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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Snowflakes are a great choice for winter and holiday cards. 
I used Papertrey Ink's Phrase Play #9 stamps 
and dies along with  Blueberry Sky 
ink and papers to create two variations:

Card Back

Additional Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Snowflake Stamps -Snowflake Medley, Peace Be Still,
Other - Clear Sparkle embossing powder; Clear rhinestones; Corner Rounder

Snowflake Details

Additional Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Snowflake Stamps - Winter Penguin
Inks - Spring Rain,
Other - Canvas Impression Plate; small white adhesive pearl; Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


 Here's another Christmas card that was quick and 
simple to make, using a variety of dies!!

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Tropical Teal; Recollections:White Pearl 
Dies - Wet Paint, Limitless Layers; My Favorite Things:Let it Snowflake 
Other - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Stampin' Up Candy Dot

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Plaid Tinsel & Tags

Tinsel and Tags is still one of my favourite sets for Holiday cards. 
I found a piece of plaid patterned paper in my stash and 
used it as the card front for this rustic Christmas card.

I die cut the various circle pieces from the dies: 
Kraft Scalloped Circle mat
Lemon Tart Circle 
White Circle - sponged with blue ink to create a night sky
White Layer - trees and hillside
White Layer - snowman, house and hill
Sentiment was stamped with Pinefeather ink. 

Since there are so many layers, the focal panel 
has lots of dimension, but was quick and simple to make!! 
That's always a bonus when you're making 
lots of cards for one occasion.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Tinsel & Tags Kit;
Inks - Kraft, Dark Chocolate' Pinefeather, Black; 
Close To My Heart:Vineyard, Outdoor Denim
Paper - Kraft, Lemon Tart; Stampin' Up:Rustic White; 
The Paper Co:Blond Columns; Plaid Patterned paper (from my stash)
Dies - Tinsel & Tags Kit
Other - Copic Markers; Sakura Glitter Gel Pen

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

More Baby Gifts

My daughter-in-law asked me to make a 
Diaper Clutch/Changing Mat, similar to this design.
 I used two coordinating prints, 
a bright orange for trim and yellow 
terry cloth to make the clutch/diaper pad. 
When it is opened the two flaps have pockets 
that can hold a diaper on one side and baby wipes 
on the other. The yellow terry cloth was layered 
over several pieces of flannelette and the 
printed fabric before quilting them together.

Since I had leftover Owl fabric and terry cloth, I made two bibs.

Extra terry cloth was used to make a hooded bath towel. 
It was trimmed with the dotted fabric. 
Two more bibs were also made with this printed fabric.

I found a pattern on Pinterest here for this cute 
Sunshine & Ribbon Toy, so I used the leftover 
yellow terrycloth and other scraps from 
my fabric stash to make this for the baby.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Baby Swaddle and Burb Cloths

I've been sewing and knitting for my grand daughter 
who will be making her debut at the end of November. 
Here are the first of some items I made.

Baby Swaddle 
I used  this pattern to make a 
flannelette swaddle for the new baby.
I used a combination of 2 prints and 
a light pink solid for the swaddle.

When the swaddle is open, you can see
the little pouch where the baby is placed. 
The two "wings" fold around the front of 
the baby to create a cozy wrap.

Receiving Blanket

I used the same colourful print on one side 
and a light pink for the backing. 
Bright pink decorative stitching holds 
the two layers together.

Burb Cloths
I really liked the shaped design of this pattern 
and used it to make 6 burb cloths with various
flannelette prints and solids.

I used a dark pink on the backing and then added the same fabric as an accent band.

The second burb cloth uses a white flannelette backing.

This burb cloth uses a light pink for the backing and an accent band on the front. 

Dark pink backing and accent band.

Another dark pink backing and band.

A bright green backing and accent band.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Giftts for Baby

My son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first baby 
at the end of November, so I've been busy making a 
variety of things for the new baby. 
Today I'm sharing a Baby Shower card and envelope
using a variety of stamps and dies.

I cut a white rectangle using 
Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and 
then repeatedly stamped it with 
a heart (Sweet Baby) using 
Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst 
and Raspberry Fizz, to create an ombre look.
I cut another rectangle and stamped it with 
Vintage Jadeite using Background Basics: Gingham, 
securing this piece at the bottom of the card front.

Flower Power (C.C.Designs) was stamped 
with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured 
with copic markers. The focal panel was 
matted with Lovely Lady card stock. 

The sentiment ( ) was stamped with 
Vintage Jadeite onto white card stock 
and also mounted onto a pink mat, 
then dimensional foam tape.
BABY (Polka Dot Parade Alphabet) was added. 
Several letters together to create dimension. 
Stamping Bella pink dots accent the card front.

Another white rectangle was die cut for the interior of the card. A row of hearts was stamped across the bottom and the sentiment (Hanging Out) was added.

The envelope front was stamped with the 
same sentiments as the card front and then the
teddy bear from Polka Dot Parade #4 was added.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - C.C. Designs: Itzie Inkie Flower Power; 
Background Basics: Gingham; 
Polka Dot Parade Alphabet, Polka Dot Parade #4, 
Sweet Baby (heart), Hanging Out (sentiment)
Inks - Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, 
Vintage Jadeite, Fine Linen
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Lovely Lady
Dies - Polka Dot Parade Alphabet Die Collection,  
Polka Dot Parade #4; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Other - Copic markers; Stamping Bella Pink Dots;

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pumpkin Wreath Birthday

My daughter-in-law celebrated her birthday 
in late October, just before Hallowe'en, 
so a Pumpkin themed Birthday Card was perfect!

