Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017

I found some time amidst procrastinating and needing a creative break from my Masters and schoolwork to get a card done for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I decided to make a watercolour card by colouring my stamps instead of inking and then using a waterbrush afterwards. I found some sequins that I thought almost looked like coffee beans and decided to incorporate them into my design :)! I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and am also linking up with the "patterned paper" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Desert Sand cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Markers - 969, 992 (Tombow); Stamps - Better With You, Words of Wisdom (Verve);
Embellishments - Gold sequins, No Worries sequins (CTMH).

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Plastic Free July is Coming!

Have you heard about Plastic Free July
Two years ago when I first heard about it from my friend, Nadine, I will admit my first thought was wow that sounds crazy. How can you go without plastic?! Deep down I secretly admired what she was doing but thought that was WAY too much work. Last summer, however, I decided to give it a try. You can read about my experience here.

The challenge originated in Australia but has grown to be worldwide! This year I have signed up to avoid single-use plastic packaging and to target take-away items (the top 4: bags, bottles, straws, and coffee cups). My goals for July include cooking and canning more frequently and planned, attending the Farmer's Market around our local area and fruit stands in Creston, cooking with what is in season, being mindful of what my drinks and food are served in and taken away in when dining out, and trying my best not to buy anything wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. Can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Here Comes The Sun

I jumped on the chance to get this awesome digi set from Verve when it came out this spring. One of the great sentiments was a favourite Beatles song and when I went to make a retirement card for a very special lady I knew just what to do. I love putting a sunburst card together and am very satisfied with the effect! I put the sentiment through my Minc to tie in with some of the gold foil paper as well. I am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use patterned paper.
Paper - Happy Times, Lucy, Dotty For You patterned paper; Desert Sand, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Digi Stamps - Rise and Shine (Verve); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS).

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Farewell Mojo

I am sad to see the farewell over at Mojo Monday - I will miss playing along with it! Thanks for a fun challenge, Julee! Here is my card using some of my favourite Verve sets (although there are SO many I love). I am also linking up with the "masculine" challenge over at both the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Paper - No Worries paper collection; Sapphire, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Better Together, Strong Anchor (Verve);
Ink - Whisper, Desert Sand (CTMH);
Embellishments - Jute ribbon, white burlap ribbon (CTMH); Clear gumdrops (YNS).
With this post I thought I would also look back at both my first time ever playing along with Mojo Monday and my favourite card that I have made for the challenge:
One of my favourite Mojo Monday sketches - October 2015
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My First Mojo Monday card - August 2013
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

All the Fixings

I've had this stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions for awhile and wanted to take it out tonight to make a few cards. I am also going to take the set to my classroom and let my students use it for their Father's Day cards since they will be building their projects this year :). I am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "anything goes".
Paper - No Worries paper collection; White Daisy, Sapphire, Glacier, Slate, Kraft cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - All the Fixings (Taylored Expressions); 
Dies - Little Bits Tools; Pegboard (Taylored Expressions); Basic Ovals (CTMH);
Ink - Cashmere, Slate (CTMH).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Coming Up Roses

Today I set out to make a few Anniversary cards that I will need in the next little bit. I decided to use the lovely layout over at Freshly Made Sketches. I specifically chose the beautiful Live Beautifullyonly available until the end of the month, and am linking up with the Color My Heart Color Dare and the "coming up roses" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Live Beautifully (CTMH); Distressed Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Big Hug (CTMH); Embossing Powder - Princess Gold (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Embellishments - Burlap Flowers (Recollections); No Worries sequins assortment (CTMH).



Monday, 22 May 2017

Blossoms

It's that beautiful time of year when the blossoms are out and things are starting to fill in. I was inspired to get out my Art Impressions watercolour tree set while sitting out in the sunshine this weekend. I decided to colour right onto my stamp with my Tombow and Marvy markers and then use a brush pen to blend it out a bit. I am linking up with the Art Impressions "stripes and dots" challenge and used the sketch over at Mojo Monday. I am also linking up with the ribbon challenge over at Heart2Heart. I loved the inspiration photo for this week over at Inspired By All The Little Things which just screams spring to me, and although these flowers aren't tulips, I just love the pink colours :).
Paper - Live Beautifully; Uptown Fundamentals (CTMH); Distressed watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamp - WC Tree set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT); Ribbon - Burlap, White burlap (CTMH);
Markers - 761, 126 (Tombow); No. 18 dark brown (Marvy).

Here is a close-up of one of the other trees I created:


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Birthday Perscription

It was a beautiful sunny day today and what better to do than sit on the deck with some watercolour projects! I took out this Nurse set that I got from my Aunt to make some birthday cards for my two nurse sister-in-laws. One birthday is in the spring and one is in the fall but I thought I may as well make them at the same time. I just love those Lawn Fawn plaids and luckily I had both sets to fit my needs! I am linking up with the Art Impressions "dots and stripes" challenge. I added "a bit of sparkle" to my cards with some embellishments to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and used the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Island Blue cardstock (SSS);
Stamps - Proud Nurse set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Colour - Tombow markers; Embellishments - Sparkle dots (CTMH).

Here is the fall version. My Marvy marker didn't seem to want to blend as well on this nurse's outfit, but it could have been because I was out in the hot sun, too!
Paper - Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn); Dark Chocolate cardstock (SSS);
Stamps - Proud Nurse set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Colour - Tombow and Marvy markers; Embellishments - Gold Sequins (CTMH).

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Live Beautifully

Here is the Mother's Day card I came up with this year using the lovely Close To My Heart Live Beautifully paper collection to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month. I am linking up with the Heart2Heart challenge of "coming up roses" and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "going dotty".
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Live Beautifully paper collection; White Daisy cardstock;
Stamps - Mother's Day Workshop on the Go; Embossing Powder - Princess Gold;
Embellishments - White Burlap ribbon; Cashmere twine.

