Friday, May 12, 2017

Live Beautifully

We have a beautiful promotion on for May, which is National Scrapbook Month. It is the Live Beautifully stamp set and paper pack. We also have some album bundles available. I am always obsessed with flowers, so here is a card I made using this amazing flower.
I stamped the background with Black ink and the image is from one of the background stamps that came with our Flower Market Cricut cartridge bundle. The cardstock colour is Lagoon with a Glacier mat.

I stamped the flower with Lagoon ink, then took my water brush and just lightly brushed over each petal to soften things up. I stamped the leaves with Fern ink, then fussy cut all of them. For the stamen, I added some Liquid Paper. I also added some of ou r lovely White & Gold Ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Live Beautifully - May National Scrapbooking Month
Ink: Lagoon; Fern; Black
Cardstock: Glacier; Lagoon; White Daisy
Embellishments: White & Gold Ribbon
Other: Liquid Paper



Thursday, May 11, 2017

More Mother's Day flowers

Whew, I got a bit behind there working on some other projects. Here is another Mother's Day card with amazing flowers from our Flower Market Cricut cartridge.
I was experimenting with my new  Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and this is another background I created. Once dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with our Diamond Embossing folder.

The Chrysanthemums were created with Sorbet; Lemon; and Tangerine cardstock. I was taken aback that there are 12 layers to this flower! It seemed only natural to use a few colours to create these flowers. These 2 were not the originals, as when using multiple colours, you only get one with the dark colour in the middle. That flower was used on another card which I have not posted yet. The background colour cardstock is Crystal Blue.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Sorbet; Tangerine; Lemon; White Daisy
Ink: Black ink
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge; Diamond Embossing Folder
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; Susan's Garden Tool Kit


Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Daisy here and a Daisy there.

Here is another Mother's Day card I created with the amazing Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I also created a dramatic background with Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.
These flowers are so fun and easy to make. Once I have cut them, I used my Susan's Garden loop tool to draw down each petal of the large flowers. It breaks the paper fibers and makes the flowers easier to manipulate. I use the leaf veining tool from her set to do a bit of shaping on the leaves.

The background was going south, but with TH Oxide inks, you can bring the entire thing back. It really is amazing. I don't feel really confident about creating these kitchen sink backgrounds. They usually turn into mud really quick. This is what is nice with the Oxide inks, the colours don't mix as much, but sort of float around with one another. Drying as you go, makes a huge difference in staying away from making mud, also. I felt like this one was missing something after dipping; tapping; and splattering, so I used a stencil with Oxide inks overtop. I also cut the piece with a Double Stitched Die from Lil Inker Designs.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Sea Glass; White Daisy; Pansy; Fern
Ink: Black
Embellishements: Gold Gems
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; Lil Inker Designs Double Stitched Die; Susan's Garden Tool Kit


Thursday, April 27, 2017

He loves me.....he loves me not.....

Well, you won't be pulling the petals out of these daises! That old line should now say....I love me....I love me more! Here is another flower extravaganza A2 card, I created with our Flower Market Cricut cartridge.
For the background of this card, I used my new Tim Holtz Oxide inks. I am just dipping my toe into the mixed media ocean and I wanted to experiment with the "game changer" inks. They are fun but for me had a bit of a learning curve. It was a fun and fast curve!

I cut these gorgeous daises from Raspberry cardstock and the leaves from Fern. The sentiment is from our Workshops Your Way Mother's Day kit...which by the way, is about to retire April 30th to make way for our new Seasonal Expressions. I stamped it with Black Memento ink after cutting the inked piece with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles die.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: WYW Mother's Day
Cardstock: Raspberry; Fern; White Daisy
Ink: Black Memento
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; MFT Wonky Rectangles Die

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flower Extravaganza

 So, first I must tell you these upcoming flower card photos have been taken with my cell phone. I was packing the cards up for sale and didn't have time to do my usual camera set up, so I took quick pictures with my phone.

I am FLOWER CRAZY and I love it! I have been using my Flower Market Cricut cartridge more hours than I care to tell you I spend crafting! I get into to full Mother's Day card production starting in April and this is one of the 5 x 7 cards I created.
I cut the Daisy with Sea Glass cardstock and also matted the embossed cardstock with it also. The leaves are cut from Fern cardstock. I was getting low on Lagoon cardstock, so I pulled out my retired favourite, Twilight. I embossed with our Wood-grain Embossing Folder then used coordinating ink to rub over the top. I stamped the sentiment with a retired set and used a MFTStamps die to cut the stitched ribbon. I added a retired gem to the centre of the flower.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Sea Glass; Fern; White Daisy; retired Twilight
Ink: Black; retired Twilight
Tools: Flower Market Cricut Cartridge; Wood-grain Embossing folder
Other: MFTStamps stitched die

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Flower Market LOVE!

If I have not said how much I LOVE my Flower Market Cricut cart, I will proclaim it again....I LOVE FLOWER MARKET! These cards are a take on layouts created by Jennifer Smith, whose work is constantly an inspiration.
 I started with Sea Glass cardstock on a White Daisy card base. I added wood-grain paper from Rustic Home Fundamentals, as well as, polka dot Kraft and Gold striped vellum. I cut various sizes of this Amaryllis flower, with Flower Market, from White Daisy and Sea Glass cardstock. The leaves are from Fern cardstock.
I added retired Sequins and Gold Sequins to the centre of each flower. I cut the scalloped and plain oval with retired Cricut cart, Art Philosophy. The second card's sentiment is from Good Thymes! I also added some finishing touches with my Black Journaling Pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Good Thymes
Cardstock: Rustic Home Fundamentals; White Daisy; Sea Glass; Fern
Ink: Black; Sea Glass; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Gold Sequins
Tools: Flower Market & Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges



Monday, March 13, 2017

Use your paper scraps!

 I have been trying to figure out the best way to store my cut paper scraps, or maybe just to throw them away! I notice I have been creating a lot of scrap or striped cards of late! This one is no exception.
This patterned paper is from Hello Lovely and works really well for a background. I used a  Slate mat and scalloped border. The sentiment is from Dreamin' Big Cardmaking and is stamped in Black ink. Then I stamped and die cut this sweet girl from School Kids. I coloured her with  my Shin Han Alcohol Markers and added some faceted Gems.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: School Kids w/coordinating Thin Cut dies; Dreamin' Big Cardmaking
Paper: Hello Lovely
Cardstock: Slate; White Daisy
Ink: Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Grey faceted Gems