Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sad Christmas

Hello crafty friends. I have had a very rough time over Christams. My lovely Mom was admitted to hospital on the 23rd so we have spent most of our time there. My Mom only has one kidney & for the last few years it has been functioning at about 10% That kidney is now completely shuttting down & she is slowly slipping away from us. Mom also has Alzheimers so she is having trouble processing everything that is happening to her. The doctor has given her only a few days now. There is always a silver lining to every cloud though...she is not in any pain & she certainly hasn't lost her sense of humour...she gave my hubby heck for coming to visit her & not bringing her grapes! (even though she hasn't eaten anything since she was admitted) She has been hallucinating alot today...talking to my Dad who passed away 7 years ago. So, cardmaking is on the back burner for awhile. Hope you are all well & have a Happy New Year.
Hugs, Renee

Saturday, 22 December 2012

More Snowmen!!

Do you get the idea that I like snowmen? These three are all bundled up for some fun in the frosty weather. Our temperatures have been much more enjoyable this last little while. Today the sun was shining brightly & it was -12C...a beautiful winter day! So, are you ready for Christmas? If not, you better hurry there is only a few days left! I am making soda bread & potato bread tomorrow for breakfast Christmas morning & that is me finished. Incase you aren't familiar with it, soda & potato bread are traditional Irish breads that are fried with bacon & eggs. Yummy!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! We will be going in to the city to spend the holidays with our family. I love this time of the year with all the family gatherings.
Back to my card. The stamp is from Stampabilities & is colored with my ever present prismacolor pencils & blinged up a bit with Stickles,  paper is by Bazzill (CS) & DP is Fancy Pants, I cut the Memory Box  Frostyville Wreath in half to use as an embellishment along with gems from the $1 store.
This will probably be my last post before Christmas so I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a happy, healthy 2013!  Enjoy your  time with family & friends & don't eat too much turkey!!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1. Hooked on Craft.....Christmas
2. Lexi's Creations.....snow
3. Emerald Faeries.....Christmas
4. Celebrate the Occasion.....Christmas ATG
5. ABC Christmas.....favorite die/punch  (Frostyville Wreath)
6. Crafting for all, green & sparkle
7. Paper Crafting Journey.....anything goes
8. MilkCoffee.....Christmas

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

WOYWW #185

It's Wednesday again & time for another nosey at creative desks around the world! If you want to take part go here & link up.  Today I am working on the Santa sleighs I told you about last week. I still have to find  bags of chocolate money, they seem to be in short supply this year. If you would like the directions on making these here is the link once again.
I just arrived home lastnight after spending 6 days in the city. It was a jam packed visit with 2 Christmas concerts, a hockey game, supper with our daughter & granddaughters, finished the shopping, several visits with my Mom, lovely dinners with 2 different groups of friends & coffee with the girls I used to craft with! I'm homenow for a rest!!! The only bad part of the visit was the city traffic...we are just not used to traffic jams anymore...very frustrating!
This time next week Christmas will be all over so, from my house to yours....have a very Merry Christmas & a happy, healthy 2013! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

WOYWW #184

It's Wednesday again....which means it's WOYWW time again! Just incase you don't know what that is a fun little blog hop of sorts where you can have a nosey at what everyone is working on at the moment. Go here to check it out. I warn you though, it is quite addictive!
So, on my desk today we have some tags & gift card holders I am working on with gorgeous images that a friend of mine designed. She used to teach classes at Michael's but then silly Michael's decided to cancel all the good classes. These guys are on watercolor paper & colored with Derwent watercolor pencils. There are also a couple of candy canes on the right. Yesterday Jak Heath had the cutest Santa sleighs made with candy canes & chocolate bars. I am hoping to get a few made for the little ones to have at their places at the dinner table Christmas day. Above are a some Terry's chocolates...they aren't part of the sleigh making material...they are for my sweet tooth! Do you see the empty box on the left? Yeah, that means my cards are all mailed out! If you look really close (to the right of the stripped box) you will see a picture of my granddaughter in her Irish dancing costume. She hasn't danced for about 3 yrs. but Grandma refuses to put that picture away. Beside the picture is a celtic ATC that I did for a swap back in March. I really like it so it's another thing that I can't bring my self to hide away somewhere.
The weather is horrible here at the moment....blowing snow & COLD (-32C) Here are a couple of pictures I took this morning. They are taken from my front porch.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great WOYWW & stay warm!

