The journey of creating begins with a spark from deep within. The artist continues on the loom of life and throughout time a beautiful tapestry takes shape and form from the luscious fibres, brilliant gems and precious pearls we encounter along the way....

I Design for OC Scrapbookers' n More

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Card Reminiscent of the Old Days

Hello My Friends...

Wow, time flies when you're busy and productive - when the days are filled with work and the tasks of getting ready for the holidays.  I wanted to have this posted yesterday but phew!... nonstop action!!  Anyways, I have a few Christmas cards that I want to post in the next little while before the Christmas holidays are completely over.  I have a few cards made up that I haven't posted yet.  I know that there is a big sale coming up at OC Scrapbookers and I can hardly wait for that to happen and see what great discounts are coming up.  Is everyone getting in on the great offering of 10% off the purchase of gift cards for holiday gift giving? What a great idea!  This festive card here is a very simple card with layered panels of Cardstock, a Spellbinders Nestability Scallop Circle and a Standard Circle.  I used a JustRite Stamp from the Christmas Treasures Set 3 1/4" round centers and borders.  I colored the stamp up with copic markers and I am loving those markers as I get feeling a little more comfortable with them each time I explore with them.  I tied a nice fancy gold ribbon onto the top panel and fixed a lovely bow that finished the look.  Most products can be found at OC Scrapbookers... watch for the coming sale, it sounds like a great one!!!  Stay tuned for more festive looks in the coming days...

Monday, December 6, 2010

I Love Gold!

Hello Everyone

This card was so much fun to put together!  The pattern paper is a choice from SEI again which is a favourite of mine if you've noticed (I've been using it alot lately).  The holly leaves are outlined subtely in gold so the natural choice for me was the gold bazzil cardstock that I used to embellish with embossed die-cuts!  My, oh my!  See how the gold die-cuts enhance the JustRite stamp set I used?  The stamp set is the 31/4" round Christmas Ornament Set which I colored with copic markers.  The Spellbinder dies that I used were Standard Classic circles and Scollop circles and the border is the Spellbinders Illumination Border Grand. I just topped it off with a small fancy ribbon with gold fleck in it and Voila!.. a beautiful Christmas card.  You can find theSpellbinders, and the gold and silver bazill cardstock on the Monday Madness sales over at OC Scrapbookers and you'll want to stay tuned for the Tuesday teaser coming up too!  Email Deb at OC Scrapbookers with any questions on upcoming crops, any products you may be looking for and for a list of her new scrappy wear that she has coming into the store.  Some great T-shirts and Hoodies with funny and unique scrapbooking sayings on them!  She can answer any questions about those and send a link to the pictures.  I am getting one with "What Happens at the Crop, Stays at the Crop!" -- I can hardly wait for that zipped sweater to arrive!  Anyways, as usual my friends.. thanks for visiting and thank you in advance for your friendly and inspiring comments.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Blog Candy Winner is ....

Hello My Scrapbooking Friends...

I have an announcement... drum roll please.....arhmmm, arrrhmmm..  I am pleased to announce our winner for the I-Top Bradmaker package sponsored by OC Scrapbookers'n More!  The lucky winner is GlennaWoods1952
I would like to thank all the wonderful participants who took time to type out such wonderful comments on the blog candy post!  I entered the total number of all the comments posted into a random generator and it picked out Glenna as the winner.
Glenna, we're glad you found out how to post your comment and now you have been the one selected to win this fantastic little tool to add to your scrappin toolbag!
Email me and we can talk about how to get this package to you in short order.... k_robitaille@yahoo.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

