Friday, December 31, 2010


The title of this post goes for the card and the weather .... eeeeeep .... it is FREEZING here!!

Maybe that's why white looks so good right now? I love every colour at the mo - so long as it's white. Scratch head. Shake head. Move on :0) LOL!

If you noticed a smell of burning rubber when you pulled in - that would be me - screaming in to meet the deadline for Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge - #62. These colours are so way beyond gorgeous and I've been meaning to play there for a while. So to see in the New Year - playing this challenge is something .... NEW :0)!

Colour Challenge

The flowers were stamped and embossed on vellum and then pigment ink was rubbed on the back side. I absolutely LOVE this look on a solid sheet of vellum - and wondered what it would be like if the flowers were cut out afterwards ... this is the result :0)

Colour Challenge Deet

The leaves were fussy cut and then holes were pierced in them for the veins ... you can see them a bit behind the flowers and I'm still trying to decide if that bugs me or not?? Hmmmm. Need to give that a few days before a final verdict. (Any outside opinions?)

This will be the last post of 2010 - amazing thought. I really do wish everyone the MOST WONDERFUL 2011. It's always strange looking at my Day Planner for the year ahead. So many days and no notion at all of what they're going to hold. Some birthdays that I'm writing down - I honestly don't know if those people will still be here when their big day comes around. So we're just planning on being grateful for them every day that we *do* have!

My Hunkadorus' uncle used to love writing in cards:

Be grateful for the Past, Live in the Present .... and leave the Future in God's hands ...

MANY blessings wished to all!



Stamps Used: Delightful Dahlia (flowers); Beautiful Blooms (Sentiment); Turning a New Leaf (Leaves) - Papertrey Ink
Circle Stamp from "Custom Design Cardmaking Kit" - JustRite Stampers

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Strictly CAS

Hi everyone!! :0) Did you have a wonderful Christmas? Did you get some awesome time off? Did you get spoiled?

We had a totally wonderful Christmas this year ... nothing outrageous, just quiet, slow and full of family. I'm sooooooo contented and happy :0) *SIGH*!

After Christmas there are always Thank You's that need to go out - and we're no exception! However, 3 of the tiddleywinks now have the flu :0( and I decided to go CAS for my thank you's (lots of CAS on the blogaroo lately isn't there? I'm sure the layers will return shortly!)

A Mouse Full

This mouse full ... full mouse is a thank you for some delicious Belgian Chocolates ... oh my word ... YUM!

Mouse Thanks

This is for some Christmas music .... and I'm putting this one in at the Moxie Fab World - for their Strictly Stripes Challenge :0)  O.K. I know those banners are NOT strictly stripes, but they really did remind me of the challenge ... and maybe new goodies just work like that. We see all sorts of 'possibilities' (or is that rule bending?) in them that perhaps was never intended! LOL!

Mouse Tea

And this little chap is heading out to say thank you for some specialty teas ... TEA! Love it!

Thank you so much for stopping by! We're counting down to the New Year now - 2011 *whomp!* how on earth did that happen?

Have an awesome day! Big smiles - and HUGS!


"Mouse Full" Card: Contented Mudpie - House Mouse Stamps; Mixed Thank You - Hero Arts
Banner Thank You: Williamsburg Alphabet - Technique Tuesday; Hyper Mouse - House Mouse Stamps; Banner Builder - Papertrey Ink
Mouse Tea: Feeling Rosy - House Mouse Stamps; Mixed Thank You - Hero Arts

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best Wishes to All!

Hello everyone - regular visitors, lurkers and 'just stopping by' peeps :0)

Some of you may remember this post which I did a while back .... well I wanted to share a gorgeous piece of Happy Mail with all of you!

Isn't that wonderfully elegant??? Opening up the envelope just took my breath away - what an absolutely beautiful card! This is indeed from Patty who has just blessed me more than I can say!

The embossing in those windows just gleams with light - stunning all the way through! I LOVE IT!

Patty - THANK YOU for such a wonderful blessing! I'm so tickled and touched it's hard to describe it adequately! Bless you!