Saturday, 8 December 2012


Happy Saturday everyone! I am in the middle of making "candy cane bark" almond bark only I crush up candy canes in white chocolate instead of yummy! (& even easy!) Tomorrow is nuts & bolts day. We are going to a Christmas party tonight with all the neighbors (which really isn't all that many people, living out here in the boonies) It will be fun though...lots of food, laughter & friendship & maybe even a little sip of good cheer!It's snowing outside at the minute & quite cold (-21C) Brrr!! There are several blue jays sitting on the deck railing & they are all puffed up to about 3x their normal size.  These adorable snowmen from The Stamping Boutique would fit right in outside my window today! They are colored with prismacolor pencils. The CS is Bazzill, snowflakes are a Cuttlebug die & the lattice is a Memory Box die; I just noticed that one of the snowflakes has a folded up point...oh well! The bling is Recollections & the great sentiment I believe is from TLC (correct me if I'm wrong)
Whatever you are up to today...have fun!

Card Crafter's Circle.....Dec. Celebrations
Lady Anne's..Sentimental Friday.....anything goes
Delicious Doodles..#14 Christmas...use blue
Guylou's Inimitability...twisted Christmas...non traditional colors
Jingle Belles.....anything
Raise the Bar.....blues & whites
Winter & blue
The Stamping cards

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

WOYWW #183

I missed last week's WOYWW because I was away & had no internet service. So, I'm posting a little extra this week...hope that's ok!

As you can see, I'm still working on Christmas cards....almost finished!

 Last time around I hid my mess so this time I decided to be honest & show it off!

This is what I wanted to show from last week...2 little Christmas decorations I made! Aren't they cute?

Thanks for taking a look! I have to go out for awhile
but can't wait to get back & see what everyone has
to show off this week.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Craftyhazelnut's New Challenge Blog!

Starting in January 2013 there will be a new Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge blog. Challenges will be held monthly, with a prize (from Bugaboo stamps) at the end of every month. To launch the new blog Hazel is giving away this awesome candy. You only have a fewdays left to enter (Nov.30th) so head on over & check it out! This will be a great way for me to get my Christmas cards started early so I am not in panic mode like I am right now!

Just look at all that yummy candy!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Beary Merry Christmas

Happy Monday everyone! When I was still working I hated Monday mornings but now that I'm retired they aren't so bad....just another day. Every day is a good day now.  I am getting on well with the Christmas card list & tomorrow I am heading into the city for 3 days to make a serious dent in the shopping (atleast I hope I'm going to make a dent in it!!)
This is probably my favorite card I have ever made! I love everything about it, from the adorable LOTV image to the beautiful Imaginisce DP. As always, the image is colored with prismacolor pencils. I used Spellbinders Lacy Squares to frame my little bear & the pine bough punch is from McGill, pearls are by Zva Creations, ribbon is Offray & I printed the sentiment out on my computer. The sketch is from Simon Says Stamp. Not sure if you can see from the picture or not but I have used the oh so wonderful stickles on the 2 decorations & also to make"berries" on the garland.  I wish I was as happy with all of my creations as I am with this one. Hope you all have a sonderful week & thanks for taking a look!

Challenges I am entering:
Simon Says Stamp...sketch
Crafty Creations #197
7 Kids College Fund
Delightful & green
Lili's Little Fairies...anything goes
Aud, bling,die)
Crafty Ann's...birds or animals
Polka Doodles...any die
52 (Christmas) card throwdown...pearls
Little Claire's...Christmas

Saturday, 24 November 2012

I Love Snowmen!

