Sunday, February 28, 2010

Outside the Colosseum

This was a fun layout to do - the stone work on the building and on the Sarcophagus (which had been used as a water trough) was beautiful.

Friday, February 26, 2010


This was the morning that we arrived in Civitavecchia and then we headed on a coach for Rome - the views were lovely as the sun started to rise over the horizon

Thursday, February 25, 2010

An evening of fun on the ship

You will probably recognize this photo LOL. this is one of the evenings on the cruise ship where we all got dressed up then hit the photo dept. The 3 tags fit into the pocket.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Woven together in love card

This is such a pretty card - baby pink chocolate and vineyard berry are the colors. A square dimensional element covered in baby pink ink - left to dry and then the chocolate heart stamped on top. Hope you like it :O)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Snowflake card

Yes I know it is too late to be a Christmas card -but with those big fat feathery flakes that were falling earier on - it encouraged me to make this card. You can't actually see in this photo but I did stamp the snowflakes from the jingle borders on the heavenly blue cardstock in the matching ink. The dimensional element snowflake was embossed using Versamark and Silver embossing powder and I added desert sand cardstock as a contrast :O) Hope you like it  x

Monday, February 22, 2010

Perfect day - Done Right pattern

I love this Perfect day paper - here I used it to make the card 'Done Right' from page 119 of the Wishes card confidence program. I also used a dimensional element boarder for added texture and sparkles to the stamped image. Hope you like it :O)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Treats

Elliott came and told me at 9.30 at night that he needed 16 Valentines gifts for his school friends for the following morning - don't you love it when theydo stuff like that! SO 30 minutes later this is what we had done. His job was to sort through the candy in the house and put it in clear bags - and my job was to make the bag toppers - this is the result and I think we did a good job :O) Hope you like them :O)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

3x3 tag card - January SOTM

This is a little tag card which I made using chocolate cardstock and the January SOTM. I added the new Spring Blossoms paper flowers and butterfly and a chocolate brad in the middle of the flowers. I then went around the edge of the card with the piercing tool to make a series of holes. Hope you like it :O)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Make it Count

Here is a card which I made using the Veranda Creative Basics and the Make it Count stamp set. A pewter Designer Brad added texture to the card and I added a cocoa mini flower and a small pewter brad to the center of the clock - Hope you like it :O)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Another Smile for Operation Smile

WOOOOHOOOO - I have sold enough 'Cards for Kisses' to pay for another surgery for Operation Smile. Thanks to everyone who has bought cards from me. This is the 4th operation we have paid for - the 4th child whose life will be changed for ever by this surgery.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Topstitch 6x6 Memory Shwcase Album

I LOVE this paper - it is so stinkin cute :O) And the matching stickease are so pretty.
I have so much fun making these and love the pockets with additional tags  great way to add extra journalling and photos :O)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stamp camp Project 3 - Wall hangings

Here is the 3rd of the projects from last Saturday's stamp camp - we made wall hangings ready for photos. Mine on the left says DIVA - of course it does LOLOL - the one on the right says HOME - these are a fun way to display smaller photos - especially in an office or smaller space - hope you like it :O)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stamp Camp Double Layout

This layout features the new Veranda level 2 paper pack - love it - It is an Imagine layout - Salsa :O) Just love it x

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Stamp Camp Project 1

This is a cute handled paper bag album which we made this last weekend at my tri-annual stamp camp.
We added colored tags to the insides of the 2 bags which made the front and back covers of the album.
This picture shows the folded section which we added to give yet more photo/journalling space.
Hope you like it :O)

My new Storage area

This is my darling husband Richard as he builds me shelves and storage for my CTMH scrap and stamping items. My daughter has left home and moved into her new home in Southfield so that left an empty bedroom. Perfect as an area for me and a guest room if anyone comes to stay.
And here it is nearly full of all of my stuff. I still have some sorting out to do - I had a lot of stuff but the end is in sight - Woohoo!  I have to confess to being a bit of a scrap pack rat and don't like to throw stuff away in case I need it - but in this case I have been positively ruthless!

Monday, February 08, 2010

New Zealand Alsorts Album

I decided to make one of these albums for my 2 friends who also eanred the NZ trip - plus one each for the other 4 ladies who earned both trips plus one for me and one for Jeanette Lynton as she gives us these amazing trips through CTMH.
I used the new Veranda level 2 paper packs and matching stickease along with colonial white and cocoa ribbons, antique copper mini medley and the new Spring blossom paper flowers.
On this  1st page I added a lift up flap - this way we can add a photo and journalling on the 2 inside panels.

I used Sparkles on this page for added bling.

Here I used the reverse side of the paper for a different look and added the stickease photo corners and ribbon for texture.

The left hand page has a fold out section for more photos 

Here it is opened :O)

Here are the last 2 pages of the book and here I added the stickease to the center of the flower :O)
Hope you like it :O)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Topstitch February monthly class card

Here is the other card we are making this month. It features the stamp set out of the Topstitch WOTG. This time I have paired it with the Notebook level 2 paper pack. Sparkles add the finishing touch :O) Hope you like it x

Thursday, February 04, 2010

February Stamp of The Month

This is the cad we are making this month - a fun card with liquid glass on the cherries on the cupcake. Cute !
We are using the Topstitch paper - there are 4 paper choices - I am just showing the stripe paper.We are ink distressing the edges of the card base.
Here are 3 more examples using this stamp set - I tried to us some different color combinations - not just the standard pink.So the top 6x6 card uses the You Rock paper, the right hand card uses black cardstock and spring iris cardstock - perfect for a wedding card. And the bottom 3x6 cad uses chocolate cardstock and the topstitch paper again.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Topstich Workshop to Go

Here are the contects of the Topstich basic kit.

And these are the upgrades - the Dinensional Element hearts, basic embroidery floss and sparkles :O)

The cards on the left are made with the basic kit and the cards on the right add the upgrades

Again the basic cards are on the left and the upgrades on the right. I have to say that this kit is so cute. 
The paper is so fun and I love the accompanying stamp set. A set which can be used all year long. 
Hope you like it too :O)

Monday, February 01, 2010

February's special offer from Close To My Heart - Hearts for Haiti

From February 1-28, 2010, our 12” x 12” textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 US to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.

Operation Smile is always a fantastic charitable partner—offering free facial reconstruction surgeries to needy children throughout the world. They’ve currently marshaled their medical teams and resources to provide emergency relief in Haiti, and the donations given as part of Hearts for Haiti will be used exclusively for Operation Smile’s efforts in Haiti. For more information on their on-the-ground response, you can visit


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