Sunday, 15 January 2017

Birthdays Are Cozy

Here is another card I made this weekend with some of my Ai goodies using the awesome sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch. I decided to experiment with a new technique to join up with the Art Impressions gallery. This time I played around with embossing first, then stamping over top using my Tombow marker ink and then using a water brush to give it a watercolour effect. It was tricky not to have the tree colour bleed into the background colour! I chose to make it into a birthday card to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as well.
Paper - Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Black, Slate cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - WC Tree Set (Art Impressions); Birthday Classics: January (PTI);
Dies & Embossing Folders - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Argyle (Cuttlebug);
Embellishments - Matte white gumdrops (YNS); Markers - N65, 451, 969.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Watercolour Barn - Snow Version

I got an exciting package in the mail the other week from Art Impressions - thanks Auntie Karen! I have a few Ai watercolour sets now and enjoy trying my hand at following the beautiful inspiration examples that are on the front of each set. This time I thought I would try out making the Old Barn Mini Set into a snowy scene. I love the result and am looking forward to using this set again! I used Tombow markers and tried out some new Marvy markers as well. I am linking up with the "card resolution" challenge over at the Art Impressions blog because I resolve to do more watercolour this year! I am also linking up to the "season of white" challenge over at Heart2Heart.

Paper - Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); 
Chocolate, White Sparkle cardstock; Wonderland patterned papers (CTMH);
Stamps - Old Barn Mini Set (Ai); Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Embellishments - Matte Gumdrops (YNS); Markers - N65, 451, 515, 969 (Tombow); 18, 29 (Marvey).


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Snow Angels

Ok, so I changed my mind and decided to make my husband this card for his birthday! I had some sequins leftover from my new Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit so I set out to make a shaker card inspired by some of the designs included in the kit. I haven't made a shaker card myself before, only at a class and it was years ago! I am pretty stoked with how it turned out and wanted to link up with the "New Something" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Custom Papers (Authentique); Cornflower, Cream cardstock; Blue Gray parchment paper (SSS);
Stamps - Frozen Fractals (SSS); Ink - Outdoor Denim (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS); Embellishments - Snowflake Sequins (SSS).

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Snow Much Thanks

I got my January Card Kit in the mail recently from Simon Says Stamp and am loving playing around with my new supplies. I needed to make several thank you cards to give to my students so I set out to create something winter themed. I am linking up with the "anything goes" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright (MFT); other patterned papers (Authentique); Blue parchment paper (SSS);
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) Indian Corn Blue (CTMH); Stamps - Frozen Fractals (SSS);
Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Embellishments - Frozen Fractals sequins (SSS).

Here are some more using the papers from the kit:

I was able to make 15 cards in total!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Look Back at 2016

May this new year bring peace, clarity, and happiness. Here's a look back at my journey this year:

January
Charlotte Gift Bags
Definitely one of my favourite paper collections of the year. This gift bag punch is so handy, too.

February
The Most Fabulous Birthday
The clear gumdrops were one of my favourite embellishments this year.
March
Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple with Rum Sauce
I loved creating this delicious dessert in our beautiful surroundings in Maui.
April
April Recap
As part of my Happiness Project, I really focussed on April bringing about peace and calm. To do this I spent some time with those who give me strength. Some activities included creating a fairy garden and going to a Meditation and Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Lake Louise.


May
Love is Like Wine
The stitched dies were fun to play around with - especially with watercolours.
June
Banana Bread French Toast
I love how this tasty breakfast turned out
July
Plastic Free July
This post is a recap of all my findings and experiences with Plastic Free July. I look forward to further incorporating these changes into my life next year.
August
My Happiness Project - August
Although my Happiness Project fell to the back burner with all that life brought this fall, I love this final layout that I created this summer.
September
Inspired By...All The Little Things Guest Designer
It was fun to be my aunt's guest designer this fall after getting to paint with her this summer at the cabin
October
Good Cheer
I was loving the plaid this year and enjoyed incorporating it into many of my cards.
November
My Own Inspiration Pic
I am so thankful for our beautiful surroundings and love our new property.

December
Happy Holidays
I love this Perfect Bow die from Simon Says Stamp.
Goals for the new year include slowing down, savouring moments, and doing more of the things that make me happy.

Cheers to a new year

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Love is all you need

As much as I get a kick out of mass producing cards to have on hand, I do really enjoy carefully selecting papers and stamps to reflect on a specific person. Here is another card that I made today for a good friend using the sketch over at Heart2Heart and including some glitter paper for the Make it Sparkle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. I used the sentiment "Love is all you need" on the inside of the card.
Paper - Oh Deer paper collection; Silver and White glitter papers; Sea Glass, Black cardstock (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflake (CTMH), Perfect Bow (SSS); Stamps - CC1014, Big Hug (CTMH);
Ink - Slate (CTMH); Ribbon - Polka Dot (Verve).


January Birthday

My husband's birthday at the beginning of January always seems to sneak up on me so I thought I would make his card ahead of time. I pulled out this small set from Papertrey Ink that I got last year and did not have a chance to use. I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and also designed my card to link up to the Make It Sparkle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright (MFT); Silver and White glitter paper, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Twilight (CTMH); Stamps - Birthday Classics: January Stamp set (PTI); 
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH), Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT).