July 18, 2021

Canada Day Video Hop Winners

 Canada Day Video Hop Winners!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us for the second annual Canada Day Video Hop! The winners have been announced and there were three winners from my video, Yay!

For some reason I have been having difficulty inserting videos into Blogger lately so I am sorry that the video links are small. They will be just fine on YouTube!

Watch the video below for the winners and see if YOU were one!

If you missed my video you can find it here on my YouTube channel!

If you were a winner congratulations and the details of how to claim your prize are in the desciption below Emily's winners video above!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

July 1, 2021

Canada Day Video Hop 2021

Happy Canada Day!  I’m joining a group of Crafty Canadian YouTubers and we’re celebrating this special day by featuring Canadian craft products and shops.  A total of 16 shops and 2 Canadian papercraft magazines have generously sponsored today’s event and we’re giving away over $1300 in prizes!  After you’ve finished watching my video, please leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click on the link in the description below for the next person in the hop.

So if you are ready to hop let's get going and start right here with my video below:

The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. (Please indicate if you are in Canada or elsewhere as a few prizes are restricted to Canadian addresses only.)  All of the giveaway details are on Emily’s blog.

Comments close at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, July 11, 2021 and all winners will be announced on Saturday, July 17, 2021.


Remember if you get lost along the way, please head to Emily’s blog for the full list of participants:


Today I am also guest designing with Penguin Palace and I am using their Stencils 360°™ tool. There are lots of videos on line of how to use this brilliant tool and I have explained how I used it in my video today.

The first three cards with made with the Penguin Palace Sacred Lotus Stencils 360°™ and because I was using eight colours I used 22.5° ring moving 11.25° to the right for each colour. 

The remaining cards were all made using the Penguin Palace Waterspout Stencils 360°™.

I used images and embellishments from another Canadian company, Studio Katia for the last two cards.

This one was done on a 45° interval using only two colours.

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Thank you so much for hopping with us today!

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win a prize!

June 22, 2021

Rainbow Butterfly Mini Slimline


Today I am posting on the Birch Press Design blog with a mini slimline card using some of the newest products Birch Press Design. We are seeing slimline and mini slimline cards all the time these days and what is the CORRECT size? Well that varies when you start to do a bit of research. If you look at it as more of a range, which is what I am doing, a mini slimline card bases seem to be anything between 3 - 3 1/2" x 6 - 6 1/2". Really a card base can be whatever you want it to be! Today my card base is 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" which I made by cutting a 7" x 6 1/2" piece of cardstock and scoring it on the 7" side at 3 1/2". Okay done, and set aside.

I started with a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and I ink blended an 8 colour rainbow on an angle with Distress Oxide Inks. Once I was done I cut a solid butterfly from the panel using the newly released Butterfly Basics die set. I also cut a butterfly body from black cardstock. Then using the Eloquent Butterfly die set I cut Layer A only from black cardstock. I glued the black layer over the ink blended butterfly, added the butterfly body. I set this aside for now.

I cut all three layers of the Dazzle Mini Frame die set from white cardstock. The layers were glued together and  how beautiful is that? It is going to be the frame to set my colourful butterfly over.

The last element I needed was my sentiment. I used the Handwritten Thanks and Outline die. I cut the shadow from black and the script sentiment two times from white. All the pieces were glued together to form a dimensional sentiment. It would have been ever more dramatic if I had cut a third white sentiment but two seemed just enough to give my card a lift without being too in your face.
ry I assembled the card. White cardbase, Dazzle Mini Frame glued tot he top of the card base, the colourful butterfly adhered to the Dazzle frame with foam tape and the Thanks adhered to the bottom of the card.

To finish up I added a few rainbow bright fairy jewels to the butterfly body and wow I was so pleased with the end result!

Thank you so much for stopping in today and I hope you pop over to the Design Blog and say hello!

June 2, 2021

Anniversary Wishes

Hi there, I have a card to share that I made some time ago for a good friend and her husband who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary!

