Thursday, 31 December 2015

January Challenge: Gecko Galz "All that Glitters"

Happy New Year Friends. I hope that your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to 2016 with an optimistic view. The holidays were busy around here as well. It's always busy when the children are home from school, my husband is home from work and everyone we know seems to pop over to say hello. Its a wonderful time of year that reminds me of our many blessings.

Between Skylander quests and origami overseeing, I had a chance to get a tiny bit of creative work done.

I created this beautiful card using the new High Society paper from Gecko Galz. The exact paper is HS09. I also used the beautiful image from the Pretty Portraits 2 Collage sheet.

You will need:

  1. 5x7 card base or cardstock to create one
  2. Red cardstock of your choice (I used Bazzil)
  3. Glitter glue
  4. floral spray (I found mine at the dollar tree in with the Christmas decorations and chopped it up)
  5. rolled roses 
  6. handmade hat pins

Making the Card:

  1. Cut your red cardstock to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 to create the large mat
  2. Cut the High Society paper to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2
  3. Cut red cardstock to 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 to create small mat
  4. Cut image to 3 1/2 x 2 1/2
  5. Create two rolled roses. I used the CTMH Artiste Cartridge and then inked them using Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in scarlet and cranberry.
  6. Adhere large red mat to base.
  7. Adhere design paper.
  8. Arrange flower spray and paper roses and adhere to card.
  9. Adhere focal image to small mat and attach to card using foam squares.
  10. Insert hat pins under the edge of image or spray and adhere.
  11. Using a fine tip glitter glue, trace the flourishes on the design paper.
  12. Allow to dry completely.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Christmas Wishes

Dear friends;

I just want to take the time to thank each of you for allowing me into your life this year. Though we may not have been able to sit with a warm coffee and plate of cookies inspiring each other's creativity, you are all my friends just the same.

I wish each of you a wonderful Christmas. I hope that your home is filled with laughter and good cheer. As we take time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour keep all those in need in your prayers.

My Grandma's Teacups will be closing today for the holidays in order to be able to spend this magical time of year with my children and husband...and yes my studio dog Titan. I look forward to 2016 and all the exciting things that it will bring. I can't wait to start my journey with my new design teams CCB and Gecko Galz and also with working with Picket Fences.

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 everyone. I will see you in January.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Gecko Galz Seasons Greeting Challenge

Aren't the challenges on Gecko Galz so much fun. I wish that I had known about them sooner as I am having a blast creating all these new styles. 

This challenge was of course a Christmas Challenge. I really like the way it turned out. I find challenges that don't limit colour choice are much easier for me.

Material Used:

  • Gecko Galz Oh Christmas Saying OCS09
  • Do Crafts Denim Lace
  • American Crafts Cardstock
  • Close To my Heart Colonial White Card Base
  • Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge Rolled Rose
  • Ebay Leave
  • Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Crayola Pencil Crayons 
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • Stickles
  • Flat Back Pearls

  1. I always start by colouring my focal image. It sets the tone for the whole card. Depending on the colours that come out of it determines what supplies I will use on the card. 
  2. Double mount the focal image on dark and then lighter blue cardstock creating a 31/2x31/2 square.
  3. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 (I ran mine through my cuttlebug to add some dimension). Ink the edges with Old Paper Distress ink and attach it to a piece of dark blue cardstock.
  4. Attach the blue lace to the blue and cream layer, securing the lace on the back with a piece of tape. Attach the layer to  the card base.
  5. Using Foam squares attach the focal image to the card base. Be sure to add a bit of extra pressure where the foam squares attach to the lace. 
  6. Arrange your leaves and rolled flower to the bottom left corner. Add three half back pearls to the bottom right of the focal image. are so creative!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Gecko Galz Gold and Cream Colour Challenge

Admittedly I rarely work in gold. Its just so flashy and I tend to lean...bend...hang right over on the muted vintage coloured side of things. It is always fun though to pick up a challenge and run with it. You would have laughed if you had seen my husband's face when he came home from work and saw the gold foil card on my bench. I think he wondered if I was having a midlife crisis. Truly, that's how predictable my colour palette is.


