I have eye candy for you!

Okay look, I know that I am usually all about the bright and the bold, especially in terms of color, but today I need to share two layout I created using a beautiful, but in no way bold stack from DCWV called Minty Lace (this one is available at AC Moore).



Both of these feature pictures of my little gals.  The pictures themselves were more subdued than the regular bright pink, purple and blue that they are usually wearing, so they were a perfect match with this stack.  MInty-Lace-1-lettering MInty-Lace-2-angled

MInty-Lace-1-doodling MInty-Lace-2-embellishments I even did a bit of doodling and lettering on these – I was brave!  For some reason, I have no problems doodling and lettering on cards, but it seems so much scarier on layouts!  perhaps it’s the size?!  Perhaps I just need more practice!


If you would like some more details on this stack, head on over to the DCWV blog today.  I have some details about the stack listed there.

Thanks for stopping by!


Making use of the flower tutorials!

Just using some pretty cardstock, WorldWin metallic paper and vellum...no patterned papers here!

Last week, I put together a series of paper flower tutorials, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some projects I have created with those very flowers.  The neat thing about the flowers is that they can be used on just about any type of project, but it is nice to have a few projects to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing!

So today, I thought I would share with you a project I recently created using  WorldWin papers – specifically, a beautiful metallic pink cardstock and some matching pink vellum.  I used the vellum to make the rolled roses on this banner that I created to celebrate my two little girls.  The vellum gives a fantastic, soft look to the flowers and really plays up the delicate nature of these blooms.

I love my circle punch - it makes such a great and easy scalloped edge!

The other fun part of the banner project was making the scalloped edges on each of the components.  I have to admit that I do not have a huge assortment of punches so I try to make the most of the ones I do have.  And much like I used my trusty circle punch to make some flowers last week, I also used it for this project to make the edging!

So what do you think?  Is the banner as cute as the girls?

p.s. – don’t tell anyone, but I actually had my whole banner put together before I realized that I actually had the banner pieces in the wrong order.  It originally read “CUET”.  It’s a good thing I had some scissors to cut it all apart – and it’s a good thing I actually noticed!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 4

The repeating pattern on these lovely blooms make me want to fold little squares of paper all night!


Years ago, I used to teach dance – ballet, tap and jazz.  At the end of each year, I would fold paper flowers for my students as a little congratulations for all they had accomplished that year.  I can still remember spending may nights with bright paper trying to figure out origami folds (and getting a few paper cuts too). I was always facinated to see how such geometric folding patterns could be used to create some really organic looking shapes!  So naturally, I decided to see what I could find in the world of paper folding for our floral tutorial series.

Today, I wanted to start by sharing a link with you to a great flower tutorial, and then share with you a way I modified it to use on a flat surface. This beauty,  the Japanese Kusudama flower over at Folding Trees, is a great way to create beautiful flowers for a home decor or altered item project.  But if you need something that will lay a little flatter, try this modification that I came up with:

Made with 5 -2" squares, this makes a great addition to a card or scrapbook layout.

Oh, and don’t forget to come by tomorrow for the last day of our tutorial series.  Let’s just say – it will be worth the wait!

A PDF version of this tutorial will be available soon!  Please check back for updates.

Happy Thanksgiving!

So, it is Thanksgiving here in Canada today!  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and you can definitely tell that snow is not far away (in fact, we can already see it out on the Rockies)!  It really is a neat time to think about the things that we are thankful for.  For me, my adorable and healthy family and extended family, a beautiful home, a job I love.

In celebration this day, I thought I would just take a quick minute to share with you a layout I created recently!  I used to work in a historical village, and we would pass the time between visitors to our house by learning traditional crafts.  My favourite house was a little sandstone building where I could sit by the old piano and learn how to hand quilt!  This little layout of my second daughter was inspired by those days in the sandstone house:

This paper just reminded me of beautiful fabric!

It’s a beautiful and simple “log cabin” design inspired by the quilting world!  Using some beautiful BasicGrey Origins paper, I created a 5X5″ design that I could use on a 12X12 sheet of paper.  It’s a great pattern you can try too!

Simply start by cutting some patterned paper into 1″ strips.  Choose your centre pattern, take one of your strips of paper and cut a 1″ square.  You now need to create the following strips in different patterns:

And a beautiful flower had to find a place on this page

  • 3 – 1″X2″ strips
  • 2 – 1″X3″ strips
  • 3- 1″X4″ strips

Simply start from your center square and rotate your way around it using the next longest length.  When you finish, you will have a 5″X5″ square panel that you can add to a layout.  This could make a great pattern for a “baby” themed layout or card as well!  Hmmmm…maybe I need to check out a few more of the quilting patterns! 🙂

So, even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving in your country today, remember to take some time to think about the blessings in your life!  Thanks for stopping by today and I would love to hear about the things in your life that you give thanks for!  Leave me a comment if you have a moment!

p.s. – I was playing with my circle punch and some scrap paper last night and created a bunch of different paper flowers!  Can’t wait to share them with you!  Stay tuned!