Monday, June 26, 2017

FCCB #304 - Patriotism!

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!

Challenge #304-Patriotism
Make a project about patriotism in any country!

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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. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I was so excited about the challenge this week since it's Canada's 150th birthday this year on July 1st! I love the Canadian logo that has been designed to celebrate, and I knew I wanted to use it on a Happy Canada Day card, so I saved a photo from an online search and uploaded it onto Cricut Design Space and then saved that as a cut file. I was so pleased at how nicely the maple leave cut out! I layered it over the Celebrate Card cut, which is a background of tiny circle cuts from the Simple Celebrations Cricut Cartridge.

I am really loving the Wild Whisper Strong & Free Collection, new this month, and I knew it would be perfect to add to my card! I'll be sharing lots more from this fabulous collection all month long!

Over on May Flaum's blog she's holding a FREE Camp Scrap class with lots of daily inspiration, and her challenge to use Stamps was just the inspiration I needed to grab these awesome new Wild Whisper Strong & Free Stamps for my card.

 She also reminded me to use those smaller stamps - so I grabbed some patriotic emblems and stamped both on the outside and the inside of my card! 

I added a bit of shimmer from some Tim Holtz mica spray on the yellow background under the diecut card base, which gives a little shine peeking through. And, of course, I had to add some pretty SpiegelMom Scraps sequins for a little extra bling! I can't wait to give this to someone special to help them celebrate Canada Day too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to head over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what all the other designers have come up with today - and enter your own patriotic project with a Cricut cut for a chance to win!

Linked to:
Craft With May FB group - June 24 Stamping
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Patterned Paper
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC 194 - AG w/ Red, orange & aqua

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Turtley Awesome Card!

Hi friends! I'm back today with a cute little turtle card using the sweet Gerda Steiner Designs Hello Friend Turtle Digital Stamp.  The fun thing about this stamp is that it is being used in the June challenge over at the Gerda Steiner Designs blog - and if you purchase this stamp and submit it to the challenge you will get next month's challenge stamp FREE!

I printed this little guy out on white cardstock and coloured him with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers, which are alcohol based. I used some white gel pen to create highlights and fussy cut him out. 

I used the digital Echo Park Summer Fun collection, from Snap Click Supply. I've been playing around with this collection by opening up the papers and elements in PicMonkey (a free program) and layering them before printing them out. I even added a sentiment from the Birthday Turtle Digital Stamp set by Pretty Cute Stamps.

I used some Glossy Accents to give a little dimension to some of the elements, popped up the cute turtle and added some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins to finish it off!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!

Linked to:
Gerda Steiner Designs - June Challenge
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Patterned Paper

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SpiegelMom Scraps - Retro Inspired Canvas!

Hello! I'm back to show you a canvas I'm sharing on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog today. I love creating canvases, which are awesome as home decor or gifts for someone special! Since our theme this month is 'Take Us Back June' I thought this cool paper doll stamp from Julie Nutting would be perfect combined with the vintage Architextures papers and Prima armoire tag! Here's a look at how this one turned out using lots of pretty SpiegelMom Scraps sequin bling, 7gypsies Architextures, and Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam! You can follow along with the tutorial on the SMS blog.

Don't forget to use the code KARLA15 to save 15% off your purchases at the SpiegelMom Scraps shop!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful week - and be sure to check out the full tutorial on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog!!

Linked to:
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Patterned Paper
FFC 193 - AG

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Feature Day - Planner Spread!

Hello friends!! I'm back today with some more awesome stamps from Your Next Stamp!! I'm so happy to be Guest Designing with them this month, and I'm so impressed with their amazing stamps!

Today, I'm sharing in the YNS Feature Day blog post where our challenges was to create a project using two or more stamp sets. Well, I may have gotten carried away ;) There are just so many choices! I wanted to pretty up my planner a bit this week, so I decided to use these fun stamps, Distress Oxide Inks and Papermate InkJoy pens to decorate my Happy Planner.

I stamped some of the stamps on white cardstock and coloured the images in with my Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers, which are alcohol based, before gluing them onto my page. I felt the coffee stamps from the Perk Up stamp set were perfect for a Monday morning ;) 

I cut the happy stars away from the cute penguin who is holding them in the Waddles Rainbow Fun stamp set after I stamped them. Just by masking or cutting away parts of your image after stamping you can get even more uses from your sets! I used some of the paper from the new For The Boys 6x6 paper pad on my planner spread as well as using it as a base to stamp the adorable little oven mitts from the Waddles Bring On The BBQ stamp set.

I watercoloured the sweet little house by cutting it out of watercolour paper using the Home Is Where The Heart Is die. The little diecut hearts are actually the cute trees from this die, and I simply cut off the trunks. I used the Have An Epic Day sentiment from the Phoebe and Pets stamp set, and added the cloud stamps as an area to write in the blog posts I have due.

