Friday, 20 October 2017

Photo Inspiration Fall Tree

After getting inspired on Pinterest to get out my distress inks again and checking out the photo inspiration over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, I decided to create a fall scene using one of my favourite Art Impressions stamps.
Paper - White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, 
Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean distress inks (Tim Holtz); Archival Black (CTMH);
Stamps - WC Tree Set (Ai); Ever So Much (PTI).

I tried some other colour combinations and am happy to have a stash of these versatile cards on hand!


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Silver & Gold PML cards

I really enjoy the Picture My Life cards that come in our paper collections now - especially to make up some quick and easy cards! I made this to play along with the sketch at the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.
Paper - Silver & Gold paper collection and coordinating cardstock (CTMH);
Embellishments - Sparkles Holiday Shapes (CTMH).

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

The "mad about plaid" challenge was definitely one I wanted to play along with this month over at Heart2Heart!
Paper - Jack paper collection; Juniper, Black cardstock; vellum (CTMH);
Stamps - Frosted Cardmaking Workshop (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT);
Embossing Folder - Buffalo Plaid (CTMH);
Embellishments - Sparkles (CTMH).
Once I got my cards made I loved the look of the colour combination and decided to make some matching tags as well.
 Paper - Jack paper collection; Black cardstock; vellum (CTMH);
Stamps - Frosted Cardmaking Workshop (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit (PTI);
Embellishments - Sparkles (CTMH); Polka Dot Ribbon (Verve); Pure Poppy twine (PTI).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Joy Filled Season

I was quite interested in playing along with the "sentiment windows" challenge over at Make It Monday and took out my new Papertrey Ink dies to create some cute cards. Since the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to add to your Christmas stash I set to work. The BeYOUtiful challenge over at Heart2Heart to use something you think is beautiful led me to incorporate last year's beautiful Close To My Heart Oh Deer! papers. I just love the tree inspired papers, especially at this time of year as I look out my craft room window and see our gorgeous Poplar trees. I have to thank my Auntie Karen for the cute stitched snowflake die cuts she sent me that ended up being the perfect embellishments for these cards!
Paper - Oh Deer! paper collection; White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Wet Paint Holiday Stamp Set, Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit (PTI); Holiday Jingle (CTMH);
Ink - Juniper, Whisper (CTMH);
Dies - Noted: Scalloped A1 Die Collection (PTI); Stitched Snowflakes (Memory Box).

Here are the other cards I created:

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Merry & Bright Plaid

I was very excited to try out this week's Make It Monday technique of creating faux epoxy embellishments. I loved the design of the sample and chose to incorporate some plaid into mine. It proved to take a lot of time to make 3 cards using this technique but I am pretty pleased with the outcome!
Paper - White Daisy cardstock (CTMH); Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright (MFT);
Stamps - City Scene Christmas Sentiments (PTI);
Ink - Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn distress inks (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Stitched Circles (SSS); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Monday, 2 October 2017

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge gallery by this card and decided to make my own using the October Stamp of the Month. I first made a card but then loved the idea of how it looked on a tag so I decided to do that for the "anything goes" challenge. I am also linking up with the new Merry Monday challenge of using a Christmas tree!
Paper - Colonial White, Sea Glass cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Tunes (CTMH);
Ink - Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserve, Fired Brick, 
Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen distress inks (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS);
Embellishments - Extra Thick Twine in Glacier and Thistle; Bitty Sparkles (CTMH).

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Baby it's Cold Outside

This is one of my favourite winter sayings and I was stoked to see it on the October Stamp of the Month! It is my goal to play along with the Merry Monday challenge each week now, so I set out to make a card with a penguin on it this week. I loosely used the Freshly Made Sketches layout for my design.
Paper - Silver & Gold paper collection; White Daisy cardstock; Gold, White glitter paper (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Tunes (CTMH); Ink - Archival Black (CTMH); Embossing Powder - Silver (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Here is the full stamp of the month set for this month. Visit my website to get yours this month only!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Sunflowers are definitely my sunshine on a cloudy day and I knew just what to pull out when I saw the challenge over at Fusion! I LOVE sunflowers and when I saw this set from Papertrey Ink I just had to have it! It was fun to take this card out into our yard and play around with all of the fall colours.
Paper - Kraft, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps & Dies - Sunflower Harvest (PTI);
Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot, Walnut Stain distress inks (Tim Holtz);
Embossing Folder - Buffalo Plaid (CTMH).

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Flowers & Foliage

Here's a card I put together today to play along with the "flowers and foliage" challenge over at Art Impressions. I created this scene last summer with some helpful tips from my aunt and love how it all came together. A good reminder to the benefits of keeping it simple! It was a gorgeous fall day here so I just had to take this card outside to photograph amidst the trees!
Paper - Desert Sand, Fern cardstock (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour Paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - WC Containers, WC Foliage Set 2, Flower Cart (Ai); Sunflower Harvest (PTI);
Dies - Stitched Ovals (Memory Box); Embellishments - Waxy Flax (CTMH).

Tags using Cracked Pistachio

I love the colour of Cracked Pistachio and played around with this distress oxide ink again on some tags. I first used my 'joy' die on some watercolour paper and then on some silver foil paper. I filled the negative space with the silver foil die cut and love how it turned out! I am linking up with the Heart2Heart negative space challenge!
Paper - Distressed Watercolour Paper (Tim Holtz); White Glitter paper, Silver Foil paper (CTMH);
Stamps & Dies - Wet Paint Holiday (PTI); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions); Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS);
Ink - Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink (Tim Holtz);
Ribbon - Metallic Black twine (CTMH). 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Zucchini Relish

The new Close To My Heart tag and banner dies make great labels for canning!
Blueberry Mojito Jam; Strawberry Rhubarb Jam; Zucchini Relish; Salsa
Having being given several large zucchini this season I decided to make up some zucchini relish today!
Zucchini Relish

5 c. zucchini, chopped
1 1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
3/4 c. green pepper, finely chopped
3/4 c. red pepper, finely chopped
1/4 c. pickling salt
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. ground tumeric
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds

In a large nonmetal bowl combine vegetables and sprinkle with salt. Add 4 cups of water to cover vegetables and cover for 3 hours to let stand. Drain and rinse well.
Combine remaining ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered for 3 minutes and then add the vegetables. Return to boiling and then simmer for 10 minutes uncovered.
Fill hot relish into hot jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.
Process jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

It's Time to Celebrate

Here are two fall birthday cards I put together after being inspired by this card. It was fun to play with my distress oxide ink!
 Paper - Watercolour paper; White Daisy, Black cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Just to Say..., Love Blooms (CTMH);
Ink - Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Happy Birthday Words (YNS).

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Good Cheer

Here is a card I made today using both sides of the fabulous Charcoal colour from Close To My Heart. With the new CTMH cardstock you get the colour on the one side and then a lightened version on the flip side! The darker grey of the card outline and the teacup is the actual colour of charcoal. I was excited to see another sketch from Viva la Verve and took out some of my stash to play along. I finally was able to cut into my favourite Lawn Fawn plaids and popped up my tag and teacup to play along with the "pop it up" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I am also linking up with the Merry Monday challenge to add a tag to your card.
Paper - Charcoal, White Daisy cardstock; White glitter paper (CTMH); Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn);
Ink - Charcoal; Stamps - Holiday Treats, Coffee Helps, Sweet Scallop Tag (Verve);
Dies - Sweet Scallop Tag Die, Cup of Cheer (Verve); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Snowman Blueprint Tags

Charcoal just may be my new favourite colour from the new Close To My Heart release this year! I set out to make more tags from the awesome Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint set and this is what I came up with! You can see my snowflake tags here.
Paper - Charcoal cardstock; Silver foil paper (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH);
Ribbon - White Burlap (CTMH). 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas Cheer

No matter how many times I see it, the movie Elf is a must see for me every holiday season.
I love the quote from Will Ferrell, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," and hope to get that as a stamp one day. For now, I thought I would create this card to play along with the Merry Monday challenge of creating a card based on your favourite Christmas movie and made it "clean and simple" to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. To achieve this I used the layout over at Freshly Made Sketches.
Paper - Silver & Gold paper collection; White, Gold glitter paper (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Wet Paint Holiday die (PTI);
Stamps - Wet Paint Holiday Stamp set (PTI);
Embossing Powder - Silver (CTMH).

