Sunday, March 17, 2019

*Moonstone Nuvo Paste*

It is finally warmer in Calgary... the sun is shining and we have been above the freezing mark for about a week or so.... and this coming week should only get better!

I ordered some Moonstone Nuvo Drops recently... I had two reasons....  (1) I haven't really played with stencils and texture pastes and (2) I loved the idea that this would add sparkle without blocking the colours I had already used.  It arrived the day before a day long crop I went to last week so it was the first thing I pulled out.

I took a white panel, cut 1/4" smaller on both sides than a full card front and I used my Post It Tape to tape off a strip down the centre of the card on a diagonal.  I attached the white panel to the door of my Stamparatus and then positioned the Catherine Pooler stamp under it on the base.  I find that when using these large background stamps, it helps to have the stamp on the base instead of the door.  I stamped it with black ink and then used my Life Changing Blender Brushes and some Catherine Pooler inks to blend over the  stamped image.  I set it aside to dry a little but I should have left it longer as the green colour smeared a little in the next step.  I used a palette knife and the Nuvo Paste and put a thin layer over the image.  Before it dried, I removed the Post It Tape and set it aside to dry again.  I added the MFT Cheers die cut out of purple cardstock and layered it all on to a white card.

Not bad for a first try... I have some other ideas in my head but need to find the time and energy to create!

Friday, March 15, 2019

*Happy Wishes*

I decided to create a card with a floral focus on it so I grabbed some stamps from my Gina K Wreath Builder set and some Catherine Pooler inks (in Flirty Fuschia, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt, Party Dress and Twilight).  I used Post It Tape along the card to create a crisp (and straight) area for the stampin.  I stamped the two grey circles first and then just layered leaves and flowers on the card.  The lighter green images are simply second generation stampings of the Grass Skirt ink. 

I added the Lawn Fawn words with Black Jack Catherine Pooler ink.  This card is not only clean and simple, but it is one layer (just the folded card).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

*Happy Birthday*

I had big plans for this card.  In my head, it was truly stunning.  I am sharing it with you today even though I wanted to throw it out.  I'm sharing it to show you that while it's not exactly what I had in my head that this very simple card isn't garbage.  It can still be used.  Someone will still love it. 

I started out using my Life Changing Blender Brushes and some Catherine Pooler inks on white cardstock.  I blended shades of blue and teal to create not only the background layer but also the piece I die cut for the front.  I wonder now if I should have left off the "birthday" part of the and just stamped the word on the card.  Hmmmmm

I layered everything together with my Perfect Layers Tool and then added some clear bling to finish it off.

Not my best work, but it's not horrible either.

Monday, March 11, 2019

*Sweet Baby*

Happy Monday all... so happy to report that Calgary is finally seeing some warmer weather again.  After more than a month with our temperatures all well below freezing, our forecast now only shows temperatures above 0C for the next several days.  I sure hope we don't go back to the deep freeze we've been in!

I was asked by friends we bowl with to create a baby shower invitation for the one person they are inviting who isn't on FB.  They know they are having a girl so I decided to play with pinks and purples.  I also knew I didn't want to go with traditional baby images so I reached for my Gerda Steiner unicorn to create this card.

I used some silver iridescent foil on a polka dot foiling sheet to get those wonderful polka dots.  I coloured the image with my Copics but didn't worry at all about blending.  I attached the unicorn to a white rectangle with pop dots and then added the chain circle from MFT) for a little interest.  The sentiment is from an old PTI set I had laying around and I stamped it with Twilight Catherine Pooler ink.  I added the purple layer using my Perfect Layers tool and then added it all to a white card.  I added the information about the shower to the inside using my printer and a fun font.

Friday, March 08, 2019

*This Pun's For You Blog Hop*

Happy Friday Everyone!  The Scrap 'n Stamp Design Team is back hopping today and we hope you'll play along!  Follow along on each of the stops listed below and leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!  There will be one grand prize winner chosen from all of the comments as well as a winner for each stop on the Hop!  And of course you can check out the Scrap 'n Stamp Challenge Page on Facebook to show us your creations as well!
For March, our theme is This Pun's For You!  I had been eying this stamp set from My Favorite Things for a while and was thrilled to have a good excuse to purchase it!
I wanted to show you all that you can make a more elaborate card but still make it Clean and Simple.  So I put together this shaker card for you.  It will be an awesome interactive card for someone!

