Thursday, April 17, 2014

Joint Challenge: Cas(e) This Sketch & Runway Inspired Challenge

This week at CAS(E) This Sketch, we are teaming up with Runway Inspired Challenge
to give you a sketch and an inspirational photo.
Your challenge will be to combine both to make your card.

Here's the  Runway Inspired Challenge photo & Sketch #73 by Joni Andaya:

Now, I love the red, blue and white flowers on the model's top,
so I decided to have some fun with heat embossing over patterned paper
with my Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night stamp set.

I stamped with versa mark onto my Echo Park patterned paper and heat embossed
my flowers in red and my leaves in white.
I fussy cut them out by hand.
I cut a piece of Crate Paper Love Note patterned paper with my circle cutter, adhered it to my card stock base and trimmed it to fit my card.
I stamped my sentiment (from Reverse Confetti's Beautiful Banners)
and layered everything over some teal cardstock.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
& inspiration photo and to play along, if you'd like.
And, stop by the the Runway Inspired Challenge blog to see what their team created with them, too.
It's a two week challenge, so you have until Thursday, May 1st to link up your card.

Before you go, I also have a post up over at Reverse Confetti today for the Confetti Camera series!  
I'd love for you to check it out!  

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reverse Confetti April Colour Challenge

Well, it's the 16th of the month, which means that
there is a new Colour Challenge up on the Reverse Confetti blog today! 

I decided to change the plum to lavender, which made it perfect for an Easter card:

I layered some Heidi Swapp patterned paper over my Lavender Mist background.
Using Carton Cuties their coordinating Confetti Cuts, I added a carton full of coloured eggs.
I added my sentiment (from Carton Cutieswith a Beautiful Banners banner its coodinating Confetti Cuts die.

Be sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog to see what
the other designers created using this colour combo!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pages With Papertrey Sketch #32

Today, I have a sketch & a layout to share

The sketch is the next one in my Create: Sketches book.

I decided to convert the sketch to a 12x12 layout and
instead of one photo, I used 8x10 photo collage that I had made.

My background patterned paper is Basic Grey.
I diecut my title letters from some SSS woodgrain cardstock
using my PTI Book Print uppercase alphabet dies.
I diecut my tag using the same woodgrain cardstock and my PTI Tag Sale #5 die.

I diecut the sled from the same cardstock again, but from the back, where it
was smoother.
I stamped the sled (PTI's Two Feet Deep) in pure poppy and black.
A few enamel dots finish it off.

If you create a layout using this sketch,
please link it either here in the comments or here on the PTI forum.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts -- Twirly Girly

Just popping in today to share a card that I made using

After the winter we've had, I was totally ready to create a card with a spring feel to it
and the super pretty Twirly Girly Collection was absolutely perfect for it!

Supplies: Paper (TG140S01; TG140S05, TG140S08) ; Mini Sticker Tags (TG14EB0401)

To create my card, I used some Mama Elephant Femme Frame dies.
I die cut the solid berry patterned paper on the back of the Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper 
with the scalloped edge die.
I die cut the floral portion of the Paper Posies patterned paper with the dotted edge rectangle die.
I fussy cut a few flowers from the Rosy Posy patterned paper and 
adhered them to my card with dimensional adhesive.
A mini sticker tag adds my sentiment in a quick & super sweet way.

Tip: to add some dimension to a card, fussy cut some flowers from patterned paper and
adhere to your card using dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Make It Monday #159

Today, I have some treat bag tags to share that I made using Papertrey Ink's

Here's what I did.
I chose some coordinating patterned papers from a Basic Grey 6x6 pad and 
cut them into 1.5" squares.
Then, I adhered a bunch of them to a 8.5x11" sheet of thinner white card stock, but at an angle.
I trimmed the sheet to two 11"x4.25" pieces and ran these through my die cutting machine with my
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #7 die.
I stamped a sentiment from Wet Paint onto each tag.
Then, I wanted to impress the pattern onto each tag for the MIM challenge, 
but I couldn't decide which one to use.

