Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Create Together with Robin

My Create Together guest today is probably my favourite girl in the whole wide world. I asked my sweet daughter Robin, age 7, if she would like to make a card with me for this series and she happily agreed. Robin loves all stamp sets that are cute, cuddly and involve fluffy creatures of some sort. :) 

She chose Lawn Fawn's Mom and Me set for us to work with. I actually had a hard time keeping it away from her. Once it came in the mail, she would pull it out and look at it and remark how much she loved it...all the while giving me very pointed looks. Yes, I got the point. I let her ink it up. :) 

My card is pretty straight-forward. A little masking and stamping, some die-cutting using the Stitched Scalloped Borders, an embossed sentiment, and for once NO sequins. Lawn Fawn's inks are fabulous and a go-to favourite of mine. I used Walnut, Freshly Cut Grass, Mermaid and Wild Rose ink for this creation. 

Now onto Robin's card! 
Robin stamped directly on the cream-coloured card base using various inks, and coloured the rest with Copics. She added a cloud and popped-up butterfly for dimension. Isn't it sweet? 

Thank you to Robin for joining me this week. I had lots of fun creating with her (and holding my breath while she was using my Copics)! She is super excited to be showing her card and can't wait to tell her teacher to check it out. :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Butterfly Reflections, Ink guest

You can find me today over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog with a card created with springtime in mind! Thanks for stopping in! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Inspired By #8

We have a lazy, wonderful Saturday going on around here, and I've been busy cardmaking and singing along to my favourite tunes. Inspiration challenges are some of my favourite ones to play in as it is so fun to see all the different ways us card makers interpret a picture, and design from it. 

I'm playing along with Inspired by All the Little Things #8 today. 

The saturation of my colours are a bit brighter, but the general idea is there. The white circle die cut background reminds me of the baby's breath in the bouquet, and the Lacy Flowers dies are supposed to bring to mind the succulents and roses. A happy "hello" sentiment and a few sequins finish it off.  

Thanks for stopping in today. You have until Thursday, March 31 to play along with the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge and link up HERE if you'd like. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Create Together with Tracey McNeely

Welcome back for another Create Together collaboration! In case you are wondering what that is, here's what I had to say about it in my first Create Together post: 

I wish I could sit around a table with my crafty friends, drink a big ol' glass of wine (or whatever suits your fancy!) and make cards with them and all of you! 
Since that's often geographically impossible, I thought I'd try reaching out and do some fun cardmaking collaborations virtually. 

For however long there is interest, I am joining up with some amazing cardmakers and we're challenging each other JUST FOR FUN to get crafty. 

So there's the basics in case you were wondering! Today I am getting crafty again with Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion. We mailed half finished cards to each other created from an inspiration picture, and challenged each other to finish them. 

Tracey chose this perfectly-timed Easter inspiration for us to work with. 

I squealed when I received Tracey's card in the mail. Her style is so great. The only problem is that she never seems to leave much work for me to do...her card was practically perfect as is! :) I trimmed it down and adhered it to an aqua card base then wrapped some twine and a bow around the top. An embossed sentiment from Papertrey Ink on a vellum circle allowed the original design to still shine. Some gold sequins finish it off. 

Here's what I created and sent off to Tracey: 

I used the Chunky Chevron die from Waffle Flower Crafts for the gold and aqua pieces and adhered them to a white card base. 

Now pop on over to Tracey's blog to see what her original base card looked like and how she finished my card. Can't wait to hear what you think about them both! 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I'm joining in on the Coffee Lovers fun today with a spring-y card celebrating that magical In this house the kids know that I do not interact with anyone until I've had my first sip. :) 

This funny Riley And Company sentiment is the same one I used for my card in the Fall blog hop. It's pretty much the only coffee related sentiment I own lol! This time I paired it with a sweet scalloped circle die cut and a paper-pieced mug from Waffle Flower. The patterned papers are super old ones from my stash and I keep using them in small quantities to make them last forever. I bet I'm not the only one that does that! :) 

I'm off to hop through some of the fantastic cards linked up so far. You still have a few days to join in on the fun if you'd like to! Thanks for stopping in. Have a great day!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rainbow Hello

Rainbows are in my thoughts lately as springtime approaches. They always seem like a sure sign that sunny weather is near.  Nothing beats seeing a rainbow after a thunderstorm. 

