Thursday, December 17, 2009



Sunshine's Stamps is sponsoring the challenge today. The challenge is to make a snow globe card or project.

Here is a link to a great SCS tutorial

Here is a link to cool snow globe images to use.

and finally here is a snow globe you can use as a template if you need a helping hand.

I hope to see you over at Show & Tell and Scrap Pages playing along with some of their awesome challenges soon!

This challenge is open until Friday evening and the winner will receive their pick of 3 images from our online store. All entrants will receive our SEASON`S GREETINGS image FREE as our thanks for playing along.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you play along!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Hello everyone!!

Saturday Spotlight

I decided to try the Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential this week. The challenge this week was to use an image with a hat problemo!!

Let me be the first to introduce you to BLIZZARD. He is a snowblower and being a true Canadian he is wearing his toque and scarf!! LOL!

I used Core'dinations cs and dp from My Mind Eye. The image is from Sunshine's Stamps and he is brand spankin' new!! Isn't he cute?! I used Snow Writer glitter glue on the snow in the image (if you click on the picture you can see it a bit better)

Hope you like it.


Sunshine: ^D

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Go and check out the blog candy available here until November 23rd EST. Its pretty yummy candy so don't miss out!




Good morning all! It has been ages since I posted anything and for that I do apologize! I decided a while back that it would be interesting to take a Tax Course to get myself out of the house 3 days a week. Well, I really didn't think it would impact my schedule as much as it has! Unfortunately my design time has been cut somewhat and my ability or willingness to cut into my time with hubby has just not been there. I will get it all sorted out soon, so bear with me while I get my schedule rescheduled! LOL!!

Today is my post for my good friend Gina over at Crafting at Your Special Delivery . We have been challenged to make adorable pop up cards...of course Gina was terrific and gave us written instructions as to how these worked...but being a see it and learn it kinda gal...the instructions were too simple...and nothing can be that made it way more difficult than need be! LOL!! I ended up making a couple of variations on the theme until Gina kindly sent me a pic of what she meant...which of course jived PERFECTLY with her written instructions!! So I am going to show you all the whole works because...well because I made them and I think you will enjoy them.

The images are The Night Before Christmas, Chilly Penguin and Snowman and they are just sweet.

First let me show you Chilly Penguin in a two sided fold card that allows Chilly to stand up straight when laid out flat on the table.

I coloured this little guy using my Bic's and Sharpie's and a couple of Prisma Colour Markers as well. He has Snow Writer snow on the ice to give it some sparkle and lots of snowflakes. I used first,second and third generation stamping on the sentiment die cut with my snowflake stamps from Artful Inkables to create different intensities of snowflakes.

If you aren't sure what I mean...First generation stamping is simply stamping your impression after you have inked your stamp up. Second generation is inking your stamp and stamping it on scrap paper and then stamping it on your project creating a slightly faded impression, third generation is when you stamp your stamp on your project creating a significantly faded impression. This creates interest and depth of field in your background. I find it really effective with flowers and snowflakes. Give it a try...I bet you'll like it as much as I do.

This image if of the front of the card, with the sentiment, which is also from Artful Inkables. This image is the back of the card and features a giant acrylic snowflake on the base.

The Joy stamp on Chilly's belly is from Artful Inkables as well. I just love this versatile set at Christmas. I don't own very many Christmas stamps and those I do were purchased for their versatility.

The second pop up card I made features Gina's adorable snowman. For this one I created a card that folds and when you open it, the snowman inside pops out on his own little box hinge. I used the same image on the inside and outside of the card. On the outside I coloured the image with my Prismacolour markers and then covered the entire image in a sheet of clear adhesive which I then covered in microfine glitter. The effect is just sweet. The snowman's eye's and buttons are embellished with black adhesive rhinestones I picked up at the Dollar Store.

I embellished the rest of the card front with coordinating ribbon and foam snowflakes. The dp is from my Christmas stash from last year when I didn't know any better to keep the information on the maker!!'s a mystery!! LOL!! The cs is all Bazzill and the rhinestone in the centre of the snowflake is from the Dollar Store as well.

Inside the card I used first, second and third generation stamping and embossed the works of the snowflakes with clear embossing powder to give the inside of the card extra detail since it has been designed to be propped open to show off the snowman inside.

I have used Snow Tex on the hat and base of the snowman for a 2D effect and layered on snowflakes in silver, white and blue. The Season's Greetings sentiment and the Holiday's sentiment are both from Michael's. Once again I used Dollar Store adhesive rhinestones for the snowman's eyes and buttons.

