Sunday, July 06, 2014


My father died just over a week ago. It takes a while in England to get a funeral organised. His funeral is on July 18th, so I am leaving for England to attend that.

I thought I would make some sympathy cards for his grand children and this is how they turned out.
I made some extras, for my sisters and brother.

I also made a memorial card for my dad for guests at the funeral.
I actually made a couple of small changes, taking out the word 'here' on the quote at the bottom, and changing 'thoughtful' to 'cherished' for father-in-law. I didn't have a photo of that.

For the top card, I used an idea from Freshly Made Sketches
Rest in Peace Dad

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sabrina's Wedding Gift.

I wanted to make a gift for Sabrina's wedding as well as the cards for her shower. I had so many ideas and ended up making an ABC album. I like this format, and the albums can be fun. Another idea I had was a Wedding Album, that I still may make for a future gift.

Anyway here are the pages of the album I put together.

And here is the cover. I haven't decided if I will add anything to the back of the album yet. I may add a private note to Sabrina about the book, but a sentiment about sharing her life with her new husband will also be in there.

Shower Thank Yous

I have been seeing my physiotherapist Sabrina, on and off for many years now, and recently she told me she is getting married to her long time boyfriend Janssen.

I wanted to make her thank you cards for her wedding, but when I found out she was having over 200 guests, I reconsidered and offered her Thank You cards for her Bridal shower instead.

I made these cards for her to choose from:

The final one is the one she chose, so I made 60 cards and presented them to her for her shower gift.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gardening Celebration Space

I wanted to do a Mother's Day celebration space, but it was only for a day. The work to shop my home, design the space with what I have found, and make it aesthetically pleasing is too much for just a day display. 

In the end I decided to put together a gardening theme. My mother was an avid gardener and had a beautiful flower garden in the back of her house. So this was my tribute to my mum, who passed away in 2004, ten years ago.

I didn't think I had a lot for this space, but as it turned out I did. I made a trip to Dollarama and found a wire fence, and fake grass, as well as some silk flowers and windmills. I had the flower pots, the watering can, the trowel and gloves, and I had that adorable bird, that I have used countless times, that was a Christmas gift from one of my kids at school.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I think my mum would enjoy it, too.
Scrapbook layout of Mum's flowers

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I made this card for my friend who just found she is pregnant. She doesn't subscribe to typical pink and blue for boys and girls, and so I made this card as nontraditional as I could. 

With it being Spring, and knowing that all things nature are born/reborn in Spring, I thought this one appropriate. I saw this card fold on another site, and I can't remember where I saw it, sorry I can't give credit, but I did adjust the measurements a little. I also used my Cricut die cutting machine and the Give A Hoot cartridge

Baby Shoes

I was browsing online for some baby ideas for a friend of mine who just found out she was pregnant. As you can tell I am very excited for her.

I saw some paper baby booties that people had made, then a tutorial including a pattern. I transferred the pattern to my computer and made it with my Silhouette die cut machine. It came out nicely, but I have decided that I will make a few adjustments if I make more. This one was just a trial effort.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Long overdue card making.

I seemed to have lost my mojo for all things crafty, lately. I am assuming it's this long cold miserable winter!

I set about last weekend to making a few cards, not because I wanted to, but because I thought it would help inspire me to find my motivation. It didn't!

I made a card for my niece's daughter, Talia, whose birthday is March 23, and a card for my dad, just telling him I was thinking of him.
I found the sketch for Talia's card at Freshly Made Sketches after seeing it on The Redheaded Crafter's blog.

Talia's card. She will be turning 5 this year.

Flip it card for my dad. I miss him, and he has been on my mind a lot lately.

Once I brought the Stephanie Barnard stamps out, I thought I might try something simple with them, and came up with this. I found a honeycomb embossing folder at a craft store recently on sale and used it after stamping, then went over it with yellow ink on a sponge.
Then I tried the same stamped image on top of a hexagon shaped Happy Birthday stamp I found at the same sale.
I didn't like the way it turned out. But it was worth the try anyway. 

I am hoping that I can get excited once again for card making, scrapbooking, knitting, book making, or any of my other crafts that I usually enjoy.

What helps to inspire you?