Saturday, 20 October 2018

International Sloth Day - Happy (belated) Birthday | ft. Lawn Fawn Stamps and Interactive Dies


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

Today I wanted to share a card (and video) for an interactive, masculine and SUPER cute belated birthday card, featuring Lawn Fawn's "Double Slider Surprise" die set, "Hang in There" and "Critters in the Jungle" stamp sets, all in honour of International Sloth Day. That's a thing. You can Google it.

So I had a completely different card in mind when I woke up this morning, and not gonna lie - it took a bit for me to get that one out of my head, or at least off to the side, so I could create this one. Sloth Day only happens once a year, and I'll not miss it. They are, after all, my most favouritest of animals.



I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

In the video you'll see the list of Copics that I used to create this card, I also discuss why this die set gives me the most trouble out of all the interactive sets I have. As well, in the interests of full disclosure, I do go off on a pretty long tangent about the value we put on our work, and why it is important that we continue to do what we love BECAUSE we love it, not to make everyone else happy. Oh, and you'll also see me make a bit of a masking error and how I fixed it. This video is loaded with stuff today; I didn't even list them all!


I really wanted the sloth to be the star of the show, not counting the interactive element, as that generally steals the show. We all love a little interaction in our cards!

I kept the colouring super simple on all of the elements, all of which are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock.


So while we're chatting about mistakes (in the video) I also didn't really put the card together the way I wanted. The pull up panel goes waaaay further than I wanted because I didn't use the stopper mechanism - and they provide it for a reason. Sooo maybe next time. Whoops!

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

This card is for:





Friday, 19 October 2018

Adding Dimension with Coloured Pencils | ft. Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Flowers"


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

Today I want to share a card I created using Simon Says Stamp's "Beautiful Flowers" stamp set, Distress Oxide inks and PrismaColor Premier pencils.

The end result of this card is not what I had planned. I had just wanted to do an ombre background and stamp the image over top, just something super simple so I could get back into the swing of things. I've been having some serious issues getting over my creative block. I have a lot of ideas and I find that they build up but then I can't get any one of them out on paper. It's incredibly frustrating.


I began with applying Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink to my panel. I then splattered it with clean water and then splattered again with Perfect Pearls in gold.

Once that was dry, I put the panel in my MISTI and stamped the large floral image from Simon Says Stamp's "Beautiful Flowers" with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.

I had planned on leaving it at that (after adding the greeting from Beautiful Friend), but then I thought I would add a little bit of colour in the areas where I wanted shadows. Then down the rabbit hole I went. I just couldn't stop myself. I started adding darker and darker shades to deepen the shadows. Once the shadows were there, it occurred to me that the highlights weren't highlight-y enough.

When all was said and done, it was completely different than I had originally planned. I intentionally did not do anything with the leaves, I wanted just the flowers to really pop off the page. Kind of like a one layer spotlight technique.


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, over on Facebook and on YouTube. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Floral Thoughts Mini Series | ft. Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Flowers" and 2 Kinds of Watercolour Pens


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

Today I wanted to share a card (and video - two days in a row, peoples!!) featuring the Beautiful Flowers stamps set from Simon Says Stamp. I received this in one of their monthly kits, but I think it is still available independently on their site. I wasn't sure how much I was going to love the giant floral images, turns out I love them a lot and I cannot wait to get more. There is a Sketchy Flowers coming in the October card kit, but that hasn't made its way to me yet.... I've been checking every single day and it's like that commercial where the little kid looks so hopefully only to be woefully disappointed - that's me. Every. Day. I can only imagine what my neighbours think when I shuffle back to the house empty-handed.


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

So I've done some cards using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and I've done some cards using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens but I've never used the two together. Until now. I didn't have quite the palette I wanted to use in either set, so I ventured just a bit out of my comfort zone and used both sets. 


I stamped the image using VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed it with Ranger's Rose Gold embossing powder. It's pretty, but it really wasn't as "rose-goldy" as I would have liked. I have a new powder that has arrived (between the filming and the voice-over for this video) and I'm looking forward to trying that out.


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

Saturday, 13 October 2018

2018 Sporadic Fall Series | Happy Everything| ft. Lawn Fawn "Happy Harvest" and Large Wreath Die


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

Today I want to share a card (and video) featuring Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies, while I have done company mash ups in the past, where I mix different companies together, today I decided I was going to do a seasonal mash up. Where I live it can be any season at any time, and we are currently experiencing a Fall/Winter mix. Gotta love the prairies.


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

Check out the video above to see how this card came together. You'll also see the list of Copic Markers I used and some initial thoughts on the Lawn Fawn embossing ink pen.


