Monday, June 30, 2014

FCCB 217 - Anything Goes

Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #217 Anything Goes

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~This Weeks Challenge~
Anything Goes
Show us your projects!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

For my project this week I used the Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge. I really need to use this cartridge more often! There are a lot of cute images and a sentiment to go along with each. How easy is that!!

I cut the jar, highlight and gumdrops with white cardstock and then used Prismacolor Markers, which are an alcohol based marker, to colour the individual pieces. I was able to add shadows easily this was and added some glitter with a Gellyroll pen. 

The background paper is from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine 6x6 pad - my fav right now! I used some shiny yellow paper as the Goody layer on the sentiment and a white gel pen to create highlights. 

Inside - I used a sentiment from a cupcake stamp set that has been one that goes with so many themes!

I hope you enjoy your Monday and have a sweet week!


Happy Crafting!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Shout-Out News and Make 'n Take

Ah, first day of summer vacation! Everyone's still in their jammies, and I'm sitting in the sunshine with a coffee. Can't believe my little girl just finished grade 1, and my baby is 2 1/2 - Holy Cow! Where does the time go?  I'm planning on enjoying every minute of this summer :)

I also had to share the lovely Shout-Out I received from All Things Beautiful! What a wonderful way to connect other bloggers and readers together! Thank you Amy!

Thursday is the Make 'n Take day with the Scrapendipity gang, and the lovely Holly never disappoints with a beautiful, inspiring card!

Yesterday we made this gorgeous card by clear embossing flowers stamped on a white cardstock background. The lovely background is then layered on yellow and blue cardstocks, on top of a white card base. On the top we layered a die cut white label, stamped with a sentiment and a ribbon. 

We sponged on Distress Inks using orange for the centres, then yellow for the outside of the flowers and blue around the outside. Of course, Distress Inks blend beautifully and create new colours where the original colours mix.  We spritzed some water over top to create some more blending and a watercolour look. I will never get tired of Distress Inks - especially using them to create watercolouring techniques!

I love how summery this card feels :) it makes me realize how I need to use these colours together more!!

I'll be back soon to show you my summer mantle (you can see the sneak peak above)!! I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday and looking forward to a lovely weekend!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Things you need to use more 

& they are having a DT call over there- how fun would that be!!

DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Challenge 

PDE Linky Party #13 - Many Layers

Little Tangles - Watercolour 

Happy Crafting!


Monday, June 16, 2014

FCCB 215 - Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #215 Sketch Challenge

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Online Card Classes
~This Weeks Challenge~
Sketch Challenge
Create a project inspired by the sketch below:

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

For my project I wanted to use a new Tim Holtz stamp set! This is such a neat, retro set, and I love this soda bottle.  I've seen a lot of white embossing lately and wanted to combine it with watercolouring.  I was inspired by a card Emily Leiphart created - she has a video showing her process on her blog. 

I just love using a sketch, and I decided to turn this one on its end to create my card. I cut out the stars and scallopped edge diecut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and used white embossing powder for my stamped image. My background paper is from a 6x6 pad by Simple Stories - Good Day Sunshine - which is fast becoming my fav! I used a white gel pen around the edge of each star.

  I wanted to go with bright, fun colours, and I chose 4 different Distress Inks, which I smooshed onto my craft sheet. I wet my watercolour paper with a paint brush and water and then applied blobs of colours, until I achieved the desired effect.

After my painting was complete, I picked up each colour and did a bit of splattering with my brush.

Inside I white heat embossed a sentiment and used the same colours to watercolour around the words.  I used plain white cardstock here, so I tried not to get it too wet and just made sure to glue it down to the base well.

Erica shows off her watercoloured soda pop image too!

This is one of my favorite cards, and I definitely will be using this technique more! I love it when you find something that looks so great and is so easy to put together!

Be sure to head over to the FCCB blog to check out what the other Design Team members have put together -as well as check out our amazing sponsor Online Card Classes.  I am a very big fan and recently took the Watercolor for Cardmakers class - it was awesome! They have a new class starting soon so be sure to check that out too!

