Customs, Anyone?

Hello everyone! Today is the first day in awhile that my husband actually had work! Which meant that I could finally get back to my regular routine. 

Boy, it feels good 😃

So, y’all know that I’m crazy for paper crafting. I established that fact a long time ago.

And y’all know that I am proficient in card making and layout making. Also a long established fact.

It’s also well known that everything I’ve shared- to date- is meant for my personal use.

But, did you know that I accept custom requests, as well?

Times are tough, and I’m actively looking for ways to creatively supplement our income- hence the reason I am a Close to My Heart consultant and create and sell custom requested cards and albums.

Now, I know this craft isn’t popular and in high demand like other handmade products are. Scrapbooking and papercrafting is a lost art- “snail mail” is a lost art. Needing a card for different occasions in our lives never goes out of style. We’ll always need them.

Not very many people have requested hand made items, and of the ones that did, even fewer have come back for more than one purchase. I’m OK with that. The ones that have returned, I’m incredibly thankful for and sincerely appreciate their kindness. I know there are more of you out there- the trick is finding you!

They haven’t returned not because of the poor job I’ve done, or lousy customer service. It’s solely because there’s very little interest in this type of art these days. It’s a dying breed.

If anyone wants a scrapbook or handmade card, they usually can (and do!) make it themselves. I’m looking for the people that love the way it looks, or would love to create something themselves, but don’t have a the time, know how or patience to paper craft! I know you exist, and I know you can have pretty paper-made things with very little effort. The question is, are you willing to give in?!

In turn, help support a local, home-based business.

All cards and scrapbooks are made from high quality products (mostly Close to My Heart), and are affordably priced. All the work you’ve seen here are indicative of what your finished projects will look like. Scrapbook albums can be purchased through CTMH if you don’t currently own one; if you do, kindly send it along with your printed photos, so each page can be created around the theme of each photo/group of photos.

As I alluded to above, in order for a scrapbook album to be created, I kindly ask for your pictures to be printed and sent to me (I will pick up if you’re in or around Edmonton!) along with your scrapbook album and any other mementos you’d like included in your custom scrapbook album. If you opt to purchase a scrapbook album via Close to My Heart, the price of it will be included in your total. (Albums are $100 + cost of album and shipping from CTMH).

Cards are $2 each, but can be bundled into packs (of any denomination) at a discounted price.

All prices are in Canadian currency. I will ship across Canada; shipping charges will be included. If you live in or near Edmonton, I am willing to meet you to pick up and drop off all orders! 😃

Comment here or email me at for more information.

I hope this appeals to someone out there. If it does, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here and more than happy to help you out!


At Peace

Hello friends!

Well, the phone call I’d been waiting for finally came late Monday afternoon. My Oma passed away peacefully at 4 pm.

I still haven’t heard from my mom, but I imagine I’ll get the details I’m waiting on soon enough.

I’m certain my Oma visited briefly this afternoon. I heard a grandfather clock chime and I wasn’t at home. (Grandfather clocks and my Oma were synonymous, in my mind. Also iced tea and lemon cake. Mmm.)

I’m not sad, really. Oh, I should say grieving. Of course I’m sad she’s no longer here. I’m at peace with the entire situation. I’m glad she’s no longer in pain and no longer anxious. I could see it still in her last days. Her movements and certain mannerisms seemed to indicate she was struggling with something.

I’m just so relieved she’s in a better place. That struggle is finally over. She’s now reunited with her sisters- along with Opa, uncle Rudy and the aunt/uncle I never met (that died in infancy). Her quick wit and feisty spirit will be sorely missed here, but celebrated over in heaven.

Rest easy, Oma. Our loss is heavens gain.

Till we meet again.



The future is now. I finally understand.


Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.




To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!

CTMH Kiss it Better

I’m dropping in today with a couple Sympathy Cards I created using CTMH Kiss It Better B1508.


I used up some scrap CTMH Peacock cardstock for the background mat, and Recollections cranberry cardstock to coordinate with the sentiment banner. (I stamped it using CTMH Cranberry ink). I used the mini heart to create my own background paper, stamping I’m both Bamboo and Blush inks. The other two hearts were stamped with the same inks, but they came from CC1025 You Are My Happy.
Lastly, to finish off, I used some CTMH Extra Thick Twine in pink to create the bow.
The second card I’d like to share is similar to the card above- but this time it’s oriented vertically rather than horizontally. All products and ink are the same as above.


And, just a note- this sweet stamp set can be found on my website and it’s now available for purchase. You’ll find it in the new Seasonal Expressions II catalog, as well. (The price in the picture below is in Canadian currency). Here’s a peek at it:


To see more of our new CTMH My Acrylix stamp sets, or to shop online, go here.

Thanks for visiting! I’ll hopefully see you again soon!

Card Buffet

TEdS is undergoing more construction over the next week or so. My Facebook page is going to be changing, and I’d love for you to join me there! Stay up to date on CTMH news, workshops and sales; find creative inspiration and shop my website all from one place! The link will follow in a future post, so stay tuned!







