August 12, 2014

the 'write' stuff...


 I just love making cards for teachers. They are always so much fun, bright and cheerful. To achieve a blackboard effect on my Curtsey Boutique tag, I’ve used some ink and my heat gun to replicate chalk on a blackboard.


To start edge your tag using either the edge of your stamp pad(pigment ink works better than dye ink here) a sponge, blending tool or a cotton swab. Add as much as you like, for whatever look you are trying to achieve.. To create the look of words being wiped away, in the middle I added a bit of ink using a cotton swab and then gradually wiped away the access with my pinky finger, swirling and smudging the ink to get a light background effect. Then using my stamp I added the sentiment and set all of the ink using my heat gun. I let dry completely before adhering to my project. Simple and easy way to achieve a chalk look without using chalk..

Hope that you give this little trick a whirl!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:
Gold Sequins
Yellow Baker’s Twine
Heart Shaped Chalkboard Tags

Other Supplies:
Seam Binding- French Market(Etsy)
Button - Craft supply
Template -  my design
Stamp - Papertrey Ink


August 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties Birthday Blog Hop

Happy 2nd Birthday to Paper Sweeties! You should have arrived from Diane's blog

Here is my birthday card using Paper Sweeties Beautiful and Banner Wishes stamp sets

Since there are a lot of sweet designers helping Debbie celebrate the 2nd birthday of her company I'll keep my post short and sweet today...  If you get lost along the way I have the links of all the designers listed below.. your next stop on the hop is Amy, as well as here, here and here!

Happy Hopping!
Be sure to pop by the Paper Sweeties blog for fun and prizes and the chance at the $100GC for the Paper Sweeties Shop!

Paper Sweeties Design Team:
Special Guest Designers:

Paper Sweeties blog


Paper Sweeties: Banner Wishes
Paper Sweeties: Beautiful
Template: Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine: Curtsey Boutique
Pink Seam Binding: Curtsey Boutique

July 7, 2014


Currently around here:

fighting a summer cold - boo!

wondering what is going on with the weather here...

marvelling at the thunderstorms that happen almost daily...

exploring the lakes out on the boat...

catching up on projects - crafty and other wise...

planning our one year wedding anniversary party...

pinning like crazy...

finding inspiration everywhere...

enjoying 'puppy and me' time almost daily...

figuring out a new craft room layout/decor theme...

trying to soak in as much sunshine as possible...

enjoying the outdoors...

wanting to slow time down, just a bit...

Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:
*Star shaped paperclip
*green Bakers Twine
Other Supplies:
Template - The Cutting Cafe
Paper - Reccollections
Seam Binding - French Market(Etsy)

June 26, 2014

hello weekend...

hello weekend...

hello slow down and relax time...

hello three days of free time...

hello warmer weather...

hello lake time, out on the boat...

hello lilac bush in bloom, sweet scent drifting on the breeze...

hello afternoons lounging on the deck with the puppy...

hello sweet reggae... music to my ears...

hello bonfires and happy friends...

hello fun filled weekends to forget the stresses of the week...

Happy weekend friends!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies
Glassine Envelope
Baker's Twine
French Doily

May 11, 2014

all that glitters...

I’m big into gift wrapping lately and decided to try my hand at decorated bags. This is perfect for tucking in smaller gifts when you don’t feel like wrapping with paper. I’ve used my great Curtsey Boutique supplies alongside some of my craft supplies to come up with a fun gift bag.

Gold seems to be the 'hot' colour lately and  I'm loving feathers- stamps and diecuts, as well as adding them to craft projects. So it seemed only natural to combine my two loves of the moment and create something special.

Today I have a quick technique tip to get those beautiful, bold, gold glitter bands. No need to mess with marking out lines and mucking about with glue.
My technique tip: double sided quick hem tape you can find in any sewing area of stores. Regular double side tape for paper doesn’t stick as well. The quick hem tape is made for fabrics and holds on beautifully. Simply decide how many bands of colour you want, trim to size and adhere, making sure to rub all over with a bone folder (or your fingers) to guarantee great adhesion of the tape. Peel off the protective paper and cover generously with glitter. Press the glitter into the tape before tapping off any excess. Voila! Mess free bands of yummy gold glitter! 

 I've used PTI's Feather Finery Stamp as well as MME-The Sweetest Thing date sticker and a Pink Paislee 'love' diecut. That sweet birdie paper clip is from Michaels.

I guess all that glitters IS gold... in this case anyway...


Curtsey Boutique Supplies:

May 3, 2014

time to relax...

With our bathroom renovation underway and nearing completion, it got me thinking about quick and easy DIY bath gifts. To me there's nothing more relaxing than a nice bubble bath to soothe and rejuvenate the soul.

Using my Curtsey Boutique supplies I put together a little package, all ready to add to a gift for the bath lover in my life. I just love kraft bags wrapped pretty. The little wooden scoop is just too cute not to include. I stamped on "relax" with some Versamark solvent ink, so that repeated use near water wouldn't wash it away.

I filled the bakers bag with lavendar bath salts, folded and secured it then topped it off with a heart shaped doily, bakers twine and a tag. Quick simple and ready to give away. You can find all of these great supplies at the Etsy store.


April 20, 2014

Hoppy Easter!

Hey all! Just hopping by to share a tutorial I did for Curtsey Boutique.


To create the bunny bag first start by taking out the hem and the twine at the top of the burlap bag and cut ear shapes out of the top. 


Using paint and a foam brush paint on two ears and then two circles to make the bunny body. Add a nose and eyes if desired. Using a piece of the twine removed in step one, thread through using a 
large needle to create whiskers.


Using a double stand of bakers twine, feed around the bag using a needle to create a drawstring/ bow around the neck of the bunny.


