Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birthday Card

It's been dark, dreary and rainy all day though anything is better than snow. It was the perfect day to stay inside and get some of the chores done up of which there is no shortage.

I made this card with a mix of papers - Bobunny, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye. I added a metal frame, glittery stars, buttons, ribbon and a Melissa Frances rub-on. I was hoping to get some more Christmas cards done up but those will have to wait until next week. Thanks for looking!

Fa la la la la

It's almost December so I thought I would try to get into the spirit by doing some wrapping. All my shopping is done so it's down to the wrapping now, which is a job in itself. I try to approach each gift like I would when creating a card - some call that creative; others call it obsessive.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Santa Claus

I finally have a chance to sit down and rest my feet. It seems I have done nothing but rush around the last few days, doing errands, going to appointments, shopping, cleaning up.......It will almost be a vacation to go back to work!

A quick post tonight with another Christmas card made with some Anna Griffin and Bobunny paper, a cute Santa, ribbon, lace, stick-on pearls and gold balls and a Merry Christmas rub-on. My computer is giving me problems - I can get mail but can't send any but that problem will have to wait for another day. Technology can be so frustrating especially when all you want to do is turn something on and have it work. Hopefully, this post comes through alright - thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Traditional red and green

As much as I love trying new colour combinations, red and green always looks so Christmasy. The wreath on this is by Jolees and is all bright and sparkly. Photos never seem to show the cards as vividly as they look in person but that could just be the photographer!

My poor Kona.....I had to take him to the vet the other day. I came home from marching in the Remembrance Day parade and saw a blur of fur as he ran to his litter box. He was trying to go but couldn't so off he went to the vet. $500.00 later, I found out he was all bunged up and had to stay for an enema. Luckily, that promptly cleaned him out and I was able to pick him up a couple of hours later. I got some new fibre food for him but he will not touch it (can't say that I blame him judging by the look of it). The vet suggested canned pumpkin (the thought of which turns my stomach) so I'll get some of that and give it a try.

Merry Christmas

I am in full gear for Christmas, trying to get everything done as far ahead as possible so that it's a pleasant experience rather than a stressful one. So many people I talk to get stressed out at this time of year because they leave everything until the last minute. I have done about 3/4 of my shopping (thank you very much online shopping) and have now turned my attention back to my cards.

This very Victorian looking card was done with some Bobunny and Jenni Bowlin paper. I added a pretty canvas photo, some lace, ribbon, stick-on brads and an Imaginisce rub-on.

I am holding on very tightly to these last few days in November that are bright, sunny and on the warm side. As much as I try to kid myself, I know the cold weather is coming and, in anticipation, I got my snow tires on the other day and bought some new winter boots. I like to rationalize that, once we get through December, then we have the January thaw. February has groundhog day which means only 6 more weeks of winter and then it's spring again. Whatever works for you!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I had a lovely family day today for my mom's 86th birthday on the 19th of this month. It was a perfect fall day with bright sunshine and it was just nice to have the family together. We got mom a Kindle which is actually kind of neat. Being a big hands-on type of person, I wasn't sure how I would like reading off a screen but it really wasn't much different than reading an actual book. Plus, it's pretty simple to operate which is a big plus for an older person (mom, not me!).

I used some more of My Mind's Eye paper for this card and I always forget how much I love the soft colours. The flower is Michael's, rub-on is Melissa Frances, lace, ribbon and pearl brads are from my many drawers full of stuff.

It was nice to get the extra hour of sleep last night but not so nice tonight when it started to get dark at 5:00. I can see why people get depressed during this time of the year. Depending on what shift I'm working, I sometimes feel like I am perpetually in the dark (literally, not figuratively). Oh well, make the best of it and soldier on.......have a great week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I spent half the day yesterday Christmas shopping and hoping to find some boxed Christmas cards to send out. Unfortunately, both were a bust. I cannot for the life of me find any cards that I like which, I suppose, is somewhat ironic. People ask me if I make all the cards I sent out at Christmas. As much as I would love that, I send about 50 so there's no way I would have time to make all those.

