Saturday, April 21, 2018

Welcome to more fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!


Woah. THIS inspiration photo. Does it make anyone else hungry? I'm pretty sure I want cake, ice cream, AND cookies all at once. 
I love the pastel colours and that cone immediately reminded me of a unicorn horn...I have a nine year old daughter so we talk about unicorns A LOT in our house lol. 

Magical Unicorn by Pinkfresh Studio seems to be a favourite stamp/die set of everyone lately. I couldn't resist it. Using colours based on the inspiration photo, I stamped and die cut all the parts and pieces and even added some sparkly embossing powder to the horn which I inked up in an ombré fashion. The ears are also sparkly! So fun. I stamped the sentiment right on a scrap of patterned paper that almost perfectly captures the whimsical nature of the cake in the picture. The panel is adhered to a pink card base using foam tape. 

Here's a close up of the sparkle and finer details. 

Excuse me while I go hide this from my daughter because I KNOW she will steal it. :) 

To see the guest designer this month, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

This is a bi-weekly challenge so the challenge and winners posts will publish 
on the first and third Saturdays of every month (There will be no challenge if there is a fifth Saturday in a month). Our guest designer will stay on for the entire month and play along in both challenges. 

We would love it if you played along with us. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 



Monday, April 16, 2018

Pin-Sights: Pantone Attitude

This weekend we were housebound with so much rain and freezing rain, and at one point I couldn't open the back door because it was frozen solid! Needless to say, I stayed indoors and made cards. :)

The Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge perfectly sums up my need for delightful rainbow-y type stuff because I am SICK of winter. :) Bring on rainbows and springtime weather! 

I used the large floral stamp and a sentiment from Mondo Magnolia for my card today. I used Copic markers to colour it in, some Stickles for sparkle in the centre, and a stitched rectangle to cut it out. It's adhered to a lime green card base using foam adhesive. Boom. Easy peasy and oh so colourful and cheerful. Now I hope YOU all have a beautiful day! 

Here's the inspiration:  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Rainbow Sparkle Birthday

Happy 9th birthday to Simon Says Stamp! They are celebrating over on their Wednesday challenge blog and the theme is of course...birthdays, and they are using exclusive products to the store. 

Birthday cards are one my favourite kinds of cards to make, so I pulled out a few of my favourite Simon Says products and got creative. I wanted to make something bright and sparkly! 

On a white card panel cut slightly smaller than my A2 card base, I taped down the Folk Dance stencil and blended Distress Inks through it in rainbow order. With it still taped in place, I spread through Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer paste, then removed the stencil and set the panel aside to dry. Once dry, I adhered it to the card base using foam tape. For my sentiment, the MISTI helped to stamp the 'happy birthday' from Big Scripty Greetings in black Versafine ink and then I sprinkled on some WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder for even MORE sparkle and shine. :) A stitched circle die cut the sentiment and I adhered it to the card using foam tape. The final touch was a few colourful sequins. 

So sparkly! Just the kind of card I love to send out. 

Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you have a GREAT day. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Inspired by All the Little Things #83

Welcome to more fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!


What a cheerful inspiration photo this time around! It makes me long for warmer weather and springtime...we've had more snow this week and I am reeeeeeally sick of winter.

The colourful florals and all the texture and dimension in the picture inspired me this week.

Here's what I came up with: 
I paired a cover plate die that was cut from white cardstock with a white card base for a fresh look, then added some bold florals using felt. The Mini Royal Roses and Layered Leaves from My Favorite Things were perfect for some of the flowers on this card. The rest of the flowers are retired products. I thought the bright and pretty flowers would be perfect for a card to send to a friend "just because" so I added a sentiment from All About You.  Clear sequins here and there add a fun bit of sparkle to finish it off. 

To see the guest designer for the month, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

This is a bi-weekly challenge so the challenge and winners posts will publish 
on the first and third Saturdays of every month (There will be no challenge if there is a fifth Saturday in a month). Our guest designer will stay on for the entire month and play along in both challenges. 

We would love it if you played along with us. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Felt Floral Frenzy

Every once in awhile another crafty interest hits my house and my daughter and I go a little craft crazy. I took a break from cardmaking this week, and set to work making felt flowers instead. 

Rolled roses, succulents, greenery, spiky daisies...the list goes on. 


So many of the die cuts in my cardmaking stash work perfectly for making felt flowers. 

For this succulent and greenery inspired wall hanging I used Beautiful Blooms II and Turning a New Leaf dies by Papertrey Ink, Crafter's Companion Rose die, and hand cut the rest with the help from some YouTube videos. Search "felt flower tutorials" and the felt flower world is at your fingertips! 

For this colourful wall hanging I used Loving Blooms by CAS-ual Fridays to create the pieced together yellow flower, and the pink flower was made using the Tattered Poppy die from Simon Says Stamp. That particular die came in many pieces and I was able to use one of the petal dies to create a fun rolled flower. Look over those floral dies in your stash and put them to fun use! 

My felt stash consists of felt from Papertrey Ink and Taylored Expressions (it's fantastic!) so far. I've just placed an order with Benzie Designs felt and can't wait to see how it is. I have currently used up ALL my felt (yikes!) and so I'm back to cardmaking until my next order comes in lol. :)

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

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and I am so proud to be part of an amazing group of designers that are sharing creations to bring recognition to people living with autism. Our hope is increase understanding and acceptance, and direct you towards more information so you can educate yourselves about autism. 

My amazing friend Veronica Zalis has organized an amazing blog hop for you today, filled with designers and sponsors and of course...prizes! You can find all the information you need on her blog on how to participate. We don't want you to miss out on all the fun! 

Taylored Expressions has created a fantastic stamp set perfect for today and you can buy it HERE. Thank you so much to them for sending it to us in advance for this special blog hop.  


They have committed to donating 25% of proceeds from April's sales of the Look with your Heart set to the Autism Society. How amazing is that?!

I used one of the sentiments with the Bookcase background from Hero Arts. I stamped the wood block background directly on the card base and coloured the books in using Copic markers. The sentiment was heat embossed on dark grey cardstock in white, and adhered using foam tape. A few clear sequins finish if off. It's a simple design, but is colourful and meaningful. 

You can find another card I made using this set on my Instagram account today. The link to that can be found under my picture in the right column. 

Here's a list of all the amazing designers participating today: