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Yesterday was a busy day for me.   I spent the morning baking things that I could individually package and freeze so we’d have something healthy and more filling than store-bought snacks to put in our lunches.   The items that needed to be used up dictated the recipes I chose – strawberry-banana loaf (I made two – one for eating and one for freezing), morning glory muffins (tweaked to be more healthy by using whole wheat flour, egg whites, applesauce instead of oil and nixing the coconut because I’m allergic and the pineapple because I think it’s gross in muffins!), and then, just because we like them so much, I made a pan of chocolate zucchini brownies. (which are “kind of” healthy but not for someone on a diet!)

There was lots of dish-washing and kitchen tidying between batches of baked goods as well as a load of laundry and some towel folding (I don’t think there’s a single bath towel left in my linen tower at the moment).

Once I finished the baking marathon, I took a little break and made a card for our niece’s birthday – it’s going to get there a little late but she’ll have her gift on time so I’m sure we’ll be forgiven.

Here’s the card:

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I’m trying to use some of the ZILLIONS of 6X6 patterned papers I own.  I am so addicted to buying it and my card-making style is straying away from using lots of patterned paper so I made a supreme effort to use LOTS of it on this card.  Incidentally, I did notice when cutting the floral paper that I placed the die in the wrong direction so my flowers are sideways.  It took me about half a second to get over it and use it anyway.  Not sure if our niece will see it since there are so many pink rhinestones on the card!

We’re working on making our pantry a little more useable this week (adding an extra shelf and painting the pantry) so my crafty time is going to be limited.  We were supposed to do this project over Christmas but never got to it and my baking marathon today reminded me of how desperately we need to get that closet organized.  Not sure if I’ll share a before and after because I’m too ashamed of the state of the pantry!!!

Hopefully, I’ll be back later this week.

For You – Hostess Gift

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DH and I are going to a little dinner party tonight and I wanted to bring a hostess gift.  The go-to is not very imaginative – I go to the liquor store and ask someone there for a nice, popular red wine (I don’t drink so I have NO idea what to buy).  However, our hosts have just announced that they are expecting a baby so I don’t want to give alcohol as a gift.

We debated getting some sparkling cider etc. but the ones I’ve had just taste like carbonated apple juice so I wasn’t too keen on that idea.  A trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond last night did little to inspire me so I decided to make some cards and package them up nicely as a gift.

I used MME Miss Caroline papers to create a birthday, baby, thank you and “could be for anything” card.  I decorated the inside but left the inside blank so our hosts can write their own message inside.

Here they are:


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Once I made the cards, I was going to create a cardstock folder to package them up in but decided to slip them into a glassine bag and decorate the front with some hand-dyed seam binding, a doily and some Prima roses that I’ve had for a while…I also quickly decorated a clothespin to use as a fastener.  Handy things those wooden clothespins!

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…and here’s a close up of the detail on the packaging:

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I was tempted to distress the doily and the tag but the cards are not distressed/shabby so I resisted the urge.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday – I’m off to visit the beagles at and donated some dog food, soft treats for the senior beagles and a dog bed in honour of my cousin’s birthday this week.

CAS 10 – Finally!

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One last CAS class card and one last (probably) Valentine.

This card was actually really quick to make and I think it’s just right for the little girl that’s getting it.  She doesn’t need layers of ribbon/lace/patterned paper, etc. and I think she’ll enjoy the excessive scattering of rhinestones.

Excuse the clip on top of the card.  It was difficult to keep the card flat enough to take a picture as the image is on the inside of the card.  Here’s the front:

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…and here’s the inside:

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I like it!

CAS Day 9 – Bee Mine

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This is the second last card from my online class.  Due to time constraints I went with texture over glitter for this assignment.  I do like glitter on cards but felt my time was better used in getting two CAS cards made than prepping and cleaning up from messy craft mediums.

I used an Anna Wight cling set (Bee-lieve in a cure) which is really cute.  I had the set out on my desk because I want to make a card for someone going through cancer treatment at the moment.  However, this time around I used it for a Valentine’s Day card:

CAS 9 Bee Mine

I used some papers I already had on my desk from Valentine construction and I embossed the deep rose paper with my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder.  The bee’s trail was a bit hidden after the embossing so I went over it with a fine tipped marker.  I added a strip of pink cardstock (scallop border was created using a rectangle nestie) and a sentiment banner with the same colour cardstock.

A few rhinestones and a pink heart are keeping my pop-dotted bee company.

CAS Day 8 – ink technique

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FYI, I made it!! On Sunday night I finished my last two CAS online card class assignments!