This project uses BoBunny paper as a background, Martha Stewart glitter, Prima flowers, Melissa Frances rub-on, a couple of stick-on pearl brads, ribbon and lace. I need to get back to my Christmas projects but yesterday sort of soured me on the whole thing. As much as I love Christmas preparations, I get bummed when I can't find what I'm looking for. I guess that's why I do so much shopping on the Internet - much less legwork!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Birthday Celebration

Much of my all-time favourite paper is made by "My Mind's Eye", particularly the florals and vintage themed patterns. I love that it's two-sided, giving me twice the choices and I can't buy enough of it. This card was made with some of this paper for a guy's 50th birthday. I always struggle when making male-themed cards since I tend to drift moreso towards the frilly girly stuff. I used a Tim Holtz metal frame (love, love, love this stuff!), a Melissa Frances rub-on, some fibres, ribbon, buttons and stick-on numbers.

I am trying to have a relaxing day today after working a 13-hour day yesterday at the election. The good thing was it was steady all day so there wasn't really any down time to realize how tired I was. I always enjoy seeing the 18-year olds voting for the first time. The parents are so proud and most of the kids have truly done their homework. I still remember the first time I voted with my mom, dad and grandma....how can that be so many years ago???

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I got this fun little kit yesterday from one of the vendors at the scrapbooking show. It's all layered and each piece is numbered to show you the proper order in which to place everything. The only thing is that some of the pieces are very tiny so that you have to use miniscule sticky dots on the back and, I tell you, those suckers are hard to maneouver. I can't imagine how anyone with big hands would ever manage. Anyway, I got the bear together then dressed him up with some ribbon, lace and a Merry Christmas rub-on.

I must apologize for the quick posts tonight but it is way past my bedtime. I had half-hoped to make it an early morning tomorrow but I can't see that happening. I truly am not a morning person! As always, thanks to everyone for stopping by.

More Christmas....

I have been having all kinds of problems with my computer tonight so I hope I can get through these posts before it blows up. I love my computer except when something goes wrong since I don't have the patience to deal with stuff like that.

Here is some more beautiful Bobunny Christmas paper. This is one of my favourite colour combinations of the season and I never tire of it. I love the deep shades of green and red - I think it's very rich Victorian-era looking.

Best of the season

I'm back at the Christmas cards, trying to keep ahead of everything that needs doing before December 25th. Once I start really getting into the shopping, then the wrapping and sending out my own cards, there is no time left for cardmaking. The paper I used for this card is by Bobunny. The picture of Santa and the little girl is a canvas-type cutout, flowers are Prima and lace, ribbon, doily are from the depths of my drawers.

I went to the Creative Festival in Toronto yesterday. They have everything there for sewing, quilting, beading, scrapbooking, knitting, etc. and it's a great place to see everything in one spot. I did buy a fun purse called the Michebag. It comes as a shell then you get different magnetized covers that fit right over the shell giving you as many purses as you want to buy shells. How fun is that!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First Birthday

I have been glued to my television set for the last day and a half watching the mine rescues from Chile. It is such a miracle that they were able to get everyone up safely and that all the men appeared in such good health. I can't even imagine what they and the families have gone through but I'm glad it has ended well, save that they get the other four rescue workers out of there.

I did slip out for a few errands today and imagine my surprise when I came across a new scrapbook store not too far from me. Of course, I had to go in and check it out and, of course, I had to buy more stuff. It's like an addiction and I can't stop.

I made this card from some of the new "My Mind's Eye" paper I picked up. The card is for a little girl's first birthday and it's oh so cute and girly. I added a chipboard frame covered with Stickles, a Melissa Frances rub-on, Prima flower and some pretty lace and ribbon.

Thanks for looking and for all your nice comments about my work - it's always much appreciated!

Friday, October 8, 2010

First Anniversary

I made this card for a First Wedding Anniversary and love how the colours go together. The paper is a combination of K&Company, Websters Pages and 7 Gypsies with a Michaels flower, Melissa Frances rub-on, pearl brads and lace.

