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

CAS on Sunday Challenge #106

The challenge this week over at CAS on Sunday is to use a stencil and I had one lone stencil just waiting to be used. Here is what I came up with using a ray texture stencil from Memory Box.

I sponged the stencil with yellow and then used a stitched die for the panel. The sentiment is a die cut from L'il Inker Designs. Finishing touch was some clear enamel dots from Your Next Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Hello Shine Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (pool party, whisper white)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (daffodil delight)
Dies: Your Next Stamp (stitched rectangles); L'il Inker Designs (hello)
Embellishment: Your Next Stamp (enamel dots)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge #61

Have you ever stumbled across across a stamp set and fell immediately in love with it?! That is exactly what happened when I stumbled across the Your Next Stamp website and saw a set from their April release! This is the stamp set I HAD to have!

As soon as I saw that little fish near the top, with the big sucky lip, I had a card idea that I wasn't going to be able to shake until I had this set. Soooo, my stamps arrived today and just in time to play along with challenge #61 on the Your Next Stamp blog. Check out the sketch...

There is a colour challenge as well and I would have combined the too except the colours didn't match what I had in mind. Here is what I came up with using the sketch...

This fish worked out perfectly for flipping the image to give him a girly fish to kiss. To flip the image, all I did was stamp the fish on the backside of the fish bowl stamp where it was sturdy (side that clings to block) and then pressed it down on the white cardstock. I had to try it a few times until the image inked up right. I couldn't flip the die that matched of course, so I opted to hand cut the fish out. 

Love the YNS gumdrops too, such a fun touch!
Thanks for stopping my and have a great crafty week!

Stuck on You Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (pool party, orange, going gray)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black); Stampin' Up! (going gray)
Markers: Copic (all the colours pictured in photo)
Stamps: Your Next Stamp (aquarium antics); Markert Street Stamps (too many martinis) J.Day Designs (primitive blessings)
Die: Your Next Stamp (aquarium antics, stitched rectangles)
Embellishment: Your Next Stamp (clear/sparkle gumdrops)
Other: foam dots, gloss liquid

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #216

Today I'm playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and they have a great versatile sketch this week. Check it out...

The lines on the this sketch for whatever reason made me automatically think of washi tape, so that's the idea I went with!

I started with a grey card base and than adhered stripes of washi tape at various intervals. The sentiment is stamped and for the hearts I used a heart punch on a strip of washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

You Totalally Rock Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (basic grey)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Uplifters)
Washi: unknown source (maybe Stampin' Up!)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fab Friday Challenge #109

The Fab Friday Challenge had a great sketch this week! Check it out...

I went with mostly Stampin' Up! products for my card and dug out another set that I haven't inked up yet, "Bright Blossoms". Here is what I came up with...

I used an embossing folder on the card front and stamped the flowers with Stampin' Up! markers. My one pet peeve about ink markers is, if a fuzzy gets on the stamp from the marker, then you end up with "hot spots" of ink on your image. The sentiment is a die cut from Paper Smooches.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thank You Flower Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (old olive, whisper white, basic black)
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! (bright blossoms)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (bright blossoms)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Markers (poppy parade, old olive, rich razzleberry, island indigo)
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up!
Die Cut: Paper Smooches (thank you)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Here come the bunnies!

Today I'm playing along with two challenges that went quite well together! Over at the Paper Players challenge there is a theme challenge; Easter Bunny. The Less is More challenge this week is to use 3 pastel colours.

I was fairly shocked when I could only find 1 rabbit in my entire stamp collection! I guess I will have to get my hands on some more easter stamps to have a bit of variety 😀 I tried out water colouring today, which I haven't done in a very long time. Here is what I came up with using pink, purple and yellow.

I stamped the bunny repeatedly with staz on ink on a piece of watercolour paper and then I used a paint brush to gather colour off the tip of some watercolour pencils and then washed the colour over the stamped rabbits. The rabbit layer is layered once with yellow and then adhered to the card base with foam dots. Finishing touches were a banner sentiment and a button with a bakers twine bow.

I've also been making bunny earrings today! I had a lady that really liked my bright yellow bunny earrings I was wearing the other day and asked for a pair. She loves the colour pink, so pink bunnies it is! Instead of the bright pink I usually make them in I went with a more vintage pink and vintage brass niobium ear hooks; she loves vintage too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!

Joyous Easter Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (pretty in pink, barely banana)
Other Paper: watercolour paper
Stamps: Paper Smooches (spring fling)
Ink: Staz On (jet black); Memento (tuxedo black)
Watercolour Pencils: Stampin' Up! (pink, purple, yellow)
Button: Papertrey Ink: (vintage collection)
Ribbon: Bakers Twine (pink)
Other: foam dots

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tag You're It! Challenge #68

I was very happy to see the featured artist over at the Tag You're It! Challenge to be none other than Gayatri Murali! Her and I served on the CAS(E) this Sketch team for a while together and I love her work. Here is the tag she made to inspire us...

Isn't this tag adorable! I was inspired by the patterned background, the cute animal and the sentiment being split into 2 sections. Here is what I came with using a retired Stampin' Up! set...

I will admit being away from the card making scene for almost a year, I haven't jumped completely on the die bandwagon. Or I should say I usually forget about using them and just fussy cut lol. I think my hands would thank me though if I just used the dies! Anyways, the cute little skunk was stamped and coloured with copic markers and then cut out (I'm shocked that I somehow managed NOT to cut the flower off 😂) I don't have in my possession yet any of the fabulous stitched dies from L'il Inker Designs so anything that remotely looks like stitching is done with a ZIG pen.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!

