Tuesday, July 16, 2024


 It's officially Summer and it's HOT in SWO and for me Summer means relaxing at the lake and at Shopping Our Stash it means challenge #526 ~~ Summer so create a project with a summer theme, travelling, the beach, gardening, BBQ ...... I chose beach and lemonade.

I have ventured a little further with my crafting, I decided to colour and do a partial fussy cut and off the frame die cutting. The hard part was getting the caps off the markers because of the left hand refusing to work properly.  Love my House Mouse stamps and use them any chance I get, it's one that is several years old and the paper an even the cardstock is ancient.

Closer look at the die cut, it's a nbus a couple of years in my stash and finally it got to work. 

Finished the inside with a generic sentiment so I can use it for a just because or Birthday card. 

I would like to add this to.

NBUS challenge ~~ Challenge #64

Thanks for visiting today and check out the MAIN BLOG and see what the rest of the design team have chosen for their SUMMER.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

L is for Lindsey

Two years have passed since Lindsey lost her battle with Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer she is still in the thoughts of her many friends and fellow crafters. Lindsey was just a text away if I had a crafting block .  So for this challenge it was difficult to just pick one thing so I picked a few, one trying to use my color burst, then I'm not good at CAS but gave it a go, next a cat and a snarky one. I hope I have made her smile.

I still have not figured out why my laptop won't work with my camera, I can eject the card but it won't open my photos to import my pictures. 
I cut the oh s#&t out of metallic poster board, popped it up on the sad attempt with color  burst powders, then coloured the snarky cat gray [Duncan approves so Lindsey would say), fussy cut and popped him up on the  computer generated sentiment.

Close up of the cat and sentiment.
Due to my hand surgery I missed my "middle" grandson's birthday so this is his card.

I will add this to 

Seize the Birthday    anything goes.

The Male Room ~~ Animals

Head over to the MAIN BLOG and check out what the rest of the design team have made.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Rudolph Days for June

 I have fought for 3 hours to get my photo program on the laptop to accept the sdhc card to no avail so to get this in for June it's a quick post and who knows what the photo will look like as I've never used my tablet for photos or my blog.

Still using an image I had previously coloured but fussy cut it out, I made a mini slimline card. This was a quick and easy one even though when I packed for my first weekend at the cottage I forgot my tonic  cutter but wonder of wonders I managed straight cuts with the old fiskers cutter. 

I am adding this to

unfortunately I was 8 minutes late and the link was closed
I was also planning Christmas Kickstart challenge too but it was also closed, I think today was a total bust. 

Happy Canada Day!!

Thanks for looking today. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Button, Button Who's got the Button?

 Still struggling with the left hand not wanting to do what I want it to, typing is not easy either but on the up side I got a card made and with physio my fingers will be back working 100%. This blog post will be photo heavy typing not so much. The challenge at Shopping our Stash is Button, Button who has the button, now I know I must have 99+ buttons in my stash and I did find a few and picked the one that looked the best, didn't want to upstage the technique I used.

I tried a new technique called Double Stamping, not sure you can check it out here. This was a first attempt as although I have stencils I am not a stencil girl. The stencils are many eons old, the floral is the first one I bought and the bubbles one is a couple of years old. The button is probably 15 years old. I also stenciled the envelope.

A close up of the double stenciling. 

Here is  close up of the tiny heart shaped button that is the theme of the challenge.

Finished the inside with a bit of stenciling and a favourite sentiment.

I am adding this to:

Seize the Birthday ~~ Double Stamping #285

Color Hues ~~ #89 Sage & Pink

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the Main Blog and see what buttons the rest of the design team has found in their stash.

Friday, June 14, 2024

The Aliens have Arrived!!

 It was my Great Grandson's 7th birthday on Thursday and the theme he picked for it was "Space" it sure makes it easier to plan a party. Since my left hand is still not completely mobile I needed to find a shortcut for a card and I found some Alien Artist Trading Coins I made in 2021that were perfect.

I tried a new to me Galaxy technique for the background (note to self use a splatter box) I popped the 3 coins up on a slimline card which is 3.5 X 8.5 inches. I also s
decorated the envelope.

close up 

another closeup, you can see the white splatters 

I added an appropriate space sentiment to the inside.

