Wednesday, April 24, 2024

*Christmas Craft Creations April Challenge*

 The April challenge at Christmas Craft Creations is always a fun one... 

We are looking for your Christmas projects that use non-traditional colours...  I chose to showcase some pink on my card!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Magenta Madness; Lawn Fawn Iridescent
*Paper:  MFT Colorful Christmas
*Images:  MFT Christmas Wishes
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Spellbinders Bottle Brush Trees

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

*Birthday Bounce Instagram Hop*

 I'm participating in the Birthday Bounce Instagram Hop today... each month, a group of card makers gets together to hop with birthday cards based on a theme...  this month our theme is "funny"

We've talked about this before... my idea of humour usually involves swearing... so I used a fun stamp set from Sassy Pants to create my card.

I had a vision in my head for this card...  but I guess my vision wasn't quite as good once it hit reality.  

I promise... we'll get to some cards I like soon!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Paper:  Paper Rose Studio Rainbow Twirls 2
*Images:  Sassy Pants Stamps Best Friends
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Waffle Flower Nesting Circles

Monday, April 22, 2024

*Just Add Ink #698*

 I am back with a second post today... with a card I am IN LOVE with!  I made this card yesterday when two of my creative friends came over to play in my craft room for a few hours.  I bought this die set on Saturday and decided to play with it yesterday... and it goes perfectly with the current challenge at Just Add Ink!  I feel like the colours I chose lend themselves to something like a sympathy card... soft and muted.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Soft Succulent
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler Stone Blue, Skylight
*Dies:  The Ton Easy Expressions; Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms
*Embellishments:  Pink & Main Rainbow Pearls
*Challenges:  Just Add Ink #698

*Bright and Colourful*

I have been struggling to make cards lately.  I've been doing OK with the cards for the design teams I'm on, but I'm struggling with cards to make "just because".  I struggle to find inspiration... I struggle with how to interpret that inspiration... I struggle because I truly love the clean and simple style but I'm not making super clean and simple cards... I struggle because things look better in my vision than they do in reality.

And this is one of those cards.  I really love this rainbow paper and wanted to use some of it on a card...  and while there's nothing wrong with this card (and I kind of like it), I don't love it.  I don't feel like it's the worst card I've ever made... but it's certainly not the best either...

I guess they can't all be masterpieces LOL!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo
*Paper:  Paper Rose Studio Rainbow Twirl 2.0
*Images:  Altenew Celebrate Today
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Noturne
*Dies:  Waffle Flower Nesting Circles, Additional Circles

Sunday, April 21, 2024

*Spring Into Christmas Linky Party*

I have another card to share for the {BYSHC} Spring Into Christmas Linky Party!  I had a lot of fun playing with some different small and medium snowflake dies as well as that beautiful Lawn Fawn Iridescent cardstock.  

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black; Lawn Fawn Metallic - Iridescent
*Images:  MFT Christmas WIshes
*Ink: Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Set; Picket Fence Studio Winter Snowflakes
*Tools:  Perfect Layers

Saturday, April 20, 2024

*Create It 3-Ways Instagram Hop -- Rainbow*

 I'm playing along in an Instagram Hop today, showcasing three cards following our monthly theme (which is rainbows).  For this hop, I have to have at least one common element in all of my cards, showing that our supplies can be versatile and used in more than one way.

I chose to make 3 mini slimline cards, all using the same patterned paper and the same sentiment set...

Card Info
*Paper:  Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed
*Images:  Honey Bee Stamps Best of Everything
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Honey Bee Stamps Best of Everything
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Glitz Discs

Friday, April 19, 2024

*Build Your Stash Holiday Card Makers Spring in to Christmas*

It's time for the Spring in to Christmas Linky Party with Build Your Stash Holiday Card Makers...  and it's so easy for you to join in the fun!

Simply make some Christmas cards and link them up on our website (HERE)... you can enter as many times as you like.  And each time you share a card with us, you get entered in to the draw for some fabulous prizes!!

Our sponsors this year are:

Tawny Owl Paperie
Unity Stamp Co.
Twiddler's Nook
Therm O Web
Not 2 Shabby
Fresh and Renewed with Teresa
Pink & Main
Newton's Nook Designs
Angie Blom Digital Designs
Colorado Craft Company
RAM Stamps
Gina K Designs
Taylored Expressions
Jaded Blossom
Gina Marie Designs
A Colourful Life Designs
Lawn Fawn
Kat Scrappiness

My friend Bonnie gifted me a partial sheet of this beautiful paper and I wanted to use it for my first card for the party.  It's just such a pretty paper!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Spellbinders gold foil;  Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler
*Paper:  Stampin' Up! Joyful
*Images:  Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Punches:  Stampin' Up!
*Tools:  Perfect Layers

Monday, April 15, 2024

*Atlantic Hearts #573*

It's time for a fun new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge...  I'm having a lot of fun mixing up some patterns for these challenges!