So I used all of them. :)

This one is hard to see, but I used the Simple Stripes IP, the thin stripes side, horizontally.

And on this one, I used it vertically.

I used the other side of the Simple Stripes IP, but this time vertically.

And again on this one, but vertically.

I used one side of the book print impression plate on this one.

And the other side of it on this one.

For this one, I used my paper beads die with my embossing mats.

I used my Lil Inkers cover plate on this one.

And on this one, I used my PTI Centrestage cover plate.

And what are the treat bags for?
I took them to the high school yesterday for our parent-teacher conferences.
Just a little thank you for the hard work the teachers do.

In them is Butter Crunch, my favourite treat to share.

And I thought I'd share the recipe here, since I get requests for it.

Butter Crunch

Approx. 35 unsalted soda crackers
1 cup butter (I use margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups chocolate chips
Skor Bits (optional)

Preheat over to 350˚F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with oil.
(I usually take the wrapper from my margarine block and rub it over the oil on the aluminum foil.)
Lay crackers on the cookie sheet until it's completely covered (I end up cutting 5 crackers in half to make everything fit nicely.)
In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar.
Bring to a boil, stirring pretty constantly, until it thickens.
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir.
Pour over crackers.
Bake for 6 to 7 minutes. 
Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips over top.
Let melt (maybe 5 minutes or so) and spread with a knife.
Sprinkle Skor Bits over top (I omit this part if I'm giving it away, because there are traces 
of nuts in the Skor Bits.)
Place in fridge until cool. (A few hours)
Remove from fridge, peel aluminum foil off of the bottom and cut into pieces.
Store in fridge.

And that's it!

I'm also linking these tags up to this week's

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Exciting news: Paper Crafter's Library

You may remember that back in January,
I was asked to be a guest designer on the Paper Crafter's Library blog.

Well, in February, Andrea Walford, of Paper Crafter's Library contacted me and asked if I would be interested in making videos for PCL.

Now, I have to say, I was very super honoured to be asked, but I didn't have a camera that could take videos, so I didn't think it would work. 
Then, shortly afterwards, I took Jonah to our local computer/appliance store 
because he wanted to figure out how to get Mods for Minecraft. 
While he was doing this, I started browsing the clearance table.... and happened upon a $180 Pentax camera that takes video for $20! 
Needless to say, I snatched it up immediately!

So, to make a long story short, I've started making some videos, 
which you can see exclusively at Paper Crafter's Library. :)

The best way to describe it is it's a video tutorial based website that provides tons of lessons, 
videos, tutorials, PDF’s etc on everything pertaining to the paper crafting world… 
It doesn’t matter whether you are a cardmaker, scrapbooker or altered items designer, 
there is something there for everyone. 
You are taught various techniques and how to make the best use out of your products. 
There are over 1600 videos in the library right now! 
It is a membership based program, so be sure to click here to check it all out! 

This collage features some of the projects I have made exclusively for Paper Crafters Library.

 With each video, you also receive a PDF complete with directions and supply lists. 
It really is quite the site and definitely worth checking out…. 
The videos are broken up into different categories for easy searching/viewing 
if you are looking for something specific. 
You can also sign up for the member newsletter and it will email you each week 
all of the new lessons that have been added throughout the week.
They have really thought of everything!

I hope you will check them out and let me know what you think. 
If you're interested in reading about their story and how they all came about, click here.

If you do decide to sign up, I would very much appreciate it if you would use THIS LINK
or click on the badge over on the right sidebar. 
It lets them know that you came from my blog.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #72

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #72 by Julie Day:

With this sketch, I decided to make a love card, 
using some Crate Paper patterned paper and my Reverse Confetti Lots to Say stamp set.

Here's my card:

I die cut my red card stock with my PTI Heart Cover plate and trimmed it out to fit
in my Simon Says Stamp Bubble Talk die. 
I layered this over some Crate Paper and adhered it to some
sweet blush card stock.
I stamped my sentiment (from Reverse Confetti's Lots to Say) in grey.

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, April 17th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!