I love snowmen but I'm really not a big fan of snow....go figure! Our winters here in Manitoba can be brutally cold (-52C is the coldest temperature I have experienced) with tons of snow.  But, when the temperature is mild & the sun is shining there is nothing like getting out there & building a snowman.  When you're finished you get to come inside where it is toasty warm & have hot chocolate with mini marshmallows floating in it!! Fun! At Christmas my house is full of all shapes & sizes of snowmen decorations. So, you can understand why this cute little guy struck my fancy. He is from Penny Black, DP are Echo Park & Bo Bunny, CS is Bazzill, dies are Memory Box Frostyville Wreath (isn't it gorgeous?) & Spellbinder circles & scalloped circles, pearls are Recollections, button is from my stash & the thread is Prism, the sentiment is from FBD. The whole thing is put together with a sketch from Stamps & fun = creativity!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:                                                                                 
1. Crafty Cardmakers......2 dies/punches                                                                                                   
2. House of Gilli.....die cuts                                                                                                                       
3. Artistic Inspirations.....anything goes                                                                                                    
4. Bunny Zoe Crafts.....winter                                                                                                                   
5. Lady Anne's Challenges.....anything goes                                                                                            
6. Crafty Blogger Network.....Christmas...anything goes                                                                         
7. Incy Wincy Designs.....square cards                                                                                                     
8. Bearly Mine Challenges.....snowflakes                                                                                                9. Diva's By Design.....2 or more patterened papers                                                                                                                  10. SJCrafts.....Christmas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. 11.Penny Black ...cute Christmas   
NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED HERE BUT IT MAKES ME DIZZY LOOKING AT IT!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, 22 November 2012

"Falling For You!"

Hello crafty people! How is everyone doing with their Christmas cards? I've had a very productive week &  managed to put a serious dent in my list. Now, if I could only say the same about my shopping list! The snow has been flying here for atleast 6 weeks now so it seems a little odd to be posting a fall themed card. This sweet image reminds me of my youngest granddaughter Emily who loves to help with any yard work we are doing when she is here visiting. My plants are always well watered & she loves raking leaves with Grandpa! Getting off topic a bit here but I bought myself an early Christmas present the other exercise bike....I know, that's more punishment than present but I really need to get more exercise. We don't have room for a treadmill so the bike was the next best thing. Poor Bill spent nearly 4 hrs. putting it together today...there were a few naughty words flying around at one point! Now I just need to find the energy to hop on & ride it. Wish me luck!

So, about my card. The adorable image is from Paper Pretties & is aptly named "falling for you". I have colored her with prismacolor pencils. The DP are from my stash & I'm sorry but I have no idea of the maker, CS is Prism, the embellies are the lovely Whimsical Flourish by Memory Box, leaves are from the good old dollar store & the sentiment is a Studio G clear stamp. I really wish I could get better pictures of my cards because the colors in this one are very washed out...they are actually very rich in real life.
Challenges I am entering:
1. ABC Challenges.....color challenge
2. Created With Love.....fall
3. Tammy's Scrappin Corner.....fall
4. Dream Valley.....anything goes
5. The Squirrel & the Fox.....anything goes
6. Oldie But Goodie.....something atleast 6mths old (leaves & DP)
7. Shopping Our Stash.....use a leaf  
8. Through the Craftroom Door.....anything goes          

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


I have been checking out WOYWW for awhile now & decided to share my messy space this week. I have to be one of the messiest crafters on the face of the earth! When I am "creating" I never put anything back where it belongs & the result is MESS! I have a little sign hanging up in my room that says "I'm not messy, I'm organizationally challenged!" That's me...organizationally challenged! So, I'm working on Christmas cards & this is just a little sample.

Underneath the cards is an assortment of paper scraps, full sheets of paper, dies, ribbons, bling etc, etc, etc. It's amazing what you can hide in a small space! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Snowy Day!

