A Special Birthday Celebration for A Special Lady

A Special Birthday Needs to Be Celebrated

A special birthday is today for a very special lady.  And that lady is 90 Years young today.  Can you just imagine the changes in the world  that she has witnessed over the past 90 years?  The speed a which the world changes just seems to get faster.  Technology has made that possible but are we missing things because of way the time passes so quickly?  Sometimes I think we are!

That special lady is my Mom whom I love dearly and we as a family as so lucky to have her here.  We celebrated with a dinner and the family has grown over the years, so I was very hard pressed to get 13 people in my house for dinner.  But we made it.

One of the best parts is that my Mom is still full of life and very with it.  Albeit, a little more grey, a little tinier and a few more wrinkles but in our hearts she has not changed.

 A Special BirthdayRecipe

Stamps: You’re Wonderful, Skinny Mini Alphabet.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Calypso Coral Blendabilities, Night of Navy Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Old Olive Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Gold Soiree DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker’s Twine, Pearl Jewels.

For this special birthday card, I decided to create my own background.  Various flower stamps from the You’re Wonderful stamp set were randomly stamped around the outside of the card in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The flowers were coloured and shaded using various Blendabilities.

The gold sequins were removed from the tread and placed randomly throughout and then a pearl jewel place on to of each one.

This is a special birthday card for my Mom and I so enjoyed creating it and giving it to her.  She is very much loved.

Girl Friend Birthday With Matching Gift Box

Girl Friend Birthday Celebration

A girl friend is so important in the lives of women.  I have several very good girl friends and I consider myself very fortunate.  Some of  girl friends I have had for 50 years and we still get together and have wonderful times.  It’s always so nice to know that I have someone to laugh with, cry with and to spend time with.  Even though we don’t talk or see to each other every day, I know that they are there for me if I need them and vice-versa.

Over the past several years, we have lost some very dear friends to sickness and we still miss them and talk about the good times together.  Hold your girl friends close because you just never know what tomorrow will bring.

One of the things that brings us together is birthday celebrations.  This is the card and gift that I gave to one girl friend.  Our birthdays are four days apart so we feel like twins.

Do you have a special girl friend?  Hold her tight and support each other.


Girl Friend Birthday CelebrationRecipe

Stamps: Perfectly Penned.

Ink/Markers: Garden Green.

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Gold Soiree DSP, Gold Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Fun Flower Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Bird Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Pearl Jewels, Gold Baker’s Twine.

I sure do miss the Perfectly Penned stamp and so I use it on items that I don’t teach in my classes.  Why, oh, why did this one get retired.

This card is an example of how to mix patterns.

5 items to consider when mixing patterns are:

1. CONTROL yourself!

Stick to a suppliers paper line as the papers and colours are designed to coordinate with each other.  Following this will eliminate much of the guess work.  In this card, I use the Gold Soiree DSP.

2. DIFFERENCE is good!

When putting patterns together make sure that they are not too similar.  There needs to be enough colour difference so that the papers do not blend into obscurity.  Be bold!

3. ASSORTMENT is the spice of life!

Using an assortment of pattern is pleasing to the eye.  Here on this card, I have missed polka dots, with large floral and geometric prints.  What you don’t want if for the the patterns to blend together.  You want the patterns to stand on their own.

4. MODERATION is the key!

If you use lots of pattern, the area becomes overwhelming and your eye doesn’t know where to look.  You can be bold but hold back on the about of pattern you use.  On this card, I have used 3 strips of different designer papers and they can be seen as a group.

5. Border keeps it contained.!

Contain your patterns with a border of plain paper so that it won’t fight with your mixed patterns.  Usually the best colour to use is one that is in your patterned paper.  For this card, I used Calypso Coral card stock which is used in 2 of the patterned papers.

Experiment with this technique and before you know it, you will become comfortable at mixing patterns.

Girl Friend Birthday CelebrationRecipe

Stamps: Friendship Preserves.

Ink/Markers: Calypso Coral.

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gold Glimmer, Gold Soiree DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelits, Tea Lace Doilies, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker’s Twine, Tag a Bag Gift Boxes.

So, take time for your girl friend.


Christmas Eve Shakes That Ho-Ho-Ho – Can You Hear It?

Christmas Eve – Guess Who Has His “Ho-Ho” On?

Christmas Eve is so magical for so many people!  What makes it so magical?  Is the anticipation of family, friends, gifts, great food?  Usually it’s the real possibility that the Man in the Red Suit will pay a visit!  After all, if you don’t believe, there are no gifts.  How many of you have told that to your children?  I know I did and managed to get away with it for many years.

The card today is a Shaker style card.  The Christmas Eve scene is placed behind window sheet.  I used double strips of foam tape around the scene, scooped in some Frosted Sequins, placed the Window Sheet to hold the sequins in and then framed it with a piece of Pool Party cut using the On Film Framelits Thinlits.

Christmas Eve Shaker CardThe background was created using the negative circle punched from the Post-It Note and sponged with Stazon White ink.  The moon was covered with the circle from the Post-It-Note and then the sky and ground were created with the Aqua Painter using Marina Mist, Pool Party and Basic Grey.  Santa and his “Ho-Ho-Ho” were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.


Stamps: Holiday Home, Good Greetings.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Basic Grey, Pool Party, Marina Mist, White Stazon, Smokey Slate.

Paper: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey, All Is Calm DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Homemade Holiday Framelits, On Film Thinlits, 1-3/8” Circle Punch, Frosted Sequins, Aqua Painter, Window Sheets, Foam Tape, Night of Navy Taffeta Ribbon, Post It Notes.

So don’t forget to get your Christmas Eve “Ho-Ho” on.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Specials

Black Friday Etsy Store Specials

It’s Black Friday once again.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the US and today, the shopping frenzy begins.  In past years, Canadians flocked to south of the border if they lived close enough.  However, in their wisdom, retailers have decided that perhaps they need to keep the Canadians shopping in the stores on their side of the border.

So retailers in Canada have embraced the Black Friday specials. Each year the list of Canadian retailers gets bigger.  That is great!!!! Especially for the ones that live a long way from the border.

So, I am also having a Black Friday and Cyber Monday Etsy Store Special!!!  20% off the entire store!!!

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Use Code BLKFRI20 when checking out

 Here is a sample of one card that you will see in the store.

Black FridayThis is a side step card with Victorian Houses on Christmas Eve.

Black Friday


Stamps: Holiday Home, More Merry Messages.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Garden Green, VersaMark

Paper: Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, All is Calm DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder White Embossing Powder, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon.

Remember to check out the SIMPLY WITH HEART Etsy Store

#BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, #Thanksgiving


Fancy Christmas Cards – Double Dutch Doors

Fancy Christmas Cards to Create

Fancy Christmas cards may take some time create, however, it’s worth it in the end.  I have been challenging myself to create fancy fold cards.  The one I am sharing today is a Double Dutch Door style fold.  The card may look difficult, however it just as a little bit more prepping and then it’s all about creating a great Christmas card.

Don’t’ have time to create this card?  You can purchase on the Simply with Heart Etsy Store.

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Stamps: Christmas Bauble, Bright and Beautiful.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Under the Tree DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelit Collection, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Gold Embossing Powder.

Just a few points about this card:

  • the finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ so it fits into a regular A4 card envelope.
  • the bottom doors are made using a piece of matching card stock – measures
  • the card base is    and scored at    .  This piece becomes the top door.
  • the Cherry Cobbler circle flap, keep the bottom doors closed.
  • the sentiment is from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set and is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.

Challenge your creativity and create  Fancy Christmas Cards.





Graduations are So Important to Celebrate

Graduations Are So Important

Graduations signify an ending of something and a beginning to something else.  One of my former colleague recently graduated from the Certified General Accountants programs after nearly 10 years devoted to studying.

Balancing usually a full-time job, studies and relationships or family is not an easy thing. Often students will take their classes through long distance and that is another strain.

Then it’s graduation, and all that hard work and dedication starts to pay off over the long term. The doors just open to many opportunities.

Here is the card that I sent to my friend, congratulating her on her graduation.

Graduation is important Recipe

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Blue Ribbon, Gorgeous Grunge, Point and Click Project Life.

Ink/Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Basic Grey, Lost Lagoon.

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP, Gold Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Circles Collection, Candy Dots, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon.

