Monthly Archives: June 2017

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Summer 2017

Where does the time go?  When the Summer 2017 Bloghop was announced, it seemed so far away.  Now I look and there is already 169 cards linked up on the bloghop started this morning.

So much for my intention to start making coffee cards a few days early.  I did do something in anticipation of the bloghop.  I looked through my stash and gathered up everything that was solidly coffee themed and put it in one storage box.  I am hoping this prevents every storage box I own from being scattered all over the floor in the craft room.

Today’s card is a simple one layer card.  When I saw this bunny from Honey Bee stamps, I decided he really looked like he needed a coffee to get him going.  The bright colours of the rug and cup have a summer feel.


Supplies:  Honey Bee Blah Bunny stamp set, Heidi Swapp woodgrain background stamp,  Inky Antics Coffee Time sentiment stamp, Copic markers, Simon Says Stamp cardbase and Scor tape.

Fresh Pineapple, Ice Cream and Cockles and Mussels(alive, alive oh!)

Today I put together three different carts from Papertrey Ink’s Make it Market, Market Street kit.  I started with the brown woodgrain looking one, as I want to make a layout of my upcoming visit to Dublin, featuring the statue of Molly Malone selling/singing, “selling cockles and mussels alive, alive oh”.  You might wonder at my fascination with this song/theme/image, and even if you never wondered at all, I am going to tell you about it.  I heard this little ditti as a child, as my tone deaf mother  (and she sounds like Adele compared to me) would sing it while doing housework.  The problem was that as a landlocked little girl growing up in Saskatchewan, I had never heard of “Cockles and Mussels” and it all sounded bizarre and somewhat perverted to me.  The memory stuck with me for many years, until I was finally enlightened about cockles and mussels.


The lovely lady is pictured above. The picture is from Wikipedia Malone 073007.

First picture is my Molly Malone cart followed by the Fresh Pineapple and Ice Cream cart samples.  I may try to make some little baskets like in the statue picture when I make a flat version of the cart for the scrapbook layout.











Make it Monday # 288 Papertrey Ink

I received my Papertrey Ink Make it Market, Market Street kit and had decided to make the 3D cart just to see what it looked like.   I thought I would review Betsy’s video on how to put the cart together and, like usual “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and I ended up making this card for Make it Monday instead.

It came together very quickly and I think looks nice.  There is something about using  Pantone paint chips that just works.  I think it is the repetition of simple colour, simple fonts, and simple images that is so appealing.


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and Dies, Papertrey ink Ombre Buildrs stamp set,  Papertrey Ink rainstones, Hero Arts dye Ink, Recollections cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.


Hakuna Matata from Hero Arts.

The Swahili phrase is loosely defined as “no worries”.  You can’t think of this phrase without thinking about the magical Broadway musical The Lion King.  I saw this production in London and it was a powerful combination of movement, colour and music.

This month’s kit from Hero Arts features the sights and colours of Africa.  I think the kit sold out in about an hour.  The stamp set has a multitude of animal, trees and birds stamps in the silhouette style.  Of course this is perfect for the Serengeti sunset type of cards.  No surprise that Hero Arts also included the perfect sunset die, so that cardmakers can do just that.

There is no Hakuna Matata for me though, as the currency exchange and Customs wanting their pound of flesh is rapidly making getting these kits cost prohibitive. Good thing the starting price is a bargain.

The images in the stamp set come in various sizes from medium size to to teeny tiny.  This lends itself to creating cards with full scenes through to a collage of small images on tags, windows and frame dies. Lots of possibilities here, for future cards.


Supplies:  Hero Arts Kit for June,  homemade stencil inspired by images on the internet and the add on stencil available from Hero Arts.

Having Fun with Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn is one of my favourite stamp companies.  Their latest release is, I think, my favourite of all time.  I keep adding to stamps and dies from this release to my must have list.  I also love Lawn Fawn because many of the stamps mix and match so well.  I can think of an idea and know that the bits and pieces of several sets will fit together to bring my idea on to a card.  Such is the card I made today.  I have had Sprinkled with Joy since before Christmas as it is a holiday stamp set.  Recently, I ordered a coordinating set called Bun in the Oven which is not a Christmas stamp and combined them to make a “Gender Reveal” card that was so much fun to make.

I have ordered Lawn Fawn’s Pull Here and Flip up dies to make making the card easier, but in the meantime I was able to make it with a Papertrey Ink Zipper die.

There  is a pull tab on the inside of the card that pulls up to reveal the gender.  I am not pulling it up here in the photos because I hope to use this card in a real life “gender reveal” that is coming up in my family.

Take a look:


Supplies: Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Joy and Bun in the Oven stamp sets, Reminisce In the Kitchen patterned paper, Kaisercraft Basecoat patterned paper, L’il Inker stitched border die, Hero Arts Guess What stamp set, Papertrey Ink Zipper die, Scor tape and Pico Embellisher.




