Darling Butterfly



TTCRD summer magazine issue is out

    As you may know I am on the sketch DT over at The Outlaws and our fearless leader, Colleen Holmes, also runs an online magazine called Through the Craft Room Door. It is a fabulous magazine full of great inspiration, tutorials, free digi's and lots of other fun stuff, you can even offer to enter your projects to be in it if you like, and have the chance to win a 25.00 gc for crafting products, how sweet is that?!?!?  :0)  I have a two part tutorial and a few cards in this issue, and there are 7 free digital images, 3 are from Mark St. Dennis
     So go here to check out this web site and get info on how to get your subscription for only 18.00 a yr to this fabulous magazine, meet new people and even join in the challenges at the TTCRD's blog :) You will love it!!!

Check out the magazine preview  here  :) enjoy!!

I'm baacccccckkkkkk!!!

HIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, woooowwwwww, you look fabulous!!!!....It's soooo great to be back............I haven't been able to sign into my blog for months.....AGAIN......it kept telling me my sign in name or pw were incorrect but I believed I was correct....today I discovered I wasn't.....I don't have it written down any where so I am relying on this old brain and it's lackidaisical (sp??) memory, or rather lack there of....OMG....I should have known better!!  DOH!!!  YAY I can visit people and comment on their blogs again....finally....ohhh ya, not to mention I get to blog again...woot wooottt, I think I am writing this down....but will I remember where I hide it, lol that is the million dollar question LOL
So happy to see you....ty for visiting and if you left me a comment that I didn't ty for I am very sry and ty so very much....will be working on visiting you soon and see what you've been up to....I have a lot of blogs to check up on so bare with me :)  big inky hugs......tc


Bday card for Maria

     My very good friend  from Germany love's  LOTV stamps, butterflies and the colour blue! This is the card I made for her bday last yr. and I know she would have loved it but it went MIA somewhere between here and there, along with the whole bday pkg I sent her, chock full of die cuts and embellishments and all kinds of special goodies intended just for her to bring her joy.
     So today I decided since it has never arrived I would do this post in her honour and share this card here so if she would like to look at it any time she can just come here and take a peek :) I know it's not the same, but neither would recreating the same card to send to her. This is a special card and shouldn't be recreated, I will make her a better one as she deserves it and MORE!! I love this lady so much, she is the sweetest, kindest most gentle hearted person you ever want to meet, and she spoils me!! I would sooo love to be able to spoil her back and some day I will, even though she doesn't want me to :) You see she would rather give than receive. :)
     Onto her very special card. I can't remember the name of this style but it is fun to make and share :) I used a Viva pearl pen "Ice White" for her buttons, glitter gel pens on her hair bows and flowers, then some stickles on the flowers and glitter gel pens on the flower wrapper topped with glossy accents. I only had a couple copics then so I only used them on her hair and skin, but sry don't remember which ones.  The blues and purple (before the gel pens) were prisma colour pencils :) The bg dp is chinese origami paper. And of course I used my scalloped squares die to mat the image which is "Rosie Posey", isn't she just darling :)

I wish I had taken a pic of it after I signed it, but you don't expect things not to arrive, this is the second pkg I sent to her that has never shown up at her door. I often wonder where they are? Did the pkg break open and someone enjoyed the contents? If so I hope they enjoyed it, would be better than the contents never being seen by anyone  :)  

     I love LOTV stamps as well and will be making a lot more special cards for all my friends and family members soon :) Thank you so much Maria for sending me these awesome stamps, I hope I can do them justice the way the DT ladies do....oh my gosh their cards make me drool!! LOL I would love the opportunity to be a GD for this company, the stamps are easy to colour and perfectly detailed for every occasion you need. And their sentiment stamps are fabulous tooo! 
     Love you hun, can't wait till you get to come visit me, we will have so much fun crafting together!!  Please don't be upset by my post, it is ok that they didn't arrive, things happen for a reason. Consider it as you gave instead of received, I have decided that is how I will look at it from now on   :O)  big inky hugs and glitter wishes my sweet friend!!
     Ty so much for popping in to see Maria's card, I hope you like it  :)  Please leave me a comment so I can come see what you've been up to  :)  Don't forget to go visit this company, LOTV stands for Lili of the Valley, I promise you won't be disappointed!! 



Happy Birthday to you

     It's a new challenge at the Outlawz and this sketch was pretty easy. I knew I was going to use this image  because of it being tall and sort of narrow it's perfect. Yaaa....I know, it's another birthday card, but there are so many birthdays in our lives you can never have to many on hand.

     And this is one of my all time fave LOTV stamps, "Teddy Flower"  I totally love this lil guy with his giant flower, he's just adorable!!! All their stamps are, makes it so hard to choose which ones to own right away and which ones can wait, LOL!!

     Once I picked my background paper I tried to figure out what copic colours and distress inks would work with it. I love adding dimension to my images so I used two images to create that effect for this card. The flower is glued down in the centre with tiny pop dots glued close to centre to give the flower some depth, and the leaves are cut out and glued to the paper at the stem, then pop dotted in the centres and glued at the tips. The butterflies are glued in place with tiny pop dots keeping the wings elevated. For the sweet bear I cut out his head belly and fore foot excluding the ears and back foot.
     Copics used:  BG10  shadow
                           E34, 35 and 50 for the bear
                           R83 and 85   flower
                           YG 03 and 06   leaves
                           YR07 and C9 for the top butterfly
                            Y00 and R00 for lower butterfly

TH Distress Inks  scattered straw and spun sugar to do some inking on the main image edges and the side strips.
     So this sketch runs until next tuesday at midnight so if you get a chance come join us, we'd love to see how you interpret our sketches each week :)

Hope to see you soon, ty so much for stopping by my blog to see what I've been up to, please leave me a comment so I can check up on you too  :)  hugs

Cindy   :)  


Happy 9th Birthday LOTV

     Who's LOTV?  you might ask! Its a 9 yrs young stamp company out of the U.K. called "Lili of the Valley" and their images are soooo adorable I just can't resist them! My very good friend from Germany, Maria :) got me hooked on these images and I just love them. So does she, I'd say she is addicted and I'm totally convinced I am too, but that's ok cause we are addicted together!!! LOL LOL
     She purchased my first set and two singles for me for this past Christmas (she's so sweet and kind) and I have been enjoying playing with them and experimenting with different ways to colour them. Copics, distress inks, prismacolour markers/crayons, it doesn't matter what medium you choose, they are fantastic to colour and these images make the most adorable cards.
     They have a wide selection to choose from, something perfect for every occasion  and for every one's favourite things in life. From sports to cooking, to ballet to.... well you get the picture!! :)
     O.K. Why am I telling you this? Well, because Sat. Mar. 2nd is their 9th Birthday celebration and their havin' a P-A-R-T-Y!!!! Go here for all the deets!!

     As part of the celebration they are having a card competition and I figured since I have some of their awesome stamps I would like to enter a card. I'm glad I'm not competing against the DT though, those ladies got some serious talent goin' on and I'm kind of new to all this distress ink painting and copic colouring etc. But I figure the only way to learn and try to climb the ranks with the experts is to practice practice practice. So that's what I did. I got busy working on a card for the competition.
     I didn't want it to be just any ordinary card though, I wanted something a bit different and thought about all the different styles of cards I have made before, but they all seemed to boring for this, I wanted to make  something different, hopefully something unique.  One of my favourite styles of cards is an easel card and I remember seeing some cards that were called twisted easel cards and then recently I saw a double twisted easel card and thought hmmmmm maybe I could do something like that, but different?!?!
     I started playing around with the paper trying to figure out how to make a "twisted" easel card then worked on coming up with something different from that design that I haven't seen before. After about 7 messed up designs trying to get the dimensions right and which way to cut and fold I came up with this, I'm not sure what to call it, maybe a double twisted triple easel card? I worked on this card for over 12 hrs trying to get it right and then when it was done I was so happy with it that I had an idea to make another style with even more detail to it, but unfortunately I didn't have a chance to make it for this competition so my original will have to do :) I hope you like it, and I hope they do to!! :)

     This card also opens like a regular card and I decorated the inside to take a pic but I accidentally deleted it not realizing that until after I already signed it and sent it off to a friend.(thinking I was going to get the other version made) :( Oh well, when I do make the other version I have in my head I'll take a pic then and hopefully not do the delete thing again, sometime's I just don't know what I am thinking, LOL  If I'm lucky (which I'm not, lol) and get chosen to be a GD for LOTV some day... I'll  make that other version I am thinking of, or maybe come up with something totally different. haaa which is most likely, cause if I don't make the other one soon I'll forget to, lmbo!!
     Wish me luck....the prize for the random winner is 9 stamps and ohh my gosh I sure would love to be the winner!!  Although I know Maria has already purchased a bunch more of these beauties for me, there are plenty more I am dying to not live without, so I'm sure my only problem will be deciding which one's to pick next, LOL 
     Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, sry I've been MIA for so long but life and my body just hasn't been co-operating with me and what I want to do.  We are still trying to get the house ready for the market, we didn't make it this month, praying it will be by the end of March at the latest, but it certainly isn't an easy task, why on earth am I moving again, well I know why, but I can tell you if I had a choice I wouldn't be!! 
     Have a great day and don't forget to check out the party, go get your hands on some of these amazing stamps, you'll be sooo glad you did! They are having the party on Fb too, so if your a FB fan check them out here as well. P.S. they have FREE shipping!!! 
     Well I hope to see you soon!! Gonna have to tell my house and my body to leave me ALONE!!!!!  I have blogging to do!! LOL if that works I'll let you know so you can try it too, hehehe

Big inky hugs and glitter wishes to all my blogging buddies old and new <3


I want to be a Gorjussette...

     Hi there, the reason for my post at this late hr is because I follow a very sweet hearted talented lady named Sharon of  Sharon's Kardz Korner  and this evening I got an email from her. When I went to check out what she had made I found she hadn't made anything, she just wanted her followers to know that her DT (Totally Gorjuss) was having a DT call.  Right away I went over to get all the deets and sent an email to Net to let her know I was interested. Sooo wish me luck and if your interested try your luck!! :) There challenges are fun and easy, and what I like best is this rule  "So that everyone can play all you need is something gorgeous on your card"  I can handle that, lol   :)

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This is what I found regarding a DT call, so I am not positive if it is to be on the DT or a Guest DT but that's ok,  I'll know for sure when I find out if I get chosen or not right :) Either way, it's still a great opportunity!!


Would you like to come and play with the Gorjussettes? If you fancy joining the fabulous Gorjussettes for a spot as a Guest Gorjussette please drop me an email with a few details about yourself and a link to your blog.

Call out ends 7 January 2013
This was my email from Sharon 

Totally Gorjuss DT Call

Hello my dear bloggy friends

Totally Gorjuss are having a DT Call.  
So if you'd like to join our team of Gorjusettes, 
please pop an email to Net at totallygorjuss@gmail.com.

I so love working with this team.

Good luck!

hugs Sharon x

Good luck to you as well if you try, and ty so much for popping by my blog today!! Have a scrap happy day, big inky hugs and glitter wishes my crafty friend.

Cindy :)


Across the miles at Thanksgiving!

     It's that time again and this week over at Peachy Keen it's a colour challenge. As you know it's also Thanksgiving on Thursday for our American friends and since I have a lot of crafty friends, some not so crafty friends plus a few family members that live state side,  I decided to make a "Happy Thanksgiving" card!! I Hope they/you like it!!

Challenge 44: Colour Inspiration

maple leafs ~ fiskars punch
 stamped and cut image 3X  for dimension
PEACHY KEEN CHALLENGE 44 :: COLOR INSPIRATIONbe sure to check out the new challenge, hopefully you will have time to play along

Guess what?? I was going blog to blog to make comments on everyone's creations for the PK challenge and I came across another challenge that this card would be perfect for. Woohoo, I love Stamptv and there sets are awesome, perfect for so many occasions with all their fabulous sentiments!! Here;s the deets...
Cardz TV Stamps DT Challenge #19
"SCENE IT!'" Create a card, layout or craft project with a Thanksgiving or Christmas scene!  
You have until noon EST, Thursday, November 22nd, to post your name and a link to your card, LO or craft below using Inlinkz. 
Now Mary is just a fabul0us lady, would love to meet her in person some day, she's always so soft spoken and sweet! If you don't have time to join in this challenge then click newer posts, there's a few more great challenges posted I want to see if I can get in on. Good luck, hope to see you in these challenges! :)  hugs

cricut card paper doll dress up for corn stalks
Pooh and Friends Cricut cart: fence's, basket of apples and some of the leaves

~the inside~
all sentiments are from "Season of Giving" by Hero Arts 
except I masked off happy and hand wrote "Across the miles" 

     I was pretty happy that I could incorporate all the required colours in the image, isn't that scarecrow toooo cute :) I just LOVE this stamp!!! It's perfect for this time of year and for creating scene's, another love of mine :) 
     The fence's were a bit of work since it cuts out two sections at a time and I couldn't really weld them together since I had cut the field in two uneven sections, which is barely even noticeable now, so I cut several out and just did a lot of cutting and gluing to get them to go with the lay of the land. 
     I made the basket 3D by cutting it twice, adding a couple pop dots inside, then gluing the sides to  each other and cutting extra apples to fill the basket up more. 
     By the expression on the sunflowers face I think she's a little nervous that bird is hungry, LOL   All the leaves above the fences are supposed to be floating down from a nearby tree after  a recent big gust of wind. So they are actually in the foreground, otherwise they would have to be different sizes, which I could have done, if I had remembered I have a punch that cuts out smaller ones, doh, LOL next time!!
     That's is for this weeks challenge, as soon as I saw it I knew which stamp I was using and that I was going to make a scene, this is a bit different than what I had in mind, but I like it much better. I've  been pretty busy trying to get the house ready to go on the market and I just haven't had time to work on it. Oh well, back at it, hubby built new railings for the front porch, off to paint, have a great day and ty so much for stopping by!! I hope your not to busy and can get your craft on! And if your state side have a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by your loved one's, stay safe!! :) 

Big inky hugs and glitter wishes!!



A blue& brown Christmas

     Hello there my crafty friend :) This week's challenge over at Peachy Keen is Anything Goes. I love anything goes challenges, but I have had noooo mojo all week, and I was going to settle for entering the birthday card I made for my DT challenge this week, but shortly after watching  X Factor  I decided to make a card for my son and daughter in law in there fave colour combo, and thought what better image to use on it but  PK-328A Christmas Snowman mini. This is one of the very first stamps I wanted but one of the last ones I bought, lol! Sooo glad I have him in my collection, he's adorable!!
     All the paper I used is from my stash so I don't know companies, sry, I have a lot of scrap paper I am trying to use up. I knew I wanted to use a pk image and the "Frostyville Border" die from memory box, so I figured I might as well enter it in this weeks challenge, if you enter every week your name goes in a draw to win a gift certificate for 30.00 to their store, who couldn't use some PK money? I know I sure could, it's a huge collection and I'm not even half way through it. Anyway, this is what I ended up with. :) 
     I used the two largest Labels 18 Spellbinders dies to pop my image on. I cut a brown one and trimmed off a bit on each side, then turned it side ways and pop dotted it onto the card. I cut out a white one and created the scene with a "tree" stamp I've had for a long time but not sure of the company name at the moment, have to find the tag that went MIA. Then I sponged some "blue sky" Martha Stewart chalk ink on it. Added a few swirls of glue and some Recollections fine "glitz" glitter for snow, also added some glue to the snow flake die cuts and sprinkled with the same glitter as well to give them a bit of bling. 
     I stamped my image, coloured most of it, then paper pieced his little sweater to match the bg dp. The fur on his hat and sweater is covered with "Ice White" Viva pearl pen. I used YG17, E33, B02, B05, E33 and E35 copics to colour him in. I used an orange sharpie to do his nose, the tip is so nice and fine, I just knew I'd mess it up if I tried to get into the teenie tiny tip of the carrot. Then I cut out some snowflakes from a provocraft 2X2 die, added some $ store bling and popped them on. 


