2019 Markets and Events

2019 Events

  • Wednesday-Sunday, June 26-30: Studio Pop-up with Amy Adams Art & Design at Quidi Vidi Plantation, 12 Maple Place in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John’s. 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 7, 10am-5pm: Market at the Marina at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in Manuels, CBS.
  • Thursday, July 11, 6-10pm: The Night Market outside St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Military Road in St. John’s. (Moves indoors for wind or rain.)
  • Thursday, July 18, 6-10pm: The Night Market outside St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Military Road in St. John’s. (Moves indoors for wind or rain.)
  • Wednesday-Sunday, July 17-21: Studio Pop-up with Amy Adams Art & Design at Quidi Vidi Plantation, 12 Maple Place in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John’s. 10am-4pm Wed-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday.
  • Thursday-Sunday, August 8-10: Studio Pop-up at Quidi Vidi Plantation, 12 Maple Place in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John’s. 10am-4pm Thurs-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday (follows Regatta schedule in the event of poor weather on Wednesday).
  • Saturday, September 28, 10am-4pm: Etsy Made in Canada Market at Atlantic Place, 215 Water Street, downtown St. John’s.
  • Sunday, November 3, 11am-5pm: The Little Christmas Fair in support of Pink Days in Bloom at Rocket Bakery (top floor in the Rocket Room), 272 Water Street, St. John’s.
  • Saturday, November 24, 10am-4pm: Etsy St. John’s Holiday Market at Atlantic Place, 215 Water Street, downtown St. John’s.
  • Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2: North Pole Christmas Fair at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay (tentative).

Upcoming Markets



Upcoming Markets:

  • The Little Christmas Fair. Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 11am-5pm at the Rocket Room (top floor of Rocket Bakery) on Water Street, St. John’s. Admission is $2 and supports CBCF. https://www.facebook.com/events/575141126028140/
  • The Printers Fair. Sunday, November 20th from 10am-4pm at the Rocket Room (top floor of Rocket Bakery) on Water Street, St. John’s. FREE Admission.
  • Quidi Vidi Plantation Open House. Saturday, November 26th from 10am-4pm at Quidi Vidi Plantation on Maple View Road, St. John’s Newfoundland. FREE Admission.
  • Some Good Market Goes to Town. Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-4pm at St. Thomas’ Church, 8 Military Road in St. John’s. FREE Admission with donation to the Food Bank.

My handmade cards are also available in local shops downtown: Posie Row and Twisted Sisters Boutik, as well as By Sharpe Design located in Churchill Square.

Custom orders are also available through my website, Facebook Page and a small selection of cards are available in my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Driventoink

Shopping Local in St. John’s

I am very grateful to Tara Bradbury for offering to write a full-page article on me and my cards for today’s newspaper. I had friends and family calling, texting and commenting all day long to offer congrats. Here is the article, which appeared in print and online:


Card Making

Somewhere between all that hoopla, I recorded an interview with Jeremy Eaton of CBC today which will air on the radio sometime soon. The focus was on my Local Lyric Card project, which he also videotaped so it may even be on the web or TV. Jeremy came down to Posie Row to film me delivering the Lyric cards and even managed to capture someone buying one of my other cards.

After I left Posie Row, I headed down to Twisted Sisters Boutik to drop off a re-order of cards for their newest location at 179 Water Street. Fixed Coffee recently installed a mobile espresso cart at Twisted Sisters and lucky for me, TODAY they had a free beverage promotion! I ordered a very delicious machiatto made by Mr. Fixed It – Greg himself.

I didn’t set out to give a play-by-play of my wanderings, but in keeping with the spirit of shopping local – why not! I popped into YellowBelly for some delicious nachos, then hit up Rocket Bakery for some delicious macarons.

After that I popped into TVAL to see if they sold bath bombs. I just checked out their website and it’s GORGEOUS – I didn’t know they sold online until I inquired today during my visit. I may or may not have bought a little present for my friend who is addicted to bath bombs (Tval calls them Bath Treats if you’re inclined to check them out.)

Shopping local is so important, and it’s a shame that we’re losing another local treasure – Urchin Art Materials & Artifact who  announced yesterday that they’re closing down. HOWEVER, if you check out The Paperie on Pippy Place, they have started carrying a lot of art materials and may even be able to special-order things for you. I worked there for 10 years, so that is where I bought 90% of my craft & art supplies – their prices beat Michael’s any day of the week! 🙂

Well, I’ll step off my soapbox now and go enjoy the free soap samples I was given at TVAL today, along with one of my bath treats. Here’s one more random picture for you…


This is one of my favourite houses, on Monkstown Road in St. John’s. I took this photograph last fall and treated it in photoshop to get that pointillism effect. I’m thinking about printing and framing it, I love it so 🙂

Happy Pride Week!

