Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Birthday

It's been a while since I've played with any challenges and believe it or not, amid all the craziness of Christmas preparations I took some time to make a card for two challenges.

The first is The Friday Mash-up, FM139, one of my favourite challenges to play.
The challenge this week is to do a "winter" project with embossing.

The next is The Paper Players #176.  Their challenge is a white on white theme with a neutral or metallic.  I chose the metallic.

Here's my card:

Here are the details:

Paper: Whisper White, Silver
Stamp sets: Bring on the Cake, Flower Shop
Tools: Northern Flurry EF, Pansy Punch, Ovals Framelits, Mini Snowflake Punch
Ink: Platinum
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Silver Embossing Powder

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree!

Today's challenge at Catherine and Cathy Create is all about Christmas Trees.  I've been making a lot of Christmas Cards lately and love using the set Evergreen; I think I've made at least 4 different designs using this set.  Here is one I created especially for this challenge.

Here's a close-up of the tree:


Stamp Set: Evergreen
Paper: Whisper White, Silver, Sliver Glimmer
DSP: Winter Frost
Ink: Old Olive
Embossing Powder: Iridescent Ice
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Monday, November 25, 2013

HAPPY 60th

Today I wanted to show you a card I made recently for a friend celebrating her 60th birthday.

I wanted to keep it monotone so did everything in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  I even sponged the doily with Crumb Cake.  The gold cut out 60 was also sponged with Crumb Cake to make it blend.  A few vintage brads and some chunky gold glitter tie it all together.

Monday, November 18, 2013


I've been loving the new Festive Flurry stamp set and coordinating dies.  Originally I was disappointed that Stampin ' Up! just didn't bring out dies to match the snowflakes from last year, but once I saw the new set in use I had to have it!

In a recent class we made 6 cards (3 each of 2 designs) and a package tag, all using this stamp and die set.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Catching Up

Today I'm bringing  you cards we've done in a recent All Occasion Cards class.  These are all modifications of swap cards from Convention this past summer.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Button, Button...

Today's challenge over at Catherine and Cathy Create is to use buttons.  I am still working on Christmas cards for our upcoming Craft Market this Saturday so I put on my thinking cap to see what I could come up with.

Here's My Card:

I tried a new technique that I saw online somewhere that was called "glitter powder".  You mix Stampin' Up! embossing powder with SU glitter, and Voila!  a glittery embossed image.  The picture does not do the glittery image justice; it's so pretty! I used Cherry Cobbled embossing powder and gold glitter.

Here are the rest of the details:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Wonderful Wreath, Heard From the Heart
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot, Windows Framelits
Accessories: Neutrals Buttons (R), Old Olive Ribbon (R)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Team Diabetes Fundraiser

I have been negligent in my blogging since I returned from London - and what a great time we had, by the way!  So I am going to try to get back on track with weekly posts from now on!  In addition there will always be a post on the 7th of each month for the Catherine and Cathy Create blog.

Today I wanted to show you the cards we made on Sunday at the fundraiser for Team Diabetes.  A good friends' daughter is participating in the 2014 run and asked me to help her with a Stampin' Up! fundraiser.  I am extremely happy to report we raised over $600.00!!!

Everybody made four cards and shared in some great prizes; it was definitely a fun afternoon!

Monday, October 7, 2013

3 Cheers!

I'm getting ready to fly off to London, England, tomorrow for two weeks and am soooooooooo excited!! In the midst of getting I stopped to do a little stamping.  By the time you are seeing this I will already be in London enjoying every minute.

Today's challenge at Catherine and Cathy Create is "in threes", any element in threes will do.  I needed to make an anniversary card so went with 3 Cheers!  Here's my card...

Here's the details:
DSP - Winter Frost
Cardstock - Whisper White, Silver
Ink - Markers - Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
Accessories - Silver Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Here For You

I've been working hard lately getting ready for a new Craft Market that my friend and I are putting together, (you can checkout our Facebook page here!), but I took a break from packaging cards today to make one.

I haven't played along with Mojo Monday for a while so I used their sketch.  I quite liked this one!

I also decided to play along with The Paper Players and their colour combo challenge.

I must admit that Rich Razzleberry is not a colour I use very much; which is why I decided to try this challenge.

Heres My Card...

Here are the details:
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP : Razzleberry Lemonade (retired)
Tools: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Rich Razzleberry Button
Stamp: Pretty Petites
Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pretty Packages

I was wrapping a gift for a friend's birthday and decided to try the bow Shelli showed us at convention.

I used the Gift Bow Bigz L Die with some retired newsprint DSP, a bit of gold spritz spray, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set with gold embossing powder, and voila!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Get Embossed!

Today's challenge over at Catherine and Caty Create is all about embossing. I used both dry and heat embossing on this card.  If you saw my last post you know I was playing with some parcel paper to make leaves. This card has a different take on them. Here's My Card:

Today's leaves were cut using the Autumn Accents Die, stamped with Fall Foliage (sadly, it's retired) and then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and then a bit of Orange Glitter was added.  For the dry embossing I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the card base, and the Pretty Print Embossing Folder on the accent piece.

Here's the rest of the details:
Cardstock - Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
DSP - Sweater Weather
Accessories  - Brads
Stamp Set - Day of Gratitude (retired)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Thanksgiving

Today I decided to play along with The Paper Players and their challenge to create a Fall themed card.  I had just wrapped a gift using brown paper - the kind you use to wrap a parcel - and there was an end piece laying on my table.

So I was thinking I should be able to use that and decided to sponge a piece all over.  I used Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip.

I put the full piece through the Big Shot with the Autumn Accents die and voila!

Here's My Card:

Here's the rest of the details:
Cardstock - Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
DSP- Well Worn (retired)
Stamp Set - Day of Gratitude (retired)
Accessories - Brads
Tools - Distressing Tool, Pretty Print Embossing Folder

Come back on Saturday to see another take on this card!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back To School

Here's my card for the next challenge, one of my favourite challenge to try and that's the Friday Mashup!
There is always two options at the Mashup, of course I usually try to do both.  This week it's a back to school theme.  I can honestly say I don't miss the craziness of back to school, it's been a long time since I've had to deal with that!  Here's the challenge:

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project with the "Sketch Liliana created."
  2. Create a project with a "School Theme (books, pencils, rulers, numbers, etc."
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "School themed project using Liliana's Sketch. "

I mixed up the sketch a bit,  Here's My Card:

Here's the details:
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey
DSP: Birthday Basics
Stamps: Greeting Card Kids (R), Measuring Stick Stampin' Around Builder Wheel
Ink:  Basic Grey, Black Stazon, Primrose Petals and Strawberry Slush Markers
Accessories: Neutrals Brads

Grade 4!

Happy Thursday everyone, tomorrow begins a long weekend for most - I hope everyone has a great Labour Day Weekend!

I've been busy in my craft room getting ready for some Christmas classes , but also took a little time to play along in a few challenges.

The first was a sketch challenge from The Paper Players .  I wanted to make a card for someone going back to school, so this sketch came in handy.

I used the Chevron embossing folder with Pool Party Core'dinations cardstock in keeping with the theme over at Catherine and Cathy Create coming up on Sept. 1st.  The card base is Tangerine Tango, and the accents are This and That Washi Tape.  The Stamp Set is retired, but one I can't give up, called Take A Spin.   I printed the words with the new Chalk Marker.  Quick and easy!

Monday, August 26, 2013

MDS Monday #29

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted; so much on the go lately.  This morning I was being totally lazy and was playing on my computer when I saw the new challenge from MDS Monday, so I thought, why not?  I was babysitting my Grandchildren a couple of days last week and one day we went to the park - what fun we had! I took lots of pictures and already have used  the My Paper Pumpkin freebie kit from Convention to create a mini album so I was eager to try something else.  NOTE: if you are interested in half price Paper Pumpkin kits see the info at the bottom of this post!

Here is the sketch:

Here is my page:

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Thursday, August 8, 2013


Welcome to the FIRST (Yippee!!) Blog Hop from Catherine and Cathy Create!  Of course to celebrate their first hop the gals are giving away blog candy!!  See all the details later in this post.

The theme of this Blog Hop is Back to School!  So when planning my projects the first thing that came to mind was the chalkboard technique that is all the rage right now.  Well, the first set of chalkboard style stamps that I ordered has not arrived yet so I had to improvise.   Here's My Card...

You can't tell from the angle of this picture but the label and the "For You" are popped up with dimensionals.
Stamp Sets: Layered Labels, Close as a Memory (retired)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft for stamping and sponging
Tools: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Accessories: Basic Jewels

I had such fun playing, I decided to do a second card.  
This one has a removable bookmark - think Teacher gift!

Here's a pic with the bookmark removed

Here's a close-up of the bookmark

Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Layered Labels, Tiny Tags (retired)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft for stamping and sponging, Crisp Cantaloupe for sponging, VersaMark and Black embossing powder
Tools: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Jewellery Tag Punch (retired)
Accessories: Calypso Coral Bakers Twine, Mini Brads, Hung Up Cute Clips

Now for the fun part - BLOG CANDY!!!!   Up for grabs is the Label Love stamp set from the new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog!
Label Love

In order to win you must do the following:
1. You must be a follower of Catherine and Cathy Create. Please follow via email, Google or BlogLovin'!
2. Leave a comment on each of the designers blogs by August 11th at 11:59 EST. For every comment you make you will get one entry.

The winner will be announced on August 14th along with the Tag Challenge.

Click the button below to take you to the fabulous Justin Krieger to see what he has in store!

To go back to Catherine Stockley at Catherine Loves Stamps click the button below:


Here's the order of the hop:
Tiz Barnes - You are here!
Make sure you check out the three monthly challenges as well, link up by August 31st!:
Tags Challenge: To be released on August 14th