Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SPD MIU34 - You're Awesome!

A super-simple, masculine card for this month's Mix it Up Challenge at SugarPea Designs. Here's the inspiration:

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I focused on the pillow  - the stripes and the navy blue anchor.

I literally stamped one stamp onto a piece of the new Spots & Stripes patterned paper and called it done. Sometimes, that's all you need. But the colours and the contrast between the straight stripes and the handwritten/graffiti look of the sentiment still create some interest and hey, who doesn't want to hear that they're awesome! lol!

I used:

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Muse 231 - You're The Best

Here's my take on this week's Muse challenge, where our Guest Muse, Cat Craig has given us this inspiration:

I focused on Cat's:
-floral/leaf theme
-black script sentiment

I started by watercolouring a panel in two shades of fuschia and another in green and aqua. I spritzed them with water, and then used die cuts for my leaves, 'flower' and sentiment.


Here's a special treat! If you shop at Catherine Pooler Designs this week you will earn DOUBLE points on your purchases! 

I used:
-Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Collection (Best die, Simply the Best stamp set, Spiro Doily die) (Sold out, but will be available in the future at Catherine Pooler Designs)

Sunday, 27 August 2017

FS551 - Merry

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Christine (aka calex). I chose this festive card as my inspiration:

I focused on Christine's:
-poinsettia element
-tag element
-gold splatter
-one-word sentiment

I changed:
-technique (I used die cuts)

I started by painting two watercolour panels with Catherine Pooler inks. Then I spritzed them with a mixture of Biscotti Perfect Pearls and Water for some shimmer. When they were dry, I cut out the leaves to form petals.

I cut a cardbase from Neenah 110lb cardstock and spattered some gold watercolour on it.

I cut a tag and topper from Tags Etc (Counting Blessings) in kraft and white and glued my poinsettia there. I used several sparkly gold enamel dots from my stash as the flower centre. I added a sentiment, using my MISTI and finally I popped the whole thing up on the card base.

I used:
Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection (sold out, but will be available at Catherine Pooler in the future)

Saturday, 26 August 2017

EH Pinsights - Many Thanks

Here's my card for the current Ellen Hutson PinSights Challenge on the CLASSroom blog.


I focused on:
-the berries
-green leaves

This new Rustic Botanicals stamp set has the perfect little flower/berry stamp for this photo! I used my MISTI to create a symmetrical design by laying out the stamp and then stamping on the top and then the bottom of my panel. 

I used:

Friday, 25 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 5

It's the final day of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peek Week - I hope you've enjoyed all the amazing cards the DT has made with these new products. Tonight, at 6 pm, they'll be available for you to purchase.

Today's set is our Sweet Incentive set this month - if your order is over $60 (before shipping and taxes), the Knit Wit stamp set is yours for free!

I started with my focal panel - I stamped, coloured and die cut the heart shaped knitting and adhered it to a Zig Zag Stitched Circle which had been stamped with the sentiment. I drew a light outline around the circle on my base panel, then stamped the balls of wool before colouring with a rainbow of Copic markers.

For this card, I went back to a previously released set Barn to be Wild, to incorporate the sweet sheep - it's always fun when you buy something new that works so well with something you've already got!

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration!

(links will be live tonight at 6 pm)

Thursday, 24 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 4

It's Day 4 of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peeks Week - all of these products will be available on Friday night at 6 pm.

Today we have two new stamp sets - one is a beautiful mandala that will be so versatile and the other is a sentiment set that's all about YOU (with matching die, of course!)

This card was inspired by Debby Hughes' card here. I loved her colour choice and tried to mix my own watercolours (I know!) to match (I think mine ended up a bit softer, but still very pretty, if I do say so myself! lol!). 

I stamped the mandala 4 times on a 6x6 piece of watercolour cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I set to work with my Prima Confections. I cut the panel using Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles, offsetting the mandalas so that the clear space created a place for my sentiment. Then I cut the 'you' 3 times (2 in regular cardstock, 1 with watercolour cardstock that had been painted with some of the full strength purple) and stacked them up. 

Next, I felt like the mandala was calling out for for a rainbow treatment. This is so simple - I scribbled some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers on and then spritzed it a lot! (be sure to use watercolour cardstock for this method). I cut it out using the largest Zig Zag Stitched Circle die and popped it up over the edge on a square card (making sure that it will still fit into a standard-sized envelope!).  Here's a quick video:

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration and a chance to win (details on the SugarPea Designs blog)!

(links will be live at 6 pm on Friday, August 25)

AJVD - Thanks

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this fun fall wreath (and a video!)!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

MCV 83 Card 4

Please scroll down for my SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 3 post:

Today I'm showing my final of 4 cards for this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Cornelia gave us 4 inspiration cards:

My card was inspired by the bottom-right card.

I focused on Cornelia's:
-penguin theme
-blue circle

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 3

I knew you'd be back! It's Day 3 of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peek Week and today it's all about Hallowe'en, with the cutest monsters around!

First up the vampire! I couldn't resist making him sparkle on a sunny day (we all know now that vampires sparkle in sunlight - that's why they have to live in rainy Washington State! lol!). I used the Starburst coverplate as a stencil with distress ink and some Stickles.

Next, a spooky graveyard scene using the new SpookyScape die. The sentiments in this set are punny and funny - you'll love mixing and matching them!

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration and a chance to win (details on the SugarPea Designs blog)!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 2

Good morning! It's Day 2 of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peeks week and we've got a set for all the creators out there!

Made with Love and the matching dies With Love are perfect for making tags for your hand-made gifts. Whether you love to bake, sew, knit, crochet (I've got at least one of each in my family!) - we've got the sentiment for you. And one little add-on that will make you and the gift recipient laugh.

I created a little shaker with the tag and heart dies and popped it on a card, using the foliage die to build some dimension and interest in the background.

Here's another look at the Arrow Coverplate we showed yesterday - this time I used it as a stencil. I added a double-tag (from today's reveal) and there's a sneak peek of something from Thursday here, too! I'm always amazed by how you can get so many different looks from the same products!

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration and a chance to win (details on the SugarPea Designs blog)!

(links will be live at 6 pm on Friday, August 25)

Muse 231 - Thank You

Good morning! This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Kim has given us this welcoming inspiration:

I focused on Kim's:
-big yellow, die cut focal point
-green foliage
-black and white accents