Can you believe it is November 19th already? I'm starting to get more than a little panicky as I am    nowhere near finished making Christmas cards & it will soon be time to get them in the mail.           I'm such a procrastinator! I've had plenty of time to make cards but instead I have been busy visiting everyones blogs to see what they are up to.....SO, it's your fault I'm behind! LOL I have managed to get lots of images colored the last few days & have put together about 15 cards so far. This first one is another image from Birdie Brown called  "Snowy Day"  Torico has 2  adorable images available   this month for the Freebie Challenge.                                                                                                   
For this little snowman's hat, scarf & nose I used LaPlume markers. The papers are left overs from    last year so I have no idea who they are by...same for the ribbon. The snowflakes are a Cuttlebug die & the sentiment was computer generated. The lovely sketch is from Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  Hope you are all further along in your card list than I  am.....if you finish early maybe you could come by & give me a hand!!                                                                                                                                       
1. Sunday Sketch & Stamp #133
2. Birdie Brown.....November freebie
3. Addicted to CAS
4. Challenges 4 Everybody.....anything goes

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Lest We Forget!

Last year I made this card for a challenge at The Crafter's Cafe....the first challenge I ever entered. The card has been sitting in a place of honor on my desk ever since then. When I feel a little put out I have a look at it & remind myself how lucky I am to live the life I do. I am able to live this life thanks to the many who gave their lives to preserve the freedom I value so strongly. To them I say "Thank you"&  to you I say....never forget those brave men & women!

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...Lest we forget!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Soccer Star!

Hello my crafty friends.  I hope you are all well today & finding so time to craft. I'm supposed to be heading off to the city again tomorrow but as I'm writing this it is raining & if it freezes overnight the roads will be a nightmare in the morning! Keeping y fingers crossed!                                                My card today is for my beautiful niece Caitlyn who is turning 12 yrs. old. Caitlyn is quite the soccer player...she plays on a district team & has been invited to try out for the provincial team as well. So, when I won some images from Jackson's Digital Expressions awhile ago this was a natural pick for me. I have colored her in Caitlyn's team colors using prismacolor pencils. The CS is Bazzill & the twill tape & soccer embellies are from my stash. The sketch is from Stamptacular Sunday.  Thanks for taking a look.

I am entering my card in the followingchallenges:
1. Crafts & Me.....reds
2. Crafty flowers
3. Inky Impressions.....birthday
4. Penny's Paper-Crafty.....lots of layers
5. Challenges 4 Everybody.....anything goes
6. Stamptacular Sunday.....sketch
7. The Crafty Pad.....anything goes

Friday, 2 November 2012


Happy Friday! I am off to the city for the weekend & it is going to be a busy trip! Supper with my family tonight (Mom, my kids & grandgirls). Tomorrow we will be watching Emily (5 yrs.) playing hockey in the morning & then a get together with friends we haven't seen in ages in the evening. Then, Jessica (9yrs.) plays hockey on Sunday afternoon. In between times we plan to get some Xmas shopping done. I will need to relax when I get home...just like this cute little House Mouse! Hubby will be in the city for the next 2 weeks working (he retired 4 yrs. ago but is covering for someone having surgery) so, I will have lots of time to myself to do as I please! Stay in my jammies & craft all day is high on the list of priorities!
Anyway, on to my card! I stamped my House Mouse....Autumn Cruise with Versafine ink, vintage sepia & colored it with my prismacolor pencils; I've used Spellbinder ovals & scalloped ovals; CS is Bazzill; DP is Fancy Pants; sentiment is Hero Arts; brads are Recollections & the ribbon is from my stash. Oh, & the "bling" in the corners is Stickles... orange & lime green (the green looks sort of washed out in the picture) My photography skills leave much to be desired!!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1. House Mouse.....color combo (I used orange & lime green)
2. Forever Friends.....anything goes
3. DYSU.....use some brads
4. Lady Anne Challenges.....anything goes
5. My Mum's Craft Shop.....bright & bold

Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

To Gnome You!

Is this not the cutest little gnome you have ever seen? He is the freebie this month over at Birdie Brown & you just might still have time to get him if you hurry over there.

