Saturday, June 27, 2015

hey there, cupcake!

Today's card is for the "Let them eat cake" challenge at Heart 2 Heart.

I almost forgot! I would also like to share at:

Seize the Birthday - anything goes Birthday (with optional topping "nothing but neutrals")

Keeping it short, my freshly made bed is calling my name!
Thanks for your visit!

Shanna :)

What I used:
CTMH "Cutie Pie" S1412
heart paper - Authentique Irresistible
pink pattern - Pink Paislee "Beauty Parlor"
Bella Bling, seam binding

Friday, June 26, 2015

it's all about love

I continue to enjoy playing with watercolour. Here is a hmmm, well I want to call it a graphic/ CAS card I made for my parents for their anniversary. I do really like this colour combo!

It's the last day of school here in Thunder Bay, ON - hooray for summer holidays!

I am sharing at Friends with Flair over at Unity.

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

what I used:

Unity - It's all about love
papers - from scrap bin
Tim Holtz distress markers 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Smashing The Gathering 2.0

Is it Friday yet??? Oh dear, I really need it to be Friday!

In the meantime, here is my youngest son's recent contribution to our Smash book! He was invited to a sleepover party a few weeks back. He and his friends started referring to it as "The Gathering two point oh." This based on the fact that a Sleepover at the same boy's house back in the winter had been referred to as simply "The Gathering." I couldn't help it...this, I told him, is the title of a scrapbook page! 

I stuck around to visit with the Mom for a bit when I dropped him off at the party. While we chatted, the boys started to appear with "war paint" on their faces. I ventured to ask "when you are all painted, can I take a group shot of you?" I was somewhat surprised with the enthusiastic YES!

So, outside we went, nerf guns, war paint and all, and they actually enjoyed posing for the camera! So, I printed them out at home and brought copies back the next morning when I picked him up. It wasn't too hard to talk him into making the Smash page - after all, he already had a photo and a title!

You might recognize some of those alpha stickers, Lauren! Other embellishments include stamps from CTMH's "Tech Speak," random stickers from the stash and a few characters/items fussy cut from packaging. I encouraged him to include the 5 "W's" - and since he decided that what they did at the gathering was CONFIDENTIAL, he used the various stickers and stamps to sort of represent what they did. I did help with the fussy cutting, but he selected all the elements and placed them as he wanted. I love how he placed the pizza so that it looks like Pac-Man eating pepperoni slices!!! lol

I would like to share this on my son's behalf, at Heart 2 Heart for their masculine challenge, Man oh Man!

Thanks for visiting! I know my son would love to hear what you think about his page.
Shanna :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The important things...

 I've been Smashing again...and it was so much fun!!!

It reads:

The Important things to remember:
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Give hugs
  • Smile lots
  • Kindness matters
  • Get outdoors, fresh air is good
  • Do something kind for someone everyday, PAY IT FORWARD
  • Remind those you care about that you love them, often
  • Laugh lots
  • Be kind to our Earth
  • Live with no regrets
Here are some closer shots, I find these pages so tough to photograph!

 I love the selfie on the right of my boys and I too much to NOT include it even though the quality is rather sketchy. Yes, my son's cap says "I'm weird" - apparently its an "Adventure Time" thing! The funny thing is that he decided to give this cap to my three year old nephew last summer because he loved it, lol!

I would like to share at Heart 2 Heart for the "maps" challenge. The photos in my layout were taken over the last couple of years in a variety of fabulous outdoor places in Ontario -
starting at top left and going clockwise:
  • Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Middlebrun Bay, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
  • Cascades Conservation area, Thunder Bay
  • Tee Harbour, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
  • Centennial Park, Thunder Bay

So although there isn't a map on my layout, there is a globe (representing the importance of caring for our earth) and the theme "important things" while the photos represent the wonderful places where we love to explore.

Since I also managed to include a picture of myself in the layout, I would like to play along with the current challenge at Challenge YOUrself - anything goes!

Edited to add: hmmm, Although I have included more than one photo of myself (the main rule), I am not 100% sure if a Smash layout can be entered in this challenge - if not I apologize. :)

Thanks so much for your visit!
Shanna :)

What I used:
CTMH stamps "Go Green" C1413, "Dream Big" W329, "June Word Puzzle" D1288
Woodgrain washi
flower die cut from an old book, random stickers

Happy Father's Day!

This is the card I made for hubby from the boys. They wrote their messages, etc.on the inside. So happy to finally ink this stamp! I've had it in my stash for at least three years and can't even remember who made it as it is not in its original packaging.

Since I unfortunately did not have time for colouring, the distress inks did the trick! I think I like it. I am going to keep it short since I'm just taking a brief break from the sun and the yard work to do this post. Hoping your weekend has been fabulous!

Playing along with two challenges:
Love Rubberstamps - masculine
Creative Moments - Man in your life

Thanks for visiting!

Shanna :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Vicki, Catherine & Leica Girls

Hooray for Friday!

Time for Friends with Flair. Lately, I have been enjoying coming up with alternate ways to use stamps that I would normally colour. I have lots of this style of stamp, so this is a good thing since I don't always have time to colour. I think using this pink and white patterned paper fit the bill just right.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Unity - Vicki, Catherine and Leica girls
pink pattern - Pink Paislee "Beauty Parlor"
black paper - upcycled notecard
washi, seam binding, faux vintage button
CTMH edge distresser

Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcycled Santa - Naughty or Nice

Happy Monday!

