Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Create Together- May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! Picture courtesy of my 7 year old daughter. :) 
I confess, I was never much of a Star Wars fan until my son became old enough to enjoy them. Now I will happily watch alongside him and my daughter and am really excited about all the new movies being made.

My friends today are cardmaking with me on a fun Create Together collaboration featuring Star Wars and/or all things outer space! Jessica Frost-Ballas from All That Sparkle and Miriam Prantner from Sooner rather than Later have joined me so please go check out their fabulous creations. Today I'm using the fabulous A Long Time Ago set by Neat & Tangled and I love these cards Jessica and Miriam have made in the past using the same set. *cough cough* Miriam DESIGNED this set. Oh yes she did. :)

After creating a panel by blending Distress Inks together, I flicked on some water and white spray mist, then die cut it using the Memory Box Starry Night background. Adhered behind it is sparkly silver paper, and it's popped up with foam tape on a white card base. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock, trimmed and adhered using foam tape. 

Thank you so much to Jessica and Miriam for joining me today! I love their styles. Cardmaking is more fun with friends, right? :) May the Fourth be with you! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #13

Blue butterflies...such a pretty inspiration picture this week for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. This week's picture reminds me of my very first tattoo- a butterfly in shades of blue and green. Love! And yes...I said FIRST tattoo. I have several. :) 

After sponging Tumbled Glass Distress ink across the white cardstock panel, I stamped the butterflies from the Elegant Butterflies set by Clearly Besotted in Blue Violet ink. The stamped part of the sentiment was stamped with Island Blue ink and the "prayers" die cut was cut from the same colour of cardstock. Gold ink splatters and a few sequins bring in the gold from the inspiration picture. 

Thanks for joining me today! Pop on over the main Inspired By blog and see all the fabulous creations from the rest of the team, and who our guest designer is this week! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge


Welcome back to another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge! This week the challenge is ANYTHING GOES and we are showcasing products from Stampendous. You don't have to use their products to play along, but it would be great if you did. As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to their store

I am SO thrilled to be joining the fun in the designer spotlight for April.  This is my last week in the spotlight, and I would like to thank Simon Says Stamp and the Wednesday challenge team for having me! I've had loads of fun and love designing with all these fun products. 


Oh my goodness, I just LOVE this PenPattern Blooms stamp by Stampendous. I stamped it in black ink on white cardstock, then used Copic markers to colour in bits and pieces of it. The larger of the two banners from Sketchy Banners was cut with black cardstock and the "thanks" die in silver glitter paper. A few silver sequins finish it off and the whole panel was glued to a black card base. 

Thanks so much for stopping in today! Happy cardmaking. :) 

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #12

Happy Saturday! I'm back with another fantastic inspiration photo from the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. It's finally starting to warm up and act like spring around here in Ontario and so springtime creations have been on my mind. 

The Spring Woods stamp set and the coordinating die cuts from Papertrey Ink jumped out at me when I saw the inspiration photo. I did the die-cutting first, then stamped all the coordinating bits and pieces to create the branches. 

I kept it soft and sweet, adding a touch of Stickles to the flower centres and heat embossing the sentiment in Antique Gold.  Of course, I had to stamp and use the robin bird on my card...having a daughter named Robin this made it mandatory. :) 

Now it's time to head over to the main challenge blog if you haven't already been there and check out all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and to see who the guest designer is this week. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping in! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CTS #169

My creativity has been given a boost by the ladies that were at the cardmaking class I taught at the local library last night. We had fun making two cards, and it's always great to see new enthusiasm for this fun hobby. I came away inspired and was up early creating! 

CAS(E) this Sketch #169 was my inspiration for this card. I started with sponging ink through a stencil on the card base then I KNEW I had a half-finished piece from loooooong ago in my scrap bucket just WAITING to be used on a card finally.  After much digging, I found it! I think it was back in the autumn that I stamped, coloured, and cut out Gardenia Blooms Journaling Card stamp from Neat & Tangled. I'm glad I could finally use it. I stamped a sentiment from Papertrey Ink in the centre and adhered it to the card with foam adhesive. 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Welcome back to another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge! This week the challenge is MAKE IT GIRLIE and we are showcasing products from Hero Arts. There are so many fabulous Hero Arts products that are perfect for this challenge; it was hard to know where to begin! You don't have to use their products to play along, but it would be great if you did. As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to their store.

I am SO thrilled to be joining the fun in the designer spotlight for April.  The "make it girlie" theme to me is pretty wide open; for our household, girlie is quite often Rey from Star Wars or Wonder Woman. Since I decided to take it in a Mother's Day direction though, I went with floral and pretty...something my mom would like! 


I stamped the Floral Bold Prints 6x6 cling stamp in Unicorn White pigment ink on the green card base, then again slightly offset in Green Hills die ink. For the floral cluster I stamped Let Love Grow and Spring Hello clear stamp sets in Bubble Gum, Tide Pool and Passion Flower die inks. The sentiment is from the Happy Stamp & Cut clear set. I popped the panel up with foam adhesive and added a few pretty sequins. 

Thank you so much for stopping in today! I'll see you soon. :) Happy card making. 
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Create Together with Julia Stainton

I am happily collaborating again today with the amazing Julia Stainton from Belle Papier. Both us of sold a bunch of used stamping stuff at the same craft garage sale this past weekend. Unfortunately we weren't able to get together when we dropped off our boxes, but we live close enough that we can make that happen sometime soon I hope! 

Our inspiration today comes from this fun piece by Wendy Kendall Designs. I loved the bottom panel and the Waffle Flower Crafts Tribal Pattern die cut came to mind immediately. 

Rather than piecing everything together (which I DO NOT have the patience for), I simply layered cardstock behind each open row, leaving the white pieces intact on some of them. The die cut sentiment comes from Concord & 9th. I can't wait to replicate this look with other colours...the possibilities are endless!

Thank you SO MUCH Julia for creating with me today. I hope you will all pop over to her blog Belle Papier and see what amazing creation she came up with using this fun inspiration. :)