Thursday, February 25, 2016

Love and Hugs- ink blending

It's an Anything Goes kind of week over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and I'm happily playing along. I'm kind of obsessed with ink blending right now. I looooove to pull out my rainbow of dye inks and Distress Inks and blend my little heart out. Or until I get a hand cramp. :) 

I used a variety of Distress Inks to blend my background, then added a few splatters of water. Since I didn't use watercolour paper, I took care to use a light hand when flicking the water on.  Once dry, I went in with a nice crisp black ink and stamped some of the smaller graphic stamps from the Birthday Bits set, then added some flicks of black ink. The sentiment from Best Hugs was embossed in white on black cardstock and adhered with foam tape. 

Thanks for stopping in today everyone! It's a snowy day here and the kids are home since the bus was cancelled. Time to go and prevent any sibling torture from happening! I'm kidding...they're great kiddos and are happily playing in their rooms quietly. Hmmm..too quietly. Time to go check! :) 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Create Together

I'm back for another fun Create Together collaboration this week. Today I am getting inky with Jessica Pascarella from Kissin' Krafts. Jessi is the queen of cute when it comes to cardmaking and I just LOVE her sweet style. This card in particular cracks me up (pun intended!). Scrapbooking, bible journaling, planners...she can do it all! 

We decided to CASE a card from each other for our inspiration today. There was a card from a few weeks ago that I just adored and wanted to CASE. 

Isn't that adorable?! I loved the layout, and the overall sweetness of it and put my own spin on it. 

As you can see, I didn't stray to far from Jessi's original card! Patterned paper that has long been hoarded in my stash finally was used on this creation. :) I stamped, coloured and cut out the fairy image from Avery Elle, and used their Texture Tiles for some added interest on the clouds. The fairy, one of the clouds, and the embossed sentiment were all adhered with foam tape. 

Thanks so much for cardmaking with me this week Jessica! Don't forget to pop over to Kissin' Krafts to see what creation of mine Jessi used as her inspiration. Have a GREAT day! :) 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Waffle Flower Crafts spring release!

Today's previews of the Waffle Flower Crafts Spring release are for the absolutely gorgeous Lacy Flower stamp set, Lacy Flowers die, and Lacy Flower Mats die. 

I paired all three products being previewed today on my first card. The flower from Lacy Flower stamp set was stamped and heat embossed in gold on the card base. Then I die cut the Lacy Flowers dies and Mats to create my Christmas medallion. Medallion? Flower? Doily? Use your imagination! A stamped sentiment in bold black ink finishes it off. 

My second card has the Lacy Flower heat embossed in white on the cardstock panel. Hero Arts neon inks were used to blend the inked background over top. The font in that sentiment is simply gorgeous, and looks especially striking white heat embossed on black cardstock. 

Thanks for joining me today for these previews. Head on over to the main blog to see the full product preview. All of the spring release products will be available February 24. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Waffle Flower Crafts Spring Release- Day 4

I'm back for another day of the Waffle Flower Spring release! All products will be available February 24. 

Today I'm helping to showcase the lovely Succulents stamp set. 

I repeatedly stamped the largest open succulent (using the masking technique) across the watercolor panel in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I watercoloured it in using Distress Inks. Pinterest was handy for inspiration pictures so I could see what different colours of succulents were out there. :) Once dry, a few black ink splatters were added, and the sentiment was heat embossed.

Lots of options with this set! I look forward to playing with it some more. 

My own living succulents have not fared so well.  Apparently they are quite hard to kill, but not for me. I figure that I keep two little humans alive on a daily basis, you can't hold it against me if I don't do so well with plants. :) LOL

See you tomorrow with more Waffle Flower inspiration! 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Create Together

Happy Friday! Today I'm getting inky with the very fun Jill Dewey Hawkins from fastest turtle. I mean, if that blog title isn't enough to make you smile then maybe some of these fabulous creations will...
Check out her mad die-cutting skills, her bold use of colour and fun design, and how her sense of humour reflects through her cards. 

