Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Amber!

It was a year ago tonight that I drove to my daughter's house to look after Sierra and Brooke while my daughter went to the hospital to give birth to her 3rd child.  We did not know if she was having a girl or a boy.  Her hubby  called me shortly after 10 p.m. to let me know that Sierra and Brooke had a new baby sister - Amber Jordan.  This picture was taken the  following morning when Sierra and Brooke met her for the 1st time.

 This picture was taken Christmas Day 2010

Here she is enjoying her birthday cupcake on Saturday:

Here is the card I made for her:

The image is from Your Next Stamp - a Canadian Stamp Company.  I popped up the image on the card. Paper is from Bo Bunny and the embossed presents are from Sizzix which I cut and embossed using my Sizzix Sidekick.  I coloured the image using my Prisma coloured pencils.  Added some lace, ribbon and a charm which reads "Made with Love"  and some butterflies which I punched out of white glitter paper.  I added some flat rhinestone gems to the butterflies.

Here is the inside of the card:

 You can't tell but the cherry was stamped twice and popped up.  I cut out the cup cake by 1st using an Inky Antic stamp and then cutting it out of the Honey Pop paper. The sentiments and the birds are also Inky Antic stamps.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

1st Christmas card for Christmas 2011

Here is the 1st Christmas card I made for Christmas.  I made this card on Wednesday evening.

The base is navy blue - the image is from Stampendous; ribbon & ribbon flower is from my stash & I used the        Petals a Plenty embossing folder from Stampin Up.  The rectangle piece behind the image is actually a silver but hard to see.  I glittered the entire image using a technique I learned a year ago using a piece of double sided adhesive which I cut using a scallop rectangle nestibility in my Cuttlebug.

Here is another view:

This view shows the silver cardstock and glitter.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011


Today is World Card Making Day.

I made a card but will have to edit this post tomorrow with a picture.  It is too dark right now to get a decent photo.

Edited - Oct. 8 - I forgot all about this post but I do have the picture of the card I made last week for WCMD.  I based my card on this sketch:

Here is the sketch:

And here is the card I made:

The scalloped edge is actually a length of pale pink ribbon and I layered a length of white satin ribbon onto it. I made all the ribbon flowers, embossed the sentiment with pale pink embossing powder and added the punched yellow butterflies to add some interest.  I also added 3 white flat back pearls.  I am quite pleased with this card.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ribbon blog candy

Can be found on Annette`s blog!

Keith at Fantastic Ribbons  is giving away 4 rolls of any ribbons of your choice from the Fantastic Ribbon web site, with free postage. 

Good luck everyone!

Fantastic Ribbons

It sure would be nice to win  this!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Ribbon flowers

While blog surfing, I came across a sketch that I loved and I knew right away how I wanted to interpret it.

Here is the sketch:

which I found on the Card Patterns blog.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

I used Bo Bunny paper, maroon and white card stock and the sentiment from Stampendous was stamped with SU's Rich Razzleberry ink.  I learned how to make the flowers from ribbon from this tutorial that I found on You Tube.  I embellished the flowers with flat pears and also applied 3 more flat pears under the sentiment. I love this card and it will be hard for me to part with it if and when I decide to send it to someone.

I also found not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 different challenges that I will be entering this card into.  They all had the same challenge  and that was to make your own flowers.  Here are the blog challenges I am entering my card  into.

Craft your days away; Moving along with the times ; paperplay challenges & Incy Wincy Designs.

I am also entering my card into another challenge:  Bearly-Mine - flowers.

I am hoping to win or at least get an  honourable mention on at least 1 of the challenges I entered.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

One crazy stamper

Will be opening a brick and mortar store in Bolton Ontario on Sep.10th. I will be going and am looking forward to meeting Lora and also Karen from Your Next Stamp.

