Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

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Hello Sunday!

I am playing along today with the new Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge.



Yesterday I had my three lovely Toronto crafty friends Ardyth Percy-Robb, Emily Leiphart and Tasha Kara come to my house to play!

We met up first at Kelsey's for lunch which was a great idea because the food was great and we had a chance to catch up so that when we got to my house we were ready to get to work (sort of).  Emily lined up some challenges for us to do and I tackled this one using some new to me Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies. I can't totally take the credit for all of this, as I was trying to figure how I was going to use the Folk Heart dies Emily suggested a shaker. Great idea girl!


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

RetroSketches #158

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Time for this week's Sketch at RetroSketches!

Our sketch this week is based on a gorgeous card by Arielle Gordon!


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Hope to see you play along with us this week!

Well after being home for 6 days I think the jet lag and 10 days touring on foot the jet lag is wearing off. We haven't had too much time to go through photos, but I promise I will share some soon. What I can share with you is a photo of the sweet and thoughtful surprises that she brought home to us.


My girl know that her mama loves her Coke, so an empty mini bottle from Rome. When the kids were younger we did a lot of camping and picked up magnets everywhere we went, so when she saw this magnet she needed to bring it home. Love having her back home again! She modeled her prom dress for Ardyth, Emily and Nastasha today!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CCC #139, Time Out and Seize the Sketch

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Happy Tuesday!

Time for another new Cue Card at CASology!
This week the cue word is:



What is style? It can be so many things. For me this week is it a black tie classy and certainly it's got STYLE!


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Have a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you...

Paper Sweeties Designer Feature

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I am beyond thrilled to share that Debbie Marcinkiewicz of Paper Sweeties is doing a Designer Feature with me today on the Paper Sweeties blog. Debbie graciously sent me some of her fabulous stamps and dies to play with.  I will tell you that they stamp beautifully on the first impression. I love her hand drawn designs.

I had the March photo to use as my inspiration for my projects today.




For my first card I embossed images that I stamped onto crdstock and patterned paper with white embossing powder. I wish my camera could have captured the shine of the embossed lines and the shimmer of the Wink of Stella.


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A closer look...

I used the Pretty Posies stamp set and Sweet Cuts, the Garden Time stamp set and Sweet Cuts as well as the Sending Springtime stamp set for this first card.  I added some of the new Spring Peeps Sequins and just a touch of Copic on the stem.

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For my second card I used the Home Tweet Home stamp set, some Copic colouring and again added some Spring Peeps Sequins.


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A closer look...

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Thank you so much Debbie for doing this feature.
I loved playing with your stamps! 

I am also submitting these to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day 18

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My card today is my Day 18 colouring for Kathy Racoosin`s 30 Day Color Challenge!

Kathy was encouraging us to doodle and then to colour of doodle designs. One thing I can't do is draw, when I was younger I could draw and as a child took art lessons. I have difficulty with fine motor skills now, one of the symptoms of my MS. I usually start off okay but then the paths get crossed and the signal between my brain and my hands get out of sync.  So what I did is use a doodle stamp design and then coloured my images. Yes using Copics to colour can be scary too, for the same reasons, I just go really slow--LOL

I coloured and shared the two smaller images on Instagram the other day...



I finished the larger flower on Saturday and adhered it with foam tape for some dimension.

It is not too late to play along, all the details for Kathy's challenge can be found HERE on her blog The Daily Marker.




The completed card...


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My daughter arrives back home tonight!
Sunday morning she was flying from Athens back to Rome and then from Rome direct to Toronto.  She should be getting home around 8:00 pm local time.
We are so excited to see  her!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

RetroSketches #157

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Happy First Day of Spring!

This makes me so happy, after such a horrible winter I am ready to know that we are looking behind at this one. Most of the snow has melted where I am but those temperatures are staying down. Usually by this time of the year my crocus have come out and then we get one final blast of winter which kills them. Right now the ground is still pretty frozen so no bulbs making appearances yet. I am not losing hope because winter is officially over.

Time for a new sketch at RetroSketches!
Arielle had a rough week loosing all her files but she has a fantastic sketch today to share with us that she created from a card created by me.

In keeping with spring I used paper from Echo Park's Sunny Days Ahead. I just picked the 6 x 6 pad up on Friday when I was on a road trip with hubby. I combined it with some stamps from Simon Says Abby's Spring Showers, some Copic colouring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and some tiny raindrops that Natasha Kara kindly passed on to me when I was at her house in the summer!  The coloured panel was popped up with foam tape. The last detail is that I painted some clear Wink of Stella on the  top of the umbrella in my photo to give the illusion of being wet from the rain.


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Once again compliments of my iPhone and just my studio lighting, Wink Of Stella appears...

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I have been texting with my daughter every day that she has been in Europe. Not long conversation but the basics--how was your day? what did you see? what did you eat? Just enough to know that she is okay. Wifi is a bit sketchy. I kept pestering her to put some photos on Instagram. Well two random photos showed up today, one of the Colosseum in Rome and one of her and a friend in Greece.  Apparently she has been taking lots of photos with her camera too, so there will be more to share.






She is home tomorrow evening with what I am sure is lots to talk about!
Amazing trip for her to take and I am so happy she had the opportunity, but will be glad to have her home again too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #114 and Stamplorations

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I am sharing a card today for CAS(E) this Sketch #114.

As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of this die from WPLus9. Kara from K and R Design sent me a few die cuts to play around with.  My card today is inspired by THIS card of Kara's.  I stamped my background using Hero Arts Leafy Wines cling stamp, one of my all time favourite stamps. The frame is popped up with foam tape.


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I am also submitting this to the Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge.