"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone :)

From My House to Yours

I hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas and a Bright and Beautiful New Year!!

Thanks so much for coming to my blog and leaving such lovely comments.  I hope you'll continue to visit in the New Year  :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Coffee Can Make-Over

Just wanted to share a make-over for my coffee can.  This is a handy dandy little helper to have around!  You can dress it up or down.  If this was done for kids to use, I would probably stamp images and not add too many 3-d items. 

This is a small tin so I had to use the single roll tissue.  Remove the cardboard center, place the roll in the coffee tin and start pulling the tissue from the center of the roll.  Cut a star or X in the lid and pull the tissue out--I had to play a bit to get the right tension, so the tissue comes out smoothly--not too snug or loose.

I used Bo Bunny paper, Stampin Up cardsock, Fiskars punch, focked rub-ons from Prima, flowers and ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by  :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Tea

It's actually Tuesday Coffee for me this morning  :)   need that zap to get me going!
I've just finished reading this book written by my friend Susan.  It's about a woman who walked from New York to Siberia, travelling through Canada on up to Alaska....all on foot to reach her home.  I loved the book and it ended all too soon!

Some of the baking I've done the past few days.  Things are all packaged up.....and yes I sampled a couple  :)  My shortbread, almond florentines and raison ginger cookies.

I'm making another batch of shortbread and that will be enough  :) 

Thanks for stopping by and please check out Kimmies site at http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/ to see what everyone's up to today  :)


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Let Your Little Light Shine

Today, December 11 at 7 pm in all time zones, there are candles being put in windows.  I first read about this candlelighting ceremony on Patty's blog,  http://bitze.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/worldwide-candlelighting7pm11-december/ and you can find out more at the Compassionate Friends blog here http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx

If everyone lights their candle at 7 pm tonight, it will create a 24 hour wave of light that circles the world to honour all the children who have died.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just Received My Prize :)

Well, not too long ago I entered to win a prize on Tanya's blog, Obsessed & Crazy Momma, here:  http://obsessed-crazymomma.blogspot.com/ 

And I WON  :)  so just thought you might like to see all the awesome goodies!  I totally forgot about this prize coming my way so when I saw it in the mailbox, I couldn't wait to get home.  Now it's my turn to be thankful Tanya!

You will definitely be seening these goodies on some cards in the near future!  Look at the beautiful ribbons and the chipboard!  Not to mention a stamp set that is just too cute!  And....look at all the images she stamped out for me.  And....BUTTONS!  I love all these embellishments  :)
Thanks again Tanya, nobody can wipe the smile off my face today  :) 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No-Layer and Single-Layer Cards

Particularly at this time of year when we are mailing lots of cards and especially overseas, it can get pretty expensive because.....we all like to add embellishments and layers to fancy up our creations :)

So when I was asked to make 'flat' cards, I almost started hyperventillating  :)
It was a challenge, but I think these will pass as 'flat'!

These five have no layers except for the oval on the red ribbon and the circles on the two, vanilla coloured cards---they're not raised on pop dots.  

These five have one layer added, but are still reasonably flat  :)   What part of  'flat'  do I not understand, eh?  I used one glossy paper on the Angel card, the white ones are all SU! Whisper White, two SU! Very Vanilla and one in SU! blues (the heaviest one).

There you have it  :)  thanks for stopping by to have a look.  Your comments are always appreciated!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Herringbone Christmas Card

Happy Saturday Everyone  :)  I'm here with another Christmas card.   This is an entry at Creative Accents Challenge Blog for December.  I'm having trouble with blogger, so you will have to check out their blog on my side bar---sorry.  There are some beautiful samples by the design team and I hope you will give it a try too  :)

I've used SU! cardstock, Graphics 45 and Bo Bunny printed paper, a 'few' stickles  :)  some sparkly gems, seam binding and a tag from Graphics 45.
There is a tutorial for this Herringbone Technique on Splitcoast Stampers.  


Thanks for coming by and please come again.
All your lovely comments are much appreciated  :)


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fairy Card, Into the Word

Here is my little fairy card.  She is for the 'Pearls and Swirls" challenge over at Crafts and Me. 

I am also doing another challenge too, over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Today it's 'Ways to Use it' Thursday and we were to ink up a Cuttlebug folder--my first time doing it!  I inked up with Distress Ink--Antique Linen. It's quite light and a bit hard to see on the photo, but irl it looks quite elegant  :)  I also inked up the edges and around the fairy image.  The pearls are Prima, lace from my stash, velvet ribbon is Making Memories, not sure about the flowers, the printed paper, under the fairy image, is Websters Pages and all the cardstock is SU!  The words, that you can hardly see, say 'All The Things I Love'.
Just about forgot to mention that the image is coloured with Copics and my 'blossom' Spica.   

And here's a close up of that pretty little Fairy  :)   She is sitting reading and is the perfect shape to be used as a bookmark.

Thanks for coming to look  :)  and be sure to check out Crafts and Me Challenges and Splitcoast Stampers to see all the other enteries.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tea on Tuesday

It's a snowy day in the Cariboo  :)  There's a good inch on my railing.

