Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thanks a Latte

There is a latte coffee cups on this card………………….

This card started out with a splashy watercolor background.  While I like the background, even six coffee cups couldn’t hold their own on such a wild background.  That background will surface on another card in the near future.  In the meantime. I picked a different background for this one which wouldn’t compete so much with the little cups.

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Heart to Heart stamp set. Lia and Stampabilities pigment ink.  Moxie patterned paper, Janes Doodles Coffee Time, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Shapes, Hero Arts card base and Scor tape.


Farewell to my Favourite Show

Sunday nights will never be the same without Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theatre.

I decided to make one more card for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  This card celebrates High Tea at Downton Abbey.  I feel bad because I know Mr Carson would never allow the .spoons to be in such a jumble.(or the oval to be stuck on kittywampus) but sometimes you just have to take some poetic license.

I tried very hard to include one of the Dowager’s zingers on the front of the card. but it just didn’t fit and I had to settle for putting it on the inside.


Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Supplies:  Crafter’s Companion Downton Abbey patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Tea for Three. DCWV foil paper, Hero Arts card base, Scor tape


Papertrey Ink- Blending with Embossing

I thought today’s sample cards on Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge were lovely and wanted to take a shot at using this technique.  I didn’t have a Papertrey ink background stamp that I thought would work so I used a wooden stamp from Stampamania.  I paired it with my starting to be an all time favourite Tulip Time from Papertrey Ink.  I am finding that this layered stamp set just “works” no matter what.  I have literally stamped the wrong pieces on the tulips and somehow it still looks nice.  It is so nice to have a layering stamp set that is so forgiving.

I decided to use pigment inks…………..cause hey, I bought them by accident thinking they were dye inks.  I started cardmaking with pigment inks but abandoned them in favour of the quicker drying easier to use dye inks, but guess what……………I am now loving the look of blended pigment inks.  I guess I have learned to keep my fingers out of the ink and to be patient enough for them to dry.

I really like the subtle background and I kept telling myself to “sit on my hands” and call it done.  I did add a scattering of clear Dew Drops.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ibk Tulip time Stamp and dies.  StampaMania Splatter Background die, Stampendous embossing powder. Lia and Stampabilities pigment ink,  Craftsmith cardstock and card base, Scor tape, Dew Drops. Wink of Stella glitter pen,  Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Part Two

I got an  idea for another coffee themed card, so I decided to link it up for the Blog Hop.

I bought this frog stamp from Crackerbox Palace at the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show.  I bought it to go with a sentiment stamp that I found at the show that made me laugh out loud.  For this blog hop though, the sentiment I chose here went with the theme much better.

I think it turned out rather well, teamed up with the coffee themed patterned paper from Moxie/


Supplies:  Crackbox Palace frog and sentiment stamps, Copic X-press it paper, Copic markers, Moxie patterned paper,Scor tape, Wink of Stella glitter


Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

If you ever thought you were the only one who truly appreciated the life saving qualities of coffee, the just check out

I was introduced to this group the last time they had a blog hop.  With over 50 sponsors, I thought I had a good chance of winning a prize, but no, somehow my number did not come up.  I was lucky though as I saw Jane’s Doodles cards for the first time.  Now being the proud owner of a Jane’s Doodles stamp set, here is my entry to the blog hop.


Supplies:  Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp set,  Neat and Tangled box die,  Avery Elle Home Sweet Home stamp set, Paper Studio patterned paper, Hero Arts card base, Coredinations card stock, Copic markers, Simon Says stamp Sketchy Banners die and Scor tape

Use some Lucky Stars

The Make it Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to  use some lucky stars.

I decided to try out my new and precious Daniel Smith watercolours on this card.  I think the result looks good and certainly meets the theme criteria.


Supplies:  Stampin Up Life is Beautiful stamp set,  Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons stamp set,  Hero Arts CL582 stamp set, Daniel Smith watercolours, Stampendous embossing powder,  Brillance Moonlight White ink, Zig Real Brush markers, recollections card stock, Scor tape, Tim Holtz Distrees watercolour paper.

