Friday, September 3, 2021

                                   ADVENT CALENDAR BOOKS 

Hey everyone....

It's been longer than I thought since I've been here but
 I wanted to share this awesome project. I found this great 
tutorial for an Advent Calendar Book and decided to 
make them for my grandaughters.

The insides are identical thats why there is 
only one picture

I changed the spine size to 3" and adjusted the size 
of the boxes from 1" deep to 1.25" deep so a 
scrunchie would!! 

I made all the boxes from white 68lb cardstock
 and cut print card stock for each. 

Tip: I have found in the many projects I have done
that its hard to get a crisp fold on heavy cardstock
and its my opinion that you can add strength to any
 lighter weight cardstock box by gluing layers like
 I did here with the print cardstock. 
This also applies to multiple layers of die cut 
letters, frames etc.

I was really happy with the way they turned out!!

I painted the High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
images with Tombow markers.

I used my older circle dies and a set of lower case
letters I bought a few years ago. 
I was missing a lot of stuff to even start these books
and being Covid I had to shop for the rest online. 
I purchased the heavy chipboard, strong tape, 
all the papers and sparkle paper for the box numbers 
from a great shop in Windsor, Nova Scotia

My Stamping Studio!!

I hope you like my advent books and here are
the links to the original designer of this project

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Karen x

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Silly Monsters

Hi everyone.....

I have been playing with these adorable monsters...
from Your Next Stamp "Silly Monsters"
I couldn't resist them....soooo cute!!

I have created a bridge card for my monsters
from a great tutorial by Jennifer Mcguire.
Love all the different fancy folds and design
ideas that Jennifer shares with us!!
Thanks so much!!

I am using 3 of the monsters in the set and 
a balloon from my High Hopes stamps. I 
embossed all the images and painted them 
with Tombows. I used an embossing folder
for the card.

I hope you like it!!
Thanks so much for stopping by....

Karen X

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


I created this card with a new stamp set from
 Your Next Stamp...."Cool Tees!"

I thought my granddaughter would have
some fun with this set.

This is a birthday card I made
with the little kitty in the set.

I paper pieced the tee shirt and colored
the kitty with Tombows. 

I hope you like it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karen x

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hello everyone....

It has been so long since I have blogged I didn't even remember how to do!!!
It took me some time  but I think I am in control now!!!

Anyway I have been fooling around with different shaped cards, moving cards and 3D cards.....there are so many awesome designers out there....
Thanks so much for sharing your designs!!

I am not used to small stamps but I needed some for the cards I wanted to create so I checked out  Your Next Stamp!! They had just what I was looking for and it's a great Canadian stamp company too!! 

I chose these adorable little owls....Life's a Hoot to make this adorable "pop up shadow box card" designed by 
Jennifer Mcguire.

It was really tough getting a good pic to show how fun this card is so I will try to explain it as best I can!!
This pic shows the shadow box effect.

This pic shows what the card looks like closed.

This pic shows how the owls have moved. When you pull on the side tabs the two owls at the top move back and forth. Cute eh!!

I am going to try and add this to the YNS challenge blog so wish me luck....not sure I remember how!!

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Karen x

Thursday, March 31, 2016

High Hopes Spring release 2016


Today is my last sneak peek of 
High Hopes Spring 2016 release!!!

The whole release is just amazing so I
hope you will check it out on April 1st on
 the High Hopes website and at

Also there will be SVG cutting files 
available for all the new stamps too!!!

My card today is created with....
"Rocking Out"

I embossed the image with black and
painted it with Tombows.  I used a music
embossing folder for the background and
the DP is from Doodle bug. 

The Tombows I used are.....
I used Heavenly H2o's for the white.

I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peeks
this week and 
Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

High Hopes Spring 2016 new release

Hey Everyone.....

I hope you are enjoying  our 
High Hopes new release!! 

I am back today with another
fabulous stamp to share with you!!

I created a shadow box card using
the adorable "Puppy Wonder"

I embossed the image with black and
painted it with Tombows. I created the 
clouds with a scalloped oval cut out 
and distress ink and a sponge. I cut
out and layered the butterfly and used a 
die cut for the grass. The frame was 
made with a MS punch. The dp is by 
Doodle Bug.

The Tombows I used are.....
I painted the puppy with Heavenly H2o's

Thanks so much for stopping by....


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

High Hopes Spring 2016 release day 2

Hello everyone.....

I am back again today for another
High Hopes 2016 Spring Release
sneak peek!!!!

We have an amazing new release
and the image I  am using today is

"With Sympathy"

I just love that the sentiment and image 
are all one stamp!!
I embossed the image with black and
painted it with Tombows. I colored and 
cut out all the little flowers and leaves 
by hand and layered them. Not sure if 
you can see the layers in the picture though!
 I used a punch for the green backround.

The Tombow markers I used are....

Hope you can stop by again tomorrow 
for another new stamp sneak peek!!

Thanks so much for stopping by....