Sunday, September 28, 2014

Festival of Trees Starburst Card

More Christmas Cards? 
Here is another one - I used a tree from Festival of Trees stamp set and a Starburst/Sunburst technique in the background. I actually made 25 of these for a swap :)
  • Paper: All Is Calm DP, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzaz, Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps: Festival of Trees
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon
  • Other: Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Tree Punch, Star Framelits, Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Jingle Belles - at least 3 different PP
Winter Wonderland - Layer It Up
Crafting By Design - get ready for Christmas

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bright and Beautiful - take 2

I'm back with another card using Bright and Beautiful stamp set. This time combined with lovely gold papers from Gold Soiree collection.

  • Paper: Kraft, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Soiree DP
  • Stamps: Bright and Beatiful
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
  • Other: White and Gold Embossing Powder, Star Framelits, Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Paper Creator's Crafts - early Christmas
Jingle Belles - use gold

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bright and Beautiful - take 1

ready for some Christmas cards? Here is the first one - made with  new stamps from Bright & Beautiful stamp set.
It's a CASE from the sample shown in the catalogue - just without any designer paper

  • Paper: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, velum
  • Stamps: Bright and Beatiful, Dictionary background
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
  • Other: Star Framelits, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Cherry Cobbler ribbon
Die Cut Divas - something new - new stamps and dies
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - use stamps
Simply Create Too - something new - new stamps and dies

come back tomorrow for another starry card :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SOS165 - Feathers & Chipboard

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is to use Chipboard.

Since I couldn't find any chipboard I would use, I made my own by cutting up some cereal boxes and die cutting my feather out of them. Then I stamped the feather image on white CS, die cut it and adhered it to the "chipboard" die cut.
Background was done with acrylic block technique on watercolor paper.
  • Paper: Watercolor CS, Island Indigo
  • Stamps: *NEW* Four Feathers
  • Ink:  Pear Pizzas, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Versamark, Gable Green
  • Other: Scissors, Paper Trimmer, mister, white embossing powder, feathers die
Just Us Girls - blue, green & neutral
Paperminutes - dies

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Holiday Sneak Peak - Watercolored Pine

My Holiday Catalogue preorder is here and I want to show you a CAS card made with one of my favorite stamp sets:
  • Paper: Watercolor CS, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
  • Stamps: THE NEW ONE
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Versamark
  • Tools: Scissors, Paper Trimmer, brush, mister, white embossing powder
Hiding in my Craft Room - KISS
Amusing Challenge - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas goes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SOS164: Back in the Day

This week's theme at Shopping our Stash is Back in the Day, and we'd like everyone to use an old-school tool or an old-time image. Since I purged all my plastic cutting templates and old fashioned eyelet setter I had to use the second option.
I used an old steam engine image from SU Traveler set.  Embossed it with copper EP and layered it on Faux Patina background panel. if you never tried this technique, here is the video tutorial I followed:
Clear It Out Challenge: embossing wet or dry (used both with older EF and EP)
Creative Card Crew - embossing
Sketch Saturday - sketch
A Gem of  A Challenge - embossing

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SOS159 - Open Seas in Red & White

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  This week's theme is Wooden Ships, and we'd like you to use wood or wood veneer on your card, OR you can use a sailing/boating theme, OR you can combine them.
Since I couldn't find anything wooden in my stash I went with the sailing:

I used The Open Sea stamp set and some of the new Typeset specialty paper

Lexi's Creation - Black, white + one other color
Paper Players - let's go to the beach
4 Crafty Chicks - Nautical

Friday, June 6, 2014

2014-15 Annual Catalog Designer Paper Shares

2014-15 Annual Catalog Shares

Do you want all of the great new papers in the 2014-15 Catalog but can’t afford everything?  Let’s do a share!

New Designer Series Paper Share – $27 

There are 10 new paper packs with 6 different designs in each pack plus two new Paper Stacks.  You will receive one 6×6 sheet of each design (for a total of 66 sheets of 6×6 paper) from the following DSP packs:
  • Typeset (2 of each)
  • Gold Soiree
  • Flowerpot
  • Flashback
  • Sweet Taffy
  • Confetti Celebration
  • Park Lane
  • Maritime
  • Lullaby
  • Back to Black
You will also receive one 4-1/2” x 6-1/2” sheet of each design from the Moonlight and All Abloom DSP Stacks (for a total of 24 sheets of 4-1/2” x 6-1/2” paper).

I'm in Niagara Falls, ON - so if you would like your share to be mailed, shipping would be $8 for ON, QC, $10 for the rest of Canada.

There is also a LOT of fabulous new ribbon and I'll be happy to make a ribbon share too - just let me know if you are interested.

If you’d like to join, please email the following information to
  • Your first and last name
  • Your full mailing address
  • The email address that is connected to your Paypal account.  I can also accept Interac e-transfers.
Deadline to sign up for my share is Sunday, June 8 at 8:00 PM EST.  Payments must be received before I can order your shares.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Watercolored Bloom

I took an online class called Watercoloring for Card Makers where I learned about faux hand painting.. and here is my first attempt:

since it's FAUX hand painting I used a stamp - from the new catalogue coming out TOMORROW!!!
I colored it water based inks and water brush on watercolor paper. The leaves were painted freehand.
Sentiment is from the same set as the flower - Bloom with Hope (one of the new hostess sets)

Cupcake Inspiration - beautiful cupcakes with large flowers
My Time To Craft - no designer paper
Just Add Ink - Watercolor
Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Birthday

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SOS152 - Birthday Bloom

Good Morning! It's Tuesday and that means a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. It's our 3rd anniversary this week, so the challenge is to make a Birthday or Anniversary card. Easy, right?
I used my very new SU sneak-peak purchases to create this card:

The flower was colored with my new Blendabilities and the CS and ribbon are from the new in-colors too. The only old thing is the dotted background paper :)

A Little Bit Crafty - Flower Power
Stamploration - stamps & flowers
Open Minded Crafting - use some ribbon
Seize the Birthday - Birthday with flowers
Charisma Cardz - May Flowers

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SOS150 - Clockworks

It's Tuesday and that means we have a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week it's an inspiration:
I was inspired by the clock and the colors and here is what I made:
I used a retiring SU set called Clockworks.
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Stamps: Clockworks, Itty Bitty Banners, En Francais
  • Ink:  Pacific Point, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky
  • Tools: Scissors, Paper Trimmer, circle punches, banner framelit, distress tool
Challenges :
Lexi's Creation - for a man/boy in your life
Crafts 4 Eternity - stamp it
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Seize The Birthday - anything birthday

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SOS141 - Summer Silhouettes & 3-2-1

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called 3-2-1. We ask you to use 3 of something, 2 of something else, and 1 of something else.
for my card I used 3 patterned papers, 2 flowers and 1 ribbon
  • Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla CS, SU designer paper
  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes,
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Pool Party, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Vanilla Seam Binding colored blue with Pool Party reinker
  • Tools:  Pearls, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, scallop circle punch, circle punch

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Summer Silhouettes in gray and blue

I finally pulled out my Summer Silhouettes stamp set and you'll be seeing couple of different cards made with it in next few days.
and a detail
I used Pool Party and Smoky Slate as my main colors
  • Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Pool Party CS
  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, En Francais, Itty Bitty Banners
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Pool Party, Wild wasabi
  • Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Chevron Embossing Folder. White Tafetta Ribbon
  • Tools:  Pearls, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Bitty BannersThinlits Die, big shot
Challenges:Great Impressions - Floral Images
ABC Challenges - F is for Flowers
Card Makin' Mamas - stack it up
Stampin for the Weekend - Flower Power

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SOS136 - Wide Open Seas

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called Cabin Fever. No, we don't want you to use a cabin in your project. By Cabin Fever we refer to the time of year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) where the weather is very cold and wet and windy and we are stuck inside, just wishing we could be OUTside. So this week we'd like you to make a card or other project with an outdoors-y theme.

 From my card is obvious I wish I was somewhere on or by the sea - preferably a warm one, with sandy beaches and palm trees :)
Stamps are all from Open Seas set, sentiment is from Bitty Banners set.

Stampin for the weekend -Happy Birthday
Totally Papercrafts - one for the boys
Art Impressions - Trips Ahoy
Charisma Cardz - for the boys

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SOS134 - MIss You

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is MISS YOU.
And I have a perfect stamp for that.. one from a new SU set, that you'll be able to see at the end of January :)

  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler CS, Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Stamps: new ;)
  • Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
  • Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Chevron Embossing Folder. White Tafetta Ribbon
  • Tools:  Heat Tool, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Circle card Thinlits Die (little stars)
Stampin' Up Only Challenge - new SU goodies (DP, stamp)
A Gem of A Challenge - something new - new stamps and paper
Card Mania - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - for boys/men
Card Makin Mamas - anything goes

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SOS133 - Peaceful Petals in Gold

This week at Shopping Our Stash  we are using something new.
So break out some of the new stuff Santa brought you, or that you gifted to yourself, or you bought with your holiday gift cards, or maybe something new you've had for a while and just haven't opened yet.
I used new stamps (SU Peaceful Petals), new gold washi tape and gold sequins I got from taking apart the new gold sequin trim from SU.
  • Paper: Whisper White CS, gold
  • Stamps: Peaceful Petals
  • Ink: Versafine
  • Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Gold washi tapes, gold sequin trim
  • Tools:  Heat Tool, Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Perfectly rustic - washi tape
Make My Monday - embossing
Great Impressions - use something new
Time 4 Scrap - any color with silver or gold (white + gold)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Sunburst Card

The new Occasions Catalogue start TODAY - full of fun fresh goodies to inspire you in the New Year
Click here to see the pdf version. If you live in Niagara Falls area, email or call me for the hard copy.
It's super cold today and I quietly wish for spring. So I used the new Watercolor Wonder papers to create this cheerful sunburst card.
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight CS, Watercolor Wonder DP
  • Stamps: Papillon Potpouri
  • Ink: Versafine,  Calypso Coral, So Saffron for coloring the butterfly
  • Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Pistachio Pudding ruffled ribbon, twine, circle punch
  • Tools:  Heat Tool, Paper Trimmer
A Creative Romance - something new (new papers and stamp)
Brown Sugar - ribbon or twine (used both)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - something new (new papers and stamp)
A Gem of a challenge - something new (new papers and stamp)
ABC Challenge - C is for colorful