Saturday, August 31, 2013

Still time to play along at Merry Monday!!

There is still time to play along with our current Merry Monday Challenge!!! 
We hope you will join us! 
To play along, click HERE

Friday, August 30, 2013

Introducing Cindy {She's Crazy Awesome!}

The other night, I was surfing around blogs and I came across a "new to me" blogger. I was so impressed by her cards! They are gorgeous! She is a brand new blogger and I wanted to connect with her to tell her how "crazy awesome" the work is on her blog!! 

Her name is Cindy and her blog is called Stampin' An Ink Trail.

I hope you will grab this badge for your blog, Cindy.

I messaged her and asked her if I could promote her new blog. She said yes! So I asked her if I could share three of her they are...this is just a small sampling of her beautiful work! Be a blogging friend and go see her work! Become a Follower! I cannot wait to see more of her work!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Whimsy and Stars Studio {Best Witches!}

Today I am up on the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog, sharing my first Halloween card of the season!! I loved inking up this cute digi!!! 

CAS-ual Fridays {Thanks So Much}


The CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to create a clean and simple card using Aqua, Orange and Green. At first I was stumped!! But then I thought about that adorable set from CAS-ual Fridays called "Wonderful Words" and the daisy image in it. I have actually made three different cards with this set in the last week and a half. I love it!

This is just a quick post tonight as I should be in bed...sleeping! LOL! I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured the flowers with my Copics. Then I cut a small strip of orange paper and affixed it to one side. I added some gemstones here and there...and in real life they shine! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shabby Tea Room and Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

The days are zooming by! Only one week left of my summer holiday! This weekend, I will be heading into work on my classroom to be ready for my class on Wednesday. So happy!! With the arrival of school and Fall comes my need to craft!! I am so excited to get back into routine and me crazy but I crave Fall weather, clothing and cooking!

The Shabby Tea Room has a fun inspiration that we must use the colours and the "tea" theme from! Well, I do not have many "tea" themed sets but I did remember I had a brand new set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps! So I went to work!


Then I found a quick and easy sketch that I LOVED and thought it would work perfectly for my card and teacup image! Score! The sketch comes from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. 

Here is my clean card with a bright, pink flower!!! I am not sure if I love it but I had fun making it and it is another card for my stash!!! 

{Supplies Used}
Inks: Copics, Black Memento
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Vanilla, Pink, Kraft
Extras: Flower Punch, Pearls, Corner rounder, Square Punch, Honeycomb Embossing folder

Before I go, I wanted to share a photo of my sweet "Penney". She has been with us for one week already and I am absolutely in love with this sweet girl!!! She actually helped me to make this card! She is my new "crafting buddy". 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Smile {Retro Sketches and SRM Stickers}

The summer has flown by and I have actually spent very little time at my craft table. Many of the projects I have been sharing on my blog were created in late June and early July for Design Teams. It was so nice to play along with a challenge today, just for fun!!! So today I played along with Arielle's Retro Sketch. I was instantly inspired!!!

I probably won't be the only one to see a rainbow on this cool sketch! That is what quickly came to mind and so I dug through my scrap pieces to find Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet! The blue is actually now covered by the sentiment! LOL! But it is there!

I am so happy to be designing for SRM Stickers! Susan has made a sticker girl out of me! This week I am sharing all sorts of cards, and they all have stickers on them! LOL!!! I kinda feel bad for my ink pads! *wink* I created the panel for the SMILE sentiment by using my Ticket Corner Punch. Wow, that punch was dusty! I cannot remember the last time I used it but it was one of the first items I purchased when I first started stamping.

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: None
Inks: None
Papers: SU! DSP in Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfrui, Wild Wasbi, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Extras: Circle Punches-1 1/4" and 1 3/8", Ticket Corner Punch, Black Gems

Merry Monday Christmas Card Club #72

Welcome to my weekly Christmas card Challenge called "Merry Monday"! Each week, I post a challenge to inspire you to create a Christmas card for your Christmas card stash! I have a lovely design team and we are all working on getting a Christmas card done each week! This is our last challenge with the talented and inspiring Gloria Stengel who has been a wonderful Featured Designer for August! Thank you for sharing your talent with us this month, Gloria!

I am also very sad to say, this is our last challenge with my dear friends and design team members Narelle Farrugia and Sherry Eckblad. These ladies have been with us for a long time and they have shared so much inspiration with us. We are so sad to see you leave ladies but we wish you all the best!! Hugs!

For my card this week, I went with a clean and simple approach and managed to use up some paper in my scrap pile! Woot! I also used some cute SRM Stickers...I just adore how fast and easy they are to use! This card took minutes to make! The design team have created such awesome samples to get you into the Christmas we go...
Welcome to our Guest Designer this week Linda!! She won our challenge a couple of weeks ago! Would you like to be a Guest Designer? Be sure to play along, as our weekly winner is our next Guest Designer!