I was really happy to be able to carve out enough time to get them done by the deadline I’d set.  I really didn’t think I’d make it as I woke up a little under the weather and was lying down most of Sunday but I came around enough in the evening to make 2 cards.

In the meantime, here’s card 8 – I was initially going to make the circle plaid but I liked the way it looked with the stripes just going in one direction so I skipped the rest of the stamping:


The blotches on the circle are actually on the card IRL – I didn’t have a plain striped stamp so I used the back side of a more detailed stamp and there were a couple of imperfections in the stamp itself. (and using the back of a different stamp is one of the little tips I picked up on day 8)

I can see a big difference between this card and the last “one layer” card I made using circles and the same colours.  I’m still having trouble embracing all that white space so I stamped some grey splotches here and there to break up that wide open white.   What can I say?  I’m just not quite ready to go completely CAS.

CAS Class – Day 7

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Yesterday I managed to make card number 7 and number 8 – only 2 to go and I’m really hoping to do them today except I do have a few other things that must be done first.

Card 7 was inspired by Julie Ebersole’s card on Day 7 of the class.  I didn’t have a suitable big stamp for exactly what was illustrated but I did some masking to get a little more use out of my “Row Houses” stamp.

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You might think my houses are crazy colourful but where I live, this is how a “row house” is supposed to look.  Case in point:

Downtown St. John's

(borrowed from this site)

I’ll be sending this to my BFF who moved away from “home” about 14 years ago – thus the “miss you” sentiment. 


CAS class Day 6

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Today has been a productive day.  DH and I cleaned the fridge, behind the stove (not too dirty back there at all but I wanted to get that done), washed floors, shampooed the sofa and chair in the tv room, I’m currently on load number 4 of laundry and just managed to make my Day 6 card which also doubles as a sympathy card that I need!

The assignment for Day 6 was easier because it’s a sketch.  I did try to do an inking technique but after two failed attempts went with straight stamping the image in one colour.

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I used tone-on-tone with background stamping too and curved my sentiment by following the lines of the die (sort of!) so I got a lot of the tips I’ve picked up incorporated into this simple card.

I added a few flecks of white paint and strategically placed a few pearls throughout the image.  My picture is a little dark but I think the card has the right tone for a sympathy card and isn’t too sombre. 

I just need to add an appropriate note to the inside (might type it as my handwriting is illegible!) and get this out in the mail.  

We’re having lots of snow here today – not quite as much as Boston but today and tomorrow promise to be messy weather days so I’m hoping I get a little more card-making time in – I want to get as close to my 10 cards by the end of tomorrow as possible.  4 to go!

CAS Day 5 – one stamp 3 ways

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I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m sharing 3 cards that use the same stamp in three different ways but the truth is I only sketched 2 layouts using the stamp different ways and made ONE card.  

My second sketch uses the stamp as a full flower – tall, leaves near the bottom, a stem and a flower on top.  The card I made uses the same stamp with a cluster or bouquet I suppose…

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I used a LOT of lavendar pearls on this one.  Not sure how it’s going in an envelope with that crazy extended banner!

Must go review my video for Day 6 and see what I can come up with!

CAS Day 4

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Today is day 9 of the CAS online class I’m taking and I’m on card number 5 (though today I’m showing day 4).  Obviously, work, life and a little bit of laziness are preventing me from staying on top.

I am rather determined to make all 10 cards for the class by the deadline on Sunday, though.  Half way there!

Here’s number 4:

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I was supposed to embrace the white space but I couldn’t quite do it.  I HAD to add some yellow background stamping.

On the plus side, this card is wonderfully sparkly in real life.

Wish me luck on my other 5 cards!

I heart u

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I didn’t do well with my Sunday homework for my card class.  I just couldn’t get in the mood to make a “specific” card.  I did, however, enjoy playing with an American Crafts telephone stamp that I scored at Winners last weekend.  I got 3 little stamp sets for $6 – not sure if I’ll do much with them but I could NOT resist as some of the images were very cute.

I also wanted to get a little more use out of the Echo Park paper I bought to make Valentines.  I didn’t do as many Valentine’s projects as I would have liked this year though I have a few left to share on the blog.

Here’s the card I made Sunday:


 I couldn’t resist using a “text” message with my rotary dial phone.   Wonder if teens today even know how to dial out on one of these bad boys? 

Now that I’ve clensed my card-making palette by creating a non-CAS card, I’m hoping to be able to get back in the swing of my course for its final week.

One can hope!

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