On Saturdays my hubby always makes me a latte, so of course I had to use the little espresso machine from the Perk Up stamp set again. The cute little marshmallows from the Cup Of Happiness work for camping or a backyard marshmallow roast, even though this is more of a Winter stamp. I also used the tiny hearts around my pages and the cute heart bubble from this set beside my Monday morning coffee maker.

The little butterfly and flower icons in the Whatnot Sentiment Ten stamp set were great to add to the planner. If you look for the tiny stamps included in a lot of the sets you have, you'll probably be surprised at how you can make them work in your planner! The cute little ladybug from the Bugs and Kisses stamp set was great to add to the day we are going to my daughter's preschool picnic!

And what is more perfect for the weekend than to grab some cute stamps from Waddles Bring On The BBQ for a movie night and BBQ?!! I added a bit of washi tape and a couple SpiegelMom Scraps Cork Stars.

And here's a look at all the adorable stamps I used:

Bugs and Kisses

Perk Up 

Waddles Bring On The BBQ 

Waddles Rainbow Fun

Cup Of Happiness

Phoebe and Pets 

Whatnot Sentiment Ten stamp set 

Home Is Where The Heart Is border die

Thanks so much for joining me today! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see all the inspiration and leave a comment on the Feature Day blog post there for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!

Linked to;
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Patterned Paper
FFC 193 - AG

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inspiration Saturday!

Hello friends! I know I'm getting this posted a little later than normal, but it is still Saturday, and you still have lots of time to check out all the inspirational sites I found this week!!

1) I've been playing around with decorating my Happy Planner this week and my daughter, who also has one, wanted some printables. Well, I was so excited to come across the Victoria Thatcher website - with amazing free downloads!! Here's a link to her adorable Oh Deer printable, and if you check out the right side of her blog there's a direct link to all of her printables in either EC or HP size. You don't even need to have a planner to enjoy these adorable images!! Grab a coffee and have fun looking through all the awesome designs she has - and if you're feeling generous, leave her a little thank you in her 'coffee fund' on the right side as well for all her hard work!

2) And, while we're talking about planner printables, here's another cool website with amazing Free Planner Printables! Visit Fit Life Creative to check out all the fun goodies they have available!! You can sign up for email notifications to find out whenever they have a freebie available. 

3) I tried these yummy Molasses Drop Cookies this week - and they were sooooo good! I sub'd the shortening for veg oil and actually made half the recipe, which still made a lot of cookies. I used my Pampered Chef small scoop and the PC stone baking sheet and they turned out great!

4) I thought this video from Lindsay at the Frugal Crafter was so cool! I've seen the new animated stamps before and she shows you a way to create this effect with any stamp. She really has some awesome videos available!

5) And, lastly, May Flaum has a free Camp Scrap class starting on Monday! I just love her crafty style, and you can check out Camp Scrap on her BLOG, where she'll be creating a new post daily - sign up for emails so you don't miss anything - and join the Facebook Group to join in the fun! She has prizes she'll be giving away and lots of inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Your Next Stamp - Challenge #66 - Shaker Aquarium Card!

Hello friends! I'm back today with a new Challenge from the Your Next Stamp blog!! There is a new challenge every two weeks based on a colour scheme or a sketch - or both if you're up to it!! Here's a look at both challenges this week.

I decided to use both challenges as inspiration for my aquarium shaker card using the Aquarium Antics stamp set by Your Next Stamp. This is such a sweet set, with lots of cute images and great sentiments!! I bought some Echo Park Summer Fun digital papers from Snap Click Supply, and I was able to create the background panel in Pic Monkey to follow the sketch. I just printed it off on some white cardstock and added it to my card base. I love the clear sparkly Gumdrop enamel dots from the New Release Firecracker Sparkly Gumdrops, and I added three to the top right of my card. I also sponged on a little Distress Oxide Ink around the edges before gluing it all together.

I used my new Project Life Fuse Tool to create a pocket around the aquarium and then added SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and some Ranger Distress Glitter before sealing the top edge. I am absolutely loving this Fuse Tool!! I used some Scor tape and a bit of Glossy Accents to adhere the shaker pocket to my background paper.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment from the set with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and coloured two more of the cute fishies!! This will be perfect for a birthday or any well wishing card!

Here's a look at this awesome stamp set:
Aquarium Antics 

Thank you so much for joining in! Find all the details on the Your Next Stamp blog - and join in for your chance to win a prize!!

SpiegeMom Scraps - Shaker Card and Bookmark Set!

Hello! I hope you've all been having a fantastic week!! I'm posting over on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog today and have been having lots of fun with my new Project Life Fuse Tool!! I created a retro card and bookmark and used that Fuse tool to make shaker pockets with both.

Be sure to check out all the details, supplies, inside of the card and back of the bookmark on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog!

Don't forget to use the code KARLA15 to save 15% off your purchases at the SpiegelMom Scraps store!
Linked to:
DL Art - Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge
SSS Monday Challenge - Touchy Feely