Monday, August 15, 2022

A Last Post

It is with great sadness that we, Lindsey’s family, share the following announcement:

In Loving Memory

Lindsey Martin-Penny
June 20, 1963 – July 21, 2022

Lindsey was taken from us much too soon by an aggressive, treatment resistant form of ovarian cancer. Lindsey was the wonderful wife and soulmate of Burke Penny, step-mother to Colin (Leah) and “Grandma” to Jocelyn and Gavin, sister of Dr. Jim Martin (Catie), aunt to Scott Martin (Jennifer) and Robin Martin-Godelie (Michael) and great aunt to Kai Martin, Oliver Godelie and Alice Godelie. Sister-in-law to Michael Penny (Ruth Ann) and aunt to Rachel and Fiona. 


Lindsey graduated from the University of Toronto in 1987. She spent an interesting and enjoyable year at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec acquiring her teaching diploma. 


Throughout her life Lindsey was a creative person: a young artist, a talented vocalist and later pianist, and over the past decade an accomplished greeting card maker. She loved being part of the card making community and made many friends in Canada, the U.S. and other parts of the world. Some of these friendships went beyond virtual and she greatly enjoyed her in-person time with her “stamping friends”. She truly appreciated the loving support of all the card making fraternity over the past months. 


Lindsey was a creative and inspiring teacher. Her 17-year career at several schools culminated as a teacher-librarian at Victoria Harbour Elementary School. This was her favourite. She was a lover of books and a fierce promoter of reading and literacy. As a young child she read constantly (even her older brother’s Mad magazines), a habit that continued throughout her life. She was a fan of crime fiction and science fiction but Charles Dickens was her favourite author. Her collection of his works in various forms, books about him, and items of Dickens ephemera is substantial and impressive. An original Star Trek aficionado, one of her life highlights was meeting William Shatner at a McGill University convocation party we attended with our graduating niece Rachel. 


She was also a great gardener. What she could produce from tiny seeds was always amazing. Her seven-foot high tomato plants are testament to her very green thumbs. No bedraggled indoor plant was beyond saving and our home showed it. An inspiring cook, she loved creating in her red (of course) accented kitchen. Her love of cats was well known. Innumerable cat-themed shirts, socks, mugs, and other items were always prominent. Lindsey was also a lover of music – many styles and genres. But her favourite was Stephen Sondheim. Her CD of Sweeney Todd (starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury) was over the years the most played item in our collection. 


Our thanks to the medical staff at the Cancer Centre in Barrie and at Georgian Bay General Hospital. Thanks also to the Home Care team and in particular to the nurses for their kindness. Special thanks and appreciation to Lindsey’s wonderful and caring doctor, McKenzie Blake. Lindsey specifically requested that there be no memorial service. Friends and family are invited to attend visitation at Nicholl’s Funeral Home, 330 Midland Avenue in Midland on Friday, July 29, 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. We hope you will come and take time to share stories of Lindsey’s life with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, would be greatly appreciated.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Trying to Be Funny at Scrap 'n Stamp!

I'm up on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with a card for today's Random Acts of Cardness prompt: FUNNY! 

I guess you'll have to visit the blog to see what my funny is. ;) Why not play along for your chance to win a $50 gift card to the Scrap 'n Stamp store

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Friday, June 3, 2022

For the Boys at Scrap n Stamp!

Happy June! It's the first June Friday, and that means it's time for a new Scrap n Stamp Inspiration Hop! Our theme this month is FOR THE BOYS - time to make some masculine cards. There are two "boys" in my family graduating from high school this month, so I knew what I wanted to make: 

CAS design, not too much bling, not overly cute - concepts I find helpful when needing a masculine card. I picked up these Picket Fence sentiment stamps and dies with graduation cards in mind, although there are lots of other possibilities as well. I decided "happy graduation day" would be my secondary sentiment, and stamped it down a panel of Neenah white cardstock in grey ink.  My mortarboard, from Crazy Things, is coloured to go with my graduates' school colours - two schools in two different parts of Ontario, and lucky me, they both have burgundy/maroon in their school colours. :D For a perfect match, I coloured some white cardstock with the same marker before stamping, heat embossing and die cutting the congratulations sentiment. I cut two more from some scrap burgundy cardstock to add dimension, and one from black cardstock to act as a shadow. For the grad cap, I simply cut three extra black ones. After adding a thin mat of black, I adhered my main panel to some matte silver cardstock. Masculine and classy! 