I was inspired by this card  from Amy Sheffer. 
I stamped Rustic Wreath with Memento Tuxedo Black ink 
and coloured with copic markers onto a 
square white card front (Lawn Fawn: Stitched Square).
The sentiment (Autumn Hills) was stamped with Pinefeather ink.
The pumpkins (C.C. Designs) were stamped, 
coloured with copics and fussy cut, 
before adding them to the wreath. 
One of the pumpkins was 'popped up' with 
foam dimensional tape. 
A few sequins from my stash were also added. 
The front panel was then attached to a square card base
accented with Canyon Clay Patterned Paper. 

Canyon Clay ink was used to stamp the sentiment 
(Stylish Sentiments: Birthday) 
and then highlighted with leaf images from Rustic Wreath.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Leaf Prints Anniversary

Keeping with the fall leaves theme 
from the last few blog posts, I made an 
anniversary card for my son and daughter-in-law, 
using colours from their October 2015 wedding. 
(You can see details of their wedding in this post.)
Rustic White card base was stamped with 
small leaf images (Monthly Moments: September) 
using Fine Linen ink. All of the edges were sponged 
with additional ink to create a distressed look. 

Blue card stock (Recollections) was 
used to create the main focal panel. 
One of the Leaf Prints dies was used to 
die cut two leaves from the blue card stock 
and another two from Rustic White card stock. 
The blue panel was impressed with  
Stitching Impression Plate  
before adhering it to the front of the card.

The two white die cuts were stamped with 
Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartruese 
and Classic Kraft inks. The die cuts were attached 
in a few places so that they could be curled up. 
I also stamped the leaf images on the white base, 
so the colours could be seen under the die cut pieces.

The sentiment (Quilted: Spring) was 
stamped with Close To My Heart: Moonstruck ink.
Kraft coloured ribbon, Rustic Jute Twine 
and a blue button finish the card details.

Card Interior
The senitments 
(Autumn Hills & Keep It Simple: Anniversary) 
were stamped with Canyon Clay and Moonstruck ink. 
The leaf (Leaf Prints) used the same combination 
of colours from the card front.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Leaf Silhouettes Birthday

Another Autumn Birthday card!! 
This one was for my husband's October birthday.
I used water coloured paper that I had left over 
from making this card to cut two leaves from 
Leaf Silhouettes die collection. 
The top layer of the leaves were cut from 
Canyon Clay card stock and then placed over 
 the coloured leaves. 
The Burlap patterned paper (Recollections) 
was attached to the card base (Rustic Cream)
a dark brown ribbon was added and 
then the sentiment (Tea for Two) 
 was stamped with Canyon Clay ink. 
Three Candy Dots (Stampin' Up) accent the card.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Tea for Two
Inks - Canyon Clay
Paper - Rustic Cream, Canyon Clay; Recollections: Photo Burlap; watercolour paper
Dies - Leaf Silhouettes
Other -  SU: Coffee Ribbon, Candy Dots; Target: watercolour palette

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Michael: Quilted Autumn

I always like to use leaf designs and warm colours for 
Autumn birthday cards . 
This is a card I made for my nephew's October birthday.
I used Quilted: Autumn stamps and dies, cut from 
Rustic Cream and Dark Chocolate card stock. 
The outer sections were stamped with a 
small polka dot stamp from Bitty Background Blocks
using Fine Linen Ink. The leaf portions were stamped with 
Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Terra Cotta Tile,  
Simply Chartreuse, Old Olive (Stampin' Up). 
Some of the sections were inked with 
more than one colour to give a very rustic look. 
All of the stamped pieces were inserted into the 
Dark Chocolate Leaf frame.

The sentiment (Boy Basics: Rock On) was stamped with 
Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured with copic markers. 
This strip was matted with Dark Chocolate. 
The card base is Rustic Cream with a Fine Linen 
card front (impressed with Wood grain Impression Plate). 
Rustic Twine was wrapped around the card panel 
before the sentiment strip was added. 
Edges were sponged with Vintage Tea Dye Duo.

The sentiment (Stylish Sentiments: Birthdays) 
was stamped with Summer Sunrise, 
Canyon Clay and Terracotta Tile using my Misti. 
A small leaf die cut was stamped with 
several colours to finish the card.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Quilted: Autumn, Bitty Background Blocks, 
Stylish Sentiments: Birthdays
Inks - Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay and Terracotta Tile, Fine Linen,
Simply Chartreuse;  Stampin' Up: Old Olive; Memento: Rich Cocoa
Paper - Rustic Cream, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate
Dies - Quilted: Autumn,
Other - Wood grain Impression Plate, Rustic Twine; copic marker

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Life Is Better

This is an anniversary card I made for my husband,
using Phrase Play #10. 
The panel was cut from Stamper's Select White 
and then stamped with a polka dot stamp from 
Waltzingmouse Stamps
The word portion of the die was cut again from 
Pure Poppy card stock and inserted into 
the corresponding negative space. 
The floral section was coloured with 
green and red copic markers and then added to the front.  
The sentiment was stamped with Pure Poppy ink. 
This panel was then matted with a Pure Poppy panel.

The card base (Fine Linen) was stamped with 
Simply Chartruese, Kraft and Pure Poppy inks 
using Plaid Builders stamps.
Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Phrase Play #10, Plaid Builders; Waltzingmouse Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds
Inks - Pure Poppy, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse
Paper - Fine Linen, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White
Dies - Phrase Play #10
Other - Copic markers; corner rounder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.