This is my place to share my creative bits and pieces. My art has no rules, no limits and absolutely no order. My projects change with my moods but for the last few years, my main focus has been paper art. Cards, collage, mixed media and as many techniques as I can get to. My inspiration comes from everywhere.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


The challenge was to make a card using a heart, or hearts. I think the pink and orange look like strawberry ice cream and a creamsicle- yum.
The heart has been watercolored and the small flowers in it coloured with markers. The heart was then inked with Versamark and heat embossed using Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Love this technique. Here's a closer look-


Hope you are enjoying the sunshine today.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Today, I remembered that I was going to try to post a Christmas card on the 25th of each month. I wonder how many months I will forget :)   I got  a little heavy handed with the vanilla spritz, which is no surprise to me as I've yet to feel in control when using it. The eyes are the tiny pearls from Stampin' Up! I love those pearls and rhinestones!
The deer are from a piece of wrapping paper I received a gift in. Thanks Lorraine!

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This card has the same design layout as the previous post. Hard angles and curves tend to go together, as do the turquoise and old olive. In my head I hear "blue and green should never be seen". It was something I was told when choosing clothes to wear together. Funny, the little things we remember. The texture is both visual and tactile. Again, I wonder how we made cards before embossing folders. They took longer, that's for sure.

Have a good creative day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


One for the kiddies!
I guess I'm not done with hearts yet :)

Have a great day!

Monday, January 24, 2011


Just some stamping and a bit of dry embossing but I really like that bird image. Is it because we have snow everywhere and it reminds me of spring? Maybe. I just know I really like the look of him. This card is nice and flat and would go through the mail without a problem. If I decide to hand deliver, I'll add a nice brown button where the ribbon meets the happy birthday block.
So, what do you think- does the ribbon make this NOT a masculine card? ( Please excuse my mangling of the language ) Or would it still work?

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Faux techniques are always fun and they usually come pretty close to resembling what they're imitating.
The instructions for this one say to use magazine paper to apply gold embossing powder to. This gives you a shiny, colourful bachground showing through the gold. I changed it up simply by using up some scraps I had on hand. Yes, using up the scraps again, but they provided the colour and shine I needed for the technique.
That's basically all there is to this one too. Just gold emboss over colourful background paper. It looks great done with magazine paper too. ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011


This card went together very quickly and is a little bit elegant don't you think?

It's the weekend! I hope you get some playtime and relaxing time. For some of us, playtime IS relaxing time :)

Friday, January 21, 2011


And now for something a little different......
Spirelli, a fun name for a fun technique and doesn't it remind of Spirograph? Remember Spirograph?
Anyway, a bit of thread, crochet cotton or any fine cord can be used. I warn you, Spirelli can be addicting. You will not stop at just one, trust me on this.
THIS LINK  will take you to a website that has a PDF for you to save or print. I think it's very well done. There are lots of videos on youtube as well, just go to Google or youtube and search SPIRELLI.
Here's a look at my sample card- just a few of the possibilities.

I hope you try this.
Thanks for looking and have a super day!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hearts. Again. Inlaid embossing. Again. Hmmmm....
I seem to have been on a bit of a roll with this. Enough now. Really.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This quick little card would be perfect for a young boy but that's not the focus of sharing it with you. See the piece that Happy Birthday is stamped on with a kind of a green camoflage look to it? It was made by stamping with scrap rubber. After you push out the stamps, you're left with odd shaped rubber scraps. I took a couple and trimmed around a bit, then inked them up. Great for backgrounds!
Here's another sample with the same scraps.....
Fun huh?
So look at your rubber scraps. Keep in mind that you can die-cut shapes from the rubber too. I'll show that another day.
Have fun and enjoy your creativity- however you express it!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Yes, inlaid embossing again. I love how the hearts on the right side look when done this way. The hearts on the left side, were embossed, then adhered using foam tape to lift them off the card. So, on one card, the contrast of inlaid and raised hearts.
(I think I'm getting tired of hearts)

Monday, January 17, 2011


Just dab ink onto glossy cardstock. Get it on there any way you like; smoosh the ink pad directly, use sponges, solid stamps ot the acrylic block itself. That's what I did with my first two lighter colours. The third and darkest colour I added with a sponge, just a bit, here and there. Then, emboss and sand. If you sand too far, just add more ink and sand again. You can't mess this one up, can't do it wrong and can't help but enjoy the process. At least, I hope you do.

Take a minute and give it a try today. :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Nothing fancy here at all, just a bit of watercolouring with the aquapainter. It's a brush with a barrell on it that holds water and it wicks down to the brush. Yoi pick up ink with the brush tip and apply it wherever you like. I did loose watercolouring with the flowers along the left edge, nothing precise. The black embossed flower has more specific watercolouring on it. The embossed line also helps contain the colour.

Thank you for your comments- I appreciate every one of them and that you take the time to leave them.
Have an amazing day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Inlaid embossing- a fancy name for a very simple technique. Most often, it's done with punched or die-cut shapes, adhered to a base layer, then run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder. This card uses strips of print paper instead of shapes and the embossing unifies it all. Give it a try, I know you'll like it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


No need for actual words on this one. The hearts and xoxo speak for themselves.
Check out the glitter hearts- punched from SU's yummy glitter paper.

Have a super creative day. Find some yummy supplies and jump in!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


When Stampin' Up! brought out the new colour line last July, I struggled with it. I had to give up Brocade Blue which to me, was one of the BEST blues I'd ever worked with. Marina Mist was my first choice in the new colours and I used it, a lot. BUT, once I stumbled across Baja Breeze, the tale was told. I am in 'colour love" with Baja Breeze.  :)
What colour has caught you lately?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Pencil crayons and a white gel pen lend a certain glow to this image. Add a sentiment and a bit of bling for a finished card that's suitable for almost anyone.
Now, that the workroom is sorted out-it took three days to fill that workbox-I hope to get back to regular creating and blogging.

Hope you get to some creating too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Two days ago, this truck backed up to our back door. See those boxes? They're coming in!

Those same boxes, now empty.
To make.......

Two wonderful friends came by to help put in all the clips, shelves and totes.
(help nothing- they did most of it)

Now, I just need to fill it up!

This is it, all closed up. I still can't believe this is sitting in my workroom. From the first time I saw these in a magazine, many years ago, I have wanted one. And you know, it's everything I'd hoped it would be. Very sturdy and very well designed.
The plan for this workbox has always been with an eye toward retirement and eventually down-sizing our home. This will be my portable art room  :)
Now, back to organizing and filling this baby up.

Have an awesome day!