Monday, August 31, 2015

Spa Day

I've never visited a spa before, but the idea of it is very appealing sometimes. And I'm not fond of camping, as my family can attest to, so when I found this stamp I was very happy and giggled a little.

It seemed completely appropriate to create a spa themed, blinged out card to really drive the point home for this sentiment. And it made me giggle some more. And I've never been to a spa, so this is just what I think a spa would be like - lovely, soothing colours, kind of like a beach. But really I'm clueless.

As with most projects I make just for me, some of the supplies on this card are discontinued. The pattern paper I used on this card is the only discontinued product, so I think I'm doing pretty well this time. I even pulled out platinum stickles for this project! In the process of choosing which stickles to use, I sadly discovered that I have a bunch of stickles that have dried up, or the glitter has separated from the adhesive and I couldn't get them back together to look decent. Dang!

I really adore the Labels 46 and Labels 46 Decorative Elements. This die shape is so unusual and pretty - very easy to work with. With so many tight layers, I used both 5x7 Matting Basics A and 5x7 Matting Basics B so I could get precision cuts and placement (embossed lines are like colour by number for paper placement). Happiness! I would love to hear about your best spa experience in my comments!

stamps; i wanted to go camping funny bones RWD-066 (Riley & Co)
paper; flora & fauna (K & Co), coconut swirl, ash (bazzill), grey (worldwin)
ink; onyx black versafine ink (tsukineko)
accessories; labels 46, labels 46 decorative elements, 5x7 matting basics a & b (spellbinders), silver paint pen (marvy uchida), platinum stickles (ranger), grey bubbles (queen & co), white ribbon (offray), Bow-it-all v 2.0 (zutter)

brown sugar; sentiment - make it big
CCEE; bow
crafting with friends; anything goes
craft your passion; anything goes
crafty hazelnut; patterned paper
inspiration destination; anything goes
through the craft room door; anything goes
splitcoast stamper; feature stamper card (FS447)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pretty Pink Poinsettias

I am excited to use the new Christmas dies just released by Spellbinders for my project today.

I like to use non-traditional colours for Christmas cards occasionally. I have a tutorial on the Spellbinders blog to create this pretty pink Christmas card.

Blessings, friends!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Folk Art Neighbourhood

I've combined another 3 challenges from the week of Dare to get Dirty challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I have ideas for more of the challenges, but I am running out of time, so I suspect I'll simply post as I finish them over the next however long and give credit for inspiration where it is due.

I have used a few discontinued products on this card because I do have quite a bit of older favourite papers, dies and stamps and I'm more of a collector (hoarder) and I seem to find that as soon as I donate or sell a stamp set, die set or paper, I immediately regret it because it would be 'PERFECT' for whatever I am working on.

I cut and embossed the Neighbourhood Glance die template from watercolour paper. I made the paper quite damp using an aqua painter and then sponged the paper with distress inks, which have such a wonderful reaction with water. This allowed me to get a very smooth blend between colours. By using a big, fat sponge wedge to apply the colour, I was able to achieve a folk art look, reminiscent of Maud Lewis, one of Canada's favourite folk artists from Nova Scotia.

My 17 year old son saw this card, and it made him smile. He said he loved it, so I think I might have instilled some joy in my card like Lewis's paintings invoke in Canadians. Using the Gift of Happiness pop up card die template made it easy to create a scene card like a town built on the Nova Scotia shore line. (Historical picture of Lunenburg, N.S.)

As always, I'm thrilled you stopped by and I appreciate the kind words you leave for me.

stamps; bugs life (crafty secrets)
ink; peeled paint, frayed burlap, forest moss, bundled sage, aged mahogany, fired brick, weathered wood, faded jeans distress ink (ranger), onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper; kraft cardstock (bazzill), home sweet home (graphic 45), 140lb cold press watercolor paper, the garden tea party stack (DCWV) 
accessories; neighborhood glance, gift of happiness, lg long rectangles (spellbinders), green twill tape (basic grey - disc), wink of stella - clear (zig)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yellow Flowers for You

For the last few years I was working on a Master's degree, and sadly, I wasn't able to participate in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I finished this past spring, and I am happy to be mixing in some paper crafting with the other stuff of life.

I layered dies from Luscious Labels 1 and Victorian Medallion 3 to create the lacey panel. By sponging the edges of each layer, it makes it easier to differentiate the layers of 'lace'.

I chose to combine 3 challenges with this card because I know I haven't a hope of getting to all 40 challenges that will be posted over the course of this week's challenges. This is a pretty generic card, because I couldn't find a stamped sentiment in my stash that would compliment the floral spray and layout.

The tiny yellow flowers are made using the Hydrangea Create-a-Flower die. I have never actually used this die to create a hydrangea bloom. This wee die is my absolute favourite for quickly cutting 20 tiny, perfect flowers.

paper; rose cafe (bo bunny), almond cream, fern, lemonade, white (bazzill)
ink; antique linen, tea dye, frayed burlap distress ink (ranger)
accessories; luscious labels 1, victorian medallion 3, sprigs, cherry blossoms, hydrangea (spellbinders)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

ODBD August Release

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs August Release blog hop! At the end of my post you will find the rules for the ODBD release contest and the Blog Hop links for the rest of the design team.

I have created this frame and background using the new release Boho Background die set. Wonderful stuff, yes? I created the smaller center frame using other basic rectangle dies. Once I adhered this smaller rectangle frame on the Boho Background, I trimmed away the Boho Background from the inside by hand. Super simple.

This sentiment is from Boho Faith, one of the new release stamps sets. It is quite wonderful, don't you agree?

stamps; boho faith (odbd)
paper; beautiful boho collection (odbd), white cardstock (bazzill)
ink; tuxedo black (tsukineko)
accessories; boho background die (odbd), small & large classic rectangle dies (spellbinders)

For my second card, I jumped quite firmly out of my comfort zone and used a lot of very bright colour from the Beautiful Boho Collection paper on my project. We're talking Olympic length long jump...

Isn't the effect joyful using such vibrant colour? I used a little vellum to provide a contrasting panel for this lovely sentiment from Boho Faith.

For this butterfly, I used a die from Trois Papillion and carefully positioned it on the Beautiful Boho Collection paper to create a quick and easy no colour or stamp butterfly. Isn't the effect simply terrific?! I covered the butterfly in an iridescent embossing powder to recreate the look of the shiny scales on butterfly wings.

Do continue with the design team blog hop using the links listed below, and have a blessed weekend!

stamps; boho faith (odbd)
paper; beautiful boho collection (odbd), white, pink cardstock (bazzill), vellum (paper accents)
ink; tuxedo black, versamark (tsukineko)
accessories; trois papillion dies (odbd), bridal embossing powder (ranger)

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

Prize Information: - 
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 August 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 August 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

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)