Monthly Archives: November 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Ok it is official………………I am crazy……………………..I like Mondays!  Never used to like them when I worked, but I like them now.   In particular I like today’s Monday.  Why……………because both Sandra and I were runners up in the Avery Elle Monthly Challenge.  The theme was “Tags” and we  both got picked for our entries.  This is a good thing for many reasons.  One reason is that if  she had been recognized and not me, all of you would have been subjected to more of my )(*&^% and moaning about it.  If I had been recognized and not her, she would probably renew her efforts to drown me in a river like she tried last summer.    The third reason is that it is nice to be recognized for something that you like to do and would do, even if no one else ever saw it.

I also like Mondays because several of my favourite challenges are revealed on Mondays.  Simon Says Stamp new Monday Challenge is “gentlemen”.  Well, it seems like  Tim Holtz comes to mind immediately with a theme such as this, as many of the examples use Tim Holtz stamps.    One of the great things about Tim’s stamps are that they are timeless.  Vintage is ………..well………….vintage so it can’t look “out of style” and nothing says “gentlemen” more than top hats, canes and umbrellas, so Tim it is.

I decided to make my card vintage and timely at the same time.




Supplies:  Tim Holtz Paris Memoir stamp set, Disress watercolour ink,  Technique Tuesday Life Circles stamp set, Distress watercolour paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape

Paper Smooches- Adding Gold

The challenge at Paper Smooches this month is to use gold.  I had started to make something for this challenge quite some time ago but didn’t like something about all my attempts.  I wanted to use gold foil and I find that if you use foil, then everything else on the card must be pretty simple or things seem to clash.  After several too busy or clashy attempts, this one seemed to work.


Paper Smooches

A Brief Interruption in my Holiday Merry Making

Today I decided to finish doing something that I started in early September.  I have made a few layouts of my Alaskan Cruise but there are several more to do to complete the story.  One of the layouts  tells the story of me catching a lovely Coho Salmon on a fishing excursion in Alaska.  Now this fish may be the most expensive salmon ever caught and never eaten in the history of salmon fishing.    Five of us from the Celebrity Infinity signed up for a fishing excursion in Juneau, Alaska.  Excursions from a cruise ship are generally synonymous with expensive anyway, but this one especially so.  Anyway, off we go.  On the way to “the spot” we all have to get fishing licenses. Cha Ching,  cha ching!  Then we have to get an extra license specifically for King Salmon.  Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching!  I protest saying I don’t need to catch a “King” salmon, a “Queen” or even a “Prince would be good enough for me.   Alas, no, it doesn’t work that way…… you need a “King” license just in case his crown gets caught on your hook, and the “Fishing Warden” is lurking nearby.  So then, we have to take turns fishing, one at a time.  Lucky for me,  I win the fishing equivalent of the lottery and I get to fish first.  The rest is history and documented on the layout below.





It would be great if I could say that this fish fought me so hard, it took hours to reel him in, but no he sort of co-operated and accepted his fate.  He got back at me though, as I was forced to hold him up by the gills for the obligatory picture.  EWWW!

The end of the story is that it is also difficult and expensive for Canadians to be able to get their “catch” shipped home.  The answer was that it would be at least three times the cost of walking into Safeway and buying the same fish.  As a result, the fish was “donated” to the boat crew for a barbeque they were attending that night.  All is well that ends well though, and we had a wonderful day out on the water and met some fabulous people.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge is “Thankful”.  Usually the challenge is only for one week but this week was extended to two.

Someone said the only reason a craft room gets cleaned is so that one can rediscover all the great stuff that you forgot that you had.  This is very true for me.  Yesterday I rearranged how I stored some basic paper.  During this rearrangement, I found some Tim Holtz Glassine paper.  I hadn’t used this paper for quite some time, but remembered that if you crunched it up, it cracked in lines and accepted Distress Inks very well.  This looked particularly nice on diecut fall leaves. With the “Thankful” theme of the challenge, I thought today would be a good time to use it again.  I like when old things become new again though, so I decided to use Distress Paint instead and give them a shimmery coat of Pico Irresistable Embellisher to the painted leaves.

