Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Here are the two cards I will be doing at my November 6th Technique class.  If you are in my area and would like to register to attend this class you can click on the link 

For the Birthday card, we will be embossing and colouring vellum.  For the card below we will be stamping the image on vellum and then hand embossing the image with a stylus.

I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments for creating this design - Thank you ladies.  Here is their original sketch...

I hope your Wednesday has been wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bags are Ready

I've got two bag designs this year for my Gift-a-Palooza - I just couldn't help myself!

I will be sending out an e-mail to all my subscribers this week about the Tag-a-Palooza, Gift-a-Palooza and the November Christmas Stack.
I may seem on the ball - but I'm in New York for a week, so I have to be prepared!

Here's the second option....  I absolutely love how the new foil paper embosses!

Hope your week is off to a good start.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wooo Hoooo - coming soon...... Stay Posted!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Woot, Woot, Woot!

It's Monday - MDS Monday - and Tara has a fabulous, fun sketch for us this week. 
I thought I 'd get out of my Seasonal mode for a bit and create a fun celebratory card.  And woot, woot, woot can work for just about anything.

The design team has some great inspirational ideas with the sketch - both cards and scrap pages for all occasions.  Hope you have fun with this and don't forget to link your creation back to MDS Monday so we can take a peak at it!

Also - DON'T FORGET - today is the last day of the sale for the 25 stamp sets at 25% off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween School Banner

Here is the banner I created for the foyer of the school for Halloween.  I'll be putting it up today and will then take a picture of the entryway.
I created the pennants on MDS - so so easy!

We've gotten a one day extension on the 
I've welcomed a number of new people to my team during this promotion and would love to have more!  If you are interested in saving money or making money this is a fabulous deal!


I'll be back this afternoon with more details on this....I've got to get to school!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Following an Ant...

Welcome, everyone!  It's my turn this week to host another sketch at MDS Monday.  It's a fairly simple sketch with a number of photo boxes.  (I tend to take scads of photos at one time).  I have an added challenge for this week of adding a vertical title.  I have mine so that it is read vertically, however the other option is having the letters on top of one another.....whatever suits your project best.

Check out the projects from the rest of the design team.....and have fun!  I'm looking forward to checking out your creations.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Humungous Thanks

Welcome to a colour challenge day at Sunday Stamps.  Today's colour combo is Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Teal...I used Bermuda Bay.

I had a lot of fun using this humungous Thank You from the "Another Thank You" set.  I used the Chevron Punch and then filled in two of the sections with colour.  You can't tell in the photo, but the Bermuda Bay pieces are raised up with dimensionals. 

Be sure to check out the challenge blog to see the inspiring creations from the Design Team.  And remember to link your project back to us so we can visit and take a peak.

Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wahoo! Pumpkin

I put my Paper Pumpkin cards....from last month.....together today.  I started out making the prototype and then moved on to create other designs using up some bits and pieces I have left over from previous Paper Pumpkins.  Fun, fun, fun!

Using a marker to "divide" the greeting stamp.

Using the "Banner Poles" from a couple of months ago as a perch for the little owl.  I'm using this card today for both the Dynamic Duos Challenge - using Basic Black and Tangerine Tango; and for the My Paper Pumpkin Challenge to use owls and/or textures.
I used the new ornament punch to create the speech bubble for the little owl by carving it up a bit.

I've got a number of things accomplished today so far - still have a few things to get crossed off my "To Do" list.
Hope you are having a satisfying day.  Thanks for visiting for a bit!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ombre Thank You

Hey, Hey, Hey - Happy Friday everyone.  I got the Friday Mashup completed this afternoon paper pumpkin for this month put together - so I'm on a roll!

This week the Friday Mashup was...
  1. Create a project with a  "Tree or Leaves."
  2. Create a project using the "Color Orange."
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Project with Leaves/ Tree & the Color Orange."
I decided to create an ombre background to incorporate the Orange.....and well as having orange leaves with a Pumpkin Pie button to gather everything together.  Clean and simple....not something I accomplish very often.

I also put together the Paper Pumpkin Memo Medley.  It's something I'm going to keep in my stamping room to help me keep track of things!

Hope your weekend has happy crafting elements in it.  I'm hoping to do some prep work for my November events.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Silver Christmas

Working on some designs for my next Christmas stack.....I had to jump at the chance of participating in the Merry Monday challenge this week because it used snowflakes and Blue/Silver/White...which is perfect for the Winter Frost DSP; which I love!

I've discovered that the Silver Foil Sheets emboss beautifully!  
I'm not sure if I'll use this design for my November stack - but it's one I'll use personally for sure.

I've used the Freshly Made Sketches - sketch - for this design.  I did not include the little flags, so I just may create a different card with this sketch this week!

Before the day is out, be sure to take advantage of the 25% discount on selected punches.
Go to my on-line store and remember to use this week's Hostess Code!

