Friday, September 20, 2019

Clean and Simple Celebration!

It's the annual My Favorite Things Superstar contest and I'm playing along! 
My card today is for the Clean and Simple category. A major design element for a clean and simple card includes great use of white space. Well- white space doesn't have to be the obvious! I've used black cardstock instead of the usual white for an elegant look. 

 Using the Uncorked stamp set and Wine Service dies I created a fun slider card that let's the recipient clink glasses in celebration! Fun fact- clean and simple cards aren't always quick and easy to fact sometimes they take longer because the simple placement of every element needs to be *just* right. 

On a black cardstock panel I die cut the Leaping Slider Channel and heat embossed the sentiment using gold powder below it. The wine glasses were cut using gold and silver sparkle paper, and the silver glass was adhered to one side of the channel. The gold cup was adhered to a slider element through the channel which allowed it to move easily from one end to the other. Some sequins were added in silver and gold because...well...sequins are fun, that's why!! The entire panel was adhered to a black A2 card base using foam tape. 

Cheers to you all! No matter if your glass has wine or soda or good ol' water, I hope you have an amazing weekend. Good luck to everyone playing along in the Superstar contest. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Simple Thanks

I think this is the first year I have ordered Stamptember products from Simon Says Stamp and had the time to use them in the month of September! And it's only the 16th of the month! A new record for me...usually I order late and when it arrives I put it aside until I get to it...which is weeks later. Yay for actually using new product!! 

Stand-alone dies are my favourite right now and the Leafy Square from the Stamptember release was a stand-alone die that called to me.  I thought it would be perfect to use for CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #339 this week. 

On an A2 white card base I used the Leafy Square to create an embossed impression right into the card, then cut it again and snipped off the leaves. I coloured the leaves in using Copic markers and adhered it over top of the impressed piece. The sentiment was cut using the thanks die from Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum powder. 

Here's the sketch I used:  

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a great day! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friendly Sunflowers

I am fully embracing autumn as it approaches. ALL the seasons get love from me...winter, spring, summer and fall...but autumn is just SO enjoyable. That's why I am adoring all the card challenges right now that are taking on fall inspiration with their colours and themes. 

Today I'm playing along with Color Throwdown and their crisp fall palette (seen below my card). I was definitely inspired by the sunflowers on the table in the picture and used Ellen Hutson's Mondo Gerbera Daisy. Yes,'s a daisy stamp/die and not a sunflower but deal with it. :) 

As mentioned above, the daisy stamp and coordinating die are from Ellen Hutson. Even the lovely 'hi friend' sentiment is from that coordinating die set! I stamped the flower on watercolour paper and used my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint it. It's adhered to a white cardstock panel cut from the pretty So Stylish cover plate from Lil' Inker Designs. The sentiment was cut from red cardstock, some sequins were added, and the whole thing was glued to a kraft A2 card base. 

Here's the autumn-ly awesome colour palette! 

Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you all have a fantastic day! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Card Concept #119- Beautiful Butterflies

Welcome back after a long summer break and I'm so happy that it's time for another The Card Concept challenge! If you need a reminder about what this fun challenge is all about, I have copied and pasted the description from the main challenge blog below. 

This is a bi-weekly card challenge blog which features an inspiration photo for participants to use for their card design.

 Each member of our Design Team will choose one (or more) of the 7 different styles for their card design and each designer will share with us the inspiration for their style choice of the design.

The styles are divided into 7 style themes:
  • Clean & Simple (CAS)
  • Clean & Layered
  • Clean & Graphic
  • Freestyle Collage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Classy & Elegant
  • Mixed Media 

The participants are encouraged to create a card, based on the challenge and they can choose whatever "style" or combination of "styles"  to design in.
Each designer on our DT will choose their top three entries and the entries will be compiled by the team administrator to determine the main winner and the three honourable mentions.  The Winner and HM will be announced an hour before the next challenge starts. 

Sounds like fun, right? I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Butterflies are my favourite (next to rainbows and unicorns!), so I was excited to create with this photo in mind.

Clean and Layered was the style I chose for this card and I took the inspiration photo rather literally, keeping the layout and patterned butterflies as the basis for my design. 