Punch Around the Page Card

Hello Everyone:   I am back to post once again but low and behold, I am unable to post the project I was wanting to post featuring the I-Top Bradmaker tool once again... this weekend got real busy for me.  I received an unexpected visit this weekend from one of my boys who came home for the weekend.  We went out and about and visited with other family too and the weekend went real fast.   So, since I didn't accomplish much in the craft department this weekend, I went into my little stash of projects and found this enchanting little card that I made with a set of new Martha Stewart Punch around the page punches.  A corner punch with a nifty matching border punch that does an awesome job on various card sizes.  This set is called String Lace and it gives your cardstock such an elegant and lacy appearance, perfect for christmas cards.  I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle and Scallop Circle dies on the front and a JustRite stamp from the Old Fashioned Christmas set that comes in a circle 31/4" size.  The other JustRite stamp I used on the inside is from the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse set.  In addition, to frame the sentiment, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the inside. I colored the outside JustRite stamp with Copic markers and fitted some green rhinestones around the scalloped diecut.  Voila everyone...  These Martha Stewart Punch around the page punches are another great tool to have in your scrappin toolbox!!!
You can find most everything I have on my project at OC Scrapbookers 'n More online store. If you don't see it, email them and talk to Deb, she can get pretty much anything you want  -- talk to her about the punch around the page punches because I know they have them and they may be getting more...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Deb @ OC Scrapbookers for sponsoring that awesome blog candy prize.  I want to wish all of you good luck on winning it too.  I will be drawing the winner Monday night at midnight and I will post the winner on Tuesday night.. so watch for your name as I will need you to send me your address if you are the lucky winner.  Again, good luck everyone -- you have one more day to comment by clicking on the blog candy pic and posting there.
Bye bye until Tuesday.....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

 Happy Saturday Folks...  I have posted today a fanciful Christmas card rich with texture, layered with color and shine.  On this card I am featuring the use of the I-Top Bradmaker tool again and this time I have added two of the medium sized brads placed strategically on top of two gold foil embossed medallions that I fashioned from the leftover petals I had saved from the first project I made with the I-top tool.  You can see it when you click the blog candy to comment.  This was a fun card to create with the I-topper and with various spellbinders dies such as Circle Nesties - standard and scallop, the Grand Lace borderability and the In Spades Pendant.  The inside of the card features the Martha Stewart punch around the page Holly leaves set to offset the red flocked Pointsettia and Holly paper on the front of the card. A gold and rich red ribbon sets off the two medallions with brads.  I hope you enjoy....
Comment on the blog candy for a chance to win the prize -- another post on Monday to feature this fantastic must-have tool!  Thank you for your interest in my cards and projects...

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hello my Good Friends...  I have posted a couple more cards that I made of several in a collection of SEI WinterSong Christmas Cards.  I used the I-top Bradmaker tool again to make a brad to complete my red velvet medallion on the first example.  The Wintersong Pattern paper is a great collection of pattern paper to use because of its festive colors and patterns that seem to fit so well together.  It has a wide variety of textures and sheens with velvet flocking, pearl, glitter and foil finishes.  With the wonderful patterns that boast elegant and beautiful winter scenes, it doesn't take much to dress up a card.  On the medallion card I used a simple and festive polka dot glitter paper for the main panel.  Then I used spellbinders nestabilities, Labels One to cut out the front and then I inserted a smaller of the nesty diecuts cut from a complimentary pattern of the same collection and slid it into the space to layer.  I made a velvet medallion with a Martha Stewart corner punch and and layered it on top of the diecut, finishing it up with one of the I-topper brads I made.  I used a simple Just Rite stamp sentiment to dress up the front.  These cards call for simple and elegant as at times the inside of the card is dressed up as well as the outside of the card.  With the flock, glitter and sheen of this paper, it made my job easy to create cards that my friends and family will love to recieve...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another I-top Tool Card - this time with a Medallion!

Hello My Friends
I am back today to post another great project using the Imaginisce I-Top Bradmaker Tool.  This time I made another series of Christmas cards with medallions this time.  I've embellished the medallions with matching brads to match the paper collection I used.  This project features S.E.I. 's WinterSong collection that features ruby reds, soft blues and greys, and silver touches here and there.  Click onto the medallion to get a larger version of the picture so that you can view the brad closer up.  This card was a Joy to create and so easy and versatile using some of the techniques I learned and practised this fall season.  The medallion was created using a Martha Stewart corner punch and you can find how to do this on You-Tube.  The I-top brad tool is a great tool to fancy up your medallions for cards and layouts.  I will be posting a layout very soon that features some embellishments using the I-top bradmaker.

You will have noticed the Blog Candy Alert at the top of the left hand column.  Just click on the picture  to post your comment for a chance to win the candy - you may comment once each time I post a project to the blog all this week up until Monday November 29th at midnight.   After midnight, I will use the Random.org number generator to pick one lucky winner from all the comments posted in the one week period.
Please feel free to join as a member to my blog and subscribe to my blog by leaving your email address on my feedburner if you like to get notified each time I post.  Thanking each one of you for the lovely comments and kind remarks on my work.  I love to hear from you all...
Until next time...very soon.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Card to Celebrate the Upcoming Holiday Season!

It certainly is a time to celebrate!  Today we celebrate with Blog Candy and what a fantastic prize package it is.  The blog candy was sponsored by OC Scrapbookers, my local Scrapbook Store with this wonderful package of goodies from Imaginisce.  This I-Top tool is an excellent tool to have in your scrapbook and cardmaking toolbox!  I have used it here in the card I posted today to celebrate the season of giving that is coming very soon.  In my project today, I have used the I-Top Bradmaker to embellish the card by making brad centers for my festive flowers.  The pattern paper that I used is from Basic Grey's Jovial Collection. I used Winter Garden as my main panel and Naughty on two of the flowers' brads, both of the outside flowers.  I found an intriguing tutorial on my internet travels that illustrated this wonderful and one of a kind flower that used the I-top bradmaker tool for the centers.  The flower petals are made using Bazzills Gold Foil paper and Spellbinders Grand Borderability Classic Lace.  Then the finishing center embellishments are made using the I-top bradmaker, matching paper and brad daddies also being offered in our prize package Candy.  All of these products can be found on sale today and all week at OC Scrapbookers 'n More.  If there is something that you like and you want to know if they have it, just email them at ocscrapbookers@yahoo.ca 
The sentiment I used for this card, "Seasons Greetings" is one that I had in my stash and I especially like how the simplicity of it added elegance to the otherwise busy card layout.  That's it for this card but I plan to post more projects this coming week that will show off what you can do with the I-top tool .  Stay tuned for more! 
A comment on this initial blog Candy post will get you counted in towards a chance to win this fabulous prize package which will be drawn using a Random.org number generator one week from today, Monday November 29th.  A winner will be announced on my blog on Tuesday November 30th.  Stay tuned for more projects to come later on in the week and if you didn't take the time to comment today, just click on the blog candy picture any day this coming week and it will bring you to this post to make your comment!!  Also, please check out the feedburner where you can subscribe to my blog.  Find it right beside this post on the left column of the main page here -- all you have to do is enter your email address and Presto! you will get an email every time I post to the blog.

I want to let you all know I am so appreciative to each one of you who have signed up to become members of my blog, this is the most precious compliment to my work and I thank you deeply for your touching comments and special interest.  Good luck everyone on the draw next week! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Thank You Card featuring KaiserKraft Peachy Keen

Hello All my Scrapping Good Friends!

Today I am posting a Thank You card using a beautiful paper collection from Kaiserkraft called Peachy Keen.  I used the Colored Rub-ons 8.5x5" package that features the colorful birds that is found on some of the paper selections in this collection.  For the Label diecut I used one of the larger label dies -- Spellbinders nestability, Labels 8 and matted it with corresponding brown paper.  I used the Spellbinders Grand Borderability Classic Lace die for a ribbon border which I cut from chocolate brown velvet paper that is made by SEI.  That rich velvet paper is not only pleasing to the eye but also to the touch for those of us who want to feel the dimensions as well as see it.  The sentiment is a JustRite stamp from the JustRite Baroque Nested Frames and Occasions 

This card was a joy to design and came together quite simply with the rub-ons doing much of the color work and the rich paper selections enhancing the label and sentiment very nicely...  For any of the products you see on this card, visit Scrapaholics.ca and check out the Monday Madness sale going on until 12:00 midnight tonight. Stay tuned for some more interesting projects...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Wedding Card to Gift a Special Couple!