Hope your day has been productive - creatively or otherwise.
Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Mashup

I got a chance to do a Friday Mashup card on the weekend....and then I used the basis of it to create 19 other cards that I'll be giving away.

The mashup was...
  1. Create a project using "the Sketch."
  2. Create a "Spooky" project.
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Spooky project using the above sketch. " shown below!

Hope today is going well for you!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Just Be You

Welcome to a card sketch for MDS Monday....brought to you by Beth.
I admit it - I have a problem.  I purchase MDS downloads and forget about them or forget about all the "parts" that are included in certain downloads.
I LOVE the paper in the "Be Yourself" download.  I used it numerous times.  I only just now discovered that there are co-ordinating stamps and embellishments - duh!!!!  So - I used them for this layout!!
So I've ended up with a bright little card to celebrate individuality!  WoooHooo!

Here is Beth's sketch - the design team has a cards and pages created for inspiration.  Be sure to check out the challenge blog and to link your project back to us so we can see it.

If you are celebrating your Thanksgiving today - I hope it's a good one.  I'm looking forward to eating leftovers!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Happy Anniversary Card

Today I thought I'd share the anniversary card I created for my husband.  I sort of giggled when he opened it and started playing with it.  Flippy cards are a fun thing!

I used the Thinlits Circle Card die and elements from both the label and the circle die sets.  The letters are an old retired set!

Because I wanted to be able to have space to write, I lay the end of the card stock on top of the die like I explained a couple of weeks ago HERE.

I'm hoping to get a lot of crafting and stamping done today - and some arting also!
Hope you day has plans that keep you busy and happy.

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Vellum Poinsettia

Happy Friday - 
I have seen this poinsettia done on vellum in a number of places and just had to try it!  I love the effect - and it works perfectly with the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches; although I did not create a square card.

Clean and simple, easy peasy.....a great card for a Christmas Stack!

Twenty-seven years ago today I married an extraordinary man - can't image life without him.

Hope you have something of some sort to celebrate today.
Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Hump day is nearly over, and I have been busy with workshops.  Here is a card I did with a group of women for a class, and for my team meeting with my downline.

I still need to play around a bit more with these thinlit dies - but I'm getting more comfortable with working with all the little elements.  Don't get me wrong - I love all the little elements - I just don't always get them put together in a way I like all the time.  But I am happy with how this fall thank you turned out.

And here is a little guy I am truly truly thankful for!  I took Elliot for a walk in the woods a couple weekends ago while I was babysitting.....teaching him how to shuffle through the leaves - which is something I anticipate doing every fall!  I LOVE IT!

As we head into Thanksgiving weekend, here in Canada - I hope you have something you are truly thankful for in your life.

Thanks for stopping by -

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dandelion Fluff

It's MDS Monday again - woo hoooo - and Holly has the sketch and a challenge for us today. You are to create a neutral page with a pop of colour.  This can be achieved in a number of ways: 
  • Black and White photos with colourful embellishments or title
  • One colourful photo and everything else neutral
  • Your title and journaling in colour and everything else neutral
I had a blast last weekend walking in the woods with Elliot shuffling through the leaves.  It is my absolute favorite fall thing to do - and there will be more picture and pages coming with that portion of our walk.  For this neutral page, I focused on Elliot's  intrigue with the fluffy dandelion which he bent completely over to pick up.  He then kept it in his hand until we got to the car.

The page is pretty straight forward - the only "special" thing I did was to increase the opacity of the "bursts" under the journaling.

Here is Holly's sketch - I hope you can take time over the next two weeks to create something and post it to the MDS Monday blog so we can take a peak.  
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cake & Balloons

It's a fun sketch day at Sunday Stamps today - I love the little wave that Marie has added.
I decided to use the "Sketched Birthday" set - I love these images....especially the sketchiness of them!  I love being able to use a number of images from one set on one card....makes is a savy purchase!

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and that you'll be able to participate in the challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall Thank You

Thought I'd take a quick opportunity to do a challenge before continuing to get ready for my card camp on Saturday.
I picked the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments - pretty straight forward and fun.  I added a couple extra embellishments.

I finished my fall banner for my entry way - which I cased from Michelle Zindorf - so I've done a lot of sponging  lately.  I keep forgetting to use the doilies we have - and sponging them with colour gets them to co-ordinate with any project!

Here is my banner - I'm happy with how it turned out.

Hope your week it travelling along well - thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stinkin' Cute Monsters!

We were given a sneak peak of this stamp set at convention in July - I think these little guys are just so stinkin' cute!  This new set, Monstermaniacs, was designed by Doris D. who won the "In With You" Design Challenge.  This winning stamp set is now available at my on-line store (don't forget to use the Hostess Code given at the top of the blog).  Monstermaniacs Stamp Set 
Stampin' Up! is continuing to run these contests and would love to see you participate.  You can submit your designs and vote for the ones you like best.  It would be super duper exciting to have something YOU created be available for purchase through this great company!  You can join the fun at