Monday, June 24, 2019

*CASology #346*

Happy Monday!!!  We celebrated the first few days of summer with a whole lot of rain here in Calgary.  We had a nice respite on Saturday in time for the Colon Cancer Canada Push For Your Tush (if you recall, we walked in the pouring rain last year) but it's been raining for days.  The grass sure is green... but it's going to be jungle length before we get a chance to mow it!

My hubby was away this past weekend and I spent most of my time watching crappy movies.  I even managed to make a few cards.  I am happy I had the time to play along with the current CASology challenge... the cue for this challenge was "ring".
I absolutely love these chain link circles dies... they end up looking so pretty and dainty!  A friend of mine had asked me to put together a set of cards for her and she wanted me to include a couple of sympathy cards... I thought that this ring would be the perfect start to a sympathy card.  I added a couple of those Michael's bridal flowers I bought *years* ago and I coloured them with a light yellow tombow.  I cut out the Avery Elle word "sympathy" in brown cardstock, added a brown gem to the centre of one flower and stamped "with deepest" from the Avery Elle Sentimental Too sent in Icing on the Cake Catherine Pooler ink.

I cut the layer slightly smaller than a regular card and popped it up on the top fold card with foam tape to add a little dimension.

In my world, CAS cards are perfect for sympathy cards... you want the sentiment to be the part that stands out.

Thanks for popping by today!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

*Giant Card*

About a week ago, a patient at the Chiro office I work at found out I made cards... and she asked if I could make a HUGE card for her and her co-workers to add photos and signatures to to give to their friend who is retiring.  I told her I wasn't sure I could pull it off as I only ever make small cards.  She was convinced that anything I could make would be better than anything she could buy.  So I decided I'd at least try....

And you know what, I kind of like what I came up with.  To be honest, I don't love it (in fact I can see where I could improve it) but it did turn out pretty darn well.
I started with two pieces of 18"X24" foam core board.  I used my Silhouette to cut the words out of vinyl.  I didn't quite make it centred, but I tried :-)  I then cut a bunch of these multi layered daisies with my Big Shot and four colours of cardstock and put them together using different colours together as much as I could.  I curled the petals on some of the flowers, sometimes both layers, sometimes only one layer and sometimes none at all.  I then sprayed them all with spray glitter.  After they were dry, I attached them around the words.  

The biggest thing to figure out was how to bind the two pieces of foam core together so that it would open and close properly.  I decided on some colourful 1" binder rings.

The woman who asked for the card came by to pick it up on Tuesday evening and I am happy to say that she was thrilled with it.  And I was relieved!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

*Happy Father's Day*

Just a quickie card for you today....  so simple to throw together.  I have a tough time making more masculine cards... I hope I succeeded with this one.

I used this great Picket Fence Studios stamp in my Misti so that I could stamp it multiple times to insure I got a really black and crisp image.  I added the kraft layer to a white card and stamped the greeting on a scrap of white and gave it a flagged left end.  I put the sentiment strip on with foam adhesive to add some dimension.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

*Embossed Circles*

I was going to start my post with some chit chat about my shock that it's already the middle of June... but honestly, I'm shocked at how fast every week/month/year seems to fly by as I get older.  And I'm sure I've started 100 blog posts that way! LOL

So... here we are in the middle of June... the weather here in Calgary has been up and down, sunny and wet, rainy and snowy.... but hopefully we have lots of sunny warm days ahead of us.

I am on the Scrap'n Stamp blog today with another Clean and Simple card.  I sometimes wonder if perhaps my cards aren't quite "enough" for a design team since they are often so simple.  So this time I challenged myself to do a technique but still keep the card clean and simple, which is my style.
It's tough to incorporate techniques in to a clean and simple card as many techniques add too much to the card to still be considered clean and simple...  but I think this one worked well.

I started with a white panel.  I used my MFT stitched circles dies in different configurations, taped together with a large strip of Post-It Tape.  I placed them on the card panel and put them through my Big Shot with the rubber embossing mat so that the circles wouldn't cut but would just be embossed on the paper.  I moved the circles around, used different sizes and created this background.

