Bringing Birthdays Back – October Edition

I have been working faithfully each month on sending out birthday cards to friends, family members and anyone else who requested to be on my birthday list.  I sit down at the beginning of each month and sort out who all has birthdays, when and then get my cards all filled out and ready to go in the mail at a somewhat appropriate time of the month in relation to their birthday. Having said that, there are times where I have ended up sending a card a bit late….oops! Yet as they say, better late than never.


I love using the #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp as well on the back of the cards!  Makes it even more fun and personal! While this stamp is not available in the catalogue, it is listed in the on-line store and available to purchase !  Item ID is 143573 and it is called #imbringingbirthdaysback at a sweet price of $12.00 CDN.


This month had a nice little stack, although I’m thinking next year may see even more people on the list!


Have you been faithful in sending out birthday cards?  Why don’t you join the challenge of #imbringingbirthdaysback and start sending out birthday cards as well!





Bookmark Magnets – Video Tutorial

Hello Tuesday and warm weather!  After some cold days last week starting at 0°C, heading out at 6:30am this morning it was nice to see 19°C on my thermometer!  Fall is in full swing, our trees are changing colour and dropping leaves fast, which is a sign that winter is not far off now 🙁  Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate all four seasons but two things I’m not fond of with winter are the dark mornings and nights when I leave for and return from work and the bitter cold/ winds that come.


Since we are on the topic of winter now, lets have a look at a video I recently posted to my YouTube channel.  It focuses on creating Magnetic Bookmarks using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.  Now keep in mind that this can be done with any set throughout the year that features a coordinating punch, and while I haven’t tired it yet, I imagine it would work with coordinating dies/ framelits as well (I wouldn’t try with thinlits/ detailed dies, that may be asking for trouble)

The video takes you through the basics of creating these sweet gifts. If you have book lovers in your life, I am sure they would appreciate some of these sweet bookmarks in their stocking this Christmas.  You could make one for each season 😉


Some easy stamping, colouring, punching and gluing and you are good to go!




Hummingbird in the Serene Scenery

Morning all!  I can’t believe I missed posting back on Monday!  It was Thanksgiving and all and I thought it would be nice to do a post sharing things I’m thankful for and ….. well the day got away on me and Wednesday’s post was already written ahead of time, so here I am at Friday already! Insane!  I can’t believe how busy this week was and I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to the weekend.  I’m sure Karma is as well, so she can spend more time with me.  She has always been a Daddy’s girl but since Madden passed, she has been clinging to me.  The only time of day she gives Chris is when she cries so much that he ends up taking her on his errands with him.  She loves going for a drive but I think more than that, she likes knowing she’s not alone.


So on to my post for today!  I’m a bit torn on this card.  Sometimes I look at it and think, yeah -that’s beautiful and other times, not so much LOL.

The card base is thick Whisper White cardstock which I can’t get enough of. It really is sturdy and I love seeing my cards in my work area and not falling ‘flat on their faces’, like they would with the regular Whisper White cardstock.  I added a piece of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper which has so many beautiful images that are so ‘real’!  They do make for quick and easy cards.


The hummingbird was left in my ‘scrap’ box of stamped images that I hadn’t used for previous projects.  If I remember correctly, I used Crumb Cake ink and Chocolate Chip ink, along with Island Indigo for the throat.  Can you believe that I only used ONE stamp set for this card?  Often I grab a second set just to get a sentiment that works with the card but I only used Picture Perfect this time around!


I trimmed the cardstock down a bit, sponged around the edges with Old Olive ink, added the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink and a few Basic Rhinestones to complete the piece.  I then used my Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop this up on my card front.


It’s amazing what a few products can do to pull together a card.  Stampin’ Up! never ceases to amaze me with their ideas, product coordination, colour and image trends…. I could go on but I’m pretty sure it’s evident how I feel about them 🙂

Thanks for popping by. I have lots of work to do this weekend for upcoming classes and parties, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of inspiration to share with you next week!









Simple Christmas

Have you been convinced yet to purchase the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set with the overwhelming abundance of inspiration found on blogs,  Pinterest and Facebook pages?

Too often we stress over making masterpieces, with multiple layers, bling and embellishments.  Sometimes it is good to take a step back and limit what we use to create.  It can help us focus on our ability to be creative and what can be accomplished without going overboard.

A few weeks ago while laying in bed waiting for sleep to overcome me, I envisioned a card in my mind.  Since I am too stubborn to keep a notepad and pen beside my bed or turn on the light, I rely on a really good, yet very short memory to produce the creation the following day! Ha! That being said, by the time I went to create it, some of the elements had vanished but I still had a few simple elements that helped me create the two cards I am sharing today.