I colored my little gnome with prismacolor pencils & mounted him on Bazzill CS cut from spellbinder dies. The autumn colored pearls are from Bo Bunny, buttons & leaves are from my stash & the sentiment I printed on the computer. We have left autumn behind & are right into that nasty wintery weather here...much too soon I might add! We had 5" of snow over the weekend & it isn't showing signs of disappearing anytime soon. Oh well, I am off to the city for a jaunt around the shops to make myself feel better....maybe get some Christmas shopping started. I do plan to stop at the craft shop & see if I can pick up a few Memory Box dies....they are hard to come by here in the boonies! Have a great day!
Hugs, Renee

I am entering my card in these challenges:
1. Birdie Brown.....monthly challenge
2.Brown Sugar.....anything goes
3.Poodles Parlour.....anything goes
4. Wags n Whiskers.....fall colors
5. 2 Sisters.....fall colors
6. Challenges 4 Everybody.....anything goes
7. Scrappy Frogs.....fall
8. Stamptacular Sunday.....NOT just your ordinary card
9. Celebrate the Occasion.....fall
10. Through the Craftroom Door.....anything goes

Monday, 22 October 2012

Letraset Giveaway!

Wow, look what you could win (actually, I'm hoping I win) !!
To be eligible to win this whole set of Letraset markers check out Going Buggy's blog. It's as easy as signing up for the Letraset newsletter & leaving a comment on the Going Buggy blog! Can't get much simpler than that!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Get Them Checked!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month & the girls over at LUFP are having an amazing event to get the message out there! They have tons of great prizes to be won. This is the prefect opportunity to tell everyone you love to get their mammograms. I made this card in honor 3 beautiful women who have each touched my life in their own very special sister-in-law Sue & my "little sister" Catherine who are both cancer free &for the most inspiring woman I have ever had the priviledge to know, my "blogland" friend Jennifer who is currently fighting the monster with everything she has! Love you ladies with all my heart!

 I am entering my card in the challenge at LUFP for a chance to win one of the 127 great prizes from 92 very generous sponsers! You still have time to enter!                                                    
I would also like to enter my card in the following challenges:                                                             
1. Glitter & Sparkle Ch. 2.....buttons & bows                                                                                           
2. Crafty Sentiments.....anything goes                                                                                                      
3. Stamping ribbons                                                                                                       
4. In the & one other color                                                                                                    
5. Paper Crafting Journey.....add some bling                                                                                            
6. 2 Sisters.....anything goes                                                                                                                      
   I almost forgot to tell you about the gorgeous images I used: first, the infamous "Boobie Love" from Saturated Canary & the glittery ribbon is from Beccy at Beccy's Place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Hallowe'en Cutie

I have just returned from a visit to the city where I spent a few days visiting my Mom & catching up with the friends I used to craft with before moving to the lake. We got together for lunch & a good giggle. I think the waitress was glad to see us leave...we were there for over 3 hours! Have you ever noticed how time flies when you are with great friends? I drove home on Thursday afternoon & I am sooooo glad I didn't wait until yesterday as originally planned. We had the weirdest weather yesterday! Everything from sunshine, cloud, high winds, rain, sleet & even SNOW! Yuck, it is way too early for that dreaded white stuff! Today was chilly but lovely & sunny. So, I have just made my first ever Hallowe'en card! Can you believe it....61 yrs. old & making my first one! And, I think it is adorable if I do say so myself. The image is from Sandi Huggett at The Outlawz, CS is Bazzill & there is NO DP! (another first for me!) the scalloped frame is a sticker from Making Memories that has been in my stash for over a year; the ribbon is also from my stash & is probably 2 yrs. old; the bling is from Queen & Co.

The next picture is a real bear that was chomping on acorns just a few cottages down from us the other night.....he wasn't the least bit concerned that I was there taking his picture (from the safety of my car!)                                                                                                                                                 

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1. Hiding in my craftroom.....hallowe'en
2. Pattie's Creations.....anything goes
3. Simply Create Too #22.....anything goes
4. Wags 'n Whiskers.....circles
5. DL.Art Thankful Thurs. Ch.....hallowe'en for a child
6. My Heart Pieces.....anything goes
7. Paper Play Ch.....choose a holiday
8. Inky Impressions.....for a child
9. Paper DP
10. Oldie but Goodie Ch.....use something atleast 6mths. old (sticker frame & ribbon)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Crazy September

