Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday Tool Talk- Punches

Today we are going to talk about punches....yes punches!  They are so easy and versatile to use and will last you for a very long time.  A great papercrafting investment! 

Today I am going to show you what I discovered last weekend.  

Look what happens when you combine three scallop circle punches.....

A coffee filter.....

and some ink.....

.....are you ready.......

Paper Roses! 

You can make them in various sizes and fullness, depending on the size of the punch and the number of layers.  

Simply punch out scallop circles from the coffee the edges......scrunch each piece into a little ball.....unfold and pierce a hole in the middle....stack them together and put a brad through all layers to hold them together.....then fold and scrunch the layers one by one.....voila! 

I found that if I only used the 7/8 inch punch it made great rosebuds- give it a try! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quickie Wednesday- Easy Events

Hello Everyone!  

Here is today's bright and springlike  card (even though when I made this last weekend it was a raging blizzard outside) : 


Stamps:  Embellished Events #126497 $25.95
         Blooming With Kindness#126422 $20.95

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo 4.25 x 5.50
            Pacific Point 1.50 x 4.00
            Tangerine Tango 2x3
            Whisper White 2x3

Ink:  Pacific Point & Garden Green

Accessories:  Tangerine Tango Ribbon (a SaleaBration freebie!) & Dahlia Flowers

Adhesives:  Sticky Strip, Tombow, Glue Dots

Have fun with this one- and let's all hope for an early spring!

If you wish to order any of the supplies used in this card, contact me at 204-232-7744 or email me at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Happy Tuesday Everyone! 

For this installment of Tip Tuesday, I am going to feature one of the cards I received in my color challenge a couple of weeks ago. 

This awesome card was designed and submitted by Carole Anderson. 

Now you might be wondering why I am using a color challenge submission for Tip Tuesday.  Well it is because I wanted to point out a few great details on her card. 

Notice how she chose to sponge the mat in various colors instead of choosing just a plain colored cardstock background.  In my opinion this adds much more visual interest and depth to the card. 

Additionally notice that she has sponged the edges of her greeting as well as her focal image- beautiful. 

Finally, the two brads add that final touch of pizzazz.  

See how evenly she has lined up those brads.....well, here is a tip on how you can achieve that too....use your paper piercer and a paper piercing template to ensure you have perfectly straight and lined up brads!  How easy is that! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Masculine Monday- Feeling Sentimental & Pretty Petites

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made using three great FREEBIES from Sale-a-Bration: 

This card could be use for many different occasions, but I chose to use it as a  simple Hello card. 

I have combined three of my favourite techniques- punch art, sponging and embossing.

Now this card did take me a while to make....but I think it is well worth the effort. 


Stamps:  Feeling Sentimental (Sale-a-Bration)
         Pretty Petites (Sale-a-Bration)

Tools:   Petite Curly Label Punch (SAB)
         Paper Piercer
         Heat Tool

Supplies:  Black Embossing Powder
           Silver Brads

Inks:      Versamark
           Crumb Cake
           Soft Suede
           Night of Navy
           Marina Mist
Markers:   Real Red
           Daffodil Delight
           Basic Black

Cardstock:  Basic Black
            Basic Gray
            Daffodil Delight
            Whisper White
            Bashful Blue

Adhesives:  Tombow

Friday, February 22, 2013


This page is simple in design...but oh so fun! 
Products Used: 

Gumball Green cardstock
Chocolate Chip cardstock
Typeset Alphabet Dies
Big Shot
Tina Thinks Your Cute Sizzlet Alpha Dies
Heart Framelits
Hearts a Flutter Stamp set 
Small Heart Punch
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Tab Punch
Gumball Green Ink

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tool Talk Thursday- Embossing Buddy

I made some changes to my blog yesterday, trying to make it more user friendly and less bulky.  I have changed the categories down to just 11 categories....hopefully making it easier for you to find what you are looking for. 

Tool Tip:  Embossing Buddy

Stampin' Up!'s Embossing Buddy (103083) is a must have tool when using embossing powder or glitter.

Before you emboss or applying your glitter, rub the Embossing Buddy over your card stock to remove any static or oils/moisture. 

This will prevent your powder or glitter from clinging where you don't want it.

Embossing Buddy - a tiny, little tool that does a lot!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Quickie Wednesday-Sweet Sunflower

This weeks version of "Quickie Wednesday" features a beautiful sunflower card: 


Early Espresso Cardstock 4.25 x 5.50
Chocolate Chip Cardstock 4.00 x 5.25
Crumb Cake Cardstock 3.75 x 5.00
Very Vanilla Cardstock 3.50  x 4.75
Very Vanilla Ribbon
More Mustard Ink
Sunflower Background Stamp (page 128 item #123608 $16.95)

Ink stamp with More Mustard ink and stamp image on Very Vanilla Cardstock. 
Tie ribbon on cardstock.
Adhere layers together as per sample above. 

This is such a quick and easy card....but very striking as well. This could be used for a variety of occasions. 
I purposefully did not put a greeting on the outside as I was making this for "my stash"- I will put a greeting on the inside when I give it to someone.  

If you would like to join us for card classes, you will learn how to make great cards, similar to these.  I have card classes twice a month, and scrapbooking classes twice a month.  See class schedule on the tab at the top of my blog.   Call to reserve your seat in my class- 204-232-7744.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Today we are going to learn "Reverse Masking" and how to make a great butterfly card. 

