Dress up your door

Yarn Wreath Tutorial.

Crumb Cake

Who would've thought?

Coconut Sugar Scrub

A simple, yet luxurious gift. Don't forget to make one for yourself!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sometimes I forget…

…that I actually have to mail a card and keep adding and adding and adding…

Such is the case with my sister’s birthday card from a few weeks ago.

I used my all-time favourite colour combination of SU Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.  I seriously can’t get enough of this combo.  I might need a support group to get over it. Really.

I grabbed the great Bo Bunny paper, my favourite Birthday stamp set (SU Birthday Whimsy) and set to work.


This card was heavy! Many layers of cardstock, plus knotted ribbon, paper flowers on the inside AND out with rhinestone brads…I wasn’t sure if it would fit through the slot of doom!

FYI- for my non-Canadian friends, our postal system has a height restriction of on our letter mail.  The envelope must be under 5mm high and under 30 grams for it to be sent with one stamp. Our next slot of doom for oversized envelopes is 20mm, just shy of 1” high…if it’s higher than that, we have to call it a parcel and the prices jump astronomically!!! There’s tons of threads mentioning it on Etsy if you’re so inclined to do a search…so when a Canadian seller quotes a  shipping price for flat items…please be understanding!

Good news- after a few nervous days of me watching my mailbox for a returned card demanding more postage…my sister let me know her card arrived safe and sound (it did measure EXACTLY 30 grams).

I’m actually taking my sister to see Sting tonight as her birthday gift; our mom is joining us, then mom and I and a few of my friends are going to see Lilith Fair tomorrow.

I’ll have a timed post for the SUnday Case Challenge #2, but there’s still time to join in on Challenge #1!

Happy Friday!

Ciao for now,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hello Little Baby

I’ve made this card a few times, it’s one of those layouts which works perfectly, and this paper…ahh this paper! I’m going to be so sad when I run out!

So in case you missed it the first time around, here it is again, and now available in my Etsy store (the first round was for a custom order)

I changed up the ribbon from the first edition, using wider satin brown ribbon and tying a different knot.


I just love it!





I don’t think I’ve ever made so many of the same card…besides when I’m making a set of course.


This card makes me happy!





Happy Tuesday!

Ciao for now,


WAIT- don’t forget to enter my CASE challenge here!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Irish Eyes are Smiling


I came up with these beaded butterflies last year, and loved them, but  they weren’t selling despite the many compliments I received. 



Two weeks ago, I received a convo from an Etsy customer about my beaded butterflies.  She was interested in 60 butterflies to use for her sister’s wedding invitations.  Sarah, who lives in Ireland, sent me some links to similar chartreuse green and chocolate brown she was using for the invites.

Initially, we settled on green butterflies, Sarah picking the style/pattern of the one above.  I had made up 3 samples for her to choose from:

After a few days, Sarah and I were both concerned the greens wouldn’t match- with her being overseas, we have different suppliers/companies available to us and colours can be hard to match. 

Sarah asked if we could switch the design of the butterflies to chocolate brown and ivory, with green beads.  We decided the brown would likely be easier to match than the green.

I was able to find some chocolate brown and ivory damask print designer paper and some light green beads and got to work!

DSC03775The first step is to punch out the butterflies.  Each butterflies has 6 layers of paper- 3 of heavy chocolate chip cards stock and 3 of the designer paper..that’s 360 paper butterflies!


I arranged them in little piles and then DSC03779started layering them, with a dab of glue to hold them together.

I think they look like chocolate, white and dark swirled together- yummy!



Then each butterfly needs four beads to make the body; I use floral wire because I can get a gauge that’s flexible and create the antennae.

Here’s what 60 finished butterflies with 360 pieces of paper and 240 beads look like!


The butterflies made their flight to Ireland last week and arrived safely just 4 days later…I couldn’t believe it.  International mail always makes me a bit nervous, so I was pleased when they made it faster than the post had promised.

I’m really happy with how these turned out, and Sarah promised a picture of the finished invitations…I can’t wait to see the finished product!

I’m thankful when customers feel comfortable approaching me for custom orders, based on what they see in my store and their own personal vision.

Thank you Sarah!

Happy Monday,

Ciao for now,

(ps…did you check out my CASE challenge? click here to get the details!)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SUnday Case Challenge #1

Welcome to the first SUnday Case Challenge!

As I mentioned yesterday, sometimes it’s hard to create new layouts for a card, so this challenge will hopefully help you along.

Each week I’ll choose one card/project from the new SU 2010-2011 Catalogue for us to CASE. Each CASE must change at least 1 element from the original- use different colours, a different stamp set…well, you get the idea!

Come back here and link your project so we can all see how many variations of one design we can get. I can’t promise a prize each week, but I’m sure we can have some prizes along the way.

So here is our first CASE project.


This heart card is on page 2 of the new catty, on the introduction page of the IN-colour collection.

