Saturday, April 21, 2018

Beyond Basics Background - Thanks

I seldom create backgrounds that are elaborate as most of my work are fast and easy due to my busy life. Today I took a little extra time to create a background that has several techniques inspired by the Class Beyond Basics Backgrounds.

The Altenew products I used are

Mandala Die set

Thanks Die - Altenew
Thanks die
Daisy Stamp Set - Altenew
Daisy Stamp set

Here's my card

Using the Mandala die, I die-cut it with kraft cardstock. Then I placed the die-cut over a piece of watercolour cardstock and spritzed some gold, red and green shimmer colours. When everything is dry, I took the die-cut and added Versamark all over the mandala section and gold heat embossed it and adhered it to the watercolour cardstock. 

Next for the sentiment, I die-cut the word "Thanks" on white and black cardstock so that I have 3 pieces for each of them. I stacked and adhered the white together then the black. On the white die-cut I pressed the Versamark inkpad over it and heat embossed with orange embossing powder. I repeated this twice. Then I adhered the orange die-cut to the black and offset it a little. 

For the flower, I used the Daisy stamp with Summer Afternoon inks and used Prismacolors for added definition near the flower centre. I stamped the leaves with Green Fields inks. All the images were then fussy cut out.

I adhered the sentiment to a strip of black and gold cardstock and placed the daisy and leaves as shown. To finish off the card, I added some floral sequins with silver stickles in the centres.

It has been fun to churn out the cards for the AECP assignments this weekend and I had so much fun with the various techniques.

See you!

Watercolour Bamboo Rose

The Altenew products I used are

Bamboo Rose Stamp Set
Bamboo Rose stamp set
Rose Flurries 3D Die Set
Hello Sunshine Stamp Set - Altenew
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Hello Sunshine stamp set

Here's my card

On a piece of Canson watercolour cardstock, I stamped the roses, leaves and berries with Versamark and white heat embossed it. With various Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush I coloured the images.  Then I used Caribbean Sky ink diluted with water and fill in the sections between the stamped images.

I used a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine stamp set on vellum and white heat embossed it. Next, I die-cut the leaves and the tiny flower using the Rose Flurries die set on white cardstock. I used copic markers to colour the die-cuts.

To assemble the card, I cut a frame with orange cardstock and adhered the sentiment on the bottom section and a thin orange strip to ground it.  Then I adhered the leaf and flower die-cuts just next to the sentiment.

The watercolouring was so relaxing and something that I don't do very often.

Have a great day!

Thankful for your Friendship

What kind of cards do you make most?

I think I do a lot of birthdays and friendship themed cards. Today, I have a card which looks simple but took some effort to put together.  The card was inspired by the class Impressive Heat Embossing.

The Altenew products I used are:

Cross Stitch Flower Stamp
Here's my card

I was inspired by the multi-coloured embossing powder card.  For my card, instead of using different embossing powders, I decided to use clear embossing with coloured inkpads.  The Altenew inkpads I used are Evergreen, Forest Glades, Velvet, Crimson, Rouge and Blush.

First I die-cut the flower using white cardstock. Next I stamped a layer of the cross stitch flower with coloured inkpad, then stamped it again with Versamark. Then I poured clear embossing powder on the stamped section and heat embossed it.  I repeated this process for each of the layers.

The tiny butterfly was stamped and heat embossed the same way on another piece of cardstock and cut it out. I thought it would be nice to have some dimension for the butterfly and I adhered it to the cross stitch flower piece with foam adhesive.

To finish off the card, the sentiment was stamped and white heat embossed on a thin strip of black cardstock.  I snipped the ends of the sentiment piece and adhered it to the card with foam adhesive.

I hope you like the card.

Thanks for stopping by.

When I Think of You

Today's card was inspired by Nina-Marie's card with lots of colourful balloons in a white background.
My take is slightly different :) I decided on a white background with monochromatic leaves and a burst of colour with a bright pink flower.

The Altenew products I used are

Build-A-Rose set
Dotted Scales Debossing Cover die
Here's my card...

To create the monochromatic background, I used the 3rd layer leaf stamp and stamped it on white cardstock using Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades inks. Then I die-cut the background with the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover die and cut it slightly smaller than the cardbase.

Next I stamped the Rose and leaves on another piece of white cardstock and die-cut them out. The inks I used are Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen and Jet Black.

For the sentiment, I decided to split the sentiments into two tones. I stamped "I Smile" using Black ink on white cardstock and the bottom half of the sentiment on a thin strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed. Then I adhered the black strip just below the top sentiment where it should be.

To finish the card, I assembled it and popped the flowers and leaves with foam adhesive for some added dimension.

Last week I just couldn't put a card together so I'm super glad to be more productive this weekend.

Have a lovely day!


Today's class is all about colour and it's my favourite thing to play with colours.

My inspiration is based on this fun photo.

The Altenew product I used is this cute die - Spring Shower Cover die.


Just a simple card with bursts of colours.

I die-cut a white cardstock and a kraft cardstock with the Spring Shower Cover die and saved all the die-cut pieces.  With copic markers I coloured some of the leaves and flowers.  The leaves are adhered back to the negative cover die-cut.  The flowers are stacked with the smaller die-cuts and adhered with foam adhesive.  To finish off the card, I added jewels on the flower centres and sprayed my favourite Sparkle shimmer spray from high.

I guess this is not my usual style but it's fun to try something different.

Thanks for visiting me, and 
have a great day!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Unity Hop {12 April 2018}

Hello Unity Peeps!
So glad that you're hopping with us today.

Here's what Angela and Whitney have in store this week... yay new releases!

I am excited about this adorable seahorse!

Next is this penguin - just the cutest, don't you agree?

This month's sentiment kit is so elegant.  Love the swan.
Here are a couple of card ideas using April's KOTM

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Please head over to Kris Lancaster's blog - I'm sure she'll be sharing some amazing ideas.

Here is the hop list in case you need it:

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mother's Day Card

I'm on a roll this weekend with the AECP assignments.

This next card is based on the techniques in the Beautiful Details class. Of all the classes I find this most challenging because I'm a fairly impatient cardmaker.  Most of the cards I make take 15 minutes or so to colour and put together.  This one took some time but I think I love the results.

The Altenew product I used are

Remember This Stamp Set - Altenew

Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set - Altenew

Peach Perfect Crisp Dye Ink - Altenew

The colouring medium I used are Copic markers with Prismacolor pencils.

I used only the outline stamps for the flower and leaf and stamped using Memento Desert Storm ink. This ink works really well with Copic markers.

The copic markers I used are R12, R11, R00 for the flower and YG25, YG23 and Y21 for the leaves. I selected a slightly darker shade of peach and soft yellow pencil for the flower and a darker shade of leaf green pencil. The idea is to add shading and fine lines to the imagse to give it more details than the markers could.

The background is a piece of watercolour cardstock. I sponged some Distress Oxide Tattered Rose and Squeezed Lemonade lightly and added some gold shimmer ink spritz with a small brush.

The sentiment is from the Wild Hibiscus set and I stamped it using the Peach Perfect ink.

I hope you like the card.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

In the Mood for Colour

Colour makes me happy and I love creating with unexpected colours.

The Altenew class In the Mood for Color was so inspiring.

The products I used on my card are


Warm & Cozy Oval Set - Altenew

Green Fields Oval Set - Altenew - 1

I used the Warm and Cozy inks for the flower, and Green Fields ink for the leaves.  I find it easier to align the floral stamp if I die-cut the cardstock first with Sewn with Love die.

I love Orange flowers, something about its bright colour that gives energy :) I thought it would be fun to add some unexpected colours in the background to give the card more interest. 

I used an old stencil and placed it above the stamped image and sponged some Distress Oxide inks (Tattered Rose, Shaded Lilac and Bundled Sage).  I wasn't sure if the colours will work but I think they turned out pretty good. 

Finally I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne.

Thank you for visiting me. 
Have a great day!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Love You

Yesterday I came home so tired from work. Some days I don't even want to create anything but this stamp set really lifted me.


I was in the mood for some colouring.  I wanted to achieve a soft almost watercolour look with Copic markers. What do you think?

This card uses the Masking technique. I used a post-it note and extended the floral image to fill the whole card front width.  It's a really simple and easy technique.

I added some ink sponging on the top portion of the image and fussy cut around the bottom and adhered it onto a blue cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with teal embossing powder.  Then I die cut the bottom edge of the cardbase for some added interest.

Thank you for visiting me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hope Your Day Is Amazing

Today I have a card to share from the Class Magic Marker Techniques

First of all I used the flower and leaf die and cut several pieces from white cardstock. Next, instead of stamping with the base layer for the flower and leaf, I used Copic markers R20 (for the flower) and G21 (for the leaf) to colour the die cuts.

To create some texture, I used a piece of jute cloth with Colourless Blending solution and pressed the jute cloth over the coloured die-cut pieces.

When the die-cuts are dry, I stamped the next few layers with Altenew inkpads (Rouge, Crimson and Violet for the flower and Forest Glades and Evergreen for the leaves).

On the Watercolor Stripes Cover die, I used Copic Marker E31 and coloured the stripes. Once again, I used a microfibre cloth with the Colourless Blending solution to create texture on the stripes.

For the sentiment Hope, I die-cut 4 pieces from white cardstock.  I stacked and glued 2 of the pieces together.  One of the sentiment was coloured with Black alcohol ink marker and the other with E31.  Then I glued the brown piece over the black and offset it slightly for some interest.  For the stamped sentiment, I used Versamark and white heat embossed it on brown cardstock.

Then the card is assembled as shown - the flowers are adhered with foam adhesive for some dimension.

I love this assignment, it was so fun and I love the texture created with the Blending solution.

Thank you for visiting me and hope your day is beautiful!