Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dragon Boat

I have another layout for my parents calendar done to share with you.

My oldest son with a friend of his were the organizers of another charity event where they paddled a dragon boat across Lake Ontario! All the proceeds went to Make A Wish Foundation.

I used a couple of photos of him after the paddle was over to use on my layout.

PP: Glitz, Studio Calico
Enamel Dots: MME
Alphas: Pink Fresh
Diecuts: October Afternoon
Peek-a-Boos: Glitz
Wood veneer: Studio Calico
Ink: Tim Holtz
Mist: Heidi Swapp
Machine stitching
Some closeups:
Love those Pink Fresh alphas!
I also love my Colorshine!

I used the sketch at Stuck?! Sketches. It's a fun one for sure!
I am also entering my layout into the September challenge at Clique Kits.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sweet Treats

We have a toppings option for the current challenge at Seize The Birthday.  And what is it you ask??? It's Sweet Treats!
I of course took on the!

PP: BG, Graphic 45
Cardstock: SU
Stickers: Echo Park
Tag: Chic Tags
Distress Ink: T Holtz
Other: flair, Wink of Stella, machine stitching
Make sure you pop over to Seize the Birthday to see what the rest of the DT have created and also for all the details for YOU to join in!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Black and White

Hi there! We have a topping option for you this time at Seize the Birthday.  The option is to create a black and white birthday card.

Of course you don't have to use the topping option to play along but it MUST be a birthday card.

I don't remember where I saw this technique or who I should give credit to but I thought it worked really well with the topping this week. You stamp on the 3 layers and it just flows from one layer to the next so perfectly!

I have to tell you that I soooooo wanted to add just a bit of colour to the center of the!

Cardstock: SU
Stamps: Penny Black, SU
Ink: Versafine
Ribbon: unk
As you can see it takes very few supplies to create this card.
Hope you have a chance to play along with this challenge! Don't forget to check out the other creations by the DT right here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Anything Goes

That's right! There is "no topping" for our latest challenge at Seize the Birthday.

Just remember that it MUST be birthday themed.

Cardstock: SU, Bazzill
PP & Stickers: Pink Paislee
Veneer: Studio Calico
Tag: Chic Tags
Ink: Memento
Stamp: myStampBOX
Other: Copics, googly eyes, machine stitching
I hope you play along and please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the DT.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I was able to get another layout done for the calendar that I make my parents for Christmas and this one actually features a photo of my parents from this past Mother's Day. I am truly blessed to still have them in my life!

Again I have to hold back on a lot of dimension because they don't want a bulky!!

Anyhow I played along with the sketch at Stuck On You Sketches and this is what I came up with. Sketches are always such a great jumping off point don't you think?

PP: Glitz, A.C., Fancy Pants, Cartabella
Ephemera: Crate

Friday, August 8, 2014

PageMaps sketch contest

I used the sketch at PageMaps to create another layout for my parents calendar gift.

I was inspired by all the stars on the sketch and used this star die cut piece as my background to feature a photo of my nephew Brandon.

I loved putting all those different patterned papers behind the cut out stars.

PP: Fancy Pants, Pebbles, MME
Photo Frame & Label Stickers: Fancy Pants
Gems & Stickers: Studio Calico
Mist: Heidi Swapp
machine stitching

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

@ The Mandarin

My parents always take us all out for supper in June to celebrate my birthday and my daughter's birthday and this year my sister and her husband were able to come also so I snapped this photo of them.

I make a calendar for my parents for Christmas and this layout will be in it. I have to be very careful of not adding too much bulk and dimension since they write all their appointments etc. in this calendar.

I played along with a sketch at Scraptastic but It looks like I'm too late to link up. Boo hoo. :(

PP: Webster's, Crate, Pebbles. O.A.
Stickers: Studio Calico, Simple Stories
Mist: Heidi Swapp
Ink: Memento
Doily: Recollection
Enamel Dots: MME
Punch: EK
Machine Stitching

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monochromatic - Yellow

Monochromatic yellow is the topping option that we have for you with the latest challenge at Seize the Birthday.

I of course took the challenge and here is what I came up with. I used some water colour paints to create my yellow background.

