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)

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)