Spring?

Spring? Although we are still buried under a pile of icy snow I can see the tulips poking through. I hope they survive this unusually cold April. I wanted to make something cheerful and bright. I was thinking about chalk painted Mason jars and colourful flowers. I went through my stamp set and found this set from Close to my Heart.

I looked through my scraps and found a small piece of Tim Holtz paper from a Christmas pack I had bought and decided to combine with Blue Lagoon by Stampin up as a base.

I Stamped the vase on white and craft cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers.

I outlined in beige around the image. I highlighted the white image and cut it out and edged it with black. I cut wood paper and then I glued it on to the craft image and traced the black stem into the white edge.

Adding some highlights with a white pen and a little wink of Stella here and there really brought it to life. I sponged the edges with Chocolate chip ink and stuck it all on the 4.25×5.5 base and added Thank you in versa mark from a Stampin’ up set.

This completed my card. I made a few versions of it and will include a couple photos. Thank you for the view! I will come back and link to the video when it’s complete.

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Perfect Blend

This week I am combining two sets. I love to combine sets it really can stretch what you have and make something different. I’m using Stampin’ Up’s Perfect Blend and Morning Cup.

I’m going to use Stampin’ Up’s Bermuda Bay paper as a base, Whisper white for the stitched rectangle die cut and Bella Wood Paperz for the print.

For the first card I used the coffee pot and mug from Morning Cup and the sentiment from Perfect Blend. For the second card I did the opposite.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink by Stampin’ Up. The sentiment was stamped with the same and then gone over with a gold gel pen. The details were added with a white gel pen and Wink of Stella added to the coffee pot.

Fir the second card I used the same supplies but added another patterned paper. I stamped the image on to a piece of Teresa Collins designer paper and cut out the Java jacket. I put black on the edges and glued it on top with Tombow glue.

I colored with Copic markers for more details I will attach the YouTube video of the same.

Inside I went with a simple Perk up!

That is the two finished cards for today. I hope you grow inspiration to go through your own sets and see what you can create. If you have your own blog I’d love to know the name so I can check it out. The YouTube video for these cards can be found here….

Enjoy your day and thanks for taking the time to view my post.

Inexpensive card making!

While reorganizing and cleaning my craftroom I found a set I had forgotten about. I had bought it second hand and never used it. So I thought why not try to make a very inexpensive card just using bits and bobs I had laying around.

So I took out a sheet of craft cardstock and some die cuts. I cut a couple rectangle die cuts and stamped some flowers on top. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and versa mark.

Then in decided why not just use a inexpensive marker to see how it will work. I got out my Sharpie box and ended up using some Bic marking fine point permanent markers. I was very surprised at how nice they blended.

I stamped a background stamp from Stampin up Bella toile. I added some gems and a bit of gold marker. I used Tombow Mono multi for the first layer and foam tape for the second.

I love the fished result just using things you have around. If you would like to watch the video of how this card was made you can view it here https://youtu.be/yCq9sSbR9rU

Have a great day! Let me know if you found treasures in your craft room!

Sweet Valentine’s card

It’s only January but time to break out all the fun Valentine’s stamps tucked away the rest of the year. The stamp I’m centering my card around today is from the set Greeting card Kids from Stampin up. It is such a sweet little set and the little girl holding the heart is perfect for Valentine’s day.

I’m using Stampin’Up’s Pink Passion paper, patterned paper and Whisper white cardstock. I began by stamping my image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I’m going to combine Copic markers with a Stampin’ up Pink Passion marker (water based dye ink). Usually you wouldn’t combine Alcohol markers with water based dye but I made sure one was dry before using the next and didn’t used them on top of each other. It gave me an exact match with the paper which I love.

I have started using a few Artist’s Loft markers. They are alcohol based and I like them. They are not as good as Copics but way cheaper and for the money it’s worth a bit more work to blend them. At Micheals I was able to use the 40% coupon and got the Grey set for a steal. I think it was around $12.

I used the lightest grey for the shadow.

I then used a piece of blushing bride by Stampin’ up cut at 4″x5.25″ and embossed with a mosaic embossing folder. I used a stiched circle die cut to cut out my image.

