Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Driftwood Boats

I have been up to something a little different these days.
Not that I have stopped making and creating cards, but I found myself making a different kind of craft, driftwood boats.

It all started when I brought back woods from Leucate, our family beach on the Mediterranean.

When I run out of those, I walked the beach and 2 hours later, I was driftwood rich again. I brought them home, soaked them in a diluted bleach solution, put them to dry outside for a day, and let my mind wonder...

Here are the few collections I made: 

The Whisper, with sails made out of cheese-clothes...

The Ichiban, with white and plaid sails:

The Nemo, all linen sails:

The Dancer, with two different sails:

The Serenity, with two same sails:

The Tango, with one sail and one line:

The Rainbow, with one linen sail:

The Marbella, mini boats with a ribbon sail:

And finally, the Levis collection, with a lone sail:

AND... I had as much fun making them than naming them!

Happy 21st Birthday from your 110 L. Friend

I think that stamp from Arts Impressions is hilarious... 

I needed a support for it and thought of mixing two of my old cards, a thank you card (THANK YOU... with a bouquet #214) 
and a Birthday card (Happy 29th Birthday... #286)

Below is the results.

I added some paper flowers, and a dab of puff paint for the hearts.

The little bow is made with baker's twine and I used a dessert fork to tie it. 


Until next time!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Have a Good One

The second card with another cutting file from Pam Kenward (, is also altered from the original cutting file. 

It was designed for a square card and I prefer the A2 format.

I used a silver paper for the  cut out piece.


A clean and simple card, that could go for a masculine birthday.

Thank you Pam!

Happy Birthday Kraft and Birdies

Two new cards this morning, thanks to some free silhouette cameo cutting files from Pam Kenward, on her blog:


I altered this cutting file, it was a gift card holder and I wanted a regular card.

I used some kraft paper and matted the underside in a dark brown card stock.

I found this ribbon in my pile of forgotten spools.

Do visit Pam's blog, she is a wonderful artist!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanks... to Bird

Thanks to Bird, I used two of her cutting files. The "thanks" one and the cut out card.

Check out her blog and free cutting files on:

The happy birthday cutting file is a silhouette cameo file.

I mated the two cards in silver paper and thread a blue/silver ribbon.



Cards with a Message

Two quick cards, with a message.


The next one is from, with a free download.

I just added a personal touch of color, with my moon white copic marker.
I also matted it with a tiffany blue paper.


Happy 21st Birthday!

Well, it happened again... another of my kids reach 21!

This came from an idea on Pinterest (MJE on "cards I've made"), I have just updated the "jeans" part.

My rag pile is full of used boxer, I found one of his old pair and he did notice that.


One more kid to go and our house will only have adults in it. Where did the time go....

Birthday Card with Numbers

Another wonderful site for free Silhouette Cameo cutting file is the one from Pam Kenward,

I found this birthday background, complete with very detailed instructions as well as cutting files for numbers.


You have to visit her blog, it is a mine of ideas...

Happy Birthday by an Elephant

Sometimes a cutting file is all you need to create a cute little card.

I found this one on the internet, on Lauren blog (thinking She made the cutest onesies, and has on her blog some free cutting files as well as some free fonts... Check it out:


Thank you Lauren!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Snowy Scene Again

Once again, the snowy scene from Bird's Card cutting file. On a Kraft card stock, with a blue dotted card stock.

The yellow tissue paper makes the windows shine, and the door is a piece of black card stock .

The sparkly puffy paint is giving the impression of snow.

The sentiment is stamped in the lightest blue.


Until next time!

Santa Stuck in the Chimney!

Thank you Bird for this wonderful Silhouette Cameo cutting file... I am having so much fun with this machine AND your cutting files!

A stuck Santa Claus, with a very simple to use cutting file. I changed it a little, first resizing it, since Bird's file is making a 4 Bar card and I wanted an A2.

I then ungrouped the different part of the file and regrouped them by color. (Black, red and white). This way, I just put the three different colored card stocks and cut all of it in one move.

