Monday, July 20, 2015

Bridal Shower Card

This card is the result of a funny story. Last school year, I had the privilege of teaching High School Foods. Really, more fun than should be legal in a profession, but I digress. One of the teachers from our science walked by my classroom, and was drawn in by the divine smell of dijon baked chicken. Said teacher is one of my favourite teachers on staff, and she became a friend over the course of the last 2 years. She said if she could learn to make a few healthy dinners that smelled and tasted wonderful, maybe she had a hope of catching a man and getting married. I loaned her one of my favourite full meal-deal beginner cookbooks, Anyone Can Cook Dinner by Canada's foremost menu planner and radio personality, Sandi Richard.

It took 2 months for me to get my cookbook back. She loved it and found several recipes that were easy to prepare and that she thoroughly enjoyed. And she is engaged to be married next summer. I feel like I had a tiny-itty-bitty hand in her nuptial success. tiny. My friend is a beautiful and fun person, and he's one lucky man who gets dijon baked chicken as a side note.

I gave my friend that cookbook as a shower gift, so the card sentiment seemed particularly appropriate.

stamps; victorian frippery, victorian medallion 3 (waltzing mouse)
paper; blue emboss (anna griffin), ash, raven, flintstone, ivory cardstock (bazzill)
ink; versamark (tsukineko), antique linen, tea dye distress ink (ranger)
accessories; imperial square, diamondessence (spellbinders), superfine gold detail embossing powder (ranger)

Friday, July 17, 2015

ODBD July Release

Welcome! I have 2 projects to show for the July release from Our Daily Bread Designs. This first card uses the floral stamp from Fragrance.

This floral cluster makes creating a lovely, feminine card a breeze, which is why I chose to create this in pale pink and white.

I stamped the image using versamark and heat embossed it using gold detail embossing powder. I coloured it with copic markers and overpainted it using glimmer mist to increase the shine. The leaves were cut using Fancy Foliage dies and heat embossed using a shabby pink enamel powder. The effect is amazing!!

I cut the lattice inset using Quatrefoil Pattern die. I thought of using this die to emboss, but I really wanted the contrast between white and pink to shine. Another variation that I think would be lovely would be to adhere gold studs, gems or pearls in the centers of the repeating quatrefoil pattern.

I really love this card, the floral image and the sentiments in this set. It's a fave for certain!!

stamps; fragrance (odbd)
paper; tickled pink, white cardstock (bazzill), x-press it blending card (copic)
ink; versamark (tsukineko)
accessories; quatrefoil pattern die, fancy foliage die (odbd), shabby pink embossing enamel (stampendous), fine detail gold embossing powder (ranger), white ribbon (offray)

For my second project, I have created a darling scene using the new Welcoming Window die. The knitting basket was cut using paper from Soulful Stitches Collection. It is so fun! I'm new to creating scenery using paper cutting dies, but I'm excited to be diving in this summer.

This darling sentiment is from Home Sweet Home, another July release. This set pairs incredibly well with Mini Tags die set.

To add some additional interest and dimension, I've added a green awning from Window Shutter and Awning dies. Perhaps by changing the scene in the window, this would make a good unisex or masculine card, and if you are like me, masculine cards are often in short supply.

To see more wonderful card samples made with the July 2015 Release, head on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  Be sure to visit the talented Bread Sticks by clicking the links below to see a close up of each projects along with the details!

Cathy * Julie * Sandee * Dawn * Amy 

stamps; home sweet home (odbd)
ink; tuxedo black versafine ink (tsukineko)
paper; soulful stitches collection (odbd), sprout, white, ash cardstock (bazzill)
accessories; welcoming window dies, window shutter and awning dies, mini tag dies set (odbd), pink yarn (unknown)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Spellbinders - A Friend Like You

Despite the number of times I create over the top layered cards, sometimes clean and simple (CAS) is the way to go! However, please note that while this card looks CAS, there are actually 8 layers at its thickest. Just sayin'...

The instructions to create this card are on the Spellbinders blog, HERE! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spellbinders Sapphire Blog Hop

Spellbinders has created the most darling die cutting/embossing machine called the Sapphire, available exclusively at It is on sale right now for $29.99 (US - prices subject to change without notice at the discretion of the retailer) and is a wonderful entry level machine that is compact and portable. Spellbinders has also introduced coordinating sapphire dies to be used with the Sapphire machine but any Spellbinders die up to 2 1/4"  wide will fit and can be used. For your chance to win a darling Sapphire Machine, see details HERE.

For this blog hop, I have created a cheeky unisex card using Simply Tags, Basics Set B, and Basic Rectangles.

I love cards that make me laugh or think, "Yup..." and this delightful sentiment did that for me. Keep an eye on my blog, there are more delightfully cheeky cards to come (nothing coarse, no foul language I assure you).

