Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bird Fairy Thinking of You

I think this is the best colouring job I've ever done - I can only say I think I'm definitely improving.  Sadly, this card is for my friend whose Dad died, but I chose a fairy and purple because she loves both.  I think she'll like this one.
Stamp:  Kraftin' Kimmie Bird Fairy; Sentiment: SU: Glitter by Stickles; Colour by Copic

Monday, December 20, 2010

Deepest Sympathy

Sadly, one of my work colleagues/friends just lost her Dad.  They were very close, and at this time of year it makes it even more difficult.  I made this card for my boss to send to her; and will make my own in a little while.  The image is actually 3 stamps, and incredibly some of my own drawing!  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
Stamps:  Flourishes; Swan Lake and Around the Arbor; Sentiment: Can't recall!! Sizzix emblossing template for the Swiss dot background on the card stock; Colour by Copic

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Poor girl!

As I said in previous posts, there appears to be a lot of sick people in my acquaintance!  This card is for a very nice woman and friend of mine who has been sick for a while.  I hope she recovers soon both because I want her to feel better, but also because she was to travel to India for Christmas!  Here's hoping.
Stamps:  Lily of the Valley; DP: K&Company; Colour by Copic

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gotta love that worm!

This must be my favourite stamp because I've used it 3 times lately!  I did change up the colours though so that's good.  This is for another sick work colleague, and is for my boss to send to her.  I almost hate profitting from other people's bad fortune, but, better me than Hallmark!  Regardless, although I like the card, I'm really going to have to work on colouring leaves - these are okay, but not lively enough. Oh well!
Stamp:  Whippersnapper; Sentiment: Lily of the Valley; DP: Cosmo Cricket and Colour by Copic.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Totally Tool

I have taken the afternoon off, rather than risk spending Christmas in prison!  At home I can work blissfully on my cards and just generally relax.  However, there appear to be quite a spate of sick people at work and among my friends - not a good think.  I routinely make cards for my boss to send to people, and this is one that is destined for one of our construction guys who has had better days to be sure.  Not having any blueprints lying around, I found an image on the internet, copied it into Word and adjusted it to increase that "construction feel".  I hope it cheers him up.  I certainly felt better after making it so maybe it will work!
Stamps:  SU: Senitment: Ippity: DP: Word; Colour by Copic (or course)..

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Krista's got blog candy

My friend Jenn's blog made reference to this blog of Krista's, one of the Kraftin' Kimmie designers.  She does beautiful work, so I encourage you to check out her blog -- Jenn you've already been there, but you can go again!  Here's her link:

Try and enter - and good luck!

Little Boy Brown

I just love my new Lily of the Valley stamps, and look forward to any opportunity to use them.  Lucky for me, unlucky for the recipient, I had to do a get well card for someone, and I always find doing cards for men to be particularly difficult, and making a card for a man to give to another man even more so.  Undaunted though, I made this one which I think is semi-manly looking and very cute.
Stamp:  Lily of the Valley; Colour by Copic - paper and embellishments from my secret stash!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sweet Little Girl

I got this stamp specifically so I could make a card for Emily because the little girl reminds me of Em with her hair up.  When we were there this past weekend, Emily was recovering from having hurt her poor little knee and asked for a card saying I was happy she was better.  What better image to use than this one?! And, to add to coincidence, the manufacturer or this stamp is Sarah K, and Emily's mother, my daughter is Sarah Kathleen -- what's up with that?
Materials:  Stamp by Sarah K; DP K& Company: Sizzix die; Colour by Copic

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Baby

My ex-husband's wife's son (yes you read that right) has just had a new baby - first "blood" grand-daughter for Joan.  It was a perfect opportunity to use one of my new Lily of the Valley Stamps.  The bunch I just got, thanks to Maria, are just gorgeous, and will be featured in cards to come.  Now that my Christmas cards are over I have a new lease on life!
Stamps:  Lily of the Valley; DS: Prima Fairy Flora; Cutouts by Spellbinders; Colour by Copic

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Little China Doll

I have a Chinese friend whose birthday follows the Chinese lunar calendar which is incredibly complicated to do the conversion to.  Her birthday is the 17th day of the 11 month and because the calendar is a lunar one, every now and then, she gets 2 birthdays in one of our calendar years.  This year is such a year!  Luckily I bought this Magnolia stamp with her in mind so I was ready for the second one!
Materials:  Stamp: Magnolia; DS: DCWV - Far East Stack; Flowers from my drawer and Colour by Copic.  I also used some of my Spica markers to give a bit of gloss to the flowers and parts of the robe.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

And, that's a wrap!

