A list, a triathlon update and a Gallery Idol card

1. Went shopping for summer capris on Saturday which was a wonderful experience. Note: when you are trying on bottoms and one pair fits two whole sizes smaller than your usual, BUY THEM. My triathlon training is paying off, and I get to eat without guilt, so it’s totally win-win.

2. Triathlon is two weeks away. I’m more excited than scared at this point and it’s because I joined the bike club on Tuesday and we cycled 30km. As I pedalled up the biggest hill, I kept repeating under my breath “I’m hardcore, I’m hardcore,” which is truly wishful thinking but it got me to the top and beating that hill has given me confidence that I will do fine with the cycle portion of the triathlon on June 3rd. Also it is much more fun to bike with others than alone. MUCH.

3. I entered several cards in Paper Crafts magazine’s Gallery Idol contest. Today I scrolled through many of the nearly 1100 entries and if I don’t place in the top 20 I won’t feel too hurt. Do you know how many cards that is? A card needs to be truly stellar to stand out among that many entries. Here’s one of the ones I entered of which I am most proud:

I love the collage effect and the embossed frame which is a Spellbinders die, uncut.

I enjoyed doing a lot of stamping on this card using Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee stamps.

I just love that bee! Tip: sometimes certain clear acrylic stamps will have issues with the ink beading. I learned from Jennifer McGuire via Twitter that a light sanding with a very fine grade of sandpaper will help them hold the ink evenly.

4. Wade built for the kids all weekend. He brought home a swing set, slide & play yard from work, and set it up in the yard. There’s even a fireman’s pole to slide down! And if that’s not enough, he also set up a rope swing in the very back of the yard. It’s the favourite so far.

This photo was taken last week and we do have leaves now! Finally. And though it snowed like crazy on Friday, Saturday was beautiful.

I even got a sunburn on Sunday.

have a great week friends!

Brighten Cluster Card

Did you celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday? I am so thankful for my mom and my grandmothers and the influence they have had in my life. And I love the way my children loved me this Mother’s Day – they are sweet every day and yesterday I was blessed as my girls sang in church, and my son was in tears the night before because he realized he hadn’t planned a gift for me. Just seeing how upset he was touched my heart.

Last Friday I hosted a mother/daughter Mother’s Day themed craft class. I’ll be posting photos of our projects a little later, but I wanted to share the card I created for Paper Craft magazine’s Gallery Idol competition. I’d like to make a few more before the deadline, but we’ll see. I’m seriously trying to prioritize my time these days – between finishing up our homeschool year, keeping up with crafting and painting deadlines and triathlon training, I’m pretty busy!

There is only a smidge of patterned paper in this card. The base layer was heat embossed, inked and stamped to create the pattern using beautiful Pink Paislee stamps. And then I just had to do a cluster of embellishments. I was inspired by a scrapbook layout and it’s always a challenge trying to translate a layout into a smaller format like a card!

The patterned paper in this card is from Pink Paislee as well – their Prairie Hill line. Love that paper line and I wish I had more of it than just the 6×6 paper pack. Have a fantastic day!

Playing in Paradise #63 – Fun with Flowers!

Happy Friday! I’m hosting the Playing in Paradise challenge this week at the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog. And I’m eyeing a shopping cart full of products – Scrapbooker’s Paradise adds new stuff every week and this week’s new arrivals include some gorgeous stamps!

My challenge this week is pretty easy if you’re a girly girl like me – it’s all about flowers!

I also decided to clear off my desk a little and use up some of the bits and pieces that accumulate when I’m busy crafty. The sentiment strip, doily, paper layers and bling were all taken from that pile!

The stamps I used in this card are Pink Paislee’s Spring Jubilee – and there are a lot of stamps in that set for only $12.99!

I hope you’ll visit the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog and see what the rest of the team has created, and then make something floral-ish yourself for this challenge! Have a great weekend!


Lighthearted Joy card and a stamp sneak peek!

Paper and Such is peeking another of my stamp designs today and I’m pretty excited about this one. Julie and I had talked about doing a series of stamps featuring small children, and after working on some designs and ideas, we chose the name “giggle bunch” as the name of the line – it seemed apt!

