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July 29, 2010

What a Wonderful Surprise!

From Tereesa of Up Late 2 Create
While I was away for a few days on a much needed mini vacation, there was a wonderful surprise waiting for me on my blog. Tereesa awarded me the Cherry On Top award for my blog. It's an adorable addition to my site and I am thrilled to receive it. Thank you so much, Tereesa!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.

2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.

3. List three things which you love about yourself.

4. Post a picture you love.
5. Tag five people you wish to pass this award on to.
  Here are my responses:

Three things I love 
  • Making music, whether writing a new song or singing
  • Creating something beautiful, i.e., cards, graphics
  • I love that God knows the things that give me great joy, and He makes sure I have plenty of it in my life!
Me with my sister, Esther
Here are my five award-winning picks:

Heather - Cricut inspired layouts, cards and frames
Tracy - I Wanna Build a Memory
Grace - Th-INK-ing of You
Tammy - Stitch-n-Studio
? - Serenity Crafting This is a terrific blog but unfortunately, I don't know the owner's name. The site is totally worthy of the award.

The above blogs are ones that I particularly like because they are attractive, full of great images and instructions, and inspiring.

Congratulations, ladies! I'm looking forward to seeing more great projects on your blogs.

Creamy Dreamy Wedding Card

This wedding card combines old-fashioned charm with a modern-looking bride and groom. I used a soft colour palette and kept the design simple, letting the bridal print paper set the stage for the couple in the window.

For the inside of the card, I used a very soft card stock that is actually artists' paper. It works beautifully in my printer and the colour choices are all soft neutral tones. The inside took some fussing to get the bible verse positioned "just so". Once again, I chose the familiar verse from the "Love Chapter" in 1 Corinthians.

Cartridges used: Stretch Your Imagination and Storybook.

July 27, 2010


Special Congratulations

This card is for one of those very personal events in life. I know what you're thinking: "She left the 'I' out of the word CHIRP." Wrong. I did it on purpose.

You see, I created this card from an idea that came to me. My niece just completed her Human Resources courses and received her certification. She is now a Certified Human Resources Professional, or a CHRP.

This is how my mind works. Those four letters together, instantly brought images of a little bird chirping his happy message to the world about this exciting accomplishment.

Cartridges used: Stretch Your Imagination and Alphalicious.  Once again, I am thrilled with the SYI cart which I rarely ever used before!

The tag on the front was prepared in Word, matching one of the fonts used inside. The bird was cut using Design Studio so that I could get a larger shadow surrounding the bird. It took a lot longer to do all the cuts using DS. Not sure it was worth it but I like how it turned out.

The verse inside took a lot more work than the remainder of the card. I created the entire graphic in PhotoShop. Yes, I can hear your "Ah"s now. I experimented with various fonts until I found just the right ones. Notice the extra notes. These were left over from the bird cut on the front, and are heavily shadowed as the bird is.

Why So Happy?
This card made me happy from the beginning concept through to the final notes being stuck down, inside. Here's why:
  1. The inspiration of the CHRP sounded like the word 'chirp' to me. The bird theme makes total sense!
  2. I learned a couple of new things in PhotoShop. (That usually happens.)
  3. A combo of carefully chosen fonts gives it an artistic look; more interesting than using just one.
  4. This card is totally UNIQUE and I think the recipient will love it.
  5. Lastly, I combined 3 of my favourite things: bird, music and colour scheme. FUN!

29th Birthday Card

This card was done as a tri-fold but really, it should be called a tri-panel. Either way, I like it.

The card base is plain white, over which I glued pieces cut from a beautiful rainbow-with-silver stock, and a finer embossed aqua paper.

The finished size of the card is 4-1/4 x 5 inches, just a little smaller than an A2 size. I used the following cartridges: Fabulous Finds, Sweethearts and Stretch Your Imagination.

I was excited to finally have a good use for the Fabulous Finds cart. It's one of those things that you're glad you have when you need it. For the tag on the front, I cut a paper-clip frame from FF then ended up trimming off the paper-clip part. The actual wording was done on the computer.

