Friday, September 30, 2016

Bright and bold Thanks

Popping in quickly to share a card I made for The Card Concept. I think it falls into the clean and graphic category- clean lines, easily communicated sentiment, etc. 

 I was inspired by the citrus colours, round shapes and overall graphic feel to the photo and tried to incorporate all that into my creation. A circle die cut and cover plate from My Favorite Things, and a super fun alphabet from Lawn Fawn make up the bulk of the card. The sentiment was covered in Glossy Accents and a few sequins here and there add some sparkle and bling. :)

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Create Together with Sarah Moerman

I have a fabulous Create Together collaboration today with the delightful Sarah Moerman from My Impressions. Sarah is an Ontario cardmaker like myself and I've been lucky enough to meet her a few times. She doesn't live too far away and I'm hoping one of these days we can get inky together! Sarah rocks the geometric designs, whether it's stars, hexagons or circles. I love her fun and colourful style. 
We decided on using TRIANGLES as our design inspiration today.  

I made a pair of cards using the Tiny Flags background stamp from Hero Arts. 
*these cards gave me such trouble photographing them! 
The background was heat embossed onto a cardstock panel using Peppermint Tea powder by WOW. It's a really pretty mint green with an opal shimmer to it. I used a Ranger blending tool and some pale blue dye ink to blend ink across the panel. After trimming it diagonally, I adhered both pieces to white card bases. On the left card I used the Hello Friend stamp set by Mama Elephant and on the right, a die cut from Avery Elle. As with many of my cards, sequins finish it off. :) 

Thanks SO much to Sarah for joining me today! Now it's time to head on over to see what she came up with using triangles. I know it will be fantastic! Have a great day everyone. :) 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #25

Saturday means Inspired by All the Little Things! Once you're done here, head on over the challenge blog to see what the other fabulous designers have come up with using this pretty photo inspiration. 

I wanted a big, bold floral image to take up most of my card and went from there. 

I stamped and embossed the Jumbo Poppy from Stampendous (now retired) in white, then watercoloured using my Peerless watercolours. The 'thanks' die cut from MFT was cut twice from gold and dark brown cardstock and adhered together slightly offset. A stamped border underneath highlights the sentiment. 

I hope you'll play along with us this week. I LOVE seeing your creations! Have a great day. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Reverse stamping

I have one final entry for the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest.  I even tried a new-to-me technique! That's a miracle in itself, as I call myself a lazy cardmaker...I pride myself on not being too "technique-y" and keeping it simple, but really I'm just lazy. True. 

The card base was created by blending Distress Inks and stamping the sentiment from Written in Watercolor in black pigment ink. The clouds were die cut using vellum and Stitched Cloud Edges. I coated them with Diamond Stickles which DID warp the vellum a bit, but with lots of foam tape underneath it's not noticeable. For the green dragon (from Magical Dragons), I stamped it exactly as it comes right from the package, then die cut it with the coordinating die. The purple dragon was stamped using the reverse stamping technique which is made SO easy with the Mirror Image stamp. The die cut even matches by using the reverse side. (*Tip- stamp the reverse image first onto cardstock. Then by holding it up to a light it's easier to see where to tape the die cut on the BACK side of the cardstock.) A cute little present, some Copic colouring, and loads of foam tape for dimension finish it off. 

A closer look...

Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Birthday wild thing!

I'm back today with another entry for the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest. 
This one started with a baby card in mind, then morphed into a child's birthday card. It's funny how the creative process works, isn't it? I envisioned baby animals with soft hues but just wasn't 'feeling' it. 

Using the Jumbo Dot Cover Up die and a Stitched Circle die, I created the main panel of my shaker card. Acetate, sequins, seed beads, and die cut leaves from Sweet Safari, all help to pull the rest of the shaker card together. For the outside of the card I stamped and die cut animals from Sweet Safari and party elements from Birthday Bears and coloured them all in with Copic markers. A sentiment from Essential Sentiments was heat embossed in white and adhered using foam tape. Tucked behind the animals are some leaves from Wild Greenery

I think I'll save this one for my nephew's birthday. He'll love shaking it! He's a bit of wild animal himself. :) Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amazing Neon Florals

I'm excited to be playing along with the 2016 Card Design Superstar contest by My Favorite Things. Contests like this are fun because they encourage us to cheer each other on and stretch our creativity. I played along with what I hope is my signature style- bold and fun.  

First up was using the Proof Positive Cover Up die as an embossing plate for the black cardstock base. Most die cutting machines will tell you the proper 'sandwich' for achieving this look, rather than using it as a traditional die cut. I set to work stamping all the floral elements from Flashy Florals using my MISTI, then die cut them with the coordinating dies. Neon dye inks from Hero Arts were sooooo perfect for the flowers. Don't they just pop right off the card against the black base?! Love it. There's lots of dimension there as some are adhered using foam tape. The sentiment was die cut using Doubly Amazing with silver sparkle cardstock. The other part is from Amazing and was stamped, then clear embossed. Silver sequins here and there finish it off. 

