Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paper Smooches June Guest Designer


Hello friends! It's a gorgeous Wednesday here in my neck of the woods and I have a happy card to share with you today for my Paper Smooches guest designer feature. It's my final Wednesday with them, and I have had SO much fun playing with their product. 


I used the House Plant die and added some super cute googly eyes to it. The cup is covered with Stickles glitter. That lovely sentiment is from Kindness Sampler

Thanks so much to Kim and the team at Paper Smooches for including me this month. I had a blast! 



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #62


Welcome to our last Inspired by All the Little Things challenge for the summer! We will be back in September with more amazing inspiration for you and hope you enjoy the break. The amazing Amy Kolling is our guest designer this week and you will love what she came up with. Isn't that a fun inspiration photo? So many possibilities! 

Here's my creation:  
I used Dotty Turnabout from Concord & 9th for my background and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. It's adhered to the white card base with foam adhesive. The sentiment from Oh, Hello Turnabout what embossed in white on dark pink cardstock and I filled the 'hello' in with Stickles glitter. A few sequins finish it off. 

Head on over to the Inspired By blog and check out what the rest of the design team came up with. We hope you'll play along with us in this last challenge for the season! Have a happy Saturday. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Paper Smooches June guest designer


I'm back for another week as the June guest designer for Paper Smooches. Happily, Canada Post FINALLY delivered my new release parcel so I am playing with the latest stamps and dies this week. Many of you already have them in your hands so you know THEY ARE AWESOME. 


I used Garden Blooms dies and the Kindness Sampler stamp set for my card today. I adhered the die cuts, heat embossed the sentiment and added some gold sequins filled with Stickles glitter.



Thanks for stopping in today! I'll be back next week with another Paper Smooches feature. Have a great day! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #61

I don't know where that gorgeous window is located, but I do know I'd love to be looking out of it! So pretty! Dreamy shades of purple/blue, florals, and that lovely window are the inspiration for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. 

Here's my take on the challenge: 
I die cut the Peekaboo Window from my white card base, and added some patterned paper behind it. The floral spray was coloured with Copic markers and has some Diamond Stickles added here and there. It's adhered with foam tape to pop it off the card base.  The sentiment was embossed using white embossing powder directly on the patterned paper. 

Play along with us this week using the gorgeous inspiration photo as your starting point. The linky will close on Friday, 23 June at 11:55am (PST) and can be found HERE on the Inspired By blog. While you're there, check out what the rest of my talented teammates came up with!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Paper Smooches June Guest Designer


I am excited to be back for another week as the June Guest Designer for Paper Smooches

Every Wednesday in June you will see a creation from me using fabulous product from this fun company. Check out their blog for details on how YOU can play along in their monthly challenge and win a chance at being a guest designer too! Yet again for this week, the new product has not made its way to me yet...seriously. What is UP with that?!  For today I have used older, but still fabulous stamps. :) 

For my card today, I used Best Buds and paper pieced it with some pretty patterned paper. I added some shading with Copic markers and glittered up the flower centres with Stickles...because SPARKLE people. Always sparkle.  The edges of the white card base were inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and I flicked on a few splatters of it as well. The sentiment is from Chit Chat

Thanks for stopping in and have an excellent Wednesday! Hugs! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #60


Happy Saturday everyone! Saturday means a new Inspired by All the Little Things challenge and I'm here to show you what I created for it this week. 

I love the fresh white on white look and earthy florals of the inspiration photo and made something similar for my card today. The new Fiori plates from Birch Press worked perfectly for this! 

I used Fiori Plate Layer B die cut from white cardstock and layered it over a white card base. The centrepiece was created by die cutting the Thinking of You base from Concord & 9th and backing it with different coloured cardstock. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and was cut in gold glitter paper. A few pale pink sequins were added to draw in the pink from the inspiration photo. 

Hop on over to the Inspired By blog and see what the rest of my talented teammates have come up with!! I can't wait to see what you create with this lovely inspiration photo. 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Paper Smooches June Guest Designer

I am super duper excited to be the June Guest Designer for Paper Smooches.

Every Wednesday in June you will see a creation from me using fabulous product from this fun company. Check out their blog for details on how YOU can play along in their monthly challenge and win a chance at being a guest designer too!



For today's card I used the Adorable Array die paired with a sentiment from Delightful Greetings.

The rainbow striped cardstock piece was made using thin strips of scrap cardstock and double sided tape. I die cut the floral piece from it and from white cardstock and paper pieced the striped parts back in for a fun inlay look. The sentiment was embossed in white on the grey card base and a few clear sequins are the finishing touch. It doesn't show well in the photo, but there are sparkly dots of Stickles in the center of each sequin for some sparkle and shine! 

I'm hoping Canada Post will deliver the new release to me ASAP so next week I can show you some of this month's fabulous Paper Smooches release!

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #59


Bright and beautiful florals in a lush palette of colours are the inspiration this week for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.

I stamped Kind Soul from WPlus 9 along the top and bottom corners and then die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die. The flowers were watercoloured using Zig markers and once dry I added some details using Copic markers. The stamped sentiment and die cut "you" are from the May MFT Sketchy Flowers card kit. I used a sparkly silver embossing powder on the die cut. A few clear sequins finish off the panel and it is all adhered using foam tape to a white card base.

Happy Saturday to you all! It's time to head over to the Inspired By blog and see what the rest of my talented teammates have come up with this week! Play along with us...I'd love to see what you create using this gorgeous floral inspiration photo. Details on how to join us are here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Create Together with Ardyth and Stephanie



I had the opportunity to get together last weekend with a group of four Ontario cardmakers and we had SO much fun. Two days/nights of excellent food, lack of sleep and lots of visiting and cardmaking. The laughs and creativity were flowing! While there, Stephanie experimented with a few of the new Distress Oxide inks from Ranger and gave Ardyth and I each a panel to play around with.

We are all posting together today so you can see what each of us came up with!

I decided to let the panel take centre stage and not cover it up too much.
I used a rubber stamp from Michael's for my cactus image and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with Copic markers. The sentiment was created using Milo's ABC's from Lawn Fawn and was heat embossed in white directly on the panel. I fussy cut the image and adhered it beside the sentiment using foam tape. There's a thin pink mat around the inked panel and that is all adhered using more foam tape right to the white card base. The final touch was a few homemade enamel dots using Nuvo drops.

Now it's time to head on over to Stephanie and Ardyth's blog to see what they came up with using their pretty panels! You will LOVE what they came up with!

Thanks for stopping in today! I'm linking up to the current Curtain Call challenge which is a gorgeous succulent inspiration photo.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #58


Happy Saturday! I'm in the midst of a crafty retreat weekend with a bunch of Ontario cardmaking ladies and I'm having SO much fun. It's rare I get the chance to get away and soak up the creativity of my peers. Do it if you get the chance!

Today's inspiration for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is just gorgeous. I would buy those vases if I saw them in real life. Totally my style. I decided to get glittery for my card today, and was inspired by a recent card by Jeanne Jachna for Birch Press Design found here.


I used the Leaves Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti and die cut it from white cardstock and then layered it over a piece of Be Creative tape that was cut to fit the front of my card base. I added the glitter one colour at a time, using a coffee filter and Swiffer dust cloth to clean up any mess. I find that ultrafine glitter works best as it sticks to adhesive more readily than chunkier glitter. The sentiment was made from the Sparkle and Shine stamp set and coordinating die cuts from WPlus9.

Thanks for stopping in today! Hop on over to the Inspired By blog to see what the rest of my amazing teammates have come up with! Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #57


What is more spring-like than a colourful bouquet of gorgeous tulips? The Inspired by All the Little Things challenge this week is SO lovely and made me think of watercolouring spring flowers.

I used a paintable print from Simon Says Stamp (In Full Bloom) and my Zig markers to colour it. A stitched edge, just a few sequins, and an embossed sentiment keep it simple and allow the colours to take center stage.

Where will this inspiration photo take you? I hope you will play along with us this week. Details are here on how to join us and I can't wait to see what you come up with! Happy Saturday.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #56


I thought since it's the day before Mother's Day here, it was the perfect opportunity to use the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge to create a card for my mom! That lovely floral bouquet served as my inspiration.