So this card also has some new to me products, including the Lawn Fawn embossing ink pen, the Lawn Fawn Textured embossing powder and the Marvy Snow Marker - So I have used this marker in the past but I think this is the first time I've used it in a video or in a card that I've posted to the blog.


If you have never used the snow marker before, but want to add some super fun texture to a card you should check it out. In the video I try to do a close up of the poofing that happens when you apply the heat gun to the marker stuff. It's like MAGIC!!

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

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Sweet Birthday | ft. Lawn Fawn's "Sweet Friends"


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

Today I want to share a simply sweet birthday card featuring - you guessed it! - Lawn Fawn's "Sweet Friends" stamp set and Copic colouring. I wanted to create a clean but fun birthday card, and while digging through my stash, looking for inspiration, it occurred to me that I haven't used this set very often. So here we are.


To begin, I cut down a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and stamped the doughnut image with Memento Tuxedo black ink randomly about the panel, taking care not to stamp in the middle where I wanted my greeting to go.

I stamped the first and last part of the greeting with Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice ink then stamped the "sweet" in three different shades of Lawn Fawn ink.

I coloured the images in with Copic markers. I wanted to create an assortment of doughnuts but not get too out of hand, after all, I wanted this to be a simple card. Next I used some warm grey markers to create a drop shadow at the bottom leftish of each one and in the top right of the hole, so it would appear as though my light source were coming from the top right of the panel.

I trimmed a piece of the Really Rainbow paper to just smaller than my standard A2 sized card base and adhered that down using my tape runner. I popped my panel up on foam tape.

To finish off the card I added a couple layers of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the icing parts then covered each of them with glossy accents.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Interactive Masculine Birthday Card | ft. Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies


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

Today I have a masculine card (and video) featuring -- SURPRISE!!! Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies. I needed to create a birthday card for my grandfather who turned 86 this year! 86!! And still strong as an ox. He's totally one of my favourite people in the whole world and he got a real kick out of this card. We had his birthday dinner on Saturday (Chinese food - because that's what he loves) and he thought it was great. He even texted me during dinner to say thank you.


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

When you watch the video, you'll see that my process isn't really as smooth as it generally is. Or at least as smooth as think I am because I had a little person talking at me and asking me questions and trying to get me to do stuff for her. 


I used Distress Oxide inks to create a simple background so that my little scene wasn't just floating in the middle of nowhere, I used Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass; there is absolutely nothing special about this. I just wanted to get colour on my panel.

I used Lawn Fawn Dye Inks to stamp my little water patch from the Dad & Me set, I knew that it wasn't going to be a solid stamped image and tried to use that to my advantage by restamping the image a second and third time with a lighter colour ink to make it look more like actual water.


I wanted to finish off the inside of the card, something I don't typically do. For this one I stamped the images in second generation Distress Oxide ink and then stamped the sentiment from the Reveal Wheel Sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


For the grass and dragonflies around the little scene I used Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. This isn't in the video because of a certain little person who just *needed* to have my attention. But I do talk about that in the video.

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


Sunday, 30 September 2018

2018 Sporadic Fall Series | Grateful for You | ft. MFT's "Harvest Mouse" and Lawn Fawn Dies


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

Today I wanted to share a card (and video!!) featuring MFT's "Harvest Mouse" stamp set, which I think came out last year or maybe even the year before that, but I was completely unable to get my hands on it at the time. Then the other day I was going through Pinterest and I saw this set come up and I was all like "heeeey!!! I have that set!" and now we're here.


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

So if you check out the video above, you can see how this super fun card came together, the list of Copic Markers that I use as well as an entertaining tangent about shopping for Copic markers at my local Michael's store. (Trust me it's a good one)


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

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Happy Holidays 2018 | ft. Lawn Fawn "Thanks a Latte", "For You, Deer" and a Bunch of Dies


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

Today I want to share a card (and video) as the first in this year's Happy Holidays series, featuring Lawn Fawn's "Thanks a Latte"and "For You, Deer" stamp sets, as well as several of their die sets!



I recommend watching HD over on YouTube!

It feels a bit early to start posting Holiday cards, but as I mention in the video, I got some new Lawn Fawn goodies so it just had to happen. I do still plan to be posting some Fall and Halloween themed cards, but it's cold and yucky out today so it just felt like a winter card. As many of you know, I'm in Alberta, Canada where winter starts early and sticks around forever. Let me tell y'all, my winter tires stay on the car longer than my not winter tires and that is just a sad, sad thing.