Wishing you a wonderful, creative week :)

DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky party

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Best Way To Your Future!

When I saw the challenges at Simon Says Stamp - Monday and Wednesday as well as the sketch challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles I simply had to combine them!

I layered patterned paper over a dark grey card base and inked the edges. Then I took a piece of white cardstock and used Distress Paints to sponge a rainbow effect through the heart stencil from Tim Holtz. I sponged over my stencilled background with Distress Inks in the same or similar colours to match the paint colours. 

I found a chipboard frame that I had already painted with pink paint. I stencilled on it through a Heidi Swapp stencil - one of my favourite with hearts, stars and circles- with Distress Ink and then added Ranger Sticky Stuff and Distress Glitter in Rock Candy. It was more subtle than I expected, but that's the fun part about playing- figuring out new techniques!

I used a piece of patterned paper from Simple Stories that had a cloud background on it and the Dream sentiment and I stamped the Future sentiment in black. 

I hope your Saturday has started off great, and just a reminder you still have till Sunday to add your projects to the FCCB blog to have a chance to win an awesome prize worth $100 from our sponsor this week, SVG cuts!!  Be sure to visit them at to see lots of inspiration and FREE designs!

Scrapping Everyday Miracles - June Card Sketch

Pile It On - Patterned Paper
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge

Have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Well, I'm finally getting around to starting to create my Christmas cards! In June?! Well, my goal was to make a few each month so that December isn't so hectic!

I am loving watercolouring right now and made my focal image by embossing the Inkadinkadoo pine cone and branch image with white embossing powder onto watercolour paper. I used the Simply Sweet Cricut cartridge to cut out the circle cut with stitching lines.

 I used Art Quest Stargazer Pearlescent watercolors to cover the background. I love how the embossed image acts as a resist!

I used the Gypsy to weld the circle border cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and used Kelly Purkey letter stickers to spell JOLLY. Then I added some Glossy Accents to the letters and the Dec  25 stamp. 

Inside I stamped an Inkadinkadoo stamp and used some white gel pen to add highlights. 

It was nice to create a Christmas card without feeling rushed and just enjoying the process of putting it all together :)

Mojo Monday- sketch

Stuck On U Sketches - Die cut Challenge - Use Circles
Pile it On - Use Patterned Paper
4 Crafty Chicks -Christmas 
Festive Friday - Photo Inspiration

Happy Crafting!


Good Times Tag

I love the look of these new Tim Holtz debossing folders!! For this masculine tag I used the 'good times' folder along with the Tim Holtz Blueprint camera stamp, which I coloured in with Distress Markers. I also used the Tim Holtz sunray stencil in the background and then stamped on top with a scroll stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used a stitching stamp from Simon Says Stamp and added a few dots of white Enamel Accents along the bottom.

I love how the white Distress Marker in Picket Fence is partially opaque!

I sponged Distress Ink over the debossing.

A little twine added to the top and it is the perfect addition to a gift!

I love making tags - it makes me feel like I'm putting just a little extra love into my gift, and this one was so fun, using so many of my favourite techniques!

Hope you are enjoying your week!

DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine
CRAFT Challenge - #262 -Father's Day/Masculine
Scrapping Everyday Miracles - Each Day is a New Gift theme

Happy Crafting!


Monday, June 9, 2014

FCCB 214 - Celebrate Dad/ Masculine Project

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #214 Celebrate Dad
Create a project for dad OR a masculine project

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$50.00 Giftcard to SVG Cuts and a BIG SHOT!

While you may use stamps, SVG cuts and die cuts, you must use at least 1 Cricut cut to qualify for the prize, please list the cut used in your description.

This is my project this week-

 I used some Simple Stories 6x6 paper for the wood-look background - love this stuff!! Then I cut the red diecut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and embossed it with a wood grain embossing folder.  I used the Heritage Cricut cartridge for the truck- which I embossed with a ruler folder and then sponged with Distress Ink, as well as the Father cut.  I actually welded the apostrophe and the S cuts onto this with my Gypsy, and used the Art Philosophy cartridge for the Happy and Day cuts, welding them together. I added a little Tim Holtz twill tape to the sides and a brushed pewter brad.