I used coloured pencils to colour the image, and left it pretty basic. Then I layered the image with paper from Pink Paislee and a Spellbinders Blossom Stackers die cut. I inked it and stamped the sentiment in black. I think she’s “purty”!

There’s another card on the blog featuring the set and more to come in the next little while! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Deep Blue Sympathy Card

Hello Saturday! Do you have big plans for today? I’m wondering how I’m going to get everything I want to do and everything I need to do done, and in what order I should prioritize my projects! The kids have cross country skiing on Saturday afternoons which changes our Saturday routine – usually we spend Saturdays working at home since that’s Wade’s day off to catch up on all the “man stuff” our acreage requires, and he likes to have helpers. He had yesterday off too, and I got sore and dirty helping him tape the drywall in my studio (yay! Progress!) and fill the woodshed with more firewood.

One of my “needs” is to put together watercolour painting kits for my class on Tuesday (it was on yesterday’s list but just didn’t happen) so I’ll be playing with paint today and while I don’t often mix painting & paper crafting – somehow they are separate in my mind – I also had a little fun with paint while making the card below.

This card is full of amazing texture, because of the technique I used. I took a Sizzix embossing folder, brayered blue acrylic paint on one side, and then misted the painted area lightly with water. I quickly slipped a piece of white cardstock into the folder and ran that through my Big Shot and was thrilled with the result. The water made the paint crackle and speckle and it was just gorgeous! I inked the raised areas and the edges of the cardstock with Desert Sand ink, and stitched it all down. The sentiment strip is white cardstock I stamped with a woodgrain stamp using Bamboo ink – a very subtle texture that looks almost transparent in the photo.

Finally, the crinkled ribbon is seam binding that I bunched by hand as I adhered it to a strip of double stick adhesive. Chipboard is from Pink Paislee.

Enjoy your Saturday!


A “Neutral-esque” Cookie Sheet Calendar

Merry Christmas, everyone! We’ve enjoyed a lovely Christmas day here at my in-laws, with lots of food, a beautiful Christmas Day church service, an orgy of gift-opening and umpteen hours spent reading instructions for toys and games. I taught both my girls to play Battleship, Mastermind and Carcasonne today.

I wanted to share with you the gift I gave my sister-in-law, now that she’s seen it. I wanted to give her a cookie sheet calendar and since I recently put together cut files for the pieces on my Silhouette, it went together a lot faster.

Except for the pieces in the head and foot (which were stamped on cream cardstock), the paper is all from Pink Paislee. I stamped the months and weekdays using a large set of calendar stamps from Fancy Pants.

I inked all the edges of the calendar using Desert Sand ink from Close to My Heart. It adds so much to unify the look!

I loved the way I was able to take a piece of Colonial White cardstock and stamp it to create my own patterned paper, using an assortment of stamps from Close to My Heart.

My colour scheme (and this was tricky because I wasn’t 100% certain of my sis-in-law’s decor colours – we live 16 hours apart), was a neutral-ish mix of grey-green, brown, a hint of orange. It’s neutral-esque without being bland.

I have been hoarding several packages of brads from My Mind’s Eye – I put them to work here, embellishing the day squares. They were the perfect mix of colours! And I had a little space at the bottom of the calendar – the cookie sheet I used was a little larger than the one on my tutorial, so I added a piece at the bottom with an inspirational quote. Chris will be able to put a photo in the space at the top and I’m sure she’ll choose a family photo!

It meant a lot to me to be able to make time to create hand-crafted gifts for loved ones this Christmas. It really does come from the heart!

And I’ll be teaching another cookie sheet calendar class if there’s enough interest in the new year, so let me know if you want to come over and make one!


Arty Farty.

I’ve been teaching weekly watercolour classes at the art gallery in town and tonight’s the last lesson. I’ve had such fun teaching these ladies and what’s even better is making time to paint at home in prep for my classes. The kids are always inspired to join me when I’m painting and in these photos they are painting raspberries, just like mum.

I used papers from Pink Paislee here, and that awesome frame is also Pink Paislee. I love their House of Three designs. I masked off the title letters on a canvas mini album page and then misted with glimmer mist and dribbled with acrylic paint. Lots of fun colour – you know you have to paint on a layout about painting!