Thursday, July 2, 2015

Welcome Baby


Aren't this series of stamps "My girls" a hoot?

Card made with Mystery Stamp #2

One of the members of a Yahoo group I belong to challenged us to make a card from a digital download picture of one of her stamps.
This is the picture that was downloaded.

I elected to use only 1 of the images.

Here is what I came up with:

I made it into an Easter card.  Using the largest of the Oval framelits, a card was made by extending at least 3 scallops over the edge of the framelit at the fold.  Then a smaller Very Vanilla framelit was die cut and adhered to the front.  The DSP I used was the image of grass - perfect for a golfer.  It was die cut in yet another smaller size.  All of these had their edges sponged with Soft suede ink.

The gold bag was coloured with watercolour pencils, and the colours blended with an Aqua painter.  I used a silver pen for the golf clubs and then added crystal effects to make them look like metal.
After the crystal effects had dried, the golf bag was cut out, and adhered to a small Very Vanilla oval embossed with an Argyle embossing folder - using dimensionals.

This is a close up of the golf bag.

Then to make it look more like Easter, I punched a chick using the Bird Builder punch (and the scallop oval punch for the wings).  The chick was placed in the grass as if it were trying to climb up the bag.  At the bottom of oval, I cut a piece of Always Artichoke with the fringe scissors to mimic grass.

The sentiment was from Teeny Tiny Wishes and Greeting for Guys.  It was punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  Two tiny Easter eggs were adhered on either side of the sentiment.

Happy Special Birthday

I coloured this image while at a craft show, and made it into a card yesterday.  I absolutely love this elderly couple.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Girl Walking Dog

I love using the Spellbinder dies on my cards.  I'm using them more and more to create a unique look. 
  • The tempting Turquoise cardstock base was layered with a Whisper White layer that had been die cut with a spellbinder die.
  • The image was coloured with copic markers, the edges were rounded, and then matted with Tempting Turquoise.  Some blue glitter was added to the edge of the coat & hat.
  • The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny wishes" and punched with the Word Label punch.  It was layered with a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock die cut with the label die .  A sheer Turquoise ribbon was wound through the holes at both ends of this die.  A bow was added with a glue dot.
  • The stars were made by using a Tempting Turquoise marker on Dazzling glitter paper and punching the stars with a small star punch.

To a Busy Guy

With Father's Day coming very soon, a lot of us can relate to the image on this card.  A lot of guys are busy working on the computer etc.  This card is "to a busy guy"

  • The basic cardstock is Pacific Point, layered with Whisper White, and then a retired DSP
  • The image was stamped with Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock and coloured with copic markers.  The edges were sponged with Marina Mist ink.
  • This panel was matted with Marina Mist cardstock and adhered to the DSP using dimensionals.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Birthday for the Gals

I couldn't resist getting this birthday stamp as it brought a smile to my face.  It took a while to colour, but I like colouring so it wasn't so bad.

The sentiment inside?  How old you anyway?

I stamped the image with SU blendabilities, and matted the Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo cardstock.  Some dazzling details was applied to the cake and candles and some of the clothing items of the gals.

The base card is Melon Mambo cardstock, layered with Whisper White embossed with the large polka dot embossing folder (it's hard to see).  I put a strip of multi coloured DSP edged with a fancy edgelit strip.  In the middle is a yellow ribbon.

Am I right?  Did the card bring a smile to your face?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

St. Patrick Day Treat Holders

These are 2 treat holders I have made for my craft table next week.

This uses the retired Petal Cone die.

I made 17 of these rainbow cello bags filled with skittles.  Here's a close up of the topper:

Friday, February 6, 2015

Some more Alcohol Ink Coasters

These are made using entirely different colours.

I just love these colours together.

Alcohol Ink Coasters and Candle

I made these items for my craft table this coming week.

Both the coasters and the candle were coloured with alcohol inks.  I chose these colours for Valentine's Day.

This is one of the coasters.

The candle was decorated by a band of DSP near the bottom.  Two types of ribbon were attached to the DSP.  I made 2 roses - one in pink and one in Very Vanilla  - using the Blossom punch and adhered them to the band using a hot glue gun.  The little rose is from a retired SU kit.

I've been playing with the Alcohol Inks again.  This time I tried something new - applying alcohol ink on a candle.  This time the candle was a full sized 6" taper candle (white).  I also made 2 coasters for Valentine's Day - using the same colours as on the candle - pink and purple.

The candle didn't turn out very well the first go around, so I just spritzed the dried alcohol ink on the craft mat and rerolled the candle in it.  This second go around was much better, and this is the one I will show you.

 This picture shows the two coasters and the candle together. As usual I waterproofed and heat proofed the coasters, painted the bottom and sides and put on felt feet.

Here's one of the coasters so that you can see the texture in it a little better.  I was actually surprised that they turned out as well as they did, because Alcohol inks can be very unpredictable.

This is a cose up of the candle.  I decorated the candle by putting a piece of DSP upon which I had added a 1 1/2" Vanilla ribbon with picot edges (and in the middle of that the raspberry ripple stitched ribbon) around the bottom of the candle.  To that I attached 3 roses, 2 of which I made using the Blossom punch.  The tiny one is from a kit that is now retired.  I attached them to the band surrounding the candle using a hot glue gun.

I found an old clear glass saucer, perfect for placing the candle on, and surrounded it with Hearts punched with the Sweetheart punch in Red glimmer and Purple glimmer paper.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Button covered frames

I found two wooden frames, covered in paper and painted a horrible colour.  I stripped the paper off and repainted them, and covered the front with buttons.
One is covered with white buttons (some are very old and still have the original thread attached.) and the other with red.