Since I also managed to finish the kids cards today I figured I might as well post them and the missing one from the last selection!  With the exception of the first card which is Stampin Up, the remainder of these images here are all Kraftin' Kimmie from the most recent November release.  I wasn't initially overly fond of the mice, but now I love them.  Paper is all SU; Colour by Copic. Glitter by Stickles.  On the 4 bottom cards, which are the ones for the kids, the circles hid twonies!

Merry Christmas -- Cards, Cards and More Cards

There are 10 pictures in this posting -- 2 that demonstrate the number of cards I have made, and 9 of the individuals.  There are actually 10 individuals but I'm too pooped to go back and photograph the last one.  I hope you like them Jenn - since you appear to be the only one reading my blog - and believe me, I appreciate it!  The majority of the stamps are Stampin' Up, with a couple of Kraftin' Kimmie's thrown in for good measure.  The background paper is almost exclusively SU; and the embossed background is Cuttlebug.  Colour by Copic of course, and any glitter used is Stickles.

And here we go ....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Butterflies

One of my colleagues in Toronto has just lost her husband after a long illness.  Obviously a card is in order, so I tried to make something soothing, and I think butterflies are the ticket. Plus I still had all my stuff out from the last card I made so thought I might as well continue with the them.  A few have asked which SU set the flowers come from --- Abundant Joy.
Materials:  Stamps: SU: Sentiment: SU; Inks: Momento - Tuxedo Black and London Fog; Colours by Copic

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


One of the women in our region is sick, so I made this card for the Director to send to her to hopefully cheer her up.  I had John find me a picture of a Monarch butterfly so I could copy the colours and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  I coloured the big butterfly; airbrushed the 2 smaller ones.  All in all, I'm happy with the way the card turned out!
Materials:  Large Butterfly and background stamps:  SU: Small butterflies - Martha Stewart punches; Colours by Copic.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sweet Nick's Tooth Fairy Card

My sweet little Nicholas has just lost his first tooth!  Another in his long series of steps toward adulthood -- and as his extra proud grandmother I had to make him a card, which I can because the wonderful Jenn, CTMH Consultant was able to get me this out-of-print (or whatever) stamp set - Thanks again Jenn!!! Anyway, I tried to make it boyish by colouring everything blue -- I wonder if he'll notice --- he's 5 and a half!
Materials:  Stamps: Close To My Heart; DS and CS: SU: Colour by Copic and Glitter by Stickles. I should mention that there is a toonie under the tooth in the bottom right corner!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you Angel

Lucky for me, a woman I work with accidentally bought this stamp twice, so I, very selflessly (!!) offered to buy the extra from her.  I just love her and have Melanie Holtz  to thank for the inspiration and I think my wings turned out better because of her!  The bow looks perfect because of that nifty "Bow Easy" otherwise, I'd take the credit!
Materials:  Stamp:  Wiff of Joy; DS: Miscellaneous from stash; Bling: SU: Colour by Copic

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Recently, I had dinner at my boss's house (together with the rest of our management team), where he served dinner made by his mother -- a genuine Italian feast!  It was delicious so decided to make a thank you card that would let her know how much I appreciated her work.  It was also a good opportunity to use this Magnolia Stamp - Baking Tilda!
Materials:  Stamps: Magnolia; DS: Cosmo Cricket; Colour by Copic

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Get Well Bear

One of our guys is recovering from a fairly crumby injury/illness so I hope this will cheer him up.  He is a fisherman, and had I known it, once caught a "pink" fish --- if I had known, I'd have coloured his fish pink.  Nonetheless, I hope this makes him smile!
Materials:  Stamp: High Hopes; DS: CTMH: CS: SU; Colour by Copic

