Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School.........sort of!

Back to School starts today.....well at least for one of my children. My son starts his Software Engineering degree at University today. My daughters will start school on a yet to be determined date! Thankfully my girls are teens, so I really don't mind having them home for another week or two.
To start the school year off, I also wanted to ink up the #30yearsofhappy stamp set you can get FREE during September. In honour of National Stamping month, our founder Jeanette has put together a 30 image set to represent her 30 years of stamping. Click the link to find out how to get yours!
For this sweet and easy card, I started with the camera image......love the image, especially with the heart on the lense! I alternating stamping with NEW Flaxen and Glacier inks on White Daisy cardstock. I matted with Flaxen cardstock, then again with Black cardstock. I added Black Shimmer Trim; Baker's Twine; and Black cardstock cut with our Border Punch. I stamped the sentiment from a retired set that was all about pictures.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: #30yearsofhappy
Ink: Flaxen; Glacier; Black
Cardstock: White Daisy; Black; Flaxen
Embellishments: Black Shimmer Trim; Black Baker's Twine
Tools: Scallop Border Punch

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's been A HOOT!

We said farewell to this awesome August Stamp of the Month, What A Hoot, yesterday.....but I had one last card to show you. This is a card I made for one special customer, to give to another. Here is how I did it.
 I started with Pacifica cardstock and matted with Crystal Blue cardstock. The patterned paper is from retired Ariana. For this sweet owl, I started by stamping her on Crystal Blue cardstock and cutting her out. I stamped the eye mask; wings; and belly on White Daisy cardstock, then swiped Flaxen and Lagoon ink over each piece. On the belly, I used 3 of the small stamps with Black; Lagoon and second generation Black ink.

After I cut each piece out and covered the wings and belly with Liquid Glass. I cut the word "FRIENDS", in Black cardstock, with Art Philosophy at 1/2". I stuck it down to White Daisy cardstock that I had also swiped with both Flaxen and Lagoon ink. Then I covered the entire piece with Liquid Glass. It looks different in this picture, than the owl's pieces, because it is still wet.
I added Liquid Glass to just the stamped flower part of the owl's eyes then a teeny Blue Sparkle to the middle. I finished the card with Black and Turquoise Shimmer Trim and Lagoon Baker's Twine.

Stay tuned for my post tomorrow to show you what I have created with our September #30yearsofhappy stamp set. You can have your own set FREE, during September, by spending just $30 on any current retail-priced stamps. Click on the link to find out how.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Aug SOTM What A Hoot
Paper: retired Ariana
Cardstock: Pacifica; Crystal Blue; White Daisy
Ink: Black; Flaxen; Lagoon
Embellishments: Bitty Blue Sparkles; Liquid Glass; Black & Lagoon Shimmer Trim; Lagoon Baker's Twine
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to school with Creative Embossing

Wow, it is hard to believe Labour Day Weekend is here! Normally I would be encouraging my kids to get their supplies and clothes ready for back to school, but for my daughters, we don't know when school will start.....sadly!  Our Teacher's strike continues and I am not confident the government wants to settle.
My son, however, will have his first day at the University of Victoria on Tuesday. He is taking Software Engineering and we couldn't be prouder of him. The bonus for us as parents, is our son graduated high school on the Honour Roll with Distinction and with a Double Dogwood. The Double Dogwood means he graduated in the French Immersion Program. It also meant that our university gave him scholarships totaling the cost of his tuition for his 4 year program. The caveat is he has to maintain his grades. He also received another scholarship that is paying for his books. Lucky for all of us, he will not have to rely on student loans!

Okay, now onto my "Creative Embossing" card, made with Confetti Wishes and You Mean The World To Me.
The mats for this card are Crystal Blue Cardstock on a White Daisy base. To make the Quatrefoil background, I swiped Versamark ink onto my embossing folder. I put my White Daisy cardstock inside, then closed the folder and rubbed the folder so the ink would transfer. Then I added clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun. Then I used my Thistle ink pad and rubbed ink all over the piece. Where the embossed lines were, there is no ink.....like a backwards or reversed Quatrefoil.

I added patterned paper from Confetti Wishes and stamped in Pacifica ink, with this image from, You Mean The World To Me. I added a bit of Black Arrow Washi Tape to the top and bottom of the main piece just to highlight the arrows in the sentiment piece.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: You Mean The World To Me
Paper: Confetti Wishes
Ink: Pacifica; Thistle
Embellishments: Black Arrow Washi Tape; Quatrefoil Embossing Folder; Clear Embossing Folder
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge; Heat Gun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Owl hello!

Today was a surprisingly hot day.......hopefully FALL weather is on its way! Rain and grey skies are one of my favourite things about living in Victoria......no kidding....it is!
Despite my love of those grey weather days, OWL things make me smile and this cutey is no exception!
This was another card where I used my Quatrefoil Embossing folder as a stencil. I rubbed the side with CTMH logo with NEW Flaxen ink, then spritzed with Lagoon reinker mixed with a bit of water. Then I put my White Daisy cardstock in and just rubbed the ink onto the paper.

I cut and used this great shape from Art PHilosophy and stamped the image from Perfect Fit-Frames in Black ink. I added some Black Shimmer Trim and stamped this sweet owl from retired set, Hot Diggity, in Lagoon ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Perfect Fit-Frames; retired Hot Diggity
Ink: Flaxen; Lagoon; Black
Cardstock: Black; Lagoon; White Daisy
Embellishments: Black Shimmer Trim
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge; Quatrefoil Embossing Folder

Friday, August 22, 2014


I have decided it is time for my 2 daughters to return to school mode, for sleep.....even though we are not sure when school will start this year. Our Teachers are currently on strike and while I hope they sign a contract, so my girls can leave the house on weekdays......it is anybody's guess what will actually happen. Our Teachers have been on strike since the end of school in June and the government seems nowhere near settling. My son will start university after Labour Day weekend and those Teachers are not affected by the strike.

I dedicate this card to Teachers!
When I first saw Chalk It Up paper, at convention in Disneyland, I thought it needed to be roughed up a bit. My school paper was always tattered and torn, so that is what I wanted to do here. I used my handy Distresser on all of the edges. I started with Lagoon cardstock, then added the dual sided patterned paper. I stamped the arrows with Flaxen ink and the file tab with Lagoon and Black ink. I added some of our NEW White Epoxy Stars and Chalk It Up Puffy Stickers.

All supplies are Close To My  Heart.
Paper: Chalk It Up
Ink: Flaxen; Lagoon; Black
Cardstock: White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: Chalk It Up Assortment; White Epoxy Stars
Tools: Distresser

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What a HOOT!

I LOVE Owls! I don't really know how this started, but it started a few years ago. I bought some artwork from Etsy with really sweet and colourful owls. I started to notice more and more owls and now it seems many have gotten on the train! Here is another card with our sweet owl Stamp of The Month for August, What A Hoot.
This card is  a simple paper pieced card with Chalk It Up patterned paper along with some embellishments. Black and Lagoon cardstock are the accents. I coloured with my retired Lagoon marker. I added Silver Shimmer Trim and Black Epoxy Dots and this sweet owl is done!

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamp: Aug SOTM What A Hoot
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy; Lagoon
Ink: Black; retired Lagoon marker
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim; Black Epoxy Dots
Tools: Corner Rounder

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birds today!

Oh how I love creating sets of 3x3 gift cards.....it makes me smile! Here is a set using the fantastic Happy Birds set and Chalk It Up paper.
I created this sweet little set as an Open House gift. Along with Happy Birds and Chalk It Up, I also added some Oodles of Doodles and Shin Han Markers in there, too!

I have added Black Baker's Twine and retired Black Hemp to the cards, also. Get your own sets by clicking on the picture below and adding them to your online shopping basket!

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Happy Birds; Oodles of Doodles
Paper: Chalk It Up
Cardstock: Lagoon; Black; White Daisy; Pear
Ink: Pear; Lagoon; Black; Shin Han Markers
Embellishments: Black Hemp & Baker's Twine
Tools: Scallop Border Punch; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge