February 22, 2020

Honeycomb Shaker

I am up on the Studio Katia blog today with a shaker card using some brand new products from Studio Katia!

To create my shaker card I needed to work backwards because I wanted my stenciling to show through the windows of the shaker. I started off by cutting a panel of white cardstock with the new Scallop Honeycomb Cover die. Next I cut the Honeycomb Shaker die from my panel on an angle and then I inlaid all the pieces back into the panel.

Then I placed the Honeycomb Stencil over the panel and secured it to my work surface with some Purple Tape. I blended Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink selectively over the panel with all the inlaid in pieces in place. I removed the four centre hexagons. A piece of patterned paper was adhered to a white top folding card base and I laid the remainder of the scallop die cut over the centre of the panel. Glue was added to the four hexagon spaces and the four hexagons adhered through the top panel.

To continue building the shaker I adhered a piece of the new crystal clear Studio Katia Acetate to the back of the scalloped panel over the opening. Then the two most outer rings of the die were inlaid into the top panel over the window with Studio Katia Liquid Glue. I used a double layer of Studio Katia White Foam Tape to build the walls of my shaker on to the back of the scalloped panel. A double layer will give the shaker contents lots of room to shake around! The card base was brushed with an antistatic tool and a couple of spoonfuls of the new Gold Fever Confetti were set over the hexagon pieces. The top scalloped layer was added to the centre of the card to complete the shaker.

A few of the images from the Honey Bees stamp set were stamped and coloured with Copic markers --Y13, Y15, Y17, T2, T4, T6, B0000, B00. Then the images were cut with the matching Honey Bees dies and adhered to the card front with foam tape. The sentiment from the same stamp set was white embossed on black cardstock and cut with a sentiment strip from the Peony Trimmings die set to finish the card off!


February 12, 2020

Rainbow Love

Hi there, I'm up of the Birch Press Design blog today sharing an all die cuts card and video tutorial using the Flora Heart Layers die set, the Cherish Plate die set and the Simple Love sentiment die.

I added the heart and the sentiment to the card base. Leaving the card like this allows you to customize the inside to say whatever you want for the occasion. Thanks so much for stopping by today and watch the video below for more details on how I put this card together.

Head over to the blog to see  how I created my card or watch my video on my YouTube channel so you won't miss any of the details.

February 3, 2020

Birthday Wishes for a Crafty Friend


I am up on the Studio Katia blog today. I hope you have a chance to pop over and see my card and all the new products from the January release!

As you read this post the groundhog has already come out of his burrow and hopefully did not see his shadow where you are! Wiarton Willie, our groundhog, says early spring! Yay!

I have been busy reorganizing my studio this past month, a great job for the winter. Of course once I started going through my craft supplies I found things I had almost forgotten about. When I came across my watercolour powders I decided to use them for my post this week.


It is so much fun to watercolour flowers with these powders. I started out stamping and white heat embossing the main flower of the Japanese Peony stamp set onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I die cut the image using the co-ordinating Japanese Peony creative dies. I sprinkled pink, raspberry, light and dark green watercolour powder on to my craft mat in separate areas. When using watercolour powder, a little bit goes a long way--just a couple light taps. I added clean water to the powder with a painbrush then watercoloured the flower. When it was partially dry I went back in again and added a bit more colour to some areas to add a bit more depth and dimension. I set it aside to dry fully while I prepared the background for my card.


Using the Studio Katia Ink Blender Brushes I ink blended my background using Distress Oxide inks and Bristol smooth cardstock. Then I flicked some watered down gold watercolour paint on to the panel and set that aside to dry. Once it was dry, I cut the panel with the largest rectangle from the Darling Ribbons & Frames cover die. This gives a nice stitched border all around the frame.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set which was stamped on the card front before it was glued front of the white card base. Studio Katia Double Sided Foam Tape was added to the back of the flower before it was attached to the card for a little more dimension.


To finish the card off I used my Studio Katia Embellishment Wand to add a few Gold Sparkle Crystals around the flower for a little extra pop.


Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

January 30, 2020

Masculine Valentine Card


I have a card and video up on the Birch Press Design blog today using Floral craft dies to create a masculine card!

I hope you have a chance to pop over and see all the details!


Thanks for stopping in today!

January 28, 2020

Studio Katia January Release


Exciting news, Studio Katia has a brand new release in the shop and today the design team is hopping to show it off.  The new release includes 5 new clear stamp sets, 3 sets of coordinating dies, 8 new stand alone Creative Dies, 4 new Stencils, 10 new embellishments and 5 new glitter jars! The release is live and available for purchase in the store now!

I am not hopping along with the team today but I wanted to share that if you head over to Studio Katia to hop along you have a chance to win!

Good luck and have a good day!

January 17, 2020

Penguin Party

 I have a fun little penguin party today over on the Studio Katia blog. Once the Christmas holidays are over I start to build up my winter birthday card stock supply. My Dad loves penguins so I gave this one to him for his 92nd birthday that happened last week!