So not only am I able to use THREE different pieces of patterned paper, I actually did paper piecing for the scarf on the mug. I know!! Totally not something I would normally do, but there it is! To be honest, I saw it on the YouTubes and it was just too cute not to try.

If you click on over and check out the video, not only will you get to see how this card came together, you'll also get to hear my thoughts on the Tim Holtz/Tonic Glass Mat. I know he talks about it being a "game changer" in his intro video, but having tried it for myself, I can certainly recommend it. Blending is a whole lot better. 


I don't know if you noticed, but there isn't a whole lot of embellishments on this card. Maybe the more patterned paper I use, the fewer sparkles I feel the need to add. Not sure how I feel about that.

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

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

2018 Sporadic Fall Series | ft. Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel and Pick of the Patch


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

It's been a crazy couple of weeks. The cold I mentioned in the last post lingered for-ev-er!! I actually had to take sick time off work, and that is not something I like to do. Today, however, I took a couple days off - just because. It's quiet at work, so the timing was optimal.

Anyway, today I thought I would share a fun fall card using the Reveal Wheel die set, the Pick of the Patch pumpkin add-on die and the Pick of the Patch stamp set.


I stamped all my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers.

I wanted to do something a little different, so instead of setting the add-on die in the reveal wheel set using the little puzzle piece notch, I eyed out the distance and turned the die upside down. This allowed me to have the pumpkin right side up, but at the bottom of the card so it could still be in the patch.

To create my background, I used some Distress Inks to create my night sky. I mixed up some Perfect Pearls in the perfect pearl colour with water and splattered that on the panel to get some shimmery stars. I also splattered some clean water on the panel for some variance.

I used one of the grassy borders to cut some of the Knit Picky paper down to make my base.

Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped my greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. I assembled my Reveal Wheel mechanism and added my critters and grass.


I adhered another piece of the Knit Picky paper to my standard A2 sized card base, then adhered my Reveal Wheel piece on top.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Deepest Thanks | ft. Lawn Fawn "Double Slider Surprise" Dies and Stamps


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

Sooo, the kids are all back at school now. Three kids, three different schools, an average of about 600 kids per school means there are 1800 kids worth of germs in my house right now, and I got them all. I don't get sick very often, but when I do... holy crap it hits me like a truck. I'll spare you the "juicy" details of what I can only describe as the great head cold of 2018, but that's the reason I haven't managed to do a voice over. I have a couple videos all edited and waiting for the voice over, but I'm sure you will appreciate not having to hear me breathe as though I had just run a marathon, and sniffle every two seconds. Trust me, I'm doing you all a favour.

For today's card I thought I would share my first attempt using the "Double Slider Surprise" die set. We all knew this was coming, I mean, when have I EVER been able to resist a Lawn Fawn item? I thought for my first attempt I would keep it relatively basic, using the "You are Sublime" and "Duh-Nuh" stamp sets.


Now, if you haven't watched Lawn Fawn's "Intro to Double Slider Surprise" video, I highly recommend that you do so before attempting this card. A couple of times. I'm a HUGE fan of their interactive dies, and while this one is no different, it's going to take a bit of practice, at least for me. Lemme tell ya.

The dies themselves are straightforward, the only one that I had issues with was the tab cutter, which makes the little indent on the sleeve. I wasn't sure what to line it up with, and as you can see in the photo above I did not line it up properly.

All the images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. I used the Brother 2 Scan N Cut to cut them all out.

To create all my background I used Distress Inks with my blending tool in various shades of blue for the water and Scattered Straw with Gathered Twigs for the sand.


Another mistake I made, was deciding at the end to add the little pull tabs, I totally should have added them before my layers - but that's on me. And let's be honest, any difficulties I had with this set are totally on me. And that's okay with me. I love a challenge and having a set that is more for the art of it, than for mass production is A-OKAY. So if you've received a card like this from a loved one, think twice before tossing it. More than a little bit of work went into creating it.

To adhere all the pieces down, I ran them through my Xyron mini X sticker maker, I've found that I can move them around a bit as a long as I haven't pushed them down completely.

I cut a piece of the Really Rainbow patterned paper to the front of my card - and then die cut my pull tabs from the piece I trimmed. This is when I discovered I should have done that waaay before this point.

To make the slider stick to the front, I covered the back with Scor Tape - which is a super sticky two way tape that I would recommend in all sizes for all things. I never have to worry about this stuff coming off.


To finish off the inside of the card, I used third generation stamping of the little submarine from the "You are Sublime" set, and first generation for the sentiment. I added a couple of the extra pieces I had coloured just for some added interest and so they got to fulfill their paper destinies.

