Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Glitz Paper

When I saw the new Glitz line French Kiss and Pretty in Pink, I just couldn't stop myself. I love this stuff.  So I made a couple of cards yesterday.

This is some of the Glitz paper and one of the Whatnot bird images. I added some fine silver glitter around the image. Ribbon, sentiments and rhinestones are from Stampin' Up.

The little fleur-de-lis trinket is from Urban Scrapbook and the lace is just from my pile.

I loved the French Kiss stamp set. This crown stamp was the finishing touch for the inside and envelope.

The next is using the Glitz paper and stamp set as well.

A little bit of fussy cutting.  The sentiment stamps and vanilla rosettes are from Stampin' Up. I daubed them with Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Up inks. Love the Eiffel Tower stamp.

On to more things tomorrow. Have a happy day.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Almost Easter

Easter is only 4 days away and I am busy preparing for it.  Family dinner on Sunday, preparing all the kidlets Easter surprises, everything fresh and light. Mind you, it's not green outside yet, we are in fact expecting a spring snow storm later today and through tomorrow. It should be nice and sloppy on Friday for our neighborhood egg hunt!

Just a few things created that I would like to share.

I made this Easter card for my Mother-in-Law. I was inspired by a card I saw on Splitccoaststampers. I can't find it now, but if the person that inspired were to stumble on it and say "Hey, that's my card darn you!" I will give credit where credit is due.

I used the Stampin' Up Apothecary Art stamp set and the new framelits dies that are in the current Occasions Mini. So soft and spring like. I made another one for my Mom.

Next was spring wreath for my front door. I used some flowers I had laying around. The pink "peonies" are actually made with coffee filters sprayed with colored water. Super easy tutorial I found on Little Birdie Secrets. I bought some jute when I went on my linen buying spree and used that for a bow.  The inspiration I used was from the Domestic Fashionista . Hers is much nicer, but I used what I had on hand.

I loved the coffee filter flowers so much I made a small bouquet of them to sit on my little curio table.

Going to go and do some ironing before the kiddies get home. Need to clean up the laundry/sewing area to take some pics of the new curtains I made for in there. I don't know why I went so long without. Till then, have an inspiring day!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Two blogs in one day???

I needed to make a new cushion for the old chair that I have for my old desk.  This chair has been in my family for as long as I can remember.

I was inspired by a pattern for this chair cushion at

Seeing how I just went crazy last month and bought meters and meters of linen for $1.25 - 2.50 per, I decided to use some of that and this is how it turned out.

I like it so much that now I would like to make some more for my dining room chairs. Love the pleats. It only took a couple of hours to make and was very simple. It's a great pattern. And it was for free!!!


I finally got around to making my versions of Petite Michelle Louise's beautiful door knob ephemera holders.  Her blog is so inspiring.  It was a challenge to learn how to get the wire into the required shape and is still a work in progress.  Most of the embellishment came from vintage jewelery trinkets I found at Michaels, but some is just from my stash. I was quite pleased with the results, they were a joy to make finally and I love having them placed around the house to gaze at.

I used pictures of my Mother and her cousins that I have had for ages. I adore the one of her laying in the grass reading. The post card was a vintage find from an antique store on Bowen Island that I found about 16 years ago. (That wasn't yesterday! Obviously vintage has been a part of me for a very long time)

Thanks again and credit to Petite Michelle Louise. Love, love, love her!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I have a camera again!!!!!

After an ill-fated Girl Guide journey to West Edmonton Mall, for the camera, not the Girl Guides, I once again have a camera. I have also seemed to have recovered from a creative slump and am once again back in the saddle of adaptive plagiarism.  I shouldn't short change myself, I did this out of the tickle trunk of my brain.

I had found these pretty little cloches at Homesense at Christmas and decided to bling them up. Using a paper flower tutorial from Pinterest (OMG! Addictive thing, now a part of my daily existence) that I found and pages from an old book, spray with a little log cabin Smooch Spritz and voila! I also added stamped images using Stampin' Up stamps, kraft seam binding, leaf ribbon from Papertrey Ink, vintage key from Tim Holtz and a key hole from Melissa Francis.

I tried to make it look appealing from the rear as well.

I am not very camera capable, so there is quite a bit of reflection in these pictures, it's hard to see the detail.  I took the cloche off to get a bit less reflection.

Have a pleasant and creative day!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Just for Fun

These little paper shoes are just for fun. They are a good way to use up a lot of the little bits and pieces that we all hoard in little jars and tins, or at least I do.

I think that they will be good to stuff with little gifts to give.

I used one of the crystal pendants from an old chandelier that was in my dining room at one time.
The top of the shoe is a little bright to see the detail well, but it gives you a better look at the vintage paper I used to make the shoe lining.

You can find the template for the shoes and inspiration at Chocolate Baroque.

Get inspired and have fun!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Another New Year & Another Attempt

Well, the holidays are over, the tree is put away, the kids go back to school tomorrow and then everything can get back to normal.

I haven't posted anything FOR A VERY LONG TIME, so let's take another kick at the cat, shall we?

I had some fabulous neighbors across the street from me that moved to Qualicum Beach, B.C. during the summer. The husband (Dave) is an extremely creative person. I felt very privileged to have been given so many wonderful artful objects made by him, pieces of furniture and unfinished projects.

I felt extremely fortunate to have been given this wonderful old desk. He had refinished it himself and put a new top on it.  It is a little large and grand for my little house, but I love it's heavy warmth, with the emphasis on "heavy".

Now that this desk has become the place where I spend a majority of my time, I have been making a selection of cards to have on hand and hope to send out more. (Really, what is the point of making them, if I don't send them out?)

Here are a few that have made it to their new handy location.

The first two I give credit to creative gals from Splitcoaststampers.

Credit for this card is due to a card found here.

Credit for this one goes to the stamper found here.

Thank you ladies.

The third is a simple masculine thank you card.

 Thanks for looking.