Monday, June 11, 2018

Birthday Love

I have a friend at work who brings me a coffee every time we work a Saturday together... and I bring her a card.  She's a tennis player, so I pulled out an old Art Impressions favourite - Birthday Love and put a couple of cards together.  They are both versions of what I've done with this set in the past, but worth sharing again:
 I really love that this background paper shows the words "poser" and "selfie"!
Patterned papers are Molly by Bella Blvd and Dotty by CTMH; Stamp set is Birthday Love by Art Impressions.  Copic markers.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tim Holtz & Photoplay for Father's Day

I have a couple of manly cards to share with you today... I own these stamps in the miniature versions, but my niece has them in the lovely large size, so I stamped a couple of them when we were crafting together last week:

Stamps are Tim Holtz Beer Blueprints & Happy Thoughts by Verve; Cardstock is Chocolate & White Daisy; Your Next Stamp Gumdrops; Patterned paper is Oh Canada! by Photoplay.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sugar Pea Designs challenge #43

I am very happy to be playing along with the Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up challenge for May!  I recently got their new release stamp set Parisian Holiday, along with the Paris Cityscape die.  My daughter spent her fall semester in France this year along with a few of her friends, so these were the perfect items to add to my craft room:
I started off by creating my background with several Distress Oxide inks, then I die cut the skyline in masking paper and put the negative down on the paper.  I used the same colours to ink around the diecut, leaving a darker skyline.  The jeune fille & her suitcase are coloured in Copics and mounted with pop dots, and I added a few pale pink sequins for a little sparkle.
I used the challenge sketch, and the photo for my colour inspiration:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

P, B & J

I have three co-workers that work with me at the library on Thursday evenings... and their initials are P, B & J.  So when I got this stamp set recently from Sugar Pea Designs, I decided to make them each a card to decorate their work spaces:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Concord & 9th Coffee Card

I found some time to create a second card for the 2018 Spring & Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop tonight!  My niece was here visiting this week, and brought along this great stamp set from Concord & 9th for me to try... and I bought some new Simple Stories papers to go with it.  I made two of them!

I used the Fusion sketch & photo as my inspiration!
Patterned papers are Oh Baby! by Simple Stories; Stamp set is Concord & 9th; Dies are MFT Circle STAX & From the Heart by Verve; Cocoa ink is Memento; Copic markers.

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Spring & Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

Hooray!  It's my favourite event... I am happy to be linking up my first creation for the Spring/Summer 2018 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I used the new Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham papers along with some Verve favourites:
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!  I also have two of my favourite cardmakers staying with me this week, so stay tuned for a few more entries :o)
Stamp set is One Cup by Verve; Coffee and Wavy Hearts dies by Verve; Mug die by Memory Box; Cardstock is Ruby & Aqua by Close To My Heart; Patterned paper is Gotta Have Gingham by Lawn Fawn.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beer Blueprints Cards

If you scroll back a few posts, you'll see my efforts using the Tim Holtz Wine Blueprint Minis... and today I'm doing the Beer Minis version.  I again pulled out some Distress Oxide inks for the backgrounds, using Twisted Citron, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon & Blueprint Sketch.  The edging dies are the Spellbinder's Hemstitched Rectangles:

I pulled out Happy Thoughts from Verve & an old CTMH font "Precious Alphabet" to add some sentiments.  I love having a few guy cards in my stash!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge

I'm just posting this under the wire tonight... playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge, using both their sketch and inspiration photo.  I new that I had this old CTMH stamp set with the vintage phones, so I dug it out along with another CTMH set for the sentiment.  I used Lawn Fawn's Polka in the Meadow papers and a few YNS gumdrops to finish it off:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Inspired By & Pattern Happy Sketch

I've had a few new crafty items come my way recently, and decided to pull one out and make a card for a couple of challenges today.  I've used the Inspired By photo as my colour inspiration, and used the May sketch on the Pattern Happy blog.  I don't own any Pattern Happy stamps, but this stamp set is very similar to one that they carry:
I just happened to win this "Cool Treats" Stampin' Up set on the Inspired By challenge a few weeks ago, and had fun stamping all of the ice cream treats.  Stay tuned for a few more in the near future.

