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You Can Do It!!


Hello my little blog family…..two posts in one week??!!  Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not make a New Year’s Resolution to keep up with regular posting (although I’d like to find a way to become more consistant….lol).  I have my mom here visiting and we’ve been on a card creating binge right now and I’m just having so much fun!!  I have a few cards done and will try to post each one of them over the next few days…..we’ll see how that works out…

You’ve seen me talk about the gals over on Splitcoaststampers every now and again.  Well, one of the ladies has started a new challenge thread called You Can Do It!! This challenge will be hosted by anyone joining the group that wants to host and has an idea for a technique, card sketch, color combo, embellishment idea……etc.  The person hosting for the week will give the group a challenge and we can either participate or not each week and make a card according to the challenge she put out there.  You can even go back to previous challenges and do them if you want instead of the challenge for that week.  We’re a pretty laid back group and have a ton of fun!!  The very first challenge was to make a card using a hand-made flower of any kind.  And this flower didn’t have to be hand-made by yourself, it could be one that someone else made for you too!!  I ended up doing two cards for this challenge.


Check out that beautiful crochet flower!!  My mom crochet it for me…..did three different flowers so I decided to stack them to make one gorgeous full flower!!  I attached them all together with a brad from the Stampin’ Up! set of Antique brads and just love it.  She also showed  me how to do the double embossing technique on one card front…..very cool.  I love my newest embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Fancy Fan Folder.  It’s the one on the top of the card.   I’d love to find a die cut with that pattern on it.   And how about that lace…..OMGosh!!  I got it through a Facebook Destash your Stash site where people go on and create an album with all the supplies they want to purge out of their craft space or in some instances, stores, and are given a date and a one hour time slot to sell their stuff!  I just love this lace and got it for a song!  My Congratulations sentiment stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Hot Off the Press called Tiny Words & Images onto one of my tags from my Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.


I’m going to get her to teach me how to make these before she goes home so I can pump some of these babies out too.  🙂  I don’t know that I’d ever try to duplicate the lace though.

The second card I made I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart called Art Philosophy.  It has about 6 different rolled flower die cuts to choose from and I love making these flowers!!  I also used my new Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cut I got from my mom for Christmas.  I’ve been wanting that die cut for a while now and just love using it!  I use 4 of them on this card.  I took two of them and flipped one over and then attached the ‘bottom’ of them together to make the sort of fan shape with them.  I did the same thing again and just turned it upside down too to mirror the top one.  Clever now, aren’t I??!!!  🙂


All I can say is thank goodness for glue pens cause that’s a very narrow die cut!!!  The leaves were punched out using my pocket leaf punch from Creative Memories.  The sentiment is a Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  I love those rolled flowers and this is the first time I used patterned paper to cut them out and I really like them!  Here’s a close-up of the beauties….



That’s it for today.  I’m off to go play some more with mom.  Later ladies!!


Yvonne  🙂













Little girls birthday…..


Hey there peeps…..I’m on a roll so thought, why quit now??!!!  Here is a card I made for a challenge that I found out didn’t qualify, because it took me longer than 45 minutes to make it……lol.  Over on the SCS site they have what they call a Virtual Stamp Night where anyone can get together on-line for a Friday evening and the following Saturday afternoon and early evening and make cards.  There is a new card challenge posted every hour…..yup, that’s right….every hour and you’re given 45 minutes to complete the card.  Now, in reality, if you’re not able to make it for the slotted in time of the Virtual Stamp Night you can still play along after the fact until Monday evening and still do all the challenges…..with the same expectation that your card only take you 45 minutes.  HA!  Okay, so I don’t know if I’ve EVER created a card in 45 minutes!!  First, it must take me all of 45 minutes  just to pick out what paper I want to use!!  (and I will clarify though that the time you spend picking out the paper doesn’t count towards your 45 minutes to create your card…..thank goodness or I’d be sunk every time!!) But even taking that into consideration, I still can’t get it done!!  I have to lay everything I picked out ono the card, arrange it, re-arrange it, decide I don’t like an embellishment, change a color up, start cutting everything out, stamp an image (s), distress an edge or two,  ink up an edge or two, decide to then make an embellishment, re-arrange everything again….geesh!!  I don’t know if I’m even capable of cranking out a card in 45 minutes!!!  I have to give these ladies a lot of credit.  They come to these Virtual Stamp Nights prepared with some Go-To card sketches they like to do that are quick and easy, they’ll have a bunch of images stamped and colored, they’ll have backgrounds already done up and ready to go, they’ll have their card bases all cut, scored and folded, ready to go.  They’ll have embellishments handy to be used on any kind of card that may come up…..I tell you…..these are seasoned pro’s!!  I was a rookie that wouldn’t even have made the farm team…..heck, the local rec team for that matter!!!  But you know…..that’s all okay…..because I can still do all the card challenges if I want to…..I’ll just post them on my blog instead!!

