Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas 2011

Good Wednesday morning everyone.  I`d like to share my scrapbook page that I made for Christmas this year.  My sister-in-law, Tracey, and I are hosting a Frame and banner Christmas class on December 4th and so we sat down last Saturday to prepare (brainstorm). We started off with a 9 x 9 shadow box that was purchased at IKEA (the least expensive model that we have found).  We each made our own style of pages using similar pieces, however the results were uniquely our own, which the girls in our class will be able to do as well.  I used the Letters to Santa designer series paper, accented with Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whisper White.  I stamped images from the Pennant Parade, Holiday Happiness, Delightful Decorations, Warmest of Wishes, Dasher, Serene Snowflakes, Tags til Christmas and Punch Bunch (retired) stamp sets.  I used the Jewelry Tag, Owl Builder, Ornament, Decorative Petite Pennants Builder and the 2 1/2 inch circle punches.  I also used my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots and Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  To accent, I used LOTS of Rhinestones and Pearls; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin`Glitter, Mini Jingle Bells, a "paper clip" from the Clips Assortment cut in two (for the ornament), Riding Hood Red 3/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread and Early espresso Baker`s Twine. 
I will also be taking orders for similar designs at the 32nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School on November 26th, where I will be selling Christmas, Birthday, Thank-you, Welcome Baby, and Thinking of You cards, gift boxes, gift card holders and other projects for my very first craft fair.  
I will be sharing the Christmas banner that we made very soon, so be check to check back soon. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I am so excited to share my Halloween projects with you.  This is the first time that I have made so many decorations for Halloween.  I was inspired by three Stampin`Up! Artisan Award Winners from this year and want to Thank them all for their great ideas that helped me to make my own.  I check Heather Summers blog every morning while I am enjoying my coffee and am blown away by her amazing ideas; her Witch Leg Treat Holder inspired my lollies on both my SPOOKY banner and my Witches Hat.  Cheryl Lefore made a very adorable witch`s hat that was so adorable, that I had to make one of my own.   Last, but not least, is Sandra Farrell.  Her Trick or Treat subway art (I refer to it as an eye chart) was amazing and since she graciously indicated in her blog entry that we could download it if we liked it, I did!!  I printed it out on photo paper and framed it with little pieces of the Frightful Sight designer series paper.  Also, I adhered a décor element to a new paint can, that I picked up at the local hardware store, that I will put my candy in on Halloween to give out to the kids.  Thanks for looking and please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Thanksgiving is a big deal for my family, almost as big as Christmas.  I fell in love with the new Spice Cake designer series paper and material and just had to get them.  I wanted to stamp "Happy" on the first square and spell out "Thanksgiving" on the banner using the die letters, however it would have been too long for the buffet, so I decided to write Thankful instead.  I saw something similar on a Nikki Toll`s blog last year and thought that it was a wonderful idea.  please visit
to see my inspiration.  I used the Spice Cake material and made a liner for the bread-basket and stitched on a button available from the Holiday Mini catalogue .  I didn`t have a pattern, however I think that it turned out quite well, just the same. Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad and Freshly Made Sketches challenge #4

I am giving the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches another shot with this Birthday card for my father. Today he turns 6_years old... nope that wasn`t a mistake, he`d kick my butt for posting his age all over the net, lol!!  This is the design challenge, and this,

is my card.  I used one of my favourite stamp sets, The Open Sea (which I also used for his Father`s Day card) and the coordinating dsp, Nautical Expedition on my card as well as Early Espresso Baker`s Twine and a game spinner head to serve as the center for my compass.  I stamped the anchor image from the stamp set onto the Cherry Cobbler card-base using my Versamarker to add a little more depth to the card.  I think that I may have to invest in a new digital camera as my pictures are terrible!!  I hope that you like the cards that I made yesterday for World Cardmaking day.
Have a great week, April
Yesterday, my dear friend, Barbara, was ordained into the Priesthood of the Anglican Diocese of Québec.  I wanted to make her a beautiful card with a cross on it to celebrate this milestone in her life, however since I do not own any stamps with any religious symbols, I decided to use the beautiful butterfly from the Strength & Hope stamp set.  I used Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze as my colour palette and my Big Shot was put to good use.  I used both the Textured Impressions Stripes & Vintage Wallpaper folders, as well as the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, some Very Vanilla ribbon and a button tied with linen thread.  I was inspired by a card made by Teneale Williams, who is a fellow SU! demonstrator from Australia who makes the most beautiful cards. Check out her blog...   you`ll be happy that you did!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mom`s bithday card... and Freshly Made Sketches challenge

I have loved this stamp set for a long time and have to admit that I bought it as it was retiring... big mistake!!  I really love the images in this set, they are very whimsical and fun to use.  I made this card for my Mom, for her birthday yesterday.  Also, I am entering it in the Freshly Made Sketches #3 challenge this week.... my first challenge!!  Although my card may be a bit busier than what the challenge team had in mind, I am very happy with the results.  Here is the link:  wish me luck!

Pierre`s Birthday card and Pals Paper Arts challenge... a little late

Well, better late than never... I have never made a card for a challenge and although it was too late when I saw this design, I had to try anyway.  I tend to have a difficult time making cards for the men in my life and some time I need inspiration.  My brother-in-law, Pierre, celebrated his birthday last week and as he loves to play cards I wanted to use this designer series paper... so I put the challenge to the test and this is the card that I came up with. 
Thanks for looking and enjoy your week.