I then stamped the word "birthday" (from Lawn Fawn) in Lime Rickey Catherine Pooler ink and put the layer on a mid blue coloured cardstock and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create my favourite 1/16" border.  I used Orange Twist, Tiki Torch and Samba Catherine Pooler inks with my Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Blending Brushes on a scrap of white cardstock and then cut it out with the Lawn Fawn Happy.  I added some black "stitch" lines to the cut out word to add a little detail and dimension before gluing it on to the front of the card.  All of this was added to the front of a white side folding card.

I'm thinking this card would have also stayed clean and simple had I used the same dies for the background but cut them out and used them as inlays in the holes I created instead of using them as an added layer to the card.  It would be a little more tricky to pull off but I think it could be really cool looking.

Thanks for popping by to visit again today.... I love reading your comments!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

*AAA Birthday Game #2*

Once again, very excited to have had some time on my days off to play along with the AAA Birthday Card Challenge blog....  this month, their challenge is to use water colours in your creation.
Now, I will admit, I haven't done a lot with either my water colour markers or my Ken Oliver Colour Bursts, so I was a little unsure of what I wanted to do.  I was cruising Pinterest and found a post with a colour combination I liked so I decided to play a little bit... and this is what I ended up with
And you know what?  I like it!

I used a bright blue and bright green colour of my Zig Water Colour markers on a piece of water colour paper.  I started by scribbling the colours on the paper and then moving it around with water.  I then added more colour while the paper was still wet and added more water to get the colours to move a little more.  I know I need to keep playing with this as it's pretty amateur but I am pleased with it.

Instead of hitting it with my heat tool to force it to dry more quickly, I let it sit for a half hour to dry on its own.  I put the panel in my Misti and inked up the stamps by Lawn Fawn with Black VersaFine Claire ink (my new favourite!).  I used the Misti because I knew I wanted a very crisp black on top of the water colour so I was able to restamp the images several times to get the darkness I wanted on the textured water colour paper.  To finish off the card, I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a 1/16" blue border around the water colour panel and then put it all on to a white card.  And, true to me, I added a little sparkle to the centres of the balloons with my Wink of Stella clean pen.

Thanks for popping by for a visit!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

*Black and White One Layer*

I am playing along with the AAA Cards Challenge #142... so glad I was able to find some time this week to create this card.  Their challenge for this time around is to do a one layer card (and for them, that means no dies or embellishments either) with the added challenge of black and white.  I decided to do both of the challenges and honestly, I really love how this card turned out.
It was so simple to do.... what was hard was stopping and not adding more to it... no punch of colour (which I love to do), no sparkle, no bling....  I used stamps from AlteNew and Hello Bluebird and black VersaFine Claire ink.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

*Sunny Best Wishes*

Just before I headed off to start my work week last week, I got a parcel in the mail with some new goodies from Scrap'n Stamp ....  so on Wednesday, when I had a few hours before heading to work at noon, I created this quick and easy little card.
It went together quite fast using a few colours of cardstock, a great new die from Lawn Fawn, some Catherine Pooler ink, a sentiment stamp and a few clear bling.

I need to find some time to create in the next few days... and hope to hell that I can find some mojo.  I have nothing more to share with you in my photos... just this card.

Friday, June 07, 2019

*Stamp Out Cancer Blog Hop*

Welcome to the June blog hop with the Scrap 'n Stamp Design Team... this month we are doing a Stamp Out Cancer Blog Hop... While this Hop has a bit of a personal twist to it, we are here to raise awareness... here to encourage others to talk about their concerns, no matter how difficult or embarrassing it might be.

For those that are new to my blog, you probably don't know that at this time two years ago, I was newly diagnosed with Colon Cancer.  On June 20, 2018 I am walking in the Colon Cancer Canada Push For Your Tush...  a walk that raises money for education and patient support in Canada.  If you'd like to donate to my fundraising, you can click HERE.