It caught my eye immediately. I believe it uses the stamp set I {heart} hearts, which I have (and love), but I decided to do something a little different.

I needed a card for my recently-engaged friends Michelle and Steve, and thought this card would be perfect to CASE for them.


I decided to use my MS heart punch and some designer paper instead of the stamps. Truth be told, cutting out the hearts by hand intimidated me, so I went with the punch.

I eliminated one layer on the original card by piercing the SU Kraft card base and using a white gel pen for stitching. I haven’t used this effect in a long time and I forgot how much I loved it! To balance the bottom, I used a small stamp from the You and Moi set (I think it’s retired)- isn’t it cute! A tiny adhesive pearl just adds the perfect little touch.


Sometimes I forget how much I love ‘simple’ cards. This one works with minimal embellishments. DSC04244

I’m very happy with how this turned out, and Michelle loved it too!

So now it’s your turn; CASE the original card from the SU catalogue and come back and link it here to your gallery or your blog. I’m using a new link widget, so right now I *think* the link will be closed Sunday, July 25th @ 9am.

I’ll pick one card and post it with the next challenge.

Go and get CASE-ing!

Happy Sunday!

Ciao for now,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A wave Hello, a birthday weekend and a new challenge

Hello there strangers!  Yet again, another crazy few weeks with the ‘real’ job has kept me away.  I hope you’re all staying cool and crafty so far this summer.

It’s been extremely hot and humid here in London, Ontario, and despite my best efforts, I couldn’t stay sane  cool with my little fans, so I bought myself a portable air conditioner.DSC04218

I can move it from my bedroom to my office, which is a huge benefit.  The windows in the apartment slide open on the vertical plane, so traditional window air conditioners wouldn’t work without blocking off the rest of the window with wood.  It can be done, but not easily.  The A/C was my birthday present to myself…usually I buy myself a new dress!

My birthday was last weekend and it was filled with what I love to do most…concerts!  I started off on Thursday, July 8th with The Counting Crows and Augustana.

I had never seen Augustana before, but I’m totally hooked now.  The show was unique in that both bands played together, instead of having an opening band and a headliner.  I thought it was fantastic, and every so often one band would leave and let the other play.


We had great seats, so I took my big camera; I’ll be sharing some of my favourite shots over the next little while.

Friday night, July 9th (my actual birthday) we travelled to Toronto to see Metric at an outdoor amphitheatre.  We had seats that were far away, un-covered, and it was forecasted to rain, so I didn’t take my big camera.  The Little Sony is getting old and I’m not really happy with the pictures I did get so, I don’t have any to share.  Metric was good, although I’m not sure I’d see them again.  I really enjoy their new album, but I’m not familiar with their older stuff, and that’s what they mostly played.

Saturday night, the 10th, we travelled to Sarnia for their annual Bayfest music festival to see Crash Karma, Sam Roberts and Weezer.  I’ve seen Weezer before, but never as a headliner, so I was excited.  They didn’t disappoint; it was by far my favourite concert of the weekend.  Rivers (lead singer) covered Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, complete with a blond wig! (if you know Weezer, a Lady Gaga song is the last thing you’d expect!)  My sister joined us for that concert and, never having seen Weezer before, commented that it was like barging in on a kid in the basement belting out like no one is watching.  Weezer was enthralling, entertaining and had so much fun on stage, it was contagious.

Now that we’re mostly caught up, I’ve decided to challenge myself and you, if you’d like to play along.

When I get really busy, I sometimes get put off by coming up with a new layout for a card.  I love creating unique cards, so I’m not one to make more than 2 or 3 of the same design…but sometimes it’s difficult to come up with new ideas.

To take some of the pressure off, I’ve decided to CASE some cards; (CASE-ing is when you use someone else’s card as your base, but change at least one element- layout, colours, add or eliminate an element, etc).  My SU demonstrator was kind enough to provide me with the new SU catalogue, and I was immediately drawn to many of the projects.

So each week, I will choose a card from the new catty to CASE and post it up here.  You can join me if you like; I think I’ll be doing the post on Sundays, you’ll have a whole week to submit before the next Sunday post.  I think it’d be interesting to see how many ‘spin-offs’ we can get from one card.

We’ll start tomorrow and see how it goes…hopefully I can get Mr. Linky up and working.

Get ready and see you tomorrow!

Happy Saturday!

Ciao for now,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day! and Happy Birthday Sis!


Happy Canada Day Eh!  Hope you all enjoy your holiday!

And a special Happy Birthday to my sister Victoria who turns the big 25 today!


It seemed like only yesterday her and I were playing the backyard, running through the sprinkler because our dad refused to buy us a pool.


He made it up to us by building the biggest slip and slide known to the neighborhood!

Enjoy the day, and run through the sprinkler if you can.

Ciao for now,

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More
This Is A Do-Follow Blog