Think Pink: Cards for a Cause

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and right now nobody is more aware than my friend Tiffany.

Recently Tiffany found out that she has Breast Cancer, which came as a great shock to all of us because she’s only 33 years old. Her story could very easily be your story or mine, and there is no time like the present to remind everyone you know and love to check their breasts. You can read more about Tiffany’s journey and her fantastic outlook on life over on her blog:¬†

I have been trying to come up with meaningful ways to help out and spread the word, that Breast Cancer can affect any woman, of any age, at any time. I have decided to sell some handmade “Awareness” cards, I will let you know soon where they will be available to purchase.

Here’s an example…

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The cards will be very similar to this one, featuring a Pink awareness ribbon paired with a variety of words of encouragement. Special orders can be made for other coloured ribbons, and a portion of all proceeds will be going to a local breast cancer charity (which is yet to be named).

I know the profit from these cards won’t be huge, but it is one small way that I can help.

What can you do you shed some light on Breast Cancer Awareness this month? Talking about it is the first step.

Here is a picture of Tiffany and I at one of our favourite establishments, The Ship Inn…

I only have three pictures of us, and they are all taken at The Ship ūüôā

Tuesday Trigger – Lovely as a Lullaby

Tuesday Trigger Inspiration:

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I was inspired by the colour scheme to make this cute set in the soft blue, yellow and black colours. After I had my project completed, I went to look at the full quilted piece on Etsy and discovered it was a baby boy quilt with elephants and other little animals on it. Not a huge coincidence I suppose, since the colours screamed “baby boy” at me.
Be sure to click on the Tuesday Trigger picture and follow all the great links to see tons of wonderful inspiration!

Masculine Map

June 9th, 2011:

As soon as I saw this card on Lisa Spangler’s blog, I knew I had to give it a whirl.¬†When my friend emailed me asking me to make a card for her dad¬†that incorporated¬†the Walt Whitman quote “O Captain! My Captain!” I thought “captains… navigating… maps… okay, so he’s not a sailor but it might work.”

O Captain

Actually, at first I thought about saying no. I mean,¬†it’s a bit intimidating making a¬†card for an art collector who owns his own gallery, yes? But I’d like to think¬†Ally’s dad won’t be critiquing my watercolour technique. Which consisted of¬†carelessly scribbling watercolor pencil strokes all over the map stamp and adding water to blend. I copied Lisa with the Vintage Photo¬†distress ink too – thanks for the inspiration, Lisa! ūüôā

Map Stamp: Impression Obsession, Sentiment: computer generated

I’m a Wiener! err… WINNER! :)

I was pleasantly surprised this week to wake up on Thursday morning and check Flickr only to discover a slew of congratulatory comments in my newsfeed. I clicked over to the Hero Arts blog and discovered that they picked one of my cards for the second round of winners for the May contest! This is the third time I’ve won a $50 shopping spree from Hero Arts – the first two projects can be seen HERE and HERE. I highly encourage everyone to enter – if I can win, anyone can. Seriously.

Here’s the winning card again… I’ll take a photo of my goodies when they arrive! ūüėÄ

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It has been a long time since I’ve felt this inspired, I had forgotten how much I loved the Hero Arts Flickr Group. What a talented bunch of women – I was inspired by Heather Maria to create this card below…

Embossed Vellum

My first card was created simply by using white embossing powder to emboss these Hero Arts floral images on vellum. There is a little bit of glitter added to lines of the flower for extra interest with pearls for the centre. Because you can see most adhesives through vellum, I used glue dots beneath the pearls so they’d be covered up. LOVE the Envelopments Seashell cardstock, which is a pretty blend of shimmery pinkish gold – just like a real conch seashell.

After making my first card,¬†I thought to myself “I wonder how vellum would look if I coloured the back of it” and this card was born…


These Hero Arts flowers were again embossed on vellum with white embossing powder and I colored the backs with Copic Markers. I love the watercolor effect, but too much blending can really make a mess so keep that in mind if you try this technique. The white panel was embossed with a notebook embossing folder from Sizzix.