Add a tag with name and bow, and a white rolled felt flower to the back of the bag for the bunny tail.


Fill with candy and pull the drawstring close into a bow.
Create a whole herd of bunnies and give them away!

Happy Easter!!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:

March 27, 2014

christmas countdown...

Okay, so maybe it's too early. Or way late, but I thought I'd share one of my favourite DIY projects to date. I had seen this idea *here* and wanted to try it for quite some time now. And now I have, using simple everyday items, and some of my great Curtsey Boutique supplies. My take on this sweet advent calendar:

To begin with I painted an 18 inch embroidery hoop with some Antique White Web acrylic paint and let dry. Once dry I traced the inside circumference of the loop onto some sturdy thick cardboard. I cut it out and made sure it was a snug fit inside the hoop. I then cut a circle about 3 inches larger than the cardboard circle and pulled it taught over the cardboard, hot gluing the edges making sure the face of the fabric was stretched and free of wrinkles.  Fit into the hoop and let the fun begin.

I knew I wanted to stick to a few pops of colour but mainly keep it neutral. I started with these great kraft envelopes with journal cards from Curtsey Boutique, along with small tags, small glassine bags, doilies, twine, burlap die cuts, snowflake die cuts and muslin bags. Other supplies included washi tape, bottle brush trees and wreaths, thumbtacks, burlap, felt, mini clothespins etc. Sky's the limit to decorating, so long as you have 24 little packets to countdown to Christmas!

Of course it's a personal choice to decorate how you like, but here I've jazzed up plain white tags with pretty washi and stamped names. Wrapped them in twine and adhered with mini clothespins.

Using confetti I made pretty little see through packets with small glassine bags and closed with washi.Using the same washi tape I adhered it to the mini clothes pin.

Using burlap I cut out a mitten and stocking, and made little pockets to stick instructions in.

And here it is all done. It would be easy to change out envelopes or packets each year to update. I can't wait to use it this year for Christmas.


March 26, 2014

love, oh love...

What I'm loving around here lately:

Warmer temperatures and longer days... spring is around the corner, I can feel it...

Up-cycled(and mainly free)new workspace desktop for my craft room...

My BBC dramas and comedies, love curling up with them(mainstream t.v pales in comparison)...

Organizing and categorizing old and new craft supplies...

Nautical themes and pale colour schemes...

New family room reno almost completed...

Getting back into exercise regimens...

Playing hockey with the girls Wednesday nights...

Phone calls to back home and to old friends...

Birthday season (part one) beginning next month...

SO much to be thankful for and to love... inspiring my crafty projects lately, thought I'd share this one with you...

Thanks for the visit!

Curtsey Boutique Items:

March 18, 2014

winter blues...

I can't wait for spring. This winter is taking its toll... extreme cold temperature for longer than usual periods of time. The bright sunshine is the only reprieve from the bitter cold. It streams through my windows and fills the rooms with warmth and light. Thankful for the sunbeams.

Thinking spring I made these using some of my Curtsey Boutique goodies for a co-worker of mine, using my paper scraps. I often don't have the heart to throw away even the smallest of pretty paper scraps.  Two different versions, one with stitching and one using ric-rac. Pretty CB sequins add a pop of sparkle.

Some Basic Grey papers add an almost sky-like background. An added doily mimics the kite flying high in the clouds... Hope you like it:)
Before I go, a little song we used to sing on Good Friday, where our tradition was making paper kites and flying them all day long. Like stained glass windows in the sky...

Let's go fly a kite,
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite,
And send it soaring.
Up through the atmosphere,
Up where the air is clear
Oh, lets go fly a kite..
(From Mary Poppins)

Thanks for popping by!

Curtsey Boutique supplies:
Turquoise Sequins

March 6, 2014

doing it for Duncan...

 Extra Large Vintage Gold Fabric Flower -  Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer - Duncan Campbell -  Brooch, Hair Barette, Headband
Hi there,

Just popping in to share a quick post... doing my small part to help out someone in need. For the month of March over at The Curtsey Boutique, CarrieAnne has a special limited edition gold flower. The sales of this flower will go towards helping out a family dealing with a terrible situation. One which no family should ever have to deal with. You can read CarrieAnne's original post HERE... and if you feel like supporting the cause, you can purchase the flower HERE.

Thanks for letting me share,

March 2, 2014

celebrate today...

This year I decided to send out fun 'outside of the box' cards after the hustle and bustle of Christmas had died down. Usually each year my best intentions to get Christmas cards out fails, generally because I'm too busy making cards for other people.. I won't complain... no, never. I love seeing people's faces when they get their stacks of handmade cards made by me. Such a great feeling. So, instead of worrying about Christmas cards, my new tradition will be to send out greetings in the new year. 

Here's a little tutorial I did on my 'cards' for this year for Curtsey Boutique:

Measure and fold a medium sized glassine bag to fit inside a standard envelope. Wrap a 6 inch doily around the front of the bag and secure with tape. Fill glassine bag with various sizes, colours and textures of confetti. Add sequins. Sew top of bag at the fold with gold thread to keep confetti in.

On your computer using Word or Photoshop, create a tall rectangular greeting and print out. Trim bottom edge to make it look like a long banner. Edge with glitter and adhere using a stapler. Add snowflake embellies. Stamp a greeting along the bottom edge of the bag and heat emboss.

*Technique tip* To get a perfect straight edge of glitter all around the banner, carefully adhere double side tape to all edges making sure there are no gaps. Peel off other side and cover liberally with glitter. Press the glitter into the tape before shaking off excess. Perfect, straight glitter lines every time!
Shake up the confetti and enjoy!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:
Medium Glassine Bags
6 inch doily
Christmas Snowflake Die cuts

Other Supplies:
Gold Thread – Ravelry
Sequins-Craft supply
Card stock + printer
Double side tape