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Manly Birthday Card

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I'm having so much fun with the A La Card Monkey challenges!  I was even named as a runner-up in last week's challenge!!!!!!  Needless to say I was very excited to be chosen amongst a field of great looking cards.  AND that means I get to be a GUEST DESIGNER for next week's challenge!  So cool!  Be sure to check out A La Card Monkey on Friday to see the challenge and back here to see the details.

This week's challenge was just what the doctor ordered, so to speak.  My brother-in-law's birthday is on Wednesday and I needed to create a card for him.  The challenge at A La Card Monkey this week is to create a "Man Card"!  Perfect!  Here's the sketch:



And here's what I came up with:


I pulled out the "Sentimental Journey" stamp set from last year's Summer Mini Catalogue along with the matching DSP.  It's one of the only "manly" sets I have and suits my brother-in-law much better than this year's "Best Dad Ever"…

Variations on a Theme

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Wow!  So many posts this week!  I'm on a roll, but my housework is definitely suffering!!!  I was inspired again this week by A la Card Monkey's challenge.  I'm working on ideas for the "Girls Night Out at Cafe M" on June 17th.  I wanted to create something that's relatively simple and that uses some colours from the "Getting Started" collection.  I decided to use Marina Mist, Old Olive and Real Red as my colour palette and here are some of the ideas I came up with:


This is the one that I like the best and the one that I entered in the Monkey Challenge this week.  I couldn't resist using my "Fabulous Florets" stamp set again and I paired it with the birthday sentiment from "Sincere Salutations".    Rather than stamping an image on the card base I decided to try sponging Marina Mist ink on it.  I really liked the effect that it has in creating a bit of a shadow on the page.  I ran the Real Red strip through the Big Shot usi…

Faux Matte card

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I recently started following a great blog called "Stamp Girl".  Cheryl provides detailed instructions and great photos of various techniques.  Recently she posted about layering images and "overstamping".  I loved the idea so much that I decided to give it a shot with my "Just Believe" stamp set and newly arrived In-Colours (yes, I know I'm arriving a little late to the game for In-Colours...they are fabulous by the way).

Here's what I came up with:

  I started by inking up my large clear block (Block E) with Blushing Bride ink.  Then I stamped onto the right side of the Blushing Bride card stock base.  After re-inking the block I stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a "faux matte".   Using my Pear Pizazz and Poppy Parade Stampin' Write markers I then coloured the flower image from the "Just Believe" stamp set.   To create a distressed look I misted the edges of the card stock with some water and use…

Girls' Night Out at Cafe M

I'm SO excited for this event at Cafe M at TheMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener!  Recently TheMUSEUM renovated their cafe and have renamed it Cafe M.  Along with this they are launching a series of evening events at Cafe M and one of them is called "Girls Night Out" and is an evening of card making with me!  Bring your friends and enjoy a night out socializing and being creative.

Here are the details:  When: Friday, June 17th Time: 7:00pm (but doors open at 6:30pm)\ Where: Cafe M at theMUSEUM on King St. in Kitchener Cost: $10 for 2 projects RSVP: Melissa.Stephens@themuseum.ca
Space is limited for this event so please RSVP to Melissa soon!!

Thank You card for Stampin 411 Challenge

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It seems to be becoming my trend to post new material on Tuesday evenings.  Maybe that's because my weekends of late have been so busy and I've been taking Monday's to recover.  In any case, I have lots of new cards and ideas and expect more than one post this week!

What a wonderful Victoria Day long weekend we just had!  I love long weekends anyway....one more day with my husband home (which is good in itself) but he often takes over the care of our son which leaves me more time to get things done around the house.  This weekend was no exception.  After spending a fabulous day up in Durham with my sister-in-law and her husband celebrating my son's 2nd birthday, I took Sunday and Monday to get some yard work done.  The rain held off on Monday (finally) and I was able to get my tomatoes, onions and some herbs planted in my newly created vegetable garden.  We'll see how they do....if the deer eating the tulips right next to the house is any indication of how the wild…

Happy Birthday!

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It's been longer between posts than I had anticipated but the weather was so gorgeous last week I had to be outside!   This weekend was spent in London at the "in-laws".  I ran a workshop for my cousin and I had a great time meeting her friends and family!  It was a nice way spend a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon that's for sure!!!

It's my husband's birthday today, so I had to create something!  I can't really get away with not giving him a card anymore since it is now my livelihood : )  So I put together a card and a little scrapbook page that he can frame and put in his office.


I'm really enjoying creating with the "Best Dad Ever" ties and sentiments.  While they don't appear to be too versatile at first glance, the ties lend themselves to many different variations of colour.  I decided to go with colours from SU's Brights Collection today...and if you feel like you've seen this already, you have, sort of.  I'm trying to us…

Another Father's Day card

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Here is the second Father's Day card that I came up with last night.  I really like the colour combination of Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive with a little bit of Crumb Cake and Whisper White thrown in.  Don't Stampin' Up colour names just make you want to eat or get outside?  I love them!

This card suits my father because he has worn a tie to work every day for the past 30+ years!  I ran the piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add a bit more texture to this card.  The patterned paper comes from the Nursery Suite DSP package.

There will be many more cards to come using the "Best Dad Ever" set from the Summer Mini, I promise.  In the next 2 months bit my husband, father, 2 brothers, father-in-law and uncle all have birthdays!  Stayed tuned!

Beautiful Days

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Wow!  What a week it has been.  It's been so nice to see the sun again and also to see loved ones again.  My youngest brother and sister-in-law, who have been teaching in South Korea for the past 14 months, came to visit last Thursday evening.  They are in Canada for 2 short weeks and we were able to spend 2 1/2 days with them here in Kitchener and also in Midland for the Mother's Day weekend.  I am so thankful that they made room in their busy schedule to spend so much time with us. 

My son took to his Uncle and Auntie immediately and was soon busy showing off his vocabulary and love of chasing bubbles.  The fun continued on Saturday in Midland when my other brother and his wife also joined us at my parents' house.  This was quite an event for my family.  We don't think we've all been in the same room with each other since our grandfather's funeral at Christmas 2009!  We had a great time playing basketball, just like when we were kids, sitting around talking …

Mother's Day Make and Take

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Wow!  It's hard to believe that May has arrived, mainly because the weather has been so crummy lately.  We finally had a sunny day yesterday and I felt a sense of urgency to some yard work while I had a chance....it's raining again today (sigh).

So, having spent the entire day outside yesterday and most of Friday glued to the television watching the Royal wedding (wasn't it a fabulous service?!!) I have not spent much time creating.  When I sat down this afternoon to work out the details of my final card for Tuesday's Make and Take I had a really hard time getting started.  In the end, this is what I came up with. 

  This is an "easel" card and measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" when finished.  While I wanted to have something a little more "fancy", in the end I decided to keep it simple.  I used the "Message for Mom" stamp set for both the front of the card and the inside sentiment (not shown here).  It's a great set because the se…