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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It's starting to look like Christmas take #4

Take #4

Hand crafted gifts have been part of Christmas since the beginning of time. I absolutely love sending out home made Christmas cards, gift cards, Money cards, tags, etc.

To me it says..."you matter to me"

Not everyone considers themselves crafty and that's OK because you have people like me who can help you out!

This year I decided to make a bunch of items for VON Community services to sell. All the proceeds will go directly back into our community via the programs they operate. Such programs like Meals on Wheels, Transportation for medical appointments and many more.

This is the first of several posts on the goods available at our local VON office for sale. The office is behind the Antigonish Mall, closer to the Canada Post office. Come in for a visit!



Wine Bottle Jackets! There is a To and From spot on the back!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

It's starting to look like Christmas Take #3


Take #3

Hand crafted gifts have been part of Christmas since the beginning of time. I absolutely love sending out home made Christmas cards, gift cards, Money cards, tags, etc.

To me it says..."you matter to me"

Not everyone considers themselves crafty and that's OK because you have people like me who can help you out!

This year I decided to make a bunch of items for VON Community services to sell. All the proceeds will go directly back into our community via the programs they operate. Such programs like Meals on Wheels, Transportation for medical appointments and many more.

This is the first of several posts on the goods available at our local VON office for sale. The office is behind the Antigonish Mall, closer to the Canada Post office. Come in for a visit!

Wooden Tags!


Acts like the gift tag when you give it then the following year it is a Christmas Ornament so the receiver can think of you each year thereafter.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's starting to look like Christmas Take #2

Take #2

Hand crafted gifts have been part of Christmas since the beginning of time. I absolutely love sending out home made Christmas cards, gift cards, Money cards, tags, etc.

To me it says..."you matter to me"

Not everyone considers themselves crafty and that's OK because you have people like me who can help you out!

This year I decided to make a bunch of items for VON Community services to sell. All the proceeds will go directly back into our community via the programs they operate. Such programs like Meals on Wheels, Transportation for medical appointments and many more.

This is the first of several posts on the goods available at our local VON office for sale. The office is behind the Antigonish Mall, closer to the Canada Post office. Come in for a visit!

Gift Card Holders!

These look like cards but when you open there is a neat place to hold a gift card so it pops ups when the receiver opens it.



Saturday, 2 December 2017

It's Starting to feel a lot like Christmas- Take #1

Hand crafted gifts have been part of Christmas since the beginning of time. I absolutely love sending out home made Christmas cards, gift cards, Money cards, tags, etc.

To me it says..."you matter to me"

Not everyone considers themselves crafty and that's OK because you have people like me who can help you out!

This year I decided to make a bunch of items for VON Community services to sell. All the proceeds will go directly back into our community via the programs they operate. Such programs like Meals on Wheels, Transportation for medical appointments and many more.

This is the first of several posts on the goods available at our local VON office for sale. The office is behind the Antigonish Mall, closer to the Canada Post office. Come in for a visit!

First up are Christmas Cards!




Come in a get yours to send to those who matter the most


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Just be You


Couldn't more proud of this human <3. Love her to pieces more every day and can't imagine this world without her.







Paper line and embellishments: Echo Park- "Just be You"
Stencil: Geometric Heart
Ink: Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage
EK Success- Border Punch  

Lots of stitching

Monday, 27 November 2017

Life is Lovely

We all need to take time to smell the flowers. In this instance I was smelling our gi-normous lilies!

They get larger and more beautiful each each. Right under the kitchen and our room window, the smell waffles through the house for several weeks.








Paper line: Echo Park- "Just be You" and Photo Play- "Think to Remember"
Dies: Edges; Tim Holtz Thinlets- "Calendar Words- Script and Mixed Media"; Lawn Fawn- "Stitched Circles"; Scribbles & Splat"
Ink: Distress Forest Moss and Oxide Picked Raspberry

Lots of sewing

Monday, 20 November 2017

We are Family

This summer I was so happy when it all came together and I was able to host the first ever Sampson/Jackson family gathering!

The weather was beautiful, food was delicious and time together...well that is priceless.

We all get very busy in our lives and rarely do we make unconditional time for each other as we take it for granted that it will always be there.

