Happy Anniversary Sarah and Jon

Happy anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law.  Sarah said she really likes the ice cream truck, which surprises me because I have given them an ice-cream truck anniversary card for all, but one, year of marriage.

Why an ice cream truck for an anniversary card?  Well, it was exceptionally hot on their August wedding day, and the guests were treated to a big surprise.  An ice cream truck was waiting outside of the church for the guests, and giving out ice cream cones.  The whole wedding, including the reception was full of surprises.

My ice cream truck is Stampin Up’s! Tasty Truck.

I’ve already got ideas for next year’s Tasty Truck.

Thanks for stopping by.

Video and step-by-step tutorials are located at the top of my blog.  Enjoy!



Posted on : Aug 08 2020
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Congratulations on becoming a grandma

A friend of mine just became a grandma, and a very proud one at that!

I used Stampin’ Up’s Grandma’s House.

Have a great day!

Posted on : Jul 30 2020
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My Little Mishap

Good morning fellow stampers.

My son is crazy for hedgehogs and just purchased one from the Niagara Falls area.  The breeders were meeting Adam last Wednesday, in London, so he didn’t have to travel too far.  As the breeders got stuck in traffic, I decided to take advantage of shopping in the store where we were sitting in their parking lot.  Adam and his girlfriend stayed in their truck and I merrily went on my way, then kerthunk!  I twisted my ankle and fell forward landing on my rib.  The kids never heard a thing, but the lady five rows away saw me fall (the parking lot was pretty empty as we were early in the day), and she yelled, “are you okay” all the way up to me.  When the kids saw this lady checking on me, and me still on the ground, they came out of the truck in a panic.  I was dazzed and a little confused when Adam reached out his hand to help me up.  My ankle was extremely painful but I thought nothing of it, thinking it was just a very bad sprain.  Off to MacDonald’s we went as the breeders were still delayed.  I walked on my ankle and into MacDonalds as nothing was going to get in the way of me and my Big Mac.

The next morning, I walked from the parking lot into my department, at work.  A walk that normally took less than 10 minutes, turned into a 20 minute walk as my ankle was very sore.  I go into work extra early to relax before I work.  I rarely look at my phone unless it is break or lunch time, but I did on this day at the very early start to my shift.  Because my ankle was quite swollen and because Adam kept at me, over the phone, to go to ER, I finally gave in.  I was going to go in on the weekend, but Adam said if it was a break, that it would be too late to be seen.

Jumping forward, after x-rays, my ribs were not broken, only bruised from the fall, and I was told my ankle was broken and I was casted up and provided with crutches. Adam drove me home and his girlfriend met up with us at my apartment where they stayed to make me supper, get me comfortable, and watched over me until I was able to convince them I would be okay until Al got home from his afternoon shift.  The look on Adam’s face said it all.  He was extremely worried about leaving me.

I called in to work using the first sick day in six years, and it crushed me.  Not only was I proud of that milestone, I was proud of being 57 and not ever having a broken bone or surgery.  My record was squashed.

Five days after my fall, I saw a surgeon who told me I have an avulsion fracture of my left ankle and provided me with a walking cast boot and said I could be in it for two months.  I was so elated when he said I could go back to work, and that I’d have a life getting around on my feet again.

My ribs are still tender and my ankle is slowly healing, and lucky for me, I don’t have to have surgery.

So back to my card.  I gave this card to Adam at his house before we left to pick up “Sonic” his newborn hedgehog. Adam was told that his hedgehog was the friendliest in the litter and boy were they right.  He was happy to be in our hands and loved to have his belly rubbed.

So, for the last week of my vacation, I will rest my leg.

Have a nice week, and sorry that my post was so long-winded.


Posted on : Jul 25 2020
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Stampin Up! Saturday — Honey Bees

Hello to you!  I hope you are enjoying this weather.  Lucky for me, the marina is open so Al and I will be taking the boat out this weekend (can you believe last weekend was freezing cold?).  We are going to enjoy Chinese food with a glass of wine while watching the sunset.

