Wednesday, April 21, 2021

*Striped Birthday*

Just a quick post to share this quick and easy card....  without the striped paper it would be very clean and simple, but the stripes make it busy.  I might have to try one without the stripes to.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb
*Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes
*Images:  Altenew Flower Vine; Gina K Wreath Builder
*Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics
*Dies:  Altenew Flower Vine; Spellbinders circle

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

*Not Older, Just Better*

This card isn't a favourite... but I was playing around with another of the Craft Roulette challenges and this is what I came up with.  Orange and I are not friends, and that was one of the parameters.  I had to make a card with circles, using orange plus two other colours, a plant (a flower is a plant, right?) and a stencil.

I created my own stencil by cutting out a background die and using it as my stencil.  I thin I should have done a lot less orange... I tried to make it very light, but that didn't work as well as I'd hoped.

Items Used
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb
*Images:  My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Wishes
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler Bellini, Sweet Sixteen, In The Park; Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms; unknown circle die
*Tools:  Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia
*Challenge:  Craft Roulette #48

Monday, April 19, 2021

*Less Is More #441*

It was a crazy weather weekend in Calgary this past weekend.  I got off work around 2pm on Saturday and it was 20C and beautiful so I rushed home and in to shorts and a t-shirt, put on some sunscreen and sat on the back deck with a cold drink and a good book.  We enjoyed BBQ steak for dinner and sat out around the new fire pit for a few hours before heading to bed.  We woke up Sunday morning to snow... it snowed until mid-afternoon, leaving us with several inches in the grass (thankfully the roads and sidewalks are pretty much clear).  The temperature is a little warmer today (than yesterday) and the forecast says 18C on Wednesday before more snow on Thursday.... what??!

Sunday was the perfect day to spend in my craft room, creating while chatting on Zoom with some of my crafty friends that live a 4 hour plane ride away.  These ladies get together twice a year for a weekend of crafting and this was their third virtual crop.  I usually fly out to Ontario for the fall get together... I spend a week or so with my sister and we spend the weekend with these ladies.  It was nice to be together, even if we weren't "together".

This was one of the cards I created on Sunday.... using the parameters of a one layer card using "diamonds" for the current Less Is More Challenge.  I created this card using some scraps left over from a card you'll see on Friday...

Items Used
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb
*Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things Dots & Strips Brights
*Images:  My Favorite Things Essentials Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Memory Box squares
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals

Sunday, April 18, 2021


 Thanks for popping by!  I'm here today with the new challenge over at AAACards... you all know I LOVE my clean and simple challenges!!  For this challenge, we are playing with a one inch strip on your card with the optional twist of small stamps.  Everything in your design has to stay within that one inch strip...  it can be a diagonal, across the top, down the bottom, a tall card, a wide card... whatever you choose, but everything has to fit in that one inch strip!  

Share you creation with us HERE for your chance to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

I started out with a line of one inch flowers and added a skinny sentiment across it.... and after I had it all together I realized I made a mistake.... can you find it?

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Highland Heather, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apply Green, Pacific Point
*Images:  My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Wishes
*Ink: Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels; Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Tiny Iridescent Bubbles
*Etc:  foam adhesive

Saturday, April 17, 2021

*Another Craft Roulette*

I'm back with another creation for a Craft Roulette challenge... this was week #51.  Please see yesterdays post for more information about Craft Roulette... it's a lot of fun!

For week #51, the parameters were Card with Flaps, Spring Colours, Dog(s) and Book Page.  What I love about this challenge is that the interpretation is up to you.... so my book page and flap were combined to create a bookmark that you can take off and use!

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Purple Posy
*Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes
*Images:  Gerda Steiner Dachshunds
*Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics
*Dies:  Memory Box Square Basics; Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Sparking Crystals
*Tools:  Corner Chomper; ScorPal; Big Shop
*Etc:  foam adhesive

Friday, April 16, 2021

*Playing Along with Craft Roulette*

Have you heard about Mary Gunn Fun's Craft Roulette?  I hadn't either.  But that changed a few weeks ago when I saw a card created by the fabulous Melissa and I was intrigued by the Craft Roulette that she was talking about.

Mary Gunn started Craft Roulette in the spring of 2020... she goes live on YouTube on Friday evenings with a guest designer.  She spins a wheel to choose the parameters of what will be created that night and then the two of them create live using those parameters).  She has a numbered list and the wheel is numbered.... she does four spins for four parameters....  Project, Colours, Element and Random.  It's a fun way to spend some time and to get in to the head of different creators.  You can submit your creations to Mary and she'll include your card in her round up video a few days later.

I've played along a few times now and love that it makes me think out of the box.  I encourage you to check it out!  I created this a few weeks ago, playing along with week #50.  Our parameters were a fun fold, four different colours, dry embossing and floral cluster.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Granny Apple Green, Costal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple PUnch
*Images:  My Favorite Things Bitty Birthday Wishes
*Ink: Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms; Taylored Expressions Simple Sentiments, Simple Sentiments Backer
*Embossing Folder:  Intrinsic
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Tini Iridescent Bubbles

Thursday, April 15, 2021

*Pop of Colour*

One of my favourite things is to see anything (cards, book covers, clothing) that are black and white with a nice pop of colour.  The Misti is great for doing a card this way with one stamp.  I used purple tape to mask the parts of the stamp I didn't want black, inked it up, removed the tape and stamped the image down.  I then used (clean) purple tape to mask off the parts I wanted to be black and did it again.  I added some black and white striped patterned paper and a few gems and done!

