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Peaceful Beauty

Here is another double page layout documenting my trip to the Grand Canyon earlier this year.  It is a very simple design.  Once again, I was quite pleased with the “Print and Cut” function on my Cameo.  It produced the large pinecone embellishment which was all the decoration that page needed.  I actually used some very old core-dinations cardstock from Tim Holtz for the mats.  The cardstock was designed to be sanded, torn, scratched and otherwise beaten up, in order to provide a distressed look.  I think it worked well here, and it makes me smile when something that old gets used on a new layout.

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Where does the time go?

I cannot believe that my last post was in December and now January is almost over.

I did not get anything posted on this blog, but I did have a busy January.  Taking Christmas decorations down and packing to leave for Arizona seemed to take more time than usual even though I didn’t have as tight a schedule as last year.

Creativation was on here seemingly before I got a chance to unpack.  Had an unbelievably fun week with most of my pals from Scrapendipity.   On Thursday and Friday, we were all busy with classes, which were without exception simply wonderful.  It is really a special treat to see crafting celebrities in person and to watch them work in class.  Included were classes from Altenew, Lawn Fawn, Gel Press, Dyan Reavely and Faber Castell.  Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday we drooled over all the new products coming out.  Sandra flitted from booth to booth,  sitting down to make dozens of Make and Take projects.  It was all I could do to keep up with her.  We hung around the Ranger booth, learning about the new alcohol inks and Oxide sprays from Tim Holtz.  We were clearly visible in our Canadian buffalo plaid shirts in several of the different companies’ videos being made of Tim’s demonstration.  Shameless, we were.

Here is a photo of some of the loot we received in the classes and some of the Make and Takes we did.


I did have some time to do some crafting including this layout of us with Tim Holtz…………………………………I know…………………shameless



Make it Monday- Papertrey Ink #304

I have so many things to do, I thought I would skip this week’s Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink, but when I saw the topic was photo ornaments, I had to participate.  I have a brand new grandson to show off ( November 15), so of course, he had to go on the photo ornament.


The ornament is nothing special, but this little guy is the star of the show.  I am thinking now that I need to go back through my photos and pick out a baby photo for each grandbaby and make an ornament for each.  The most difficult part is finding photos that will fit within the frames that I have.   Today, I used the scalloped oval die from Shakers and Sprinkles, but next time I will try using the Shaker Tree die if I can find photos that will work.


Just so you know…………….that is not baby spit up on my sweater.  I was in such a hurry to get to the hospital, I slopped toothpaste all over myself.  I dabbed it off, but unbeknownst to me, it dried back all white and gross looking again.

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Summer 2017 Day 4

All I can say is OMG!  This little project is the epitome of summer and coffee.  It was easy to make thanks to Papertrey Ink’s Market Street kit, and the paper and washi tape from Doodlebug was a match made in heaven.  The icing on the cake is the coffee bean hubcaps on the cart,  that are from Eyelet Outlet.

I filled the cart with loose coffee beans for the picture, but this would be a great  gift filled with a couple of Tassimo or Keurig cups as well.  This is my second post today as it is just too dang cute to wait until tomorrow.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Market Street kit,  Doodlebug Cream and Sugar patterned paper,  Doodlebug washi tape,  Stamploration Iced Coffee die, Eyelet Outlet coffee bean brads,  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock,  Recollections brads, Pico Wedding dress Embellisher 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.











More Torture……..Make it Monday #285 Felt Flowers

Imagine my surprise, when I read the Make it Monday email yesterday.  The challenge suggested that I use a hot glue gun to make some felt flowers  for a project.  If you read yesterday’s post you will know that I had my own shoot out at the Ok Corral with my hot glue gun and it was not me left standing when it was all over.  I had been wanting to use some of the lovely felt that I recently got from Papertrey Ink though, so I was willing to risk using that vicious gun one more time.  This time, I ended up with a burn upon a burn on one finger and another burn on the back of my hand.  I definitely need more practice with this weapon of mass destruction.

When I got the flowers finished, I quite liked them but thought they were too large and too dimensional for a regular sized card.  So then I decided to make a layout using them instead.  I think it turned out quite well, but it definitely took longer than making a card.

Take a look!

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers dies, Papertrey Ink What the Doodle  Butterflies dies, Papertrey Ink 2016 die, Papertrey Ink Sprigs and Spruce dies, Papertrey Ink Felt, Taylored Expressions felt, My Minds Eye patterned paper, Dylusions white spray, Nuvo drops,

Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop

Today I was thinking that I must try to fit in an entry to the Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop  in spite of being busy preparing for Christmas when I realized that I made something today that is not only a gift I am giving but also a perfect entry into the bloghop! Duh!  The instructions came through my friend Jen, from Stampin Up Canada.



This gift is for a year end party of my Mahjong Club, thus the Mahjong tiles on the tag.  What? doesn’t every one have a Mahjong tile stamp??



November Blog Hop Papertrey Ink-Finished Project

Today is the day to post the finished project for Papertrey Ink’s November Blog Hop.  My fingers are all limbered up from the crazy number of Black Friday bargains that I have put into a cart.  I even followed through and ordered some of the things that I put in the cart.  The horrible current exchange rate caused me to abandon several other potential purchases though.

