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, August 30, 2011

A True Friendship Card

Front:  A real collection of dies used here in layers to illustrate a detailed look
Pattern Paper: KaiserCraft Peachy Keen
Flower Stamp JustRite 31/4" round colored with Copics

Inside Card:   Lined with coordinating Peachy Keen paper
Carnivale Border die from Cheery Lynn and
Spellbinders Lacy Squares

Hello Friends

This week is warm and sunny but the mornings are now beginning to be a bit cooler and it reminds me that fall is just around the corner.  I have been a busy bee the last couple of weeks as I've been canning, pickling and making jams and jellies.  I used to do this every summer when the kids were growing up but the last 5 to 6 years, when my health began to deteriorate I didn't do alot of it..I didn't have the stamina. Since I've been on the road to better health and a whole lot lighter, I have more energy and I just find I want to do so much more of the things I used to enjoy...  So, I've been crafting in between batches of jam, jelly and pickles.  This card reminds me of late summer blossoms and sunny days that are stretching into the harvest time.  The time when the trees begin to change their dresses from cool greens to bright oranges, yellows and reds in celebration and gratitude for all the bounty and beauty we have in our natural world.

I designed this card with multiple dies from various manufacturers.  I enjoy mixing products and technique tools to get various effects like I did with this card using Cheery Lynn with Marianne Designs and then adding a Spellbinders die or two to the mix.  The first layer on top of the pattern paper is part of the Marianne Creatable's Scallop Circles.  I used the largest of the three circles that make up this intricate die. On top of that diecut I placed a doily from Cheery Lynn called the Kiwi Doily and on top of the Kiwi doily I added a JustRite image from the 31/4" round My Garden set colored with Copic Markers in orange, yellow and turquoise.  The swirls and the flower on the card are cut from the dies that are part of the Marianne Creatable's Frame, Flourish and Flowers.   The sentiment tag was cut using a tag from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three and I added corner diecuts from the Floral Doily Accents set onto the ends of the tag.  On the tag I stamped "True Friends" from JustRite's Friendship, Nested Sentiments and Verse.  Inside the card I used the Cheery Lynn Carnivale Border die and a Spellbinder's Lacey Squares diecut to be used as the mat for the verse that will be placed there.
I'm feeling the strong pull now to create some seasonal projects very soon.  I love creating for OC Scrapbookers!  Click on the link at the top of my blog here as I urge you to go take a look at what they have to offer over at the webstore.  Stay tuned for the newsletter coming very soon to announce the fall crop lineup and some other very fun stuff lined up for the fall.  Back again very soon!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sending on Smiles with Pizzazz!

Front of Card:  Marianne Design Scallop Circles cut out using 3 separate dies.   Black
velvet mini flowers from the smallest die from Spellbinders Rose Creations.  The sentiment
is from JustRite's Smile set, one of their 31/4" round sets   Pearls ; KaiserCraft

Inside card:  Lined with red cardstock, I used  a Cheery Lynn Border die
Carnavale as a decorative edge and the Marianne Rectangle frame
LR 0116  as a mat for the verse

Hello Blogging Friends...

I'm back with a great card that features some of my wonderful new dies.  I'm using a favourite of mine, shiny gold foil Bazzill that I love using on my fancy card designs.  This card is fashioned to achieve a fancy finish in black, cream and red with gold highlights.  The center medallion is cut out using the Marianne Designs Scallop Circles LR 0180  which you can find under the Cheery Lynn preorder section of OC Scrapbooker's online store.  This is where the new dies on preorder are listed and you will find the Cheery Lynn Border, Carnivale  and the Marianne Design Rectangle Frame here also.
The Scallop Circle die comes in a separate trio of circular dies that fit together which graduate in size making a beautiful medallion when stacked.  On this card I used all three beginning with the largest scallop shaped circle on the bottom, cutting it in black velvet. Then to offset the black velvet bottom layer, I used gold foil bazzil cardstock on the next diecut to contrast with the bottom layer.  The cutout feature on this die supports the black velvet as it peeks through the gold, highlighting how beautiful the embossing detail is on this layer. Then, on top of the middle diecut glimmering in gold, I stacked the third and smallest circle, again cut in black velvet showing the contrast again and an added texture and elegance.  Of course the sentiment was then stacked on this layer, stamped in black Momento ink on cream petallic cardstock. The effect is especially beautiful when you're able to see it and touch it. The decorative lacey scroll-like edge around the the outside of the largest Scallop Circle adds intricate dimension and is one of the main features that attracted me to this die.
I lined the inside of this card with an embossed red cardstock and added more gold elements in keeping with the fancy and old hollywood style of this card.  A verse to an special friend or relative to send warm wishes is all that is needed to finish this card off.  Remember, One Smile can Warm the World!