September is a crazy month for birthdays in my family....last week was my hubby's; this week is my beautiful niece Alyssa's & my sister-in-law Dianne & next week is my brother Terry's. My craftroom has been a busy place lately! For Alyssa's card I decided to use the gorgeous "Ava" from Saturated Canary. I have had this image for ages & have been waiting for just the right occasion to use it. So, here she is:

As always I have colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. The CS is Prism & the beautiful DP is "Airy Fairy" by Kaisercraft. I have used 2 Memory Box dies: Valerian Flourish & Petal Party; the bling is from Recollections & ribbon is from my stash.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
1.  Dream Valley.....Celebrations
2.  No Matter Which Challenge #2..... die cuts/punches
3.  Platypus Creek Ch. #15.....birthdays
4.  Squiggles & Giggles.....punches & dies
5.  The Squirrell & the Fox.....anything goes
6.  Allsorts.....purple passion
7.  Di's Digi Designs.....2 die cuts/punches
8.  Simply Create Too.....anything goes
9.  Crafty Blogger Network.....color challenge (purple)
10. Forever Friends.....purple
11. Lollipop Crafts Ch#90.....2 punches/dies
12. Make It Monday.....anything goes
13. Totally Stampalicious.....girlie birthday card
14. Tammy's Scrapin Corner.....anything goes

Monday, 10 September 2012

Birthday Fishes!

Tomorrow is my wonderful hubby's birthday & when I saw this image from Anne Fenton  I knew it was the one for him. When we lived in the city Bill created a beautiful oasis in our backyard with a big pond, waterfall, patio & cedar gazebo. His pride & joy were the "fishies" that lived happily in the pond all summer & in tanks in our basment in the winter. I think the hardest part for him when we moved to the cottage was leaving his pond & his koi behind! The young couple that bought our house were very excited about taking over the care of said pond & fish but Bill just wasn't sure they would love them as much as he did! LOL We have plans to build a pond here at the lake but until that time comes I thought maybe these little fishies would tide him over! The image as I said is one from Anne Fenton at the freebie challenge on the Outlawz site, colored with prismacolor pencils & OMS, papers are Basic Grey, ribbon is from my (huge) stash & the manly bling is Recollections. Thanks for stopping by....hope you have a great, I have tons of birthday cards to make....Sept. is a big time birthday month in my family!

I want to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Digi Haven.....fins or feather
2. Dude Time Doodles.....2 shades of blue
3. One Stop Craft Challenge flowers

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

I HATE spiders!!!

I hope you all took the time to do the "Jen's Sunshine" blog hop & send some love to our lovely Jen. Wow, there sure were some beautiful cards created. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog & left such lovely comments....I truly appreciate every one of them! I've had a very interesting few days since my last post. On Wed. evening I was sitting on the chesterfield talking on the phone to my daughter when I noticed a big red welt on the back of my leg. Within a couple of minutes my leg started to swell up & got very red, hot & painful. The next morning I could hardly walk with the pain so I phoned the clinic & got an appointment to have it looked at. One look & the doc sent me down to the emergency dept......she said I had been bitten by a spider & had cellulitis. So, I spent all day Thurs. hooked up to IV antibiotics. I have always disliked spiders but now they are on the top of my "squish list"!!! (& I didn't eve see this critter or feel the bite) While I was in emergency the doctor drew lines on my leg to mark where the inflammation was & where it spread to as the day went on. I was told not to wash the marks off until the inflammation started to receed. Well, we were going to a dinner on Sat. for our friends 50th anniversary & I was wearing white capri pants....needless to say my leg got a few stares....with it's blue road map drawn all over this nasty red calf & shin! I'm happy to report it has improved greatly. The pain is gone & the color is almost back to, does anyone know how to get these rotten pen marks off my skin? My card today is the one I made for the anniversary party on Sat. It is the first card I have ever made without an image on it & I really love how it turned out! The CS is Bazzill, DP is Basic Grey Picadilly...breakfast nook, I used the gorgeous Valerian Flourish die from Memory Box...putting 2 of them together with the Recollections flower in the center (thanks to Debby4000 for that idea!) lastly, the beautiful lace is from the dollar store....$0.25/meter....gotta love that deal!!! Whatever you are up to today I hope it makes you happy! Thanks for stopping by.      Hugs, Renee

