Saturday, May 30, 2015

Let Love Grow

Happy weekend to you all! I'm popping in quickly to share a flowery shaker card with you today. It's rainy here AND my husband just got home from a two week business trip so we are all inside enjoying time with family. It's kind of a perfect way to spend the day! 

I looooove the Let Love Grow set by Hero Arts and had fun playing around with some colour combos using it. I fussy cut the flowers and layered them along the bottom of the shaker piece. 

I played along with Freshly Made Sketches FMS188 and Color Throwdown CTD344 for my inspiration. The colours were so fresh and fun; along with the sketch it was a match made in heaven. :)  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps feature

I have two super fun cards to show today that use one of my favourite CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets- Exclamations. I just adore this set. For all the fun, happy news that we like to celebrate, this set is perfect! Pair it with cheerful stars and the recipient is SURE to grin from ear to ear when they get it. :) 

Both cards follow the same technique just with different colours.  First I inked up a piece of white cardstock with dye ink. Then, using a thin scrap piece of paper and the two smallest Star Fri-Dies I created a stencil. I inked through the stencil with using Versamark onto the coloured background to create a fun starry background. I'll have a more in-depth tutorial coming up on the CAS-ual Fridays blog in a month or so! Don't forget to check back for it. :) 

The cards are finished off with some tiny stars from Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies that I embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. They are the perfect little accent! 

Play around with different thicknesses of scrap paper and die cuts to find the perfect stencil for you. On my first card with blues and greens, I didn't hold the stencil still enough as I inked with Versamark and my edges are less crisp. Still a fun look though! 

Thanks for stopping in today and don't forget to follow the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for fun posts from the rest of the design team. They're awesome! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

No-line Watercolour Butterfly

It's Friday! Who is ready for a fun weekend? I'm headed out to a bachelorette party for a friend I've known my entire life. Can't wait for the festivities to begin. :) 

I'm making an effort to blog more. The creative part of the process is easy, and I don't mind sitting down and typing up blog posts at all, it's just that time gets away from me sometimes. :) I love sharing my work so I'm going to try and get my butt in gear and do more of it. 

We all need a sympathy card on hand once in awhile. I love the soft, serene look to this one. I played around with Flora & Fauna 2 by WPlus9 and attempted some no line watercolouring with the largest butterfly in the set. I stamped it in Antique Linen Distress Ink and used my watercolour pencils and Distress Inks to colour the image in. The sentiment comes from Word of Comfort by Papertrey Ink. Even though my Big Shot hasn't arrived yet, I had previously die cut a few bits and pieces and had them saved in a bowl on my desk. Digging through it I found a Cover Plate: Circles background and knew it was perfect for this creation. 

Ok folks, thanks for stopping in today and I'll see you soon!   

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Smiling's my favorite

 Let's all take a moment and say RIP to my paper trimmer AND Grand Calibur machine which BOTH broke on the same day. I did not silently cry for them...I said bad words. True story.  Since I was in the middle of card that was using loads of die cuts I was more than a little cranky. I happily have a new white and grey Big Shot headed my way. Yippee! 

I used Waffle Flower Crafts Photo Inspiration challenge for my starting point and started stamping using a new to me set, Doily Circle. I LOVE this set. So fun. The doily was fussy cut as was the sentiment. I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter and Glossy Accents to the hearts. 

Thanks for stopping in today! Excuse while I go kick my broken down die cut machine around the yard. :) 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Birds everywhere!

Spring really has arrived in full force here in southwestern Ontario and birds are chirping here, there, and everywhere. I put up a few more birdhouses around our property this weekend, refilled the hummingbird feeder and the finches are being well fed too. I love it. Mind you I look like a crazy lady if a hummingbird flies near me because I usually mistake the sound for a huge bee. :)

Even though I used my backyard birds for inspiration on this card, I'm sure you can guess there are no such creations flying about here lol! Wouldn't that be pretty though?! I used my Copic markers for colouring in the bird from A New Day by WPlus9 and I thought that lovely script font from Handwritten Sentiments was perfect for the 'hello'. 

I used the super gorgeous colour inspiration swatch from the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and also played along with the Addicted to CAS BIRDS challenge

Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you all have a GREAT day! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps- Silly Love Songs!

Music is an integral part of our household. All of us are always singing and dancing around the house. I'm very territorial about the playlists on my phone! Don't touch my music!! :)  Some of it is good music...some...not so much. We're talking anything from Top 100 countdown to New Kids on the Block to Jim Croce to Willie Nelson. We're not picky. 

I LOVE CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Love Notes set especially because it's music themed. SO fun.  I used the set on three cards today, taking my stamping from basic, to stepped up a notch, to one final card with lots of fun touches. Check em' out! 