So, this colorful little number was made using an embossed piece of cardstock with cupcakes on it…..don’t ask me what the name of it is cause I don’t remember.  I got it when I hosted an embossed cardstock swap and I think it’s pretty darned cute!  That little present was made using my Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the matching stamps.  I cut the main gift out of  bright lime green and yellow striped cardstock and stamped the swirls onto it with the matching stamp for that gift cut out using my Tim Holtz distress ink in Concord Grape.  The stamp is from the Celebration stamp set.  I then traced the swirls with my glue pen and sprinkled some glitter onto the swirls.  Next, what present is complete without a bow….so off to the Cricut again and cut out the matching bow for the gift.  Inked the edges of the gift and the bow with the Concord Grape, pop dotted it onto the card and blinged it up!!



Have I mentioned how much I love my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge lately??  I mean, this thing comes with the cartridge, three stamp sets that co-ordinate with some of the cuts from the cartridge and three sets of Dimentional Elements (chipboard shapes, tags and banners)  that also match some of the cuts from the cartridge.  This little shape for the Happy Birthday! sentiment is one of those shapes included with the set.  It gives you the dimensions on the packages so I was able to go to my cartridge and cut out the matching purple piece of cardstock to match the shape, glue it on, stamp it and ink the edges in no time at all!  Added some bling and……….





…one finished birthday card for a cute little girl! 

I have to give a shout out to two of  my blogging friends who have pretty much taught me all I do on my blog.  I really like the idea of posting some of the pictures of my cards in full size .  Great idea Lisa and Lauren… should really go and check out their blogs if you have some time.  There’s Lisa over at the Crafting Cottage and Lauren over at Laurenscraft.  Amazingly talented ladies who have some beautiful creations on their blogs… will be well worth you time to check these ladies out.

Now, another post or leave the rest till tomorrow…..hmmm…..

Once again, I always appreciate it when you come by for a visit… to read your comments.  Till next time!


Yvonne  😉



Monochromatic… was harder than I thought!!


Hello to my blog friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I didn’t get as much time in as I thought to play in my therapy room, but that is okay.  I was able to make a card to play along in the Mix It Up! challenge thread.  Ashdale (a.k.a. Lisa) started the thread where we have a different host each week and there are pretty much no rules……kinda. 😉  You really should pop on over…..we have allot of fun there.  So, this week we have the wonderful Muscrat (a.k.a. Kathy) hosting and she brought us a doozy!  Our challenge was to create a monochromatic card, right down to any and all embellishments used, ink, paper, etc.  I love the look of the monochromatic cards and I really thought this one was going to be easy…..pfft…..ya right!!  Me and my bright ideas decided I’d do a white card….pretty simple…..I have lots of white paper, white ribbon, white pearls…….but white ink for a sentiment on white paper…..ya, never thought that one out so well….lol. 

I made a 5×5 card and used paper from my Recollections cardstock paper and the Precious Metals pack.  I love the shimmer of this paper and thought it would work great for a monochromatic card.  I ran a stip of it through my Cuttlebug and used my Swiss Dots folder.  I also cut out a doily using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge…….have I told you how much I LOVE this cartridge??  😉  Okay, maybe a few times.  That beautiful lace flower is from a strip of lace my mom and I purchased when I got married 32 years ago.  Neither one of us can remember why we bought it anymore, we never used it, and I’m sure glad now we didn’t and that mom found it and cut some for me to use too!!  The front of the flower where you see the pearl drop is actually open and filled with a little bit of cotton.  That’s how we bought it…’s just beautiful in real life.


I did actually figure out what to do for my sentiment, I used the white embossing powder, from Stampin’ Up!, that our hostess with the mostest gave me in my Phyced Valentine package over in the Secret Valentine thread.  I was very lucky to have her as my Secret Valentine and she sent me the most beautiful package…..I think I drooled all over it for a day before I dared to take anything out of it to use.   So ya, there is my sentiment.  It actually shows up pretty good in real life and says “Love is spoken here.”  The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart Treasure Life stamp set.  I use that set allot as it has some very nice sentiments and flowers in it.  The ribbon is from our local Dollar Store again.  I’m very lucky they have a half decent scrapbooking section here or I’d be hooped for any supplies at all!!




Here’s a closer look at that awesome doily die cut from my CTMH Art Philosophy cartidge.  I cut it out at 3.5″ and added some little butterflies I punched out using my Creative Memories butterfly punch.  I added some pearl drops to the body of the butterflies.  



So, here’s a view of the whole card.  I added a grouping of pearls on the corners of the cardstock that was embossed with the swiss dots.  These pearls are from Close To My Heart and come in a package of 36 in four sizes.  I really like them.  I also used a pearl swirl  in behind the lace flower and I’m not sure where that was from as I’d thrown the packaging out…..ooppsss!!   There you have it… version of the monochromatic card!  I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!


Yvonne  😉



I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!


Hey there my little blogging friends!  I’m poopered I tell you.  Why do I always decide to do such detailed cards for a swap when I need to make 6 of the little buggers?!  But, I do really like this card, so I won’t complain too much.  This is for a shaped card swap.  Again, I played with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. 