I'm having Pumpkin Spice this morning.   It's not as spicy as I thought it would be, more mellow. 

I had to take a picture of all the pretty mugs I bought at the Lions Christmas rummage sale on the weekend. I'm sorry the photos are not to good, I think the battery on my camera needs charging or maybe it's me :)

And I finished another couple of cards.  I just need to make two more to send off for Chrismas.  This first one has a digital image called the Giving Angel, from Crafts and Me.  I've cut the image out and put her on velvety fabric paper, that I've had forever--hoarding!

'Think Snow' is one inch printed pieces put together on cardstock and run through the cuttlebug.   A cyber friend from Splitcoast did this, but hers looked more like a quilt--which I was going for   :)      The card is a tri-fold, almost 6x6.

Now, this beautiful butterfly--the picture does not do it justice--a friend bought an old dress at the reuse center because she knew I would LOVE this little jem.  I'm going to put it on a canvas, it's about 5.5 square and is just gorgeous irl  :) 

Here is my poor Mandevilla, reaching for the light, still blooming.  And there is that snow coming down.  A good day to drink tea and craft  :)

Feel free to join us for tea or whatever, start with the list from Kimmies site http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

Everyone is welcome, thanks for dropping by  :)  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Creative Accents Sketch Challenge Card

I finally got a card ready for the November challenge at  Creative Accents
That means November is almost over--good grief    :)

I have used SU! cardstock and printed paper, gold thread, lace and 3 teacup charms from Wallyworld.  The digi image and inside sentiment is from Cheri at Graphicat  I coloured with Copics :)

The 'dimension' view and inside too  :)

Thanks for coming to have a look, I'll have more on Tuesday!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Button Christmas Card...and more

I've been working on three cards the past couple of days and finally, today, they are done  :)

I went onto the Hero Arts blog and found this pretty little card using clear buttons.  The only clear buttons that I have are some from my Mom's old button box.  You adhere your clear buttons onto some pretty printed paper, allow to dry and cut out.  I used SU! Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, Creamy Caramel ink (one of my favourites!) and large Christmas background stamp.  A few pearls and sparkly gems to fill in between the buttons, a bit of Stickles in between and all around the tree.  Cut your own 'snowbanks' and I added Stickles to them too.  The Winter Wishes is a SU! rub-on.  

The Angel of Winter is a digi image is from Crafts and Me and coloured with Copics.  The little tree is a folded half circle.  I cut the Angel oval with my CM cutters, the holly is cut from the same paper as the tree, Graphics 45.  It's hard to see but I put some clear, Viva crackling paste around the card front and inked over with Distress Ink-Peeled Paint and of course had to add some green Stickles.

The SU! snowflake stamp on this one is Versamarked and embossed with Shimmering Leaves ep, I did a bead of gold Stickles down from the top to the snowflake and adhered a gold thread bow to it.  The rub-on is SU!.   These last two card fronts have been through the cuttlebug folders.  I was originally trying to do 'white' cards, but I really had a hard time sticking to just white---as much as I love it!  

Do any of you remember folding magazines like this (or am I showing my age here)?   I folded two Oprah magazines to hold my cards--saw or read it somewhere.  It's going to be my centerpiece this year and so far, just six cards, but eventually I think it will be full   :) 

Anyway  :)   thanks for coming to look!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tea on Tuesday

Actually it's coffee this morning and cinnamon buns made yesterday.  What a sweet breakfast....I should fairly bounce around the house and get lots done on this morning  :)

I've been taking it easy this past week, but will have more projects to share near the end of the week or maybe on the weekend.  I think I'm done with the craft fairs now and can get on with Christmas decorations and baking and making/buying  :)

Fresh from the oven...yesterday!  The little ones are called Monkey bread, I got the recipe off the Epicure site when looking up Poudre Douce.  A lovely spice to be used as you would use cinnamon--even though the recipe calls for cinnamon as well.  You roll little balls of dough in melted butter and again in Poudre Douce, cinnamon and brown sugar mix, layer in a bundt pan--I did 3 layers. Wished I'd put raisons in them too  :) 

And....here's the yummy, buttery bun... 

...and here's my sweet breakfast. 
These little oranges may be cute and sweet, but the dickens to peel.  Probably the best-for-me thing in this breakfast  :)   

Join the group and see what's up in our worlds today, start at Kimmies place for a list of the tea drinkers  http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/

I've added a couple of new sites to my side bar....challenges, for those who do any  :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Colouring with Copics Again/Still :)

Here is a card I made and sold at my sale.  I love this image from Beccy's Place.  I did her coat in red and smaller, a couple of posts back.  This card is a big 6x6--I had a few of the big ones at my sale and sold all but 1.

The poem on this one is very touching.  A lady came along to my table and said to her little girl, after reading her the words, 'see, that's your Dad up in heaven'.  So help me, I thought the little girl and I were both going to start crying!  They walked away, but came back and bought the card--I wanted to give it to her  :)

I found the verse on the web, but not sure where or who wrote it--it's called an Eskimo Legend.

