Monthly Archives: February 2016

Monday Challenge-Simon Says Stamp

The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to be inspired by a song.  The first song I thought about was “Thinking Out Loud” and I started to visualize how I could create a card with this as the inspiration.  Somewhere along the line I was distracted by something shiny I guess. as  the idea morphed into Nat King Cole’s “I get my kicks on Route 66”

Here is the result:


Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Road Trip stamp set, EK Success real wood sheets, Xpress it paper, Copic markers, CraftSmith kraft cardstock, fun foan,Simon Says stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes die,Scor tape, Neenah 110lb card base.

Color My World

I am once again using the Color My World stamp from Wplus9,  This stamp set gives me the opportunity to create a colorful card and I took advantage of that, by pairing it with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst watercolor paints.  The result is a bright happy card, that just makes me smile.

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes, so this card will fit.  The featured company is Memory Keepers and I am a big fan, so I might do another card using some of my Memory Keepers stuff.  I need some St. Patrick’s Day cards STAT so hmmm………………


Supplies: Wplus9 Color My World stamp set, Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolor, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper, Hero Arts Card Base, 3M foam tape, Scor tape

Rubber Cement-Papertrey Ink

The make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink is to do a resist technique using rubber cement.  I had just been shopping and saw a number of brightly coloured tops that gave me the idea to try the technique using Papertrey Ink’s sweater die. I think it turned out rather well. I found it rather odd that I had no trouble with removing good old Elmer’s rubber cement from the from the finished card, while I have struggled in the past in getting expensive artist grade masking fluid to come off with out pilling the paper.  Who knew?


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Sweater die, Elmer’s Rubber Cement, Loew Cornell watercolours,  Distress watercolour paper, Hero Arts card base,  MME Chalkboard patterned paper, Scor tape

Hopping to it

I realized recently that mail to Canada is incredibly slow.  My Valentine cards to my Grandchildren arrived well AFTER Valentine’s Day.  This means that I must get cracking on my St. Patrick’s and Easter cards if they are to arrive on time.

Here is one of the Easter cards that I have made so far.  It is an older stamp, but a goodie. I think it reminds me of my childhood, when I felt a bit like a murderer when biting into my chocolate rabbit.  I started with what I thought was the non-essential organs, but eventually, my love of chocolate took over and the whole rabbit was devoured.   I think I picked this stamp up at the Mesa Rubber Stamp show last year.  No identifying marks on it so I have no idea who made the stamp.IMG_0875

Supplies:  Mystery Bunny sta,mp, DCWV grass paper, Dienamics Grassy Hills die,Doodlebug Hello Sunshine patterned paper, Doodlebug sequins, Recollections cardstock. Scor tape, Copic markers, Fun Foam,  Simon Says Stamp Circle dies, Lil Inker Sttiched Rectangles die, Hero Arts card base.

WPlus9 New Stamp

Happy Mail time!  I received the new WPlus9 Color My World stamp set and Artist Palette die set recently.  It was only when I went to make this card, did I realize that the dies aren’t sized to cut out the images on the stamp set!  At first I was quite annoyed, as I had bought them together as a stamp and die set.  I am starting to get over it, as it might be handy to have two sizes of palettes and tubes of paint depending on the design of one’s card.  I loved the stamp set so much it was one i ordered by itself……………….damn the shipping costs……………….I wanted it before it sold out.

This card was put together using the palette and artist brush from the die set and the paint tube from the stamp set.


Supplies:  WPlus9 Color My World stamp set and Artist Palette die set, Zig Real Brush Markers, Dienamics Basic Stitch Lines dies, EK Success wood sheets, Hero Arts card base, Scor tape.

Wednesday Challenge Simon Says Stamp

The challenge this week is to make a shaker card.  I have lots of dies that would make a fairly quick shaker card but do I use them?…………….of course not.  I decide to make my own shaker card from scratch.  I wanted to use a new sentiment stamp set I got from My Favorite Things that was all about Flamingos.  Problem was that any stamps I had of Flamingos were too small to make into a shaker.   I then decided to make my own Flamingo shaker card using my Pazzles cutter.  I had the brilliant idea to fill the skinny legs with black seed beads and the body with pink sequins and then again pink seed beads in the neck.  One would think I would have checked to see if I actually had any of these items before creating the card……………….but no.  In the end I had to modify my grandiose idea and use cardstock for the neck and legs.   I used adhesive backed fun foam as I thought it would be easier, but no again……………….it stuck to everything, but mostly my hands, the sequins and itself.  My trimmer here in Arizona, is not capable of cutting multiple layers of cardstock, foam and goo so the card itself has issues as well.  But somehow, I “kind of ” like the result.  This time it is a case of “The operation was a failure, but the patient lived through it anyway.”



Make it Monday Papertrey Ink

There is a new Make it Monday Challenge today…………..even though it is Wednesday????  Anyway I am always up for a cardmaking challenge no matter what day it is.

The challenge today is to add to, change or otherwise alter some patterned paper.  I had two challenges, a limited selection of patterned paper and a limited selection of  Papertrey Ink stamp sets that I brought down to Arizona with me.  I am fixing that problem though as I just ordered some new stamps from Papertrey Ink.  Happy Mail is on its’ way to me! Yay!  Anyway, here is what I managed to make:



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set, Friendship Shaker jar die, Papertrey Ink Wet Paint die, Pink Paislee patterned paper, Unknown cardstock, fun foam, EK Success adhesive plastic, Hero Arts Acetate, Scor tape, Tombow adhesive.

Capturing the Fun in Arizona

I have run into a catch 22.  I want to have some fun subjects for scrapbook layouts, but I seem to be having too much fun doing things to get them captured on a layout.  Oh what a wonderful dilemma to have!

This week, however, I have found the time to capture two of the events on  scrapbook layouts.

The first is our trip to Scottsdale to go to the Top Golf entertainment complex.  What a fun event to dine and enjoy a cocktail while having a GPS enabled golf ball confirm what a truly terrible golfer I am!   It is fun though that a duffer like me can outscore a “wild” long distance golfer.  Well that didn’t happen either…………….but the possibility does exist!


The second event that I managed to do a layout on was the Pueblo El Mirage Canadian Banquet.  A great time was had by all!




I am busy making Valentine cards for my grandchildren back home in Canada.  Of course, I love and think about them every day, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, I think about  what Valentine’s card would be best for each of them.  I haven’t completed them all yet and I really need to get them in the mail, but I have some done.  The one below fits into the current theme of “hearts” on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  They are featuring Reverse Confetti stamps, but sadly I don’t own any yet, so this one will have to suffice.


Supplies:  Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade  die, Crate Paper patterned paper, DCWV Foiled Cardstock, Crate Paper epoxy stickers.  Hero Arts card base, Scor tape

Make it Monday Feb 1

The Make it Monday Challenge is to use Ombre in a Valentine Theme.


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink’s Love You to Pieces stamp set and die, Loew Cornel lwater colour, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour paper, Little Inker stitched Rectangles, Recollections cardstock. Fun Foam, Scor tape