Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Create with Vera Yates

It seems like my Create Together posts are what is keeping me blogging this summer! It is so fun though to share these collaborations with you. I really enjoy working with all kinds of talented people in the cardmaking industry. Making friends and crafting with them? Perfect! 

Today I have the wonderful Vera Yates from Ling's Design Studio creating with me. Vera is such a cheerful, happy soul in the cardmaking world and her love for animals in real life shines through to many of her creations. Adorableness aplenty can be found here (an interactive feature!), here (I'm a sucker for a fun shaker card), and one of my recent favourites here (colourful, classy AND cute!).  

We decided to CASE a card from each other and I had a hard time picking which one I was going to do. In the end, I chose this pineapple card and tried to incorporate some of Vera's signature style in my own creation. Soft inking, pastels, great colouring, and animals. :) 

I stamped and masked off the kittens, then did some subtle ink blending around them. I coloured them in with Copic markers and then used my MISTI to help me stamp the sentiment in two ink colours. A strip of patterned paper and some sequins finish it off. Sometimes I feel like I should just have a shortcut on my keyboard with the sentence "some sequins finish it off" programmed into it. I type that a LOT. 

Thanks so much to Vera for playing along with me this week! Please head over to her blog and see what she created based off one of my creations. Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Create Together with Leigh Penner

I'm back with another weekly dose of fun Create Together collaborations!
The wonderfully creative Leigh Penner from To The Full is returning this week, and this time SHE chose the inspiration, and is it gorgeous. 

SO pretty! I immediately thought of the Mighty Oak die cut from Papertrey Ink.  

The card base was stamped with the Typewriter Text 6x6 background from My Favorite Things in Vintage Photo ink that had been stamped off for a faded look.  The hill was die cut with Stitched Snow Drifts with a sentiment from Uplifting Thoughts stamped in black.  After die-cutting and inking the tree branch up with Antique Linen Distress Ink I stamped over top of it with the Typewriter Text stamp. The leaves were left white with a little black inking around the edges. Clear sequins were a great finishing touch. 

A sympathy-type sentiment for this card would have worked too, but I changed my mind at the last minute and wanted something more uplifting. I'm going to make another one that is a sympathy card for my stash. 

Thanks for stopping in today and thank you SO MUCH to Leigh for joining me for two Create Together segments. I love the getting the chance to know other cardmakers! 
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Create Together with Jake and Robin

My Create Together guests today are just about as cute as they come. My smart, funny kiddos Jake (age 9) and Robin (age 7) are joining me today in making some summery cards. Here's a picture of us together that my husband took on Canada Day.

For our cards we used the Campout stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop

Jake kept it simple with his stamping by adding his images to a piece of kraft cardstock and colouring it in with Copic markers. He used a stitched rectangle to cut it out and adhered it to a dark green card base. 

Robin created a colourful one-layer card by stamping right on the card base and colouring it all in with Copic markers. She highlighted her sentiment by adding some fun marker detail around it.  

For my creation I started with a kraft card base and added white cardstock lightly inked with blue dye ink. Next came the clouds, hillside and sun all with fun stitched details. The sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped, coloured and cut out the trailer and adhered it with foam tape to card. A few sequins finish it off. 

Today's card is perfectly timed for the latest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to CREATE A SCENE

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope that you enjoyed our creations. My kids are old enough that it's not a real pain to create with them anymore; they remember to put the lid back on the ink pads! :) It will be a fun summer of cardmaking together. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Waffle Flower Crafts July Challenge

I'm sharing my card for today's design team inspiration for the bright and fun July Waffle Flower Crafts Challenge! This month we are channelling summertime fun and relaxation. :) 

Those colours are right up my alley and I couldn't wait to put them to work. 

I stamped the pineapples repeatedly and one heart from the Willy & Friends stamp set and coloured them in with Copic markers. After die-cutting the Awesome sentiment from white cardstock, I coloured it in an ombre fashion with Copics and adhered it to the green cardstock rectangle. The teeny "you're" comes from the Tiger & Lily stamp set and I cut apart the stamp so I could use that little piece. Don't be afraid to trim your stamps if it suits your needs! It sounds scary but you can do it. :) After popping up the sentiment panel with foam adhesive, the entire piece was glued to a bright blue card base. 

Check out the rest of the design team creations over at the Waffle Flower Crafts blog. They are amazing! You have lots of time to play in this month's challenge (until July 25th) so link up your creation here. I can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Flower fun

I have two floral cards to share with you today. No challenges, no rules; just playing around for fun! 

Card #1 incorporates ink blending, die-cutting and heat embossing. I adore that Floral Fusion Cover-Up and trimmed it down slightly to suit my card. 

Card #2 uses a fabulous glittery die cut sentiment backed on white foam to give a nice, popped up look. I loved pulling out my dye inks to stamp the floral background with Blooming Day from Simon Says Stamp's latest release. 

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Create Together with Leigh Penner

Welcome back for another fun edition of Create Together! Today my guest is the talented Leigh Penner from To The Full. Leigh is a fellow Canadian cardmaker that is very active in the cardmaking world; from company design teams to challenge teams, she is a busy lady! Her style ranges from fun and floral like this card here, to masculine and graphic like these cards here. No matter what Leigh is creating, it will surely catch your eye!

We used a fun and funky cactus-inspired iPhone background from Design Sponge for our starting point and limited ourselves to one layer in our creations. 

My card didn't quite end up how I envisioned it but the finished result is still fun. A die cut sentiment makes it not reeeeallly one layer but I *think* I'll give myself a break on that one. It's all for fun, right? :) I used Waffle Flower Craft's Succulents set and stamped and masked my flowers repeatedly using Antique Linen Distress Ink. One at a time, I painted them in using Distress markers. This took FOR-EV-ER as I was super nervous about screwing it all up and getting a muddy mess. :) Once it was all dry, I added my sentiment from the Celebrate word die and the Congrats stamp set. 

Now it's time to head on over to Leigh's blog and see what she came up with if you haven't already been there yet. I can't wait to see what she created! The fun news is that Leigh will be back in a few weeks for another Create Together and she's going to choose the inspiration this time. Yay! 

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sherbert Rainbow

I loooove a fun, colourful challenge to play along in and Virginia's View Challenge #22 is just that. You should check out the link ups much gorgeous, rainbow-y inspiration. It's so cheerful. 

My inks were begging me to pull them out and blend them into a sherbet rainbow so I happily obliged them. 

After blending my colours onto watercolour cardstock I stamped the map image on top. I probably should have waited until the inks were fully dry before doing this, as the ink bled a bit but I was impatient. A white embossed sentiment on black cardstock stands out so nicely against my colourful background. After adhering it to a card base, I added some clear Stickles glitter to the bottom edge. So pretty! 

Thanks for stopping in today. Summer blogging will be a bit slow around here but I do have some fun Create Together guests lined up for July and August so check in for those! :) 

Stamps: Origami Map (Neat & Tangled)
Ink: Hot Mama, Sunkist, Lemon Chiffon, Surf Blue, Mint Candy (Simon Says Stamp)