Friday, August 4, 2017

Zip Strips RULE

Oh yes, Zip Strips do RULE. (well, most of the time!) These babies are from the still available, No Worries, paper pack. They sang beach and I love to sing "Beach", too! I cut some shell shapes with my dies then stamped and embossed in Gold, with coordinating retired stamp set. I used our Watercolour paints to colour the shells. The sentiment is from a retired shell set, but it is another keeper.

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No Worries patterned paper; retired Swirly Shells & coordinating Thin Cuts; Watercolour paints

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hollyhocks history

That is my history of Hollyhocks, that is! Growing up my Mom grew Pink Hollyhocks along the side of our house, on the neighbour's driveway side, rather than our driveway side. They were beautiful and I loved to see them....but I also hated them! I hated all of the bees and wasps they attracted, cause that could mean those bugs might like me. I was having enough attraction from all of the mosquitoes in Saskatoon, so I felt this bug attraction was too much! Give me paper Hollyhocks all day and year long......so pretty!
 These gorgeous Hollyhocks were cut with the amazing Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I used Canary; Hollyhock and Pixie cardstock for the flowers and Fern for the stem. The patterned paper is from retired Charlotte. The stamp is older than dirt....but still lovely! I've also gone off of the rails with my Black Journaling pen. I just cannot get enough of drawing lines around things!
All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Flower Market Cricut cartridge; Canary; Hollyhock; Pixie; Fern; White Daisy; and Slate cardstock; retired Charlotte patterned paper; retired stamp set

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let's double up!

These days I make at least 2 of every card, sometimes 4 - 6. I sell cards at 2 different coffee shops, so I like to have at least one copy of each card, go to each shop. These were my thinking after I saw our new basic colours launched, at our annual convention. I love how pink looks with grey, so that is what I did. This is also masculine patterned paper from Jack (still available) and retired June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
retired Hello Foxy; Jack; retired Art Philosophy Cricut cart; Sweet Leaf; Pixie & Black ink; Slate; Whisper & White Daisy cardstock


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Watercolour dreaming

Oh, how I LOVE this stamp set! Good Thymes is retired but will remain in my collection for a very long time. I actually made this tag and attached it to a pretty paper pouch holding some Ghiradelli chocolates. I had created more of these than I had guests at a crop, so I kept one for myself. I repurposed the tag on this card.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
retired Good Thymes; Watercolour paper & paints; Blush Ribbon; 
Other: MFT Stitched die

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back tracking.....

Oh yes I am....back tracking that is. I am so far behind in posting to my blog.....well those who follow me know it! So, I am going to show some cards I've made and share very little info, as it has either retired or I've simply forgotten all of the names. Seems easier to just show pretty pictures anyways....until I catch up! We do have a new Annual Inspirations book about to launch on August 1st, so I need to show these pretties and move on!
All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: retired Live Beautifully

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bear Hugs anyone.....

I love animals, so when I saw this sweet bear stamp and saw it had a coordinating Thin Cut die, I had to have it. This sweet set is called Jack - Cardmaking from our current Seasonal Expressions available  until the end of August or while supplies last.
I used Thistle cardstock for all of my mats, then added some Lagoon cardstock; a zip strip; and White with Gold Ribbon for my ribbons. I added a bow of White with Gold Twine and some Little Dreamer Glitter gems. All of the patterned paper is from Little Dreamer.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Little Dreamer
Stamp: Jack - Cardmaking with coordinating Thin Cuts
Ink: Black; Black Journaling Pen
Cardstock: Thistle; White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: White with Gold Ribbon and Twine; Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Embossing folder printing

Have you ever used your embossing folders to water colour or make prints? I love how versatile and surprising the results can be with this technique.
I recently taught an embossing class at a local recreation centre. This is the first card we created, using our CTMH Diamond embossing folder to make a watercolour print. We swiped Lagoon; Sweet Leaf and Thistle ink on the folder, then spritzed with water. Then we put a piece of watercolor paper inside and closed the folder. With a little pressure from your hand, this print is the result.

