Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cardmaking Year in Review

As I've done in past years, I have a year in review of some of my favourite cards that I created in 2016. I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by! We made a lot of wonderful memories within our family these past 12 months, had a few 'personal bests' and bucket list items checked off, and let creativity shine throughout our home.


Here's my favourite family photo from this summer. Aren't we messy? I love it because we are not the 'pose pretty' kind of family, although I do have a few pictures from that day like that. Life is messy, we are silly, we love to have fun and get creative. I think it captures it all.

Favourite crafty moment from 2016?

Meeting this group of amazing women at the Stamping Away retreat in October.


In no particular order, here is a card that I love from each month of 2016.












This year I also started a series called Create Together. I was trying to encourage myself to blog more (because I like it, not because I feel like I have to), and knew if I collaborated with crafty friends I would do so. Fun challenges, no pressure, and encouraging each other to be creative.

http://cardmakinchaos.blogspot.ca/search/label/Create%20Together

Although I tried at first to do it once weekly, that changed by year's end and going forward in 2017 I hope to have a crafty guest every other week or so. If YOU would like to Create Together with me, send me an email (found on the top right under my profile picture). Don't be shy!

I'm looking forward to more cardmaking in 2017. Are you?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my home to yours. Thanks for stopping in. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

BRI #Hashtag Stamps Blog Hop


Welcome to the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog hop featuring exclusive stamp sets to the store! I'm excited to be hopping with a talented group of cardmakers today. Vanessa collaborated with Bossy Joscie and came up with two fabulous sets highlighting some of her favourite hashtags. I adore a good hashtag and couldn't wait to ink up these sets.

I used #Hashtag- Bossy for my card today. This one will be perfect to give to a friend of mine who recently earned a promotion. After watercolouring with Zig Clean Color markers and letting the paper dry, I stamped the sentiment in Purple Rain ink multiple times using my MISTI. Then I stamped the rest of the sentiments and backed it on sparkly cardstock.

It wouldn't be a blog hop without prizes! To be eligible to win one of two prizes: 4x6 #Hashtag Stamp Set or 3x4 #Hashtag Bossy Stamp Set, leave a comment on all blogs by Monday, December 26th at noon. Winners will be announced on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog on Tuesday, December 27th.

Here's a list of all the blogs participating in today's hop:

Marcie  (you are here)

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! #yourock

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #37

I just want to eat those cookies. Don't you? I hope they're gingerbread; that's my favourite kind of holiday cookie. The colours and glass jar inspired me for my card today.

I used Lawn Fawn's Ready, Set, Snow stamp and die set to create a shaker element for the main focus of my card. Paired with sequins from Little Things from Lucy's Cards, and wintry patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, it's a cute look but still having a touch of natural elegance. There's a few red embossed snowflakes on the patterned paper to draw in the red sequins in the shaker.

Head on over to the Inspired by All the Little Things blog if you haven't already, and check out what the rest of the design team has come up with. We'd love it if you could play along with us!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Create Together with Susan Opel


I have a SUPER fun Create Together guest today and a wild card to show for our collaboration! 

Do you know Susan R. Opel? I bet you do. She's a wonderful friend that is funny, smart and a creative force in the cardmaking industry. Susan is the Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things and her work there reflects her love of the English language, her bold and fun style, and her sense of humour and sparkling personality.  You can also check her out on Instagram here.

Our challenge was to watch the  2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and create a card based on inspiration from it. It was my first time watching and it did not disappoint! Amazing fashion, super-star performances from Lady Gaga and more, and THOSE ANGEL WINGS. Woah. I loved the different segments the show was divided into and diligently took notes as I watched.


I took my inspiration from the first segment of the show, The Road Ahead, which was meant to represent multiculturalism and incorporate designs from around the world. Bright colours, texture and fringe, paired with sparkle and metallic elements all shone through and I tried to bring those elements into my card, while still keeping my signature fun and simplistic style.

I used the Die-namics Mini Fringe die to cut several colours of cardstock (Blu Raspberry, Electric Red, Gumdrop Green, Purple Rain, Daffodil and Ripe Raspberry) and layered them on my card base. The Die-namics Big Hello die was cut from Black Licorice cardstock and after adhering it I added some serious sparkle with a Wink of Stella marker and a very thin coat of Glossy Accents. The final touch was a thin strip of Silver Sparkle cardstock.  Check out my Instagram feed later today for another card created based on inspiration from the show.

I'm going to turn it over to Susan now. Below you will find her card and description of how she was inspired. Prepare to be amazed!! 

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is always one of my very favorite events in early December. It is downright fabulous and quite the fast-paced and eye-popping spectacle. This year did not disappoint! I kept saying, “I don’t have enough eyes to see everything!” The show was originally broadcast on CBS on Monday, December 5th.

With all of the colors and themes and textures, it’s a go-to for my card making inspiration. You can see all of the looks by following this link HERE.