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, over on Facebook, and on YouTube. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

2018 Sporadic Fall Series | ft. Lawn Fawn Mini Pop Up Box Die Set and You're the Pick of the "Patch Stamp"


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

So given my terribly inconsistent posting (for which I cannot apologize enough) I can, at best, promise only the most sporadic of postings for this series. Which is shocking, considering that this is by far my most favourite season. Sadly, by the time I get home from work, we have dinner and get the kids all settled, I'm just not in the head space to be in the craft room.

There have been a couple days where I have plowed through and been in there, but then sent out the cards without taking pictures. To which I end up being super unhappy with myself, because you'd think that after blogging for this long, I would know my own routine.

Anyway, it hasn't stopped me from BUYING all the new things, especially when it comes to Lawn Fawn. Today's card features the Mini Pop Up Box die set as well as the brand new "Pick of the Patch" stamp set. Both of which are SUPER fun to play with!!


To begin, I stamped the squirrel as well as the pumpkin with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, coloured them with Copics and fussy cut them out. Normally I'd use the Scan N Cut, but I'm doing some reorganizing in the art room right now, and it's a little inaccessible.

I used one of the frames from Lawn Fawn's "Mini Picture Frames" die set to frame up my images then added a length of natural twine and a brad to make it look like it was hanging. All of the pattered paper in today's card comes from the Knit Picky mini 6x6 paper pack.


I cut the mini box from some 65lb Kraft cardstock and added the side panels from the extra patterned paper on the front. I stamped the rest of my images, coloured them and fussy cut them out. To make them all stick I used the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen (which I LOVE).

When I create another of these cards, I will rotate the box so that the triangles (where it attaches to the inside of the card) open at the top. It wasn't until afterwards that it occurred to me, they shouldn't be visible from the angle at which you are looking at it. But, live and learn, right?


Much like the Shadow Box die set, I love how you can get so much more dimension in such a tiny space. Of the two new interactive die sets, this one is currently my favourite. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to make a BIG surprise on the inside of an already super fun card.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think!

This card is for:
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge



YAY!!!

Saturday, 18 August 2018

CAS Father's Day Card | ft. The Sassy Club "Sassy Wars"


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

So this is really late, or maybe really early depending on how you look at it. Either way I don't know how I missed posting this way back in June and it was too sweet to not get put up.

Last weekend I had the entire house to myself. The girls were with my mom and the hubby took our son out of town for a soccer tournament, so I made tons of cards. More than I had made in a really long time. And that's SUPER news.... expect I forgot to take pictures of them. I didn't take a single picture for the blog before getting them out to the shop. So this week, as I was searching for something to write about today, I came across this one. And like I said I have no idea how I could possibly have missed it.


To begin, I stamped the image and greeting from "Sassy Wars" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I then coloured the image with cool grey Copic markers. I used warm grays for the shadows.

I adhered the panel to a piece of red cardstock cut slightly larger, then mounted the entire thing to the front of a standard A2 sized card base. To finish it off, I covered his entire suit with Clear Wink of Stella, because why WOULDN'T he sparkle?

And that's about it. I'm kinda sad I didn't get this up in time for actual Father's Day, and I'm even more sad that I didn't really even notice that I had missed posting it. But the good news is, it's up now and I have one stored away for next year!

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Always be a Unicorn | ft. The Greeting Farm Stamps


Hello, everyone. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I have a new card for the Monochrome Monday series, even though it's a little early. I was late on the last one, so I think this makes up for it!

The Greeting Farm stamps are relatively new to me. I don't have many of them but the ones I do have I'm very happy with. I'm in this encouragement card phase right now, and I'm not sure why. Generally my cards reflect my frame of mind, so maybe I need some encouragement in my life, or maybe one of you out there need some encouragement, either way - I gotta do what's going on in my head.

I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

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

Here's a little lesson about glitter pens!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Make the Card Fit Your Scene - Deepest Thanks | ft. Lawn Fawn "You are Sublime" and "Jawsome"


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

Today I'm going to share a fun way to get all the images you want on to a single card. Just make the card bigger!! Sometimes the hardest thing (especially with Lawn Fawn) is getting all the images we want to use on a standard A2 sized card base. These images are so stinkin' cute and their sets coordinate so well that we just don't always have the space we want to make the scene in our heads come to life. So why not make a bigger card? Who says all our cards have to be the standard A2 size?

Today's card is a whopping 9x4" and even then I had to remove a couple from my vision. But hey, it happens. Don't limit yourself, do what makes you happy.


To begin, I cut a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock to just slightly smaller than my 9x4" card base. I stamped all of my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then masked them off.

