April 16, 2021

Birthday Tulips

Happy Friday! I hope that you are seeing the tulips blooming in your garden. There is lots of green popping up in my garden but living in the woods I never know exactly what it is, until it blooms! Spring came a bit early this year so maybe they will all bloom at once.

For today's card I used Layers A and C of the Birch Press Design Field of Blooms die set. I started out by dry embossing Layer C on into an A2 sized piece of white cardstock. Dry embossing gives a similar effect as using an embossing folder, but usually it's not as sharp of an image. For all intents and purposes this works out just fine.

Using Copic markers I coloured over the image that was embossed so that the colours would show through Layer A which is on top. I didn't worry about colouring perfectly, in fact my colouring is quite messy, but because it is being covered with Layer A there is no need for perfection. The picture below was my practice piece so that you can see what I mean by messy. I changed the colour scheme on a new embossed panel and realized I didn't snap a picture until I had glued all the layers together, but this gives you an idea of what I did.

After I finished colouring I set the panel aside. I die cut two of Layer A from white cardstock and then glued the two layers over Layer C. The whole panel was then glued to a top to an A2 top folding card base. 

The sentiment is made up of the Big Lingo Type Happy. I cut three of the shadow using white cardstock and glued them together to make the word chunkier then I cut the detail layer from black cardstock. The second line of the sentiment is from the Crystal Lingo clear stamp set. It was white heat embossed on black cardstock and trimmed down.

Happy was glued directly to the card front and the second line was popped up using foam tape. Now the card has both positive and negative dimension. Positive because both lines of the sentiment protrude and negative because the two top layers add negative perspective of the tulips!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and crafting with me.  Take another look at your layered cover die sets and think of ways you can mix and match the dies. Whether you are adding more layers or using less, or even cutting multiples of the same layer--one change can create a completely different look!

This is also colouring for Kathy Racoosin's Daily Marker Mini 30 Day Coloring Challenge and well as for the current Seize the Birthday #212 Spring Flowers.

April 12, 2021

Spring is in the Air

I feel like I haven't made a card in a long time, just because... So no better way to get back into again to find one, or two or even three challenges to play along with. 

I made a card for a few challenges--Inspired By Challenge IB169 Spring Is Sweet, Color Hues Challenge #15 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday! This is the 12th Anniversary of the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

With the weather getting better outside I decided to make a flower the focal image of my birthday card because my supply is getting low. Flipping through my flower stamps I found the Amaryllis set from Pretty Pink Posh that I have never used.

I started out by stamping a black clear embossing all the images that I was going to use on to a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. When I clear emboss in black I start by covering the entire stamp with embossing ink. Then before stamping it down, I cover the entire surface with VersaFine Onyx black ink. This extra step may not necessary but I have always done it this way and always get a good impression! 

Before cutting the images, I taped the watercolour panel down to an 8" x 10" panel of particle board with Frog Tape. I find this helps keep the watercolour paper flat. I used Distress Inks and my watercolour medium. I just squish some ink on to my craft mat and pick up the colour with a wet paintbrush.

Once the panel is dry, I die cut all the images and then lay the images over a white top folding card base. 

Once I like the arrangement I adhere the images and add a sentiment--done!

Thanks so much for stopping in today to craft with me.

April 9, 2021


Happy Friday!

I don't think I am alone when I say I have several boxes of cards that I've made over the past...wells forever years! Although I'm good at passing them on, maybe not so great at signing and mailing them out. I was going through some of my older cards looking for a few sympathy cards. My least favourite to make, especially when one is needed.

My card making style has changed over the years. I am still a CAS loving designer first, I love my white space, but some of my older cards look like they need a refresh! I pulled out a sympathy card I made a couple years ago and I gave it an update before sending it off.

Here is my original card, posted on April 4, 2018!

To give the card a more current feeling, I cut the front off of the card to make it into a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel. I die cut the panel with largest die from The Greetery's Nordic Frames dies. 

I added the cut panel on to a white top folding card base with foam tape for a bit of dimension. By cutting the original card front into a die cut panel and adding a bit of dimension, I took a card that was already beautiful and gave it a fresh new look.

Have a great weekend!

March 29, 2021

Spread Kindness this Easter

Time is zooming along again and here it is Easter! I have a fun slimline Easter card on the Birch Press Design blog to share today using some fun new products.

The faceted rectangle from the Crystal Lingo stamp set was white heat embossed on to a 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I ink blended over the panel in a rainbow using Distress Oxide inks. The colours are Kitsch Flamingo, Carved Pumpkin, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress ink.

The panel was trimmed down to 8 1/4" x 3 1/4" and it was attached to an 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" white card base with foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

I wanted to use the pretty background along with the Petal Layers die set in a way that one wouldn't overpower the other. I cut all three layers from heavyweight white cardstock. I adhered the layers together with liquid adhesive and once dry. 

