The flowers are growing!  The flowers are growing!!!  Now I know that for many of you, you may think that I have finally fallen off my rocker, but you have to remember that I live up here in Canada.  Usually, we don’t see green growing things until May – often late May! But this year, I already have tulips that are showing and all of our fruit trees and brushes have exploding buds!  It is going to be an early growing season this year!

Apr-8-cuSo, this little card is a perfect way to end this week!  This cute stamp is a digital image from Tiddly Inks called Berrylicious.  I love the details on this stamp – all the different fruits, the butterfly and the cute strawberry blossom in the characters hair.  As usual, I coloured this image up with Copics, venturing away from my favourite YR31 hair colour base to a C1 base for some beautiful, shiny black hair.  I think it’s a great contrast with the bright colours on the fruit (I think I am in love with the RV23, RV25, RV29 combination for the strawberries)!

To finish the card I simply took one rectangle of mounted patterned paper, tied some beautiful black silk ribbon from the Ribbon Resource and  was all set!  A simple thank-you card ready to add to the collection!

Well, I guess since the garden is growing, it’s probably time to put some work in this weekend to clean it up a bit!  Anyone want to come and help?

If you are looking for more Tiddly Ink inspiration this week, don’t forget that all the amazing ladies on the team out together a post every second Friday showcasing a huge variety of styles and projects (and the scrap-it challenge winner as well).  Grab a coffee and check it out!


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Autism Awareness with May Arts


Good morning crafty friends!  I’m not sure if you know this, but April happens to be Autism Awareness month, so today, some of the Ribbonistas from The Ribbon Resource are teaming up for a special little blog hop!! It’s a hop we have every year on this team, and this year, I am excited to share a special card with you!


For this card, I used the puzzle piece Autism symbol as the inspiration for the stamp choice (this happens to be a Tiddly Ink digital stamp coloured with Copics), and then placed everything on some brightly coloured layers of Doodlebug patterned paper.


I topped the whole card off with a  beautiful blue bow tied onto a paper clip for easy positioning on the card (this one happens to be the 7/8″ Double Faced Satin – Ha-76-98, but check out all these pretty satin blue options).  I then did a bit of hand lettering on the stamped image and I was all done – a card that will work for anyone special in your life, but holds even more meaning for some impacted by Autism!

The diversity in the projects today is absolutely wonderful, so make sure you take some time to visit the other blags.  And as usual, The Ribbon Lady has some awesome prizes up for grabs at the Ribbon Resource blog, so make sure you pop over that was as well!

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Tiddly Ink Time!

It’s challenge time at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog, so I have a little bit of inspiration this morning for all of you digital stamp fans!

Feb-16-fullChristy, the artist at Tiddly Inks has all sort of cute characters.  My all time favourite though, happens to be Wryn.  I’m not sure whether it is because I love colouring her hair of her cute shoes, but I never fail to enjoy myself when a Wryn image is teamed up with my Copics.

Feb-16-cuThis card was no exception.  Created with the digi called Happy Mail, it seemed like a great fit with this week’s theme challenge – Thinking of You.  I love this theme because you make almost any image work – there can be so many reasons that you are thinking of a person! Happy Mail is a lot of fun to use because there are a few embellishments that you can add in different ways – the mailbox, the flower banner, etc. And while I don’t usually use all the extras that are included in Christy’s digis, this time , they seemed like the perfect way to tie the coloured images together with the cute paper from Doodlebug.

Well, that’s it for me today!  I need to go clear off my kitchen table from crafting fun so my family actually has a place to sit down and eat!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


Old School Valentine

Valentine-angledGood morning crafters!  Today,  I have another project to share with you using a great DCWV stack called Jet Black (available at Jo-Ann).  I have been using this stack a lot in the last few weeks for all things Valentines – from a masculine card to cookie sleeves to treat poppers!  Today, I thought I would share a little shaker card that brought me back to my paper crafting roots!

Now, I have a confession to make –this card was created with just some paper, ribbon, ruler, a good old fashioned craft knife and some adhesive.  I simply figured out my paper sizes, traced the letters on the back and cut them out.  Once I glued on the clear film (which happened to be recycled backing from stickers), I added some foam tape, filled the letters with confetti and I was all done!  No fancy tools needed!

Valentine-closeupNow that is not to say that I didn’t try to create this with fancy tools, but at the end of the day, the ones that were there for me when I needed them were the same ones I was armed with when I first started making cards and paper crafts (I will save you gory details of what went on before I decided to go old school – let’s just say that my cutting machine and I are on the outs right now).

And at the end of the day, it’s fun to know that every part of this card is handmade – right down to the slightly “wonky” letter O!  It may have taken me a bit longer to make, but this little 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card is all me (and DCWV and The Ribbon Resource of course)!  It kind of makes me want to go and cut out a bunch of valentine hearts like I used to when I was a kid – you know, the ones you made by folding the paper in half first!  I think I may have caught the “old school” bug!


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