I am hoping to win some goodies as well!
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Pretty in Pink for Donna

I made a card for my good friend Donna who lives in Moncton NB.  When I saw her in Nov. of last year, I hadn`t seen her for several years.  She & I met when we were both 17 yrs. old.  We took the RNA (Registered Nursing Assistant) course together in Toronto.  At that time we were both living in a girls residence that was run by the Anglican church in Toronto.  We were together for 4 mos.  She dropped out as she didn`t really like nursing while I stayed in the course and graduated.  We kept in touch and had a few misadventures together that we laugh about now.  Our hubbies just shake their heads listening to us reminiscing about the ``good ole days.``  The Nursing Assistants are now called Registered Practical Nurses.  I spent 8 years working as a nurse and left nursing to raise my 2 children.  I never went back but do not regret it at all. I don`t think I could do the 12 hr. shifts the nurses of today do.  Here is the card I made for her:

I used the emboss resist technique for the sentiment.  I made all the ribbon flowers, added some bling and popped up the sentiment with foam dots. The card stock is from my stash and the designer paper is from Stampin Up.  I added some flat back pears to the center of the flowers.  The one in the lower left corner has a small while flower and is held onto the larger pink flower with a brad. I also added a small flat back pearl to the brad.  I am very pleased with this card and am hoping that Donna will like it as much as I do.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ribbon flowers

While blurfing (blog surfing) the other day, I came across a blog that showed how to make ribbon flowers.  I love using ribbon and flowers as embellishments for my cards.  I had gone to Michaels a while ago and as they had a 30% off sale for ribbon, I bought a lot of ribbon embellishments.  When I watched the video on how to make ribbon flowers, it dawned on me that I could easily do this.  So, over the course of several evenings, I made a lot of ribbon flowers.  I used brads and crochet flowers from my stash to further enhance the ribbon flowers that I made.

Here are the ribbon flowers I made:

You will be seeing these embellishments on cards very soon!  This is where I found the tutorial.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I received this card in the mail about a week ago.  It was sent to me by Cole's Little Helper from the Secret Pals group in the Anything Goes forum.  I love this bright and cheerful card!

My birthday is today but I celebrated it twice with hubby and also hubby's brother, sister, sister-in-law and brother-in-law.  Saturday hubby took me out for lunch in Elmira ON at the Crossroads.  They serve a delicious buffet.  Yesterday we had dinner at Swiss Chalet with hubby's sister, brother and their better halves.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Some cards I made recently

I took another cardmaking class at my LSS with Nicky and made these cards:

I really need to improve my sponging technique!

Love this card!

I really like the 2nd card we made and you can read about it on Nicky's blog.  We did some water colouring, sponging and added glitter although the glitter is hard to see.

Nicky also let me make another card from another class that she taught that I missed taking:

I have since added a sentiment and another butterfly to this card:

I used pearl drops to dot the j and on the pink butterfly.

I enjoy taking classes with Nicky as she always teaches a new technique.  She loves her glitter as much as I do!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Male BD Card

Here is a card I made for my friend's hubby whose BD it is today:

Here is the inside:

 We went to visit Bert & his wife Jeanine recently and I gave him the card.  He liked it and his daughter thought it was very appropriate.

This is a Centre Step Card and I found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.

The star border punch is a Taylored expressions die.  I punched out some white circles which I embossed with my embossing folder in my Cuttlebug to make them look like golf balls.  I can't remember the name of the company that the golf stamp and sentiment are from.  I think the sentiment is perfect for a golfer be they male or female.  The stamp set also came with a golf bag stamp.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Create your own background

 The 1st time I created a background using stamps was in Christmas card class I took that was taught by Caroline Lebel in her studio.  The only other times I have created my own background using stamps was during some of the card classes I took with Nicky at Pointer's.  When I was at Pointer's taking a class with Nicky, I saw a card she had made for one of her other classes where she had used a stamp to create a background.  I love the stamp she used and couldn't resist buying it after my class.  I actually bought 2 of them - the negative and the positive.  It is a rose and it is beautiful.  I don't know who made it.

While I was blog surfing earlier this week, I came across this challenge and I knew that the rose stamps would be perfect for this challenge.  I actually had in mind to do a Christmas card for this challenge but I changed my mind when I saw the card that Nicky had made.

