Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CCC #111


Happy Tuesday and it is time for a new Cue Card at CASology!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.
My daughter and I went up to the lake for a little R & R on the weekend and it was really hard to come back home knowing that it was probably the last really hot weekend of the summer.

Soon to this week's cue card:

It will be interesting to see how you interpret the cue, I know the design team all took a different directions with it, but that's what makes it fun!

I used My Favorite Thing's Sea Life for my card this week. My take on the cue is under the sea. I created a scene, but created it in the bottom left quadrant on my card base to still allow for lots of breathing room and white space.


Head on over to CASology today to learn what the 'cue card' means to you, how you can play along and see the all the cards created by the Design Team to inspire you. I can't wait to see what you do!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Lovely Leaves


It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source:  flickr.com
For my card I embossed the sitching to the base of the card, die cut some Lawn Fawn stitched leaves in white and then blended some Distress Inks on to them. I love the way the stitches pop when you add the ink. I used Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed for the leaves, then Walnut stain on the edges. Finally I covered the leaves entirely with clear Wink of Stella, not much leaves my craft table these days without it. I stamped the sentiment in SU Chocolate Chip and added the tiny heart in Fired brick Distress Ink. 


Lovely Leaves Designers

Virginia View Challenge #7 - Guest Design


I am really excited to share with you that I am a Guest Designer for Virginia's View Challenge #7
This is the first time she is having guests for her very popular challenges and I am thrilled to have been asked along with some other fabulous and talented designers.

Being a clean & simple designer using patterned paper can be challenging, but it can also make for stunning results.  There are a few things I consider when using patterned paper to keep true to my personal style:

  • When working with patterned papers it is easy when you choose patterns from the same paper collection as I did with the Into the Woods collection from Lawn Fawn.
  • Paper piecing is a fabulous way to add patterned paper to a CAS design without overdoing it.
  • Sequins are also another great way to balance patterned paper so it does not overwhelm your design.

 For my card is chose to use fall themed patterned papers and stamps. I stamped my sunflowers on some Lawn Fawn Into the Woods patterned paper and used the co-ordinating dies to cut the shapes. I also stamped the sunflower images again on another paper from the same collection so that I could layer the centres over the base shape. The leaves were also die cut and stamped from another patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Pink Lemonade. I used Copic markers to colour the leaves to change the hue slightly. I stamped the sentiment first on a white card base using VersaFine Onyx Black. I then mounted all the images on the white card base. The top sunflower was mounted with a double layer of foam tape for dimension. Finally some coordinating sequins were added for more interest.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The 12 Kits of Occasions - August '14

Can you believe that it is time for another 12 Kits of Occasions post?

Kara was our hostess this month and he kit was full of bright colourful papers, dies cuts and embellishments not to mention that there was a fabulous WPlus9  mini stamp set in all of our packages. There were some cool shaped dies and some awesome glossy white cardstock that I don't have anything to share with, after a few epic fails I decided to discuss techniques with the master--Kara! Kara is offering one more stamp set to one lucky winner of this months contest. The details are on the 12 Kits of Occasions blog! You will also see when you get there who our fabulous guest designer is! There was also a beautiful card in our kits, handmade by non other than Kara herself!

You have lots of looking to do so I am going to get started....







all lined up on the window sill... 


Do you have a favourite?

Thank you Kara for such a fun kit!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Muse #82



Wow I haven't played Muse in quite some time, but the wheels started turning as soon as I saw Bobby's stunning card for her Guest Design! I have been playing quite a bit lately with embossing paste and I finally got some white that I used  for the challenge! I have only used translucent in the past. Once again I coloured my embossing paste with Distress Inks. I am no expert with embossing paste, just simply a student. I learn each time a open the jar. I remember things from past experiences and make mental notes with the new use.

I am so in love with the texture of embossing paste. Enough that I am getting over the mess! That is big for me!


This is a good photos to show the texture and dimension of the card.


I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge and to Keep it Simple challenge #47 ombre. Thanks Amy T for directing me to this challenge! 

Holiday Cards and More vol 9

Have you seen the new Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Holiday Cards & More?

It hit the shelves last week and I an so excited to share with you that I had a tag picked up and published in the 'Creative Tags' section!! I absolutely hit the floor when I received an email that my tag had been selected. This is the first time I have ever been published and not only that but to be published in my absolute favourite Paper Crafts publication of the year.

Before we took my son back to University I was out with my husband and two kids when I went over to take a look at the magazines. There it was and I almost started crying when I opened it up. My tag was also featured on the Paper Crafts Connection blog HERE.

Here is the tag that I created using some awesome Reverse Confetti stamps and dies:

The issue is loaded with so many gorgeous projects from so many talented designers. 
You should pick up a copy HERE!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014



It is time for a new challenge at Tag You're It!
This week we are deriving our inspiration from this awesome tag due by our own Donna Mikasa!
I fell in love with these tags the first time I saw them.

For my tag I used the colours from Donna's tag and created a garden. I brushed the stamped portion of the flowers with a clear Wink of Stella. I can't tell you how many times this week I have gone to look at the tag and to check out the glittery blooms.


You can see the Wink of Stella a bit better in the detail photo below.


I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge.

Hope that you come and play with us this challenge.  
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!