February 15, 2018

Birch Press Design Fiori Heart

I have a video tutorial up on the Birch Press Design blog and my YouTube channel this week creating this card using the Fiori Heart Layering dies and glitter.




Here is the link to the video.


February 13, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge February 13

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Well we did it, here we are at day 30 of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
It was such a fun event and colouring along with Ardyth, we made it to the finish line.
Thank you Kathy for creating an event that is so much fun to play along with.

Today we coloured Catherine Pooler's Doodle Garden background stamp.
I stamped and white embossed the design and then sponged it with Distress Inks, fun and vibrant.

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February 12, 2018

Muse #253 and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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It's time for Muse Challenge #253!




The background was created ink blending Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks then I flicked water on it and pulled some of the colour off with a paper towel. The final step for the background was to flick some watered down Copic Opaque White on to the panel. The image from Studio Katia's Winter Kobi was watercoloured with Distress Inks. I added in watercoloured heart for Kobi to give to his Valentine and added a sentiment white embossing on black! 


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I really hope to see you play along with me this week at Muse!
Thanks for stopping by.


February 11, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge February 11

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Almost to the end of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin, it's Day 28 today!
I used the My Favorite Things Coffee Date and Coffee Break stamps today for my card. I stamped the mirror image of the coffee cup so I had one for my friend. I used my MISTI and followed instructions by Jennifer McGuire from this video here. It took a few tries to get it right but seriously what a brilliant idea! One they were stamped and clear embossed I used my Scan N Cut to cut the images out, see my short video below.


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VIDEO coming soon






Thank you for stopping by today, and if it is snowing there like it is here stay warm!

February 10, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge Feb 10

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Happy snowy Saturday!

Today I am using Simon Says Stamp Christmas Town for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Katy Racoosin. I stamped and clear embossed my images on Bristol Smooth and then cut them out with my Scan N Cut. Distress Inks were used to watercolor the images. Finally I created a snow bank and  used Stickles and crystal glitter to add some snow to the top of the snow bank and added it to the card base with foam tape.


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I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #90 where the theme is love/hearts.

I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Must Be Love.




...and to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Love is in the Air.




Thank you for stopping by today, stay warm!

February 9, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge Feb 9

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Happy Friday!
A tweet Valentine card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

A Distress Oxide background with Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple and sweet images from LawnFawn Love Notes.


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I am also submitting this one to Lawn Fanactics Challenge #22 - Inky Fingers!










February 8, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge February 8

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Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Today's card uses the Gina K Heartfelt Hydrangea stamp that was gold embossed and watercoloured with Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints.


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February 7, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge February 7

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I hope my post today makes you think of spring!

It is still really cold where I live and today it is snowing away. It has snowed non stop for the past 4 days. Very fine constant snow--we have about 16" on top of the 16" we already had. February is historically the coldest month of the year where I live and we are certainly not out of the woods with snowfall. So this little Copic coloured guy from Neat and Tangled Egg-stra Special makes me think spring is coming! For the 30 Day Colouring Challenge!


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February 6, 2018

30 Day Coloring Challenge February 6

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One more for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, this time using the Essentials By Ellen Arctic Pals stamps and Arctic Pals Designer Dies.


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I smooshed a background using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks. I stamped the sentiment on the weekend when I got together with the girls from Toronto. I stamped it on 110 lb Neenah cardstock, not the best choice for mixing with water. However, a quick swipe and the result was pretty good. The paper warped a bit...



I finished it off by putting mini action wobbles behind the penguins!






February 5, 2018

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge February 5

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Happy Monday!
Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
Today, Ardyth and I, are colouring the brand new Essentials by Ellen Leading Lady Dogs set.

I started by smooshing the background with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink. The leading lady and her puppies were coloured with Copic markers. I prepared a short video below making my card, I will put a hyperspeed video on IG but the version below is slower so you can see my mistakes!

I have been asked lately if I could demonstrate how I make smooshed backgrounds. I am no expert, but in the video you will see that I don't do anything amazing. I usually use Bristol Smooth cardstock or watercolour paper. What I can say is that I don't add a lot of water to my ink on my craft mat and that I usually try to make just one quick pass through the ink. If you leave it too long it almost wants to stick to the mat and definitely gets very saturated. If I am going to add more ink or other colours, I dry the panel in between each layer  I did a few quick passes on my card front today. The sentiment is from the Leading Lady Cozy Lady lady stamp set.

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I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.




Copic Colours I used...

Skin: E000, E00
Hair: Y21
Shirt: BG11, BG13
Sweater: RV52, RV55
Jeans: B32, B24
Sneakers: RV17
Standing Dog: E50, E51, E21
Dog in Arms: T1, T2
Mistakes: 0


February 4, 2018

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge February 4

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
Do you watch the Super Bowl? Go to a party?

Low key day here, Snow had been falling since yesterday, so I am staying in, making a roast for dinner and organizing in my studio. My hubby is busy labeling the breaker panel so lights are going on and off . Super Bowl will be on and we will be wacthing This is Us after the game.

Anyway, back to my card. Another one for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Do you ever over colour an image? I coloured the hippo and I really liked how it turning out but my marker started running out of ink and I had to refill. When I went back to colouring it started to look splotchy in patches so I went over again with the lightest colour and then needed to go back in with the darker shades and then...well too dark--lol! I love this challenge because it really helps me to learn with my successes and failures. This image is one of the early Essentials By Ellen stamp sets, Wish Big. I stamped it yesterday when I got together with some of my crafty friends in Toronto. So I couldn't stamp again and start over.


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I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.