Saturday, December 29, 2007

Just for fun...

This uses one of my photos of White Point Beach here in Nova Scotia as the background., along with Just Joohanna sea horses and sentiment stamps.

This one is a reaal simple one tht uses the Just Johanna Eiffel Tower stamped four times, and a JJ sentiment stamp.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Odds 'n' ends

These are just some odds 'n' ends I'd done earlier in the month, but forgotten to post. The first four are done with several stamps from Just Johanna, Sakura Glaze pens, Ancient Page inks, Martha Stewart border punch, Top Boss embossing powders, and Tulip® Glam-it-Up™ Iron on Crystals ™ and Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

This one uses a Snowman stamp available at Scrappers' Haven.

This one uses a stamped image sent to me in a swap, paired with Inque Boutique flourishes.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Tags

Well, the holidays really snuck up on me this year. The only handmade cards completed were for my family. However, I did make several tags at least! These were created for a swap over at a friendly new site called Cococat's Cardmaking. They use Outlines and Anna Griffin stamps, Tulip® Glam-it-Up™ Iron on Crystals ™ affixed with Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®, assorted embossing powders, and Sakura Glaze pens.

Visit, introduce yourself, tell them Deborah sent you! ;)

Hope you're all enjoying very happy, peaceful holidays with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Pay it Forward again!

Although I did this once already last month, in the spirit of the season, I'd like to do it again!

I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay it forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise!

The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Once you sign up, you need to copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and leave me a link so that I can see it. Then you make the same promise so that three other lucky people will be the recipients of YOUR handmade work. You also need to e-mail me your postal address. This is important! You can send it here:

I came to this from Sue's Blog.

In the spirit of the season, let's pay it forward!

HAPPY Holidays!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Two Peas Challenge Sketch

This is for December Sketch # 3 on the Two Peas Stamping Board.
I used the Just Johanna scroll stamp on Karen Foster patterned paper, JJ coffee cup stamp, "Just because" sentiment stamp (stamped on "Doodlebug Design" paper ribbon) and "I love you" flourish stamp, all put together with Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

I tucked the coffee cup inside an Ellison die cut, and tied it with a length of beaded gold cord, then I added a couple of heart shaped peel-offs on the closures.

Monday, December 17, 2007

More playing...

All stamps are Just Johanna. All adhesive used is Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

This one is coloured with Prismacolour Art Markers and Sakura Glaze pens, tree glued-and-glittered, die cut is an Ellison.

For my three year old grandson, coloured with Sakura Glaze pens.

Gift tag, coloured with Prismacolour Art markers and Sakura Glaze pens. Candy Cane Stickles.

Just for fun...used Sakura Glaze pens.
I'm having such FUN with these stamps!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas...are you ready?

Well, I have eight family members coming from Canadian points west and the UK next Friday. I have no Christmas baking or decorating done, no handmade Christmas cards mailed, and here I sit in my happy room, completely denying the reality of my immediate future. Oh well, denial as a defence mechanism is highly underrated. So here's how I'm playing!

Hand stitching, beading on pink pearlized cardstock, Just Johanna scallop and sentiment stamped on Bazill grey cardstock, holes punched out around the scallop. "Peace" coloured with Tombow marker. Scallop pop-dotted for dimension. Background pearlized paper is from the Paper House. As usual, my favourite crafting adhesive, Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®, was used for almost everything here.

I'm enjoying combining "whimsical" with "elegant;" sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. :)

JJ Flora Hugabundous heat embossed on pink bazzill, JJ border stqamp partially coloured with a white gel pen, sentiment stamp partially coloured with Prismacolour marker. I used lots of Tulip Fashion Bead Paint blobs here too.

JJ sentiment and music stamps, Marvy Uchida Scallop Punch, Tulip Fashon Bead paint blobs in pink.

This is a pop-up "spring" card. I used the Just Johanna Christmas pudding stamp, coloured, Stickled, and paper pieced in three layers, and the JJ "Be Merry" stamp.

This one uses the JJ cupcake, painted (with Twinkling H2O's) and Stickled, a couple of JJ paisley hearts, and a JJ sentiment.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Christmas blog banner!

I really like the holly flourish stamps Just Johanna has produced...every one of them, and I've USED them all...every one of them (lol). Sakura Glaze pns and Twinkling H2O's provide the colour, Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue® provides the adhesive holding it all together.
I'll use this as my blog banner over the holidays, and take it down next month.

This one was too big for a card, but I really wanted to use it, so I made a banner for my condo front door. After a gentle nudge from Adelle (thanks!), I decided to use it as my blog banner for the Christmas season as well.

I like that it's so bright and cheery

What do you think...really?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


This little girl is part of this week's Gothic Arch challenge (which is "Sparkling Wings") and the Created by Hand challenge (which is ("Alphabets")

I absolutely LOVED this image, so kindly shared by Audrey (thank you again!) I embossed the wing and arch edges with gold EP mixed with gold AI glitter and added some Swarovski crystals with Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

Stamps are based on Suzanne's beautiful hand calligraphy at Quiet Fire Design.

This will be attached to a gift for a dear friend...whose name, of course, begins with "L!" I LOVE multi-purpose creations! :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas cards

These are done with Just Johanna's Flourish wreath stamp. This is such a dainty, elegant stamp, I really like it!

I used Sakura Glaze pens, Twinkling H2O's, Fiskars border punch, and Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

This one is for my six year old grandson Morgan. This is another Just Johanna's Christmas flourish image, and it was fun to hang it off a chandelier! I coloured with Tombows, added Stickles for the flames, and All Night Media Clear Glass Finish over parts of the chandelier for a little dimension.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Created by Hand Challenge

This week's Created by Hand challenge is to create art using collage images. I painted a sheet of watercolour paper with Ecoline Inks (# 507 Ultramarine Violet and # 601 Light Green). These wonderful inks are available at Quiet Fire Design, under calligraphy supplies. Then I manipulated this image in Photoshop. Initially I printed it onto a transparency, but because the Ecoline colours are so strong, it was hard to find a place to position it for show. So, I printed it directly onto the dry watercoloured paper with my trusty Hewlett Packard Photo Printer. Then I used sequin waste and pounced Ranger Vintage Photo ink over top, after masking the image. I stamped and embossed the Inque Boutique flourish, and stamped the Gentle Thoughts sentiment stamp with Versafine Black. Finally, I embossed the edges with a concoction I made from gold EP and Art Institute glitter, and glued on the pewter heart and a few Swarovski crystals with Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®. I REALLY enjoyed creating this piece! Thanks for the challenge!

Just Johanna Stamped Cards

Stamps are all Just Johanna. I used Sakura Glaze pens, Prismacolour Art Markers, Stickles, Art Institute glitters, and Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®.

This one was such fun to do! It'll go in the mail for my three year old grandson Avery.

I love this holly flourish! I pop-dotted the earth for a little extra dimension. I love using Stickles with these whimsical stamps!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Just Johanna

Okay, it's official, the new Just Johanna design team was announced today, and I'm there!

I am tickled pink to be working with this talented group of stampers, and with Johanna's wonderfully whimsical stamps that have become so popular.

So here are some of my first cards in what I know will be a LONG series.

"Cutesy" and "whimsical" have not ever been defined as my "style," so this is such a GREAT opportunity to stretch and do some different things. I'm so grateful to Johanna for inviting me.

THANKS for stopping by my blog again today. I'm always smiling when I read your comments.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Challenge: 4 X 4 Friday

The challenge over at 4 X 4 Friday this week is red, a great Christmas colour!

For this simple card, I used red velvet paper, a sentiment stamp and a heart flourish stamp from Quiet Fire Design. I stamped he sentiment in Ancient Page Coal Black ink, and embossed the flourish with a twinkly mixture I made by combining Top Boss Gold Embossing Powder with Fools Gold Art Institute Glitter. I added a corner embellishment from Frost Creek Charms (which I painted with black acrylic, then rubbed it off) and two Citrine Swarovski crystals.

Thanks for visiting again!