Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #54

Today's inspiration for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is so fresh and right up my alley.  That bookcase is just gorgeous BUT mine would have far more books on it. I'm an avid reader and worked as a librarian for a few years.

I loved the linear look of the books on the shelves, the colour scheme and the framed antlers. All that shows up in my card today. (Sorry for the lackluster photo- the lighting was really off!)

On a white card base I adhered strips of aqua and yellow cardstock. The deer head is an older die from We R Memory Keepers and was cut from a woodgrain paper.  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled.

That's all for today! Have a great Saturday and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's creations at the Inspired By blog.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Create Together with Bonnie Sharp


I'm back with another Create Together segment today and my crafty collaborator is Bonnie Sharp from The Lucky Clucker. I usually call her mom though. :)

We have a fun photo inspiration that we used for our creations today, with the stipulation that we use NO patterned paper. My mom loooooves patterned paper. I can't wait to see what she came up with.




First I used my Distress Inks to create the background on watercolor paper. I let it dry, then splatted a few drops here and there. After die cutting the piece using an Avery Elle die, I used a fun stamp from Two-Lips for my sentiment which I thought was fitting for the inspiration. The finished panel was adhered to a white card base using foam tape.

In retrospect, using this stamp in a challenge with my own relative is kind of funny. I hope my mom doesn't think I'm sending a message to her. :) LOL!!

Be sure to check out Bonnie's card to see how she interpreted the challenge! Thanks for stopping in today and have a great day.





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!