I started off with a piece of white cardstock cut to 4" X 5.25", just slightly smaller than an actual card.  I used some low tack tape to keep my Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and the MFT Linked Chain Circle Frame die in place so I could put it through my Big Shot.  I was careful to use a clean, unmarked plate next to the front of my card to avoid transferring any debris or previous cuts in to the front of my card.
I flipped the card over and taped the circle back in to the card as an inlay using some regular tape.  I then used some Lawn Fawn glue to attach a piece of acetate to the back of the panel.
I turned the panel back over so that the front was facing me.  I cut out a second chain circle die in dark green cardstock and then I used more Lawn Fawn glue in little teeny dots on the back of the chain circle die and inlaid it on top of the acetate (I buy overhead projector sheets for laser printers at Staples).  I added the interiors from the white chain circle with more glue.  My little tweezers helped me a lot with those little pieces!
I took my roll of double sided foam adhesive and folded it in half along itself to create the raised circle around the window cut out.  By having it doubled I have more room for the stuff in the shaker and by folding it in half to make it skinny the tape is easier to work around the circle shape.  I added more pieces of doubled up double sided foam tape around the back of the card so that it was all well supported on the card.  What you don't see is that this is where I added some clear hole-less beads and sequins from my stash to the interior of the circle.  I added a little glue to the double sided tape to allow me a little more "move" time to get my card attached to this front since I was doing it blind... the glue allowed some play time.  I also lined up the card front on my grid paper and stood up so I was looking directly down on it to place my card.
I stamped the great TRex image from the MFT You're Rawr-some stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured it with two colour blending using my YG17 and YG23 Copics.  I used the die set and my Big Shot to cut it all out.  I stamped the sentiment in black Versafine Ink and cut it out to create the flag edge and taped it to the front of the card before laying the dinosaur over top of it.  To finish off the card I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to the dinosaur and some bling from my stash to the front of the card.

Please leave a comment here and then follow along with the rest of the design team to see all the wonderfully punny creations!

Tara
Meghan -- Guest Designer!
Nancy F
Susan
Deborah
Kia
Nancy E -- you are here!
Dawn
Chala
Laurie

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

*Simple Smile*

Happy Wednesday everyone...  today is the last forecasted cold day here in Calgary.... we should be heading towards temperatures above the freezing mark over the next few days and I really really hope that we don't find ourselves back in this frigid cold again.  I am so tired of having to bundle up to go out!

I need to pack for a crop this weekend... spending Saturday with my friends Bonnie and Deanna making cards, eating junk and laughing.  I hope I can get some stuff created as my stash for sharing on my blog is pretty small right now!

This is a very clean and simple card that I created the other day and I love how it turned out...

I simply used an embossing folder on a piece of white cardstock that was cut a 1/4" smaller than my card.  I added the Smile die cut out of black cardstock and then used white embossing powder over Versamark ink on black cardstock and popped up the rest of the sentiment.  I added some bottlecap sequins and put the front on to a white card and called it done.

*I Interrupt The Regularly Scheduled Programming....*

Hey All... just a quick interruption in card posts...  I will be posting this a few times over the next few months.

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in May 2017.  I was lucky that it was found and lucky that we caught it at late stage II.  I had surgery to remove more than half of my colon on June 23 2017 and in August 2017 I started oral chemo.... 2 weeks of pills with a week off in between.  I ended up reacting pretty roughly to the chemo and not only did we have to spread out my chemo rounds a little more, I also had to take a leave of absence from work.

It was during that leave of absence that my friend Bonnie and I started hanging out more and I started crafting more.  I have been card making since 1996 but once I started working full time 7 years ago, my crafty time decreased dramatically, as did my desire to create. 

I am thankful that this awful disease led me back to creating ... and I so happy to be making again!

This is all here to give you a background as to why I'm asking for donations.  Last year, on the anniversary of my surgery, I walked with family and friends in the 5k Push For Your Tush in Calgary.  Now, I walk every single day so a 5k isn't a big deal for me... but the fundraising for Colon Cancer Cancer is a big deal.  This organization helps patients and families diagnosed with Colon Cancer as well as funds research in to Colon Cancer.

If you can, I'd love it if you could click HERE to donate.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

*You Make Me Happy*

I am back on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with a card I created this past week. I had a tough creative week this past week... I spent a lot of time at my desk just shuffling things around.  I *wanted* to create but honestly, nothing was talking to me... nothing was getting me excited.  Finally, a few hours before I head to work on Wednesday (my work week starts around noon on Wednesdays), I had an idea in my head that took a while to come to fruition but I am thrilled with the card I ended up with.
For this card, I used stamps from Lawn Fawn, a rectangle die and floral dies by My Favorite Things, my copic markers and black Memento Ink.  I added a few clear gems for a little texture and voila!  I love how the black and white background creates such a crisp focal point for the card.