I used the Color Pop Florals kit from Papertrey Ink for my flowers. Some are the pre-printed pieces included with the kit, and some are stenciled, stamped, and die cut myself. I arranged them all and adhered them to a Drop Cover Panel die cut background from Reverse Confetti (possibly my new favourite die!). The sentiment is from Family Ties by PTI. A few clear sequins finish it off.

Hop on over to the Inspired By blog if you haven't already been there to see what my amazing teammates came up with this week. You'll love it! Play along with us this week...I can't wait to see what you create.

Happy Saturday, and Happy Mother's Day to the mommas. Hugs.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amazing Florals

Die-cutting is my favourite thing to do lately. My Big Shot has been getting a workout with me cutting every die in sight. I love being able to mix and match, paper piece, put together...all of the above. The beautiful Roses die from Paper Smooches let me do all that.

I cut the largest flower from the die collection several times and then used all the multi-coloured pieces to create a few really funky flowers! For the above card I stamped a sentiment from Chit Chat and added a few sequins.

There were a few extra flowers so I couldn't just stop at one card... 
Patterned papers, simple sentiments and those bold flowers make for some really stunning cards! I love how they all turned out.

I'm playing along in the May Paper Smooches challenge which uses FLOWERS as the theme.



Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #55

Are you staying dry? We've experienced several days of heavy rain in our area and I'm starting to wonder if I need to build an ark lol! Luckily I live on a big hill and don't have much concern for flooding...but it's still pretty soggy around here.


This week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge has a gorgeous floral inspiration that just delighted me. I love those colours! That rustic chair! Wow.
Here's how I interpreted it:
Dreamy patterned papers from the Chasing Dreams collection by Crate Paper, paired with vellum and some pretty die cuts put this card together nicely. It's hard to tell in this photo, but the die cuts and sentiment are adhered to the vellum which allowed me to put a little glue under those pieces and glue the vellum panel to the patterned paper with no adhesive peeking through anywhere. The sentiment (the die cut and the stamped part) is from two different My Favorite Things sets. They have such inspirational sayings that are perfect on cards that I can send out to any of my friends.

You can see that my colours are more pink than the inspiration photo...oh well. It's all in how you see it, right?! :)

Thanks for stopping in today. Don't forget to head on over to the Inspired By blog to see what the rest of my teammates came up with! Have a great day.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Grateful

Rainy days around here lately...might seem dreary to some, but for me it means cozying up my studio and not feeling guilty about spending so much time making stuff. :)

I have a bold and bright card today that I just love. Saturated red, pink and purple paired with aqua and white. LOVE.  I used Flashy Florals coordinating stamps and dies by My Favorite Things and paired them with a lovely sentiment from Thanks So Very Much. The font in that stamp set is ALLLLL the heart eyes.  Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots provides the fun background and of COURSE sequins and tiny spots of Stickles glitter finish it off.

My inspiration comes from the latest The Card Concept challenge. Even though the Linky Tool is currently broken, be sure to add your card to their Facebook page!


Thanks for stopping in today, and have a GREAT day!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Curtain Call- Flutter

I am so thrilled to be the guest designer for the current Curtain Call inspiration challenge! For the 'how-to' on how to participate in this fun challenge, head here for details.


Isn't that a pretty inspiration photo? I love butterflies; I even have two butterfly tattoos! The butterflies stood out to me as well as the colour palette, so I let that lead me for my creation today.

The gorgeous Chasing Dreams 6x6 collection by Crate Paper had the perfect piece of patterned paper in it that suited the challenge perfectly. I cut the paper with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a dark grey card base. The butterfly focal point is a die cut piece from an older Heidi Swapp collection. I just coated it with Versamark and heat embossed it with silver sparkle powder and added a few enamel dots. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Stripe Greetings set and was heat embossed on vellum using Peppermint Tea powder by WOW.

Head on over to the Curtain Call blog to see the rest of the design team's gorgeous creations. Thanks so much for stopping in today! Happy Monday!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #54

Today's inspiration for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is so fresh and right up my alley.  That bookcase is just gorgeous BUT mine would have far more books on it. I'm an avid reader and worked as a librarian for a few years.

