Saturday, July 4, 2020

Creative Embellishments

Hello and Welcome to my blog...

Wishing everyone health and happiness as we journey through this world wide change.

To-day, I wish to share a card I made showcasing some of my favorite products and support leader's within our community through creative challenges.

I decided to showcase some  Creative Embellishments Chipboard by making a card for the 
July 2020 challenge.

The challenge is to be inspired by this mood board and make your project a Birthday Theme.

Well here is the Moroccan Lattice from Creative Embellishments made to look like honey comb on my Birthday Card.  I was inspired by the stack of dishes with their bright and cheerful color as the colors reminded me of rainbows and birthday parties.

Here is my card.

I ordered some Honey bee stamps from the Simon Says Stamp Blog Store recently and everything fit together so well this week.

I am entering this card in the Facebook group called Honey Bee Stamps Buzzworthy Challenges.

Challenge # 55 is all about Rainbows.

 Here is the stamp sets I showcased in my card.  


Visit Honey Bee Stamps Blog and select the facebook icon to find the Challenge # 55.

I also want to support Simon Says  

Simon Says has a Monday and a Wednesday challenge which is lots of fun as it helps keep the mojo creative and they truly are a leader within our industry.  Great store on the website to shop for all creative supplies.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020  challenge is titled, Bright and Cheerful.

I purchased a great tool that I used to adhere my rhinestone gems to my card.  
My experience has lead me to Studio Katia.

This is an Embellishment Wand all creative designer's should have in their personal tool collection.

One last look of my card which I will be donating to my father's retirement home to bring cheer to staff and residents in need of a cards.

Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the summer sunshine.


Friday, April 17, 2020

My Favorite Things (MFT) Stamps

Hello and Welcome

Here are a couple of cards that I made which I plan on gifting to the Caregiver's of my father's retirement home.

Entering 2 challenges by My Favorite Things Stamps.

Sketch Challenge #485  April 2020.

Color Challenge # 139  April 2020.

Stay Safe, take advantage of this time and be creative with you time.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Retired Traveler Returns

Hello and welcome back to my leave of absence (LOA) from my Creative Studio.

It's been approximately  1.5 years since my last post on my blog here at Cottage Life.

Life has presented many changes and experiences during my LOA and I have decided to hop back in say hello and that I am continuing  to experience the Journey of Life.  Extended family changes have kept me occupied and traveling the globe with my husband has brought new experiences meeting people who have enriched our lives.

The Coronavirus Pandemic announcement of March 11, 2020 brought us home early from our travels on March 21st and after our 14 day travel quarantine we here in North America are making a difference around our homes as spring arrives.  The staying home campaign, keeping us safe will allow us to achieving goals around the home that will provide our family lots of satisfaction.

Wishing everyone Health and happiness while staying home safe.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Blog Hop with Canvas Corp Brands

Hello and Welcome to my blog.

 Thank you so much for stopping by today. You are in for a treat! Today I am participating in a  hop with teammates from Canvas Corp Brands.

 There are lots of fantastic designers world wide that have come together to showcase terrific projects that you can recreate and put your own artistic touches on in your craft room. You have seen a lot of these designers featured on sites like Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies and and Canvas Corp Brands!

The Creative Crew at Canvas Corp Brands (CCB) would like to share creative visions to set the mood for the festive season upon us.

I wanted to share a project that I created that was published in the latest 

Just Christmas Cards and Decorations Magazine by Scott

Please support our Print Magazines as much as possible so that the hard copy magazines can continue to provide joy to those that do not have internet access or want to enjoy a hard copy

 "off the grid" as we label this phenomenon.

Here is a close up of my gift box project.

Tip: Re-purpose any small gift box as a template by tracing the opened/flatten box onto your
 favorite card stock.

You will find my project published on page 15 

of the Just Christmas Cards and  Decorations 
Vol 5  2018 Magazine. 
This magazine is available for purchase from Amazon as well as BarnsandNoble, if they have not sold out of the magazine.  I believe your  craft supply Box Store will also carry this magazine as well.

Canvas Corp Supplies

Burlap Flower - Red
Red Cord from kit or Cord, Waxed Cotton
Black and White Type Alpha letter paper

Other supplies
Sweet n Sassy Stamps- Poppies and Greetings

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to see the Christmas CCB Blog Hop. 

Please visit as listed below other members of the design team for additional Christmas inspiration

  1. Betz Golden:

    Mary Cat

    Michelle Wells

    Karla Yungwirth

     Karen Jiles


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Opportunities To Celebrate

Hello Bloggers.

It's been a season of change and adjustments as our families grow and celebrate milestones.

My son Andrew has returned from Asian modeling recently and is back in Canada enjoying 
life in the big city.

The fashion industry schedules and calendar's take time to prep for seasonal production and marketing of their products and here is a pleasant surprise that we recently discovered.

Andrew has made it to a Men's Section within a department store in Asia.  We are happy for his milestone success and hope to see a few more in the future.

Congrat's Andrew !

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Canvas Corp Brands

Hello and Welcome to my blog.

The summer was a wonderful season this year and time flies when you are having fun.

Wanted to share a quick decor upgrade with just a few supplies from Canvas Corp Brands.

You can change this up for any season.

Burlap Basket Plant Holders

Stop by the shop at Canvas Corp to order these holders.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Stampington and Company

Hello and Welcome to my blog.

Hope all of your summer days are enjoyable and happy.  So many good things can be experienced in the summer time.  Enjoy that journey.

To-day I am happy to say that I was published in the new 
July/Aug/Sept Stampers' Sampler magazine.

Please support our hard copy magazines as they are truly lovely to behold especially on a summer vacation trip with a cool drink in the shade.

I have cards on page page 85, 89 and 106.  

Next time you are in your favorite book store or craft store check the magazines out.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Stampington and Company

Hello and Welcome to my blog today.

Happy to announce one of my cards have been published in the recent magazine release by 

Stampington and Company.

Please support hardcopy printed magazines.  Stampington has many magazines to select from all printed on quality paper.  The best magazine to behold.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Canvas Corp Brands

Hello and Welcome to my blog.

June is a big month for summer Weddings.  
I live near a beautiful Floral Garden Park and its a place for many Weddings to have photo's taken.  
I in fact had my Wedding photo's taken at this park 33 years ago.

To celebrate June as Wedding month, I have created a special card for a Bride and Groom. 

Stop by the Canvas Corp Blog and see how to create this wedding card which 
is a twist to the traditional folded card.

Thanks for stopping by today and have yourself a creative day  !!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Canvas Corp Brands

Hello and Welcome...

Oh my goodness it's May 1st already!  4 months have zipped past, with a late Spring start and still waiting for the weather to warm up and settle.

Once that sun start's to shine with blue skies, I immediately think of 
lake side breezes or ocean beaches.

To-day I am celebrating the month with the arrival of spring flowers in the garden, lake and oceans with new activity.

Here is a sneak peek of my Easel Card that I made to celebrate the season.

Please stop by the Canvas Corp Blog and see some additional photo's on how attractive 
an easel card can be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and comments are truly appreciated.