Friday, March 01, 2019

*Happy Birthday*

How on earth is it March already??!!  Didn't we just start 2019??  The older I get, the faster it all goes!

I had a vision in my head but I'm not sure that this card totally did what I wanted it to.  I used the HAPPY stamp from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy set and stamped it in Lime Rickey and All That Jazz inks from Catherine Pooler.  I used my Stampin' Up! Stamparatus to do the repeat stamping thanks to the "door" that can be taken off and repositioned.  I added the birthday stamp from the Avery Elle Big Birthday stamp set stamped in Catherine Pooler Blackjack ink.  I added a teal layer with my Perfect Layers tool and added it all to the white card base.
It's not like it's a bad card... but it's just not exactly what was in my head... and I don't know how to make it what I saw in my head.

Thanks for popping by and for leaving some comments!  I always enjoy the feedback!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

*ABC Christmas C & D*

I'm playing along with the ABC Christmas challenge again this month....  and I left it kind of late in the month to be able to do this in two different posts.

First, is my C is for Candy card... I used the Candy Cane Season stamp set and punch from Stampin' Up as well as inks from Catherine Pooler to create this card following the challenge at the AAA Cards blog.

My second card is D for Decoration...  I used a die from my stash and cut it out of both a white shimmer paper as well as a dark blue shimmer paper and did an inlay with the pieces.  I also added the bow die from My Favorite Things Filled With Joy set cut out of silver shimmer paper.  I added put it all on a dark blue shimmer layer before adding it to a white card base.  I was going to add a sentiment but I decided to embrace the white space instead.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

*Sunshine and Rainbows*

I wanted to play with some old Stampin' Up! patterned paper and ink to see what I could do to change it up a little.  So I used my Catherine Pooler inks in Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue and Tiki Torch with my Picket Fence Studios blending brushes to create the strip along the side of the card.  I then added the Hello Bluebird sentiment stamped in the Fiesta Blue ink.
I dunno... feels like it needs something...

Sunday, February 24, 2019

*Until My Cheeks Hurt*

I am back on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with another clean and simple card...  I was dreaming of spring with this card after many many days in a row of cold temperatures in Calgary.  I created this card on the first day that the temperature got close to freezing... amazing how good that felt!  Our temperatures have been up and down again since then.
For this card, I used stamps from My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn as well as paper from My Favorite Things.  I coloured the flowers with Tombow Markers.  Of course I used my Perfect Layers tool again to create that little orange border around the top panel
I also added a little shimmer to the flowers with my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

*How Old?!*

A quick black and white card with a little pop of purple and pink for you today... I stamped the Gerda Steiner unicorn and sentiment on some white cardstock and coloured his mane and horn in pink and purple Copis.  I used my perfect layers tools to create black and white layers before adhering it all to a white card front.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

*Wish*

Just a quick and easy card for you guys today...  I started with the Stampin' Up! patterned paper and used my Perfect Layers Tool to get a 1/8" green layer behind it.  I then used the Perfect Layers again to get a 5/8" black mat behind that and then layered it all on to a white card (I really like a crisp clean white card base!).  I stamped the Impression Obsession word in black ink on white cardstock and cut it and the purple layer with MFT stitched rectangle dies and layered them on to the front of the card.

I fought the urge to embellish the card...  I decided it was busy enough already!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

*Sending Sunshine*

Another Concord & 9th Turnabout for you... these images from from the Hello Sunshine set.  I did turns 1 and 3 in orange ink and turns 2 and 4 in yellow ink.  I then stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in a red ink across the centre.  I used my corner rounder to trim two corners of the the front square and then layered it on a red cardstock and used my Perfect Layers tools to get that 1/8" border and then trimmed the two corners again with the corner rounder.  I added it all to a 4.25" square card and once again trimmed the corners of the card.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

*It's Your Day*

I decided to not totally give up on all of my Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps... and finally got this one lined up the way I wanted.
Once again I played with some Catherine Pooler inks and created this small square for the front of my card.  I knew I didn't want a square card so I played around with a few ideas.  I used my Perfect Layers tool to create a black mat for my front panel and then added some gold and silver speckled black ribbon from Stampin' Up behind the focal image and then layered it on to a card.  I added the sentiment, stamped in Midnight Catherine Pooler ink

