Friday, February 27, 2015


  I can hardly believe I've been doing this for 8 weeks already! This week's challenge is a fancy fold card. Grace from Create It Because You Can  & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are playing along with this. You want to check out their blogs to see what these artistic women came up with! (Grace chose this challenge.)

 I really like fancy fold cards & I've definitely played around with a few different styles. I do not make many because I make a lot of my cards to sell, I end up sticking to the basic 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size. They are the easiest to display & they make wonderful card jackets for them so they don't get all fingerprinted & stained. So I was glad to have this challenge to break me out of my normal routine. That has got to be a healthy thing to do!

Last week in the Artisan Design Team blog hop Allison Okamitsu @ Nice People Stamp!  did this style of masking & collage stamping. I could hardly wait to give it a try. Here I used Sahara Sand, Crisp Canteloupe & Metallics Gold. 

Here you can see how this fancy fold works. This card measures 6" x 6". So I took a 12" x 12" piece of the Irristibly DSP (you can see it in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue) & cut it in half. Then I scored it at 6" & 9". Then I took another 6" square piece from the same paper for the front. 

This card is big & to give it some extra support I added an extra piece to the bottom & the top. (the sturdy cardboard that comes with your patterned paper works wonderful for this! This cardboard also does a lovely job of giving dimension, just cut slightly smaller than your square & adhere with glue runner. No more messing with dimensionals on a large project! Yeah!)

One other important detail: this card needs something to prop it up. So I used the snowflakes embellishments (long retired...) & colored them with my blendabilities so they would match the vintage look of my card.

Now I'm getting ready for next week's challenge. It's my turn to choose & I chose 'found elements' or 'found art'. I was thinking mostly of using something that you don't buy from your scrapbook store, but rather something that we already have. Like a bit of corrugated cardboard, or scrap of an old letter or something down that line. 

See you next week!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


This card is such a beauty in simplicity. 

Yes. You do need a Big Shot (or die cutting machine of some sort) to re-create this. But check out the supplies... 2 kinds of paper, twine, 1 stamp & a little gold glimmer paper to add some pizzaz. Not a whole lot. The butterfly thinlits & an embossing folder does the hard part of the work.

You first cut the butterfly out using the Big Shot & thinlits. Set the butterfly aside. Take the remaining blushing bride cardstock & use the embossing folder. Then tie the twine around the butterfly & glue down onto the Naturals White paper... Stamp your sentiment & you are done! 


I did a little math just for you. 

If you purchased the supplies to make this it would come to $62.60 in Canadian funds. This is assuming you have a sentiment stamp set that would work, adhesive & a Big Shot. You would get 1 Sale-A-Bration item for free! 

Plus you would have enough supplies to make 80+ cards....

Now if you would add a Big Shot to your order, you would receive 3 MORE free Sale-A-Bration items... for a total of 4 free items! 

Now I call that smart shopping. Check out the Sale-A-Bration catalogue right here!

Just give me a shout to place your order (use the contact me form on blog) or just click on the links below....

Happy shopping!

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Friday, February 20, 2015



 This week's challenge is punch art!
Grace from Create It Because You Can  & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are playing along with this. You want to check out their blogs to see what these artistic women came up with! (Tara chose this challenge.)

There is so many examples of punch art available that range from simple to extravagant... It was hard for me to decide. In the end I tried to keep it simple. I also took pictures as I went to show how I got what I have.

I searched Pinterest for punch art. (Gotta love Pinterest) and I found pictures of different birds you could make with Stampin' Up!s bird punch! Wow.

So here are my swans...  I have always loved pictures of swans. And don't you like the heart shape that is suggested with their necks & head? I made this as a wedding card. No sentiment on the front because I wasn't sure how to add that & decided to leave it off & keep it clean.


That background paper is 'The Best Year Ever' designer paper from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. I merely used sticky notes for a mask, Pool Party ink & sponged the water in. The rest make beautiful clouds!

And here are the pictures of how I got the pieces to make the swans... 

It was a little tough to figure out how to do the beak. I took the wing punch for the head & beak. (I used Pumpkin Pie for the beak). Then I cut across the orange to make the beak & flipped it over & glued it on upside down instead of matching the head shape. I thought it helped make the curve of the head & beak look a little more realistic.  