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*Patterned Paper:  My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes
*Images:  Catherine Pooler Good Things
*Ink:  Catherine Pooler It's A Boy; Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals
*Tools:  Misti; Perfect Layers

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

*Time Out Challenge #185*

I'm so glad I found the Time Out Challenge Blog... they have a rotating schedule of challenge ideas and this challenge was a photo challenge.  You can take any part of the photo and create a project inspired by the photo.  For me I took the bright and airy feel as well as some of the colours for my card.  

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness, Seaside Spray
*Images:  My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Stampin' Up Pierced Blooms; Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners
*Tools:  Perfect Layers

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

*CASology #388*

Hello!  And welcome to another clean and simple challenge with the team at CASology!  For the next two weeks, we want to see your creations that embrace the cue word of "hello".  The best part of these CASology challenges is that it doesn't matter how *you* interpret the cue....  in fact, we love to see it when people think outside the box!  You have just shy of two weeks to link up your creations for a chance to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!  Just go HERE to link up your card!

Our Guest Designer for challenge #388 is the creative Asa.... I love her style!  Please pop by her blog and show her some love!

I did not think outside the box for this card.... the photo isn't great as the word "hello" is really lost on the patterned paper I chose.  It is more obvious in person.  I was going for a summery happy vibe with this card...

Items Used
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb
*Patterned Paper:  Catherine Pooler
*Dies:  Picket Fence Studios Hello Word Die; My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Centra Park Fusion, Tiny Iridescent Bubbles
*Etc:  foam adhesive
Head on over the the CASology blog for more inspiration from the wonderful design team... maybe even take a few minutes to visit each of their blogs and leave them a little love!  And don't forget to share your clean and simple "hello" cards for your chance to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

Monday, April 12, 2021

*Too Many Candles Ombre*

When I saw this ombre paper in the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog, I had to have it.  I loved it.  And now that it's in my stash, I don't have a clue what to do with it.  This card was tough for me.  And it's not like it's a fancy card.  But using this paper was a struggle.  Sigh.... why do I buy things to put in my stash that I then don't know how I want to use them?

Items Used
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Bumblebee
*Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up! Oh So Ombre
*Images:  My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne
*Dies:  Photoplay Norbert's Birthday; Stampin' Up! Tasteful Labels
*Etc:  Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

Sunday, April 11, 2021

*Grey Stripes*

I bought this die... I had to have it when I saw it.... and let's be honest, I've used it a few times and my cards have been basically the same.  Hmmmmmm, is it time to get rid of it?  Obviously not since I put it back in to my stash instead of my "garage day some day" bin.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb; Stampin' Up! Smokey Slate; Watercolor Paper
*Ink:  watercolour pens
*Dies:  Stampin' Up! Pierced Blooms; Pink Fresh Studio Fancy Diagonal Stripes; Simon Says Stamp Celebrate
*Tools:  Big Shot
*Embellishments:  Studio Katia Arctic Pearls

Saturday, April 10, 2021

*Addicted to CAS #195*

Todays the day for a new clean and simple challenge over at the Addicted to CAS blog.... and when you see the code word you'll understand why this was an easy one for me...

Yup, a clean and simple floral card.  Done!  I LOVE using just two of the AlteNew layering stamps to create a great clean and simple card instead of all three layers.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110lb
*Images:  AlteNew Fabulous Florets
*Ink:  Vesafine Clair Nocturne, Verdant, Golden Meadow, Glamorous
*Tools:  Misti

Now, it's your turn!  We want to see YOUR clean and simple floral cards!  Link your creation on the Addicted to CAS blog for your chance to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

Friday, April 09, 2021

*Scrap 'n Stamp Circles*

Welcome to Friday, everyone!  I'm back on the Scrap 'n Stamp Canada blog today with a relatively clean and simple card to go with the Random Acts of Cardness prompt of CIRCLE.  Can you believe we've being doing these word prompts for more than a year now?!  I'm just happy that winter is behind us and while spring in Calgary can be hit or miss, I am hopeful that things will just continue to get better (cue the inevitable snowstorm...).


I had a lot of ideas floating in my head about what I wanted to do to play with circles... there are so many possiblities!  But I decided to create a circle (wreath) out of circles.... I chose some beautiful inks from Versafine Clair and started to play with my Gina K Wreath Builder and some circle stamps from My Favorite Things.

Aren't those colours delicious??!  I just love the coverage I get with the Versafine Clair inks, even on a solid stamp.  And I enjoyed using the Wreath Builder to create something that wasn't a standard floral wreath.  In fact, I think this was easier for me than figuring out where to place flowers and greenery.

*Images:  My Favorite Things Color Drops; Gina K Wreath Builder
*Tools:  Gina K Wreath Builder; Misti; Perfect Layers

Thursday, April 08, 2021

*Floral Sympathy*

One of my childhood friends lost her Dad to Covid last month... and I needed to put together a quick card to send to her.  I love love love those these AlteNew flowers look when I only use the outline and the one layer inside.  It makes them look so clean and simple, even though there are several on my card.

Items Used:
*Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Cover 110lb
*Images:  AlteNew Fabulous Florets; Avery Elle Sentimental Too
*Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Catherine Pooler Sage, Polished, Rose Petals
*Tools:  Misti