Once the masks were all in place, I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blue Print Sketch Distress Inks to create my background, working from top to bottom to get a smooth blend and adding more ink as I went so it would be darker at the bottom.

Once that was completely dry, I removed the masks and coloured all the images using Copic Markers. If I were to go back and do this card again, I think I would have used some of the solid image stamps to create more in the background to give the card some extra depth.

I mounted my panel the front of my card base using my tape runner. Then to finish off the card I used some "Ocean Wave" crystals from Studio Katia to be the bubbles and applied Glossy Accents by Ranger over the windows of the submarine and the visor of the diver.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube. 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

Friday, 13 July 2018

Toot Your Own Horn | ft. Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies


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

Today I have card and video showing you how to get more out of your dies. For this card I'm using the Lawn Fawn "Shadow Box Theatre Add-On" die. This is made to go with the Shadow Box card die, but I'm going to be using it to set my stage (hehehe) for this encouragement/congratulations card.

I love sets that can be used in more than one way, it makes me feel like I'm really getting all that I can out of my die.

I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!!

While I'm not typically one for paper piecing, I just couldn't even resist this set. How many awesome scenes can you make with this set? Lawn Fawn is AH-MAZ-ING for making sets that all work together!


Check out the video to see how this card came together and my thoughts on a new liquid adhesive!

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

Friday, 6 July 2018

Hello Little Monkey | ft. Hello Bluebird "Jungle Littles" and "Spring Script"


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

Today I'm going to share a card that I created for my friend who just had a new baby! He's about the cutest darned thing I've ever seen, let me tell ya.

When I saw these little critters from Hello Bluebird stamps, I about died. Mostly for the sloth because that's my favourite animal, but the rest of them are just as sweet. They went with a monkey jungle theme for the nursery so this one worked out perfectly.


To begin, I stamped the monkey and the vine with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. There was a bit of masking involved, as I wanted him to be swinging by his tail, to fill in any lines that were missing, I used a fine-tip Copic-safe black pen to draw them in.

I then coloured the images with Copic markers. For the greeting, I prepped the lower part of my panel with my powder tool, then stamped the large "Hello" from the "Spring Script" set with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink (using the MISTI, just in case) then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Not only does this help the Oxide ink dry faster, but it gives just a bit of dimension and some shine. I stamped the "There" with VersaMark ink on black cardstock and heat embossed with white powder and trimmed it down.

I mounted my panel to a piece of patterned paper then adhered the whole lot to the front of a top folding standard A2 sized card base. To finish off the card, I used some clear Wink of Stella on the leaves and the banana and then coated them with Glossy Accents by Ranger, because while he may not appreciate the shine, I know his Mom did.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Clean and Simple Reveal Wheel Birthday Card | ft. Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies


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

Today I'm back to share with you a CAS Birthday card using the new interactive Reveal Wheel die set from Lawn Fawn along with their new Critters in Concert stamp set.

I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

Watch the video to see how this card came together!


This die set makes creating a reveal card so incredibly easy. There really isn't a whole lot more work to take your card to the next level.

To see this card come together and see the list of Copic markers I used, check out the video! As well as my thoughts on animals playing instruments, LOL.

I hope you like today's card (and video) and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar, over on Facebook and on YouTube! 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

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Tropically Beautiful Day | ft. Altenew "Totally Tropical" and Tombow Dual Brush Markers


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

Today I wanted to share a card with you that is a little out of my comfort box. If you've been reading or following on YouTube for any amount of time, you know that I love me some stamps to colour. I love making little scenes and doing all the cute little things that brought me to this community.

Today's card is a little different. Today, I'm working with a layering set by Altenew. I love their stamps, especially the floral ones, what I don't love is the price here in Canada. The exchange is just craziness! But I couldn't stop myself with this one!


To begin, I cut down a piece of Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolour paper and put it in my MISTI. I selected two shades for each flower, a lighter for the solid and a darker for the more detailed layer.

I positioned the solid stamp where I wanted it and closed the door to the MISTI, I then coloured directly on the stamp with the Tombow Dual Brush marker, gave it a little spritz with my Distress Sprayer and closed the lid.

At first I wasn't thrilled. But I've said, time and again, that if you keep going, you'll probably like it when it's done. I repeated this process for each of the flowers. I gave the panel a bit of time to dry, not completely, just so it wasn't really wet anymore, then positioned the more detailed stamp over top of the original solid image.

I coloured directly on with the darker shade, spritzed again and closed the lid. I then repeated the process for the other two flowers.

Once the panel was dry, I scribbled each of the darker shades on to my acrylic block, added a bit of water and used a paintbrush to splatter the colour over the panel.