I wanted a card I could send to a friend who was dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  I wanted it to be bright and cheery.  I know how much I appreciated the cards friends would send... funny ones, serious ones, hand made ones, bought ones.... just a little piece of sunshine in the mail.  I kept each and every one of those cards...
I created my card using a blue ribbon... the colour for Colon Cancer... but you could easily switch that up.
To start, I stamped the Picket Fence Studios stamp on white cardstock with my Versamark ink pad and I embossed it with clear embossing powder.  
I then grabbed six colours of Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet) and did a diagonal rainbow over the top of my embossed image.  A trick I find helpful when blending inks to put down your colours and then go back over the transition areas with the lighter colour of ink to create a good blending.  I used a paper towel to remove the excess ink from the embossed image.
I then took two of the stitched rectangles from My Favorite Things and taped them down to the front of the panel.  I was careful to try to create an even border with each of the rectangles
After cutting it out, I put things back together, but I flipped the outside frame so that the colours are in an opposite order to the main part of the card.  I want that inside frame to be the white card instead of the rainbow but I was worried about how well I could get my matting even, so I taped all of the pieces together before flipping them over and applying liquid glue to the outside frame and the inside panel.  I then added it all to the front of a white top fold card and removed that inside frame (which I used in a card a few days ago!).

I grabbed a piece of white grosgrain ribbon and I coloured it using the same blue Distress Ink, making sure to get good coverage on both sides.  I used some small glue dots to put the awareness ribbon together and then on to the front of the card.

If you shop at Scrap 'n Stamp this weekend (Saturday and Sunday), 10% of all sales will be donated to my fundraising efforts.... I am so thankful for this support!!

I hope you'll HOP along with the rest of the hop... check out what the rest of the design team has put together as well as see what a few Guest Designers have put together as well!  Please leave some comment love along the way!

On May 23, 2017 I had a colonoscopy I was sure I didn't need.  Ya, in retrospect, I had some symptoms, but everything was explained by other things.  I had been diagnosed as anemic, I had my gall bladder out in 2000, I wasn't overly regular....  but it was all explained by other things.

Not only did they find a polyp, but they found a mass that was large enough they could not pass the scope past it to see what was going on with the rest of the colon.  Within the week I knew it was cancer, I knew it wasn't Stage I and I had a date booked for surgery.

I was scared.

On June 23, 2017 I had surgery where they took just over half of my colon (the ascending colon and most of the transverse colon).  They also took 43 lymph nodes from the area (I had no idea we had that many lymph nodes in that area... I thought maybe 43 in the whole body).  I was in the hospital for 3 nights and recovered quite nicely, all things considered.  I did have a little set back with an infection that put me back in the hospital on IV antibiotics for 4 nights, but otherwise I did pretty well.

On my 47th birthday, I met with my oncologist for the first time.  We found out at that visit all of the lymph nodes were clear... which was excellent news.  However, there was a fine line between whether I was Stage II or Stage III... the tumour was large enough that it was starting to breach the colon wall which could indicate something closer to Stage III.  For Stage II, chemo isn't usually recommended but because of that possibility of the colon wall breach, I decided to go ahead with chemo.  I did 6 rounds of oral chemo over the next 7 months and was able to return to work full time again in May 2018.  From diagnosis to going back to work, I worked very sporadically.

While going through all of this, I worked with some friends of a friend who work for Alberta Health Services and they have created the elements for a campaign, featuring me (oh God!), encouraging people to talk to their doctor... to talk about the embarrassing things... to get regular check ups.  I was honestly *this* close to not mentioning the symptoms I was having (exhaustion, lack of nail growth, thinning hair, diarrhea...) to my doctor.  I figured it was all just the anemia and if I kept taking my iron pills I'd be OK.  I am so very glad I put on my big girl panties and stopped him from leaving the room, asking him to listen to my concerns... and very happy that something led him to send me to the lab to leave a stool sample.

