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!

February 20, 2021

Anytime Layered Hearts

Hi there, it's Tracey here today with a couple square cards using the Layered Hearts dies. These began as cards for Valentines, but time got away from me. So they were finished after the 14th as cards that you can send any time of the year. Both of today's cards are 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square and although the cards are different, they both use the same process.

The Kinsley Heart and the Petal Heart layer sets are beautiful whether you use all three layers together or just the top for a delicate look! I love this die set because even with all three layers you can still see the amazing stitched lines on the bottom layer!

To make the pink heart using all three layers of the Kinsley Heart layers dies. I began by blending a panel with Distress Oxide Inks--Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. This will be the background for the layered heart and the bottom layer of the letter dies. It was cut with the largest heart in the Perfect Hearts die set. The layers of the Kinsley heart were cut from white cardstock and glued together. The 'xoxo' was cut using the Mod Alphabet die set. The bottom layer from the ink blended panel and the top from white cardstock.

Before attaching the layered heart and 'xoxo' to the card base it was spritzed with Distress Oxide Spray in Picked Raspberry. I sponged a bit a pink ink on the centre of the heart for interest.

The green card used the Petal Layers die set, but only Layer A for a more delicate design.

Just like with the pink card I blended a panel with Distress Oxide Inks, this time I used Tumble Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. I used the panel once again for the layered heart and the bottom layer of the letter dies. Layer A of the Petal Heart layer set was cut from white cardstock. The 'xoxo' was cut using the Mod Alphabet die set. The bottom layer from the ink blended panel and the top from white cardstock.

This time before attaching the heart and 'xoxo' to the card base it was spritzed with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Spray.

So quick and so fun to use similar supplies and the same basic techniques to make two cards to you can use to Share Handmade Kindness!


February 11, 2021

Interactive Pizza Box Card

February 9th was National Pizza Day. A while back I made an interactive cards with an opening pizza box on the front. with the fun MFT Stamps Pizza My Heart Stamp set MFT|EH and MFT Stamps Pizza My Heart die-namics MFT|EH--this is such a fun set!

I was hanging on to it so that I could make a video about how I created my box, and that might still happen, but right now I am taking a bit of a break from videos.

  • Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 4" x 7 3/4".
  • Score on the long side at 1/4", 3 1/2" and 3 3/4", then flip to the short side and scored at 1/4" and 3 3/4". 
  • Fold and crease all of the score lines
  • Snip a 1/4" into the four corners of the bottom panel to make tabs to put the box together. 
  • Trim a 1/4" off both sides of the lid (you could leaves those on if you want the lid top tuck into the base).
NOTE: To create the little hole in the centre of the lid I used the smallest circle on my crop-a-dile.

The background was made using the MFT Stamps Tiny Check patterned paper MFT|EH matted with red cardstock. The happy birthday sentiment was white embossed on black cardstock.

I die cut all the things I needed to make my gourmet pizza--the crust, the sauce, the mozzarella and all of the toppings using coloured cardstock. I added a bit of  shading to all of the pieces.

Before gluing the pizza to the inside of the box I cut a small piece of parchment paper to put under the pizza just like when you get a take out pizza. Just a fun little detail!

Thanks so much for stopping in today. Enjoy the rest of the week. 
Stay safe!


February 4, 2021

Hugs & Kisses


I have a post up on the Birch Press Design Blog today featuring the Dahlia Heart Layer die set and the Jumbo Lingo Hugs dies. It's so hard to believe that Valentines is coming up soon! I feel like I just put Christmas away, Christmas 2019!!

I am also submitting this card to the Color Hues Challenge #11 - Red & Pink!

I think this is such a fun new challenge but time keeps slipping away from me and then I miss the deadline!

I used the Dahlia Heart Layer dies to create a slimline Valentines card. Using one sheet of white cardstock I was able to make my card base which is 8 1/2" x 7". The remaining piece of cardstock left was 8 1/2" x 3 1/2". I trimmed a 1/4" off of the length and now had the perfect sized mat for the front of my card. 

