Handcrafted Market

Just a sample of cards I will have on hand

I am very pleased to be a part of The Innovative Community Support Services 3rd annual Handcrafted Market and Community Event to be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 10 AM – 3 PM. I will have a table show casing cards and various paper craft items to support this wonderful cause. This year the Orleans community is featuring 70 vendors, a huge silent auction, live musical acts, face painting and a BBQ hosted by the ICSS social enterprise canteen.

Please visit their facebook page for more details

Location: 2025 Lanthier Drive in Orleans

Innovative Community Support Services (ICSS) is a non-profit charitable organization that is committed to creating and providing families & individuals with innovative, high quality and cost effective community based programs and services that promote a strong sense of well being while making a positive contribution to our culturally diversified community.

Storage solution has arrived

Storage Solution for your supplies

Starting April 1st, Stampin’ Up! is bringing out it’s storage solutions for your crafting supplies. They are fully stackable and you can stack them as high as you want (within reason) within the space you have.

There’s storage for new ink pads with a space for the corresponding Stampin’ Write Marker.

There’s storage for our Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. There’s open storage, closed lids and open lids (perfect for reinkers) and you can configure them how you like to suit your space. The possibilities are endless.

So mark your calendar and click on the Stampin’ Up! Link below to order

Welcome Baby

New babies are cause to celebrate and whether it is your child, niece or nephew or grandchild, it is nice to have a cute little card to celebrate.

I made up the blue cards using Balmy Blue card stock and the yellow cards using the So Saffron card stock. I added the whisper white to the card as matting so both the heart and the Gingham Gala paper pops. The double sided Gingham Gala paper matches beautifully and I made a couple of each card using both the small and larger print. The baby footprints as well as the sentiments on the front of the card along with the baby bottle on the inside, are all part of the First Steps Cling stamp set so it is very versatile. On the inside I used the stamp set Wonderful Moments for the sentiment. The ribbon is also matching the colours of the card.

If you would like to explore your creativity, please contact me to get future updates. I send out a monthly newsletter and I also host card making classes to give you a hands on approach to creating.

Should you wish to order the products mentioned above, so that you can make similar cards, click on

The supply list for the cards is listed below

  • Whisper White #100730
  • Balmy Blue Card stock #146982
  • Balmy Blue Ink #147105
  • So Saffron Card stock #105118
  • So Saffron Ink #147109
  • Gingham Gala #148554
  • Stamp Set – Wonderful Moments #147529
  • Stamp Set – First Steps #148718

I also want to give credit to Kathryn at who inspired me.

Seed Bombs Anyone?

Toss, water and watch them grow

I made up these seed bombs for an upcoming craft sale. They are so easy to make and doesn’t cost a lot. It is also a great project to make with your kids as it is very hands on and messy. They will love it. One envelope of seeds make approximately 35-40 seed bombs depending on the size of the ball. To make up your own, see below.

First of all, I emptied my paper shredder and soaked a large bowlful of paper in warm water (to cover) for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have a paper shredder, you can tear up paper into very small pieces 1″ square or smaller. I then mulched it up with a hand held device to blend (I forget what it’s called) or you can use a blender. I then drained it a bit at a time (as I worked). Taking a good tablespoon or two, I squeezed out some water than added seeds (one wet finger tip worth) and added to the middle before squeezing out as much water as possible and shaping into balls about the size of a good sized marble If you want, you would also stuff the paper into cookie molds, add seeds and cover with more paper. This is give you a defined shape. These balls take a good two days to dry out so place them on a cookie sheet and put aside. Once they are dry, you can plant them. I suggest just after or before a rainy day. The paper will dissolve and the seeds will sprout giving you a lovely selection of various wildflowers for the summer and attract birds, butterflies and bees.

Paper Pumpkin’s Birthday present to you.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT SO DON’T DELAY.  If ever you wanted to try your hand are hand crafted projects and cards, now is the time.  This offer ends on Monday.  If you have concerns, please contact me.  Remember there is no commitment, you can try it just once to receive the March kit.  If you want to sign up monthly, there is no commitment and can be cancelled or suspended at any time without any penalty.

Paper Pumpkin is turning six years old and to celebrate, the March kit will features a FREE stamp set, eight birthday cards that are sure to “pop,” plus cool party packaging. You read that right, in March, you will receive TWO stamp sets with your Paper Pumpkin kit. Which means that NOW is the perfect time to sign up.

There are several ways you can sign up for this amazing package. A monthly package is just $26.95 (incl. shipping) which can be cancelled or suspended at any time without penalty. Click on the link below to subscribe

You can also take advantage of a prepaid subscription to try it out if you are not sure. Options include, 1 month ($25.00) or 3 months ($75.00). Also Prepaid subscriptions of 6 months at $144.00 (save $1 a month) or 12 months at $275.00 (buy 11, get 1 free) will earn you free sale-a-bration items until March 31st so it’s a perfect time to test the waters and obtain some unique items. Just click on the link below to purchase a prepaid subscription

Baby Cards

Well I decided to make a couple of baby cards today to round out my stash of cards. You never know when you are going to need a card so it’s always better to have one on hand for all scenarios.

I made these cute cards for little girls so I guess I’ll have to make some boy cards now as well. Anyways, these cards were made with card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11. I scored the card at 5 1/5 on the long side for a clean fold. For both types of cards, the process is similar.

For the dress – Before doing anything, I cut a piece of the DSP for the pattern of the dress and adhered it to the front of the card. I then used my 2″ punch to cut the neckline. I cut the arms at 1 1/2″ down and 3/4″ inward then cut from there to the bottom corner of the card. The neckline is made from a pearlized doily which makes for a cute neckline then added the ribbon to the front of the dress…. just to make it pretty. I haven’t decided yet but I may change the hem of the dress to a scalloped edge.

For the Onsie – This was also going to be a dress as well but then decided to try something different. I embossed the front of the card to add some interest before cutting the neckline and arms as per the dress above. To make it look more like a onsie, the angle of cut from the arm to the corner was shortened by about 1 1/2″ just to make it wider. I then used my 2″ punch to make the leg openings. 1 1/2 ” from the bottom and 1″ in from the side. ribbon was added to this card as well and I am pretty sure I will add something to the neckline for this card as well.

I hope you like them.

Sale-A-Bration – Final month

Third release of freebies is now available.

The Sale-A-Bration party keeps getting better and better. The third release offers even more additional Level 1 items which are free with any $60.00 purchase. This includes the beautiful Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper shown in the picture (which was part of a Sale-A-Bration bundle last month and is now available separately).

Along with this fabulous paper, there are some additional items from the current catalogue which you can get for free through Sale-A-Bration. This is the last month of this fabulous sale so if you want to build your craft supplies, don’t wait because this sale ends March 31st.

Please contact me for additional details or you can check it out yourself at