Last year, on the one year anniversary of my surgery, I walked in the Colon Cancer Canada Push For Your Tush in Calgary.... and this year I will be walking again on June 20th.  We are using this blog hop to not only tell you all that you need to take your health seriously but to also help me with my fundraising!  Not only will you find my fundraising link on many of the blogs in the hop, the gals at Scrap 'n Stamp are going to donate a portion of all sales this weekend to my fundraising!  So if you were thinking of making a purchase, this would be a great time to do it!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

*Foil Sympathy*

Happy Wednesday!  For most of you, Wednesday means the middle of your work week, hump day, if you will....  but for me, Wednesday is more often than not the first day of my work week... my Monday, if you will.  This week is a little messed up as I worked yesterday to fill in for a co-worker who is away for a few days... not a lot of time for creating on my days off this week so I am running low on cards to share... I will have to find some time in the coming days.  It might work out well that Bruce is super busy with work and may not be home some evenings for the next few weeks.

A friend has asked me to put together a set of assorted cards for her to send to her family and friends.  I have a lot of birthday cards in my stash but not much else so I have been thinking of a few things to add to her set... and while no one wants to need a sympathy cards, we all need one at some point.
I used a Simon Says Stamp die down the front of a white panel and taped red foil behind it.  I tried it with silver first to make it a little less "loud" but it just didn't look right.  I stamped an old Stampin' Up! greeting with black ink before putting the panel on the front of a white card using foam tape for a little dimension.

To me, sympathy cards need to be simple and understated.  I worry that the red might be a little 'too much'.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

*Daisy Birthday*

Yesterday was a big day for my hubby and me... June 1, 1991, we got married!  We were super young (about a month and a half shy of turning 21 and 23!!) when we got married and many said we'd never make it... but here we are, 28 years later, still walking this path together.  It hasn't always been easy, but we both are committed to making things work.  At the end of the day, I still want to hold his hand, kiss his face and feel his arms around me.

Not bad for a couple of kids, eh?  We now have kids that are older than we were when we got married!

I absolutely LOVE this cover die from A Jillian Vance Design.  Just when I think I'm done playing with it, I pull it out again.  This time I had the white die cut sitting on my desk for several weeks.  I don't even remember why I had cut it, but it was sitting there, begging me to play with it.
Now, don't get me wrong... I don't LOVE this card, but I don't hate it either.  I took the die, coloured the centres with two colours of brown Copics to give that brown eyed susan look to the daisies.  I layered it on to a piece of deep yellow cardstock that was cut just a little teeny bit smaller than the cover die so that there was no yellow mat around the edges.  I put that on the front of a white side fold card and added the happy birthday sentiment using foam tape.  I cut the flag-ended strip using a die from Lawn Fawn.  To finish it all off, I added sparkle to each of the flowers using my Nuvo clear shimmer pen.

Friday, May 31, 2019

*Plaid Birthday*

I was cleaning up my stamp area the other day, cleaning out some of the nooks and crannies in the storage that sits on my desk.  I found a 1/4 sheet of this stamped buffalo plaid using the Concord & 9th stamp and I decided to play around with it.
I cut off a strip of the stamped cardstock and put it on a white layer.  I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a 1/16th border around the white panel and added it to a white card.  I added a simple birthday sentiment to the card.  I used sketch #321 from CAS(E) This Sketch

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

*Let's Celebrate Candles*

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Here we are, at the end of May, and temperatures here in Calgary have been wonderful for about a week now.  Things are nice and green, flowers are starting to bloom...  I love spring and summer!

I created a card a few days ago for the upcoming Scrap 'n Stamp Blog Hop (happening on June7th) and I used a scrap from that card to create this card.
I started out with stamping the candles and the sentiment from Lawn Fawn on the centre of a side fold white card.  I coloured the images simply with my Copics, ensuring I didn't lay down a lot of ink so that it wouldn't soak through the front of my card.  I had this inked and stitched frame as a scrap on my desk and I added it to the front of the card.  I inked the cardstock with the rainbow of colours of Distress Inks and cut the frame with some MFT stitched rectanges.  Honestly, it was going to hit the recycling bin but I am SO happy it was sitting on my desk so that I could use it on this card.

To finish off the card, I added some Crystal Stickles to the candle flames.