And to everyone in blogland - many blessings to all of you too. This is a really slow, quiet and special time for our family and I probably won't be posting for a few days ... I wish everyone who is also celebrating the Christmas Season the *VERY* best - *many* blessings, *much* love from the people they love and *happy* memories of many kinds to treasure for always ...



Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Card

Just a quick post for a CAS Christmas Card. I love this stamp set and the beautiful Christmas sentiments it contains - but have been struggling with how to keep the focus simple.

I-Rock Card

The sparkling frame was created with my i-rock and the stamped images were all heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I-Rock Card Deet

In for a good week Peeps?? The hunkadorus has the week off - so I'm smiling .... (and one of the tiddleywinks is practising "Kiss the Rain" by Yiruma on the piano) so things here are pretty happy and mellow.

Many blessings wished for you too :0)



Stamps: Silent Night - Papertrey Ink

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Moxie Sweet

Hi Peeps! I haven't played in a Tuesday Trigger for eons it seems - and with this gorgeous pic up on the Moxie Blog this week, it couldn't wait any longer :0)!

Isn't it pretty??!

Cath very aptly name it "A Sweet Christmas" - it's sweet in every way!

I thought about this one for a while - and had visions of cupcakes and fairytales ....

....and then thought of Basic Grey's "Eskimo Kisses" paper line ...

Perfect! ;0)

I was one of the people who was really excited when Dawn's Vintage Ornaments came out in Dies this year - and haven't used them yet! Today was the day and the time was NOW!

Vintage Christmas

The tree branch is heat embossed in silver on Soft Stone cardstock (love this together!) and I then shadow stamped the branch again with Smokey Shadow ink for a bit of depth ... the ornaments were die cut and then stamped and heat embossed too ...

Vintage Christmas Deet

I added the bling with a brand new toy :0) - an Imaginisce i-rock tool; just too much fun!

So there it is :0)  It's one of those projects that left me feeling really pleased - but lamenting the limitations of photography - with all that sparkle there is a lot more animation when you hold it in your hand!

Have an awesome day - and a fantabulous weekend! All your Christmas shopping done? Anyone getting crafty goodness... which perhaps they ordered for themselves ...this year?

Why would I ask a question like that ;0)!

Heee! Have a good one!




Sentiment:Tree Trimming Trio - Papertrey Ink
Ornament Decorations: Vintage Ornaments Additions - Papertrey Ink
Tree Branch: Big Pine Bough - Hero Arts

A Sad Goodbye :0(

Hi Peeps - some of you may have noticed that my beautiful "Designing For" blinkie has disappeared ... and rather than leave you wondering, I wanted to share a few words about that.

When I was offered the DT position at Penny Black it was under the understanding that I was free to choose which images I worked with and that they would all be at my disposal.

Unfortunately there seems to have been a 'broken telephone' situation and that wasn't the case. My crafting choices were made for me - and the last items I received were going to require me to change my crafting style substantially - and move in a direction which I hadn't anticipated, and honestly didn't really desire to go.

My blog has been a place where I've enjoyed sharing my little crafty adventures with the world - complete with the freedom to say - "Ooooh love this stamp" ... or "This one didn't turn out quite the way I'd intended" .... (That only happens to me - right :0) ?  And sometimes even say things like "wish this sentiment was a bit bigger .... "!!

I wanted to keep that honesty and openess here - but if I was crafting with things I hadn't actually chosen (and in some cases wouldn't chose) and was struggling to feel confident with, it was going to be a conflict of interest for me - and end up not being fair to Penny Black either.

So I chose to go back into obscurity :0)

Penny Black has a gorgeous line of products - some just too jolly cute for words and I would have loved the opportunity to get to know the line a whole lot better. However, as things turned out, I don't think I was the person they needed to showcase the specific products they had in mind for me.

I do want to wish both PB and their DT all the very best. What a gorgeously talented group their DT happens to be!! I LOVED the time spent working with you all - thank you all so much for that blessing!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Case Your Favourite Challenge

Hi Peeps :0) They say that when you haven't crafted for a while - the best way to get back in is to case someone ... so THIS challenge at Wee Memories was just what I needed! The challenge is to case something you love - a favourite card, designer, layout ...

