Wednesday, December 24, 2014

All is calm, All is bright

May your holidays be filled with PEACE, JOY and LOVE!


Fa La La

Here is one of the tags I created using mostly bits and bobs that were hanging around my scrap space. I love using shipping tags as my base - makes for quick and easy tags!

Happy Christmas Eve!

Shanna :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Elf Donuts?!?

Say hello to Blizzard! He got busy one night a week or two ago and baked some elf donuts! Who knew he was so talented!?!
What has your Elf been up to?

Shanna :)

p.s. The kitchen toy was my Mom's when she was a little girl - I love it! Blizzard removed the turkey that was roasting in the oven in order to bake his donuts.


Merry Christmas to you and yours

Another card from my recent creative frenzy! This is the Christmas card I made for my boy's music teacher.

 My eldest is in grade 7 and got to choose a brass instrument to learn this year. He is playing trombone!!! Why then, is there a trumpet on this card? - I love this set from CTMH, but there is no trombone in it - perhaps because it is big and rather awkward. It had been awhile since I had done any embossing and this card screamed for it, so out came the gold embossing powder. I am in LOVE with the font in this fabulous sentiment from CTMH's "Christmas Post" set, love that old-fashioned feel! A simple CAS design, but I do love how it turned out. Unfortunately, not the best photo as I did not have the benefit of daylight to photograph.

.I would like to share at:

Cute Card Thursday - sparkles

Thanks for visiting at this very busy time! Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Christmas time!
Shanna :)

What I used:
CTMH - Delightful Ditty C1590
CTMH - Christmas Post D1610

Monday, December 22, 2014

Candy Cane Kisses

Whew, we have had a busy weekend! A quick post for today!

Here is the inside, simple but fun! I had forgotten about this MFT set!

I would like to share at: 
CAS on Sunday - Christmas theme
Little Red Wagon - anything Christmas

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
MFT - Candy Cane Kisses
CTMH - D1109 Gingerbread (very old set - long retired)
papers from scrap bin
misc. baker's twine

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wishes for SOS

Here is a quickie card I whipped up during my creative "frenzy" on Wednesday! Sometimes its fun to play with traditional colours!

I would like to share at:

SOS - Red Alert
Little Red Wagon - anything Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Shanna :)

What I used:
papers - Peppermint Express 6x6 by American Crafts
Cricut - A Child's Year
wishes sentiment - SU
machine stitching

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Joy

It's no secret that I like to spend time playing in the white stuff - skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, I am game! I had a fabulous ski lesson last night out at Lappe Nordic, skiing under a breathtakingly beautiful, starry sky - it was bliss, and a great workout! If I hadn't been in a lesson, I would have been stopping every 10 minutes just to take in the scenery!

Having said that, this was a super fun card to create! I had been wanting to use my ski die from Winter Gear at Simon Says on a project, then I came across the winter themed brads gifted to me by Donna some time ago and this is what happened. It actually started out as a tag and morphed into a card!

I would like to share at the following challenge blogs:

Tuesday Morning Sketches -

Inky Chicks winter wonderland
Merry Monday - winter theme
CASology - SNOW

Thanks so much for visiting! I busy weekend ahead for us. My boys are playing their first ever duet tonight for their Christmas Piano Recital - "The First Noel." Tomorrow night a party to attend, Sunday we host our annual Christmas Open House combined with our annual Caroling Party - best go cross a few more items off the list!
Shanna :)

What I used:
all stamps: 
trees - CTMH "Bundled Buddies" C1472
Winter - CTMH "Christmas Scripts" C1209
JOY - Hero Arts I think...

papers mostly scraps from the bin
brad - Karen Foster

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Musical cards

I just realized that I am following up my "music tree" post with music themed cards - you would think I planned it that way eh?

Anyhow, today I had what can only be described as a "creative frenzy". I took the day off to tackle a variety of tasks at home including, but not limited to: sorting and wrapping gifts, creating tags & last-minute, person-specific cards, organizing teacher gifts, writing more to-do lists and creating this last-minute set of cards for the boy's music and piano teachers. I made at least two of each one so they will make a nice little set of cards for each.

I had taken note of the fun sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch - it was perfect for whipping up some quick CAS cards for gifting! I would like to share these at CAS(E) this sketch. I am just squeaking in before the deadline!

I made a couple more versions but they are similar so didn't photograph them all.

This is what the inside of the holiday cards look like:

Thanks for visiting! Here's hoping your "to do" list is shrinking! It was a productive day, but it sure looks like a tornado went through my scrap space!

