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Monkey Challenge #53

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One of the things I'm liking most about having joined the whole blogger family is seeing what others are up to.  Through my friend, Leena, who inspired  me to join this family I have discovered A La Card Monkey and their weekly challenges.  They post a sketch and then others make a card based on the sketch.  I had fun with my first "Monkey Challenge".  Here is the sketch followed by my version:
  I have been incredibly inspired by the "Fabulous Florets" stamp set from the new Summer Mini Catalogue as well as the "Beyond the Garden" DSP and Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  I really like the "springy" nature of this card.  Next time, however, I would run the Wild Wasabi card stock through the Big Shot first in the "Perfect Polka Dots" embossing folder. 

To create the flower images, I stamped the leaves first in VersaMark and used the new Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  Although you can't see it here, it leaves a really nice, sh…

Fabulous Florets

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What a fabulous weekend it has been!  After church on Friday morning (which was a great service) we headed to Toronto to visit my cousin and her husband who were in town from Vancouver for the weekend.  I always enjoy my time with her and it was great to catch up in person!  On Saturday we were in London visiting the "in-laws".  My son had a great time splashing in the puddles with his grandfather and singing "I'se the B'y" with his Great-Grandma "Noose" : ) 

And then we still had 2 full days at home!!!!  Unheard of : )  After an uplifting Easter Sunday service we spent the afternoon relaxing....which meant playing with my new stuff from the new Summer Mini Catalogue!!  YAY!   The new mini starts next Sunday and I'm working on creating projects for my Make and Take next Tuesday, May 3!

Here are some of the things I came up with using the Fabulous Florets stamp set, Beyond the Garden DSP and Flower Garden Embossing Folder. 

There are a …

April Make and Take cards

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Hopefully soon I will start posting more pictures of new projects, but for now here are some older ones.  The following cards were ones that we made at my monthly Make and Take on April 5th.  I refrained this time from using my favourite stamp set "For All you Do" this time and set out to explore the bold world of the Brights collection.  I had a lot of fun creating these. 

I had fun creating this card.  It is really quite simple.  Decide what area you want your square to cover and then divide it into quarters.  For example, if you want your quilting sqaure to cover 4' then each individual square should be 1'.  You will need 2 small sqaures of each colour/design.  Then cut your small squares in half and adhere to the cardstock.   I then machine stitched a zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the square before adhering it to the cardstock.


  For this card I took inspiration from the return of the robins and a design that Stampin' Up! published for the "Spr…

Summer Mini Sneak Peek

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I was so excited on Friday when the UPS man showed up at my door.....my new Big Shot machine had arrived!!! It was my birthday present and I'm so excited to finally have one to play with.  Along with the Big Shot came a whole bunch of new product from the new Summer Mini Catalogue.  I love everything in this catalogue so I really had to limit myself to just a few things.  Here are a couple of cards that I created using the Big Shot, the new Blossom Bouquet Triple layer punch, the "Bold Blossom" stamp set and the new (and very pretty) "Beyond the Garden" Designer Series Paper (henceforth, "DSP).

I really like this combination of colours.  The Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point compliment eachother so nicely and the Daffodil Delight adds a really nice accent.

I really like this card.  I will be using this one (or a variation) at my next Make and Take on May 3rd.  I experimented with some colours that I don't use very often (Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green) and rea…

Weclome to Idlewood Cards....

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I am continually amazed and soothed by the beauty of the Idlewood Bush that my yard backs on to so I wanted to include it in some way in my blog....hence the title.  The Idlewood Bush is my little piece of wilderness in the middle of a city that I never imagined living in.  It brings me such joy and calm at anytime of year.  Now, as spring is blossoming, I am enjoying watching the birds, ducks and deer return.  It has been such a pleasure to share these little moments with my (almost) 2 year old son.  Nothing escapes his notice and he is learning the names of the birds so quickly.  Yesterday we had fun observing two wood ducks flying from branch to branch in the trees surrounding our yard.

I think that the Idlewood Bush also helps inspire my creative side.  I have been creating cards for almost 8 years now and I'm so excited this year to begin to share my projects with others as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up!   I'm looking forward to sharing some of these pro…