I have loved THIS card by Debbie Olsen ever since I saw it last year - and thought it would be a great CASE to try and get back into the feel of things here ...

This was my take:

Wee Memories Case

The background papers are stamped ... and I added a bow for some festive cheer.

Wee Memories Case Deet

This little fellow is coloured with chalks and pencil crayons. Don't you love the sublime expression on his face? :0) (His name is Maxwell!)

And one toot, just before I leave - not for me but for Paper Maniac . I won a certificate to this store a few weeks ago - and just have to say that Patti was so amazingly fabulous to me! My order (which was so much fun to place - the store was full of brand new DP's :0) went out less than 24 hours after I put it in. It has now arrived - beautifully packaged with everything in perfect condition - and despite the fact that such a huge portion of my order was a GC - she actually spoiled me by not charging me shipping for it as well.  I felt so pampered and feel so grateful to her! THANK YOU Patti - I will definitely be back!!

And another note before signing off here - THANK YOU to all of the *sweet* people who have left me best wishes recently! I so appreciate your kindness! Things have started to improve - but I'm not up to any marathons yet :0)!!



ETA - I have just learned that House Mouse has a challenge blog - and that this card fits their latest challenge! So have decided to play it in there and look forward to seeing what the next challenge will be!

Santa's Little Helper - House Mouse Designs
Festive Foliage, Compliments of the Season, and Holiday Labels #14  - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Believe - Papertrey Ink

Friday, December 10, 2010


Just a quick note - sorry to be absent at the mo!

I've ripped something in my back and it's most comfy lying down ... on one side ... propped up ... just so ... :0)

Just in case you were wondering! (And yes, the ink still calls! LOL!)




Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bling On The CAS!

O.K. Confession here -

1. I didn't buy this stamp set for Christmas cards at all .... but thought it had great potential for spring and baby cards :0)

2. Uninked stamps *CALL* to me :0)

So here it is, inked up in all its Christmassy glory ... and it *IS* so jolly cute I'm glad it didn't wait until spring after all!


Those little birdies have everyone in the house smiling at the mo ... :0)

Birdies Deet

Loads and loads of glitter and rhinestones on this - it sparkles up a storm IRL!

Still looks like I need a few lessons in photography here or else this card should go through the laundry - how else do you get your "whites whiter and your colours brighter"?? LOL!!

Heee - that was so corny :0) hope you're having a great day! It is SOOOOOO overcast here and has been so for most of the week (which is probably why bling and glitter look so good) - hope there is something in your day to make it sparkle!!



Stamps : Framed, Signature Christmas, Merry Little Christmas - Papertrey Ink

ETA: These pics are new - spending some time on my back (see post above) was a good thing - I actually ready my camera's handbook :0)!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anniversary Card - with a Twist :0)

Here is a card which is up on the Penny Black blog today. This card started off when I saw a piece of fabric - printed as a reverse toile (a white image on a red background) with an occasional charcoal image printed over the top. It was so elegant!

I love this floral stamp from the Winter Whites and Greens clear set - it's gorgeous for Christmas, but it reminds me somewhat of a bridal bouquet too. I found that it repeat stamps beautifully - the curve just fits into itself perfectly ... and so the card started to come together :0)


Just a dash of sparkle and one of my favourite kinds of sentiments ....

Anniversary Deet

With some buttons and stitching to finish it off!

Thanks for popping in - I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! We are having snow flurries off and on here .... with the sparkle of the house lights across the street ... and our Christmas music playing, life here is feeling pretty mellow :0)!

HUGS and Best Wishes Peeps!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cozy Christmas

I have a quiet sort of card here - in the midst of a snowy day! I'm popping this one in at 2S4Y - for Laura's 66th Sketch - which is just a perfect sort of composition for a card in my book!

Cozy Christmas

This is just full of stamping! The background plaid stamp is one of my all time loves ... the greenery is new from Waltzingmouse's last release.

Cozy Christmas Deet

Some sparkle - because it IS for Christmas!! (But not *too* much - this could still work for a guy card - don't you think? :0)

Thank you so much for popping in - if you're in the States I hope you're enjoying this long Thanksgiving weekend!