  • The card is 5x7 and I used a card base from core'dinations.
  • Colonial White Cardstock from Close To My Heart
  • Gold glitter mac tack from the dollar store
  • Berry Sprig from the dollar store
  • Cream Coloured Lace from Do Crafts Madame Payrauds collection
  • Focal Image Gecko Galz Angelica Stamp A06
  • Green leaves from ebay

  1. First I coloured the image using a combination of coloured pencils and spectrum noir markers. I like the contrast that you can create with the shiny gold pencil crayon and the deep blue inks. 
  2. Once the image was coloured I set it aside for a moment and took the gold foil and attached it to a 51/4x 31/4 piece of cardstock. Trim the focal image to 5x3 and adhere it to the foiled cardstock.
  3. Next I cut a 5x7 piece of cardstock and covered it with foil. You could put it directly on the card base if you are brave. I am not, so I used the extra cardstock.  Cut another 6x4 piece of cardstock and and mount it to the gold foiled piece. Attach these to your card base.
  4. Cut a 5 inch piece of lace and layer it on the left hand side of the card.
  5. Using foam squares attach the mounted focal image to the card base.
  6. Arrange your berries and leaves in the bottom left corner and you are done. 

See how crafty you are.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Preparations

I always have a hard time deciding on what to get for the teachers and bus drivers. It feels like over the years I have bought the same gifts hundreds of times. I don't think that I have but it sure feels that way. Some years I have time to have some fun with it. Other years its a run to Shoppers Drug Mart late the night before school is done for the holidays to grab boxes of chocolates. One year I had a stellar idea and went out and purchased a styrofoam cooler, root beer, flip flips, a baseball cap and a huge thick steak for the bus driver for the end of the year. That was by far my favourite gift. It just suited Bob so well it was perfect.

I decided this year to take some of the creative pressure off me and have the kids start to take a hand in their Christmas gift giving. I saw these super cute little wooden trees from Kaisercraft and thought they would make darling gifts. I ordered 6 small trees. I happened to notice that the large size was on sale so I bought 5 of them as well. Well, I almost fell over when the UPS guy dropped off my package. The small trees are like 4 inches tall. The large trees are like 3 feet tall. Talk about super-sizing your order. They are really pretty though so I am definitely pleased with the purchase.

We started working on the tree on Saturday. Little man was all gung ho to get painting but that wore of pretty quick. He abandoned me to finishing up all the little inside spaces. He did however come back for glittering and attaching the decorations. I was using my favourite Craft Medley glue and holding each decoration in place as it dried. This was of course too slow for my ADHD ridden 6 year old. I see him run over to my tool bench and say "wait for it". Then in a stroke of what he felt must of been pure genius he pulled out three hot glue guns and some glue sticks. Pretty clever. I will blame my not thinking of it on the glue fumes. He had his tree sufficiently decorated in less that 15 minutes.

My daughter chose a less traditional colour for her tree. She was going with Frozen colours of purple, white and blue. She carefully lines up all the little balls on one side and then lost interest. Little man decided she was too slow and hot glued balls everywhere he thought there should be an eye for the birds.

Middleman is more like his father. He carefully added his paint ensuring that it was done in very precise thin coats. You will notice that the job is not complete....ahem...just saying the nut don't fall very far ;)

The small trees are just drying and then I will be gluing beads as ornaments. I think they are going to turn out stinking cute.