It feels like a long time since I've made, and posted, a holiday card. Time to get my groove on again in the Christmas department!

I have had three of these images from the back of my Christmas postage stamps hanging about on my desk since Christmas. They are so whimsical, I just could not throw them away. I was sure I would use them somehow, perhaps in a Smash book, so I saved them and here we are.

I was able to play along with a few challenges:
Jingle Belles - shake it Santa Baby - use and image of Santa or make a shaker card or both
Winter Wonderland - Santa Claus is coming to town
Tis' the Season - inspiration photo

Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Shanna :)

What I used:
graphic from the back of a package of 2014 Canadian Christmas postage stamps
leftover die cut from the stash pile
sequins, washi tape
paper: Kaiser Craft - "Tis the Season" 6x6 collection

Friday, June 12, 2015

you don't always need a plan...

I made this card for a friend recently. This sentiment was somehow perfect for the situation, I love it when that happens.

I question now whether adding the washi tape was too much. Maybe it was one of those things that looked better in real life. Here is the inside too, super simple.

I am sharing this over at Friends with Flair.

I used Unity's "Books a flutter" stamp to make a card for our school librarian earlier this week. You can see it here if you are interested.

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Unity - November 2013 and January 2014 Kit of the Month
Tim Holtz distress markers, waterbrush

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Did you hear the news?

Good morning!

I am sharing today's card at:
Make my Monday - shabby chic
Heart 2 Heart - warm vs. cool - this one stumped me until I decided to go with warm vs. cool colours - mint green being the cool colour, and pink the warm

I decided to make this into an easel card - haven't made one of those for a long time!

Thanks for visiting!

Shanna :)

What I used:
CTMH "Typed Note" S1504
darkroom door  "Vintage Office" DDRS113 (for the envelope images)
seam binding
washi tape & buttons
CTMH edge distresser
pink paper Pink Pailslee Vintage Vogue Beauty Parlour
black & white paper up-cycled from a notecard

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Thanks from the library of

Happy Sunday! It was a rainy day and I managed to sneak into my crafty space (my happy place) long enough to create this! I was inspired by a number of challenges. See below.

My boys are avid readers and as such, they like to remember to thank their school librarian at Christmas and at year end - only a few weeks left - so this should do the trick methinks! :)

Here is the inside:

The quote reads:

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes the day happier." - Kathleen Norris

How true it is!

Are you a reader too? I am always on the lookout for recommendations! What is your fave title/author ever? Lately, I have been reading a lot of what my 10 and 13 year old read so I can be "up to speed." I love historical fiction. I would love to hear what you have been reading!

 I made this card for a few challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge -

The Paper Players - masculine card

Inkspirational - photo inspiration

Thanks so much for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
focal image - Unity "Books a flutter"
other stamps on front of card - CTMH "Scholastic Scrapbooking Workshop" C1517 and "Thank you" D1361
papers - CTMH
CTMH buttons and edge distresser
sentiment on inside: MFT Clearly Sentimental about  books
circle punch
CTMH inks: ruby, outdoor denim, black

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pokemon Happy Birthday!

Version one with input from my son regarding which sentiment he wanted.

And here is version two. My ten-year old was going to a party this weekend and we decided on a Pokemon theme since the gift was Pokemon trading cards. The focal point for my card is Pansage Pokemon - he was cut from the salvaged packaging of a toy my son purchased some time ago. This comes in handy I find, especially for cards for boys. He was delighted with how the first card turned out so I decided to make a second for the stash.

and the inside:

I would like to share at:
Little Red Wagon - use it up - I love chevrons but rarely use them - I cracked open "Sighseer" for my first card and "Happy Everything" for my second - both are CTMH stamp sets that had not yet been inked. I also "used up" the two pokemon images that had been hanging around my scrap table for at least a year waiting for the right project to put them to use.

Happy Weekend! Thanks for your visit,

What I used:
CTMH "Happy Day" D1041 and "Sightseer" C1534 (first card)
CTMH "Happy Everything" D1653 (second card)
paper from DCWV and scrap bin
character is Pansage Pokemon saved from the packaging of a toy

Friday, June 5, 2015

Always in my thoughts

It's Friends with Flair day at Unity!
Hooray for Friday!

Here is my card. I had more fun with my distress markers. I laid the colour down on my plastic mat, spritzed, then pressed the paper into the ink. Layering dark images on top just seemed like the thing to do.

I would also like to share at Cute Card Thursday - summer colours

Thanks for visiting!
Shanna :)

What I used:
Unity - January 2014 Kit of the month
Tim Holtz distress markers, waterbrush
cardstock from the scrap bin!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Somewhere over the rainbow...

and the inside:

I would like to share at:
The Paper Players - tic tac toe (blue/embossing/patterned paper)
Little Red Wagon - use it up - use something from your stash that has never been used - that would be my cloud embossing folder

Make My Monday - inspiration photo

So glad you stopped by!
Shanna :)

What I used:
CTMH "Over the Rainbow" D1426
CTMH button
SU embossing folder