Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge #16

No...I haven't dropped off the face of this's summer! Yard work, holidays, lazy summer days, and a house flipping adventure have all contributed to a very quiet blog!

Our Manitoba summers are far too short to spend indoors, so craft room time is currently hovering between the middle to the bottom of "the list"!

Now, about my card....I love how the simple block font of the sentiment allows the 'frilly/swirly' image to play in the clean & graphic playground. The sentiment stamp was a wee treasure found in the $1 bin at Michaels!

We would love to see how you have been inspired by this photo! Aren't the colors pretty?

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

the Card Concept Challenge #14 & Wonderful Words Challenge - Moxie Fab World

I'm really, REALLY loving the 'crispness' of this color combo! I think it's the adds a nice bold contrast to the red & aqua blue!

The sky is the limit with this challenge as these colors would work for guy or girl cards! Take inspiration from the colors, the bedroom decor or both! I'm really looking forward to seeing your creations!

I used the Lil' inker stitched rectangle dies and Paper Smooches Thank You word die (three layers).

We would love to have you join us this week at the Card Concept Challenge! 

Happy crafting :)

2014-07-12   Just realized that this card also fits the Wonderful Words Challenge: Word Dies at the Moxie Fab World....thanks Bev!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Guess who's celebrating a birthday today?  Yep - it's our dear, dear friend Darnell (the post title totally gave it away, didn't it?)

Our pal Darnell is sweet, funny, talented, creative, smart, artistic, awesome AND she has a wee rodent living in her head!  How cool is that?  I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that visiting her blog is always the highlight of my day! I can't imagine when she finds time to sleep as she visits so many people daily and always leaves sincere, sweet words of encouragement!

I'm not quite sure how I happened upon Darnell's blog but what I do remember is spending the entire evening reading every single post...which had me laughing out loud (the cats thought I was nuts). I also filled up an entire folder of her cards that I wanted to CASE! 

AND...I also happened to notice THE PLAYHOUSE during my visit! 

Wow...a big girl's dream dollhouse full of fun crafting stuff instead of Barbie doll clothes! Who wouldn't want to hang out in this sweet crafting shack?  Although, it would be pretty darn chilly here in Manitoba when the temps plummet to -50C!

Speaking of friends, the wonderful Ardyth of Maskerade, is having a linky party on her blog, so head on over and link up your card for Darnell!  And, another sweet friend Bev from Happy Dance has put together a party that would make Martha Stewart swoon with envy!

At this point in my post (now that you've spotted the card) you'll be thinking "why is Geri making Darnell a 'Happy New Home' card?  Silly's a Playhouse birthday card! Modified a bit, but still a playhouse! 

I even snapped the photograph outside - just like the real Playhouse! 

My Playhouse

Here is the little ditty inside the card:

Once upon a time
in a land quite far from here

A lady who loved crafting
Had no place to lay her gear

Her Mister is a kind soul
Who knows how to hammer and saw

So he crafted up a wee spot
that had Darnell in awe

The Playhouse as we know it
is a fun place to be

But it's the person that crafts inside it
that's so special to you & me!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


How time flies...especially during the early months of summer when there is so much to do to get the yard looking clean & fresh after a VERY long winter!  I could spend the entire day working in the yard! Absolutely LOVE IT!

This week's CCC is all about Nautical. The first thing that popped into my head was all the old movies where the sailors wore navy & white striped shirts and red bandannas!  So I had a google and apparently the Russian sailors wore these shirts for years and the French sailors still wear them! At least that is what Google told me!

Alternating stripes of navy & white with a sweet wee "Hi" speech bubble (Silhouette) and my card was done! I tried a few bits of this & that but preferred the very clean & graphic look!

If you happen to find a few spare craft room minutes in your busy summer/school's out schedule, why not give this week's challenge a whirl?  We would love to have you share your creations with us at the CCC!

Happy  crafting!

Friday, May 30, 2014


My good friend Ardyth
who lives to the east,
delights us daily
wish a visual feast...

of colors and patterns
so simple and clean
and creative ideas
like we've never seen!

She shares her talent
on her blog we all visit
to gather ideas
her work is exquisite!

Today is her birthday
Let's all shout "Horray"
and send her good wishes
on this special day!

Our dear friend Ardyth is celebrating her 29th birthday today!  Why not pop on over and wish her a happy day!  

My card was inspired by Ardyth's clean & graphic style and her flawlessly stamped images and by this stunning card that our dear & talented friend 'Anita from France' created a short while ago! BTW, the bottom flower is really a nice sunshine yellow in real life (as opposed to the somewhat mustard color that Photoshop chose)!

2014-05-30  Here's your belated b-day card Ardyth! Hope you had a fabulous day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gallery Idol 2014 Entry #2

Can you believe this?  Another entry into Gallery Idol !!!

I just checked out the gallery...the entries are amazing!!! You will definitely be Wowed by Washi !

As I mentioned in my previous post, my supply of washi tape is really quite sad. The patterns featured here showcase the rest of my 'stash'. I really love the vibrancy of the green and the graphic patterns.

The "trees" were cut with a triangle die (3 layers cs plus one of washi tape). I traced & cut the image a bit bigger to create the red matting. SSS star die covered in Recollections glitter. The sentiment was cut with my Silhouette. So in love with my Lil' Inkers stitched mats!

If my time zone figuring is correct and if you live on the west coast, then you still have time to enter.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Best of luck to all who have entries in this year's competition :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gallery Idol 2014

                                                      Gallery Idol logo Green1 988x1024 Gallery Idol Open Auditions Round Now Open!

Yes...a last minute entry into 2014 Gallery Idol !

I must confess...I am afraid of washi tape!  I'm quite sure that I have never used washi tape on a card! I do have a few rolls that were either found in a clearance bin or came to me by way of a prize pack! I've also totally stepped outside of my comfort zone with a less than C& S design.

But hey, isn't that what challenges are meant to accomplish?

This roll of pretty teal colored gingham is my fav in my stash. Is four rolls considered 'a stash'?  The card came together with bits & pieces of items sitting on my craft table.  The polaroid frame was covered with rows of  3/8" tape! Two pairs of reading glasses were required for lining up the pattern! The pretty pinky-mauve bow (also from the scrap box) seemed to work really well with the teal.  A few punched hearts, a bit of bling, IO alphabet dies and done like dinner!

If you're planning on entering a card, you best get busy as the deadline is May 19th.