Yesterday Dawnette Varnell Cress asked us in a group what was on our craft bench and I jokingly replied chocolate. The truth is that is the only place my chocolates would fit as the whole family has taken over the studio. I love that are all so willing to try new crafts. It allows me to my hubby that some of my craft hoard was bought for the

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Angel Ornament : Lindsay Angel Wings Rubber Stamp

My new stamp just came in a few days ago and I have been dying to try it out. The name of the stamp is Lindsay and it is from Angel Wings Rubber Stamps. I have never used one of their stamps before but I was quite impressed by the fine detail and quality of the stamp. When I saw this stamp online I fell in love but was not really sure what I wanted to use her for. While clearing away some clutter from my desk I came across some glass ornaments that I have left over from a project last year and decided a Christmas Angel ornament for one of my besties was a perfect choice.

I used brown Memento ink as I was not sure exactly what medium I was going to use to colour sweet Lindsay and I figured that left the most options open for me. I started out by colouring with my pencil crayons only to find that 3/4 of the colours had been spirited away by aspiring young artists that love to play in my studio....and with my electric pencil sharpener. Needless to say, the project design was changed up as I could not see this little girl with green hair and an orange face. The entire dress and wings were done with plain old crayola pencil crayons and then I used my spectrum noir markers for her hair and skin. I found her eyes were extremely difficult to get right as they are impossibly small. I think that this is one of those stamps though that are just to sweet for one little spot to ruin the look. After she was all coloured I inked her with Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye. I used a small amount of stickles on her wings.

Here is how she turned out.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Tag Using Gecko Galz Winter Magic Image

Gecko Galz Christmas Tag

I was so excited to be chosen for the 2016 Gecko Galz design team, that I decided to jump right in and create my first project. My fingers are still blue with ink but I was so anxious to share how my tag turned out that I did not even wait to clean up.

The image that I used of the little girl and also the Winter Magic Sentiment are part of the Winter Magic image set that is free with a purchase from the Gecko Galz Etsy shop during the month of December.

Materials Used

  • Gecko Galz Winter Magic
  • white tissue paper
  • blue Distress Ink
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Sparkling Poinsettia Leaves Stamp and Die
  • Swirls Embossing Folder
  • Reclaimed vintage lace
  • Pretty Pearls 3D Paint
  • Iridescent paper (mine is off white)
  • Colonial White Cardstock
  • Die cut rolled flowers

Making The Tag:

Cut out layers for tag first. 
Use the iridescent paper for the smaller inset layer. Emboss using the swirls folder. Ink the embossed image as desired. Mount the layer onto the cardstock base. Attach lace to bottom of the card. My lace was quite thin so I used 4 layers of the off white lace and two of the blue lace. 

Punch a hole in the top of your tag. Pull a piece of lace through the hole. Attach a paperclip at the back of the tag to hold the lace in place and then thread the other side back through the hole. Now your bow will stay put. 

Next I printed off my Gecko Galz images using my HP inkjet printer. I used the iridescent paper for this but you could just as easily use the plain cardstock. I trimmed out the images I wanted to use for this project. Using my Sizzix I die cut the little girl image then inked the edges using blue distress ink. The Winter Magic sentiment I inked the edges with the blue distress ink and then rolled the ends in opposite directions to create a scroll effect. 

Using the white tissue paper cut a chunk about 2 feet long. At one end cut several sections vertically 1/3 of the length. These will become your branches. Twist each branch as firmly as you can and then put a bit of glue on it to make it stay. When you get to the end of the small sections keep twisting and create the trunk of the tree. Again, apply a small amount of glue to help it stay tight. Allow the tree to dry thoroughly. 

While it is drying stamp your leaves on white cardstock using the blue distress ink and cut them out. Once they are cut edge the leaves with more blue ink. Allow the ink to shade towards the centre of the leaf. Assemble your rolled flowers and ink them with blue distress ink.

Once everything is dry you can lay out the pieces to see where you would like it all to fit. Once you are happy with it, use liquid adhesive or hot glue to attach the pieces. Using the Pretty Pearls 3D paint go over the branches of the tree where you think snow would gather as well as a large dollop to cover the base of the tree and under the little girls foot. Use the Diamond glitter to create a frosty look all over your flowers, leaves and tree. Let the tag dry well before moving. Enjoy.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Bunting By Sarah

I love social media as it allows me to meet people all over the world and share in my passion for all things crafty. I would like to introduce you to my new friend Sarah. Her work is so adorable I thought I would share it so that you could all see what she does. If you have a wee one on your Christmas list this year (as i know many of you had new grandbabies, nieces and bumpkins added to your family this year) you may just have stumbled upon the perfect gift.

