Saturday, September 23, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #65

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

I'd say that fabulous inspiration photo is perfect for fall, but here in Southwestern Ontario we are still experiencing some serious summer weather! I will soak up the sun as long as I can, but at the same time am looking forward to crisp autumn days. 

My card today uses stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. The squirrels from Harvest Buddies were stamped, die cut, and then coloured with Copic markers. The sentiment is from that set as well, and had some Daffodil ink sponged around the edges. All the elements were adhered to the Stitched Mini Rectangle die, and that was adhered using foam adhesive to the patterned paper. A kraft card base instead of my usual white keeps it rustic looking. 

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #64

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration brought to you by the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. 


I love the gorgeous transition of copper to teal on those jars. Just stunning! Although I didn't have any copper embossing powder on hand, I did have rose gold which gave me the look I was going for. 

On a white cardstock stitched panel I swiped a bright blue ink across the paper, leaving it streaky and not fully saturated in some parts. Once it was dry I swiped Versamark ink down the panel, sprinkled on the rose gold embossing powder, and heat set. I repeated this a few times to get the look I wanted. My sentiment and focal point is a gorgeous die cut from Pinkfresh Studio called Bright Side of Life. The entire panel is adhered to a white card base.   

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Card Design Superstar contest!

It's time for another Card Design Superstar contest at My Favorite Things! I love how it challenges me to create to the best of my abilities and think outside the box, learn new techniques and introduces me to new-to-me cardmakers. 

I LOVE bright, bold and sparkly and stayed true to my nature for my entry to the Clean & Simple Genius category. Also, may I point out that I would REALLY like to be given the label of genius in anything. I feel like that would earn me some serious respect with my kids! As in R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Have fun with that song in your head all day folks. ;)

My creation started off with a Sweet Tooth card base, with the smaller of the Peek-a-Boo Wonky Windows die cut in the upper half of the card. Below it in a crisp black ink I stamped the 'happy birthday' sentiment from Handwritten Happiness. Adhered behind the window are strips of coloured cardstock in rainbow order- Orange Zest, Daffodil, Sour Apple, Lush Lagoon, Sno Cone, Grape Jelly, and Razzle Berry. The final touch was adding a layer of Diamond Stickles over the entire rainbow for some serious glitter and shine. Glitter is always a winner in my house.  Really though, once you spill it, it NEVER goes away. Glitter everywhere and always. 

Thank you so much for stopping in! Good luck to all the other participants and I can't wait to see all of YOUR cards too. So fun! Have a great day. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #63

Yay! Our summer break is over and Inspired by All the Little Things is back for another season of bringing you fabulous inspiration to make your cardmaking fun and easy. 

Here is a refresher on how the challenge works: 
  1. Each week we will feature a Creative Guest Designer and an Inspiration Challenge.
  2. There are 4 of us on the team and we will each "design" a card for our hostess week. We each "host" one week in a month.
  3. The Creative Guest Designer will also share a project based on the Inspiration photo chosen by one of us.
  4. There will be a linky set up and you are welcome to play along with the "Inspiration" Challenge.
  5. The linky will open each Saturday at 5am (PST) and close each Thursday night at 11:59pm (PST).
  6. We will announce weekly "Stand Outs" on Saturday morning at 4am (PST)-one hour before our next challenge.

Now onto the gorgeous inspiration for this week! 

Isn't that lovely? I loved the elegance, the florals, and the colours of the photo...basically all of it. :)  


Glitter paper, gold embossing powder and a fabulous sentiment from My Favorite Things paired with the AMAZING Peony Bloom layering die set from Birch Press Designs helped complete my creation. The 'you' was stacked three times for dimension. 

We're all so glad to be back after our hiatus, and I can't wait to see what YOU create based on this inspiration. You can link up your cards at the main blog post. Happy cardmaking! 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Laugh, Smile, LOVE

Summer has flown by here and boy has our family been busy! Baseball, baseball, and more baseball it seems...and not much time for creativity. Luckily as summer winds down, there is more time for me to get crafty in my studio. I'm excited to play along today with two fun challenges!  


Both the gorgeous Curtain Call- Hibiscus inspiration AND the Ellen Hutson August Pin-Sights challenge jumped out to me as I was pulling out my stamps the other day and so I happily played along. I stamped the flower and leaves from Mondo Peony in black ink and watercoloured them in with Distress markers. The sentiment is from Lovely. A stitched edge and a few clear sequins finish off the panel, and it is all adhered to a kraft card base. 





I felt a little rusty getting inky and messy in my studio after a long summer hiatus, but I think I have shook all that off and am back to my creative self. :) Thanks for stopping in today and I'll see you again soon! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Muse Guest Designer

I am so excited to be the guest designer this week for the Muse challenge! This was perfect for getting me out my cardmaking funk.  I have hardly been in my crafty corner yet this summer because we have been so busy with loads of activities. It was nice to slow down and create something. I feel like I'm on a roll now! :)

Here's my card:

Do you need to go put your sunglasses on? It's crazy, isn't it?! My daughter and I have been experimenting with acrylic paint pouring on canvas this summer and I figured I could do it on a smaller scale using watercolour paper. I simply added my paints until the paper was covered, then swiped it off in a downward motion. Once it was dry I flicked on some white acrylic paint. The sentiment comes from the Say Hello dies by Concord & 9th and was adhered with foam tape for dimension. Doesn't it look straight from the 90's? So much neon! There are so many paint pouring YouTube videos out there; don't be afraid to check them out! 

Head on over to the Muse challenge and play along with us! I can't wait to see how you are inspired.

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!