Just “messing” around!


So I wanted to work on something for the Mixed Media Monthly challenge (this month is Stencils and Modelling Paste). Some of my favourite supplies to use, but the jury is still out on this one. I can’t tell if I have made art or just made a mess! haha that’s just the way it is sometimes I guess!

Working through some stressors at my job and not feeling the most effective right now and that’s what this page is all about. I have been fascinated with images and quotes from Alice In Wonderland lately, not sure what that is all about but I picked up the Spring Sprung Stampers Anonymous set the other day and the white rabbit stamp spoke to me!

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Also, I was going to print out and fussy cut a clock face and found some random paper in my stash to use. When I printed it, I noticed that the ink was beading on the surface so I flipped it over and use it as a transfer instead (right hand page, pretty much the centre). Kind of a neat accident, huh? Still don’t know what kind of paper it is, I found it in all my “junk” when I was helping my Mom move out of her house. I should really put it in a storage bag with a note about the transfer thing….

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Some closeups of the stenciling. Hmmph, still not sure..what do you think? Suggestions?

Other supplies include: Dylusions spray in fresh lime and vibrant turquoise, Mister Huey in amarillo taxi, Distress Paint in mustard seed and salty ocean, Liquitex modeling paste and gloss gel, Tim Holtz stencils Measured, Burlap, Splatters and Clockwork, some india ink by Daler-Rowney, Stampers Big Brush in black and white,  LSG Moon Shadow Mist in tawny turquoise and a cool little alphabet stamp set I got at Target.


The world is full of kind people; if you can’t find one, be one!



Unity Colour Challenge – Carrie’s wedding gift

Hello there! It has been a busy September already, with trying to get my older daughter ready for her big adventure in the UK and my younger one moved into her new apartment and into her final year at University.  Not a lot of crafting time, but I did manage to create a canvas for a coworker who is getting married today. Lucky her, it is an absolutely gorgeous early Fall day here in northern Nova Scotia… the sun is shining brilliantly but it is just cool enough to be pleasant.

One thing I particularly wanted to show in this post is a tip I came up with for protecting photos on canvas’. I didn’t want to use modpodge or medium over the surface of the photo so instead I used a page protector to sandwich the photo between the canvas and the chipboard frame. Not sure if this is archival safe or not but it works for this project.

I used the colour palette from the Unity challenge and what stamping I did (there isn’t a whole lot, granted) is Unity stamps. You can find the challenge here – there is a colour challenge along with both card and layout sketch challenges each month – so fun!!

Here are highlights from the steps I took to create this canvas:

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First I used a Workshop on the Go from Close to My Heart as a base canvas and for most of the embellishments. I didn’t really follow their instructions, I just did my own thing (story of my life, ha!) I layered on light modeling paste on the uncoloured zigzags on the canvas and used an unmounted background stamp to texturize them.

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Then I enclosed the photograph between a page protector and used redline tape to adhere it to the chipboard frame.

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I did the same thing with the small accent photo and tied twine around it to dress it up.

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The next step was to start layering my pieces together. It takes me awhile to decide on my design so I don’t stick anything down until I am sure. It can take a couple of days or rearranging before I am satisfied. I stamped Unity sentiments on some of the chipboard components and sanded and inked them to give them a bit of a “weathered” look. I appropriated a paint chip from the hardware store to build up the necessary palette for the challenge. Judicious placement of the smaller embellishments is necessary to cover up the paint names!

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I wanted to tie in the photo so I decided to make the title card look like it was carved in a tree. I cut out the names with my Cricut and using the negative piece, embossed it with a woodgrain folder. It matched the picture in my head, so that made me happy! 🙂

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The final piece: I hope they like it!!

Supplies: Close to My Heart Workshop on the Go – Canvas Art, Unity sentiment stamps – assorted, Liquitex light modeling paste, Memento ink – Rich Cocoa, Ranger Archival Ink – Pale Ochre, Darice woodgrain embossing folder, TCI date stamp,

” A little spark of kindess can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day!”