Bunting By Sarah: 

came about after I had the idea of making some bunting as a present for my friend's little girl’s Christening.  The bunting turned out well, I received positive comments from the people who saw it, and most importantly I enjoyed making it (I enjoy most things crafty) so thought why not set up a small business for some pocket money, as I’m a full-time stay at home Mum. I started with a few orders through friends and family, and eventually expanded on to Facebook and eBay. I’ve recently joined twitter which has allowed me to expand my customer base further.( @buntingsbysarah)
My bunting has the personal touch (due to being customisable), which shop bought product s don't, and I can offer buntings for all occasions – Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christenings, Charity Events etc. – and of course I can also offer personalised buntings which are perfect for nurseries and kids bedrooms.
Customers can choose their preferred colour schemes, and also choose from a variety of (ever expanding) cut outs, for that added personal touch.
I can be found on Facebook ( and Twitter (
For all enquiries, please contact me via email @


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Drum Roll Please: Announcing the Winner of the Party Plan Divas Planner Giveaway!!!

Did you get in on the amazing giveaway generously donated by the wonderful Lynsey Jones Owner and Creative Genius of Party Plan Divas?? Well our winner did, and she will be receiving the Party Plan Divas Party Planner. That's allot of "P"s.

Our winner is:

Thanks again Lynsey Jones for supporting this giveaway. If you are in direct sales and are not Anita Brown :) You can still order a copy of this planner from Party Plan Divas. There is so much information available on Lynsey's site you will be ready to explode your business in 2016.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Fabscraps High Tea Chipboard Mini Album - update

I made the decision to put my mini on ebay after all. I thought I would share the pictures that I took of it before I let it go.

If you missed my youtube walkthrough of this album here you go:

Friday, 27 November 2015

Nothing but Excitement

Hello Guys.
Once again I have neglected you. I apologise. I was trying to do a haul video on Wednesday but I just could not get it to load. I am not sure if it is because I live in a rural area, or if it is from all the people jamming the internet to see if they can find sneak peek Black Friday deals.

One amazingly exciting thing that happened on Monday was that Picket Fences Country Rock Band members Joe and Pam VanCoughnett stopped by and asked me to be their band manager. If you can imagine, I will be going out to some outside of my house. I am over the moon excited to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people. So if you require the services of a totally awesome party band, I know one!

As if that is not enough to send me spinning, I checked my email before going to bed and read this:

Congratulations you have been invited to join the Canvas Corp Brands 2016 Creative Crew. 

