Monday, September 14, 2015

Because she enjoyed it

I found several of these photos of my Mom at varying times with the crocheted and knitted animals she created.  It gave her great joy to make all of these creatures and even grated joy watching those who received her gifts, increase the amount of joy in there lives.  She was asked often why she would make the same ones many times over and doesn't she get bored but her answer was always 'I enjoy it and it makes me happy' and no truer words were spoken.  Miss you so much Mom!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Animal Kingdom's breathtaking birds!

So many beautiful birds call Disney World's Animal Kingdom home!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Animal Kingdom elephants & hippos

The safari tour was awesome, we were able to see so many different animals, it felt like being on safari in Africa!  The baby elephant had the older ones wrapped around his finger, just like human babies do and the hippos ears were in constant motion otherwise you would never know they were there!  So special!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

CTMH Carrier Sheet & MISTI Tutorial

Hi everyone!!

I have a great 'tips & tricks' video to share with you for stamping your Close To My Heart acrylic stamps using the MISTI stamping tool!

If you have any questions after the video please don't hesitate to email me at and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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Buy the stamp set CTMH B1468 Merriest Christmas by clicking here

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom's tree of life is simply an amazing sight to see!  We were lucky enough to see Animal Kingdom all decorated up with a beautiful christmas tree as well!

I hid my journaling behind the lower left photo on the right-side layout, adding the animal parade to pull it out with.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fast & Furious Birthday

This is my super fun 'masculine' birthday card!  I used my computer to print "what does...look like at your age?" on a 5.25x4" white cardstock panel then stamped the 'Fast and Furious' image from my stamp set in between the two lines.  Also in that stamp set is this awesome tire tread border and the slick looking race car!  I stamp the race car in different positions, using a light grey ink, to communicate movement on the race track then I stamped the race car in bright red and popped it up lower and in the center.  I stamped that cool tread as the race track road and in several directions on the card base to create interest on the edge of the card base, below the front card panel.

Inside I stamped this 'jalopy' panel truck, it's all good and happy birthday! I stamped the images in all the colors that make up a traffic light!

I thought this would be a great card to kid around the aging guy in your life!  The supplies are listed and linked below!

CTMH D1541 Fast and Furious Stamp Set
CTMH B1419 Joyful Birthday
CTMH Z2162 Honey Dye Ink
CTMH Z2127 Holiday Red Dye Ink (No longer available)  Use any bright red
CTMH Z2113 Clover Meadow Dye Ink (No longer available) Use any bright green
CTMH Z2105 Black Dye Ink
CTMH 1385 White Daisy Cardstock (2) 5.5x4" for the front & inside card panels
Miscellaneous Blue Cardstock 5.5x8.5" score & fold at 4.25" to create a 5.5x4.25 top fold card base
CTMH 3-D Foam Tape

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Stamping Layers

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This is a card using those awesome 'layering' stamps that are all the rage right now...truth is they have been around for a long, long time but they are making a fierce comeback!

One technique for using them is to plan to use the same 'color' but in varying shades.  In this thank you card I used 3 different shades for each flower, first the 'blackout' layer in the lightest shade, the 'outline' layer in the darkest shade and the center in a medium shade.  These types of layering stamps look wonderful in different color groups as well as in different shades of the same color.

I used my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut the sentiment label from Amethyst cardstock and a miscellaneous orange patterned paper.  See the supplies list below for the cut information.

I used Thistle Ink for 'WITH' & CS Orchid Ink for 'Thanks'

The supplies I used:

CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385 - 4 x 5.25" card front panel
Bazzill Lupine Cardstock 4.25 x 11 folded at 5.5" to make an A2 4.25 x 5.5 top folding card base
Miscellaneous pattern paper in orange colors
CTMH Amethyst Dye Ink Z2100 (No longer available)
CTMH Orange Dye Ink Z2138 (No longer available)
Club Scrap 3086 Neon Purple
Club Scrap 949 Orchid
Club Scrap 3085 Neon Orange
CTMH Z2191 Sunset Dye Ink
CTMH Z2153 Sweet Leaf Dye Ink 
CTMH Z2640 Thistle Dye Ink
CTMH D1187 For Every Occasion Stamp Set (No longer available however there are many more like it, it was simply used for the 'with' & 'Thanks'
CTMH Z1936 Purple gems
CTMH Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
CTMH Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge Page 51 in the hand book, Row 4 button 1 or Image #M43790 in Cricut Design Space for Cricut Explore

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Popping a focal point

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Want to make a card with a focal point that pops but is so easy to create?  Here we go...

On a 5.25 x 4" white piece of cardstock and in a dark ink color, stamp your focal image where you want him to be on this card front panel.  Stamp the focal image again, in the same ink color, on a scrap piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out.  From complimentary colored cardstock cut a card base of 8.5 x 5.5" then fold at 4.25 to create a 5.5 w x 4.25 h card base.  On the card base, stamp the focal image multiple times in the dark colored ink to create an interesting background for the card panel to lay over.

In a much lighter ink color stamp the focal image multiple times on the white card front panel, to make a patterned background for the focal image.  Use 3-D Foam Tape to pop the fussy cut image over top of its matching image on on the card front panel.

Stamp a greeting and mount it onto a slightly bigger shadow piece.  Add ribbon or trim approx. 1/2" from the edge of the card panel then pop up your greeting in the middle of it.

Mount the card front panel over the images you stamped on the card base then complete a greeting on the inside of your card!

I used the following supplies:

Miscellaneous Red Cardstock 8.5 x 5.5"
CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 5.25 x 4 PLUS scratch to stamp & cut greeting scallop circle from
CTMH Ruby Dye Ink Z2170
CTMH Blush Dye Ink Z2106 (now only available in Pigment Ink) Heat set this ink
CTMH Topiary Dye Ink Z2155
CTMH D1613 Best Christmas Stamp Set Winter Cheer Greeting
CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (to cut scallop circle for greeting & shadow layers)
CTMH 3-D Foam Tape
Miscellaneous Red Velvet Trim from Wal-Mart

Hope you have fun making one or many of these yourself!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Spotlighting A Cardinal

Here is a fun technique to try....

Stamp your image on the front of your card base then stamp the image on a second piece of cardstock.  Use a die, punch or die cutting machine to cut a circle out of the image and simply color that one with your Copic markers, Chameleon pens, water colors or any other medium you like.  Now place it in its exact spot over the uncolored card front image, popping it up on foam dimensional to really make it stand out.

Supplies used:
Close To My Heart stamp B1403-To you and yours
Close To My Heart stamp C1514-Pear & Partridge WOTG Scrapbooking
Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
Close To My Heart 2" Scallop Circle Punch
Close To My Heart Ruby Dye Ink
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
MISTI Stamping Tool
Copics - R27, R29 & R87 Reds
              G17 & G21
Distress Ink Peeled Paint

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train 2005

This is a layout to celebrate what has become a tradition for our family, to go see the CP Holiday Train as it makes its way across Canada every year, raising money for the local food bank etc.  The money raised in each town stays in that town so it is great to go donate!

I used the Treasure Box Designs file Polar Bear Express (on page 3 of the $1 category) which you can purchase for just $1!  You will receive the .svg format so it can be used in both Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and with the new Cricut Design Space for Cricut Explore!  The file comes with 4 train cars but I wanted more so that the train would span both my pages so I simply cut a few extra and changed how the bear sits atop so that each car/bear looks different.  It was very easy to do!

The papers used were from an older Close To My Heart Workshop On The Go called Believe, however the current 'Christmas' themed kit, Yuletide Carol, has very similar coloring.  You can purchase just the paper pack or the Workshop On The Go (which includes some great 'bling' and a very nice stamp set), the Compliments sticker images & journaling card set and the bling Assortment set as well.

I also covered the snow using my Wink Of Stella Clear brush pen to give the snow that glittered look without all the glitter and glue mess and the bears eyes and noses were covered with CTMH Liquid Glass to make them shiny!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Visiting Santa

Jumping back in time with this layout...this is my awesome brother Dean Archibald, visiting santa in 1977.  Wasn't he a cutie!?!?

The papers are from an older Close To My Heart WOTG called Believe however the papers in CTMH Yuletide Carol are very similar in color and the Yuletide Carol Workshop On The Go has some awesome bling to go with it!

The cut files are from Dina, the fantastic designer from Treasure Box Designs  The files I used are:

Visiting Santa which you can find half way down page 1 of the 'Christmas' category.  The file comes with the title, the children and Santa in his overstuffed arm chair.  The file comes with the girl sitting on Santa's knee and the boy as the 'list' bearer however I just switched hair and outfits to reverse the children as this layout is about my little brother.

I used a snowman tag that was actually a freebie but you can simply cut the top hat from the Christmas Dangles snowman on page 2 of the 'Christmas' category, then from white cardstock, cut a rectangle for you journaling, round the corners and placed the top hat on top.

The remaining chipboard, stamps, ribbon and sticker elements were all from CTMH as well.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Using the MISTI on our scrapbook pages!

I was asked if it was possible to use the MISTI on 12x12 paper for scrapbooking and YES you can!  I thought I would do an informational video on how to stamp on 12x12 paper.  If you can't see the video below Clicky Here. To see this post at my blog

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Monday, May 4, 2015

If you love to stamp you must get a MISTI and please let me tell you why

First just let me say that I'm in no way affiliated with the MISTI nor compensated in any way, I just have to spread the love about the tool that gave me, a Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer, back my ability to create with stamping again!

Buy the MISTI here and read below why you should!

I must write a letter of praise for Illiana and her MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) as they have changed my crafting life forever! I have been scrapbooking/stamping for 11 years now but for the last 3 my Rheumatoid Arthritis took away my ability to get a good stamped image. My hands shake, I can't press hard enough because it creates unimaginable pain or when I press it is with uneven pressure so I basically gave up on stamping! :( I purchased the Friskers Foam Feet stamp press, ergonomic rocker blocks etc, hundreds of dollars worth of stuff I can't use...until now! Even with my Rheumatoid Arthritis raging, I can get a perfect stamped project every time! The MISTI is not affected by my shaking hand, it causes me no pain because it is just like closing a book and if I don't get a perfect image because I inked up the stamp with too little ink I can stamp it a second, third or fourth time and it is perfect! I must also say that your prices are the most fair I have ever seen and the products are worth every cent! I purchased the MISTI, the special cleaner, a couple of magnets and the graphing pad and including shipping was less then $100 dollars and I can now throw out the $$$'s of blocks & contraptions that did me no good!

I highly recommend getting yourself a couple of magnets, they cost very little, they are very powerful and while I could just use tape or simply pull the paper away from the stamp when done, they are a great convenience for such a little price!

 I clean my stamp by simply wiping it with a finger wrapped by a baby wipe, then I pull the stamp off and put it away. When I'm finished stamping for the day I give my MISTI a good wipe down with the special cleaner to help keep it in tip top shape. This clean should actually be used on any of your acrylic blocks or stamp presses to keep them clear and shiny for life. The bottle is huge and will last you a year or two before you have to buy another one.