Friends With Flair – Card drive package

Hello everyone!!

Despite a last minute trip to Halifax today to sort out some travel visa stuff for my daughter, I did find time for a very quick and easy card to link up to the Friends with Flair post over on the Unity blog. You can see everyone’s amazing creations here!

I whipped up a square 5×5 card with the sweetest little elephant from the “Could I be any Cuter” set. And really, no, I don’t think he could be any cuter!! The inside sentiment says “Don’t forget to be awesome today!”

Dont forget

This is not a standard size for me so I didn’t have an envelope the right size. Did I panic? NO, I used this opportunity to try out my brand new Envelope Punch board from We R Memory Keepers! I am a leftie and had heard some chatter that this might make using the tool a little difficult for me so I was anxious to see how it went. I found my card size and cutting dimensions easily enough on the face of the board and chose a fun coordinating patterned paper from Lime Twist by MME.

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So, the instructions are straightforward enough. You line up your first side, score and punch and then just keep turning one quarter turn and scoring and punching until you have all four sides done. There is a handy corner rounder on the opposite side of the notch punch so that you can have a nice finish to the flaps too. I had no issues with being left-handed, but I am sort of ambidexterous with things, I think most of us lefties learn to be. So I did have to score with my right hand. Or you could get things lined up and then just turn the board around and score with your left hand. Definitely no biggie for me but you can decide if that’s a dealbreaker for you.

One kind of weird thing I did notice though. You would think that making a square envelope for a square card, it wouldn’t matter which sides you folded in and which you left for the flap opening wouldn’t you? Well, apparently it does. The first time I folded it I got this:

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It didn’t line up exactly..and while it wasn’t a huge deal, the perfectionist in me sort of went “Phooey”.  So I turned it one quarter turn and tried again. Ta-daa!

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A perfectly lined up edge. Now isn’t that strange? So the moral is; if at first you don’t succeed…give it a quarter turn!!

I am sending this little card (and 11 others) off to a really worthwhile card drive that Scrapbook and Cards Today is holding this summer. The donated cards will be sent to children and teens in hospitals across Canada and the States. I tried to make some cards for the older kids, but I think this little elephant could brighten anyone’s day, don’t you?

If you would like to contribute, see the SCT blog post here..I know they would be thrilled to receive your creations!!

Thanks for stopping by, friends and remember: kindness doesn’t cost a darn thing — sprinkle that stuff everywhere!!!

Itty Bitty a Day challenge – Day 2

So, I knew I wouldn’t have time this week to participate every day in the fun challenge over at the Unity Show and Tell page, but as luck would have it, the lawn was far too wet to try and cut this evening! Off to my craft table I went!

I discovered that I don’t do well with deadlines and my “mojo” seems to be more of a drop-in-when-it-feels-like-it rather than a by-invitation sort of guest. Took me ages to complete my card but I did finish. This first photo shows the stamping; I used Seashell Song and swiped my gelatos over it with a tiny bit of water to make it move. This is a second generation stamp to get rid of some of the blobbiness (hmm, blobbiness? I am sure there is a better word but it’s late and I’m tired — I’m sticking with blobby) 


Then I embossed with clear powder and spritzed a little Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist for some shimmer.

closeup embossing

Finally, I layered my card with a kraft base and some Authentique papers from the Fresh collection.  Oh and I stamped the “thinking of you” sentiment at the bottom from the How You Doin’ set. I ran some distress ink around to define some edges. And there you have it! My Seashell Thinking of You card!!

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Supplies: CTMH kraft cardstock, Authentique “Fresh” patterned papers, DCWV scalloped cardstock, Seashell Song itty bitty from Unity as well as How You Doin’, distress ink – Pumice stone, Faber-Castell gelatos – Red Cherry and Metallic Melon

A final note: this is my first attempt at blogging, please be gentle!! 😉

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