What a perfect fall day out there today. The sun is shining, it's warm and there is a nice breeze. How pretty the trees look with all their colours though the leaves are quickly falling off. I love watching the squirrels gather their food for the winter. I put shelled peanuts out for them and they scamper around the back yard, gathering up the peanuts and burying them....all except for one who apparently does not believe in planning ahead and eats up everything he finds.

Happy Thanksgiving - enjoy your turkey dinner! Sadly, I am working so no turkey for me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas is a-comin'

I shudder to think that Christmas is less than three months away. Though I have bought a few things here and there, there's still a lot of ground to cover. We drew Secret Santa names at work last week so you can never be too early or too prepared.

This cute little guy was on a Christmas card I received a couple of years ago and I always thought he would look nice on a card. The paper is a scrap I had laying around then I added some embellishments of ribbon, lace, pearls and a rub-on. I bought a stack of new Christmas paper yesterday so I have the tools - now I just need to find the time!

For some reason, I seem to be following a lot of television shows this season and it's hard to keep up with everything. I regularly watch Survivor, Amazing Race, America's Next Top Model and that's about it for reality shows. In addition, I try to follow Grey's Anatomy and a new show called The Event. Then I added in Glee and the fourth season DVD of Dexter. I have about 5 books I need to get to plus all my crafts. No wonder sometimes we feel like we're going crazy!!!

As summer ends.......

Today, I took out my air conditioners, a chore that always signals to me the end of summer. I am still holding out for some warm, sunny days before the cold of winter-to-come sets in. This is about the time, each and every year, that I start asking myself why I live in a climate that brings us snow and cold rather than Arizona or Florida or Hawaii.

This is a card made with Basic Grey paper. I am finding, more and more, that they are making paper two-sided with different patterns on either side. It's actually a much better idea though, inevitably, I like one side better than the other and end up with too much of the stuff I don't like. I added a metal frame from Tim Holtz, Prima flowers, Melissa Frances rub-ons and Martha Stewart ribbon.

For as many good intentions as I had today to get a bunch of chores done, that went by the wayside as it always seems to do. I have some vacation time coming so I must get organized in order to get organized, particularly with Christmas coming faster than we know!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Love and Marriage

It's a rainy and dreary day here, just perfect for sitting inside and getting all those things done that have been piling up. I enjoy watching the rain though the thunder scares Kenya to death and he runs to hide behind the toilet each and every time.

I made this card with some "Paper Pizzazz" paper. I love these kits because all the paper and tags are co-ordinated. The heart is covered with Stickles then topped with a Prima flower. Rub-on is Melissa Frances, ribbon is Anna Griffin and lace is from a local fabric store. The border is cut from a Martha Stewart punch. Speaking of Martha, is there anything she doesn't make? I was in Home Depot and they were selling Martha Stewart paint; Petsmart is selling Martha Stewart pet supplies. The home store had Martha Stewart bedding. Add light bulbs to the list and she about has it all covered.

Thanks everyone for looking and have a great week.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Dentist

I absolutely despise going to the dentist but was lucky enough to find a place that will sedate me through anaesthesia whenever I have to have any work done. Trust me, this is a Godsend. I am always grateful for the good care the dentist and nurses give me throughout my treatment so made a special card for them when I went today for the final appointment. Thank you, too, to all my friends who have to drive into Toronto to pick me up in my drug-hazed state!

The card is made from bits and pieces of paper, an image of a dentist I found on the Internet, Melissa Frances rubon, ribbon, button and stitching. I am so backed up with cards I want to get done and truly must find a better way to organize my time. 30 hours days would be a start!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Baby Girl

This is a cute card for a new puppy, made with some Basic Grey paper. The paws were cut from a punch then "stickled" with gold sparkles and the bone is from "Jolees", covered in gold as well. Rubon is Melissa Frances and lace and ribbon from my big drawer of stuff. Cute as a button!

What a beautiful summer it has been and I hate to see it coming to an end. I'm not giving up yet though - I know we have a couple good months left before the cold sets in. It's going to be a beautiful weekend so get out and enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cards and Critters

This is a card I made for my brother's upcoming 50th Birthday. It kind of looks more like a card for a 5-year old but my brother is young at heart so I think he'll be happy with it, particularly being the dog lover he is.