I tried something a little different for photographing this card (and will try it for a while.  Instead of doing the card standing up, I am trying to do it with the card laying flat inside of my home made light box.  Let me know if you have an opinion on this as I'm not sure which is better at this point.

Monday, May 27, 2019

*Colourful Congrats*

I am playing along with the AAA Cards Challenge #140...  up to one third of the card with the bonus challenge of bright colours.  I love these Clean and Simple challenges but sometimes fine I don't have the time to play along.
I finally broke out this stamp set I bought a few weeks ago... MFT Color Drops.  I inked it up with Lime Rickey, Grape Crush, Samba and All That Jazz inks from Catherine Pooler.  I used some Post-It tape to mark off the left third of my card before I started stamping to ensure I had a crisp clean edge.  I then cut out the word Congrats, a die by Pretty Pink Posh, using silver glitter paper and I attached it to the front of the card using a fine tip glue by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

*You Make My Heart Happy*

I'm back today with another card using that great Weekend Doodles set from AlteNew.  I am SO glad I got this set and the matching dies!
For this card, I placed a piece of white cardstock in my Stamparatus and set up the stamp on the door.  I then stamped the image four times using Samba, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue and Tiki Torch Catherine Pooler inks to create the rainbow effect on the image.  I overlapped the colours a little bit to create some blending.  I then cut it out with the matching die.  I coloured a piece of white cardstock with Samba ink and once dry, used the MFT RicRak die to cut out the element along the right side of the card.  I put everything down with Lawn Fawn liquid glue and stamped the sentiment with Midnight Catherine Pooler ink.  I added a couple of clear gems around the wreath for a little dimension.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

*Thanks So Much*

At the beginning of May, we had a Floral Frenzy blog hop on the Scrap'n Stamp blog.... and I had a lot of the die cuts from the card I created left over. So I decided to make all three of my cards for the blog using those leftovers. You can see here just how many flowers I had left from the My Favorite Things Stiched Blooms I cut earlier in the month...
I had this card almost totally put together when a friend asked if she could get a thank you card from me... so I finished it off as a thank you card. 
I started out with the smaller white panel and I drew a circle in the top 1/3 of the card using a pencil so that I could work with the circle shape.
I then started playing with the flowers I had left over... layering them over and under, tucking pieces, but trying to keep along that circle shape I had drawn.
Once I had the look I wanted, I grabbed that trusty Press n Seal and laid it over top of my flowers with the sticky side against the flowers. Once I had them all stuck to the Press n Seal, I flipped it over and put glue on to all of the pieces. I then turned it over and placed the pieces back on to my card front as a grouping, rubbing them down to get the glue to stick well. I let it sit for a few minutes before I carefully peeled off the Press n Seal. I then added a little glue to the very front pieces that didn't have anything sticking them to the layer behind them.

I took time to carefully erase the pencil marks and added the green mat behind the white layer before adding it all to the white card.

And there it sat until the friend asked for a Thank You card. I cut out the word "thanks" three times and glued each of the pieces together with a fine tip liquid glue before sticking it to the front of the card. I masked off part of a stamp from the Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments set and stamped it on the card using black VersaFine Claire ink.

And I *still* have flowers left over...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

*A Happy Day*

I created a second Alcohol Pearl background the other day and honestly, I didn't really like it.  The colours muddled together a little too much and it just wasn't right.  I kept looking at it, hating that I could be wasting the Yupo Paper because of it.

I wanted to throw it out....  but I didn't.

And one day, right before I was going to throw it out, I decided to try stamping on the background.  I wasn't sure how the Yupo would take the Memento ink... but it did just fine.  It did take a while to dry so I set it aside for a while before I used the die to cut out the AlteNew Weekend Doodles wreath.
And once it was cut out, I really liked what I had created!  Once again I used that stamp from the MFT Distressed Patterned set and some Twilight Catherine Pooler ink to create a background for the wreath.  I was careful to mask off the inside of the wreath as I knew I wanted to place my sentiment there.  I stamped the sentiment in Midnight Catherine Pooler ink, added a bright blue layer and put it all on to a white card.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

*Springtime Cheers*

I can't believe we are already at the long weekend here in Canada!  We've had a real mix of weather in Calgary in the last few weeks... a huge snowstorm, some rain, a couple of really hot and sunny days and lots of things in between!