I think the resulting card looks great!




Simon Says Stamp Apple of My Pie Stamp Set,  Pebbles 6X6 patterned paper and apple sticker, Tim Holtz Glassine Paper and Distress Paint, Hero Arts dye ink, Co-ordinations kraft card base and Tombow tape runner.

Make it Monday Challenge Papertrey Ink

The Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink this week, is to make a layering card using white ink on kraft cardstock.

This challenge couldn’t come at a better time.  My almost new Colorbox Frost White Ink pad had been turned a pretty, but not what I wanted,  pink from using a stamp with residual red dye on it.  What to do?  I scraped off a top layer of ink, but it was still looking really quite pink.  I decided to just go ahead and make the card, hoping that the pink would disappear on the kraft cardstock.  It actually worked.  More and more of the white ink buried in the pad came to the top and diluted the pink with each image I stamped.  The card turned out well, and I think I salvaged the ink pad from going to the garbage.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers stamp set,  Colorbox (slightly pink) Frost White pigment Ink,  Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts Dye Ink, Teresa Collins and Craft Medley sequins,  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and Scor tape

One Stamp Five Ways-Online Card Class Holiday Style

I have two more cards to show today to complete the Day 11 class of using one stamp five ways.  Today’s styles are Shimmer and Shine along with Soft and Subtle.


Shimmer and Shine



Soft and Subtle

Penny Black November Challenge

Sandra has quite an extensive collection of Penny Black Stamps.  Sandra has made a lovely elegant card using one of her many sets.

Here is Sandra’s entry:

have a holly Sandra Penny Black



Cardstock – Stampin Up, Bazzill and Neenah

Copic Markers

Memento Ink

Holly Jolly Penny Black Stamp Set


Michael’s Ribbon

Pattern Paper Cosmo Cricket & Simple Stories

Online Card Class Day 11

Today’s class was about using the same stamp in five different styles.  So far I have managed to create three styles with my Painted Poinsettia stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I found out it was important sketch out ideas for all five styles before committing to a particular stamp.  I found this out after I dove in and created my Clean and Simple card.  It came together quite easily, but what to do for the classic elegant card.  I found it difficult to use the full surface poinsettia stamp I had chosen, and create classic elegance.  In the end, I did an background of plain poinsettias and then added some glittery ones with foam tape to provide the elegance.  The third card was to be whimsical.  Three garbage attempts and a keeper (but not for this exercise) later, I came up with a whimsical card that I liked.

This exercise was a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but I enjoyed making it work.




Oh What fun I had making this one!

I have had this idea for the current Avery Elle Tag Challenge rolling around in my head for a while.  The problem was I didn’t have an Avery Elle stamp with critters on it.  My mailman came to the rescue yesterday with my order from Simon Says Stamp.  Not only was there a stamp set with critters on it, but also, they were wearing toques!  To add to the fun, there were plenty of small sentiments that I could use together on the matching tags.  Perfect.


Here is the resulting tag pair.  You have to picture how cute these tags would look together on the top of a present with something like the background paper as the wrapping paper.  Stinkin Cute, I’d say.

Challenge-30_thumb2 Avery Elle






Avery Elle Snow Much Fun and Seasonal Sentiments stamp sets,  Avery Elle Snow Caps die, Hero Arts dye inks, Creative Imaginations Shimmer Spritz, Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher, Judikins acetate, Unknown velvet brads, Neenah 80 lb cardstock, Tim Holtz tag die, Tombow and Zig e way adhesives.


WPlus9 Sketch Challenge

Sandra wanted to try her hand at the Sketch Challenge over at WPlus9.


GetSketchy_template (4) Wplus 9


Let’s take a look at her version:

warms the heart Sandra Wplus 9 sketch 4



Stamp Set –Winter Pals

Cardstock – Xpress It, Craft Smith

Pattern Paper – BoBunny & Graphic 45

Memento Ink

Copic Markers