The graph paper is awesome for lining up your stamps in the perfect spot for your card and the word images are actually straight EVERY TIME! NO more card bases thrown in the garbage for miss aligned words or using more card stock to cover the miss aligned stamping! I need more of these as I know the one pad I purchased just won't be enough even though you can use it multiple times before you need to turf it. I suggest at least 2 pads for the person who stamps weekly. In addition to the graph paper, Illiana has a free PDF of a graph to be taken to your local print shop to be printed on a transparency (by the way, make sure you tell the guy in the print shop to print it in 'actual' size not stretched or cropped to fit) and this transparency is used to help you find the center of your card front, envelope etc, so you can position stamps perfectly. There are two to an 8.5x11 transparency so I had them print me 3 sheets which only cost me a couple of dollars! I use these a lot so thanks for doing that work for us Illiana!
This is the absolute must have tool if you are following the industry trend of multiple layered images i.e. a solid background rose with an additional one or two layers, to be stamped in darker shades or colors, that must be lined up perfectly on top of the previous one. I could NEVER get those perfect even before my RA but now they are perfect every time with my MISTI!
I can't say enough about this product but I just have to tell people when I find a great product as I appreciate others who do the same for me!

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Many Blessings! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Just Say No To A CutterPillar Pro!

I have had to make apologies to many friends & family because I recommended the CutterPillar Pro paper trimmer!  If you would like to know why just watch this video for the who story...

It's a sad story of regret

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Triple Gate-fold Baby Card Tutorial

As promised you can find the tutorial, Cricut Cutting Guide and instruction for making the triple gate-fold card base by clicking Here to Download each file

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Simple triple gate fold card base used for my Look Whoos Here Baby Card

These entire card is made from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cartridge and my simple card base shown above.  I will post the instructions for you tomorrow!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

CutterPillar Pro V3 - Yes or No?

In February 2013 I ordered the CutterPillar Pro V3.  I was advised the company had stopped production and was upgrading-redesigning the product to make it even better so it make take a few weeks.  I wanted this cutter bad!  Like most of you probably, I have a craft room filled with cutters that just didn't work!  This one seemed different!  I watched their videos, read customer reviews etc. and I was going to hang on until I got one so I ended up getting it 9 Month Later!  October 28 or 29th 2013!

I was over the moon!  Never met a cutter like this before!  Accurate, easy to use, safe and dependable!  I told every person I could that this was the be all to end all of tools that everyone needed!  I teach scrapbooking, card making and many of those ladies now own CutterPillars because I told them to buy without worry as it was worth $100+ dollars if you never had to buy another one right?!?!

I made good use of it until March 2014 when I had a routine surgery that turned into a nightmare.  I was in an out of hospital, many, many surgeries and to this very day I'm waiting to have more hospital time & surgery time in the next few months to finally be healed.  That prevented me from using my CutterPillar for many months.

I began to notice a few spots where the ruler rid was wearing off!  I kept a watch on it but I was getting really nervous towards the end of October 2014 as it was really starting to deteriorate.  October 18th, 2014 I wrote the company about my awesome cutter having a problem and because this was a well made, expensive product I knew that this was probably an anomaly or perhaps one of the first ones off the line once it was upgraded so I decided to let the company know what I was experiencing and I was sure they would make things right.

Watch this video and see how it all ended up....

CutterPillar Timeline:

February 2013 - Ordered CutterPillar V3 from Oh My Crafts
October 28 or 29th 2013 - Received CutterPillar
March 2014 - Many surgeries, many weeks in the hospital and currently awaiting more surgery May 2015
October 18, 2014 - Wrote CutterPillar about the measurement grid starting to wear away after minimal use
October 22, 2014 - Told Arianne had no option but to offer to sell me a new one
October 22, 2014 - Replied to Arianne asking if a supervisor or manger might have more options available to them to         them to replace these FEW defective CutterPillars.
October 29, 2014 - Rude response and told to get a sharpie and a ruler out and draw the lines on
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just sharing some cards I made at Christmastime using the leftovers from CTMH Yuletide Carol WOTG Kit, after making the (2) double page layouts!  Yes you get a ton of leftovers for more scapbook pages or many, many cards!  Definitely worth the value for the kit.  This kit not only has a vintage feel with birds and early 1900's images but they work with some 'updated' designs like my cute reindeer with lights in his antlers from PPBN Designs Rudolph with lights .svg file!

I also used several images from the Silhouette Store including print and cut designs.

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