April 18, 2018

New Birch Press Release


The new Birch Press Design release is huge!
We have 65 products available for sale with our gorgeous new Mandala line!

When I received the dies I couldn't wait to make a mandala, there are so many possibilities!


Here is a sample of some of the release...

 Grace Layers Dies

They are available today for purchase. I have affiliate links listed below you can use at no additional cost to you!  Please read my disclaimer above if you would like more details. 

Freshly Made Sketches #333 Guest Design


I am back again for another guest design post for Sketch #333 at Freshly Made Sketches!

I am using the newly released Stitching Garden from Papertrey Ink for my card this week. This set was gifted to me by my friend Joyce when she came to stay with me last week all the way from California. I stamped the beautiful blooms and leaves using Altenew inks. I was so happy with the way the layers lined up so easily when I was stamping.


Hope to see you play along with us this week!

April 17, 2018

Happy Hello Jillibean Soup

I have a card and video tutorial up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk Blog for the Cards on Tuesday Feature using some of the fabulous Pea Pod Parts from the Shades of Color Soup Collection.

I watercoloured the background on watercolour paper and then added some of the Pea Pod parts, Puffy Labels and Soup Labels. With a bit of foam tape for dimension this card came together in no time.

A quick video tutorial...

Thanks for coming by today!

April 16, 2018

Crafty Friends Are the Best

I started my personal blog 7 years ago in January 2011 as a place to post my cards for when I entered card challenges. In those first few months of blogging I became friends from afar with Joyce Mehrberg from Cards-by-the-sea and Kim Heggins from Cupcakes Cards and Kim. We communicated mainly through our blog posts and then by email and finally we started chatting through Facebook Messenger in a group chat that has been ongoing for about 6 years! During that time we have discussed that one day we would meet for real which turned into them coming to Canada to visit me to them actually coming last Sunday and staying here at my house!

Exciting that there was still a bit of snow around and it snowed a few times while they were here too. They did miss however, the 8" that fell between Friday overnight and Saturday! Me personally, I have seen enough snow for this year! 

On Wednesday Ardyth from Maskarade came up for the day to craft with us and we ended up stopping in for lunch at her house on Friday before taking them to the airport to head home.

I wondered after all the conversation we have had in the last 6 years if we would have anything left to say. No worries there, just with the addition of laughing until the tears were streaming down our cheeks!  We spent the week crafting, laughing, shopping and eating until Friday when sadly they needed to head back to California. It is so wonderful to make friends in this wonderful crafty community of ours but it really is fabulous to meet for real!

My hubby was a very good sport this week, UBER driver, barbecuing, doing dishes so we could get back to our very important job of crafting and taking photos for us.

April 15, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #267


Nothing like crafting with friends to kick you back into gear.
Feeling creative again after spending a week with crafty friends Kim Heggins and Joyce Mehrberg.
 I have a quick card today for the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #267!

I started with a rainbow background to cheer me up after getting 8" of snow yesterday with still no signs of spring in sight. I die cut the Thanks Square Confetti Cuts die using some turquoise cardstock, added a sentiment from the Reverse Confetti Lots to Say stamp set and called it done.


From almost completely gone and thinking my tulips would be up any day to this! Now today it has been freezing rain all day--ugh, winter go away!

Some of my most used dies and a great sale

There is a great sale starting today at Ellen Hutson!
From April 15th - April 17th you can save 20% of all dies!
My links are affiliate links and you are welcome to use them at no cost to you. See my disclosure above if you have any questions.

I thought I would share some of my favourite go to dies. You know the ones that are always at arms reach! I would say that most of my cards I will use one or most of these dies. I consider these my basics.

My Favorite Things Slanted Sentiment Die-namics
My Favorite Things Rectangular STAX Set 1

My Favorite Things Rectangular STAX Set 2

My Favorite Things Die-namics, Rectangular STAX Circle Set 1

Browse through my link at Ellen Hutson, there are lots of amazing dies at a great deal, but hurry there are already so many that are sold out!

Have a great Sunday!

April 11, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #332 Guest Design


It's time for Sketch #332 at Freshly Made Sketches!

I just can't seem to get enough of these adorable puppies from the MFT Stamps Furever Friends stamps and dies. I combined them this week with a white embossed sentiment from All Smiles and paws from the Paw Prints background stamp.


April 10, 2018

Whale Done Jillibean Soup

I have a card up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk Blog for the Cards on Monday Feature using the adorable Whale Done stamp and die set along with papers from Hardy Hodgepodge and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink. Hope you have a chance to pop over for a visit.

April 9, 2018

Muse Challenge #261


Happy Monday! Time for new challenge at Muse!


As I write this post today we are having a snowstorm. Definitely not something I expected in April, but not unheard of. Just yesterday I was amazed how much of the snow had already melted and it looked like we were definitely on our way to the spring. So for now I have to experience spring in a card. I used the new Friendly Florals stamps and Happy Spring dies from Neat & Tangled.

When it comes to making dimensional flower arrangements on a card the process is really not that scary. I stamped my images with VersaFine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on Bristol smooth cardstock. I watercoloured my images with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a waterbrush. Once they were dry I laid everything out.


Then I placed two of the flower images on my card base because they are going to be in the back of my arrangement. I used the flower spray that I was going to put on top and moved the flowers around until I found an arrangement that I liked. Once I was sure where the bottom flowers were going to rest I adhered them to the card base.


Final step was to put some foam tape on the back of the top spray and attach it.


I can't wait to see how you are inspired this week!
Thanks for stopping in.