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.
Stamps
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


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