Sunday, 3 July 2022

Peace, Joy & Love


Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, stampinspooky!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (Yellow, white), Techniques (stamping), Elements (offset, partial medallion, stitched ribbon, stickles/glitter, solid colour horizontal panel, die cut sentiment)

INCLUDE: partial medallion, solid colour panel

MODIFY: vertical rather than horizontal layout, Christmas card, green instead of yellow, die cut 'stitching', stencil mandala instead of stamping, 2 for 1 design, narrower strip of solid colour

EXCLUDE: ribbon, oval die cut for sentiment

SPIN: stencil spinning technique

I created a mandala wreath with my Stencils 360 tool, and then cut it in half for a 2 for 1 design. I added a strip of cardstock I had coloured with my ink pad, and die cut some stitching holes. I added a simple stamped sentiment and gold satin pearls on one, to stay true to the monochrome colours of my inspiration, but couldn't resist the pops of red pearls on the other!

I also made a square card with more of the mandala design:



Friday, 1 July 2022

Mandala Snowflakes (Canada Day Video Hop)




It's time for the 3rd Annual Canada Day Video Hop! We have $1000 in prizes so hop and comment for a chance to win. Some of the sponsors also gave us discount codes to share with you: (video, supply list and full hop list are below discount codes).

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Sunday, 26 June 2022

Thinking of You (in Blue)

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, CAR372.

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (green, black, white), Techniques (die cutting, stamping), Elements (botanicals with black outlines, 3 panels, semi circle sentiment strip, gems)

INCLUDE: Monochrome colour scheme, botanicals with black outlines, 3 panels, semi circle element, gems

MODIFY: green to blue, stamping and watercolouring instead of die cuts, 2 cards, orientation of cards, 

EXCLUDE: Die cut leaves

SPIN: 2 for 1 design


I started by stamping my floral image on a piece of watercolour cardstock and then coluring it in with Karin markers (any watercolours you have will do, I just wanted to practice with these). I used 3 blues and a deep indigo to add colour.

Then I spritzed the whole panel with water, and sprinkled some blue watercolour powder over top to create my background. 

I cut the panel in half and then cut out a half circle frame from one, and trimmed the other into 3 panels. I finished with a Taylored Expressions sentiment and some Crafty Meraki gems.




Saturday, 25 June 2022

Happy Birthday!


 Today is my son's 23rd birthday (how did THAT happen?!). He recently started his very first flying job, for a sky diving school. 

I have a plane die, but believe it or not, no parachute die, and no skydiver stamps. LOL!

I started by smooshing my sky - it's amazing how it looks like clouds, I think!I trimmed the panel with a rectangle die along with a stitched rectangle to create the dot detail on the borders.

My sentiment is made up of an Ellen Hutson sentiment stamp set, and a Crafty Meraki Birthday die. The plane is a long-retired MFT die.

My parachutes are circle dies trimmed with an old Papertrey Ink rectangle die with tiny scallops. And my skydivers are hand drawn (I started with pencil then went over them with a black marker).


Friday, 24 June 2022

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Happy Father's Day



Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, mschoener.

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (Red, white, green, blue, yellow), Techniques (colouring, stamping), Elements (red car, balloons, presents, patterned paper background, horizontal element, red frames, red ribbon, 'fireworks' sequins)

INCLUDE: red car, horizontal element on background, 

MODIFY: die cut instead of stamped/coloured, embossed background instead of patterned paper,

EXCLUDE: ribbon

SPIN: Square card

I started by creating my background by piecing together 2 strips of Sizzix metallic gray cardstock with 1 strip of white, then embossing it with a new folder.

I cut the car from red mirror cardstock, and holographic cardstock and assembled it.

I stamped an old sentiment with WOW! Embossing ink onto a strip of the metallic gray cardstock and embossed it with silver powder for a tone on tone look.


Friday, 17 June 2022

Get More from Cover Plate Dies!


 Cover plate dies are one of the big investments in our crafty stash. Today, I'm sharing 4 strategies for getting more from them!