Thank you gifts

The school year ended a couple of weeks ago and I did get my butt in gear and make cards and gifts for the classroom teachers and learning assistants who help my kids out.  Everyone got a variation of the teabag holder that I showed in an earlier post, Tea Time.   The cards were inspired by something I saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure in the spring but I mucked about and made them all my own.

More another time – the kids need milk!  Like what you see?  Let me know!

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

~Author Unknown


C the card?

With three kids in school there at a lot of invites to birthday parties.  I love to send the girls to parties with a nice card to give the birthday person.  When I was little I loved  birthday parties and now I want to help make the big day a bit more special for the little monkeys.  Each card, if I have enough prep time, tends to have a personal touch to it.  Usually it is as simple as the addition of the kid’s initial but I have made ones before with the child’s picture.

This one is another variation of the card I saw in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and CASEd in my last post.  But this time the birthday party was for a boy, so I changed it up a bit.

That’s it for now but I’ll soon get to a digital page!

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.

~Author Unknown

Getting inspired

I know I’ve mentioned my amazing upline Carrie before.  She is a true inspiration for all of us in her downline and many hundreds who have never even met her.   Whenever she has us over for a meeting, she presents us with great ideas and then blogs her ideas for all to CASE.  The waterfall card  we made at her place is on her blog here:

I was making a card for a co-worker’s 30th (yeah, she’s just a little kid!) and knew that I had to make her a waterfall card – my new favourite technique!  So here’s what I made.

I took some detail shots for all to see as well – yup, lovin’ that new camera!

I made a card for another co-worker who happens to share the same birthday as the 30-year-old – but she was celebrating her 65th!  Her card was inspired by the last Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Below is the image from the mini that I liked and decided that I needed to CASE. 

Here’s my take on that card.  A little look at the close-ups and then the finished project.

Like what you see?  Let me know!

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.

Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Tom Wilson

Post dating my blog

I’m sitting at the kitchen table, with the laptop, eating a yummy cheeseburger (apologies to vegetarians, Orthodox Jews, and Tim).  It’s Sunday, April 17th and I thought I’d dabble in advanced blogging.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities when I have computer access AND feel the need to do something other than play Bejeweled Blitz (curse you, Reanna & Stephen) or browse Facebook.  So, I’m seeing if I can get the deferred posting option to work for me.  I’ve tried it before to no avail, but I think the problem with my blogging was pure operator error!

Anyhoo,  I said that I had indeed done some crafting before so here is an example:

First up, the hybrid scrapbook page I made.  It is not pure Stampin’ Up as I am quite happy to look about online for free digital elements and even have a few delivered to my inbox daily.  But all of my digital work is created in My Digital Studio and with the exception of not being able to use the freebie alpha sets from some sites, I have no complaint what so ever!

My parents have (so far) been blessed with an even dozen grandkids.  I say so far, ’cause we are hoping that at least one or two more will pop out – and no, not from me!  Three is just right.

Heather was invited to a party a couple of weeks ago, so, of course, I made a card.  The little birthday girl really likes Hello Kitty 😦  So trolled online and found another SU demonstrator who had created a Hello Kitty card and I copied here!  Thanks to I found her and was able to create this little item in spite of my intense dislike of all things Hello Kitty.  However, at this point, I can’t mention her name as my stupid browser won’t open the site!  But, if I have success with advanced blogging, you will never know as I can go in and change this info!!

It’s nowhere near as good as the original that inspired it, but not too bad considering I made it in 20 minutes without following her instructions to the letter.

(I’d did manage to look her up and her name is Lynn Pratt – she’s pretty awesome)


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein

The return of …. well, me!

I’ve been MIA with my posts and for no good reason.  Okay, there have been a few illnesses in the household which have consumed much of my spare time.  However, I did have a bit of time to descend to the craft area prior to the vomiting, coughing and general ickyness that invaded the household.  So now that we are fairly healthy again (see me knocking on my head?), I’m attempting to get back to blogging a bit more regularly – at least until the next crisis arises!

A former co-workers of mine recently retired (great for her, sucks for us!) and I made a little card for her.


And, another co-worker just hit the big 30 and guess what I did?  That’s right, I made her a card!

I even managed to make a hybrid scrapbook page yesterday before I left for work but still haven’t taken a shot of it.  When I do, I’ll post it.  That’s it for me for now – don’t expect great thing right away!  But I’ll be back soon-ish, maybe, hopefully!

Like what you see, let me know!

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Joseph Addison

Playing catch up!

Between being sick and dealing with sick kids, I haven’t posted in a donkey’s age.  I have found a bit of time to make some stuff though!

As I mentioned before, I went to the Stampin’ Up regionals in Vancouver and in the days before, I sat down and designed a card front to swap.  Here it is.

Can you believe these shots are of the same card front?  Pete sweetly gave me a camera for Christmas and I’ve had a bit of a hard time adjusting to it.  The first shot is with our old camera and shows the colours as they really are.  The second shot is from the new camera and although it highlights the details of the heat embossing really well, the colours are a bit off.

This third shot is with the new one.  The colours are bang on but, well, it is super fuzzy!  Clearly I need more play time with the camera.

Anyhoo, moving along… the parties never end which in terms of making cards is a wonderful thing!  It always gives me an excuse to head down to the basement and get inky.  So here’s one I made for our good friends’ daughter.

See how sparkly it is?  That’s the wonderful Champagne Mist paint from Stampin’ Up.  I’m suddenly quite addicted to it.  I’ve discovered how great it looks on my nails after I spilled it on the countertop, too.  Fortunately, it washes right off.

Today I’m providing you with two quotes as I liked them both so much!


We turn not older with years, but newer every day.

Emily Dickinson

 We are always the same age inside.

Gertrude Stein

As promised…

As promised, here are the two designs of birthday cards that I made last weekend and gave away.  February is full of birthdays in our family – 13, 16, 19, and 22 – see the pattern?  So I made two of each design in order to have enough for Dad, my brother, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law.



Don’t tell Shelli but I used  a non-Stampin’ Up ribbon on this next card.  It’s hard to see (darn that scanner) but the card has a raised pattern on it from running it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder.





Here’s the inside.


I embossing the paper before punching in out just to add a little oomph.  Rather than inking the stamp on an ink pad, I used my markers to get the two colours on the sentiment.  Anyway, I must run.  I’m off to the Stampin’ Up regional event in downtown Vancouver tomorrow and do require some sleep beforehand.


My next post will feature the swap that I designed for the event.  Down to the wire, I thought about it yesterday and not only designed a card front but made some (okay only 21) between noon yesterday and noon today. If I hadn’t worked today I’m sure I’d have made several more as I was whipping through my assembly line right quick by the time I had to head into town.


People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.

~Leo J. Burke