Mixing patterns is easier to do thanks to companies that sell their papers in pads or packs... you know that the colours to go together and often the patterns complement each other well.  I hope I succeeded with this card!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo
*Paper:  Stampin' Up! Pattern Paper
*Images:  Honey Bee Stamps Best of Everything
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  MFT FLower Bouquet
*Tools:  Perfect Layers
*Embellilshments:  black Kaiser Pearls

*AAA Colourful #3*

 It's time for a new colour challenge at AAA Colourful...  we show you a colourboard and you take inspiration from it to create something beautiful...

I decided to go super clean and simple for my card... and chose to use some alcohol ink to create my splash of colour.  I only wish that my Yupo paper was more of a true white...

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Yupo; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne: Alchemy & Tranquil Alcohol Pearls
*Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design Open Daisy; The Ton Easy Expressions; Birch Press Laskett Ornament
*Tools: Perfect Layers
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls
*Challenges:  AAA Colourful #3

Saturday, April 13, 2024

*Addicted to CAS #256*

 It's a monochromatic challenge at Addicted to CAS and I decided to go super simple with just black and white.  I just love this striped pattern paper... I need more of it!

Card Info
*Paper:  MFT Black & White Stripes
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Waffle Flower Nesting Circles; The Ton Easy Expressions
*Embossing: Altenew Graceful Gardenias
*Challenges:  Addicted to CAS #256

Friday, April 12, 2024

*CAS on Friday #281*

It's time for a new challenge at CAS on Friday.... our theme for the next two weeks is "Spring".  I decided that there's nothing that says spring more than some pastel coloured flowers.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Petal Pink, So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Pool Party
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms; MFT Stitched Rectangles; The Ton Easy Expressions
*Tools:  Perfect Layers
*Challenges:  CAS on Friday #281

Thursday, April 11, 2024

*Time Out Challenges #261*

 It's time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges... and it's an inspired by words challenge...

I don't have any stamps that are craft related... but I do have a couple of sentiments with the word craft in them... so that's what I went with.

Card Info
*Images:  MFT Distressed Patterns; Studio Katia Birthday Greetings
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Paradise, Glamorous, Cheerful, Nocturne
*Dies:  MFT Stitched Rectangles
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Magic Pearls
*Challenges:  Time Out #261

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

*Blue Floral Swag*

 Just a quick post from me after a workout and before a trip to Costco (another type of workout lol).  We joined a local rec centre about 6 weeks ago and have committed to working out 3-4 times per week.  I did a class yesterday with a friend of mine that showed me just how out of shape I am.... and left me feeling muscles I forgot I had today.  But I went back to did some weights in the weight room today.  Stairs are NOT my friend today. LOL!

Anyway...  Sharing a card I ade a few days ago... sure widh you could see those scored diagonal lines a little better....

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Spellbinders gold foil
*Images:  Pink Fresh Studio Circle Florals; Spellbinders Stylish Oval Birthday Wishes
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Copics
*Dies:  Pink Fresh Studio Circle Florals; Waffle Flower Nesting Circles, Additional Nesting Circles
*Etc:  clear embossing powder
*Tools:  ScorBuddy; Perfect Layers

Friday, April 05, 2024

*{BYSHC} Sketch #44*

 Happy Friday my friends... I am here with my first of two cards for the Build Your Stash Holiday Card Makers April sketch...

I need to tell you that I don't love my card.  I love the idea of it, I love that it's clean and simple... but I feel rather "meh" about how my card turned out...  It might be because I am not used to so much unpatterned dark space on a card front (most of my card fronts are white).

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Lawn Fawn Holographic; Stampin' Up! Night of Navy
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions Holiday
*Ink:  Verafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  MFT Let It Snowflake 2; The Ton Easy Expressions Holiday
*Tools:  Perfect Layers
*Challenges:  {BYSHC} Sketch #44

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

*CAS Colours & Sketches #534*

We have some wonderfully spring-inspiring colours for you to play with for the next two week at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I can't wait to see what everyone does with this fun colour combo!

Soft Sea Foam and Flirty Flamingo are not colours I reach for regularly, but that's just a personal preference.  In the right proportions in the right setting, they can be beautiful colours!

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Soft Sea Foam
*Images:  The Ton Easy Expressions
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms; Spellbinders Petite Blooms & Sentiments; Waffle Flower Nesting Circles; The Ton Easy Expressions
*Embellishments:  Picket Fence Studio Day & Night Gem Mix
*Tools:  Perfect Layers

Monday, April 01, 2024

*Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #571*

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.  I am back to work tomorrow after a wonderful four day weekend... it didn't look or feel much like Spring here in Calgary this weekend with cool temps (around the freezing mark) and about an inch of snow but we are warming up for at least a few days this week.

Here is the sketch for this week at Atlantic Hearts...

I took inspiration from the sketch and used some wonderfully spring-like colours for my card.

Card Info
*Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Grey, Pool Party
*Paper:  Stamin' Up! Lighter Than Air
*Images:  Honey Bee Best of Everying
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Hot Air Balloons
*Tools:  Perfect Layers