Friday, February 16, 2018

*Just Wow*

Bonnie brought over this Stampin' Up Sale aBration stamp set when she came to play a few weeks ago...  I will admit, just looking at the stamp, it doesn't look like much... but I am shocked at the detail you can get on regular cardstock with dye based ink.

I stamped it in a dark purple ink and cut that layer and the striped layer with the MFT stitched rectangles.  I added it all to a white card and stamped the sentiment in black VersaFine ink.

So very quick and easy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

*A Valentine*

I can't tell you the last time I made a Valentine.  Over the Christmas holidays I won a prize from Scrap n Stamp and I was excited to see it was hearts since I have *nothing* with hearts.  I was inspired by a card that my friend Bonnie made and decided to try it myself.

The heart die and little heart stamp are by Lawn Fawn.  I cut them out of white cardstock and stamped the little heart on them and then dragged a grey ink pad along the edges.  I used some Ken Oliver Color Burst powder with a water pen to create the scribble background and once it was dry I covered it with some clear Wink of Stella.  I used pop dots to attach the hearts to the card, added a Catherine Pooler sentiment and used my Perfect Layers tools to create the black matte.

It's funny... when I had just the scribble background, I didn't like it at all.  I placed the hearts and still didn't like it.  I took the hearts off and added the black matte and the Wink of Stella and suddenly I liked it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

*Geometric Embossing Folder*

I was playing around with a new embossing folder, seeing how it looked when I embossed it on coloured cardstock and decided to make a card out of it.  I really wasn't sure about this card as I put together each piece, but in the end, I really like it.

I used some of those great (and old) Michael's Bridal flowers and I coloured them with some Copics and added a little black pearl to the centre of each flower.  I used a Spellbinders die to create the white circle and stamped a Penny Black sentiment in black Versafine ink.  I adhered the flowers to the white circle and then added it all to the purple panel before placing it all on to a white card.
In other news... yesterday was my last day of chemo pills....  I am *really* looking forward to the next 6-8 weeks as these drugs leave my system and I start to feel "normal" again... it could have been so much worse, but I'm tired of the constant exhaustion, of not tasting food and of just not feeling well, day after day. 

Friday, February 09, 2018

*Simplicity Inspired*

I saw a card very much like this on the Simplicity By Lateblossom blog and on a day I wanted to create but had no flowing mojo, I decided to CASE it.  She does such an amazing job embracing the white space and rocking the clean and simple look.

I used the MFT stitched rectangle dies, a stamp set by My Favorite Things and some Catherine Pooler inks to create this simple card.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

*Thank you Cathy Zielske!*

I love some of the stamps that Cathy Zielske has designed... some of them are completely inappropriate and so totally me.  I added some other stamps to her "beyotch" stamp to create the sentiment on this card.  I added some images stamped with Catherine Pooler inks, a 1/16th blue layer and a few Dew Drops to give some sparkle...  Now to figure out who I can send this to without offending them LOL!

Friday, February 02, 2018

*CASe This Sketch #238*

It has been a long time since I've used a sketch and come up with an idea to go with it...  For this card I used the flourish from Stampin' Ups Baroque Motifs.  I coloured up some white shimmer flowers (from Michael's several years ago) with Copics and added a Penny Black sentiment in black VersaFine ink.  I used my Perfect Layers Tools to create the green layer and then popped it all on to a white card.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

*Just Breathe*

Another card inspired by Pinterest...

I used all AlteNew stamps as well as Catherine Pooler inks....  very simple.

Friday, January 26, 2018

*Christmas Tree Hats*

I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and thought of the Christmas tree punch from Stampin' Up... and thought, why not...

I found some patterned paper in my stash (probably from 10 years ago) and cut out the trees, leaving off the stump.  I cut squares of white cardstock and then layered them on to coordinating colours of cardstock using my Perfect Layer Tools.  I added some of those cute little dimensional flowers and a sentiment from MFT stamped in black Versafine ink.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

*Have Your Cake*

I'm so pleased with this card.... another from my head instead of from the internet!

