Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The theme of the week at Fab N funky is Celebrate.  What do I have to celebrate today?  Hmm, how about finding these adorable (and free!) Newton colouring pages - they make great digi stamps.  They're right here if you're interested.  I used my Newton image to make a sweet birthday card - I just love the ice cream colours of these new Echo Park papers.
Can anyone fill me in on Newton's history?  I grew up with Paddington bear and Winnie the Pooh of course, but I'm not familiar with this guy.  Maybe he's a more recent bear?  Anyway, cute and free always wins in my book!

Sketch - Papertake Weekly
4 layers - 365 Cards
Anything Goes - Celebrate the Occasion
Anything Goes - Crafty Sentiments
Swirls - Deep Ocean
Anything Goes - Partytime Tuesdays
Flowers - Shopping Our Stash

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Aye aye captain!

Ah, it was so nice and quiet around here - at least until the troops returned from their camping trip with a mountain of dirty laundry.  How do they get so dirty, they were only gone for 2 nights?  Sigh...

I did get quite a bit of crafting in, so I'm happy.  I finished off 2 layout I was working on, created a third and organized paper and layout ideas for a stack of new photos.  I like to be able to grab something quick when I go to a crop, and I'd rather not spend the night before figuring out what to work on!  I also managed one card, here is one of my new bunnies from the Cat's Pajamas.

Sketch - Retro Sketches
Humour - Dream Valley (He makes me smile, not sure if that counts or not?)
Anything Goes - Here Come the Boys
Dots, Spots, Striped and Ribbon - Quirky Crafts
Tag It - Scrappy Frogs
Bring On the Boys - 2 Sisters
One for the boys - One Stop craft

Friday, May 25, 2012

Feel better soon

This card is a commission for a co-worker - rather than make a formal get-well, I decided to go with fun and cheerful.  They do say laughter is the best medicine right?

I must admit I was inspired by this card here, from the Spotted Chick.  I was digging through my stamps wondering what to do when I saw this CTMH sentiment and I knew it would be perfect with this Paper Smooches cow stamp.  Love it when things work on paper like they do in my head!
More cards to come - DH is taking the boys camping with the cubs/beavers this weekend, which means unlimited scrappy time for me!  Mind you there's a thunderstorm looming overhead, they may get wet...good thing I'm not going!

Colour scheme - Paper Smooches Sparks
Masculine/patterned paper - CAS-ual Fridays
For the boys - Chocolate, Coffee and Cards
Card for a man - Crafty Catz
Boys and Men - Fairy Tale Challenge Blog
Diecuts - HotShot
Animals - Totally Papercrafts


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New beginnings

I must apologize, it's been a bit dusty and quiet around here the last week as I spent the long weekend at my Mum's.  Her internet is mediocre at best and her computer seems to have a hate/hate relationship with Blogger.  I managed to get my commenting done, but couldn't face fighting with it anymore!
I am back now, with a fresh new challenge at Fab N Funky - New Beginnings.  This could be a new baby, new stamp, new something - easy peasy!
This card was for my sister's birthday - I didn't post it right away so she wouldn't see it.  I used a new Strawberry Kisses stamp and some colourful MME paper to make a cheerful card.


I suspect you will be seeing quite a few cards coming in the next little while - you should see my haul of new stamps!  I normally spread my shopping out, but this past month has been the perfect storm of stamp acquisition!  My Mum bought me a couple of sets back from England, I had a gift coupon burning a hole in my pocket for my fave store and another store ordered me a bunch of Cat's Pajamas stamps.  (Oh and there's the Lily of the Valley stamps that are on the way, there was 10% off there too...)
No  more until at least next month for sure!

Some of my new stamping goodies!

Sketch - Cards & Things
Anything Goes - Make It Monday
Ribbon/twine - Ooh La La creations
Summer Holiday - Simon Says Stamp and Show (Drinks on the patio anyone?)
For the Ladies - Stamp and Create 
Pretty in Pink - Truly Scrumptious
Anything Goes - Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A sad day

Rather sad news as Paper Sundaes has announced they are closing down.  I know it's hard to juggle creating and commenting and the like, we all have busy lives and too much to do.  However, we are still playing along for one last challenge, this one is called Pretty in Pink.  Should be a nice easy challenge for you, so please come and join us for our last hurrah!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Last one...

I promise this is the last Mother's Day card!  I've really enjoyed making a bunch of pretty, flowery card but now it's time to move on to some more masculine cards.  This card is for Paper Sundaes challenge "Things with Wings" and this little guy sure fits the bill.  I sent this card to my Mum as she knows I love dragons - not sure every Mom would appreciate a dragon, even one bearing tulips!
I'm hoping to see some tulips here, and maybe even get some photos of the boys, but it is clouding over quickly.  Hopefully it will clear up soon, we need sunshine on Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Squirrel and the Fox - One for the Girls
Crafty Mess - Pink and cute (how about pink and green and cute!)