I snapped this picture after a rain shower a few years ago in the backyard of our first home. 

I'm playing along in the Curtain Call- Rainbow challenge this week and was drawn to the vases filled with coloured water. It inspired me to create a watercolour rainbow. Distress Markers helped me get the look I was going for on a piece of watercolour cardstock, and once dry I cut it with a pierced circle die. The 'hello' sentiment from Simon Says Stamp was die cut from black cardstock and covered in Glossy Accents before adhering. 

Thanks for stopping in today and have a great day! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Create Together!

I have the spring-iest of springtime inspirations to share with you today for another fun Create Together collaboration! The sweet Julia Stainton from Belle Papier (and another fellow Ontarian!) is creating with me this week and we have the loveliest inspiration picture to work with. BUT FIRST- 

That's Julia on the left, me in the middle, and our fabulous friend Sarah on the right. I was lucky enough to meet Julia in person and hope to get to do it again soon! Her style is utterly fabulous. Classy, elegant, layered gorgeousness! Here are a few of my favourite recent cards of Julia's...subtle florals here, textured loveliness here and that's not even touching on all the tutorials and fabulous articles. 

Now the inspiration! 

And my card... 

The wedding theme and pastel colours were my cues for this card. After die-cutting the flowers and leaves out of white cardstock, I stamped on them with various inks using the coordinating Mini Modern Blooms from My Favorite Things. I layered them over top of a frame then adhered a sparkly silver, die-cut 'congratulations' sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. Set against white woodgrain cardstock with a few sequins here and there, this card really is quite pretty! 

Thank you to Julia for creating with me this week! Head on over to her blog to see her gorgeous creation using the same inspiration as me. You'll be amazed. :) 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Waffle Flower Challenge- Watercolor

Welcome to another day of inspiration for the March Waffle Flower Crafts challenge. This month we are featuring watercoloring as our technique. Over at the main blog you can see all the fun ways the design team used watercoloring on their creations! Our guest this week is Kamila Routsis

I was excited for this challenge even though I struggle with watercolouring. From basic watercolour washes to detailed paintings, it's all about what you enjoy doing. I kept it simple for this creation, layering watercolours over top of heat embossed images. 

I stamped the closed leaf from Leafy in Versamark ink around the edges of my cardstock panel, then sprinkled on gold embossing powder and heat set it. Then I went back in with the open leaf and used Liquid Platinum powder. I love this mixed metal look! Over the embossed leaves I lightly watercoloured using Distress Inks. Once dry, I embossed my sentiment from Magical in Liquid Platinum, and adhered the sparkly Awesome sentiment. The entire panel is adhered to a yellow card base. 

Such a springy, fresh look isn't it? I can't wait for spring!! You have until March 25th to link up your watercolour creations using Waffle Flower products over at the main challenge. You don't NEED to use them to play, but you have a chance to win a prize if you do! There's a fabulous sketch and springtime inspiration to check out as well. 

Have a great day! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ombre Watercolour

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the current Little Tangles challenge- Ombré.  I am lucky I found my supplies to make this, as a good part of my downstairs is being painted and I've been displaced most of the week. I am so looking forward to a fresh, bold look in our house- think Blue Seafoam. It will be pretty! 

After painting a watercolour background in an ombré fashion, I heat embossed the heart from Heart of Gold in silver sparkly embossing powder, and stamped the sentiment from Gardenia Blooms. This is a smaller card that measures 4.25" square. 

That's all for me! I have to get out of here before the painters arrive. :) Have a great day! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Create Together

This week I'm getting inky with the fabulous Angela Rivera from Angel's Creative World. She's a cardmaking superstar (literally though...she was chosen as one of the 2015 MFT Card Design Superstars!), not to mention a very kind and thoughtful person.  Angel and I have had the pleasure of doing a Google Hangout together, so I've actually SEEN her face "in person" and spoken to her. I want to do that again soon; technology is so awesome. This card of hers made me gasp out loud because it is so gorgeous. She rocks the masculine cards too, which I always find hard.

