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This is such a repetitive theme but I haven’t had much time for crafting lately.  Our trial beagle adoption has gone well despite Jack (our “existing” beagle) taking a while to warm up to Jill (our new beagle).

Jack is an older beagle and he’s a bit of a nervous dog so Jill has not become his best buddy overnight but he is tolerating her and she simply adores him (and us – she’s a very affectionate little girl!).  We think she’ll be good company for Jack and will help him build his confidence.  In any event, it’s been a busy couple of weeks adding a second dog to our household – especially when the new dog is a lot more energetic than Jack.

I managed to slip into my craft room for a full hour tonight without a single beagle sniffing at the door – Jack is usually in here a dozen times while I’m making a card so it’s been a peaceful time for me.  I even got to play with new stamps and dies that I got with some birthday money!  Here’s the card:


I whipped this one up pretty quickly so there wasn’t a lot of thought put into the placement of the stamps.  I should have stamped the sentiment in two steps as there is a bit too much space between the lines but it turned our fairly cute (picture is dark, sorry!) and there was so little colouring which makes for an easy card.

Time to put away my toys and get Jack and Jill settled for the evening.  I’ll try to post a picture or two next time I blog. (DH is the photographer in the family so I’ll have to get him to send me a few)

Christening Angel

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Don’t you love it when inspiration strikes quickly?

I had a request for a Christening card yesterday and when I sat down to make it I realized (not for the first time) that I don’t really have any stamps along those lines.

However, I did recently purchase a Mama Elephant stamp set that features angels/cupids.  It’s really a Valentine’s Day set but my brain made the connection to angels and religious events.

Sadly, the only inspiration part was using the stamp set for the card.  The actual layout itself is cased from Torico. (thank you! I needed help with this card)

Here’s the card:

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I used some Basic Grey paper (What’s Up? I think) for the background and the sentiment is computer generated due to the aforementioned lack of properly themed stamps.

The angel is popped up on the card for a little dimension and I used some Wink of Stella glitter on the wings but I don’t think you’ll pick it out in the picture.

Must dash.  Miles to go etc. etc.

Valentine Mailbox

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In November, a Target opened up in my area – it replaced a Zellers store (well, it replaced 3 Zellers stores).   While this is not that much of a life-altering event, with the closure of Zellers, my only options for department stores were Wal-Mart, Sears, or a local store called Piper’s.   It’s good to have another choice again as I don’t really enjoy going to Wal-Mart.

Aside from having another shopping choice, the best part about Target opening is I can finally scope the infamous Dollar Spot to get some of the cute alterable items that my US counterparts are always playing with on SCS.

The most famous (IMO) alterable that ever stemmed from Target has to be the mailbox they put out for Valentine’s Day – I’m guessing this was probably back in 2009.  Lots of people in Canada were trying to get their hands on these hot little numbers and I know that a fair number got some kind US crafters to sell and ship some to them so they could join in the mailbox altering fun.

Fast forward to 2014.  Impressively, my local Target is carrying those mailboxes.  More impressive still, they are only a dollar even though other US chains are selling their “dollar” items for $1.50 in Canada (Michael’s markups are insane.  They shouldn’t show us poor Canadians the US price on the labels as it’s so depressing).  AND the price has not gone up even though it has to be 5 years since these little cuties hit the crafting scene.

Due to how long its been since the mailboxes were on my radar, I don’t exactly remember how people were decorating them but I had no trouble quickly altering one of the two white mailboxes I bought last week. (I restrained myself and only bought 2 but they’re not hard to alter so I may take another run into Target and see if there are any left in stock).

Here is my first altered Target Mailbox:


I used some MME paper I had left from a design team stint (I don’t have a lot of 12X12 paper these days) and some ribbon and felt hearts.  I kind of kept it simple.

Of course, I had to put something in the mailbox so I created 4 3X3 Valentine’s Day cards using a Lawn Fawn set I bought last year around this time:

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(I kept them pretty simple)

I added some white envelopes and tied the cards into a bundle to insert into the mailbox:

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I think it turned out quite cute and it was a fun and easy project due to the small amount of colouring.


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It’s been a busy week and a busier weekend.  Not sure if I mentioned that I ordered a new washer and dryer after Christmas but we sold the old washer (not the dryer yet – sad face) a couple of weeks ago and our new one was delayed in delivery so the logistics of clean clothes have never been trickier.

In addition to the laundry issues, we started a trial adoption of another beagle yesterday morning and the new arrival is certainly keeping us on our toes.  I’ll share more about that once we officially adopt – Rich and I are in love but Jack hasn’t quite seen the light yet.

Rich managed to entertain the two dogs long enough for me to get a small window of crafting time this afternoon.  I had an idea for a calorie-free and seasonally appropriate Valentine treat…travel (well, desk)-size tissue holders.  Of course, I’m not the first person to make these – the “idea” part is the name.  I’m calling them “Kiss-u’s”.

I made 6 so far…not sure if there’ll be any interested in them.  If not, I can easily harvest the tissues but I think they’re pretty darn cute.  Here’s what they look like:


I made them all with different cardstock and patterned paper but only used 2 different images because I was so limited on time today.  Once I’d created the pattern they were pretty quick to put together.  I probably could have made the sleeves a smidge wider but keeping them at 4.25 means I can cut 2 out of one sheet of cardstock.

I’m hoping to make some small Valentine cards (with coordinating envelopes using my punch board) this week.  We’ll see if the hounds will allow me some personal time.  It’s going to be an interesting week!

Take Out Love

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Just started working on Valentine’s projects – I’m not really quite in the mood yet (I’m waiting on an influx of new supplies that I ordered a while back but one item was backordered so I still don’t have the package) but found some cute little dollar store Chinese take out boxes (which they don’t use locally – I find them to be a fairly “American” style) that I thought could be put to good use.

I was initially going to use them as packaging for Valentine’s Day candy but was inspired by a fortune from a fortune cookie that  I found in my pocket yesterday.

I’ve seen paper fortune cookies on the internet before so I did a search to see how to make them and whipped up a batch this morning (18 to be precise).  I put three ‘cookies’ and a foil wrapped chocolate heart in each take out box – here’s what the contents of a box look like:

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I used various patterned papers that had pink, red, or purple in them to coordinate with the design on the box and prepared three different “fortunes” that were stamped on slips of bond paper to insert in each “cookie”.

The sentiments I chose were:

Wild About You

You Make Me Smile


(options were limited to what would fit on a 2.75″ strip of paper)

The 3 “cookies” and one chocolate heart fit nicely in the take out boxes.

Now I need to work on some Valentine Card layouts (well, first I have to clean up my mess from the above project – it looks like I actually baked the cookies judging by how many supplies I dragged out onto my work top!)

Send In The Clowns

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Today’s card was really fun and quick to make.  I CASEd a card made by Alice Wertz (she’s so good at different layouts) and use another of my Paper Smooches stamps.  Even though I do have the matching die for this stamp I decided to stamp it directly onto the white cardstock and colour it.


I paper pieced the pants (overalls?) and used a resin dot for his nose.   I added a little bit of washi tape and a few enamel dots to give the card a little more interest.

I hand-drew (badly!) the ground under the clown so he wasn’t just floating around on the card.

Must dash – I have to help DH with a little household project…plumbing.  Wish us luck…we might flood the house!

Happy Baa-thday

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It’s been an interesting week in St. John’s.  The weather has been terrible – lots of snow and extremely cold temperatures (normally the temperature is “mild” for a Canadian winter in St. John’s – it hovers around zero).  In addition to the cold and the snow, there have been major blackouts island-wide all week and we were without power for several days (and without heat or a method of cooking any food etc).  Needless to say, I’ll have to make a plan to be more prepared going forward as it has not been a pleasant week.

The circumstances limited my card-making plans last weekend but I did manage to get a couple of hours here and there to play with some of the things I received for Christmas.  I’m sharing another Paper Smooches image today and have a few more to show you over the next few days…then I’ll tackle Valentine’s Day projects…I think!

Here’s today’s card:

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The picture came out a little bit shadowed but you get the idea.

I fussy cut the sheep (I don’t believe Paper Smooches has a die set for their Party Posse stamp set at this time – I’d buy it if they did – the feet were not that fun to cut around) and used an MFT snow drift die for my “grass”…the flatbacked pearls are coloured with copics to match the colours of the paper.

I’m trying to use lots and lots of patterned paper on my current cards – I’m drawn to the clean, white cards but I’m so addicted to patterned paper that I can’t make the move to a different style.  Oh well!

Back tomorrow with another birthday card.

Stay warm!



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I haven’t been making good use of my craft room in my Christmas down time.  I *want* to work on some projects but I’ve been enjoying doing some domestic tasks and reading some of the (many!) books I received for Christmas and my birthday. (we’ve also started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix so that’s been a bit of a time suck as well).

However, I did play with my new punch board yesterday (We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board…it’s really easy to use!) and also did a few cards using a stamp and die set I received for Christmas…

My first card was done the traditional way – I coloured the image and cut it out:

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I think it turned out quite cute even though the layout is a little simplistic.  I was dying to add some flat back pearls or resin dots but I resisted the urge since there are already so many polka dots on the patterned paper.

However, I did not practice the same restraint on my next attempt.  I still wanted to use the elephant (I love elephants!) but didn’t want to colour it the same way so I simply stamped it on some patterned paper and cut it out with the die.  I then added some details like fussy cutting some toenails (that sounds weird), gluing a “googlie eye” to the image and stamping the ear a second time and popping it up on the main image.  I enjoyed the process so I made a second image just like the first and did two different cards using the same focal image.  First was a birthday card:

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(I got some use out of my stapler as well)

…and then I used the same image on a baby boy card:

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Since I was having so much fun with my envelope punch board I made the baby card 5X5″ and then made an envelope to go with it (not pictured).

That’s it for now.  I have to do some tidying up before I can even think about making anything else…my work top is covered in patterned paper and stamp sets.

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