Butterfly Bling

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A real quick card to share tonight – my dad is leaving in a day or so to visit one of my brothers (and my brother’s wife and their gorgeous daughter) and I have to drop off an anniversary gift for him to take to them.  Also, I’ve done something funky to my little camera and I’m having lighting issues with my pictures (DH will have to take a look tomorrow – it’s late and I’m tired and I will be cranky if he invades my territorial bubble this evening).

Anyway, die cuts and patterned paper to the rescue.  It took about 15 minutes to make this card – I admit the sentiment is not stamped as cleanly as I’d like but I’d already added the bling and it would be such a waste of pearls and rhinestones to pitch this one out.

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Quick, simple, cheerful…done!  Now to pop the gift card inside and swing by the old man’s house tomorrow to drop it off.

Enjoy your day off tomorrow for those that get the Good Friday holiday – it’s the first holiday of the year for most Canadians.

$pring ¢leaning

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I didn’t spend any time in my craft room last weekend.  I was busy spring cleaning the living room (with the help of DH as it was a real deep clean).  Every piece of furniture removed from the room, curtains down, blinds, windows and baseboards washed…

I also bought a new rug for the room – something I’ve been wanting for a while.  We scored a decent-sized rug at HomeSense (= Marshall’s in the US) and I also bought some new throw pillows and lighter curtains for the room.  You might notice the use of a $ and a ¢ in the post title – I spent beaucoup dollars with my revamp but it really made a huge difference.  I don’t have a before picture but I think hubby has one somewhere so I’ll add it later for comparison purposes.

Here’s what the room looks like now:


The lighter rug, pillows (the brown ones are not new) and curtains really brighten up this room…just in time for Spring.  Now if it would only stop snowing here!

Dinomite Brother

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I have two important birthdays to make cards for in March – my younger brother’s and his wife’s (a day apart).

So far today, I’ve made my brother’s card and I’ll be working on my SIL’s card later today (plus I have to get a package ready to mail).

I used one of my favourite Whipper Snapper images for this card – it’s just fun to colour and only requires a few different colours so it’s not too overwhelming.

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My picture is a little yellow because I had to borrow the item that props my improvised photo booth up so my lights are not as close to the card as they usually are when I take a picture…

I stuck to a fairly simple layout for this card – letting the image take centre stage (or center if you prefer).  A few sequins (thanks again, M, for the samples!) and an “old school” sentiment – a technique I used to use a while ago and have recently adopted again.

I popped the paw claw? holding the gift up for a fun touch and used some Pebbles “Seen and Noted” patterned paper because the colours worked with my image. (Naughty Kelly – I coloured the image before I chose the paper)

Back to the drawing board to see what I can come up with for card number two.

Thanks Chickie – Another Spring Project

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Just made a batch of treats for the workers at the Tim Horton’s that I frequent.  I need to pick up a basket to present them in but I’m well ahead of schedule to get these to them before Good Friday.

I bought some marshmallow Easter treats at Dollarama (5 in a package) and fancied them up by making little holders.  Rather than decorate directly on the holder, I made separate panels which act as  an extra “leg” to keep the treats standing upright. (I made the panel a half inch longer than the holder so it sticks out on the front).

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I used the same papers I’d selected for the batch of notepads I made last week – it looks like a little Easter Boutique in my craft room at the moment!

I stamped the image on a 3X4″ panel and added a 1 1/2″ strip of cardstock at the bottom using the word thanks from one paper smooches set and the word chickie from the sentiment “hey chickie” that went with the bird image I used.

After adhering the sentiment patterned paper I used a border die to create an interesting strip from coordinating paper and cut out thin (1/4″) strips from another coordinating paper to hide the join.

I kept the colouring simple (only 2 shades of yellow and I didn’t shade the beak or feet) so I could power through the mass production and embellished with some sequins that a co-worker was kind enough to procure from me so I could try out that trend without heavy investment in supplies.

Here’s a side view so you can see what I mean about the “leg”:

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…and here’s what’s inside (they come in assorted colours and styles):

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I whipped up 20 of these in less than 2 hours and that included the planning stages so it’s not too bad for time if you’re looking to mass produce a little something for Easter.

Spring Fling

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We did get the pantry project finished last week.  Surprisingly, there’s “less” space in the pantry now that we’ve added a shelf but it’s organized and we’ve majorly reduced the risk of breaking a toe via falling canned products…on to today’s post…

The sun has been shining for a few days now in St. John’s – while we still have snow on the ground, the sunny (but cold!) weather makes me gravitate to the more colourful cardstocks and papers in my stash.

Enter Echo Park.  I find the Echo Park line of paper to be fun and whimsical.  The colours are so fresh and you are guaranteed to have one or two patterns in a paper pad that you just can’t bear to cut into.

I matched up some EP paper with a package of stickers I purchased at Dollarama a few weeks ago.  I also picked up a few of my favourite Dollarama scratch pads (sometimes you can’t find them there and sometimes the paper is more grey than white but I scored some brilliant white pads there last visit) and decided to make a batch of colourful notepads just in time for Spring:

Step 1 – Cover the scratchpads with cardstock in fun, Spring hues:

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Step 2 – pick out coordinating patterned papers to decorate the front of the notepad (I kept it simple this time and cut a piece large enough to cover the entire front):

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Step 3 –  Find some fun stickers for the front panel – or stamp and colour images for the front panel (I placed a piece of white cardstock that I was using to cut panels behind the stickers so you could see them more clearly):

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Step 4 – Stamp a sentiment on a white cardstock panel and adhere a sticker above the sentiment.  Use a few pop dots to adhere the panel to the front of the notepad – I chose to place mine off-centre:

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…and repeat:

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…and keep going until you get a stack of notepads perfect for gift-giving:

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This layout would be great for a set of notecards too (I’d probably change the orientation to landscape for a notecard).



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