Here is a great video by Stampin' Up! home office: T

Monday, February 18, 2013

Masculine Monday- Feeling Sentimental

This week's "Masculine Monday"  features the Sale-a-Bration stamp set entitled "Feeling Sentimental" which you can get for FREE during Sale-a-Bration!

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Night Of Navy Cardstock
Denim Blue Ribbon
Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set

Sunday, February 17, 2013


This week I wanted to offer you two sketches, one for a card and one for a srap page.  

Follow the sketch exactly..or make it your own....these sketches are just a starting point.  

If you are willing to share your card or page to inspire others, email me a photo and I will post it on my blog. 

Thanks for playing are the sketches:

Here is a great Sunday Video share for you: 

Saturday, February 16, 2013


They say a picture is worth a thousand words.....
This picture tells me that some crafter is going to make darn sure her scissors are not going to get abused by family members!  

I can remember when my boys were little, it was always a struggle to make sure they did not use my fabric scissors on paper. 

I can surely relate to this crafter's dilemma. And what a GREAT idea! Now why didn't I think of this? 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Color Challenge Winner

If you remember back on January 30th, I posted this: 



Today we are going to do something a bit different....we are going to have a colour challenge.  

I am challenging you to use these colours to create a card, a 3D project or a scrapbook page.  

Email me a photo of your project and your name will be entered in a random draw for a free card class or scrapbook class!  How fun is that!  

Anyone can participate, any size cards, 3d items or scrap pages- digital or standard....let your creative juices flow and have fun. 

Draw will be made on February 15th, so get cracking girls!  

Here are your colours: 

Well Feb 15 was the draw date......drumroll please......and the winner is: 


              Random numbers generated Feb 15 2013 at 11:52:54 by

And the number two card was submitted by Cherylyn Steeves-Davies!

Congratulations Cherylyn! - I have emailed out your notification that you have won, and you will receive a free class.  

You have six months from today to redeem your free card class or a scrapbooking class.

Now, here is Cherylyn's beautiful card using all four required colours:

A big thanks goes out to those who participated in the challenge. Their cards will be featured in later blog posts. 

SCRAPPIN FRIDAY- January Graphic 45 Page

 I have a scrap layout to share with you today, but I also wanted to draw your attention to a new feature that I added to my blog.  At the bottom of each post you will see a bright green button that says "Printer Friendly"  If you click this button it allows you three options, to print my blog post, to save it as a pdf file, or to email it to yourself or a friend.  How cool is that!  So if there is something I post that you want to save or share, you are just one simple click away!

This paper is a new line from Graphic 45- it is AMAZING- love love love it. It has an old fashioned/distressed feel.  

I used the snow swirled stamp set to add some turquoise snowflakes, which I then highlighted with a sakura gel pen to bling it up.  I added a few rinestones and silver foil snowflakes for added bling.  Now I just need to get a couple of great winter pictures in January to fill in this page! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quickie Wednesday- Valentine

Here is a really quick and simple card, when you are in a rush or need a last minute card: 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TUESDAY TIP- My Digital Studio Update

Stampin' Up! recently announced that they have released a new update for MDS software.  

Even if you are using the trial version, you should get this update.  

They have made changes and got rid of several bugs. 

You can see the full info here:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Masculine Monday- Scraps

We all have the same problem- too many scraps!  

Well here is a fun card that will use up some of those small scraps:

Mat is4" x 5.25" Night of Navy and the corners have been rounded . 
I punched out different sized cirles from scrap cardstock and then punched smaller circles, offset inside the main circle. Glue to mat with Tombow and then run through the Big Shot with your favorite embossing folder. 
Attach mat to standard card base1.25" x 5.50" is Real Red and the corners have been rounded. 
To add more visual interest I grabbed my white gel pen and added dashes around the outside.  A quick greeting and voila! 

Friday, February 8, 2013


This is my "Upcycling" layout.  

The definition of upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. 

Each of the nine square mats are paint chips that have been cut to size- how cool is that!  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Here is a quick and easy card I made a while back:  

 "Sweets For The Sweet" stampset on page 49.  Item#122512 $22.95

It features bright summer colors of tangerine tango, tempting turqoise and melon mambo.....and what makes this card (in my humble opinion) is glitter!  Just a quick application of 2 way glue and a sprinkle of dazzling diamonds makes this card extra special. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013



This is when you notch a V out of the end of a ribbon. 

Here’s a really easy way to do it:

1. Hold the ribbon so that it’s folded in half      lengthwise. 

2.  With sharp scissors, cut the ribbon, starting at the folded edge, angling toward the end of the ribbon.


Monday, February 4, 2013


For this edition of "Masculine Monday"  I wanted to share with you an awesome swap card I received from fellow demonstrator Ralonda Pote.  

Now this card uses some retired products, but just because they are retired, doesn't mean they aren't fabulous!

This fun card is an explosion of colours- from the Not Quite Navy card base to the Pumpkin Pie Mat to the Old Olive stars.  

 And inside is a surprise explosion of stars and balloons. How fun is that- when you open the card the stars and balloons pop up!

Friday, February 1, 2013


Well you probably could have guessed what this weeks post would be....after the Boyz last week, we could not leave out our beautiful girls.  

This layout is everything girly!

The sewing was done with the fabulous Sew Easy tool that perforates the design into the cardstock....then all I had to do was grab some embroidery floss and follow the dots. 

The lettering was once again the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies page 192 item#127553 $110.95  

The flowers are the Floral Fusion Sizzlet die on page 191 item #114511 $6.95- add a quick pearl to the center and they are done. 

A piece of wide irredecent ribbon added the finishing touch.