September 18, 2018

Thankful Daisies | for A Jillian Vance Design

I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today using the Dancing Daisies Cover Plate to make a pretty thank you card. Full instructions and the products I used are over on the blog, see you there!

Have a wonderful day!

September 17, 2018

MFT Stamps 2018 Card Design Superstar

I was excited to use my new MFT Stamps Just Beclaws stamp set and Die-namic before summer is officially over! Once again today is super hot and it's the strangest thing to see all the leaves that have turned for autumn raining down. Around here, even when we have a warm fall, the autumn air is usually cooler and crisp when we start to see the leaves come down.

I am entering this card into the MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar contest in the Clean and Simple Category, my favourite type of card to create! My cute little crabby was coloured with Copic markers, and I added googley eyes to him for fun! I am pretty sure that Karolyn Loncon added googley eyes to her crab during the June release posts! The beach and water were sponged with some MFT Stamps ink cubes and the sand detail using the die from Just Beclaws was added to the sand. The ice cream cone was Copic coloured and sparkled with the camera shy and elusive clear Wink of Stella! 

Here are the markers I used...

Bohemian Brew Designs | for Jillibean Soup

Playing a bit of catch up this week. I have a couple cards that were shared on the Jillibean Soup blog last week using the Bohemian Brew collection of papers, embellishments and stamps!

This first one was stamped with the Bohemian Brew clear stamp set in colours that matched with the collection. A great way to stretch your stash!

Love making my own designs using the stamps from Bohemian Brew clear stamp set. My MISTI makes lining the stamps up so easy!

September 15, 2018

Winnie & Walter August Leading Lady Winner

Thank you for all the wonderful comments that you left on my posts during August when I was the Leading Lady at Winnie & Walter! I am a bit late posting the winner of the $30 gift certificate, September so far has been a rather busy month.

I used to select one week from each of my four posts. selected Week 1, then I used it again to select one comment from the 52 I received and #49 was selected. So the winner of the $30 gift card is...

Your information has been passed on to Winnie & Walter.
Congratulations and Enjoy!

September 11, 2018

Happy Harvest

I have a postup on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today using the fun Perfect Pumpkin Die Set to make another autumn card. Full instructions and the product I used are over on the blog, see you there!

Have a wonderful day!

September 10, 2018

Muse #282

It's time for another new challenge at Muse!

So excited to share a card this week using the gorgeous new Altenew Floral Art stamp set. So easy to line up and I love the artistic feel of these blooms.

A closer look...

 I cannot wait to see how you are inspired to create this week, see you over at Muse!

I'm also submitting this to this week's Simon Says Wedneday Challenge Stamp On It!

September 7, 2018

Radiant Joy

Happy Friday!

I am up on the Birch Press Design blog today with a video tutorial making this card using the brand new Radiant Ornament Layering dies. Non traditional Christmas colours since it is still summer--lol!

Hope you have a chance to pop over to the post and let me know if you enjoyed my video!

Have a great weekend!

September 4, 2018

Fall is in the Air

I am so excited to be posting today as the newest member of the A Jillian Vance Design Team! I will posting over on their blog every Tuesday to share some inspiration using Jillian Vance Design products with you!

Today I have instructions on how I made this card over at A Jillian Vance Design! Hope to see you over there.

September 1, 2018

August Essentials Challenge

Happy Saturday!

Can you believe it is the last weekend of August? where did the summer go, that seems to be something I say every year at this time! I am not a cold weather or winter person at all and although this summer has been hotter than any summer I can ever remember, I loved every moment of it.

I can tell that fall is coming though, the gardens have run their course and you can see just a bit of yellows are oranges in the distance on the leaves.  I do love fall too, my second favourite season but I am not quite ready to give up summer just yet and especially not ready to give up bare feet and flip flops!

The August Essentials Challenge at Ellen Hutson is a technique challenge--use alcohol inks! 

I couldn't miss out on the fun! Ever since the So Matcha stamp set was released I have wanted to make the sweet kimono's using alcohol inks, so here was my chance. I started by making a few panels with alcohol inks and one they were dry I stamped the images and embossed them with gold and I added the small floral image on one of the kimonos in gold too. Then I paper pieced the kimonos onto the girls who were Copic coloured. 