Now for what I was SUPPOSED to make...well...kinda!! LOL!! I can never keep anything super simple...I have to alter it in some way. Gina's images came all neatly boxed in frames she created and all we had to do was use our Xacto knives to cut the upper portion of the image free and fold the bit that was left back to make the support for the card! Easy Peasy...right?! WRONG! I decided I wanted to add space for a sentiment to a couple of the images so I added card stock to their bases and embellished them. The first one though is created the way Gina's instructions indicated.

If you click on the image and it gets bigger you will clearly be able to see the snow writer glitter glue that I used on the chimney and roof top for interest and the Diamond Glaze on this nose and boots. He has been coloured with an assortment of Bic`s, Sharpies and Prismacolour Markers. Hope you like him...I envision him made in mass quantities for the kinder to take to school for sharing with their buddies.

Next up we have Chilly and the Snowman. Both were created similarly. I extended their bases to allow room for a sentiment and some embellishment...c'mon! There HAS to be room for embellishment!!!

The Holiday's sentiment is from my TAC Collection. The cs is all Bazzill and the papers were from a mini 5X7 pad of textured papers and coordinating papers from Momenta. The adhesive rhinestones are from my Dollar Store stash. I used my white gel pen on Chilly's laces and to create the snowflake on the snowman's hat.

I am imagining these adorable cards a place holders on my Christmas table! What would you do with them? They are simple to make and the images are just as quick to colour up to play with! Hop on over to Crafting at Your Special Delivery to check out Gina's images and have some great fun playing along with her challenges!

Here is a final shot of all three similar pop up cards together. It's really nice to give cards of different shapes and dimensions as it allows the recipient the opportunity to display their cards in an interesting fashion!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your found something interesting and motivating in today's post. I am working on a couple of cool projects that I hope to post touches need to be stay tuned!

Hugz to one and all!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Plate #2 is Blue!!

For the second in my 8 piece set of Christmas Dinnerware I have used Sunshine's Stamps new Snowman with Tree image and "In the Meadow" sentiment to decorate this plate! I am thinking my sister-in-law will be falling for this plate heavily!! It's kinda her fave colour!!

Here are the deets on how I made this one. I coloured the images with my Prismacolour Markers and then I separated the tree's from the snowmen. All the images have been stripped down to the thinnest layer to provide as little bulk at the bottom of the plate as possible. The centre image and sentiment have been torn and frayed around the edges and inked with my Versafine Lagoon Blue ink pad and sponge daubers. To soften the effect I also sponged some Martha Stewart white over everything as well.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the images to the back of the plate. Once they were adhered in the correct positions I covered the entire back of the plate with a good layer of Mod Podge and sprinkled microfine blue glitter all over the back of the plate. After I let it dry I applied another coat of Mod Podge and glitter to the back of the plate to fill in the thin area's. Once dry the back of the plate was covered with a good layer of clear water based acrylic.

I really hope you like this one as much as I do!! Thanks for stopping by! I am off to start plate #3 before I head to bed!



Robbie and I went for a drive the afternoon of Remembrance Day. We ended up in Portage le Prairie. There is not a whole lot in Portage, let me tell you! There is however a huge Dollar Store!! {{Otherwise known as my Mother Ship}} we went in for a gander around. I was truly disappointed in their craft section! Either there are some serious crafters in Portage le Prairie or they just don't keep their craft section very well stocked.

I did however stumble across these glass plates. They are plain and simple and I thought "I can do something with those" so I bought some of them!

This is the first in a series of 8 plates I am making featuring our Christmas images. No two plates will be the same! I am pretty excited about the whole thing.

Here is plate number 1 featuring our Poinsettia image. What do you think?

I took a couple of pictures so you could see the shine as well as the images clearly. Not easy to do with glass!

The images are are coloured using my Prismacolour markers and then cut out. I then stripped the layers of paper until I was left with the thinnest layer of paper with the image on it. I Mod Podge'd everything and added gold damask napkins on the back of it all. The entire works has a couple of coats of clear water based acrylic over it all. The plates will never be able to go through the dish washer, but will withstand hand washing with a little soak.

Plate #2 is in the works. Its totally different from this one!! I can't wait to show it to you!! taking pics of wet glue! Not so appealing when its in that stage, really! Stop by tomorrow for plate #2 of 8!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugz and friendship from a very sticky fingered

Friday, November 13, 2009


Click on the image to hop to Annabelle Stamps for a chance to win!

Good luck everyone! I will be posting some cards later this afternoon!