The Importance of Doing Things in the Right Order

While I was in Phoenix this year, I was invited to a mystery event at the resort where I live.  I was told that I should dress up and wear a hat to this event, but that was all.    It turned out to be an English style Afternoon Tea put on by the quilting club.  And when I say English, I really mean English, as you see the Queen herself attended, and consented to a picture with me and my friends.  The extra exciting surprise to this event was that a famous hat maker now lives at the resort and was the guest speaker for the tea.  Nancee Jelsema is a multiple award winning designer of Kentucky Derby hats, and spoke to us about how she developed her hat making business and about how she goes about designing these magnificent hats.  She designed somewhere in the neighbourhood of 115 hats for this year’s Derby.

Nancee has a seat at the finish line of the Kentucky Derby.  This year she was wearing the black and red creation you see in the middle left picture.  How magnificent is this?  She also designed the stunning peach and brown hat, that my sister in law Gwen is wearing in the bottom right picture.  Simply Smashing as the English would say!

Now on to why this title on this blog post.  I had noticed a blog post color challenge featuring almost the exact colour scheme I was using for this double page layout.  Why not, I thought, tweak my layout to fit the color requirement of the challenge and then enter it into the challenge.   Pursuing this, I followed the link given to the challenge. When I got to the website, I realized the challenge website was written in German………………………….no matter I thought………………………..a picture is worth a thousand words as they say………………….colours are the same in any language.  I then proceeded to finish my layout.  It was then that I remembered that this challenge did seem to have a number of rules.  So back to the website I went where I discovered first a “translate” button  and secondly, the rest of the rules.  Sadly, for me, one of the other rules stated that the layout had to be done using Kaisercraft products.  Oops!  I have lots of Kaisercraft paper, but this layout was now complete using Graphic 45’s Off to the Races.  So you see, I learned the importance of reading the rules first, and THEN designing the layout.

Supplies:  Graphic 45 Off to the Races patterned paper and diecuts, Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose stamp and die sets,Heartfelt Creations Delicate Border Basics, Spellbinders Scalloped Hexagon die, Elizabeth Crafts Jewels die, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Martha Stewart border punch, Recollections cardstock, Darice feathers, Prima twisted stems, Stickles.



Making Cards for Scrapendipity

The other day Selena (owner of Scrapendipity) asked me if I would make a couple of cards as samples for the store .  In one case, she was thinking of bringing in “3D”stamps made by Spellbinders and wanted some Calgary Stampede cards to show how they work.  In the other case, she wanted a shaker card for Canada’s 150 birthday, that used a sequin mix made exclusively for Scrapendipity.

The Canada Birthday shaker card was made from a shaker kit from Cheery Lynn designs, and was a snap to make.  It was like using a cake mix, rather than baking from scratch, and the result was great, too.

I thought the cactus stamp from Spellbinders was going to be more difficult.  How do I make the cactus the focal point, but still dress up the rest of the card.  Once I got going, the ideas multiplied like rabbits (sorry I was talking with my Mom about the rabbits eating her flower garden this morning) and before I knew it, I had 5 cards made and ideas for about 10 more floating about in the debris of the scraproom.  I decided it would be interesting to see how the stamped image turned out depending on the medium used to colour it.  Turns out that you can use any medium you like and the results are good with these 3D stamps.  The image has the shading built into it and it just blends into whatever medium you decide to use.  The results are good, no matter what, and you don’t need a ton of colours.

The mediums I used were; simply two ink pads, copic markers, Zig Real Brush Markers, Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol, and Gansai Tambi watercolours.  Can you tell which was which?


Here is the Canada 150 birthday card:


Make it Monday #287 Baby Wipe Inking Papertrey Ink

When I saw this week’s challenge, I thought it looked like a lot of inky fun.  I only have a full set of refills for my Distress Inks so I used those.  I found out something…………………..a little refill ink on a baby wipe goes a looooooooooooooooooooong way!  After what seemed like only two minutes, I had six or seven backgrounds made using the techniques demonstratred by Ashley in the video.   Just yesterday, I was combing through a whole large storage case wondering where all these unfinished card fronts came from……………… I know.  As usual, what I ended up with looks nothing like the idea I had in my head when starting this card.  The change was a result of the desire to use/showcase several of the backgrounds in just one card.  On one hand this was easy as they were all made with the same colours, but difficult on the other hand, as I had made them all with no regard to balance/scale/tone/intensity between them  Anyway with some diecutting and rearranging, I think it turned out well.



  1. Circles were made by bunching up the baby wipe into a tight wad and then turning in a  circular motion on the card front.
  2. Cross hatch was made by dabbing a wad of inked baby wipe through a Papertrey Ink Garden Gate stencil.
  3. Stripes were created as shown by Ashley.

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink G Gate Stencil. Papertrey Ink stamp set Succulents, Dienamics die Vertical Stitched Strips,  Tim Holtz Distress Refills, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.