A Challenge Indeed!

I had a tough time indeed with this one!  I used the following sketch from CardPatterns and Stampin’ Royalty’s Colour Challenge:

I laid out all the colours that I was going to use (Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, and Certainly Celery) and decided that Fox and Friends would be a fitting stamp set.

I stamped the turtles first and then deciding on a sentiment I thought it was cute that the turtles were all going the same way… 😛

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Happy Birthday To ME!

Today is my birthday and last night we had dinner at my parents.  My mom made a delicious dinner and for dessert we had delicious strawberries and mango.  yumyum!  I hope my students are nice to me today 🙂

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Recipe Share!

The past couple of Sundays I’ve been making muffins so that I have breakfast during the week – otherwise I end up eating dry mini wheats (which isn’t bad I just really LOVE these muffins!).  I got this recipe from my husband (a client at work made them and sent them the recipe) and I TOTALLY recommend trying these.

Here’s my batch from today and I’ve added the recipe below in case you’re interested!









Vegan Banana Muffins (w/ Dark Chocolate & Walnuts)


4   Over-ripe Bananas (I keep a bunch in the freezer all the time).

1/2   Cup Maple Syrup (you can sub molasses… or a little of both as I do in my muffins).

1/2   Cup Veggie Oil (I use Olive Oil… I have used Grape Seed Oil also… or both).

1   Teaspoon Cinnamon

3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1    Cup Spelt Flour

1 1/2  Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1   Teaspoon Baking Powder

1   Teaspoon Baking Soda

1   Cup Walnuts (I crush them)

1/2  Cup Dark Chocolate “bits” or chips (at least half a Cup!) Add more… to taste!  (meaning I add a lot more!)


Pre-heat Oven to 350 Degrees F.

Mash Bananas in a bowl then add the Oil, and Sweetener (set aside)

In another Bowl mix together the dry ingredients…

Combine together, mix thoroughly then spoon into a greased muffin tin

Bake for 20 – 25 mins. Test with toothpick…

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Simple Card

So the operators at stampin411 have changed to SU only products – exciting stuff!  I love their site and this just means that whenever I see something I like I know how and where to get it! (or hopefully have it already!).  They also recommended that we try to keep it clean and simple this week so that’s what I did.  I also used a  type of paper that I haven’t used in a while – watercolour paper!

I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi ink along with a blender pen to fill in the flower – it was really quick to do and I love the effect!  My ribbon is Wild Wasabi and my Soft Sky layer is embossed with flowers (Finial Press embossing folder).

The little flowers and the sentiment are from the same stamp set – hostess level 1 Because I Care.

Thanks for another great sketch ladies and I hope you try it out too!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by 🙂

Oh my goodness!  I just looked at the operators designs and just saw Selene’s card!  We were on the same brain wave this week!

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Triangle Trifold

I saw this tutorial on splitcoast stampers and just knew I had to try it out!

I remember when SU first came out with this stack of 12×12 dsp and I was SO excited!  I hope they have one like it again soon!  This was one of many fabulous patterns no doubt because it has colours I love (Rose Red and Old Olive are some of my ‘go to’ colours).

The side view of my centre panel shows that I embossed the Rose Red layer with the polka dot folder.  I thought it went nicely with the circles in the dsp 🙂

I used some twine to tie the triangle trifold card closed.

I also add some more ‘circles’ by using my paper piercing guide to add Rose Red dots all the way around.

Here you can see how you start to open up the card and how it unfolds.  I added some more dots around my centre panel inside (except where I added a cute pink butterfly)

It’s a beautiful Friday evening and my birthday is Monday so I am super happy it’s the weekend!  I hope you have a good one too 🙂

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Bear Fun

I got this die because my niece absolutely loves crafts and bears, so it was the perfect combo!  Check out her gift bag that I made and included a bunch of bears here.

Today I chose the Pals Paper Arts colour combo and SUO challenge to use animals.  This card will be quick to make because it uses the Big Shot to make life easy!  (build a bear and lattice dies, and texture embossing folder)

I love those cute little butterflies from the Cottage Garden stamp set.  I had fun using the colour spritzer to add some more Daffodil Delight 🙂

have a great day!

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Takin’ It to the Top

I was busy today and made three cards!  I have seen and admired Gretchen Barron’s Takin’ It to the Top demo of taking a simple card and dressing it up by adding embellishments, layers, texture, and more.  Check out her cards for this week here!

So that was my goal and to get there I had fun playing with ColourQ’s colour combo for the week and Card Patterns’ sketch:

My first card is quick and easy – using punches to make it so!  (scallop border, decorative label and oval).  The second card’s border was created with the ornament punch and this time I used the word window and modern label punch for the sentiment.  Some Coluzzle ovals along with a Big Shot oval to make the layers closer together to add a centre piece and to go with the background dsp, checkers using a texture plate.

Take three!  This time I sponged the edges of the ornament punches with Melon Mambo and curled up the edges of two out of the four using a bone folder

I had so much fun using my flowers on this card and was so happy with the results  that I decided to use them again!  This time I added a little extra detail by starting to sponge on the tips and making them slightly darker than the centres.  I also sponged the edges of the white cardstock strip and word window.  I love rhinestones and couldn’t resist adding two little ‘old olive’ ones 🙂

This isn’t my final version though – I decided to add an Old Olive square with sponged edges underneath the flower.

Here they are – all together!

I had a great time making these cards – it was really neat to see what I could come up with.  I totally recommend giving this a try!  I have to confess that I actually started with the middle card and did the first one last!  (and my favourite is the third one)  No one said you had to do them in any particular order!

Have a great day!

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