April 25, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #334 Guest Design

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I am back again for my final guest design post as the April Guest Designer Freshly Made Sketches

Today we are introducing sketch #334 designed by Amy O'Neill.



It was just the right sketch to use the new to me wish die-namics from MFT Stamps! A simple card to pull off with the help of an old school ruler! To comfortably fit the die on my full width white top panel I need to make the height of it 2". To centre the die I found the centre point and then the centre point of the die, I matched those two points. Once again I doubled checked that there was the same distance on both the left and right, secured it with a piece of post it tape, then cut. The rainbow back panel was cut 2.5" x4.5", get out the ruler again and found my centre point for the width. The rainbow panel was adhered directly to the card base. The top wish panel was adhered with foam tape and done!


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I would like to thank the awesome designers on the team for making me feel so welome this month.


Ink Blended Stenciling - Birch Press Design

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I am up on the Birch  Press Design blog today sharing a video tutorial on using the new Birch Press Design Mandala stencils! I am absolutely in love with these.




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Would love it if you headed over to Birch Press to watch it or on my You Tube channel!

April 24, 2018

Jillibean Soup April Wrap Up



I have a some cards up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog this week!

 These first two are using the Farmhouse Stew collection of papers and embellishments. Card come together so quick and easy with these products. You can go clean and simple or add lots and lots of layers. So fun!


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I created a dessert background using Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks. Then I stamped cute images from Stick With Me that I coloured with Copic Markers.

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Thanks for dropping in and have a fabulous day!

April 18, 2018

New Birch Press Release

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The new Birch Press Design release is huge!
We have 65 products available for sale with our gorgeous new Mandala line!

When I received the dies I couldn't wait to make a mandala, there are so many possibilities!


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Here is a sample of some of the release...





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They are available today for purchase. I have affiliate links listed below you can use at no additional cost to you!  Please read my disclaimer above if you would like more details. 


Freshly Made Sketches #333 Guest Design

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I am back again for another guest design post for Sketch #333 at Freshly Made Sketches!

I am using the newly released Stitching Garden from Papertrey Ink for my card this week. This set was gifted to me by my friend Joyce when she came to stay with me last week all the way from California. I stamped the beautiful blooms and leaves using Altenew inks. I was so happy with the way the layers lined up so easily when I was stamping.


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Hope to see you play along with us this week!


April 17, 2018

Happy Hello Jillibean Soup



I have a card and video tutorial up on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk Blog for the Cards on Tuesday Feature using some of the fabulous Pea Pod Parts from the Shades of Color Soup Collection.

I watercoloured the background on watercolour paper and then added some of the Pea Pod parts, Puffy Labels and Soup Labels. With a bit of foam tape for dimension this card came together in no time.



A quick video tutorial...



Thanks for coming by today!

April 16, 2018

Crafty Friends Are the Best

I started my personal blog 7 years ago in January 2011 as a place to post my cards for when I entered card challenges. In those first few months of blogging I became friends from afar with Joyce Mehrberg from Cards-by-the-sea and Kim Heggins from Cupcakes Cards and Kim. We communicated mainly through our blog posts and then by email and finally we started chatting through Facebook Messenger in a group chat that has been ongoing for about 6 years! During that time we have discussed that one day we would meet for real which turned into them coming to Canada to visit me to them actually coming last Sunday and staying here at my house!




Exciting that there was still a bit of snow around and it snowed a few times while they were here too. They did miss however, the 8" that fell between Friday overnight and Saturday! Me personally, I have seen enough snow for this year! 

On Wednesday Ardyth from Maskarade came up for the day to craft with us and we ended up stopping in for lunch at her house on Friday before taking them to the airport to head home.




I wondered after all the conversation we have had in the last 6 years if we would have anything left to say. No worries there, just with the addition of laughing until the tears were streaming down our cheeks!  We spent the week crafting, laughing, shopping and eating until Friday when sadly they needed to head back to California. It is so wonderful to make friends in this wonderful crafty community of ours but it really is fabulous to meet for real!

My hubby was a very good sport this week, UBER driver, barbecuing, doing dishes so we could get back to our very important job of crafting and taking photos for us.