Friday, June 26, 2015

Pretty bird

I'm slowly getting around to playing some fun new goodies in my stash but I can't help pulling out this beautiful set by WPlus9 that I've had for awhile now.  I keep reaching for it because there are so many ways to colour that sweet bird.  

After stamping and heat embossing the image in white, I used my Peerless Watercolours for painting it in. I added some pale yellow and light blue for a background wash, and once that was dry pulled out my favourite spray mist- Studio Calico Mr. Huey's Warm Calico to flick across the whole panel. That lovely sentiment comes from the Let Love Grow set by Hero Arts. 

I'm linking up to two challenges this week- Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge-stamp and mist, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge- Anything Goes. 

Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello- ombre style!

I feel like I'm going to back to my clean and graphic roots with this one today! I love ALL styles of cardmaking but my eyes are always drawn to clean and graphic cards and that's where I feel most comfortable creating.  That fabulous Glass Effects die by Spellbinders paired with ombre shades of teal is a perfect combination for clean and graphic fun.

 (How many times can I say clean and graphic?!)

There might have been easier and faster ways to get the look I have here.  For me though, the time consuming process of piecing each colour into place was relaxing. I'm crazy like that. I covered a piece of cardstock with a sheet of Be Creative tape and ran it through my Big Shot with the die. The adhesive covered paper is thick enough it cuts through the top layer but leaves the sticky layer showing. After running three colours of cardstock through the Big Shot with the die I removed the adhesive one piece at a time, and stuck the coordinating coloured cardstock in its place. What's left is the white outlines showing, which is nice but still covered in adhesive. Problem solved! Sprinkle glitter over the entire thing. Boom. 
The 'hello' sentiment was cut three times, glued together, and covered in Glossy Accents. 

I'm entering this one in Virginia's View Challenge #15 Ombre/Monochromatic. She always challenges me to think outside my comfort zone with her creative challenges! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Put your sunglasses on!

Suuuuuch a bright card. Really though, put your sunglasses on. It seems to scream through my monitor. But I love it! It kind of fits my personal mantra- go bold or go home. :) 

I played along with the most recent Waffle Flower Crafts photo inspiration challenge. I love those colours (it's possible I say that about every colour challenge, but it's true).  I did some ink 'smooshing' for the watercolor background, then heat embossed the doily from the Doily Circle set over top. Add a fun sentiment and voila! Done! 

Thanks for stopping in today folks. Happy Wednesday to you all! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Really Small Gang

My pile of crafty supplies that I haven't used yet is growing larger and I'm determined to crack into it and have some fun! Three Amigos by Mama Elephant is a new-to-me set and so I coloured up these cute critters to fit into the friendship theme of the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge this week. 

Aren't they cute?! The sentiment is from Good Times- also Mama Elephant; I just love it. The background was done by sponging a golden ink through the Large Dots stencil by Simon Says Stamp

I like how simple but cute this turned out. Perfect for a male or female AND flat enough to mail. My kind of card! Can I send it to myself lol? :)

Thanks for stopping in! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

HB2U Rainbow- CAS-ual Fridays feature

Fun, bright and cheerful cards are my favourite kind to send out. Rainbow spectrum's always catch my eye and I have fun trying to recreate them on my creations. :) 

Who says you need a rainbow stamp or die cut to emulate a rainbow? 

I used the Stalk Up Fri-Dies to cut several colourful cardstock pieces and layered them in the ROYGBIV (sort of lol) order. The dark grey card base was covered with white gesso; it helps the rainbow colours to stand out a bit more against that dark background. The large main sentiment from Whole Shebang was heat embossed with a teal powder on vellum and popped up against the die cuts. 

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope your day brings you sunshine and rainbows! :) 

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Color of Fun- Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp has blown me away again with their latest release, and I am sooooo excited to help share some of the fun today with you! Heidi was kind enough to send me a few products from the new release (thank you SO much!), so let's get started! Side note- the Canadian in me wants to type "Colour" rather than "Color" so you'll excuse me if it pops up occasionally. ;)

My first card keeps it simple with one layer. I stamped the leaf image from One With Nature repeatedly across the top of the card and a few leaves drifting down toward the bottom. I filled them with the solid leaf image using the new Catkin ink, as well as Beanstalk Green and Green Apple.  Don't you love the vertical sentiments? You don't see that very often and I LIKE it. :) A few drops of Glossy Accents on the leaves were meant to look like dewdrops. 

