Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Rudolph Days ~~ August

 Last Rudolph days I posted a card for July explaining I had been sidelined from creating cards as I broke my ankle I had a stash of off cuts that I made my card with well fast forward to August the word from the Dr was it is healing nicely but it's 4 to 6 weeks more in the air boot, which I am managing to get it off and back on  for TV watching and bedtime, all other times it is on. So this month again I found a couple of digital images I had printed off and I managed to colour them (don't look too close)  and then looked for scraps to finish the front, the process took a couple of days. Although the air boot is lighter than a plaster cast it's still heavy and in the way. Well with all that being said here is my simple offering for the August Rudolph days.

The digi is from Bugaboo Stamps (sadly they are closed)  I decided to make the birds into Winter Robin, I added foam tape to elevate the image and added a Merry Christmas Sticker sentiment.

Close up of the image, they are so adorable 

I am adding tis to:

Rudolph Days ~~ August

Thanks for stopping by to see my one an only card I have crafted in August.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Rudolph Days ~~~ July

 Hello my crafty friends it's time for the July edition of Rudolph Days. I haven't been crafting in over two weeks and it will be a bit longer. I had my knee fail me and I collapsed on the floor and broke my ankle it has been a bit of a trial as I did not want to stay so in order to come home I was fitted for an air boot and crutches and of course not to put a lot of weight on the broken ankle until the Dr. calls. I immediately knew I would not be able to take care of my Design Team duties, so they are shelved until I can put weight on my leg but on July 25th I realized I can't miss Rudolph days so knowing I had lots of off cuts, some coloured images etc. I could make one but it took me 2 days to glue it together. 

My day in a recliner that I am in bed when it's time to turn out the lights. 

And now my card.

The super cute penguin image is a digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps it was already coloured and layered on the tag die. Ribbon was on my desk. Card base from my file folder I did have to cut the striped layer  and because the die cut sentiment I had from my stash wasn't suitable I did die cut the Happy Holidays (when turning the handle of the big shot I hit something and a magnet with cog dies one it and a few other things have hit the floor, one more thing my daughter is going to have to pick up for me)

Close up of the Bugaboo image sadly they are no longer in business. They were Canadian and sponsored many challenges.

I'm adding this to:

Rudolph Days ~~ July Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today and there is still time to get your card in for Rudolph Days the July challenge  ends on July 31st

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

It's Jingle Belle Time!!!

 Well slipping in with 1 1/2 hours to spare I finally got my card done for the Jingle Belles Rock challenge to use Stripes and/or Stars on your project. I had this card planned for almost the whole time the challenge was live, it just seemed everything was out to delay me, being retired I should have oodles of time to craft but between June 30 and July 10th I have 6 birthday cards to make along with two Grad cards, that being said I'm happy to get a Holiday card done, so here is my striped non-traditional coloured card.

Let me introduce you to "Winter Dragon" isn't he just the cutest thing, he is running a close second to my darling Narwal. After 4 years I finally had a chance to go to Scrapfest in Kitchener and found this Lawn Fawn set on for half price I bought both the stamp set and die set. The glitter cardstock is from the dollar store and I have no idea where the striped paper is from. 

Closer look at the "frostyville wreath" from Memory box  dated 2013 and the super sweet dragon.

Finished the inside of the 5 1/2 inch square card with a piece of patterned paper and a Hero Arts Sentiment. (my fav.)

I am adding this to:

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge ~~ Stars or Stripes forever. plus a Double Trouble Challenge.

Double Trouble Paper Crafting ~ Christmas in July

Thanks for checking in today now I'd better get it on the Challenges. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2023


 Hello and welcome to the July's Happy little Stampers Christmas Challenge, hard to believe it's here so soon. The July challenge is Anything Goes and the option is Twinkle. 

I am back to the cottage for the Canada Day weekend this is my second time bring craft items, I have the basics that stay all summer and the rest I tote back and forth and I'm not doing so well remembering o bring sentiments that match the theme of  the planed card. This time I packed glitter cardstock but  what I planned on using would not die cut so plan b which didn't work out but will be used. I did tuck a 6.5 inch X 3.25 inch piece of silver glitter cardstock which cut beautifully but it shed so much glitter I was covered and because it's humid it's still sticking to me. But since it was my last shot at getting my card done I had to run with it. 

I made a mini slimline card 6.25 X 3.25, I cut the ornaments and flat attached them to the red layer which was then on the off cut from the ornaments, I covered as much as I could to minimalize shedding.  The sentiment will be added when I get home

Close up of the ornaments so you can see they are silver not gold, perhaps it is because I used a red background. 
By the end of the summer I might be organize, I can only hope.