Sunshine ; ^)

Monday, November 9, 2009


As Remembrance Day rolls near I am always taken to that place in my mind and heart where those members of our military, present and past, hold a place of honour. It is so easy to forget the sacrifices that were made so that we can live freely. Here is a little reminder that might put it in perspective for you and your children....please...share it with your children...make them understand and pay heed. LEST WE FORGET...

A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . And colleges

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story.

Please consider telling this to others so they won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.

LEST WE FORGET - Wear a Poppy to show your respect on Remembrance (Vetrans) Day

God Bless,


Saturday, November 7, 2009


This is my first chance to play with Gina's images and boy I have had some fun with Studious Duck. I dug into my new block of 12X12 Martha Stewart little boy papers. Isn't it just so sweet?! The light blue card stock is from Gemstones and has a great sheen. I had some great fun decking out the this card! I used buttons and bows and even a flower! Its a little boy card through and through! I sewed my layers and used paper piecing to pop the Studious Duck out of the frame.
The details that are hard to see in the photograph are that the little duckies below the frame have Diamond glaze on them and I used my Sakura Jelly Roll Pen on the book and Studious Duck's beak.
The inside of the card is finished with the same ribbon and dp as the front of the card. I used a sentiment from All Night Media. I used my Martha Stewart heart punch to jazz it up a bit and finished the line between the two papers.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first card as a CYSD DT member! Thanks for stopping by!! Hugz,
Sunshine ; ^)

Thursday, November 5, 2009



It's that time of year again! Time to get ready for Christmas. We live in Winnipeg also known as Winterpeg! Last year was our first year in Winterpeg and we "thought" we were prepared for our first winter...NOT!

On Halloween last year we actually wore shorts and tee shirts. Its was so nice and warm. Our neighbours were outside putting up their Christmas lights. We had a good laugh at this early planning on the behalf of our neighbours. How wrong we were. Later that week the temperatures plummeted well below normal temps and we had our first snow storm that weekend! No Christmas lights were put up by us last year. We kept thinking about the new neighbours...did they think we were apposed to Christmas? Were we just Grinches?

We were not going to let that happen this year! So on Halloween Day we put our Christmas lights up in the big blue spruce in our front yard! Now this tree is a little high and we had never put lights in a tree that big before. I suggested that Robbie should just go into the center of the tree and just climb up the branches...nope...he got the ladder out. The tree is very full and it held the ladder in place. Our neighbours, Charlie and Doreen, came over and offered a hand. Heck Charlie is 17 feet tall - he could almost put the lights up standing on the ground!! LOL!! OK - maybe I exaggerate a smidgen about Charlie's height....he is really tall though!! We had to get another roll of lights to complete the tree. We also added some bird seed bells for our feathered friends this winter. It looks great and with the exception of the tree fighting back a bit...Robbie survived with just some needle pokes from the tree. Phew!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope this made you chuckle a bit and brightened your day! I will be posting a few new items tonight and tomorrow. Check back later to see what I have been up to!

Sunshine ; ^)

Sunday, November 1, 2009



Our three digital stamp businesses have come together to promote digital stamp images and to promote the versatility, functionality and fun of digital stamp images! We will be releasing our Christmas images during the blog hop, so save the date, November 7th for some fun and a chance to win some prizes!! Tracey, from The Stamping Boutique has generously provided a set of 12 COPIC MARKERS as a prize to one of our lucky winners!! We hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunshine; ^)

Friday, October 30, 2009



Welcome to our Cancer Awareness Blog Hop(e) to raise awareness.

This group of gals/guys.... most of us don't even know one another.... have banned together because of a blog request created by Michelle over on her blog Inside My Own Private Idaho to create a Blog Hop(e) to raise awareness amongst our paper craft friends and family. Thanks Michelle!!

Hop on through and view the cards and projects created by these wonderful ladies/gents. Get inspired and remember....mark your matter your age it is sooo important to do your monthly Breast Self Exam. Here is a terrific link to register to receive your monthly, BSE Reminder ,in your e-mail. I have been doing it for a couple of years and find it very helpful. On a side note...most of us think of Breast Health as being a singularly female issue, however, my bestest buddy growing up had his issues with Breast Health and had a lump or two removed from his breast..ahem...chest...sorry buddy...several years those guys out there reading might want to look into this for yourselves as well!!

Let me tell you a little about my card today. I used Sunshine's Stamps Boobie Bunny and sentiment October is: for the card since they were created to raise awareness regarding Breast Health Month. I have paper pieced Boobie Bunny and coloured her with my Bic's and Sharpies. I have used my Sakura Jelly Roll Clear Pen on her lips and the Breast Health Ribbons on her dress and ears. I also added teenie, tiny adhesive rhinestones to her earrings.

