Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Taking a Break

I know I haven't posted anything since September and I neglected to let people know why.
Due to my health issues and other life-changing challenges, I found it was time to let a few things go.  While I truly enjoyed making cards and making friends, I decided it was too much on my list of things to do daily.

I haven't given up entirely, just taking a break.  I've moved in the meantime and that took its toll on me.  Once I organize and find the desire to continue making cards, etc. I will be back.  In the meantime, take care and see you again soon.


Friday, 19 September 2014

All that glitters really is gold!

Hello, and welcome to the Card Maker and Poppystamp Blog Hop.  It's a great way to see a lot of blogs and their different ways to make beautiful cards.  So grab a cup of coffee or tea and make yourself comfortable and click on through the blogs.  There is candy but it's hidden on blogs so make sure you leave a comment.  You will have one week (until Sep. 26th) to leave a comment and the winner will be posted on the Poppystamps blog as well as the CardMaker blog on Sep 29th.
If you're hopping along you should have reached me from Kay Miller's blog  If you'd like to start from the beginning you can find a list of all the designers here.  Your next stop should be:
Sue McRae's blog.

My card below uses the following dies:

I used five Poppystamp dies:

1. Delaney Butterfly 1028
2. Cheviot Butterly 1024
3. Dianna Border 1029
4. Wild Rose Bud 1017
5. Massa Leaf Background 1020

The Memory Box die is:
Woodland Branch 98187

Thanks for hopping the blogs and good luck!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Joint Blog Hop


Poppystamps is joining The Twinery for a joint blog hop!

The Twinery has some very pretty twine that is made from 100% cotton and comes in a variety of solid colours as well as striped and some even have some metallic woven through.

There are two days left, today and tomorrow July 26th where there are some great blogs that you can hop on over to.  If you are hopping along with us today, you will have arrived here from Anita Mulcahey's blog.

If you would like to start from the beginning you can find a complete list of designers at the  Poppystamps blog or The Twinery blog.

There will also be prizes and you could win one by leaving a comment on each blog you visit.  The prizes are:


 Poppystamps Butterfly Branch and Frozen Flakes Dies
Retail value:  $26.50

 The Twinery Metallic Sampler Pack 
Retail value $32.00!

Make sure to check out the fine quality of twine from The Twinery and the great craftsmanship of the Poppystamps dies.  You won't find any like these anywhere else. 


Paper that was in my paper stash box.
Poppystamps Beverly Vine #986
Cappuccino Solid Twine from The Twinery
Embellishment from another stash


1.  I used my standard 6 1/2 x 5 inch card
2.  I distressed the 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch background paper and used some brown ink along the edges.
3.  I distressed and used the same brown ink around the edges of the 5 3/4 x 4 1/4  inch layer and glued it onto   the 2nd layer.
4.  I glued the Poppystamps Beverly Vine onto the 2 top layers.
5.  I then tied the Twinery Cappuccino Solid Twine  onto the 2 top layers five times and finished off with a smaller piece to tie all five layers together with a small bow.
6.  I added a small heart embellishment.
7.  Lastly I glued the layers onto the background of the card and it was finished.

I also made a second card that features some twine and dies :)
I decided to use some of The Twinery's Maraschino twine and wrap it around a scalloped circle.  I really had fun with it. 

  1. I started with my standard 6 1/2 x 5 inch card.
  2. I added a second layer (blue) 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch
  3. I added a third layer measuring 6 x 4 1/2 inches
  4. I wrapped some twine around a scalloped circle 
  5. I added the Poppystamps Delaney Butterfly #1028
  6. I added the Poppystamps Cheviot Butterfly #1024
  7. Finally I added a Happy Birthday tag which I created using Word and added some bling to all 4 corners and to either end of the tag.
I hope you enjoyed the blog hop today and don't forget to visit the Poppystamps and Twinery sites to hop again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting and good luck!


Monday, 30 June 2014

Butterflies in Flight

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Poppies with red

Red poppy

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  Today I am sharing a card that was created using the Arched Poppies Die.  I wanted to make the poppies the main focus so I cut 2, one red and one black.  I took the red insets from the red poppy and added them to the black poppy. 
  • cardstock 6 1/2 x 5"
  • black paper 6 1/4" x 4 3/4"
  • white paper 6 x 4" 1/2" embossed using a folder I have in my stash
  • piece of black ribbon 8" long and applied to the back of the embossed layer
  • strip of black paper 5 7/8" x 1 1/2" and attached to the front of the embossed layer
  • some brads that also came from my stash
Super easy to make.
New signature 150 px mar 15

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Toby Tumble

Toby Tumble - "I've Been Painting"


This sweet little guy, Toby Tumble, captured my heart and I had to have him. He is just one of the cute characters you can find at Cuddly Buddly.
Below are the particulars of my card I am showcasing today.  Blending chalks is the medium I have been using a lot.  I really like how well  they blend.   
I have added two examples of the flower styles that I use on my cards.  The flowers change with the many different themes of the cards I am designing.  It's something I enjoy and I feel it gives that special added touch to a card.

A Lady’s Diary Collection (Graphic 45) 
Orange Small Dots (Recollections)
NutCracker Sweet Collection
Ribbon from bits and pieces left over from other cards
Prima Flowers
Flowers from Wild Orchids Crafts
Baby’s Breath from my own dried bouquet of roses
Sentiment die from Spellbinders
“Happy Birthday” from Word using Lydian Csv BT
Bling from Stampin’ Up!

Blending chalks
Finished size,
6 ½” x 5”

Thanks for stopping by...

Black and White

I've been wanting to make some monochrome type cards and inspiration hit me this weekend so went all out and designed a couple :)  It's not easy coming up with inspiration, especially if it's beautiful, sunny and just the right temperature. 
So for my card today I began with my 6 1/2 x 5 card stock and added 4 layers black/white and down-sized each one.  I then used the Mod Flower Background.  I added a piece of black with white stitch ribbon and some bling.  I used Word for my sentiment and voila the card was finished. 
Thanks so much for looking.
New signature 150 px mar 15