I am adding this to:

Seize the Birthday ~~ anything goes (must try double stenciling)

Thanks for stopping today and have a great weekend.

Friday, May 31, 2024

A Trifecta of Challenges

 Hello friends, family and followers, it' been 3 weeks since I have made a card as I had surgery on my left hand and you really need two hands to craft and fix meals but I didn't starve. I needed to make the May Rudolph days card and I had coloured a couple of images to work with before surgery, i fussy cut one of them to make a mini slimline card.

The image is a Stampendous acrylic mini stamp I popped him up on a die cut dog house added 3 trees and a silver sentiment and some silver mini dots

Finished the inside with a favourite sentiment and some scraps of paper oh and an extra tree I cut only to find the first one I cut still in the die. 

I am adding this to my 3 favourite Christmas Challenges.

Jingle Belles Jingle Belles  ~~ Tree Skirt Tic Tac Toe (bottom row)

Christmas Kickstart Challenge ~~ Playing with Plaid

Thanks for stopping by today and I'm calling the typing of my blog today as one of my exercise sessions. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Water, Water Everywhere

Hello friends, family and followers, it's nice to have some warmer weather but not happy with the on and off again showers but in hindsight being from an agricultural part of the province the farmers need the rain, there was not enough snow this winter for the land to be ready for planting. I have no idea where the time has gone I can't believe it's May already but are you ready for a NEW challenge at Shopping Our Stash? Well here it is....Water, Water Everywhere!! Create a card with a LARGE body of water like and ocean, lake or river.  Here is the route I went.

I made a Stampscapes scene on watercolour paper, I must admit this was in my "basket" I wasn't particularly happy with it when I did it a long time ago but picking it up multiple times when surfing my basket of "stuff" it didn't look half bad so I decided to put it to use for this challenge. And besides being a stamp set I bought many years ago the finished product is ancient too.  I decided it was good to have a generic masculine card in my stash. 

Inside is partially finished and will be great for either a get well or birthday card, it could be used for a retirement card as well, always good to have "anything" cards.

I'm adding this to:

The Male Room Challenge Blog ~~ #186 Trains, Planes and Automobiles (hope boats count too)

Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the MAIN BLOG and check out what the rest of the design team have created, then get out those water related stamps/dies and add one to our gallery.

Monday, April 29, 2024

The Man with the Bag....

 Hello and welcome to the second "Santa" mini slimline card I have made in the last two days, remember I think they are great to tuck a monetary element to the inside as they are the same size. This time I went with a vertical card using a scrap of patterned paper that seemed to surface from a pile on my desk, a super cute Santa I was gifted a couple of years ago and some red metallic posterboard that was also on my desk from a previous crafting session, now if I had put all of it away in the folders perhaps the card wouldn't happen. 

I love the "big" HoHoHo and of course works with any Santa. I flat attached the die cuts but popped Santa up on the larges O, I inked the sentiment (from a long retired SU set) with a red memento ink 3 times as I wanted to put it right on the patterned paper, the one stamped on white just was too much "in your face" and I wanted Santa to shine.

The inside was finished with a couple of scraps of paper and a sentiment from the same SU set as the Happy Christmas. 

I am adding this to:

Jingle Belles Challenge !! The Man with the Bag 

ABC Christmas Challenge ~~ H is for Hat

52 Christmas Card Throwdown ~~ April Technique Slimline card

Thanks for checking in today and now I have another mini slimline card for my stash, love making these cute cards. Having great Christmas Challenges really helps keeping up with the holiday cards.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Midnight Flight......

Here I am working on my Holiday cards and of course adding it to some favourite Christmas challenges.  I am continuing to make Mini Slimline cards for slipping money in or if you still use them a cheque, they are perfect, I usually need as least 3 myself.  Since I had a third idea for the Jingle Belles challenge last month I had my card 1/3 made but the biggest part was having the idea so when the Jingle belles challenge came up featuring the "big guy" I was all set.  

The background is made with 3 shades of distress oxide blue inks, the moon was punch from a small piece from my scrap box. The clous are flat attached but the sleigh and reindeer are elevated. Believe was cut three times and glued together for height. A few twinkling rhinestones for stars were added. I layered the image on black and since I didn't have any blue 100 pound cardstock (I like it for bases) I blended blue distress oxide in to the edges of a white base. 