Thank for stopping by and you have the month of July to get a few holiday cards done and add them to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for July, remember it's always anything goes but you have the option of making it TWINKLE. 

Challenge #500 ~~ Celebrating by the Numbers.

 How can it be July already and how can it be Shopping Our Stash's 500th challenge!! Well to celebrate this occasion we want to see a celebration card with at least 1 number on it.  Lots of occasions to celebrate at this time of the year....Graduation, Canada Day (July 1st), July 4th in the U.S.A. and of course lots of birthdays and anniversaries that you can add a number to. Since I have a great grandson heading to Grade one in the fall I made him a Grad card. I am in the process of making a card for his sister who will be entering high school in September. (it would be done but I changed my plan) Have a peek at the card I made.

Since I was shopping my stash everything on this card is over 5 years old. The stamp I used is from Penny Black, and the patterned paper is Bo Bunny. The alphas/numerals are flat attached and the image is elevated with a couple of ovals of 110 lb cardstock.

Close up of the super cute hedgie, and he looks so happy.

No inside sentiment yet I want print it off the computer.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will join us to celebrate the 500th challenge at 
Shopping Our Stash

Thursday, June 29, 2023

It's a Rudolph Days Card!!

 Almost the end of June and I was scrambling to get my card done for the June Rudolph Days, I planned on an longer trip to the cottage this time and as always I never have all the equipment I need, not sure why I didn't think I needed sentiments but didn't have any, I also know when colouring small things I like my spica glitter pens, alas they are home so with some improvising I made a card. 

I used a favourite company stamp, House Mouse Designs, it is a newer one for me and first time inking it up. Everything is flat attached and is a very mailable card.

As you see I did have one sentiment I could use for the inside of the card, 

I'm adding this to:

NBUS ~~ Challenge #51

Thanks for visiting today and have an awesome weekend.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

O is for Ombre

 Hello there my crafty friends and not so crafty ones too, Happy you can join the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for a NEW challenge, I will give Edna the honour of introducing the theme.

Now there are many ways to create an Ombre project and the Design team has created many of them for your inspiration. For my mini slimline card I chose to make an ombre background.

4 distress oxide ink were used to make my ombre background, I wanted a tranquil look for the yoga cat, I kept colouring to a minimum with a couple of grey shades and used the Namaste to ground him  while he is doing a modified tree pose.

close up of the sentiment on the front and now the piece de resistance ..... 

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the different Ombre techniques the rest of my teamies have done. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Sentimentally Yours....

 A new challenge is happening at Shopping Our Stash!!  Sentimentally Yours, you know what that means we want the sentiment to be up frnt and center and it can take over the whole project. Lots of great large stamps and dies so dig through you stash and make one of them up front and center!!!

Here is my up front and center sentimentally yours card, I had trouble deciding on which one of my large birthday dies to use but chose this one as I know it is a NBUS I have had for many months and never been out of the packaging. Patterned paper and cardstock is pre-covid and the rhinestones are way older than that. 

Here is a side view to show the elevation of the sentiment. I die cut 2 regular cardstock and 2 heavy 110 lb. weight cardstock and glued them together.

Finished inside of the card using a IO sentiment and a couple of pieces of paper.

I am adding this to:

Seize the Birthday ~~ put a sentiment on a banner

NBUS Challenge ~~ #51 Large die never been used before. 

Cardz 4 Galz ~~ #201 Use Dies or Punches

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the MAIN BLOG and see what the rest of the design team have created for the Sentimentally Yours Challenge. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023


 Hello crafty peeps, I finally made a "non-design team card", it is for my 6 year old great grandson's birthday which was June13th (today as I'm writing this)  It's hard to come up with a card when children are not involved in sports so I had a choice of a video gaming card or a Zombie card, the creeper card won as I couldn't locate my one an only zombie. I found the instructions HERE for the card on Pinterest. 

I just happened to have the square lattice embossing folder (retired SU) and a one inch square punch. I still had 2 pieces of Gable Green SU cardstock left to use as well for the Z Fold card.

Very hard to take a good picture of a Z fold card, I used a Hero Arts Birthday sentiment for the inside and a Birthday sentiment from a retired SU set for the banner. 

Here is an overhead shot of the Z fold card.

I would like to add this to:

Seize the Birthday ~~ #263 put a sentiment on a banner (I hope inside sentiment qualifies)

Birthstone Challenges ~~  Challenge #3 Emerald and Pearl

Thanks for looking today and have a crafty week. 