I also added some sparkly puff paint on the snow and the white hemming of Santa pant.

Bird also gives a brick background cutting file that allow you to cut a simile embossing folder, so you can run your red card stock in it and emboss bricks on the chimney.

If you then put a little brown ink on it, it will look a little dirty.


Merry Christmas Swirly Tree

Once again, I reused this swirly Christmas Tree, a Cameo Silhouette free cutting file from Bird (

I added some sparkly puff paint and a few diamond to add some bling.


Snowy Scene In a Window

I love so much this Silhouette Cameo cutting file from Bird (
that I had to use it again.

If you own a Silhouette Cameo and are  looking for cutting files, you should go visit Bird's blog. She has the most interesting cutting files collection and give them away generously.

I used my cuttlebug and some spellbinder nest die cuts to make the oval frame.

I like to add some yellow tissue paper behind the window, it looks like somebody is home.

I also embossed the white card stock with a snow flakes embossing folder.


Merry Christmas

A CAS card, with a Merry Christmas sentiment in the shape of a Christmas tree.

 I saw a similar image on Pinterest, unfortunately I couldn't find this image on the blog it refers to.

I just printed it and sized it for a A2 card.

Scoring around the card added a little to this very simple card.

I also used sparkling puff paint... you cannot really see it on the picture.
I like to add a touch of color, and colored the inside of the "e" and "a" with my Moon White Copic marker.


Happy Retirement

That must be the first retirement card I made, and I thought it turned out good. I found the idea on the blog.

I just adapted the design to the stamps I own. The adironback chair is part of a stamp set from Kittie Kits, called Cause a Scene. 

I stamped the chair on white card stock and cut it up to add some dimension to the picture.

The sentiment is from Goethe: Nothing is worth more than this day...

I also added a mat, printed with "happy retirement" all over.

With Deepest Sympathy

A sympathy card in earthy tones... I used Kraft paper and stamped the tree in light brown, before matting it in darker brown. 

I also used some ivory puffy paint for the leaves.

To finish the card, I taped a little butterfly at the corner.
I used the butterfly Martha Stewart punch.


Wishing You a Happy Holiday Seasons... Musical

A  Happy Holiday Seasons wish with a touch of music...

I use my cuttlebug to cut a circle and taped music paper on the underside. The silver cord at the top is representing the string of the ornament.

I also scored the card all around to frame the ornament and sentiment I printed before hand.

I added a silver matting.


There you have it!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Snow Scene from Bird

I kept the best for last, I really love how this one came out....

I used once again a snow scene cutting files from Birds, and added a dark navy blue background, I also stamped a few stars to make the sky sparkle.

Behind the windows of the house, I glued a little piece of yellow felt, it looks like somebody is home.

Love that one!


Be Merry Ribbon Christmas

A fun card to make, using red ribbon... I run a white card stock through my cuttlebug in an embossing folder... it looks like a snowy background.

I printed the sentiment and made some holes in a tree shape, before threading the ribbon from behind.

I then added a red matting, and a little bow I made using a fork, I am sure you have seen this method. 

It allows to make a perfectly symmetrical bow every single time.


Chritmas Trees from Bird

Here comes a few Christmas cards using two different Christmas tree cutting files from Bird (

I just change the trees and backgrounds from Kraft to silver, and printed a few different sentiments.

The last one is even handwritten.

Some are double matted and some have an embossing line framing the card.






A New Home

Let's take a little break in the middle of the Christmas cards... i found that little home at Michaels, it is made of balsam wood, light enough to be added to a card.

It is from ArtMinds and they have a nice selection of design, painted or plain like this one....

I added some shinny red card stock in the openings, and two clouds punched with my Fiskars tool.

The sentiment was printed beforehand. 


Snow Scene Christmas Cards

Another amazing cutting file from Einnej a beautiful snow scene cut with my  Silhouette Cameo. 



I used two different designer papers to make the background of the snow scene, and stamped one of the sentiment in Stampin'up Pool Party green.

The other one is a sticker.