I started by ink blended a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Distress Oxide Inks--Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries. Once the panel was blended I tapped some watered down Perfect Pearls over the panel to add some interest and set it aside for now.

Using the Dahlia Heart Layer A die, I cut a heart near the upper portion of the 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" panel.

I trimmed my ink blended panel down and adhered it to the back of the front panel that I cut the heart from.

Next I used the Dahlia Heart Layer A die and cut it from gold sparkle cardstock. I added liquid adhesive to the back of the gold sparkle heart and I inlaid it into the heart cutout. I panel was adhered to the card base leaving a small 1/8" border.

The hugs sentiment is from the Jumbo Lingo Hugs die EH|SSS. I cut the base layer from my ink blended panel and the top layer with the same gold sparkle cardstock I used for the heart. It was attached to the card using small pieces of foam tape.

To finish off the card I splattered a bit of yellow gold metallic watercolour on to the card front. Then I embossed the XOXO using gold pearl embossing powder.

Thanks so much for stopping in today, hope the sun is shining where you are!

January 31, 2021

A New Year of Birthdays

Happy Saturday!

After what has been a bit of a break for the 12 Kits of Occasions we are back today sharing what we have made with the January kit! I was the hostess for this month and I sent everyone a birthday themed kit to play with. After the holidays I thought this would be a fun change.

I hope that you hop along today over at the 12 Kits of Occasions. My Teammates and three special guests have lots of fabulous cards to show you too!

I made 7 cards for today with my kit.
The papers from Vicki Boutin's Let's Wander were the perfect mix of patterns for both masculine and feminine cards as well as cards that can be very gender neutral.

My first two cards were a twofer. I ink blended the MFT Stamps Big Birthday Wishes using Distress Inks in rainbow order. I used the main piece for my first card and made a shaker card.

All the pieces that came out of the first die cut to create a second card. I made a slimline card, inlaying the pieces therefore the twofer!

Thanks for popping in today, make sure you have a look at what the rest of the team has made!

January 25, 2021

Craft Roulette with Mary Gunn #45

Last Friday, I was Live on Facebook with Mary Gunn at Craft Roulette!

Craft Roulette is a fun crafty game show see the details here: www.craftroulette.live

The basic premise of the show is that after a conversation with Mary she spins the wheel with all the crafty possibilities to decide what we are going to make!
Fun right?

Mary is so delightful and we had so much fun crafting together.  I had lots of Internet/technical difficulties during the Live, so most of my crafting time with Mary was caught up in lag. 

However, if you are interested to see the show it's on the Craft Roulette YouTube channel here:  www.youtube.com/craftroulette - episode #45!

So here are the parameters chosen by the wheel:

Project: Gatefold Card
Colours: yellow, green and blue
Element: Snow man
Random: Shimmer

I formulated a plan, started my card and then when I was about half finished I wasn't feeling it. So not surprising for me, I started again! Yikes! I ended up going back and reworking the card I initially started yesterday afternoon. So I have two cards to share with you and two more to add to my Christmas 2021 stash!

For my first card I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I blended Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide over both sides of the panel. Then I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint on to both sides of the panel, leaving it to dry in between.

Once dry score the long side of the panel at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" or the way I did it, score at 2 1/8" and turned my panel 180° and score at 2 1/8" again.

Inside the panel I put the cute, cute snow man from Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set. I stamped and cut the snow man, scarf, hat and ear muffs. Then I coloured his nose 'yellow', his scarf, hat and ear muffs green. I glued his scarf and I decided to use the ear muffs then I  and added a sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Jingle All the Way stamp set.

I sprayed the entire inside of the gatefold with Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I added a Birch Press Design Frosty Flake snowflake die cut to the front of the closed gatefold. I glued half of the snowflake on to the right side of the panel so when you open the card it stay's attached to the right.

Parameter checklist:

Project: Gatefold Card 
Colours: yellow, green and blue  
- yellow nose and twine for card closure
- green scarf and hat 
- blue background  
Element: Snow man 
Random: Shimmer    
- Shimmer Spray


Now back to the first card I started on Friday. I started the card by stamping the snow man, masking him off and using the Studio Katia Snow-Fetti stencil, I stenciled around him with blue snowflakes. It looked really cute, but it was too subtle.

When I came back to it I created another background like I did for the first card.
Then I grabbed a circle die, a great way to save a design from the recycle bin, and I cut the snowman with his snowy background out. I finished colouring him the same way I did on the first card.

I white embossed Merry Christmas from the Concord & 9th Christmas Tree stamp set to the bottom centre inside the card. I adhered the snowman circle above the sentiment and then popped his hat on top.

I adhered another snowflake to the front of the card the exact same way I did with the first card.

I finished off both cards by tying the card closed with 'yellow' twine and then once again with silver cording. Which do you prefer?

Head over to www.craftroulette.live and find out all about the show.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. 

January 11, 2021

Mass Producing Beautiful Quick and Easy Cards

I have a big post up on the Studio Katia blog today!
I was busy making Christmas cards using snowflake stencils from Studio Katia!

I made two sets of cards using the Studio Katia Snowflake stencil and the Floral Snowflake stencil. I used them along with Distress Oxide inks and Distress Oxide Sprays to quickly create some what are some of my favourite designs this year!

I used the Studio Katia Snowflakes stencil for this first set of cards. I began with a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I sprayed the back of the Snowflake stencil with Pixie Spray, it makes keeping your stencils flat and in place so easy. I adhered the stencil, sticky side down, to panel so the snowflake is off the edge. I began by blending Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink in the centre of the snowflake. Then working out from the centre I blended Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide inks with the Studio Katia Ink Blender Brushes until I was happy with the blend. I intentionally did not cover the entire panel with ink, I let the Spun Sugar just fade off.

Each panel ended up a bit different depending on my ink blending, I wasn't too worried about getting the stencil spotless between each card. While cleaning off the stencil on my media mat I noticed the ink colours were seeping under the stencil. It looked like watercolour on the back, so I quickly grabbed another panel of Bristol Smooth and dropped the stencil on it. I wish I could have been able to get a better photo for you but this one turned out so fun. My favourite Christmas card I made!

Once all of the panels were dry I die cut them using the stitched rectangle from the Darling Ribbons & Trims die set. This gives a nice finish to the edge of the panel. The sentiment, Peace on earth, from the Poinsettia Border stamp set, was stamped and heat embossed with Wow Gold Pearl embossing powder on all the cards. Six cards and a bonus 7th!

For the second set of cards, I used Distress Oxide ink and Distress Oxide Sprays and with the Snowflake stencil and the Floral Snowflake stencil.

The first group were all made with the Snowflake stencil. Just like I did with the last set of cards, I cut nine panels of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I sprayed the back of the Snowflake stencil with Pixie Spray, adhered the stencil to the panel and put it into my Spray box. I sprayed Distress Oxide Sprays on to the panels one at a time using a variety of blues Distress Oxide Sprays--Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio. So fast, so fun and so pretty.

The next two cards are a bit different the first card uses Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Spray along with the Snowflake stencil.

For these next two cards I started by blending some Tumble Glass Distress Oxide ink onto the two panels just around the edge and keeping the centres mostly white. I used the Floral Snowflake stencil using Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Sprays.

Once all of the panels were dry I die cut them using the stitched rectangle from the Darling Ribbons & Trims die set just like I did with the first set. All the sentiments were from the Gift Tags Greetings: Winter stamp set. Once everything was assembled I sprayed the panels with clear Glimmer Spray for extra shine and set them aside to dry.

A couple hours in my studio and I ended up with 16 Christmas cards!