Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Foil'd Sentiments - Technique Tuesday

I have admired peoples creations using foil lately so I got envious, then I went shopping, hahaha... At first I foiled WITHOUT a machine (a laminator, etc) and discovered the sticky, messy side-effects. 

So you might not be able to tell, but these letters don't have the slick, super-shiny finish that traditionally foiled letters have. That's because I used adhesive instead of the laminating technique. This resulted in the letters remaining sticky even after I added the foil, so I dusted the letters with an "anti-static powder tool" which is actually an anti-stick tool. 

The great thing about foiling your sentiments is that they really become a focal point, rather than an afterthought. 

You can see in this photo a little better that the finish is more like a brushed metallic, than a super sleek metal finish. 

Die Cuts - Celebrate DIY Steel Die (Technique Tuesday)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Altenew


This weekend was all about organization for me but I'm glad that I got a chance to play along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I got three new sets of Tim Holtz distress crayons today (sets 7/8/9) so I thought I would use those as a feature in today's card. 


On the left you can see that I just scribbled a bunch of the distress crayons on to the already embossed piece of watercolour card stock. To activate the crayons I used a few spritzes of water and a baby wipe to move the colours around and blend them. 


Thank you for stopping by and have fun on the blog hop!!!

Stamp set: Altenew  Coffee Love Stamp Set
Tim Holtz distress crayons
MFT Decorative edge die
The Twinery Twine

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easter Treat Bags - SRM Stickers

Hello there! I'm here with some cute gift bags for Easter and/or spring. 
We don't celebrate Easter, especially since moving to China, but we usually give little gifts of our favourite candy (mini-eggs) or baked treats to each other! My boys love getting these kind of presents, so I thought I'd make a cute little bag to conceal the contents.... 

I assembled my supplies and got a colour-scheme going. This is usually the way I jump-start my creativity if I don't have any ideas - which was the case today. Colours are inspiring to me and I can usually work quickly after choosing a scheme. 

I coloured an image that will serve as one of the elements on the bag. I made the colours muted intentionally so that the image can be used on top of any bag - regardless of colour.

Here are the bags, one for each of the people in my family!  

I kept the design elements the same but just changed the colour of the bag! It's a really easy way to personalize a design without a complete re-design! 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Make Your Own Background - Mama Elephant

I had a very restful Sunday playing with my stamps and getting some much-needed rest from talking. I've had a very long bout of laryngitis and it still hurts to talk and sing (sucks to be a choir teacher right now!!) but the weekends are gooooood!! 

I made a galaxy background with watercolor paints... And actually, I started with a long panel so I was able to make two cards!

If you took away the background these cards would be very "CAS" and that's what I love about the galaxy background technique - it kind of stands alone!! 

The little bears and sentiment (Mama Elephant) are my go-to set when I do this technique - love them!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set: Space Bears
Nuvo Jewel Drops "Grey Mist"

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Just Because - Sizzix UK

I was surprised when I got it out of the package that it was much thicker and heavier than your normal embossing folder, and now I know why! 

The results are impressive!! 

The embossing is quite substantial, with grooves and edges at angles that truly make it 3-D. 
I thought it looked lovely in the kraft paper so I set to work making a just because card. 

I do anything colour-wise because of the neutral base, but I decided to go with a nice and fresh blue/green palette. 

Item #661261Stamp: Girl: My Favorite Things (retired) and sentiment: Label Maker SentimentsDie Cuts: My Favorite Things (Leafy Greenery)Copic MarkersThe Twinery Twine

Monday, March 6, 2017

Custom Stamp Set - Cutting Cafe

A couple months ago Regina from The Cutting Cafe asked me if I would like to create a custom stamp set. I was just getting interested in hand-lettering and thought it would be cool to get some sentiments made from my own handwriting. 


