Crisp Autumn Day

Hello fellow stampers!  Thanks for joining me today.  As always, I appreciate you.

Today I am showcasing Stampin Ups Love of Leaves.  Following along with Karen Buttery’s video tutorial for a “kissed” technique, I was inspired to order this stamp set.  Here I am a year later, inking up my stamp set for the very first time.  I must admit, I’m bad at desperately needing wanting a stamp set, only to leave it uninked for a very long time.  Do you do the same thing?  Please tell me you do.

Karen Buttery’s work really speaks to me.  No, not in the paranormal sense, rather it makes my heart go pitter patter.  As my girlfriend just told me, she sees my style as being busy.  I’ll admit, I do love detailed work.  Try as I may, I cannot achieve a clean and simple look.

Following along with Karen’s tutorial, this is what turned out.  I created a background like Karen’s, and then created a few more backgrounds, but left a lot of space for me to cut individual leaves with coordinating dies.  I actually made three cards.  My motto is why make just one card, when you can make multiples.  This leaves me with cards already on-hand to give out.  Easy peasy.

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Sep 30 2022
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Honey Bee

Hello stamping friends! Do you find yourself going to the stamp set time and time again?  This Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp and die set is one of those sets I love to use.  Last year, I made 20 desk calendars using this set.  Today I’m using Honey Bee which I followed along with a tutorial called Peek-a-Boo card.  You can visit the tutorial here.


Thanks for stopping by, and if there is a tutorial you are interested in seeing done up using a different stamp-theme, please let me know.  Just shot me a link to the tutorial, and I’ll be happy to help!

Posted on : Sep 27 2022
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Gelliplate Fun

Hello folks!  How is your weekend going?  When Carol and I get together, it’s our time to play and experiment.  We love to experiment using our gelliplate, as I’ve said many times.  Today I’m going to showcase a few pieces that I’m very happy with.  Mind you, it takes a lot of “pulls” before I achieve something I really like.  This is an example of a pull that I’m loving.


These are examples of “pulls” that used acrylic paint, IZINK ICE glaze finish, acrylic metallic paint, and Color Shift acrylic paint.


Do not clean off all of the left-behind paint on your Gelliplate.  It makes for intriguing backgrounds.  When you reach the point where you want to clean off the Gelliplate, the paint that works well is from Michael’s.  It is “Artist Loft” Professional Level 3, in the colour parchment.


This is not a Gelliplate background, rather a background using a straw, soapy water and cardstock.  Watercolour paper can be used too.

Have you played with the Gelliplate?  Any tips you would like to share with me?

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Sep 25 2022
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Happy Birthday

Hello fellow stampers!  How’s your week going?

I’m finding myself turning to my Stampin’ Up! sets more and more.  There just doesn’t seem like there’s enough time to create the large number of cards that I used too for a couple of reasons.  I dabble in other things now which takes me away from card-making.  I have three knitting projects on the go, a painting project (an old chair that is going to be multi-coloured).  I get together regularly with a couple of girlfriends to work on our projects.  Currently, I’m working on a really neat project with my friend.  We are working with the Gelliplate.  Aside from that I work full-time.  Al is a great sport and puts up with my many hours in my stamp room.  When I make a card, I tend to make multiples, thus the slow-down in new work from me.    All that said, I love it all.

Tell me something.  What projects are you working on, or like to do and just can’t seem to find the time?

Hugs to all!




Posted on : Sep 20 2022
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Perched in a Tree

Hello fellow stampers and friends!  Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.  Doing anything special in this warm weather before the cold sets in?

Al and I went camping during the week, which was the inspiration behind this card.   While walking along we saw so many Canadian Geese, which is a sure sign the colder weather is near.  Went on a small hike to see a small waterfall and on another hike we walked through the woods.  Needless to say, inspiration was drawn from our hike in the woods.  I have no Canadian Geese stamps.  LOL.

Back home, I decided I’d better get busy in my stamp room.  I thought I had a recent post, but looking at my “dashboard” I see my last post was on September 7th.  Bad me.  I’ll try to do better.

