You’re the Sweetest CTMH card

It’s a beautiful day, so I took the pups for a walk to school this afternoon.

We are puppy sitting right now, so that’s why you’re seeing a second dog. Introducing Cutie Pie!

After a busy morning, I sat down to put together thank you cards for all the families and businesses that have donated to our upcoming gymnastics silent auction.

I created this card using a mixture of Make Waves, Gimme Some Sugar and Sea Glass cardstock. I coloured the stamp (A Little Bit of Pun) with my shin Han markers and stamped the sentiment using Pansy ink. (I stamped the cupcake in basic black ink).


You’re Invited Make Waves Invitations

The twins’ birthday is coming up, so I’m between planning workshops and a few other miscellaneous projects, I made time to create their birthday invitations.

Simple and straight forward is best when you’re creating cards in bulk. They’ve also got to be cute, too, though. Can’t forget that.

They’re birthday invitations are perfect for them, because the paper I used is in their favorite colours. Have a look:

I used side B of the Make Waves Paper; it isn’t often I find patterned paper in purple, so this is perfect! Anyone else find this, too?

I also used the Make Waves Stamp scrapbooking set. Instead of using the gorgeous mermaid stamp (she’s really popular, I’ve noticed), I used the scallop and little starfish stamps.

On the reverse side, I included all the important information. I’ll mail these and send them to school with the twins the first week of February. I personally dislike getting invitations the week of or days before a birthday. Last minute does not work for me! I understand it happens, but I try to stay organized.

Card Overload

Hello friends, I’m dropping in early because I’ve got to catch up on household chores and errands before I can play again. I’m letting my car warm up before heading out for groceries, so I’ll take that time to visit with you 😊

I have the last of the cards we’ll be making at March’s card buffet to share today. Enjoy!

last three cards are scrap lifts of myself! Lol

The top card is a replica of a batch of birthday cards I just made (they'll be in tomorrow's post); the middle Card is a lift of the Make and take from my upcoming open house (two days and counting! Are you coming?); and lastly, the cats Meow Card is a lift of the children's valentines we'll be making in February's workshop.

Thanks for joining me today 😊

CTMH Bloom & Grow

January’s stamp of the month is a lot of fun. I’ve seen it used on gift bags, as tags, and on cards. To show you, I googled a couple images for you:

There are a plethora of cards made using this stamp set, but here’s what I made using it:

It looks great paired with Basics Fundamentals. Doesn’t the Sorbet colour pop against the Pewter?! Fern is the perfect finishing touch.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the last couple cards that’ll be in the spotlight at March’s card buffet.

CTMH Make Waves Stamp Sets

Good afternoon, friends! I thought I’d share a bit more about the Make Waves cards I made yesterday. If you missed it, go here.

Both stamp sets belong with the Make Waves collection- one coordinates with the card making kit, and the other is for the scrapbooking kit.

(Top photo- card making kit; bottom photo- scrapbooking kit). The blue line around some of the images indicates that a thin cut coordinates with that stamp set, as well.

What’s a thin cut? They are small dies that can be used in your cuttlebug or other die cutting machine for a flawlessly cut (and stamped!) image.

There’s one more card that I created using the Make Waves card stamp set.

This is another addition to my card buffet coming up in March. I’m trying hard to make use of all the extra papers and scraps I’ve got floating around. It’s a great way to make room for new things. And, that’s always a bonus!

I did create more cards today, but I’ll share them with you tomorrow. One of them was created using Januarys SOTM, Bloom & Grow. Stay tuned!

Heads Up: Another Workshop is Coming!

Another card buffet is in the works! My upcoming card buffet (inaugural event) has had such a positive and overwhelming response, I’ve planned another one. Thank you so much, everyone!

I’m also planning a layout buffet, too. More details on that coming up in the near future. Stay tuned!

I named my event (find it on Facebook here) Fundamentals Twist, but the first 4 or 5 cards I made are all Make Waves in nature. I think a name change might be a good idea!

See what I mean?! (There’s a couple more now, that aren’t pictured). Maybe I should name it a Whaley Good Time Card Buffet 😂

Are you local to Whitecourt? If you are, join me March 24 from 2-5 pm. Childcare is provided! Click the link above for more info, and be sure to mark yourself ‘going’ if you plan to come!

I’ll share all the samples here when they’re done. Check back soon!

CTMH Wishing You Well

Sigh. We’re battling the flu in my house again. This last month has been exhausting, as has the majority of the year this year. I’m tired.

December is a difficult month. The highlight of the month is celebrating Christmas, but there’s a lot of valleys to walk through before getting there.

A number of our friends are observing the anniversaries of their loved ones passing this month, and I added another friend to that list this morning.

With her unfortunate news, I decided to sit down and create a card for her family.