Monday, November 8, 2010

With Sympathy

I find making sympathy cards to send to men to be extremely difficult and when you couple that with the need to make a card for a man to give to another man it's even worse.  But I think this one says sympathy, or sad at least.
Materials:  Stamp: SU: Bling: SU: Spellbinder Frame; DS: CTMH: Colour by Copic

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I'm finally posting this card which was my entry into the Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Day contest.  Unfortunately for me, Chantal submitted an absolutely amazing creation, so I didn't win, but I still like my card anyway.  Note the lovely curtains which I made myself!  One of my work colleaues had also given me some embellishments, so I was able to use one that looked like a little picture frame to complete my tableau!
Materials:  Stamp:  Kraftin' Kimmie's Rapunzel; Background materials --- from my stash - don't know where I got that purple paper which is too bad because I love it; Colour by Copic; Glitter by Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Indian Princess

I have a friend who is a native North American and it is with her in mind that I bought this stamp.  Unfortunately I am using it to say good-bye as she leaves our workplace for another, as yet to be determined, job.  I wish her all the best.  Nonetheless, I did get to colour and mount this beautiful image and I'm happy with the way it turned out.
Materials: Stamp:  Magnolia; Background papers - from my stash; flowers by some company (!); Colour by Copic.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cabin Fever

One of my colleagues loves his time at the lake at his camp with his wife and children.  This stamp made me think of him, so for his birthday I decided to make it.  I love these Stampscapes images - they are so peacful and fun to colour!
Materials:  Stamps: Stampscapes; Sentiment: Unity; DS: CTMH; Colour by Copic

Baby Laundry

One of my daughter's friends just had a baby girl, so I decided to try out my Cuttlebug embossing folder to make the card.  Initially, the white embossing was not that effective, so after some experimentation and some failures, decided I'd just colour the images.  The laundry then looked lonely so I added some cute little images to spruce it up.  I quite like the overall effect!
Materials:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Stamps: CTMH: Colour by Copic

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thank you!

Maria lent me her cute little Magnolia stamp - Tilda holding Roses - aptly named!  This is the last card in my 12 card package for a Christmas present --- just in time for me to start making all of my Christmas cards for myself ... sheesh - does it ever end?  I hope not because I do love colouring and read a thing the other day that said that psychological testing shows that colour reduces stress --- I guess the psychologist didn't accidentally chop off a rose when he/she was cutting the image out!  Oh well, worked out well in the end anyway.
Materials:  Magnolia stamp - Tilda with Roses; Sentiment: SU: Punches: SU: DS: Cosmo Cricket; Ribbon from Michaels - Colour by Copic.

Bartholomew the Bard & Guinevere - Happy Birthday

Initially, the layout wasn't supposed to be like this, but since I was making a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, I had not a lot of options, since the characters are large.  I do love colouring Kraftin' Kimmie stamps though!  Sadly during my colouring, my E00 went dry so I had to adapt, hence the slightly darker faces!  At least these ones weren't too bad to cut out, which appears to be my technique of choice!
Materials:  Stamps - Kraftin' Kimmie; Sentiment: SU: DS - who knows, it's been around for a while!; Colour by Copic.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Gotta Love that Worm!

I do love this little worm and have now gotten to use him twice!  I also really like colouring the flowers on this one.  Because there's no sentiment on the front I also was able to add another flower without the card looking too busy.  I'm quite happy with the colours and general layout --
Materials:  Stamps:  Whippersnapper; Colour by Copic ---- Assorted background paper.

Zoom Zoom

I'm in the home stretch with this card package - only 4 to go -- after the 2 I'm posting today.  I dediced to do cards and images I like to colour and put no sentiment for the rest of the package either on the front or the inside --- works for me!
Materials:  Whippersnapper Stamp; Silver Card stock and white pen; Background paper from some huge block of paper; Colour by Copic.  Also used a Krylon silver pen for some of the chrome work.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bend In The Road

Another in the Christmas gift package - this one for Father's Day.  I decided to do something simple and am quite happy with the one splash of colour being the car.  The inside has a rack of ties that are colourful and bright - inside also says Happy Father's Day.
Materials:  Stamps -- Ippity; Colour by Copic

