Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cardabilities #76

Welcome to another fabulous sketch (#76 to be exact!) for Cardabilities.
My favourite thing about these sketches are looking at them and seeing flowers or swirls and thinking, "What can I do differently?" This time I used hot air balloons instead of the flowers depicted in the sketch. 
What would YOU use? Flowers? Balloons? Stars? Use your imagination and link up your new creation using the sketch over at the blog. You have LOTS of time to play around  and your creation may be featured!
Stamps: (Up, Up & Away + Sentiments) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Paper: (Color & Composition 6x6 collection) Webster's Pages
Other: (pearl swirls) Prima; (Fillable Frames 4 die, balloon dies) Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pinterest as inspiration

Every once in awhile the creative juices dry up and you need to turn elsewhere for inspiration.  Let's all thank Pinterest for that lol!!  I found a GORGEOUS card on the October Afternoon Pinterest board and knew that I had the supplies to create my own version of it. That Woodland Park 8x8 collection is still one of my all time favourites. It's such a huge collection with endless possibilities. Perfect for card makers!
You can check out the original card by Roree Rumph on the October Afternoon blog.
Everything on this card is from October Afternoon except the Fillable Frames #4 die by Papertrey Ink, and the Stickles glitter by Ranger. I gave this card to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

Monday, May 27, 2013

New Mom

Lots of stamp sets happening here on this card!!
This is a leftover from Mother's Day a few weeks ago that I didn't post earlier. I used that lovely patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes 6x6 Crate Paper collection as my inspiration. SO. PRETTY. I pieced together several stamp sets to create the unique sentiment.
Other news- I am LOVING those Paper Smooches Streamers dies! It's one of those products where I know I will use every die in the set and use them often. I am putting them to good use on everything lately. Making this card helped me see all my stamp sets in a new can I piece other sentiments together to create something new and fun? :) Go try it!
Stamps: ('flowers and leaves' from Mini Blooms, 'Happy Mother's Day' from Women of Life, 'to the new' from Congrats All Ways) Papertrey Ink; ('Mom' from Because of You) Verve Stamps
Ink: (Raspberry Fizz, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold) Papertrey Ink; (Tide Pool) Hero Arts; (Imperial Blue) Tsukineko
Cardstock: (Harvest Gold, Rustic White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: ('Wonderful' from Maggie Holmes 6x6 collection) Crate Paper
Other: (Streamers die) Paper Smooches; (Stickles) Ranger

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It's your birthday!!

How cheerful would this card be to give a friend?  Young or...not so young, it could be enjoyed by any lady.  A pretty easy layout- just a lovely piece of patterned paper with a row of flowers and a happy sentiment.  How simple is that?! :) I love cards like this that come together quickly. I find if I'm taking too long to put a card together then I am probably not going to happy with the end result.  There shouldn't be too much 'over-thinking' in card making...after all, it's for fun right? Enjoy it!

Stamps: (Say What) Mama Elephant
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Paper: (Summer Sunrise) Papertrey Ink; (My Girl 6x6 collection) My Mind's Eye
Other: (felt flowers) My Mind's Eye; (gems) Zva; (arrow flag) My Favorite Things

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy 30th!

I haven't had the chance to get my Irresistibly Ikat set from Papertrey Ink inked up much, so I was happy to play around with it for this 30th birthday card. This card is pretty much self explanatory- it seemed a little dull once I had it put together, but that was nothing a good spritz of shine mist couldn't fix!!  There is just something *else* that the Rustic White cardstock offers over regular white.  A little added 'oomph' maybe? :)
I hope all you Canadians had a fabulous Victoria Day weekend!  I spent Sunday fishing with my kids, and most of my small community, and afterwards enjoyed a lovely barbecue at the neighbours with a GREAT firework display!!  Loved every minute of it! Here's my little fisher-woman on the banks of the sunny Sydenham River.
Supplies: (all from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: (Irresistibly Ikat)
Ink: (Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Royal Velvet)
Cardstock: (Rustic White, Hibiscus Burst)
Other: (By the Numbers die cuts); (Shine spray mist) Studio Calico

Friday, May 17, 2013


Happy Friday to you all! Making birthday cards is pretty easy when I have my cute 6 year old son helping me out. :) He's my 'go-to' guy for making cards for his age group.  This card met his approval.  Comic books are one his main interests right now, so this comic paper from October Afternoon was the perfect choice on a card for one his little buddies. I used a journal card, paired with a fun sentiment, and lastly splattered some spray mist on it all. Have a fabulous weekend, and if you're Canadian, have a great Victoria Day- be safe!
Stamps: (Stylish Sentiments: Birthday) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Cough Syrup) Ranger
Specialty Ink: (Warm Calico color mist) Studio Calico
Cardstock: (Blueberry Sky, Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Sasparilla 8x8 collection) October Afternoon
Other: (journal card) October Afternoon; (star punch) EK Success

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cardabilities #75

It's sketch reveal time over at Cardabilities! This one is a great one (they ALL are great ones!), and I went a little more 'involved' than I usually do for my cards. Lots of layers, a doily, banners, pearls, die cuts, spray has it all! :) This Mother's Day card went to a happy momma in my community. I hope she enjoyed it!
Stamps: (First Place Sentiments) My Favorite Things
Ink: (Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist) Papertrey Ink
Paper: (white) Papertrey Ink; (Knee Highs 6x6 collection) Basic Grey
Dies: (Jumbo Ric Rac border, First Place Award Ribbon dies) My Favorite Things; (Mega Mat Stack 3) Papertrey Ink
Other: (scalloped circle punch) EK Success; (doily) Freckled Fawn; (pearl flourish) Prima; (Shine color mist) Studio Calico

