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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New CTMH Catalogue and Stamps On The Way!

For my CTMH customers, I just wanted to let you know that the new Summer Catalogue is on it's way as well as the Stamp Of The Month's for the catalogue! I went ahead and signed on for the autoship this time, so we'll have a preview of all 4 SOTM before you can purchase them from the catty!

As soon as I have everything in hand, I'll let you know. For non-members to our monthly club who are interested in a catalogue, you can purchase one for $5.

Would you like to join a monthly club?? We have a new one starting in May, join now and receive your catalogue FREE! Email me for details at I look fwd to hearing from you.

Feeling Under The Weather?

Good morning!! This is a 6x6" card that I put together last night. It's for no one in particular right now, but always good to have on hand. I just thought it was a perfect sentiment for the card! The sentiment is Stamping Bella and the bunny stamp is from House-Mouse. I watercolored him and then added silver glitter to the rain drops.

Monday, March 30, 2009

More Birthday Card Samples!

Just wanted to share a couple more birthday sample invitations I came up with! Both are for a little boy's first birthday and they're to be in a candyland type theme. So I went with the board squares and added the jar of candy on the card front and on the squares, I added candy! The first one here is a 9x4" card and I've left the center all open as that's where the birthday information would go.

I hope you like!

Easter Basket

Well, I surprise myself again! I wanted to do something special for our kids as well as my nieces and nephew for Easter. So, I used my cricut "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge for this whole idea!! I used CTMH "Fun Flock" on the bunny, CTMH "Liquid Glass" on the eggs and I used the CTMH Easter stamp.

I'm very happy with my newest creation!! Hope you like it to!

And The Winner Is..........

And the winner of my first Sketchy Tuesday is....

Julia Charlton!! Card #2! CONGRATS Julia!!

I had my son and his best friend choose and they thought the cars were pretty cool. Send me your snail mail address, Julia, and I'll get your prize out this week!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 24th Sketchy Tuesday Entries!

Hello!! Well, I hope everyone had a FANTASTIC wknd! We did yardwork yesterday (SO much work!) and then today, not much! We had a late night last night and we're both tired out. Uh that a sign of aging??? UGH!

So, my first challenge brought in 3 entries!! I'm so excited! I'm going to have my son choose a winner this time around. All three cards are so cute! Great job, girls! Winner will be notified Monday morning! Thank you all for entering and I can't wait to see what comes in on the next challenge, which will be posted on Tuesday, April 7th! Stay tuned!

#1 - Lee Ann Liscoumb
# 2 - Julia Charlton
# 3 - Christine Dol

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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The Games Are Back!

Michele left me a comment on my "Another Facelift" post and said she missed the game I had at the bottom of my blog, so I've added that AND 1 more! Scroll down to the bottom and have fun!

Nicky's Card Class at Stamping Bella!

Good morning! Last night I went to Stamping Bella in Thornhill and took my first card class with Nicky. I can't wait to take another one! You can find her personal blog here . If you're ever in the Thornhill area, I HIGHLY recommend taking one of her classes! Click on and then click the calendar to see a schedule. If you can't fit a time into Nicky's schedule, email and let her know! We had a great time last night and learned alot of new things!!

Card #1 - For this one, we did 'paper piecing'. If you enlarge the pic, or look closely, you can see her dress and roller skates are paper! You stamp her on the white and then again on patterned paper and cut it out and assemble!

Card #2 - This one we were able to try a chalking technique. We used prisma colored chalks and a blender pen, what a neat technique and the chalk feels like velvet!

Card #3 -Again we used paper piecing with this one and mineral spirits to blend the color on her sleeves. I didn't add my sentiment to this one yet.

Card #4 - This one was done with watercolor pencils and mineral spirits. I LOVE the mineral spirits! This was my first time using it and I bought it last night. You color an area of your image and then using what's called a 'stump' (looks like a paper pencil), you dip it in the mineral spirits and the start circling on your color and drag it across. Works wonderful and gives a great 'watercolor' look to your cards! I LOVED it! This card also has a 'shadow' stamp under her feet.

