March 19, 2018

MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge # 376


Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend now that the days are getting longer and spring is getting closer!

I have  a card I made for a dear friend who lost her fur baby recently. When we let a pet into our hearts they become a part of our family and the loss we feel when we lose them is profound. I made a card using this week's MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch #376.


Have a wonderful week, come on spring!

March 16, 2018

My Weekend Stamping Away

A few weekends ago I went to a crafting retreat and made a record 17 cards! For me that is big, usually on retreats and crafty get together's I am too busy being social and don't come home with much of anything done--lol! Over the past week and the week's to come I am going to share some of these projects. A lot of them were from shoebox swaps, they are so much fun. Basically each person participating designs a card and then puts all the supplies to make that card into a box. Then over the course of the retreat you take a box and recreate the card! We had so many participants this time and what fantastic designs too.  Here are a few that I did, designs created by these super talented friends!

Shoebox swap from Lori Craig.

Shoebox swap card by Lisa Petrella.

Shoebox swap card by Jen Timko.

Shoebox swap cad by Laurie Willison.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

March 13, 2018

Jillibean Soup Designer's Challenge

This month the designers at Jillibean Soup were challenged to create cards to celebrate the arrival of spring with flowers!

As easy task says me, because Jillibean Soup has some of the most beautiful flower die cuts with their releases and it makes making floral cards not only easy but beautiful too.

Spring to me is new beginnings meaning the arrival of flowers, the sounds of the birds and people moving into new homes. I brought out the Shape Shaker Heart Tag and the Heart Birdhouse stamp and die set to create this sweet tag you could use to adorn a gift to a new neighbour. Quick, easy and cute!


Head over to the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog to see what some of the other designers have done this month.

March 12, 2018

Muse #257


It's time for Muse Challenge #257!

I used the beautiful Pretty Pink Posh Wild Rose, Hummingbird Thanks and Birdie Friends stamps and dies to create my scene and then coloured the images with ZIG Clean Color Real  Brush markers.


Hope to see you play along with us this week at Muse!

Birch Press Design | Colouring Easter Eggs

Happy Monday!

Today I have a video tutorial up on the Birch Press Design Blog describing how I created my colourful Easter eggs for my card shown below.

Hope you head over to check it out and hope that I've inspired you to try something new today.

March 9, 2018

Jillibean Soup | Thanks and Birthday

This week I had couple cards up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog.
Hope you pop over and say hello, the Jillibean Soup blog has fantastic inspiration every day.

Using the Farmhouse Stew Collection along with the Shape Shaker Butterfly...

Using the Shades of Color Soup collection...

Winnie & Walter ReRun | Welcome to the Family


So excited today to be guesting with Winnie & Walter for this month's Rerun post!

This month the team is featuring Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs! This adorable set is full of the cutest images for many occasions. My card is a congratulations card for a new baby using purple as the anchor colour because it can be for either a boy or a girl. I stamped and die cut the little elephant from the set and Copic coloured it. The background circle behind the elephant was stamped using A Tree for all Seasons using Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink.


Here is a second card I made, once again colours that could be for either a boy or a girl...


The Rerun posts are to provide new inspiration using the featured set along with a challenge through the end of the month, a sale on the featured item for the entire month and one random commentor on the blog post at Winnie & Walter will win the stamp set! Make sure you head over to the Winnie & Walter blog for your chances to win!

March 8, 2018

Essentials By Ellen March Release | So Matcha


Last weekend when I was Stamping Away in Kansas we were treated so well by our sponsors we were thrilled to receive from Ellen Hutson some stamps from the new March Release at Ellen Hutson. Today I have a card using the Essentials By Ellen So Matcha clear stamps that were designer by Julie Ebersole and inspired by her recent trip to Japan!

My background was created with Distress Oxide ink smooshing over the white embossed bamboo from the stamp set. The whole panel was adhered with foam tape. The girl was coloured with Copic Markers and both her and her sentiment were also popped up with foam tape.


These are the Copics I used...

Thank you so much Ellen Hutson!

February 28, 2018

Faith & Family - February '18

Here we are rolling through 2018!

The last day of February and time for this month's 12 Kits of Occasions!

This month Lindsey Larsen is our hostess and she sent such an amazing kit that screamed springtime to me. The colours, the die cuts, the heartfelt sentiments and oh the gorgeous flowers just brought a smile to my face from ear to ear! I created six cards this month, but I  honestly have enough kit and ideas left over that I could make six more. Exactly the time this post is going live I am taking off in an airplane heading down to Kansas for a retreat weekend. I can't tell you how good it is for the soul the get crafty with a bunch of talented ladies. Speaking of talented I do hope you get a chance to check out what I know will be gorgeous projects from all the designers at the 12 Kits of Occasions. Every month I am so thankful to create along with the group.

Of lets get on with what you are here for...

Here they are all together!

Back to the 12 Kits blog to check out the rest!

February 23, 2018

Birch Press Design - Faux Faberge Egg

Have you seen the new spring release at Birch Press Design? The Fiori Egg stackable dies have all the beautiful stitched details you have come to expect from Birch Press Design. Today I have a short video tutorial on the Birch Press Design blog and my YouTube channel showing you how I paired these new dies up with some of the gorgeous new Shizan handmade papers also now available in the shop to create a lovely faux FabergĂ© egg.

For more detail and photo head over to the Birch Press Design blog!
Have a wonderful weekend!

February 19, 2018

My Favorite Things 2018 Stamping Olympics - Speed Cardmaking


Two final cards for the MFT 2018 Creative Olympics Speed Carmaking finale!
Down to the wire with the challenges I didn't get this card down before the event closed, but I did get not one but two cards made for it in under 20 minutes!

I started by stamping and white embossing a Bristol Smooth panel, then I sponged it with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink. The next step was to cut it out with the large celebrate die and then I was able to inlay two cards using up the positive and negatives from the two die cuts.


Version two using the negative die cuts!



1:32 sec left, even after I lost the inside piece of the R in the black card base version and had to recut! Funny that I was so sure I would be able to get this card done easily in under 20 minutes, but under pressure you end up making all kinds of mistakes!