I was craving spring/summer colours when I put this card together.  I had a vision as soon as I saw the new RicRac die from My Favorite Things and I was so excited when I finally had it in my hands!  I was a little disappointed that the cut pieces don't nest to each other, but I still like how it all turned out.
I cut the die using four different colours of cardstock and used some liquid glue (Lawn Fawn) to adhere the pieces to a front panel of white cardstock.  I added a black mat using my Perfect Layers Tool and put it all on to a top folding white card.  I added MFT Cheers die cut to the front and some clear gems to finish it off.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

*It Looks Good On You*

I went a little nuts for the latest AlteNew release and ended up with two stamp sets and their dies.  At least I saved on shipping since I ordered it locally LOL!
I pulled out the Weekend Doodles set first, stamped up the larger floral image and coloured it with some Copics before using the die to cut it out.  Once it was cut out, I needed to figured out what I wanted to do with it.  I used one of the MFT Distressed Patterns stamps and my Twilight Catherine Pooler ink and created a spatter background for behind the image.  I put the flowers on the card and then added the sentiment stamped in the black VersaFine Claire ink.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

*Alcohol Ink Thanks*

I have seen so many creators playing with Alcohol inks lately... and I am SO very envious of the work they are doing.  I bought Alcohol inks probably 12-15 years ago, played with them a bit, then tucked them away.  I pulled out some of my old colours and while they work just fine, I'm not in love with the colours... so I went out and bought 2 sets of the new Alcohol Pearls.  I also went to my local camera store to buy one of the air blowers everyone seems to be using instead of the dreaded straw (you get really light headed with a straw!)  I created a couple of background the other day and this is the first card I ended up creating
 I did a half sheet of the smaller sized Yupo Paper and did one colour at a time with Blending Solution, drying each colour before moving on to the next to avoid getting a brown result.  You have to be careful using your heat tool to dry the colours with the Yupo Paper as it isn't really even paper... it's more of a plastic and it will melt with too much heat.

Once it was completely dry, I cut the panel down and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a black border around the panel before placing it on the front of a side folding card.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks die to create the sentiment in black cardstock and finished it off with my Nuvo Shimmer Pen.

I'm pleased with how this alcohol ink panel turned out... and I look forward to playing some more!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

*Better In My Head*

You know how sometimes you have an idea in your head and it sits there for weeks and weeks and finally you decide to try it... and it sucks?

Well, this is that card for me.

I had an idea to use a sentiment stamp with my Gina K Wreath Builder set.  I grabbed a set by Stampendous and some Catherine Pooler ink...  and I just couldn't get this card to look right.

But hey, at least I finally tried the idea that's been floating in my head for a very long time

Friday, May 10, 2019

*Feel Better Soon*

A good friend of mine slipped and fell a few weeks ago after Calgary got hit with a spring snow storm... she managed to break her foot in four places.  I thought I'd create a card for her to brighten her day a little bit.

Back at the beginning of the month, the Scrap'n Stamp Design Team participated in a Floral Frenzy Blog Hop, and I had a lot of the flowers I had die cut left over.  I mean, a lot.  So I decided I'd use those flowers to create the other two cards for my design team posts as well!  Make it a sort of series, I suppose.

This card was really simple to do. I had already cut out the flowers from My Favorite Things Stitched Blooms in four different colours of cardstock. I have this set of dies for a very long time but have never cut the pieces apart, so I placed the all together die on a piece of white cardstock that I cut down to 4.75" X 3.5" and cut it out, allowing pieces to overlap. I took out the white pieces and placed regular scotch tape along the back of the white panel so that the sticky part of the tape showed through the front of each of the spaces. I then laid in the coloured die cuts and pushed them down to stick to the scotch tape. When I had them all down, I trimmed off the flower edges.