Friday, February 15, 2019

*Scrap 'n Stamp Blog Hop*


Welcome to the Scrap 'n Stamp "Some Like It Hot" Blog Hop!  If you are following along the hop, you should have come here from Dawn's blog

This Blog Hop is coffee, tea or hot chocolate themed.  I was so thrilled to see this great Lawn Fawn stamp set and bought it as soon as I saw it.  And since I don't drink coffee, I decided to make mine a hot chocolate card.  All I could think while I was making this card on a very cold and snowy day, was that I really wanted a hot chocolate!



I stamped the green mug first... then stamped it again on a full sticky Post-It note and cut it out to create a mask so that I could stamp the smaller cup so that it looked like it was behind it.  I added the interior stamp of the marshmallows that also gave the line to show the inside rim of the cup.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the cups and marshmallows.  I coloured both cups and the hot chocolate with Copics (E30, E33, YG17, YG23, BOO, B02 and C1) and then added the steam in a light grey ink and the sentiment in a chocolate coloured ink.  I added a blue layer behind my white layer and then put it all on to a white card.

I added some shading to the marshmallows with a light grey Copic and then used a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to create a little sparkle on the marshmallows.

I hope you will follow along with the rest of the blog hop to see what the other members of this fabulous design team have come up with!  Your next stop is KIA!!  I look forward to seeing what you come up with for our theme!!

Of course, there are prizes to be won!  We will be giving away a total of 9 prizes!  There will be one prize from each of the designer blogs listed below as well as one prize of a $50 gift certificate chosen randomly from all of the people who comment!  Be sure to visit all the links below and leave your comments for your chance to win!

Tara
Dawn
Nancy E  *you are here<-- are="" here="" span="" you="">
Kia
Chala
Laurie
Susan
Nancy F
Deb

Thursday, February 14, 2019

*You Are My Happy*

I wanted to play with the technique is used in this card, something I saw Jennifer McGuire do with inks, Perfect Pearls and and embossing folder.  I played with this technique in the spring but simply did rectangles in the centre of my card but I wanted to play with something different.
So I started by cutting a MFT heart out of printer paper and using the piece of paper without the heart as a mask.  I used a Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brush and a few shades of pinks and purples from Catherine Pooler to create a heart on a white card panel.  While the ink was still a little damp and blend-able (and before I removed my stencil), I brushed on some of the white Perfect Pearls with a soft brush and then burnished it all on with a soft cloth.  Once it was all dry, I sent the panel through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.

At this point, I left my card to sit for a while cuz I just didn't know what I wanted to do.  Literally, a few days later, I put the card back in front of me and added a black pen line around the heart to make it stand out more.  I layered the panel to the front of a card and stamped my sentiment from MFT on a piece of white cardstock with black VersaFine ink and trimmed it up to create the banner and I attached it to the front of my card with some Lawn Fawn glue.

While this card took my days to complete, it was really a quick and easy card....  it just took time for my brain to figure out what I wanted to do!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

*Sending Smiles*

I keep trying to get these Turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th to work and I just keep messing them up.  I bought the alignment jig as well as the pieces of acetate with the images  printed on them to help line things up and still, every time I play, things aren't perfect.  Thankfully with this card it isn't glaringly obvious since I put the big gem in the centre of the flower.

This is a 4.25" square card, all the inks are Catherine Pooler.

Monday, February 11, 2019

*Weenie Birthday*

I love dogs....  and finally have a doggie set to play with!  I saw this Gerda Steiner set with the weenie dogs and I just had to have it.  Isn't he just the cutest?

I stamped him, the balloon and the sentiment (all from the same set) with Memento ink and coloured in the elements with my Copics.  I am so thankful to Jenn Shurkus for her colour combination suggestions and for the idea that two colour shading can be just fine on a card (as I suck at three colour shading).  I used E30, E33, YG17, YG23 and R32.  I added a green layer behind that front panel and some Wink of Stella to the balloon.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

*Happy Wishes*

You know... I hate it when you have a card idea in your head and no matter what you try, you can't get it quite how it looked in your head. 

That's what was going on with this card.  I started with the dotted zig zag stamp in Grape Crush Catherine Pooler ink and the circle "wishes" stamp... I couldn't get it cut out just right or stamped just right so I did the best I could.  Originally this was going to be a tall card with the zig zag along the left side of the card... but I just couldn't make the elements work together how I saw it in my head.

