Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Paper Smooches; Anything Cold

 I was super excited today when I picked up my mail, as my package from Paper Smooches had arrived. I had hoped to see it for Christmas, but I knew packages coming across the border during the holiday season were probably going to be a little slow. I got the birch tree die, so I decided to use it today for the Paper Smooches Anything Cold monthly challenge.

For my card I decided to skip a sentiment and just make a scene using the the birch tree dies, the easel die and the stamp set swanky snowdudes.

I did a watercolour background and then built up the scene with a couple of layers of the tree dies. Copic markers were used to colour parts on the snowman and a mix of watercolour, gouache and some paper piecing was used to create the mini canvas.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

It's a Paper Smooches kind of day

Today I was working on Christmas cards and checking out the latest card challenges for some inspiration when I came across the November Challenge "Anything Goes" for Paper Smooches, which also happens to be a DT Challenge. Click on the logo below to check out all the great cards posted in this challenge!

So I dug out my Paper Smooches stamp set bin and challenged myself to come up with 3 different cards; of the course the first one had to be a Christmas card :)

For my Christmas card I used a few different sets as I could not find the word Christmas in any of my sets, so I had to use bits and pieces of stamp words to get the greeting I was looking for. The cute cows are from the "Chubby Chums" set, the santa hat is from "Santa Paws" and the words are a mix from "Chubby Chums", "Sentiment Sampler" and "Santa Paws". The colouring was done with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils.

For my second card I went with a love note. I used Polychromos pencils to draw in the lines to make the base look like looseleaf (which I realize now are really hard to see in the photo). I stamped the little hearts from the set "UpLifters" in a strawberry slush ink randomly on the card base and then stamped the sentiment using the set "Simply Said" and "We Totally Click". The pen (we totally click set) is stamped, cut out and popped up using foam dots.

My last card uses the die set "Backdrop Builders" and the stamp set "Metropolis". I started off by stamping the moon on a post it note, cutting it out and sticking it on my background. Then using two shades of blue, I brayered the night sky. The city skyline wasn't quite big enough to fit in the polaroid die, so I cut it twice and just continued it across. I used a tiny piece of yellow cardstock to give light to one lonely window. Foam dots raise the scene up from the background and I used a white gel pen to draw in the stars. Final touch was a cascade of stars stamped onto the card base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Less is More card challenge: Pick a triangle

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years since I posted something! My goal for the upcoming year is to get back into the swing of things :) Today I'm participating in the Less is More card challenge which is pick a triangle and have everything that is happening on your card to remain in the one triangle you choose. 

Head on over to the the Less is More site to check out the two layout options for this challenge!

For this card, I dug out my trusty brayer and inked up my masked off triangle with some Stamping' Up! Pool Party ink. The snowflakes are dies from the Tim Holtz line. I basically just randomly cut off edges so they would fit within the triangle. Finishing touch was a simple sentiment stamped up the side of the triangle.

Thanks for stopping by and happy card making!

Supplies List
Cardstock: white (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Pool Party (Stampin' Up!); tuxedo black (Memento)
Stamps: White Christmas (Stampin' Up!)
Dies: snowflakes (Tim Holtz)
Tools: brayer (Stampin' Up!)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Warm weather = photography time

I haven't posted in quite a while because as soon as the weather starts to get nice, hiking season starts and my camera comes with me. I guess card making is more of a winter thing for me :)
Here are a few photos I've taken over the last couple of months on our hiking expeditions or just being out and about!

Burnside water falls, NS

Small falls in Gilbralter Loop, NS

Old Bridge Cole Road, NS

Cape Blomidon, NS

Liscombe River, NS

Tulip Magnolia

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a lovely summer!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Paper Smooches April Challenge

I've been meaning to make a few cards for the Paper Smooches April Challenge, which is all about showers!  With an upcoming bridal shower for a friend I figured now was a good time to play along!

For my first card I went very simple with a pale blue and white sheer ribbon. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the little diamond is glazed with glitter. I used the "Simply Said" and "Little Lady" stamp sets for this card.

For my second card I went with literal rain showers and used images from the stamp sets "Eco Friendly"and "Metropolis" and a sentiment from the set "Sentiment Sampler". I coloured the images with copic markers and added some gloss liquid to the raindrops (which is kind of hard to see in the photo).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A little bit of Paper Smooches

For my last card today, I needed a birthday card for my niece, so I decided to dig out my Paper Smooches stamps and play with a new die I just got from L'il Inker Design.

I stamped the sentiment repeatedly on the card base panel with the same colour ink as the cardstock. The bird is stamped on the blue cardstock and then I stamped him again, coloured him with copics and cut him out to pop up off the other stamped image for dimension. I added a few squiggle lines to make him look like he is dancing around, after all birthdays are a happy occasion!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!

Happy Bird-day Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (perfect plum, pool party, whisper white)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (birthday buddies)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Markers: Copic (N2, Y02, Y07, Y00, Y01, BV04, RV22); Zig (black)
Dies: L'il Inker Design (polaroid camera); Your Next Stamp (stitched rectangles)
Other: foam dots

Exploring we will go!

My second card today utilizes two challenges; one from the Paper Players and the other from Sunday Stamps.

Using a cute stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Project Life series, here is what I came up with...

Never Stop Exploring Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (basic black, rose red, basic black)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Let's Go)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (rose red, crushed curry, bermuda bay); Memento (tuxedo black)
Dies: Your Next Stamp (stitched rectangles)
Other: foam dots

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