Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Floral Thoughts Series | ft. Prismacolor Watercolour Pencils


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Before I jump into Christmas, I thought I would share a card that has been sitting around my craft room for a while. We're descending rapidly into deep fall, yesterday it was t-shirt weather, today I sent my kids off to school in their winter jackets. That's life on the prairies. I'm sure tomorrow will be nice again, but today I wanted to extend the feeling of summer.


To begin, I stamped this floral image from Hero Arts (I don't remember the name of the stamp) on to 110lb white cardstock using CTMH Archival ink. I then used my Prismacolor watercolour pencils to shade in the areas where I wanted the most shadows and used clean water to pull the colour out.

When using water on regular cardstock - the trick is to make sure it is dry before adding more water. Luckily these pencils are fantastic for laying down layers and they blend so beautifully. If too much water is applied the paper will become gummy and your project will be ruined.

While that was drying I used some shimmering embossing paste through a stencil to create my background panel.

Once both panels were completely dry, I cut the floral image in half and used some super sticky two-way tape to adhere it to the embossed panel. I mounted those to a piece of silver shimmering cardstock from Recollections, leaving only the tiniest border and tied some yellow twine around them.

I then adhered those to the front of a standard A2 sized card base, and to finish it off I added a few enamel dots across the front.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Watercolour Pumpkin Patch ft. MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today is the last (official) card for this year's Hello Halloween Series! Part of me is glad that it's over, it's been a long road, and another part of me is sad because I keep getting inspired by all the amazing work I'm seeing this year. So don't be too surprised if another couple cards pop up over the weeks to come.


To begin, I stamped the two pumpkins from MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?" set with Antique Linen Distress ink on Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolour paper. If I were to redo this card, I probably would mask off the front pumpkins - I had thought that the water and other inks would lift the lines out completely but they didn't. But the more I look at it, the more "artsy and rustic" it felt and I really fell in love with it.

I then used Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin Distress inks to paint the pumpkins. I used just a bit of Scattered Straw to pull out the highlights. For the stems I used Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs.

After that was completely dry, I used very watered down Gathered Twigs for the ground and then added more pigment to create the shadows. The darkest shadows are made with Ground Espresso.

Once that was completely dry, I wet the area above the pumpkins with clean water and dropped in Weathered Wood and a bit of Faded Jeans to create the rest of the background, letting the water pull the ink away from the pumpkins and fade out.

The greeting is stamped from Verve's "Autumn Splendor using Forest Moss Distress ink, using the MISTI so I could ensure a good impression.

To finish off the card, I mounted the watercolour panel to a piece of dark green cardstock then adhered the whole lot to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
MFT Color Challenge

Inspired by Kim Heggins
I pulled my inspiration from her colours and the crisp clean greeting at the top. And Halloween. YAY!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Growing Up Up Up | ft. MFT's "Up in the Air"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Every year for my niece and nephew I make a card that coordinates with the theme for their birthday party. My sweet little niece turned three this year, and when I was talking to her mom it turns out that she never received her card for her second birthday.

Totally weird, because I have the sketch in my art journal from last year and I distinctly remember making the card but I couldn't find it any where! So I had to make a new card for her.


To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolour paper with my powder tool and stamped the hot air balloon images from MFT's "Up in the Air" set with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed them with clear.

Now if I were to remake this card, I would probably heat emboss in gold or silver - while it looks great in real life, the clear embossing does not pick up well on camera at all.

I then coloured the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and used my Prisma water brush to pull the colour out.

I heat embossed the greeting with the same clear powder and then used pinks over top of it to create an emboss resist. I die cut that with the banner die from the Blueprints die-namics, and popped it up on some foam tape.

I used some super strong two-way tape to adhere the watercolour piece to the scalloped panel die from MFT's Blueprint die-namics #27. Then I popped the whole piece up on some foam tape and then mounted that to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Product Review Series | Tonic Nuvo Gilding Flakes


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I love the look of metallics on my cards; and since I can't seem to get the hang of foiling (no joke) I recently turned to gilding flakes. I've seen several videos about them but never gave them much thought until I wanted to have some shiny bits on my cards. So I thought I would give them a whirl.

Today, I'm going to be doing a fairly in depth product review with my experiences using the Nuvo Gilding Flakes by Tonic Studios. You may remember from last week that I did the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse review, well as it turns out they make way more things. And I gotta say I'm a fan of all that I've tried. So don't be surprised if you see more Nuvo products in the weeks to come.