I decided to use pinks and oranges as my egg colour from the background. You can place your egg anywhere on the card depending on the colours that appeal to you or your recipient.  I chose to place the dimensional egg on a angle. I placed small pieces of foam tape behind the egg to pop it off the  background.

The sentiment from the Blooming Spring clear stamp set was heat embossed and trimmed down and added to he panel with foam tape.

I love the idea of sending someone a landscape, slimline card. So easy to be displayed without tipping over.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

March 25, 2021

Do the Slimline with Crystal Lingo

 Happy Spring crafty friends! The snow has been melting here and we are seeing signs of an early spring. Fingers crossed!

Today I'm up on the Birch Press Design blog with creating two slimline cards using the Crystal Lingo Stamps EH|SSS.

The faceted rectangle stamp in the Crystal Lingo clear stamp set is the perfect size for 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" slimline cards.

For both of the my cards today I started off by white heat embossing the faceted rectangle from Crystal Lingo on to two panels of watercolour cardstock cut to 8 1/2" x 3 1/2".

I laid down a combination of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide inks on to my craft mat in a staggered rainbow. I used my new favourite colour Kitsch Flamingo EH|SSS, Carved Pumpkin, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress ink.

I spritzed some water onto the mat and then put my panel facedown into the ink and picked it up right away. I did not smoosh the ink, just straight on and off. I dried the panel thoroughly and then went back to the mat and tapped the panel around putting on a second layer. I spritzed a bit of water on my panel where the Distress Inks were to disperse them a bit more.

Once again I dried the panel thoroughly and went back to the mat one more time but before tapping down I spritzed the craft mat a bit more to reactivate the ink and did one final layer by tapping the panel on the craft mat. I stamped and die cut the Big Lingo Type Thanks EH|SSS in white and black and attached it to the card with foam adhesive!

The second panel was actually the first panel but a little bit of Frayed Burlap was all it took to muddy up my rainbow.

Rather than toss it away I kind of liked the masculine vibe that the brown gave to the card. So I did the same as I did for the other card.

I dried it and added more ink until I had three layers! I die cut the Big Lingo Type Thanks using only the detailed die three times for the sentiment. I adhered the three layers together to give the die cut some stability. Trust me this takes some patience--lol! I adhered the die cut directly to the card front.

It's so much fun to take an image like this, emboss it and then have some fun with your inks. This technique can be done with most inks and of course a little bit of water.

Thanks so much for joining me today and we'll see you next time!

March 12, 2021

Shoot for the Moon

Happy Friday friends! I am so excited to share with you a card I made with the  Penguin Palace Stencils 360°™ tool. This is a new tool to me but I tell you it's a game changer with stenciling! I will be talking more about how to use it in the future but, I couldn't wait to show you the card I created with my first run using it!

I started with the Penguin Palace Floral Wreath stencil along with two new Catherine Pooler inks--Pucker Up and Serenade! Sentiment in the middle is from the Penguin Palace Words From the Heart (Chapter 1) stamp set.

I used the Stencils 360°™ in 22.5 degree intervals using only two colours of ink to easily create my wreath just by turning my stencil inside the Stencils 360°™. The options are endless with this game changing tool. It allows you to make new patterns with stencils and also to easily mask your stencils when you're using multiple colours! 

Thanks so much for stopping in today and keep an eye out for a video using the Penguin Palace Stencils 360°™ tool.

Have a great weekend!

February 23, 2021

Big Thanks

Hi crafty friends, hope you are all staying well and surviving this Covid winter. It seems that during lockdown/Stay at Home orders since Christmas there are more things to do than ever before. The world beyond card making--LOL! 

After taking a break from crafting I am back today to share some cards that I made using the some of the newest colours of Catherine Pooler inks! I used the Catherine Pooler Big Thanks stamp set and Catherine Pooler inks for all 6 of my cards. This is such a great set to have on hand. You can so easily put together the perfect sentiment depending on the type of thanks you are looking for.

I also used Catherine Pooler's new Party Collection color wheel. For each card I selected colours from the suggested colour combinations along with their complementary colour suggestions! You can find the color wheel download HERE.

For the first card in this group, I used Cummererbund, All That Jazz and complimentary colour Coral Cabana. On the second card I used Pucker Up, Flirty Fuchsia and complimentary colour Lime Rickey.

Group two actually uses the colours of Laurentian University where both of my graduated from. This was done by chance-lol! I used Serenade, Drive In and complimentary colour Catching Rays on both cards.

The third set didn't want to smile nice for the camera! One the first card I used In the Park, Drive In and complimentary colour Do-Si-Do. for the final card I used Do-Si-Do, Coral Cabana and complimentary colour Serenade.

These cards came together so easily with the help of my stamping platform. I used some striped and polka dot papers from my stash for my backgrounds and I popped up all the sentiment panels with foam tape. I have to say it was nice to take some time and just play with new product. Timely because I have a few of these heading out in the mail this week!

Thanks so much for stopping in. I have linked the stamp set and all the inks I used below ink pads and re-inkers are sold separately. Have a great day!