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)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Mother's Day is coming. I love being a mom, but somedays, I could give my kids to the travelling gypsies if they would take my 4 gems. And then I think about everything I went through to not only get them into the world, but everything that I have sacrificed and the grief of getting them both close to, and into adulthood. I have really amazing kids, and I have been told this by the people closest to my family, so it isn't just my pride talking, although there is some of that too! And so, I come full circle to the truth that I love being a mom.

When I saw this sentiment from TLC Creations, I knew it was a must have. All these years later, Paulette of TLC Creations produces my very favourite digital sentiments. I am not on her design team. I am promoting TLC Creations because it is quality stuff!! And funny. And poignant. And simply one of my favourite paper crafting products.

The filigree background I have used here is created by overlapping 3 Gate Elements. It's a little inconspicuous die, but the finely cut intricacy is wonderful. I cut the sentiment using A2 Matting Basics B, and Matted it using A2 Matting Basics A, a couple of my favourite basic die sets.

Many thanks for stopping by today. Your comments are always such a blessing!

stamps; digi sentiment (tlc creations)
paper; script, coconut swirl (bazzill), lucille (basic grey)
accessories; gate elements, A2 matting basics a & b, tool-n-one (spellbinders), white ribbon, 1/4" & 5/8" (offray)

Friday, May 1, 2015

ODBD May Release

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs May release blog hop. I'm pleased to share that I was invited to re-join the Our Daily Bread Designs Alumni Design Team. Today is my first post with the team, and it is all about the beautiful May Release. For May the collection features uplifting sentiments and lovely birds, bees and butterflies.

I've used a gorgeous sentiment from Spread Your Wings for my first card. I love this sentiment. As Christ followers, we are called to have life to the full, but we are also reminded that we will experience difficulties, and we can rely on His strength to help us find fullness in challenging times, rather than answers.

I have used Layered Lacey Squares Dies to frame this lovely sentiment over a Shabby Rose Collection pattern paper.

My second card uses a different sentiment from the same stamp set, Spread Your Wings. I cut the sentiment using the smallest die from Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies, layered over the other dies from that set. Card front sized cards make beautiful card making very quick and easy!! Love it!

I chose a tiny print from Blushing Rose Collection pattern paper to sit under the card front sized die. I love the little peeks of pink! It is so fresh for spring.

I have used the new Fancy Fritillery die cut butterfly cut out of vellum. I think it needs to be mounted differently, but I'm not sure how and keep the dimension. There is a solid die in the set, and I thing a pale solid pink butterfly under the vellum would be stunning! Thinking out loud for next time...

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 May 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 May 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Lori * Julie * Sandee * Dawn * Amy * 
Cathy * America * Chris * Angie * 
Audrey * Sabrina * Grace * Silke *
 Loretta (you are here) * Lisa * Wanda

stamps: spread your wings (odbd)
paper: shabby rose collection, blushing rose collection, ivory, kiwi green, robin egg blue (bazzill)
ink: Onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
accessories: layered lacey squares, fancy fritillary, vintage flourish pattern (odbd), pink rhinestones (bazzill), white half pearls (melissa frances), ivory ribbon (offray), grand calibur, tool-n-one (spellbinders) 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wall Art Series - Number 1

I've made a project just for me and it will hang on the wall in my bedroom. I'm doing this because my kids asked me to make art for our walls. My daughter mentioned that I make all of these beautiful 'things' and then either give or send them away. I've never kept anything just for me. I've made projects for them, but never for our home generally. Smart one, that girl of mine!

I have a tendency toward perfectionism. When I make projects for me, I usually only see the mistakes I made when I am finished, and so I give everything away. For this project, it took about a week, and I worked in short spurts, and if I started to second guess myself about what I was doing, I immediately left it and came back later.

As I plan out projects, I tend to follow the same process each time. First, I pull out and start arranging die templates and I have done this for years - long before I was offered the privilege of joining the Spellbinders team. I must say that I really love my Basic Grey magnetic mat for arranging my dies. I use the magnets to hold dies when I am working on a layout, and they are useful when I am working out layers.

Next, I pulled out a palette. I would like to redecorate my bedroom, so I chose the palette we will work toward. I pulled out virtually everything that might work. This is when I start to plan the layers. The play of light, medium and dark tones are critical for the success of all the layers I use. I tend to use the same principles as I do when I teach quilting.

I do a lot of double checking when I create a project this large. My magnetic mat makes it easy, especially when I am using a lot of little bits that could get lost.

My 'personal best' for number of layers was 17, and it was a project I haven't shown on my blog yet, but Spellbinders has had for awhile now because it was on show at CHA last January. This project I just made will be tough to beat! There are 25 layers, and I don't think it looks unreasonable or over done.

This month, Spellbinders has released 2 sets of dies that, in my opinion, are invaluable. 6x6 Matting Basics A and 6x6 Matting Basics B. When I cut this many tight layers, it is very easy for the pieces to be out of alignment and not fit together well, which makes my work look imperfect, which drives me a little bonkers. Using the 6x6 Matting Basics A & B allows me to make cuts that are perfect every single time, which means all my layers fit together easily and beautifully and I don't go bonkers! It's a lovely thing.

I have repeated images several times to create unity in this piece. The die template I used the most here is the ornate square frame from Blooming Collection. Next, I used Victorian Accents a lot. They were the hardest pieces for me to place because they really affected the overall feel of the end configuration. Yes, I can be prone to overthinking my papercrafting! Anyhoo...

The butterfly is my favourite part. I stacked 4 butterflies to create this beauty and mounted them on Tag 1 from Victorian Tags, which has the round center. The new release Butterfly is the base, with butterfly 1 from Les Papillions (both the shadow and the cut layers of the same butterfly), topped with Butterfly 1 from Les Papillion 2 cut from vellum.

I edged most of the layers with an opaque silver paint pen, and added silver to the tips and edges of many of the other pieces, which adds to the appearance of many more layers. I love the wee shine it gives the piece. There is so much going on that I used pearls to embellish because I think rhinestone bling would have been just too much. Besides, pearls are my favourite! And this is all for me!

ink: pumice stone
paper; embossed blue, embossed ivory (anna griffin), denim, stone (american crafts), flintstone, walnut creme (bazzill), vellum (paper accents)
accessories; 6x6 matting basics a, 6x6 matting basics b, victorian tags, butterfly, les papillions, les papillion 2, victorian accents, blooming collection (spellbinders), silver paint pen (zig), pearls (melissa francis)

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Gilded Life - Urban Blooms card

Happy spring! I have a card with tutorial on the Spellbinders blog to create this soft and elegant card using dies and stunning embellishments from the A Gilded Life Collection. I am really looking forward to showing more of this collection because of the attention to every elegant detail that has been considered in the design of everything from the dies to texture plates to papers and accessories. Every part speaks to creating accessories for a beautiful life!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Devine Floral Spellbinders Blog Post

Today, I have this delicate coffee card on the Spellbinders blog. It was a fun little card to make, and the filagree card base it simply gorgeous!

There are full instructions to recreate this card on the Spellbinders Blog, including a link to a video by Becca Feeken to create hinged filagree cards.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Celtic Medallion Valentines Day Card

Today on the Spellbinders blog I have a tutorial for creating this masculine Valentines card. I will have a few cards posted using this die shortly, as I have a ridiculous number of ideas for it. I really enjoy this die and I think it has so very many uses and really, it's simply gorgeous!

I really love the look of the Celtic Medallion die template after applying Deco Arts' Metallic wax. I used this product for my Season of Giving blog post as well, and will be using it in several upcoming posts.