This is going to be an extensive post, so maybe grab a drink and enjoy!


The gilding flakes come in a pretty big jar: 200ml or 6.8 fluid ounces. I'm thinking they have to measure this by volume because these things are lighter than air and I doubt there is a difference between a full tub and an empty one. The price is quite reasonable (I paid $11.75 CAD at my local scrapbook store in Calgary). They are also widely available online.


Nuvo has released three amazing colours: Silver Bullion, Radiant Gold and Sunkissed Copper, unfortunately they have not released any other colours. I've been looking for a teal and I have had zero luck.


I wanted to include a close up of the flakes. I'm not kidding there is nothing to them. They are the finest, softest, lightest things that I have ever worked with. And that has made this a steep learning curve. Luckily because of how little you need and how many are in a jar I don't really feel all the bad about a few that floated away. Literally.


There are a few other things that you are going to need, depending on what you plan on doing with them. For the purposes of this review I have applied them in a couple different ways and there's a super fun technique that I'm going to touch on at the end. You will need:
  • Dry duster cloths. I'm showing the Swiffer brand here, but a box from the dollar store will work just as well. If you cut them in half, they last twice as long.
  • A stiff brush - I'm using a stenciling brush that came in a set of Faber-Castell Gelatos. I cut the bristles down by about half so that it would be a bit stiffer.
  • VersaMark ink and Sticky embossing powder by Ranger
  • Strong two-way tape (not pictured) I used 1/8" Skor tape
  • Glue Pen (not pictured) I used a Martha Stewart ballpoint-tip glue pen
  • Scrap paper to protect your work surface

So this looks like a hot mess, right? Well, you're right. At this point it is. A messy mess, to be completely honest; but I'll walk you through it.
  • For the top portion - I prepped the paper with my powder tool and stamped a pretty intricate snowflake using VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed that with Sticky Embossing Powder from Ranger. The trick here is to remove the heat as soon as the powder melts. You don't want to over-heat it or it won't be sticky any more. I then added the flakes.
  • For the middle portion - I added a strip of 1/8" Skor tape across the piece, removed the backing paper and added the flakes
  • For the middle portion - I used the glue pen, wrote a word and a little picture. And added the flakes. This one is a bit trickier - it has to be a glue that is permanent when wet but repositionable when dry. And when doing this, curb your enthusiasm because it really does need to dry. You'll see why down below.
Once the foil was covering the sticky stuff for all three sections, I use the stencil brush in an upright position and work in small circles with a light hand to brush away the flakes that are not attached to the glue. As you become more comfortable (which happens fast) you can apply more pressure.

**** Here's where it's messy. If you are one of those people that needs to breathe on a regular basis, do so with care. These flakes are incredibly light and with one sigh, they will go every where. I frequently found myself holding my breath - so maybe work in small batches.****



For each one, I did a different stamped image and drew a different little word. As you can see on the first and second (Copper and Gold) I was too enthusiastic and added flakes before my glue was ready for it. More so with the first but you can see it by the "S" in the second as well.

I chose to do these on black cardstock (65lb by Recollections) so you could really see the detail that you are able to achieve.


It then occurred to me, that I wouldn't just be using the flakes on my cards. I typically add something else to make the card interesting (at least I try). So here, I gilded the snowflake using the Silver Bullion, then I used Distress Ink to colour the background. I was super pleased to see that the flakes completely resisted the colour and more over weren't ruined by the rubbing of the sponge. So YAY!

Finally, as I was playing around I was thinking what other things I could do with them so I could get more out of my supplies. What crafter doesn't like that?


Using my MISTI I stamped this leaf with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, then coloured it with Copics.

I then put the paper back into the MISTI, prepped it with my powder tool and heat embossed the leaf, in the exact same position with the Sticky embossing powder by Ranger. I then used the Silver Bullion gilding flakes.

This would look absolutely stunning with more leaves in fall colours then gilded with the Sunkissed Copper or even the Radiant Gold. I can't wait to make a fall card like that. (Maybe you'll see one tomorrow.)