And then my Project Life journaling pens added the beak detail & a Sharpie colored the pearls for eyes.

And for the neck... You could use your oval framelits or anything with matching curves. This is what I came up with to use from what I have. I really like using punches to trim the shapes. It is a lot easier than trying to be steady with a scissors.

And then: Next Week's Challenge Spark! Grace wants us to create a fancy fold card! I am already having a tough time deciding which fancy fold idea to do... I better decide & start creating so I don't bomb out like last week!

Doesn't this just make you want to create something? What is your favorite part of card making & stamping? What kind of challenge would you like to see? Ideas are always welcome!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I am loving this beautiful little flower! 

I know it's called a lotus flower. But here I like to think of spring & tulips...

This is a Two Step stamp set, meaning you stamp it in 2 or more steps. This method gives a lovely layered look. 

I stamped the first flower petals with Strawberry Slush. The next layer I stamped off first before onto the page to give it a little lighter look. I finished the flower with Daffodil Delight. I did the stems the same way with Pear Pizzaz. 

It's an easy card. Wrap that ribbon around, glue onto the back with glue dots. Slip another piece of ribbon around the first piece & tie a bow. Adhere it to your card front & you are done!

The stamp set is a free gift when you purchase $60 of Stampin' Up! products! The ribbon is another free option & it comes in a package of 3 colors (Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral & Coastal Cabana) with matching buttons! For more options check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!

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Monday, February 16, 2015


Several weeks ago I was challenged to create Northern Lights on a card. After I was done creating that card, I decided to try one with watercolor.

And speaking of watercolor, you should check out Heather Telford's blog here. Her watercolor cards have been catching my eye for awhile. Especially the stamped images that bleed a little. So I decided to try my hand at it.

I took wet watercolor paper, my aqua painter (its a paint brush with a water barrel) & started with a swipe of Old Olive re-inker across the page. I waited until it was a little dryer & turned the page over & did the bottom of the Northern lights. I brushed in some yellow (so saffron) & added the blue ( Island Indigo & Night of Navy) I purposely let some of it run & bleed.

I then stamped the pine tree (from the Lovely as a Tree set) in Night of Navy ink. I have a bottle of alcohol mixed with shimmer paint.) I spritzed the inked stamp before stamping onto the paper. It gave a nice faded & fuzzy look!

I finished these cards with the Naturals White &Night of Navy card stock & the greetings from the Blossom with Hope hostess stamp set.


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Friday, February 13, 2015


It's week five with the CHALLENGE SPARK!

And this week I choose to ask for doodles. I was thinking free hand doodling. Both Krista Frattin & Sarah Sagert from the Artisan Design Team recently used free hand doodling on their cards and it really inspired me. Here are the links to Krista's blog post and  Sarah's blog post. Enjoy!

Grace from Create It Because You Can  & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are playing along! Check out their blogs to see what they came up with!

But where is my card?

I bombed. 

You know, It's not even started.

But I've promised to keep this real & it just didn't work this week. I will do one yet & show you. I promise. After all I chose this challenge. But for now, please forgive me. Life got in the way & I decided it wasn't worth the stress.

But I think you really do want you to see this new stamp set that just came out:
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You can see this new set in the Stampin' Up! online store  right here. And they have some gorgeous cards made with it! I want it... I think this would be just beautiful with some emboss resist & watercolor paper. And what a gorgeous feather!!

And may your days have enough time for fun things like doodling!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


So this is what happens. I get an idea & it builds & swirls. I start creating the idea & it swirls into more. 

And more.

So the original idea was to create a card using the Bokeh technique. (It all started here.)

So I'm playing with wet watercolor paper & re-inkers. And I have to let the first one dry before I can do anything with it. So I may as well do another one. 

And then, HEY! What would happen if I changed the colors a little?!

This is what happens:

Daffodil Delight, Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo

Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
 More Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & less Daffodil Delight

Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, Pool Party & a little Bermuda Bay

No yellow here

A little darker with Island Indigo

 Creativity is so much fun!

Monday, February 9, 2015


So here I went & made another card with emboss resist. I made this card at the same time as I made the one for The Challenge Spark! You can see it  here. 

