Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July

Hi there!

Working on a few projects right now, but thought I'd share a Christmas card design I used in 2014.
Washi tape is an easy and quick way to add fun to cards.
I saw other similar cards around the internet and figured this was up my alley for making about 100 cards...

Spray the cards with gold spray.
Then add strips of Washi tapes, overlapping slightly.
In the top sample I stamped a background shape before stamping the greeting over top.
Then I embellished with a die cut poinsettia, or the bell enhanced with metal flakes.

See ya!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Way overdue!


I'm going through websites and deleting ones bookmarked that haven't posted this year.  Then I check and I THOUGHT I had posted at the beginning of June, but NO!  It was May!  SO sorry to those that check my site!

I've been quite busy it seems making seasonal cards for sale and then emergency cards for dear friends and family.  I've been selling my cards at a local shop that opened here in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  The Artisan Emporium is a shop that was opened by a local lady to highlight local artisans of all types.  We have potters, sewers, jewellery makers, photographers, painters, etc.  As a holiday approaches, I make a few cards to se if they sell, and to my surprise they have, then I need to quickly make more before the holiday passes! 

I've been forgetting to take pictures of all of them, but I'll catch you up as best I can.

Mother's day cards: I've been collecting doilies and handkerchiefs for a while to make cards with them and finally got brave enough to do so.

Father's Day:  After showing a new friend how to use stencils and inks, I got inspired to make a mess one day and made a pile of backgrounds.  This is one of the cards I made that I remembered to photograph!  Having lost our fathers to cancer 9 years ago, this is tough holiday for both my husband and I and our families, but it's getting easier, if I think of making a card they would have enjoyed.

Clay cards:  I'm still making cards for Clay It Forward, a not for profit group here in the Soo.  Sandra is such a great promoter of causes!  I draw inspiration from the clay pieces/ ornaments she gives me to use.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Artisan Emporium


I have been sharing some exciting news with local friends, and tomorrow it will be happening!
A group of local artists have come together to sell our handmade items in a store environment.  A local lady decided to take the risk of renting a building here in Sault Ste. Marie and setting it up.  So tomorrow at 10 am The Artisan Emporium will be open for business!

I went into the store and set up the finishing touches on my display today, complete with some new Mother's Day cards. 

The hours for now will be Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 10-6.  Com by and let me know what you think!

Friday, April 7, 2017

More Clay Cards!


As previous mentioned, I've been ramping up my card making lately.
I got a call from Sandra at Clay it Forward to tell me the cards I gave her were selling very well and she needed a refill!  SO excited to hear that!

So, here are some of the cards that will be available this weekend at the Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario!

It's Spring!


I've been working like a busy bee the past two weeks!
Another craft table day at Vintage Coop is coming up AND I've signed up to sell cards at The Artisan Emporium!  A group of ladies decided to rent a main floor of a building and have fellow artisans come and display/sell their works!  I was happily accepted and have geared up production!

Here are a few new springy cards I created:

Yes, I have been adding my cross stitch skills to the cards again!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Recycled Puppy Cards

Hi there!

When possible, I try to reuse paper products in my cards. (I also use other items, but that's another story)  My hubby has fear of throwing out anything just in case I say "but I was going to use that!". 

I was given a pile of past Shetland Sheepdog calendars to create something out of and decided on this series of cards.

Using a 1" square punch, I punched out the images I wanted from a 'puppy a day calendar'. 

The punched images were then placed on cards fronts using images from magazines for the background.  Sometimes I used a strip of paper to mat the images and sometimes not.

Then I add my greeting, decorate the inside and we're done!

See you next time!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Clay It Forward


I love to try to used found items or unique items on my cards.  Since we've moved here to Sault Ste. Marie, I've been trying to make connections with others and this is one of them.  Clay It Forward is a community art initiative started by a new friend Sandra Hodge.  Check out her website for more details!  So I asked her if she would be willing to share some clay pieces for me to place on cards. 

Well some of the shapes are used to bring awareness to certain groups.  For example, heart shaped pieces with a little girl is for Days For Girls, bone and dog shapes are to bring awareness to mental health issues, veggies are for a local community garden...

Here is some of the cards I have created:

Keep tuned for more cards in the future!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Published card!

Hi there!

It's been a while since I've had a card published.  Mind you, it's been a while since I submitted cards too.  I've started to again before Christmas, but it takes about 6 month minimum to see if it is published.  Sometimes longer, as magazines will keep items for a few years to publish at a later date for a specific theme.  The feeling never grows old though!  Love it!

This latest one was published the 2017 Winter Just Cards magazines. 

My other published items are in the other pages of this blog.


Mardi Gras Scull

Hi there!

A couple years ago a had a great idea for making custom stamps (not an original one, mind you) and I got excited when I saw a friend's necklace.  So I borrowed it and used a magic foam type product that retains the imprint of what you press into it. Then I stamped it!

Pretty cool but I didn't want the edge.  So I cut out the imprint and tried again.

This is the final result. (front of the card and inside)

I still have this custom stamp and love it!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Needed cards


My family is French Canadian, so I'm thinking a lot of them lately!

Lately I had to sit down and make some specific cards for some special people.

A cousin recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  As we have a tradition to give something Disney inspired, this was the card I created for her.  Disney paper of course as the background.  Then a printed vellum by Sonnets which I stamped Disney balloon stamps with black Staz-On ink.

I also found out about a few deaths in family and good friends' family.  This is always a case where I try to make something from the heart, while thinking of the family while I'm creating.  Often I play some inspirational music when doing these too.  Depending on my knowledge of the family's faith, I will select a more or less spiritual message.  The greetings are by Stampin' Up! and I cannot remember who created the flower/label stamp.

A plus tard! (See you later!)

Mad About Machines


I've been working on a quilt and will be showing that to you once I get to the halfway point ;)

I do love older sewing machines from the turn of the century.  They are so beautiful! And each one has a story to tell!

In November, one of my sewing teachers was selling her treadle sewing machine and I jumped at the chance to bring it home!  I've been looking for one like her for quite a while!  Her name is Valentina.  Lily had her cleaned and replaced her belt and she works!  She's been in my sewing area since then and I love the look of her! 

She even came with a box of feet and spools!  Have not had a chance to play on her yet though...

THEN I went to visit my mom and was offered to use my grandmother's sewing machine while I was visiting. 

We tested it and were amazed at how well it ran and SO quiet!  When I tried to use it a couple days later we couldn't get it to load the bobbin.  Did exactly the same thing, but the thread will not come up from the bobbin area.  I'm thinking maybe a spring needs to be replaced maybe...  Mom gave me permission to bring her home and see about getting her fixed.

Don't know what to call her... I called my grandmother 'memere' but that doesn't sound like a good name.  Or maybe yes?  I'll take suggestions!