A couple of things to note:

  • If you have respiratory problems, it may be in your best interest to used one of those dust masks - super inexpensive, you can get them in a dollar store or hardware store. These flakes are tiny and after you use the stencil brush to burnish them away those flakes become dust. Gross as it sounds you'll be blowing gilding flakes out of your nose. Trust me.
  • Take your time. You know those sloths in the Zootopia movie, that work at the DMV? That is exactly how I feel when I'm working with these. Every movement seems so exaggerated and deliberate. But what's the alternative? A craft space filled with floating metallic flakes. No thank you.
  • Don't feel bad if you can't get them all back in the tub. These seem to puff up a bit when the tub opens, so if you have to toss them. Do it. Otherwise you can always put them in a Ziploc sandwich/freezer bag to use the next time.
Overall, I am in love! Despite my angst over not being able to foil, this fills the gap for me for now. I would love to get more colours but apparently no one wants me to have shiny pretty things unless they are copper, silver or gold. Maybe one day, and on that day I will be the first in line to get new colours. I love love love these.

If you have not tried gilding flakes yet, I highly recommend them and I can say from personal experience that Nuvo makes some excellent ones. There will be cards to come - who doesn't like something shiny on their Christmas card? At such an accessible price point it would be a real shame to pass this up. There are lots of ways to use them. And if you're glue pen is fine enough you can even embellish some things that are already stamped or written out. Maybe even a colouring book page. Just for that something extra.

Thank you for sticking to the end, I hope you enjoyed today's review. If you haven't already please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts or reviews. If you have any questions about today's review or have a suggestion for a future review, please drop me a line in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

*disclaimer: I am not sent products to review, nor am I paid to review them. I review/compare the products that I use, that I find interesting and that I have purchased with my very own money. I receive no reward or incentive to review a product. All reviews are based on my personal experience while using the product and are my opinion only.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Floral Thoughts Series | ft. Clearly Besotted "Fresh Flowers"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I'm just going to say that deciding on which floral stamp to use was the hardest part for this card. When I saw Tracey's post I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but then all these beautiful flowers were just staring at me and I seemed to hit a bump.

I knew my colour palette, but choosing the flower was another story all together. I tried a few of them (because Clearly Besotted has some of the most amazing floral images - how would I decide?) and went with this one. It reminded me of the soft pink lilacs that used to grow in the front yard of the house I grew up in.


To begin, I stamped this floral image from Clearly Besotted's "Fresh Flowers" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, then coloured it with Copic markers.

I then stamped the same image, using second generation stamping, randomly over my background panel. This was another reason for choosing this image. I liked how full the background looked, yet didn't get overly busy.

I mounted the smaller main image on a piece of pale pink cardstock and created a banner to wrap around. Then popped it up on foam tape.

I mounted the background panel on another piece of the same pink cardstock and adhered that to the front of my standard A2 sized card base.

I added my focus panel, and used clear Wink of Stella over the petals. Unfortunately that doesn't show up very well in the picture, but in real life this is crazy sparkly.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Muse Card Challenge

Friday, 13 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Stamping Mashup


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Typically when I create a card - as well as many other card makers out there - we tend to stay within a brand. Not to say we don't own many brands, but I see very few cards that are a mashup of various companies all in the same card.

It makes sense for design teams or people working for a particular company, but for the solitary card maker in his or her own craft room? Not so much. And yet, I find myself doing just that; all the time.

Today, I wanted to share my stamping mashup. This card includes images from Close To My Heart, Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things and Recollections.


To begin, I stamped the cloth jar lid from Recollections using CTMH Goldrush ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, then masked that off; I stamped the larger jar using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and masked that, then stamped the smaller jar. Both the jars have a ring at the bottom of them (like under the frog) but I had done some stamp surgery long ago to take those out.

In the smaller jar, I stamped the toad from MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?" set and used a 0.3 Staedtler pigment liner to draw the ring back in and some glass highlights.

I stamped the skulls in the larger jar from CTMH's "Frightfully Fun" set, and used the same pigment liner to draw twine around the top of the fabric lid.

I stamped the green ooze at the top from Simon Says Stamp's "Trick or Treat" set with CTMH Pear ink.

After all the stamping was done, I added the masks back to all the images and sponged on Hickory Smoke, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Distress inks to the background.

Once that was dry, I removed all the masks and coloured the images with Copic marker. The greeting is from the CTMH set as well, stamped in Archival ink.

Finally I adhered the panel to a piece of black cardstock, then mounted the entire lot to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | ft. MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I wanted to share a card that uses one of the smaller stamps in the set. I've been challenging myself to step away from that big main awesome stamp that is always there and use the smaller "scene builder" stamps as my focus.

Today, I chose the bat from MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?". This is an older set, that due to popular demand was brought back this year! I got mine when it originally came out, so I don't have all the new sentiments and greetings that were included in the new release; "witch" kind of makes me sad, because MFT has some amazing sayings that can fit in almost any card for any occasion.


To begin, I trimmed a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock down to 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" and stamped the Bat from MFT's "Witch Way is the Candy?" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, masking to allow overlap and coloured them with Copic markers.

I then stamped the greeting from the same set with Memento ink as well. I used the Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay glitter pen to make all the bats shine and used Glossy Accents by Ranger on their eyes. I then sent the panel aside to dry completely.

On the right side of my standard A2 sized card base, I used the stripe border stamp and the MISTI to create a fun border. This could also be done with a spooky fun washi tape.

Once the top panel was dry, I popped it up on some foam tape and adhered it to the left side of my card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
For your blog

CAS(E) this Sketch!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | ft. Lawn Fawn "Tiny Wreath" Die Set


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day!

Today's card is inspired by one of my upcoming Christmas cards - I had some time before heading to my Mom's house for our Thanksgiving dinner (Canada) and I had picked up a potted chrysanthemum in these beautiful fall colours and I wanted a card that went with it.

I hesitated a lot before getting the Tiny Wreath die because I like to get as much use as possible from a set and something that is only used at Christmas makes the decision a little harder. Since making this card I have a million ideas for all year long, and I cannot wait to get started on them.


To begin, I used the "Tiny Wreath" die set from Lawn Fawn to cut out to pieces of deep yellow and two pieces of orange cardstock. I then used the bow die to cut two sparkling bows. I offset the wreaths and used some liquid glue to keep them together, then set those aside to dry.

I stamped the smaller sunflower from Lawn Fawn's "Our Friendship Grows" stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and then coloured them with Copic markers. I chose the smaller of the sunflowers because they are about the same size as the tiny wreath. Coincidence? I think not. Great job Lawn Fawn!!

I didn't have a rusty red piece of cardstock handy so I trimmed down a piece of the white and used Rusty Hinge Distress ink to get the colour I wanted. I adhered that piece to a moss green piece of cardstock and mounted those to the front of a 4x4" top fold card base.

I then used some liquid adhesive to add my wreaths and sunflowers. To finish it off, I used the Spectrum Noir clear overlay to add some shimmer to my flowers.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge
Even though I have this in my Hello Halloween Series; this is more of a Thanksgiving Card


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Shaker Tag ft. Clearly Besotted "Good to be Bad"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

As I wind down the Hello Halloween Series for this year (there's only a couple left!) I wanted to share a tag I created using Clearly Besotted's "Good to be Bad" stamp set. Tags are a fantastic way to use the smaller stamp images that would usually feel lost on a card. It can still be used for a card, just the tag would be the focus and more of the patterned paper we've all been hoarding can be seen on the front.


To begin, I stamped this witch from Clearly Besotted's "Good to be Bad" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 85lb Toner Grey paper. A while back I did a paper comparison that included this paper and I was surprised to see that despite how thin this paper is I can still use Copic markers. You can see that comparison here.

I then fussy cut her out, with no border. I die cut two tags using Lawn Fawn's "Tag You're It" die set and then used a small scalloped rectangle to cut a window out of one of them.

I stamped the greeting from the same set and used Skor Tape to attach my acetate for the front of the window. I went around the edges with Candied Apple Distress Ink and added my witch to the front.

Normally when I make shakers I double up on the foam tape so that all the little bits have a lot of room to shake, but for this one I used some chunky glitter from Recollections that didn't need as much room, so I only used a single layer of foam tape; this worked out well as I didn't want as much bulk for such a small piece.

If you find that your shaker bits are sticking to the edges of your foam tape you can use your powder tool to un-stick the sides before you remove the paper backing. If you don't have a powder tool, you can use a soft paintbrush and some regular kitchen flour and it works just as well.

I hope you like today's tag and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This tag is for:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Monday, 9 October 2017

Autumn Silhouette | ft. Stampin; Up "Lovely as a Tree"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today, I wanted to share a second card that was made for my Grandfather's birthday. My aunt lives very far away and can't be here for a lot of our family gatherings, so she asks me to create a card for the occasion.

We know it would be simple enough for her to find a card and mail it, but I think it's special (and super supportive) for her to still want a handmade card that the recipient can open during their dinner. He even asked where she was.


To begin, I prepped a piece of 110lb white cardstock with my powder tool and stamped this treeline image from Stampin' Up "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set with VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed it with copper embossing powder from Recollections.