On a cream coloured A2 card base I stamped the butterflies and coordinating layers, then added some ink drops flicked across the panel. The sentiment was heat embossed in white and adhered using foam tape. A few sequins were added to finish it off. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Stamps: (Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers) Papertrey Ink 
Ink: Walnut, Ballet Slippers, Peachy Keen, Minty Fresh, Mermaid, Forget-me-not, Butter, Lemonade (Lawn Fawn); Dark Chocolate, Khaki (Simon Says Stamp); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko)

Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Tickled Pink (MFT)
Other: clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white embossing powder (Ranger)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friendly Florals

Heat embossing never gets old. It was one of the first techniques I experimented with when I started cardmaking and I still adore it; it's so magical to see that powder melt and become beautiful. The end results are always SO pretty. Gold embossing powder paired with watercolours is the star of the show today on my card. 

On an A2 panel of watercolor paper I stamped the Cosmos background in Versamark ink using my MISTI and heat embossed with gold powder. I coloured the image in with watercolour paints and once it was dry die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die. For the 'friend' sentiment I used Distress Ink blended on white cardstock to get the shade of yellow I wanted (fun to do when you don't have the colour of cardstock you need on hand!), then die cut it twice- once from the inked piece and once from vellum for the backing. It was adhered to the panel using foam tape, then the entire panel was adhered to a navy A2 card base using foam tape as well. The rest of the sentiment was cut from a Sentiment Strips 2 panel that had been foiled with gold foil paper, and glued under the friend sentiment. Gold sequins were added for a finishing touch! 

I'm playing along with the Color Throwdown challenge this week.  I love this colour combo and will use it again for sure! 

It's also a STAMP IT! theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, so I'm joining in on that too! It sure does feel great to be back on a creative routine again. :) Thanks so much for stopping in and have a great day! 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fusion Challenge- Tie-Dye Butterfly

Long time, no see! Summer vacation is half over for us and we have been having a blast. Loads of family time, some day trips, baseball, baseball, and more baseball, an anniversary vacation to NYC and Boston, and not much creative time with all the hustle and bustle. Luckily things are slowing down now and some crafting time fell into my lap. 

I'm playing along with the Fusion challenge and used just the inspiration photo for my card today. 

Ta-da! A tie-dye butterfly! 

The background of the inspiration photo screamed tie-dye to me, so I pulled out a piece of patterned paper (and it's sparkly too!) and die cut a butterfly from Beautiful Butterfly Pop-up by Concord & 9th. I didn't use the pop-up element and instead kept it as the focal point on my clean and simple card. The sentiment was stamped using a crisp black ink and comes from the coordinating Beautiful Butterfly stamp set. I felt like the black ink and the curves of the butterfly mimic the sentiment in the inspiration photo. 

That's it for today! Have a great day and here's to more creative time for us all!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Card Concept #118- Cacti Clusters

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Succulents are my favourite plant and I KNOW they are hard to kill but I still can accomplish that; so even though I love them they are yet another greenery that I do not attempt to keep alive. :) 

I have a clean and simple card to show you today in which the potted plants themselves and the colour scheme were my inspiration. The new Rooting for You stamp set by Concord & 9th arrived at my door JUST in time for this challenge. Perfect timing! 

On an A2 white card base, I used my MISTI to stamp the shelves in black ink, and all the outlines of the plants, leaves and frame, masking some if necessary. Then I stamped all the solid images in various ink colours. One of the purple planters has some Stickles Diamond glitter added to it for sparkle...something I think I add to nearly every card. I love sparkle. :) 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Just a reminder that this is the LAST challenge of the summer. We will be back in September after our yearly break and we can't wait to bring you more inspiration and look forward to seeing your creations! Happy cardmaking to you all! 

Stamps: Rooting for You (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Jet Black amalgam (Gina K Designs); Soft Purple, Forever Green (Hero Arts); Moonstone (Lawn Fawn); Fossil, Teeny Bikini, Beanstalk Green (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: A2 white card base (Simon Says Stamp)
Other: Diamond Stickles (Ranger)