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Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This is a remake / copy of one of my favorite card designs!
I was down to my last one, so I replenished my basket with 8 more of these today.
I used Solo T and Alfresco acrylic stamps, Moon Doggie paper, outdoor denim and sunflower cardstock, and chocolate ribbon rounds to create these cards today.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Live Inspired

I love this romantic looking stamp set ... I had to have it because of the bird ! I think it would also make a great Christmas card using dark greens... However, in this case, it is done in neutral colours in a variety of 6 cards featuring: Congratulations (wedding) and Thinking of You (sympathy) and Happy Birthday!

I made them as a gift for my good friend Carol using a recylced and redecorated plastic envellope as a gift bag. We are going to her pool for lunch and a swim this week.

papers: Silhouette by Close to my Heart (thanks Julia for the mini stash)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bliss Onesie Cards

Lots of babies are coming our way...
Yummy mummys to be are: Kelly! Ainslea! Katie! Angela!
I got to work on my depleted supply of onesie cards, making 4 for girls and 4 for boys.
I really like the patterned paper on the girl's cards, and found an adorable use for those tiny safety pins Close to my Heart makes.
The template is SCS ... I believe... all credit goes to Jen Beaubien for teaching us this card a few years back.Thanks Jen!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


This layout is about our dining romance at night in Mexico.
We enjoyed wonderful food in a gorgeous atmosphere!
I did a lot of marker blending with a watercolour brush on the chipboard title (amor).
Papers : Moon Doggie
Stamped Heart Image: Soul Mates Word Puzzle
brackets: irresistables chipboard
chipboard: Dimensional Elements Simple Alphabet
all materials are Close to My Heart

Friday, July 9, 2010

Majestic Blue / Bo Bunny 9 Square layout

Okay... I had fun on both of these... and let me know if I am overdoing the "squares" but as I explained to Beth, linear works for me. And being a paper addict, I could showcase some different textures here that blend in well with the ocean shots. The bleached wood with the surfboard just does it for me!
The photos again are from the Mayan Riviera , showing the beautiful coral beach. Our beach was almost overrun by coral. By saying almost, I hesitate to condemn it completely. Coral has its pluses and minuses... it is amazing to look at, and attracts gorgeous fish which are wonderful to view as you snorkel, but it is tricky to walk in on when it is close to the shore. Other than that, our resort was perfect in every way. I had more difficulty than Rick, but am having a total hip replacement August 16 that should eliminate my mobility issues the next time we take a resort vacation!
The first page is almost collage like, and was inspired by the Splendor layout by Close to my Heart. I am liking leaving some open white space too.
Close to my Heart Majestic Blue papers
Bo Bunny chipboard and papers
Hero Arts paper flowers
Close to my Heart craft buttons and Journey Journalling Spots

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Florabunda is a type of rose with many blooms... but to me, here, it means Floral Abundance.
Our resort was very well maintained and exquisitely landscaped.
I love the way palm fronds move , glisten in the light, and wave in the night. We had some spectacular giant ones in Mexico right outside our hotel room balcony . The colours were surreal: the bright orange and blue painted buildings were lit up at night to contrast with the pink and green foliage.
Beth joined me tonight and inspired this layout with a plan she had downloaded from the internet and printed off. Coloured resist Chipboard is from Close to My Heart . I also tried my new scallop punch that I bought at Lasting Impressions.

Blending markers on an acrylic Block

I forgot who showed me this tip, but Beth used it tonight . Beth wanted to colour a chipboard butterfly fuschia but I didnt have that exact shade. I suggested that she load a block with orchid pink and then add pansy purple to deepen it, and then colour the chipboard with the lighter coloured pink marker dipped into the mixture from the block. The results were a bit like batik in the irregular way the colour blended .

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Majestic Quilted Beach Layout

I love the way this CTMH Majestic Blue paper kit looks with Beach photos. Really classic colours. I also added paper with sea creatures from BoBunny (Paradise) that just looks super. I bought the adhesive Chipboard stickers today to fill in those squares. I will repost when they are added, along with journalling.
I love quilting with paper squares like this!
My friend B... N...... is coming over tomorrow night, for a girls scrap evening! How wonderful!!
I will post results soon.

Friday, July 2, 2010

summer clothes

I just changed the background and photo to reflect the colours of the juicy florals of summer.
The photo is from my backyard by the pool.
Hope you like it!

hot hot HOT

I always liked that song... it gets me in a party mood when I go away.

Rick and I both love the heat, and love to bronze in the sun.

Mexico is unfailing when it comes to hot sun in March.

We had a spectacular resort , the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum.
Our resort had 5 pools, of which we used 3 .
Our club diamond pool was smaller but nice and quiet (the way we like it)
These photos are from the main pool where they do the water aerobics and fun activities (noisy after a while).
You could put your loungers right into the pool on a ledge if you wanted to!

This 2 page layout was done with You Rock papers from Close to my Heart.
I just love the bright goldrush yellow paper against the bright blue and the deep navy of the outdoor denim. I used irresistables Lots of Dots adhesive alphabet for the title. I used part of a bracket page that I bought at Phebes store in Petrolia to journal on. Also, some crazy flowers that I think also came from Phebes store... with CTMH jumbo brads.
The design was just a spontaneous thing. Going with less is more, at the moment,
and trying to journal in more detail.
Apologies: the third pic is turned sideways but I couldnt correct it. the other 2 pics loaded correctly with the same settings!