Friday, February 12, 2016

Large Lotus

Creating a big, bold design on your card very quickly is super easy with the new Hero Arts Paper Layering dies. I was so intrigued when I saw these dies and knew that I wanted to try out the Large Lotus

It took me under 10 minutes to complete this one-layer card! It would be so easy to mass produce. 
I sponged white pigment ink over the card base right where I knew I would place the die cut. Then I added some purple die ink over top, concentrating the heavier blending right in the middle. After running it through my machine, I added some detail with a white gel pen. A simple stamped sentiment in the same purple ink, and a sequin with a dab of glitter in the centre finish it off. 

I'm playing along with the Addicted to CAS challenge this week- code word BLOOM.

Hero Arts is hosting a Fabulous Flowers challenge this month and I thought this card suited it perfectly! 

Thanks for stopping in today; have a great day, and HAPPY FRIDAY! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Create Together

Ohhhh today is a fun one folks! I'm really excited to have my friend Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion creating with me today. Tracey has such an amazing CAS style and shares her talents on many fun design teams. Some of my favourite creations of hers utilize cute images, striking designs, and great use of colour

Since Tracey is a fellow Ontario cardmaker we had the fun idea to each START a card and then mail it to each other to finish. This was far more nerve-wracking than I expected it to be. Tracey's base card was so pretty that it hardly needed any more to complete it, but I gave it my best shot. Jump on over to her blog to see what it looked like before I finished it. 

This is TRULY a cardmaking collaboration. 

I very carefully peeled up those pretty gold flowers and added some messy gold thread underneath. I held my breath the entire time doing this. :) After searching high and low for a perfect small sentiment that was bold, but not too bold (you know how us cardmakers are very particular!), I stamped it just above the die cut focal point. A few sequins finish it off. 

We both used this pretty Kate Spade watch as our inspiration. Husband take note- I would like this for Valentine's Day please. Someone tell him that lol. :) 

Here's a look at the card base I created and mailed to Tracey. I can't wait to see how she finished it! 

I stamped the flowers and stems from Sketched Blooms along the bottom of the card, added a gold cardstock strip along the bottom, and flicked on some gold spray mist. 

Now is the time to pop over to Tracey's blog and see how she finished my card. Thank you SO much to Tracey, and thanks so much to all of you for joining us today. If you want to know why I started this series, check out this post here

Monday, February 8, 2016

Have a Heart

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. I was lucky enough to get a LOT of cardmaking time both Saturday and Sunday, so I played along in a few challenges. 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Have A Heart. I decided to go with a mostly one layer card with those pink hearts popped up. Those pretty hearts are also covered with clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents...because sparkly hearts are a MUST. :) Inlaid frames die cut from Stitched Rectangles are a fun look, aren't they?! Last touch- a fabulous 'hello' die cut from Reverse Confetti.  

Big hugs to you all for popping in today. I hope your Monday isn't very Monday-ish. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sparkly Love

I'm back again today with another love-ish card that's not necessarily for Valentine's Day. This one is more Marcie-style; cleaner, bolder, a little less flowery. :) 

I stamped the sweet envelope and hearts from Hero Arts Acts of Kindness all over the white cardstock with Copic-friendly black ink and coloured them in with Copic markers. The panel was die cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles (picked those babies up on sale- boo-yah!) and popped up with foam adhesive. That fantastic glittery die cut LOVE sentiment is also from Hero Arts. A touch of clear Wink of Stella glitter is on all the hearts for even more sparkle! 

I'm linking up to the Sparkle & Shine challenge this week. I just LOVED those sweet little envelope cookies in the inspiration and rolled with it! :) 

That glittery sentiment and the touch of sparkle on the hearts made this card perfect for playing along in the CASology challenge this week- Glitter. 

Have a fantastic Saturday everyone. I hope your weekend is filled with craftiness.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day inspiration

So many fun challenges this week are focusing on Valentine's Day! I'm not the red, pink and mushy, gushy type when creating valentines, but decided to stretch my creativity and go outside my comfort zone and create something full of hearts, flowers and all things lovey-dovey. :) 

I used the With All My Heart stamp set and coordinating dies from Papertrey Ink to channel the look and feel of Lisa Elton's card for the Pretty Pink Posh valentine challenge. Her heart backed with a scalloped die and filled with flowers was what I used in my card. For a touch of soft sweetness, I backed my heart with a pinked-edged felt die cut. A scattering of stamped hearts and my most favourite-ist (not a word, I know) clear sequins finish it off. 

When creating my heart focal piece above I used the felt specifically because it channelled the sweet inspiration picture for the current Curtain Call- sachet challenge. The wood grain patterned paper ties it in as well. Wouldn't you love to receive one of those sweet sachets? So pretty! 

Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great day. Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Create together!

I'm back with another Create Together post and I'm excited to say that I have actually been able to make cards in person with this cardmaker! You can read last week's Create Together post to see what inspired me to play along with some crafty friends.

I've known this cardmaker for quite awhile...34 years to be precise. My crafty collaboration this week is with Bonnie Sharp, someone I call mom! 

Bonnie aka mom blogs at The Lucky Clucker and is amazing at layered, classy and elegant designs. A few of my favourites are here, and here. She is great with fun, bold and colourful cards too!  

Today we are using this gorgeous colour palette as our inspiration. WOW. I just loooove those shades of blue paired with gold. 

I took my inspiration from the light and airy feel of the top right corner picture and turned that into a watercolor background. Shiny gold and sparkly gold and even matte gold all find a place on here too. That pretty butterfly is a die cut piece from the Recollections collection by Michaels and I backed it with sparkly gold paper from My Favorite Things. Stacking a few of the 'with love' die cuts by Waffle Flower Crafts gave the sentiment the dimension it needed. A few sequins add even more bling. :)

That's all she wrote, folks. Thanks Bonnie (I feel like I will get in trouble from my dad for calling her's MOM to me) for joining me this week and playing along. Rumour has it Bonnie will stop by again for more Create Together posts.  Hop on over to her blog and check out what that gorgeous picture inspired her to create! 

Monday, February 1, 2016


(No seriously...just smile. It's fun)

I love getting to play with stamps from new-to-me companies. 
After winning a gift certificate to Clear and Simple Stamps, I placed an order for some of their amazing envelopes. Not only are their A2 envelopes high quality and come in a variety of colours, but they included two free stamp sets in my order. AWESOME! 

I used one of the sweet little sets for my card today. 

After stamping the SMILE sentiment and the sun/cloud in Copic-friendly ink, I masked it off and blended Distress Ink to get a sky background. After removing the mask I did some very messy, simple colouring with Copics. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in black, used Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches to cut out the panel, and popped it up on white card base with foam adhesive. Adding some Stickles all around for some serious sparkle was the last touch. 

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch 157 this week. I kept it pretty literal to the sketch, didn't I?! Lol. 

Thanks for stopping in today everyone. Have a great day!