So instead of tossing the card and the whole idea, I played some more until I came up with this card.  I was at the crop and had a limited selection of cardstock colours so I had to create my own coloured paper for the layer behind the front panel with some Catherine Pooler ink and the Picket Fence blending brushes (my tip for these brushes is a light hand and build up the colour slowly).

Saturday, February 09, 2019

*A Little Hello*

A very quick and easy card today.... I took a white panel and cut off some at the bottom.  I attached a piece of patterned paper from MFT to the back of one piece and added a piece of white at the bottom, leaving the patterned paper revealed by an inch.  I then trimmed the front panel to 4" X 5.25" and I attached it to the front of a white card.  I stamped the MFT greeting along the top and bottom of the patterned paper insert.

You could make a great set of cards to give away as a gift using this technique... different colours or patterns of paper and a different sentiment on each.

Friday, February 08, 2019

*You Are So Awesome*

I was at another day-long crop on February 2nd and while I didn't make a lot of cards, I was happy to have some creating time with some good friends.  I don't know how 10 hours at a crop can fly by so darn fast!

I started this as a one layer card and then realized, half-way through colouring the Concord & 9th banner, that I would have to add some layers as I was using Copics (and I'd hate to have the ink showing through on the inside of the card).  So I trimmed the front panel down, added a layer of green paper and put it all on to a white card.  I added some pearls to the bottoms of each of the pieces of the banner and finished the card off with a sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

*Mandala Maker*

I had some fun with my GinaK Mandala Maker and some Catherine Pooler inks... I added a sentiment by Hello Bluebird to finish it off.

After the card was done, someone was looking at it and said "it makes me think of hedgehogs"... and while I didn't see that while creating the card, I totally see it now (and can't unsee it LOL!).

Monday, February 04, 2019

*First Design Team Post!*

Check out my post on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today to see how I created this great valentine with alcohol inks and my ScorPal!

Sunday, February 03, 2019

*Birthday Balloon*

Happy Sunday everyone... it is cold and snowy here in Calgary but I still managed to get out for a 20 minute walk.  When I went out this morning it was almost -40C (which is -40F) so you can believe I was dressed in layers, the only skin showing was around my eyes and I moved fast!  Today was my 892nd walk in a row...  I have walked every single day, some days fast, some days slow, some days a long distance, many days not.... but every single day since August 25, 2016.  Cool, eh?

I spent yesterday at a crop with three good friends... it was a truly perfect way to spend a cold cold day.
This card uses dies from My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp as well as paper and a stamp from My Favorite Things.  I added some sparkle to the word Happy with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  It was pretty quick and easy to throw together.

Friday, February 01, 2019

*Playing Around*

How on earth is it February already??!!  I hate that time seems to fly by so fast, but so happy to know that soon I won't be going home from work in the dark... and maybe even my early morning walks will soon be out of the darkness!  I always enjoy seeing the sunrise on my walk!

I was playing around with an idea that showcases my clean and simple style but challenging myself to use some images that aren't something I'd normally gravitate towards.  This Catherine Pooler mug from one of the Foundation Box stamp sets had never seen ink before... and I wanted to add some interest so after I inked the stamp I used a clean snowflake stamp to remove some ink to create a design on the mugs.  This is a true one layer card... just the folded card.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts.  I used a Tombow marker as a water colour to colour the hot chocolate in the mugs and added some little marshmallows with a white gel pen

Thursday, January 31, 2019

*Birthday Stripes*

I find myself doing a lot of things with rainbows lately...  sure they look good, but I'm getting a little tired of them.  I need to branch out LOL!  I realize as I look at this card that I put it together backwards as I had planned on the orange to be on the left side... but it's all good.  Ya ya, I meant to do it that way LOL!

This card uses the striped stamp from a My Favorite Things set, a die by Simon Says Stamp and a sentiment stamp by Lawn Fawn.  The colours are more muted and I think this could pass as a masculine card.
I'm off to a crop on Saturday with my friend Bonnie and meeting up with my friends Shannon and Deanna.... I hope I can figure out what to take and that I can actually spend some time creating!!  You've all heard it many times that I don't do well when I limit my supplies by creating away from home!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

*Another MFT Colour Challenge*

I created this card on Monday as well while playing with the MFT Colour Challenge.  I'm not sure how I'm feeling about it... is the black too stark?