Merry Monday Winners

Thank you to everyone who played along with my sketch last week!!! I loved seeing all the cards that were entered!!! Great work! There is a lot happening this week and next week, we have a new twist to Merry Monday! Stay tuned!

Now onto our winner:

What a cool card, Loll, created! I loved the all the white space and the pretty star on her tree! How clever! Congrats, Loll! We hope you will join us as a Guest Designer.  Please email Bonnie at Be sure to put "Merry Monday Guest Designer" in the subject line. 

And our Honourable Mentions were voted on as well, if you received a vote from a design team member, your card and link is below. Congratulations! We hope you will display your badge with pride! If you are viewing this in Google Reader, you may have to visit the blog to see the actual cards that are linked below.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Final Design Team Project for the Sweet Stamp Shop

Wow, the last three months have flown by! My design team term with the Sweet Stamp Shop has come to an end and I have to admit, I am pretty sad about that! I've enjoyed sharing my creations with you and I hope you have enjoyed seeing them!! It was fun to share how I design my cards...makes me wonder if we all approach card making in a similar way?

I am on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today, sharing a CAS that I will save for my stash. I hope you can stop by to see it! Please CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!

Here are all of my design team creations for my time at the Sweet Stamp Shop! Thank you, Nicole Rixon, for giving this girl the chance to be on your team! It was a blast!

Friday, August 23, 2013

SRM Stickers {Fancy Christmas Cards!}

Today I am excited to share some fancy Christmas cards I created using SRM Stickers! LOVE these stickers for quick, easy and elegant cards! I can see myself using them a lot this Christmas season!! Here is one of the cards I created...I am sharing a whole set of cards on the SRM blog.

Hope you can stop by to see all my cards...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #100 {Guest Designing and Prizes}

Wow!! Way back in August 2011, I decided to create another Challenge blog I named "Freshly Made Sketches". My first challenge blog "The Paper Players" was going well and I wanted to create a "sketch only" challenge based on CLEAN but not necessarily "simple" designs! At the beginning, I designed all the sketches and as time went on, the amazing team took over.
Freshly Made Sketches
Last Fall, I decided to take a break from Freshly Made Sketches because of work commitments and because I needed a change for me. It was hard to leave such an amazing group of ladies...who were and still are my friends.

Jennifer Timko and Jen Mitchell both stepped up and took on running the challenge for me! Wow! They do an amazing job of it and I am so proud of them!!! Thank you ladies for making Freshly Made Sketches a big success and for keeping the show on the road!

The team invited me to play along in their 100th challenge! Thank you ladies! And so I have made a card based on the very first sketch I created way back in 2011! 

I hope everyone has a chance to play along this week because they've got prizes to give away!  Look at all the fantastic goodies donated by the FMS design team!

Linda Callahan - Just Thinking Stampin' Up! stamp set and 24 6x6 sheets of DSP
Allisa Chilton - Sweet Life Close to My Heart stamp set
Cindy Hall - Monster Munchies Stampin' Up! stamp set and 24 6x6 sheets of DSP
Jen Mitchell - Seasonal Sayings Stampin' Up! stamp set and 44 6x6 sheets of DSP
Amy O'Neill - Holiday Best Stampin' Up! stamp set and Hung Up Cute Clips
Linda Suarez - Silent Night A Muse Studio stamp set
Jennifer Timko - Dictionary Stampin' Up! stamp set and 24 6x6 sheets of DSP

To help us celebrate this milestone they've asked these previous designers to join in and we're thrilled that they are here!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Seize the Sketch #2 {May Your Every Dream Come True}

Good morning! Today we have a new sketch from Seize the Sketch! Cathy is our sketcher this week and I just love the design she has given us to work with!!! I went to work, looking for some inspiration and I found it at the Shabby Tea Room. 

We were to use the colours from the photo with some flower and material. I used some burlap! We are being sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!! I was so excited to work with the stamp set called Wonderful Words. I was looking for a pretty sentiment stamp and this one caught my eye!!! How perfect is it for a birthday, wedding or congratulatory card!!

We hope you will join us for our second sketch at Seize the Sketch !! The team has created such awesome samples and I loved how we all approached the sketch differently!!!

This was so an exciting weekend for me! Yesterday my dear sister was married, on Saturday I attended my 20th high school reunion and today I rescued a 1 year old Calico cat from the SPCA!!! All in all, it was an amazing weekend!!! My sister is beautiful both inside and out. I hope every dream comes true for her and her lovely man. <3