Papertrey Ink New Release Challenge

I don’ t know quite how Papertrey Ink manages to do this, but somehow during the countdown to the release my resolve not to buy anything more, dissolves into I want it all.  Pretty clever how they do that!

Anyway the challenge is to be inspired by something presented during the countdown and make something from that.  I am always attracted to stamp sets and dies that can be layered and put together in very different ways.  The Sprinkles on Top set and dies meets this criteria very well.  The bonus is I can do some cake decorating with less mess and no calories.  Woo Hoo!

I was inspired by  the cake card I saw on day 3 by Amy Sheffer, and decided to make a similar one using my Ombre Builders and Color Pop Florals stamp set. Although it killed me to cut it up, I used the back side of one of the Color Pop Florals paper so that I could have the nice white linen texture on the cake.



Supplies:  Ombre Builder , Color Pop Florals, and \pack Your Bags stamp sets, Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade die, Color Pop Florals linen paper, Ranger Enamel Accents, Iridescent Ice glitter, Stickles, Distress Inks. Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.


Taylored Expressions-Share Joy Challenge

The Share Joy Challenge at Taylored Expressions always has two components, one being a sketch and the other being a photo.  This week, I used parts of both to create my card.  I used the window idea and the divided patterned paper idea from the sketch and combined it with the colour scheme of the inspiration photo and created this St Patrick’s Day card.

This card is for my Irish friend who always cheers ME up this time of year with her new crop of Irish jokes.

TE photo


Supplies:  Taylored Expressions From my Window stamps and die, Taylored Expressions Chillax stamp set, Authentique Charmed patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp wood grain card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Scor tape,acetate.

The Making of a Man Cave

I am not usually one for kits, so when I purchased the kit for this project at the 2015 Mesa Rubber Stamp show,  it was a bit of a surprise even to me.  What wasn’t a surprise  was that I didn’t check to see that the kit had everything I needed to actually make the project (it didn’t).  What was also not a surprise was that I raided the kit for the lovely semi-precious stones for other projects.   Net result of this was that I didn’t get the project made and I had a twinge of guilt this year when I went to the 2016 show and saw this project on display once again.

What better way to get over the guilt than to actually make the project.  Ok……………….laying down until the guilt feeling passes also works, but I decided to give it a go.

I had bought some more semi precious stones and some great new Southwestern themed dies that I thought would work with it, so I got started.  Didn’t get very far when I realized that I needed a big needle to sew the yarn on the 3D box.  Check, borrowed that from a friend.  Didn’t get much further when I realized that the yarn and the needle were way too big to thread on the little semiprecious stones.  Same friend came to the rescue with jewelry filament.

Finally, the project was complete, but the next problem was how to take a decent picture of the project.  It was either focus on the front and the inside was blurred, or focus on the inside and the front was blurred.  Forget about trying to capture the 3D sides with the semi-precious stones.

Oh well, here is what it kind of looks like:








Supplies:  B and J’s Art Stamps, Distress inks, Colour Burst watercolour and liquid Metallics,   semi precious little stones that someone tumbled, polished and put holes in (someone with more patience than me), Prima wooden feather, Ellentina pottery dies, Scor tape, Fiber yarn,


Make it Monday March 7 – Papertrey Ink

I am kind of down today, as my favourite show Downton Abbey is over forever.  It was such a treat to watch these past six years.

Anyway my other treat is Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday challenge.  I just got a new order from them and made a card that I just love.  I was hoping that the Monday Challenge theme would feature something I did on this card.  Well it did a bit but to a pretty minor degree.  I did some sponging over stamping but just on some small leaves.

In the end I made another card to try out sponging over stamping.  I worked on getting different colours, textures and shades on a stamp set that was not a layering stamp set on its’ own.

Here is the result which turned out quite well:


Siupplies:  Papertrey Ink Pack your Bags stampset, Distress inks, Simon Says Inks, Tsukineko sponge daubers, Recollections cardstock, Hero Arts card Base, Neenah Solar White cardstock, Scor tape, WeR  Geotag enamel dot.