Card Drive for the SPCA!

Card Drive for the SPCA!


The Paperie is having a Card Drive! Here is your opportunity to do something you love and give back to your community at the same time! Create 5 (or more) handmade cards for any occasion, bring them into us at The Paperie, and we will donate them to the local SPCA Spring Sale on April 17th. The cards can be all the same or all different – you choose the cards, we (at The Paperie) will package them up for you, and send them off to the SPCA sale! Don’t forget to pop by St. Mary’s Church Auditorium on April 17th to support this special organization if you’re in the area!

Cards from outside the province are welcome too – please post-mark no later than April 8th to ensure they reach us in time! Don’t worry about creating something brand new, if you already have a few cards in your stash send ’em on over! 🙂

The Paperie

36 Pippy Place

St. John’s, NL

A1B 3X4

Inspired by HRR

I have been inspired by Julie Ebersole for a couple of years now. I won’t lie, meeting Julie in Seattle in October was the highlight of my entire trip and I have the fan-girl picture to prove it… 

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 The Monthly A Muse Challenge over in the A Muse Lounge is to create a card inspired by Julie Ebersole. Sounds pretty easy, but it was actually hard for me to choose my inspiration for the card I’m about to show you. I could’ve easily drawn inspiration from any and every card that Julie has made but I thought it fitting to use a stamp that Julie herself designed. I chose THIS card (click) as my inspiration because I loved the colours, here’s what I came up with… 

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I didn’t have room to fit the whole greeting, so I omitted the word “sincere” and just stamped “thanks” on the card, accenting the word with a few gemstones I coloured with a Copic marker. This is actually the solid Chrysanthemum stamp but I used a ultra fine tip black pen to draw the outline. I broke out my old favourite tool for this card – my paper Crimper! I love that thing and I don’t know if I’ll ever tire of it – do you think it’ll ever make a comeback? Let’s have a Crimper revival – but no hair crimping please. 🙂

Resist Poppies

Must resist Poppy stamp.

Must resist Poppy stamp.

This is the mantra I am repeating to myself, because the store owns the Poppy Background by Hero Arts and I really don’t need to own it. But if I did own it, I could use it at home any time I wanted… but I still don’t need to own it. How much longer can I resist this stamp when the effect is SO beautiful…

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I stamped the Dots & Flowers Background on ivory cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink and allowed to dry, then stamped the Poppy Background on top with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder so the background would show through. Then I just went in and added colour to the poppies using more Distress Inks with my Fantastix applicators – ironically this is a Resist Technique… and I think resistance is futile.


I scrapbooked for myself… for the first time in maybe two years. I have made layouts for the store, calendars for family, but not once have I made a layout for myself since 2008. I started an album when I was 27 called “27 things that make me happy at 27″… it was a very happy period in my life. Then the bottom fell out and suddenly I was not happy anymore… then my dad got really sick and I haven’t really scrapbooked since, except for the odd Class I was teaching. 

I participated in an online crop last night and made THREE layouts and two cards! One of the challenges was:  “Create a LO about a struggle that you have survived…how did that challenge/situation help shape you into the woman you are today?” Now I’m going to spare you the sentimental journaling, but here is the 8×8 layout I created…

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I typically only use one picture so I feel more comfortable working with 8×8 – I always put too much pressure on myself to fill up the negative space on a 12×12 layout. Lazy me, I didn’t use spellcheck before writing “independence” right on there, which is funny considering I am sort of anal about spelling and grammar.

Here’s one of the cards I made using ONLY items on my desktop – luckily I keep that pretty cluttered 😉 The challenge was to create a card or layout using only items that were within arms reach.

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I used my corner rounder to create the scalloped border and paper pieced the little dresses with scraps of A Muse gingham paper.

Interactive Cards

I’ve updated my Class schedule for March and am finalizing the details for my April card class – the theme in April is going to be babies, since spring is all about new beginnings and joy.

This week’s challenge over on The Paperie Blog is to create an interactive Scrapbook layout or card, so I posted one of the cards we made in my recent Cupcake Card Making Class at The Paperie this past Monday.

I have a few followers here who don’t check out my store’s blog so I thought I would post the card here as well – if you follow both blogs, you are likely to see some overlap since I’m the one updating both 🙂

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A Muse Stamps: Cupcake, Cupcake Builder set (sentiment). A Muse Papers: Pink Shimmer Couture, Kitchen Black Notecard, Ocean Blue Solid cardstock.

I love shaker cards – even better when you can use REAL sprinkles in them.