This card was cased from Jan Tink.  Thank you Jan.

Some points about this card.

  • when stamping the stars, stamp off onto scraps before stamping on the paper.
  • The bottom Starburst is stamped on whisper white using black berry bliss and the  largest stamp in the set.  Die cut with the Starburst Framelits
  • Cut a circle using the Circle Collections Framelits and go up one size from the circle that fits inside of the Starburst.
  • Cut a Starburst circle using the one size smaller circle from the above step.
  • Finally stamp the hat and grad sentiment on Lost Lagoon, cut it out with the Circle Collection Framelits, sponge the edges with Blackberry Bliss and attah to the Blackberry Bliss circle from the previous step.
  • Stamp the stars and the water mark diagonally across the lighter DSP
  • Finish the card by stamping the other elements and die cutting with the framelits, and then layering the elements.  Tie a bow from the Hello Honey ribbon and attach to card.



Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget – November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day in Canada 2014

Remembrance Day in Canada will be a solemn event as the country as had a rude awakening over the last month.

We are Canadians, however, we are not protected from the evils of certain individuals. We have always had the thought that what happens in other places couldn’t possibly happen to use.  Well, it did!

Last month, 2 of our Service Men gave their lives because of radicalism.  Not on our soil you say? These 2 individual events will forever change our Canadian lives as we knew it.

I know I always felt safe in this country but now, only time will tell.  Patrice Vincent, a warrant officer, was run down in Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.  Patrice Vincent was run down by a car  and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down in broad daylight. Both of these soldiers were killed by by young men who have been radicalized.

Both of these men gave their lives for our country and like many more before them.  We need to remember that we have our freedoms and way of life because of women and men who were called to serve their country.

My Father served in the Royal Canadian Navy and as a young child, I remember going to the cenotaph to take part in the Remembrance Day event.  We lived in Prince Rupert and I remember the rain, the cold, the hymns, the Last Post and above all the solemness of the day.  I learned at a very young age to respect those that have laid down their lives.

As my children grew up, they also learned what Remembrance Day was about and now today, they continue to share that with their children.

It is important that we continue to respect those in the military as they do a very important job for us…protecting our rights and freedoms!

I leave you with the poem,”In Flanders Field”.  This poem was written in 1915 during World Ware I by John McRae.

Remembrance Day 2014For more poems written for Remembrance Day, you can visit this LINK.


Take Care of Yourself – A Way To A Stress Free Holiday Period

Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Period

Now it’s time to take care of yourself during the holiday period – you deserve it.  In the past couple of posts, I have talked about gifts and entertaining and some ways to cut down on the stress during the holiday and Christmas period.

While we are busy shopping, decorating, baking, making meals, the one this we often forget is you!  We tend to meet others needs before we meet our own.  How do we prevent that?  You need to give yourself permission to take some time for yourself and then take it.

The time for yourself doesn’t need to be a huge chunk of time because often we don’t have that luxury.

Here are some suggestions:

  1.  Find a comfortable place, it could be your bedroom, and read a book for a half an hour.  Of course, if you have small children, then you need to make sure that someone is there for them, or if they take a nap, take the time then.
  2. For older children, make them understand that Mommy needs a “time out” and you are still there for them.
  3. How about a nice luxurious bath, complete with candles, nice relaxing bath products, and a book or music.  This can help relax you.
  4. Try a pedicure or manicure.  Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of going to a salon, but give yourself one of these at home.
  5. Last but not least, spend some time crafting.  Working with your hands and being creative can be a real stress reliever.

So if you find yourself getting stressed during the holidays, take care of yourself.

 Take Care of Yourself Recipe

Stamps: Mingle All The Way.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Versa Mark.

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, All Is Calm DSP, Silver Glimmer.

Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, 2” Circle Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Frosted Sequins.

One of the techniques I used was heat embossing.  However, Stampin’ Up! does not carry every colour of embossing powder.  So to get the effect that I wanted, I first inked my stamp with Versa Mark and inked with Lost Lagoon in.  Make sure that you don’t do it the other way around or you will contaminate the Versa Mark.  Sprinkle the stamped image with Clear Embossing powder, heat with heat gut and you have another colour of embossing.

Give it a try, it’s easy.

So, during this holiday season, take care of yourself.

