Monthly Archives: February 2009

Simply Saturday – Super cute a saurous

Well, it’s Saturday and today’s design just couldn’t be simpler. It’s a bit of a mix and match design, combining both stamps and stickers.  I wanted to make a quick sweet design for my 3yo and use my fun new Cosmo Cricket paper. Now how cute is that dinosaur?! I stamped him onto the patterned paper and then cut out before embellishing with brads. Josh just loved it.

I’m keeping today’s post short as I’m hoping to:  a) get lots of cleaning done today  b) find some time to stamp c) do some errands with my kids d) make a lasagna…I’ve been pestered about this for the last few months so I’m finally getting to it e) get organized for the classes I’m taking starting Monday

Wish me luck!

Super Cute


Quick Tip: Don’t over-think every design. Kids designs especially are best with clean lines and fun colors.

Have a super fabulicious day! 😉

Supply List:

Stamps: Little Guy set (Kim Hughes line) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:  Black Memento by Tsukineko, stapler, white gel pen by Ranger,

Paper: L’il Man by Cosmo Cricket, Blush Red Dark by Prism

Other: brads by Making Memories, stickers fro Cosmo Cricket paper kit

Taken with Toile


Wow! I am so taken with this Toile Backgrounder. It is so gorgeous, I just don’t want to cover it up! So I didn’t.Don’t you love it when the stamp is beauty enough? A few quick embellishments and I called it good. Don’t you love the little clip-on embellishment tab by Making Memories? It provides the sentiment too without getting into the design too much. Toile is the latest Backgrounder release from CHF. My color inspiration came from my kitchen dishes… Blue Willow by Johnson Brothers.

Toile Thanks


Have a beautiful day!


Supply List;

Toile Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Denim Adirondack Pigment Ink
Paper: Simply Smooth White Cardstock by Prism
Other: flowers by Prima, pin by Fancy Pants Design. Copic marker to recolor pin, tulle ribbon by SEI, thanks clip by Making Memories

Inspiration Everywhere…


In these frugal economic times, it pays to keep your eyes open and find inspiration everywhere! It’s amazing what you can incorporate with stamps and supplies you already have to give them a fresh look. Recently my daughter was given a gift and was about to throw out the packaging when I made a great save. I just love this shredded paper and thought it would make a darling nest. And thus…today’s challenge is born. 😉 I hope you’ll join me for the Ways to Use Frugal Finds Challenge! Here’s the link.

Bluebird of Happiness

Here’s a few money saving ideas that I use…
-recycle things
-alter frames and containers that are ready for the bin
-buy cardstock in bulk
-find ways to use up those scraps
-clip buttons off old worn-out clothes before you toss them
-purchase flexible stamps that can be used over and over…think flowers, backgrounders and scrapblocks, sentiments
-cut down on those layers…you don’t need them all anyways!
-think up new ways to use what you already have

Have a beautiful day!

Supply List:

One Happiness by Cornish Heritage Farms
Freesia Flower by Cornish Heritage Farms
Paisley Pattern Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Spanish Script Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink by Tuskineko
White pigment ink by Clearsnap
Brushed Corduroy Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Kraft, Frosted Teal by Prism
Other: Broken China Distress Crackle Paint, bird Grungeboard by Tim Holtz, shredded paper packaging, pin by Fancy Pants Designs, ribbon by Creative Impressions

Wings for Wednesday

I love these Rummage Bin Collage stamps! They are an image and a sentiment all in one. What could be better? I’m one of those people who usually forgets about the sentiment until the end and then has to figure out how to work it into the design. I grew up playing piano so this image really speaks to me. Isn’t it gorgeous? Becky Olsen designed it and that is her daughter in the picture. I think it has a great fresh look and I paired it up with a fun color combo and of course, I couldn’t resist the bird. I had to get some wings in there somewhere, right?

