Thursday, March 25, 2010


Whoo HOOOO!! I did it! 24 cards completed and they are actually a day early--I am not sure how that happened?? Maybe the bags under my eyes have something to do with it!! It's a good feeling though and I really hope whoever purchases them will enjoy them and put them to good use!

Here is the last one--a gate-fold wedding card done in black and white!! Please forgive my pics as the weather here is not that great and I depend on natural light to photograph :(

The Ingredients:

Stamp--Knight & Princess--Elzybells, Stamped on Neenah with Colorbox Black Ink & then heat embossed, Cardstock--Bazzil Papers, DP--Somme--7 Gypsies, Die Cut Mat--Labels 4--Nestabilities

I don't know if you are like me but some of the stamps I own have special significance simply because of where I bought them or who I was with at the time. The stamp I used for this project has special meaning to me as I purchased it on a trip to Vancouver to visit my brother who was undergoing chemotherapy at the time. I went shopping down at Granville Island as a little break from the reality at hand and I found a little shop down there that carried the Elzybells line. So, every time I use this stamp I think of my brother who bravely fought but lost his fight with Leukemia back in Nov '09 and would have been 54 years old this Saturday. Love you bro and miss you very much...

Sarah xx

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ten Things, Ten Blogs

My very sweet friend Crissy Armstrong blessed me with a blog award today!!

The rules of accepting it are to write a list of 10 things about yourself people may not know about you and then pass it on to 10 other blogger friends!!

So here is my list of 10 little known facts:

1. I have a green belt in Jiu Jitsu.

2. I am one of six children, the youngest, and the only girl--that's why I needed the green belt :)

3. I make at least one card every month and send it to a Canadian soldier I have never met to encourage them.

4. I do aquafit classes 2-4x a week to try to keep fit--I am usually the youngest person in the class :)

5. I was married to my DH on a beach in Jamaica--this year we will celebrate 15 years married (21 years since our first date)!! And I still like him A LOT!!!

6. I LOVE SPAS!!!!

7. I LOOOOOVVVEEE Chocolate!!

8. I love Jason Bourne movies!!

9. I love 70's shows--Hogan's Hero's, Wonder Woman, Kung Fu, Gilligan's Island, The Waltons, etc.

10. I honestly don't know what I would do without my faith. God has blessed my life with so much abundance--a great husband, a beautiful & kind daughter, two sweet kitties, an amazing church, a craft I love, wonderful friends both present and online, etc. LIFE IS GOOD!!

So there you have it--now here is a list of my 10 Favourite Blogs in no particular order...

1. Karen--who is an amazing artist & such a great inspiration and help to me!!
2. Cathy--whose love and wisdom for papercrafting are such a gift to me!! Her husband Crazy Joe is a pretty mean colourer with the Copics too!!
3. Curt--who is a House Mouse "colourer" extraordinaire, is an amazing photographer & has the cutest dogs on the planet!!
4. Debby--whose cards are always a work of art!!
5. Jeanette--whose colouring and layouts always inspire me!!
6. Mary--who always comes up with the neatest projects!!
7. Amy--one of my most favourite High Hopes Stamps artists--her colouring and layouts are always so amazing!!!
8. Melanie--okay so I love Melanie's colouring too!!!
9. Sonia--who always has really great tips & tricks on her site!!
10. Jules my darling daughter who is becoming quite the little card artist herself!! She's an awesome kid! I am so blessed she's mine!
Enjoy visiting these blogs--they truly have been a blessing to me!!
Sarah :)

Baby Cards

Well here are 2 more cards for the school fundraiser--ONLY 1 more to do--Whooohooo! I would have liked to have had these done for last week's challenge over at High Hopes which was to use images of things with wings but it just didn't happen--I admit it--procrastination got the better of me :( Anyway, I will try to get myself in gear for the week's challenge which is to use images of things that hop. I don't think storks hop :( at least I have never seen one, so I'll have to choose something a little more bouncy--stay tuned.

And the inside...

And the inside...