I stink you're cute tag
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (whisper white, real red)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (real red), Memento (tuxedo black)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (pun fun), Unity (dots)
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (basic black)
Markers: Copic (cool gray, rose mist, canary yellow), Zig (black)
Punch: Stampin' Up! (owl)
Other: label maker, foam dots

Fusion Card Challenge

I'm getting to the point where I am sick of seeing snow and I'm a winter person! When I came across the Fusion Card Challenge this week and saw the inspiration photo, I had to play along. A cheerful, spring card was just what I needed to chase away the winter blues!

I somewhat used the sketch as well, but I ended up tweaking a few things. It was the flowers that inspired me from the photo.

I wanted to try out my copic markers again (don't know if I will ever get the hang of them) and these cute little flowers from Paper Smooches seemed like a good stamp to try them out on. For the pink colour strip, I put two post it notes on my card base and then sponged the ink colour in between. The clouds and butterfly are popped up with foam dots at varying heights.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope it looks like spring wherever you are!

Happy Spring Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (whisper white)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (spring fling)
Markers: Copic (frost blue, mint blue, rose red, rose mist, lavender, lilac, barium yellow, canary yellow, pea green, pale moss), ZIG (black)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black), Stampin' Up! (strawberry slush)
Ribbon: Bakers Twine (green/white)
Die: Unknown source (clouds)
Other: foam dots

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Less is More Challenge #321

Two posts in one day! I just had to play along with the Less is More challenge after finding a window frame die tucked away amongst some other unfound treasures. The challenge is to use a frame!

I dug out my brayer for this card and I really missed using it (although it can get quite messy). It still looks like winter here, so I used that for my inspiration.

I brayered a single colour for the background and then stamped my scene stamp over top. The window frame is popped up using foam dots to give a bit of dimension. Finishing touch is a simple, stamped sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Framed Bird Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (whisper white)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (happy scenes, sheltering tree)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black); Stampin' Up! (soft sky)
Markers: Copic (strong red R46)
Die: Stampin' Up! (window)
Other: foam dots, brayer

Paper Players Challenge #337

I hadn't realized that March has almost slipped by which means there are a bunch birthdays just around the corner in my family and I don't have any birthday cards! Usually I wait until the last minute to make one, but decided to get ahead of the game with inspiration from the Paper Players. Check out the sketch this week...

Using a new die I got from Paper Smooches, I came up with this idea for my Mom's birthday card...

I dug through my patterned paper stash and found a few papers that coordinated with cardstock colours I had on hand. The rose panel is embossed with a Stampin' Up! folder called "Modern Mosaic". For the rose I cut one in white and then another in green and patterned paper and then pieced the rose back together.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Rose Birthday Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (rose red, kiwi kiss, whisper white)
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Paper Smooches (word salad)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Die: Paper Smooches (single rose)
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up! (modern mosaic)
Other: foam dots, corner rounder

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fab Friday Challenge #108

Today I came across a card challenge that had Stampin' Up! colours, which just so happens to be my primary source of cardstock and inks! I couldn't resist digging out a Stampin' Up! stamp set and playing along with Fab Friday.

I decided to use a stamp set that I haven't tried yet, so I pulled out Painted Petals and came up with this...

I ended up going a little skimpy on the so saffron colour. In hindsight, I would have either made the card base that colour or stamped the row of dots in that colour, but I guess my lone yellow flower will have to suffice 😊

I did masking with a post-it-note for the flowers and stamped two of them a second time to cut out and pop up using foam dots.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Painted Petals Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (calypso coral, whisper white)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (pistachio pudding, calypso coral, so saffron, peach parfait); Memento (tuxedo black)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (painted petals)
Other: foam dots 

Sentiment and a Sketch

Today I have combined two challenges for my card; Fusion Card Challenge and CAS on Sunday. For the Fusion Card Challenge you can use the sketch or the inspiration photo or both and the challenge at CAS on Sunday is "sentiment"; use only a sentiment and no images.

I used the sketch part of the Fusion challenge and I flipped the sketch so I did a mirror opposite of it. I maybe "over" thought the sentiment challenge because I got to thinking about patterned paper and thought, wait, are the designs on the paper not images and if I use a splattering technique with ink, would that not create an image? After pondering that for a good 10 minutes, I decided to steer clear of patterned paper or anything like it and stick to plain ol' cardstock.

I glued 3 layers of the die cut word "love" and then stamped the you. The red panel is raised with foam dots and I did a quick pierced row around the red edge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday!

Love You Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (real red, basic black)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Die: Stampin' Up! (expressions thinlits, love)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (sentiment sampler)
Other: foam dots, paper piercer

Friday, March 24, 2017

A little card making time!

After tackling my art studio this past week, I can finally see my whole countertop (I'm ignoring the very end that is full of odds and ends at the moment). Clean space means a place to actually be able to create something. So, today I am playing along with 2 challenges; The Paper Players and CASE this Sketch!

I'm not really big on making baby cards, but I like the images and I think I only own maybe two baby stamp sets. I always seem to forget about the stamp sets I created for Market Street Stamps and it dawned on me that one of my sets is a baby theme! Here is what I came up with using the teddy bear stamp from the set...

I stamped the bear, coloured it with copics and then masked over the bear and used the negative space  of a circle die cut to sponge in pink around the bear. The banner is a die cut and I popped it up with foam dots attached to a bit of bakers twine. Final step was the stamped stars and a quick embossed frame around the card edge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty weekend!

Sweet Baby Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (thick white)
Stamps: J.Day Designs (baby basics)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black); Stampin' Up! (blushing bride)
Markers: Copic (cocoa, hazelnut)
Ribbon: Baker Twine (pink)
Die Cut: Papertrey Ink (banner builder)
Other: foam dots, mini glue dots, scor tool, sponge

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