I used Chelsea Gardens again here. It just feels right for this subject. The other new collections aren’t appropriate.

It isn’t visible in this photo, but the facing edge of the card has been trimmed 0.75 inches shorter than the back portion of the card. I lined it with a strip of glacier cardstock, then layered the coordinating strip on top of it.

I would love to get a picture of it, but it’s already been secured inside an envelope.

Sneak Peek Open House

Happy hump day! I may or may not be counting down the days to Christmas break. Why? I can then sleep in! I feel like I need to catch up on my zees. 😴 Anyone else?

I have a new event to tell you about today.

Join me on Friday, January 12 from 4-5:30 MST for a Sneak Peek seasonal expressions 1 open house. I’ll have my artwork on display using all (actually most) of the new paper collections and embellishments, there will be a make and take station, catalogs to browse through (and to bring home) and the first 5 people through the door will get a prize.

It’ll be held at the Whitecourt library. Don’t miss out!

Here’s the make and take project:

valentines will be a month afterwards, I thought I'd give you something festive to create. If this card looks familiar to you, it's because I based it on the birthday card I shared with you earlier this week. Find it here.

(I liked this card so much, you may find it in my next card buffet, whenever that will be). 😉

I hope to see you there! Spread the word- the more that know about this, the better!

Cats Meow Kids Valentine Workshop

Happy Sunday! Ready to start your week? I’m ready to ship one of the twins off to school tomorrow. I think she’s ready, for the most part. One week left until Christmas! Are you ready? I still need to wrap presents, otherwise we’re ready in our house.

Speaking of ready, I got a sample card prepared for my upcoming kids valentines workshop in February. It came together really quickly and I think it’s pretty darn cute. I’m biased though. You be the judge:

A card using the emojis stamp set on page 70 in the Annual Inspirations catalog was my inspiration. I felt the stamp Cats Meow was more valentine appropriate, though. All the kids told me they liked the Emoji’s stamp better. I agree, but there’s nothing ‘valentine’ in the quotes that are included. Cats Meow fit the bill.

Do you live in the Whitecourt area, and do you have children ages 5-11? This workshop is for you! I will cut and stamp everything for the kids. They can glue the pieces together and colour their cats in. There may be some pieces they will need help gluing, but I’ll be there to help them. I’ll supply pencil crayons and glue.

There will be enough supplies for the children to make 30 postcard- style valentines that measure 6×4 inches and the fee is just $25 (includes the cost of shipping). Here’s the items you’ll need:

Payment can be sent via cash or cheque. A lot of people prefer to send e-transfers, as well. I will place your order on your behalf. Placing bulk orders saves everyone moolah. The deadline to pay for the workshop is January 28, 2018. All your supplies will ship directly to me, so just worry about bringing yourself to the library, where our workshop is tasking place. Once your child is done, the leftover bitty sparkles and twine is all theirs.

Want to come? Let me know!

CTMH Chelsea Gardens

Dear friends…I’m so excited to share Seasonal Expressions 1 with you. There’s so much great stuff in it, I’m tinkering with hosting an open house. You’ve seriously got to see the stamps, paper collections and embellishments in it! Ah-mazing! For reals! Like, they thought out of the box on this one, and have things like cork embellishments, rainbow sequins, glitter compliments, astronauts, mermaids and neat ideas galore.

Neat ideas? Like what? Just this month, snatch up your very own calendar kit. It’ll make an awesome gift. So will the recipe book kit, which you’ll find only in SE 1. There’s more, like a new travel tote with coordinating accessories. There’s so much to feast your eyes on!

My CTMH came earlier this afternoon. It was perfect timing, because I needed a birthday card and a sympathy card. I finally got my craft on! I feel like I’ve come back to life, lol. Caring for the kids the last 2 weeks has sucked the life right out of me. Thank the lord they’re feeling well enough that I could drown myself in paper for an hour or so.

The first collection I chose to play with is the soft and sweet Chelsea Gardens collection. I felt it was elegant and uplifting enough to work for both cards I needed to make.

I paired Chelsea Gardens with Willow cardstock in the sympathy card and in the birthday card, I paired it with Glacier and Linen cardstock. Happy birthday was stamped using Peacock ink, while With Sympathy was cut using my Cricut. The slightly yellow cast to my photos is care of my living room lamp. Apparently the natural light begins fading around 3 pm here in Whitecourt!

The entire collection looks like this:

Simply stunning!!! Beginning January 1, 2018, this collection will be available to purchase. The scrapbooking collection, shown above, is $38 CAD on my website. It includes everything you see pictured.

If my gushing has inspired you, message me for a copy of the SE 1 catalog. If you’re not in my area, you can view it on my website at I promise you won’t be disappointed! If I haven’t gushed enough, stay tuned. I’ll share more products and artwork soon!