Got lots and lots of photo's so you'll be seeing more :)





Paper line and Embellishments: Fancy Pants- Family & Co.
Ink: Crushed Olive
Stencil: Simon Say Stamp- "Marilyn"
Dies: Die-amtics- Crossed Stitched Circles; Edge dies

Monday, 13 November 2017

Young Love

Our son and his girlfriend were celebrating a family wedding and took the opportunity to get a few photo's of themselves. This momma was very happy about that!






Products used:
Paper line by Fancy Pants- "Golden Days"
Embellishments by Fancy Pants- "Golden Days"
Inks: Distress Inks Hickory Smoke, Fossilised Amber and Chipped Sapphire
Dies: Spellbinder- Feathers; Die-matics- Cross Stitched Circles

Machine sewing

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Wonderland- With Purple Hair!

Our beautiful daughter is very adventurous with her hair. Always trying new do's. Now when they look good all is well but when they look bad...well lets just sayd on those days I'm happy to have miles between us ;)

This was an odd but good look for her and Carta Bella Paper line- Flora was picture perfect to show case her.

Abby lives in Vancouver so this picture of the very green bush with freshly fallin snow was the real deal....no photo altering here. A rare but very beautiful back drop for this beautiful of a human.





Monday, 30 October 2017

Sweater Weather soon approaching!

Everyone LOVES Sweater Weather <3. They are cozy, soft, snuggley....what's not to love?? Nothing, unless you are a cat that is :)

Sebastian is our first grand-fur baby who "tolerates" the winter dress up days. Too cute not to capture.




Following products were used:
  • Paper line- Warm & Cozy by Carta Bella
  • My Favourite Things Die- Pierced Snowflakes
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Antique Linen/Frayed Burlap/Vintage Photo/Walnut Stain
  • Wooden veneers from stash
  • Circle stamps from stash
  • Old cardboard box
  • Stitching on sewing machine
  • Sequins from Stash 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Bringing back the "old" techniques

Hi friends!

Today I give all the credit to Jennifer McGuire for these cards. She is my go to card making inspiration and often adapt her tips and tricks into my crafting.

I've linked to her blog below and really encourage you to check her out.

Alcohol inks have been around for a very long time and were utilized in many crafters projects. But just like everything else something newer and more exciting came along and Alcohol inks took a back seat. Well hopefully these samples will bring that excitement back!

 These are some of my favourite and I know I will be creating more!








 Jennifer McGuire link to blog





Friday, 13 October 2017

Simon Says Monthly Card Kits and Life

Haven't posted in a while as I've been out and about enjoying life and crafting! 

Card making is currently on the top of my crafting fad and this post shows a little of that work.

I recently signed up for Simon Says Monthly Card Kits and I have to say I'm lovin' it! Even though the cards for September were cutesy, feminine and bright, I loved having everything needed in one box to create a total of 10 cards.













Saturday, 2 September 2017

Heartfelt Handbag- Fall Style

Think we are really fortunate to have four distinct seasons! We get to enjoy new transitions, colours and temperatures.

Purchased my Heartfelt Creations bag last Winter/Spring so I decked it out with Spring/Summer mix media art. Now I get to resign and flip those inserts into the fall theme.

The front pocket is deep which allows for lots of dimension. This is fantastic for the star of the show...The Heartfelt Sunflower!



And the back is perfect for flat art work




Now for close ups and product lists:












Product Spotlight:

Tombow Dual Tip Markers are the show stoppers as these are what I used to add all the colour you see with exception to the edges which was done with Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo.

Markers used were: #991, #098, #905, #027, #026, #977, #879 and #992

Along with the markers the other product that is a must whenever adhering paper to chipboard, cardboard or wood is Tombow Aqua Glue...it is the absolute best!!

Other products included:

  • Heartfelt Sunflower Stamps and Dies
  • Heartfelt Open Leaf Stamps and Dies
  • Tim Holtz Stamp Leaf Prints
  • Tim Holtz Stamp Etceteria
  • Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
  • Paper from Prima- Vintage Emporium Collection 
  • Tim Holtz gold rub-ons
  • Gold Embossing powder
  • Art Glitter for center of flowers- Brown
  • Modeling Paste
  • Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil
  • Sewing
  • Tattered Angels- Clam Bake GM
  • Tattered Angels- Woven Burlap GM
  • Heidi Swamp Gold spray
  • Embellishments from my stash (feather, brads, charms, enamel dots, flags, bird, words)