Paper: SU, Fancy Pants
Ink: Versafine
Stamp: Casual Fridays
Chipboard: Crate
Sequins: Paper Bakery
Other: paint, twine, button, shimmer sprits
So I hope you will join us at Seize the Birthday and either create an anything goes birthday card or take the challenge and use the topping option!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stringing along

We are "stringing along" birthday wishes today at Seize the Birthday. Yes we have a toppings option this week and it is to use twine or string.

Cardstock: SU
PP" Echo Park, A.C.
Tag: Chic Tags
Stamp: WPlus9
Ink: Versafine
Twine: SU
Sequins: unk
It felt good to use up some paper scraps to make this card. The focal point is a cute tag from Chic Tags.
Can't wait to see what you create!! Check out what the rest of the DT made right here. I know you will be inspired!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stars and Stripes

It's time again for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! Boy where does the time go? It seems to really fly by in the summer doesn't it?

We have a toppings option for you this time and it's to use stars and/or stripes.

A long time ago I was given this image and I finally got around to colouring it with my Copics. I think it is so adorable but I don't know what the image is called or what company it is from. Do you? If so would you let me know please?

Cardstock: SU, Neenah
PP: Fancy Pants
Punch: EK
Rhinestones: Recollections
Stamps: Paper Bakery and ?
Ink: Versafine, Memento
Dies: WPlus9
Other: Uniball Signo, Copics, Enamel Accents
As you can see I chose to use the Toppings option by adding stars.
Sure hope you will join us!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Seize the Birthday

Happy Thursday everyone! It's almost the weekend again and we have a new challenge for you at Seize the Birthday.

It's easy peasy because....there is NO toppings this go around. Yup Anything goes!! Just remember that it MUST be a birthday card.

Here is my card for this week. I felt like getting my Copics out and doing some very simple colouring.
I also played along with our sister challenge site Seize the Sketch.
Cardstock: Neenah, SU
Sequins: Paper Bakery, unk
Stamps: Wplus9, Penny Black
Ink: Versafine
Dies: Spellbinders
Ribbon: SU
I also put some Wink of Stella on the balloons to make them a bit glittery.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Debate Team Card Kit

 Happy Friday everyone! I would like to share some more cards that I created with the May Debate Team Card kit.

I die cut out the word “happy” and a flourish element from black cardstock and then used the negative piece as my focal point for my card. Behind it I placed the dictionary type paper that is in the kit so it peeks out from the die cuts. I embellished with a few sequins from the store and my card was done.


My next card was all about the patterned paper in the kit that looks like cork. I first made a background layer using the brown cardstock and a muted piece of paper from the kit and stitched around it with my sewing machine WITHOUT using any thread just to poke holes all around the edge. Next I took a butterfly punch and made 9 butterflies out of that fabulous “cork” paper and placed them in 3 rows on the card and put a pearl in the center of each.

My “Hello” sentiment is made using the Jillibean alphas in the kit.


In the kit is this map type paper and I matted it with the striped paper which made me think of air mail envelopes. Do they even still exist? Maybe I am dating myself….lol!

 I used the following items from the store to embellish  my card. Blue sequins, Flair.

I hope you will pop over to the Paper Bakery store and pick up a card kit for yourself!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Time

It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. You all did a fabulous job with the last one.

You can choose an "Anything Goes" birthday card....

or you can choose to add in the "toppings" option.
The toppings option for this challenge  is "Summer Time".
I did use the toppings but after I finished my card I thought it maybe looked more like Fall. Oh well the flowers made me think of!!
Cardstock: SU, Neenah, Bazzill
Ink: SU
Sequins: Paper Bakery, unk
Stamp: Wplus9
Punch: EK
Glitter tape: A.C.
Can't wait to check out your creation!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paper Bakery and the May Card Kit

I have a project to share with you using the May Card Kit from Paper Bakery called Debate Team.

To see a step by step on how this card was created and especially how the plane was made make sure you go visit the Paper Bakery blog for my little tutorial.

I just love that map of the world paper!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tag You're It!!

There is another great challenge at Seize the Birthday!

Our "Toppings" option this time is


Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If you are not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

I did use the toppings again this week.

Cardstock: SU
Doily: Recollections
Mist: Heidi Swapp
Sequins: unk
Everything else is from the Paper Bakery March Daylight Savings kit: Teresa Collins stickers,
Paper Bakery wood veneer, Flair and Patterned paper from MME and Teresa Collins and Teresa Collins Tag.
Make sure you check out the other awesome creations by the DT right here.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

April Train Station Card Kit

Happy Saturday everyone!