It’s Pride Week in St. John’s!

It would be great if we could all just learn to love and accept one another. Gay. Straight. Black. White. Hispanic. Muslim. Jew. Christian. Poor. Rich. Skinny. Obese. Short. Tall. Etc. Etc. Etc. Someday maybe.

UnicornI made this Magical card with an adorable Lawn Fawn unicorn stamp and one of my old A Muse sentiment stamps. Very simply gold embossed and coloured with Zig Wink of Stella brush pens. Because obviously unicorns should be glittery from head to hooves.

Unicorn 2

Gosh, I do love a good rainbow.


Making cards every day for 50 days!

Well, I am 41 days in to my #50cardsin50days goal, and I’m proud to say that I haven’t missed a day yet! Here’s a recap of days 19 – 36.

Here is my favourite card from the bunch… kitties!


I also started playing along with #thedailymarker30day2 at the beginning of June. Kathy from The Daily Marker has put forth the challenge to colour something every day for the month of June, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. I have to say that the participants on Instagram are such a supportive and lovely group of people. Warms the heart.


Here’s some coloring I did with Clearly Besotted Orchids using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. The blue outline is Tombow markers blended out and the green outline is Distress Ink. You can’t see it but there’s a lovely coating of sparkly clear Wink of Stella brush pen over each orchid stem.


In other news, I started a Facebook page for my cards: http://facebook.com/driventoink. Since I’m participating in more craft fairs and starting an Etsy shop, I decided to go all the way. I’ve been selling cards to family and friends for years so why not take it to the next level. There will actually be a first-ever Etsy Handmade Market in St. John’s coming up on Saturday, September 26th at Anna Templeton Centre – more on that later!

This month I’ll be participating in the Fresh Fish Fair at Quidi Vidi Plantation on Saturday, June 20th! I have started a line of greeting cards that quote lyrics by local musicians and I’ve received a great response from every songwriter I’ve approached so far. Amazing. I’m excited to combine two of my biggest passions – local music & stationery! The OTHER exciting thing is that two shops downtown have agreed to carry these cards! Here’s a peek…

FPA Card– Flaming Rox Burn by Jody Richardson of Fur Packed Action.

That’s all my news for this week – it’s a beautiful day out there, time to go enjoy it 🙂

Hot like Sriracha + #50cardsin50days recap

This stamp by Unity never fails to crack me up…


So simple, this was pretty much a 3-step card…

1. Stamp image on watercolor cardstock with Versamark and heat emboss with white powder
2. Paint with Koi Watercolor paints (the embossed part will resist the paint or markers) & allow to dry3. Carefully cut out image and adhere to card with dimensional foam adhesive/pop dots

I’ve applied to a couple of upcoming craft markets, one in June and one in September, so hopefully I’ll be out and about selling my cards. Do you think September is too early to sell Christmas cards? Hmm.

Here’s a recap of the first 18 cards I made for my #50cardsin50days challenge in reverse order…


My biggest challenge is Father’s Day cards – actually cards for dads, husbands and dudes in general. That’s my next goal and I’ve been looking at some interesting digital stamps that might just spark some ideas. Stay tuned!

If I succeed with my #50cardsin50days challenge I am considering doing another back-to-back… #100cardsin100days!? It could happen!


Happy Cinco de Mayo! I desperately wanted tacos and margaritas today but didn’t have any ingredients, so instead I made some cards. I lean towards minimalism with design, so the single layer cards have been helping me get out of my creative rut.

Margaritas CardsThese vintage A Muse stamps were all heat embossed with gold and then I used Wink of Stella brush pens to colour them. If you don’t own all of these colours – RUN to The Paperie (or your nearest local stamp store) and buy these. All of them. I even purchased an extra blue Wink of Stella and added a few drops of light green to create TEAL.

I made two more floral cards today (why not?) …

Mother's Day Cards

The flower (Memory Box) on the first card was die-cut twice, once with watercolor paper and again with black paper. I painted the first flower all pink and then paper pieced the petals back into the black outline. The second card has just the pink watercolor outline.

I’ll be back very soon with more to share – if there’s anything you would like to see, just leave a comment 🙂

#50cardsin50days – Mother’s Day & More!

I think I’ve got my mojo back… I’ve made about 15 cards in the last three days but I’m only going to share a few of them today 🙂

First is a card I’m submitting to this week’s Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, “Anything Goes”. I had planned to make this card for Mother’s Day…


I turned this into a sympathy card because it seemed appropriate. Floral stamp is from Clearly Besotted ‘Thinking of You’ set, and the sentiment is from My Favourite Things ‘Wildflowers’ set. I haven’t really mastered colouring with Copics but I gave it my best effort.