All these products and so much more are available at OC Scrapbookers 'n More.  Be sure to visit the store to view all the exciting preorders available now and stay tuned for the ones being announced very shortly.  More again very soon.. stay tuned!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Friendship Card with handmade roses!!

Front of Card: This stamp is JustRite's My Garden Borders and Centers
JB-09705;  which is a 31/4" round ribbed stamp set.  The stamp is cut with
Spellbinders Standard  Circle Scallop dies and placed on a doily die.  I'm introducing
two new Cheery Lynn doily dies and the one I'm using today is called Canadian
Kaleidoscope.  I layered that one on top of Cheery Lynn's Celtic Fire Frame, also
a new one for me and both which will be listed on the new Cheery Lynn and
Maryann Design preorder  specials this week...

Inside the card: I used the other side of the pattern paper to line the card
and placed another Canadian Kaleidoscope Doily in a matching color
 cardstock.  The border was in the same pattern paper used on the
front with Cheery Lynn's Carnivale die - click on picture for a
closer look at the intricate and small cuts and piercings. 
These dies are amazing and a nice addition to any
die collection.

Hello my Crafting Friends...

Its great to be back and I'm so excited to show you this project --- do you see the flowers???  Again, I'm so excited because I made those flowers.  I've had the Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose and Carnation Creations sets for a while, well.. since Spring and I've not tried them out until now!  With my Grand Calibur and lots of matching pattern paper, I had a blast cutting out various sizes of petals and it didn't take long either.  I used the Rose Creations die set today on these flowers and I made three different sizes to show you the versatility of the die set.  The Donna Salazar Carnation Creations is a set that I will be using in the near future and both of these sets are equally fabulous. Each set has a distinctly differing look to the petals and the leaves providing the whole flower with a unique flair, Wow! 

This week OC Scrapbookers is doing another Cheery Lynn and Maryann design Creatables preorder.!!  Whooeeee!  I've just recieved some new dies to feature this week and today I'm showing three Cheery Lynn Design dies on this card and this combination of dies gives this card an intricate, detailed and very layered look.  The Doily Die I'm featuring on this card today is the Canadian Kaleidoscope doily.  You can only see the tips of the doily on the front of the card with all the layering but inside you can see the whole effect.  It's such an elegant doily shape and puts you in mind of a snowflake which is very Canadian and you can be sure that I'll be having some fun with this doily die during the Winter time on cards and layouts and for the coming Christmas season with all the Christmas cards coming up ~~ well, I can't wait to begin!! 

So my friends... go on over to our fabulous OC Scrapbookers online store and see what is available on all the preorders and what is up and coming for the fall cropping season.  You may want to focus your attentions right now on the JustRite preorder and the CheeryLynn and Maryanne preorders as we move into September.  Deb is gearing up for a fantastic season with lots of announcements coming very soon...   So much to do ~~ so little time!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Front of Card: Spellbinders Beaded Ovals and JustRite's Oval Hugs To You JB-09850
Embossed in Gold.  The sentiment - JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames and Occasions
Martha Stewart Doily Trim Large Punch Around the Page set (Border Punch) and
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch with Martha Stewart Bridal Flowers

Inside of Card - Lined in Swirl Pattern Pearl finish paper with a Cheery Lynn
French Pastry Doily diecut as a mat for the Sentiment - a JustRite Oval 21/4"x  31/16"
My Rainbow Set - JB-09860 stamped in Graphite Black Versafine ink

Hello My Blogging Friends...

I am back to post a card that I helped my friend make last night as she took some time with me to learn some  techniques and methods on how I put together cards.  We have been wanting to get together and do some stuff together and we had fun talking about all kinds of things as we worked on this card.  When I asked her to think of a type of card she wanted to create, she chose to make a card for special friends of hers who are celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary today!!  Imagjne 50 years together with your spouse...Wow!  Now we all know that that is a special milestone for some couples and many couples never make it that far.  I know them too and can attest that they are a special couple who have contributed so much towards our community throughout their lives.  Happy Anniversary Nick and Nadia!