I was trying to come up with a card that used the emboss resist technique as well as looked vintage.

I embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment onto vellum so you could see the collage stamping beneath. And I added the stitching for texture. I kinda like the imperfect back & forth stitching on the corners.

I first stamped the butterflies from Butterfly Basics & Papillon Potpourri with Versa Mark ink onto Naturals White Cardstock & embossed with clear embossing powder. If you do not want the stamping to show through, then do the embossing first. If you want the stamping to show through the embossing, then stamp with your ink colors first, then emboss.

Now comes the fun part: I used Sahara Sand, Old Olive & Crisp Canteloupe on the next stamps. The ink soaks into the paper but the embossed image resists it & the butterflies emerge through the color! Next I used Pool Party & my trusty brayer to get the sky shading from dark at the top to light at the bottom. Last of all I sponged the edges & wiped the embossed butterflies with a baby wipe. It just cleans the ink off the embossed image to give an even clearer contrast!

Here is what I am finding to work when stamping a collage look. It helps to choose different shades of light & dark to work with. Stamp off on a scrap paper first to get a lighter color if you need to. Use the darker colors for your main image. I like to use repeated patterns & small stamps for additional stamping in the background & then I use lighter colors for these. 

Have a great day!

Friday, February 6, 2015



This week's challenge is white on white or white with a splash of color...

Grace from Create It Because You Can  chose this challenge & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} is playing along! Check out their blogs to see what they came up with!

I first thought of this card layout & decided to revisit this one. I've made it before & it went over very well. 

I'm afraid I've used some retired embossing folders... But the accent color is blushing bride. I like the nice soft touch it adds. 

And of course I wanted to to throw in one with a Paper Pumpkin stamp...

I just love that font pairing! 

And I get to choose next week's challenge! I'm taking a deep breath. This is stepping off the safe zone & going to be cause for some 'outside the box' type of creating for me. I decided it was okay to stretch my comfort zone a little. And so the challenge is:  doodling. I want to see some freehand fun doodling.  I  wonder what I'll say next week once I've tried...


Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Hmm. A happy negative?! It only works in your scrapbooking & card making. It is what you get when you use the negative space after you have cut out the word 'happy' using the 'Hello You' thinlits. 

Somehow in real life, negative never equals happy.

There is one small trick to making this work. Center the framelit on your cardstock, run it through the Big Shot. (the magnetic platform work wonders here, holds it in place to keep it from sliding around)

Before you take all the pieces out, take your glue pen & and dab your glue on the little pieces from the inside of the 'a' etc & around the outside of the framelit. (You don't want to get any on the word 'happy' itself) Now place it over your paper & using the stylus, pop those little pieces right onto the paper. The glue will keep them in place. Then release the outside paper from the framelit & once again the glue holds it in place. Then gently lift up the framelit & remove the 'happy' word & you can see that beautiful color showing through! Then add your birthday banner using dimensionals & you're done!

When I was brayering to make the cards for The Challenge Spark! I made a lot. Like I generally do when I'm having fun! I am so happy when I can play with color! And so I had a number of these & decided to try something a little different with them. You can check out the original cards here. These are using the same colors.

This last one I took Crystal Effects & dropped little dots onto the card at random. Love the raindrop effect that it gives! You need a safe place to let this dry because it takes a little while.

Now I for sure have inky fingers...

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Monday, February 2, 2015


My Pumpkin Challenge

I've been following the My Pumpkin Challenge blog for awhile now. The designers come up with the neatest things from their Paper Pumpkin Kits! Click on the link above to see what they have got going this time! 

This month they wanted us to use what we had left from past kits.

I ended up just using the stamps.

I love the simplicity & the beautiful whiteness of these cards.

Now I'm off to make a set of these. I think that would make someone a lovely gift.

Want to join the Paper Pumpkin fun now?

 There is a promotion on right now! 

The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a free Sale-A-Bration item! Talk about a great deal!

You can check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!

Just fill out the contact me form & we can get your order started! (Or just click on the kit shown below that you want! For every $60 you spend during Sale-A-Bration you get a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & that applies to the 3 month, 6 month & 12 month kits!)

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