26 Mar 2017

Hello Spring! Time Out Challenge

Thank goodness Spring is on it's way - I can feel it in the air YAY! I love birds and birdhouses so I was giddy to see the Time Out Challenge this week to case this card!

I've created a "Welcome Back" card for all the birds that have been conglomerating around our home and our feeders.

I used the new Crafter's Companion Essentials Nature Dies - a set of 19 dies full of birds, flowers, butterflies, leaves, clouds ETC.

I began by making a background wash using Spectrum Aqua water-based markers on Crafter's Companion white watercolour cardstock.  I love it. It's white - not cream or off-white - just beautiful white watercolour cardstock yummy!

Using my Gemini Die Cutting and Embossing machine, I embossed my background with one of the embossing folders included with the Gemini.

Focusing on the birdhouses, I diecut them in different colours and popped them up to hang from the adhered diecut branches. Then I diecut three of the sweet little birds and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir markers and adhered them to the bird houses.

Finally I added a ribbon, some twine and some sparkly clear sequins to finish!  Take some Time Out to join the challenge and then fly on over to Crafter's Companion to see all their product I have mentioned!

25 Mar 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges - Miss You

Good morning and welcome to another challenge week at Crazy 4 Challenges!  

This week Frances - who loves owls -  has challenged you to create something with an owl on it!  Easy right?!

I decided to use Neat and Tangled's stamp set Better Together since the sweet little girl is holding an owl.  I stamped her with Versafine black and coloured her with my new Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers -they are so cool - a great watercolored effect with the control of a and easy to use!

I also made a quick watercolour background on watercolored paper and added a tree branch and diecut some funky coloured leaves - just perfect in my opinion!

Thanks for coming around today and look in your craft haul to find an owl stamp or sticker and enter our Crazy 4 Challenges Challenge!

18 Mar 2017


Hello everyone! It's sketch week at Crazy 4 Challenges
this week's sketch was designed by Stamp Owl.

I decided to get out my Hero Arts Pineapple stamp and stamp away. I used Altenew inks for my pineapples.

I made a little fringed tag on which to stamp the sentiment, and adhered a few gold sequins for interest!

I'm challenging you to take a trip over to Crazy 4 Challenges and try out this easy sketch!

11 Mar 2017

Wishing you a Beautiful Day!

Good Morning...I have some exciting news - I am now on the design team with the crazy girls over at Crazy 4 Challenges! There are exciting challenges to come!

Tuesday the 14th March is both Moth-er Day (focusing on Moths) and Learn About Butterflies
Day.  So our challenge this week is for you to include a Butterfly or Moth on your card. Bonus points if you include a flower on your card to celebrate Plant a Flower Day tomorrow (12th March)

Since I didn't include flowers on my card, I don't receive any bonus points this week booo!

I decided to use Papertrey Ink's Life is Beautiful stamp set and dies. I really like how you can use the butterfly dies or double stamp to create the feeling of using a die - a lot of potential for this set!

I added a button to each butterfly tied with some twine - to add a third colour for interest - along with sequins for fun!!

Join us over at Crazy 4 Challenges- won't you?!!

8 Mar 2017

Just a note to say Hello!

Good morning - we have wind warnings out today - crazy weather lately, so I may be ducking for cover at any moment yikes!

Anyway, the Inspired By challenge has a pretty inspiration photo this week - I was a bit wary of it at first, the colours are so muted - but I think I pulled it off!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And using those beautiful shades of greens and greys, I created this.

I used Papertrey Ink's Topiary Trio and Home Made for a combination on this card.

The trees are stamped in Aqua Mist with Ocean Tide "leaves", while the door is stamped with Classic Kraft.  I used Soft Stone for the pots and Smokey Shadow for the sidewalk.

I had a few little gold stickers that I added for the bows.  The door handles were coloured with Spica Gold pen.

Why don't you try out this week's inspiration photo at Inspired By All the Little Things?