On this card we decided on a few basic techniques and methods, using many of my favourite tools.  Of the JustRite Stamps, we chose two Oval sets and we stamped the inside sentiment with black ink but on the outside element, we heat embossed the stamp image in gold embossing powder in keeping with the cream and gold color scheme.  This couple are so NOT showy or blingy types of people so we kept the gold of the golden anniversary colors down to a matt gold and not the shiny foil gold that I love.
I love the monochromatic feel to this card and I love that we used two awesome Oval JustRite Stamp Sets that are amazing for this application.  The Justrite Stamp sets take embossing with colored embossing powders and the heat gun so nicely, they turn out so crisp and clear if done with care and attention and the finished product is so elegant and dimensional.  I love it!
For the wonderful products used on my designs, visit OC Scrapbookers online webstore to see what is available on current preorders.  Keep your head up for more preorders to be announced this weekend - watch for Debs Newsletters and if you want to sign up for the newsletters go to Scrapaholics.ca  to email them and ask to be put on with your email address.  Watch my blog as I have much more to share in the next little while.  Leave a comment for me so I know who is visiting and what you think of my work.  Thank You in advance for your kind remarks. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Whimsical Cherish the Memories Card

Pattern Paper:  Pink Paislee Botanical Garden
Cherish The Memories Just Rite Stamp Sentiment
Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary

Spellbinders Labels Twenty
Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Prima Flowers and Tea Stain Lace

Inside of Card : Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Top inside: Martha Stewart Large Punch Around the Page set - Wildflowers
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder 5"x7"

Hello  All my Blogging Friends....

I'm back after a bit of a break spending time with my husband and children, spoiling the youngest of our 3 boys who came home on leave from the Air Force and choosing to spend some down time with his parents.  Being stationed in another province, we only get to see him about every 6 months for a brief week and a half or so -- but we're always happy to take whatever time we can get.  I did a last card up before taking my break and just didn't really have lots of time on my hands to post until now.  I plan on doing lots more creating in the next couple of weeks as well as mix in some time for a training course for work.  I am pumped as I have some great new Cheery Lynn Dies to try out and show off!  Some are doily dies -- some are border dies -- and I have some other fantastic product to play with and then post here to show all of you .... I am getting ramped up here just talking about it!  There is a whole lot of planning going on for the fall cropping season for all of the demos and technique workshops I will be putting out on my travels with Deb and OC Scrapbookers Gang!! Can't give too much away right now but Wow  -- we're pumped! 

I urge you to go on over to OC Scrapbookers and see the great preorder sales on JustRite Stamps that is on right now.  Deb has put a discount on all JustRite stamps that she's loaded on the website so that there is a preorder special on some of last season's JustRite sets and on the newest JustRite sets too -- all told there is 10 pages of different stamp sets to choose from.  I have my order in for some of the new sets that I plan to do some seasonal projects with in the next couple of months.  Oh Boy~~  Stay tuned for more projects coming up featuring some of the past season's greatest Just Rite stamps currently listed on the preorder sale!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Using Butterflies, Doilies, Spellbinders and Punch Around the Page Large Punch Set

Hello All My Blogging Friends... I'm back today with another seasonal card as the days continue to be warm, humid and sultry and we continue to find ourselves in the throes of summer.  Summer flowers are out in full bloom and everything is growing beautifully working towards harvest.  I just love the availability of fresh fruit, berries and vegetables that this time of year presents to us!  Early corn is coming into the stores, strawberries are finished now and we're in the middle of raspberry picking season.  I've been canning some peach preserves and making some raspberry jam and the jars are so colorful sitting happily on my counter.  Oh so yummy!!  I just love puttering around with the berries and fruit right now I'm looking forward to doing some relishes and pickles with my husband at the end of August.  That is something that he enjoys as well and he looks forward to working with me on that. Fall is my favourite season of the year but summer is a very close second with all there is to do, see and be a part of.  I never want to forget however, any one of our distinct seasons as I'm grateful for the four separate and breathtaking color palettes that we use to paint our memories alive each season and how we take up our looms of life and weave our rich and intriguing stories.  Loving the summer and being in the moment!  I love the delicate look to this card. Again, I layered diecuts and added detail and dimension through the use of rhinestones, small butterflies, one small flower and  two pearl ended stickpins.  The birdhouses denote the rythms of nature as our summer winged friends fly in, build their nests and have their babies and then raise them before flying off again for another cycle.  Each living creature and all of life must Honor the Seasons of Nature and the Rythms of Life.  I just love this sentiment. Click on the pictures for a closer look at the details...