These cards are essentially the same with minor variances.  This first card has all the trees stamped on Whisper White and die cut.  It is clean and simple with only a few stars stamped in the top right corner and the sentiment stamped in a straight line in the bottom right corner.



The second card is very similar yet with some simple changes.  Two trees are stamped directly on the card base, with the third tree being stamped on Whisper White and die cut.  If you look closely at the trees stamped on the Pool Party cardstock, you’ll notice one is shorter than the other.  This was accomplished by not inking up the entire tree.  I used a Wild Wasabi marker to close in the bottom of the tree.


The star image was stamped on both sides of the trees and the final difference is the curved sentiment.


This is one of the simple tricks that you can do with photopolymer stamps.  As the material is so flexible you can curve images into slightly different placements than just a straight line.

I hope these cards inspire you to pull out just a few supplies to create simple, yet eye catching cards!








Ghoulish Treats! – Video Tutorial

I promised last week that I would share a treat box I had created to hold some fun treats, such as chocolate eyeballs, candy corn and spooky pumpkin face chocolates.

I created a video to help re-create this fun and easy box.

Here are a couple close ups of the completed boxes.


Are you loving the Ghoulish Grunge backgrounds?  I held off ordering these for awhile but finally broke down and got them.  I just know that I’ll be using it for more than just Halloween projects.


I have a small confession to make.  I don’t normally eat any of the treats I buy to create projects like this but after realizing that some of the chocolate eyeballs are fudge inside and others are caramel, I couldn’t resist eating a few….!


Hopefully you found the instructions easy to follow.  I created this video with Madden laying in the room behind me Sunday afternoon as he enjoyed, what I would later realize was, the last few hours of quality time with me before the Lord took him to His heavenly home.  I am grateful for that time with him.  He was so quiet and well behaved, I needn’t have worried about him barking while I shot the video, as was my concern originally!

What ideas are coming to your mind after seeing this project?






Baby Card and Gift Bag

Do you recall me saying yesterday that I hoard Designer Series Paper?  Well I had to make a quick baby card on the weekend for a good friend to give to his daughter who had a baby on Friday. Chris suggested I also give them some baby hats and headbands that I make and of course, I couldn’t give them without having a decent gift bag to go along with it.  This lead to a semi-matching gift bag to go along with the card I created.


I saw a card on Pinterest briefly that had some elements I really liked and quickly pulled out my supplies to get to work.  I used the Baby’s First Framelits to die cut the onesie from retired designer series paper.  I added some matching retired Crisp Cantaloupe ruffled ribbon to the onesie to give it more cuteness! I also die cut from Whisper White cardstock, a heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies.


Before attaching to my cardfront, I randomly stamped the light spatter image from Gorgeous Grunge using Crisp Cantaloupe ink on the Whisper White cardstock.  I attached my heart using Tombow Mono Glue and popped up the onesie with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I then stamped my sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink using the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.


I attached this to a Crisp Cantaloupe layer and finally to the Crumb Cake card base.  The inside was stamped using the senitments from the set Baby Bear.  Yes, talk about using a lot of stamp sets and dies for one simple card!

The bag was a five minute job!  I went through my  “scrap” bin of die cuts and stamped images and found the Baby Bear image all inked up and ready to be used.  I attached a piece of the matching retired Designer Series Paper to the bag, lining the top and bottom edge with the ruffled ribbon using Tear n’ Tape and popped up the bear image with Stampin’ Dimensionals!


I have a tendency not to have much tissue wrap on hand for gifts, so my blue tissue from the Paper Pumpkin kit came to my rescue to package the gifts inside and cover them up!

These Kraft Gift Bags are quite sturdy! I found them in a pack of 2 at the dollar store for I believe $1.50..?  I felt it was a great price.

Happy Crafting!








Limited Time Offers and October Promo

As I struggle to cope with the loss of Madden, I know that I must forge ahead, that life continues and I must not get left behind.  So I force myself to return to a familiar daily routine and the tasks that must be completed.  I have been extremely grateful for the love and support our family has received from family, friends and even strangers.  Your kind words have been appreciated.

As time stood still for me, I have lost a few days in sharing with you some information on limited time only specials/ offers.


Saturday was World Card Making Day and people around the world celebrated in various ways, many by gathering in groups to create and paper craft together. In celebration, Stampin’ Up! has some limited time specials they are offering, from October 1st – October 5th.  Today!  Wow – where did time go?  If you want in on these specials, visit my site and use Hostess Code H97ZPY27 when entering your order on-line.

Next is the limited time only Paper Pumpkin Bogo Sale!  This offer is valid for new subscribers who when they purchase their first month by October 10th, will receive their second month FREE!  Time is quickly running out on this offer as well!