I then cut a slightly larger panel in the same green I had used for the die cuts and layered the floral panel on top of it before putting it all on to a white card. I then put the piece in to my stamp positioning tool so that I could stamp the sentiment from the My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments stamp set in VersaFine Claire ink in black. I did it in the stamp positioning tool so that I could restamp it a few times to ensure I got even coverage since I was working on a less than smooth surface.

To finish off the card, I added some of the circle elements from the die set to add a little more dimension.

I still have LOTS of those flowers to play with.... I'll be back at the end of the month with another card using these same flowers!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

*Happy Thoughts*

How is it possible that we are a week in to the month of May already?  Not that I'm complaining that it's spring and that the warm weather is here and only getting better... but man!  Time sure does fly!

There is a new challenge blog that just started up in the last few days... a monthly Birthday Card challenge blog.  This is my entry for their first challenge.... check them out at AAA Birthday Card Challenges!
I don't know what it is about a striped black and white border on a card, but I sure do love it!  I created this card using paper from My Favorite Things, ink from Catherine Pooler and stamps from Lawn Fawn and Winnie and Walter.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

*You Are So Awesome*

I absolutely LOVE this daisy coverplate die by A Jillian Vance Design but I struggle to find new ways to use it.

I started out thinking I'd just do a white on white card but I found it a little too "white on white" so I used one colour of Copic marker to create the flower centres.  Yes, one colour.  Just more and more layers to create the depth of colour.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

*When Skies Are Grey*

It's hard to believe that we said goodbye to Dad 13 years ago today.  I miss him so much.  I can picture him so clearly, like I only saw him a day or two ago.  The hint of a smile, the twinkle in his eye, the shape of his hands.

This isn't a masculine card, but the sentiment makes me think of my Dad...
I used some Gina K stamps that I honestly don't think I've ever inked before.  I coloured them quickly with some Copic markers.  I added the sentiment by Hello Bluebird, stamped in light grey ink so that it wouldn't take away from the floral image.

Friday, May 03, 2019

*Floral Frenzy Blog Hop*

Welcome to the May Floral Frenzy Blog Hop for Scrap'n Stamp Canada and the monthly challenge on the Scrap'n Stamp Challenge Facebook page....  this month, our theme is floral cards!  Anyone who visits my blog regularly knows I love flower stamps and dies, so this was an easy one for me!  I combined the blog hop with a card a friend asked me to make and this is what I came up with...

I had a lot of fun playing with some colours and the My Favorite Things Stitched Blooms dies.  I have kept the set connected together since I got it and just end up cutting out an entire plate of flowers each time... and then I challenge myself to use up all the bits and pieces on different cards.  This time I used a teal, light yellow, coral and pink.  I piled all the flowers together while I played with the layout for this card.  You get a lot of pieces each time you cut this set out!
I decided to use a stitched rectangle to add a little visual interest to my card, so I taped two of the My Favorite Things Stitched rectangles to a piece of white cardstock so that I could cut out a frame.  I used the tape to keep the dies in place so that my frame would be even on all sides.
After cutting out this piece, I attached it to the front of a white card with liquid glue.  I then got busy trying to decide where I wanted the different floral bits.  I placed them down without any adhesive, using my tweezers to help me get things placed how I wanted them.
After I had things set up the way I wanted them, I used a piece of Press and Seal (yup, the stuff you find with the cling wrap and aluminum foil in the grocery store) to pick up the pieces.  This stuff is great.  One side is a little tacky... just tacky enough to pick up pieces without the pieces being stuck on the Press and Seal forever.  The only downside is that there is some static cling that happens when you use this stuff so sometimes pieces can move.  I took the piece of Press and Seal with the pieces stuck to it and turned it so that the backs of the floral pieces were facing up so I could add some liquid glue to the backs of the pieces.
I then grabbed the Press and Seal and carefully placed it back over my card and pressed the floral pieces on to the card front.  I let it set up for a moment or two before I removed the Press and Seal.  I then used a fine tip glue applicator to add some glue to the pieces that didn't get a lot of glue on them and then added some of the centres to a few of the flowers.
To finish off the card, I placed my card in to my stamp positioning tool so that I could be sure to get the perfect placement of my sentiment.  I placed my clean clear stamp from Lawn Fawn on the card and picked it up with the lid of the positioning tool.  I didn't have enough space to use the entire sentiment so I placed a piece of painters tape over the part of the stamp I wasn't going to use and inked the sentiment with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  I removed the painters tape and then stamped my image on the front of the card.