Stamp sets are Cool Treats by Stampin' Up and Card Word Puzzle by CTMH; Cardstock is Lagoon & White Daisy, CTMH; Inks are Breeze, Lagoon, Champagne, Baby Pink & Pink Carnation by CTMH; and Onyx Black by Versafine.  Patterned papers are Lawn Fawn.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Wine cards

I had a little time to play with some new things this week - Tim Holtz Blueprint mini stamps: Wine, and a new-to-me My Favorite Things stamp set called "Uncorked" (a whole bunch of fun wine themed sentiments).  I also played around with my Oxide Distress inks, doing an ombre blend of Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey:

 I experimented a little with water spatters, and some gold paint spatters...
 And I am in love with these "Hemstitch Rectangle" dies from Spellbinders!  I love the effect.
Next up will be the Tim Holtz Beer Blueprint minis, so stay tuned :o)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Simple Stories Watercolour Cards

There is something about these Simple Stories papers from Jen Hadfield that really appeals to me!  The colours are a gorgeous mix of blues/pinks/smokey plum... and the photos were very hard to edit - I wasn't able to capture quite how gorgeous they are in person.  These are some of the sample cards that I made up for my card classes this week at The Workshop:

 All of the stamps are from Art Impressions - stamp sets used are: Watering Can; Garden Wagon Mini Set; Flower Set 2new.  Marvy & Tombow markers.  Sentiment stamp is CTMH.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pots of Flowers

I've had these images painted for a couple of years now - and only just made them up into cards this week.  I am using the Art Impressions Watercolour stamps, and have painted them on the Close To My Heart smooth watercolour paper.  It's a fairly blue-white paper, and shows the pigments from the markers quite strongly:

 The plaids are from Jen Hadfield for Simple Stories, along with the Lawn Fawn Watercolour papers.
Stamp sets used are WC Containers; Flower Cart; Foliage Set; Flower Set.  Marvy & Tombow markers.  Sentiment sets are both CTMH.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plaid Watercolours

I have four cards today, all are using the Art Impressions Watercolour stamps... all are in a similar colour palette, and I kept their designs pretty simple.  I really love the puppy stamps!

The plaids are all from Lawn Fawn, and the stamp sets are all Art Impressions: WC Rustic Container Set; WC Dogs set; WC Containers; Flower Set; Foliage Set; Chest of Flowers.  Marvy & Tombow markers.  *I am playing along with the current Art Impressions challenge "Good Goes Around"! - you can enter your own creation over on the Ai blog:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Art Impressions Watercolours

Well, we are just coming out of the horrible ice/snow/freezing rain situation that has plagued the east for the last few days... and the one upside was that I was forced to stay indoors and craft (forced!!).  I somehow managed to get 16 cards put together.  I will admit that I had a pile of Art Impressions watercolour images already painted up, so it was just a matter of picking papers and putting them all together.  Here are the first of them that I'll be sharing over the next few days:

 I am teaching two Ai Watercolour classes at the Workshop in Stouffville Ontario this week, so these are some of the samples that I brought to share.  I finally had a chance to use the gorgeous new Lawn Fawn gingham papers - they were the perfect soft background.

Art Impressions Watercolour sets used are: Rustic Containers Set; Garden Wagon Mini Set; Foliage Set; Flowers set; Flower Set 2; and Watering can.  Sentiments are CTMH. Marvy & Tombow inks.
I am playing along with Laurel's Sketchy Saturday sketch, as well!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sketchy Saturday & Inspired By

Like the rest of the continent, we're having a chilly, snowy spring.  So maybe that's why I took Laurel's Inspired By photo and turned it into a Christmas card?  Not what I set out to do... I had this wonderful Lawn Fawn "Knit Picky" paper that reminded me of the knitted throw in the photo, and then I went searching to see what papers I had in blue tones... and there was Echo Park's I Love Winter.  And of course, it turned into a coffee/hot chocolate type of card, too.  I used Laurel's Sketchy Saturday sketch as well:
 And when you make a Christmas card... you always make a second one :o)
I used a couple of Memory Box dies for the snowflakes & mug, and added a few tiny rhinestones for a little sparkle.


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