I allowed the panel to dry again, then prepped it with my powder tool and stamped the greeting from Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Day" stamp set with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.

I then mounted the panel to the front of a top folding standard A2 sized card base. The colours I used are: Blue - 452 and 443, Purple - 603 and 636, Pink - 743 and 755.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

A Manatee-rific Birthday Card | ft. Lawn Fawn "Reveal Wheel" Die Set


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

So before I get into the card (which is awesome, by the way) I'll give a little back story to where I've been. Last month, my old boss called me up and offered me a full-time job, naturally I jumped at the chance. I opted to not give up my part time job, and therefore have been working insane hours. Twelve days on and only two off, so it was exhausting. Then my part-time job, also offered me a full time position, so I left the other job and am only working one at full time now. Sadly, they will now need to full my part time position so I'm still all about the map for days. I'm desperately hoping to get some time in the art room. I miss it, and all of you dreadfully.

Anyway, on to the card!


To begin, I cut all the pieces I needed with the "Reveal Wheel" die set out of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I stamped the images from "Manatee-rific" with Memento Tuxedo black ink and created masks for them.

I masked the images, then used Distress Inks to create the ocean background. Once that was dry, I removed the masks and coloured all the images with Copic markers.

Once my panel was completed, I assembled the wheel mechanism; which is so incredibly easy.

I then mounted the entire lot to the front of a standard A2 sized card base. To finish off the card, I used some of the Ocean Wave crystals by Studio Katia (which FINALLY arrived, like a week ago) in place of bubbles.

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, over on Facebook and on Youtube. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Shadowed Birthday | ft. Distress Ink and Heat Embossing


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

Today I wanted to share a CAS birthday card featuring Distress Oxide Inks and heat embossing with some translucent embossing powder. I felt the contrast between the colours lent a striking yet delicate look to this birthday card.

As with all cards, if I were to redo it, there would be some things that I do differently, but as it stands I'm rather pleased with how the card turned out.


To begin, I cut down a piece of 110lb cardstock to just smaller than the standard A2 size, and smooshed the Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide pads directly to the paper. I used my heat tool to speed up the drying. I choose to use the Oxide inks as they are more opaque and in this technique will not blend so much as lay down on top of each other.

Once that was completely dry, I prepped the whole page with my powder tool and stamped the floral shadow image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with some translucent teal powder by recollections. I repeated the process with the greeting from Recollections.

Generally if you use contrasting colours or complimentary colours (the teal and the orange) you will get a muddied brown. Contrasting colours look great next to each other but they aren't awesome for blending.

I was pleased to find that this didn't happen. I think that this would also be lovely in shades of green or blue with different embossed images.

I then used a piece of coordinating twine and wrapped it about the bottom of the panel and tied it off in a bow. I used foam tape to mount the panel to the front of my A2 size 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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Another Super Fun Bokeh Card | ft. Lawn Fawn "Let's Bokeh" and Distress Oxide Ink


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

Originally I wasn't going to post this one, because it is very similar to the card I posted recently. But I felt that it was different enough that it warranted its own post. Also I really like this one so I wanted to share it as well.


For this card, I created the Bokeh strip the same way I did for the other cards, just cut it down differently. I set that aside to dry and placed two strips of 1/8" Skor tape directly on the front of my standard A2 sized card base.

I used some silver Nuvo Gilding flakes to add some seriously shiny accent strips. I then stamped the greeting from Lawn Fawn using both the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink and Memento Tuxedo Black.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Happy Wishes | ft. Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Day"


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

I know I've been sporadic in my posts lately, and I apologize. I'm trying, I really am. But I've started a second job. This one is full time. So now, I'm working full time Monday to Friday as well as part time at my other job, every other weekend. So, needless to say, I'm a little tired. It's good though. The new job is very suited to who I am and the environment is fantastic. There's a lot of transit time involved, so all in all it works out to about an 11 hour day, provided I get out on time.

Anyway, today I have a birthday card featuring the Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Day" stamp set which came with the May 2018 Card Kit.


To begin, I prepped a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock with my powder tool and heat embossed three of the smaller butterflies with detail gold embossing powder. I then coloured the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them out.

I used a piece of the pink patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Rainbow paper pack and a narrow piece of gold glitter cardstock to create an accent strip down the left side of my standard A2 sized card base. I stamped the greeting from CTMH using Lawn Fawn's Wild Rose ink. To ensure I got a good impression I stamped it twice using the MISTI.

I then adhered my butterflies down and used a scattering of sparkling clear crystals from Studio Katia to add some embellishment and interest.