What, NO WAY!!!!!! I followed the link to the website and low and behold


     NOVEMBER 20, 2015

    We are so excited to announce the newest members of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew, they join an amazing group of designers that inspire our world everyday.  The 2016 Crew will come together to bring amazing projects, inspiration and new ideas that will take us to new creative places.   We are so thankful to everyone who applied and we so wished we could have taken everyone.
    Martha Lucia Gomez      Rebekka Hay        Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan       Cherry Nelson       Alison Osborn      Marta Piekarczyk        Virag Reti       Marie Sheil      Betsy Skagen        Pamella Johnson     Ann Tatum       Nancy Wethington      Trish Cortez        Teresa Abajo        Zinia Amoiridou         Jarrier Angelique       Elizabeth Brown       Shel Cochran       Kim Escalera       Lynn Good       Shannon Green        Connie Hall        Marie Nicole Heiderscheit        Lena Holmstrom          Barbara Housner          Heather Kindt          Heather Kraafter        Patricia Lane       Jean Marmo        Lori McCausland         Lindsay Rickett         Susan Salyer       Patti Senter        Peggy Terrell    Beth Watson      Larissa Pittman      Tracy Sagriff       Tracy Evans          Michelle Mitchell        Ricki Treleaven           Evelyn Walter         Maggie Armstrong        Trista Ree          Suzanne Czosek          Laura Denison         Marta Grochocka           Nancy Hawes          Mandy Leever          Danielle Mack     Sherry Mendoza        Yana Novykova          Jennifer Rizzo         Vicki Ross         Tina Rutledge         Nicoletta Zanella        Jorunn Langas Andreassen         Marfisa Bradford        Teresa Castaneda          Patter Cross       Nancy Gains
    There is even a cool little animation there if you want to check it out. 2016 Canvas Crew Announcement
    So now I am also an official design team member with Canvas Corp (7Gypsies and Tattered Angels).
    Then on Tuesday I received a voicemail message from the manager of an author that wrote a book about using scripture to heal anxiety and depression....hello...and they want to talk to me about doing some social media promotion for them.  2016 looks like its shaping up to be a pretty incredible year. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter because there will be lots of new exciting things happening here too.

    Monday, 23 November 2015

    Colouring For Adults

    This year has brought about some interesting trends in the papercrafting industry. People have moved on from Smash Books and Project Life to simpler forms of expression like adult colouring and paper doll making. Its incredible the amount of interest that these new colouring books have stirred up. I was at a show on Friday and all the vendors were discussing this new fad.  Its really not a new fad though when you think about it. Stamping and scrapbooking have allowed people the guilt free opportunity to colour for a very long time. Why now are the colouring books specific to adults flying off the shelves? Its actually quite simple. We are all stressed. Not necessarily the depression, anxiety invoking type, sometimes its just our daily pace that causes our body or more importantly our brain to feel overworked. When we colour our mind is forced to focus on the small decisions required to complete the picture. The selection of colours, the type of medium to use, which picture to colour, all of these small decisions relieve our brain of having to tackle the larger issues in our life. Its like a mini vacation for our mind. Adult colouring books are being recommended by art therapists because of the therapeutic value they provide.People that were ruminating over health issues or personal problems felt immediate relief from just sitting down and colouring. It certainly does not have to be any particular book. Choose a book or even print off a free page that is the most detailed that you are feeling confident in tackling. For me, colouring the Prima Doll stamps provides me with the same calming effect as colouring the more detailed books. Find something that is of interest to you and give it a try. They are also great gifts for just about everyone on your Christmas list.

    Try Adult Colouring with some of these free printable pages. Follow my board as I will be pinning new pages as I find them. Follow My Grandma's Teacups's board Colouring For Adults on Pinterest. Or purchase from Amazon

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    The Best Part About Blogging

    There are so many aspects to blogging that I just love. Having the opportunity to share your ideas and projects with your community of fellow crafters is such an inspiration. It makes me more accountable to create....or more accurately, finish my art projects so that I am able to share them with all my subscribers.

    It also affords a wonderful time capsule for me so that I can look back at my year and say hey I did all that....or whooo I better get my rear moving. I decided to put some of the posts  from the last year on Pinterest on just one board so that it is easy for me to showcase all my posts.

    I hope you enjoy this more visual account of the past year on my blog. Your comments and support have made me a better crafter. I hope some of my ideas have inspired you too.

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    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Sparkling Poinsettia Mixed Media Canvas

    Its time for Christmas gift projects at the library already. Whoosh where did the time go? This year I really wanted to do some type of mixed media project but as we are limited to 2 hours for the class I was a bit stumped. Luckily I spoke to Vicki Gee at a crop last month and she helped me work the details out in my head.

    This is the project we will be creating December 3rd at the Tyendinaga Public Library.