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bright Hello

This card is one bright enough to make you need a pair of sunglasses! I submitted it to a recent Paper Crafts magazine call and it didn't get picked up so I can share it with you here instead. :) I looooove that barn board stamp from Bo Bunny.  It is such a great background stamp! This card is pretty straight forward...stamp background, die cut pieces and adhere all together.  Not much to it!
Stamps: (Wall to Wall Textures) Bo Bunny
Ink: (Dark Chocolate) Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: (Limeade Ice, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink
Dies: (Hello, Fillable Frames 4) Papertrey Ink

Monday, May 13, 2013

New design team at Cardabilities

Happy Monday to all you crafty cardmakers out there! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We celebrated Mother's Day here in my home and for once my husband was NOT away for the special day, so I actually got to relax and enjoy myself.  It was LOVELY! I even was given a nice gift card to one of my favourite scrapbooking stores, so I will definitely be using that up quickly.
My weekend was made all the better by learning that I will be returning to the Cardabilities design team for another term: June- August. I'm so excited to see what the rest of the team comes up with for each sketch, and it's really nice to develop some crafty friendships with them! :) Why don't you pop on over to the Cardabilities blog and see who the rest of the team is?! Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

A short and sweet post for today...Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas! Enjoy your day!
Rubber stamp: (Mother's Day) misc.
Ink: (Spice Tin) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Paper: (Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink; (Woodland Park 8x8 collection) October Afternoon
Other: (banner die) Paper Smooches; (journal card) October Afternoon; (Stickles) Ranger

Friday, May 10, 2013

Teacher Appreciation/Education Week

My son's school is celebrating Education Week and to end the week I had the bright idea to make a card for his teacher 20 minutes before we were to head out to the bus stop.  This is what a 20 minute card looks like lol!!  It's 3.5" square and uses Hero Arts Neon inks paired with School Time by Papertrey Ink.  Quick, one layer and bright! All my favourite things put together. :)

Stamps: (School Time) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Neon Pink, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Green; Charcoal) Hero Arts; (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Warm healing wishes

A woman in the book club I attend at the local library has had some health issues lately and is stuck at home recovering. I thought I'd send her some warm healing wishes on behalf of our club to help brighten her spirits! 
I used the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection for coordinating papers and stickers, and then added a sentiment and some sparkle! It was easy to put together and flat for inexpensive mailing.
Speaking of book clubs, at the last meeting we discussed Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray.  It was pretty divided down the middle as to who liked it and who didn't, but for my part I enjoyed it!
Stamps: (Healing Touch Sentiments) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Spice Tin) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Paper: (Orange Zest) Papertrey Ink; (Bright Bauble from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6x6 collection) American Crafts
Other: (sticker from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection) American Crafts; (Stickles) Ranger

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happiness and Bliss- Vintage Bliss!

I love using real barn board for projects around my house and garden, so it's no surprise that I love barn board patterned paper as well! The colourful flowers printed on top really make the paper brighter, cheerier and prettier in general. Love it! This card was put together using bits and pieces of leftover die cuts, chipboard and stamped bits...I just dug it out of my stash and slapped it together as a card. :) Some days it is just THAT easy, lol!
Stamps: (Mat Stack 4 collection) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Tide Pool) Hero Arts
Paper: (smooth white) Papertrey Ink; (textured white) Bazzil; (Vintage Bliss 6x6 collection) Simple Stories
Other: (chipboard flower) misc.; (heart border) Papertrey Ink; (leaf die) Taylored Expressions; (notched arrow die) My Favorite Things; (Stickles) Ranger

Friday, May 3, 2013

ODD IDOL Top 20!

I'm pretty excited to tell you that I was chosen as one of the Top 20 in the Some Odd Girl IDOL contest going on right now over at Some Odd World.
I {heart} this super cute stamping company, and have for a very long time now! Waaaaay back when Kristy was doing just digital images I was on the first design team for Some Odd Girl. You can search my tags at the bottom of the blog for Some Odd Girl and see what creations I have made over the years.  You will probably notice that Fluffy Love, the digital image I've used on the below card shows up quite often in my projects...I love rainbows, can you tell? :)

Hopefully you will head on over to Some Odd World and check out the other Top 20 finalists and the creations that won them a spot.  Read up on the contest, and come back to vote in the next round!
Stamps: (Fluffy Love digital) Some Odd Girl
Ink: (markers) Copic
Paper: (white) Papertrey Ink; (Lucky Charm 6x6 collection) American Crafts
Other: (Mat Stack 3 die) Papertrey Ink; (Diamond Stickles) Ranger; (Circle punch) Fiskars; (sticker) American Crafts

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Love & Happiness

Here's a clean and simple, one layer card in an interesting colour combination for you today! As usual, it started out with great plans, and I changed my mind half way through and turned it into an all-purpose, any occasion kind of card. :) The best kind to keep on hand if you ask me. The only thing I would change about this card is to have added sequins instead of gems...put that on my 'to buy' list!
I love that Watercolor Wonder set by Papertrey Ink.  So many colour combinations possible when you're mixing and matching all those watercolor streaks and splashes. My Mama Elephant stamp order arrived a few days ago and I've been busy getting them inky too.  I adore Mama Elephant stamps; they are fresh, fun and very trendy.

Stamps: (Watercolor Wonder) Papertrey Ink; (So Breezy) Mama Elephant

Ink: (Melon Berry, Lavender Moon, Sweet Blush) Papertrey Ink; (Soft Sky, Charcoal) Hero Arts
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink
Accents: (gems) Kaisercraft