The card was made with KaiserCraft paper, a Jolees embellishment, Making Memories rubon and some ribbon.

This is a cute shower card done with K&Company paper, a Melissa Frances rubon, antique lace and button and pretty plaid ribbon. I printed the image from the Internet then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

This little guy is a frequent visitor to our backyard. I caught him the other day eating all the bread I had put out for the birds. I thought raccoons were night creatures but there he was at 1:00 in the afternoon enjoying a feast. He certainly looks happy enough!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Love and Adore

This pretty card was made for a wedding shower but it could really be for anything love-y like a wedding or anniversary. I like the look of the gathered lace at the top and the colours are so soft and romantic.

I am feeling much better cold-wise though, Tuesday, I hurt my back during a coughing fit and ended up at the doctor. Seriously, what a bone-headed thing to do. You don't realize how much those muscle spasm things hurt until you have one and it was all I could do to get some clothes on and have someone drive me to my appointment.

I look forward to relaxing tomorrow in the back yard with a good book and then, sadly, back to work. Have a great long weekend!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Is feeling better than your worst still getting better?

I hate colds and I hate feeling less than my best. Being sick puts you completely out of your routine and is just good for nothing, in my opinion. Having said that, while yesterday was probably the worst of it (I hope), today is marginally not the worst so, in fact, better. I hesitate to use the word "better" as I still feel crappy but I think a lot of that is due to Nyquil hangover.

Anyway, enough of that......I love this card. I have decided this shade of blue is now one of my favourites. The paper is from K&Company and ties in so perfectly with the lace and the blue Prima flower. As many years as I have known my lovely friend, Jan, I have never made her a special card so this was done for her. Happy Birthday, Jan! May you have many, many more.

The second card was also made from K&Company papers and uses the same layout as the top one. This paper is so great to work with since it's a little thicker than the regular stuff. I always thought it would be fun to design my own paper - I mean, how hard can it be? - but that will have to sit for a while on the back burner with all the other wouldn't it be fun stuff.

Thanks to everyone who regularly visits my site. Your comments are so sweet and much appreciated. Enjoy your week! I'll hopefully have some more posts in the next few days.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Sadly, another of my friends had to have his dog, Hayley, put down so I have been busy making yet another pet sympathy card. I used paper from imaginisce, purchased on a trip to the scrapbooking store yesterday, a metal frame from Making Memories, some chipboard wings, Prima Flowers and a few other odds and ends to finish off the card.

I have been feeling a little under the weather today with a sore throat and that feeling you get when you know a cold is upon you. I am hoping it doesn't turn into full blown sick but we'll see. That, combined with the humidity today, kept me inside apart from a hair appointment. Honestly, it's like soup out there so I really didn't have much energy to do anything.

It's getting late so I best run. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I think one of the most popular cards I get asked to make is a sympathy card for someone who has lost a pet. Many of the recipients have told me they keep the card with other mementos from their pet's life in a special memory box.

The above card is made with bits of scraps I had in my paper drawers. Pale yellow is such a nice balance for black and really softens the look. I love the "In remembrance" bone and the sheer yellow ribbon with a paw brad in the centre. RIP, Barney.

The case of the eternal balcony makeover

For the past five weeks they have been reconstructing the balconies on my building. This five weeks feels like five months. Not only is have they locked us in so that nobody kills themselves on what is left of the balcony (basically, a slab of concrete), the workmen have completely taken over the backyard, the parking lot and half of the front yard. I was hoping to have some relaxing time outside but it is not to be. The only positive I can see from this is that I have yet to see the wasps that have plagued me on my balcony for the past two years. Perhaps they are in hiding waiting, as am I, for the construction guys to hurry up and leave.

I made this card for my special friend, Ron. I always have a difficult time with masculine cards but think this fits the bill. Ron and his lovely wife are the most travelled people I have ever known (in fact, we met on a cruise ship) so I thought the postcard was appropriate. The paper is from Paper Pizazz and I added a few metal eyelets and a brad.