I tried a white gel pen to highlight the letters and like how they turned out!

Inside I used the amazing new Debossing folders from Tim Holtz! These are so cool.  I highlighted with some Distress Ink and used a notebook punch along the inside edge. 

I hope you will join us this week at FCCB! There is an amazing sponsor and prize this week, and the Design Team, as always, is so inspiring!!

Have a lovely week :)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine
DL Art- Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gorjuss Girls - Mojo Monday

Happy Saturday everyone! It is a beautiful, sunny day here. Our neighbourhood is having a community garage sale today, so of course we had to get out and visit a few! The girls found a couple stuffed toys and an easel and then we headed home for lunch and naptime. (I love naptime :)

I just had to share this cute card made with one of the Gorjuss girl stamps! If you haven't seen them, you totally have to check them out - so sweet!   I used the new 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories - Good Day Sunshine, and used the sketch from Mojo Monday. I actually cut a piece of off the bottom to lengthen the paper to fit my 5x7 card, and added the Hello strip.

I added Distress Inks to white paper flowers and then painted on Perfect Pearls mist to create a watercolour, shimmery look to my flowers before layering them. Lately I've been using Perfect Pearls along with Distress Inks instead of water to activate them and add a shimmery bit of 'Magic'!

I watercoloured this cute girl with Distress Markers after stamping on watercolour paper.

Inside I layered a strip of the Simple Stories paper along the bottom.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend! Be sure to check out all the sites below to see more inspiration and play along.

Mojo Monday - Sketch
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Magic (see how I coloured my flowers!)
Daisy Cottage Designs - Off The Hook Monday
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Easter Scrapbooking - April Sketchy Challenge

I decided to carry on with my Easter scrapbooking - you can see the first page here - and use the April sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooker's Magazine website.

These pics were taken one Easter morning. I just love Amie's sleepy little face and curly hair! I used Recollections paper on the background, and Jillybean Soup border strips for the title. I love the ease of this sketch - it can be adapted so easily!

I stamped on watercolour paper and coloured in the bunny Peeps, eggs, and scalloped diecut with Distress markers and inks. 

The cute journaling card is from Jillybean Soup- I love using these project-life type cards to add journaling to my traditional layouts. 

After completing my two page layout I still had a lot of pics I wanted to used, so I pulled out some pocket pages. 

Easter dinner with family
Easter morning

Our chilly Easter egg hunt at a local farm- 
Butterfield Acres

It feels like such an accomplishment to get all these pics scrapped - even if they are from 2011, Lol!

I hope you have a productive and fun filled week. 

DL Art- Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge 

Happy crafting!


Monday, June 2, 2014

FCCB 213 - Card Stash

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #213 Card Stash

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Classic Dad Stamp Set

~This Weeks Challenge~
Card Stash
Create a project to replenish your stash: Baby, Thank You, Birthday, etc.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

For my project I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and a paper pack from CTMH. I was inspired by a card I saw in one of the Cricut Idea Books from Northridge Publishing. They are online now, and available on an iPad. There are so many amazing designers who create for them and no shortage of inspiration. 

I used a card cut for my base and the matching cut for the patterned paper, sized slightly smaller. I then used some matching cardstock and cut the bird and wing, and lastly the banner. After inking all my edges with Distress Inks I used a Stampin'Up Hello greeting and some black enamel accents for the bird's eye and brads on the banner. 

I used scalloped edged scissors to cut the strip of paper under the banner and popped up the bird's wing with foam dots.

For the inside I cut another card base in white and inserted it on the inside.  I used a scroll stamp, a 'thanks' sentiment, and a Stampin'Up border stamp, and I inked my edges.

I figured while I had everything on my Gypsy it would be so quick to add another card to my stash- so I created this quick birthday card, substituting a butterfly for the bird.

I hope you will stop over at the FCCB blog to check out all the other amazing projects by our Design Team! And be sure to visit out sponsor - Mark's Finest- to see all their beautiful stamp sets!

Challenges - 

Happy Monday, and happy crafting!!