Thursday, January 17, 2019

Color Throwdown- Hello Friend

The children have been back to school now after winter break for a week or two, and it coincided with a HUGE Simon Says Stamp order arriving at my doorstep. Better timing couldn't have been planned! I cracked open those goodies and started creating. :) 

I turned an alcohol inked background from a week ago into my card today. I am still having so much fun experimenting with them. Every time I use them I get a different look and it's fun figuring out what mediums all work best together. 

I die cut the 'friend' die from vellum and cardstock and adhered it together and then to the alcohol ink background. The little 'hello' was heat embossed in white on black cardstock, and I added a little rhinestone gem for the dot on the 'i'. The panel was die cut with a rectangle die and matted on cardstock. The entire panel was adhered to a white A2 card base with foam tape. 

The Color Throwdown challenge fits perfectly for this card. Such a wintery, gorgeous color combination! I am definitely going to be using it again. 
I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping in. 

Stamps: Tiny Words (Simon Says)
Cardstock: White A2 card base, Blue Violet, Black (Simon Says); vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Dies: Rectangle Stitched die, Big Friend (Simon Says)
Other: rhinestone gem (Kaisercraft), white embossing powder (Ranger), foam tape

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Card Concept #106- Pink Party

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the photo below. The gorgeous pink florals caught my eye immediately, as did the pattern of the black and gold place setting so that is what I used for my inspiration. 

My card is a little bit Classy & Elegant, and a little bit Clean & Layered. I am obsessed with die-cutting lately and can't stop watercolouring every floral die in sight.

I stamped the background die in black ink on a white A2 card base and adhered my die cut elements right on top. The 'hello' die was cut from gold specialty paper and white foam and glued together before adhering right to the card base. The flowers and leaves were cut from watercolour cardstock and painted with a combination of Peerless Watercolors on the flowers, and an inexpensive palette for the leaves. 

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! 

Dies: (Simply Hello) My Favorite Things; (Peony Dream 3D) Altenew
Stamps: (Radiating Halftone BG) My Favorite Things
Other: (card base) Simon Says Stamp; (black ink) Tsukineko; (watercolours) Peerless and Loew-Cornell; (watercolor cardstock) Ranger, (gold paper) Papertrey Ink, white foam

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Seasons Giving Blog Hop winner

I have randomly selected a winner for the Seasons Giving Blog Hop!

Congratulations to Sue D.- I have sent you an email so please check your junk mail!

If I have not heard from Sue by Thursday, January 10, 2019 I will draw another winner. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping in today and joining me as part of the Seasons Giving blog hop
I am so grateful that you spend a part of your day or week regularly checking out my creations and leaving me lovely comments. My giveaway today is my thanks to you all. :) Each and every stop on the blog hop today is hosting a generous giveaway, so be sure to visit them all! Thanks so much to Latisha Yoast for organizing this yearly event. 

If you aren't a regular follower of my blog, here's a bit about me...  

I'm a fun-loving, dance party enthusiast from Ontario that fills my time with creativity! My children keep me busy with their interests and my husband and I enjoy geocaching and watching baseball games with them as a family. I'm an avid reader and lead the book club at our local library. I enjoy creating felt flower creations and spray-painting and adding rainbow colours/glitter to anything in our house the family will allow. My cardmaking style adapts to whatever mood I'm in, but I particularly love bold designs with pops of colour and sparkle.

Under my profile picture you will find links to my Twitter (mostly non-cardmaking), Instagram (lots of family, books, baseball, and cardmaking stuff), Pinterest (direct to my cards), and my email.

Here are a few of my favourite cards that I made this year: 

And now for why you are REALLY here. :) The giveaway! I have a small collection of unopened and never used product to give to you along with a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! Once the winner is contacted and I have your mailing address I will mail out the physical product and email you the gift certificate. I will draw a random winner on Saturday, January 5, 2019

Here are all the amazing companies and designers participating this year! Have fun hopping along. Thanks for all your support and I hope your holiday season has been fabulous. Love to you all! 

Ashley Newell
Beth Pingry
Giovana Smith
Dana Joy
Heather Hoffman
Margie Higuchi
Mindy Eggen
Julie Tilman
Cindy Lawrence
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Latevola
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Emily Leiphart
Kristi Goulet
Debi Adams
Tracey McNeeley
Wanda Guess
Ashley Harris
Tracey McLennon
Janine Tinklenberg
Amy Rysavy
Caly Person
Marcie Sharp
Mary-Ann Coulter Maldonado
Amy Tsuruta
Tricia Barber
Shemaine Smith
Christine Meyer
Lisa Henke
Shellye McDaniel
Kathy Schweinfurth
Yvonne Van Der Grijp
Lynette Kaufmann
Laura Williams
Dana Tatar
Cheiron Brandon
Patti Gilliam
Gracie Chavez
Carisa Zglobicki
Debbie Seyer
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Woerner
Deborah Saaranen
Lisa Stein
Ceal Pritchett

Happy New Year to all! Just a reminder that I will randomly draw a winner on Saturday, January 5, 2019 and post it here. I will contact the winner to get your goodies out to you! Thanks for stopping in and have fun hopping along! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Card Concept- Christmas Tree

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. For this last challenge of 2018 we want you to share a photo of your Christmas tree with us, OR your favourite card that you made this year. 

I am sharing my favourite card that I made this year. Alcohol inks made a big comeback this year with bold new colours and techniques, and more supplies dedicated to making it easier to use this fun medium! The card below uses shades of blue and some gold metallic ink to create a galactic background worthy of a 'stellar' friend. And of course, a gold glitter sentiment:) Here's a link to my original post. In Card Concept fashion, I'd call this card Clean & Layered

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see what the rest of the team posted this week. Play along with us by sharing what your tree or favourite card looks like. I can't wait to see! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


It's time for another CASology challenge and this time the cue card is HOLLY. Of all the challenges I've participated in, this cue card is my favourite because my sister's name is Holly! :) The card I made today will definitely be going to her on Christmas Day. 

A dramatic focal point against a stark white background gives interesting contrast on a clean and simple card. I maybe went a bit over the edge of clean and simple for this one but since it's mostly one layer let's take it easy on me. :) 

I used alcohol inks to create a fun background, then die cut a large snowflake out of it from the Snow Flurry dies by Concord & 9th and left all the 'inside' pieces intact. I heat embossed a coordinating snowflake in sparkle embossing powder on top of the die cut and adhered it to the white A2 card base. The sentiment was cut from black cardstock using the Holly Jolly banner die (also from Concord & 9th) with a silver mirror specialty paper behind it. 

This is a two week challenge this time around and this is also my last challenge with the CASology team. My littles are getting more and more involved in extra-curricular activities and life is pretty busy around our house. You will still see me creating though! I'll continue to post here when I can and you can always find me on Instagram. :) Thanks so much to Melissa and this fantastic team of designers. I had a blast! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Card Concept #104- Elegant Holiday

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. The silver sparkle and shimmer and the frosty green as well as the winter elements like branches and pine cones stood out to me and were my inspiration today. 

I created a clean and layered card using similar colours to the inspiration photo and with snowflakes aplenty as my winter element.

The A2 card base was created from shimmer cardstock. I die cut lots of snowflakes from glitter and shimmer paper in various colours and adhered them to the card. Papertrey Ink has some lovely shimmer cardstock while My Favorite Things carries fabulous sparkle cardstock.  For the sentiment I heat embossed the 'Merry Christmas' (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps- retired) with silver sparkle embossing powder on the same shimmer cardstock as the base and adhered it using foam tape. 

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! 

This is the last official challenge of 2018 and it closes on December 24th. We look forward to seeing you participate in new challenges in January! Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! 

Dies: Flurry (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Snowflake Trio (Reverse Confetti); Mini Snowflakes (Lawn Fawn)