Monday, August 31, 2015

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire challenges

Hello Monday! Our back to school countdown is officially on with one more week left of summer vacation. Boy, time flies when you're having fun! This mom is looking forward to getting back to a routine and I know my children are looking forward to seeing their friends again. 

I had planned a Saturday of following along with Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire challenges but time got away from me and other household 'stuff' beckoned. I DID however have time to create one card for the Bridal challenge. I love the elegant look of white on white. 

I ran a white cardstock panel through my Big Shot with the Mehndi Medallion Impression plate and adhered it to a white card base. I stamped my sentiment from Wet Paint III in silver and black on a die cut frame (Fillable Frames #4), then adhered it with foam tape. There's a pretty little silver nest behind the frame. 

That silvery threaded nest made this card perfect for adding to the Threads challenge too! I guess I was able to play in two challenges after all! :) 

Thanks for stopping in today, and enjoy your day! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Butterfly Reflections, Ink feature

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! I'm up today on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today with two cards and I hope you'll pop over there to see how I made them. 

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping in. :) 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cardmaking and cupcakes

I had the chance to wander through my favourite crafty store the other day and picked up this Heidi Swapp wood veneer.  I knew I could alter it to make it into a little home decor piece. 

A little gold embossing powder was all it took to jazz it up. I'm super happy with it and it's already hanging on the wall of my studio. Side note- the favourite crafty store I mentioned above? It's the Paper Pickle and it's AMAZING. Cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies all packaged in the loveliest store you've ever seen. Do you know what else they have in that store? Wait for it...CUPCAKES. Shut the front door it's a crafty store AND bakery all in one. Bliss. 

Thanks for stopping in! 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays goodbye

I'm up today on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog with my final feature as a Girl Friday. My one year term was super fun and flew by so quickly. I adored working with Michele, and the rest of the AMAZING design team. Those ladies seriously rock! 

I did some fun ink blending on a piece of white cardstock to create the look of a sunset over the ocean. Then I stamped and embossed the sun from Sunbeams in gold. I went over top of it with a clear Wink of Stella glitter marker so it's extra sparkly in real life (it weirdly looks almost dirty/messy on screen...I promise it's not). The sentiment was stamped in black underneath, then the entire panel was adhered with foam tape on a white card base. 

Here are a few of my favourite creations from my time on the CFS team...

Thanks for sticking with me this past year and enjoying in my CAS-ual Fridays creations. :) I have lots of fun stuff on the horizon...stay tuned! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fun Fridays

Happy Friday! I have a few cards to share today that I've posted on my Instagram account, but not here. Are you on Instagram? Feel free to follow me there @marciesharp

I LOVE how the soft, watercoloured background turned out on this get well card. It's muted, yet cheerful. 

I couldn't quite put my watercolours away yet, and made another background that was a little more vibrant and fun.  That gold embossed doily and scripty sentiment? LOVE. 

And finally, a quick card pulled together with a stitched circle die cut and GORGEOUS sentiment die. I die cut the sentiment from white, then heat embossed it gold to match the patterned paper. It took me under 10 minutes to whip this one up. 

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 200th Celebration!

The CAS-ual Fridays Stamps design team is helping the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog celebrate their 200th sketch today! 

Isn't that a fun sketch?! Love it! 

I interpreted the line across as a place to focus my design. I stamped the smaller flower from Mon Ami repeatedly across the card and coloured them in with Copic markers. The sentiment was stamped below, with shading added with a grey Copic. A few sequins were adhered and done! Easy peasy. 

Why don't you pop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and play along for a chance to win great prizes! Thanks for stopping in! Have a GREAT day. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beary Special Birthday Wishes

I'm up today on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today with this fun birthday shaker card. I hope you'll pop over there and check out how I made it! 

I used the Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics, Birthday Bears stamp set and co-ordinating Die-namics for my card, as well as Grape Jelly and Limelight inks (all products by My Favorite Things). 

I'm playing along with the MFT Summer School lesson- Color Temperatures. I *always* try to be a good student, and this kind of homework is just plain fun. :)  Blue, purple and green give a 'cool' temperature look to my card, keeping it a bit more reserved than if I had used hot pink, orange and yellow (that was my other choice!). I even coloured up my bear and cake in the same scheme. 

Have you played along with Summer School? There are still a few more days to join in! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

All Things Embellished

It's hot and sweaty here in southwestern Ontario and I'm staying cool inside, creating away in my crafty corner! The days are being counted until school starts again...I for one, love my kiddos being home but will enjoy being back to routine and having more time for creating. They both enjoy school and are looking forward to seeing their friends on a daily basis. It's win/win for everyone. 