Good Day Friends...  I have posted a card today that is part of a collection of cards that I  designed both to use to accompany that special gift to a special couple or to use as an invitation to a special wedding.  The collection features the Basic Grey Capella Collection that I used in an earlier post.  In addition to the paper, I used the stitched brads and the doily ribbon that is also part of the Cappella collection.  For the diecuts I used a couple of Spellbinder choices.  I used Fancy Tags to embellish both sides of the Label I selected to feature the sentiment.  I layered the Labels One by matting the largest outside one in a complimentary soft color of cardstock.  I cut out one of the larger Label's 1 nested dies to begin with so I could place more layered Spellbinder diecuts within it.  Inside the label one I added Spellbinders Classic Square and Classic Scallop Square to feature the sentiment. I used a Just Rite Decorative Frames 2"  border to add that finishing touch to the sentiment.  Look closely at the details by clicking onto the picture and a larger image will appear. 

Stay tuned for some awesome Blog Candy that will be posted very soon on my blog and will coincide with a special event.  I will get a picture of what will be posted and remember -- it will be posted for a short time only.  I am after more traffic to my blog and some more comments on the work you are viewing... let me know your thoughts and comments please.  Stay tuned for a picture of the candy coming soon...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Summer Memories...

Hello Everyone
Hope you are all well today.  I posted this card project to bring to light a few tools that I really enjoy using.  I've used JustRite stamps for the image and the sentiment and Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to showcase and mat the image.  This card is reminiscent of summer days gone by.  Remember those days by the lake or the seashore not long ago, slumbering or reading a book with the sun to warm us just nicely and the breeze to keep the sun from getting too hot on our skin??  Wow, I am so there -- its just like yesterday, ha... anyways, back to the card.
For this card, I have used the Core'dinations Sable cardstock collection on the front panel and I followed up the wave and circle pattern so reminiscent of waves and bubbles with the JustRite 21/4" Oval  Border and Center set: By the Sea .  I used the Spellbinders Classic Ovals Lrg and then matted that with the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals.  The Sentiment is JustRite's Nested Sentiments, Cherish the Memories and all of these wonderful products can be found at OC Scrapbookers online website.  Stay tuned for upcoming sales and promotions by bookmarking this online store for all your scrappin needs.  Email the team if there is anything that you would like to see them bring in and Deb is more than happy to locate an item and bring it in for you if there is something you have been looking for.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another Wedding Card using Basic Grey

Hello My Friends... I have chosen to put up this ornate wedding invitation. I have stepped out of the box today making this wedding invitation collection larger than life. I've chosen the 5.5"x8.5" size and everything on the cards were layered and ornate and with a victorian feel to them. I used a significant amount of gold bazzill to showcase the details. The pattern paper that I selected for this collection is Basic Grey's Cappella collection which is very special wedding pattern. Several complimentary embellishments go with this collection and I have used several. As I show other projects using this collection and if you like what you see, go ahead and email Deb and ask her to order some for you. There are the 12"x12" collection pads for layouts and cards which has all the paper selections as well as the 6"x6" pads for cardmaking enthusiasts. Each separate pattern compliments others within the collection beautifully. I used three separte paper patterns for this card front. I used the Cappella Stitched Brads as an accent on the bottom of the card and the Capella self-adhesive ribbon doilies as ribbon across the front. I then added KaiserKraft Pearls, Latte to accent on top of the ribbon for a old world "feel" to the card. There are 3 separate Spellbinder Dies used on this card - the first one is what I used to make the frame for the sentiment Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 2 and I matted the frame with Bazzill Gold Foil Cardstock. I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags to fashion end flourishes onto the Frame. Then for the sentiment, I used Spellbinders Classic Circles and Spellbinders Classic Scallop Circles to frame with the Bazzill Gold Foil. I used Just Rite stamps for the sentiment, in the middle of the frame; Romantic Sentiments Centers 1 5/8" circles and then used a selection of the 2" round Decorative Borders. If there is a product that you want that you don't see on the site, email Deb over at OC Scrapbookers and she can bring it in for you... On the inside of the card I used the Martha Stewart Daisy Fan Deep Edge punch to make a border accent at the top. This is one of my more detailed designs and part of a Wedding Invitation collection that I made for a couple's small intimate wedding. It was an honor to create their cards... Thanks for visiting everyone and all your comments are appreciated. Thank You...

