Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday

I'm enjoying making simple cards just for fun lately. Added the Happy Birthday sentiment as that is the type of card I never seem to have on hand when I need it.

Thanks for peeking.

Thursday, July 29, 2010



I'm popping in to share another quickie card I made with some scraps. I have only limited supplies with me but it is nice to be able to make a few cards while away from my beloved craft room.

The sentiment is SU, although I have no idea what the set it called (one of two SU sets I own). I do love it though.

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

This sums it up...

Tanks and flip flops, cool drink in hand....I'm on vacation.

If only I had that body!

Thanks for popping in.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Popping in to share a quickie card I made the other day. Sadly, there hasn't been too much time for crafting due to a work crisis, but I did manage to escape on vacation today with some limities supplies. There is  also a LSS here. Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another Cricut Card

This is probably the most simple card ever but I couldn't resist that cute watermelon image. It's from the Doodlecharms cart. Green cs is PTI New Leaf and the pink is Bazzill from my stash. The sentiment and ribbon are PTI as well.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cricut Bug

Had a little fun with my Cricut the other night. Image is from the Doodlecharms cart. PP is October Afternoon and the sentiment is PTI.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Porch Additions

Hello there!

My friend Char and I were back in action yesterday. It wasn't the most successful garage sale-n day, I think because of the neighbourhood we were in or maybe because it's getting later in the season. But I did manage to find a few things, including a couple of items for our front porch, which got a face lift last month.

I found this wrought iron hanging planter for $1.50. It matches the one one we have on the side railing (another great garage sale find).

Here it after I added my hanging plant to it.

I also found this little plant stand which I knew had some potential. For $1 I couldn't leave it behind and I am so glad I didn't.

Here's what it looks like after a $4 can of spray paint and some accessories.

And yes, that ivy *IS* in a loaf pan and the flowers *ARE* in one of my beloved vintage pyrex dishes. As the plant stand is pretty small I had some difficulty in finding pots that would fit on the shelves. These kitchen items are a temporary fix, but I kind of like them.

The mason jars are filled with river rock and tea lights. I've seen many people in blog land make candles out of mason jars, sand and tea lights. I love the look but I didn't have any sand. I did, however, have some polished river rocks I picked up at a garage sale in the spring.

When I mentioned the mason jar candles to Char she suggested adding lids when not in use so they stay dry (great idea). I found three jars with glass lids in the garage. Love it when you can use items you have lying around. Sort of justifies holding onto stuff!


So, with just a few items and some spray painting our front porch is a little cozier (is that even a word??). I hope you like it!

I'm linking up to Rhoda's thrifty party on Southern Hospitality and Debbie's garage sale-n party.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thank You

Hello and Happy Weekend!

I made this thank you card the other night using a bunch of odds and ends. I finally used some of the yummy vintage buttons Char gave me. I wasn't even planning too....but I think they were the perfect touch with that Basic Grey paper.

Tonight I am enjoying a quiet evening in my craft room and tomorrow morning I'm heading out to the garage sales to see what junk treasures I can find. Oh, how I love weekends!

Have a great one yourself ;)!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hello, Sunshine

Hello, indeed.

It's Thursday and that means the weekend is right around the corner. I'm working all 5 days this week and it's been a looooong week.

For this card I used my Hero Arts cloud stamp with Distress Ink Broken China (love that stuff). Sentiment is PTI stamped in Hibiscus Burst. The cs for the window frame is PTI (Dark Chocolate), as is the little sun (Summer Sunrise). The curtains were made by scoring and folding some Basic Grey pp. I glued the back side to the card to hold them in place. Oh, and that fancy little curtain rod is a bbq skewer cut down to size.

Thanks for peeking!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LSC #99

Just popping in quick to share my card for this week's Loonie Stampers Challenge. I had an extra flower from this card. The doiley type stamp is from the Basic Grey Pretty Bird set, and the sentiment is Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday (and is my very favourite stamp ever) in Distress Broken China ink. The ribbon and button are PTI. Simple stuff.

Thanks for peeking!!

Monday, July 5, 2010


Hello there!

I was catching up on some blogs the other night and came across this AMAZING project by Eve Johnson (Evalicious). Oh my, was I inspired! I love the simplicity of it and couldn't wait to make one of my own.

Off to Michaels I went on my lunch break today to buy canvases. I probably didn't need 14 of them, but this is just what I do.

And then tonight I played.

Orange and green are my favourite colours and there is plenty of both in the Basic Grey "Mellow" paper I used. The butterfly is from the Cricut Indie Art cartridge. And the sentiment is Stampin' Up in Distress Broken China ink.