The designer paper is from a pad I picked up recently at Michael's. It is from Amanda Blu and its her Beatrix Manor paper pad...I really like this paper because its so nice and bright and is two sided. There is also a little bit of bling on the paper itself to add just the right amount of sparkle. The two papers used on the card are simply the coordinating sides of the same piece.

I used my Memento Dew Drop Angel Pink ink with a sponge dauber on Boobie Bunny and on the die cut inside the card. I outlined the October is: sentiment with one of my Sharpies. The ribbon is from Michael's and the brad in the center is from the Dollar Store. The flowers are a present from one of my wonderful stamping buddies in PA - they are Bazzill Wings - Bitty Blossoms. Finally, I used my hearts border punch from Martha Stewart on the inside paper to give it a little oomph and the inside sentiment is Sunshine's Stamps Feed Your Faith sentiment, again created as inspiration for our Boobie Bunny cards. Hope you like this card and it makes you smile a little when you see her. I am going to pop her in the mail along with the link for the BSE Reminder to one of my girlfriends.

Here is the list of wonderful gals/guys who are taking part in today's Cancer Awareness Blog Hop(e)! Hop on through and please leave comments to let us know you were here! It's so nice to hear what you all have to say!

Sunshine - - THIS IS ME!!
Charlene - - GO HERE NEXT!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope to see you again really soon!!

Sunshine ; ^)

Thursday, October 22, 2009



It's one of those days again! New Release Day! We are introducing 3 new Bunnies this week and boy are they cute!! We have:

Red Hot Bunny

Gardener Bunny

Nerd Bunny

Click on the images to hop to our shop...hop on over to Sunshine's Stamps to get more information on our new images. Sunshine's Dream Team will be creating new cards and projects starting this weekend featuring these new images as well as some of the images that we released last week during our Grand Opening Event.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunshine :0)

Saturday, October 17, 2009



We are very happy to point you toward our sister blog Sunshine's Stamps to take part in their Grand Opening Event activities! Here is a sneak peak of what you are going to see!

Thanks for stopping by! Now hop on over to Sunshine's Stamps blog and have a little fun! The event is open between October 17th (today) - October 20th!

Hugz to one and all!!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009



It finally happened! I found my mojo! It wasn't under the couch. It wasn't under the bed. It wasn't in the mailbox (though many lovely things come to my mailbox! LOL) It was at STAPLES!! Robbie and I went to Staples to buy some ink for our printer...we were out and I couldn't print a thing! DISASTER!! How can I print my wonderful creations without ink???

We picked up the ink cartridges at the store and started looking around and what did I find?? I found a Kodak Printer, scanner, fax, photo printer all in one! The ink cartridges for the other printer came to $70 before taxes...the cartridges for this printer combined (Black and colour)....are you ready for it??!! $25!!! I fool you not! $25 for both cartridges! SOLD!!! The printer was on sale $100 off! and what we will save in ink over the next 6 months will pay for the $200 it did cost us!

The added benefit of buying the printer??? I found my MOJO!!! I made a card that I can't show you yet...sorry...really, I would love to show you but I can't!! I will show you on the weekend!!***SNICKER*** I'm such a tease!! ROFL!!

But I did make this!! It features our newest image that we are going to be giving away FREE this weekend!! Why are we giving it away free you ask??!! We are finally having our Online Store's Grand Opening Event! Our in-store special for this weekend - from October 17th 8AM - October 20th 9PM (Central Time) : Buy any two images and receive our Autumn Wreath image for FREE!! The image will be put in our store for sale on October 21st, so be sure to get it while it's free!!

We are also having a Mini Blog Hop with our Sunshine's Dream Team! Mystery Blog Candy where you have to leave a comment on each of the participating blogs because no one but ME knows which blog I will be choosing to pick the winner from!!

We are having a challenge too! Tami will be hosting a challenge on her blog - The Journey of Life

Be sure to hop to Tami's blog and take part in the fun challenge she has planned! It's going to be fun AND the winner if going to get to choose 3 free images from our store!! How fun is that??!!

Here is a picture of the mini clipboard I made tonight and broke my 6 week creative drought!!! There is more information on the project over on Sunshine's Stamps blog and more pics too!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I hope you save the date October 17th 8AM Central Time - October 20th 9PM Central Time to take part in our fun and games!! Enter our challenge, comment on the blogs and become a follower if you aren't already! We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Thanks for stopping by~!

Hugz to one and all!