 This is the inside of the card:

I'm going to try my luck in the following challenges:
1. Crafts 4 Eternity.....less is more
2. Daring Cardmakers.....focus on flowers
3. Inspire Me Fridays.....anything goes
4. Make it Monday.....anything goes
5. Paper Pretties.....square card
6. The Pink Elephant.....use patterned paper
7. The Cupboard Trilogy.....tic tac toe (flowers, lace & glitter (50th)
8. 2 Sisters.....use a primary color (yellow)
9. Basic Grey.....punch it (Valerian flourish)
10. Challenges 4 Everybody.....anything goes
11. Paper Crafting Journey.....anything goes
12. Through the Craftroom Door...anything goes
13. Papertake Weekly.....anything goes
14. Little Red Wagon.....use a number (50)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Link Up For Pink

Keeping with the Breast Cancer Awareness theme....check out this awesome giveaway that Yolie has at LUFP!

Who wouldn't want to get their hands on this!!!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

For Jen With Love!

Paper Makeup Stamps & Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog proudly presents 
"Jen's Sunshine" Blog Hop
This hop will remain open till Tuesday Sept.4th
Winners announced Sept. 7th
Today we take time to honor our friend and fellow crafter Jen Scull.  If you are here hopping with us, then I am sure you know Jen is battling breast cancer.  She has been fighting this nasty disease since February.  On behalf of Jen, we thank you for being here.

Jen, I am so lucky to have "met" you & I am honored to be part of this blog hop for you! Love you to bits girl! Hugs, Renee

We ask as you hop along with us, please consider donating at least $1 using the paypal donation button at any stop along the way.  Your donation will go directly to Jen. Thank you.

It wouldn't be a hop without prizes.  To see a full list of the prizes up for grabs, please visit 

To be eligible to win a prize from our sponsors, collect the hidden letters located throughout the hop.  Once you spell out the secret phrase, please email Jenn Cochran at  This will get you entered to win one of several fabulous prizes.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A Walk In My Garden!

Wow, I have been away for so long....Hubby was off with my camera for 10 days, I was busy with our local flower/craft show & when that was over, we had company for 3 days. I now have a few hours to spare before granddaughter # 2 arrives for her "special time" with Grandma & Grandpa. She is 5 yrs. old & very "busy" so Grandma will definitely be ready for bed every night! I had 30 enteries in the flower/craft show & won 27 ribbons! My favorite entry was a garden journal that I made using a lovely digi image from Anne Fenton at the Outlawz challenge blog. I love to garden almost as much as I love paper crafts! I picked a few of my favorite pages to share along with the cover to give you a bit of a stroll in my garden....hope you enjoy it! I have used all kinds of paper so won't even begin to list them. The "I'm a Gardener" is to the tune of Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack" & the sentiments were all computer generated & copied from the net.

And this is the beautiful spot where I live!

I am entering my journal in the following challenges:
1. Bunny Zoe.....summer (definitely summer here)
2. Craft Your Passion....power of 3....there are 3 flowers on the cover
3. Created With Love....3 of a kind....3 flowers
4. Eureka Stamps....anything goes
5. Make It Monday....anything goes
6. Simon Says Stamp & Show.....anything goes
7. Tammy's Scrapin Corner....anything goes
8. 2 Sisters....In the garden
9. Inspire Me Fridays....anything goes
10. Pattie's Creations....anything but a card

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Panic time!

Yesterday I took my hubby Bill to the airport & sent him off to visit his brother in Penticton, BC for 10  days. Driving home I thought how much fun I was going to have crafting for days on end without interruption.....what's for supper....where are my car jeans need washed (says he doesn't know how to use the new front load machine!!) The smile was soon wiped off my face this morning though when I went to take a picture of this card & remembered he had taken my camera! What do I do now? Ah, new printer is also a scanner...let's give that a go....suffice to say it took me about 6 tries to get the scan done properly & into my pictures instead of documents (where it wouldn't upload to blogger) Why can't they make anything easy on us poor old computer illiterate seniors??!! I'm sure everywhere I go on my computer now I am going to have this ice cream sundae staring at me & laughing!