Once that cooled, I sponged Hickory Smoke Distress Ink very lightly over the whole panel, then went over the grassy area with Shabby Shutters and over the sky with Faded Jeans. Once that was dry, the colours were too bright for the look I was going for, so I did one more pass with the Hickory Smoke.

The greeting is stamped from CTMH's "Belated Birthday" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted that piece to a piece of Kraft cardstock then adhered the whole thing to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge

Crafting from the Heart

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Product Review Series | Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I wasn't originally sure if today's review was going to be today's review. I try to mix it up and keep you all on your toes, and last week I reviewed the Daler Rowney Medium Texture Paste, and the week before that was the Mother of Pearl Structure Gel, so I was a little hesitant to toss in another paste - I mean how much paste can we all need?

Apparently I need a whole lot of it - because I have a few others in my craft room as well as this one and the ones that have already been reviewed. But I promise I'll do something different before I pull out any of those.

For the purposes of this review - I'm going to be referring to this as an embossing/texture paste because it can be used as such. However, that is not entirely accurate. This product can be used in more ways and doesn't really deserve to be lumped in with other pastes.

For my examples I will be using a 65lb dark green cardstock as well as 110lb white cardstock.


There are a couple things that make this different than the other embossing/texture pastes that I have seen/used:

  • 24 amazing colours - up until now we've been mixing our own
  • Relatively inexpensive 
  • Thicker than other pastes - which allows for it to be used in other ways
  • Smooth, silky texture


I have a beautiful frosted blue - which is why I'm using it on so many of my Christmas designs, when I start posting them, I'll be sure to link back here so you can see how it turns out.

  • The product is incredibly thick - much like a mousse (imagine that)
  • It is water based and if the product gets too dry a spritz (just one!) water can reactivate the product

I
This product can be applied in a variety of ways - making it more versatile than other pastes:

  • I use the round blending foams from Tim Holtz to sponge the product on
  • It can be brushed on using a firm brush
  • It can be spread - alone or through a stencil
  • It can be watered down and spritzed or painted on a project
As this product will dry out, I keep my blending sponge in a small sealed craft baggy adhered to the bottom. That way I don't have to throw it out each time or wash it at the end of each project. (I also store my blending sponges for the full sized Distress ink pads this way as well.)


In the example above I have used the blending foam to just add it into place (top) and then I used the edge of a scalloped circle to show how it works over the edge of a stencil. I chose to use this dark green paper to show how opaque this product is. My mousse is an incredibly light blue and it can cover the dark green of this paper with ease.


In this example, I wanted to show just how light of a shade it was when used on a white cardstock. 

Couple of Observations:
  • Incredibly metallic
  • Dries super fast - so if you are using a stencil make sure you can wipe it or wash it very quickly
  • Some warping during application but it dries flat
  • Blends very smooth when applied using a sponge
  • Low odor
  • Retains paper texture (seen in example with green paper) when applied in a thin layer
  • Doesn't seem to be colour names on the packaging 
Overall, this is an incredible product. Again, it is not something that will replace other pastes in my collection but it is an amazing addition. The cost vs. quality is fantastic. I love that it comes in so many colours and sooner or later I'll definitely be getting more. I love the metallic shine; very much a step up from other metallic pastes that I've seen.

So, if you are looking to try something new or are looking for a delightful metallic shine for your projects I'm definitely going to point you in this direction. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something to add a little flare - because it works in so many ways this is a product that can be right for anyone.


I hope you enjoyed today's review, if you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook. If you have any questions about this product or a suggestion for a future review, please drop me a line in the comments section below. I would love to hear hear from you.

*disclaimer: I am not sent products to review nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I use, that I find interesting, and that I have purchased with my own money. I am given no incentive or reward to create reviews, all reviews are based on my personal experience and are my opinions only.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

World Card Making Day - Throwback to the Beginning


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today, in honour of World Card Making Day, I wanted to take a look back. Back to where I started, back before the blog, before any of the amazing tools and stamps, challenges and inspirations, back before I found a community.

If you look back through my blog, this particular card doesn't show up at all. I don't think so anyway. (I hope not, it was totally unedited in my folder - yikes!) This card, came before my first blog post. I started blogging in November of 2015 and while the number really doesn't seem that long ago, it feels like I've been blogging for so much longer.