I have some really supportive friends who have been buying my cards since 2005 and with Mother’s Day coming up I’ve been working on a variety of different designs, both paper crafted and digital. More floral simplicity…

IMG_4313Dy embossed with a heat embossed gold sentiment above.

Lastly, here is a digital card I made (I photoshopped it onto a real card for dimension so sadly it looks a bit crooked but it’s straight in real life, I promise).

Digital Mom Card

It was encouraging to know that people still read this old blog, so I will make an effort to continue updating – thank you for checking in, I love hearing from you! ♥

#50cardsin50days – Day 1

I finally have my own craft room (I’m house-sitting for six months) but sadly I’ve been experiencing a creative drought. Possibly burned out after making over 300 handmade holiday cards in November and December.

To give myself a little push, I’ve decided to make at least one card a day and post them on instagram for the next 50 days – #50cardsin50days. I’m sure I’ll probably have some days where I make 3 cards, and others where I make none. Here is the result of Day 1…

Mother - you are simply the best

I’ve been experimenting with photoshop and I redesigned my blog header using some graphics that I fell in love with. I’ve even created a few digital cards recently, here is a pretty little card I made in five minutes tonight…

Floral Wreath Digital copy

I wonder if anyone reads this anymore? Comment to say hello, if you’re out there 🙂

Watercolor Flowers – handpainted!

It’s been awhile, I’m sorry blog-land. I’ve been having a little fun with watercolor paints lately, and while I was at the Paperie Scrapbook Retreat one short month ago I had a LOT of fun with my Twinkling H20 paints.

I actually hand-painted these pretty little flowers and I was so proud of myself (maybe too proud). I was just fooling around with paint on some scraps of watercolor paper and was so pleased with the outcome. With a Hero Arts sentiment, it turned into a perfect thank you card.

My next card was my favourite of the two. Again, I just fooled around with my Twinkling H20 paints and painted these pretty pink flowers. Once I added my Hero Arts sentiment, I decided to add a few dots to the flower centers with a black Pitt pen to tie in the black.

I also made a matching envelope for this card, which is something I really ought to do more often while I still have all the supplies on my desk. Now if someone could just teach me how to take a decent photograph, these cards might be more impressive. To me, they’re very special and I can’t see myself ever giving them away. But recreating them? Absolutely!

I shared both of these cards on The Paperie blog for our May card kit release (there are still a few kits left – call 726-5323 to snag one for yourself). The pink Twinkling H20 paint came in my kit and the rest of the supplies came from my stash. I can’t wait to play with the July kit – that is my next task!

I’m going to challenge myself to start making 5 cards a week for the next two months. While I can’t promise that I’ll share all the results here, I hope I can at least stick to this goal and start creating more clean & simple cards.

Paperie Card Kits

It’s not 2014 yet, but I have a new years resolution to start blogging more often so why not start now?

Every second month or so I’ve been designing for The Paperie’s Card Kit, so I thought I’d share my most recent cards from the December kit. I’ve already posted this over on The Paperie blog so if you’ve seen it feel free to skim.

Card Kit

(Kit photo by Stephanie Roberts – thanks Steph!)

Here is my first (and favourite) card of the bunch…

Card Kit - Sparkly Deer

I loved the birch patterned paper in this kit and I had some new 6×6 Scor-Tape sheets to try, so I borrowed Stickles Dry Glitter from my co-worker, Tina. I also borrowed the ‘Winterland Deer’ die from Wendy, owner of The Paperie. It’s always fun when you get to share supplies with your co-workers and discover new ways to use older supplies!

Card Kit - Close up

To create the background I adhered the scor-tape sheet to the birch paper, then peeled off the backing and added a generous dusting of Stickles Dry Glitter. I hand cut my snowbanks and added a line of zig glue to the border for more glittery goodness. The sentiment finished it off before adhering everything together. By far my favourite card of the bunch (the next one is a close second)…

Card Kit - Merry Snowman

I used the Hero Arts Falling Snow Embossing folder with a panel of white cardstock to create the debossed snowy background, then stamped my snowman. I also stamped the snowman on a tiny scrap of white cardstock and cut out before colouring which is popped up over the background snowman. I bought the Snowdrifts die from ‘My Favorite Things’ to die-cut the snowbank from another scrap of white. The sticker letters finished off the panel, which was mounted on the red polka dot card.

Card Kit - Tree Snowglobe

For this quick card I stamped the snowglobe on a scrap of white and stamped the tree inside, coloured the whole thing and added a big of glitter to the snowglobe with Zig fine-tip glue. This was all popped up on the green scrap of paper with foam tape. The sentiment is just one of the stickers in the kit with two pearls on either end – pretty easy!

