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Make a wish! – First card post of 2015

Make a wish!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a card on the blog, and one of my resolutions this year was to blog at least once a month… so here’s a blog! haha

I bring to you a 4 in x 4 in card, the base is Bazil basics stock (as well as the purple and the yellow paper), the polka dots are from the Doodlebug design fruit stand 6 x 6 paper stack (it’s an amazing stack, you should totally get it!), the greeting is from Stampin’ Up’s Perfect Pennants. I added some little clips from the dollar store to add some interest.

The 4×4 size of card is a neat size, I’m enjoying the format and will likely make a few more 4×4 cards.



Feel Better Soon!

Today’s card was very specially custom-made for Dave’s Uncle who is currently in recovery from a procedure to hopefully stop the spread of colon cancer.

Feel Better Soon!

Cancer is a very scary thing, almost everyone’s lives that I’ve known has been touched by cancer. My husband Dave experienced it first-hand at the age of 16. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at that age and like the fighter he is, he never let the leukemia take him down. Dave is easily the strongest person I know, and I’m so fortunate that I have him in my life. We do often get scared if Dave does get sick for unexplained reasons, this will be the life we live because of what he’s had to go through, but I’ll be there for him for every battle if the day comes.

Onto a more positive note! Recovery is a wonderful thing, and I hope that Uncle Percy has a good recovery and that he gets plenty of rest 🙂

The “Feel Better Soon” card was inspired by a layout I found in the current Stampin’ Up Catalog (Page 21 – You make me happy sentiment card), obviously it’s a bit different but inspiration is inspiration, and you take what inspires you and make it your own. The base is Bazzill Basics card stock in Chocolate, other colours used are from my drawer of scraps, the teal background was dry embossed with the Honeycomb textured impressions embossing folder from Stampin’ up. The stripe paper and umbrella are from an American Crafts 6×6 Paper pad (Dear Lizzy – Lucky Charm paper pad). The greeting is from the $1.50 stamp bin at Michaels and it is heat embossed in ebony to give the greeting more texture.

It was a challenge to keep the card more masculine, I have quite the collection of floral paper, cutesy paper and very vibrant and bright feminine coloured card stock, but I did enjoy the challenge, and I think it turned out pretty manly if I do say so myself 🙂

I’m in love with 6×6 paper pads right now, they are very affordable and offer a wide variety of patterns and styles. The nice part is that because they are so small, the patterns are usually smaller and look great on cards. Right now, I’m loving Doodle Bug Design, American Crafts and BoBunny’s 6×6 paper lines, you should check them out if you like cute paper!

-Until then…


Box Sets – The Beginning…

So, about a month ago, my team did a Burger, beer and silent auction fundraiser to raise money to help pay for our trip to Cloverdale to take on the Mainland Misfits’ Doomsday Bunnies. I decided that I would throw some cards or something into the silent auction. I had a free day where I didn’t have any derby or homework or training involved, so I spent the entire day working on the cards you see below!


Butterfly Box Set


The first box set I put together was a set of 4 matching cards with different greetings. I used the Itty Bitty Banners set from Stampin Up for the greetings (which say from L to R: Congratulations, Happy Birthday, Thank you and Sweet Baby), the butterflies were from a sticker set that I had gotten a number of years ago. The background paper was punched with an EK Success flourish square large punch and  embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin’ Up, and the ribbons are from my random collection again. 

I had a bit of difficulty with embossing the woodgrain as it would emboss right through the paper. I found that if I padded the folder with some extra card stock it would stop embossing through the paper.


Animal Hello Box

The next set of cards are the cutesy cards, I love these cards and they bring a smile to my face. All of the animals were cut from Cricut’s Create a Critter cartridge, this cartridge is super cute and super fun, and I hope to use more of the cut outs in future cards. All of the greetings are a simple “Hello” bubble stamp that I found in the Micheal’s $1.50 stamp bin. All of the background papers are embossed with various embossing folders from Cuttlebug and Stampin up. I also blinged up the cards with little rhinestone accents, which just add a touch of sparkle.

I loved making this set of cards because they’re cute, fun and super easy to make!

Each box set also came with a, well.. box! Handmade by myself (and the cause for hours of frustration), and embossed as well. Sadly, I do not have photos of the pretty boxes, but I hope the winners of my box sets enjoyed the cards and hopefully it brought some joy to their day!

– Until Then!


Flowers, Road Trips and Mothers day

Thank you with flowers

So, I have this random story about the floral paper on this card. Rinny and I decided that we wanted to go shopping in Edmonton a few years ago, so we went and for the first 3 hours in West Edmonton Mall.. we spent it in this delightful craft store called DeSeeres. I found this awesome paper storage case with paper included. I figured I’d buy it for my Mom and bring it back for her, I don’t think that she used any of the paper in the set.. so here I am with a massive set of floral paper! (Not that I’m complaining..) I don’t know if that little story had much of a point, but I found myself reminiscing about shopping with Erin and then I found myself thinking about crafting with my Mom and shopping with her. Living so far away doesn’t let me do that simple thing, so I try to enjoy it while she visits or while I visit Calgary.