This first one is one layer, basic stamping, using a few different colour inks. Cute, fast to make, and easy to send through the mail. 

For the second card, I stayed with the same basic idea, except added some silver embossed music notes. I also heat embossed and cut out the sentiment, popping it up with foam tape. Some sequins and shimmer mist finish it off. The sequins and embossing just add a little extra 'oomph' to this one. 

The final card has even more detail! I stamped the long music bar in a light grey ink repeatedly across the panel, then again over top in turquoise ink. After adding the colourful notes, as well as the heat embossed ones, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. I loooove clear stamps for the fact that you can easily bend and curve them like I did for this one! A quick spritz of shimmer spray, and a few more sequins than the second card has. The panel was adhered to the card base using foam tape.

Which one do you like best? I love that they all follow the same idea, just with a some extra details and touches along the way on each one! 

I'm linking up the first card to the CASology MUSIC challenge this week! :)

Thanks for stopping in to check out my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps feature. Have a great day! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

There's nothing like a last minute Mother's Day card! Not that I didn't have one on hand. :) I just happened to be cruising through Instagram last night and saw a gorgeous FREE printable that Hazel & Ruby was offering and knew that it would be perfect for one of the mamas in my life. 

I printed the download off on watercolour paper and trimmed it to fit an A2 size card base (the download comes as 5x7 inches in black and white, and one in full colour). Watercolour pencils worked perfectly to colour it in. A few sequins and some Wink of Stella clear glitter on the leaves finished it off perfectly.

Happy Mother's Day! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sentimental about birthdays

Happy Friday to you all! I have a cheery and bright birthday card for you today. 

I created my own patterned paper by stamping the flowers and leaves from an older Hero Arts set repeatedly, then colouring in with Copic markers. A white gel pen and a black fine tip marker were used to add accents here and there. Colouring is so relaxing for me. I'm enjoying it more and more as I keep practising. After stamping the super loopy and cute sentiment from Scripty Sayings by Lawn Fawn on grey cardstock I adhered it using foam tape. I love this card! 

I'm linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is focused on sentiments.  

I hope you enjoy your weekend. I'm off to the school today to sit in on a Mother's Day tea that my daughter's kindergarten class is putting on. To say that it is going to be adorable is probably an understatement! I can't wait. :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

You make life HAPPY

Happy Monday to you and May the Fourth be with you! :) If you're not a Star Wars fan I forgive you for not getting the reference. Through my son's love for it I've gradually been swayed over to the dark side. 

I thought this card turned out so cheery and sweet. Shades of purple and yellow remind me of springtime and colourful pansies growing in my garden. 

I used the Proof Positive Cover-Up die layered over the card base, then the Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle to create a frame over top of all that. I cut two Pierced Circles from white cardstock and vellum and used foam tape to adhere them to the card. I stamped the sentiment from Simply Fabulous, then adhered the 'Happy' die cut. Have you tried the Stick It adhesive sheets? That's what I used for adhering the 'happy' word and I'm finding it so thin and perfect for delicate die cut pieces. It's great! A few sequins finish it off. 

I'm playing along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge 20 as well as Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday which is to use YELLOW on your creation somewhere. 

Have a great day! 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day everyone! I started out as a scrapbooker before I found my real love in cardmaking. I still dabble in Project Life-type photo albums and have just ordered these fun goodies to do an Instagram style album highlighting 2014. Can't wait to get it! 

Public service announcement for today. ;) Take advantage of a great sale over at Butterfly Reflections, Ink and shop til' you drop. 

May's mood board is also live today and I'll posting my creation later today using it. 

I love the cheery colours- so fresh looking! You can play along too- just link up your project over at this post by midnight EST on Sunday, May 3, and you can win a $20 credit to the store! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps NEW Release!

Welcome back to the last day of sneak peeks for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps latest release. All products are available today in the shop! Today the team is highlighting Calm & Loving. This fun set is a perfect companion to the previously released Calm & Gentle. A bonus is that the Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies will work amazingly well with this set too! 

I stamped the 'tree tops' three times in ombre inks to create a visual triangle. Ombre inks are my latest favourite product (next to this release of course!), and I have been reaching for them so often lately. They were fun to use here.  The little heart was stamped three times as well, with glitter added to them. Finally, the sentiment was stamped in black. There are a lot of fun sentiments in this set and I know I'll be reaching for it a's just so uplifting!

Thanks for stopping in today and don't forget to head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see what the rest of the Ink Squad has come up with. Don't forget to comment over there today and everyday of the release for a chance to win $25 in a store gift certificate.