I still have an old school Cuttle bug and I love it. You can see by the folders just how loved and those aren’t my first set. I’ve added an image of one of the cupboards in my craftroom. The set up works well for me.

I decided to add a strip of ribbon to the card and cut another stiched circle from the patterned paper. I sponged the edges with matching ink.

I used Tombow Mono multi, thin double sided tape and foam tape to put it together.

That finishes my card for this week. Thank you for the view and if you would like to see the YouTube video link will be here

https://YouTube.be/6VoEjf4y7k

Enjoy your day!

Simply the Best

I’m back after a too long holiday break. We had a wonderful season and trip to see family and now desperately trying to get myself and the kids back into a routine. Which hasn’t been easy after the time change and my amazing two weeks of sleep ins thanks to my Dad.

The bright white snow has inspired a burst of color, pattern and flowers this week. The statement You are Simply the best seems very fitting to send to loved ones after such a great vacation.

I began with a small floral stamp by a company called Technique Tuesday. It’s a sweet little set with a few sentiments included. Other supplies include; a round stiched die cut, cardstock from Stampin up, Teresa Collins, Bella woodz paper, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Chocolate Chip ink(Stampin up), Copic markers, white Gelly roll pen, white embossing powder, Stampin buddy, heat gun, Cuttle bug, Versa Mark, foam tape and glue.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper white (Stampin up). 

Next I colored with a variety of Copic markers.

I cut out the image with the die cut and sponged the edges of the image. Using the gel pen I added highlights for interest.

The card base is cut to 4.25×5.5 and the patterned paper 4×5.25. I added a small piece of ribbon. I cut out a small piece of the Bella wood paper to look like a board. I used my Stampin buddy and embossed the sentiment using Versa Mark and white embossing powder. Glue and foam tape finished the outside of this card. 

Inside I stamped another sentiment from the set in Tuxedo Black ink on a small strip of the patterned paper.

I hope you enjoyed this card and check out the video here if interested    https://youtu.be/rYddsQVJXbk

 Thank you so much for your time and Happy Crafting! 

Christmas Cheer

Hello! Twenty five days left until Christmas! It sure is ticking by quickly. I’ve been so busy making cards for craft shows and custom orders that I haven’t even made my own to send yet. I love to send them but it sure is time consuming to send a big lot. Not to mention bus drivers, teachers, and the like. I better get busy!

So today I am making a card using an old Stampin Up set Greeting card Kids. I love all four images in this set but will be using the little girl in the blue coat. She looks about the scale to be my daughter who’s three.

So I cut the red base in a top folding card 4.25″x5.5″. I used Craft cardstock cut to 4″x5.25″ and stamped the image with Versa Mark clear ink and embossed it with Black embossing powder.

Today I’m using Water color pencils.

I colored my I’m age and then used a Stampin up Blend pen to blend the ink. You can see I didn’t quite heat set my image enough and it smudged. I decided to go with it and it worked out okay.

I put a little grey as a shadow around the image and did the same blending.

I added snow with white pencil.

I then went in with different shades using vertical strokes.

Then I took my;

Blend pen, Tim Holtz blending tool and Distress Oxide ink in Broken China and added it to the sky.

I went around the image with a yellow pencil and the blend pen. I then took the blend pen to the snow. I dropped water on the sky to activate the ink and added stars. Stickles we’re added to the snow to make it glitter.

On the inside a simple Stampin up sentiment and a piece of glitter tape.

That is the finished card. Thank you for reading and if you would like to check the video out you can find it here…

https://youtu.be/0gWbWCRtNDU

Northern light ride

The count down is on it’s officially one month to Christmas! I’m tempted to pull out the decorations knowing I should wait at least until December. It’s going to be so fun for the kids this year! In fact we are watching a Christmas movie as I write this.

So I began this card with Marina Mist and Whisper white card stock along with Hardwood and Bearing gifts stamp sets all by Stampin up.

I stamped the Bearing gifts stamp on a Whisper white die cut and a regular post it note using Memento Tuxedo Black.

I cut out the post it and stuck it on top as a mask.

