space” – to create and get my cards out!   What will YOU be doing today? 

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