Bunny Bees

This is part of the package of cards I'm making for a Christmas gift set for a teenage girl --- I figured most teenage girls have mothers, so this is a mother's day card - you'll have to take my word for it that the inside says have a happy Mother's Day.  I loved colouring these -- and this time I tried colouring from dark to light to help with the shading and it really worked well - especially the wings.
Materials:  Stamp:  Stampabilities; DS: K&Company; Butterfly from the Dollar Store; Colour by Copic

Monday, October 11, 2010


These two shopping girls are for a card destined to be part of a package for a teen-aged girl - I'm hoping it's not too garish because I wanted to test out the burnished velvet technique now that I have my Glitter Ritz --- That part worked out okay but it is a bit ... "bright". Oh well!  Note my new watermark thanks to the amazing John!
Materials:  Stamp:  Whippersnapper; Sizzix die; Sizzix embossing folder; Glitter Ritz glitter; Colour by Copic.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Indian Tilda

I have a friend Alexandra who is from Mumbai - and when I saw this Tilda I just had to have her so I could make a card for Alex - who is one of the most kind, generous and loving women I have ever had the honour of knowing -- So, this lovely card is for her birthday in November -- I know she'll like it  because she's like that!
Materials:  Stamp: Magnolia - Indian Tilda; DS: DCWV Taj Mahal Stacks; Glitter by Martha Stewart - Flowers from somewhere; Colour by Copic

Swim baby, swim

My friend Susan asked me to make a birthday card for her sister, Adelle --- who loves the beach, loves the water, loves the sun --- So I picked this Whippersnapper swimming girl which I love.  Colouring was fun because I got to give the girl a different skin colour --- tiring always doing beige people!
Materials:  Stamp: Whippersnapper; Sentiment: SU: Background paper --- from my stash - big block - who knows! Flowers: Prima; Shells and stuff - who knows; Colour by Copic

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wanna Party?

Getting near the end of my Hallowe'en cards - thank god I don't have a larger family or circle of friends, I'd have to start in August.  When I was blocking this card out and chose the bit of paper - Tonight at Club Tomb I decided it would look best as a wall poster on an old brick wall --- so I had to draw the brick wall because I didn't have a stamp!  Worked out okay I think!
Materials:  Stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie; Background paper: SU; Bat by Sizzix; Colour by Copic.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sending You a Little Happy

A friend of mine got some bad news recently, and although the card won't solve her problems, it will, I hope make her feel like somebody cares at least!  The black and white I liked but since I wanted to cheer her up, thought I'd better add a little colour -- hence the butterfly and the bow bling!
Materials:  Stamps: Unity; DP Me & My Big Ideas; Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart; airbrushing with Copic markers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Horace introduces my Hallowe'en Series

There are 7 separate posts in this series --- each card features one of Kraftin' Kimmie's stamps and for the most part, except Witchy Poo below, use Stampin' Up background paper.  Horace was tough to cut out, but great to colour.  The background paper is part of SU's Hallowe'en paper from their holiday mini!  The RIP in the corner hids a toonie, because this card is for my handsome Nicholas!
Materials:  Kraftin' Kimmie stamps; DP: SU: Colour by Copic ... don't forget to tour on down because there are 6 more cards!

Vic the Vampire!

I love the new background papers I got from the Stampin' Up holiday mini so was glad to use them!  This Vic the Vampire stamp fit in perfectly with the background paper --- which was not stamped by me --- it came like that ---  lazy but fabulous!  Bats galore I like - and there's a toonie under the pumpkin because this card is for my little Danny boy!
Materials:  Stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie; DP: SU; Colour by Copic -- Bats by Spellbinder!

Stop Thief!

And I say this because I copied almost exactly - or as exactly as my talents would allow, from Melanie Holtz, one of Kraftin' Kimmie's brilliant design team members!  Wow she's good.  So, I tried to copy her, but used some different colours likely and different background paper --- I made quite a few Hallowe'en cards because I bought the stamps and now feel compelled to use them --- plus they are fun to colour!
Materials:  Stamps:  Haunted House by Kraftin' Kimmie and Miles and Maisie; DP: SU; Colour by Copic.