Saturday, June 10, 2023

C is for Critters

 Another two weeks has sped by and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has a new challenge and who better to announce the theme but Edna!!

Look at Edna in her animal print surrounded by CRITTERS.

Here is what I was inspired to make.

I decided to go with a Holiday card as I seem to be falling behind on my plan for making at least 5 per month and the Jingle Belles challenge was a perfect place to get my idea for a card.  I made a mini slimline card which measures 3 1/4 X 6 1/4 it seemed the perfect size for one snaky coffee toting cat. I fussy cut the image and the present flat attached the present and his feet but popped the ret of the image.

Finished the inside with ha Hero Arts sentiment.

I am adding this to:

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge ~~ A (Masculine) Caffeinated Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by today and check out the MAIN BLOG and see what critters the rest of the team has chosen to feature.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Let's Hear it for the Boys!!

 It's a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash and it's Let's Hear it for the Boys!!  Create a project featuring a man or a masculine card for one of the men or boys in your life. So far in the last couple of weeks I've made 2 masculine cards one for a son and the other for a grandson and this challenge is made for my eldest grandson who is a coffee lover, and I still have two more to get ready, one for the youngest grandson and one for my great grandson. It does feel good to know I am keeping up with the family birthdays. 

I have a few favourite fun folds and this triangle easel card is one of them, it looks complicated but it isn't. I used a Karen Burniston 1040 Coffee Pop-up set from 2017 the instructions are for a inside pop-up which I made last year or maybe the year before. The patterned paper is from Stampin'up and well over 5 years old and there are now just a few scraps left.  The sentient on the coffee cup is from Photoplay (a gift from a friend) 

Here is the 5 1/2 inch square card when it is folded flat ready for mailing.

I'm entering this in:

Cardz 4 Guyz ~~ #323 Lots of Layer

Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the MAIN BLOG and check out that great cards the design team have made for the "boys". 

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for June.

 How can it be June already? And we are having Summer weather and I am not happy that it is the high 20s and it feels hotter. So what can you do during a heatwave? well here is an idea to cool off ~~ get started on your Christmas/Holiday cards. Make a snowy scene, stamp a snowman, make it into a snowball fight then add it to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, If you don't want to use the option of make a scene then just go with the Anything Goes option. 

I love making scenes with cute penguins, adorable gnomes and even a few snarky cats but this time I went for soft and pretty.

Turquoise and Pink are my favourite non-traditional colours for Christmas so I inked the flatter side of a 3D folder with distress oxide inks, spritzed it with water and added regular white cardstock to it and rolled it through the big shot, I loved the way it pooled in spots. I attached it to a turquoise layer and on a white top fold base. To finish it as a scene I cut two stags out of white glued them together flat attached the feet and popped the body of the stag up. I couldn't decide on a sentiment, I wish I had a "peaceful" die cut.

A bit of a closeup to show the 3D effect and how the stag is elevated.

Thanks for stopping by today and how to see your new holiday card in our gallery.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

A Design Team Favourite ~~~ Steampunk

Edna is dressed in her steampunk attire to invite you to join the "Steampunk revolution"

Hello family, friends and followers, I missed the last two challenges at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and I hope I'm back on track, I know we all have times where we have lost our mojo, but this spell for me has been a long one. Even though I'm not overly fond of making steampunk I always get something done and I loved making this one for my oldest son. 

It is quite simple but a lot of work was put into it, I used the gears embossing folder from Cuttlebug, embossed it on a heavyweight black cardstock and used a Metallic rub-on set I have had for eons  I watched a 2010 Jennifer Maguire how to video and decided to give it a whirl. The Model T Ford die was cut out of black twice, glued together after I had used the metallic rub-on cream, I added some pop dots to give it some dimension.  The Happy Birthday die was cut 3 times and glued together and flat attached. 

A close up to show the dimension.

The inside was finished with an appropriate sentiment.

Now I didn't mention that when I planned on the metallic rub-on technique I started out with a smaller piece of cardstock and when I was happy I had a handle on how to get messy I set it aside and I was so happy with the technique I finished the test piece into a mini slimline card which will be for my grandson's birthday on Monday.

Same technique, same birthday die but I added a hot air balloon die cudt, I cut 3 and glues them together but only the top layer has the metallic qax on it. 

Finished the inside with a favourite Hero Arts sentiment.

I'm entering this in:

Seize the Birthday ~~ Make it Pop (the car is popped up)

AAA Birthday Challenge ~~#49  Balloons (just found this challenge again, awesome)

Thanks for stopping by today and head over to check out the rest of the the steampunk projects the rest of the design team have made.