I love the Stampn Up! set called Honey Bee.  I was sold on it after my Demo used it one of her classes.  At first I didn’t like anything from the recent mini, but once I played with this set, I was sold!  I’m usually a bright-colour girl, but I fell in love with this card on Pinterest.  I do love vintage cards, but I struggle with them.

So, tell me about your COVID weekend.  Ontario is still under stage 1.  What stage are you at?

Have a nice weekend.

PAPER:  Vanilla and Crumb Cake

INK: Crumb Cake and Smokey Slate

STAMPS:  Stampin Up! and Impression Obsession.



Posted on : Jun 06 2020
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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers.



  • Messages for Mom, SU stamp set
  • SU designer paper:  Lily Impressions
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Highland Heather

Have a nice day.  Thanks for visiting!

Posted on : May 10 2020
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Stampn’ Up! Saturday – Happy Birthday

Howdy folks!

This is one of my favourite cards that I made at a Stampn’ Up! card class, using Peaceful Moments bundle.  The designer paper is laid in a totally unique direction–cut into strips and layered in a random, and crooked, direction.


  • Peaceful Moments Bundle
  • Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive
  • Designer Papers:  Peaceful Poppies and Golden Honey Specialty DP

Have a terrific weekend!

Posted on : Apr 25 2020
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Stampn’ Up! Saturday – Honey Bee

As a lover of Stampn’ Up! I attend a monthly card class, locally, with Mary Beth Phillips.  Recently, we made this adorable card using Honey Bee stamp and die set.  I just couldn’t resist this set once I used it, so it is now part of my permanent collection.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Posted on : Apr 18 2020
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CASE’n Myself

This year I am focusing on making cards that I am in need of:  sympathy, masculine, thank you and thinking of you.  Most of my cards seem to be birthday.

I have old Stampn’ Up! stamps on wood blocks that I just can’t part with.  Thoughts and Prayers is just one of those sets.

Here I mounted my sentiment on Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo and matted the card with Blackberry Bliss.  Funny story about this colour.  I thoroughly love this colour and ordered six packs when it was set to “retire” from the in-colours.  Well, wasn’t I surprised when it came out as a permanent colour in the next catalogue.

Using Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, and Old Olive, I coloured my stamp and “huffed” on it to add moisture so I could stamp it out with good results.

It isn’t unusual for me to make 8 cards at one time when I’m working on a design.  The hard work is coming up with a design and since I’m pulling out all the colours I need, it only makes sense to make multiples.

I decided to CASE an old card, from many years ago, that I see time and time again on Pinterest.  It’s wildly popular–LOL.  It just seems “old” to me.  Here is the card that I CASE’d.

Back in the day, most of my cards were 5″ x 5″, or larger, but since I’m sending out a large number of cards, I scale everything down to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ inches (A2).

I’d love to see you do a CASE using one of your older cards.  If you do, please leave me a message with your link, and I’d be happy to leave a comment.

Get Creative!

Posted on : Apr 11 2020
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Stampn’ Up! Saturday – A little R&R

Hello folks!


Today’s card was made at one of my SU card classes.  I was thrilled to learn a great technique for splattering water over an image.  All we had to do was dip our hands into a glass of water and flick the water drops.  Cool, eh?!  Thanks Mary Beth.

Have a terrific weekend!

Posted on : Apr 09 2020
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Stampin’ Up Saturday – Sense of Time

Hello folks!

My goal is to make more sympathy and masculine cards this year.  This particular card is for a dear friend who celebrates his birthday in June.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of rushing to make a card at the last moment.

If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed that I like to make 3-D cards.  The tutorial I follow to make this easel card can be found on the following sites:

Photos:  Splitcoaststampers

Photos: Card making magic

Video: Splitcoaststampers

Video:  You Tube



Cardstock:  Old Olive, Rust, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso

Ink:  Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Momento Brown

Embellishments:  Cogs and Wheels

Stamps:  SU Sense of Time, Mark’s Finest Papers


Posted on : Jan 11 2020
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