Card #5 - This one opens 'upwards' and we were able to try out the copics with this one. A little taste anyway!! I love this color scheme together. Very soft.

Of course, every card has a little bit of glitter!!!
Hope you like them, pls leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Nicky, thank you SO much for showing us your talent! I know I learned some new things!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Facelift!

Hello!! Well, I've done it again! I had to change it up again, wasn't as find as the other template as I thought I was. I was looking for a new template for another blog I run for our scrapbooking club ( and came across this template and fell in love with it!! I absolutely LOVE this color scheme and how it all just blends together. I hope you do to!! Let me know what you think.

Well, I am off to Stamping Bella tonight for a "Magical Ketto" card class with Nicky and can't wait!! There's 4 from our group going and we're all quite excited. I'll post my cards tmw!!

Have a wonderful day and don't forget, your 'Sketchy' Tuesday card is due on Saturday! I already have one submission and I think another on it's way!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

'Sketchy' Tuesday!!

You guessed it!! Our first challenge is going to be from a sketch!! I got this sketch from Remember, make your card any size you would like, follow the sketch and have fun with this!!

Email your submissions to with MARCH 24 in the subject line. All submissions are due on Saturday, March 28th at 6pm. I'll load them up here on Sunday and winner will be announced on Monday morning!!! Winner will receive a basket filled with scrapbooking goodies!

For those of us, including myself, who have never done a sketch challenge before, all you have to do is follow the design of the sketch. BUT, where you see the 3 squares, you could incorporate flowers, stamps, square paper with stamped image...whatever embellishment you like. Where you see the lines on either side of the squares, you could put ribbon,'s endless!! Where you see 'Greeting' you can put any sentiment you like there!! Hope that helps!

Good luck everyone!

Every Other Tuesday Just Got More Interesting!!!

Hello again!! So, I've decided to start a bi-weekly challenge to keep us in the cardmaking/scrapbooking mood!! With the warmer weather coming up, it's VERY easy to get out of the loop and next thing you know, you're either WAY behind in those pg's or you have an occasion coming up and you need that card yesterday!!!

So, here's the rules!
  1. Every other Tuesday I will post either a sketch or a color challenge
  2. All you have to do is follow the sketch or color scheme and come up with a layout or a card!
  3. Submissions are to be emailed to by Saturday evening at 6pm
  4. Entries will be posted on Saturday night OR Sunday morning
  5. Winner will be announced on Monday morning via random number generator
  6. Each challenge will be a different prize

I look fwd to seeing what you come up with!

Easter Is On It's Way!!

Good morning! Another cool one. I wonder if Mother Nature knows that spring has officially arrived?? I think she's forgotten. Oh well, at least it's sunny! We woke this morning to 62*C!! For some reason, one of our breakers tripped and it was the one the furnace runs on...OOPS!! So, with hubby talking me through this morning, we figured it all out. Now we're nice and cozy again.

Just wondering, how is everyone doing with your easter plans? Have you been making anything special? What do you do as far as traditions?? I'm working on little easter baskets for my 2 kids as well as my 2 nieces and my nephew. Come next easter, we'll have one more addition!! Once I get my baskets done, or at least one, I'll post a pic for you. So stay tuned!!

Don't forget, you can always join my 'followers' so you get notified each time I post and then you won't ever miss a thing!!!

Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for my finished easter basket!! It's looking quite cute!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Candyland Themed Birthday Invitations! (Sample 2)

Here's sample #2. This one is a little more simple. I'm trying out a couple different idea's before I send them all off! This one I used liquid glass on the jellybeans and I chalked the jar as well.

Candyland Themed Birthday Invitations! (Sample 1)

Hello there! First of all, I'd like to send a thank you out to Marissa from Staton Island, New York. I did some invitations for her daughter's upcoming 2nd birthday, and she's passed my name on to some friends! So, I have another 'possible' order for 1rst birthday invitations.

Helene wanted her son's birthday to be candyland themed, (candy and board squares), using the primary colors. So I'm working on samples to send her to see which one she likes.