I stamped the "thanks" sentiment I drew all over the white cardstock in fun, playful colours. I added THANKS in Thickers letter stickers because the little sentiments didn't have as much of a focal-point in the end as I had hoped. Once I put the big letters down though, I was totally happy! 

CLICK HERE for more info about creating your own custom stamp set! 
The prices are really reasonable and the shipping is too... she sent my set to China for about $10! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

No-Line Colouring - A Step-By-Step Tutorial

We've had a lot of requests for a no-line colouring tutorial because, let's face it - it's kind of scary!! The lines disappear and before you know it, you don't know what you're colouring anymore! Hopefully these tips will help you in your no-line quest! 

(the markers I used)

Start with a very pale stamped image. I went so far as to stamp off the image once before stamping this "keeper." I did that so once the image is coloured in, the lines will not be visible. 

Start with the darkest marker and set about adding the shadows. The more you shade the better - this helps a lot when the lines start to "disappear." If done correctly, your shading will tell you where your lines are! 

Add the next lightest colour and gradually move into the centre. Make sure you blend those lines! 

With the lightest colours, fill in the rest of the area. If you want certain features to stand out (like I did here with the whiskers and the nose), colour those FIRST before laying down your marker colours. Those lines will disappear and it will be hard to find them again. 

Add in fun details like shading around the eyes, and eyeballs with pens! 

One step further: because we stamped so lightly we can actually add in features that weren't there in the first place, like the muzzle or the curve of his back legs. These details were added with a pastel-chalk pencil - a lot of people use pencil crayons for this type of detail too!  

Mount your creation on a simple inked background and you're done!! 

I actually made three - all with different sentiments. 

I hope this was helpful!! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thanks Mini-Cards - SRM Stickers

Hi there! Happy Valentine's Day (if you celebrate it..) and if not, I'm here with some pretty Spring-inspired cards. 
Before you know it the flowers will be blooming and the world will look green and fresh again. My entire colour-scheme is based on the patterned papers I chose, and the design/layout was inspired by a card on Pinterest! I take inspiration from where I can, because on these cold winter days the mojo isn't always flowing like it should ;)

Every card is a little different as I mixed and matched the greenery and flower sizes. When I am mass-producing or making a set like these guys, I don't like to make them exactly the same because I get bored easily... Lol.. VERY easily. So making small adjustments and changes keeps it fresh. 

I played around with the die cut flowers too. Sometime the small pieces were inlaid, and sometimes I put them on top for a raised effect... 

I also added the foiled die cut for a little "pop." Initially I didn't have it on the card but I felt it needed something. I think the metallic element is a nice texture-change as well. 

Die Cuts: My Favorite Things

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Birthday - Technique Tuesday

I'm just popping by to share a pretty card! 

Watercoloring is one of my favourite things...

I stamped this new image from Technique Tuesday a few times onto watercolour paper and really loosely coloured the panel with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers. Love those babies!!

The big contrast piece is the sentiment cut out of black glitter paper! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set: Ruffled Rose (Technique Tuesday)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Chinese New Year Cards - SRM Stickers

Nihao! Today I'm here with some custom-cut vinyl pieces for cards. Did you know it was recently Chinese New Year? Until I moved to China I had no idea how big of a deal it is... If possible, it's bigger than Christmas! The country (yes, of 1.5 billion people) literally shuts down so people can go spend time with their families and for two weeks you will be hard-pressed to find a corner store open for business... So it was no surprise to me to get a couple of requests for CNY (Chinese new year) themed cards.

When I first got the request I immediately knew I'd use red and gold, but I didn't have anything stamp or die-cut related to China or CNY. Enter in Cameo and vinyl!! 

It is really hard to show that the cuts are indeed GOLD, but you can see the gorgeous detail I got, and then since it's basically a sticker, I just adhered it to the cardstock. 

Here's another version: 

This is more traditional with the CNY lanterns. 

Lastly, this is a thank you for a Yoga teacher made with the same supplies, but just a different color-scheme.