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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Camellia Card

Hi everyone,

I took a coloring class at Kit and Clowder this month, and having learned how to colour a "Power Poppy" Camellia, I then made a card with one.

In our class Alyce taught us to colour a red, pink and white camellia.  Since the challenge at Power Poppy this month, is to use greens, I made my camellias for my card all white and mounted them on green BoBunny paper from the "Soiree" collection.  

This is my image that Alyce taught us to colour in the online Monthly Colouring Class for February.  She has a class for both markers and pencils.  I was pretty pleased with my image!  I'm not sure which colour I liked the best... they were all pretty.  *hint *hint... She is still taking sign ups for this class until March 14th!  

Power Poppy has both digital and clear stamps available for sale.  This image, that we used, was a digital one.  So for the class I sized it to 7 inches, but for my card I resized it to a smaller size.  Because it is a digital file and Marcella also has it in a light tone to do 'No Line" colouring, I printed off an extra copy for the inside of the card and stamped Happy Birthday over top of it with an older  CTMH stamp  B1419 "Joyful Birthday". 

For the month of February the digital stamps are on sale for 25% off.  Marcella just released a new one today and it is a beauty!  (I might just have to go back AGAIN!)  LOL

I'm also entering this card into the Swirlydoos March card challenge.  Bec challenged us to use a die on our cards.  The die I used is  from the Spellbinders' set:  Nestabilities "Decorative Elements Oval Majesty". 

This card challenge is open to everyone.  Just register here to log into the forums and get started!  They're a great group over there!

One more tip about the digital images... I find Copics colour just fine with Epson InkJet ink.  I print them off and colour away without any bleeding.  The paper that I use is CTMH's White Daisy cardstock and it provides an excellent blending surface for me.  

So that's what I've been up to on a cold and snowy day!  Thanks for stopping by to peek in!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Two People, One Love

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with another project that I have done for Wild Whisper Designs.

I decided to use the Rooted Love paper to create a wedding layout.

I started with the February sketch at Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.

When I'm using a sketch, I always go to Cricut's Design Space to work out the proportions of my paper and then to cut the pieces.  Below, I'm showing you the Cricut design, and the base of my layout after it's been cut on the cricut.

To embellish the layout I used my set of Heartfelt Creations Blushing Rose stamps and dies.

I only needed 3 ink pads and a waterbrush to watercolour everything.  If you haven't tried it, it is a lot of fun.  I take the ink pad and swipe it on my silicone mat and use it as a paint palette.  Because I wanted the leaves to blend in with the beautiful aqua colours of the paper, I chose a Lagoon colour to paint them, instead of a traditional green.

On the picture above, you can see where I painted double layers of the bigger flowers and glued them on top of each other to give the layout dimension.  That fabulous wooden "love" and the hearts are Wild Whisper products.

I used a pretty package of  Wild Whisper sequins in the centers of the flowers and scattered around the page.  They really add a pretty sparkle.

I cut the bird from one of the papers.

Another close up of the flowers with their sequin centers.

A tip when you're using a stamp set to embellish.... stamp LOTS of images so that you have plenty of leaves and flowers to work with.  To make the flower frame above, I not only used full stamps, but I stamped extra pieces and snipped off extra leaves and bloom to fill in here and there where I felt the layout was a little sparse.  That way you get a lush, fuller flower wreath.

I hope I have given you some ideas on how to use the Rooted Love papers during my guest month as a designer with Wild Whisper, and shown you how versatile they are.

I have truly enjoyed working with these papers, and a big thank you to Suzy and Heather for the opportunity!

Watch for their next paper collection in March!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Monday, February 6, 2017

"Something I Love" challenge

Hi everyone!

Over at the Swirlydoos monthly round robin challenge, the theme is "Something I love".  This beautiful photo of my daughter was perfect for it.  I was able to surround it with all sorts of pretty pinks, which was one of the challenges given to us.

My daughter has been a blessing to me and I wish her all the joy in the world!

Kim wanted us to use techniques we love.... so I incorporated watercolouring (which I'm just learning to do), stamping and making flowers.

This beautiful rose is from a CTMH stamp set called "Hello Lovely" that I am absolutely smitten with.  I think it is SO pretty.  I used watercolours to paint it.

Above, I took the darker shades of watercolours from my rose, and added touches here & there to the flower border to tie it visually to my rose.

This cluster above, was created by first stenciling a flower pattern in white crackle texture paste, letting it dry and shading it with plum Archival Ink.  Over top of that I add a coating of Frosted Lace stickles.

The flowers were made with various Spellbinders dies and each was also coated with Frosted Lace stickles.  The hearts are a set of dies from CTMH called Thin Cuts - Hearts.

Off to the side, I stamped a border with plum Archival Ink.

One of the fun elements of the challenge is to dig into your old stuff that you've been hoarding... and use it!  So I pulled out the die frame "Lovin' Diamonds" from Spellbinders that I've had forever, and some of my treasured crystal flourishes which nobody seems to use anymore.  I love them!  The die cut "smile" is also from an old pack of embellishments that came from CTMH.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Everyone always leaves such nice comments and I truly appreciate them!  

Hope your day is happy and filled with love!


Rooted Love!

Hi everyone!

I'm really excited today to share with you, a layout, that I have done as a Guest Designer for Wild Whisper Designs.

Wild Whisper is a new Canadian company in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industry that just launched last November, 2016.  Heather and Suzy design their products and have them manufactured in Calgary, AB.  I fell in love with the rustic, unique flavor of their papers instantly... pure Canadiana at its best!

A new collection comes out every month and I'm really happy to share "Rooted Love", the new February collection, with you today!

This paper was great to use as a base for a mixed media layout.  It is very thick and strong.

I started out by designing my layout around the theme of a challenge that I wanted to enter it in.  Over at More Than Words this month, the theme is "Together" and you are also asked to use the ampersand "&" on the layout.  

I  used several of the journaling cards, to fussy cut images and sayings that I wanted to put on the layout.  I totally fell in love with the one that says "The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other".  This really fit the photo of my grandchildren that I wanted to use.  

Knowing that I wanted to title this "Roots and Wings" made the selection of paper easy. 

If you know that you're going to put a lot of layers of ink and mists on your layout, I would cover the top sheet in a coat of clear gesso to help the paper stand up to all the water.

Once the gesso is dry, ink or mist a stencil over top.

Next, you want to mat your photo with a variety of journaling cards that enhance it.  (The girls make it easy for you, because everything goes together SO well.)  A piece of scrap cardboard does an excellent job of lifting the mats up to give some depth to the layout.

At this point you want to choose paint and mist colours that are going to complement your layout and your photo.  

My photo had a lot of browns, yellows and greens in it, so I wanted to add more of that to the layout.  
Make samples of any embossing powders you are going to use.  It helps later on when you're trying to decide where to add it.  These two that I used are also Wild Whisper products:  Fractured Ice and Verdigris Sparkle.  You can see in the second photo above, that I also used a scrap piece to try out the colours I was thinking of using.... some of them got tossed once I saw them down on paper!

When making flowers that you want to coordinate with a mixed media layout, use some of the coordinating papers, such as this journaling card above.  Spray it with the same inks that you used in the body of the layout and cut out the flowers.  (This Spellbinder die by Donna Salzer called "Rose Creations" has always been one of my favorites.)

Glue some Fractured Ice embossing powder on the flower petals to take them "over the top"  (a versamark pen really makes this job easier).

These flowers are SO pretty in real life.

Making your own embellishments is very satisfying.  Wild Whisper has both chipboard pieces and wood veneered pieces.  These wooden feathers came from the Nature Mix.  