    Materials Used:

    • blank canvas
    • Heartfelt Creation Sparkling Poinsettia Dies and Stamps
    • Tattered Rose and Ground Espresso Distress Ink
    • Sharpie (gold)
    • Just Believe Paper 
    • Glitter Washi
    • Lots and Lots of Mod Podge (matte)

    Friday, 13 November 2015

    Women Empowering Women

    Women Empowering Women. That is the name of the local networking group run by Karen Tweedy Independent Director at Thirty-One Gifts. I love the name but I love the experience even more. Karen and I share a common passion for helping other Women achieve their dreams. Sometimes that means dragging them through countless social media tasks, sometimes it means celebrating their achievements over hot chocolate at Panera. The reason that this group is so effective is that we not only openly share our best marketing and sales ideas, we boost each other's confidence and gently nudge them closer to their goals. The group keeps us motivated, and accountable. That is something that is lacking when you are a one woman shop. I just want to thank all the members of the group for their ideas and support. I encourage all of our Independent Business women to find a tribe of women and start empowering one another.

    Another great woman that is devoted to lifting other business women up is my friend Lynsey Jones. She owns a company called Party Plan Divas. Lynsey has devoted so much time to creating wonderful videos with tips and tricks to help people build their business. Lynsey has chapters of her Divas all over and she is heavily involved in assisting each chapter reach their goals. Lynsey is busy with promoting all her Divas in the Christmas Gift Guide right now but she is going to be joining us on the blog to discuss issues affecting women entrepreneurs in the near future. In the meantime, Lynsey will be sponsoring a giveaway of one of her amazing Party Plan Diva Agenda's. All you have to do to enter is sign up for her daily party plan tips email. (I have been receiving them for years and she has brilliant tips) as well as signing up for my monthly email list. Pretty easy right.

    This is an older video that explains the planner. It was the first planner designed specifically for Party Planners. (Direct Sales).

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    Thursday, 12 November 2015

    Heartfelt Creations Haul and Scrapbook Club Project

    Don't you just hate it when technology issues mess with your plans. For whatever reason blogger would not publish yesterday. I tried well into the night and no luck. I decided that the best thing to do is combine the two posts (yesterday's video and today's project.) So it will be like getting to watch a whole season of your favourite show on Netflix. Ha. Well close enough.

    This is the video showing the Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies that arrived yesterday.

    This is the project we are working on tonight in our scrapbook club. 

    Supplies Used:

    • Twig & berry Paper Collection (Kaisercraft)
    • Twig & Berry Diecut Pack
    • Heartfelt Creations Sparking Poinsettia Stamps
    • Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Dies
    • Ruby Rock It Christmas Ribbon 
    • Close to My Heart Ruby, Barn Red, English Ivy, Ponderosa Pine and Honey Inks
    • Ground Espresso Distress Ink
    • Flat back gems from Ebay (I paid 24 cents and it was free shipping)
    • Craft Medley Clear Glue

    Tuesday, 10 November 2015

    Bell Campaign: Lest We Forget

    What does a poppy mean to you? Please take a moment to watch a video that pays tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces members and all those who have served our country in war and peace.

    Posted by Bell Canada on Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Monday, 9 November 2015

    Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia

    We don't have satelite or cable at our house because I felt it influenced the children too much and put them into the whole commercialization loop. Somehow though I don't seem to apply the same principle to my own viewing habits. I watched a video from Heartfelt Creations the other day and ended up ordering all the supplies that they they used. I could not help myself, I had to have it.

    Here is my shopping list from the other day:

    Thats right, I purchased both sets of dies, the coordinating stamps, the background stamp and the paper collection. Now I am stalking the UPS guy because I can't wait to get my hands on my new toys.

    This is the video that did me in.

    I am hoping that the delivery will arrive before Thursday so that I can incorporate these beautiful flowers into our club layout this week. We will be working with the "Twig and Berry" collection from Kaisercraft.

