Monday, February 27, 2017

Create Together with Lynn Mangan

My Create Together guest is the amazing Lynn Mangan from The Mango Boys and Me and I have happily had the privilege of meeting, crafting, hugging and sharing a drink with her! Lynn rocks the CAS creations and has a very elegant style.

Today Lynn and I are focusing on this gorgeous inspiration photo:

Most of you by now have seen that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery.

It's modern, refreshing, evokes springtime thoughts and brings energy to the room. I love it. I wouldn't paint my walls that colour, but I would definitely accent with it. What are your thoughts on Greenery? Love it? Green with envy? Makes you feel green around the gills? You can check out more about Greenery here on the Pantone website and there are a few colour swatches that serve as great inspiration for cardmaking!

Our inspiration photo screams GREENERY and I have two cards today that focus on a literal interpretation, using leafy die cuts and stamps, and pairing fresh green with pops of other colours.
My first card uses green cardstock cut to A2 size, and Wild Greenery die cuts from My Favorite Things cut from various shades of green cardstock that were glued right to the card base. The white stitched circle pops against that green! The 'thanks' was cut from gold glitter paper and offset against a deep teal. The tone on tone look is fun!

Do you ever have an idea in your head and you're SUPER excited when it works out?! That was me with this card. I wanted to use the GREENERY theme with light aqua and teal for a tropical look and bright pink for an unexpected pop of colour. Enter flamingos. ;)
I stamped the leaves from the Leafy stamp set by Waffle Flower using various watercolour inks and markers (Distress markers and Zig Clean Color). I went over it all with a small wet paintbrush, then added in the background. The flamingos and heart were also watercoloured and adhered using foam tape. The sentiment from Let Love Grow by Hero Arts set had the PERFECT font needed for this card. Love love love!

Thanks SO much to Lynn for creating with me today. I hope you all head on over there if you haven't already to see what she created today. You will LOVE it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #45

No talkie before coffee is the morning mantra around here. When the kids were smaller I used to pretend to wake up a grizzly bear, and as soon as I had a sip of coffee I turned back into their mom. They loved it and it made us all smile...and it was a little bit true. :)

I like my coffee dark roast, with some cream and sweetener and try to limit to two cups in morning. How do you take yours? Or are you a tea drinker? Pop (or soda for some of you lol)?

With coffee on the brain, here's my card for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.

I heat embossed my sentiment in Liquid Platinum powder on white cardstock, then die cut it with a stitched circle die. That particular stamp is no longer in stock at Simon Says Stamp, but you can find loads of other hilarious sentiments here. The woodgrain background was created by adhering strips of patterned paper together and die cutting them all with a stitched rectangle die.

Simple card, but to the point! :) Head on over to the Inspired By blog and see what the rest of my teammates have come up with. You'll be amazed. Play along with us this week...I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Soft and Subtle Ink Blending

I'm back today with another card for the Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash celebrations. I'm a big fan of challenges; they stretch my creativity and often have been playing with supplies and techniques I haven't used in awhile.

I used Hollie's Festive Florals for today's card (I love this set because I have a sister Holly ♥) and though it has a wintry/Christmas feel to it, it can totally be customized for a spring wreath too!

The wreath was stamped and masked off, then the leafy pieces were added in. After the mask was removed, the floral elements were stamped as well as the sentiment from Wishing You.
Now for the inking! I used a light blue (Aqua Mist from Papertrey Ink) ink and a ink blending tool to softly blend in some of the ink from the edges inward. A light touch and starting off with little ink on the foam pad helps. You can always add more ink if it's too light. I wanted a soft look that lightened towards the middle and I think I achieved that.
The panel was adhered to the white card base with foam tape and there's a few sequins for my required sparkle. ;)  

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a GREAT day. Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bright Colours

I'm back with another card for the Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash. There is still time to play along, so be sure to check out all the details here!

The Bright Colours challenge with Lydia practically screamed my name. Give me all the rainbows! While I certainly don't mind creating soft and sweet cards, bright and bold is definitely more "Marcie" style.

I started by adhering strips of cardstock down the center of a white card base. The speech bubble from Sketchy Thoughts was stamped in black ink and the sentiment heat embossed in white. I fussy cut it (why oh why do I never buy the coordinating dies?!) and adhered it with foam tape. No sequins, no extra embellishments, just a fun, bold card! This would be so easy to mass produce.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope your day is as bright and bold as my card. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stencils and Sparkle

A recent online crafty purchase made its way into my hands just as the Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Challenges went live. I KNEW it was fate. :) Today I paired up that purchase- the Sketchy Thoughts stamp set and Nuvo Glimmer Paste, with an older product I've had for awhile, the Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings stencil.

I've seen the Glimmer Paste used on white cardstock so much that I wanted to branch out and try something different. I've used it on black cardstock for my card today. The shine is UNREAL. So sparkly and gorgeous, and the stencil really helped with that! Once dry I adhered it to a white card base using foam tape. The speech bubble was stamped in a bright pink dye ink and the sentiment in a crisp black. I fussy cut it, adhered it with foam tape and added a few black and white sequins.

This was created for the stencil challenge by Kelly Griglione to help celebrate the Winnie & Walter birthday festivities. I have a few more cards to show for it in the next few days, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Create Together with Karen B.

I'm back with my first Create Together collaboration for 2017!  Create Together is a fun, no pressure challenge that I like to do with crafty friends across the cardmaking community. We have fun each creating something based on an inspiration piece, a technique, a certain supply or stamp/die, or whatever our minds come up with. I love getting to know other cardmakers and love the challenges we come up with together!

Today I am getting inky with Karen B. of The Bald Dragonfly blog. Karen is an amazing designer who can pull off bold and bright designs, soft and sweet, clean and simple OR layered. She's super talented!

Here's the gorgeous inspiration we used for our cards today. I love the bright, bold flowers that have a watercolour look to them, while the black geometric leaves ground the design.

Here's what I came up with...

I started out by using my Zig Clean Color markers to watercolour a panel of watercolour cardstock in rainbowy (that's a new word lol) colours, then used the new Magical Flower Border die from Waffle Flower to die cut it out twice.  I used watered down black dye ink to flick on the white card panel, then trimmed the corners and adhered it to a black card base. The sentiment from Wild & Free was cut apart so I could use the pieces I needed, then heat embossed with a silver sparkle powder.

Isn't that pretty?! I hope it captured the loose watercolour florals and pops of black that the inspiration photo gives. Now it's time to head over to The Bald Dragonfly and see what Karen came up with. I can't wait for you to see it! Thank you SO much to Karen for playing along with me. I love making new cardmaking friends. :)

Thanks for stopping in today and happy Family Day to my fellow Ontarians!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #44

When I saw the inspiration photo for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge I knew that I wanted to keep my creation cheerful.  For me, Ferris wheels conjure up memories of childhood fun of going to the local Brigden Fair and happily my own kids enjoy going to it too. Robin and I love the Ferris wheel, but the boys sit out...scaredy cats.

To start off, I watercoloured an ombré background using Distress Inks, then used stamps and dies from Waffle Flower Crafts to put the rest of my creation together. That Doily Circle die is just SO gorgeous. To help with getting all the little bits and pieces out I used a metal shim while die cutting. It made it so much easier for them to fall right out. The 'smile' sentiment from the Doily Circle stamp set was fussy cut and had Glossy Accents added to it. A few paint splatters and sequins add to the fun vibe of it all. :)

Thanks for stopping by to check out my creation! I hope you will play along with us this week. There is lots more inspiration from the rest of the design team, so head on over to the Inspired By blog to check them all out.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fantastic Florals

I have two cards to share today that were quick to put together. Both use the new Enveloper Little Birdie stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts.

For the first card, I stamped the floral image across the span of the card using the Hero Arts ombre Neon Red to Purple ink pad, then turned the card upside down and stamped it again. I stamped the butterfly in black and added a few dot details using a black marker. The sentiment from Handwritten Sentiments by Simon Says Stamp was embossed in white on a black cardstock strip, and adhered using foam tape.

The second card was created the same way using Copic friendly black ink to stamp the flowers, then coloured in using Copics. The sentiment comes from the Amazing set by My Favorite Things and is adhered using foam tape. A few clear sequins finish it off.

I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is Fantastic Florals this week. Head on over there to check out all the beautiful creations linked up!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #43

This week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge speaks to me. I'm pretty sure if I built my own home, that is what my dining area would look like. It has Marcie written all over it.

My card went together quickly with the help of patterned paper and the Grand Botanicals die collection from Papertrey Ink. I die cut all the pieces, adhered them together and popped them up on the card with foam adhesive. The black base of the flower was coated in clear Wink of Stella so along with the silver sparkle paper on the leaves, this card really SHINES. Love it. The 'celebrate' from Waffle Flower stands out perfectly against it all.

Play along with us this week! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Head on over to the Inspired By blog for more inspiration from my wonderful teammates.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Just a quick pop in to share a card I made for the current Paper Smooches challenge. The theme is LOVE and wouldn't this card be perfect to give someone you LOVE?

I loosely sketched a heart on my white cardstock panel, then began stamping within it various flowers and hearts using a light hybrid ink so I could colour in with Copic markers after. Most of the flowers and leaves come from Blossoming Buds and Best Buds, and the tiny hearts from Delightful Greetings.  I added a few white gel pen dots, and coloured in the background of the heart with a pencil crayon. The sentiment was stamped several times over top using my MISTI.

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #42

I love when one of the Inspired by All the Little Things challenges coordinates with an upcoming holiday...and for me it's my wedding anniversary (Ha! NOT Valentine's Day!) We don't usually celebrate the big hearts and flowers day on the 14th, because our anniversary is the 18th and there's only so much my husband can remember. ;)

For my card today I used the wood grain, colours and LOVE theme to guide my creativity. I stamped our initials (Sophisticated Script from Concord & 9th) on a white die cut circle and embossed them in gold. It's adhered right on the patterned paper card base and a perfectly sized heart adds the pretty pop of colour. A few flicks of white spray mist finish it off. Overall it's very masculine and perfect to give my husband in a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping in today! Head on over to the Inspired By blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with, and who our amazing guest designer is this week! I hope you'll play along with us and I can't wait to see what you create. :)