I really do love playing with flowers on my cards... and I look forward to seeing what each of you creates this month as well!

Here are the links to each of the blogs in the Hop...  I hope you will go and have a look and leave a comment on each blog to have your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Scrap'n Stamp!

Tara (SNS blog)
Nancy E (you are here!)
Jessica (our Guest Designer!)

Thursday, May 02, 2019

*Another Stencil*

I had an idea in my head when I bought this Picket Fence Studios stencil.  I started out using it with some Catherine Pooler inks in yellows and oranges and my Life Changing Blending Brushes.  I washed off the stencil and set the panel aside to dry for a few hours.  Once I was sure it was dry, I grabbed the stencil and put it back on top and put on some Nuvo Moonstone Glitter Paste on top and once again set it aside to dry.  I used the two thanks dies by Simon Says Stamp to create a shadowed look for the sentiment, put it on the front of the panel and added it all to a white card.
And now let me tell you about what happened this card after I photographed it to put it on my blog.  I had a grey ink pad open on my desk.  I reached for something and managed to knock this card, face down, in to the open grey ink pad.  I have no idea if there will be any way for me to rescue it...  I'm just happy it happend *after* I took the photos!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

*Black White and Red All Over*

I really love the look of black, white and red together... and I wanted to play with an idea I had in my head to use red as just a quick punch of colour.  For this card I used VersaFine black ink and a stamp set by AlteNew.  I did a thicker black mat with my Perfect Layers Tools and put it on a white card.  I cut out the word Happy using red Stampin' Up! cardstock and a die by Simon Says stamp.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

*Spatter Rainbow Hello*

Another quick and easy card for you today.  I inked up this stamp from My Favorite Things using different colours of Catherine Pooler inks along the left side of a white panel.  I cut out the MFT "hello" in a blue colour and did a mat with a purple colour of cardstock with my Perfect Layers Tools and added it all to a top folding white card.

Friday, April 26, 2019

*Wonderful Color Bursts*

Happy Friday Everyone!  I am over on the Scrap 'n Stamp Canada blog today, showcasing a great stamp set and die from Concord & 9th as well as the Ken Oliver Color Bursts!

I bought the Color Bursts quite a while ago, played with them once and then tucked them away in a drawer.   I found myself with some time on the Easter Weekend while the husband and one kid watched Game of Thrones so got out some watercolour paper and the powders and started playing.
I started out by covering my watercolour paper with some anti static powder and placing it in my stamp positioning tool.  I then stamped the big stamp from the Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals set in Versamark ink 3 times to ensure I had good coverage and then I embossed it with white embossing powder.
I pulled out my non-stick craft mat to protect my surface and used a red, blue and yellow Color Burst and "salted" the colours all over the stamped piece.  I then used a fine mist sprayer and spritzed water all over the watercolour paper, watching the colours bloom and grow.  It's truly an amazing sight to see!

Once I had good water coverage, I dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.  I then set the panel aside to dry and made a few more using different colours.  I was looking at the panels and the clean and simple part of me felt that the use of colour was way too overwhelming so I used the Concord & 9th matching die to cut out the image.
For the one card, I used the Wonderful word die to cut out some black letters to layer on top of the watercolour panel and added some Nuvo Shimmer Pen to create some shine.  For the other I stamped the word "friend" from the same Concord & 9th stamp set on kraft cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder before creating a flag-ended tag that I put on top with foam dots.  I also added some white dots and splotches to the kraft card to create a little more visual interest.

This is just one way to use these fabulous pigment powders... I encourage you to try them for yourself!