Here is a little bag I made from the same paper collection to put a small jar of jam in for my mom.
Soon after this picture was taken, my bag had been set on the floor and this little guy got it. Luckily there wasn't too much damage so it could be salvaged! He's lucky he's so cute ;)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Spring Colours

I was so excited to make this card today with my new Lawn Fawn plaids - don't you just love them, too?! I made this card for my mother-in-law using some of her favourite colours and love how bright and cheery it turned out. I used the sketch over at Mojo Monday and the spring colour inspiration over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I thought I would also link up with the "What a Wonderful World" challenge over at Heart2Heart because I find these colours so cheery and make me excited about spring! I also made a matching tag to go with the card.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Kraft (CTMH); Royal Purple cardstock (SSS);
Stamps - Simply Amazing (Verve); 
Embellishments - Paper Flowers (CTMH); Jute ribbon (CTMH); Clear Gumdrops (YNS).

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Rain, rain, stay away

Hooray I got back in my craft room today! I have been finishing up my 9th out of 10 Masters courses and this sweet little guy, named Axe, just joined our family, too, so it has been busy!
Although today was a beautiful day, we have been having many dreary days lately so I really connected with this week's Inspired By All The Little Things. Plus I love black and white! I also decided to use the sketch only over at Fusion.
Paper - Happy Times, Uptown Fundamentals; Black cardstock (CTMH); Rose Quartz (Prima);
Stamps - Simply Amazing (Verve); Dies - Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set (Verve);
Embellishments - Crème Brûlée twine (CTMH).

Friday, 24 March 2017

Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop 2017

I am excited to have a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop happen on one of my breaks so that I can easily play along! It was a challenge deciding which of my coffee stamps to incorporate, as I seem to have acquired quite a few now, but I settled on using some die cuts to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and used the layout at Freshly Made Sketches. I decided to second generation stamp my steam coming out of the cups to achieve more of a lightness. I hope to play along with the hop some more if I can find time - I love making these cards :). Cheers to spring!
Paper - White cardstock (SSS); Cream and Sugar (Doodlebug);
  Ink - Cocoa, Bamboo (CTMH); Paradise Teal Archival Ink (Ranger);
Stamps - Coffee Helps, Better With You (Verve);
Dies - Cup 4 All Seasons (Verve); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box);

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tool Time

Checking out the Freshly Made Sketches latest challenge and the design team gallery, I was inspired by this card by Cécile Ribon. I set out with my own 'happy' die from Close To My Heart. Here is my version:
Paper - Black Glitter paper; Dotty For You, Happy Times paper collections (CTMH);
Dies - Happy (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT);
Stamps - Simply Amazing (Verve); Ink - Archival Black (CTMH); Embellishments - Gumdrops (YNS).

Baking Powder Biscuits

It is the first day of Spring Break - woo! This morning I woke up rested and thought I would make some Seafood Chowder with the delicious Mitchell's Soup Co. mix (a local BC company!) that I got as a gift awhile ago. I thought it would be nice to accompany this soup with some biscuits when I went to serve it. I pulled out this great recipe I originally got in my Grade 8 Foods class that I have made adjustments to over the years. I thought I would type it up on Canva and see how it looked :)

Monday, 6 March 2017

Simply Sympathy

Here is a sympathy card I created. I got an idea in my mind and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I am linking up with the "make your own background" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
I used a piece of parchment paper that I got in the January Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and combined it with the pink cardstock from that kit and some Verve stamps. I love the soft lavender colour that the two papers together created. I wanted my white flowers to have a hint of a sparkle, so I used the white shimmer ink from that kit as well before embossing.
Paper - Cotton Candy cardstock, Blue Gray parchment paper (SSS);
Stamps - Simply Amazing, Blessings (Verve);
Ink - Blush (CTMH); White Shimmer (Tsukineko Delicata).

Saturday, 25 February 2017

coq au vin

I was looking for a French recipe this weekend and remembered a special dish we enjoyed in Paris: coq au vin. What better way to enjoy it by using my beautiful Le Creuset pot! Here's my spin on this classic:

2 tbsp. olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
4 chicken breasts, pounded down a little and cut into 2-3 pieces
Salt and pepper
3-4 carrots, chopped diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Brandy or Cognac
1/2 bottle red wine
1 cup chicken broth
10 fresh Thyme sprigs
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature, divided
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
A handful of pearl onions
A handful of cremini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

Preheat oven to 250 F. In a cast iron pot cook bacon. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pot brown chicken. Set aside. Next, cook carrots and onion in that same pot for 10 minutes on medium-low. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the brandy and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected into the pot. Add the wine, chicken broth, and thyme, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and place back on stove.

Mash 1 tbsp. of butter with the flour and stir into the stew. Add the pearl onions. In a small fry pan, add the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
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I served this dish with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. Prior to this meal we enjoyed a baguette with Beaufort and Délice de bourgogne cheeses!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Love You A Latte

Here is a card I made tonight using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I used my Minc to foil the digi stamp sentiment from Verve and was excited to use this tea set from Concord & 9th!
Paper - Watercolour; White Daisy, Colonial White (CTMH);
Stamps - Let's Chat (Concord & 9th); Love From Me (Verve digi stamp);
Ink - Paradise Teal (Ranger); Cashmere (CTMH); Foil - Gold (Heidi Swapp);
Embossing Folder - Woodgrain (Tim Holtz); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS);
Embellishments - Cashmere twine; Washi tape (CTMH).

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: