Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!


From my studio to yours, happy holidays and Merry Christmas!  Be safe, be kind and be happy.  Season’s Greetings!

Friday, December 24, 2010



Don’t these snowmen look warm all bundled up in their scarves and hats?  I had a lot fun colouring this image.  First I stamped with permanent ink on hot pressed watercolour paper and used Tombow markers.  Added some Liquid Applique, Stickles a bit of ribbon and voila!

Thursday, December 23, 2010



A dear cyberspace friend sent me a card using this image and I immediately knew I had to have this stamp (Magenta).  I think it makes the perfect holiday card.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cardinal here in Montreal.  Anyways, I stamped on hot press watercolour paper and used Tombow markers to add the colour, added a few layers and a bit of gold Krylon pen for edging.  Of course, I had to add some gold Stickles before I could say the card was finished.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snow Globe


Don’t you just love snow globes?  I remember my father buying one for my mother one year for Christmas.  You should have seen the look on her face!  LOL.  Not sure if it is the same year he bought her rubber gloves in size XL (stocking stuffer).  Anyways, too funny.  Okay, back to the card.  I’m not sure who makes this double sided paper, but it is gorgeous!  Perfect for a fuss free card.  The stamps are from Stampin’ Up and I coloured the trees using Prismacolour pencils and mineral spirits.  The main image piece is sponged with Distress inks (my favorite ink).

Have a super day and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Skating Santa


I love this image!!!  I’ve stamped it on Bella’s Bestest Paper and coloured it in with alcohol markers.  Added a Spellbinders Nestabilities scalloped border and mounted to a a yummy piece of Magenta patterned paper.  This is an easel card and I think everything works so well together.  What do you think?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Deer in the Forest


This card uses another bit of leftover silver glittered cardstock.  I really like how the colours pop using the navy, burgundy and silver.  The image (PSX) was coloured with Tombow markers and Pearlex paints from US Artquest. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Frozen Pond


I’ve had this stamp for years and every year I use it for at least one card.  Yesterday, I explained how to achieve a mess free glitter technique and I’ve used some of the same silver glittered cardstock here as a layer.  I’ve stamped the image and added some colour using Tombow markers.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cheater’s Glitter!

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Do you like the look of glitter but hate the mess?  Glitter gets in all the places you don’t want it including on the dog!!!  Actually, this is a mess free glitter technique that I was SO happy to learn.  Wanna know how it was done?????? 

First, take a piece of pre-glittered cardstock.  I used silver.  Next I coloured a silver Peel-Off sticker with a black marker.  You don’t have to use black, but you are going to stick this peel off on to the glittered cardstock, so you need a contrast.  I like the look of black on silver as it resembles stained glass.  And, it looks kind of classy. With me so far?

Okay, so now you’ve got your coloured peel-off sticker stuck to your glittered cardstock.  Make sure you burnish it well and now  you are going to colour in the open areas with an alcohol marker.  I don’t recommend using the brush end of your Copic marker, but a bullet/chisel end will work as will other markers (Touch, Bic, Sharpie).  And, there you have it, a mess free glitter card.

Thanks for stopping by and as always comments are much appreciated. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Clean and Graphic

I really like the look of clean and graphic cards.  Lots of white coupled with a bit of colour and voila the perfect marriage. 




These 2 cards were stamped on smooth c/s and coloured with Prismacolour pencils and odourless mineral spirits (still one of my favourite techniques).  I added some embossed lines using my ScorPal and of course I had to add some Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I’ve got a special technique treat for you!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Stockings


I’m really loving the vivid look that Tombow markers produce.  The image was stamped on hot press watercolour paper and embossed with Zing gold embossing powder and then coloured in with Tombow markers.  A few layers of c/s , some Stickles and voila a card I’m pleased to share and send to a friend.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010



This is an image that I watercoloured with Tombow markers and let’s just say that there were some parts I wasn’t happy with.  Because this was a pre-stamped image given to me, and I don’t own the stamp, I really didn’t want to throw it in the circular filing cabinet (aka garbage/poubelle).  So, I made inchies from the “good” parts and put them behind a black punched frame.  I added a little Flower Soft and voila a card that I was happy with.  What do you think?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6 Cards from 1 Sheet

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Keeping to my promise, today I’m showing how you can get 6 cards from a single sheet of patterned paper.  These cards are designed by Wendy Sue Anderson and were featured for a Design Challenge in the Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 PaperCrafts magazine.  I’ve used some of my favourite  sentiment stamps and I chose one of my favourite designer papers from Magenta.  The base cards are made from SU’s Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Hope this inspires you to finish up your holiday cards.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stripes and Ribbon


I was flipping through an old PaperCrafts mag recently and came across an article entitled 5 cards for $5.  This is a great way to get more bang for your buck and they are so easy to make.  Stay tuned; tomorrow I’ll post 6 cards made from one 12 X 12 piece of patterned paper. 

Stamp:  Magenta

Paper:  Basic Grey

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Simple & Elegant


This card was a really quick one to whip up and I love how the Picasa software captures the gold mirror paper.  Much better than a scan!

The ornament is a Peel-Off and even though the ribbon is a tad big I still like it. (Note to self, next time make a smaller bow).

Saturday, December 11, 2010



I think this is one of the first Christmas stamps I purchased many years ago.  The image has been coloured with Touch markers which are an alcohol based marker similar to Copics.  I’ve added a little glitter pen to highlight and the background has been coloured with Distress ink.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Skating Penguin


This image has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured in with alcohol markers and Prismacolour pencils.  I love this background paper but have no idea who it’s by as it was given to me.  (Thanks Holly!).  I’ve added some Liquid Applique to his hat, some Stickes and a little Stardust glitter pen to highlight.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santa Baby and Hubby

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I got these stamps last year and never had a chance to use them.  They really make me laugh.  Such a charming couple.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with a combination of alcohol markers and pencil crayons, added some Polar White Flower Soft for the fur and of course some Stickles.

The main image stamps are from I Brake For Stamps and the “Be Joyful” stamp is from Rubbermoon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Butterflies are Free


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red butterfly but I love this color combo and I wanted to practice using my Tombows again.  The stamp (Artful Stamper) was stamped on to hot press watercolour paper and embossed with fine detail, gold embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Cutie Patootie


I so love these Roly Poly stamps from Sunshine Designs.  I stamped this one on watercolour paper, embossed with black embossing powder and coloured her in with Tombow markers.  Geesh, no Stickles.  Maybe I should add some.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Susan and Rylan

Technique:  Direct to Paper

Inks:  Distress & Vivid

Stamps:  Inkadinkadoo 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vintage ATC


This is an ATC Christmas tree ornament I created for an ATC group I belong to.  Each year, in November, we create vintage ATCs that can be hung from the tree.  We’ve been doing this for about 4 years now and it is such fun to pull them out every year and hang them.  This cutie patootie is clip art from Luna Girl.  I’ve added some gold Peel-Offs (Magenta), highlighted the tree lights with a glitter pen and pierced the borders using my Tim Holtz ruler; a tool that is a must have if you like to do hand stitching on your papercrafts.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Flowers & Butterflies


No matter the season I love to make cards featuring flowers and butterflies.  This image, from The Stamp Barn, has been stamped twice,  heat embossed with gold embossing powder and coloured in with Tombow markers.  The butterflies have been cut out and glued with silicone to produce a 3D effect.  I distressed the edges using Tim Holtz’s distressing tool and added a little Chocolate Tombow marker.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Tree Under the Moon


I’m not sure who makes this stamp as I don’t own it.  My friend gave me a few stamped and embossed images to practice my watercolouring and I’m having SO much  fun playing with the various types of watercolours that are available.   This image was painted using tube paints and I added some Stardust Stickles just because I love lots of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All Glittered Up!

This is the second card from the make and take at our Sunday stamp club get together. 


I don’t use glitter very often as it is SO messy, but this one was “controllable” as I used double sided tape and a paintbrush to apply the glitter.

I’ll have to stop by the local stamp store and see if they have any of these yummy decorations by Harmonie

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Harmonie came to visit our stamp club on Sunday and we were able to make 2 cards.  I actually took my fixins home with me and put the cards together at my leisure. 

The image was coloured with Tombow markers and I just happened to have a Friendship Peel-Off (Magenta).  I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, considering I haven’t had a lot of practice using Tombows.


I’m also trying out a new photo editing program (Google’s Picasa) and this is my first attempt.  Not too bad, eh?  What do you think?

I’ll show you the second card tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Today I was inspired by Michelle Zindorf to play with a technique I hadn’t done in ages.  

Here are a couple of cards I made.  scan0011 Inks used:  Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Lettuce, Terra Cotta and Eggplant

scan0012 Inks used:  Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Red Pepper and Eggplant

I used both sponge daubers and household sponges

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Grid Lock


June’s challenge over at GPP Street Team was grids.  (Crusade #41).  I wasn’t able to complete the challenge on time as it was July when I found out about the challenges.  I wanted to do the challenge regardless and this is the first grid page that I did.  I dug into my baggie of white scraps and embellishments, grabbed my favourite butterfly punch, paper trimmer and adhesive and before I knew it, the page was complete.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Anyone got a corkscrew?

I can't believe it's been 10 months since I blogged. I feel like a bottle that has been washed up on the shore. The bottle is screaming for someone to pop the cork and let me out.

I'm still a rubber stamper at heart, but after seeing Susan's recent works of art, I'm trying to step away from my comfort zone and try something different. I've been playing a little with the GPP challenges and I must say they sure are fun. I was too late in getting June's challenges done in time to post, but I'll get them up on here soon.

July's challenge is Strip Ease. You can read all about it here.

This is what I came up with for my first challenge over at GPP.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish everyone a wonderful day!