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

Friday, 18 May 2018

Interactive Father's Day Slider Card | ft. Lawn Fawn "Plane and Simple"


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

Today I have an interactive slider card, featuring Lawn Fawn "Plane and Simple" stamp set, along with their Slide on Over dies and a DIY stencil for the background.


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!


So I'm going to open with saying that this is not my favourite card. I don't hate it, and while I was making it everything was all great and wonderful. It was after, it just came out more plain (no pun intended) than I had wanted. 

That being said, it would work perfectly for the type of dad who is a simple kind of guy. The type of guy that just puts his head down and gets to work because it has to be done. My Dad was like that, he was a down to earth guy who did what needed to be done. He didn't like fanfare or fancy stuff. He was this amazing man who put everyone else before himself because that's just who he was, and I miss him so much.


Check out the video above to see how this card was made. I'll go through the creation process and you'll be able see how the slider is put together, the Copic markers I chose as well as how I finished off the inside of the card.

I hope you like today's card (and video) and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below. To see how I created the cloud stencils, please click here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Floral Birthday | ft Simon Says Stamp "Flower Explosion"


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

Today I want to share a card using the Simon Says Stamp "Flower Explosion" stamp. This stamp is a huge 6x6 cling that came in the 2018 Mother's Day Card kit, and if you watched my unboxing video, you'll know that I had some pretty specific plans for this stamp.


To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with my powder tool and stamped the giant cling stamp with VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with white detail embossing powder.

Once that had cooled, I used the Tombow Dual Brush markers to add a bit of colour to the area where I wanted it the darkest and used a water-brush to pull the pigment out into the rest of the space. I wanted this background to be very soft, but still have a lot of pop and the Tombow markers did not fail me.

While the background was drying, I used a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders to cut a piece of vellum down, I then prepped that with my powder tool and heat embossed this greeting from Clearly Besotted in gold embossing powder.

I adhered my background to the front of a standard A2 sized card base using Skor tape. There is some warping that happens with heat embossing and adding water and I wanted to make sure the panel wouldn't lift. To adhere my vellum down, I used Ranger's Multi Media Matte behind the lettering and in a couple places where I knew I would be adding some crystals to hide the liquid glue.

To finish off the card, I used the same liquid glue to add a scattering of the iridescent crystals by Studio Katia. I could have used coordinating crystals, but I just love how these ones pick up the colour of what is under them.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Leafy Birthday | Ft. Lawn Fawn "Stitched Leaves Dies"


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

My super awesome Aunt asked me to make some masculine birthday cards, and today I'm going to share one with you featuring Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Leaves Dies". These leaves are fantastic for both positive and negative space use, and I have several cards that use them both ways. Today I'm going to be using the positive portion of the die cut (so the piece you actually cut out).


To begin, I created my top fold A2 sized card base from a piece of 65lb Kraft cardstock from Recollections. This was originally intended to stand upright, but I decided on a greeting that worked better this way. Just gotta roll with it.

I then used the Stitched Leaves dies to cut these leaves and used Distress Ink to give them some fall colours.

For the accent strip I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock to just under an inch wide and adhered 9 lengths of neutral bakers twine with a piece of 1/2" Skor Tape. I then adhered down the leaves using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid glue - which has become one of my most reached for liquid adhesives. It's so fantastic and I don't have to worry that things are going to wiggle loose.

I stamped the greeting using CTMH Cocoa ink - I did this in the MISTI so I could stamp it twice to get a really good impression.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! 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

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Super Fun Bokeh Birthday | ft. Lawn Fawn "Let's Bokeh"


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

Today I'm showing you two cards, created with Lawn Fawn's "Let's Bokeh" stamp set and some Distress Oxide ink. The Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade are my absolute favourite summer colours; they're so bright and happy and when they come together, they make the prettiest green ever.


I recommend watching in HD on YouTube!

Check out the video above to see how these cards came together, and the one little thing I would do differently if (*when) I make them again.


The crystals from Pretty Pink Posh coordinated so perfectly with the Distress Inks. I'm not gonna lie; I was pretty please with myself over this. 


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

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Simon Says Stamp 2018 Mother's Day Card Kit


Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I have the unboxing video of the Simon Says Stamp 2018 Mother's Day Card Kit! Let me tell you guys, I am so excited for this! There are so many awesome things going on in this kit, I can't even wait to get crafty!


I recommend watching in HD over on YouTube!

Check out the video to see all the pretty things that came in this kit. The colours they picked for this year's kit are AH-MAZING!!!

