Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Simple Life

My youngest brother celebrated his birthday this week and this is his card. He and his wife recently moved to an old farm that had belonged to family friends. They have been very busy renovating and now they are building a barn! So, this CTMH stamp seemed very suitable for this year's card. I used a page from an old dictionary for the background.

If you look closely, you might see that the word "farm" is defined on this page. I just LOVE using upcycled stuff on my cards and projects.

I played around with my Tim Holtz Distress stains for the background of this one. I swiped them onto watercolour page, misted, then blended with my finger.
A shot with the envelope I made to match:

I would like to share at:
Shopping Our Stash - use a wet medium (Distress Stains + water for me)

Thanks for visiting!

What I used:
CMTH D1543 Country Born
B1461 Happy Mail
and B1442 Belated Birthday
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - spiced marmalade, crushed olive & forest moss
burlap style "ribbon" from Winner's
Bella Bling

Friday, August 28, 2015

life is like riding a bicycle

Good day! I would like to share today's card at Unity Friends with Flair.

 The quote on the outside of my card is not Unity, but the bicycle on the inside (which is from Unity) was essential to the overall completion of this card. :)

Thanks for your visit!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Quote - Stamping Bella
bicycle inside - Unity "Enjoy this day"

sentiments inside - CTMH
CTMH Pixie ink
papers - Maggie Holmes Style Board for Crate Paper (6x6)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

P is for Party

Here is a quick card I made using some of the same papers as in my last post. Still loving the sequins!

and here is the inside

I would like to share at:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Ride the Wind
Seize the Birthday - anything that flies

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to you!

I have a fun birthday card to share today.

I would like to share at:

Pile it On - Bright colours
Seize the Birthday - optional challenge is anything that flies (I guess the banners on the inside of my card fly)
Crafting by Designs - 3plus layers
As you like it - favourite embellishment and why - twine and sequins - twine because it's so very versatile and sequins because they are my newest embellishment to use & I have been having lots of fun with them - yes indeed, I am behind with the trends!

Here is the inside:

Thanks so much for your visit!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Simple Stories - Happy Day 6x6
baker's twine and birthday candles
boarder punch

Saturday, August 15, 2015


It's about the hottest day of the year here in NW Ontario, and I am posting a Christmas card, lol. 

This one is for a couple of challenges:

Winter Wonderland - carols/songs

and here is the inside, oops, my photography is a bit wonky.

Thanks so much for visting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
JOY - CTMH "Winter Joy"
music heart - MFT "IB Music"
MFT Stitched Square STAX die-namics
patterned paper - Little Yellow Bicycle "Wonder & Wishes - Christmas text"
ruby and black CTMH ink
seam binding

Friday, August 14, 2015

For You

Things have been quiet here on my blog this last bit. Summer is very short here, so we've been making it a priority to enjoy the outdoors. I promise to share some fun photos soon from spelunking at Warsaw caves. We plan to try out a new hike tomorrow. Packing a picnic and heading out first thing in the morning since we are in the middle of a Heat Wave!

Anyhow, it's high time I played along at Unity's Friends with Flair challenge. It has been several weeks since I've been able to join.
I had this floral image stamped on this shipping tag for some time before I figured out how to work in into a design. At long last, I turned it into a card.

And here is the inside:

I look forward to seeing what everyone else has been creating.

Thanks for visiting!

Shanna :)

What I used:
Unity - Jan 2014 Kit of the Month and "Take Care of You"
CTMH sentiment - D1247 From Me to You
Tim Holtz Distress markers
CTMH Vineyard Berry ink
seam binding, trim
SU washi tape
shipping tag

Monday, August 10, 2015

An enlightening conversation

A quick Smash page I made quite sometime ago and forgot about. That's what I love about smashing - it can be so impromptu, little if any planning and bam you have a quote, a conversation or a memory in the book. There may be a photo or maybe not, but it's already in there. I may still add a photo to this page, not sure. If I do, I will look back thru photos from the timeframe when the conversation took place, print one and glue it in. Done.
Yikes, things have been busy enough that I haven't gotten around to posting things I've already made. Oh well, that's life. :)
Shanna :)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Paw Patrol Birthday Party

I am sharing a number of photos from my nephew's "Paw Patrol" birthday party this past Saturday. He turned three! The only thing I can take credit for here is the card at the end of the post and the paw prints painted on the walkway - you might say I like to leave an "impression" - last year, I painted train tracks that didn't wear off until spring, lol! (just realized I haven't posted pics from that party, will have to work on that!)
Other than that, I was simply her assistant or partner in crime - my sis and I work really well together on stuff like this and have such fun doing it! :) Oh, and Nanny created the doggie bone cookies - sans cookie cutter -  READ she cut them all out with a knife! - I said she was loco, but she did it anyhow and they were a big hit! Yay for Nanny's who don't care how long it takes! :)

 The Birthday boy waking from his nap to find his home full of partygoers!

Here is Ryder with the fire hydrant my sister made out of recyclables. Too cute!

Nanny is also responsible for creating the dog house!

 Here is Graham following the popular mantra "Eat Dessert First!) He loved the giant dog bone cookie Nanny made for him with his name on it.

 My attempt at the family photo shoot...

 The hats were our photo props since one of the Paw Patrol characters is a Firedog named Marshall!

 individual cake - the rest were cupcakes for easy serving.

And here is the card I created with the party theme in mind.
 and the inside:
I would like to share at:

Heart to Heart - Birthday - cards, decor, thank yous etc.
Crazy 4 Challenges - use the word "Happy"
Seize the Birthday - embossing

Thanks for visiting! It has been quiet around here since I was on holiday this last week or so. I do have a few things to share though so plan to be back soon.
Shanna :)

What I used:

sentiment - CTMH "Happy Birthday" 
Simon Says Stamp"Pawprints on our hearts"
dog image inside: CTMH "Ice Cream Dream" S1506
sentiment inside - SU "Bring on the cake"