Friday, December 9, 2016

Magic Of Christmas: The Twinery

Can you believe the big day is only a couple of weeks away?? Even though I'm a fully-grown adult, I still excited for Christmas and part of that excitement is making cards with glitter, and twine and stamps!

  I've been making some pretty interesting colour choices for my cards this year, but this one is going back to the basics: red and green (with a touch of blue..). It's a pretty simple card to execute, but what I love most is the texture: 

The trees were stencilled on with green ink, then I stencilled the snow on with very thick molding paste. While it was wet I doused it in glitter. Once dry I added a bunch of red dots with Tonic Nuvo drops.

To complete the card I added some Maraschino twine that just screams CHRISTMAS, doesn't it???!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hi there! I'm here with a nutty idea for Christmas gift-giving. 
I like to fill the Tubes with lots of different yummy treats, but over here in China things like Hershey's kisses and M&Ms don't exist, so I have to get creative!! 

Enter: the Trail Mix tube! 

I make my own trail mix consisting of: 

Mixed, salted nuts
Dried Pineapple
Dried Cranberries
Dried Papaya 
Mini Chocolate chips

So what's better than a couple of cute Squirrel images to go with the nuts?? 

I added a bunch of glitter and snow to make the scene super festive and it was done!
What a quick and easy way to say "Merry Christmas" to your health nut friends and family!! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Twine: Maraschino

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Trio-Tastic: Technique Tuesday

Hello all! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend wherever you are! Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Monday Challenge, and this week it's "Trio-tastic", aka, use three of something.

My three? Three colours of paint. 

The great thing about the colours I chose was they blended together to make new colours, (that purple, OMG) so although I started with three, I ended up with a rainbow!!

After the rainbow dried I added some white paint splatters. It's a background that's almost ready for an image!!

I stamped the image in black then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I always had the plan to keep the cattails kind of silhouette-y so black was the right choice. 

After watercolouring with black I went around the tags with black acrylic paint, added a little stencilling with gold paint and added a ribbon. I can't wait to give these away! 

Supplies used: 
Technique Tuesday: Cattails
Paint: Dylusions (red, turquoise) and Prima (gold)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hey There - The Twinery

Well hey there! Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving??!! It's pretty funny as a Canadian living in China to watch all of the commotion and excitement happen in the US when Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) roll around! Such a fun way to ring in the holidays!!  Well, I challenged myself to make a unique Thank you card. Okay! Unique!! I thought I would approach it from a colour standpoint, and play around with some fun combinations.

  heythere4This all started with the navy cardstock with a little bit of stencilling with white paint. From there, I started grabbing stuff!

  heythere3Nuvo drops are all the rage, and I can see why! You can customize the size and they always dry so smooth and shiny!

The final, quirky touch was the Strawberry Twinery Twine to tie it all together!   heythere2
 The thank you?? It's on the inside!    

    Thanks for stopping by!! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Merry & Bright - SRM Stickers

Hi there! I have a card featured on the SRM blog and a little tutorial to go a long with it!

I hope you're having a great weekend... Enjoy!! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Technique Tuesday

I have the pleasure of participating in another great 25 Days of Christmas Tags along with Technique Tuesday and lots of other great companies! 

I tried to stretch my creative muscles and come up with a rustic and pretty tag for this year's celebration and I think I hit both points... 

To colour the penguin I just used chalk pencils - he stayed old and worn-looking on purpose! 
The other supplies are from MME "Sugar Plum" line. 

I actually created two tags with this design!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Technique Tuesday: Penguin Pals (13 left!!!)
Twine: The Twinery
Wooden Snowflakes: Docrafts
Papers and Embellishment: MME Sugar Plum

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Friendship Poppy - The Twinery

Hi there. I'm here today with a beautiful and simple friendship card. On November 11th we celebrate Remembrance Day in Canada, so in honour of that day, I used a poppy stamp.

As a Canadian I will always think of a poppy as symbolic of Nov. 11 (Flanders Field etc...) but it is such a beautiful flower on it's own. I added a pale wash of watercolours in the background, and coloured the poppies with Copics using the "no-line" technique. I think it really made the flowers stand out. The black twine was an accent along with the black sentiment and black dots. It "tied" them all together. *wink*  

Twine: Charcoal Baker's Twine
Stamp is by retired Annabelle Stamps

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Using My Stash - a Moving Thank You

I have so many great stamps in my stash from companies still alive and well, as well as some who had to close their doors. As a crafter we always want to use the newest and shiniest things and tend to forget our old goodies. I just moved and it was a chance for me to re-evaluate my stash, especially considering I moved it all the way from Canada to China, haha... I made a conscious decision to push the old ones to the front and to use them right away. So.....

Here are my cards:

The image is from There She Goes - one of my first design teams and a company where I made a lot of great friends and was able to play with some amazing stamps! 

So now that we're all moved in I have just a few last-minute touches to do around the place, and then I'll share some photos of my new craft space! It's small, but I'm happy!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful Gift Box - SRM Stickers

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a fun little fall-inspired project at the SRM Blog
I find I can never have too many gift boxes ready-to-go. Today I'm sharing a quick little creation that's perfect for any Autumn gift-giving occasion. 

3x3x3 Kraft Box

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thankful - Technique Tuesday

I'm in the mood for fall!! 

Lots of brand-new Technique Tuesday goodies on this card! I especially love that die cut. 

The sketch is from this Fusion Card Challenge

I, of course, just went with the sketch!! 

Leaf Dies: Fresh Cut Studio, and Leaves
Thankful die: Fresh Cut Studio
Papers: Basic Grey