Using a blending tool I put on a purple(lovely lilac) shade then blended in a blue (Marina mist). I then went in the middle with the yellow shade. I left some white to appear as snow at the bottom.

I then removed the mask and got out my markers. Today I’m using Stamping up markers which are water based-dye ink. They work nice alone or can be used with water (blend pen, water pen).

I went in with the shadows and then added a few different gel pens.

I then stamped the Marina mist base with the same color ink using the Hardwood stamp.

I added some stickles, sponged the edges and used foam tape to put it together.

I stamped a sentiment on the inside and that completes my card for today. I’ve added another I made slightly different as well.

I hope you liked my post and check the video out on YouTube if you like

Enjoy your day!

Believe in magic?

My five year old said to me at breakfast this week Santa isn’t real. I immediately jumped to if you don’t believe he won’t come. Now I’m second guessing that it was the right choice. I was hoping there would be a few more years of ‘magic’ left. I just love the feeling of anything being possible at Christmas. 

On to the card a beautiful old fashion Santa Claus. I bought this stamp in the same little shop in Lunenburg Nova Scotia as the truck I used in my last video. I have no idea the original artist but absolutely love all the details and style they use.

For the base 4.25″x5.5″ in Old olive cardstock (Stampin up), for the die cut Whisper white (Stampin up) the brown used is a Micheals paper.

I began by stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black as I was using Copic markers. I stamped the Woodgrain stamp by Stampin up in Stazon Timber brown on the brown paper and sponged the edges in the same.

I began with the face using a violet as my highlight(something new I’ve seen) it works amazingly.

I highlighted the beard, hair and eyebrows in the same shade and added grey and floral white. I’ve placed the colors in the picture and if you’d like more details you can check out the YouTube video I’ve linked to in the bottom of the post. 

I added some wink of Stella and white gel pen. I also added some stickles around the hat. I added a shadow in a Warm Grey the whole way around and then went to work on the inside.

I used this Stampin up set (can’t remember the name) for the sentiment.

That makes the card complete. I hope you enjoyed the post and the final product and look forward to your comments. Please check out the video here https://youtu.be/KATblQ01sXw

and thank you so much for the view. Enjoy your day!

I ❤️ trucks and Christmas!

Every year I break out this stamp of a classic truck with a tree in the box. It’s my favorite Christmas stamp and I bought it for two dollars second hand in a little craft shop in Lunenburg Nova Scotia maybe six years ago. It reminds me of the charm of that beautiful place.

So I will be linking a video! I’m determined to get it done and to begin doing them on a regular basis.

I began with the truck added Marina mist (Stampin up)card stock for a base cut at 5.5×4.25 side fold. I adore the new Tim Holtz Christmas Paper particularly the plaid and I cut a piece at 5.25×4. I used a die cut to cut a piece of Whisper white (Stampin up).

From here I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. You can use any colors experiment with different ones. I don’t think there would be a wrong choice. In the past I’ve colored them with; stampin up pens with a blender pen, water colors even pencil crayons.

I went on to add a shadow with the neutral grey Copic and of course Gel pen highlights. I distressed everything with Chocolate Chip(Stampin up) and began the inside.

On the inside I used an older French Stampin up Set and stamped the sentiment in Marina Mist on a Whisper white die cut. I sponged the edges and added it to the inside using Tombow Mono multi.

I put the front together using both Tombow Mono and foam tape.

A few others I made last week just for ideas…

I hoped you enjoyed reading my post and will come back to view more content in the future. Link for video:

https://youtu.be/pMNzciURlkQ

 Thanks so much please feel free to like, comment, share and subscribe. Or give me your tips. Enjoy your day!

Christmas Blocks

So it’s that time of year again! Christmas craft shows and I love it. Never mind the nasty flu/pneumonia that’s hit our house hard this year. The show must go on! Lol

So I wanted to have a few things that were a little different to go along with my cards. I was loving some of the paper that’s out right now and I’ve recently got into doing some vinyl things on my Cricut. I had a ton of wood blocks from a forgotten project so this is what I came up with.

They are made with paint, paper, mod podge, vinyl and sometimes ink. 

I hope you’re enjoying the season and are inspired to create! Thank you for stopping by!