Next,¬†I saw another card in the Flickr Group that I thought had been masked, but upon closer inspection I noticed that the image was peeking through a window … so I thought – “I wonder how the masking would turn out”…

I¬†started running out of steam then, but I¬†needed one last card to teach my May Flowers Card Class (this past Wednesday) so I came up with this clean and simple design using Copic Markers to colour the image…

So as you can see, I’ve had a productive week –¬†even though all of these cards were designed to teach a class, I had lots of fun making them.¬†I even made a Scrapbook Page, which I’ll save for another post.

Hope you all have a great weekend ūüôā


Busy bee!

It has been a BUSY couple of months both at work and at home! We only have two months of Summer here in Newfoundland and of course EVERYBODY is getting married in July and August. So far we have either printed, cut or assembled¬†at least¬†4500 wedding invitations since January at The Paperie – and that doesn’t include the second half of this month – at least another 1200 to go for April and I can’t even tell you how many in May.
It seems every minute of my day is consumed with weddings – both at home and at work. Would you believe that in my “free” time I actually¬†spend hours¬†googling wedding invitation ideas and colour story boards? It’s my latest obsession – if I ever get married, I’m going to be in trouble with all of these ideas brewing.
We are also busy planning for our Spring Scrapbook Retreat (May 13-15th) AND I was reunited with Jenn Shurkus this past weekend when The Paperie brought her in to teach COPIC & LuminArte Classes! I wore my flip-flops just for her ūüôā

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Anyhow, I just thought I would pop on to let y’all know that I’m still alive and with the exception of 10 cupcake cards, I haven’t made any other cards in 2011! Ack! My other big news is that I am moving to my very own bachelor apartment on May 1st so I am hoping that once I get my little crafty space set up and move my laptop AWAY from that space, I will be much more productive – we’ll see!

OH! I also designed my FIRST EVER business logo for one of my co-workers! And I got paid for it! I can now pretend I am a freelance designer, hehe ūüôā

Hope you are all well!

Glenda’s 100th Random Amusing Challenge!

This week Glenda is celebrating her 100th Amusing Challenge and she has asked a bunch of her buddies (including lots of us from the old A Muse team) to play along in a blog hop of sorts. There’s lots of great cards to see, so scroll down below my card to see everyone’s creations!

Glenda’s 100th Challenge is: Use red on your card or project.¬†¬†Use as much or as little as you like.¬†Incorporate it by using paper, ink, ribbon, embellishments, whatever you like! It’s that simple!¬†¬†You must play along¬†with the challenge to be eligible to win the blog candy. ¬†If you play along, please leave a¬†comment on Glenda’s blog¬†and link back to her post from your post. ¬†If you upload to an online gallery, please use the¬†keyword GRAC100. ¬†You have until midnight Pacific Time on January 23rd to play along and you can¬†play along as many times as you like. ¬†The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on January¬†24th. Have fun!


I’m trying to make 10 Christmas cards per month this year so that I don’t feel too overwhelmed when November rolls around. Here’s¬†my design for January, which was super easy because the music notes, cardinal and sentiment are all¬†ONE stamp! I stamped it once in black and once in red so I could cut out the red cardinal and layer over the existing black one with pop dots.


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Here’s a list of other¬†bloggers playing along with the challenge!
Allison Fillo
Allison Miles
Beate Johns
Belinda Chang Langner
Carly Robertson
Cheiron Brandon
Chris Sather
Dawn Stein
Donna Hitz
Elena Shacochis
Geeta Suggs
Jenn Shurkus
Jennie Moczan
Jill Grace (& family)
Joan Jeffery
June Gibbons
Kamila Younkman
Krystie Lee Hersch
Michelle Clark
Michelle Mathey
Michelle Woerner
Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Sherry Czarnecki
Silke Ledlow
Teresa Kline


It’s 2011 already and I’m embracing it completely. I am looking forward to lots of¬†exciting changes both personally and professionally. The major change at work is that we will no longer be selling A Muse stamps; they are no longer selling wholesale to retailers and have dissolved their Instructor program. We all loved A Muse at The Paperie and although I won’t be teaching any A Muse classes anymore, I will continue to teach¬†at least one¬†monthly card making class¬†and who knows what else!

