Misty Trees

This is my second card using the beautiful tree set from Darkroom Door stamps.  I know the snow has gone but I couldn’t resist a snow scene with my new trees.  I created a slightly foggy scene by using grey and blue to sponge the snow and sky.


Stamps: Trees (Darkroom Door), Ageless Adornment (SU)
Inks: Basic Black, Going Gray, Brocade Blue
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Going Gray, Brocade Blue, Basic Black

OLW 46 Eggs

When I saw that Susan had picked eggs as the feature element for her One Layer Wednesday challenge this week, I knew I would have to think a little outside the box because I don’t own any egg stamps.  I settled on cutting an oval mask so I could sponge or colour my eggs.  My first thought was to cover them in designs which would make them look a bit like Ukrainian easter eggs but in the end I went for the natural look.  I know eggs are not really oval shaped, but I decided it’s close enough.  I sponged the eggs and added the flecks with a marker.


Stamps: Ageless Adornment
Inks: Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Tempting Turquoise, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip.
Cardstock: Flourishes classic white

Butterfly thank you


Last week my daughters played in a benefit concert for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  It was quite a big deal, and it attracted quite a bit of attention in the local medai resulting in a sell out and a wonderful fundraising result.  After such an event there are always many people to thank so I designed a card which I could mass produce without too much trouble.  ( I have since decided that if I want to mass produce I shouldn’t include embossing and watercolouring!)

The logo of the Royal Ottawa is a butterfly and the benefit was called Bows for Butterflies so I chose a butterfly for the  card.  I made them business size so individual letters could be slipped inside.  As you can imagine I didn’t make them identical.  All had the same butterfly stamp on the left but to keep myself from getting bored I used a different sentiment, different colours and made them on Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Watercolour cardstock.  To do the watercolouring I used a blender pen dipped into the ink left  on the lid of a stamp pad when the pad is pressed down.


Stamps: Ageless Adornment, All Year Cheer
Inks: Versamark, selection of classic stamp pads
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Also: Gold e.p, blender pen

Three Notebooks


Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley
Inks: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Le Jardin Designer paper, Almost Artichoke
Also: Apricot grosgrain ribbon, Mead notebook from Staples

Every Boxing Day we go and hang out with some  friends of ours at their Open House.  We enjoy meeting up with their extended family again and just having a relaxing time with them.  They have three girls ranging in age from ten to eighteen so I thought notebooks would be an appropriate gift.  The youngest is getting the pink one, she is a pretty in pink girl!



Cardstock: Berry Bliss Designer paper
Also: White, Chocolate and Light Pink  grosgrain ribbon, Mead notebook from Staples

I carefully took off the covers as I had seen LeAnne do here then decorated each notebook with designer paper and ribbon.  I left a narrow border on each notebook which dictated the colours of paper I used.  After stamping the sentiments I distressed the edges and dragged them across the stamp pad.  All the ribbon is stuck on with sticky strip.  I repunched the holes with a single circle punch and then reassembled the notebooks.


Stamps: Ageless Adornment
Inks: Ruby Red
Cardstock: Garden Green, d.p. from an old slab I got at Michaels years ago
Also:  Mead notebook from Staples

Gold on gold


So much for the challenge I gave myself.  I did make two fast and simple cards, this is the second.  I also made two time consuming ones!  The second night I sat down to make a quick card while my daughter was trying to finish an assignment so I just kept on stamping and giving her feedback when she asked for it.  It took her quite a while to finish her work so I finished the both the quick and the slow cards.    I am happy that I did fit in the card making during the week as I have had very little time this weekend.

Back to the gold on gold.  After making the silver on silver card I decided to try gold on gold.  It is pretty but not quite as eye-catching as the silver.  I used a Handsome hunter marker and a red marker to colour over the embossing and then matted in Artichoke and Burgandy because that is what the markers looked like on the brushed gold cardstock.  To tie the card closed I attached ribbon behind the top of the burgandy matte and brought it around the card to tie with the ribbon attached at the bottom of the burgandy matte.


Stamps: Ageless Adornment
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Baroque Burgandy,  Always Artichoke, Brushed Gold
Also: Gold organza ribbon, gold e.p., Real Red marker, Handsome Hunter marker