Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ikat thanks

Creating my own backgrounds rather than reaching for designer paper is always fun for me. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE patterned paper...I hoard it. *guilty* What good are pattern-building stamp sets if you don't use them? :) Enter Irresistibly Ikat:

This stamp set from Papertrey Ink is a few years old now and still hasn't received much love from me. I'm not sure why, because it's SO fun to work with. Choosing what ink colours to use was half the fun! I used dye inks- Cornflower Blue, Apricot, Mermaid, Nautical Navy, and Daffodil.  The card is mainly one layer, stamped on a white card base with a glittery embossed die cut sentiment.

What is your favourite pattern-building stamp set?

I used the latest Curtain Call Challenge for my inspiration. The pillow with the ikat print, and the colours in general helped to guide my design.

Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Create Together with Angel Rivera


My delightful friend Angel Rivera from Angel's Creative World is getting crafty with me today for another Create Together collaboration.  It was just over a year ago that we last worked together; you can check out that collaboration here.  

What is Create Together?

I wish I could sit around a table with my crafty friends, drink a big ol' glass of wine (or whatever suits your fancy!) and make cards with them and all of you! 
Since that's often geographically impossible, I thought I'd try reaching out and do some fun cardmaking collaborations virtually. 

For however long there is interest, I am joining up with some amazing cardmakers and we're challenging each other JUST FOR FUN to get crafty. 

Angel and I challenged each other to use BUTTERFLIES and a SPRING theme in our creations today. Fun fact- I have two butterfly tattoos! Check out the first of my two creations today:

After watercolouring using Distress Inks I die cut the butterfly from Floral & Flutter by Concord & 9th several times. Before adhering them I added some grey paint splatters to the white card base. The sentiment was created from Wonderful Women (retired) and Layers of Love and embossed in white on grey cardstock. A few clear sequins finish it off.

My next creation is for Easter.
That GORGEOUS patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection caught my eye and I knew I needed to use it. I trimmed it slightly before adhering to a white card base and added a small strip of gold glitter paper to the top and bottom. The butterflies were die cut and stamped using Beautiful Butterflies Layers set from Papertrey Ink and dye inks. The sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages (still one of my absolute favourites from PTI) was heat embossed in white.

That's all I have for you today! Now it's time to flutter on over to Angel's blog if you haven't been there already, and see what amazing-ness she has for you there. Thanks so much Angel for creating with me today! :)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #48

Happy Saturday! Saturday means another Inspired by All the Little Things challenge...yay!! We're seeing stars this week. :) That was my interpretation of it anyway. Isn't that what's fun about inspiration challenges?


I used my Waffle Flower Starry Night set for my sentiment and did a bunch of loose watercolouring for my background. It was so much fun just to drop splotches of paint here and there and see what happens. A few extra stamped stars finish it off. One layer, but full of impact!

Head over to the Inspired By blog and check out what the rest of my teammates came up with! We'd love it if you would play along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Celebrating foliage

It's March Break here and the kids have been keeping me busy. I only had a short amount of time to put together a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #212 challenge. This unique sketch is so fun; it will be going into my files to use again!

I used a stencil on the kraft card base first using white pigment ink, then dye ink over top. It helps to soften the bold colours a bit. After splatting on a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress ink, I adhered my foliage dies and then my sentiment. The 'celebrate' was die cut twice and offset, then Glossy Accents were added. A few sequins finish it off.



I'm also playing along with CASology this week- the theme being FOLIAGE. That fits right into my love of greenery this spring season. We were just starting to get a bunch of green foliage peeking through for spring then a huge snowstorm hit. Yikes!

Thanks so much for stopping in, and have a GREAT day!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #47

Saturday means a new Inspired by All the Little Things challenge! I gasped when I saw this inspiration photo. It's so pretty and wild and fun (Coincidentally this is also how I'm often described...or at least that's how I describe myself.  *Just kidding* It's a sassy Saturday around here).

After heat embossing the map image from Origami Map by Neat & Tangled, I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a pastel rainbow across the card. A simple stitched edge and a bold sentiment keeps this card clean and simple but with an effective message!

I'm also playing along in this month's Little Tangles challenge- RAINBOW.

Head on over to the Inspired By blog to check out what the rest of my amazing teammates came up with. You will LOVE it. :) Play along with us this week! You have until Friday at 12pm PST to link up your creation inspired by the photo.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lovin' You

Popping in quickly this morning to share a fun and bright card I made for The Curtain Call GREEN challenge. I haven't put away the new Magic Flower Border die from Waffle Flower yet; I am seriously in love with watercolouring it!

I cut the die from watercolour paper and added my colour using Zig Clean Color markers and a small paint brush. The yellow splatters and the small pink heart add some extra cheerfulness to this already bright and bold card!

Isn't that fun? Clean and simple, bright and bold...totally Marcie style!


Thanks for stopping in today! Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Create Together with Bonnie Sharp


Bonnie Sharp from The Lucky Clucker is collaborating with me this week for another Create Together segment and we're creating with St. Patrick's Day in mind.

The colour green, shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold...what comes to your mind when you think of this festive holiday? We celebrate anything and everything around here so I usually hang a few shamrocks up to amuse the kids, and drink a green beer on the day of. :)

Here is my creation:
For my card today I envisioned something cheery with a rainbow spectrum. There's a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, I just know it! I used watercolor cardstock for all my die cuts, and added my colour afterward using Zig Clean Colour markers. I love all the stitching details that the End of Rainbow, Sunny Skies, and the clouds provide. My sentiment from an older Hero Arts set was stamped in a crisp black ink to stand out against the background. The entire panel is adhered to a white card base using foam tape and a few clear and green sequins finish it off.

Thanks so much to Bonnie (it feels weird to call her Bonnie because I usually refer to her as MOM) for joining me this week! Head on over to her blog and see what she created for St. Patrick's Day!
Have a great day!