I stamped the penguins and iceberg from the Kobi's Ice Day stamp set and then die cut the images with the Kobi's Ice Day co-ordinating dies. I coloured the images with Copic markers with some very simple two-shade colouring. The trees are from the Holiday Village Stamp set and they were cut with the Holiday Village co-ordinating dies, also coloured with Copic markers.

To create my icy water background I swept some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on to my glass mat and spritzed it with some clean water. Then I swept a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock over the ink on one quick motion.

Once the inked background was dry I attached it to the card base using Studio Katia white foam adhesive. The iceberg, penguins and trees were attached with a combination of adhesive tape and white foam tape.

The sentiment in the bottom right corner is from the It's Your Birthday stamp set and was white embossed on black cardstock. To finish the card off I glued some Iridescent Crystals to the card front and it is done

I hope you have some time to pop over to see my card, also to find out if you were the winner of last week's GIVEAWAY !

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

January 15, 2020

Hello Crafty Friend

I have a card and video up on the Birch Press Design blog today using the new Dazzle Bevel Layer Set dies.

I hope you have a chance to pop over and see all the details!

To begin with I ink blended a rainbow background using Distress Oxide inks in Pink Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feather. I cut all the layers from the Dazzle Bevel Layer Set from white and glued the layers together to create two panels--one for the top and one for the bottom.

I used the Hello Topper die for the first line of my sentiment and then I used the Just Because stamp set for the second line 'crafty friend'.

Thanks for stopping in today!

January 14, 2020

AJVD 10th Birthday Celebration and New Release

A Jillian Vance Design is celebrating 10 years!

I am up on the blog today sharing my final post with A Jillian Vance Design! I have thoroughly enjoyed the past couple of years on the design team and a birthday celebration to the perfect post to end my journey with them! Thank you Bunny & Jillian!

I used the fabulous new Make A Wish 6 x 8 Stamp Set for this first card. The ribbon was Copic coloured using V12, V15 and just a touch of V17. To create the polka dotted wrapping paper on the present I paper pieced the stamped image with some fun purple patterned paper. I stamped a few tiny hearts from the Big Love stamp set for a bit of interest. The top panel was cut with the Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop die and attached to a purple card base with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Keeping with the birthday theme I used the new Delightful Daisy Jr. die set for my second card!

I stamped and white embossed the Hollywood strip from the Make A Wish stamp set across the bottom of a piece of bright patterned paper. Trimmed down to 5 1/4" x 4" it was attached to a white card base. I die cut the large flower from the Delightful Daisy Jr. die set from red cardstock. I die cut the pink flower center from patterned paper and white embossed the sentiment from the new Hey Cupcake stamp set in the center. Both the red flower and then the pink center were attached to the card base with foam tape. Just enough dimension and still able to mail.

Thank you for stopping in today and I hope you head over to the A Jillian Vance Design shop to check out the new release and maybe enjoy the free shipping offer!

January 8, 2020

WINNER - Season's Givings Year 9 Blog Hop


Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop in and leave me the kindest and warmest messages for the blog hop. I have used Ramdom.org to select a number for the winning comment to receive the prize below.

Congratulations Marisa!

January 7, 2020

Winter Wishes, exciting news and a GIVEAWAY!

Today is my first post and tutorial over on the Studio Katia blog as a new member of their design team! I am so excited and can't wait to inspire you to use their products!

Today I created this sweet Winter Wishes card. The full reveal of my card and a tutorial is on the Studio Katia and I would love it if you popped over to say hello, also there is a GIVEAWAY on the Studio Katia blog for my first post. 

Thanks for stopping in today.

January 1, 2020

Season’s Givings Blog Hop Year 8

Happy New Year and welcome to the Season's Givings Blog Hop! 

This is the 8th year that designer Latisha Yoast has been hosting this blog hop and it is a way to let our followers know just how much we appreciate them. Each and every stop along the hop is hosting a giveaway and as you can see from the list below there are a lot of stops and a lot of GIVEAWAYS!

I would like to thank each and every one of you who takes the time to read, comment on or just visit my blog to browse. Your comments and encouragement are truly appreciated and I hope that you find a bit of what you are looking for when you stop by because I love to share with and inspire other crafters!

At the end of the year I like to go back and reflect on some of my favourite projects from the previous year. So here are a few of my favourites for 2019! 













...and now for my GIVEAWAY!

Picket Fence: On a Christmas Walk Stamps & Dies
Lawn Fawn & Simon Says Stamp: Nutty or Nice
Birch Press Design: Believe Honey Script Die

To say thank you to all of you who inspire me to create every day. I am sending this prize pack to one lucky winner who leaves me a comment on this blog hop. You have until Tuesday, January 7th 2020 11:55 pm to leave a comment for your chance to win.

Make sure you do the blog hop for a chance to win one of the GIVEAWAYS being offered on all these fabulous blogs! 

Tracey McNeely--you are here