My background was sponged with Distress Oxide inks, flicked with water, sprinkled with white watercolour paint and Copic opaque white. The bamboo trees were added to my background also embossed in gold and I finished it off with a sentiment white embossed on black. I am quite happy with how this turned out and now that I have made this card I want to do it again.

A word of warning, the Yupo paper warps really easily!

A closer look...

I am also going to submit this to this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

August 28, 2018

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Leanne West's blog. If you didn't, no worries, I have the full blog hop list down at the bottom of my post.

I am so excited to be participating in this epic hop with more than 70 guests and over $600 in sponsored prizes hosting by my dear friend Rubeena!! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post.

First a bit about my own creative journey...

I have been creative my entire life, when I as young I took art lessons for many years learning to sketch still life and later oil pastels. I entered the world of paper crafting as a teenager creating scrapbooks, old school--no embellishments! I tried all types of different crafts as an adult--sewing, knitting, dried flowers (was obsessed), folk art painting and then cardmaking. My journey got a bit derailed 17 years ago now when I was diagnosed with MS. Life offered my lots of new difficulties, one of the biggest is muscle weakness in my right side and a pesky tremor in my hands sometimes. However I didn't let that stop me and I found my way back to cardmaking and scrapbooking then started my blog in January 2011, that was also the year I started my 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge. I love this cardmaking community, so many wonderful and talented people. I have made friends all over the world and I have been so fortunate to meet so many people in real life too. I hope you enjoy the hop and get inspired to create from so many fabulous crafty people!

I made two cards for the blog hop today, both using Altenew stamps and coloured with my brand new 36 half pan Altenew watercolors. Deliciously creamy!! My first card uses the Camellia Build a Flower and the second card is made with the Dahlia Blossoms stamp set. Both cards have sentiments fron the Crafty Friends stamp set--since this hope is all about crafty friends!!

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prizes.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - $35 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders - Card Kit
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
winnie & walter - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards


The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Marge Yoon I know you will not be disappointed in what she has for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you stop in at Rubeena Ianigro's blog, it is always loaded with inspiration!

August 27, 2018

Birch Press Design Blog Blitz | Holiday Release

Have you been following along with the Birch Press Design Holiday Blog Blitz? It is running from August 23rd - August 28th! Each day of the blitz there is a difference giveaway. You have a chance to comment of all the posts over on the Birch Press Design Blog until August 28th for your chance to win!

Today I am introducing to new Splash Layers dies over on the Birch Press Design Blog!

Head over to the blog to see how I created this card and for your chance to win!
Good luck!

August 25, 2018

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Week 4

Happy Saturday today is my final week of taking over at the Winnie & Walter blog as the August Leading Lady. I have had such a great time playing with you all each week with so many fabulous Winnie & Walter products. Thank you Shay for letting me have the spotlight this month!

For my final week I am creating three cards using one stamp set. I liked this set before, but now that I have worked with the layered stamps I am totally in love with the In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set. I used the layering guide that you can find in the Storyboard for this set on the Winnie & Walter blog HERE. The guide made lining up the layers for these images foolproof.

I chose three colours schemes and I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves with the co-ordinating Cutaways. I also die cut both sizes of the 'beautiful' sentiment so that I could chose as I arranged my cards. Although I am using the same stamped florals for each card I wanted my designs to be distinctively different.

Once I had all the pieces stamped and die cut I lightly sponged backgrounds on my card bases with the Scenery: Triangled Creative Screenings. I adhered the flowers to each card in a different postition and arrangement adding foam tape to the main flower for dimension. On the completed cards I added a few sequins for balance and filled each sequin with some silver Stickles for added sparkle!

Don't forget I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. On September 3rd I will draw a name from all my comments from over the month to win.  You can enter once for each week so you could have up to four chances to win...good luck!

I really enjoyed being your Leading Lady this month and I really  hope you enjoyed my posts to. Enter my giveaway for your chance to win! Have a wonderful day and thanks for joining me!

August 22, 2018

August Projects from Jillibean Soup

Sharing some projects today that were posted last week on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk Blog.

This first card features patterned paper from the 2 Cool for School Collection and the bicycle stamp from the Bowl of Dreams clear stamp set.

The second project is a tag using the Shape Shaker Balloon Tag Base along with fun paper from The Souper Celebration Collection. I created a short video tutorial to show you how I put this tag together and how easy it is to create shaker tags and cards using the Shape Shaker Series of products!

Thanks for coming by today!