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
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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
Posted under cards |

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
Posted under cards |

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
Posted under cards |

Bee-themed ATC Swap

Hi there friends and fellow stampers (and ATC lovers)!

I’m still trading ATC’s on Swap-Bot and ATC’s for All.  I was recently in a “bee-themed” swap and these are 2 of 5 cards I made for the swap.

SU stamp in was used on the background as well as the bee SU set, which I love dearly.  The corrugated paper is actually Kraft paper that was run through a corrugated dry embossing folder.  For this project the handmade corrugated paper is light and mailable over the heavier paper we use from boxes.

For the summer I stopped swapping ATC’s because I do spend less time in the stamp room.  I’m sure you do too.

Have a sweet day (pun intended).  Thanks for stopping by.


Posted on : Aug 11 2022
Posted under ATC's, Stampin Up |

Mary Beth’s SU cards to me

Hello fellow stampers and Stampin’ Up! fans.

Each month Mary Beth Phillips, my Stampin’ Up rep, gives me my new In-Colour package that I signed up for five months.  In my bag is a handmade card from her made in the colour of the month.  I love her creativity and showcasing of the one of the five new in-colours, so much so I just had to share these with you.  You’ll be seeing more of the trailer because I own that set.


Southern Ontario is in a heat wave at the moment so cocktails on the weekend it was.  Again, this card was made by Mary Beth Phillips.

Thank you for stopping by.  See you again soon!

Posted on : Aug 08 2022
Posted under Stampin Up |

With Sympathy


Hello folks!  I hope you all had a nice weekend!  It sure was hot wasn’t it!?  Last week I was on vacation, rather a staycation.  Being home allowed me to get a great start on 45 Christmas cards.  Yes, you read right–45 cards.  Normally I go with different designs but this year I want to keep it easy as I do love repetition while making cards.  I will need to make more since I do give out a lot of Christmas cards every year.

I was in need of a sympathy card so I made five of these sympathy cards.

My clouds were made with A Colorful Life Design cloud stencil.  I used this stencil a little different by using the outer piece of the stencil and I loved the results.  The stamps I used are from Stampin’ Up! and are from the High Tide set.  I’m sorry–I don’t remember what Stampin’ Up! set “With Sympathy” came from.

Have a terrific week!



Posted on : Jul 26 2022
Posted under cards |

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Day

Hi friends!  How is your week going?  Al and I are on vacation this week and the weather couldn’t be any better.  While he’s out boating with family, I’m in the air conditioning stamping all day.  I haven’t stamp for a full day in months.  I plan to catch up on my blog reading and comments this week as well.

Yesterday I went to my girlfriend’s house where we spent hours playing with the gelli plate and leaves.  I’m going to show those to you in another post.

My girlfriend really wanted blue flowers for her wedding, but the only thing available to her were flowers that could be dyed blue, and that would get pretty messy.  So, I came to the rescue with blue flowers on her wedding day.  LOL.

My friends got married over the weekend, and this is the card I gave them.  I love the fun of layering colours.  Tim Holtz’s colorize dies are my go to at the moment.  I heat embossed Mr. & Mrs. in gold, and did the same for the sentiment on the inside, and my “made by Beth” stamp on the back.

I hope you are having a nice week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stay tuned for my newest You Tube video, currently being edited

Posted on : Jul 19 2022
Posted under cards |

Knitted Make-up Bag

Hello fellow stampers and friends!

I recently took a 12 hour train ride to Ottawa to visit my two granddaughters and their parents.  What shocked me about the 12 hour trip was how quickly the time went by.  I can’t wait for my next visit.

My oldest granddaughter loves pretending she is all grown up so I knitted her a make-up bag in her favourite colour and filled it with pretend make-up and an old tiny phone.  When my department knew about my trip and the make-up bag, one lady brought in the faux make-up to add to the bag.  When I walked into work one day, there was a phone with an an anonymous note saying this was for my granddaughter’s bag.  I’ve got awesome co-workers.

Do any of you knit or crochet?

Back in the 1980’s I knitted fairisle sweaters and bunting bags for babies.  After 30 years away from knitting I am trying to relearn reading of patterns and knitting again.  Unfortunately for me, it’s not like riding a bicycle.  I’m struggling but am stubborn and won’t give up.

Have a terrific end of your weekend.



Posted on : Jul 17 2022
Posted under Projects |

Masculine Congratulations

Hello friends!  Some of you might know that I am in love with everything nautical/ocean related.  I immediately fell in love with this ALLandcreate stamp.

How’s your weekend going?  I had Saturday off and picked up Sunday in overtime at work.  On Saturday I went to my first “art in the park” since Covid shut everything down.  Everyone seemed to be in great spirits walking along looking at all the beautiful hand-crafted items.  I purchased a beautiful mixed-media necklace which you can see here.  What particularly attracted me to this artist’s Summer Sorbet Treasure Pendant was the mixed media.  What appears to be coloured stone is actually pieces of wood carefully painted to resemble stone.  This treasure will be worn alot, along with coordinating earrings.

My Son-in-law recently had a promotion and I wanted to send him a congratulations card.

My card uses, once again, Tina Zinck’s vellum background technique.  Once the background was good and dry (it doesn’t take long), I turned the vellum over and heat embossed gold over top.  Next, I finished my card off with making a pendent that says “Congratulations.”

Have a fantastic week!


Posted on : Jul 12 2022
Posted under Uncategorized |

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