Back to the project at hand.  Here is the inspiration photo once again:


Here is my finished project:



25 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 8-13

Day 8: Uniko Studio

I am back with more tags to enter in the 25 days of Christmas Tags Challenge.  As I mentioned in the last post,  I ran into a snag on Day 8 in trying to use product from each sponsor of the challenge.  I did not have anything from Uniko Studio which appears to be a company from the UK.

The best I could do is use the inspiring tag from Jane and create something similar with what I had.

Jane’s tag:


My tag:




Stamps are from Papertrey Ink. Tag dies are Casual Fri-dies

Day 9:  Avery Elle

Day 9 went much easier.  I have a selection of Avery Elle stamps and dies and I particularly love the moose that Tracey used in her tag.

The Inspiration from Tracey:


My tag:



Stamp set and dies from Avery Elle.  Patterned paper from Reminisce.

Day 10: Sugar Pea Designs

I had trouble again on Day 10 as I have no product from Sugar Pea Designs.  I am happy to say there is a new die in the mail to me from Sugar Pea as we speak.  In the meantime  I drew inspiration from   Lisa’s  tag and made do with a similar stamp that I had.

The Inspiration:


My tag:



Day 11:  Technique Tuesday

I thought this day would be fairly easy but my stash of Technique Tuesday product was decidedly un-Christmasy!  Taking inspiration from Daniela’s tag with trees, I turned mine into a Christmas tree that lights up with help from a Technique Tuesday stamp set.  This one was a bit of a strrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrettttttttttttttttcccccccccchhhhhhhhhhh but I like the resulting tag.


The inspiration:


My tag:



Stamp set is from Technique Tuesday.  Patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and the dies from Papertrey Ink.

Day 12:  Serendipity Stamps

Sadly, I do not have anything from Serendipity Stamps, but I took inspiration from this tag and dug around to to see what I had:


My tag:


Stamp is Impression Obsession.

Day 13:  Lil’ Inker


Well if you thought Day 12 was a stretch, welcome to Day 13.  Thought about this one over night as it was really a challenge to make a Christmas Tag with what I have from Lil Inker.  I have a fantastic stitched rectangle set which I coulda maybe shoulda made into a tag and let it go at that……………but no……

The inspiration is Jen’s card:


Do you get it …………..bears and forest go together like the things in my tag:  Turns out I love this tag and if I have a spare two hours, I will recreate it.

My tag:



Stamp sets are Lil Inker and High Hopes Rubber Stamps,  Die is from Wplus9.  Christmas word is from Clearly Besotted.  Santa’s hat die came off the Ark I think….Stampin Up 1995.



25 Days of Christmas Tags

Somewhere in my morning ritual of following a number of crafting people, I came across someone who mentioned that they were going to also enter their tag into the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2016 Challenge.  This intrigued me as I wanted to make a number of Christmas tags this year.  Following the link, I ended up on the blog of Tracey McNeely, named In my Creative Opinion.  It appears to be a Canadian Blog, so I was even more interested.  The problem is that the challenge started on November 1 and it was now November 21st!  That meant a lot of catching up to do.

I always feel a need to justify my huge stash, by making a concentrated effort to actually use everything I have bought.  It occurred to me that I could add to this challenge by challenging myself to make a tag using products from each of the 25 sponsors of the challenge.  So far, I have managed to do this, but there is a problem looming on Day 8.

The rules of the challenge include citing the source of the tag inspiration from the tags done by each sponsor’s design team.

Day 1: Casual Fridays

I was inspired by this tag from Kelly


My tag:


My tag is from Casual Fri-dies. Snowflake Simon Says Stamp and Sleigh image from Heartfelt Creations.

Day 2:  Poppy Stamps

Inspiration from Michelle:


My tag:


Oval pine die is from Poppy Stamps.  Tag is Casual Fri-dies, Woodgrain cardstock is Simon Says Stamp, Pinecone charm is Tim Holtz,

Day 3: Newton’s Nook

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My tag:


Cat image is Newton from Newton’s Nook.  Patterned paper Reminisce, ornament is rom Simon Says Stamp, Pine boughs from Poppy Stamps


Day 4: Simon Says Stamp

Inspiration from Tracey:


My tag:


Merry Christmas die is Simon Says Stamp. Tag is from Ranger, Star die and embossing powder is from Recollections.


Day 4: Simon Says Stamp

Inspiration by:


My tag:


Birch trees die is from Simon Says Stamp as is the woodgrain cardstock.  The dear is from Impression Obsession. Ribbon is from Recollections.

Day 5: Winnie and Walter

Inspiration from


My tag:


Decorations on the ornaments is from Winnie and Walter.  Ornament bases are from Papertrey Ink and the patterned paper is from Reminisce.

Day 6:   Open  No particular Sponsor



My tag:


Background is from Reverse Confetti.  Season’s Greetings die is from Simon Says stamp.  Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and Craft Medley.  Tag is from Elizabeth Crafts.


Day 7 :  Ellen Hutson




My tag:


Brown woodgrain cardstock and Totally/Fabulous dies are from Ellen Hutson.  Patterned paper from Photoplay.  Santa and Sleigh are from Papertrey Ink.