Monday, October 12, 2009



The bird is in the oven, the stuffing is getting all crispy on top! The veggies are ready to cook and the pumpkin pie is done! and....the snow is falling hard again!! We lost a lot of the snow yesterday and overnight...apparently that is not to be...more snow is falling to fill it all back in!

The leaves are still holding on, on our tree. There are a couple of birch tree's on the street that were totally green three days ago and are now gold and the leaves are falling fast!! I told hubby it must be kind of like a person who see's something horrific and wakes up with white hair the next morning!!! The confusion!!

As you can see the flakes are nice and big! However, as I write this the flakes are getting sure sign it is going to stick around a bit! ***Sigh*** I cannot begin to tell you how I am so not ready for WINTER to begin NOW!! I had a hard enough time last winter with the snow arriving the first week of NOVEMBER but...the first week of OCTOBER...I think there will be sunbeds in my future to keep the winter gloomies away.

To all of my Canadian friends and family, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I hope you don't have the snow we have and can enjoy being outside on this wonderful long weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! The next post will have all the exciting information on Sunshine's Stamps Grand Opening Event and the deets!!!


Saturday, October 10, 2009


This is the display that Mother Nature put on here in Winnipeg yesterday afternoon and continued on until midnight! YUP! Midnight! I can't wait to turn on the news and find out how many fender benders happened in Winnipeg yesterday!! Ready for snow on October 9th...I DON'T THINK SO!!!

Again..let me remind you...this tree sheds it's leaves in the Autumn...apparently it's confused...what is it supposed to do with it's leaves if Autumn is cut short due to Winter tripping in on the light fantastic in early October?? Oh the fun!! How exactly does one rake leaves in the snow???

YES! That is snow weighing down the side of the tree! OMG! Can you just hear the birds that live in that tree...and there is a whole famdamily living in there!! Someone was getting grief for leaving the door open last night! I bet papa bird is a smidgen cranky this morning after being hen pecked last night to get all that snow off the front door step!! We are going to have to put the bird feeder out there right exactly do you find itty bitty food when its covered in heavy sticky snow?!! Mother Nature Sucks!!!

This is what is left of my front garden. There are petunia's and begonia's buried under there!! No, really! There are!! Not to mention the long lush grass! OY!! Wonder if we will be able to get out there to get that final Fall mowing done??!! They say...its supposed to warm up next week??!! Do I believe them?? Not sure...juries out...we got snow the first week of November last year and the dang stuff stayed until MAY!!!

My theory has changed and I think that Mother Nature and Jack Frost are in cahoots!! I think they are having a clandestine affair and this is the result!! Like they could get together and we wouldn't end up getting the side effects of it!! Jeez!! I think there should be a meeting of the the Headless Horseman, the Thanksgiving Turkey, Santa, the Elves, Cupid, the Easter Bunny, the MOLENATOR, and any other SUPER POWER we regularly call upon to make our holidays great and hold a coup! Mother Nature needs to be taken down a peg or two...maybe she should be reduced to traffic reports for clouds for a while to get her perspective back! And Jack...oh Jaaaaa aack!! I think he should be sent to Tahiti and made to sit in a beach chair with no sunblock for a few days!!! Oh that will thaw him out a smick!!

Who's with me??!! Lets go get 'em!!! Mess with us will you!! We will not be ignored!!! OK, so...who knows the MOLENATOR"S phone number???

Thanks for listening!!

Sunshine with chance of thawing ;)

Friday, October 9, 2009



See this tree? It should have no leaves when the snow falls...see the ground...barely any leaves!! Hardly supposed to snow today now is it??!!

See this tree? This is the tree that Robbie is going to climb like a monkey to get the Christmas lights up in BEFORE the snow comes!! Hardly time for it to snow today, now is it??!!

See this grass??? It hasn't had it winter mowing yet! Its still long and lush! It needs to be cut short for the winter...hardly seems like it should have snowed today!!

OK Mother Nature..we need to have a chat! I know we live in Winnipeg, often referred to as WINTERPEG...but this is a LITTLE extreme don't you think??!! If you're bored, there are places in the world that could use a nice gentle shower, or a sunny day to do their shopping or how about a sunny day or two so the farmers can finish their harvest...LAY OFF the SNOW lady!! "Nuf is "Enuf!!" Winter begins on the calendar in December...we expect you here in WINTERPEG in November...that's early enough!! Go pick on someone your own size!! Isn't Jack Frost on the naughty list right now!! Go bug him!! Shoot some sunshine up his behind!! NO MORE SNOW in WINTERPEG this MONTH!!

Jeez!!! Thanks for stopping by for my rant!!

Sunshine:) with a chance of FLURRIES!!!!