Friday, September 4, 2015


I know that many people love snowy cards for Christmas but this one is more reflective of winter on the West Coast.  Beautiful but green.  I'll send this one to my brother up north, who will be buried in snow, that enjoys hunting.

This week's challenge at MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge is to stamp over a stencil.  This card idea immediately came to mind.  This one-layer card started by inking Old Olive on the base and then Always Artichoke around the edges for depth.  The sky was covered all over in Baja Breeze, then a large semi-circle around the edges in Marina Mist and finally just a small amount around the edges in Brocade Blue.  Lastly I stamped the moose from MFP's Crisp Winter over top of the stencil.  This is where I had to make a re-do.  The first time I didn't check my placement carefully enough and it looked like one of my moose was headless.  Not a good look at all!  Once the stencil was removed, I stamped the Merry Christmas from MFP's Joyous Season.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wings of a Butterfly

This week's challenge for MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge is to make a sympathy card.  I made a masculine version for you yesterday.  You can see the post here.  I decided that I needed to make a feminine version though.  Today I used blues.   UsING a Night of Navy base and leaving a one-inch dark border, I added a small border of white card stock.  I then started inking my small panel  all over with TH's Stormy Sky.  Faded Jeans was added in an oval around the edges.  I ended by distressing the edges in Night of Navy and adding some of the colour to the edges.  My inked panel ended up being darker than I wanted so I decided to use white embossing for my image and sentiment.  The butterfly is from MFP's "Lots of Words" and the sentiment from "A Walk in the Woods".  I do hope you'll join us because it's hard to make sympathy cards when they are really needed.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Someone Said Goodbye

This week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a sympathy card.  They are always so hard to make in the moment so it is good to have a few in the wings.  I tend to prefer monotones for sympathy cards.  I decided to go with greens and pulled out "Walk in the Woods" set.  The background is a scrap of Always Artichoke.  I created a one inch border with some white card stock and then made my centre piece just a bit smaller.  I'm really into inking right now and inked the whole centre panel in Pistachio Pudding.  Next I circled the edges, leaving the an oval in Old Olive and finally did the corners and distressed the edges in Always Artichoke.  The stamping of the image and sentiment was the last detail before assembling.  I love how it turned out but it's very masculine.  I want to try the same layout with a more feminine effect.  Please come back tomorrow to see how it turns out.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gasp! You're How Old?

Today's challenge at MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a card with a candle or to decorate a candle.  This is my second attempt.  I tried to make a candle holder but learned that you need to remove masks while the paint is still wet.  Oops.

I enjoyed making this one.  I always love making shaker cards.  This one has an aperture window in it to see the sentiment that's on the inside.  I used the Birthday Mini set.  It says, "Gasp! You're how old?"  I then used Happy Birthday underneath.  The window was made with a piece of a photo protector sleeve and some birthday Minion confetti.  I'm addicted to the confetti at the dollar store near my mother's place.  Look for some Minion cards later!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Be True to Your School

I have 3 weeks left before school starts but I'm already planning.  All the school supplies are purchased for my students and my own kids.  When this week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends came up to use a border punch on both sides, I was still thinking about school so I pulled out this notebook border I got years ago and never used.  I used Fall Apples for the image and the sentiment is from the Pussy Willows set.  I use that one a lot for my Welcome back cards.  I think I have enough to mail each of my new students a personal card this year.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Patio Lanterns

You know you're Canadian when the first thought that pops through your mind upon seeing a card like this is the song "Patio Lanterns" by Kim Mitchell.  I don't even like the song but that's where the mind went.

Don't you just love the little lanterns.  DH bought me these mini dies for my birthday.  I love how they turned out.  They are perfect for this week's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge to use baker's twine.  I used the sentiment from MFP's Animal Birthday's set.  This week's card was inspired by the layout on Happy Little Stampers. I just love the little bunting layout.  I keep meaning to make some for birthdays but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Silent House

Today's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge is to make a woven centre to the card.   I couldn't make myself cover all the pretty paper so I used it to make this New Home card instead.  The base is craft and I used a bunch of scrap bits left in my file.  Yes, I keep little scraps but as you can see, I use them too.  The chipboard was donated to me years ago.  The sentiment is from the Primitive Farm set.  I don't use it often but I do love the mute