Hey There

I confessed yesterday that I spend time looking for ideas on Pinterest, but I also follow/read quite a few blogs too.  One of the blogs I love to read is Simplicity by Susan Raihala.  I really do not have the knack to put together several different washi tapes on a card and have it look good but Susan presented several options.  She has a great clean and simple style that I envy.  She created several cards using washi tape that I thought were so cool.


I tried Susan’s card sketch and used some washi tape that I had on hand.  I love the potential of all the various ideas that could come out of this sketch idea and also the unlimited number of sentiments that could also be used.  I only have about 10 rolls of washi tape but none of them really go together, so I chose to go with the same one on the card.  I think I should be looking for some rolls that work together for some future ideas.

Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Paper: Wausau Bright White
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Washi Tape – Recollections; dimensionals



I took a long hiatus from blogging and now I’m back!  I find that making a card is such great therapy for me – it allows my mind the freedom to be as creative or as simple as I want to be that moment in time.  I do spend time browsing Pinterest which can really eat up alot of my spare time BUT it is also a great site to get awesome ideas.  I made some different handmade gifts from Christmas this year – just from ideas I found there.  AND now back to cards – again I was browsing Pinterest and saw this card and thought I can do this.

I took the design created by Kalyn and tried a different colour combination and I used the “thanks” die from Simon Says Stamp.  I totally love the handwriting style of this die.  I originally made the card to be a 5×7 but ended up trimming the edges to fit the space of the circles.

Paper: SU - Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific 
       Point, Green Galore and green from Michaels
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp-thanks die; 3/4" circle punch

Get Well Soon

Today’s card is a replica from a card I made a card back in August.  The only changes I made to the card was I used the banner effect on the sentiment piece instead of pearls and I used designer paper instead of stamps for the matting under the sentiment.  Again, this card presents the opportunity to use a variety of images or designer paper, embossing folders and sentiments.  This is a good way to use up scraps of designer paper.

Stamps:  Get Well Soon (C4714) – Hero Arts
Paper:  White, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Parakeet Bazzill, DP – unknown
Ink:  Versafine Black
Accessories:  Mesh Embossing Folder; Circle Large and Circle Small Nestabilities, Square Punch-to make the banner edges

Sympathy With Flowers

Why is it when you need a sympathy card, you never have one in stock   and   it’s not like you have a lot of time to make one.  I made this card based on the card designed by Patricia Hays here.  I found this card so much fun to make.   It is such a versatile design – all you have to do is either change the embossing folder or the designer paper or the sentiment.   I used a square punch to create the banner look on the designer paper – a tip I learned from another paper crafter.

I apologize for the quality of this photo, as the photo really does not do the card justice.

Stamps:  Sympathy Sentiments – Impression Obsession
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, White, DP-unknown
Ink:  Versafine Black
Accessories:  Oval Petite Small and Oval Scalloped Petite Large Nestabilities; Damask Embossing Folder – Sizzix

Welcome to the Neighbourhood

I love to browse Splitcoastampers Gallery and Pinterest to see what everyone is creating.  Those sites are so addicting and time consuming that I had to make a pact with myself to start limiting my time spent browsing so that I can get back into making cards.  We had a new family move into the neighbourhood this weekend and I decided to make a card to go with their “Welcome to the Hood” gift.   I loved the card created here by Patricia Hays.   I changed the colour scheme and stamps, but stayed with her design.  This is a perfect card design which could be changed for many different occasions or sentiments.

TIP:  I needed dark brown brads – so I used E79 Cashew Copic marker and coloured the brads I had.

Stamps:  Wild Daisy Rd. ( Heidi Grace Designs)   and   Boards & Beams (Papertrey)
Paper:  White, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Baja Breeze Ink, Versafine Black
Accessories:  Damask EF (Sizzix); Brads; Corner Punch (SU)

Cuttlebug-in’ the Background

I needed to make some thank you cards and I came across this really pretty card posted by Natasha Trupp …. in fact, I loved it so much I decided to use the same layout design and just switch up the colours and stamps.  The layout is simple and so fun to make.  You can make your own background circle using stamps or even using designer paper.  For this card, I decided to use a stamp set from Verve Stamps and also the Mesh cuttlebug folder.  I did not have any buttons that would work this colour combination, so I used some Kaiser Craft Pearls to add that extra element to the sentiment.  Hope you like it.

Thank You

Stamps:  Because of You – Verve Stamps; Thanks For One Year – The Stamps of Life
Paper:  White, Dusty Orange, Pacific Point, So Saffron
Ink:  Versafine Black, Summer Sun, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Groovy Guava
Other:  Mesh Cuttlebug Folder, Nestabilities – Circle Large and Small, Kaiser Craft Pearls

Happy 60th Birthday Ross

We went to a 60th birthday party for our  next door neighbour this past weekend.  We also consider him a great friend.  He is always there to lend a helping hand. 

I wanted to incorporate a scalloped edge and since I didn’t have a punch …. I saw a technique on another blog awhile back so I tried it and was pleased with the results.  I used the one edge of the rectangle scalloped nestability – ran it through the cuttlebug and make it a perfect scalloped edge.  I also added dimensionals under the numbers to give them a raised look on the card.

Stamps:  Trees2Build from The Stamps of Life; Birthday Basics – Papertrey
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede, White
Ink:  Versafine Black, Versamark
Other:  Sans Serif Cricut Cartridge; Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities; White Embossing Powder; Dimensionals