I'm playing along in my friend Virginia's challenge today, which is All Things Embellished. Virginia and I only live about 2.5 hours away from each other so I'm hoping someday we get the chance to meet. :) 

For this elegant sympathy card, I used a line of adhesive-backed pearls to highlight where the Scripty Sayings sentiment was stamped. After inking a wood veneer butterfly, I covered it with Spica glitter to give it some sparkle.  This was a quick card to put together but packs a pretty punch. 

Just for fun, here are a few of my favourite embellished cards that I've made in the past: 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a good one. :) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I had a request for a couple of thank you cards that would go to a veterinarian. The 'You Are Pawesome' set by Simon Says Stamp seemed to be perfect for them. Isn't that the sweetest little doggy you've ever seen?  

I kept my layout fairly simple. The dog was die cut and coloured with Copic markers. I inked a scrap piece of white cardstock with some of my favourite colours, then cut out the 'pawesome' sentiment from it. The 'you are' comes from Thinking of You.  Lawn Fawn papers add to the sweetness factor. :) 

Happy Wednesday friends! Thanks for stopping in. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kids Summer Vacation Challenge

I have a guest blogger today as a special treat.  Meet my daughter Robin- age 6. 

Robin loves to make cards with me and happily steals all my scraps and bits and pieces off my desk to put together her own cards. When I told her there was a Simon Says Stamp Kids Challenge out in blog-land, she immediately went to work on a card. :) 

I recognize a few things that went missing off my desk... the 'happy' from My Favorite Things, and the stamped Hero Arts bird. I'm not sure where that 'birthday' part came from but I like the gem she accented it with. What a kiddo...She likes the clean and simple like her momma does! 

Thanks for stopping in today! Happy Monday! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CFS- Lotsa fun with Lotsa Links

Happy Thursday folks! I'm here with two fun cards featuring some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps awesomeness. Lately as I've been pulling out my stamps, die cuts and ink to create, I've been thinking about how many cards I can make with just a few supplies on hand. 

With some masculine thank-you cards in mind, I pulled out Lotsa Links, Bold Wishes, Funky Square Tag Fri-Dies, and my Linked Fri-Dies to create two fun cards.  

After arranging several of the border strips from Lotsa Links on my Fiskars Stamp Press (so I could repeatedly stamp them at the same time), I stamped them with a light grey ink on a white piece of cardstock.  Then I went over top, inking the cardstock in a blue ombre tone (does anyone else feel like their muscles get a real workout while ink blending?!). I trimmed the bottom corner, die cut the Funky Square Tag and stamped my sentiment from Bold Wishes. The bottom of the tag was dragged through Versamark then heat embossed in silver. I love that it looks dipped in silver. Everything was adhered to a grey cardstock base.

Who would have thought a basic kitchen supply like Press n' Seal could be handy on cards? My friend Laurie Willison did! :) Check out her video here to see how she does it. 

Basically, instead of fussing around, gluing ALL those Linked Fri-Dies pieces in place one by one (drives me BONKERS and it never turns out straight!), you arrange them on your card as wanted and firmly press the Press n' Seal over top.  Pull the Press n' Seal up, flip it over and apply adhesive to the die cuts, then stick it back on your card. After pressing firmly again, the die cuts stick to the base courtesy of the adhesive, and the Press n' Seal peels off fairly easily. Genius, I tell ya. 

After doing that treatment to my card base for a neat tone-on-tone look, I embossed my sentiment in silver on the ombre tag and adhered it using foam adhesive. Easy peasy. 

So there you have it! Two cards, same supplies, lots of fun. :) Thanks for stopping in today and have a GREAT day! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ink blending bliss

I've been happily playing in my cardmaking corner the last week, following along with Online Card Classes- Background Check.  Ink blending is so fun and versatile and I'm loving that some older techniques involving inks that I've forgotten about are taking centre stage again. 

For this first card I blended Distress Inks together for a bright card base, then stamped a fun background over top with water that had some Perfect Pearls added to it. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment a few times for a really bold and dramatic look. 

I am seriously in love with the Jumbo Peek-a-boo Circles by MFT.  I stamped my Big Scripty Greetings sentiment (possibly my favourite Simon Says Stamp set!) over top of the inked background and adhered it behind the open panel. Stickles makes the frame really pop! I love this clean and simple, one layer look. 

Last, but not least, I blended inks from the middle, trying to keep everything in the centre for a nice focal point. A cheerful scripty sentiment paired with an older one from My Favorite Things gets the message across. :) My friend Coralynn has a lovely card today that channels similar soft and serene ink blending. Check hers out too! 

I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge this week. Which card? Hm. All of them?! :)