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!