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Happy Thanksgiving! Say what?

My Canadian friends will think I am crazy to be posting a Thanksgiving card as our Thanksgiving was October 9 but here is the deal…………………A while back at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, I picked up the cover plate used in this card.  In the feeding frenzy that was going on at the shops at the carnival, I thought this die contained raindrops.  My idea was that I would use it to create a stencil so I could use embossing paste and make my own raindrop patterns.  Imagine my surprise when I got home and actually looked at the die.  There were these cut half circles below the raindrops…………….what were they all about?  Then I actually looked at the name of the die………………………..Ruffled feathers……………………………..light bulb came on over my head.  They were stylized feathers  to be made dimensional and not raindrops at all.  Now I have spent mega bucks on things and not batted an eye, in fact, in Vegas I have spent mega bucks for nothing at all, but suddenly it had become my life’s work to justify the five bucks that I spent on this die.  I did use it to make a raindrop stencil, I looked on the internet and saw that someone used it to make a shake roof on a 3 d house  and took note of that,  but when I came across this stamp from Judith and Heather, I knew it was the  perfect  image for the cover plate.

So here it is, and I am not so crazy after all as I can say a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.


Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop-Day 2

Today’s card piggybacks on the home decor trend of using pallets for wall decoration.  They usually include some “bon mots” on them and so I did the same on my pallet card.  Home decor pallets also have a lot of dimension to them and I created the same on my card by using wooden pieces and felt leaves.  I think it turned out well.


Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 7

I was falling a bit behind both in posting coffee cards for this blog hop and in making my Christmas cards, so I decided to combine tasks for a few cards.

Here is the first one.  It is a card for a friend whose friendship was built up mostly by  the occasional coffee  in a local coffee shop.  This will be her Christmas Card.



Online Card Class-Wild Card Day 4

So I am on to Day 4 of the Online Card Class Wild Card.

I actually had a practical reason to make a card today.  My Grandson Max turned 12 and I needed a Birthday Card for the occasion.  He got his own cell phone as his birthday present from his parents.  I phoned him to wish him a Happy Birthday and reminded him that Grandma was just a phone call away, should he need me.

To emphasize this event and my message, I made him a special birthday card.  Now, there are two things wrong with this card.  One is, he is probably not aware that phones used to come with curly little cords tying the receiver to the phone base as per my background.  The second thing is I am sure he has no idea who Carole King is, or that the sentiment is a quote from the the song “You’ve got a Friend” (James Taylor).  No matter, Grandma had fun making it and she means the sentiment.  So ok, in the winter he has to call Phoenix, but I WILL be there.



Taylored Expressions Let’s Chat stamp set, Dienamics Blueprint 27 die, Pretty Pink Posh, Papertrey Ink and Doodlebug sequins, Foam tape,  Simon Says Stamp Ink. WeR Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and plastic, Hero Arts card base and Scor Tape

Stop the Press! Sandra has made a Card!

Sandra has made a card for the Taylored Expressions challenge!  I want to make sure I don’t miss the deadline, so here is the card:

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Stamp Set: Taylored Expressions Grumplings Birthday

Cardstock: Stampin Up

Pattern Paper: Close To My Heart

Buttons: Misc

Ink: Memento

Markers: Copic

Taylored Expression Inspiration Challenge

Usually I like to try and combine the Sketch and the Inspiration photo presented in the Taylored Expressions Challenges.  Today though, I had an idea that would not fit into the parameters of the sketch.  In fact, it wouldn’t even fit on a normal sized card.  To make it work it had to go on a long narrow card.  Measurements are 3 7/8 by 9.5 and it fits into a number 10 envelope.

This card involved quite a bit of masking but I think it turned out well and conveyed what inspired me in the inspiration photo.


When I saw this stamp set, I noticed that it had not one but three different trailers that could be used.  I immediately wanted to use all three as it reminded me of some of the crazy rigs I see driving down the highway.  So these rigs usually consist of the Truck/SUV/RV followed by the trailer, followed by a flatbed trailer carrying an ATV or Six bicycles and/or the doghouse.  It is amusing to see such a convoy, but when you have to pass one on a busy two lane highway, not so much (In fact, they are illegal in some provinces but still super cute).  Anyway there wasn’t enough highway on my card to put on all three trailers but if Taylored Expressions ever makes a flatbed trailer and accessories stamp set, as described,  a new highway will definitely be under construction.

Here is the inspiration photo:

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Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Happy Trails stamp set,  Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Zig Real Brush Markers, Distress watercolour paper, Neenah Solar White cardstock, miles of Post It tape , cloud stencil from Create a Smile and foam tape.

Taylored Expression-Sketch and Tic Tac Toe

Yesterday’s Happy Mail included the new Crafty Grumplings stamp set from Taylored Expressions, so when I saw the new challenge at Taylored Expressions it was a no brainer that I was going to use this stamp for the challenge.

Somedays things just seem to work out, while on other days gluing paper A to paper B is a Mission Impossible.  This was one of the good days, as I was able to combine the sketch with the Tic Tac Toe combination of yellow, leaves and scallops, along with my new stamp set to create a really cute card.


Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Crafty Grumplings, Elizabeth Crafts Ropes 1 and All Seasons Tree dies, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid patterned paper, DCWV patterned vellum, Recollections and Bazzill cardstock, Liquid Pearls and Stickles, Copic markers, SSS card base, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts die 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.

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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.

Share Joy Challenge- Taylored Expressions

I wanted to make a card for the sketch in the Share Joy Challenge this week.  For some reason, I have always liked the look of rectangles with only two opposite corners rounded, so this sketch gave me to make a card using this concept.  I think the card is quite adorable.  It just seems appropriate that the Mama bird from the Mama and Me stamp set is pointing out the consequences of naughty versus nice to her child.



Supplies:  Tylored Expressions Mama and Me stamp set, Pebbles Home for Christmas patterned paper 6X6, Simon Says tamp card base and Scor tape.

Share Joy Challenge-Taylored Expressions

I have an extra challenge to the usual sketch and color scheme challenge.  I decided to use the Holiday Grumplings stamp set in spite of the Share Joy nature of this challenge.  The expressions on these stamp images are anything but joyful.  I do think that they can’t help but bring a smile to the recipient’s face though, so mission accomplished.  This card is for my co-blogger Sandra who purports (like the Grumplings) to hate Christmas.  This is the same lady who owns a cajillion (spellcheck very unhappy with this word, but hey it is my blog) Christmas stamps INCLUDING this Grumpling one, so I don’t really believe her.

I was shocked that the sentiment stamped so well on the rough glittery paper, but if you try it, use Stazon ink so that the ink will dry sometime before Christmas.





Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Holiday Grumplings stamp set, Bo Bunny 6X6 Candy Cane Lane patterned paper, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies, Casual Fridays Fri-dies tags, unknown glitter paper from the bowels of my paper stash, recollection card base and Scor tape.