Saturday, April 22, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #53

Sweet and sparkly is how I would describe this week's inspiration for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. Soft pastel tones and a touch silver glitter for a bit of elegance paired with a classic kraft look is such a fun combination!

My card today uses Waffle Flower Crafts products. That Chunky Chevron die is so great because it leaves you with many pieces to work with. Cut it out from various colours of cardstock like I did here, and you can mix and match for several cards.  I layered them in the pattern I wanted and adhered them to a kraft card base. The focal point was made from the Lacy Flowers die, and the sentiment from the Lacy Flower stamp set stamped in Charcoal dye ink.

You will want to head right on over to the Inspired By blog so you can see all the lovely creations my fellow design team members came up with AND to see who our guest designer is this week!

Thanks for stopping in and have a happy Saturday!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #52

Happy Saturday! I hope it is sunny and warm where you are. We are finally getting some spring weather and it feels so refreshing. I love the sunshine! Spring brings showers and our Inspired by All the Little Things inspiration this week is all about the April showers.

I used a verrrrrry old Unity Stamp Co. kit for my card today. I stamped the sun/cloud image and the sentiment over top in black, then cut it out using a pierced circle die cut. The card base was created using white cardstock and a diagonal stencil with black ink. Foam tape was used to adhere the circle piece and I added a few yellow sequins and a few Glossy Accent dots.

Don't forget to head on over to the Inspired By blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team. Enjoy your Easter weekend and thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Birthday Hydrangeas

Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 8th birthday and their fabulous Wednesday challenge is focusing on of course, BIRTHDAY cards! I pulled out a new and old favourite of their products and got to work creating.

The In Full Bloom watercolour panels were perfect for this card. I used my Zig markers and a paintbrush to paint the florals and once dry, added some fabulous sparkle with a WOW glitter. The sentiment from Handwritten Sentiments (probably my most used sentiment set!) was heat embossed in white on black cardstock and adhered using foam tape.

Here's a close up of that sparkle! 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

I am so thrilled to be participating in a blog hop today that highlight those special kids in our lives that have autism or are on the autism spectrum. Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson are hosting this fabulous hop and all of us joining in today hope that you will educate yourselves about autism, show compassion, and try to include those with autism into your lives through playdates, birthday parties, and more.

Here in Canada there are many sources of information but in particular two excellent resources are Autism Canada and Autism Speaks.

My card today shows off the rainbow spectrum with a variety of inks blended over top of an embossed background. The fun dots are an older red rubber cling background stamp from My Favorite Things. The sentiment from Clear & Simple Stamps was heat embossed in white and I used a white pencil crayon to lightly colour in the bold letters.  It's adhered with foam tape to the colourful panel. Clear sequins are added across the front here and there.

Isn't that a fun card? Thanks so much for hopping along with us today.

Inspired by All the Little Things #51

When I saw the inspiration picture for this week's adorable Inspired by All the Little Things challenge using a cupcake stamp is what came to mind immediately. But WAIT. I don't own a cupcake stamp! How is that even possible?! Here comes Plan B. :)

I used the pretty Banner & Wreath stamp set and coordinating dies from Avery Elle for my card today. I stamped and die cut everything, then coloured in with Copic markers. My yellow cardstock tone on tone background was created using the Peek-a-boo Polka Dots Cover-Up die from My Favorite Things. Some messy gold twine, and a few clear sequins finish it off.

Pop on over to the Inspired By blog and see what the rest of the team came up with. I hope you'll play along with us this week, because I can't wait to see what you create! Also, what cupcake stamps do you recommend? ;)

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #50 Celebration

It's a special celebration for the 50th challenge of Inspired by All the Little Things! We have a gorgeous inspiration photo for you to play with this week AND we have each invited a special guest to play along with us! I have invited my lovley friend Veronica Zalis to join us this week; you can see her stunning creation at her blog So Many Stamps So Little Time.

Here is what I came up with:
I went with a celebratory theme and let those gorgeous florals and pops of gold in the photo inspire me. Kind Soul from the latest WPlus9 release was the perfect fit for what I was going for on this creation. I heat embossed the flowers in gold along the top and bottom of the card, and watercoloured them using Distress Markers. The sentiment (Celebrate Big now retired) from My Favorite Things was embossed in sparkly gold and stamped in Victorian Velvet ink.  A few gold sequins finish it off.