Shanna :)

Quick list of what I used:
Grand Piano - Prima
Sax - CTMH Delightful Ditty C1590
May your days be... CTMH Frosted Cardmaking workshop D1562
Tim Holtz tissue tape
music notes CTMH Sweet Music D1523
Happy Holidays CTMH D1224 Holiday Joy
Ink: CTMH black and Vineyard Berry

Friday, December 12, 2014

Music tree

The hours and days are flying past. I still haven't figured out what happened to October and November, never mind the first 12 days of December!!!

Here's to taking a few moments to just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!

Shanna :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Celebrate 40

 Hubby turned 40! - here is his card. At first, I was stumped as to what theme to go with, then I remembered this fab paper pad I've been hoarding saving from Basic Grey. Since he owns and operates a Driving School, this was perfect!

Here is the inside. My youngest loves to draw Yoshi, so he often adds a Yoshi to things that he signs. :)

I would like to share at Seize the Birthday where the theme this week is "anything goes".

He requested that we not have a big party, but since he was turning the BIG 40, we had to do something...
He had to teach in the classroom on his actual birthday, so we decided to sneak in and leave some ahh, subtle hints for his students!!!

I apologize for the pictures which are rather awful, I had only my cell phone and we were in a bit of a hurry...this is the hallway outside of his class. The big sign on the door is for people to leave comments/congratulations, we left a pen attached to the door.

Big thanks to Donna who knew where to find all the fun 40 stuff! She also helped me out with fun little ideas when I was feeling stumped about what to do considering I was not "allowed" to have a party! My fave find was this "yield tape" that said something to the effect of "caution 40th birthday party."
He has a little fridge in the classroom where he keeps pop and water. Inside, we left 3 Duncan Heinz "Deep and Delicious" marble cakes - his favourite! We left plates, napkins and forks so everyone could dig in a lunch time. I got a text part way through the day asking "do I really have to share?" lol

Unfortunately, my photos were too rushed, but we left a jar full of "rock" candy with a sign that said "40 ROCKS!" We were going to leave a pile of actual garden stones/river rocks, but they froze to the ground before we could get them there, lol!  It would have been lots of work to haul them in there but it would have been rather hilarious to leave him a huge pile of rocks on his desk! 

We also left him a little surprise in his car, 40 Hershey's Hugs & Kisses with a little note. He told us later that we actually surprised him. I consider that a compliment that is nearly impossible!

Have a fabulous day!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Basic Grey "Wander" 6x6 paper pad and ribbon doilies
SU ticket punch
CTMH numbers and sentiments
Gelatins "tread" stamp
MFT buttons

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Eggnog Latte

I just had to share my newest favourite hot drink. I have never really been a coffee drinker, so I like my coffee drinks on the sweet side. Last year, Starbuck's was serving a hot Eggnog drink though I can't recall what it was called. My sister, Krista, and I played around with it and tried to make our own version. The first one we came up with was a version made with Eggnog and Earl Grey tea - yum!

Today's version is made with coffee.
This is how I make it:

Pour approx. 1/2 cup of Eggnog or Eggnog mixed with milk into your coffee cup. Heat in the microwave. Sprinkle in some cinnamon.
Add coffee. I use the medium button on my Keurig machine. Zip together with a frother.
If you want to be fancy (you do, trust me!), top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon & nutmeg on top. Easy on the nutmeg, it can be strong!
(and do not, under any circumstances, count calories! lol)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Today's card is for the current prompt at Jingle Belles (the last of the year!!!) which is "Christmas Feast". Well, turkey may come first to mind to some, but for me, it's all about the sweets - I do love me some gingerbread...and pie and fruitcake and chocolate...

These are pretty quick makes - necessary since its already Dec. 3rd yes? Truth be told, I am about dying to pull out my copics and some fun images that require colouring, but I just can't spend that much time just now, sigh. In any case, it felt so good to whip up a couple of these cuties! I am really pushing the deadline here. I had my card made two days ago, but needed sunlight to photograph - those early dark evenings make it difficult to get things photographed mid-week!
Here is the inside:

I would also like to share at:
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
JUGS - wild card

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
gingerbread and candy cane stamp - CTMH Gingerbread D1109  (long ago retired)
tiny sentiment - SU "Pennant Parade"
inside sentiment - Scrappy Moms "A Holiday to Remember"
SU tiny tag punch"
CTMH chocolate and cranberry ink