This adorable image is by Heather over at Fresh Brewed Designs; colored with prismacolor pencils & OMS; DP is Little Yellow Bicycle & Basic Grey; CS is The Paper Company; I have used a MS border punch & Spellbinders; ribbon is from Michael's & the bling (which is purple but looks clear here) is from Queen & Co.

I plan to enter my card in the following challenges:
1. Celebrate the Occasion #73.....I scream for ice cream (I am just getting in under the wire on this one because of all the scanning issues!!!)
2. Papertake Weekly #70.....sketch
3. Tuesday cream social
4. Crafty summer treats
5. My Mum's Craft Shop.....#68....favorite ice cream flavour....strawberry
6. Crafty Ribbon.....spots & dots
7. DYSU.....polka dots
8. Little Miss Muffett.....neapolitan ice cream colors
9. Crafty
10. Poodles Parlour.....anything goes
11. Simply Create Too.....anything goes

Hope you have a wonderful day & thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sweet Wishes!

Our scorching weather is continuing & the other night it brought a fierce storm our way. Trees blew down, power went out & in one small community houses had their roof blown off! A tornado touched down not too far from where we live but thankfully the area  had  minimal property damage & no one was injured! This heat & humidity is prime storm weather.
My card today is a lovely image by Anne Fenton over at the Outlawz & the sentiment is from Inky Antics. My image was colored with prismacolor pencils (I still haven't sprung for Copics or Promarkers) The DP are from a beautiful 6x6 pad by Prima called "Fairy Flora" & CS is Bazzill. The pearls are Recollections, ribbon is Offray & Michael's & the gorgeous glitter flowers are from my stash (not sure but I think they are Prima) The design is from Sketches by Carly.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Color Me Creative.....anything goes with a girly twist
2. Card Makin Mamas.....1 image, 2 DP, & 3 embellies (flowers, ribbon, pearls)
3. Crafts4Eternity.....brilliant birthdays
4. Poodles Parlour.....anything goes
6. Sketches by Carly.....sketch

Friday, 27 July 2012

Country Life!

I absolutely love living out in the country! I have a lovely big yard, I can walk down the hill & go for a swim any time I feel like it & there is no hussle & bussle of the big city! However, lastnight one of the drawbacks of country living showed it's face! Bill had just headed off to bed & I was sitting reading when I felt the cottage shake a little bit. At first I thought I was imagining things but when it happened again I got up, turned the outside light on & had a look out the window....there on my deck, staring back at me was a huge black bear!!! Not sure who was more surprised....the bear or me! Bill, my hero, came to the rescue after hearing me yell "OMG there's a bear on the deck" the mean time the poor old bear clamoured over the railing & disappeared into the bushes. Now, I must add to this story that my deck is 20 ft. up off the ground & one has to climb 20 steps to get on to it! That bear climbed all that way & didn't even find a morsel to eat....thank goodness I wasn't sitting outside reading....he could have had a real feast!!! A  truck is a necessity when living out here in the boonies...atleast that's what Bill tells me....he uses his about twice a month to take the garbage to the landfill....but it is a necessity!  Boys & their toys! Our son Chris just bought a new truck & it is his birthday on Sunday (29th) so what better image to use for a card for him than this one from Sandy over at The Outlawz. The trees in the background are from Rubber Stampede & are stamped with Versafine ink.  I went out to our yard & dug up some sand to make a "dirt" road for the truck (it is stuck on with Provo craft Terrifically Tacky Tape) papers are from my stash. Well, I'm off to hunt for bears! Thanks for stopping by.

I want to enter this card in these challenges:                                                                                          
Make it Monday.....anything goes                                                                                                            
Papertake Weekly Challenge.....make you own...I made my own sentiment & DIRT ROAD!              
Shopping Our Stash.....use something new.....the truck digi is new                                                         
Stamp N Plus.....anything goes