          So glad you dropped by, please leave me a comment and I will come check out your creations :) I have to go finish leaving love on all the entrants blogs, I only got to entrant 31yesterday, now there's more than 50. There are some amazing entries, if you haven't seen them you should come over and check them out. :) Just click on the link below my pics. Ty so much, have a great week and happy scrapping!

 Big inky hugs and glitter wishes....

                                                  Cindy  <3

A week full of birthdays

     Hello there my crafty friend, always happy to see you. I hope you find a little inspiration after seeing what I've been up to :) This week is a busy week for birthdays for me. It actually started last week with my niece's on the 9th, my very good friend in Nova Scotia celebrated hers yesterday, my aunt and cousin were both born on the 15th, (mother and daughter) my cousins sons is on the 16th, (same cousin)  my mother in laws is on the 19th and another really good friend of mine has hers on the 20th. That's a lot of bday cards!!!
     Unfortunately I have been busy busy around the house though, well as much as I can that is, my body only lets me do so much then retaliates for hrs on end :(  And although I am feeling much better than last week when I felt like I had a flu bug/cold I am not having a great week pain wise. So with all this yuckyness going on and trying to get things accomplished on the house so we will be able to put it on the market soon I haven't had any mojo. I spent over a week trying to come up with a card for my Sketch Challenge over at The Outlawz. Anndddd you probably already know I love playing in the weekly challenges over at the Peachy Keen Challenge blog as well and this week is anything goes....I just haven't been able to come up with anything....yet!!
     Well this is the first card I got finished for my Nov. birthday list and I followed the sketch to help me create it.  We have some amazingly talented designers and members submitting awesome awesome projects over there, so come on over and check us out, hopefully you will be inspired to play along. We also have many many great companies sponsoring our challenges too.
This month our sketch challenge sponsor is:
you have to check them out, they have lots of great products at great prices...

and my interpretation
I think this one will be for my MIL, she loves flowers

    I used a retired set called spring Bouquet for my main focal image which I stamped 3 times, then coloured and hand cut to get lots of dimension for the flowers and the handle of the pot. I coloured this gorgeous peachy keen image using my limited supply of copics. I am still learning so I'm no where near as talented as so many fellow crafters, someday I hope to be at least close to that calibre though LOL.  I realize there are three layers to the focal image, and when I cut out the lacey circle I intended to cut out another layer in a different colour before pop dotting my image to it, but not thinking...I  inked it up and forgot about that little plan LOL....but I did layer and pop dot the heck out of the flowers so I figure I covered all the layers that way, LOL And I had a totally different idea for my side embellishment as well, was planning on a really pretty large bow, but at the last second decided a gem flourish and 3D butterflies would be nicer next to all those pretty spring flowers for a birthday card. I think a ty or get well card would look fantastic with a big bow! What do you think....maybe I should make this card again and add a bow to see how it would look!
Supply list: 
Copics used: V15,  RV02, YR02, YR20, Y13, Y02, YG17, G17, G99, C-0
Image and sentiment ~ Memento ink - black tuxedo
Stickles: yellow, cotton candy, fruit punch, orange
Spellbinders: Lacey Labels - Ovals, nested lacey pennants, (cut once on white, embossed and inked, then traced the die and cut by hand in pink cs for matting, then pop dotted)
Used a precut Large card base from Michaels and matted it with a piece of designer paper from my scrap dp drawer. :)
PK-284 Spring Bouquet- this set is wonderful, it has so many great sentiments so the image can be used for lots of special occasions, the Happy Birthday being one of them, I LOVE IT, to bad it's retired! :(

     Ty so much for stopping by, I hope you like my card! Please leave me a comment so I know you were here and I will come and see what you've been working on....make any birthday cards lately? LOL  :)  Take care and happy crafting! Sending you big inky hugs and glittery wishes for a great week! Stay safe and be blessed! :)