So simple and I just love it. Isn't it wonderful when talented people share and inspire us? Here's another butterfly project I have been meaning to CASE for sometime. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some frames next time I'm garage sale-n.

Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Vintage Pyrex and Funky Fruit Bowl

With my thrifty-pal-garage-sale-partner in crime Char out of town for the long weekend I decided not to go garage sale-n this weekend. Instead, I stayed home in my craft room and made several cards. It felt great to spend hours in there.

Anyways, as I don't have any *new* thrifty finds to share this week I thought I would show my Pyrex collection to date and a thrifty little project I did this weekend.

I started collecting vintage Pyrex in late May and have been lucky enough to find quite a few pieces between garage sales and thrift stores. I am not sure where I will ultimately display them, but for now they are stacked on the buffet, close at hand so I can use them. I love serving food in the colourful bowls and have used a few items in the oven as well. It's a fun and inexpensive thing to collect. The orange Pyrex are my very favourite.

Onto my little project...I had a birthday recently and was spoiled by my family and friends. I have to share one of my gifts with you. When I lifted the tissue paper look what I found...

Isn't that just a bag of happiness? OF COURSE, it's from my super-wonderful-fantabulous friend Char (you're the best!) and because I am not one to wait to use new things I got busy right away. You may have seen this bowl in my garage sale finds last weekend.

It was a tough decision what colour to go with but I decided on this...

Now, that's a pop of colour in our otherwise very neutral kitchen nook!! I just love it.

Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be linking this up to Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures and Debbie's Garage Salen party

ETA: also hooking up to Sarah's before and after party on Thrifty Decor Chick!


I found **yet** another fun colour challenge last night on the W plus 9 blog. I've yet to order stamps from this company but heard recently they stamp really nicely so perhaps I will soon. I've been eyeing this set for months.

For this card I used some of my favourite October Afternoon pp. The cs is PTI, flower is Prima, button is American Crafts, and stamps are Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday. I also used my new favourite embossing folder (Seeing Spots) on the Hawaiian shores cs. Oh, and that little gem in the blue flower is by K&Co.

Thanks for peeking and Happy 4th if you are visiting from the States!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Pink Stamper Colour Challenge

I'm back with another challenge card. This one is for My Pink Stamper's (Robyn) colour challenge. I found Robyn's blog when I was learning how to use my Cricut and I must say I learned alot from her videos!

As Robyn is the Cricut queen I thought it only fitting to use my Cricut for the challenge. The popsicles were cut from the Doodlecharms cart, which is actually out on loan right now, but thanks to my handy Gypsy I was able to still cut the image.

The paper is Bazzill from my stash. It's my favourite for using with the Cricut. The sentiment is from PTI's Signature Greetings. Ribbon and buttons are also PTI.

Thanks so much for popping in!!

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #16

When I saw the inspiration pic for this weeks STR challenge I had to play along. Such fun colours. I had to add a wee bit of orange though. After making the Moxie Fab card with a similar colour combo, I knew a touch of orange was in order.

Thanks for visiting me today :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

Hello again!

I am loving the challenges this week, and this is a new one for me...Tuesday Trigger on the Moxie Fab world blog. I had to participate as the gorgeous inspiration pic contains my four favourite colours (green, orange, turquoise and pink)...and don't they look amazing together in that photo???

I finally tried some of those rolled tissue paper flowers I have been seeing on blogs for a while. The cs is PTI and the background stamp is a Hero Arts cling stamped in Distress Ink Broken China. The Happy Birthday sentiment is by PTI. And lastly, the orange ribbon was a bonus with my garage sale purchases last week, as the chargers I bought were wrapped in it.

Have a super day and thanks for popping in. I am on day #2 of a lovely 4 day weekend. I'll have to look for some more challenges :).

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada!

Well, it's Canada Day! Probably my second most favourite day of the year. We have plans for a BBQ with family and friends later and will try to catch the fireworks in the evening.

I am so truly proud to be Canadian and so blessed to have been born in this beautiful country. Yeah, it's freezing 8 months of the year, but whatever.

2010 has been such an incredible year for us with the Vancouver Olympics too. It was amazing to hear our anthem so many times with all those gold medals! honour of Canada Day I made the little card above, which has a twist on our flag. I couldn't resist the eh! stamp in the $1.50 bin at Michaels. I cut the maple leaf with my Cricut and Gypsy (first time I have used the Gypsy in months).

In my festive mood I also added a few flags out front...

And made a little cake (may need to make another - that really is little!!). Please forgive my dark-night-before pic.

Now it's time to enjoy some Canadian Beer and great company.