Card Details

  • Two-tone sun-ray done in SU Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  To do this I used my blending brushes.
  • Die cut the trees using SU Aspen Tree Dies
  • Lightly inked SU Crumb cake onto the trees
  • Cut out greenery using SU Aspen Tree Dies.  To add depth, greenery sits behind the trees and in front as well.
  • Stamped out tree branch using SU Chocolate Chip
  • Blue Bird was coloured with Prismacolor Pencil Crayons and blended with odourless mineral spirits (I googled and found a bird that looks like this one, and I coloured it referencing the photo)
  • Bird and branch were glued onto trees
  • For more added dimension pop dots were placed on the back of the trees and adhered to the card front



SU Ink Pads:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip

Stencil:  Taylored Expressions TESN104 – Slim Sunray

Stamps:  SU Perched in a Tree

Dies:  SU Aspen Tree Dies

Cardstock:  SU Granny Apple Green

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Sep 17 2022
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Happy Birthday Mom

My mom has a special birthday this year, so I wanted to make her a special card.  When I saw Patty Bennett’s blog post, and YouTube video, I knew I just had to try it out.  My card is a mini slimline, therefore I was only able to put one pansy on my card.  Like Patty, I used all of the new SU in colours.

Stampin’ Up! Pansy Patch bundle is a favourite of mine.  You have seen me use this set a few times, but what makes this so different is the fresh new in colours.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Posted on : Sep 07 2022
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Happy Holidays.  No, wait.  Ohhhh, it’s welcome fall like weather for you, and happy holidays for me.   Traditionally, September means getting into the Christmas.  I’m already eager to do Christmas baking, but I need to hold off on that.  It is a time I assess been bought in the way of Christmas presents and think about working on Christmas cards.  My first batch of 10 cards are done, and these are a sneak peak of a few of them.

Tim Holtz’s Colorize penguin dies were used.  I love working in fine detail so making 10 of these cards was quite relaxing.

How are your Christmas cards coming along?

Thanks for stopping by!



Posted on : Sep 03 2022
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Happy Birthday to my Leo friend

Hello folks!  One of my friends, here in town, celebrated her birthday two weeks ago, and this is what I made her.  The following highlights  the details I put into the making of this card.

Card Details

  • Gelli plate background using acrylic paint, stencils, Gelli Plate and brayer
  • Stamped out some images onto my background and heat embossed with a rust coloured embossing powder
  • Using my sewing machine, I stitched around the card’s edges
  • All of my cardstock began out white on this lion.  To colour the paper, I smooshed Distress Oxide onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and smooshed the paper into the damp Distressed Oxide.
  • I only have three browns and was able to make all the shades I needed.  Some areas of cardstock were darker in areas and lighter in areas, and I placed the appropriate die on the area of colour I wanted to use
  • Using a Stampin’ Up! Happy Birthday die, I cut out the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Aug 30 2022
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Fun with Floral Dies

Hi folks!  So glad you’re visiting me today.  I really do appreciate it.  It has not gone unnoticed that I am missing from social media.  It’s not intentional; just so much to do and very little time to do it, plus my cards take me longer to do because of the detail.  Sometimes I do feel a little lost not being on the Design Junkies Design Team.  14 years on a team is a big part of my life.

Can you believe we’re entering the end of summer weather here in southern Ontario.  We will still get hot days but the nights turn cool.  A favourite time of year for so many of us, including me.  I love getting into fall clothes.  Fall colours are just so pretty.

I had this past Monday and took a road trip with my girlfriend.  The trip took 2 hours to reach a big tent yarn sale.  We arrived on week 2, and were very disappointed in what was left.  After the sale we walked into the main shop and wanted it all.  But, my rule of thumb is to only buy yarn for projects that will be worked on immediately so I only walked away with yarn for making knitted fall pumpkins.  Sure, I’m working on a knitted mermaid tail along with another project, but pumpkins are in season–LOL.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!




Posted on : Aug 26 2022
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Elegant Wedding Card

Hello fellow stampers and friends!  Today Al and I are celebrating our 4th anniversary.  I hit the nail on the head with one of his presents which I told him is to be used at the trailer, before he opened it up.  He laughed so hard when he saw what the mug said:  “I’d rather be on my boat.”  You see, Al much prefers being out on the water with his boat, while I much prefer the trailer.  LOL.

One of my girlfriends asked me to make a wedding card and this is what I made using Gina K, Holiday Tapestry.  The tapestry design was embossed with two Wow embossing powders:  Sea Mist and Capri.  Isn’t the shimmer so pretty?

Have a super day!


Posted on : Aug 18 2022
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