I’m extra excited to see Jenn Shurkus again – she will be coming up to Newfoundland in April to teach some wicked fun classes at The Paperie. Jenn is on the Creative Imaginations design team, Copic Certified, Ranger Certified and¬†was the¬†most successful instructor from the A Muse Instructor program. This girl has got teaching down to a science and we can’t wait to see her in action.

Looking forward to making new discoveries in 2011!

I’m still standing…

After posting my class schedule today, I realised that I haven’t shared any cards in quite awhile! Here is one I made for a friend of a friend to give to a friend who is newly engaged. I even used satin ribbon on this gem¬†– a rarity for me.

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I love the A Muse Marigold stamps very much, and often reach for them when I need an elegant card. Also in love with their Currant shimmer couture paper – the colour is delicious. I experimented with Copics for the colouring and tried that cutting technique I keep seeing everywhere. I just stamped the image on a square piece of white cardstock (on top of the Hero Arts Friendship Definition cling stamp), coloured and cut along the edge of the definition stamp, then trimmed around part of the flower.

Hope this finds you all well¬†– I’ve been making a LOT of cards lately to sell. Fun! ūüôā

Upcoming Classes at The Paperie

Christmas Card Class: One Layer Wonders – Tuesday, December 7th
Another NEW Christmas Card class you won’t want to miss! We’ll focus on super simple ONE LAYER cards that will be a cinch to mass-produce when it gets down to crunch time. We’ll use paper piecing, masking and “kissing” techniques to make five sweet and simple cards in a jiffy. We’ll have a feature stamp set on sale and a Holiday giveaway for one lucky winner in this class!

Christmas Card Class ‚Äď Tuesday, November 30th (6:30pm) FULL
With less than a month left to get your Christmas cards made and sent out, this class will focus on clean and simple designs that will be quick and easy to reproduce for the holiday season. We will make FIVE cute and simple cards, showing you some neat tips and tricks to make quick holiday card making a breeze.

Orlando, incoming!

I’m headed to Orlando tomorrow, where I will be taking a TON of great classes from Friday morning until Monday afternoon – including a 2.5 hour long Copic Workshop on Sunday! Good thing they’re calling for thunder showers; no need to worry about missing out on the Florida sunshine ūüôā

Hopefully I can fit in some shoe shopping, mama needs a new pair of shoes!

It’s been a Calendar Year

Hooray, A Muse Calendars are now available for download by donation. This years cause is to support Charley’s Fund¬†–¬†read¬†more about it here.

This is my first time actually finishing an¬†A Muse Calendar, if you can believe that. I was going to use the Bind-it-All but then I thought “what else could I do with this?” Then it came to me. A tear-away calendar!

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I started with the A2 A Muse Calendar pages mounted on black cardstock, then perforated with the Scor-Bug 0.5 inches from the top (it’s best to go back and forth a few times for extra perforations because there are two layers). The top of the calendar pages were punched with the Crop-a-dile and then taped together with Scor-tape above the holes so you can easily tear away the pages one month at a time. The ribbon is threaded through the back of the calendar out through the lip of the matchbook and tied in a bow.