Aren’t these rolled roses just gorgeous!!!  I cut them out at 2 1/2″ and 2″.  For this card I used a pearl drop, for the rest of the cards I decided to use my Bisque Liquid Pearls and they turned out very nice.  I used the CTMH Olivia Level 2 Paper Packet for this card and a piece of chocolate cardstock.  Again, everything on the card was cut out using my cricut cartridge.  I love the addition of the Taggeta Seam Binding.  I hit the jackpot at our local second hand Good Neighbour store one day and found a bunch of lace, seam binding and buttons!!

I really need to make myself a photo box so I can get a better picture with better color.  I used the Smoothie cardstock for the roses and a piece of the B & T Duos for the green matt on the big centre tag and for the leaves for the roses.  I stamped my swirly frame and sentiment in the CTMH Chocolate ink.  The swirly frame is from My Miind’s EyeLost & Found set and the sentiment is from a set I’ve had forever and honestly don’t know where I got it from or who it’s made by.  I used my Bisque Liquid Pearls for the little dots of embellishments on the card.  I’m really starting to like my Liquid Pearls cause I can control how big or small the pearl ends up being……very versatile product!!

So there you have it……my day of crafting.  I’m so tired right now I think I’ll likely be sleeping before I even hit the pillow…..and yes Mom, I know I should have been in bed earlier……lol. 

With that, I’m signing out of here.  Another week of work coming up…….oh yay!!  lol.  Chao ladies and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Yvonne  🙂

Loving my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!!


Hello again my fine friends!!  I’ve managed to get spot #2 completed……my 3×3 Thank You cards and I love how these came out!!  I came across an example of this card in the new Close To My Heart catalogue and instantly thought this would be a cute little card.   Here are the elements I started with to put this card together!

I used paper and cardstock from my CTMH Miricle Level 2 Paper Packet and from my CTMH Grace Level 2 Paper Packet.  The 3×3 card, the square tag, the small rectangle tag and the butterfly were all cut out using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  My little flower was punched using my little Marvy Uchida flower punch and the strip of blue was just cut from a piece of cardstock.  I used my Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink around the edges of the  square and rectangle tags and the flower.  The card, the rectangle tag and the flower were all cut/punched from the Colonial White cardstock, the square tag was cut from the Bamboo cardstock, the butterfly was cut from a piece of the patterned B & T Duos and the thin strip was cut from the Twilight cardstock.

The finished product turned out very cute and again……the bling just finishes it off!!  Our local Dollar Store has quite a nice little scrapbooking section and I get allot of my bling sheets from there.  So here is my finished product……..

I really like the color combo of this little card.  The sentiment is stamped in my TH Vintage Photo using a sentiment from my Paper Wishes Tiny Words and Images set.  I use this set so much!  Paper Wishes is an on-line store that carries a TON of stuff and has some really cute little stamp sets.  I may have one or two of their sets……

 As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not married to any one comapny for my card making supplies.  I have stuff from Close To My Heart, Creative Memories, Stampin’ Up!, my local Dollar Store, and a ton of odd’s and end’s paper from all sorts of companies.

Now…..onto another project.  That’s it for now, and we’ll see if I can get a couple more of my swap spots done….back to the creative grind!!

Postage Holders!!!


Good day my friends!!  I’ve been trying hard to follow Lisa, from the Crafting Cottage blog site’s rules…….post to your blog first, then to your SCS Gallery….hit enter three times before you start to type in your blog……oh, so  much to remember!!!

 I’ve been on a swap catching up frenzy today.  I tell you, I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself!!!  As the girls on SCS say…….just Gibb’s slap myself!  I’ve been playing with my Close To My Heart ArtPhilosophy Cricut cartridge for the two little projects I’ve finished so far today.  I tell you…..I LOVE THAT CARTRIDGE!!!!!!!  It is so versatile and the more I play with it the more I discover it can do!!  I made some little 3×3 Postage Holders that I think are kinda cute!  I found this postage stamp shape and thought how appropriate for a Postage Holder!  And of course, I love all winged things for my cards… I chose the dragonfly. 

Everything you see on this Postage Holder, including the card, was cut out with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  And of course, what creation is complete without some bling on it…..uh huh!!   I inked the edges of the card and the little tag on the inside with my Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink and my finger sponge dauber.  I use my Distress Inks allot and I really like how edging around an item on your project really makes it pop off the page.  My postage stamp image is from a TPC Studio set called Travel Journey.  The rectangle tag I stamped it onto is actually the inside of the bottom layer of my dragonfly decorative layer from the front of the card……can’t waist anything you know!  For this little project I used my CTMH Passages Level 2  Paper Packet.  The 3×3 card was cut from the Colonial White cardstock.  The patterned background postage stamp on the front was cut from one of the B & T Duos, the dragonfly decorative layer on the front, the stamp pocket and the two dragonflies on the inside of the holder was cut from the Barn Red and Brown Bag cardstock.

  So, 6 Postage Holders later I have this spot done!!!  YAY!!!   Now onto the 3×3 Thank You cards…..