If you're not - I still hope that your weekend is going to be an absolute goodie - we're about to decorate for Christmas and the excitement in our home is running *high*!! We'll be having our first eggnog of the season on Sunday! Wooohoooo!

Best wishes to all! :0)


Stamps: Plaid (Off Beat Backgrounds); Pine Branch (Festive Foliage), Text (Text it) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Frame: Framed - Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Tags and Gift Wrap

Poor Jenyfur who co-ordinates things for the Penny Black blog is completely and totally snowed under with no power at the moment :-0!

But as it turns out today she has managed to get a little power from a generator. Here are my projects that are up - for Jenyfur's challenge to make Tags and Gift Wrap ...

Ginger Tag

This little guy was a given for a tag don't you think ;0)! I really adore this image - it has so much volume! By colouring him - piecing the holly and punching a hole for some ribbon he really turned into a tag all by himself (and by switching out the icing and colours "he" can be a "she" in the twinkle of an eye :0)

Gift Bag

This is just a Walmart, brown paper bag that I added some details to. The background is stamped with Penny Black's "Snow Scroll" stamp, and the flower is "Christmas Star". The poinsettia is embossed with gold embossing powder and then painted with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist - lots of lovely shimmer here and a few pearls to finish it off!

This was one was made with the Hunkadorus in mind! i.e. - CAS! I'm loving all of the layered tags around blogland at the mo - but they really aren't for him ... :0)

Masculine Tag

LOL! I think he'll like it!

So there it is - there are more deets on the projects and supplies listed on the Penny Black blog today - and Carole also has a project posted - looooove her beautiful work! Mmmmmm!

Thanks for popping on by! Hope you're having a wonderful day that just gets better all the way through! (And hugs to Jenyfur - who probably isn't surfing at the mo - but I *AM* thinking of you!!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

A little more than a week to go! This card is off to bring good wishes to a very dear lady named Patty!

For Patty

With every best wish for the most beautiful and joyous Hanukkah celebration!

For Patty Deet

The star was cut with a craft knife and then coated with gold foil. I scored the lines over the top of it when the foil had been applied.

Our family has just finished reading a synchronised account of 1st and 2nd Maccabees with the writings of Josephus and other historians of antiquity. Everyone's eyes were sparkling and their cheeks glowing as the reading went on! What an amazing epic surrounds this Festival! We were really blessed by our time learning about it!

I wish every joy to all those who are preparing to celebrate it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge

Jenny over at Wee Memories has a fun challenge on at the mo - to use patterned paper on your card! The idea being that you should be using up that stash ... and the prize this week is being able to buy more :0) (Makes sense right!)

So here is my offering...

Baby Wreath

Now to be PERFECTLY HONEST I didn't make this card for this challenge specifically. It was made about a month ago and I never blogged it ... but that is Basic Grey Sugared paper on there (yes really - how old is that now :0) so it really does fit this challenge and I think it belongs in there!

Baby Wreath Deet

I used silk ribbon embroidery to create some flowers on the wreath and a touch of heat embossing for the flourishes.

So there it is - last day to play is tomorrow!

Hugs and thanks for popping in! Hope you have a great evening ... we're due for snow tonight. Eeep! I can't believe it's here already!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waltzingmouse November Bloghop

O.K. so I'm playing truant from school prep and getting in a little crafty time and a Blog Hop here :0)!! Feels pretty good too - heeee!

This is my first time playing along with WMS - and I'm pretty excited to be dancing along! The challenge this month is to create a Christmas themed card - and the Very Sweet Postman recently left me some delectable WMS Christmas goodness ... so it wasn't too much of a stretch!

Sleigh Bells

With a sentiment like that, I couldn't resist the bell :0) ...

Sleigh Bells Deet

These colours make me happy - and I think this Bo Bunny paper is absolutely GORGEOUS ... but the DP does most of the work in this card. So there is one more, with more "hands on" stamping ....

Christmas Plaid

Love the colours in this one too - and they're inspired by Claire herself! One more deet shot for those peeps who find them helpful ...

