Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some challenges!

The current Impression Obsession challenge is to create a card with anything but a rectangle. I created a card (for a little grandson who loves cupcakes!) with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Six, (such a unique set, I use them a lot!) and one of my favourite IO stamp sets.

You can enter these challenges with us too . See the I.O. blog for all the details - if you use your Impression Obsession stamps, you could win a $25 gift certificate!! Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's cards for inspiration; the links are here on the left.

The current Created by Hand Challenge is "yearning for spring." I used cheerful spring colours for this card, some gorgeous embossed paper from Quietfire Design, and one of their beautiful new Dreamweaver stencils with white embossing paste.

I'm posting some spring colour cards I've just had just published in Paper Creations too; they meet the current Charisma Cards challenge, which is to use "fruity colours."

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


It's been so long since I played with challenges! I had such FUN with these!

The current Secret Crafters challenge is to create with a musical theme. I used a Cornish Heritage Farms stamp to create this card:

This week's challenge over at Our Creative Corner is to use the colours blue and green. I created a couple of cards for this one. I'm in such a "waiting-for-spring" mode that I wanted bright, cheerful cards for some friends.This card uses DCWV paper, a Stampabilities stamp, and Ms Martha's loopies border punch.

The one uses the CuttlebugSwiss Dots folder, Nesties Labels Eight, and the Ms. Martha's butterfly punch.

The One Powerful Hour challenge this week is friendship. I used a Paper Bag Studios stamp for this card:

This last card is done to meet the current Alphabet Challenge..."L" is for lilac. I used round plain and scalloped Nesties and a K & Co flower embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pocket Card

Today's Cuttlebug challenge is pocket cards! The designers are all using Asian themes, but you can play with whatever theme you like. Have a peek at the blog...see the fabulous new line of romance folders...due to debut at CHA next month...oooohhhh...they NEED me!

For this card, I used some beautiful Chiyogami paper, paired with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, embossing a Nesties oval. I stamped and gold-embossed my pull-out pocket tag with the ginko leaves from Quietfire Design. For the ribboned pull, I used one of the first Cuttlebug dies I owned...the old favourite tiny tag die. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampabilities, and the sentiment inside is from Hero Arts. The embossed floral edge inside was done with this Cuttlebug border embossing set.

You should SEE some of the fabulous eye candy on the challenge blog today...if you need some inspiration, that's the place to go today.

Thanks again for dropping by!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Today's challenge over at Created by Hand is to create "gratitude with a pocket." Here's mine, done with Spellbinders Nesties Labels 8, a Serendipity star stamp punched with the McGill star punch.

For the"Pick Three" challenge this week, I used these three: "Start your card with a sentiment" ( used one of my favourite Quietfire design stamps. These thank you stams come in a set of four, they're so versatile!), "Use a stencil" (Nesties Labels 8), and "Use any colour you might see in the sky" (I used night-time blue).

Over at Our Creative Corner, we're to incorporate something 3-d into our design, which I did by pop-dotting my gold embossed star.

THANKS for all these great challenges ladies, and thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Feeling like spring?

Well, I must say, it's difficult feeling like spring underneath all this SNOW in Nova Scotia. That's not to complain...I quite enjoy winter! But it's a little tough to "think spring" these days (lol). However, today's Impression Obsession challenge is...yep...feel like spring! So I put my thinking cap on, and used some to-be-released-at-CHA stamps for these cards.

I've become a new Gary Robertson stamp fan! This is one of several new stamps coming after CHA. I really like how they're such "naturals" to pair with FlowerSoft.

I've beel playing around with watercolour paints and vellum lately, just experimenting and having fun!

Now YOU can play in the Impression Obsession challenge too! The only rules? Use IO stamps please and email your cards to this address when you're done!

You could win a $25 IO Gift Certificate, and you can have your work proudly displayed on the IO Blog! You can visit the IO Blog HERE for more details!All participants' cards will be posted there and also permanently in the IO Customer Album.

Please take a few minutes to visit the other designers' blogs to see the lovely things they've posted:


THANK YOU for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge # 65

Well, it's been three whole weeks since I've posted anything at all. For shame! (lol) I've enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday away with my daughter Erin, her husband Mike, my son Michael, and our four grandboys. As much as I love being with them, it sure is GOOD to be home!

While I was away, I received a surprise e-mail from Maggie, owner of the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, inviting me to design for them. Well, the design team talent over there is tremendous, and since I regularly participate in their great challenges anyway, I said YES.

Here are my first creations for the's Asian challenge week. I hope you'll visit and perhaps join the challenges! These cards also fit this week's "Cute Card Thursday" challenge...use something new. I used some beautiful new Asian Chiyogami papers for my iris folding and kimono cards.

I used Asian Chiyogami papers for this iris folded kimono, and a Cuttlebug tag die for the belt.

Stamps for this card are from Stamp It Australia.

Okay, can you believe I actually MADE this knot!? (lol) I used Mizuhiki cord. Those who know me are aware of my spatial challenges; this little embellishment took me longer to make than all the cards combined!

The belt embellishment here is an old earring, I lost its matching partner, so it now has new life!

THANKS for stopping by today...if I have a link, I'll stop by your place too!