For this one, I popped the lollipops off the page, added some fun flock on the ice cream cone, glittered the candy jar and popped if off as well.
Remember, if you click on the photo, it'll enlarge it to see better details!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Kelli and Karen’s Scrapbooking Club are proud to Host, Scrapbook for the Cure!

Come Scrapbook to Support Breast Cancer Research at South Lake Regional Health Care Center in, Newmarket Ontario. I think all of us know someone who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, so let’s get together, Scrapbook and Raise Funds for this worthy cause!
DATE: Saturday May 23, 2009 (this is not the long weekend)
TIME: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
LOCATION: Keswick (exact place TBA)

What do you get for your $30.00?
  • Your name in a draw for great door prizes!
  • Half a table of work space for the entire day and evening!
  • Lunch catered by Christopher’s Pizza
  • Dinner Catered by Triple "G" Catering
  • Beverages donated by Zehrs
  • Really good value for your money!

How do I get entered into the grand prize draw?

  • Collect $100 or more in pledges from your Family, Friends, Co-workers and Neighbors, and your name will be entered into the grand prize draw!
  • For every additional $50 your name will be entered in again!

$30 Registration fee is required in advance to reserve your table space.
Please make cheques payable to "Garage Sale for the Cure"

Call 905-476-4111 or

Thank you for helping in the fight to
Eliminate Breast Cancer

RE/MAX Landmark Realty Inc., Brokerage
Kelli and Karen’s CTMH Scrapbooking Club

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Whole NEW Look!

Hello!! Well, after HOURS (I'm not kidding!) and then another HOUR of re-adding everything, I think I've acheived that I was looking for. I've spiced up my blog, made it colorful and fun!! I wanted to find something more related to scrapbooking/cardmaking, but wasn't having much luck finding something I liked. So, here you are!!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!! Do you like it? Is it easy on the eyes, or do you think something needs to be changed??? Let me know what you think!!!!!


Good morning! I just wanted to let you know that I am trying to spruce up my blog a little, so you will find it under construction today. Once I have it all in place, I will post a note and you can let me know what you think!

Thanks for your patience!

Friday, March 20, 2009


Hello friends!! I wanted to let you know about a blog candy give away!! I also run another blog which is dedicated to all the work our Close To My Heart Club girls do. We've had over 1000 hits and therefore, we've decided to have a Blog Candy Contest!! To participate, click this link and you'll be taken directly to the Blog Candy post. Follow the instructions, leave your comment and good luck!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kids Can Too!!!

Hello!! Well, I came down tonight to work on my card for the Bellarific challenge and all was quiet and next thing I knew, here comes my daughter's a scrapper and card maker like me. She's doing very well and not afraid to try anything either. She tried her first Bella stamp tonight and it's one from the new KETTO line. She did a great job!! She even took the photo!

Kid's Can Too!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Dear Friend

It's time for another Bellarific Friday challenge!! This week we were given the photo below and what a pretty color scheme! Now that I see the 2 pics together, I think my one color is off. Oh well, I've sent it in and still very happy with it. I can see how much I've grown in the last while, so that's good!! I've started trying new things and not being afraid to go outside of my box. I love this card!!!

The card is a 6x6" and I used the paper from CTMH "Key To My Heart" paper pack, the stamp is from the KETTO line at Stamping Bella, I used 'Sorbet', 'Juniper', 'Tulip' and 'Creme Brulee' CTMH ink as well as a large circle scallop punch, heart punch, valentine's lace edge punch and for coloring, I used a water brush with the ink pads!

Hope you like it....pls leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you're not sure how, it's very easy! If you scroll down under this post you'll see 'comments', click there and another window opens and you'll see a box that say's 'Leave Your Comment'. Type your comment in the box and scroll down and you'll see 'Name/URL', click there and just type your name and enter! VOILA! You've left me a comment!!