We dug through our respective stashes to find common stamps we could both use today. I'm not sure why, but this was way harder than I thought it would be! After a few pictures back and forth we settled on creating with Birthday Bears by My Favorite Things. Frankly I was a little intimidated because Angel has rocked that set here and here. :)

Here's my creation! I stamped all the little pieces in Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat set it. Then I went in with my Distress Inks and painted it up. A few flicks of blue and white ink finish off the main panel. I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and adhered it with foam tape. Of course...sequins!
I wanted to challenge myself to NOT use the adorable bears in the set. 'Colouring things in' is not my strong suit, so this messy watercolouring style worked perfectly for me. I love how it turned out.

Pop on over to Angel's Creative World and see what she came up with using Birthday Bears. You will be amazed; I'm sure of it!
Thank you SO much Angel for creating with me this week. You're awesome. :)

Have a great day everyone.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Say Shenanigans one more time

St. Patrick's Day inspiration abounds throughout blog-land this week! Am I Irish? No idea. Will I drink green beer? Sure will. 

I adore this sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and thought it would be perfect for someone joining in some rowdy St. Patty's festivities. :) I stamped it in my favourite green ink- Green-Eyed Monster- and cut the flag ends. That fantastic gold, glittery shamrock was traced and cut out from a random clip art off the 'net. Of course, sequins always finish a card off perfectly. 

I'm linking up to two fabulous challenges with this card.  

I took the gorgeous green colour from Curtain Call- Key Lime and rolled with it. :) 

The shamrocks and the gold glitter stuck out to me from the Sparkle & Shine challenge this week.

Happy Monday everyone! Enjoy your day. 
*bonus points to you if you can tell me in the comments what my blog-post title means. :) 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Touchy Feely Flamingo

This is not a card. WHAT?! 

I stretched my creativity today with a wood veneer hoop from the Crate Paper Craft Market collection. Normally I stick to cards but wanted to try something different! I've been hoarding this hoop for awhile and decided that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge featuring texture was a good way to use it. Texture or...touchy feely as they put it, which I think is waaaay better sounding. :) 

I used all sorts of bright and fun product from My Favorite Things to put together my hoop. Texture comes into play with the stitching details and the circle die cut with gold glitter paper. The leaves were watercoloured with Zig markers and peeled up and bent a little before adhering. The hoop itself is made of wood and provides ample texture on its own. Polka dotted paper makes a fun background, doesn't it? A perfect sentiment and fantastic flamingo finishes it off. 

Is it weird that I made this for myself and am basically calling myself awesome? No? Ok, good. 

Have a great day and remember- be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Create Together!

How many of you ever get the chance to make cards with other crafters in your area? It's few and far between for me which is why I am loving this "Create Together" series. Even though I can't craft in person with my friends, we can connect virtually and work on fun creations together. Challenging each other to try new techniques, work with inspiration pictures, being able to scroll through their blogs and see all the fabulous cards they've made lately...I'm loving it. 

I had a hard job challenging the amazing Tenia Nelson from Jazzy Paper Designs this week. She has the ability to design fun and cute, elegant, and bold and geometric cards all without losing her signature style. Her fun style encompasses so many mediums and she is a challenge PRO so I felt like any challenge wouldn't be much of a challenge at all for her. :) 

No stamping, NO patterned paper, think SPRING was what we created from this week. 

I am a stamper at heart so this challenge stumped me for awhile. Instead of stamping I thought patterned paper would fill the void...oh wait. Can't use that either. :/ lol
To get a spring-time vibe I used pastel coloured watercolour pencils on watercolour paper to create a soft background, then die cut it with my favourite set of stitched rectangle dies. Then I created a fun shaker panel filled with sequins and other sparkly bits. Shake it baby! A die cut sentiment from Memory Box stretched across the entire shaker panel finishes it off! I'm slowly restocking my birthday card stash. 

I can't wait to see what Tenia has come up with! Don't forget to pop over to Jazzy Paper Designs to see her creation. I LOVED getting to create with her this week.