Creativation 2019


Hi Strangers,

Well, I am the stranger really. I have been experiencing a hiatus from my card making over the last year. There are a number of reasons, some I would prefer not to share but generally, other factors took over and my crafting went on the back burner. As you probably know, stress plays havoc with the mojo and there were times I would stop, start, stop, then give up trying to make a card. I had even let my membership with the AFCI (Association For Creative Industries)- formally CHA lapse. So, I wasn’t going to Creativation this year. Until, Debbie Moore Designs sent out a link to those email registered with them.

Because of this link, I was able to attend Creativation 2019, with one week to sort myself out with a flight and a hotel. What can I say? Thank you to them for giving me the opportunity to be around such creative people again!

I made sure that I hugged a few familiar talented ladies and did a few Make n Takes. I immersed myself the best my confidence would allow. I tried to be in the moment and take in some creative inspiration.

So where do I go from here, I ask myself? Well, going and sitting around my lovely stamps and being in my craft room would be a start. Maybe this weekend thats what I should do!

Take care all, wish me luck! 

Cheryl 🙂

Shaker Style

Hi Guys, I thought I would chat about how I out together the Shaker Style card I made for my niece recently.

I have only made a couple of shaker cards before and I seem to get in a bit of a tizwaz with them, so it hasn’t been a great experience for me so far. This came together much better though.

Firstly, I looked at the cutest stamp sets I had that would be a good fit for my 2 year old niece’s birthday. I thought I would try another shaker card as I thought a my niece would enjoy the colours and the noise it makes. Of course, I went straight to my Mama Elephant stash though I have to say, Lawn Fawn, Clearly Besotted & My Favourite Things were close seconds :).

Shaker CardI used the popular Up and Away Stamp Set and the sentiments were from Clearly Besotted Stamps. I used the Stitched Numbers die set by My Favourite Things, which I am pretty sure I will use on all my numbered birthday cards from now on! I also have the the Stitched Alphabet die set and I will be using that regularly for the same reason. I love the stitched look and the quality of the dies is so good and you get crisp clean edges.

You will see the colour of the balloons compliment the sequins in the shaker card, of course this was intentionally done as it matched and I love that! The colours were so vibrant and luckily I had some Sketch Copic markers that were a great colour match.

Well, have a great week and I will be doing my regular Instagram posts with new creations.

Bye for now, Cheryl 🙂

Good Luck Done Pretty

Hi Guys, it’s a lovely sunny Saturday morning here in Calgary and I thought I would share with you my Good Luck Done Pretty card. I made this for my beautiful daughter who recently started a new job. Its quite different from what she has done before so, like with any change it can be exciting but a bit anxiety provoking.

Good luckAs I have already mentioned in an earlier post, I love the Stacked Hearts Die by Simon Says Stamp. For this card, I cut it in a coordinating coloured card stock that I used for the back scalloped layer. The die I used to do that is the ever faithful Femme Frames Die by Mama Elephant. The creative elements are from my stash. The doily is from Martha Stewart crafts but I am not sure about the brad, it was a great match though. Over the years I have collected lots of stash which is quite usual for any crafter I’m sure! If I see something cute and irresistible, I  tell myself that each item will get used over the coming years so now worries in buying it 😉

Good luckOf course, Clearly Besotted have a stamp set for any occasion and I used the really useful Flag Sentiments stamp and die set. (I checked for a link to it on SSS and CB, but I couldn’t see the item anymore). Linkcrafty Tip…..the MISTI is really useful for stamping block colour, like on the sentiment flag stamp set. I stamped that flag three times to achieve the dense colour because the MISTI lines it up perfectly!

Good luckThe paper is Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka in the Meadow, great name don’t you think? Again, their paper is just superb quality and one of my favorites!

I have a weekend of crafting ahead of me now, so I can keep sharing with you my ideas and enjoyment. Keep your eye out for my regular Instagram pics!

Bye for now, Cheryl 🙂



The Topic of Love for Valentines

Hi guys,

A the topic of love continues due to Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to share with you a card that I made and had posted to Instagram without updating my blog, for some reason. Not sure how that happened!January3 It’s one of my favourite Valentines cards that I made this year.  A couple of weekends ago, I spent some time making several cards with the love theme.

It helps for me to have some cards at the ready to show you through the week and keep me in touch with  you guys :).

Sending Hugs
Sending Hugs

The card is a mixture of the same supplies except for the Small Envelope Die by Simon Says Stamp that I made out of 40Lb Vellum by Bazzill. It’s aways handy to have some vellum in your stash. It adds subtle dimension to your products without blocking out colour, I love it!

I think with small cute dies and cute paper and fabulous creative elements like vellum, you can make anything so adorable. They can really get my creative mind going.

Sending Hugs
Sending Hugs

I hope that as I show you the cards I make, you too will be inspired. I just think its wonderful to be able to chat with you through my blog and in turn, you want to start creating something yourself.

Happy crafting!

Cheryl 🙂