The Ingredients:
Stamp--Precious Cargo--High Hopes Stamps, Sentiments--Happy New Baby--SU--For a Friend Set & Life Bundle--Kolette Hall, Stamped on Neenah with Memento--Tuxedo Black Ink, Embossing Ink--Colorbox, Cardstock--Bazzil Papers, DP--Girl Card--The Paper Company--Marseille Motif, DP--Boy Card--Scrap Pad--Baby Themed Paper, Media--Copic Markers, Die Cut Circles/Scalloped Circles/Lable Mats--Nestabilities, Ribbon & Spacers--Michaels, Gems--Hero Arts (pink) & Dollar Store (blue), Flowers--Prima, Brads--My Stash, Baby Bottle Charm--The Rubber Room (LSS)

Thanks for coming by today!! Have a blessed day!

Sarah :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More Cards for School Fundraiser

Good afternoon!! Here is the 2nd last installment of my creations for my daughter's school fundraiser. This is my fourth year doing this and I usually make 20-25 cards for various occasions.

My first card is also an entry for this week's challenge over at SSC where we are called to make a card or project that is "Clean & Simple". I am always at a loss when I make sympathy cards on just how much "stuff" to put on them. Here's my version of Clean and Simple which I think is always best for this type of card.


Stamps--Thoughts and Prayers--Stampin' Up

Canada Day

Stamps--Motivet--Doraline & Dexter--Empty Flag--Sentiment--Studio G

Get Well

Digi Stamp--Karen's Doodles--A Friend In Need


Stamp--The Greeting Farm--Bride & Groom

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak! Only 3 more cards and I am done--Woohoo!
Have a great day!!
Sarah :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

5 New Cards for Our School's Fundraiser

Good day everyone!! Just wanted to show you what I have been working on for the past few days. These cards + 20 others will be part of an auction we have to help our school raise funds.
Card #1
And the inside...

Herbie the Bunny--Digi--Squigglefly/24 Carrot Sentiment--Whipper Snapper

Card #2

Sick Owl Digi--Dustin Pike--High Hopes/ Sentiment--Pink Cat Studio

Card #3

Stamp--Denami Design

Card #4

Stamp & Sentiment--Pink Cat Studio

Card #5

Stamp--Pink Cat Studio

Other Details:

  • Stamped/Printed on Neenah Paper
  • Stamped with Memento Ink--Tuxedo Black
    Cardstock--Bazzil Papers
  • DP's--Various Scraps I had left over
  • DP used on Bird Day & Lily Cards--Doodlebug--Limeade Serenade
  • Pearls, Brads, Ribbon--My Stash
  • Daisy Die Cut--Quickutz
  • Die Cut Mats--Spellbinder--Nestabilities

Thanks so much for popping by!! Hope it's sunny where you are!!


Sarah :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Second Post Today!!

Here's card No.10 in the race to fill the order for 25 cards for my daughter's school fundraiser. This image is called Lion Hugs and it's new at Squigglefly. It took me a few tries with this image to get it coloured the way I wanted to but finally when I set my markers aside and used my Prismacolor pencils & mineral spirits I got a result I was happy with. Haven't mastered lions with the markers yet but I will keep trying.

Here's my card...

A closer look at the artwork...

The inside sentiment...

What I Used:

  • Stamp--Lion Hugs--Squigglefly
  • Stamped On--Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper with Memento--Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Cardstock--Bazzil Papers
  • DP--American Crafts--Letterbox--Post Script
  • Flowers--Prima
  • Ribbon & Spacers--Michael's
  • Pearls & Metal Charm--Dollar Store
  • Media--Prismacolor Pencils & Mineral Spirits
  • Sentiment--Computer Generated

Thanks for taking another look...more to come--fast & furious as I try to meet the deadline for the school!! Crafting pressure--is there such a thing!! :)

Have a great day!!

Sarah xx

Get Well Card

Good afternoon!! It feels like spring has sprung here in Ontario!! It's about 15°C outside, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my cats have a steady supply of ladybugs to torment :) Life is good!!

I am in the midst of getting 25 cards ready for my daughter's school's annual fundraiser and here is my lastest creation--This one is No.9...only 16 more to go!