The charming little luggage-tag flower dangles from a grosgrain ribbon

The centre panel is lined with the same aqua paper. The side panels looked a little bare but I didn't want them covered with a busy print. The answer? One happy little flower in a pot, and a reflection of the same flower on the opposite panel. The adorable flower pot frames are from Stretch Your Imagination.

Tips and Techniques 
  1. Adorable frames can be cut from Stretch Your Imagination.
  2. It IS possible to print from your computer directly onto a cut shaped frame. Just takes time. (I'd be happy to give details to anyone who wants to know how.)
  3. Don't bother fussing with Design Studio unless you are actually going to weld things together.
  4. When the paper is beautiful, don't over-embellish.
  5. If using thinner paper on top of cardstock, do not use a wet glue. (The girl at Michael's was wrong about Scotch glue being good for this.) Sadly, I had to throw out an entire card because it went soggy, then dried wrinkly. Lesson learned.
This pic shows the silver on the card better.

July 9, 2010

Wedding Shower Cupcake Toppers

My daughter's recent wedding shower featured the colours hot pink, white and black. Instead of cake, the girls decided they wanted fancy cupcakes and asked if I could make some toppers.

For these little paper gems, I used the Sweethearts cartridge and Storybook for the scalloped and marquee shapes. The overall size of the flags is 2x2 inches. "Tying the knot" is slightly wider because of the marquee shape.

By the way, the delicious cupcakes were made by the younger partner of Sugar Mama, my daughter Rebecca. The Bride-to-be, my daughter Julia, is the other "Sugar Mama" but could not be in on the creation of these delectible cupcakes. Some were chocolate, some were vanilla and all had butter cream cheese frosting. Be sure to check out the Sugar Mama website to see all the yummy flavours and combinations available.

Flip-Flop Gift Bag and Card

Who doesn't love flip-flops? This gift bag set is all dressed up in bright summer colours of coral-orange, lime and bright teal.

The recipient of this birthday gift is a pre-teen whom I know will love the playful colours. She practically lives in her flip-flops, so this theme works better than the typical balloons and hats birthday designs.

I started with a crisp white bag. Using the Life Is A Beach cartridge and the Cricut Design Studio, I cut the flip-flop phrase and shadowed it heavily in black.

For a little bling, I added teal rhinestones to the flip-flop bands.

 Using the card feature, I cut a card to match and sized it down slightly. I can't give you exact cutting measurements because I designed these cuts using Cricut Design Studio. However, the finished card is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
For the inside message, I created a text box in Word and composed a simple birthday greeting. The font is Comic Sans, a favourite of mine which works well for young people's cards.

The finished message size, edge to edge is 3x3.

July 1, 2010



To all of you who are Canadians or WISH you were, I want to extend to you my wishes for a SAFE and HAPPY CANADA DAY. How blessed we are to live in this wonderful country.

As Canadians, we do not wave our flag enough or sing our national anthem loudly enough. And yet, wherever we travel throughout the world, people everywhere are happy to meet Canadians. They might tease us about our accent or ask if we live in igloos. But those who are familiar with our great land know that we are a diverse people who have impacted the world in extraordinary ways.

Where would we be without the telephone? Thanks to one visionary Canadian, Alexander Graham Bell, we all have in our possession at least one phone and most of us cannot be without our mobile phones for even a day.

But Bell was not the only phenomenal Canadian. Check out the following list of special people, borrwed from http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/Canadians/:

Actors  Actresses  Artists Astronauts  Athletes  Authors
Business People  Comedians Directors/Producers  Entertainers
Journalists  Scientists  Miscellaneous 

For a more exhaustive list go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadians.

Let's remember to thank God for the blessing of being Canadian. Think about this... in this big wide world, you were placed here. In CANADA. How great is that!

Here's a little something sweet and easy for you to whip up as a treat today.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries ... dressed up! Don't you just love their little tuxedo jackets!

These little soldiers are a sweet addition to your Canada Day celebration table. Choose the nicest Canadian-grown strawberries you can find. Fortunately, in Ontario they are at their peak right now.

Dip the face or best side of each berry in melted white chocolate. After cooling, dip each shoulder in melted dark or milk chocolate. With a toothpick or very tiny decorating tip, add bow ties and tiny buttons to the fronts of the "white shirts".

It goes without saying that these sweeties are as
delicious as they look!





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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!