Notice anything about her style? Bold, fun, playful. I wanted to challenge Jill to create outside her comfort zone and so I issued her a "layered, classy and elegant, feminine chic" challenge. I won't tell you what her response was. It might have included a pile of something or other emoji. Pop on over to her blog to see what she came up with! I can't WAIT to see it. 

Then it was Jill's turn to test me. I recently took the Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers: Intermediate Techniques class, and was complaining on Facebook on how I was struggling with it and not comfortable with the medium. To which Jill said, "Oh you don't like watercolouring? Good. Your challenge is to do something with watercolouring." --not a direct quote but close. Pffffft. 

I used some of my homework from the online class for this first watercolour creation. I stamped the butterflies in Antique Linen ink then coloured them in using watercolour paints. Once dry, I added some flicks of water, then stamped a bold sentiment

This last card is a bit of a cheat. :) Why do all the hard work of the first card, when someone has done most of the work for you, like on this one? LOL! I quickly and easily watercoloured one of Suzy's Watercolor Doodles from Simon Says Stamp with Distress Markers. Adhere to card base, add a few Stickles, DONE!

Ok Jill. I brought it. Did you? (Just a little friendly banter...we're all about having fun and being silly)

Thanks so much to Jill for creating with me this week. How are you liking these Create Together posts? I'm loving that it is allowing me to connect with other cardmakers out there and get inky with them virtually. I'd love to create with all of YOU.  Just drop me a line if you're ever interested. :) 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Waffle Flower Crafts Spring Release!

It's the much-awaited Spring release for Waffle Flower Crafts and I'm helping to show off some of the new products. From February 18-24 the design team and some of the challenge team will be giving sneak peeks each day, with the final release day being on the 24th.  Get your wallets ready!  

Today I have the Awesome word die, Celebrate word die, and Warm Wishes stamp set to show you.

The Awesome die coordinates with the In Every Way stamp set. For this card I die cut it with double-sided adhesive paper and sprinkled a few colours of glitter over it. The black doily embossed on the black card base gives a nice tone on tone look and allows the sentiment to take centre stage. 

The Celebrate die coordinates with the Congrats stamp set, as well as the new Yippee die (not shown), and the previously released Congrats die. Here it was die cut from watercolour paper that had been painted using Distress Inks. Some white paint splatters and sequins finish it off. 

Lastly I have Warm Wishes to show off. This mini set is SO adorable and fun. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate...I'll take it all! After stamping the dots, cup, and sentiment I covered them with masking fluid.  Once dry, I blended ink over top, then rubbed off the masking fluid and coloured the rest in using Copics. I used the teeny open dot to stamp all over the card base. 

Thanks for joining me today! Be sure to head over to the Waffle Flower Crafts blog to see amazing projects from the rest of the team. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shake it baby!

I have one last Valentine's Day card to share...even though the day is well over. Just doing my part to keep the love going. :) My kiddos gave this card to their principal for the special day. She LOVED it. 

I used the February Simon Says Stamp card kit for this creation, and added additional elements from Heidi Swapp's MINC Hello Love card set and shaker selections from Lucy's Cards. The Stitched Rectangle is also from Simon Says and when die cut using both a bigger and smaller frame, make a perfect frame for a shaker card! It's hard to tell in the picture, but that geometric heart was foiled with a gorgeous opal foil
SO darn pretty! 

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Shake It Up. I think this card can shake its way right into their link-up, don't you? 

Happy Hump Day everyone...thanks for stopping in. Create Together will be on Friday this week. A friend and I challenged each other to create outside our comfort zones. Come back and see the results. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Waffle Flower Challenge inspiration- Inlaid Die-cutting

Welcome back for another fun Waffle Flower Challenge! This month we're focusing on inlaid die cutting and I'm here to give you some inspiration. :) 

I have always kept the Doily Square die intact, not bothering to snip it apart. It's more fun that way. :) I cut it several times out of various colours of cardstock and also out of the main panel. That teeny star from the Good Stuff die was a perfect fit inside one of the circles. After piecing it all back together I stamped my sentiment from Leafy and added Stickles along the bottom for some added pizazz. 

Head on over the Waffle Flower blog and see what my lovely teammates and guest Galina Filippenko have come up with. Thanks for stopping in today! 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A quick Hello

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I have a non-lovey dovey card to share today, but cheerful nonetheless. 

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 9th anniversary and there are a myriad of challenges to enter! I played along with the "grab and go" challenge. Here was the direction given- set a timer for 5 minutes and *grab* supplies for your project. Don't think about it too much, just grab what inspires you!  But don't grab too much!  You need to utilize everything you grab to create a project!

After setting my timer on my phone, I set about grabbing what I could with not much thought in mind for the end result. I ended up picking out Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade and Hawaiian Shores cardstock as well as my absolute favourite- Stamper's Select white for my papers. The Leaf Silhouette dies and the original Wet Paint stamp set were out on my desk from an earlier project so I didn't have far to reach for them! 

I had fun with this challenge. Working under pressure seemed to be good for me, as I really loved the end result of this card. :) 

Thanks for stopping in today!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Large Lotus

Creating a big, bold design on your card very quickly is super easy with the new Hero Arts Paper Layering dies. I was so intrigued when I saw these dies and knew that I wanted to try out the Large Lotus

It took me under 10 minutes to complete this one-layer card! It would be so easy to mass produce. 
I sponged white pigment ink over the card base right where I knew I would place the die cut. Then I added some purple die ink over top, concentrating the heavier blending right in the middle. After running it through my machine, I added some detail with a white gel pen. A simple stamped sentiment in the same purple ink, and a sequin with a dab of glitter in the centre finish it off. 

I'm playing along with the Addicted to CAS challenge this week- code word BLOOM.

Hero Arts is hosting a Fabulous Flowers challenge this month and I thought this card suited it perfectly! 

Thanks for stopping in today; have a great day, and HAPPY FRIDAY! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Create Together

Ohhhh today is a fun one folks! I'm really excited to have my friend Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion creating with me today. Tracey has such an amazing CAS style and shares her talents on many fun design teams. Some of my favourite creations of hers utilize cute images, striking designs, and great use of colour

Since Tracey is a fellow Ontario cardmaker we had the fun idea to each START a card and then mail it to each other to finish. This was far more nerve-wracking than I expected it to be. Tracey's base card was so pretty that it hardly needed any more to complete it, but I gave it my best shot. Jump on over to her blog to see what it looked like before I finished it. 

This is TRULY a cardmaking collaboration. 

I very carefully peeled up those pretty gold flowers and added some messy gold thread underneath. I held my breath the entire time doing this. :) After searching high and low for a perfect small sentiment that was bold, but not too bold (you know how us cardmakers are very particular!), I stamped it just above the die cut focal point. A few sequins finish it off. 

We both used this pretty Kate Spade watch as our inspiration. Husband take note- I would like this for Valentine's Day please. Someone tell him that lol. :) 

Here's a look at the card base I created and mailed to Tracey. I can't wait to see how she finished it! 

I stamped the flowers and stems from Sketched Blooms along the bottom of the card, added a gold cardstock strip along the bottom, and flicked on some gold spray mist. 

Now is the time to pop over to Tracey's blog and see how she finished my card. Thank you SO much to Tracey, and thanks so much to all of you for joining us today. If you want to know why I started this series, check out this post here

Monday, February 8, 2016

Have a Heart

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. I was lucky enough to get a LOT of cardmaking time both Saturday and Sunday, so I played along in a few challenges. 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Have A Heart. I decided to go with a mostly one layer card with those pink hearts popped up. Those pretty hearts are also covered with clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents...because sparkly hearts are a MUST. :) Inlaid frames die cut from Stitched Rectangles are a fun look, aren't they?! Last touch- a fabulous 'hello' die cut from Reverse Confetti.  