Button covered Picture frames

I love buttons!
I've been working on some new upcycling projects.  I found 2 wooden picture frames covered in patterned paper and painted an awful lime green.
I scrapped off the paper, and repainted the frames white, and then covered them with buttons.  I have a whole stash of buttons that I bought from a lady at a market - all colours and sizes, but mainly browns, blacks and white - some very old.  They were in a mason jar that had the green tinged colour on it, so the jar is probably worth more than the buttons.
I sorted the buttons because I wanted only the white ones.  Than I hot glued them to the front and sides  of the frame and I quite like how it looks. I think you can pick out the really old ones. Some still have the original thread attached.

I have a vintage looking stamp, the image of which I might use to put in the frame.  I have a few other ideas as well.  I'll just have to try then out and see out they look.

The other frame I covered in red/pink buttons in honour of Valentine's Day.  These buttons I bought as I didn't have enough of those colours to cover the frame.

My plan is to fill this one with paper roses.

I think I like the white one better, but I'll reserve judgment until I have them both completed.

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My Latest Alcohol Ink Trivets

These are 2 of my latest trivets I made using Alcohol Inks on Ceramic tiles.

Which do you like better.  The first one or the second one.?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Alcohol Ink Candle

I've playing with Alcohol inks lately, mainly on ceramic tiles, but yesterday I spread my wings a bit and used these inks on a candle.  Because I'm just experimenting, I bought a cheap one at the dollar store and used it.

Two colours were used - a blue and a lime green.  A line of each colour was put on a craft sheet, and the candle rolled in it.  Then, after standing the candle upright, I dropped some ink on the top of the candle and let it pour down the sides.

Wear gloves to do this.

What do you think?  Did it turn out okay?

Alcohol Ink Candle

I've playing with Alcohol inks lately, mainly on ceramic tiles, but yesterday I spread my wings a bit and used these inks on a candle.  Because I'm just experimenting, I bought a cheap one at the dollar store and used it.

Two colours were used - a blue and a lime green.  A line of each colour was put on a craft sheet, and the candle rolled in it.  Then, after standing the candle upright, I dropped some ink on the top of the candle and let it pour down the sides.

Wear gloves to do this.

What do you think?  Did it turn out okay?
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Passing of a Dear Friend and Fellow Stamper

This was written by Helen Howard owner of Crop Circles Scrapbooking Store in Peterborough, Ontario.  I had previously done a post about the loss of Bonnie, but Helen asked that I put this post on my blog as well.


Hello fellow stampers

 As many of you know already, we received the sad news that our Class Teacher extraordinaire lost her valiant battle to Cancer last Thursday.Many of us referred to Bonnie as the unsinkable Molly Brown who always had a story and something to share.She shared her passion for rubber stamping with all of us and was the envy of all for the mass amounts of stamps she owned.Not many were more knowledgeable than Bonnie.She inspired us all and demonstrated to many of us how to turn a rubber stamp into something truly awesome.I thank the stars the day I was taught by her as this put me on a path of no return,building a little store sharing the same passions she passed on to me through her teachings.

Not just an avid stamper she was truly an exceptional human being that always looked at the bright things in life and showed marvelous strength through her ordeal.None of us really understood how she kept her humour and never forgot a birthday or how to reach out to someone who needed it the most.

She was careful not to judge but to just accept people the way they were, each special in their own way.We shared many laughs and some serious moments.Ted grew to love her like a sister and always brightened up when he saw her.The two of them always trying to make the other laugh quite successfully.We called her wife number 3.We were truly blessed to have her in our lives and will always think of her with great admiration and love.

 Dianna,  Bonnie's great friend has asked that we post information here  to share with you as it becomes available."We ask that you let others know  about the memorial service the family is holding in Lakefield this Sunday coming up.

If you would like to make a card in remembrance of this vibrant women then please do.You can drop it off at the store or take it yourself on Sunday to her memorial.She loved penguins so I will be making a card that reminds me of her vibrant happy personality.I do encourage you to come out and celebrate her life Sunday February the 26th as mentioned below.

With love to all


You may also drop off any sympathy cards for Bonnie's family at the store if you wish.

Bonnie Riley

RILEY, Bonnie - Passed away peacefully at her home from cancer, with her family by her side on Thursday February 16, 2012. Bonnie Riley (nee Kirkham) of Lakefield in her 53rd year. Bonnie will be remembered by many for her involvement with rubber stamping and as a Past President of the Lakefield & District Lions & Lioness Club. Loved and missed by her husband Al and her children Amanda Dirycz (Bartek) of Toronto, Jay Riley of Richmond Hill and Jenny McLean (Ben) of Buckhorn. Also missed by her brother Glenn Kirkham (Karen) of Oshawa, sisters Bev Lawson of Wellington N.S., Patti Nason (Tim) of Brooklyn, her “second mother“ Fran Anderson and by her large circle of many dear friends. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John and Barbara. A Celebration of Bonnie's Life will be held at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL on Sunday February 26th, 2012 from 2-4 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the P.R.H.C. Palliative Care or the Canadian Cancer Society as expressions of sympathy. Friends may send condolences or make donations at or by calling 705-652-3355. A very special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Gillis-Doyle, Dr. Lowe and all of the nurses and support staff who cared for Bonnie. 11066308

Decorated Note Pads

To those 5 individuals who requested dimensions on how to make the decorated note pads I profusely apologize.  I was experiencing difficulty in accessing my blog, and my son fixed the problem today.  What would we do without our children heh? (I'm Canadian, so couldn't help it)

You will find the dimensions on how to make not only this particular notepad, but several more on my other blog.  Here is the here

I hope this information finds you.

Thanks for your patience.
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