As part of our celebration, this week we will each be choosing an Inspiring Standout Runner Up, then as a team we will choose ONE MAIN WINNER and that person will join our team for May as a Guest Designer for each May challenge! How exciting is that?!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out Veronica's card, and see who the rest of the design team invited as their guest this week.  I hope you'll play along with us and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome! You should have arrived here from Tracey's blog.  A full list of the hop can be found here.

Welcome to the National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop! Nicole from Right At Home is hosting this fun hop to celebrate our favorite hobby and bring the crafty community together for a day dedicated to our passion. Isn't she kind?

Today Nicole is releasing the lovely Make Something Beautiful stamp set, which she generously gifted me a few months ago at a retreat and now you all finally get the chance to buy it! Along the hop you will see many ways to use this fun set and even have the chance to win it...because everyone loves a prize! :)

I wanted a messy painted look for my card today, and used my Zig markers to colour a rainbow across the panel of watercolour cardstock.  After using a small paintbrush and water to blend the colours together, I also added a few light splats of blue paint. The brush was stamped and watercoloured as well. Once the entire panel was dry I stamped my sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink and die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die. The panel is adhered to a black card base. For once I didn't add any sequins, instead going for a crisp, colourful look!

As mentioned above, there is a giveaway of the Make Something Beautiful stamp set on the Right at Home blog for those who hop along and comment along the way.

Next stop is my talented friend Laurie Willison from Soapbox Creations. Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I'm excited to share my card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop, as I missed out on the winter one.  I had the chance this past weekend to create something using a new to me stamp from Riley & Co. They have the funniest sayings!

With help from some older patterned papers that were quite spring-like, I was able to quickly put together this funny card. One thing to note- I don't actually own the coordinating stamp set for the Caffeinated Cups die cuts so I had to draw in the cup. Why wouldn't I have bought that?! *must remedy* The sentiment was stamped in black on patterned paper.

I really do think that sentiment reflects me in the mornings. My poor family puts up with a very grumpy mom until I get my cuppa. :)

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

*It's a GIRL!* Blog Hop

Today is a special day as a whole lot of us are helping celebrate the upcoming arrival of baby girl Croghan! The beautiful baby momma Lesley Croghan organizes so many challenges (I'm on Inspired by All the Little Things with her) and is so full of creativity! Lesley, I wish you and your husband lots of love and baby snuggles!

Here's my card:
I used Lil' Inker Designs products for my card today. The Quilted Stitched Pattern cover-up die was used for the pink cardstock background, and the Warm Welcome stamp set and coordinating dies for the focal point. I LOVE that Welcome word die...a new favourite! A few sequins finish it off.

The Inlinkz gallery will be open until March 31 at midnight MST if you want to come celebrate with us! Link up HERE at Lori Turner's blog. A big thank you to Lori for organizing this.

Inspired by All the Little Things #49

Spring is officially here and Easter is approaching, so what is more appropriate than a sweet little bunny themed inspiration photo for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge?!

I used the absolutely adorable Hippity Hoppity stamp set (and coordinating dies) from Reverse Confetti for my card today.  Cute, cuddly, and colouring with Copics is not usually in my repertoire but I'm always trying to learn and grow as a card maker and wanted to make something outside my comfort zone. Yay me!
The images were stamped and die cut, then coloured in with Copic markers. I masked the basket along the bottom of the card and stamped the carrots and eggs. The sentiment was stamped using Cornflower ink and that fun patterned paper is from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection.

Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to head on over to the Inspired By blog if you haven't already to see what the rest of my teammates came up with AND to see who our guest is this week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ikat thanks

Creating my own backgrounds rather than reaching for designer paper is always fun for me. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE patterned paper...I hoard it. *guilty* What good are pattern-building stamp sets if you don't use them? :) Enter Irresistibly Ikat:

This stamp set from Papertrey Ink is a few years old now and still hasn't received much love from me. I'm not sure why, because it's SO fun to work with. Choosing what ink colours to use was half the fun! I used dye inks- Cornflower Blue, Apricot, Mermaid, Nautical Navy, and Daffodil.  The card is mainly one layer, stamped on a white card base with a glittery embossed die cut sentiment.

What is your favourite pattern-building stamp set?

I used the latest Curtain Call Challenge for my inspiration. The pillow with the ikat print, and the colours in general helped to guide my design.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Create Together with Angel Rivera

My delightful friend Angel Rivera from Angel's Creative World is getting crafty with me today for another Create Together collaboration.  It was just over a year ago that we last worked together; you can check out that collaboration here.  

What is Create Together?

I wish I could sit around a table with my crafty friends, drink a big ol' glass of wine (or whatever suits your fancy!) and make cards with them and all of you! 
Since that's often geographically impossible, I thought I'd try reaching out and do some fun cardmaking collaborations virtually. 

For however long there is interest, I am joining up with some amazing cardmakers and we're challenging each other JUST FOR FUN to get crafty. 

Angel and I challenged each other to use BUTTERFLIES and a SPRING theme in our creations today. Fun fact- I have two butterfly tattoos! Check out the first of my two creations today:

After watercolouring using Distress Inks I die cut the butterfly from Floral & Flutter by Concord & 9th several times. Before adhering them I added some grey paint splatters to the white card base. The sentiment was created from Wonderful Women (retired) and Layers of Love and embossed in white on grey cardstock. A few clear sequins finish it off.

My next creation is for Easter.
That GORGEOUS patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection caught my eye and I knew I needed to use it. I trimmed it slightly before adhering to a white card base and added a small strip of gold glitter paper to the top and bottom. The butterflies were die cut and stamped using Beautiful Butterflies Layers set from Papertrey Ink and dye inks. The sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages (still one of my absolute favourites from PTI) was heat embossed in white.

That's all I have for you today! Now it's time to flutter on over to Angel's blog if you haven't been there already, and see what amazing-ness she has for you there. Thanks so much Angel for creating with me today! :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #48

Happy Saturday! Saturday means another Inspired by All the Little Things challenge...yay!! We're seeing stars this week. :) That was my interpretation of it anyway. Isn't that what's fun about inspiration challenges?

I used my Waffle Flower Starry Night set for my sentiment and did a bunch of loose watercolouring for my background. It was so much fun just to drop splotches of paint here and there and see what happens. A few extra stamped stars finish it off. One layer, but full of impact!

Head over to the Inspired By blog and check out what the rest of my teammates came up with! We'd love it if you would play along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Celebrating foliage

It's March Break here and the kids have been keeping me busy. I only had a short amount of time to put together a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #212 challenge. This unique sketch is so fun; it will be going into my files to use again!

I used a stencil on the kraft card base first using white pigment ink, then dye ink over top. It helps to soften the bold colours a bit. After splatting on a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress ink, I adhered my foliage dies and then my sentiment. The 'celebrate' was die cut twice and offset, then Glossy Accents were added. A few sequins finish it off.

I'm also playing along with CASology this week- the theme being FOLIAGE. That fits right into my love of greenery this spring season. We were just starting to get a bunch of green foliage peeking through for spring then a huge snowstorm hit. Yikes!

Thanks so much for stopping in, and have a GREAT day!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #47

Saturday means a new Inspired by All the Little Things challenge! I gasped when I saw this inspiration photo. It's so pretty and wild and fun (Coincidentally this is also how I'm often described...or at least that's how I describe myself.  *Just kidding* It's a sassy Saturday around here).

After heat embossing the map image from Origami Map by Neat & Tangled, I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a pastel rainbow across the card. A simple stitched edge and a bold sentiment keeps this card clean and simple but with an effective message!

I'm also playing along in this month's Little Tangles challenge- RAINBOW.

Head on over to the Inspired By blog to check out what the rest of my amazing teammates came up with. You will LOVE it. :) Play along with us this week! You have until Friday at 12pm PST to link up your creation inspired by the photo.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lovin' You

Popping in quickly this morning to share a fun and bright card I made for The Curtain Call GREEN challenge. I haven't put away the new Magic Flower Border die from Waffle Flower yet; I am seriously in love with watercolouring it!

I cut the die from watercolour paper and added my colour using Zig Clean Color markers and a small paint brush. The yellow splatters and the small pink heart add some extra cheerfulness to this already bright and bold card!

Isn't that fun? Clean and simple, bright and bold...totally Marcie style!

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Create Together with Bonnie Sharp

Bonnie Sharp from The Lucky Clucker is collaborating with me this week for another Create Together segment and we're creating with St. Patrick's Day in mind.

The colour green, shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold...what comes to your mind when you think of this festive holiday? We celebrate anything and everything around here so I usually hang a few shamrocks up to amuse the kids, and drink a green beer on the day of. :)

Here is my creation:
For my card today I envisioned something cheery with a rainbow spectrum. There's a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, I just know it! I used watercolor cardstock for all my die cuts, and added my colour afterward using Zig Clean Colour markers. I love all the stitching details that the End of Rainbow, Sunny Skies, and the clouds provide. My sentiment from an older Hero Arts set was stamped in a crisp black ink to stand out against the background. The entire panel is adhered to a white card base using foam tape and a few clear and green sequins finish it off.

Thanks so much to Bonnie (it feels weird to call her Bonnie because I usually refer to her as MOM) for joining me this week! Head on over to her blog and see what she created for St. Patrick's Day!
Have a great day!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #46

Welcome to another Inspired by All the Little Things challenge! If you haven't already been there, be sure to head on over to the challenge blog and see what my amazing teammates have created this week. You will LOVE it all.

I love the pots lined up in a row and the clean lines, and used all that as my inspiration. The plants from Sweet Succulents by My Favorite Things were stamped in Copic-friendly ink and coloured in. A nice crisp black ink was used for the sentiment, and a stitched edge die was used on the entire panel. The Coral Crush card base brings out the pinks just perfectly.

I love this card for its simplicity. It was easy to put together, fun to colour and I think I'll give it to my husband...because I can be fairly prickly at times! :)

Have a great Saturday everyone! Thanks for stopping in.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Smooshed Hello

The ink smooshing technique is so cool.  It's messy, uncontrolled and gives fun and pretty results! Today I'm getting inky and playing along in the ink smooshing challenge for the Winnie & Walter's 3rd Birthday Bash.

Instead of using the traditional method of pressing your paper into blobs of watered down ink, I used a stencil instead. I laid the Pattern of the Rings stencil on my craft mat, inked it up with Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Blueprint Sketch) and spritzed it with water that had been mixed with Perfect Pearls. My piece of watercolour cardstock was laid on top and gently smooshed onto the stencil.  The Perfect Pearls give it a pretty shine!
The 'hello' is from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways and coordinating stamp set. The teeny 'friend' was heat embossed in white on a speech bubble from Sketchy Thoughts. Some messy silver thread a few sequins finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a great day. :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Create Together with Lynn Mangan

My Create Together guest is the amazing Lynn Mangan from The Mango Boys and Me and I have happily had the privilege of meeting, crafting, hugging and sharing a drink with her! Lynn rocks the CAS creations and has a very elegant style.

Today Lynn and I are focusing on this gorgeous inspiration photo:

Most of you by now have seen that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery.

It's modern, refreshing, evokes springtime thoughts and brings energy to the room. I love it. I wouldn't paint my walls that colour, but I would definitely accent with it. What are your thoughts on Greenery? Love it? Green with envy? Makes you feel green around the gills? You can check out more about Greenery here on the Pantone website and there are a few colour swatches that serve as great inspiration for cardmaking!

Our inspiration photo screams GREENERY and I have two cards today that focus on a literal interpretation, using leafy die cuts and stamps, and pairing fresh green with pops of other colours.
My first card uses green cardstock cut to A2 size, and Wild Greenery die cuts from My Favorite Things cut from various shades of green cardstock that were glued right to the card base. The white stitched circle pops against that green! The 'thanks' was cut from gold glitter paper and offset against a deep teal. The tone on tone look is fun!

Do you ever have an idea in your head and you're SUPER excited when it works out?! That was me with this card. I wanted to use the GREENERY theme with light aqua and teal for a tropical look and bright pink for an unexpected pop of colour. Enter flamingos. ;)
I stamped the leaves from the Leafy stamp set by Waffle Flower using various watercolour inks and markers (Distress markers and Zig Clean Color). I went over it all with a small wet paintbrush, then added in the background. The flamingos and heart were also watercoloured and adhered using foam tape. The sentiment from Let Love Grow by Hero Arts set had the PERFECT font needed for this card. Love love love!

Thanks SO much to Lynn for creating with me today. I hope you all head on over there if you haven't already to see what she created today. You will LOVE it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #45

No talkie before coffee is the morning mantra around here. When the kids were smaller I used to pretend to wake up a grizzly bear, and as soon as I had a sip of coffee I turned back into their mom. They loved it and it made us all smile...and it was a little bit true. :)

I like my coffee dark roast, with some cream and sweetener and try to limit to two cups in morning. How do you take yours? Or are you a tea drinker? Pop (or soda for some of you lol)?

With coffee on the brain, here's my card for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.

I heat embossed my sentiment in Liquid Platinum powder on white cardstock, then die cut it with a stitched circle die. That particular stamp is no longer in stock at Simon Says Stamp, but you can find loads of other hilarious sentiments here. The woodgrain background was created by adhering strips of patterned paper together and die cutting them all with a stitched rectangle die.

Simple card, but to the point! :) Head on over to the Inspired By blog and see what the rest of my teammates have come up with. You'll be amazed. Play along with us this week...I can't wait to see what you come up with!