The Stuff I Used:

  • Stamps--Sick Lily & Sick Kitty--Pink Cat Studio
  • Sentiments--Thoughts & Prayers--Stampin' Up
  • Stamped On--Neenah with Memento--Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Cardstock--Bazzil Papers
  • DP--American Crafts--Letterbox--Warm Wishes
  • Media--Copic, Touch, & Prismacolor Markers
  • Flower Die Cut--Quickutz
  • Brads--Doodlebug

Thanks for stopping by today--hope it's sunny where you are!!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

SSC Challenge #28

Here's a card I made for my mom's 81st birthday! She is such a gift to me and has always been a special part of my life. Happy Birthday Mom!!! We love you!!

This card is also for the SSC Challenge--make a card/project with a thankful heart and do it as if you are making it for God. I am so thankful and feel so blessed that God has given me the time, resources, imagination and creativity to do the craft I love. I also feel very blessed when I can use this craft to bring love, joy, and even encouragement into the lives of others.

Here's my card...

And matching envelope...

What I Used:

  • Stamps: Primp--Penny Black, Open Star Dot--Judith & Heather, Birthday Presents (Masked)--Kolette Hall & Whimsical Happy Birthday--Hero Arts
  • Stamped On--Neenah Paper with Memento--Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Media--Copic, Prismacolor, & Touch Markers
  • Cardstock--Bazzil Papers
  • DP--The Paper Company--Marseille Motif
  • Ribbon, Spacer, & Gems--From my Stash

I bought this sweet stamp at the Rubber Room where my friends Cathy, Karen & Donna are always showing me new things and inspiring me with their own creations!! I feel so blessed to have these ladies in my life!! If you get a chance, check out their blogs and their online store!! If you are in the London area drop by the (brick & mortar) store and get inspired in person!! (Click on the above link for address/directions.)

Karen's Blog

The Rubber Room Blog

Thanks for dropping in! Have a great day!



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Canada Day Card for a Soldier

I know Canada Day is not until July 1st but I have had this High Hopes stamp that I have been dying to use so I thought I'd get a jump on my troop card for that month. I try to send at least one card a month with a cup o' love (Tim Horton's gift card) enclosed so I make an inside pocket usually to hold's my card...

And the inside pocket...

What I Used:

  • Stamp: North Woods Stack--High Hopes Stamps
  • Sentiment on Front--Studio G
  • Sentiment on Inside--High Hopes Stamps
  • Stamped On--Neenah with Memento--Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Cardstock--Bazzil Papers
  • DP's--American Traditional Designs--Great Outdoors--Earthtones & Creative Memories--Green Plaid (Really Old Paper)
  • Media--Prismacolor Pencils & Odorless Mineral Spirits for Animals & Copic & Prismacolor Markers for the Ground
  • Chalked Edges--Colorbox--Fluid Chalk--Chestnut Roan
  • Brads--Gold--Doodlebug & Trees--My Stash

Thanks for coming by!! Have a great day!!


Sarah :)

Colour Create Challege--Challenge #39

Hello all!! Well as you already know the CANADIANS won the men's GOLD MEDAL hockey game against the USA!! Wow what a nail biter!! I was watching it on the big screen over at my in-laws and nearly had a cardiac arrest when the Americans scored in the last seconds of the game and tied it up. I contemplated going into the cold storage room to wait until the overtime period was over because my blood pressure was soaring. I did watch the final period and Crosby came through for us scoring the gold medal goal!! Wow what a game!! Hats off to Team USA--you guys played amazing through the whole Olympics and your goalie--WOW!!

The funny thing is I don't watch hockey as a rule unless it's maybe the final game for the Stanley cup. I do however LOVE watching international hockey especially when Canada is playing the US or the Russians--then I am front and centre!!

WAY TO GO CANADA!! I was standing at attention with the rest of my family when they played O Canada for the 14th and final time!! (I'm just a little patriotic). It was also cool to see our troops in Kandahar watching along with us!! Hey, I heard you guys beat the Yanks 16-2 in a friendly game of ball hockey--WAY TO GO CANUCKS!!

Now onto my card for the Colour Create Challenge--Red, Black, and Off-White...

What I Used:

  • Stamp--Cat Love--Digital from Mo's Digital Pencil
  • Printed On--Neenah Paper
  • Cardstock--Bazzil & Colormates
  • Sentiment--Impression Obsession--Masterpiece
  • Brads--Doodlebug
  • Ribbon & Metal Plate--My Stash
  • Heart Die Cut--Quickutz

Thanks for coming by to take a look! Have a great day!


Sarah :)