Friday, November 5, 2010

An Elegant Wedding Card

Hello Everyone
Todays post is a wedding card that could be used to celebrate the marriage of that special couple in your life. This project illustrates how a card can be put together, not only with a concentration on the outside presentation but also with a close look at what can be done with the inside of a card as well. The 3-Dimensional elements added to this card brings a richness, not to mention the shimmer and sheen of the paper used to bring home the celebration factor that weddings offer us... For this card I used a specialty glazed cardstock and matted the front panel with an ivory petallic cardstock layering with the glazed swirl paper again. The leaf and vine accent across the front is a Spellbinder Grand Borderability and it was embossed using Bazzil's gold foil paper. In the inside I used Spellbinders Classic Lace Border Grand. The butterflies are from Provocraft's Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss Butterflies and is currently available at Scrapaholics.ca Click on any of the links you see and you will be brought directly to the page at the store offering these wonderful and versatile products.
The stamp is one I picked up on my travels (not sure of brand but it is a wood mounted stamp) and it is matted nicely using the gold foil and Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles and then with the Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles. Thank You for visiting again. Your comments and questions are welcomed and appreciated. See you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Back with another Adorable Mouse...

Greetings Everyone... I am back today with another one of our cute little House Mouse 'n Friends stamps. Here we have a perfect fall image of an apple with our cute little buddy teetering on it. With the season being apple time, I thought it would be a great time to show this one off. On this card, in addition to the stamp and sentiment from House Mouse I have used two different Spellbinder labels. For the stamped image, I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 11 and for the sentiment I used Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels 1, matting them in a contrasting color. I used Copic markers to color them and the Copic air brush system to put color into the background of the colored image and sentiment. The pattern paper I used is a 6"x6" pad from Basic Grey called Green at Heart! Again, as in yesterday's card, I took out my sewing machine, matched up the threads and sewed some embellishment onto the face of the card. I love to use all of these techniques layered upon one another for a delicious dimensional look to the card. Have a great day and stay tuned for another post tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

House Mouse Here I Come....

Our furry little friends...so stankin' cute!!! Deb, over at OC Scrapbookers has these oh so cute little mouse and friends stamps at the store and she is now offering them for all those House Mouse fans out there! There is every theme known to mankind in the House Mouse line of stamps. I love to color them up with my Copic Markers and I will definately begin to take notes on what colors I use on the various mice and other furry friends. This line of stamps and the Copic Coloring products are fairly new to the store so stay updated for announcements on these products and more... I used Spellbinders Labels 5 on the main image and trimmed it on both sides with part of the Fleur Di Lis Pendant (the smaller of the two squares). I also used the Spellbinders Tags 5 for the sentiment. I used the Copic Air Brush system to float color in behind the colored sections of the stamped image and you can find it at the store by clicking on the link above. If you click directly onto the image of the card, it will enlarge it so that you may see better the sewing that I did around the card. I have now taken to sewing on my cards and layouts and I love to explore that option with all the sewing stitches that I have on my embroidery machine. Stay tuned for more of these exciting House Mouse and friends stamps.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Great Heritage Layout

Happy November 1st everyone...
This heritage layout was a fun project using a couple of great products that link up nicely with the card I posted yesterday. You know, I just love, love, love my spellbinders dies and I like to use them as much on layouts as I do on cards. This project features another sample of the Core'dinations Core Amour Sable collection. If you click on the link, you will see that this collection comes in a package of 12 separate embossed cardstock pieces with a colored inner core that can be ripped and sanded for very cool effects. I used Spellbinders Labels 10 - the largest die to mat the picture. I covered the picture mat with a Basic Grey Capella Take Note Journalling Transparency that just seemed to go very nicely with the heritage feel that I was trying to accomplish. For the title and sentiments I used a stamp from Just Rite Cherish the Memories Nested Sentiments and Verse family. If you click this link, you can check out the other Nested Sentiments and Frames . This collection of Just Rite stamps comes in the new rectangle shape. See the horizontal acrylic stamper that is designed just for this collection and is clear for ease in placing your sentiment just where you want it.
Enjoy the post and see you again tomorrow night for another new and colorful project!!! later....