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017

Hooray it's the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I've been planning this card this week and came across the perfect sentiment to add to it just released from Verve! This is my first blended background with my distress inks and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
Paper - White Daisy, Chocolate cardstock (CTMH); Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn);
Stamps - Coffee Please Digital Stamp (Verve);
Dies - Coffee Love (SSS); Noted: Scalloped A1 Die Collection (Papertrey Ink);
Ink - Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz Distress Ink).

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Joy Tags

I had the perfect stamp to play along with this week's Merry Monday challenge and hope to be playing along frequently this fall now that they are back!
Paper - Poppy, Kraft cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Holiday Jingle (CTMH);
Ink - Desert Sand ink; White, Silver embossing powder (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS); Flourished Tag (Verve).

Friday, 8 September 2017

Sidewalks Dressed in Holiday Style

Do you ever have a vision of what you want a card to look like but you just can't make it happen on paper? Well that definitely happened to me this week! I played and played with this idea and am finally happy with the result! I wanted to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge for the first time and was excited to pull out this set I've had for a few years to play along with the "small images on repeat" challenge this week. I am also linking up with the "stamp it" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Kraft, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH); 
Stamps - City Scene, City Scene Christmas Sentiments (PTI);
Ink - Charcoal, Cranberry, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa (CTMH); Hybrid Key Lime (SSS);
Dies - City Scene Die Collection (PTI); 3 Sided Scallop (SSS);
Embellishments - Black Metallic Twine, Gold Glitter pen (CTMH).

Monday, 4 September 2017

Fall Flowers

I really quite liked both the sketch and the inspiration photo colours over at Fusion and decided to use them to make our niece's birthday card.
Paper - Kraft, Colonial White, Black, Sea Glass cardstock (CTMH); 
Stamps - Card Word Puzzle (CTMH); 
Embossing Folder - Wood Slats (CTMH);
Embellishments - Just Blooms Floret Paper Flowers, Liquid Glass (CTMH); Clear gumdrops (YNS); twine.

Friday, 1 September 2017

French Toast Ooh La La

It is my goal this fall to really work on making sure I have an actual breakfast every single day - something I have struggled with for years! I decided on this name for my french toast dish because it reminds me of being in France and having SO many delectable choices for breakfast. It was inspired by a beautiful recipe from the Whitewater Cooks with Passion cookbook. Here is my version for one person. You can substitute basically any berries you want for this yummy breakfast.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Snowflake Blueprint Tags

Here are some more tags to add to my Christmas collection! I used some of my new Hero Arts supplies, along with these awesome Tim Holtz sketches, to play along with the "anything goes" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Slate, Kraft cardstock (CTMH); Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz); Open Me Clearly (Hero Arts);
Dies - Open Me Clearly (Hero Arts); Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS).

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Merry Tags

Every year I seem to get to December with hardly any Christmas tags made and then the panic is on as I'm wrapping gifts to figure something out quickly! I'm hoping I can aim to be a bit more organized this year by having a count on my blog for tags, too. Here's my assembly line :)
Paper - Sea Glass, White Daisy cardstock; Silver foil paper (CTMH);
Dies - Merry Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts); Snowflakes (CTMH); Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS);
Embellishments - Slate twine (CTMH).

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Happy Holidays

I've been wanting to link up to the Merry Monday summer link-up this summer and finally sat down to make a few cards to add to my stash. This card features a sneak peak at a new Close To My Heart Christmas stamp set that will be coming out September 1st!
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Sea Glass, White Daisy cardstock;
Stamps - Frosted Christmas *new*, Frosted Cardmaking Workshop, Holiday Jingle;
Embossing Powder - Silver; Embellishments - Sparkles

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer Tree

I love this watercolour tree set from Art Impressions and it has been my goal to create a card with this tree for each season this year! Here is my winter tree and my spring tree from earlier this year. I thought I would challenge myself to incorporate the Art Impressions challenge of creating an orange and purple card - not two colours I use very frequently! I am also linking up with The Paper Players challenge of CAS colouring. I made two versions of this card - one with a purple background and the other using an orangey-red background.
Paper - Adventure Fundamental paper packet (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - WC Tree Set (Ai); Say It In Style (CTMH);
Markers - 126, 177, 676, 905, 992 (Tombow); NO. 15 Olive Green (Marvy);
Dies - Stitched Ovals (Memory Box); Stitched Circles (SSS);
Embellishments - Gumdrops (YNS).