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It stands up nicely on its own, but once¬†I start tearing pages away each month I will likely prop it up on a little easel or a CD jewel case. I went fairly basic with the stamping because I had it all taped together before¬†figuring out what¬†I wanted to put on each page¬†– talk about doing things backwards! Definitely not recommended ūüôā

30 goals for 30

I¬†started reading back through Sarah’s Blog and came across this list that I decided to “borrow”.¬† I’ve¬†actually been making¬†mental notes of my goals since I turned 30 in August,¬†and this week I even crossed a few items off the list – woot!¬†I’ll check back once a week to see if I have anything new to cross off my list. Some¬†items will need to be worked on throughout the year, so I’ll have to repost on August 1st¬†when I turn¬†31 and see how I did¬†ūüôā (check out the rest of her blog for tons of inspiration).

30 Goals for my 30th Year:

  1. get my learner’s permit and learn how to drive (september 10th)
  2. figure out how to use my canon rebel
  3. do something that terrifies me
  4. get my taxes done (shocking, i know) (april 10th!)
  5. make at least two cards a week
  6. redesign the website at work
  7. live by myself (as of may 1st!)
  8. keep a camera in my purse for all those kodak moments
  9. sell things that i just don’t use (ie: my computer desk)
  10. buy my very own brand new laptop Рno more hand-me-downs!
  11. get a grown-up comforter for my bed  (august 18th)
  12. quit drinking diet pepsi (do i have to?)
  13. see the northern lights
  14. travel outside canada (september 23-28th, flew to orlando, back to toronto, took a bus to buffalo)
  15. read at least one book per month
  16. weed through my belongings
  17. go to deep water fitness every week
  18. learn how to cook and eat healthier
  19. get 8 hours of sleep a night
  20. start a savings account (april 15th!)
  21. make jewelry to sell
  22. sell my handmade cards in stores downtown (2015! FINALLY!)
  23. go somewhere to see built to spill live (a girl can dream) (september 28th, 2010 in buffalo, NY)
  24. sort out my dual (american) citizenship (september 14th)
  25. see my niece more often
  26. keep a paper journal
  27. drive across the country (okay, so that probably won’t happen this year)
  28. get a credit card  (april 15th!)
  29. rely on myself more
  30. contribute something to a charity (september, it wasn’t a lot but i donated to the¬†a muse calendar project and emailed others to participate as well – hopefully made a small difference in donations). organized a charitable bake sale at the work on valentine’s day weekend and another on easter weekend. donated to heavenly creatures when their donation boxes were stolen in march).

(updated on april 15h, t2011 – crossed a few more off the list!)
(updated again in August, 2015 – crossed a lot more off the list!)

I’m going to Orlando!

Guess what!¬†The Paperie is sending me to Orlando to take classes and attend a trade show! I really¬†appreciate Chris & Janna’s¬†continued¬†support¬†to make me the¬†best instructor that¬†I can be. I will be¬†attending¬†COPIC classes with Chris, one of the owners of The Paperie and¬†we will be ready to teach you more about these wonderful markers in the Fall – I can’t wait!

We are¬†also taking classes¬†with TIM HOLTZ! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; I’m taking a class from Claudine Hellmuth of Ranger,¬†and both Chris and I will take classes with¬†Sally Traidman¬†of Hero Arts! We are actually signed up for over 15 classes altogether and can’t wait to bring back some exciting class ideas to The Paperie.

When my mom told me to find my passion and turn it into a career, she really knew what she was talking about. I ‚ô• stamps. I have a secret ambition to one day illustrate a stamp line. I always joke that if I knew how to draw, I wouldn’t stamp but that’s not quite true – I actually can draw! I’d just rather stamp. ūüôā

Clean & Simple Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Class¬†‚Äď Monday,¬†September 20th (6:30pm at The Paperie)
Tis the Season, believe it or not! Time to get cracking on those Christmas cards, in this class¬†I will show you how to make¬†four clean and¬†simple designs that will be quick and easy to reproduce for the holiday season, plus a bonus Halloween card!¬†I’ll¬†show you two easy ways to use your heat embossing tool with liquid applique and embossing powder, this is a perfect class for an inexperienced stamper or even seasoned pros who prefer the clean and simple look! Suitable also for children ages 8+.