Wednesday, 26 July 2017

SPD MIU 33 - Celebrate

There are still a few days to play along with this month's SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge!

As usual, I tried to combine the two inspiration pieces, but as usual didn't quite get the sketch exactly right! lol! I tried it with more balloons, but it just felt crowded and not 'me'.

I started by stamping the Striped Background onto a panel and then cut that with the stitched rectangle die from the Birthday Journal Card set (what a useful set of dies - so many good basics and birthday possibilities!) I then inlaid the stitched circle from Beautiful Bauble into that, and then inlaid the Celebrate die into the two of them. A little fussy, but not difficult. When I did all that inlaying,  I didn't put the 'top' of the rectangle die back on, which resulted in this fun shape. I finished the sentiment with a masked partial sentiment from Under the Weather.

I used:
Striped Background
Whatever the Weather
Birthday Journal Card
Beautiful Bauble

I'm also going to link this up to CASology's Balloon Cue Card.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CASology 259 - Balloon

Good morning (again!) This is my 3rd post today, please scroll down for my Crafty Christmas Collaboration post and my A Jillian Vance Design post.

This week's CASology Cue Card is Balloon.

This week, CASology is turning 5! I'm proud to say that I was there 5 years ago, when Melissa invented CASology and gathered the initial Design Team. And I'm thrilled that she invited me back to join the current DT and other CASology Alumni for a 5-year Anniversary Blog Hop!

  • To be eligible for the sponsor prizes, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop list.  Winners will be selected randomly using
  • To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery.  Winner will be selected randomly using
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.
Check out the CASology blog for details of all the amazing prizes!

I used:

Crafty Christmas Collaboration with Jessica

You will recall that this month, Jessica Frost-Balla is our Christmas-in-July Guest at Muse: ChristmasVisions (still time to play there, by the way!). 

While we were planning to work together on that, Jessica invited me to be her Guest for this month's Crafty Christmas Collaboration

This is a fun feature that Jessica came up with to keep her making Christmas cards all year long. Jessica has some presents, too! Be sure to pop over to her post to see how you can win by playing along (she's got an all-year link-up)!

Each month, Jessica invites a guest to collaborate with her.  The idea is that we trade supplies and make cards using each other's supplies. That's the IDEA. Unfortunately for us, USPS and/or Canada Post had different plans, and Jessica's supplies still haven't arrived here in Toronto. 

But we're superwomen, so we don't let little things like that bother us! We forged ahead with our projects using the supplies I chose.

You can see that I went heavy with Christmas Products from the Essentials by Ellen line. I've linked products below.

My first card has a classic, elegant feel. I used some super-sparkly embossing powder  to give this card some extra shine.

My second card is more graphic - I love the simplicity of this and the contrast between the black and white and the bold, bright red. These were cut from adhesive velvet paper - the feel is rich, luxurious and warm!

Thanks so much, Jessica for inviting me to be your guest!


AJVD - Thanks A Bunch (AAA Cards)

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a step-by-step guide for this card. I used one edge of a bookmark die to make the pretty, tiny stitched and scalloped border on my focal panel.

I am also linking up to the CAS Rainbow challenge at AAA Cards.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

FS546 - Thank You

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper Vicky (aka Miss Vicky). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Vicky's:
-polka dots
-single flower and leaf
-thank you theme

I changed:
-stamping instead of die cuts

I got some new markers last week - they are waterbased and I am trying out different techniques with them. To create this background, I used a stencil, two colours of markers and LOTS of water. At first, it doesn't look very pretty, but over time, the colours kind of melt and blend together - it just takes  lots of patience for dry-time! I think this yellow-pink combination is pretty, but I also tried some other colour combinations:

Here's a video.

I used: