Thursday, July 2, 2015

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-Christmas in July


It's that time again! Time for our Thursday Designer Challenge over at IOStamps!

This week, our challenge is Christmas in July! Why you ask? Because Mitra is coming out with some Fabulous fall and Holiday stamps very shortly!

So here's a little peek of whats in store for you!

For my card, I used a couple of the new stamps

Funky Trees


In addition, I used the Circle Cut out Border

I'm excited to see all your creations as I LOVE Christmas Cards!

To get all the details on how to enter in the challenge and to see who's playing this week head on over to the Impression Obsession Blog!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Ocean themed Bedroom

Hey! Happy Canada Day~ I have some plans for later, if the weather holds out. 
I thought I' take some time to show you pics of my Bedroom Reno~

I've been going through a lot of changes in the past year-it's been a year of transformation. Heartache, Grief, but most of all the last few months I've focused on Hope and Determination. I will and I am getting my health back. I'm getting stronger each day, thanks to my decision to manage my own health with help from an Osteopath and a Naturopath. It's amazing in just two months I've gone from barely even able to walk to achieving 8,000-13,000 steps on my fitbit, depending on the day!

I am LOVING my Beach Themed Room. I'm Proud of the fact that I did it all on my own (floors excepted!) with Jon helping me with the demolition and painting.

This is the wall opposite the Bed. I love the Sea Grass, Pussy Willows and Lantern in the corner (I even have a little Battery Candle in it, when I feel like imitating a summer night!

The little sparkly light that you see on the dresser (see the earlier posts for the chalk painted dresser) is very special to me. I bought it when I was expecting Timothy.  Sadly, he never got to enjoy it, but the twinkling stars remind me that he is out there somewhere, looking down at his mama.

The idea for the netting under the T.V. came from a need to hide the cables.......It looked a little barren, so I added the starfish. The boast to the right is a little darker would, but I didn't want to paint over it. My Dad, who turns 80 tomorrow made that in trade school; one of his first projects as a carpenter. The Large Brandy Snifter contains Sand and Shells, a reminder of the Ocean; the peaceful feelings that I experience when I'm on, in or around the water.

This is one of the projects that I'm extremely proud of!
Bless you Pinterest!
I found this idea for the ladder shelf made with an old wooden ladder and some repurposed lumber. The biggest challenge was finding the ladder!
My Dad helped me to cut the wood to size and Jon helped to mount the ladder to the wall.
I used a wash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to make it look a little more antiqued.
I LOVE the way it turned out. The little Horse pull toy was one of Jons first toys.

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A little close up of the top shelf!
I painted the Star in Annie Sloan Chalk paint to match the decor of my room.

Here's a view of the other part of my room, My dressing table and closet area.
It's hard to believe that countertop was forest green formica. I was able to put a few coats of stone textured spray paint, followed by a few coats of varathane to recreate the counter top!

I alway hated the bank of cabinets and they just had a weird tone, that never matched any colour in my room. Did I mention how much I {Heart} Chalk Paint. The Octagonal mirror above the chair was one that I painted several years ago for Jon's room. Probably one of the very few pieces of Tole Painting I have left!

I used to have bifold doors on my closet. They only caused me frustration as the would come off the track and interfere with my ability to dig deep into the closet! Solution- A Shower Curtain~ Found this one at Home Outfitters....the colours to me imitated those you might see in a waterfall, although the picture doesn't really reflect that!

My Dad and his friend Dennis did a Bang up Job of installing my Coastal Grey Laminate! I love it. Sydney ( The Dog) not so much; she can't get the traction to jump up on the bed. I've had to add a little carpet runway to improve her takeoff!

 Another little close up of the counter! I repainted a tole painted mirror, but left a little of the old pattern peeking out, just for nostalgia sake!

Love the little box I found at Michaels! I got it for a steal with a coupon and a sale! It hold clips and cream and combs, oh my!

Lastly I wanted to share my sewing stool redo! YES, you can even use chalk paint on Vinyl~
I painted the legs in Graphite and this cushion in Duck Egg Blue.  This Prima Stencil was perfect for the job!

So there it Ocean Haven. I love to lay in bed and's pretty, calm and quite soothing.

I intended to show you the before, but i've decided not to. I've been working so hard to erase the past, enjoy the present and forge forward into the future, that displaying the old pictures only serves to dredge up unwanted memories. It is not only the furniture and rooms that are getting a "redo" in this household. I hope you enjoyed my "share" and I apologize to those of you who've been asking. It did take me a bit to bring this post into fruition.