Summer Theme card using Prima Marketing Botanical 6x6 paper pad.  Spellbinders Labels 20
 and Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Petite Scalloped Circles Large.  JustRite
Stamps -- Birdhouses Interlocking, 31/4" round colored with Copic markers.

Lovely sentiment stamp from Rednecker Stamps - Honor the Seasons, stamped in Cocoa
Momento ink.  Maya Road Stickpins and Prima tea stain rosettes along with
Zva Creative rhinestone bling flourishes.
Gotta love those Butterflies! Another Martha Stewart punch and available
at OC Scrapbookers, my favourite online Canadian source for all
your scrapbooking and cardmaking products. The Punch Around the Page
Punch set is one of the large ones called "Wildflowers", perfect for this card.

All of these products and more can be found at OC Scrapbookers.  Go on over to check what is there and if you have questions, email Deb for more info or to order something specific.    Thank You and I'll be back again very soon...

A Birthday Card for either Gender!

Hello My Friends

Welcome back to the blog to view this card that I put together very quickly for a friend.  I love the colors of it and that it can be for either gender quite easily.  The Pattern Paper collection is Basic Grey Capella.  I 've cut one of the patterns from the collection using a Martha Stewart's punch around the page punch set and then the cut a Marianne Creatable Round Doily using a coordinating color of cardstock to go with the patterns I chose to work with.  I used a Spellbinders Tags Three tag and topped it with one of Spellbinders Ribbon Banners dies.  I stamped the Celebrate Your Day with Justrite's Mini Everyday sentiments on the ribbon banner cutout.  The inside of the Card features a coordination paper from the Basic Grey collection in two of the pattern paper selections and stamped up a Red Neck sentiment stamp that talks about seasons.  Hope you like this card and I would like to hear from you all.  My blog members and visitors are the best and most gracious people.  I always get a few comments to say what you like on my work.  Love the feedback. 
I hope you click on the link above to my favourite online scrapbook store for these products and much, much, more...

The Front of the Card - Brown embossed cardstock for the card base.
Basic Grey Capella Collection, Basic Grey matching covered brads,
Marianne Creatable doily diecut, Tags three and Ribbon Banners
from Spellbinders and JustRite's Mini Everyday Sentiments.

The inside of the card.  See more of the Capella Collection,
matching cardstock colors and RedNeck stamp
Sentiment, "Honor the Rythms of Your Life"

Monday, August 1, 2011

Close To My Heart Debuts Cricut Cartridge "Art Philosophy"

Hello My Blogging Friends...

I have some great news from Close to my Heart!! The New Catalogues are out - I have them now and some new exciting products have been released.  Check out the cattie here and if you see something you like just drop me a line and I can add it to my order.

Today is the debut of Close to my Heart's new Cricut cartridge "Art Philosophy".  Find the Art Philosophy bundle on page 12/13 in the catalogue and you can get there quickly by clicking the link above and going to the Canadian edition. This exclusive cartridge comes with THREE exclusive, coordinating CTMH My Acrlyix stamp sets and three Dimensional Elements pages! (White chipboard elements and stamps that coordinate with the shapes in the Cricut Cartridge) What a Bundle my Friends; its going for an amazing price and this month you can get the stamp of the month with your purchase for only $5.00 and recieve a bonus FREE stamp set as well! What a deal!

As your friendly CTMH consultant, you can order online at my website  or call me with your order by August 8th as I am submitting my first order of the season on this date.

The new catalogues have arrived -- I have them here!!  I am ready to get them delivered into your hands as soon as possible. Let me know by email if you want a catalogue and I can either drop it in the mail or deliver one or more to you... I will be putting in an order on August 8th so remember this first order date if you want to place an order with me.

The new bi-annual catalogue has some great new products and brings some excellent improvements. See six new paper collections that feel different as well as look different. One excellent change is in the pattern paper as it now has a thicker cardstock feel to it. The stamps cost considerably less than they use to and all the new ones are simply amazing!! Check it out and get the products you want now before the new cropping season is upon us.