Here's a closer look at that embossed background and the insane sparkle of the sentiment. 

Good luck to all the other entrants! I can't wait to check out your creations. Thanks for stopping in and have a super amazing day. :)  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #24

Our Ontario mornings are definitely getting crisper as autumn approaches and though the afternoons warm up and give a summer feel...fall is in the air. Today's inspiration photo from Inspired by All the Little Things makes me want to grab my cup of coffee, curl up under a cozy blanket and read a book. 

This creation was easy to put together and would be perfect paired with a Tim Horton's gift card or a new mug as a present for someone special. Wood-grain patterned papers lightly sponged with Mermaid ink by Lawn Fawn helped me get the look I was going for on the bottom layers of my card. I trimmed and die cut them so they could be glued together with grains matching...because I'm OCD like that. 
It would have driven me crazy otherwise. ;)

The main image (Warm Wishes by Waffle Flower) was stamped in black, then coloured with Copic markers. I added a few polka dots to the mug just for some personality. The 'warm wishes' sentiment has Spica glitter all over it for some extra sparkle and shine. 

Head on over the Inspired By blog to see the rest of the team's creations and play along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sparkly stars

Now that the kids are back to school and I've made myself a nice little 'stay at home' mom schedule, I'm back to making cards more regularly and I feel like my sanity has returned because of it. :) It's just so relaxing and fun. Right? I hope you enjoy it too! 

Some ink blending and splatters give the white card base some extra pizazz. I used CAS-ual Fridays Stars Fri-Dies with sparkly paper for the focal point, and a sentiment from Twinkle

I used CAS(E) this Sketch #190 for my inspiration, and also played along with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge which was to keep it clean and simple

Have a great day! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

September Waffle Flower Crafts challenge

We have a super fun inspiration photo for you this month at the Waffle Flower challenge and it makes me want to celebrate birthdays! Throw some confetti in the air and let's party! 

I created a fun background using the colours shown in the inspiration photo and a few different Waffle Flower sets. After trimming the card so it was a bit narrower than regular A2 size, I stamped the balloon strings and die cut the colourful balloons to pop up using foam tape. The 'magical' part of the sentiment was die cut and heat embossed using sparkly silver powder.

All the Waffle Flower supplies I used can be found in the store. Check out the new release while you're there. It's AMAZING! 

You have until the 25th of September to play along with us. I hope you'll join in. You don't need to use Waffle Flower products to play along, but if you do there is a prize to be won. :) Link up your creation here.  Check out what the rest of my teammates came up with this month. This is our last month creating for the challenge, so I hope you have enjoyed our creations this past year. Have a great Monday! 

Balloon Messages stamp set 
Balloon Messages die 
Bowtiful stamp set 
Doily Circle stamp set
Daydreaming ink
Happy Go Lucky ink
Magical stamp set
 Magical word die

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Inspired By #23

Today's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge brings to mind a funky and functional office that I would LOVE to work from. All that natural light and that striped wall? Cool! 

I created a back to school card for my daughter using the inspiration. She opened up her lunch pail on the first day of school to find it and told me that night that it made her smile. :) 

That sweet kitty from the Back To School set by Simon Say Stamp is just too cute. I stamped, coloured, and fussy cut it out then popped it up with foam adhesive on my scalloped circle. The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Island Blue ink. A few enamel dots were added to the card base that I painted some black watercolour stripes on. 

Thanks for stopping in today! Check out the challenge rules here and play along with us. I can't wait to see what you create. Have a great Saturday. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thinking of You

I couldn't stop admiring with this week's Inspired By inspiration photo and made another card, this time with less saturated colours than my original creation. That's what I love about challenges. Two different cards based on one picture. The possibilities are endless when it comes to imagination and creativity! 

Some messy and loose water-colouring using the Gansai Tambi watercolour palette and a Peonies on Parade watercolour sheet by Papertrey Ink create the card base.  An embossed sentiment from Waffle Flower Crafts takes the spotlight popped up in the middle using foam tape. 

You have another day to play along with this week's inspiration so go get crafty! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #22

Welcome back to the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge! We had a hiatus for summer vacation and are now back on Saturdays with some amazing inspiration for you. If you need a refresher on how to play along, you can find the rules here

Isn't this inspiration gorgeous?! I love the saturated colours and brought that into my own creation. 

I started by watercolouring a bright blue background using Gansai Tambi paint on white watercolour cardstock, then set it aside to dry. The English Rose Bouquet die was cut, then watercoloured using Zig Clean Color markers. After adding some dark paint splatters to the background, I popped the flowers up using foam adhesive and added a die cut and embossed sentiment. Glossy Accents were added to the 'because' for a fun look. 

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you'll play along with us this week at Inspired by All the Little Things.  Have a great day!