For those of you partaking in Canada Day Celebrations, stay safe.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Celebrate You! IO Stamps Thursday Challenge!

Welcome to our new challenge -  Celebrate You!
  Get inspired by the wonderful Impression Obsession  Team (listed below). 
  When you've finished checking out our DT creations, please join us by posting your own challenge project at the bottom of tthe post on the IO Blog 

Love is worth celebrating isn't it? In the name of Love..........wait STOP! ooops, nope that's a song, not a card creation!
Anyway, I've been in the LOVE mood and seem to be on a roll of creating soft  "pastelly" love themed cards.....must be Spring Fever! hehe! I LOVE how this card worked up so simply with just two, YES JUST TWO.....TWO Dies

The LOVE Die I really do Luv this Die and have used it a bunch!

Here's the list of the completely Talented players this week!

Follow the guidelines below to enter challenge and have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store. Good luck!
  Challenge Guidelines
 Use all IO dies/stamps (please list stamp names and/or item numbers on your blog or gallery entry with a  link to Impression Obsession). Other nesting dies may be used for card shapes & mats.
  Your entries have to be new (no back dating older projects). 
  You may use this entry with multiple challenges (no more than 5) but this challenge must be listed first and it cannot be combined with other projects in the same post - unless those projects also follow the rest of our challenge guidelines.
  You may enter more than once but each entry needs to be be in a separate post.
  Use a direct link to your project (no general links ) to enter at the bottom of this post.
  Challenge will be open until Tuesday, June 30th at 7 p.m. Central Time. Winner announced July 1st. Winner must respond within one week of the day the challenge ends to collect prize.
Have a great day!
Monday, June 15, 2015

June Brides

I'm not sure if this holds true anymore, but June used to be one of the most popular months for weddings. I know many people who celebrate their Wedding Anniversaries in June.
I've been having fun playing with my dies lately and have a whole bunch of fun cards to share with you.  For this card, I used the following Dies:

Wedding Cake (for the trim on her dress and the Rose)
 and finally,

I loved building this pretty scene on the white embossed background! Fun~

I decided that I didn't want to waste the negative of the Congrats die and decided to use it in conjunction with the  Border Duo 1 die. There are so many fun things that you can do with the remnants of a die, including sponging or painting through to make a fun back ground, or just using it as a focal point on your card! 

Hope your Monday is going well~ I'll be back later this week with some more shares!

Happy Stamping,


Sunday, June 7, 2015


How are you enjoying this Beautiful Sunday?

It's absolutely gorgeous here! It does feel a bit like Autumn as it's quite cool, but the sun is beating down and there is a lovely breeze. I plan to spend some time outside this afternoon.

I created this card a few weeks ago for one of my best friends' daughter.
She's getting married in August! I'm totally excited about her wedding as I love weddings! I'm even more excited about hers as she will being having two ceremonies as she is marrying an East Indian fellow. I can't wait to experience this service, as I've never had the opportunity before. I am sure it is going to be a beautiful day!

I kept my card neutral in shades of soft pink and ivory

Supplies used:

I ran this through an embossing folder to give it a touch more dimension

I cut this twice, once in pink and once in ivory. I cut the Ivory Doves and mounted them on top of the first die with dimensionals

I added some pearls and this perfect little flower bouquet brad that I had on hand (see, it pays to have  drawer full of stuff!!!!)

Whatever you happen to be doing today, do it with Joy and Exuberance!

Happy Creating!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-It's Party Time

Good Morning! It's Party Time Over at IO Stamps today!

We want you to create a fun "Party" card using you IO Stamps and Dies!

I started off wanting to make a simple card. That card came together so quickly I thought "why not make a set"? It's always great to have an extra card or two around in a pinch! 

The great thing is, that I made these cards using one set and one die!

The stamp set is a lovely clear set called Let us Celebrate

If you head on over to the   Impression Obsession Blog you can get a list of all the players for today as well as submit your entry. Play along and you can win a sweet prize from IO stamps

I was thinking that this set might make a nice little gift package. You could bundle the four together with some envelopes and tie them up in a bit of Raffia. I used to do card packages for my Grandmother as she loved to send cards. I made her a good assortment, so she had something handy for every occasion. Thinking of her puts a smile to my face! I miss her much

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stamping


Monday, June 1, 2015



I took some time to play and created this card for the Try a Technique Challenge  over at Splitcoaststampers. Just a quick and easy card!

I made the splatters with Dyan Reavely Paint, which I purchased at

Happy Stamping!