I distinctly remember colouring this card. It was the very first time I actually coloured hair with Copic markers. It was the first "people" stamp I coloured, and I remember choosing this one, because if I got the skin tone wrong, I could say it was supposed to be like that because she's a scarecrow. I remember being terrified to give this away - but I did.

And I remember the look on the recipient's face when she opened it, how happy she was to receive it and how proud and amazed she was that I had made this - with her in mind.


For me, it all started a few years ago, when my oldest friend and I were both pregnant with our first babies -

and I said "Hey, why don't we scrapbook their baby books?"

and she said "I don't know how to scrapbook."

then I said "Me neither."

and it was the start of this amazing adventure for us into paper and cutting and that phase of stickers and funky edged scissors. Those babies are both going to be 12 in the spring and she and I still get together almost weekly. She's still scrapbooking, making the most beautiful page layouts and designs and it blows me away. She doesn't even need the pictures to put a design together and yet somehow, no matter what pictures go in there it looks fabulous.

I moved to card making right before Christmas in 2013 (I think, I'm pretty sure) using my scrap supplies and some stickers, and let me tell you it has been a crazy journey. I was recently cleaning out my craft room and came across some of those cards and I almost cried.

I gave those to people. Real people. People I loved. I couldn't even believe it - because I look back now, after the years of practice and the new tools and my own personal evolution and I can't even imagine it. I could only picture the look on their faces when they received it. Like "ummmm thanks?"

But if they actually felt that way, the never let on. I think it totally helped that prior to me making cards I never gave out a single card to a single person for all of my adult life. Not to my family, or friends or children. Not for any occasion. I had no use for them. So when they actually did receive a card from me - at Christmas, no less - it wasn't just a card. It was a handmade card.

It's crazy for me to think, that I had been making cards for nearly two years before I started a blog. Before I looked for support and encouragement from people I didn't know. Before I looked for a sense of community - and I can't imagine being without it. I cannot picture my journey without each and every one of you, to share my ideas and the things that inspire me, to be there for any one who is feeling down or lost or overwhelmed, because I have been there. We all have.

For me, World Card Making Day isn't just some day where I have a "legit" excuse to go hide in my craft room and play all day long, it is a reminder that just like me - this whole community started out in a corner of a dinning room, terrified to show anyone what they were doing. That every day, there are people out there doing what I love to do and discovering how much they love it too.

I hope that anyone who reads this today is inspired to share if they have been too shy. To finally post that picture because today is about a community of friends that I cannot even imagine my life without.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. I know today was a bit different than usual, and I hope you don't mind, I think it is important to take a moment, every now and then, to remember that there are real people behind every card. If you made it this far, thanks for sticking it out! Drop me a line in the comments section below or follow me over on Facebook

Friday, 6 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Mini Shaker ft. Mama Elephant


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I cannot believe we're already ending the first week of October. I love fall and I'm always aghast at how fast the season goes. I'm nearing the end of my Hello Halloween series and working like crazy on Christmas designs.

When you really think about it, crafters are living in the future. The kids weren't even back to school yet and I had already been putting in a couple weeks of Halloween designs, by the time Halloween hits I'm hoping to have my Christmas cards done so I can start working on Valentine's Day.

LOL by the time Christmas arrives I'll be all Christmas'd out and working on Easter. It never seems to stop and the more we do this, the more time we feel we need for each season. Maybe after Easter, I'll start next year's Halloween cards. The cycle never stops!

And I love every minute of it.


To begin, I stamped the three little mice from Mama Elephant's "Meowlloween Extras" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and cut them using the Brother 2 Scan N Cut. Then coloured them with Copic markers.

For my panel I sponged on Shabby Shutters Distress ink using a light hand in the middle and making it darker in the corners. I used clean water to create the splatter look, then when that was dry splattered again with Copic Opaque White and again with black ink.

Once that was completely dry, I used a small square die to cut three windows; and stamped the greeting from an older stamp set (long since lost the packaging, but I want to say it's an Inkadinkado set, not entirely sure). I popped the panel up on foam tape and created a mini shaker behind each window. I mounted that piece on some Recollections Halloween cardstock.

I ran the three mice through my little Xyron "X" sticker maker and adhered them straight to the panel, and mounted the whole thing to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn Birthday | ft. Inkadinkado and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Yesterday was my Grandfather's birthday. As long as I can remember he's been a gruff, no nonsense kind of man. But he's also always been the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He's the strong, silent type - not really brooding and definitely not missing anything that happens around him. Never mistake his silence for indifference.

