Game of Thrones Fans

Last summer I was lucky enough to go on a cruise around the British Isles!  Okay Okay, I admit it, I wasn’t merely lucky…………I was SUPER LUCKY.  Anyway, one day we took a tour from Belfast, Ireland out to Giant’s Causeway.  On the way back, the bus stopped for a bathroom break.  Those of us opting out of the twenty minute bathroom line up, were treated to an add on to the tour.  The tour guide led us over to the Fullerton Arms pub where we were able to see one of the ten hand carved doors given by the Game of Thrones production company to pubs around Ireland.    The wood from the doors was reclaimed from fallen trees (courtesy of Storm Gertrude) located at the “Dark Hedges” location of the show.  The scenes carved on the doors  are from scenes of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones.  In the interest of full disclosure,  I am not a Game of Thrones fanatic, but I am a Scrapbook fanatic and I thought there might be a great layout in the making here, and besides, I didn’t have to “pee” at that moment.

I already had the background paper from Ella and Viv and knew it couldn’t be more perfect for the layout.  I even reclaimed a feather pen from my reject pile  of embellishments and fixed it up with Indigo Blu guilding flakes.   So, I too, did my part with some recycling of my own!  The small picture of the “Dark Hedges” was taken from the Game of Thrones website.




Using the Pivot Pop Up Die from Lawn Fawn


If you are a “Friends” fan you might be interested in how this die from Lawn Fawn got it’s name.  Kelly Marie Alvarez  told us at Creativation, that it came from the Friends episode where the friends were trying to get a sofa up the stairs in the apartment building.  Ross kept yelling “Pivot” and because the die pivots around just like the sofa was supposed to do, it got the moniker “Pivot Pop Up”

The card we made in class, using the Pivot Pop Up die, was one of my favourites from Creativation and so it was the first to go into my “cart” after the show.

I found the great constellation paper  from American Crafts at Scraps of Love here in Phoenix.  The Beam Me Up stamp set was included with the Lawn Fawn class.  Incidentally, the WOW  “glow in the dark” embossing powder I found in my scraproom here in Phoenix may be the same one I accused Sandra of borrowing and not returning.  Not sure……. just saying. The star die is Sketchy Star and is from Simon Says Stamp.  The amazing monster eyes are from Crackerbox Palace.

Anyway, the card turned out super cute and I am about to start on another variation of the same card.

Hope you like it.

Card Front:




Cross Stitch cards – Altenew

I recently purchased the Sewn with Love stamp set and die from Altenew.  This is a layered stamp that mimics the look of Cross Stitch. What is totally amazing about this set is that the matching die is not a die at all but rather serves to add pinpoints to the image.  The result is a stunningly realistic cross stitch looking image.

Now for the bad news.  I must be cross stitchally (?) challenged, as I did not find this set “easy” to line up in spite of many reassurances from tutorials on the internet.   In fact, my craft room could now be wallpapered in a slightly askew cross stitch pattern as I have that many rejects.   All is well that ends well though, and I did get the hang of it eventually.

Take a look at these two great looking cards:




Creativation Cards

It seems like Creativation is already a distant memory, but I wanted to do a post showing some of things I made in the classes I took at the show.  There are some that are missing as they were unfit to be shown.

I have sorted them in my head into “must haves”, “Wish list cute”  “cute but not for me” and “unfit (you won’t see these as the garbage man has already erased them from my life)”.  You can decide which is which.

Here they are:

Lawn Fawn






Waffle Flower


























Art Impressions




Wendy Vecchi





Concord and Ninth

It is no secret that I am a Concord and Ninth fan, but I seriously want everything in their February release.  I continue to be amazed at how they build in extreme versatility into every set.  I had to get the Birthday Stacks set.  Who can resist a stamp set with images that can be a balloon or an ice cream cone, a banner or a party hat, a flat card or a 3 D card, an outline or a solid image.  It is truly an outstanding stamp set.

I am making more cards with this set, but these two examples show how versatile it is.



Historic Route 66

Sometimes a collection comes along at just the right time.  Heartfelt Creations recently brought out the Young at Heart collection.  Usually, vintage does not really appeal to me, but when you are about to travel the Historic Route 66 highway, how can you not be drawn to the vintage cars and 1950’s ephemera of this collection.

I combined the collection with some dies and stamps from my Southwest stash and I was happy with the result.

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday # 307

I made this card this morning for Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday.  The theme was to colour vellum.  I actually really like the design of my card, but it is really only a first attempt.  I have ideas in my head that would improve it greatly, but I have to go to work this morning so I have no time to start over.  The next few days before Christmas are going to be a blur, so what is here will have to do.

Winter Coffee Lovers Blohop 2017 Day 8

I can’t believe that it is the last day of the bloghop.  I feel like I am just starting to get some ideas flowing.  I still have a new coffee stamp set that I haven’t used.  Maybe, I will get a second card done later today.  Meanwhile, this one uses some different images from the Gina Marie Designs stamp sets that I got last week.

I used the tea cup this time and combined it with one of the “for all audiences” sentiments in the other stamp set.

Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop 2017 – Day 7

I just had to make one more card with the great 3 D Cable Knit embossing folder from Stampin Up.  This time I decided to make two cups of coffee cuddle up on a brown cozy knit sweater background.

Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop 2017 -Day 6

Today I used the 3D cable knit embossing folder from Stampin Up to make a card front.  I absolutely love how deep and realistic looking the embossing is from this folder.  Once again it was too pretty to cover up and put in the background, so I decided to make it the focal point and just add some cute coffee “buttons” so that the whole card front looks like a cable knit sweater.  Indeed I have a sweater with buttons that looks much like this (minus the sentiment, of course).