Thursday, July 2, 2015

Going Dotty

My daughter had her ballet recital a few weeks ago and it was conveniently located down the street from my favourite LSS- The Paper Pickle. Not only is it a top notch store carrying the latest and greatest, but it also houses baked goods. Seriously though.  Cupcakes and stamps in the same store. Heaven. 

I picked up a few goodies while I was there, one being this gorgeous English Rose Bouquet die from Memory Box. The other goodies were more of the cupcake variety. ;)

I used a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and watercoloured a pretty background (using my daughter's paints lol!) and once dry, die cut the flowers from it. I adhered it to some dotty vellum, added an embossed sentiment and some sequins. 

I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to use dots or spots
I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday and enjoy your day! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pretty bird

I'm slowly getting around to playing some fun new goodies in my stash but I can't help pulling out this beautiful set by WPlus9 that I've had for awhile now.  I keep reaching for it because there are so many ways to colour that sweet bird.  

After stamping and heat embossing the image in white, I used my Peerless Watercolours for painting it in. I added some pale yellow and light blue for a background wash, and once that was dry pulled out my favourite spray mist- Studio Calico Mr. Huey's Warm Calico to flick across the whole panel. That lovely sentiment comes from the Let Love Grow set by Hero Arts. 

I'm linking up to two challenges this week- Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge-stamp and mist, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge- Anything Goes. 

Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello- ombre style!

I feel like I'm going to back to my clean and graphic roots with this one today! I love ALL styles of cardmaking but my eyes are always drawn to clean and graphic cards and that's where I feel most comfortable creating.  That fabulous Glass Effects die by Spellbinders paired with ombre shades of teal is a perfect combination for clean and graphic fun.

 (How many times can I say clean and graphic?!)

There might have been easier and faster ways to get the look I have here.  For me though, the time consuming process of piecing each colour into place was relaxing. I'm crazy like that. I covered a piece of cardstock with a sheet of Be Creative tape and ran it through my Big Shot with the die. The adhesive covered paper is thick enough it cuts through the top layer but leaves the sticky layer showing. After running three colours of cardstock through the Big Shot with the die I removed the adhesive one piece at a time, and stuck the coordinating coloured cardstock in its place. What's left is the white outlines showing, which is nice but still covered in adhesive. Problem solved! Sprinkle glitter over the entire thing. Boom. 
The 'hello' sentiment was cut three times, glued together, and covered in Glossy Accents. 

I'm entering this one in Virginia's View Challenge #15 Ombre/Monochromatic. She always challenges me to think outside my comfort zone with her creative challenges! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Put your sunglasses on!

Suuuuuch a bright card. Really though, put your sunglasses on. It seems to scream through my monitor. But I love it! It kind of fits my personal mantra- go bold or go home. :) 

I played along with the most recent Waffle Flower Crafts photo inspiration challenge. I love those colours (it's possible I say that about every colour challenge, but it's true).  I did some ink 'smooshing' for the watercolor background, then heat embossed the doily from the Doily Circle set over top. Add a fun sentiment and voila! Done! 

Thanks for stopping in today folks. Happy Wednesday to you all! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Really Small Gang

My pile of crafty supplies that I haven't used yet is growing larger and I'm determined to crack into it and have some fun! Three Amigos by Mama Elephant is a new-to-me set and so I coloured up these cute critters to fit into the friendship theme of the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge this week. 

Aren't they cute?! The sentiment is from Good Times- also Mama Elephant; I just love it. The background was done by sponging a golden ink through the Large Dots stencil by Simon Says Stamp

I like how simple but cute this turned out. Perfect for a male or female AND flat enough to mail. My kind of card! Can I send it to myself lol? :)

Thanks for stopping in! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

HB2U Rainbow- CAS-ual Fridays feature

Fun, bright and cheerful cards are my favourite kind to send out. Rainbow spectrum's always catch my eye and I have fun trying to recreate them on my creations. :) 

Who says you need a rainbow stamp or die cut to emulate a rainbow? 

I used the Stalk Up Fri-Dies to cut several colourful cardstock pieces and layered them in the ROYGBIV (sort of lol) order. The dark grey card base was covered with white gesso; it helps the rainbow colours to stand out a bit more against that dark background. The large main sentiment from Whole Shebang was heat embossed with a teal powder on vellum and popped up against the die cuts. 

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope your day brings you sunshine and rainbows! :) 

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Color of Fun- Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp has blown me away again with their latest release, and I am sooooo excited to help share some of the fun today with you! Heidi was kind enough to send me a few products from the new release (thank you SO much!), so let's get started! Side note- the Canadian in me wants to type "Colour" rather than "Color" so you'll excuse me if it pops up occasionally. ;)

My first card keeps it simple with one layer. I stamped the leaf image from One With Nature repeatedly across the top of the card and a few leaves drifting down toward the bottom. I filled them with the solid leaf image using the new Catkin ink, as well as Beanstalk Green and Green Apple.  Don't you love the vertical sentiments? You don't see that very often and I LIKE it. :) A few drops of Glossy Accents on the leaves were meant to look like dewdrops. 

Next up! I used the Nature dies to cut out a few trees in various Simon Says Stamp cardstock colours. I stamped  and heat embossed the outline image from One With Nature over top with white embossing powder. The 'thanks' sentiment (one of my favourite dies!) and a few colourful sequins finished it off, all popped up with foam adhesive on that fabulous white woodgrain cardstock

This last card is definitely not a Marcie-style, but I like trying new things! I 'smooshed' Catkin ink onto watercolour paper, then stamped the various elements on top. I gold embossed the outline image over top of the trees, distressed the edges, tied on some kraft twine and voila! Done! Like I said, not my usual style, but I was having fun. :) 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one!