If you are going to paint them, put a base coat like White Crackle Texture Paste on first.  Then add your colour medium... Gelatoes were used here.  They are applied dry and then you smooth them out with a little water on a brush or your finger.

To finish them off, add some of the Verdigris Sparkle embossing powder here and there.  Other embellishments used on the dream catcher, were wooden veneer hearts and cork heart confetti.

I'm going to show you the layout again, while I briefly explain how you can create a background like this.   After you ink a stencil over top of the paper, add different layers like another stencil using texture paste.  (I used a heart stencil from Heidi Swapp.)  Things like the border of cork hearts add another layer of visual texture.  Glue down your photos and embellishments.  Add colour with mediums like gelatoes, mists, watercolour paints.  Glue down art stones and cork hearts for texture.  Add some Fractured Ice embossing powder over and around the art stones.  Spray some coloured mists over the whole layout... alternate between misting and shaking droplets on it.   (Protect your photo first!)   Water down white gesso and using a paint brush, splash the whole layout . 

Doing a mixed media layout can seem intimidating, but just have fun with it.  If you don't like something, you can always paint over it with white gesso and start again!  Making yourself sample cards of the materials you are thinking of using, really helps to prevent errors in colour choice.

I hope I've inspired you to check out Wild Whisper Designs, and maybe try a mixed media layout too!  I will be back later in the month with a second project for Wild Whisper... and you never know I might sneak some cards in too this month.  :)  Hope you'll check back to see more.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine Card

Hi there!

This past week I played along with Mojo Monday!

I created the lacy mat in Cricut design space by cutting and welding here and there, and also found the doily with hearts there.

This pretty little floral flourish is from a CTMH set called "Hello Lovely".  To make the gold foil ribbon, I cut out several layers of cardstock, glued them together, and covered them with a piece of gold foil tape.  The beautiful heart underneath is from Unity Stamp Co... "When You Smile"

I finished off the inside of the card with another pretty CTMH stamp set, "Heartfelt Hello".  

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 9, 2017

New Beginnings

Hi everyone!  Happy New Years!

The topic for the Round Robin at Swirlydoos this month is "New Beginnings".  I chose to document the story of my dog, Oakley, as he has gone through a huge change in his life this year, and has started his "New Beginning" with grace and acceptance.  

If you want to know Oakley's story, you can read it at the end of this post. 

I started with one of the beautiful papers from the Heirloom collection by 49& Market.  I had a lot of fun with some mixed media techniques:  layers of heavy gesso, strips of newspaper, stenciling and sprays... and then I covered most of it up!  I guess that's what mixed media is all about... glimpses peeking here and there through all the added ephemera.

The stenciling was done using Prima's Static stencil and White Crackle texture paste. Over top I used a beautiful Starburst Spray from Lindy's called "Autumn Maple Crimson".

The small flowers were stamped with a Heartfelt Creations stamp set "Berry Blossoms" using Archival ink "Vermillion".  After they were glued together, I put a light coat of  "Clear Rock Candy" Distress crackle paint on top and left it to dry overnight.  Once dry, I added some burgundy "Baby Beads' from Queen & Co.

The color choice for this layout came from a challenge at Unity Stamps.

I have fallen in love with Unity Stamps... they are so unique and beautiful.  The one that I used in this challenge is "Shari Girl".

I coloured Shari on a piece of tissue paper with Copics and then glued it down with Matte Gel, with a coat over top to protect it.  *Tip.... In order to get the image to show up on the dark background, I stamped it on to the layout and filled it in with white gesso.  Then I glued the tisse layer over top of the white "shadow".  At this point, I almost wanted to stop...because I loved the shadow with all the distressing... but Oakley's story needed to be told.  LOL.

The rest was just playing with bits and pieces from the November Swirlydoos kit and adding embellishments from my "stash".  For me it is the longest part of creating a layout.

Thanks for stopping by on this COLD day (-25C) and checking out what I've been up to!


