Wednesday, November 28, 2012


My grandson Danny was  4 in November and he is a wild one!  He is full of energy and enthusiasm and exuberance!  This little boy on the bike reminded me of him, hence selection of this image.  Danny is the kind of boy that always has a twinkle in his eye and is one of the loves of my life.  I as usual for all kids cards have hidden a twonie (2 dollar coin) under the star.  The grandchildren all expect it now and in fact when Nicholas was a bit younger used to try and disassemble other cards looking for the money!  OOPS!!
Materials:  Mo Manning - Giddy-up; DP & CS: CTMH: Spellbinder Die; Colour by Copic

Saturday, November 24, 2012


I was just thinking as I type this post that I wonder what I'm going to do for card inspiration when I retire.  Right now I seem to make an awful lot of cards for my family, friends and colleagues --- so once my colleagues are no longer, what do I do.  I can't seem to just sit and make a card for the sake of making a card - I must have a purpose and a person in mind to create.  We shall see what I end up creating when the time comes.  This card is for my friend Marita - who will be retiring soon, and has just been given a bit of a break at work in that her job has been mercifully split between herself and another manager so she can now feel like she has some successes instead of just an overwhelming amount of work.  Her birthday is also coming so this card represents both successes!
Materials:  Digital Image:  Mo Manning - Done!; Spellbinder Die; Martha Steward Circle Cutter; DP: K&Company: CS: SU: Colour by Copic

Monday, November 19, 2012

Aashi in a Sari

My friend Alexandra is a lovely woman.  She is one of those saintly types who loves everyone; forgives people for doing bad things (even her snake of a husband - who she is now rid of).  She always has a kind word and a prayer.  In short she's great!  So I try to make her cards special.  Alex is originally from Mumbai India so, although she's a Christian didn't think she'd mind this little Hindu girl.  The colours are so wonderful, and the background paper just sets the whole thing off.  And, because I really like Alex, I've added some rhinestone bling to jazz it up even further!
Materials:  Digital Image:  Mo Manning - Aashi in a Sari; DP & CS: DCWV Taj Mahal Stack; Spellbinder Dies; Bling by CTMH: Colour by Copic

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mo Manning - Mr. Fixit

One of my colleagues is in the process of building  his retirement home.  He's been working like a dog all summer and has dropped about 20 pounds - which really frosts me because he was pretty freaking skinny to start with - life is so unfair.  Regardless, I do still like him and thought this image was perfect for him at this stage in  his life.  Luckily I also had that cute little hammer brad in my stash so got to use it to jazz things up a bit!  The image took quite a while to colour because of all the tools in the belt and the tool box.  But I think it was worth it!
Materials:  Digital Image:  Mo Manning - Mr. Fixit; Spellbinder Die; Hammer Brad by Eyelet Outlet; Ruler: SU: Sentiment: SU: Colour by Copic

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mo Manning - King for the Day (2)

Apparently, when I first selected this image I thought the background paper was the one to use - since I used the same background paper on the card I did for Darcy!  In this instance I went hog wild and paper-pieced the chair to match the background paper!  I quite like the whole result and think I'll likely do it again.  This card is for my nephew Sam who, when he's not working, quite likes to kick back and relax --- This guy looks a bit older than Sam, but what the heck, the image is the message or whatever!
Materials:  Digital Image:  Mo Manning - King for the Day; CS: CTMH: CP: SU: Colour by Copic

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rosa - Mo Manning

I love this girl Rosa!  She was fun to colour, and I think fun to look at.  This card is for a friend of mine who is Portuguese -- the girl looks kind of latin so hoped it would sort of convey what I as looking at.  I also used one of my new Memory Box dies, but think I could have glued it a little more to the left.  By the time I decided that would be a good idea, the glue had set and I was literally "stuck" with the location.  Regardless, the background paper and image all just matched so nicely I was quite happy with the outcome.
Materials:  Digital Image by Mo Manning; Memory Box Die; Glitter by Stickles; DP: K&Company; CS: SU: Spellbinder Dies; Colour by Copic

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Oddly Sweet Curiosities

I saw this image somewhere on the web during a browsing session (unfortunately I didn't have the presence of mind to either bookmark or PIN it) but I loved it so went searching for the source.  I was lucky that Susana at Susana's Custom Art and Design carried the series so, naturally, I bought it.  Luckily as well, Susana also carried a wide variety of corner dies and swirls, both by herself and Memory Box.  This card is almost an homage to Susana as I've managed to use a bunch of her products in the one card!  Check Susana out - she has great stuff - reasonably priced and all your orders will be handled quickly and professionally.  But, I digress --- this card is for my husband's niece - who is a university professor in philosophy - I figured, what better image or sentiment for a philosopher!
Materials:  Stamp:  Oddly Sweet Curiosities; Swirls and Corners: SCACD; CS: SU: DP: ?? Colour by Copic; Glitter by Stickles