Christmas Plaid Deet

So there it is :0) Thank you sooooo much for waltzing in and stopping by for a while! May your dancing shoes continue to hold up well - no worn soles before the end! LOL!


Stamps used:

Holiday Labels 14
Compliments of the Season

Off Beat Backgrounds
Sewing Box Christmas
Compliments of the Season
Text it

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cards - Inside and Out.

Jenyfur had a GREAT idea to challenge the Penny Black design team to create cards that were finished inside and out for the blog today! I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with - our styles are so different and I know I'll be inspired by something someone else has thought of!

I embossed this tree with Stardust embossing powder - and in reality it really shimmers and twinkles like *crazy*! The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder ...

These snowflakes fitted perfectly into this scallop and I thought they added an understated touch to the inside of the card ....

I'm longing to go and see what the other ladies have been up to now .... :0)

My apologies to everyone for being a terrible blogging buddy at the mo - I have had a hyoooooge amount of research work to do for school and it hasn't left me much time for the fun stuff .... I really hope to catch up with you all soon!!

Have a totally outrageously fabulous day :0)!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

Hi everyone. I don't usually post anything that isn't card/craft related, but really wanted to share this video, written and sung by Canadian Terry Kelly. It has become a part of our family's Remembrance Day every year. (If you're like me, you may need some kleenex.)

If you're interested in the story behind the video, more information can be found here -

Blessings to you all.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little Bells ....

Here is a card I made with Penny Black stamps - it's up on the PB blog today :0)

It all started with this cutie dinky little bell which I thought would be a *darling* addition to a card!

The colours are simple - but rich ...

Don't you love that sentiment? It says so much with such a small little word!

The background stamping is a mixture of pigment (snowflakes) and dye (script) inks ... and the flourish is embossed with gold embossing powder. All of the edges are inked - white on the background cardstock and vintage tones on the cream.

And while this post goes up, we're off to go and do a spot of early Christmas shopping! Seems *totally* appropriate don't you think ;0)

Hugs Peeps! Thanks for visiting me - have a *totally* fabby, happy kind of day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Moxie Fabulous Damask

Hi everyone :0)

Cath has a Moxie Fantabulous Damask Challenge on right now - Diggin' Damask ...

I really wanted to play along - but didn't want to use a Damask stamp - that just happened, here ...

So out came this embossing folder instead.

Moxie Damask

Now the embossing folder used is called Kassie's Brocade - which led to the question - what's the difference between Damask and Brocade?!!

I looked them both up in a dictionary and found that Damask originally came from Damascus in Syria. Brocade wasn't given a place of origin. Otherwise the descriptions of the fabrics and patterns was much the same. Anyone else have any ideas?

Moxie Damask Deet

Here is a deet shot. I'm feeling pretty crazy about tags right now (waiting for this to arrive :0)

Apart from the sentiment - there is no stamping on this card *gasp*. They say that a change is as good as a holiday - but I'm sure Hawaii feels more exciting than that ;0)?!!

Heee! Blessings to you!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

W Plus 9 Colour Cue

Hi everyone!!

Firstly a HYOOOOOGE thank you to EVERYONE who left me such kind words of encouragement after Monday! I'm feeling blessed out of my little socks :0)! Thank you a hundred times over!

Just a whizz through here to pop a card on the blogaroo for the last W Plus 9 Colour Cue Challenge - it was in honour of Breast Cancer Month - and I really wanted to play and support the cause ...
I was initially going to make my card all white with small dashes of the other colours ... it would be so light and pretty ... but then I thought of something almost completely pink for a change - and that's where it went :0)

Wplus9 Nov

And to add to the different feel of the card I made the butterflies dark grey and embossed the leaves in silver (hopefully that counts as grey too?!) leaving the white for small touches in the background stamping, ribbon and flowers ...

Wplus9 Nov Deet

So there it is! Thanks to W Plus 9 for a *gorgeous* set of colours for a *really* good reason ... I want to play with them again!