*note, I mention in the video that I had to email SSS about this, but it wasn't this kit. It was an order I placed before placing this order LOL, and the wonderful people over at Simon Says let me know that the order I was inquiring about had shipped that day. So we'll be seeing that one soon!

I hope you like today's video and are inspired to get crafty. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Using Up the Scraps | ft. Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things


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

Today I have one final card for this installment of "Using Up the Scraps". The dish on my desk is finally down to a very respectable level, though I'm sure it will fill up fast enough again soon. LOL.

Between getting called in for work and doing the yearly municipal census, I just feel like I have no time to get crafty; on one hand that's great, I'm loving the extra hours. On the other hand, not so much. I miss being in the craft room and having all the creative juices flowing. But I've just been so tired!



All the images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, then coloured with Copic markers.

I used my last little panda from MFT "Beary Special Birthday" as well as two of the bears from Lawn Fawn's "For You, Deer" set. I think I was originally planning to make bookmarks for my kids, but that didn't happen.

I adhered the black frame from MFT's "Die-namics Blueprints #27" to the front of my standard A2 sized card base, then tucked to two smaller bears in the upper windows. I stamped the greeting with Memento Ink in the larger window, directly on to the front of the card base.

The big panda I popped up with some foam tape, to give the card a bit of dimension. Finally, to finish it off, I used Glossy Accents by Ranger over the icing, because every card needs a bit of shine.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Using Up the Scraps | ft. Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Day"


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

Today I have one more card for my little Using Up the Scraps train. Is it just me, or when you get a new stamp set do you just stamp all the things then have no idea what to do with them? This is the third card this week where I have just used the ever-growing pile of bits and pieces that end up on my desk to make a card.

It's a lot harder than you'd think. I get a new set and I have a million ideas and they don't just all come out neat and orderly, so I have pieces - everywhere. Pieces that had a destiny, but then real life takes over or I find that the idea in my head just doesn't translate to paper very well.

Patterned paper is like that for me too. It's sooo pretty when I see it so of course I have to have it, then it kind of just sits there; sad and forgotten.


For today's card I cut down a piece of that (oh so pretty) patterned paper I had laying around to fit the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I then used the three butterflies and the leaves that had also just been sitting around from Simon Says Stamp "Beautiful Day" set. They had been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, and coloured with Copic markers.

These butterflies were originally intended for a Monochrome Monday card, but then I was at a loss for the background. It happens.

The leaves and the two smaller butterflies were mounted flat to the base with my tape runner, and the larger is popped up with foam tape.

To finish off the card, I added a scattering of purple sequins, not because they were just laying around, but because every card needs a little bit of shine.

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

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hippo Anniversary To You | ft. MFT "Happy Hippos"


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

Today I have a super fun anniversary card I created by request using the Happy Hippos stamp set by My Favorite Things and the "mirror stamping" technique.

My mom asked me to create an anniversary card for someone she knew whose son was coming up to his first wedding anniversary. Naturally, I suggested something super romantic and had roses and lovey stuff all ready to go, and she's all like "nahhh, can you do hippos?"

Yes. Yes, Mom, I can. It was awesome! I was so incredibly stoked that the lady wanted hippos instead of something lovey. So epic.


To begin, I used the hippo with the gift from the Happy Hippos set and mirror stamped him. The original is the one on the right and the mirror is the one on the left. As I get more practice with this technique I love the results more and more. Kissing hippos? C'mon guy! How AWESOME is that?

I trimmed the left edge down and added half an inch of teal paper to coordinate with the ribbons on the gifts; then coloured the images with Copic markers. The little heart is from MFT "Bitty Bears" and it worked out perfectly!

All the images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I used a bit of Mowed Lawn Distress ink under the hippos just so they weren't floating in the middle of the page.

To finish off the card, I used clear Wink of Stella over the hearts and the ribbons from the presents, then covered the hearts with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! 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

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

CAS Birthday Card - Using up the Scraps | ft. MFT "Beary Special Birthday"


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

Today, I have another card that I cobbled together with the bits and pieces left over from other projects. It's funny how they pile up. There's just one or two to start with and then before you know it, there's a whole dish full of these little bits on the desk.


When I first got the Beary Happy Birthday set by MFT, I thought it would be wonderful to have them coloured as little pandas instead of my usual brown bears or polar bears. The problem was; I had never coloured a panda. So I stamped several and practiced, but then I didn't know what to do with them. So into the dish they went.

I used a frame that was laying around and adhered that directly to the front of a standard A2 sized card base. I popped up the bear with the cake on some foam tape and mounted him in the corner.

To finish off the card, I stamped the greeting from the same set.

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, over on Facebook and on YouTube! Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.