For World Card Making Day on Saturday, I posted a video showcasing what came in the September Paper Pumpkin kit, along with some alternate project ideas I created using the kit!  You can watch that video on my Facebook Page!

Here is a close up of one of the cards shown!



And of course, the month isn’t complete without the super sweet promotion of Designer Series Paper!  I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to Designer Series Paper and I have been attempting to teach myself to use what I have!


There are some great papers available for this Buy 3, Get 1 Free deal!  Check them all out and get your orders in soon!



Did you see that the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is on this list!!! Oh my word, I love this paper!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get in on these deals and offers before they disappear!





In Loving Memory of Madden – May 2, 2007 – October 2, 2016

Our sweet Madden passed away Sunday evening, being taken into God’s loving arms.  He had been recovering well from his surgery the week prior and gave no indication of any trouble until Sunday late afternoon.  We lost him in a matter of hours.


Madden came to us at 2-1/2 years old, gaunt, scared and broken.  We thought God had sent him to us so we could save him. We came to understand through time that we were wrong, God sent him to save us!  Madden came to us when our hearts were broken from the loss of Titan.  Chris was struggling from his recent car accident, physically and mentally, and the depression almost unbearable at times… Madden  comforted him when he needed comfort the most.  He lay by Chris’ side and was a quiet support.


Madden had the kindest, quietest, most gentle soul.  We never believed he would live as long as he did from all that he had been through, especially from the time before he came to us.  We gave him as much love as we possibly could, because in our hearts we felt that love would keep him going the longest….. and it did!


Madden had major surgery October 2013 when his stomach flipped.  We were told not to get our hopes up that he would survive.  He was, as the hospital said, already quite old for a Dane.  We told Madden that we would keep fighting for him and we hoped he would fight to live as well.  He did and was allowed to come home to us the very next day.  Madden was a true fighter!


After this surgery his personality and character changed.  Madden became more outgoing and showed us he had a funny side, that he wanted to enjoy life to the fullest.  He began to eat better than he ever had in the past.  He became so brave and confident, that one day he walked up to us while we were sitting on the couch enjoying pie and ice cream, and began licking the ice cream from the bowl.  That small action took us completely by surprise. It was like he was finally living the puppyhood years he never truly had, being bold and mischievous.


Madden liked a balance of solitude and family time.  He had a comfy bed but we would also make sure he had a blanket or housecoat on when it was cool in the  house.  He loved to bury his head under the cover and pretend that no one could see him.  If he had no blanket on, he would use his legs to cover his face.


Madden knew how to communicate.  He spoke volumes with his body language.  Clipping his nails would provide a few hours of pouting from him, where he wouldn’t talk to us.  You could offer him treats and he would simply turn his nose up at you and look the other way.  He knew how to make you feel bad for hurting his feelings or for going out for a day but always forgave us!


Karma played a major role in Madden’s life as well.  She arrived in our home at 8 weeks old in May 2012.  We made sure that Madden knew he was not being replaced and that Karma was there for his benefit.  He fell in love with her instantly, watching over her and caring for her.


Karma kept Madden on his toes and loved to play fight with him.  His line of defense was to lay down and “ground fight” her while she stood over him.  She never quite knew how to continue her attack when he did this.  When she would finally give up, she would lay with him, often with their heads touching.  They loved each other so much.


Karma is a tank and knows how to throw her backside weight at you.  She could easily knock us over.  While standing at the door, waiting to go on their daily walks, she would prance in anticipation and poor Madden’s face would be on the receiving end of her behind.


Madden took everything Karma did in stride, he was so easy going and simply adored her.  Madden was a natural caregiver in our home and took his role seriously.  You could always tell when he liked someone because he would back up to them.  Giving you his behind was his way of saying, “hey, you’re alright in my books.”


Madden will hold a special place in our hearts forever.  He learned what love is and he gave us unconditional love in return.  We are forever grateful that Madden came into our lives.  We were truly blessed by his presence! Rest in peace our sweet boy.  We love you!


Stacking the Gifts

I have had so much fun working with the new photopolymer set Santa’s Sleigh and have noticed not many cards are designed using the gift images (unless piled in Santa’s Sleigh) I decided it was time to create simple card featuring these images.

The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ Crumb Cake cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded.  The designer series paper is from the super adorable Candy Cane Lane DSP pack also available in the Holiday Catalogue.  It is cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″.


The presents were stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Night of Navy inks. I love that you can line images up easily when stamping with photopolymer stamps.  I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink and tied a bit of the Candy Cane Lane Red Bakers Twine around the white panel.  Before I completed my bow, I slipped a jingle bell through the twine.


