Monday, November 30, 2015

Blue Christmas

Happy Monday everyone! It's a lovely, crisp and frosty day here and I'm warm inside with my coffee. We had such a fun weekend but it's nice to enjoy the peace and quiet now that the kids have headed off to school for the day. Now I have time to get crafty! 

This fabulous stamp from Lil' Inker Designs is one of my favourites this holiday season. I used my MISTI and stamped out a bunch of the Oh Deer Christmas image using Versamark ink, then clear embossed them. Using my MINC machine, I foiled them with some gorgeous opal foil, then stamped the sentiment. It's popped up with foam tape on the card base. I used Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, but another option is embossing the cardstock with the Stitched Woodgrain die from Lil' Inkers. 

The Fusion Challenge Blue Christmas photo was my inspiration. I love shades of aqua and teal for Christmas time! Non-traditional but so pretty. :) 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

25 Day of Christmas Tags with Waffle Flower Crafts

I'm joining in on The 25 Days of Christmas Tags fun with Waffle Flower Crafts today. Tracey McNeely does such a great job organizing this month long event. Head on over to her blog to see all the amazing tags created since Day 1 of this year's series. 

I started my tag off by die-cutting some lovely gold foiled paper with the Surface Tag Die- Starter Kit. Then I cut the stocking and rest of the accessories using the Stocking Die. That red glittery stocking is just too fun! I wish mine looked like that. :) The coordinating Stocking Stamp set was used for the sentiment. Maybe you noticed that the sentiment doesn't QUITE look like that when it comes in the package... Well, a little snip of my scissors cut it perfectly so I could stamp it the way I wanted. Final touches are a messy gold thread 'nest', a pretty pearl and some twine so it can be tied on to a gift. 

Thanks for stopping in today, and don't forget to check out ALL the tags on Tracey's blog today and leave her a comment! There are prizes to be won! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

No, YOU'RE awesome!

Happy Monday everyone! I had a craft vendor sale on the weekend that I sold my cards at and it was fabulous! I love getting out into the community and sharing my craftiness with others. The visiting with friends, family and neighbours part wasn't too bad either. :) 

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch this week and created this clean and simple card for it. Happy 150th sketch to them- that's amazing! The patterned paper gives this card the 'prettiness' factor along with the bling. :) I interpreted the three images under the sentiment as a row of sequins for my creation.  That Hero Arts rubber stamp sentiment is one of my favourites. I paired it on this card with their ombre ink

Happy cardmaking to you all! Enjoy your day. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Warmest Winter Wishes

Do you have any holiday colour schemes that are inspiring you this season? For me, it's gorgeous shades of blue paired with sparkle. I have three cards today to show you using that colour palette! 

For this first card I white heat embossed my tree and snowflakes on watercolour cardstock, then used my Zig Clean Color markers to created the background over top. To bring some texture into the card, stitched dies from My Favorite Things were used for the snowbanks and the tag holding the sentiment. For even more fun texture and some serious sparkle, the snowbanks were coated with clear glitter. A few sequins finish it off. I just LOVE how this turned out! 

I'm entering this card (just in time!) to Virginia's View Challenge #20- All About Textures, and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Christmas. 

My next two cards follow similar steps. Heat emboss with white, watercolour over top, add sentiment and voila! Done. Easy peasy. :) 

Can you tell I love these colours? What colours are inspiring YOU in your creations lately? 
Thanks for stopping in and have a fantastic day. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Waffle Flower Challenge- Masking

Waffle Flower Crafts is using MASKING as their fun technique this month. 

What is the Waffle Flower Challenge? Each month, we host a featured technique challenge on the Waffle Flower Blog. Challenge starts on 1st and ends on 25th of each month. Check back on the Mondays for inspiration from the Challenge DT (That's why you're here, right?!). If you'd like to play along, don't forget to link up your creation HERE.

 Check out my card using the masking technique! 

I decided to create an island scene using the positive and negative pieces of masking paper, AND using masking fluid. Both worked perfectly for this creation. I used a generic circle die to cut out a piece of masking paper and centred the negative piece on my watercolour cardstock panel first. From there I created my scene, using more masking paper paired with the Tiger & Lily stamps and dies to help with the process. Once the stamped elements were all watercoloured, I carefully hand-painted a sun then covered it with masking fluid. Once dry, I painted blue sky all around and added a few flicks of ink to it. I covered it all with the POSITIVE part of the circle mask, and carefully watercoloured the rest of the panel a bright blue. Sounds complicated, but once I had it worked out in my head it went quickly. :) 

Don't forget to head over to the Waffle Flower blog to see the other creations using masking from my fabulous teammates. They rock! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Guest Designer- Butterfly Reflections, Ink

I have a trio of Christmas cards over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today and I'd LOVE if you popped over there and checked them all out! 

Happy Sunday to you all! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Fall themed challenges seem to be popular these past few weeks in blogland. I struggle with these autumn-like inspirations because the colour palette isn't my usual go-to spectrum.  I CAN however make a thank you card! I'm thankful everyday for all the wonderful blessings in my life. :) 

The gorgeous Botanical Bunch stamp set by WPlus9 paired with the Hand-Lettered Thanks die takes centre stage on this creation. I coloured the florals with Copic markers and fussy cut it before adhering to the patterned paper with foam adhesive. Easy peasy. 

I'm linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is THANKS/THANKSGIVING.

I'm also playing along in The Card Concept #43. I chose to work with the Clean and Layered style. 

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a wonderful day. :) 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Painted Poppies

Happy Sunday to you all. I hope your day is as sunny and warm as mine is. The weather today is so glorious that it makes me ask, "Is this really November?!"

I used the Simon Says Stamp Tattered Poppy die as my focal point for this simple sympathy card. Using Gansai Tambi watercolours I made a quick painted ombre background then used the same paints for the poppy and all its parts. A bold black sentiment finishes it off. 

I played along with the Fusion: Purple & Poppies challenge. There's no purple, but I used the poppies in the picture for my inspiration. Thanks for stopping in today and have a GREAT day.