Friday, 11 July 2014

FMS # 144--Hey!

 Still using up the goodies from June's Simon Says Stamp card kit.
This time, I'm playing along with the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
I stuck pretty literally to the sketch--matted my patterned paper to make it stand out against the background. I used a Paper Smooches book-mark die to make the banner shape.  Also some loopy coloured jute, to echo the big polka dots on the PP.

Happy crafting,

Simon Says Stamp card kit-June 2014 (card-stock, PP, wooden flower, enamel dots, sentiment stamp)
Paper Smooches book mark die
American Crafts coloured jute.

Newton's Birthday Shaker Card

The latest Newton's Nook Inky Paws challenge was to use these luscious summer colours:
I love the image of the kitty hugging (for how long?) the balloon, from this stamp set:
I thought the challenge colours would make great birthday balloons. I also had some sequins in just the right green, so added those in a shaker-window.

The stripy background was done with water-brushed Gelatos. Which also look good enough to eat...
Check out Newton's Nook Designs for another fun challenge!

Happy weekend,

CTMH cardstock: white daisy, strawberry embossed paper fundamentals; water colour paper
Sizzix balloon dies #2
Gelatos: yellow collection
Archival black ink
Copic markers
The Twinery: baker's twine in seafoam and strawberry
Pretty Pink Posh sequins: mossy green
Paper Wishes: Emboss-able acetate

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Looney for YOU! FMS #143

This is my second go at Freshly Made Sketches design  #143.
 I wanted to play with that circular element as the sun, and also try out my new Tim Holtz layering stencil, RAYS.

For my first try, I used some Distress Mini Ink-pads to create a sunburst (colours listed below). Then I rotated the stencil just a bit, and sponged on Evergreen Bough ink to fill in the rest of the "sky."

The loon stamp is something I found in the dollar-bin at Michael's. It's the perfect sentiment for sentimental Canadians...  Unfortunately, it doesn't stamp very well--maybe the foam is too old, or the rubber is dried out. I had to go over the letters and the duck's head with a marker to make it dark enough. 
 Anyway! I sponged some more Ripe Persimmon ink around the edge of the die-cut circle, and floated the loon on some chevron washi tape strips (sorta wavy).

 For my second try, I used embossing paste with the stencil on some blue card-stock,  then sprinkled on Rock Candy Distress glitter.  The sun is cut from some linen-look card-stock, and the loon was stamped, fussy-cut and layered on top with foam tape. I used some wavy DP to anchor the scene and glued some paper ric-rack for more waves.  Then I added some Jennifer McGuire hearts (die-cut, inked with Distress marker, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents), to match the loon's red eye.

Which do you prefer?

There'll be another sketch to play with, on Wednesday, at Freshly Made Sketches.

Happy Crafting,

Cardstock: Close to My Heart: White Daisy, Dutch Blue, Footloose DP.
Washi tape: assorted manufacturers.
Looney for You stamp: Kolette Hall/Studio G for Hampton Arts
Ink: Archival Black, Chocolate, CTMH
Distress inks and markers: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries.
Tim Holtz Layered Stencils: Rays
Spell-binders circle die
Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches heart dies
Sizzix border die
Wendy Vecchi clear embossing paste
Ranger Distress glitter: Rock Candy
Wink of Stella Pen; Liquid Glass adhesive (CTMH).

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Happy holiday weekend, crafty friends!

I know all my American buddies will be recovering from a late night watching fireworks.
Here in Canada, we celebrated earlier this week on July 1st. In fact, I had a four-day weekend last week, as the hospital I work at mandated a "slow-down" day this past Monday. No complaints here!

So here's the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
That big circle is kind of intriguing...reminded me of a sunrise or sunset.

 I cut a big orange circle from patterned paper and then stamped a beautiful sentiment from Verve. It was anchored with some arrows (strip of DP and washi tape), and a big bright feather cut from the same DP. The bird taking flight, is a piece of embossible metal, from Provocraft. I ran it through an embossing folder, then tinted it with alcohol markers.
I kind of like the collage-look!

Get out there and enjoy the weather!
Happy crafting,

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Things are looking up...FMS #141

I really liked the look of Freshly Made Sketches' design for this week. It's so nice and squared and "quilty."
 I knew I wanted to use a hot-air balloon or plane image for the focal centre and played around with some stamped clouds for the border sections. But they competed too much (they're going to end up on another card, never fear!), so I went for something more subtle.
I just bought some "amazing acetate" from Paper Wishes. You can stamp, die-cut, heat- and dry-emboss this stuff and it won't warp or shrink.  I started out running some through an embossing folder, but it was TOO subtle. Are you starting to feel like Goldilocks?
So I went with embossing the border pieces in matching card-stock, but high-lighting the embossing with a silver Staz-on ink-pad.  
Here's the "just right" version:
The hot-air balloon (Close to My Heart D1581) was coloured with Distress markers and a water-brush.
Sequins courtesy of Pretty Pink Posh.
This card could work as a graduation or other "moving-on" event.

Have a great week!

Cardstock in White Daisy and Slate, CTMH
Archival black ink, CTMH
Stamp set, D1581, CTMH
Distress Markers, Ranger
Silver Staz-on, Tsuneiko
Stars embossing folder, Provocraft
Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh
Foam tape

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


I had such fun playing with Simon Says Stamp's Favorite Flowers last week (see my FMS post, HERE), that I decided to continue exploring its possibilities.

This is a card design I CASED and used for a card workshop back in May.  I had a bunch of watercolor paper already cut to size, so might as well use it up.  I love the look of black line-drawing and water-coloring.  It has a kind of pretty, cartoon vibe.
Orange and pink.  
This is the first version, and I decided to add a little border/definition between the DP and the watercolor panel.
Pink and yellow. 
The border is just a line of Forest Moss Distress marker, drawn across the card base.
Orange and blue. 
I think this is my fave. The shading on the blue flowers turned out especially pretty.

 It's "Anything Goes" this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. So these beauties are going to get linked up over there.
Happy crafting!

watercolor paper: Michael's
Favorite Flowers stamp set: Simon Says Stamp
Designer Paper: Skylark, Close to My Heart
Hello die: The Crafter's Workshop
Black textured card-stock: Wausau Papers
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Water brush
Archival Black ink:  Close to My Heart

Sunday, 15 June 2014


Hey y'all!
Hope everyone enjoyed a happy day, celebrating with their fathers (and brothers and husbands and sons).
We celebrated my son's graduation with a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance. Plus he won an award for highest GPA in a specialization. Fun and moving convocation ceremony, excellent meal at "The Side-Door" restaurant, lots of photos!
 And I found a few minutes to play along with some challenges, too.
This diagonal design from Freshly Made Sketches, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog, where the challenge is to STENCIL IT. 

Here's the card:
 I used a recently acquired geometrical stencil from Club Scrap to add a diagonal line across the card base; it reminds me of a garden trellis or lattice. Then I layered a vine die-cut from MFT on top of that, stitching it down to echo the stitched line in the sketch. I used the "Favorite Flowers" stamp set from SSS for the roses (using 2nd generation colour for the base and first-generation for the detail) and the sentiment.  Some coordinating enamel dots complete the card.

Off to link up and then off to bed. I'll add some deets on supplies used tomorrow.
Have a happy week,