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I now design for OC Scrapbookers' n More Design Team!!

Hello All My Scrappin' Good Friends!! I am back in earnest now and ready to post on a regular basis... I have been working hard in various areas of my life lately but I have been mixing it up with a little bit of pleasure too! I have been designing some great projects for my new assignment as a designer for OC Scrapbookers out of Elliot Lake, Ontario Canada. OC Scrapbookers is a fantastic company building an excellent online presence with all kinds of sales and promotions coming up. They are gearing up to be the best online store you can ever visit and your shopping experience promises to get better and better as momentum builds! The OC Scrapbookers' n More team has been around for a few years you could say... They are certainly not new to the scrapbook scene in the local area, however, they are now gearing up for the next stage of their plans and we all are invited to come along for some exciting fun and good deals. Visit the online store at http://www.scrapaholics.ca/
Deb, Alison and the team are also a travelling team as they visit town to town coordinating fundraising crops and long weekend crops in various small towns in and around Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. They are always busy with great new projects and techniques, bringing their scrapbook store to a hall or school near you! Follow my blog to see what new and exciting projects I crank out with the great products that OC Scrapbookers carry. To celebrate the announcement of my new design team assignment, I will be posting every day for a week to start off with a bang...
This little card is one of many cards and layouts that I have had the pleasure of creating for Deb and the Team. Click on the following links to find the following exciting products on OC Scrapbooker's online store website. This card features Core'dinations Core Amour Sable cardstock with a Spellbinders Contempory Hearts Pendant in the Center. The pendant was cut from petallics metallic cardstock in Charlie (deep chocolate brown). The stamped image in the center of the pendant is JustRite's Applique Decorative Border and Centers. The stamped sentiment comes from JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames, Borders and Centers. The ink is Momento Dewdrop in Rich Cocoa
Visit the store and join the yahoo group to be kept up to date on the newest sales and promotions coming up like Tuesday Teaser and Wacky Wednesday --two promos coming very soon.
Don't delay, join the yahoo group so you can be alerted to the latest action coming up~~ Joining the Yahoo group is the easiest thing to do - don't be left out! www.yahoogroups.com/groups/scrapaholics-ca
Stay tuned for another post tomorrow night....

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Wow, so much time is going by. I just entered a challenge (and won the prize for that challenge by the way) and now its time for me to sponsor. I had put my name on the list to sponsor this challenge a while back and its time already.

This week, Heart 2 Heart is doing a sketch challenge. Go ahead to the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog to view all the instructions if you want to join along. I have been very busy this weekend at a crop designing with all kinds of different product and I just didn't have time to whip up a card for this particular challenge. I plan to make one sometime this week to get one done seeing as it is my week to sponsor. I love the sketch that the team put into play... check it out and please enter the contest. It is so much fun and a great experience.
I challenge You!! Here are the basic rules:
This challenge runs from Monday September 20th until Sunday September 26th at 10 o'clock pm. Players who join in the challenge must have their project linked to to the Challenge Blog by 10:00 pm Sunday night. Link your blog post to Mr. Linky on the Challenge blog - you can see where to do this on the Challenge blog itself. Projects must have Close to my Heart products on it but not necessarily exclusively CTMH products. The projects you create can be cards, layouts or whatever you can design as long as it fits the challenge sketch for this week. The winner of the challenge will be selected by random.org.
So, good luck! Go to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog and check it out. They are a great team of professionals who like to play with CTMH product and create with style!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Heart to Heart Challenge - Stitching

I am back to post my second project for the stitching challenge.. This time I chose Silhouette as the paper choice, an older paper selection from Spring 2008. I used the September stamp of the Month and embossed the image in black embossing powder. I used Spellbinders Circles and Labels 3 to showcase the image and I stiched around the Spellbinder Label 3 with my sewing machine . I used Fancy tags for the Sentiment and Classic Lace Border Grand for the Center Ribbon. I have had fun with these designs and love to challenges that Heart to Heart puts on. Can you tell I love Halloween??