Blessings peeps - have an awesome day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The BIG News :0)

Well, I have been pretty much BURSTING to share my BIG NEWS with everyone and today is "THE DAY" :0)

Today I make my debut on the Penny Black Blog as a new member of their incredible Design Team! I just cannot tell you what a wonderful privilege it is for me to be among these talented ladies - or how exciting to have the opportunity to help showcase Penny Black's wonderful line of stamps! It's back to the thrill of woodblock, with cling and transparent stamps as part of the mix .... mmmmmm!

Right now they are counting down to Christmas - and I got a box of goodies filled with Seasonal Fare to tempt the creative juices ... so my additions to their blog today are as follows ...

This cutie image called "Ginger Joy" - with paper pieced 'icing' and glossy accented holly ....

And this gorgeous bush -  with french knots for berries ....

I have another card up, and all the deets on which stamps these are, can be found on the Penny Black Blog today!

Thanks for popping in and letting me have a little gush ... I'm pretty jolly tickled :0)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Moxie Fabulous and 2S4Y

Two great challenges up this week :0)

When I saw this picture from Cath at the Moxie Fab World I had to smile - the challenge is called "Sweater Weather" :0)

I know some people who could carry this one off - but don't happen to be one of them! 2S4Y has Laura's 64th Sketch up ... and this is where these ideas took me ...


See the 'layering' for a 'sweater' challenge :0) Heeee!

Moxie Deet

The dress form that the sweater is hanging on was where the inspiration started  (love the colour - and this Fine Linen seemed like my closest equivalent) and then I had that cutie knitted stamp from WMS ... and some snow for the cold weather ...!!

Thanks for popping in! Thanks to Cath and the ladies at 2S4Y for the challenges and the fun!

Have a goodie peeps!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Mail!! :0)

I'm one of the happy people on the planet at the moment - the gorgeous stamps I won in Caardvarks August Challenge arrived this week !! I really want to say a HYOOOOOOGE thank you to both them and Just Rite for their incredible generosity :0) Five new stamp collections and their stamp bases have come to live at my house and I'm having fun!

The "Old Fashioned Christmas" set had a gorgeous card by Debbie Olsen on the packaging which was soooooo inspiring, I took a few hints from her and tried a card of my own :0)

Snowman Fuzzies

I'm still a Prismacolor girlie here :0) And thoroughly enjoyed doing a spot of colouring in for a change.

Snowman Fuzzies Deet

A little bit of Prisma Glitter for some snowy shine ... and a sentiment that makes me smile - especially paired with this image! L0L!

Thanks for popping in :0)

Hope there is something happy to celebrate in your day too!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Peeps! I have been wanting to post something on my blog for this important theme - and decided to dedicate today to it. For a special reason. For a special person.

I'm sure all of us know someone who has been affected by cancer - or lost loved ones to some form of this horrible disease. Today, as I'm writing one of my friends is presently recovering from the surgery she had earlier today - for a mastectomy.

So my blog post today is dedicated to her. It seems like such a natural day for me to remember to educate myself - and there is a whole website which addresses this issue.

I had really wanted to make a card for my friend using the colours provided for the last WPlus9 Colour Q Challenge - but just couldn't get the grey to agree with the light look I wanted. Full of life and hope. Hopefully those colours will still make an appearance here soon ;0)

 Breast Cancer Card

This uses the pink we associate with this theme - but also some paper from Basic Grey's Sugared Collection - with the gorgeous green accents, and Waltzingmouse's darling Teeny Tiny Trees!

Breast Cancer Deet

Some silk ribbon embroidery and some shiny rhinestone bling - for softness and sparkle. I'm looking forward to speaking with my friend soon and finding out how things went for her.

I promised an update on the hunkadorus' birthday card - and the news is good. But not THAT good ;0)!He liked the card and said so. So I really do think it went over well.

But he LOVED the chicken and mushroom dinner I made for him and RAVED about that.

What's that old saying about the way to a man's heart?? LOL!

If the sun comes out nicely tomorrow I may retake these pics. It looks like a lovely shower of rain is brewing!

Have a fantastic day!

ETA - These are the new pics - the sun did come out in the end! But it wasn't rain that was brewing - it was SNOW! My friend is also doing very well, I'm *so* happy to say :0)!!