These next bookmarks were made for the sale too.  And of course, this theme is fairly popular  :)

The little timer at the top of the eclipse bookmark is coated with SU Crystal Effects.

Thanks for coming to look  :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Craft Fair Table

Photos from the craft fair this weekend.  There were just as many people go through today as there was yesterday.  I'm fairly tuckered out though  :) 

I think I rearranged things a couple of times!  I went with two boxes and came home with one, so I'm pretty happy.  Only thing is, I have to get busy and make more for this coming weekend--Sunday is another fair!

Thanks for coming to look  :)


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Card for November Sketch Challenge at Graphicat

The monthly challenge is up on Graphicats blog  :)  please check my sidebar for the Challenge site.  Here's the card I made for it. 

It is actually done with the oval nesties but it sure looks round  :)  the verse inside is on the same two ovals and it says 'a friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart'.  Cardstock is SU, I think the bling is Prima, she has her own wings but I gave her the wings I made   :)    She is sitting on a swing of flower (Once Upon a Springtime flowers) vines and I used the cloud template from SU for the background.  This beautiful little Angel image is from Crafts and Me.   

Thanks for coming to look and please join in at Graphicat Challenges   :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Card With Chocolates?

Yes, that's what it is  :)  I made this little card and box from the tutorial found on the Stamps and Me Blog.  

This little gifty is for the Door Prize at the Craft Fair tomorrow. Yikes  :)  already!

I almost put tealights in it, but changed my mind  :)  however, with candy, it should have clear plastic over the opening to keep them tucked inside.  Well, let me tell you something....do this before you build the box---not fun after it's on the card, lol. 

The card size is 4" x 4" x 1"  when closed.

Thanks for coming to look  :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Post it Note Easel Cards with wings and things

I am still in love with Once Upon A Springtime papers!  That one paper pad is never ending  :)

All the cardstock on these cards is Stampin Up--I like the sturdiness of it.

The mushrooms, butterflies and dragonfly on the fairy cards are made by me, using wire, paper and crystal effects by SU.  Fiddly little things, but I love them.

This is all you need to make them, plus a little patience  :)

I've coloured the pearls and this beautiful horse image with copics--thanks to Janet for letting me use her stamp  :)

Thanks for coming by and leaving such nice comments---I apparently thrive on them, lol.

Triple Easel Card

Hello Everyone  :)  here is a really nice idea from Crafts and Me.  There is a tutorial on their site for this Triple Easel card.  ** Here is where to go for this tutorial   http://www.craftsandme.co.uk/index.php  check the right hand side for 'online classes'.

I'm going to use this as a side table Christmas decoration  :)  Very quick and easy to make.  A 12x12 piece of cardstock-CM Night of Navy, score and fold in half.  Mark and cut one side into three equal sections, score and fold to stand up---see photo or even better, go the Crafts and Me site (check my side bar) for the instructions.

Decorate for whatever theme you like :)  I've gone the easy route and used stickers (CM I think), dp-CM too, I think,  a bit of lace and ribbon, some flowers-I added a pearl in center, coloured them blue with copics, used a fiskar border punch and a Nestie.

Thanks for coming to have a look, have a great day  :)

I have some more post it note holders ready, will add those later today/this evening  :)


Monday, November 7, 2011

When You Wish Upon A Star

Still working on Christmas cards  :)   This one is for the 'let the music move you' challenge over at Crafts and Me Challenges.  Be sure to check out there store and blog, lovely images, tutorials, gallery, and they are wonderful to do business with.

This particular image is from Beckys Place, she offers many beautiful, free digis and some nice tutorials.

The recipe: cardstock and ink is SU, not sure where I got the little diamond stars-but I really like them, the flowers and ribbon from my stash, stickles, Cuttlebug music folder, Nestibilities and copics--5 shades.

Verse inside the card.

Thanks for looking  :) 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fimo Tiles and Mini Pocket Books

I finished making some of the little tiles from fimo clay.  Thought I'd do about two dozen, but as it turns out, 6 got finished  :)    I think I'll do another half dozen in a Christmas/Winter theme.

These ones, as you can see did not come out the same exact size, but it doesn't really matter.  I filed around the edges, painted them with a dauber in Snow Cap, cut paper for some, used a sticker for a couple and put crystal effects (SU) on two of them, then rubbed some distress paint around the edges.  As you can see, I put one in my little book.

Two more little pocket books.  If you look on the Zutter site, they give a tutorial for these--they are called Tea Books, you can fit a tea bag into the pocket. 
However, these are so easy to make, you just choose a size for your pages, fold the paper up, make tags to fit, make covers and bind--with anything, really.    

Here's a glimse of the inside pages.  The tags are cut from matching paper and have beige lined cardstock (from CM), for journeling.  I've pretty much inked up all the edges of everything and added coordinating ribbons and lace   :) 

There you have it, for this lovely sunny Thursday!

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