Saturday, October 21, 2017


Hey there!

I am super excited for today's post...

I have kind of been out of the blogging loop the last while (like... long while) because of... well, life!

But when Veronica asked me if I might consider doing a guest design spot for the challenge, Inspired by... All the Little Things, I couldn't say no. Especially when she sent me this inspiration picture:

I mean... that's essentially a vision board for my living room, and how *awesome* is the pumpkin quilt?

I think I answered "YES!" about thirteen seconds after she contacted me.

Now, like I said... I haven't been a regular in my craft room in way. too. long. So I have stamps that might be older, but have barely been inked. It was time to dig them out!

There's a gift card pocket on the front of the card, making this a gift and greeting in one!

The pumpkin stamp is from WPlus9, and I just adore it's homespun feel. The plaid paper and earthy tones were drawn from the quilt colours, and the rough edges of my paper were inspired by the beautiful chippy painted pieces in the inspiration photo.

The photo made it so easy to find my groove with this card, which is always the best way to craft!

Thank you so much to Veronica and the other ladies at the challenge for having me.. I am so flattered you asked me to join in!

I hope you're inspired by the beautiful photo, and if you do play along, I would love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Birthday...

Hello out there!

I can't believe it's been almost a year. Where the heck does time go?!

But... and I've said it before, I know... I see a light at the end of the tunnel. We moved into our house four years ago, and have spent nearly the entire time we've been here working on a whole-house, DIY major renovation.

If you follow me on Instagram, I've shared some of our progress here and there...

We have been spending most of the last few months (read: way. too. long.) working on finishing our basement. We have basically never properly utilized an entire floor of our house since moving in...

And it's almost done.

So I am making all kinds of plans for living life like a normal person.

Which means stamping. Lots and lots of stamping.

And blogging... I can't wait to get back to blogging regularly.

So I have ideas and am working on some things, and I am hopeful that in the New Year, I will be revamping, and unveiling a new and improved blog. I've already got some balls rolling, and some ideas twirling. So I hope you'll remember me, and check back here and there when I manage to resurface!

I am hoping I can include more about the other things in my life that take up my time... other creative endeavors and such. It will evolve as I do, I am sure.


I do have a card to share with you today, because even though I don't spend nearly enough time in the craft room, I definitely still watch stamp releases every month... and sometimes I can't help but bring new things home to live with me!

When Dawn from WPlus9 started peeking these Southern Summer Florals sets, I literally had heart palpitations. She knows how to do florals, that girl! And these are so easy to use - and I don't even own a Misti! (That's what happens when you stop crafting properly. Fads and trends pass you by!)

Also, word dies are becoming my new favourite thing.

Christmas is coming, and so is the need for cards to mail... so I *will* be blogging more as I create our cards for the season. What I'm saying is that I won't be letting a year pass by before I post again!

Thanks for popping by, and if there's still anyone out there and reading, let me know! I would love to hear that you remember who I am... *wink*

Have a great day!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Season's Greetings...

So because I am pretty rusty with this whole stamping, cardmaking gig (I used to pump out so many cards whenever I would sit down... now it's one or two!), I need a lot of help getting started. I've been cruising Pinterest and filling up my "Inspiration Love..." board.

So this card was born from something I pinned, and I really loved stamping on the coloured background, which is something I forget to do when I'm left to my own devices!

It's a little different for me, but the inspiration piece really drove me out of my comfort zone, and that was the whole point.

Also - a cutesy deer? Who saw that coming?! But I've really been enjoying this set from Lawn Fawn, and it hasn't been as difficult to work with as I might have thought, given that it's so different than what I've worked with in the past.

So that's what I have for you today, and I have a few more coming! Thanks for popping in, and I'll be back soon to share some other cards that were inspired by the magical world of Pinterest!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Season's Greetings...

For all the ways my husband can play indifferent to mostly anything, when it comes to penguins, he's smitten. He thinks they're just cool. So for most of his Christmas cards, I use the same old penguin stamp in some reinvented fashion.

So I thought maybe it was time to seek out a new penguin stamp set.

If you've spent any time around here, when I tell you I really loved this set from Lawn Fawn, I think you'll agree that it's kind of shocking! But I thought this was a fun one for my penguin loving hubby, and my cutesy loving kiddos, so it just made sense to go ahead and get it.

And it turns out, it was really fun to use... usually this sort of stamp style really eludes me and I can't quite figure out how to bring something together. But this one just kind of came together, and I was really pleased with how it turned out!

And a penguin throwing snowballs at another penguin's head is very much something that will speak to my husband...

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Joy To The World...

Hey there!

I know I should be sharing pumpkins and colourful leaves, but I can't help it... I'm all about Christmas! You know this about me already...

Our whole house has been sick for the past week... I am pretty sure we've been hit by the Norovirus, and I can tell you it's not been fun. But it has meant lots of downtime, and so I've been filling my sketchbook with lots of Christmas card ideas and I even ordered some new stamps (you know... to make myself feel better). So I hope to build up a good stash to mail out this year, since I didn't manage to send cards last year (we still had a newborn then!).

I wish I could properly capture the shimmer of the Delicata ink I used on the gold accents... it's beautiful!

And the word dies from Reverse Confetti are quickly becoming a favourite....

Finally today, I am feeling better, so my plan for Friday is to hole up in the craft room and bring some of my sketches to life... now if only my box of goodies could get here quickly!

Have a great weekend friends!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Festive Friday - Warm Winter Wishes...

Hello there, friends!

It's been a couple of weeks again... finding time to make cards is one challenge, but finding time to photograph them is a whole other thing!! All these children who want 3 meals a day... *every* day!

So for this one, I stepped out of my usual box... For me, this is quite the departure!

He's never so obvious with his compliments, but I think this might be my husband's favourite card that I've ever shown him. He likes this kind of 'scene' card, if he's card shopping, and his preference is far more cutesy than I've ever been comfortable with... so my cards are never really what he's drawn to (I say that like he spends any time looking at cards).

I broke out an older WPlus9 set that I still really, really love... it's called Iconic Christmas, and it's just the perfect name for this one! I wanted to keep it very pale and simple, and just used glitter to emphasize the accents. I love how it turned out, actually, even though it's so far out of my usual zone... and now I have ideas for how to draw on this same idea.

So is anyone else antsy to get the decorations out? I'm *so* ready for my trees! But my brutus toddler might think I put them up just for him to dismantle, so it could be a testy season.........

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Festive Friday - Holiday Joy...

It's Friday! So I saved posting this card until today so that I could make it a Festive Friday post. 

I have been stamping a lot of similar cards using different colours and different sets, but the result is that I have quite a pile of 'easy-to-mail' (read: not my usual layers) cards. It will come in handy, I am sure, but I think it's time to branch out a little!

The photo does not do the gold justice on this card... I finally bought a Delicata ink pad and holy WOW is it ever sparkly. Worth it. I like the vintage appeal of this colour combo... I think that's why I like stamping backgrounds so much; I get to really play with colour combinations and manipulate them to make whatever my mood feels like. It's therapeutic, for sure. 

The kids are leaving school early this afternoon, so I am off to soak up the last hour of peace before I have to go get them for the weekend. It's been one of those weeks... *wink*

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