The Heart to Heart challenge this week is stitching and of course we are asked to use mostly Close to my Heart product. Thats easy enough, I went right to an older paper selection that I have in my stash. This paper pack is a favourite of mine and I just had to use it again. It is called Enchanted and it came out a couple of years ago but I have always loved its color combination and old world charm.
A stitch in time saves nine... oh yeah? Where does that quote come from and what does it really mean? I didn't save any time with my stitching here as I used my sewing machine and I am not very good with it, but I had lots of fun with this challenge and challenged myself to take the time to try the sewing machine again and then resurrect my heat gun to emboss some of the designs from an older stamp set as well. I used a spellbinder die in keeping with the vintage look and found a web die-cut to put into the middle. I sewed a border all the way around my base panel using varrigated thread in orange and yellow colors.
I will be entering another design as I made a few cards and the next card showcases the Stamp of the Month for September... stay tuned.

Where has the time gone?

You know ... its been awhile. Where has the summer gone? I can't believe that it is winding down to the end of August. I am working on some Halloween cards and I am thinking about Thanksgiving and Fall themes and not too far in the back of my mind is Christmas as I get my ducks in a row with some of the projects that I want to work on. Here is one of my cards with a Halloween focus. I used some of an older Close to My Heart paper - Silhouette and the September Stamp of the Month set.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I Just Better Get Bloggin'

Good Morning Everyone
I am having a very busy summer so far... time just flies don't it? I have sorrily ( I know this is not a word,...or is it?) been neglecting my blog. I have been working in the background doing some other stuff --- all craft related of course!! I am feeling groovy- you know the song? and I've been been planning a blog candy challenge with prizes... Want to come out and play?? Stay tuned, I would love to host a blog candy challenge and I am just getting my ducks in a row to see how best to do this. I am looking for followers who love to craft so please send my blog address out to your friends to subscribe if you think they may be interested in my work. thanks and more later, but not too much later... gosh, I can't leave it this long again.. sheeesh!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Great New Card -- Thinking of YOU

Hello Everyone
I am posting a Sympathy Card featuring Spellbinders Dies. The pattern paper I am using here is a swirl paper with a varnish finish. I cut panels of pattern paper, matted them with black cardstock to fit on a Paper Company's Blond Columns textured cardstock for a sophisticated finish.
On the first layer I used Spellbinders Labels 8 cutting a label out of Bazzil Petallics cardstock in creme. I embossed this label with a Sizzix embossing plate in the swirl pattern to compliment the pattern paper. I then used the Spellbinders Mega Ovals Scallop die and then the Spellbinders Mega Oval straight edge die on top. As the embellishment I used the Spellbinder L.E. Cross Collection and applied the use of a couple of the dies, embellishing them with gold pettalic cardstock. I tied a creme ribbon edged chiffon bow onto the tail of the cross embellishment and topped the desgn off with three of the Martha Stewart table confetti flowers with gold beaded accents.
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For my loyal followers, this is my last post as a designer for my wonderful friend Cindy as I will be very busy with another new adventure. I am sad to leave as a designer but looking forward to a wonderful and continued friendship with Cindy, Kevin and all my designer friends from ScrappingStampingdotcom.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A softer more muted addition to the Wedding Collection

In shades of off-white, cream and ecru while staying with the browns in the wedding colors I find this card is elegant and simple - it is one of my favourites because it is a style that I feel close to. There is not a whole lot of embellishment and not a whole lot is needed with the paper doing all the work. A few simple flowers from the Martha Stewart bridal collection, some gauzy ribbon and pearls to give it an elegant flair. This particular design brought a sophisticated flair into the collection.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wedding Invitation Collection con't.

