Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MFT - Thanks Challenge Card

Hi there! I'm back in Canada and have been hanging out with family and friends, shopping, eating GOOD FOOD, and mostly just relaxing! I did get together with my old crafting buddies and got some good cardmaking done! 


I played along with the current MFT sketch challenge


It ended up looking kind of quilt-like, right? It was easy mixing all of the patterns because they're all from the same collection of Fancy Pants paper. Beautiful colours!

Here are some shots of what I've been doing the past couple of weeks: 
I've been staying in downtown Vancouver and we've had pretty cold weather,
but there have been a few nice days. 

Got some more added to my tattoo! Almost a complete sleeve!
Went to a local farm for a fundraiser - buy a butterfly and release it into the wild.
So beautiful...
I got together with my old cropping friends for an all-day crop! Got a lot done! 

So now I'm in Saskatchewan now visiting my parents and I'll have a few more projects to share! 
Thanks for stopping by! 





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebrate: June SFYTT

I finally got my hands on some Reverse Confetti stamps so I inked them up just in time for the current Sketch For You To Try

 

I've been playing with my new set of Zig Clean Color Brush pens and this image was a great way to test out some colour combos. It's interesting what happens when you add water to them... Sometimes the colours do things you wouldn't expect- but that's the fun part about learning. 


 

White embossing was definitely the right way to go with this card and I really love how soft and pretty it ended up looking. 

 

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Reverse Confetti "Rose Garden" and "Bitty Banners"
Simple Stories burlap banners
Bazzill card stock 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bluebells - Greenhouse Society Stamp Set

The school year is very late this year - June 29th is my last day and MAN time is going slow... 
Pretty soon I'll be flying back to Canada to see my son again and spend time with friends and family. 

In the meantime, I've been plugging away at my craft desk, filling orders and getting some last-minute design work done... Check out today's card: 


This is all watercolor goodness from the background (created with Prima watercolor resist paper) and the image colored with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. 


That green (chartreuse) is VIVID, isn't it??? It's like BAM! And that's the thing I love about these markers- they don't get dull when you add water, they stay so bright and saturated.. Lovely to work with. 

This stamp is this month's Greenhouse Society Stamp set! 


Monday, June 27, 2016

SRM Design Team! 2016-17



I'm so excited to announce I'll be designing for SRM again! I was with them way back in 2010 when they had their first design team call and WOW, Susan has really transformed her business and product offerings over the years! It's so exciting to not only be working with the stickers that have made SRM a crafter's staple, but now she has stamps, vinyl, coloring mediums, twine, packaging and so much more. I'm looking forward to the next year!



I have always been a fan of SRM's sentiments and when in need a simple and beautifully stated sentiment I will turn to my SRM stash. To emphasize this sentiment I mounted it first on white cardstock, then layered it on top of a strip of silver glitter paper. It's nice to have a little bling on wedding cards. 

Head on over to the SRM BLOG for the whole lineup. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Warm and Fuzzy

Who doesn't love roasting marshmallows over a campfire?! 
The sights, the sounds, the smells - it's all an intoxicating reminder of how great summer is.



Cute, right?? I finally got my hands on some Clean Color Real Brush pens by Zig and have been having some "fun" getting to know them. Like all new mediums they're going to take some getting used to, but I love how vibrant the colours stay even when blended out... I'm gonna like them, me thinks!

Supplies: 
Stamp set: MFT Warm & Fuzzy Friends
The Twinery Twine: Midnight Blue


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Adventure Galaxy Card

My poor Copics... I am obsessed with watercolours and my other colouring mediums are gathering dust, SO, today I decided to combine mediums: watercolour background, and Copic-coloured images. 


The night sky on this card was created with various shades and values of blue with dark blue being the final layer. I've done similar backgrounds before with black, but I wanted this one to be not-quite-night. 

For some extra bling I added some sparkle with a Wink Of Stella brush pen. 


Supplies: 
Stamp Set: Gone Camping by Technique Tuesday 
Watercolour paper - Prima
Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hipster Father's Day

One more hip Father's Day card before the big day! 
I went super clean and simple with this one: 



My go-to recipe for Dad-cards is this: 
1 - start with a graphic piece of patterned paper with a great colour combo (stripes)
2- No colouring, just a cool and funky stamp that will make Dad chuckle. 
3- find some twine that coordinates with the colours.. 

I really love masculine cards... No muss, no fuss!
Have a great Father's Day! 



Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Father's Day

A day to celebrate the special men in our lives - I just wish sometimes I lived on the same continent as my father. I get to see him in a few weeks and THEN I will wish him a Happy Father's Day!! 


I think this combo of stamps and patterns is so hipster and I love it! It's not really my dad's style, so I gave these cards to a friend. 

By the way.... Have I told you how much I love the Mini-Misti

I really resisted buying it because it's so expensive here in China, but I literally use it for all stamping now... The placement of the stamps on today's card was so easy because of this tool... Check it out. 

Stamps are from these two sets by Technique Tuesday: 

   

Awesome, right??? 

Supplies: 
Technique Tuesday: First Class Male, and Man Day
Inks: Memento
Papers: Bazzill Cardshoppe, Echo Park "This & That"





Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations & Best Wishes

Wedding season has arrived and it's time for me to start building my stash! 
Today I used the pretty colour combo from the current MFT Color Challenge as a starting point for this elegant card: 


Here's the colour swatch: 

I don't have any peach cardstock (GASP!! How did I not know this??!!!) so I went rooting through my extensive patterned paper stash and of course found some. 

This is a great layout and it was inspired by someone, but I can't for the life of me find it... I will post a link if/when I do!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Avery Elle "Sentimental Clear Stamps"
Die Cuts: My Favorite Things "Leafy Greenery"
Patterned Paper: Pebbles "Spring Fling"
Silver Scallops: Best Creation


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

This week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes," so here I go!
I had a friend ask to make some wedding cards so I put together this card with some different but complimentary elements... 


Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set is a sensation and I bought the set before I got a Misti (which really helps) but this flower and leaf was stamped without it.. It didn't turn out too bad, so I used it! 

The background was created with varying values of one colour of watercolour paint: 




Supplies: 
Stamp: Altenew Peony Bouquet
Sentiment: SRM Sticker Stickers By The Dozen - Wedding
Watercolours: Gansai Tambi