So it's always a treat when I give him a card. I get the "Thanks, kid" but I see the sparkle in his eyes that tells me he really likes it.


To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with my powder tool, then stamped the maple leaf image from Inkadinkado with VersaMark ink randomly around the panel and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

I then used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to add colour to the outline of the embossing and clean water to pull the colour out. The yellowish leaf on the very bottom right was a bit too bright for me, so I went over it with a bit of green, just in the middle and pulled that out to give it a mottled look. I used the light grey to go around the outside of the leaves, pulling that out with clean water, to give them some shadow.

I then prepped a piece of vellum and heat embossed the Happy Birthday greeting from CTMH "Cursive Birthday" with Copper Detail embossing powder by Recollections. I added a few tiny drops of liquid glue behind the script so it wouldn't show through the vellum, and used adhesive on the back to ensure the banner would stay stuck.

I mounted that panel to a piece of green cardstock then adhered the whole piece to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss out on any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Muse Challenge


 Thank you all so much for your votes and support!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Wiggly Ghosts ft. Lawn Fawn "Booyah"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

A while back I did a review of the Crayola Washable Watercolours, as part of that review I did a super fun galaxy background and I promised that I would create a card with it. Today is that card! The 10th in this year's Hello Halloween Series! We're winding down now, and every time I post one I just want to make more!!

I've made a few galaxy backgrounds now and this is by far the brightest. I just love the way the black muted the insanely vibrant colours but didn't really obscure them.

This is also my first "wiggly" card and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The ghosts shake just enough and don't smack into each other, so I'll call it a win.


To begin, I stamped the costumes from Lawn Fawn's "Booyah" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I then masked those off and stamped the ghosts and their treat bags. I removed the masks and cut the images using the Brother 2 Scan N Cut.

I don't have the coordinating dies for this set so I was able to use the Brother machine to cut the costumed, bag carrying ghosts as one piece instead of having to cut all the pieces individually and piece them together. This machine is sooooo amazing!

I then coloured the images with Copic markers and attached a length of "Unique Ultra Fine Invisible Thread" to the backs of each ghost. This is a super thin nylon thread that I was able to get at my local fabric store, for about $3.00. It's super strong and nearly invisible. I'm not sure what it would be used for in the sewing world; but in my little corner of the crafting universe it works wonderfully for suspending an image to make spinner cards, or today to make wiggly ghosts.

I trimmed the galaxy background piece down a bit, then used the largest of my Spellbinder Scalloped Rectangles to cut a window from the centre.

To put the card together, I mounted the middle part of the galaxy directly to a piece of 65lb black cardstock. I adhered the ends of the strings to the top and bottom of the frame portion of the galaxy using Skor tape (my go-to when I don't want anything to get away). Because I wanted the ghosts to wiggle when you shake the card, I made sure there was a bit of slack in the string. If this were a spinner card, I would have pulled the string as tight.

I then popped the frame portion up on foam tape and stuck that to the panel. I then mounted the entire piece to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | ft. Newton's Nook "Boo-tiful Night"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

So our winter weather has let up a bit, and while the thermometer outside says that it is colder than yesterday, it certainly doesn't feel like it. Without the crazy winds it feels rather nice. Oh, don't get me wrong - those kids were still bundled right up we just weren't as sad about it.

Today is the 9th(!!) in the Hello Halloween Series for 2017 and today, I'm using a stamp set that took forever to get my hands on. I've ordered from Simon Says so many times and I've never had issues. Not with their pick times or items being out of stock or shipping or anything. And they are by far the best site I have found for any card making supplies.

But isn't it just the way it is that when I order something I reeeeeallllllyyyy can't wait to get my hands on, THAT'S when the post moves so slow. By no fault of the site it took three extra weeks to get here. I was done the vast majority of my Halloween designs before customs decided to let this one through. Now, in all fairness I did order a stamp cleaner so maybe it was the bottle of chemicals that held it up? Who knows?

Either way, it took forever and the second it arrived I literally dropped everything to sit down and play!!


To begin, I stamped the large jack-o-lantern and kitty image and the greeting from Newton's Nook "Boo-tiful Night" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured it with Copic markers.

I then masked off the image and sponged Gathered Twigs Distress ink for the ground and Dusty Concord with a bit of Chipped Sapphire for the sky. Once that was completely dry I splattered with Copic Opaque White to create some stars.

