Friday, December 8, 2017

{Altenew} December Release Blog Hop + VIDEO + Giveaway

I'm so excited to be joining Altenew for their December 2017 Blog Hop! Altenew is releasing 14 stamp sets, 15 die sets and a mini die cutting machine!! What's on your wish list? I'm here to tell you that you need the die cutting machine, simply because it's the cutest thing ever. Be sure to watch my video to see how tiny it is - it fits in my purse!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 11:59pm EST on Friday, December 15th for a chance to win! The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Sunday, December 17th.

I'm also drawing a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate so be sure to leave a comment below by 11:59pm EST on Friday, December 15th. I will announce my winner here on Saturday, February 16th.

I used the same colour scheme for all three of my release cards to keep everything simple, proving that you can make all your cards in your favourite colours. It's not necessary to have a rainbow of inks. Plus, I made cards for three different occasions, in both masculine and feminine styles. You can do it all with limited supplies!

My first card has a video and it features the Ninja Invasion stamp set and Ninja Invasion Dies, as well as the existing Sketchy Lines Stencil. I share how easy it is to stamp these fun ninjas, plus some tips and tricks for stamping. See how this card comes together here:

My son has a big holiday concert coming up and I thought he would love a card featuring the Ninja Invasion stamp set and Ninja Invasion Dies. I'm currently obsessed with mint right now so I used Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake and Lagoon to stamp three of the six ninjas. I used Peach Perfect for the skin tone on the ninja in the centre, and Sand Dunes and Rocky Shore for the left and right ninjas, respectively. I wanted to vary the skin tones since the ninja colours were different.

For the background, I created an ombre effect by sponging the same three colours through the Sketched Lines Stencil. Then I added pearlescent embossing paste to the right side of the panel.

My second card features the stunning and so-easy-to-use Frosted Garden stamp set and Frosted Garden Dies. No colouring is required with these stamps but you can definitely add colour if you wanted to. 

Initially, I did think about stamping these in white or black and using vibrant watercolours to add pops of colour. In the end, I used a brayer on each floral stamp to create an ombre effect with Mountain MistVolcano Lake and Lagoon.

I originally stamped directly on to the card base to create a true one-layer card but I botched one of the flowers so I decided to re-stamp and die cut to salvage the card. I used the rock-and-roll technique to add embossing ink to the edges of the flowers and leaves, then heat embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder for a gilded look. The card is still clean and simple but with that bit of wow.

My third and final card, featuring the Flower Arrangement stamp set and Flower Arrangement Dies, pulls the cool greys and earth tones from the ninja card and uses them in abundance to balance the mint flowers and also showcases the gorgeous detail of these layering stamps. 

I stamped the flowers as well as the leaves in all three colours, then added gold tinsel embossing in the centres.

The sentiment was stamped first with Lagoon ink and then I used the coordinating die cut of the sentiment to die cut the words from gold glitter cardstock. I adhered the die cut letters slightly off-set so that a shadow of the Lagoon would show.

Be sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! Happy shopping!!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

{Neat & Tangled} Retirement Sale

Neat & Tangled is having an amazing Retirement Sale! So many great stamp sets and dies are being retired. Grab some of these deals for last-minute holiday cardmaking gift-giving and even Valentine's Day while you can!

Here are a few of my favourite cards made with the following retiring sets:

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia + VIDEO + Extra Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled to be one of Taheerah's very special guests for her 3rd annual Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

My card and video for today features Catherine Pooler Designs, which is also today's sponsor! More on that below. I'm featuring the very popular Plaid Background, as well as the Tis the Season stamp set, Tis the Season dies and Here We Come A-Caroling from the latest Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection. See how my card came together here:

Since this post is already long and my video explains the entire process, I won't write too much about the card. I used Mint To Be and Aquatini inks with a brayer to create the ombre plaid background.

I used Party Dress, Tiki Torch, Aquatini, Mint To Be and Grass Skirt to stamp the elements for the floral arrangement. All of the flowers and foliage are from the Tis the Season stamp set and Tis the Season dies.

The sentiment was double-stamped with Midnight ink on both the poinsettia and plaid background to create a perfect match. The sentiment is from the Here We Go A-Caroling stamp set, a copy of which I'm giving away on my YouTube Channel. :)

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Catherine Pooler Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! Comments on my YouTube Channel will also qualify you for my personal giveaway of the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set and those comments will close on Thursday, December 7th at 11:59pm EST so the winner can be announced on Friday, December 8th on my YouTube video for this postYou must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win sponsor prizes! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on December 31, 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from December 1st through 25th, inclusive, so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

{Altenew} For the New Mother

Hi, everyone! I'm back with a quick card that cases a previous Altenew card of mine. I needed a baby card for a friend who gave birth to her third child a couple of weeks ago. I haven't made a baby card in a very long time but the Celebrations stamp set had the perfect sentiments.

On the original design, I only used one of the Halftone Circles in the centre, behind all of the images. Here, I featured three smaller halftone circles in Mountain Mist, Pink Diamond and Morning Frost to coordinate with the watercolours.

All of the sentiments and images from Coffee Love and Celebrations were heat embossed and watercoloured with distress inks. I also moved the little coffee cup to the left side as it was originally on the right but didn't work for this particular layout. To embellish, I used sparkling clear sequins in three sizes and added little pearls to their centres.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, November 24, 2017

{Ellen Hutson} 11th Anniversary Blog Hop: Day 5 + Prizes + Big Anniversary Sale!

I'm so honoured to be hopping with a group of amazingly talented ladies on Day 5 of Ellen Hutson's 11th Anniversary Blog Hop! For this hop, we had to feature our favourite Essentials by Ellen set and I had the hardest time choosing. I've been loving the Bear Ware and Bear Ware 2 sets equally but they complement All Inside so I decided to use them all together. You can't have one without the others!

I created this scene by creating four masks of the kitty from Bear Ware 2. I stamped the kitties in two rows and staggered them since cats would never sit perfectly aligned. Plus, someone brought a pot of catnip (from Bear Ware), which resulted in the large gathering of cats. LOL!

After watercoloring the scene with distress inks, I used dots of colour in two shades of blue and grey, respectively, to create the sky and ground. The bear is popped up with fun foam to give this fun card a bit of dimension.

The custom sentiment was pieced together from three different phrases from Bear Ware 2 and All Inside. I dual-shaded the big 'hugs' in colours to coordinate with the bear and his pink kitty. Heehee!

Be sure to comment on all 30 blog hop stops on the hop this week. Ellen Hutson is giving away TWO $100 gift certificates and TWO $50 gift certificates to random commenters so the more you comment, the higher your chances of winning! Don't forget to SHOP the Anniversary Sale by clicking on the banner below!!

Thanks so much for hopping with us this week! Your next stop is the marvellous Sharon Harnist!