Just wanted to share more cards I’ve made recently. They were made for a variety of people, from one of my daughters’ teachers to a very dear long time friend of mine. Except for the encouragement card (Keep looking up), these cards are made completely with CTMH products. The patterned paper in the Keep Looking Up card is Carta Bella. All the stamping and Bakers twine is CTMH.
Enjoy, and I’ll see you again soon!

Sharing in Your Sorrow



I’m back again today, and even though I’ve got a special request installment II layout, I wanted to share another card that was made for a sweet rainbow baby. She was just 3 weeks old when she succumbed to SIDS. Her daddy works with my husband, and it’s touched us all.
The layout was created using my cricut explore. I matted some scrap patterned paper underneath the 4 on the ruler, denoting this sweet baby’s age in the layout. I also layered some patterned paper underneath the arrow for added oomph. Lastly, I stamped and fussy cut part of the title and added a punched border to the cardstock in the background.
I have one more layout that I made to share today, using the Balloon Wishes stamp set. If you purchase the marker roll up case (retail value $21.25), you’ll receive the Balloon Wishes stamp set free!



Join me again tomorrow for more layouts!

So Sorry


For a change, I thought I’d share a card I made a couple weeks ago for friends that lost their son to an accident. C was a childhood playmate of mine, and would have turned 31 on August 7. I was floored when mom told me about it. His parents are still our (our as in my parents’) neighbors, so I mailed this off to them shortly after learning of his passing.
I started off by adding a little watercolor to the background, then layered green embossed (with my cuttlebug) cardstock and the title square on top. For added punch, I added some CTMH washi tape, stamped, colored (with Shin Han markers) and fussy cut feathers (also CTMH) and adhered some Bakers twine and sequins around the feathers. The stamped sentiment is SU. A CTMH card that I found on Pinterest inspired my card.


You’ll find this card saved to my Fave Card Scraplifts board on Pinterest.

Acrylic Paint Titlework

I’m listening to and rocking out with Luke Bryan as I type this. I had a day to recharge the batteries, and it was phenomenal! If you want a good song, look up Kick the Dust Up. It’s a definite gooder!


I used mostly Taste of Summer here, and a touch of Flair stamps. I wanted to highlight the warmth of the tropics here, and the subjects’ green dress.


Another family favorite here- pancakes from scratch! Thanks to Kraft Canada for the recipe, this will die hard, I think! I used more Taste of Summer on this layout, and even used some orange acrylic paint to highlight my title. There’s also a touch of watercolor here too.


Here’s the second sympathy card that was specially requested by my dear friend. Scroll back one post to see the first of these two cards. This particular card was a scraplift. Find it here. I’m so in love with this card, I want to replicate it again one day. The lightest portion of the flowers petals is watercolored. 
I hope you enjoyed today’s projects, and I hope you join me again tomorrow!

Cards Galore!

Hello! Just dropping in quickly to share what I’ve been up to lately! Other than hanging out with my husband and kids- and unexpectedly buying some new living room furniture- I held my first Close to My Heart workshop of the year and made a few cards for some good friends.



I found both of these cards- the designs, at least- on Pinterest. You’ll find the originals here.




These last three cards were made with the Heartstrings card Workshop on the Go. There are 15 of these cards in total- 5 of each design. They are also available for purchase!
If you’d like to purchase these cards, please comment on this post.  They measure 4.25×5.5 inches and retail for $3 CAD each. (5 cards retail for $10).
I’m also planning my next workshop, which is taking place on May 2. Join me to learn more about pocket scrapbooking by playing with the Jackson Picture My Life system!


A Memory Becomes a Treasure

Family is a pretty broad term, isn’t it? When I first thought of using this word as part of my December Daily challenge, I never dreamed this word would wind up holding as much importance as it does- or that it would resonate so deeply with me. Family doesn’t just mean you’re related by blood or by name to another individual; friends, if they’re close enough, can come to be like family too.
In part, this post is a tribute to J, a dear friend my husband lost contact with, but never stopped loving like a brother. J’s family was like my husband’s second family- either K was at J’s house, or the other way around. We got married around the same time (J’s was just 11 months ahead of ours) and J’s firstborn is 2 months older than my own firstborns. Yes, K and J were cut from the same fabric.
Our loss is heavens’ gain. The details surrounding J’s death is somewhat of a mystery yet, aside from knowing for certain he was involved in a fatal car accident. What we don’t know yet, is what caused the accident. Its speculation right now, but some kind of medical trauma may have occured at the time of the accident. According to the other individual involved, nlthing was out of the ordinary until the very last second. No swerving, erratic driving or skid marks. He didnt even hit his brakes. Dear, dear J. Im still trying to make sense of such a senseless accident. Poor L, his wife, is still numb with shock- as we all are.
Rest in peace, dear friend. Don’t start the party until K joins you and L. ♡


So, in addition to good friends becoming family, family is family. We’ll be going to Edmonton to spend Christmas with these beautiful faces:


It’s just a few short days away! Are you ready?!


     November 1976-December 2014