Friday, January 20, 2017

Festive Friday

Hello! I'm a little late. In fact you almost got Festive Friday on Saturday! This week apparently got away on me. Exactly how, I'm not sure, but it sure did! 

I was feeling like watercolouring so I pulled out this sweet stamp. It's called the Holiday House Banner . I watercoloured  using an aqua painter and some SU Markers!! The sentiment is called Sending Love

There is actually a sweet border on the tiny village but I left it off as I wanted to use the sentiment to ground the image. Of course I had to Bedazzle it with a little Glitta!!!!

Three down, 49 to go!!!

XX's and Oh's


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-Love is in the Air

Good Morning!!!

I hope you've been having a good week!!!

You are in for a treat this week as I am certain that you will have the opportunity to see some new stamps in your blog travels!

The theme this week is to create a love card.

Love is always in the air in Gay Paris. Dina has done a fabulous job of creating a super romantic stamp using the Tour D'Eiffel as the major focal point.! Yep, that's my bit of french for today!

I actually love to listen to people speaking french and can speak a wee bit myself. I've always done really well when taking french classes, but sadly, I lose it without practicing. I can therefore read more than I can understand orally, but I can probably string enough sentences together if I got lost in the City of Lights. Then again, Parisian French differs from Canadian time I happen to be in Paris, I'll let you know how I made out!!!

My card is fairly simple but I really like the way it turned out. I stamped the image onto the shipping tag with Archival Ink. After letting it dry, I watercoloured bits and piences of the image. Lastly, I sponged around the edges using Vintage Photo Ink.

I wanted to add to the romanticism of the card, so I cut out the frame from the Ornate Oval die in Espresso Cardstock. I also stamped the blusing bride panel with the new X and O Cover a card stamp.

I mounted it all on an Ivory card base to give it a Vintagy Valentine look.

Be sure to visit all of the blogs to see the Design Team Projects and hook your creation up HERE on the IO stamps blog

Good luck with the challenge~

XX's and Oh's

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby you can drive my Ice Cream Truck

Hello Monday!!! How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty quiet (as usual) but I did manage to get out and walk a bit Saturday and Sunday, which is good progress. I'm pushing myself to walk a little faster and a little further every steps really, but ever moving forward!

I chose this completely A-Dorable  Tasty Truck set as one of my SAB reward sets. 

When I opened it up, i knew that I NEEDED to see that cute little truck in motion!

I pulled out my shooting star framelits and got to work!!!!

Well, that is after I coloured the truck image and the little Balloon from the Lift me Up! set, which is in the new Occasions Catalogue.  I also purchased Coordinating Up and Away dies from which I cut the clouds and the little balloon!!! 

I fashioned the card using some paper from the Cups and Carousels line, along with Old Olive Paper and the Grass Die  (Small Grass Border) from Impression Obsession.

Viola! The card was complete and I must say I had a little fun "driving" it back and forth across the card front. Even better, when I showed it to Jon (who is 20 if you haven't been following my blog long). He seemed to find it amusing to drive back and forth as well, but adding side effects....vrrrrrrrrooooooom!. It was when he started making the beeping sounds as he was backing the truck up that I darned near fell of my chair in hysterics....ah well, laughter is wonderful medicine and being silly is also good for the soul isn't it?

Well, I shall leave you with another view of the card


I hope you have a wonderful week. It's supposed to freeze rain here tomorrow, which I sure hope DOESN"T happen. I'm off to mindfulness practice in the morning and have some errands to run if the weather doesn't arrive as predicted!!!! 

See you soon

XX's and Oh's

Friday, January 13, 2017

Festive Friday 2

Good Morning!!! 

I'm back with another "Flattish" Christmas Card.

Because this one is a 6x6, I strayed away a bit from my goal and will hand deliver it.

I had coloured this sweet image from Stamping Bella using the Gingerbread House Stamp and Die Bundle. I also had a lot of this sweet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!, which was just dying to be set to cardstock!.

I coloured the image with Copic Markers and tucked it away into my coloured image bin. I pulled it out this morning as I felt it would be perfect for the Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

I finished it up by adding three little heart embellies that I picked up at the Dollar Store.

It came together quickly since I had the super cute image coloured!!!!