I used my new Memory Box die on a white panel and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create the purpl-ish border.  I put the centre of the circle in white on the under layer with pop dots and added some flowers to the centre (with a little bling in the centre).  I added the Penny Black sentiment in black VersaFine ink and put it all on to a white card.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Good afternoon crafters!  I hope that 2018 is being kind to you so far.  I am a few weeks away being done treatment for colon cancer and am counting down the days to when I don't have to take my chemo pills anymore.  I don't yet know what my follow-up looks like, but I'm sure it will be better than taking pills every day for 2 weeks (for 8 rounds).  I'm looking forward to getting back to work and getting back to my life... although I will miss all the free time I've had to create!

This is a card that came completely from my head, not something I saw online.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy to have created from my own inspiration.  The long image is by Close to My Heart which I stamped in black Memento ink and coloured with some Copics.  One of my Copics "pooped" on the card so I added two little dimensional flowers to make it look like "I meant to do that" and to cover the excess ink.  I added the word, stamped with Catherine Pooler ink and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create the 1/16" border before putting it all on to a white card base.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

*All About You*

Another card that came from my head instead of from inspiration on Pinterest.  I seriously think I was a better card maker before the internet boomed.... I had to rely on my instincts and my own ideas to create.  Now I find myself wanting to copy others' ideas but they never turn out looking they way I want them to.

Sad, eh?

I used a MFT stitched rectangle die on the front panel after stamping the chevron dots several times in Catherine Pooler Inks.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and cut it with the MFT stitched rectangle dies.  I did both rectangular panels with my Perfect Layers Tools to create the 1/16th" borders (I love my Perfect Layers Tools!) and layered it all on to a white card base.

Friday, January 12, 2018

*Special Thoughts and Wishes*

Calgary is slowly coming out of another short deep freeze... we had one that was more than a week long over Christmas and thankfully this one was only 3 days long.  I don't like the cold but I do love where I live, so I guess I have to put up with it.

I love the clean and simple lines of this card.... a Close to My Heart stamp, minimal colouring with Copics, a thin layer of green cardstock and all put on to a white card.

Monday, January 08, 2018

*MFT Balloons*

I bought this My Favorite Things die set a while back and this is the first I've played with it.

I cut two different sized balloons out of MFT patterned paper.  I layered the smaller one on top of the big one using pop dots.  I added the "strings" in back paper and stamped the Penny Black sentiment in black VersaFine ink.  I added a few little sequins to finish it off.

Friday, January 05, 2018

*More AlteNew*

I may have bought like 5 or 6 AlteNew stamp sets just before Christmas.  In my defence, I used my Christmas money to buy them.

There are a multi-step set that I stamped using Catherine Pooler inks.  I added the leaves and suddenly I hated what I had created.  I put it aside for a few minutes, then had a thought.  I cut ou the happy from a My Favorite Things set and layered it a few times and added it over the flower.  I stamped the birthday and die cut it from the same MFT set and layered it with pop dots.  I cut the size of the panel down, used my Perfect Layers Tools to create that awesome 1/16" border in white and put it all on a white card.

I don't *love* this card, but it's much better than what it was when I first finished the stamping...

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

*New Copics*

Before Christmas a friend posted to Facebook that she was selling a bunch of her crafting stuff.  Way back when, when I worked at the scrapbook store, I had almost a full set of Copics thanks to a great staff discount.  But after a while I found I was never really using them so I sold off most of them.  In the last several months, I've been missing them.... so I bought 122 Copics from my friend who was selling them and made myself a deal that I needed to play with them so I would learn to enjoy them more.

So on the 30th, while playing in the craft basement with my sister, I played a little.  I stamped these AlteNew flowers and coloured them up.  I then cut them out with my Brother Scan n Cut and layered them on a white card base.  I added a "happy" die cut that I layered three times and stamped the birthday underneath it.

I have a ways to go to be "good" at Copics, but I'm going to try!