Archive for January 28, 2014

It is never too Early…Happy Easter

Since Christmas, I have been working hard to make up 140 Easter Cards for the residents at the Belmont Long Term Facilities here in Belleville, ON. I have made up a number of different designs. Here is a small sampling.

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I got my inspiration for the Easter Egg chicks from Ashley Marcu at Cherry Hill Design. I cut out a scalloped egg shape with my Cricut machine and backed it with a standard egg shape. The coloured bands were created using Spellbinders - Borderabilities A2 Bracket Borders One S5-18. The flowers were made with various flower dies.

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I made these  egg cards using the Easter 2010 Cricut cartridge. The bunnies, pearls and gems were added for extra interest.

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I created this bunny card using the Easter 2010 cartridge and the Cricut . Craftroom software. The Happy Easter was from the same cartridge. I added the color with Distress Inks.

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I love this funny bunny from Paper Smooches – A Little Lovin’. The speech bubble was computer generated. I added a little copic marker colouring to the bunny for added dimension.

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I used some of the MFT – Blueprints Dies for these cards. The Close to My Heart stamp set – My Peeps were coloured with Copics.

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I used MFT – Pure Innocence One of My Favorite Peeps to make up this cute little card. For the little girl I paper pieced her dress and copic coloured the rest.

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My final card of the 2014 Easter series used the MFT Blueprint dies and the bunny is Whipper Snapper Designs – Pandora.


Distressed! Ink that is.

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The winds are up to 37km per hour and the temperature is -20c. Brrrrr! It is most distressing, which is the lead in to today’s post. I love Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks. The cards below all include distressed ink components.

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I was inspired for this card by  card posted on Stampassion’s blog. The dies used are from Memory Box – Clever Koi and Jasper Leaves. For the circle I used a circle stax die from MFT. I created the watery background using blue and green toned distress inks.

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My inspiration for these cards are from two different creative card artists, Kristina Werner and Darlene Devries. (For great tutorials, click on the links)The backgrounds were created with distress inks, and the fish were coloured using Derwent watercolor pencils.

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For this fun little card, I created the moon background using distress ink, and cut a circle using MTF Circle Stax. The Earth was stamped on another distressed blue background with Hero Arts - EPIC LOVE CL645 Operation Write Home. The little astronaut is from Paper Smooches SPACE CADET Clear Stamps. They were colored using Derwent Inktense pencils.

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The last card is a simple technique that I placed some distress ink on my Ranger’s craft mat, added water and painted three different bands of colour on watercolor paper. Once the paper dries, I stamped the sandpipers from Stampin’ Up – Wetlands stamp set.

Fun with my Cricut


My first experience with card making came when my friend introduced me to her Cricut machine. She talked me into buying a Cricut mini and 50 plus cartridges later….! Provo Craft introduced a free online craftroom program that allows you the freedom to modify your images and create new and exciting designs and I use it with most of my card designs.

The “sick/ick” card inspiration came from Stampin Up stamp. In the Cricut Craftroom, I typed out s{ick} on designer paper, removed the letters, cut the cardstock down and matted it on black cardstock, then on a green card base. I used the We R Memory Keepers corner chopper to round the edges, and  finished it off with a little “nurse” owl using Stampin Up’s Build an Owl Punch. The inside has the phrase “get well soon” that I cut on my Cricut.

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For the butterfly card, I used the Tablescapes Spring and Summer cartridge. I first cut out the card, then a small single butterfly that I embossed with a polka dot pattern, and finally I added a 2 piece memory box die cut out of yellow vellum. I accented the body with some amber gems, and added wire antenna. The card is blank into the inside.

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Fabulous 24/7 was based on a project idea posted on Cricut’s website. I used the Forever Young cartridge for the young lady and the wording. The textured diamond background was created using a spellbinder embossing folder.

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This card is another card inspired by a posted project in the Cricut Craftroom. The Wrap It Up Cartridge was used to make the bride figure. Tulle, ribbon, embossing folder, pearls and gems were added to enhance the card.

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The birthday cake card is from the Wrap It Up cartridge. I selected fun colours and added a sentiment from the same cartridge. The stamped Happy Birthday is from Close to My Heart CASUAL EXPRESSIONS D1525. I added glossy accents to the flames of the candles.

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You are my sunshine is another Cricut Craftroom project. I used the Wrap it Up cartridge for the phrase and added the sunshine.

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I have a stamp from Stampin Up called Loads of Love that has a little pick up that you can add different items in the flat bed. I decided to do a similar things using this truck from the Just Because cartridge.

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I needed a western themed birthday card, so I made one up using a boot from the Old West cartridge. I added a circle to make the card more stable and allow for the stamp from Waltzingmouse – Back in the Saddle, The stars an gems are from Reflections.

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I made up this little card as a Halloween card for my “grandson”.  The strange thing was that his mother bought him a green, three eyed monster costume-I had no idea! The little monster is from the Autumn Celebration cartridge.

IMG_1021 (640x636)I got my inspiration for this card from Nendy’s Creative Corner . I cut out various oval shapes from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. I added dimension by embossing the bunny’s ears and the background. The nose is a felt puffy heart from Michael’s.

IMG_1030 (638x640)For my last card, I simply cut out three banners from CTMH – Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and assembled them on a black card base. I first saw this design on Pinterest - Designz by Gloria.

I love my Cricut! My favorite cartridges are the ones that Provo Craft and CTMH Close To My Heart developed. While I own a gypsy, I design most cards using the Cricut Craftroom software.

You are my Sunshine

It is very cold today, minus -9c. I wanted to feel warm so I make some sunny cards.

You are my Sunshine

You are my Sunshine

I like Roo

I like Roo

For the background of these two cards I used My Favorite Thing’s (MFT) - Die-namics Sun Ray. For the little swimmer, I used MFT - Doodle Garden Take the Plunge. I coloured her with Copics. The little Kangaroo is from Paper Smooches - A Little Lovin

Tu Tu Cute

This past Christmas I was invited to my BFF’s home for Christmas Dinner. She had the whole family (four generations) there. The meal was amazing. The inspiration for these cards was the children. For a fun time they donned their tutu’s and did a jellybean hunt!

I created a card based on each little girl. The little bear represents the baby! I made the cards as a special Valentine’s Day card.

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The stamps I used are by Penny Black Stamps - tutu sweet 30-154. I coloured the girls using Copics markers. The bear hugs stamp is from Simon Says –  CIRCLE FRIENDS sss101309. I also used dies from Penny Black HEART STRING Thin Metal Creative Dies 51-022 & Simon Says Stamp XOXO BORDER Craft Die SSSD111331. I also added a little shimmer with Wink of Stella Clear