Good Day Everyone
Here is another selection from the wedding invitation collection I have designed for a special nephew and his fiance. This card features wedding white cardstock emboseed with butterflies that has a sheen to it as the base of the card. I have used Charlie petallic cardstock to mat panels of embossed pattern paper from the Jolie Chocolat collection from SEI. I have used once again the Spellbinders Fluer De Lis pendants and Spellbinder Classic Hearts and Classic Scalloped.
On top of this simple embellishment I added a Prima flower and Martha Stewart pearls from her bridal collection. One picture shows the the dbl envelopes, the inside envelop is lined in Ecru and the reponse cards are postcards requiring no envelop. Stay tuned for another selection coming very soon. If you want to be alerted to future posts, sign into my feedburner with your emial address and you will be notified of new posts on my blog.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hello All

Here we have another two examples of the wedding invitation collection that I made for my nephew's wedding coming up in August. These two examples, both with more of a masculine flavour are made with Charlie Petallic Cardstock for the bases - Petallic cardstock is a metallic cardstock with a bit of a shimmer to it and it is rather thick which is a good choice for higher end cards; it is an excellent choice for more sophisticated cards such as formal invitations. On the base of the card I used two selections of pattern paper from the Jolie Chocolat collection put out by SEI. The large pattern design is the embossed paper called Sucre and the finer design pattern is called Noisette and is a glimmer paper with a bit of a sheen to it. I used gray and brown cardstocks to matt any panels I used. I embellished these cards again with Spellbinders dble pendants, the Fluer De Lis and Contemporary Hearts and then I topped that with Spellbinders circles, one in scallop to mat the other with the sentiment on it. The sentiment is from Just Rite 15/8" round Romantic Sentiments and Borders and there are many sentiments that would work in that set for wedding invitations or wedding cards to gift any bride and groom. I hope you enjoy this card and feel free to leave me any comments or questions. There are a few more wedding invites to post yet so stay tuned... thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Second Wedding Card in the Collection

Hello Everyone... here is the 2nd invitation that I am going to show you in this collection. This card is a gatefold card using mi amor from the Jolie Chocolat collection. I used 2 Spellbinders Pendants , one is the Fleur De Lis and the other is In Spades. On top of that I used the Spellbinders Hearts and the Hearts Scallop sets, which if you do not see them on the Stamping Scrapping site, just email Cindy and she can most likely get it for you in short order. I've layered with prima chocolate brown flower and the Martha Stewart bridal pearls. The card is simple enough but is layered with multi Spellbinder cuts. This selection of Jolie Chocolat is busy with love words all over it so it did not require a sentiment on the front. Hope you enjoy!!
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Wedding Invitations for my Nephew

Hello Everyone
I am going to post a number of my wedding invitation designs that I created for my nephew and his financee Amanda. They now have all 175 invitations in their possession. They are happily getting them stamped and posted this week and the project is officially over for me. I have to say that I've enjoyed the process immensely and it taught me so much about myself as a crafter and designer of paper products. Their colors for the wedding are Brown and Pink and in this first card I used white bazzil embossed cardstock for the base... I used the Jolie Chocolat collection for all the wedding invitations which has rich browns and pinks throughout the collection. For this particular card I used one of the embossed selections and I used both sides of the paper, one side for the ribbon and the other side for the butterflies. This paper selection was a predominant one that I used with many of the invitation designs I made as it had a great mix of the pink and brown they liked. The stamp has a wow saying that I embossed in chocolate brown embossing powder and I cut them out with the Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles and Long Classic Rectangle Scallop dies that you can find at Stamping and Scrapping online store. The Butterflies are Cuttlebug Butterfly die and embossing folders set that you can order from Stampingscrapping and if they are out of these sets, Cindy can order it in for you in record time. Just check with her. The wedding invitation words I printed in-house as well and I did a watermark with one of their Save the Date pictures and superimposed the invitation wording over top. I find this card to be elegant and very contempory. Future designs that I made in this collection of wedding invites includes a circle card with polka dots, more masculine brown designs for some of the single men who will be attending with dates, some classic and sophisticated white embossed designs for some of the older traditional folks who will be attending and many more, contemporary designs for their various friends and family. Stay tuned, I will be describing what paper choices and tools that I used for many of the designs as I post them... Subscribe to my feedburner at the top left hand corner of my blog. When you input your email address, you will be alerted with an email each time that I post on my blog. Become a follower too, I would so enjoy to have you follow me and you will see when I put up challenges and blog candy for you to have a chance at winning.