I am so incredibly thrilled that Spellbinders has launched new tag die templates in the Sapphire Collection. Tags are just so perfect for really framing and featuring sentiments on a card front. For this card, I have layered 3 tag dies from Simply Tags to frame my sentiment.

Good luck with the contest, and thank-you so much for stopping by. You really have made my day!!

stamps; sentiment - RWD-286 (riley & company)
ink; onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper; grey colormates smooth cardstock (world win), durable (authentique), whirl white (spellbinders)
accessories; simply tags, basics set 3, basic rectangles (spellbinders), jute rope cord (canvas corps)

Monday, June 1, 2015

ODBD June Release

Happy June, friends! The June release from Our Daily Bread Designs is perfectly focused on the themes of the month - Father's Day and Sunshne!

I am really enjoying the muted tones of the Vintage Ephemera Collection paper and it co-ordinates so perfectly with the gorgeous masculine stamps and dies released this month.

This verse is one of my husband's favourites, so I was thrilled to see it in this release. I have plans for the rest of the sentiments in the Good Man set of stamps.

These darling Workshop Tool dies are simply divine!! I have cut them out of neutral cardstock, which I coloured using a silver paint pen. I ran the hammer and screwdriver dies through using blue for the handles, cut the handle portion off and aged it using copic markers to colour. I tied the little tool bundle together with hemp twine.

This Sunshine themed collection is a very fun release from ODBD. While this background has the appearance of an embossing folder, it is a metal die template and it does beautiful work cutting, piercing and embossing all at the same time.

I used red, orange and yellow glitter spray on a paintbrush to create the splatter pattern on the background. Once I loaded the paintbrush with glitter spray, I tapped the brush on my finger so the spray pattern would have a larger drip pattern.

I sponged the sentiment while in a basic rectangle die template to  really draw attention to this lovely sentiment. I've used an adhesive rhinestone to embellish this wee sun. So fun!!

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until June 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on June 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Dawn * America * Amy * Chris * Grace * Sabrina * Angie * Lisa * Silke * Audrey * Wanda * Loretta

Father's Day Card:
stamps: good man (odbd)
paper: vintage ephemera collention (odbd), brown, jacaranda (bazzill), grey, beach (world win paper)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
accessories: workshop tools (odbd), silver paint pen (zig), screw hea dbrads (unknown), jute rope (canvas home), hemp twine (unknown), classic rectangles lg, classic squares lg, classic squares sm (spellbinders), copic markers

Sunshine Card:
stamps: sunshine blessings (odbd)
paper: white, pumpkin (bazzill)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko), tumbled glass distress ink, lemonade adirondack ink (ranger)
accessories: sunburst background (odbd), classic rectangles lg (spellbinders), red stitched grosgrain ribbon (may arts), rhinestone (mambi), glitter spray (tattered angels)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Are Fabulous!

I have a post and tutorial on the Spellbinders blog today.

I was wandering the hardware store a few weeks ago looking for a list of items. I'm not as familiar with the hardware store layout as I am with the grocery store layout, so the trip took longer than expected. I found all sorts of new-to-me bits and bobs!!! The most fascinating item I found was aluminium tape, which I have used to create the background for this vintage card partnered with Adorning Accents, one of Becca Feeken's new die sets from Spellbinders.

Visit the Spellbinders blog for my tutorial to create this gorgeous, dimensional background.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Kind

What a glorious morning! As the trees bud and come into full leaf, I am often amazed by the remarkable beauty of the season. While my dad was in the hospital a few weeks ago, he was most concerned he would miss the trees, "lighting up" this spring. I think that was an extremely apt description and have thought of it often since he was released from the hospital.

I used the inspiration of the early spring season for this card. The fresh green and sparkling sky simply takes my breath away. This sentiment is a favourite because it really speaks to me about the state of most people I encounter most days. I find it remarkable how many students in my classes have some pretty heavy stuff going on when they leave my classroom. I find it is very effective to treat them with kindness and mercy.

I cut my layers from cuddle cream cardstock using pierced rectangles. Both this die set and cardstock are from the Spellbinders's Celebra'tions line.

I used Labels 39 and Labels 39 Decorative Accents to cut, emboss and frame the sentiment. I sponged the sentiment while it was still in the die to create an ivory edge around the piece, creating the illusion of an additional layer. Gotta love those layers!!

stamps: everyone you meet (unity stamps)
ink: tuxedo black memento ink (tsukineko), tumbled glass distress ink (ranger)
paper: once upon a springtime (graphic 45), leapfrog, starmist (bazzill), cuddle cream (celebra'tions by spellbinders)
accessories: pierced rectangles, labels 39, labels 39 decorative accents (spellbinders), flower (petaloo), ivory ribbon (offray)