Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sweet Birthday

Okay, so you know when you see something and don't really like it too much, but don't really know why? Well, when I saw this stamp set, Sweet Birthday, that is how I felt. I think it was the cutesy faces to go on the cupcakes that made me frown. Well, then the genius Jeanette, announced a Thin Cut die set to coordinate with this stamp set....that turned my frown around! Here is how sweet those cupcakes are now!
I used gorgeous Raspberry patterned paper from Some Kinda Wonderful with a Whisper  cardstock background. I added patterned paper pieces on my craft room table for the sentiments. I coloured the cupcakes and candles with my Shin Han Alcohol Markers, then added some Epoxy Gems and Whisper Thick Twine.
All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Some Kinda Wonderful
Stamp: Sweet Birthday w/coordinating Thin Cut Dies
Cardstock: Whisper; White Daisy
Ink: Memento Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Pink & Grey Epoxy Gems; Whisper Thick Twine


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Back to life after 4 day crop!

Ah, yes, I just got back from a 4 day crop! It was actually really a 5 day trip as the friend I went with was kind enough to pick me up in Victoria and have me stay over at her house, in Shawnigan Lake, the night before. This happened last Wednesday and we arrived to Camp Homewood on Quadra Island on Thursday, Jan 26. Oh, the peace a quiet with time to nap and crop 24 hours a day.......and no chores to do........aaaaaaahhhhhhhh, the glory!
 So while I was gone, I should have posted some pictures, but didn't. Here they come now! This is one of my new favourite stamp and coordinating die sets, Sugar Rush - Cardmaking. I used Raspberry and Tangerine cardstock for the base, then used as many of the Sugar Rush patterned papers I could fit in. I added a thin strip of Sea Glass Glitter paper and stamped the donuts with varying inks.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Sugar Rush - Cardmaking with coordinating Thin Cuts
Paper: Sugar Rush
Cardstock: Raspberry; Tangerine; White Daisy; Sea Glass
Ink: Raspberry; Blossom; White Daisy; Pomegranate; Desert Sand; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Sea Glass Glitter Paper


Friday, January 20, 2017

A Birthday Bouquet

Gosh, so many new and wonderful things in our Spring Seasonal Expressions.......it is crazy. This card features a gorgeous flower image from Hello Lovely - Cardmaking and our NEW word dies.
I started with Slate cardstock and some retired patterned paper, that was sitting precut on my work table. I used my NEW "Happy Birthday" word dies and cut Raspberry and Black cardstock. I stamped this gorgeous bouquet image from, Hello Lovely - Cardmaking, with Versamark ink. Then I embossed with Gold embossing powder. I used my Waterbrush with Raspberry; Fern and Willow inks to colour it in. To finish the card off, I added Slate faceted Gems.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking
Paper: retired
Cardstock: Raspberry; Black; Slate
Ink: Raspberry; Fern; Willow
Embellishments: Slate faceted Gems; Gold Embossing Powder
Tools: Happy Birthday Thin Cuts


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Butterflies fly free

I love our new coordinating stamp and die sets, they are so fun to use. I usually break out the die set first and get to cutting lots and lots of shapes. Then I will prestamp all of them with Memento Black ink, in preparation for whatever idea might land in my brain. This set is called, Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking.
This butterfly card is actually the second go at this design. The first set of both vertical and horizontal, I used Raspberry cardstock in the background. This set saw Crystal Blue for the background.

I stamped the butterflies with the following inks: Blossom; Crystal Blue; Lemon; Tangerine; Willow; and Thistle. I felt adding the Black Journaling pen outline made them pop much more, than without. I stamped the sentiment with Black ink. I also coloured each of their wings with our Clear Shimmer Pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; White Daisy
Ink: Thistle; Tangerine; Lemon; Willow; Crystal Blue; Blossom; Black; Black Journaling pen; Clear Shimmer Pen



Monday, January 16, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful

With the start of a new year, we also launched a NEW Seasonal Expressions, with all new products! A first must have was coordinating stamp set and dies called: Some Kinda Wonderful - Cardmaking. 
 This combo set is represented by the sweet turtle. I created this two cards, each a little different, using NEW Hello Lovely patterned paper packet. I die cut the turtle, then stamped her with Memento Black ink. I used my Shin Han alcohol markers to colour her in.

On the top card I added a part of a zip strip for the sentiment and some faceted White Gems. I also added a thin strip of Sea Glass Glitter Paper, along with drawing lines with my Black Journaling pen.
The cardstock mats are Glacier and I added a Scalloped Punched edge Whisper border to the top card. On the second card, I stamped a sentiment from the set and punched a zip strip from a retired paper pack. I added Grey faceted gems to the second card and used a different combination of Shin Han markers to colour the sweet turtle. Both cards are on Colonial White card bases.

All supplies are Close to My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Some Kinda Wonderful - Cardmaking
Paper: Hello Lovely
Ink: Black; Black Journaling Pen; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Faceted Gems; Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Other: Memento Black ink

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Adore You Stamp of the Month

Happy New Year!
I have been vacant from my blog. I have been enthralled with Instagram and Best Fiends.....those have taken away from my blog dedication. I already made many cards in 2017 and while I can easily take pictures of them with my phone to post to Instagram and Facebook, I haven't clued into how to easily share them on my blog, too. I promise to do better with my blog!
We have this gorgeous Stamp of the Month, for January, called: Adore You. I stamped this flower arrangement with Versamark, then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I used my Waterbrush and filled it in with Blossom and Fern inks. I paired it with retired patterned paper and Blossom cardstock. I added some Gold Shimmer Trim and drew in some lines with my Black Journaling Pen. The sentiment is stamped with Black ink.
Stamps
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Adore You - Jan 2017 Stamp of the Month
Patterned Paper - retired
Ink: Black; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Gold Shimmer Trim; Gold Embossing Powder
Tools: Waterbrush
Other: Versamark

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Season of Magic

This is the second card in the set of 3, that I created for a recent card class. I am using the wonderful stamp set, Season of Magic, again.
I started with a Desert Sand mat to coordinate with the scalloped circle cut with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. On top of the Sweet Leaf cardstock is a favourite cut from Art Booking from Pomegranate cardstock. I set the size to 5 1/4" for the cut, then just have to trim a little from the shape, to fit the card.

I stamped the wreath with Desert sand with first and second generation ink. I used the handle end of a paint brush, dipped in Pomegranate ink, to create the berries. The sentiment is also stamped with Pomegranate ink.

Finally, I cut the lovely glitter Poinsettia from Flower Market and retired Red and Green Glitter paper. I added a green clear bubble gem to the middle.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Stamp: Season of Magic
Cardstock: Desert Sand; Sweet Leaf; Pomegranate; Colonial White; retired Red & Green Glitter
Embellishments: Green bubble gem
Tools: Art Philosophy, Artbooking, and Flower market Cricut cartridges