30 July 2015

Embossing is the boss!

Happy Thursday and welcome another Seize the Birthday Challenge.  We are playing with 'embossing of any kind' for our option/challenge. The topping is always an option; the birthday theme is really the only requirement. I did both dry and heat embossing on my card.  :) Just got this stamp set a couple of months ago... I can resist stamping in black because it reminds me of a Dymo label maker.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you can play along with us this week.  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to stop by and give some craft love to the rest of the amazing design team.

Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.

Card details:
wishing you a happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels
Paper: white card stock, A Muse blue couture paper (retired)
Ink: A Muse pigment ink
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Connect the Dots embossing folder, heat gun, paper piercer, clear embossing powder

28 July 2015

Happy 10th Blogiversary Jenn Shurkus!!!

Happy Tuesday and welcome! I am super excited as I am getting to participate in my good friend Jenn Shurkus' 10th Blogiversary! She has been celebrating all month long.  If you don't know her (or even if you do), be sure to stop by her web site to her amazing cards and mixed media creations.  She is an amazing teacher... which I was able to experience first hand back in March.

Jenn introduced me to watercolouring and, if you are a regular around here, you'll know I've been playing around with it a lot lately.  Here's one of my favourites of hers....

I created something similar with some slightly different Distress Inks and some Hero Arts stamps. It is so fun!  I want to improve my blending so will keep practicing... this isn't the last time you'll see this technique on my blog.  She demonstrates it really well in this great video tutorial.

Jenn has some great giveaways happening!  Some amazing sponsors have donated terrific prizes!  You can get in on all the fun by entering your creation inspired by something that Jenn created over at the Blogiversary Link. Take a look at the Pinterest board of Jenn's creations, something is sure to inspire you! 

Just have to include a picture from my most recent visit with Jenn.... she is so fun, talented and super inspiring!  So lucky to have her as a friend.

Thanks for stopping by and please run over to check out all the fun happening at Jenn's. Have a terrific day.

Card details:
hello - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Hero Arts hello stamp & cut
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss & Mermaid Lagoon
Accessories: Stickles, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, A Muse white embossing powder, heat gun

16 July 2015

Free & easy

Happy Thursday and happy mid July!  Hard to believe this year is flying by so fast.  Hope you are enjoy your summer (or winter!).

The Seize the Birthday challenge is open (topping free) this week.  Surprise, surprise... I am posting another watercolour card.  Definitely an addict!  I made this a while ago - for a friend whose birthday was in June - she loves blue and I am loving putting blue and green together.  When I first learned this 'smoosh' technique from Jenn (distress ink smooshed on a craft sheet, misted with water and then watercolour paper smooshed on top), I was super scared about how it would turn out.... no need to be scared.  Always looks fabulous! Blogger is telling me smoosh isn't a word but I think you get the idea ;)

Hope you get a chance to play along this week!  All the details and the fabulous DT creations are on the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Paper: Canson watercolour, black card stock
Ink: Adirondack Black ink, Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon and Forest Moss
Accessories: water mister, sequins

02 July 2015

Water & sparkle

Happy Thursday crafty friends!  :)  Happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and happy early 4th of July to my U.S. friends!  

This week's Seize the Birthday challenge topping is 'red, white and blue'.  I have to admit that this colour combination is always a challenge for me so decided to make it as painless as possible for myself. Hee hee... some blue watercolouring and some red sparkle.  What could be easier? ;) (yes, I am doing ANOTHER watercolour card - I *might* be addicted)

Stop by the blog to check out the rest of the fabulous design team cards and details on how to play along.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Card details:
Happy Birthday to You!
Stamps: Hero Arts Calico Borders
Paper: Canson watercolour paper
Ink:  VersaFine Black, Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil, Martha Steward Glitter, Golden texture paste 

19 June 2015

I'm seeing a bit of a trend here...

Hey again.... I know you aren't used to 'hearing' from me so much but I'm having so much fun playing with my newly learned techniques (sssh.... don't tell, I really should be doing homework).  The Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe challenge includes watercolouring so I just couldn't pass that up.  This card is for the left most column (circles, background stamp, watercolour).

Really happy with how this turned out.  Find it fascinating what new colours appear when the original three combine.You know how sometimes you have something in your mind and it just doesn't turn out?  Well, this time I had something in my mind and it turned out exactly how I wanted it!  It is a rare thing indeed.  ;)

Happy Friday!  Have a fabulous day and a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by - I always appreciate it.


Card details:
She believed - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Distress Dots background stamp, Calico Borders
Paper: water colour
Ink: Versafine Black, Tim Holtz Distress - Forest Moss, Seedless Preserves & Mermaid Lagoon, VersaMark
Accessories: white embossing powder, EK Success corner rounder punch, water mister, heat gun

18 June 2015

Big bunch of... neutrals!?

Hey there and welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge! Kind of wild how quickly two weeks go by... yikes!  Anyway, this week's topping/option is 'neutrals'.  I must confess I made this card ages ago and did not keep track of where my random bunch of neutral patterned papers came from (hence the description below - random bits of patterned papers).  This worked really well as a masculine birthday card.

It's a bit hard to see in the main photo but thought I would liven up the black card stock by using an embossing folder.... you can see it in this photo better. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you can play along this week.  All the other fabulous design team creations, as well as details on how to play along, are found on the blog.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Wish Big - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: white & black card stock, random bits of patterned paper
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU! penant die, embossing folder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

16 June 2015


Hey there... I have been lucky enough to get to play around with some new techniques lately (not cause I really have the time but HAVE to play with my new stuff), like watercolouring.  When I saw Hero Arts' Tic Tac Toe challenge, I thought it would be a chance to play with with the the Gelli plate I just got (courtesy of my super-talented friend Cheiron, who also taught me how to use it).  I picked the centre column of the Tic Tac Toe board - stencil, birthday theme & tag.

I'm also really new to using stencils  - I think I still need some practice to get it perfect but they are way less scary than I first thought (thanks to friends like Cheiron and Jenn).

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great week.

Tag Details:
Stamps: Hero Arts Made With Love
Paper: Manila tag
Ink: Adirondack black ink
Accessories:  Gelli plate, acrylic paints, brayer, Studio Calico wood heart veneer, sequins, Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil

07 June 2015

A Summery Cup of Thanks

Hey crafty friends.... there is Coffee Loving Papercrafters Summer Blog Hop happening!  I don't have a ton of spare time to craft lately but thought I would try to play along.  Just whipped up something CAS.... it is definitely feeling like summer here these days so wasn't hard to come up with a summer coloured.

All the details on how to play along are found on the blog. You have until Friday, June 12th @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific to link up your creation.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

Card details:
A Cup of Thanks - 3.5x5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe & Hot Concoctions 
Paper: watercolour paper, coral card stock
Ink: Adirondack Black Ink
Accessories: Derwent watercolour pencils, glitter pen, A Muse gem, Tim Holtz water brush/pen

05 June 2015

Wondrous watercolour

Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a Watercolour blog hop!  I am very new to the wonderful world of watercolour and I love it.  I must credit my new love of watercolour to my fabulous friend Jenn Shurkus.  I knew absolutely nothing about it before Jenn's Art Loft Retreat in March.  Now, I love everything watercolour so had to play along. A friend of mine has been struggling with her health lately so thought this might cheer her up.

The technique I used here is shown here is from this post by Paula.  So cool!

If you want to play along, all the details are here.  There are some fabulous projects posted already and I know there will be others.  There are some first class crafters playing along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Card details:
Go to Your Happy Place
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Get Outta Town
Paper: watercolour paper, black card stock
Ink: VersaFine Black, Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters & Festive Berries
Accessories: Studio Calico heart wood veneer, A Muse green gem, EK Success corner rounder punch, Hero Arts Large Lotus Stencil, water mist bottle

04 June 2015

A different type of creature...

Happy Thursday and welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge.  Hope all is well in your world.  :)  The option this week for the challenge is 'animals'. I know this isn't a traditional animal but sea stars are pretty awesome creatures. They can regenerate limbs!  For more on these amazing creatures, check out this link. I know the common name is starfish (as labelled below in the image) but because I'm a science nerd, I'm using the more technically correct term of sea star (cause they aren't fish - LOL!).

I know you all have some sort of animal stamps/images in your stash so can't wait to see what you come up with.  All the details on how to play along, along with the fabulous cards by the rest of the team, can be found on the blog.

Just for fun, thought I would add a picture I took last year of one of our local west coast sea stars, Pisaster ochraceus.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card details:
happy birthday - 4x5.5"
Stamps: Tim Holtz Starfish from Nautical Blueprint set,  A Muse happy birthday (retired)
Paper: Jillibean Soup kraft note card, water colour paper
Ink: Versafine black, Adirondack archival black ink (for water colouring), Tim Holtz Distress Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Accessories: watercolour pencils, watercolour brush/pen, Copic ultra fine marker, sponge

21 May 2015

Tag - you're it!

Hope you are having a terrific Thursday so far!  Spring is in full swing here and I am loving the sunshine and warmth... had a gloriously relaxing long weekend this past weekend.  Needed to destress for a few days... back at it soon enough.

Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and it is a 'free' week (no topping/option).  I've been using the tag topper punch from Stampin' Up a lot lately - it's really fun.  :)  I also must confess that I made this card quite a while ago and have no idea where that piece of distressed blue paper came from (oops!).

The DT did a fabulous job again this week so be sure to check out the blog to give them some love and find out all the details on how to play.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: white card stock and mystery blue paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: washi tape, EK Success corner rounder punch, ScorBuddy, A Muse Studio twinkle sticker, May Arts twine, Studio Calico wood veneer heart, Copic marker (for colouring the heart), SU! tag topper punch

07 May 2015

Positively negative

Happy Thursday!  Time for Seize the Birthday and the topping/option this week is to use the negative.  So I used the negative of a word bubble from Paper Smooches.  :)  Simple but cute (in my humble opinion - lol!).  Hope you like it.

Please check out the blog for the details on how to play along and to give some love to the rest of the design team!  They always have great stuff!  

Hope you are having a terrific day and have a wonderful weekend.  Apologies for the brief post... life is so hectic right now - work, school and just keeping up on the rest of life.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Card details:
Party All Day - 3.5"x5
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (bird), A Muse (mini party hat - retired), Unity (sentiment)
Paper: white and blue card stock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  pencil crayon (green), Copic (red & yellow), glitter, Paper Smooches word bubbles die, EK Success corner rounder punch

23 April 2015

Playing with backgrounds

Happy Thursday! Welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge.... and this week we are making our own backgrounds!  As always, just a birthday card is required for the challenge and the 'topping' is just an option.  

Sometimes I find DIY backgrounds challenging, but recently I learned a new technique from Jenn.  I inked up my glossy craft mat with some Distress Inks, misted it with water and then smushed my watercolour down on it.  Scary the first time I did it but.. wow!  I have never done watercolour anything (shocking I know) so am thrilled to have this new technique.  I also used a stencil, some gel paste, some liquid Distress ink and some glitter to make the stars (see Jenn's canvas tutorial). Hope you like this 'something new' from me.  

Be sure to check out the rest of the great designs from the rest of the team on the Seize the Birthday blog.  All the details on how to play along are there too!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
happy everything - 4"x 6"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Simply Said
Paper: Strathmore watercolour paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Ink, Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany (pad & liquid), Antique Linen
Accessories: ultrafine glitter, Jenni Bowlin star stencil, Golden matte gel paste

09 April 2015

Travels, friends & a card

Happy Thursday! Before I get to the card for today... a slight diversion.  I have to talk a little bit about a little trip I took recently.  As some of you know, I used to teach card classes for A Muse.  As part of that, I met and got to know an amazing group of women.  While teaching for A Muse is no longer, the friendships I made during that time have lasted.  Well, some of us were lucky enough to get together for Jenn Shurkus' Art Loft Retreat in Providence, RI on the last weekend of March.  Jenn is a former A Muse girl herself and now runs art retreats, teaches and designs (be sure to check our her website - amazing stuff there). I can't describe what an amazing time we had but it reminds me that this hobby has done so much more for me than just give me a creative outlet.  It has given me some truly amazing friends and I am so glad they are still in my life.

Donna, Tracy, Dawn, Cheiron, Sherry, Lyndsay, Liz, Jill, Me and 
our 'creative chick' hostess  Jenn (in front)

Here is a few snap shots of what we made:


Now on to the Seize the Birthday challenge for this week.  The option for this week is 'tall and narrow' but remember, the only real requirement is 'birthday'!

Found this note card in my stash - it's old but definitely serves the tall & narrow purpose!  Hope you can play along this week.  All the details are on the blog - be sure to check it out and give some love to the rest of the team!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Happy Birthday
Stamps: Unity
Paper: SU! note card, A Muse striped paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  washi tape, EK Success binding edge punch & corner rounder punch, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, button, Jillibean Soup twine, SU! ribbon

26 March 2015

washi, wood, tags & twine

Happy Thursday!  Hope you had a great week.  Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and this one is wide open (anything goes!).  Pretty CAS for me this week... washi, wood, tags & twine ... and I know I will need a 'belated' card at some point....

Hope you get a chance to play along this week!  Be sure to give some love to the rest of the DT and check out all the details for playing along on the blog.

Always appreciate the comments - thanks so much for stopping by.

Card details:
belated birthday wishes - 4 x 5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: white, green & kraft card stock
Accessories: SU! tag punch, washi tape, May Arts twine, Studio Calico wood veneer