Once that was dry I stamped the bats with CTMH Archival Black ink. I chose this particular ink because I didn't want the images to run or reactivate the Distress inks, just in case they weren't completely dry.

I then matted the top panel with a piece of 65lb black cardstock and then adhered the whole piece to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Image may contain: text

Selected as favourite by Design Team Member Diane! Thank you so much!!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hello Halloween Series | Fall Shaker ft. Lawn Fawn "Pumpkin Spice"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

It's the first wintery day here in Calgary. The snow is blowing and falling and it really feels like a regular fall for this area. Of course it will be summery again by Friday but that's the sort of thing that happens out here on the prairies.

In an effort to spread warmth, I thought I would share a fun shaker. Yep! More pumpkin spice! YAY!!


To begin, I used my outside stitched rectangle to remove my window from a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. From that piece I stamped the mug from Lawn Fawn's "Pumpkin Spice" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink; then coloured it with Copic markers.

I also stamped a bunch of the little shakers and cut them out using the Brother 2 Scan N Cut. I cannot tell you how much I love this machine.

For the front panel I sponged Dried Marigold and Rusty Hinge Distress inks to colour the panel, when it comes to creating that fall red this is my favourite combination. I splattered that with clean water and blotted it dry with some paper towel. Then I set it aside to dry completely.

I then stamped my greeting using Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice ink for the first and last part, and CTMH Autumn Terracotta ink for the "Pumpkin Spice".

Once that was done, I put together my shaker card. Instead of having all the shakers at the bottom, I glued a couple of the to the back panel of the window. So now, even when the card is upright there's still something there.

Finally I adhered my mug directly to the front of the window, then mounted the whole piece to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Product Review Series | Daler Rowney Medium Texture Paste


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

So last week, I reviewed the Mother of Pearl Structure Gel by Daler Rowney. I liked it so much that I was able to get my hands on the Medium Texture Paste. In many ways these products work the same way.

Typically I work with 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock in white and a portion of this review will be on that paper, but because this paste is white the rest of the review will be on a piece of 65lb Recollections dark green cardstock.


Like the Mother of Pearl Structure gel we talked about last week, this tube is giant. 8.4 US fluid ounces of awesome. And for the same low price of $5.97!! I still can't believe it.

Pros:

  • Giant squeeze bottle
  • No worries about product drying out
  • No worries about dried product falling in and mixing with the good stuff
  • Clear Bottle - I can see how much is in there
Cons:

  • Can't put excess back in the tube the way you can with a jar
  • Seems that this only comes in white


This paste spreads like icing. It is amazingly smooth. I wasn't really expecting that because it looks a little cakey - almost like caulking in a tub (I don't know what that stuff is called), the stuff that painters use to fill in the holes in the walls. But it was incredibly smooth and it stayed exactly where I wanted it to.



For this paste, I mixed it with some Distress Ink to see how well it picked up the colour. I smooshed my mini pad of Carved Pumpkin on to my non-stick craft mat and mixed a bit together with my palette knife; as you can see in the picture above it picked up the colour beautifully. I have not yet tried to mix this with other mediums, but I suspect it will work just as nicely.

I generally only use my Distress inks for mixing whether it be the mini pads or directly from the reinkers depending on how concentrated I want the colour. However, when the texture paste is this inexpensive I certainly will not feel bad about experimenting with it.


Finally, I put this through a stencil. Whether coloured or not, this is typically the most common way for me to use texture paste/structure gel on a project. I feel that this product went through incredibly well, it kept the form and didn't slip under at all.

Couple of Observations:

  • Incredibly smooth to spread
  • Dries matte
  • Low odor
  • Super fast drying time - by the time I was done with the stencil example, the first smear test had already dried to the touch
  • Uncoloured product dries slightly transparent when spread thinly over darker cardstock
  • Very inexpensive
Overall, I am beyond pleased with this product. Once my other tubs of matte paste are gone, I won't be replacing them. I'll definitely be switching to this as my go-to for matte embossing paste. Even though I'm not able to return excess to the container, the cost for this is so low that a little waste is not something that will bother me at all.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else Daler Rowney has available that I can use in my work. I'm also very interested to see how well this paste mixes with other mediums. 


I hope you enjoyed today's review. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook. If you have any further questions about this product of a suggestion for a future review, please drop me a line in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

*disclaimer: I am not sent products to review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I use, that I find interesting and that I buy with my own money. I receive no incentive or reward to compare or review products. All reviews are based on my experience with them and are my opinion only.