I used the Pretty Pink Posh Happy New Year stamps and dies along with the Fireworks stencil.

I placed the stencil over a 5 1/4" x 4" ink blended panel and pressed my embossing ink all over the stencil then I embossed it with gold embossing powder. All the images were coloured with Copic Markers, then I added a vellum circle to soften the background before adding the images with a bit of foam tape. A little Wink of Stella ove the champagne to finish it off.

Thanks for popping in!

May 28, 2021

Color Hues Challenge #18 - Purple and Teal

 Happy Friday!

I have a very late entry for the Color Hues Color Challenge #18.

I used ink blending and the debossed side of the Open Studio Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder to create this beautiful. embossed background. I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a card base with foam tape. I ink blended the embossed side the same way and made a second panel for a card. I stamped the 2 die sentiment with both black and white so I have sentiments for two cards.

I ink blended the embossed side of the folder and got a really bold debossed panel that is slightly imperfect making it a little more edgy.

Thanks for stopping in!

May 26, 2021

No Cardstock? Use a Gel Press to make your own!

Hi there I am up on the Birch Press Design blog today with a card using the new Arista Layer dies set.
I created my own paper to use on my project using the Gel Press.

After making my card I realized that a lot of people are unfamiliar with what a gel press is? It is literally a piece of gel that you can put ink on, then lay your paper down on it and when you lift it up it transfers the ink to the paper in unique ways! I made a quick little video to show you the process I used for my background.

I used using Kitsch Flamingo and Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide inks to create the background panel. The fun with using the gel press is that every single print you make will be 100% unique. I set the panel aside to work on the focal die cut.

I had already made a panel using pink and yellow Distress Oxide inks--Kitsch Flamingo and Scattered Straw . I cut the Arista medallion, using only Layer B to showcase the amazing embossed detail on the die. I die cut it once from the pink/yellow panel and then two more times in white. I glued the three layers together to give it a bit of dimension.

The background was trimmed down to 5 1/4" x 4" and adhered to a white top folding card base for foam tape for even more dimension. Trimming the panel down leaves a nice 1/8" border around it. A simple detail that really steps up your overall clean and simple card design.

A sentiment from the new Classic Sentimental Wreath stamp set was stamped on the front of the card, leaving room above for the Arista medallion.

The medallion was attached using foam tape which gives it even more fabulous dimension. I added a few of the pink Open Studio Fairy Jewels to the medallion for just a bit of sparkle! These self adhesive jewels are a great addition to your craft supplies.

Thank you for stopping by today!

May 19, 2021

Follow It and using the Gel Plate

Good morning friends!

You may have heard by now that Feedburner is closing in July 2021. For many of you that is the way you have been following my blog over the years. 

I have switched my feed over to Follow.it!

You do not have to do anything if you were already a subscriber through Feedburner, you should still get email notifications when I post on my blog. 

If you would like to follow my blog, and don't already just sign up with the link in the right sidebar. Any questions? just send me a note.

Now that I have you here I was to share what I have been up to. After watching a few videos by Jennifer McGuire recently I decided to get a Gel Press and a brayer to make awesome backgrounds!

The first run with the gel press created some beautiful backgrounds. I'm learning as I go and I'll be sharing cards with you using these backgrounds as I make them. Today I have a gold foiled birthday card using a background I made using Salvaged Patina and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide inks. After I inked up my Gel Press I kissed a large rubber stamp off the Gel Press leaving the image from the stamp on the press. Then I laid a piece of white cardstock over the Gel Press and when I removed it I had a pretty background with the impression of the stamp in a mixture of the DOx inks I used.

I used my Gemini Foil Press and the  MFT Stamps Impressive Happy Birthday die to foil the sentiment to the front middle. This die does not cut it is only for foiling so you need to get it in the right place on your background panel--ONE chance! lol

The finished card is beautiful and nice and flat for mailing.
Have a wonderful day!