Or you can just email me and I can add it under your!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


On Sunday, I went down to Stamping Bella in Thornhill and took a layout class with Diane. If you're in the area, you can go to and at the top of the page you'll see 'Calendar', click there and you can see all the classes coming up! This class was called "A Year In Review" and we did 13 layouts in 3 hours!! I was amazed! You'll see white mats on some pages, those are just tacked down to show where pictures and/or journalling can go. I didn't add a mat to all of them as I was thinking nice big pictures would look really nice as well. Wasn't sure what I wanted to do with all of them. The great thing is, they're done and now all we do is add pictures! One thing I learned as well is that it's ok to use patterns together. This is one thing I was always leary about. But they just work!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Birthday

My sister bought this stamp and I just HAD to try her out! She is SO cute!!! I added some fun flock to the cupcake to make it pop put. See where it says 'Happy Birthday'? Well, I ended up with a little boo boo there and with some help from my friends on what to do, as I thought I had to pitch the whole thing, we came up with the little flower idea! Not bad, huh??? The stem is where I had my little 'oops'!


I don't know about you, but I am just so tired of this wintery weather, I had to come up with a card with a 'warm' feeling and what better than a beach card??? Again, this one is done using watercolor pencils and for the background, I used kleenex and blotted Close To My Heart's 'Heavenly Blue" ink pad and dabbed it all around the outside of my image to give it the look of clouds.

'Agnes KETTO' Glass Coaster

Meet Agnes KETTO! Isn't she a doll?? I bought the glass coaster at Stamping Bella and then you add your image of choice in the bottom. I stamped Agnes and colored her using watercolor pencils and added some glitter to give her some 'bling'.

Hope you like her....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My 'Stamping Bella' Contest Entry

Every Friday, Stamping Bella holds a contest and for this Friday, we had to use this color scheme and a button on a layout. The winner receives $10 in Bella Bucks!

Here's my entry! Wish me luck!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Antiquing (cards) Class

On Friday night, our scrapbook group had Catherine Black, from Stampin' Up!, come up and teach us about antiquing. We had a ball! I think Catherine may think we're all a little crazy!!

The first card is all about tearing and creating a suede feel with your paper. We took the stamped piece and we ran a bone folder over it over and over and over till the paper started to separate. You use core paper for this. Once it starts to separate, you CAREFULLY pull the 2 layers apart and you're left with paper that feels like suede! You then stamp it and add your other colors on top to give it an antique look

The second card is about using sandpaper to create an aged look on the tree. We stamped the tree and then using sandpaper, you run it across the square so it scratches the paper. You then rub your ink color over the top giving it that cracked look!

Sometimes Life Is A Balancing Act

Stamping Bella came out with a new line of stamps and of course, I had to get my hands on some of them!! This is a card I made using 'Ivy KETTO' and of course the sentiment is also from Stamping Bella!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


It's funny how colors are SO different on the computer! Even though the 2 photo's were taken in the same spot, the lighting is completely different!

I called this card, Joy, as that's what you feel when you have a new baby. I hope you like it.

Materials Used:
  • swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder
  • 'sunday dress' stamping bella stamp
  • stampin' up! scallop circle punch
  • martha stewart circle punch (smaller one)
  • close to my heart 'annotations' stamp set (pink circle INSIDE the punched out circle)
  • close to my heart 'create a file' stamp set (joy)
  • close to my heart prisma glitter
  • close to my heart 'blush' and 'key lime' ink pads
  • close to my heart ribbon
  • bling from michaels

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Love Bug

Have you been bitten by the 'Love Bug' lately?? Well, meet little 'flutterby HUGGABUG'!! Isn't she a doll??? She's another cute stamp set from the Huggabug family at Stamping Bella (

I had alot of fun with this one. My first time stamping her. I used my 6x6" paper sampler from Close To My Heart, my Martha Stewart 'Valentine Lace' edge punch, Martha Stewart 'Heart' punch, prisma glitter, watercolor pencils/blending pen, Martha Stewart Valentine's stamp (love bug and xoxoxo), ribbon and bling from Michaels!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Nurse Nelli ~ Feeling Under The Weather?

Meet Nurse Nelli!! Yes, another stamp from Stamping Bella! Can you tell I just LOVE these stamps?? This one really reminds me of my daughter, Ashleigh, and her white teddy bear that she has. I've added some fun flock to the teddy bear so he has texture. The paper is from Close To My Heart. It's a sample pack of 6x6" sheets that you can purchase. I used watercolors and blending pen to color her in, added some white daisy organdy ribbon and punched the pink patterned paper to give it a little pizzaz!!

Hope you like!

Monday, March 2, 2009

First Attempt At Flower Soft!

Ever heard of flower soft? Me neither, until last week. It's a really cool product that's kind of like fun flock, but better! If you go to and then go into projects and watch the video there, you'll be amazed at what you can do with this stuff. I know I was! So, this is my very first attempt using flower soft. You can buy this at Stamping Bella. This color is Delphinium Blue. I colored the bluebells underneath as well and then added the flower soft on top. Still need to play to perfect it, but for my first time, not to bad!

If Friends Were Flowers...

Are you sick of Stamping Bella stamps yet? I didn't think so! LOL! They truly are my newfound favourites. This one here is called 'best friends forevah' and the sentiment inside says 'if friends were flowers, i'd pick you'. How cute is that????

Materials Used:
  • CTMH 'Unforgettable' lv 2 paper pack and stickease
  • Cuttlebug 'Divine Swirls' embossing folder
  • CTMH prisma glitter
  • CTMH watercolor pencils/blending pen
  • dollarama flowers
  • brad from michaels

I just wanted to show you how adding a little distressing, can really change a card! All I did was using a sanding block, ran it over the raised cuttlebug embossed area and look what happens! You get a whole new look! Make sure your paper is white core when doing this technique to get the full affect!

And The Winner Is..........

Ashley said...
I love this one too! It's perfect for just about anything!!
March 2, 2009 2:26 PM

Ashley commented on one of my posts today (A Fairy Happy Birthday) I put all the names of ppl who commented into a hat and had my kids pick a name out! Ashley, pls email me with your snail mail so I can get your prize out to you!!


A Special Girl

Ok, so I LOVE, LOVE this stamp!! It's another from Stamping Bella and it's called 'Sunday Dress' Is it not just too darn cute?? This is a 3" x 3" card. The sentiment is also from Stamping Bella and actually says 'For A Special Girl' but I knew it wouldn't fit, so had to do some fancy footwork and hoping I got it on there right the first time!

Materials Used: (CTMH unless otherwise noted)
  • Unforgettable level 2 paper pack
  • Prisma glitter
  • 'Sorbet' ink
  • watercolor pencils/blending pen
  • Stampin' Up! window punch
  • Stampin' Up! circle scallop punch

Just A Note

Ever need a card for a 'just because' occassion? I thought this was perfect. I bought this stamp at Stamping Bella as well and it's called 'Billboardabella' and it comes with 6 different sayings!! I LOVE it!

Materials Used: (CTMH unless otherwise noted)
  • That's Amore Level 2 paper pack
  • Prisma glitter
  • Watercolor pencils/blending pen
  • sanding block (white edges in the brown)
  • Cuttlebug 'Paisley' folder
  • Ribbon (michaels)

Have A Fairy Happy Birthday!

One of my new stamps from Stamping Bella! Inside sentiment says "Have a fairy happy birthday".

Materials Used:
  • CTMH "Daydream" lv 2 paper pack
  • CTMH "spring" buttons
  • bling (michaels)
  • wire ribbon (michaels)
  • CTMH prisma glitter
  • CTMH watercolor pencils/blending pen
  • wooden flower embellishments (stamping bella)
  • CTMH "Key Lime" ink

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blog Candy Give Away Only ONE More Day!

Hello! Well, I've been down and out with a cold the last few days, so haven't done any cards or artwork. I've slept ALOT! Saturday we went on a road trip down to Stamping Bella and bought lots of new stamps and a new product called "Flower Soft" which I can't wait to try out! I'm off tmw, so that's my plan, so stay tuned for more creativity!!!

Just a reminder, one more day till the winner of my blog candy is announced, so if you want a chance to win, make sure you post a comment!!! Click here to see what you have to do!! It's VERY easy!!

Good luck!