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Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer Bloghop Day 8

This is the last day of the Coffee Bloghop.  You would think that time would be dragging under the current circumstances, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.  Maybe, I have just become so inefficient.  As I told someone the other day, I am going to have to start getting dressed on Monday for work on Tuesday or I am going to be late.  Yes, I am going back to work on Tuesday!

This card is a very simple one with a lot of assistance from the Ciao Bella paper. It also features one of my favorite animals at the moment, being the sloth.  I probably like them so much because they make me look ambitious by comparison.   I am telling myself that I am doing something quick so I can get outside to get some gardening done.  We will see if that happens.


2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop #7

The little sloth is back today.  He is just too cute and deserves a second card.  This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background.  My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card.  The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.


2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop #1

Where did November go?  It is hard for me to believe that the month is over.  The good news is, that means that the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop launches today.

It is a welcome break to make something that is not a Christmas card.  I have been fascinated with sloths ever since I first saw the commercial with the sloth playing Charades.  Maybe it is because I sympathise with the stress of trying to finish something while the clock is ticking down.  Whatever it is, it caused me to buy this Newton Nook stamp the instant that I saw it.  I also wanted a chance to use the Coffee Rings foiling acetate from Brutus Munroe, so this card came together quite quickly.   Patterned paper from Moxie (Coffee Addict) supplied the background while the mat is patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky.


25 Days of Christmas Tags-Day 2

Well the wait is over folks.  My co-blogger somehow carved enough time out of her uber busy life to make a tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags-Day 2.  Sandra was inspired by Jennifer Jackson’s tag. Stamps by Newton’s Nook.

Newsflash-Sandra is alive and creating!

Believe it or not Sandra found some time to enter this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I think she fit it in somewhere between work, driving kids to practice, her other work, hockey, feeding and walking pets, raising money to shelter dogs, and helping out a sick friend.

Anyway she is back…………and has a great card to share.

make a wish-100


Stamp Sets;  Newton’s Nook – Winston’s Birthday

Lawn Fawn – Party Animal


Stampin Up Cardstock

SEI Pattern Paper

Memento Ink

Copic Markers

Online Card Class- Day 6

Today was an inspiration day at the Online Card Class-Holiday Style.  Didn’t have too much time to play today but did make one card.  This was a card that ended up very different than what I had in my head at the beginning.  I just recently got some miniature pom-pom ribbon that I thought I would use for berries on the wreath on the flamingo.  But try as I might, the idea had problems. When I cut the pom poms off the ribbon, that they came on, I could see that the interior was white instead of red.  No problem, I thought, I just painted them red. When I put them on the wreath though, the pom poms became the focal point, because they were just too big.  Time to abandon ship and try something else.  In the end I used red seed beads that gave a tiny bit of dimension without taking over.  The rest of the card evolved as well.  While putting lights on the palm tree with liquid pearls, I thought of a past trip I had taken to Miami at this time of year.  I was thinking about how weird it felt to be in shorts and flip flops sitting on a cafe patio, surrounded by Christmas lights, music and trees.  It seem like the world stopped, though time went on, and it was July and no one had moved to take the decorations down.   (That actually does happen here in Canada but it is because we are still frozen and can’t move 🙂 ).  In the end, I decided to mix traditional Christmas colours with the sunset colours of South Beach.  Then I made the whole thing a snow globe, cause really………….how else does a flamingo get to experience snow.


I wish I didn’t have to use the flash, as it really washed out the vibrant colours.

Newton’s Nook- Sandra’s Challenge entry

Sandra has put together a cute card to enter in the Newton’s Nook Challenge.

I love you Sandra Newton's Nook


Stamps Penny Black and Naughty Newton

Cardstock Recollection and Craft Smith

Die Cut Simon Says

Sequins Doodlebug

Memento Black Ink

Copic Markers

Unleash the Kraken!

I had so much fun making this card!  Constructing the card made me think.  First off………………what exactly is a Kraken???  Ok got it…………….then what colour do you colour a Kraken……………how can I make it fit the sketch from the challenge…………………..can I make it into a shaker card…….etc etc.

This is one card that turned out pretty much like I had envisioned it in my mind.

Newton's Nook Sketch Challenge


Supplies:  Newton’s Nook Message in a Bottle, Bo Bunny Boardwalk patterned paper, Simon says stamp Sailing stamp set,  Authentique patterned paper, Recollections white embossing powder,  Teresa Collins, Pretty Pink Posh and Craft Medley sequins and seed beads, Acetate, Pico Shimmer embellisher, Recollections card base and cardstock, and Scor tape

This card is just plain “Charmin”

No, it really is Charmin.

A while ago I took a class from the immensely talented Christy Riopel.  Truth be told, she is both a talented artist and an equally talented Chef.  I confess, I mostly took her classes because of the gourmet lunches she provided.  Just to prove I was listening when she talked about something other than what she was making for lunch, though, I have used her “toilet paper” technique on this card entered in the Newton’s Nook sketch challenge.

You heard me right……………………toilet paper.  Apparently, I WAS distracted by thinking about lunch when she explained how to do the technique, as it took me three tries to get the toilet paper mat to not ooze out all over and disintegrate.  I won’t tell you how long it took to get these sticky failures cleaned off my Bigshot cutting plates and my embossing folder.

Anyway, when I finally got it right,  I thought the result was cute and matched perfectly with Naughty Newton’s toilet paper adventure.

Here is the sketch followed by my entry into the challenge:

Newton's Nook Sketch Challenge


Supplies:  Newton’s Nook Naughty Newton stamp set, Recollections Cardstock, Pebbles Lakeside patterned 6 X 6 collection, Recollections card base, Darice paw print embossing folder, Scor tape and in the interest of truth in reporting……………Kleenix (Christy had said that the no pattern single ply cheap toilet paper worked best.  Well the toilet paper in my house was TOO deluxe and had a quilted design and disintegrated on  contact with the glue)