Here is  my card:

I was quite pleased with the way this card turned out.  I couldn't resist adding a few yellow butterflies - the butterfly stamp is from Martha Stewart.  I used my Cuttlebug to cut and emboss the sentiment which was stamped on Hollyhock card stock from CTMH.  The sentiment stamp is from Magenta, a Canadian Stamp Co.  I still need to finish the inside.  The pink rose ribbon embellishments are from Michaels.

I hope you like this card as much as I do!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mojo Monday 200 - Soccer Star!

I started making a card for the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge earlier this week.  I didn't realize it at the time that I would be mailing it out so soon!  I had asked Karen who owns Your Next Stamp if a girl soccer player stamp could be made.  She listened and of course I had to order the Soccer Cutie from her store.  I started planning and making the card and last night when we were at my daughter's house she showed me a picture of my 4 yr. old granddaughter, Brooke with the medal she was awarded by her coach for scoring a goal yesterday during her soccer game.  I got my daughter to email it to me.

Here is Brooke with her medal:

Don't you just love the pink soccer shoes!?!

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

Here is the card which will be mailed to Brooke tomorrow:

Card stock & paper from CTMH.  Ribbon and soccer ball brad from my stash.  Image from YNS which was coloured with Prisma colour pencils. Edge punch from EK Success.

I think she will like this card.  She can be such a little stinker sometimes.  She was sent to bed for not listening to her father last night and was upset when we left as she did not say goodbye to us.  Hopefully, next time her father asks her to do something, she won't be quite so defiant and will listen to him.  (She refused to give Amber back her toy that Amber had been playing with).
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Anniversary card for Herb

Here is the anniversary card I made for Herb.  I used the sketch challenge from Stamp TV.

Here is my card:

I used a navy blue card stock for the card.  The stamped butterfly is a clear stamp from Martha Stewart which was coloured with my Sikura Glitter pens.  The sentiment is from CTMH and I applied some yellow liquid pearls.  The yellow butterflies were cut with a Creative Memories Punch.  I also applied some white liquid pearls.  The yellow butterflies were cut from yellow paper after I had applied glitter with some double sided tape.  The designer paper is also from CTMH.  Herb likes the card and has it displayed on the bookcase in the living room.

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July 15, 1972

Is the day that I married my best friend.  39 years later, he is still my best friend and I love him more now than I did then.  He is an amazing father, opa (grandfather) and husband.  He is loving, caring, compassionate, and easy going.  He loves sports and in his heyday played basketball, softball, slow pitch and bowled.  He still golfs and enjoys curling in the winter time.  He is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching almost any kind of sport on TV.

The greatest joy in his life are his 3 adorable granddaughters.  Brooke, the 4 yr. old calls him best friend Opa.  She loves to grab his hat and run away with it.

Here are some photos of my husband and family:

Taken in Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton ON - Summer 1979 - Mike was almost 2 & Janice was 4.  Herb had hair & my hair was longer and I was a lot slimmer!  LOL  Janice & Mike both had white blond hair when they were very young.

Herb & I in Banff  AB- 1991 - Herb's hair is thinning and I'm just a bit heavier!

With Janice & Mike in Alberta - 1991.

Taken in the mid 90's - With our best friends - Bert & Jeanine Damen.

With Janice in Niagara-on-the Lake ON - getting ready to ride our bikes along the Niagara River bike/walking path which can be seen in the background.  Herb & I spent many hours there bike riding and having picnic lunches.  Best place in Ontario to ride a bike.

Herb & I taking a break from bike riding along the Niagara River.

Proud father of the bride - Herb & Janice - Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas Nevada - April 6, 2004.

Herb & I and our beautiful daughter on her wedding day.  Janice chose tulips for the bouquets and boutonnieres to pay tribute to her Dutch heritage.

Opa with best friend Brooke and Sierra - Summer 2010.

Playing Simon Says with Brooke and Sierra.  Sierra was Simon.

Last but certainly not the least, Opa with his newest granddaughter Amber - Dec. 2010.

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