I was particularly inspired by the first of the six themes in the runway show, The Road Ahead. This image is an idea of where I found my inspiration — tassels, bold and saturated colors (especially bright blue), and strips of color. Truth be told, the entire The Road Ahead theme inspired my card.


For my card I used products from My Favorite Things almost exclusively. Imagine that!

I chose saturated hues and used the Striped Sentiment Strip Cover-Up Die-namics to inlay four colors of card stock. Tassels were a HUGE part of the entire show, so I used the Mini Fringe Die-namics from My Favorite Things to die cut fringe, and then I rolled it into a tassel. The strings of the tassels were created by braiding embroidery floss in a coordinating red.


The tassels were long, embellished, and exaggerated in appearance in the fashion show, so I added card stock circles covered in Diamond Glaze to continue the color scheme and gold sequins surrounding the tassels for extra out-there-ness.

To finish it off, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsical Greetings stamp set in gold for an added touch of luxury and die cut it with the brand new Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics.

I had a blast creating together with one of my favourite Canadian crafters!
Thanks for the invite, Marcie!

Supplies
Stamp set: Whimsical Greetings from My Favorite Things
Card stock: Blu Raspberry, Electric Red, Fuse Green, Gold Shine, and Lush Lagoon from My Favorite Things
Ink: Versamark
Other: Diamond glaze, embroidery floss, glitter tape from American Crafts, and gold sequins

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Isn't that amazing?! I just LOVE Susan's card and we picked the SAME inspiration to work with. We rock. :) Thanks Susan for creating with me this week. I had lots of fun and it really put some pep into my crafty mojo.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #36

Saturday means another Inspired by All the Little Things challenge! This week's photo inspiration reminds me of classic Christmas; lots of red and green, and very traditional.

I stamped the Scattered Surface background stamp from My Favorite Things on dark green cardstock for a tone on tone look, then adhered the We Wish You die cut from Memory Box. I paper pieced some patterned paper into the poinsettia flowers, and added lots of sequins and pearls for an elegant look.  Ignore the spot where my glue went crazy and decided to drip right on my finished card. Oh well. :)

Play along with us this week! I can't wait to see what you create based on this pretty inspiration photo. You can link your creation up at the main blog post. Have a great day!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things

As much as I love bright, bold and glittery, or even non-traditional pinks and blues for Christmas cards, there's something about good ol' red and green that makes my heart happy. The inspiration photo for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge had me wanting to create a basic, fun, traditional Christmas card.

I used a die from Kaisercraft for the main panel of my card. It was cut from green cardstock and trimmed down slightly to fit an A2 panel, then adhered to a white card base. I added some sequins and red shimmer paper for sparkle and shine. This took no time at all and is VERY festive. It might win as my holiday card to mass produce this year!

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out the other creations from the amazing design team over at the Inspired By blog. Play along with us; I'd love to see what you come up with!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Create Together with Lisa Petrella


My wonderful new friend Lisa Petrella from Bellalistona is my Create Together collaborator this week and we're working with a fun stamp set and dies from Concord & 9th. I met Lisa at a recent crafty weekend away and we had so much fun together. It is so great getting the chance to meet other cardmakers- go for it if you get the chance! Lisa has fun, clean and simple style I just adore. I love the tags she has posted lately; this alpaca tag just cracks me up, and this one is so elegant.

Here are the sets we used:

http://concordand9th.com/collections/dies/products/take-a-bough-diehttp://concordand9th.com/collections/stamps/products/o-christmas-tree
First up is a one-layer card I made using the O Christmas Tree set. I stamped the stars repeatedly in a rainbow pattern down the front of the card base, then using my MISTI stamped the sentiment several times to get a crisp, dark black look that wouldn't get lost against the busy background.

Next is a super fun tree I created using the Take A Bough dies. Don't limit yourself to using the boughs for just a tree like I have done. So many possibilities! :)

I die cut the boughs a bazillion (estimate) times from a rainbow array of cardstock and adhered them on the skewer as the helpful YouTube video instructs. Isn't that fun? I'll post a few other pictures of it on my Instagram feed for a better look. Links to that can be found at the top right of my page, under my profile picture.

Thank you SO much Lisa for creating with me this week. I hope you had fun. :) Time to head on over to Bellalistona to check out what Lisa came up with. Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Clean and simple Congrats

I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made for the Addicted to CAS challenge- code word Congratulations. Happy 4th birthday to them and this fun challenge! Clean and simple cards are my favourite kind to make. They're not always as simple as they seem to put together.


I used the gorgeous floral spray from Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th. Copic markers were used to colour it in and the sentiment from WPlus9 was stamped using my MISTI. One layer and minimal work- that's my kind of card!

That's all for today, folks. I'm running a Christmas card-making program at our local library tomorrow night and have lots of work to do still! Time to get to work!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #34


The rustic décor in this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge made me excited to use the gorgeous buffalo plaid paper in the My Mind's Eye Comfort & Joy patterned paper collection. All things plaid, rustic, earthy and wood!


