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If you follow my blog or know me at all, you will soon realize that I spell certain words differently from what you are used to seeing on most web sites. This is because I am Canadian and I am a spelling NUT. It drives me crazy when things are misspelled. So naturally, it would rub me the wrong way to purposely leave out letters from words that I know need them. Canadian spelling is actually a blend of British and U.S.

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October 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Turkey Napkin Rings

The whole family will enjoy these comical little guys that add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Turkey napkin ring design



The turkeys from Create A Critter are sized at 3 inches high. The background frames are 3.10" high. I chose various fall shades of cardstock that go well together. The turkey's um, gobble-gobble thingy is a brick red.

Turkey Trivia
Actually, I just looked it up. That red hanging fleshy thing is called a "wattle". The male turkey has a longer wattle at the base of the nose than females. He also has one on his neck. That being said, my turkeys here must be females. Who knew!

turkey napkin ring, closeup
The spots on the long orange feathers are touches of orange glitter pen.

The head and body front is cut from embossed CS that has a feather texture.

Hat and wings are actually a dark brown, not black. I trimmed the hat with gold pen to make it look more like a pilgrim's hat.

Background Frame

The cream-coloured frame is from Elegant Edges, page 53. I used the Oblong feature for this shape.

Cardstock for the frame is slightly textured and has random speckles here and there. I inked the frame edges with dark brown and tea dye ink.

Napkin Ring

napkin ring backs
For the napkin rings, I cut strips 1-1/2" wide x 6" long. This allows enough length to overlap and glue the ends.

I punched the top long edge with my lattice punch to give it a fence-like appearance.

The "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment is stamped using dark brown.

The pic at right shows napkin ring backs. I stamped fall leaves and acorns near the top. This wasn't necessary but I thought we might want the rings sitting on the table after we pull out the napkins, and they will still look cute from all angles.


All Assembled

turkey napkin rings

Turkey napkin ring with place setting
Finished Napkin Ring

I'd like to extend to all my family and Canadian friends
a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

September 25, 2014

Fall Tissue Box Covers

Dressing Up A Staple

Have you ever noticed how boring boxes of tissues are? They never seem to come in the right colours for my décor. As with everything, if you can't find it... MAKE it!

These covers fit a 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch tissue box.

Two Fall Tissue Box Covers

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Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch (L) & Garden of Pumpkins (R)


I created 2 different designs. Both have picket fences and grass but are different in the details


The pic at left shows the two bases and their lids. Each base starts out with white cardstock. 

The top row shows brown panels overlaid on the white. 

The bottom row shows a tan background.

Both designs have cream top backgrounds.


I designed my own picket fences using shapes from George & Basic Shapes cartridge.

A simpler way, of course, would be to have a cartridge with a good fence in this style (which I don't).

The pickets are altered tag shapes, combined with rectangles sized right. The Gypsy came in handy for this.

These fence pieces could be combined as shown at left. The top one would work well on a scrapbook page as a border.

Next came some shading with Tea Dye ink. (See Pumpkin Garden box for this detail.)

Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch

These playful kittens repeat around the box except one panel. The "front" could be any side.

I love the image of the cat staring up at the little bird atop the garden spade.

The cats are all from A Child's Year cartridge.

On this side, I placed a kitty in a jumping position. I had to smile to myself, remembering our beloved Kitty and how mischieviously she would inspect everything. This pose is so typical of something she would do.

Full Kitty Layout
The above pic shows all four panels before gluing the end tab in place. It was easier decorating the box when flat.

Pumpkins Galore

For this box cover, I made it all about the pumpkins.

You can clearly see the shading on the fences in this pic.


The grass cut is from Everyday Paper Dolls, plus my own addtional grass in the front.

This all-pumpkin style has 2 rows of grass. The "Kitty" style has 3 rows of grass.

Cartridges Used

A Child's Year - cats, pumpkins
Everyday Paper Dolls - grass
George & Basic Shapes - fences

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you.

September 20, 2014


Bicycle Built for Two - 4th. Anniversary

For the first time EVER, I broke one of my own rules. I actually used a design twice! I had envisioned the whole thing before making either card. Since there are TWO young couples celebrating their anniversaries very close together, and both are equally suited to this design, I decided to make their cards "similar".

My daughter and son-in-law just celebrated their 4th Anniversary. How time flies! The tandem bike and TEAM banner is perfect imagery for them. 

Bicycle-Bult-For-Two car front

The card is 5-1/2" square. Much of the technique is obvious so I won't belabor the details. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.


I wrote the inspirational quote as a reminder that we all encounter bumps in the road in marriage. And it is SO true that once we get past those difficulties, joy springs up once again. Don't give up.

Let's right out the bumps and go for the joy!

bicycle-built-for-two, 4th anniversary card front

Cartridges Used

Sweethearts - bicycle-built-for-two
Elegant Edges - frames inside
Quarter Note - font for "Happy 4th. Anniversary"

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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!

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