Finally, I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped white panel and attached it to my card front.

To me this card is a wonderful balance of elements and design.  It is one that can easily be re-created for your Christmas greeting card needs!








Halloween Invitations – Cookie Cutter Halloween!

I recently finished a custom Halloween invitation order and just received a message that more are needed.  My customer LOVED the design and says she can’t get over how cute they are.  She left the creative design up to me and didn’t even see them until they were delivered, as she wanted it to be a surprise for her as well!

With so many people suffering food allergies and sensitivities, it can be hard for kids to go out for Halloween and safely receive treats that they can eat.  A project was started called the Teal Pumpkin Project that encourages families to place a teal pumpkin outside their home, which helps children to know when a home has non-food treats available for children with allergies. My customer has children with food allergies/sensitivities and decided it would be fun to hold an allergen friendly costume party at Halloween time as an alternative to the kids going out trick or treating.


I loved having the ability to create a fun and unique invitation for her and had to do some digging in my Stampin’ Up! stash to find the perfect items to create it. I take care to ensure that one element of the card is teal coloured and while we currently do not have any true teal colours, I find the Island Indigo to be the closest in colour and used that for my card base.


While I used retired Designer Series paper for the card as I had no current DSP in stock, I felt the card base was a bit plain so I added some cute spiders, stamped in Archival Basic Black ink from the set Jar of Haunts.


The ‘monsters’ on the card front were stamped and punched out using the new Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and coordinating Cookie Cutter punch.  I created a template for the little coffin and hand cut them to size.  Aren’t they adorable?

The You’re Invited is from an old, retired set called “Introducing”. I am so thankful that I still had this set as it worked perfectly for this invitation.


I printed up the information for the inside on the computer on Whisper White cardstock and attached using SNAIL adhesive.


The final touch was the packaging!  I couldn’t give them to her without making it match in some way and since I forgot to make a package at home as I intended and I was meeting my customer after work on my home, I made a quick pit stop at the dollar store and picked up the perfect black, organza, spider web pouch!  I love it!

What do you think? Are you loving the Cookie Cutter Halloween set yet?









Jar of Haunts – Pumpkin and Eyeball treats!

A little update on Madden.  He appears to be doing quite well.  He has an appetite like you wouldn’t believe but I guess I can’t blame him, considering he ate two meals in 5 1/2 days!  Something that I seem to be noticing, is that he has a desire to spend all his time outside and just enjoy nature and the other, is a stubborn streak.  Karma (our female Great Dane) is quite a bossy/ pushy little thing and likes to take Madden’s bed when he gets off it for any reason.  Normally when she does this, Madden will  just go and lay on her bed. Well…..!   Since he came home Friday night, I have noticed that if she takes his bed, he will stand beside it until she gets off or we get her off for him!  I guess he has decided that he has earned his right to have what’s his in life and he’s not going to back down anymore! LOL It is quite amusing to say the least!

So I have been working on some new videos to share projects and tips with you and I created some cute treat bags featuring the Jar of Haunts stamp set.


If you are looking to create some treats to hand out at Halloween or for your kids to give fellow classmates, these are quick and easy!  I made ones with pumpkin chocolates to match the pumpkin jars and I made some with eyeball chocolates to match the eyeballs in a jar.

eyeball-treat-1 treat packaging to share featuring the Jar of Haunts and Ghoulish Grunge later on!

Check out my video for more information on making some creepy and cute treats!


Sleigh Ride

Happy Monday!

I missed my Friday post last week – sorry about that.  My oldest Great Dane required emergency surgery, so I took the day off work.  I’m happy to say that he appears to be doing quite well and I am so thankful for that! My husband has taken to calling him Patches, since he has a shaved block on his side.  They released approx. 8-10 litres of air from his chest cavity and he is back to eating and breathing properly!


So while I missed out on being able to drag race at one of our seasons last events, I feel better knowing that he is safe and being cared for well by us.

I don’t know about you but I love the Santa’s Sleigh bundle in the Holiday catalogue!  I keep going back to it to make cards and trying out different “scenery”.  Today’s share is one such card that is slightly similar to the card in the catalogue.


I embossed my Whisper White background with the Woodland embossing folder and lightly sponged ink on the trees to make them stand out. I also stamped the reindeer and bow and die cut using the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits dies.


The sleigh is die cut from Real Red cardstock and the detailed portion of the sleigh is a separate die cut from Silver Foil Paper.  I adhered the sleigh and one reindeer directly to the cardfront and then popped up the second reindeer, offsetting him from the first, to provide more dimension.  I slacked off a little by not adding reins between the sleigh and reindeer.


What is your favourite stamp set from the current Holiday catalogue?