After die cutting the Merry & Bright sentiment from Lil' Inkers I cut it again using a stitched rectangle die, and then stamped the trees in black. The whole focal piece was adhered to black cardstock and popped up on the plaid paper using foam adhesive. It's rather dramatic and masculine which I love.

There's some gorgeous inspiration from the design team this week, and our fabulous guest Joyce Mehrberg has a lovely creation for us too! Check it out and play along. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Create Together with Tracey McNeely


Tracey McNeely and I are back with another fun Create Together collaboration, again finishing each other's cards. This time Tracey gave me a pretty one layer watercolour creation, with a black flower from Altenew's Floral Shadow set stamped on.

It's always intimidating to try and finish someone else's work but I gave it my best shot. For my sentiment I used the Celebrate die from Papertrey Ink's Block Talk collection cut from black cardstock, and covered with Spica glitter marker for some serious sparkle. That stuff really needs to get it's act together and show up better in photos lol. I filled in the space below with silver sparkle paper and added a sequin cluster to the centre of the flower. I love how elegant it looks.


Here's card I gave to Tracey to finish. I used patterned papers from My Favorite Things and die cut the edges with a die from Reverse Confetti.

Head on over to Tracey's blog, In My Creative Opinion and check out how she finished the card I gave her. While you're there be sure to check out her 25 Days of Christmas Tags series! It's amazing! Thanks so much to Tracey for playing along with me again this week. Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SOFT and sweet

Yay for having time to play in challenges! I'm joining in on the CASology challenge this week using the word SOFT as the inspiration.


Soft reminds me of bunnies, babies and all things cute and cuddly. :) I took out my Mama Elephant New Family set and made a new baby card with the challenge in mind.

I did a soft pink watercolour wash for my background right on the card base, then stamped my sentiment and grass images. The bunnies were stamped, die cut, then coloured with Copic markers. A few sequins finish it off.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #33

Bottle brush trees are still all the rage this holiday season. I did some Christmas décor shopping for myself yesterday, and was in awe of all the lovely displays. If I had a fireplace mantel I'd decorate it just like the one in the photo inspiration this week for Inspired by All the Little Things.

Concord & 9th have a gorgeous stamp set- O Christmas Tree- that features bottle brush trees and I figured it would be perfect for this week's challenge! I stamped the trees in soft colours first, then a few bold colours in the foreground. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold over top and then the entire piece was die cut using a stitched scalloped circle die. I love the non-traditional colours on this card and need to make more like it! :)

Thanks for stopping today and head on over the Inspired By blog if you haven't already to see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the design team. You can also link up your card over there. I can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #32

This week's photo inspiration for Inspired by All the Little Things reminds me of rustic, outdoorsy Christmas decor. Those skis? I want some like that to greet company at my back door. :) 

I used the absolutely gorgeous Comfort & Joy line from My Mind's Eye for the glittery plaid patterned paper, and my new favourite Christmas stamp set, Be Merry from WPlus9. I used Copic markers for the coloured details. The sentiment focal point was adhered with foam tape. This was a VERY quick card to put together which makes it perfect for mass production. I love to have a few designs ready to go so I can make more as necessary. 


I'm playing along with Virginia's View challenge this month, which is to use Stripes and Plaid. That fun patterned paper made it easy to play along! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping in! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Create Together with Tracey McNeely


It's been awhile since I have done a Create Together post with a crafty friend and I was missing it. The fabulous Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion and I arranged to swap cards when we were on our Kansas retreat together (it's funny that us two Canadians had to go all the way to America to meet) and after ooooohing and ahhhhhhing over the beautiful creations she gave me, I worked up the nerve to finish them. It's intimidating trying to complete someone else's work but I gave it my best shot. I can't wait to see how she finished what I gave her! 

Here we are. :) 

So we forgot to get a shot of the 'before' card, but what Tracey gave me was a white embossed flower (from Ellen Hutson I believe) on Bristol paper, backed with some lovely Lawn Fawn patterned paper. 

I set to work holding my breath, carefully sponging dye inks within the embossed borders of the flower. Then I went in with a Distress Marker and added some highlights there and there to the petals, and a soft wash of blue around the entire flower. It looked nice so far so I literally spoke aloud to myself and said, "LEAVE IT ALONE, MARCIE." I don't own the same stamp set so if I ruined it I was going to have to drive 5 hours to Tracey's house and get her to emboss another one for me. :) The sentiment was put together using a mishmash of product and the finishing touch was the SUPER fun Fairy Dust from Drive By Crafts. It added the touch of fun and sweetness I was looking for. 

Now you should head on over to Tracey's blog and see how she finished this card below. I used Zig markers on Tim Holtz watercolour paper for the background, and splattered on some black spray mist. I'm excited to see what Tracey came up with! 


Thanks for stopping in today! Tracey will be back creating with me in two weeks and in the meantime, you should check out the fabulous 25 Days of Christmas Tags series that she runs. It's amazing.