Friday, July 01, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge -- Cherry Bomb

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

The LEAD of the Cherry Bomb Challenge will be invited as a 
Guest Designer in a future challenge!
Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge Blog for all the challenge info and deadline.

After seeing the inspiration photo, I immediately thought of using my 

I started by stamping the sentiment from Sweet Thing in black onto 
my Master's Touch Watercolour paper
Then, I used the cone die from Love & Ice Cream Confetti Cuts to impress it into my panel
and took my Scor-Pal and added the grid marks.
I diecut the cone from a post-it note and used it as a mask
while I spritzed some ink mixed with water onto my panel.

I used the same ink to paint onto another piece of watercolour paper
and diecut it, along with an uncoloured piece using Love & Ice Cream Confetti Cuts.
I blended some Altenew Velvet ink onto a strip of watercolour paper
and diecut the cherry and stem from Love & Ice Cream Confetti Cuts
and the "sweet" from Lovey Words Confetti Cuts,
which I adhered to my card.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #179

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #179 designed by Chrissy Larson :

Isn't it gorgeous?
Here's the card I made with it.

I started by stamping the wreath from PTI's Twig Wreath stamp set onto my background in classic kraft ink.
Then, I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Phrases & Praises) in Altenew Dark Chocolate
and Coral Berry.

I stamped the flowers and leaves (from Wplus9's Freehand Florals in Altenew's Blush,
Cotton Candy, Coral Berry and PTI's Simply Chartreuse and Limeade Ice
onto their coordinating diecuts.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, July 7th to link up your card.

Oh, and before you go, I just wanted to share a little
bit of exciting news...

I hit 1000 followers on my Instagram account yesterday! :)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Casometry Challenge 2. Make five: secret final

I've had so much fun playing along with Anna's CASometry Challenge 2. Make 5.
where she challenged us to choose one stamp set and make five cards using it.
You can see my first, second, third and fourth cards that I made 
for the challenge here, using Papertrey Ink's Spring Woods stamp set.

Well, we're in the Final Stage of Anna's Challenge  and there's a secret aspect.
Anna challenged us to choose a card from this Pinterest Board
to CASE to make our card for the final stage.
There were so many fabulous cards that I had a hard time choosing.
In the end, I decided to CASE two cards for the challenge.

Isn't it sweet?
I just love the blue dry brushing Keeway did on her card behind the owl!
I decided to mimic this by using my Papertrey Ink Brushed Off stamp set.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the Brushed Off stamps in PTI's Blueberry Sky.
Then, I used my blending tool to sponge on a bit of Enchanted Evening ink
along the top of the stamps for a faint ombre effect.

I stamped the bird and branch from Spring Woods in black, Blueberry Sky and
in Altenew's Peach Perfect and Arctic.
The sentiment is also from Spring Woods and I stamped it four times in black.

The other card I was inspired to CASE was this one by Vilena Krishna:

Isn't it fun?
I love the colours and the sun rays, so I pulled out my PTI sun beam stencil
and blended ink onto it using PTI's Bright Buttercup.

I stamped the branch in Altenew Velvet and PTI Green Parakeet.
I sponged some Bright Buttercup onto my flower stamps before stamping them.

The bird is stamped in Bright Buttercup, black and Green Parakeet, with
som PTI New Leaf sponged onto the stamp to add a bit of shading.
The sentiment is from Studio Calico's Sending You Sunshine stamp set.

Thanks again to Anna Kossakovskaya for posting such a fun challenge -- 
I had a great time playing along!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy Birthday to my mom

Today is my mom's 80th birthday.

My brothers and their families came from B.C and Montreal
to visit this past weekend and we had such a great time!

I really wish we lived closer together -- they are all so fun and wonderful!

I wanted to share the card that I made for her birthday.
I was inspired by the Butterfly Reflections Ink June Mood Board to create my card.

Isn't it fun?
I decided to use my new Flourish stamp set from Concord & 9th to make my card.

I stamped the flowers and leaves in PTI's limeade ice, aqua mist, 
tropical teal, berry sorbet and pure poppy.
I stamped the centres to the blue flowers in versamark and heat embossed
them in Zing! red embossing powder.

I trimmed a strip of navy blue cardstock and heat embossed my
sentiment (from PTI's KIS: birthday) in white.

We all celebrated together on Sunday, but Jonah, Sage & I will be driving
to Winnipeg this afternoon to join my twin brother and his wife
to take my mom out for supper.
You can never have too much celebrating, right? ;)
Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 27, 2016

End of the year treat bags

Well, school is almost done for the year --
I cannot wait for summer to begin!
It is my habit to make treat bags of butter crunch for
my kids' teachers as end of the year gifts.
We counted them up and between Jonah & Sage,
they had nine teachers to whom they wanted to give butter crunch.
So we made a quadruple batch and put them in bags
and I made tags to go with them.

I used my PTI Tag Sale #5 die to diecut the nine tags from
stamper's select white cardstock.
Then, using my MISTI (ah, my wonderful MISTI that makes
quick work of mass producing projects!),
I stamped the largest popsicle from PTI's Summer Sweetness,
in either PTI Limeade Ice, Orange Zest or Altenew Midnight Violet.
To get a watercolour look, I spritzed my stamp with water
after inking it up and before stamping it.

I stamped the details (the ridges and the droplets) using the same colours
and the same technique.
Jonah and Sage are in French immersion, so I made tags for
their three teachers who teach them in French, using
the sentiment from PTI's Fresh Floral Wrap stamp set.

I stamped three more using one of the fun sentiments
from Summer Sweetness.

And, three more using another sentiment from Summer Sweetness.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Celebrate Today

Today I have a card to share that I made using my  PTI Colour Pop Florals kit.

I started by stencilling & stamping on one of the pieces of patterned paper from the kit.

I diecut two of the words (also from the Colour Pop Florals kit)
from white cardstock, stacked them together and adhered them to my card.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #21 & Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

Today, I have two cards to share.

The first one is for Inspired By All the Little Things #21:

I was inspired by the bouquet of flowers on the blue background to make my card.

I really liked how, in the inspiration photo, there were yellow flowers at the top and pink ones at the bottom, so I created my card the same way, using my Wplus9 Freehand Florals stamps and dies.
I did stamp one flower onto my background and then added blue around it using
aqua mist and hawaiian shores pressed onto an acrylic block, water and a paintbrush.

 I stamped my sentiment using a stamp from PTI's Winter Woods. 

Visit Inspired By All the Little Things to see the rest of the DT's takes 
on the inspiration photo and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, June 30th to link up your card.

And my second card is for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

Our challenge was to use this beautiful photo as inspiration:

Isn't it fabulous?
I was inspired to use my Floral Sketches stamp set to create my card.

I started by stamping my flower and the "Have" sentiment (from the Inspired: Faith
stamp set) in versamark onto a piece of watercolour paper
and then heat embossing them in white.
I inked up the coordinating solid images in different colours
and spritzed them with water before stamping them.
With a paintbrush, ink pressed onto my acrylic block and water, I added
the blue for the background.
I also flicked some of the watered-down ink onto my card.

I diecut the Faith die twice from white cardstock, stacked them
together and adhered them to my card.

Thanks for looking!