I’ve already shared 2 cards using the April Train Station card kit from Paper Bakery but I still have 3 more that I would like to show you.
The cool wood veneer came in the kit but I just coloured in the letters with a black marker to make them stand out. I also used a bitty bag that I received at some point from Paper Bakery and the Kraft card base is from the March card kit.

For this card I tried another fun technique using the gelato and an embossing folder. The “happy” and the hearts are from the exclusive cut file for April and the sequins you can find in the store right here

On my last card I added in some patterned paper from the January card kit. I made one of the tickets from the ticket roll the focal point and I just love the sentiment!

Don’t forget that you can find the April card kit right here.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fun with gelato!

No I am not talking about Italian ice cream….lol!!

In the April Train Station Card Kit  for Paper Bakery you receive an aqua gelato by Faber-Castell. I haven’t really played with gelatos so I did some research……on Pinterest of course….and was inspired by a video made by Darlene DeVries.

Here is my card inspired by the video.
Let me take you through the steps to recreate it.

Spread gesso onto a piece of white cardstock.

Rub your gelato all over. I added a bit of gold gelato too. Then just blend it all in with your finger.

Place one of your favourite Paper Bakery stencils over top and rub off some of the gelato with a baby wipe. You can find all of the exclusive stencils right here.

I also flicked a bit of water onto the piece to add some extra white spots.

I finished up my card by adding some of the gold glitter stars and the thank you wood veneer that I embossed black.

I hope you have as much fun playing with the Gelato in the kit as I did!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chicken Love

One of my most favourite things to do is spend time with my great friends at Memories Manor which is an awesome scrap retreat or what we like to call "home away from home."

On one of these weekends I had purchased a chicken toy for my daughter's puppy and as a little joke I had put it into Mat's bed but she found it before she climbed under the sheets. Darn!!  Lol!!

This layout was made using the March Daylight Savings kit from Paper Bakery. Unfortunately it is sold out so I hope you got it before they were gone.
Other products used: A.C. cardstock
                                   Wink of Stella
                                   EK Success
I also used from the Paper Bakery store these sequins and this stamp set.

I also used the latest sketch at My Creative Sketches. It was such a great sketch that I just had to play along!

Edited Aug.3/14 to link to the challenge at Paper Issues.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seize The Birthday - Flowers

It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday.

Is it a Toppings week? Well yes it is!!

The toppings is.......FLOWERS.  Of course you don't have to add the toppings but please remember that it has to be a birthday card.

Here is my card for this weeks challenge and I did use the toppings option.

Cardstock: SU
Stamps: Hero Arts, Wplus9
Embossing powder: Hero Arts
Inks: Distress, Versafine
Die: Wplus9
Jewels: Doodlebug
Other: Versamark
I sure hope that you play along with us Seize the Birthday!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's Up?

It's my turn on the Paper Bakery blog today with a card I made using the April Card Kit called Train Station.

For all the details pop on over to the blog. I had some fun playing with gelatos!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Look who's turning 7!

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm off today for a scrap filled weekend in Michigan with 3 of my besties!

However before I go I want to let you know that there is a new challenge starting today at Seize the Birthday.

No toppings just an anything goes! But remember that it does have to be a birthday card.

My grandnephew celebrated his 7th birthday this past weekend so I made this card for him.

Cardstock: SU
PP, enamel dots, envelope, washi tape: Teresa Collins "He Said She Said"
Dies: WPlus9
Stamp: Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Ink: Versafine
I also used the sketch at our sister challenge blog Seize the Sketch to create my card.
Can't wait to check out all your cards!


Good morning!

I'm up on the blog at Paper Bakery where I share a couple of embellishment tips. I hope you will pop over and check it out right here.

Here is my card.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

News Flash!

I'm not done sharing my cards from the Paper Bakery March Daylight Savings Card Kit!

The adorable camera paper in the 6x6 paper pad that comes in the kit was perfect to use with an exclusive stamp that came in this scrapbook kit. The kit is still available I see so I would suggest a little retail therapy. :)

That adorable "smile" flair is from Paper Bakery too.

Everything is from the card kit other than:
Cardstock: SU, A.C.
Versamark, Embossing powder

Edited Aug.3/14 to link up to the challenge at Paper Issues.