 XX's and Oh's


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Impression Obsession Designer Thursday

Good Morning!! I'm excited to be the featured Designer for Impression Obsession today as I get to share some of the newest stamps!!!! I won't be attending CHA in Phoenix this year, but I'm happy to say that some of my cards will be on display in the Impression Obsession Booth!!! If you happen to get there and see these cards, please snap a pic for me!!!!

Along with sharing new images, I also wanted to show you how to make use of the negative space of a die cut as shown in my second card. Back to my first card first!!! Can you see the awesome X and O Cover a Card? I've also used it on the second card, which is WAY more apparent! On this card, I used it on the large red panel on the card base, as well as on the red hearts I cut from the Heart Die Set
I then filled the  Wheelbarrow full of hearts. I added a small metal brad to the centre of the tire for some added dimension. I cut the LOVE die out twice, once in Melon Mambo and once in Black to create the shadow. Lastly, I added the sentiment (c17153) You will forever be my always......makes my heart melt!!! I think I will give this card to

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to show you that using the negative space of the die can be quite effective. I cut around the space with a Heart Die cut. I coloured an "X" and an "O" to highlight them, added a little bling on the heart and mounted it on some dimensional dots. Easy Peasy!!!!

I hope you enjoy my cards today as much as I enjoyed creating them. We'll be back soon with a Spring Release Blog Hop to share some more IO images!!!

XX's and Oh's


Monday, January 9, 2017

My Joy (s)

Ahhhh Monday's...actually I don't have too much to complain about.....with being off work one day melds into another. I woke up to snow this morning (ick) . Apparently the snow is scheduled to last a few days. How long until spring>

Before Christmas I treated myself to this little Birdfeeder. It claimed to be Squirrel Proof (which it is) but it also said it would support the weight of Blue Jays and Cardinals. NOT the Blue Jays we have in my back yard. They are so big that they close the feeding slots when they land on the perches. They do enjoy the seeds that have fallen to the ground. 

I derive a great deal of pleasure from watching the birds feed as I enjoy my breakfast and lunch. We've attracted a great deal of Chickadees, some Sparrows and i've just acquired a bird book so I can identify the others. We also have a couple of hopeful Squirrels, one Red (he likes to peer in the window at us) and a big fluffy grey one who is super cute and probably doesn't like us much for having a squirrel free feeder. 

I enjoy hand feeding the Chickadees. Spencer brought over some unsalted dry roasted peanuts and they seem to go crazy for them. I've tried to get a pick, but they don't want to land on my palm with the phone in my other hand..... i'm going to keep trying! THAT is my challenge.  Feeding the Birds is one of my Joys, along with Stamping.

I'm excited to share a sneak peek from Impression Obsession today. CHA is coming upon us really soon and Mitra is releasing a LOT of amazing images next week.

What do you think of this adorable little image?

I call the card Cocoa and a Peep!!!!

You will get all the details on the stamp next week, when they will be available on the Impression Obsession Website.

I coloured the image with my Copic Markers and mounted it on Dimensional Foam.
The background layer is a Spellbinders die

The sentiment is a Top Edgers Die  from Impression Obsession

What is your Joy?

XX's and Oh's


Friday, January 6, 2017

Festive Friday 1


Good Morning!

Are you all ready for the weekend? 

I've been up tooting around this morning and got a LOT of things done, but I'm afraid I need a little nap now.......ugh...... Lyme disease can sure keep one's energy level at bay. I want my stamina back!!!
At least I have my "Stampina"! lol

So, I'm starting a little feature here on my blog. Once again, it's not purely selfless, but rather an attempt to remain accountable to my goal of having all of my Christmas Cards completed by the end of November!!! Not only am I going to have over 50 cards complete, but these cards will lack a lot of bulk! After almost having to take out a bank loan to pay for stamps last year (saying last year sounds funny given that I bought the stamps less than a month ago.....hehe).

All of the cards with be 4.25 x 5.50 inches!

If you feel so inclined, please feel free to join. I'd love to to see your Christmas Creations.
Perhaps  we can all imbibe in a little inspiration sharing!

I hope you like this first one!!!!! 

This was a really simple card to create

Supplies used:

Hope you have a great day!!!

XX's and Oh's