I loved the linear look of the books on the shelves, the colour scheme and the framed antlers. All that shows up in my card today. (Sorry for the lackluster photo- the lighting was really off!)

On a white card base I adhered strips of aqua and yellow cardstock. The deer head is an older die from We R Memory Keepers and was cut from a woodgrain paper.  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled.

That's all for today! Have a great Saturday and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's creations at the Inspired By blog.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Create Together with Bonnie Sharp


I'm back with another Create Together segment today and my crafty collaborator is Bonnie Sharp from The Lucky Clucker. I usually call her mom though. :)

We have a fun photo inspiration that we used for our creations today, with the stipulation that we use NO patterned paper. My mom loooooves patterned paper. I can't wait to see what she came up with.




First I used my Distress Inks to create the background on watercolor paper. I let it dry, then splatted a few drops here and there. After die cutting the piece using an Avery Elle die, I used a fun stamp from Two-Lips for my sentiment which I thought was fitting for the inspiration. The finished panel was adhered to a white card base using foam tape.

In retrospect, using this stamp in a challenge with my own relative is kind of funny. I hope my mom doesn't think I'm sending a message to her. :) LOL!!

Be sure to check out Bonnie's card to see how she interpreted the challenge! Thanks for stopping in today and have a great day.





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #53


Sweet and sparkly is how I would describe this week's inspiration for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. Soft pastel tones and a touch silver glitter for a bit of elegance paired with a classic kraft look is such a fun combination!


My card today uses Waffle Flower Crafts products. That Chunky Chevron die is so great because it leaves you with many pieces to work with. Cut it out from various colours of cardstock like I did here, and you can mix and match for several cards.  I layered them in the pattern I wanted and adhered them to a kraft card base. The focal point was made from the Lacy Flowers die, and the sentiment from the Lacy Flower stamp set stamped in Charcoal dye ink.

You will want to head right on over to the Inspired By blog so you can see all the lovely creations my fellow design team members came up with AND to see who our guest designer is this week!

Thanks for stopping in and have a happy Saturday!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #52


Happy Saturday! I hope it is sunny and warm where you are. We are finally getting some spring weather and it feels so refreshing. I love the sunshine! Spring brings showers and our Inspired by All the Little Things inspiration this week is all about the April showers.


I used a verrrrrry old Unity Stamp Co. kit for my card today. I stamped the sun/cloud image and the sentiment over top in black, then cut it out using a pierced circle die cut. The card base was created using white cardstock and a diagonal stencil with black ink. Foam tape was used to adhere the circle piece and I added a few yellow sequins and a few Glossy Accent dots.

Don't forget to head on over to the Inspired By blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team. Enjoy your Easter weekend and thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Birthday Hydrangeas

Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 8th birthday and their fabulous Wednesday challenge is focusing on of course, BIRTHDAY cards! I pulled out a new and old favourite of their products and got to work creating.

The In Full Bloom watercolour panels were perfect for this card. I used my Zig markers and a paintbrush to paint the florals and once dry, added some fabulous sparkle with a WOW glitter. The sentiment from Handwritten Sentiments (probably my most used sentiment set!) was heat embossed in white on black cardstock and adhered using foam tape.

Here's a close up of that sparkle! 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop



I am so thrilled to be participating in a blog hop today that highlight those special kids in our lives that have autism or are on the autism spectrum. Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson are hosting this fabulous hop and all of us joining in today hope that you will educate yourselves about autism, show compassion, and try to include those with autism into your lives through playdates, birthday parties, and more.

Here in Canada there are many sources of information but in particular two excellent resources are Autism Canada and Autism Speaks.


My card today shows off the rainbow spectrum with a variety of inks blended over top of an embossed background. The fun dots are an older red rubber cling background stamp from My Favorite Things. The sentiment from Clear & Simple Stamps was heat embossed in white and I used a white pencil crayon to lightly colour in the bold letters.  It's adhered with foam tape to the colourful panel. Clear sequins are added across the front here and there.

Isn't that a fun card? Thanks so much for hopping along with us today.