Friday, August 4, 2017

Zip Strips RULE

Oh yes, Zip Strips do RULE. (well, most of the time!) These babies are from the still available, No Worries, paper pack. They sang beach and I love to sing "Beach", too! I cut some shell shapes with my dies then stamped and embossed in Gold, with coordinating retired stamp set. I used our Watercolour paints to colour the shells. The sentiment is from a retired shell set, but it is another keeper.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
No Worries patterned paper; retired Swirly Shells & coordinating Thin Cuts; Watercolour paints

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hollyhocks history

That is my history of Hollyhocks, that is! Growing up my Mom grew Pink Hollyhocks along the side of our house, on the neighbour's driveway side, rather than our driveway side. They were beautiful and I loved to see them....but I also hated them! I hated all of the bees and wasps they attracted, cause that could mean those bugs might like me. I was having enough attraction from all of the mosquitoes in Saskatoon, so I felt this bug attraction was too much! Give me paper Hollyhocks all day and year long......so pretty!
 These gorgeous Hollyhocks were cut with the amazing Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I used Canary; Hollyhock and Pixie cardstock for the flowers and Fern for the stem. The patterned paper is from retired Charlotte. The stamp is older than dirt....but still lovely! I've also gone off of the rails with my Black Journaling pen. I just cannot get enough of drawing lines around things!
All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Flower Market Cricut cartridge; Canary; Hollyhock; Pixie; Fern; White Daisy; and Slate cardstock; retired Charlotte patterned paper; retired stamp set

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let's double up!

These days I make at least 2 of every card, sometimes 4 - 6. I sell cards at 2 different coffee shops, so I like to have at least one copy of each card, go to each shop. These were my thinking after I saw our new basic colours launched, at our annual convention. I love how pink looks with grey, so that is what I did. This is also masculine patterned paper from Jack (still available) and retired June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
retired Hello Foxy; Jack; retired Art Philosophy Cricut cart; Sweet Leaf; Pixie & Black ink; Slate; Whisper & White Daisy cardstock


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Watercolour dreaming

Oh, how I LOVE this stamp set! Good Thymes is retired but will remain in my collection for a very long time. I actually made this tag and attached it to a pretty paper pouch holding some Ghiradelli chocolates. I had created more of these than I had guests at a crop, so I kept one for myself. I repurposed the tag on this card.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
retired Good Thymes; Watercolour paper & paints; Blush Ribbon; 
Other: MFT Stitched die

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back tracking.....

Oh yes I am....back tracking that is. I am so far behind in posting to my blog.....well those who follow me know it! So, I am going to show some cards I've made and share very little info, as it has either retired or I've simply forgotten all of the names. Seems easier to just show pretty pictures anyways....until I catch up! We do have a new Annual Inspirations book about to launch on August 1st, so I need to show these pretties and move on!
All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: retired Live Beautifully

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bear Hugs anyone.....

I love animals, so when I saw this sweet bear stamp and saw it had a coordinating Thin Cut die, I had to have it. This sweet set is called Jack - Cardmaking from our current Seasonal Expressions available  until the end of August or while supplies last.
I used Thistle cardstock for all of my mats, then added some Lagoon cardstock; a zip strip; and White with Gold Ribbon for my ribbons. I added a bow of White with Gold Twine and some Little Dreamer Glitter gems. All of the patterned paper is from Little Dreamer.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Little Dreamer
Stamp: Jack - Cardmaking with coordinating Thin Cuts
Ink: Black; Black Journaling Pen
Cardstock: Thistle; White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: White with Gold Ribbon and Twine; Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Embossing folder printing

Have you ever used your embossing folders to water colour or make prints? I love how versatile and surprising the results can be with this technique.
I recently taught an embossing class at a local recreation centre. This is the first card we created, using our CTMH Diamond embossing folder to make a watercolour print. We swiped Lagoon; Sweet Leaf and Thistle ink on the folder, then spritzed with water. Then we put a piece of watercolor paper inside and closed the folder. With a little pressure from your hand, this print is the result.

We stamped with a retired flower image in Black ink, and used a stitching die to cut out the piece. Then we added our Black with Gold ribbon and a sentiment.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy; Watercolour
Ink: Thistle; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; Black
Embellishments: Black w/Gold Ribbon
Tools: Diamond Embossing Folder
Other: Lil' Inker Designs & MFT Stamps stitched dies