Oakley's Story

I chose to use Oakley in my layout about new beginnings, because he began a new life with us in August.  He is 7 years old and his previous family was no longer able to look after him.  I had never adopted a dog that was this old and I was a little nervous… he had grown up with 3 boys, lived a merry life in the Rocky Mountains running up and down ski hills… and now he was coming to live a quiet life with my husband and I (mainly me, because my husband works away from home 3 weeks of the month.)

Oakley was very much loved by his previous family.  Mom was a bronze medal Olympic skier from Sweden, and the family owned a ski resort here in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.  The youngest boy of the family, who came with his mom to interview me, had some hilarious stories to tell about Oakley stealing ski gloves as a pup, and sitting on the gondola looking down and watching him race up the mountain with the glove in his mouth.  Unfortunately, the parents were getting divorced, mom was moving back to Sweden, the boys were scattered around the country in university, and dad didn't appear to have enough time for Oakley… so he needed a new home.
I was smitten the moment he walked through the door, although I was surprised by how big he is … he is a GINORMOUS dog, but he has the gentlest spirit of any dog I’ve ever met.  I didn’t get him right away… the family was interviewing several others who were interested in him… but in the end, after some nerve wracking days, they phoned and said they had let him choose, and they felt he was the most comfortable when he was at my house.  Whew!  Happy, happy day.

So, Oakley’s new beginning started, and I have learned a lot about grace from him over the past few months as he has adjusted to his new circumstances.  At first, he waited by the door for them to come back a lot, and his head would turn whenever a little grey car would drive by, but he didn’t whine or cry… he was just very quiet and well behaved…and accepting.  After about 3 weeks, I noticed he was becoming more animated… he was excited to do things with us… and he was wagging his tail merrily when we would talk to him.  I think he is very happy and comfortable with us now!

Oakley’s new beginning has been a real blessing for us.  My husband has a walking partner again, (we had lost our previous big dog a month before Oakley came to us), I have a gentle companion to keep me company, and our small dog has someone to show him that he isn’t the boss of the house!  (He needed to learn this… trust me!)

The moral of this story?  Don't be afraid to adopt a senior dog.  They adapt very quickly when they are given love and you will soon feel like you've had them forever! 

Monday, January 2, 2017


Hi everyone! 

Today I have a layout that was made with Swirlydoos' November kit, "Market Street".  It is a stunning kit using gorgeous paper from 49 & Market, BoBunny and Kaisercraft.  (Hint Hint....  There's still a kit left in the store!)  

This layout was made for the Swirlydoos' challenge "All That Flutters".  In order to make it I used the challenge at More Than Words where your inspiration word is "Celebrate" and you were to bling your layout up with jewels, glitter, and anything sparkly.  This worked well with some photos that I had from New Year's Eve this year!

Sometimes when I'm starting a layout, I sit and stare blankly at the paper.  When that happens I turn to a sketch to help me get going.  This month I used the sketch from Stuck?!Sketches.

I did a lot of mixed media on this page, using some of the products from Swirlydoos' Mixed Mediums kit. 
I used the silver Viva Decor Modelling Cream to emboss with a stencil behind the photos.
I splattered the whole page with watered down gesso.
All flowers were dry brushed with gesso.
I fussy cut the flowered paper and blinged it up with Stardust Stickles.
The Dusty Attic chipboard was painted with the silver modelling cream and once that was dry, I added a layer of stickles over top.

The silver tiara and the word "celebrate" were cut with my cricut explore, and the silver glittery leaves that you can see on both sides of the photos were cut with a die from Penny Black "Winter Garland".

The butterflies were also cut with my cricut explore.

The "All that Flutters" challenge is over now, but watch for the next kit... it will be arriving soon, and with it, there will be another "All that Flutters" challenge.

Also check out the challenges at More Than Words and Stuck?!Sketches....they both run until the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by to see my first project for 2017!