Christmas and Holiday Idea #2 – Stress less Entertaining

Christmas and Holiday Idea #2 for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

It’s time for another Christmas and Holiday idea to make your season a little less stressful.

Entertaining – Do you tend to entertain over the holidays?  Does it cause you to rethink why you do it?  There’s the baking, buying food, beverages, cleaning the house before and after and of course the over indulgence and then we have to work hard to take off the weight.

  • Perhaps a pared back entertaining season may be in order like serving appetizers instead of a full dinner with all the fixings.  Isn’t the people we like to see and spend time with?
  • How about a pot luck?  Entertaining can be expensive.  Today, more and more people are getting together for holidays and bringing a dish to share.  This really helps out the hostess who needs to contend with all those last minute details.  Why does the hostess or host need to be in the kitchen?  They need to enjoy the company that they are entertaining.
  • Christmas and the Holidays are about the relationships that we need to nurture.  How about arranging a ski, skating, snowmobile or what ever you choose, having a hot dog roast, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Who says that we need to do all the entertaining between Christmas and New Years?  I know that people like to have their house decorated for entertaining as it is the festive season.  However, maybe breaking with tradition and leaving your decorations up for a few weeks past New Years and doing your entertaining then.  People are less busy and perhaps would enjoy a pared down visit.

Now you have another  Christmas and Holiday idea to make this season less stressful.  Try 1, 2 or all 3 and see if any work for you.

I love this stamp set –  All is Calm in Photopolymar. It is so cute and there are so many different ways to use it to create cute cards.

Christmas and Holiday ideaRecipe

Stamps: White Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky.

Accessories: All is Calm Washi Tape, Frosted Sequins, Nordic Designer Button, Aqua Painter, White Baker Twine.

This card takes few supplies and can be made in very little time.

Can you believe I didn’t use the Big Shot?  Must be the first time in a very long time.

The sky is created using the Aqua Painter and Soft Sky ink.  I loaded up the Aqua Painter brush with Soft Sky ink and swiped it across the Whisper White card stock. It doesn’t have to be perfect as it’s the effect that counts.  Just don’t get the Whisper White paper too wet or it will pill.

Christmas Will Be Here Before We Know It

One Thing Is For Sure – Christmas Will Be Here

Ready or not, Christmas will be here!.  It comes the same date every year and every year we tend to get highly stressed about what it is we need to do.  Why is that?

Over the next several posts, I will be identifying ways to help you reduce the stress that the holiday period can bring.

Here is one area that usually cause stress for us over the holidays.

Gifts – Do we really need to do all that shopping for gifts, decorations, food, etc?  Some of the questions we need to ask ourselves are:

  • Do I really want to head out there in the hustle and bustle of the crowds?
  • Do the people that I am buying the gifts for really need what I am buying? Or will they display them and/or use them for a couple of months and then put them away somewhere never to be seen again?
  • Maybe this year, we could put some of that money that we normally spend to other uses and try to come up with ways to make this time of year less commercial.  A couple of suggestions are to donate to a favourite charity on behalf of the person, or perhaps create your own gifts.
  • Maybe a really special Christmas card for that special family member will work. Create a card from the heart and put a special verse inside.

So to start this series off, I have a Christmas card that I created.  Yes, one Christmas card that will go to a special friend.

Christmas Will be Here


Stamps: Bright and Beautiful.

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark.

Paper: Kraft, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Under the Tree DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestone Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

This card utilizes that Under the Tree Designer Series Paper.  It is heavier that the regular cardstock and is a great product for making gift boxes as well as cards.  One side of the paper is colored using Cherry Gobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso and the other side, the designs are printed in white onto Kraft coloured.  So, you can use both sides on 1 project and it all goes together.

The star framelits make the cutting out of the stars so easy and then layering them gives real dimension to the card.

The sentiment was stamped in black onto the DSP and then stamped again on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The words “Christmas & a New Year” were cut out to resemble a banner and layer over the black words.

Finally, the rhinestone jewels were coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and they really had the sparkle to the card.

This card is very easy to recreate and yet it is very effective.  The card will be suitable for someone who likes sparkle and glitz.

So get yourself started on your Christmas gifts and cards because Christmas will be here.