    Friday, 6 November 2015

    Rolling with it

    Hey guys, I am so sorry that I have been neglecting the blog this week, although those reborn dolls were incredible weren't they. My mind has been focused this week on getting my store all packed up again to take to the Melrose Craft Sale. It is my favourite sale of the year. I never sell much but I enjoy sitting and chatting with all the people from my area that stop in. There is a comradery at that sale that I have not seen anywhere else. Many of the vendors have been there for over 20 years. They know each other's kids, grandkids and great grandkids in some cases. That is a pretty special environment to get the privilege to be apart of.

    Do you ever just get wrapped up in the nostalgia. I love hearing all of their stories. In case you are feeling reminiscent while I am away, check out my vintage elements board to get inspired to create something vintage.

    Follow My Grandma's Teacups's board vintage design elements on Pinterest.

    I promise I will try to take some pictures in case you can't stop by. If you get a chance though you should come down and enjoy the show for yourself. There are such talented artists and crafters there.

    Wish me luck. I have to drive my daughter to Kingston in the morning as she broke her knee yesterday and she needs to see a specialist. Then I have to rush back home and get ready to set up the show before 3. Last year I did not get there until 3:30 as my little guy got kicked out of school that day and the principal wanted to discuss the behaviour. Everyone better behave this time or they will be grounded forever.

    Have a wonderful weekend and I will post more often next week I promise.

    Take care.

    Tuesday, 3 November 2015

    Guest Blogger Exposed: Denise Marchetti

    Last week we were fortunate enough to have the talented Denise Marchetti share her beautiful Prima Doll Calendar with us. I was so impressed with Denise's talent that I decided to delve deeper to learn more about this creative mind.

    You will not believe what Denise really does with all that talent. REBORN BABIES! Have you heard of these. I only learned of them about a year ago when someone posted on facebook about having adopting a doll. I am a child of the eighties so I was an adoption certificate carrying Cabbage Patch Mom. I followed up on the link to see what the fuss was about. Honey, these aren't our Cabbage Patch kids. 

    Check out some of Denise's Work:

    Denise does not have any reborn babies waiting to be adopted at this time, but if you want to be placed on her adoption list follow this link Hand"D"Creations. There is also an amazing look into the hours it takes to go through the process of creating these sweet dolls.

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    Monday, 2 November 2015

    Prima Doll Mixed Media Mini Canvas: Always be your own kind of wonderful

    Late last night I was inspired when a mini canvas fell off my bench and onto my toe. Hey some people are inspired by apples hitting their head...for me a good swift knock on the toe does just fine. I made the decision that I have too many half finished projects lurking in my studio. One would think that I would have come to that conclusion before hurting myself, but potato p-a-t-a-t-o. 

    I got out my Prima Doll stamps and an old pad of DCWV paper, a few Prima flowers and flourishes and some Basic Grey Rub Ons and mini canvas masterpiece was born.

    Here is what I did:

    1. I had previously painted the canvas a blotchy mix of pink and white acrylic paint. 
    2. I sanded down some of the areas of the canvas so that the texture showed through.
    3. I used the white rub ons and my bone folder to put the flourishes in the upper centre to right side of the canvas, trying to have as much show through were I intended to place my doll.
    4. Using a plain white paper doily cut in half I created a half moon on the right centre of the canvas.
    5. I had some Prima Say It With Crystals flourishes in the studio so I used one in the top left .
    6. I had some left over scraps of a crocheted doily from our club layout from a few weeks ago so I used it to create a sort of base to ground all the elements at the bottom of the canvas.
    7. Silver filigree and some pretty Prima flowers were added to the crocheted doily pieces.
    8. Using the "Always be your own kind of wonderful" stamp from Close To My Heart, I stamped my sentiment with black Memento Ink  and then coloured it with cotton candy ink (which I applies using a makeup sponge).
    9. I popped the sentiment up on foam squares and then finally adhered my pretty Prima Doll. She is inked using Tattered Rose Distress ink.

    Thats It. As my little guy would say "easy peasy, lemon squeezy".

