Thanksgiving place cards and more!

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. Here it Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October.  It’s such a perfect time of year for a family gathering–the air is crisp and fresh and the trees are dressed in autumn splendor. I just love the red and yellow leaves that cover our lawn and blow up onto our porch. I don’t even mind that they blow right into the house every time I open the front door. I make it a practice never to rake up the leaves until after Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving I decided to have some fun with the place cards for the table. Instead of putting names on them, I used some descriptive words and then let my guests figure out where they were supposed to sit. Everyone had fun laughing at their own and each other’s descriptions.

During the week preceding Thanksgiving, I thought a great deal about how fortunate we are, with our abundance of food, clean drinking water, comfortable homes, warm clothes, access to education, good health and so much more. I thought it would be nice, even if just for a few minutes, to have everyone in the room think about how blessed we all are. So, I searched the Internet for relevant quotes from well-known persons–everyone from Ghandi to Willie Nelson!  I made little cards, each with a quote and a Thanksgiving-related image (I used some of the digital images I use for card-making), placed them face down on a plate and then asked each person, in turn, to take a card and read it aloud.

It was really a lovely few moments, with everyone granting me the favour of their attention and reading their quote with sincerity. Well, that is, until it came to my brother, Bob…yes, Bob’s my brother. But that’s another story!

To all my readers and friends who will be celebrating Thanksgiving in November, I wish you and yours good health, peace and love! God bless.

Déjà vu…Part One

A look back at 2011…Part One

 Pucker up!

Pucker up! This smoochy lady is one of my favourite images by Mo Manning. I made this one in my pre-Copic days, so it's is coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

I’ve made about 150 cards in the past seven months. I rate each one on a scale of one to five, with five being outstanding. So far, the majority of them are ones and twos. I have not, yet, created a card that I would rate as a five…that’s one of my crafting goals for the New Year. Anyway, with 2011 coming to a close, I decided to take a stroll through my card gallery and pick out 10 of my favourite cards for 2011, in no particular order. (I only started crafting in May, so I’m still pretty new at all this, but improving, every day…I hope!)

I would love to know which is your favourite out of these 10. Please leave  me a comment…you will make this crafter very, very happy! (P.S. I will be posting another 10 cards tomorrow, in Part Two of Déja vu.

I call this one “Hat Lady.” I saw another crafter doing something similar in a YouTube video. I put my own twist on it and made a set of five, which you can see in my card gallery.
This one is an anniversary card for my son, Neil, and his wife, Jenn’s Anniversary. I wanted something pretty and elegant, so I decided to go tone-on-tone and let the embossing stand out.

I just love this pretty teapot and with a matching cup and saucer. I'm very proud to say that this one now belongs to my friend's sister in England. Globug Ideas has gone global!!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin, with bling! I embellished this one with a straw bow and some blingy things, and called it "A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll."

Pumpkins and Sunflowers. I finally got to use my Cuttlebug "Postcard" embossing folder. I inked over it with a cream-coloured ink, just to pick up the high points. I like the overall effect.

Vintage Santa card for my daughter, Angie.

Three Birds in Winter Card for my son Neil, my daughter-in-law, Jenn and my granddaughter, Ashleigh. I can just see them all cuddled up, together, like these little cuties.

Christmas Tree Mouse. Ah, this cute little mouse got himself into a bit of trouble up there!

I made this set of all-occasion cards as a birthday gift for my friend, Anick. I hope she finds them hand when she needs a last-minute card.

  Happy New Year!

Wishing you peace, love, happiness, good health, prosperity and

a million and one crafty ideas!


Crafter’s Digital Art Center Progessive Challenge #5-Card #5


Let’s give thanks for the turkey!

Don’t you just love this turkey by Sew Many Cards? This is definitely my favourite card of the CDACPC #5.

I collected a bunch of dried grass from the field along the path in our neighbourhood park– my husband just shook his head and laughed, but I knew I’d find a use for it. Next, I added some bits and pieces from my big bag of potpourri. I finished it off with a metal charm bearing the word “Blessed.” A

A closer look at my newly learned colouring technique. Viva Copics and white gel pens!

little piece of frayed rope through the charm makes it looks as though Mother Nature, herself, added the embellishments!

I coloured Mr. Turkey with my Copic markers, as always. I added light and detail to him with a white gel pen. I learned this trick by studying the colouring technique of a super-talented woman, JenLee. Jen is on the CDACPC Design Team.

Okay, so that’s it for CDACPC #5. On November 1, CDACPC #6 begins. It is the last leg of this six-part challenge. Whew, when it’s over, we will have made 31 cards for the Crafter’s Digital Art Centre Progressive Challenge. On November 15, we will find out who the winner is–and that person will receive a set of Copic Markers!! Woohoo!

Autumn Harvest

Pumpkins and sunflowers

Pumpkins and postcards!

I fell in love with this beautiful image from Designed2Delight, the minute I saw it. And, yet, I really struggled to make it work. Finally, I started to visualize where I might have seen a cart like this. And then it came to me…in front of an old general store, in a small town or village. You know, the kind of store that sells everything from canned peas to postcards and always has a cart of fresh vegetables sitting on the front porch. In this case, it’s pumpkins and sunflowers. I quickly hunted through my embossing folders for the one called, Postcard.”  Then I ran a yellow ink pad over it to bring the words to life. I used a die cutter to create the scalloped circle and gave it a vintage look with distress ink. A few embellishments and there she be!

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. Please leave a comment so I will know you were here!



Abundance...yet another reason to be thankful.

Let not a day pass that we don’t give thanks for our blessings, big and small.

All over the world, people are recounting the stories of where they were when the twin towers in New York City went crashing down. Who could ever forget?

For those who lost family, friends, co-workers or neighbours, I hope you have rediscovered happiness. I hope that you are living rich and fulfilling lives.I pray that you have been able to forgive our enemies and to trust that God has His reasons for everything. Reasons that are beyond our comprehension. But, because we trust in Him, we know that our lives are now, what they were meant to be.

Keep your beautiful memories of those who went before you. Love, with all your heart, your family and friends. Spread joy. Be at peace. Give thanks today and everyday.

God bless,