Duck, duck, penguin?

So I bought this Stampin' Up set because I liked the penguin and then never did anything with it.  Sound familiar?  Well, the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was birds and this is what I came up with.  For some reason I had the children's rhyme "duck, duck, goose" running through my head, except my card turned out to be duck, duck, penguin!
Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful Mother's Day and getting to spend some crafty time and some time with family!

CAS-ual Fridays - Feathered Friends
Clearly istamp - What goes up must come down
Daring Cardmakers - Fussy cutting (I cut my waves from the patterned paper)
Fairytale Challenge Blog - things with Wings
Glitter Geeks - Wings and things
Totally Papercrafts - No pesky girls allowed
SJ Crafts - Favourites (penguins, all the way!)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Guest Designer post

A while back, I won a challenge over at Cupcake Craftroom and they have asked me to be a guest designer this month.  I made a fun little card with an older stamp set I have never used and I love how this turned out with the little fireflies exploding out of the jar!


For the Boys - Allsorts (this could really be for either, but it's not girly!)
Things with Wings - Catch the Bug
Anything Goes - CMC Copic group
All creatures great and small - Craft Your Days Away
Things with Wings - Crafty Calender
Not easy being Green - Drunken Stampers

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The sweetest thing...

So I saw these new stamps from Wild Rose and I just had to get a couple.  Isn't this little elephant the cutest?  They were a blast to colour too, and I hope I dim them justice!  This one went to my Mother in Law, who is not very computer savvy, so no worries about her seeing it here!
DH wants to take me out to dinner for Mother's Day, but the thought of eating out in a nice restaurant (IE not McDonalds) with my boys makes me cringe.  I keep telling him I just want some nice pictures to scrap, maybe this will finally be the year!

A few challenges:
Punches and diecuts - Crafts and Me 
Anything Goes - Just Keep on Creating
Off Center - Scrapbook Sisters (not sure if this counts or not?)
Mother's day - Crafty Sentiments

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Buttons and Bows

Well, it's another busy week here and I'm still making Mother's Day cards.  Well actually, I've made them all, now I just have to finish posting them!  This one was for a co-worker, she really liked the lace doilies on a previous card, so I put a little spin on them and turned them into flowers.  I really like how this turned out, although looking at it now, I realize the bow is covering my sentiment.  Drat.
Don't forget to come and join us Fab n Funky this week, the challenge is Buttons and Bows, a nice easy one for everyone.  I'm also regretting not taking a pic of the inside, as this is really a Mother's day card, I swear it!

Frame It - Crafty Creations
Mother's Day - More than favors 
I love you Mom -Penny's Challenges
Mother's Day - Celebrate the Occasion
Motherly Love - Tuesday Throwdown

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother's Day take 4? 5?

Hee hee, I've made so many Mother's Day cards, I can't keep track of them all!  This one is for our Mother's Day challenge at Paper Sundaes - I went for a fairly formal, elegant card for this one.  The stamp is CTMH, the papers are MME and the sketch is an older one from Mojo Monday.  Love that site, it's such a treasure trove of sketches.

EDITED TO ADD - sorry about the entry into Always something creative, guess I shouldn't enter a challenge when I can't read the details!  Hee Hee!

Mother's Day - Always Something Creative
Recipe - Desert Island Crafters (Buttons, die cuts, bright colours)
Flowers - I brake for Challenges
Flower Power - Joanna Sheen Challenges
Mother's Day/ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Mother's Day - Through the Craftroom Door

Saturday, May 5, 2012

More Mother's Day love...

Yet another Mother's Day card, I found a great tutorial for making Stargazer Lilies (one of my faves that I grow) over at Darlene Designs.  Hers are totally better than mine, but they still came out pretty good!  And so happy to have done something nice with a stamp that has been languishing in the drawer.  This card was for a co-worker at work, she bought 3 Mother's Day cards and cleaned me out! 

A few challenges:
Anything Goes - 2 Sisters
Celebrations - CMC Copic group (2nd entry)
Gardening/great outdoors - Crazy 4 Challenges
Celebrations -One Stop Craft
3 of something - Mark's Finest papers
G for Garden - Alphabet Challenge
April Showers May flowers - Crafty Catz 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For the guys

We had some 'Momisms' last week, so I figured we needed some 'Dadisms' this week.  Besides, you can only do so many flowery Mother's Day cards in a row before loosing it.  I still have 2 to go, but the most important one (my Mum's) is in the mail.
Good thing the challenge at Fab N Funky is 'For the Guys'!
I stuck to a simple design, letting my fun image stand out.  I stamped Dad in his chair, masked it and then stamped all the 'Dadisms' around it.  Fun huh?

Fave colours - Crafts and Me (strong, rich colours!)
Spots or Stripes - Crafty sentiments
For the boys - Going Grey with Scrap Creations
Anything Goes - Papertake Weekly
For the Boys - Crafty Cardmakers
Sketch - Seems a little sketchy