Hopping and commenting on this inspiration hop puts you in the running to win a $50 gift certificate to the Scrap n Stamp shop! If you happen to struggle occasionally with masculine cards, you might just pick up a few tips along the way, too. ;) Here is the entire hop order: 

SNS Blog --> start here
Lindsey --> that's me!
Karen --> next on the hop

If you are inspired to make some cards for the boys, we have just the sale for you! Simply click here or on the sale graphic below: 

Have fun hopping! 

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Happy Little Stampers CAS: Hugs

It's time for the June round of Happy Little Stampers challenges, and today brings the CAS Challenge! Our theme for June is HUGS. I have a number of sentiments with the word hug or hugs, but I could only think of one image, and decided to use it: 

This is an oldie but goodie from Paper Smooches. I didn't worry about too much shading when I coloured them in, and added just a simple ground with some green Copic dots. I had a hugs sentiment out as well, but this is so perfect for a new baby, I couldn't resist. I stamped in grey rather than black to keep everything looking a little softer. 

There are never too many hugs to go around, so I hope you'll make a card and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Fabriano grey cardstock, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin & Unity sentiment stamp, Versafine smoky grey ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Photoplay stitched frame dies, Gelly Roll white glaze pen

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Color Hues: Black and Yellow

Welcome to June and a new edition of Color Hues! Teammate Hannelie has picked our newest pairing: BLACK and YELLOW. My first thought was bees! So of course I didn't do that: 

I have to admit, this phrase is not in my vernacular. Is it encouraging? Is it snarky? (I know, you're now thinking, if she doesn't understand it, why does she have it? Well, because it was a freebie of course. :D)  I'm going to go with encouraging. You'll notice bees didn't totally leave my mind, as I picked a honeycomb stencil to add some background to my main panel, before stamping the sentiment and embossing it in sparkly black embossing powder. I stamped the buttercups and coloured them with the same yellow ink, using a sponge dauber. They had to be fussy cut. Some Stickles in the flower centres and a trio of enamel dots dress up the card a bit more. 

You will have to visit the Color Hues blog to see how many of the team (and our current guest, Bonnie) went the bee route with these colours! And then I hope you will join us. 

Supplies: Neenah white & Recollections black cardstock, Ink Road Chin Up Buttercup stamps, Versafine onyx black & squeezed lemonade distress ink, Wow clear gloss & Ranger black sparkle embossing powder, ARTplorations honeycomb delight mini stencil, icicle Stickles, Echo Park magic & wonder enamel dots

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Snarky Turns Wicked

Happy Saturday! Edna and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are back with a new challenge: W is for Wicked! Edna and I both turned to Halloween for our inspiration: 

Bad is several degrees down the scale from wicked, I know, but I worked with what I had. That included a sentiment from one stamp set, the designer boots from another, and some remarkably old patterned paper. :D The boots are coloured in fashionable purple Copic marker, with lime green laces and shiny gold hooks. 
Since I actually made a Halloween card in May, I'll link it up to the May Two Old Bats Anything Halloween challenge. 

Our guest designer and current Queen of Snark, Fran, along with the snarky sisters, have offered lots of inspiration to lure you into... making a wicked card! You have two weeks to join us. 

Supplies: Neenah white & Recollections black cardstock, Echo Park Apothecary Emporium patterned paper, Catherine Pooler Everything But the Broom stamps & dies, Stampin' Up Tee-tee-Hee stamps, Versamark onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Gelly Roll golden star stardust pen

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