Monday, 13 February 2017

Love With All Your Heart

I LOVE this new digi set from Verve for so many reasons and got the idea to use it with my Minc machine when I saw the colour challenge over at The Paper Players. I didn't exactly have copper foil (although now I will be looking for some!) so I played around with some others that I had - gold, rainbow, and hot pink. I was intrigued to play along with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT challenge and continued the sketch with the other cards I made as well. I am also linking up with the "cute" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - White Daisy, Slate cardstock (CTMH) Doll Pink cardstock (SSS); Cream and Sugar patterned papers (Doodlebug);
Stamps - Love From Me Digi Stamp set (Verve);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Cup 4 All Seasons (Verve); Embossing Folder - Bricked (Tim Holtz);
Embellishments - Matte Gumdrops (YNS); Cute Girl epoxy stickers (Crate Paper).

Here are the other two cards I made:

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Note For You

Here is a set of cards I watercoloured to give to my in-laws for their anniversary. We had a relaxing time while visiting them at their place in Phoenix, and I was definitely inspired by all of the beautiful cactus and other unique features of the desert! I am linking up with the Art Impressions "lots of love" challenge and the "cute" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
Paper - Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Kraft, Chocolate cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Southwest (Ai); Just For You, With Love (CTMH);
Ink - Chocolate (CTMH); Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Stitched Circles (SSS).
Images coloured with Marvy and Tombow markers.
Here are a few of my own inspirational pics :)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Coffee & Friends

It was a SNOW DAY today! I can't believe I'm saying it! I know many cities have snow days, but here in the Kootenays this is extremely rare. Despite the large amounts of snow we typically get every winter, we never seem to close schools! Anyways, I thought I would bust open my February card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I used the sketch from Fusion and am also linking up another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge...I figure not only are these cards involving the "colour of love" but also their coffee theme is one that many love, too :)
Paper - Doll Pink cardstock (SSS); Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); 
Cream and Sugar patterned papers (Doodlebug); Stamps - Coffee and Tea (SSS); 
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) embossed with Seafoam White powder (Ranger); Chocolate (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS); Embossing Folder - Simple Chevron (CTMH); 
Embellishments - Latte Love shape sprinkles (Doodlebug).

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Happiness Lives Here

Inspired by all of the snow we have been getting this weekend, I knew just the stamp set to take out! I won this set in January from Art Impressions for my snowy tree card and was excited to use it today. I made this card for my husband for Valentine's Day and coloured the door the colour I love that we will be painting our own front door this spring :). I am linking up with the Art Impressions "lots of love" challenge and the "colour of love" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. I also quite liked the inspiration photo over at Inspired By All The Little Things and added a red heart to my door.

Paper - Rustic Home Fundamentals, Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Collection (CTMH); 
Distressed Watercolour Paper (Tim Holtz); Stamps - Wooden Door (Ai); Happiness Lives Here (CTMH);
Dies - Charming Oval (Verve); Wonky Stitched Square dies (MFT);
Embellishments - Red Enamel Hearts (CTMH); 
Markers - #18 dark brown, #29 prussian blue (Marvy); N65, 373 (Tombow).

Saturday, 4 February 2017

There's Always Time for a Glass of Wine

I recently had some time to do some watercolouring and loved getting multiple images all painted up! I put together this card for my in-laws anniversary coming up this month using the sketch over at Your Next Stamp. I had intended on using some of their gumdrops, which I love, on my card but once it was all put together they did not fit. I am also linking up with the "colour of love" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Rustic Home Fundamentals, Black cardstock (CTMH); Yes Please (MME); 
Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Stamps - Time For Wine (SSS); Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH);
Images coloured with Tombow and Marvy markers.

Thai Salad with Cucumber & Mint

I recently got to attend my first cooking class! It was held at one of my favourite kitchen stores, Sur la table, and was Thai themed. The salad we made was definitely one of my favourites. Here is my adaptation:

2 tbsp. brown sugar
3 tbsp. soya or fish sauce
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp. lemongrass, minced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Whisk together the first 5 ingredients to make the salad dressing and set aside. Chop the rest of the ingredients, setting aside the herbs.

Combine the herbs with the salad dressing and the rest of the chopped ingredients together in a salad bowl. Dress the salad and serve immediately.

***Additions to the salad I may try are zucchini and/or avocado - yum!

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.