Monday, August 15, 2016

August Waffle Flower Crafts challenge


Welcome back for another Monday of the Waffle Flower Crafts challenge team sharing some fun creations! The challenge runs until the 25th of each month so you have lots of time to play along. Join us by linking your creation up here! We can't wait to see it. 

When I first saw the August inspiration it brought to mind washed out watercolours and jars of flowers. I loved the vases along the mantel and knew I could do something with that. :) 



After painting a soft watercoloured background for my card base, I stamped my sentiment from Lacy Flower stamp set. On a separate piece of watercolour paper I stamped the flower from Leafy stamp set, the the jar from Good Stuff, and watercoloured both using Distress Inks then fussy cut them out. The jar is popped up with foam adhesive and a few sequins finish it off. 

Head on over to see the rest of the team's fabulous creations this week and don't forget to play along with us! You have until August 25th. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Celebrating Concord & 9th!

Nothing is better than a birthday bash, and since Concord & 9th just celebrated their first one I thought I'd pull out a few of my favourites and play along with their celebrations!

I made some fun friendship cards in two completely different styles. 
First up is a bright and bold, retro themed card using Love You Mean It for my background. I stamped various elements in black, then coloured it all in with my Copic markers. The white embossed sentiment is from Crazy Awesome. Everything is adhered with foam tape for dimension. 

Next up is a pretty watercoloured creation using the flower from You Are Enough. I stamped it lightly in Antique Linen Distress ink to give me a reference so I could watercolour slightly outside the lines of it in kind of a messy fashion. I went back and stamped the outline again over top in dye ink once the watercolours were dry. A few paint splatters and that super fun Friend Like You die finishes it off. 

Happy birthday Concord & 9th! Thanks for stopping in today! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Kid's Challenge



Last summer my daughter Robin was so excited to play along in the Simon Says Stamp summer vacation Kid's Challenge and she is thrilled to participate again this summer. 


Robin loves making cards alongside me and especially loves any stamp set that has a cute critter in it. She used the adorable Clearly Besotted You're Purrfect set for her creation. After stamping her kitties and mouse she coloured them in with my Copics, stamped the sentiment and die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die. Some pearls, rhinestones and dots of glitter glue finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping in today and checking out Robin's creation! I'm back tomorrow with my own work. :) 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Late for an Important Date

On Facebook the other day I joked that I should start a challenge blog that allows you to link up alllllll the cards you have made but didn't post in time to actually play along WITH the challenge. Ha! 
So many of you agreed! :) 


I thought I'd show you a few of the ones I've made recently that didn't get posted in time to play along...but why not share them anyway?! 

This one was for a unicorn challenge at Curtain Call. I thought it turned out so cute. :) 

Darn sketch challenge with only one week to enter! CAS(E) this Sketch always has some creative sketches to play along with...if you remember to link up in time. :) 

And finally super cute patterned kites for the Lawnscaping Challenge #135: Patterned Palooza and...gasp!! I'm not late for this one! Yay!! It's a miracle. :)


Thanks for stopping in today! Do you have any cards you've made but didn't post in time for a challenge? Blog about them and share your link in the comments. I'd love to feel like I'm not the only one! :) 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Create with Vera Yates


It seems like my Create Together posts are what is keeping me blogging this summer! It is so fun though to share these collaborations with you. I really enjoy working with all kinds of talented people in the cardmaking industry. Making friends and crafting with them? Perfect! 

Today I have the wonderful Vera Yates from Ling's Design Studio creating with me. Vera is such a cheerful, happy soul in the cardmaking world and her love for animals in real life shines through to many of her creations. Adorableness aplenty can be found here (an interactive feature!), here (I'm a sucker for a fun shaker card), and one of my recent favourites here (colourful, classy AND cute!).  

We decided to CASE a card from each other and I had a hard time picking which one I was going to do. In the end, I chose this pineapple card and tried to incorporate some of Vera's signature style in my own creation. Soft inking, pastels, great colouring, and animals. :) 


I stamped and masked off the kittens, then did some subtle ink blending around them. I coloured them in with Copic markers and then used my MISTI to help me stamp the sentiment in two ink colours. A strip of patterned paper and some sequins finish it off. Sometimes I feel like I should just have a shortcut on my keyboard with the sentence "some sequins finish it off" programmed into it. I type that a LOT. 

Thanks so much to Vera for playing along with me this week! Please head over to her blog and see what she created based off one of my creations. Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Create Together with Leigh Penner


I'm back with another weekly dose of fun Create Together collaborations!
The wonderfully creative Leigh Penner from To The Full is returning this week, and this time SHE chose the inspiration, and is it gorgeous. 

SO pretty! I immediately thought of the Mighty Oak die cut from Papertrey Ink.  

The card base was stamped with the Typewriter Text 6x6 background from My Favorite Things in Vintage Photo ink that had been stamped off for a faded look.  The hill was die cut with Stitched Snow Drifts with a sentiment from Uplifting Thoughts stamped in black.  After die-cutting and inking the tree branch up with Antique Linen Distress Ink I stamped over top of it with the Typewriter Text stamp. The leaves were left white with a little black inking around the edges. Clear sequins were a great finishing touch. 

A sympathy-type sentiment for this card would have worked too, but I changed my mind at the last minute and wanted something more uplifting. I'm going to make another one that is a sympathy card for my stash. 

Thanks for stopping in today and thank you SO MUCH to Leigh for joining me for two Create Together segments. I love the getting the chance to know other cardmakers! 
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Create Together with Jake and Robin


My Create Together guests today are just about as cute as they come. My smart, funny kiddos Jake (age 9) and Robin (age 7) are joining me today in making some summery cards. Here's a picture of us together that my husband took on Canada Day.


For our cards we used the Campout stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop


Jake kept it simple with his stamping by adding his images to a piece of kraft cardstock and colouring it in with Copic markers. He used a stitched rectangle to cut it out and adhered it to a dark green card base. 



Robin created a colourful one-layer card by stamping right on the card base and colouring it all in with Copic markers. She highlighted her sentiment by adding some fun marker detail around it.  

For my creation I started with a kraft card base and added white cardstock lightly inked with blue dye ink. Next came the clouds, hillside and sun all with fun stitched details. The sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped, coloured and cut out the trailer and adhered it with foam tape to card. A few sequins finish it off. 

Today's card is perfectly timed for the latest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to CREATE A SCENE

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope that you enjoyed our creations. My kids are old enough that it's not a real pain to create with them anymore; they remember to put the lid back on the ink pads! :) It will be a fun summer of cardmaking together.