    Friday, 30 October 2015

    Fabscraps High Tea Paper Collection: Teapot Mini Album

    The second mini that I created with the paper was actually the one I started with. I loved the whole idea of the teapot shape and the cute embellishments. Somewhere though along the way I lost my mojo on this project. Luckily I have great inspiration on tap from the Facebook Group 4 Gs (Girls, Grins, Glitter and Glue)  They came up with some brilliant additions to finish this project off.

    Here is where it sits now:

    Don't mind the shaky hands. I have an anxiety disorder and sometimes I am a bit shaky. Also I saw on a video by Crafter 45 once that people are distracted by wounds that are unexplained. The scratches are from my big sucky King Shepherd Titan who thinks he is a lap dog. At 120lbs I beg to to differ with him.

    Thursday, 29 October 2015

    Fabscraps High Tea Paper Collection :Chipboard Mini Album

    I admit that I am a paper hoarder. Honestly though, if you are going to be a hoarder, don't you think scrapbooking supplies is a wonderful thing to collect?

    This week, well the last couple of months on and off really, I have been enjoying the fabulous Fabscraps High Tea Paper Collection. No really, I bought the whole collection.

    Uhmmmm, two of the collection really but who's counting. I love the theme (come on High Tea...My Grandma's Teacups) and the designs are so beautiful. 

    I have only worked my way through a small portion of the first kit and have already created two really fun mini's.

    This is the first. It is an 8x8 chipboard mini.

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Christmas Card Club Designs from last week

    Oh my goodness, I swear I think I am losing my mind. I had intended to put these pictures up on the blog last Friday. I don't know where my mind is these days. In a positive light, I am getting them posted prior to Christmas so that is a plus.

    We were working with the Docraft Ultimate Vintage Diecuts Pack (sorry its sold out). There are 60 pages of vintage images in this set. We have decided to use it over 3 clubs as there is just so much in this kit. We also used the cream, textured 5x7 card bases from Anita's. This is the first time I had purchased these cards and they are really good quality.They come in a package of 20 cards and envelopes.

    We made 10 cards total. 2 each of 5 designs.

    We used a little bit of glitter glue and a pinch of glittery washi tape to glam up the cards. Some of the ladies also used embossing folders and distress ink. The card with the Angel is best completed using medium thick foam squares. My first one had really thick squares and it was really bulky looking.

    Our next card club is not until the end of November so you will have to check back to see what else we cook up.

    In the meantime be sure to follow my Cardmaking board on Pinterest for lots of inspiration for your own cards.

    Follow My Grandma's Teacups's board Cardmaking on Pinterest.

    Monday, 26 October 2015

    Guest Design By Denise Marchetti : Prima Doll Calendar

    One of the absolute best parts of having a craft business is that you meet the most talented people. The other day I was fortunate enough to have Denise Marchetti in my studio. Denise was telling me about this amazing calendar that she had created using her Prima Stamps. I was intrigued and she promised to share pictures of her masterpiece as soon as possible. Well guess what, she sent them to me Thursday. So knowing me as as you do, of course it took me until now to to get everything organized to share them.

    Here we are: Denise Marchetti's Prima Doll Calendar.

    January, is birthday theme as my daughter and granddaughter are 
    both January babies I used anything I had on hand that 
    would go with my theme.great idea to use scraps and from your stash!

    February: Valentine's Day

    March: Easter is in March 2016

    April: Vacation theme
    May: Bring in May flowers from stamps I have

    June: Used stamp of the month from close to my heart 
    and SU lovely as a tree

    July was paper piecing to create a scene at the beach

    August is stickers from leftover packages I had
    September is back to school

    October: My favourite one is large spider web stamp embossed 
    with black and then spiders are from die and so are pumpkins

    November: Leaves falling (some distressing and inking)

    December: Waiting for Santa santa in window is fussy cut from paper 
    and then place behind acetate and then window die cut.

     I used copic for most skin tones but 2 are done with watercolours.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful calendar with us Denise. It is wonderful to have a chance to see the versatility of these adorable stamps.

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