July 13, 2018

Watermelon Birthday Wishes

There is something about watermelon in the summer and for me I love watermelon images for summer home decor and crafting projects. Last week I made a watermelon birthday card for my daughter and made it into a gift ensemble using the ingenious card hanger die by my friend Laurie Willison from Soapbox Creations.

I love this die because you don't have to hide your pretty handmade cards in an envelope. You just put it in the slot and it decorates the bag!

I made my card with Papertrey Ink's Watermelon dies and Fruit Stand Sentiments. I started by preparing my background swiping some blue Distress Oxide ink onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock. Then I sponged three colours of  Distress Ink and Distress Oxide inks on to panels of Bristol Smooth cardstock, flicking some water on the panels that I absorbed with paper towel. Once dry I die cut the watermelon pieces. A sentiment was added and then I adhered and inlay the watermelon to the card.

I cut the card hanger die from some blue gingham paper, trimmed the opening and added the card.

Hope I made you smile,
have a wonderful weekend!

July 10, 2018

New Craft Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 2 of the...

I am so excited today to be hopping along today on the New Craft Stash Blog Hop! What does this mean? The idea of this just for fun Blog Hop is that the participants are using something new--"New" meaning - new to the papercrafting market, new to the participants, or newly discovered in our Craft Stash - you know the stuff you bought, tucked away and forgot about! The Blog Hop is split over three days, so if you missed Day 1 you can go to Ingrid Blackburn's blog to get a list of links for the Day 1 participants. By following the hop you have a chance to win one of 6 prizes plus there are a few other prizes along the stops of the hop.

For my card today I am using the new Essentials by Ellen Inner Mermaid stamps and designer dies! I combined my new stamps and dies with some stamps and dies that I have had for some time now that got filed away and forgotten.

I created a video for you to show you how my shaker card was put together. Some stamping, die cutting, embossing and ink blending to create this porthole shaker-whoa, is that a mermaid swimming by?

I hope you enjoyed my video. Don't forget to comment you way along the hop so that you will be entered for your chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous sponsors!

Now it is your turn to complete the Blog Hop. I am sure you will be inspired by all of the participants posts...
Day Two New Craft Stash Blog Hop List

If you missed Day's 1 and 3 you can head back to Ingrid Blackburn's blog HERE to get all the links!

Happy Hopping!

July 9, 2018

Muse #274 and Freshly Made Sketch #344


Happy Monday! Time for new challenge at Muse!


Inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #344 but I flipped it the other direction.


July 8, 2018

Essentials By Ellen July Release '18


The new Essentials by Ellen July Release is available for sale!

I created a FUN card using the new Unicorns 'N Rainbows Stamp Set designed by Julie Ebersole! This whimsical Unicorn may have made a foo-pah, but you can't be offended when he is this cute--Sorry mom!

The images were die cut with the new Unicorns 'N Rainbows Designer Dies



Hard to see the elusive Clear Wink of Stella (still my go to when I want to add shimmer to card) painted over all of the images! It just doesn't like the camera! Just try to imagine, it is beautiful in real life!


The clouds on the rainbow were offset so that the design was asymmetrical, adding more whimsy to these fun images. I added lots of dimension to this one!


I will be sharing more cards that I have have made this week.
These links are for all the new products released today for your convenience. Thank you if you shop through my links at no cost to you. I appreciate your support.

Have a wonderful day!

July 6, 2018

Happy Friday!

I am up on the Birch Press Designs blog today with a project that is a bit different.
I used the new Mandala Stencil set to create a home decor piece!

Head over to the Birch Press Design blog to see how I created this canvas!
I used a 5" x 7" canvas board from the dollar store. These fun canvas designs would be a great addition to your craft studio!


A simple process, but the colour options are endless!


Have a wonderful weekend!

July 3, 2018

Simon Says Stamp and The Daily Marker 30 Day - Days 28 and 29


I am doing a bit of catch up. The 30 Day Coloring Challenge is over now but I am still determined to finish.  I have stamped images for all that I have remaining but now it will be as I can fit it in. Today I have Day 28 which is Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Flowers which I coloured with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


This one is being submitted to the Simon Says Stamp 100th Flickr Challenge - anything goes!

I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes!

This next card was for Day 29. The now retired Pinkfresh Studios Late Nights stamp was clear embossed with VersaFine ink and I coloured it with Copic Markers.


July 2, 2018

Jillibean Soup Dads and Grads

A few weeks about I had a tutorial up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk Blog entitled Dads and Grads. In this tutorial I had two process videos and a picture tutorial to show you how I made my cards. Pop over to the  Jillibean Soup blog to see the videos and more photos!  We are a bit late for Father's Day now but it's never too early to get ahead for next year or even Pin the ideas so that you have time to stock up on the great Jillibean Soup products I used.




July 1, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day - Day 30


Today is the final day of the 30 day challenge! I have done most of the days, but I still have days to finish up and I plan to. For the final day we are colouring Papertrey Ink's Vintage Linens. I coloured my flowers with Copic markers and this is this is also the card I will be giving to my Mom for her birthday July 1st which is also Canada Day. She has a very special birthday! So Happy Birthday Mom, I hope that you have a wonderful day and I will be seeing you this afternoon!


Thank you so much for sticking with me through this month of colouring and thank you Kathy for hosting the event once again!  We are in the first heat wave of 2018, the humidity is absolutely horrible. It might not be a big deal to many of you who deal with extreme temperatures but here in the north we are just not used to the heat.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, hope the sun is shining wherever you are!