We stamped with a retired flower image in Black ink, and used a stitching die to cut out the piece. Then we added our Black with Gold ribbon and a sentiment.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy; Watercolour
Ink: Thistle; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; Black
Embellishments: Black w/Gold Ribbon
Tools: Diamond Embossing Folder
Other: Lil' Inker Designs & MFT Stamps stitched dies



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Live Beautifully

I loved this stamp set and paper so much, even though it was only available for May, I am going to show a few more cards I made with both.
For this card I used some of the beautifully patterned paper that came in the exclusive paper pack. I paired it with some Slate cardstock. This time I added the leaves with the flower and some Mini Pearls that I coloured yellow with my Shin Han Alcohol Marker.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Live Beautifully
Cardstock: Slate; White daisy
Paper: Live Beautifully
Ink: Fern; Canary; Sunset; Black Journaling Pen


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oh where oh where have I been.......

Wow, have I ever been neglecting my blog. I have been all over Instagram, but don't seem to complete the circle of posting the same things here that I post there. So, let's catch up.

You may first notice the difference in how my pictures look....cell phone is the culprit. I take all pics for other sites with my phone, rather than my camera and while the quality of the photos is not as good, they are still decent.

This is now a beautiful retired stamp, Live Beautifully. I stamped with Tangerine, then used my water brush and coloured in some Hollyhock ink. The cardstock is Sunset and Lagoon and I inked some White Twine. I finished the card off with Black lines using my Journaling pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Live Beautifully retired
Cardstock: Sunset; Lagoon; White Daisy; Black
Ink: Tangerine; Hollyhock; Lagoon; Black; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: White Twine

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


Saturday, March 4, 2017

A month late!

Yes, this stamp set is no longer available and Spring/Easter are still being dreamed of for most. That said, I wanted to post this anyway, because I am having fun with watercolour. I was inspired by a card Wendy Coffman made.
I used my current favourite, Glacier for my cardstock and stamped the flowers in coordinating ink and one line in Black ink. I stamped the grass several times in Fern ink and stamped the sentiment in Black ink.

I coloured the bunny with my Waterbrush with Raspberry and Saddle ink. The watercolour background is Lagoon; Raspberry and Flaxen with a wee bit of Sweet Leaf. Oh and the splatters are Raspberry, too! I also added some White Gems and a Scallop Punched Border.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Easter Bunny Feb SOTM
Cardstock: Glacier; White Daisy; Watercolour Paper
Ink: Black; Raspberry; Saddle; Fern Glacier; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: White Gems

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tea-rrific

We have a very sweet Stamp of the Month for March, Tea-rrific. 
I used Pixie cardstock as a base and stamped a star pattern with coordinating ink. Both sentiments are stamped with Black ink. I did a bit ink brushing on our Watercolour paper in Lagoon; Raspberry and Flaxen inks for the piece behind the cups. I stamped and cut the cups out of White Daisy; Lagoon; and White Daisy cardstock. I also cut out the flower and watercoloured it with Raspberry ink.

I added a thin strip of White Glitter paper above the watercolour piece and some Clear Glitz to the centre of the flower.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Tea-rrific, March SOTM
Cardstock: White Daisy; Pixie; Lagoon; Watercolour; White Glitter
Ink: Raspberry; Lagoon; Flaxen; Black; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Clear Glitz

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Scrap Cards

I love when a plan comes together. My plan was to use up the scrap of cardstock left over when I cut 2 - 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 mats for my A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) sized cards. I get this strip from a 4 1/8 x 12 strip I have cut from a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Probably stupid of me to save these pieces for as many years as I have.....but I did!
This cute number came together better than expected! I stamped and die cut this boy from our School Kids stamp and Thin Cuts set. I used my Shin Han alcohol markers to colour him in, I added the sentiment from, Silly Sayings, which coordinates to a Cricut cut on our Artistry cartridge.

I added patterned paper from Hello Lovely for the 2 dove tailed pieces. The cardstock mats are  Flaxen and the cardstock strips are Sea Glass; Juniper; Glacier; Sweet Leaf. I stamped all around with the dotted line image from, Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking stamp set. Finally, I added some Enamel Dots to balance out the card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: School Kids; Silly Sayings; Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking
Paper: Hello Lovely
Ink: Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: White Daisy; Sea Glass; Juniper; Glacier; Sweet Leaf; Flaxen
Thin Cuts: School Kids
Cricut: Artistry cartridge
Embellishments: Green Enamel Dots

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