Thursday, 28 March 2013

Getting Inky

Man, what a dreary day it is here weather wise.  It has been a whole bag of weather here recently and none of it really resembles Spring.  I think there is no better way to spend these kind of days then to get a little inky! 
I have always thought that envelopes are such a waste and just get thrown away so why not create something that is art itself.

Instead of using a plain jane envelope that just gets thrown out, I chose to use one of Tim Holtz's new cabinet card frames as part of my card.  Using the Birthday Blueprints and Mini Blueprints 4 sets I had fun colouring with my distress markers and waterbrush. It sure takes me back to my childhood because I loved to colour!

Using walnut stain stickles, ink and balloon cut outs allow for dimension without adding thickness and bulk.

In order to add the great dimension that this card combo has glossy accents, rock candy stickles, liquid applique and twine have been used and the balloons have been added in three layers to the cabinet card with glue n' seal and foam squares.

So, despite the weather there was some nice bright art happening inside today! Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend! h

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Come On Spring!

I hope everyone is having a good start to their week and hopefully had their chance for a green beer or two over the weekend!  I wanted to share with you an Easter card idea I had a lot of fun making.  I have always been an 'add color' kind of stamper so this one made me happy. 

Using the Mini Blueprints 2 from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous I stamped with black archival ink on watercolor paper.  With the distress markers and water brush I had some coloring fun.

Next I took a piece of the natural sticky back canvas and sewed around the edges to make a seam and added some colorful felt squares. 

Using pop dots and multi medium the stamped pieces were arranged to resemble a sampler quilt.  The canvas piece was layered on the final card base with a little more color.  Each stamped piece got gilded with rock candy stickles and glossy accents. I also should add that at every step vintage photo and walnut stain distress ink was used to achieve the look I was going for; an aged treasure you might find in an attic trunk. 

items used: mini blueprints 2, black archival ink, natural sticky back canvas, walnut stain and vintage photo distress inks, distress markers, waterbrush, rock candy stickles, glossy accents, pop dots, multi medium, scissors, cardstock and sewing machine.
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With Spring only a few days away on the calendar, I sure hope our weather follows suit. I am so ready for this maritime winter weather to be OVER! Bring on Spring! Thanks for stopping by. h

Monday, 11 March 2013

Winner Winner, Chic...Wait no...wrong show!

Happy Monday to you all! I hope this is the start of a great week for everyone.  Before I head off to work I wanted to announce the winner of the tattered floral die from all comments left on my challenge post.  If this is your post  Kerrbear please email me at with your address and I will let your prize mailed right out to you.

Beautiful job! They are awesome!

I again wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and comments left and also Tim Holtz for asking me to be a part of this fun challenge.  Remember, you have until March 22 to get your creation linked Here to be a part of fun and possibly win some great prizes. h


Friday, 8 March 2013

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is gearing up for a great weekend and don't forget if you are one that changes time, clocks move ahead this weekend! To me that is a sure sign of Spring and that I soon won't be driving to work in the dark.

I have changed the date for the draw for the Tattered Floral die on my previous post see here.  I will be drawing from all comments left before midnight this Sunday night March 10 so if you haven't already left a comment please do so for your chance to win.  This will give the lucky winner a chance to join in on Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral Challenge

Still need some inspiration for your challenge...I was feeling a bit 'springy' when it came to this card.  The colors just can't help but make you smile.

*Items used: bazzill cardstock, tattered floral die, vintage lace decorative strip die, ranger's archival ink, distress ink, markers, stains and paints, ideology brads, snaps, and washers, crinkle ribbon, multi medium, rock candy stickles, stampers anonymous stamps: nature's moments and nature's discovery, ink blending tool, detail watercolor brush. (use 'ink&flour' and you will receive 10% off at Inspiration Emporium)

Inspiration Emporium has a monthly challenge each month where you can enter your creations based on a theme for that month.  This month's theme is Add A Little POP! Let your imagination go wild because that can mean adding colour, dimension, and even making it 3D.  By linking your art to their blog you not only welcome people to visit what you love to do but you also get your name in for 50 Emporium dollars  

I have to say I have always loved to add colour to my stamping and this card is no exception but the dimension is also what makes this POP.


Started by stamping my image on watercolor paper with black archival ink so that I could cut and color different areas for layering.

When coloring I used a combination or distress stains(metallic) and markers along with a watercolor brush to move and blend.

 Each layer had a different piece cut to create this final dimensional look using black pop dots.  On the final layer rock candy stickles and glossy accents were applied.

A piece of kraft resist was inked with various distress ink colors and then was embossed with the rays texture fade twice(so rays are going away from each other). I also rubbed a bit of the rock candy stickles in the embossed rays because lets just face it, I am addicted to them. To finish off the card a piece of crinkle ribbon was dyed with distress stains and a trinket pin added.

So, a pretty simple card with a lot of POP! I hope you all have a great weekend and hopefully get to do some creating of your own! h

Monday, 4 March 2013

Some Serious Exciting News!!

Firstly, I would just like to thank everyone for their kind words left on my Tattered Floral Challenge creation.  I hope you are all taking part in the challenge and link your creation on Tim's post for your chance to win some great crafting goodness.  I love seeing everyone's submissions, the talent is amazing!

I vowed that this year was going to be an amazing creative crafting year for me.  The past year was a difficult one and I found myself putting what I really loved to do on the back burner so to speak.  January had an amazing start with me attending my first ever CHA and I have to say it re lit the fire in me to create.  I started this blog as a way to document this journey and to share with you what I have been working on both in the craft room and in the kitchen. 

I am humbled and truly over the moon excited to announce that I am now a member of the design team for Inspiration Emporium. You can read all about the announcement here and see all the amazingly talented design team members on their blog.  Every one of them have their own unique style and way of crafting and I am honored to be a part of this team with them.  I want to thank the IE family for this incredible opportunity.  Off to my craft room, see you shortly!  h