Card Kit - Christmas Branch

I used the cream cardstock in the kit for this card base and a panel of the woodgrain cardstock which was distressed with Pinecone VersaColor ink. I had a pile of branches die cut on my desk from a previous project, so I stuck that on the card and added some pearl ‘berries’, and a sticker sentiment finished it off.

Card Kit - Embossed Woodgrain

Here’s my other woodgrain card which I wanted to keep extra simple. The only things I used here: my Hero Arts Christmas Words embossing folder, VersaMarker to highlight ‘Joy’, and some twine from the kit. This will be the perfect card to give to one of my brothers or my dad.

Card Kit - Snowflakes

Another simple card with a kraft card base stamped with the snowflakes and snow speckle stamps in black ink to create a random pattern. A scrap of white cardstock stamped with the sentiment and embellished with twine and faux stitching adds a finishing touch.

Card Kit - Snowman Globe

I have a little basket of card bases prepped and ready to go on my desktop, so I used one of my own kraft cards to make this quick and simple card. The snowman was stamped inside the snowglobe on the kraft cardstock, then stamped again on a tiny scrap of white cardstock, fussy cut, and placed inside the snowglobe with flat adhesive.

Card Kit - Fa la la la la

I loved the kraft snowflake cardstock in the kit and didn’t want to cover it up too much, so I adhered the panel to the white card base and added a strip of Scor-tape that I had leftover from my first card to adhere a strip of glitter. The silver snowflake Pow Glitter cardstock was added with some pearl accents and the ‘fa-la-la-la’ sticker.

This moustache stamp was from an older Paperie card kit; it was simply embossed in white on the red card base, then I die-cut a Lawn Fawn ‘Say Cheese’ polaroid frame to accent Santa’s little moustache. The sentiment was handwritten – I made this back in ‘Movember’.

Quick tip for holiday card making: I keep a pile of white cardstock cut to “panel-size” on my desktop which is why so many of my cards have a standard format…

There are still some December card kits in stock at The Paperie, so be sure to call 726-5323 to reserve one for $24.99.

Floral Hero Arts Cards

It’s been awhile, little blog. Does anyone still read this?

According to my blog stats, I get a lot of views thanks to this embossed vellum card which is wildly popular on Pinterest. Everytime I check this page my heart does a little song and dance.

I was planning a few little pins for our Paperie Pinterest board and I couldn’t find these cards I made a few years back on either this blog or The Paperie blog. Time to rectify that! These two cards are oldies but goodies using some older Hero Arts floral stamps.


Both of these cards feature two of my favourite things, VersaMark Pen and the White Uni-Ball Pen. For the card above, I stamped the same floral image in two sizes on the kraft card base using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I also stamped the larger flower on a scrap of white cardstock and a scrap of pink cardstock, and cut out the two layers popping them up on the card with foam tape. I used a VersaMark Pen to outline the brown flowers on the kraft cardstock and shade the centers to make them pop a little. The white border was cut from an AccuCut album borders set.


The second card is a longer card which fits in a business size envelope. This might just be the only card I made in this size, but I liked it so maybe I’ll try again someday. Again I repeated another Hero Arts floral stamp in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on Kraft cardstock and shaded the centers and outlines with VersaMark Pen, accenting with my fave White Uni-Ball Pen. The focal flower was stamped three times on pink, blue and orange cardstock and cut out the three layers of each stamp to create a multi-color flower.

Love these notecards that Amber made on the Damask Love Blog with the VersaMark Pen – check them out!

This weekend I’m hoping to participate in The Hero Arts Challenge, I borrowed the sketch for The Paperie’s Mojo Monday challenge to motivate customers and tomorrow we’ll feature a colorful card submitted by Denise Tilley. Here’s the sketch, from Heroarts.com


You should play along too if you have a chance. Hey! Just noticed that my first card vaguely resembles this sketch. I’m planning a little Spring Florals card class for May at The Paperie, perhaps I’ll use this sketch as inspiration for the first card. Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing the Christmas Card I was planning to send out to everyone this year. Sadly, I only made 12 cards. So instead I will share this card with all my far-away friends virtually and hopefully you will know that my intentions were true. I am the worlds worst procraftinator.


I wish I was capable of taking a decent photograph – my apologies.

This card was all about favoritism. I used my favorite stamp set, Jingle All The Way by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, along with my favorite product (and colors) Twinkling H2O’s shimmery paint, and bling! Love bling. Gotta have it. One favorite thing I did not use was foam tape… this one layer wonder did not need it. I actually enhanced this card slightly for the people who received it this year by adding the white panel to a green card base but I like it either way.  

Anyhow, hope you have a wonderful holiday!