Once again all of the products are by My Favorite Things, except the cardstock which I grabbed from my stash and the gems in the flowers.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

*So Very Excited*

I'm very excited to share that I've been chosen to be a part of the Scrap 'n Stamp Design Team for a 6 month term.  It will be fun to share the projects of others on the team as well as to challenge myself with projects!

I hope you will check out the blogs of the rest of the team members....  as well as the Scrap 'n Stamp Blog!

Laurie Case

Kia Gibson

Tara Nixon

Nancy Frustaci

Chala Frank

Dawn Darlene

Susan Powell

Scrap 'n Stamp

*MFT Card Challenges*

Weather in Calgary sure can be a rollercoaster.  Saturday we had a high of +13C (that's 55F) which is way above seasonal.  It was a beautiful day.  Then Sunday it was just above freezing and we had crazy wind gusts that saw some neighbours lose their BBQs off their decks.  We are back to seasonal for a few days and the 7 day forecast is showing we're going to get cold again.  I sure hope that forecast is wrong!

I spent a little time in my craft room yesterday playing with the current card challenges over at the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog.  This card is for both the colour challenge and the layout challenge.  All items are by My Favorite Things although the cardstock is a mix of what I had on hand.

Monday, January 28, 2019

*Let's Celebrate*

Since my Saturday at the crop with Bonnie earlier this month, I have only been in my craft space a little bit.  And some of that time was spent wanting to create but having no ideas or inspiration.  I don't know what it is but I am not in the most creative of moods.

But I won't give up and I will keep trying to bring you some fun cards.

This is another of the Concord & 9th turnabout stamps.  I like that this is a smaller one instead of filling the entire front of a card.

I wanted to keep this pretty simple but didn't want to have a green card base so I used some Catherine Pooler ink (in Grass Skirt) with my new Picket Fence Studios blending brushes and I coloured the edges of a white card and added the white card front to the card.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

*Colourful Dots Birthday*

Please be gentle with me as I work out the kinks with my new photo light box and how to set up my photos.  I have no problem with the tall cards, but the wider cards I'm struggling with.  This is not a great photo but it's the best I got on the day I was trying to capture the photo.

I ordered a bunch of Concord and 9th turnabout stamps a few weeks ago and have been having fun playing with them along with their new turnabout jig and the guides for lining things up.  For this card I used some Catherine Pooler inks and a stamp from My Favorite Things.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

*CAS Game 132*

Once again I am playing along with the challenge at the AAA Cards blog.  You have until February 2nd to play along, if you're interested.

I had fun playing with my Misti and some Catherine Pooler inks for this card.  And I finally got to use this fun Hero Arts stamp set.  The circles are from one of the Gina K wreath builder sets.



Friday, January 25, 2019

*Mandala Celebrate*

I'm not sure how I feel about this card....  I used the Birch Press Stargazer layering dies in black, grey and white and layered it all on to a red circle.  When I look at the card I see "hockey team logo" or something (not a specific one, but that's what I think when I see the card). 

I need to play with this set of dies again...

Thursday, January 24, 2019

*Birthday Unicorn*

I just love these unicorn stamps from Gerda Steiner...   they are just so dang cute!  I stamped this guy up and did a simple colouring with Copics.  After I cut him out, I didn't know what I wanted to do with him... and of course, I was at a crop so my supplies were limited.  I chose one of the HAPPY stamps from Avery Elle and used the unicorn as the A.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

*Rainbow Stripes*

Good afternoon all...  we are back to warmer temperatures again after a few days of feeling pretty chilly in Calgary.  We really can't complain about the weather so far this winter as we haven't had any super cold days like we had last year (at least not yet) and our cold days are not too awful and haven't lasted long.  But I sure do prefer the warmer days!

I was inspired by a challenge at The Card Concept to create a rainbow card.  I used some Catherine Pooler inks in a rainbow with a stamp from My Favorite Things.  I added one single flower from a set of dies from My Favorite things as well.

*So Happy For You*

It was fun to use this Avery Elle stamp set for something other than a birthday card...  now to find a reason to send it to someone!

I used some Catherine Pooler inks in the spa collection colours.  I didn't have cardstock that worked for the layer behind the stamped panel so I used my new Picket Fence Studios blending brushes to create a layer  I added some clear gems to finish it off

Monday, January 21, 2019

*Let's Celebrate*

Another very clean and simple card... definitely where I find myself creating, more often than not.  I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set and coloured the image with some Copics.  I added some embossed lines along the top and the bottom of the stamped image to create a little texture.