I also wanted to tell you about a Kim Hughes line challenge on the CHF Creative Blog. It’s a Mix and Match Challenge, looks like a lot of fun and is definitely worth checking out. Here’s the link! 

Music Gives You Wings


Quick Tip: Highlight a word out of your sentiment to make it pop. I used a Copic Spica glitter pen to go over the word Music.

 Have a beautiful day!



Music Gives you Wings (Rummage Bin line) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock™ by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko

Paper: Black  & Natural Smooth Cardstock by Prism, Scrapblock paper pad by Cornish Heritage Farms, Zinnia patterned ppaer by Autumn Leaves


Flower and lace by Prima Marketing

Felt bird and branch by Maya Road

Copic Spica pink glitter marker

Rose Garden – Tuesday

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to dream of Spring. We’ve had another blast of winter over the past few days and I just can’t wait for April for that fresh spring smell.I have no doubt that March is going to spin by at the speed of light though! I’m signed up for two new courses at Jessica Sprague. One photography and the other Digi in Deep. If you like digital layouts, I’m sure I’ll be back sharing more of those soon! I’ also really excited to be taking a Copic Certification Course in Toronto next month as well. With some other things I’m working on right now, I’m not sure when I’ll get time to sleep!

Today’s design is a little taste of warmer weather with a beautiful garden image. I love this Rose Garden Thomas Kinkade stamp. I think it just may be my favorite from this line.  This design was created for the Embossing Challenge over the weekend and I tried out a technique that I’ve done with other images but have never seen done with a Kinkade.

Embossed Rose Garden


My image was first stamped in  Spanish Moss Versafine Ink and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The embossing also makes a resist over the image. This makes it super easy to go back with watercolors and lightly paint in the flowers that are left white in the image. I was thrilled with the soft look and how you couldn’t goof up the coloring if you tried! If you do get some ink onto the embossing, it will just bead up on top and you can wipe it off with a tissue.

Here’s a close-up of the embossing. I’m not usually a huge fan of embossing but wow…it looks fabulous here. I love the dimension it adds to the scene.


Quick Tip: Versafine Ink by Tsukineko is fabulous for stamping in color with the Thomas Kinkade Images. You can also emboss over it for a beautiful look.

Have a fabulous day!


Supply List:

Stamps: Rose Garden (Thomas Kinkade line) By Cornish Heritage Farms

French Script Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Spanish Moss Versafine ink by Tsukineko, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger
Other: sewing machine, flowers by Prima Marketing, rhinestones by MAMBI, brad by Making Memories, chipboard by Maya road, Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger

Back to the Florals


Good morning and welcome to Monday!

This is a design I had a little fun with. A little paper tearing and some colored pencil on Kraft made this design a fun card to design. Colored Pencils seem to take on a different feel when used on different cardstocks.

Special to Me


 Quick Tip: Try layering down as in a window, instead of up for a unique approach.

Have a great day!


Supply List:

Floral Trio (Shady Tree Studio line) by Cornish Heritage FArms
Paisley Pattern Scrapblock™ by Cornish Heritage Farms
Birthday Centers (Mona Lisa Moments line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink & Pink Petunia Versamagic Chalk Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Kraft, simply Smooth White cardstock & Magenta by Prism
Other: buttons by Autumn Leaves, ribbon by Creative Impressions, colored pencils by Prismacolor, sewing machine

Stamp It Cards

It’s almost here! I’m always excited to see the next Stamp It Cards magazine released by Paper Crafts. If you’re a stamped like me, you’ll know what I mean. Every single card in this issue is stamped and is filled with fabulous ideas. This issue goes on sale on Tuesday February 24th and you can find it at your local bookstore, craft store or on-line at Paper Crafts/Creating Keepsakes.I have a few designs published in this issue and am allowed to share one with you here. One of the great features of this new issue is a section where three designers use the stamp stamp set to create three different designs. Each project uses a different technique. I was excited to be asked to create this design here.

Spring Friendship


Have a fabulous day!