Close up showing the elevation of the sleigh and reindeer. 

Finished the inside with a favourite sentiment and some black cardstock. Next time I will make the inky background larger so I have a couple of scraps to put on the inside.

Here are the three challenges I'm entering:

Jingle Belles Challenge  ~~ Man with the Bag

Christmas Kickstart Challenge ~~ #85 Santa and his Sidekicks

ABC Christmas Challenge ~~ I is for Inky

Thanks for visiting today and if you need to get your Holiday cards started all three of these challenges are great.


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Mama Mia

 Now is the time to get a Mother's Day card made for your Mom, Mother-in-law, Stepmom, Grandma, Great Grandma and if you are like me with none of the above you make a card for another important woman in your life, and this is what I made for the challenge at Shopping Our Stash. 

My special person is my Daughter, she loves the colour purple (all shades)  She is just a text or call away if I need help.
The 3D butterfly folder is a newer purchase as is the three layer butterfly but never been used until now but the Lavender Lace cardstock and ink pad are ages old. I even had a re-inker for the ink pad. The light purple part of the butterfly was a scrap of thin shiny paper I found in my scrap file box. The technique I used for the folder is ink up the debossed side of the folder add the same colour cardstock as ink so it darkens the recessed areas. It also looks great done on white cardstock.  I found this video quite helpful.

Here is a closer look at the butterfly and the sentiment The sentiment is a NBUS I'm sure it's over a year old and I just got it out to use. I layered it on an extremely ancient slightly damaged 12 X 12 piece of vellum that I have no idea where it came from it was just loose between the cardstock. 

Finished the inside with a couple of scraps of cardstock and a butterfly stamp. It is ready for a hand written note to tell my daughter how important to me she is.

I am adding this to:
NBUS challenge ~~ #61 3D folder, 3 layer butterfly and the sentiment 

Thanks for spending time here today and stop over at the MAIN BLOG and check out the gorgeous Mama Mia cards the design team have created to inspire you.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Inspired by Christmas Cookies Part 2!!

 I did manage to get the second idea  finished today and I'm sliding in with 2 hours to the deadline of 6 p.m. EDT. First I will remind you of the inspiration photo.

So many ideas so little time. I could have made more in fact one more on my desk in pieces but I know I won't have it for the challenge but maybe it will fit one of the upcoming Christmas challenges.

It is not often you see such a CAS card from me although three layers, 6 sequins and the die was cut twice from heavy white cardstock and once from a patterned brushed metallic cardstock, who knows how long I have had that 12 X 12 paper pad. This is another mini slimline card, you will be seeing lots of these as I have a couple of friends that have asked me for some for money giving at Christmas.

Inside of the card using a favourite Hero Arts sentiment some of the same patterned paper and a strip of the metallic green cardstock. 

I am adding this to:

The Jingle Belles Rock Challenge ~~ Cookie Inspired Christmas

Thanks for looking again today and even though this challenge will end today another fantastic prompt will be posted on Friday. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Inspired by Christmas Cookies.

 Hello friends, family and followers this is the first time I have never been overwhelmed  with an inspiration prompt, I zoned in on not only one but three cookies I was inspired by trouble is I only have one done so far. Second idea is in the works. First I will show you the inspirational picture  from the   Jingle Belles challenge blog

So many cute cookies and so much inspiration I zoomed in on the Santa cookie I had the perfect Stampendous mini stamp to use and since I have some orders for mini slimline Christmas cards to use as money holders you will be seeing lots of this size card.

I used one of my favourite mini slimline designs from Crafty Al's Sheetload of Cards tutorial #JAN2023 it works perfectly for any of the stampendous mini clear stamps I have. 

Okay I need to not try to get a close up of my images, they seem to come out a bit fuzzy so again it is NOT your eyesight failing you. It could be the camera too I just realized I bought it for a trip to Florida in 2010. 

Another favourite stamp to use for my vertical mini slimline cards. I finished the inside with a bit of leftover patterned paper.

I am adding this to.

Jingle Belles Challenge Blog ~~ Cookie Inspired Christmas

Thanks for stopping by today and stay tuned for (hoping) 1 more.