Back to the card! I used a base of Candle Bazzil basics cardstock, and then layered it with the floral paper from the un-named paper set. I offset the floral paper and the squares (from Doodle Bug Design’s flower box set (again!)) with a scalloped border from a Doodlebug design’s border set. The stickers are from a set that my Mom had purchased from the dollar store a number of years ago, and the sentiment is stamped with Rich Razzleberry from Stampin’ up, and a stamp set that I acquired from the local store here (Ever After).

I guess I was really thinking about Mothers’ day for this card, and how much I miss having my Mom close-by to have random trips to the scrapbook store, or to spend an afternoon making cards. I hope that she has a wonderful Mothers’ day, and that we’re thinking about you over here in Kelowna.

Happy Mothers’ day to all the Mom’s and soon-to-be Moms out there!

– Until then!


Woodgrain and Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday Wishes

I had a sticker set that I was wanting to use for a card for a while, the butterfly sticker is from that set. I pulled the green from that set to match the floral paper. All 3 of the banners are from the Doodlebug Design flowerbox paper pad (I LOVE this pad, very summery!), the brown cardstock was embossed by the woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin’ up. The sticker is from a butterfly sticker set, I can’t recall who made the sticker set.. I have so much in my stash that I keep exploring new and wonderful things every day! The sentiment is stamped in Pacific Point from Stampin’ up’s brights collection and the sentiment is from the Stampin up Petite Pairs stamp set.

This card is very cute and colourful and really shows off the summery mood that I’ve been in, and I think that everyone’s been in since the weather has really gotten nice here in the Okanagan! Summer is coming, which means that school will soon be over and I can spend more time playing with paper!

-Until then…


Paper Lanterns – more fun in heat embossing

Today’s card is a bit of an old card, and by old.. I mean I made it about a month ago when I was crafting at my Mom & Dad’s place in Calgary. I’ve been quite busy with life, as derby, homework and work work have taken over, so I haven’t had much time to make any cards. I did, however, get time to re-arrange my craft room/ office / skate workshop, so I’ll definitely be blogging about that soon!

Anyways! Back to the card!

Paper Lanterns

The card is made on a base from Recollections (I bought a 25 pack of white pre-scored cards previously and I’ve been trying to get through all of them), the patterned paper is from Basic Grey’s 6×6 Konnichiwa paper pad. I punched the edge with an edge punch from Martha Stewart (I believe it’s a scalloped edge punch, but the name escapes me right now.) I used an embossing folder from Sizzix to create the floral texture on the light purple card stock and then heat embossed and cut the 3 stamped lanterns on the card.  The lanterns came on an Inkadinkado stamp set, which was on clear out, so I believe they may have been discontinued. The inside of the card has a “Thinking of you” sentiment embossed in a plum.

This was a fun card to make, and I really enjoy heat embossing things, so much so that I’m slowly assembling my own heat embossing kit. I’ve since purchased a Martha Stewart heat gun, and am now on the hunt for the Versamark ink pad, embossing buddy and embossing powders. I can’t wait to try this new medium out at home.

-Until then!


Happy birthday, an experiment in heat embossing

Today’s card is a small experiment in heat embossing.  I used the cupcake sentiment from the patterned occasions stamp set from Stamping Up and then stamped it with Versamark ink and added some plum embossing powder. I stamped it on a pre-punched piece of light purple cardstock.image



The balloon paper is an open stock design from Doodlebug Design, and the ribbon was part of my mom’s collection.

Hope you enjoy the card!


So,  for today’s card I am creating away from home.  I headed out to Calgary to spend time with my family for Easter weekend. I brought a few crafting odds and ends,  and even acquired a few new stamps and papers in my travels today.


I decided to create a “Congratulations” card for a housewarming party that Dave and I are going to next week.

I used the Cricut “Create a Critter” cartridge for the house,  papers from Doodlebug Design flowerbox paper pad and the sentiment is from Stamping Up’s itty bitty banners set.

Hope you enjoy the card!


The Silver Lining

If you haven’t noticed the little facebook app on the side of my blog, check it out. It links to my Facebook page which is dedicated to my cardmaking craft – The Silver Lining Greetings.

I started The Silver Lining Greetings back in 2009 when I started to move from scrapbooking to card making. I chose the name in part to something my Mom would tell me growing up, that you should always look for the silver lining in every cloud… and so, after creating a quick little logo and printing off tags, I started to label all of my cards with the Silver Lining greetings.

The Silver Lining Cards

For a while I did drop off and stop making cards, but recently.. with the prodding of my Mom and the re-organization of my office to a craft space, I’ve been able to dive in and be crafty! The Silver lining is anew! Not only do I post on the Facebook page (and soon the blog), but my Mom occasionally posts her creations on The Silver Lining Facebook page as well!

I hope that my cards and crafts will one day be the silver lining in someone’s day, hopefully even this little blog will bring a smile to someone’s face.

So, check out my cards, they will (eventually) be posted under the “Silver Lining” category, and hopefully I can inspire you to look at the Silver lining.


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