Big hugs to you all for popping in today. I hope your Monday isn't very Monday-ish. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sparkly Love

I'm back again today with another love-ish card that's not necessarily for Valentine's Day. This one is more Marcie-style; cleaner, bolder, a little less flowery. :) 

I stamped the sweet envelope and hearts from Hero Arts Acts of Kindness all over the white cardstock with Copic-friendly black ink and coloured them in with Copic markers. The panel was die cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles (picked those babies up on sale- boo-yah!) and popped up with foam adhesive. That fantastic glittery die cut LOVE sentiment is also from Hero Arts. A touch of clear Wink of Stella glitter is on all the hearts for even more sparkle! 

I'm linking up to the Sparkle & Shine challenge this week. I just LOVED those sweet little envelope cookies in the inspiration and rolled with it! :) 

That glittery sentiment and the touch of sparkle on the hearts made this card perfect for playing along in the CASology challenge this week- Glitter. 

Have a fantastic Saturday everyone. I hope your weekend is filled with craftiness.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day inspiration

So many fun challenges this week are focusing on Valentine's Day! I'm not the red, pink and mushy, gushy type when creating valentines, but decided to stretch my creativity and go outside my comfort zone and create something full of hearts, flowers and all things lovey-dovey. :) 

I used the With All My Heart stamp set and coordinating dies from Papertrey Ink to channel the look and feel of Lisa Elton's card for the Pretty Pink Posh valentine challenge. Her heart backed with a scalloped die and filled with flowers was what I used in my card. For a touch of soft sweetness, I backed my heart with a pinked-edged felt die cut. A scattering of stamped hearts and my most favourite-ist (not a word, I know) clear sequins finish it off. 

When creating my heart focal piece above I used the felt specifically because it channelled the sweet inspiration picture for the current Curtain Call- sachet challenge. The wood grain patterned paper ties it in as well. Wouldn't you love to receive one of those sweet sachets? So pretty! 

Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great day. Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Create together!

I'm back with another Create Together post and I'm excited to say that I have actually been able to make cards in person with this cardmaker! You can read last week's Create Together post to see what inspired me to play along with some crafty friends.

I've known this cardmaker for quite awhile...34 years to be precise. My crafty collaboration this week is with Bonnie Sharp, someone I call mom! 

Bonnie aka mom blogs at The Lucky Clucker and is amazing at layered, classy and elegant designs. A few of my favourites are here, and here. She is great with fun, bold and colourful cards too!  

Today we are using this gorgeous colour palette as our inspiration. WOW. I just loooove those shades of blue paired with gold. 

I took my inspiration from the light and airy feel of the top right corner picture and turned that into a watercolor background. Shiny gold and sparkly gold and even matte gold all find a place on here too. That pretty butterfly is a die cut piece from the Recollections collection by Michaels and I backed it with sparkly gold paper from My Favorite Things. Stacking a few of the 'with love' die cuts by Waffle Flower Crafts gave the sentiment the dimension it needed. A few sequins add even more bling. :)

That's all she wrote, folks. Thanks Bonnie (I feel like I will get in trouble from my dad for calling her's MOM to me) for joining me this week and playing along. Rumour has it Bonnie will stop by again for more Create Together posts.  Hop on over to her blog and check out what that gorgeous picture inspired her to create! 

Monday, February 1, 2016


(No seriously...just smile. It's fun)

I love getting to play with stamps from new-to-me companies. 
After winning a gift certificate to Clear and Simple Stamps, I placed an order for some of their amazing envelopes. Not only are their A2 envelopes high quality and come in a variety of colours, but they included two free stamp sets in my order. AWESOME! 

I used one of the sweet little sets for my card today. 

After stamping the SMILE sentiment and the sun/cloud in Copic-friendly ink, I masked it off and blended Distress Ink to get a sky background. After removing the mask I did some very messy, simple colouring with Copics. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in black, used Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches to cut out the panel, and popped it up on white card base with foam adhesive. Adding some Stickles all around for some serious sparkle was the last touch. 

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch 157 this week. I kept it pretty literal to the sketch, didn't I?! Lol. 

Thanks for stopping in today everyone. Have a great day!