Next up! I used the Nature dies to cut out a few trees in various Simon Says Stamp cardstock colours. I stamped  and heat embossed the outline image from One With Nature over top with white embossing powder. The 'thanks' sentiment (one of my favourite dies!) and a few colourful sequins finished it off, all popped up with foam adhesive on that fabulous white woodgrain cardstock

This last card is definitely not a Marcie-style, but I like trying new things! I 'smooshed' Catkin ink onto watercolour paper, then stamped the various elements on top. I gold embossed the outline image over top of the trees, distressed the edges, tied on some kraft twine and voila! Done! Like I said, not my usual style, but I was having fun. :) 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Best teacher ever!

Our school year is closing in on us! Just a little over two weeks to go and I knew I should get my end of the year teacher cards started NOW, otherwise I'll be up late the night before the last day of school cramming to make them. That in itself says a lot about MY school experience. :)

My son has had the same teacher for grade two and three and we sure are going to miss her next year. I hope she holds off retirement until after my daughter has had her for a teacher. She's been amazing. 

I used Tag You're It challenge #23 for my inspiration on this card. I love Tracey's cute little packages and wanted to incorporate the same general colour scheme into mine. The Twine and bold black sentiment jumped out as well so I used that in my design too. Once I had my tag the way I liked, I used foam tape to pop it up on a card base I sponged red ink onto. The diagonal striped background gives it some interest but still keeps it clean and simple. 

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope it's sunshiny where you are. It is here. :) 

Stamps: Teach & Inspire (Papertrey Ink); Hey Teacher (Simon Says Stamp)

Dies: Wonderful Words: Teacher (Papertrey Ink); Pierced Circle (My Favorite Things)
Other: Diagonal Stripe Stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Glossy Accents

Monday, June 8, 2015

Birthday Elegance

Happy Monday everyone! We had a lovely weekend filled with family and getting things done around the house. It was very satisfying! AND even better- I had loads of time for cardmaking. :)

The Card Concept challenge is having a design team call looking for a few new designers in several of their style categories and I wanted to throw my hat (or card) into the ring.  Using one of the older challenges as my inspiration, I created a card in what I think is a classy and elegant style. I loved the colour scheme and used that as my starting point, including some of the polka dot ribbon, florals and stripes into it as well. 

Card Concept actually provides definitions for what they think each style encompasses so I kept that in mind while I was making my card. Sparkling embellishments, layered textures, regal, sophisticated sentiment...I think it all fits. :) I initially thought that clean and graphic would be where I felt most comfortable but going through some of my designs over the years I can definitely see that a classy and elegant style has been a strong element in many of my creations! 

Check out a few of my other classy and elegant creations. :) 

Thanks for stopping in today and enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

One Step at a Time

I needed a dance card for Robin's hip hop teacher and I KNEW the new-to-me Be Original set and All-Star High Tops Die-namics from My Favorite Things would be perfect. 
Sparkly sneaker? You betcha! 

There's a lot of sparkle and shine on this one. Metallic paper, silver thread, pink glitter paper, Stickles on the star, silver embossing...yes, it's wild! :) To get the sentiment to fit where I wanted it to, I trimmed it carefully. Easy peasy to do and doesn't affect how it stamps. 
You know what would have been better than the Tiny Hearts background? 
This cute Star Background. Put it on my must-have list! 

MFTWSC231 was my inspiration for this card. I love a good sketch to follow! 

Thanks for stopping in today. I always appreciate it. *kisses*
Also...about a week ago I ran into one of my elementary school teachers in the grocery store. I hadn't seen her since my public school days and we chatted briefly. I was surprised when she said she read my blog! Somebody reads my blog! Wow! :) Hi Mrs. Groenenberg. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Perfect Day

It's such a perfect day...I'm glad I spent it with you...Ok, I'm done now.  Anyone else channelling their inner Lou Reed? Anytime I stamp that sentiment from Waffle Flower Crafts I think of one of my favourite Lou Reed songs, Perfect Day. It's a good one. Go YouTube it. :) 

I played along with the latest photo inspiration challenge by Waffle Flower Crafts. I love the soft and pretty colours used here. That flower shaped rug made me think of all things floral so I created my own patterned paper by repeatedly stamping the images from In Every Way. The tiny little dots are from Starry Night

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you all have a perfect day!